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Top 13 Books of 2013 by Holly Baker

women-bookslllToday my bestie Holly will be telling you her Top 13 books of 2013.

Are any of these books on your list?


When my bestie Zoe asked me if I wanted to be part of some guest posts at The Book Lovers I was eager to participate. Then she asked me to list my top 13 favourite reads of 2013 . . . Having read well over 200 books this year alone, it was never going to be an easy task but I finally whittled it down, and in no particular order, here are my favourite reads from this year.

The Sea Of Tranquillity – Katja Millay
Amazon US | Amazon UK
This book is just beyond incredible and intensely emotional. Without a doubt it has the best last line to a book that I have ever read. Even now, all I have to do is skip right to the end and read those last few words and it’s instant tears. Just perfect!

All books – Colleen Hoover
Amazon US | Amazon UK
Ok, so I completely cheated with this one because it’s not “technically” one book but it’s Colleen Hoover!!! This woman is a literary genius and I don’t care what she releases, I will buy it, read it, and love it. She has the power to grip you from the very start and leave an imprint on your heart as she tells her stories. I cannot recommend this lady enough.

UnDeniable – Madeline Sheehan
Amazon US | Amazon UK
Anyone who knows me, knows I love bikers. And no one writes biker books like Madeline Sheehan. UnDeniable, UnBeautifully and UnAttainable are the best of the best and you will not be disappointed. They’re raw, gritty, emotional, HOTT and completely consuming.

Out Of Breath – Rebecca Donovan
Amazon US | Amazon UK
Wow! The Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan were the first indie books I ever read and this year brought us the release of the conclusion of Emma’s story. This is my second favourite series EVER and they’re definitely not easy to read. They’re filled with so much pain and heartbreak but they are books that everyone should read. There couldn’t have been a more perfect ending for Emma than Out Of Breath. Rebecca Donovan is a must read author!

Everything For Us – Michelle Leighton
Amazon US | Amazon UK
Michelle is another author who I will buy every book she releases but Everything For Us has to be my favourite. The third book in the Bad Boys series comes from Nash Davenport and I am completely obsessed with him (it helps that he looks like Charlie Hunnum). Michelle’s books always have a big, unexpected twist and a majorly HOTT sexy scene that will be impossible to forget. I just love absolutely everything about her books and of course the author herself.

Shattering Halos – Sunniva Dee
I had the great honour of beta reading this book and it completely blew me away. This is a debut novel that has been picked up by a publisher and will release in March 2014. I don’t want to give too much away because it’s a book you need to experience for yourself but it’s definitely one to look out for.

On Solid Ground – Michelle Kemper Brownlow
Amazon US | Amazon UK
This book had it all. It was funny, sexy, shocking and highly emotional. It’s the sequel/conclusion to In Too Deep and shows Gracie in a completely different light as she overcomes her past of emotional abuse at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. It also has some AMAZING book boyfriends and kick ass secondary characters. I absolutely love this group of friends.

The Time Until – Casey Ford
Amazon US | Amazon UK
This was another debut that I got to beta read and WOW!!! I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever cried so much while reading a book. I was constantly on the edge of my seat and in a mixed state of haapy and sad tears. This is probably my most recommended book of 2013. I don’t have enough words to explain how amazing it was. You NEED to read this book.

The Opportunist – Tarryn Fisher
Amazon US | Amazon UK
I had the first two books of these on my kindle for months and i only ended up reading them because I had nothing else new to read. But once I started I devoured them and was beating the heck out of myself because they were some of the best books I’ve ever read. Each book is from the POV of a different character in the group and book #2 is from a character that I despise but please don’t let that put you off because it’s still as amazing as the other two books in the series. These are hard books to read because the characters are deceitful and deceiving but again, I can’t recommend them enough.

Thoughtless – SC Stephens
Amazon US | Amazon UK
One of the best, most emotional love triangles I’ve ever read. These books nearly kill me, and have me in floods of tears but that just makes me love them more. The D-Bags are my favourite fictional band and I’m pretty sure it’s impossible not to love Kellan Kyle. I love this series so much and if you look online for the original ending of Thoughtless (must be read AFTER you’ve finished the published version) it will WRECK you. It was like torture. I’m so glad that SC decided to change it and carry on the series because it’s one of my favourites.

Ten Tiny Breaths – K.A. Tucker
Amazon US | Amazon UK
All the emotions!!!!!! This book was a killer. I got a headache because I cried so hard but it’s something I would willingly put myself through again and again because I loved it so much. A heartbreaking story filled with hope and love that you definitely should not miss.

Promise Me Light – Paige Weaver
Amazon US | Amazon UK
This is the sequel to Promise Me Darkness and while I wasn’t sure how exactly I felt about book #1, the sequel was fantastic and I did not want it to end. It’s the conclusion to the story about a group of college kids dealing with life throughout the war and it’s unlike anything I’ve read before. Truly a great read.

Before Now – Cheryl McIntyre
Amazon US | Amazon UK
Park!!!!! Oh my word I love this boy. I was a huge fan of Sometimes Never which is the first book in this series but I fell hopelessly in love once we really got to know Park. This book was amazing and there’s honestly not a single thing I could fault about it. And that ending . . . Cheryl is the queen of epilogues!
So there you have it. My top 13 reads of 2013. I’d love to know what you think and if you want to see more about the books that I love, head over to my blog Holly’s Hot Reads, Facebook Page, and Twitter. I’d love to hear from you.


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