78 Responses to “I stole an ARC and I liked it…(giveaway)”

  1. Baz May 25, 2011 at 10:18 PM #

    The best romance novel I’ve read in 2011 was “When Beauty Tamed The Beast” by Eloisa James. I enjoyed the rise and fall of the characters, what it took for them each to see love and be loved. And the subplot with his parents was divine!

  2. Kaetrin May 26, 2011 at 1:00 AM #

    I’ve read and listened to (I love audiobooks too) lots of romance novels this year but so far, the best would have to be One Real Thing by Anah Crow and Diane Fox – I chose this one by looking back at the grades I’ve given so far for the year, so even though it’s a Carina title, I’m not sucking up truly!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hopefully the giveaway is open to Australians. If so, please count me in. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. ClaudiaGC May 26, 2011 at 9:21 AM #

    I’ve just read Breaking Point by Pamela Clare and I loved it! It’s definitely going to be in the top list of my 2011 reads. I am not really surprised that I liked this book so much because I adore all of her books. They are just great!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Laura May 26, 2011 at 9:28 AM #

    The best romance I’ve read this year was Eloisa James’s When Beauty Tamed the Beast. Loved the sexy but damaged hero. And bonus for gory period medical details!

  5. Allison May 26, 2011 at 9:30 AM #

    One book I loved is the latest In Death release – Treachery in Death. My favorite of the series so far. But as far as straight romance goes, my favorite(s) of 2011 so far are both from Mary Balogh’s Slighty series…Slightly Tempted and Slightly Scandalous. They were great!

  6. Laura May 26, 2011 at 9:33 AM #

    “Fragile Dreams” by Viviane Brentanos is, hands down, the best romance I’ve read this year. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it was just beautifully written.

  7. Jeffe Kennedy May 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM #

    What about a set of Ginsu knives, too?? I don’t know that it’s my favorite romance of the year, but I just finished Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Glitter Baby and loved it. She is amazing at creating characters, who change in believable ways. Loved the romantic, glamorous sweep of the story. Everything I look for in a romance read!

  8. India Powers May 26, 2011 at 9:50 AM #

    My favorite romance this year was UNVEILED by Courtney Milan. I completely and totally fell in love with the hero, and I loved the twist at the end that allowed the couple to be together. Wonderful!

  9. Joanne May 26, 2011 at 9:55 AM #

    Potent Pleasures by Eloise James was a game changer for me. I loved it and told everyone about it. Now that I’ve read the whole series, it’s not the most solid of the three, but it’s specials since it was the first.


  10. Lynnd May 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM #

    I’m torn between Courtney Milan’s Unveiled and Thea Harrison’s Dragon Bound as the best of the year (so far). They are both excellent stories and kept me up way past my bedtime.

  11. Kim May 26, 2011 at 10:39 AM #

    Hmm that’s a tough one. Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis was probably my favorite so far this year.

  12. Leslie Ahuvah May 26, 2011 at 10:41 AM #

    Gory, sexy historical masterpiece: The Witch of Cologne, by Tobsha Lerner.

  13. g_lavo May 26, 2011 at 10:42 AM #

    I just discovered Georgette Heyer this year so “Frederica” has by far been my favorite romance. I have already read it twice. I did also really love “When Beauty Tamed The Beast”. It was very funny for a what should have been a dark and tormented story.

  14. Steven May 26, 2011 at 10:42 AM #

    The best romance I’ve read so far in 2011 was Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander by Ann Herendeen. The plot was fascinating, and I loved that it included many other romantic relationships and friendships in addition to the main couple. This is the fort book by the author and I can’t wait for more!

  15. cayenne May 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM #

    My favourite romance this year is a toss-up between Julie Anne Long’s What I Did for a Duke and Sarah Maclean’s Nine Rules – both examples of the aloof hero who believes he’ll never fall in love…and then does. Both so well written!

  16. Anne Marsh May 26, 2011 at 11:28 AM #

    Best romance for 2011 so far for me is Lora Leigh’s NAVARRO’S PROMISE. Love, love, love me some shifters and the Breed world just keeps on getting better. I also fell in love with Joanna Bourne– a new-to-me author. I’m usually not a huge fan of historical spy romances, but her voice and the sensual detailing of Napoleonic France…. well, I read FORBIDDEN ROSE in one sitting.

  17. Sandra Rosa May 26, 2011 at 11:54 AM #

    I’d have to say Bound by your Touch by Meredith Duran, it had a freshness to it!

  18. Michelle May 26, 2011 at 4:17 PM #

    This hard but I think I have to go with Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay series: Sea Swept, Rising Tides, and Inner Harbor. (I know, not a single book) I have to admit that I have not read all of Roberts’ back catalog and it has been awhile since I had read any of her books; contemporary romances are not my favorite. However, I forgot how stinkin’ awesome she is at writing characters that you love. Oh how I cried and laughed over those pages.

    BTW, I read Dragon Bound a couple weeks ago, since you would not stop fawning over it and I thought it was worth all the fawning! Probably my second favorite romance of the year so far. Thanks for the great recs!

  19. Tessa K. May 26, 2011 at 8:01 PM #

    Yay, SB Sarah! I don’t know if it counts as a romance, but I love, love, loved First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones – It has a romantic subplot, but may fit more into the urban fantasy genre – I am not confident of my genre divisions. After that I would say Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts, but I must also put out there that I am a huge Nora fan and thus very biased.

    P.S. I also love watching the Dallas/Roarke relationship developments in the In Death series.

  20. ErinW May 27, 2011 at 12:38 AM #

    I can’t choose just one… tied in my first place are Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley and ThePerfect Play by Jaci Burton. Adored both of them!!

  21. Faith May 27, 2011 at 11:08 AM #

    I really enjoyed Kristin Higgins’ My One and Only… it was a lot of fun, and in true HIggins style, the stakes were raised beyond what I thought anyone could bear before resolution came. And I love how she always incorporates pets into her stories!

  22. Sarah May 27, 2011 at 11:13 AM #

    11 Scandals has been the best so far for me, but looking forward to Julia Quinn’s new one on Tuesday!

  23. krisseev May 27, 2011 at 11:22 AM #

    Every book I’m reading seems to be my favorite at the time. I really like Karina Cooper’s Before the Witches though.

  24. Aislinn May 27, 2011 at 11:23 AM #

    It’s a toss-up betwee Julie Anne Long’s What I Did for a Duke and Eloisa James’s When Beauty Tamed the Beast. And 2011 isn’t even half over yet.

  25. Carla May 27, 2011 at 11:31 AM #

    I haven’t been able to narrow my list of this year’s favorites to just one, but my favorites so far are Thea Harrison’s Dragon Bound (thank you twitter for the recommendation) and Tymber Dalton’s The Reluctant Dom have both stayed with me long after the first reading. I would recommend either book to anyone looking for a read that will impress the importance of knowing yourself well enough to love your partner.

  26. naomi May 27, 2011 at 11:45 AM #

    The best romance I’ve read so far in 2010 is In The Dark of Dreams by Marjorie M. Liu. Thea Harrison’s Dragon Bound was a close second along with Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis.

    It’s been a good year for romance so far.

  27. Caren May 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM #

    My favorite romance was between Mia and Adam in If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Summer May 27, 2011 at 12:13 PM #

    Best one … “Matched” by Ally Condie …

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