The following are the best books I read in 2018. Some of these books were not published in 2018 (some, in fact, were published a long time ago), but they were the best books I read for the first time in 2018. They are listed in no particular order. All of them are worth your time.
Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
This is a novella that continues the fantastic Hidden Legacy series, focusing this time on Catalina, the sister of the main character from the previous books. This series, and author, is one of my absolute favorites. If you haven’t read any of the books, I highly recommend starting this series with the first book: Burn for Me. They are all wonderful.
Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
Are you sensing a trend here? Ilona Andrews (the husband and wife team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews) are wonderful writers. This book surprised me. The hero is a villain in their Kate Daniels series, and it is a tribute to their skillful writing that they redeem him as a hero. Hugh d’Ambray has done very bad things, and it is not an easy transition, but he is a sympathetic hero in this book, the beginning of a new series. You could jump in here, but I really loved and recommend the Kate Daniels books, so why not start there first? If you have read them, jump right in. You will not be disappointed.
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
This is another paranormal author and series that I love. It is the fifth book in the Alpha & Omega series, but I would not start with this book if you are unfamiliar with the series. I would recommend you start with the first book in the Mercy Thompson series, and then go from there. (If you aren’t sure where to find all the books in a series, and the order to read them in, I encourage you to go to Goodreads. I find it very useful, particularly in tracking my favorite reads.) This is a book I did manage to review last year, and you can find the review here.
Star Dust by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner
This is the first book in a wonderful series that imagines an alternate history of the space race in the 1950s and 1960s. Instead of NASA we have the American Space Department. The entire series is good, and I binge read it last year. I highly recommend it.
Free Fall by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner
I reviewed this one on the blog last year. Again, this is a wonderful series and you will not regret reading it. This is a marriage of convenience book, which is probably my favorite romance trope, and I enjoyed it immensely.
Indiscreet by Mary Balogh
I love practically everything that Mary Balogh writes. Whatever her secret sauce is, her historicals always satisfy me. I have read most of her recent work, so I have started going through her backlist. This book was published in 1997, which if you read romance can sometimes mean an uncomfortable read because of “old skool” romance craziness. Happily, this book is just as good now as when it first was published.