2013 Biggest Surprises – Mid-Year Update

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:

Biggest Surprises so far…


Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne BishopWritten 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 SeriesCut & 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 Kylie ScottLick: 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 KnoxHow 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?

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  1. says

    Jen – You hadn’t read Anne Bishop??? You mentioned that you remedied that…does that mean you’ve read the Black Jewels trilogy by now?

    Sophia – Lick sounds interesting. I will have to check it out.

  2. Krista says

    I’ve been seeing a lot of rave reviews about Written in Red. I can’t wait to read it!

  3. says

    There is a book I read because it was free on Kindle. She’s Got Dibs by AJ Nuest is from Wild Rose Press. It’s a contemporary romance with an amazing hero names Dibs. He’s up for my top pick for hero of the year. If you like sexy contemporary romance, priced at $2.99, you need to read this one. I am in love with this book and Dibs.

    Also Ward’s Lover at Last for being the first big mainstream GLBT romance by a traditional publisher to hit #1 on the book charts. Viva la Qhuay!

    • Angela says

      Oh look… Amazon says I already purchased She’s got Dibs back in June. Love it when that happens.

      You’ve got me intrigued with your “top pick for hero of the year” comment.

  4. says

    Last week I read ‘On Dublin Street’ and was very surprised. I’d heard great reviews for it, but I just didn’t know I felt about ‘another version of FFSOG’. Then I saw the print version, and realised how long it actually was, so since it’s set in Edinburgh, where I go to college, I decided to give it a go. Pretty much from the first chapter I knew it was going to be good, and I absolutely loved it.

  5. Alesa says

    I cannot say enough how thrilled I was to discover the Cut and Run series and how much I am in love with Ty and Zane. I am completely obsessed, have now read the entire series through twice and also stalk the author’s blog!!! I too was TOTALLY distraught at the end of T&G. We need more ….. :)

  6. Mandi says

    I NEED to read that Anne Bishop. Must.

    My biggest surprise this year was The Captive Prince by SU Pacat – mostly because I never expected to enjoy a fantasy that much. And it’s amazing.

    I was also surprised by just how much I loved Heart of Obsidian. There was so much hype and it lived up to it