You guys!!!! It’s Grey’s turn!! And did you know Grey is a writer too? Winning huge writing competitions a few years in a row and a HUGELY active member of our reading crew. We just adore Grey, and looking at her list below, I can assure you, she has AMAZING taste in books!! Considering so many are on my 2015 favorites list, too!
Guess what her favorite books are?
“I had a really great 2015 book wise and it was really stupid hard to narrow this down to my top 10 books, I just want you all to know… *side-eyes Goodreads for not helping me out at all here*. So in no particular order… let’s get started, shall we?”
Third Debt (Indebted Book 4) by Pepper Winters <— The mindf*ckery in this series is almost too much to comprehend. I’m talking ~ you need a herd of manatees (do manatees live in herds?) in a sea of blankie forts to survive this level of darkness. Nila and Jet scarred me for life… but in the midst of hell, they made me believe. This book in particular, smack dab in the middle of the series was the one that broke me… made me nibble on my nails in the middle of the night, chanting *oh my dear Lord, what have I gotten myself into!*
One of my favorite quotes:
“Love is something that strikes without warning to the most unsuspecting. It’s a f*cking gift and so g***amn priceless, but only the worthy realize what they have. Only the ones truly deserving fight every f*cking day to treasure it. And those who don’t…they end up alone.”
The Queen (The Original Sinners Book 8) by Tiffany Reisz <— I actually wrote a review for this book, something I very rarely do. How much do I love Mistress Nora…let me count the ways? Enough that I have actually read The Siren (book one of the Red years) 3 times. The Queen though, it was nostalgic… a poignant way to wrap up the series in a well thought out way. Keeping it real here… the smut was on pointe! And I adore that Tiffany threw in a little bit about Zach and Nora at the end, she and I have had a few convos on Twitter about them…she promises that someday she’s going to write me a story about their free week together… humina, humina! Anyway, before I get too far off the beaten path here. Beaten… beaten… sorry, yeah. There is for sure an aspect of the BDSM bend here, so if that’s not your cuppa… best to not delve into this series. Oh and if priests, M/M, menage or colorful language isn’t your thing… well… that probably goes without saying too…
Arsen. A broken love story by Mia Asher <— Alright, let’s talk about all the ways Ms. Asher broke me. Or rather, let’s not discuss the ways that during that fateful day that nothing at my house got accomplished but a fat lot of me running into walls because my nose was buried in my kindle. I burned dinner. I cried my fricking eyes out. I ended the night and much of the next week in a major book funk. This book WRECKED me. I’m still upset over it. *SMH* Cathy, Ben. Arsen. I hated all 3 of these characters as much as I loved them, wow, just typing their names has given me pretzel tummy. I need a glass of wine.
The Ground Rules and Ground Rules: Rewritten by Roya Carmen <— I’m cheating and giving you a twofer here. Because whoa. The merri-go-round of couple swapping with 5 “Ground Rules”. Has disaster written all over it… but they have rules, so it should be simple. Right? Right?!? So wrong. Oh god, but… I like them. And… they seem so… well adjusted… *squeak* Gah… Is book 3 out yet, because I’m legit dying for it over here!
Jezebel by K. Larsen <— Ah, the year of the psychological thriller. I’ve read a lot of them, but this book blew my mind. This book made me curse on Maryse’s blog at 1am. *sheepish grin* Sorry Miss Maryse. It started off kind of slow for me, but then took off like a bolt of lightning and I was captive. The story of a girl who has to do community service and winds up helping an older woman in an assisted living facility… who has a very interesting story to tell. I was as riveted as young Annabelle. Staying awake until the bitter end. Then henpicking on my tablet, dazed and amazed. Definitely earned it’s place among my top 10 for the year.
Thief (Love Me With Lies Book 3) by Tarryn Fisher <— I don’t even know where to start with Tarryn Fisher. This woman is like a one woman wrecking crew with my emotions. I think I need to put that on a t-shirt and send it to her actually. I consider myself very lucky that I had not read this series when it was released and got to indulge in the gluttony and inhale it all at warp speed, because if I had to wait for each book to be released… well, it’s pretty safe to assume, you all wouldn’t be reading this list *grin* Caleb and Olivia… wow, what can I say. I think most of you have already read this series, I think I still am picking the peanut shells out of my hair to prove it.
The Deal by Elle Kennedy <— Ahhhh, oh goodness. Just typing the title and author of this book made me grin. So that should tell you something. Hannah and Garrett and their real world problems. The secondary characters that have led to more books. I adored this book. I adore the writing. Just perfection, an easy 5 stars and an easy position on my top 10 list!
Rock Bottom (Tristan & Danika Book 2) by R.K. Lilley <— Another one that I’m still sporting peanut scars from. This one was the second in the series. Which, as most of you know, usually is the rough spot for authors, the second in a series is a tough one, trying to chase the hype of the first book sometimes not *quite* getting there. NOT the case here. Tristan and Danika… man, I wanted to beat the crap out of both of them, multiple times. But this book… *oomph* I friggin loved it!
The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley <— Are you jealous of me yet? Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! It was an amazing 2015 for me. I got to read about Lahn and Circe… This book… oh, my! So long… but… so worth it! This was my first KA series. Actually my only KA series thus far, I’m still squirreling the rest. I know, I know… I’m preparing for the avalanche of peanuts coming my way!
For sheer comedic value…
The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn <— The book is just exactly what the title suggests, I laughed so hard I literally cried. Couldn’t see, tears streaming down my face, couldn’t breathe, barking like a seal, thumping my chest… it wasn’t pretty. I loved this book. If you need a giggle… read this one.
“Thanks Maryse for letting me participate!”
OMG I LOVE this list, Grey!! THANK YOU!!!!