So, 2014 was a busy year for me. Despite being pregnant for most of it and spending all of December blurry eyed from feeding a newborn every two hours, I still managed to find time to read 245 books. O_O There were a lot of goodies I found this year (and quite a few duds), I’m going to do my best to keep the list somewhat manageable. 🙂
Night Shift Anthology – Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Milla Vane, and Lisa Shearin
If I could, I would put ALL of Nalini & Ilona’s books on the list, because I tend to re-read them every year over and over again. Getting Bas’s story, as well as a Jim & Dali short was just amazing. I love those characters so much. Getting to see Meljean Brook’s darker alter ego was great as well. For me, Shearin was a first time read, and I instantly went out and bought some of her other books as well, because I love them so much. A great anthology with great authors that is a must read!
Cowboy Take Me Away – Lorelei James
The Rough Riders series has come to an end, and while I was starting to get a little burnt out on the series, James found a way to wrap up it in a way that had me both sobbing and laughing and wishing for more. Getting the story of the McKay couple that started it all was the best way to end the series that has been going strong for so long.
Fatal Jeopardy by Marie Force
I can’t even begin to say enough good things about this series. It continues to get better and better with each book. I thought the storyline was so tough to read and yet it was such an important topic to address. Force didn’t pull any punches with this book, and I thought it was so incredible. This is a series that all romance readers should read, immediately.
Unraveled by Jen Frederick
I adore the Woodlands series and thought that Unraveled was probably the best in the series so far. I loved the story with a young heroine who was widowed almost immediately after her wedding and was stacked with guilt and struggling with the idea of moving on. New adult fans that have not read this series yet need to go out and buy this one.
Wild Ones by Kristine Wyllys
Another new adult book that I thought was so amazing was Wild Ones by Wyllys. It was dark and twisted and ugly and yet so well written and engaging that it was hard not to be completely drawn in and captivated by the characters and story. Although the second book was a miss for me, the first one is a must read in my opinion.
Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
The Others series is a fabulous UF from Bishop that continues to impress me with each book. The world-building and characters and everything is just so unique and interesting and amazing. Fans of urban fantasy books that love strong world-building and characters that are interesting and unique and complicated will LOVE this series.
Chained by Night by Larissa Ione
Ione started a new series with the Moonbound Clan, and I fell in love with her vampires. The world is constantly changing and morphing and throwing curve balls at the reader. The large cast of characters is made up of a strong brotherhood with family bonds that are enough to make me gobble the pages up. PNR readers will absolutely want to check this one out!
So there you have it, the books in 2014 that were standouts for me. I’m looking forward to another great year of new books and authors and reads! Happy 2015! 🙂