This is a list of my favorite books that were released in 2007. It does not include books I read in 2007 that were released in 2006 or earlier. I say this because I read a lot of "older" books in 2007, as I am fairly new to the romance genre and I had a lot of catching up to do!
I started reading romance about 15 months ago, and became terribly addicted to paranormal romance, so you'll see that all of my picks come from that genre, save for one contemporary. Unfortunately, I have about 75 books that I bought in 2007 that sit on my TBR shelf unread. I wish I had gotten to them before the year ended, as they will forever be out of the race for my top reads of 2007. Oh well. C'est la vie.
Please feel free to agree or disagree with my choices, and say so, too! I'm curious to know what books were at the top of your 2007 reads. Maybe there is a spectacular author that I need to check out! :)
1. Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson.
C.L. Wilson has a beautiful story telling voice and an eloquent writing style that pulls you into this magical world. Lord of the Fading Lands is an amazing mix of a dark, epic adventure and a fairy tale romance. Not classic HEA in nature, this fantasy love story is full of magic and suspense. I'm sure the sequel, Lady of Light and Shadows would have made this list as well, if I had finished reading it in 2007. Holidays got in the way of this one... :(
2. Demon Angel by Meljean Brook.
Meljean has an incredible talent for world building and character development, and this novel had probably the most intricate plot of all the books I read in 2007. The demon-angel-vampire-human world that Meljean created leads seamlessly to a captivating and detailed story arc. The deeply developed characters and unexpected plot twists keeps you in suspense--and then desperate for more--until the very last page. Lilith is an extraordinary, unforgettable character, and Hugh is the epitome of a hero.
3. Demon Moon by Meljean Brook.
Again, Meljean has an incredible talent for world building and character development. Colin and Savitri--Demon Moon's hero and heroine-- are incredibly unique characters. The obstacles they face on their own and together, in conjunction with a riveting story arc and unimaginable plot twists, delivers an unforgettable love story. Once again, I was in heart wrenching suspense until the very last page.
4. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.
Another series romance that will have the love story between the hero and heroine an ongoing tale throughout the series. I loved the interaction between the hero and heroine. Some moments were witty, some passionate, some tender, and there was always some adventure to be had. Such a fanastic read and I'm already counting down the days to the sequel, One Foot in the Grave coming out in April 2008.
5. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.
Edward. Bella. Jacob. These three are my brand of heroine! This is the series that brought me into the world of paranormal romance, so it will always have a special place on my shelves and in my heart.
Also recommend Twilight (2005) and New Moon (2006).
6. Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night by Kresley Cole.
Unique characters, unusual circumstances, fantastic dialogue, and irresistible attraction give this novel a spot on my list for 2007. I love this series! The myriad of secondary characters is awesome, and I hope Kresley Cole writes a story for all of them! :)
Also recommend Hunger Like No Other (2006) and No Rest for the Wicked (2006).
7. Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian.
Midnight Awakening is Lara's third book in her Midnight Breed Series and is the story of Tegan and Elise. Tegan has been my favorite Breed Warrior since the inception of this series with Kiss of Midnight and my expectations of his character and his story were more than met. The emotional and sexual tension between Tegan and Elise was beautifully articulated and made for a great romance read.
Also highly recommend Kiss of Midnight (2007) and Kiss of Crimson (2007).
8. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh.
Nalini is yet another author with amazing world building talents! The Psy-Changeling world is sometimes a bit frightening and at other times extremely comforting. The world is made up of some extremely diverse beings, yet Nalini seamlessly breaks down barriers and brings together the most unlikely combinations of characters with the power of love. There's no going wrong with a sentiment like that!
Don't miss Slave to Sensation (2006) and Visions of Heat (2007) as well!
9. Driven by Eve Kenin
A futuristic, post-apocalyptic love story. It's unique premise and setting, this novel was a pleasantly fun and satisfying romance. It is a great start to a potentially great series!
10. Witch Fire by Anya Bast
Ellora's Cave author goes mainstream with this paranormal romance, and it's an ideal blend of steamy sex, romance, and adventure. Very sexy book... I loved it.
And because I just couldn't stop at 10 ....
11. Taken by the Night by Kathryn Smith
I love Kathryn Smith's Brotherhood of the Blood Series--a terrific mix of historical and paranormal romance, and Taken by the Night is book 3 in this great series. Another book with a unique setting (19th century brothel); add in an unusual murder mystery, a complicated, strong willed heroine and a sexy vampire hero, and it makes my top list! :)
12. Lover Unbound by JR Ward.
I know there is much controversy regarding the final outcome of this romance novel. While I cannot ignore the fact that the the focus in this fantastic world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood has shifted, I also can't forget that I was completely and utterly engrossed in this edgy and sexy book from the moment I read the first page until... well... the end, so it earns a place on my list. Every scene with Z was amazing in this book, and I absolutely love watching his character continue to develop throughout the series. Phury was also in top form throughout the book, as was the new trioka of JM, Blay and Qhuinn (although I am finding the side story of "JM is Darius" to be a bit drawn out by now). I think I could have absolutely LOVED Lover Unbound if the last 20 pages or so were written just a bit differently. It's just that I can't overlook the sinking feeling that started with regard to the plot around p. 484 or so and remained with me right through the end, even after I finished the last words on p. 502. I know everything in the BDB world happens for a reason, that there are no coincidences, but the ending of this book left this BDB addict disappointed. Needless to say, I am still really looking forward to future books in this series, starting with Phury's book, Lover Enshrined due out on June 3, 2008, and, of course, Rehvenge's book due out in hardcover in 2009!
13. Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas.
The only contemporary I read in 2007, and I admit I only picked it up because Lisa was on a book tour for Sugar Daddy, and was doing a signing in my local Barnes and Noble. Needless to say, I'm so glad I flipped the bucks for this book (hardcover--yikes!)! It was a wonderfully rich and emotional coming of age kind of romance. I'm sooo looking forward to the sequel, The Blue Eyed Devil in 2008. Read this short excerpt on Lisa's site. O.M.G. great scene... you should check it out even if you don't intend on reading the book. Seriously.
Obviously, I'm such a sucker for series based on a brotherhood of good guy vampires! .... sucker... vampire... LOL But it's true!
So? What do you think of my list? Be honest! *cough*samantha*cough*dee*cough*! ;)