Saturday, November 1, 2014

BOOKS I'M GRATEFUL I READ! GIVEAWAY HOP:


Welcome to the...
Books I'm Grateful I Read!
Giveaway Hop
hosted by Stuck In Book!

For this hop, we're supposed to feature a book or books we're grateful we've read, something that has touched our lives in some way. Holding a book in my hand before I could even read or walk, I've read thousands of books since I first picked one up and picking one or even a hundred that has touched my life in some way would be an epic feat I know I couldn't accomplish. But there are a select few that have meant more to me that others and for that I've decided to list a top 20 with 5 (or series) in each of my favorite genres.

Make sure to enter my giveaway listed below and visit all the other blogs on the Linky listed at the bottom of this post for other great prizes!

TOP 20 BOOKS / SERIES PICKS


My Top Picks for the Mature YA-leading-into-NA Genre are...
Bully and Until You by Penelope Douglas - These books are told in her and his POV's and were just phenomenal reads with lots of angsts! The first book will blow your mind and have you hating the hero, Jared but once you read book two, told from his POV, I promise, you'll love him! I certainly did.

Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan was AMAZING! The whole series is, but that first book was just... ugg! I can't even explain what it did to me. It was a fantastic read.

Oh my. How do I explain all the wonderfulness that is Hopeless by Colleen Hoover? Me and my best bud fight over who gets to keep the hero, Dean Holder! The second book in this two part story is told from Dean's POV and it's called Losing Hope.  I should have added it to the images because it's probably one of the BEST his POV's I've ever read. So, so good!

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A Tucker and The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay will change you forever. Those two reads stole my heart, for different reasons. Great reads!


The Crush series by Nicole Williams started the whole New Adult genre for me and still to this day, I love, love that series. All three books are fantastic but the first book has stuck with me and the hero Jude Ryder was and still is my all time best book boyfriend... just because he was my first ;)

Easy by Tammara Webber has the handsome, soul-breaking Lucas as the hero and what a character! This book... it's another me and my best bud fight over who gets to keep the hero. You HAVE to read this one if you haven't. So, so good. You won't be disappointed. (P.S. This book also has a "his" POV titled Breakable which was really good too!)

OMG, Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan... Made. Me. Do. The. Ugly. Cry!!! No lie. I was broken for about thirty minutes, unable to go on with the read. I had to leave my ereader behind while I drink copious amounts of wine and then finally, many many glasses of wine later... I felt like I could go back and finish the story. This author has some serious talent. Archer's Voice was my first by her but as soon as I was done, I purchased all her other books and devoured them in two days. 

Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn introduced me to the ... wait for it... Apadravya! I was never the same again! Oh, and DO NOT look that word up if you are under age ;)

Wait For You by Jennifer L. Armentrout broke my heart, fixed me and gave me a happy ending. Then she went and gave me a his POV (Trust In Me) which totally blew my mind. I adore this authors writing. 


The Hollows series by Kim Harrison needs no explanation. I LOVE that entire series. It has so many ups and down and so much creative world building, you can't help but love it. This past September, the last book in the series was published. I'll miss it but I'm so happy I was introduced to it.

The Cassandra Palmer Series by Karen Chance is PHENOMENAL! It's different and the writing is kind of "big" but I love this entire series. Her world building is insanely good. And I can't decide if I'm Team Pritkin who is the toughest, hottest, most tortured war mage you'll ever meet or if I'm Team Mercia who is the the sexiest, most manipulative vamp you'll ever meet!

The entire Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman is amazing! But Nightlife started it all for me so it desevers it's own spot.

Another series I really enjoy is The Black Son's Daughter series from M.L.N. Hanover. Killing Rites was book 4 in the series and really amped things up! 

And of course I love The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward but Dark Lover started it all for me, so it holds a special place on my list!


And I can't end this top 20 List without talking about one of my all time favorite genre! I love all things Adult, Dark and Erotic and these are just a few of my top favs!

And before you start hating on me, I love the Fifty's books. It didn't put me in this genre's path but it did lead me to Goodreads where I met a TON of wonderful people in the blogging, reading and author community. And I've met some of my most favorite people there so I'll never have a hate-on for these books. Not to mention, I heart Christian Grey... big time!

The Monsters In The Dark series by Pepper Winters was so intense, disturbing and angsty and it made my insides burn! You'll both love and hate Q! Anything by this author is an instant one-click.

The Dark Duet by C.J. Roberts!!! BEST BOOKS EVER! It's dark, it's wrong and so so right all at the same time. You'll hate to love Caleb!

The Crossfire series by Sylvia Day... BRILLIANT series! And a must read! You'll love Gideon in all his eff'ed-up'ed-ness!

And the Enthrall Sessions series by Vanessa Fewings is one of those reads you just can't put down once you've started it. I introduced it to a few of my reading buddies and they've all loved it. Cameron Cole? SUPER YUMMY! ;)

And that's my top 20. It's certainly not all the books I love, but it's a good start. Now for the good stuff. 

My giveaway for this hop will be for (2) TWO WINNERS, each getting to choose one of the ebooks on Top 20 List above PLUS a $10.00 Amazon or B&N Gift Cards. Awesome right?? Make sure to check out the other giveaways from the Linky below for more chances to win! (OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!)
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115 comments:

  1. Love your list! I've read 75% of the books in your list. Lol. I don't read much paranormal so I haven't read any of the books you listed under Adult PNR, and the Enthrall Sessions. TSoT, Hopeless, TTB, Reason to Breathe, Archer's Voice , Bully, Wait For You and Easy are definitely on my top picks too! :)

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    1. YAY!!! I'm so happy to see those books getting the love they deserve. Such fantastic reads. Angsty, fun and emotional. You should definitely try Enthrall Sessions. The third is coming out in a couple of weeks so there's not much wait. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Yash. Good luck in the giveaway!

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    1. Hi Edison! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Good luck in the giveaway ;)

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  3. Awesome list! I've read most of them!

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    1. Such great reads. Thanks for commenting Tarah and good luck in the giveaway!

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    1. Then you are in for a real treat! Thanks for stopping by Rita and good luck in the giveaway!

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  5. I haven't read any of those books yet, sorry.

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    1. There are some fantastic books and authors on this hop, these just being a few. I hope you get a chance to read some of them. Thanks for commenting Sara and good luck in the giveaway!

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  6. Quite a few but Archer's Voice is probably my number one pick for 2014. Made me ugly cry and is one of the paperbacks on my list that I want!!!!!! I even have my friends keep a lookout of paperback giveaways for that book!!! Loved it!!! 5 stars from me!!! Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck everyone!

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    1. I loved Archer's Voice so much. And you are so right about that ugly cry! But it was a good ugly cry. Those are the best kinds of books. Thanks for stopping by Tammy, and good luck!

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  7. Awesome list! I've read archer's voice :)

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    1. LOVED Archer's Voice and haven't met anyone who's read it that disliked it. So good! Thanks for commenting and good luck!

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  8. Hello! Thanks for an Awesome Giveaway!

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    1. You're most welcome Dora! Good luck :)

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  9. I have read Pepper Winters, Sylvia Day and E.L
    James Books! What a lineup of Great Books you have!

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    1. Thank you Dora! They are fantastic authors and you can't help but love their books!

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  10. Hi, I have read 50 shades of Grey and The Crossfire Series. Many of the others are on my TBR list. Thank you.

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    1. Two of my favorites! :) Good luck and thank for commenting Shelly!

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  11. I've read most of the paranormal and "dark" reads. Working my way thru the rest. Great giveaway and love your book taste :)

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    1. Thanks Laura! I'm a sucker for dark reads. The darker, the better. But I love my light and fun too ;) Good luck in the giveaway and thanks for stopping by!

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  12. I've read quite a few of the books on your list. I LOVED Bully, Until You, Easy, Dark Lover, & Bared to You. Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

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    1. Ahh! So many great books. It's wonderful to see the response to these fantastic books. You guys have awesome taste. Thanks for stopping by and commenting and good luck ;)

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  13. I've read archers voice , crossfire series, monsters in the dark series and the dark duet series .
    Loved all of them
    Crossfire I've read 8 times ��

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    1. A gal after my own heart! I have some catching up to do though because I've only read the Crossfire series about 3 times. Gideon is soooo yummy :D Good luck in the giveaway Shabby!

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  14. I've read a few, Reason to Breathe, Archer's Voice, Hopeless, MOnsters in the Dark, The Dark Duet, Fifty Shades, Bared to You and Reflected in You. A lot of the others are already on my TBR!

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    1. Great line up Jennifer! They are great books and so much fun to read. Thanks for commenting and good luck!

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  15. I have read Hopeless, Losing Hope, Rock Me, Archers Voice, The dark Duet, Fifty Shades, and the Crossfire series. All were great books!

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    1. Yay! Another Rock Me fan. I LOVED Brian. He was on my top BBF list for a long time :D Good luck in the giveaway Sam!

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  16. i read fifty shade trilogy :)
    thx u for the chance of win...

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    1. You are most welcome and good luck! Thanks for commenting ;)

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  17. Archers Voice by Mia Sheridan! Loved it!

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    1. It was a GREAT read. So many people loved that book and for good reason. Thanks for commenting Melody and good luck!

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  18. Great choices. Couldn't agree more on The Hollows, Cassandra Palmer (Dorina is a must as well) and Black Dagger Brotherhood.

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    1. I really enjoy the Dorina Basarab series also, though I haven't read the last one, Fury's Kiss, yet. Though Cassie has remained my favorite of her heroines, Dory kicks some serious ass and she's so much fun to read! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway Trudy!

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  19. I haven't read any of these...Man I need to speed up my reading! I think I've got Black Dagger Brotherhood taking up space on my holds list from the library, though :)

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    1. Lol! I wish I could read in my sleep, then I could get even more great books in ;) The BDB is really good. The first book, though I listed it on my list, isn't the best of the series, but it does open the door for all the other books and they are HOT and FUN! Thanks for commenting and good luck in the giveaway! ;)

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  20. I have read Jennifer Armentrout's book.
    I think you would also like the Keaton Series by B.A. Wolfe.
    I have J.R. Ward books but have not had time to do them justice.
    I am glad you found Goodreads. I am there daily.

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    1. I've heard of the Keaton Series but I haven't read it. In fact, I just read the blurb for AWAY since reading your post and loved the sound of it, so I've one clicked it from Amazon :D Thanks for the suggestion. Look me up on Goodreads and friend me if we aren't already! Thanks for commenting and stopping by. Good luck in the giveaway.

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  21. Hello there I have not had a chance to read any of the books on your list. Hope you are doing great on this beautiful blog hop! :D

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    1. Thank you so much Esperanza! I'm loving this blog hop. Everyone has been so much fun to talk to. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the Giveaway!

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  22. Awesome giveaway, and thank you! I've read about 90% on that list, Bookwhore I am :)

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    1. LOL! We can share up the bookwhore title together then. ;) Thanks for stopping by Shannon and good luck!

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    1. Easy was so so good! The story itself was heartbreaking. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway!

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  24. Hi, I haven't read any of those books but I do have Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison. I bought it awhile ago not knowing it was the third in a series so I've been putting it off until I get the first two. Thanks for the giveaway!! I seriously need to read the books on your list they look like awesome reads.

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    1. Kim Harrison's books are amazing! I would definitely start with the first one first, so as to not get spoiled. Every Which Way But Dead is one of my favorites from the series. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  25. I have read a lot of these and I think all the ones I haven't are on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Great taste in books ;) Thanks for stopping by. Good luck!

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  26. I haven't read ante of those books, :(

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    1. If I were to choose one to start with, it would probably be Archer's Voice. I've not met anyone who hasn't liked it. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the giveaway!

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  27. I've read some of these books, and others are already on the TBR.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win :3

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    1. You're most welcome Ana! Good luck in the giveaway :)

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  28. Most of it are on my TBR list and I've read Bully and Until You by Penelope Douglas, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, The Crush series by Nicole Williams, Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan, The Monsters In The Dark series by Pepper Winters, The Crossfire series by Sylvia Day..

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    1. YAY!! So many of my favorites are on your "read" list. Such great books. Thanks for commenting and good luck in the giveaway ;)

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  29. I've read the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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    1. LOVE Kim Harrison. You can't go wrong with that series. Thanks for stopping by Kristia and good luck :)

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  30. I've read Hopeless, Bully, Ten Tiny Breaths, and Easy. I loved all of them, but Bully and Ten Tiny Breaths were definitely my favorites and both in my top ten of 2014. I seriously need to read both In Her Wake and Until You. I just don't know if I'm emotionally ready after the buckets full of tears I cried and the heart-wrenching angst that accompanied the first books.

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    1. I KNOW!! Seriously, those angsts were the BEST!! You have to read Until You. After everything that went down in Bully, I NEEDED to know why Jared was the way he was, what he was thinking and where his mind and heart were at and Until You gave me all of that. In fact, in Bully, I didn't like him that much and though he needed to show more redemption for all he'd done. We get ALL THAT in Until You. So epically good! Let me know if you check it out and what you thought. AND OMG, I totally forgot In Her Wake came out in September. I just one clicked that and will be reading it soon! Thank you so so much. Good luck in the giveaway ;)

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  31. Haven't read any from your list, but thanks for the recommendations!

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  32. i have read quite a few, my fav is the BDB and FSOG. I love erotic paranormal and erotic romance

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    1. Me too! Erotic anything usually gets me to one-click it ;) Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway!

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  33. I've read a lot of them, so naming them all would take a while... lol

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    1. Lol! Thanks for stopping by Trista! Good luck ;)

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  34. Archer's Voice is one of my favorites of the year! it's so good, SO GOOD, SOOO GOOOOOD, I can't even!!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Carla C. on the raffle

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    1. Haha! I KNOW!!! Archer's Voice was definitely one of my favs for 2014! Good luck in the raffle!

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  35. Yes, many! Loved Archers Voice - Amazing!

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  36. I haven't read any of the books on your list, but "Losing Hope" looks particularly interesting to me because I haven't read many good romance novels written from the male character's point of view.

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    1. Losing Hope is AMAZING!!! Like I said, it's one of the best male POV's I've ever read. I do encourge you to read Hopeless first. Both books are so good and well worth the time. I also really enjoyed Bully and Until You as a his and her POV, which I listed above. Until You is from Jared's POV and was REALLY well done. I love male POV's but sometimes they aren't what I'd hope they'd be. Both of those topped the charts in my opinion. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway!

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  38. I have read many of the books listed! GREAT choices :)

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    1. Thanks Jessica! Good luck in the giveaway :)

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  39. I haven't read any of those books, but I own the first book by Karen Chance. I'm glad it's good. Thanks! :)

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    1. I think you'll like Touch the Dark by Karen Chance, Molly. It's a great read. It's different and its unique and you have to pay attention... all things I love in my paranormal reads. Thanks for commenting and good luck!

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  40. I also love the BDB series by JR Ward!

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    1. Yay!! Love that hot hot fun series :D Thanks for commenting!

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    1. Pepper Winters is a Goddess! Love her ;) Thanks for stopping by Catalin and good luck.

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  42. I've read all of the paranormal books listed. I have a copy of 50 Shades of Gray but I haven't read it and I requested the Sylvia Day books from the library a while back, got them, but returned them unread. I just didn't feel like reading them though I've read several of her other books including a PNR trilogy, but I can't recall the name of the series..

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    1. I think her Dream Guardian series is a PNR but I haven't read those yet. They are on my list though ;) I can only imagine how good they are since she did so well with the Crossfire series. I love spicy PNR. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Anne!

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  43. I haven't read any off of your list, but now I have some good recommendations. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. So many great books to choose from too. Have fun! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway Elizabeth!

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  44. Thank you for the list! Now I have another to add up to my really long list. Haha. And thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I aim to please :D lol.. Have fun with these great books! And good luck in the giveaway!

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  45. I have a read a few on your list and want to read the rest. I've read Hopeless, some of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Fifty Shades series and the Crossfire series.

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    1. All wonderful picks! I hope you get a chance to read the others as well. So many wonderful authors and books to choose from. Thanks for stopping by and participating Amanda! Good luck :D

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  46. I had read a few from your list, like Fifty Shades series and The Crossfire series. So many great books from your list, i want read the alll!! Thank you for your recomendations :)

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    1. You're very welcome. I hope you get a chance to read some of them or all of them.. as well. Thanks for entering and good luck Filia!

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  47. That's an awesome list!! Though I've only read about 5 of the books mentioned..

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    1. They are some really awesome reads. I hope you get a chance to pick a few more from the list. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  48. I've read a few of them and loved them all -- Bully & Until You, TSoT, Easy, FSOG, and The Dark Duet series!!

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    1. Perfect choices from the list! Thanks for commenting and good luck Diana! <3

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  49. Hi! I have not read any of these.
    Jennifer Rote

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  50. I've read Dead Witch Walking. It was a while ago, but I couldn't get into. Perhaps I'll give ti another shot.

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    1. I loved it and the entire series. It definitely gets better as the series go on so if you decide to read it, keep going. By book 3 you'll be hooked.

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  51. I haven't read any of them, but I intend to start Dark Lover next year. =)

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    1. Great choice! You'll love it, I think. It's a great series. Thanks for stopping by <3

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  52. I have read about 1/3 of them, want to read the other 2/3. Great list!!

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  53. I've read most of them. They're all really good reads :) thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  54. Hi liked your fav books. I have read The Fifty Shades of Grey series, Dark Lover, and Wait For You.

    Juana Esparza

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    1. Great choices! All of them are amazing reads. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  55. I've read the Fifty Shades of Grey Series. My husband and I took turns reading it to each other.

    I would also like to say hello!

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    1. What a great way to spend some "us" time together. I love it! And hello back :D Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway Marnie!

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  56. I have read and LOVED Hopeless by Colleen Hoover :)

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  57. I haven't read any of the books on your list.

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