My Top 10 Favorite/Most Memorable Books of 2013

First off, I just want to wish everyone a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!! May the dreams that came true in 2013…continue to flourish and may the dreams that didn’t…come true in 2014. New Year and New Beginnings!!

I also want to thank each and every one of you for giving me and my blog a chance. I started Book Reads and Reviews in August and it’s been quite a learning experience and so much fun! I hope as I continue to learn & grow, I can become a better Blogger and someone you all will look forward to seeing more often. I’ve met some amazing Authors who have given me the honor of reading and reviewing their books and a couple who have even given me the highest honor of all…which is bouncing ideas around with them as they write the books you all love so much!! I just feel so extremely blessed!! So Thank you!!! ♥ ~Robin

OKAY! Let’s get this party started…

*NOTE* These books are in no particular order.  They’re books that were released in 2013 and they have touched me in some way or another. The story/characters are forever burned into my brain as one of my favorites. I’ll give little notations as to why and if I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing the books, I’ll add the link to the review! 🙂  Again, no particular order….

My Top 10 Favorite/Most Memorable Books of 2013


Symphony of Light and Winter by Renea Mason

This was an exceptional Paranormal Romance. It made me excited about reading that Genre again!  In fact in my review I said “This entire story was literally like Christmas day for me. Why? Because it was one of the most pleasant, wonderful surprises I’ve opened in a very long time and I was jumping around like a kid at this amazing discovery.”  I can’t wait to read the next book in this amazing series! *NOTE* She DOES have a novella out for this series, titled “Impostors’ Kiss”.  You can find the Review for it HERE and buy it on AMAZON.



Reckless by Skye Jordan

Reckless was the first book I’ve ever read written by Skye Jordan Aka Joan Swan.  She took Erotica to a whole new level and made me see it in a classy, sexy, make love way, instead of the raunchier ones I’ve loved in the past(and still do love!) In my review I said “Whether you are whips and chains or feathers and whip cream, this book will keep you entranced, enthralled, in love and in heat the whole way through. Skye Jordan(Aka Joan Swan) is truly the Michelangelo of Erotica!”


Rebel by Skye Jordan

I got emotionally attached to Rubi when I read Reckless. Reading her personal story made her become more real. We were able to learn more about her childhood and why she acts the way she does with Wes. In my review I said “In “Reckless”, Rubi and Wes captured our attention. In “Rebel” they capture our hearts!” This couldn’t be truer.  I was also given the honor of being listed in the Acknowledgements section in the book. This not only made my year, it’s one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me! I am SO blessed!!♥


Fender Bender Blues by Niecey Roy

The pure orneriness of Rachel gave insight into the smart ass author that was lurking behind the scenes. It proved more true when I read Another Shot At Love.  I read Fender Bender Blues prior to starting my review site, so I’ve never gotten around to “officially” reviewing it.  But what I WILL say is…it’s exceptional and hilarious!!  Niecey Roy’s writing makes you almost think you just might be reading about her own adventures, they’re real, embarrassing and possible. THAT’S what makes them so damn funny!!


 Cherry Tart by Scarlett Jade

This was the first book I’ve read that featured a plus sized woman as the main character and it was phenomenal.  It’s another book that let me see behind the scenes and into the author’s true heart and personality. It was refreshing and I loved it.  I loved Cherry’s sass and confidence! My favorite part was her description of some “mean girls” who were ridiculing Cherry for her weight. I found it to be the funniest line I’ve read from a book all year, if not ever!! “At the table sat these two perky blondes with high, fake tits and badly done weaves. They looked a lot like Oompa Loompas had caught them in the back alley behind a hairdresser, snatched their weaves while they got boned from the back, and then beat them with a 64 color box of Crayolas before letting them go.” BAHAHAHAHA!!!!!


Another Shot At Love by Niecey Roy

Another book by Niecey Roy that has a smart ass character. She’s funny, vivacious and I love her “Oh Shit” moments! An example of one that had me laughing out loud was this part in the book: “I pushed away the plate of spaghetti and turned in my seat to grab my purse hanging on the back of the chair.
And ended up face-to-crotch with a man in a pair of slacks.
If the guy had been wearing jeans, I wouldn’t have felt every single curve of the male anatomy. Under the soft material of his slacks, nothing was left to my imagination. My nose rolled over his penis and when I gasped, my lips brushed against the slacks, like a kiss. I jerked around in my seat and clutched the edge of the table with both hands, my shoulders squared and back ramrod straight.
“Oh my God,” I choked out in a mortified whisper. Could this day get any worse? HAHAHAHA!!!!


Remembering Love by Nadine Christian

I loved this book so very much! It had all the emotions that make a book wonderful and memorable! Secrets, love, adventures, drama, tears, laughter, anger, happiness, etc. etc.  The author is very memorable too! I’ll never forget the day I posted my 5 star review.  She was like a kid who found out Santa was real. I know authors appreciate 5 stars, but I don’t think I will ever have one who exudes the happiness and thankfulness that Nadine Christian did that day. ♥


Castles In The Sand by Annie Daylon

Castles in the Sand was a book I won in a Goodreads contest. As much as I love so many other books, this book is one that I wish I could force people to read. It’s a book that is truly a diamond in the rough and had I not won it, I know it’s one I would’ve never read. Thankfully I was one of the blessed chosen ones to receive it.  It teaches you about life and yourself. It’s hard to describe, except to say it’s a wonderful journey for the soul.  This is coming from a hardcore Romance, paranormal and erotica fan! lol


Trouble With The Law by Becky McGraw

This book was my introduction to the Texas Trouble Series. Yes, I realize it’s book #11. However I have a very good excuse.  I’d never heard of the author or the series until I had signed up to do a promo tour for the book. When I read the excerpt that was provided and I was left with the mini cliffhanger on whether the heroine would give the hero a specific sexual favor….I begged to be allowed to read the book and review it.  Luckily the tour host and the author were so busy laughing their asses off over my reasons, they didn’t say no. lol But now I’m completely hooked on this series!♥


First Ink by Laura Wright

This story was first published/introduced in the Wicked Firsts Anthology, but it’s now sold as a stand alone. I loved it and became addicted to “Rush”, the hero of the story.  There is a kitchen scene that had me panting and made it extremely memorable to me and easily one of my favorites! Laura Wright has recently released #2 in the series, Shattered Ink.  You can read it’s review HERE and buy it from AMAZON.


This might conclude my Top 10 LIST of Favorite/Most Memorable of 2013, but it in NO WAY implies there are not others who have made an impression and deserve to be on this list! I’m a lover of books, it’s why I read…it’s why I review.  I’ve read many others that could easily be on this list as well…and would be, but my list would be never ending, so I settled on 10. I love Travis Luedke’s books, Dani Harper’s, Alexandra Ivy’s, Lara Adrian’s, Randi Alexander’s, Jettie Woodruff’s, etc. just to name a few that I could add easily. But again, I had to settle on 10 and these 10 had a little something extra that pushed them over the line for me.

If you TRULY want to see an entire list(Let me rephrase that…a list of books I’ve read/reviewed since I started Book Reads and Reviews), that I would recommend to everyone, check out Robin’s Favorites. ♥



“Double Her Fantasy” by Randi Alexander

 photo 400000000000001096068_s4_zps55060951.jpgAt a comic book convention, artist Megan Shore is thrilled to meet action movie hunk Garret McGatlin. Usually reclusive, Megan flirts with the leading man of her sexual fantasies. He invites her to his suite for a drink, but when she arrives, his rancher brother Trey opens the door and unleashes Megan’s cowboy fantasy. Both men pour on the charm, and she can’t decide which of them she desires more.

The McGatlin brothers have shared women, but none of them were like Megan, irresistible and perfect for both of them. Working together, they execute a potent seduction. During a hot, amazing week, the three-way relationship becomes emotionally charged. When they’re thrown into the media spotlight, Megan fears the exposure will trigger a past threat. Garrett and Trey need to prove they can keep Megan safe as well as happy and satisfied in their arms. Continue reading

“Shatter” by Joan Swan: Blog Tour

Tour Badge-Shatter by Joan Swan


by Joan Swan

Genre: Romantic Suspense (with paranormal elements)
Heat Level: 3.5/5
Elements/Tags: romance, suspense, paranormal abilities, conspiracy, firefighters
Publisher: Kensington
Publishing Date: 12/31/13
Series: Phoenix Rising, 4
Format: Print and Ebook
Words: 110k

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For seven years, Halina Beloi has been in hiding. But she’s never forgotten Mitch Foster, the long, lean man she had to leave behind. Until, that is, Mitch shows up with a list of questions and a 9mm in his hand.

All Mitch knows is that Halina broke his heart and disappeared. But new information has surfaced implicating her as a player in the deadliest game of Mitch’s life. This time, he’s not letting go without answers. Now terror, danger and heat will fuse them together or shatter the future…

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“Rebel” by Skye Jordan

rebel.72pxSassy, smart, and sexy, former supermodel-turned-tech guru Rubi Russo has it all—looks, money, confidence and freedom. Her life is a whirlwind of fast cars and fleeting affairs—and she likes it that way. With a past like Rubi’s, forever isn’t part of her vocabulary. So when studly Renegade stuntman Wes Lawson wants to take their friendship to the next level, she’s all out. 

Raised a simple country-boy, Wes knows the brazen Rubi isn’t his type. But after spending time with her, he discovers she’s everything he’s ever wanted in a woman. To win her wild rebel heart, he’ll have to prove he sees behind her smokescreen to all the goodness she tries to hide. Then it’s just a matter of crushing her fears, shattering her barriers, and convincing her that loving him is everything she’s been missing in her life, too. 

Piece of cake.

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December 22nd – SWEET DEALS(Free Ebooks)

**Note: These were all “Free” at the time of posting, but always double check! Some of these might be short novellas(I try not to put those unless they look really good), so check to see how many pages and if you are still interested. They’re free, so why not take a chance? You might discover an author who will become your favorite! :D I try to include a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but I pretty much stick with romance, including erotica.** Continue reading

December 21st – SWEET DEALS(.99 ebooks/bundles)

**Note: These were all $0.99 at the time of posting, but always double check! Some of these might be around 100 pages(I try not to put those unless they look REALLY good), so check to see how many pages and if you are still interested. I try to include a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but I pretty much stick with romance, including erotica.** Continue reading