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1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (young adult-contemporary)
Thought-provoking and heartbreaking, I believe this book is one of those that I will remember for the rest of my life. I probably will never read it again, but that is actually a compliment to how much it moved me.
2. A Lady By Midnight by Tessa Dare (historical romance)
Tessa Dare is becoming one of my favorite HR writers and this latest Spindle Cove is her best book so far. I love the way that she focused on two vulnerable, admirable people and how their relationship develops over time. My review.
3. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead (young adult-paranormal)
The second in the Bloodlines series (spin-off to Ms. Mead's uber-popular Vampire Academy books) that sealed my obsession with Mr. Adrian Ivashkov. I wasn't sure about Sydney being the focus of this series at first, but this book told me all my fears were for naught. That last chapter alone is worthy of being on this list. My review.
4. Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean (historical romance)
While I enjoyed the first two books in MacLean's Love by Numbers series, this was one was the best. One of my favorite plots is a stubborn, seemingly cold-hearted hero falls head over heels for an "inappropriate" woman. Both Simon and Julianna were great characters and their romance was highly entertaining. My review.
5. A Gentleman Undone by Cecilia Grant (historical romance)
I enjoyed Ms. Grant's debut, A Lady Awakened, and was eagerly anticipating this installment. But, it exceeded all my expectations and made me long for the final book in the trilogy even more. If you are a fan of taking romance stereotypes and giving them a good kick in behind, try Ms. Grant's work. My review.
6. Hot Head by Damon Suede (male/male romance)
A sexy, but sweet story of a firefighter who finds himself falling love with his best friend as well as dealing with the aftermath of 9/11 on New York firefighters. I loved the way Damon Suede depicted both Griffin and Dante as realistic and lovable heroes that readers will root to get together. But, I will warn potential readers that the steam level is pretty hot with these guys!
7. Angelfall by Susan Ee (young adult-urban fantasy)
Absolutely engrossing urban fantasy that focuses on the way angels treat humans after the apocalypse. Penryn and Rafe are extremely well-developed characters and their journey kept me glued to my e-reader well into the night. My review.
8. Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt (historical romance)
I absolutely adore Ms. Hoyt's historicals and Winter's story was one of my most anticipated of the year. I have been intrigued by the soft-spoken schoolmaster since we met him in Wicked Intentions and his love story did not disappoint. I also really enjoyed how strong his heroine was especially once we learned all her secrets. My review.
9. Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper (paranormal romance)
This is also an entry for all the Jane Jameson books. This series was a great find for me and Jane is one of my favorite heroines of the year...you can't go wrong with a librarian turned vampire. The humor in these books is smart and original without being over the top. Also, I highly recommend the audio versions for you audiobook fans. My review.
10. A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee (young adult-historical)
Another fabulous series I discovered this year. Mary Quinn's adventures as a Victorian-era spy completely grabbed hold of my imagination and did not let go through all three books. Plus the chemistry between her and engineer James Easton made for plenty of swooning. My review.