One of my favorite things to do is read. I love that there are so many books available to match whatever reading personality you have or if you're interested in trying on a different book you totally can. There have been books I read or tried to read that I just couldn't do, but _(fill in the blank)_ absolutely loved it and that's okay; just like I don't like milk.
What do I look for in a book?
Romance - if a book doesn't have the love aspect, or even the hint of it I just can't get through it.
Simple - interesting that this is my 2015 word...I don't like to have to remember or dig deep into a plot, so most of the stuff I read is simple, surface stories.
Those two pretty much sum up the must haves for me, so keep that in mind when I'm telling you how awesome these books are. They were all 5 star reads, which basically means I couldn't put them down or didn't want to put them down.
Driven Series by K. Bromberg I never really did a full review of this series. I didn't find out about it until there was already a huge support group and like several others I became obsessed. I've read the entire thing at least twice and it's a long series. With this series, each book kept getting better and better. There are other companion novels coming out in this series that deal with other characters and I'm really looking forward to them, starting with Slow Burn out March 3, 2015.
Call Series by Emma Hart swept me into the world of a call girl and the first boy she ever loved. I could. not. put. it. down. It looks like it's not available as a set anymore, but again, it's one of those series I've read at least twice. Reminiscing makes me want to read it again!
Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren strays from these first two in the fact that the main male character isn't filthy rich. Hey, in my fantasies I love a. a guy with money and history. b. a manly guy, alpha male. Finn falls under the manly guy! This one too is part of a series, but each book is about a different character so I don't view them as a complete set. I would say you need to read Sweet Filthy Boy first to know how Vegas went down a little bit.
Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan deals with a different kind of hero. There are aspects you need to experience in this story, so I won't give too much away but know that this was a stand out read for me and even though I haven't read it again I imagine someday when I've read all the books on my TBR list (yeah right) I'll read it again.
Making Faces by Amy Harmon is one I had to start multiple times to get into. There's a long part at the beginning that shows you the past and it went on forever without any movement in the story. However, once I finally got past the beginning and into the depth of the story I was struggling to put it down and live life. Like Archer's Voice, this is a different kind of hero and alpha male that I absolutely loved.
Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay was a hugely successful book in 2013 but I put off reading it in favor of stories I thought would be easier to get through. I had heard the first half of the story and for someone that has a tendency to skim that just didn't sound like a book I could get through. However, after multiple friends insisted I read it I prevailed.
These next two are by Colleen Hoover and she put out two really great books this year. There's a bit of a twist to both of these and as someone that never sees those coming, I absolutely loved it. I don't want to give something away which is likely to happen, so go ahead and just take my word for it and add them to your TBR if they sound good in the synopsis, mmmkay?!
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover and Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Jenna's Cowboy by Sharon Gillenwater is the one book not like the rest, lol. It's actually a Christian romance and it was oh so sweet! Cowboys?! I'm in!
All You Need is Love by Marie Force was part of my latest reading challenge and I'm so glad I picked it up. I won't be moving to Vermont anytime soon, but I'm definitely daydreaming about a trip there next Winter. This story starts what looks to be 10 books about a family of siblings and I love series like that.