Today I wanted to share my list of favorite books read that came out this year. Now, this list is not in any particular order. And it's hard to pick just a few that stood out. I read 314 books this year! That's a record for me, but with all the reviewing I do, I guess it really adds up. lol.
1. Already Home- Susan Mallery.
I'm a longtime fan of this author, and Already Home was another winner! This one is a bit more of a general women's fiction than romance, but still wonderful nonetheless. There were moments that made me laugh and cry, and yes, this book totally tugged on my heartstrings. It's on my keeper shelf and I tell as many people about it as I can.
2. How Sweet It Is by Sophie Gunn.
I am in dire need of more Sophie Gunn books! Talk about another tugging on heartstrings kind of book? This is another. I love how this book doesn't just focus on a romance, but focuses on relationships of other kinds as well. The characters were crafted so well, and the story grabbed me instantly. This was a sit down and read in one sitting book. There was another by this author, Sweet Kiss of Summer, and I'm hoping for more books soon.
3. The Restorer by Amanda Stevens.
This isn't a mainstream romance either, but The Restorer gave me chills and goosebumps. It's no secret I love a good book involving ghosts, and this one really kept me at the edge of my seat. I made the mistake of reading it late at night and I tell you, every bump and thump I heard made my heart beat faster!
This looks to be the first in a series and I can't wait to read what else is in store for Amelia Gray.
4. Sex and Key Lime Pie by Kat Atalla
This is a hidden gem. It's a contemporary romance involving second chances. Luc and Cheyanne have a past, and it takes Cheyanne coming back to realize feelings haven't changed. But secrets will be discovered, and the sparks will fly. This is published by The Wild Rose Press, and I don't think this book gets enough attention. This was a first time read by Kat Atalla for me, but I can't wait for more. Sex and Key Lime Pie is an emotional book, filled with some hot love scenes and plenty of tension.
5. Seaborne by Katherine Irons
Seaborne seriously blew me away. It's a paranormal romance with mers, and I'm always on the look out for books like that. Clare is an injured woman, and she's gone to stay somewhere to heal. When she's with Morgan, her emotions are heightened and she is free. Add in some suspense, this book really kept and held my interest. Katherine Irons is an author to keep and eye on in my opinion.
6. Black Ties & Lullabies By Jane Graves.
A funny romantic comedy about two opposite people and a choice they made that ties them together. Now if only they could get along and stop driving each other crazy.
I was ecstatic to see that Jane Graves had new releases this year, and Black Ties and Lullabies didn't disappoint. I've told friends about this one and put it in their hands and told them "Buy it, buy it!" They did,. Bernadette and Jason were a great couple to read about, and their story won't be forgotten soon.
7. Georgia on My Mind By Marie Force
8. After Midnight by Sarah Grimm
9. Veiled Mirror By Frankie Robertson
One of the best romantic suspense books I've read this year! It's a story of secrets, lies and murder. A woman takes her sister's identity after her death to find the killer. Her sister believed someone wanted her dead. What a book with twists and turns. This is another published through The Wild Rose Press. I really enjoy many books from this publisher. I can't wait to see if this author comes up with more romantic suspense novels.
10. Restless Heart by Wynonna Judd
And a book I anticipated about that turned out to be a bust?
Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten years later.
I admit, I was a Sweet Valley fan girl when I was a teenager. I lived for the drama, the angst, the love of Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield. They're kind of iconic to me. I followed them from Sweet Valley Kids, all the way up to Sweet Valley University. I couldn't wait to see what happens when they're adults.
The book did not live up to it's hype. There were too many flashbacks to times before. Not all of the characters were even mentioned. I was surprised at many of the lives they lead. It just didn't seem very well put together. I'd have rather that book not even come out so I could have thought up a better ending.
I hope you all had a great year, and that you read many wonderful books. I'm looking forward to what the new year has in store.
Until next YEAR,