As far as I'm concerned, 2009 was the Year of Uniform Fabulousness (YOUF) in romance. Perhaps better stated, it was the year in which so many great romances were released, it was miserably difficult to separate front runners.
So when faced with the task of offering up a list of my fave romances for BN's Best of 2009, I reengineered, if you will, my compulsively methodical approach to "year's best" list making, and went gut first, first.
Rather than begin by looking at columns, features and notes I wrote about books from '09, I thought like the romance reader I am; I mused on and daydreamed about the books and elements that simply popped into my mind, like quirky or extraordinary heroes/heroines, memorable riffs and storylines, and scenes that nudged at my psyche.
After I tossed the related titles in a file, I researched the usual suspects from the year in review and books I'd written about or simply read. Then, I came up with a short list of categories we most discussed here at H2H in the past five months - and at Unabashedly Bookish since May -- as well as a couple "just for funs." And it also seemed cool to choose a duo in each category, giving a nod to the fact that I happily could have chosen about ten.
So check out this BN Best of 2009: Romance list. Which of your 2009 faves would you add? PLUS: Add romance categories to the list - and winners in those cats - you'd like to see.
Click here to see what winning authors have to say about the list, and for BN Best of 2009 in books, film, TV and music!
Knight of Desire -- Margaret Mallory
Seduced by Shadows -- Jessa Slade
A Mermaid's Ransom -- Joey W. Hill
Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark Series #6) -- Kresley Cole
Sexiest Non-Erotic Romance Love Scene
Historical -- Erotic