I thought some of the five prompts that came before Best of the Best were tough, but none were as hard as this one. So far this year I’ve read 174 books and marked 58 of them as “most favoritest” on Goodreads. I mentally kicked and screamed a bit before ultimately coming up with my top 10. But, I also had to include a few honorable mentions because that’s how I roll. 😂
Without further ado… my favorite reads of 2019.
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The Wallflower Wager
I’m embarrassed to admit it took me until December to read a Tessa Dare book that released in August. What am I doing with my life? I listened to this one on audio and it was absolutely delightful. I love Tessa’s characters so much. Penny and Gabriel were wonderful. The pets – especially Delilah – added a really fun and sweet dynamic to the story. Perfection.
I’ve found my new favorite rom-com of 2019 and a new author to love all over to boot! Fluffy was freaking hilarious. I honestly can’t tell you the last time I laughed this hard while reading a book. And no, I’m talking about when you’re reading and you just kinda chuckle to yourself. I’m talking full-on literal laughing out loud. I loved Mallory and Will!
The Friend Zone
I went back and forth on whether to include The Friend Zone or The Happy Ever After Playlist on my list before ultimately deciding on the former. I loved both more than I can possibly say, but TFZ is the one that started it all. It only seems right that it’s my pick. This is a special book, y’all. If you’ve not read it yet, it needs to be on your 2020 TBR.
Lord of Scoundrels
I understand why this book has been recommended to me time and time again and is often held up as one of the best historical romances out there. It was absolutely magical. True “old school” HR. Dain and Jess were EVERYTHING.
Red, White & Royal Blue
I swear, I cheesy grinned my way through basically 95% of Red, White & Royal Blue. The White House Trio was AMAZING. I loved each of those characters so much. Everything about Red, White & Royal Blue — from the characters to the friendships to the romance to the family interactions to the political aspects — worked for me. There were some things that hit ridiculously close to home with the current state of affairs in our country, but that made it all the more realistic.
Next Year in Havana
Next Year in Havana was one of my most surprising books of the year. I put off reading it for ages because I didn’t think I would enjoy historical romance. Silly, silly Kim. I was enamored by the setting, characters and every bit of the story. This book gave me one of the worst book hangovers I’ve ever had. What a gorgeous and emotional journey. (I also loved When We Left Cuba.)
The One You Fight For
This series is easily one of my favorites and has been since I first picked up The Ones Who Got Away. It was a sweet, sexy and emotional romance between two people who truly deserved it. But, it also gave me a whole lot to think about, especially since the pairing was between the sister of one of the shooting victims and the brother of the shooter.
Baking Me Crazy
Levi and Joss stole my heart and I never want it back. I read this book cover to cover in one sitting and laughed, cried and swooned my way through the entire thing. If best friends to lovers (with a bit of a “curse” twist) is your thing, you have to read this book. You won’t be disappointed.
The Bromance Book Club
Who doesn’t love the idea of having the man in your life read romance novels as a sort of instruction manual? I mean, book boyfriends are the best boyfriends, right? So maybe the flesh and blood men can learn from them. 😉 The feminist tone spoke to my soul and the banter between the men was hilarious. The bromance between Gavin and his friends was perfection.
West’s story… FINALLY! He and Phoebe were perfection. And as a bonus? Allllll the amazing scenes with two of my favorites, Sebastian and Evie from Devil in Winter. Heart eyes forever.
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