Tessa's Top 3* Books of 2016

by Tessa Woodward

I read a lot of books this year and normally I’d be hard pressed to pick favorites but there were some real standouts! Here are my Top 3* of 2016.

(*and by 3 I actually mean 4…)

(Not including the books I edited which were all my favorites, obviously.)

#1

My absolute top book of 2016 was Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game.

Oh my crickets, this book! It’s everything you love from your favorite rom com – witty banter, love at first hate, strawberries, and super hot hero. If you haven’t read this book yet, you NEED to run out and pick up a copy.

#2

Joanna Shupe’s Magnate was another of my favorite books this year.

If you love Regency romances or Edith Wharton (but sexy) and want something a little different, this is the book for you. It’s set in the Gilded Age in New York. In fact, I loved it so much, I managed to convince her to come write some books for Avon next year! Be sure to keep your eyes out for A DARING ARRANGEMENT coming October 2017!

#3

If you have talked to me in the last month, I’ve probably mentioned this next book to you. I’m completely obsessed with Amanda Bouchet’s A Promise of Fire.

I happen to love me some fantasy romance and this book was my catnip. An insanely well-written, sexy adventure with a fascinating mythology. I am so desperate for the next book to come out.

#4

It’s no secret that I’m a Kate Middleton-ite. So you know I jumped at the chance to read The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.

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But as a royal wedding expert, I was holding it to a pretty high standard. And it did not disappoint in the least! I wish it could have been 1000 pages longer. Whenever agents ask me what book I wish I’d acquired, I now always say this one.

Bonus titles because I read a lot of really great things this year:

THE VELVET HOURS by Alyson Richman

AS GOOD AS NEW by Jennifer Dawson