Friday, December 12, 2008

The Best Romance Reads of 2008!

BOOK OF THE YEAR
"Spymaster's Lady," by Joanna Bourne

YEAR'S BEST HISTORICAL -- TIE
"Like No Other Lover," by Julie Anne Long
"Private Arrangements," by Sherry Thomas
YEAR'S BEST CONTEMPORARY - TIE
"Trial By Fire," by Jo Davis
"Blue Eyed Devil," by Lisa Kleypas*

YEAR'S BEST PARANORMAL
"Slave," by Cheryl Brooks

YEAR'S BEST BEACH READ
"Tan Lines," by J.J. Salem

RBTB GOOD KARMA AWARDS - Presented to individuals or groups within the romance industry and community who demonstrate professional and personal excellence, leadership and humanitarianism. Awardees nurture peers, promote positively the romance genre and use their influence to raise awareness of causes and community-service organizations about which they're passionate.
Lori Foster
Laurie D., Holiday for Troops
Brenda Novak
Romance Unleashed authors

RBTB COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD -- Presented to an individual or group whose romance blog embodies the spirit nurtured by the RBTB community: love of romance, respect for the individual and positive support of the genre.
Stacy, Stacy's Place On Earth


EROTIC ROMANCE

YEAR'S BEST EROTIC ROMANCE - SENSUAL EXPLORATION
"Chilli Heat," by Carrie Williams
YEAR'S BEST EROTIC ROMANCE - HEA CENTERED -- TIE
"Seven Nights of Sin," by Lacey Alexander
"Flat Out Sexy," by Erin McCarthy
YEAR'S BEST EROTIC HISTORICAL
"Master," by Colette Gale

YEAR'S BEST EROTIC PARANORMAL
"Unleashing the Storm," by Sydney Croft

YEAR'S BEST EROTIC ANTHOLOGY
"Unlaced," Jaci Burton*, Jasmine Haynes, Joey Hill and Denise Rosetti
RBTB VANGUARD AWARD - This erotic romance presents with empathy and intelligence fluidity of sexuality and sensuality within the central love story
"Raine: The Lords of Satyr," by Elizabeth Amber

DEBUT

DEBUT OF THE YEAR
"Trial By Fire," by Jo Davis

YEAR'S BEST HISTORICAL DEBUT
"Private Arrangements," by Sherry Thomas
YEAR'S BEST PARANORMAL DEBUT
"Slave," by Cheryl Wilson

YEAR'S BEST SERIES ROMANCE

"Peak Performance," by Helen Brenna
"Tender Secrets," by Ann Christopher
"Housekeeper to the Millionaire," by Lucy Monroe

HOLIDAY FARE

YEAR'S BEST HOLIDAY CONTEMPORARY
"Virgin River Christmas," by Robyn Carr
YEAR'S BEST HOLIDAY HISTORICAL
"Wallflower Christmas," by Lisa Kleypas*
YEAR'S BEST HOLIDAY ANTHOLOGY
"And To All A Good Night," by Donna Kauffman, Jill Shalvis and HelenKay Dimon

ItROM - These selections celebrate everything Italianate in theme and actuality by positively - or in a positively fantastic way - highlighting the fabulousness of Italian culture. More's the better if they capture the explosive, passionate, mildly-to-wildly arrogant nature that is synonymous with the Italian romantic ideal.

YEAR'S BEST PARANORMAL ItROM
"One With the Darkness," by Susan Squires
YEAR'S BEST HISTORICAL ItROM
"Your Scandalous Ways," by Loretta Chase
YEAR'S BEST EROM ItROM
"Italian Stallions," by Karin Tabke and Jami Alden
YEAR'S BEST CONTEMPORARY ItROM
"Romeo, Romeo," by Robin Kaye

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Feature Review: "Flat Out Sexy," By Erin McCarthy

Well. Alrighty then. Now I remember what I love about erotic romance that's all about the love story: the sex.

OK, sure: I'll cop to that being a little like Pam Anderson saying what she digs most about Tommy Lee is the way he sports a pair of boxer briefs. Like, why state the obvious, right?

Well, some of us who adore erotic romance of all kinds know that, despite how open and accepting of -- and flippin' turned on we are by -- fictional couples falling in love, sometimes polyamorously, while practicing myriad loves that dare not speak they's names...

Sometimes it's sweet just to read a simple love story about a guy and a girl who meet, fall in love, and have the best and most intimate sex of their lives. If you're into that sorta thing.

I am, and totally into Erin McCarthy's new erotic romance, "Flat Out Sexy," plus jittery-jazzed about the series to follow. As in, the next book in this series set in/around the world of pro racing and Jo Davis' next Station 5 book are almost all I can think about.

"Flat Out Sexy" hero Elec Monroe is everything Tamara Briggs, a young mother and widow of a race-car great, could want (a steaming-hot Southern gentleman who loves kids and is six years younger and filled with, um, energy), and a couple things she absolutely doesn't want (the race-car-driving son of her father-in-law's sworn enemy, and, ah, hell, six years younger and...).

From the second they meet, Elec and Tamara are bound for a night of ridiculously hot-but-sweet "hey, nice to meet'cha." Yet the passion continues as stereotypes of alpha-male athletes and pretty suburban moms are turned on their heads until Tamara and Elec don't know what hit ‘em. All they know is they're racing headlong into something beautiful and scary and, for Tamara, something she didn't even know she was missing.

McCarthy's a great writer with gifts for humor and telling stories that resonate with everyday women. Equally fab is her way with writing down-to-earth, yet evocative sensuality that pumps the happy hormones to us readers by way of our romantics' hearts.

So, take it from me and Pamela Lee: When you want sexy, go for the biggest you can get. Pick up some big sexy today with Erin McCarthy's "Flat Out Sexy" -

Buy the Book.

What do you do when you hit erotic-romance overload? How do you feel about race-car driver heroes? How hot or scary do you find younger man/older woman romances?