Suzanne’s Best of 2016

Posted December 23, 2016 by Suzanne in Best Of, Under the Covers / 35 Comments

Ahhh 2016, honestly it’s been a little bit of a humdrum year full of far too many mediocre reads. However, that has just made that books that I have loved this year stand out all the more. And there have been some fantastic reads that stand out, fingers crossed for some more great books in 2017!

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Kate Daniels #9

When reflecting on what was my most enjoyable read of 2016 was, my mind immediatly settles on the Kate Daniels series. With each book the characters grow and the relationships deepen and I just can’t get enough of it. Ilona Andrews really demonstrates Urban Fantasy at it’s best with this series, it’s a great balance between excitement, adventure, love, friendship and world building. If you haven’t tried this series than what are you waiting for?

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Radiance by Grace Draven
Wraith Kings #1

I can’t believe I didn’t read this when it first came out! I don’t even know what made me pick it up…call it fate, call it the universe, but whatever it was I am very grateful. I. Loved. It. This is a romantic fantasy book with focus on the romance although there was some fantasy world building. But it was about the two main characters who fall into friendship which develops in to more despite their many many differences. They are both different races that consider the other race ugly and alien…yet love overcomes. If you want to read a romance which is little different from the usual, pick this up!

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A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Kingmaker Chronicles #1

It was a good year for fantasy romance! I dont’ read that many but the ones I have read have really stood out. A Promise of Fire is a fantastic start to the Kingmaker Chronicles, once I started this book I couldn’t put it down. Romance and adventure, with a feisty heroine and a sexy hero and his band of merry men. This book has a bit more action than Radiance which is raved about in mt ‘Best New To Me’ category, but it is still very much a romance, I was reading to see when the main characters would finally get jiggy. I can’t wait to read the next in the series, it’s definitly a series to keep your eye on.

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Mary Luce from The Beast by J.R. Ward
Black Dagger Brotherhood #14

Mary is one of my all time favourite heroines, so knowing I was getting another book this year with her as the main character was very exciting. And then reading Blood Vow where she was also featured very prominently was an unexpected gift. She first appears in the Black Dagger Brotherhood early on in book #2 Lover Eternal and she made a big impression. Mary may not know how to fight, but she’s a warrior. Her resilience, her empathy, her strong-as-steel inner strength can only be admired. I adore her and I understand why her hellren feels the same way.

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Cletus from Beard Science by Penny Reid
Winston Brothers #3

Once you have read one sexy alpha male…you’ve kind of read them all. I know, I know put the pitchforks down, that statement may undermine the whole of the romance genre but I, despite the essential sameness, still enjoy an alpha male. But when a different kind of hero comes along it immediatly grabs and holds my attention. Enter Cletus Winston. I feel like he’s a modern day hillbilly Moriarty… if Moriarty had chosen to use his collosal brain for good. Ofcourse Cletus also has the added bonus of having a beautiful body and a stupendous beard. What more could a gal want?

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The Beast by J.R. Ward
Black Dagger Brotherhood #14

‘ Nuff said.

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Born of Legend by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The League #9

First off, I’m not a huge fan of Kenyon as it is, but I have a few exceptions one of them being the League series. Sci-fi romance is my thing; I adore it, especially this series. But Born of Legend. What a dud. I was so inexcusably bored. It was yet another book where Kenyon writes a ridculously tortured hero, so tortured and angsty in fact that I stop feeling sorry for him and instead find myself eyerolling uncontrollably – it’s like something from The Exorcist. It took me months to read this book when the earlier books took me hours, for me the shine has finally come off Kenyon, I just can’t bare to torture myself by reading another one of her books.

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Meg Corbyn & Simon Wolfgard
From The Others series by Anne Bishop

This series isn’t strictly a romance, it’s more of an Urban Fantasy and Meg and Simon aren’t the traditional couple. And yet…I love them together, yes it’s a kind of slow moving romance, so much so that it’s hard to call it romance. More like they are already a couple and everyone is just waiting for them to realise it. Each book there is more progress and I eagerly anticipate every little move they make.

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Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein
Dark Obsession #2

I don’t much read erotic romance and I don’t much read New Adult either and yet Charlotte Stein has somehow managed to create a series that is both and hook me right in. This book is knicker-meltingly, bucket-of-ice-needing hot. With a mixture of top notch dirty talk and some added elements of danger it’s definietly the sexiest book I have read in 2016.

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Penny Reid

Penny Reid, how I love thee, let me count the ways! Firstly there was your fantastic new installment of the Knitting in the City series…which was followed by your excellent collaboration with another UTC favourite L.H. Cosway. And then, the real clincher Beard Science featuring my Hero of the Year Cletus Winston, him of the best sausage in Tennessee and razor sharp intellect. Every single offering from Reid has been top notch and I can’t wait for 2017 to see what she has store in for me!

Hats off for Penny Reid!

 

 

Day 10

GROWL by Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur
EXILED by Jasinda Wilder
DIRTIEST SECRET by J. Kenner
THE ONE FOR ME by Sydney Landon
LADY WINDERMERE’S LOVER by Miranda Neville
RETURN TO ME by Kelly Moran
SIGNED copy of MIDNIGHT RIDE by Cat Johnson

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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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Love your list! Ilona Andrews will always be on my top 3 authors. And I must read a Penny Reid book! oooh looky here! I have one on my kindle and week off of work. Time to get busy!

Bube
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Bube

I have A Promise of Fire,I will read ASAP 😀
Great titles Suz 🙂

Betul E.
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Betul E.

I love A PROMISE OF FIRE BY AMANDA BOUCHET!! It was one of my favorites this year. And I totally agree with Meg and Simon, they are such an unique and amazing couple!!

Ginelle
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Ginelle

I feel sad for Kenyon’s book! Lol!!! Thank you for sharing and, Merry Christmas!!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Magic binds, radiance, and the beast! Great choices!

Milena
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Milena

I loved A Promise of Fire and can’t wait to read second book!

Amy Ryan
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Amy Ryan

I’m listening to Magic Binds at the moment it’s fantastic! 😀 Thanks for the giveaway, Happy Christmas!

Andra
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Andra

I haven’t tried Penny Reid yet but I’ve heard only good things about her books. I have some catching up to do. 🙂

Esther Gerdzen
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Esther Gerdzen

Great list . A Promis of Fire sounds great . Going to put it on my tbr .
Happy Holidays 🎄
Thank you for the chance 💕

Jolanda
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Jolanda

Great choices. I gonna look some of them up.
Thanks and Happy Holidays

Timitra
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Timitra

Great list Suzanne! I loved Radiance

Nicole Ortiz
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Nicole Ortiz

Great choices! Some are on my wishlist!
Thanks for the chance!

Maria Theresa Santos
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Maria Theresa Santos

awesome giveaway

Irma J
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Irma J

Great choice but so are all the rest 🙂 Merry Christmas to you all.

miki
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miki

i’m waiting for marked by flesh and magic bonds to release in paperback…..so long to wait i want to read those!Merry Christmas

lea
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lea

Thanks for the chance <3

Teja K.
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Teja K.

Liked your choices. Thank you for these amazing giveaways and Merry Christmas!

Artemis Giote
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Artemis Giote

Penny Reid is the best! Great post and thank you for the chance!

Sue G.
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Sue G.

Interesting list! Love Penny Reid! Thanks!

Texas Book Lover
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Texas Book Lover

I’ve read and agree with nearly all of your list!

Trix
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Trix

The Bouchet is the only one I’ve read thus far…

T Fontejon
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T Fontejon

Great list. I just finished Magic Binds. I love Kate and Curran. I loved Mary in book #2 but I am hestitant to read The Beast because I stopped reading the series long long time ago. Will I be lost?

Anne
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Anne

You mentioned two of my top 5 for 2016: Magic Binds and Marked in Flesh.

ML
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ML

Radiance and The Others series. Sigh.

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

Now you have me excited to pick up a Penny Reid book. Love seeing the great urban fantasy and PNR winners there. I still need to read a Grace Draven story, too.

Janie McGaugh
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Janie McGaugh

You’ve got some of my favorite 2016 reads on here and others I’ve been meaning to try.

Tanya Guthrie
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Tanya Guthrie

If I was to break up 2016 into beats A Promise of Fire would take up a bunch of categories!

Amanda
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Amanda

The beast is my favorite 2016 book. I love J R Ward I actually got to meet her in person this year and got my whole collection signed that’s 35 books signed. And I even got a selfie. Fabulous year.

Mariann Murvai
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Mariann Murvai

happy holidays 🙂

Laura Lovejoy-Brunk
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Laura Lovejoy-Brunk

Thats an awesome bundle. A lot of mu favorites too !

KateS
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KateS

I love the Winston Brothers, Penny Reid is totally deserved your author of the year.

Joanne B
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Joanne B

Thanks for sharing that great list. I love Cletus and Penny Reid.

Amber
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Amber

Love your list. A lot of these are on my tbr pile.

Jennifer Schaber
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Jennifer Schaber

I’ve now added to my TBR a bit. Thanks so much for sharing!

Amy R
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Amy R

Excellent list.