It’s JenC’s turn! She’s just sent us her Best of 2017 all the way from New Zealand!! Okay well, I mean… you know. Via email, so… it wasn’t a huge trek, but still!! How cool is that?!

But first, let’s get to know her better, shall we? Here are some of her fun 2017 comment highlights:

About Googling everything in books to get a better feel for it…

JenC: Clothes, cars, architecture/houses, locations… pretty much everything! I loooove how Penelope Douglas has her pinterest boards for her books. I remember using that a lot when I was reading Corrupt – like some of the pins have the chapters in the comment so you can follow along haha.

One of her book “catnips”:

“I looove lawyer books (while secretly wishing the hero would turn up at my office haha).”

One of her confessions (RE: Harry Potter) ;)

“I have to confess as well. I haven’t read them either. I have the first 5 in paperback and… just haven’t got to them. I’ve seen all the movies and adore them. Maybe that’s why I haven’t made it a priority? Almost no point now lol.”

A little about where she’s from (when I posted this):

“Maryse this has quickly become my favourite post on your site! (The Kiwi in me is super proud!!) That was me on instagram – I’m still finding it amazing that our cultural has spread that far!

The All Blacks are totally a national treasure so any exposure they get makes us super proud! It helps that rugby is a fun game to watch! (The guys in short shorts has nothing to do with it *cough*)

Y’all need to come for a visit to NZ – a book convention/All Blacks match sounds just what we need haha.”

OMG I WOULD LOVE THAT!!!!!!! :D !!!!!!

And now… for JenC’s Top Ten Books of 2017

She says:

“2017 wasn’t the best reading year for me.  I found I read a lot of “fluff” which must have been what I needed to get through the terrible year that was 2017!  Also a lot of romantic comedies.  My reading goal for 2018 is to be brave and read the numerous ‘angsty’ (and well rated!) books I have waiting to read!

I usually struggle to narrow things down, but there are only 10 stand outs for me this year:”

The Foxe & the Hound by RS Grey with honourable mentions to Anything You Can Do and The Fortunate Ones

“I’ve enjoyed every book of Rachel’s I’ve picked up but this year I have absolutely ADORED the three I’ve read.  I fell in love with the stories and the characters of each of the books.  They had all my favourite elements – sweet, light, laugh-out-loud, a bit of slow-burn and angst coupled with awkward run-ins, and, for The Foxe & the Hound, a super cute oversized puppy in the form of a Bernese Mountain Dog.  SOLD!!!  All three of these books I’d happily reread when I’m struggling to find a new good read.”

Unravel: A Novel by Calia Read

“Unravel was the first book I read in 2017, a book I’d been putting off reading for about 2 years.  Every time I scrolled past it in my kindle, I’d stop because that cover is all kinds of gorgeous.  But I kept waiting to be in the ‘right head space’ to read it.  I’m glad I finally bit the bullet over New Years last year!

I adored it.  It was my favourite read of 2017.  It was part love story and, the part that kept me captivated, part psychological thriller.  Surprising and engrossing.”

Into the Blood (Broken Outlaw Series Book 2) by B.T. Urruela

“I don’t know why, but there are very few male authors I enjoy reading (other than the legends like King) but for some reason I’m always captivated by BT’s words.

A Lover’s Lament was one of my faves for 2016 and Into the Blood (and the Broken Outlaw series) was one of my for 2017.  Dying to find out where the series will go next!

I guess it helps I won the paperback version of this book that was read via Facebook Live on his author page!

(… I’ll attach a pic for lols)” —->

The Opposite of You: An Opposites Attract Novel by Rachel Higginson

“I swooned so hard reading this book!

Killian was definitely THE book boyfriend of 2017.  Loved every aspect of this book but most of all, I just loved the interactions between the Killian and Vera. And the subtle little things.  Like the eye rolls.”

The Brave Line by Kate Stewart

“I hadn’t really read much of this author before (I think I had read one previously) but this was the book (particularly the second half!) that pushed her into one of my ‘must read’ authors and this book into one of my favourites.

Without it I probably wouldn’t have read Drive!”

Wrecking Ball (Hard To Love Book 1) by P Dangelico

“I adored the slow burn mixed with the humour.  And I really liked all the characters especially Sam. There’s not often a book where no characters annoy me!

And it definitely lived up to all the ‘Winnipeg hype’.”

The Evolution of Ivy by Lauren Campbell

“I love turning to those ‘revenge’ type books when I’m having a particularly bad day.  You know, the ones where the heroine comes back a decade later, unrecognisable, to get her revenge.  This one sucked me in from the beginning with the main characters crazy and dark and twisty ways.

The cunning and manipulative female lead reminded me a bit of my forever-fave, The Opportunist.”

Garden of Goodbyes by Faith Andrews

“My unexpected surprise of 2017.  I had all the feels reading this book.  The characters were so damaged and flawed and stayed with me for weeks after I finished reading.  Beautifully written book that ripped my guts out and had me sobbing like a baby.”

Vicious (Sinners of Saint) by LJ Shen

“Bully books are my thang.  I love the ones that start way back when and then have the characters cross paths years later.  This one ticked all the boxes for me – bully, slow burn, well developed characters and well paced story.  This one definitely cemented Leigh as another must read author”

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HAPPY FRIDAY!!! YAY!!!! IT’S THE WEEKEND and it’s time to relax with yet another good book. And guess what? There are some pretty great sounding books that just went live, and some reader recommendations that are new-to-me!!!

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE FOUND :D !!

  • Most Irresistible Guy by Lauren Blakely <— LAUREN BLAKELY ALERT!!!! PREQUEL TO Most Valuable Playboy ”…when Cooper told me he’d won the starting quarterback job before he shared the news with anyone else, I started to believe we could be more. But I didn’t want to lose him as a friend, so I chose to focus on him solely as my buddy. That worked well enough for a while. Until that night, in front of everyone, when he shocked my world to its core...”
  • Turn (Gentry Generations) by Cora Brent <— CORA BRENT ALERT!!! “...A supposedly reformed gang member from the rundown prison town where my folks grew up, Curtis looks like he was built for mayhem. We have nothing in common. If he hadn’t taken a job working for my father, our paths wouldn’t even cross…”
  • Unruly by Cora Brent <— AND ANOTHER FROM CORA BRENT!!! It broke Tessa’s heart!!
Tessa: Last night, I finished Unruly by Cora Brent. I picked it up, wanting something fun, slightly angsty, but just feel good. I did not get that. It freaking tore my heart out. This wasn’t slightly weepy at a certain point. This was tears falling ugly cry. I couldn’t stop. I refuse to think about parts now because I start crying all over again. *kicks a can* Stupid book!
  • Sex, Love, and Rock and Roll series by Michelle Hazen <— ROCK STAR ALERT!!! Sandra recommends this rock star series!
  • Sandra: If you haven’t had a chance to read it, Michelle Hazen’s Sex, Love, and Rock and Roll series is fantastic. It’s New Adult and follows The Red Letters from their early days to stardom. There are 3 books in the series, plus a prequel, though only the prequel and book one have been released. The best part? The band’s drummer is a woman and she kicks add!
  • My Enemy Next Door by Whitney G. & Nicole London <— A BOOK BY WHITNEY G. & NICOLE LONDON JUST WENT LIVE!!! How I love the premise of the annoying next door neighbor!! ;) She became his enemy in high school… and now it’s a few years later and he accepts a job in a law firm… “Until I find out that Courtney Ryan graduated from law school, too. Until I realize that she’ll be working at the same exact firm, in the office right across from me. And if this timing isn’t unfortunate enough, she’s far more tempting and sexier than I originally remembered. (Oh, and last night I found out that she lives right next door…)”
  • Buried Alive by Stacey Marie Brown <— LIVE!!! “...The moment Hannah walks into his room, he knows something is different about her. Drawn to her, he can’t seem to stay away from the mysterious, guarded girl. They are two heartbroken souls who both understand the darkness. Little does he know she lives in lies and carries secrets that will bring his universe to its knees and secrets that will bury them both alive.
  • The Long Walk Back by Rachel Dove <— SHE SAVES HIM……As an army trauma surgeon Kate knows how to keep her cool in the most high pressure of situations. Although back at home in England her marriage is falling apart, out in the desert she’s happy knowing that she’s saving lives. Until she meets Cooper. It’s up to Kate to make a split-second decision to save Cooper’s life...”
  • Lost For You: Rockstar Romance (Sixth Street Bands Book 4) by Jayne Frost <— ROCK STAR’S BROTHER ALERT!!! “...My brother is the genius guitarist for the band Caged, and I’m the one who helped make that happen. I’m happy to run my bars and my land development company. Sure I am.  And then I meet her—Taryn Ayers—the music manager behind the three biggest bands in the country. She doesn’t know I’m Cam’s older brother. Or that I’ve got a secret that makes her world and mine fundamentally incompatible...”
  • Stand By Me by S.D. Robertson <— HER BEST FRIEND IS BACK… “...Twenty years later, life has pulled the pair apart and Lisa is struggling. Her marriage is floundering, her teenage kids are being secretive, and she’s so tired she can’t think straight. So when Elliot knocks on the door, looking much better than she remembers, she can’t help but be delighted to see her old friend again…”
  • The Hail You Say (Hail Raisers Book 5) by Lani Lynn Vale <— LANI LYNN VALE’S LATEST IS LIVE!! They broke each other’s heart years ago… and now she’s on his exam table! “Reed Hail is her worst nightmare because she’s constantly reminded of exactly what she’s missing—the other half of her soul. Just when she thinks things can’t get worse, she’s sees his sexy, bearded face over the top of her paper gown, and she’s lost all over again. Don’t ever let me go. Both Reed and Krisney are determined to avoid each other. They do a great job of it, too…not. One ill-timed gynecological exam changes everything...”
  • Forever Love: A Friends to Lovers Collection by Alyssa Rose Ivy
  • Uncharted: a survival love story by Julie Johnson <— SURVIVAL & FORBIDDEN LOVE ALERT!! YES PLEASE!!! I want to read this!!! “…I took one look at the stranger in the airport terminal and knew he was exactly the kind of man my mother spent seventeen years warning me against. Gruff, grumpy, and far too good-looking to stare at without experiencing heart palpitations. Thankfully, I’d never see him again. Or so I thought. I couldn’t have known our plane would crash.  I couldn’t have predicted we’d be the only survivors…”
  • Redemption by Emily Blythe <— FIGHTER BOOK ALERT!! “...even this bad boy has a weakness, and it’s the hard-talking woman who raised him. When her ailing health takes a turn for the worst, Evan makes the decision to hire a home care worker to make sure she’s cared for at night. What he was expecting was some matronly nurse—what he wasn’t expecting was quiet, practical Isobel and her quiet, practical beauty.  He’s huge, she’s tiny. He’s a brute, she’s as gentle as a lamb. Even their differences can’t keep them from wanting each other.”
  • Ace (Moonshine Task Force Book 4) by Laramie Briscoe <— LARAMIE BRISCOE ALERT!! HE ARRESTED HER HUSBAND… “...My gut has always kept me honest. Like the day I walked into The Café and saw the new waitress. There was a ring on her left hand, but I didn’t care. One look in her eyes told me everything I needed to know. Her marriage wasn’t one made of love and respect. It was one made of fear and doubt. It’s why I ignored that ring, why I arrested her husband, and the reason I’m willing to take my time. Patience is a virtue, and with this woman, I have it in spades...”
  • Someone In The Way by Rachel Del <— SINGLE MOM WADING THROUGH DIVORCE... “...Nathan Trainor always falls for the wrong women—and Lily is no exception. But now that she’s practically single Nate knows this could be his only chance to prove history wrong. When Lily and Nate are assigned the task of signing a bestselling author who is rumored to be seeking new representation, Lily must put her troubles aside and do whatever it takes to get the job done. And Nate might just get his chance to write his own happy ending...”
  • Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark  <— SLOW BURN & FORBIDDEN LOVE!!! Lisa recommends it!
  • Lisa: I’ve been reading books based on all the 2017 favorites lists. The latest is Waking Olivia. It is a “forbidden” (not very forbidden ) SLOW BURN CR. The MC fight the attraction. Catnip! I liked it!!! I’m on to the next book. Drowning Erin.
  • Full Contact (The Crossover Series) by Kathy Coopmans & HJ Bellus <— LIVE!!! A MAFIA PRINCESS & A FOOTBALL STAR… oh oh. They once were so happy, but she gave him up to protect him, and he moved on and became a sports star… “Some say true love has a way of finding its way back. Justice and Liam know better to believe. That’s up until the day they find themselves in a heated meeting. She owns a new football team. He’s coming back from an injury and thirsty to prove the nation wrong…”
  • Begin Again: An Anthology by A.M. Johnson,‎ Stephanie Rose,‎ J.A. DeRouen,‎ Ginger Scott,‎ Anne Jolin,‎ Ariadne Wayne,‎ Emery Jacobs,‎ M. Andrews,‎ K.P. Haigh,‎ Kay Renee,‎ Maria MacDonald,‎ Faith Andrews,‎ K.K. Allen,‎ Mara White,‎ Autumn Grey,‎ Josephine Brierley ,‎ Amanda Richardson,‎ Stephie Walls,‎ Jaci Wheeler ,‎ Stephanie Alba,‎ L.A. Taylor,‎ Foreword by Rebecca Yarros M <— ANTHOLOGY ALERT!!!! “Twenty-Two Authors have joined together in this collection of short stories about fresh starts and second chances to help illustrate that even when life takes away everything, and when hope is a horizon you think you’ll never catch, it is possible to Begin Again.”
  • The Hookup by J.S. Cooper <— LIVE AND… OH WOW!! BLURB JOLT ALERT!!! This one sounds like an incredible love triangle!!!! Her best friend (her knight in shining armor) and the new guy she fell hard for… (devil in disguise)… OOOOH I WANNA READ IT!

“He was a Knight in shining armor according to himself Nate Lexington is bossy, charming, handsome, and quite possibly the most annoying man I’ve ever met in my life. He’s also my best friend. He treats me like his little sister and if he could run my life he would. Only I don’t let him. Much to his chagrin. Nate thinks I live my life with my head in the clouds and all he does is groan when I tell him about my quest for true love.

He was the devil in disguise according to Nate
Dylan Mason is the sexiest man I’ve ever met in my life. I met and fell for him in a weekend. He swept me off of my feet and my heart became his in an instant. He was a charmer, a rogue, a devious manipulator. I didn’t care. He was the one I’d been waiting my whole life to meet. He was Mr. Perfection himself.”

               

 

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PREORDERS (Next few days, and a few of next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland – January 15th 2018
  2. Man Card (Man Hands Book 2) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby - January 15th 2018
  3. Waiting for the Sun (Waiting for the Sun Book 1) by Robin Hill – January 16th 2018
  4. Buttons and Grace by Penelope Sky - January 16th 2018
  5. Total Exposure: Jordan’s Game by J.A. Huss -  January 16th 2018
  6. The Bitterroot Inn (Jamison Valley Book 5) by Devney Perry – January 16th 2018

     

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Catherine needs us!!! Yep… you guessed it. ;) It’s a stepbrother romance book. Plenty to pick and choose from in this trope, BUT, I am thinking Catherine remembered just enough detail that someone here might be able to pinpoint which one.

She asks:

I was hoping you could hoping you could help me remember the name of a book I read last year or the year before.  It was one of those stepbrother romances.

The girl and guy are young, 18 I think, and have just graduated.  I remember she’s a goody two shoes and he’s a bad boy (of course).  They have an encounter on a road somewhere right after graduation.  Also I think she’s home alone that weekend and he ends up coming over.

Then later they find out his mom and her dad (I think) are getting married.  Then they end up staying in a hotel together along with the family (maybe).  Lol.

You can see I don’t remember too much of it.  It’s driving me nuts not remembering the title, so please help!

Anyone know it?

Leslie M: Prickby Sabrina Paige? Stepbrother Billionaire by Colleen Masters? Its definitely NOT my fave stepbrother book, Stepbrother Dearest.

Catherine: Nope, not Prick. I actually got that one recently and read it because I thought it might be it. It’s not Stepbrother Billionaire either.

Chris: Almost positive it’s Rival (Fall Away Book 2) by Penelope Douglas (sequel to Bully (The Fall Away Series Book 1)).

Leslie M: Crap! I thought I had it solved. I swear I read this.

Catherine: Nope, unfortunately it’s not Rival either. I read it on kindle unlimited if that helps at all… I’m still slogging through all my history on there to try to figure out which book it is. Hopefully you guys will name it first and save me time!

Sham: Fallen Crest series?

Catherine: Definitely not Fallen Crest–although I love that series!

Shannon: It sounds like the Need Series by K.I. Lynn. I’m including a link.

Tessa: It does sound a lot like Prick. There was another like it, Forbidden by Danielle Jamie. Could it be that? There were a lot that came out trying to be a lot like Prick.

Vickie: Stepbrother Untouchable

        

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Oooooh this one sounds SO familiar. Almost like a Mia Sheridan book (maybe…Kyland?). Or wait. It also reminds me of that dark E.K. Blair series (Black Lotus)… but not quite. neutral *hrmph* Now I must know, too!

Jamie asks:

Hi Maryse, I’m trying to find this book.

The H and H grow up in the same trailer park.  He saves her when she is being bullied.  She follows him around while he plays his guitar.

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The guy rescues her when he over hears her stepdad is going to sell her virginity.  They end up getting jobs at a bar where he starts playing in a band and she is a waitress.

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He leaves her behind to pursue music and becomes successful.

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They are finally reunited when the H learns that he is in a plane crash.

Sounds ALL SORTS of angsty!!!! Anyone know it?

Leslie M: This sounds like a mix of a bunch of different books I read. I don’t think I read one that has all of these scenarios in it….but wow, what an angst fest!

Stacy: The Rocker Who Holds Me (The Rocker Series Book 1), by Terri Anne Browning?

Nicole: I’m pretty sure it is the series by R.J Lewis. It’s 2 books. The first one is Carter the 2nd is Leah (Carter Book 2). The description of the book doesn’t give too much away…but all that happened.

Jenna: Is it Carter by R.J. Lewis? Sounds like it could be. 2 book duet

Kandace: I love RJ Lewis’s books. I’ve noticed she’s been MIA for a long time. I hope she’s ok.

Jamie: It is Carter and Leah by R. J. Lewis.  Y’all rock! :)

Maryse: YAYYYYY!!!! Another one solved!!!! :D ON my TBR LIST!!!

  

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Ruth has a reader question for us! Short and sweet description, but I have no doubt someone will know it if they read it.

Especially the detail about the young man…

She asks:

What is the book about the group of gypsies traveling in a caravan and the young man slowly turns into a dragon?  There were two young men that were in love with the main character. I thought it was Mia Sheridan, then an author with the last name of Mehan.

I can’t find it.

Anyone?

Tiffany: I think it’s by Madeline Sheehan who wrote Undeniable

Gena: Sounds like book 1 (The Soul Mate: Holy Trinity Trilogy (The Holy Trinity) (Volume 1) in The Soulmate Trilogy by Madeline Sheehan.

Robyn: It’s Madeline Sheehans The Holy Trinity Trilogy! Loved these books and I’m waiting for,the last book to come out.

MichelleS: Yup. Soulmate – just be warned. It’s a trilogy & we’ve all been waiting YEARS for the third book! Argh. Great story though.

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Kandace (one of my wonderful friends and original book-buds!!!) needs our help. This is an ADORABLE, HEARTWARMING reader question and I think you’ll love this one!

Kandace is battling  cancer, and this author’s idea has touched her. And she now does this too. <3

She asks:

I have a name that book problem. I cannot remember the name of a book.

I’m trying to remember the name of a book.  The Dad was in the military and every time he shipped out he took his kids’ stinky socks to carry in his pocket. I remember I loved the book I wanted to see what else the author wrote.

Kandace’s “stinky socks” ;) I love her sweet children!!!

I totally stole the author’s idea. Every time I go in for treatment I wear one of the kids’ socks. They always wanted me to take stuff with me and I was afraid I would lose their fav stuffed animals. This works perfect. They love picking out a sock for me to wear.  I’m going on for a pet scan today. I posted today’s socks.

I wanted to thank the author for the idea. And it’s driving me bonkers.

We MUST find this book for her!! :D Anyone?

Christina: I think it’s Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Love) by Nicole Jacquelyn. Great book!!

Kandace: That’s it! I have been trying to figure out the name of this book for weeks!!

Christina: It was such a great one! Glad I could help!

Maryse: YAYYYYYY!!! THAT’S RIGHT!! OMG I LOVED THIS ONE!! Thank you for your awesome memory, Christina!!!!!!!! :D <3 P.S. Here’s my Book Review.

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Our wonderful Nay had a BIG year this year, some hurdles and some HUGE successes and we are SO happy to have her with us here every day. We LOVE YOU NAY!!!!

“Wow! What a year 2017 was! I had a bad thing that made it my worst year and I had a miraculous thing that made it one of my best years. So with all of the activity and the stress, I ended up falling into the biggest reading slump(s)

I’ve ever been in, totaling about 6 months of my precious reading year. And although many books sounded fantastic and many of my friends were buddy reading and gushing over them, I either couldn’t bring myself to pick up my Kindle and get started, or my concentration was so bad that I just couldn’t get into them, even though I wanted so badly to achieve the escape that can be found in a book.

With all of that, however, I did read enough to have 5 favorites, and I can attribute reading them, reading anything, to all my friends here.”

1.) Mists of The Serengeti by Leylah Attar <—What can I say about this phenomenal book that hasn’t already been said? It’s on so many of our ‘favorites’ lists, and it’s one of the most captivatingly beautiful books I’ve ever read. It didn’t just make me feel—it AFFECTED me. It brought feelings to the surface that I didn’t even know I had.

And Jack? Well, he was EVERYTHING! This was my first of several buddy reads of the year, and reading it and loving it with my friends here made it all the more special.

2.) The Gravity of Us by Brittainy Cherry <—This book made someone who doesn’t ordinarily enjoy the slow burn actually LOVE it.

As I said in my review, it’s a true slow-burn romance, something that’s usually not for me, yet because it’s so masterfully written with such meaningful thoughts and actions, it was impossible for me to stop reading until I reached the end. I don’t see how anyone could not love it! And I haven’t heard of many who don’t.

3.) Drive by Kate Stewart <—The angst, the tears, the extreme pretzel tummy, the romance, the ‘throw-your-Kindle-across-the-room’ type of emotions that we all love—this remarkable book has all of that and more. The fact that it’s written strictly from the heroine’s POV only adds to the emotional rollercoaster, and I think I was crying either from anger, sorrow, or joy through most of the book.

There is also a perfect playlist that affected me so much that when I go to see the Eagles in March, I’ll think of this book (and most likely cry) when Don Henley sings “Wasted Time’.

4.) Something in the Way series by Jessica Hawkins <— It’s difficult for me to choose which one of the three books should be in my top books of the year when it’s an epic saga spanning years that are covered in the three books, so I’m lumping the entire series together.

Lots of angst with characters and situations that drive you crazy in the most wonderful ways. I waited with bated breath for each book to be released and then I proceeded to inhale them!

5.) Waiting for the Sun by Robin Hill <—I got this one in at the end of the year, and I’m SO glad I did. This book is so smart, so sexy, so quirky in just the right places, so romantic, so angsty, so ALL of it!

I loved the characters, especially Darian, I loved the way it’s written, and the story kept my rapt attention from beginning to end. There are certain books that a reader just connects with from the very beginning and for me, this is one of them. And now I can’t wait for the next one!

Wanna know more of Nay’s favorites?

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Nancy is our “Facebook book-bud” (she’s been with us for years and is one of my very first book friends, in fact)!!!! She does comment here every once in awhile, and I am so happy she’s sent me her best of list!!

In fact, I’ve read and loved a few, and a few are HUGELY popular here with out crew that I haven’t read yet (though are on my TBR list!!) and now I just noticed a few that are totally new-to-me but that sound great!

But first… a few of Nancy’s comment highlights from 2017. A way to get to know her better. ;)

About her first epic read:

“I have had a love of reading, ever since I learned to read. In high school I read Gone with the Wind. My English teacher was so impressed & told me it was so hard to get students to read any book that long. I had read it more then twice!!! That was my 1st Epic Novel!!”

About one of her TBR lists ;)

“I started a list quite a while ago of Best Books Recommended by Maryse. Kind of an Ode to Maryse List. Someday I will have to finish it!!”

About “Marmy” books (or intense, hard-on-your-heart books!!). She says:

“…I’m not a huge fan of this type book, but doesn’t mean I don’t read them. Katy Regnery’s Ginger’s Heart made me cry ugly and grieve. I love all her books, but this one has the “Marmy” factor that the others don’t. Eminent Love by Leddy Harper was the first book I read by her and again I cried ugly and was full of grief. I always can tell if the book did me in, when I’m crying writing a review and struggle to not give the details of the story away or how emotional I am.”

About judging a book by its cover:

“I admit to having bought lots of books just because of the cover. I also have read books I have loved, which really needed a “new” cover!!”

And about her 20 Best Books of 2017, she says:

“This has been a wonderful year for me as far as reading good books. I may have not read as many as other years, but have been more selective in my choices. I’ve stuck to my “MUST READ AUTHORS” as well as finding wonderful “NEW TO ME” authors.”

Nancy’s 20 Best Books of 2017

1.) Unloved, a love story by Katy Regnery <— (My Top Book Read of 2017)

“Katy Regnery has been one of my favorite authors ever since I read THE VIXEN AND THE VET, back in 2014. I have read many more of her books over the years since, but her new book, UNLOVED, has to be the very best book she has ever written. In my humble opinion it is a gem.

It is at the top of my list of THE BEST READS OF 2017. I got my close friend’s to read it, plus my husband & sister, so I could talk about it with them. Definitely cannot give any of the story away. AND I kept PM Katy, too! (She is one nice person!!)”

2.) It’s You, Book One & It’s You, Book Two by Katy Regnery <— (My Top Paranormal Romance Books)

“It’s You (Book 1) & It’s You (Book 2) are author Katy Regnery’s first books of paranormal romance. Since I like most every book she has written, I couldn’t wait to read the 1st book. Months back I read a teaser scene from Book 1 that I named “The Kiss” and I waited very impatiently to finally read the book.”

3.) Gravity by Lauren Runow <— (My Top Personal Connection)

“Have you ever related to a story on a personal level? I confess that I had this deep, profound connection to Lauren Runow’s Gravity from the very start! I was drawn to want to read Gravity, when I first read the blurb: Lily, “At eight years old, the boy next door changed my life.”

To say this caught my attention is an understatement.

You see when we were both eight years old, my family moved next door to my now husband, and we begin our first chapter together. When I first started reading the book, I could not believe how their first encounter was so similar to ours.

There were so many similarities like their bedrooms face each other, but theirs had forty feet between their houses, and we just had my parent’s driveway. They loved to ride bikes and we loved to ride bikes. But they talked back and forth with walkie talkies, and now I find out my husband had a set and never gave me one. Upset about that!”

4.) Vicious (Sinners of Saint) by L.J. Shen <— (Most “Vicious” of the BAD Boys)

“Emilia was light to his darkness. She was pink to his black. He was the storm to her cherry blossoms. Vicious was vicious. It was too bad that hate was dipped in a thin shell of something that felt a lot like love. Her Grandma had once told her that love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances. The pain is the same. That weird thing that bubbles in your chest? Same. She didn’t believe her Grandma until she met Baron Spencer and he became her worst nightmare. She didn’t know how her life could get any worse, until he maliciously, out of jealousy, sends her away from her home and her parents and beloved sister.”

5.) Silenced by Leddy Harper <— (New Favorite Book by Leddy Harper)

“The story starts with Killian at age eight. He was an unusual child with photographic memory. He remembered everything he saw, like a picture in his head. But on one horrible night, his life was changed forever, and his words were silenced.

Just when at 11 years old, he felt hopeless that no one in this world would ever want him, two angels entered his life. His very young Aunt Elise who loved him unconditionally, and his ten year old neighbor girl Rylee Anderson who accepted him damaged on the inside and outside.

This is a darker read then some of her other books, but her writing is the same wonder. “

6.) The Gravity of Us by Brittainy Cherry <— (My New Favorite book by Brittainy Cherry)

“Every book I have read by Brittainy Cherry becomes my new favorite. The Gravity of Us is no different and now is my new favorite. I love her writing, her characters,and her wonderful story lines.”

Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each others secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.

7.) American Hellhound (Dartmoor Book 6) by Lauren Gilley <— (Best MC Book of 2017)

“Ever since I read FEARLESS by Lauren Gilley, I could not wait to read Ghost & Maggie’s story from the beginning.

This book did not disappoint!”

8.) Tied (Devils Wolves Book 2) by Carian Cole <— (First Book I read by Carian Cole)

“Tied by Carian Cole is the 1st book I have read by this author, but once that I had finished I couldn’t wait to start TORN (Book 1 in the Devils Wolves Series)!! I fell completely in love with her writing from the Prologue. It drew me in and I wanted to  read more. I could have read the entire book in one sitting but life got in the way.

Since I read TIED, I have gone on to read Torn (Devils Wolves Book 1) (Forbidden Romance). Then I went back and read the four books in the ASHES & EMBERS SERIES (STORM, VANDAL, LUKAS, TALON) I guess you can tell I’m a big fan now of Carian Cole’s writing!”

9.) Whispered Prayers of a Girl by Alex Grayson <— (Most Tears Cried Book)

“WHISPERED PRAYERS OF A GIRL is the very first book I have had the pleasure of reading by Alex Grayson. It was a very emotional and angst filled read. A slow-burn romance between two very lost and lonely people, and add two children: one a carefree boy and a very broken little girl.

If it’s meant to happen, then it’ll happen whether you try to prevent it or not. People come into your life for a reason, and some will stay and some will not. A young girl’s prayers may be answered in a much different way then asked, but they shall be answered.”

10.) The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent <— (Best Cheating Book of 2017)

“I finished UNREQUITED and just WOW!! It is definitely the kind of book you want to go into blind. So I do not want to say too much about the story. But I cannot believe that this is only the 2nd book by Saffron A. Kent, and I will definitely be looking her Book 1 up.

WARNING: There is cheating! Very, very HOT cheating!!!”

11.) Pitch Dark by Alex Grayson & A.M. Wilson <— (Darkest of the Dark Read)

“PITCH DARK by Alex Grayson (who I have read before) and A.M. Wilson (new to me author) have written an unforgettable, mysterious, suspenseful and very dark book. Once I started I could not put it down.

My only warning would be that the abuse set off my triggers, to the point where I struggled with some scenes. If you have triggers of abuse and molestation, read with caution.”

12.) Dirty (Dive Bar Series Book 1) by Kylie Scott <— ( A Most Delightful Read)

“The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken-hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.”

13.) Drive by Kate Stewart <— (Best Musical Book of the Year)

“The average song is three and a half minutes long; those three and a half minutes could lead to a slow blink, a glimpse of the past, or catapult the soul into heart-shattering nostalgia.

You see, my favorite songs had a way of playing simultaneously. I was in love with one man’s beats and another’s lyrics. But when it came to the soundtrack of a life, how could anyone choose a favorite song? So, to erase any doubt, I ditched my first-class ticket and decided to take a drive, fixed on the rearview.”

14.) A Steel Heart by Amie Knight <— (Really Loved this Book)

“A STEEL HEART is the first book I have read by Amie Knight, but I am so blown away by how good it was, that I plan to read her other two books very soon.

Those two books are SEE THROUGH HEART and THE LINE. They both look like they will be good, too.”

15.) Bad Habit (Bad Love Book 1) by Charleigh Rose <— (Hot Forbidden Romance)

“Bad Habit was a surprise for me! New Adult is not my usual Genre, but this book was definitely a more mature New Adult. It kept me reading way later then I usually stay awake.

This is a “forbidden, betrayal,” kind of romance.”

16.) Unexpected Arrivals by Stephie Walls<— (NEW FAVORITE BOOK BY STEPHIE WALLS)

“UNEXPECTED ARRIVALS is a wonderful love story that spans from high school, through college, and after college graduation to present day. The Prologue sucks you into the story when James (Carp) Carpenter, who is happily married to the love of his life Cora Chase, now Cora Carpenter, when he receives a letter. It is a formal request to arrange a paternity test (DNA) for minor child Airy.

He barely remembered Chelsea Airy and they had only gone out once. He hadn’t heard from her since he had gotten engaged to Cora. She had disappeared from his life. He was afraid that Cora, who never wanted children, would leave him.”

17.) Everest by S.L. Scott <— ROMANTIC SUSPENSE by S.L. Scott

“EVEREST is a Romantic, Suspense, Standalone Novel. It starts with a painfully slow-burn romance. But when Ethan Everest takes Singer Davis out of the “friend zone” it is a speedy on to lovers fast and hot. He was protecting her because of his personal and business drama, so reluctantly had kept her as only a friend. Unfortunately they were fooling nobody, friends or enemies, and there were dire consequences.”

18.) Bad Dad by Sloane Howell <— (Best Male Author Book)

“Bad Dad is the first book I have read by Sloane Howell and if any of his other books are this good, then I want to read more. But I don’t understand why it is titled Bad Dad, as Landon Lane was nothing close to being a bad dad. Just his description of first seeing his newborn son:

I glanced down at it. Down at the same little hand that once wrapped its tiny fingers around mine that day in the hospital a little over seven years ago. My heart erupted at the sight. The same way it did when I heard his voice cry out for the first time, and saw his pudgy cheeks and squinty eyes and tiny pink body. My eyes blurred with tears. I smiled through them. Smiled harder than I ever had in my life. There are few moments you can recall with such clarity. But the first time I saw Logan—I’d never forget that!

19) Bound by Steel by Connie Lafortune <— (Recluse Saves Female)

“BOUND BY STEEL is my first book that I have read by Connie Lafortune and I can say I really liked it.

It had Romance, Mystery & Suspense!!

This story came in three parts and more twist & turns then a roller coaster ride.”

20.) Enigma:What Lies Beneath by Ditter Kellan <— (SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE)

I drastically needed a change in my book selection and picked Enigma (Science Fiction Romance) and it was a good choice for the last book to read of 2017. It was so good that I now am on the 5th book in the series.

Each book is about a different couple, but should be read in order to have the story of their world make sense. You don’t have to be a Science Fiction Fan to enjoy these books, just enjoy reading. Highly Recommend!!

Wanna know more of Nancy’s favorites?

Thank you, Nancy!!! :D

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