Jill’s Best of 2013

It’s that time of year again! Actually, I can’t remember if I posted a list last year. Some of my favorite books from 2012 were Riveted by Meljean Brook, Ride with Me by Ruthie Knox and Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey. In 2013 I enjoyed some new authors as well as go-to faves. According to Goodreads, I gave the following seven books 5-star ratings:


1. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Loved this so much I bought it for my mom–and she loved it, too. A double winner about a tutor who gets stranded on a deserted island with her teenage student. Over the next 2-3 years, he becomes an adult and her partner in survival. Great action and a touching romance.


2. Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl

I’m a huge fan of this author and I think I’ve read every installment of the Jackson Hole series. I love the female camraderie, the humor, the real-life emotions and the down-to-earth sexiness. 5 big stars for this one.


3. Unbound by Cara McKenna

Weird, wonderful stuff.


4 & 5. Big Boy and Room at the Inn by Ruthie Knox

This author does novellas so well. I thought Big Boy was a knockout and I also really enjoyed Room at the Inn.


6. Now or Never by Logan Belle

Amazing first part of a series featuring a 41-yr. old heroine with breast cancer who wants to live it up while she can. Brave and exciting.


7. Soloplay by Miranda Baker

A buttoned-up librarian discovers her wild side as “Sologirl,” product tester for a sex toy company. Sparks fly when the CEO invites her to test a new line of couples’ toys with him. I liked the way the heroine found her bliss, so to speak, before the hero entered the picture. Kind of a silly premise, but it hit all the right notes for me.

Of the 12 books I rated 4 stars, these two non-romances stand out.


Burning by Elana K. Arnold

Gritty YA novel about a cute boy and a Roma/gypsy girl who meet by chance in a dying desert town.


The God of War by Marisa Silver

I stumbled across this while doing research for Badlands. Poignant coming-of-age story about a boy growing up near the Salton Sea with his troubled mom and disabled brother.

So there you have it, my favorite reads of 2013. Sorry for no links. It took an hour to add the covers and now I’m tired. I hope you’ve had a wonderful reading year!! Happy Holidays.

More Badlands photos and giveaway news coming soon.



Jill’s Best of 2013 — 4 Comments

  1. Hi Jane! Her other books haven’t clicked with me like this one did but I’m on board now & *really* looking forward to Hard Time. I think she tackles a lot of unique subjects. Some of which don’t appeal to me. But when they do (as in woodsy hermit or convict), watch out!

  2. The Best Man by Kristan Higgins, The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone, Up To the Challenge by Terri Osburn, Love a Little Sideways by Shannon Stacey and of course BADLANDS by eurr you (I got it on netgalley months ago so it qualifies) are my personal favorites for 2013.