Time flies when you're having fun! Another amazing year of meeting new authors, making great connections with various publishers, and having an all-around fantastic time with my blog. Now that it's the end of the year, I want to highlight my favorite books of the year. It's quite a few more than last year, and given all the wonderful books I read, I had to be pretty choosy so that the list didn't get overly long by the end of the year. While every book I review on my blog is great (because I wouldn't recommend a book to my followers unless I was sure they would like it), these are the best of the best.
Without further ado, read on for my Favorite Books of 2017 (with a favorite quote for each)!
The Chocolate Cure by Roxanne Snopek
"Maddie. You can be so obtuse sometimes. I'm not your friend. I'm in love with you. As in, want to get you naked and paint you with chocolate and then lick it off. I want to go skinny-dipping in the lake with you when spring comes and show you the northern lights in Alaska and wake up every morning with you and nip that bottom lip of yours and make you moan and come apart in my hands."
This was such a great book with so many wonderful characters, and I read another book in the same series by Roxanne later in the year. It, too, was amazing. This was my favorite though and is one I recommend to just about any reader of contemporary romance. It was sweet, funny, and a great book to start the year off right.
It Had To Be You by Melissa Kate
"'I am going to make you sweat and pant for every dollar I spent. Any and every time I want you, you will come and give me exactly what I want.'
His voice was low and gruff as he asked, 'What do you want, Emma?'
'I want you to...' she breathed 'mow my lawn, trim my hedges, paint my shop, clean out my garage, wash my car...'"
I actually found this book not long after I had already had my first favorite of the year, so this was a special treat for me. This couple really warmed my heart and made me feel happy by the end of the book. I didn't want it to end. Truly magical!
The Scoundrel's Honor by Christi Caldwell
"Come to care for her...? He opened and closed his mouth, but not even a whisper of air left his lungs. Care for her? The chit drove him mad one moment and had him in a fury the next. But she also made him smile, when he'd long believed himself incapable of mirth."
I could not - absolutely could not - have a Favorite Books list this year and not include Christi Caldwell in the mix. If you have not read one of her books yet, stop reading this right now and go get one. Most, if not all, are included in Kindle Unlimited, and even if you don't have access to that, they are worth buying. I re-read her books constantly. They are some of the best I have ever read, hands down.
Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette
"Mercifully, he dropped his attention to his task. 'No, I made it - for you.' His low voice caressed the last two words. He made this food for me? He had every right to awaken me at dawn and demand his meal. Yet here he was, huddled on the ground like a kitchen slave, baking bread for me."
This was a really enjoyable read, but it surprised me when I reached the end and realized it would be on my Favorite Books list. I am Christian and enjoy Christian romance, but this book was so much more than the Christian romances I typically read. It taught me so many lessons, and it was a thought-provoking, exciting work of literature.
The Scars Between Us by MK Schiller
"'I don't get you, Aiden.'
'What do you mean?'
'You're big, strong and Thor-like, but you have a weakness for PB and J with no crusts, and chocolate chip cookies.'
'With raisins,' I correct, grinning like an idiot."
So. Many. Emotions. This book just ripped out every emotion from my body to the point where I was invested in this book to the very end. I felt so connected to the characters that I wanted to read more about them even after the story ended. It was a fantastic book that everyone, and I mean everyone, should read.
Escape To You by Jennifer Ryan
"His deep voice rumbled at her ear as his soft beard barely brushed her cheek. 'You will get back to what you used to be, but look deeper and see that the woman you're looking at right now is a survivor. She's filled with strength and courage and a determination that defies limitations. Your will alone made you walk out of hell. You carried Adam through the night and across some damn rugged land in heels headed for nothing more than your freedom. He tried to break you, Ashley, but all he did was make you stronger.
'Don't for one moment think that you are anything less than amazing.'"
Jennifer Ryan writes such wonderful books that it was no surprise that I enjoyed this book so much. I love stories where the man is a knight in shining armor - it makes me feel like chivalry is still alive and well, and I fell in love with Beck at the same time Ashley did. He's the King of Book Boyfriends and I want one. :)
Make It Count by Tamar Sloan
"'How come I never saw you at school?'
Two can play at that game Mr. Pretty in Jeans. 'I graduated when I was seven. I'm working on my doctorate at the moment.' I cock my hip. 'My thesis explored the effectiveness of pick-up lines.'
PJ's lips, the ones he borrowed from Adonis, twitch a little. 'I'm doing some research myself. I'll keep you posted on the results.'"
This book blew my mind! It was so inventive, inspiring, and heart-wrenching. I couldn't help falling in love with it. As I was reading, I kept feeling like I was reading a book that should be famous and how weird is it that it's not? This is an author to watch, folks. She's amazing.