15 Backlist Books I Want to Read in 2018

15 Backlist Books I Want to Read in 2018 | About That Story


For one reason or another, I have a pretty big backlist of books I haven’t read yet. The following books have been recommended to me time and time again. Seriously, countless times! It’s to the point of embarrassing because of how long they’ve been on my to-read list. With so many new books and ARCs landing on my Kindle and trying to keep some type of a schedule, it’s easy for older books to fall by the wayside even though I really want to read them. I know I’m not alone in this. I get excited about a book, add it to my TBR, maybe even buy it, and then it just sits. I don’t mean for it to happen and it doesn’t mean I don’t want to read the book, I just haven’t yet. Can you related? Tell me I’m not alone! I’m making these 15 books high priority!




Burn For Me 1

Burn of Me by Ilona AndrewsAmazon


#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand-new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire . . .


Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.


Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run and wanting to surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.


Rogan's after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she's getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.



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Rock Chick Revolution by Kristen AshleyAmazon


Ally Nightingale has secrets. Secrets she doesn't even share with the Rock Chicks. But two men know what she's up to. One has her back. The other has her heart, but he doesn't know it.


As Ally rewinds the last year of her life, she knows two things. One, she’s never going to get what every Rock Chick should have—her own Hot Bunch guy. And two, she’s a Nightingale through and through. She just isn’t sure what to do about that.


But as her secrets are revealed, the men in her life react. Darius Tucker, a lifelong friend, as usual takes her back. Ren Zano, the man she loves, isn’t quite so sure. The Rock Chicks, Hot Bunch and the entire gang at Fortnum’s weigh in, and a Rock Chick Revolution starts brewing.


It’s up to Ally to control it and prove what she knows down to her bones.


She’s a Rock Chick, she deserves her hot guy and she’s going to keep the one she wants…


Because she’s a Nightingale.


Note: I’ve read the first seven books in the Rock Chick series and last year I actually reread them all via audio in preparation to read this book… and it never happened. I think it’s just because I don’t want it to end because I love the series and characters so much. This year I will finish!



The Will

The Will by Kristen AshleyAmazon


Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant.


While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia. There was nothing disguised about Jake. Including the fact he made a habit of making very bad decisions about who to give his love.
But for Josephine and Jake, there was one person who adored them. One person who knew how to lead them to happiness. And one person who was intent on doing it.


Even if she had to do it as her final wish on this earth.



The Professional

The Professional by Kresley ColeAmazon


Meet the Professional.

Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan's loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss's long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Aleksandr will do anything to possess her as well--on his own wicked terms.


He makes the rules.

Grad student Natalie Porter has barely recovered from her first encounter with the dark and breathtaking Siberian when he whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. Every day under his protection she falls deeper under his masterful spell.


In the game of obsession, two players are better than one.
Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy's reach, Aleksandr spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-rich in Paris, the two lovers tempt each other's boundaries to discover whether their darkest--and most forbidden--fantasies really can come true....


Note: This originally came out in three different parts. I read part one and loved it but wanted to wait until it was complete so I could read it all the way through. It’s been complete since 2014, I guess I should get on that!



Sweet Addiction 1

Sweet Addiction by J. DanielsAmazon


Wedding hookups never amount to anything.


Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There's no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is.


Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.


Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just one night with Dylan.


And Dylan finds him too addicting to pass up.


Sweet Addiction is the story of one woman’s struggle to keep things casual, and one man’s desire to never let her go.



Bared to You 1

Bared to You by Sylvia DayAmazon


Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness...


He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily...


Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private worlds...and desires.


The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart...


Note: This is one I need to reread and then continue on with the entire Crossfire Series. I actually read it before book three was released thinking it was going to be a trilogy. When it was announced that it would be five books I decided to wait until they were all out. Well, they’re all out so now so it’s officially time.



The Pact

The Pact by Karina HalleAmazon


It all started with a pinky swear…


Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.


Beautiful, funny and an ambitious businesswoman (with one hell of an ass), Stephanie Robson is one of Linden McGregor’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as he’s known her.


But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.


Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them were in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.


It sounded like fun and games at the time but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.


Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line.


The pact is about to change everything.



Unrestrained

Unrestrained by Joey W. HillAmazon


From Joey W. Hill—author of the Knights of the Boardroom series—comes a novel of erotic games and power plays, in which an adventurous woman attempts to break down her own barriers…


Athena is an accomplished businesswoman in control of every aspect of her life. But since the death of her husband, she’s had the desire to explore submissive cravings she’s had for some time. Unfortunately, Athena is known as a Mistress, because that’s the role she’s always played.


Her type A personality was strong enough to serve her husband as a Domme because that’s what he needed. It’s not until she meets Dale, a retired Navy SEAL, that she attempts to discover what her own submissive desires are. But letting go of her control is not so easy.


Fortunately, Dale is an accomplished Master who can help Athena live out her fantasies. And as she slowly surrenders to his touch, both of them will learn more about the nature of love between Dominant and submissive, and how it defies all expectations.



Worth the Fight

Worth the Fight by Vi KeelandAmazon


It didn’t matter that the ref called it a clean hit. Nico Hunter would never be the same.


Elle has a good life. A job she loves, a great apartment, and the guy she’s been dating for more than two years is a catch and a half. But it’s boring…and she strives to keep it that way. Too many emotions are dangerous. Her own past is living proof of what can happen when you lose control.


Then Nico walks into Elle’s office and everything changes…for both of them. But what can the tattooed, hard-bodied MMA fighter and the beautiful and always steady attorney have in common? A lot more than they bargained for.



The Dominant 2

The Dominant by Tara Sue MeAmazon


Now comes The Dominant, the continuation of the tantalizing series by Tara Sue Me, which has captivated millions and made its way onto the New York Times bestseller list…


Nathaniel West doesn’t lose control.


As the playboy CEO of West Industries, he governs the boardroom during the day; as a strict dominant with exacting rules, he commands the bedroom at night. He never takes on inexperienced submissives, but when Abigail King’s application comes across his desk, he breaks his own restrictions and decides to test her limits.


Abby’s combination of innocence and willingness is intoxicating, and Nathaniel is soon determined to collar her as his own. As long as she follows his orders and surrenders herself fully to him, no one will get hurt.


But when Nathaniel begins falling for Abby on a deeper level, he realizes that the trust must go both ways—and he has secrets which could bring the foundations of their entire relationship crashing down...



Darkfever

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning  - Amazon


MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks . . . until something extraordinary happens.


When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death—a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone—Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae. . . .


As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane—an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book—because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands. . . .


Note: Another book I need to reread and then continue on with the entire Fever series. I was actually so excited about this series I bought 5 or so books in paperback and after I put them on my bookshelf, they just sat there. I love a good vampire, paranormal tale so I’m looking forward to diving back in this year.



The Siren

The Siren by Tiffany ReiszAmazon


Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day.


Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.


Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him…or returning to his bed?


Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.



Sweet Little Lies

Sweet Little Lies by Jill ShalvisAmazon


Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .


As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.


Fall for him—hard . . .


Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.


And then tell him the truth.


Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .


Note: Confession time! I bought this the day it came out but haven’t read it. Crazy right? Because I have read all the other books in the Heartbreaker Bay series and have loved them. For someone (me!) who is big on reading a series in order it’s almost funny I haven’t read the first book. Almost. I’m coming for you Sweet Little Lies!



Lover Enshrined 6

Lover Enshrined by J. R. WardAmazon


In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now, a dutiful twin must choose between two lives...


Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.


As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body but his heart for herself- she sees the emotionally scarred male behind all his noble responsibility. But while the war with the Lessening Society grows more grim, and tragedy looms over the Brotherhood's mansion, Phury must decide between duty and love.


Note: Did you know once upon a time I only read paranormal romance? For YEARS!!! Then I got hooked on contemporary and my beloved vampires fell by the wayside. I am a huge fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I’m excited to dive back in.



Hard Wired

Hard Wired by Meredith WildAmazon


Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on how to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn't prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who's seemingly determined to derail her presentation.


Billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he's used to getting what he wants with very little resistance. Captivated by Erica's drive and unassuming beauty, he's wanted nothing more since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if that means sacrificing a level of control he's grown accustomed to.


But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica's past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she's fought so hard to create.


Note: I was so excited to read this that I bought this entire Hacker series when it went on sale… years ago! I downloaded them and then… crickets! I just never got to it.



When I buy books, I have the best intensions of reading them in a timely manner but sometimes life gets in the way… as well as other books. I hate to be a book collector but sometimes it happens. The good news is, they aren’t going anywhere and will be there when I’m ready!


In case your wondering what exactly a “backlist” book is, it’s a previously published title that’s still available (for example, it’s been out in the world for a year or more) as apposed to a newly available released title, which would be the “frontlist.”




What books have been sitting on your to-read list that you want to get to? Let me know! Join me and make a few of them high priority!




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