rita_award The 2012 RITA winners were officially announced on the last full evening at the RWA convention, on July 28, 2012. Many of us like to compare the winners to what we have already read and AAR reviewers are no exception.

Here are the RITA winners:

Best Paranormal Romance –Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

Best Romance Novella –I Love the Earl by Caroline Linden

Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements – First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Best Historical Romance – The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne

Best Inspirational Romance – The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena Miller

Best Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure – Soldier’s Last Stand by Cindy Dees

Best Contemporary Single Title Romance – Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe

Best Regency Historical Romance – A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

Best Young Adult Romance – Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Best Contemporary Series Romance – Doukakis’s Apprentice by Sarah Morgan

Best Romantic Suspense – New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb

We started discussed books that all of us at AAR had read, and Leigh started off by saying that,” I can’t say that I have paid big attention to the RWA but this year it was fun and more real after I signed up to follow Lynn and Blythe on my dormant Twitter account. Sunday night I signed in again … to discover that the RITA winners had been posted.

Normally I have read one or two, but this year I was batting zero causing me to shoot off an e-mail to the AAR staff stating ‘It’s official, I haven’t read any of the winners. Unless I read the Barbara O’Neal -I sort of remember looking at it. However if I read it- it wasn’t memorable to me. Of course then everyone chimed in stating if they had read any of the books.'” And Leigh wasn’t alone.

The book that most of us had read was Joanna Bourne’s The Black Hawk. Lee, Lynn, Sandy, Blythe, Dabney, Jean and Rike have all read it. It was a favorite book for several reviewers in 2011, and they were happy to see her win in what was a very tough category.

Dabney had read I Love the Earl, and several of us – Blythe, Dabney, Lee and our newest reviewer, Elizabeth – had all read A Night to Surrender. Sandy and Wendy both read Dragon Bound, and very much enjoy it. Blythe and I have read From New York to Dallas, and I also read First Grave on the Right, which I enjoyed.

And then there are the neverending TBRs. I have the Barbara O’Neal book in mine, and Lynn already has First Grave on the Right, Boomerang Bride, Enclave, and A Night to Surrender all sitting in her TBR pile – and she plans to try a few more!

When it came to the RITA nominees, that’s where reviewers had read a lot more of the offerings. You can find the list of RITA finalists here. I won’t bore you with a long rundown of which reviewers read which books, but among us, we have read all of the following so far and several more lurk in TBR piles:

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt

The Welcome Home Garden Club by Lori Wilde

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

The Devil in Disguise by Stefanie Sloane

Nightfall by Ellen Connor

Always a Temptress by Eileen Dreyer

Unveiled by Courtney Milan

At Hidden Falls by Barbara Freethy

Hidden Away by Maya Banks

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

The Doctor’s Deadly Affair by Stephanie Doyle

The Danger of Desire by Elizabeth Essex

The Many Sins of Lord Cameron by Jennifer Ashley

Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist

My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren

Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

Changeling Moon by Dani Harper

Envy by J.R. Ward

Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke

How to Marry a Duke and How to Seduce a Scoundrel, both by Vicky Dreiling

“Angel’s Wolf” by Nalini Singh, from the Angels of Darkness anthology

“Chaos in Death” by J.D. Robb and “Unforgiven” by Ruth Ryan Langan, from The Unquiet anthology

“One Wish:A Christmas Story” by Jodi Thomas, from the A Texas Christmas anthology

Secrets of Bella Tera by Christina Dodd

True Shot and True Colors, both by Joyce Lamb

Now it is your turn. How many of the nominees did you read? How many of the winners? Are you going to add any winners to your TBR pile? How do you find your tastes match up with the RITA nominees and winners lists?

– Maggie Boyd

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I enjoy spending as much time as I can between the covers of a book, traveling through time and around the world. When I'm not having adventures with fictional characters, I'm an attorney in Virginia and I love just hanging out with my husband, little man, and the cat who rules our house.