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Sunday 31 December 2023

My Top Books of 2023!

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 2023! I loved all of these books a lot! 

*All books are in no particular order!*

12. You'll Never Know I'm Here by Kiersten Modglin!

They tell the world what mysteries to read.
Soon, they’ll be caught up in one of their own.

When six book influencers take a weekend getaway to connect with their fellow creators, it’s meant to be a chance to relax, collaborate, and discuss all of the books they love.

But from the start, something’s clearly amiss. From the host’s mysterious absence and an unexpected guest to an odd occurrence in town and the strange and worrisome behavior of the neighbors, what starts out as an innocent and lively vacation quickly becomes a weekend filled with terror. And when one of the group members believes they see something horrifying at the house next door, their carefully laid plans begin to unravel.

Drawn into a mystery that runs far deeper and is more sinister than they could’ve imagined—and surrounded by those who refute their story—the group struggles to unearth the truth about the house and the couple next door before it’s too late.

As new questions and shocking revelations surface, the group must decide if they can trust each other—not only with their safety in the house, but with their lives entirely.

Readers’ worst nightmares come to life in this terrifying new thriller that tests the limits of friendship, explores the power of social media influence, digs into the depths of trust, and examines the desperate and dangerous lengths of obsession from million-copy bestselling author, Kiersten Modglin.

Check it out on Goodreads!

11. The Fallen [When the World Fell 01] by Elle Richards!

I should be happy to be one of the small percentage who made it through a zombie apocalypse—and I am. Most of the time. It's just... I'm the sole survivor of my family, and I have one friend left; my eighty-year-old neighbour, Haruto.

It's a lonely life. A dangerous life.

And my food supplies are running low.

I've lived in the city for a decade, long before the pandemic took everything from us, but it’s time to leave and search for a rural property with room for vegetable gardens and fruit trees, and space to invite others to join—if I can find more people like me who've hung onto old-world values in a new world where there are no systems or rules.

The problem? Haruto's unwell and unfit for travel, and it's too dangerous to spend long stretches of time outside. It's not just the dead with their vacant eyes and hungry mouths that I need to worry about. It's other humans, too.

There's a gang roaming the city; they're violent and unpredictable, and they intimidate me enough that I try to make myself invisible whenever I leave my apartment.

There's another man lurking around, too. He's been staying in the building opposite mine, and I've spent the past week tracking his movements. Although I've kept my distance from him so far, just being around him makes me feel safer outside and less lonely.

It's risky approaching other humans now, but Haruto isn't getting any better, and soon enough I'll be alone—completely alone for the first time in my life.

And I'm reaching the point now where desperation is pushing me to risk it all and bear the consequences.

10. Last Light by Claire Kent!

It only took four years for the world to fall apart.

Now the last member of my family has died, and I'm forced to travel across what's left of three states to find the only people I know left alive. To survive, I'll have to salvage food and supplies and try to avoid violent men who've learned they can take what they want by force. The only way I'm going to make it is by trusting Travis.

Travis used to fix my car, and now he's all I have left in the world. He's gruff and stoic and unfriendly, and I don't really know or like him. But he's all I have left. He'll keep me safe. We'll take care of each other. Until we reach what's left of our town and can finally let go of one another.

Check it out on Goodreads!

9. The Protector [Game of Chance 01] by Susan Stoker!

From New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker comes a sizzling suspense about the romance that blossoms between two strangers during a snowstorm and the stalker who threatens them both.

Riggs “Chappy” Chapman didn’t expect to be disrupted at his remote cabin in the woods. But when a stray dog arrives on his porch, he winds up finding a stray woman, too, trudging through the snowstorm in search of shelter. His military days may be behind him, but Chappy is hardwired to protect her from the storm and whatever it is she’s running from.

Carlise Edwards didn’t expect her car to break down in the Maine wilderness. All she wants is to escape whoever is stalking her back home. There’s no way anyone’s going to find her and Chappy deep in the forest, especially not in dangerous weather. But she finds it hard to mind the circumstances when the company is this stimulating.

As the snowstorm rages, Chappy and Carlise find that, despite the cold, they can generate plenty of heat of their own…but there’s more than just natural dangers lurking in the woods.

Check it out on Goodreads!

8. Things We Hide From the Light [Knockemout 02] by Lucy Score!

Nash Morgan was always known as the good Morgan brother, with a smile and a wink for everyone. But now, this chief of police is recovering from being shot and his Southern charm has been overshadowed by panic attacks and nightmares. He feels like a broody shell of the man he once was. Nash isn’t about to let anyone in his life know he’s struggling. But his new next-door neighbor, smart and sexy Lina, sees his shadows. As a rule, she’s not a fan of physical contact unless she initiates it, but for some reason Nash’s touch is different. He feels it too. The physical connection between them is incendiary, grounding him and making her wonder if exploring it is worth the risk.

Too bad Lina’s got secrets of her own, and if Nash finds out the real reason she’s in town, he’ll never forgive her. Besides, she doesn’t do relationships. Ever. A hot, short-term fling with a local cop? Absolutely. Sign her up. A relationship with a man who expects her to plant roots? No freaking way. Once she gets what she’s after, she has no intention of sticking around. But Knockemout has a way of getting under people’s skin. And once Nash decides to make Lina his, he’s not about to be dissuaded…even if it means facing the danger that nearly killed him.

Check it out on Goodreads!

7. The Land Where Sinners Love by V.F. Mason!

Once upon a time she became mine. Mine to protect.

I have it all.

Successful career.
A loving husband who adores me.
A future full of possibilities.
A perfect fairytale nothing can break.

Until a ghost from my past sweeps in and shatters my world.

A new serial killer is on the loose.
And he won’t rest until he gets what he wants.

Once again, I’m part of a twisted game the monster is playing.
And the only way I can survive in it?
Trust a man who I once vowed to hate and then promised to love till my last breath.

Check it out on Goodreads!

6. Stealing Home by Kimberly Carrillo!

Harlow is off-limits. As my coach’s wife, I know I should leave her alone. I definitely should not be finding opportunities to see her and texting her when I know she’s alone.
She’s a beautiful woman. I can’t be the only man who flirts with her. It’s harmless, until I see my coach take another woman into his hotel room when we’re away for a game.
I won’t let her husband or our age difference keep us apart. Now I’m playing for keeps, and this time I’m stealing home.

Check it out on Goodreads!

5.  Tattered and Torn [McIntyre Search and Rescue 03] by April Wilson!

Gabrielle Hunter has always dreamed of running her own restaurant. But as a sous-chef in a five-star Italian restaurant in Chicago, she's way down on the seniority list. She'll never get her big chance. When friends out west in the Rocky Mountains offer her a chance of a lifetime--move out there and run the restaurant at their McIntyre Wilderness Excursions Lodge, Gabrielle takes a big chance and says YES. She's more than ready to run her own restaurant, but what she's not ready for is the surly, grumpy cowboy who manages the stables and oversees the horseback adventures.

John Burke is a retired military vet who suffered burns on the left side of his face and left hand. His injuries ended his military career, and now he's trying to find his way in the civilian world. Tattered and Torn is a beauty and the beast story with a western twist, featuring a grumpy, anti-social cowboy as the beast and a beautiful red-headed as the sunshine beauty.

Check it out on Goodreads!

4. Far Series by Kate L. Mary!

A killer virus. The population wiped out. The dead walking the Earth…

When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Rowan and Kiaya are far from everything they love. Desperate to make it home, they team up with former cop, Devon, but as the world around them dies, they learn the virus isn’t just killing people, it’s changing them. With hundreds of miles to cross and the dead taking over, the trio is determined to do whatever it takes to get home. Traveling historic Route 66, Rowan, Kiaya, and Devon fight for survival as they struggle to come to terms with their changing world.

But home isn’t the sanctuary they thought it would be, and as the trio teams up with other survivors, they soon discover zombies aren’t the only threat. Or the biggest.

With eight books of post-apocalyptic survival to fall in love with, The Far series is a story of friendship, love, endurance, hope, and hardship that will keep readers wanting more!

Get the complete box set now and enjoy all eight books in The Far series:
Far from Home
Far from Safe
Far from Lost
Far from Over
Far from Dead
Far from Done
Far from Hope
Far from Gone

Set in the same universe as the Broken World series, this thrilling zombie apocalypse series explores what's happening in other parts of the country. With an exciting new cast characters, as well as a few familiar faces, The Far series will have zombie apocalypse lovers begging for more!

Check it out on Goodreads!

3. All the Little Raindrops by Mia Sheridan!

The chilling story of the abduction of two teenagers, their escape, and the dark secrets that, years later, bring them back to the scene of the crime.

It’s senior-year spring break, and Noelle Meyer and Evan Sinclair have been kidnapped. Neither knows why they were chosen, only that they share a tragic past: Evan’s father got away with killing Noelle’s mother, effectively ruining her family when the death was ruled an accident.

Despite the connection that should have made them enemies, the teens instead unite to face their other common denominator—their abductors. Noelle and Evan survive one sadistic circumstance after another, eventually making a harrowing escape. But every happy ending comes at a price…

Years later, Evan, now a private investigator, revisits the crime when he learns it may be ongoing. He reaches out to Noelle for help, and they discover that the answers lie with a man known only as the Collector. To close their case and solve the ones that followed, Noelle and Evan must unmask this mysterious spectator—the only man who knows enough secrets to take their captors down.

Check it out on Goodreads!

2. Heartsong Duet by Jennifer Hartmann!

Synopsis for book one!

Dear Diary,

There once was a girl with fireflies in her eyes and music in her soul.

(Remember her... she's important.)

She's the reason I panic-bought the little brick house on Maple Street; the one I lived next door to for eight magical years. Now that I'm back digging up floorboards and lost journals, I can’t stop thinking about the two people who grew up here.

You see, that girl was my best friend, and this house was once hers. She also had a big brother who was my everything before circumstance turned us into nothing more than memories.

That’s why I applied for a job at his auto shop—unprepared to discover that my new boss, Cal Bishop, is now gruff, built, and covered in tattoos.

I'm the sun to his overcast sky. The smile to his surly solitude.

A reminder of everything he longs to forget.

But my heart has a secret, and we’re running out of time to fix our torn pages.

Maybe the same girl who used to be the glue still holds the key to putting our pieces back together.

(See? I told you she was important.)


Check it out on Goodreads!

1. Captivate Me by Harmony West!


My best friend is missing, and everyone wants to know what happened to beautiful, perfect Noelle van Buren.

But the deeper we get into our search, the closer I get to Theo St. James, Noelle’s boyfriend. Nothing can happen between us. We don’t know if Noelle’s still out there, if she’ll come back someday.

Except . . . I can’t seem to stay away.


When I wake up bound and gagged in someone’s basement, Beau Grayson is watching me. I’ve seen him on my college campus, but I barely know him. He’s beautiful, mysterious, and rumor has it, dangerous.

Now, he’s keeping me here, and I have no idea when I’ll get out. If I’ll survive this. Because, against every instinct, I’m falling for him.

But who could fall in love with their kidnapper?

Check it out on Goodreads!

So there you have it! My top books of 2023! I hope you enjoyed reading some of these books as well! :)

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