DG’s best of 2016 list is ready, too!! She’s been with us for a long time, but made it official just a bit over a year ago (joining us at the end of 2015!!) She’s been an incredibly fun and active member of our book crew, and has great book taste, so I’m thrilled she’s shared her list today.
Since this is her first official “best of” list on the blog, I thought I’d include a bit about her, so you could get to know her better:
I found Maryse’s blog after googling to find books similar to one I just finished – think it was Beautiful Disaster. And for the longest did not comment but then there are those books that you are in the middle of and you want to gush, rant or share about…so ladies ya’ll get me better than most when it comes to book addiction…yes, totally admit it…I am a book addict. *grinning*
My THREE things:
1. I am addicted to hazelnut coffee but only in the mornings since this is the ONLY caffeine I drink.
2. if I THINK I can make something, I refuse to buy it. (Example: I made my girl’s Supergirl Halloween costume because I am THAT mom)
3. I often pause when reading even if I am engrossed in a book to take mini breaks to check Pinterest, FB or Instagram …and I’m not sure why….
Drives me nuts! Nuts I say! I start a book…really intrigued, everything is clicking,,.and then it gets too easy, my attention starts to drift. Just want someone that I can’t put down….
Things I don’t like…cliffhangers, major time lapses : where the H and h have lost major time separated, love triangles, and unhappy endings..*whispers lowly that I still believe in fairytales*
…I am a sucker for romances that involve single parents, adorable kiddos or babes …
…I really like a strong alpha who takes control, takes the girl and everyone else be d@mn3d!…
I do like to re-read my favs…but for the most part I am chasing that new read HiGH!! I’m a sucker for HEAs, absolutely LOATH cliffhangers, can handle angsty as long as I get the vibes that my prince (whether dark or not) finds his princess AND lastly if you don’t hook me by at the latest 10% into a book….you’ve lost me!
I LOVE a good HEA! But I like for there to be a little work involved first…whether it is angsty, a pesky ex, a misunderstanding, life threatening injury…something to make the HEA worth it. Also love it when that crazy hot alpha has that ‘over the edge protective’ moment…just really love a good alpha. I mean who doesn’t want a strong, hot, determined male to dominated and determine where this relationship is going…right?!? Oh, and let’s throw in a side of hurt feelings too….you know those alphas sometimes think that they know what is best and stomp all over our girls feelings and heart.
I think mine runs toward dry to slightly crude (in books)…and I appreciate some good sarcasm. Just saying…
I have never been one to have like crushes on rock stars, movie stars ….famous folks in general…aside from the book boyfriends…BUT…at this late time in my life…I have the most major crush, look wise..he is perfection to me….so yeah, I might just have to read the new book he is on… STROKED. *fanning self, sighing deeply…someone call the emt’s…I might just pass out from the cover!* …Definitely my crush…can he just be on ALL book covers going forward?!?!?
Here are her favorites and think you’ll recognize quite a few of your own favorites, too!
DG’s Top 10 from 2016
My Top 10 of 2016…it was really hard to narrow it down to 10 when there were so many great reads…these are no ranking order since they all are somewhat different than each other.
Sparrow by L J Shen <— Sparrow! Definitely one of my FAV mobbish reads! The H was one of the biggest jerks….EVER. But, man did I fall for him….HOT jerk, strong h, some snarky back n forth, hidden agendas, and a little bit of crazy on the side! Yep! Got to say I loved it!
Bounty (Colorado Mountain Series Book 7) by Kristen Ashley <—It’s KA …should I even have to say more?!? Loved the way she brought this gypsy rocker her bounty. LOVED the defining moment when the switch was flipped for Deke and the way he lost it for his gypsy. LOVED the way her father was woven into the story and the way he loved his Justice. LOVED the way her father’s music could settle her….again, do I need to say more?!?!
How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney <— The Deal/ New Adult book. I LOVED the snarky banter. Definitely had a The Deal feel to it. I loved that ‘Jim’ did not give in easy to the most popular jock on campus. Just a great read!
Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen Book 4) by Tillie Cole <— Dark, cultish Biker book. Tillie Cole at her finest…Love this MC series…unique plot and definitely unique characters…Not for the faint of heart! …the Hangmen are slightly darker, maybe a little more…violent. Very broken H/h who just need each other so much…definitely a interesting, twisted ride. Throw out EVERYTHING you ever THOUGHT you KNEW…the Prophet is unraveling mysteries!
Patchwhore by Kim Jones <— - Biker / New Adult Just HILIARIOUS. I love a good “revenge” book. Especially when the ex gets all JERKY…throw in some bikers…some hot and some not…yeah, fun read!
Between Here and the Horizon by Callie Hart <— This was one of my OMG reads! Couple chapters in and I was like …WTF! Definitely good…definitely not what I was expecting…I mean the blurb does not prepare you for what happens several chapters in! CRAZY different! But I am ALL IN!
Banking the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires Book 2) and Tapping the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires Book 1) by Max Monroe <— I mean serious…how can you not count this as one also…hot and hilarious! LOVED the banter, loved the couples, LOVE the mystery around these two writers! Just read it! *grins*
Wait for It by Mariana Zapata <— Queen of the slow burns! LOVED Ms Zapata’s latest (ALL her books really). LOVED how this is the first book that we get to visit with previous characters from her other her books…LOVED getting to know Trip better (and briefly visiting Iris and Dex) from Under Locke, best friend Vanessa and Aiden from WoW, and cousin Sal and Rey from Kulti. MZ wove them all in the story so effortlessly. LOVED Dallas and the way he loved her! *sighs*.
A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole <— It’s every girls dream to live the fairytale…marry Prince Charming. Except in this case the Prince is not so charming. Just love the slow burn kinda love that forms and the twist that brings them closer to their happily ever after.