CLOSING NOTE: BEST OF 2016:
by Denise Little
It’s hard to believe that the new year is here already. Perhaps as a way to keep the old year alive, I thought I’d look back at 2016’s best books. I certainly read a lot of them. Presidential years always drive me to read every romance I can get my hands on, regardless of who wins the election. I just want the ugly politics to be over. And until the political commercials stop, I spend a whole lot of time with my head in a book.
So this year, I read just about everything out there, and there were some very good books available. Of course, any such list is subjective. This is strictly my list of favorites. Your mileage may vary. But if you missed any of them, I heartily recommend grabbing the nearest copy and settling in to enjoy yourself.
This carefully plotted and tautly executed thriller shows Nora at her very best—and that’s impossible to beat. A young girl finds out her father’s been keeping secrets; terrible secrets that will mark her for life. And when the adult life she carves out for herself is threatened once again by someone with a vendetta, she must fight for everything she’s dreamed of.
Jayne goes back to Harmony, not quite earth, and not quite now, and explores a Las Vegas-like Illusion Town, where the thrills are real.
This is a brilliant, three-hankie read that explores the lives and loves of two sisters as they struggle to survive in France during WWII.
the Girls Have Gone
When Charlotte Sawyer moves to Seattle and takes a job at Rainy Creek Gardens Retirement Village, she doesn’t realize she’s about to fill her life to the gills with murder, mayhem, and love. This nicely plotted thriller is clearly the opening of a series.
Rhage and Mary return in this latest installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. The author has been toying with her characters, torturing them in the previous books, and it has left marks. But they are survivors, and this book proves it.
An emotional rollercoaster from a master of catching hold of her readers and dragging them along for the ride. Her main character, Lily, turns you inside out as she struggles through life, and makes you glad you came along for the journey.
Billie Bridgerton has every intention of marrying one of the Rokesby Brothers in the clever Regency romp. It’s just which one that has her confused.
Chance Christmas Ball
This is a lovely confection of a Regency ball—the 1815 holiday ball at Holbourne Abbey. The stories are short, punchy, and every one is a keeper.
How is a woman supposed to love the man who arrested her brother? Find out in the brilliantly written contemporary.
Duke Was Won
When a scandalous duke needs an unsullied bride—immediately—he’s got to pick from four lovely ladies. But one of the ladies has secrets of her own….
So that’s my list. Here’s hoping 2017 will be just as much fun.
Copyright © 2017 by Denise Little.
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