The last two years I’ve participated in an “official” end of year wrap up challenge of sorts. In 2013 it was Fiktshun’s Top 13 of 2013. Last year, I co-hosted an event with a couple other bloggers. This year I decided to tackle it on my own because I haven’t had time to look for an existing event or think about hosting one of my own. So, from now until the end of December, I’ll be looking back on my year of bookish bests.
It’s probably a little silly for me to devote one entire post to Historical Romance, considering I only read 22 HR books this year, but I couldn’t resist. There were so many fantastic “adult” books on my list yesterday that I couldn’t remove any. Plus, since I just discovered my love of HR this year, I felt like proper homage must be paid to the books (and authors) that made me fall in love with the genre in the first place.
My Favorite Historical Romances
Romancing the Duke was my first ever historical romance (not counting those times I used to peek between the covers of my mom’s “bodice rippers” when I was younger). I want to thank Tessa Dare for writing such a sweet and sexy, magical fairy tale. If my first HR hadn’t been as amazing as this one was, I’m not sure I’d have kept reading.
I only made it around to reading one of Tessa Dare’s series this year, and while I enjoyed each book in the Castles Ever After series, When a Scot Ties the Knot is probably my favorite. I fell in love with the cover immediately (and it’s the book that led me to pick up my first HR to begin with) and I loved what was between the covers even more.
Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflowers series was my first true HR binge of the year. My HR girls told me how amazing her writing was and they did not oversell her.
The Highwayman was gorgeous. It had all the hot, sexy and sweet romance I want from an HR, but added a dose of mystery to the story. It was my first (and only) Kerrigan Byrne book and I can’t wait for more in 2016.
I binged the hell out of Sarah MacLean’s books back in October. It all started with the Love by Numbers series. I got hooked on her writing and characters so quickly.
Shortly after finishing her Love by Numbers series, I dove right into Sarah MacLean’s Rules of Scoundrels series, which is a spinoff of the former. Each book was great, but One Good Earl Deserves a Love is probably my favorite of all Sarah’s books.
Sarah’s newest series, Scandal & Scoundrel, kicked off with The Rogue Not Taken, which just released this week. I LOVED IT. I’ve not yet had an opportunity to write my review, but you can look for that soon. This book made me laugh and cry and it was swoony as all get out. I can’t wait to see where the series goes next!
Have you read any of these books?
What are some of YOUR favorite historical romances of 2015?
Leave it in the comments!