I was going to do an award like entry in honor of the Oscars but that would take too much time and I have snacks to make for the lovely event so I'll just give a list of books I feel should be on everyone's reading list.
Ritual Sins by Anne Stuart.
I read this book in one afternoon, it sucks you in that easily. And it is a glowing example of what Stuart does best, writing bad guys you can't help fall in love with. And believe me the hero is no hero, he's a bad guy. He's killed people, lied, cheated, stolen, just a regular bastard, yet there is a certain charm about him that makes you go along with the leading lady's fight to not fall for him. Watching her surrender is so heartbreaking yet so satisfying.
Beguiled by Susan Spencer Paul
This is a very sweet story that actually turns out to be sexy in it's sweetness. An odd bit of phrasing but it's ture. You feel for the lead characters at once. You fall in love with the hero as he in turns falls in love with the surprising object of his affection. The secondary story is lovely and it's very contrasting to the main one.
Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
If you believe in myths and magic then you have to read this book. It's funny, sexy, sweet, heartbreaking, and to top it all off it's even a sci-fi type of story. I cried twice while reading this and had to settle down before I could finish it. Be warned though this marks the beginning of a series and the lady does know how to write.
Master of Desire by Kinley MacGregor
I'm not much for historicals where we still have knights and stuff like that, but this book sucked me in and there was no turning back. Great story, lovely character development and again a heartbreaking moment that makes you really believe that all may be lost. Never dispair as it is a romance and life is happily ever after. I cried towards the end of the book, and then discovered by accident that the author is Kenyon from the above list. Small world huh?
Of course everyone should be reading Jane Austen, and if you haven't then there is something wrong with you, just kidding. (not really)
I'd write more but it's time to get snacks a baking and drinks a mixing!