Monday, December 29, 2014

Jenn Avery's Top 11 Books of 2014

Jenn Avery's Favorite Books of 2014




That Touch of Magic by Lucy March

I absolutely love everything by this author (and her alter ego Lani Diane Rich).  These characters are smart, charismatic, and real.  The mix of romantic comedy, mystery, and supernatural make this one of the best stories I ready all year.


  The Heist by Janet Evanovich

This is the first book in the Fox and Chase series.  The dialogue is smart and hysterical.  Three books and two short stories have already been released, and I recommend all of them.  This is also a series that is possibly better in audiobook.


Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney

This is the first book in a three-book arc plus a companion book.  I recommend anything written by this author, but this series is my favorite.  The writing is smart and funny.  I don’t often laugh or cry when reading, but these books made me do both, multiple times.

The Law of Attraction by N.M Silber

Another first book of a series.  Silber is a great romantic comedy writer.  These books are racier than many contemporary romance books, but even if that isn’t your thing, it is worth giving these books a read.  I felt like any of the characters in these books would be able to sit down with my friends and hang out at any event.


Single by Saturday by Catherine Bybee

I love the Weekday Bride books, and this one was no exception.  What I love about Bybee, and this book in particular, is that she takes a risk with overdone tropes and kicks it out of the ballpark in execution.  The characters are relatable, even when the main one is a movie star, and the secondary characters are just as interesting as the hero and heroine.

Final Vow by Kathleen Brooks

This was the last of the Bluegrass Brother’s books, and was one of my favorites of the series.  Often times a series goes on too long, particularly in the genre, but in this case the series went out with a bang.   The mysterious Ahmed has been a presence throughout the series.  While this is the only book in the series that came out in 2014, I recommend going back and reading the previous 5 books as well as the Blue Grass Undercover books before this one.

Taken, not Spurred by Ruth Cardello

First off, this book is very sexy and has stronger language than most books I’ve ready by this author.  The plot is great, but what I loved most about this book is the heroine.  She is a great mix of spunk, snark, and sexy. 


All You Need is Love by Marie Force

As a die hard Beatles fan and Marie Force fan, I was a little worried that there was no way this book could live up to expectations.  The love story and characters were well written and realistic, and a great set-up for future books. 

Bonus Marie Force plug:  I also discovered her Fatal series this year, which is an amazingly well written mystery/suspense romance series.

Modogamous by Karen E. Martin

I received this book for free in exchange for a review, but it turned out to be one of the best books I read all year.  The characters were so well written and relatable, and even the secondary characters were better written then the man characters in many other books.

Waterfall by Lauren Kate

I am a sucker for Lauren Kate’s young adult books, and this one is no exception.  This was the second book in the series, and the story is compelling and hard to put down.  The last book in the series isn’t due out until late 2015, and I might recommend waiting until then to start it because you wont have to wait to see how the series ends.

Searching for Perfect by Jennifer Probst

I love a good story with a nerd hero, and this book does it better than most.  This is the second book in this series, and I love the premise for the entire serious of a matchmaking firm run by women who help the clients show off their best side.