Best of 2015

2015 was a mixed bag. I read some really great books, and got excited about quite a few things.

However there were also lengthy periods of time where I was either feeling a little blah about my books or I was downright fed up with reading in general, and with the repetition brought on by genre fads.

I saved myself from my reading slumps both by rereading, and also by buying books instead of accepting as many review books as I might have other years.

Every year I post my best reads of the year. Many are 2015 releases, but some are not. Not all of them are the Greatest Read Ever, but every one of these stuck with me in some way, and that’s what counts the most when it comes to a book.

The Secret Years by Barbara Hannay

The Secret Years by Barbara Hannay

Ross Poldark (Poldark #1) by Winston Graham

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His Wicked Reputation (Wicked Trilogy #1) by Madeline Hunter

His Wicked Reputation (Wicked Trilogy #1) by Madeline Hunter

Brown-Eyed Girl (Travis Family #4) by Lisa Kleypas

Brown-Eyed Girl (2015) (The fourth book in the Travis series) by Lisa Kleypas

Collateral Damage (Bagram Special Ops #5) by Kaylea Cross

Collateral Damage by Kaylea Cross

His Christmas Countess by Louise Allen

His Christmas Countess (Lords of Disgrace #2) by Louise Allen

Josette (When Hearts Dare #3) by Kathleen Bittner Roth

Josette (When Hearts Dare #3) by Kathleen Bittner Roth

Tall, Dark and Wicked (Wicked Trilogy #2) by Madeline Hunter

Tall, Dark, & Wicked by Madeline Hunter

This Book Will Change Your Life by Amanda Weaver

This Book Will Change Your Life by Amanda Weaver

Demelza (Poldark #2) by Winston Graham

Demelza (The Poldark Saga #2) by Winston Graham

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Bared to You (Crossfire #1) by Sylvia Day

Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Danger Wears White (The Emperors of London #3) by Lynne Connolly

Danger Wears White (The Emperors of London #3) by Lynne Connolly

Reflected in You (Crossfire #2) by Sylvia Day

Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

To Love a Cop by Janice Kay Johnson

To Love a Cop by Janice Kay Johnson

Dead by Midnight (I-Team 7.5 An I-Team Christmas) by Pamela Clare

Dead by Midnight (I-Team 7.5 An I-Team Christmas) by Pamela Clare

The Spring Bride (Chance Sisters #3) by Anne Gracie

The Spring Bride (Chance Sisters #3) by Anne Gracie

Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

Cold-Hearted Rake (2015) by Lisa Kleypas

His Housekeeper’s Christmas wish by Louise Allen

His Housekeeper's Christmas Wish by Louise Allen

In Debt to the Earl by Elizabeth Rolls

In Debt to the Earl by Elizabeth Rolls

The Lady Meets Her Match (Midnight Meetings #2) by Gina Conkle

The Lady Meets Her Match (Midnight Meetings #2) by Gina Conkle

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9 thoughts on “Best of 2015

    1. I first read Bitten many years ago, but after meeting Kelley Armstrong at a drinks event earlier this year I decided to give it another go.

      I liked it before, but this time I REALLY liked it because it made me think about morals etc., and I loved that she made her heroine strong without being a crazy He-Man. So then I went and bought the TV show too. 🙂

  1. I adore Louise Allen’s books – she is one of the best writers of historical romances writing today. What a relief to find a writer who does not use American English or have her characters behave like 21st Century men and women. I was delighted that Elizabeth Rolls has a new book out – she is a fantastic writer and I believe In Debt to the Earl is the first part of a new series.

    I tried reading Bared to You, but I am afraid that the obsessive billionaires bordering on creepy do not do it for me. I think I’ll stick to Harlequin Presents!

    1. Spot on with Louise Allen. The British tone to the books makes a big difference for me. It annoys me that many people avoid ANY book published by Harlequin/Mills and Boon when their Historical line can be so good.
      I’m already exciting about the next book in Elizabeth Rolls’ series. 🙂

      Don’t worry, I don’t really like the obsessive billionaire thing either! I didn’t like Bared to You for the stalking, but because it was the only book of that type I’ve read where I thought the author respected women.

      Instead of shaming women for being blonde, attractive, liking fashion etc., this heroine was all of those things, as well as intelligent and his equal (unlike Fifty Shades, for example). There wasn’t the slut shaming that happens in every other book like it.

      However, I definitely recognise they’re not perfect books, and I rarely read anything like that series. I’d just attended a weekend function with Sylvia Day when I read the books, so that might have influenced me a bit!

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