Nov 18, 2013

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Question – Did RT Get It Right?

Question Visual Again

Last week, RT Romantic Times announced their annual award nominees.  I thought I would share with you some of the nominees from the categories that I tend to read.  What I want to know from you is do you find there are books missing from theses categories?  Do you think there are books that deserve to be nominated or do you agree with RT’s picks?  Let’s start with…

Shapeshifter Romance

Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston
Only Lycans Need Apply by Michele Bardsley
Breath of Fire by Liliana Hart
Macrieve by Kresley Cole
Savage Betrayal by Shelli Stevens
Kinked by Thea Harrison

I have to say that I have only read one book from this category, Kinked by Thea Harrison.  It was pretty darn good.  And I don’t seem to recall any other shapeshifter romance books from this year so I guess Kinked is as good as any lol.

Vampire Romance

Gates of Rapture by Caris Roane
The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs
Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
Darkness Avenged by Alexandra Ivy
Darkness Rises by Dianne Duvall
Prince of Shadows by Tes Hilaire

From these books, I have only read Twice Tempted.  Very good book.  The only other book that comes to mind for this category is Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian.  I really enjoyed the direction Lara took the series and I liked the couple.

Paranormal Romance

Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar by Lexi George
Omega by Susannah Sandlin
The Cursed by Alyssa Day
A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love by Erin Quinn
Fury of Desire by Coreene Callahan
Black and Blue by Gena Showalter

Wow.  I have only read two of these books!  One was okay and one was cute but honestly I would not have picked either to be nominated as BEST book of this genre of the year.  I was all ready to write in Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett but realize that it’s not releasing until January 2014 so let’s be on the lookout for that one next year.  As for this year, hmm…

Paranormal Worldbuilding

Blood Warrior by Lindsey Piper
Guardian Demon by Meljean Brook
Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Night is Forever by Heather Graham
Naughty Karma by Vivi Andrews
Reaver by Larissa Ione

I have not read any of these!  I will be reading Reaver as soon as it comes out and I will no doubt agree that it belongs in this category as Larissa is a master worldbuilder.  I would have loved to see Kate SeRine name up there.  The worldbuilding in her Transplanted Tales series is remarkable.  Definitely deserves some kudos.

Urban Fantasy Novel

Blood Oranges by Kathleen Tierney
Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore
Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Mountain Echoes by C.E. Murphy
The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Ooo this is a bit of a tough one.  I adored both Magic Rises and Written in Red.  But I am an Ilona Andrews girl so I am inching towards Magic Rises.  Great great book.  I also would have liked to see Generation V by ML Brennan nominated.  Amazing book.

Urban Fantasy Protagonist

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett
Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler
Blood Bond by Jeanne C. Stein
Watcher of the Dark by Joseph Nassise

Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett.  Easy pick.  I LOVE Arcadia and Jenn writes her perfectly.  Another really good choice to nominate would have been Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones.  I really enjoy Charlie.  She’s awesome too.

Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding

Touch of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Blood Winter by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Trickster by Jeff Somers
Last Blood by Kristen Painter
Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep
Ritual Magic by Eileen Wilks

I have only read Heart of Venom from this category but I agree that the worldbuilding is really great in Jennifer’s Elemental Assassin series.  Another book I think deserves to be on that list is Hell Bent by Devon Monk.  Wonderful and very interesting world.

So there you have it.  Now you tell me, did RT get it right?

If you are interesting in seeing all of the nominees in all of the categories this year, click here.


  1. Northwoman says:

    I’m surprised by how many of them I haven’t read. And what happened to regular, contemporary romance?

    I like the series by Jeanne Stein that is listed. Blood Bound is newly out so I have not read it but I have loved all the others in the series.

  2. I feel like a slacker after reading this list!

    I see they have Vampire and Shifter romance, maybe there could be an ‘other’ category for those that don’t fit in either?

    Paranormal Haven

  3. How can a book be nominated before it even comes out?

    There are tons here that I have not read…or even heard of, but I only dabble in those genres.

    My recent reaction to the Goodreads Best Books in romance was sheer confusion. I had not heard of almost ALL the books and most were New Adult.
    These awards are so iffy to me. If you leave it to the public to vote, you’d just get “Street Teams” to nominate over and over again and push like hell on Twitter. If you leave it to the organizations, I can’t help but think that there is a political fixed agenda going on.

  4. Northwoman – That is the same reaction I had! I was amazing by how many I had, not only not read but not even heard of!

    Stephanie – ‘Other’ would be a good category. 🙂

    Michelle – The RT award is more prestigious as it is chosen by industry people. It’s an honor to win an RT award. Not so much a GR award 😉

  5. I haven’t read many of them. I’m planing to check some of them, all will be impossible, unless I start to sleep 3 hours a day… and that’s not going to happen.

  6. I have to say I also have not read a lot of the picks, but what I do know of I agree with being there. As far as I can gather from author blogs the RT awards are indeed quite valued, and there are lots of other categories in romance they are just not listed above. The goodreads awards were a bit more random I agree and I only voted in one category.

    3 of my favourite books form this year are there, Magic Rises, Cold Blooded and Binding the Sahadows, but awards are always slightly contentious from a readers point of view as we all have different favourites. One of the biggest gaps as far as I can see are Indie authors, I have read some absolutely amazing books this year from self published authors and they are never listed anywhere.

  7. Bookaholic Cat – You could totally sleep three hours a day! 😉

    Sarah – RT does have an indie category now. I didn’t list it in my post because I just don’t have the same time I used to to read so I tend to stick with authors I know, publishers I know or series I know. I am missing a lot though, I am aware…

  8. I can’t believe I haven’t read one book in any of the categories. That tells you how much my tastes have changed this past year, but still!!!! Judging by some of the authors on there, it looks like they got some of them right. 🙂

  9. oh that’s nice, I didn’t know. I think I would have added Cecy Robson. Only Lycans Need Apply was nice, read it not a long ago. I haven’t read any in the Vampire Romance category… I really liked Omega so I’m glad it’s in. Magic rises was a great discovery as well as Hot Blooded. And loved Touch of the Demon. LOL now I think I need to read more to discover the others.

  10. I thought I read a lot in these categories, but this list makes me realize how much I’m missing! It’s shocking! If only I had endless amounts of time and money…

  11. Redbutterfly says:

    Just a quick comment for now. I’m curious, you didn’t read Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh?

  12. I don’t think they got it right. Many of these titles have been shamelessly promoted (by RT affiliated publishers?), but I don’t think the majority of them are deserving of awards or recognition for being the best of their genres. Many have been given as ARCs to book bloggers or have been offered at discounts and have thus been freely promoted on multiple websites, which increases readers recognition of titles and covers, and has helped readers make their choices when it came time to vote. Most of these stories are super simple, lack depth and originality, and have been poorly edited.

  13. Melanie Simmons (@mlsimmons) says:

    The hard part for me, is that there are books that are still not out yet. Reaver for example. How can I comment on that book when it isn’t due to come out until December?

    Also, I can’t believe that Archangel’s Legion isn’t on the list for Paranormal Romance. That book was great. I wonder if they were worried about giving Ms. Singh two books in the same category. Well, she deserved it. Both AL and Heart of Obsidian were great books.

    Lastly, I’m surprised that Lover At Last isn’t on the Vampire Romance list. It was Ward’s first #1 NYT bestseller and in the finals for the best overall romance for Goodreads. Are they leaving it out because it is too popular, because of the LGBT or some other reason? I’ve only read Twice Tempted on that list, so I have very little to compare to.

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