As many of you know, I read a ton of books in a year. I point this out because it makes narrowing down my favorites to ten is excruciatingly difficult.
Therefore, here’s what I’ve chosen to do. I’ll give you ten of my favorite 2019 reads not necessarily published this year. I’ve also scattered more of my favs into other Top 10 posts throughout the week.
Well, let’s get to it. In no specific order:
The Perfect Dress by Carolyn Brown
This is a contemporary romance/women’s fic crossover about accepting one’s appearance, friendship, family, and putting yourself out there to love again. This author is one of my all-time favs and to be honest, I could have put five of her books on this list.
The Colonel by Beau North
This is a historical fiction sequel to Longbourn’s Songbird. It is tragic, triumphant, and impactive as it tells the story of unrequited love, war’s effects, family and friendship and love in all its forms. Pretty sure this was even better than its predecessor in the series.
Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
An urban fantasy/altered earth history that had the most amazing worldbuilding, unforgettable characters, and, in this book, saw the satisfactory climax of the series.
Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
A future dystopian young adult about a young woman and a rag-tag band of humans, AI, and droids that set out on a danger-filled adventure of rescue. Powerful action-packed and shocking with that ending. Though only the first leg in the trilogy, it led strong.
Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose
A thriller romance in her latest sub-series. Survivor heroine who has fought her way back to normal life and now pursued by a troubled and sadistic minded villain while law enforcement works full throttle to bring him down. I love this author’s dark and dangerous criminal worlds where meticulous attention is given to police procedure, but also a wonderful feeling of camaraderie and heart for justice in her team of pros.
Saving the Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday
A historical western to grabbed my emotions and kept me riveted from cover to cover. The author writes a great blend of western action and setting with a tender, but sensual romance. Two people with tough pasts coming together and making good will always get my vote.
Simply Love by Mary Balogh
A lovely, slowburn historical romance that had my tender feeling in a tangle for these two. Her with a bad relationship and left an unwed mother and him, a tortured and scarred war survivor.
This was my favorite of my year long series challenge to read this author and two of her shorter series.
Repeat by Kylie Scott
Contemporary Romance that is the ultimate in second chances when a woman who broke up with a man and broke his heart in the process gets amnesia so searches for answers by going to those who know her best, especially him. I thought this situation felt real and the romance resonated with me so strongly though we only had her side of it in the narration the whole time.
From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
A WWII era historical romance between a Catholic Priest and a Jewess. They help hide and protect the Italian Jews from first the Fascists and then the Nazis at great cost to themselves. And, then there is the forbidden romance. Oh yes, I cried a lot and want more of this sort of reading torture.
Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 by SE Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, ED Walker, Tiffany Roberts, and Carol Von Natta
A large batch of sci-fi romance novellas mostly in series and a blend of new to me authors/series and favorite authors/series. I loved each story with the unique sci-fi world and started exploring further books from quite a few of these authors as a result.
Did any of these make your Top Ten? What DID make your Top 10? Feel free to let us know in the comments or leave your own link so we can catch your faves.
My thanks to Anne @ Books Are My Heart for hosting the Top Ten week-long event. You can visit her site and see the schedule here: https://booksofmyheart.net/2019/11/24/top-10-books-in-2019/