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Titles I read in 2014

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When I say I’m an avid reader, I’m not kidding. Luckily, I also read fast…and never sleep. I tend to have comfort genres and while, most years, I try for more variety–this year I let myself get away with just reading what I felt like reading.

I’m posting the list, but only showing the ratings on books over four stars–and I missed ratings on a few of the early books, so anything without a rating could be something I read early in the year or something I moodily decided I didn’t like this year. I actually do have some reviews on a personal document, so if you ask me my opinion on a specific book, I can probably tell you more. As you can see, I like most of what I read, but that’s typically because I read based on recommendations or after checking out a lot of reviews.

Believe it or not, I also wrote four books this year and revised several. And there were about four months of this year that I didn’t read a single book. Yeah, I don’t know how I managed to read this many books either. I really need to transfer this list to Goodreads, but that sounds like such a process it intimidates me. I should really pick a top ten reads of the year–but maybe another day–this has taken forever.

Oh, and while I don’t review books professionally, I should probably mention that I buy all my books. I own copies of all the books below. They weren’t gifted by authors or publishers in exchange for a review. I know…my book budget is a little…insane.

Titles Read in 2014


RR = Reread

X2 = Read twice within the year

****=I’d reread and recommend. Not perfect, but pretty good.

****1/2=I’d reread and recommend and I wanted to give it five stars but couldn’t quite do it.

*****=Close enough to perfect that I’m rounding it up to perfect. I’ll reread it next year or the year after that. (I don’t mind language or sex, though.)

Historical Romance

  1. Incognito by Suzanne Allain (RR)
  2. Ever Yours by Gabi Anderson ****
  3. Lord Carew’s Bride by Mary Balogh *****
  4. Simply Love by Mary Balogh ****
  5. A Pressing Engagement by Anne Barbour **** (PG-13)
  6. Wicked Godmother by M.C. Beaton/Marion Chesney (RR) ****1/2
  7. Rake’s Progress by M.C. Beaton/Marion Chesney (RR) ****1/2
  8. The Parfit Knight by Juliet Blyth (RR) (Deadtree only) *****
  9. Scandal’s Child by Sherrill Bodine
  10. His Enemy’s Daughter by Terri Brisbin ****
  11. Morgan and Archer by Grace Burrowes *****
  12. Scandal Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee
  13. Knaves’ Wager by Loretta Chase
  14. The Mad Earl’s Bride by Loretta Chase *****
  15. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (RR) ***** (Very clever dialogue.)
  16. A Voice at Midnight by Elizabeth Cole ****
  17. A Code of Love by Jacki Delecki
  18. A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare ****
  19. A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare ****
  20. Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare ****
  21. Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After) by Tessa Dare *****
  22. Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare *****
  23. Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare ***** (RR)
  24. The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright by Tessa Dare (RR) *****
  25. The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart ****1/2
  26. Song for Sophia by Moriah Densley *****
  27. The Beast of Edenmaine by Leighann Dobbs ****
  28. Fallen Angel by Charlotte Louise Dolan ****1/2 (Hero is stubborn, ruthless, and cranky…and it works.) (PG-13)
  29. Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran *****
  30. Good Earl Hunting by Suzanne Enoch ****
  31. England’s Perfect Hero by Suzanne Enoch ***** (Very awesome.)
  32. The Pursuit of Pleasure by Elizabeth Essex (RR) *****
  33. The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne by Jayne Fresina ****
  34. The Making of a Gentleman by Shana Galen (RR) *****
  35. Sapphires are an Earl’s Best Friend by Shana Galen ****
  36. If You Give a Rake a Ruby by Shana Galen ****
  37. When You Give a Duke a Diamond by Shana Galen ****
  38. Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen ****
  39. A Marriage of Notoriety by Diane Gaston ****
  40. The Unlacing of Miss Leigh by Diane Gaston (RR) ****
  41. The Vanishing Viscountess by Diane Gaston (RR) *****
  42. The Devil to Pay by Catherine Gayle ****
  43. A Dance with the Devil by Catherine Gayle
  44. When a Duke Says I Do by Jane Goodger ***** (RR)
  45. The Mad Lord’s Daughter by Jane Goodger*****
  46. Her Imperfect Groom by Rose Gordon ****
  47. The Gallant Waif by Anne Gracie****
  48. Lady Dearing’s Masquerade by Elana Greene
  49. His Every Kiss by Laura Lee Guhrke *****
  50. The Matchmakers by Ruth J. Hartman **** (Novella—PG.)
  51. How to Treat a Lady by Karen Hawkins (RR) ****
  52. Desperate Measure by Candice Hern (RR) ****
  53. Miss Lacey’s Last Fling by Candice Hern ****
  54. Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt *****
  55. To Desire a Devil by Elizabeth Hoyt (RR) ****
  56. To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt (RR) *****
  57. To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt (RR) ****
  58. To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt (RR) ****
  59. The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt (RR) *****
  60. The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt (RR) *****
  61. The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt (RR) *****
  62. Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James*****
  63. Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James *****
  64. When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James *****
  65. One Unashamed Night by Sophia James (RR) *****
  66. Masquerading Mistress by Sophia James (RR) ****
  67. A Most Unconventional Match by Julia Justiss
  68. The Admiral’s Penniless Bride by Carla Kelly *****
  69. Carla Kelly’s Christmas Collection by Carla Kelly **** (PG-rated)
  70. Marian’s Christmas Wish by Carla Kelly **** (PG.)
  71. Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas (RR) ****1/2
  72. The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm ****
  73. Silent Revenge by Laura Landon ****
  74. Shattered Dreams by Laura Landon **** (This book has a premarital sex scene, but so vague that I’d almost call this a PG-13. Language is likewise mild.)
  75. I Love the Earl by Caroline Linden *****
  76. Written in my Heart by Caroline Linden ****
  77. A View to a Kiss by Caroline Linden (RR) ****
  78. Trials of Artemis: Book One of the Haberdashers by Sue London ***** (Brilliant book.)
  79. Athena’s Ordeal: Book Two of the Haberdashers by Sue London **** (I didn’t like this one as well as the first even though I really liked the hero.)
  80. Fates for Apate: Haberdashers Book Three) by Sue London ****1/2
  81. A Common Christmas (Haberdasher Prequel) by Sue London ***** (PG.)
  82. Lord Lucifer’s Disciple (Haberdasher Nights 3.5) by Sue London ****1/2
  83. Fortune Said (A Haberdashers Tale 1.5) by Sue London ****1/2 (PG)
  84. Sweet Tannenbaum (A Haberdasher’s Tale 3.5) by Sue London **** (PG)
  85. With This Kiss by Victoria Lynne *****
  86. Married by Midnight by Julianne MacLean ****
  87. Three Nights of Sin by Anne Mallory (RR) ****
  88. Romancing Lady Stone by Delilah Marvelle
  89. Beauty and the Scarred Hero by Emily May
  90. To Trust a Thief by Michelle McLean
  91. The Temptation of Your Touch by Teresa Medeiros
  92. The Bride and the Beast by Teresa Mederios (RR) *****
  93. A Kiss to Remember by Teresa Mederios ****
  94. Greetings of the Season by Barbara Metzger ****
  95. Minor Indiscretions by Barbara Metzger **** (PG-13)
  96. Lady Sparrow by Barbara Metzger ***** (PG-13)
  97. Captain Rakehell by Lynn Michaels
  98. Desperately Seeking Suzanna by Elizabeth Michels*****
  99. A Passionate Endeavor by Sophia Nash****
  100. Beguiled by Susan Spencer Paul ***** (PG-13—vague or off-page sex scenes.)
  101. The Wild Child by Mary Jo Putney ****
  102. What Happens in London by Julia Quinn (RR) *****
  103. To Sir Phillip with Love by Julia Quinn (RR) *****
  104. The Sum of all Kisses by Julia Quinn ****
  105. Beauty and the Beastly Duke by Sheila Rabe ****
  106. Lord Libertine by Gail Ranstrom (RR) **** (Dark cult murders—very, very dark. Darkest Regency I’ve read.)
  107. A Rake by Midnight by Gail Ranstrom **** (Third in cult murders series.)
  108. The Grace of a Duke by Linda Rae Sande
  109. The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding by Stacy Reid ****
  110. The Heiress by Lynsay Sands **** (Weekend at Bernie’s)
  111. The Countess by Lynsay Sands **** (Weekend at Bernie’s from a different perspective.)
  112. Love is Blind by Lynsay Sands (RR) *****
  113. The Waltzing Widow by Joan Smith (RR—from teenage years) ****1/2 (PG—though he does offer her carte blanche—which she punishes him for heartily.)
  114. Strange Capers by Joan Smith (RR—from teenage years) ***** (Unputdownable—and I tried. The banter is awesome. PG. First person POV.)
  115. Valerie by Joan Smith (RR—from teenage years) **** (PG. First person POV.)
  116. Cousin Cecilia by Joan Smith **** (PG.)
  117. Moon Love by Joan Smith **** (PG.)
  118. Winter Wedding by Joan Smith *****x1000 (BEST FINAL CHAPTERS IN A BOOK EVER!) (PG)
  119. Escapade by Joan Smith ****1/2 (PG)
  120. Endure My Heart by Joan Smith ***** (Most clever plot of a Regency I think I’ve read. Incredibly well done. First person and written as an epistolary.) (PG)
  121. Gather Ye Rosebuds by Joan Smith **** (First person POV.) (PG)
  122. The Black Diamond by Joan Smith ****
  123. Aurora by Joan Smith ***** (RR from when I was a teenager—and I remember it as being a favorite then.) (PG)
  124. Lace for Milady by Joan Smith ***** (PG)
  125. Rose Trelawney by Joan Smith **** (Gothic. First person.) (PG)
  126. Tea and Scandal by Joan Smith **** (PG)
  127. A Highwayman Came Riding by Joan Smith ****1/2 (RR-from teenage years) (PG)
  128. Drury Lane Darling by Joan Smith **** (PG-13 since it deals with mistresses and misdeeds like that.)
  129. The Barefoot Baroness by Joan Smith **** (PG)
  130. A Country Wooing by Joan Smith **** (RR from teenage years) (PG)
  131. Talk of the Town by Joan Smith (PG-13)
  132. Lovers’ Quarrels by Joan Smith (PG-13)
  133. Silken Secrets by Joan Smith ****1/2 (PG)
  134. Perdita by Joan Smith (PG-13)
  135. Prelude to Love by Joan Smith **** (PG-13)
  136. Aunt Sophie’s Diamonds by Joan Smith ***** (PG)
  137. Imprudent Lady by Joan Smith
  138. Regency Masquerade by Joan Smith ***** (Loved this. Really fun. Definitely top five of hers for me.) (PG-13—the hero gets a bit handsy at one point but she puts an end to that.)
  139. A Kiss in the Dark by Joan Smith **** (PG-13)
  140. Sweet Madness by Heather Snow ***** (third in series)
  141. Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow (first in series) *****
  142. The Blacksmith’s Son by Rebecca Thomas ****
  143. Claiming the Duchess by Sherry Thomas ****
  144. The Husband Trap by Tracy Anne Warren (RR) ****
  145. My Lord Scandal by Emma Wildes (RR) ****
  146. Jack on the Box by Patricia Wynn (RR from teenage years) ***** (VERY PG—and the hero is Mr. Darcy levels of a gentleman. I feel jaded for thinking it lacked something due to the PG-ness and the lack of epilogue, so I won’t deduct stars for that.)
  147. Lord Tom by Patricia Wynn (RR) ***** (PG)
  148. Mistletoe and Mischief by Patricia Wynn (RR) ***** (PG)


Contemporary Romance

  1. My Sunshine by Catherine Anderson (RR) ****
  2. Girl Least Likely to Marry by Amy Andrews
  3. Mistletoe in Maine by Ginny Baird
  4. She’s Not You by Mimi Barbour
  5. White Lie Christmas by Christine Bell and Riley Murphy ****
  6. My Man Pendleton by Elizabeth Bevarly ****1/2 (RR)
  7. Stormy Times by Beate Boeker PG ****
  8. The Write Man For Her by Christie Walker Bos ****1/2 (X2)
  9. Private Confessions by Lori Borrill (RR)
  10. Must Love Santa by Nina Bruhns
  11. Shimmy for Me by DeAnna Cameron ****1/2 (PG-13.)
  12. Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare (Deleted from Kindle Library. Cannot recommend)
  13. Under the Hood by Sally Clements (PG-13.)
  14. Love for Beginners by Sally Clements (PG-13)
  15. Secret Santa Baby by Robin Covington
  16. The Man Behind the Scars by Caitlin Crews (RR) *****
  17. My Funny Valentina by Kelly Curry
  18. The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler ****
  19. Playing the Part by Darcy Daniel ****
  20. Gaming for Keeps by Seleste Delaney ***** (x2)
  21. Seducing Santa by Janelle Denison ****
  22. The Boss and her Billionaire by Michele de Winton****
  23. Love Lost and Found by Michele de Winton****
  24. The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jessie Evans ****1/2
  25. An Almost Perfect Christmas by Donna Fasano ****
  26. The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood ****
  27. Naughty or Nice by Kari Lee Harmon ****
  28. Tall, Dark, and Cajun by Sandra Hill
  29. Bending Over Backwards by Samantha Hunter
  30. Talking in Your Sleep by Samantha Hunter (RR)
  31. The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby by Victoria James
  32. A Cowboy for Christmas by Annie Jones (PG-13)
  33. Home for Christmas by Patricia Kay
  34. Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye ***** RR (I love this novella. It’s an awesome romance.)
  35. She Drives Me Crazy (1st in Walker brothers series) by Leslie Kelly (RR) ***** (I shouldn’t like this book as much as I do—because it’s got a big misunderstanding plotline, but it’s hilarious and quirky and I love it. The dialogue is awesome.)
  36. She’s Got the Look (2nd in the Walker brothers series) by Leslie Kelly (RR) ***** (I love this series. I’ll probably reread it every couple years. Like the other book in this series—the dialogue is hilarious. Really great couple of books.)
  37. Night Whispers (Best of Temptation Bundle) by Leslie Kelly **** (RR)
  38. Don’t Open Till Christmas by Leslie Kelly **** (RR)
  39. Trick Me, Treat Me (Winchester #1) by Leslie Kelly ***** (RR)
  40. Thrill Me (Winchester #2) by Leslie Kelly (RR) *****
  41. Starstruck by Julie Kenner
  42. Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox
  43. Unwrapping her Perfect Match by Kat Latham **** (Cute and funny.)
  44. Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham ***** (I LOVED this novella. He is so awesomely British.) (x2)
  45. Private Lessons by Julie Elizabeth Leto **** (RR)
  46. Marine Under the Mistletoe by Heather Long
  47. His Heir, Her Honor by Catherine Mann ****
  48. Emergency: Wife Lost and Found by Carol Mariselli
  49. Mouth to Mouth by Erin McCarthy (RR) *****
  50. The Shy Bride by Lucy Monroe (RR)
  51. The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Sarah Morgan
  52. Mistletoe Mischief by Stacey Joy Netzel **** (PG.)
  53. Once Upon a New Year’s Eve by Kait Nolan ***** PG
  54. Once Upon a Coffee by Kait Nolan ***** PG
  55. Once Upon a Snow Day by Kait Nolan ***** PG
  56. Once Upon An Heirloom by Kait Nolan ***** PG
  57. White Christmas by Cheryl Pierson
  58. By Proxy by Katy Regnery ****
  59. Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid ****
  60. Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid *****
  61. Danger Next Door by Katie Reus (RR)
  62. All I Want for Christmas by Nora Roberts
  63. A Scottish Christmas by Roxanne Rustand **** PG
  64. Flirts (Volume 1) by Lisa Scott ****
  65. Fairy Tale Flirts 2 by Lisa Scott
  66. Holiday Rush by Lisa Scott
  67. Holiday at Magnolia Bay by Tracy Solheim ****
  68. Blind Man’s Bluff by Kay Stockham ****
  69. The Christmas Honeymoon by Alicia Street ****
  70. Christmas Male by Cara Summers ****1/2
  71. Strokes of Midnight by Hope Tarr ***** (RR)
  72. A Family for Christmas by Helen Scott Taylor ***** (RR)
  73. Snow Angel Cove by Raeanne Thayne ***** (PG.)
  74. Samantha’s Cowboy by Marin Thomas
  75. Already Home by Vicki Lewis Thompson ****
  76. Breathless by Nancy Warren (RR) ****
  77. By the Book by Nancy Warren (RR)
  78. Amazon Lily by Theresa Weir ***** (It’s funny and sweet and sexy and I can see why it’s known as a classic for the genre. I’ll reread again soon.)
  79. Imperfect Beauty by E. A. West ***** (Very PG.)
  80. Kiss Me Santa by Partrice Wilton
  81. Holiday Confessions by Anne Marie Winston ***** ( x2)
  82. A Love Beyond Words by Sherryl Woods
  83. Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Cathy Yardley RR ****
  84. Hajar’s Hidden Legacy by Maisey Yates *****


Paranormal Romance

  1. Step in Time by Anne Barbour (Regency Time-travel) (PG-13)
  2. Unlucky by Jana DeLeon ***** (Heroine is paranormally unlucky and is so wonderfully cursed. If I didn’t already own everything by DeLeon, I would buy it after this.)
  3. To Have and to Code by Deborah Geary ****
  4. The Shop of Shades and Secrets by Colleen Gleason **** (This read like a noire.)
  5. Haunted (Harrison Investigations #1) by Heather Graham (RR) ****1/2
  6. The Presence (Harrison Investigations #2—MCs from Haunted are in it.) by Heather Graham (RR) ****1/2
  7. Ghost Walk (Harrison Investigations #3) by Heather Graham *****
  8. The Vision (Harrison Investigations #4) by Heather Graham ***** (RR—from a long time ago)
  9. The Séance (Harrison Investigations #5) by Heather Graham ****
  10. Unhallowed Ground (Harrison Investigations #6) by Heather Graham ****1/2
  11. Voodoo on the Bayou by Elle James *****
  12. Cold Sight: Extrasensory Agents (Extra Sensory Agents series) by Leslie Parrish (Leslie Kelly) ***** (The guy in this might be one of my favorite heroes ever. He’s really sexy in a Batman sort of way. It’s a bit dark at its heart and there’s more language then some people might be comfortable with, but it was really good.)
  13. Tuesday’s Child (Psychic Visions #1) by Dale Mayer
  14. Hide’n Go Seek (Psychic Visions #2) by Dale Mayer **** (RR)
  15. Dark Tide Rising by Kristin Miller
  16. An Angel Fallen by Holley Trent
  17. In the Shadow of Greed by Nancy C. Weeks ****
  18. Every Breath She Takes by Norah Wilson ****
  19. The Christmas Spirit by Patricia Wynn (Regency Paranormal) **** (PG)

Suspense Romance

  1. Special Ops Rendezvous (Adair Legacy #3) by Karen Anders
  2. Island Getaway by Jenna Bennett ***** (I loved both main characters on this one and the writing was intelligent and the plot well-crafted.)
  3. Borrowed Identity by Kasi Blake (RR)
  4. Killer Temptation (1st in Killer series) by Nina Bruhns (RR)
  5. Catch Me if You Can (1st in New Orleans series) by Nina Bruhns ***** (RR) (Awesome dialogue.)
  6. Sweet Revenge (2nd in New Orleans series—best in series) by Nina Bruhns ***** (RR) (This book is the best book set in New Orleans.)
  7. Sweet Suspense (3rd in New Orleans series.) by Nina Bruhns ***** (RR) (Companion novel to the above which takes place at the same time.)
  8. Top Secret Bride by Nina Bruhns ****
  9. Stop in the Name of Love by Nina Bruhns ****
  10. Her Secret, His Duty (The Adair Legacy #1-different author series) by Carla Cassidy ****
  11. Lethal Lawman (Men of Wolf Creek #2) by Carla Cassidy
  12. Bridegroom Bodyguard (Shotgun Weddings #3) by Lisa Childs
  13. Skin Deep (I-Team Series) by Pamela Clare ****1/2 (Really emotional characterization. Well done.)
  14. Shiver by Cynthia Cooke (RR) (Paranormal) ****
  15. Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies by Cynthia Cooke (Paranormal)
  16. The Return of Connor Mansfield (The Mansfield Brothers #1) by Beth Cornelison ****
  17. Against the Dark (Associates Series) by Carolyn Crane ***** (The banter in this is hilarious, but the language and content are explicit. Would read more in this series.)
  18. Primal Instinct by Janie Crouch (Paranormal) *****(Really awesome book.)
  19. Tempted into Danger (ICE #1) by Melissa Cutler ***** (Excellent book and he shows up in book two.)
  20. Secret Agent Secretary (ICE #2) by Melissa Cutler ***** (Two thumbs way, way up. This was brilliant.)
  21. Hot on the Hunt (ICE #3) by Melissa Cutler ****1/2 (It was the darkest of the three books and I think that’s why I didn’t like it quite as much.)
  22. Killer Affair (3rd in Killer series) by Cindy Dees **** (RR)
  23. The Reunion by Jana DeLeon *****
  24. The Betrayed by Jana DeLeon *****
  25. The Accused by Jana DeLeon *****
  26. The Secret of Cypriere Bayou (1st in this series) ***** (RR) (Paranormal)
  27. Bayou Bodyguard (2nd in this series) by Jana DeLeon ***** (RR) (Paranormal)
  28. The Lost Girls of Johnson’s Bayou (stand-alone) (RR) (Paranormal)
  29. The Reckoning by Jana DeLeon (1st of Mystere Parish series) ***** (RR) (Paranormal) (Awesomely spooky.)
  30. The Vanishing by Jana DeLeon (2nd of the Mystere Parish series) ***** (RR) (Paranormal)
  31. The Awakening by Jana DeLeon (3rd of the Mystere Parish series) ***** (RR) (Paranormal)
  32. Explosive Attraction by Lena Diaz ****1/2
  33. Switched by HelenKay Dimon ***** x2 (One of the best reads of 2014)
  34. Guns and the Girl Next Door by HelenKay Dimon ****
  35. When She Wasn’t Looking by HelenKay Dimon *****
  36. Night Moves by HelenKay Dimon
  37. Dangerous Flames by Wendy Ely
  38. The Bridge by Carol Ericson
  39. Deadly Pursuit by Misty Evans ****
  40. Snowbound by Karen Fenech
  41. Veiled Intentions (1st of O’Malley series) by Delores Fossen *****
  42. Santa Assignment (2nd of O’Malley series) by Delores Fossen ****
  43. The Cradle Files (3rd of O’Malley series) by Delores Fossen ****1/2
  44. Security Blanket (1st in Lab Explosion series) by Delores Fossen ****
  45. Christmas Guardian (2nd and final in Lab Explosion series) by Delores Fossen *****
  46. The Texas Lawman’s Last Stand by Delores Fossen
  47. The Christmas Clue by Delores Fossen ****
  48. Newborn Conspiracy by Delores Fossen ****
  49. Expecting Trouble by Delores Fossen ****
  50. Daddy Devastating by Delores Fossen ****1/2
  51. His Child by Delores Fossen ***** (I liked this one a lot.)
  52. Covert Conception by Delores Fossen
  53. Questioning the Heiress by Delores Fossen (I think it’s second in a series, but I can’t figure out which other books belong with it.) ****
  54. One Night Standoff (2nd in The Marshals of Maverick County series) by Delores Fossen ****
  55. Secret Delivery by Delores Fossen (Texas Paternity series)
  56. Josh by Delores Fossen (part of her Marshalls series) ****
  57. The Manhattan Encounter (House of Steele #4) by Addison Fox ****
  58. Meant for Her  by Amy Gamet (some paranormal) ****
  59. Negotiating Point by Adrienne Giordano ****
  60. In the Dark by Heather Graham *****
  61. Down in New Orleans by Heather Graham (RR)
  62. Forbidden Territory (1st in series) by Paula Graves **** (Paranormal) (RR)
  63. Forbidden Temptation (2nd in series) by Paula Graves ****1/2 (Paranormal) (RR)
  64. Forbidden Touch (3rd in series) by Paula Graves **** (Paranormal) (RR)
  65. Secret Assignment by Paula Graves ****1/2 (RR)
  66. Bridal Falls Ranch Ransom by Jan Hambright
  67. Catch Me if You Can (An Alpha Squadron Novel) by Liliana Hart ****1/2
  68. Look-Alike by Rita Herron ****
  69. The Missing Twin by Rita Herron **** (Paranormal)
  70. Deadly Reckoning (Devil’s Shroud #1) by Elle James *****
  71. Deadly Engagement (Devil’s Shroud #2) by Elle James ****1/2
  72. Deadly Liaisons (Devil’s Shroud #3) by Elle James (Paranormal) ****1/2
  73. Killer Body by Elle James
  74. Secret Service Rescue (Adair Legacy #4) by Elle James
  75. Daring to Love by Kathryn Jane (paranormal) (Can’t recommend.)
  76. The Last Enemy by Pauline Baird Jones ***** (Fantastic book.)
  77. Juror No. 7 by Mallory Kane (RR) ****1/2
  78. Bodyguard/Husband by Mallory Kane (RR) ***** (The suspense is perfect and the dialogue is great.)
  79. Double-edged Detective (The Delancey Dynasty) by Mallory Kane
  80. Lost Identity by Leona Karr  X2 (I actually read this twice this year and the second time I didn’t recognize I’d read it earlier in the year. It still surprises me. Ironically–it’s an amnesia plot.)
  81. Found Wanting by Joyce Lamb ***** (Really well written. Heroine is kickass. I’d read more by this author.)
  82. Defending the Eyewitness by Rachel Lee ***** (This was a powerful book emotionally and well-written.)
  83. Hunted (Men from Crow Hollow #1) by Beverly Long ***** (I’ll probably get others in this series.)
  84. Deceptive Treasures (Slye Temp Book) by Dianna Love ****1/2
  85. Big Bad Wolf by Gennita Low ****
  86. My Spy (HQ: Texas #2 –but hero is brother to MC in Last Spy Standing) by Dana Marton ***** (The writing is well done and realistic. They’re a bit darker than other books I’ve read this year, but so brilliantly plotted.)
  87. Last Spy Standing (See note above. This occurs prior to My Spy) by Dana Marton ***** (Just as brilliant on a totally different vein. Great banter. This and the above are some of the best books I’ve read in 2014.)
  88. Most Eligible Spy (HQ: Texas #1) by Dana Marton ****1/2
  89. Deathblow by Dana Marton ****1/2
  90. The Marine Next Door (The Precinct Task Force #1 Rose Red) X2 by Julie Miller ****
  91. Kansas City Cowboy (The Precinct Task Force #2 Rose Red) by Julie Miller ****
  92. Tactical Advantage (The Precinct Task Force #3 Rose Red) by Julie Miller ****1/2
  93. Assumed Identity (The Precinct Task Force #4 – Rose Red) x2 by Julie Miller ****
  94. Taskforce Bride (The Precinct Task Force #5 – Rose Red) by Julie Miller ****1/2
  95. Yuletide Protector (The Precinct Task Force #6 – Rose Red) by Julie Miller ****
  96. Unsanctioned Memories by Julie Miller ***** (RR)
  97. Protecting Plain Jane (The Precinct Swat #1) by Julie Miller***** (Best agoraphobe character yet.)
  98. Beauty and the Badge (The Precinct Brotherhood of the Badge #5) by Julie Miller ***** (RR)
  99. Police Business (The Precinct #1) by Julie Miller ***** (RR)
  100. In the Blink of an Eye by Julie Miller ****
  101. KCPD Protector (The Precinct #5) by Julie Miller ****1/2
  102. High Tide by Maureen Miller ****
  103. Executive Protection (House of Adair #2) by Jennifer Morey ****
  104. Sinful Surrender by Elisabeth Naughton ****
  105. Secret Obsession by Robin Perini
  106. Finding Kate Huntley by Theresa Ragan
  107. Sacrifice of Passion (Deadly Legends–Chupacabra) by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez ****1/2
  108. Sweet Revenge by Kay Rogal
  109. Ever Hopeful by Lori Ryan ****1/2
  110. Love Me if You Can by Marie-Nicole Ryan
  111. Bounty by Elise Sax ***** (First person and hilarious—though the language and sex might be a bit much for the more conservative. It’s a little like Jennifer Crusie meets Lawrence Block. I loved it.)
  112. Undercover Memories by Alice Sharpe ****
  113. Firstborn by Dani Sinclair ****
  114. The Second Sister by Dani Sinclair ****
  115. The Third Twin by Dani Sinclair ****
  116. Beautiful Beast by Dani Sinclair (RR) *****
  117. Missing Millionaire by Dani Sinclair (RR) ***** (Dialogue is awesome.)
  118. Sleeping Beauty Suspect by Dani Sinclair (RR) *****
  119. Secret Cinderella by Dani Sinclair (RR) ***** ( Some of the best banter ever.)
  120. Kill Me Twice by Roxanne St. Claire ****
  121. The Butler’s Daughter by Joyce Sullivan (1st in this series) ***** (RR)
  122. Operation Bassinet by Joyce Sullivan (2nd and conclusion to the series) ***** (RR) (These two books are really nicely interwoven. “The Guardian” title seems a bit over-blown, but I’m willing to forgive that since these are both well-written.)
  123. Lethal Confessions by VK Sykes
  124. Lethal Affair by Jean Thomas
  125. Phantom of the French Quarter by Colleen Thompson **** (RR)
  126. The Amulet by Joanna Wayne **** (Paranormal) (RR)
  127. A Father’s Duty (New Orleans Series) by Joanna Wayne (Paranormal) (RR)
  128. Ready Aim…I Do by Debra Webb ***** (This was an incredibly well done spy vs. spy romance.)
  129. Missing by Debra Webb ****
  130. Person of Interest by Debra Webb ****
  131. Would-be Christmas Wedding by Debra Webb ****
  132. Killer Passion (2nd in Killer series) by Sheri Whitefeather (RR)
  133. Sudden Insight by Rebecca York (Mindbenders series) (Paranormal) (RR)
  134. Diagnosis: Attraction by Rebecca York (Mindbenders series) (Paranormal)

Christian Fiction

  1. At the Edge of a Dark Forest by Connie Almony ****1/2
  2. Home for the Holidays by Christine Lynxwiler (RR)


Anthologies (in the order I read them)

  1. The Night Before Christmas by Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, Jill Shalvis, Kathy Love, Katherine Garbera, and Kylie Adams (RR) X2  (Standout: Ms. Humbug by Jill Shalvis ****)
  2. A Gentleman’s Pact Collection 1 by Ava Stone, Jane Charles, and Catherine Gayle ****
  3. A Gentleman’s Pact Collection 2 by Jerrica Knight-Catania, Aileen Fish, and Julia Johnstone ****
  4. An Encounter at the Museum by Claudia Dain, Deb Marlowe, Michelle Marcos, and Ava Stone ****
  5. It Happened One Season by Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D’Alessandro, and Candice Hern
  6. A Season to Remember by Ava Stone, Catherine Gayle, Jerrica Knight-Catania, and Jane Charles *****
  7. The Betting Season by Ava Stone, Catherine Gayle, Jerrica Knight-Catania, and Jane Charles *****
  8. The Heart of a Duke by Samantha Grace, Christi Caldwell, Robin Delany, Olivia Kelly, and Aileen Fish ***** (Well done interlaced stories.)
  9. Christmas Roses by Susan King, Mary Jo Putney, and Patricia Rice
  10. Mischief and Mistletoe by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliot, Anne Gracie, and Susan King
  11. Snowy Night with a Stranger by Jane Feather, Sabrina Jeffries, Julia London (RR)
  12. At the Duke’s Wedding by Caroline Linden, Katherine Ashe, Miranda Neville, and Maya Rodale ***** (Well done interlaced stories.)
  13. Four Dukes and a Devil by Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash, Tracy Anne Warren (RR)
  14. The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor by Diane Gaston, Deb Marlowe, and Amanda McCabe *****
  15. Scottish Brides by Christina Dodd, Stephanie Laurens, Julia Quinn, Karen Ranney (RR) ****
  16. Once Upon a Valentine by Stephanie Bond, Leslie Kelly, Michelle Rowen (RR) ****
  17. Naughty and Nice by Ruthie Knox, Molly O’Keefe, and Stefanie Sloane
  18. Three Weddings and a Murder by Tessa Dare, Leigh Lavalle, Courtney Milan, Carey Baldwin
  19. Once Upon a Ballroom by Katharine Ashe, Caroline Linden, Miranda Neville, Maya Rodale
  20. Cover Me by Joanna Wayne, Rita Herron, and Mallory Kane
  21. All I Want for Christmas is a Duke by Delilah Marvelle and Maire Claremont
  22. I Put a Spell on You by April Oglesbee, Codi Gary, and Jaclyn Hatcher
  23. A Grosvenor Square Christmas by Anna Campbell, Shana Galen, Vanessa Kelly, and Kate Noble
  24. A Regency Invitation to the House Party of the Season by Nicola Cornick, Joanna Maitland, and Elizabeth Rolls
  25. Mistletoe Kisses by Elizabeth Rolls, Deborah Hale, and Diane Gaston ****
  26. Escapades by Anne Barbour ***** (VERY PG.)
  27. Born on the Fourth of July by Jill Shavis, Rhonda Nelson, Karen Foley
  28. Stranded with a Hero by Karen Erickson, Cindi Madsen, Coleen Kwan, Roxanne Snopek. ***** (Great anthology. PG-13 overall—An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen (the best of the group))
  29. Heat Wave by Stephanie Bond, Leslie Kelly, and Heidi Betts **** (RR) (Standout: Getting into Trouble by Leslie Kelly.)
  30. Sun, Sand, Seduction by Stephanie Bond, Leslie Kelly, and Lori Wilde (RR) (Standout: Fevered by Lori Wilde)
  31. Epiphany by Rita Herron, Debra Webb, and Mallory Kane **** (Standout: Merry’s Christmas by Mallory Kane)
  32. Christmas Confidential by Marilyn Pappano and Linda Conrad (Suspense)
  33. By Invitation Only by Lori Wilde, Wendy Etherington, and Jillian Burns ****1/2 (Standout: Private Party by Wendy Etherinton-though they were all good.)
  34. Not Another Blind Date by Janelle Denison, Leslie Kelly, and Jo Leigh. ****
  35. Merry Christmas, Baby by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jennifer LaBrecque, and Rhonda Nelson ****
  36. To All a Good Night by Donna Kauffman, Jill Shalvis, and Helenkay Dimon
  37. Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne, Kate Meader (Standout: Rekindle the Flame by Kate Meader was good.)
  38. Better Naughty Than Nice by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jill Shalvis, Rhonda Nelson (Standout: Snug in His Bed by Rhonda Nelson)
  39. A Blazing Little Christmas (One Click Buy: December Harlequin Blaze) by Jacquie D’Alessandro, Joanne Rock & Kathleen O’Reilly ****
  40. A Mistletoe Christmas by Carla Cassidy, Cathy McDavid, and Marin Thomas **** PG-13 overall. (Standout: Santa’s Mistletoe Mistake by Carla Cassidy)
  41. Harlequin Holiday Collection: Four Classic Seasonal Novellas by Leslie Kelly, Merline Lovelace, Debra Webb, Marta Perry **** (Standout: And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree by Leslie Kelly.)
  42. A Fairytale Christmas by Susan Meier and Barbara Wallace (RR) ****
  43. Naughty or Nice by Patricia Ryan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Carly Phillips, and Kathryn Smith **** (Standouts: Santa, Baby by Patricia Ryan  Love Bytes by Sherrilyn Kenyon)
  44. Holiday Hideout by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jill Shalvis, and Julie Kenner **** *RR)
  45. Kiss of Christmas Magic: 20 Paranormal Romances by Eve Langais, Aubrey Rose and Molly Prince, Deanna Chase, Mandy M. Roth, Michelle M. Pillow, Angie Fox, Mimi Strong, Viola Rivard, Michelle Bardsley, V.M. Black, Lola St. Vil, Terah Edun, Jessa Slade, Chloe Cole, Cristina Rayne, Shawntelle Madison, J.S. Hope, Carina Wilder, Dawn Michelle, Jessica Ryan (Standouts: Caribou’s Gift by Eve Langais, Hunted Holiday: A Vampire Romance by Mandy M. Roth, Bear Witness: Pearson Security #1 by Michele Bardsley, A Christmas to Bear by Carina Wilder, The Hunter’s Moon by Shawntelle Madison, Love Singer by Mimi Strong.)
  46. Red Hot Christmas by Carmen Falcone and Michele de Winton ****
  47. SEAL of My Dreams by Jamie Alden, Stephanie Bond, Kylie Brant, Helen Brenna, HelenKay Dimon, Cindry Gerard, Tara Janzen, Leslie Kelly, Elle Kennedy, Alison Kent, Jo Leigh, Gennita Low, Marliss Melton, Christie Ridgway, Barbara Samuel, Roxanne St. Claire, Stephanie Tyler, Loreth Anne White **** overall. Most stories were PG-13—most sex was off-page (Standouts: SEALed Fates by Kylie Brant, Going Dark by Helen Brenna *****, Finding Home by HelenKay Dimon ****1/2, Panama Jack by Tara Janzen *****, Her Secret Pirate by Gennita Low *****, Signed, SEALed, Delivered…I’m Yours by Christie Ridgway–***** Whirlwind by Roxanne St. Claire–*****)




  1. The Dragon and the Princess by Jo Beverley (Deleted from library.) (Cannot recommend.)
  2. Honor Among Orcs by Amalia Dillin *****
  3. Riven by Kait Nolan *****


New Adult

  1. All I Ever Wanted by Marilyn Brant, Caisey Quinn, Rhonda Helms, and Lexi Ryan
  2. Decking Drew  by Violet Duke
  3. Tall, Tatted, and Tempting by Tammy Falkner ****
  4. Love in Touch by Lucy May Lennox ****
  5. Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder



  1. I Think I Love You by Stephanie Bond (Mystery) (RR) ****
  2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  3. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie ****
  4. Concrete Evidence (#1 in series) by Rachel Grant ***** (Thriller) (This book was mind-blowingly awesome.)
  5. Body of Evidence (Crimes of Passion Bundle) (#2 in series) by Rachel Grant ***** (Thriller) (Amazing writing again.)
  6. Withholding Evidence (#3 in series) by Rachel Grant **** (Thriller) (Not as good as others in the series, but it did wrap up the story lines and was a sort of epilogue for the other characters.)
  7. Grave Danger by Rachel Grant ***** (Thriller)
  8. Fade to Black (Black Cats #1) by Leslie A. Kelly (Thriller) *****
  9. Pitch Black (Black Cats #2) by Leslie A. Kelly (Thriller) *****
  10. Black at Heart (Black Cats #3) by Leslie A. Kelly (Thriller) *****
  11. The Guestbook by Holly Martin (Chick-lit) *****
  12. Touched by Death (Death Series #1) by Dale Mayer (Thriller) ****
  13. The Witness by Nora Roberts ***** (Lots of language, but so well written. Will reread.)
  14. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion***** (Many F words, but sooo hilarious.)



  1. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon *****


Science Fiction

  1. Wise Words from Across Space and Time: The Official Quotable Doctor Who by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright ***** (Brilliant of course. I marked half of it.)
  2. Far Orbit Anthology ***** (Standouts: Open for Business by Sam S. Kepfield, Starship Down by Tracy Canfield, Charnelhouse by Jonathan Shipley, Bear Essentials by Julie Frost, The Vringla/Racket Incident by Jakob Drud, A Trip to Lagasy by Barbara Davies, Saturn Slingshot by David Wesley Hill)


Young Adult

  1. Single-minded by Veronica Blade ****
  2. Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover ****
  3. The Cold King by Amber Jaeger **** (PGish)
  4. Justice League Volume 1 Origin by Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams
  5. Half-Minute Horrors by Various Authors ***** (THESE WERE AWESOME. Some faves: Hank by Dean Lorey, The Goblin Book by Brad Meltzer, The Legend of Alexandra and Rose by Jon Klassen, The Creeping Hand by Margaret Atwood, Chocolate Cake by Francine Prose, Always Eleven by David Stahler Jr., but the were all pretty amazing.)





2 Responses so far.

  1. Can’t match you, Ms. Speedy Reader. That right there would be about a three-year list for me. At least. I DID get the Doctor Who quotes book for Christmas, though, and yes, many Post-it’s have been stuck to mark special quotes.

    • Wow, that’s weird. I know I replied to this comment. I wonder if I replied to the one I deleted and so it got deleted…

      Anyway…I’m excited that we at least matched up on one book…and especially on a book I loved. That was such a fantastic book. I’m not sure if this latest doctor has as many great lines, though.

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