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New Year. New Reading Challenge.

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It’s that time of year again! As you know, there is nothing more that I love then challenging myself when it comes to the books I read. Whether it’s a new author, series, a genre that takes me out of my comfort zone or being able to tackle some books that have been on my tbr for far too long; I live for a good reading challenge. The past few years, I stepped up my game not only with the books that I read, but also by attempting to clear out that never ending to-read list. As always, my challenges have been hard, but a ton of fun at the same time. 

For 2021’s Reading Challenge, I really wanted to once again challenge myself and kick my never-ending to-read list’s butt!! And I am more than ready for the challenge……

  • Re-Read a Favorite Book
  • A Book by an Author New to Me
  • 2 Contemporary Romances
  • 2 New Adult Romances
  • A Biker Romance
  • 2 Paranormal/Fantasy Romances
  • A Sports Romance
  • A Romantic Comedy
  • A Book Chosen For Its Cover
  • Accidental Pregnanacy Troupe
  • Older Brother’s Best Friend Troupe
  • Holiday Romance (Any Holiday)
  • A Forbidden Romance
  • A Billionaire Romance
  • Bad Boy Romance
  • A Workplace Romance
  • Fake Relationship Troupe
  • Favorite Troupe
  • Book with a Red Cover
  • 10 Books on my TBR
  • 6 New Releases
  • A Troupe I haven’t read in 12 months
  • A Rockstar Romance
  • A Non Romance Book
  • A Classic Novel
  • A Book Picked By A Friend
  • A Dark/Taboo Romance
  • A Historical Romance
  • Fairytale Re-telling Troupe
  • A YA Book
  • Enemies to Lovers Troupe
  • A Book that will make you Ugly Cry
  • Age-Gap Troupe
  • Friends to Lovers Troupe
  • Book with a Blue Cover
  • Mystery/ Thriller
  • 3 Duets
  • A Mafia Romance
  • 3 Novellas
  • 3 Sweet Romances
  • 2 Romantic Suspense Novels
  • A Book with a Cowboy on the Cover
  • A Book where one of the Main Characters is/was in the Military
  • 2 Small Town Romances
  • A Book where one of the Main Characters is a First Responder
  • A Second Chance Romance
  • Dystopian/Science Fiction
  • A Book with a Yellow Cover
  • Insta-Love Troupe
  • A Book with a Bearded Man on the Cover
  • A Fighter/MMA Romance
  • A Trilogy
  • Finish a series I Started
  • Bully Romance Troupe
  • Read one series
  • 2 Box Sets of books
  • A stand-alone Romance
  • Beach Read Troupe
  • 4 Books I own per month

Do you enjoy reading challenges? Share with me in the comments below, your 2021 Reading Challenge!

Year in Review: 2020 Reading Challenge!

Each year, I try to create a reading challenge that’s not only fun and challenging but also realistic. This year, I set the bar pretty high, and couldn’t be happier with the results. I’ve read over 90 books for this challenge, 36 of those being books that have sat on my kindle for far too long. I’ve discovered a lot of new authors and exciting books in 2020 and can not wait to see what next years challenge will bring.

Here are the books that made my 2020 Reading Challenge a success:

  • A Book by an author who is new to me: Let’s get textual Teagan Hunter
  • A Contemporary: Pretend You’re Mine by Lucy Score
  • A NA Read: Break You by MV Ellis
  • A Biker Novel: One Hundred & Thirty-Six Scars by Amo Jones
  • A stand-alone Novel: The Biker and the Thief by Kate McCarthy
  • A Paranormal: Kiss of Vengeance by S. Young
  • 2 New Releases: Finding Him by RVD, Once A Myth by Pepper Winters
  • A Sports Romance: The Rivalry by Nikki Sloan
  • 2 books that have been on my TBR forever: Tap Left by A Zavarelli,  The Marriage Pact by Winter Renshaw
  • A Romantic Comedy: Bossman Bridegroom by Meghan Quinn
  • A Book from your Favorite Troupe: Protecting Piper by Cynthia Eden
  • A Book Chosen for its Cover: Echoes of Time by Calia Reed
  • A troupe you haven’t read in 12 months: The Other Woman by Sadie Jones
  • A Rock Star Romance: Rock by JA Huss
  • A Non Romance Book: A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost
  • A Classic Novel: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery 
  • A book with a Man with Tattoos on the cover: The Bad Boy Arrangement by Nora Flite
  • A Book Picked by a Friend: Fear Me by BB Reid
  • 2 Books on your TBR: Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins, Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright
  • 2 New Releases: Liar by Fiona Cole, Now or Never by Stella Rhys
  • An Audiobook: Sweet Filthy Morning After by Christina Lauren
  • Dark/Taboo Romance: Credence by Penelope Douglas , 15 by Lana Sky
  • Historical Romance: The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
  • Favorite Troupe: That Night by KI Lynn
  • Read a Duet: The Devil’s Contract & The Sinner’s Bargain by Claire Contreras
  • Fairy Tale Retelling: Stealing Cinderella by A. Zavarelli
  • A YA Book: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  • A Fighter/MMA Book:- In Your Corner by Sara Castille
  • A Contemporary Book with a Second Chance Romance: Breathing Wisteria by Amali Rose
  • A Contemporary Book with Enemies to Lovers Troupe: Then You Happened by K. Bromberg
  • A Book that will make you Ugly Cry: The Other Side Kim Holden
  • A Book with a Dog included on the Cover: The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • A Book with an Age Gap Troupe: The Forbidden Man by Karina Halle
  • A Book with Friends to Lovers Troupe: Down on Me by J. Kenner
  • 1 trilogy: Violent Delights, Violent Triumphs, and Violent Ends by Jessica Hawkins
  • 2 box sets of Books: Ashes & Embers Series Collection  by Carian Cole, The Evolution of Sin by Giana Darling
  • Finish a series that I started: Dollar Series by Pepper Winters
  • Bully Romance Troupe: Break Filthy Rich Boys by CM Stunich
  • 2 Duets: Both of Me & Both of Us by Amber Kelly, Whatever It Takes & Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie
  • Mafia Romance: Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly
  • 2 Novellas: Loving Storm by Carian Cole, Dream of You by JLA
  • 2 Sweet Romances: Untamed Cowboy by Maisey Yates, Love Walks In by Nina Lindsey
  • A Suspense Novel: Broken With You by J. Kenner
  • Read one series: Seaside Series by Rachel Van Dyken

3 Books on my TBR each month:

The Sea of Lost Things by Kelly St-Laurent, Justified by Jay Crownover, The Assistant by Marni Mann, Half Truths by Claire Contreras, Complicated Love by Krisitn Mayer, Rush by Kandi Steiner, Tears of Ink by Anna Bloom, A Single Glance by Willow Winters, One Little Lie by Whitney Barbetti, Seducing The Billionaires Wife by Marquita Valentine, Beautiful Lies by Emery Rose, Something Wicked by Teresa Mummert, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves, Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts, Sinner by Sierra Simone, Where You Can Find Me by Fiona Cole, Monster by Jessica Gadziala, Something So Right by Natasha Madison, The Story of US by Molly Okeef, Pretty Little Player by J. Kenner, Scarlet Stone by Jewel E Ann, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margret Atwood, Intention by Ava Harrison, True by Erin McCarthy, Silk Volume One KM Scott, Shame by Rachel Van Dyken, The Wrong Kind Of Love by Lexi Ryan, Dirty Reckless Love by Lexi Ryan, Wrapped in Love by Lexi Ryan, Her Defiant Heart by Monica Murphy, His Wasted Words by Monica Murphy, Damaged Hearts by Monica Murphy, To Professor With Love Linda Kage, Be My Hero Linda Kage, and With Every Heartbeat Linda Kage.

Have you completed your 2020 Reading Challenge? Share some of your 2020 challenge books in the comments below!

Year in Review: Top Reads of 2020!

2020 has been one crazy and stressful year, a year I think we’d all like to put behind us. That being said, 2020 has been one heck of a year for amazing reads. This year, I read over 450 books, discovered lots of “new to me” authors and trying to narrow that list down was tough. I have just read so many amazing, life changing, blow me away, knock my socks off books. Amazingly enough, this year, I was able to keep my list below 20. These 15 books have given me all the feels. They’ve made me laugh, cry, swoon and taken me on some of the best journeys  I hope you enjoy my top 15 and the quotes I’ve pulled….

“I’d often wished we had a cool story about when our relationship transitioned from that of tolerating each other to discovering we were two halves of one soul. But the truth is Thea and I evolved much like the seasons: slow, steady, and unstoppable.”

“Love changes a man – even when he’s not yet a man at all. We were friends, but Thea was still quiet, stoic, borderline rude a lot of the time. However, in that tree, suffering alone and also together, I fell in love with her like the stars falling from the sky. Thea made me feel. It didn’t take long before I was utterly addicted.”

“I could love you one day, Zach,” I whisper against his mouth. “I think it’s too late for me, Delia.”

“It’s not over. It’s the beginning of a new adventure.”

“This kiss was sweet, short, nothing that would blow anyone’s socks off…besides mine. Because even though it only lasts a few seconds, it’s within those seconds that I get my first taste of her. It’s where I get to feel myself tip over the edge into falling for this girl. I’ve had many first kisses. Aggressive, passionate, consuming, but nothing like this. Nothing this sweet, this….understanding. Nothing that has ever made me want to drop all my defenses and expose my true self to a woman. And that’s scary. Terrifying actually. Because if a kiss this simple can turn my world upside down, what’s going to happen when I feel her tongue against mine, when she kisses me longer, when I get to feel her delectable body against mine? Was Roark right? Am I screwed?”

“I was born with a piece of your soul inside me and I want to claim it. Right here, right now.”

“It’s easier to show the world what they want to see, but it doesn’t change who we really are. And there will be people who come and go and never see past the veneer you wear. There will be people who try to see deeper but are easily convinced there is nothing but the shell.”

“I would have started a fucking war for you, Faith. I would have burned down the church, given my soul to the devil just to break in and stop your wedding, but I was put in jail a few months before.” He let out a weighty sigh, and my heart felt the heaviness in his unstable timbre. Tears stung my eyes, battering them for what I owed him. “You were mine, Faith. I was yours and you just walked away. You married someone else.”

“Do you know what the definition of hell is? Because I do. It’s getting the life you wanted only to fuck it up because you didn’t know how to embrace it and be happy.”

“Humans are gloriously flawed, and some types of love are never truly unconditional. A lot of my mistake was expecting our love to stay perfect, because a lot of the time, it was. It’s wanting our love even after we’ve seen the imperfections that makes or breaks us.”

“Touching Maren feels like that, like I’m defiling an angel, kissing my way straight to hell.”

“It’s a long story, but it means that you need to capture every moment when you get it, don’t waste life doing just one twirl when you can do two.” She stared straight ahead but slid her hand toward mine and gripped. “Life’s too short to worry about too many twirls, take as many as you want, and be thankful you have the opportunity to twirl in the first place.”

“My soul mate. My everything. The other half of my dark, twisted heart.”

“Love didn’t come easy to me at first.”

“Harry, since we met, we have been meteorites crashing together, knocking each other off course. I can’t imagine two more unlikely people trying to strike up a friendship.

I want to decompress with her after a long road trip. I want to feel her body pressed up against mine while we watch a movie, or share one of her weird vegan desserts that she claims will change my life but only makes me wonder if she was born without taste buds.

“Scared in a good way or bad way? Because I’m scared too, babe. I’m terrified of the way I feel for you. It’s so strong. It feels like I can actually taste my need for you.”

“Whether you claim me or not, I am yours”

“Every new beat of my heart was a flash of memory, of a past life, searing through me like hot sparks as I gripped him tighter. I saw what once was, what maybe could have been, and more than anything, what never was.”

“I lost my heart the minute we connected on a molecular level. Somewhere between the games we played and the love I gave him, I lost a lot more.”

“Maybe I shouldn’t have given him that trust. Maybe I shouldn’t have given him the chance to lie. Maybe I should have known I would regret it all over again when I saw the guilt flash across his stunning face. But I was finished running.”

“I might have been the one who’d backed her against a wall, but she was the one that had me chained.”

“I think you might be every line I’ve ever written. Interwoven in every song. There before I even knew you existed.”

“She was the forever that had been written on my heart.”

“I’ve always been an asshole. Selfish, careless, impetuous, you name it. But for her, I’ll be anything she needs. I’ll rip the world apart to keep her safe, and I’ll make damn sure I don’t give her anything to be embarrassed about when it comes to me.”

“it’s okay to fight for something you love, to dig it out and build it back up in hopes that this time the foundation will be strong enough to withstand the hurricane.”

“I’ll wait forever if it means I get the chance to kiss you again.”

“I’m going to love you so well that you’ll never doubt that I choose you. Every day. Every situation. I choose you.” I melted. I’d waited a lifetime for those very words. “I’m choosing you today by telling you that your well-being is more important than my ego or my need for reassurance. I’ll choose you every single day that I’m gone, every mission that I fly, every second that I breathe. You don’t have to be with me. I’ll be with you.”

“I am your queen. And you are my king. Your dark kingdom is now ours.”

“I loved him. I loved Arthur more than life itself. His darkness and his lifestyle meant nothing compared to that. I loved him despite the malice in his soul. I loved him because of it. Not everyone was meant for a life of roses and summer days, all pretty petals and fragrant perfumes. Some were meant for a life of winter and thorns. It didn’t mean they couldn’t have love.”

“You made me feel again. After so fucking long. After the blood and the death and all the dark thoughts …” I squeezed my eyes shut. “You made me fucking feel.”

“They’ve opened the gates of hell, and the fucking devil and his demons are now leading the charge.”

Best book boyfriend: Landon from Down and Dirty by Kendall Ryan

Best Plot Twist: The Other Woman by Sadie Jones

Most Angsty: I Dare You by Lylah James, Exodus by Kate Stewart

Share with me in the comments below, your top reads of 2020!

I Finished My 2018 Reading Challenge!!!

Each year, I try to create a reading challenge that’s not only fun and challenging, but also realistic. This year, I set the bar pretty high, and couldn’t be happier with the results. I’ve read close to 80 books for this challenge, 24 of those being books that have sat on my kindle for far too long. I’ve discovered a lot of new authors and exciting books in 2018 and can not wait to see what next years challenge will bring.

Here are the books that made my 2018 Reading Challenge a success:

Re-read a series: The Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver
Finish a series that I started: Brave, A Wicked Trilogy by Jennifer Armentrout
Read a paperback: Ten Days with the Highlander by Hayson Manning
Read a new to me author: All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
Read the Iron Fey Series 
Read a box set of books:The Hart Family by Ella Fox
Read a book over 400 pages: Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter
Read a book with a lot of angst: Ruin by Samantha Towle, Wrecked by Jeannine Collette
A series that’s been on my tbr forever: Mine Series by K. Langston
A stand alone novel: Someday Maybe by Ophelia London
A YA novel: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Book chosen for its cover: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
A novella or serial series: The Intern Vol 1-4 by Brooke Cumberland
A contemporary series: Gabriel’s Inferno Series by Sylvain Reynard
A NA series: The Playing with Fire Complete Series by TE Sivec
A Dark Romance series: Condemned Series Books 1-4 by Gemma James
A Paranormal novel or series: Vein of Love, Blackest Gold Series, by R. Scarlett
Rockstar Romance series: Runaway Train Series by Katie Ashley
An MC novel: 9 minutes  byBeth Flynn
A book that will make you ugly cry: the Carnage Box Set by Lesley Jones
A new release: Dirty Deeds by J. Daniels
Read a classic: Mary Shellys Frankenstein
A fairytale Retelling: Wicked Charming by Nazarea Andrews

Read two books per month that I own:

Jan: The Lucky Heart & The Outpost by Devney Perry
Feb: The Return and The Power by Jennifer Armentrout
March: Wanted Series Box Set by Kelly Elliott, Sommergate House by KA
April: Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth, Inked Souls by Lucia Grace
May: Fierce, Blaze by Nina Levine
June: Screwed, Monster Prick by Kendall Ryan
July: Slay, Illusive by Nina Levine
Aug: Command by Nina Levine, Play It Safe by KA
Sept: Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Three Wishes by KA
Oct: Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Very Twisted Things by Ilsa Madden Mills
Nov: Tap That by RC Boldt & Jennifer Blackwood, Night Embrace by Kenyon, Sherrilyn
Dec: Tease, Wild by Sophie Jordan

My 2018 Reading Challenge

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There is nothing I love more when reading than challenging myself; whether it’s a new genre, author, or checking books off my never ending tbr. Last year, I challenged myself with reading more Historical Romance & Fiction as well as reading at least one book per month that I already own. It was fun. It was hard. It was definitely a challenge. But, I finished and couldn’t be happier!

For 2018’s Reading Challenge, I really wanted to challenge myself and kick my never ending to-read list’s butt!! And I am more than ready for the challenge.

Here is my list for 2018:

Re-read a series
Finish a series that I started 
Read a paperback
Read a new to me author 
Read the Iron Fey Series
Read a box set of books.
Read a book over 400 pages 
Read a book with a lot of angst
A series that’s been on my tbr forever 
A stand alone novel
A YA novel 
Book chosen for its cover 
A novella or serial series
A contemporary series
A NA series
A Dark Romance series 
A Paranormal novel or series 
Rock Star romance series
An MC novel
A book that will make you ugly cry
A new release
Read a classic
A Fairytale retelling

Read two books per month that I own

So, my question for you is, do you participate in any reading challenges? Do you find them hard to stick with or do you love the challenge? Drop me a comment below and let me know 🙂 

Top Reads of 2017

2017 has been one heck of a year for amazing reads. This year, I read over 400 books and trying to narrow that list down was tough. I have just read so many amazing, life changing, blow me away, knock my socks off books. So, this year, I decided to do a top 20. These 20 books have given me all the feels. They’ve made me laugh, cry, swoon and taken me on some of the best journeys ❤ I hope you enjoy my top 20 and the quotes I’ve pulled….

Amy’s Top 20 of 2017

I lift my head to his, forehead to forehead, mouth to mouth, and soul to soul, and beg him for what I need. “Just please stay.” Please stay…even if my heart is scarred and my soul is dirty. Please stay…because I’ll never survive it if you leave me again. He’s the creation and the rapture. Every good and bad thing all wrapped up into one. An now, after all these years, he may just be my resurrection.

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“Back there, she looked at me like she didn’t hate me. Like I wasn’t total shit. Like I wasn’t nothing. Like I was somebody. Somebody she respected. And fuck, it was her, wasn’t it. Her opinion mattered. Fucking hell, why did it have to be her? Of all the people that could matter to me it was her, even now, eight years later.”

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“For the briefest second, he wasn’t some rich tycoon about to strip and devour me but a sweet seducer drowning beneath his own untruths. That was the problem with being guarded. People with lies could never make friends. But people with trust cold never make enemies. Both were weak.”

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“Life is short, so short, so precious, every minute, every day. Don’t let the people you love, the people who make you happy, the people who bring you joy — don’t let them go. Hang on to them, even when it hurts. When it seems impossible. Hold on to the things that breathe life into you. Listen to your soul and honor what it tells you. Live. Fight for what you love. Because one day, you’ll be where I am, and in that moment I want you to look back gladly, with no regrets.”

“There is no length to love; it’s infinite. It lives in you always. Hold on to it.”

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“There’s never been a choice. And I know it must be hard for you to believe in my love after everything I’ve done that’s hurt you, but it’s true. God, it’s true. And if you’ll give me another chance to prove it to you, I’ll do anything. Anything.”

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“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again. I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”~ A Court of Mist and Fury

“I wonder if some part of me knew what was waiting for me. That I would never be a gentle grower of things, or someone who burned like fire—but that I would be quiet and enduring and as faceted as the night. That I would have beauty, for those who knew where to look, and if people didn’t bother to look, but to only fear it … Then I didn’t particularly care for them, anyway. I wonder if, even in my despair and hopelessness, I was never truly alone. I wonder if I was looking for this place—looking for you all.”~ A Court of Mist and Fury

“My rage had become a living thing inside my chest, an echoing heartbeat that soothed me to sleep and stirred me to waking.”~A Court of Wings and Ruin

“You and this city helped wake me up—helped bring me back to life.” His eyes flickered as I smiled up at him. “I will fight with everything I have, too, Rhys. Everything.”~A Court of Wings and Ruin

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“Whether it was playing the drums or strumming the guitar, he always took me to a sacred place with him. A place he never shared with anyone else but me.”

“The taste of her burns within my blood, reminding me of our past. One we shared. One I lost. And everything I want to take back.”

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“Maybe somewhere, underneath the glitter and the desperation, there was still a little of the person I used to be.” 

“Lust is a dangerous thing. It can seduce your mind and lead it blindfolded to the cliff that will be its demise. Nathan takes me to that cliff, my body bending and molding beneath his, my heart coming up for air in between soft caresses with his mouth…”

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“I’m sorry I fell in love with you but I’m more sorry that you fell in love with me, because there’s no happy ending to this fairy tale. There’s only a means to an end. When that ending comes, you’ll be the only one I’ll ever regret meeting.”

“We’re more than people in love. We’re souls entwined for eternity.”

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“It was as if, in that moment, the world didn’t make sense anymore–everything was upside down and inside out.”

“It’s a choice–to wallow in despair or to acknowledge what can still bring happiness to my life. And I’m choosing to live despite the heartache.”

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“There aren’t enough stars up there to match the reasons why I love you.”

“He was baring it all for me and I was going to do the same for him, even though I knew it would break me into a million pieces.”

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“Fate and destiny had held enough power over Janie for this lifetime, and she was done waiting for the sky to fall.”

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“He makes me feel wanted. Valued and important, like I’m someone worth protecting. Knowing this man would give his life to shield me, guard me from pain or danger–it’s a heady thing.”

“The Queen was right. Love isn’t a cure; it doesn’t magically solve every problem. But it makes solving those problems worth it. Love is our inspiration, our motivation….and our reward.”

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“I feared having my heart broken again. And somehow, instinctually, I just knew that giving Aidan even a little of me and having him reject it it would hurt more than any other man’s rejection.”

“Sometimes the most beautiful things in life are the messiest.”

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“All moments matter. We just rarely know how important they are until the chance to act on them has already passed.”

“In my experience, joy is a choice. Life is rough. Don’t expect it not to be. But if aren’t laughin’, we’re crying. Choose to laugh. Choose what brings you joy. And when you choose you path, it may not always be the easiest one, but it’ll always be the right one.”

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“I don’t want to be typical to her. I wanted to be all that she could ever want and more. I wanted to be her everything, like she quickly and without my knowledge became mine.”

“She tried damn hard to feign indifference, to look at me with empty eyes, but she needs to realize I can see right through her. Right into her clear blues. And somewhere in that caged-up, closed-off heart of hers, she knows. There’s more going on here than either of us has admitted.”

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“I could not dream a better you.”  Oh my God.  Oh… my… God.  Did he just say that?  I stared into his warm eyes.  He just said that.  And that was so sweet, so unexpected but so welcome, my breath arrested and all I could do was continue staring at him.  He wasn’t done. “A better wife, a better queen. Not even in a dream could I create better than you.” 

“You don’t have to have had something to want it or need it but when you have something you liked… very much… and it is taken away, and you want it back, it can become a hunger.” 

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“Life isn’t supposed to be safe.” “If it was, they wouldn’t call it living. They’d just call it existing. And you’ve existed long enough, baby girl. It’s time to live.”

“I think I knew, even then, that the greatest adventure of my life was about to begin.”

“He kissed me like it was a privilege, like he didn’t want to rush it, like we had forever.”

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“You don’t see music, you feel it. Music doesn’t see color. Music transcends all stereotypes.”

“Life happens. Sometimes you just have to go with the waves.”

“You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.”

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“Trust me child, it doesn’t matter what size, shape or form they come it, you give a good man your love and care, he’ll lay waste to the world to keep you by his side.” 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my list. I would love to for you to drop me a line and let me know what some of your favorite reads have been for 2017…

Amy’s 2017 Reading Challenge

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With 2017 rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking of how I want to challenge myself reading wise. Last year was the first year, I attempted an actual ‘Reading Challenge’. For the most part, I think I did pretty well. I only missed my challenge by 4 books. This year, I want to do better. I want to actually hit my goal and it wouldn’t hurt to make a dent in my never ending tbr either 😉 So, after a lot of thought and planning, I decided that I want this list to be challenging, but also a list that is realistic and one that I’ll be able to stick to….

My 2017 Reading Challenge:

  • Re-Read The Fate Series by Heather Lyons          
  • A book chosen based off of its cover
  • A book with a reputation of not being able to put down          
  • A book that takes place in a state or country I’d like to visit
  • A book in a genre or theme I usually would avoid
  • A guilty pleasure read
  • A book recommended by a book bestie
  • A book that I’ve been dying to read, but haven’t had the time
  • A series that has been on my tbr forever
  • A book from my favorite book troupe
  • Three books from the same author
  • A Stand-Alone Novel
  • A Book with a lot of angst
  • A Book that will make you “Ugly Cry”
  • A Historical Romance
  • A Young Adult Novel
  • A Paranormal Romance
  • A Fantasy Novel and/or Series
  • An MC Romance by an author that is new to me
  • A book based on a fairy tale
  • A boxset of books
  • A book over 400 pages
  • A New Release
  • At least one book from my tbr that I already own per month

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

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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!!

Our Top Reads of 2015!!

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Amy~

I’ve read so many amazing books this year, and trying to narrow down my favorites to just 10 has been an extremely difficult task! That being said, here’s what I came up with:
  • Life After Falling by Alyssa Rose Ivy

As a fan of Alyssa Rose Ivy’s, this book totally blew my mind. The writing was smart, the characters fresh and entertaining, and was a total feel good romance!

  • Until I Met You by S.L. Scott

This is probably one of the most unique books that I’ve read all year. Not only was it different than anything I’ve read by S.L. Scott, but it also took me on one unexpected journey!

  • Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie

It’s the end of an era and as sad as I was to say goodbye to this series, this book gave me the absolute best ending I could imagine!

  • Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

It’s KA!! Alpha’s, Angst, and Good Romance. Do I need to say more??

  • The Air He Breathes by Brittiany C. Cherry

So, so many feels with this one!

  • Bright Side & Gus by Kim Holden

My top “Ugly Cry” book(s) of the year!

  • A Lover’s Lament by K.L. Grayson & B.T. Urrela

This was an amazing collaboration that not only left me speechless, but stole my breath with it’s beautiful writing. I can’t wait for more from these two.

  • After The Storm by Faith Andrews

This was an emotional and swoon-worthy read. A great second chance romance!

  • Give Me Yesterday by K. Webster & Elle Christensen

Speaking of second chance romances, this was the collaboration that I was waiting for. These two ladies make magic when they write together. This was another “Ugly Cry” for me.

  • Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec

This book rendered me totally speechless. I can’t even put my feelings into words for this one!

Kristal~

  • The Consolation Duet by Corinne Michaels – Aaaaaall the angsty feels! My heart!
  • The Mason List by S D Hendrickson – An absolutely epic coming-of-age romance.
  • Love Hacked by Penny Reid – This was new to me this year but I’m going to say it is one of my favourite books EVER and not just of the year.
  • Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras – I don’t even have all the words to describe how much I love this book. It is perfection. 
  • Corrupt by Penelope Douglas – This was a little out of my comfort zone. I don’t usually like books that are quite so mean and dirty but for whatever reason, I was utterly spellbound from start to finish.
  • Magic Shifts and Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews – Kate Daniels world. Enough said.
  • Art and Soul by Brittainy C Cherry – Brittainy C Cherry can write no wrong. I would read her shopping list. Heavy subject matter but so well written.
  • Interim by S Walden – Very controversial subject matter but a beautifully told story.
  • The Chosen Thief (Forever Evermore Book 4) by Scarlett Dawn – I love this series! Magical prodigy’s! This series has the potential to either become one of my favourites or ruin me for life. I’m scared.
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons  – Charm and I read this together for the first time this year. Such an incredible EPIC story.

Charmaine~

  • Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews

I was introduced to this series by Kristal and I literally cannot get enough of Kate, Curran and their insane world!

  • Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1) by Penny Reid

The Winston Brothers series is fast becoming one of my favourites series ever. Second book in and these brothers have me by the heart.

  • Kaleidoscope Hearts (Hearts #1) by Claire Contreras

My absolute favourite random find read this year. This book had EVERYTHING I love to read in a story. Highly recommended!

  • Paper Hearts (Hearts #2) by Claire Contreras

I obviously couldn’t stop at one book in this series… This is a beautiful read. Please read it!

  • The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman #1) by Paullina Simons

Kristal and I had to buddy read this at the start of the year… As everyone who told us to read said, it really has stuck with me throughout the read. A classic book that should be read by everyone.

  • Ties that Bind (The Veil Series #5) by Pippa DaCosta

The final book in this series… I was absolutely entranced from the first page to the last. Such a fitting end to an awesome all encompassing series.

  • The Consequence of Loving Colton (Consequence #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

This book had me laughing out loud from the start! The first book I’ve read by Rachel Van Dyken and definitely not the last. So entertaining, I would absolutely re-read!

  • The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn

Another book recommended to me by Kristal. This book had me cracking up the WHOLE way through. One of my absolute favourite reads of 2015. Please, please READ THIS BOOK! You won’t regret it!

  • Eighth Grave after Dark (Charley Davidson #8) by Darynda Jones

This series has been going for a while but I just can’t not stay loyal. Charley never loses her wit, charm or ability to get herself into some of the most ridiculous situations I have ever come across. Love.

  • Ninja at First Sight (A KitC Novella) by Penny Reid

What can I say… It’s Penny Reid and she’s ventured back to the Knitting in the City series. This novella is the perfect easy read to keep me satisfied until Happily Ever Ninja is released in January 2016…

Thank you so much for letting us share our top reads of the year with you. It’s been an amazing year for books and we can’t wait to see what good reads 2016 will bring us!

March New Releases!

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March 1st


March 2nd

Conviction

By Lesley Jones

Sustain

By Tijan


March 3rd

Chasing Me: Sex on the Beach

By Jennifer Probst

Levitate

By Kaylee Ryan

Losing Us: Sex on the Beach

By Jen McLaughlin

The 27 Club

By Kim Karr


March 4th


March 10th

Confess: A Novel

By Colleen Hoover

The Fear That Divides Us by M.N. Forgy

Unwritten

By Melody Grace


March 15th

The Hierophant by Karen Amandan Hooper


March 16th


March 17th

Naughty King by Michelle A. Valentine

Reckless Love by Kendall Ryan

Shaken, Not Stirred

By Sawyer Bennett


March 18th

Consolation by Corinne Michales

Where One Goes

By B N Toler


March 19th


March 23rd


March 24th

Revved by Samantha Towle

Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec


March 26th

Deep Blue Eternity

By Natasha Boyd


March 28th


March 29th

Sweet Hope by Tillie Cole


March 30th

A Perfect Ten

By Linda Kage


March 31st

Collision by Evie Harper

Deep (A Stage Dive Novel)

By Kylie Scott

Fall With Me

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Unleashing (Call Of Crows)

By Shelly Laurenston


Releasing Sometime In March….

The Other Man by R.K. Lilley