Book Banshee’s Top 12 Reads of 2015

pizap.com14517854297971What an amazing year 2015 was, in late June, I started this blog and since then I have read 78 books. Of those 78 books I have read this year I decided to pick 12 of my absolute favorite reads of 2015.

Below you will find my favorite titles (in no particular order), and a  synopsis of the book.

In the CardsIn The Cards

By Nicky Charles & Jan Gordon

“There are regulations governing the relationship between a guardian angel and their charge, boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed. So what happens when a guardian angel falls in love with his current assignment? And when the human returns those feelings, how many rules will that guardian angel break in order to save his love? Alex and Emma are caught between two worlds. Will their love be enough?

“In the Cards” is a Christmas novella by Jan Gordon and Nicky Charles, both of whom are venturing into new ground with this angelic tale.”

Deeper Allyn LesleyDeeper

By Allyn Lesley

“Everything Avianna Linton thought she knew was shattered in one traffic stop. With her life turned upside down, she flees to the bright lights of New York City hoping for anonymity and a new life.

Rising from nothing, Noah Adams holds onto his power and control with a bone-crushing grip. No one dared challenge his authority until her…

Avi’s disdain for Noah is barely contained, and Noah does everything he can to restrain himself—a concept he has little experience with.

There’s more between the two than either of them realize. A force looms near, hovering with deadly precision and motivated solely by revenge.

Avi wonders who her new friends truly are and if she’s already in too deep. Noah, accustomed to getting what he wants, will do whatever it takes to draw Avi in deeper.

Over 70,000 words in this romantic suspense tale.”

Blue MoonBlue Moon

By Tess Thompson

“Playboy Ciaran Lanigan was the party. Executive Bliss Heywood was the library. When they meet, sparks fly and so begins an uncontrollable attraction that neither is strong enough to escape, regardless that it’s fraught with lies, secrets and family complexities.

But ‘party boy’ Ciaran isn’t everything he appears. Lurking beneath the surface of his charming grin is a man haunted by fears. Are they real or imagined? As he slowly reveals his past, Bliss becomes less and less sure if the man she’s involved with is unstable or truly in danger. Will she learn the truth in time to save him?

Set in the fictional town of Peregrine, Idaho, Blue Moon, the second book in the Blue Mountain Collection features the youngest Lanigan brother, Ciaran. It is both a love story and mystery, with Tess Thompson’s quirky and complex but lovable characters.”

The Reluctant AlphaHighland Wolf Clan: The Reluctant Alpha

By A.K. Michaels

“Cameron Sinclair is a successful businessman, with offices all over the world and a multi-billionaire with all the trappings. He is also a Wolf and he vows never to return to Pack life, or his birthright as Alpha.
He is ‘summoned’ back to his Highland Pack by his estranged father and things do not go smoothly, resulting in him leaving to help his Uncle in the USA with several of his friends in tow.
What awaits is heartache, sorrow and the chance for a new life as Alpha of a large Pack. A life with love in it. His first sight of the white She-Wolf affecting him in ways he can’t even understand.
First, he and his Wolves have to take on a deadly threat, the deadliest of all; a corrupt and depraved Alpha with a horde of guards as immoral as their leader.
Will he take his chance at love? Or do as he always does; walk away?”

agony cover agony

By Yolanda Olson

WARNING. I have seen some strangely beautiful things which lead me to write this book. agony is not a love story, no matter how you may feel about it in the beginning. This book is intended for mature audiences 18 and over for a reason. There is sex in this book, but there is also terrible violence. There is no hero in this story. This story is dark. Reader discretion is advised.

Neve Dutton leaves New York with the promise of stardom in her eyes. Never wanting to be in front of the cameras, she’s happiest following her career choice of being a director’s assistant. But when she lands a job at an adult entertainment company, she realizes that her dream job is really a nightmare.

Tricked by her cousin, Adesynne, into working for the porn giant company Devil’s Den, Neve finds her days are full of awkward moments, stress, uncomfortable shoots, and wishing for nothing more than to be back home.

Until she meets Arsen Caldwell.

Arsen hides his secret from Neve for as long as he can and helps to get her transferred to another company where she lands a job with Jareth Vance of Golden Hills Media.
Jareth sees a potential star in Neve, but she doesn’t know that her first starring roll could possibly be her last.”

Trail of the Raven, HaitiTrail of the Raven, Haiti

By Chip Davis

“Jack’s life consisted of new schools, in new towns, with the same old problems. The pattern continued until he saw Ana deep in the woods. Through Ana, Jack developed a keen interest in learning who he was and where he came from, his ancestors. “The best way to learn about your ancestors is to put yourself in the same environment they were in. It isn’t enough to know what they did. If you really want to know them, you need to learn about what shaped them into who they were.” Those were Ana’s words. Her death left Jack with the realization that he knew little of this amazing woman who was his adopted mother. The first step of Jack’s quest takes him to the last place she visited before his adoption, the island of Haiti. New friends, unexpected events, and the island itself give Jack a greater understanding of Ana and ultimately himself. Come with Jack as he begins his Journey.”

Marigny Street CoverMarigny Street

By Annie Rose Welch

“Do you believe in the power of dreams?

Way down south on Marigny Street in the heart of New Orleans, the land of Catholic intercessions, purgatory, and supernatural superstitions, young Evangeline Chenier dreams of a radiant boy who saves her from a storm. She takes the dream seriously – in her family, dreams are sometimes more than dreams. Sometimes they foretell the future. Sometimes they create it.

Years later, Eva is no longer the same wistful girl but a hardened woman who no longer believes in dreams. Losing faith in her gift, she becomes lost in a nightmare of emotion, mourning her son, separating from her husband, and stewing in a dead-end job. And then fate brings her an unlikely surprise: one of the most famous movie stars in the world, Gabriel Roberts.

Caught by something in his eyes, Eva agrees to show him the real Big Easy on his last night in New Orleans—an evening that turns into four dreamy days spent recapturing lost faith and discovering a love neither expected. Realizing Gabriel is the boy from her childhood dream, Eva must leave everything behind—her husband, her family, her history, and the beautiful city she calls home—and gamble it all for the dream that has saved her on MARIGNY STREET.”

wathching over  me top 2015Watching Over Me

By Kamery Solomon

“Scarlet Redford is one of the luckiest dancers in the world; she’s been accepted into the professional training program for United Dance Company, the premier dance company in the country. Sleepless nights, endless practices, and countless in class performances are all she’s known for the past three months. However, competition is stiff. Each day that passes makes it abundantly clear she’s not quite up to par.

With the teachers snapping at her heels and the threat of losing her spot in the company looming over her head, Scarlet attempts to perfect what has become her greatest down fall-the dances that she used to love. Just when she’s ready to give up, a mysterious stranger comes to her aid, promising help she can find nowhere else. He has only one stipulation . . . she can never know who he is. With the heat of his eyes burning into her everywhere she goes, Scarlet finds herself
in need of making a decision. Will she risk the unknown? Can she dance with the devil?”

breathless top 12Breathless

By Christine M. Butler

“My name is Lacy McAdams and I am a Death Viewer, an agent of the highly trained Homicide Viewing Squad, otherwise known as the Death Squad. When a person dies suspiciously I get called in to view their death. Actually, I get to rewind their memories up to 12 hours before their death.
You’d think that would make solving murders a no-brainer, but there’s a catch. When people are about to be murdered, they get that whole “life flashing before their eyes” thing going on, and suddenly what really happened is mixed with what they remember from their twelfth birthday party.
In other words, a dying person’s mind is a jumble of reality vs memory. It takes training, experience, and a lot of trial and error to get things right. I’ve been at it for quite a few years, learned a lot, and I have a natural talent for filtering out the realities from the memories.
It’s a good thing, because the most important case of my life just landed in my lap while I was at dinner with Brad. It was our third date and judging by how fast he took off, not to mention leaving me with the bill, I’d say he wasn’t too thrilled to be dating a Death Viewer. Maybe I should have mentioned that on the first date?
Chances were good that I would never see Brad again, but the case that I got called in for was one that could make or break Homicide Viewing Squads nationwide. No pressure or anything…”

Depravity top 12Depravity

By M.J. Haag

“** Adult Romance, Part 1 of 3 **
Benella is concerned with two things–avoiding the two village boys who torment her and scrounging for food to help feed her family. Unfortunately, the best wild fruit and vegetables are near the walls of the estate, a dark misty place inhabited by an unforgiving beast.

When her tormentors lock her behind the massive gates, Benella knows her fate is sealed. Yet, the fate isn’t one she expects. Her encounter with the beast starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom, a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose.

A classic fairy tale with a seductively dark new twist, the Beauty and the Beast saga begins with Depravity.

Intended for mature readers due to sexual situations and moderate language. This book is part 1 of 3.”

Crown of Smoke top 12Crown of Smoke

By Snowa Fox

An Angels and Demons Fantasy Romance
Demons are not all evil
and Angels are not at all what we believe.

A Life Bound

A Destiny Revealed

A Vengeance Unleashed

Dream Guardian, Vaughn Khale is on the brink

of gaining his redemption to claim the demon crown of Lucidity,

when his world is set ablaze.

Deception fractures his life of duty and honor,

altering his younger brother’s fate forever.

Pragmatic. Archeology student. Angel Marked.

Lila Vanderhook leads a normal 22 year old life,

until her nightmares attack her in the flesh.

Her brush with an ancient relic has ancient demons hunting her

and she must flee to save herself.

The decision has grave consequences for her guardian,

revealing a destiny neither of them are prepared for.

Will betrayal bury them or will they save each other?”

Book Banshee's Top 12 of 2015