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Top 5 Books of 2021 – So Far + Giveaway!

I’m not really sure where this year has gone but I blinked and June is around the corner. Sometimes it feels the same when it comes to the realization that Under the Covers Book Blog has been around for 10 years now. It seems we’ve gone through changes along the way and we are so thankful you all have stuck with us through all of that!

But back to the books! 2020 and 2021 have not been the best years for reading. I read less than in previous years even though I still hit my goals. Only because I had made them way low though thinking I would blow past them. So that also means I’ve found a lot less winners. You probably know this by now, a 5 star from me has been extremely rare in recent years.

So here are 5 books that I’ve already read in 2021 that will make it on my list of favorite books of the year and I think you should put on your lists to check out.  Let me know in the comments what are some of your faves of 2021 so far.

 

From my list of most anticipated…

Lisa Kleypas doesn’t disappoint with the next book in the Ravenels series. This is the only one that isn’t out yet, comes out end of July, but you should add to your to read list now anyway. I mean, it’s Lisa Kleypas so it’s a no brainer. The queen of historical romance delivers the perfect book for fans of the Wallflowers series, but also with a strong and at the same time sweet heroine and the sweetest hero!

Top 5 Books of 2021 – So Far + Giveaway!
Devil in Disguise
Book Info

Released: July 27 2021
Genre: Historical Romance
 

The one I didn’t see coming…

I picked this up on a friends’ recommendation and honestly because LOOK AT THAT COVER. It’s gorgeous! Plus the book was deliciously fun and just such an adorable and sweet good time.

Top 5 Books of 2021 – So Far + Giveaway!
Tokyo Ever After
Book Info

Released: May 18 2021
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Tokyo Ever After #1
Pages: 336
 

Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity… and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.

In a whirlwind, Izzy travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.

Izzy soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairytale, happily ever after?

The one I knew would grab my heart…

Let’s face it. Amy Harmon can write a beautiful story. I literally don’t even look at her blurbs anymore because I know I’ll want to read it and I know I’m going to love it.  This story was heartbreakingly beautiful. Raw emotions and a beautiful love story, I was swept up into this world.

Top 5 Books of 2021 – So Far + Giveaway!
The Songbook of Benny Lament
Book Info

Released: March 16 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction
 

From the bestselling author of What the Wind Knows and From Sand and Ash comes a powerful love story about a musical duo who put everything on the line to be together.

New York, 1960: For Benny Lament, music is his entire life. With his father’s deep ties to the mob, the Bronx piano man has learned that love and family can get you in trouble. So he keeps to himself, writing songs for other musicians, avoiding the spotlight…until the night his father brings him to see Esther Mine sing.

Esther is a petite powerhouse with a gorgeous voice. And when Benny writes a hit song and performs it with her, their collaboration thrusts the duo onto the national stage…and stirs up old issues and new scrutiny that the mob—and Benny—would rather avoid.

It would be easier to walk away. But the music and the woman are too hard for the piano man to resist. Benny’s songs and Esther’s vocals are an explosive combination, a sound that fans can’t get enough of. But though America might love the music they make together, some people aren’t ready for Benny Lament and Esther Mine on—or off—the stage.

The one I re-read…

I’m just too in love with this book not to mention it as one of the best reading experiences I’ve had so far this year. This is my third time reading it and I fell even more in love with Mercy and Riley. Mercy is my girl crush and Riley is the best!  Together they are perfect. I loved their story, plot, romance. Just everything. This is what paranormal romance should always be.

Top 5 Books of 2021 – So Far + Giveaway!
Branded by Fire
Book Info

Released: July 7 2009
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Psy-Changeling #6
Pages: 345
 

Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he's a wolf, she's a cat, and they're both used to being on top.

But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from DarkRiver territory, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young man - before his shadowy captors decide he's no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it'll leave them both branded by fire...

The series I’m in love with…

It should come as no surprise that a book from the In Death series makes it on this list. In fact I enjoy every book I read in this series. But I absolutely loved this one! If you haven’t started this series, do it in small chunks. I know it can be intimidating because there’s so many books, but in the end it’s so worth it!

Top 5 Books of 2021 – So Far + Giveaway!
Memory in Death
Book Info

Released: July 1st 2006
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: In Death #22
Pages: 375
 

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb presents a memorable tale of suspense set in 2059 New York City, as Lieutenant Eve Dallas walks a tightrope between her professional duties and her private demons.

Eve Dallas is one tough cop. It should take more than a seemingly ordinary middle-aged lady to make her fall apart. But when that lady is Trudy Lombard, all bets are off. Just seeing Trudy at the station plunges Eve back to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized young girl--and trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits smiling in front of her.

Trudy claims she came all the way to New York just to see how Eve is doing. But Eve's fiercely protective husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise--and a blackmail attempt by Trudy proves his suspicion correct. Eve and Roarke just want the woman out of their lives. But someone else wants her dead. And when her murder comes to pass, Eve and Roarke will follow a circuitous and dangerous path to find out who turned the victimizer into a victim.

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Sophia Rose

Can’t believe it has been ten years, but you’ve all made it a wonderful ten years of book love. I recently re-read the Nalini Singh for a readalong and fell in love with them again. Love the In Death series, too, though I’m only about a dozen in. I’ll have to check out the Amy Harmon and Emiko Jean.
Wishing UTC more wonderful years!

Mary Preston

No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood was a great read.

Glenda M

I finally started The Bromance Book Club series! (I’m a few chapters in to Crazy Stupid Bromance right now.) They are well worth the praise they’ve received!

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none yet

denise

Happy 10th Blogiversary!

Ten Rules for Faking It was a favorite.

Tiffany J

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry for sure!

Artemis Giote

Don’t Kiss the Bride by Carian Cole, Falling into you by AL Jackson, Ryder by Prescott Lane, Sweet by Gabrielle G, Still Beating by Jennifer Hartman…. these are some of my favourite books this year so far.

Misty

I’ve only read the first 5 books in the In Death series but I really want to get back to reading the series because I was really enjoying it.

Elizabeth

Threshold of Annihilation by T A White, Delivering Evil for Experts by Annette Marie, The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L Armentrout

Amy R

Some of my favorites books/audiobooks 1st time reads so far in 2021 are Bridgerton series, The Business of Blood by Kerrigan Bryne, Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L Armentrout, All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone, Sin & Chocolate and Sin & Surrender by KF Breene, Fake by Kylie Scott and The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa.

Irma J

Year 2021 has been amazing regarding good reads. Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas, Tangled by Laura Pavlov, Jegudiel by Tillie Cole, Wild North by JB Salsbury, The Bachelor Bargain by Maddison Michaels and Jennifer Millikin by Jennifer Millikin are only my recent TOP 2021 reads, and I’ve read 85 books so far.