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Best of 2021: The Series

Posted January 6, 2022 by Casee in Features | 5 Comments

It’s that time of year again. The time where we come together and look over the books that we’ve read over the course of 2021 and list our favorites. Today’s list will include all of our favorite books that we read in 2021. Join us for a week of reflecting on our favorites and not so favorite reads, authors, heroes, heroines, and series.

Casee

Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh: While Archangel’s Light wasn’t my favorite installment in the series, the series itself is still amazing. I am continually enthralled by the world that Nalini has created here.

Realm Enforcers by Rebecca Zanetti: I read this series late in 2021, so it’s still on my mind. Which doesn’t mean anything except that the series is amazing. I read the entire series in less than a month. The characters were so intriguing that I couldn’t stop. I think this is Zanetti’s best series.

Navesink Bank by Jessica Gadziala: I’m kind of cheating here because Navesink Bank isn’t actually a series itself. Jessica Gadziala calls it the Navesink Bank Universe. It’s made of several series that all connect. I have to admit, it’s nice to have old favorites pop up here and there. My favorite series of the Navesink Bank Universe is the Mallick Brothers series. So yummy.

Aurelia Ryder by Ilona Andrews: Do I really need to say anything here?

Clifton Forge by Devney Perry: This is your classic MC type series. It is completely engrossing.

Honorable Mentions: Dominion by Juliette Cross, Getting Some by Emma Chase, Wrecked by Catherine Cowles, and Dark Protectors by Rebecca Zanetti.

Holly

Ever Dark, Ever Deadly by Jenna Collett: I was really into Fairytale retellings in 2021, and this series was one of the better ones I found. Each book is a blend of fairytales. Books 2 and 4 were especially good. I highly recommend them.

Demon Days, Vampire Nights by K.F. Breene: This is a multilayered series that spans several trilogies and spinoffs featuring different characters. I loved the world-building and the characters.

Class 5 by Michelle Diener: I read more Sci-Fi in 2021 than I usually do, in part because of this series. The books are romance-lite, but I hardly noticed. I was fully invested in the thinking AI’s and the way they bonded with their humans.

Sarazen Saga by Isabel Wroth: What a crazy ride this series was. There’s a lot going on in this series. I was never bored or impatient while reading. I was fully invested in each character and story.

Dominion by Juliette Cross: I really loved the books in this series. The overall theme has shades of Nalini Singh, which worked well for it. I loved the strong women and the world.

Honorable Mentions: The Little Coven by Isabel Wroth, Dark Planet Warriors by Anna Carven, Getting Some by Emma Chase and Sins for All Seasons by Lorraine Heath.

What was your favorite series in 2021?


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Best of 2021: The Authors

Posted January 4, 2022 by Casee in Features | 7 Comments

It’s that time of year again. The time where we come together and look over the books that we’ve read over the course of 2021 and list our favorites. Today’s list will include all of our favorite books that we read in 2021. Join us for a week of reflecting on our favorites and not so favorite reads, authors, heroes, heroines, and series.

Casee

Rebecca Zanetti: I’ve enjoyed Rebecca Zanetti’s books for years. Her books are incredibly immersive. I’ve loved most of the books she’s written. From paranormal to dystopian to romantic suspense; she writes it all.

Devney Perry: This is a relatively new-to-me author. I read a book she wrote in the Rifts & Refrains series. It was really good so I glommed most of her backlist. I still have a few more of her books to read & that’s very exciting.

Jessica Gadziala: This is a new-to-me author that I found randomly on GoodReads. The books sounded decent so I headed over to Amazon to buy a few. Imagine my surprise when I found all her books are on Kindle Unlimited. I glommed her for months. I think there were a few months there in the summer that the only author I read was her. Her characters are fascinating and I love how all the books are connected somehow.

A.L. Jackson: A.L. Jackson has been on my Best of Authors list for the last three years. I discovered her in 2019. I’ve read almost all her books & have yet to be disappointed. They are very emotional

Catherine Cowles: This is another new-to-me author. Her books pack quite the emotional punch. Her heroes are to die for. Heroines are pretty badass too.

Honorable Mentions: Cassandra Robbins, Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, and Kristen Ashley.

Holly

This year I chose new-to-me authors that I binge-read in 2021. I didn’t love every book I read by them, but I enjoyed them enough to glom their books/series.

Jenna Collett: Collett has a series of fairytale retellings I really enjoyed. Her writing is wonderful and I enjoyed the girl power theme in her books.

Isobel Wroth: I binge-read a ton of Wroth’s novels this year. She reminded me a lot of Kristen Ashley – in a good way. Imaginative and creative, her world-building and female friendships kept me coming back for more.

Anna Carven: I struggled with Carven’s writing early on, until I realized some of her books had been released as serials and then just combined. After that I easily fell into her world. She writes imaginative stories full of detail and relatable characters.

Juliette Cross: I love that Cross can do both light-hearted and darker novels. I read and enjoyed two different series by her, and they were so different you’d never know the same author wrote them.

Melanie Karsak: I first discovered Karsak’s steampunk novels, which I really enjoyed. Then I tried her Shield-Maiden series and I was hooked. Anyone who watched Vikings and loved Lagertha should try her.

Honorable Mentions: Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Sherry Thomas, Michelle Diener, Hailey Edwards and Molly Harper.

Who were your favorite authors in 2021?


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Best of 2021: The Books

Posted January 3, 2022 by Casee in Features | 7 Comments

It’s that time of year again. The time where we come together and look over the books that we’ve read over the course of 2021 and list our favorites. Today’s list will include all of our favorite books that we read in 2021. Join us for a week of reflecting on our favorites and not so favorite reads, authors, heroes, heroines, and series.

Casee

Lucky Stars (Ghosts and Reincarnation #5) by Kristen Ashley: I read this book very early in the year, but I still remember it. It’s a second-chance romance with a few ghosts thrown in. It was typical Kristen Ashley fare and I was hooked.

Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews: At the end of 2020, I struggled to start this book. I finished the Kate Daniel series in 2020 & I didn’t want it to be over. So I procrastinated. Then I read it, & omg you guys, it was amazing. Aurelia was just so like Julie, but not like her at all. Seeing the short glimpse of Derek & I all for this series. I can’t wait for the next book.

Give Me a Reason (Redemption Hills #1) by A.L. Jackson: For me, A.L. Jackson has never missed. There is not one book she’s written that I didn’t like. This book went beyond like and straight into love. It’s the first in a new series. Both Trent & Eden are amazing characters.

Tin Queen (Clifton Forge #5) by Devney Perry: I’m really disappointed that I didn’t review this book. It took me awhile to love it, but when I did? Holy crap, this was a good book. There is romance, intrigue, family secrets, and a happy ending. This book stayed with me long after I finished it. Nova was so badass. Plus she admitted when she was wrong, which made her a better character than she already was.

Wicked Bite (Realm Enforcers #5) by Rebecca Zanetti: This is probably my favorite book of 2021. I enjoyed Bear and Nessa so much. Their struggle was very real. I hope to bring you guys this review sometime this month. It was a fabulous book.

Honorable Mentions: Fallen Jester by Devney Perry, Archangel’s Light by Nalini Singh, and Come to Me Recklessly by A.L. Jackson.

Holly

Murder on Cold Street (Lady Sherlock #5) by Sherry Thomas: I somehow missed this series when it was first released, which turns out to be a blessing because I was able to binge-read it. I loved all the books, but this one stood out for me. Charlotte, Watson and the whole cast of characters is really wonderful here.

Hot as Hades by Alisha Rai: This is the Hades/Persephone story I’ve been waiting for. I loved everything about it…except that it ended too quickly.

Heart (Ghost Mountain Wolf Shifters #2) by Audrey Faye: This series was another new discovery for me in 2021. I liked all the books I read in the series, but this one was my favorite. The focus on the pack submissives and letting those who were abused and traumatized find their own power was wonderful.

Wild Sign (Alpha & Omega #6) by Patricia Briggs: Briggs is always a favorite, and I love Charles and Anna, but I especially loved learning more about Leah in this book. Although this isn’t my favorite book in the series, it was definitely an awesome book.

Shatter the Dark (Ever Dark, Ever Deadly #4) by Jenna Collett: This was such a great book. I really loved the nod to Hansel and Gretel and Beauty and the Beast. Both MCs were well-written and really grew over the course of the novel.

Honorable Mentions: The Half-Life of Marie Curie by Lauren Gunderson, Chaos Reigning (Consortium Rebellion #3) by Jessie Mihalik and Boyfriend (Moo U #1) by Sarina Bowen.

What were your favorite books in 2021?


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Best of 2020: The Series

Posted January 8, 2021 by Casee in Features | 5 Comments

We’re back with a new best of 2020 post today, aren’t you excited? 🙂 A huge chunk of the books that we all read is part of a series. Whether it’s a new series or an on-going series or a series that has finished, you’ll see our favorite series of the year listed here.

Casee

Unfinished Hero by Kristen Ashley: This series was exactly what I needed from Kristen Ashley and I didn’t even know it. It has dark, alpha heroes that seem to be a thing of the past. The men are anti-heroes and they were yummy.

Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews: Holy crap, I can’t believe that I didn’t read this series years ago. I freaking love it and am so excited to read Julie/Aurelia’s book. I (like most KD readers) am not ready to let this series go quite yet.

King by T.M. Frazier: So this is a weird one for me. I love this series as a whole, but the individual books are hit and miss. I ate this series up and I have no regrets.

Ghosts and Reincarnation by Kristen Ashley: I read this series in December. It was exceptional. I couldn’t put the books down.

Reapers MC by Joanna Wylde: This is a new-to-me author that I really enjoyed. I’ve read almost all the books in the series and I was hooked.

Holly

The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series by Hailey Edwards: “Make No Apologies for Surviving” is the theme of this series, and I was here for it. Grier was a wonderful MC, and I loved how she grew in strength and power as the series progressed.

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen: The Bridge Kingdom was probably my favorite read of the year. I loved the world, the characters and the political intrigues of the series. I can’t wait for the next release.

Sins for All Seasons by Lorraine Heath: This was a lovely series from start to finish. I enjoyed my time with the Trewlove family and I was very sorry to say goodbye to them.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: This was such an interesting world, I easily fell into it. I really loved the secondary characters and the storylines.

Crown of Shards by Jennifer Estep: The third book was a little flat by comparison to the first two, but I enjoyed the series as a whole. Evie was a kickass MC and I really loved the way her story progressed.

Honorable Mentions: A Gathering of Dragons by Meljean Brook and Mercenary Librarians by Kit Rocha.

Rowena

Kate Daniels: Are you guys tired of me talking about how much I loved this series this year? Cause it’s still true. Kate Daniels was my top series of the year. I’m so sad it’s over…but I’m looking forward to the new Aurelia Ryder series.

Mercy Thompson: There are few characters that I love more than Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson. Mercy is more low key than Kate is but no less kick ass and I absolutely adore this series. I’m always thrilled to get a new Mercy Thompson book.

Psy-Changeling Trinity: I love Nalini Singh’s paranormal world that she created for the Psy-Changelings and Alpha Night was such a great addition to that new Trinity books so of course it’s on my list of favorite series of the year.

The Iron Covenant: Another spin-off from the Kate Daniels world? Yes, of course, I liked it and of course, I can’t wait for more. Who knew that I would come to love Hugh???

Hidden Legacy: Catalina Baylor and Alessandro Sagredo are killing it in the Hidden Legacy series right now and I’m so here for it so of course, this made my top series list.

What were some of your favorite series that you read in 2020?


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Best of 2020: The Authors

Posted January 7, 2021 by Casee in Features | 3 Comments

Every year, we’re introduced to new books, new authors, and some books and authors we love and some we don’t. Today’s list will include all of our favorite authors that we’ve read and loved over the course of the year. Check it out.

Casee

Kristen Ashley: KA was where it was at for me this year. I read more of her books than any other author. She just has this knack for pulling in a reader even when it gets ridiculous. She’s totally my reading crack.

Nalini Singh: Nalini is on my list every year and this year was no different. Although none of her books were on my Best of Books list, I still adore her and everything she writes.

T.M. Frazier: T.M. Frazier was a new-to-me author this year whom I enjoyed immensely. The books individually might need some work, but she is a goddess when it comes to writing a series.

Ilona Andrews: Ilona Andrews was like Kristen Ashley was for me this year. I couldn’t stop reading her stuff. I can’t wait to read Blood Heir.

Joanna Wylde: This is a new-to-me author as well. I was really into MC romances this year and she really came through.

Holly

Ilona Andrews: Now and forever. <3

Lorraine Heath: Somehow I managed to never read LH until a couple years ago. In 2020, I finally caught up on her most recent series and tackled some of her backlist. She’s definitely an auto-buy for me now.

Hailey Edwards: I discovered Hailey Edwards in 2019, but she became a favorite in 2020. She has an extensive backlist, which makes me very happy.

Danielle L. Jensen: I discovered her this year. So far I’ve only read two of her series, but I really enjoy her writing and look forward to reading her backlist.

Stacy Reid: Reid is another author I discovered in 2020. I probably purchased more books by her this year than any other single author. I still have many of them in my TBR, but I’m looking forward to catching up.

Rowena

Ilona Andrews: My top author of the year is this writing duo right here. I enjoyed every single book that I read by them and I read quite a few of them. I hope they never stop writing.

Lisa Kleypas: I only read one book by Lisa Kleypas this year but I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to her next release so she definitely made this year’s top authors list for me.

Kennedy Ryan: Kennedy Ryan delivered another pair of winners that I read this year so it’s not a surprise to me that she’s on my top authors of the year list. She’s such a great writer that writes such passionate and emotional stories that I’m here for.

Patricia Briggs: Patricia Briggs continues to shine for me and though I didn’t read a lot of her books this year, the one that I did, I loved and can’t wait for more in the coming year.

Nalini Singh: Nalini Singh is another author that I’m not surprised to see here on this list. Alpha Night was a fabulous book and I’m looking forward to more Psy-Changeling goodness in the coming year.

Who were some of your favorite authors of 2020?


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