Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Top Picks for 2016!

My Review:

Shalvis is back with another new series that will have you falling head over heels in love with the characters, the town and a dog named Thor who may or may not look like a cat. :-)

Ever since her parents passed away Pru has spent her time trying to make up for there mistake. She has done everything possible for those who were affected by the accident and now it's Finn O'Rileys turn. Although she has helped him already she wants to see him happy and is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.

Finn's father passed in the accident and he had to leave college to come to take care of his younger brother. Now he owns a successful bar but he doesn't have the time for fun or women anymore at least not until Pru comes into his life. Secrets will be revealed and feelings will build but Finn will have to decide if he can get passed these secrets and hold on to the woman he has grown to love.

I want to start off by saying I absolutely fell in love with this book from the set up of the story to each one of the characters. Pru was selfless, fun and just had this way about her that I loved. Finn is smart, drool worthy and a protector by nature. These two characters just worked. Finn has been added to my book boyfriend list for sure!

Finn and his friends pull Pru into join there group and what a group they are! I couldn't find one person that I didn't like. I enjoyed there closeness and how well they got along. Shalvis wrote them with such humor that made them just come to life. I am really excited to read about each and everyone of them when that time comes.

This is a classic Shalvis story that is filled with humor, love and banter. It also has a little drama but it's shortly lived. There is no guessing on what will happen with this couple once everything comes to light.

This book takes place in San Francisco which was a nice change. Shalvis describes the scenery and buildings perfect. I've never been but just hearing about it makes me want to hop on a plane.

With the Lucky Harbor series we got words of wisdom from the characters when each chapter started.

In Heartbreaker Bay we get hashtags and I have to say some of them are hilarious!!

If you loved Lucky Harbor I guarantee you will fall in love with Heartbreaker Bay! I am definitely looking forward to reading more of this series in the new year.

This is a must read!

Expected publication: June 28th 2016 by Avon

My Review: 
Holy hell! What an outstanding first book in a brand new series by Jordan! I can honestly say I don't think I ever read a romance book where the hero is an inmate in prison. Just the plot and the uniqueness of this story made me want to read it. 

Knox has been incarcerated in Devils rock for 8 years for murder. Although he is supposed to get out someday he feels like it's so far away and is just trying to survive day to day. When a fight breaks out Knox is taken to get checked out by medical and meets the new nurse. He knows he isn't good enough for a good girl like Briar. 

Briar is a nurse and only going to be working at Devils rock until they hire a new medical staff. When Knox comes in all banged up she is scared of him but yet she feels something else she is not familiar with. When Briar and other staff are taken hostage Knox comes to the rescue but when Briar returns word is he is out and she knows she will never see him again. 

I really liked this book. I liked it so much I had to stay up and finish it. Knox seems so hard and not caring but little by little you can see how Briar is getting to him. 

These two really don't have much of a relationship other then sex. Jordan wrote these scenes with lots of details and naughty words. With some books you only get one big scene but not with this one. There are multiple scenes of these two together and wow are they hot! 

The characters were written really well and they were interesting. We meet North who is Knoxs brother and who happens to be in devil rock with him and Reid who is the head of "the gang" in Devils rock. I can't wait to see what Jordan will have happen to these two bad boys. 

In this story a second story starts to form and will continue over to book 2 which I am seriously excited for. It's Reid's and wow it just sounds like it will be excellent. 

Overall this is a brand new series I am looking forward too and can't wait for everyone to meet the men of Devils Rock!

Expected publication: March 29th 2016 by Avon

My Review:
This is a different book from Lemmon of what I become to expect from her but I loved it. In this book Lemmon pushes the boundaries of a hero that I loved, hated and wanted to rescue. 

The story starts off with Tucker being released from prison and looking to finally make his dad pay for the horrible past he and his bother endured. What Tucker doesn't plan is to run in Morgan. 

Morgan is having the worst birthday. She finds out her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend. After walking to get wine to get drunk to forget this day she runs into Tucker. Morgan doesn't realize that her whole life is about to change. 

I loved how the story progresses from them knowing each other from high school, to becoming friends of sorts and then becoming lovers. I wasn't sure how it would turn out but I was very pleased with ending. 

One of the things I loved about this story was how Lemmon had Tucker and Morgan's sides. I loved knowing what both characters were thinking and feeling while all the craziness was going on. 

I haven't read many books with the hero being a virgin and yup Tucker was one! I understood why and well that mainly has to do with his messed up past. Finally when he and Morgan got together I wanted scream with glee. 

This story was deep and showed that with the right person standing by you people can begin to heal from whatever ghosts they may have. 

I loved the ending and how it was wrapped up. I'm grateful that Lemmon didn't have them get married, engaged or have a baby. She leaves it open to where they will decide together what will be next for them. 

If you love Lemmon's bad boys with an twist you will definitely enjoy Tucker. Add this to your tbr for January 2016!

Expected publication: January 19th 2016 by Loveswept

My Review:
This was my first Gerard book and I couldn't put it down. It was filled with nonstop suspense and surprises at every turn. 

Bobby is a military contractor and is currently on a job overseas. Normally women are a distraction and you can never tell if you are being set up but there is something about Talia that draws him in. 

Talia is working a job and her supervisors want information that Bobby has. She is to do whatever it takes to get that even if it means sleeping with him. As the week goes on the more she falls for him but when Bobby returns back to the hotel room she is gone. 

One of the things I loved about this book was it was done in 3 parts: when Bobby and Talia meet, then 6 years later , and the end. There story was filled with love, betrayal and terrorist at every turn. 

Gerard did a fantastic job in describing even the tiniest details that helped make this book feel real. I loved the characters and how they came together. I didn't find anything about this book that was boring or slow. I was dying to know what would happen with every turn of the page. 

Since this was the first book I have read in this series I had no idea who the previous characters were from the earlier books but I did love their funny banter and how well they worked together while on missions. 

Yes this is a romantic suspense but it was more of the suspense that captured me. The ending was done well and all things that were left undecided were wrapped up. After reading this I definitely want to start this series from the beginning and enjoy the ride Gerard takes me on. 

A pre order must for 2016!!

Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Pocket Books

My Review:
Sands is back with another Argeneau book! I still can't believe this is book 23 and it looks like Sands doesn't plan to stop! 

Mary is driving in her RV to go to the campground her friends own. This is the first time she is going alone since her husband passed away last year. While driving she runs over something but when she stops to check it out she doesn't see anything so she continues on her journey until she finds a naked man in bedroom who definitely needs medical attention. 

Dante was kidnapped, drugged and stripped but he escaped. The only thing he didn't plan on was running right into a RV and being run over by his life mate. Now he has to find out who kidnapped him and his brother, get Mary to agree to spend forever with him and get his twin back all in matter of weeks. This won't be easy but Dante is up for the challenge. 

In the past few years I have pretty much given up on paranormal romance but this series is still one that I enjoy reading. Sands does an awesome job with writing these characters and the sense of humor she brings with them. There were so many parts that I had a good laugh at. 

We met the twins so many books ago so I wasn't sure what Dante's story would be like but I really enjoyed it. It took sometime for me to like Mary but when she told her story of her marriage I felt torn between feeling sorry for her and wanting to give her a high five. She was one strong tough as hell woman. 

The one issue I did have was seeing her as 62. Honestly I didn't want to think about her getting it on with Dante but I am happy how it turned out and how Sands had them come together as a couple. 

Normally the mortals kind of freak out when they are told about the immortals so I was kind of surprised how well Mary actually took it and understood the rules and such. Like a said before she was strong for a heroine. 

Of course we get to see some previous characters from other books which is always a plus especially if you already read there story. I would have liked to see more of them but I understand not everyone could be in this one. 

Overall I was happy with the ending. It doesn't leave on a cliffhanger but it does set up for the next book because they need to find Dante's twin. Yippee! So yes it looks like 
Tomasso's story is next and it takes place in Venezuela!! 

A must read for all Argeneau fans!! 

Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Avon

My Review:
Proby has another hit series on her hands with her brand new series Fusion. This is the first book in the series and wow I couldn't put it down. 

In this book we meet Addie who owns 1/5 of the brand new successful restaurant Seduction. Although the restaurant is doing great her love life has seen better days until the sexy ex rock star shows up looking for a job. Addie is determined to find the right guy for her and she is convinced Jake is not it but Jake is about to prove her wrong. 

Jake had an successful career but after his band broke up he decided he liked producing but lately he has missed singing and playing his guitar. When he first sees Addie he knows he has to get to know her because there is something about her. Playing Seduction is just what he needs in his life and it also brings him closer to the woman he wants. 

I'm going to start with the characters first... I loved them!! I liked that this series is about 5 best friends who are business partners. There conversations are real, funny and so entertaining. I couldn't help but fall in love with each and everyone of them. Addie was strong, independent, successful and unique in so many ways. Jake was the bad boy who grew up and became a man who was more then a rock star. He was absolutely delicious! 

Addie and Jake had some great chemistry and not just in the bedroom. They joked, laughed and had some deep conversations that brought them closer together. 

The sex scenes are detailed and it just so happens there are more then one and some contain dirty words. Ladies look out Jake is a stud! 

As far as the plot goes again props for it being 5 women who owned their own successful restaurant. Majority of the book takes place there and I have to say Proby made it feel so real with the way it was described. 

As I was reading I was waiting for something real dramatic to happen such as a kidnapping or something like that but overall I was extremely happy how it went. 

I liked how Proby went into all the losers Addie dated and had her character grow and learn from each one to finally find "the one

This is a new series I am looking forward to reading and I can't wait for the next book!! 

If you loved the with me series you will you will fall in love with this new compelling series by Proby coming April 2016! 

Expected publication: April 12th 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks

My Review: *spoiler*
Foster delivers another strong and entertaining novel in the Ultimate series. In this book we finally get Armie and Merissa woo hoo! I was hoping it would be worth the wait and oh man I completely devoured this book in one sitting. 

In the previous books adding up this one we see the attraction between Armie and Merissa and with each book it grows. This story starts off with them basically avoiding one another and Armie telling her she deserves better. Then the action starts. Merissa's bank is robbed and Armie is there to save her. They become closer and then sure enough they both get on the same page. 

What made this couple so believable was the past books and what they had to go through to get to the "now". Did they rush into a relationship? Not at all since it has been building over time which I happened to love. It kept me intrigued on what would happen and when. 

Without giving a lot away Merissa has a hell of a couple weeks and Armie does in his own way. These characters are both going through different things but when they are together they are stronger. 

One of my favorite parts that is also a laugh out loud moment is when Merissa writes " Rissy was here" in permanent marker on Armies ass. The way Foster wrote that scene was absolutely hilarious. 

This book is a great addition to this series and while this looks like the last book fear not! It looks like the bodyguards will each get there own book! * happy dance* hopefully Leeses book will be the first in the brand new series! 

Add this to you TBR for February 2016!!!

Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by HQN Books

My Review:
I love when I find new authors to read and Martin just happens to be one of them. This is the first book I have read by her and wow I fell in love with fast paced world she has built. 

Ethan is an ex homicide detective who is now working for his cousin who owns a bodyguard type business. He is brought in because some threatening letters were sent to 10 models. Since there is a big lingerie show coming up they are taking no chances. What Ethan didn't expect is to fall for Valentine. 

Valentine is more then just a pretty face. She is only doing this to earn money to finish her degree to become a veterinarian. The last thing she has time for is a man in her life. But the more Ethan is around protecting her the more she wants him but first he has a killer to catch. 

I really liked the plot and I wondered if Martin was watching the Victoria secret fashion show to get an idea for this book. :-) The descriptions of the models and materials they wore made it easy to picture everything. 

The characters were just awesome and likable. In this books we meet so many characters sometimes it was hard to keep track but the main ones always ended up standing out which was a plus.

I really liked the mystery that was brought to the story. Who was this guy(s)? What did they want? It was all just so fast paced I didn't realize I was almost to the end of the story. Of course when it came to guessing the bad guys I only got it half right but it was the whole journey that was fun and exciting. 

I am really looking forward to this series and I can't wait to see where Martin takes these new characters. In this book you meet the characters and the challenges they have in this book. Yippee! This is one romantic suspense series I am looking forward to in 2016!
Expected publication: January 26th 2016 by Zebra

My Review:
This book I felt was definitely more of a suspense then a romance since the romance doesn't really come alive until about half way. With that being said I think this series has some great potential. 

Rob entered his four younger siblings in witness protection after someone broke into there family home to kill them. Now with his father in prison it's up to him to find out who has the hit on his family and figure out how to keep distance between him and a sexy school teacher. 

Adri knows Rob isn't telling the whole truth on who he is or why is younger brother hardly speaks but there attraction is off the charts. She must decide if he's worth saving or if she should let it go but the closer they become the more she can't let him go. 

This series starts off with a hit on the family and needless to say it's not finished in this book and will pick up in the second book. Normally I like when stories finish but I'm so glad this one is keeping me on the edge of my seat. 

Of course this story has romance but it also has action, adventure and a very real threat. Knowing who trust has gone out the window and when death becomes very real it's time for this family to wonder if they should leave their old life forever and start over or go back and finish this war. 

I love how Rob and Ardi walk around there attraction to one another. They don't just fall into bed which is nice but Rob actually wants to take her out which isn't normal for him since he has had his share of hookers and celebrities. 

I loved wondering what would happen and how Desrochers would have this book end. Lee is next and it seems like a certain FBI agent has a crush! Yippee!! Can I just say I'm dying to see what happens with this family and what's next for them? 

The story ends with things a little uncertain for this family but it has 3 more adult siblings to make it more interesting. 

Will they stay in witness protection or will they finally go back to what they grew up around? I'm excited to see where this series goes!

Expected publication: January 19th 2016 by InterMix

My Review:
I really enjoyed this story and the uniqueness of the plot. 

Beth is trying to get over that her ex is now married to her younger sister. Her roommate thinks she needs a night out and definitely needs to get laid. Beth doesn't plan on going through with it until meets Jake aka Mac. After the night they spent together Beth thinks they could maybe have something until she realizes Jake is gone. 

Jake can't stop thinking about Beth but he has a daughter to think about and her well being is more important. Now that he is starting his new job he hopes everything will eventually work out well that is until he realizes not only was Beth not a one night stand but that he will be working closely with her. Can these two make it work? Or will the job come first? 

I really enjoyed Beth and Jake. I like how Jake wanted to help Beth and how quickly they had not only a friendship but it became more. I know Jake was confused on what he wanted but I loved how he fought himself in doing what he thought was right and what he wanted. 

This story had some real cute moments and of course some sabotages to help end Beth's career. I was actually surprised to find out who was behind all the crazy things going on which was nice. I liked that suspense of it. 

I adored how Beth and Jakes daughter took to one another. Although we see Jakes ex and learn the story of while he was starting over I never wanted her in the picture. 

Madison is a new author to me and this book won me over. I am looking forward to reading more of this new unique series. I can't wait to meet the rest of the news team!

Expected publication: March 1st 2016 by Berkley

My Review:
This is the first book in a new series by Kincaid and already I am head over heels in love with it. I'm so glad Alex and Zoe were the first couple for this series. 

Alex is a firefighter and is used to being reckless but one thing is for sure he is damn good at his job. After a bad decision he is forced to do a month of community service or be kicked out. Although not happy about it he does everything he is asked and falls for the one woman he shouldn't, his captains only daughter. 

Zoe always wanted to be a chef and has trained with the best but she wanted more. Now that she is back home she is the director of a soup kitchen in a bad part of town. When Alex shows up for his community service she doesn't think he will make it but with his help everything she ever wanted will come true. 

I loved the suspense of when Alex and Zoe would finally get together. Although it took awhile and a lot flirting the wait was well worth it. These two open up to each other and you can see it's more then sex. They have a great connection. 

So far after reading this book I liked the characters. They stood out and I was so glad Nick made an appearance because I just loved him! 

Although most of this book takes place in the soup kitchen I did love the fire scenes and how they were described. They felt so real. 

I honestly couldn't put this book down! I am really looking forward to this new and exciting series from Kincaid. It's fun, heartwarming and oh so sexy! A must read for 2016!

Expected publication: January 26th 2016 by Zebra

My Review:
Let me start off by saying I am totally loving this series! 

Anya is looking to branch out on her own and her ex won't give her the divorce she has been asking for so when her friend needs help planning her wedding she heads to Santa Fe. Anya isn't looking for love but when she is paired with the best man things start to look up. 

I really liked Anya and Josiah. They didn't start out on good terms but I thought there banter and snarky comments were a version of foreplay. After a few meeting with each other you can total see the attraction between them and I liked how they just seemed more natural with one another. 

One of my favorite parts of the book was when they had the couples bachelor and bachelorette party. They had a great time and I surprised when they played Friends trivia. Lol It was great and since I love that show I'm glad Murray included it in the story. 

I really do enjoy each and every character in this story and series so far. Anya was strong and determined to make a go out of the career she wants. Josiah was smart and had this easy way about him. Although these two were total opposites the way they made it work was awesome. 

The only real issue I had is while reading the author skips over time. An example is It starts somewhere and jumps two weeks later. I'm one of those people who want to know what's happening during that time? 

I also would've liked to see maybe some on field time. Sure the players worked out, watch game footage but I missed the on the field time. Hopefully there will be some in the next book. 

The ending ended up having a epilogue wedding of Anya and Josiah's best friends. I have to say I was so glad it wasn't them. It also had more promise that more Santa Fe Bobcats are coming soon! Yippee!! 

If you love sports romance books this is definitely a book you should read!

Expected publication: January 19th 2016 by InterMix

My Review: 
Novak delivers an exciting and thrilling prequel to a new series that kept me on the edge of my seat. Normally I would skip prequels but this was everything I wasn't expecting and more. 

The characters are as detailed as the scenery and storyline. I had no problem picturing any part of what was going on. In parts even I had chills. One of the things I really enjoyed was the povs. It's always nice to know what other characters are thinking when things are happening. 

20 years ago Dr. Evelyn Talbott found her three best friends dead and she was being held captive by her then boyfriend Jasper. Jasper leaves her for dead but she somehow escapes and is now dedicated to learning how these killers think. Just one problem Jasper is back and not finished with what he started. 

I really liked Evelyn and how strong she was to try and move on from her past. At times I felt for her and all the things she must have gone through. I hope Novak gets in deeper with that in the first book so we get to know more about her. 

In this story we meet Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok who I actually loved right away. Even though Evelyn has gone through so much he may or may not become a love interest for her, but I hope he does. 

Novak adds twists and turns that not only keep you interested but keep your heart pounding. I really can't wait to see what the first book will be like and what happens. If it's anything like the prequel I have to say it's a must read. But I highly recommend reading the Hanover House to start this new adventure Novak takes us on. 

Whiteout (book 1) is due out in September 2016 I can't wait!!! 


  1. Girl, you're killing me with all the early reviews :) Actually, that's awesome these are coming in soooo good! I had to skim, though, b/c I have most of these on the TBR to read VERY soon (like in the next few days!). I'm stoked the new Sophie Jordan book is great b/c I'm really looking forward to that one! I wanted to grab Jeannette's series but I'm bogged down at the moment but I'm glad you're liking that one, too!!!

    You rock! Happy New Year!!!

  2. Now I want to give away one of these you pick I'll buy ! Happy new year !!

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