My Top 10 Books of 2018

According to Goodreads I’ve read 210 books this year and yes, I’m quite aware that the amount of reviews I’ve written compared to that number is ridiculous small. I’m making that my 2019 goal: not as much slacking off on written reviews and finally getting caught up on all those NetGalley books.

Probably. Maybe…. Who am I kidding? LOL We’ll see how that will work out.

Anyway here are my TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2018. Since I’ve mostly read M/M books this year… most of the books on this list are m/m. Sorry, not sorry. 😉

I excluded re-reads of books that I already read in 2017. Also I thought about leaving out the one book I’ve read that’s not out yet but whatever. I’m in charge of the rules here and I declare that that book can stay.

Bookwise this year had lots of ups and downs for me. I faced some books that were really bad in my opinion but also some books that others hated and I really liked. I also had to deal with lots of book hangovers.

I’m including Goodreads links to every book but not the covers because I’m too lazy to edit that right now. Sue me. I’m also including the reviews I’ve written if I did write one.

Last thing before the list begins. I’m not numbering those books because I loved every book for a different reason. Ranking them would be like choosing a favorite child.


~~~~ Hell and High Water by Charlie Cochet ~~~~

>> Goodreads

Finding this one book opened me up to a whole world of books. I personally would put every single book of this series on this list but then I would already done with it. I seriously recommened this book and series to everyone. It’s hilarious but at the same time serious and I just loved it. I even got the audiobooks for my train rides and sometimes I have to remind myself not to laugh out loud on the train because I hate getting looks from people.

You might also want to check out the Four Kings Security series by her. Just as good.

 


 ~~~~ Deke by Eden Finley ~~~~

>> Goodreads

This is the book that I talked about that comes out in 2019. I’m still including it, because it was awesome. The humor was on point and the whole story was just so good. I can’t wait for more.

Spoiler alert: The first and second book of this series also made my top 10, just saying.

>> My review


~~~~ Awaken the Darkness by Dianne Duvall ~~~~

>> Goodreads

I’m quite sure this is the only M/f book on my list because I think I only read maybe 5 M/f books this year so for one to make it on this list I would have had to really love it and I did. I have loved this series from the very first book back in 2011 and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

>> My review


~~~~ Pain by E.M. Leya ~~~~

>> Goodreads

This book is kind of the polar opposite of the others on this list. While the others are more lighthearted and funny, this is a bit darker but equally as good. Sometimes you just need a book that hurts your heart a bit while reading.

>> My review


~~~~ Trick Play & Fake Out by Eden Finley ~~~~

>> Goodreads (Trick Play)
>> Goodreads (Fake Out)

Book one and two of the same series as Deke, the book mentioned at the very top of this list. Equally as good.

>> My review for Trick Play


~~~~ Tank by K.M. Neuhold and Nora Phoenix ~~~~

>> Goodreads

I found this book through one of my many facebook group when I was in search for some good enemies to lover books and the members of the group delivered. So far it’s my favorite of the series but I think the fourth book, which will come out in January, could throw Tank from the throne. We shall see.


~~~~ Unwritten Law by Eden Finley ~~~~

>> Goodreads

Yet another book by Eden Finley. What can I say? I just love everything I’ve read by her so far. I just love her writing style, it pulls me in from the very first page.


~~~~ Cronin’s Key by N.R. Walker ~~~~

>> Goodreads

This book was the very first m/m paranormal romance I liked so I feel compelled to include it. Even though I wouldn’t hold it as high as the other books on this list. It opened a door for me though and that’s why…


~~~~ Torch by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliot ~~~~

>> Goodreads

A lot of people say that this one is the weakest in the series but personally this was my favourite of the whole series. I just loved Rowe’s and Noah’s relationship.


And this concludes my little list. Writing it was harder than I thought because I’m unable to count to ten. LOL.

What are your favorites of this year? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

[ARC REVIEW] Deke by Eden Finley

About the book

Deke
(Fake Boyfriend #3)
by Eden Finley

ebook
Publication Date: January 9th 2019

Ollie

Word of advice: don’t come out to random guys in public restrooms. Even if they’re charming and adorably nerdy and offer to help.

My family believe I can’t be happy if I’m not out to the world. I have a bitter ex-boyfriend and an unstable NHL career to show for it. A fake boyfriend seems like an easy and quick solution to get my family off my back, and this guy is volunteering. I take him up on it without asking his name.

I really should’ve asked for his name.

Lennon

Word of advice: learn how to introduce yourself properly.

In my defense, I don’t recognize Ollie Strömberg right away. I cover football, not hockey.

I’m not supposed to see him again, and he’s never supposed to find out I’m a reporter.

That all changes when my editor reassigns me.

It’s a lesson I should’ve learned by now. Nothing’s changed since high school. Jocks still hate nerds. But even worse, athletes hate journalists. Especially ones who know their secret.

*Deke is a full-length MM novel with a HFN/HEA and no cliffhanger*

review

~ ARC provided by author in exchange for my honest opinion

Sweet Neil Patrick in a harness (read the book and you will understand this), this book was soooo good. The ARC hit my kindle when I still had a friend over and it might have been possible that I was a bit annoyed that she hasn’t gone home yet, so I could read it. Just a teeny-tiny bit.

After reading Trick Play, the second book in the series, I was totally expected a book about Talon, because his story was kind of teased about, but instead Eden gave us Lennon and Ollie and I have to say I’m absolutely not mad about that.

Like the previous books Deke was an absolute joy to read. It was funny – freaking hilarious to be honest, that joint scene really got me laughing my ass off – and I loved the characters, even though I wasn’t sure I would like Lennon, when Eden announced that he would be one of the main characters. I had absolutely no reason to worry, he was awesome.

Even though the next book in this series won’t be a fake boyfriend type of book, I can’t wait for Talon’s book and would love to get my hand on it yesterday.

I totally recommend Deke to anyone, in fact I’m planning to reread it again this evening. You might want to start with Fake Out though so you get to meet the whole clan, even though all the books can be read as stand-alones in my opinion.

I want to give 4,75 stars, because I rarely give the full 5 stars but to hell with it, every single book of this series deserves 5 stars.

Rating: 5 stars

[Cover Reveal] Deke by Eden Finley

Release Date: January 9, 2019

Cover Design: Kellie Dennis / Book Cover by Design

 

Synopsis

 

Ollie

Word of advice: don’t come out to random guys in public restrooms. Even if they’re charming and adorably nerdy and offer to help.

My family believe I can’t be happy if I’m not out to the world. I have a bitter ex-boyfriend and an unstable NHL career to show for it. A fake boyfriend seems like an easy and quick solution to get my family off my back, and this guy is volunteering. I take him up on it without asking his name.

I really should’ve asked for his name.

Lennon

Word of advice: learn how to introduce yourself properly.

In my defense, I don’t recognize Ollie Strömberg right away. I cover football, not hockey.

I’m not supposed to see him again, and he’s never supposed to find out I’m a reporter.

That all changes when my editor reassigns me.

It’s a lesson I should’ve learned by now. Nothing’s changed since high school. Jocks still hate nerds. But even worse, athletes hate journalists. Especially ones who know their secret.

 

 

Goodreads

 

 

Excerpt

 

“You want to watch a movie or something?” Ollie asks.
“A movie?” The bedside clock reads well past midnight, and I should go back to my hotel and get some sleep. Do I move to do that though? Of course not, because I always do questionable things around Ollie, starting with offering to be his fake boyfriend for a family dinner. “What about your roommate?”
“I’m allowed to have gay friends, Lennon.” His eyes seem uncertain, as if he doesn’t quite believe himself. “Or, I dunno, tell him you’re writing another article.”
This is walking a fine line, and I get the feeling if I stay, shit’s gonna get messy. 
“I could stay for a movie.” Apparently, my mouth decides to send a big fuck you to the warnings running through my head. “What’ve you got?”
He taps away on his screen and pulls up a selection.
“Should’ve pegged you for an action, no brains needed, type of guy,” I say.
“Fine then.” He taps some more and pulls up a different folder filled with titles like Donnie Darko, Sin City, and Get Out.
“Ugh. Way too far the other way,” I complain.
“Are you the Goldilocks of movies? Here, look for whatever you want.” He passes me his tablet.
I scroll through the genres in his movie file, clicking on a few things but going back to the main folder seconds later. Ollie makes impatient noises, which makes me even pickier. He’s kind of hot when he’s snarky.
When I scroll down further, a folder catches my eye labeled in capital letters: PORN. “Good to know you don’t even try to hide your stash.”
I jokingly go to click on it, but he must think I’m actually gonna do it. A large hand wraps around my wrist, his grip firm but not painful, and I laugh.
“Calm down. As interested as I am to open it, it’s kind of like Pandora’s box. There could be clown porn in there or something, and then you’re not the one who’d be scarred for life.”
“Clown porn?” he asks while practically choking.
“There’s some really weird shit out there.”
He lets go of my hand. “What I want to know is what you’ve been looking up if you landed on clown porn.”
“It started out looking at guys in drag, and it went downhill from there.”
Ollie pulls back as if contemplating that. “Drag queens, huh? Is that your thing?”
“Oh, we are so not getting into this.” And I’m so not confessing the drag thing was out of curiosity. My true fantasy is jocks. Exactly like him. Not going to tell him that either. “You won’t let me see your collection, so you get nothing from me.”
He thinks about it for a moment before turning to me. “Well, now I want you to look. I feel like I need to defend my porn choices.”
Is he seriously suggesting I watch his porn? With him … like … right there?
The smug challenge in his eye almost has me pushing the button, but the slight blush on his cheeks makes me think he’s bluffing. God, I want to know what he’s into …
No! Bad Lennon.
That would only add to the conflicting feelings I already have for Ollie.
The icon mocks us as we stare at it, and then each other, and then away. God, we’re pathetic.
I click on the folder labelled Classics just so we can get away from temptation. My entire face lights up. “Wait. You think Thor is a classic? Where are the real ones like Cool Hand Luke and The Princess Bride? This is even more disturbing than your porn choices.”
“Hey, you never saw my porn choices.”
“I’m still going with clown porn.”

 

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Fake Out (Book Boyfriend – Book One)

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Trick Play (Fake Boyfriend – Book Two)

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About the Author

 

Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff. 

She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.

With a short attention span that rivals her five-year-old son’s, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF. 

She’s also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don’t make sense to anyone else.

 

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