J: So Cezanne and I decided to go back and look at some the books in the indie world that brought us back to reading. Popped our “Indie Cherry” if you will…LOL.
A lot of changes have happened in the indie landscape since these books were the talk of the town.
Sometimes I think it has gotten better but sadly most days lately I spend my life wading thru garbage to find that ONE diamond in the rough. That ONE book that resonated with me.
That’s why I started reading indie. I loved that you had no real restrictions and authors took me to these new places I had never been. Sadly I do not think that is the case anymore and the climate has changed considerably but I do believe another change is coming and the indie community will once again (hopefully) be changed for the better.
C: I’ve always been a big reader. In elementary school I was the one who got excited when it was time for silent reading or happy when we had to go to the library.
Reading stuck with me most of my life until I had my son 5 years ago. I little energy and time to read. When my son was about 1 and a half, I downloaded the kindle app to my phone. I was so against having an e-reader but it was convenient since I had a little one.
The first ebook I ever downloaded was the one book people could not shut up about and yup the book was Fifty Shades Of Grey. I devoured that book and then I wanted more like it. Through google I ended up find books blogs and with the book blogs came indie book recs. I had never heard of these authors but my interest was peaked. I had the chance to read and find some many new authors and this whole new realm of stories. I was hooked and over two years later I still am. Indie has changed. Some of our favorite indie authors are now traditionally published, they’ve grown, and the indie community has changed and grown considerably. So here are just some of books that got us started……
Bared To You by Sylvia Day – c: This was the quintessential book to read after Fifty Shades. I love Christian but I would have no problem with Gideon whisking me away. j: This was my first indie erotica. She popped my SMUT cherry..HEHE.
Find You in the Dark (Find You in the Dark #1) by A. Meredith Walters – j: This was actually one of the first ARC’s I read for a blog review. I fell in love with all things broody, sexy, misunderstood teenage MC. C – This book was not the typical New Adult novel. It dealt with the tough subjects and I loved that it made me emotionally involved.
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker – C- Seize them..Feel Them…Love Them. This was one of those books that got you right in the feels. It had wonderfully complex characters and and an unanticipated twist.
Love Unscripted by Tina Reber – j: Actually my first OFFICIAL indie read. Ryan and Taryn will always have a special place in my heart..sigh.
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – C – This was my very first Colleen Hoover book. All the blog were talking about and wow, Holder and Sky’s story took my heart. Plus it hands down, has one of the HOTTEST non-sex scenes-sex scenes EVER.
Slammed by Colleen Hoover – j: I actually found Colleen right before people actually noticed her. She had just published Point of Retreat and there was a small buzz going around on facebook and blogs about SLAMMED. I was said “What the hell…I will give it a shot” and I was hooked. I will forever be a COHO fan.
C- I was about 60% into Hopeless when I began frantically searching for more books from Colleen Hoover. I bought it in paperback. My book is highlighted on almost every page. I fell for the poetry, the story, and the lyrics of The Avett Brothers.
Going Under by S. Walden – This book was gritty in a whole new way. The was plot was unique in the new adult genre. This book was sexy but it also touched on some social issues. S. Walden pushes buttons with her stories but that’s what I love about her books. Ps. this has one intensely hot video game scene
The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines – j: I started and I could not stop. I became obsessed with all things Abbi Glines. I think I spent the next two weeks reading every book she ever did.
Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1) Tammara Webber – C – This was my very very first indie reader. It was another book that dealt with slightly deeper issues. It was a perfect mix of the quiet bad boy, angst, and sexual tension.
Devoured (Devoured, #1) by Emily Snow – C- The bad boy rocker and the wardrobe assistant. You had to love Sienna’s southern girl charm. Lucas Wolfe… well he was another jerky bad boy but he really did try to make up for his bad boy ways. It was a bit of a second…maybe third chance romance but I loved them when they were together.
The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1) by Tarryn Fisher – j: First complete mind f*ck book. I didn’t understand what the hell was happening most of the time but had to keep reading at the same time. Best kind of books. C- you know those main characters that you’re not sure if you are supposed to love or hate? Yeah that was Olivia. This book was such a different take on a budding romance and I have yet to read anything else like it. Plus it was super cool that most of the book took place near my home town. I even have
The Proposition (The Proposition, #1) by Katie Ashley – j: I just loved the premise of the book. It was different and Aiden…sigh. I think he was my first real BBF.
C: This really had a cute premise and loved Aiden and Emma’s chemistry. Aiden is still one of my favorite book boyfriends.
Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1) by Abbi Glines – C: RUSH!! Yes it had the typical virgin girl that falls for the bad boy but somehow Fallen Too Far was different. I enjoyed the sexual tension between Rush and Blaire. I still have a huge Rush Crush.
Rock Me by Cherie Lynn
On The Island by Traci Garvis-Graves – j: Best. Book. Ever. I just love everything about this book and story. I must say this was the first book I really wanted to push people to read. I used to and still do recommend this book to people.
Falling into You (Falling #1) by Jasinda Wilder – C: If it’s possible to hate an inanimate object, then I hate that damned tree (if you’ve read this book you know what I’m talking about). I loved that these characters were flawed. I loved that this was not a perfect romance and I loved that it gripped my heart. Jasinda wrote it beautifully and I loved how she infused music into this novel.
Eternal Eden (Eden Trilogy #1) by Nicole Williams – j: My first PNR and I still love it now as I did then.
Avoiding Commitment (Avoiding #1) by K.A. Linde – C – I’ve always been a sucker for a good jerk. Jack is that man. K.A. Linde made this a very realistic love story. Ohh and yeah Kellan Kyle was mentioned. I’m all about Kellan even if he is mentioned briefly.
Captive In The Dark by CJ Roberts – j: CJ popped my DARK EROTICA cherry and boy did she do it well. Caleb…just Caleb. I love every f*cked up thing about him and I would read it 14 times over if I could.
C: CALEB!!! OMG!! Sigh, this book was truly my first DARK read. Is it possible to get suffer from Stockholm syndrome due to a book??! I don’t know what CJ Roberts did to me, but I will forever love Caleb and every part of this twisted, dark, mind f*ck of a story.
Flat -Out Love by Jessica Park – j: I read this book because of the cover and by Chapter 2 I was hooked. I like the different take it took on losing someone. I may not have been a Matt fan like some but I did love this book very much.