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Top 13 Books of 2013 by Emma Hart

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Today telling us her Top 13 books of 2013 is Author and awesome friend Emma Hart.
Are any of her books on your list?

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Hi everyone!

Zoe asked me to share my top 13 books from 2013 with her, and you all know I can’t say no to her. It’s like an illness. Anyway, it’s been a crazy year so I haven’t had as much time to read as I’d have liked. This list is quite varied as I don’t read New Adult Contemp when I’m writing, lest any sneaky bits creep into my own work. There is a bit of NA here I’ve had the pleasure to read early and snuck in between books. (And baby-having.)

Due to above reasons I found this one kinda hard because I’m not allowed to put my own books. (Wait, am I?)

So, here they are! In no particular order:

  1. Subject to Change, by Alessandra Thomas : Um, Hawk. That’s all. Kidding. I love the way Joey grew throughout the story into the person she wanted to be, not the person she was expected to be. This is a beautiful NA story.

  1. Fixed On You, by Laurelin Paige: Um, Hudson. Again, that’s all. This is such a sexy yet sweet story that totally steps outside the box of the usual Billionaire trait. Alayna is one of my favourite heroines because she refuses to take Hudson’s crap. (His very hot, very sexy, panty-melting crap.) Ahem.

  1. The Long Game, by J.L Fynn: I had the pleasure to read this early and blurb it – if you read another NA book, make this your next one. It’s so different to anything you’ve ever read, stepping into the world of gypsys with real Irish culture interwoven. Fantastic read.

  1. The Accidental Demon Slayer, by Angie Fox: And the rest of the series (so far.) I went on a total reading binge with this Urban Fantasy series and read them all in about 3 days. Fantasy and Paranormal is my go-to genre when I’m writing, and Fox’s series fit the bill perfect. I love love love Dimitri. (And, it’s free!)

  1. Wallbanger, by Alice Clayton: I don’t think I need to say any more on this, do I? So excited for the continuation of Caroline and Simon’s story next year!

  1. Unbreak Me, by Lexi Ryan: Mmm, Asher. (Just me that’s starting to see a problem here?) I love how Maggie’s opinion of herself completely changed throughout the story, and I won’t lie, Lexi Ryan Tore. Me. Apart. At points in this book. I have some time off over Christmas, and Will’s story, Wish I May, is on my to-read list!

  1. How Not to Kiss a Toad, by Elizabeth A. Reeves: (And series.) Eeeehehehe. I love Cindy Eller. (Yes, you read her name right.) I also love that every guy she falls in love with turns into a toad because they’re not her true love… I finished #5 not long ago and now I’m dying for the next book because OMG. She really shocked me with that one.

  1. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells, by Rose Pressey: I won’t lie, I love Rose Pressey’s books, but this series could just edge my favourite. Elly is a hilarious heroine and Pressey keeps me guessing the whole time. She’s my first go-to author for fantasy books – hers have a great chick-lit element almost.

  1. Naked, by Raine Miller: Love. I read both Naked and All In in one night – hello, my name is Emma Hart and I’m a binge reader – but haven’t got around to Eyes Wide Open. (Another Christmas to-read.) If you’re going to the Edinburgh signing next year, you have to read these books before you go.

  1. Up to Me, by M. Leighton: Oh, Cash. Cash Cash Cash. I’m done here.

  1. High Heels Mysteries series, by Gemma Halliday: I’m a bit of a mystery junkie, and thanks to this series, a GH junkie. I picked it up on impulse thinking I’d never read it, but I did. Yes. I binged. Twice. I rarely get to read anything once, so twice is something. This series has just the right mix of everything – mystery, suspense, love, sexy – and I adore it.

  1. Luck Be A Lady, by Gemma Halliday: This is her newest novel and aside from the fact I NEED #2 RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I LOVE TESSIE I wanted to read something different, and I know GH will always give me different but keeping inside my comfort zone. I totally love quirky, witty heroines, and this fit the bill perfectly. *Dives back to Amazon to fill up Kindle with more GH*

  1. Trophy Husband, by Lauren Blakely: Finishing up my here, there and everywhere 2013 fave book list is McKenna and Chris. I love the way their relationship developed throughout the book and may have blushed more than once at Chris’ runaway mouth.

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Top 13 books of 2013 by Karli Perrin

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Today, Author and my twinnie, Karli Perrin, will be telling us her top 13 books that she read this 2013….

Are any of them yours?

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13. Real by Katy Evans – this book had me blushing and swooning at the same time. I’ve got to admit, I was in two minds about Remy at first. I was caught off guard by how alpha he was and I thought that it was a little bit over the top. But as I read on, I realised that he wasn’t just some douchebag with an alpha complex, the guy had layers. He was real. The more I read, the more I didn’t want it to end. If you like alpha males and red hot sex scenes, this book is for you.

12. Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan – this book is raw and edgy. It’s like nothing that I have ever read. If you are a fan of Sons of Anarchy then you’ll love this. It gives you an inside look at the world of bikers and boyyyy is it explosive! The plot is thick with angst so be prepared. It’s like it’s a whole different world where anything can happen. This is not your typical love story but it’s definitely worth the read.

11. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton – this is one of the funniest books that I have ever read. I loved the banter between the two main characters and the plot was really addictive. Read this if you’re looking for a fun and sexy break from the heavy stuff.

10. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines – this is SO addictive and you really get attached to the characters. The writing made me feel like I was transported into the characters world. It left me wanting more and I immediately bought book two and three.

9. Bad Things by R.K.Lilley – this is a crazy, explosive love story. The chemistry between the two main characters was sizzling and I had a smile on my face for the majority of the book. I say majority because there was some crying involved. Okay, a lot of crying involved. I was flipping the pages like a crazy woman.

8. Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken – Every now and again, I come across a book which makes me stop and think. Ruin is a perfect example of this. This book stayed with me for a long time after reading it. It has an awesome plot and awesome characters but there’s some life lesson in there too. What more could you want?

7. Divergent by Veronica Roth – wow. I kept hearing awesome things about this book so I decided to read it a few weeks ago. Afterwards, I questioned why it took me so long. I usually read NA so this was a refreshing change for me. The plot was unique and the characters and concepts completely sucked me in. I immediately read book two and three afterwards.

6. On Dublin Street by Samantha Young – I love this series. The writing is fast paced and the dialogue is funny and sexy. I enjoyed watching the relationship between the two main characters blossom and was always left wanting more. This is an easy read which will leave you with a smile on your face.

5. Red Hill by Jamie McGuire – this book blew me away. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it. I knew it was about zombies and I knew it was going to have a love story in there somewhere. Let me tell you, this was amazing. I couldn’t put it down. I read it whenever I got a spare couple of minutes. The storyline is so realistic to the point where I actually got a little jumpy and expected to see zombies walking past my windows! If you are a fan of The Walking Dead then you will love this.

4. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher – I get chills thinking about this book. Words cannot describe how awesome the whole series is. The author takes risks with her plot and characters and it definitely pays off. Don’t get me wrong, I love rainbows and unicorns but I also appreciate the truth. And the truth is sometimes ugly. This book sucks you in, rips your heart out, stamps on it and then puts it back in. It’s a wild rollercoaster ride but definitely worth it.

3. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – I don’t even know where to start. This book is just bursting with awesome. Awesome plot, awesome characters and awesome dialogue. It’s nothing like anything else I have read. It’s heart breaking in parts but other parts had me smiling like a crazy woman. This is definitely in my top five books of all time. Trust me, you need this book in your life. You also need Holder in your life, telling you how ugly you are (read the book, you’ll understand what I mean).

2. Slammed by Colleen Hoover – I actually get jealous when I hear that people are reading this for the first time. This book left me with so many feels. Sometimes I have a hard time relating to characters and over the top plot lines but this book was so real. It was believable. Out of all the book boyfriends, Will Cooper is the most believable. I don’t doubt for a second that there are men like him walking around on this lovely planet of ours. This is so much more than a love story. The poetry adds an extra layer to these books which leave you blown away. It made me want to go and watch a poetry slam in real life.

1. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – I read a lot of awesome books so when I say that this is my favourite book of all time, you should automatically know that it’s epic. If you’re looking for an introduction to NA, then you should read this book. We get angst, love, hate, friendship and humour all rolled into a massive ball of awesomeness. I will defend and recommend this book until I’m blue in the face. Please, do yourself a favour and read this book.

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Top 13 books of 2013 by Jassie Dela Cruz

women-bookslllToday telling us her Top 13 books of 2013 is my babycakes, Jassie.

Are any of her books on your list?

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Top 13 Books for 2013
ART AND BOOKS
Without a doubt,
I must read,
all the books
I’ve read about.
See the artworks
hung on hooks,
that I have only,
seen in books.

Love & Misadventure, Lang Leav
This was absolutely the toughest thing one could ask me. Honestly, this was torture, Babycakes!
I’ve weighed this books on how much I could think about it immediately and how it
created an impact to me, sweet! Here you go:
1.      Making Faces – Amy Harmon

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18301124-making-faces
HANDS DOWN! Whenever someone asks me what is my favorite read for 2013, it has become a knee-jerk reaction to say: Making Faces. This book was the total grandslam for me – I shed every ugly cry I could have managed. The story was so captivating, the plot was well-thought and honestly, the characters were so real and inspiring. Every emotions and feelings were ineffable and most definitely the book that MUST be read!
2.      Falling: Falling Into You / Falling Into Us – Jasinda Wilder
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To this I’m torn. I loved these two books. SUPER! Both were so heartfelt but really dealt on the  acceptance and of romance. Falling Into You was about forgiving one’s self and being able to love again. Then in Falling Into Us, it dealt on family problems – strict parents and broken family but then it also
portrayed the romantic ‘one true love’. So really, I could not just pick one, they were both a different side of moving on, independence and of course, love.

3.      The Edge of Always – J.A. Redmerski
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17899696-the-edge-of-always

The Edge of Never was my BEST READ for 2012 and the book wherein I met Zoe (Hi
Babycakes!). One thing that enticed me about this book? Roadtrip. I am a sucker for those types of stories and would meet the love of your life alongside of it. The discovery of places without worrying what your destination would be.
Those were not lost at The Edge of Always, now, Andrew and Cam were very much together and they would encounter several bumps along the way. It still managed to capture what it had at the previous book and made me seat back, relax and just travel.

4.      One to Hold – Tia Louise
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18306388-one-to-hold

BRILLIANT.
That was the first thing that popped my head. I was consumed by this book and I
read it at one-sitting. It was short yet it was jammed-pack with details and
its story. I loved the protagonist, Melissa, as she fought what was her right,
the depiction of vulnerability and of strength that was awesome. But that aside, the romance aspect was just steamy and the sexual tension was so  powerful, it was about to combust right there and then. And the writing, it was crisp, clear and real – it was written to be felt.

5.      Tangled – Emma Chase
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18297707-tangled

What can I say about this one? The POV won me and I was able to delve into the Wicked mind of a man. Then the humor was totally there. I had my fair share of laughter, swear words and of course, the jerk-ness of a guy who needed to feel superior, strong and non-caring. It was a story about a guy who fell in love and he just did not know what to do. This was such a breath of fresh air and for ladies who wanted to read what was in a guy’s mind.

6.      Cinderella Screwed Me Over – Cindi Madsen
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17254466-cinderella-screwed-me-over

I just love this story! It had humor and detailed story about it. What literally
won me over: The Case Studies. Oh don’t get me wrong these case studies were
about Darby’s exes whom she compared with the Princes on the fairytales we grew up with. She had two-thumbs up proofs! But then she met this one guy whom she almost lost because she kept on finding a fault about him that she was not able to see the real him. It was a fun read and for those hopeless romantic; or for anyone looking for an  enjoyable read.

7.      The Blackstone Affair: Eyes Wide Open – Raine Miller
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16122643-eyes-wide-open

ETHAN BLACKSTONE. Would that be enough? It should be. He was like this ultimate megalomaniac ever but at Eyes Wide Open, I saw the real Ethan and how he was under Brynne’s spell. That was why I could not wait for their baby (2014. 2014. 2014. Last book)! Refer back to the quote I used, it made me feel that here.
Brynne was like this art – precious and treasured. I was completely fixated with
the drama, bad guys and all intense romance. And art also have its special place in me, the feeling to appreciate it even with the perplexing thought of what the piece of art was.

8.      The Bad Boys Series: Everything for Us – M. Leighton
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17228519-everything-for-us

CASH AND NASH. Oh my heart, I love Cash. And Nash. Both. Okay, Cash. Okay, first things first: they were twins. In the first book we knew there were two but
during the whole Book it was only one person; in the second, the twin showed
up. I love Cash, he was this perfect man – flexible, powerful, intelligent and
strategic. I loved a Lawyer in a book (I am bias with my background). But I
should not be side-tracked. The last book, about Nash (yes, I loved Cash but Nash has some things on his sleeve) was just like a constant bomb-dropping moment. Marissa was a great lawyer but it was just not how she was. She did that to prove herself to her father, please him and all that. But with Nash, she was able to let go and their happily-ever after was the perfect conclusion to the series. With the fire of their passion and love never wavering from the very start ‘til the end.

9.      Breathe Series: Breathless – Rachel Brookes
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18458487-breathless

I love Rachel’s writing style – detailed and entrancing. That was why I loved Breathless more; it showed Tate’s character without it being less of a man. It showed a strong, confused yet fragile man who loves unconditionally. Actually, Unconditionally by Katy Perry kept on messing with my head whenever I remember Breathless. I loved Just Breathe, it was just that, Breathless was thoroughly focused on Tate and his emotions and I was greedy for every moment in it. I felt the character, the story; with the feeling of being dazed (in a good way, like hypnotized to read it all) while reading.

10.  Losing It Series: Finding It – Cora Carmack
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16172638-finding-it

I did mention I was a sucker for roadtrips, right? Well, traveling in particular.
I love different destinations and in this book, I was given the chance to country-hop. As much as I loved the awkwardness at Losing It and the somehow
seriousness at Faking it; Finding It showed me a book where I could totally
relate. I just finished college and I do am taking a year off though I am a bum
and not as productive as Kelsey in the story, I felt her as a character. Lost and waiting for that path where I could be passionate about. The whole travelling really was enthralling and the love that brewed with connection and time. Worth a read, I swear.

11.  Cancer-themed books: What’s Left of
Me – Amanda Maxlyn / No Attachments – Tiffany King
 
 http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18480026-what-s-left-of-me       http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17667168-no-attachments

I think I am a masochist of sorts, cancer-themed novel, really? Yet these books were inspiring and luminous. Did I just write that? Luminous? Yeah, I did. It really was. Both the heroines on the books had cancer and they were seeking normalcy in their life. Even for just a bit. I loved how What’s Left of Me showed all the procedures and effects of the intakes a cancer patient feels but also depicted a true and blissful romance (constant swoon over Parker). Then at No Attachments, the bucketlist of Ash and how she had fallen for Nathan. As much as both craved for normality, the romance it had was downright real, raw and genuine (both guys did not know about the girls’s cancer).

12.  YA reads: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow
Rowell / How to Love – Katie Cotugno
 
     http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15745753-eleanor-park   http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17332564-how-to-love
Again, with the torn feeling. Both dealt on first love. Eleanor & Park was just in nostalgia side and of course, in its high school setting; though I liked how it worked on friendship and to falling in love. Then at How to Love, it was much deeper – faced with issues of teen pregnancy, family (and sort of community – since they lived in a small community) with the look of disappointment and humiliation towards you, then the father of your unborn child left – no goodbyes (or that was what she thought). How to Love also had that nostalgia but there was alternate past and present happenings but all in all it showed how a person could accept, forgive, learn to be independent but mostly, to love again. Still, both were a standalone and had the feeling of wonder: “What happens next?” without the cliffhanger.
13.  Love & Misadventure – Lang Leav

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18003300-love-misadventure
 
I thought it was obvious by the way I used the quote above. I did save the best
for last. Sometimes I write poetry and sometimes you just don’t know what it
meant because you wrote it when you were overwhelmed by an emotion of some
sorts. But in this book, it was a collection of poetry one could relate; it was
sort of a journey in its way and very enjoyable. Short, indirect or direct, emotions on the go.
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