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Top Romances of 2009 by Jayne

Most of my top books were in the B+ range. I think I only had 2 that were A- grades. I’m not sure if I was being pickier this year or just didn’t read books that wowed me.

Editorial note: Jayne is taking a hiatus from reviewing for the first time in four years. She’ll be back reviewing full time in February.

Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. RRRJessica
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 13:19:32

    I see you are taking a break. I love your reviews, Jayne, and will eagerly await your return.

  2. Rebyj
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 13:23:59

    Ditto ! Enjoy your break and come back soon. This is the first list that I haven’t read ANY of the picks. Going to research and see which ones I need to add toy buy list. Thanks.

  3. RStewie
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 13:28:19

    Thank you for your review of Janet Mullany’s A Most Lamentable Comedy …it lead me to buy her Rules of Gentility for my cousin for Christmas, and it was a hit!

    Have a wonderful holiday from reviewing.

  4. joanne
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 13:35:59

    I’ll add my thanks for a review of yours that led me to a new-to-me author Laura Griffin and a very enjoyable couple of reads.

    Enjoy your holiday!

  5. Cathy
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 13:47:02

    Thanks, Jayne. It was your review of “To Beguile a Beast” that got me to read the 4 Soldiers quartet. I haven’t read anything else on your list, though, so I’m going to check those out.

    Enjoy your hiatus!

  6. Sunita
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 13:51:57

    Have a good break, Jayne! I look forward to reading your reviews again in the new year. I”ve really enjoyed your forays into the new-to-me Harlequin lines.

  7. Sally
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 15:27:52

    I also have to say thank you for turning me on to Laura Griffin. Don’t be gone long.

  8. Mireya
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 18:51:52

    I read “To Beguile a Beast” after reading the review, it’s definitely one of my top 10 for 2009. Furthermore, this book introduced me to Elizabeth Hoyt who is now an autobuy author for me. I also read Kasey Michaels “To Woo a Spinster” which I truly liked. I am still on the fence about this author, but I certainly will read her future work.

  9. Darlynne
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 19:57:14

    Jayne, I already miss you. Enjoy your break, we look forward to hearing from you in February.

  10. Tinabelle
    Dec 16, 2009 @ 09:00:21

    I was delighted to see Kasey Michaels’ How To Woo a Spinster on your list of top 10 romances of 2009. I absolutely loved this little gem of a novella and thought it packed a lot of character development and emotion into so short a story. It really made me believe in love at first site and that there is such a thing as a person recognizing their soul mate in an instant. In some respects I would have loved a longer story, but another part of me loved it just the way it is.

  11. Jeanne Barrack
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 10:41:02

    How wonderful to see the “I Do!” anthology there. Thank you for including us in the list!

  12. SonomaLass
    Dec 21, 2009 @ 15:18:26

    Thanks as always, Jayne. We’ll miss you, even if just for a couple of months.

    I agree with several things on your list, particularly the Elizabeth Hoyt book. While I enjoyed her whole Four Soldiers series, To Beguile a Beast was my favorite.

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