UTC Best of 2012 Awards – Annie’s Picks

Posted December 24, 2012 by Annie in Uncategorized / 24 Comments

BEST NEW RELEASE OF 2012

Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Once a year everyone gets excited for one book. In 2012, ICED was the book that everyone wanted their hands on. People wanted to see how KMM would continue on in the Fever world with a new leading lady. In my opinion, I think she killed it! Dani was so much more likable than I expected (moreso than Mac initially was in Darkfever) and it seems that she has A LOT in store for Ryodan whom I’m already a ho for. But what’s so great about this book is the fact that even weeks after being released, there’s still that frenzy going on within readers as they try to speculate what’s going to happen next. I know of only one other series that gets this (Ward’s BDB series) and I definitely think KMM deserves a nod of recognition for this carefully plotted and perfectly paced book. A nod from Ryodan would be nice too though. Who wouldn’t want that?

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BEST NEW-TO-ME BOOK

Sweet As Sin by Inez Kelley

 

I read this book the very first week of January 2012 and it STILL remains as one of my favorites this year. Possibly one of my favorites EVER. Kelley pens a FANTASTIC tortured hero who isn’t always good, but does have good intentions. I cried for half this book and I despite the tears rolling down my face, I couldn’t stop reading it for a second. I don’t think I’ve ever been so affected by a book as much as this one. It completely blew me away.

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BEST NEW SERIES
The Original Sinners by Tiffany Reisz

 

Reisz has me at her feet with this series. I’m willing and ready to do anything to read her Original Sinners books. I’ve read a bunch of erotica in my life but never have encountered a series that both shocked me and intrigued me so much. With the stellar writing, the larger than life characters and the kinkiest sex I’ve read in a long time, you’ve got a series that stands out against a sea of smutty stories!

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FAVORITE HEROINE

Charley Davidson from the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones

I have a confession to make: I have a girl crush on Charley. Who can resist a girl with an impressive rack (named Danger and Will Robinson)? Or a badass cherry red Jeep named Misery? Or the fact that she says the most infuriating things just to piss off Reyes? I certainly can’t.

I practically devoured this series and was totally enchanted by Jones’s writing. She pens a strong and snarky heroine who has her own vulnerabilities as well. I love being in Charley’s head and sometimes secretly wish I could be as cool as her. It’s definitely good to be Grim!

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FAVORITE HERO

Ty Grady and Zane Garrett from Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux

Be warned – I’m cheating here. But if you’ve read the Cut & Run series then you can understand that I just HAVE to have these two as my favorite heroes of 2012. You simply can’t pick one over the other. You just can’t! I love Ty because he has this swagger, this way of holding himself where it seems like nothing can touch him. He’s almost invincible. That charm, his rapier wit – all that plays into it. But it’s how Zane REACTS to him that makes Ty look good. Zane is more calculating, more purposeful in his actions yet when he is with Ty, they simply balance each other out, making for a perfect, funny, charming and sexy duo that you simply cannot separate. I cannot even put into words just how much I adore these two! So there you have it, TWO leading men who completely have my heart!

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BEST SEX SCENE

Armed and Dangerous by Abigail Roux

I was reading one of the sex scenes in ARMED & DANGEROUS and in the midst of it I ended up texting my friend about it. It went something like this:

Me: I’m reading this M/M sex scene and I’m tearing up. It’s so beautiful.

Her: Are you hormonal again?

Me: *sniff sniff* …*wipes tear* IT’S JUST SO BEAUTIFUL THE WAY THEY MAKE LOVE!!!

Her: Oy, you are.

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BEST COVER

Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

Love the green dress, love the blonde hair, love the forest background and LOVED THIS BOOK TOO! Callihan really made an impression on me with this book. While I loved the first book of the series, it was MOONGLOW that really cemented my fangirl tendencies. Mystery and intrigue is what this cover says to me and you definitely get that in the book as well. In this case, the beautiful cover matches what’s within. A stunning story!

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AUTHOR OF THE YEAR

Jill Shalvis

I have a not-so-secret crush on Jill Shalvis. Everyone knows it but her. But I’m ready to profess my love for all to see. Shalvis released a bunch of books this year – LUCKY IN LOVE, AT LAST, FOREVER AND A DAY, RESCUE MY HEART, and UNDER THE MISTLETOE. She even rereleased the three books in her Wilder series. I’ve read every single one of them this year and there is no question that Jill Shalvis has had a stellar year. Her novels have this unique ability to lift spirits and I can never decide which heroes of hers are my favorites!

Reviews:
Instant Gratification
Instant Attraction
Under the Mistletoe
Rescue My Heart
Forever and A Day
At Last
Lucky in Love

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

When I’m not submerged in a good book, you can find me musing about makeup and planners or dreaming about Kpop boys and beaches. Until then, check out my reviews and let’s talk books!
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Mariya @ Mystifying Paranormal Reviews
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AHHHHH! I haven’t read any of these! I still need to read them! Definitely need to finish ICED!

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READ ICED AT LEAST, Mariya!!!

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I love Jill’s books too! She’s my favorite contemporary romance writer. The Lucky Harbor series is my favorite of hers, but her other series are great too! Love your pick for favorite Heroine! Yay for Charley! 🙂

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Oh Amber, I just adore Jill Shalvis. She never fails to brighten up my mood. And Charley is another one who makes me laugh.

Happy holidays!

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I still need to buy and read Iced…adding the rest that I haven’t read to my wishlist-thanks Ann!

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Hope you enjoy, Timitra!!!

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I agree about Iced and Jill Shalvis, she’s amazing 😀

I have to try the Charley Davidson series 🙂

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Jill Shalvis is truly awesome. I love everything she writes!

I hope you do! I’ve recently got into the series. Adore Charley 🙂

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I really Love your pics for 2012. I haven’t had a chance to get to Iced yet–it’s still in that damn huge TBR pile.
As for Abigail…I haven’t read this series, either.
But the rest are great pics and enjoyed reading them.
Can’t wait to see the other gals’ pics…I’ll be posting mine today!

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I hope you get the chance to read ICED and the Cut and Run series. Such stunning stories. I get so obsessed with both words!

Excited to see your picks!

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I am so down with your picks, Annie. There’s only one on your list that I haven’t read yet to have an opinion about.

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Yes, Sophia Rose! Looks like we have similar taste in books 🙂

Lori Meehan
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Great list of book.

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Thanks Lori!

Minion
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I so completely and totally agree with your picks for Favorite Hero and Best Sex Scene. Any sex scene between Ty and Zane is my favorite and it is absolutely impossible for me to choose just one of them too. I won’t even attempt to do it because I love them both too much. These books absolutely win all the awards for me. 🙂

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Ty & Zane are going down as one of my fave couples this year. They are absolutely amazing together!!!

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I love Karen Ann Moning, so Iced would be my 1st read, followed by Armed and Dangerous , then Jill Shalvis. Merry Christmas to all :)!

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Merry Christmas!

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I really enjoyed ICED and I am dying to start the Charley Davidson series

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Hope you enjoy!

Jennifer @ The Book Nympho
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Love the text convo about Armed and Dangerous by Abigail Roux LOL

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😀 The friend I mention is Miss Vain lol

Madeleine Richards
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Good List. I’ ve read only five on your list and there are two more I will definitely check out, “Armed and Dangerous” and “Sweet as Sin”. So thanks for the heads up, it’s always good to have titles to add to my Must Read List.
Madeleine

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Oh I really hope you enjoy them, they are absolutely amazing!