Mel's Favs

Every year I read a ridiculous amount of books and every year I fall in love over and over again. Of course I have to compile my absolute favs in one place and share them all with you. 

Fav Reads

 

The Ribbon Duet by Pepper Winters

The Ribbon Duet tops my list of fav reads from 2018. This story was so captivating, heartbreaking and one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read.  

Synopsis - This Set contains THE BOY & HIS RIBBON and THE GIRL & HER REN

“What do you do when you meet your soul mate? No wait…that’s too easy. What do you do when you meet your soul mate and have to spend a lifetime loving him in secret?
I’ll tell you what you do.
You lie.”

REN
Ren was eight when he learned that love doesn’t exist—that the one person who was supposed to adore him only cared how much he was worth.
His mother sold him and for two years, he lived in terror.
But then…he ran.
He thought he’d run on his own. Turned out, he took something of theirs by accident and it became the one thing he never wanted and the only thing he ever needed.

DELLA
I was young when I fell in love with him, when he switched from my world to my everything.
My parents bought him for cheap labour, just like they had with many other kids, and he had the scars to prove it.
At the start, he hated me, and I could understand why.
For years he was my worst enemy, fiercest protector, and dearest friend.
But by the end…he loved me.
The only problem was, he loved me in an entirely different way to the way I loved him.
And slowly, my secret drove us apart.

Rising By Jessica Ruben

A debut novel that hooked me completely. Rising is Book 1 from the Vincent & Eve series from Debut Author Jessica Ruben. The storyline took a hold of me and Rising had me salivating for more. 

Synopsis 

As the bus approaches my stop on the Lower East Side, I raise the hood of my black sweatshirt. Anonymity is key in my neighborhood—particularly as a lone female walking at night.

All I want is to leave my crime-ridden shadow of a home in New York City. I’ve done everything I can to keep my head down and focus on my studies. College is my only goal; love has never been on the map…

That is, until my sister brings me to an underground fight, where I meet a gorgeous and mysterious man: Vincent.

He is the ghost in my shadows, showing up to feed me pieces of his upper-crust life, then evaporating into darkness until his next visit. I’m falling hard and fast. How can I trust him amidst the depth of his secrets?

Vincent may be even more dangerous than the dark world I’m trying to escape.

Talk Nerdy to Me by C.M. Owens

Talk Nerdy To Me comes from one of my ALL TIME FAV SERIES EVER, Sterling Shore Series by C.M. Owens. Talk Nerdy to Me also happens to have my favorite female heroine of all time. This book had me literally in tears from laughing so hard. And I simply adored the characters in this one particularly Britt Sterling. Note: Talk Nerdy to Me is Book 12 from the Sterling Shore Series

Synopsis 

Despite the fact it seemed like Base Masters was all over Sterling Shore, I'd never really known much about him, aside from random factoids. Things like...he's a semi-estranged cousin of one of my brother's friends, plays guitar in a local band, and he doesn't get mentioned much unless he's on stage. 

Until...he decided I was going to be his first real-life muse, moved himself into my spare room, and started splashing the walls with pictures of my face next to his lyrics... 

His weirdness differs from mine, but he'd be a perfect candidate for my hymen situation. Then I could finally move on to the next personal challenge on my list. The only problem is that he's yet another man afraid of a virgin. 

I genuinely never expected it to be so difficult to lose one's virginity. I think the world has filled me with false expectations of debauchery coming so easily. 

The human element always messes up the plans in my head.Despite the fact it seemed like Base Masters was all over Sterling Shore, I'd never really known much about him, aside from random factoids. Things like...he's a semi-estranged cousin of one of my brother's friends, plays guitar in a local band, and he doesn't get mentioned much unless he's on stage. 

Until...he decided I was going to be his first real-life muse, moved himself into my spare room, and started splashing the walls with pictures of my face next to his lyrics... 

His weirdness differs from mine, but he'd be a perfect candidate for my hymen situation. Then I could finally move on to the next personal challenge on my list. The only problem is that he's yet another man afraid of a virgin. 

I genuinely never expected it to be so difficult to lose one's virginity. I think the world has filled me with false expectations of debauchery coming so easily. 

The human element always messes up the plans in my head.

Our Unscripted Story by L.A Fiore

WOW JUST WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!! Our Unscripted Story by LA Fiore is perfection simply perfection. 

An epic romance that sucks you in and doesn't let go. From the very first pages of this book I was hooked. Watching this love unfold right before my very eyes and I couldn't put this down. 

Synopsis 

Greyson Ratcliffe. I met him at sixteen, the hot new guy sitting on my jetty, an aspiring artist just passing through. He was my first kiss and my first love. I wanted forever with him. I didn’t even get a year.

Five years later, I’m a budding writer who scripts stories of love and struggle, the good and the bad and the ups and the downs. He’s a star on the rise—his wicked talent and crazy good looks have his face plastered on countless magazines. We move in two different worlds and still our paths cross again. We’re older and wiser and as crazy about each other as we had been as teenagers.

My medium is words and my imagination is limitless, but not even I could have written the incredible journey we traveled to reach our happily-ever-after. Life isn’t like fiction, and the greatest love stories don’t follow a script.
The human element always messes up the plans in my head.

Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken

It's no secret that I am utterly obsessed with the characters from The Eagle Elite series by Rachel Van Dyken. This mafia series has to be at the top of my list for Mafia reads. I mean the very very top of the list. Eulogy destroyed my heart, Chase Abandanato was simply one of those consuming characters. I bleed for him in this one. Blood In No Out. 

Synopsis 

All is lost, I shall not be found.

I don't recognize myself in the mirror anymore. 
My thoughts are filled with hatred and dripping with rage. I've lost my soul. She took it to the depths of Hell with her and haunts me with images of what could have been. 

Sixty lives are mine to take. 
Sixty lives stand in the way of my vengeance. 
Sixty lives plus one more. 

Mine. 

When the last drop of their blood falls — mine will be spilled. Only one person stands in the way. She doesn't realize I'll kill her too. I don't own a heart. And even if I did — I wouldn't fall prey to its lies again. 

I am Chase Abandonato. Heir to a legacy of betrayal. And I will kill them all. Even if it means pointing the gun at myself. 

A life for a life. 
A soul for a soul. 
Now I lay me down to sleep… I pray the Lord my soul to keep. 
Blood in. No out. 

Heath by K. Webster & Nikki Ash

Nikki Ash and K. Webster wrote together beautifully, as if they were one person. Inspired by Wuthering Height, Heath is a modern day retelling of a classic with a twist that only K Webster with Nikki Ash could do. With multiple POVs this story captivated me and it's one of those books where you feel each character so deeply. 

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