Anyway, enough blathering on. Let's get onto the second part of my books of the year.
Dead Man and the Restless Spirits by Lou Harper
Very well written and entertaining book about Denton who can see spirits and Bran who is a witch. I loved the interplay between the characters and Denton's sardonic dry sense of humour. Review here.
Honourable Mention: Spirit Sanguine by Lou Harper (a vampire book, yay!)
The Hardest Thing by James Lear
Lots of action and swift plotting made this a fast ride of a book but it also contains superb characters who develop along with the story. Great stuff. Review here.
Honourable Mention: Every Move He Makes by Barbara Elsborg
Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox
Beautiful and intelligent story set in the middle ages which has the unlikely pairing of a monk and a viking. Steeped in history with a dose of mysticism, it kept me riveted from the first page. Review here.
Honourable Mention: Provoked by Joanna Chambers
Screwing the System by Josephine Myles
The BDSM is quite light in this book but I loved the pairing of the sensible, hardworking older Alisdair with a feckless, irresponsible Cosmo. They're an unlikely couple but the author makes them work. That, along with the author's lighthearted, deft writing, made this a winner for me. Review here.
Honourable Mention: Inherent Gifts by Alicia Cameron
Captive Prince by CS Pacat
I was a little hesitant to include this as the series isn't over yet. The final book is out sometime next year - or it bloody well better be! However, it has been my favourite series started this year so far. It's a fantasy slave fic with complex characters and a story of love and politics which is reaching epic proportions. If you haven't read this yet, I recommend you wait until the third book is out or you'll be left frustrated and impatient! Review here.
Honourable Mention: The Market Garden Series by Alexandr Voinov and LA Witt
Irregulars by Nicole Kimberling, Josh Lanyon, Astrid Amara and Ginn Hale
You can't go wrong with a Blind Eye Book and this anthology proved to be both entertaining and interesting with its interwoven storylines and characters. Each story is unique but also connected to the others through the world building and I liked being able to spot the links between the stories. Review here.
Honourable Mention: Summer Lovin' by Pink Squirrel Press
Giving an Inch by Heidi Belleau and Amelia C Gormley
Cheeky story which nevertheless left me feeling hot under the collar and contains hints of a dark past relationship. I loved how this short built up the tension and showed us the two sides of James. Recommended. Review here.
Honourable Mention: Sunshine and Buttercups by Danni Keane
Overall Book of the Year
This is the second book by this author on my lists this year and well deserved it is too. It's hard to believe that two years ago I started this book and stopped reading a third of the way through. This year I picked it up again and couldn't put it down. I loved the characters of Albert and Fletcher and the way their relationship develops in slow increments which mirrors Fletcher's investigation of a series of murders. The plot moves slowly but that was part of its beauty and by the end I felt like I had taken a worthwhile journey. In fact I was rather bereft when it was all over. Luckily the sequel/companion book was on hand to help with my withdrawal :). If you like mysteries/police procedurals and want to read about characters that aren't easy to like but with whom you will fall in love, then I highly recommend this book. Don't be put off by the length, it's worth investing your time in every page.
And that's it! As always I want to thank all the wonderful authors and publishers out there who produce these marvellous books. I also want to thank all the reviewers and bloggers out there who give their time to write reviews. I may never have read some of the books on my list this year had it not been for a review I've read or a recommendation from a fellow reader. I'm now looking forward to many more great books in 2014. Happy reading everyone!