2012 RITA Awards

The last month or so has been pretty chaotic. Between my best friend finally receiving a new kidney and my brother visiting my husband and me, before I knew it August (and the insomnia-inducing hot weather) had arrived in full force. So it’s no surprise that I missed out on the announcement of the 2012 RITA award winners.

The Romance Writers of America (RITA) announce every summer the best of the best, one winner in each of several popular romance sub-genres. And as one of the few library staff members who admits to reading romance novels, I feel it’s my duty to share the list with you. Sorry, 50 Shades fans. Your books didn’t make the list.

Best Paranormal Romance:
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

Best Romance Novella:
I Love the Earl by Caroline Linden

Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements:
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal

Best First Book:
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Best Historical Romance:
The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne

Best Regency Historical Romance:
A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

Best Young Adult Romance:
Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Best Romantic Suspense:
New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb

Best Inspirational Romance:
The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena Miller

Best Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure:
Soldier’s Last Stand by Cindy Dees

Best Contemporary Series Romance:
Doukakis’s Apprentice by Sarah Morgan

Best Contemporary Single Title Romance:
Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe

In preparing this blog post I ended up putting a few titles on hold–they sounded too good to pass up! You’ll notice that the library hasn’t purchased some of these yet. If you’re interested, feel free to let a librarian know that it’s an award winner and that Carol sent ya.

Carol

PS: If you’d like some more great romance suggestions, try flipping through an issue of Romantic Times. You’re sure to find some real page-turners any time of the year.

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