Thursday, September 11, 2008


Top 10 Romance Fiction: 2008.

Seaman, Donna (author). FEATURE. First published September 15, 2008 (Booklist).

Tough gals and shrewd women rule the best romance novels of the last 12 months, from a queen of the bayou to an audacious ex-courtesan, a Colorado suffragette, and a businesswoman. Humor adds zest to these historical and contemporary tales of adventure, trouble, and happiness.

Accidentally Yours. By Susan Mallery. 2008. HQN, paper, $6.99 (0-373-77205-X).
 Kerri will do anything to help her sick son, including making a devil's bargain with a billionaire. Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling.

Big Girls Don't Cry. By Cathie Linz. 2007. Berkley Sensation, paper, $7.99 (9780425218310).
 Linz creates a heroine who looks and acts like a real woman, plus-size model Leena Riley, who returns to her hometown, Rock Creek, in this affectionate and funny tale of self-image issues and love.

The Black Sheep and the Hidden Beauty. By Donna Kauffman. 2008. Kensington/Brava, paper, $14 (0-7582-1727-7).
A member of the rescue operation Unholy Trinity in Virginia, Rafe is drawn to enigmatic Elena, the new horse trainer in this terrifically suspenseful tale about the secrets of horseracing and romance.

Chances. By Pamela Nowak. 2008. Five Star, $25.95 (1-59414-637-3).
Denver circa 1876 is the setting for Sarah Donovan's campaign to prove that women are equal to men as she joins the suffrage movement and becomes a telegraph operator in Nowak's smart and snappy Old West romance.

The Courtesan’s Secret. By Claudia Dain. 2008. Berkley Sensation, paper, $14 (9780425221365).
Clever, cunning Lady Sophia Dalby, London's most renowned former courtesan, is back as Dain picks up the story that began in The Courtesan's Daughter (2007) and fashions a particularly wild and racy Regency romp.

Everything but a Groom. By Holly Jacobs. 2007. Avalon, $21.95 (9780803498648).
 Although she doesn't believe in her well-known Pennsylvania family's wedding curse, Vancy is left alone at the altar; luckily, landscaper Matt Wilde is there to help in this very sweet tale of true love.

Love Letters from a Duke. By Elizabeth Boyle. 2007. Avon, paper, $6.99 (9780060784034).
Felicity has every intention of marrying the Marquess of Standon, but when he finally appears at her doorstep, she thinks he's the new footman in Boyle's endearing, sexy, and sharply amusing Regency.

Never Romance a Rake. By Liz Carlyle. 2008. Pocket, paper, $7.99 (9781416579991).
Carlyle brings her Neville family trilogy to a splendid conclusion with the captivating story of a tormented rake and a delightfully unconventional heroine in this luscious and funny historical romance.

Sizzle and Burn. By Jayne Ann Krentz. 2008. Putnam, $24.95 (9870399154454).
 Raine hears voices, and private investigator Zack sees visions as Krentz continues her addictively readable Arcane Society series, deftly fusing paranormal-flavored suspense with sexy romance.

Wild Jinx. By Sandra Hill. 2008. Hachette/Forever, paper, $6.99 (0-446-61653-2).
Hill's whimsical new Jinx romance is more fun than a barrel of frogs in Bayou Black as swamp granny Tante Lulu and her best friend, Jude, try to find a good Cajun girl for Detective “Tee-John” LeDeux.

On a personal note, Susan Mallery, Elizabeth Boyle and Jayne Krentz are all members of the Emerald City Writer's RWA Chapter here in Seattle (I'm a member) and I offer my personal congratulations to these incredible authors and all of the winners as well.....Marilyn

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