LJ Best Books 2017

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Best Books 2011: Romance

Balogh, Mary. The Secret Mistress. Delacorte. ISBN 9780385343312. $24.
A fun-loving, outrageous heroine and a staid, serious hero find love against all odds. This distinctive story is a prequel to Balogh’s earlier Mistress books and a rare delight. (LJ 6/15/11)

Bourne, Joanna. The Black Hawk. Berkley Sensation. ISBN 9780425244531. pap. $7.99.
An assassin’s blade reunites a pair of star-crossed spies in this beautifully written, skillfully plotted suspenseful romance that has links to The Forbidden Rose, answers a number of questions, and will tempt new readers into checking out Bourne’s earlier books. (LJ 11/1/11)

Chase, Loretta. Silk Is for Seduction. Avon. (Dressmakers, Bk. 1). ISBN 9780061632686. pap. $7.99.
A fashion designer sets out to convince a duke that her fledgling establishment should be chosen to dress his future bride. An outrageous, seductive relationship sparks between them in the process. A lush, alluring romance from one of the masters of the genre. (LJ 6/15/11)

Cooper, Isabel. No Proper Lady. Sourcebooks Casablanca. ISBN 9781402259524. pap. $6.99.
A fierce warrior maiden from a violent, demon-plagued future and a Victorian nobleman with an agenda of his own fall unexpectedly in love and save the future in this highly charged, sexy, funny, and infinitely refreshing twist on an old-time travel theme. (LJ 8/11)

Goodman, Jo. A Place Called Home. Zebra: Kensington. ISBN 9780821774182. pap. $6.99.
An unlikely pair find they have far more in common than they expected when they become the guardians of their late friends’ three children in this sensual, insightful, heart-tugging story from a writer who is well known for her popular historicals. (LJ 10/15/11)

James, Eloisa. When Beauty Tamed the Beast. Avon. ISBN 9780062021274. pap. $7.99.
A supposedly pregnant heroine and a seemingly impotent hero are thrown together in this funny, offbeat, deliciously sensual story that takes the famed fairy tale to a new level with its vivid description and exquisite writing. (LJ 2/15/11)

Lin, Jeannie. The Dragon and the Pearl. Harlequin Historical. ISBN 9780373296620. pap. $6.25.
The beautiful consort of the late Emperor and a powerful warlord are attracted in spite of mutual distrust. This vivid, politically rich romance follows Butterfly Swords and is set during the Tang Dynasty in China. (LJ 8/11)

Moore, Kate. To Seduce an Angel. Berkley Sensation. (Sons of Sin, Bk. 3). ISBN 9780425243695. pap. $7.99.
Blackmail, vengeance, and old hatreds keep the action moving in this captivating story that brings an exceptional trilogy to a conclusion and will inspire readers to seek out the previous volumes. (LJ 8/11)

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth. Call Me Irresistible. Morrow. ISBN 9780061351525. $25.99.
A town’s favorite son and an unconventional, outspoken screw-up find unexpected romance in this funny, insightful romance from one of the genre’s best. With links to several of Phillips’s earlier romances. (LJ 12/10)

Putney, Mary Jo. Nowhere Near Respectable. Zebra: Kensington. (Lost Lords, Bk. 3). ISBN 9781420117226. pap. $6.99.
A fearless half-Hindi warrior princess and a disreputable bastard gaming club owner thwart a plot against the crown in this realistic, action-packed adventure that charms and challenges readers. Another winner from the always popular Putney. (LJ 4/15/11)

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  1. Connie Fischer says:

    What a great listing of books many of which I have read. Look forward to many more delicious reads. I want authors everywhere to know how much they are appreciated by their readers. You all provide such terrific enjoyment to so many. My thanks to each and every author out there! You are all the best!