Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop
Hosted by Bookhounds & I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
December 11th to 18th
This hop features your favorite book or books of 2013. These can be books that were published in 2013 or books that your read in 2013.
For a list of all the blogs participating in this hop, go here.
2013 has been a fantastic book year– particularly in the case of contemporary romances– for the Litbrarians here at
The Book Hookup and we want to give away some of the best.
Down below, you’ll be able to choose ONE book from a list of each of our favorites and see why it was our top choice of the year.
Good luck and happy reading!
♥ JAG’s Favorite of 2013:
Why she loved it: How can I possibly put into words how much I adored this completed trilogy? A coming of age, love story that spans over a decade filled with swoons, tears and laughter. The kind of series that gives you that squishy feeling in your stomach from the sexual tension and sheer angst, damn I love angst. With major cliffies in book 1 and 2 you will be THRILLED to know book 3 is out and you don’t have to suffer like the rest of us.
Meet Trip: Years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen in the desk behind me in my high school English class.
“You’re beautiful. The kind of beautiful that doesn’t go away. Do you even know how beautiful you are? Christ. Stop looking at me! Killing me. Do you know what that does to me? Seeing you look at me like you’re half in love with me? Are you? If I write it does it make it true? So let it be written, so let it be done.”
“Are you there, God? It’s me, Layla. I know I just jerked off some guy who is not even my boyfriend in the bathroom of this crappy, brown house. But if you could find a way to kill me quickly and painlessly within the next ten seconds, I promise to never touch another penis again. Well, I’ll be dead, so, I guess I promise not to whore it up in heaven. Which, of course is where you’ll be sending me, right? I mean I’d hate to think you’d deny me an eternity behind your pearly gates just because of one impetuous handjob. Thank you. Sincerely, Layla Warren. Amen.”
With one of the best endings for a trilogy I’ve ever come across for the sheer swoon, stomach squish factor (<— ya that’s a thing), I can’t wait to read this series again. *LE SIGH*
♥ Celeste’s Favorite of 2013:
Why she loved it: Carter Reed has gone down as one of my all time faves. It was so intense, dark, gritty, sexy, and epic. I need you to hold me just as I think about it.That synopsis drew me in like nobody’s business, and if it appeals to you, this entire book will be crack. Crack I tell you!! The setting is something else…the stuff we all fantasize about: endless money, apartments, clothes, drivers…you name it, it was in there. The pacing was page turning delicious….I could not put this book down. It was so intense I just had to know what would happen next. These protagonists, Emma and Carter, are the ones I live for, the ones I salivate over. I’m not even sure if there are words for why I loved them both so much, but I just did. And then put them together? Yes folks, this was once in a lifetime romance. Every single touch was on fire. Someone throw me in a cold shower..for the love of god! And let’s not forget the cover…Hello. Sign. Me. Up. for a piece of that. So yeah, those are some of the reasons I love this book so much and I hope you will too. *end flails*
Find Celeste’s full review of Carter Reed here.
♥ Ana’s Favorite of 2013:
Why she loved it: This series is one of my favorites…and this book, from Holder’s POV, blew me away. I couldn’t put it down. As a matter of fact, I call it an “I’m willing to get fired over it” book…meaning that I might have, just maybe, read it when I should have been working (don’t tell anyone)!! Hearing the story of Holden and Sky from his point of view gave me a new appreciation for this emotional, perfect story. This version both broke my heart and filled it with hope!! In short, it’s a painfully beautiful love story that everyone should experience!
You. Must. Read. This. Book. And to prove it, I leave you with this…
“I drink in every single moan and breath that passes her lips. And I let her keep her eyes closed, but I keep mine open and watch her steal the very last piece of my heart.”
*sigh*… Oh, Holder….
Find Ana (and Amy)’s full review of Losing Hope here.
You can choose one from any of the books in this series if you win.
♥ Christina’s Favorite of 2013:
Why she loved it: I read this book at the very beginning of the year, the first week in February as I recall, and I have yet to find another that completely captured my attention and heart the way this story and these characters did. I swooned. I flailed. I looked like a complete lunatic in public places because I couldn’t stop reading and it made me smile so big and for so long that my cheeks were hurting by the end. The characters in this novel felt authentic, their story was real and honest, and I fell in love with watching them fall in love. I never knew that a simple handhold could mean so much.
“I love you,” he said.
She looked up at him, her eyes shiny and black, then looked away. “I know,” she said.
He pulled one of his arms out from under her and traced her outline against the couch. He could spend all day like this, running his hand down her ribs, into her waist, out to her hips and back again…. If he had all day, he would. If she weren’t made of so many other miracles.
“You know?” he repeated. She smiled, so he kissed her. “You’re not the Han Solo in this relationship, you know.”
“I’m totally the Han Solo,” she whispered. It was good to hear her. It was good to remember it was Eleanor under all this new flesh.
“Well, I’m not the Princess Leia,” he said.
“Don’t get so hung up on gender roles,” Eleanor said.”
“You can be Han Solo,” he said, kissing her throat. “And I’ll be Boba Fett. I’ll cross the sky for you.”
How could you not love them? They stole my nerd-girl heart for always.
You can find Christina’s full review of Eleanor & Park here.
Why she loved it: This was a pretty easy choice for me and it also happened to be the very first book that came to mind when I was asked to pick my favorite read for 2013. If I’m being completely honest here, and I totally am, anything penned by author Colleen Hoover is sheer epicness. No really, I’m dead serious, trust me on this. Colleen’s writing is poetic, inspiring, meaningful and uniquely all her own. I picked up Slammed (book #1 of the series) randomly one day and almost instantly fell in love with Layken and Will and their beautifully told story. Even though its been months since I read This Girl, all the feelings and emotions I felt back then are just as strong today as they were when I initially read it. I adored this entire series and highly, HIGHLY recommend it to anyone and everyone! You won’t be sorry. Promise! I’ll never forget the impact these books had on me.. LOVED!
“She deserves to be kissed by someone who loves her. Someone who spends every waking moment trying to do everything right by her. Someone who would rather die than see her hurt. She doesn’t deserve to be kissed by anyone other than me.” – Will, This Girl <—- *le sighhhhhhh*
You can find Amy’s full review for the entire Slammed series here.
You can choose one from any of the books in this series if you win.
There will only be one winner.
Please make sure you read our list of giveaway conditions in our contest policy.
Those can be found here.
If the winner is from the US, you have the option of getting a physical copy or eBook.
Unfortunately for this giveaway, Canadian/International winners will only be able to receive an eBook.
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