Best Reads of the Year

 

Because my favorite books could not be contained to just one teaser-I made two!

I have read in the upwards of over a hundred books this year and to be able to narrow down all these wonderful reads to twenty three books has been hard. I had to exclude a few that were in the top but in the end; these are the books I am left with!
I will break them down by how I justified them:
Favorite traditionally published books:
Commonwealth
Must read for someone who loves strong family dynamics.
The Hypnotist’s Love Story
Liane Moriarty does it again!
Voice’s in the Summer
Sweet and tender love story that will have you pondering this book for days.
Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time
What a great look at people that are deemed different. It will make you think about your preconceived ideas for days; questioning all you thought you knew!
Debut Authors:
Holly Freakin’ Hughes
I was pulled in immediately and then was wowed this was indeed her first book! If you love sweet men and a little bit slightly awkward women, this book is up your alley!
Prelude
Twist and turns abound in this book (the first book in a duet) and it makes you wonder if love can really begin at an early age. The way she paints this story, you are left with one answer-yes it can!
Dirty Salvation
I am not an MC genre reader but I heard so much about this story and the level of writing for a debut author and I had to grab it! V. Theia broke my MC cherry and I am hooked. Ryder is now my new book boyfriend!
Taboo books:
The Wild
Anyone who loves books and follows them on social media was probably inundated by the controversy associated with this book! It is as taboo as they come which made me seek it out even more! I was able to grab it before it disappeared and I believe now you can only buy it from K. Webster’s website. However, this book challenges people’s ideas of what is right and wrong and it certainly did that for me.
Easton
This is by the same author as The Wild. This book was first titled Preach about a pastor that wanders. But again, the author is just showing another side to a story. This book hooked me right away.
Intellectually Challenging book:
Bohemian
Set against the lovely backdrop of Big Sur CA, is a man that inherits a failing bookstore. In comes a woman that takes his breath away and loves books as much as he does. With an immediate chemistry, begins a beautiful story that has many references to literature of old and new. It made me pick up a book on poetry, something I have not done in years!
Steamy and Naughty book:
Unconventional 
Holy Hell-that is all I can used to describe the genius of Isabel Love! Her book could start a five alarm fire but it would continue to blaze because this story is just that steamy!
Romantic Suspense:
Siren
I can’t say much about this book because I would give too much away! But what I will say is this is a must read!
Dark Romance:
Doll Face
If you like a good mafia romance, you have to check out this book! It made my jaw drop many times through out the book!
The Pawn
Another mafia romance that hooked me right away. If you like dark men who know what they want in the form of a sweet and innocent young lady, then I think you will like this book!
The best depiction of an absolute crazy person:
Bad Mommy
Is there any better way to describe Fig from Bad Mommy than just that- Crazy? I don’t think so! I can’t do this book justice without ruining it!
New to me authors:
Chasing Miss Sin
The story focuses on an awkward girl who writes romance books but is still a virgin! Now if that doesn’t captivate you, I am not sure what will!
Dear Bridget I Want You
A British doctor and a lonely widow is the back drop for this book. The opening scene is hilarious and I couldn’t put it down.
Undeniably You
I am now an avid fan of Jewel E. Ann and all her books! She is one of my favorite authors!
Best MMF Book
American Queen
This is one of my favorite genres! This book is amazing. The main character has a complicated past with both the president and vice president. It makes for an interesting story; one you can’t miss. It is a three part series with two more book featuring the VP and President too!
Best Audio Book
The Opportunist
I started to read this book but was in the car for way to long and wanted something to keep me company! I loved this book and would have loved it if I read it because it is Tarryn Fisher. However, the person who read for Olivia did it justice and made the story more complete!
A favorite author who did it again
Singe
Aly Martinez-what else can I say! She has a way with words and suspense! I loved this book and it is my all time favorite Aly book! I look forward to the next in this series!
That leads me to pick my favorite reads of the year-
From this list I have one traditionally published book and one indie published book!

Bohemian by Kathryn Nolan

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Is my favorite indie read of this year!
It challenged my mind and reached my soul! Thanks Kathryn Nolan for bringing this book to light and giving me something that has helped me reach for poetry- which has always been my first love!

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

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Is my favorite traditionally published book this year!
It is full of family dynamics that will keep you guessing and wondering until the end of the book!
Well, these are my picks! I will be interested if any of my choices made it to your favorite book list!
~Leigh
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This book looks so good!

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About this book:

After the tragic death of his beautiful wife, Nathan Randolph is looking for companionship. Timid Darby Turner is twenty years his junior and inexperienced in love, confidence, and life.

This unlikely couple marries after a whirlwind courtship. Darby has fallen in love for sure, and Nathan encourages her to explore a dark sexuality with him. Moving to his majestic, Southern plantation home, Darby realizes she does not know her new husband at all. Soon Darby is competing with the memory of Nathan’s dead wife.

Can Darby win out against a memory, or will the past destroy her new love?

Excerpt

I saw papers spread across his desk. “I didn’t mean to disturb you while you were working.”

“This room is never off limits to you. You are always welcome here, Mrs. Randolph.”

I flushed with pleasure at his words. He came closer and ran a finger down my cheek.

“In fact, you are particularly welcome right now.” He was so bold that he squeezed my breasts with both hands, and I gasped.

“Don’t be shy, Mrs. Randolph. I need you naked and ready to fuck.” Nathan said these shocking words in a casual, off-hand kind of way.

“Now? Here?” My words were a little breathless in my surprise.

I was almost in a panic. I wanted to make the house feel like home, but I was a little intimidated about stripping bare in the middle of all this majestic grandeur. I remembered the paintings of Nathan’s ancestors I had studied earlier. There were a couple of portraits in this room, too. I felt like the eyes of those long dead were watching me, and passing judgment on my actions.

“Yes. Definitely now. Definitely here.” He raised one arrogant eyebrow at me.

“Nate, I don’t think this is a good idea…” My voice trailed off.

Without warning, he snatched me up and carried me to the big chair behind his desk. He positioned me on my stomach over his lap. I knew what was coming, and I was scared and delighted all at once. He pulled my pants down to my ankles, taking my panties down at the same time. Bare and exposed, I squirmed.

Smack! Smack! SMACK! The blows came hard and in quick succession. If ghosts were watching, they were undoubtedly scandalized.

“Nate, please! I’m sorry!” I protested loudly. It hurt, but I had the urge to giggle, too.

“What did I tell you happened to bad girls? What happens in this library?”

Nathan’s voice was stern, and his tone stopped my giggles.

“They get spanked, with their panties off.” I sounded like a little girl.

I squirmed to get free, but I think I liked being his bad girl. From virgin to pervert, in less than one day.

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Title: His Wife

Author: Ashley Hastings

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 18th

Cover Design: Just Write Creations

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36620256-his-wife

 

About The Author

Ashley Hastings lives with a menagerie of animals, and one day aspires to be a crazy, old cat lady. She has a starter set of three cats right now. Ashley likes to take long walks each day while she dreams about what her characters will do in the future, and is already hard at work on her next novel.

Author links

Website: http://ashleyhastings.com

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Free book by Jewel E. Ann

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This author is one of my favorite writers in the romance genre! When I saw she had this book priced for free-I couldn’t wait to one click this bad boy!

It’s never too soon to take your next breath … Behind tinted windows a few yards from mourning family and friends, Jessica and Jude Day witness their parents’ funeral—and their own. Stripped of the only life they’ve ever known, the Days say goodbye to San Francisco forever. Six months and two new identities later, the thirty-year-old misfits with elite self-defense skills and penchants for alcohol, sex, and trouble arrive like an earthquake to Peaceful Woods, a retirement community in Omaha, Nebraska, that thrives on rules and gossip. Welcome home, Jackson and Jillian Knight. Jackson celebrates his new beginning by embracing his job and wiping his cavalier past clean with a temporary oath of celibacy. But Jillian’s past is branded into her soul—the deaths, the insanity, Dr. Luke Jones, and the need to make her lovers bleed. Her chance for redemption comes in the form of a next door neighbor, one Senior Master Sergeant Monaghan. He’s sexy, dangerously alluring, and riddled with emotional issues from years of service. He’s also … So. Damn. Grumpy. Their mission is simple: Let go, start over, don’t kill anyone, and pray that nobody resurrects their past.

 

“This book is phenomenal! Don’t read anything else about it. Just buy it. Now.” – Ella James, USA Today bestselling author

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Want a bang of a book-pre-order now!

BangTitle: Bang

Author: Lauren Rylie

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: December 21

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Synopsis

Bane Vincent- ugh, just uttering his name causes acid to rise in my throat- is the biggest prick on planet Earth, and unfortunately, he’s packing the biggest prick in the world in his pants, too. I only know that because I foolishly gave him my virginity when I was seventeen and he was nineteen.

 

Did I mention he’s my older brother’s best friend?

 

Prick and I haven’t spoke to one another in almost five years…

 

Who knew a flat tire on the side of the interstate would bring him back into my life? Had I known my brother was going to send Bane to my rescue, I would have hitch hiked.

 

This won’t end well…

 

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A secret mother daughter duo under one name to bring you sweet & spicy (and funny) reads.

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Release of Love So Wild By Marquita Valentine

Love So Wild by Marquita Valentine is AVAILABLE NOW!

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Pilot Elijah Lawson always knew he’d return to Jessamine, marry a hometown girl and settle into very predictable life. After all, he made promises to his parents that once he’d gotten his fill of adventure that he would do exactly that… and Eli was a man of his word. Only he’s never been able to get the bewitching redhead he’d fallen hard for two years earlier out of his head and he’s afraid that no woman in Jessamine will ever measure up.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop his family from trying to set him up with every single woman in town… until Skye Holland shows up on his doorstep.
The only reason Skye Holland moved back to North Carolina was so she could do the right thing for her one year old son. A boy, after all, needed his father, while she… she simply needed a fresh start. But first, she has to let Eli know that their red-hot affair had consequences. Consequences she has no intentions of repeating, no matter how many old feelings come rushing to the surface when they’re together.
Too bad for Skye that Elijah has other ideas and he’s not going to let this second chance at love get away again.

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Release of Crave by Shanora Williams

crave_ebook-final.jpgCrave, an all-new romantic standalone by Shanora Williams is AVAILABLE NOW!

Every Sunday morning it’s just us in a fancy hotel suite.

We fight, argue, and make up like teenagers do.

We touch, we suck, but we don’t kiss.

No, we never kiss.

His lips have been all over my body – everywhere but on top of mine.

I wasn’t supposed to need his touch.

To beg for a kiss . . . just one little kiss.

But our little arrangement has swallowed me whole.

I only crave one thing, but I know he’ll never give it to me.

Because the only way he’ll kiss a woman is if he loves her.

And my playboy boss will never love me.

Grab your copy today!
(Free in Kindle Unlimited)
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About the author:

Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn’t have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after.

She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive man, and is a sister to eleven.

Rebecca Gallo New Release

Don’t miss out on these Gems!

Presidential Bargain 

Jameson Martin was the presidential candidate who needed a wife. I needed a way out of debt.

The moment I agreed to be his pretend fiancée, all our problems should have been solved. Instead, things got complicated.

Publicly, we were the picture of patriotic perfection.

Privately, we struggled with the one thing that wasn’t in our plan – more.

I didn’t realize how lonely my life was until Jameson filled it with everything I was missing. His passionate commitment to public service earned my vote; his icy blue gaze and the way he gave me a purpose stole my heart. But I wanted to be his partner, not his secret. And I wanted the one thing that Jameson struggled to give me – his heart.

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Capitol Promises

(her new release now live)

I’ve made far too many promises that are impossible to keep.

I assured the country a leader they could depend on and trust.

I vowed everything and then some to the woman I love.

Someone is bound to be disappointed.

Poised to become the next leader of the United States of America, I’m bound by oath of office to make good on every campaign pledge. Which means giving Georgie back something she sacrificed – the platform to make a difference.

But my stubborn pride may cost me everything – both the dream and the girl.

In the end, I may just have to break a few promises to keep what matters most.

Now Live:

 

 

About the Author:

Rebecca Gallo was first indoctrinated into the romance genre by her babysitter who watched hours upon hours of daytime soap operas. She harbored many inappropriate crushes on fictional characters such as John Black from “Days of Our Lives,” Orry Main from the mini-series “North & South,” and Edward Fairfax Rochester from Jane Eyre. She is still in love with Davy Jones from The Monkees.

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