Probably the most surprising thing about my Best of 2020 list is that it does actually include some books NOT written by Gregory Ashe! I know – What a Shocker: P He’s published a phenomenal TEN books in 2020 – I’ve read nine of them and every single one of those has received DIK status, which is, surely unprecedented; I’ve never given so many A grades to a single author in a single year. But every one of those DIKs is absolutely deserved; his books are clever, funny, insightful, gritty, angsty, and romantic – and no one – NO ONE – does rip-your-heart-out-and-stomp-on-it slow burn romance quite like he does.
My best book of 2020 was not a romance, though it did have a romantic subplot. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James was perfection in book form and was the highlight of my reading year. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, which also had a sweet romance running through it, was a close second. If you like mystery, suspense and a touch of horror combined with your romance, these are the books for you.
If not, you’re in luck! I also found several absolutely fabulous romance reads and they are as follows: […]
This year turned out to be one in which I was extra thankful for a good book to lose myself in. January 2020 began horribly (COVID aside), and things didn’t improve much until July. Now I can happily say that 2020 was a year of miracles for me – a year that forever changed my perspective on life. Reading time was rare in 2020 so I was happy to spend it with some excellent books. […]
Reading (and reviewing) romance is wonderful. The genre provides so many great kinds of storytelling, but this year my heart (again) belonged to Romantic Suspense – and more specifically, to Gregory Ashe. Honestly, reader, my Best of 2020 could be wholly limited to titles he’s released this year! Clever, funny, sexy, romantic, awkward, heartwarming, gut wrenching…Mr. Ashe’s books – EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM – take you through the gamut of emotions; they’re brilliant. Each time I pick up an Ashe title I doubt he can top himself, and LITERALLY every time, he does. […]
It’s that time of year when we all start looking back at the things we did (and maybe didn’t do!) during the past months, and when sites such as ours start putting together lists of what we consider to be “The Best of 2020”. This has certainly been a most unusual year, but we’re not planning on breaking with that tradition, so here without further ado, is our first “Best of” list, from Charlotte Elliott. […]
We call this annual column The Best Romance Novels of a given year and it is, but with a caveat. Each reviewer picks a single book she thought was the best – defined as excelling all others. Thus this is a list of individual choices rather than a voted on list by the staff. […]
Like many an AAR reader, I was a child repeatedly decried as “lost in a book.” I am a swift reader and, while growing up, read a book every two days. In 2019, I read 87 books (for the first time) and reread countless others. And, fortuitously, I lost myself in many. […]
Like many of my fellow reviewers, I’ve had a decent – if not outstanding – reading year. A quick look through my reviews shows a good number of B and B+ grades and a handful of DIKs, although my favourite genre – Historical Romance – made a pretty poor showing (again), with many of my previously “must-read” authors failing to deliver the sort of engrossing, emotionally satisfying stories I’d hoped for. Like last year, I’ve looked more and more often to other genres to feed my reading habit (!), and happily have found a number of other authors to add to that list. […]
2019 was my year of the B romance novel. Book after book it was a case of “I love everything about this story except. . . .” or “This novel was almost a DIK but. . . .” Fortunately, there were just enough exceptions to that list that I could come up with ten truly fantastic romances that I think almost anyone will love. […]