It’s Jan’s turn!! She’s our resident Historical Romance enthusiast, but she sure loves a wide range of romance too. Let’s see what she picked P.S. I added in quotes from her past comments on these favorites, too. 😉
“My top reads for 2018. Some came out this year; some were a bit older but I just read them for the first time this year.”
In no particular order:
Look the Part by Jewel E. Ann <— First book I’ve read by this author and I really liked it. A lovely, touching story about very real people. Flint feels like deep down he doesn’t deserve to ever be happy again. But Ellen brings the sunshine back to his life. And there’s a really great kid in this book too. (Flint’s young teenaged son).
Jan: Look The Part by Jewel E. Ann. Lovely CR about a music therapist who falls in love with a widower who has a mildly autistic son. To the widower’s surprise, he falls in love too! It’s a lovely, funny and sensitively told story. Really well-written.
Binding 13: Boys of Tommen #1 by Chloe Walsh <— Another new author for me, and like most who’ve read it, I got totally sucked in to the crazy lives of these Irish teenagers/new adults. A long book, with angst, bullying and a cliffhanger, but I loved it!
Jan: … It’s first in a new series. NA, bullies, rugby players, set in Ireland. (I know). I like the last two, but NA and bullies aren’t usually my fav. But there was just something mesmerising about this book. I got drawn right in and I just had to keep on reading.
…doesn’t Binding 13 draw you in? I felt the same – you were there with them and everything that happened.
Pretty Face (London Celebrities Book 2) by Lucy Parker <— I looked back at my GR review, and this is what I wrote: ‘set in London in the dynamic world of the theatre/ West End. Moody, jerky actors with massive but fragile egos. Backstabbing/ drinking/ drugs/ inappropriate sex. Cruel media who are out to over-sensationalise any little thing they can get their grabby hands on.’ Haha. It turned out to be a very nice love story.
The Difference Between Us (The Opposites Attract Series Book 2) by Rachel Higginson <— Older H, a gruff, grumpy businessman in the restaurant world, falls for a younger woman, and the book takes its time to build a real relationship between them. Lovely.
Jan: …It’s bk 2 after The Opposite of You. Anyone remember the beard controversy, and the beard apron etc etc? Well, Ezra, the hot H in this one DOESN”T have a beard. And he is hot. Older, dour, grumpy, taciturn, but he has a tender spot for the h. Sweet and low-angst…
Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap: A Hellcat Canyon Novel by Julie Anne Long <— Great second chance romance. I really liked this one. Some great, funny one-liners, and a beautiful and deeply-felt romance. It’s a solid series, actually, but this one was my fav.
Jan: I didn’t like the cover or title, but read it on a rec. And it was lovely! A small town romance, but really well-written and involving. Very enjoyable.
Before Girl by Kate Canterbary <— Another new author to me and I really liked this one. Cal is an ex-Army Ranger and now a successful (but lonely) surgeon. Stella doesn’t believe in long-term relationships after being burnt in the past. But they fall in love and it’s a great story.
I’ve since found out this is a kind of spin-off of the Walshes series, which I’ve now started reading 😀
Silence Fallen (A Mercy Thompson Novel Book 10) by Patricia Briggs. This year I finally caught up on this series. This one is a particularly good one. Fast-moving and gripping.
Jan: Best new-to-me book I read in June was the most recent Mercy Thompson PNR/Urban fantasy book, Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs. One of the best in that series so far. I just caught up on that series, even though Silence Fallen has been around since March 2017. WTG, Jan. LOL. The next one, called Storm Cursed, isn’t out till MARCH 2019
Burn Bright (Alpha and Omega Book 5) by Patricia Briggs. I love this series too, about the fabulous Charles and Anna. And this is another excellent addition to the series.
Jan: …Quite gripping….
Jan: Rediscovering the joys of Patricia Briggs. …You’ve just gotta read Burn Bright for yourself. …It’s really good! One of the best in the series IMO.
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies Series Book 1) by Jennifer Ashley. This is a really popular HR that I’d never gotten around to reading. When I finally did, I can see why people love it so much. It’s unusual because Ian, the H, has Aspergers or mild autism or something similar. (He’s also HOT!!) And I loved the h Beth too, with her honesty and self-knowledge. They made a beautiful couple.
Jan: One of those everyone’s-read-it-except-me. It’s really good so far. The H is a hot Scot who seems to be somewhere on the Aspergers scale, and in the past was committed to an asylum for his supposed ‘madness’. Sounds like an unlikely premise for a HR, but it’s very well written and has been hugely popular.
The Viscount Who Loved Me With 2nd Epilogue (Bridgertons) by Julia Quinn.
This year I finally started reading the famous and popular Bridgertons series. I particularly liked this one about Anthony and Kate. Very sweet. I haven’t read them all yet. Looking forward to it. They’re a lighter, fluffier type of read, but sometimes you’re just in the mood for that. And apparently Netflix is now making a series based on these books. Yay!
Hello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 by Lisa Kleypas. A beautiful HR about a character who was inspired by England’s first female doctor (1870s), and her deep and wonderful (fictional) romance with a spy working for the British government. Two lonely people who find their soulmates in each other. *happy sigh* Lisa Kleypas is currently my favourite HR author. I love this whole series.
And #5, Devil’s Daughter, is due out in February 2019. CAN’T WAIT!!!!
Jan: Yaayy for the Ravenels series!! I love all of them (in case no-one knew LOL). Half way through the new one, Hello Stranger, and it’s great. Has a spy twist/ mystery too. Highly recommend!!
YAY IS RIGHT!!! Thank you so much for letting us know your favorites, Jan!!! 😀
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- Reader Favorites – Jan’s 10 Books That Stayed With Her…
- Reader Favorites – Jan’s Favorite Low Angst Romance Books
- Reader Favorites – Jan’s Top 10 Reads of 2017
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