Generally speaking, the characters make the book for me, so yay, I can expand upon my favorite books by listing more with an emphasis on the engaging or compelling characters who people the stories.
Last year it was mostly heroines making my list, but this year, I felt there were a bunch of heroine/hero pairs that were lights-out together and apparently I like them best when they are running for their lives based on this list.
Do Me a Favor by Christina Hovland, Romantic Comedy
Sadie, a divorce lawyer, and Roman, a combat photographer now starting a photography business are a second chance at romance, but the character who stole the show is Roman’s Babushka. His grandmother was over the top hilarious.
The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick, Fiction
Single, widowed dad, Mitchell Fisher is the author’s latest average guy hero who turns out to be so engaging and easy to root for as he finds his way through life.
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner, Historical Fiction
I wanted to jump right into the story and be part of this group of people with diverse lives who came together for the love of a favorite author. My favorite was the quiet farmer, but the group as a whole were wonderful.
Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh, Urban Fantasy
This was the story I would have never thought to ask for, but ended up adoring loud, rough yet understanding Titus and emerging woman of steel Sharine so much. Their banter and their serious dialogue captivated me.
The Hidden Moon by Jeannie Lin, Historical Romantic Suspense
Wei-Wei and Gao were a wonderful class difference pair who made no sense on paper, yet the chemistry and every day contact made it impossible not to have them together. I loved her strong, independent spirit so much.
An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen, Inspirational Historical Romance
Richard Brockwell was a character that had to grow on me, but I was loving him dearly by the end when he got past the issue causing him to be a snot.
Arresting the Warlord by Gail Koger, Sci-Fi Romantic Comedy
Cee-Cee and Jake were a riot. His courtship sucked at first and she put him through his paces, but I had a good time with this pair as they partnered to bring down a supernatural and alien set of villains.
Legacy of Secrets by Helen Starbuck, narrated by Amy Deuchler Romantic Suspense
Evan was easy to love and his forbearance was amazing. I thought I hated the heroine for most of the book, but then Kate got over herself and her issues in the end to win me big.
Hope’s Folly by Linnea Sinclair, Sci-Fi Romance
Phillip and Rya were a stellar May-December romance and sensational partnership when the chips were down against so many enemies and an old worn-out space ship.
Jagged Edge by Kendall Talbot, Thriller
An electric, adrenaline rush of a pair of intelligent, skilled people working to solve a mystery and stay alive in the process.
What characters were memorable for you this year or make you auto-buy each new release so quick? Do Tell!
My thanks to Anne @ Books Are My Heart for hosting the Top Ten week-long event. You can visit her site and see the schedule here: https://booksofmyheart.net/2020/11/29/top-10-of-2020/
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