1. The Boy With The Painful Tattoo by Josh Lanyon
The third installment in The Holmes & Moriarity Series by Josh Lanyon delivered a satisfying mystery; tender, sexy moments between the main characters; the reappearance of old friends and the introduction of quirky characters to keep Kit in a perpetual knot and J.X. in an off-kilter quandary. These men are such opposites and they are so real, you root for them as their rocky relationship develops. Lanyon writes like no one else. He knocked it out of the park.
2. Meatworks by Jordan Castillo Price
I am a huge PsyCop fan. Huge, so I didn’t expect this book would be my cup of tea. So surprised me when I realized I wouldn’t be forgetting the story or the protagonists anytime soon. It’s complicated, it’s stellar and it’s a must read. It may be Jordan Castillo Price’s best work to date and that is saying a lot.
3. Tequila Mockingbird by Rhys Ford
The Sinner’s Gin series continued with the third book, which tells the story of Connor Morgan and Forest Ackerman. The undulating mix of cultures, the Morgan clan, (have I told you how much I love the Morgan clan?) suspense and Ford’s distinctive, astonishing writing style made this a must on my year’s best list. You have to read this series!
4. Written In My Own Hearts Blood by Diana Gabaldon
I love the characters in these books. Diana Gabaldon continues to write Jamie and Claire’s life as husband and wife with aplomb in book eight of the series. Sure handed and with surprising twists and turns, this author more than makes the long wait worth the anticipation. Yeah, it is all that.
5. Bloodline by Jordan L. Hawk
Wow, just wow. I love this author for her powerful writing style, her immense world building and her quirky characters in this fascinating and surprising series. Whyborne and Griffin are unique and their story/stories spellbinding.
6. The Family We Make by Kaje Harper
Amazing writing in this story of love, acceptance and family. The author takes on some tough topics head on and delivers a story that is heartfelt and memorable. Powerful storytelling at its best.
7. Wave Goodbye to Charlie by Eric Arvin
Eric Arvin is an astonishing accomplished writer. His work is quirky, sometimes scary, sometimes sad, sometimes upbeat and always meaningful. This book proves the rule.
8. Queens of the Apocalypse by Rob Rosen
This is a crazy road trip story, featuring zombies, drag queens and sequins and liquor. Kooky and dazzling storytelling. Well, you’ll just have to read it.
9. Rack and Ruin by Charlie Cochet
Emotional, intense and riveting. Cochet has delivered a power punch with each book in this series. Dex and Sloane and the rest of the team will rock your world. Sizzling.
10. Loving Jay by Renae Kaye
Loving Jay was perfectly executed from start to finish with a wonderful writing style, entertaining plot with memorable characters. I loved this book. Strongly executed debut novel from an excellent writer with a bright future.