Sophia’s Top Picks For 2011

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

Another year gone by filled with more books than I can possibly read. Sounds dark and ominous doesn’t it. I say this often, so if you’ve heard it, cover your ears and sing God Bless America for sec. I love that I have a hobby that offers infinite entertainment and possibilities. Reading romance is awesome y’all. The fact that I get to blog about it with my friends is a super sweet cherry on top. Okay, for those of you singing, you can stop now. America has been properly blessed. Thank you.

I usually have a pretty good idea of what my top picks list will look like. But this year I’m really glad I have GoodReads. Maybe it’s because I’m another year older but I had trouble remembering what year I read some of these books. January 2011 seems like sooo long ago. I miss my brain cells, I really do. So here we go, my picks for 2011 in no particular order.


Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (Review)
Yeah I know, you didn’t see that one coming. *snort* I still get the shakes when someone starts talking about this book on Twitter. When Mandi and I were gathering quotes for our Guess Who game I got dry mouth and an eye twitch. lol It’s safe to say I LOVED this book as well as the whole series. I will definitely re-read it and I’m looking forward to the spin-off series.

This is not my favorite quote. I would never get this list done if I tried to narrow it down so I just picked one:

“I know part of what turns me on so hard, makes me so violent with lust, is that he’s dangerous. I fell for the bad guy. I’m crazy about the one who’s trouble. The alpha that doesn’t play well with others and doesn’t take orders from anyone.”


Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (Review)
I’m a huge fan of this series but this book in particular rocked it. It just keeps getting better and better. Please don’t stop. :)

“Andrea raised her hand. “This is the hand that slapped Aunt B.”
“Maybe you should have it gold-plated.”
“Here, you can touch it, since you’re my best friend.”


Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep (Review)
I feel like I waited a long time for this book. I was so not disappointed. Gin finally got her revenge and it was awesome. I love Gin more than ever.

[…]—I will destroy you. No matter how long it takes, no matter what it costs me. I won’t sleep, I won’t eat. I won’t do anything but plot your downfall. I will mow down your men like they’re weeds. I’ll kill so many of them so viciously, so brutally, so horribly that no one will dare to work for you. And sooner or later, I’ll get you too.


Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
I was kind of hit and miss with PNR this year but this book reminded me why I love it. It has the intensity you’d expect in a paranormal romance but it brought a little something new to the table.

Favorite Quote: (dies laughing)

“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.”


Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt
Oh Charmin’ Mickey. Who knew I could fall for a river pirate? Especially after what he did to Silence. But I did. In fact I think I’ve fallen for all of the heroes in the Maiden Lane series.


Unveiled and Unclaimed by Courtney Milan (Review)
Courtney Milan has one of the loveliest voices in historical romance I’ve read. When I settle down with one of her books instantly fall into her world and begin to fall in love. I know that sounds very romantic, but dammit, it’s a romance novel! I just wish I could have managed to read Unraveled before the end of the year. I’ve so looked forward to Smite’s story. Maybe I can still sneak it in. hehe.


Devil’s Bride Stephanie Laurens
I think this was released in the 90’s? Talk about late to the party. This was my first book by Stephanie Laurens. I can’t even think about Devil Cynster without giggling. And then flushing hot. I mean it, if were going to get the vapors it would be for this very arrogant but lovable hero. I loved Honoria and her strong will. Of course they clashed but it was wonderful.


Because of You Jessica Scott (Review)
Another first for me. I think this was Jessica Scott’s debut (I could be wrong). I really enjoyed this military romance. The focus was on the romance, not necessarily the military but the author gives a glimpse into the problems military couples face in relationships. I loved the angst and romance in this one.


And One Last Thing by Molly Harper
I glomed up everything I could find by Molly Harper this year. I loved her paranormals, but this contemporary was outstanding. I laughed and sympathized with the heroine through the whole book. I loved her sharp wit and vulnerability. This was a really good romantic comedy.

(I really wish I would have marked quotes in this book. I laughed constantly.)


Turn It Up Inez Kelley (Review)
Friends to lovers is my favorite romance trope and I really enjoyed this story. I fell in love with the hero and heroine and loved how they flirted and bantered their way from friendship to romance.  There was a little bit of angst, just enough, but for the most part this was very light, happy, fun and romantic.


Sweet as Sin Inez Kelley (Review)
On the other side of light and funny…Inez Kelley tried to shred my heart to pieces with this book. Oh the angst. I cried and my arms literally ached while reading this one. I had to take breaks to dab my eyes. Read this one.


By The Book Scarlett Parrish (Review)
Daniel Fucking Cross. Best bisexual hero evah. *shiver*

“I don‟t feel awkward at all.”
“Don’t you?”
“No. I‟m Daniel Fucking Cross.”
I stopped and leaned against a shop front. “Oh. Well.” I drew in a deep breath. “Good. Good.”


Enclave by Ann Aguirre
What? A YA novel made my top picks list? Oh yes it did. I’m not a huge fan of YA, or dystopian, or settings too unfamiliar. But wow, I was blown away by this book. And I was pissed off when it was over. I didn’t want it to end. More please.


  1. jaymzangel says

    Between you & Mandi, my wallet is screaming bloody murder right now. Damn these end of year best lists! Barrons *SWOON* hope to see Dani’s book on everyone’s lists next year *fingers crossed*

  2. says

    Where would we be without Goodreads, lol. I depend on it as well.

    Yeah, Daniel fucking Cross and I still need to get acquainted. He’s on my shelf for a while now so maybe in 2012 he’ll finally come off there. :)

  3. says

    So apparently I need to read Devil’s Bride and Enclave!!

    Great list Sophia :)

    What will we do when Kate Daniels is done (two more books *sob*)

  4. Wilma says

    I look forward to using using both your TBR list and the list of December’s books to select quite a few of those interesting books for my own TBR list. Thanks.

  5. Jen says

    Shadowfever…ah, I feel the same way about that book. I loved everything about it. It was totally my #1 choice.

    And I am still sad that we don’t get a KD book for 2012!