5. Scandal by Amanda Quick. This is considered a classic Amanda Quick and I gave it a quickie review here back when I read it. I really liked the heroine in this book as well as the quick-witted dialogue between her and Simon. I read a copy from the library, but I wouldn't mind buying it if were ever issued as an ebook.
4. Vision in White by Nora Roberts. I just reviewed this here. It was so nice to read a Nora Roberts book that was a straight romance. She does all things well, but I do love a character-driven story and this was it in spades.
3. Never Resist Temptation by Miranda Neville. This also got a mini review. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. This was an interesting story of a young French woman hiding herself from her nasty guardian by working as a pastry chef. On the surface, the story seemed unlikely, which is why I was initially reluctant to read it. But Ms. Neville made it plausible and the well-written dialogue moved the story along at a nice pace. I would like to read more by this author.
2. Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James. I knew this would make my 5 phave list when I read it. This story stuck with me for several days afterwards. It's always the mark of a strong book when it's a little harder to pick up the next book to read. I liked the equality between the hero and heroine and the power setting of a high stakes law firm. This book was engaging on all kinds of levels. And it was a hard choice not to make this number 1 for the month. Julie James has quickly emerged as an incredibly talented writer. I can't wait for more.
1. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley. What could I possibly say about this book that hasn't been said on numerous other blogs around romanceland? This is hands down one of the most compelling books I've read in ages. Writing a hero with Aspergers Syndrome set in an era well before AS was recognized or defined had to be one heck of a challenge. Ian may not be normal in our world, but he is capable of love and worthy of being loved. Beth is wonderful heroine as she learns to appreciate Ian for who he is. This book has deserved all of the hype it has received. Once I started it I couldn't put it down until it was finished.