Based on books released in 2013
1. Macy Beckett – Sultry Springs series
How can this be her debut? This whole series is pure perfection both in terms of writing style and plot. I’m only sad that this series is only 3 books long and Macy has no plans to add to it for the moment. For those looking of perfect small-town romance books? I cannot recommend this series enough.
2013 additions: A Shot of Sultry, Surrender to Sultry
2. Jill Shalvis – Lucky Harbor series
Okay disclaimer: I am a huge Jill Shalvis fan and she is one of my favourite (if not THE favourite) contemporary romance author so of course this series was going to feature on my list. Given that I thought this series was going to end with Book 3 and then with Book 6, books 7 + 8 were a real surprise. Jill really raised the bar with these 2. Whilst I am sure that I enjoyed books 4-6, I can barely remember them whereas she has definitely made her 2013 additions memorable. The sexual tension in them. Wow, scorchio. Jack/Leah in #8 may be one of my favourite friends-to-lovers book ever.
2013 additions: It Had To Be You, Always On My Mind
3. Christie Ridgeway – Beach House No. 9 series
I discovered this author through this series and what a wonderful series it is. Books #2 + #3 are my favourite.
Also the covers are love.
2013 additions: Beach House Beginnings, Beach House No. 9, Bungalow Nights, The Love Shack
4. Marina Adair – St. Helena Vineyard series
This series is so beautifully written, I can scarcely believe that Marina is relatively new to writing. You will fall in love with the series from the first book Kissing Under the Mistletoe.
2013 additions: Summer in Napa, Autumn in the Vineyard
5. Sierra Dean – Boys of Summer series
It is hard for me to express my love for this book: it is definitely my favourite sports romance of 2013 and also the favourite review I’ve written of the year. This book quotes lyrics from my favourite artists (Fleetwood Mac, Hall & Oates) and is set in one of my favourite cities (Chicago). Perfection.
2013 additions: Pitch Perfect
6. Molly O’Keefe – Boys of Bishop series
Molly O’Keefe has been one of the authors I’ve really fallen in love with this year. Starting with her Crooked Creek Ranch series and now the start of her new series. Don’t believe how awesome Wild Child is? I started my review by saying: If there is one contemporary romance novel you must read in 2013, this is it. I know that is a pretty bold statement to make as an awful lot of great romances have been published this year but this book, this book.
2013 additions: Wild Child
7. Julie James – FBI / US Attorney series
Julie James is the author who made me discover and fall in love with contemporary romance so this series holds a special place in my heart. My only complaint is that she’s apparently on a 1 book/year release schedule which is TORTUROUS.
2013 additions: Love Irresistibly
8. Sarah Morgan – O’Neil Brothers series
An amazing start to a new contemporary romance series. The perfect festive read as well. I can’t wait for more books to follow.
2013 additions: Sleigh Bells In The Snow
9. Juliana Stone – Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series
The first book is great but the second book …. Gosh it made me have so many ~feelings~. The ‘falling in love with brother’s widow’ trope is just so angsty and twisty and just …. Wow.
2013 additions: The Summer He Came Home, The Christmas He Loved Her
10. Robbie Terman – A Perfect Recipe series
The first book took us into the world of reality cooking shows but it is the second book in the series that really stole my heart.
2013 additions: Some Like It Spicy, Some Like It Sinful
11. Kate Meader – Hot In The Kitchen series
Family and cooking.
2013 additions: Feel the Heat, All Fired Up
12. Cindi Madsen – Accidentally In Love series
The series starts off with an amazing friends-to-lovers + fake romance book which I highly recommend.
2013 additions: Falling For Her Fiancé, Act Like You Love Me
13. Various – The Wedding Season series
I think it’s unlikely that you will ever find a series where each book is written by a different author as good as this one.
2013 additions: The Unexpected Wedding Guest, Girl Least Likely to Marry, Maid of Dishonor, Last Groom Standing
14. Tonya Burrows – Wilde Security series
Sexy series about a security firm run by a group of brothers.
2013 additions: Wilde Nights in Paradise, Wilde For Her
15. Shannon Stacey – Kowalski Family series
All He Ever Dreamed was a bit too predictable for me but I’m a fan of the series as a whole.
2013 additions: All He Ever Dreamed, Love A Little Sideways (still to read)