This year I read only a handful of books published in 2008. Because of that I found it hard to come up with a best of 2008 list. Now, after searching my bookshelves, I did come out with at least five books published in 2008 that I really liked. They might not be as memorable as some, but they were good books. In no particular order here they are:
His Wicked Sins by Eve Silver - Historical Paranormal: I hadn't read a Gothic Romance in a long time before getting this book. It swept me back to a time where I'd sneak my mothers Gothics and go off to read them in secret. Ms. Silver did a great job building the tension between Elizabeth and Griffin, by the time they came together, their heat flicked off the pages. The mystery worked well with the past slowly being revealed until it met up with present. This kept the mystery fresh.
Dark Desires after Dusk by Kresley Cole - Paranormal Romance: A Demon with lickable horns. Need I say more? I'm a big fan of The Immortals After Dark series, and this installment was fantastic. Ms. Cole is good at matching her heroes and heroines so that neither overshadows the other. Cade and Holly were no exception, they were a great match. The humor in her stories is great, as are the supporting cast of characters.
Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas - Historical Romance: This is one of the best Historical Romance's I've read that was published this year. Private Arrangements is Ms. Thomas' first book and it was a really good one. Cam and Gigi had to work for their Happily Ever After, and when they finally got it it felt well worth the wait.
When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason - Paranormal Romance: The fourth entry in the Gardella Vampire Series was the best one so far. Victoria has come into her own as a slayer, and she's also quit waffling between her two love interests and picked one. It took me some time to warm up to the series, but now that I have I'm impatiently waiting on the final installment.
Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra - Paranormal Romance: This PNR was a good change from the run of the mill paranormals out there. Ms. Kantra has taken a rarely used species in the paranormal world and used it in a way I enjoyed. Selkies are the star here. Sea Witch is the first in the Children of the Sea trilogy. I loved the hero in this book. I have a soft spot for veteran heroes, and Caleb was great. The mythology is interesting and Sea Witch was a promising beginning to the trilogy.
And though I have The Spymaster's Lady on my most memorable books of 2008, I have to add it to my top 5 of 08. That makes it a top 6 then, right?
The Spymaster's Lady - Historical Romance: I loved, loved this book. The dry humor between the hero and heroine, the secondary characters, the surprises, the overall story... it was fabulous! I became an instant fan of Joanna Bourne with The Spymaster's Lady.