Jen’s Top Picks for 2011

The reviewers at Fiction Vixen will be posting their favorite reads from 2011 this week. Our picks are not necessarily books published in 2011, but rather books we read in 2011. 

Jen’s Top Picks for 2011


Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (Review)

Shadowfever not only made my top five of 2011 but possibly my top 5 books of all time. It was an epic ending to an amazing series. Moning outdid herself. I could fill a whole page with quotes from this book. Just one would not do it justice. Talking about it makes me want to go read the book again.


Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (Review)

This book totally caught me by surprise. It seemed to come out of nowhere. I was absolutely captivated by the story and the characters.

“Why don’t you like to be touched” Ana whispered, staring up into soft grey eyes.
“Because I’m fifty shades of fucked-up, Anastasia”


Fifty Shades Darker by E.L James (Review)

The second in the Fifty Shades series was just as good as the first. The roles were clearly reversed in this book with Ana having the power. It was humbling to see Christian work through some issues.

“Let me ask you something first. Do you want a regular vanilla relationship with no kinky fuckery at all?”
My mouth drops open. “Kinky fuckery?” I squeak.
“Kinky fuckery.”
“I can’t believe you said that.’
“Well, I did. Answer me,” he says calmly.
I flush. My inner goddess is down on bended knee with her hands clasped in supplication begging me.
“I like your kinky fuckery,” I whisper.”


Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (Review)

PNR is a very over-saturated market right now. Dragon Bound was a wonderful, new fresh voice with some pretty awesome characters to read about.

“I am cursed with a terminal case of curiosity,” he said. “I am jealous, selfish, acquisitive, territorial and possessive. I have a terrible temper, and I know I can be a cruel son of a bitch.” He cocked his head. “I used to eat people, you know.”


Naked in Death by J.D. Robb (Review)

Yes, I know I was likely the last person on this planet to start this series. And it would be appropriate for everyone to point fingers and make fun of me. I adore Eve and Roarke. I listen to these on audio book and Susan Ericksen is amazing.

“I want to see you again.” He stopped, took her face in his hands. “I need to see you again.”
Her pulse jumped, as if it had nothing to do with the rest of her. “Roarke, what’s going on here?”
“Lieutenant.” He leaned forward, touched his lips to hers. “Indications are we’re having a romance.”


Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (Review)

This series just continues to be full of awesome. I love Kate and Curran together. And I adore the Andrews team for not having love triangles! They understand what their readers want!

“Are you sure you know where you’re going?” Andrea frowned.
“Would you like me to pull over and ask that bamboo for directions?”
“I don’t know, do you think it will answer?”
We peered at the bamboo.
“I think it looks suspicious,” Andrea said.
“Maybe there is a heffalump hiding in it.”
Andrea stared at me.
“You know, heffalump? From Pooh Bear?”
“Where do you even get this shit?”


The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley (Review)

I absolutely fell in love with Ian Mackenzie in this book. He has to be one of the most compelling heroes I have ever read in a romance novel. This book was published in 2009 but I read it in 2011.

 “We don’t fit in, you and me,” he said. “We’re both oddities no one knows what to do with. But we fit together.” He took her hand, pressed her palm to his, then laced their fingers through each other’s. “We fit.”


Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh-  (Review

I heart Raphael and Elena.

“Even as she spoke, silver blue flashed on her other side and then Illium was standing beside her, his wing touching Elena’s in an intimacy that made Raphael raise an eyebrow. Illium’s lips curved in a wicked smile that did little to hide the intensity of his emotions. I would not watch you die again, Sire. His veins stood out against his skin as he gripped the wrist of one hand with the other.
Raphael met those eyes of gold that had stood beside him for centuries. If I had done so, I would have gone knowing you would keep my heart safe.

Illium’s gaze went to Elena. Always.


The Iron Duke by Meljean Book- (Review)

This book was published in 2010 but I read it in 2011. I can totally see what the hype was.

“I’ll kiss you until we can’t breathe. I’ll strip you naked and taste every inch of you. Then I’ll shag you until neither of us can see straight.”


The Darkest Surrender by Gena Showalter (Review)

I know Kaia and Strider were not a favorite of many but I thought they were hysterical. This book had so many lol moments that I simply lost count.

“When is your birthday?” (…)
Wide silver-gold eyes swung to him. “You don’t know?”
Pouting, she twirled a strand of her hair. “How can you not know?”
“Do you know mine?” he asked.
“Of course I do. It’s the day you met me.”

Honorable Mentions:

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas, Shadowlands series by Cherise Sinclair, Bound by Moonlight by Nancy Gideon


  1. says

    Great list Jen!! Except for the James books (*hides*) I totally agree with everything else. Isn’t Lord Ian just awesome? And each book Ilona Andrews writes I think is the best :)

    Can’t wait to read more reviews from you in 2012!

  2. says

    Loved Lord Ian! Can’t wait for Hart’s book!

    Roarke is totally it for me! I mean, it’s Roarke. ‘Nuff said. 😉

    Not a fan of “Fifty” but the rest of the list looks great!

  3. says

    You’re the second to last person who hadn’t read JD Robb’s series. People keep bugging me to start it and I really have to one of these days.

  4. says

    Yay to finally reading the JD Robb books! I really need to get back to that series!

    Several of the others are on my list to get too soon.

  5. says

    I think I started the JD Robb books at around the same time you did, so at least we’re in it together! :) Although I didn’t read them this year, I loved The Iron Duke and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie too. So, so good!

    I’m surprised (but pleased) to see that there are only two books on your favorites list that I haven’t read yet. I can definitely say that I know exactly what you saw in them. :)

  6. says

    I have many of these books in my tbr pile. This is what happens when I have too many YA books to review and my adult romance books get put aside for half a year!

    Thanks for all of the great picks, can’t wait to read them.