Fave 2009 Romance Books from BN's Heart to Heart Blog!

Whether you're new to romance -- itching to try it -- or a long-time fan, you'll want to check out this Dynamic Duos list: Pairs of best books - and an, ahem, threesome -- of my fave great reads, debuts and a couple just-for-funs from '09.  If you're not a Heart to Heart regular, please join us every day at H2H, where we talk all things romance fiction in a decidedly fun, smart and, yeah, often sexy way.

What romances are on your Best of 2009 list?  What fun categories would you add? -- Michelle Buonfiglio (H2H)




Seduced by Shadows -- Jessa Slade
Knight of Desire   -- Margaret Mallory













A Mermaid's Ransom -- Joey W. Hill

Kiss of a Demon King -- Kresley Cole













One Reckless Summer -- Toni Blake

Hot Pursuit -- Suzanne Brockmann


Sexiest Non-Erotic Romance Love Scene



Start Me Up -- Victoria Dahl

Hunt Her Down   -- Roxanne St. Claire














A Hint of Wicked -- Jennifer Haymore
Highland Rebel    
-- Judith James

The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie  -- Jennifer Ashley











Historical -- Erotic



Addicted -- Charlotte Featherstone

Gorgeous as Sin  -- Susan Johnson











Erotic Romance



Pleasure and Purpose -- Megan Hart

The Things That Make Me Give In  -- Charlotte Stein













Gallant Officer, Forbidden Lady -- Diane Gaston

The Desert King's Pregnant Bride -- Annie West















The Bridegroom -- Linda Lael Miller

The Lone Texan  -- Jodi Thomas












High-Seas Romance



Captured -- Beverly Jenkins

Surrender of a Siren  -- Tessa Dare

Categories: Best of Books
by CharlotteFeatherstone on ‎11-30-2009 04:54 PM

Michelle! What an honor! Thanks so much for enjoying Addicted!

I also loved Victoria Dahl, and Jennifer Haymore's novels. And I can see that I've got a few more books to add to my list!!!!


Again, thanks so much!


by Moderator becke_davis on ‎11-30-2009 05:42 PM

These are great - I've read most of them and the others are in my TBR pile. I agree with your choices but would also add Jennifer Ashley's THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE, Tessa Dare's GODDESS OF THE HUNT, Eloisa James' A DUKE OF HER OWN, Anna Campbell's CAPTIVE OF SIN and Sherry Thomas' NOT QUITE A HUSBAND. 


I read THE MISTLETOE WAGER by Christine Merrill just before Christmas last year, and I liked it so much I might give it another read this December.


Also, in the past year I've discovered a couple of paranormal series I love: G.A. Aiken's dragon books: DRAGON ACTUALLY, ABOUT A DRAGON and WHAT A DRAGON SHOULD KNOW. Another dragon series: Shana Abe's THE SMOKE THIEF, THE DREAM THIEF, QUEEN OF DRAGONS and THE TREASURE KEEPER. And Virginia Kantra's selkies: SEA WITCH, SEA FEVER and SEA LORD.


I thought of doing a Top Ten list, but couldn't even narrow it down by sub-genre.

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎11-30-2009 06:16 PM

Congrats, Charlotte. Looking forward to the next.


Becke, it's ridiculously difficult to choose!  Thanks for adding the fantasy/para books.  The Abes definitely rock, too, as well as the Kantras. Cutting off sub-genres is hard, too.  I always like to add fun categories, too, because there often are bits and pieces that deserve being set apart -- and it's also a hoot. 


BTW, I explained to my husband over lunch why the "shed scene" from St Claire's "Hunt Her Down" is hot.

by Charlotte_Stein on ‎11-30-2009 06:18 PM

Oh my word, Michelle- thank you so much. Like Charlotte, I'm absolutely honoured and thrilled. To be alongside Megan Hart (loved Pleasure and Purpose, too!) and on your list with so many wonderful authors that I've looked up to for so long- wow. I'm speechless. I keep checking the page to make sure I'm not misreading things.


Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Charlotte Stein

by Author ToniBlake11 on ‎11-30-2009 06:44 PM

Thanks so much for this honor, Michelle.  ONE RECKLESS SUMMER is truly my personal fave of all my books, and I'm so pleased to see it on your list! 

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎11-30-2009 06:55 PM

Oh, that shed scene deserves an award, for sure! I'm trying to put together a top ten romantic suspense list, but I'm afraid it's going to be more like a top one hundred.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎11-30-2009 06:56 PM

Toni - Your books are always on my "best-of" lists, too!

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎11-30-2009 06:56 PM

And I'm so excited for Jessa! I love it when debut authors get such buzz.

by Author Annacampbell on ‎11-30-2009 07:06 PM

Hi Michelle! Hi Becke!


Wow, what a fabulous list! Congratulations to everyone here but an especially HUGE congratulations to my very good friend and critique partner Annie West. I loved THE SHEIKH'S PREGNANT BRIDE - it's an amazing story, emotional, sensitive, passionate, dramatic, sexy. Yeah, all the GOOD adjectives! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Anna x

by DianeGaston on ‎11-30-2009 07:12 PM

Omigosh! I'm thrilled to see Gallant Officer, Forbidden Lady on this list. Thank you so much, Michelle! It's the first of three connected books and a bit of a change for me, so I'm so glad you liked it.

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