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So Over You by Kate Meader

Kate Meader’s second installment of the Chicago Rebels series comes out December 4th. This installment focuses on Isobel who used to play pro-hockey and now helping with her family’s hockey team.  I love the part she takes and equally love the relationship she found in Vadim, whom she had a fling with years back.  If you’ve read and liked the first installment, you will equally enjoy So Over You.  It’s funny, it’s sweet and it’s sexy.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE | SPORTS

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It Started with a Kiss by Marina Adair

This one surprised me a little. I was looking through the books I’ve read, and Marina’s Adair’s It Started with a Kiss just keeps popping into my mind.  The couple in this book, are not magical beings nor are they billionaires.  They are not kick ass in a literal sense of fighting or have any magical powers.  They are ordinary people from a realistic world living realistic lives.  In fact, their lives have never been perfect but what makes them the perfect couple is that these two learned to accept and live life to the fullest.  They love with all their heart despite the uncertainties of the future.  They know life is short especially if illness, sickness,but despite their trials and tribulations they love and live.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

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Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost

This one was a little hard for me to choose just one.  It was a battle between Reyes from Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series and Vlad Tepesh of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series.  These men are powerful in their own right, sexy, and very alpha.  What I love most is how they worship the love of their lives unconditionally.  They would go to hell and back just to protect them.  This two authors did such a magnificent jobs making them unforgettable.

PARANORMAL ROMANCE | BOOK BOYFRIEND

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Typically, for favorite heroines, I tend to go with heroines from a fantasy world versus realistic world.  How can I not. Heroines from a fantasy world are usually strong-willed, kick ass, and sometimes with powers.  Not to mention they probably end up with a worthy hero.  This year’s favorite heroine is Lada from Now I Rise.  This girl takes after her father who is ruthless, kickass and knows exactly what she wants.  Her dreams come first and foremost and nothing will stand in her way.  I love reading her story, it’s also one of the best YA/fantasy that I’ve read this year.

YOUNG ADULT

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Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon took this one. Deadmen Walking is technically a spin of Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series but it’s a different time and place.  As a start of the Nevermore series, it is one of the Best New Series of my year.  I’m actually surprised that I love the storyline since I’m not too fond of pirates.  I suppose Kenyon did an amazing job with the plot that I didn’t mind the pirate story.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved watching Pirates of the Caribbean movies which by the way has the same vibe as this book,  but for some odd reason, I just can’t handle reading about them.  I guess not in this case, but hey….time’s a changing, mates.
I also just finished Kenyon’s Insurrection, book one of the Nevermore series.  This is such a short book that it felt more like a prequel to the series.  I loved it. I mean, I don’t like that it was short, but I loved the book just the same. I really don’t know what Kenyon’s plans are for this series, but it has a feel of a Young Adult Fantasy to it. It’s Post-Apocalyptic world with aliens and surviving humans.  I love the world building and I love all the characters despite we only got a few chapters.  It’s definitely one to watch for.

PARANORMAL ROMANCE | PIRATES

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This year, I explored more outside my comfort zone in my reading choices. By that I mean, I took recommendations that are not just in the romance genre.  I mostly dabbed on fantasy and YA which some had romance but very light.  Two of the books, I really enjoyed is Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula.  It’s all mystery and suspense that I could not put these books down.  I read it one after the next wanting more.  Oddly enough, historical fiction is not my first choice of genre yet, rated these books four and five stars.  One of my best reads for the year.

YOUNG ADULT

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The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones

Picking the Best of 2017 was really a hard task given my reading time has been cut down to half this year.  Unfortunately, I’ve taken on more responsibilities that prevent me to sit and enjoy my books.  But after going through my read books list this year, it wasn’t hard to figure out which is my absolute best read book.  That’s no other than Darynda Jones’ The Trouble with Twelfth Grave.  This book is the twelfth book of the series and it just pulled all kinds of emotions out me.  I love where Darynda has brought this series and couldn’t recommend this Urban Fantasy series enough.

URBAN FANTASY | BOOK BOYFRIEND

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