Favorite Reads of 2013

I really wish that I could sit here and come up with a top ten list or a top twenty but I don’t think when you’ve read so many books in one year that it is possible to narrow it down like that. Not unless you have read a great deal of clunkers. I’m happy to say that I have not read too many clunkers this year! I have read some freaking amazing books though. Some books that made me look at one topic or another from a different perspective. Some books touched me deeply. Others I connected with on a level that helped me to recognize pieces of myself that were previously hidden. Some gave me great ideas while others made me cry big ugly crying tears. In short it has been an absolutely wonderful year for me in books. I’ll try not to make too large of a list but if I told someone they had to read a book or a series these would be the ones at the top of my list. I broke it down a little as to give it some sort of structure. The Virgo in me enjoys being organized, even with my thoughts…

Overall favorite reads this year (not necessarily released this year):

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Kincade’s Rose – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/682071607

Crescent Chronicles – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/397865062

Carry Your Heart – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/644615342

Creed – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/646720660

Knight – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/623020128

This Man Series – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/456187791

Metamorphosis – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/530655464

Up In the Air Trilogy – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/524328032

Epilogue – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/525505313

Original Sinners Series – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/539506380

Songs of Submission Series – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/739551637

Night Owl – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/772984039

Love Show – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/788192437

Hacker Series – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/712488315

REAL – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/571844959

Whiskey and A Gun – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/770249312

All The Pretty Lies – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/763472754

Fighting for Flight – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/543161765

Fighting to Forgive – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/549165879

Try – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/629853852

Edible – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/496838077

Blind Obsession – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/717596258

The Reed Brothers Series – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/680439595

Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/755136669

Taken By Moonlight – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/708498591

My Masters Nightmare – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/736452600

Being Delightful – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/718729199

When You Were Pixels – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/698164152

Unteachable – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/681857797

Kaleb – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/496842176

The Tied Man – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/538269971

Tangled – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/608118313

Safe Word – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/616033740

Undeniable – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/587774164

Sweet Peril – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/415028760

Edge of Never – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/432499748

Incendiary – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/374124083

She Likes It Irish – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/607194436

Beautiful Stranger – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/542103531

Willing Victim – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/584972691

Twisted Perfection – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/537425102

Release Me – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/582150236

Dark Light Series – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/551510998

Backstage Pass – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/571714905

Falling Into You – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/570225291

Made Me Tear Up And/Or Ugly Cry  and I LOVED IT This Year:

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Rock Bottom by RK Lilley

Metamorphosis by Erin Noelle

Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

Whiskey and A Gun by Jade Eby

The Little Prince by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Fighting to Forgive by J.B. Salsbury

Incendiary by Amy Bartol

Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

The Tied Man by Tabitha McGowan

Carry Your Heart by Audrey Bell

Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan

All the Pretty Lies by M. Leighton

Wait For You by J. Lynn

My Favorite Authors This Year: (In no particular order)

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J.B. Salsbury – https://www.facebook.com/JBSalsburybooks

Ella Frank – https://www.facebook.com/ella.frank.31

Meredith Wild – https://www.facebook.com/meredithwild

Audrey Bell – https://www.facebook.com/audreybbell

Leah Raeder – https://www.facebook.com/leahraederbooks

M. Pierce – https://www.facebook.com/pages/M-Pierce/174553066083258

Tiffany Reisz – https://www.facebook.com/littleredridingcrop

CD Reiss – https://www.facebook.com/CDReiss.writer

RK Lilley – https://www.facebook.com/RkLilley

CJ Roberts – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCJRoberts

Erin Noelle – https://www.facebook.com/erin.noelle.98

Marita A Hansen – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marita-A-Hansen/113130742120676

J.A. Redmerski – https://www.facebook.com/J.A.Redmerski

SL Jennings – https://www.facebook.com/authorsljennings

Emma Chase – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emma-Chase/203871846413267

Jodi Ellen Malpas – https://www.facebook.com/JodiEllenMalpas

Addison Moore – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Addison-Moore/140192649382294

Amy Bartol – https://www.facebook.com/authoramyabartol

Tammy Falkner – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tammy-Falkner/134765283285270

LV Lewis – https://www.facebook.com/lv.lewis.148?fref=ts

Book Boyfriends I wish were not fictional:

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Cole Madison – Edible – Ella Frank

Remy – REAL – Katy Evans

Søren/Kingsley/Griffin/Daniel – Original Sinners – Tiffany Reisz

Zsadist – Lover Awakened – J. R. Ward

Creed – Creed – Kristen Ashley

Blake – Hacker Series – Meredith Wild

Jonathan – Songs of Submission – CD Reiss

Greg Cage – Cage – Harper Sloan

Flynn – Willing Victim – Cara McKenna

Jonah – Fighting for Flight – JB Salsbury

Blake – Fighting to Forgive – JB Salsbury

Max Stella – Beautiful Stranger – Christina Lauren

Tristan – Bad Things – RK Lilley

Dorian – Dark Light Series – SL Jennings

Jack Henry – Beauty From Pain – Georgia Cates

The Reed Brothers (Logan, Matt, Pete, Sam, Paul) – Reed Brothers Series – Tammy Falkner

Tristan – Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever – LV Lewis

Jack Diamond – Love Show – Audrey Bell

Matt – Night Owl – M. Pierce

Colton – Safe Word – Teresa Mummert

Conall – Taken By Moonlight – Violette Dubrinsky

Jesse Ward – This Man Series – Jodi Ellen Malpas

Honorable Mention:

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Black Dagger Brotherhood Series – J. R. Ward  – I am only on book 6 but this series is hands down epic!!!

Remy Goes to Therapy – Shara Azod – If for no other reason than this line: “It was her curse; she always attracted men that needed her far more as a therapist than a girlfriend.” Also Remy was all kinds of alpha hot!

The Alpha Group Series – Maya Cross – Hot, quick, steamy, very well written!

The Druid Series – Marata Eros – On fire HOT!!! Hot isn’t even the word for it. I couldn’t read it without blushing profusely!!!

This Love’s Not For Sale – Ella Dominguez – Her writing style throws me a bit but once I get used to it her books are so good and hot!

Worst Reads This Year & Why:

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Overwhelm Me – A. C. Marchman – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/514223667

Consequences – Aleatha Romig – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/542726021

Simple Perfection – Abbi Glines – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/548316606

Beck – Harper Sloan – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/673059705

Disastrous – E.L. Montes – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/579040923 – Hmm, this one doesn’t explain, so I’ll just tell you that it started out wonderfully then the plot just fell apart as the book went on.

Review: Stripping Asjiah

Stripping Asjiah
Stripping Asjiah by Sa’Rese
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story was surprisingly gripping and complicated. I did feel some of the sexual situations were not very realistic for people that young of age. If you can handle the murder, rape, violence, and emotional abuse of this one it is well worth the read. However, if you are unable to connect with urban characters and understand a thug or hustler mentality… this may not be the book for you. I think I am interested in continuing this series but due to the depth of depravity it’s one of those series where I will have to space them out. I will say if you’re a fan of the grittier black movies of the early 90s or shows like The Wire this should be of interest to you. Also, those of you who enjoy the gritty MC books/shows may enjoy this as well. I think I need a drink & a rainbows & giggles read!!!

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Review: My Masters’ Nightmare Season 1, Ep. 5 “Escape”


My Masters’ Nightmare Season 1, Ep. 5 “Escape” by Marita A. Hansen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That’s what I’m talking about!!!!!!

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Someone pass me a drink too!!!

I guess episode 4 was a fluke because this was every bit as twisted and amazing and sitting on the edge of your seat crazy as the first three!!!

Goodness, I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Marita…

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Review: Beck

Beck
Beck by Harper Sloan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Well… I was so excited to read this. I didn’t feel like Axel or Cage were 5 star epic reads or anything but I enjoyed them for what they were and what they were trying to accomplish. I attempted to put that same way of thinking forward when reading this… especially since a piece of the proceeds are going to a great cause. Also, being a therapist I am usually drawn to stories that have some type of relation to or touch on mental health issues in some way.

Through a great deal of the book I vacillated from…

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To just looking at it like…

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And then by the end…

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I was really bored through the first half or so of this book. It was so heavy and depressing and believe me if anyone gets the depth of the issues that they were discussing, I do. I just felt like it was poured on really thick and it wasn’t consistent. On the one hand you have someone dealing with severe depression, PTSD, and suicidal ideations… yet this person has the capacity to hide how they are really feeling from those that they love and the only ones that they have identified that they would trust to offer support. Many people do not reach out for help, and unfortunately that can end tragically. I am not saying that it is impossible for someone to have these issues and be able to hide how much they are hurting. In my experience though, I just didn’t find this variation believable. The blame game really began to wear on me as well. All of the constant throwing it in their faces and getting angry and arguing about it just felt contrived. These people are supposedly as close as family and especially the arguments between Beck and Greg really made me go “huh?” I didn’t get it.

As the book goes on every single thing that happens those that are aware of the issues are afraid it’s going to trigger a downward spiral or suicide attempt… Yet, this person chose to tell their story to multiple people several times through out the book. Someone who has experienced trauma and has PTSD would need to be able to ground themselves and have dealt with the trauma so that when they tell their story they do not re-traumatize them self. If someone has dealt with the trauma to the point where they are wanting to talk about it and their experience to others it is safe to say that they are not at a place where telling the story or going through an additionally difficult experience will automatically cause them to lose their shit. Especially, if they are still under consistent psychiatric care and getting support from those closest to them. It’s similar to when a therapist asks someone if they are suicidal… if they aren’t asking that question isn’t going to some how magically make them suicidal!

I found Beck to be a lackluster hero/alpha. I honestly think that he and Dee probably could have split a book with another couple and that this would have worked out a great deal better. I also find it interesting in these kinds of books when there is a threat or danger and then those who are at risk are put under lock down and then somehow every time the bad guy shows up it’s when they are alone or almost completely alone…

There were things that I did enjoy but so much of those other issues were too distracting for me. I put the book down several times and honestly almost DNF, many times. I understood what was attempted here and it just really missed the mark for me. Despite that I will continue with the series as I am interested in seeing what happens next.

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Review: Night Owl

Night Owl
Night Owl by M. Pierce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So as my moniker states I am in fact an Alpha Addicted Therapist… this book was everything I love. I am ecstatic that this was one of those books that I didn’t know what to expect from it, especially with the mixed reviews I was seeing and then it turned out to be wonderful.

I found myself enjoying the writing style from the beginning and the story was interesting and something you could actually believe could have happened. I was captivated at only 10% in. I literally could not put it down once I began it. The sex was unapologetic and absolutely hot and wonderful for it. I always enjoy the more alpha characters and I love it even more when the more submissive of the two can embrace what turns them on and does it for them. I’m so tired of books where characters spend much of it questioning what is wrong with them or pretending that what gets them hot doesn’t. It’s not going to be for everyone it got weird, really dirty, and messy at times… I gobbled it up, but to each their own.

The real meat and potatoes of this book hands down was the last half of it, however. The story took a turn that I both did and did not see coming and then began to spiral into this heartbreaking series of events. Then once you are successfully built back up, you are ripped apart and left hanging because of that fucking epilogue!!!

I 125% need more stars for this book and know that it will be one that I will re-read several times between now and the summer when the sequel is released. When I think about how close I was to skipping over this one I’m just glad I don’t have to kick myself in the ass later for doing so!

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Review: The Wrong Man

The Wrong Man
The Wrong Man by Delaney Diamond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Wrong Man was another one of those little gems that you’re not expecting to like all that much but you give a try anyway! I’m pleasantly happy that I did! Tomas and Talia’s story was a scorching hot one. It was a different take on the billionaire saves the poor broken girl as well, which was refreshing. Talia is an African-American woman who comes from a privileged upbringing. Her grandmother raised her in the wake of her parents death and she has extremely high standards and expectations of Talia. When she discovers that Talia is getting divorced from her “perfect on paper” husband she is none to happy and attempts to spoil the happiness that Talia begins to find with Tomas. Tomas is from Cuba and is all alone in the US besides the friends that he has made. He is a player and always ready to bed the next willing participant. He knows Talia through their mutual friends and when she wants a no strings attached fwb relationship he is all about it… until he starts to develop feelings for her. They have a lot of misunderstandings. They come from totally different worlds. They do not match up on paper, with societies expectations, or in what they expected to want for themselves… but love is love and if these two can navigate their differences they are bound to make a connection neither one of them will be able to walk away from!

Did I mention it’s scorch the sheets hot, as well??? ;D

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Review: Travis

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Travis by Nicole Edwards
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Well, I know for most this is their favorite of this series thus far. I was really looking forward to it because it would be the first one where there was straight up M/M going on and all kinds of variations. I was expecting it to be a filthy good time! Once it got there it definitely was hot and inspired a great deal of one handed reading. However, this book was 50% too long!!! You could have chopped off the first half of this book and just went with the second and accomplished the same amount of progress. Also, the over description was making me want to pull my freaking hair out. I literally skipped over pages of inner monologue because it was repetitive and did nothing to help progress the story. I didn’t remember Kaleb and Zane being so long winded but I did take a massive break inbetween the two so maybe that had something to do with it. Anyway, I’m not saying it was awful… I just really hope that Ethan’s book doesn’t disappoint me as much! If you have a lot of time on your hands and want something panty melting hot read it!!!

This is the authors “warning”…

“Warning: This book contains sexy, smoking hot cowboys that may make your e-reader spontaneously combust. Consider yourself warned. This book contains sexual encounters and graphic language that some readers may find objectionable, including, but not limited to: m/f, m/m, m/f/m, m/m/f encounters, anal sex. Contains graphic material that is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.” -Nicole Edwards

Ummm…

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Review: Love Show

Love Show
Love Show by Audrey Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well…

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So basically, what I’m trying to say is that this is one of the best books that I have read this year and has wiggled it’s way on to my all time favorites list for sure!

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Hadley Arrington is a college senior she has her future figured out, she knows what she does and doesn’t want and nowhere in that equation does love or relationships fit in. She’s brilliant, beautiful, and a real friend! She stands up for those that she loves and tries to do the right thing when she can. She’s been dealt some pretty shitty parents and even though they have impacted her life greatly, including destroying her belief in love, she keeps her head on straight and works to make a happy life for herself doing what she loves…

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Jack Diamond is hot, he’s intelligent, he’s confused, and conflicted about life and he is everything that Hadley doesn’t know she wants. He has his own demons and difficulties and when she proposes a no strings attached relationship he thinks she is the coolest girl ever and that it couldn’t possibly go wrong….

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David is Hadley’s best friend. He is also a senior. He’s gay and unlike some stories he has a realistically challenging road to travel, without it being stereotypical or overly predictable. He’s comical and a great friend, he’s caring, and kind, and love is not easy for him…

I really enjoyed all of the supporting characters, except Ben whose balls I wanted to chop off and then shove them into his ears!!! I just cannot say enough about this story… I won’t tell you anymore as I don’t want to give away ANYTHING at all! What I will say is that this is not just a romance and the accompanying story and journey it takes Hadley especially on is so worth the ride. The banter between Jack and Hadley and Hadley and David will have you rolling on the floor laughing. There are plenty of “Oh my gosh” moments and “Awwww that’s fucking adorable” moments as well as “Whoa, this is intense.” So seriously get it and read it and love it!!!!!

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ARC graciously provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

 

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