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250 Books In 365 Days: Books I Loved In January

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 I’m on a mission this year to read more books and watch less television. I love to read. It’s always been something that gets me through the dark times. I love to lose myself in a good book and escape the real world for a few hours. So this year I am making it my goal to read 250 books in 365 days. I’m a super fast reader, which drives Matt crazy but I can read a 250-300 page book in a few hours. With all the time I spend sitting around waiting for my kids at dance, gymnastics, basketball, etc I have a lot of free time to read. Last year I read almost 200 books so I think I can do it. You can follow along with the books I’ve read on Goodreads if you want and each month I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite reads from that month right here on the blog. Some of the books will be new releases and some will be from my massive collection of unread books on my Kindle. 

**None of the links in this post are affiliate links**

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 1. 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.

 This book was fantastic! I loved it. Be warned- it’s not for the prudish types. Hot alpha men, strong female heroine, and lots of action equals a good read for me. It’s a complete story, no cliffhanger ending which I am so tired of authors doing! Book 2 comes out on February 25th and I already pre-ordered it. 

 2. Blitzing Emily by Julie Brannagh– Emily Hamilton doesn’t trust men. She’s much more comfortable playing the romantic lead in front of a packed house onstage than in her own life. So when NFL star and alluring ladies’ man Brandon McKenna acts as her personal white knight, she has no illusions that he’ll stick around. However, a misunderstanding with the press throws them together in a fake engagement that yields unexpected (and breathtaking) benefits. Every time Brandon calls her “Sugar,” Emily almost believes he’s playing for keeps—not just to score. Can she let down her defenses and get her own happily ever after?

 I really liked this book, more than I thought I would. You know how much I love football so a book with a football player alpha male as the hero is right up my alley. Plus it was pretty funny at times. Book 2 will be out on February 11th and I can’t wait!

 3. 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 definitely not a secret how much I love Christine Feehan’s Dark Series. I’ve been waiting for this story for years. The characters go way back in the series and the build up for this story has gone on for literally years. I was not disappointed- the story was fantastic! I think it was her best book in a couple of years. 

 4. 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 love military romances but I like a good amount of action to go along with romance. This book checked all my boxes. The action was fast paced and descriptive, the romance was intense and little forbidden, and the heroine was bad ass! What more could you want? This is the first book in the authors Night Stalkers series and I will be reading all of them for sure!

 5. Morning After by Melissa Hale– Erica has her life planned down to an exact timeline. It is working in all aspects except one, her love life. She wants what every girl wants, to fall in love with Prince Charming, get married, have babies and live happily ever after. That doesn’t seem so unreasonable. Unfortunately, Prince Charming has eluded her. Until a robbery, an attack and a stalker turn her organized life upside down and she is forced to recognize the Prince Charming she might have missed. Ethan Reynolds is a former Marine who runs a successful security company. He’s not looking to settle down, he’s looking to expand. That is until the woman who owns the coffee shop across the street captures his attention. Unfortunately, she doesn’t give him a chance until a threat makes him the perfect ally. Now in addition to trying to keep her safe he has to convince her they can have so much more than a working relationship. Until he realizes he is putting her in danger.

 I grabbed this book as freebie because it looked pretty interesting and I really didn’t expect much. But I was invested in this story from the minute I started reading. The characters were real and the suspense was believable. Plus the hero was hot and the heroine was funny- a combo I can’t resist. 

 6. 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 just realized a lot of my favorite books this month were romantic suspense. This one was great. The interactions between the characters were real and emotional and not overblown. I love books where the main couple has a long history together. There was just enough action to keep the story moving without detracting from the romance. 

 7. Kiss the Sky by Krista Ritchie– Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she’s a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy. After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show. The Hollywood exec is her last chance to revive her struggling fashion line, and boundaries begin to blur as she’s forced to make nice with a man who always has his way. Twenty-four-year-old Connor Cobalt is a guy who bulldozes weak men. He’s confident, smart-as-hell and lives with his equally ambitious girlfriend, Rose Calloway. Connor has to find a way to protect Rose without ruining the show. Or else the producer will get what Connor has always wanted—Rose’s virginity. 

 This book is hot. And definitely not for the faint hearted with elements of light BDSM included. I loved the characters and their interactions with each other. I laughed, I swooned, I blushed- through the whole book. The hero is a super hot alpha male and the heroine is a feisty, independent, strong woman who started the book as a virgin. This book is a continuation of the Addicted series so it features the same characters but you do not have to have read Addicted to understand this book. 

 So those were my favorite books from January. I can’t wait to see what February holds- lots of new releases, new authors, and old favorites too!

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Attention Book Nerds: My Top Books of 2013

I’ve made no secret about the fact that I love to read. My Kindle is loaded with more than 1200 books- both read and unread. I tend to stick to the romance category- romantic comedy, romantic suspense, and anything with a super hot hero or a cowboy. Yum. Matt totally rolls his eyes and laughs at my love affair with fictional cowboys. I read somewhere around 300 books this year and I definitely found some favorites that I will read again. In honor of the end of the year, here is my list of my favorite books of 2013. Some are part of series that blew me away and some are stand alone reads. Please note- some of these might not have been released in 2013 but since I read them in 2013 I am including them in my favorites. **None of the links in this post are affiliate**

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 1. Incidental Happenstance–  Neither was looking for it. Neither was expecting it. But sometimes, life has other plans…One year after the loss of her fiancé, Tia Hastings needed to find a way to start over. She had to figure out how to be single again, but she had no idea how to do it. Last Stop was a tiny pub with no significance—she chose it to be anonymous, to watch the interactions between the sexes so she could figure out how to start her life over… Dylan Miller was a megastar. It was impossible for him to move amongst the general population without being recognized, but he longed to simply blend into a crowd. He donned a disguise and wandered into Last Stop, a dark little hole-in-the-wall where he was sure no one would know him…When their worlds collide, Tia and Dylan discover something neither of them thought possible—love. But when a fallen star sees Dylan as her ticket back to the top and will stop at nothing to make him hers, Tia wonders if she’s out of her league; and out of time to rescue the love she thought she’d never find again…Is it fate? Coincidence? Or both?

 I loved this book so much. It was the perfect mix of emotional and sappy without being gag-me sweet. Plus it has a hot rock star and who can resist that? The sequel was just released in November and I bought it but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. 

 2. Accidental Texting– Morgan Edwards has been through a lot: being left at the altar by a man trying to use her, losing her mother to Cancer, and now she’s trying to keep her mom’s dream alive by running the Victorian inn they spent years restoring together. Her world is such a mess that she has no time for distractions. But when it feels like things are hopeless, an accidental text message manages to pull her out of this pit of despair and infuse a little excitement into her life. Sean Wilder has it all: fame, fortune, and a very long list of ladies who’ve shared his bed. But what he finds in the girl he accidentally texts is entirely unexpected. Too accustomed to a world where everyone has an ulterior motive, he’s taken aback by Morgan’s honesty, her sincerity, and her struggle to do everything on her own despite the incredibly tough spot she’s in. While similar life experiences draw them to one another, can they fit together when Morgan finds out Sean’s true identity? And can she find a way to fit next to him in the spotlight?

 I almost didn’t buy this book because the cover just didn’t do anything for me but it was on sale and I gave it a chance. I’m so glad I did. It was a great story about a movie star who falls in love with a regular girl who has some secrets. 

 3. The Darkest of Shadows– Some secrets are better kept in the darkest recesses of our mind. Lilly’s past is one big secret; one big terrifying reality that threatens to drag her into the blackest depths of insanity.The only way for her to escape was to leave it all behind. A new path. A new country. A new job. A new life. But would it be enough? Especially when the rest of the world continued to encroach on her protected little bubble of existence.It took Lawrence Monterey one chance meeting to know that there was something special about Lilly. Something worth the trouble, and the heartache, of fighting through her past to find out who she really was. He had the money, the power and the patience, to make sure that Lilly came through the darkness, and became his in every way. Tragedy can break people, but love can bring them back from the brink, and just possibly build a stronger wall between life, and that dangerous darkness that threatens to end the pain of living. Would Lilly’s past break her? Or would Lawrence lead her out of the darkness and back into the light?

 This is probably one of the most emotional books I read this year. If you don’t like books that will make you cry then you will want to skip this one. It is a wonderfully written story that had me in tears several times. 

 4. Love & Skate– On the rink she’s tough, she’s a leader, she’s fast and she’s the epitome of a rebellious girl. But Nellie’s been hurt, only once, but it was enough to make her look at life through different eyes and off the rink she’s a timid girl who loves with no pretenses. A long time ago Owen Black was betrayed by the girl he thought he loved and the guy he called his best friend. The anguish set off a domino effect of negativity in his life and he never has fully recovered. He meets Nellie Forrester and thinks he can let it go for her. 

But how can you love someone when the wounds from your past are still wide open?

 I adore this book. It’s the first one in a series and I think it’s probably one of my favorite series ever. The series revolves around a family of brothers- each brother’s story takes place in a different book and they are all amazing! 

 5. Come Away With Me– Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn’t part of Natalie Conner’s plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she’s taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul. Luke Williams just wants the world to give him a break, so seeing yet another camera aimed at his face has him ready to pounce on the beauty behind the lens. When he finds out she has no idea who he is, he’s intrigued and more than a little tempted by her. Natalie has a body made for sex, a sassy mouth and Luke can’t get enough of her, but he’s not ready to tell her who he really his. Natalie is a no nonsense girl who doesn’t do well with lies and secrets. What will happen to this new relationship when she discovers what Luke’s hiding?

 This is book one in a series and words cannot express how much I love this series. It’s amazing. The male leads are HOT and the chicks are feisty- you know I love that. The stories are well written and revolve around a family. I love it when you see all the same characters in each of the books. These are funny, hot, and just amazing. 

 6. Wait For You– Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at that fateful Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. What she never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself. Cameron Hamilton is six feet, three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, com-plete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make Avery want things she believed had been irrevocably stolen from her. Getting involved with him is dangerous. Yet ignoring the simmering tension that sparks between them—and brings out a side of her she never knew existed—is impossible. But when Avery starts receiving threatening e-mails and phone calls, she’s forced to face a past she wants to keep buried and acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. If the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface with one less scar? And will Cam be there to help her?

 I love this book. I just finished reading the second one in the series which is a companion book that shows the story from Cameron’s point of view. I was worried I wouldn’t like it from his point of view but it was fantastic! 

 7. Only For You– All Everleigh Carsen wanted to do was complete her final semester at Hensley University and begin the life she planned. When a wave of violent crime seizes campus, Everleigh is persuaded by her best friend to attend a school sponsored self-defense seminar, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles. After Everleigh’s biting sarcasm induces Hunter to eject her from class, an explosive relationship is born. Everleigh is determined to forget the striking man, but fate—that fickle shrew— continuously intervenes. Unable to escape him, she casts Hunter as her prime adversary. The only complication…Hunter is resolutely pursuing his vindication…by any means necessary. Verbal warfare ensues, and despite Everleigh’s ingenious efforts, in Hunter, she has finally found her equal. Only For You is a compelling tale of friendship, desire, and redemption—brimming with witty characters, intelligent dialogue, unexpected twists, profound sorrow, unfettered hope, and love’s unassailable perseverance. Only For You is a blend of comedy, mystery, and romance, which offers laughter, suspense, tears, love and friendship. 

 This was probably in my top 3 favorites of the year. I just read the sequel, Pieces For You,  and it was even better than the first one. The male characters are the hot, alpha male types who jump off the page. And the female leads are feisty and funny! 

 8. Carter Reed– Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision she made because she found her roommate being raped by the boyfriend. She had two choices. Call the cops and be killed by his family’s mafia connections or kill him first and hope to survive. There was no choice to her. She killed the bastard first and went to the one person who could protect her. Carter Reed. He’s a weapon for the rivaling mafia family, but he’s also Emma’s secret. Not only was he best friends with her brother, but she’s the reason he became that weapon in the first place. 

 This book is so not for the faint of heart, y’all, but it was so good! If you love hot, alpha, protective males who will do anything to keep their women safe- then you will love this book. 

 9. Fallen Crest High– Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend her school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn’t care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent’s divorce. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing. 

 This book is from the young adult genre but I don’t think it’s one I would want my young adult reading. It’s a different kind of love story that continues in a sequel with the third book set to be released next week. I was unsure about it at first but it ended up being a favorite of mine. The characters are very real and raw and the story is compelling. 

 10. Shark Bait– Previously homeschooled Camie Ramsey is being shoved into the shark-infested waters of public high school, where even helium filled, penguin bespeckled arm floaties likely won’t help keep her inexperienced, fifteen-year old head above water in that rip current of hormones and emotions. Camie’s worldly wisdom might be severely lacking (i.e., the closest she’s come to being kissed was sitting too close to the TV whilst Jake Ryan leaned in to give Samantha that fateful 16th birthday kiss), but she does understand her only hope for survival is if she’s thrown some kind of “social” life preserver before she sinks like a freaking rock. However, what will her fate be when she endeavors to flag down the only lifeguard on duty, the enormously popular and ridiculously beautiful Tristan Daniels? The most sought after and virtually most unattainable guy in school who not only makes Camie’s heart flatline on a recurring basis, he’s also the one guy who seemingly doesn’t know she exists. Feeling like an inept piece of chum that could ultimately be swallowed by Jaws, can Camie get Tristan to rescue her from floundering in the treacherous deep, or is she destined to be Shark Bait?

 This was another gem I found in the young adult genre but it was so good. The book was hysterically funny and emotional all at the same time, which is a combo I cannot resist. The series is called the Grab Your Pole series, who can resist that? The second book was just as good and I’m about to start reading the third one

 I had such a hard time narrowing my favorites down to 10 because there were so many I loved. I shared a few more favorites in another post earlier in November so check that out for some more of my favorite reads. 

**None of the links in this post are affiliate nor am I being compensated in any way. I just love these books and wanted to share them**

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The Books On My Kindle

It’s not a secret that I love to read but I don’t think I’ve ever done a full post on the books I love to read. How is that possible? Last year I bought the Kindle Fire HD when it was newly released to replace my old first generation Nook reader. I love the Kindle Fire HD. Love it. I love it so much that I plan to upgrade to the new Kindle Fire HDX sometime around Christmas time. I use my Kindle every day and I’ve accumulated quite a collection of books in the last year. Today I wanted to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed reading and some of the book series that I love. I freely admit to be a romance book junkie- but I also enjoy other genres too. I like mysteries, humor, paranormal….I just love to read. 

 

Series I Love:

 

Christine Feehan’s Carpathian Series– this is probably one of my most loved series of books. It’s paranormal vampire with a twist. I have every book in this series and I re-read them frequently. Dark Prince is the first book and sets up the rest of the series. 

 

J.D. Robb’s In Death Series– another one of my most favorite series. I have been reading these since the very first one was published back in 1995! There’s 38 books in the series, I think, and every one of them is fantastic! It’s futuristic but done so well that it doesn’t seem outlandish. The romance is hot and the action is fast-paced. Naked in Death is the first in the series and sets up the rest of the series. 

 

Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series– I love books that make me laugh out loud while I’m reading them and I laugh at every one of the books in this series. Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter- a really bad bounty hunter whose car gets bombed on a regular basis. The supporting cast of characters in this series are hysterical and the main love interests are HOT! One for the Money is the first book in the series. You don’t have to read them in order but I recommend you do. 

 

Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress Series– another series that I own every book released. I pre-order her books because they are just so good! It’s paranormal vampire but with a twist again. The main character, Cat, is a bad ass and you know how I love a good bad ass chick. This series is full of action and romance. Halfway to the Grave in the first book in the series and this series does need to be read in order. 

 

Those are the main series that I read- the ones that I buy every single book on the day it’s released and stay up way too late to finish reading each one.  I have some other favorite author’s that I will read just about anything they release.

 

Dee Henderson- she is a Christian author and I fell in love with her O’Malley series and then her Uncommon Heroes series after that. Her last few books have not technically been part of either series but they tie in with them and they are soooo good. I love her writing style. If you love romance books but don’t want to read the smutty ones you should check out Dee Henderson. She quotes some scripture in her books but it’s seamlessly woven into the story lines and every story has an element of faith in it. Her O’Malley series is probably one of my favorite series of books of all time. 

 

Kathleen Brooks- I have really enjoyed her Bluegrass series. They are super cheap on Kindle ($2.99-3.99 each) and really good for the price. The stories are romance with some suspense and action mixed in. The first one is Bluegrass State of Mind and it’s free on Kindle. This series revolves around a town and a family so you should read them in order. 

 

Dianne Duvall- I discovered her Immortal Guardian series by accident and they are really good books! Again, paranormal vampire with a twist. They are heavy on the action and romance and I’ve read all of them. Darkness Dawns is the first in the series and they should be read in order. 

 

Kristen Proby- Her With Me In Seattle series is another one I found accidentally and fell in love with. Again- the prices are great (around $3.99 each) and each book gets better and better. Great romance, hot alpha males, and some drama. I highly recommend them! Come Away With Me is the first book and you should read them in order. The series is about a family and it has some really hysterical scenes that had me laughing out loud. 

 

Lila Felix- I adore her Love & Skate series. It’s more new adult and I was hooked from the very first chapter of the first book. The storylines revolve around one family and they are just fantastic! Again- very reasonably priced in the Kindle store- the first one is even free!  You should read these in order. 

 

Quinn Loftis- Her first book in The Grey Wolves series was one of the first freebie’s I downloaded to my new Kindle and I was hooked. It’s definitely a young adult series and the main female characters are a little ditzy but the books are good. It’s a wolf shifter series and I love me some wolf shifters….The first book is Prince of Wolves and is still free. You should definitely read these in order. 

 

Shelly Crane- Her Significance series is another one that I found because the first book was a freebie. And it’s soooo good. It’s another young adult series. It’s paranormal romance but no wolves/vampires. It’s a soul mate book and I loved it. The first book is Significance and it’s still free on Kindle. You should definitely read them in order. 

 

I have so many books on my Kindle y’all. I have well over 1500 books and out of those I have about 400 that I haven’t even read yet! I buy them when they go on sale for $0.99-$2 and save them to read later. It’s an addiction.  I finally made a Favorites collection on my iPhone Kindle app to keep track of my favorite books that I want to re-read. If you’re looking for a single book instead of a series- here are a few I recommend.

 

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton.  I laughed the whole way through this book. It was hysterical but definitely not a young/new adult book. Lots of sex and lots of adult humor. Not for the faint of heart prudish types. 

 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. This book is all kinds of messed up and full of drama- which is exactly why I loved it so much. Sometimes you just need a drama filled angsty book that makes you scream. This was that book for me!

 

Chasing McCree by J.C. Isabella. This is a young adult book with some adult themes in it. The main characters were really easy for me to relate to and I was sucked right into their story. It’s a great read for only $0.99. 

 

Fallen Crest High by Tijan. Something about the way this author writes her main male characters just speaks to me. I don’t know why, maybe because I see a sliver of them in some of the men in my own life. I don’t know. But I love her books. Fallen Crest High is the first in a series with Fallen Crest Family following it and Fallen Crest Public due out in December. I also really loved her newest book, Carter Reed. I love me some alpha males, clearly.

 

Wait For You by J.Lynn. Oh my gosh. This was one of those books that I devoured from cover to cover in a few hours. I could not put it down. Having been through some similar issues in my own life I really related to the main character. The second book is out now and I just bought it yesterday. The third one comes out in February, I think. 

 

So now that you know what kinds of books I love to read, do you have any suggestions for me? What have you read lately that you enjoyed?

 

**None of the links in this post are affiliate nor am I being compensated for any of them in any way**

 

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