Sophia’s Top Reads in 2012

FV 2012 Recommendations

I was kind of all over the place this year in reading. I usually gobble up a certain sub-genre from year to year but this year I dabbled in everything. I also took some time to go back into my endless TBR and read some books that have been on the shelf for a while so you might find some older books on my list this year.

Sophia’s Recommendations

Easy by Tammara Webber ** [AMZBNSK]
I discovered the “New Adult” genre recently and one of the first books I read in this new-to-me genre was Easy by Tammara Webber. I loved this book because it was such a surprise to me. The story deals with rape and so I wasn’t sure if this book would be for me or not. My first impression of the heroine was not good but she has an incredible journey dealing with relationships and emotional growth. Really enjoyed this one.

Leave Me Breathless by Cherrie Lynn ** [AMZBNSK]
Catherine gave this book a really good review and so I put it on my TBR but didn’t get to it right away. In fact, it wasn’t until I saw some interesting tweets regarding the hero’s genitalia that I remembered it was on my Kindle. But this hero is so much more than just his genitalia…although that’s interesting. :) This was a sweet, hot, sexy, angsty love story. Everything I love in a romance. Bonus: Hero is rock-n-roll, heroine is a country girl. Win.

Night Whispers by Alisha Rai ** [AMZBNSK]
I really enjoyed this book and it makes my top picks list because it was an unexpected treat. I’ve enjoyed Alisha Rai’s erotic romance books, but I hope she writes more books in this genre as well. The heroine is brave, smart, and totally kicks ass. The hero is not your typical romance hero, he is low-key, and sexy, and *gasp* he’s afraid of some stuff!  They have a  sweet romance that is a set is an interesting post apocalyptic world. Review here.

Iced by Karen Marie Moning ** [AMZBNSK]
It felt good to be back in the Fever world again. I had my doubts…Dani has a lot to make up for. But wow, from the first chapter I was captivated once again. Jen and I have obsessed over this book and discussed it to death. We did two posts about it. How  The Feck We Felt and What The Feck We Thought.

Breath On Embers by Anne Calhoun ** [AMZBNSK]
This is an emotional journey, (the heroine’s) of grief and healing. The hero was just wonderful and although it was a bit dark, this turned out to be such a romantic, sexy story. Review here.

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost ** [AMZBNSK]
I love Vlad so, I expected to love this book. But I really loved the heroine. Here is a quote from my review:

As soon a I read that Leila suffers from “skin hunger”—not being able to touch other people—I worried she’d be a heroine who falls for the hero simply because he fulfills a desperate need. In this case, she is able to touch Vlad without doing him harm. But Leila is a totally different kind of heroine. While I sympathized, I didn’t feel sorry for her because she didn’t feel sorry for herself. She didn’t need Vlad to “complete her” and their romance was not an immediate coming together and falling in love. They fight, disagree, talk, fight some more and eventually earn each others admiration and respect.

I felt like Leila was perfect for Vlad and I look forward to reading their series.

Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham ** [AMZBNSK]
The hero suffers from social anxiety and he captured my heart immediately. This a story that deals with some very serious emotional and social issues. The love story was sweet, fun and very romantic and without minimizing the seriousness of the issues the characters faced. Well done.

Widow’s Web by Jennifer Estep ** [AMZBNSK]
This series gets better and better. I’m a Gin fan and I want good things for her. This book gave me that but….well, as usual, there’s more to work through. The action, the villains  the magic, it’s always good and always balanced out well with the relationships and romance.

Lothaire by Kresely Cole ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
I can’t believe I almost forgot to put Lothaire on my list. WTF am I thinking? All I can think about right now is Nascar and Lothaire in a wife-beater. OMG LOL. Read our discussion here of why we fell for a black-hearted vamp.

Honorable Mentions:

Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
Oh Lordy. I almost didn’t want to read this book. I have such a hard time with characters who experience extreme grief and who has suffered more than Tohr? I just wasn’t convinced this was his time. This was an emotional read, and quite a journey. I still struggle a little with how it all came out but it was one heck of a read.

Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
I have discovered that I love a dystopian setting and who knew an erotic romance could work so well in that kind of setting? This book was gritty, sexy and just plain shameless.

The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
I know this was not released in 2012 but that’s when I finally read it. I didn’t review this book, but on Goodreads I said, “I kind of want to give this one 6 stars.” I still feel that way. This is one of the few books I know I will re-read. Maybe more than once.

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  1. says


    Have you read the Christmas special? Ian is so freaking amazing.

    I read Vlad after I had already done my top books for 2012 or he would have totally made my list.

    Iced…I am really not sure I liked that book.

  2. Angela says

    I picked up the Alisha Rai when Samhaim was having their end of year sale. Can’t wait to get to it.

    I think I need to read Easy. I keep hearing great things about it.

  3. Missie says

    I wasn’t convinced with Tohr’s book either. IMO, the only good thing to come out of that book was the Band of Bastards! LOL But I can’t wait for Qhuay!
    Thanks for the recs!

  4. Mandi says

    Why haven’t I read Easy yet??? There is also a NA book I want to try – Pushing the Limits, I think?

    Night Whispers was def an unexpected treat. Beta hero <3!