2014 Year End Recap

I started 2014 with a goal to read 100 books. I was at that goal midway through the year. I then changed it to 125, then 150 and finally I just changed it to 175 in October. I figured with the holidays coming up I would slow down. I still managed to get some reading time, thankfully.

There are some books, maybe 10,  I have reread which are not listed on here. I guess those will off set the novellas by H.M. Ward. Novella really should not count as books read but it was the only way I could keep track of which ones I had already read.

This is what I read in 2014. Have you read any of them? Some of these books were really amazing, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, Tethered by LD Davis, and The Wife, The Maid, and the Mistress to name a few. Then there were the ones where I just wanted to pull my hair out. I won’t mention them.

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I plan on being more diverse with my genres in 2015. After I finish Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, I am planning on reading A Good Marriage by Stephen King to start off the year with a good murder mystery.


Beautiful Bastard and Beautiful Stranger

Every once in a while I feel the need to deviate from my normal reading list to get in a little bit of steamy romance. In one of my past reviews I mentioned how it was really nice to read a romance book where the main characters did not have a disturbing sexual past. Just a good old-fashioned romance novel. These two books, although completely different in story lines, fit that bill.

Beautiful Bastard starts off with a bang (pun intended) and just gets more and more steamy for the first half of the book. I liked the story but I felt it was a bit too much right off the bat. Again, not a bad way to start the book, it kept me hooked waiting for the “love” story to begin.  This book had very gratuitous sex scenes and in great abundance. Written porn, more or less.

I liked the story. The whole time I was reading I thought the family had set them up to work together right from the beginning. The way the family seemed to think Chloe and Bennett were so similar and they would be perfect working together made me believe this was a set up all along. I am happy to see it was not so predictable.

At the end of the book there are additional points of view and other stories, I could not read them. I feel if the book ended, it ended. I don’t care for alternate endings. Just add them to the book if you felt they should have been there or just leave them on the editing trash can. I didn’t like going back and forth to the situations the excerpts referred to.

I liked this book, I was not crazy about it.


This is real summary:

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win.

However, Beautiful StrangerI really really liked. I loved the emotions expressed. I loved that it was not a harsh beginning. I loved Sara having the courage to set the pace for their situation. The empowerment Sara showed when she tells Max the guidelines for their “relationship” has me rooting her to get exactly what she wants. Having sex in public places! What can be hotter than that? Having someone cater to that and keep it interesting…EVEN HOTTER.

Have I mentioned, I loved this book? I really did. I started another book after I finished this book and I am still thinking about it. I want to pause reading the new book just so I can re-read Beautiful Stranger.


Here’s the official summary:

A charming British Playboy. A girl determined to finally live. And a secret liaison revealed in all too vivid color. Book two in the NYT Bestselling series. 

Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon’s moved to New York City and is looking for excitement without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night’s fun. But the manner—and speed—with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger.

The whole city knows Max Stella loves women, not that he’s ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it’s not until Sara—and the wild photos she lets him take of her—that he starts wondering if there’s someone for him outside of the bedroom.

Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

I think the authors did a great job with the first book but they really showed their writing abilities in the sequel. The writing is better, the story is better, the flow is better. I can not wait for the third book in this series. I was already looking for the release date and was crestfallen to see it will not available until later this year. In the mean time I will have to read the novellas (the .5) books to satiate my need to read more of these books from these wonderful writers.