Bestselling Self-Published Books: January 2014

There's a lot of chance involved with deciding which self-published stories to read, and we understand many of you aren't the gambling type. But have no fear, we're here to help make rolling the dice a little easier. We've scoured several online book retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and more, to put together the bestselling fiction titles of the month that caught our eye. Get your TBR list ready!


Forever With You by Laurelin Paige

Genre: contemporary romance

Release Date: January 2013 

The Story: Paige's Fixed trilogy comes to an end with book three, and this book doesn't sound like a standalone as the trilogy focuses on the same couple in all three books. Alayna has had bad experiences with obsessive lovers, and Hudson Pierce, owner of the nightclub she works at, has some issues of his own. As Hudson's "business proposition" turns into something more, Alayna hopes Hudson's secrets won't break their relationship. Reviewers say this one has both great sex scenes and an addictive plot, not to mention a swoon-worthy Alpha hero.

Buy It: Digital version is $3.99 on Amazon, B&N and Kobo.


The Ex Games series by J.S. Cooper and Helen Cooper

Genre: contemporary romance

Release Date: January 2014

The Story: Readers who can't get enough billionaire erotica probably already know about the Ex Games series. Billionaire Brandon Hastings and Katie Raymond were once madly in love, but because of a secret Katie kept, Brandon broke her heart. Now, Katie has accepted her dream job at a prestigious company — a company Brandon recently bought. She's worried he'll can her when he finds out about her new position, but Brandon has other plans. This is a three-part novella series. 

Buy It: Book 1, "The Ex Games", is $0.99 on Amazon, B&N, and Kobo.


A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Genre: paranormal YA

Release Date: January 2014

The Story: Instead of getting a car for her seventeenth birthday, Sofia gets transported to an island filled with evil vampires! She's initially held captive — chained up, awaiting her fate. But soon she's chosen to be part of the vampire prince's personal harem. While she knows the prince is dangerous, she also knows his home is one of the safest places on the island. She'll have to win him over to stay safe. This is a novella-length story.

Buy It: Digital version is currently $0.99 on Amazon. Print version is $8.99 on B&N.


Raw by Belle Aurora

Genre: contemporary/erotic fiction

Release Date: January 2014

The Story: Alexa, a social worker in Sydney, is unaware that she has a stalker. When she's attacked and nearly raped, her stalker Twitch (no, you did not misread that) swoops in and saves the day. They begin to fall in love, and while the reader begins to realize how dangerous Twitch really is, Alexa is head-over-heels. The book has alternating POVs and reviews warn that there's no HEA. It's hard to determine a genre for this one, but it sounds like a mix of contemporary and erotic fiction.

Buy It: $3.99 on Amazon and B&N.


Torn From You by Nashoda Rose

Genre: contemporary new adult romance

Release Date: December 2013

The Story: This book is STILL one of the bestselling self-published novels. It was on our list last month and we're not surprised to see it still there since it has such a controversial plot. Emily thinks she's found her dream man when she meets rock star Sculpt (yes, Sculpt), but before she can commit to him she's kidnapped and abused — by Sculpt, the man she thought she loved! Reviews warn that Torn From You is dark as Emily struggles with loving her abuser, but the book is praised for its intensity.

Buy It: $2.99 on Amazon, B&N, Kobo

Have you read any of these titles? Let us know what you think in the comments! We would also love to hear about your favorite self-published romances. For more love stories head over to our Everything Romance page.