A Demon and his Witch, Aleatha Romig, Alyssa Drake, Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Body, Bethany-Kris, Condemned, Consumed, Cozen, Eve Langlais, Fly Girl Year in Review, Jay Crownover, Jenny Marts, JR Ward, Lauren Blakely, Marianne Morea, mj prince, Page Turners Novel, Plus one, Rule, The Music Box, The Secret Heir, Wanderlust
So this is a very personal post for me as many of these books touched my heart and have left a lasting memory there. I’m also posting this on my birthday. I’m going to list them all and explain why each one made my 2018 TOP 10 list. But first I have to discuss my reading habits a bit and give you the good old stats for my reading this year.
I read and or listened to 120 books this year which included: Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Suspense, Women’s Fiction, Cozy Mystery, New Adult… As you can see my tastes are varied and wide so I’m not just picking these books based on one genre, but over all the categories. This is the year I started listening and reading which was a great change. I got through so many more just listening on the way to and from work so this is a little of the reason my Read pile is so large. Next year I plan to see if I can top this number. We will see. Of all these books I only DNF’d 5 books and declined to review 1 after finishing it.
So here is how this goes. I’m going to list the number in my list, a paragraph about why I loved, buy links (of course), and link to the review I did (which is different than what you got here) and the link to the author’s website. Enjoy!!
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1-TOP OF THE LIST, CREAM OF THE CROP, KING OF THE HILL!!!
This was my first book by her and it was amazing. She gave me a swoon worthy romance I wanted to be my own. She didn’t just give you a hot-sexy romance, she gave us a true romance that has the immediate attraction but is a slow burn to love. The best thing about this book is it showed us how a couple truly falls in love…by showing themselves to each other. The essence of scent was the cool-hot factor in this book for me. She showed us how the senses get involved in romance.
2-“WOW,” is really all I can say!!!
I simply can’t ruin this one for anyone. You just have to read it to see what everyone, including me is talking about. Bethany-Kris does an amazing job building the scenes, and creating an amazing tension between the characters. The best part is that once the jig is up, she doesn’t just end it, she actually floats into an amazing ending you probably won’t see coming. This is a great mystery with action, hot sex, and a wicked romance.
3-Can’t Get Enough!!
I know it’s a series, but these are so good I couldn’t just pick one. I’ve loved them all so far. Jennie makes romance meet cozy mystery and she does it without a hiccup. I’ve been wanting to read something by her for 3 years and when I finally did, I fell in love. They were sweet romances with real life problems among a group of misfit women who bonded together over love of books and desserts. Jennie made some relative points about our lives today on social media, watching out for our neighbors, gaming, and too many others to name. She renewed my faith in cozy mysteries.
4-Oh, Give Me More, NOW!!!
Talk about sexy, although this was billed as a young adult, it was hotter than flames in hell. I wouldn’t bill it as YA, it was more New Adult in my opinion, but either way it still makes the top 10 for me. Debut author MJ Prince did such an amazing job building this fantasy world that I felt like I could reach out and touch it. The characters were these young adults that were bullies and beautiful and crazy and normal. The mystery behind the characters expressions, actions, and words were so amazing it wasn’t until the end of book one you realized it MIGHT not all be true. I’m anxiously awaiting book two in this series. This series is just too stunning.
5-I Want to Visit Hell!!
If Hell is this much fun, sign me up…Oh, I may already have a ticket and not know it!!! This one made me laugh so hard I almost pee’d myself at one point. Every time I turned around this one had another funny part that just made me want to keep listening. This is the first fantasy-comedy I’ve read in the romance world. I say fantasy because it is all about hell and how that universe works. Although similar to Earth, very different rules and the images she builds bring it all to life. Also, how does a Demon and a dead Witch mate?? OK, just read it don’t let your mind get too wrapped around that one. This gave me a new sub category to love and read, so I thank her for this one.
6-I Need a Cigarette After That!!!
My friends have been after me for a while to read something by Jay. I can’t believe I missed this author before the blog. She is amazing. This one is so gritty and dirty and angry it feels very real. I was surprised at how emotional this book was for me. A young man just trying to figure out his place in his family and learning who he is and finding acceptance with the ones we love. This is such a real story exhibited by many young adults of our current generations. I loved how real and angry and frustrated the characters were in the book. It wasn’t your usual one side is mean and cold, the other is nice and soft. No, this both lovers were angry, frustrated, hurt, and hopeful. This one made me cry because of the powerful emotions she showed in her characters.
7-Fairytales Aren’t Just for Kids Anymore!!
I’ve had a lot of email conversations with Alyssa and she had told me about this story when she was working on it. I was very excited she had made it into an audio book so I could listen while still working on some other reads. She wrote this in honor of her mom and it is the BEST Fairytale I’ve read in years. Probably since the Snow Queen when I was a little girl. Now, this is not a retelling of a classic Fairytale, this one is completely original in it’s design. It was so amazing how her imagination could conjure such a simple sweet way to deal with less than reputable men and still give us a HEA. We just lost my father-in-law to Alzheimers and this really touched me and made me think of how things are for him in the afterlife and how much good he did during life. It made me smile in the end and my hat is off to Alyssa for this one and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
8-A Memorable Laugh that Stayed with Me!!!
If laughter is on your agenda, or you need spirit pick me up, this is the one for you. This is exactly what it did for me. All I have to do is think of this book name and I can come up with at least five scenes that made me want to laugh until I pee myself. Suddenly my mood is better. These characters have those things happen to them that makes you go, “I can’t believe that.” But yet she somehow makes them all believable. Grandma is probably the funnest character in the book. I wish my grandma had been like that. If you want to have a memorable laugh, this one does it.
This book was highly anticipated by the community and I’d never read J.R. Ward before so had no idea what to expect. When I started it, I simply couldn’t put it down. This one is for the adrenaline junkie in your life and suited that side of me so well. There are many places that felt like home for me from my days on active duty when you were just waiting for the next high and figured if you played and worked hard you’d die young. Then we woke up and found ourselves nearing 50 and still hanging in there. This brought all those memories rushing back to me. It also showed me how lucky I was to still have everything in tact and able to still do things. This was another very emotional read for me and I can’t wait for the next one in the series to come out. I know it’s going to be just as good. Also, if you are looking for a story about someone with a disability this one will fill that bill.
10-Finally, Did I say I hate Vampires??
Although this is number 10 on my list, it still holds a special place in my heart. It made me believe I can read about vampires again. Everyone that reads this blog knows I hate vampires…I’m tired of all of them looking like Edward and Twilight just ruined the whole sub-genre for me. The unreal expectation of loving someone for ever, literally. Just wasn’t going for it. Also, they felt like weird dolls in the fact they were emotionless and all had every superpower unknown to man. As if they were better than us-humans!! This book is none of that. It is about a guy who doesn’t even want to be a vampire just making the most of it and finally finding someone to share some of his eternity with and being honest with her. It was refreshing to see they were humanistic and didn’t look down on humans, but rather wanted to protect them. It gives me hope I might enjoy vampire stories once more. If you like vampires, another author to look into is Molly Harper. She does funny vampires.