Holly’s best of ’16

What a year… 2016, may the wind be at your back! Luckily there were several great reads that I **obviously** enjoyed! There are so many more that I haven’t listed, but these should give you a good start. Not in particular order, but here we go:

1. Jessica Lemmon’s THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR.

I love the premise and the follow through in this book. Jessica’s got a great sexy style that is still intimate and heartfelt. If you want sheer escapism with lots of heat and heart, she’s a go-to.  Review: http://wp.me/p4MOQB-32m

2. Katy Regnery’s MARRY ME MAD.

I especially loved MARRY ME MAD from Katy Regnery this year. It had friends turning into lovers; it had the crazy incident in the past, and there was some talk of soulmates meeting. It was Delicious! This lady has got some serious writing chops and has taken the romance industry by storm! She’s pioneered amadebookcoverusen #indie author revolution, not only creating an online group ThisIsIndieThisIsRomance that releases a newsletter with new and upcoming books by indies; she’s also set a precedent by finding a publisher that will publish her own and other indie writers in paperback. Amazing, yes? Review: http://wp.me/p4MOQB-32V

3. S.G. Redling‘s AT RISK.

There’s not a single line that doesn’t twist in this mystery novel pitting an unreliable narrative voice against the reader. The brilliant ending only ensures that you’ll keep thinking about this book again and again. Review: http://wp.me/p4MOQB-2UR

4. Zara Cox’s PORN STAR.

I pretty much said what I meant in the review: this was a shockingly good novel about something that could have been very bad. You don’t start a book with this kind of title without thinking it was going to be just smutty fun without much plot. Leaving, however, with a great read? Not expected but #DELIGHTED! Review: http://wp.me/p4MOQB-2TZ

5. R.K. Jackson’s KISS OF THE SUN. This sequel to Girl in the Maze was at once confusing and glorious. While I don’t share the heroine’s DSM-5 diagnosis, it seduced my crazy with a compelling, visual reading experience that sunk deep into my bones and made me feel like I was experiencing her schizophrenic breaks along with her. The mystery continues and so do I–reading this author. Review: http://wp.me/p4MOQB-2V8

6. Robert E. Dunn’s A LIVING GRAVE.

Katrina got the life sucked out of her during her tour in Iraq, and this compelling story made revenge a living, breathing, tangible entity that rode shotgun on my shoulder while I lived through this story of heartbreak and vengeance. From my pal also known as Drury Jamieson, this book was amazing! Review: http://wp.me/p4MOQB-2Tt

img_60207. Karin Slaughter‘s THE KEPT WOMAN. Man, this book slew me right where I sat. I’m amazed and at the same time invigorated knowing that there are seven books before this one that I get to enjoy. How did I miss Will Trent? SMH. Review: http://wp.me/p4MOQB-2rr

 

8. Kelly Jamieson‘s BODY SHOT.

I enjoy Kelly’s writing, but this book just hit me right where I live. It was hot, it was smart girl, it was a complete story right from the start. I’d say she hit this body shot right outta the park! Review: http://wp.me/p4MOQB-2NX

9. Rhys Ford’s HANGING THE STARS.

This was the second book in the Half Moon Bay series and the story of the unfeeling SOB was utterly engaging. This author has got a poet’s soul and a style that is all her own. Don’t miss reading her. Review: http://wp.me/p4MOQB-3a4.

10. Robert Dugoni’s HER FINAL BREATH.

I have missed out on this man’s writing and boy am I ever willing to catch up. This rollercoaster read was the second in the series. Robert Dugoni has got a talent for screwing with my mind that surpasses most other authors. Was this read suspenseful? DONE. Did it build an Intimate and up-close relationship with the main character? Check. Was it cunning and relentless with a smart plot that kept me on my toes? YES. He’s got it all and you can read every last delicious bit just like I did. Do it. Review: http://wp.me/p4MOQB-2ta

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