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2014 YEAR-END REVIEW: Readers’ Choice & Giveaway

We asked readers, writers, bloggers, and reviewers on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and Booklikes:

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE READ of 2014?

By the looks of it, it’s been a GREAT year for books. Lots of choices…some old, some new. Kudos to the authors who write the stories, the agents/editors/proofers/cover artists/publishers who produce the books, and the readers who take the time to read them! See you in 2015!

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GIVEAWAY:

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PRIZE:  $50 gift certificate to your online book retailer of choice AND each of the books listed by our blog team as their favorite books of the year. ALL of these books:

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WINNER SELECTED JANUARY 7th, 2015

 

108 comments on “2014 YEAR-END REVIEW: Readers’ Choice & Giveaway

  1. Tammy
    December 31, 2014

    I just upgraded to this genre in October after reading m/m fanfic for years. After dipping my toe into the vast ocean via Jordan L. Hawk’s Widdershins, because of a special price that came to my attention quite by chance in a daily email, I’ve wasted no time in diving deep into this amazing world. I’ve managed to devour everything by Jordan L. Hawk, moved on to finish everything by KJ Charles, have begun to explore the worlds of Rhys Ford, Harper Fox, Amy Lane and have found the delight and temptation of anthologies. The most surprising book that hooked me and was so commandingly written that I found myself totally immersed, surrendering my preconceived ideas and left totally content, was The Foster Family by Jaime Samms. And don’t even get me started on how incredible the audiobooks are. I read the books first then buy the audiobooks.

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  2. suze294
    December 31, 2014

    Lots of favourites, but I think would go for Kitto, Harper Fox.
    Also enjoyed the Widdershins books and the Magpie books.
    Best wishes for 2015!

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  3. faellie
    December 31, 2014

    Liz Powell’s Hunted and Renae Kaye’s The Shearing Gun both took me to places and situations that have stuck in the mind this year.

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  4. Allison
    December 31, 2014

    There are so many of my favorites here! Then there are some that make me wonder which is the beauty of the choices we have. One I don’t see I’d Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews. I bought it after a number of friends and blogs suggested it and she became an auto buy for me, pretty impressive.

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  5. Peggy Collins
    December 31, 2014

    For favorite books, it was a K.J. Charles year for me – Think of England and Case of Possession. I also liked Beneath the Stain a lot.

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  6. Kathleen Charles
    December 31, 2014

    A great list! I looked at all the year-end summaries written by each of your reviewers and found I had the most books in common with Tracy and Sue. I happily made note of their faves and expectations for 2015, and look forward to putting some of those books in my shopping cart. :)

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  7. Sandy
    December 31, 2014

    I discovered this genre recently via Jordan Hawk’s Widdershins (which I think was on Bookbub?), and I’ve been voraciously devouring all I can since then. Thanks for the great list to explore!

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  8. Paula goslin
    December 31, 2014

    Happy new year everyone! Wonderful books listed, Fair Play by Josh Lanyon was one of my top picks. Thank you for your giveaway.

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  9. Susan K.
    December 31, 2014

    Even if I never win a giveaway I am so grateful to this blog for new reading material ideas.

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  10. lillianfrancis
    December 31, 2014

    I think I’d go with Stuff by Jo Myles. Although my final book of the year was a cracker too, Angel in a Book Shop.

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  11. Karen E.
    December 31, 2014

    I really liked Think of England, Fair Play and Widdershins.

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  12. bookscoffeeandcapturedmoments
    December 31, 2014

    That is an amazing list and awesome giveaway. WOW! I loved so many of the ones on the list. Beneath The Stain, The Charm of Magpie series, The Whyborne and Griffin books, The Enlightenment series by Joanna Chambers. (For a non historical fan (reformed), I have quite a few on the list. lol) So many more the list I loved and several that are on my tbr. Thank you.

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  13. oorjanie
    December 31, 2014

    Wow amazing selection of books. Love Andrew’s choice of Stay With Me. Awesome prize. Thank you for chance.

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  14. flametimw
    December 31, 2014

    This year had most of the best releases, great books, great authors and amazing people.
    Many many great books and many many great reviews that you guys gave us and helped us pick up books and discover new and amazing authors and new worlds.
    Thank you for such a great giveaway and let’s have another good year. Can’t wait to see more of your reviews. Thank you.

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  15. Sam
    December 31, 2014

    Fab list of books. Its been a strange year, my first short story was published and i signed a contract for another too. It still doesnt feel real.
    My favourite book is the same as Susan’s, Meatworks. It was a hot mess of a read and a wonderful introduction to JCP’s work. KJ charles comes in highly too and Jordan L Hawk. Happy new year all xxx

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  16. Kirsten
    December 31, 2014

    Oh, I’d love to get a copy of The Silvers. I’d never even heard of that book before.

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  17. jenf27
    December 31, 2014

    What a fantastic list and contest! I read a lot of great books this year, so tough to choose a favorite. Some of them are Bloodline and Necropolis, Spectr series, Charm of Magpies series, Tyack and Frayne series, A Forbidden Rumspringa, Silent, Cole McGinnis series…I could go on and on…

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  18. tink535
    December 31, 2014

    Oh wow what another fantastic list of books, I’m adding another load to my amazon wish list! I’ve probably got enough to last me the whole of 2015!!

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  19. Amy Casey
    December 31, 2014

    Wow lots of great books!! Take by Ella Frank, Rock Gods series books by Ann Lister, Let Love In by Melissa Collins, Felice Stevens, Nicola Haken, EM Leya. I could go on and on, Kindle Alexander wow!!!! Thanks for the great giveaway. Looking forward to some great reads in 2015!!

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  20. Sandra
    December 31, 2014

    I read so many good book, but I think my favorite was Broken Pieces by Riley Hart

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  21. Kelly Jensen
    December 31, 2014

    So many books I enjoyed on this list. I read too many good m/m romances to pick just one. :)

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  22. Wendy Abraham
    December 31, 2014

    I too enjoyed the lists of favourites from your reviewers and now have huge list of new suggestions to work through. This is a new genre for me and I am loving discovering such powerful voices and great plots. KJ Charles and Jordan L Hawke are particular favourites whom I have been recommending to friends, but lots of other great writers too. Thanks for the community and recommendations.

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  23. Anyta
    December 31, 2014

    Ohhh, so many great recs in this list. I’m adding lots of these to my 2015 To Read list! :)
    I really enjoyed Think of England this year too. Also was a big fan of everything Cornelia Grey, her Circus of the Damned was fab! Other fave reads were The Art of Breathing by TJ Klune, and The Mating of Michael by Eli Easton!

    Thanks BIOB for all the effort you’ve put into making such a quality review site! I love my BIOB mug! I use it at my office when I write–it brings fond memories of Bristol and meeting the lovely Susan. :)

    To many great reading finds in 2015!

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  24. Natalie M.
    December 31, 2014

    Great post! I love seeing what other people chose as their favorites. Lots of books to add to my to-read list…

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  25. Sara Ball
    December 31, 2014

    There were so many good books this year, I don’t know if I’d be able to pick a favourite! I loved quite a few on that list and I still have so many to read.

    Here’s to a great 2015 for everyone!

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  26. H.B.
    December 31, 2014

    There were so many good books out this year. My absolute favorite and the only book that gave me a hard time after reading was The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic. I was stuck on that book for a week after finishing it and couldn’t move on from it. Happy New Year to everyone =)

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  27. Onyx
    December 31, 2014

    Dear BIOB,
    You guys are amazing. Thanks for a great year of reviews, interviews, and giveaways. Looking forward to 2015!
    ~Onyx
    philomena404(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Sierra McBride
    December 31, 2014

    Amazing bunch a books. I have only read a couple of them. TBRed the remaining.
    Happy New Year!! Can’t wait to see what this blog has to come in 2015.

    Thank you for the chance.
    stamper_sierra [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  29. Vicky
    December 31, 2014

    Thanks to Another Place In Time, I fell in love with 2 authors; Chambers and Charles. I’m so grateful for all the reviews !!!

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  30. Rocky B
    December 31, 2014

    Great list with many of my favorite reads of the year and some from years past. Thanks for the awesome reviews & giveaway!

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  31. Lisa
    December 31, 2014

    So many great books listed! Some I’ve read, some are waiting on my Kindle to be read, and some are waiting for me to buy them. :) One of my favorites was Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Happy New Year to everyone at BIOB. :)

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  32. Pam/Peejakers
    December 31, 2014

    My favorite read of 2014? Hands down, “Prosperity” by Alexis Hall. Fantastic, one-of-a-kind gem of a book.

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  33. Jen CW
    December 31, 2014

    There are some amazing books on that list and few that I need to add to my wishlist yet. My favorite book this year was Beyond Duty by SJD Peterson. Happy New Year!

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  34. Valerie C
    December 31, 2014

    I read a lot of GREAT books this year, and I see lots of books listed here I need to add to my TBR. My 2014 favorites were “The Boy with the Painful Tattoo” and “Prosperity”.

    I enjoy reading all of your reviews, and thank you for the chance to win some books. :)

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  35. sammythemusician
    December 31, 2014

    Amazing list! My Fav this year had to be Beneath they Stain by Amy Lane!

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  36. lisafanficcrazy
    January 1, 2015

    Made my tbr list even longer!

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  37. juliesmall1959
    January 1, 2015

    Wow so many great books listed! Some I’ve read and others on the TBR pile. There were several books that stayed with me long after I finished but I really liked Loving Jay. It had everything! Thank you for all the hard work you guys do!

    juliesmall2016(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. Carolyn
    January 1, 2015

    Loved seeing some of my favorites make the list, especially Alexis Hall’s SAND AND RUIN AND GOLD and PROSPERITY. They are truly something special.

    Thanks for the great round-up and for the chance at the giveaway.

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  39. kveta
    January 1, 2015

    Happy New Year! Thank you for the chance to win!
    I have more than 50 favorite books (read in 2014). Best of the best are:
    Canning the Center by Tara Lain
    The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye
    How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps by Josephine Myles
    The Mating of Michael by Eli Easton

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  40. Leslie
    January 1, 2015

    This post adds a lot of new titles to my TBR list!

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  41. Loren
    January 1, 2015

    Great books, it’s hard to choose xD

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  42. Pat
    January 1, 2015

    Can’t believe how many of these I’ve read and enjoyed this year. I can’t imagine having to choose only one as best since each is unique in its own way.

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  43. MissP
    January 1, 2015

    Best book of the year was Think of England, also loved the Whyborne and Griffin books, A Forbidden Rumspringa, and The Devil Lancer. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. Jbst
    January 1, 2015

    So many great stories for 2014. Some my favorites not on your list were Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels, Temper Sanguine by Lou Harper, The Forester 2 by Blaine Arden, Love Nest (Tempting Tales) by Keira Andrews & Leta Blake, and The Rebuilding Year by Kaje Harper.

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  45. MandyM
    January 2, 2015

    Hey great to see my fave up there! I don’t need to be in the draw but I have a question. Who is the author of Nikyta’s favourite book? The cover looks great but I can’t read the fine print. lol.

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    • Barbra
      January 2, 2015

      It looks like Capture by Annabelle Jacobs. It’s a Dreamspinner book.

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  46. alishead
    January 2, 2015

    They all look like great books. Please count me in.

    FYI… The MM Romance Group over on Goodreads will be announcing the Best of 2014 on January 10.

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  47. Jonathan Penn
    January 3, 2015

    This is an awesome list! My TBR just got a lot longer. My so-far-fav-from-’14 is Consent by AJ Rose.

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  48. Katherine Socha
    January 3, 2015

    My favorites this year are, by series,
    In The Company of Shadows by Santino Hassel and Ais
    Whyborne & Griffin by Jordan L. Hawke
    Think of England by K.J. Charles
    A Charm of Magpies by K.J. Charles
    Perfect Imperfections by Cardeno C.
    All these authors are pretty much on auto-buy. :)

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  49. Neverwinterale
    January 3, 2015

    This is my first year into reading MM Books and every book that I have read, I am liking this genre more! I will use the prize if ever, for me to buy all the books recommended here to further my interest :P I really love Red Dirt Heart series by NR Walker and Hunted by Liz Powell.

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  50. Bex
    January 4, 2015

    Love these lists, thanks for all the hard work you lot do!

    This year has been all about Australia and New Zealand for me – Rock by Anyta Sunday, NR Walker’s Red Dirt Heart Series and The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye all vying for top spot.

    Happy New Year all x

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