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Amy’s Favorite Reads of 2016!!

2016

2016 was an amazing year for book releases. There were so many amazing books that I’ve read and loved. So, for me, this year was harder than ever to narrow down that list. Almost all of these books on my list released this year, except for two. And instead of giving you the hows or whys these books made my list, I’m going to provide you with some of my favorite quotes. These are all memorable and unforgettable lines that I have highlighted in my kindle over this year.

**Just know, these books made it on to my list for many different reasons. Stories that gave me all of the feels and took me on incredible rides. But, most of all, they made this list because these books made me fall deeper in love with the written word…..

Coast by Jay McLean 

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“His touch is like fire. Sweet, tortuous flames setting off too many emotions. I struggle, and I fight, and I fight some more, to not move away, to not fear his touch. But I fail. Because I’m Becca Owens–a broken girl. And he’s Josh Warden–the boy who broke me.”

“She made me feel weightless, feel free, feel airborne. So, I kicked, and I pushed, and for the past year, that’s all I’ve been doing because it didn’t feel the same and I knew in my heart that without her, I’d never be able to coast.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2i5jqSm

Fly With Me by Chanel Cleeton

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“The second I saw her, my plans for the evening became whatever put me in her orbit. I didn’t know where this was headed, but right now I was happy to follow her anywhere.”

“This guy should come with a warning label. Caution: Kisses will make you forget your own name. Proceed at your own risk.”

“I was thirty years old. I’d spent most of my teen years and adult life looking for love while simultaneously guarding my heart, calculating risks, approaching love like it was something I could ensure. And here it was. Bigger than me, than my fears, than anything. There was no guarding against it. No insurance I could take out that would protect me. This was skydiving, free fall, jumping off the cliff with no idea if there was rocks below or how deep the water was. And whatever questions I might have had, the fear that I’d go splat at the bottom, were carried away with the wind.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2h5wtkZ

Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley

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“Lady Luck finally saw fit to shine her light on me but life taught me to share. Welcome to the light.”

“My Ty. My Ty. Christ. Fuck. Christ. Two words. Just two words. Walker had no clue until that moment that two words could mean so fucking much. He’d never belonged to anyone. He’d never belonged anywhere. Never thought he wanted to. Until he heard those two words.”

~~Ty and Lexie….Enough Said

http://amzn.to/2hWJiQB

Heartbreaker by Melody Grace

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“I forgotten how it felt. The way he looked at me, the way his touch could make me forget my own name. I’d never felt something so wild and intoxicating, a rush that blotted out all reason and consequence, and just made me demand more, closer, now.”

“I’ll do anything for you, baby. Anything you want. I will love you until the end of the fucking world, but you don’t shut me out again. When I take you, I take all of you. Every last piece of you, body and soul.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2i5iRYX

Down to my Soul by Kennedy Ryan

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“Growing up, Mama always reminded me that love keeps no record of wrongs. I didn’t know until now that true love, pure love, the right love, doesn’t keep that record because it can’t. I can’t.”

“Who needs words when we have this? This living, panting thing that ignites every second we’re together. Lust and love rub against each other vigorously like two sticks making sparks fly, the first sign of fire.”

“I claim him with the pads of my fingers, with the palms of my hands. He is mine and I am his. Our darkest secrets, shared. Our deepest places reached. We are completely known. Completely loved down to our very souls.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hdc6pn

Where Lightning Strikes by AL Jackson

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“Like an aurora of dancing, captivating lights that turned out to be nothing but a black hole. Consuming life and light. Those near-black eyes caught mine, almost stopping me in my tracks as they glimmered with that same dark mischief, as if any moment he would strike. Reach out and take me in his grips. Devour and destroy and desolate.”

“There were some wounds that went too deep they could never be erased. But God, I wanted him to try. To erase some of this acute loneliness. To sate some of this inescapable attraction. All I wanted was to feel and to touch and to be touched. To love and to be loved. But I was no fool. Lyrik wasn’t going to love me. Not like I needed to be.”

“You sing my soul”- without a doubt one of the most unforgettable lines in this story…

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2iffS3r

When I’m With You by Harper Sloan

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“I pushed her away because not only was she too fucking young, but also because I wasn’t ready to see what was right in front of my face.” “And now?” And now, I’m not just ready to see it, I want it more than I want my next fucking breath.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hWPJ6a

Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven

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“How long does it take to fall in love? A second? A week? A year? It’s like asking how long it takes to fall asleep. Some people are gone as soon as their head hits the pillow. Others lie awake for hours, and it’s only when their brain stops churning for a while that sleep sneaks in and drags them under. That’s how I visualize falling in love. Some people fall so easily, they seem reckless. They love freely and unashamed.”

“Ask me to give up a limb and I swear, I’ll find a way to do it. But don’t ask me to live without you anymore. I can’t. I’m so goddamn in love with you, it hurts.”

“But the one thing you’re absolutely not allowed to give up on is true love. When you find it, you should grab it with both hands and never let go, because although it might not always be easy or convenient, it’s worth it. I can tell you that much for sure.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hL98ZI

Silent Hearts by Melissa West

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“For me, there’s only ever been you.”

“I don’t want to screw us up, but I don’t want anyone else. Only you, Bec. It’s always been you.”

“God,did she ever love him. He was difficult and he’d hurt her worse than anyone else had dared, but she still loved him.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2h5zuBM

Finding Me by Stephanie Rose

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“All I saw–all I wanted–was Bella. She consumed me that much. What the hell was happening to me? My need for her was primal, blinding and frightening as hell. Ethan was right, I was never like this with anyone else.”

“I’m not going anywhere. I’m yours, whether or not you choose to believe that right now. And you will. I don’t quit easily, and when it comes to you, I don’t quit at all.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2h5rEYX

The Lies That Define Us by Micalea Smeltzer

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The truth is just that–the truth. It’s fact. Indisputable. With lies we can delude ourselves into believing something that doesn’t really exist. If you tell yourself something enough, it begins to feel like the truth, but that’s just another lie.”

“You can only bury the truth for so long because it always comes back, and she was my truth–the future, the life I forced myself to abandon, but there it was right in front of me. Mine for the taking. And I was finally going to claim it.”

“Everyone is a liar. some lies we tell are bigger, and some smaller. A lie, no matter the size, can tear people apart. Lies define us. And me? I was the biggest liar of them all. I lied to Liam. I lied to everyone around me. I was buried so deep in lies that I was beginning to wonder what was real and what wasn’t.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2i5gUeP

That One Moment by Amy Daws

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“I forgot about the pain. I forgot about the cause. I forgot about everything leading up to this one incredibly profound moment. This one moment that I chose was permanent. In that one moment….I had finally erased my life forever.”

“Hayden Clarke has just entrusted me with the deepest, darkest part of his soul. In that briefest flicker of time ticking away on the watch around his wrist, I do exactly what my soul is screaming in agony for me to do. What my heart is pounding beneath my chest in anticipation for. I kiss him. God do I kiss him.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ifkNBb

Assured by Kaylee Ryan

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“I tighten my hold on her as realization kicks in . I want to try with her. i want to try to be here more. It’s something I’ve never wanted, never imagined I would ever want. Now that it’s here in my arms, it’s easy to see. She’s everything.”

“She feels like heaven. She feels like home. It hits me like a lightning bolt–this is more for me because I’m falling in love with her.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ijoJNl

Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michales

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“There’s not a soul that doesn’t have a skeleton of some sort, but the longer you keep it locked up, the longer it’s going to hold you down.”

“Life is a gamble. You played your cards and lost. Doesn’t make you a loser. Means you need to find a new dealer.”

“When you came back into back into town, it was like my whole world settled. You were always supposed to be a part of my life, but I just wasn’t ready for you then.”

“I inhale her scent and confirm everything that I already knew. This is who I love. This is where I belong. I’ll fight to the death for her. We’ll fight because we’re both hot-tempered. Things will go wrong, and there’s a lot of shit to work through, but Presley is my life.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hdkyVO

Anything but Minor by Kate Stewart

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“I’d been thoroughly kissed. The kind of kiss a woman begs her life for. The kind of kiss that keeps the sexual imagination spinning for months, even years.”

“The world could disappear tomorrow and I’d only worry about a fucking tiny list of people. But the thing I would need in order to breathe again would be to see your face.”

“She’d given me everything when she’d decided to love me, and I would give her everything I could in this life. I had no idea how we were going to make it work, but I knew I wouldn’t, for any reason, let her go.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hYIr4k

Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino

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“If you can surrender to the idea that there might be a plan, instead of reducing every magical moment to a coincidence, then love will find you. It found me.”

“Our story is great. Maybe not all the other shit, but the story of us is perfect, Em.”

“We can’t always control our circumstances, who our parents are, where we live, or how much money we make, but in those rare moments we can shape our fate, when we do have the power to make our own happiness, we can’t be too scared to do it.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2h5zQZq

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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“He pulls back to look down at me and when he sees my tears, he brings his hands up to my cheeks. “In the future… if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again… fall in love with me.”

“It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.”

“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen.”

“Naked truths aren’t always pretty.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hYSNBs

The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry

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“True love meant you could laugh at mistakes. True love meant you could whisper secrets. True love meant you never had to dance alone.”

“Love didn’t come with guidelines. It flowed into a person with only hope as its current.”

“Moments. Humans always remember the moments. We recall steps that lead us to where we were meant to be. The words that inspired or crushed us. The incidents that scarred us and swallowed us whole. I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me, moments that scared and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones–most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones–all included her.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hdjqRM

Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke

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“Loving her was so damn easy. It’s as natural as breathing or the beating of a heart.”

“All of this shit will only make us stronger, like a scar that has healed over. That skin is stronger than the area around it. It’s been to war and won. That’s us.”

“They say the truth hurts. That’s not true. The truth blisters, and I feel it in every cell in my body.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ijnNsd

After We Fall by Melanie Harlow

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“He was kissing me like I’d never been kissed before. Like he was going to war. Like he didn’t care about breathing. Like something in him needed something in me so desperately, he had to find it or die trying.”

“Something that had long been closed off inside me was opening up, and I felt a rush as it filled with her presence, her trust, her understanding. The idea that she could feel something for me. The hope that all would be forgiven. The promise of a new life. A new beginning. A new love.”

“I was vulnerable to her in a way I’d never been to anyone. Everything was bare to her now, all my secrets, all my suffering, all my scars. And she still wanted me.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hYRHWk

A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole

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“He breathed. I breathed. The heat between us soared. Yet neither of us moved away. There was no urgency to separate, only an unspoken eagerness to stay close. Magnets.”

“Something had happened in the universe the day we had met. There was a cosmic shift, some destined alteration to the very fabric of who we were. The sun and the moon had aligned and cast us into one another’s hearts, never to be torn apart.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2i5ktSk

When It Rains by Lisa DeJong

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“When it rain, think of me. I’ll be your umbrella, Kate. I’ll be your barrier from the storm, when life gets too heavy. Don’t let the storm wash you away. Allow it to nourish new life.”

“You don’t live because of me. You live because you let me love you. You made the choice to breathe all on your own…I just helped you find the strength to inhale.”

“When it rains, Kate. Remember me.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2h5AANU

Here’s to more amazing books! I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring!!

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