If you’re in the mood for raw, gritty, dark and even… super-dark, Joy has some suggestions (and quite a few on here that I loved, too).
Joy’s Best of 2019
I’ve lurked around your blog since 2016 and I absolutely love it! Whenever I see a post about a buddy read, I try to hop into read it too. I’m not into psych-thrillers and I know that those are your faves, so I skip over those.
I ventured to the dark side last year! I was lured in by the dark stuff!!! MC’s, Student/Teacher romances, Mafia, a bit of PNR, Captives and BDSM. I read many of the same books that were listed by others as their faves.
This time, I wanted to list books that I didn’t see on other lists, so that your followers can see other great books that may not have been very popular.
Thanks to everyone for sending you their lists because I read awesome books that I may never have known about.
My Top 5 (in order):
My husband saw my list for you and asked what my top 5 are. That was soooooo hard! I almost broke into a sweat, trying to pick the top 5, lol! I devoured just under 300 last year. I missed a lot of sleep, lol!
- The Life of Anna: The Complete Dark Story (Marissa Honeycutt),
- Dark Notes (Pam Godwin),
- The Nine Minutes Trilogy (Beth Flynn),
- The Reapers MC (Joanna Wylde), Perfect Strangers (J. T. Geissinger), Knight (The Unfinished Heroes Series Book 1): (Kristen Ashley) & The Italian by T. L. Swann are tied, and…
- The Original Sinners Series.
Books That Surprised Me:
Oh my jeebers, I only read happy ending books from 2016-2018. Reading was my escape and I only wanted love and happiness for the couples in the books I read.
I’d stalk your blog and found Dark Notes and Comfort Food in multiple lists, so I made a vow to read them and I’m so glad that I did. I came upon The Life of Anna and Her Master’s Courtesan, while searching for Comfort Food on Amazon. Each of those books, floored me! I cried, I was angry, I wanted to throw my IPad and I was hot and bothered at times.
Dark Notes was Las Vegas in July hot!
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed those types of books.
After reading those, I still wasn’t prepared for Søren, Nora and Kingsley! Sugar, Honey, Iced Tea! You can’t be faint of heart to read any of the books that I just mentioned. They will make you uncomfortable at the very least.
Tiffany Reisz took the psychology of sadomasochism, broke it down and wrapped it up in the painfully, emotionally broken, yet internally beautiful characters of Søren, Nora and Kingsley. The dominant, sadist priest (Søren) and the loves of his life! I never saw that trope coming. It’s an outstanding series! I’ve rambled enough for one post, lol.
MC’s- The Baddest (hottest) Bikers:
- The Nine Minutes Trilogy: Beth Flynn: Grizz!
- The Undeniable Series: Madeline Sheehan: Deuce West!
- The Reapers MC: Joanna Wylde
- Incandescent (A Knights Rebels MC Book 1): River Savage: Nix
- The Fallen Series: Giana Darling: Daddy Zeus!
- MC Chronicles: The Diary of Bink Cummings: Bink Cummings; Big Dick!
- Sacred Sinners Texas Series: Bink Cummings: Ryker
The Dark Side!
- The Life of Anna: Marissa Honeycutt
- Dark Notes: Pam Godwin
- Her Master’s Courtesan (Courtesan Series): Lily White
- All The Pretty Monsters Series: Kristy Cunning
- Comfort Food: Kitty Thomas
- The Game Maker Series: Kresley Cole
- Up In The Air Series: R. K. Lilley
- Tight: Alessandra Torre
- The Broken Trilogy: J.L Drake
Forbidden Student/Teacher Romance:
- Veiled Innocence: Ella Frank
- Burnout: A Dark High School Romance: Coralee June
- Crossed Lines: Lana Sky
- The Unrequited: Saffron A. Kent
- The Professor: (A Bully, Teacher/Student, Dark Romance): Serena Akeroyd
- Her Perfect: A Student-Teacher Romance: Stephie Walls
- Bound to the Battle God: A Fantasy Romance: Ruby Dixon
- Curse of the Gods Series: Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington
- Playing With Monsters Series: Amelia Hutchins
- The Krinar Captive: Anna Zaires
- War (The Four Horsemen Book 2): Laura Thalassa
- Heartsong (Green Creek Book 3): TJ Klune
- Feralsong: TJ Klune
- Catacombs (Cradle of Darkness): Addison Cain
- The Original Sinners Series: Tiffany Reisz (WOW!
- Brie’s Submission Series: Red Phoenix
- Knight: Kristen Ashley
- Bass-Ackwards: A Wrong-Way Romance: Eris Adderly
- The Confessions Series: Ella Frank
- The Heartstone Series: Saffron A. Kent
- Perfect Strangers: J. T. Geissinger
- The Italian: T. L. Swan
- Love, in Duology: The Love in English and Love in Spanish Bundle: Karina Halle
- The Pucked Series: Helena Hunting
- The Slay Duet: Laurelin Paige
- Arch Through Time Series: Katy Baker
- The Anti-Heroes Collection: Meghan March
- The Mafia Queen Series: C. M. Stunich
- Alfha Law firm Duet: C. A. Rose aka Aurora Rose Reynolds
- Norse Mythology: Neil Gaiman
- Infamous (Medieval DeWarenne Trilogy Book 2): Virginia Henley
- Everything LJ Shen and Jana Aston wrote this year!
Interested in more of Joy’s favorites? Check out: