It’s time for the obligatory best of lists. Okay, it’s a little past time. I wanted to make sure I didn’t encounter something amazing at the end of the year and the crazy of the holidays is pretty much over. So, without further ado, here are my favorite books of 2014 in no particular order.
1. Dirty Deeds by S.E. Jakes
Okay, so I’m a big Jakes fan. This book had it all for me. Intrigue, betrayal, heartbroken characters looking to protect themselves and find someone at the same time. So, so good.
2. Blood & Thunder by Charlie Cochet
I love this series. It’s got both shifters and men in uniform. It’s Faye Bait twice over. This was the book for me where the series jelled.
3. Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts by Brooks Headley
I was blown away by this book. The art and the writing style were almost like a punch to the gut in the way they spoke to me. I could not put this one down.
4. Ample Hill Creamery: Secrets and Stories from Brooklyn’s Favorite Ice Cream Shop by Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna
Get this book. Make The Munchies. You’re welcome.
5. Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes by David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald, and Alex Day
Has a HUGE number of recipes for infused alcohols. Add that to the recommendations for a variety of reasonably priced base spirits. Cocktails are categorized by base spirit.
6. Relief Valve by J.L. Merrow
I love this series. Tom is a wonderfully unreliable narrator. It’s charming, to say the very least.
7. Anchored by Rachel Haimowitz
Ugh. This book made me feel! This is the book you turn to if you want a Reading Experience.
8. When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock
This book was brilliant. And I’m not saying brilliant in the way I usually sarcastically mean it about the things I do.
9. Mark Cooper versus America by J.A. Rock and Lisa Henry
I fell in love with the adorable, vivacious, and vulnerable Angry Bunny.
10. The Dangerous Seduction by A.N. Bond
I should have hated this book. I hate present tense. Like Gollum level loathing. We hateses present tense! I overcame it for this book.