Best of 2015: Suzanne’s Picks

Posted December 18, 2015 by Suzanne in Best Of, Under the Covers / 46 Comments

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SUZANNE RECOMMENDS

What a year. It’s definitely have its highs and its lows, from some of the most fantastic books I have read, to some of the most awful, and then there are all of those books that fall somewhere in between. I feel like I have read a lot of in between books this year and I fear a lot of the books will be easily forgotten; just obstacles in my way to finding something that would truly capture my attention – for good or ill. So although it has been a disappointing year, lets focus on the positive, and there have been so true highlights this year, books it seemed like I had been waiting for far too long for…and each of them well worth the wait. So, giddy up ladies and gents and take a gander round the best of 2015 with me!

Best New Release: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

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So you may have guessed that I am HUGE riffle-in-their-rubbish fan of the husband-wife writing duo Ilona Andrews, especially their Kate Daniels series. Love. It. The action, the romance, the world, the story, the massive cast of characters; there is literally nothing I don’t like about this series. And so Magic Shifts their 2015 release of the series, continues to add to the adventure and romance as the main story line continues to grow. It was well worth the wait and hands down my favourite new release of 2015.

Review | Amazon

Best New to Me: Shifters by Rachel Vincent

 

I started reading this as part of our rollback week, the whole series had been languishing on my book shelf for years doing nothing but collect dust. Wow, that was a mistake, if I had known how good they were I would have read them years ago! If you haven’t read this series and you love UF than you need to pick them up, it’s a great read and not only that ALL the books are out so you can read it from start to finish without having to wait ages to see what happens next.

Best New Series: The Ravenels by Lisa Kleypas

 

Finally. Lisa Kleypas is back to what she does best; historical romance. Not that I didn’t enjoy her contemporary romances, they were good, but they weren’t a patch on what she can do with a historical. Rewind time and add in some corsets and minus indoor plumbing and Kleypas really shines. And Cold Hearted Rake was the start of what I anticipate to be a fantastic series. Bring on 2016 so I can read the next one!

Favourite Heroine: Cassie Palmer from Reap the Wind by Karen Chance


When I say I feel like I have been waiting years to see Cassie again…I’m not exaggerating. Was she worth the wait? Yes she was, I love seeing her mad dash into danger and her determination to do the right thing. Her bravery and compassion as well as her accidental ass kicking, are some of the many reasons I love Cassie Palmer. Hopefully though, I won’t have to wait that long to see her again!

Favourite Hero: Jack from Hearts of Fire by L.H. Cosway

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Hhmmmmm Jack McCabe. Give me a moment here, I am just getting some good feels, it happens every time I think about Jack from Hearts of Fire some of it is because when I think of him, I think Jason Momoa, and dayum but that man is fine, but mostly it was just Jack. He was all broody and wounded, weird and kinky, big and muscle bound. I;m still seriously considering running off to the circus to have a look for my own Jack.

Review | Amazon

Best Cover: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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YA always has the best covers! And although I am not a big YA fan, I couldn’t resist the allure of A Court of Thorns and Roses, I mean just look at it! Luckily the inside matched the outside, and I really enjoyed the book, hopefully the next book in the series will be just as lovely, both inside and out.

Review | Amazon

Biggest Letdown: The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

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So, this one was a hard one for me, I couldn’t decide between putting the worst book I had read this year (Fire Down Below by Debra Anastasia or Becoming a Jett Girl by Meghan March, in case you’re interested!) and any that didn’t quite reach my expectations. I went with the failed expectations option. Now, The Unleashing it wasn’t a bad book; however, it also wasn’t a good one, which SUCKS. Shelly Laurenston used to be a great favourite of mine. I especially loved her book Hunting Season, which she brought out years ago and she has restarted and reimagined in The Unleashing. I was let down, Hunting Season left me desperate for more, I was so disappointed that she chose to stop the series, with The Unleashing the only reason I even remember it is because of my disappointment.

Review | Amazon

Best Couple: Selena & Trez from The Shadows by J.R. Ward

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That’s right Selena and Trez. Best couple this year, hands down. Their love may have been brief, but damn was it intense, in their small amount of time together they managed to pack in a lifetime of emotion and connection. So yeah, I cried like a baby when I was reading this book, it left me emotionally drained and contemplative, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world and I think if you ask Trez he wouldn’t have either.

Review | Amazon

Best Sex Scene: Never Loved by Charlotte Stein

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I am changing this around a little, from “Best Sex Scene” to the much simpler “Best Sex”. First, I would like to emphasis that although this book was hot from the moment the hero and heroine laid eyes on each other, even when they weren’t having sex, Never Loved was also just an all round great book. Now, back to the sex. Everything was hot in this book, I swear Charlotte Stein could make old smelly socks sexy, the sexual tension in this was off the charts. Even though the heroine is a virgin and the hero is inexperienced, their awkward, eagerness almost makes the whole thing so much hotter.  I swear I need a cold drink of water thinking about this!

Review| Amazon

Author of the Year: L.H. Cosway


L.H. Cosway is ruining my life. She keeps bringing out all these amazing books, 3 this year alone all of which I’ve loved, and I now live in mortal terror that she will let me down. That one day she will bring out a book that I have to give 2 stars to. My expectations have been raised so high I am afraid of what will happen if I fall, so let that be a warning to you Ms Cosway, my life is in your hand!

 

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DON’T FORGET TO CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR MORE BEST OF 2015!

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IT’S ONLY LOVE by Marie Force
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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Andra

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole, One Cut Deeper by Joely Sue Burkhart, Keeping Secrets by Lisa Eugene, Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas, Pawn by Molly Joseph and Chasing Happy by Rylie Roberts.

Sue G.
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Sue G.

I loved Roxanne St. Claire’s Barefoot with a Stranger, Vindicate by Beth Yarnall, This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak, Dare to Rock by Carly Phillips, The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries and Dictatorship of the Dress by Jessica Topper.

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cindy williams

Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole, Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole, The Change by Teyla Branton, Earth Bound by Christine Feehan

Bube
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Bube

Great titles Suz 🙂
My favorite are Silver Bastard and Reaper’s Fall by Joanna Wylde,First Time in Forever and Christmas Ever Afrer by Sarah Morgan,and Truly Sweet by Candis Terry 🙂

Gabrielle
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Gabrielle

Winters wolf, Bikers pup, The unleashing just to name a few.

Timitra
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Timitra

Burned by Karen Marie Moning

Amy R
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Amy R

I agree that The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston was very disappointing. I’m calling 2015 the year of KA, I had read of few of her books but this year I did a massive glom (35 books) of her backlist that was on my TBR pile. I also glommed Molly Harper and Jeaniene Frost.

Esther Gerdzen
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Esther Gerdzen

Sloth by Ella James and Tyrant and Lawless by T.M. Frazier 😊 Thank you for the chance 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

I still need to try the LH Cosway.

Darynda Jones
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Darynda Jones

Great choices!!! I keep wanting to read Rachel Vincent and haven’t! Why??? She is in my TBR now, though. Thanks!

Artemis Giote
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Artemis Giote

The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry, Corrupt by Penelope Douglas, Confess by Colleen Hoover, King and Tyrant by T.M. Frazier !

Sharyonda
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Sharyonda

I agree with timitra….Burned by Karen Marie Moning.

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Some of my favorites this year are: The Shadows and Blood Kiss by JR Ward, Souls Unfractured and Sweet Hope by Tillie Cole, King and Tyrant by T.M. Frazier, Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre, Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullihan, Level Hands by Amy Jo Cousins, The Deal by Elle Kennedy, Him by Elle Kennedy/Sarina Bowen, Sutphin Boulevard and Sunset Park by Santino Hassel

Trix
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Trix

Aidee Ladnier’s THE KLOCKWERK KRAKEN

Karen Lauterwasser
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Karen Lauterwasser

It is hard to name just one, or even just a few, since this seems to be the year I discovered reading romance (having branched out from reading mysteries – some of which could be listed as romances anyway). I have really enjoyed meeting the characters of Laura Florand – it was like visiting France without the expensive airfare. Looking forward to lots more great reading in 2016!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Magic shifts, eighth grave after dark, queen of shadows, grim offerings

Chris Alexander
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Chris Alexander

I discovered Lani Lynn Vale this year and I just got so addicted to her books. They were just so much fun.

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Jolanda L

There are so many so I go for Claimed by Elle Kennedy and Spiral of Need by Suzanne Wright

Ricki
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Ricki

I loved truth or beard by penny Reid

Laura Lovejoy Brunk
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Laura Lovejoy Brunk

Eighth Grave By Daranda Jones, The Quees by Tiffany Reisz, Bourban Kings and The Shadows by Jr Ward, Iced by Kmm, The Closer you Come By Gena Showater, Not Unitl you Roni Loren….so many more !

Betul E.
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Betul E.

Lev by Belle Aurora & Reap by Tillie Cole

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Mujde

Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost & Scorched & The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout & The Falconer by Elizabeth May & Beneath the Layers by Mia Rivers & Christian (Vampires in America #10) by D.B. Reynolds .

Jeanine Lesperance
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Jeanine Lesperance

Magic shifts

Joanne B
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Joanne B

The Rock Kiss series by Nalini Singh

Kim Perry
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Kim Perry

Hero by Samantha Young and Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Maria Theresa Santos
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Maria Theresa Santos

The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar

Texas Book Lover
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Texas Book Lover

I loved Feel The Burn and Call On Me along with so many more…

Tanja Dancy
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Tanja Dancy

Some of my favorite books of this year are The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries, It’s a Wonderful Wife by Janet Chapman, Wooed by You by Sophia Knigntly, and Dante’s Gift by Aubrey Wynne.

Christine Maria Rose
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Christine Maria Rose

Thanks for a great list! Some of my favourites of the year were Wicked Ride by Rebecca Zanetti,
Star Dust by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner, Bonds of Denial by Lynda Aicher and A Wish upon Jasmine by Laura Florand.

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Kikitsablp89

Unexpected fate, by Harper Sloan, Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren, Cowntdown to Killing Kurtis by Lauren Rowe

Kassandra
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Kassandra

I have been catching up with the Kate Daniels series so that has been a nice highlight of the year! As far as those titles released this year, Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow was one of my faves!

Janie McGaugh
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Janie McGaugh

My favorite books this year are: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews, Dead Heat and Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs, Burned by Karen Moning, and Shards of Hope and Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh.

Maria Passia
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Maria Passia

Anarchy Found and Eighteen by JA Huss!

Kalliope D.
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Kalliope D.

‘Priest’ by Sierra Simone, ‘Ripped’ by Cassia Leo, ‘Chasing the Dragon’ by T.K. Leigh, ‘The Dark Ones’ by Rachel Van Dyken, ‘Lust’ by Mindy Wilde and ‘Mayhem’ by Jamie Shaw.

Amanda Sheila
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Amanda Sheila

So many good books this year, but as always, Kristen Ashley’s are always the best: Walk Through Fire, Hold On, Ride Steady..

Diana Doan
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Diana Doan

November 9 by Colleen Hoover!

Teja K.
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Teja K.

The King by J.R. Ward, Revenant by Larissa Ione, The Deal by Elle Kennedy…

JoannaM
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JoannaM

It’s been kind of an indie year for me so many are not that famous. One would be A Scandalous Wager by Cassandra Samuels. Also, Claimed by Tarah Scott, the Reveler serial by Erin Kellison, Shattered Duty by Erin Kellison, and Four by R.E. Carr.

Irma J
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Irma J

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy, everything from Tillie Cole, everything from Penelope Douglas, King / Tyrant / Lawless by TM Frazier,…

lea
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lea

The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar

EC
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EC

There’s a few, like WHEN A SCOT TIES THE KNOT by Tessa Dare.

Elle Magnussen
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Elle Magnussen

anything from Alexa Riley 🙂

Anca B.
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Anca B.

Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh. Merry Christmas!!!

KateS
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KateS

Hollywood Dirt,
Heart-Shaped Hack

Diane Sallans
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Diane Sallans

the latest JD Robb In Death story and Nancy Thayer’s ‘The Guest Cottage’

Ileana A.
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Ileana A.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes