Last week, I mentioned a few books I’d had conversations about at the Romantic Times Book Lovers’ Conference.

Today, I’m putting together lists from the authors who were nominated for the RT Book of the Year, and on top of that list is the actual winner, Christina Lauren—who is actually a writing duo phenomenon—who won for the 2014 novel Sweet Filthy Boy. This prolific, award-winning team hit the market like a comet in 2013 with Beautiful Bastard, and they haven’t pulled up since. Congratulations, Christina and Lauren! (and, umm, yum…!)

“After a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.”

I was happy to see a few 2014 personal favorites (and fave authors) on the list of RT Best Book of the Year nominees, including Molly O’Keefe’s Between the Sheets and Eloisa James’ Three Weeks With Lady X. (You can see the full list here.)

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Sophie Littlefield’s House of Glass sounds like a heart-pounding thriller, and Rachel Caine’s retelling of “Romeo and Juliet,” Prince of Shadows, earned a Kirkus star, described as “simply superb” by the reviewer.Prince of Shadows - RT

I can’t wait to read Jeffe Kennedy’s Mark of the Tala, which was nominated as a paranormal romance but sounds more like romantic high fantasy. The middle “invisible”princess must leave behind her wallflower status to help save her people and to become worthy of the man she is falling in love with.

All of the books sound amazing, even The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre, which wouldn’t normally be in my reading wheelhouse, but really? A psychopathic recluse who keeps herself shut-in—using her webcam and her clients’sexual imagination to make a living—so she won’t murder people, but then must leave her apartment to save a little girl? How does that not sound intriguing?

I’d like to send out a special note of appreciation to author Jennifer Lohmann (and publisher Harlequin) for Winning Ruby Heart. I haven’t read this one yet, but I will. A paraplegic sports journalist and an Olympic ex-champion caught in a doping scandal sounds like an unlikely pairing, but as someone who believes we should support out-of-the-box storylines and characters, I hope romance fans will rally around this one.Girl in 6E

Finally, it’s rare for me to have star-struck author moments, but I just have to say, Stephanie Perkins was there. I love Stephanie Perkins! And it was great to meet her. She gave me a fab answer as to why all of her books are her favorite, and I was charmed. But I have to say, I think Lola and the Boy Next Door is mine. ;o) (Just a few more authors on my bucket list: can someone please introduce me to Rainbow Rowell??)

So did you make it to RT? I wish I could write about all the wonderful authors I met and the terrific-sounding books I was introduced to. Unlike most writers’conferences, RT has a huge contingent of “only”readers—who, really, are the lifeblood of the industry, don’t you think?

It was great to have the chance to swoon over a few books with some fellow romance fans and it was a great week in Dallas, celebrating love and books.

If you were at RT, tell us about a special moment you had. And if you weren’t at RT, what author would you most like to meet?

Bobbi Dumas is a freelance writer, book reviewer, romance advocate and founder of ReadARomanceMonth.comShe mostly writes about books and romance for NPRThe Huffington Post and Kirkus.