Ten books that have stayed with me in some way…

by Maryse on August 21, 2014 · 114 comments

in Book Recommendations, My Favorites

Okay my turn! I was tagged by Sally for the FB Book game, and it was just way too cool, so I thought I’d bring it here for all of us to play, too. Most of you already know my favorites, but I think you’ll be surprised at a few of my “other” favorites from my reading past.

It goes like this:

“In your status, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Tag 10 friends including me so I can see your list…”

That is… if you’re on Facebook and want to carry on there. Or just post them here in the comments!

Here are mine (I’m cheating a little with some series) they are in no particular order EXCEPT the first book which affected me GREATLY!

1.) Beautiful Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire <— my favorite book, because… Travis. That’s why. He is still my #1 “human” guy, and pretty much my number one book-guy of all time. Other than Zsadist, that is. ;) All I know is that when I re-read Beautiful Disaster, I get the exact same reaction each time! It never fails. Travis puts me in a week-long love-fog. My Book Review.

2.) Twilight (The Twilight Saga Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer <— because it set me on this non-stop reading path that makes me happier than anything ever! Once I read this one, I couldn’t get enough books. I was DYING to find that feeling all over again, and boy have I ever!! My Book Review.

3.) Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume <— Because it’s the book I read over and over again as a kid. I rarely re-read books (even back then) but this one never got boring for me. I LOVED it.

4.) Fifty Shades of Grey (#1 & #2) by E.L. James <— Because OMG, Christian Grey, that’s why.  Seriously. I had never read anything like that before and I was blown away. Especially during a certain part in book #2. I book-died! My Book Review (#1) and Book Review (#2)

5.) Comfort Food by @Kitty Thomas <— because I had never read anything like THAT before and I squirreled it away in my “dark-closet” ’cause I couldn’t believe I could connect to something that dark. I was terrified. Of him. And my connection to that story. eek WHOA is all I could feel from start to finish. My first personal case of Stockholm syndrome. That stuff is powerful! My Book Review.

6.) Born in Ice: The Born In Trilogy #2 by Nora Roberts <— Back before I was a regular romance reader, this was the first book I ever read where I actually fell in love with the hero. I mean swoooooning, love fog, haze and months worth of loving *him*. I had read romances before, but this one GOT me good. I never knew we could actually “fall” for a fictional character before. HE was my very first.

7.) Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3): A Novel Of The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward <— my first “forever book-boyfriend”. Zsadist will always be my number one #1. I couldn’t believe my emotional LUCK reading that book. He knocked Edward right out of the ballpark, and I was hooked onto the more hardcore vampires for good! Mind you, Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse, and Bones from the Night Huntress series pretty much lead me to harder-core vampires (that I fell in love with), but Z? He ruled my reading world! Knocked ‘em ALL out of the ball park, for me. My Book Review.

8.) Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens <— closest I ever came to falling in love as hard as I fell for Travis. Kellan and Travis were my #1′s for the longest time. Still are. This was THAT book that took me on the same level of angst and emotional connection that Beautiful Disaster took me on. I was on SUCH a search for another that gave me that same “Beautiful Disaster” rush, and when I read this one, I started my review with ” I FOUND IT!!! I fouuuuuuuunnnndd it!!!!” I was ecstatic! My Book Review.

9.) The Host: A Novel by Stephanie Meyer <— hardest I ever cried during a book. To the point my husband had to take it away from me and force me to watch a funny movie. It worked! But the minute I picked the book back up, I immediately started sobbing again. I was an absolute wreck, and usually I sob in secret, but there was NO way I could control that enough for my husband not to notice. ;) In fact, he was in ANOTHER room altogether, but yeah… he had to come out to see what all that noise was. It was me. neutral My Book Review.

10.) Rock Me (Ross Siblings Book 2) by Cherrie Lynn <— This is the book that officially switched me from strictly paranormal into this new “indie/new adult/tattooed bad boy world”. I read this one even BEFORE Beautiful Disaster and for awhile, I couldn’t even choose between Brian and Travis. And y’all KNOW how much I love Travis… so Brian must have been SOMETHING BIG for me. Just sayin’ :P In fact, I felt like apologizing to Brian when I finally chose Travis. *sigh* Brian is just THAT awesome. That book is just that romantically (emotionally) intense. My Book Review.

And a few honorable mentions:

11.) Stephen King’s “The Long Walk” <— what a nightmare!!! I mean, they had to *poop* while walking… just to stay alive!!! Or they’d get shot!!! GAH!

12.) The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star by Nikki Sixx <— I used to be a strictly horror/autobiography kind of girl (before I discovered romance) and this one was ABSOLUTELY fascinating!!! Wow… Nikki kind of scared me once upon a time, but after this book, *whooooo*. He was my #1 bad boy book-hero of all time, but he was real. But that was before I discovered “fictional bad boys”. LOL!

13.) The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson <—- Eeeeeep!! He used to scare me big time, too (I mean… come on, right!??) LOL! But I couldn’t help but be fascinated… and I LOVED his story. And his music.

Now you go! :D


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{ 114 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley August 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Ok – without overthinking:

Pride and Prejudice
Fifty Shades of Grey
Captive in the Dark
Any of the first ten Stephanie Plum Books
Hunger Games
The Golden Dynasty
Lover Awakened

These stayed with me in some way and I have read all of them multiple times!

Maryse August 21, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Oooooh gooood ones, Ashley!

I overthink everything. ;) But these came to mind right away… i just can’t help myself with the explaining why… LOL!

Kristina August 21, 2014 at 8:08 PM

No particular order:
The glass castle
Half Broke Horses
Making Faces
Any Harry Potter book
Archers Voice
Coming Home
Shell Seekers
The House at Tyneford
Major Pettigrews last stand
I love books that I can go back to and re-read and still get the same feeling as the first time I read them

Louise August 21, 2014 at 8:16 PM

For me:

The Shack by Wm Paul Young
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
How to Kill a Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo
Finding Home by Bonnie Dee
On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan
Collide by Gail McHugh
Strangers by Barbara Elsborg
Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens

I am a forever fan of these authors…I’ll read anything they write….these are my ‘go to’ books…….

Michelle F August 21, 2014 at 8:21 PM

For one reason or another, maybe a particular scene or character or emotional chord struck, these have stuck with me over the last couple of years:
Fifty Shades of Grey
Into the Wilderness
Making Faces
The Edge of Never
The Bronze Horseman
Sins & Needles

Melanie Simmons (@mlsimmons) August 21, 2014 at 8:29 PM

I loved Comfort Food too. Kitty Thomas has some really unique work. I might have to look up that autobiography of Marilyn Manson. I’m a fan of some of his music and I love autobiographies of interesting people. I don’t think anyone could argue that he is interesting, if nothing else. I didn’t know he had a book out. Thanks for letting me know about it.

Diane M August 21, 2014 at 8:30 PM


The outsiders
Fifty Shades
Lost Boy
Captive in the dark
Last letter from your lover
Flat out love
A trip to the Stars

M-E Debs August 21, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Me before you
Slammed (No, everything by Colleen Hoover)
Fifty shades trilogy
Crossfire trilogy
Ten tiny breaths
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
Boy toy
Honorable mention: On Dublin Street

Michelle August 21, 2014 at 8:39 PM

The Outsiders
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Pride and Prejudice
The Sea of Tranquility
Written in Red
Reason to Breathe
Hunger Games

Rebecka August 21, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Wow this is crazy!!
The Boy who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window
The Shack
Monsters in the Dark
Gone Girl
Show the Fire
Inside Out Trilogy
Lover Awakened
Left drowning

bev August 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Anne of Green Gables
Little Women
Any of the Harry Potter books
Jane Eyre
These Old Shades
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Honorable Imposter
One for the Money

bev August 21, 2014 at 9:15 PM

@ Michelle loved Written in Red. I was living there long after I closed the book. I wonder if we can convince Maryse to give it a whirl some time.

Maryse August 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM

I am gonna have some FUN playing in your book-lists!!! I mean if THESE are your choices, they MUST be good. Or have some serious impact. YAY ME!

Sabrina D August 21, 2014 at 9:21 PM

1. Fifty Shades of Grey 1&2
2. Delirium and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
3. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
4. Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens
5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
6. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
7. This Man trilogy by Jodi Ellen Malpas
8. The Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan
9. Easy by Tamara Webber
10. Collide and Pulse by Gail McHugh

Maryse August 21, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Is Written in Red a standalone?

Fabi August 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Maryse, I was surprised that there are many in your list I’ve never heard of before.

I’ll add my list when I get home or in the morning but I bet no one will recognize mine because 1. I’m new to this genre and 2. I’ve been gobbling up books for over 30 years.

Michelle August 21, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Written in Red is the first book of a newer series by Anne Bishop that just sucked me in to this completely unique world. It’s my favorite paranormal read this year hands down!

bev August 21, 2014 at 9:31 PM

@ Maryse no not a stand alone. So far 2 out and 1 comes out in march that might be the last. They do not end with cliff hangers, but , oh how to say? You know when bigger story lines carry over.

My Honorable Mention I can not forget the Kleypas. Pretty much any LK historical.

Fabi August 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM

I just realized I’ve read 200 books in the last 5 months. So about 35 years of reading….Hmmm Maybe I need an intervention

Michelle August 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Bev – there’s actually five books planned so far in the series according to Bishop’s website which imo is not enough!

Tracy August 21, 2014 at 9:43 PM

OMG. Ok here goes

Fifty shades of Grey … All of them
Beautiful Disaster
Butterfly Weeds
Consequences. All of them
The Mighty Storm
Crossfire Trilogy
The bad boys novels. By M Leighton

bev August 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

That just got a YAY!! Thank you for letting me know. I was just guessing based on some of her past work. So excited by this. I re read it before Murder of Crows so I’m counting it on my best of list for this year too, lol.

Renae August 21, 2014 at 10:09 PM

On the Island -Tracey Garvis Graves
Fifty Shades-EL James
Emi Lost & Found-Lori Otto
Bronze Horseman- Paullina Simons
My Sisters Keeper Jodi Picoult
Paradise -Judith McNaught
Angels & Demons – Dan Brown
Blind Obsession -Ella Frank
Flat Out Love -Jessica Park
Living With Honor -Salvatore Giunta

Fabi August 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM

I tried, I really tried but I would have to do like Maryse and make a list of lists. It’s breaking my heart to leave so many favorites off this 10 item list. So, these are not all of my all-time favorites. Only 10 of my all time favorites. It makes me sad to only list 10. hahaha

1. The Crystal Cave series by Mary Stewart (YA mythology)
2. Dollanganger Series (aka Flowers in the Attic series) by V.C. Andrews (is this considered YA? idk)
3. The Rosalynde Chronicles by Roberta Gellis (Historical Romance)
4. Beowulf author unknown (Old English epic poem)
5. Earth’s Children Series by Jean M. Auel (fantasy)
6. Twighlight series by Stephanie Myer (YA PNR)
7. Candida by George Bernard Shaw (comedy, Eng Lit)
8. Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card (YA Sci Fi)
9. The Neanderthal Parallax by Robert J. Sawyer (sci fi romance)
10. Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (YA PNR)

…and I’m already at 10 and haven’t even gotten to Highlander and Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward, Dark Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and dozens of dystopians that rock

But I HAVE to add honorable mentions to anything and everything by Arthur C. Clark, Isaac Asimov, and Robert J. Sawyer – I have read and re-read everthing they’ve published.

omg it just breaks my heart to limit this list! How are ya’ll doing it??? I have sooo many more greats not to mention recent reads like Push, Rainfall, Beautiful Disaster, Surviving Raine, Loving Mr. Daniels, Unmaking Hunter Kennedy, Night Owl, Temptation series (Try and Take), The Traveler, etc…

ok, I’m dying…

Cynthia August 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Beautiful Disaster
A Game of Thrones
The Exorcist
Heart Shaped Box
Mystery Man
The Husbands Secret

bev August 21, 2014 at 10:48 PM

@ Fabi, lol. It almost feels like A betrayal doesn’t it? I’ve thought of at least 10 more since. Pretty much did the don’t stop and think about it to much just write.

Fabi August 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

that’s what I did bev but my fingers wouldn’t stop typing and when I finally forced myself to “just stop” I felt exactly like what you described – a betrayal – of amazing authors’ amazing works that changed my life

Fabi August 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I much prefer Maryse’s method of a list of lists. Sooo much better to do it that way.

Ann-Theres August 21, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Oh, there are so many books…. Here I go anyway;

The Legend of the Ice people, by Margit Sandemo, a Norwegian author, who started my paranormal reading…
Any Harry Potter book.
Fifty Shades
The covenant series by Jennifer L Armenout
Lover Awakened
Beautiful Disaster
Any book by Kristen Ashley….

And tecnically, these are a LOT more than 10, lol!! And still there are more, *sigh*……

Ashley B. August 21, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Unlike you classy ladies, mine are all erotic books! I mean, I have read enough of them over the past year and a half to last a lifetime! 356 and counting…if you girls need some suggestions, just let me know. My dirty mind is savoring each and every one of them! ;)

1-Fifty Shades Series
2-Rook & Ronin Series + extra books by JA Huss
3-Anything by CD Reiss
4-Anything by Alessandra Torre
5-G-Men Series by Andrea Smith
6-Stage Dive Series by Kylie Scott
7-Beautiful Bastard Series by Christina Lauren
8-Cater Reed by Tijan
9-Inside Out Series by Lisa Renee Jones
10-Temptation Series (m/m) by Ella Frank

This is definitely not in order as I have my faves!!! Although, I highly recommend ALL of these!!! Enjoy reading!!!

Ashley B. August 22, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Oh, and I forgot all of the Hard a Rock Roots books by CM Stunich-amazing!!! Too many mor to count, but these are on my top list! Maryse, completely agree with you about Rock Me…that book changed me into a tattoo loving band groupie!!! ;)

Summer August 22, 2014 at 1:08 AM

This is fun :)
1. Fifty Shades
2. Thoughtless
3. Bared to You
4. Gabriel’s Inferno
5. This Man
6. The Opportunist
7. Arsen
8. True Love Story
9. Falling for Hadie
10. Wallbanger

Holly T August 22, 2014 at 1:53 AM

- Perfect Match – Jodi Picoult
- Fifty Shades
- Bared to You
- Beautiful Disaster
- Afterlife – Stephanie Hudson
- The Reluctant Dom
- Fallen Too Far
- Mystery Man
- Me Before You
- Arsen

Laura August 22, 2014 at 3:05 AM

No paticular order:

Undeniable – Madeleine Sheehan
Captive in the dark – cj Roberts
Underestimated – jettie woodruff
Dirty red – tarryn fisher
Jahleel – s. Ann cole
Lover reborn – jr ward
A hunger like no other – kresley cole
Afterlife saga – Stephanie Hudson
Plausibility – jettie woodruff
Raw – belle aurora

I think I’m sure theres more I love lol

Tracey August 22, 2014 at 5:15 AM

Not in order ( would be too much like picking favourite child)
Jane Erye
Me before you ( it stayed with me so much i havent managed to re read it, one day maybe)
Incarnations of Immortality series (Piers Anthony)
Gabriel’s Inferno
Tied Man ( read this last year and its THE darkest read so far for me)
Flowers in the Attic ( read it as a teenager how grown up did I think I was !)
The Hobbit
Love in Touch
Cross Stitch ( outlander)

Janet August 22, 2014 at 5:36 AM

That was fun! Also, not in order – and one extra for luck:

The Golden Dynasty
Fire Inside
Tristan and Danika Trilogy
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Unwanted Wife
Night Owl
Because You Are Mine
Gabriel’s Inferno Trilogy
Wingman (Woman)
The Driven Trilogy

Melissa August 22, 2014 at 7:24 AM

Maryse, I’m totally with you on your pics 1-4 and 7&8 ! Oh, and of course Nikki Sixx’s book. Love him. If I had to add to the list I would add Arsen by Mia Asher and The Edge of Never by JA Redmerski

Jean August 22, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Fifty Shades
Heaven is For Real
Archer’s Voice
Making Faces
The Opportunist (whole series)
Tristan and Danika series
Surviving Raine
Captive n the Dark (whole series)

Great lists from everyone! Haven’t read Comfort Food from Maryse’s list yet but bought it a while ago.! And that Judy Blume book…. Omg, I read that over and over again as a kid too!

Teresa H. August 22, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (Best book EVER!!!)
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
At Peace by Kristen Ashley
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
Sweet Home by Tillie Cole
Fallen Crest series by Tijan
Broken and Screwed series by Tijan

Tracy August 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Here’s my list and I feel like there are so many more.

Fifty Shades of Grey
Finding Home
Beautiful Disaster
My Sisters Keeper
Left Drowning
Gone Girl
A Place Called Home
Defending Jacob
Lover Awakened.

Jean August 22, 2014 at 9:39 AM

How could I have forgotten Sea of Tranquility! I love that book and it will always stick with me! And all of the Madeleine Sheehan Undeniable series! Like all of you, it’s hard to list just 10! But you guys are making my TBR list longer!!

Fabi August 22, 2014 at 9:46 AM

So many of you mention Lover Awakened which I love but Lover at Last is the one that had me rereading. I think I read it 3-4 times. Of course, there really isn’t one of that’s not great. But this one is the only I’ve re-read.

Jean August 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Fabi, now you reminded me of the BDB series too! Loved Lover Awakened the most because of Z but I also loved Lover Enshrined with Phury which surprised me!

Melody August 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Love Unscripted and Love Unrehearsed are definite “re-reads” for me!

Linda August 22, 2014 at 10:09 AM

This is next to impossible assignment but here goes!!
1. 50 Shades series
2. This Man series
3. Driven series
4. Tristan/Danika series
5. Transcendence
6. Thoughtless series
7. Sweet series by Maya Banks
8. Undeniable
9. Underestimated
10. On the Island
11. Neighbors from Hell series (sorry had to add these guys!!)

Tessa August 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small
Sweet Liar by Jude Devereaux
Sweet Valley High 3 Playing with Fire (Bruce Patman was my first book boyfriend. Even at 11, I wanted the alpha bad boy.)
In Flight
Fallen Crest High
Vampire Diaries (My first in love with paranormal romance)

Gosh, this list shows my age. (I read Vampire Diaries when it came out! Lol). I’ve always loved romance novels, even as a kid. Though, Skye O’Malley was such an OMG, especially at 14. That stuck with me for some very obvious reasons, if you read it. Thankfully, I had my sister to go to to ask a TON of questions while reading the series.

bev August 22, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Ha! Bruce, love it.

Tessa August 22, 2014 at 10:43 AM

He beat wimpy Todd any day! :-D

Tessa August 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM

I was reading through others (didn’t want to be in influenced) and I can’t believe I forgot Harry Potter! So that whole series is #11. Especially 3.

Teri August 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Thank you all for the great suggestions!!!! I have added to my list (whoop whoop)… here goes it – in no order really…
Game of Thrones
The Host (I can feel the tears coming)
Beautiful Disaster
Bone Deep
Sins & Needles (lady killer, regulation tattoo… can you hear it!)
Wuthering Heights (prob. my #1)
All the Black Dagger Boys (uh, er, I mean books) ;-)
Outlander (sigh)
Golden Dynasty
and finally…. Well, I will the “10″ spot open as I have not found you yet but when I do you will be my very favorite book of all time :-)

teri August 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM

So difficult:
Great Expectations
Pride and Prejudice
FSOG series
Dark Lover (because it is the 1st of the BDB series JR Ward)
Fallen Angel series (all so far) JR Ward
Motorcycle Man (Kristen Ashley)
The Stand (Stephen King)
Try Series (Ella Frank)

Donya August 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

So many to choose from but these are the ones that everything else must compare too:

Black Dagger Brotherhood series (all of them)
Promise Me Darkness / Promise Me Light by Paige Weaver – it got me on a survivalist kick
The Driven Trilogy – Colton is my BB!!!
Mystery Man – began my love of Alpha Males and even the MC books
The McKettrick Series (1-3) by Linda Lael Miller – Cowboys and Family
Torn From You / With You by Nashoda Rose – Very Dark
Hearts In Darkness by Laura Kaye – began my love of Tattooed boys
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – I still remember the poem
The Texan’s Wager by Jodi Thomas – Cowboy
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton – Hilarious!

Now to plan a reread!

ofelia August 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM

bronze horseman
fifty shades of grey
lover awakened & lover mine
beautiful disaster
the lying season(EIT)
the sweet gum tree
hopeless & all colleen hoover books
the opportunist

Fabi August 22, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Oh but Jean, when the boys finally got together in Lover at Last, after all the lead in from the other books, it was just explosive. M/M at its best imh…how can you beat two alphas? Try and Take came close but I didn’t have the investment yet in those characters as I did with the BDB boys. And yes, all the subplots got a bit annoying, but the main attraction in Lover at Last was spectacular.

Fabi August 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Aaahhhh! When I think about the plane and the various misunderstandings and the outfits and the…that does it — gotta go reread it again. Will be a perfect escape after TTM. The he’ll with my TBR . I need a break with an old favorite.

Lexi August 22, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Wuthering Heights – the scene Healtcliff holds Catherine in his arms gutted me, and when he’s waiting by the tree for news and Nelly comes…I lost it right along with him.
The Bride – Julie Garwood
Beautiful Disaster
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Notebook – Nicolas Sparks
Undeniable – Madeline Sheehan
Sweet Valley High – haha, but seriously almost all my summers as a youngin were about these books!
Holly – Jude Deveraux

Sharon August 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM

So hard to pick only ten …
1. Me Before You
2. Mrs. Mike
3. Frenchman’s Creek
4. The Harry Potter Series
5. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
6. Transcendence
7. Finding Home
8. Archer’s Voice
9. Freeing Carter
10. Rock Me

Natalie August 22, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Maryse unfortunately I have read every book on your list, but I did get a lot of new material from all the ladies comments! Thanks ya’ll rock! Now my list, So here is my list and it really isn’t my TOP TEN list because it is so similar to yours so I tried to put books that I read and if a hurricane was headed my way and I had to pick which books were coming these would be in it. Hope you ladies enjoy!

1. Three Sisters Island trilogy by Nora Roberts
2. Twilight
3. Saletti Blood series by Vana V
4. Reaper’s MC Joanna Wylde
5. Night Prince by Jeaniene Frost
6. Mirror Image by Sandra Brown
7.Crow’s Row by Julie Hockly
8. Up in Air by R.K. Lilley
9. A hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
10. The last Riders by Jamie Begley (Really anything by Jamie Begley is AMAZING

Natalie August 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM

- Driven Trilogy, K. Bromberg
- Fever Series, KMM
- The Immortal Highlander, KMM
- Beautiful Disaster, Jamie McGuire
- Rock me, Cherrie Lynn
- Fifty Shades of Grey #1&2
- Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
- Mind Games, Carolyn Crane
- As you Desire, Connie Brockway
- Downside Ghosts Series, Stacia Kane

These are the first ten books or Series that come to my mind. Loooove your blog Maryse, by the way!
Best Wishes from your German follower Natalie. :D <3

MichelleS August 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

10 books that stayed with me (some go WAY WAY back)

1.) Flowers in the Attic (I was a young teen when I read this)
2.) Remembrance by Danielle Steel (I was 15 and it was my 1st grown up romance)
3.) Outlander (Jamie!!!!! – enough said)
4.) Twilight (cause it got me back to reading after a break)
5.) 50 Shades – because it made me look at other books like it
6.) Lover Eternal (BDB) (cause I’m gonna marry Rhage someday)
7.) Golden Dynasty
8.) The Immortal Highlander – Karen Moning
9.) Lord of the Fading Lands (best Fae book ever, hands down)
10.) The Bronze Horseman

Honorable mention: Undeniable (cause it got me MC cub crazy)

Maryse August 22, 2014 at 8:21 PM

You know… I can’t believe I forgot Flowers in the Attic ’cause that one is TOTALLY a part of my list!!!

Kristi August 22, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I’m surprised no one listed Forbidden by Tabatha Sazuma. I’m not a book crier…but that ending… That being said…the rest of my list includes:

After the Rain (Yet another tear inducing book)
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Fault in Our Stars (Pretty much anything by John Green)
Gerald’s Game (Stephen King–one of his best)
Horns (Joe Hill–Stephen King’s son–just as creepy)
Consequences series by Aleatha Romig
The Book Thief
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

As someone else said..it’s like trying to pick your favorite child. I have a LOT of faves lol

Melinda August 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Here goes
1. Fifty shades series
2. Thoughtless series
3. Bad things series rk Lilly
4. Love unscripted/ love unrehearsed
5. 1000 splendid suns
6. Perfect Judith mcnaught
7 carnage
8. Tea rose Jennifer Donnelly
9. Witness Nora Roberts
10. Sweet dreams Kirsten Ashley actually any books ka
11. Slammed Colleen Hoover

Jill August 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Each of these books stayed with me for a different reason (in no particular order and not overthinking it)
Mud Vein
She’s Come Undone
A Little Princess
Angela’s Ashes
Beautiful Disaster
The Diary of Anne Frank
Archer’s Voice

Marion August 23, 2014 at 4:42 AM

Childhood List
Diary of anne frank
anne of green gables
little women
P.S i love u (the teen version)

Adult List
Fifty shades of grey
Me before you
Kite runner
Dear john
Nothing left to loose

Kristi August 23, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Haha I must have been half asleep when I did my list. That should be When it Rains by Lisa De Jong…not after the rain

Julie August 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Here’s my list!

Twilight series
FSOG (altho I read it as the fanfic MotU)
Bared to You series
The Sea of Tranquility (best ending)
On the Island
Carnage series
Play (Stage Dive #2 b/c I love Mal)
The Opportunist series
Thoughtless series
Harry Potter series

If were talking those books that stay with you forever and ever….
Judy Bloom
Memoirs of a Geisha
Master of the Game (loved me some Sidney Sheldon)
The Diana Chronicles (loved Princess Diana)

christina August 23, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Ok in no particular order I would say:
Beautiful Disaster
Captive in the Dark
Bad things (series)
Me Before You
Bared to you
The bronze horseman
The opportunist
The Siren (series)
Sweet Dreams

Isadora August 23, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Ok I want to play this game too!!!
Here we go:
1-Fifty Shades
2-Sea of Tranquility
6-Thoughtless series
7-Making Faces
8-Avoiding Series
And the last one goes to…..
10-The Plan! Loved it:)

Joyce August 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Childhood/teen years -
A Wrinkle in time
All Judy Blume books but Forever was the one that I remember the most because I had to sneak around for my mom to allow me to read it
All Nancy Drew books (this started my love of reading)
All the older Stephen King

Romance book list
All Kristen Ashley books
The original bodice ripper Kathleen Woodiwiss books
Fifty Shades

Book group list
Book Thief
To Kill a Mockingbird

Other recents
Hunger Games
Game of Thrones

Silvia August 23, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Ok, deep breath:
Experiment in Terror series(love you Dex!)
Twilight series
FSOG series
The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
The Dresden Files
Sookie Stackhouse series
CD Reiss “Songs…” series
Flat Out books
All Colleen Hoover
Stolen(there might be a sequel!)

Judy August 23, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Oh I love seeing all those in common with my list! Here goes…

Beautiful Disaster
Archers Voice
Tristan & Danika
Lover Awakened
At Peace
Sweet Dreams
…oh so many more :)

Jennifer St Denis August 24, 2014 at 7:59 PM

In no order.

Carnage (The story of us)
The sweet gum tree
Bang (Black Lotus 1)
In the Stillness
Going Under
Take this regret series
Chasing Nikki Series

Carla August 26, 2014 at 1:57 AM

Here is my list… Actually we have some in common.

- The Host by Stephanie Meyer-> The book that I cried the most in my life.
- Tell me your dreams by Sidney Sheldon -> It was my first “dark” read… welll… at least for a 13 years old. lol
- In Death Series by J.D Robb -> Because Roarke was my first alpha male. And I loved Nora Roberts! Back then I read more than 20 books of her…
- Princess by Jean Sasson -> My first heartbreaking read. I was 12. lol
- Twilight -> Ah so many reasons. It was beautiful. And my first vampire book.
- Fifty Shades of Grey -> Because that book shocked me! I’ll never forget Christian. A love/hate relationship for me.
- The perfect plan by Sidney Sheldon – My first “adult” book.
- Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy) by Richelle Mead -> Because Rose is my favorite heroine ever. I’ll never forget her.
- Stolen by Lucy Christopher -> Because that was my first personal case of Stockholm syndrome. lol
- Mistery Man by Kristen Ashley -> That was the book that made me go crazy for all the alphas in the world. (also my first KA book)

Maryse August 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM

OH YES!!! So many are putting “Stolen” on the list and absolute I agree!! I want to add that one into my list SO bad. One of my FAVS!!!!!

I remember every single detail right to that crazy ending… GAH!! *please let there be a sequel*


Kelly August 30, 2014 at 5:39 AM

1. the Fae Chronicles by Amelia Hutchins
2. Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling
3.the Web of Hearts and Souls Series by Jamie Magee (Awesome! Must read!)
4. Psy/ Changeling Series by Nalini Singh
5. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth (YA)
6. Cambion Series by Shannon Dermott
7. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
8. The Underworld Series by Kelley Armstrong
9. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Claire (YA)

These are a mix of YA and Adult, but they are all PyFi. Many are indie authors I have fallen in love with. You should check them out!

Julie September 1, 2014 at 6:52 PM

I’ve gotten some good recs from this list – but I think you need another similar version — a top 5 books that have stayed with you this year!

I think these would be my entries for those that won’t leave me in 2014 (so far) —

-Black Lies – I so thought I had it figured out & then there was so much more!
-Play – because I love Mal. I’ll read all the sequels just for more Mal.
-Carnage 2: The Story of Me: just gah – such a good, angsty ending for this series
-Mud Vein – wasn’t my fav but I still think about it
-Driven trilogy – who knew I had such a thing for playboy race car drivers? *fans self*

Maybe it needs to be a top 10 for this year so far because I had a hard time not listing the Tristan & Danika series, Needing Moore series, Frenched, Monster in his Eyes…


Debbie September 8, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Fifty Shades Trilogy – LOVE this series, have read 14 times
Raw by Bella Aurora
Knight/Motorcycle Man – anything Kristen Ashley
Stinger/Archers Voice by Mia Sheridan
Reapers Property by Joanna Wylde
Reluctant Dom – anything by Tymber Dalton
Nobodys Perfect by Kalypso Masters
Mafia Captive by Kitty Thomas
The Tied Man – DARK but couldn’t put it down
Saving Dallas by Kim Jones

I feel so bad for not including other favourites, my next 10 are……….

Katherine September 14, 2014 at 5:18 PM

You said Travis and Kellen WERE your #1s for the longest time. Are there new number ones? Do share!!!

Maryse September 14, 2014 at 6:54 PM

LOL Katherine!!

No new number ones… Travis will forever be my main #1. Zsadist, my other main #1… and Kellan my 3rd #1. And Tate. And Hawk (Kristen Ashley) and Dex from Experiment in terror. THOSE are all my #1′s… but my two mains are Z and T. ;)

Roopali September 16, 2014 at 2:23 AM

1. Fifty shades trilogy by E.L. James
2. Fraternizing series by C.C. Brown
3. Wild card by Lora.Leigh
4. Bared to you series by Sylvia. Day
5. Taint by S.L.Jennings
6. Motorcycle man by Kristen Ashley(loveeee all her books♥♥)
7.Just the sexiest man alive by Julie James
8. Mid life love series by Whitney Garcia Williams
9. This man trilogy by Jodi Ellen Malpas
10. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
…….♡♡♡♡….♥♥♥♥♥♥…♡♡♡♡ plus many many more ……

Tara September 22, 2014 at 1:07 AM

I was never an avid reader until I found R L Stine in 5th grade and immediately leaped to Stephen King. My mom introduced me to Nora Roberts when I was 12 (an extremely young age, I know, but my love for reading just exploded after that.

Island of the Blue Dolphins -
Time Cat –
Cry of the Were Cat – R L Stine
Pet Semetary – Stephen King
Dance Upon the Air – Nora Roberts
Night Play – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Iron Kissed – Patricia Briggs
Dark Lover – J R Ward
Any Which Way but Dead – Kim Harrison
Undead and Unwed – Maryjanice Davidson

This definitely isn’t in a particular order. Night Play introduced me to the paranormal romance genre and is one of my go to books whenever I’m between books or need a happy cry (only we can understand what that means :P ). All of these books have changed my life in one way or another and I hope you all can take a look and find a new book/series/book-boyfriend to love :)

Emma October 6, 2014 at 5:02 PM

So my ten faves are!
This man
Fifty shades
Forever trilogy
Captivated in the dark
Driven trilogy
Filthy beautiful

Great great books!!!!!

Marion October 28, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Out of curiosity i’m currently reading Outlander because I saw the tv series last week and fell instantly in love with the story so I figured if the film version is this good then the book must be out of this world and I’m not disappointed at all.
I’ve laughed, cried, been scared out of my wits and im just half way through!! Brilliant story telling, these characters will stay with me for a long long time. 7 star read for me!

teri October 28, 2014 at 10:32 AM

I could not agree more Marion. It’s one of the most beautifully written stories I’ve ever read. I’m now starting the fourth book and it has not lost any of it’s integrity what-so-ever. I just love it (too)!

marion October 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Teri the actors they chose to play Jamie & Claire on the small screen are PERFECT! They got a bona fide Scotsman in the lead role complete with the red hair and blue eyes and hes gorgeous!!!! I love that in most aspects they 99% stuck to the written version.
I’m on to book two!

tse December 29, 2014 at 4:06 AM

lover awakened….Zhadist…’sigh’
captive in the dark
the host
Lead (stage dive #3)
lover unbound (loved all the black dagger brotherhood series)

Sharnah December 29, 2014 at 6:18 AM

:) in no order and im sure ive missed alot i forgot to add

Sempre – even got thevword sempre tattoed on my wrist.
Me before you – jojo moyes
Anything Kristen Ashley
Beautiful Disaster – jamie maguire
This Man – Jodi Ellen Malpas
When Summer ends – Isabelle Rae
Neighbors from hell series – RL Mathewson
A different blue – Amy Harmon
Anything by Lila Felix – sweet regreshing reads
On the island – Tracey garvis-graves
Just the sexiest man alive – Julie James
( i highly recommend, i laughed so freaking hard in this book)
Love Unscripted – Tina Reber
The sea of tranquility – Katja Millay
The witness – Nora roberts
How to kill a rock star – Tiffanie Debartolo
Forget you – jennifer Echols
Boycotts & Barflies – victoria michaels ( MUST READ)

and so many more but i just bought a new book so im keen to devour it.
:) fan from australia!

Jessi December 30, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Broken -Megan Hart
Beautiful Disaster -Jamie McGuire
Night Owl -M Pierce
The Space Between Us -Megan Hart
Dark Places -Gillian Flynn
Hopeless -Colleen Hoover
Reckless -S C Stephens
Love, in English -Karina Halle
Chasing Fire -Nora Roberts
Bridge to Terabithia -Katherine Paterson

Vidi C December 30, 2014 at 7:18 PM

I like reading around your blog. And i may add mine too

1. Debt inheritance / indebted series by Pepper Winters
2. Captitaved in the dark / the dark duet series
3. Hart Family series by ella fox
4. Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines
5. Summer Breeze series by Abbi Glines
6. Til death by Bella Jewel
7. Fifty shades of grey
8. Twilight
9. Bad Things/Danika & Tristan series by R. K. Lilley
10. Obsidian/Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

And if I mean the series, containing ALL bookd and ALL series.

Nice to know you anyway :-)

Stacey April 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM

I am so surprised because I don’t think I saw my number one anywhere on the list so Ill give it a shout out…

Real by Katy Evans……*sigh*, Remy will always be my number one!

Audra April 18, 2015 at 5:35 PM

1. Stephenie Meyer ‘Twilight series’
2. Jodi Ellen Malpas ‘This Man Series’
3. E.L James ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
4. Jamie McGuire “Beautiful Disaster Series”
5. Diana Palmer “Lord of the Desert”
6. Jamie Begley – “The Last Riders Series” ‘Shade is my Favorite’
7. Melissa Mayhue “Daughters of Glen Series”
8. Sylvia Day “Cross Fire Series”
9. Nora Roberts “In The Garden Trilogy”
10. K.A Tucker “Ten Tiny Breaths Series”

Anne June 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM

I was just telling my son about ‘The Long Walk’ by Stephen King. I probably read it 20 years ago, but will never forget it. And I spoke of the pooping and walking too!

Brenda June 12, 2015 at 9:59 AM

1. Slade by Jamie Begley
2. Valiant by Laurann Dohner, anything New Species
3. Last Hit by Jen Frederick and Jessica Clare
4. Fury of Desire by Coreene Callahan
5. When Day Breaks by Maya Banks, anything KGI
6. Five Weeks by Dannika Dark, anything that series
7. When You Dare by Lori Foster
8. Wait For Signs by Craig Johnson, anything about Longmire
9. Exquisite Danger and Exquisite Trouble by Ann Mayburen
10. Anything by J D Robb

Brenda June 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM

These are some I LOVE.

Lisa June 19, 2015 at 8:56 AM

1. Twilight series
2. Beautiful Disaster
4. The Hunger Games series
5. Thoughtless series
6. Left Drowning
7. Present Perfect
8. When It Rains by Lisa De Jong
9. Ten Tiny Breaths
10. The Opportunist series

Stefanie July 12, 2015 at 12:05 AM

1. 50 shades
2. Thoughtless series
3. Pulse/collide– love Gavin
4. Driven series
5. Beautiful bastard
6. Gabriel’s rapture
7. Fallen to far series
8. Love inscripted n interrupted
9. Fixed on you
10. Crossfire series- love books not way author responds to fans. Takes forever

Jasmin Schmidt September 11, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Where rainbows end

Divergent series

Hunger games series

Outlander series

Harry Potter series

Fifty shades of Grey series

starr Washington September 11, 2015 at 2:03 PM

Sorry I am a series junky. here are the ones that stay in my mind
black jewel by anne bishop
dark hunter series by sherrilyn kenyon
Reaper property ( joanne wylde )
immortal after dark (kresley cole)
Black dagger brother hood (jr ward )
Stephaine Plum
in death series (jd robb)
Carpathian series (christine feehan)
Anita Blake series (laura K hailmaton)

Stacey September 29, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Sometimes its really hard for me to get over my book slump….. especially when you’ve read books like these ;)

1.) Real by Katy Evans (whole series) Remy will always be my #1
2.) Fallen Crest Series by Tijan
3.) Consequences by Aleatha Romig (whole series)
4.) The Life of Ana by Marissa Honeycutt (***WARNING: Darkest I have ever read, it just gets darker and darker and darker)
5.) Seducing Simon / The Breathless Trilogy / The Surrender Trilogy all by Maya Banks
6.) The Deal & The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
7.) The Friend Zone and The Hook-up by Kristen Callihan
8.) Raze by Tillie Cole
9.) Fifty Shade of Grey EL James
10.) Tear Asunder Series by Nashoda Rose
11.) Captive in the Dark CJ Roberts
12.) A Table for Three by Lainey Reese (***wink***)
13.) Reaper’s MC Series by Joanna Wylde
14.) Stage Dive Series by Kylie Scott
15.) Against the Ropes Sarah Castille
16.) Up in the Air Series / Tristan & Danika by R.K. Lilley
17.) Her Master’s Teacher by Lily White
18.) Beautiful Disaster….

Cindy September 30, 2015 at 2:02 PM

I have come across so many fantastic reads and have added a few of my favorites. (in no particular order)
1. Archer’s Voice – Mia Sheridan
2. Anything by Kristen Ashley
3. This Man Series – Jodi Ellen Malpas
4. Driven Series – K. Bromberg
5. Crossfire Series – Sylvia Day
6. Anything by Colleen Hoover
7. Neighbors from Hell Series – R.L. Mathewson
8. Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
9. Black Lies – Alessandra Torre
10. The Edge of Never / The Edge of Always – J. A Redmerski

And a special “shoot out” for The Readhead Series by Alice Clayton, Stage Drive Series by Kylie Scott and Thoughless Series by S.C. Stephens.

Yvette October 9, 2015 at 12:53 PM

I am purposely leaving off my favorites that are liked by almost everyone, i.e., Outlander and The Bronze Horseman, etc. What I’m listing here are my favorites that aren’t on any of the lists above (at least I don’t think they are). Please, oh please, check these out. You won’t be sorry — I promise. Now, on to the list (in no order — that’d be too hard to do).

1. Ice Queen & Mirror of My Soul by Joey Hill (there were tears people, actual tears and I hardly ever CRY!)
2. The Man I Love & Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur (I discovered this author this year. If you add anything to your list, please add these 2 books. Even the book titles give me a bit of the shivers…
3. The Kane Trilogy by Stylo Fantome (this one is dark and kinda crazy, but kept me turning those pages…)
4. The Siren by Tiffany Reisz (for those of you into BDSM. Holy s*it!)
5. Crimson Kiss (this is the first in the trilogy) by Trisha Baker. If you can find this gem, you’d better grab on to it. Wait until you get a load of Simon. He is the meanest vampire SOB that I’ve ever met (yet, I sorta kept rooting for him. There must be something wrong with me).
6. Never the Face by Ariel Sands — so much raw, human emotion. A bit shocking really…
7. The Missing Link by J. M. Sevilla — he’s an assassin. ’nuff said!
8. The Maker’s Song Series by Adrian Phoenix. Um, I think I bit off all of my nails while I was reading this excellent paranormal series.
9. Good Girl Gone Bad and Skin by Karin Tabke.
10. Seize Me by Crystal Spears — about a 1% MC club. This series makes the Son’s of Anarchy look like high schoolers.

Maryse October 9, 2015 at 1:07 PM

I LOVE these lists!!! Keep ‘em coming. :D

Heather January 29, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Ok this is a list that covers a lot of decades since I have been reading for a lot of them ::laughing::

1. Shadow touch by Marjorie Lou. A dirk and Steele novel. Paranormal.
2 twilight because I have probably read it more times the my years alive ::laughing::
3 Doms dungeon by cherise Sinclair one of her few solo stories though I hope she will expand on it some.
4. Club shadowlands also by cherise Sinclair – club shadowlands series.
5. Something new – Cameron Dane – part of the fostered series ménage
6. Lover revealed – Jr. Ward as much as I loved the other guys there was just something about butch I can never really resist.
7. Warriors Woman – Johanna Lindsay – have loved this one since I was a teenager enough that it has stood the test of time.
8. Harper hall trilogy by Anne McCaffrey – also older and I really can’t choose one of the three since they seem to be the same book but the Master Harper and Melanie are probably two of my favorite characters of all time.
9. Rejar – Dara joy – simply because she was able to meld the mischievousness of the cat and the I tenseness of an alpha male in one body and make it yummy.

Of this list all of them minus the first one can be taken in any order of preference. The first is my ultimate favorite

Dina March 3, 2016 at 8:04 PM

It was so hard to limit it to ten because I have re-read many classics too!
1. Black Swan & Moss Rose – Day Taylor
2. Love’s Tender Fury & Dare to Love – Jennifer Wilde
3.The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
4. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
5. Flowers In the Attic Series – V.C. Andrews
6. Outlander Series – Diana Gabaldon
7. The Women of the Otherworld Series – Kelley Armstrong (made me fall in love with paranormal books)
8. Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
9. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
10.Sinners On Tour Series – Olivia Cunning (erotica – read after Fifty Shades which I loved but these I would read again too before Shades)

Tiffany Tosh March 15, 2016 at 4:19 PM

My books:

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
The Fellowship of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Summer of my German Soldier by Bette Green
All of the In Death by J. D. Robb
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
The Stand by Stephen King
The Flinx series by Alan Dean Foster

Jan130 March 15, 2016 at 7:21 PM

Only discovered this site recently. Lots of new books here for me to check out. Can’t wait! Thanks so much for sharing, everyone. Here are some of my favs you might like to try.

Kiss of Snow – Nalini Singh (Psy-changeling series, paranormal) This one is Hawke and Sienna’s story. Hawke is the ultimate alpha male. Whew! He doesn’t want to want Sienna, but now she’s all grown-up …
Cry Wolf – Patricia Briggs – Alpha and Omega series Book 1, paranormal. Charles and Anna are a great pairing. Oh yeah, and Charles is super hot…
Motorcycle Man – Kirsten Ashley. Tack Allen has to be one of her best ever alpha male heroes. (Seriously – who doesn’t love KA?)
The Shell Seekers – Rosamunde Pilcher. An oldie but still a goodie. Still makes me cry when Olivia finds the poetry book and the letters.
These Old Shades – Georgette Heyer. Yeah, read her to death when I was a teenager. This one is still my fave. First published in 1926. Unbelievable. I re-read it recently out of curiosity, and it’s still got it. Super romantic story. Who needs explicit sex in a book, when one look can say it all? Ah, Justin Alastair. (Swoon). GH is a legend.
Kulti – Mariana Zapata. A recent find for me – saw it praised on this website. (Thanks Maryse and gang). Loved this slow build story of two soccer stars. (And I don’t even watch soccer – what’s with that?) A definite re-read for me. Wall of Winnipeg was great too.
Beautiful Player – Christina Lauren. Hanna and Will’s story. OMG. Friends to lovers, sweet geeky heroine tames the bad boy player. Definitely the best out of the Beautiful series.
The Turning Point – Freya North. Loved, loved this slow build book. Still reeling. Older guy and older woman, both with children and baggage, from different continents, find ways to make their relationship work. Beautiful. You must read this book, all the way through to the very last page!
Heartless – Mary Balogh. Gorgeous Georgian romance with emotionally damaged hero redeemed by the love of a good woman. (Sigh) Luke and Anna’s relationship is built beautifully and convincingly. These characters are real to me. A go-to comfort book. (Balogh’s Irresistible is also an old fave with many re-reads. I’m seriously in love with Nathaniel Gascoigne.)
A Woman Scorned – Liz Carlyle. (Regency era) Loved this and all of her early books. (Sadly her recent efforts have gone off IMO.) This book is one of her best. Captain Cole Amherst. Decent, honourable, upstanding ex-soldier (and super hottie) falls for a femme fatale whose past is under a cloud. (But is she really as wicked as everyone thinks???)

Teri March 16, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Oh ya, Jan130! You have several listed that I have not heard of before and I’m excited to check out. Thanks for posting the list!

Maryse March 18, 2016 at 11:08 AM

YAY!! Thank you SO much for this list, Jan! I’ll feature it, soon. :D

Barbie August 25, 2016 at 8:35 PM

Chasing Butterflies by Terri Laine is right up there with BD

Shammah Wojtyra May 4, 2017 at 6:38 AM

Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas.
Fallen crest series by Tijan
Fucker by Amo Jones
First grave on the right by Darynda Joned
Paper Princess by Erin Watt
Lover awakened by J R Ward
Incandescent by River Savage
Stray by Rachel Vincent
Centre Mass by Lani Lynn Vale
Pandemonium by Bella Jewel.

I’d also like to stated that these are my top authors and I religiously collect every book they’ve ever written. After obsessively reading all of your book lists I’m off to download some more books now to add to my 700 on my Kindle.

Maryse May 4, 2017 at 6:27 PM

LOL Shammah!!!!! <3

rominew March 11, 2018 at 10:27 PM

Tell me what you want series – Megan Maxwell
Crossfire series – Sylvia Day
Broken series – A.E. Murphy
My Man series – Jodi Ellen Malpas
Fixed On You series – Laurelin Paige
Unsuitable – Samantha Towle
Confess – Colleen Hoover
Ugly Love – Colleen hoover
The contract – Melanie Moreland

Maryse March 12, 2018 at 11:44 AM

Thank you rominew!!!! :D

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