Monday, December 30, 2013

My Top 13 Series' Of 2013!!!

This is a list of books that I read this year, this does not necessarily mean that they came out this year but more that I was introduced to them throughout the year. It took me so long to come up with this list, there are so many more series' that I would have LOVED to have added to the list. After thinking long and hard I decided the way to narrow down this list was by adding books that though I just read or discovered this year, I have read them more than once and would read them again in a heartbeat!

1. The Home Series by Ann Vaughn

1. Long Way Home- 
This is such a SWEET story, see the turbulent relationship between childhood enemies Tess and Shane. What happens when they realize that their 'hate' for each other is more like love for one another.
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2. Finding Home-
Sarah is used to being alone, having no one to lean on but herself. Then Colt comes into the picture. Read their wonderful story, and fall hard for Colt like I did!
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3. A Home For Christmas-
Jenna's life took a big turn on a fateful Black Friday when she was saved by Riley. Read their holiday book and swoon over their love story. 
Riley is such a lovable guy, who wouldn't want a guy like him. He not only adores Jenna, but also Cam, her son. He treats them like his own family which is exactly what he wants them to be.
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2. The Thoughtless Series by S.C. Stephens

1. Thoughtless-
Oh man, Kellan Kyle! That should be enough to want you to read this book! This guy is just pure walking sex! I don't know what took me so long to read this book but I'm glad I did!! 

2. Effortless-
After the first one, I did not want to continue reading because Kiera got me so mad, I just wanted to strangle her. But I am glad I did! LOVE their relationship

3. Reckless-
Is Happily Ever After even possible for these two? Just when things seem to be going right, something goes wrong. 
Kellan and Kiera can't seem to catch a break! Their relationship always seems to face an obstacle no matter how hard they try to be happy. Seeing their love fight over everything is so touching.

3. The Perfect Game series by J. Sterling

1. The Perfect Game
Typical cocky jock falls for the nobody girl. But what happens when the girl does not reciprocate those feelings? Or is trying to avoid falling for him? This beautiful story of Jack and Cassie. You will love, then hate then love Jack all in one book!

2. The Game Changer:
After their turbulent relationship, will Jack and Cassie be able to put the past where it belongs and move towards a future together? My favorite part of the book was reading Jack's POV from part of the first book.

3. The Sweetest Game
Life has not been easy for both Jack and Cassie. Their relationship has had its ups and downs, will they ever be able to get their Happily Ever After. And once they get it, will it be what they truly wanted?
I swear this is just the PERFECT way to end this series, after so many bumps in their relationship, Jack and Cassie deserve to be happy with one another!

4. The Moretti Novels by MJ Carnal
1.  Taming the Bachelor
The story focuses on Mark, the player and self proclaimed forever bachelor, and Sophie, a quiet shy girl who has had her heart broken before and has walls up to protect her fragile heart. Will the Bachelor be tamed?
I LOVED MARK!! <3 and I fell in love with this series from the first book

2. Taming The Playboy
Ryan West is known as the playboy, he is set on never changing his playboy ways. Layla, Sophie's sister is the same way. But what happens when their 'hook-up' starts to turn into something more? 
This group of friends have become such a close family, I love how they are there for each other no matter what! 
3. Taming The Boy Next Door
In the first two novels we got to know Caleb a little. I must admit, he seemed like that jerk type, sure he sounded hot and all that but not really that type of guy that girls took seriously. Well, I must say he proved me wrong in this book!! He is handsome and one of the best friends that anyone could ask for. BUY NOW:

5. The Storm Series by Samantha Towle

1. The Mighty Storm
A well written book, full of many STEAMY scenes, but also full of scenes full of raw anger and sadness. Samantha blew me away with how well written this book was. How much she made me fall in love with Jake again and again. Tru and Jake's story is one to fall in love with!

2. Wethering the Storm
The continuation of Tru and Jake's story. Can their love overcome all these obstacles? Will Tru be able to live in the spotlight? 
This book, just like the first one had me on a roller coaster of a ride. Oh man, I was happy, mad, in tears, every emotion you could think of this book had me in. 

6. Sulfur Heights series by M.S. Brannon

1. Scarred Love
A story of strength, survival, and unconditional love. It shows how much our scars, inside and out, influence our choices in life.This is such an emotional read, one of those books that captivates you from the very beginning until the very end.

2. Tragic Love
This book kept me on my toes and surprised me so many times. My heart was broken multiple times while reading it, and I got so mad at Presley countless times, but at the same time my heart hurt for everything that she was going through. I will say that I was left in shock as to the way this ended. 


7. Welcome to Paradise by S.L. Scott

1. Good Vibrations
I seriously wanted to strangle these two, they kept hurting one another, yet avoiding dealing with their issues. Evan tries to use his cocky, arrogant persona to push Mallory away. It takes a while for these two to finally talk things out and somewhat work things out, but it is worth waiting for. I was so glad that they finally worked things out, they are so cute together!!

2. Good Intentions
This is book two of the "Welcome to Paradise" series. We continue with Mallory and Evan's relationship. At the end of "Good Vibrations" they finally decided to give their relationship a serious chance. They both wanted to be together more than anything, but the fact that Mallory will soon have to return to Colorado lingers in the back of both their minds. Can they get past this and move forward in their relationship?
8. Shattered Hearts series by Cassia Leo

1. Relentless
From the first chapter alone I felt a connection with Claire. The more I read, the more I fell for all of the characters. The struggles that Claire has been through make her more relate able, more real in a sense. I could not put this book down once I picked it up. I just HAD to keep reading to find out what Claire's secret was!!! 

2. Pieces of You
Where to begin with this book?? Wow, Cassia blew me away! My emotions where EVERYWHERE, happy one moment to being in tears in another. Once again I must say, I  am SO glad that I picked this series up!.
3. Bring Me Home
Book Three in this emotional,wonderful series. Claire has not had an easy life, Chris was the only thing that helped her survive. Torn apart they finally have a second chance at love. But will they ever be able to get their Happily Ever After?
Just like the other two books in the series, this book was an emotional roller coaster!! Cassia's way of writing captivates me and pulls me into Claire and Chris' world 

9. Wanted Series by Kelly Elliott

1. Wanted
This book had so many sweet and private moments between Ellie and Gunner, he treated her like a princess and tried his hardest to prove to her that everything she grew up hearing from her mother is not true and she truly is loved for. Kelly is such a wonderful author, being able to portray so many emotions and make me actually feel them with the characters.

2. Saved
While the first book focuses much of its attention on Gunner and Ellie's relationship, in this book we switch focus to the relationship between Jeff and Ari. But we also get insight into the other couples relationship, including more Gunner and Ellie! Yes Jeff and Ari had admitted to one another how much they have loved each other for years, and finally began to give themselves a chance at this relationship, that does not mean that the road they travel was an easy one
3. Faithful
Josh and Heather have not had a smooth relationship up to this point, and just when things seem to be going their way another obstacle comes in their way. It is a very bumpy road for this couple. but throughout it all they remain Faithful to one another. I LOVED their story, and how emotional it was.

4. Believe
We have gotten small peaks into Brad and Amanda's lives. We have seen small snippets of the troubles they have had to overcome. This novella gives us an insight into them trying to put the past where it belongs and move together towards a better future.

10. The Rosemary Beach Series by Abbi Glines
1. Fallen Too Far
Blaire has had to grow up quickly to care for her mother, she has been left alone and has had no one to lean on. She reaches out to her father in a moment in need. This leads her to Rosemary Beach where she meets Rush Finlay. Can these two avoid falling for one another? And what happens when secrets are revealed. Secrets that affect both of them?
This series had me on my toes and swooning over Rush!
2. Never Too Far
After secrets tear Rush and Blaire apart. Blaire loved Rush but could not find it in herself to forgive him and ignore what she had discovered. My heart broke for her, she had already dealt with so much. This story shows us how much Rush fights for what he truly wants, Blaire, even if it means turning on his own family.

3. Twisted Perfection   
In Fallen Too Far we met Woods. He has his life all planned out, then he meets Della and everything he wanted, or thought he wanted, changes. Now all he wants is a future with her. Seeing this other side of Woods was so wonderful. I loved him from the very beginning. Loved how he tried to take care of Blaire so much. But even more when I saw how much he took care of Della. Della has her own demons to deal with, and tries so hard to overcome them to be strong for Woods. But will they be able to overcome the obstacles and be together?

4. Forever Too Far
The wonderful conclusion to Rush and Blaire's relationship. They have had a very turbulant relationship. Rush's family keeps intervening in their happiness. Will they finally be able to live their Happily Ever After? 
I honestly felt as if this was the perfect ending to their story! <3 I fell for Rush even MORE if that is possible
5. Simple Perfection
Della and Woods have so many obstacles to overcome. Personal demons as well as people trying to tear them apart. I love how much Woods cared for Della. He literally needed her in his life to feel complete. He did not care about her demons, he wanted to HELP her overcome them and show her how strong she could be. Love these two!
11. The Moreno Brothers series by Elizabeth Reyes

1. Forever Mine
This book focuses on Angel Moreno and Sarah's relationship. Angel is known as the playboy/badboy in school. Sarah is the new girl, she's been warned by her cousin to stay away from him to avoid trouble. But sometimes there is no way to avoid falling for someone.
This book is so cute! The way Angel tries to show Sarah that he is not the guy everyone believes him to be. They have small bumps in their relationship but it is wonderful to see how they overcome them.

2. Always Been Mine
This book follows Valerie, Sarah's cousin, and Angel's brother, Alex Moreno's turbulent relationship. They have a history with one another and Valerie is determined to not let Alex get under her skin. But how long can they BOTH deny what they feel for one another. 
Damn these two are stubborn! haha they won't admit how they feel for one another. I got mad at them sometimes, they hurt each other so much, but finally after many ups and downs get their Happily Ever After

3. Sweet Sofie
Sofia has grown up surrounded by all these over protective brothers. She is not free to date or do as she wishes because one of them is always there to look after her. Eric has grown up around the Moreno brothers, being best friends with them, he has seen Sofia grow up. Trying to keep what they feel for one another is hard, but can they convince everyone that what they feel for one another is real? Will Sofia's brothers give them a chance to live out this relationship?
I love seeing Sofia's story, her standing up to her brothers and demanding that she was not a little girl anymore! 

4. Romero
Technically Romero is not a Moreno, but he has grown up with them and has been welcomed into the family with open arms. He is Angel's other best friend aside from Eric and known as the wild one of the bunch. He is hot tempered and crazy at times. But when he meets Isabella, we see the softer,caring side of him.
I loved seeing this side of Romero, and seeing him mature. Being that him and Isabella are from different types of families was interesting to see. It was a great book and glad it was part of the series, he IS an honorary Moreno Brother!

5. Making You Mine
Sal Moreno, the oldest Moreno brother. He is known as being the most in control, serious of the brothers. But that all seems to change when he meets the newly hired bartender Grace. Something about her throws him off. It was funny to see Sal out of his element a little and unsure of how to pursue Grace. I loved how different they were yet how perfect they were for one another.

12. The Beaumont Series by Heidi McLaughlin 

1. Forever My Girl
Liam and Josie were High School sweethearts, but when Liam leaves to pursue his musical career their relationship is torn apart. Now Liam is back and discovers a child he never knew he had, and that his feelings for Josie have never left. Will these two be able to rekindle their romance?
I loved this story of second chance romance. Heidi's way of writing captivated me and pulled me in.

2. My Everything
This novella follows Nick after he leaves for Africa. Heartbroken after realizing that Josie is still in love with Liam, Nick is trying to move on in his life. Will he be able to do so without putting his heart out there once again?

3. My Unexpected Forever
Harrison moved to Beaumont to continue his music with Liam, but also seeking out a normal type of living for his son. Beaumont provided both things. It also had Katelyn, Liam and Josie's friend. 
I loved how much Harrison cared not only about Katelyn but also for her daughters, and how he understood that she needed time to heal after losing her husband. He tried so hard to be there for her, and be whatever she wanted him to be. Katelyn loved him, and loved his son but couldn't fully admit it to herself. Such a wonderful love story.

4. Finding My Forever
This book is about Jimmy and Jenna, we also continue to get insights into the other characters stories and how they are doing 
(This book is released today, therefore I have not personally read it yet)

13. Protected Love series by Jennifer Culbreth  

 1. Protect Me
Hot, strong security men?? Count me in!! This book focuses on Ryan and Abbi's story. Abbi is new to town and seems to be running into Ryan everywhere. Finally she gives in to her attraction to him. This was Jennifer's debut novel and WOW! It was captivating, so many twists and turns as well as hot, steamy scenes!
2. Cherish Me
DAMN I want myself a bodyguard like Jace or Ryan. The first book Protect Me seemed to focus on the love story between Ryan and Abbi, this one on the other hand gives us an insight into the relationship between Jace and Judy. This book leaves off right where the first one ended. I loved how much Jace adored Judy. These men are VERY protective of their girls and you can tell! But I LOVED IT!!

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