Best of 2015: Angela’s Picks

Posted December 20, 2015 by Angela in Best Of, Under the Covers / 46 Comments

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Picking the Best Of every year is always a hard task for me. I swear I planned on jotting each book down as I finished but when I looked back at the list I started last January, well, it was blank. Ugh, so, I went to Goodreads and searched but still…not an easy task.

Best New Release: The Shadows by J.R. Ward

the-shadowsspacerThe Shadows: Our Review | Amazon

Are you even surprised?  If you know us, you know we are all BDB fans, and you might see some crossover on picking this book as our Best Of this year.  This 13th book, yes thirteenth book left me in tears.  There were deaths yet, full of second chances.  Still one of the best PNR series out there.

Best New to Me and Best New Series:
Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews and The Veil by Chloe Neill

burn for meOur Review | Amazon

Plenty had recommended Ilona Andrews to me since I started this hobby of reading, but I just managed to read their work this year.  Burn for Me, the first of Hidden Legacy series knocked me off my feet.  I was floored with the world they had created, and I was very much excited to read more.  Unfortunately, the next release will not be out until 2017.  Here’s hoping for a miracle.

theveilOur Review | Amazon

This is another Best New To Me and Best New Series.  Finally, getting to read Ms. Neill’s work and I couldn’t be any happier.  She created a post apocalyptic super natural world that totally hooked me. This Urban Fantasy read is one of my fave for 2015.

Favorite Heroine:  A Curse Unbroken by Cecy Robson

Curse Unbroken, AOur Review | Amazon

Celia Weird from A Curse Unbroken by Cecy Robson.  This is the 5th book of the series and concludes Celia’s
story though the series continues.  Celia is the main heroine of this series not only kicked ass, but she was kind-hearted and a pretty powerful witch.  Landed herself lots of supernatural foes but eternal friends that will back her up any time, any day.  This series is one of my top faves.

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Favorite Hero: Reyes Alexander Farrow from Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones

brighter than the sunOur Review | Amazon

How do I even pick one?  It’s just too hard so, I’ll pick two. =)  Reyes Alexander Farrow from Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series.  He is sexy as sin, exude power, alpha male traits and most of all, loves his heroine with all hes heart…for eternity; figuratively and literally.  I am in awe with his dedication and unconditional love for Charley Davidson.

Best Cover: Breaking A Legend by Sarah Robinson

Breaking a LegendOur Review Amazon

Breaking A Legend by Sarah Robinson.  This black and white cover caught my attention and could not let it go.  I was drawn to it the moment I saw it on NetGalley and requesting it was a must.  Lucky for me it turned out to be a good contemporary/MMA read as well.

Author of the Year:  Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones is a New Your Times and USA Today Best Selling Author.  She is also a Golden Heart and a RITA winner for FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, the first book of the Charley Davidson series which she is famous for.  Darynda’s success with this series had kept her very busy.  Not only getting contracted with more books but signings and social media events.  I picked her for my Author of the Year because of her talent for producing brilliant installments of this series that never fails to amaze me.  She has not failed to show respect for her colleagues, assistants and fans, not to mentions the love for her family shows when she speaks of them in social media.  She was actually my Author of the Year in 2012 and for the most part, I pick her again for the same reasons mention above.  I love this lady and I wish her even more success in her writing career.

About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

 

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Honorable Mentions

Unexpected Heroes Series by Anne, Melody –  Our Review | Amazon

Ricochet by Keri Lake – Our Review | Amazon

Sweet Ruin by Cole, Kresley – Our Review | Amazon

Montana Cherries by Kim Law – Our Review | Amazon spacer

 

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Missed our previous posts:

Annie’s Best of 2015 Picks

Suzanne’s Best of 2015 Picks

Francesca’s Best of 2015 Picks

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SIGNED copy of BUSTED by Shiloh Walker
ONE-EYED DUKES ARE WILD by Megan Frampton (January 2016 release)
SEDUCTION GAME by Pamela Clare
MAD ABOUT THE MAN by Tracy Anne Warren
HER LUCKY COWBOY by Jennifer Ryan
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I am young at heart and a die hard romantic living in California.I am happily married to a man who understands my love for reading, blogging and my book boyfriends. I have two beautiful girls who are also avid readers but forbidden to any of my books.I like running, CrossFit and eat healthy but not necessarily good at it.My motto is “I have the right to choose my calories” and often, my choice of poison is a bag of Flammin’ Hot Cheetos.

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Christine Maria Rose

Thanks for the great list! My favourite hero of 2015 is Zander from Love on a Summer Night by Zoe York. He’s the ultimate book boyfriend.

Kassandra
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Kassandra

Reyes is always top of my list no matter the year 😉

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Best list yet! I can go with reyes

Artemis Giote
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Artemis Giote

Flame from Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole!

Dawn Roberto
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Dawn Roberto

Happy holidays! My fave hero has to be Roarke from the In Death series. His love for Eve just blows her-and me-away. Plus he’s hot to boot! lol

Andra
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Andra

Rune, from Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

I see we shared a few familiar favorites. I would have put The Shadows, Weird Girls, Darynda Jones, and Ilona Andrews on my list, too.

I really can’t nail down my favorite hero to one, but I’ll cheat a little and say an audio ‘re-read’ of the Outlander series shows me why I love Jamie Fraser. 🙂

Cecy Robson
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Cecy Robson

OMG. Thank you!

Leanna
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Leanna

Jack a Turner from Saved by the Rancher by Jennifer Ryan.

Janie McGaugh
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Janie McGaugh

It’s a toss-up between Curran and Kaleb Krychek.

Nanee
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Nanee

Amazing giveaway. Still love Christopher outlaw Caldwell from Death Dwellers series. A very Christopher Christmas

Maria Passia
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Maria Passia

Mateo Alesci in Eighteen by JA Huss!

Marissa Michaelsen
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Marissa Michaelsen

My favorite hero is Michael in Penelope Douglas Corrupt.

Timitra
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Timitra

Jericho Barrons!

Bube
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Bube

Jonathan Drazen from Songs of Submissions by CD Reiss 🙂

Nihcki
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Nihcki

Hmmm…favorite hero of 2015? Not sure, as I’m still in love with Wraith from Larissa Ione’s Demonica Series, and his book was published earlier. He’s still my all-time favorite, and no one I’ve read – so far – this year can bump him from his throne, lol.

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Kalliope D.

Awesome giveaway!! Thanks for the chance to win!! ^_^
Favourite hero of 2015? I’ve got many..Hmm.. Adam Callahan from ‘Just Go’ by M. Dauphin, to name one of them! 🙂

Sue G.
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Sue G.

Max Savage from Carly Phillips’ Dare to Seduce.

Gabrielle
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Gabrielle

My favorite hero is Gage Dixon

Amanda Sheila
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Amanda Sheila

I loooooove Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley!

Diana Doan
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Diana Doan

Reed by Iniquity by Amy A. Bartol!

Maria Theresa Santos
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Maria Theresa Santos

Flame from Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole

Sharyonda
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Sharyonda

Again….I’m going with Jericho Z. Barrons!

Tanja Dancy
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Tanja Dancy

Jeremy Keane from The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries.

Esther Gerdzen
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Esther Gerdzen

King and Bear from King and Tyrant and Lawless by T.M. Frazier 🙂 Happy Holidays 🎄 Thank you for the chance !

Teja K.
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Teja K.

Revenant from Demonica series.

Cecy Robson
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Cecy Robson

Wow. Thank you for this tremendous honor! I’m blown away that out of all the heroines you read this year Celia was your pick. *cries happy tears*

Sarah Robinson
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Sarah Robinson

Thank you so much for including my book, BREAKING A LEGEND!

Amy R
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Amy R

Reyes Farrow

Laura Lovejoy Brunk
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Laura Lovejoy Brunk

We know them by first names now…Reyes and Jerrico …..Im a fan for life !

Trix
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Trix

So far, I like T’eo from Aidee Ladnier’s THE KLOCKWERK KRAKEN!

Texas Book Lover
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Texas Book Lover

I finally got around to reading the Kate Daniels series this year and absolutely fell in love with Curran!

Kim Perry
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Kim Perry

I love Connor Cobalt from Krista & Becca Ritchie’s Fuel the Fire!

Jolanda L
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Jolanda L

Just finished Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti and I loved it so my HERO is Jax Mercury <3

Irma J
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Irma J

Reap 🙂 by Tillie Cole.

Betul E.
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Betul E.

Flame, Reap and Levi all from Tillie Cole’s books 😀

lea
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lea

Carrick from Revved by Samantha Towle

Kat Snark
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Kat Snark

Reyes is pretty sweet 🙂

EC
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I adore WHEN A SCOT TIES A KNOT by Tessa Dqre, so I’ll put the hero, Logan Mackenzie, in this slot. In actuality, not really sure which is my fave book hero of 2015.

Mirlou
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Mirlou

Reyes Farrow.
Thank you for this giveaway.

Elle Magnussen
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Elle Magnussen

Kingsley Edge from The Queen by Tiffany Reisz 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway!! Merry Christmas. xoxo

Joanne B
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Joanne B

Reyes, of course.

Diane Sallans
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Diane Sallans

still love JD Robb’s Roarke!

Nikki
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Nikki

Sevin from Sins of Sevin by Penelope Ward. *swoon* Loved him!

Ileana A.
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Ileana A.

Roarke! 😀 He’s so HOT!

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

Yay! So glad to win such a lovely packet. Thanks so much, ladies!