On March 8, 2016, I updated this post by adding the following links to my "Best of the Year" lists for the years 2010 through 2015. Just click on any of the pink-links below to go directly to each list:
Below is the original post for the Top Ten Paranormal Romance Novels of 2012:
It's time once again to highlight the best paranormal romance novels that I read and reviewed during the previous 12 months. Here are two lists that contain my picks for the Top Ten Paranormal Romance Novels of 2012 and the Top Five Paranormal Romance Series That Ended in 2012.
Authors are listed in alphabetical order within each of the two lists, and each entry includes a quotation from my review. Click on a "pink link" to go directly to my review for any given series. Each review post includes a chronological list of titles in the series, an overview of the world-building, and reviews of the books to date.
Click HERE to read my picks for the Top Ten Urban Fantasy Novels of 2012. Click HERE to read my picks for Best Steampunk Novels of 2012.
>>Jeaniene Frost’s Once Burned, the first book in her NIGHT HUNTRESS spin-off series, NIGHT PRINCE, in which the fiery Vlad Tepesh takes over as the lead character and woos his electrically charged soulmate, Leila. In my review, I wrote, "Vlad continues to be an inimitably watchable character as he makes cold-blooded decisions but still manages to come across as a good guy."
>>Laurie London’s Seduced by Blood, the fifth novel in her SWEETBLOOD series in which Tristan and Roxanne begin as play-acting lovers, but then fall hard for each other. In my review, I wrote, "The protagonists are both smart and tough, but they're also vulnerable because of the pain of past events in their lives."
>>Hanna Martine’s Liquid Lies, first book in her ELEMENTALS series in which Reed kidnaps Gwen and falls head over heels in love with his captive. In my review, I wrote, "With its fresh and inventive mythology and compelling story line, this is a well-constructed novel, with smart, tough, sympathetic protagonists."
Five enormously popular paranormal romance series ended in 2012. Over the years, each gave us strong story lines, well-developed characters, and plenty of angst.