Here’s my top ten list for 2013.
1.) Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks. Very pissed that I have to wait for the final book in this wonderful trilogy for a whole other year! Are you listening Maya?
2.) All Over You by Emily Snow. The second full length novel in this series has been pushed back time and time again. Pissed about that too!
3.) Knight by Kristen Ashley. Very alpha male book and I loved it. It was also filthy and I loved that too!
4.) Inferno by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I absolutely can not say enough about this YA series. I love every book and eagerly await the next one.
5.) Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston. Laurenston writing about non-winged shifters. Enough said. Plus I get to quote exchange with Anne.
6.) Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Gut wrenching and spectacular. Kenyon at her brilliant best.
7.) Trying To Score by Toni Aleo. Hockey and hotness.
8.) Empty Net by Toni Aleo. Repeat the above.
9.) The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone. A sweet book about second chance love.
10.) SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows. Military romantic suspense. One of my favorite genres.
I read a great number of great books this year. I got to go to the RT book convention with Anne. We had a great time there and I discovered that I’m officially too old to read out of mass market paperback books.
I discovered and met Toni Aleo. She is my favorite find and author of 2013. Her hockey series is fantastic! Here’s to 2014 and the hope for more wonderful books to read!
Way back at the beginning of January, I set some reading goals.
1. I wanted to read 200 books before the end of the year,
2. I wanted to finish reading the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn (I had already read the first one and loved it), and
3. Anne challenged me to read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward (I reluctantly agreed because I don’t read vampires).
So how did I do, you ask?
1. I am at 193 books so far, and I’m pretty confident that I can read 7 more before the end of the year,
2. The last of the Bridgerton books is waiting for me to pick up a the library (and I can’t wait), and
3. I not only loved, loved, loved the Black Dagger Brotherhood, I’m anxiously awaiting the release of the next book The King on (*gasp*) 4/1/14.
In reviewing the books I’ve read this year, I noticed something. I read my way through a lot of new-to-me series. Some were newly published, others have been on bookshelves for years. Here are the ones that I loved and recommend:
Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward-obviously. I’m still not a huge fan of vampires, but I am a huge fan of the brotherhood. If you’re one of those few that haven’t tried the series yet and you like your romance with a bit of a bite (yes, that was a bad pun), you need to try this series. First book-Dark Lover.
The Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn-although I’m probably the only person who hadn’t read this series before this year, I’d recommend these books to fans of historical romance. The humor that runs throughout the books blends perfectly with the romance. I know I’m in love with them. First book-The Duke and I.
Dragon Kin series by G.A. Aiken-independent heroines, strong heroes, arrogant dragons, and humor that will make you snort out loud. What’s not to love? If you don’t mind shifters that end up with scales and flame-breathing abilities, this series is for you. First book-Dragon Actually.
The Chrysalis series by Elene Sallinger-BDSM relationships that don’t happen overnight. The buildup to these relationships is so perfect and the characters will have you following each high and low right along with them. Perfect for BDSM readers who prefer more emotion to their stories. First book-Awakening.
Tucker Springs series by L.A. Witt, Heidi Cullinan, and Marie Sexton-m/m series that mixes emotion and passion to sexy, steamy perfection. I can’t pick a favorite among this series. I highly recommend to any readers of m/m romances. First book-Where Nerves End (by L.A. Witt).
The Professor’s Rule by Heidi Belleau-m/m BDSM reads. The first one blew me away. It was something completely new. The second one was exactly the story I wanted and the third one left me wanting more and more. Luckily there are more coming to this series. These are around 50 pages each. If you read one series of short m/m BDSM books, this should be it. First book-Giving an Inch.
So now that I’m caught up on all of these series, what series should I attempt to complete for next year’s goal?