So let's start with 50 Shades of Grey. I, like millions of other women across the world, fell in love with this series. Earlier this year I wrote a post entitled "Why I won't read 50 Shades of Grey." Don't get me wrong, it's not that I had anything against reading the book(s), but I don't like to read books in the same genre that I'm writing for fear of being influenced by another author's writing style. But alas, I caved in and read it (along with several others that I'll get to later in this post). For me, 50 Shades of Grey wasn't about the hype, or the steamy sex, or the gorgeous ,twisted, damaged hero of the story. Albeit, Christian was an added bonus. It was more about the empowerment this book gave women. For once it was okay to be seen sitting in public reading an erotica novel. It gave women the power to be more open and confident about their sexuality and to not be ashamed to tell their partners "Tie me up!" Granted, this book may not be for everyone, but I would recommend it to anyone that's looking for a good, steam, heartfelt read.
Next on my list, and my favourite read of the year, is the Gabriel's Inferno series by Sylvain Reynard. Not only does this story take place in Toronto (my hometown), but it's the perfect blend of sensuality, romance, and angst that makes this book the ultimate love story. The characters are lovable and believable, and Sylvain Reynard captures the true essence of sexuality in the sex scenes without using one iota of vulgarity. Kudos! That's not an easy task. This is definitely one series that I will reread for many years to come. Oh, and did I mention that there's third book on the way? That's my most anticipated read of 2013.
Another notable novel I've read this year is from friend and fellow author, Tiffany Reisz, entitled The Siren (The Original Sinners series). Now, trust me when I say that this novel is not for the faint of heart. It's edgy, twisted, dark, and downright awesome. What I love most about this book is that the author isn't afraid to break the boundaries of what some may consider mainstream fiction. If you like BDSM and hardcore erotica, then this is definitely the book for you.
This brings me to the last book on my list of Notable Novels 2012, Wallbanger by fellow Omnific author, Alice Clayton. Talk about ending the year with a bang!!! I've only just begun reading this book, so I've very little to say about it at this point, but I can tell you this... buy it, read it, love it! You won't be disappointed. I'm only a few chapters in and already it's one of my favourite reads of the year.
And what kind of author would I be if I didn't include a bit of self-promotion in this post? The second installment, TWD: Entrees, is being released December 18th and is available through Omnific Publishing. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should. ;) Well folks, that just about wraps up my list of literary highlights of 2012. If you'd like a little more info about my series, The Winemaker's Dinner, please be sure to check out the website and Facebook page for updates.