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Saturday 1 January 2022

My Top Books of 2021!

Hey, guys! It's that time of year again where I share my favourite books of the year! So, here is my list with my top books of 2021! I loved all of these books a lot! 

*All books are in no particular order!*

12. The Missing by Kiersten Modglin!

They disappeared…
That was just the beginning.

When five strangers are abandoned on an island without any idea where they are or whom to trust, their nightmarish new reality begins to unfold.

Someone is lying.
Someone is hiding a terrible secret.
They’d all do anything to get home… Wouldn’t they?

As the group struggles to uncover the truth about their mysterious whereabouts, only one thing is certain: every choice they make on the island will affect the others.

And when they uncover a strange note with a chilling revelation, the group begins to question everything they thought they knew. If they want to make it off the island alive, they’ll have to discover who brought them there and why…before it’s too late.

Check it out on Goodreads!

11. Shielding Ember [Delta Team Two 07] by Susan Stoker!

For as long as she can remember, Ember Maxwell’s life hasn’t been her own. A world-renowned influencer, she’s a brand unto herself, created by her parents—who also want Olympic glory for their only daughter. Years of grueling training have led to Seoul, Korea, and a spot on the modern pentathlon team. It’s a turning point for Ember in more ways than one. Chafing against her parents’ tight reins, she opts to stay in the Olympic Village, a decision that leads to a gravely harrowing event…and a man unlike any she’s ever met.

Craig “Doc” Wagner has actively avoided the spotlight since childhood, a trend that’s continued with his career as a Delta Force soldier. Falling for someone whose entire life is splashed on social media is possibly the worst idea ever, though his attraction to Ember won’t be denied. It’s not long before he discovers they have plenty in common where it really matters…but he lives in Texas, and her life is in California. So Doc will take every stolen moment they can get.

When Ember makes a few life-changing decisions, Doc is thrilled. The same can’t be said for some of her biggest fans, including one who sees Ember’s new direction as the ultimate betrayal…that should cost her the ultimate price.

Check it out on Goodreads!

10. Say When by Micalea Smeltzer!

Our meet cute was simple enough.

The rest? Not so much.

When we met we were just Emilia and Hayden, two people crossing paths by chance.

Neither of us thought we’d ever see each other again, until it turned out he lived across the hall.

Our connection was innocent at first, but impossible to resist.

We thought our age difference was the only thing standing in our way, until I walk into film class on my first day of university and he’s my new professor.

Check it out on Goodreads!

9. Underneath the Sycamore Tree by B. Celeste!

It happened in stages.⁣

My father left.⁣

My twin sister died of an incurable autoimmune disease.⁣

My mother started breaking down.⁣

Then I was diagnosed with the very thing that took my other half from me.⁣

That was when I realized Mama’s eyes turned gold when she cried.⁣

So I moved in with my father and his new family—new wife, new son, new stepbrother.⁣

Kaiden Monroe made me feel normal.⁣

Hated. Cared for. Loathed. And … loved.⁣

Somewhere along the way, I’d found solace in the boy with brooding eyes.⁣

But everything happens in stages.⁣

And nothing good ever lasts.

Check it out on Goodreads!

8. Wild North [The North Brothers 01] by J.B. Salsbury!

To me, he was Grizzly.To the world, I would learn, he’s someone else completely.

I should have died on that mountain.
But he rescued me.

More animal than man, he’s cold, distant, and fiercely territorial. He seems to hate me for simply breathing, and yet, he brought me back to life.

After my return to the city, I can’t stop thinking about him. His rough hands, intense glare, and the way he cared for me as if I meant something to him.

He tells me he’s dangerous. That I’m not safe around him. I would eventually understand why he warned me away. But by then it’s too late. My heart is his.

Check it out on Goodreads!

7. Weightless by Kandi Steiner!

I remember the lights.

I remember I wanted to photograph them, the way the red and blue splashed across his cold, emotionless face. But I knew even if my feet could move from the place where they had cemented themselves to the ground and I could run for my camera, I wouldn’t be able to capture that moment.

I had trusted him, I had loved him, and even though my body had changed that summer, he’d made sure to help me hold on to who I was inside, regardless of how the exterior altered.

But then everything changed.

He stole my innocence. He scarred my heart. He took everything I thought I knew about my life and fast-pitched it out the window, shattering the glass that held my world together in the process.

I remember the lights.

The passionate, desperate, hot strikes of red. The harsh, cruel, icy bolts of blue.

They symbolized everything I endured that summer.

And everything I would never face again.

Check it out on Goodreads!

6. Westbridge Series by A.M. Wilson & Alex Grayson!

Pitch Dark [Westbridge 01]

One girl disappeared. After fifteen years, her cold lifeless body was found on the damp forest floor. Not an inch of her was unmarked by the horrors she endured. Alone, malnourished, abused in horrific ways; this was how she died.

One girl was found walking the streets, covered in dirt and scars. She had no memory of who she was, where she came from, or what happened to her. Even though the marks on her body attested to years of heinous abuse, her strength shone through at every turn.

Revenge and justice were sworn.

Years of searching brought up nothing but dead ends. Detective Niko James was too late to save his childhood friend, but he vows not to let down another.

The clock is ticking and the trail is pitch dark.

Check it out on Goodreads!

Broad Daylight [Westbridge 02]

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Or so they say…The small town of Westbridge isn't so lucky.

When his brother's best friend went missing eighteen years ago, Reece James swore to himself that the pain of loss would never touch him. Walls of concrete fortified his resolve, and as a grown man, he keeps to himself and works hard to earn an honest living. No wife, no kids, not even a dog to rely on him.

His quiet life is upended when strange things start happening to him. As the events escalate, he can't continue to blame the neighborhood kids who roam freely at night. Forced to report a break in, he anticipates a swift investigation and the person responsible to be caught.

What he doesn't expect is the woman he's loved in secret for twenty years to return to town and lead the investigation.

His attempt to protect Dani as kids was pathetic at best, but when his stalker gets wind of a woman in his life, no matter that she's merely investigating a case and nothing more, Reece will do anything to keep her out of harm's way. Including sacrificing himself.

What his captor has in store will rock the very foundation Reece lives upon and will force him to face his past head on for a chance at survival.

Poor Reece has no idea what's coming for him.

Check it out on Goodreads!

5. World Fallen Series by Susanna Strom!

Maelstrom [World Fallen 02]

As our band of survivors flee the city, we cling to one hope: Danger lies behind us, not ahead.

I’m one of the luckiest girls on the planet. An odd thing to say under the circumstances, but it’s true. I survived the flu virus that burned through the world, killing billions and wiping out the institutions that hold society together. The new world is crazy dangerous, but I’m not facing it alone.

With Ripper at my side, I can handle anything this lawless post-apocalyptic world throws at us. My bad boy biker gives me the courage to fight for survival. And to act out my wildest fantasies.

Now we have our eyes on the prize: Valhalla, a cattle ranch at the ass end of nowhere. A place so far off the beaten path that we hope we’ll be safe. But new threats await, and they might be even deadlier than the virus.

Bedlam [World Fallen 03]

Fate brought us back together, but happiness comes with a price I might not be willing to pay.

The flu pandemic has taken everything away from me: my family, my friends, my old familiar life. All that remains is my desire to do some good and to help other survivors. But doing good is cold comfort when I come home every night to a silent, empty house.

Hope and desire spark anew when I literally collide with Kyle Chamberlain, my older brother’s best friend, the guy I’ve crushed on for years. Kyle is no longer the happy-go-lucky charmer I remember. He’s tougher—battle-hardened—and is determined to whisk me away to safety. The heat between us burns as bright as it does in my fantasies, but I can’t abandon our hometown and its survivors. Can I?

When a powerful old acquaintance rides into town with his private army, he promises Kyle and me the keys to the kingdom if we join forces with him. But deals that sound too good to be true usually are.

Can we have it all, or will we lose what matters most—each other?

Check it out on Goodreads!

4. Ice Planet Barbarians Series by Ruby Dixon!

Synopsis for book one, Ice Planet Barbarians:

You'd think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you'd be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they've left their cargo of human women - including me - on an ice planet.

And the only native inhabitant I've met? He's big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me...

Check it out on Goodreads!

3. Death [The Four Horsemen 04] by Laura Thalassa!

They came to earth--Pestilence, War, Famine, Death--four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

He’s known by many names: Thanatos. Horseman. God’s last angel. And then, of course, there's the one I’m all too familiar with—


The day Death comes to Lazarus Gaumond’s town and kills everyone in one fell swoop, the last thing he expects to see is a woman left alive and standing. But Lazarus has her own extraordinary gift: she cannot be killed—not by humans, not by the elements, not by Death himself.

She is the one soul Death doesn’t recognize. The one soul he cannot pry free from her flesh. Nor can he ignore the unsettling desire he has for her. Take her. He wants to, desperately. And the longer she tries to stop him from his killing spree, the stronger the desire becomes.

When Lazarus crosses paths with the three other horsemen, an unthinkable situation leads to a terrible deal: seduce Death, save the world. A hopeless task, made all the worse by the bad blood between her and Thanatos. But Death’s attraction to her is undeniable, and try though she might, Lazarus cannot stay away from that ancient, beautiful being and his dark embrace.

The end is here. Humankind is set to perish, and not even the horsemen can stop Death from fulfilling his final task.

Only Lazarus can.

Check it out on Goodreads!

2. Ever Series by Alex Grayson!

Forevermore [Ever 01]

From USA Today best-selling Author, Alex Grayson, comes an emotionally captivating love story that rivals time....

Everything has a reason for being, and you are mine. Without you, there is no me.

Every love story has a beginning.

Some are dark and painful.

Some are bright and beautiful.

And for some, fate intervenes, setting two people on the right path.

Our love has no ending. It’s forevermore and everlasting.

This is our story.

Everlast [Ever 02]

From USA Today Bestselling Author, Alex Grayson, comes an emotionally captivating love story that rivals time....

I met him when I was eight and he saved me from the bullies on the school playground.

The next day, he called me his girl.

When we were thirteen, we began to look at each other differently.

At fourteen, we shared our first kiss.

We were sixteen the first time we made love and promised to always cherish each other.

The night before we graduated high school, he asked me to marry him, and the day before we left to attend college, I did.

Our first child came when we were twenty-three. Our second, when we were twenty-eight.

Lincoln was my once in a lifetime, my destiny. I was his happily ever after, his kismet. Our future was forevermore written in the stars. The indescribable kind of love everyone searches for, but rarely ever finds. A love so strong, one lifetime wouldn’t be enough. His soul was my mate, and mine was his.

Our life was perfect.

Until it wasn’t.

Fate brought us together.

Now it will tear us apart.

Check it out on Goodreads!

1. The ​Crown of Gilded Bones [Blood and Ash 03] by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

She's been the victim and the survivor…

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.

The enemy and the warrior…

Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.

A lover and heartmate…

But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

And now she will become Queen…

Check it out on Goodreads!

So there you have it! My top books of 2021! I hope you enjoyed reading some of these books as well! :)

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