Top 10 Books I Read In 2013

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It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

TOP 10 Books I Read In 2013

I had a hard time picking only ten but decided to chose one from each of those series I loved this year. Romances made the top four, but I also had lots of heroines fighting for the next positions.

When Summer Comes (Whiskey Creek, #3) The Divorce Party I Only Have Eyes For You (The Sullivans, #4) Only Yours (Fool's Gold, #5)

MY TOP FOUR READS

1. When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak – This author makes me cry with every book. I’m not usually like that, but those stories really touch my heart. They are super sad and the characthers need to overcome some sad things. Each book has a difficult plot, but this one was the saddest to me, because Callie had cancer and it was almost taking her.

2. The Divorce Party by Jennifer Hayward – This book was a nice surprise.The author is making a great debut and the story was full of reconnection. I love a book with a second chance story. Lilly and Ricardo needed a different view from their story and try to make things right.

3. I Only Have Eyes For You by Bella Andre – Another series that I started late. Everyone loved the Sullivans so I decided to read them this year. Sophie book was my favorite so far and her story was exactly like those I love, friends became lovers. Jake fought really hard but we can all see the love.

4. Only Yours by Susan Mallery – I loved Montana story. She had a difficult time choosing what to do with her life, but after she finally understood her mission things began changing and was happy again, but there’s one thing missing in her life. Simon was a very cold guy, but I liked the way he and Montana created a beautiful relationship.

Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin, #5) Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, #4) Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6) 

5. Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep – This was the best book for me in the series. Gin put her plan in place and managed to finish Mab Monroe. I loved the family touch and those moments shared with persons that mattered to her. We can see that in this moment Gin needed her friends and family by her side, to face the biggest nightmare of her life.

6. Destined for An Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost – This was a troubling book for Cat, but I liked the way her relationship was tested and it became clear the love between Bones and the Red Reaper. This series is coming real close to an end and those side characters made me love this plot even more.

7. Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews – This was a difficult book for me. We have those favorites and some bad things happen, but I suffered so much with the finale. This series became one of my favorites this year and the last released book took my heart. Can’t wait to see what Curran and Kate are going to do to save Atlanta again.

Pleasure Unbound (Demonica, #1) Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6) The Mistress (The Original Sinners, #4)

8. Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione – This was such a different story and I loved meeting Eidolon and Tayla. They are complete opposite, but we can see the attraction and those sparks flying between these two. Since this is the first book, there are lots of introductions and we can see a great potential for this series.

9. Shadowed by Rebecca Zanetti – I fell in love with Rebecca Zanetti this year and her vampires are a favorite of mine. Those Kayrs brothers are to die for. They are strong, very powerful and full of those alpha instincts. Loved this series and can’t wait for the next books.

10. The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz – I had the great idea to read this series after ravishing reviews and now it’s only waiting until the next book. This year I snapped early the my copy and was so happy with the end of this era. This became one of those favorite erotica of mine and is going to be a re-read real soon.

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Romance Review: One Night in Santiago by Audra North

One Night in SantiagoOne Night in Santiago by Audra North
Publisher:
 Entangled: Flaunt
Format:
 ebook
ISBN: 1622664108
Genre: Romance
Release date: December 30th 2013
Number of pages:  120
Source: Publisher

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I received this book from Entangled: Flaunt in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

Lily Stanton’s vacation goes from bad to worse when a storm strands her in a foreign country, arguing with an arrogant—and very sexy—stranger over the last available hotel room.

Successful CEO Bruno Komarov wasn’t expecting the gorgeous woman checking in at the reception desk to challenge him over a room. Even more surprising, he actually enjoys their exchange.

But when Lily proposes a compromise—she’ll take the bed and he can sleep on the couch—Bruno pushes his attraction aside and assures himself that this can remain strictly business. After all, they’re both adults capable of keeping their hands to themselves. They’ll share the room, get a good night’s sleep, and be off to their respective destinations in the morning.

What could possibly happen in just one night?

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Review:

When I started reading this novella had no idea it was part of a series and you can read as stand alone without a problem too. This was a nice story and I liked Lily from the start, she’s such a nice girl and needed some fun for a moment. Loved the converstaion with her sister, because we can clearly see the love and the worry her family felt for her. Bruno was a great guy actually and very hot too. So their night together was spicy, but they have more than that and it’s clear to anyone the deep understanding and love that could grow between them.

This is the second novella from this author and I’m really loving her creations. More Stanton, please.

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Paranormal Review: The Man Within by Lora Leigh

The Man Within (Breeds, #2; Feline Breeds, #2)The Man Within by Lora Leigh
Series: Breeds
Publisher:
 Ellora’s Cave
Format:
 ebook
ISBN: 1419951076
Genre: Erotica
Release date: October 28th 2004
Number of pages: 236
Source: Bought

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Summary:

Book 2 of the Feline Breeds

He had protected her as a child, filled all her teenaged fantasies, and as a woman, he stole her heart. Only to break it.

Now, fifteen months later, the news has released. The man she loves is one of the genetically altered Feline Breeds who have shocked the world with their presence. He’s also her mate. The mark on her neck attests to that. The fire that rages in her heart and in her body further proves it. But he hadn’t wanted her then; does he really want her now?

Deceit and treachery, born in the past, now haunt the present as Taber and Roni fight to make sense of a sudden bonding. The mating of heart, body and soul as the man and the beast within merge; both battling the forces raging against the union and dominance over the woman he claimed.

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Review:

Since I had a hard time with the audio, decided to go back to those ebooks that I love. This book is set around three months after the ending of Tempting the Beast and we see the Pride struggling to keep save and at the same time leave as normal as possible. We see some moments of dangerous scenes and it’s clear that not everything is smooth. The Council is still after Merinus and the babe and now the also want Rina. Nobody has a clue to why they are so set in those woman, but the only giving point is the fact these are the females mated to those Breeds.

We have also Tanner finding his lost mate. He had no idea that she was more than a girl he loved, but he marked and now the people know about everthing they do and it’s dangerous for Rina. Her father was a real ass and sold the news to a few newspapers and now she’s being haunted because of her connecting those two “animals”. I loved their problems, because not everything is so simple and we can clearly see that they are meant for each other, but some moments of the past changed their life. I loved this couple and now we have more felines, some dark and other more lethal.

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Series in Order

#1 – Tempting the Beast
#2 – The Man Within

#3 – Elizabeth’s Wolf
#4 – Kiss of Heat
#5 – Soul Deep
#6 – The Breed Next Door
#7 – Megan’s Mark
#8 – Harmony’s Way
#9 -Tanner’s Scheme
#10 – Wolfe’s Hope
#11 – Jacob’s Faith
#12 – Aiden’s Charity
#13 – Beyond the Dark
#14 – Dawn’s Awakening
#15 – A Jaguar’s Kiss
#16 – Mercury’s War
#17 – The Magical Christmas Cat
#18 – Coyote’s Mate
#19 – A Christmas Kiss
#20 – Bengal’s Heart
#21 – Lion’s Heat
#22 – Styx Storm
#23 – Primal
#24 – Navarros Promise
#25 – An Inconvinient Mate
#26 – Lawe’s Justice
#27 – Stygian’s Honor
#28 – The Devil’s Due
#29 – Rule Breaker (Expected publication: February 4th 2014)

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Sunday Post #12

The Sunday Post The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

I not into huge parties for Christmas so there was only dinner in my house with close family. I read a lot this week and for once the all those reviews are scheduled in advance. The year is almost over and I only need to read two more books for the Goodreads challenge. Didn’t spend any money, but Netgalley provided a few novellas.

Last Week on the Blog

Romance Review: Forged in the Desert Heart by Maisey Yates

Top 10 Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

Merry Christmas Everyone

2014 Netgalley Reading Challenge

2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

2014 TBR Pile Challenge

Paranormal Review: Lover Unbound by JR Ward

Re-Read: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Urban Fantasy Review: Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost

Paranormal Review: Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh

News on the Reading Pile

NetGalley:

His to Possess (His to Possess, #1-6) A December Bride (A Year of Weddings) A January Bride (A Year of Weddings) A February Bride (A Year of Weddings) A May Bride (A Year of Weddings) A March Bride (A Year of Weddings) An April Bride (A Year of Weddings) 

That’s all for this week. What you got to show? Leave me a link and I’ll come to visit.

Paranormal Review: Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh

Tempting the Beast (Breeds, #1)Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh
Series: Breeds
Publisher:
 Audible, Inc.
Format:
 audiobook
ISBN: B00ELLBTZY
Genre: Erotica
Release date: September 17th 2013
Number of pages: 8 hours
Source: Bought

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Summary:

Callan Lyons is a genetic experiment, one of six fighting for freedom and the survival of their Pride. Merinus Tyler is the reporter who will tempt him, draw him, until the fury of the “mating frenzy” locks them into a battle of sexual heat they cannot escape.

The evil Genetics Council is hot on their trail. Leaving a trail of their own of deception and blood. Callan will use his strength to try to save them both…and do all in his power to keep his woman in the process.

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Review:

I’ve read this series before and remember liking it, but could’n exactly explain the story or plots, so decided to try again and gave it another chance with the audio version. This was not the best audio for me, I think there was too much sex to listen and it didn’t help, but I loved the book. Just discovered that erotica and audio don’t mix right in my brain. There’s always other books for that.

The couple was okay, but I liked Merinus better. Still don’t know where her name came from, but she’s strong and very firm. I liked the way she handled things and never gave up. Callam was the best alpha male, he had a hard time understand the mating and saving everyone at the same time. But he’s very possessive. And I loved the ending. There’s not much of the back story, but we can understand that some humans decided to mix DNA of animals with some human DNA. Callam and the rest of the Pride are these different shifters.

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Series in Order

#1 – Tempting the Beast
#2 – The Man Within
#3 – Elizabeth’s Wolf
#4 – Kiss of Heat
#5 – Soul Deep
#6 – The Breed Next Door
#7 – Megan’s Mark
#8 – Harmony’s Way
#9 -Tanner’s Scheme
#10 – Wolfe’s Hope
#11 – Jacob’s Faith
#12 – Aiden’s Charity
#13 – Beyond the Dark
#14 – Dawn’s Awakening
#15 – A Jaguar’s Kiss
#16 – Mercury’s War
#17 – The Magical Christmas Cat
#18 – Coyote’s Mate
#19 – A Christmas Kiss
#20 – Bengal’s Heart
#21 – Lion’s Heat
#22 – Styx Storm
#23 – Primal
#24 – Navarros Promise
#25 – An Inconvinient Mate
#26 – Lawe’s Justice
#27 – Stygian’s Honor
#28 – The Devil’s Due
#29 – Rule Breaker (Expected publication: February 4th 2014)

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Urban Fantasy Review: Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost

Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World, #2)

Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress
Publisher:
 Avon
Format:
 ebook
ISBN: 0061783161
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date:  July 27th 2010
Number of pages: 361
Source: Bought

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Summary:

An immortal war has been brewing in the darkness . . . And now one woman has stumbled into the shadows. 

Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she’s only imagined in her worst nightmares.

At the center is Mencheres, a breathtaking Master vampire who thought he’d seen it all. Then Kira appears, this fearless, beautiful . . . human who braved death to rescue him. Though he burns for her, keeping Kira in his world means risking her life. Yet sending her away is unthinkable.

But with danger closing in, Mencheres must choose either the woman he craves, or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction.

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Review:

Mencheres was not high on my list, but after this book and the way he behaved while in love we can clearly see that he was just turned of the actions his wife created. I loved seeing this side of him and the discoveries while hiding. It’s nice not to know everything that’s about to happen. His Egyptian and there’s way too much story behind him, I never would had imagined him as a pharaoh.

I liked Kira and her way of helping people and avenging those wrongs. She’s a really strong woman and Mencheres deserved someone like her to show the world can be different and that selfish bitch that almost  killed Bones. Kira is full of life, but at the same time she knows how humans are dangerous. I liked that she didn’t get completely scared, but she also can understand this different world. Her changing was a bit abrupt, but in a way, was better than waiting forever.

I didn’t understand the point of having a Law, when not even the vampires working for it use it clearly. But I love to see more of Vlad and the couple of Cat and Bones.

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Series in Order

#0.5 – Reckoning
#1 – Halfway to the Grave
#2 – One Foot in the Grave
#2.5 – Happily Never After
#3 – At Grave’s End
#3.5 – Devil to Pay
#4 – Destined for an Early Grave
#4.5 – Magic Graves
#5 – First Drop of Crimson
#6 – Eternal Kiss of Darkness
#7 – This Side of the Grave
#8 – One Grave At a Time
#8.5 – Home for the Holidays
#9 – Once Burned
#10 – Twice Tempted
#11 – Up From the Grave (Expected publication: January 28th 2014)
#12 – Untitled

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Re-Read: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

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Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling
Publisher:
 Gollancz
Format:
 ebook
ISBN: 0575095660
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: September 5th 2006
Number of pages: 334 
Source: Bought

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Summary:

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”—the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion—and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities—or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…

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Review:

This was a book to fall in love. I’ve read this two years ago and decided to join the read along to push me into finishing this series. These is one of those cases of love at first sight, because Lucas was perfect for me. Alpha, with some dark moments and really gentle. We can totally see him pushing but in the good way because Sascha needed to know this different world and trust in someone. Her family and her entire life was pretty much a lie and we see that she’s sufferenig a lot.

I loved the way he’s protective and at the same time a great guy. He’s a shifter so those senses and touches are so necessary, but the Psy are cold and Sascha had no idea that life coulld be this fullfilling. I loved meeting the rest of the pack, the sentinels and we can see they love each other very much. Tammy’s cubs are super cute. I don’t want to overshare and spoiler anyone, but this book is perfect for shifters lovers.

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Series in Order

#0.5 – Beat of Temptation
#0.6 – Whisper of Sin
#1 – Slave to Sensation
#1.5 – The Cannibal Princess
#2 – Visions of Heat
#3 – Caressed by Ice
#3.4 – Movie Night
#3.5 – Stroke of Enticement
#4 – Mine to Possess
#4.5 – A Conversation
#5 – Hostage to Pleasure
#5.5 – A Gift for Kit
#6 – Branded by Fire
#7 – Blaze of Memory
#7.5 – Christmas in the Kitchen
#8 – Bonds of Justice
#8.5 – Sunday Morning
#9 – Play of Passion
#9.2 – Clean and Dirty
#9.4 – Wolf School
#9.5 – Declaration of Courtship
#9.6 – Dancing with Cooper
#10 – Kiss of Snow
#10.4 – Naya’s Most Importart Visitors
#10.5 – Texture of Intimacy
#11 – Tangle of Need
#11.4 – Making Dinner
#11.5 – Poker Night
#11.6 – Stalking Hawke
#12 – Heart of Obsidian
#13 – Shield of Whinter (Expected publication: June 3rd 2014)
#14 – Untitled (Expected publication: 2015)

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