We reviewed over 40 books this year. Unlike past years, we really had a lot of great books to choose from. Our five star ratings were higher than in previous years and it really took a lot of negotiating, wheeling, and dealing to narrow the list down to five. So here are the top five books we reviewed this year in order:
Number Five: With This Collar is the kind of BDSM book we need in our lives. It’s hot. It’s chock full of consent. And it’s the kind of BDSM book that can appeal to both newbies to the genre as well as people deep into the scene. It’s very clear that the author herself is part of the BDSM scene and it shows.
Number Four: A Marquis for Marianne is that perfect combination: a second-chance Regency romance. It’s utterly adorable, with a heroine you can’t help but root for and a hero who learns that what he believed isn’t necessarily what’s true. The only book on this list without sex, it didn’t need it to feel complete. I loved both books in this series, and I can’t wait for more!
Number Three: The Deal by Elle Kennedy surprised me. I went in with minimal expectations since I’d just gone through a whole slew of books that dealt with difficult subjects poorly. This book did not. It was so well done that I went out and got more from the author. I think this book also out-consented all of the BDSM books I read this year. There was so much consent and it was coming from both characters.
Number Two: One Wild Night is short but amazing. (And considering it’s free, it’s more than worth the price!) Accidental marriage is one of my favorite tropes, and the “woke up married in Las Vegas” is one of the best iterations. This story was super hot and super sweet all at the same time, and I would gladly have read another five hundred pages of Eliza and Emerson being adorable. All I can say is, totally worth it.
Number One: The best book we read this year was hands down Bad Billionaire by Julie Kriss. Not only were the characters great. The sex great. And the plot great, but it also did something I have never seen before… show that actions have consequences. Seriously. The characters who do bad things even if they are the “good guys” still have to live with the results of their choices. It’s the kind of book we need right now when so many rich, white men can break the law and get off scot-free. I’m not going to lie, I’ve gone out and bought the whole series (it’s in a boxset.)
So there’s our top five. We probably could have easily had a top ten, but this really made us focus on the best of the best. You can always check out our other reviews on our blog, as well as our 2018 and 2017 favorite reads.
May 2020 bring you lots of great reads and great finds.
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