My Top 5 Reads of the Year!

Happy Tuesday!
I can’t believe one more week until it is Christmas Eve. It is my favorite time of year and my favorite holiday. My mom always throws a Christmas Eve party for my family. We enjoy the amazing food, play silly Christmas games, and enjoy everyone opening up presents. This year will be a little hard not having my Uncle Al there to create a stupid, fun game and to hear his laughter and jokes. Do you have any fun plans for Christmas Eve?
I posted a blog last night and it dawned on me that I need to post more (that is a goal for 2020). This year has seriously flew by on me. We bought a house in May. My bridal shower was in May. We were married in July. Two honeymoons to Bahamas and Aruba in July/August. Started a new job in September. Then Baby Boylan is growing in my belly and will be here in May 2020. My uncle passed away in November. Christmas shopping and Hallmark movies almost every night throughout December. And BOOM… this year is over. There were tears but so many smiles. However, I look back and know that I am truly blessed. I am blessed with a wonderful, amazing husband, a beautiful baby on the way, and my overall loving family. Bring on 2020.
I really got off topic of my whole point in the last paragraph. Let’s start this again. I posted a blog last night and it dawned on me that I need to post more because I haven’t posted before that in over two weeks. That is so not like me. And clearly from my last paragraph, 2019 was busy and hectic. But this is my passion and I need to make more time for it. So here I am today, a day later posting another blog.
Today I want to know what was your best book read in 2019? There can be more than one or create a top five.
Here is my BEST BOOKS read in 2019:
1) Igniting Ivy be Samantha Christy
They call me a hero.
I save people. It’s what I do.
It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.

Then I meet her – the girl with the sad eyes.
She’s lost everything. Twice.
And I know she’s using me to forget her past.

Just when things seem perfect, that past threatens with the unimaginable.

They may call me a hero.
But she’s the one person I can’t save. 

2) Beautifully Broken Pieces by Catherine Cowles
A woman who’s lost everything.

Taylor is looking for peace and quiet away from the memories of all she’s lost. A small mountain town where no one knows her seems like the perfect escape.

A man battling the ghosts of his past.

Walker loves his life just the way it is. His town, his family, his brothers in blue. Everything simple and easy—until a chance encounter changes it all.

When Taylor’s solitude is interrupted by the rugged cop, they find that the very thing they were avoiding might be just what they both need. As their iron wills clash and passion flares…a killer lurks.

And you never know who might be caught in the crosshairs.  

3) Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.   

4) The Conspiracy by Kat Martin
Harper Winston’s brother has disappeared. Pursuing his dream of sailing the Caribbean, Michael hasn’t responded to texts or emails in days. When even the Coast Guard can’t find him, Harper is forced to take desperate measures. Which means going to Chase Garrett, once her brother’s best friend, now the only man she can trust…or so she hopes.

As the successful owner of Maximum Security, Chase has learned to trust his gut. He knows Harper’s father is mixed up in a deadly business, and suspects there’s more to Michael’s disappearance than meets the eye. Getting involved again with the Winstons goes against everything he stands for, yet old loyalties die hard. As the case draws him closer to Harper and deeper into the Winstons’ snarled crime family, he is forced to put everything on the line to keep Harper safe…and both of them alive. 

5) The Gypsy King by Devney Perry
The former Tin Gypsy motorcycle club has everyone in Clifton Forge, Montana convinced they’ve locked their clubhouse doors and ripped off their patches. Everyone but Bryce Ryan. There’s more happening at the club’s garage than muscle car restorations and Harley rebuilds. Her instincts are screaming there’s a story—one she’s going to tell.

As the new owner of the small town’s newspaper, Bryce is hungry for more than birth announcements and obituaries. When a woman is brutally killed and all signs point to the Tin Gypsies, Bryce is determined to expose the club and their leader, Kingston “Dash” Slater, as murderers.

Bryce bests Dash match after match, disappointed her rugged and handsome opponent turns out to be an underwhelming adversary. Secrets are exposed. Truths defeat lies. Bryce is poised to win this battle in a landslide.

Then Dash breaks all the rules and tips the scales.

One kiss, and she’s fighting to save more than just her story. She’s fighting to save her heart from the Gypsy King.  

I have read so many books this past year that I can’t remember all of them. But looking back through my list of books read, these ones really stand out to me. So this was very easy but then very hard.
What are your favorite books of 2019?
Well friends, you never know.. I might be back tomorrow or this weekend.
Have a great day!

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