Monday, December 28, 2015

My Favorite Reads of 2015


This year was a great reading year. I’ve read 141 books. I can’t believe I’ve read so many great books. I still feel like I did not have enough time and I still wanted to read many more books. But that’s probably how I will feel for the rest of my life since I will never have too much reading time.

There have been a lot of different sorts of books in my reading list this year. I’ve read Romance novels, Historical Romance, Detectives, Fantasy and Paranormal books. Some books have stayed with me while others were fun but not so memorable. Yep, it definitely has been an interesting book year for me.

There have been many great books in my reading list this year and I can’t possible give them all a spot in this year’s favorite list (believe me I’ve tried), but I’ve made a Top Ten. It was really difficult but here they are.. My Favorite Reads of 2015.

(This Top Ten has been written in the order of which I read these books. I have no number one or number Ten, it’s just in reading order! ;) )

'Just Pru' by Anne Pfeffer



When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends … or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped.

What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru's favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru sets aside her fears and goes for it.

Thus begin the adventures of a girl who's never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen's whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director's assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam.

Only one thing can derail Pru's exhilarating journey. Well, actually, it's two things—and they're in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?

‘Just Pru’ really blowed my mind. And I know for sure that I will be thinking of this book for a long, long time. This book deserves to be up on a bestseller list. It really was that good!
  

'Hero' by Samantha Young



The explosive, emotional and unforgettable new romance from the NYT bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series.

Alexa Holland's father was her hero-until her shocking discovery. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who's as damaged by her father's mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa's efforts at redemption, but it's not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and all-consuming affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for, and when they're on the precipice of danger, he finds he'll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again . . .

This book is passionate, hot, sexy, romantic and also really damn funny…. I would definitely recommend this book to other romance readers. This book is going on my favorite list. I loved it from the beginning until the end and there wasn’t one part I didn’t enjoy.

'Death Wish' by Megan Tayte


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24873066-death-wish(Read in March 2015) 

I search of the meaning of death, she’ll find the meaning of life.

The Ceruleans: mere mortals infusted with power over life and death. Five books: one question: if the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint?

Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. But suicide? It makes no sense.
Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to the isolated cove of Twycombe, Devon, with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer who’ll see the real Scarlett, who’ll challenge her, who’ll save her. And Jude: the elusive drifter with a knack for turning up whenever Scarlett’s in need.

As Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Warmtt. Power.

What transpires is a summer of discovery. Of what it means to conquer fear. To fall in love. To choose life. To choose death.

To believe the impossible.

This book is just very well written. There is a lot of mystery and it’s very unpredictable. Until the very end I didn’t have a clue about how this book would end. And to be honest, I think this book is the perfect example of how the first book in a series must be. It definitely made me want to keep reading and I honestly can’t wait to read more books in this series.

'Slow Burn' by K. Bromberg



Get ready, because one night is about to change everything.

One night. That's all it was supposed to be . . .

Reeling from the sudden loss of her sister, Haddie Montgomery has sworn off relationships. All she wanted from Beckett Daniels was a sexy distraction to help her escape her pain for just a little while . . .There weren't supposed to be any strings attached-so why can't she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts? Or the taste of his kiss from her lips?

No matter how hard Haddie tries to forget about him, Becks relentlessly tries to prove that she should start living for today. But she is determined to avoid romantic commitment, and she can always use her ex-boyfriend's reappearance to help snuff out the slow burn within her that Becks has sparked . . .

Or will fate force her to realize that this kind of connection doesn't come along very often and a chance at love is worth the risk?

This book keeps you hooked until the very last page, and even then you still really don’t want it to end. I loved this book and I loved the emotions. K. Bromberg truly did an excellent job and I can’t love this book more than I do now!

'Brokedown Cowboy' by Maisey Yates



There are lines best friends shouldn’t cross, but in Copper Ridge, Oregon, the temptation might be too much…

If practice makes perfect, Connor Garrett should be world champion of being alone. Since losing his wife he’s concentrated exclusively on his family’s ranch. Until Felicity Foster needs a place to stay and Connor invites her to move in temporarily. That’s what friends do. What friends don’t do? Start fantasizing about each other in their underwear. Or out of it…

Since high school, Liss has kept her raging crush in check. But helping Connor rebuild his life only reinforces how much she longs to be a part of it. One explosive encounter, and she’ll discover that getting what you always wanted can feel better than you ever dreamed…

Brokedown Cowboy’ is a romantic story, but also a story filled with friendship, hurt and above all hope. It teaches us to always keep hoping... Even if life seems to be all wrong and not worth living.. the most important thing to do is keep hope. This book was really an emotional rollercoaster. It’s a sad story but most of all really beautiful.

'Striking Out' by Scarlet Bennett



Sparkling with distinctive Australian humour, this action-packed novel follows one small-town girl’s fight to reach the top.

Sharon Jackson is a small-town girl with big-city dreams. Forced out of her home in regional Western Australia with her singing career in ruins, she hits the big smoke in search of stardom. After signing with a sleazy agent who wants more than a ten percent cut of her earnings, she struggles to earn a place in the macho world of rock-‘n-roll, encountering a series of colourful characters along the way – like Todd, the sexy, brooding muso with a dragon tattoo and Kevin, the whip-smart fighter with some hidden demons of his own.But when her troubled past follows her to the city, Shazza’s dreams begin to unravel. With no home to go back to and a past that won’t stay buried, everything she has worked for is on the line. Shazza must make a decision that will define the course of her future, and time is running out.

This book was amazing and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read this one. I read it in one sitting, and it just wasn’t long enough.

'The Soldiers Wife' by Pamela Hart



Inspired by the true story of the author's own family history, The Soldier's Wife is a heart-soaring story of passion, love and loss and learning how to live when all you hold dear is threatened.

It is 1915 and the world is being torn apart, but newlyweds Ruby and Jimmy Hawkins are sure their love will survive the trauma and tragedy of war. Sent away to fight in the desperate battles raging in Gallipoli, Jimmy plans for the future they promised each other and struggles to keep his dreams whole amidst the brutality of the trenches.

Back home in Sydney, Ruby reads his romantic letters, full of longing. But as weeks slip into months she is forced to forge her own life. A new job throws her into a man's world fraught with complications and as the lives of those around her begin to shatter, a powerful new attraction beckons. Realising she must change to truly find her way, Ruby discovers her own strength and independence - but will the price be her marriage?

In the end I cried. I cried because of how it ended, because of the way this book had made me feel and because of what was lost, and above all because it ended. I wasn’t ready to let Ruby and Jimmy go..

'Playing With Fire' by Alison Bliss



Nothing ignites a fire like the perfect match…

Anna Weber is every inch the proper librarian--old-fashioned, conservatively dressed right down to her tightly clipped flaming red hair. She's just moved to a small Texas town, and is determined to spend time with her friend before she has to disappear. Relationships aren't easy for her. She knows too well what it means to be burned. And the last thing she ever wants to do is fall in love…

Especially not with a fireman who's hot enough to set the entire state of Texas on fire.

Cowboy can't resist the fiery little librarian, and he's determined to make her his. Beneath that prim-and-proper exterior is a woman he very much wants to know--if she'd let him. She'll test his patience. His control. Hell, his very sanity. And for the first time, Cowboy wonders if he's found the one fire he can't control...

Not only is this book a great, steamy and hot romance but there’s also quite a lot of mystery. I really loved the combination of these two genres.

'Power Play' by Tiffany Snow


This kind of business can only be personal..

Sage Reese lives for her job. More precisely, she lives for her debonair boss, Parker Andersen. Sage handles everything for Parker, even as she fantasizes about the one thing that isn't in her job description: him. But when a high-stakes account crosses the line from shady to deadly, a tough cop starts giving Sage the attention she wishes Parker would . . .

Detective Dean Ryker couldn't be more different from Parker. While Parker wears expensive suits like a second skin and drives a BMW, Ryker's uniform is leather jackets and jeans . . . and his ride of choice is a Harley. While Parker's sexiness is a reserved, slow burn, Ryker is completely upfront about what-and who-he's after. And Sage tops his list.

Now, as Ryker digs deeper into the dark side of Parker's business, Sage finds herself caught between two men: the one she's always wanted - and the one who makes her feel wanted like never before . . .

This book was amazing and it definitely is one of my new favorites. I can’t wait to have my hands on book two and three because I just have to know what will happen next.

'Cinder' by Marissa Meyer



A wicked mash-up of fairy tale and Terminator—set in a Star Wars kind of world—Marissa Meyer's Cinder is a fresh and fiercely ingenious futuristic retelling of Cinderella.

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


Well, where should I start? For one, why on earth did I wait so long to start reading this book?  I definitely need to make more time for the books on my TBR because I completely loved this book and should have read it ages ago!

What is your favorite read of 2015? And what do you think of my list?

2 comments:

  1. The Soldiers Wife is the one that really catches my eye. I love historical fiction and think I'd enjoy this one. And of course I love Cinder.

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    1. 'The Soldiers Wife' was an amazing book. One I still think about a lot. It really is a beautiful book. And I definitely think you would like this one. ;)

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