Guys... it's OCTOBER **cue wides eyes**!!!! Where did this year go? Crazy! JUST NUTS. The year is almost done. So I decided to look over my Goodreads and see what I had read. That lead to me making a list and a blog post with some of my most FAVORITE reads of the year. There have been so many great books. And there's still a couple months to go. HOORAY! So anyway.... these are the ones that I think you NEED to read and have left a mark on me....
First... MY TOP FAVORITE read of the year!!!!
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SWEAR ON THIS LIFE by Renee Carlino
Still, months later, I cannot get over this book. You can find my review HERE but it was just one of those reads that ROCKED me to my core. I couldn't DEAL with my life while reading. It consumed every part of me. It was honestly ANOTHER level of bookish magnificence. And I cannot imagine anyone skipping this novel. It's just WHOA!
THE SILENT WATERS by Brittainy Cherry.
This book .... whew.... I don't even know where to start on it. I still haven't written my review because ... I have NO IDEA how to do this book justice. None. Not even a little. It was explosive. So utterly heart wrenching and painful and beautiful and well written and intense. I ugly cried. I cried so hard my ribs hurt the next day. It was a BOOK HANGOVER read. It's one you never forget. It's got EVERY SINGLE feeling in the world inside it. You cannot breathe through the words. It's just turbulent but strikingly hopeful and fantastic. I LOVED it.
A LOVE LETTER TO WHISKEY by Kandi Steiner.
So this book doesn't release until Oct 13. But I was blessed to get an early copy. And it has literally OWNED me since I finished. I can't stop thinking about it. It's got those Thoughtless feels. Lots of angst and longing and yearning and just achy, sweet, and intoxicating feels. This was one of those books that pulled me out of a HUGE book funk. I couldn't put it down. I obsessively turned those pages. It hurt so. damn. good. It's an addiction... this book is an addiction you cannot quit. When I was done I was DRUNK. Drunk of the feels, the characters. the writing, the angst, all of it. Just WOW. WOW. WOW. WOW. WOW. It's in my TOP 5 this year. Right by Swear on This Life, The Silent Waters, and Say You'll Stay!
SAY YOU'LL STAY by Corinne Michaels
This novel was EVERYTHING a book should be. A 6 star favorite that slayed me. It's one I recommend often. It's perfectly written. It's a stand-alone novel that is a heart-wrenching, second chance romance. It's layered with all those delicious, angsty feels that get your belly tumbling. The characters are incredible. And simply put, it's UNFORGETTABLE. I couldn't get enough and I'm seriously THRILLED that we are getting Wyatt's (you meet him in Say You'll Stay) book this month! You can find my review HERE.
THE BAD BOY BILLIONAIRE SERIES by Max Monroe
Next rec isn't just ONE novel. It's this ENTIRE series. I cannot pick just one book. These characters are just TOO good. And if you read any RomCom this year, it HAS TO BE the Bad Boy Billionaire Series by Max Monroe. Now I know some of you are thinking... Billionaires? Ugh. Over it. And my response to that is... Ummm... NO. PLEASE!!!! READ!!!! THIS!!!!! I swear, this series is written so well and so refreshingly. The humor, the steaminess, and the quirky uniqueness of the characters will hook you completely. It's a BRILLIANT, MUST READ series.
You can find my review for it HERE.
BITTERSWEET & STEADFAST by Sarina Bowen
I can't say enough good things about Sarina Bowen's books. She is my NEW addiction when it comes to FAVE authors. I got my first taste of her novels when I read Bittersweet. This series is so unique. It's deep, refreshing, sweet and full of heart. It's well written. It's sexy. Both Jude and Griff are completely delicious and enticing characters. The story lines are more than addictive. It's just ALL good things. Both of these stand-alone novels have made it in to my TOP favorites. You can find my review for Bittersweet HERE and Steadfast HERE. I just love them. I connected with these stories. And I fell in love with this author. She's an auto buy for me. Her novels just make me HAPPY. And I will read ANYTHING and EVERYTHING she writes.
ROOKIE MOVE by Sarina Bowen
Okay... so this book. You already know I'm a HUGE fan of Sarina's. And I really fell in love with this novel because Leo might just be the most REAL, CARING and WONDERFUL man I have ever read about. This hero was just perfect. And you know what? It was damn refreshing to read a novel where the main character was a good person. I found him so damn sexy. And I just wanted to dive in that book and take him for myself. LOL. It was a FANTASTIC read with the sweetest feels ever. There was no drama for the sake of drama. It was well paced, easy to lose yourself in, sexy, fun, charming, endearing and well written. A top favorite read for me. You can read my review HERE!
PROVOCATIVE & BEGUILING by Alex Lucian
Okay... This series is set up a little differently. So first lets do the reading order.
#1 TEMPTING (Review HERE)
#2 PROVOCATIVE (Review HERE)
#3 BEGUILING - (Review HERE)
(Companion novella that features Leo who we meet in Tempting.)
Now... you can read Tempting and then Beguiling and then Provocative. BUT you CANNOT read Provocative WITHOUT reading Tempting. Tempting and Provocative are a DUET. Two books, one continuous story line.
And let me tell you... this series.... OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. I love it. I love Alex Lucian's writing. It gets me hot and bothered. I have a crush on this authors writing. It's so good. I have like a ZILLION highlights on my kindle when I read his books. It's just EVERYTHING. This author could write about what-the-freak-ever and I would read.
LADIES MAN by Katy Evans
Let's be real. Katy Evans is my TOP fav author EVER. When she writes a book, I feel it all over. In my bones. It resonates within me. I love her writing. I love her characters. I love the way she romances her readers. I have a love affair with her books. I've read EVERY SINGLE novel she's put out. I will continue to read them all. She's an auto buy, auto read author for me. My expectations for Tahoe's book were MOUNTAINOUS and once again she just slayed me. Like she always does. I trust this author to deliver. And of course she did, like always, with a TOP read of 2016!
THE MOTHER ROAD by Meghan Quinn
FUNNIEST. BOOK. I. HAVE. EVER. READ.
Really. So so so so so funny. And just so heart warming. I can't even tell you. I read this at the start of the year. It was my first fav of 2016! And it has stayed a FAV. I just LOVED Marley and Porter. They were crazy, but so charming. SO DARN CHARMING. This book made me feel all shouty and twirly. I wanted to scream it at everyone. The humor is a little over the top and crude, and generally I'm not into that type of thing, but this was just a WINNER in every. single. way!
You can see my review HERE.
UNBREAK OF HEART by Nicole Jacquelyn
THIS BOOK made me so darn mad. LMAO! It made me rage and want to throw my kindle. It hurt. It destroyed my heart in that way I DESPERATELY want a book to. It was absolutely EPIC. Every word... I can't say enough good things. If you are a fan of a hero who is just a total douchebag. Who is the asshole of all assholes ever written, you will LOVE Shane. Man is he a jerk, but he is the most sexiest, most amazing jerk around and I fell in love with him flaws and all.
AMAZING STORY! Review can be found HERE.
CLAIMED & ADDICTED by ELLE KENNEDY
I LOVED this series. Like LOVEDDDDDD. It's a dystopian series that follows a seriously kick butt group of characters. It has to be read in order. Each book follows a different couple, HOWEVER, they all follow a continuous timeline and you can't follow along if you read them out of order. And trust me, once you read one book, you will be DYING for the next. SO GOOD. SO STEAMY. SO FULL OF HEART. You can read a review HERE.
OTHER TOP FAVORITES THIS YEAR...
✦ WASTED WORDS by Staci Hart
(sweetest RomCom - review here)
✦ BIG ROCK by Lauren Blakely
(Omg... The swoon factor in this book - review here)
✦ PAPER PRINCESS by Erin Watt
(This series is amazing - review here)
✦ DARE ME by Rebecca Shea
(Angsty goodness - review here)
✦ SLIP OF THE TONGUE by Jessica Hawkins
(Gut wrenchingly amazing - review here)
✦ WILDER by Rebecca Yarros
(Biggest Surprise... total fav read - review here)
✦ STUCK-UP SUIT by Vi Keeland + Penelope Ward
(Gah... so perfect - review here)
✦ STEALING HOME by Nicole Williams
(Amazing sports romance)
✦ HOW TO DATE A DOUCHEBAG by Sara Ney
(Newest fav addiction.. OMG. So darn charming and funny)
✦ THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne
(Worth every penny ... unforgettable)
✦ WEDDING BELLES SERIES by Lauren Layne
(Can't get a better romance! Downright dreamy - review here)
✦ DIRTY by Kylie Scott
(AH. Charming. Sweet. Heart warming. Lovely. - review here)
✦ IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover
(Oh, the feelssssssss. Super intense - review here)
✦ FIRST TOUCH + LAST KISS by Laurelin Paige