– 2016 –
Loving You Easy by Roni Loren
Yes, the sex is hot. I could pinpoint several scenes here from the first time Cora saw Ren at a party and watched him get a blowjob by some other girl, to the m/m scenes between Ren and Hayes, and the explosive things that can happen when Hayes takes on his role as a Dom for both Ren and Cora. But what makes each scene even better is the build up of their relationship and their connection. All the strings are so intertwined that you can’t separate the sex from the emotions and each one is more powerful than the next. Intense and scorching.
EROTIC ROMANCE | MENAGE | BDSM | HOT
The Beast by J.R. Ward
This year was THEIR year. I feel as if they got two books with THE BEAST and BLOOD VOW as their story is the big focus of both, and I couldn’t have been happier. I love them and I loved seeing their struggles in a non-romantic way. Through all that their love was always a constant rock and I fell in love with Rhage all over again for it.
PARANORMAL ROMANCE | BEST COUPLE
Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
So this year I finished reading the first trilogy in the Kushiel’s Legacy and I couldn’t leave Phedre out of this list because she’s an epic character. Reading the second trilogy she plays a much smaller role and I can’t say enough how much the strength of this character and all the adversities she faces and pushes through with so much love for the service of her Goddess and for her loved ones. Truly a powerful heroine, a quiet strength that I admire.
FAVE HEROINE | FANTASY | INTENSE | FAVE COUPLE
Death and Relaxation by Devon Monk
I’ve been looking for a new good paranormal story most of the year. Then along came DEATH AND RELAXATION and, on a whim, I decided to give it a try. I loved the feel of this book. It’s a small town feel urban fantasy with quirky and fun characters and lots of craziness they get into with each book. A nice mix of paranormal creatures that go bump in the night and mythology with plenty of small town charm. I am looking forward to more in this series next year.
URBAN FANTASY | FUNNY
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This was a book of the month read on our GoodReads group and I was so happy this made me read it because otherwise I’ve been shoving this read to the side anytime someone recommends it to me. And it’s a great YA, sci fi and steampunk book rolled into one. I really loved this world.
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Say what? I’ve had Colleen Hoover as my author of the year a few years back and then my love affair with her stories sort of fell off after the last few releases. It just wasn’t getting to me the way her original work did. Then along came IT ENDS WITH US. It’s not all about the romance, it’s about the journey and the healing. The suffering and the struggle. Just the emotions that this book provoked in me. And to this day, it was one of the few releases that when I was looking back on my reads of the year it still brought me back to how I felt reading it. Great job with this one.
NEW ADULT | TEARJERKER