2015 has officially come to an end! Whoop, whoop!
Well technically it came to an end over 2 weeks ago, but let’s just disregard the fact that I’m a tad behind with this post. Okay? Okay.
It’s a New Year, which means endless possibilities and new chances, and of course lots of new books!
*Insert lots of cheering and celebrating here*
But before we dive into all the fun that 2016 has to offer, I want to share with you some of my favorite books from this year.
2015 was a great reading year for me. I read a total of 221 books this year (at least that’s what my Goodreads tells me I read this year, haha!). I also had the chance to go to some amazing book signings and meets some fabulous authors. I celebrated my Summer of Series and read my days away, and I have to say that I loved so many of the books I got to read this year.
I fell so hard for so many characters, and was swept away again and again by their unforgettable stories. Many of the books I read were by some of my all-time favorite authors who continue to blow me away on a daily basis, others I read came out of left field and stole my heart completely with everything they had. I even had the chance to fall under the spell of some well loved favorites that have been recommended to me for years. Some of these books made me laugh, a good number of them made me cry, and all of them will stick with me in some way, shape, or form forever.
All in all, 2015 was a good year for me & books, and I want to share with you my favorite ones. Some of these books are standalones, and some are series. Often I couldn’t pick just one favorite book from a series, so I included them all. (That’s my logic, and I’m sticking with it.) Be sure to check them all out! And if you’re looking for more books to fall in love with, head over to my Goodreads page to check out more of what I read in 2015, because I read so many fantastic books this year!! (Way more than I could ever include on one list!)
All of the books below, are memorable, phenomenal, and downright AMAZING to say the least. I could use just about every positive adjective in the book to describe them, and I still wouldn’t come close to capturing what it was like to read them. So please, I beg of you, check them out, read them, and let them amaze. Let them blow you away with all that they’ve got. Trust me. They’re worth it.
**All books selected were read by myself in 2015. Scroll below to read and find out more about them all (they aren’t listed in any kind of order), and as always, thank you for visiting The Never Ending Book Basket.**
~The Sweet Addiction Series: Sweet Addiction, Sweet Possession, & Sweet Obsession by J. Daniels~
“Jesus Christ. It is way too early to talk about dick sizes and which way they curve.”. . .”But for the record, he’s massive and as straight as you pretended to be in high school.” ~Sweet Addiction
“I beg him because he likes it and because it’s true. I do need him; I’ll always need him. How I ever managed to convince myself otherwise is beyond me. I was a complete fool for ever denying my feelings for him.” ~Sweet Possession
“I want him to want me so badly he can’t remember anyone before. I want him to distract me so I’m not completely terrified of what this is or what it’s becoming. I don’t want to think. I just want to feel. His hands. His mouth. The wild pace of his heart.” ~Sweet Obsession
The Sweet Addiction Series by J. Daniels is AMAZING. What starts as a wedding hookup leads to so much more for Reese and Dylan in Sweet Addiction and Sweet Possession. These books are full of fun and heat and so many laugh out loud moments that will send your heart a flutter and melting again and again. They are some of my all-time favorites now, and I can’t get enough of them!! (Especially Joey. That man is my spirit animal.) Sweet Obsession continues the series with one Brooke Wicks and her Aussie obsession Mason King as they explore the intense and consuming connection they share. She’s just looking for a good time, he’s looking for that something more, and what happens when these two are together is nothing short of explosive, hysterical, and meltworthy.
~The Wake Series: Sail & Anchor by M. Mabie~
“The best things are worth waiting a little for, honeybee. Otherwise, fairy tales would start with happily ever after.” ~Sail
“Because sometimes things happen that are so far past fantastic you have to do them again simply to see if they’re as spectacular the second time. Those precious moments are almost as good as the next, when you learn sometimes the second-time moments are more.” ~Anchor
Blake and Casey are two of my favorite literary couples EVER. I could go on and on about how much I LOVE those two with my entire heart, and I still wouldn’t come close to capturing my love for them. I could also go on and on about how many times those two made me cry, or want to scream, or want to jump up and down with utter joy and happiness and frustration (sometimes all at once, haha!) I will NEVER forget their story. The events of Sail and Anchor complete their story and show how that Bait of a connection Sails them straight into something they both never knew they wanted and needed, and finds them Anchored in the exact place they needed to be all along. It wasn’t always easy for the two of them, but it was so fucking worth it. Blake and Casey’s story will blow you away, and pull at all of your emotions a million times over, and that was everything!!
~The On the Ropes Series: Fighting Silence & Fighting Shadows by Aly Martinez~
“You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one. They both happened anyway. Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life. Fighting for my career. Fighting the impending silence. Fighting for her.” ~Fighting Silence
“When I was nineteen years old, I fell in love with a girl who changed my life by showing me that even the darkest nights still had stars and it didn’t matter one bit that you had to lie in the weeds to see them.” ~Fighting Shadows
The Page Brothers…..be still my rapidly beating heart. Those boys own me each and every time I read one of their books, and this series is made its way to being one of my all-time favorites this year. They are all distinctive in their own wonderful ways, but they’re all fierce and strong and determined as hell. Their books follow Till, Flint, and Quarry (his book actually releases in just over a month, and it is AMAZING!) as they fight to get to the exact places they want to be, and do their damndest to escape the shitty card they’ve each been dealt. The journeys they go on to get there will have your heart breaking and racing and healing all at once in a way that is extraordinary to experience. I couldn’t resist the pull, the emotions, and the all-feeling fight from the Page brothers. I will never forget what it was like to be inside that ring with them, or outside of it living and fighting and giving it my all right along with them.
~The Flight & Glory Series: Full Measures, Eyes Turned Skyward, & Beyond What is Given by Rebecca Yarros~
“The fire you have within you is impossible to kill. The first breath you take when you’re free of all this, it will come roaring back. That’s what is so impossibly beautiful about you.” ~Full Measures
“I’ve seen love burn someone to the ground, and I’ve seen it make sense of the ridiculous. I won’t settle for less than that kind of fire.” ~Eyes Turned Skyward
“This is not a temporary thing between us. There is no deadline. I. Am. Always. Yours.”
He kissed me softly, his tongue tracing my lower lip. “So go ahead and fall. I’ve gotten really good at catching you.” ~Beyond What Is Given
The Flight & Glory Series was a series I had meant to start reading months ago, and I could kick myself for waiting so long to read these books because they were phenomenal. They had the perfect level of emotion, angst, intensity, pull, along with some unforgettable characters who completely stole my heart. Each of these books follows a different couple, and while they might technically be standalones, I personally think you MUST read all of them because they are all that fantastic and it makes the effect of them all the more immense when they’re read in order. I am a huge military romance lover and these books delivered in every single way. The emotions and how much you feel each of these unique and unforgettable stories will leave you in awe! I read them all in less than 3 days because I could not stop reading. I HAD to know what would happen next!! Rebecca Yarros’s writing is breathtakingly beautiful and captures every ounce of these books. You truly feel and live every word of this series!!
~Kissing Madeline by Lex Martin~
“I hate you”, she says under her breath.
“It’ll pass. Then you’ll love me, I promise.”
She turns and glares.” You shouldn’t make promises you can’t keep.”
I grin and motion toward her.” You need to be careful. I always keep my promises.” ~Kissing Madeline
The Dearest Series by Lex Martin is fun, engaging, and has an effervescent spark lighting off of every page. Dearest Clementine and Finding Dandelion were two of my top reads last year, so it was no surprise that Kissing Madeline made my list this year. I’m also pretty sure that this book is my favorite of the series! I had been waiting for their story ever since I finished Finding Dandelion last year, and their story did not disappoint one bit. Daren and Maddie’s story was full of so must heat, so many swoonworthy moments, and their connection was out of this world fierce. I was so beyond invested in their story together, and the level of what those two feel for one another will have you rooting with everything you have for them. Kissing Madeline has the best balance of heat, meaning, and an all-feeling love story that I will never stop loving or forget.
~The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar~
“I want to remember this,” he said, pulling me into his arms. “If I die tonight, I want to die remembering what it was like to hold the whole world in my hands.” ~The Paper Swan
The Paper Swan is one of the most beautiful, well crafted, and eloquently written books I have ever read. It gave me a story that consumed me mind, body, and soul, and I am still thinking about this story weeks later. This was another book I meant to read months ago, and I can’t tell you enough how much it left me in awe of its magnificence. Leylah Attar weaves together a story that spans decades and continents, a story that has you on the edge of your seat the entire time and has your heart completely in the story itself with the characters experiencing every twist and turn. The story that Leylah Attar gave me in The Paper Swan is one that I know I will never forget because reading this book is an experience unto itself. This book is breathtakingly emotional, intense and consuming to say the least, and it will literally leave you in awe with the story, emotions, and unforgettable moments it gives you.
~Hard Love by Meredith Wild~
“Ours was a hard love. We’d fallen hard into it, and we’d fought hard to keep it. Out kind of love didn’t ask nicely. It took. It ravaged. It consumed the heart whole and asked questions later. The rewards were soul-deep and all-consuming, sweeping through like a wildfire.” ~Hard Love
Hard Love was the perfect, and I mean PERFECT, conclusion to Meredith Wild’s Hacker Series. Hard Love brought Blake and Erica’s consuming, hard fought, and amazing love story to a close in a way that did their story justice and had me realizing over and over again why this is one of my favorite series. Hard Love takes you on one last intense and wholly enrapturing ride with Blake and Erica as they face one last fight together. Their story in Hard Love is completely fitting and exemplifies everything that this series stands for: the utterly breathtaking, unforgettable, and all-feeling things that love can bring you if you give your self into it all and allow yourself to have it. I can’t say enough good things about this conclusion and what it gave their dynamic characters. As sad as I am to say goodbye to Blake and Erica, their story in the entire series, and especially in Hard Love, is one that completely stole my heart from beginning to end, and I know that will stick with me far past the end.
~Gus by Kim Holden~
“You only get one chance at this circus called life. Don’t sit in the crowd watchin’ it happen. You jump right in and be the ringleader. That’s where you find your fire.” ~Gus
A year ago I read a book that changed my life. That book was Bright Side by Kim Holden. Bright Side is a book that will stay with me in my heart, in my mind, and in my soul for the rest of time. Exactly a year later I read Gus, the follow up to Bright Side, and I have no doubt that this book will be joining Bright Side in my heart, and in my soul, and definitely in my mind. Gus is a story about a lot of things. It’s about love and healing and hurt and pain. It’s about what happens when your life is thrown upside down, and you lose the person who was your reason for being. It’s about finding yourself and fixing yourself as you try to put yourself back together again. Gus is also about love. The power of love, how love can heal you, and the unforgettable, all-feeling, and truly wonderful places love can take you if you open yourself up to you. Gus is about moving on, but never forgetting, and I know that I will never forget this book and the beauty and meaning within it. It was perfection, and I am telling you, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!
~Unforgettable Sun by Kathryn Andrews~
“…there is only one way to be loved, truly loved, and that’s unconditionally…you are under my skin, in every breath that I take and permanently branded on my heart…I want to be bear you. I burn for you…” ~Unforgettable Sun
Unforgettable Sun is the conclusion to The Hale Brother’s Series by Kathryn Andrews. This book gives you Matt’s story, and I am telling you that this series, and especially this book, is not to be missed. What you get from Matt and Elle in this book is breathtakingly emotional and will squeeze your heart more times than you can count while reading. This book gives you all the answers you’ve been searching for, while giving you a love story that is full of feeling, full of meaning, and full of a hope at healing from the darkness of the past if you only follow the sun. Matt’s story is probably my favorite from this series (though don’t tell Beau & Drew that because I LOVE them too!!). It was phenomenal to finally get into his head after wondering so much about him and what he went through, and though his story broke my heart more times than I could count while reading, I LOVED every all-feeling word of it because it truly gave me everything!
~Confess by Colleen Hoover~
“I’m scared I’ll never feel this again with anyone else,” I whisper.
He squeezes my hands. “I’m scared you will.” ~Confess
It really doesn’t get much better than a book by Colleen Hoover, and Confess is a perfect example of that. This book was beautiful, meaningful, and full of shocking moments from the very first moment to the very last. I can’t tell you enough how utterly mesmerizing Confess is to read. Reading this book will probably make you cry, it’ll definitely make you feel, and somewhere in there while reading it you’ll realize how epic and unforgettable of a love story you are experiencing. Auburn and Owen’s story is full of some big OMG moments, and what those two go through will have you wanting to reach in and make it all better for them both. They both have secrets, both have things from their past they’d rather not remember, and they’re both still currently reeling from those pasts…but when these two come together in this book it is everything and you will be blown away by the colors they paint.
~The Frenched Series by Melanie Harlow: Frenched, Yanked, Forked, & Floored~
“Stop it, Mia. And don’t even look at his crotch right now. Don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t— I did it. I couldn’t help myself.” ~Frenched
“What I’m trying to say is, there’s no perfect life without you. In fact, I no longer dream about a “perfect” life. I only dream about a life with you.” ~Yanked
“We have history. That has weight. It has meaning. And you of all people know that just because something is in the past doesn’t mean it’s dead and buried.” ~Forked
“Sexually, I wanted him six days to Sunday. Sixty-nine days to Sunday, in fact, and I wasn’t even a sixty-nine kind of girl. Confession: I was, of course I was. I’d just never acted like it in real life. But I’d do it with Charlie. In a heartbeat. And were there other numbers? I’d do those too.” ~Floored
The Frenched Series is one of the most engaging, fun, and sparkling series that I have had the pleasure of reading! These books had the best amount of everything to make a well-rounded series full of so much life, vibrancy, and heat that is sure to bring a certain kind of blush to your cheeks in the best possible way. This series follows a group of girlfriends as they each take a chance on love, and the crazy, unpredictable, and downright amazing things that can happen if they give it all a chance. From Frenched with Lucas *major sigh* and Mia, to Forked with Nick and Coco, and onto Floored with Charlie and Erin, this series gives you 3 phenomenal stories that will have you laughing out loud more times than you can count, will have you practically panting and needing a fan too, and will give you 3 unforgettable stories of friendship, love, and spark, and the life changing things that can happen when you have all 3!! I fell in love with Melanie Harlow’s writing through these books, and she dazzled me completely with these books, so please do yourself a favor and read them!!!
~Corrupt by Penelope Douglas~
“When you want to make an impression and you think you’ve gone far enough, go a little further. Always leave them wondering if you’re just a little bit crazy, and people will never fuck with you again.” ~Corrupt
Corrupt was the first book I had ever read by Penelope Douglas, and to say that it owned me, that it consumed my heart and my mind for hours and hours, and that it wowed me with everything that it had is putting it too mildly. Every dark and twisty page of this book left me blown away by what I was reading. Corrupt gives you the perfect level of suspense, darkness, intrigue and mystery with a healthy dose of intense build and passion and searing heat too. This book shocked me, it awed me, and it had me blushing more times than I could count and I was mesmerized by every word of it. This book definitely pushed me a bit as a reader, but I loved every second of it, and the story I read in Corrupt is one that I know I will never forget because of how corrupting and fantastic and utterly mind blowing it was.
~The Fall Up by Aly Martinez~
“I’m going to make things awkward. It’s kinda what I do. Just bear with me.”
She licked her lips, and I was forced to kiss her again. When I finally came back up for air, I continued.
“My name is Samuel Nathan Rivers. I’m twenty-seven. Aquarius. No criminal history. I have a clean bill of health. I’m a democrat, but for God’s sake, do not tell my mom. I own a furniture shop and clear six figures a year. I’m not interested in your money. I’ll show you my tax return if need be. I’m also not a super-fan interested in your fame. But, for the love of all that’s holy, I need you to come home with me.” ~The Fall Up
Oh The Fall Up….Oh Sam, Oh Levee, Oh how much I LOVED this all-feeling, emotional, and breathtaking book. It’s not secret that Aly Martinez is one of my favorite authors (you’ll see a couple of her other books in this post too) and this book completely blew me away. It’s a bit different than her other books, but it’s just as amazing and mesmerizing and emotional. This book made me cry and feel and live everything Sam and Levee did. Boy did I cry and feel and live this book, and I can’t say enough how much Aly Martinez allowed me to be in this book with these characters. I fought with them, I struggled with them, and in the end I fell hard and fast for them because I could not resist the dynamic and distinctive spell of Sam and Levee. The Fall Up Explores what happens when you reach rock bottom and you’re not sure which way is up, and how meeting the right person, the perfect person, can change it all, can heal you, and can send you falling up to the exact place you need to be. PLEASE. I BEG OF YOU. Read The Fall Up this instant because Sam and Levee and their emotional all-feeling story is not to be missed!!!
~Blue Horizons by Kathryn Andrews~
“All I ever wanted was to be somebody. Somebody to someone and somebody to myself. Ten years later with the brush of her hair across my arm, and the flash of blue under the lights of the bar, I knew, just like that…I’d finally been found.” ~Blue Horizons
Kathryn Andrews never fails to deliver a story and a set of characters that I am emotionally invested in from the first word until well beyond the very last. Blue Horizons tells the story of Ash and Ava, two people who are searching. They’re searching for that something more, they’re searching for that meaning, and they’re searching for that peace, that calm, that something that will make them feel complete. What they both don’t expect is the immense pull they share with one another, and the events and feelings that unfold between them after a chance encounter in a bar. Blue Horizons gives you a story full of feels, full of many moments that will squeeze your heart again and again, and two characters who help each other find exactly what they’ve been missing. Kathryn Andrew’s phenomenal writing brings it all to life in the most authentic and all-feeling way, and in the end you will be in awe of what you’ve gotten from Ash and Ava and their emotional journey. This is a book you need in your life, and one that will have you feeling it all with Ash and Ava as they give it all a chance together.
~The Alabama Summer Series: Where I Belong, All I Want, What I Need, & Where We Belong by J. Daniels~
“I know what being around you does to me.” I grab her hand and place it against my chest, my other hand reclaiming its spot on her hip. Her eyes dart from my face to where her hand is and I see her eyes react to the effect she has on me. “Do you feel that? That’s what you do to me. Every fucking time I’m near you.” I can hear her heavy breathing while her eyes stay glued to her hand. I don’t say anything else. I just let her feel it. You own this part of me. Take it.” ~Where I Belong
“I don’t feel anything when I’m with them. I don’t even see them. I see you. I taste you. And when they ask me who Tessa is, because that’s the only name I’m saying in their ear, you wanna know what I tell them?” She sniffs loudly and her lip trembles, but she doesn’t answer. And I don’t wait for her to, either. I lean closer, brushing my nose against her cheek and up to her temple. “I tell them she’s the worst fucking thing that ever happened to me, and I can’t let her go.” ~All I Want
“I want this,” he says moving his finger along my cheek, tucking some of my hair behind my ear. “Whatever this is between us, I want it. I can’t stop thinking about you. I haven’t been with anyone else since you kissed me that first time. I don’t want to be.” I smile, leaning into his head as it caresses my face. “I want this too. So much.” ~When I Fall
“Nothing is wrong with you, Angel. I’m the same way.” I thrust my hips a little and she gasps. Her head rolls to the side. “I ache for you. Want you so bad I can’t fucking breathe” “Will it always be like this?” Like this-wild and vital. More than necessity to me. I grab her face and kiss her hard, sucking a little on her tongue. “What do you think?” She nods, whimpering a quiet “yes” into my mouth, then leaning back to gaze at me and tugging the ends of my hair. “I ache for you too.” ~Where We Belong
The Alabama Summer Series by J. Daniels is one of my all-time favorites, and these books are all guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, a flutter to your heart, and a certain kind of blush to your cheeks if you know what I’m saying. I obviously love J. Daniel’s stories, characters, and writing to pieces, and I will one click the shit out of anything this woman writes because all of her stories have the perfect balance of fun, heat, emotions and feels. Each and every book in The Alabama Summer Series made me fall even harder for the characters of this series. It truly doesn’t get much better then Ben and Mia, or Luke and Tessa, or Reed and Beth… and don’t even get me started on how much I want and need the next book in this series in my life. (CJ & Riley… YOU. ARE. MINE.) These book are exceptionally paced, phenomenally written, and they truly hit the spot in every way, shape, and form. They allow me to laugh and feel and feel the effervescent spark they all have, and they deliver it all in one wonderful, seriously charming southern package that is not to be missed!
~The Changing Colors Series by N.A. Alcorn~
“I want you Little Wing…” She starts to interrupt, but I press two fingers over her lips, stopping her. “I’ve never lied to you, nor have I ever lied to any woman, just to get a leg over. I’m honest to a fault. And I’m telling you right now that this isn’t some ploy to get in your knickers. This is me, telling you, that I want you. Since the moment I met you, I’ve been distracted by thoughts of you. I don’t know where all this is coming from, but I know you’re feeling it too.” ~Forget
“Because you needed to be reminded. You need to remember what makes us so right. The minute I saw you sitting on that train, I thought you were every fantasy I’d ever had come to reality. I couldn’t take my eyes off you. Your long hair, full lips…” He pauses, thumb reaching up and brushing across my bottom lip. “And eyes that I swear could see right through me. you were so fucking beautiful, Brooke. You’re still the most beautiful thing I’ve ever laid eyes on.” ~Blur
Forget and Blur by N.A. Alcorn are two of the most emotional, musical laced, and vibrant reads I have EVER read. These books blew me away. Literally. When I read them, I couldn’t stop reading or feeling or breathing or taking in all of the literal magnificence they were giving me. There was an almost palpable magic to them, a liveliness and pull that got stronger and fiercer the more I read. I was completely in love with Brooke and Dylan’s story from the instant I started it. Their story was full of emotional ups and downs, the most amazing meaning and feeling, and I can’t even begin to describe and capture the draw and power of what those two share with one another. This duet follows the two of them as they take a chance and give into those powerful feelings, only to have things go the exact opposite way from what they both wanted. Forget and Blur is about what happens when you come face to face and heart to heart with the exact thing you need, the exact thing you never knew was coming your way, the exact thing you’re missing, and what happens when all of that power and deeply felt feeling hits you. Square in the heart, and in your mind, and your soul. The music and love and effervescent spark and feeling and emotion in this duet will have you falling hard and fast. Trust me. These books are AMAZING!
~Live Me by Celeste Grande~
“Just be sure when this happens, you’re ready because you’ll be mine from that moment forward. I don’t intend on letting you go-ever.” He slid one finger under my chin and lifted my tear stained gaze to his. “Be with me, Angel. Be mine. Be my forever.” My insides shook violently. My whole body went numb, both unfeeling and feeling everything at the same time. All I had to do was say yes. Three little words. One word. Yes.” ~Live Me
Live Me is a book that pulled at every single emotion and feeling that I had. This book hurt my heart, tried to heal it again and again, and in the end I was simultaneously blown away by what it allowed me to experience and feel, while feeling like I was still shattered a bit because of what I read. I often gravitate towards books that will give me some serious emotional moments, but I was not prepared for how breathtakingly emotional and heart squeezing Live Me would be. I was also not prepared for all the meltworthy and swoon inducing moments courtesy of Blake and Eva. This book is the start to their story, and I couldn’t be more in love with both of their characters if I tried. Blake’s fierce determination and Eva’s strength to fight through the darkness of her past, made them a couple I was rooting for from the very first time they were together. This book made me cry and laugh and feel and take it all in right along with them. I couldn’t believe this was Celeste Grande’s book…her writing was so fluid, so all-feeling, and so extraordinary, and she truly gave me a story and characters that found their way into the deepest parts of my heart. This book is EVERYTHING, and you will feel every word of it. I can’t wait for the continuation for Blake & Eva’s story. I NEED it. Like yesterday.
~Priest & Midnight Mass by Sierra Simone~
“Whatever happens after this, I just want you to know that this was worth it. You were worth it. You were worth everything.” ~Priest
“Is it weird to pray during sex? Maybe it is, but sometimes it happens. I’ve tried to accept that it’s who I am—a man who loves God, and who loves fucking, that I can be dirty and holy all in the same moment.” ~Midnight Mass
If you’re looking for book that will push your boundaries a bit, that will have you blushing and turning pink the more and more you read, and that will give you an unforgettable story, then Priest and its follow up Midnight Mass are for you! Now being a born and raised Catholic, I was definitely pulled into the premise of this book and how Sierra Simone would deliver a story on such a forbidden and taboo topic. What she gave me in Priest and Midnight Mass was one of the most eloquently written, beautifully emotional, and thought provoking books I have EVER read. She definitely pushed my boundaries a bit in these books, and I LOVED that. This book made me think and wonder and feel. It gave me Tyler and Poppy and their extraordinary pull and connection as they tried to figure out what they were going to do with all they felt. These books cover a wide range of topics from love to religion, to darkness and light, to pasts and healing, and in between you get a love story that is not to be missed. These books were so phenomenally written, and Sierra Simone delivers on every level with all that Poppy and Tyler give you.
~Kyland by Mia Sheridan~
“I think that when enough time has passed, when you’ve survived that which you didn’t imagine you could, there’s a dignity in that. Something you can own. A pride in knowing the pain made you stronger. The pain made you fight to succeed. Someday, when I’m living my dreams, I’m going to think of all the things that broke my heart and I’m going to be thankful for them.” ~Kyland
Mia Sheridan never fails to write a book full of distinctive characters, stories that pull at your heart and your mind in more ways than one, and an exceptional level of feeling and emotion that will stay with you well beyond when you reach the end. Kyland gave me everything I’ve come to love and expect from her books, and the story she gave me within its magnificent pages is one that was beautiful, full of meaning, and showed the true tenacity, fight, and determination of her characters. Tenleigh and Kyland’s story in this book pulled at all of my feelings and emotions, and I was rooting for those two in the start. Kyland tells their story of fight, of struggle. Their story of what it’s like to want something so badly, to crave it so much you can practically taste it, and the life changing things that happen when you meet someone who changes everything. A poignant story that struck so many chords, Kyland tells a story of what it’s like to struggle, what it’s like to give something and someone your all, and how even when things don’t go the way you wish they could, you can still experience the most amazing and heartfelt moments that will change your life in ways you never thought possible.
~Asking For It & Begging For It by Lilah Pace~
“Once again that mixture of fear and desire surges through my veins, the same kind of fire I imagine injected heroin must feel like—an agony so sweet you’d do anything for it.” ~Asking For It
“We are bound together and yet parted. Two halves that can’t be glued into a whole. Maybe that’s how it is when you find someone whose wounds are the same as your own.” ~Begging For It
Asking For It and Begging For It are two of the most provocative, outstandingly written, thought provoking, and intense books that I have ever read. The story that Lilah Pace gave me within their pages pushed my mind, my thoughts, my heart, and my soul. She thoughtfully crafted a consuming story that will literally blow you away with everything it has. These books tackle a very thought provoking topic and a fantasy that is sure to make you think and feel and wonder. In these books Lilah Pace explores what happens when two people who share the same fantasy of force, come together both literally and figuratively, physically and emotionally, and how they fare the tumultuous, intense, and consuming waters that surround their shared desire and fantasy. Vivienne and Jonah’s story is one of the most exceptionally written and conveyed ones that I’ve read. They’re full of heat and desire and moments that will have you searching for the nearest fan, but they’re also about so much more. They’re about discovering things about yourself and your wants, they’re about finding someone who gets you, who understands your innate needs, and who is willing to do whatever it takes for you. These books are about the unforgettable moments and experiences the right person can give you, if you open yourself up to them.
~Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan~
“No, let me finish. There isn’t beauty in perfection. It’s as fake as the image the word projects. Beauty is found in imperfection, Willow, because to admit you’re not perfect means you’re admitting you’re not whole and absolute. When I think of myself, I see someone willing to admit he’s as far from complete as it gets because, in order to get to that perfection, I need to find the other part of me who will make my life better. To take all the faults I have and fill them, and only then will I be there. You see, the way I see it, the only way to become perfect is to find that perfectly imperfect person who brings it out of you.” ~Perfectly Imperfect
It’s no secret that Harper Sloan is one of my favorite authors. She always gives me a story that fulfills me on many levels, and after reading Perfectly Imperfect, I’m pretty sure she gave me a story that is not only my favorite of hers, but is a book that will stay with me in some way, shape, or form. This book blended the most amazing and relatable message with a love story that gave me all the feels and emotions I wanted and craved. Harper Sloan wrote a book that I got completely. I understood Willow. I LOVED Willow. I am Willow. Perfectly Imperfect tells the story of one girls fight and journey as she comes to accept and love herself, all her imperfections, and the amazing person she is. This book also tells the story of what happens when the right person finds that amazing girl, and shows her again and again how out of this world she is. Perfectly Imperfect gave me it all, and the messages that were bursting so beautifully and meaningfully from its pages are not to be missed!
~Playing With Fire by Alison Bliss~
“Funny how one woman can make everything around you look so different isn’t it?” Cowboy rubbed at the back of his neck and grinned. “Like getting lost in my own backyard.” ~Playing With Fire
Rules of Protection was one of my top reads last year, so it was no surprise to me that its follow up, Playing With Fire, made my top reads list for this year. With the perfect amount of Texas charm, laugh out loud humor, and so many moments that are guaranteed to melt your heart…and other things, Playing With Fire delivered in every way. This book had the best balance of meaning, humor and charm, and it gave me yet another chance to be with the fantastic characters that make this series what it is. Reading this book felt like coming home in a way, and I felt wrapped up in everything this book and its characters had to offer right from the start. Anna and Cowboy’s story is definitely interesting to say the least, and you will be laughing, and feeling, and basking in everything they give you as it all unfolds. These two seemingly opposites attract in the fiercest of ways, and their story is not to be missed. I am already looking forward to more fun and crazy shenanigans with these characters, and that is all because of what Alison Bliss created in this book!
~Hard Beat by K. Bromberg~
“Whoever said love is like war, easy to begin but hard to end, knew exactly what he was talking about.” ~Hard Beat
I love me a book by K. Bromberg something fierce. She has created some of my all-time favorite stories and characters (Colton and Rylee, anyone?!) and I was beyond ready to jump into Hard Beat when it released. What I was not expecting was this book to become my favorite book of hers. I have LOVED all of her books, and I always will, but Hard Beat was AMAZING in its own unique and distinctive way. Hard Beat gave me a story that was definitely a bit different than the other books that I’ve read by this author, but I think that’s what made me love it so much. Tanner and Beaux’s story had all the emotions, connection, and pull that I’ve come to expect and love from K. Bromberg’s writing and stories, but it gave me a story that blew me away with everything it had. Maybe it was because of the level of mystery weaving its way through the book, maybe it was because this book takes place in a whole different world, or maybe its because of Tanner and Beaux and the characters they are, but simply put, this book was outstanding in every way. Hard Beat was enrapturing and all-feeling and intense to say the least, and I could not have asked for anything more from what Beaux and Tanner so outstandingly gave me within its pages!
~The Found Duet: Find Me & Free Me by Laureling Paige~
“Usually he made me feel wanted. Right now, I didn’t feel that in the least. But what I did feel-the reason I followed him despite the tension radiating off his body-was needed. He needed me. Maybe only for tonight, maybe only for this hour. But I knew that sure as I knew anything.” ~Free Me
“Gwen,” he said, and every part of me melted at that word. “I was lost when you met me. And then you found me. You have been the only thing besides revenge that has kept me alive. And really? Living for revenge isn’t any sort of life at all.” Cry. That’s what the urge was. My throat was thick and my eyes glossy. I’d thought there was no possible way I could be important in his world after Corinne,and here he was telling me that I was wrong. His lips crept into the hint of a smile. “Did I ruin it?” “Not even a little bit.” My voice sounded tight, but actually I felt more open than I had in a long time. The hint turned into a full grin. “Also, you have the nicest tits and pussy I’ve every seen.” “Dammit. Now you ruined it.” “I totally did, didn’t I?” ~Find Me
Laureling Paige is one of my favorite writers for a reason: she always gives me a well-rounded story filled with the perfect level of connection, heat, and mesmerizing feeling. She always delivers a story that is equal parts intense, consuming, and unforgettable to say the least, and The Found Duet was no different. JC and Gwen’s story was enrapturing, heart racing, and all-feeling to say the least, and I LOVED every word I got from these two. They completely pulled me in, and they never let me go once while I was reading these books. This series is a spin off of Laurelin Paige’s fantastic Fixed Trilogy, and I have to say it was amazing to be back with all of these characters once again. I had always been curious of Gwen’s character, and these books gave me all of her and more. I loved that girl something fierce, and the journey she goes on with JC will pull at your heart more times than you can count. It’ll also probably melt you a bit from time to time too, and what you get from these two as they fight against and give into the world of feeling they share, will have you loving them both to pieces. Trust me.
~The Strictly Business Series: The Best Medicine & Just Say Yes by Elizabeth Hayley~
“He was again overwhelmed by how deeply she seemed to see him. When she looked at him, she seemed to be dissecting him—as if she were trying to fir pieces of a puzzle together. It surprised him how badly he wanted her to figure him out.” ~The Best Medicine
“Carpe diem, Quinn. Today is the first day of the rest of your life (is that how that corny saying goes?). Anyway, I decided that we needed to up the stakes for your first foray into Good Girl Gone Bad-dom.” ~Just Say Yes
Elizabeth Hayley is one of my favorite writing duos, and their books are chalk full of laugh out loud humor, moments that will have your cheeks heating and hurting simultaneously because your smiling and blushing like crazy, and characters that never fail to find themselves in your heart. I have LOVED all of their books, and this year they released The Best Medicine and Just Say Yes, two interconnected standalones that tell the charming, fun, and utterly fantastic love stories of a group of friends. The Best Medicine follows Lauren and Dr. Scott, and their back and forth banter is sure to win you over on about page 2. Just Say Yes follows Quinn and Tim, Lauren’s best friend and Scott’s brother respectively, as Tim tries to help Quinn get out of her comfort zone. Both of these books were fabulous, and they tell two very different stories of love, and the event filled, humor driven, and feeling and emotion bursting moments that it takes to get there. Both of these books and characters highlight the talent and phenomenal writing skills of Elizabeth Hayley. These books had me loving these two even more, and I can’t wait to read what comes next in this must read series!!
~The Tangled Series: Tangled, Twisted, Tamed, & Tied by Emma Chase~
“Women fall in love quicker than men. Easier and more often. But when guys fall? We go down harder. And when things go bad? When it’s not us who ends it? We don’t get to walk away. We crawl.” ~Tangled
“He yells, “I want any part of you that you’re willing to give me!”
We both fall quiet. Breathing hard. Staring each other down.
And his voice drops low. Defeated. “I’ll take anything, Kate.
Just . . . don’t tell me it’s over. I won’t accept that.” ~Twisted
“Life is a short, wild ride. Don’t try to put the brakes on, don’t over-analyze or try to control it. If you’re lucky, like I was, you’ll find that perfect someone who’ll sit next to you and hold your hand through every curve, every up and down.” ~Tamed
“I’m not gonna wish you happiness, ’cause you’ve already got that. So I’ll just say, may the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon our face. May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live. May there be a generation of children on the children of your children. May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent. And may the saddest day of your and Kate’s future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.” ~Tied
Now I know I am WAY BEHIND on reading this books, so please excuse the fact that I just read the Tangled Series by Emma Chase this year. I am sorry. I messed up big time because these books were AMAZING, laugh out loud funny, and they introduced me to one of my new favorite authors. I LOVED every word of this series, the feels, the laughs, the moments that squeezed my heart and the moments that had my cheeks hurting because I was smiling so much. If you haven’t read these books, then you NEED to. They are fantastically written, and half of them are told from a solely male point of view, which is outstanding in case you were wondering. Drew Evans is one of the most distinctive, effervescent, and wonderful male characters I have ever had the chance to fall in love with, and I basked in everything that that man gave me. He is charming and wonderful and he has absolutely no filter, and experiencing what it was like for that man to fall in love was EVERYTHING. This series gave me the best of him, Kate, and all of the other unforgettable characters of these books, and I loved every single wonderful bit of them!
~9 Minutes & Out of Time by Beth Flynn~
“A story about a man who has loved me from the very beginning, from the first glance. The man who always was and still is my soul mate.” ~Nine Minutes
“Answer me. You think you can just take whatever you want?” He looked over at her and smiled. “I took you, Kitten.” ~Out of Time
Nine Minutes and Out of Time by Beth Flynn are two of the most well plotted, gripping, and thrilling books that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I swear Beth Flynn must have gone through thousands of index cards when writing and plotting this book, because of how well layered these books were. I was completely consumed by these books from start to finish, and I could not get enough of the mesmerizing story and characters they allowed me to experience. The story that this series tells spans decades and states, and it will reach every recess of your mind and heart while you are reading everything from its pages. This series tells the story of Ginny, a young girl who is captured by a south Florida motorcycle gang, and it follows her in the years she spent with them. I am telling you that this book will bend your mind, and just when you think you know how it’s all going to go, you will be blown away by where it actually goes. Beth Flynn’s outstanding storytelling gave me a group of characters and a story that I can’t wait to get more of! These books are not to be missed, and I am telling you that they will bend your mind and capture your heart through every page!
~Empty Promises by Elle Brooks~
It wasn’t until I knew that I was about to die, that I decided to really live. And it wasn’t until I gave up on love, that I finally found it. Just not in any of the places that I’d been searching. Sometimes you don’t get the fairytale happily ever after, but if you’re lucky, you get so much more. You get a perfect beginning that you can keep hold of until the end.” ~Empty Promises
Empty Promises was the first book that I read by Elle Brooks, and it’s what made me fall in love with her writing and fantastic storytelling. What she gave me in Empty Promises fulfilled me on so many levels, and the level of emotion and feeling behind what she was writing completely stole my heart. This book is the third book in her Promises Series, but it can either be read before the other two books or after, and I LOVED that because this book made me HAVE to read the other books in the series. Empty Promises tells an emotional and heart squeezing story of first love, promises, and the hope and pain that accompany Emily as she tries to make her last few months on this planet unforgettable. I will tell you now…have your tissues ready for this book. It will pull at every emotion you have and will have you relishing in what Emily shares with Lucas and the fight she goes on in this book. Empty Promises completely stole my heart from beginning to end, and Elle Brooks’s fantastic and all-feeling writing brought it all to life in the most authentic and enrapturing way!
~The Law of Moses & The Song of David by Amy Harmon~
“Everyone always talks about being color blind. And I get that. I do. But maybe instead of being color blind, we should celebrate color, in all its shades. It kind of bugs me that we’re supposed to ignore our differences like we don’t see them, when seeing them doesn’t have to be a negative.” ~The Law of Moses
“Millie told me once that the ability to devastate is what makes a song beautiful. Maybe that’s what makes life beautiful too. The ability to devastate. Maybe that’s how we know we’ve lived. How we know we’ve truly loved.” ~The Song of David
Amy Harmon has created many beautiful and unforgettable stories that I have found myself lost in, and I have loved each and every story of hers that I have had the chance to read. Earlier this year when I read The Law of Moses and The Song of David, I was once again blown away by the power, emotion, and beauty of her writing, and I have no doubt that these two books will be some of my favorites from her. I LOVED them. I loved what they made me think and feel and experience. I love how I hurt through them, hoped through them, and felt the fierce and determined fight of these characters through every page of what I was reading. Amy Harmon’s vivid and all-feeling writing weaves together two stories that will make you think and feel and live it all with her characters in the most captivating ways, and in the end you will be in awe of what you’ve just read. Moses and David left me in awe. They blew me away with their respective stories, and the unforgettable moments I got with them in their books are some that I will NEVER forget. The beauty and eloquence of Amy Harmon’s writing brings these characters and stories to life in the most phenomenal way, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about both of these books and the literary magic they cast.
~The Consolation Duet: Consolation & Conviction by Corinne Michaels~
“You’re supposed to be untouchable, and yet here you are in my arms. I don’t know if I’m lucky or a fucking idiot. I just know that when we’re together, it feels right. It feels like we’re supposed to be.” ~Consolation
“Loving you was never the issue. It’s keeping you when you’re not mine to have.” ~Conviction
The Consolation Duet by Corinne Michaels is a military romance at its finest. What she gives you in this duet is nothing short of phenomenal, and the level of connection and pull you will feel from and to Natalie and Liam as you read these books is out of this world. From the moment I started these books, I couldn’t stop reading them, and I will tell you now be glad both book are out, because the cliffhanger in Consolation…I’m still not over that! (And I love that months later I still feel that! Major props to Corinne Michaels for that!) Consolation and Conviction tell an authentic, all-feeling, and consuming love story about what happens after. It’s about what happens when you’re sent reeling from the events that come your way, and what happens when the person who helps you put yourself back together, the one who helps make you whole once again, is the one person you shouldn’t be with. Natalie and Liam’s story in this book pulled at every emotion I had, and I could not get enough of the two of them! I loved them fiercely, rooted for them with all I had, and melted and felt and lived every breath of these books with them because of Corinne Michael’s outstanding writing. Trust me. You want and NEED these books in your life!
~Never Never Part 1 &2 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher~
“You think you can make me like you again?”
I look over at her and give my head the slightest shake. “No. I’m gonna make you fall in love with me again.” ~Never Never Part 1
“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.” ~Never Never Part 2
I have never had more questions, upon questions, upon questions while reading a story than I had when I read Never Never Part 1 and 2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. This story blew me away, and it had my mind mentally trying to put it all together the more and more I read. Never Never Part 1 and 2 are gripping, captivating to say the least, and in the end of Part 2 I think I had more questions than answers, but I LOVE that. This series tells the story of Silas and Charlie, two people who wake up with no memory of who they are, and it follows them both as they try to put the pieces of the puzzle back together again. This series is full of mystery and suspense with a healthy dose of pull and connection, and a helluva lot of questions, and I am telling you that just when you think you might’ve figure out something, a new piece of information will come along to shatter everything you think you know. I have never read a series quite like this one, and I know I probably never will again because it doesn’t get more thrilling or enrapturing or mesmerizing than what Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher created in this series. It should also be noted that the last and final part of the series releases in just a few short weeks, and I can’t wait for that last piece of the puzzle. I. NEED. IT.
~The Fading Series: Fading, Freeing, & Falling by E.K. Blair~
“I don’t understand what I did that was so wrong.”
Wiping away my tears with his thumb, he says,
“You didn’t do anything wrong.”
“Then why did this happen to me?” ~Fading
“In the end there doesn’t
have to be anyone who
There just has to be someone
who wants to.” ~Freeing
“I’m sure she can hear my heart pounding, but I need her to hear me. I need her to feel it as it thuds in my chest because I need her to hear me falling for her, ‘cause that’s what’s happening here – I’m falling. I never wanted to before, but with her, all I want to do is fall. Fall into her. Fall so deep inside of her heart so that I never have to be without her.” ~Falling
How do I even begin to describe my LOVE for The Falling Series by E.K. Blair? This is one of the most well written, utterly emotional, and all-feeling stories that I have ever read. Each book had me falling harder and harder under the spell and pull of these characters. What I think I loved the most about this series was that each book was told solely from a different characters perspective, yet all three books surround the same event and the ramifications of that event on each of the characters. E.K. Blair wove together 3 unique and distinctive stories in this series, and with each new character, and each new book, I fell more and more in full on love with Jace, Candace, and Ryan. Their stories were all emotional, all intense, and I felt and breathed and lived every word of them through E.K. Blair’s outstanding writing. These books will give you one of the most fulfilling and consuming stories you’ll ever read, and I truly can’t recommend them more to you. The level of emotion and connection you will feel to them all as they search for that light among the darkness, as they try to heal from all the pain they experience, and as they try to find the one thing they all so truly deserve, love.
~The One Night Series: One Night Promised, One Night Denied, & One Night Unveiled by Jodi Ellen Malpas~
“I want to surrender myself to you completely, Livy. I want to be yours. You are my perfect.” ~One Night Promised
“She’s the blood in my veins.” He speaks clearly and softly. “She’s the air in my lungs.” There’s a slight pause, and I’m sure I hear William inhale a shocked breath. “She’s the bright, hopeful light in my tortured darkness. I’m warning you, Anderson. Don’t try to take her away from me.” ~One Night Denied
“I fucking love her!” Tears burst from my eyes and I fall into his side. He immediately grabs me and pulls me close. “I love her. I love everything she stands for and I love how much she loves me. It’s more than you love me. It’s more than any of you claim to love me! It’s pure and light. It’s made me feel. It’s made me want more. If any fucker tries to take her away from me, I’ll fucking kill them.” ~One Night Unvieled
Jodi Ellen Malpas has one of the greatest writing talents that I have ever experienced, and I am so thrilled that I finally read all of her books this year. I LOVED every single heart racing, well thought out, and exceptionally written word of this series and I was blown away by everything her series gave me. Livy and M’s story has the perfect level of suspense and mystery, emotion and feeling, and a love story that you will feel every ounce of. When I finally got around to reading this series this past summer, I couldn’t stop reading these books. I couldn’t get enough of what I was getting from these books. Every jaw dropping moment, every shocking revelation, and every bit of feeling and love that bursts from Livy and M will leave you in awe of their story and what Jodi Ellen Malpas creates for them. I thought it would be hard to top Jesse Ward, because that man is everything, but M, and everything I got from him in this series just about had Jesse beat. Seriously. This series is not to be missed, and every emotion, every feeling, and every meltworthy moment of this series had me loving it all even more!
~The Edge of Never & The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski~
“I think that if past lives are real then we have been lovers in every single one of them. I’ve known you for a short time, but I feel like I’ve known you forever.” ~The Edge of Never
“You’re the world to me,” I whisper onto
her lips. “I hope you never forget that.”
“I’ll never forget,” she whispers back.. “But if I ever do, for
whatever reason, I hope you’ll always find a way to remind me.”
…“Always.” ~The Edge of Always
This is another series that I can’t believe I waited so long to read….I had always meant to read them, and with one not so subtle shove from a friend of mine, I started reading them and I LOVED THEM. I could not stop reading and feeling and living Andrew and Camryn’s story. The intensity of what those two feel for one another is out of this world phenomenal, and reading their story in this series had me falling hard and fast for the both of them. The Edge of Never and The Edge of Always had my heart reeling, my pulse racing, and I simply couldn’t get enough of what they both so authentically and fully gave me. Their story is one that had the perfect level of emotion, the best amount of feeling, and showed the amazing things that love can bring you if you only open yourself up to it. Andrew and Camryn had an amazing and unforgettable love story that mesmerized me from start to end. There was so much meaning and feeling behind everything that they shared, and I loved every bit of what they gave me in their story!
~The Blackistone Affair: Naked, All In, Eyes Wide Open, & Rare and Precious Things by Raine Miller~
“That picture changed everything. I was not the same after I saw it and I couldn’t go back to the man I’d been before seeing it either. Not after we met that night on the street. My whole world altered because of a photograph. A photograph of my beautiful American girl.” ~Naked
“I have no intentions of letting you go.” I swallowed hard. “If you come with me you’re signing on for all of me, Brynne. I don’t know any other way to be with you. It’s all in for me. And I want it to be all in for you too.” ~All In
“The one who had the power to take me apart was also the only one with the power to put me back together again.” ~Eyes Wide Open
“I knew more happiness and love than I’d ever experienced in my life, and now understood how precious it was to have that love.” ~Rare and Precious Things
The Blackistone Affair was a series that reinforced over and over again why I am such a huge fan of series. Spending 4 books with the same amazing and phenomenal couple was downright outstanding. I couldn’t get enough of Ethan and Brynne’s intense, mesmerizing, and highly charged relationship. From the moment I started Naked, I was blown away by everything that Ethan and Brynne gave me, and I couldn’t get enough. I wanted more, I craved more, and I NEEDED MORE. That lead to me devouring these books within just a few days, and I loved every single word of this series. I loved getting to be there with Ethan and Brynne through it all, through every up and down, through every shocking and intense moment, and through every moment in which they fell harder for one another. Their love story was mesmerizing, powerful, and full of so many blushworthy and swoonworthy moments that had me loving it all. Raine Miller brought so many amazing characters and feelings to life in this series, and I will not soon forget what it was like to read these books and to experience the beauty and feeling of her writing. This is a series full of romance and emotion and feels upon feels upon feels, and it truly doesn’t get better than that!