Friday, December 30, 2011

Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2012

This past year was the first year that I truly kept up with all the books I have read. I met and passed my goal of 200 books for the year 2011.
Next year, I plan to read the same amount-and participate in several Reading Challenges.

Today's Top Ten list features the books of 2012 and which ones I am eager to buy and read. And there are way more than 10. In fact, if I never even purchase a new book next year (GAH-like THAT will ever happen), I could easily meet my goal of 200 books for next year. Me=Book Addict.

Here are the TOP TEN Books That I'm Looking Forward To In 2012:

1. Lover Reborn ~ JR Ward--March 27, 2012 

We finally get Tohr's story.
In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost.

When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed…Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future… but can his heart let go and set all of them free?

2.  Third Grave Dead Ahead ~ Darynda Jones--January 31, 2012 

Charley Davidson—grim reaper extraordinaire, private investigator . . . meh—is practicing her profession under the influence, caffeine and copious amounts of it, due to an extreme desire to induce insomnia. Every time she closes her eyes, Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan, is there. Only thing is, he’s a tad peeved. She did bind for all eternity, so it’s hard blame him. But 13 days without a wink is bound to bring out the crazy in a girl. So, when a man hires her to find his wife, Charley accepts the job with one goal in mind: Put the man behind bars, and not the wet kind. She can sense the guilt waft off him and vows to find the woman’s body and prove he’s a murderer.

In the meantime, Reyes is back in prison and none too happy about it . . . so Charley thinks, until she is carjacked by the dark-haired rake, who swears the very man he went to prison for killing is not only alive, but close by. And he wants Charley to find him.

While a visit to her old friend Rocket sheds no light on Reyes’s situation, Charley finds out the man’s wife is still alive and time is running out. Finding her before she dies would be a miracle, but she has to try. Together with the help of a fashion-impaired receptionist named Cookie, Charley sets out to bring the bad guys to justice. She just hopes Reyes is not one of them. And that she’s not hallucinating from her self-induced bout with insomnia.

3.  Double Time ~ Olivia Cunning -November 1, 2012 (no cover love)
Trey's story promises to be a very HAWT read and I cannot wait.

4.  Lethal Rider ~ Larissa Ione  June 1, 2012

Thanatos--my fave Apocolyptic Horseman

Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, Regan Cooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he's about to become a father.

Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he's ever wanted-a family

5.  Headed For Trouble ~ Suzanne Brockmann--December 26, 2012

New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann, whom USA Today calls “the reigning queen of military suspense,” breaks out a rapid-fire collection of pulse-pounding, heart-tugging stories and novellas featuring the intrepid men and women of Troubleshooters Inc., fiction’s hottest ultimate counterterrorism squad.

• Tough-as-nails Troubleshooters operative Sam Starrett learns the agony of loving someone in danger—and the hell of waiting on the home front—as his wife, Alyssa, hurtles into a foreign hotspot that’s about to boil over.

• Navy SEAL Frank O’Leary’s ill-fated holiday reunion with his older brother takes a turn for the better—when a chance encounter on a rainy New Orleans street gives Frank a reason to be thankful after all.

• In a maze of tunnels deep beneath a military base in Germany, Jules Cassidy, Alyssa Locke, and their comrades in arms match wits with terrorists on a mission with explosive consequences.

Plus more never-before-released adventures featuring Jenk, Izzy, Gillman, Lopez, Kenny, Savannah, and other members of SEAL Team 16—along with Suzanne Brockmann’s exclusive interviews with her beloved characters.

6.  Rapture ~ JR Ward--Fallen Angels Book 4--Expected publication ?2012 (no cover love)

Alas, I have no info on this book--but I am eager to read it and to see just who the hell that vamp was at the end of book 3!

7.  Whispers In The Dark ~ Maya Banks--KGI Book 4--January 7, 2012

She came to him when he needed her the most

She came to him at his lowest point. The voice of an angel, a whisper in the dark. She's the only thing that gets Nathan Kelly through his captivity, the endless days of torture and the fear that he'll never return to his family. With her help, he's able to escape. But he isn't truly free, because now she's disappeared and he's left with an all-consuming emptiness as he struggles to pick up the pieces of his life. Did he imagine his angel? Or is she out there, needing his help as he'd once needed hers?

Now he rushes to save her before it's too late

Shea has been on the run from people who will stop at nothing to exploit her unique abilities. She never wanted to drag Nathan, who'd already suffered so much, into danger, but she doesn't have a choice so she reaches out to him for help. Finally face-to-face after having already formed a soul-deep bond in hell, their emotional connection is even more powerful than their telepathic one. Nathan refuses to consider ever letting her go again, but she worries they can never have a life free of the dangers that dog her every step. He'll protect her with his every breath, but can he convince her that they are meant to face these threats together?

8.  Lothaire ~ Kresely Cole--Immortals After Dark Book 12--January 10, 2012  


Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.


Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.


Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia-old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past . . . or risk everything for a future with her?

9.  Darker After Midnight ~ Lara Adrian--Midnight Breed Book 10-January 24, 2012

In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.

At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems.

Pulled into a vortex of intrigue and danger she can neither resist nor understand, Tavia is uncertain whom to trust. And while everything sane and logical warns her against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that the handsome, deeply haunted male stirs something primal and ravenous within her. But even as she surrenders to her cravings, nothing can prepare her for the shattering truth of who—and what—she truly is.

As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Dragos and his Minions unleashing a hell on Earth like nothing ever seen before, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out and the streets running red with the blood of innocent lives, both Breed and human, together Chase and Tavia must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.

10.  Once Burned ~ Jeaniene Frost--Night Prince Book 1-June 26, 2012 (no cover love)

This is Vlad's story-A secondary Character that we saw off and on in the Night Huntress Series--and yes, it's THAT Vlad. 

She’s a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire...

He’s the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all — but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him – a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

I have also a few...hahahaha...honorable mentions that I just HAVE to list--because, Yeah, I'll be buying them.

Honorable Mentions:

1.  Eventide ~ Elle Jasper
2.  Biting Cold ~ Chloe Neill
3. Endure ~ Carrie Jones
4. Mine To Hold ~ Shayla Black
5. Witchful Thinking ~ HP Mallory
6. Shadow of Night ~ Deborah Harkness
7. Dark Frost ~ Jennifer Estep
8. Time, Untime ~ Sherrilyn Kenyon
9. Hot Under Pressure ~ Louisa Edwards
10.  Both Cassandra Clare's --City of Lost Souls and Clockwork Princess

What books made your MUST BUY list for 2012?


  1. hottelicious covers
    tnx4 comernting
    happy new yr
    my top choosings

  2. The more I look at all these lists the more I see how behind I am in my PNR books! I haven't read anything from Lara Adrian yet and I need to catch up with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. But I'm super excited for Third Grave Dead Ahead. That is my favorite version of the cover.
    Thanks for visiting Top 14 Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2012

  3. Okay, very delectable covers! I believe I need to get back into some more adult oriented books now that I've seen this post. :) Awesome list!

    Here's my list

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

  4. Jennifer,
    Thanks for stopping by!
    I am ALWAYS finding books that I need to add to my list, lol. I love Lara's books--I am now working on my list of books to read next year from authors I have YET to get to...

  5. Wendy-Thanks for stoppying by. I am such a cover HOOR. And I love to post them when I get info on new releases.
    I am a huge mood reader-right now I am on a YA kick, but I am reading Thea Harrison's book-Dragon Bound.
    But I read typically anything that has a great plot and romance.


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