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Top Romances of 2009 by Jane

Picking out the ten best reads of 2009 was hard. It was hard because I had 6 A rated books but then I had to delve into the B+s and determine from that strong group who ranked in my top 10. I based my decision on re-readability. I’ve re-read portions of all of these books at one point or another.   There are other books which I loved this year that are outside the genre so I intentionally excluded them.

I noticed that I loved the scoundrel redeemed story which is pretty much the dominant theme in my best loved historicals of the year.   I’ve read into the first quarter of 2010 and I have to say we romance readers have a good year ahead of us.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Rebyj
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 13:29:05

    I’ve gotta get Jewel’s Scandal. I keep seeing it mentioned on Best Of lists. And I’m getting Butterfly Tattoo next month when paper copy is released. Good list!

  2. Angela James
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 14:34:43

    As the editor of both Butterfly Tattoo and Damned by Blood, I think this list is brilliant ;) Thank you!

  3. Megan
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 14:49:45

    Many books I haven’t read here, which I will go hunt down, but YEAH! on Scandal.

  4. Deidre Knight
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 15:55:47

    I’m honored to be on the list–and I also just downloaded a few of these titles for my Kindle! Holiday reading fun, here I come. Jane, thank you for the kind mention and including me. :)
    Deidre Knight

  5. katiebabs
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 16:03:39

    Butterfly Tattoo really made me think and one of the best written books I read thi year. Beautiful story.

  6. evie byrne
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 17:10:32

    Thank you, Jane! I’m honored to be in such excellent company.

  7. Joey W. Hill
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 18:28:51

    Jane, I’m so thrilled and flattered to see Beloved Vampire on the list. Mason and Jessica thank you as well (grin). Thanksfor the new list of recommended reads. Happy holidays!

  8. Janine
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 19:14:18

    Many books on this list that I really want to read, and some that I’ve already enjoyed.

  9. Sandy James
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 19:46:18

    @Deidre Knight

    I'm honored to be on the list

    Congratulations, Deidre! What a wonderful book! I have to admit that when I saw it was an EPIC finalist against one of my books, I knew I’d be wasting my money on a trip to New Orleans for the ceremony. sigh… Maybe my other finalist book will win? ;)

    Good luck!

  10. K21
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 21:08:17

    I loooved that Liz Carlyle like whoa. I know some people thought it was overdramatic/angsty, but it fit me just right.

  11. Meljean
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 21:36:46

    I haven’t had time to read some of these, but those I have, I’m right there with you. A great list.

  12. Deidre Knight
    Dec 18, 2009 @ 07:55:51

    Sandy, LOL! I think that Eppie decision remains wide open! :) But I appreciate the vote of confidence! :)

    Thanks, Katie, for your kind words. hugs to all and thanks so much. Have a GREAT holiday season.

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