My Top 20 Books for 2016

My Top 20 Books For 2016

 (Listed in Alphabetically by Author’s last name)

Rock God by Brooklyn Ann

Amount of sex – 4 / 5
How explicit – 4 / 5
Romance – 5 / 5
Overall: – 5 / 5

Rock God is the third book in the Hearts of Metal series by Brooklyn Ann. I love the first two books in this series and immediately started reading Rock God as soon as I was done with book two. Brooklyn Ann weaves us another amazing story fill with drama, angst, passion, and inspiration. Her characters are so realistic and written with so much depth… it’s hard not to become emotionally attached to them all!

Rock God tells the story of Dante Deity who is one of the most respected musicians in the metal community. Dante is a hardworking man who is constantly on tour, working on an album or volunteering his time to a cause. He is the ultimate book boyfriend being so hot, caring, talented, and the list goes on and on. Shayna has been through so much pain internally and externally. The romance between Dante and Shayna is perfectly paced and I was completely enchanted with them.

I have fallen more in love with this series with each book that Brooklyn Ann writes!

I absolutely recommend this series! A must read!

Kindle – $3.99

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Fire Between High and Lo by Brittainy C. Cherry

OVERALL – 5 / 5
Amount of sex – 3 / 5
How explicit – 3 / 5
Romance – 5 / 5

The Fire Between High and Lo is the second book in the Elements series by Brittainy C. Cherry. I listened to the Audible audiobook told by narrators Graham Halstead and Emily Woo Zeller. I was absolutely captivated by this stunningly beautiful story. I found myself shutting out the outside world and feeling a part of Logan and Alyssa’s story.

The story line is full of love, pain, anger, frustration, passion, sadness, and so much more!

It is perfectly paced and unquestionably one of my favorites!

Kindle – $2.99 or FREE with K.U.

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Deep Redemption by Tillie Cole

Overall: 5 / 5
Amount of sex 4 / 5
How explicit 5 / 5
Romance 4.5 / 5

Deep Redemption is a dark romance which focuses on Rider (Cain) and Bella (Harmony). It is the 4th book in the Hades Hangmen Series by Tillie Cole. I truly feel you will get the best experience by reading these books in order as they reference events from earlier books. I am purposely not going to write about the plot as I believe you need to read and experience it on your own. I am aware some other reviewers are mentioning some details, but I believe it is best not to form an opinion before reading it.

This series is one of my favorites and I believe it is a MUST read. It is a challenging read, but most books that stay with you forever are challenging for one reason or another. The Hades Hangmen can be rough and violent, but they are incredibly loyal to each other. Reading about The Order, an apocalyptic religious cult, is difficult at times to say the least. I will warn you this is not a light and fluffy book, but Tillie Cole is a master conductor communicating the stories in the most perfect way. Each story is beautiful, painful, heartbreaking, and passionate, so keep your tissue box close.

If you have not read It Ain’t Me, Babe, Book 1 of the Hades Hangmen by Tillie Cole, buy it now! A must read series!

Kindle – $3.99

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Liar Liar by L.A. Cotton

Amount of sex – 2.5 / 5
How explicit – 3 / 5
Romance – 4.5 / 5
OVERALL: 4.5 / 5

Holy $hit! What a rush!

Have you ever heard of Sam Kinison, the comedian who liked to scream? (If not, you should check it out.) Anyways, that was me, screaming! I felt as if I was on an intense rollercoaster, with my fingers gripping my Kindle with white knuckles. I didn’t realize that Liar Lair by L.A. Cotton was a cliffhanger and on that last page… I was like the comedian. AHHHHHHHH!

The characters are so complex, I was constantly thrown a twist and had to contemplate the character’s integrity. I was drawn to Evan’s mystery and hope he and Becca have their HEA. The plot is spellbinding with so much drama and angst!

I can tell you honestly, that I am f’ing glad I don’t live in that town with Kendall!

I am in dire need of the second book, Truth or Dare, and I need it… like now!

LOVED IT!

Kindle – $3.99 or FREE with K.U.

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The Sex Education of M.E. by L.B. Dunbar

Overall: 4.5 / 5
Amount of sex – 4 / 5
How explicit – 4 / 5
Romance – 5 / 5


The Sex Education of M.E. by L.B. Dunbar is a wonderful book about Mary Elizabeth (Emme) and Merek who are both in their 40’s. Emme lost her husband a year ago and recently joined an online dating service with help from her best friend, Gia. Although, Emme was hesitant to begin dating being very insecure of her body after having two children.

Emme then meets Merek at a neighborhood 4th of July party. He has a history of being a womanizer, mainly having one night stands or dating younger woman for short periods of time. Once finding out she joined a dating service, Merek gives Emme his number and offers her a “ride”. Then one day, she texts Merek taking him up on the offer.

L.B. Dunbar did a fabulous job with the story line and characters. My emotions were all over the place while reading Emme and Merek’s story. I am hopeful there will be another book telling Gia’s story!!

Kindle – $2.99

 

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Calculated Risk by Rachael Duncan

Overall – 5/5
Amount of Sex – 3.5/5
How Explicit – 3.5/5
Romance – 5/5

Calculated Risk by Rachael Duncan is a fantastic book which captivated me from the beginning. I could relate to many aspects and often felt a part of the story. I frequently wished that I could push a pause button on life and read the story in one sitting. The story line is just wonderful and full of drama, angst, love, humor, heartbreak and passion.

Lydia felt very real to me and I could relate to growing up with a critical parent and an a$$hole ex-fiancé. I understood why she would pretend she was married and guard herself. Marcus was so funny when pursuing her, but I completely fell for him when he stepped back and waited for Lydia. I think it takes a strong man to be able to do that!

This is a one – click, skip the TBR list, and buy now story!

“There’s so much we don’t know about each other, but I want to change that. Is it a risk? Yes, every relationship starts out that way. Take the risk with me Lydia. The biggest ones often lead to the best rewards.”

Kindle – $2.99 or FREE with K.U.

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Tempting Tristan by Melissa Foster

Overall: – 5 / 5
Amount of sex – 4 / 5
How explicit – 4 / 5
Romance – 5 / 5


I have been looking forward to reading Tempting Tristan, the newest Harborside Nights book by Melissa Foster, for some time now. I knew it was going to be a fun spicy book, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was so much more! Now don’t get me wrong… this book was incredibly hot, but it also had an amazing story line. Sometimes it is hard to find both aspects in one book. Tempting Tristan is the 3rd book in the Harborside Nights series, and a complete standalone. I have not read the first two books and was able to follow the story with no issues. I will definitely be going back and reading the other books in the series since I loved this one so much! Tempting Tristan tells the story of two men who have both been scarred, one internally and the other externally. It describes the struggles, the passion, the frustration, the friendship and so much more.

For those who have not read a MM story yet, I recommend you give this book a shot before passing on it.

5+ stars!

Kindle – $4.99

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Finished by Anne Holster

Overall: 5 / 5
Amount of sex – 4 / 5
How explicit – 4 / 5
Romance – 5 / 5


Finished by Anne Holster is unlike any book I have read. It is refreshing to read such a love story where the characters, Finn and Jess, go through so much for love. Early in the book, Jess and Finn have an encounter which has Jess hopeful and Finn clueless. You see, Jess has had a crush on Finn since she was in grade school. Finn is a player who goes through girls like tissues. As soon as Finn grasps how wonderful Jess is, he realizes he’s too late. As I read the book, I was totally rooting for both Jess and Finn.

The characters were well developed as well as the setting. I could imagine myself on the Boardwalk with Jess and Jill walking to get a slice of pizza at Tino’s. The story line was exciting and was reading late into the night. There were many twist and turns that not only surprised me, but kept me guessing if they would ever find love. This is not your typical college love story. I absolutely recommend you putting this on your TBR list. A wonderful story!

Kindle – $2.99 or FREE on K.U.

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The Bad Decision Legacy by Morgan Kay

Amount of sex – 4 / 5
How explicit – 3.5 / 5
BDSM/Fetish – 0.5 / 5
Romance – 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5


The Bad Decision Legacy is a suspenseful and steamy novel about Will and Tonya. Will and Tonya were both invited to come over for dinner by their best friends… who happen to be married. Will is a divorce attorney and has pretty much heard and seen it all. Tonya is nervous about trusting another man as she is currently being stalked by her ex.

The dinner was pretty comical since both are a bit jaded and didn’t show their best side. The funny thing is, the chemistry between them worked. There were many hot steamy scenes as well as drama and suspense. The story line about how Will used to be a male revue dancer did not really come up until the very end. I thought the story line and characters were pretty realistic and my only issue was that I wish it was longer. I adore this novel and can’t wait for the next book!

I absolutely recommend it!

Kindle – $0.99

 

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Mine For Now by Erika Kelly

Overall: 5 / 5
Amount of sex – 3.5 / 5
How explicit – 3.5 / 5
Romance – 5 / 5

What a wonderful story!

Mine for Now by Erika Kelly is an emotional tale of two teenagers starting college for their first year. This is not your typical college romance; it is so much more! Dylan and Nicole have an instant connection. He feels the pull to be with Nicole, but he believes it’s his responsibility to care of his alcoholic mother. Nicole had a rough childhood and understands what Dylan is going through, but will he let Nicole in to help him?

Mine for Now is a powerfully emotional story full of passion, desire, heartbreak, and grief. I can easily say this story will stay with me for a long time. The story line, characters, and writing were all beautiful and honestly unforgettable.

One of my favorites for 2016! This book is a must read!

Kindle – $4.99

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Black Swan Affair by K.L. Kreig

Amount of sex – 5 / 5
How explicit – 4.5 / 5
Romance – 4 / 5
Overall: -5 / 5

Wow! Just Wow!

I am sitting here minutes after I finished reading Black Swan Affair by K.L. Kreig and I am still trying to absorb everything that I just read. This novel is just amazing and I feel a little drunk, for lack of a better word, on this brilliant story line. It is well written and full of wonderful twists and turns that shocked me many times.

Kael and Killian are brothers and have been best friends with Maverick since childhood. They both are in love with Maverick and she in love with them, but in different ways. The story flips back and forth between past and present, but not in a confusing way. Ms. Kreig brilliantly weaved their relationships in ways that had me devouring this book.

I did not want to put it down and I highly recommend this story! An absolute one-click buy!

One of the best books that I have read in 2016!

Kindle – $3.99

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Challenged by You by Steph Nuss

Overall: – 5 / 5
Amount of sex – 3 / 5
How explicit – 3 / 5
Romance – 5 / 5


Challenged by You is the fifth novel in the Love in the City series by Steph Nuss. This was the first book of hers that I have read and it literally blew me away! The story was emotional, loving and heartbreaking and I am still wiping my tears and blowing my nose!

The writing, characters, as well as the plot were all perfect! I have read a lot of books in the past several years… many stay with me for different reasons. Paige and Drake’s story will stay with me for a long time! Once you read it…you will understand. I don’t want to give anything away in regards to the plot… just reading the blurb is best.

This is a must read story! Find a nice quiet day or night where you have time to yourself. Bring a box of tissues and read this beautifully heartbreaking love story!

Kindle – $3.99

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Dare to Dream by Isabelle Peterson

Overall: -5 / 5
Amount of sex – 4.5 / 5
How explicit – 4.5 / 5
BDSM – 1 / 5
Romance – 5 / 5


Dare to Dream by Isabelle Peterson is the sixth and final book in ‘The Dream Series’. I love this series and feel very connected to these characters. Ms. Peterson writes them with such emotions, it is hard to not believe you are a part of the family. I was excited beginning the final book… even pondering how it was going to end.

Dare to Dream begins with Jack and Beth before the big gala. The story continues telling Carter & Caterina’s story as well as Brad, Zack & Angie’s. The way Ms. Peterson writes their stories as well as wrap up all the other character’s stories was brilliant. The sex scenes were so hot and steamy, I especially loved Brad, Zack and Angie’s….still fanning myself! The book ended with Jack and Beth, which felt perfect…like a complete circle.

Not only did I love Dare to Dream, but I believe it exceeded my expectations. I can’t wait to be able to read them all over again!

A must read series!

Kindle – $2.99

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Halo by R.C. Stephens

Overall: – 5 / 5
Amount of sex – 3 / 5
How explicit – 3 / 5
Romance – 5 / 5

BLEW. ME. AWAY.

I absolutely LOVE Halo by R.C. Stephens. I wish I read this book with a buddy because I have this need to discuss everything about this incredible book! The storyline is unique and full of desire, drama, heartbreak, love, and so much more! There are several plot twists that just shocked me and I could not put this book down! I even downloaded the book on my phone so I could read a paragraph or two at dinner, between meetings and whenever I could sneak a peek! I would honestly write this review all in shouty caps just to get my message across. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I am purposely not going to discuss the storyline as I truly feel you will get the best experience by not knowing any of the wonderful twists and turns.

Just know that this is a ‘one click, must read, stop and do not pass go’ kind of story!

Kindle – $2.99

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Burn With Me by Rachael Tonks

Amount of sex – 4 / 5
How explicit – 5 / 5
Romance – 5 / 5
Overall: – 5 / 5

The road to ‘Happily Ever After’ is not always paved in gold… or paved at all. Many couple’s path to HEA is extremely painful, rough and rocky. This was the case for Caleb and Amber in Burn With Me by Rachael Tonks. While their path was a difficult one, their story was exceptional written and perfectly paced. The characters are wonderful and I can’t express how much I love Caleb. He is a complex character and I was drawn to him from the beginning.

An absolute must read story! #OneClick

I am purposely not writing about the storyline as I feel it must be read with no spoilers or opinions from others.

Kindle – $2.99 or FREE with K.U.

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The Color of Us by Laura Ward & Christine Manzari

Amount of sex – 3.5 / 5
How explicit – 3 / 5
Romance – 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

The Color of Us by Laura Ward is the second book in the College Bound Series featuring Alexis (Lex) and Liam. I did not get an opportunity to read the first book, The Pledge, and had no problems understanding and relating to this story. I was really moved reading The Color of Us. I felt the characters were very well developed as well as the story line. The story was so much more than a typical college romance novel.

I don’t want to give too many details as I do not want to spoil anything. Just know that Lex is going through a very tough time in her life. She has felt empty until she meets Liam, a bad boy who has gotten into some trouble. Even though they are opposites in personality, they both are very good for each other. Liam helps Lex feel again…making her happy and smile again, which in turn helps Liam believe in himself.

The Color of Us is a must read novel! I went through so many emotions while reading this book. There really was no aspect of this book that I did not like. One of my favorites of 2016….especially Liam! <3

“Liam O’Connell should come with a warning label – or maybe several. Warning: Not approved by parents. Warning: May cause heart palpitations. Warning: Magic lips may result in difficulty breathing. Warning: Intense feelings may cause panties to burst into flames.”

Kindle – $2.99 or FREE with K.U.

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Whisper and the Roars by K. Webster

OVERALL – 5 / 5
Amount of sex – 4 / 5
How explicit – 3.5 / 5
Romance – 4.5 / 5

**Spoiler Free Review**

W. O. W.… WOW!

Amazing, Unforgettable, Beautiful, & Magical….

This story will be staying with me for a long time! Whispers and the Roars by K. Webster is simply one of my all-time favorite books! It is a brilliant, intense, and an unforgettable story!

I need to stress a couple of things….

# 1 You must have an open mind. Several times you will be confused, unsure, and questioning the story line. Continue reading….. I promise, everything will make sense soon! Do not give up in the middle when you stop and go “What the…”!

# 2 Please, please, please… do not read any spoilers! It will really take away from the beautiful and amazing story that the author is weaving for us.

Without a doubt… a MUST read!

Kindle – $2.99

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Beautiful Mine by J.L. White

Amount of sex – 4.5 / 5
How explicit – 4.5 / 5
Romance – 5 / 5
Overall: – 5 / 5


Wow! Brilliant!


Beautiful Mine by J.L. White just sucked me in from the beginning and I was hooked! It is such a passionate, hot, and sexy book about Connor Rivers and Whitney Spencer who walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. They meet towards the end of her pilgrimage and continue to bump into each other on the trail. Acknowledging that fate is telling them something, they accept and indulge in their desire for one another. Even though their time together is short, it was hard for both to say goodbye. Then, roughly eleven months later, fate brings them together again…. And sparks fly.

I just adore this book! The story line is very realistic as well as the characters. I can absolutely see this novel being made into a movie! It was that good!

Also, Connor is absolutely my new book boyfriend!

Kindle – $2.99 or FREE with K.U.

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Pennie$ by Pepper Winters

Overall: 5 / 5
Amount of sex – 4 / 5
How explicit – 5 / 5
Romance – 4 / 5


I have read numerous dark romances, but I believe Pennies, by Pepper Winters, is one of the darkest and most emotional of them all. The book definitely contains trigger warnings, so know that up front. The main character Tasmin Blythe, AKA Pimlico, was strangled, revived, and then sold as a slave to a horrible man named Alrik Åsbjörn, AKA Master A. The book was a roller coaster of emotions, through it all…. I admired Pimlico for her strength and will. After 2 years of surviving, Pimlico is introduced to Elder Prest while he does business with Alrik.

Elder is a multi-faceted character. He does not want to care about Pimlico, but he does. This bothers Alrik and makes him even crazier. I was captivated by this story by Ms. Winters and can say it is an absolutely unforgettable read. I crave to know… is Elder as good as I hope he will be? I can hardly wait to find out and wonder what will happen next.

If you enjoy reading dark romance book, this is an absolute one click buy!

Kindle – $0.99

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Reaper’s Fire by Joanna Wylde

Overall: – 5 / 5
Amount of sex – 4.5 / 5
How explicit – 4.5 / 5
Romance – 5 / 5


Reaper’s Fire is the sixth book in the Reaper’s Motorcycle Club series by Joanna Wylde. I just love the Reapers… with all their dirty talking bad boys! Cooper (AKA Gage) was sent on a mission by his club president, Picnic, to investigate a rival motorcycle club, the Nighthawk Raiders, who have been up to some bad things. He begins to date Talia, their club president’s sister, in order to gain access to the Raider’s president and club house. It wouldn’t have been a problem if he didn’t fall for Tinker Garrett… his new landlord.

I just LOVE this book! It was filled with lots of drama, tension, angst, passion, and danger! I felt very connected to Tinker and could understand her feelings throughout the book. At the same time, I was also frustrated along with Cooper. He has always put the club first but in this book… it was a struggle.

Reaper’s Fire is one of my favorite’s in this series! I have honestly loved each of Ms. Wylde’s books, but there was something special with Cooper and Tinker. Trust me when I say….you will not be disappointed!

Each book is written to be able to read individually, but I feel that you will get the best experience by reading them in order.

Kindle – $5.99

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