Reader Favorites – Robyn’s Top 20 favorite books for 2017!

by Maryse on December 16, 2017 · 17 comments

in Book Recommendations

It’s Robyn’s turn!!! Here are some fun little “tidbit” highlights of her year (stuff she’s done, stuff she loves), just so we can all get to know her a bit better.

For example, Robyn is almost a leap year baby!!! She got lucky, if you ask me. No crazy “real age/birthday age explanations”. Also, she went through a bit of a reading slump this year (nothing was holding her attention), but by the end of the year, she still had PLENTY of favorites to rave about. YAY US!!! :D

About her favorite genres:

“My catnip is men/women who are “forced” into a relationship. They don’t want to be there and fight against it, but eventually fall in love. I like my heart taken apart and put back together again….the feels.

I also love paranormal soulmates. Wolves, vampires, mages it doesn’t really matter. If it’s paranormal the heroine has to be kickass or a kickass in training. If the H is involved with that training it’s bonus! I like the “saving the world/someone” stuff too.

Also, books that will play with your heart strings… She says: 

“These are my favorite kinds of books! I’ve read almost all the ones listed. The first book that came to my mind when I saw your post was Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Love) by Nicole Jacquelyn. This book will drag you under, put a spell on you and then put you back together again! It has all the feels and marminess you’ll ever need. This is my go to reread book when I need that “feeling”.

One of her all-time favorite series:

The Man I Love… of those books I wish I never read so I can read it again fresh and new! So many feeling and emotions in that whole series.

P.S. you can get to know Robyn even better with her past list here ➔ Reader Favorites – Robyn’s Top Favorite Books List:


“Ok Maryse! Here’s the list of my Favorite books of 2017.  These books moved me in some way, hit all emotional buttons, made me laugh or made me cry and took me away to a magical world only reading a great book can do!”

1. Breath of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles Book 2) by Amanda Bouchet. I not only liked this but Book 1 also.  The funny banter between the H and h locked these books down for me. I’m waiting for Book 3 to come out.

Robyn: …just finished Breath of Fire and it was just as good as the first book!

2. Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley. I adored reading about Marcus and Daisy.  Anything Rock Chick, I’m in!

Robyn: I just finished Rock Chick Reawakening. I have to say that this is my favorite book in the series! I fell in love with Daisy and Marcus reading and rereading the Rock Chick series. I’m so glad KA told their story and it ended with a Prince Charming, a huge castle and other surprises!

3. Keystone (Crossbreed Series Book 1) by Dannika Dark.  This is great UF.  I love DD and anything she writes is GOLD!  Plus Christian Poe…swoon!

4. Feversong: A Fever Novel by Karen Marie Moning. Anything in the world of Jericho Barrons and his BFF Ryodan I will most certainly be reading!

5. Wrecking Ball (Hard To Love Book 1) by P. Dangelico. Oh boy, this book was so good!  The h is hired as the Nanny.  The H is a hot jerk that doesn’t want love.  Yep!  Kind of reminded me of one of Marianna Zapatas books.

6. Mists of The Serengeti by Leylah Attar.  Just an exquisitely, beautiful written book.  I felt like I was there.  Finding love on the African plains…..yep!

7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. If you haven’t read this series you are MEGA missing out!  It’s a dystopian/UF.  If your a red blood (commoner) you must serve the silver bloods (elites with superhuman abilities).  The h is a red, but discovers she has superhuman abilities too.  The king betrothed her to one of his sons so she’s undercover.   I’m waiting for the last book in the series to come out!

Robyn: Love this series and this Girl can write! …I’ve read the whole series and am waiting for the next book to come out. You won’t be disappointed! I also bought all the books in hardback from Costco a couple months ago. I scored,the lottery on that one!

8. American Queen (New Camelot Book 1), American Prince (New Camelot Book 2) and American King (New Camelot Book 3) by Sierra Simone. This is a spicy MMF romp.  The males met in Afganistan and became lovers.  Then they came back and met the f.   The story revolves around them and the Presidency of the US.  I love how the last book wrapped everything up in a nice package.  There was conflict and nail biting moments.  And did I mention spicy, hot MMF action.  Hehe

9. The Silver Swan by Amo Jones.  This book was a total mindfudge!  I’m waiting for the next book.

Robyn: I started a reread on Silver Swan, because I forgot some crucial info. I’m reading the next book in the series The Broken Puppet next! I’ve heard it is literally mind-blowing.

10. Figure Eight by Calia Read.  Here’s another one you won’t figure out till the end.

11. Juniper Smoke: Part I & II by Sadia Ash.  Great writing.  The h was raised to hate men and fears of dying alone as spinster and the H dates robotically and with exactness….a bit OCD.  He only dates really beautiful women.  When these two are thrown together it is funny and heartfelt.  And someone is trying to keep them apart.  This is being made into a movie!

12. White Wolf (Sons of Rome Book 1) by Lauren Gilley. This is such a beautiful book.  The writing is superb.  It’s PNR and its set in Russia.  Lots of history about the Royal family, I absolutely loved it.

13. Maldeamores: (Lovesick) by Mara White.  I read the whole forbidden series.  Oh boy, was this good.  Cousins who are in love.  Lots of angst and drama.

Robyn: I just finished Maldeamores and the sequel to it. Great books. Loved the forbiddeny angst. Well worth the read!

14. Undeserving (Undeniable Book 5) by Madeline Sheehan.  Love her Undeniable MC series.

15. When Life Happened by Jewel E Ann.  I have read all her books and haven’t found one I didn’t love!

Robyn: I just finished When Life Happened. WOW…..I’m left speechless. I don’t even know what to say. THIS BOOK!! This will definitely be my best read for a long time coming. I don’t foresee anything topping this! My heart will never be the same. Jewel E. Ann, you have a gift, thank you for sharing it with us.

16. American Hellhound (Dartmoor Book 6) by Lauren Gilley.  Girl was a busy bee this year!   This was Ghost and Maggie’s story.  Maggie is so badass!

Robyn: I’m so in love with Ghost and Maggie’s story, I don’t want it to end… American Hellhound is definately a 5 star read of 2017! Loved Maggie and Ghost, plus all the new characters introduced. I can’t wait for their books.

17. Rhapsodic (The Bargainer Book 1) by Laura Thalassa.  Thank you to whomever recommended this series!  I think it was Tessa.  The Bargainer is coming to collect his debts from the h.  Swoon!

18. 180 Seconds by Jessica Park. They meet in an experiment staring at each other for 180 seconds and see into each other’s souls. GAH!

19. The Horse Mistress: Book 2 and Lion Mistress series by R A Steffan.  This is a MMF romance…both of the series.  They have the same people in them but a different trio fall in love.

20. An Exaltation of Larks (Venery Book 1) and A Charm of Finches (Venery Book 2) by Suanne Laqueur.  These books are poignant, beautifully written and touched my heart.  They are about love, laughter, family, angst, heartbreak and living your life,to the fullest.  Each book delivers a powerful message.  I felt like I lived right along with the characters in these books.  I was transported.  I needed to be a part of their lives….where are these people Suanne?  LOL  this is what reading is all about for me!

Robyn: Maryse- check your Messenger because I wrote to you about my love of the book A Charm of Finches. Just an exquisite continuation of An Exhaltation of Larks by Suanne Lacquer. If you read her Fish Tales you know what I’m talking about.


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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

MichelleS December 17, 2017 at 11:46 AM

Love this list! Right up my alley. Since so many of my faves are yours too, I’m definitely checking out the others! Yippee!!!! Book twins!

MichelleS December 17, 2017 at 11:48 AM

BTW, 11 of those I’ve read, and LOVED, so I am happy as a lark to get this list!

bev December 17, 2017 at 12:24 PM

Nice list, Robyn. I love reading these lists.

Tessa December 17, 2017 at 1:02 PM

I love this list! I’ve read seven and loved them (though I think Silver Swan needs editing). Have you read the next one in the series? I’ve got it but haven’t read it yet.

I agree about Keystone. *swoons over Christian Poe* You’ve read Ravenheart and Deathtrap, right? Gah, the series is just awesome.

I confess, I still haven’t read the last book of the Red Queen series. It came out when I suddenly hit a nonfantasy mood. *sighs* Doesn’t stop me from getting them though. They are too good for words to resist.

Robyn December 17, 2017 at 1:54 PM

EEEEK! MichelleS, I love finding a book twin! You will love these books.

Tessa….you are my PNR/UF book twin! I love all the books you recommend. Anywhos, yes I did read the second book in the Silver Swan series, Broken Puppet. You must read it, it’s just as good.

I have also read all of the Crossbreed books, plus every other Dannika Dark book! Christian Poe started in her Mageri series…FYI. You should check out her other books, you won’t be disappointed.

You must finish the Red Queen books. They just get better and better. The last book War Storm comes out next year and I have that little beauty on pre-order!

Tessa December 17, 2017 at 2:58 PM

I’ve read the Mageri series years ago, and re-read them within the last two years? sometime. I’m still slowly reading the seven series. For some reason, I don’t like it as much as the other series, when I know it’s her most popular. *shrugs* I like the characters, but just not the plotline as much.

I plan to read the latest book of the Red Queen. I pre-ordered it and everything. I just went into a weird desire to read CR more than anything. I’m reading a few PNR and maybe one fantasy a month since it hit. And I’ve got some major awesomeness available in fantasy right now. That book, the latest Throne of Glass book, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, Anne Bishop’s Belladonna, The Thief, The fifth Ward by Dale Lucas… See! It’s been a mood.

Jan December 17, 2017 at 5:40 PM

Thank you Robin. Love reading these lists. Lots of nods but also head shakes. I too loved the Venery books (Suanne Laqueur), Wrecking Ball, American Hellhound. I liked White Wolf and Juniper Smoke too. Juniper Smoke is a really different and original romance – although it wasn’t a perfect book I still recommend it cos it’s got such a different ‘flavour’. A ‘fresh’ feeling.

I couldn’t get into Rock Chick Reawakening though, even though I liked the Rock Chick series. And Tessa, for some reason I’ve always liked Dannika Dark’s Seven series but struggled to get into the Mageri books. Oh well. Our differences just make things interesting.

And Robyn thanks for reminding me about Mists Of The Serengeti. I need to move that up my tbr!

MichelleS December 17, 2017 at 9:18 PM

I’m the opposite, Jan, loved the Mageri series, but didn’t get past book one of Seven series. I’ll save it for the Zombie apocalypse!

MichelleS December 17, 2017 at 9:23 PM

So I see more than one MMF book up there. Not a scenario I think I could like. But I trust your taste, so tell me how these worked for you! I’m trying to think of any book I’ve read that was MMF… hmmmm…. nope. Closest thing would be V, Butch & Jane. LOL.

Cheryl December 17, 2017 at 10:34 PM

Robyn, I’ve read 5 of the books on your list. Certainly gives me more books to put on my tbr list! ;)

Tessa December 17, 2017 at 11:16 PM

MichelleS, they aren’t your typical MMF. There is far more to go through as far as what’s going on. If you don’t like MMF, though, you might be turned off with this one. It is an “everyone together” type rather than two guys with the same girl. Though, again, I have to finish the last one, American King. After the last one, my heart is all scared to read it.

Jan December 18, 2017 at 1:08 AM

Haha Michelle. Yep, I’ve got a few books stored up for when the zombies unleash on the world and I’m holed up in a cubby somewhere with my solar-powered kindle……. ;)

Grey December 18, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Great list! I love this time of year… Because I get to start the spreadsheet and you guys know how I am with the spreadsheets! *tosses glitter*

Anyway, you’ve got a couple up there that I have one my short list. So I am gonna give them a bump. Thank you for taking the time to write this! And thank you, as always, Maryse! You’re the best!

Kathy P. December 18, 2017 at 12:06 PM

180 Seconds is on my best read list this year too!!

Leslie M December 20, 2017 at 7:20 PM

I forgot about Juniper Smoke sitting in my kindle account gathering dust! That one sounds good. I also wanted to try 180 Seconds.

I love these “best of” lists!!

Jean December 28, 2017 at 11:35 AM

Robyn, I’ve read 5 on you list! I’ve had 180 Seconds and Juniper Smoke for a while! Moving them up on my TBR!

Amy January 4, 2018 at 2:10 PM

Robyn…I’ve read 5 from your list and have 4 sitting in my library waiting to be read. :D

I remember Figure Eight very well. I kept thinking, WTF is going ON?!?

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