RT Editors' Best of 2012: Audrey's Picks

This blog post is part of a series that the RT Editors will be taking part in during the month of December. Please check back all month long for each editor's installment!


With 2012 winding down, the RT editors thought December would be a good time to reflect on what each of us read this year and which books stuck with us long after we finished them. While this year's RT Awards winners won't be announced until our convention in May, we've decided to share our personal favorites of 2012, in no particular order. Today RT Editor and Reviews Coordinator Audrey Goodson Kingo reveals her 2012 top reads:


"The Theory of Attraction"
by Delphine Dryden

It’s not often that the RT staff comes to a near-unanimous conclusion about a book, but it’s not surprising that Dryden’s novella earned across-the-board raves. Who doesn’t love a hot, nerdy hero with a dark side? It doesn’t hurt that we were collectively a little tapped out on conversations about Fifty Shades of Grey, and Dryden’s story succeeds where Fifty Shades falters when it comes to the BDSM aspects. 


Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

I took a break from my regularly-scheduled romance addiction to pick up this supremely stellar psychological thriller — and boy was I glad I did. I couldn’t wait to come in to the office every day and talk about this book’s wickedly surprising twists and turns with Managing Editor and mystery aficionado Liz French. Original, unpredictable and darkly funny, Flynn’s twisted tale is a page-turner in every sense.


Taming an Impossible Rogue
by Suzanne Enoch

My favorite part of every romance novel is the big reveal, when the hero and heroine muster up the courage to convey those three little words — by deed or action. In Taming an Impossible Rogue, hero Keating and heroine Camille have real obstacles keeping them apart despite their growing feelings for one another, but in one heartbreaking scene, Keating suggests they simply tell each other how they feel — and then pretend like it never happened. I couldn’t help it; I cried. Enoch is one of the best when it comes to sigh-worthy scenes like this. Honorable mentions in the historical romance category go to: Seducing Mr. Knightly by Maya Rodale, A Gentleman Undone by Cecilia Grant, Starlight by Carrie Lofty and A Lady Never Lies by Juliana Gray. 


by Meljean Brook

I don’t know where to start — can I simply say I loved everything about this book? Imaginative, emotional, immersive and unbelievably original are just a few words that come to mind to describe Brooks’ quirky cast of characters, steampunk setting and swoonworthy romance. More Iron Seas please, Ms. Brooks! 


About Last Night
by Ruthie Knox

If you’re tired of small towns and cowboys, then Ruthie Knox has just what you need: A snappy, contemporary romance set in London, starring a hero who’s a buttoned-up banker by day and a smoking-hot artist by night, and a tattooed heroine who’s far from perfect. Knox sets the bar high for her fellow contemporary authors, giving the genre just the jolt it needs. Her flawed, complex characters, numerous sizzling sex scenes and delectable dialogue are exactly what I want in a contemporary read. 


Her Sky Cowboy
by Beth Ciotta

I know what you’re thinking: Cowboys, steampunk, 60’s radicals, Leonardo da Vinci... it seems like, well, a bit much. I’m here to tell you not to worry. Ciotta ties it all together so well, you’ll be ready to grab a kitecycle and race to Italy right along with heroine Amelia. It looks like Amelia’s brothers will be the focus of books two and three (I can’t wait!), but the secondary characters in Her Sky Cowboy are so vivid they definitely deserve a book of their own — especially Tuck’s quirky airship crew. (StarMan and Doc Blue first, please, Ms. Ciotta! Ahem.)


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Do you and Audrey share some favorite books of the year? Which reads did you love in 2012? Let us know in the comments, and check back all month for more editors' picks!