I can’t believe it’s already July! It’s like the older my daughter gets, the faster the years go by! She’ll be in 8th grade! She has a BOYFRIEND!! I need time to slow down. Seriously.
Anyway, because it’s July I get to write up the best 10 books I’ve read so far. I think I came up with a pretty spectacular list. What do you think?
*Book covers link to Goodreads
10 – Darkest Hour Before Dawn
by Charlie Cochet
Usually what draws me into the THIRDS world is the relationship between Dex and Sloane, so I was really happy when I loved Darkest Hour Before Dawn as much as I did. It was the story of Seb and Wolf, and their love was a long time coming. It was a second chance love story of the very best kind. They were adorable.
9 – The Queen and the Homo Jock King
by TJ Klune
The Queen and the Homo Jock King was so much more fun than I expected, and my expectations were high. Not only were Darren and Sandy a riot together, but we also got more Paul and Vince and even better, we got more of Paul’s amazing family! I’m so in love with each and every one of them, and I can’t wait to revisit this group!
8 – Letters to the Lost
by Brigid Kemmerer
I’ve read everything there is to read by Brigid Kemmerer, and they were all good. Letters to the Lost was the very best one. I loved this entire story and all the characters. I think that the ending could have been more complete, but I’m hoping that we’re going to get more from everyone in the next book. It’s about Rev! I’m so eager for that!
7 – Olive Juice
by TJ Klune
This was a major departure from TJ Klune’s usual novels. It was a beautiful story about a real world tragedy. Anyone who reads Olive Juice should do so without knowing much about the plot. That was how I read it, and I thought it was so heart breaking, but somehow hopeful. I swear, there is nothing that this author can’t write.
6 – Shelter the Sea
by Heidi Cullinan
Carry the Ocean was one of my favorites last year. I’m so happy that it’s sequel, Shelter the Sea, is on my list today. Emmet and Jeremey are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever read. Their fight for The Roosevelt is one of the most inspiring. Heidi Cullinan is the queen of writing socially conscious romances, inspiring the reader instead of lecturing.
5 – A Destiny of Dragons
by TJ Klune
There’s nothing better than fearing you’re going to dislike a book, and then being shocked when you absolutely adore it. I adored A Destiny of Dragons. It had everything I loved about the first one, and it had everything I’d missed. Plus, it had no angst or unnecessary relationship drama. Spectacular, Mr. Klune!
4 – Good Boy
by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
With the exception of Him and Us, I’m a fair weather fan of Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen. They’re not my usual style. So, when the news hit that they were collaborating on a story for Blake Riley (a character from Us) I was skeptical and worried. I shouldn’t have been. Blake is always lovable, and I fell in love with him along with the heroine.
3 – A Conjuring of Light
by V.E. Schwab
I’m always so glad when I give into the hype and I’m as much of a fan as everyone else. V.E. Schwab is an exceptional writer and world builder. I want to say that Kell and Lila are brilliant characters, but everyone in the Shades of Magic series is brilliant. I wish these were longer, because I’m not ready to say goodbye to this world!
2 – White Hot
by Ilona Andrews
I’ve been a long time fan of Kate Daniels, and I’ve dabbled in other books by these authors. They’re always good, but I wasn’t gripped the way I was by Kate and Curran. Until I read Burn for Me. I think I love this world more than that one. I think I love Nevada and Rogan at least as much as I love Kate and Curran, and I think eventually I’ll like them more!
1 – The King’s Men
by Nora Sakavic
I constantly talk about how wacky this book is. It’s true! Not only is this my favorite read so far, it was also the one I was most conflicted about. In spite of myself, I adored this trilogy. The characters made the whole thing. My favorite two are my phone screensaver!