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Best Books of 2013 & Giveaway

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What does a book have to do to make it to my Best Books of 2013 list? It has to capture my imagination, take me on an emotional roller coaster, keep me glued to the pages, and make me mourn when the book is over, simply because I want so badly to keep on reading.

So, in no particular order, here are my top picks from 2013:

Winterblaze

Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan
{Historical Paranormal Romance}

Once blissfully in love . . .

Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy’s secrets are revealed, leaving Winston’s trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . . 

Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test.

Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy’s love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart.

 

Night Blade

 Night Blade by J.C. Daniels (Shiloh Walker)
{Urban Fantasy}

Kit Colbana is always biting off more than she can chew. She has a knack for finding trouble. This time, though, trouble finds her. Someone from her past drops a case into her lap that she just can’t refuse…literally.

People on the Council are dying left and right and she’s been requested to investigate the deaths. The number one suspect? Her lover, Damon. If she doesn’t clear his name, he gets a death sentence. Even if she succeeds? They still might try to execute him. Oh, and she’s not allowed to tell him about the case, either.

The stakes are high this time around, higher than they’ve ever been. Kit may be forced to pay the ultimate price to save her lover’s life…a price that could destroy her and everything she loves.

 

Diana's Hound

 Diana’s Hound by Moira Rogers
{Wild West Style Paranormal Romance}

Nate Powell lived one full life as a world-class inventor before a disaster born of magic and science returned him to his prime—and turned him into a half-vampire, half-bloodhound abomination.

He’s finally stopped yearning for death, but he’s a long way from being excited about life—even if his newly virile body is very excited by the latest arrival to Iron Creek.

Diana is another creature that shouldn’t exist—a female bloodhound. While the males of Iron Creek accept her as a fellow warrior, Nate seems torn between a desire to study her and a need to protect her. Diana’s urges are a lot more carnal.

When they learn that a rogue hound is selling women across the border, Diana and Nate are chosen to infiltrate the vampires’ capital city. But before long their inner bloodhounds feel the mating pull—and a hound never outlives their mate for long. In a fight to keep each other alive, they could both end up worse than dead.

Warning: Contains a badass vampire-hunting heroine who isn’t afraid to fight dirty and a broody half-vampire hero about to discover a reason to live again. Also beware of: bloodhound-on-bloodhound violence, airship heists and some furniture-endangering sex with lots of biting, all in an alternate Wild West.

Caged Warrior

Caged Warrior by Lindsey Piper (Carrie Lofty)
{Gritty Paranormal Romance}

The first installment in this fierce and sensual new paranormal romance series features demonic gladiators, ruthless mafia villains, and a proud race on the brink of extinction.

Ten years ago, Audrey MacLaren chose to marry her human lover, making her an exile from the Dragon Kings, an ancient race of demons once worshiped as earthly gods. Audrey and her husband managed to conceive, and their son is the first natural-born Dragon King in a generation—which makes him irresistible to the sadistic scientist whose mafia-funded technology allows demon procreation. In the year since her husband was murdered, Audrey and her little boy have endured hideous experiments.

 

Shackled with a collar and bound for life, Leto Garnis is a Cage warrior. Only through combat can Dragon Kings earn the privilege of conceiving children. Leto uses his superhuman speed and reflexes to secure the right for his two sisters to start families. After torture reveals Audrey’s astonishing pyrokenesis, she is sent to fight in the Cages. If she survives a year, she will be reunited with her son. Leto is charged with her training. Initially, he has no sympathy for her plight. But if natural conception is possible, what has he been fighting for? As enemies, sparring partners, lovers, and eventual allies, Leto and Audrey learn that in a violent underground world, love is the only prize worth winning.

 

Any Duchess Will Do

Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
{Historical Romance}

What’s a duke to do, when the girl who’s perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can’t live without?

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?

 

TricksterTrickster by Jeff Somers
{Urban Fantasy}

Lem has ethics in using his magic. Therefore Lem is hungry and broke most of the time.

Ethics in the world of blood magic, however, is a gray area. While Lem will grift his way through life by using small glamours to make $1 bills appear as $20s, enabling him and his none-too-bright pal Mags to eat, he won’t use other people’s blood to cast. Stronger spells require more blood, and hardcore magicians use Bleeders or “volunteers” to this end. Not Lem.

So when these down-and-out boon companions encounter a girl kidnapped and marked with magic rune tattoos, it’s not at all clear that they’re powerful enough to save her…or themselves. Turning to his estranged Master for help, it quickly becomes clear to Lem that not only is this beautiful, strange girl’s life all but forfeit, but that the world’s preeminent mage had big, earth-shattering plans for her—and he and Mags just got in the way.

 

It Happened One Midnight

 

It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long
{Historical Romance}

More than one beautiful woman’s hopes have been dashed on the rocky shoals of Jonathan Redmond’s heart. With his riveting good looks and Redmond wealth and power, the world is his oyster—until an ultimatum from his father and a chilling gypsy prophesy send him hurtling headlong toward a fate he’ll do anything to avoid: matrimony.

Intoxicating, elusive Thomasina de Ballesteros has the bloods of London at her feet. But none of them knows the real Tommy—the one with a shocking pedigree, a few too many secrets, and a healthy scorn for rakes like Jonathan.

She is everything Jonathan never wanted. But on one fateful midnight, he’s drawn into Tommy’s world of risk, danger…and a desire he’d never dreamed possible. And suddenly he’s re-thinking everything…including the possibility that succumbing to prophesy might just mean surrendering to love.

 

The Heiress Effect

 

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan
{Historical Romance}

Miss Jane Fairfield can’t do anything right. When she’s in company, she always says the wrong thing—and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can’t save her from being an object of derision.

 

And that’s precisely what she wants. She’ll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe.

 

Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He’s the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances—and he intends to give voice and power to the common people. If he makes one false step, he’ll never get the chance to accomplish anything. He doesn’t need to come to the rescue of the wrong woman. He certainly doesn’t need to fall in love with her. But there’s something about the lovely, courageous Jane that he can’t resist…even though it could mean the ruin of them both.

Sweet Revenge

Sweet Revenge by Zoe Archer
{Gritty Historical Romance}

The first in a breathtaking new series about the dangerous business of undercover revenge—and the undeniable pleasure of passion…

In the Business of Vengeance

When Jack Dalton escapes from Dunmoor Prison, he has only one thing in mind—finding the nobleman who murdered his sister and making him pay. But when he reaches the inn where the Lord Rockley is rumored to be staying, three well-dressed strangers are there to meet him instead. And the pretty blonde is aiming a pistol right at his head…

Desire Is Always Dangerous

Joining Nemesis, Unlimited has made Eva Warrick much more than the well-mannered lady she appears to be—one who can shoot, fight, and outsmart any man in the quest to right the injustices so often suffered by the innocent. She’s not afraid of the burly escaped convict, but she is startled by their shared attraction. She and her partners need Jack’s help to get to Rockley, but Eva finds she wants Jack for scandalous reasons all her own…

Wicked As She Wants

As Wicked As She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson
{Steampunk Fantasy Romance}

The second book in the darkly tempting Blud series, featuring a vampire princess who embarks upon a dangerous journey to claim what is rightfully hers.

When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.

Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all…

How to Lose A Duke In Ten Days

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by  Laura Lee Guhrke
{Historical Romance}

They had a deal…

From the moment she met the devil-may-care Duke of Margrave, Edie knew he could change her life. And when he agreed to her outrageous proposal of a marriage of convenience, she was transformed from ruined American heiress to English duchess. Five years later, she’s delighted with their arrangement, especially since her husband is living on another continent.

But deals are made to be broken…

By marrying an heiress, Stuart was able to pay his family’s enormous debts, and Edie’s terms that he leave England forever seemed a small price to pay. But when a brush with death impels him home, he decides it’s time for a real marriage with his luscious American bride, and he proposes a bold new bargain: ten days to win her willing kiss. But is ten days enough to win her heart?

Magic Rises

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
{Urban Fantasy}

Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.

Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap…

 

Heart of Obsidian

 

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
{Paranormal Romance}

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.

From “the alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) comes the most highly anticipated novel of her career—one that blurs the line between madness and genius, between subjugation and liberation, between the living and the dead.

Countess Conspiracy

 

The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan
{Historical Romance}

Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised—and he laughs through it all.

Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers.

So when Sebastian threatens to dissolve their years-long conspiracy, she’ll do anything to save their partnership…even if it means opening her vulnerable heart to the rake who could destroy it for good.

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17 Comments

  1. Rose
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Mine was Rock Chick Revolution by Kristen Ashley :)
    Happy New Year!

  2. Tabathia B
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    One was house of hades by rick riordan

  3. Elizabeth Morgan
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    My favourite book of 2013 was The Mortal Instrument; City of Bones

  4. Posted December 31, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Lover at Last

  5. Laura
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    Happy New Yearrrrrr :D

    My best read of 2013 (feels strange to say it) was: pushing the limits :) really surprised me there :)

  6. Posted January 1, 2014 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    I loved Elysian Field by Suzanne Johnson really wonderful instalment!

    thank you a lot for this giveaway

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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  7. erinf1
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I’d have to say one of my fav was The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers

  8. Warinda
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Karma by Nikki Sex :)

  9. Diane P. Diamond
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    My favorite read of 2013 was Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt.

  10. Mary Preston
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    My favorite read of 2013 was THE BOOK THIEF.

  11. Posted January 2, 2014 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    it was Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning. I love the sinners! (:
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  12. Natasha
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    I loved Poison Princess by Kresley Cole.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Jane
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    My favorite was Cara McKenna’s “Unbound.”

  14. denise
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    loved No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

  15. Ayana
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    My favourite reads of 2013 would be: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews and Blade to The Keep by Lauren Dane. Loved these two the most. Although Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas came close to the third!

  16. Filia Oktarina
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost!

  17. Diane Sallans
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    I loved Mary Balogh’s first 2 books in her new Survivor’s Club series ‘The Proposal’ and ‘The Arrangement’

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