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…
This was a category I struggled to pick because there were SO many great books that released this year that touched my heart and it was hard to narrow it down to only one. However, UNDESERVING is a book I’ve been waiting years to read. I was worried that this wouldn’t live up to my expectations. I was also worried about the fact that this isn’t a romance book, there’s no HEA, but it’s part of a romance series. There were so many ways that this could’ve gone wrong. And instead, Madeline Sheehan gave us my favorite book in this series. This delivered all the feels. It’s a beautiful, heartbreaking story and it’s told in the best way possible. I really couldn’t find it in my heart to pick another book over this one. So, get the Kleenex ready if you pick it up and then have a comedy handy to read or watch right after you finish it. You’ll need it.
[new-release title=”Undeserving” author=”Madeline Sheehan”]
This was a great year of exploration and taking risks on authors I’ve never read before. Some were a big success, others not so much. Some lived up to my expectations and others tanked. Honestly, with all they hype around this series, I was expecting to hate it. And instead, I ended up falling in love with Kerri Maniscalco’s writing, world and characters. I wish there was already more to read and I’m anxiously awaiting the next one in this series.
[new-release title=”Stalking Jack the Ripper” author=”Kerri Maniscalco”]
There’s only one book out in this series but I’m dying to read more! Tessa Dare starts off a new series with a bang! I mean, I was expecting exactly that because I love her writing and style. THE DUCHESS DEAL, book one in the Girl Meets Duke series, was everything I wanted from Ms. Dare and then some. It was simply magical and I can’t wait for the next one.
[new-release title=”The Duchess Deal” author=”Tessa Dare”]
I read about some pretty awesome characters this year and a lot of them have stayed with me. But none had quite the impact on me as Evelyn Hugo did. Maybe it’s my fascination with old Hollywood. Maybe it’s how imperfect and screwed up Evelyn was. I loved every flaw, every virtue, every strength, every weakness…’til the end. This was one of those books that made me sit back and think. And it also broke my heart.
[new-release title=”The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” author=”Taylor Jenkins Reid”]
This is the last installment in the Vlad saga and he’s been a favorite hero and character of mine for many years. Certainly from before we started this blog. I couldn’t get enough of Vlad. In this last book he shows more of his ruthless side and let me tell you… I loved it! Vlad Tepesh is, quite possibly, one of my favorite heroes… EVER.
[new-release title=”Into the Fire” author=”Jeaniene Frost”]
I wanted to pick a beautiful cover that was also tied to a book I enjoyed this year and really few books would hold that spot. Then I remember this one. The cover is gorgeous but the book inside tells a great story. Maybe a little less romance and a bit more womens’ fiction. There is an HEA in this story but I find that the romance wasn’t the main message here. And I loved that about it. It was eye opening on serious subjects, it felt very relevant and current to today’s issues. The setting was just as powerful as the beautiful words, and I think the cover reflects that.
[new-release title=”Mists of the Serengeti” author=”Leylah Attar”]
I have no words. I think the biggest let down is the fact that J.R. Ward made this list in the let down category! By this, I’m in no way saying it’s the worst book I read this year because honestly anything J.R. Ward writes is well done. But I seriously think this took a turn in the wrong direction. It missed the mark on other things I was expecting. And quite frankly all the characters were throwing a Terrible Two’s tantrum. I won’t say anything more than that and I’m going to forget this book ever happened and hope for the best in the new installment. Fingers crossed that Ward won’t lose me.
[new-release title=”The Chosen” author=”J.R.Ward”]
Do I have to say a whole lot more than this? I mean.. It’s Lisa Kleypas! Not only that, this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year because the hero is the son of one of my beloved Wallflowers couples. And Lisa Kleypas delivered such a beautiful story. These two complemented each other so well. Both lovable characters and even more lovable together!
[new-release title=”Devil in Spring” author=”Lisa Kleypas”]
The title of this book says it all, people! I’m not even going to break this down to one scene. If you want hot, get this book! This was one of those hot as hell reads and every scene just revved up the steam factor up another notch. It’s an enemies to lovers story and that element made this even better. Even when it wasn’t a sex scene, the sexual tension was sizzling. Probably the hottest in this series and one of the hottest I’ve read this year. Now I need more like it.
[new-release title=”Mature Content” author=”Santino Hassell”]
So this year for author of the year I decided to go with the author I read the most. I discovered Santino Hassell last year and this year I read 8 books by him (including some he co-wrote). I love the grittiness of his writing and how real I find his stories. And yeah, the hot sexy times help as well. While I definitely have my faves and some I enjoyed more than others, I can honestly say I always look forward to reading a book by him.
What are your favourites of 2017?
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