The Year In Reviews

2013 – The Year In Reviews



Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! The TNA crew has been busily compiling our list of the top reads of 2013, which is never easy considering we read and review hundreds of books each year, but we’ve managed to come up with a few that we felt stood out from all the rest and have put them together for you.

They are in no particular order, just the books and characters that made us think, laugh, cry, smile, or touched our hearts and minds in their own unique ways. We’ve also included a special category just for cover love, in honor of our own A.J. Corza, whom we miss terribly and look forward to returning after the first of the year.

As a special celebration of these and the many more hundreds of books that aren’t on this list because of space constraints, but very well could have been, The Novel Approach would like to give you the chance to weigh in on your own favorites.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

And now, here they are—our Top Picks of 2013

Favorite YA/Coming-of-Age

Lisa:

    1.) Fearless by Chris O’Guinn
    2.) Atom Heart John Beloved by Luke Hartwell
    3.) The Battle for Jericho by Gene Gant

Tina:

    1.) Omorphi by Cody Kennedy
    2.) The Cost of Loving by Wade Kelly
    3.) Just Between Us by JH Trumble

Jackie:

    1.) Memorizing You by D.W. Skinner
    2.) Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick
    3.) Superhero by Eli Easton

Lynn:

    1.) Relationships 101 (Dear Diary 3) by Allison Cassatta

BJ:

    1.) Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Favorite Contemporary

Lisa:

    1.) Muscling Through by JL Merrow
    2.) King Mai by Edmond Manning
    3.) Disasterology 101 by Taylor V. Donovan

Tina:

    1.) Billy’s Bones by Jamie Fessenden
    2.) With or Without Him by Barbara Elsborg
    3.) Catch My Breath by MJ O’Shea

Jackie:

    1.) A White Coat is My Closet by Jake Wells
    2.) Hungry for Love by Rick R Reed
    3.) More Than Everything by Cardeno C

Lynn:

    1.) Double Full by Kindle Alexander

Lana:

    1.) The Trouble with Tony (Sex in Seattle #1) by Eli Easton
    2.) The Hardest Thing by James Lear
    3.) Stripped Clean by Ellis Carrington

BJ:

    1.) Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton
    2.) Probation by Tom Mendicino
    3.) Home Team by James Dash

Favorite Historical

Lisa:

    1.) The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe by Charlie Cochet
    2.) Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story by Ruth Sims
    3.) Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin #1) by Jordan L. Hawk

Lynn:

    1.) A Place To Call Their Own by L. Dean Pace-Frech

BJ:

    1.) The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton

Favorite Fantasy (Incl. Urban Fantasy/Alt U/Steampunk/Sci-Fi/Fairy Tales)

Lisa:

    1.) The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men by Eric Arvin
    2.) The Lodestar of Ys by Amy Rae Durreson
    3.) Infected: Undertow by Andrea Speed

Jackie:

    1.) Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford
    2.) Moral Authority by Jacob Flores
    3.) The Harvest: Taken by M.A. Church

Lynn:

    1.) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Deanna Wadsworth

Lana:

    1.) Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt
    2.) Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt
    3.) Full Moon Dating by Julia Talbot

Favorite Paranormal

Lisa:

    1.) The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies #1) by KJ Charles
    2.) Spook Squad (PsyCop #7) by Jordan Castillo Price
    3.) Someday It Will Be by S.A. McAuley

Jackie:

    1.) The Haunted Heart by Josh Lanyon
    2.) Fish & Ghosts by Rhys Ford
    3.) Airos by Jennifer Wright

Lynn:

    1.) Thicker Than Water by A. F. Henley

Lana:

    1.) Every Drop of My Love by Jane Davitt
    2.) Bloody Love Spats by Valentina Heart
    3.) Blood Moon by MJ O’Shea

BJ:

    1.) Last Dance With Mary Jane by John Goode

Favorite Series

Lisa:

    1.) The Borders War Series by S.A. McAuley
    2.) The Wode Series by J Tullos Hennig
    3.) The Whyborne & Griffin Series by Jordan L. Hawk

Tina:

    1.) The Collars & Cuffs Series by KC Wells
    2.) The Market Garden Series by Alexsandr Voinov & L.A. Witt
    3.) The City Knight Series by T.A. Webb

Jackie:

    1.) The Cut & Run Series by Abigail Roux
    2.) The Diversion Series by Eden Winters
    3.) The Johnnies Series by Amy Lane

Lynn:

    1.) The Broken Series by Kol Anderson

Lana:

    1.) The Men of Myth Series by Brandon Witt

Favorite Couple

Lisa:

    1.) Cole McGinnis and Kim Jae Min – The Cole McGinnis Mystery Series by Rhys Ford
    2.) Percival Whyborne and Griffin Flaherty – The Whyborne & Griffin Series by Jordan L. Hawk
    3.) Larry Morton and Al Fletcher – Muscling Through

Tina:

    1.) Marcus & Ben – City Knight Series by T.A. Webb
    2.) Aiden & Finn – Marshall’s Park Series by Lisa Worrall

Jackie:

    1.) Bo & Lucky – Diversion Series by Eden Winters
    2.) Chase & Tommy – Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane)
    3.) Brian & Jamie – The Little Boy Lost Series by JP Barnaby

Lynn:

    1.) Wes and Micah – Livin’ on the Edge by Dee Dee Brock

Lana:

    1.) Brett and Finn – Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt
    2.) Brett and Schwint – Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt
    3.) Tony and Jack – The Trouble With Tony by Eli Easton

BJ:

    1.) Michael and Finn – Bring Him Home by Sammy Goode
    2.) Tavio and Tommy – Medium, Sweet, Extra Shot of Geek by R. Cooper
    3.) Sir William and Sir Christian – The Lion and the Crow by Eli Eston

Favorite Cover

Lisa:

    1.) Stung by K.A. Merikan
    2.) The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men by Eric Arvin
    3.) Agamemnon Frost and the Hollow Ships by Kim Knox



Tina:

    1.) Heart of the Race by Mary Calmes
    2.) Billy’s Bones by Jamie Fessenden
    3.) Collide by J.R. Lenk



Jackie:

    1.) Inside Out by Andrew Grey
    2.) Whiskey & Wry by Rhys Ford
    3.) Newton’s Laws of Attraction by M.J. O’Shea



Lynn:

    1.) Black Hurricane by Erica Pike



Lana:

    1.) Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt
    2.) Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt



BJ:

    1.) Northern Star by Ethan Day
    2.) Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
    2.) Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton




And that does it for The Year In Reviews. :)

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74 thoughts on “2013 – The Year In Reviews

  1. StormyMonday says:

    My favorites of 2013 include Josh Lanyon’s The Haunted Heart: Winter and Sarah Black’s The General and the Horse Lord & The General and the Elephant Clock…. All three also have gorgeous covers :-) And of course Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox!

    Happy New Years Eve!

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  2. How in the world did we narrow it down? There were so many great choices. Even now I’m thinking, “I should have included…” It was a very good year in M/M fiction. Looking ahead to the already scheduled releases, 2014 will be just as good. Thank you TNA crew for being the best damn reviewers around. It is an honor to work with you!

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  3. ::note to self – Tina not in drawing:: :)

    Based on StormyMonday’s favorites, I can already tell all this contest will do is add more books to my already massive TBR pile. :-P

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  4. I love end of the year lists and was quite honored to be included. Yay! I’ve already taken several titles down as ‘must-reads.’ Seems like I’m always a year behind in my reading…I’ll read these books in 2014 while new stuff comes out. Hahahaha. Thanks for the recommendations.

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    • Vin and Mai were destined for my Best of the Year list, Edmond. And for as much as I read, I’m always incredibly far behind too. Too many books, too little time. Happy New Year!

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    • Oh, there was no way your boys weren’t making my list this year! <3 The only problem was having to put them in the "Historical" rather than the "Paranormal" category, but it works either way. :)

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  5. Allison says:

    I’m kind of bad at recording what I’ve read but I’ll list books that stayed with me the most for various reasons. King Mai (also for the cover) by Edmond Manning, Safeword by AJ Rose, Transgression by Theo Fenraven, Threshold and Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk (also favorite couple), the Hainted series by Ms. Hawk as well, partially because I didn’t want to read it at first and now I can’t wait for the next. The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men (also for the cover) by Eric Arvin. Ace by Kate Aaron, The Sky is Dead by Sue Brown, Glitterland by Alexis Hall. I could probably keep going but I’ll stop there. This is way more difficult than I would have thought. Thank you for the giveaway and Happy New Year!

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  6. suze294 says:

    Have only just read Widdershins but the next two will be got in new year, for a favourite couple. Also started reading lots of Josh Lanyon – Holmes and Moriarity and got Adrian Englisg to do. Enjoyed Dani Alexanders Shattered Glass and hoping for more once he’s better. AJ Rose’s Safeword was a great follow up and loved the cover aain. and Harper Fox was added to my Brit authors must buy list!
    Happy New Year to all at TNA!

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  7. It’s so hard to pick since there are so many books that came out this year that were really good and had really amazing covers. I’m going to just name my top 5 picks of 2013:

    1)Black Hurricane by Erica Pike
    2) The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes
    3) 500 Miles by Parker Williams
    4)Pretty Poison by Kari Gregg
    5) The Truth About Riley by Henrietta Clarke

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  8. I have to repeat what Tina said earlier, it was sooooooo hard to pick just three books. I have been lucky enough to read some fantastic books and I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for us.

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  9. Jay R> says:

    Lisa to you and your Staff Happy New Year.

    There were so many good books this year that it’s difficult to pick, but three that are up there for me are: Memorizing You by Dan Skinner; Social Skills by Sara Alva; and Aaron by JP Barnaby.

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  10. What an honor and a privilege to have Omorphi counted among such awesome authors and great works. *blushes furiously* Thank you SO MUCH Tina and Lisa! You guys are the best! I just love all you guys!
    (Count me out fo the drawing, too!)

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  11. Don’t put me in the drawing, I just wanted to say thanks. And, lol… Whoot! Keyno and Dale from The Harvest: Taken says thank you too!!! We’re just tickled pink to be included in such a great list. :)
    ~M

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  12. My TBR list just grew! I will say I am a huge PsyCop fan so to see Spook Squad up there made me smile. King Mai was extraordinary, Edmond Manning is such an outstanding viisual writer. The Collar and Cuffs series by K.c Wells is very good and I always get excited when I hear of a new one coming out. CLEARLY Cut and Run is my number 1 series without a question! I want to read the Diversion Series by Eden Winters and have actually purchased them so I can’t wait to dig in. Only thing I would have put in here in favorite couple to go to Ben and Gavin from AJ Rose’s Power Exchange and Safeword. I love them heehee! Thanks for adding to my tbr list lol

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  13. Antonia says:

    This is really tough. There are so many great books that I read this year. Definitely the Whyborne and Griffin series by Jordan L Hawk and The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles. Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan, A Casual Weekend Thing by AJ Thomas, Gumption and Gumshoes by Alex Kidwell, Blame It on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton. I’m sure I’m forgetting some. And my tbr keeps getting longer! Thanks for your great reviews and the giveaway!

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  14. Try by Ella Frank, all Kindle Alexander’s books, SE Jakes books, Alluring Indulgence series by Nicole Edwards, Shannon West’s books, Sandrine Gasq-Dion …if it’s M/M I’ll most likely love it!!

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  15. OH there some more books to add to the TBR mountain. I love list like these, gets me to looking at books I may have not read otherwise. I’m really bad at remember books, but a few that stuck with me this year: Out of the Blackness by Carter Quinn, Aftermath by Cara Dee, Safeword by AJ Rose, Collars and Cuffs Series by KC Wells, Uniformity Series by Ethan Stone. I saw someone list 500 Miles by Parker Williams, damn he made me cry! Okay maybe I’ll stop there cause I need to go add more books to my must read.

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  16. Beth M says:

    There were so many great books during the year. Here are 10 of my faves!
    1) Double Full by Kindle Alexander
    2) Collide by Riley Hart
    3) Aftermath by Cara Dee
    4) Bad Idea by Damon
    Suede (being a comic nerd..I have read this about a dozen times!)
    5) Try by Ella Frank
    6) Promises by Marie Sexton
    7) Texas Pride by Kindle Alexander
    8) The Back-up Boyfriend by River Jaymes
    9) Saving Alexander by Susan Mac Nicol
    10) Travis by Nicole Edwards or for that matter ANYTHING by Nicole Edwards!

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  17. Jim says:

    I loved “Sweet Delights” by Lynn Hagen; Had my heart broken by “Dark Horse” by Kate Sherwood; read “The Wolfing Way” by Susan Laine many times, just for the romance.

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  18. Jbst says:

    Fear, Hope and Bread Pudding by Marie Sexton and Learning Curve by Kaje Harper are two 2013 books that I like to add to the list of wonderful books.

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  19. Shelley says:

    Some of my favourite reads in 2013 have been:
    Bone Rider by J. Fally
    The Tin Box by Kim Fielding
    Saving Sonny James and Finding Frankie by Lou Sylvre
    Strength of the Pack by Kendall McKenna
    Disasterology 101 and Six Degrees of Separation by Taylor V Donovan
    Gumption and Gumshoes by Alex Kidwell
    Claiming, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts and Urban Shaman by Lyn Gala
    Dead in the Desert by Lou Harper
    Spook Squad by Jordan Castillo Price
    Dirty Laundry, Whiskey and Wry, and Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford
    Out of the Blackness by Quinn Carter
    Six Ways From Sunday by Mercy Celeste
    Illumination by Rowan Speedwell
    Undertow by Andrea Speed

    Favourite Couples:
    Quade and Roman in Old Loyalty, New Love by Mary Calmes
    Vic and Jacob in the PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price
    Roan and Dylan in the Infected series by Andrea Speed

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  20. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    There were so many good books this last year. I didn’t realise until today that most of them were from Dreamspinner. My favourites are:
    Omorphi by Cody Kennedy
    Into the River I Drown by TJ Klune
    Bolt-hole Amy Lane
    Forever Promised by Amy Lane
    Racing The Sun by Amy Lane
    Life Lessons book Four: Learning Curve
    Strength of The Pack Kendall McKenna.

    Also found a new author Eli Easton loved Super Hero and Blame it on The Mistletoe.
    Please count me in for the Giveaway……………Thank you
    ShirleyAnn@speakman40.freeserve.co.uk

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  21. Tammy says:

    Great lists everyone. I have several Eli Easton books on my TBR. After seeing these lists I am definitely moving her books to the top.
    My favorites for 2013 were:
    Spook Squad (PsyCop #7) by Jordan Castillo Price
    Sole Support by Kaje Harper
    Learning Curve (Life Lessons #4) by Kaje Harper
    Tell Me It’s Real by TJ Klune

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  22. Karen H says:

    Favorite shifter: Old Loyalty, New Love by Mary Calmes
    Series: Precious Gems by EM Lynley
    Contemporary: Parting Shot by Mary Calmes
    Favorite Cover: Parting Shot by Mary Calmes
    Having read manay of the other comments, I however am very looking forward to many new favorites :-D.

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  23. Jillian says:

    My favorite books of the year were Parting Shot by Mary Calmes and Whiskey and Wry by Rhys Ford. I love everything written by both authors and the Matter of Time series from Mary Calmes is one of my all-time favorite series. I can’t wait to see the next book in the Sinner’s series from Rhys Ford. I wish I could name every other author I love but there is not enough room so I just want to say thanks for writing to every author that reads this!

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  24. Carolyn says:

    It’s great to see all the different books people loved. Some I’ve read and agree, and the others I haven’t read have me taking notes or just happy to have them waiting to be read on my e-reader. Limiting myself to what came out in 2013, not just what I read in the year, I’m just going to throw out a few that I really loved, not just really, really, really liked, of which there are so many. Sarah Black’s The General and the Horse-Lord and The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari were just so wonderful and in a tie for favorite series with my favorite couple’s series. I loved Rhys Ford’s Sinner’s Gin. Vona Logan’s Return to Destiny was a short that just worked for me on all levels. Chris Scully’s When Adam Kissed Me just got to me, and I was so happy to discover last year’s wonderful companion story, Inseparable. Favorite couple would go to Lou Sylvre’s Luki Vasquez and Sonny James from the Vasquez & James series, and this year’s releases in the series, Finding Jackie and Saving Sonny James were more excellent chances to read about the love and adventures of these two. My favorite YA read this year was Openly Straight. Not necessarily a romance but so great that I just wanted to go out and buy copies for everyone, even knowing it wouldn’t be everyone’s favorite, too.

    Happy reading in 2014, everyone!

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  25. Bogusia says:

    There were so many great books :D
    Favorite YA- Superhero by Eli Easton
    Favorite Contemporary-
    1.Black Hurricane by Erica Pike
    2.The Backup Boyfriend by Jaymes River
    3.Broken Road Cafe by Webb T.A.
    Favorite Series-
    1.The Market Garden Series by Alexsandr Voinov & L.A. Witt
    2. Liaisons Series by Culpepper S.E.
    Favorite Cover-
    1.Black Hurricane by Erica Pike
    2. From the Ashes by by Daisy Harris
    3. Indebted by A.R. Hawkins
    Favorite Couple-
    1.Matthew Elliot&Kira Takeo Franco from Point of No Return by N.R. Walker
    2.Christian Blakely&Kevin McGuire from Lost Won by S.E. Culpepper
    3.Gavin Montgomery&Jamie Donnigan from Bad Attitude by K.A. Mitchell
    Favorite Fantasy- Touch Me Not by Donaghy Genna
    Please count me in :) Thanks
    ivoost@wp.pl

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  26. Andrea M says:

    Favorite books: Sinner’s Gin (and anything else Rhys Ford writes) and Saving Alexander by Susan Mac Nicol
    Favorite series: Blue Notes by Shira Anthony and Sinners by Rhys Ford
    Most anticipated: Tequila Mockingbird by Rhys Ford

    I could list hundreds more; it’s just too hard to narrow it down. I’ve already rethought what I wrote but I guess the first ones I think about are what I’ll go with.

    andreams2013@gmail.com

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  27. Lisa says:

    I read so many great books in 2013. Always hard to choose just a few. Some of my favorite authors that released multiple books this past year were Rhys Ford, Amy Lane, Abi Roux, SE Jakes, and Mercy Celeste. The last book that I bought and read in 2013 was Pony by SJD Peterson. Loved it and can’t wait for the next in the Guards of Folsom series!

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  28. Wow, those are a lot of the stories I’ve enjoyed this last year as well. You all have great taste! I’m always shocked by how many I’ve bought when I am forced to confront how many came out in a single year. LOL! So much to read, so little cash left to purchase them.

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  29. waxapplelover says:

    I love reading through everyone’s lists since that gives me a better idea of what to get next!

    If I have to go based off of how many times I’ve re-read something, I’d have to go with Tell Me It’s Real by TJ Klune. I LOVE all of the characters, not just the main couple. I can honestly say that I’ve read it at least once a month since I’ve gotten it.

    I also loved Creature Feature, with stories by Poppy Dennison and Mary Calmes. Both stories were great! If I had to choose my favorite couple, I’d go with Frank and Cael from Mary Calmes’ story, Landslide.

    As for cover, I love the Parting Shot cover by Mary Calmes.

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  30. Renee says:

    Too many choices! I have read many on your lists and enjoyed them all – but you missed Slide by Garrett Leigh – such a good book.

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  31. Cut and Run by Abigail Roux is one of my all time favorite series. I really like Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan and the free additional short story she posted on Christmas Eve was so awesome.

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  32. Kat says:

    I read…a lot… :-D so I had to narrow the list of my favourites by publisher and DSP is one of my very favourites.

    Favourite YA/Coming-of-Age
    Children of the Knight by Michael J. Bowler
    On Tinsel Wings by Augusta Li
    Kieran & Drew by L.A. Gilbert

    Favourite Contemporary
    Racing for the Sun by Amy Lane
    Dirty Laundry by Rhys Ford
    Into This River I Drown by TJ Klune

    Favourite Historical
    The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe by Charlie Cochet
    Like Fire Through Bone by E.E. Ottoman
    City of Jade by L.J. LaBarthe

    Favorite Fantasy (Incl. Urban Fantasy/Alt U/Steampunk/Sci-Fi/Fairy Tales)
    Fish and Ghosts by Rhys Ford
    Triane’s Son Rising by Amy Lane
    Merman by K.Z. Snow

    Favourite Paranormal
    Intercession by Pepper Espinoza
    Night Shift by Kim Fielding
    Old Loyalty, New Love by Mary Calmes

    Favourite SciFi
    Bone Rider by J. Fally
    Memory Kick by C.M. Torrens
    The Prince He Loved by Michael Barnette

    Favourite Series
    Sinners Series by Rhys Ford
    The General and the Horse-Lord by Sarah Black
    Keeping Promise Rock Series by Amy Lane
    Vasquez & James Series by Lou Sylvre
    Sanguis Noctis by Robin Saxon and Alex Kidwell
    Being(s) in Love by R. Cooper

    2013 as a fabulous year for reading and I am so looking forward to 2014.
    kalimar2010 @ gmail.com

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  33. Kat says:

    I read…a lot :-D so I had to narrow my list by publisher and DSP is one of my favourites so…

    Favourite YA/Coming-of-Age
    Children of the Knight by Michael J. Bowler
    On Tinsel Wings by Augusta Li
    Kieran & Drew by L.A. Gilbert

    Favourite Contemporary
    Racing for the Sun by Amy Lane
    Dirty Laundry by Rhys Ford
    Into This River I Drown by TJ Klune

    Favourite Historical
    The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe by Charlie Cochet
    Like Fire Through Bone by E.E. Ottoman
    City of Jade by L.J. LaBarthe

    Favorite Fantasy (Incl. Urban Fantasy/Alt U/Steampunk/Sci-Fi/Fairy Tales)
    Fish and Ghosts by Rhys Ford
    Triane’s Son Rising by Amy Lane
    Merman by K.Z. Snow

    Favourite Paranormal
    Intercession by Pepper Espinoza
    Night Shift by Kim Fielding
    Old Loyalty, New Love by Mary Calmes

    Favourite SciFi
    Bone Rider by J. Fally
    Memory Kick by C.M. Torrens
    The Prince He Loved by Michael Barnette

    Favourite Series
    Sinners Series by Rhys Ford
    The General and the Horse-Lord by Sarah Black
    Keeping Promise Rock Series by Amy Lane
    Vasquez & James Series by Lou Sylvre
    Sanguis Noctis by Robin Saxon and Alex Kidwell
    Being(s) in Love by R. Cooper

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  34. Michelle says:

    Favorite books:
    Raining Men by Rick R Reed and The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes
    Favorite series:
    The Guards of Folsom by SJD Peterson and Collars and Cuffs by KC Wells
    What a great year for reading!

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  35. Cindy says:

    2013 Favs in the M/M genre – tough one, but here are a few.
    Worth Keeping – by Susan Mac Nicol
    Pretty Poison – by Kari Gregg
    A Christmas Memory – by Max Vos
    Coloring Outside the Lines – by Diane DeRicci
    Trick’s Dante – by AKM Miles – (was that 2013 – I believe so)
    Serenading Stanley – by John Inman
    Just a few of my favs – way too many to list. Can’t wait to see what 2014 is going to bring!!

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  36. Thank you so much for including Men of Myth on this list! I am so thrilled and humbled to be part of such a wonderful blog! You just made me sooooooo excited! Thank you, Lana! (And, please don’t include me on the list, I simply had to say thank you!)

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  37. Mika says:

    So many books to think of. I really loved Mary Calmes’ Old Loyalty, New Love. I love reading shifter books that are well done. I also enjoyed Amy Lane ‘s Ethan in Gold. In fact, I think Dex and Kane from Dex in Blue is my favorite couple.

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  38. Petra says:

    I fell in love with the cover of An Unlocked Heart at the UK Fiction meet when I was lucky enough to find myself sitting next to KC Wells. When I got home I thought I should read the book and fell in love all over again!
    Memorizing You by Dan Skinner was amazing, way more heart wrenching than anything I was usually read but people HAVE to read this book …. because!
    And why no mention of Sandrine Gasq-Dion? I love her to pieces? ALL of her books are fab and SO funny! You have to start at the beginning with A Marked Man and 20 odd books later you will STILL love Mateo, Riley and the purple hippo (you wanna know now dontcha lol)
    Oh and obviously I love Lisa Worrall, but then she knows where I live so I have to say that ;-)

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  39. Kathie says:

    After attending GRL and meeting many of my favs,following them on FaceBook and reading their blogs ,their books are more personal to me. Not only do i like their books I like them as people and that’s just as important to me. Jacob Flores,Edmond Manning,Posey Roberts , TJ Klune, Eric Arvin and so many more are really nice people and write great books.

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  40. Rissa says:

    Favorite cover: Painting Fire on Air by JP Barnaby.
    Couples: Ty & Zane, Jamie & Brian
    Books: I read over 300 books this year it’s way too hard to pick just 1 favorite. Every book I picked up by JP Barnaby :) , Pup by AND Peterson, Aftermath by Cara Dee, Daddio by Mickie B Ashling and so many others.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

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  41. Pattydc says:

    Here are some of the books I enjoyed reading in 2013.

    Shifter Books:
    > Strength of the Pack by Kendall McKenna — Shifters in the military.
    > Until Forever Comes by Cardeno C.

    Paranormal:
    > The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles
    > Dance Only For Me by Megan Derr

    Contemporary:
    > Still by Mary Calmes
    > A Little Bit Country by SJ Frost
    > Disasterology 101 by Taylor Donovan

    Cuteness:
    Blame It On the Mistletoe by Eli Easton

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  42. Juliana says:

    I have read some great books this year! Too many to list here, but three that I really loved were Ethan in Gold, Make Me Whole, and Brothers of the Wild North Sea.
    And the cover for Brothers of the Wild North Sea is stunning!
    Thanks for posting your lists and holding the contest, I can always use book money! ;)
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

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  43. Sara says:

    Yes, I’ve read a few of those from your lists. I also loved:
    Bullheaded by Catt Ford because she managed to make bulriding interesting and the ‘couple’ real both in their failure and in their success.
    The Tin Box by Kim Fielding because it’s a heartbreaking story/history.
    Leather + Lace by A.B. Gayle because it takes a new(er) view on BDSM.
    Anything Could happen by B.G. Thomas because anything he writes makes me feel good and happy.
    And many more. But this will do for now.

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  44. Cole says:

    I have a hard time remembering what was published in 2013 since the ones I really like I end up reading over and over again. I love reading everyone’s lists. Now I get to expand my TBR list!
    I really liked the cover of Goblins by Melanie Tushmore. The book was great two. I love the fantasy stuff and I’ve always thought Goblins were great if written well.
    Some of my favorites of the year are below:
    Superhero by Eli Easton
    Old Loyalty, New Love and Parting Shot by Mary Calmes
    Going Up and Racing the Sun by Amy Lane
    A Little Bit Country and To the Other Side by SJ Frost
    In Another Life and More Than Everything by Cardeno C.
    Dance Only For Me and Backwoods Asylum by Megan Derr
    The Dragon’s Hoard series by Mell Eight
    I know I’m leaving a lot of authors off, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t awesome too- 2013 was a great year!

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  45. chickie434 says:

    The Engineered Throne by Megan Derr
    Strength of the Pack by Kendall McKenna
    Old Loyalty, New Love by Mary Calmes
    Brac Pack Halloween by Lynn Hagen
    Alpha Trine by Lexi Ander (technically was originally released in 2012, but was re-released and I re-read it. I love my sci-fi).

    And the list goes on and on, but these are the first 5 off the top of my head.

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  46. Happy New Year, everyone, and thanks for stopping by to share some of your favorite books, couples, and covers of 2013 with us! Did your TBR piles grow as much as mine did? Oy. So many book, so little time.

    The contest is now closed, and the drawing for the $25 Dreamspinner Press gift card has been done. And the winner is…

    Lee Todd

    Congratulations, Lee! I’ve already contacted DSP customer service, so expect to hear something soon. Happy reading! :)

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