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My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2014

I read a whole lot of books in 2014. My goal was to read 250 books in all of 2014 and I read 402 books! Some were amazing, some were good, and a few were downright awful. I’ve shared my favorites every month but wanted to share my top 10 Favorites of the whole year. If you haven’t had a chance to read these then I highly recommend them. These are not in any particular order and as always, these links are not affiliate. 



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1. Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan– Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming… No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.

It’s no secret that the Carpathian series by Christine Feehan is one of my all time favorite series but that doesn’t mean I love every book. Some are much better than others and Dark Wolf was definitely one of my favorites in this series. If you haven’t started this series I highly recommend it- start with Dark Prince and read them in order to get full enjoyment out of the stories. 

2. The Night Is Mine by M.L. Buchman– First in a thrilling military romantic suspense series based on the real-life elite helicopter pilots who transport Navy SEALs and Delta Force teams in and out of combat and covert missions. (SOAR are the heroes of Black Hawk Down.) Buchman’s heroine flys the most dangerous military ops and tries to find the one man who can be a hero in her own life. Ace-pilot Captain Emily Beale goes undercover as bodyguard to the First Lady, with her rugged commander, Major Mark Henderson, who is determined to cover her back. Can she learn to keep her desire at bay before her covert mission implodes.

I just started reading this series earlier in the year and it’s fantastic. I’ve read all of them and they are all really good but the first one is still my favorite. I loved both main characters, there was a ton of action, and the heroine is a bad-ass. The romance doesn’t overshadow the action and the heroine suffers from no too-stupid-to-live moments which is always a refreshing change. All the books in this series are standalone reads with continuing characters but no cliffhangers. 

3. Fighting Temptation by K.C. Lynn– Julia Sinclair is your typical innocent good girl with a heart of gold. At sixteen she moved to Sunset Bay, South Carolina, to live with her Grams after losing her mother to cancer. This is where she met some of the best friends she will ever have and one in particular who will forever hold her heart. Jaxson Reid is your typical tattooed bad boy. His past and soul is as dark as the tattoos he bares. He flies through life and girls with no attachments and no emotions… until he met her. One fateful night brought Julia and Jaxson together. They formed a friendship and a bond so strong it was unbreakable. Jaxson fought the temptation of anything more with Julia because he knew he would never be good enough for her. When he found his control slipping he left the one girl, who meant everything to him, to join the Navy. But one passion-filled night has Jaxson letting go of fighting temptation which will forever alter their relationship. A few years later Jaxson comes home to make things right with the one girl who’s ever meant anything to him. Except someone isn’t happy that Jaxson has returned. Someone who thinks Julia is theirs and they will stop at nothing to make sure it stays that way… forever. Now Jaxson will not only fight to protect Julia but will also battle the new and existing demons that haunt his soul. 

I seem to have a thing for series as this is book 1 in the Men of Honor series. This book was fantastic- lots of action, hot military heroes, and another bad-ass heroine. That’s a winning combo for me. I highly recommend all the books in this series- they are all standalone reads with continuing characters but no cliffhangers.

4. Only the Beginning by Laramie Briscoe– Hannah “Harmony” Stewart has lived most of her adult life in the spotlight. It hasn’t always been easy. One heartbreak almost ruined her. Some days it’s hard to keep a smile on her face and stay positive, but there are a lot of people counting on her to keep it together. Just when it seems like she’s at the pinnacle of her career, her life takes a turn. She meets a man who challenges everything she knows about herself and makes her question if the life she’s living is for her or for the Nashville machine. Garrett “Reaper” Thompson is tired. Touring and keeping up appearances with his band “Black Friday” is beginning to wear him out. He’s ready for a change, ready for something different. When he meets Hannah at an awards show, he knows that she’s the one, he knows that he can’t live without her. The problem? Their own insecurities, their fans, her ex-boyfriend, and the media themselves. Can they look past it all and come through on the other side? For their story – this is only the beginning.

I fell totally in love with this book. I think I read it in about 3 hours, and was up way too late to finish it because I could not stop reading. I had to see how it ended. This is book one in the series. I have book 1.5 and 2 already on my Kindle but haven’t had time to read them yet. They are at the very top of my TBR list though. 

5. Sweet Addiction by Jessica Daniels– Wedding hookups never amount to anything. Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There’s no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is. Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding. Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just one night with Dylan. And he’s too addicting to pass up. Sweet Addiction is the story of one girl’s struggle to keep things casual, and one boy’s desire to never let her go.

If you like your books hysterically funny with a side of romance then you will adore this one. I snorted soda out of my nose while I read this one- it was that funny. And it’s book one in a series. I have book 2 already but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. The books in this series are standalones with no cliffhangers.

6. Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles– After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston College, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course. A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona. As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.

This book made me feel all the feels while I read it. There were more than a few “OMG- that did not just happen” moments that brought tears to my eyes. Book 2 in the series comes out next year and I cannot wait to read it. This is a standalone book with no cliffhanger. 

7. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey– With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper. Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished. Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.” 

I was a soccer player so I have to read any book that revolves around my sport. This one was fantastic! The heroine was funny, smart, and bad-ass. The male main character was hot with a capital H. It had a little of a forbidden love vibe but mostly it was just a great romance with a strong storyline. I hope there is a sequel!

8. Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy– To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts. Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage, arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians. Liam believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. She knows exactly what type of man he is, and would rather die than give up the power she has spent her life building. The Mafia of the past has evolved, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to learn to work as one to take down those who stand in their way.

Oh man. This book. I was hooked from the first page and I don’t think I put the book down until I was finished. Then I read it again. Because holy cow- it was good. The heroine was more bad-ass than any other female character I’ve read in awhile. She shot the male main character. He totally had it coming. There was a lot of violence in this book- it was a mafia book so it was expected. I cannot wait till book 2 comes out early next year!

9. Inked Ever After by Elle Aycart– Tattooed bad boy James Bowen is about to marry the love of his life. Everything would be perfect if it wasn’t for the tiny detail that his bride-to-be is freaking out big time. And trying to hide it from him. Tate Cooper is losing it. She loves James with all her heart and wants to be married to him; it’s the getting married that’s killing her. Still grieving the loss of her father and brother,and totally overwhelmed by the wedding arrangements, she’s in full emotional meltdown. But James deserves a happy bride, not a high-maintenance, sorrow-filled, guilt-stricken one, and, by God, she’s going to give him that, even if she has to paste on a smile and fake it till she makes it. James doesn’t know whether to be amused or pissed. He understands she’s running scared, but there is no way in hell he’s going to allow this to continue; he’s going to push her to confront her fears until she happily embraces their ever after.

I love these characters. This is book 2 and you really should read book 1 first so you’ll truly understand the relationship between the main characters. I loved this book- and the male main character reminds me of Matt. Both books are really funny and totally HOT!

10. Hard As It Gets by Lauren Kaye– Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome–pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees. Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge.

Book 1 in the Hard Ink series was so dang good. Lots of action, lots of hot military men, and a really great bad-ass heroine who fit right in. I loved every thing about this book. I’ve read the other books in the series too and they are all great but this one is my favorite. All the books in this series are standalone with continuing characters but no cliffhangers. 

So those are my Top 10 books of the year. I haven’t decided what my reading goal for 2015 is going to be but I’m so excited about some of the great books that are expected to be released in the next few months. 


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