Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Favorite Books of 2015

Life According to Steph


If you haven't logged into your Goodreads recently, they have a really cool thing that shows you your Year in Books. I learned a lot about my reading this year, including that I don't do good with reading challenges, lol.

I read A LOT and with an average rating of 4.4, most of them were really good but only a few made my Favorite Books of 2015!!

Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley is by far my favorite out of the MC books I read this year. Seriously, check out this biker book that touches the heart strings and check out my full review for MORE! *****

Synopsis: The ride of her life . . .
Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy---until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . .
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa---or ride away forever . . .


Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren was highly anticipated for fans of the Beautiful Bastard series. I really didn't think Finn from Dirty Rowdy Thing could be topped but I absolutely could not stop thinking about him after I read that book through a couple times. Niall, this shy, one woman guy really Jekyll and Hyde kind of thing. He would be so subdued and then say the dirtiest thing and I loved it. Way more than FIVE stars for this one.

Synopsis: AN UPTIGHT BRITISH EXECUTIVE. AN ADVENTUROUS AMERICAN NEWBIE. A SEXY INTERNATIONAL SCANDAL IN THE MAKING.

New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secret for an erotic intercontinental romp that celebrates the best of both worlds!

When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?


The Royal We by Heather Cocks ***** This was soooo good and I'm so glad Kristen raved about it so I could add it to my TBR list. If you loved anything to do with the Royal shenanigans and love story of William and Kate, even just a little bit; especially the Lifetime movie this book is totally for you. I laughed, I cried, HUGE tears at several parts and I loved almost every second of it. It was a little long winded for me with LOTS of detail so I ended up skipping a lot toward the end but I wish I could experience it again for the first time and that is a good sign for a book!

Synopsis: American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.


I read a lot of series books this year, but one of them stands out in my mind and it's thanks to browsing at Target, of course!! All You Need is Love by Marie Force is a book I picked up on a whim at Target one day because it looked Wintery with the snow covered mountain. I had no idea I would absolutely fall in love with the series and want to visit Vermont because of it or find a new author I absolutely love and introduce me to a different series!

Maid for Love by Marie Force starts off another long series, this one based on an island off the city where people must take a ferry back and forth. I loved this first one because it had a guy stepping in to become a daddy and those are just my favorite kinds of reads! This might still be available as a free download on Amazon!

Synopsis: Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.


Those are my top FOUR books of 2015. The ones I think everybody should read at some point if they're looking for a good romance story!

11 comments:

  1. I love a good MC book from time to time and it's not often that I run across a fellow blogger who does, too. I have Ride Steady on my Goodreads TBR list, but after reading your take on it, I think I will bump it up some.

    Have a wonderful New Year!

    http://edb214.blogspot.com/2015/12/show-us-your-books-best-of-2015.html

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  2. I loved The Royal We too, but okay is it seriously a Lifetime movie too, or is there just something similar?? Maid for Love sounds really cute too!

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  3. The Royal We was a favorite of mine as well!! I couldn't put it down! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. 162 books... girl... you are my hero!

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  5. oh i just discovered that 'my year in books' thing. so fun! i love learning about what i read and any patterns. fun!
    yay the royal we! loved it and you know i love the lifetime movie hahahaha.
    just 'bought' maid for love, sounds adorable and you can't go wrong with free!

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  6. To think... I was so proud of reading 43 books haha I don't know how you found the time to read 162! That's amazing :) And I'm jealous haha

    Amanda
    http://anchoredtosunshine.com

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  7. I definitely want to read The Royal We next year! I think that every single blogger that read this book has ranted and raved about it, and I need to get a copy in my hands!

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  8. So many bloggers talking about The Royal We. I don't even think it's on my TBR yet.

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  9. Its so cool that you kept track of all of the book you read in 2015...I so need to do that for 2016!

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