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Don’t tell my husband, but I fell in love with another man this year. His name is B. Tyler Grady and my fictional heart belongs to him. I finally jumped on the snarky, smexy and sweet ride of the Cut & Run train, and I loved (almost) every second of it. It was nearly impossible selecting which book of the series would claim the honor as my favorite, but after reliving my updates, I realized this installment in the series sated every wish and desire I had. I loved it. Absolutely, positively loved it.
This is where I’m supposed to list my top books of the year….and as much as I want to, seriously, you don’t want to see my list. It’s a tad bit lengthy….
It has come to my attention that I am a star slut.
Yup. Nearly 34% of the books I consumed during 2013 ranked 4.5 or 5 full glorious stars.
But wait! Before you give me a hard time, let me tell you why.
Near the end of the previous year I fell into the m/m ocean and barely came up for air. I literally jumped in with both feet with my first m/m read being Special Forces. After surviving my near death experience with this brilliant masterpiece I began my obsession with The Administration. Flip Hot Head in the mix and it was clear I was an absolute goner and there was no going back.
So, this past year was a fierce game of catch up. I had a never-ending-to-read list and continuous recommendations from friends.
Between Cut & Run, Psycop, The Market Garden series, and The Rifter, I had nearly two dozen kick-ass reads. Toss in two dozen solid stand-alones like; Glitterland, Illumination and Bad Idea and I rounded out an incredible book year. And in all honestly, I sure as hell can’t complain. I was a happy, satisfied reader for the majority of 2013.
(What’s all the fuss about?):
“Touch & Geaux (Cut & Run #7)” by Abigail Roux – Not sure where to begin with this one. I had a major love/hate relationship with this book. It hurt me. Seriously damaged me and I still ache when I think about it. I had high expectations and they were not met. I was so relieved when the last page appeared and I have no desire to relive the struggles and trauma from this book. Do I still love the boys? With every beat of my heart. Am I counting the days till Ball & Chain? You bet your sweet ass I am.
(Why haven’t more people read this?):
“Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding (Strawberries for Dessert #2)” by Marie Sexton – I truly adored Jon and Cole in the Coda series. This counts as one of the times that I give major props to the author, Marie Sexton, for I did not enjoy Jon or Cole when I first met them. However, it didn’t take long and I was smitten with both of them, especially Cole. Their future has never looked so bright and I am beyond thrilled that I was able to witness their dream come true. If you haven’t read it, you are missing out and I encourage you to add it to your tbr.
(didn’t know what to expect or the story caught you off guard or anything that just…surprised you…):
“The Ghost on My Couch” by LA Gilbert – Wow. This was a pleasant sneaking addition to my top reads this year. Alex and Sid stole my heart. I was not anticipating such a fabulous story, but I certainly was rewarded with one. It was pure flufftastic bliss and I couldn’t get enough.
(I’d buy anything these authors write, without a doubt):
Jordan Castillo Price
I have a couple others that will most likely make the list next year, but I’ve only been able to check off one book from their shelves so far. I expect my list will continue to grow.
I hit a brick wall this summer and found out the hard way I have limits when it comes to my reading desires. I was anxiously following along, ignoring blurbs and reviews and relying solely on recommendations from others. Welllll, I found out that comfort zones can differ…drastically, from one reader to another. I no longer blindly go into a book. I know what does not work for me, and I have learned to avoid these triggers to save myself agony. I can respect that we all enjoy and look at stories from different perspectives; this is not a bad thing, it adds flavor & spice. I will never judge others for what they enjoy, but I will not subject myself to something that crosses comfort lines for me. I read for pleasure and enjoyment and know that is okay to say ‘no thanks’ if I’m not feeling a book.
I did enjoy dipping my toes in new experiences and my eyes were opened to lots of new things. I look forward to many more ‘firsts’ in the future
I can only hope that this upcoming year blesses me as much as 2013. I had a couple of lows, a few ‘what in the world did I just read?,’ but for the most part, I had a great time falling in love again and again. I simply can’t wait for more. I’ve got a feeling bigger and better things await me, and I am eager to tell you all about it! Wishing you all the same for your new year. Lots of love and blessing for you and your loved ones.
Here’s to an abundantly awesome 2014!