There were a lot of surprises for me in 2013. I fell for a lizard. An actual alien lizard. I fell for a sweeping male/male fantasy story. But there were also some authors that made my list that are no surprise at all including Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews. Let’s get to it.
A favorite read of the year and the trilogy isn’t even over yet! I can barely stand the wait. This is a male/male fantasy story, and while I thoroughly enjoyed Volume One, Volume Two is what really blew me away. You must read them in order. For all of the dark things that happen in Volume One, the payoff in Volume Two – including the romance and the epic twists and turns - is worth it. Volume Three will be released in 2014.
Twelve books into this amazing series, and this is the strongest one yet. Not only has Singh crafted a complex and intriguing world, but the romance in this book is FANTASTIC.
“Tell me you aren’t evil.” Please.
Kaleb’s thumbs moved against her temples. “I’m sorry.”
Shaking her head in a mute refusal to accept what he was trying to tell her, she lifted trembling fingers to his jaw. “What have you done?”
“Too much that can never be undone.”
Erotic. Intense. Amazing heroine. Anne Calhoun is one of my most anticipated authors.
“What is this?” she asked. She wanted to rub up against him. She wanted to see him, touch his bare skin. She wanted…
He gave a low laugh she felt rumble in his chest as much as heard in her ears. “Chemistry,” he said, and lifted his head to look at her. “This is some kind of wicked chemistry.”
One of the longest books I’ve ever read and I was captivated throughout. Lizard hero who by some point in the middle of the book, I found quite sexy. A human heroine who refuses to give up through some very dark moments but they all lead to a satisfying ending. One of the most unique romances I’ve read.
No, it was not sex, but it had to be something that made him look for reasons to sit with her, to speak with her, even to fight with her if that was all there was, because even the most tedious and foul chore of curing a damned animal hide could become something to look forward to if he was with her. And it wasn’t sex, but he wished it was; it wasn’t sex, but if it had been, even that could be good, could even be glorious, just because it was with her.
Very strong urban fantasy world. Heroine is amazing. Every single supporting character is amazing. Just a hint of romance – but I have a feeling it will be coming in later books. If you pick one urban fantasy to read this year, it should be this one.
I say this every damn year – Ilona Andrews is the BEST storyteller out there. Period. The world. The characters. The romance. The action. The villain. This is an absolute must-read series.
"Are you hungry, baby?" Curran asked.
"I think we should go to dinner."
"What are you going to wear?"
"My badass face."
"Good choice," he said.
This is the second book in this erotic series and I just knew Dallas and Lex would blow me away. The hottest book I read this year with great supporting characters and a terrific world. (and book one and three are awesome too!)
Dallas O’Kane didn’t chase after women who ran. Dallas O’Kane lifted a finger and women came running
This is Mary Ann River’s debut story and in 120 pages it made a tremendous impact. So freaking good. But guess what? This isn’t the only book by her that made my list…
This one might have made me squee in delight more than The Story Guy. Again, in a novella-length story, Mary Ann Rivers writes the most beautiful words. Just read this one and then get excited for 2014 when she has a full-length book coming out. (and it’s $.99 for the entire anthology.)
Honorable Mentions/Authors I discovered in 2013/Other Stuff I’ll Force you to Read
The Kit Colbana series by JC Daniels – this is one of the best ‘urban fantasy with a very strong romance’ series I read. The first two are out, the third comes out next month. You want to be reading this. Blade Song is Bk #1 ($1.99)
Tessa Bailey – The Queen of the Dirty Talking Hero. That’s all you need to know. Take a glance at her Reviews
In the Category of – “Mandi is very excited to see what this author does in 2014 is Edie Harris.. See her 2013 books here. I rec all of them.
Kristen Callihan – She writes a very strong paranormal historical series. Four books in and each one is so, so good. The romance is great and the world is fun. Check her out here.