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Best Romances of 2015



As I look back at all the marvelous romances that were published in 2015, I have to say that this was a pretty great year if you like to read about people falling in love despite a whole bunch of obstacles that talented yet sadistic authors throw at them. Contemporary romances continue to absorb readers, especially those back-to-your-roots tales that flourish in small-town love stories. But there are fantastic historical romances for readers who prefer to see love stories set in different time periods, and some super-sexy romances are revealing emotions as raw as the bed play.

The Bourbon KingsPicking the top twenty romances of the year wasn't easy, but selecting the #1 romance was: The Bourbon Kings, by J. R. Ward. Ward describes wealthy southerners and their eccentric habits with the clear-eyed affection that only an outsider brings, evoking memories of John Berendt's spot-on details in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The Bourbon Kings is a compelling roller-coaster ride through the lives of the moneyed and monstrous (though note they aren't actual monsters) social elite of the South. Secret babies, shocking affairs, fiery racehorses, battling bourbon empires, a despicable family patriarch, and an unfortunately-timed suicide (or is it murder?) are just a few of the wild cards Ward throws into the mix, delivering mayhem among the moneyed crowd in this tremendously fun read. Several story lines will keep you entranced, but it's Lizzie and Lane's rekindled romance that drives the story and captures your heart.

 

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A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White – The best romantic thriller I've read all year, White's tale delivers chills galore as a serial killer's only living victim sets up a new life for herself on a remote ranch only to discover the killer might be stalking her anew.
 

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Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis – So sharp with details that you'd think Cedar Ridge was a real place filled with real people, Shalvis' first book in her new series has Lily Danville reluctantly returning to her hometown, where tragic memories await—but so does handsome Aidan Kincaid, who vows that he won't let his heart be broken by Lily again.
 

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Everything I Left Unsaid by Molly O'Keefe – To focus on the uber-hotness of this novel risks ignoring that the emotional backbone of O'Keefe's story is Annie's growth from an abuse victim to a woman willing to risk her heart again. The ending is a humdinger, but book two is already available, so your torment will be short-lived.
 

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When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare – Tessa Dare is one of my favorite historical romance authors, and I always await her new books with delicious anticipation. This tale of a woman who fakes a Highlander soldier fiancé (conveniently off at war) in order to avoid social situations for, oh, a year before deciding to kill him off suffers a shock when he arrives at her door, holding in his hand all the letters she penned him and outraged by his untimely death. Hilarious and heartwarming at once.
 

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Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz – Krentz masterfully melds her trademark romance between two strong protagonists with bone-chilling suspense, adding a layer of darkness and grit that brings a new edge to her marvelous storytelling. When boutique hotel owner Madeline learns that her grandmother might have been murdered, she returns to her childhood home to unearth family skeletons, guarded by security specialist Jack Rayner, who has secrets of his own he wants to keep hidden.
 

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The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter – Showalter conquers the challenge of writing a love story that is both scorching hot and inspiring in this tale of local girl Harlow Glass and transplant playboy Beck Ockley, who always says no to a second date. As Harlow and Beck negotiate their relationship, the residents of Strawberry Valley offer a helping (if not always helpful) hand in this marvelously fun contemporary romance.
 

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All Played Out by Cora Carmack – Carmack is one of the best at capturing the raw collision between self-discovery and falling in love. "Girl genius" Nell decides to check off items on her college bucket list before graduating in a few months, and "hook up with a jock" is top of the list. But football player Matteo doesn't want to be just one item on her list—he wants to be all of her "firsts." 
 

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Put up Your Duke by Megan Frampton – One of my favorite historical romances of the year, this funny and touching story of naive Lady Isabella Sawford married to a newly minted duke who is out of his social depth combines laughter, boxing lessons, and the gentle yet fierce build of true love.
 

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Grey by E.L. James – Is Grey a book I'd recommend to readers who disliked Fifty Shades? No, probably not. But for those millions of readers who enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey or even had mixed feelings about the book, Grey is a confident and complex retelling from Christian's perspective that makes the overall story richer.
 

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Celebrity Picks: Ellen Degeneres Lists Her Favorite Reads of 2015



Amazon Book Review: Ellen DegeneresYou know Ellen Degeneres is funny, but did you that she has decorating chops, as well?

With her new book, Home, Ellen lets her inner interior designer run wild,taking readers on a room-by-room tour of the houses she's bought and renovated over the last 25 years. A firm believer that "You don't have to have money to have good taste," Degeneres shares what she's learned throughout her passionate pursuit of design and style.

We asked Ellen for her own favorite reads of 2015. See her picks below, and look here for more celebrity favorites. Learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.


 Ellen's Favorite Reads of 2015

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The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
A great book that everyone should read.
 

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Love her writing. Can't put it down.
 

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Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Dr. Wayne Dyer
The title says it all.
 

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Best Books of 2015: Fiction



Fates and FuriesIf you're lucky, you stuffed yourself silly this Thanksgiving. And for those of you not engaging in the bloodsport that is Black Friday shopping, today is a day to decompress. What better way to do that than with a great read! Here are our selections for the Best Books of the Year in Fiction, including our number one pick in this category, and overall--Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies. While many a therapist will tell you that honesty and transparency is the glue that keeps a relationship together, Groff cleverly turns this concept on its head, demonstrating that sometimes it's what you don't say—to protect your partner's vanity, their reputation, their heart—that makes a marriage hum. (Until it doesn't.) 

Below are the other four titles that make up the top five and you can visit the Best Fiction Books of 2015 page to see all 20. Bon appetit.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
 
The Nightingale tells the story of two French sisters – one in Paris, one in the countryside – during WWII; each is crippled by the death of their beloved mother and cavalier abandonment of their father; each plays a part in the French underground; each finds a way to love and forgive.
 

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Purity by Jonathan Franzen
 
From the author of The Corrections and Freedom, Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder.
 

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Mrs. Engels by Gavin McCrea
 
An irresistible historical novel based on Lizzie Burns, the real life common law wife of Friedrich Engels, the industrialist turned Communist collaborator of Karl Marx.
 

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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
 
The story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties.
 
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Celebrity Picks: Mindy Kaling's Favorite Reads of 2015



Mindy-Kaling"When I heard that Amazon wanted me to list three books I've read this year, I was like, oh boy, better go read some books, fast. And not just ones about Crock-Pot recipes."

I can't write anything funnier than that, but the star of The Office and The Mindy Project can--and her new memoir-ish collection of essays proves it. From her own show business career to observations on Hollywood's peculiar reality to her relationships, industry and otherwise, Why Not Me? is an assured, insightful, and delightful collection. 

We asked Mindy for her own favorite reads of 2015. See her picks below, and look here for more celebrity favorites. Learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.


 Mindy Kaling's Favorite Reads of 2015

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Watch Me by Anjelica Huston
Curious what it would feel like for Jack Nicholson, in his prime, to seek you out romantically, buy you expensive gifts, take you to the Oscars, and fly you around the world? But also cheat on you and lie to you and piss you off? And, presumably, give you the best sex of your life? I was! So I read this awesome book and found out.
 

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The protagonist of this thriller is a sad, fat, obsessive, unemployed drunk woman. Rachel's my bleak Bridget Jones, nursing a breakup and solving a murder mystery at the same time.
 

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Herzog by Saul Bellow
I read an interview with director Noah Baumbach where he talked about taking inspiration for his movie Greenberg from this book. I also knew the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man has a lot of similarities to it. I love those filmmakers and those movies, so I thought I would read Herzog. Herzog has such a pitiful life of endless sorrows but I was surprised by how much I was smiling when I read the book.
 

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Christmas Romance Roundup – Part Two



Banish the Grinch with these five standout holiday romances that will make you laugh and make your heart grow three sizes bigger.

Christmas Romance Roundup- Amazon Book ReviewOur second romance roundup for the holiday season features a number of small-town contemporary romances that unwrap the best—and the worst—of families and lovers, plus one historical-set collection of four novellas that we put on our Best Romances of the Month list for November.

Whether you're looking for a fun read for yourself or for a stocking stuffer for a friend, these love stories embrace the best aspects of the Christmas season.

 

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Jingle Bell Harbor by Tracy Brogan [novella; Kindle only] – Selling Christmas kitsch year-round has contributed to Kelsey's bah-humbug attitude during the holidays, but the real problem is that when Kelsey had to return to her hometown to help her aunt with a broken hip, her boyfriend flew to Hawaii on their planned vacation without her. But the holidays start to sparkle again when Kelsey runs into high school pal Drew Hampton in the Christmas tree lot and realizes that he's grown up in all the right ways. Brogan's hilarious voice and word play will immediately ensnare readers in this quick but satisfying small-town romance.
 

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What Happens under the Mistletoe by Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Candace Camp, and Meredith Duran - This collection of short novellas set around the holidays delighted me with its stories of old loves rekindled as well as the sparks of new love. Featuring some of the best historical romance writers in the business, this collection proves that love stories delivered in bite-size chunks can be delicious, too.
 

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Home for Christmas by Lily Everett - Writer Libby Leeds, aka America's Favorite Homemaker, offers her help to Army Ranger and single dad Owen Shepard when he returns to Shelter Island to reconnect with his daughter and create a Christmas she'll always treasure. This sweet story of second chances is deeply satisfying whether or not you've read Everett's other Sanctuary Island romances.
 

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Forever This Time by Maggie McGinnis - Technically not a holiday romance, this story of a woman who returns home after a long estrangement still has all the heartwarming hallmarks of a Christmas-set tale, including lots of Santa Clauses. While her father is out of commission with a stroke, her mother wants Josie to help run Snowflake Village, the family's Christmas-centered theme park, puting Josie right in the path of Ethan, the man she loved and then left behind when she fled town ten years ago. Neither one is looking for a second chance at love, but their hearts have different ideas.
 

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Christmas in Silver Bells Falls by Samantha Chase - Bad things tend to happen to Melanie Harper around Christmas. When she learns that she has inherited her grandmother's cabin in Silver Bells Falls—and that she has to live there for three months before she can sell it—it only reinforces her belief that Christmas is the worst holiday ever. But when her new neighbor and sexy local sheriff Josiah Stone makes it his mission to introduce Melanie to the magic of Christmas, sparks soon fly.
 
 

Looking for more holiday romance recommendations? Check out our Christmas Romance Roundup (Part One).

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