I met my reading goal this year by reading over 160 books! Although there were many 5-star books released in 2016, these books—including two duets—stood out to me.
Best Books of 2016
Here are my top reads of 2016 listed in no particular order. Click on the cover or link to read my review.
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. By far the most profound Colleen Hoover novel I’ve read to date, this story celebrates the power of the human spirit. It’s emotional and inspiring, with characters that linger.
Full Tilt by Emma Scott. This is book one in the Full Tilt duet. In a year full of tearjerkers, this one is my favorite. It features a heroine in crisis who rocks the orderly world of a young man facing tragedy. It’s a gorgeous love story, but prepare to be emotionally wrecked.
All In by Emma Scott. This conclusion to the Full Tilt duet more than met my expectations. Both books are equally strong and deserve to be on my favorites list. This is a second chance romance that is pure perfection from beginning to end.
Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid. I’m head over heals in love with the Winston Brothers series, but this book edged out Beard Science as my favorite one so far. Penny Reid’s comedic flair is on full display with this charming story.
Anything But Minor by Kate Stewart. Known for her dramas, Kate Stewart proves she has some comedic chops. I’m a sports romance connoisseur, and the adorakable heroine and humble baseball player help earn this book a spot on my favorites shelf.
Major Love by Kate Stewart. This is the second standalone in the Balls in Play series. Kate Stewart knocks it out of the park yet again. The infectious banter and sizzling romance make this a winning sports romantic comedy.
Dark Notes by Pam Godwin. I’m not a huge fan of dark reads. However, a dark student-teacher forbidden romance is an intriguing combination that I couldn’t resist. It’s a risqué story with a successful payoff.
Paper Princess by Erin Watt. Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy teamed up under a pseudonym to write this book crack. It’s a bit like a cross between Gossip Girl, Cruel Intentions, and Mean Girls. Get ready for a book hangover after reading this addictive angst-filled New Adult story. It’s the first in a trilogy.
So Much More by Kim Holden. Once again, Kim Holden proves what an astonishing storyteller she is. I love single dad romances, and this book more than fits the bill. It’s a heartwarming and emotional page-turner full of angsty goodness.
Retrieval and Transfer by Aly Matinez. This epic duet is the very essence of romantic suspense. You have two separate couples who are so fascinating they could easily have their own book. When their stories intersect, it’s absolutely thrilling.
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