Guest Reviewers’ Top Picks for 2013

Good morning everyone.  Aunt Lynn here with our last edition of the team’s Top Picks of this past year.

Guest Reviewers! Without them we could not do what we do and since the beginning we have been grateful to have them. As in years past, we added new team members to the established family we have cultivated.

As usual at this time of year, we put together lists of the top books we’ve reviewed in the last twelve months and you’ll notice that they range from just a few to ten (depending on length of time with the site and amount of time they could devote to reviewing)…and a little something more.

In alphabetical order, here are the books rated by Andrea, Feliz, Lady M, Lasha, LenaLena, Leslie S, myself (Aunt Lynn), Lloyd, Orion, Raine, Sammy, Sirius, Tj and Zac as the best of 2013:

Andrea’s Top Books for 2013

  1. The Dead Will Rise First by Logan Kain
  2. The Tin Box by Kim Fielding
  3. Corruption by Eden Winters
  4. A Cut Above the Rest by Talya Andor
  5. White Knuckled Moments by Madeleine Ribbon

Feliz’s Top Books for 2013

  1. Line and Orbit by Sunny Moraine and Lisa Soem
  2. Laying Ghosts by James Buchanan
  3. Catch a Ghost (Hell or High Water #1) by S. E. Jakes
  4. Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water #2) by S.E. Jakes
  5. Of Dreams and Ceremonies by Julie Bozza
  6. Taming The Bander  by Summer Devon
  7. Sole Support by Kaje Harper
  8. Unearthing Cole by A.M. Arthur
  9. Black Hawk Tattoo by Aundrea Singer

JK’s Top Books for 2013

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  1. Out of the Blackness by Carter Quinn
  2. Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell
  3. The Buyout by Bru Baker
  4. Don’t Trust the Cut by Kade Boehme
  5. Cold by Brandon Shire
  6. Fire Horse by Mickie B. Ashling

Lady M’s Top Books for 2013

  1. The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari by Sarah Black
  2. Learning Curve (Life Lessons 4) by Kaje Harper
  3. The General and the Horse-Lord by Sarah Black
  4. The Culling (The Torch Keeper 1) by Steven dos Santos
  5. Six Degrees of Separation (By Degrees 2) by Taylor V. Donovan
  6. Pretty Boy Dead (Kendal Parker Mysteries 1) by Jon Michaelsen

Larissa’s Top Books for 2013

  1. The Fight for Identity by Andrew Grey
  2. The Poodle Apocalypse by John Inman
  3. Sword of the King by Megan Derr
  4. Unexpected Magic by M.L. Rhodes
  5. An Angel gets his Wings by Missy Welsh

Lasha’s Top Books for 2013

  1. A Shadow of Wings by Linda Gayle
  2. Pretty Poison by Kari Gregg

LenaLena’s Top Books for 2013
  1. Daron’s Guitar Chronicles Vol 5 by Cecilia Tan
  2. Captive Prince by S.U. Pacat
  3. Daron’s Guitar Chronicles Vol 1-4 by Cecilia Tan
  4. A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2) by K.J. Charles
  5. Game, Set (Games and Players) by Manna Francis
  6. The Place Where They Cried by Rose Christo
  7. The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles
  8. How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis
  9. Quid Pro Quo (The Administration #2) by Manna Francis
  10. The Foxhole Court / The Raven King by Nora Sakavic

Leslie S’s Top Books for 2013

  1. Provoked by Joanna Chambers
  2. Prize Package by Kyle Adams
  3. Keeper’s Pledge by JL Merrow

Lloyd’s Top Book for 2013

  1. The Ghost in Number 9 by Rick R. Reed
  2. Spokes by PD Singer
  3. Dead in the Desert by Lou Harper
  4. Boystown 5: Murder Book by Marshall Thornton
  5. Spine Intact, Some Creases by Victor J. Banis
  6. The City of Lovely Brothers by Anel Viz
  7. Dead in LA by Lou Harper

Aunt Lynn’s Top Books for 2013

  1. In Sunshine or in Shadow: Collected Short Stories, Volume I by Josh Lanyon
  2. Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player 2 by Patrick Darcy
  3. Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player by Patrick Darcy
  4. Birds of a Feather (Bellingham Mysteries 5) by Nicole Kimberling

Orion’s Top Books for 2013

  1. Merry Christmas, Utah by Erin O’Quinn
  2. When Adam Kissed Me by Chris Scully
  3. Drifting by Jayson James
  4. Halcyon Hush by Indra Vaughn
  5. Acts of Kindness by B.A. Tortuga
  6. Hard D by Elinor Gray
  7. The Boys of Summer by Sarah Madison

Raine’s Top Books for 2013

  1. Falls Chance Ranch Series, Book 1 by Rolf & Ranger
  2. Claimings, Tails & Other Alien Artifacts by Lyn Gala
  3. The Caldwell Ghost by KJ Charles
  4. Aftermath by Cara Dee
  5. Turbulence by Lyn Gala
  6. Following Grandpa Jess by T. J. Baer
  7. Sweet Young Thang by Anne Tennino
  8. Bone Rider by J Fally
  9. Community Service by Vaughn R Demont
  10. Hainted by Jordan L Hawk

Sammy’s Top Books for 2013

  1. Breaking Point by N.R. Walker
  2. A Broken Kind of Life by Jamie Mayfield
  3. Taking Chances by John Goode
  4. Billy’s Bones by Jamie Fessenden
  5. Disasterology 101 by Taylor V. Donovan
  6. Racing for the Sun by Amy Lane
  7. Evolution by Sam Kadence
  8. Into This River I Drown by Tj Klune
  9. Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox
  10. Spirit Sanguine by Lou Harper

Sirius’ Top Books for 2013

  1. Aristotle and Dante Discover Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  2. Silent by Sara Alva
  3. Heir of Starlight by Nicole Kimberling
  4. The Stars That Tremble by Kate McMurray
  5. The Sin Warriors by Julian Farris
  6. The Last Day of Summer by J.F. Smith
  7. Screwing the System by Josephine Myles
  8. Hidden Away by J.W. Kilhey
  9. In the Mirror a Monster by Marten Weber
  10. Welcome Home Captain Harding by Elliott Mackle

Stuart’s Top Book for 2013

  1. Xylophone by K.Z. Snow

Tj’s Top Books for 2013

  1. The Parting Glass by Josh Lanyon
  2. The Haunted Heart: Winter by Josh Lanyon
  3. Death Claims (A Dave Brandstetter Mystery – Book 2) by Joseph Hansen
  4. Troublemaker (A Dave Brandstetter Mystery – Book 3) by Joseph Hansen
  5. The Man Everybody Was Afraid Of (A Dave Brandstetter Mystery – Book 4) by Joseph Hansen
  6. Skinflick (A Dave Brandstetter Mystery – Book 5) by Joseph Hansen
  7. Gravedigger (A Dave Brandstetter Mystery – Book 6)by Joseph Hansen

Zac D’s Top Book for 2013

  1. The Little Things by Jay Northcote


  • Thank you so much, Lady M and Sammy, for taking the time to read and review my work. It is an honor to have my stories be part of your favorite books of 2013 lists. 🙂

  • I am deeply grateful to Orion for choosing MERRY CHRISTMAS, UTAH as a top pick.

    I never dreamed anyone would pick this pebble of a fantasy from the shores of my mind, and it makes me smile to see it here.

    Merry Christmas to Utah, actually … may the same-sex couples in that state begin to find equal treatment under the law. And to all a good night
    ~Erin O’Quinn

  • There are so many books on this list that I haven’t read. I can see that most of my free time in 2014 is going to be spent reading. 🙂

    Thanks guys for all your hard work in 2013 and my best wishes to you in 2014. I really appreciate ALL of you and will miss you and our interactions on the site. :biglove: My life will definitely not be the same 🙁

  • Thank you all for the different views of the outcome of the genre this year! I find lists very helpful. I’ve read & absolutely agree with a number of them and will check, what slipped my attention yet.

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