Last week we showcased our favorite contemporary picks; this week, it’s the historicals (and our two lucky winners…in other words, books that received more than one vote).
Top Pick: Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas
Top Pick: The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
Runner Up: Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas
“I’ll have to go with the first book I read in 2008 and still nothing has held a candle to it: The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. Not a straight romance, but it’s everything I hope for when I sit down to read a good, meaty book.
Private Arrangements, though, comes in a very close second. The laughter, the tears, the flat out intelligent writing made for a fantastic and surprising read.”
Top Pick: A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander
Runners Up: Wicked is the Night by Catherine Mulvany and The One that I Want by Nancy Warren
“My favorite of the year is Tasha Alexander’s A Fatal Waltz. It’s the third book in the series, and my favorite so far. I really enjoyed the setting in Vienna, and also appreciated that we began to see some interesting aspects of not only Emily and Robert, but of some of the secondary characters in the series. Plus, the romance between Emily and Colin made some very nice progress. Next to this, my favorites would have to be Catherine Mulvany’s Wicked is the Night and Nancy Warren’s The One I Want.”
Top Pick: The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long
Runners Up: Not without Her Family by Beth Andrew and Broken Wing by Judith James
“My favorite this year was The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long. It’s fast-paced, with an unusual plot and settings, an entirely delectable hero and a heroine who has a clue. Very funny and gripping at the same time. My runner-up is Not Without Her Family by debut author Beth Andrews. The characters are well-rounded (unusually so for a series romance) and everything was just right, making it highly
enjoyable to read.