By now I’m well aware your TBR and Christmas wishlists must be overflowing from all the wonderful “Top 2017 reads” lists already making the rounds on each and every book blog. Right?
Come on, between book addicts, we can admit it… There’s always a reason to add more books to our shelves. Top reads of the week, the month, I don’t care. Just let me add books to my TBR. Also, I like to make lists. Lists make me happy!
Let me add my stone to the edifice by sharing with you my favorite books read in 2017! No particular order, I gave 5 stars to all the books in this post and I would re-read them without hesitation. I most probably will very soon!
Most of those earned their place on my bookshelf at home and are patiently waiting to be autographed at book signings, others are sitting on my Kindle ready to be read again. Some are pure fun, others are sure to make you swoon while others might pull at your emotional strings and crack open your cold little black hearts… (From a cold hearted bitch to another, I cried tears I didn’t even know I had!)
Make sure to read until the end of the post, there’s a link to my facebook giveaway, you can enter for a chance to win your own top 3 favorite books and a $10 amazon giftcard, and of course, it’s open internationally.
Don’t forget to take a look at a few of my favorite blogs’ lists at the end of this post as well, so you can be inspired and add books I haven’t had the chance to read yet. Yes, I intend to read ALL the books. All the best. All the… Right, in this life and the next one.
And the next.
My Tessa Dare binge!
Continue to read for details on each book!
Synopsis of each book behind its cover. Just hover on, the book cover will “flip”.
A Charm of Finches by Suanne Laqueur
This book is LIFE and brings out the best and the worst of it : the grit, ordeals, hurts, sorrow, joy and happiness. This book, although addressing a very serious subject, was the most UPLIFTING ever. This is the next level. This is real LIFE romance. It gives you the dark and gritty, NO DRAMA, no contrived angst, just real honest people you want to see happy in the end.
Everyday History by Alice Archer
The fascinating declaration of love of a history professor to his former student through his everyday history…
The prose here is quite special, poetic, something I’ve never read before. Just gorgeous. It was so riveting I couldn’t put the book down.
The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz
Tiffany Reisz crafted here a fascinating tale and kept me riveted from start to finish, hoping, yearning, needing to know what the hell was going on. Striking characterization and beautiful environment descriptions will assuredly take you right at the story’s heart. Diving in is not an option!
The One In My Heart by Sherry Thomas
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
The Duchess Deal is, indeed, AMAZING!!!
If you never tried or really enjoyed HR before, please pretty please pick up this one and be AMAZED.
The hero, The Duke of Ashbury is hilarious, he’s mean and what he wished for, he’ll get… and more. Emma Gladstone might be desperate but she also has some backbone . I’m in love with her!
The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne
The Layover by Roe Horvat
I fell in LOVE with it all and especially the author’s clever and beautiful writing. It reads flawlessly and makes you avidly turn the pages.
A M/M story that really feels genuine, giving insights to a very serious matter, while still delivering endearing, meaningful romance. Just perfect.
Roomies by Christina Lauren
Look no further, this book is GLORIOUS and adorable! It delivers everything I love about Christina Lauren : the steam, the comedy, endearing and touching characters… A must!
Dating-Ish by Penny Reid
Have you ever experienced the rush and anxiety of a blind date? The pressure behind online dating? It doesn’t matter if you didn’t, you’ll feel how awkward and stressful such a date can be and sympathize with Marie, the heroine, navigating through dick pics, fake profiles and impostors until her fateful date with Matt.
But there is so much more to Dating-ish. Unrequited love addicts will get their fill of sweet and delicious angst. The kind that makes you want to take rein of the story and make the heroes together NOW.
Datingh-ish is brilliant that way. You’ll love it but hate it almost as fiercely. Unrequited love? My favorite kind of romance! Unrequited love between best friends? Even better. And the growing friendship between both main characters felt so genuine, so real, so sweet…
Gah! All the feels for this strangers / enemies / friends to lovers story orchestrated by… robots.
That’s right. Robots are responsible of it all.
Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen
I mean it. Despite the setting, despite the struggles and doubt both our boys are faced with, despite the uncertainty of a life together, despite the fear of rejection, despite all the ugliness our characters faced off being rejects from a religious cult and gay… Sarina Bowen delivered the sweetest and sexiest story ever. Josh and Caleb make the loveliest, cutest, adorable couple. Really. (Yeah, I’m aware I sound smitten and shit. I might even have swooned and teared up a little reading this book. So. Err. ) Also… the book was freaking HOT.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I don’t know where to begin and how to explain how much I loved this book. Taylor Jenkins Reid wrote an amazing, compelling tale and gave such a fascinating voice to her character, Evelyn Hugo, I forgot I was reading a work of fiction.
Within a few pages I felt personally invested in her story and so engrossed with the possibilities of what she could reveal that I literally disconnected from real life. It was just me and Evelyn. I had eyes only for her.
I adored everything in this book, from Evelyn’s modest and sad upbringing, the ruthless aspect of the Hollywood film industry through the decades, the struggles of being an opinionated woman within a pool of paternalistic sharks, the difficulty to keep a balanced life despite celebrity and the heartbreaking choices one must make to protect their loved ones. Sigh.
This book was everything, suspenseful, fascinating, poignant, full of hope. Just all around amazing!
I would recommend to avoid revealing reviews about this book, best is to go blind. The romance aspect is heartbreaking, romance readers lovers of missing chances, second chance at love will love this book. Readers seeking diversity in romance should definitely give this one a chance as well. There is so much more I would like to say but I would have to spoil the best of this story for you and I just can’t do that. Just read the book. READ IT.
Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell
Hardball by C.D. Reiss
Anyway, a librarian that might become my favorite heroine ever, a baseball player with enough layers to strip and keep you tied up… Imperfect and multi-faceted characters making for the PERFECT romance story. I’ve just struck gold with this book!
So many sides of Dash Wallace. I needed to figure him out. None of them I’d want to get rid of. Especially not his dirty talk.
Okay I’m a goner for dirty talk and Dash had it JUST RIGHT.
The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan
If you are in the mood for a feel good story and a sport romance, then you’re all set here. (and don’t forget to get the rest of the series… 😉 SO worth it!)
By The Hour by Roni Loren
Bloodguard by Megan Erickson
Lost And Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
You get the small town setting and lovable secondary characters, a strong and resilient heroine with a looney side to her, a strong alpha male hero who’s the epitome of the good guy, the tongue in cheek humor, compelling dialogues and character’s back story, the palpable chemistry between hero and heroine, the tension, the yearning… And to top it all the emotional journey. Lost and found Sisters was a tiny bit different than Shalvis’s previous books, the romance wasn’t the only angle of the story but still a nice and sweet thread to get ahold of. Her writing just does it for me, her books make me feel good and this one was no exception.
The Time In Between by Kristen Ashley
If you like the heartbreak of a second chance at love, slow burn romance that runs emotionally high but still manages to give light and sweet heart warming moments, if you read romance for that satisfying HEA then don’t hesitate and visit The Time in Between.
Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata
Dirty Mind by Roe Horvat
Hate To Want You by Alisha Rai
▸friends to lovers
▸second chance at love
The book seemingly starts with lust and hooks you in this way, only to reveal little by little layers of feelings. The angst, the craving, the regrets, the unrequited love… And with all this, the anticipation, the promise that Livvy and Nicholas are going to get their HEA… I couldn’t let go of the book once i’d started it!
Take The Lead by Alexis Daria
I really don’t care for it. At. All.
And yet I picked this book.
And furthermore… I LOVED IT.
I mean, although not a fan of the show, I always wondered about dancers acting so in tune and showing off scorching chemistry on the dancefloor… Was this only for show, or could there be more? Yeah, I must admit the romance reader in me fantasized about the idea of the dancer and the celebrity falling for each other.
I’m sure it must have happened in the show, I’m not following at all so I can’t say for sure but this sounds like a good premise for romance, right? At least in this book, it totally was and I was mesmerized by the slow build and the friends to lovers aspect.
So Over You by Kate Meader
And because English is not his first language, I truly loved his manner of speech, very… proper and dated. Imagine him talk like a Duke from a historical romance would.
And when he switches to Russian… Sigh. This a new thing for me. I got turned on by Vadim talking Russian! So, the hero is pretty much perfect—IMO— but what about the heroine? Isobel Chase is not only a perfect match for him, she is snarky, independent and just… real. The banter between them is hilarious and entertaining, the chemistry blazing and the steam… WOW.
Fast Connection by Santino Hassell/Megan Erickson
See? This is why I love chatting books and read The Angry Reader’s reviews. She can form an expert and straight to the point appraisal of her likes and dislikes. Same goes for her favorites reads this year. A TOP 3! (As opposed to my… top… er… many favorites of 2017. I stopped counting after 12.)
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Head and shoulders over anything I read this year (or in the last 10 years) this “book about hockey” had my bleeding and gasping for air – and it hurt so good.
Everyone has a thousand wishes before a tragedy, but just one afterward.
Never trust people who don’t have something in their lives that they love beyond all reason.
A Charm Of Finches by Suanne Laqueur
I’m right here, Jav. You can wake me up to check anytime you want…
The Queen & The Homo Jock King by TJ Klune
I don’t want just part of you. I want all of you.