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Monday, January 7, 2013

Harlie's Top Book Picks of 2012


Its me again!  Whew, I read a lot of books in 2012 and I'm going to share some of my favorites that I reviewed and/or just read for my own pleasure.  So in no particular order, here they are:

1.  Dead Series by Lizzie T. Leaf - as most people know, I grew extremely tired of the paranormal genre in general so for me to post a paranormal series as one of my top picks of 2012 is something.  This series is intelligent, funny, sexy, suspenseful, and it builds from the first book of the series to the last one.  Lizzie never dumbs down the genre, nor does she make it overly graphic in nature.  Its about normal "paranormals" living amongst humans and the problems that they face within themselves.  Yes, there are vamps, weres, fae and demons.  The males aren't Uber Alpha and the females are not saps or doormats.  Highly recommended for everyone.

2.  That Filthy Book by Lily Harlem and Natalie Dae - O.M.G.  I mean seriously Lily and Natalie?  *wink*  Lily knows how much I love reading books about established couples and how they cope with their everyday lives and keeping fresh.  She and Natalie did not disappoint with this book.  Its raunchy, arousing, thought provoking but first and foremost, loving.  The devotion that the couple had to each other and their relationship is staggering.  It has a bit of everything that you have ever read in erotic romance and then some.  Its on the keeper shelf on the Kindle for all time.

3.  Archer's Lady by Moira Rogers - Again, another genre that I don't typically read but I'm so damn hooked on Moira Roger's Bloodhounds that I sometimes just look at the covers, close my eyes and remember...The genre I speak of is a mash up of Western Historical, Steam punk, Paranormal, and erotic.  I blame my friend Maria Durst for turning me on to the series and I've never looked back.  Archer is my favorite Bloodhound so far.  There are more coming this year.  Woo Hoo!

4.  Conditional Offer by Liz Crowe - I know, I know.  Its a Liz book but for me this is the best and my favorite of the whole Stewart Realty series.  Its the story of Craig and Suzanne.  I'm a self professed Jack fan but there was something about Craig that I just had to have his story told.  If you read my review, you know that you have to read the series in order as to realize what the side stories are but if all that had been left out, Conditional Offer would still be on this list.  I got lost in their relationship and have never been happier about a "book couple" and their HEA.

5.  A Dry Creek Bed series by Avery Flynn - Most people don't know that my favorite genre is romantic suspense.  Yes, I was weened on Sandra Brown, Cherry Adair, Karen Rose, Andrea Kane, Karen Robards and Tami Hong.  So when I get a chance to read a debut romantic suspense, I'm not sure what to expect.  Expect the unexpected from Ms. Flynn.  She takes what could be two dimensional characters and gives them depth, deep emotional layers and then throws in humor...*swoon*  Plus, her heroes aren't Uber either.  I grow tired of the same old hero and heroine in my romantic suspense.  Don't make them too stupid to live and just out right mean to each other.  Yes, I'm finding that more and more.  I like a strong man but not some of the ones that I'm reading now.  I would bitch slap them right back to their mommas.

That's all I have for right now.  I'm reading some really good ones right now.  I've pushed myself out of my comfort zone and its showing in what I'm posting on the blog.  Plus, I've started to review some YA on my PG-13 blog and that's been a blast too. 

So tell me, what are some of your favorite reads last year?  Don't worry.  My list is actually longer than that the one I posted but I didn't want bore everyone.  Watch for the other top reads in the next few weeks on Harlie's Books.



13 comments:

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks for the list, Harlie - they all sound interesting. :)

Harlie Reader said...

Tina, you made my longer list. Just haven't written the review. Sorry...

Harlie

P.S. Your Appointment with Pleasure series is awesome. Just saying...

Molly Daniels said...

I'm catching up on Liz's books:)

Maria D. said...

I read a lot of good books last year and the biggest thing for me were the number of indie books I read - something I had pretty much sworn I wasn't going to do but that I found myself doing anyway and yes, I've even found myself addicted to some YA stuff too....lol....Great list:)

Lily said...

Thanks for including That Filthy Book on your list, Harlie :-)

Avery Flynn said...

Wow, I'm so honored to have made you list! And don't worry, Chris' story has started rolling around in my head - finally! :)

Harlie Reader said...

Thanks Maria, Lily and Avery. I'm telling you peeps, Avery will blow you away. *sigh* Chris...

Harlie

Liz said...

thanks Marika! I love Craig too. *but wait until you get a hold of EVAN....I wager we will all be Team Evan in March*

Fiona McGier said...

One of my favorite reads was "Static" by L.A. Witt. Here is the link to my Amazon review, where I tried not to rave too much:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R3NDADPWXV0S6H

It was a totally different kind of love story, and hence I had no expectations, but it succeeded in making me laugh, cry and feel great tenderness towards both heroes.

And I'm with you, Harlie. I hate uber-alpha-hole heroes. Just because "the book that shall not be named lest she make even more money" has made butt-loads of $ for everyone, all of a sudden all we are getting is books about rich men into bondage who prefer virgins. Pardon me while I gag, and not from a ball-gag...just from lack of interest.

Keep those reviews coming girl...and books too. Make sure you keep on writing! We love you!

Harlie Reader said...

Fiona, you are soooo right about the book that shall not be named. UGH! Really? Some of the books that I have read last year, the hero was too mean, harsh, not caring/loving and well...a-holes.

On blog tours, I've actually had t email the coordinators and let them know that I just couldn't finish the book because of the "Too Stupid to Live" heroines and the idiot hero.

What happened to the stories about two equally flawed characters that I can actually care about?

Harlie/Marika

p.s. I love you, too.

jessicaaspen.com said...

What a great list! And such a variety. The only one I've read is Lizzie T. Leaf, and I love her sense of humor. :) Based on your recommendation of her I'll be checking out the others too!

Lizzie said...

Thank you so much for including the DEAD series on your list, Harlie. A very delightful surprise!

Thank you again!!!!

Anallee D said...

I.O. Book tours did the entire series and we loved it!!!