I asked the reviewers here at Fiction Vixen to write up their top 5-10 favorites of this year. I limited it to between five and ten just to make it easy on them but told them to do whatever they wanted. I figured I’d do the same. But when I sat down to create my list I was overwhelmed at how many great books I’ve read in 2010. I was originally going to limit my list to books released in 2010. But I challenged myself to read series books that have been sitting on my TBR for far too long this year so I ended up with some favorites that were published before 2010. I didn’t want to leave them out so I grouped series books together to keep my list under control. Here we go with my top picks for books I read in 2010. (They are in no particular order)
Crossroads by Moira Rogers – This book touched me on an emotional level and will remain a favorite forever. I love this series but this book in particular is by far my favorite of the Southern Arcana books.
Pleasure of a Dark Prince and Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole – Sexy, sexy heroes, action packed, fun, exciting – I just don’t get tired of this series. I just don’t.
Dirty, Broken, and Tempted by Megan Hart – These are not 2010 releases but I read these books this year and loved them. Megan Hart writes erotic romance the way it’s meant to be done. I’m a super fan.
Lover Mine by J.R. Ward – I looked forward to this book like crazy and I was not disappointed. J.R. Ward can tell a story. I love J.M. and I am dying for Qhuinn and Blay’s story. Dying.
Stormwalker by Allyson James – This book caught me by surprise. I picked it up and was finished with it before I knew it, I couldn’t put it down.
Moon Sworn by Keri Arthur – I did have a complaint or two with this book but it makes my list because it was a damn good story and it really came through with a long awaited, satisfying happily-ever-after for a character that I really love.
Unholy Ghosts, Unholy Magic, City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts series) by Stacia Kane – This series blew me away. I did not see it coming. This is by far one of the best UF’s I’ve read. Stacia Kane pushed my boundaries, made me uncomfortable but kept me coming back for more. Brilliant. *City Of Ghost is my favorite of the series so far…Chessie Bomb.
Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews – This was the year I discovered Ilona Andrews…hallelujah. What a great series this is. So unique and beautifully written, I feel the need to send crazy stalker emails. (I haven’t but I’m tempted)
Rough Riders Series by Lorelei James – I can’t list all the books here but I assure you, they are all good, dirty, cowboy fun. I devoured this entire series in record time. I neglected the dishes, laundry and I might have forgotten to shower once or twice. Read the series people but remember to shower.
Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed (Mercedes Thompson Series) by Patricia Briggs – Once again I discovered an UF series that just knocked my socks off. I had heard wonderful things about these books and I had read Patricia Briggs before but this series made me a true fan.
Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom (Elemental Assassin Series) by Jennifer Estep – This is one of those series that makes me jittery. I read these books back to back and I was tense and excited the entire time. Gin is one of my all-time favorite heroines.
Mind Games, Double Cross (The Disillusionists Trilogy) by Carolyn Crane – This is another series that knocked my socks off with its originality and fresh unique take on the Urban Fantasy genre.
Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning – Rock star fun. Big huge rock star fun. I had a few tiny issues with the story but this book was just so much fun to read I had to tell everyone I knew to read it. I intend to read each and every installment of this really fun, dirty, sexy series.
Willing Victim by Cara McKenna – I wasn’t even sure I would like this book; I think I read it more out of curiosity. It’s not your average erotic romance. I was really surprised at how well this story was written and I enjoyed it very much. I love it when a book takes me by surprise the way this one did.
Proof by Seduction, Trial by Desire by Courtney Milan – Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous reads. These are the kind of books that make me sigh and look lovingly at my husband. LOL. They just put me in a good mood and I really love Courtney Milan’s voice.
Seven Nights to Forever by Evangeline Collins – This book really put me in an historical romance groove. After reading this one, I’ve been on a kick and I can’t stop. James Archer is one of my favorite beta heroes ever.
Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh – I had never read Nalini Singh before this series and wow what a mistake. A friend suggested that I read this series and I was fully in love by this second book. I am so excited to read Archangels Consort. (I have a copy sitting on my shelf calling my name *squee*)
There you have my top picks for books I read in 2010. It was an amazing year in books and I look forward to even more in 2011!