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.