Happy Boxing Day, all Risky Regency readers! I hope Santa brought you just what you asked for. 🙂 And I also hope you aren’t quite as brain-fogged as I am, after a weekend of food, drink, and family festivities/quarrels (they are sometimes so hard to tell apart!).

All this week, the Riskies are going to be doing a sort of “year in review” thing. What were some of our favorite reads of 2005? What were some of YOURS? I’m starting off with my own “best of” list. One quick note (or three)–I didn’t count any of the Riskies’ books on my list, because that would have been the whole list. I didn’t count non-romances, contemporary romances, or anything but historicals. And I tried to stick to Regency-set books, but a few others crept in. 🙂

Amanda’s Favorite Historical Romance Reads of 2005 (in no particular order):
1) Susan Carroll’s The Dark Queen and The Courtesan (okay, not Regency-set, but these books were wonderful. Had to count them)
2) Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible
3) Myretta Robens’ Once Upon a Sofa
4) Kate Huntington’s To Tempt a Gentleman
5) Cheryl Sawyer’s The Chase
6) Gaelen Foley’s One Night for Sin
7) MJ Putney’s Stolen Magic (possibly the first time I’ve ever read a story where the hero was a unicorn)
8) Shana Abe’s The Smoke Thief (ditto above, only dragons)
9) Barbara Metzger’s Ace of Hearts
10) Liz Carlyle’s The Devil to Pay
11) Diane Perkins’ The Marriage Bargain
12) Jude Morgan’s Passion (breaking my own rule here–this is not really romance, but great historical fiction about women of the Romantic period. I was totally engrossed in this story)
13) I’ve just started reading Julia Justiss’ The Courtesan, but so far it is shaping up to be a great read

And that’s it for 2005! I didn’t read as much romance this year as I have in the past, but most of what I read was great. What were some of your own favorites?