Sophia Rose’s Top 10 Books of 2012

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This was such a wonderful year of books for me from tried-and-true authors, new-to-me authors and break through authors.  Some that I have chosen for my list are well known and some have only a small, but ever increasing following.  My list is in random order and is a mixture of genres.  I must also point out that this was only the tip of the iceberg so to speak and I could have kept going on and on about many more books and authors.

DemonicallyTemptedDemonically Tempted by Stacey Kennedy

I adored the idea of Tess, the gal who could talk to ghosts, helping the ghost, Kip who was a cop before he died solve his last case and in meantime the two fall in love.  Talk about star-crossed lovers!  In this sequel, big things happen and left me impatiently dying for the next book and as other readers know that’s a good problem to have.

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Immortal Surrender by Claire Ashgrove

Her delicious bringing of strong medieval knights of old into the modern world to fight demons was just the thing to appeal to me.  And these knights?  They are the tortured hero types that just tug on my heart strings.

 

MyFairConcubineMy Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin

For those of us who adore Historical Romance, we know it’s unusual and therefore a delightful surprise to read a historical set in ancient China.  This one had the added bene of being a retelling of the My Fair Lady story.

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No Turning Back by Tiffany A. Snow

Exciting Romantic Suspense at its best!  I love reading stories when I have no idea who can be trusted especially the romantic interests of the heroine.

Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevre

This was one of the best Fantasy Historical Romances that I have read and can you believe it?  It’s a Young Adult novel about a highly trained young female assassin who has the weight of saving a kingdom on her shoulders as she tries to juggle loyalties that pull her in opposite directions while experiencing love for the first time.

Graves’ On The Island by Tracy Gravis

I found this modern twist on the Robinson Crusoe story just beautiful.  I suppose technically it would fall into the category of a cougar romance because Anna is so much older than TJ, but the fact that they spent years together on the island alone and were forced to depend on each other for everything with no hope of rescue took away what we consider the older woman younger man taboo for me.

FirelightFirelight by Kristen Callihan

The world building of a whole dark, paranormal world in the Victorian era of London while also retelling the Beauty and the Beast love story was a delicious read.

 

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Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout

Okay, I jumped on the significant Lux series bandwagon after diving into the first book and being so enamored that I couldn’t put it down.  Who knew that a YA about a human bookblogger and cranky alien could be such an amazing reading experience?  This second book in the series was even more- just so much more than the first book.

FairGameFair Game by Patricia Briggs

Each and every Patricia Briggs book is a long awaited, anticipated event for me because her writing style is just lights-out some of the best.  Her werewolves and plot lines drew me in from the beginning and here, in this third book of her Alpha & Omega spin-off series I am still enthralled.

 

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A Hero Rising by Aubrie Dionne

This was my breakout year to first experience Sci-Fi Romance and this was the author who introduced me.  I loved her whole series, but this prequel story was heart-pounding excitement from beginning to end as the world of earth is in the throes of its last moments and still offers a tender romance for two heroic people.

 

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.