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Best Reads and Best Authors of 2014

2014 was filled with some amazing reads.

In 3 days we’ll be welcoming 2015.  If you haven’t met your 2014 reading quota, you still have time to read one or two more books.  Ashley, Blia and I decided to compile our list of Best Reads and Best Authors of 2014.  It was hard to decide because we read some amazing books this year.  Some were very romantic while some were hilarious.  There were some that had a lot of drama and angst, but surely a lot of them were damn sexy.

So here you have it, our top books and authors of the 2014:

ASHLEY’S TOP 12 BEST READS OF 2014

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  1. Beautiful Bastard #1/Beautiful B*tch #1.5/Beautiful Stranger #2/Beautiful Bombshell #2.5/Beautiful Player #3/Beautiful Beginning #3.5  by Christina Lauren
  2. Sweet Filthy Boy #1/Dirty Rowdy Thing #2(Wild Season’s Series) by Christina Lauren
  3. Bang #1 by E.K.Blair
  4. Real #1/Mine #2/Remy #3 by Katy Evans
  5. Rogue #4 (spin off of the Real series) by Katy Evans
  6. Deviant #1/Fracture #2/Burn #3/Fallen #4/Twisted #5 by Callie Hart
  7. Thoughtless, Effortless, Reckless by S.C.Stephens
  8. Driven/Fueled/Crashed by K.Bromberg
  9. The Dark Duet Series: Captive in the Dark, Seduced in the Dark, Epilogue by C.J.Roberts
  10. Providence/Requiem/Eden by Jamie McGuire
  11. The Mistress Experiment #1 by Elizabeth Otto
  12. Up in the Air series by R.K.Lilley

Top 10 Authors of 2014

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  1. Christina Lauren
  2. Katy Evans
  3. E.K.Blair
  4. Callie Hart
  5. C.J.Roberts
  6. Jamie McGuire
  7. R.K.Lilley
  8. S.C.Stephens
  9. Sylvia Day
  10. Alice Clayton

BLIA’S TOP 20 BEST READS OF 2014

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  1.   Fixed series by Laurelin Paige
  2.   Tangled series by Emma Chase
  3.   Sweet Filthy Boy #1/Dirty Rowdy Thing #2 (Wild Season’s Series) by Christina Lauren
  4.   Love Me with Lies series by Tarryn Fisher
  5.   Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
  6.   Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  7.   Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  8.   Rush Too Far (Too Far #4) by Abbi Glines
  9.   Slammed Series by Colleen Hoover
  10. Forever by Judy Blume
  11. Sweet Thing series by Renee Carlino
  12. Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino
  13. Reapers MC series by Joanna Wylde
  14. Rock and Roll Never Forgets by Barbara Stewart
  15. The Story of Us (Carnage #1) by Lesley Jones
  16. You by Caroline Kepnes
  17. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  18. The After series by Anna Todd
  19. When We Met by A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King & Christina Lee
  20. Untamed by Victoria Green & Jinsey Reese

Top 10 Authors of 2014

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  1.   Christina Lauren
  2.   Colleen Hoover
  3.   Jamie McGuire
  4.   Abbi Glines
  5.   Renee Carlino
  6.   Caroline Kepnes
  7.   Anna Todd
  8.   Christina Lee
  9.   Joanna Wylde
  10. Lesley Jones

ANGY’S TOP 20 BEST READS OF 2014

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  1. The Saint by Tiffany Reisz
  2. The King by Tiffany Reisz
  3. Tangled by Emma Chase
  4. Tied by Emma Chase
  5. Twisted by Emma Chase
  6. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  7. Captivated by You by Sylvia Day
  8. Hudson by Laurelin Paige
  9. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  10. Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren
  11. Ripped by Katy Evans
  12. After This Night by Lauren Blakely
  13. Inked Armor by Helena hunting
  14. Stars In Their Eyes by Lauren Blakely
  15. Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton
  16. Tamed by Emma Chase
  17. When We Fall by Kendall Ryan
  18. Every Second With You by Lauren Blakely
  19. Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren
  20. Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

Top 10 Authors of 2014

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  1. Tiffany Reisz
  2. Emma Chase
  3. Lauren Blakely
  4. Christina Lauren
  5. Sylvia Day
  6. Colleen Hoover
  7. Katy Evans
  8. Laurelin Paige
  9. Helena Hunting
  10. Alice Clayton

Happy reading in 2015!!

Highly Anticipated Releases of 2015!

Hello, hello! 2014 is almost gone and 2015 will bring more books to read, new book boyfriends to collect and old book boyfriends to fall in love with again.

Here is our list of our most expected books of 2015:

Ashley’s list:

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Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brother’s #2) by Jamie McGuire Jan.26

Happenstance (Happenstance #3) by Jamie McGuire Feb.2

Beautiful Beloved (Beautiful Bastard #3.6) by Christina Lauren Feb.2

Rebel (Blood & Rose’s series spinoff) by Callie Hart Feb.9

Fifty Shades of Grey in Theaters!! Feb.14

Slow Burn (Driven #5) by K.Bromberg Feb.24

Thoughtful (Thoughtless #1.5) by S.C.Stephens Feb.24

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4) by Christina Lauren April 14

Sweet Ache (Driven #6) by K.Bromberg June 2

Untitled (Real #6) by Katy Evans July 7 (I don’t even know who this book is about…I have my suspicions, but I LOVE KATY EVANS so any and all her book are on my HIGHLY ANTICIPATED LIST!)

Dark Wild Nights (Wild Seasons #4) by Christina Lauren Sept.15

Blia’s list:

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Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher Jan. 11

Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brother’s #2) by Jamie McGuire Jan. 27

Happenstance (Happenstance #3) by Jamie McGuire Feb. 2

Beautiful Beloved (Beautiful Bastard #3.6) by Christina Lauren Feb. 2

One Night: Unveiled (The One Night Trilogy) by Jodi Ellen Malpas Feb. 10

Thoughtful (Thoughtless #1.5) by S.C.Stephens Feb. 24

Confess: A Novel by Colleen Hoover Mar. 10

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4) by Christina Lauren Apr. 14

Overruled (The Legal Briefs #1) by Emma Chase Apr. 28

Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh Jun. 9

Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase Aug. 25

Love by Caroline Kepnes Sept. 8

Dark Wild Nights (Wild Seasons #4) by Christina Lauren Sept. 15

November Nine by Colleen Hoover Nov. 9

Angy’s list:

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SACRED (The Snapped Novella Series, Part 4) by Ketley Allison January 1st

Last Call (Cocktail #4.5) by Alice Clayton  January 6th

Never Never by Colleen Hoover  January 11th

Filthy Beautiful Forever (Filthy Beautiful Lies #4) by Kendall Ryan January 12th

New Year in Manhattan (The Empire State Trilogy #3) by Louise Bay January 13th

Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers #2) by Jamie McGuire January 27th

Beautiful Beloved (Beautiful Bastard #3.6) by Christina Lauren February 2nd

Happenstance 3 (Happenstance #3) by Jamie McGuire  February 2nd 2015

After Ever Happy (After #4) by Anna Todd February 24th

Confess by Colleen Hoover  March 10th

Forbidden Nights (Seductive Nights #5) by Lauren Blakely March 30th

The Virgin (The Original Sinners: White Years #3) by Tiffany Reisz  March 31st 2015

The Enticement (The Submissive Trilogy #4) by Tara Sue Me April 7th

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4) by Christina Lauren April 14th

Overruled (The Legal Briefs #1) by Emma Chase April 28th

Sweet Sinful Nights (Seductive Nights #6) by Lauren Blakely  April 30th

Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase August 25th

Dark Wild Nights (Wild Seasons #4) by Christina Lauren Sept. 15

November Nine by Colleen Hoover Nov. 9

Follow Me Back (Twisted Love #2) by A. Meredith Walters Anytime in 2015

The Queen (The Original Sinners: White Years #4) by Tiffany Reisz  Anytime in 2015

One with You (Crossfire #5) by Sylvia Day Anytime in 2015**

What is your list of books for 2015? Leave it in the comments below.

**The last book of Crossfire Trilogy doesn’t have a publication date, but I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll be in 2015

#THOMASTUESDAY TEASER: Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers #2) by Jamie McGuire

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Jamie McGuireJamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with international bestseller, Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written apocalyptic thriller Red Hill, a novella titled A Beautiful Wedding, and the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy.

Jamie lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with husband Jeff and their three children. They share their 30 acres with cattle, six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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I just got nominated by Rose at Paranormal Book Reviews

!Thank you so much for the nomination Rose!

Of course, there are rules. The rules are below:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you, and link back to their site.

2. Post the award’s logo onto your blog.

3. Answer the 10 questions you’ve been asked.

4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and ask them 10 questions.

Rose’s questions and my answers

1. What is your favourite genre?

Erotica Romance

2. Who is your book crush? Come on, I know you have one. :D

The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

3. Which love triangles do you love?

Søren, Nora and Kingsley from The Original Sinners by Tiffany Reisz 

4. paperback or hardback?

Hardcover

5. Favourite female heroine?

Nora Sutherlin from The Original Sinners

6. Female or Male?

Female(?)

7. Would you rather: get killed instantly or die of poison?

None! But if I have to chose, I’d say “killed instantly”

8. Would you rather: get killed peacefully, or go down fighting?

Again none! I actually don’t wanna die! HaHa! But as you asked, I have to answer: “killed peacefully”

9. Are you the geek or the popular girl/ boy?

Both! I’m a cool geek! HaHa!

10. What are you willing to do to keep your favourite books?

Good question. I’d quit watching TV! (I’m as addicted to TV as I am about books)

My nominations

1. Blia from Blia Reads

2. Gretchen from Abour That Story

3. Savannah from Coffee, Books and My Kindle

4. Carrie from Books, chocolate and lipgloss

5. Sara from Harlequin Junkie

6. Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

7. Angie from Smut Club Book

8. The Rock Stars of Romance

9. Aestas from Aestas Book Blog

10. True Story Book Blog

My Questions

1. What is your favorite book/series ever?

2. What book made you cry like a little baby?

3. Top 5 of book boyfriends

4. What book would you add more after their HEA?

5. What genre you dont like to read?

6. Why did you start blogging?

7. Who is your fav author?

8. What is your fav movie based on a book?

9. Have you ever read a book based on the cover and turned out to be a great book? What book that?

10. Do you listen to audiobooks? What is your fav audiobook?

 

;) HUGS!!!

Celebrate Swoonworthy Moments with #PuddingDay

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We all love swoonworthy moments, right? And if you’ve read J.L. Berg’s Within These Walls, you know all about the pudding cups. Who would have thought pudding cups could be so swoonworthy?

In celebration of swoonworthy moments, we’re asking you to share your favourites with us on your blog or twitter/facebook using the hashtag #puddingday! Tell us all about your personal memory or your favourite swoonworthy memories in books, then be sure to enter to win an Amazon giftcard so you can experience even more swoonworthy moments!

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Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.

I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance.

Isn’t that what we all do? Survive?

Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more…complicated.

Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom.

I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared. He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget.

But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?

My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.

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Read the first chapter here!

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PRE-RELEASE TEASE: Stars In Their Eyes (Wrapped Up in Love #2) by Lauren Blakely

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A sexy and swoony new adult romance…

Celebrity photographer and college senior Jess Leighton desperately needs to crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through grad school. But with security tighter than the bride-to-be’s corset, she’ll need more than her camera and smarts, she’ll need help from her biggest rival–hot, British, motorcycle-riding William Harrigan, whose sexy accent can melt the panties off any woman. He’s the last person Jess should trust, but he’s her only ticket in.

William Harrigan wants one thing – to stay in L.A. past college graduation. With a student visa set to expire, the clock is ticking. When he lands a gig that pairs him with the beautiful blond spitfire Jess, he’s scored his best shot at living out the American dream. Winning her trust would be a whole lot easier, however, if he didn’t have ulterior motives…

But there’s no faking the intense attraction between them. Try as they might to resist each other, soon sparks are flying, as they devise a plan to sneak into the ceremony. But when Jess’ new celebrity client raises the stakes, she starts to smell blackmail, and soon she and Will are chasing down cheating directors, staking out clandestine trysts, and making fake IDs, all while sneaking scene-stealing kisses and hot nights together.

The audience loves a happy ending, but in a town where everyone’s acting and no one’s playing by the rules, can Jess and William find their own ever after in time?

**STARS IN THEIR EYES is a spin-off of the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling CAUGHT UP IN LOVE series. It is the start of the new adult series WRAPPED UP IN LOVE.**

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The book releases Oct 9 and it’s $2.99 to preorder, then will be $3.99 after release!!

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Author PhotoLauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, Far Too Tempting, The Thrill of It, Every Second With You, Burn For Me, Night After Night, After This Night and One More Night. In late summer, she’ll release Melt for Him, the next book in her sexy fireman series, and in October she’ll release Stars In Their Eyes, the next book in the bestselling Caught Up in Love series. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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Announcement from Lauren Blakely

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From Lauren:  “I am so excited to finally share my STARS IN THEIR EYES news!!! Here’s the deal – I have been having so much fun with this story that I decided to have it launch a new series that I am calling WRAPPED UP IN LOVE! The first two books in the series will be A STARSTRUCK KISS and STARS IN THEIR EYES and they will release within 10 days of each other (late Sept/early Oct) and…. the first book, A STARSTRUCK KISS, will be free across all retailers for the first few weeks of its release! Both books follows the love story of Jess and William and because they are launching this new series (that’s a new adult spin-off of my CAUGHT UP IN LOVE series), I want as many readers as possible to have a chance to get to know these characters; that’s why I’ll be launching it with the first book free. I adore William and Jess – their romance is fun, flirty, sexy, scandalous and their story is chock full of twists and turns! So get ready for a new adult romance with a storyline that will surprise you! This is my longest story to date – A STARSTRUCK KISS is 150 pages and STARS IN THEIR EYES is 250 pages! Stay tuned for more details and teasers! There are 5 books planned to far in this series, and each one after the first two will follow a new couple.”

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Author PhotoLauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, Far Too Tempting, The Thrill of It, Every Second With You, Burn For Me, Night After Night, After This Night and One More Night. In late summer, she’ll release Melt for Him, the next book in her sexy fireman series, and in October she’ll release Stars In Their Eyes, the next book in the bestselling Caught Up in Love series. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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SPOTLIGHT: Tied by Emma Chase

 

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In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled and Twisted, Drew and Kate can’t wait to tie the knot—if they can survive the pre-wedding festivities.

For most of my life, I never imagined I’d get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I’m even better.

The road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.

That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of… my final test.

I know what you’re thinking—what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let’s not judge, or call for my castration, until you’ve heard the whole story.

And hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?

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Emma ChaseBy day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true

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Release Day Launch for FIRST NIGHT by Lauren Blakely

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 About FIRST NIGHT:

An erotic novella from the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Blakely

It was only supposed to be one night…

When the sinfully handsome man walks into her bar in San Francisco, Julia Bell simply wants a break from the troubles that keep chasing her. That escape comes in the form of sexy, confident and commanding Clay Nichols, who captivates her mind AND turns her inside out with pleasure. The attraction is electric and they share one scorchingly hot night together, but they also discover there is more than just off-the-charts chemistry; the connection between them runs deep. Clay never thought he’d return to New York with this woman still on his mind. But he can’t get her out of his system, and he needs more of her…He wants more than just the first night…

*This is a prequel novella to the erotic romance NIGHT AFTER NIGHT.*

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A Note from Lauren:

“I am so excited to share my first erotic romance series with readers, and I want as many readers as possible to be introduced to the hotness of Clay Nichols!! You will need a spare set of panties, or two or three, if you read this book! That’s why I am offering the full-length novel, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, for pre-order at the special price of 99 cents. That’s right! You don’t have to wait for a sale. It is for the very short pre-order period only on Amazon and iBooks and for the first day of release on B&N on April 18th. I want to reward loyal readers with the lowest possible price and to give as many people as possible the chance to read. If you have already pre-ordered on Apple iBooks, you will automatically receive it for 99 cents! I will share the links as soon as the pre-order on Amazon goes live. The price will go to 2.99 on release day. NIGHT AFTER NIGHT will be followed by the second full-length novel, AFTER THIS NIGHT, on May 12th. That book is available for pre-order on iBooks for $2.99 and will go to $3.99 on release day. It will also be available for Amazon pre-order in mid-April for the same price.”

Lauren Blakely

About Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In UsPretending He’s MinePlaying With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

Links:

Website: http://www.laurenblakely.com/

Blog: http://laurenblakelybooks.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurenBlakelyBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurenBlakely3

FIRST NIGHT Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19052161-first-night

NIGHT AFTER NIGHT Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19300203-night-after-night

Lauren Blakely Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6860216.Lauren_Blakely

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