Holly’s best of ’14

I read many, many books during the past year. Many wonderful fantastic books! Some stinky books too–books I loved but wanted to drive to the writer’s house and kick them in the knee for making me tired and grumpy and for creating SUCH.AN.ASSHOLE. (you know who you are, Aleks!) I made a grand list… and it was too long. I was slapped on the wrist and given a rule. A Helpful Rule. Only books published within the year 2014. Shew! That helped immensely! So, here goes:

1. Luminous by Corrina LawsonLuminous72lg (1).

What this novella lacks in length, it makes up in quality and depth. Luminous packs more story into its small frame than many full-size novels do. Read it, it’ll make you feel really great.

 

2. Safe Words by Drury Jamison.

Wow. Slap my butt and call me Spanky GOOD! A murder mystery that sort of went off the rails and became a kinky sexy detective murder mystery story–in red stilettos. With lingerie. Yeouch.

blackwidow3. Black Widow by Jennifer Estep.

We all know of my love for Ms Estep and her excellent writing style; she has not ever let me down. This latest, #12 in the series, not only delivered but delivered with a BANG.

4. Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker.

This series is phenomenal, and this latest offering, out Dec 2nd was no exception. Offering up the friends to lovers trope, it took a new and savage turn, ala Black Knights style. It was a powerhouse hit, natch.

5. Transcendence by Shay Savage

What a surprise hit! Reading it was an out-of-body experience, and the plot twist was…a real surprise. Choices–I don’t know if I could have made the same one. So worth the read.

6. Because of You by Jessica Scott

An emotionally moving story about two wounded survivors who need to heal. It had both depth and great writing. Especially poignant around the holidays when service members are far from home.

7. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh is one of those writers who only get better with time. This fourth book in the Survivors Club series is a wonderful example of that, with the reader traveling the emotional journey with the characters as they move past their emotional walls to learn to live and love again.

8. Vixen and the Vet by Katy Regnery

I love this book so much. It makes me smile because I was reading it on my Kindle, totally thinking it was the new book from an old, favorite author. I kept thinking <shamefully> WOW, she’s really stepped up her game! And then…dimwit that I am, I realized that it was a new-to-me author. Sexy, sad, funny, elegant. Read it.

TVTVFinalEbookCover9. Becoming Sir by Ella Dominguez

Reading about a strong, alpha man who liked to get bossed around did my heart good. ROWR! Great writing, sympathetic and hot characters, great suspense. Bravo!

10. Dark Skye IAD by Kresley Cole

If you don’t like Kresley Cole, it’s because you haven’t tried her. Her world building, her sense of humor, the off-hand way she deals with things can take you out of your world and into hers with a snap. And sometimes I want to be a Valkyrie, don’t you?

If you don’t want to read these, fine. Just read. And let me know what you like. I might like it too! Thanks to everyone who’s following us and is interested in our blog. We appreciate you!

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