Friday, December 30, 2016

Top 16 of 2016: Favorite Books

Hey, ladies!

I'm so excited to participate in Kimberly Faye Reads' Top 16 of 2016 event! Today's topic is favorite books of 2016. Funnily enough, I shelved exactly 16 books on my Best of 2016 Goodreads shelf. How convenient!

They're in the order I read them in, according to GR. It was fun to see which months had the best books!

16. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

15. Sustained by Emma Chase

14. Sidebarred by Emma Chase

13. Showmance by L.H. Cosway

12. The Bird and The Sword by Amy Harmon

11. Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway

10. Idol by Kristin Callihan

9. Cocky Bastard by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

8. Smut by Karina Halle

7. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

6. The Debt by Karina Halle

5. Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

4. Retrieval by Aly Martinez

3. Marriage Games by C.D. Reiss

2. Honor by Jay Crownover

1. Managed by Kristin Callihan

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Top 16 of 2016: New to Me Authors

Hey, girls!

I'm so excited to participate in Kimberly Faye Reads' Top 16 of 2016 event! Today's topic is new to me authors, and since I did a decent job on my TBR pile this year (of course, for every one I knocked off the TBR a good 10 more went on ;)), this was a fun one! Some are from the last week of December 2015, but I put them in here anyway. 

Once again, no order except for 5 to 1!

16. Patricia Briggs

Technically I read her for the first time in 2015, but it was the very end of December. Basically 2016. ;)

15. Lauren Blakely

Hot, sexy, and a bangin' male POV!

14. Chloe Neill

I've been very impressed with both her series! They're quite addictive, especially in audio form.

13. J.M. Darhower

Dark, sexy, and wild.

12. S.E. Reign

*fans self* This is some good smut right here, and it actually has plot.

11. Megan Tayte

It takes a lot for me to read YA, but this series was really good!

10. Molly O'Keefe

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and the way the author handled the difficult and controversial topic!

9. Robin LaFevers

Another pleasant surprised, especially considering I usually don't like fantasy.

8. M.E. Carter

I found this author and story through Colleen Hoover's Facebook group, and devoured it in one night. 

7. Sydney Logan

Almost nauseatingly adorable.

6. Katja Millay

Such a powerful novel, and I can't believe I put off reading it for so long!

5. Helena Hunting

My guilty pleasure auto-buy author. She cracks me up so hard!

4. Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

I've really enjoyed this duo this year!

3. Kristin Callihan

I've loved both her rockstar and historical/semi fantasy romance!

2. Jay Crownover

Each book I read from her I enjoy more than the last! Honor made my best of 2016 list, and I can't recommend it enough!

1. Emma Chase 

She's now one of my favorite authors!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Top 16 of 2016: Favorite Quotes

Hey, everyone!

I'm so excited to participate in Kimberly Faye Reads' Top 16 of 2016 event! Today's topic is favorite quotes of 2016, and wow, this one was tough. Let's jump right in!

Much like yesterday, these aren't in any sort of order until numbers five to one.


The magic is in the tiny moments. The small touches, the gentle smiles, the quiet laughs. The magic is about living for today and allowing yourself to breathe and be happy.


Tops come off at the oddest times. Like, oh, hey, the music started? Let me rip my top off and shake what my mama gave me.
Or my plastic surgeon. Same difference. 


To be a muse is to be a wonder in someone else's eyes, flaws and all.


Maybe he thinks I've insulted his manhood. I consider his manhood - and how much I hate the word manhood. In Alex's case, bigger is awesome. The only drawback is how hard it is to walk after his manhood plunders my womanhood.
I need to cut it with the historical romance references.

*giggle snort*


So far I had the god of evil and the god of terror on my side. My good-guy image was taking a serious beating. Maybe I should recruit some unicorns.


Respect the written word and all that, but you have to have fun too, find the joy, and most of all, forget about everything else. Forget about the other book. Forget about the future. Writing is about the now, is it not? It's about putting down words and creating worlds and really, that's it. Worrying about how the book will do, how it will be received, about if it will all be worth it is just a waste of time and takes away from the creation of it all. 


It wasn’t love or lust, but something we both recognized as a possibility of something. It was so pure, so uninhibited … We just threw ourselves into it. These moments that were little pockets of perfection. It was like nothing else mattered. Just us.


She looks into my eyes and I'm lost. Wrecked. There's no thought, no desire - expect to please her. Make her see stars and touch heaven. 


Thank god for e-readers; you can read the filthiest shit and pretend you're engrossed in War and Peace. 


You are my greatest weakness because I have no defense when it comes to you. 


Amazon’s Top 100 list is the best indicator of how books are selling and the moment I peek at the Top 20, I’m a little mind-blown. Professor Dumbass is not such a dumbass after all. About half the books in the Top 20 are cheaply priced erotica, ranging from 99 cents to $2.99. They all seem to feature the same guy, too, in various stages of undress. A few have Jesus beards and tattoos, more are cut off at neck level because I’m guessing their faces are hideous, and all are baring their steroid-pumped chests. Shit, I don’t want to think about how small their balls must be.


He made me forget the world around me. He was enough. And, together, we were everything.


I was only limited by my ignorance, by my fear, and by my own sense of right and wrong. 


I want her. This fearless, stunning woman. And I want the kids. Those perfect, awful, amazing children - whom she loves with every inch of her soul. I want them to be mine. Mine to hold, mine to protect and teach. Their joy, their laughter, their love. I want to come home to it, bask in it, be the reason for it. But even more than that, I want to deserve them. To be worthy.


The worst thing you can do in life is to ignore an opportunity out of fear. 


I have loved you every moment of every day, and I will love you until I cease to be. Bird, man or kind, I love you and I will always love you.