2019 Round Up-Top Ugly Cry Books

I don’t know if there are going to be 10 or not, so this is probably just going to be a 1 part post. For me, an ugly cry book is different from a book that makes me cry. There are some books that will give me tears because there is something sad going on, a break up, a death, so on and so forth. Generally, they last for a couple of minutes, and they are just tears running down my face. An ugly cry is just that, really ugly. Full on tears, snot running out of my nose, sobs, the whole 9 yards. These are the reads that make my husband ask me if I’m OK. He’s learned to accept the answer that it’s just an ugly cry book. So, here are some of the books that made me ugly cry this year. There are some that I’ve already mentioned on other lists that gave me ugly cries, Nicky James’ Long Way Home and Eva Dresden’s Broken, so they are just getting Honorable Mentions here. So, let’s get on with the ones that made it, shall we?

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Nicolina Martin-Redemption

Redemption is part of Nicolina’s Russo Saga, and is its own Duet with Absolution. (Expect to see that one show up tomorrow or Wednesday.) Anyway, no matter what the title says, there isn’t a lot of redemption going on in this book. This is the story of Christian and Kerry. Kerry is just a nice, sweet woman who happened to be working at a childcare center where a mobster’s son went. When she asked him a question, he sent Christian after her. When we first met Christian, in an earlier book, I really liked him. I didn’t by the end of this book. In fact, I downright fucking hated him. When Nicolina read my GR review on in, she asked me what my ugly cry moments were, and there were moments, not just a moment. Because it is a duet, it is a cliffhanger, but the second one is already out, so there’s that.

Addison Cain-Ravaged Captive

Ravaged Captive is the 4th book in Addison’s Wren’s Song books. They are Omegaverse and RH. All of the books have made me cry, but this one really made me cry because everything started to really fall apart. Caspian, Toby, and Kieran are at each other’s throat, Wren has been tossed out and thought dead, and the doll is in the way. I think that it was the addition of the doll that really got to me. I expect that the next one will also give me an ugly cry. Sooooooon.

Anna Wineheart-The Pretense

Anna is one of my favorite MM Omegaverse authors, and I’m lucky enough to be able to ARC her books. All of her books have some strong emotions in them, but The Pretense was just loaded with it. It’s a second chance, pretend boyfriend kind of story. It can be read as a standalone, but if you read all the Men of Meadowfall books in order, you’ll enjoy it more. They are all interconnected. There is one very particular moment that gave me a seriously ugly cry. There are some other spaces where I got teary, but this one particular scene was so hard, so heartbreaking that it really stuck with me, and made me ugly cry hard.

India R. Adams-Blue Waters

Blue Waters wasn’t published this year, but this was the year that I read it, so it counts to me, and since it’s my blog, that’s all that matters. This is the first of the Tainted Waters series that feature Whitney, Link, and Crash. All of the books in the series have made me full on ugly cry, but I’m just going to go with the first one here. It’s not a very long book, but it is very intense. Everything builds on the things before, but you do get a second to catch your breath in between. The entire series is worth reading. I don’t know that I would recommend reading them back-to-back, because of the intensity, but I would definitely recommend reading them.

B.B. Blaque-FTW

FTW doesn’t mean for the win here. It’s outlaw MC slang that means Fuck the World, and that is pretty much what happens here. This is the 3rd book in BB’s Masters MC series, and it is dark. I fell in love with Colt, Tuesday, Kash, and Barely when I read their books the first time, and I was really looking forward to this one. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a happy book. There were terrible, terrible things that happened, and I was devastated. BB will have GFY, Go Fuck Yourself, out soon, and I can’t wait.

OK, there they are, the Top 5 ugly cry books from this year.

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B. B. Blaque-The Masters MC: FTW

I’ve reviewed other B. B. Blaque books here before, but this is the first one of the Masters MC books I’ve reviewed. The closest I’ve come is one that features Kash, but is a what if situation, not the club as a whole. FTW features the whole club and dayum, it is so fucking good. I mean, I was totally wiped out by this book. And for the record? FTW here doesn’t mean for the win, it totally means Fuck The World. Yeah.

This is the 3rd book in the Masters MC series. The first book features Colt and Tuesday, and the second is Kash and Barely. Colt and Cash are best friends, who grew up in 2 different 1%er MCs. They got out of that life and decided to start their own club. They are also Doms, and the Masters MC is all about the BDSM lifestyle. The old ladies aren’t just old ladies, but slaves. In the BDSM sense, and consensually. Tuesday is a rich girl out of NOLA who ran away from that life and fell in with some bad guys, but luckily she found Colt, and they fell madly in love. Then, her half-sister, Barely, gets taken by their no-good father, who is an enemy of Colt’s and Kash’s fathers, and he literally locks her up in a cell in the basement and pimps her out. Colt, Kash, and the guys ride to her rescue, and Barely and Kash fall madly in love. And in their case, I’m pretty sure I mean madly. Barely and Kash are extreme, but it works for them, they are both happy, and they both get their needs met. Is it what I would want? Nope, but it works for them, and that’s the important thing. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from crushing so hard on Kash. So. Hard. Then there is Serenity. She’s like Colt and Kash’s little sister. They saved her and protect her now. She’s like the heart and soul of the entire club.

So, OK, now that you know some of the basic players, let’s talk about the story. The MC wakes up to find out that their bar is burning. And not just that their bar is burning, but that some of their people have gone missing. They were supposed to be opening up. Colt, Kash, and the boys head out there to find out what’s going on, only for one of the missing people to stagger out of the woods and tell them that there is someone else back where they came from and stuck in a ditch. There are members who are beat to 7 hells and back, and people who end up stuck in the hospital in comas.

I’m sure that you can guess that there is a whole lot of revenge, considering what I’ve told you about the guys, and there really is. A whole lot of revenge.

See, here’s the thing. This is, at its heart, a love story. It’s not your typical love story with hearts, and candy, and flowers. Although, I’m pretty sure that there may be some hearts, somewhere. This is the love story of two guys who might not be good by society’s standards, but who are good by their own standards. They don’t have society’s moral code, but they have their own. And when you break those guys, who may or may not be good guys, what’s going to happen?

Even though it’s a love story, it’s not just a love story. It’s a dark adventure full of vengeance, violence, and malevolence. That brings up the question of whether or not Colt, Kash, Sundown, and the rest of the guys are bad guys doing bad things, good guys doing bad things, or just guys who are going what needs to be done. I know what I think of them, but I’m deeply in love with this series and these characters, so it makes it easy to know what I think. Mostly.

I got really wrapped up in this book and was turned inside out and upside down. I was in a book hangover when I was done, and had to go read something so completely other, it isn’t even funny. This whole series has been one of those series where I’m glad I got to read it, but then I’m both mad and sad that I will never get to read it for the first time again. That is, to me, pretty much the ultimate compliment that I can pay any book. B. B. creates a helluva world and you aren’t ever going to get away from it once you have walked into it.

OK, no spoilers, but I have some pretty, pretty men to look at.