Here it is! The best and the brightest books for 2014 — according to me, of course. This year alone, I’ve read about 352 books–356!! Out of that 356, there were a handful that were truly unforgettable to me. Take note: Not all of the books I’m going to list here are 5 stars. There are a few 4 and 4.5 star reads, but I’ve included them because a), they were unforgettable; b), they pulled out all kinds of emotions from me. Also note that a few favorites might have been published before 2014 but since I’ve read them this year, I think they should have a place on my list.
So without further ado, I present my top reads for 2014, in random order.
Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young – This book. One of the best friends-to-lovers book out there. Nate and Olivia left quite an impression on me. Their connection was so authentic, their chemistry was sizzling, and their love story was epic. I’ve re-read this book four times already this year.
Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn – This wasn’t a 5-star read for me, but it was certainly unforgettable. Even after I’ve finished reading and reviewing the book, I could not stop thinking or talking about it. It was an exhilarating but sometimes difficult to read because of the sensitive topic. But Beth Flynn certainly did a number on me.
Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid – This list wouldn’t be complete without a Penny Reid title on it. I would read everything this author writes. Everything. Love Hacked have been my favorite from hers up until Drew Runous came with his sexy beard and his swoon-worthy poetry. Sorry, Alex.
Deeper by Robin York – Part romance, part coming of age. One of the best NA stories I’ve read this year.
After I do by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Not romance per se but contemporary fiction, but it was a poignant, shot-to-the heart kind of read that leaves you breathless in a good way.
The Prince by Tiffany Reisz – This book wasn’t published in 2014, but I have only read it in 2014. The entire series I’ve only read this year, and I’m still kicking myself for waiting so long to read them. This series is hands down the best erotica I’ve read. This book specifically was the best erotica I’ve read not only this year but of all time.
Up to the Challenge by Terri Osburn – This is another friend-to-lovers/unrequited love story that earned a spot on my favorite shelf this year. A story about a smart-mouthed mechanic and a high-powered lawyer set in a small town. Sid was feisty, funny and very endearing. She made this book for me.
Lovely Trigger by RK Lilley – The third installment of Tristan & Danika. The series had it all: angst, steam, humor, dysfunction, heartache, but this book stands out as my favorite among the three.
The Hook Up by Kriten Callihan – Hands down one of the best NA books this year. Witty, charming and utterly readable.
Thin Love by Eden Butler – I had to add this one to this list despite not being quite a 5-star read for me simply because of Kona and Keira. Their relationship was fraught with dysfunction but no one can question their love and devotion to each other.
More Than Forever by Jay McLean – What can I say? I have a soft spot for Cam and Lucy ever since I read about them in More Than This. Their love story was just epic.
The King by Tiffany Reisz – Two words Søren and Kingsley. The Prince is one my faves, so it follows that this book from the White Years will make it to this list as well.
I’ve had a couple more five-star reads this year but I didn’t include them here not because they are not worthy but because they won’t be released until 2015. As it is, they are already in the running to become favorites in next year’s list so I don’t feel too bad for not including them. I’ve read a few duds here and there, but overall, 2014 has been a great year for me. I wish I could list the books that I’ve enjoyed this year because there had been quite a few. But when I think of favorites and unforgettable, these are the books that come to mind.