Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Favorite Reads of 2013 Plus a REAL Paperback Giveaway by Katy Evans

The blog was free today and I decided to do something fun! So here's an introduction to our Reviewing Team and a list of our favorite reads of 2013 so far. At the end of the post is a rafflecopter so be sure to enter for your chance to win a paperback copy of REAL by Katy soooooo want to meet Remy if you haven't meet him yet!

Brandi but you guys know me as Spice - Main Reviewer and of course half the Admin Team of Sugar and Spice

Hello! My name is Brandi, a.k.a Spice. I live in Ohio....go Bucks! I am a wife and mother of 3 great children, 1 girl and 2 boys, ages 16, 11, and 3. My day job is as an Office Coordinator of a 3 Physician Internal Medicine practice. When I'm not busy with work or the family, you will find me with my nose stuck in a book and fantasizing about whatever book boyfriend I am currently reading about! When I tell you I am booked obsessed I mean it....I have read since I was little, it's funny cause my Dad came in the house the other day and seen me reading and he said "You still read huh?" "You always did love to read, when you were younger we had to make you put the book down and drag you outside to play. You preferred reading to playing even as a child."

Okay top books for 2013 so far. When I thought about these books there was something about each one that stuck out to, something that made them unique and made me not forget them....and they haven't left my mind yet! Here's my list, in no particular order!

Real by Katy Evans See my Review here

Arouse by Nina Lane - Intense, emotional, story about a married couple who's marriage is struggling and I was so invested in this story it about killed me! Did I mentioned the husband is a professor and he's a sexy, alpha male who calls his wife beauty *sigh* Can't post full review until the blog tour date just know I can't wait for book #2

Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones - Release June 11th, 2013 but I've read it but am not quite ready to share my full review yet.  Lets just say we finally get some answers after we were left with that horrible cliffhanger in book #1 Loved it!

Blind Obsession by Ella Frank See My Review here

Connected by Kim Karr See my Review here

Remember When (Remember Trilogy #1) by T. Torrest See My Review Here

There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras  See My Review Here

Rules of Entanglement by Gina L. Maxwell          See My Review Here

The Dark Prince by S.L. Jennings   See My Review Here

Collide by Gail McHugh    See My Review Here

Light in the Shadows by A. Meredith Walters See My Review Here

Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder - Just finished this one and haven't finished my review yet but it's coming after I finish my ugly cries.

 Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire See My Review Here

I'm Meta obsessed so much so I organized the blog tour and talk to Erin at least once a week and she knows why.....ha ha ha ha :) See my tour post here

Getting mention for most anticipated upcoming releases for 2013 (Within the next month or two)

Pam but you guys know her as Sugar and the other half of Sugar and Spice 

Hi! My name is Pam, a.k.a. "sugar". I live in the "Hoosier" State, Indiana with my two sons. Besides loving to read and blog, I also work in retail of "fashions and accessories". In my spare time, "Oh who am I kidding, I don't have spare time!" I also enjoy graphic designs and painting. I'd love to hear from you, and share our love of everything!

So Pam is in a book rut and could not come up with favorites from 2013 all because of one lady MADELINE SHEEHAN.  Pam says that NO book has topped UnDeniable in her eyes yet and she has been in a horrible book rut since reading UnDeniable.  She is anxiously waiting UnBeautifully's release!                      

See Pam's Review of UnDeniable

If she had to pick favorites for 2013 she can only come up with Collide by Gail McHugh, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, and Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire.

Kim - Guest Reviewer for Sugar and Spice

Bonjour! My name is Kim and no I am not French nor can I speak it. Although my 9 year old daughter has to take French in school. So she teaches me something new all the time. Ok, so currently, I live in Chicago but we are about to move to North Carolina. I have been a stay at home mom for the last 4 years and possibly forever so I can continue reading all this 'smut' which is what my husband calls it. My husband and I have 4 children 2 boys 22 and 23, 2 girls 20 and 9. I love working out, boating, bicycling and most of all reading.

Kim's top books of 2013 - In no particular order

Blind Obsession by Ella Frank

Beneath This Man (This Man #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Wait for You (Wait for You #1) by J. Lynn

Connected (Connections 1) by Kim Karr 

Lily's Mistake by Pamela Ann 

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) by Christina Lauren 

Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard #2) by Christina Lauren 

Reckless (Thoughtless #3) by S.C. Stephens

Hopeless (Hopeless #1) by Colleen Hoover

Never Too Far (Too Far #2) by Abbi Glines 

Scornfully Yours (Torn #1) by Pamela Ann 

Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2) by Jamie McGuire 

Remember When (Remember Trilogy #1) by T. Torrest - Technically released at the end of 2012 but we both agree to great of a book to leave off this list, and we read it this year.

Jessie - Guest Reviewer for Sugar and Spice Book Reviews

Hello! My name is Jessie. I'm a guest review here, at Sugar and Spice Book Reviews. I live in FL now since moving here from NJ 7 yrs. ago. I'm a mom & a grandmother. There are 7 children all together, his, hers & ours. I have 4 step-sons ranging in age from 29-34, my daughter (28) & son (26) & our daughter, who just turned 13. There's 4 grandchildren 16, almost 5, 3 & 18 mos. I'm a school volunteer, reading tutor for a 1st grader, a Girl Scout leader & I occasionally get called in to work as an aide in my daughter's elementary school or middle school. So I guess, you might say I'm semi-retired. This gives me alot of time to read when I'm not busy being a wife, mom or volunteer. I have always loved reading and you will find me doing it until my eyesight starts to give me problems. :) I'm finding out that I have more book boyfriends to meet.

Jessie's 2013 Top Picks

Collide (Collide #1) by Gail McHugh

Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers #1) by Tara Sivec

Wreck Me (Wrecked #1) by J.L. Mac

Beneath This Man (This Man #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Reckless (Thoughtless #3) by S.C. Stephens

Connected (Connections #1) by Kim Karr

Knight & Play (Knight #1) by Kitty French

Thrown by a Curve (Play by Play #5) by Jaci Burton

Up in the Air series (#1 - In Flight, #2 - Mile High & #3 - Grounded) by R.k. Lilley

Savin' Me (Heat Wave #1) by Alannah Lynne

Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour #1) by Olivia Cunning

The Blackstone Affair (Naked #1 & All In #2) by Raine Miller

With Me in Seattle series (#1 - Come Away With Me, #2 - Fight With Me & #3 - Play With Me) by Kristen Proby

Rock the Heart (Black Falcon #1) by Michelle A. Valentine

Perfection (A Neighbor from Hell #2) by R.L. Mathewson

The Perfect Game(The Perfect Game #1) by J. Sterling

Sorry it was hard for me to choose and some of the may not have actually been released in 2013, but these were my very favorite top reads so far that I've read this year & I've read over 70 books this year.

Rosa - Guest Reviewer for Sugar and Spice

Howdy! I'm Rosa, guest reviewer for the awesome Sugar and Spice. During the day I'm a super hero doing dishes, laundry, sweeping and mopping but only in my imagination. Really I just teach my 4 year old son awesome ways to lay around and read books. I am a stay at home mother of 3 really loud smart-ass and sarcastic kids. They are my pride and joy till they give me attitude then they are on the verge of seeing my pimp hand. At night I'm a sex goddess that can sing like Adele and hit them high nights like ooooooooohhhhhhhh yeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhh!! But again only in my imagination. In real life I'm a fictional ho that has multiple book boyfriends that I constantly cheat on with my actual real life husband. Several of my favorite books are from Abbi Glines (cuz she's the shit). Beautiful Disaster by Jaime McGuire (just like a million other ladies) Any book Jennifer L Armentrout writes. And for my paranormal girls I loved The Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead. One word Dorian! Hot stuff right there.
I love hooker jokes cuz really who doesn't like a good hooker? Hope u enjoy!

Why do Jewish men like to watch porno movies backward?

They like the part where the hooker gives the money back.

*Also on our team who review less frequently are Emma, Kelsey, and Melanie.

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  1. True by Erin McCarthy, Collide, Wallbanger, Ten Days of Perfect, Fourth Grave Beneath my Feet, Beautiful Bastard, Being Me Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  2. My favorite so far has been Seeing Red:)

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  4. My top faves of 2013 are Metamorphosis, Connected, Real, Collide, and Twisted Perfection so far.

  5. Connected by Kim Karr, Metamorphosis by Erin Noelle, and Real by Katy Evans are my favorites of 2013 so far.

  6. Gosh a lot of my favorites are on this list but my ultimate favorite so far is falling into you by Jasinda Wilder

  7. There are so many to choose from but I would have to say Metamorphosis.

  8. Well, there has been a few that I can't decide from. Walking Disaster, Champagne Toast, Date Me, Wait for you, Listed, Blessed Tragedy. I can't seem to narrow it down..... :)

  9. My favorite books from 2013 come from all genres. In YA The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe, Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally, and Hooked by Liz Fichera. In NA I've read and loved Breaking the Wrong by Calia Read, The Only Exception by Magan Vernon, Sins & Needles by Karina Halle, Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire, and many, many more. It's hard to keep track of my favorite. :p

  10. The new Quinn Loftis, the new Addison Moore, Testing Fate-Belinda Boring, Metamorphosis- Erin Noelle, Walking Disaster-Jamie McGuire.
    I have more but I either can't remember names or title. Oh another, Ruining Me-Ruining You.

  11. I am really looking forward to Entwined with You by Sylvia Day. I appreciate these types of lists. Keeps me on track.

  12. Oh gosh, I don't think I can pick just one. Some of my most recent favortites are WALKING DISASTER, DEATH REJOICES by AJ Aalto, and CLAIM ME by J. Kenner.

  13. I have a few favorites -- Consequences by Aleatha Roming - Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire - The Secret of Ella & Micha by Jessica Sorensen and The Girl In 6E by Alessandra Torre

  14. I have loved the following:
    Connected by Kim Karr
    Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder
    Reckless (cause who doesn't love the d-bags) by S.C. Strephens
    Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
    The first 2 books of The Remembrance Trilogy by Kahlen Aymes
    I could prob keep going...

  15. Too many! recent favorites are A Different Blue, Collide, Leo and Date Me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. so so many I loved Undeniable,Reckless just to name a few thanks for the chance to win

  17. Reckless, Undeniable, Play with Me, Real and so many more to come! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker and Undeniable!!!!

  19. Well Real of course and Beautiful Bastard, Light In The Shadows, Sins and Needles and On Every Road, Ruining Me and Ruining You also!

  20. My Favs that I've read so far:
    Restore Me
    The Reluctant Dom
    Summer's Desire
    Light in the Shadows
    Falling Into You
    Beauty From Pain

  21. Reckless
    Walking disaster
    Play with Me
    An unplanned lesson
    Broken at love
    All in
    Surrender at love
    Second chance romance

  22. A favorite... Well, I love Metamorphosis by Erin Noelle. Also love Sins and Needles by Karina Halle.

  23. Never Seduced a Highland and Highlander most wanted so far this year. There have been so many good books to read.

  24. OMG! I don't have a favorite! They have been all sooooo good! Thoughtless series..too many

  25. Okay....I may have to add "Beautiful Disaster" to my list above. Yeah, I know, you're probably saying "OMG...she didn't read that yet?" I knew that I would probably go into Travis withdrawls, so I played it smart & waited until "Walking Disaster" was on the shelf to buy. Lucky me, though, I happened to find my "Beautiful Disaster" copy in the Goodwill Bookstore for $2.99. And it's in very good condition.

  26. Here is my list of faves so far this year... Running on Empty, Walking Disaster, Reckless, Never Too Far, Up to Me, There is No Light in Darkness, Fight With Me, Play With Me, and Beauty From Pain...I am sure more are to come!!
    Thanks for sharing your faves as well and a huge THANKS for this giveaway!!

  27. Old Souls - P.A. Lupton
    Play With Me - Kristen Proby
    Series Lords of the underworld - Gena Showalter

    Thanks for giveaway :)

  28. This was a treat - getting to meet y'all! ;)

    Here are a few of my favs so far. My TBR is overflowing! ;)
    Ruining Me/Ruining You - Nicole Reed
    Beautiful Bastard - Christina Lauren
    Bring Me Back - Karen Booth
    Just One Night - Kyra Davis
    Dangerous Embrace - Dana Mason

  29. Oh, jeez!!!
    In no particular order:
    I'm sure there are more, but these were right off the top of my head. Lol

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. My list of favorite books this year is getting quite long, but top three would have to be Real, Twisted Perfection, and Talania.

  31. My far.
    The mighty storm
    Twisted perfection
    Play with me
    Surrender your love
    The sweet gum tree.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. Favorite books of the year.....STRINGS, Wallbanger, Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, Rush, Fever, Walking Disaster and The Bet. I'm sure that there are more (and there are plenty more on my TBR). Thanks to the awesome authors and for this giveaway opportunity!

  33. It's not fair to only ask for one.......

    REAL by Katy Evans
    The Art of Control (Book 3 in The Art of D/s Series) by Ella Dominguez
    Access Restricted (Book 2 in the Access Series) by Alice Severin
    Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
    A Terrible Love by Marata Eros
    Wait for You by J Lynn

  34. they to many off them but ill have to say real is one of them read it in one sitting

  35. Real, connected, falling into you, leo, blind obsession, I am Her, wallbanger, Never series, metamorphosis, own the wind, the sloan brothers, beauty from pain, beneath this man, the Up in the air series, wreck me, The with me series, music of the heart, reckless, walking disaster,.

  36. Absolutely loved Collide by Gail McHugh, Connected by Kim Karr & Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines!!!

  37. Arouse by Nina Lane is my favorite of 2013. :)

  38. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire. Wide Awake by Shelly Crane; The Future of our Past by Kahlen Aymes; Wanted by Kelly Elliot.

  39. Oooh so many good books this year! I have downloaded pretty much all of the ones on the list but am waiting until I finish my dissertation in three weeks before I get stuck in and read them. Although it's not mentioned here, my favourite book that I have read this year (think it came out 2012) was 'Breath of Air' by Katie Jennings. Amazing book!

  40. A few have been Hopeless, Wait for you , Phoenix Rock Star & its sequel, Reason to Breathe & the second book in the series (patiently waiting or the 3rd book to come out!), The Celtic Storm series-(waiting for the 4th book in that series!). I could go on and on--there are so many! Reading is such a wonderful escape from life! Just won a copy of Real--can't wait to get started on that!

  41. Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder! Thanks for the giveaway

  42. Walking Disaster and Hopeless so far! Thanks for the giveaway!