As 2016 comes to an end, I took a look back at my resolution. Yes, I said RESOLUTION — singular. I know me too well. I have no problem making resolutions, it is following through where the issue lies. The only goal I made this year was to read from 6 new authors. I realized I tended to stick to my favorites, never venturing too far into the unknown. Let’s face it, we are all busy. For me, between taking care of my family, working and blogging, I have little time left over to read, so that time is precious. I want to pick books that, frankly, won’t waste my time and reading from a new (to me) author is always a gamble.
Not only did I meet my goal, I surpassed it. I read from 29 new to me authors! Overall I was not only pleased, but I found some new favorites.
While I didn’t give this 5 stars, I think this author is one to watch.
This is the first book I have read by J. Daniels and it won’t be the last! The writing was engaging and often poetic, the story was unique. If you are looking for a hot, sexy read filled with angst, this is your book!
The Bachelor Auction was a sweet modern day take on Cinderella, complete with the handsome prince, fairy godmother, and horrible sisters. We get the added benefit of sexy twin brothers who are hiding secrets that keep them commitment phobic. Simply put, they are manwhores. And they are hilarious!
There have been a few books over my life (including this year) which had a profound effect one me, this was one of them. I recommend this to anyone who loves angst, loves love, and/or loves storytelling at its finest! A Top Favorite Of The Year!
The sign of a good writing for me is when it pulls at my emotions. Nicole Jacquelyn, had me laughing and crying. I loved the way the author wrote about their struggles, pain, and love. I felt it, all. The banter and sexual tension were fabulous! This was the perfect book for me!
This book took me so far out of my comfort zone, I was in another stratosphere. But you know what? That’s okay. Because it made me think and feel!
Sex, there’s a lot of it, and I felt it overshadowed the plot. The “insta-love” was a bit much for me. I had trouble connecting with the characters and storyline. I wanted a rocker story. I wanted tension, character development, something that would get me involved in the story. Sadly, I didn’t find those things.
A sweet, second chance romance between a grouchy, bearded farmer and an upbeat, ambitious chef. A match made in heaven, right?
The writing was terrific, with a solid plot and excellent characters.
‘Ricochet’ will take your emotions on a rollercoaster ride and your mind on a tilt-a-whirl. With your heart in your throat, your thoughts mixed up, buckle up, because once you start, Lake doesn’t let you off until the VERY. LAST. WORD!
‘Clean Break’ takes us on a heartwarming, at times funny, journey of our protagonist, Lane Haviland as she navigates adulthood.
I needed a feel-good book, and this was it! So not what I expected, but so glad it wasn’t all the same! This was a dual review. One of the story, and one of the audio.
‘This One Moment’ is a story of second chances, with a bit of suspense thrown in.
Fantastic writing, solid, amazing plot, wonderful, well-rounded characters (many of them). This book had it all.
Love Me To Death is a sweet, humorous love story.
Dealing with a loved one’s mental illness is not easy, living it, is even harder. Kate Stewart showcased the struggle with this novel. She tackled the ugly, the pain, and the heartache and what she found was understanding, acceptance and unconditional love.
I love when authors use words purposefully. When they don’t just toss a few on a page and call it good. Mary Elizabeth’s word choice was intentional. Her sentences, exquisitely descriptive. Her paragraphs, like poetry. It was a dichotomy really, as the writing was beautiful and lyrical, yet the story was serious and at times, depressing.
A beautiful love story, The Unwanted Wife sucked me in. If you love angst and second-chance romances, I definitely recommend this one!
I really liked Manaconda… despite it having one of my pet-peeves ~ insta-love/attraction – whatever you want to call it, there was insta and it didn’t bother me.
Do yourself a favor and IGNORE THIS COVER. It does NOT do this book justice. If you like intrigue, suspense, sex and a story that reads like a script, then GET THIS BOOK!
A story of love, hate, revenge, redemption, guilt, and forgiveness; ‘The Paper Swan’ is raw and gritty and packs emotional punches that hit over and over again.
This book is hilarious, smart and talks TO you, not AT you. It helps you decide what is best for you and how to maintain balance in your life.
Break My Fall (Falling, #2) by Jessica Scott
Fly With Me (Wild Aces, #1) by Chanel Cleeton
Desperately Seeking Epic by B.N. Toler
What resolution (s) are you setting for 2017?