Kandi’s Top 9 Reads of 2013

I have always said that the number one job for a writer is to also be a reader. Many will disagree with me on this, but I think in order to truly write your best – you need to read the best. Having said that, I’m sure you’re all dying to know what I read and loved this year, right?

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Well, here they are anyway. Andddd you can enter below for your chance to win one of my favs – and not an eBook of one of my favs – but a PAPERBACK (US only. But International can still enter for eBooks!)


I know, right? It’s because I love you. 🙂

You can also enter for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Tag Chaser. So go ahead, read my top 9 reads (or just skip to the part where you enter to win). 🙂

41iKRFDz88L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-67,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_9. Bully by Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas debuted this year with Bully and it was PHENOMENAL. Being a debut author myself this year, I truly admire her work and wanted to scream “JOB WELL DONE!” when I finished reading. What I loved most about this book was that it wasn’t perfect. Who wants to read a perfect story line? BORINGGGG. 😉

Buy Bully on Amazon


8. Keeping Her by Cora Carmack

I absolutely freaking LOVE Cora Carmack, and I loved Losing It so much that when I found out she was writing Keeping Her (a novella following Losing It) I literally awkward danced in my office chair. In my opinion, the best books are those that can make you laugh – and every book I’ve read by her has made me laugh so hard I cry. Definite must read!

Buy Keeping Her on Amazon


7. Facade by Nyrae Dawn

Seriously. Nyrae Dawn. She just kills me. You want to talk about emotional reads GAH this woman makes me cry. But, it’s a good cry – a very therapeutic, beautiful cry. This is book 2 in her Games series, but it can read as a stand-alone. It was so raw and God I love a rugged and tragic H. <3

Buy Facade  on Amazon


6. Out of Line by Jen McLaughlin

This was my first read by Jen McLaughlin and I freaking LOVED. IT. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for a military man, but what I loved most about this book was that it felt so real. I flipped through my Kindle so fast my finger was burning because it was more like watching a movie. I was so lost in this story, and toward the end I was literally chewing my fingernails to the bone because I was so anxious. I also may have yelled at my Kindle a few times. (Poor thing, it’s not its fault!) It does leave off on a cliff hanger, but that just makes the next book more exciting – right?

Buy Out of Line on Amazon


5. Four Summers by Nyrae Dawn

Once again, Nyrae Dawn. This book is a stand-alone, but I seriously wish it wasn’t because HOLY CRAP I freaking love these characters. Charlie may be my favorite h ever, and that’s saying something. There were a few little twists in this book, which definitely kept it interesting, but mostly I just loved growing with Charlie and experiencing life with her as she grew over 4 summers. Loveeee it!

Buy Four Summers on Amazon




4-2. The Keatyn Chronicles by Jillian Dodd

Good Lord, I love Jillian Dodd. If you follow my Facebook page, then you know how obsessed I am with The Keatyn Chronicles. Well, 3 – count ‘em – THREE books in the series came out this year. I was in heaven (and also in hell – because now I have to wait again for the next one!) I promise if you start this series, you will be hooked forever and ever. I tried to rate these books with numbers, but I can’t decide which ones I love more than the others – they’re all fab. So – my number 4 – number 2 spots go to miss Jillian and her fun, fearless, fashionable and insanely lucky Keatyn. (I mean seriously, the girl has Aiden, Brooklyn, and Dawes all wanting a piece of it. Just sayin.) 😉

Buy Date Me on Amazon
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1. The Game Changer by J. Sterling

Ohhhhh, Jenn. Jenn fucking Sterling. This chick has my <3. She is freaking HILARIOUS and also has quite possibly the hottest H ever – Jack F’n Carter. I was BEYOND excited when I found out she was releasing The Game Changer – book two in Jack and Cassie’s story. What’s more? She’s releasing The Sweetest Game now – which means I’ll have even MORE time to obsess over these insanely fun characters. I’m telling you – if you love cocky, then you’ll love this series.

Buy The Game Changer on Amazon

So there you have it – my top 9 reads of 2013. I hope you one-clicked some of those babies, and don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway!

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