May old friends be forgot? We don't think so! We're celebrating our favorite reads with four days of the Best of 2013. We asked our bloggers for their favorite books of 2013, with one stipulation, they had to be new to them and not necessarily new to 2013. We know we got a few recommendations to add to our to be read piles and it's a great way to feed those readers you hopefully get for Christmas!
Bitter Kingdom (by Rae Carson) would be my top read. It's billed as a YA, but like so many YA titles lately it isn't just for young adults. There's a bit of finding yourself and making sure you know your purpose in the world throughout this book (and the previous two in the trilogy) but what was interesting to me was seeing how we got to the happy ever after for our heroine and her captain. You start the novel with her running to his rescue and him unaware of whether or not she really is coming to save him as it might mean her trading places with him and how does he really feel about that...and this pace of action stays throughout.
When She Said I Do by Celeste Bradley
I have waited for this book for a little over a decade. (No lie.) If you are a fan of Celeste Bradley’s Liar’s Club series, it is a must-read. Ren Porter is the “scarred hero” with super-angsty-hot romance. This book contains the following: Surprise sexy bathtub scene! (Lots of kinky steamy scenes - again, don't let the pink pretty cover fool you. She's smirking at us for a reason.) Excellent narration! - Jumping POVs with one third-person narrator (Feels like George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Ice saga)
This romance had everything. The perfect summer romance: action-packed, well-paced, and extremely entertaining. Tattoos, kidnappings, storms at sea - this one truly has it all. And sometimes our heroine can save the day, too!
The Things She Says by Kat Cantrell
I loved the way the heroine (a romance novel fan!) explains the 6 stages of romance to the hero. Another excellent summer read! He's her knight in shining yellow Ferrari and they're going on a road trip to Dallas. She's escaping her demons, and he's trying to pursue his Hollywood director dreams. A modern-day fairy tale.
Now Or Never by Logan Belle
I adored Claire, a heroine who is a real woman that so many of us can relate to and get behind. This book was moving and sexy and stayed with me long after I read it. I can’t wait for the next installment in Claire’s story.
Lost In You by Lauren Dane
I love the Petal series and the world Ms. Dane has built here. Her working class characters are so relatable while still being so hot.
A Little Bit Naughty by Farrah Rochon
I'm calling this one quite a bit naughty and a whole lot of romantic fun!
Wicked As She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson, which excels in every category: world-building, characters, originality, and sucks you in immediately. This book has something for fans of several genres: paranormal romance, urban fantasy, steampunk, and even horror.
On Midnight Wings by Adrian Phoenix makes a welcome return to the mesmerizing world of Heather and Dante. As before, the characters, imagery and pacing combine to keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Dark Days by Caitlin Kittredge gives the Black London series a proper send-off. Readers invested in Pete and Jack’s story should not be disappointed.
My choice for best book 2013 was the highly anticipated book in the Psy-Changeling series, Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh. What really moved me about this story was the fact that Kalib was such a powerful Psy and he has been scheming for years for control of the Psy Counsel as well as the Psy-net, but we finally find out that he has not been doing this as a bid for world domination. It all boils down to the acts of kindness done for an abused and unloved boy.
In 2013, I couldn’t get enough of Alice Clayton’s redhead series. The characters in this story are delightful and funny, and in using backdrop of Hollywood to tell the story of Grace and Jack, we are given a glimpse of the darkness just outside of the limelight.
Another stand out for me this year was Samantha Young’s second book in the On Dublin Street series, Down London Road. In book one, we met Johanna Walker a money-grubbing, gold-digging bimbo…or is she? In Down London Road, Samantha Young reinforces the old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
Rae herds cats for a living as a project manager & theatrical stage manager and is kept hopping at home with an energetic toddler and a music-afficianado husband. She can be found online at RaesAlley or on Twitter as @rszalley.
Jena Briars is a California girl living in D.C., feeding her brain one romance novel at a time...When she’s not busy at work, or being distracted (sometimes ambushed) by her cat, she reviews romances on her website Throughout the Pages.
Kwana Jackson—aka K.M. Jackson—is a writer of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her most recent book is Seduction's Canvas, on sale now. She can be found on most days at her blog kwana.com and at any moment on Twitter talking about everything and nothing at all under the handle @kwanawrites.
A former librarian, Carol spends her time reading, writing, editing, listening to music, moderating convention panels, and best of all, playing with her amazing grandsons. Carol may be found online at Bitten by Books, where she reviews, edits, and writes a column on genre television shows.
Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.