Top Romance Books of 2009 by Jennie
We will be posting our Top 10 of 2009 this entire week. Today’s list is from Jennie. The list is unranked. You can find more of her reviews here.
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (review by Jia)
- Bound By Your Touch by Meredith Duran
- Written On Your Skin by Meredith Duran
- Pleasure And Purpose by Megan Hart (review by Janine)
- Scandal by Carolyn Jewel (review by Janine)
- Indiscreet by Carolyn Jewel
- Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas (review by Joonigrrl or read the haiku review)
- Since The Surrender byJulie Anne Long (review by Jane
- Not Quite A Husband by Sherry Thomas
Nifty list. I have not yet read the Collins, the Kleypas or the Long, but I have enjoyed all the others.
I didn’t know you had read Pleasure and Purpose and I’m so glad you enjoyed it too!
And because it’s not linked above, I’ll just point out that you reviewed Scandal also.
I just finished Pleasure and Purpose about a week ago; I did enjoy it quite a bit. Thanks for your review, Janine – I probably wouldn’t have tried it otherwise.
I just wanted to say thank you guys So Much for reviewing Meredith Duran. Based entirely on what I read here, I went out and hunted down Bound By Your Touch and both it plus the next one were the most exhilarating literary experiences I’ve had from works written this century. *lol* I never would have known about her fabulous valuable writing if not for you guys. Thank you!
I’ve read and loved 5 of those: both Durans, both Jewels and the Thomas. Great list!
I loved Smooth Talking Stranger. One of my top books for 2009 too. And I recently read The Hunger Games, which was awesome, and am looking forward to the rest of that series, including Catching Fire.
Ooh, some of my favorites here, too! Great list – I look forward to seeing the other posts.
You know, even though I was only able to come up with nine books (my other top reads this year have been non-romance or not published in 2009, or both), it occurs to me that this is a pretty damn fine list. Definitely a case of quality over quantity. Many of these are pretty high on my top 100 of all time. 2009 has not been a bad year for me, romance-reading wise.
@dri: Oh, yes on Meredith Duran. I’ve become an avid fan–and I found her here.
Hmmmm…I HATED Lisa Kleypas’s Sugar Daddy (I was very happy I got it from the library), although I like her historicals (and a few, I love). Is Smooth-Talking Stranger more of the same? if so, I think I”m going to have to pass, I just didn’t like her contemporary voice. Or is STS a lot better than SD?
I liked Smooth Talking Stranger much better than Sugar Daddy, but I didn’t hate SD (I think it was a B- or C+ for me?), so I’m not sure. I would say that STS has more of a conventional-romance plotline than SD, but the voice and style aren’t radically different between the two.