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Kati’s Top Reads of 2012

In thinking about it, I didn’t think that 2012 was a particularly bad reading year for me. But when I looked back at my reviews, I realized that I wrote only two A-grade reviews. And once I started compiling my list, I could only come up with six titles that I would wholeheartedly recommend. These are in no particular order:

Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh – From the moment I first read about Jason in Nalini Singh’s superb Guild Hunters series, I began campaigning directly to the author for Jason’s story. She delivered exactly what I was looking for. Full of heartbreak and a poignant love story, Archangel’s Storm delivered the happy ending I was hoping Jason would receive. Review by me.

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young – I liked this book a bit better than Jane. I think part of it is that I like a heaping helping of Romangst with my romance, and this book certainly had it. Combine that with a dreamy hero, and I was sold. Review by Jane.

Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley – The review that was posted last week is still getting comments, such is the polarizing nature of Kristen Ashley’s writing style. I adore this book and have easily read it four or five times since the first time. Ashley either works for you, or doesn’t. She *totally* works for me. Review by me.

Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane – Lauren Dane consistently writes books that I love. Mostly because her heroines are seriously kick-ass and her heroes are to die for. The Bound by Magick series is one of her strongest, with a fully imagined world, and truly interesting characters. Review by me.

Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas – I so admire Thomas’s prose, her characterization and her voice. Her books tend to ruin me for others when I read them. 2012 was a banner year, as we got three Sherry Thomas books to wallow in. Tempting the Bride is my favorite of them, mostly because I think she does justice to a much maligned amnesia plot. Review by me.

Breath on Embers by Anne Calhoun – This is a late addition to what was going to be my list of five. I just finished this holiday-themed novella over the weekend. I loathe holiday themed stories, and I almost never read novellas, as I always feel like the romance gets short changed. This story blew both preconceived notions out of the water. It is a beautiful, emotional, fulfilling, resonant story. I can’t recommend it enough. Review by Dabney.


I've been reading romance for more than 30 years and reviewing regularly for the last five. My first romance was Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts, and once I read it, I was a goner. I read most subgenres of romance (except inspirational and steampunk) but focus mostly on contemporary and paranormal, with a sprinkling of historical thrown in for flavor. I am an avid sports fan, so I have a special place in my heart for sports themed romances. I'm a sucker for old skool romance, which is probably most evident in the fact that The Windflower is my favorite romance of all time.


  1. Kaetrin
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 21:38:07

    I’ve read 3 of your 6 – Archangel’s Storm, On Dublin Street and Breath on Embers. All excellent. :)

  2. Ceilidh
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 12:54:26

    Sorry, but I hated On Dublin Street. Then again, I lived in Edinburgh for 4 years so I’m very protective of my city and the crap that use it as a setting. I have a severe allergy to the alpha-jerk love interest.

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