Favourite romances of 2010

Kat’s favourite books of 2010. Oh, and look! It’s just in time for the Australian Romance Readers Awards nominations.

I wasn’t going to post a best-of list for 2010, simply because it takes me ages and causes a lot of internal angst. But the nominations have opened for the 2010 Australian Romance Readers Awards, and I thought I’d use the nomination form as my best-of list. I’ve included the rules, for the curious.

Favourite Paranormal Romance

1. Play of Passion by Nalini Singh
2. First Drop of Crimson by Jeanine Frost
3. Lover Mine by J. R. Ward

Favourite Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy or Futuristic Romance

1. Poison Kissed by Erica Hayes
2. The Bard of Bone Plain by Patricia A. McKillip
3. Crown of Crystal Flame by C. L. Wilson

Fantasy romance isn’t included in this category, but I have decided to extrapolate this into the Any SFF Romance Excluding Paranormal Romance category just so I can fill it in. (The McKillip, I admit, is stretching ‘romance’ a little.)

Favourite Short Category Romance

1. Long Summer Nights by Kathleen O’Reilly
2. Greek Tycoon, Inexperienced Mistress by Lynne Graham

I’m missing a nomination here. I might have to find a Bronwyn Jameson published in 2010 to read before the nomination deadline.

Favourite Historical Romance

1. The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne
2. Marry Me by Jo Goodman (Wandergurl’s review)
3. My Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell

Favourite Contemporary Romance

1. Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey
2. Home is Where the Bark Is by Kandy Shepherd

Any suggestions for number 3?

Favourite Erotic Romance

1. Poison Kissed by Erica Hayes

I’m double dipping here, because I read so few erotic romances last year, and even then most of them were neither erotic nor romantic.

Favourite Romantic Suspense

Sadly, Bronwyn Parry didn’t release a book last year so I’m at a loss. Any recommendations? I actually read a handful of romantic suspenses, but I’m not inclined to nominate any of them.

Favourite Continuing Romance Series

1. Psy-Changeling by Nalini Singh (Play of Passion)
2. Shadowfae Chronicles by Erica Hayes (Poison Kissed)
3. Tairen Soul by C. L. Wilson (Crown of Crystal Flame)

Favourite Australian Romance Author

1. Erica Hayes (Poison Kissed)
2. Kandy Shepherd (Home is Where the Bark Is)
3. Anna Campbell (My Reckless Surrender)


To be eligible a book must have been published for the first time in 2010. Reprints and reissues are not eligible.

For the Continuing Series category, there must have been a book in the series published in 2010.

For the Favourite Author category, the author must have had a romance title published in 2010.

Only ARRA members are supposed to nominate, so I’m not going to include the link here. However, if you’re a member and have not received an email from ARRA, you should follow up so you can enter your favourites!

Nominations will be tallied and the top 10 in each category will be put to the members for a final vote.

And finally, can I just say that Goodreads has made this process so much less random for me. Here’s my bookshelf, if you’re interested.

Did I miss any of your favourites? I haven’t submitted my nominations, yet, so let me know if you think I got any of them wrong. (And I’ll tell you why I didn’t. *g*)

Kat Mayo is a freelance writer, podcaster, Twitter tragic, and compulsive reader. Her reviews have appeared in Books+Publishing, and she was the winner of the 2014 RWA Romance Media Award. She believes in happy endings, and kills fairies with glee.


  1. Oldbitey says:

    Have not read anything by Shannon Stacey, but I’m willing to try her based on your recommendation. Will look for her this week. For some reason I thought Exclusively yours was a Robin Kaye. Maybe their covers are similar?

  2. Vassiliki says:

    I’ve only read one of the titles that you have nominated. It’s the Lynne Graham’s book – that one made me cry.
    Can I suggest 2 titles for nomination:
    1. Heather MacAllister’s A Man for All Seasons (I own a copy if you would like to borrow it) for the Category Romance and
    2. My fave contemporary romances published in 2010 were: Victoria Dahl’s Crazy for Love (adored hero) & Julie James’ Something About You.
    Much as I’d love to say Rachel Gibson, her latest was great until the last chapter.

  3. Kat says:

    I might try the Victoria Dahl. I keep hearing about her but just haven’t had a chance to try her books. I’m buying that and the MacAllister book. I’m too scared to borrow your yours—categories do not survive my house in great shape, I’m afraid.

  4. Kat says:

    Just an update for anyone subscribed to this comment thread. I tried Vassiliki’s rec. A Man for All Seasons by Heather MacAllister is definitely a keeper. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I also tried a Sarah Mayberry released in 2010 but it didn’t quite work for me (friends to lovers story with the added complication of the hero divorcing the heroine’s OTHER best friend). The love triangle did me in.

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