Around December we do our most anticipated list for the upcoming year. But once the year goes by we never really talk about how things are going with those books we really looked forward to. Sophia and Jen have decided to do a mid-year mini series where we talk about some of those most anticipated books and how we felt about them. It will be in four parts with the categories being:
- Most anticipated that lived up to our expectations
- Most anticipated that didn’t live up to our expectations
- Biggest surprises
- What is still to come
Biggest Surprises so far…
Written in Red by Anne Bishop– I know most of you are wondering how an Anne Bishop book could be a surprise, however this was my first Anne Bishop book! I can hear everyone gasping about my lack of Anne Bishop experience but after reading Written in Red I quickly remedied that. This book will easily be in my top five for the year. It was so brutal, awesome and unapologetic in its graphicness. I simply couldn’t put it down once I started though. The plot was so compelling and fresh and the world building, complex and detailed. It is a very long book but it didn’t bog down for a second. I cannot wait for the next one and look out if any of you should stand in my way!! (Check out our “If You Like Anne Bishop, Then You Should Read post)
Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux– I have never been one to read m/m. Looking back I can’t really remember why but so many people fangirl this series that I finally gave up and tried book one. Well. Now the series is one of my favorites, I regularly stalk Abi Roux and I reread as often as possible. Touch & Geaux was released this year and it left me clutching at my chest and an emotional mess. In fact, just typing out this paragraph has made me want to go read these books again.
Lick: I recently read this book and the reason it was a surprise hit for me is because I’ve never read this author, Kylie Scott, and while I do like rock star romances, they don’t always work for me. I’d heard this one was good, but I read it thinking yeah another rock star rom. Woo hoo. And after reading the first chapter: hero and heroine wake up in Vegas married with tattoos of each others names. Heroine doesn’t remember a thing and rock star hero is all hurt and broody about it. I kind of thought yeah ok. But wow, did I end up loving this couple. Once things got rolling I wanted more, more, more. A nice surprise.
How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox: How on earth can a Ruthie Knox book be a surprise for me? Especially when she’s been so favorably reviewed at Fiction Vixen and rec’d to me by virtually all the reviewers here and by most of my trusted reader friends? Well, that’s the problem. More times than I care to count, an author or book has come excitedly recommended by EVERYONE and inflated expectations end up ruining it for me. So I put off reading Ruthie Knox not wanting to be the only one who didn’t like her books. Trust me, it’s not fun. But when this novella popped up on the review radar, I took a chance and I was blown away.
It’s not often a novella will touch me. Heck it’s not often a full length novel will really touch me. I wanted to hug and kiss How to Misbehave. It was a wonderful, touching, lovely romance and since reading it I’ve read more Ruthie Knox novels and I am a fan. Thumbs up.
These are our biggest surprises so far this year. What have you read this year that unexpectedly blew you away?