Juliana’s Most Anticipated Reads in 2012

The reviewers will be posting their most anticipated reads for 2012 this week. 


Juliana’s Most Anticipated Reads in 2012

Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane, #4) by Elizabeth Hoyt July 2012

I read my first Hoyt book this past summer and wow, I had no idea what I was missing! I binged on her backlist and now anxiously await every new release. Winter is the definition of staid, stuffy hero, though there’s a whole other side to him I’m looking forward to (finally!) seeing. He’s very different from his heroine and it will be interesting to see how that plays out.


Mad About the Earl (Ministry of Marriage, #2) by Christina Brooke January 3, 2012

I really loved the first book in this series, Heiress in Love, which was also Brooke’s first novel. Normally I’m not a big fan of “Beauty and the Beast” setups, but after reading the excerpt at the end of the previous book my interest was definitely piqued!


Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3) by E.L. James January 19, 2012

It’s Fifty … need I say more?! *sigh* (Remember ladies, he’s mine!) I have been a disciple of this series ever since stumbling across the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey. The truth is I think James should have edited them down to two books … but more Christian Grey = a happy Juliana.


At Your Pleasure by Meredith Duran March 27, 2012

Meredith Duran is one of the more talented writers in the historical romance genre and I always know I will get an enjoyable read from her. War and/or action HRs are dicey with me, but Duran’s characters are always stellar, and from the excerpt it seems like Sarah and Adrian are no exception.


Untitled or Title As Yet Unknown or Story Only Exists in My Mind (The House of Rohan, #5) by Anne Stuart

(*If I’m correct about the next pairing)

In my opinion, Shameless (#4) was definitely setting us up for a book pairing Brandon, a Rohan man who was horribly wounded in the military and is just getting over a drug addiction, with Emma, an ex-prostitute-and-madame who now helps run a refuge for women leaving “the life.” They have a history together and I love romances that give two wounded souls a great HEA.


    • says

      Wow, you’re right! I had it in my calendar, but wrote this list awhile ago and didn’t realize the release date was right around the corner. Woohoo! :-)

  1. says

    I’m curious to see how Hoyt sets up Thief of Shadows. I’m not quite sure of my opinion of Winter yet. He’s always been there as a side character, and I guessed (accurately) that there was more to him than we first saw, but his personality (as it was presented) didn’t really strike a cord with me. I liked the heroine, though, so I’m still eager for it. :)

    Oh man, At Your Pleasure…. *drool* I want it. I love Duran’s writing.

    I also felt that the Fifty series might have been better as two books. I’m still eager for the third, but I’m a tad nervous that it’s just going to spin its wheels to draw things out.

    • says

      Totally agreed with you on Fifty. Which is why I’m not sure whether it will be better to do a reread or not; they all do feel like “parts,” so conversely I feel like it might NOT have that “spinning wheels” feeling if I read them from start to finish when #3 comes out.

      I didn’t like Winter at first and thought he seemed like a boring stick in the mud, but he grew on me as the series went on. Think the pairing is fabulous and will be very interesting; they’re so different!

  2. Jen says

    I didn’t know Stuart was doing a fifth Rohan book. I LOVE those books.

    And of course, Fifty. Nothing else needs to be said.

    • says

      So I don’t know for sure that she is, but the last was written in such a way that I can’t see how she wouldn’t. It was perfectly setup for a follow-up romance between those two. If she doesn’t write that book, I will be very, very disappointed.

      LOLOL! You’re right; nothing else needs to be said. 😉