Wow!! Since I already have read several books that I would consider to be favorites this year, I’ve decided to start my list of Best Books of 2014. Each of these books is a little different — some are more emotional, some are lighter, some are long, some are short, but all of them are ones I’d recommend to anyone looking for a good read so I’ve listed them all here in one place.
This will be an ongoing list that I’ll add to throughout the year
In case you missed the previous years’ lists….
- LIST of BEST BOOKS READ IN 2013
- LIST of BEST BOOKS READ IN 2012
- LIST of ALL REVIEWS - sorted alphabetically
**Note: they’re not necessarily listed in any particular order and these are books read in 2014, not released in 2014.
**Note: the little ‘blurbs’ I post with them are the ones I actually write right after finishing the book so they are quite literally my exact reactions to these stories.
Archer’s Voice was one of the most heartwarming and uniquely beautiful stories I have ever read. Mia Sheridan’s ability to convey strong emotions and vivid imagery through her writing is absolutely captivating. This was a gorgeous tale of survival and the healing power of love. I strongly encourage everyone to read it and to meet one of the most wonderful book heroes ever — Archer Hale ♥ 5 STARS!!
“He smiled back and put his lips against mine, mouthing, “I love you, too,” against my mouth, as if he was breathing love into my body.”
WOW!!!! This book was absolute, stunning PERFECTION in every way. It was SO unique, and so intensely emotional that it just blew me away!! I almost guarantee that you will cry (seriously, my heart broke for Miles!!!) but I PROMISE you it’s worth every tear because the way that it all comes together is just GORGEOUS!!!! Oh and also, it’s HOT!! Like really hot!!! I loved every word. 6 STARS!!!!!
“Don’t ask about my past,” he says firmly. “And never expect a future.”
OMG!! This was incredible!! You guys have to read it!!! It had the best, happiest ending ever but tears were pouring down my face at the end. Just pure, emotional overload of the best kind. THIS is the kind of book I absolutely adore. If you’re a fan of The Sweet Gum Tree, you will LOVE this. It’s of course a different story but had the same intensity to it. The hero + heroine were childhood friends and later young lovers torn apart by a tragedy. Then, he suddenly comes home 26 years (!!!) later and the secrets behind why they were torn apart come out… 5+ STARS!!
Once again, Colleen Hoover has delivered an emotionally charged masterpiece that will capture your heart! Music lovers will also be able to enjoy a soundtrack that accompanies this novel. Maybe Someday is not your typical romance but I promise you, it is one of the most beautiful, deeply passionate, refreshingly unique stories I have ever read. Read this book. Live it. Love it. Allow it to take over your heart. It’s an unforgettable journey that every reader should take. 5 STARS!!
“Nothing in my life has ever felt so good, yet hurt so achingly bad.”
This book was pure GOLD!!!! My heart was racing the whole way through. I was so totally wrapped up in the story!! I love love loved Jake!!!! Talk about ALPHA!!!! Honestly, Jake & Josie are one of my favorite KA couples of all time now. The best way I can describe this book is EPIC — epic emotions, epic story, epic romance!!! This book reads as a standalone romance so if you’re new to Kristen Ashley books, you can start with this and, if you’re already Kristen Ashley fans, you’ll understand when I say this is “Vintage KA“ style!! 5 STARS!!
I was absolutely blown away by this series!! What an AMAZING story. SO powerful. SO emotional. A one-of-a-kind, deeply emotional and unforgettable story that made me cry harder than I’ve ever cried before over a book. It’s an atypical romance – an unconventional story in every way. It steps outside the box, it defies the norm, and it comes out on top. It put my heart through the ringer but having finished it now, I can tell you that this is one of the best stories I have ever read. 5 STARS!!
“You’ve always belonged to her.”
WOW!! I read this book in one sitting and absolutely LOVED it!! Holy hell!!! The intensity of this love story was off the charts!!!! My heart was pounding from start to finish and this book was totally unique. Unlike anything else I’ve ever read. — The heroine wakes up every four years in a different city, with a different life, and no memory of her previous lives. Each time she has to figure out where she is, who she is, and has to find her way back to HIM. The man she loves and the man who loves her unconditionally. This is their story. (Not paranormal romance)
I absolutely love love LOVED this!!!!! *wipes happy tears* It was SO much more than I ever expected. Deeply emotional, sexy, funny, romantic…. and it had that special heart-pounding intensity to it. Definitely a new top fav!!! — It’s a forbidden romance about a Marine who’s home on leave and drawn to the one girl he can’t have… his best friend’s sister. But he’s only home for 4 weeks before he’s sent out again for another 9 months so every second they have together is stolen and precious…
This was a stunning conclusion to one of the most beautifully written and intensely passionate love stories I have ever read. Dean and Liv’s romance is simply breathtaking!! This series stands out because it’s about an already-married couple. It begins after the “happily-ever-after” where most romances end and in so many ways this one is about healing, hope, and the beauty of knowing with all your heart that the love you feel for your soul mate is limitless. 5 STARS!!
WOW!! I just loved this book! Every single word was brilliant. This was a fantastic addition to the Addicted series which, without a doubt, is one of the best New Adult romance series out there. It has everything in spades — fantastic writing, an original plot line, and characters you can’t help but fall in love with. But just be sure to read the books in order – they are all on my favorites list! (This book was 5 STARS!!)
“You’re not a pit stop. You’re my finish line. There’s no one after you… I want you for eternity, not for a brief moment in time.”
Another 5-star addition to the incredible Addicted series. Hothouse Flower had the perfect balance of a hot, sexy romance and a strong, well developed storyline. I adore these characters, I love the writing, and I’m completely ADDICTED to this series. If you’re a fan of New Adult romance, THIS is a series you should be reading. Please note though that this book should not be read on it’s own as it is the fifth book in sequence in the Addicted series. (This book was 5 STARS!!)
I adored this book and its sequel, Room For More!!!! It was a sweet, swoony, heart-melting, romance, perfectly balanced with just enough angst to keep me on my toes. The heroine is a single mom with two little twin girls, and the hero is a famous hockey player (but she doesn’t know that) and when a storm strands him at the Inn she runs with her mom and he has to stay a few days…. ok, and just get this — he calls her little girls his Twinkies!!! OMG *SWOON* – 5 STARS!!
“You are my future, Kacie. You’re my present and my future and if I could figure out a way to invent a damn time machine, you’d be my past.”
This standalone was amazing from start to finish! If you love books with kind, loving, and fiercely protective heroes, courageous heroines, deep emotions, and stories that will surprise you in the best of ways, then this is absolutely one you should read. This wasn’t just a romance, it was about the bonds of people willing to go to the ends of the earth to help each other, save each other, and be together. The ultimate heart-warming experience! ➜ “Every day I wish I had found you sooner so I could love you longer.”
This book gave me a 5-day book hangover!! It was a passionate, gut-wrenching love story. A non-stop, messy, emotional, beautiful, devastating roller coaster ride from start to finish and honestly, I LOVED it!!!!! It made me FEEL every emotion. But please note that this is not your typical romance story. It shattered all my book rules and is just not the kind of book that I usually read but it’s the exception to my rules because it’s now a top fav!! But go into it with a very open mind. ➜ “I was eleven years old, but I knew without a shadow of a doubt I was staring into the eyes of the boy I was going to love forever.”
This book blew my mind!! I LOVED it!!! Totally brilliant! Check this out ➜ He’s calm, collected, & makes her feel safe but he has a very chilling past: his six previous girlfriends have all disappeared without a trace. <— WOAH, right?? I just had to read it and it was… Addictive. Intense. Unputdownable. Crazy. Twisted. Romantic. Sexy. Just totally unique and unlike anything else I’ve ever read. There’s a cliffy, BUT even me, the most anti-cliffhanger girl ever still loved it!!!!
This was an amazing standalone. Totally original storyline, amazing writing, and a deeply heartfelt, sexy, and believable romance that filled my heart with every possible emotion. It also took my by surprise with a twist I never say coming! This is the kind of story that grabs a hold of your heart and doesn’t let go. Oh, and the hero is a gorgeous mechanic who is hiding a secret… - 5 STARS!!
“I could suffer through anything if you were my reward.”
This was a very unique standalone romance and the first one I’ve read with this plotline. This was also the book that pulled me out of a huge 5-day book hangover. The moment that I started this one, it drew me right into the story and I couldn’t put it down!!! It was heart wrenching, angsty, smoking hot, swoony, romantic, funny, emotional… and I totally fell for the hero, Brett. What an amazing guy!! I just love the protective, tortured heroes… *dreamy sigh* …. They make my heart melt!!!
I literally sat here all day glued to this book from the moment I started it. I was unable to put it down!! It’s a second chance romance standalone mixed in with some suspense. Even just in the first few chapters, I already had butterflies, my heart was racing, I was excited, curious, heartbroken, laughing. ➜ “The heart isn’t like the liver. It doesn’t regenerate, no matter how much time passes. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. I’d left mine with Sebastian when I walked away that day, and I hadn’t seen it in the seven years since.”
In the same vein as The Sea of Tranquility and Hopeless, this story will have you laughing one moment and wiping tears the next as these endearing characters take you on a heart warming, deeply emotional journey filled with romance, drama, and humour. Truly, this book had it all. A must-read for everyone!! 5 STARS!!
“I’ll help you get lost any time, Sunshine. The only deal is you have to promise to come back. I never want to lose you again.”
This was such a beeeeauituful story!! It took me by surprise in the best of ways. It was so much MORE than just a forbidden student-teacher romance. It was a love story and it was a life story. All kinds of love, all kinds of life. I laughed, I cried and I totally loved it!! It’s a standalone romance and I highly recommend checking it out, especially if you were a fan of Slammed!!
With this book, AL Jackson has shown once again why she is one of my favorite authors. Come To Me Quietly was a beautiful, touching story about how one girl’s love of a beautifully broken boy could end up saving him. I truly loved it!! If you’re a fan of second chance romance and tortured bad boys, you have to check this out!
“It was always you, Jared. Always. I can’t remember a day of my life when I didn’t love you.”
An emotional, addictive, and scorching hot trilogy that I would highly recommend for fans of Fifty Shades and Crossfire. Trust me, you want to meet Colton Donavan — think reckless bad boy race car driver with a heartbreaking past falling in love for the first time in his life #1 Driven, #2 Fueled, #3 Crashed
“I bet he fucks like he drives — a little reckless, pushing all the limits, and in it until the very last lap.”
This is a standalone with a beautiful story, beautiful writing and a beautiful message!! It’s about a reporter who goes to interview a reclusive tech genius turned winemaker in the Napa Valley, and instead finds love in the most unexpected of places…I laughed, I swooned, I wiped happy tears away, and I fell in love. This book warmed my heart and left me with the most wonderful feeling. I highly recommend it for all fans of romance!
A beautiful ending to Tristan & Danika’s tumultuous, heart wrenching, and passionate love story!! If you love second chance romance, this is a must-read series! In this final instalment of the Tristan & Danika trilogy, R.K. Lilley truly brought this love story full circle. Be sure to read these books in order: #1 Bad Things, #2 Rock Bottom, #3 Lovely Trigger.
“You were not responsible for making me worse. But I’ll tell you one thing, it’s a fact that you were responsible for making me better.”
** SOBS ** What an incredible story!! It was powerful, heart-breaking, and bittersweet but also oddly heartwarming. Absolutely unforgettable for sure. I think it’s impossible to come away from this without an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all the blessings in your life. I’m SO glad I finally worked up the courage to read it! *sniff* – “I had a hundred and seventeen days in which to convince Will Traynor that he had a reason to live.”
This was a unique, captivating standalone about a woman who was the seventh wife in a polygamist family and who fell in love with an outsider. A man who made her want more out of life and the freedom to choose who to love. — It was totally different than anything else I’ve ever read!!
“I had my secrets. A voice inside me told me I didn’t belong here, that there was another life waiting for me.”
Unravel left my mind spinning!! It hooked me right from the start, kept me guessing the whole way through, and both shocked and impressed me with the way all the intricately woven layers came together at the end. If you want a really ‘different’ read that’ll mess with your mind a little, try this one!!
“…everyone thinks I’m insane. But, I know he’s real, and I know he needs me. Do you believe me?”
Fast-paced, witty and intriguing, Brutally Beautiful was a dark and twisted yet delightfully gripping book that hooked me from the start and kept me flipping pages long into the night. It was SO well-written. The dialogue was snappy, the plot was kept me on my toes, and the story was raw and emotionally intense. I have quotes highlighted on almost every single page. If you are a fan of dark, tortured heroes and strong heroines, you should definitely add this book to your reading list.
“It was beautiful and dark, twisted and profound.”
This was the conclusion to the Fixed trilogy which is one of my recommendations for “What to read after Crossfire.” If dominant and controlling yet tortured heroes make your heart race, then these books will rock your world! If you love Christian, Gideon and James, you have to meet Hudson Pierce!
“I don’t have all the answers yet. But we can work on it together. We fix each other, remember?”
What an awesome book!!! My first thought after finishing it was: WHY DID I NOT READ THIS SOONER????? WHYYYYYY?? The best word I can use to describe this book would be ‘addictive’. This is definitely a must read bad boy romance. It’s fun, flirty, and sexy, but also has a lot of depth and a great core group of characters!!
“It’s always been you even when I didn’t want it to be, even when it broke my heart over and over again. It’s just always been you.”
This was often a tough read because of the subject matter (the hero is Autistic and the heroine bullied him in school six years before the start of the book) but it was a beautifully written story. A. Meredith Walters has shown us once again that she has an extraordinary ability to take difficult topics and present them in a candid, yet deeply respectful manner.
“You will hate me. You will love him. I love him. He has changed my world.”
If you’re a fan of dark romance, Deliver is definitely a book you should add to your list!! It’s dangerous, suspenseful, erotic, and at it’s heart, it’s a love story. It definitely made me uncomfortable at times but that’s kind of what you should expect from a darker romance so really, in every way, this book delivered And it also had a cool twist to the captivity-theme where the woman was the captor!
“You will always own me and I will walk through hell to keep it that way.”
This was a unique, captivating standalone romance about a protective boy saving a broken girl — bringing her back to life and showing how wonderful life could be when she’d lost all hope for it — and a girl who had everything taken from her unknowing saving him in return.
“Three fateful encounters… Two heart-breaking tragedies… One last chance to get it right.”
Please note: this is not a romance (but it is awesome!) ➜ When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.
Please note: this is not a romance. However, when you read this line from the blurb, I think you’ll understand why I just had to read it ➜ “Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive.”
This book was just a fun, sexy romantic escape about a woman who is dumped by her fiance and heads off to Paris to enjoy her honeymoon (alone!) and ends up finding love in the most unlikely of places! I read it in one sitting on a weekend afternoon and it was just a wonderful little getaway to a beautiful city with loveable characters, steamy hot sex and a whirlwind romance!!
This was a really sweet book with a very unique twist to it. The hero had just spent the last 5 years in prison and the heroine was this really awesome girl who wanted to help him heal. It was just a really gorgeous, sweet, sexy romance and it had a really wonderful balance of an intriguing storyline, a SWOONY romance, crazy hot sex, but also really great character development, and a nicely paced relationship (no insta-love). Just my kind of read!!
This standalone was a sexy, daring, and powerful debut novel that told a beautifully written forbidden romance spanning three decades. But it was also very different than I was expecting — it was actually more “Women’s Fiction” than full Romance but with a very intense love story running throughout it. So at first, it took me a while to adjust to that genre difference but my gosh, the writing was stunning and Troy & Shayda’s love story will stay with me for a long time.
This was a beautifully written mature YA standalone romance about two childhood friends who are reunited in high school and fall in love. The hero has Asperger’s and the heroine loves him unconditionally. This is their love story.
“When you love someone, their differences fall away. I don’t look at him and see anything but HIM.”
This was a beautiful, emotional standalone romance about a woman whose husband dies and donates his organs. She spirals into misery but then searches for the people who benefitted from his death and… “The heart that once fell in love with her now resides in Alexander McBride’s chest.”
“I want to be touched. I want to be held. I want Zander, the man carrying my husband’s heart, to wrap me up in him.
This erotic standalone second chance romance hooked me right from the prologue and I literally read this whole book in one sitting. It was fast-paced, emotional, addictive, and SCORCHING H-O-T!!!!!! Also, it was bit shorter than most (180 pages) so great for when you don’t have time for a long book. No cliffhanger! I highly recommend it!!
“I would have sacrificed everything to make your dreams come true.”
To be continued…
And again, in case you missed the previous years’ lists….
- LIST of BEST BOOKS READ IN 2013
- LIST of BEST BOOKS READ IN 2012
- LIST of ALL REVIEWS - sorted alphabetically
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Also, even though I read them a while ago, I also want to add in my top favorite series of all time. They are just breathtaking — the most epic love story I’ve ever read. I can’t recommend them highly enough!!
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I’d love to hear from YOU now!!
What have been your favorite books you’ve read this year so far??
Just comment below and let me know!
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