A Lady Awakened by Cecelia Grant
The careful slow dance of these two characters as they get to know each other and slowly discover themselves was so wonderful. A book I cherished and learned a great deal from. Fabulous.
Lothaire by Kresley Cole
A deliciously evil hero and a massively interesting and fun book. I so loved how creatively the back and forth went, how the balance of power between the H/H shifted so interestingly. The richness and twists within those sex scenes, how they advanced and deepened the plot - it blew my socks off.
Beyond Eden By Kele Moon
One of the most explosive and emotional erotic romances I've read in a long time. This book was nothing short of thrilling. My jaw was just hanging open about two-thirds of the way through for how high Moon twists the plot. It may be a bit hardcore for some, but I'd feverishly, breathlessly recommend it!
Dune by Frank Herbert
I finally got to Dune this year. It is so amazing and absorbing, just in terms of the layers, the thought, the world building. Really quite a panorama of a book with so many characters to love, and everything pitch-perfect.
Ice Storm by Anne Stuart