These were my 10 best reads of 2015. Range from 4.5 to 5stars.
1. Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breeds #10) by Lara Adrian (paranormal romance)
The end to the Dragos storyline was a killer. Although the series continues with the next generation of Breeds, I am calling it quits here. But it was a wonderful ride through ten books and two novellas (one is a prequel).
2. Unclaimed (Turner #2) by Courtney Milan (historical romance)
The love story was great, but what made the book meaty and awesome was Milan's use of Victorian ideas of chastity and class distinctions as conflicts.
3. American Pain by John Temple (general non-fiction)
Although this is a small part of the opiate abuse in the US, it was well researched and read like a fiction book.
4. You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore (paranormal romance/comedy)
I found this book such a breathe of fresh air in a subgenre (paranormal romance) that has dulled itself through clichéd tropes.
5. Obsession in Death (...In Death #40) by J.D. Robb (police procedural)
The book that restored my faith in this series. It was loud, aggressive, and I was in love from the first page. I need big endings and I got the mother of all big endings in this book.
6. The Indomitable Eve (Montana Romance Novella) by Merry Farmer (historical romance)
Some serious subjects were addressed very well and the romance never faltered. I even read the sex scene. Two words: virgin hero.
7. True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson (contemporary romance)
Contemporary romance that I liked. It is a rare jewel.
8. Lowcountry Boneyard (Liz Talbot #3) by Susan M. Boyer (American cozy mystery)
A different story in the cozy mystery genre and a progressive move on the relationship front. I need to get my grubby hands on book 4 already.
9. The Pearl by John Steinbeck (classic)
A cautionary yet suspenseful tale that was also unsettling, especially at the end. OMG that ending.
10.Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth (memoirs)
The trilogy was even better than the show, which is saying a lot for me because I loved the first three seasons (I haven't seen season four yet). But if I am to be completely honest, this one book was a stand alone powerhouse of history and emotions. Keep a box of tissues handy if you read this one.
Last Minute Addition: Plenty of Time When We Get Home (Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War) by Kayla Williams