Sunday, December 29

A is for Alpha B is for Books, Top 13 Reads of '2013'

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2013 has been an eventful year in the book world. We seen a massive jump in New Adult romance. It hit the market and we all went crazy for it.
We lived through the craze of MC reads. Bossy Alpha males who live the MC life. We fucking love it.
Our hearts have been broken with some heavy emotional reads, abuse, mental disorders, eating disorders you name it.
And we have started living on the dark side, with dark and twisted tales of captivity,  questionable situations all the while begging for more.

So what makes a Top Read list? For me it's books that made me completely feel. My top 13 of 2013, are books that at some point made me stop and take a breathe. The stories were so well written and delivered in a way that effected me on some deeper level. Some delivered that with such emotion that you literally felt drained after reading. Others made me smile and swoon. And quite a few made me hot and bothered. But most off they are the books that I would read over and over over again.

So here are my top 13 of 2013





#13
Raid by Kristen Ashley 

What type of fan girl would I be if K.A didn't make the list? While she is epic on every level, if I add all her books this year, this list would be dominated by the queen herself. So she makes the list coming in at # 13 

~ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ KRISTEN ASHLEY YOU MY FRIEND ARE A FOOL….
I swear to all things holy hot ALPHA… I say this after every K.A Book but Omg Raid Is now my fave K.A Hero!! I know I know but seriously.. ~
Read my full review HERE

Synopsis 

Hanna Boudreaux has lived in the small town of Willow, Colorado all her life. The great-granddaughter of the town matriarch, she's sweet, cute and quiet.

Too quiet.

Hanna has a moment of epiphany when she realizes her crush for forever, Raiden Ulysses Miller, is not ever going to be hers. She sees her life as narrow and decides to do something about it.

Raiden Miller is the town of Willow's local hero. An ex-marine with the medal to prove his hero status, he comes home, shrouded in mystery. It takes a while but, eventually, Hanna catches his eye.

But after all these years of Raid and Hanna living in the same town, the question is, why? Is Raid interested in Hanna because she's sweet and cute? Or does Raid have something else going on?


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#12
A Different Blue by Amy Harmon 

Coming in at #12 was one of the most poetic reads I have read all year.

~ This book  completely consumed me. It was... Amazing, soul changing, captivating and heartbreaking
It dealt with some heavy issues, and I absolutely loved it. This is a wonderful 5 star read, for anyone looking for an emotional story and an unforgettable reading experience you must READ this!!!! ~
Read full review HERE

Synopsis 

Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing. 

This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don't know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can't love you back might be impossible.



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#11
Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright

At # 11 we have Suzanne Wright. Suzanne is genius. Her Werewolves alone deserve a place in my top 13. Add in hot sex, funny as all hell dialogue and you have amazing read!

~ One of THE best Werewolf books around. Sexy, Hot, Funny. WOW holy sex on a stick…I love Suzanne Wright, Love her. I have not read one shifter book that compares to Feral Sins and Wicked Cravings. ~
Read my full review HERE 

 
Synopsis 

Despite having been besotted with Dante Garcea since she was a child, wolf shifter Jaime Farrow figures that it’s time to move past the crush. If he wanted her, he wouldn’t have ignored her flirtatious behavior, right? Hiding her intense attraction to him isn’t easy – especially now that they're part of the same pack again – but with bigger issues to worry about and with the submissive wolf act to maintain, Jaime is resolute on moving forward. Now if only the workaholic control-freak would let her…


As the pack Beta, Dante doesn't have the space or time in his life for a relationship. As such, he ignores his intense hunger for the willful – and sometimes crazy – Jaime. Yet when her flirtations abruptly end, Dante finds that he doesn’t like losing her attention. He finds something else too – Jaime's hiding something. Determined to uncover her secret, he sets out to break through her defences, even though being around her intensifies his cravings for her. What he finds is a problem that Jaime is convinced not even a powerful Beta can solve.


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#10
Left Drowning by Jessica Park

At # 10 we have Left Drowning. I read Left Drowning coming home from an overseas holiday. I remember sitting on the plane so uncomfortable because I could not express how epic this read was. I was smiling and crying at my Kindle like a weirdo and I just wanted to pace. But I couldn't. I was flying solo and I couldn't even MSG my book buddy to go crazy at her. I freaking loved this book HARD!

~ I have read some amazing books
Books that capture your attention, entertain you and even break you.
Some books are even more amazing, that they take you to places that you have never been before, somewhere that you never would of expected. Evoking emotions that take a hold of you.

And then there are the books like Left Drowning.
Where every word slowly pierces your heart.
You feel every hit, every intense emotion, you find yourself holding your breathe. ~
Read my full review HERE

Synopsis

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?
Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.




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#9 
On the Island  by Tracy Garvis Graves

Coming in at #9 was a book I DID NOT want to read, On the Island.
I snobbed this book hard. I kept thinking eww eww eww no no no. BOY WAS I WRONG. This book is Brilliant and I just hate myself that I didn't give it the chance from the start.

~This was amazing! Not at all what I was expecting.
I'm in love… absolutely love love loved it
Just thinking about this I get goosebumps! It was real and believable.
I want to go back and experience it all over again for the 1st time. I love it when a book does that to me. ~  
Read my full review HERE 

Synopsis 

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends. 



Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.


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#8 
Leo by Mia Sheridan 

At # 8 Leo was a random pick.  I saw someone add it to their TBR list on GR one day, so I just one clicked it.
I'm so glad I did because Mia Sheridan has rocked my world. Leo and Leo's Chance are brilliant and left me with an epic book hangover

~ Mia Sheridan is an amazing storyteller. Her writing has depth and sensitivity to it that goes beyond the words. It grabbed my attention and held it all the way through to the last word. 
Her story made me feel that I know her personally. Not just Evie and Jake but Mia herself. ~
Read my Review HERE 

Synopsis 

Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love, and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.

When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and he moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again.



Now eight years later, in spite of the odds, Evie has made a life for herself. She has a job. She has friends. She's content. Then a man shows up out of the blue, claiming that her long lost love, Leo, sent him to check up on her. The attraction between them is undeniable. But, should she trust this sexy stranger? Or is he keeping a secret about what his connection to Leo is really all about and why Leo disappeared all those years ago?



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#7
Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters 

At # 7 a book I was so scared to pick up.  I had heard great things about TOT, but something held me back. I'm kicking myself that I waited so long to start. Pepper took me totally out of my comfort zone and just didn't let go. She opened the door for me to the dark side and that alone deserves a spot in my top 13.

~ Pepper Winters tells a warped and perverse tale.
Dark, Twisted and at times for me highly disturbing. Yet I still couldn't stop. Tears of Tess was a story that kept me enthralled the entire time I was reading it. While at the same time, hating that I loved it so much!
Read my full review HERE


Synopsis 


A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.

“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility. 

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror. 

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?

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#6 
Seven Sons by Lili St Germain 

At #6 we have seriously one of THE BEST MC reads I have ever read.
Now technically Seven Sons doesn't go live for another couple of days. However, I obviously have read it this year, loved it, totally predicting great things for it, so it's in.

~ Lili St Germain, has crafted a devilish read that will have you on the edge of your seat, begging for more. Her characters are dark and twisted and you can't help be sucked in to the fucked up world they live in. I couldn't get enough, she sucker punched me right where it hurts and left me panting for more.~
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Synopsis 

My father was most certainly NOT an innocent man. As the leader of the Gypsy Brothers MC, he was guilty of many things. But he died for a crime that he didn’t commit, framed by an enemy within who then stole his club and everything he had ever worked to protect.

Including my innocence.

When Dornan Ross framed my father, he set into motion a series of events that could never be undone. My father was murdered by Dornan Ross and his sons when I was fifteen years old.

Before my father died, Dornan Ross and his seven sons stole my innocence, branded my skin and in doing so, ensured that their lives would be prematurely cut short. That they would suffer.

I’ve just turned twenty-one, and I’m out for blood. I'm out for revenge.

But I didn't expect to fall for Jase, the youngest brother in the club.

I didn't expect that he would turn my world upside down, yank my heart out of my chest and ride away into the sunset with it.

Now, I'm faced with an impossible choice - Jase, or avenging my fathers death?


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#5 
More Than This by Jay Mclean

At #5 we have a book that left me in the WORSE book hangover EVER! No joke. I could NOT stop thinking about Kayla and Jake. They consumed me for over a week!

~ More Than This was everything I could have hoped for and more. Superb writing, thought provoking, depth in story & character development, heart and soul. You can't help but fall in love with Kayla's story. Her journey to find happiness, peace, love and ultimately herself was one that will stay with me for a long time. ~
Read my full Review HERE

Synopsis 


*Mikayla*
In one night my fairytale ended. Or it may have begun. This is my story of friendship and love, heartbreak and desire, and the strength to show weakness.

*Jake*

One night I met a girl. A sad and broken girl, but one more beautiful than any other. She laughed through her sadness, while I loved through her heartbreak.

*This is our story of a maybe ever after.*

He was right. It made no difference whether it was 6 months or 6 years. 
I couldn’t undo what had been done. I couldn’t change the future.
I couldn’t even predict it. 
It was one night.
One night when everything changed.
It was so much more than just the betrayal.
It was the Tragedy. 
The Deaths. 
The Murders.
But it was also that feeling.
The feeling of falling.



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#4 
Breeze of Life by Kirsty Dallas 

At #4 is a book that will stay with me FOREVER. I can't even begin to explain the emotions this woman pulled from me. UGLY ugly crying. I'm emotionally changed by this read.

~ Have you ever had that moment when reading a book, and you just know that it's going to be epic…. 
Sometimes it pulls you in so fast, so deep, you don't have a second to comprehend it. Breeze of Life did just that, it bought me to my knees in the first 2 pages. I lost count how many times I had to stop to gather myself, to exhale the breath that I found caught in the back of my throat. ~
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Synopsis 

Bree ‘Breeze’ Delany never imagined her life could sink so deep. That such intense pain could take up residence in her heart and shred her soul to pieces. And all it had taken was one little word to drag Bree to the depths of this despair, cancer. 


It took just one person to pull Bree from the darkness, her best friend Harper Somerville. Determined to show his Breeze the beauty in life no matter how short or long it is, Harper takes Bree on the road trip of a life time. 

Screw happily ever afters, perhaps life was meant to be lived with happily ever nows...





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#3 

Unbreak me by Lexi Ryan

I can't even.. How do I even explain this to you? #3 Lexi Ryan, OWNED me.  All I can say is read it. NOW 

~ Out of the hundreds and hundreds of books I have read, there is a small handful that have completely, absolutely, down right owned me.
Unbreak Me is one of those books. 
Good God 
Epic, Just epic ~ 
Read my full review HERE 

Synopsis  
If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…”
I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later, he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…

“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”


But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my facade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his.

With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?



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#2
Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy 

At # 2 the amazing Kate McCarthy totally knocked this book out of the park. 
Kate's Writing alone deserves a spot, but her delivery... is just WOW. 

This book captured my heart. I wasn't sure what to expect from it but it completely blew me away. It was quite a roller-coaster of emotions. The writing was exceptional and the characters are so well written. Kate's ability to draw you in, knock you on your ass and break you down piece by piece is exactly what I crave for when I pick up a book. She left me hanging on to every scene, every page, every line. I devoured Ryan and Fin's story.
Read my full review HERE

Synopsis 

Ryan Kendall is broken. He understands pain. He knows the hand of violence and the ache of loss. He knows what it means to fail those who need you. Being broken doesn’t stop him wanting the one thing he can’t have; Finlay Tanner. Her smile is sweet and her future bright. She’s the girl he grew up with, the girl he loves, the girl he protects from the world, and from himself.

At nineteen, Ryan leaves to join the Australian Army. After years of training he becomes an elite SAS soldier and deploys to the Afghanistan war. His patrol undertakes the most dangerous missions a soldier can face. But no matter how far he runs, or how hard he fights, his need for Finlay won’t let go.



Returning home after six years, one look is all it takes to know he can’t live without her. But sometimes love isn’t enough to heal what hurts. Sometimes people like him can’t be fixed, and sometimes people like Finlay deserve more than what’s left.


This is a story about war and the cost of sacrifice. Where bonds are formed, and friendships found. Where those who are strong, fall hard. Where love is let go, heartache is born, and heroes are made. Where one man learns that the hardest fight of all, is the fight to save himself.

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#1 
Fueled by K. Bromberg

And my #1 read of 2013 is K.Bromberg's Fueled. 
No joke this woman, knows how to get to you. Forget 50 Shades, Forget Bared to you. This my friends is how you write a Trilogy. Both Driven and Fueled had everything I could ever want in a read. The sexual tension, the sexy alpha, snarky heroine, HOT sex. The intense ride that leaves you totally hooked. It packs a punch and is my number 1 read of 2013. 


~ K. Bromberg has created characters so real, I could feel them as well as see them.
The writing is evocative, the storyline compelling. Her narrative is raw and and filled with substance that at times felt like she was writing to me. I loved every single thing about this book.
Read my full review HERE 

Synopsis 

What happens when the one person you never expected suddenly happens to be the one you’ll fight the hardest to keep?

Colton stole my heart. He wasn't supposed to, and I sure as hell didn't want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever, and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist.



Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don't think I'll ever be the same. She's seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she's still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint, and I am most definitely the sinner.

How is it the one thing neither of us wanted—neither of us anticipated that fateful night—has us fighting so hard to keep?

He steals my breath, stops my heart, and brings me back to life again all in a split second of time. But how can I love a man who won't let me in? Who continually pushes me away to prevent me from seeing the damaged secrets in his past? My heart has fallen, but patience and forgiveness can only go so far.

How can I desire a woman who unnerves me, defies me, and forces me to see that in the deep, black abyss of my soul there's someone worthy of her love? A place and person I swore I'd never be again. Her selfless heart and sexy body deserve so much more than I'll ever be capable of giving her. I know I can't be what she needs, so why can't I just let her go?


We are driven by need and fueled with desire, but is that enough for us to crash into love?


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What do you think about our Top 13 reads of '13' 
Are any of our picks on your list? 
Who would you add the Top reads of 2013? 





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