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Sunita’s Best of 2011 List

In alphabetical order by author’s last name:

  • If It Ain’t Love by Tamara Allen (my review here)
  • The Only Gold by Tamara Allen
  • Vienna Waltz by Teresa Grant
  • The Rifter by Ginn Hale (Janine’s and my joint review of 1-5 here; my review of 6 & 7 here)
  • The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (my review here)
  • Come Unto These Yellow Sands by Josh Lanyon (my review here)
  • A Night of Scandal by Sarah Morgan (my review here)
  • GhosTV by Jordan Castillo Price
  • Petit Morts #11-#17 by Jordan Castillo Price, Sean Kennedy, Josh Lanyon, and Clare London
  • Death By Misfortune by A.M. Riley
  • The Penhally Bay Series by Various Authors (my post on Books 1-8 here)

Reviews of unlinked books to come.

Sunita has been reading romances almost as long as she has been reading. Her favorite genres these days are contemporary, category, and novels with romantic elements. She also reads SFF, mysteries, historical fiction, literary fiction, and the backs of cereal boxes. As of January 2015, all the books she reviews at Dear Author are from: (1) her massive TBR, (2) borrowed from the library, (3) received as gifts from friends/family, or (4) purchased with her own funds.


  1. Maili
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 14:02:27

    I really enjoyed Tamara Allen’s books. Susanna Kearsley as well, of course. I quite enjoyed Ginn Hale’s Gentlemen something, but not enough to be that willing to buy the serials. Unfortunately. I have Jordan Castillo Price and Sarah Morgan’s books in my TBR pile so I’ll have to dig those out. I think I have one of her psycho vampire book? Bought it a year ago or two when, I think, Ann Somerville recommended it. Never heard of Teresa Grant, so will have to check hers out.

  2. Sunita
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 16:04:33

    @Maili: Teresa Grant is Tracy Grant. This is a prequel to the Charles and Melanie books. The publisher is different, I think, and wanted a “fresh start,” so the character names are different too. I read it without having read the previous books (which are set later, so confusing when I write it out!).

    I gripe about having to be my own slush pile sifter when it comes to self-published books, so I really need to give credit when it’s due: as I said in the review, If It Ain’t Love is not only self-published, it’s free. And it was a shoo-in for this list.

  3. cs
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 17:54:10

    I should attempt to try Ginn Hale (other than Wicked Gentlemen) and Tamara Allen but the genre’s they write are not my favourite.

    I loved GhostTV by JCP – I need more Jacob in my life :)

  4. Jayne
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 18:34:24

    I needed this reminder to go download the free Tamara Allen novella. Thanks!

  5. Sunita
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 19:16:47

    @cs: One of the things I’ve noticed about first-rate reads is that they often fall outside my usual sub-genre/topic/character comfort zone. Good authors can suck you in with stuff you wouldn’t ordinarily go near.

    I wondered where JCP would go after Camp Hell. She didn’t disappoint.

  6. Merrian
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 19:49:36

    I share a very similar best of list. The Petit Morts series has been a highlight for me this reading year. What I haven’t read is also in my TBR and you have only one new to me author, so I will have to look her up. Thanks for the reviews.

  7. Jordan Castillo Price
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 21:19:20

    Wowsa, this is really exciting. Thank you!

  8. cs
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 07:53:55

    @Sunita: That rarely happens to me. Then again even the genres you love can be filled with nonsense half the time. It’s the luck of the draw. I despise M/M/M (add more if needed) but “The Archer” by Abigail Roux was a book I enjoyed immensely. I wouldn’t have expected too because it wasn’t technically a romance and every single character slept with everyone, but amazingly enough I loved it.

    I didn’t really enjoy Wicked Gentlemen from Ginn Hale, so it didn’t really push me to read anything else of hers. I like watching fantasy as opposed to watching it, uhm. Tamara Allen I think only writes historical(?) a genre I despise – but you can’t force yourself to read a genre you don’t like.

    I am so excited for the next Psycop book. I understand we may have to wait for awhile. But I enjoyed GhostTV so much, a lot of fun, good development of the relationship and overall arc of the story. I may be the only one who thinks this, but I actually don’t enjoy the female characters in the series i.e. Caroline and Lisa. Oh well.

  9. jmc
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 15:30:27

    Wasn’t GhosTV excellent?

  10. Sirius
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 17:38:54

    Oh yeah, as you may know I love Tamara Allen’s books and I am on book four of Rifter and loving every page of it so far :). Ginn Hale rocks as far as I am concerned :)

  11. Tracy Grant
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 18:37:54

    Just found this – lovely to see Vienna Waltz on your list!

    Happy New Year!

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