Choose the best romance book of 2012!
What is, in your opinion, the best romance book of 2012, and why? In particular, what aspect of the work (e.g., style, chemistry between the hero and heroine, character development) did you enjoy the most and would like to emulate in your own writing?
Okay, I’ll start: I really liked Tiffany Reisz’s erotic romance The Siren, as I felt it presented an alternative to the 50 Shades phenomenon. While the success of E. L. James’s trilogy made certain taboo subjects more mainstream, I think that The Siren is more tastefully written, with more complexly drawn characters and narrative arc. To me, The Siren proves that plot doesn’t have to be subservient to the x-rated content, but is just as important!
I liked Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – it’s more young adult with romance spin. It renewed my beliefs about soul mates. I also enjoyed On the Edge of Never by JA Redmerski. The main character is not your typical hero, which is why I think it was so good.