I can’t say I’ll be sorry to see 2016 go because in many ways it kicked my ass. Because of this, I found myself turning to a lot of rereads of my comfort authors so I was a little worried I wouldn’t have enough 5 star worthy new reads to choose from. When I looked back on my list of books, surprisingly, I had 19 in my favorites shelf on Goodreads. Fortunately, I didn’t have a tough time picking the true standouts since I could practically hear them screaming in my head “Pick Me!”.
I’m drawn to books that have strong alpha males and even stronger women. Although I do read straight up contemporary romance and enjoy them, it’s the gritty reads with a little suspense and lots of action that really draw me in. I adore a good biker book along with paranormal, fantasy, or sci-fi books. Although I like dark books, they need to have a thread of hope winding through them for me to truly enjoy them.
Spice’s Top Ten of 2016
Yes, this is two from two different series, but SW is a must read author for me. With strong dirty talking alphas and kickass heroines with attitude, hot sexy shenanigans and lots of paranormal action, I absolutely adore her books. I couldn’t choose between the two of them, so I pulled a page from Suzanne and put them both in (shh – don’t tell her or I’ll never hear the end of it).
Stitched Up Heart by Tarina Deaton
This new to me author completely blew my socks off. This was well written, decently edited, with great characters and an interesting plot.
Blood & Rust by Cat Porter
I didn’t think Cat Porter could ever top Lock & Key, but she just may have done it with Blood & Rust. This redemption story about hitting rock bottom and clawing your way out gave me the book hangover from hell but was completely worth it.
Tastes Like Candy by Lauren Gilley
I love Lauren Gilley’s Lean Dogs and Tastes Like Candy just cemented that. With a wonderful love story, great characters, hilarious family banter, lots of action, suspense, mystery, and even some nasty terrorists, not only was I in my nostalgic happy place, it was in my one of my favorite genres being an MC/biker book.
The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston
Shelly Laurenston aka G.A. Aiken is one of my go to paranormal authors. The Undoing is what all books with a mythological basis should strive to be. It’s entertaining, it has action, and it is FUN! plus it’s hot. You just can’t go wrong with that combination.
Junkyard Dog by Bijou Hunter
With an alpha-hole who completely lived up to the name and a heroine who had no problem holding her own, this snark-fest had me in stitches. I can’t wait until I have time to reread.
Horse by Candace Blevins
The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club is a series about an MC that is comprised of shifters and Horse is the best one yet. The hero is a bear shifter named Horse. The heroine is a rabbit who, although practically scared of her own shadow, is determined to face her fears and live life to the fullest. This was sweet, had lots of action, and was unbelievably hot.
Perfect Ruin by Nashoda Rose
Probably the darkest book yet in a series with anti-heroes that will break your heart, but then put it back together when they redeem themselves. This was raw, bloody, gut-wrenching and dark and I loved every minute of it.
Exquisite Redemption and Exquisite Karma by Ann Mayburn
The Iron Horse MC series is as close to biker book nirvana as you can get. I’ve been waiting for Sarah and Beach’s story and it was as OTT gritty and as sexy and hot as expected. I’m waiting extremely impatiently for the next book in the series.
A mysterious estate, a desperate group of knights cut off from their homeland, a kickass heroine, and a hero that made my top ten list of the year–Moonshadow had everything my fantasy/sci-fi geek side craves in a book.
- Ancient Enemy by Katie Reus - August 25, 2020
- Losing It All by Kati Wilde - August 10, 2020
- Pivot by Kat Martin, Alexandra Ivy, & Rebecca Zanetti - July 22, 2020
- The Unseen by Thea Harrison - July 16, 2020
- Desolation Road by Christine Feehan - July 7, 2020
- Healing of the Wolf by Cherise Sinclair - July 3, 2020
- Ancient Protector by Katie Reus - June 29, 2020
- Lone Star by Lauren Gilley - June 5, 2020
- Dream Maker by Kristen Ashley - May 26, 2020
- Prodigal Son by Lauren Gilley - May 20, 2020