Surprise, surprise… another year and another best of list with two Ilona Andrews books on it. I love every single thing about this series. The dialogue, the characters (both main and secondary), the relationship build up between Nevada and Rogan, the beyond badass action scenes, the fact that it is set in an alternate Houston so I know pretty much where every scene happens, the Baylor family dynamics, just… everything. I’m at the point where I’ve eclipsed fangirl and moved onto Iwillreadanythingthisauthorduowritesincludingthephonebook crazy fangirl territory.
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This is book three of the series and the conclusion. For now anyway. Let me just say, if you haven’t read this series, you really should. If it’s on your TBR list, but it’s not at the top of the list, you need to set everything aside and take the plunge now.
I think some fans of this series were worried by the blurb of Silence Fallen, thinking bad things were going to happen because Adam and Mercy were going to spend time separated. Trust me though, it’s all good. Adam shows why he is Alpha, Mercy gets in a tangle and then gets herself out once again, readers get to meet some new characters, and there is a bit of a surprise at the end THAT I TOTALLY MISSED DURING THE BOOK WHICH MEANS I HAD TO SKIM THROUGH AND READ AGAIN.
I love this author’s voice. I picked up The Bird and the Sword on a whim and was absolutely enchanted. The Queen and the Cure is the follow-up to that book and is just as exquisite as the first. I hope this author continues to tell many more stories in this world.
Hurricane Harvey totally threw me into a book funk. After it was over, while trying to get back into my routine, I think I picked up and discarded ten or twelve books. This is the one that finally did it for me. It broke the funk and had me raving on Twitter about its awesomeness. There is so much awesome. Just read my review and see for yourselves.
Book two, How to Claim an Undead Soul, just came out this week and is already sitting on my Kindle waiting for me. I’m so excited.
Also, check out Bayou Born, another release by this author in 2017.
Beauty and the Beast trope written by Tessa Dare. That’s all I needed to know to put this on my TBR list. Actually, all I needed to know was that it was by Tessa Dare, who is one of my absolute favorite Historical Romance authors. This is the first book in a new series and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Emma’s friends get their own HEAs.
I think this is my favorite Sarah MacLean book since Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. Full disclosure: I had several issues with the first couple of books in this series AND did not like the hero at all before I started reading. If you’ve read the whole series then you absolutely know why I didn’t care for Malcolm and doubted his ability to be redeemed. But, I was wrong and I admit it. This book was amazing. I was riveted to the page from start to finish.
Devil in Spring met or exceeded every single one of my expectations. I loved this couple. LOVED. Lovedlovedloved. Gabriel St. Vincent is my new favorite hero. Pandora, the heroine, was smart and fun, and absolutely wonderful. I loved them together. I loved them apart. I loved them interacting with their families and with each other. I loved their romance. I loved their HEA. I had a sappy, happy smile on my face when I finally finished this book.
I didn’t read much contemporary romance this year. When I went back and looked at my faves of 2017 list on Goodreads, I only had two from that genre appear. Both are by Alisha Rai. Hate to Want You is the first book in her Forbidden Hearts series.
This is what I wrote on GR right after I finished:
Angsty, delicious, dirty, sexy best of list goodness. Loved, loved, loved.
It kind of fits the enemies to lovers trope, only this couple didn’t become enemies until a big family shake up/tragedy/betrayal happened to drive them apart. Before that they were young lovers with the whole future ahead of them. After the shake up/tragedy/betrayal happened they break up only to not be able to stay away from each other so they meet once a year for a one night stand. Then Livvy comes back to town and they finally have to figure out what to do about their relationship.
It’s so good y’all. So good.
This is the second book in the Forbidden Hearts series and features Livvy’s best friend and sister-in-law Sadia and her twin bother Jackson. Not quite as much angst as book one but, OMG THE SEXYTIMES. I’m fanning myself just sitting her thinking about them.
I have the third book currently sitting on my Kindle staring at me every time I open it and it has taken superhuman strength not to just ditch my review schedule and dive in.
Every Heart a Doorway/Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (Blew my BN credit in two minutes on these and don’t regret it one bit. YA Fantasy at its finest. I read them back to back in a day.)
Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller (I’ve been stalking this author for info on book two’s release)
Driving Rain by Sierra Dean (I really, really love this series)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Not a 2017, but it was the first book I read this year. I believe it’s on sale currently at Amazon)