Tuesday, December 31, 2013

For the Love of Books Top 10 Reads of 2013- Lauren

    OMG!  What a year 2013 has been!  As I was looking back through the bazillion books I read this year, trying to narrow it down to ONLY my top 10, I realized that I have read a TON of GREAT books this past year.  There were very few that I didn’t enjoy.  Now, narrowing it down to my top ten was tough!  So I will go ahead and admit, I cheated a little bit.  Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know!  No cheating!  But the way I see it, most of my books belong to a series, and you can’t just post 1 book in a series without posting all of the others J  So here’s my top ten, in no particular order.  Enjoy!  I know I sure did! (My name is Lauren, and I’m a series addict, hehe)

 The Keatyn Chronicles- Stalk Me, Kiss Me, Date Me, Love Me, Adore Me 
by Jillian Dodd
Author Website:   http://jilliandodd.net/   Facebook

Book 1 - Stalk Me***FREE***: Keatyn’s life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She's popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table. But she’s thinking about giving it all up to date an adorable surfer. So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life come together in perfect harmony.  But little does she know, there's someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn't happen.

Book 2 - Kiss Me-    iBooksAmazon, B&NKobo.

Book 3 - Date Me-   iBooks, AmazonB&N, Kobo.

Book 4.5- Adore Me- iBooksAmazonB&NKobo

Book 5- Hate Me -      Release Date: April 12, 2014 
Pre-order links: iBooks or Amazon

Book 6- Come and Get Me-    Release Date:  August 31st, 2014
Pre-order links: iBooks or Amazon


The Mystic Series- Descension, Impassion, Deception, Retribution by B.C. Burgess

Author Website: http://bcburgess.com/   Facebook
A Magical Journey of Epic Romance 
Stretching from coast to coast and teeming with loathed villains and beloved heroes, The Mystic Series is rich with emotion, magic and intrigue. Whether the reader is laughing, crying or falling in love, they'll find themselves invested in Layla's fate through the rich dialogue and emotionally driven characters that weave the web of this fiery tale.
The Mystic Series is a planned 7 book series.
Descension***FREE*** (Mystic Series Book 1)-  Purchase link: Amazon
Impassion (Mystic Series Book 2)-  Purchase link:  Amazon
Deception (Mystic Series Book 3)-  Purchase link: Amazon
Retribution (Mystic Series Book 4)-  Purchase link: Amazon


That Boy Series- That Boy & That Wedding by Jillian Dodd
Author Website:   http://jilliandodd.net/   Facebook
That Boy, book one of the That Boy Series-
You know, being friends with two cute boys does have its benefits. 
There's Danny. Danny is a golden boy in every way. He has dreamy blue eyes and blonde hair that always looks perfect, even when it’s windblown or been stuck under a football helmet. He’s the boy every girl crushes on. The boy I get into trouble with, the boy I fight with, the hot quarterback no girl can resist, not even me. Being with Danny is like being on an adventure. He has a bright, contagious smile and abs to die for. He’s pretty much irresistible.
Equally crush worthy is Phillip. Adorable, sweet Phillip, who I have known since birth.  Phillip has dark hair, a perfect smile, brown eyes, and the sexiest voice I have ever heard. He’s the boy I talk to every night before I go to sleep. The boy who rescues me, the boy who can read my mind, the boy who is always there for me, the boy who tries to keep me out of trouble, the boy who irritatingly keeps getting hotter, and whose strong arms always seem to find their way around me.  And when he gives me that grin, I can never say no.
One boy will give me my very first kiss. One boy will teach me to make out. One boy will take me to prom. And finally, one boy will ask me to marry him. They will both be my best friends. But only one of them will be the boy I fall in love with.
Only one of them is That Boy.
Amazon,  Barnes & NobleKobo, and iBooks.
Follow That Boy on Twitter and Facebook.

That Wedding, book two of the That Boy Series


Wallbanger- Alice Clayton
Author Website:   http://aliceclayton.com/     Facebook
Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a Kitchen Aid mixer to die for, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O. Adding insult to O-less, she also has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Every moan, spank, and—was that a meow?—punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has—yep, you guessed it—no O. Enter Simon Parker. When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has…well…mixed results. Because with walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick. A delicious mix of silly and steamy, this is an irresistible tale of exasperation at first sight.
Amazonhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=awhloofno02-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00B73MULG   Barnes & Noble


The Redhead Series- The Unidentified Redhead, The Redhead Revealed, and The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice Clayton
Author Website:   http://aliceclayton.com/    Facebook
The Unidentified Redhead- When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality—or at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry's newest “it” boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career…and his? 

Funny, borderline neurotic Grace is perfect in her imperfections, and the sexual chemistry between her and charming yet blissfully unaware Jack is off the charts. With laugh-out-loud dialogue and a super-steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the paparazzi has never been so fun.

The Redhead Revealed (Book 2)-   Amazonhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=awhloofno02-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00B73MUM0 Barnes & Noble

The Redhead Plays Her Hand (Book 3)-   Amazon   Barnes & Noble


The Ariya Adams Trilogy- Protected and Awakened by Anna Applegate
Author Website:  http://www.annaapplegate.com     Facebook
Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)
At the start of her senior year at Kingsbrook College, a small school in Northern Michigan, Ariya Adams has a perfectly normal existence. Determined to make this her best year yet, she attends her classes and hangs out with the friends she has come to love more than life.
That is until the arrival of the sexy and mysterious transfer student James Rymer, who captivates her affections almost instantly. With her emotions on the fritz for no apparent reason, and unsure if he shares her feelings, Ariya finds herself on an emotional rollercoaster in which everything she knows and loves is questioned.
When fantasy and reality mix, Ariya’s world is turned upside down and she learns that “normal” isn’t what she thought it was. Danger soon comes for her and she discovers that everyone has been keeping secrets from her. The battle between one’s duty and what feels right will have to be fought and it may be a struggle for Ariya to stay alive. When Ariya’s life and the lives of the people she cares for most are endangered, she learns to never underestimate the power of blood.
Purchase links:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Awakened (Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)
Purchase links:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Rock Chick Series by Kristen Ashley
Based in Denver, the Rock Chick Series is eight books that take you on the wild ride of the courtships of the Rock Chicks and the Hot Bunch.
Rock Chick-  Indy & Lee  Amazon    B & N  iTunes

Rock Chick Rescue- Jet & Eddie   Amazon   B & N   iTunes

Rock Chick Redemption- Roxie & Hank   Amazon   B & N   iTunes

Rock Chick Renegade- Jules & Vance   Amazon   B & N   iTunes

Rock Chick Revenge- Ava & Luke   Amazon   B & N   iTunes

Rock Chick Reckoning- Stella & Mace   Amazon   B & N   iTunes

Rock Chick Regret- Sadie & Hector   Amazon   B & N   iTunes

Rock Chick Revolution- Ally & Ren   Amazon   B & N   iTunes


Thoughtless Series- Thoughtless, Effortless, Reckless by S.C. Stephens
About the Series: In this powerful and emotional love story, a young woman in a new city finds herself torn between her handsome, reliable boyfriend, and a sexy local rock star.
Thoughtless (Book 1)-
Purchase links: Amazon   B & N   iTunes
Effortless (Book 2)-
Purchase links: Amazon   B & N   iTunes
Reckless (Book 3)-
Purchase links: Amazon   B & N   iTunes


 Fallen Too Far Series- Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines
Author Website: http://www.abbiglines.com/      Facebook
Fallen Too Far (Book 1)-
To want what you’re not supposed to have… She is only nineteen. She is his new stepfather’s daughter. She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.
Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…  Blaire just may have fallen too far.

Never Too Far (Book 2)-    AMAZON   iTUNES   BARNES & NOBLE

Forever Too Far (Book 3)-    AMAZON  iTUNES  BARNES & NOBLE


Game Series- The Perfect Game, The Game Changer, The Sweetest Game by J. Sterling
Author Website:  http://www.j-sterling.com/   Facebook
The Perfect Game (Book 1)-    Amazon
He's a game she never intended to play.
And she's the game changer he never knew he needed.
The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews and Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind...like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.
They are damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.
Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful... 

The Game Changer (Book 2)-    Amazon

The Sweetest Game (Book 3)-   Amazon

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  1. My favorite read was the Real series by Katy Evans. I loved all of them, Real, Mine, and Remy!!

  2. My favorite read was Forever Too Far, i love Rush!!!

  3. my favorite was the beautiful disaster series by Jamie McGuire!

  4. My Favorite was Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon!! I have my eyes on a couple of your top ten too!!!

  5. My favorite read was Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken!

  6. My favorite read was reckless by S.CStephens

  7. My favorite read would have to be Love me by Jillan Dodd!

  8. It´s difficult to only pick one. I share some of your favorites
    The Keatyn Chronicles by Jillian Dodd,
    Wallbanger by Alice Clayton,
    The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter,
    The longest Holiday by Paige Toon
    and many many others ;)
    Thanks for the giveaway

  9. My favorite read of 2013 is Stephanie Rowe's Series Order of The Blade! Felicity Heaton's Covet Series and Tina Folsom Scansguards Series! <3 Ty for the giveaway!