My Top 5 Book Series Read in 2016

I am a fan of book series. I enjoy reading stand alone books also, but a book series is my favorite. I love being able to soak up as much of the story as I can.  I have read several series throughout the year, but here are my top 5 for 2016…

51t88iwditl     The Rose Gardner Mystery Series by Denis Grover Swank

For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn’t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen– do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.

I am a HUGE fan of this series! The series includes 9 books and several novellas. The series also spins into Rose Gardner Investigations, which currently has 1 book out so far. I just can’t get enough of Rose and Neely Kate!

The first book in the series, Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes is currently available for free if you have Kindle Unlimited!

Check out Denise Grover Swank on twitter! @DeniseMSwank She is very active with her readers, which I love!

wp-1474782053457.jpeg  The Hollywood Series by Avery Michaels

Kate Masters is working hard to keep her past from catching up to her, but one day, it resurfaces in a well-known and well-loved face. She has no idea what she’s been missing until her childhood best friend, Hollywood megastar Jackson Jacobs, reappears in her life. After a seven-year hiatus, can these two rekindle the friendship they once treasured? Kate finds out that sometimes what you’ve been searching for has been right in front of you all along.

Check out this series by my girl, Avery Michaels! This is a hot, steamy romance series. There are currently 3 books in the series, and hopefully there will be more in the future.

This series is currently available for free if you have Kindle Unlimited!

Check out Avery Michaels on twitter @averymichaels_ She is also very active with her readers!

413wqtfjqelThe Broken Trilogy by J.L. Drake

My name is Savannah Miller.

My father is the mayor of New York. One day after my twenty-seventh birthday I was grabbed from behind. A cloth sack was quickly pulled over my head, and I was taken from everything I’d ever known.
I was beaten, starved, treated like an animal, and forced to live in a room with no windows. With no sense of time and no dignity left I finally gave up hope and made a promise to myself to end it all. Unfortunately, it was going to be a slow process.

Then one night an elite group of US Army soldiers came to my rescue. I was brought to a safe house and given two options:

One—Stay under their protection and follow their rules or…
Two—Leave and be guaranteed to be returned to the savages within a week.

I chose option one.

As I work with a therapist and begin processing my hellish ordeal things slowly begin to surface. With the help of new friends and a potential new love I fight to get my life back and make choices that will forever alter my future.

This is my story…

I instantly fell in love with the characters in this book! There are 3 books in the series, but the author did a spin off called The Blackstone Series, which I’ll be mentioning next!

This series is currently available for free if you have Kindle Unlimited!

Check out J.L. Drake on twitter! @jodildrake_j She is also very active with her readers.

41zakpn57il The Blackstone Series by J.L. Drake

Bullets fly during a dangerous mission, and Major Mark Lopez is critically injured…

A Blackstone soldier, Mark is transferred to the North Dakota hospital with the security clearance to treat members of the elite covert team. The pretty new nurse assigned to his case knows her stuff, but Mark soon discovers she knows more than just how to save lives. Mia Harper knows the Blackstone Code.

Mia is a bit of gypsy and doesn’t engage much with people—but there’s something about her mysterious new patient…

After Mark recovers from surgery, he is discharged from the hospital with orders to rest. Not that he does. Instead he rushes to México for the team’s next assignment. But when he returns to the hospital again and again with minor—and not so minor—injuries, Mia suspects he’s only coming to see her. Romance ignites, and because Mia signed a non-disclosure agreement at the hospital, Mark is able to open up more with Mia than any other woman.

Some debts demand payment in either cash or blood…

When someone from Mark’s past comes to him for help, old secrets start to resurface, and more blood is shed. Worlds collide and lies are exposed in an all-or-nothing underground poker game.

Mark must put his life on the line to keep Mia safe…and to finally learn the answer to the question that’s haunted him his whole life.

What really happened that night twenty-five years ago?

Each book in this series, goes into more details of some of the Blackstone men’s lives. There are currently 2 books in this series. It’s a must read if you enjoyed The Broken Trilogy!

This series is currently available for free if you have Kindle Unlimited!

51bgigqni6lThe Darkness Series by J.L. Drake

Emily McPhee has struggled to overcome her father’s death…It’s not easy, but Emily finally has the life she wants. She’s an A student at Orange University and has a comfortable home and a great circle of friends. She’s also in love with handsome Orange PD officer Seth Connors. He doesn’t seem to return her feelings, though, so she tells herself his friendship is enough.

Jimmy Lasko is a psychopath, and Emily is his greatest obsession…Lasko knows what he wants—what he deserves—and has the deadly skills and unending patience to get it. What he wants is Emily, and he is watching and waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. That time is coming soon; he’ll make sure of it. A sense of unease settles on Emily, but is the danger real or imagined?

When Emily begins hearing noises and suspects someone has been in her house, Seth urges her to get a roommate. But after a search, she realizes a certain attractive cop would be the perfect choice, and Seth moves in.

Seth loves Emily, but fears his feelings might make it difficult to protect her. In all areas of his life, Seth sees himself as a protector. He’s determined to keep Emily safe, but he pushes the captivating blonde away in an attempt to stay objective. However, after her stalker makes a failed attempt to capture her, Seth can no longer deny his feelings.

With help from Seth’s police colleagues, he and Emily set out to identify the person hunting her before it’s too late. But is it worth the risk to bait the trap with what he wants most?

I am currently on book #3 of the series. If you love mystery, suspense, romance, thrillers…this is for you! There have been so many times during the series that I have caught my self saying “WTF”! Check them out, you won’t regret!

 

These books aren’t in any certain order, I love all of them! I hope to read more from each of these authors in the future! I hope you will also enjoy these!

Jess

 

 

 

 

 

 

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