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 2020 and list our favorites. Today’s list will include all of our favorite books that we read in 2020. Join us for a week of reflecting on our favorites and not so favorite reads, authors, heros, heroines, and series.
I tried to diversify my list a little bit, but it just didn’t happen. These two authors were what 2020 was about for me.
Rock Chick Reawakening (Rock Chick #0.5) by Kristen Ashley: This is the one of the only novellas that I read this year. Kristen Ashley can pack a lot into a novella. It felt like I read a full length book. Daisy just simply made the book. Of course Marcus was no slouch himself. Daisy was so brave and courageous. She really lived life and didn’t apologize for who she was.
Sebring (Unfinished Heroes #5) by Kristen Ashley: This book was amazing. Like probably the one of the best books I’ve read in the past five years. I enjoyed Nick & Olivia’s story. It wasn’t an easy one. I can’t say enough good things about this book and will most likely be talking about it five years from now.
Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews: Ah, the end of Kate & Curran. I didn’t think I would be as satisfied with end of this series as I actually was. Kate & Curran are epic. They will stay with me for a long time to come.
Sommersgate House (Ghosts and Reincarnation #1) by Kristen Ashley: This book came as a surprise to me. I read Fairytale Come Alive and decided to start the series from the beginning. This book was about sacrifice, love, loss, and finding happiness again. Douglas and Julia’s story just brought all the feels.
Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews: This was the first book in the series that I loved. Like love loved. Kate is always ready for anything life throws at her, but facing her father’s warlord was not something she thought would happen without Curran by her side. Wonderful chaos ensues.
Honorable Mentions: Rifts and Refrains by Devney Perry, All the Rage by T.M. Frazier and The Gamble by Kristen Ashley.
I was lucky enough to read some really great books this year. I read less than I normally do, but the quality of books was good, so I’m taking that as a win.
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast (Steampunk Proper Romance #1) by Nancy Campbell Allen: Nancy Campbell Allen was a new find for me this year, and this book is my favorite of hers. The heroine was independent and charming for it, and I loved the gothic setting.
The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L Jensen: I started this audiobook on a whim, and ended up so enthralled I couldn’t stop listening. I really loved the strength of the main character and the intrigue. This was probably my favorite read of the year.
Beauty Tempts the Beast (Sins for All Seasons #6) by Lorraine Heath: This was my favorite of the series. Beast was such a big softie, and I loved watching Althea find herself.
Deal with the Devil (Mercenary Librarians #1) by Kit Rocha: This was a novel full of girl power. The female lead was a total badass, and I loved how self-sufficient she and her crew were.
The Perfect Rake (The Merridew Sisters #1) by Anne Gracie: This was such an entertaining read. I loved how fierce the heroine was in defense of her sisters and how fierce the hero was in defense of her. This was such a sweet romance, it stayed with me long after I finished it.
Honorable Mentions: My Darling Duke (Sinful Wallflowers #1) by Stacy Reid, Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews, The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary.
This year was the year of Kate Daniels for me. I went into one of the biggest reading slumps since I started reading but Kate Daniels saved my reading year because if it came out in that series, I read it…and loved it. So with that said, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that more than one of my top books is from the Kate Daniels series. Here are my top reads of 2020.
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews: This book is probably my favorite read of the year. From beginning to end, I absolutely loved this one. I laughed so much, I cried a bit and just had the best time while reading every word. I freaking love Kate Daniels, I love Curran Lennart and everyone else in her world. This book was sooo good!
The One for You by Roni Loren: This book hit me in my feels. It was such an emotional read, like all of the other books were but this book ended the series on the perfect note and I enjoyed the hell out of it. Kudos to Roni Loren on writing a great series. I adored Kincaid and Ash.
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews: This was another book that I loved from beginning to end. This series is damn near perfection as you can see. I loved this one too!
Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews: This is a novella in the Kate Daniels world but it centers around Julie and Derek and I was so here for it all. This short story made me so thirsty for Blood Heir. I absolutely adored this one.
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews: I was so sad when I was reading this one. I wasn’t ready to let go of this world and with the release of Blood Heir coming, I don’t have to. This was such a great read and it ended Kate’s set of books in such a great way that I’m still thinking about it all this time later. Gah, I love these guys!
Honorable Mentions: Here are the books that I loved but didn’t make the actual list for one reason or other. The first book is Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews, this doesn’t technically come out until this month so I didn’t include it in my list though it’s the bomb. It’s probably going to make my 2021 list for sure. Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews is another book that gets an honorable mention because I loved it, just not as much as the books that made the list. Can you guys tell that I’m straight trash for all things Ilona Andrews?
What were some of your favorite books from the year? Any books that we should add to our TBR piles in 2021? Share your favorites in the comments!