Louisa’s Pick for the BEST BOOKS of 2013

There are some books out there that are just beautiful packages of utter perfection. I am talking about those books that don’t come along very often, ones that tell an intense story that stays with you. These are some of the most stunning stories I have had the utter pleasure of reading this year and Books that I can read again and again and never forget ❤

EVERSEA (EVERSEA #1) – NATASHA BOYD

This is truly a captivating and endearing tale of pure love and the heartbreak that ensues and is one of my best reads for this year not only for the heart-breaker hero, but the intense and heartbreaking story. Eversea is a stunningly poetic and beautiful read that you can pick up again and again, with two incredibly endearing characters.

Link to 5 STAR Review

LAST HIT (HITMAN #1) – JESSICA CLARE & JEN FREDERICK

I do not even know where to begin when describing this book- it was just the most intensely surprising and captivating reads and contains one of the sexiest heroes I have ever encountered. Last Hit is a raw and gritty tale, but it is also one of those deeply impactful and heartbreaking reads. It in no way romanticize life’s hardships and the arduous emotional journey of true love and redemption. Definitely a series you do not want to miss out on.

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PLAYING WITH HER HEART – LAUREN BLAKELY

An incredibly perfect and captivating love story that is sweet enough to melt your heart. The writing is so fluent and transports you into this beautiful narrative world Lauren Blakely has created with these two fantastic characters.

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TATTERED LOVE (NEEDLES KISS #1) – LOLA STARK

I have said it once, but I will say it again.
Tattered Love is a brilliantly constructed story about the portrayal of love, loss and in many ways, the forgiveness of one’s self. This book transported me for the duration and took me on a sweet and infectious journey inside the mind of these incredibly sweet, feisty and driven characters. This is the type of book you want to savour and read slowly, then once you have reached the final page, you feel the instantaneous need to go right back to the beginning and read it all over again.

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HARD AS IT GETS (HARD INK #1) – LAURA KAYE

Hard As It Gets is a phenomenally written romance suspense novel that will leave you on edge at the turn of each page. It also has two of the best characters I have ever read, and the best simmering passion and chemistry between a hero and heroine.

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ONE TO HOLD – TIA LOUISE

This is one of the most beautiful and intensely sensual stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading and is simply flawless and brilliant. One To Hold is a stunning depiction of the all-consuming connection that ignites between two people, and imbues perfect amalgamation of angst, intensity and the most sensual love scenes.

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BEAUTIFULLY AWAKE – RILEY MACKENZIE

Beautifully Awake is the perfect mix of intense angst, captivating characters and is one of the most beautifully poignant and emotional reads.

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CONFLICTED LOVE (NEEDLES KISS #2) – LOLA STARK

One of the funniest, most endearingly sweet tales of an unexpected, yet completely expected romance that ensues between two stubborn, yet perfect characters. It is a book that you will fall utterly in love with, one that will also have you in tears from the sexy humour it contains.

AXEL – HARPER SLOAN

Axel is such a raw and emotional novel about the once in a lifetime love and deep connection between two people, one that defies time and distance. This is a book that left me in tears and a definite must-read.

STORM – NINA LEVINE

Storm is a beautifully written tale of two broken characters whose love has the power to both bring them together and tear them apart. It is another raw and gritty romance, but one of the best biker books of the year.

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THE DAY TO REMEMBER (EMMA’s STORY #2) – JESSICA WOOD

This was the perfect conclusion to a beautiful story about love – the passionate, unrelenting kind. It made my heart race, it made me laugh, and it at times brought tears to my eyes.

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THE MARRIAGE MERGER – JENNIFER PROBST

The Marriage Merger is one of those perfect novels that you instantly fall in love with. It is a book that will utterly consume you with a tale of two incredible, yet emotionally vulnerable individuals whose love is both frustrating, passionate and relentless.

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WORTH THE FIGHT – VI KEELAND

Worth The Fight is a sexy and seductively written novel with one hot fighter. It is a highly sophisticated love story that will lure you in slowly and devour your attention.

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UNSPOKEN – JEN FREDERICK

Beautiful, endearing, and a solid read. That is the only way to describe how fantastic Unspoken is. It is beautifully written love story with a downright sexy hero.

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KNIGHTS’ SINNERS (MC SINNERS #3) – BELLA JEWEL

Knights’ Sinners is a beautifully written and emotionally exhausting read that will fill your heart to the brim with melancholy and raw emotion. This is a novel that encapsulates the perfect blend of intense sexiness, angst and the heartbreaking journey of love; two very different yet strong characters go on.

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HALFWAY HIDDEN – CARRIE ELKS

Halfway Hidden is a brilliantly structured novel that unfolds in a slow, seductive and tumultuous series of twists. The  slow build up of mystery and suspense is consuming and the heartbreaking circumstances that bring these two together, from pasts that entwine them to the present, is phenomenal.

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WILLING CAPTIVE – BELLE AURORA

If there was a novel that reduced me to utter sobbing it is this one. I am talking the ugly crying that ensues at 3 am, when your thumbs are sore and achy and your eyes tired from one of the best and most beautifully heartbreaking tales of love and its’ strength.

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DAMIAN – JESSICA WOOD

Damian is a refreshing tale of a man-whore who learns that not every woman will tolerate his bad-boy charm and be reduced to half a woman because of it. This is a highly endearing and hilarious book that you will fall in love with.

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