My Favorite Books of 2014

I didn’t have a lot of time to read this year (something I hope to fix next year!) but I still managed to read some amazing books. Some of them were by longtime favorite authors of mine, and a couple of them were by authors I hadn’t read before. In no particular order, here they are:

Christmas At Twilight

Lori Wilde’s Christmas at Twilight. This book was heart-wrenching and beautiful. It touches on some dark issues, and it will leave you crying happy tears by the end. Reading it during the Christmas season makes it all the more special, so if you get a chance to read it this month, you really should! :) Lori is my teacher and mentor, and I’m always a big fan of her books, but just read the other reviews if you think I’m biased. This book is fabulous.

Carolina Man

Virginia Kantra’s Carolina Man. This was my first book of Virginia’s, and she had me tearing up on page two when the hero rescues a homeless dog while serving overseas. I was hooked, and she never let me go. This book was everything I look for in a romance: heartfelt, emotional, a vibrant small town setting (of course I’m partial to books set in NC!) and the furry sidekicks didn’t hurt either. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

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It Happened One Wedding by Julie James. Julie is an auto-buy author for me. She served up more of the witty, fast-paced banter I’ve come to expect from her in this one, but it was also a really heartwarming story with characters I adored. Her glossy Chicago-set books are a nice departure from the small town southern contemporaries I usually read, and this one is one of my favorites she’s written!

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It’s in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis. It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Jill Shalvis, and her Lucky Harbor series is hands-down my favorite contemporary romance series. This is the 10th book in the series, and one of my favorites, which is saying a lot, as she had already set the bar high in Lucky Harbor. I adored Sam and Becca. Their story was so heartfelt and touching. I loved everything about this book!

Shelter Me

Shelter Me by Catherine Mann. Catherine was another new author for me. A friend recommended her, and as soon as I saw the cover, I knew I had to read this book. As you might have guessed based on my own books, I’m a huge sucker for a book involving animal rescue, and this one, well…Catherine delves even deeper into the gritty realities of animal rescue than I do in Unleashed. I cried several times reading it. It’s definitely a heavy book, but ultimately so heartwarming. I highly recommend it!

Head over to my Facebook page, because I’ll be giving away copies of these books, and Unleashed, all week! Don’t miss it! :)

Romance Unleashed

I’ll be honest – I’m a sucker for a book with a dog on the cover! I love romance, and I love dogs, so if there’s an adorable canine sidekick that helps the couple fall in love, then it’s already halfway to becoming one of my favorites. In honor of Unleashed’s upcoming release, I’m working on a list of romances any dog-lover should read:

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Finding Mr. Right by Emily Carmichael

Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook

Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox

Against the Cage by Sidney Halston

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Carolina Man by Virginia Kantra

Paw Enforcement by Diane Kelly

Unleashed by Rachel Lacey

Shelter Me by Catherine Mann

The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry

The Search by Nora Roberts

Animal Attraction (and the whole Animal Magnetism series) by Jill Shalvis

Dog Days by Elsa Watson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know a great romance with a doggy sidekick that isn’t on my list? Reply in the comments! I’d love to add it. Happy reading, dog lovers! :)

I need your help!

With Unleashed‘s release coming up next month (next month!! yay!), I’m trying to put together a list of other romance novels that have dogs in them. Here are a few of my recent favorites:

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What are some of your favorite romance novels (any genre) featuring a lovable canine sidekick?