Friday, December 29, 2017

Top Ten Reads of 2017

On Point by Annabeth Albert
m/m military romance
My favorite trope...friends to lovers. This one hit all my favorite buttons. Add in the trauma of a military mission gone wrong that just drives home on how there may not be a tomorrow for them...and yeah, this one was really, really good!

Steadfast by Sarina Bowen
m/f contemporary romance
My second favorite trope...second chance at love. The hero in this one was a character that we got to know in previous books as a steadfast guy (hmm, there's that title) who is just trying to get on with his life after getting out of prison. He's also trying to ignore the girl he left behind that he still loves and adores. So good!

The Heartbeat Hypothesis by Lindsey Frydman
m/f new adult romance
Whew, this book blew me away. The heroine has survived because she was given the heart of another teenage girl who died. Now the survivor is living the bucket list of the girl who died and learning exactly what it means to live and embrace every aspect of that life...and doing it with the brother of the girl who died so the heroine could live. Seriously...tears.

Outside the Lines by Anna Zabo
m/m/f erotic romance
A truly beautiful story about different types of love and how a triad relationship can work. I fell in love with these characters and how they overcame the challenges this type of relationship can bring.

69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer
m/f romantic comedy
This story was so fun and funny. The heroine wins 69 million dollars and decides to torture her jerk of a boss for a bit before she quits (or he fires her). The story is hilarious and was just pure fun!

Five Dares by Eli Easton
m/m new adult romance
Two guys just graduating from college who pull a stupid prank that leaves them both with their hands unusable for the summer after graduation. They have 2-3 months to suffer together before their real adult lives begin and you can see how this story might play out. It was so good!

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee
m/f women's fiction
I'm not usually one who enjoys women's fiction, but this story about a 39 year old woman falling in love with a young, famous member of her daughter's favorite boy-band spoke to me. It was a beautiful, emotion filled story and I could relate to so much about the heroine.

The Do-Gooder by Jessie L. Star
m/f new adult romance
Note: this book only released in ebook here in the States, but I ordered an Australian paperback so I could have it on my keeper shelf. This is a heart-wrenching story about a former mean girl who has dedicated her life to making amends to the people she was mean to and only one guy sees what she's doing and how she's sacrificing herself to do it. It's a beautiful story.

For Finley by J. Nathan
m/f new adult romance
A heartbreaking story of a boy's twin sister who decides to live his dreams as best as she can after his death. So many emotions in this college-level, sports romance. Even thinking about the story now (11 months after I read it and my throat tightens with tears...such a good book!)

The Lightning Struck Heart by TJ Klune
m/m paranormal fantasy
One of two books this year that received an A++ rating from me, but this hands down is my favorite book that I have ever read and the audiobook was pure perfection. It's romantic and sweet, and has so many laugh out loud moments as well as moments when I cried. This book is pure perfection.

And that's my Top Ten list for this year. As I review books throughout the year, I mark the books that I think might make the list at the end of the year. It's always interesting to go through those and while they were all amazing books, there are certain books that stick with me and continue to resonate (which is honestly really tough to do because I read 365-425 books a year). But I highly recommend all the books on my original list. There were 36 of them this year and you can find the whole list here...

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