First of all, it's Christmas Day and we wish everyone a fantastic day and holiday season!
Here at the DarkSide, we are not only authors but readers as well. We love reading like you do. Here's is what some of our DarkSiders read in 2021.
I am a prolific reader across many romance sub-genres, but some particular stand outs this year were:
- Little Fire by Hollee Mands
- The Jock by Tal Bauer
- Strange Love by Ann Aguirre
- Taken to Kor by Elizabeth Stephens
- The Alpha Awakens by Anna Fury
I thoroughly enjoyed these books! They range from fantasy romance (Little Fire) to MM sports romance (The Jock), and even delve into inter-species love with beautifully heart-felt, and yet hilarious, writing (Strange Love). Then there’s an omegaverse first in series (The Alpha Awakens) and my absolute favourite for the year (Taken to Kor).
I read so many good books this year, too many to mention them all. But here are a few highlights.
With the release of the new Foundation series I went back and read the Robot, Empire and Foundation books again. Asimov is just amazing. After all these decades he still had me reading when I should've been writing. I read the books in the order he recommended.
- I, Robot.
- The Caves of Steel.
- The Naked Sun.
- Robots and Empire.
- The Stars, Like Dust.
- The Currents of Space.
- Pebble in the Sky.
I am not a big fan of mafia books, but I saw a few suggestions on Facebook that looked good and I discovered Serena Akeroyd (check out her Amazon page). The characters in her mafia and mc series totally drew me in.
I also read the Babylon 5 scripts. It is excellent reading. I'm very excited about the new series reboot, but I will always go back to the original series and give it another watch through each year.
One of my favourite reads this year was Becoming A Writer, Staying a Writer by J Michael Straczynski.
I read the latest books by Christine Feehan, Jayne Castle, Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, Rebecca Zanetti, Nalini Singh, Shelly Laurentson, Jeaniene Frost, Ruby Dixon, Laurann Dohner, Sherrilyn Kenyon.
As always I re-read The last hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith.
My book year kicked off with a dip back into Jeaniene Frost’s world of vampires with Wicked All Night. This series will forever be one of my favourites because vampires, do I need to say more?
Sprinkled throughout the year were more favourites by Lana Pecherczyk her Fae Guardians series The Dreams of Broken Kings, The Secrets in Shadow and Blood, and A Labyrinth of Fangs and Thorns. Then there was Pride from her Deadly Seven series, which I can’t wait for the last book while dreading the fact it will end.
If you want to see the rest of my 2021 reads, follow me on Goodreads at Helen Walton.
Shelley Russell Nolan
My favourite reads for 2021:
Asylum by Lindsay Buroker - This stand-alone sci fi book is set in her Star Kingdom universe and I got to catch up with favourite characters after all their adventures in the series. I want more as I really loved these characters and all their quirks.
Entropy (Atrophy #4) and Final Dawn (Atrophy #5) by Jess Anastasi - The last two books in this sci fi series were a wild ride that I did not want to end. Loved getting to dive deep into Rian and Ella’s story in the last book. Did not want it to end.
Queen of the Shining Sea (Blade and Rose #4) by Miranda Honfleur - A fantasy romance that is epic in scale with magic and dragons and elves and so many twists and turns it kept me engrossed. Looking forward to reading the next book.
The series I read most of was Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews (urban fantasy/paranormal romance) I got hooked on this series a few years ago. However, I remember finding the first book confusing as we were thrust into the world with little explanation.
- Circus Games by Lilliana Rose *
- Be Mine Forever (Detectives Kane and Alton #11) by D.K. Hood
- Dark Child (Bloodsworn): Episode 1 by Adina West
- Every Breath You Take by Christina Phillips
- For the Love of a Goblin Warrior (Shadowlands #3) by Shona Husk *
- My Highland Lover: Forbidden Fantasy (Highlander Romance #4) by Cathleen Ross
- Night of the Dark Horse (Allegra Fairweather Mystery #5) by Janni Nell *
- Tainted (The Druid Chronicles #4) by Christina Phillips *
- Unforgotten (The Fallen Guardians #2) by Cassie Laelyn
- The Virgin Hunt Games (The Virgin Hunt Games #1) by Mel Teshco
We hope you have a fabulous 2022 with lots of great reading to pass your time!