– 2016 –
Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein
I don’t much read erotic romance and I don’t much read New Adult either and yet Charlotte Stein has somehow managed to create a series that is both and hook me right in. This book is knicker-meltingly, bucket-of-ice-needing hot. With a mixture of top notch dirty talk and some added elements of danger it’s definietly the sexiest book I have read in 2016.
NEW ADULT | BEST SEX
Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
This series isn’t strictly a romance, it’s more of an Urban Fantasy and Meg and Simon aren’t the traditional couple. And yet…I love them together, yes it’s a kind of slow moving romance, so much so that it’s hard to call it romance. More like they are already a couple and everyone is just waiting for them to realise it. Each book there is more progress and I eagerly anticipate every little move they make.
URBAN FANTASY | FAVE COUPLE
Beard Science by Penny Reid
Once you have read one sexy alpha male…you’ve kind of read them all. I know, I know put the pitchforks down, that statement may undermine the whole of the romance genre but I, despite the essential sameness, still enjoy an alpha male. But when a different kind of hero comes along it immediatly grabs and holds my attention. Enter Cletus Winston. I feel like he’s a modern day hillbilly Moriarty… if Moriarty had chosen to use his collosal brain for good. Ofcourse Cletus also has the added bonus of having a beautiful body and a stupendous beard. What more could a gal want?
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE | FAVE HERO
The Beast by J.R. Ward
Mary is one of my all time favourite heroines, so knowing I was getting another book this year with her as the main character was very exciting. And then reading Blood Vow where she was also featured very prominently was an unexpected gift. She first appears in the Black Dagger Brotherhood early on in book #2 Lover Eternal and she made a big impression. Mary may not know how to fight, but she’s a warrior. Her resilience, her empathy, her strong-as-steel inner strength can only be admired. I adore her and I understand why her hellren feels the same way.
PARANORMAL ROMANCE | FAVE HEROINE
A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
It was a good year for fantasy romance! I dont’ read that many but the ones I have read have really stood out. A Promise of Fire is a fantastic start to the Kingmaker Chronicles, once I started this book I couldn’t put it down. Romance and adventure, with a feisty heroine and a sexy hero and his band of merry men. This book has a bit more action than Radiance which is raved about in mt ‘Best New To Me’ category, but it is still very much a romance, I was reading to see when the main characters would finally get jiggy. I can’t wait to read the next in the series, it’s definitly a series to keep your eye on.
BEST NEW SERIES | FANTASY
Radiance by Grace Draven
I can’t believe I didn’t read this when it first came out! I don’t even know what made me pick it up…call it fate, call it the universe, but whatever it was I am very grateful. I. Loved. It. This is a romantic fantasy book with focus on the romance although there was some fantasy world building. But it was about the two main characters who fall into friendship which develops in to more despite their many many differences. They are both different races that consider the other race ugly and alien…yet love overcomes. If you want to read a romance which is little different from the usual, pick this up!
FANTASY | NEW TO ME
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
When reflecting on what was my most enjoyable read of 2016 was, my mind immediatly settles on the Kate Daniels series. With each book the characters grow and the relationships deepen and I just can’t get enough of it. Ilona Andrews really demonstrates Urban Fantasy at it’s best with this series, it’s a great balance between excitement, adventure, love, friendship and world building. If you haven’t tried this series than what are you waiting for?
URBAN FANTASY | FAVE AUTHOR | FAVE SERIES