Reader Question – What are some of the best, unputdownable books you all have read lately and would recommend?

by Maryse on August 16, 2018 · 36 comments

in Book Recommendations, Reader Questions

Today’s reader question day will feature specific reader requests for genre recommendations. Let’s make lists!! :D

Okay, Debbie asks:

Hi all I have been so busy I have not been able to read for a while and every time I do pick up a book I lose interest quickly. Seems like the same plots just different characters. I am going on vacation and I want a book that is unputdownable ;)

Like the old days, Bones and Cat, Slammed, Thoughtless those are just a few that popped in my head. I have read so many great books!

I just want to get my love for reading back and take a break from the real world. What are some of the best books you all have read lately and would recommend.

Okay I’ll go first! :D !!! I want to mention two of my latest 5-stars

Transcend (The Transcend Duet Book 1) & Epoch (The Transcend Duet Book 2) by Jewel E. Ann <— I found this duet to be incredibly unique and I couldn’t put it down – plus that incredible love triangle had me hooked (I was in love with both, and it was angsty as anything!!), and

My Oxford Year: A Novel by Julia Whelen <— LOVED LOVED LOVED it (5-stars PLUS!!). I felt like I had a new fun family, and the romantic tension was off the charts with one particular professor. ;) But best yet? It had me gasping and crying and totally feeling it, through and through.

I also hear (and it’s at the top of my TBR list) that the “The Ribbon series” by Pepper Winters is unique and utterly addictive. I think that’s next for me. I need addictive!!

Okay now you guys… what do you recommend a recent-ish ultimate 5-star favorite?

Shanny: I just finished Nanny and the Beast Nanny and the beast. could not put it down.

Robyn:

  • Roam series by Kimberly Adams <— “ I love everything about these books and don’t forget there is a spinoff series called Fire Ballad. Read Roam and let me know if you fell in love with them also.”
  • Jack & Jill series by Jewel E Ann….really any of her books are gold!
  • The Idea of You: A Novel by Robinne Lee <— “…That book! GAH! I just can’t get started on that again.”
  • Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Love) by Nicole Jacquelyn <— “…my favorite angsty, mean jerk book… How can you top Shane’s crazy?! One of my most favorite books!”
  • The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard <— “Victoria Aveyard has a gift for writing. Her words and story flow so easily. I love a book where I can just read, not having to stop for grammar or continuity mistakes. I got so involved with the h, Mare’s cause and all the people she pulled into it with her, especially Cal, the H. These books had everything in them that I love, except sexy times, which were only alluded to because this is a YA book. That was okay because there was so much other stuff going on that kept me enraptured. Beautifully written series, I highly recommend it!”
  • The Tainted Accord series by Kelly St. Clare <— “I’m reading the last book of the Tainted Accords by Kelly St. Clare and I don’t want them to end. These books are that good! … I got my groove back with these beauties!”
  • Dartmoor series and Sons of Rome series by Lauren Gilley <— “Lauren Gilley and her Dartmoor series is the BEST!”
Northernstar: I’d have to say the The Idea of You. It’s rare that a book consumes me, this one did

Nicole: Take Me With You by Nina G. Jones. Pretty heavy, dark, twisted and I can’t believe I loved it – but so good! My latest 5 star read. *peaking my eyes out from behind my shirt collar*

Leslie M: Some unputdownables I have read this year:

Nay: I enthusiastically second Waiting for the Sun, All Your Perfects, and The Idea of You. (I just finished The Idea of You today).

Kathy P: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Really good!!

Nay: All of these are on my favorites of the year in which I read them list.

If you love the forbidden/taboo (age gap and student/teacher type), I inhaled Lessons In Corruption (The Fallen Men Series Book 1) and Welcome to the Dark Side (The Fallen Men Book 2) (Fallen Men 1 & 2) by Giana Darling. And both books in the Off Balance series: Balance and Execution. LOVED, LOVED all 4 of those!!

Another I loved is Karen Cimms’ Of Love and Madness series. Some of the most wonderfully angsty books I’ve ever read, but those also handle some pretty heavy stuff, so if you have triggers, I’d check the reviews.

Also couldn’t put down Drive by Kate Stewart. That’s not ‘lately’, but it was so good that I had to mention it!

Sandi: I just read the Charley Davidson series a second time, I can’t wait for the last one. Others I couldn’t put down, I may be a little late reading some of them but good just the same

Steph: I second “The Idea of You” Not recent releases but I just read (All 5 ***** from me):

Jezebel and oh m gee.
Atticus: A Woman’s Journey with the World’s Worst Behaved Dog was a fun read.
Transcendence was different

Jen C: I’m SO late to the party reading it but I finally read The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne a couple of months ago and it was my fave read of the year so far.

They’ve been my can’t-put-down-5-star-reads for me so far this year!

Ashley: Absolutely everything by Jana Aston is amazing!!

Melinda: I suggest the following

Tracy: Definitely Someone Else’s Ocean by Kate Stewart. It was fantastic

Andrea: Any book by Mariana Zapata or Jewel E. Ann. I am so happy I found these two authors!

Joy: I read a ton of really, really great, unputdownable books this year! I’ll try to keep it short and give you a few that I’ve read more than once.

Kim: The Simple Wild: A Novel! K.A Tucker does it again and better!

Etsun: Ohhhhh… goody.

  • Grip and Still by Kennedy Ryan (I don’t know why many haven’t read this, bit I think I can honestly say it is one of the best books I have read. Also FYI they are two books )
  • 2nd The Ribbon Duet by pepper is seriously a must read. Explicitly written. It simply is flowless. If you require a good contemporary romance that has well woven background and story line then this is your vice.
  • 3rd The Hating Game by Sally. Is one of the best books IN THE WORLD. You will fall in love with quirky Lucy and swoon for Josh. I have re-read this book at least 6 times and it keeps getting better.
  • 4th One by Jewel E. Ann. This is actually from the jack and jill series. Not sure if you have read it but this one is about the sister Lake and YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE!!!!! In my humble opinion I think it jewel has out done her self in this one.
  • Memorable mentions:- Jock Row by Sara
  • Long Shot: A HOOPS Novel by Kennedy Ryan
  • Birthday Girl
Ash: I really enjoyed The Simple Wild – offbeat and even though I hate the cold, Alaska worked for me!Also, if you’re looking for unputdowable paranormal romance – Sarah J. Maas,  A Court of Thorns and Roses. It’s new adult and amazing. Lucky for you the series is complete (3 full books and a novella).Ashley: A lot of the ones I really liked were already mentioned. I keep looking at everyone’s lists and saying ‘Yes!’ I’ve also done a lot of re-listens; ALL of Mariana Zapatas books, K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, Jana Aston’s books, and a bunch by Penelope Ward.

Anne: I’m a little late to the conversation but whatever, i owe it to myself to recommend this books heheFirst of all, Arrogant Devil by R.S Grey. So, so good! Contemporary and super funny, a light hearted 5 stars romance comedy.Then, for a little bit more of angst and drama, The Controversial Princess and His True Queenby Jodie Ellen Malpas. It’s everything and more! A contemporary romance about the forbidden love that blooms between Adeline, the princess of england, and Josh, Hollywood’s latest heartthrob. You NEED to read this one.At least for now, those two where my recent favourites!Jan: Binding 13: Boys of Tommen #1 is new and good. NA if you like that.

                                                                          

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Shanny August 16, 2018 at 12:29 PM

I just finished Nanny and the Beast https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7266555.Georgia_Le_Carre could not put it down.

Amy P. August 16, 2018 at 1:27 PM

How about Stolen by Lucy Christopher?

Amy P. August 16, 2018 at 1:28 PM

Ignore my comment above. I responded to the wrong post! :-)

Robyn August 16, 2018 at 1:37 PM

Roam series by Kimberly Adams
Jack & Jill series by Jewel E Ann….really any of her books are gold!
The Idea of You by Robinne Lee
Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Love Series) by Nicole Jacquelyn
The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
The Tainted Accord series by Kelly St. Clare
Dartmoor series and Sons of Rome series by Lauren Gilley

Robyn August 16, 2018 at 1:38 PM

Amy P.- Stolen was so good also! Loved that book. I wish LC would write a second book.

Nicole Kruppa August 16, 2018 at 1:43 PM

Take Me With You by Nina G. Jones. Pretty heavy, dark, twisted and I can’t believe I loved it – but so good! My latest 5 star read. *peaking my eyes out from behind my shirt collar*

Leslie M August 16, 2018 at 2:15 PM

Some unputdownables I have read this year:

All Your Perfects by CoHo
True North Series by Sarina Bowen
Panic Series by Sidney Halston
Sugar Bowl Series by Sawyer Bennett
In Harmony by Emma Scott
Behind the Bars by Brittainy Cherry
Waiting for the Sun by Robin Hill

Maryse August 16, 2018 at 2:31 PM

LOL Amy… Stolen fits here too, ’cause I found it unputdownable. ;)

Kathy P. August 16, 2018 at 3:50 PM

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Really good!!

Nay August 16, 2018 at 4:20 PM

I enthusiastically second Waiting for the Sun, All Your Perfects, and The Idea of You. (I just finished The Idea of You today).

If you love the forbidden/taboo (age gap and student/teacher type), I inhaled Lessons in Corruption and Welcome to the Dark Side (Fallen Men 1 & 2) by Giana Darling. And both books in the Off Balance series: Balance and Execution. LOVED, LOVED all 4 of those!!

Another I loved is Karen Cimms’ Of Love and Madness series. Some of the most wonderfully angsty books I’ve ever read, but those also handle some pretty heavy stuff, so if you have triggers, I’d check the reviews.

Also couldn’t put down Drive by Kate Stewart. That’s not ‘lately’, but it was so good that I had to mention it!

All of these are on my favorites of the year in which I read them list.

Sandi August 16, 2018 at 6:13 PM

I just read the Charley Davidson series a second time, I can’t wait for the last one.
Others I couldn’t put down,I may be a little late reading some of them but good just the same
Disgrace Brittney Cherry
Ghosted JM Darhower
Drive Kate Stewart
Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

steph August 16, 2018 at 7:04 PM

I second “The Idea of You”
Not recent releases but I just read:
Jezebel and oh m gee.
Atticus was a fun read.
Transendence was different
All 5 ***** from me.

Northernstar August 16, 2018 at 8:00 PM

I’d have to say the The Idea of You. It’s rare that a book consumes me, this one did.

Jen C August 17, 2018 at 1:49 AM

I’m SO late to the party reading it but I finally read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne a couple of months ago and it was my fave read of the year so far.

The End Men Series (Folsom and Jackal so far) by Tarryn Fisher and Willow Aster.

Sarina Bowen e.g. Man Hands series – so funny! Can’t wait for the next one!

I absolutely adored the Dirty Duet series by Laurelin Paige.

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas.

Jock Row by Sarah Ney (and anything by her, really).

Anything by Jana Aston and RS Grey.

I second Jewel E Ann! I have been reading a few of her older books recently like Scarlet Stone (need. to. read. them. all.) and they are also really good!

They’ve been my can’t-put-down-5-star-reads for me so far this year!

Melinda August 17, 2018 at 7:32 AM

I suggest the following
Love and Madness There’s 3 books in the series by Karen Cimms rock star book.
Transcend
Beautiful player Christina Lauren
All your perfects Colleen Hoover
To Love Jason Thorn Ella Maise
Room 212 Kate Stewart
Rush Emma Scott
Scoring Wilder R S Grey
Wallbanger Alice Clayton
Therapy Kathryn Perez

Andrea August 17, 2018 at 7:44 AM

Any book by Mariana Zapata or Jewel E. Ann. I am so happy I found these two authors!

Tracy August 17, 2018 at 7:57 AM

Definitely SOMEONES ELSES OCEAN by Kate Stewart. It was fantastic

Melinda August 17, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Oh I forgot, don’t know how I forgot

ARSEN MIA Asher

Joy Pryor August 17, 2018 at 11:54 AM

I read a ton of really, really great, unputdownable books this year! I’ll try to keep it short and give you a few that I’ve read more than once.
Drive: Kate Stewart
Knight: Kristen Ashley
Absinthe: Winter Renshaw
The Transcend Duet: Jewel E. Ann
When Life Happened: Jewel E. Ann
The Brave Line: Kate Stewart
Torn: Carian Cole
Tied: Carian Cole
18: JA Huss
It Ends With Us: Colleen Hoover
Wolfsong and Ravensong: TJ Klune!!!!
Jana Aston: Read All of her books. Can’t put them down. Wrong is soooo good!
Filthy Gods: R. Scarlett
L.J. Shen: Sinners of Saint series, Midnight Blue & Sparrow
Transcendence: Shay Savage
Louise Bay: read everything she writes. So good!
Vi Keeland: read everything she writes
Bad Judgement: Meghan March
New Camelot series: Sierra Simone. Start with this. It’s freaking AMAZING!
Ella Frank: Confessions series and the Temptation series
Katy Evans: read everything she writes!
Birthday Girl: Penelope Douglas
Whitney G: read everything she writes
Ilsa Madden-Mills: read everything she writes
The Needing Moore Series: Julie A. Richman
Dirty Duet, Porn Star: Laurelin Paige

Kim August 17, 2018 at 1:53 PM

The simple Wild! K.A tucker does it again and better!

Etsun August 17, 2018 at 2:11 PM

Ohhhhh… goody.
Grip and still by Kennedy Ryan(I don’t know why many haven’t read this, bit I think I can honestly say it is one of the best books I have read. Also FYI they are two books )
2nd the ribbon duet by pepper is seriously a must read. Explicitly written. It simply is flowless. If you require a good contemporary romance that has well woven background and story line then this is your vice.
3rd The hating dame by Sally. Is one of the best books IN THE WORLD. You will fall in love with quirky Lucy and swoon for Josh. I have re-read this book at least 6 times and it keeps getting better.
4th one by Jewel E. Ann
This is actually from the jack and jill series. Not sure if you have read it but this one is about the sister Lake and YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE!!!!! In my humble opinion I think it jewel has out done her self in this one.
Memorable mentions:- jock row by Sara
Long shot by Kennedy Ryan
Birthday girl

Ash August 17, 2018 at 5:07 PM

I really enjoyed The Simple Wild – offbeat and even though I hate the cold, Alaska worked for me!

Also, if you’re looking for unputdowable paranormal romance – Sarah J. Maas, A Court is Thorns and Roses. It’s new adult and amazing. Lucky for you the series is complete (3 full books and a novella).

Ashley August 17, 2018 at 9:16 PM

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas is my top top book of the year so far!
R.S. Grey: Not So Nice Guy and Arrogant Devil
Moonshot by Alessandra Torre (I only just listened to it! I loved it!)
Tattered by Devney Perry
Him and Us by Sarina Bowen (but basically everything by her).
Getting Schooled by Emma Chase
Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark
Mercy by Debra Anastasia

A lot of the ones I really liked were already mentioned. I keep looking at everyone’s lists and saying ‘Yes!’

I’ve also done a lot of re-listens; ALL of Mariana Zapatas books, K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, Jana Aston’s books, and a bunch by Penelope Ward.

Anne August 18, 2018 at 12:10 AM

I’m a little late to the conversation but whatever, i owe it to myself to recommend this books hehe
First of all, Arrogant Devil by R.S Grey. So, so good! Contemporary and super funny, a light hearted 5 stars romance comedy.
Then, for a little bit more of angst and drama, The Controversial Princess and His True Queen by Jodie Ellen Malpas. It’s everything and more! A contemporary romance about the forbidden love that blooms between Adeline, the princess of england, and Josh, Hollywood’s latest heartthrob. You NEED to read this one.
At least for now, those two where my recent favourites!

Jan August 18, 2018 at 3:14 AM

Binding 13 is new and good. NA if you like that.

Etsub August 18, 2018 at 4:45 AM

Grip and still by Kennedy Ryan
One by jewel

Ashley August 18, 2018 at 8:20 AM

Absolutely everything by Jana Aston is amazing!!

R. Renee August 18, 2018 at 6:16 PM

I love you guys! <3 Thank you!

Shelley August 18, 2018 at 7:04 PM

I just read Worth It byS.M.Shade and C.M.Owens a couple of weeks ago. I already want to read it again! That doesn’t happen very often.

Kandace M August 19, 2018 at 9:13 AM

Such an amazing list. My favorite book of the year was Ride by Harper Dallas! I loved so many of the other books the girls mentioned!

R. Renee August 19, 2018 at 10:09 AM

I loved Ride!

MichelleS August 19, 2018 at 11:11 AM

Robyn appears to be my book twin… so I’m jumping on the ones I haven’t read! Yay

MichelleS August 19, 2018 at 11:19 AM

Ooh! A new spinoff of Jack & Jill series? I’m all over that. Loved that series even more than Epoch… can’t wait! And it’s KU. Yippee!!!

Theresa silverberg August 19, 2018 at 12:03 PM

Marsye Meredith Wild books on sale. She is also speaking at PennedCon in St, Louis next month

Maryse August 20, 2018 at 9:09 AM

Thank you Theresa!!! :D

Marge August 21, 2018 at 2:20 PM

I had just finished reading My Oxford Year when your review came out. Yes, it was an incredibly good book.

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