Yes – it’s that time of the year! Time to pause and reflect over the past year and make a bunch of resolutions that won’t make it to the end of Jan! I’m feeling festive and reflective and so this post is dedicated to the best books Judith and I picked up this year.
On the down side, only six books really stood out for us this year, which is a shame – however I know am partly to blame for some dodgy choices!
In at number 6:
Judith read the WHOLE series in the space of a week and could not get enough. Every conversation started with “Have you read it yet? Did you read it yet? Why not?!” It’s a crazy good series featuring MM, MMF, MFM and the combinations go on and on. So why was Judith so enamoured with it? I quote: Will’s story is ultimately a journey of self-discovery that doesn’t start out as pure smut. We see Will transform from a weak, unsatisfied boy into a man who knows what he wants and goes after it. The sex is also ho-ho-HOT!
In at number 5:
I’ll read a good book by anyone, but occasionally it is refreshing to get a perspective from a heroine or hero of colour. High quality stories dealing with interracial relationships are kind of thin on the ground, so I enjoyed this story of US girl and Brit playboy immensely. The slang and the dialogue was spot-on. I’m the first to cringe when authors shoehorn UK slang in a way we just wouldn’t use – although, it can also be hilarious too! This book had heart and was very sexy. I am patiently waiting for book two in the Chase brothers series. I hope I’ll get to read it in 2015…
In at number 4:
I recently reviewed this book and yes I’m still of the opinion that it was a great conclusion to a thrilling series. It had everything – smut, intrigue and adventure. Three of my favourite things! There were twists, turns and some shocks along the way. Dorian Skotos continued to smoulder and he proved that there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for love. I can’t wait to re-read the entire series as it’s such a ride!
In at number 3:
Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane
Hands down one of Judith’s faves of the year! Don’t let the impressive page count daunt you (it’s 482 pages), this book will be over in the blink of an eye as it is MM at its finest. Mackey and his brothers have hit the top of the recording game even while Mackey himself is spiraling out of control. Under the heavy weight of pressure to constantly produce inspired rock music and the crippling depression of losing his first love, Mackey has let himself get addicted to drugs. When his record label sends Trav Ford to help him clean up his act, it’s the thing Mackey needs to get a new lease on life. But just as he finally comes clean and is happy for the first time in years, that old love reappears and Mackey is left wondering whether what he and Trav have found is the real deal. Their passion is intense and the will they/won’t they aspect of their relationship will keep you on the edge of your seat. The sex scenes are smoking hot and so explosive you might just need to fan yourself…or at least read out of the vicinity of others!
In at number 2:
Alessandra Torre’s Black Lies
I’m still reeling from this book and it’s been months since I read it! I had a few preconceptions about the plot at the beginning of the story (it sounded as though it would be a little like Tarryn Fisher’s Opportunist) but I was completely wrong. Then something happened in the plot to turn everything on its head. I sped through it as I just had to know what was going on and why she was doing what she was doing. It was clever, well-structured and sexy as all get out. I will read anything by this woman any day of the week.
And the winner is…[fanfare please]
Samantha Young’s Before Jamaica Lane
One of the first books I read this year and it set the bar HIGH for the rest of the year. Nate the hero, instructs Olivia his friend, in the ways of seduction. What the pair don’t bargain for is the heat they will generate together and the fact that their friends-with-benefits deal has a shelf life. I loved Olivia – she had body issues but she wasn’t a whiner. Nate is drop-dead gorgeous and a bit of a man whore. He’s also witty, funny and a damn loyal friend. How could a girl resist? The answer is – she can’t. I love Samantha Young – I’ve read every book in the Dublin Street series and this one was one of my favourites. Pick up a copy, if you haven’t already done so.
So – what do you think? Did we get it right? Are you furrowing your brows thinking “idiots!” – well, we want to know. What was your top read of 2014?
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday and a great New Year. Happy reading!
Onnica & Judith.