The end of 2014 is fast approaching. Samantha and Patricia have been hard at work planning, writing, and reading. So we hope you’ll forgive us if we resort to one of those cliche year-in-review posts for our weekly blog. This will, at least, be a good one. We hope. We’re going to tag-team this one, so you’ll get Patricia’s favorite books and then Samantha’s.
But don’t read through and then click away. Tell us what your favorite books were this year!
Patricia’s Top Books of 2014
I read a lot. I have a long bus ride most days and when I’m not writing, I’m reading. I love almost all genres, but erotic romance, paranormal, and mysteries are my favorites.
Killer Secrets, by Katie Reus, is one of my top five books of the year. Katie’s books are always high quality, but what really binds me to them is the fact that they feature strong, powerful heroines who don’t need a man to rescue them. Sure, the men do their part. They wouldn’t be alpha men if they didn’t. But the women work with the men, not against them, and rarely do you find a damsel in distress in her books.
Her Dark Angel was another wonderful escape for me. The story of an angel who chooses to fall, all for want of a human, it had some steamy scenes, but also a very sweet love story. Who doesn’t want to read about a man (or an angel) who would risk everything for love?
Once Broken fell more into the paranormal mystery genre. Yes, there was a love story, but that wasn’t the focus of the book. I loved the depth of the characters. The action was very well done, some of the easiest I’ve ever pictured. But most of all, the book kept me turning the page time and time again.
Dawn’s Early Light is the latest in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences books. It did not disappoint. Eliza D. Braun is as capable and as irreverent as ever and Wellington is as geeky and as perfect as you’d like him to be. Replete with action and adventure and fantastical steampunk devices, I’m afraid I may have raised a fist in frustration when the book ended. The wait for the next book is way too long.
By My Choice is my last pick for 2014. This is a short, highly erotic read with BDSM overtones. It’s also a vampire story, and I’m a sucker for those. I won’t spoil it for you, but it doesn’t end the way you’d think from the first few pages.
Samantha’s Top Books of 2014
I love, love, love to read. Seriously. When I’ve got the time, I read 1-2 books a week, on average. 2014 has been insane.. and as I’m also a publicist, I’ve read a lot of books by the authors I am blessed to be able to work with. Some of these are my author’s books, only because they deserve to be in my top picks, but some aren’t. In fact, I’m looking to spend my Amazon gift cards I got for Christmas, so leave your book recommendations in the comments for me!
I asked for book recommendations and someone mentioned Getting Out of Hand: Sapphire Falls book one by author Erin Nicholas. As it was only .99 cents (and still is!), I scooped it up and read it within 24 hours. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a die-hard Nora Roberts fan and Mrs. Nicholas is equally as talented, in my opinion. It was just a feel-good read and I loved her writing style.
I’m putting Patricia’s book here, A Shift in the Water, because it has been sitting pretty on the bestseller list since it’s release, so I am not the only one who things it rocked! I’ve never read Urban fantasy before, but it’s got a whole lot of fantasy, suspense, and romance packed into a book you won’t put down. Can’t wait for book two! And the fact that she has to go to Ireland (and hey, I get to tag along!) to write it is pretty cool.
Here’s another first for me. I don’t think I’ve ever read a Regency historical romance, and this was another page-turner for me. Meara Platt has a wonderful writing style and her love story is a captivating combination of humor, suspense, and passion. I love series books, and she’s got four more coming out that I cannot wait for! This bestseller is one to 1-click if there ever was a book to 1-click.
I guess this was my year to try new genres. Usually, I am a contemporary romance reader, but I am so glad this became one of my authors and her book was so dang good! All the Pretty Bones is a supernatural thriller. Yeah, me reading a thriller.. whodathunkit? Maybe it was the stalker that captivated me (another page-turner, go figure! ;)), or the sexy arms dealer who doesn’t seem…. quite human? Hm. I don’t know, but her second book comes out this year and I’ll be the first buyer in line. Watch me.
Perhaps I’m biased because Nora Roberts is who my grandma’s read, and so she is who I first began reading and why I wanted to write romance in the first place… but I loved her Dark Witch trilogy. I know, I know, not everyone did. In fact, some of her reviews are quite alarming. Still, I never wavered, and I’d buy another dozen if she wrote them for this series.. though she won’t, because it ended with Blood Magick. I think it was the build-up of these two characters through the first two books that made their coming together such a big, anticipated deal. Romance and magick, what could be better?
So there you have it! Try out these new authors or books, if you haven’t already. We think they rock, and you might too. Make sure you connect with us on Facebook and Twitter so as not to miss anything cool happening in 2015. Psst.. there’s plenty of ‘cool’ coming, too.