Welcome to the Badass Best of 2016. Today we continue our foray into the romance genre! Take a look below for our 5 favorite paranormal, historical and erotic romance reads from this year with a few honorable mentions.
Savage Urges by Suzanne Wright || Published May 3rd, 2016 by Montlake Romance || 4.5 STARS || Review
Synopsis: She’s a lone wolf with a cause. As a volunteer at a shelter for lone shifters—the same one that rescued her—Makenna Wray has dedicated her life to finding homes for its residents. And when she discovers that a teen in her care is related to Ryan Conner, the broody, handsome-as-sin enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, she’s eager to help connect the two. She just wasn’t prepared to feel a connection of her own. Lone wolves are loners for a reason—and most of them bad. Or so Ryan assumes until he meets the mysterious Makenna. Quirky and sensual, she seems to enjoy riling him, especially when she refuses to discuss her past. Although there is no mating bond, he’s sure she’s the one. All he has to do is be patient and wait. But when another pack’s sinister Alpha comes sniffing around, threatening Makenna and her shelter, this enforcer is ready to let his wolf off the leash…
Why We Love It: Wonderful heroine who’s an advocate for the underdog.
A Season of Ruin by Anna Bradley || Published Aug 2nd 2016 by Berkley || 5 STARS || Review
Synopsis: Lily Somerset’s plan for the London season is simple: courtship, marriage to a respectable gentleman, then the comfortable existence of a proper Lady. That is, until one tiny misstep leaves Lily on the edge of social ruin, forcing her to depend on a wicked rogue to save her reputation. Robyn Sutherland doesn’t save reputations—he sullies them. He’d rather be drawn and quartered than find himself spending the season as Lily’s escort. But he has no choice but to stay until her tattered standing is mended. What begins as a ruse to deceive London soon flames into an uncontrollable passion. Robyn calls to the wild spirit that lurks beneath Lily’s prim exterior, and Lily awakens the hero’s heart within Robyn. But can these unlikely lovers trust themselves enough to let desire overrule reason?
Why We Love It: Both main characters are funny without meaning to be, and anytime they’re together, it made for a wonderful scene. And the author didn’t change who the hero was; it’s just now he’s that man for an audience of one.
Storm and Silence by Robert Thier || Published Mar 19th 2016 by Robert Thier || 4.5 STARS || Review
Synopsis: Freedom – that is what Lilly Linton wants most in life. Not marriage, not a brood of squalling brats, and certainly not love, thank you very much! But freedom is a rare commodity in 19th-century London, where girls are expected to spend their lives sitting at home, fully occupied with looking pretty. Lilly is at her wits’ end – until a chance encounter with a dark, dangerous and powerful stranger changes her life forever…Enter the world of Mr Rikkard Ambrose, where the only rule is: Knowledge is power is time is money!
Why We Love It: Witty and imaginative, clever story that created the perfect atmosphere for those brilliant characters to shine.
In the Eye of the Storm by Robert Thier || Published 2016 by Robert Thier || 5 STARS || Review
Synopsis: In the desert, an instant turns life into death and hate into love. In the desert, everything is different. Boundaries break down, and you find yourself doing things that you would never, ever have imagined. Lilly Linton finds this out the hard way: in the shadow of the pyramids, she and her boss, cold, calculating Mr Ambrose, must face death and danger together. Is the desert’s heat enough to melt the cold heart of Britain’s richest financier?
Why We Love It: Anticipate lots and lots of laughter, particularly because everything that happens, or is said, is so completely unpredictable! Adrenaline is high, you’ll be on the edge of your seat, exhilarated and breathless.
Synopsis: Lennox used to live in a paradise on earth with his best friend Jamie, in a place where visitors came and went, allowing their desires to run free. But everything changes when a deadly attack forces them to take up with Connor Mackenzie’s band of Outlaws. Lennox knows Jamie is hung up on someone else, but he’s always believed he’s the man for her—and won’t let her go without a fight. Even though Jamie is well aware that Lennox is one hot specimen of a man, she refuses to let sex ruin the most important relationship in her life. But when the object of her interest spurns her, she indulges in a little pleasure-filled revenge with her very magnetic, very willing best friend. One thrilling night with Lennox is enough to awaken Jamie’s unexpected desires for him. And now that she’s had a taste, she’s not sure she can ever give him up…
Why We Love It: Raw and gritty with a strong female lead.
Honorable Mentions (click cover for review)
Other Badass Best of 2016 Lists
Romance – Contemporary
Romance – M/M
Mystery & Realistic Fiction
Most Anticipated Reads of 2017
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