Friday, December 29, 2006

Lame Excuses

Contest!!! One lucky commenting Bella wins some new romances -- I dunno, six I guess? OK. Six. :)

Um, yeah. It's almost the new year, and I kinda forgot to ask what's probably the biggest questions most folks with a romance novel gig ask annually. But I've got a couple lame excuses. I've got kids. It was the holidays. Life got in the way. See? I promise lame and I don't disappoint.

So Bella MaryKate says, "Michelle, did it cross your mind that you should maybe ask what everybody's favorite book of 2006 was? Their favorite hero and heroine?"

Well no it didn't, Miss I Come Up With Blog Topics Cause Most Days Michelle Can't Think Of Em On Her Own.

I went back through the RBtheBook archives to think on what was my favorite book of 06 and I couldn't come up with one. I'm not sure why. Could be that I read one, then block it and all others out when I read the next. Maybe it's that I can find something to like in everything I read, so it there are too many to choose from? Probably, it's cause I'm getting ready to drive the last of the holiday guests to the airport and I'm distracted. I'll have to think about that.

What are your picks for 2006:

1. Best Work of Romance Fiction
2. Hero of the Year
3. Heroine of the Year
4. Hottest Erotic Moment or Scene
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Encore due! Grazie mille to everyone who dropped in, or just lurked, yesterday at RomancingTheBlog.com. And thanks to the staff there for inviting me, and coordinating an always thought-provoking, really useful, and plain ol fun resource for readers and writers of romance fiction.

103 comments:

rachd said...

Mornin' Bellas! Gonna go OT right away here by saying, "Pbbbbbbbtttttt." I knew you'd be jealous of the Monets...*wink*. Not a velvet Elvis or poker playin' dogs in sight though. Kinda disappointing.

Actually, MK, the exhibition was well put together and absolutely brilliant and you should hie yourself down there as quickly as possible because it's over the 14th of Jan. The Monkey loved it and she's only five. Little Bit seemed to appreciate it too and didn't fuss once. I was *really* proud of my girls yesterday.

Now, to answer Michelle's questions. Um, I don't think I can narrow it down to just one in each catagory. For example, I loved LK's, JQ's and EJ's works, as well as the Warden's. How do you narrow them down??? Same goes for the H/Hn, hottest scenes, etc. Um, I think I'll ride the fence on this one and wait and see what everyone else has to say and maybe I can decide...

Hey, I can't even choose which restaurant we are going to eat at, how can you expect me to decide something of greater importance than that???

J Perry Stone said...

1. After Midnight-Teresa Medieros

2. Steve Jaax from Connie Brockway's Hot Dish

3. Josie Essex from Eloisa James' Pleasure for Pleasure

4. No doubt a La Dodd scene since she scorches on paper..I'm thinking the one in the Opera House (was that this year), or from her lates in the fairy circle.

J Perry Stone said...

Shoot.

I MEAN

THE VAMPIRE WHO LOVED ME.

After Midnight was the first in the series.

Too much spiked holiday craziness, I guess.

J

ev said...

Stacy- to answer your question yesterday, yes it was much like the first one, which is what made it so great. Although Addrian is gone, they built the story around it, and gave him a new love interest (maybe?) and it just worked in nicely.

Um... there is no way I can choose my fav other than h/h- that remains Eve Dallas and Roarke. Although Born in Death was an awesome book and the fact that I remembered that without any caffeine in my system has to say something.

The NY State museum here has an exhibition going also, not as high and mighty (LOL) as Monet, but it has been popular. What is it you ask- it's all about CHOCOLATE!! I am going to try and get there next week before it closes, but after all the munchkins go back to school. And they are giving away free samples while you browse the exhibit. Yummy!!!

Julie in Ohio said...

Mornin', Bellas!!

Rach--Glad all went well on the trip and that the kiddelings were good. :o)

J-- I, too, loved TVWLM. Ahhhh, Julian...



I'm torn as to my favs because I was *forced*(thanks again, book pimpess) into the BDB and haven't been the same since. :oP
I would have to say Lover Awakened (#1) which would make my hero Z (#2). I LOVE ME SOME Z. Although I love Bella's determination in getting Z, I have to say my fav heroine is Beth (#3). You have to admire a woman who can get six bad-ass vamp warriors to eat out of her hand. For my #4 I would go back to LA with Beth's needing. WOW! Z didn't have a chance and I'm sure they scorched those sheets... YUMMY!!

I'm sure I'll come up with different answers this afternoon... :P

Julie in Ohio said...

I obviously haven't had my caffeine this morning.

That should be *BELLA'S* needing.

Off to get that cup (pot?) of coffee...

Playground Monitor said...

Awww hell. Make me decide something this early in the morning, would ya. Sheesh woman!

1. Probably CLOSE ENOUGH TO KILL by Beverly Barton with DROP DEAD GORGEOUS by Linda Howard coming in a close second

2. Hero? After scanning my list of books I read this year it's gotta be Joe Morelli from the Stephanie Plum novels. Bless him, any other man would have given up on her ages ago. And much as I love Ranger too, I think she should be with Joe. I'm a Morelli Cupcake all the way.


3. Heroine? Sugar Beth Carey. I read Ain't She Sweet for the first time this year.

4. Hottest erotic moment or scene? Well there were a couple in Thrill Me to Death by Roxanne St. Claire...

Marilyn -- off for lunch and a day of fun with the Playfriends

Michele said...

Too many questions to think about, but the first book that popped into my head that could answer all the questions was Kresley Cole's A Hunger Like No Other. That was one of the hottest reads I've read in a while, that wasn't outright erotica.

Michele

PJ said...

Morning!

Gonna have to give these some thought. My mind is still buzzing with AIR BUDDIES (cute movie), morning waffles, hair crises and lots of tween girl giggles. They're at a friend's house now so let's see if I can clear out the brain fuzz enough to come up with some answers.

1. First book to come to mind was THE VAMPIRE WHO LOVED ME. Long awaited and much loved story.

2. Lots of choices here and I'll probably post about others later but first to mind (because I just finished his story probably) is Reid Buchanan from Susan Mallery's SIZZLING. He was the super sexy, lazy, promiscuous but lovable ex-jock bad boy from the first two books in this series. I was really curious to see how he'd be reformed in his own book. I was NOT disappointed!

I'll have to think on the other two questions. Need to get some stuff done around here before I pick up the kidlets.

Happy Friday!

PJ

MaryKate said...

It's time for MK's true confessions, here's the part Michelle left out of that conversation...I need you guys to suggest stuff because I only have ONE book left in my TBR stack. So when you guys gush, I buy.

Ok, for my favorites:

Best Work of Romance Fiction: For me, it's JR Ward's Lover Eternal. Rhage is the absolute bomb, and to see him brought to his knees by a frail, falliable woman, well, I've probably reread it four times this year.

Hero of the Year: That being said, Zhadist broke my heart. You guys know I love me some tortured hero, and Z takes the cake.

Heroine of the Year: Xylara from Warsworn by Elizabeth Vaughan. What a tour de force from Vaughan. Lara grew SO, SO much in this book. She experiences loss and the ramifications of her actions is a way that will change her and her relationship with Kier forever. I literally had tears rolling down my face on the Metro reading this book. It's excellent.

Favorite Love Scene. The Needing. Nuff said.

OK, how bout some other catagories:

Best New To You Book:

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh. I'm not kidding Bellas, this book kicks a** all over the place. The hero is beyond SMOKIN' and the heroine is as uptight as they come. It is among the most delicious books I've read this year.

Best Book in a Series: I just finished Mistral's Kiss by LKH. Now I know a lot of people don't like LKH's writing. I adore this series. It only gets hotter and more fantastic (when I say fantastic, I mean in a fantasy way). Also, like ev, I also really love the In Death series, and I hear the next, Innocent in Death is going to be a lulu.

OK, that's what I can think of now. Can't wait to read what you guys come up with!

KimW said...

1. It's tough to narrow it down to one..so I'll say one of them was Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase.
2. Roarke (J.D. Robb series)
3. Eve who is the luckiest girl in the world.
4. The ones in The Fifth Favor by Shelby Reed

Julie in Ohio said...

Best New To You Book of 2006: I've already given you props for that one, MK. BDB hands down. You try to pick just one... :P

Best Book In A Series: Devil In Winter. Although, It Happened One Autumn is an *extremely* close second.



Picking a favorite book is like picking a favorite child; it's near impossible. They all get under your skin at some point. :o)

ElsieHogarth said...

Happy New Year to All! I agree, it's very hard to pick but here goes:

1. Dark Celebration by Christine Feehan
I still can't believe that she wrote about all the hero/heroines from her Dark series.

2. Zhadist from J.R. Ward's Brotherhood series.

3. Mary Royle from Kathryn Caskie's How To Seduce a Duke. She one of triplet sisters.

4. Count Roberto from Christina Dodd's Trouble in High Heels. Makes me smile every time I go into an elevator.

Vivi Anna said...

I agree Bellas, picking one favorite book is for me impossible. I've read a bunch of wonderful books this past year.

Five top books in no particular order:
A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison
The Turning by Jennifer Armintrout
Rogue Angel: Destiny by Alex Archer
Working for the Devil by Lillith Saintcrow
Lover Eternal by JR Ward

But if I had to pick favorties...Id' go with the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine. I just discovered it this year and am up to book five now. I want to savor it, because book six isn't out till March I think.

Best heroine...Joanne Baldwin from the Weather Warden series. Rachel Morgan, Dante Valentine and Annja Creed in close seconds.

Best hero...Rhage rocked, Z's smokin', and Lachlain MacRieve from A Hunger Like No Other broke my heart.

Hottest erotic scene...the ones I wrote. LOL

Joyce said...

It's a toss up between Deidre Knight's Parallel Heat and Nalini Singh's Slave to Sensation.
H/H are still Roarke and Eve.

Monica Burns said...

Monet, Rach?? I like him, but prefer Titian more. Full, lusty broads in his paintings! LOL But, Rach, I'll see your Monet and raise you with King Tut, which I've got tickets to for April in Philly. The word excited DOES NOT do justice to the exhilaration and euphoria I'm feeling at getting to see the BOY! Yeah he's dead, but he was RICH! ROFL

Best Work - Ok it's a reprint but Whitney, My Love topped the cake on the list for the year.

Hero - A toss up between Clayton from WML and Wrath from Ward's book

Heroine of the Year - I confess that I rarely remember heroines. Not sure if it's because they're too wimpy for me or if its because *I* am the heroine in the story. *grin* If choose I must, then I'd have to say Annja Creed in Destiny: Rogue Angel by Alex Archer. I could have used more romance in this book (romantic elements primarily used), but this gal is a Tomb Raider Laura Croft, kickbutt heroine!

OMIGOD! There is NO way I can choose the hottest erotic moment/scene. That is SUCH an unfair question Michelle!! LOL

Mon

Brownone said...

Okay..this is a tuffie!! I've read so many books this year (many of them NOT new releases) so here goes my list of favorite books I've actually read this year:
the whole Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas (although I AM partial to Devil in Winter...St. Vincent made me wish he was real)
the Lady Spy series (3rd book out next year) by Jenna Peterson
A Lady at Last by Brenda Joyce...Cliff...*sigh*..
A Lady's Pleasure by Renee Bernard
Passion by Lisa Valdez
Too Hot to Handle, Too Tempting to Touch, Too Wicked to Wed by Cheryl Holt
Beyond Seduction/Innocence by Emma Holly

Jennifer Y. said...

Okay, mine may be a bit different from everyone else's...LOL...I am sure there could be a lot more that I could list.

1. Best Work of Romance Fiction: Sandy Blair's A THIEF IN A KILT or Lucy Monroe's AND ABLE
2. Hero of the Year: Ian from A THIEF IN A KILT or Brett Adams aka Hotwire from AND ABLE
3. Heroine of the Year: Kate from A THIEF IN A KILT
4. Hottest Erotic Moment or Scene: the hammock scene in A THIEF IN A KILT

MaryKate said...

LOL! So Jenn, read any good books lately?! I guess I need to add A Thief in a Kilt to my list of to be boughts!

MaryKate said...

Jules - I'm not kidding -- think about picking up Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh. It's an excellent tide over until LR comes out!

Julie in Ohio said...

MK-- LOL! How do you sleep at night with all the pimpin' you do? :P

If you tell me to, I will add Slave to Sensation to my wish list at Amazon.
I always say "If it's a good book you're looking for, Mary Kate's your go-to girl."
Between you and Michelle, I expect to have a second mortage put on the house by March... :oP

MaryKate said...

Heh. Come see me when you're done. Then we'll see whether your hot romance connection hooked you up! Now, I've gotta get Michelle to read Nalini so we can get her to guest blog! And Michelle's not as easy as you are! LOL!

Julie in Ohio said...

You *are* the one who badgered me into the Brothers. I have yet to regret that one... :o)

Maybe if we offered to help alleviate some of the "work" on her desk, she would have more time for pleasure reading which is here Nalini would come into play. It's a win, win situation...


OK, I know I'm stretching but you can't blame a girl for tryin'... :P

Julie in Ohio said...

I'm glad my hubby doesn't read this blog. I don't think he'd appreciate knowing how *easy* his wife is....

Dannyfiredragon said...

1. Best Work of Romance Fiction

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

2. Hero of the Year

Zhadist in Lover awakened

3. Heroine of the Year

Jessica in I'm the Vampire that's why

4. Hottest Erotic Moment or Scene

Slave to Sensation

robynl said...

1) Almost a Gentleman

2) Sir Captain Devlin O'Neill from 'The Prize' by Brenda Joyce.

3) Allison Barker from 'I Gave You My Heart, But You Sold It Online'.

4) many

MaryKate said...

Jules - He's the beneficiary of that "easy." :WINK:

See, look at what Dannyfiredragon wrote! Slave to Sensation my friend, trust me on this!

Julie in Ohio said...

Who am I to question the masses... :o)

Maureen said...

1.Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
2.Sebastian from above book
3.Bathsheba Wingate from Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase
4.Rafe and Imogen outside in The Taming of the Duke by Eloisa James

ev said...

Mk- no secrets about Mistral's Kiss. I am waiting for the library to pop up with it, it's intranset and I was hoping to have it for this weekend.

Elsie- you're right about the elevators.

I really, really have to sit down and update my list of books to buy or borrow.

So little time, so many books.

Julie in Ohio said...

I have said in the past that I don't like first person books.
I still stand by that but I have to tweak my statement a bit because my favorite First Book In A Series is DARKFEVER. I have a funny feeling that Mac is going to be my fav heroine in 2007 when the next book comes out. Right now she is still being molded but this promises to be an excellent series.

rachd said...

Okay, wonky computer aside (geesh, modern technology...) I'm back. And, ya'll have done *nothing* to make my choices any easier! Thanks for pimpin' there, MK. ;o)

1. Devil in Winter
2. Too many to choose from...
3. Same goes
4. Definitely Bella's needing. Whoo, hot hot hot!

Julie in Ohio said...

Rach-- I agree with your choices in #1 and #4. However, how come you think you are going to cop out on #2 and #3? tsk,tsk... :oP

Ahhh, the decisions we have to make...

alissa said...

1. The Wedding Knight by Joanne Rock
2. Hero - Lucian Barret
3. Heroine - Melissande Deverell
4. Hot Stuff in bed. Great scene and unforgettable.

ellie said...

1. Hot Nights in Ballymuir by Dorien Kelly
2, Hero - Devlin Gilvane
3. Heroine - Jenna Fahey
4. Scene on the carpet is smoking and utterly memorable.

joelle said...

Charming the Shrew by Laurin Wittig

1. Catriona Macleod
2. Tayg Munro

3. Bedroom seduction scene , initial one is beautiful and pretty high on the metre.

pearl said...

The Secret Knight by Jaclyn Reding

1. Libby Hutchinson
2. Graeme Mackenzie

In the bedroom and just barely make it to the bed

Maggie Robinson said...

Ooh, pick me, pick me! Like I can even remember what I had for breakfast this morning (wait, it was a biscuit with orange marmalade and tea!!).

Fav book: To Rescue a Rogue, Jo Bev

Lord Perfect, L. Chase

Pleasure for Pleasure, E. James

Fav hero: Sebastian, Devil in Winter

Mayne, PFP

Dare, TRAR

Fav heroine: Charlotte in E. Boyle's His Mistress by Morning

Josie, PFP

Most seductive stuff: Shana Abe's The Smoke Thief

Lois said...

1 - The Earl of Her Dreams by Anne Mallory

2 - I know it wasn't written in 2006, but I still love Mr. Darcy, and I discovered him this year! :)

3 - Ah heck, to make my life easy, I also did discover Miss Bennet this year too. . . :)

4 - Well, I don't go too hot, but I just finished THe Rules of Seduction by Madeline Hunter I believe, and there were a couple in there! :)

Lois

sharon said...

Her Best Friend's Lover by Shiloh Walker

1. Dale
2. Lauren
3. The entire book is hot as ever. But the scene which goes on forever in their bedroom is one that gets the blood running.

traveler said...

To Charm a Prince by Patricia Grasso

1. Samantha Douglas
2. Rudolf Kazanov

Bedroom scene which never ends. Very inventive and romantic.

rachd said...

Lordy mercy, Jules--you are a hard task master. Okay, let's see.

2. Z? He's pretty d@mn smokin' and does such a fantastic turn around.

But, I also thought Sebastian fixed himself nicely as well.

And, let's not forget the "nice guys" like Gregory Bridgerton.

Oh, and Rafe. And Mayne. And...see, I'm hopeless.

3. Josie, PFP fo' sure and then of course there's Bella and Mary and...I quit I quit I quit! Too many to choose from!

:oP

Julie in Ohio said...

Yay! I knew you could do it, Rach... :o)
(you can get your paybacks later) :P

There is NO question about Z. I do understand your dilemna between Z and Sebastian. Both can make my heart go pitter patter...

KarenG said...

1. Every Breath You Take, Judith McNaught and Devil in Winter, Lisa Kleypas

2. Robin, Angel Rogue and Sebastian, Devil in Winter

3. Anita Blake

4. The hottest scenes I read were in Megan's Mark, Lora Leigh

I wanted to say, thanks for the informative posts, the guests you had here and the contests, too. I try to visit often but I don't always post.

Carol said...

Hi all,

Thanks for all great recs! This will tie me over till 2007.

1. Devil in Winter
2. Sebastien
3. Evie
4. Wall scene

principessa said...

1. Lord of Temptation by Paula Quinn

2. Dante Risande
3. Gianelle

4. Sparks fly when they get together and the sexual tension is transmitted through the pages. Loved this one so much. Steamy love scenes in the secluded bedroom area.

Teresa said...

(1) Leadville Lady by Leslee Breene (2) Cody Cassidy (3) Sky Saunders (4) Under a tree that rests by a lazy river

ev said...

I have to add Anita Blake and Stephanie Plum to my list along with Eve Dallas. I mean, really, can any three other women kick butt so well (or in Stephanie's place, so badly) and still win?

Stephanie can have Morrelli though, I'll keep Ranger out of Lulu's clutches!!!

Estella said...

My favoriteas are whoever is in the book I am currently reading.

Cryna said...

I would have a hard time to pick just the best Romance for 2006, because it seems that when I read one I think that is the best and then I get another one and it becomes the best and so on. Although Lucy Monroe's Mercenary trilogy to me rate right up there, I know they may not be all from 2006 but that is when I read the three of them........

catslady said...

I too have to usually say it's the book I'm reading at the time but this year I read quite a few Julie Garwood books and I love all her heroes and heroines.

Cathy said...

I am a total J.D. Robb fan, so I think any of her books are the best.
Best hero is Rourke and best heroine is Eve Dallas. Think their moments together are pretty hot.

Plus Lora Leigh writes some amazing erotic moments.

Stacy~ said...

Oh boy, I skimmed the posts but I didn't want to read them until I could respond:

- "Lord of Scoundrels" is the best book I've read in 2006. Utterly captivated me.

- Jessica Trent from LoS is the best heroine - super intelligent, gutsy, earthy and honest. Totally adored her. Cody Carlyle from Karen Kelley's "Hell on Wheels" (she's a bounty hunter, but a good one LOL) is a close second.

- Damien Renshaw from Julianne MacLean's "My Own Private Hero" ended up scoring as favorite hero for 2006. Zsadist completely captured my heart, and I'll always love him, but Damien, oh. I can't explain it other than to say that he appealed to me on every level, and he had this honorable streak that completely won me over.

- Best erotic scene: the prolonged kissing scene between Zsadist and Bella (previous to the Needing). Not only was it erotic, but it was emotional, and so full of anticipation and need and want and sensation that it made me squirm. It was so well-written that I felt every brush of lips, heard every moan. It defined why a kiss is so powerful, from the first innocent touch to the more carnal devouring. Whew!

Julie in Ohio said...

I would have to rate Ms. Roberts's ANGELS FALL as a top book this year. Very entertaining. I also read her Born In trilogy and all of them were fan-tab and the heroes were all quite edible. Speaking of edible heroes of NR, all of the Chespeake boys are yummy, yummy....

My Fav New To Me Author Award would go to Anna DeStefano. She became an auto buy after the first book I read. I would rec any book of hers. I can't pick *one* book of hers because I would have to pick all of them.

Julie in Ohio said...

WOW, Stace!! I think I need to re-read LA...

Jen in WA said...

1. Simply Love by Mary Balogh
2. Sydnam Butler (Simply Love)
3. Susan Michaels (Dark Side of the Moon)
4. Colters' Woman by Maya Banks has several hot menage scene. *fanning self*

ev said...

So is anyone doing anyting besides reading for New Year's Eve??

Julie in Ohio said...

How about sleepin'? Does that count, Ev?

Hubby works NYE so it's just me and the kiddos and we usually party it up with popcorn and a movie marathon. Marathon meaning two and then off to sleep. Each year we try to watch the ball drop, each year we fail. We are the party animals...
The kids are getting bigger so maybe this year we will make it...or they'll make it. I'm not getting any younger, myself.

rachd said...

Stace, Amazon just delivered LOS today and I'm anxious to get going on it! And, I'm going to be checking out MOPH with Damien--what a rec saying he's more than Z!

Jen, I'm *dying* to ready Sydnam's story, but I can't make myself purchase hardcovers. Or more to the point, I can't get a hardcover and let hubby catch me reading it. I already spend *WAY* more on books than he does!

Ev, hubby and I were going to ask his 'rents to watch Monkey and Little Bit for us so we could go out--they are real homebodies--and lo and behold, they were invited to a NYE party!!!!! CRAP! Drop back and punt...

So instead, we're going to take the kiddos out to First Night Williamsburg at Colonial Williamsburg and see what we can get into. Then, around 9 I reckon we'll head home and put the kiddos in the sack and party it up with some 'ritas and the ball dropping. What about ya'll?

Jennifer Y. said...

MK: THIEF was just the first one that popped into my head for each category (that hammock scene was steamy...plus unexpected)...LOL...I like all of Ms. Blair's books though...she is a sweet lady as well.

Stacy: I do agree that Jessica Trent was a great heroine that I read this year...didn't list her or think of her though for some reason...maybe because it was an old book. I loved "Lord of Scoundrels" as well...great book!!!

I know there are a lot more that I could have named...very difficult to choose. After I posted, I kept thinking "I should have said...."

This year I kept a journal with a list of every book I read...my goal next year is to expand on that and write a few notes about each book...an author sent me a book journal, so that will help...that way when I get asked this question at the end of next year, I will be more prepared...LOL. I can tell you that I read about 112 books this year....very, very slow year for me.

I lucked out this year and didn't read a single bad book.

Oh, and I completely forgot to mention the best book that I have read lately...right near the top of my best of the year list...SOMEBODY'S HERO by Marilyn Pappano. It was a category romance book that, IMO, rocked. The heroine was a Romance author and the hero was a quiet man dealing with a traumatic childhood (his dad was abusive). I loved this book...Tyler was a wonderful hero as well. The story sucked me in immediately...category romances don't always do that for me. GREAT BOOK!

I have been reading a lot of older category romances lately.

Sorry to ramble!

Jennifer Y. said...

Oh, and A ROGUE IN A KILT and A MAN IN A KILT by Sandy Blair were good books as well...just noticed that I read them this year...thought I read them last year...thank goodness for my handy dandy list. LOL

kim said...

i love the blaze books this year. i hope everyone has a great new year

Stefanie said...

OMG!!! I just love all the books I read! So probably that's a bit too much to write down here. But I'll you a few of my favorite writers. Is that good too?
Anyway, some writers I really like are: Hannah Howell (Oh, don't you just love those highlanders? *sigh*), Theresa Medeiros, Sandy Blair, Candice Hern, Stephanie Laurens,Christina Dodd, Eloisa James...
Oh, I could go on for an houre or two like that.
Oh, I forgot one really good author! Sherrilyn Kenyon! Shame on me!!

Stefanie said...

Oh, I forgot something else too...
Happy New Year everybody!!!!

Amy S. said...

Megan's Mark by Lora Leigh and Loving Lies by Lora Leigh

PJ said...

Resolution for 2007: Read, read and read some more!

I'm busy writing down all the wonderful book suggestions and I'm definitely going to track down SLAVE TO SENSATION. Sounds fantastic.

Happy New Year!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

ev wrote: So is anyone doing anyting besides reading for New Year's Eve??

lol, ev! You know, Bellas, I thought I posted last night, but i either didn't click, or it didn;t take. Basically, I was shocked with the number of posts! I totally thought everyone'd be offline for the day. I actually stayed away from the computer and hung with the kids and vegged. Oh, and I read "Sizzling" and the upcoming Cheryl Holt, started Dream Theif (I know, Iknow, where've i been, under a rock, etc. Backlog. Backlog, i tell ya) Oh, and someone email to remind me to look into nalini GuestBlog.

But I did notice from skimming that there was some shameless nudging going on for Lover Revealed dish. You know, I'll take the love any way I can get it. :)

I'm gonna read back over everything, cause you all are jogging the old -- and getting older and more feeble daily -- memory about the great books of 06.

SO cool to be seeing new friends and delurkers. You're welcome any time. Again, I have no shame. I'll offer prizes to feel your love, too... and, um, to get good ideas about books to read and to learn stuff and...

Carol said...

1. Slave to Sensation
2. Roarke
3. Eve
4. Slave to Sensation again!

Cherie said...

1. Shadows of Prophecy by Rachel Lee

2.Archer from Shadows of Prophecy

3.Tess from Shadows of Prophecy

4. All the scenes from Colter's Woman by Maya Banks are hot.

Cherie J

ev said...

Hubby is on call for the state all weekend, so he may or may not join me at the Lodge party. oh, well, it's not like he would still be awake at midnight at home either. So I will most likely party without him. Only no drinking since I am driving. I think it's his way of keeping me sober. party pooper that he is!!! LOL
We are finally getting some snow here, so I may end up bartending if our other bartender has to plow.

Stefanie said...

pj said: I'm busy writing down all the wonderful book suggestions.

Haha, I'm doing that too!

Stefanie

Playground Monitor said...

The DH and I are trying to decide whether to go find a party or just stay home. I'm in the between-Christmas-and-New-Years slump where I know I should be doing something but don't want to do anything. AND I'm still holding out hope that #2 son can get off a couple days and come home to visit. He hasn't been home in a year and I havent' seen him since his graduation last May. He hasn't seen his new little niece either and they so need to meet!

I did start Angels & Demons by Dan Brown last night.

Marilyn

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

What would you say, marylin, if I told you I have a cd by Dan Brown by the same name, hmmmm?

Sue A. said...

I'm living in the moment so my favorite book is the one I'm reading, only I'm between books so ask me next week.

Happy New Year everyone, make it a safe one!

ev said...

michelle- i had davinci code on cd, but it didn't copy right, so i need to go borrow it again and get angels and demons too.

I just started WildFire by DeMille. Kinda scary actually.

rachd said...

Okay, new to me, but completely awesome, LORD OF SCOUNDRELS. OMG! Dain is the *best* hero, and Jessica Trent? Oh yeah, I'm adding her to my best heroine list! And see, I never would have picked it up if it hadn't been for all you Bellas saying how incredible it was.

ev said...

Here's my New Years Resolution- clean out my stupid mailbox before Midnite!!!

Julie in Ohio said...

My New Year's resolution is to loose 30lbs. I know, I know everyone says they are going to loose weight. But this year, I mean it...
I would also like to keep a cleaner house. Maybe that way I can find where my fav pair of shoes went...

ev said...

Julie- i managed to get rid of 15 this year and keep it off. Which is a harder thing to do than take it off, I think. I have decided to do it 5 at a time and then be happy. LOL

the only thing left in my inbox is stuff I need to keep!! there was over 300 this morning!!

Woo-hoo

Julie in Ohio said...

Way to go, Ev!! :o)
I agree the keeping off is the hardest part. It took me three years to get rid of the baby fat from #3. Unfortunately it took me just over six months to put it back on...

rachd said...

I've resolved to make no more resolutions--that way I can't break 'em! ;o)

Seriously though, I've gotta be less lazy and act more adult-like when it comes to the house. And, I need to lose a ridiculous amount of weight. Ev, you are absolutely right that keeping it off is the key!

Jules, I actually lost weight when pregnant with Little Bit, but then stayed home for three months and all she did was sleep so I managed to pack it all back on and then some! I could just cry except it really is all my own fault.

Julie in Ohio said...

Me too, Rach. I can only blame myself.
However, if it weren't for the stress in my life (kids,hubby,house,work,etc) I wouldn't devour chocolate by the truckload...

-Julie, also resolving to admit when she's wrong and not blame others for her many issues...

MsFlexie said...

BEST BOOK:
PRINCE OF ICE by Emma Holly

HERO:can't decide, either
Paul van Dorn from Deirdre Martin's THE PENALTY BOX
Heath Champion from SEP's MATCH ME IF YOU CAN

HEROINE:
Katie Fisher = from Deirdre Martin's THE PENALTY BOX

HOTTEST MOMENT:
wow... have a pick from:
PRINCE OF ICE, LOVER ETERNAL, FULL MOON RISING

Julie in Ohio said...

Bellas, one and all....


HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

rachd said...

I second Julie, whatever mischief you Bellas are getting into tonight, be safe!

Happy New Year, Bellas!! =)

Manda said...

Happy New Year, Bellas!

1. Pleasure for Pleasure, Eloisa James
2. Mayne
3. Evie, Devil in Winter, Kleypas
4. Up Against the Wall scene in Candice Hern's Just One of Those Flings

Best new find: The Raven Prince, Elizabeth Hoyt

Michele said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!

I can't list books. I've read too many and like them for as many reasons.
I just finished Prince of Ice by Emma Holly.
Oh my gosh, If you wanted a category for a book that made me need the ice just to cool me down, that was it.
I couldn't abduct my DH fast enough to scratch the itch.

If a book can drive you to desparate measures, then, dang, that has GOT to count for something!
So, I vote Prince of Ice for #4.

Um, I ain't saying which scene "did it" for me either. You can guess. *wink*

Looking forward to some more awesome blogs for 2007!!

J Perry Stone said...

Just blew the bank at Borders because of you Bellas.


Phew...alliteration on the "b's", eh?

Anyone, may this next year bring you everything you've hoped for...or at least everything that's good for you.

I'm off to go fall asleep before the peach or ball or whatever drops.

J Perry Stone said...

anyWAY.

seriously...and there's no spell check why?

Janga said...

I agree that limiting a choice to one title is too difficult.

Best Work of Romance Fiction: Pleasue for Pleasure, Angels Fall, The Crossroads Cafe (Deborah Smith)
Hero of the Year: Lots of great ones this year but Dare from Jo Bev's To Rescue a Rogue and Mayne from EJ's Pleasure for Pleasure are heroes that I waited for impatiently, so they are in a special category.
3. Heroine of the Year: Josie Essex, Pleasure for Pleasure; Bathsheba Wingate, Lord Perfect
4. Hottest Erotic Moment or Scene: too many to list but particularly memorable were the wall scene in Candice Hern's Just One of Those Flings and the elevator scene in Christina Dodd's Trouble in High Heels.

Not on the list but my favorite scene from a romance in 2006 was Mayne's dress scene in PFP. :)

ev said...

Well, so much for going out- it's 1030 and I am home and in my jammies already. Didn't like being out without hubby to celebrate with. He's still sitting in his chair in his jammies watching the Marx Brothers. Now there's a new year's eve for you!!

Julie/rach- it's been 21 years and I still haven't lost all the baby fat. I try to find a way to blame it on her,but it just doesn't work.

Kat said...

There were so many books I loved this year (Lover Awakened, Lover Eternal, The Taming of the Duke, Pleasure for Pleasure, Devil in Winter, Scandal in Spring, Just One of Those Flings, Trouble in High Heels, The Prince Kidnaps a Bride, Dark Side of the Moon, Knight of Darkness, Only a Duke Will Do, etc.), but Lover Awakened just grabbed my heart and wouldn't let go. :)

1. Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
2. Zsadist (Lover Awakened)
3. Bella (Lover Awakened)
4. Lover Awakened

Santa said...

As usual, I am late to the party! My goodness so many marvelous books for 2006! Where to begin....

Here it goes:

1. Taming of the Duke

2. I adore Rafe! Close sedonds St. Vincent, Dare, Mayne, Steve Jaxx

3. Imogen and Josie...two heroines whose stories I couldn't wait for and was not in the least bit disappointed.

4. Ice fishing house in 'Hot Dish'. Grab this one.

Also, I have to say Dare's nightly exercises were so intense!

To Rescue a Rogue was fabulous, Trouble in High Heels ditto, The Vampire Who Loved Me ....the recounting of that scene in After Midnight!!! Devil in Winter....kicked it! I have to go list my 100!

I am so glad I discovered this blogfest by such an incredible paesana!! Spettacolare!!

Adriana said...

1. Best Work of Romance Fiction -- loved P4P by Eliosa James!
2. Hero of the Year -- that would be Mayne
3. Heroine of the Year -- Josie, natch!
4. Hottest Erotic Moment or Scene -- can't choose, but boy, wasn't the "educational" scene in the turret in P4P delectable!!!!

Adriana

marcantonia said...

#1 Best Work-- Pleasure for Pleasure by Eloisa James
#2 Hero-- Rafe, Taming of the Duke, Eloisa James
#3 Heroine-- Josie, Pleasure for Pleasure
#4 Erotic Moment-- Cannon scene in His Wicked Kiss by Gaelen Foley

Jennifer Y. said...

Happy New Years Everyone!!!

Jennifer Y. said...

After reading everyone's responses, I think I may have to rearrange the TBR mountains and move some closer to the top.

Julie in Ohio said...

I hope all had a wonderful NYE. We didn't do anything special. I'm happy to say thanks to my daughter we all got to see the ball drop. A ten year old has much more energy than her old mom... :o)

Janga-- Mayne in a dress was *the* moment in P4P that I fell in love with him. I had an age hang up with him and Josie but with that scene he washed it all away...

You all are listing a lot of favorites but also alot that I've never heard of. I can't wait for my next Amazon spree... :o)

Jennifer Y. said...

We spent the weekend at my grandmother's. Yesterday was the one year anniversary of my grandfather's death in a auto accident. To take our minds off of everything, we went to the movies and out to eat.

Jennifer Y. said...

Oh, and I forgot to say that the movie we saw was "We Are Marshall." It was a wonderful and touching film that I enjoyed a great deal.

Oh, and the other night some of my dad's family (his aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) got together for BINGO night...we all played BINGO and there were prizes involved...sadly there were no books offered. I did get quite a bit of junk food and a couple of DVDs.

I hope everyone else had a great weekend!

ev said...

Jennifer- you can eat the junk food while you read, so that's not so bad. Besides, ya know the books (had there been any) would have been ones you already had or wouldn't read to begin with. It always goes that way.

Yeah!! The new WEB Griffin is out tomorrow. I have to get it before hubby so I can read it first. At least this year I won't read it and then give it to him as a B'day present. Would I do that???

elyssany said...

I agree with Janga - it's hard to limit myself to one or two.

#1: PFP by Eloisa James, Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase, and Angel Falls by Nora Roberts
#2: Mayne from PFP
#3: Josie from PFP
#4: Any scene from Elizabeth Hoyt's The Raven Prince. Talk about hot!

Favorite scenes: Mayne in a dress, Mayne at the end of the book, just Mayne all around. *g*

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