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Top Romances of 2009 by Janet

We will be posting our Top 10 of 2009 this entire week. Today’s list is from Janet (aka Robin). The list is unranked. You can find more of her reviews here.


I hesitated about making a list this year, since my reading was largely dictated by what I volunteered to review. Consequently, there are many, many wonderful books I haven’t yet read and some books I did love that I didn’t put on this list, either because they were not straight Romance (Sinful Life of Lucy Burns, Dead and Gone), because they just didn’t stick with me with way other books did, or because I wanted to make room for a book that I think might be otherwise overlooked. So rather than my “Top Romances of 2009,” this list is more “10 Memorable Romances I Read in 2009” — and they’re books I heartily recommend to the DA readership.

isn't sure if she's an average Romance reader, or even an average reader, but a reader she is, enjoying everything from literary fiction to philosophy to history to poetry. Historical Romance was her first love within the genre, but she's fickle and easily seduced by the promise of a good read. She approaches every book with the same hope: that she will be filled from the inside out with something awesome that she didnʼt know, didnʼt think about, or didnʼt feel until that moment. And she's always looking for the next mind-blowing read, so feel free to share any suggestions!


  1. katiebabs
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 13:57:05

    Three of your books chosen are in my personal top 10 for 2009 :D

  2. Jennifer Estep
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 16:24:10

    I loved Smooth Talking Stranger and really enjoyed Never Love a Lawman as well. I hope Goodman writes another book set in that town. Does anyone know if Kleypas is writing another contemporary? There’s one Travis brother left, right?

  3. Has
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 18:02:59

    @Jennifer Estep:
    I heard she has plans for that brother but she’s going to start a new trilogy based in the pacific northwest in an Island I think. Its 3 brothers and its going to be in the 3rd person but I have enjoyed all her contemps and I agree Smooth Talking Stranger and a couple of others are def in my top ten too :D

  4. Bonnie
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 18:23:59

    Absolutely adored Never Love a Lawman, and I had never read anything by Jo Goodman before this. Tough act to follow.

    Smooth Talkin’ Stranger…… MmmmhmmmMmmm…. Kleypas needs to write more contemporaries. She’s fabulous!.

  5. Janine
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 18:40:02

    I’m struck by how many of the books on your list I have not yet read. Besides the Duran, which made my list, I have read the Jewel, which was a contender for my list, and the Ashley, which I liked more mildly, but not any of the other seven. I wanted to read some of them, but didn’t get a chance to.

  6. Jennifer Estep
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 19:03:26

    Thanks for the info!

  7. Darlynne
    Dec 13, 2009 @ 19:39:45

    Even though it didn’t make the romance list, I was glad to see your mention of The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns. The story was so clever and unexpected and I hope author Elizabeth Leiknes has more in store for us.

  8. Robin
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 01:54:50

    @katiebabs: Yeah, it’s always difficult to make these lists, especially when you have a lot of good books you want to honor.

    @Jennifer Estep: I definitely don’t think you’ve seen the last of the town Goodman created in Never Love A Lawman. And thanks to @Has for the info on the Kleypas series; Joe’s recovery from the boat accident at his father’s struck me as the perfect set up for his story!

    @Bonnie: I think I actually prefer Kleypas’s contemps to her historicals; for some reason her voice just seems to confident and natural in them. As for Goodman, you remind me that I need to write my “if you like” post for Goodman — she has sooooo many wonderful books!

    @Janine: It’s the same for me with your list; seven of the book you list I haven’t yet read. Although I did buy the Richardson series when Harlequin had its 50% off sale a few days ago.

    @Darlynne: For me, Lucy Burns was one of the nicest reading surprises of the year. But I definitely wouldn’t recommend it as a Romance. ;)

  9. SarahT
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 10:09:19

    A few of the books you mentioned will also be on my ‘Best of 2009’ list.

    Thanks for reminding me of The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns! I liked the sound of it when it was reviewed and meant to add it to my Christmas wish list.

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