2021 is coming to an end, and that means, we get to share with your our Top Reads for this year!

As we bid adieu to 2021, let’s take a look back over the year and fall in love all over again with the 13 books that have left an indelible mark on our hearts.
We also want to, take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every one of you for your amazing support, and wish you a very Happy New Year.
Whether it’s via email, private messages, or Social Media, we love hearing from you and talking books, and can’t wait for more book chats in 2022.

Whilst it may be unlucky for some, thirteen is lucky for us, because that’s the number of books that completely stole our hearts this year. These are the books we’ll be thinking about for years to come! Whether they made us laugh, cry, clutch our hearts with emotion, or take us out of our comfort zone, these 13 Books are ‘must reads‘ for any passionate reader out there!

Be sure to add them to your TBR’s – we know you’re going to love them for so many different reasons.
Happy reading in 2022 to all! 
★SEA of RUIN by PAM GODWIN – Our Review 
★BROKEN FRENCH by TASHA BOYD – Our Review 
★LAST KISS by ANNA BLOOM – Our Review 
★TIME STAMPS by K.L. KRIEG – Our Review 
★REMINDERS OF HIM by COLLEEN HOOVER – Our Review
★THE THORNS REMAIN by JENNIFER HARTMANN & CHELLEY ST CLAIR – Our Review
★BRING ME HOME by NICOLA HAKEN – Our Review 
★PEOPLE WE MEET ON LOCATION by EMILY HENRY – Our Review 
★EIGHT PERFECT HOURS by LIA LOUIS – Our Review 
★THE WRONG HEART by JENNIFER HARTMANN – Our Review 
★NO TOMORROW by CARIAN COLE – Our Review 
★ATTACHMENT THEORY by KAYLEY LORING – Our Review 
★LOTUS by JENNIFER HARMAN – Our Review 

Want to know what we’re CURRENTLY READING and LOVING?
HOMECOMING KING – the first book in the Three Kings Series by PENNY REID
Available to purchase now! Ebook  Paperback

Rex “TW” McMurtry’s perpetual single-hood wouldn’t bother him so much if all his ex-girlfriends didn’t keep marrying the very next person they dated, especially when so many of those grooms are his closest friends. He may be a pro-football defensive end for the Chicago Squalls, but the press only wants to talk about how he’s always a groomsman and never a groom. Rex is sick of being the guy before the husband, and he’s most definitely sick of being the best man at all their weddings.

Bartender Abigail McNerny is the gal-pal, the wing-woman, the she-BFF. She’s dated. Once. And once was more than enough. Privy to all the sad stories of her customers, ‘contentment over commitment’ is her motto, and Abby is convinced no one on earth could ever entice her into a romantic relationship . . . except that one guy she’s loved since preschool.

The guy who just walked into her bar.
The guy who doesn’t recognize her.
The guy who is drunk and needs a ride home.
The guy who has a proposition she should definitely refuse.

Latest Favourite Reads

December was a busy month for us personally, and it was also a mixed bag of fabulous reads! Check out the books we read and loved this month.

★REMINDERS OF HIM by COLLEEN HOOVER – See Our Review
★THE THORNS REMAIN by JENNIFER HARTMANN & CHELLEY ST CLAIR –See Our Review
★FABLE of HAPPINESS – FABLE TRILOGY by PEPPER WINTERS – See Our Review 

THE SEA OF RUIN by PAM GODWIN

“It doesn’t matter how far we fall, how much pain we inflict, or how dark it becomes in the ruin. I’m going to be with you, waiting for you, loving you, forgiving you. I’m never letting go, Bennett. Never.”

Standalone – Dark, passionate, haunting Pirate romance – Ebook  Paperback  Audio

An outstanding and epic tale, Sea of Ruin was stunning yet dark, passionate yet disturbing. A story we will think about in the days, even years to come and without question pick up again and again. Dipping into the backlist on our kindles has -without question- unearthed a jewel that consumed all our senses. It’s one of those books we bought on release day yet saved until the mood caught us, and we can without question say that this is why we are mood readers! It makes the reading experience that much more powerful and exciting! Captured from the first word until the last, we lived and breathed the sea, pirate life, love, heartbreak, and misfortune.

BROKEN FRENCH by TASHA BOYD

“What about me scares you?” he asked
“The way you make me feel,” I uttered finally.

Standalone – An vivid, beautiful, angst, slow-burn, single Dad romance – Ebook  Paperback  Audio

Someone needs to make this into a movie – it screams for its beauty to be brought to the screen!

Broken French is an incredibly beautiful, picturesque slow-burn romance. Passionate, emotional, and so seductively addicting in so many ways! The scenery, the characters, the romance, and the writing…oh the writing! It was mesmerising! Everything about this story held us captive. Grab this book! Prepare to be swept away in a story that tantalises all your senses and seduces you with every single word. As we said. What a story! Oh oui, what a story!

THE LAST KISS by ANNA BLOOM

‘To live without her would be unbearable. No, not even that; it would be impossible.’

Standalone – Age Gap, older hero, second chance epic romance – Ebook  Paperback  

The Last Kiss by Anna Bloom is without question one of the most beautiful and epic love stories we’ve read, a favourite this year, no hesitation! We do not have the words to fully convey to you all just how deeply we felt every word, every emotion, and every seductive moment. Our hearts were pounding to the beat of the mood throughout, they beat with joy, passion, heartbreak, and anticipation. We wanted to slow down, to appreciate the utter exquisite romance playing out before our eyes, written by Anna Bloom. The wonderment, the beauty the delectable seduction. Yet the undercurrent of intense heartbreak and trauma was never forgotten, and we couldn’t stop reading for anything, we needed, no we craved the knowledge that was beyond our grasp, at our fingertips.

TIME STAMPS by K.L. KRIEG

“…love isn’t about who bought who the better birthday gift or how many carats her diamond ring is. It’s that you can look at this woman on a regular ole Tuesday night and know you’d make the same decision to be with her as the day you asked her to marry you.”

Standalone – Deeply emotive love story of grief and loss with triggers – Ebook  Paperback 

Laurel and Roth’s love story was intense, it was filled with realism and unguarded honesty. It was adorably awkward and at times hilariously eccentric. It was incredibly poignant and inspirational too. If it wasn’t slow trickle tears, it was full-on ugly cry tears, all the way through! Time Stamps has left such a deep long-lasting impression on our hearts through the magnificent story of love told by K.L. Kreig. It embodied what romance is all about, though some may argue it’s not a romance per se. Because you know…rules! We will fiercely disagree and say this is pure romance. This is real love.

REMINDERS OF HIM by COLLEEN HOOVER

‘Maybe the best way to cope with the loss of the people we love is to find them in as many places and things as we possibly can. And in the off chance that the people we lose are still somehow able to hear us, maybe we should never stop talking about them.’

Standalone – A story of love, forgiveness, and redemption – Ebook  Paperback  Audio

*Chefs kiss ..5 stars! * And…right here is the reason why, after nearly 10 years, we will always be excited about a new release from Colleen Hoover. Reminders of Him is an achingly emotion fuelled story of love, loss, second chances, and forgiveness told through the eyes of Kenna Rowan, who has recently been released after serving 5 years in prison, and Ledger Ward, the wonderful man so intrinsically tied to her past and present.

 

THE THORNS REMAIN by JENNIFER HARTMANN & CHELLEY ST CLAIR

‘I don’t think Josie deserves what I’ve pulled her into…I really don’t. But this isn’t about what she deserves. This is about what I deserve.’

Standalone – Angsty romance about vengeance, hope, and second chances –   Ebook  Paperback 

The Thorns Remain by Jennifer Hartman and Chelley St Clair is a mammoth tale of a broken heart spurred on to wreck vengeance, with pain and torment the motivating cheerleaders. An emotional slow build read that examines human behaviour after the heart shatters and life takes an unexpected turn. When you lose the love of your life along with almost everything you thought you had what do you do? Well, in Evan’s case, you demolish the man who interrupted your happiness and tore your future to pieces. And you do so, despite the casualties of the emotional war you’ve waged.

 

BRING ME HOME by NICOLA HAKEN

‘I’d grown up knowing I was different, that something in my head wasn’t working properly, and I couldn’t understand why no one could fix it. How could they? I’d think. I couldn’t talk to people.’

Standalone – deeply emotional, mental health, emotional childhood friends to lovers rockstar – Ebook  Paperback 

The way in which Nicola Haken wrote Hugo Hayes and Helen Jenkins’ childhood friendship and adult romance was incredibly raw, incredibly honest, and incredibly realistic. There are no quick fixes for what people can face, some things can’t even, in all truthfulness, be fixed. Yet friendship and love can make them easier to live with because with love comes understanding, compassion, and acceptance. Love can come in so many guises and people can come in all shapes of colourful tapestry. So yes, we cried, we laughed, and we fell in love.

PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by EMILY HENRY

‘Years of undying love, occasional jealousy, missed opportunities, bad timing, other relationships, building sexual tension, a fight and the silence afterward, and the pain of living life without him.’

Standalone – Witty, sweet, and emotional friends to lovers romance – Ebook  Paperback  

Stop what you’re doing and grab this book!!! You will love it! Our hearts are overflowing with love –we could sit and re-read this book all over again. It was beautiful, magical, funny, sincere, and written to perfection! People We Meet on Vacation is, without a doubt, one of the best friends to lovers romances we’ve ever read. Not only that, it’s one of our top reads this year. Absolutely bloody brilliant! A funny and heartfelt emotion fest. You’ll need tissues!

It’s everything you could ask for in a romance.

EIGHT PERFECT HOURS by LIA LOUIS

“I want you to know something,” he whispers, words barely there, his nose inches from mine. “You said nobody does but – I see you, Noelle. I do.”

Standalone – Sweet and swoony slow burn story of love and friendship – Ebook  Paperback  Audio

We absolutely adore Lia Louis and once again she showed us why, in Eight Perfect Hours. It was a wonderful and emotional story of life, hope, dreams, and relationships. Of the sacrifices, we make for those we love, of pushing ourselves out of a stagnant rut, and of the risks, we’re willing to take. It was a story of love and kismet. Once again, this Author wowed us with her beautiful writing, her moments of quirky fun, her strong and relatable characters, and of course a slow-building romance with angst.

THE WRONG HEART by JENNIFER HARTMANN

“Tell me your story…”
“You don’t want to hear my story. It’s not a nice story.”
That doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve to be told.” 
She whispers back.

Standalone – Emotional love story of grief, love and second chances – Ebook  Paperback  Audio 

The Wrong Heart has left an indelible mark on our hearts, as we’re still living every moment of this unforgettable emotionally stirring story of love, grief, and second chances. What could have been cliché was anything but, thanks to the incredible talent of Jennifer Hartmann. This lady turned this theme on its head, delivering a unique and all-consuming love story that left us emotionally drained, yet so completely fulfilled. When we say we loved everything about this story, we mean everything!

 

NO TOMORROW by CARIAN COLE

‘I don’t know if it’s good or bad that I’ve been both his muse and his therapy. I suppose some might say that’s obsession and not real love. Some might say what we have is dependency and co-dependency. I wonder if it matters.’

Standalone – Angsty, emotional, rockstar, second chance romance – Ebook  Paperback  Audio

We have a deep-rooted love for those epic romances where we must go through the wringer of emotions, so when paired with the much-loved Rockstar trope -well- we’re left in utter book-love heaven. This is our first book by Carian Cole, and we feel like we’ve unearthed a diamond in our back catalogue of books to read. What a powerful POWERFUL love story! Our hearts had a constant ache in them, we cried tears at the sheer beauty, the agonising hopelessness, and the heartbreaking loss.

ATTACHMENT THEORY (Brodie Brothers #2) by KAYLEY LORING

‘I’ve felt this, the falling, before. So many times. But for the first time ever, I know I have a safe place to land.’

Standalone in series – Swoony, sexy single Mum rom-com   Ebook  Paperback  Audio 

If you’re in the mood for a sexy, swoony romance to whack that funny bone, check out Attachment Theory. We guarantee the Brodie family and their hilarious group chats will have you in fits. The ribbing between the brothers, and Mama Brodie’s pissy texting…omg! They’ll have you wiping away tears of laughter for most of this book. And don’t get us started on the romance *insert heart eyes*

We loved everything about this book.

LOTUS by JENNIFER HARTMANN

“You make me feel like I’m… someone.”
“You are someone, Oliver. You always have been.”

Standalone – Suspenseful, emotional childhood friends to lovers, captive romance – Ebook  Paperback  Audio

We fell head over heels for Oliver and Sydney’s epic friendship and love story. A friendship that transcended time and absence. Lotus broke our hearts then proceeded to heal them. It was tragic and heartbreaking, yet inspirational and uplifting. It was as dark as it was swoony and light-hearted. It packed a punch in the emotional gut yet was somehow overwhelmingly endearing too. It was sublime in its honesty, base feelings, and we thought the exploration of how deeply society’s fads and constructs become engrained in our personal development was steeped in truths.

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Upcoming Releases

Wow! Check out the books headed our way in January If you haven’t already, be sure to check out all the upcoming releases for 2021 and beyond! Don’t forget to bookmark our Upcoming Releases Page!

Thank you so much for loving books, for being on this journey with us and for all your support this year. See you in 2022!

Thanks for dropping by and checking out our 2021 FAVE READS! 
We hope you’ve found some amazing new books to add to your reading lists!

Don’t forget to bookmark us for SalesUpcoming ReleasesNew Releases! Fantastic Book recommendations!
Remember, if you’re looking for reading inspiration, be sure to check our Recommended Reading Pages.

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2 Comments:


  1. Viviana said:

    Thank you for all the book goodness this year. Happy Holidays!

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    1. TotallyBookedBlog Post author said:

      Thank you lovely, same to you 🙂 xx

      Reply

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