November Seal of Excellence

November 2010's RT Seal of Excellence is awarded to B.J. Daniels' latest series romance, High-Caliber Christmas. Here are some comments from the editors about why it won the honor.


"For fans of the Winchester Ranch series, this installment is nothing short of fantastic. The love story, the characters and most importantly the plotline twists are so engaging even new readers will want more from Daniels when they're done." - RT Executive Editor Faygie Levy

"Daniels takes the fast pace required by the short page count of category romance and makes it work for her. Readers will be hooked from the first page, and quickly rewarded for their efforts." - RT Senior Editor Elissa Petruzzi

"Jace and Kayley's reunion really tugs on the heart strings. Even after years apart they have never, ever stopped loving each other. As you watch their sweet romance evolve into happily-ever-after, you will be cheering them on."- RT Web Editor Morgan Doremus 



So what other books were contenders for the November Seal of Excellence? Here is a look at the titles the RT editors considered.


Jodi ThomasSomewhere Along the Way is more than just intersecting characters all living in the same small town. It is a story about community and creating a place where friends become family. While reading the book you will want to wrap yourself up in a large comforter, grab a cup of hot cocoa and hunker down to find out what Reagan and company have been up to. Perhaps the pace may be a little slow for some readers, but the meticulous attention to detail adds realism to the story that will make you feel like you too have found a home in Harmony. A truly charming tale. 

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Devoured by D.E. Meredith fell just short of winning this month's seal. A remarkable debut, it combines a compelling mystery with the fascinating subject of Victorian scientific experimentation and exploration. In the end, we thought that B.J. Daniels' snappy series book would have wider appeal to romance readers, but Devoured is well worth a look for fans of mysteries, Victoriana or the history of science.

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The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney is one of those books that should be required reading for teens. A story about date rape, the book is intense and honest. The heroine's reactions to the events around her ring true and will spark discussions for those in similar predicament.


Dennis Lehane dares to go there again with Moonlight Mile: He brings back not only Angie and Patrick, the much-loved P.I.s from Gone, Baby, Gone, but also Amanda McReady, the child who was kidnapped in Gone, Baby, Gone. And it works, at times brilliantly! From the first chapter, which sketches a ne’er-do-well privileged jerk to perfection, to the last scene, Lehane keeps you on the hook. His characters are flawed and funny and his portrait of an America in confused decline is deft and devastating. You’ll enjoy the scenes of Angie and Patrick “in parentis” — yes, now they’re married and have a daughter, who has some good lines too — and on the job, especially when their old pal Bubba joins the fray. But the book isn’t all about cozy domesticity: there’s also plenty of action and some Russian gangsters, not to mention an identity-theft ring and another baby-snatching. And although some of the plot contrivances are a stretch, the story is enjoyable nonetheless. 



Marcella Burnard's debut, Enemy Withinis a futuristic romance gem with hairpin turns and a multi-layered plot. Although some may feel that the first action sequence, and the hero and heroine's immediate attraction, pushes one's willing suspension of disbelief. However, after a slightly rocky start it's an enjoyable trip as Burnard brings her readers up to speed. By the story's end both science fiction and romance readers will be clamoring for the next deep-space adventure from Burnard.


Other books the RT editors considered were:

Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing A Lord by Sarah MacLean

Play of Passion by Nalini Singh

Crown of Crystal Flame by C.L. Wilson


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