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So it is my final ‘books I’ve read’ this year post! How exciting. This means it’s time to get a TBR ready for 2024 and a new reading goal which I blasted through this year somehow. I genuinely feel like books have helped through the difficulties of this year. I have found peace and happiness in the pages and I cannot wait to dive deeper into many more. I’m even hoping to publish my own book in 2024!
So without further ado, here are the last books I have read in 2023. I find it so easy to buy books on Amazon that go straight to my kindle or to my door in a day or two! It’s never been easier.
Just my type by Falon Ballard – This book was one I came across on my kindle. It was a recommended book and I just knew I’d love it. It’s funny, unique and romantic. It follows a columnist dealing with one breakup and coming face to face with her high school sweetheart. It has a pretty cliché storyline with the fake dating trope, but with a difference. It works!
Five parties with my worst enemy by Elle Sharpe – An enemies to lovers story with a change. It’s a great story, following interesting characters. Simple, sweet romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. It was a comfy read.
The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas – What can I say? I adored. this. book… It’s sexy, sweet, fun and I think Elena Armas’s writing is wonderful. The setting of this book was wonderful and it was so much fun reading this after reading The American Roommate experiment and seeing the characters within! Definitely a book I recommend for the romance lovers.
Lease on love by Falon Ballard – I knew I’d enjoy this after reading Falon’s other book ‘Just my type’. It’s a really unique storyline following a badass woman who finds herself stuck in life after an interesting turn in the career world. Little did she know that this would be the best thing to happen to her. Despite things falling apart, she rents a room (by accident) and little by little her life falls into place, whilst also falling apart a few times. Great book.
So that happened by Katie Bailey – This book was one of my favourite reads this year. It’s funny, saucy and just filled with real world problems in my opinion. The kind of sequence of events that you’d look at and go “Yeah that would definitely end up happening to me”. It’s a different story to the usual romance books, but one I get behind totally. I love the characters and overall outcome of the very bizarre situation.
The bodyguard by Katherine Center – This book was so different to what I’d usually pick up. I have to admit, I chose to read it based on the fact that there is a strong and badass female lead character defying society’s standards of women. Our main character is a bodyguard who finds herself in charge of the safety of a famous actor. She ends up getting close to him in ways she didn’t want to, and one thing leads to another I suppose. Many hurdles along the way to spice up the storyline and make it different but overall a good read.
Six trips with an infamous playboy by Elle Sharpe – This is part of a series with ‘Five parties with my worst enemy’. It follows on from this book and includes the characters too. We follow the brother of our main male character from the previous book. He already made a name for himself in ‘Five parties…’ so it was an intriguing thought when picking up this book. The idea that we’d see more from him made me want to read this. Good thinking Elle Sharpe! Overall this book was super fun. A unique set up and a unique ending. I enjoyed it.
Funny feelings by Tarah Dewitt – This book. I adore it so much. It’s funny, cute and just a perfect story to read and get stuck into. It’s cosy, loving and spicy, all at once. We follow a female comedian trying to make it in the field. She has been in love with her manager for a while but he’s one of those ‘hard to read’ types. As the story unfolds we see snippets of their past and their individual stories. It all comes together to make a perfect little world for us to dive into as readers.
Heartstopper volume 5 by Alice Oseman – Prior to this book being published in physical copies, I read it on Webtoon and adored it! I don’t think I could think any different. It is Heartstopper after all! I’ve read and watched all of the Heartstoppers this year and I love them all.
Too hot to handle by Tessa Bailey – Whilst this book is a good storyline, with some pain filled stories behind the cover, it wasn’t for me sadly. It’s written fantastically, the saucy scenes are detailed and spicy and the characters are great. The ending was romantic and ideal which I loved, but I just didn’t connect with this book the way I do with others. I’m not sure if I just don’t find Tessa’s writing to be my kind of style. She’s extremely talented but the way the writing flows just didn’t grip me and make me want to keep reading. I did finish it and I enjoyed it, but I’m hesitant to pick up another of this book series. Please do give her a go! She’s talented and I adored her spicy scenes *Wink*.
The Fake Mate by Lana Ferguson – I read this within a week I believe and I can’t stop thinking about it… It’s. so. spicy and naughty and I LOVE it! It definitely induces those twirly feelings (if you know what I mean). I love love love Lana’s writing. It hooks me and leaves me wanting more. Every day I sunk into the sofa, got cosy and just lost myself in her wonderful words. I wasn’t sure the shifter romance would be for me, but she has completely changed my perspective of it. This book has to be one of my top reads of the year for sure.
So that brings me to the end of my yearly reads for 2023. What a year it’s been. It’s the most I’ve EVER read in a year and I cannot be happier. Reading is my happy thing. It’s my comfort, joy and peace, so it’s no wonder I found myself within more pages than ever this year. I read a total of 46 books this in 2023, so hey 2024, 50 books here I come!
Thank you so much for reading. Let me know if you have read any of these, or whether you’d like to.