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Two of my favorite books of 2012 won RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Awards.  http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-awards/nominees-and-winners

The wondrous Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt won Historical Romance of the Year.

Elizabeth Hoyt is a genius.  In book after book she performs the seemingly unrepeatable magic of creating two distinct, living breathing characters who desperately need each other but don’t know it yet.  And as they slowly realize this inconvenient, difficult need for the other, cannot figure out how to come together.  She places them in a dangerous, exciting historic setting and weaves in believable, vulnerable, scorching sexual tension (and blissful satisfaction).

This is of course, how romance works.  Romance readers know it.  We like it.  We love it.  That’s why we buy more than 1 billion dollars worth of romance novels every year.  But the serious magic we wait for, the reason we stay up all night, and miss subway stops, and carry books with us wherever we go is when this familiar, beloved, story structure seems brand new, like it just came to life to fulfill the story right now in our hands.  Thief of Shadows was this kind of book for me.


The gorgeous, splendid Deception by Kris Kennedy won the K.I.S.S (Knight In Shining Silver) Award for Kier.

I’ve loved all of Kris Kennedy’s complex, thrilling medieval romances, The Conqueror, The Irish Warrior, Defiant, but Deception…sigh.  I loved this book so much I slowed down the nearer I got to the end, at one point only reading a few pages a day,  because I didn’t want it to be over.  Sweeping romance, gorgeous prose, Deception is like red wine and dark chocolate, cold rain against the windows and a roaring fire in the hearth.  Swoon.