When I start to compile titles for my yearly "Best Of" post, I only grab those titles that jump out from my spreadsheet and bite me. While I didn't read nearly as much as I wanted to in quantity in 2013, I cannot have any complaints about the quality! This is going to be a long post....
Title links will take you to full reviews
Promoted: To Wife And Mother by Jessica Hart (2008) - Two adults post-40 find love amid their real life complications. Fantastic read!
His Uptown Girl by Liz Talley (2013) - Heroine still lugging baggage around from Hurricane Katrina falls for a younger, sexy hero - much to the horror of her former in-laws and college-age daughter.
The First Move by Jennifer Lohmann (2013) - Hero spies his former high school dream girl at a wedding and puts on the full court press. What he doesn't know? She's an emotional mess with a whole lot of baggage on her plate.
Wish Me Tomorrow by Karen Rock (2013) - Normally B- reads don't get a mention in my "Best Of" posts - but this one was different enough to stick out. Flipping the script on the "cancer romance" - the hero is the one coping (and not well) with his bone cancer being in remission and his screwed up kids.
Sins of a Virgin by Anna Randol (2012) - Bad girl heroine and non-titled characters? Sign me up!
Falling for the Highland Rogue by Ann Lethbridge (2013) - Bad girl heroine and whiskey-runner hero? Sign me up!
The Beauty Within by Marguerite Kaye (2013) - Plain Jane heroine falls for sexy Italian artist who has lost his muse.
Rumors That Ruined a Lady by Marguerite Kaye (2013) - Angst Ahoy! Heroine who leaves her rat bastard husband almost succumbs to an opium overdose before she's rescued by the hero, a man from her past.
Unraveled by the Rebel by Michelle Willingham (2013) - More Angst Ahoy! Heroine with a Big Secret finds herself reunited with her childhood sweetheart.
Erotica / Erotic Romance:
Now Or Never by Logan Belle (2013) - 40-something woman with newly empty nest finds herself coping with a cancer diagnosis and the fact that she's let her sexual self wither on the vine.
Addicted by Charlotte Stein (2013) - Repressed heroine attends "Sexual Healing" support group and meets the hero, who is randy to say the least. I love funny erotica (hey, sex should be fun!), and this one was great.
Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan (2013) - Small town romance without any of the crap that annoys me about small town romances. Cannot wait for next two books in trilogy!
The Bridge by Rebecca Rogers Maher (2013) - A dark read about two people thisclose to committing suicide by jumping off the Brooklyn bridge. By no means a read for everybody, but really different and very brave.
Hurricane Lily by Rebecca Rogers Maher (2013) - Working Class Hero falls for mentally not-well Poor Little Rich Girl heroine. It sounds like a train-wreck, but again - really different and very brave.
Aftershock by Jill Sorenson (2013) - The rebirth of romantic suspense. A thriller about a group of people trapped under freeway rubble following a massive earthquake. Great characters, exciting read, couldn't get enough.
Badlands by Jill Sorenson (2014) - Desperately anticipated romance featuring two characters who meet in Aftershock. A young single mother from a super conservative family and the young punk convict plastered with white supremacist tattoos who falls hopelessly in love with her.
Sea Change by Karen White (Romantic Elements) (2012) - Southern Gothic with light romantic elements. Heroine impulsively married a man who wasn't entirely forthcoming about his past and is confronted by her own family secrets.
Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols (Young Adult) (2012) - Poor white trash heroine looking to escape the trailer park finds herself torn between two hunky twin brothers (well, sort of - you'll just have to read it!).
Next up, the final post recapping my 2013 reading year - a final rundown of the books I read as part of the 2013 TBR Challenge!