Cariad Books Favourite 16 Books Of 2016
Hi, everyone here are our favourite books of 2016 which we at Cariad Books believe are the best of the best and deserve to be recognised.
The Demon’s Bears is the story of how love changes everything…
Brody and his brother, Jayce, are the demon offspring of angelic parents. When their parents mysteriously disappear, they spend decades searching for them. But when the search becomes dangerous, Jayce leaves Brody in the care of a wolf pack. But the wolves are barbaric, and Brody’s life becomes a living hell filled with nothing but abuse and neglect.
Landon and Elliot Damarin are bear shifters who desert their sleuth when they refuse to be forced into a mating. They believe fate has a mate for them, and they’ll wait forever for him if necessary. When Pine Falls becomes their home, they find acceptance and wait patiently for their mate.
When Brody is coerced into travelling to Pine Falls to protect the Alpha’s mate, he never imagined how drastically his life would change. Not only does Brody find acceptance, friendship, and love, but he discovers a strength he never dreamed he possessed.
Carrie Ann Ryan
The Montgomery Ink series continues with a forbidden love between three friends and a past that they can’t escape.
Jake Gallagher knew from the moment he saw Maya that she was the one for him—it had the same breath-taking intensity as when he’d first set eyes on Border. Only life never turns out the way one plans, and now he’s falling for someone else…or at least he thinks he is.
Maya Montgomery never should have looked past the friendship she already had. Now that she has, she can’t stop thinking about Jake and what he means to her. When a mysterious stranger from Jake’s past shows up at their door, she’s forced to admit that if she doesn’t take the risk of a lifetime, she’ll regret it for the rest of her days.
Border Gentry walked away without a second glance once because of what could happen if he let go, but now he’s back and ready to see what he’s missed. He’s been on the road a long time and has seen things no man should ever see, yet once he rediscovers the broody Jake and meets the inked and fierce Maya, they’re like a balm to his soul and he realizes what path his future should take.
It will take more than sizzling chemistry and a heat that never dies for the three of them to overcome their pasts. And when someone from the outside wants to stand in their way, it’s not only their hearts on the line…but also their lives.
Colleen Train, Coffee, as she is known to everyone around her, has kept a dark secret for most of her adult life. Something that could end everything with Heels for Hire Inc. When her past comes back in full force, she is faced with a choice to either tell everyone danger lurks close by, or pack up and disappear again.
Michelle Mc Loughney
Polly Doyle hates her job, her life, and being stuck in her home town. Being a twenty-something, newly single, phone-sex operator isn’t exactly where she saw herself on career day. When Polly lands a spot on the popular TV show, The Bake Off, she vows to win. Baking is her passion and her ticket out of Cavern’s Bend. There’s just one, very big man-shaped problem. It’s couples year. Polly doesn’t want a man, but for the first time in her life, she needs one. Faking it for a living comes naturally to Polly. Faking The Bake Off should be a piece of cake. If only her fake boyfriend wasn’t so edible, so hot, and so damn infuriating!
Keane Marshall loves his job, his life, and moving back to his home town is the icing on the cake. Being a twenty-something, newly single chef of the hottest restaurant in Cavern’s Bend, is exactly where he wants to be. Until he gets roped into a competition with a woman he hoped he’d never see again. Polly Doyle was the first girl he ever wanted. The first girl he fell in love with. And the girl who sucker punched him into 6th grade infamy. Faking The Bake Off should be a piece of cake. If only his fake girlfriend wasn’t so sinfully spicy, so teeth tingling sweet, and so damn infuriating!
A spoonful of sugar, and a whole lot of spice.
Maisy Archer Jane Henry
Alice Cavanaugh learned early that the only person she could count on was herself. As a single mom, she works hard to provide the best life possible for her son Charlie, and to earn the respect of those around her. She might take part in a scene at The Club, but she’s way too busy to be anyone’s full-time submissive. And that’s fine with her, since the one dominant she’s fantasized about submitting to has given her nothing but mixed-signals and heartache… until now.
Alexander “Slay” Slater, a former Marine and Dungeon Master at The Club, has been eyeing Alice for a while now… from a distance. But now that he’s set his sights on her, he’s all in. He will make her feel safe and cared for, and attend to her every need—including taking her over his knee for a sound spanking when she needs it.
But when Alice and Slay are roped into a dangerous entanglement with an insidious drug cartel, their relationship is put to the test. Can Alice trust Slay, even when it means ignoring her own fears and instincts? Can Slay keep Alice safe from the dangers that they face? Above all, can they overcome the obstacles that keep them apart—so that Slay can become Alice’s Daddy, and Alice… his babygirl?
Sofia Boon was ready to make changes in her life, but she didn’t see this coming…
Taking a chance, she finds the nerve to ask out her handsome neighbor, but when he doesn’t show up for their date, Sofia knocks on his door and meets a man claiming to be his roommate, and she soon realizes she’s made a horrible mistake.
Eitan Kent is a tortured man, haunted by a death he was unable to prevent…
Eitan believes he is unworthy of being loved. He buries himself in his work and takes a job to track down a wanted criminal, Ben Donovan. He locates Donovan’s apartment, but finds it empty—until Donovan’s “date” shows up.
Eitan doesn’t know what to make of sweet, curvy Sofia, but she’s the only lead he has…
Feeling he has no choice, Eitan decides to take her with him to see if she can somehow lead him to Donovan before it’s too late—or if her innocence is all an act and she’s involved in the bastard’s crimes.
Sofia is terrified and tries to explain to the dark stranger that she barely knows her neighbor and has no idea how to track him down, but Eitan knows exactly how to get the truth from her. Who knew a little torture could be so sweet?
It had been years since the pack wars. Some are still dealing with the fallout, but all have scars that have never fully healed. Despite all of this, Gemma, Jordan, and Kane have managed to build a happy life for themselves and their twin boys.
Their holidays may be bittersweet, but their love and passion for each other are even fierier than ever. Will pack skirmishes, wayward security business clients, and rowdy little boys get in the way of a night full of promise, or will Jordan and Kane manage to fulfill Gemma’s every desire?
There is always a risk of being burned when you dance with fire…
Lucabella Strand is tired of waiting for the Firestone playboys to honor her request for a meeting. Raising rents, and hiring a musclebound douche-bag as a building manager to threaten and torment them is not how reasonable landlords treat their tenants.
Zac and Hayden Firestone have no idea they even own a residential building, and when Bella accuses them of unfair treatment they immediately deny it. Until she shows them her proof. She leaves both men reeling, but believing that she might be the one meant for them. Seeing her for the second time leaves them in shock.
A misunderstanding and a hidden secret quickly comes between them, and finding a way back together proves difficult. Will taking a chance and dancing with fire lead Bella to a future she had never thought she’d have, or will she be burned by love and left alone?
Wounded and hidden for years, LeeLee had found acceptance within her wolf. She learned firsthand the harsh reality of never being loved, and vowed to protect her heart, and body from suffering the same pain ever again.
Never one to back down, Slater O’Neil loves life. When he meets his mate in wolf form, he never thought claiming her would be quite so hard. Yet he’ll gladly battle an unknown evil more sinister than the horror movies he enjoys. After finally finding the other half of his soul, he’ll pay any price to protect the woman meant to be his.
True love doesn’t always come easy, and for these two shifters, they’ll need more than just love to make it work. LeeLee was just a child when she witnessed a horror no child should, but revisiting old hurts don’t always heal old wounds.
When you stir a hornet’s nest, you should always be prepared for what might come out. In LeeLee and Slater’s case, they are totally unprepared to step into a whole different reality. One where the ones who should love and protect, are the ones out to kill for their own gain.
As new adults Travis and Rebecca had intended to mate, but her father sold her to a violent cult. Now an evil, sadistic “husband” has left Rebecca broken and scarred, but just when Rebecca has given up hope of ever escaping, a lost cell phone gives her one last shot at freedom.
When Travis believed Rebecca was dead, he threw his life into protecting shifters. As an enforcer, Travis hunts down and eradicates threats to shifters, but while investigating a cult, Travis finds the one woman he ever loved.
Now that Travis has found Rebecca, he has to get to her in Texas, and time is running out. Just as he has found her, he may lose her again, forever, because while her “husband” in the cult never loved her, he will never let her go alive.
Though she was born a princess, Laina’s life has been anything but a fairy tale. Orphaned at a young age, she was raised by one of the Banded Men, a race of huge, fearsome warriors often considered barbarians in the days before the collapse of human civilization. But with her aging adopted father nearing the end of his days, she will need to find a place for herself in the world.
Upon returning home after years away at war, the first thing Randall, Hadden, and Aron have on their minds is finding a mate. When the three battle-hardened brothers see that Laina–the human girl their uncle took in as a child–has grown into a beautiful woman, they quickly decide to claim her as their bride.
Among the Banded Men, a woman is not asked her opinion before she is taken as a wife, and Laina is shocked to discover that her new husbands will not hesitate to punish her bottom both inside and out if she defies them. But her passion is set ablaze as the handsome warriors each take their turn to claim her, and though the very idea leaves her blushing, she soon finds herself longing for the moment when she will be made to surrender her body to all three of them at once.
Animal lover Jaelene Upton doesn’t expect to lose sight of her sister when she follows her through a bizarre travel portal, but that’s exactly what happens when she’s distracted by a cute baby porcupine. Lost, she asks for directions, only to be nearly assaulted by one naked man before being saved by another. Since she isn’t a science fiction movie junkie like her sister, her best guess is she’s landed among a native tribe in the middle of a jungle….but odd reflections and paranormal abilities have her questioning even that assumption.
Theron misses the brothers of his heart Konala and Rekah. His new home, a lonely cave, is his escape from seeing the woman he loves happily bonded to Loraleaf’s leaders. When he saves Jaelene from lawbreakers, he finds himself drawn to her intoxicating curiosity and despite his best efforts, he falls for her. But no matter what his heart wants, he can’t offer her anything but safety and a reunion with her sister. Unless…
If Theron can convince Konala, whose psychic connection to animals would interest Jaelene, then he would only have two more obstacles to conquer to complete their ménage, Rekah who can sense others’ emotions through telepathy, and Jaelene herself. But Rekah, hurt by Theron’s betrayal, wants nothing to do with Jaelene and when she discovers Theron’s past love, she refuses to be his consolation price. As the battle with the lawbreakers grows near, Theron realizes this time he may well lose more than his heart.
Caitlyn O Leary
Cooper Laughlin, a member of the Omega Team, has been tied up in knots by his best friend’s baby sister forever. Even though the girl is now a woman, he still feels she is too young and inexperienced, and needs to be protected from everything and everyone, and that includes him.
Brenna moved across the country to be close to Cooper two years ago, and despite her best efforts, he has kept her squarely in the friend zone.
When a stalker threatens her safety, all of Cooper’s pent-up emotions break free. Is there a way to keep her safe from both the stalker and Cooper’s own need to dominate?
For five years, Payton has been running from what she feels for The West twins. The constant state of arousal they have her in is wearing down her resistance, making her want them all the more. Jordan West is ready to make Payton understand she belongs to him and his brother, and he isn’t above using every trick up his sleeve. Jordan West knows Payton is the only woman to fulfill his every fantasy. There is nothing he won’t do to make her want the life he and his brother are offering. Giving into the desire that courses through their bodies is inevitable. Finally being in each other’s arms is so much more than any of them expected. Finding their way to each other has been a long, bumpy road, but one that was well worth it. Payton’s past finds her in their sleepy, little town and refuses to leave her alone. She’ll do whatever it takes to shake the shadows of her past, because her men are her twin trouble and are well worth the fight.
Dr. Mara Prescott is on the verge of discovering a revolutionary new breakthrough for a disease that makes the rays of the sun deadly to those who suffer from it. A rare disorder that her brother lost his battle with, And she’s close! So very close…
What Mara doesn’t realize is, there are forces out there who want what she is so close to achieving for themselves. Those who desire it for their own evil purposes… and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it.
When Mara is attacked and kidnapped by beings right out of a nightmare; she knows that she must do whatever she can to escape these creatures if she has any hope to survive.
Rayne Masters, an intimidating Vampire; is the leader of an elite branch of the military. A secret sect… he and his men are called on for only those very special cases. And, Dr. Mara Prescott is definitely special.
When he is sent to rescue her, he finds that he just might be the one that needs saving……….
Can these two ignore the chemistry that pops and sizzles between them long enough to fight the danger all around them?
A Wolf’s Christmas Gift
Megan Daniels is not a lady who has any intention of celebrating the upcoming Christmas holiday. In fact, she absolutely loathes this time of year.
Nothing good ever comes from it.
Determined to lock herself away- she hurries through the throngs of people spreading their holiday cheer and heads home to her lonely apartment. Who knew that stopping at the local wine bar would change her life forever.
Jax Powers is a shifter. He’s also a hunter on a mission. He’s been tracking a rogue vampire for a very long time and is finally closing in. But when the vampire in question attacks Megan as she makes her way home, Jax steps in.
When he’s injured saving this lovely damsel in distress, he’s thrown for a loop by this amazing woman’s strength and warmth.
Can these two save each other from a holiday of loneliness as danger lurks in the shadows?
Can this wolf give this human a Christmas gift that she’ll never forget?
Join them on a magical journey and see if a little Christmas magic can do the trick…
It’s time to lose yourself to the Holiday spirit and find heart-stopping romance!
Times are hard in Montana in the mid-1800s, and when Nettie finds herself impoverished, desperate, and alone after the death of her husband, she flees the town of Helena to escape the clutches of the local saloon owner. But living off the land quickly proves much more difficult than she’d hoped, and after days without food she resorts to stealing from Jack Abrams, a gruff mountain man and trapper who lives a secluded, uncomplicated life in the woods.
Jack doesn’t take kindly to being stolen from and when he catches her red-handed, Nettie ends up lying naked over his knee for a long, hard spanking. To her surprise, however, after her punishment Jack offers her food and shelter in return for cooking, cleaning, and doing as she is told. But Nettie is determined to never rely on a man again, and with a belly full of food and renewed determination, she abandons him to take another shot at living in the woods on her own.
That’s Our 16 from 2016 wowza was it hard to whittle the list down, I just hope that everyone finds a new book from this awesome lot of authors 🙂
Happy New Year
Thank you so very much for including me in your awesome list. But, mostly thank you for reading me and for being my friend.
Love you so hard,
Reblogged this on Sarah Marsh and commented:
So honored to be included in this list! A BIG thanks to Heidi over at Cariad Books Blog!
WoW, thank you so much. I can’t believe I’m mentioned with such wonderful authors. A huge thanks for all the work you do, Heidi and Cariad Books. I’m honoured and thrilled to be named on your list.
Wow! What a list! So very honored to be included along side some of my favorite authors.
Thank you for all your support over the year Heidi, and for your invaluable friendship.