Some years are stellar reading years, while others are just meh. Fortunately for me, I’ve had the joy of reading several exceptional books this year. So without further ado, in no particular order, here is my Top 10 list of 2015, with one bonus book since I’m a rebellious kind of girl.


The Companion Contract by Solace Ames. I adored this utterly unique story of an adult film star who accepts a job as a paid companion to a rockstar in recovery and then falls for his bandmate. The characters are richly drawn and I felt like we were old friends by the conclusion. Now I need Miles’s story asap.


Rock Hard by Nalini Singh. What happens when you throw a timid, though not really, woman together with a powerful CEO known for being difficult? They challenge one another, make you laugh out loud, and fall gloriously in love.


The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan. I’m not a huge reader of the New Adult genre, but this story of the culmination of years of longing is enough to make me reconsider. Ethan Dexter is a great hero, the sort of solid guy everyone depends on. Plus, he’s a virgin.


A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley. Honestly, I didn’t love the modern-day romance storyline, but the lush historical one more than makes up for it.


Behind the Mask by Carolyn Crane. Breathless suspense combine with sizzling hot romance in the fourth book in The Associates series. Fascinating characters, great chemistry, and tight plotting – basically everything I’ve come to expect from this author.


Forbidden by Charlotte Stein. I wasn’t sure going in if a book starring a young man about to become a priest was for me. I was so, so wrong. Sensitive and thought-provoking, this story will stay with you long after you turn the final page.


Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan. Unforgettable characters fight their attraction to one another while navigating the ins and outs of college life and family dynamics.


Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs. It’s not exactly traditional romance, but the Alpha and Omega series follows the werewolf adventures of Charles and Anna Cornick. This entry in the series finds Charles facing people from his past and confronting some of the deeds he has carried out over the years. Both characters develop in significant ways during the course of the book. The emotional connection between him and Anna shines brightly in this one.


After You by Jojo Moyes. I adored Me Before You even as it broke my heart. This, the sequel which follows Louisa after the events of the prior book unfold, put it back together again.


Everything I Left Unsaid/The Truth About Him by Molly O’Keefe. Intense emotions are combined with sensual romance and more than a little danger in this duology. Annie is the sort of heroine I love to read about. She breaks the chains of her past to love fearlessly. Both books must be read in order.


And one more, a December 2014 release, but I’m including it anyway since this is my list and it’s fun to break the rules occasionally!


Personal Geography by Tamsen Parker. Again, I’m not the biggest fan of BDSM romances, but this book blew my expectations apart, far exceeding what I thought it would be. Three dimensional characters with actual baggage, not high school melodrama, to sort through made this an interesting, worthwhile read.***


I’m a slow reader compared to most of my colleagues. I tend to savor words, turning them over in my mind and letting them rattle around in my brain. I devoured many of these within 48 hours of beginning them. Each were strong, compelling reads that I found difficult to put down and even more difficult to end. My reading year was so good, I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings.