Maryse’s 2013 Top Twenty Five Favorite Books List

by Maryse on January 1, 2014 · 53 comments

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What an amazing book year we’ve had! From all of the incredible signings (like my favorite —> Book Bash *grins*) to finally getting to “meet and greet” with our favorite authors, and discovering new ones! To meeting some of our favorite cover models, and even better, meeting each other! To devouring highly anticipated sequels, and to making new online reading buddies… this year has rocked our reading world. Or at least, it has, mine.

We’ve been happy reading machines, indulging our one-click fingers, happily hoarding ebooks, and overloading our TBR lists to the point of bursting! But our e-readers can take it, right? So why not. ;) The book-world is our oyster!

And out of the “oysters” I’ve opened, I have uncovered some magnificent pearls. I started (and got “into”) approx. 166 books this year (<— my reading progress list) and completed 150-something of them, and I’ve selected 25 (actually 30 ;) ) of my favorites. I’m sure many of you can guess quite a few that I’m going to post, but I thought I’d immortalize them as my “Top 25 2013″ list, right here:

These are the books that left their mark on me… deep. Funny enough, not all of them are from my “5 stars” list. Some listed below (even ahead of some of the 5-stars), were originally 4.5 starred when I wrote the review, and yet… months later I’m still thinking about them. I still remember them in detail, and I’m still looking to find more like all of these. More that give me that feeling. So whether they be 5 stars, or 4.5 stars… here are my 2013 favorites!

P.S. These are not necessarily listed in order of my favorites, as some I absolutely love equally. In fact, I’ve re-arranged them over and over, and still can’t make it “perfect” but here’s a good idea of those that have stuck with me the most:

P.P.S. I’d love to know your favorites too!! :D

Walking Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire
My most favorite man of my year! Okay so you pretty much already know, Travis continues to be my #1 man (er… book man ;) ) in the world. Two years in, and he still holds that spot. There are a few of course, that have sidled up to just under (er… next to?) him, but Travis is it for me. And this book cinched it. I was head over heels in love with him through Abby’s eyes in Beautiful Disaster (all that romantic tension and receiving his attentions from her POV) and I wondered if I would be as affected, since this was from his POV. Oh yessssss I was. In fact, I fell even harder, and absolutely delighted in every single moment of his book. And that is why his book takes my #1 spot in my favorites of 2013. (my review)

Surviving Raine by Shay Savage
Most infuriating and intense (fun!) alpha-jerk of my year! Imagine being stranded in the middle of the ocean, hoping to reach land before dying of dehydration… with a handsome yet volatile stranger. How would that go? Well, I’m so glad to have “lived” a version of it, right here. I devoured this one in practically one sitting, and it left me in a “Bastian” fog for days! A brooding, alpha-jerk (<— tee hee. Someone here came up with that, and I just love that term!!), obnoxious, rude (but not so much that “cocky” rude that I don’t connect to as well – more like pissed off-rude). But I loved breaking through to him, I loved being in his head-space, I love what he’d think, and what he’d end up actually saying… rolleyes I just… loved him. I’d say he was my perfectly imperfect blend of Dex and Travis (but a little angrier on the outside). Told through his POV, I never knew I could love reading a book from a guy’s mind as much as I did. Ohhhh but I did. I was hooked and I fell for him hard! I was loving it so much, thinking about it so intently when I’d be forced to set it aside, that I drove my husband nuts telling him about the story. But lucky me, the story was so interesting, that he was actually into it. And I can’t wait for more!! It’s an absolute must-read! (my review) P.S. I’m going to cheat for a second and throw in another series by this author as a contender for my favorites in 2013. Evan Arden rocked my world. Just sayin’ ;)

Unbeautifully (Undeniable: Book Two) by Madeline Sheehan
Most scarred, gorgeous, tortured male of my year! This book, so far is my absolute favorite in this extreme biker series. Ripper is my “human” version of Z from the “Black Dagger Brotherhood” series. And you know how crazy I am (so many of us are) for him.  In fact, this series has a little of that “BDB” feel. Er… okay not so heroic or “honorable” maybe, but the brotherly feel, and the rules of their world reminds me of them. And while their exploits and activities run the gamut of “bad boy/bad guy” behavior, each member has his own tortured soul to contend with, and the potential for redemption (or at least relief) via the love of his woman. And this is the one that just did it, for me. Scarred inside and out, Ripper is a total bad-ass. Fierce and furious, but when it comes to her… *sigh* he made me melt. And he wasn’t even trying. There’s no sap here, he’s all dirty mouth and bad attitude but he’s sweet as heck nonetheless. He had me hooked. (my review)

Real (The REAL series) by Katy Evans
Most intense, addictive alpha male fighter of my year! And the best MMA fighter read I’ve read so far (okay, ummm… along with that of my #1 man above ;) ), ’cause Remy’s fury and his intense emotional need is addictive and exciting. Right from the opening scene, when he sees her in the crowd (leaving) and he knocks out his opponent in one fell swoop so he can leap over the ropes and catch her before she disappears from his life forever. *sigh* Remy needs to fight, needs the release, and lives the bad-boy (rock star) lifestyle. But, unbeknownst to him, his need for a deep connection (and love) runs deep, and just might be what he needs to save him from himself. And that’s where we, er… I mean she comes in. ;) Luckily we get to live it through her. Taking him and all of his intensity in full force. The author does not rush us through that process, and the lengthy tease is pure torture (and pure deliciousness). (my review)

Arsen. A broken love story by Mia Asher
Most tumultuous angsty affair of my year!!! Tumultuous (and not for everyone, for those that avoid this “subject matter”), but OMG this is the book that gave me the biggest gut-wrench, this year. Surprising me, because I wasn’t meshing with it right off the bat. But something took hold, and I realized why. I was fighting to mesh with who I thought we were supposed to be falling for, and I just couldn’t. When I let myself go and followed my heart, this book took hold, and then proceeded to tear it out (and I loved that!). There were two very obvious teams, so don’t go in expecting to love “my guy”. It builds (they build) and then you choose. But I’m going to say that “my guy” is undeniably and so obviously the right one. ;) And he is one of my all-time favorite guys of the year (one of the best I’ve ever read), and I still think about *that scene* regularly. And it still makes my heart hurt. And I still love him like crazy. (my review)

A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers
Most taboo fun & guilty pleasure of my year!! I LOVED IT!! This one had the perfect amount of taboo (just enough but not over-the-top… er… if you don’t think falling for your step-brother AND a priest is too taboo eek tee hee! Wait wait… you’ll see), just enough steam (’cause it kept us right on that *oooomph* edge), just enough romantic (and angsty) tension (’cause it could constantly go either way) and just enough tease (’cause none of it came “easy” to the reader) to keep the butterflies swirling. I gobbled it up! And what a start. Even though I “knew” how it would begin, because of the synopsis, the author wrote the HECK out of that scene. I was umm… overheated ;) , and then… my heart was feeling the pain. I was sure I knew what team I was on, right then and there. But no worries… the author will mix that up nicely for you. Just enough to keep it exciting! (my review)

Night Owl (The Night Owl Trilogy) by M. Pierce
Most dirty boy (and dirty fun) of my year!! What a FIND!!! Here’s another brooding, brash, arrogant, demanding hot-head that had me falling hard, and handing over my heart and declaring it (and him) one of my absolute favorites. I don’t know how to explain the feel of this one in just a paragraph but let me tell you, it is wonderfully unique. Ohhhh I know… a few balked at his dirty mouth and his even dirtier ways, but I loved that about this character. That honesty. His imperfections, his “guy-ness” his unapologetic ways and… needs. They made him so perfectly real. And his hard-to-love personality made it that much more intense when we reached his sweet, actually quite vulnerable cuddly manatee-center. Manatee? You’ll see. One of my favorite scenes and I’ll never be able to look at a stuffed manatee (or pet rabbit) without thinking (and swooning over) Matt Sky. He made me blush, and I indulged in my every red-faced moment, but it’s when we reached his sweet, sad tortured heart, that I knew I would love him forever. Even in it’s “similar elements” this story was so different. It just had a different feel and to me, it felt like I had just hit the reading jackpot! (my review)

Sex Love Repeat by Alessandra Torre
Biggest twist of my year!! OMG this is a MUST READ!! And it’s another one with a different feel and unique storyline, that, while it’s not like “Night Owl” (above) per se,  it had that same “surprise-how original!” quality to it. Sure, it’s got all of the stuff I love in my reads, an intense love triangle, (an “unavailable” wealthy business tycoon vs. a down to earth – yet superstar -surfer), super-steam, and all of that, but this one has an ultimate twist or two that I never saw coming, and had me gasping in glee. *phew* this is a WILD ride, and you don’t even need to feel bad about her having TWO boyfriends, ’cause even if they don’t know each other or “mix” (it’s not that kind of read), they know about each other… and accept the arrangement. But you know… eventually things get hairy. ;) Just the way I love it! (my review)

Sweet Thing: A Novel by Renee Carlino
My favorite “back in my early indie-reading days” feeling of the year. Sweeeeeet and angsty and I experienced soooo many heart-flutters and butterflies while reading it. If you love the perfect “new adult” love story, with just the right amount of romantic tension, angst, and steam, then this one is for you. I mean, they’re roommates, so you know there’s gonna be “stuff”. And issues. They are so incredibly attracted to each other, and yet… there’s resistance. My kinda game-playing. Oh stop. I can’t help loving to live vicariously through their drama. And I’m so happy to indulge! ;) (my review)

Making Faces by Amy Harmon
Sweetest, most touching story of my year! A beautiful story of unlikely friends (spanning childhood to adulthood). Each character, a power in themselves despite their insecurities (one is handicapped, one is beautiful almost to her detriment, one considers herself not so pretty, one one is severely scarred), but together… they are a force to be reckoned with. A story of growth, realization and love (and all that love encompasses). Poignant and potent. A must read, especially if you crave a touching, heart-rending story. (my review)

The Golden Dynasty (Fantasyland Series) by Kristen Ashley
Most exciting, scary alpha-male fantasy of my year! Okay this one came out a few years ago, but I just read it this year, so it counts! ;) Pure Kristen Ashley alpha-magic at play here. Nobody starts a book better than she does, and this one did not let up, from the very start to the finish. Not one, not two, but THREE moments of intense angst (and maybe even more than that), not one, not two, but an entire army of alpha-jerk warriors (and I mean warriors!!!!). Don’t let the “fantasy genre” scare you. This one is full-on exciting in the way that WE love, and totally relatable. A modern woman plucked from her bed in Seattle and thrown into a “bride” parade where these ruthless warriors (and their king) battle each other for the bride of their choice. And the bride… has NO choice. Eeeeeep! But sooooooo amazingly good, because we get that whole process of adapting to this new world, and her gorgeous (yet terrifying) new husband. Do yourself a favor if you love Kristen Ashley-style alphas. Read this one ASAP!! (my review)

After Hours: (InterMix) by Cara McKenna
Most normal, yet so awesome read of my year. Another “totally different feel” read that was hot as heck!! HOT I tell you! Every single moment affected me. From the initial meeting, to this alpha’s intensity, to his… touch (that first scene is seared into my head). *oooomph*!!!  A mature, realistic feel, and realistic connection. Nothing over-the-top, nothing too crazy… and yet everything about this book was for me! I’d totally re-read this! See my review and you’ll get what I mean. (my review)

This Girl: A Novel (Slammed) by Colleen Hoover
Sexiest, most noble book-boyfriend of my year! This book was the absolute cherry on top of one of my all time forever #1 favorite series. Slammed rocked my world, turned my heart inside out, and shocked me when we realized that super-twist. Up to then, I had never read anything like it. Never dealt with such a touchy (even possibly taboo) subject matter, and I delighted in that whoa! feeling and my intense reaction to it. And there is nothing better than finally knowing HIS point of view… you know. When they realized what issue they would have to deal with. Eeeeep! And every step if his way, battling his urges, needs, and wants with what he considered right.  With his moral obligations to his life, and his brother. And this is their journey, through his eyes. Will is the ultimate book boyfriend, and would be the ultimate true boyfriend in real life. LOVE!! (my review)

Collide: Book One in the Collide Series by Gail McHugh
Most favorite “wealthy-alpha caught in a love triangle” of my year! I LOVE this kind of story. Done right, love triangles just do it for me, because they can be so exciting in their turmoil and angst, an this one pulls no punches. Detailed characters and exhausting (yet fun!) emotions run rampant. There’s just something about a character clinging to what she knows (or thinks is right), and being undeniable drawn to what she really wants, that can turn a “set character’s world” upside down (and everyone else’s around them). It’s pain, it’s often unnecessary, and honesty can probably keep it from getting this bad. But what would be the book-fun in that? And you know what? *shrug* They’re human (or… book humans) ;) and they make mistakes. It’s what we do (even though we “know” the answer). Sometimes hurting themselves over making an actual decision seems to be the easiest. And this book rocked this issue (and the intense passion, and subsequent pain) to the core! (my review)

All of You: (InterMix) by Christina Lee
Most affecting, steamy “kissing” ;) scenes of my year! I had no clue this one would entertain me the way it did, but it hooked me good! I assumed it’d be more of a “sweet” new adult conventional romance read. And it was that, but SO much better. I loved the initial “meeting”. How he was so nonchalant and pretty much… uninterested. Whhaaaa!?? I was intrigued. He was proving to be hard to get, as easy as she thought he’d be (considering he’s got that apparent bad-boy thing going on). And we learn the reason why. It’s a little different ’cause as hot as he is (tattoo artist and all) he’s still a virgin ;) , and he’s not into what she’s looking for. Not necessarily outrageous or twisty turny, but the romantic and sexual tension was taut, affecting, and sooooo exciting. The kissing scenes in this book were just as vivid and burning as some as my most favorite unforgettable “intimate” scenes in some of my racier favorites. Yep. This one packs some seeeerrrious steam. And a very sweet story to boot! (my review)

Held by Edeet Ravel
Most whoa! thought provoking ending of my year! This is my favorite “kidnap” read of the year! An amazing story, (a little YA-ish in terms of *steam*) but we get all of the fear, all of the emotions and all of the deep affection needs (and crazy thought processes) that we crave in our “Stockholm syndrome” thrillers. But best of all… is the ending. I won’t say anymore, but I will say, I couldn’t put this down and I thought about it for days. Contemplated so much of it, and will never forget this crazy ride. (my review)

Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
Best unconventional, thought-provoking love story of my year. One of the most original, unconventional potential love stories I’ve ever read!  She is hired to take care of a quadriplegic. Once a gorgeous athletic world traveller and adventure seeker… now confined to his chair. And confined within his emotional angry walls. And one that will make have you beaming, reading with a silly-sweet smile on your face… and make you cry into an entire box of tissues. Maybe two. I’m going to leave it here. This is a MUST read if you love deeply moving, thought-provoking, heart wrenching stories like this. And most of you do, so quit bein’ a chicken! ;) (my review)

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Most crazy “lives-intertwined and what-ifs?” story of my year. Not our usual “romance” read but it had enough of everything (including potential love stories) to keep me hooked. The lives of many different characters are explored, and eventually… how they are “entwined” together (even though some are strangers). This one hooks you. Love stories, heartbreak stories, devastating secrets, all come to a head with an ending that pulls it all together and made me reflect. Puts everything into perspective and made me go ahhhhhh wow! (my review)

Left Drowning by Jessica Park
Best “fate does it’s thing” of my year. Close-knit protective siblings with a tragic past and that one girl (with her own past) that bumps into them, and becomes a part of them in every way. Witty, fun, at times dark and super angsty, the soul-deep friendship in this story is irrefutable and the “unrequited love” is agonizing. Just the way I love it! Plus, there are twists! I loved that, too! (my review)

Lick by Kylie Scott
Best “rock star fantasy” of my year! Meet a gorgeous guy in Vegas, have fun, and wake up married. YAY!! Er… I mean… bad. ;) But kinda fun when you realize you’re married to a hugely famous rock star, right? Until his world starts messing with yours (I’d still be game). LOL! This was pure “get to know you” fun, and the circumstances (and his reactions to their marriage) had my heart from the start. (my review)

Ashes to Ashes (Experiment in Terror #8) by Karina Halle
Best “scary romance” excitement of my year! Plus… Dex! Need I say more? ;) I don’t even need to tell you why this is one of my favorites of the year. This is one of my all-time favorite series and for good reason. It’s awesome. And… it’s Dex, after all (my other #1 man). ;) And Dex rocked my world yet again. But the best part of this one is… amidst all of that intense love and “new relationship” fun (steam… and still some revealed secrets that kick start the angst into high gear again), it was SCARY!!!!! Soooooo good and scary and i jumped out of my skin a time or two. Well worth the frights. But maybe I’m not one to judge since I naturally delight in the scares. No worries, any of you already into this series will LOVE this one like the others. And those of you that still haven’t started it, GET STARTED!! I PROMISE. I DO!! This is a forever-favorite. (my review)

The Dark Prince (The Dark Light Series #2) by S.L. Jennings
Best “paranormal/urban fantasy” read of my year. Admittedly, I don’t read that many from this genre these days, but THIS one brought back all of my feelings and reasons for why I used to love them so much. PLUS!!! It was what I loved, and what I now love, as it also had that “wealthy unattainable alpha male” feel. The one with expectations and demands and well… I’ll let you discover the rest. Book #1 held me somewhat at bay but this one? Book #2 rocked my world!!!! More to come, but in the meantime, here’s my review.

True Love Story by Willow Aster
Best “gave me the emotional shakes” of my year! Young, pretty and falling for a “rock star” that already has… stuff going on. Plenty of issues in his life, and what a life it it. But the attraction is undeniable, the connection rock solid, and the romantic tension and need, too strong to be resisted. But… “stuff” happens. I think that’s why the love is crossed out on the book cover. Turning this into “True Story”. And I totally believed it. (my review)

Crossing the Line (Battered Hearts) by Kele Moon
Best “made me fall in love with the hero in book #1 all over again” of my year. Okay wait, I want to also say best MMA series of my year ’cause it totally is (this is book #3 and solidified my connection to these characters to the nth degree). This author’s characters are so consistent, so true to their personalities and to how they have been growing as characters throughout the series, it’s as if they’re real. Their stories so perfectly logical and realistic… I’m telling you. I think she knows these guys. And I want in!!!!! ;) Okay so I fell hard for the main hero in this one (of course), but I’ve always been partial to Clay, and he is an important character in this one. Oh and I would have SO crushed on him all through high school. It’s not just ’cause he’s an MMA champion… even in his “teenager days” his bad-ass attitude had me swooning. Again. ;) (my review)

The Last Hour (Thompson Sisters) by Charles Sheehan-Miles
Best “breaking my heart throughout the entire read” book of my year. Deep and emotional… touching, and so sad.  Loaded in turmoil… and hope. Accidents that have this series loved ones lives hanging by a thread, and… I’m going to stop there. This one must be read and experienced to get that full impact of the ending. Tissues, you ask? Well… it’s up to you. It’s either those, or soaking your pajama top. I’ve been known to do both. ;) (my review)

Honorable mentions (these rocked my year, too!):

Exposure (East Park) <— She’s an erotic model… and now, so is he. Plus, he’s a TA at her college. FUN!”… witty, realistically romantic, had amazing dialogue, and had enough tension (and a few “forbidden” touches) to keep me glued.” (see my full review)

Nocturne by Charles Sheehan-Miles & Andrea Randall
More forbidden fun in more ways than one. ;) Teacher-student but… other things too. “… moments of uncomfortable moral dilemmas and socially “unacceptable” choices, (there were a few ;) ), there was always an “obviousness” in the back of my mind, overriding my every hesitation while reading this (’cause it gets… ugly).” (see my full review here).

Protecting What’s His (A Line of Duty Novel) by Tessa Bailey
Police hero (in uniform!) that had me swoooooning! “He’s bossy, quick-tempered, protective and growlie as heck. One minute he’d make me roar “Ohhhhhh THAT MAN!!!”And… the very next moment, I’d swoon… “ohhhhh that maaaannnn…” (my full review here)

Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper
Falling in love with a ex-HUGE rock star (while you don’t know even realize it’s him). FUN TIMES! And “WHAT an incredible ending! I mean… not just how it ends, but the whole process to the end. Almost perfect, and so well explored and detailed that even though I was so near “the end” I didn’t feel like anything was rushing by.” (see my full review here)

Good (Too Good series) by S. Walden
Taboo student-teacher romance (probably the most taboo of the ones I’ve read so far! For extreme excitement and eeep-factor, this one’ll do it!) “This one did exactly what I knew it would do to me. It gave me that exciting forbidden romance… all of the illicitness, need and desperation intensified by simply… not being “allowed” and the alarm of it (and for good reason!). It took away my safety net” (see my full review here)

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Melody January 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Thank you Maryse for an incredible “reading” year! Again this year our book club used your recommendations and so many of your top 25 reads made our top list too. Thank you for all you do! We are looking forward to a great 2014….with your guidance! :)

Virginia January 1, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Great list, Maryse! I’ve read 11 of your 25, 1 of your honorable mentions and have 3 more on my TBR shelf. It was a very good year for us readers.

Virginia January 1, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Golden Dynasty is my very favorite of Ashley’s books. I’m reading the 4th of the trilogy,

Cindy January 1, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Awesome list! I have read and loved so many of these reads thx to your recommendations! Cheers to an amazing 2014 full of delicious reads!

Rachel January 1, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Such melancholy nostalgia reading this list! I loved so many of these books too. I’m sad I can’t discover them again…but excited for books to come! Love to you in the new year, Maryse!

Nancy Parken January 1, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Just a few I have not read, but I’m all into Poughkeepsie (rereading) & next is Return to Poughkeepsie, then on to some of these that are in my TBR.
Great list!!!!

Lysa January 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Golden Dynasty is my number one. Sorry. Dax Lahn?????? Sigh. Heart melting. Angst. Love love love that book. I am having a serious addiction problem to all things Kristeb Ashley now….

Lia January 1, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Happy New Year Marise! Hugs! Thank you for all the great books you suggested.

Lisa Desrochers January 1, 2014 at 7:20 PM

I’m so honored to be included in such an amazing list with some of my favorite authors! Thank you so much, Maryse! You are my go-to for what to read next, so I’ll be checking out some of these that aren’t on my TBR list already. <333

M. Pierce January 1, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Maryse. I’m so honored to see Night Owl on this list. It feels like just yesterday I was flailing and gifting you my self-published e-book and praying you’d find the time to read it, and then being desperately uncool in the comments when you reviewed it, because I was so happy. Now I’m feeling that crazy happiness all over again (… and trying to be cooler). Thank you so much for supporting my book. The overwhelmingly positive response from you and this reading community made my year, and I can’t wait to see what 2014 holds. Happy New Year, and thanks again for all that you do. (And thanks to everyone here; you guys have made a really special place for me and for so many readers.)

Lisa B January 1, 2014 at 7:23 PM

I can’t believe there are a few on your list I apparently missed. Going to do some one clicking tonight! Thanks for such awesome reviews and recommendations in 2013! Can’t wait to see what’s in store in 2014! ;)

Maryse January 1, 2014 at 7:46 PM

My pleasure my friends! This was a blast to create (an all day job) but so fun (and worth it) now that I have all of my “ducks” in a row. ;)

Nostalgia is right, Rachel.

Let me know if you guys find any on the list that you loved, too.

Kim Walker January 1, 2014 at 7:48 PM

I loved Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It was such a touching story!

Shirley January 1, 2014 at 7:52 PM

I LOVE your lists. I have a read a few of these but now I have some great “go-to” books. Real and Surviving Raine were wonderful! My favorite book of the year has to be 100 Days in Deadland by Rachel Aukes. Great, great book! Looking forward to book 2 in the spring.

Lisa M January 1, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Awesome list i have ready so many of them!! Will have to read the rest of them!!!! Love your Blog Maryse!! Have been following you for over a year now. Read it every day!!! Happy New Year from your fellow Canadian!!!!

Lindsay January 1, 2014 at 8:21 PM

This is a great list! Thanks to your blog I have read most of these and loved them! I just now added a few more to my TBR list.

Robyn January 1, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Some of my favorites there. True Love Story and Arsen are a couple of the only books that made me cry! Loved them both to bits. Thank you

Megan @ Reading Books Like a Boss January 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Ashes to Ashes a highlight of my year. So glad you loved it too!! Happy New Year!

Erin M January 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Wow!! Great list….I have read 17 of them and found a few I still want to read. I didn’t read Me before you…I think that is next.

Antonella January 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I love your blog and recommendations, quite a few that i need to check out. I’ve read about 60 books since July and you help me make decisions on what I should be reading next- so Thankyou! Looking at my list for what’s been published this year, I think my faves are the ‘sweet’ Wishing Series by GJ Walker Smith to the ‘emotional’ Left Drowning to the ‘dirty’ Night Owl. Here’s hoping 2014 is even better.

Sarah Hampton January 1, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Yay so I read 145 books this year ,I have only read 9 of your Top 30 ;) so glad to add 21 books to my TBR 2014 list but at least 95% of my reads come from your blog :) You haven’t failed me yet!!! Happy Nee Year!

Jennifer January 1, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Love your blog and have for about two years now….so many books read and LOVED based on your recommendation…huge fan of Karen Marie Moning and CJ Roberts because of you… Not much a fan of Thoughtless or How to Kill a Rockstar…but I tried them because of you… Thank you for what you do….you have great taste in great reads!

Leigh January 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Reckless would definitely have made my top 5 as well as Picture Perfect and Fighting Redemption.

Leigh January 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

***Present Perfect***

Renee January 1, 2014 at 11:55 PM

TRAVIS TRAVIS TRAVIS …..I don’t think I’ll ever have a book boyfriend other than Travis PLUS it was a search that lead me to your review of Beautiful Disaster beginning my stalk Maryse’s book blog and read what she lives because I think we read and live the same books!!! I just can’t replace it move Travis down on my list He grab a hold of my heart and soul and didn’t let go and still hasn’t

ARSEN!!! I own this book but somehow I keep not reading it but I moved it to my first place after I finish Theirs To Play read It somehow keeps slipping through my Kindle cracks …….Lick…it been on my wish list a while but sound so fun I’m going to have to purchase it soon

Thanks for all you do, your reviews your recommendations and keeping me glued to my Kindle and stalking your blog HaPpY New Year!!!

Ashley @ Dr. Pepper Diva January 2, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Awesome choices! I LOVED Walking Disaster and a few of the others are on my TBR.

Heidi January 2, 2014 at 5:32 AM

HAPPY NEW YEAR MARYSE! Finding your website and getting to know your personality this year has been such a sweet blessing in 2013. THANK YOU for all your FANTASTIC reviews and recommendations. My absolute favorite for 2013 was FIND YOU IN THE DARK. I am still thinking about Clay and Maggie! Maryse, your excitement, enthusiasm and charisma shine through in every single one of your reviews. You have a gift for connecting with your reader audience and authors. I have many many book blog websites I follow, but yours is the ABSOLUTE BEST! again, thank you for a great 2013. Looking forward to more fantastic reads and hoarding up more TBR books on my Nook. ( Had to go buy the SD card for more storage since “meeting” you and your website!
Hugs and God Bless,

Helen January 2, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Great list! Arsen was my favorite book of 2013.Also loved Tangled,Peaches Monroe series,Bad things(Rock bottom),Sins and Needles(Shooting Scars),The Evan Arden series,Dazzled,Found in you(Fixed on you),Escape from Paradise,Unteachable,Thief,Eversea,Unbroken,The Keatyn Chronicles,Consquences(Truth),A Little Too Far,Take this Regret,Undeniable,True Love Story,Lick and Surviving Raine.Wow! It was an amazing year.Maryse,I don’t know what I’d do without your blog.Thank you so much.

Stella January 2, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Wow, I have to catch up with some of the titles! Loveyour reviews! Thanks!

Cassandra January 2, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Lovely list of favourites ! :) I loved some of the titles mentioned and is excited to read those I have not ! Going to pick them up right now onto my TBR list ! One of my most cherished, emotionally tripping, and got me falling heads over heels in love book of the year is ‘This Man’ series by Jodi Ellen Malpas ♡♡♡ ohmyjesse !!! *giggles*
Thank you for this review ! Have an amazing year ahead :)

lucia January 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

lots of good books is missing on the list, I would go for a few from this list, but we all have a different taste

Louise Pion January 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Hey Maryse!
And happy new year to you!

I have only read 5 books of you list but I loved them! I would have add Trouble by Samantha Towle and so many more that I don’t even remember!

Suzanne January 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Happy New Year Maryse! I just love your Annual Top 25 list and your blog. I’ve read 15 of your top 25 and 3 of your honourable mentions…I now have a few more to add to my TBR list! Looking forward to a wonderful reading year in 2014!!!

Jean January 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I have read 15 of your 25 and just added a couple to my TBR (After Hours and Crossing the Line)! Have to mention, if you loved Collide Maryse, you NEED to read Pulse by Gail McHugh, the 2nd book, – DEFINITELY 10 STAR READ FOR ME!! Loved it! Also, wanted to mention Cherry Girl by Raine Miller, Bad Things and Rock Bottom by R.K. Lilley, and Epilogue, C.J. Roberts, and what about Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan!! Of course, there are too many to name but loved seeing your list! You rock and always love your recommendations! Happy New Year to all!

Rose January 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Great list and I’ve read some of these while others are on my TBR and some new ones are now added. Surviving Raine, Night Owl and Sweet Thing top off my favorites – looking forward to more from these authors in 2014:). Happy New Year to you too and thx for all you do!

Georgia January 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Happy new year to you Maryse! Thanks for the list. Good way to start the year. Quite a few that I have not read. Can’t wait!!! Thanks you!

Michelle January 2, 2014 at 8:19 PM

I read all but 5 of these, and agree with you they were pretty dang good. I still can’t put Sweet Thing on this list, don’t get that one. I would add the Fae Chronicles to my list (so so hot), Own the Wind (Chaos novel), Frost Burned (Mercedes Thompson series); and Try (whoa! who knew two men could be so hot).

Annie January 2, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Happy New Year! I’ve read 14 of your top 25. I own another 6 of them. Just haven’t found the time/place to mix them into my reading mood. I always love your annual lists. We have such similar tastes so it’s nice to recap the year and prioritize my tbr.

Michelle M January 2, 2014 at 11:36 PM

I read 151 books this year and many were on your list above and many more were a direct result of your reviews or recommendations. So thank you! That is a fabulous list and includes a great variety. Making Faces is still echoing in my heart, Bastian still makes my heart break and race at the same time, and Travis…and Dex…and Remy…and Evan…and Gabriel…I need to breathe. :-D
There really were so many great reads this year. I would have to add to the list Karina Halle’s artists trilogy. Ellie, Camden, and Javier were brilliant characters whose journey had me spun for days! Thank you for all your work Maryse. Here’s to another great book year! :-D

Lori January 3, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Great list! I’ve read 18 of your top 30. This has been a fantastic reading year, so very many great books. It’s unreal how much I’ve spent one clicking, it’s really an illness. Someone should disable my amazon account, but I’d be out for blood if that happened. Happy New Year all!

Mertxe January 3, 2014 at 6:20 AM

THANK you Maryse. I always love your fantastic recommendations.
I’ve read 20 of your top 30, some of my favotites there ” after hours” and “arsen” loved them both. My top ten:
1- “fading” by e.k. Blair.
2- The coincidence of Callie & kayden by Jessica Sorensen
3- Broken & Screwed 2 by Tijan
4- Fallen Crest Series by Tijan ( YES I love Tijan’s book)
5- Losing Hope By Colleen Hoover, absolute perfect!!!! Always perfect!!!!!
6- Long After by Cheryl Mcintyre
7- Wait for you by jennifer L. Armentrout
8- Stinger by Mia Sheridan
9- Bully by Penelope Douglas
10- Epilogue.

Tracie January 3, 2014 at 2:26 PM

I always look forward to your Top 25 of the Year lists! I can add any books I missed to my TBR list :-)

I’m surprised though that Thief by Tarryn Fisher didn’t make your list! This was one of my most anticipated books of the year! What a good conclusion to the series, and one of my favorites of the year!

kim January 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM

I’ve read more books than you, apparently reading is ALL I do, lol. I loved Surviving Raine and OMG I loved The Dark Prince, and Night Owl, anything with Dex, but there are some I would put on your list: Reaver, The Mageri Series, Downside Ghosts had a novella, (i’m in love with Terrible also),and OMG Epilogue, Alluring Indulgence books,ok I have to stop I see your problem, how do you choose!

kim January 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Oh and I loved, loved, loved Ten Tiny Breaths!

Merry January 4, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Thanks Maryse I have read most of these based on your incredible reviews!

Suzanne January 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Great list Maryse, I’ve read half of the books you’ve mentioned and agree it was such a hard task to come up with a favourite list. Now going to balance the books i hadn’t read on my TBR list!

Amanda January 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM

I love your list. I had read some of it and looking forward to read the rest. thanks for sharing!

Dorothy H January 14, 2014 at 7:35 PM

So glad I found you! Always look forward to your reviews & you are my “go to” person when I need a new fantastic read. I haven’t seen Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan on your blog yet. Lots of angst, longing, lust & sexy male characters, including a rock star. Here’s to a great new year with lots of amazing books!

karen January 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

i love golden dynasty and this girl

donna doria February 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

under locke by mariana zapata is awesome

Corina May 31, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Because of your recommendation I read two very amazing books today. Both Surviving Raine and Night Owl (especially Night Owl) were exactly what I was looking for (if I’ve know they existed), I couldn’t put them down and they made it on my keepers list. 5 stars!!!!!

I love Kristen Ashley and Madeline Sheehan, and only recently fell in love with Play by Kylie Scott. I also put a few more of your recs onto my tbr list, can’t wait to start reading.

Chelsea October 29, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Can’t wait to read some of these! I love getting new books to read for your lists!!!!

Laura February 23, 2015 at 9:05 PM

Great recommends to get me out of my comfort zone. Will you be coming out with your top 25 of 2014? Looking forward to some new favorites!

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