*I edited this post to add a book I read and loved and forgot to add (Blood Challenge)
There were a few 2011 books I read in 2010 that I think you should check out. They don’t appear on my personal 2010 top ten list because that’s against *my* rules for my own top ten–books there have to have released in 2010 or earlier. But these books that I got advance peaks at are fantastic books so I think you should keep an eye out for them.
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (May 3, 2011) — I’m starting out with this one because it’s from a debut author and this book totally knocked my socks off. Jane from Dear Author told me I had to read it and, well, I’m glad she did because it’s a fun, fun book with great characters, a well-told story and world building that makes me want to revisit. If you like dragons at all, or have even a smidgen of interest in paranormals–and even if you think you’re burnt out–put this one on your 2011 wish list. There’s no cover copy on Amazon yet and the author’s website appears to be under construction, so here you go: Passion heats up as dangers and desires clash in a brand-new series. Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful—and passionate—of the Elder races.
Blood Challenge by Eileen Wilks– this is a series that I don’t think nearly enough people read. And that I don’t think Ms. Wilks writes nearly fast enough in. One of the things I appreciate about this series is that, with the exception of a few installments, it follows the same hero/heroine. I’m a sucker for a good series that has the same ongoing protagonists, rather than rotating hero/heroine. This installment doesn’t disappoint and it moves both the overall plot and the central relationships forward in a satisfying way.
India Black by Carol K. Carr (January 4th) — This is historical fiction, which isn’t my normal genre, but I popped it open and wow, the narrative voice just drew me right in. This book wasn’t perfect for me (the end lingered a bit too long) but I found it an easy, enjoyable read.
Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb (February 22nd) — I love this series. I said in an earlier post that JD Robb can string me along in this series forever, if she’d like, because frankly I’d miss these books if there were no more new installments. But I particularly enjoyed this installment. I liked the difference in the crime and mystery, and I liked feeling as though we were seeing a turning point into Eve’s emotional and psychological growth. It’s nice not to feel as if a character is stagnant (like I feel about Stephanie Plum) in a series but actually grows and matures in both personal and work relationships and matters. If you’ve never read this series, I highly recommend Naked in Death (quite possibly my favorite book of all time)
Perfect Play by Jaci Burton (February 1st) — Um…yum. Super yum. Not just the cover but what’s inside. I first started reading Jaci when she was writing erotic romance, but I’ve always enjoyed her non-erotic books as well. This one is a solid, well-written contemporary romance with some super steaminess inside. Plus, I adore football like whoa and damn, so I loved having a football hero. But never fear, even if you don’t like sports you won’t feel overhwhelmed by the sports. You’ll still enjoy what lies at the heart of this book: a classic love story between two people!
Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh (January 25th) — I think I said most of what I need to about Nalini’s books in my post about my top ten faves, but about this one I’ll say it’s a welcome installment to this series. We learn more about the world, have the introduction of a new (potentially important) character and get more romance (and more sex, reeowr) and more character background development. But none of that at the expense of the story and plot. This is only book 3, so there’s time to read books one and two before it releases if you go now, quick, hurry!
2011 books I have waiting to be read that you might want to check out:
Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter (January 4th) — I’m actually reading this at the time of the writing of this post (the weekend)
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa (January 25th)
A Lot Like Love by Julie James (March 1st)
Con & Conjure by Lisa Shearin
And books I don’t have but am highly anticipating for 2011:
Yours by Design by Shannon Stacey
River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton
Hidden Away by Maya Banks
The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons by Katie MacAlister
Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance) by Larissa Ione
Children of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy
Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook