Jan 29 2014 6:15pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of January 2014

Wild Ones by Kristine WyllysEach month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for January 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Sahara Hoshi

My pick is going to be Kristine Wyllys's Wild Ones. I love that Bri is an uncompromising heroine and Luke is a fantastic alpha male. In addition, the world readers are introduced to is raw, gritty, and uncompromising. I look forward to future installments in the series, hopefully one featuring Bri's bff, Jax.

The Man Behind the Mask by Barbara WallaceWendy the Super Librarian

If loving boss/secretary stories is wrong, I don't want to be right and The Man Behind the Mask by Barbara Wallace is a good one. Successful advertising executive hero is the guy men want to be and women want to be with.  However he now finds himself back in Boston for business, a city that holds terrible memories for him - memories he has, naturally, locked away and lived in denial about.  Into the mix is his personal assistant, the heroine who has had a crush on him and knows just how stupid that is.  Besides the fact that he's her boss, he's way out of her league.  Or is he?  Turns out these two wounded souls have more in common then they think.

Myretta Robens

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Although this is not a January 2014 book and not a romance, it may be the best book I've read in the past year.  I suppose you could describe it as the thinking woman's Groundhog Day (although I think GHD is underrated).  This story, set during the first and second world wars follows the life (lives) of Ursula Todd as she reaches various turning points and, in each life, takes a different turn.

Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa JamesWilla aka Willaful

My favorite read of January was actually a listen: the audiobook of Eloisa James's Regency Once Upon a Tower. The narration is very well done, with a charming low Scottish burr for the hero, and I really enjoyed the realistic marriage-in-trouble theme. Newlyweds, almost strangers, and both virgins, Gowan and Edie have some unfamiliar territories to navigate — especially in the bedroom.

Kate Rothwell

Burke Fitzpatrick's Today is Too Late is a well-written fantasy that contains more blood and politics than I usually enjoy, but it worked for me.  A lot of fantasies have a hero who’s supposed to be scary—this hero truly is ruthless, but you still end up rooting for the guy.

Deceptive Innocence Part 1 by Kyra DavisJamie Brenner

The most fun I had reading this past month was Kyra Davis’s Deceptive Innocence, the first book of her new Pure Sin trilogy.  Think of the show Revenge, but with lots of sex. The working class heroine, Bell, is out to avenge the wrongful imprisonment and death of her mother at the hands of a wealthy banking family. Her plan focuses pitting the two brothers of the family against one another. She sleeps with one, and takes a job as an assistant to the other. Everything is going beautifully – until she falls for the brother she sleeps with. Davis does a masterful job of writing erotic scenes that show a woman getting really turned on despite herself. The push and pull between the Bell and her sexy nemesis will keep me coming back for the next two installments.

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1. Kareni
I haven't read any of these. Thanks (I think) for tempting me with new authors!
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
Bought the Barbara Wallace right after reading this post. When done right, I love boss/secretary.
Jennifer Proffitt
3. JenniferProffitt
My pick is going to have to be Before Jamaica Lane. It's a total standout for me!

Loved the Eloisa James, though, glad you read it, Willa!
Rae Alley
4. rszalley
Wendy - for boss/assistant books, grab Savor from the Billionaire Boys trilogy. It's quick, but fun
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