Friday, January 4, 2013

The Best of 2012: All of our favorite books, series & debut authors of the year! (Giveaway)

We've been 'Ringing' in the New Year all week long with our 'READ' in the New Year event so we thought that we'd take some time to remember 2012. We've put together a list of our all time favorites from last year and here they are!

( see, what had happen'd was...I had a hard time narrowing things down!)

Favorite New/ Discovered Series of 2012:
Black Knight Inc. Series by Julie Ann Walker
The Hero Series by Laura Kaye
Loving on the Edge Series by Roni Loren
Black Opals Series by Tori St. Claire
The Curse of the Templers by Claire Ashgrove
Moon Shifter Series by Katie Reus

Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Fifty Shades of Grey Series by E.L. James
Rescue Me Series by Kallypso Masters
Downside Ghosts Series by Stacia Kane
Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis
Wing Slayer Series by Jennifer Lyon

Favorite Debut Author of 2012:
Julie Ann Walker
Katee Robert
Gina L. Maxwell
Roni Loren
Britt Bury
Katie Porter (Okay, so two pro-authors but together they make a debut author!)

Favorite Books of 2012:
(All received 5 Stars Ratings)
Wait For Me by Elisabeth Naughton (released in 2011)
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker
Her Forbidden Hero by Laura Kaye
Angel In Chains by Cynthia Eden
Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione
Melt Into You by Roni Loren
Enraptured by Elisabeth Naughton
Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton
Never Seduce a Scoundrel by Maya Banks
Lothaire by Kresley Cole
Just Gotta Say by Laura Kaye (released 2011)

Honorable Mentions (4.5 Star Ratings)
Double Time by Olivia Cunning
Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward
Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter
Under Fire by Catherine Mann

For my complete list of The Best of 2012 visit my Goodreads Shelf!


Favorite Books of 2012:
Iced by Karen Marie Moning 
Firelight by Kristen Callihan
Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan
Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson
Forever And A Day by Delilah Marvelle
Inked Magic by Jory Strong
Assassins in Love by Kris DeLake
Trust in Me by Skye Warren

Favorite Debut Authors of 2012
Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson
Assassins in Love by Kris DeLake

Favorite Series read/discovered in 2012:
The Rumor series by Delilah Marvelle
Charlie Maddigan series by Kelly Gay
The Chronicles of the Warlands by Elizabeth Vaughan
Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt
Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan
Blud series by Delilah S. Dawson

Crystal L:

Favorite New/Discovered Series of 2012:
Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost - *le sigh* I love Cat and Bones. I might be the Red Reaper next Halloween...
Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs - In my super hero life, I am Mercy. Adam is just a bonus.
The League by Sherrilyn Kenyon - I love this series so much is freakin' ridiculous. Hot aliens and awesome story lines.
Dream Man Series by Kristen Ashley - Loved this series for it's Alpha hunks and the crazy women they fall in love with. KA has an unbelievable writing style!
Sweet Series by Maya Banks - These books were so awesome I read them like the book crack they are! Non-stop until my husband pried the Nook from my hands.
Nights in Bliss Colorado Series by Sophie Oak - If you have not read this series, go out and buy it right now! Not only is it hot, hot, hot, kinky romance, but this is one of the funniest series I've ever read. Totally made me love Sophie Oak!
Lords of Deliverance by Larissa Ione - Holy Crap. Only Ione can make me fall in love with the Horseman of Death... *waves* Hi Thantos! Call me baby...
The Burg Series by Kristen Ashley - Yes... she's that good that she has MORE THAN one series that I adore.
Rock Chick Series by Kristen Ashley - Anyone sensing a theme here? Anyone at all? Oh, and Luke from book #5 - I'm your Ava honey. Just come on over to my place. Don't mind the husband sitting on the couch with the WTF look.
Shifters Unbound Series by Jennifer Ashley - I LOVE my beasties!
Riley Jensen Series by Keri Arthur - I cried when I read the last book. Not because it was sad, but because I was so freaking bummed there were no more books!
Brown Siblings by Lauren Dane - Everyone should read this series. Seriously.
Nauti Boys by Lora Leigh - I swear this woman writes the most delicious men...
Firefighters of Station Five by Jo Davis - Firefighters *drools*

Favorite Debut Author of 2012:
Kit Rocha - Okay, so this debut author isn't so debut after all. It's really a pen name for Moira Rogers. But they released their first dystopian-type romance this year, Beyond Shame, and it rocked!
Nancy Northcott - Loved her world building and kick ass characters!
Roni Loren - For those loving heart tugging stories with some naughty behavior thrown in.
Julie Ann Walker - Sexy bikers & government agents? Kick ass!
Cecy Robson - Interesting characters that will crack you up and keep you hooked.
Shawntelle Madison - This chick managed to write an OCD heroine that I adored. That's talent. Just sayin'.
Macy Beckett - She may be added to my book crack list if she keeps up with her awesomeness.

Favorite Books of 2012:
Iced by Karen Marie Moning - Ridiculously controversial, but an insanely good addition to an outstanding Urban Fantasy series.
Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost - *ahem* I keep waiting for my own Vlad, but nobody delivers him to me! WHY?!
In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker - Funny, sexy, and my favorite so far for this series.
Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley - Amazingly hot read by an extremely talented writer! You'll laugh, you'll want to punch somebody, and you might even cry!
Born of Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Science Fiction and romance? Sold! Heart wrenching love story thrown in? Meet my precious... you must get your own precious...
Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis - Quirky asthmatic (hello! that's totally me!) & a hot Sheriff (what the hubby used to be!) Loved this book!
Fury by Laurann Dohner - *purrs in interest* sexy Alpha men with caveman tendencies? *purrs in satisfaction*
Trouble in Texas by Katie Lane - There's chicken feathers involved people... it's just that good.

What better way to celebrate the New Year then with books? We're giving away a $15.00 Amazon gift card to one reader! Use it to pick up something from one of our lists or a book that you've had on your wish list. To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling us what some of your favorite books of 2012 were. Was one on our lists? Is there a new series that has you addicted? Did we miss a debut author that you think we should check out? Let us know! Then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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  1. I loved Beautiful Disaster and On the Island. I can't wait for Walking Disaster later this year. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Some of my favorites are
    -Supernaturally Kissed-Stacey Kennedy,Demonically Tempted -Frostbite Book 2(this is a great series)
    -Hammer It Home and Nailed to the Wall -Jayne Rylon (Powertool series is another great one)
    -Cat Scratch Fever-Jodi Redford
    -Rocky Mountain Desire-Vivian Arend(top of the list sries to read for me)
    -Bitter Blood-Rachel Caine (favorite YA series)
    -Taking A Shot -Jaci Burton
    -Power Play-Awakening #2-Cat Grant & Rachel Haimowitz
    -Because You Are Mine serial by Beth Kery
    -Rock Hard Heat (Book 2)- Cristal Ryder
    The Cat’s Meow-Stacey Kennedy(looking forward to more in this series)

  3. I did some traveling this year and it afforded me the opportunity to do a lot of reading. A lot of reading - over 300 books. I really enjoyed The Rake and The Recluse serial by Jenn LeBlanc; it was very good. I read everything written/published by Sarah Ballance, Terry Odell, Jessica Scott,and Regan Black. Got caught up in books by Allison Brennan, J.T. Ellison, and Linda Castillo. Read the To Die series by Lisa Jackson. Throw in books by Karen Ranney/Katherine Storm, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Mariah Stewart, Nora Roberts, and J.D. Robb, and a slew of other authors - it was a very good year!!

  4. Seeing Maya Banks' name on the list makes me more and more excited to read the first book in her Montgomery and Armstrong series.

    I loved her previous Highlander/McCabe series.

    Also +1 for Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series!

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

  5. I loved Iced, everything by Stacia Kane, and Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster.

  6. Firelight by Kristen Callihan and Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson were two of my favorite debuts this year and they were on Lexi's list. My top five favorite reads this year were Jennifer Estep's Widow's Web, Kevin Hearne's Tricked, Meljean Brooks' Riveted, Ann Aguirre's Endgame and Cassie Alexander's Nightshifted.

  7. I loved Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb and A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison.

  8. My favorite book was Fever by Lauren DeStefano.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. One of my favorite new authors is Sara Humphreys and her Amoveo Legend series.

  10. mercy thompson and night huntress series are part of my favorite for long ^^ in 2012 i've added the sentinel of new orleans series by suzanne johnson

  11. We did share some of the same favorites. I love the In Death books and anything by Sherilyn Kenyon. Looking forward to finding new favorites and reading old.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  12. Loved Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series and Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. I also read Jill Shalvis. I hope to read more of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series and Jaci Burton this year :)

  13. In romance, my two favorites were Easy by Tammara Weber, and About Last Night by Ruthie Knox. In paranormals, I'd have to say Fair Game by Patricia Briggs and Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews. They are my two favorite authors and I wasn't disappointed. There were lots of other great reads. It was a good year!

  14. I like any books by Julie Anne Long....And I also like the Ilona Andrews seriews

  15. My favorite book of 2012 was Lover Reborn by JR Ward.
    And you all have it right with the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I also like Christine Feehan's books.

  16. This year, some of my favorites are by Lorelei James and Olivia Cunning.

  17. I loved Shawntelle's debut "Coveted," too. My favorites of 2012 include Loretta Chase's "Scandal Wears Satin," Laura Griffin's "Twisted" and Leslie Tentler's "Edge of Midnight."

  18. I loved Beautiful Disaster and On the Island. I can't wait for Walking Disaster later this year. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. This last year was about Beautiful Disaster for me! added some more on my list for this year thanks to you gals:)

  20. Some of my favorites were Donna Grant, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan's newest books.

  21. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! You've pretty much mentioned all of my favorites for 2012 :) Can't wait for this next year's releases!

  22. You mentioned alot of mine already. :) I loved pretty much anything from Maya Banks and JD Robb.

  23. I love The Hunt. The next book in the series The Prey comes out at the end of the month. I can't wait. Please enter me in contest.

  24. I'm loving you guys's lists, and have to agree the Iced by Karen Marie Moning was definitely one of my favourite reads of the year. Along with The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane (I read most of them this year and they're incredible!!), Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas, Naked in Death by JD Robb, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, The Darkest Surrender by Gena Showalter and Unclaimed by Courtney Milan.

  25. I LOVE Seanan Mcguire's October Daye series.

  26. Lots on your list I am looking forward to. This year I discovered Lynn Viehl, loving her books.

  27. Love Courtney Milan's books; The Duchess Wars was awesome read. Also Delilah Marvelle's Forever My Lord. I discovered a new fantasy romaance author; Renee Wildes. Duality the 1st book in her Guardians of the Light series is free at Sanhaim.

  28. Kristen Ashley is always one of my favorite authors and her books are always awesome.
    I also discovered Tiffany Reisz' Original Sinners series in 2012 and I love them as well, so yay for that! :)

  29. I've become addicted to Janet Chapman's books - first her Highlander series with it's connected Midnight Bay trilogy, and will follow with Spellbound Falls series.

  30. There were so many great books this year it is hard to pick my favorites! Roni Loren and Jill Shalvis are two authors I found and fell in love with this year! I also loved books from some of my favorites liked Born of Silence, Fever and Lover Reborn.

  31. You guys named quite a few I loved! Including Jeaniene Frost Laura Kaye Karen Marie Moning Larissa Ione Sherrilyn Kenyon Ilona Andrews..... Another favorite of mine NOT on the list is Yasmine Galenorn!
    There are so many more but would take up so much room to name them all lol


  32. There was a bunch of my favorites on your lists and a couple of other favorites were Her Best Worst Mistake by Sarah Mayberry and About Last Night by Ruthie Knox.

  33. Yes lots of my faves listed
    Sherrilyn Kenyon is a GODDESS
    Larissa Ione I adore
    I have Julia Ann Walker in massive TBR pile
    would LOVE to win!!
    PICK ME!!

  34. I have to agree with alot of the books authors, and series you mentioned. I would add Tiffany Reisz's The Original Sinners Series, The Siren, The Angel, The Prince. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  35. 50 shades for me, and it actually is on someone's list!

  36. my fave new author was coreen callahan who debuted in 2012 w/ her dragon shifter series (& released 3 books no less). read more paranormal last year & discovered some really good series that resulted in a lot of catch up reading :) including shannon butcher's sentinel wars books (read in order recommended). In historical romance Tessa Dare was all hits for me with her 2012 releases.

  37. These are new or new to me in 2012:
    Moning's Iced
    Cole's Lothaire
    Andrews' Gunmetal Magic
    Frost's Once Burned
    Briggs' River Marked
    Chapman's Spellbound Falls series
    Dare's Westfield Wolves & Gentleman Vampire series
    Burrowes' Duke's Obsession & Windham Sisters series
    Duvall's Immortal Guardians series
    Frank's Adam
    McCarty's The Saint
    Sands' & Frost's The Bite Before Christmas

    There are a lot on your lists that I haven't read!

  38. A Lady Awakened,by Cecilia Grant
    About that night,by Julie James
    Seduced by the Highlander.By Julianne MacLean
    Thanks, DebP

  39. My favorite reads in 2012 were Terry Pratchett's Dodger (published in 2012) and a few older ones - Kerstin Ekman's The Forest of Hours and Juliet Marillier's Son of the Shadows.

    (craftgirl83 on the rafflecopter form)

  40. You and some of the other folks already nailed, rather than sound like a parrot...I will just thank you for the giveaway op!! :)

  41. I have to say that I have read/love quite a few books listed above. Shifters Unbound series is always a must! I would have to say that Kristen Ashley was one of my great finds this year. I was recommended Mystery Man and feel in love. I cannot get enough of her badass alpha males!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  42. I've read several of the books listed:
    Jeaniene Frost, Patricia Briggs, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Larissa Ione, Keri Arthur, Lauren Dane, Lora Leigh, JR Ward, Elizabeth Hoyt, Cynthia Eden, Ilona Andrews.
    I'd highly recommend Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampire series, Sylvia Day's new series (Bared to You and Reflected in You), Gena Showalter, and Kresley Cole's Lothaire (and the rest of the series) are fantastic!


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