It’s the most wonderful time of the year — when we look back on all of the great books we’ve read over the past 12 months. This month the RT editors are sharing their favorite reads of 2014. Won’t you reminisce along with us? (Apologies to your TBR pile.)
Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren – This book satisfied everything I want in an exceptional erotic romance — and a stand-out New Adult romance. My absolute favorite thing about this story — I’ve said it a million times — is that Ansel asks Mia what’s working and what isn’t in the bedroom. This was a small part of the overall story, but it meant so much. I don’t do French heroes (except for Kingsley), but Ansel was everything a good partner should aspire to be.
Hard Time by Cara McKenna – This was, hands down, my favorite contemporary romance of the year, and if you haven’t read it, you must. The letters prison librarian Annie and inmate Eric write to each other were the most romantic things I read all year. And McKenna writes some of my favorite sex scenes.
The Submission Gift by Solace Ames – I feel like this book flew under a lot of readers’ radars this year, and I understand it may not be for everyone. It contains a whole lotta kink, and deals with fetishes some folks may be uncomfortable with (heavy on the humiliation and pain, less so on the D/s dynamic). I, however, couldn’t get enough. I loved that each character in the polyamorous relationship had their own story, and how each relationship was given equal attention. There was no ménage ranch, but instead an accurate, entertaining portrayal of polyamory.
The Saint by Tiffany Reisz – I finished The Saint on a subway ride to my younger sister’s graduation dinner, and had to come up with an excuse for why I arrived a miserable, crying mess. I don’t know if it’s my favorite Original Sinners book — it may be tied with The Angel — but my love for Søren and Nora grows as Reisz reveals each additional part of their story. And young Nora was everything I hoped for.
Between the Sheets by Molly O’Keefe – I know a book is good when it contains just about every trope I dislike (small towns, ailing parents, tenacious kids) and I still love it. Complicated heroines who initially reject the hero are my romance catnip, so that may have something to do with why this book won me over, but regardless, O’Keefe is an incredibly talented writer.
The Girl in 6E by Alessandra Torre – This was the book that I recommended the most this year. I firmly believe it’s a book just about anyone (ok, maybe not your parents, but who knows?) can enjoy, and right now it’s my number one pick for a title I’d love to see turned into a film. Get on that, someone.
Reaper’s Stand and Devil’s Game by Joanna Wylde – I tried to pick just one of these books, but I can’t decide which one I enjoyed more. I jumped into Wylde’s Reapers MC series with Devil’s Game, and it pretty much turned her into auto-buy author status for me. These books are insanely addictive, and, in my opinion, a must read for anyone who enjoys romance.
Intrusion by Charlotte Stein – I’ve gushed about this book enough, but lemme gush some more: it was great, I loved it. I was so caught up in the story and had already suspended my disbelief so the unexpected twist at the end didn’t even make me blink. Stein’s voice is so rich, perfect for a novella-length story.
See any of your 2014 favorites? Sound off below! And stay tuned all month as we revisit our favorites from the year.