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Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Our Top 5 books of 2012

Stephanie’s Picks

Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
Firelight was great but Moonglow was better.  Kristen Callihan really kicks up the paranormal in the second installment in her debut series and as a lover of paranormal, I was thankful for every bit of it.  It was interesting, different from what I usually read, and the characters were fantastic.

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
How do you compete with Kate Daniels?  Well, you don’t and I’m SO grateful that Andrea never tried. Her transition from side character to leading heroine was smooth and I’d read another one of her books in a heartbeat.

Downside series by Stacia Kane
I’m cheating here since I chose an entire series but I’ve read books 1-4 so far this year and WOW. Chess is unlike any heroine I’ve read before and the complexity to her and the world she inhabits is fantastic.  Emotionally draining but totally worth it.   

Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione
My favorite of Larissa’s Lords of Deliverance books. Than and Regan have so much fighting against them, including themselves, but in the end, it’s all pulled off masterfully in a way that Larissa does so well.

Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison
Dragon Bound is a hard book to top and Oracle’s Moon comes very close to doing so. Grace and Khalil shouldn’t work but they do and so very well.  The romance takes center stage and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.  Except for maybe the book to be a little longer.

Athenna’s Picks

Immortal Hope by Claire Ashgrove
Great world building. The concept is new and exciting. The book is filled with sexy alpha males. Both the main characters are great and like able. This was my favorite read for 2012.

Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson
My first experience into steam punk and I loved it. The world was amazing so detailed I could truly picture it. The hero Is super sexy alpha male with a slight off beat twist. I couldn’t put the book down.

Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward
I loved this book. It was soo good to see all the brothers again and in action. The ending had a little surprise that I was pleasantly surprised with. As always I love JR Ward.

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
This was an amazing YA book. It was set in a post apocalyptic world and a young girl fighting to find answers that may only bring her own destruction. It has a great love story wrapped up in it to.

Archangel’s Blade by Nalani Singh
I loved Dimitri since book one in this series so I was super excited to read a book just about him. And the book didn’t disappoint it was hot sexy and had great characters.

Beth’s Picks

The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan
This book might be one of the most emotional gripping titles I read all year. A sort of ghost story with romantically Gothic prose that is both startling and frightening. It was also my first time reading Kiernan’s work, but won’t be my last!

In a Fix by Linda Grimes
Comedy in fiction is oftentimes lost on me, but not with this title. It has one of the most memorable endings that made me laugh out loud. It’s also offers something a little different as far as Urban Fantasy is concerned. I look forward to the next installment.

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
I don’t read a ton of Young Adult novels in a year, usually I feel disappointed by them, that wasn’t the case here. This title is a neat twist on the The Little Mermaid fairy tale. It’s the third of a re-telling series, which I am planning to go back and start with the first. It’s much darker than a lot of YA novels.

The Farm by Emily McKay
Another YA novel made this list, that’s impressive. It is a Dystopian. I have a soft spot for Dystopian books. It has a strange take on vampires which gives the book its name. It is a fun quick read, and one I look forward to finding out what happens next.

Two Weeks’ Notice by Rachel Caine
I would call this title a standard Urban Fantasy, and I thought it was but it got pretty intense. It’s another new series for me. Cane pushed the main character, Bryn, pretty hard. That’s a good thing in my book. Too often I find myself thinking that I didn’t think the author went far enough. That’s not the case here.

*Quick note- All of these authors are new to me.

Diane’s Picks

Nauti Temptress by Lora Leigh
One of the hottest sexually charged books I’ve ever read and I’ve read a lot. Very erotic and hard to put down.

Ice Cold by Cherry Adair
A great romance/suspense spy novel

Sex and the Single Fireman by Jennifer Bernard
As the only single female in the fire department, she is just one of the guys until the new fire chief comes to town. A great read.

Blaze of Winter by Elizabeth Barrett
A little suspense mixed with a lot of sexual tension.

Deep Autumn Heat by Elizabeth Barrett
Same as Blaze in Winter as they are sequels – a lot of sexual tension combined with suspense.

All of these books were easy reads and very hard to put down. I enjoyed all of them immensly, but I think Nauti Temptress was No. 1 for me.

About Stephanie G

Stephanie is a Paranormal Haven co-creator & reviewer. She loves coffee, Supernatural & most importantly, paranormal romance & urban fantasy books. Connect with her on: Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads


  1. Oh you have one that is on the top of my wishlist.. Drowning Girl. I really want to read it. I also spy several others I have on that wishlist. Good lists!

  2. Great lists!!

  3. Thanks everyone! It was hard doing this list because there have been a lot of great releases this year.

  4. I agree with quite a few of your picks!

  5. Great lists! I have also read and loved the books by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews and JR Ward.