Suzanne’s Best of 2017

Posted December 14, 2017 by Suzanne in Best Of, Under the Covers / 45 Comments

It’s coming to the end of year and it’s a brilliant time to reflect on our favourite reads of 2017. Unfortunately there isn’t enough room to list all the books we have liked and would recommend. So, we are each doing a post with the cream of the crop, the books that have stayed on our mind all year and that we’re dying to share with you.

Annnnnd with no further ado *cues drum roll* here are my favourite books of 2017…

Year One took me completely by surprise, I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I do, I literally couldn’t put it down once I got started on it. It’s got magic, it’s got action, it’s got romance, perfect reading for me. I now can’t wait till 2018 so I can’t get my hands on the next book in the trilogy.

My Review

Suzanne’s Best of 2017
Year One
by Nora Roberts

Released: December 5th 2017
Series: Chronicles of The One #1
Published by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 432

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

I’ve been meaning to read this series for aggges and I finally picked it up as it was selected through my TBR jar. As soon as I finished the first one I immediately started reading the next, I couldn’t stop until I have devoured all the books, and then any other book by Tessa Dare that I could get my hands on. Ms Dare has acquired a brand new super fan this year!

Our Reviews

I don’t know if I am cheating picking Silver Silence as it’s a spin off Singh’s fantastic Psy-Changeling series. However, it is the first in her Psy-Changeling Trinity series. Loved. It. I had recently become a bit disillusioned with Singh’s books, but this year she has once again been on top form and my absolute favourite was this book. I can’t get enough of her adorable bears! So, if you are looking for a fantastic shifter PNR then this is definitely the one you need to reach for.

My Review

Suzanne’s Best of 2017
Silver Silence
by Nalini Singh

Released: June 13th 2017
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #1
Published by Berkley
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world with a story of wild passion and darkest betrayal...

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed...

I’m veering away from romance with this one and into thriller territory. Thrillers and mysteries are fairly new territory for me, but I know an fantastic heroine when I read one. Caine’s nail-biting and scary thriller is intense as you see life through the eyes of Gwen Proctor, the ex-wife of a serial killer. She’s gone from clueless housewife to tough woman on the run, not just from the hate mail and the press, but from her ex-husband who is determined to make her into another one of his victims. Gwen was one tough cookie, trying to take care of her kids whilst always looking over her shoulder, I highly recommend you step into her twisted world!

My Review

Suzanne’s Best of 2017
Stillhouse Lake
by Rachel Caine

Released: July 1st 2017
Series: Stillhouse Lake #1
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 302

Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

The lovely Francesca chose Good Boy for me as part of a Pick it For Me Challenge. She opened my eyes to the wonder that is Blake Riley. Now, I am not one for sports romances, however, this big teddy of an ice hockey player stole my heart. He was like a big adorable puppy, I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Everyone else can keep their broody, mysterious heroes, I’m happy with the funny, upbeat, sexy and adorable Blake Riley.

Our Review

Suzanne’s Best of 2017

Released: January 31st 2017
Series: WAGs #1
Published by Self Published
Genres: Contemporary Romance

Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwea

I was going to just pick out the latest book in Cynthia Sax’s Cyborg Sizzle series, but I thought…why deprive you of the other deliciously sexy covers she has? I love the covers for this series almost as much as I love the actual series. Sax is queen of the sexy cyborgs, so if like me you love a red hot sci-fi romance give them a try! If nothing else you can sit and drool at the covers.

My Review

I can’ t believe that J.R. Ward is in my ‘Biggest Let Down’ category. But The Chosen… I really didn’t like it! Everyone seemed to be acting so stupidly and so out of character, I was furious! And then there was the lacklustre romance going on in the background of all the petty drama that seemed to be occurring. I just couldn’t deal. Ward has two releases out next year, hopefully at least one of them will be on this list in 2018 but for the right reasons.

Our Review

Suzanne’s Best of 2017
The Chosen
by J.R. Ward

Released: April 4h 2017
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #15
Published by Penguin
Genres: Paranormal Romance

A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

It wouldn’t be a best of list from me if Ilona Andrews weren’t included some where. I love their books, they have a style that seems suited especially to me. This year they brought out the last two books in the Hidden Legacy series, each one could have easily landed in ‘Best New Release’ as they were fantastic reads. However, what I loved, apart from the story, the world and all the characters (so everything!) was Nevada and Rogan. They are my favourite couple, not only do they have an explosive and sexy romance, they also know how to kick arse and take care of those they love. For me this team of two are my favourite couple of 2017.

Our Review



Ruby Dixon is a new discovery of mine this year. Her Ice Planet Barbarian series has rocked my world and now I literally read everything that she brings out. Sexy sci-fi romances, especially with aliens is my weakness and I am helpless before Dixon’s skills in giving me everything I adore reading!

About Ruby Dixon

Ruby Dixon is the secret penname of a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. As Ruby, she writes sexy barbarian aliens, grumpy shifters, and domineering bikers.

What are your favourites of 2017?


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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45 responses to “Suzanne’s Best of 2017

  1. Bube

    *writing new books on my wishlist* 😀
    Woo hoo!
    Recommendations to read,yay!!!
    Okay,few of my favorites are:
    Compromise in Paradise by Samanthe Beck
    Fallen Heir by Erin Watt
    Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey
    Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige and Feels Like The First Time by Marina Adair 🙂

    Thank you Suzanne for this wonderful blog post and book recommendations 🙂
    Happy Holidays! 🙂
    And Thank you UTC for your generosity! 🙂

  2. Candace

    What better way to spend a chilly winter night! by the fireplace with a glass of wine and a stack of books!

  3. Dawn Roberto

    Loved Year One, and am looking forward to trying Ilona Andrews new series you mentioned. I haven’t started that one from them yet.

  4. Amy R

    Tessa Dare has been on my TBR pile forever, I really loved that Ilona Andrews series, Goodboy was a great read Blake cracked me up. I’m on the library wait list for Year One.

  5. Elizabeth

    I agree about nevada and rogan! I really enjoyed the kingmaker chronicles. I also started j d robb’s in death series and can’t get enough! I found melinda leigh from utc and am also liking grace goodwin’s scifi/alien romances.

  6. Kim Perry

    A few of my favorites from this year include:
    The Thing About Love by Julie James
    Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie
    Racer by Katy Evans

  7. denise

    Thank you! I have loved Janna MacGregor and Manda Collins in historical romance, and I’ve enjoyed a lot of contemporary romance this year, too.


    I haven’t made my best list for 2017 though..
    Most of these authors and books are new to me, others, are obviously your favorites so I must try and see. The most familiar here is Good Boy that is definitely a fun read.

  9. Artemis Giote

    I have only read Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. Blake is awesome! Love your post and thank you for the chance.

  10. I totally agree with your Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh and Sarrina Bowen picks, I’d also add Eloisa James’s “Wilde in love”, Lorraine Heath’s books and many others 😀 At leas 1/4 of the books I read were winners for me so it’s really difficult to narrow down.
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  11. Cyn H.

    Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine reminds me a little of that Kevin Bacon TV show The Following, about a cult following a serial killer.

  12. EC

    It may have been published on 2016 (I think) but I read it this year, so Sally Thorne’s THE HATING GAME is my fave read this year. I still have some books of Ms. Dare that I have to read, but I want to read her latest one first, though I don’t have it…yet. Great book finds, Suzanne.

  13. AmandaS

    I definitely want to try Ruby Dixon’s books soon! I loved Lucy Parker’s Pretty Face this year, and I also fell in love with Laura Florand’s books.

  14. Trix

    I keep thinking about two m/m YAs this year: Christina Lauren’s AUTOBOYOGRAPHY and Cale Dietrich’s THE LOVE INTEREST (the world-building there is AMAZING).

  15. Anita H.

    Oh my goodness, it’s always so tough to choose favorites for the year. I have to say my favorite hero is the delicious Levi from Robin Bielman’s Lips Close To Mine, favorite heroine is Willa from Jill Shalvis’ Trouble With Mistletoe and favorite book was just too hard to pick!

  16. JenM

    Lots of overlap between your list and mine! Ilona Andrews is absolutely my favorite author and White Hot and Wildfire make the top of my list for 2017. I also love Tessa Dare so I’m glad you’ve just had the pleasure of discovering her. As for Blake in Good Boy, he was just so adorable. I like broody heroes, but occasionally it’s so nice to have a change of pace with a fun, uncomplicated one.

  17. Ada

    I’m glad you found Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series, definitely one of my favorites! I totally loved Beard Science by Penny Reid and coincidentally my favorite couple is the quirky and adorkable Cletus and Jennifer from the same book!

  18. Teja K.

    Hmm, let’s see: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, Becoming A Vincent
    by C.M. Owens, Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday, That Alien Feeling by Alessandra Hazard and Dating-ish by Penny Reid.

  19. Awww… It makes me so happy that you like the covers for the cyborg series.
    (tackle hugs)
    The super talented Amanda Kelsey from Razzle Dazzle Design crafts them.
    She ROCKS.

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