Dec 18 2013 2:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best of 2013, Day 1

Touch and Geaux by Abigail RouxMay 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!

Want more? See the recommendations from Day 2Day 3, and Day 4 as well!

Jennifer Myers

Touch & Geaux by Abigail Roux
The Cut & Run series is really my everything for the year, favorite book, series and new author.  I read them all in two weeks and then did it all over again.  Touch & Geaux ripped me open, put me back together and then did it all over again.

Written in Red by Anne Bishop
The first book in what promises to be an amazing new Urban Fantasy series, Written in Red was un-put-downable.  The world building and graphic nature of the story were amazing.  I adored the unapologetic brutal nature of the shifters.

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
I wavered between this one and Archangel’s Legion but eventually Kaleb won out for me.  This book was everything I hoped it would be and then so much more.  Nalini Singh continues to be my favorite author and never lets the reader down.

Nicole Leapheart

Bad Things by R.K. Lilley

Bad Things by RK Lilley
Beyond Pain by Kit Rocha
Unattainable by Madeline Sheehan

And an honorable mention: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

Willa aka Willaful

Glitterland by Alexis Hall offers a hilarious and heart-wrenching romance
that also delivers a gorgeously written portrayal of what it's like to
live with mental illness.

Unbound by Cara McKenna takes two characters on unique, beautifully
realized personal journeys that intersect in a powerful way.

Longbourn by Jo Baker creates an entirely new novel by brilliantly
depicting everything that Jane Austen might have left out of Pride and


Wendy the Super Librarian

Now or Never by Logan Belle Promoted to Wife and Mother by Jessica Hart
I tend to adore Jessica Hart's books anyway, but I picked up this older backlist title thanks to a recommendation from fellow H&H'er Janet Webb.  A lovely romance between two grown-ups (hero and heroine are in their 40s) with real world, grown-up “problems.”  Ignore the dippy title and just read it already.

His Uptown Girl by Liz Talley
Musician hero wants to open a jazz club in upscale New Orleans neighborhood but is getting static from the antiques dealer heroine.  With Hurricane Katrina still lurking in the shadows, this is a romance about two people who appear to have nothing in common but fit together perfectly.

Now or Never by Logan Belle
Single, 40-ish heroine with a now empty nest is blindsided by a cancer diagnosis.  She meets the playboy hero at the local Y, and he agrees to be her “sexual wingman” - setting up a personal “to-do” list of experiences she missed out on while raising her kid.  A gut-punching, raw, emotional read.  This should be required reading for women everywhere.


Jen loves a broody, alpha book boyfriend and the St. Louis Cardinals, not necessarily in that order. You can find her at Fiction Vixen and @FVJen_Cardsgirl

Nicole Leapheart's alter ego is Miss Boxy Frown, and she posts book reviews and TV recaps at She reads and watches everything from romance to sci-fi, but enjoys it even more if some smut is involved. And tattoos.

Willaful has been diligently reading and reviewing romance for the past seven years, but for some reason just can't seem to catch up. She blogs at A Willful Woman and Karen Knows Best.

Wendy the Super Librarian also blogs at So dig that library card out of your pocket and head for the stacks.


Be sure to check out more blogger recommendations: Day 2Day 3, and Day 4.

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1. Verlyn
I totally agree on Heart of Obsidian and Written in Red. Both are awesome and the heroes are unashamed of their brutal natures. Another that I thought was amazing is Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It gives you a hero that, even when he's broken, he finds the strength to carry on. It's an inspiring novel on human preserverance.
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