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GIVEAWAY: December Device Giveaway

As promised, December’s Device Giveaway is an iPad Mini. I really love my own Mini. It’s the right size for surfing, reading and well, playing Candy Crush. I’m sure you can find better uses for it.

Everyone here at Dear Author wants to thank you for reading us, commenting, and recommending us to other readers. Next year we are having a site redesign but we’ll be bringing you the same content–reviews, news, deals, and opinion pieces–every day.  If you have a suggestion on how Dear Author could be better, send me an email at [email protected]

Happy Holidays!

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Subette
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:54:39

    Captive Prince Vol one and two.

  2. Judy
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 14:11:05

    Favorite book of 2013: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

  3. Laura C
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 14:36:40

    Just one? tough – the most recent was the memoir – Orange is the new Black.

  4. Terry
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 14:45:41

    The Last Hour of Gann has to be the standout in a year of many favorites.

  5. Kaye55
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 14:48:20

    The book that really grabbed me this year was Anne Bishop’s “Written in Red”

  6. Gonda
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 14:56:50

    Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh

  7. Stephanie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 14:57:00

    My favorite book of 2013 was Ever After by Kim Harrison.

  8. Prabhanie M.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:08:41

    My favorite book was The House of Silk (a Sherlock Holmes novel that I started in the beginning of my Fall semester and finally just got time to finish it)

  9. Kate K.F.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:10:16

    I think my favorite book of 2013 was Codex Born by Jim Hines at least of the ones published in 2013. So far my favorite book of the year but not published in it was Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

  10. Elena
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:12:22

    The Way Home by Cindy Gerard and Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

  11. Justine
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:13:23

    I can’t pick a fav book! That’s impossible. I’ll say that Tangled by Emma Chase was definitely memorable.

  12. Ummi
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:13:23

    Favourite book was archangels legion! Oh and the novella dragos takes a holiday!

  13. Mary
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:20:02

    Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

  14. erinf1
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:20:47

    I’m also gonna have to throw my vote in with Ilona Andrew’s Magic Rises :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  15. Megan
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:25:55

    My favorite book? Oh gosh… Gotta go with “The Mistress” by Tiffany Reisz. Wow.

  16. TerryS
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:30:41

    Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

  17. elaing8
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:37:17

    That’s a tough question. I read different genres so I have a few favorites. One would be Shiv Crew by Laken Kane (Rune Alexander #1) and book 2 Blood and Bite :)

  18. DeeAnn
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:38:13

    Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

  19. Timitra
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:41:05

    Asking For Trouble by Tessa Bailey.

  20. Billie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:45:17

    Mary Balogh’s The Arrangement

  21. Jae Lee
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:48:07

    Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve read it twice this year and bought both the hardcover and digital versions so I can have it forever.

  22. jeayci
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:49:34

    Favorite book? Singular? Impossible! Great giveaway though, thanks.

  23. JennyME
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:04:39

    My favorite book this year was Eleanor & Park.

  24. Sarah
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:06:00

    Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews.

  25. Loosheesh
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:10:46

    I can never settle on “one” favorite anything so I’ll just have to say the full Psy-Changeling series were among my most favorite reads of 2013, especially Heart of Obsidian.

  26. Julaine
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:12:54

    A toss up between Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews and Motorcycle Man by Kristin Ashley. I know Motorcycle Man wasn’t published in 2013 but I was late to the party. So many people were talking about MM that I thought I would give it a try. Man I glommed on and gorged on her entire catalog over a two week period.

  27. Shaheen
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:20:44

    Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Legion
    Ilona Andrew’s Clean Sweep
    Alexis Hall’s Glitterland
    … and probably at least 3 more…

  28. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:23:38

    My list is really long this year but I’ll name a mystery. The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid.

  29. hilly
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:30:33

    Thanks for the contest, Jane! Warmest wishes to you and to everyone at Dear Author!

  30. Mikou
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:38:31

    My favorite read of 2013: “Skin Deep” by Adrienne Wilder.

  31. Monique
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:39:11

    My suggestion, as I wrote once before with a thank you, is to continue telling us about Kobo coupons. I love your site and everything on it. And my favourite book of the year remains: Julie Kagawa’sThe Eternity Cure. Thanks for everything and Happy Holidays to everyone!

  32. Marcy Shuler
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:43:57

    ALWAYS ON MY MIND by Jill Shalvis.

  33. CCBrown
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:46:19

    My favorite book of 2013 is actually two books: A Most Scandalous Proposal and A Most Devilish Rogue both by Ashlyn Macnamara.

  34. Ariel
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:48:28

    My favorite book of 2013 has probably been 1Q84, though I’m not finished with it yet.

  35. Meg
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:50:09

    Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
    The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

  36. MD
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:52:14

    A Woman Entangled

  37. Sherry Haut
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 16:55:34

    My very favorite book of the year was Wait For Me by Elisabeth Naughton.

  38. sarah
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 17:03:21

    Laura Florand for me – my favorite overall from her is The Chocolate Kiss (the one with Magalie and Philippe) but from 2013, it would have to be Chocolate Rose. I do wish her titles were more different from each other as they all sound the same, though.

  39. Armenia
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 17:04:26

    Entwined With You

  40. JJPP
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 17:10:57

    The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith

  41. Laura Lea
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 17:25:46

    I read so many good books this year it’s hard to pick one! All of Colleen Hoover & Tammara Webber’s books…Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase…I could go on, but I won’t! Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Harjeet
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 17:28:06

    Can’t choose, so I’ll go with Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh, Written in Red by Anne Bishop and Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (plus the freebie on their site “Clean Sweep”).

  43. Jennifer
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 17:28:31

    My guilty pleasure favorite this year was Reaper’s Property. I’ve also dived deep into my TBR pile this year and, though they weren’t released in 2013, my other faves this year were Lord of Scoundrels and After the Golden Age.

  44. Patti
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 17:38:44

    My favorite read this year (so far) has been Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay.

  45. Ruth
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 17:42:25

    I discovered Kristen Ashley this year, so anything by her.

  46. Jessica T
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 17:42:43

    Favorite book of 2013? I have to go with Heart of Obsidian, even though I read some other really awesome books. Because I felt like I was waiting forever for that book and it didn’t disappoint me when I read it the day it came out. Thanks for the chance to win and for this awesome website!

  47. Harper Kingsley
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 17:46:58

    My favorite book of 2013 … Ooh, that’s a hard one. I honestly didn’t read that many traditional books this year. Low funds had me going back to the basics and I read a lot of fanfic. I would say “You cannot live as I have lived (and not end up like this” was pretty good.

  48. Susan/DC
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 17:48:06

    My two favorite books this year were published several years ago: “Case Histories” and “Started Early, Took My Dog”, both by Kate Atkinson. They are the first and latest in her Jackson Brodie series of mysteries, but they are much more than just puzzles to be sorted out. I like her voice and her characters, and she also has an understated sense of humor that I find appealing. It doesn’t hurt that the BBC series stars Jason Isaacs, and it’s a pleasure imagining him as Jackson in each of the four books (so far) in the series.

  49. Louise Delamore
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 17:55:21

    I discovered Connie Brockway this year – I know, I know, way behind hte eight ball on that one, but she rocks :)

  50. Heidi
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:06:40

    My favorite book this year? Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

  51. alcee clayborne
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:09:43

    my favorite book of 2013 was eleanor and park it showed me a different way of growing up far removed from my own

  52. Karina G.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:12:28

    Would have to be Real, Tangled, and Wallbanger. Not sure if Wallbanger was released this year or not, but I read it couple of months ago.

  53. Kathryn
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:20:20

    I tend to let books “age” on TBR mountain so I haven’t read many books from 2013. “The Wanderer” by Robyn Carr was good.

  54. Tiffany
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:22:18

    I loved The Best Man by Kristan Higgins as well as Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

  55. Cristiane
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:24:19

    Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. A masterpiece.

  56. Susan
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:24:26

    Oh, man. I get angst over having to pick a favorite anything. For this year’s reads? It could be Andrews’s Magic Rises, McGuire’s Chimes at Midnight, MacLean’s One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, one of the older Kinsales I finally got around to, or a host of others.

  57. Sandypo
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:34:18

    I don’t think I can pick a favorite, I’ve read so many good books this year!

  58. Helen Marie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:42:32

    Too hard to pick one!! Two books that I loved are ME BEFORE YOU and ELEANOR & PARK. But there are more!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  59. Barbara Elness
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:43:26

    Lots of fabulous books, but the one that sticks out is Richard Ellis Preston Jr’s Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders.

  60. katieM
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:43:54

    My favorite book of 2013 is Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews. I can re-read it anytime and its just wonderful.

  61. Lynnette
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:45:35

    Hard to say what was my favorite, but my most memorable at the moment is Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh. It prompted me to re-read the series.

  62. Katy L
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:50:14

    I have a hard time picking just one, so I’ll cheat and say it’s a toss-up between Written in Red by Anne Bishop and Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh.

    I just want to add, I’ve been lurking on DA for a while and thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, thanks for the great giveaway.

  63. SoCalGal5
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 18:55:00

    I started getting back in my groove of reading again so I have been trying to catch up on a lot of great books for the recent past (The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt, Wait for Me by Elisabeth Naughton, Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas). I have been catching up on the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I really enjoyed Truly by Ruthie Knox and am absolutely looking forward to Badlands by Jill Sorenson – DEC 31st!

  64. Lynn Rae
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 19:05:45

    J. L. Bourne’s Day by Day Armageddon

  65. ms bookjunkie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 19:16:58

    I had many favorite books in 2013 (short attention span, easily distracted—ooh, squirrel! … (Also many awesome books.)) but I particularly loved Jo Walton’s AMONG OTHERS narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Yes, the audiobook. It was an amazing listening experience!

  66. LoriA
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 19:20:26

    Of the books I’ve read … I’d have to say Nalini Singh’s Heart of Obsidian and Anne Bishop’s Written in Red were my favorites.

  67. Julie
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 19:21:07

    Graceling, by Kristin Cashore.

  68. sabrina
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 19:35:32

    Mary Ann River’s The Story Guy. Thank you DA for recommending it!

  69. mssarahb
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 19:37:00

    After Hours by Cara McKenna and The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler. Today I started Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and it looks like it will easily make it into the top ten. Thanks!

  70. Kelley
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 19:48:03

    Coldest girl in coldtown. Or magic rises :)

  71. Margarita Hernandez
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 19:51:27

    My favorite read this year would have to be a tie between Remy by Katy Evans and Arsen by Mia Asher. Thanks for the giveaway!

  72. Judi L
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 20:14:04

    Favorite book read in 2013 was The Witness by Nora Roberts

  73. Misty
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 20:20:43

    My favorite reads of 2013 so far are R. Lee Smith’s “Last hour of Gann” AND also “Cottonwood”.

  74. Karen W.
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 20:20:44

    Thanks for another awesome giveaway!

    My favorite book this year was probably ME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes.

  75. Evangeline
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 20:21:14

    I loved the Camelot series by Ruthie Knox.

  76. Brenda C
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 20:29:08

    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

  77. Jess1
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 20:37:47

    So many good books. It would be Fear, Hope and Bread Pudding by Marie Sexton.

  78. Susan Kim
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 20:38:31

    Probably Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh. After reading that, I finished the rest of the series within a month.

  79. Tina
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 20:40:50

    My all-time favorite of 2013 was Anne Calhoun’s “Uncommon Passion.” Hot and sticky sweet!

  80. Brandy Jones
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 20:41:41

    Deep Down by Deborah Coates.

  81. LisaC
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 20:49:06

    Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

  82. Elise Staples
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 20:52:16

    I was struggling with a best book of 2013 until I realized I’m rereading Laura Florand’s The Chocolate Kiss for the 3rd time because its amazing. Okay it technically came out in 2012 but I didn’t discover it until last summer. As a bonus when I went to check the date I realized her newest is out. How did I miss that!? Yay finals are (almost) over and I have a recovery read.

  83. Amie S
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 20:58:54

    There are so many that I really liked this year but if I have to pick just one it would have to be Lover at Last by J.R. Ward

  84. Tabs
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 21:03:34

    Guardian Demon – Meljean Brook

  85. Jenn @ Lost in a Great Book
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 21:09:17

    Hard call! Probably Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell … although The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman are also way up there :-)

  86. Jenifer
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 21:12:04

    I spent a lot of the year re-reading series that I really enjoy like the I-team by Pamela Clare, Laura Griffin’s Tracers series and Cindy Gerard’s BOI series. I also discovered Kaylea Cross and read much of her backlist.

  87. Trisha Hudson (@TrishaHudson)
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 21:13:37

    Definitely Back-up by AM Madden @ammadden1

  88. Christine R
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 21:52:10

    Nalani Singh -Heart of Obsidian

  89. Kris Bock
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 21:53:40

    I can hardly remember what I read last week, but I’ve been loving the Chet The Dog mysteries by Spencer Quinn.

  90. Jocelyn
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 21:59:50

    I can’t pick a single read. If I have to choose, I’d say the next one…

  91. Bella
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 22:10:49

    I had a lot of enjoyable reads this year but not really a favorite. The book that came the closest was probably the YA romance Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins because it was completely new for me and I don’t read too much contemporary romance. I had tons of tv favorites this year though!

  92. seijikat
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 22:15:41

    Fantastic giveaway! I am looking forward to the site redesign. This site is first on my daily reads list.

  93. Expy
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 22:48:30

    My favorite book of 2013 is Earth Star by Janet Edwards.

  94. Maritza
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 22:53:15

    Picking a favorite is SO difficult.
    Patricia Briggs: Frost Burned
    Nalini Singh: Heart of Obsidian or Archangel’s Legion that’s a true toss up.
    But I loved loved loved Meljean Brooks, Gaurdian Demon.

  95. Shirra
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:06:03

    Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid!

  96. Penny
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:08:55

    New- ‘Making Faces’ by Amy Harmon (although, this reads more like literary fiction)
    Old- ‘What I did for a Duke’ by Julie Anne Long

    Non-romance: I discovered Neil Gaiman this year… so, everything he’s written.

  97. leftcoaster
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:16:01

    I read over a hundred so it’s hard to pick, but my favorite new author is Rainbow Rowell. Fangirl just killed it for me.

  98. Jaime Collins
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:23:00

    How can I possibly choose. I read a book a day…that’s a lot of choices.
    Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, The Thrill of It , Playing With Her Heart & Trophy Husband all my Lauren Blakely.

  99. Barbara
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:29:00

    I am a huge Ilona Andrews fan so, of course, the latest Kate Daniels is on my list of favs this year. I also eagerly anticipated each installment of Clean Sweep. Another book I really enjoyed, but not many seem to have read, was Great Aunt Sophie’s Lessons for Bombshells by Lisa Cach. That was a fun read.

  100. SciFigirl1986
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:34:33

    I don’t know if I have a favorite book from 2013 as most of what i’ve read this year was published prior. I did really like the newest Pink Carnation novel and I’ve recently started the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis–starting with the 2 most recent books. I loved Always on My Mind, but I don’t know if it is my favorite. The newest Karen Rose book was awesome.

  101. LaurieF
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:41:27

    It’s between two books. The Rosie Project was an absolute delight.
    The other was Magic Rises, I love when a series just keeps getting better and better. Honorable mentions to Archangel’s Legion, Guardian Demon, Chimes at Midnight and No Good Duke Goes Unpunished. It’s hard to stop:)

  102. Jamie-JourneysintoImagination
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:41:51

    My favorite book of 2013…. Come Together by Jessica Hawkins. It tied up my favorite series so nicely!

  103. Joesph
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:45:33

    Cold Days by Jim Butcher

  104. Rosemary
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:47:01

    There were so many, but I will go with Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid ♥

  105. Christine
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:47:14

    Can’t possibly pick one. First three that come to mind, though, are Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series, Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series, and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn books – all of which were new to me in 2013.

  106. Joleen
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:55:36

    No clear favorite this year, but I did go back and read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Loved it even more this time. Thank you for this awesome giveaway.

  107. Margaret Taylor
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 00:00:46

    Thank you so much for the chance! Good luck to everyone else!

    Sorry, favorite this year is anything by the lovely Shannon Mayer. Priceless comes to mind for sure!

  108. Marcia Tillman
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 00:10:48

    My favorite book is This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

  109. Bitchie
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 00:24:56

    I think my favorite read this year was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, but my best discovery was Karina Halle, I absolutely love her Experiment in Terror series, and plan to read her other books as soon as I have time.

    And I would LOVE to win an ipad mini, I’d like to see how it would work as an ereader.

  110. rosabelle
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 00:38:21

    The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie! Not a book published in 2013 but it was the best i read in 2013 :)

  111. Heather
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 00:43:27

    Just one?

    They did not come out this year but I started and finished the Deacon Chalk – Occult Bounty Hunter series by James R Tuck.

    I had the preview for book one sitting in my kobo library reminding me that it got a good review and I was interested and someone keeps publishing kobo discount codes – so I bought book one and was very soon back for books two and three.
    Blood and Bullets
    Blood and Silver
    Blood and Magic

  112. Chelsea B.
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 01:16:47

    Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare :-)

  113. Silvia Ami
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 01:40:51

    Merry Xmas! Buon Natale!
    My favorite book 2013 is Neanderthal seeks human by P.Reid :)

  114. Colette
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 02:58:39

    My favourite book this year was The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith. It just blew me away and it stayed with me for a long time afterwards. A challenging but brilliant read.

  115. MaryL
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 03:10:25

    One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean.

  116. Thamy
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 03:46:18

    I think my favourite romance adult was Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid, i swear I’d love to be BFF with Janie and my favourite fantasy book was Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I could go on and on, so hard to pick just one book.

  117. Sally
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 03:50:50

    Unfortunately, I don’t think I have a favorite book for 2013. I haven’t read as much as I’d like this year and nothing I’ve read so far stands out.

  118. Aliyah
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 04:04:05

    I loved Kate Locke’s steampunk novels (3 in the series) and her last book that I read was God Save the Queen. It was fabulous. I’m also loving Nalini Singh’s Archangels Legion (though I’m not done yet).

  119. Michelle W.
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 04:16:48

    Gone Girl has to my favorite because the story is still on my mind after all these months & many book read afterward!

  120. Helena
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 05:19:31

    Thank you for another giveaway! My favourite book this year? Harper Fox, Brothers of the Wild North Sea. It’s the first which comes to mind, but this is such a difficult Q.

  121. Angie H.
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 05:45:59

    Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

  122. Cheryl McInnis
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 05:52:14

    Heart of Obsidian…it was everything I had been hoping for :)

  123. Variel
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 05:53:27

    Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead, a lovely blend of future tech and the supernatural.

  124. Heather
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 06:16:35

    My favorite book this year has to be Friends without Benefits by Penny Reid. Her hero, Nico Mangeniello, is one of the sweetest (and hottest) heroes I’ve read in a long time. It’s rare in this world of gruff alpha males to find a man who isn’t afraid to be emotionally vulnerable – a testament to the true power and strength of love.

    Plus the fritter scene is scorching mental imagery. Nom, indeed.

  125. Gisele Pinheiro
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 06:34:56

    My favorite book this year was Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley. It was definitely the most different one I read this year.

  126. Christine M.
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 06:47:57

    Briggs’! (But then I’m a sucker for her stuff.)

  127. Tin
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 07:04:02

    Favorite books read in 2013 :

    Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James
    Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
    When You Give a Duke a Diamond by Shana Galen
    The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart
    Colorado Dawn by Kaki Warner

    Thank you! ^_^

  128. Katha
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 07:10:08

    My favorite book is Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare.

  129. Katie Contests
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 07:12:50

    I enjoyed Super Graphic: A Visual Guide To The Comic Book Universe

  130. Akinna
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 07:41:06

    Magic rises by Ilona Andrews, sooo good!

  131. Mary
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 07:53:35

    I read a lot of books that I enjoyed this year but if I can only choose one it would be Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews.

  132. Nancy M
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 07:54:06

    So hard to pick just one, buy I’ll go with Real by Katy Evans.

  133. Anne V
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 07:59:06

    Magic Rises.

    Last Hour of Gann was darn good though.

  134. Christina
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 08:04:39

    This is tough. I would say my favorite book this year is either The Mistress or Gabriel’s Redemption.

  135. Louella Gimenez
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 08:08:24

    First off, just have to say LOVE you guys and this site!:) so many great books but have to go with Archangel’s Legion for the year. I’ve already read it thrice and it came out last month!

  136. Sarah
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 08:21:03

    I don’t think I can pick a favourite – there have been so many good ones. Including a few that I found through the Dear Author e-mails; thank you – without the e-mails I probably wouldn’t have read those books :)

  137. Maria D.
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 09:36:42

    I’m really torn between Mercurial Dreams by Hadena James and Galilee Rising by Jennifer Harlow…both are excellent books with strong heroines.

  138. julie
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 09:41:35

    Most of the books I read this year were not writen in 2013. What can I say I am behind. Favorites read: The Vincent Boys, On His Terms, & Seducing Jane Porter.

  139. Beret
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 09:48:55

    While “The Last Hour of Gann” blew me away I have to say that the best book I read (and reread) in 2013 was “Alien, Mine” by Sandra Harris. EXCELLENT!!! I got it as a free borrowed book with Amazon Prime and then purchased it after my month was up!

    I love your site and read the posts daily. Looking forward to another year with DA!

  140. Stephanie
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 10:39:18

    My Fav is between The Last Hour of Gann (on my 3rd reread) and The Promise of Stardust (becuase of the what would you do converstations I had with just about everyone that would sit still)

  141. Arely Z.
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 10:44:08

    It’s hard to choose, but the one that pops out is Own The Wind by Kristen Ashley.

  142. Ann Rose
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 10:50:24

    My favorite book this year has been Mary Balogh’s The Arrangement.

  143. Jenny Vasquez
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 11:57:03

    Only one favorite?? That’s so difficult! How about “Making Faces” by Amy Harmon.

  144. Jaci
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 13:10:47

    Really enjoyed, laughed out loud, witty, Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

  145. Collette
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 14:00:28

    Favorite book? I can’t do that! I can’t even remember the last 5 I read. (To be fair to my little pea brain, I do read a lot.) How about the latest Elizabeth Hoyt? Oooh, I read a Maggie Osborne–Jenny Jones something?–in October. So good.

  146. Jordan R.
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 14:37:19

    It’s hard for me to choose, but I think I’m going to have to go with Magic Rises. I’ve reread my digital copy several times and listened to the audiobook as well. Kate Daniels is pretty much my ultimate hero!

  147. Limecello
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 14:42:26

    Hmmm … favorite book is tough, but what comes to mind first is either I Married the Duke by Katharine Ashe, or Because We Belong by Beth Kery. (Apparently series/serials just suck me back in.)

  148. Zee
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 14:47:50

    Written in Red, by Anne Bishop. Not a Romance, but such an interesting, engaging world. Already pre-ordered the next in the series.

  149. mary
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 15:13:17

    friends without benefits by penny reid

  150. Jo
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 15:24:31

    Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

  151. Nancy B
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 15:26:41

    My favorite read this year was Lean In by Cheryl Sandberg. Romance-wise, Rush Me by Allison Packard.

  152. rissatoo
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 16:02:13

    My favorite book is usually the one I just finished, and I just finished Jennifer Estep’s Heart of Venom – just in time for the series’ new release (The Spider) on December 24… :)

  153. Rebecca
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 16:08:11

    There were so many good books this year! The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan was delightful. I am eagerly anticipating reading The Countess Conspiracy, probably before anyone can get it for me for Christmas.

    I also enjoyed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which I read in one sitting (with breaks for beverages).

  154. maureen
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 16:27:27

    The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas

  155. Raven Ames
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 16:58:00

    Favorite book: Nora Roberts, The Search, though it was published before 2013…so favorite new author of 2013, Joey Hill. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Holidays to all!

  156. R.S
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 17:05:10

    I haven’t read as much this year but I think the latest Kate Daniels is probs my favorite.

  157. Janet Mullany
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 17:06:42

    Great giveaway, and how about I win, ok? Best book of the year, Longbourn by Jo Baker which was just brilliant.

  158. KJT
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 17:15:08

    I think my favorites read this year have probably been Tenea B. Johnson’s Smoketown (go read! Beautiful style and images, and a really interesting post-climate-change, post-disease world in a gated city that outlaws birds.) and Alaya Dawn Johnson’s The Summer Prince.

  159. cleo
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 17:22:12

    Favorite books I read in 2013 (that I remember at the moment):
    Among Others by Jo Walton
    Game Change
    Her Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
    Irregulars – Josh Lanyon and others
    A Soldier’s Heart by Kathleen Korbel – I read this in the 90s when it came out and finally tracked it down and re-read it this year and it’s still REALLY GOOD

    Favorites that actually came out in 2013:
    From out in the Cold by LA Witt
    Magpie Lord – KJ Charles

    And many more. Thanks DA!

  160. Nicole C.
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 19:22:34

    My favorite book of 2013 was Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare.

  161. MissE
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 19:40:24

    I’ve read so many good books this year that I can’t pick a favorite.

  162. TerryS
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 19:55:33

    No contest- R.Lee Smith’s The Last Hour of Gann

  163. Debra Leibowitz
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 20:20:45

    I love Penny Reid and her Knitting in the City series. Neanderthal Seeking Human was hilarious!

  164. Stephanie Gossett
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 21:21:45

    I have so many! I love “The Best Man.” Thank you for this chance.

    ninigossett at gmail dot com

  165. Sin Chan
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 22:20:01

    I’ve read a lot of good books this year and I can’t really say which is my favorite. I’m going to go with The Gift by A.F. Henley, a new release in December.

  166. Inga
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 23:15:27

    Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich.

  167. Alexa W.
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 00:26:09

    50 Shades of Grey

  168. Violet Bick
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 01:54:32

    I’m going to keep coming back to check the responses. I need more good books to read! This year was light on good books for me as well.

    One book I really enjoyed was Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt. It made me cry — in a good way of course (which is the highest compliment I can pay).

  169. Amy
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 02:39:09

    Heart of Obsidian.

  170. MarchRose
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 03:31:35

    difficult choice… my best reading in 2013 was G. A. Aiken’s “Dragon actually”, I found it very original and absolutely hilarious.

  171. Alison
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 03:36:54

    Argh, book in 2013? Well I finally got around to starting the Dark-Hunter series in 2013 – so any of those really (except the Dream-Hunters), I “found” Sarah Maclean’s historicals and they are great. Ditto Jacqueline Carey’s Agent of Hel series. James Elliot’s Charming. Can you tell I am going down my Goodreads four stars or more list for 2013?

  172. JessiG
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 07:47:41

    I know I’m being repetitive, but this is too darn hard! Favorite book read all year? Or just narrowing it down to books published this year? This would be easier if there were categories like favorite YA or favorite holiday book. Um…. possibly “Naked Once More” by Elizabeth Peters because it’s a re-read that I enjoy every time but then again, “Delta of Venus” was a surprise for me because it was a classic that I actually enjoyed. “Love Irresistibly” and “Three Sisters” were also books that struck me as five stars when I read them the first time. But I think that “Naked Once More” is probably the winner.

  173. Katrina T.
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 08:12:42

    Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

  174. J.K. Harper
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 10:50:46

    Favorite book of 2013? Eesh, to hard to narrow down, but one of my favorites was definitely Blood Trade by Faith Hunter.

  175. DeeCee
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 10:54:55

    Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs was my favorite book this year. Can’t wait for March and her new one!

  176. Anita W.
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 12:53:22

    My favorite book of the year was probably Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh, although I did just start reading Kristen Ashley this year, so she had several that made a good run at it.

  177. Teresa C
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 16:26:58

    Favorite Book this year? Either the Raksura Trilogy, or Beast Behaving Badly by Shelly Laurenston, in Audio. I laughed the same way listening as I did the first time reading the book.

  178. Reneesance
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 19:39:17

    I think my favorite book of 2013 was Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh. Sigh worthy, I reread it again just a month or so after the first time, still so good.

  179. Rue
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 20:26:56

    Only one favorite book?! I’ll just do the most recent favorite so i don’t have to choose, Scrap Metal by Harper Fox.
    Unless it’s published in 2013, then With or Without Him by Barbara Elsborg.

  180. Julie M.
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 20:27:43

    Heart of Obsidian and Frost Burned, two great books! Thanks DA for all the great things you do… like introducing us to great books and your numerous giveaways!

  181. JP
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 21:03:13

    Last Hour of Gann – lovely discovery thanks to you!

  182. Lesley L
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 23:41:23

    Oh my, a favourite book of 2013? It is a toss up between Lover At Last by JR Ward, Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh and Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

  183. Vanessa
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 23:46:54

    The Best Man and The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins. Thank you for the contest.

  184. Erin
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 10:06:12

    The best book of 2013 I read was Frost Burned. Or Heart of Obsidian, I really can’t decide.

  185. Phyllis
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 15:52:52

    I don’t know. I stopped keeping my geeky personal spreadsheet this summer because I kept forgetting to update it. But in the first half of the year:
    Gone Girl (Flynn)
    The Best Man (Higgins)
    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Cain)
    Sacre Bleu (Moore)

    And I have to add: John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower (who’s that by?)
    Hyperbole and Half

    Oh yeah! Heart of Obsidian by N. Singh

  186. Christina
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 18:42:01

    Honestly, And The Mountains Echoed. But as for romance, I can’t think of one best, but I read Thief of Shadows (which isn’t a 2013 release) which was my first Elizabeth Hoyt, and wow did that start me on a Hoyt backlist shopping spree and got me back into liking historicals.

  187. Michele
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 19:38:00

    Books published in 2013- Jayne Ann Krentz’s Dream Eyes, and Kira Brady’s first two in the Deadglass Trilogy.

    Thanks for the contest!

  188. Joelle
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 23:18:34

    Favourite book of 2013 hands down is actually an anthology of shorts by Nalini Singh Wild Invitation.

  189. Kerry
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 00:00:58

    Just one?? Believe it or not, I just discovered Loretta Chase this year, so I’ll say anything by her!

  190. Kerri
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 02:01:35

    My favourite book of the year was Written in Red by Anne Bishop. Wasn’t expecting it at all. Have read it loads since it came out. Can’t wait for Murder of Crows.

  191. Rebekah
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 14:22:42

    My favorite book was Love Irresistibly by Julie James.

  192. christine
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 18:59:07

    Lover at last JR Ward

  193. Pamela @spazp
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 18:59:27

    Hot crap it’s almost the end of 2013!!! My favorite book this year was Written In Red by Anne Bishop with a close tie with The Last Hour of Gann :)

  194. KV
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 19:14:13

    I liked Tangled by Emma Chase.

  195. Chris S.
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 20:47:49

    My favorite book this year was “Lover at Last” by JR Ward.

    Great giveaway. I covet my husband’s iPad Mini!

  196. Donna Newman
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 20:55:49

    Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  197. Kimberly Coady
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 21:47:52

    Elizabeth Hoyt’s “Duke of Midnight.” I loved it so much, I read it twice.

  198. rayraycartucci
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 22:10:57

    Doctor Sleep is the only grown up book I have read in a while so…its the only new book I have had….and was lucky enough to get that before the release date.

  199. Margaret Kennedy
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 00:15:47

    Heart of Obsidian by Nailini Singh

  200. Desiree Putaski
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 10:52:43

    I’ve read so many great books this year it’s really hard to pick a favorite… kind of like trying to pick which one of my kids I like best (matter of fact, that might even be easier!).

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