Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Years Reading Resolutions Blog Hop

New Years Resolutions Blog Hop

 to Author, Rachel Firasek for putting this awesome hop together!

Last year I set my reading goal for 100 books.
Not only did I make my goal, I actually surpassed it by almost 10 books. I like to keep track of this goal by using the Goodreads reading challenge widget. That way I remember to post a review too. If you want to join in the challenge for 2014, you can find the new widget on Goodreads home page on the right hand side.
 I have set my goal for 125 books this year.
The blogs that are participating in this hop are going to share some of our favorite reads of the past year. You, the hopper, will hopefully find some great "new to you" reads & authors and of course enter to win some great goodies.

I am giving away your choice (Kindle format) 
of any one of my top 5 favorite reads of 2013
or a $5 Amazon GC.

*To enter my giveaway please leave a comment below and tell us what one of your favorite reads of 2013 was-don't forget to leave your email addy so that I can contact you if you are the winner!

*See the Rafflecopter below to enter Rachel Firasek's giveaway

Don't forget to hop on over to the other participating blogs to check out
their favorites of 2013 (see linky list below)
if the Linky list does not show up you can also find it here

(in no particular order-sorry they are all fantastic so I can't put a number on them)
My top 5 favorite reads of 2013 are....
Blind attraction Reckless Beat #1
by Eden Summers

He can seduce with a single glance.

Peering down at a sea of fans, rock star, Mitchell Davies can’t deny the innocent beauty of a woman in the front row. He’ll stop at nothing to get to know her. When a public altercation leaves her weak and defenseless, he takes the opportunity to be her savior.

She’s been sheltered from the world.

Alana Shelton wants to spread her wings and experience life away from her restrictive upbringing. But she isn’t prepared for a gorgeous stranger to sweep her off her feet while at her most vulnerable.

Attraction will bring them together, but their pasts will try to tear them apart.

He wants to teach her how to trust, but she’ll show him how to love. In a glamorous world of rock-and-roll, only time will tell if they’re up for the challenge.
you can find my review here
Passionate Addiction Reckless Beat #2
by Eden Summers

He’s been her ultimate untouchable desire.

Nothing says happy birthday like a rock god flying thousands of miles to surprise a woman he's never met. But that's exactly what happens to Gabi Smith when she gives her long distance best friend a flippant invitation to her laid back girl’s night out. She never expected to turn on the dance floor and find Blake Kennedy’s gaze holding her body captive.

She’s his everything and he’s never laid eyes on her.

Gabi means more to Blake than life itself. She’s his strength, his savior, and the only person who helped to vanquish his demons. No one means more to him than his angel. So when things between them start to sizzle, he's ready to fight for the future he never thought he would deserve.

Skeletons from his past will threaten his only chance at love...

Blake has come a long way—with Gabi's help—to leave the hell of his youth behind him, but sometimes memories don’t want to stay buried. Determined to stand on his own for once, Blake is willing to stretch the truth to keep his troubles from burdening the woman he adores.

Little white lies can create black holes in any relationship. Only time will tell if an Aussie with a heart of gold will forgive her bad-boy boyfriend or if the deceit will end his passionate addiction.
You can find my review here
The Way home
by Cindy Gerard

When Jess Albert learned the devastating news that her husband, Jeff, was killed in action in Afghanistan, a painful void entered her life. The more time passed, the more acutely she felt that emptiness. But four years later, when Tyler Brown, former military hero and all-around alpha male, shows up, Jess gradually begins to realize there is one thing that can make her feel whole again—love.
As they’re planning their wedding and new life together, Jess receives a shocking revelation: her husband is alive, under the care of a young Afghani woman who’s hiding him from the Taliban. Though Ty knows Jeff’s return will mean the end for him and Jess, he joins the One Eyed Jacks and Black Ops, Inc. teams in a daring and dangerous rescue mission to bring a hero home.
Jeff is broken physically and emotionally, his memory of their life together lost, yet he and Jess desperately try to find their way back to each other—until an unexpected development helps them see the true way home, to the people they love.
You can find my review here
by Shiloh Walker
Whatever happened to Abigale Applegate?
She’s been wondering the same thing.
With her Hollywood dreams long gone, Abigale now has a nice, neat, uncomplicated life—until the day her perfect fiancĂ© needs to talk. Dumped, a little more than shattered, and totally confused, Abigale turns to Zach, her best friend since forever, to help her pick up the pieces. He does it with a gift—a copy of Wreck This Journal. She can vent her frustrations, and sketch out a new plan. Zach just hopes he’s part of it. Because he’s been in love with Abigale his entire life.
When the journal falls into Zach’s hands, he discovers Abigale wants a new man. And fast. Nothing more than a hot distraction. Zach has a strategy, too. He’s going to be that man. It’s his last chance. Abigale might be out to shake up her life, but Zach’s out to reinvent it. Now,all he has to do is convince Abigale that life can go as planned.
You can find my review here
Drowning Tears of Sin series #1
by Rachel Firasek
"I Dare You"
Those words would change adrenaline junkie, Alice Harrison's life forever. She's a party girl that doesn't believe in love until she meets a man that only writes about it.

Seth James escaped his overbearing father and moved into one of the James family's vacant condos, hoping to create the music he loves in peace. But the fragile calm he's envisioned shatters when a tiny woman with a world full of energy bounces out of the elevator and nearly takes him out.

With the patience of a saint, Seth seeks the dark that keeps Alice from enjoying life. He challenges her to exorcise the demons in her past in order to discover the true meaning of love. But when the walls fall down, the hidden deceptions will bare the ugly truth about a woman drowning in sorrow and a man who may not know how to be her hero.
You can find my review here

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  1. I feel so special. Thank you so much!!! :) Big hugs. Oh, and I love Eden too. :)

  2. One of my favorite reads was Reckless by Skye Jordan.

  3. One of my favorite reads of 2013 was Ilona Andrews' Magic Rises.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  4. I've added some of these to my TBR list - thanks for the notes :)

  5. I don't think I can pick a favorite (I read too much this year :P), but I LOVED Wrecked too :)
    aircdrewood at gmail dot com

    1. I hear ya Kirsten, It was so hard to narrow it down. I maybe should have done a top 10 books of 2013 :)

  6. I set my goal last year at a book a day. Passed the 365 mark in late Sept. so going for 400 this year. About 3/4 of last years was ebooks below 200 pages but to be fair I don't count anything less than 50 pages either.
    Loving Goodreads these day for keeping track of what I have and what I have read. Since I started using it I have only double bought a book one time. And when a book moves me to write a review, it's easy to add that as part of the process of marking it as Read.

  7. I'd have to say (one) of my fave books last year was Real - by Katy Evans! SO GOOD! but of course there were a lot of them! I'm new(ish) to the blogging scene, and have fallen in love with this amazing community! PS... I've put a few of the books you listed above on my "GET!" list! Thanks!! and Rock On!

  8. One of my favorite books for 2013 was Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. One of my favorites of 2013 was Poison Princess by Kresley Cole.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  10. I loved reading the moon Shifter series by Katie Reus.

  11. One of my favorites was Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione. I'm planning to read more books this year.
    bituin76 at Hotmail dot com

  12. I don't have any reading resolutions right this moment :)

  13. I haven't read any of your favorites, but they sound like great reads! ;)
    One of my favorites was The Last Hour by Charles Sheehan-Miles! Though it is considered Literary Fiction, not necessarily romance, it was AMAZING in my opinion!
    Love the whole Thompson Sisters Series! :)
    Thank you for sharing yours and for the giveaway.
    trb0917 at gmail dot com

  14. Thank you to all who entered! Using the winner of my giveaway is the comment from BookLady. I will be sending out an email to get your choice of book.