Thursday, January 1, 2015

Between the Pages - Books I Read in 2014



Two thousand fourteen was a year of upheaval in my personal life, and because of that, books offered me even more solace than usual. Also, my ability to recall and string together words to form worthwhile book reviews has been greatly affected. Although I find the inability to articulate my feelings about the books I read to be disheartening, it has not discouraged me from reading at all.

According to my Goodreads Challenge, I read 255 books in 2014 (first reading of single titles). However, the total on my 'books-read-in-2014' shelf was 269; that includes re-reads of books I have read prior to 2014. To make the numbers even more complicated, I read several books more than once in 2014. Then, there is my database total of 245, which is listed in detail below my favorites lists.

Those twenty-five re-reads for the year were the following: Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture by Sylvain Reynard; Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed (for the 10th time each!) by E.L. James; All Over You and Devoured by Emily Snow; Collide by Gail McHugh; Reaper's Property by Joanna Wylde; Outlaw and Crash by Nicole James; Lay It Down by Cara McKenna; Motorcycle Man (audiobook) by Kristen Ashley; Naked, All In, and Eyes Wide Open (audiobooks) by Raine Miller; Rare and Precious Things (Kindle edition AND audiobook) by Raine Miller; Unteachable by Leah Raeder; First Strike by Pamela Clare; The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter; Carnal Innocence (for the 5th time!) by Nora Roberts; Try and Take by Ella Frank; and Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor. Six of these were read again before proceeding with the latest series installments.

Last year also proved that, in some ways, I've become more particular and my tastes have changed considerably. I added fifteen books to my 'did-not-finish' shelf and attempted to re-read a couple of books that I had previously enjoyed. My opinions had changed so much that I was compelled to remove my ratings and comments for those books.

Each year I meticulously review my database and Goodreads shelves to select my favorites. Even though I arbitrarily decide upon the categories, I am careful in considering which books deserve each designation.

The favorites listed below are the books that affected me the most emotionally. There were also several others I read which were published prior to 2014 that really got to me. Better late than never though, right? As far as my audiobook listening goes, so far I have only listened to books that I've already read in Kindle format.

Last year I read 17 books through my public library's digital collection and I now hope to increase that number in the coming years. My Kindle Paperwhite currently houses 814 books along with numerous Authorgraphs. I'm starting 2015 with 126 books and audiobooks on my 'to-be-read' shelf. I've set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 215 books this year, and the book I've chosen to read first is a novel in my favorite genre (romantic suspense) by a favorite author (Tracey Garvis Graves) entitled Every Time I Think of You.

I wish you enjoyable reading in 2015! 

My Favorites Published in 2014
(alphabetical by author)

Single Titles

Beauty from Love (Beauty #3) by Georgia Cates
Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brother #1) by Claudia Connor
The Fight for Us by Elizabeth Finn
Fatal Jeopardy (Fatal #7) by Marie Force
Take (Temptation #2) by Ella Frank
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Lay It Down (Desert Dogs #1) by Cara McKenna
Rare and Precious Things (The Blackstone Affair #4) by Raine Miller
Jacked (Trent Brothers #1) by Tina Reber
Gabriel's Redemption (Gabriel's Inferno #3) by Sylvain Reynard (published 12/03/13, so just a small cheat)
Archer's Voice (A Sign of Love Series #1)  by Mia Sheridan 
Fatal Hearts by Norah Wilson

Series Titles

Monster in His Eyes Series by J.M. Darhower
Hard Ink Series by Laura Kaye
The Blackstone Affair by Raine Miller
With Me in Seattle by Kristen Proby
In the Company of Killers by J.A. Redmerski
Reaper's MC by Joanna Wylde


Favorites by Category

Favorite Mainstream Romance - Solsbury Hill: A Novel by Susan M. Wyler
Favorite Contemporary Romance - Gabriel's Redemption (Gabriel's Inferno #3) by Sylvain Reynard
Favorite Romantic Suspense - Mean Streak by Sandra Brown, (runner up) The Collector by Nora Roberts
Favorite Inspirational Romance - Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Favorite Fantasy (sci-fi/historical fiction) Romance - Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon
Favorite New Adult Romance - Breakable (Contours of the Heart #2) by Tammara Webber
Favorite Romantic Novella - Hard to Hold on To (Hard Ink #2.5) by Laura Kaye
Favorite Romantic Series - The Blackstone Affair by Raine Miller
Favorite Audiobook - Rare and Precious Things by Raine Miller and narrated by Grace Grant, Shane East, and India Baldwin
Favorite Mystery - Terminal City (Alexandra Cooper #16) by Linda Fairstein
Favorite Romantic Hero - James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser from Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Favorite Romantic Heroine - Brynne Bennett from Rare and Precious Things
Favorite Romantic Couple - Ethan Blackstone and Brynne Bennett from Rare and Precious Things
Favorite Alpha Male - Ethan Blackstone from Rare and Precious Things
Favorite Debut Author - Claudia Connor for Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers #1)

Most Pleasant Surprise - Solsbury Hill: A Novel by Susan M. Wyler
Most Luscious Romance - Gabriel's Redemption (Gabriel's Inferno #3) by Sylvain Reynard
Most Erotic Romance - The Muse (Rothvale Legacy Historical Prequel #1) by Raine Miller
Most Outside My Comfort Zone - Insidious (Tales from the Dark Side #1)  by Aleatha Romig
Most Heartrending - Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry
Most Humorous - Tied (Tangled #4) by Emma Chase
Most Tormented Hero - Ethan Blackstone from Rare and Precious Things by Raine Miller, (runner up) Asher Lee from The Vixen and the Vet by Kate Regnery
Most "Kick-Ass" Heroine - Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser from Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Most Guilty Pleasure - Two VERY dark series: Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower and In the Company of Killers by J.A. Redmerski


Most Anticipated Books of 2015

Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd
Overruled (The Legal Briefs #1) by Emma Chase
One With You (Crossfire #5) by Sylvia Day
Trust (Temptation #3) by Ella Frank
Confess by Colleen Hoover
Give It All (A Desert Dogs Novel) by Cara McKenna
My Lord (Rothvale Legacy #2) by Raine Miller
The Prince (A Gabriel's Inferno/Florentine Series Novella) by Sylvain Reynard
The Raven (The Florentine #1) by Sylvain Reynard
The Liar by Nora Roberts
Deep (Stage Dive #4) by Kylie Scott
Silver Bastard (Silver Valley #1)  by Joanna Wylde

 Individual First Time Reads of 2014
(The (a) following a book's title designates an audiobook.
A rating of zero denotes a book that defies a rating.
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Books I Read in 2014

Author Title Publication Year Reading Date My Rating
Adams, Dee J. Imminent Danger 2014 8/19/2014 8
Adams, Dee J. Against the Wall 2013 6/13/2014 8
Ashley, Kristen Motorcycle Man (a) 2014 2/22/2014 0
Ashley, Kristen Rock Chick (a) 2014 12/27/2014 0
Ashley, Kristen Rock Chick Revolution 2013 1/23/2014 0
Ashley, Kristen The Will 2014 4/29/2014 0
Aster, Willow Maybe Maby 2014 9/5/2014 10
Bailey, Tessa Unfixable 2014 4/23/2014 8
Barbetti, Whitney Ten Below Zero 2014 9/10/2014 10
Bell, Audrey Love Show 2014 3/5/2014 8
Blakely, Lauren First Night 2014 8/14/2014 6
Blakely, Lauren Night After Night 2014 8/25/2014 8
Blakely, Lauren After This Night 2014 8/25/2014 8
Blakely, Lauren One More Night 2014 8/25/2014 8
Bond, Linda Alive at 5 2014 7/26/2014 6
Bowen, Rhys Through the Window 2014 1/12/2014 8
Bowen, Rhys City of Darkness and Light 2014 4/27/2014 8
Boyd, Natasha; Roth , Kate Mistletoe & Hollywood 2014 12/16/2014 8
Bretton, Barbara A Soft Place to Fall 2012 10/20/2014 6
Bromberg, K. Crashed 2014 3/4/2014 8
Brown, Sandra Fat Tuesday (a) 2012 2/10/2014 6
Brown, Sandra Mean Streak 2014 10/25/2014 10
Cameron, Stella Body of Evidence 2012 12/2/2014 4
Carmack, Cora All Lined Up 2014 6/6/2014 6
Carr, Robyn The Chance 2014 11/12/2014 8
Casey, Elle Don't Make Me Beautiful 2013 9/7/2014 10
Casey, Ember Her Wicked Heart 2014 3/25/2014 8
Casey, Ember Take You Away 2014 12/15/2014 6
Casey, Ember Lost and Found 2014 6/22/2014 8
Cates, Georgia Beauty from Love 2014 1/30/2014 10
Chase, Emma Tangled (a) 2013 1/22/2014 10
Chase, Emma Twisted 2014 3/26/2014 10
Chase, Emma Tamed 2014 7/18/2014 8
Chase, Emma Tied 2014 10/11/2014 8
Cherry, Brittainy Loving Mr. Daniels 2014 9/6/2014 10
Clare, Pamela Striking Distance (a) 2013 2/23/2014 10
Clare, Pamela Surrender (a) 2013 1/26/2014 10
Clare, Pamela Untamed (a) 2013 3/20/2014 10
Clare, Pamela Defiant (a) 2013 3/22/2014 10
Clayton, Alice Rusty Nailed 2014 7/1/2014 8
Clayton, Alice Screwdrivered 2014 9/3/2014 8
Clayton, Alice Mai Tai'd Up 2014 12/14/2014 8
Cole , Tillie It Ain't Me, Babe 2014 4/30/2014 6
Cole, Courtney Until We Burn 2013 9/8/2014 8
Cole, Courtney Before We Fall 2013 9/9/2014 8
Cole, Courtney The Minaldi Legacy 2014 9/12/2014 8
Connor, Claudia Worth the Fall 2014 10/1/2014 10
Coplin, Amanda The Orchardist 2012 12/8/2014 6
Cosway, L.H. Painted Faces 2012 10/27/2014 10
Cosway, L.H. Killer Queen 2014 10/28/2014 6
Cosway, L.H. Six of Hearts 2014 8/1/2014 10
Cosway, L.H. Still Life with Strings 2014 4/9/2014 8
Cunning, Olivia Sinners at the Altar 2014 3/24/2014 8
Cunning, Olivia Take Me to Paradise 2014 12/14/2014 6
Darhower, J.M. Monster in His Eyes 2014 10/6/2014 10
Darhower, J.M. Torture to Her Soul 2014 10/16/2014 10
Dawes, Casey California Thyme 2014 7/28/2014 8
Dawes, Casey Christmas Hope 2013 1/3/2014 6
Dawn, Nyrae Rush 2014 5/9/2014 10
Day, Sylvia Reflected in You (a) 2012 2/1/2014 10
Day, Sylvia Entwined With You (a) 2013 2/2/2014 10
Day, Sylvia Captivated by You 2014 11/19/2014 8
Du Maurier, Daphne Jamaica Inn 2013 8/16/2014 8
Evans, Katy Rogue 2014 7/29/2014 10
Fairstein, Linda Terminal City 2014 7/5/2014 8
Finn , Elizabeth The Fight for Us 2014 7/16/2014 10
Fisher, Tarryn Mud Vein 2014 4/7/2014 2
Flynn, Beth Nine Minutes 2014 11/13/2014 8
Force, Marie Fatal Jeopardy 2014 4/3/2014 10
Force, Marie All You Need is Love 2014 2/13/2014 10
Force, Marie I Want to Hold Your Hand 2014 6/7/2014 8
Force, Marie Chance for Love 2014 1/17/2014 8
Force, Marie Gansett After Dark 2014 5/17/2014 8
Foster, Mimi Thunder Snow 2013 1/28/2014 2
Frank, Ella Take 2014 7/8/2014 10
Frank, Ella Veiled Innocence 2014 4/7/2014 8
Gabaldon, Diana Outlander (a) 2006 4/26/2014 10
Gabaldon, Diana Dragonfly in Amber (a) 2006 7/15/2014 10
Gabaldon, Diana The Space Between 2014 6/12/2014 8
Gabaldon, Diana Written in My Own Heart's Blood 2014 6/18/2014 10
Garvis Graves, Tracey Covet 2013 11/4/2014 8
Garvis Graves, Tracey Cherish 2014 12/16/2014 8
Glines, Abbi Rush Too Far 2014 5/10/2014 8
Grace, Sorcha A Taste of You 2013 5/18/2014 6
Grace, Sorcha A Sip of You 2013 5/19/2014 6
Grafton, Sue "U" is for Undertow 2009 7/13/2014 8
Halle, Karina Dirty Angels 2014 7/5/2014 8
Halle, Karina Darkhouse 2011 8/4/2014 6
Halle, Karina Love, in English 2014 4/21/2014 10
Halle, Karina Love, in Spanish 2014 11/17/2014 8
Halle, Karina The Pact 2014 12/31/2014 4
Harlow, Melanie Frenched 2014 4/20/2014 6
Harmon, Amy A Different Blue 2013 1/11/2014 10
Harmon, Amy Infinity + One 2014 9/21/2014 8
Harmon, Amy Making Faces 2013 2/3/2014 10
Harvey-Berrick, Jane At Your Beck and Call 2014 6/2/2014 8
Higgins, Kristan The Perfect Match 2013 6/20/2014 6
Hobman, Lisa J. The Girl Before Eve 2014 6/15/2014 6
Holien, Michael Loving Those With Fibro 2014 5/17/2014 8
Hoover, Colleen Maybe Someday 2014 3/19/2014 10
Hoover, Colleen Maybe Not 2014 12/14/2014 8
Hoover, Colleen Ugly Love 2014 8/5/2014 10
Hunter, Elizabeth A Hidden Fire (a) 2013 1/13/2014 6
Hunter, Elizabeth This Same Earth (a) 2013 3/29/2014 8
Hunter, Elizabeth The Force of Wind (a) 2013 3/31/2014 8
Hunter, Elizabeth A Fall of Water (a) 2013 4/21/2014 8
Hunter, Elizabeth Building From Ashes (a) 2013 9/10/2014 6
Hunter, Elizabeth Blood and Sand (a) 2013 3/23/2014 8
Hunter, Elizabeth The Singer 2014 6/29/2014 8
James, Leigh Liberty Begins 2014 5/25/2014 6
James, Leigh Liberty At Last 2014 5/26/2014 6
James, Nicole Crash 2014 4/13/2014 8
James, Sandy Saving Grace 2013 3/8/2014 6
Johnson, Amber L. Puddle Jumping 2014 8/1/2014 10
Jones, Lisa Renee His Secrets 2014 2/25/2014 6
Jones, Lisa Renee My Hunger 2014 7/7/2014 8
Jones, Lisa Renee No In Between 2014 8/19/2014 10
Jones, Lisa Renee My Control 2014 9/8/2014 8
Jones, Lisa Renee I Belong to You 2014 12/4/2014 8
Jordan, Skye Ricochet 2014 7/19/2014 10
Kage, Linda Price of a Kiss 2013 5/24/2014 6
Kage, Linda To Professor, with Love 2014 5/24/2014 8
Kaye, Laura Hard as You Can 2014 3/17/2014 10
Kaye, Laura Hard to Hold On To 2014 8/20/2014 10
Kaye, Laura Hard to Come By 2014 12/7/2014 10
Kaye, Laura Hearts of Anemoi Bundle 2014 12/28/2014 4
Kaye, Laura Dare to Resist 2014 5/19/2014 8
Keeland, Vi Worth the Fight 2013 2/15/2014 8
Keeland, Vi Worth the Chance 2014 2/20/2014 8
Kennedy, Elle Heat of the Moment 10/2/2014 6
Kennedy, Elle Feeling Hot 2012 9/26/2014 8
Kenner, J. Have Me 2014 12/9/2014 6
Lauren, Christina Sweet Filthy Boy 2014 5/15/2014 10
Leo , Cassia Knox: The Complete Series 2014 10/17/2014 4
Lovelace, Sharla Don't Let Go 2014 8/24/2014 8
Lucero, Isabel Living in Sin 2014 2/26/2014 6
Lucero, Isabel Unforgivable Sin 2014 6/8/2014 4
Lynn, J. Tempting the Bodyguard 2014 6/1/2014 6
Lynn, J. Be With Me 2014 2/19/2014 6
Mackenzie, Riley Beautifully Awake 2013 5/12/2014 10
Mackenzie, Riley Beautifully Done 2014 7/21/2014 8
Mallery, Susan Accidentally Yours 2012 11/3/2014 10
Mallery, Susan Barefoot Season 2012 10/19/2014 8
Mallery, Susan Three Sisters 2013 10/25/2014 8
Mallery, Susan Evening Stars 2014 11/27/2014 8
Mallery, Susan Delicious 2012 10/31/2014 8
Mallery, Susan Irresistible 2012 11/1/2014 8
Mallery, Susan Sizzling 2012 11/2/2014 8
Mallery, Susan Tempting 2012 11/3/2014 8
Mallery, Susan When We Met 2014 5/2/2014 8
Mallery, Susan Before We Kiss 2014 5/29/2014 6
Mallery, Susan Until We Touch 2014 6/30/2014 8
Malpas, Jodi Ellen One Night: Promised 2014 8/5/2014 10
Malpas, Jodi Ellen One Night: Denied 2014 11/24/2014 6
Maxwell, Gina L. Fighting for Irish 2014 1/20/2014 8
McGuire, Jamie A Beautiful Wedding 2013 1/20/2014 8
McGuire, Jamie Beautiful Oblivion 2014 7/12/2014 8
McHugh, Gail Pulse 2013 7/10/2014 6
McKenna, Cara After Hours (a) 2013 3/31/2014 8
McKenna, Cara Lay It Down 2014 8/7/2014 10
McKenna, Cara Hard Time 2014 4/19/2014 10
McKenna, Cara Unbound 2013 4/1/2014 8
Milan, Courtney The Governess Affair 2013 12/15/2014 8
Miller, Linda Lael Big Sky Wedding 2013 8/29/2014 4
Miller, Linda Lael Big Sky Secrets 2013 9/29/2014 6
Miller, Raine The Muse 2014 11/16/2014 10
Miller, Raine The Passion of Darius 2014 2/27/2014 10
Miller, Raine Rare and Precious Things (a) 2014 5/22/2014 10
Miller, Raine Rare and Precious Things 2014 2/28/2014 10
Miller, Raine Priceless 2014 9/10/2014 10
Moyes, Jojo One Plus One 2013 10/15/2014 8
Moyes, Jojo The Girl You Left Behind 2013 8/10/2014 10
Owens, Wendy Only in Dreams 2013 3/6/2014 6
Paige, Laurelin Forever With You 2014 1/15/2014 6
Pettersen, Bev Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash 2013 3/13/2014 8
Pettersen, Bev Studs and Stilletos 2013 3/14/2014 8
Pettersen, Bev Fillies and Females 2011 5/27/2014 8
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth Heroes Are My Weakness 2014 11/26/2014 8
Preston, Beverly The Perfect Someday 2014 5/20/2014 10
Proby, Kristen Loving Cara 2014 1/22/2014 8
Proby, Kristen Seducing Lauren 2014 8/21/2014 8
Proby, Kristen Tied With Me 2014 3/20/2014 8
Proby, Kristen Breathe With Me 2014 7/4/2014 6
Proby, Kristen Forever With Me 2014 12/11/2014 8
Reber, Tina Love Unscripted (a) 2012 3/10/2014 8
Reber, Tina Love Unrehearsed (a) 2012 3/11/2014 8
Reber, Tina Jacked 2014 12/14/2014 10
Redmerski, J.A. Killing Sarai 2013 7/6/2014 10
Redmerski, J.A. Reviving Izabel 2013 7/7/2014 10
Redmerski, J.A. The Swan and the Jackal 2014 9/25/2014 10
Regnery, Kate The Vixen and the Vet 2014 8/8/2014 10
Reichs, Kathy Swamp Bones 2014 8/12/2014 6
Reichs, Kathy Bones Never Lie 2014 12/6/2014 8
Reid, Penny Neanderthal Seeks Human 2013 1/26/2014 8
Reid, Penny Neanderthal Marries Human 2014 8/13/2014 6
Reynard, Sylvain Gabriel's Redemption 2013 1/8/2014 10
Richman, Julie Searching for Moore 2013 2/21/2014 8
Richman, Julie Moore to Lose 2014 2/24/2014 8
Richman, Julie Moore than Forever 2014 2/25/2014 8
Richmonde, Arianne Shades of Pearl 2012 6/9/2014 6
Richmonde, Arianne Shadows of Pearl 2013 6/9/2014 6
Richmonde, Arianne Shimmers of Pearl 2013 6/11/2014 6
Rivers, Mary Ann Live 2014 4/15/2014 6
Roberts, Nora The Collector (a) 2014 12/31/2014 8
Roberts, Nora The Collector 2014 4/17/2014 10
Roberts, Nora The Search (a) 2010 2/19/2014 8
Roberts, Nora The Witness (a) 2012 3/30/2014 10
Romig, Aleatha Consequences (a) 2013 5/5/2014 6
Romig, Aleatha Behind His Eyes: Consequences (a) 2014 7/25/2014 6
Romig, Aleatha Behind His Eyes: Consequences 2014 1/26/2014 6
Romig, Aleatha Truth (a) 2013 5/8/2014 6
Romig, Aleatha Behind His Eyes: Truth (a) 2014 7/26/2014 6
Romig, Aleatha Behind His Eyes: Truth 2014 3/4/2014 6
Romig, Aleatha Convicted (a) 2013 5/10/2014 6
Romig, Aleatha Revealed (a) 2014 7/27/2014 6
Romig, Aleatha Revealed 2014 5/21/2014 6
Romig, Aleatha Insidious 2014 10/23/2014 8
Salsbury, J.B. Fighting to Forget 2014 4/19/2014 10
Scott, Kylie Lick (a) 2014 4/22/2014 10
Scott, Kylie Play (a) 2014 7/22/2014 10
Scott, Kylie Play 2014 3/26/2014 10
Scott, Kylie Lead 2014 7/29/2014 8
Sheehan-Miles, Charles Falling Stars 2013 5/19/2014 8
Sheridan, Mia Archer's Voice 2014 2/14/2014 10
Simsion, Graeme The Rosie Project 2013 1/10/2014 10
Snow, Emily Absorbed 2013 6/23/2014 6
Snow, Emily Consumed 2014 6/24/2014 6
Snow, Tiffany No Turning Back 2012 9/18/2014 6
Staab, Elisabeth One Week 2014 1/13/2014 8
Tucker, K.A. Five Ways to Fall 2014 7/8/2014 8
Van Dyken, Rachel Toxic 2014 4/6/2014 10
Ward, J.R. Lover Enshrined 2008 5/3/2014 6
Watson, Penny Apples Should be Red 2014 3/15/2014 8
Webber, Tammara Breakable 2014 5/6/2014 10
Wilder, Jack The Missionary 2013 4/27/2014 10
Wilder, Jack; Wilder, Jasinda Wounded 2013 9/23/2014 8
Wilson, Norah The Merzetti Effect 2011 12/21/2014 8
Wilson, Norah Every Breath She Takes 2012 9/2/2014 8
Wilson, Norah Fatal Hearts 2014 8/22/2014 10
Winfield, Ryan Jane's Melody (a) 2013 4/4/2014 8
Winfield, Ryan Jane's Melody 2013 1/22/2014 10
Winfield, Ryan Jane's Harmony 2014 8/9/2014 10
Wylde, Joanna Reaper's Property (a) 2013 4/2/2014 8
Wylde, Joanna Reaper's Legacy (a) 2014 4/5/2014 8
Wylde, Joanna Reaper's Legacy 2014 1/30/2014 10
Wylde, Joanna Devil's Game (a) 2014 7/16/2014 10
Wylde, Joanna Devil's Game 2014 6/6/2014 10
Wylde, Joanna Reaper's Stand 2014 10/10/2014 8
Wyler, Susan M. Solsbury Hill 2014 12/18/2014 10

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