– 2016 –
The Beast by J.R. Ward
I debated on whether or not to put Ward here for the second year in a row. I thought about putting another author in so I could mix it up, but if I’m being totally honest with myself, J.R. Ward’s books are consistently at the top of my list. Whether she writes in her BDB world, or if she writes about the South, all her releases this year have been heavy-hitters and are packed with emotion. You can’t help but feel for the characters that she writes about and that’s a big key to her success I think. If there’s one author to watch out for in 2017, it’s J.R. Ward.
PARANORMAL ROMANCE | FAVE AUTHOR
Mischief and the Masters by Cherise Sinclair
A prankster and two sexy Doms? Yes please! Sinclair hits the spot with this wonderful trio because not only are Max and Alistair amazing heroes, but I loved the emotional side of this story as well. The BDSM is made better because Sinclair takes her time with developing those emotions and digging deep within her characters to find that raw point before exposing it so that the characters feel realer to readers. In terms of BDSM Romance, Cherise Sinclair is untouchable.
EROTIC ROMANCE | BEST SEX | BDSM
Hell & High Water by Charlie Cochet
I’m totally late on the bandwagon for this series because I know so many people who love it. But I only met Dex and Sloane this year and I instantly fell in love with them. Their banter alone will have you grinning from ear to ear and then when you thrown in the rest of the THIRDS guys (and girls), you have a really well-rounded unit that is full of fun and surprises. I actually think this might be my favorite series I’ve read in 2016.
LGBT | PARANORMAL | SHIFTERS
Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt
This was such an easy pick for me. I knew when I first started reading this book that I was going to be mentioning Val in my Best of 2016 post because he’s a character that we don’t see often. For once, he’s the bad guy and usually when an author gives the villain a book, she tries to redeem him. Well, Hoyt doesn’t do that with Val. She keeps him bad and ooh, he’s delicious that way! I was hooked from the very beginning and this is one of those rare series where the books actually get better with each new release.
HISTORICAL ROMANCE | FAVE HERO
W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
Kinsey Millhone is basically me in fictional form. Much like J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas, Kinsey is a woman who doesn’t bother herself with fancy things. The real reason why I love her so much is because she’s determined and very straight to the point. She’s also a bit of a workaholic. In 2016, I really fell in love with Kinsey and her world so if you would like to read more about the psychology side of crimes then this series might be for you.
MYSTERY | FAVE HEROINE
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
You have a sweet and often naïve teenage girl who is trying to find true love. Lara Jean is everything you hope your child is as a teen. She’s very family-oriented and doesn’t spend nights out partying. She’s quite homely but it’s that innocence that really got to me. Han’s stories are very charming and heart-warming and I found myself rooting for the good girl to win over the bad boy.
Test Drive by Marie Harte
This series is a spin-off from Harte’s McCauley Brothers series and actually, she also has the new Donnigans series which features the McCauley’s cousins so essentially, any of these two series would get a thumbs up from me because they are so full of life and charm. Not only do you get some good laughs throughout, but there’s plenty of steamy moments as well. You’re going to have a hard time picking your fave hero from this bunch because every one of them is delicious. Fortunately, I’ve already claimed them all for myself ?
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE | SEXY
Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning
With only one book left in the Fever series, things are really heating up. I’ve been a big fan of KMM for years and still haven’t been able to predict what’s going to happen next in her books. KMM constantly pushes the boundaries of her own writing and her world so there’s never a dull moment and that’s why KMM is my pick for Best New Release again.
FAVE BOOK | FAVE AUTHOR | URBAN FANTASY