This is usually a top ten list, but I couldn’t come up with ten books to recommend this year, so it is a Top Eight List. These are all books that I rated with 4 or 5 stars, which means the story line has a good flow, the plot and characters are believable and well-written, the quality of the dialogue and over-all writing quality is high and it has a high un-put-downability rating.
Books by Sondra Kraak and Tamara Leigh are CLEAN Romances. Books by Lisa Kleypas are NOT. Just so you know.
#8 One Plus One Equals Trouble by Sondra Kraak– 4 stars. Western Romance
#7 Lady at Arms by Tamera Leigh– 4 stars. Medieval Romance.
#6 A Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas–4 stars. Regency Romance. Part 4 of the Wallflowers Series
#5 Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas–4.5 stars. Regency Romance Part 1 of the Wallflowers Series
#4 It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas–4.5 stars. Regency Romance. Part 2 of the Wallflowers Series
#3 Lady of Conquest by Tamara Leigh–5 stars. Medieval Romance.
#2 Rope Burn by Bruce W. Most–5 stars. A modern day western mystery set in Wyoming.
#1 Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold–5 stars. Fantasy. This is the hands down best book I read this year. Amazing world building. It starts out a bit slow (and I would recommend reading the first book in the series first– The Curse of Chalion), but once it gets going, you won’t want to put it down.