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His Wife For One Night by Molly O'Keefe (Harlequin SuperRomance 2011)
- One of my two A reads for this year and a book so good I wanted to have babies with it. Friends-to-lovers, marriage-in-trouble, and a spitfire heroine who is tired of taking the self-absorbed hero's crap. Seriously, so good I had to remove this book from my desk and put it in a storage tub because I kept picking it back up to skim large chunks of it. Have I mentioned how much I loved this book? Squee-worthy, danger danger Wendy's getting more obnoxious than usual.....
- Johnson's strength as a writer, in my opinion, is in her conflict. She writes such fantastic conflict that I really think Harlequin is missing a cash cow by not packaging her in trade paperback to snag the Book Club Crowd. This is a connected duet. Mommy Said Goodbye didn't really work for me as a romance, but the story was so frackin' good that I didn't care. Revelations featured my very favorite sort of heroine, and was stronger on the romance front.
- This is actually the last book in Dimon's Mystery Men series and, while it was my favorite, I'm also putting it on the list to represent the whole series. Great plotting, page-turning action, with steamy romances. Granted I'm not widely read in the Intrigue line, but Dimon is the one author that I pick up without even reading the back cover copy.
- A debut Desire that reminded me so much of why I used to love this line - well, it made me a little bereft. A real hero-worthy hero, a haunted heroine, and so much story....it's really accomplished. I met Anderson briefly at RWA, which is the sole reason why I picked up this book - and oh man, so glad I did. A one-sitter kind of a read.
- I read several books by Alward this year, all of which I enjoyed, but this was the stand-out. A lovely setting (Argentina!) and a heroine who has to find herself again after a relationship goes bust.
- A total throw-back kind of read, the kind of book I would equally love to share with a grandmother or a teenage girl. Couple agrees to a home-swap vacation and end up falling for each other through their e-mail exchange. A little old-fashioned, a whole lot sweet - it was just downright lovely.
- A charming friends-to-lovers story featuring a young woman who is still haunted by high school and a hero with abandonment issues. Just flat-out nice characters, and a nicely drawn New York setting.
- Lane had three books out this year, and this - her second release - was my favorite. Hero and heroine meet through a pen-pal program for military personnel. When he returns home thanks to an injury, he meets the heroine in the flesh - which is scarred by her fight with breast cancer.
- An opposites attract kind of story. Hero is surly ex-military and moved to a tiny island to escape people. Instead he gets stuck next door to the heroine, who needs a handyman (he's the only one on the island!) and has an obnoxious dog that won't stay in its own frackin' yard. Loved the way the author handled the issue of the hero's PTSD. No pat solutions and no miracle recovery once he falls in lurve.