My aim was to read 150 books this year. I wanted to read less compared to the other years. Yes I consider 150 books to be light reading. Yep I’m crazy.
I actually managed to read 272 books this year. There is a lot to say about the books that I read this year. Around 160 where ARCs the rest I actually bought. Yes, I bought books. I’ve managed to get a lot of hit reads but there were times when it was a major miss. My taste in books has also changed and I read books I normally wouldn’t have read. I even started buying paperbacks again. There is just something about having books on your shelves.
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly.
My first read of 2017 and it didn’t go as planned. I wanted to start out with a bang and all I got was a poof.
Let’s get to the rest of the year so here comes the Good of 2017
Top 10 and in no particular order. These are all 4/5 Star reads.
Come Closer by Brenda Rothert
A pleasure to read actually for me it was pure perfection. There were so many twists and turns and I usually see them coming but here nope. I had no clue what was going to happen.
Dear Aaron by Marina Zapata
One of the best books where all of the interaction took place via email. Ms. Zapata is the QUEEN of slow burn crockpot romance. Read her other books as well.
Gifts by Brynne Asher
The third book in the series and one of my favourites. Ms. Asher is an author that is extremely underestimated IMO and deserves more recognition. Asa the Hero of the book is one of the best Hero’s of 2017.
The Staff and the Blade by Elizabeth Hunter
One of the most unique series in paranormal romance. The main characters love spanned a lifetime and was so beautiful.
Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott.
Ms. Scott is my new to me author of 2017. The first book I read by her was The Butterfly Project and well she is a genius and blends a lot of unique characters to fall in love.
Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain.
When you request a book by this author you just know that it will be filled with mindfuckery.
“Beware the dark pool at the bottom of our hearts. In its icy, black depths dwell strange and twisted creatures it is best not to disturb.”
Pretty much sums it up. Even now when I think of the heroine she still gives me goose bumps.
Bombshell by C.D. Reiss.
My first read by this author and I loved every moment of it. There was no other woman drama and the real star of the book was the little Bombshell. I am impressed by the author’s work not all of it is for me but that is fine.
Ashwin by Kit Rocha.
A spin-off series from Beyond and I waited a frigging long time for Ashwin to get his book with Dr. Cora. These two really know how to create a world. If you’re not into kink then you don’t have to read the Beyond Series although it is amazing to read.
Crave Me by Cecy Robson
Loud and brash Irish family that get involved in everything? Sign me up. I loved the heroine in this book and how they complemented one another. There were so many laugh out loud moments. The book is a riot.
Storm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti
There are so many dystopian series out there but this one tops all of them and a bonus? It’s not for teenagers but for adults. I have loved this series from the beginning and would recommend it.
Let’s get to the rest of the year so here comes the Worst of 2017
Top 10 and in no particular order.
Something There and in Between by S. Ferguson.
The Hero gushes about the heroine throughout the beginning of the book and then decides to get a bj from the bird his brother fobbed off on him. And to leave with her. The heroine can’t be that important.
Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez
Keeping it real here. I don’t want predictable from this author. I want exceptional and this isn’t what I got.
Breaking Grace by Rose Devereux.
Just wrong on so many levels.
Midnight Kiss by Thea Harrison
If you’ve read the other books then you know why this fell short.
Born to be Wilde by Jenn Stark
Although the heroine is kickarse she is just too predictable in her actions and doesn’t think before she does something which only gets her into trouble. Probably meant to be that way but it doesn’t work for me.
I knew You were Trouble by Lauren Layne.
The MC antagonised one another too much. They were downright mean to one another and that is the kind of shite I don’t want to read about. I was finding the author’s books tiresome but then I met her and well she wasn’t what I expected.
Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison.
Yes she made it twice. This book bored me to frigging tears. Nuff said.
Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson.
I caught a lot of flack for this review in 2017. I once again found that the story and the author’s writing skills (what skills?) didn’t appeal to me.
Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-Mills.
Not liking it is completely on me is that I thought a Fake Fiancée sounded cool and was intrigued and it is by the talented Ilsa Madden-Mills. But the fake fiancée is a well-used plot sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.
The Hitchhiker by Charlie Lee.
What is completely on me is that I thought a Fake Fiancée sounded cool and was intrigued and it is by the talented Ilsa Madden-Mills. But the fake fiancée is a well-used plot sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.
Let’s get to the rest of the year so here comes the Ugly of 2017.
There really wasn’t a lot of Ugly this year. But there were some series that I started that turned frigging ugly.
The Fever Series.
Original, action-packed with amazing characters that keep you hooked to the book. All worked well until book 5 where Mac still wasn’t getting any slack and IMO she is TSTL.
Her reasoning in book 5 was ridiculous to say the least. Maybe one day I will go back to it.
Charley Davidson Series.
I’ve decided to stop with this series because even though I like Charley and her awesome sarcasm. I just can’t deal with her & Reyes at the moment. Maybe I will change my mind but I found out they get back to square one later on in the series. So no! I mean why?
The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins
This was recommended to me by a friend of mine and it was a freebie as well so I just couldn’t say no. This book is amazing and surprised me so much that I consider it to be one of my favourites.
The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre
This is my first book by this author and I was blown away with what was delivered. Be aware that it isn’t romance but a mystery/thriller. To be honest I don’t know why I picked it up but I’m glad I did. I’ve also bought the paperback, so nuff said really.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
This was a charity shop buy as a paperback as everybody had been raiving about this series and well I didn’t want to pay that much. Another book in a genre I wouldn’t have usually read. But it is YA Fantasy apparently Erotica as well. I see some bits but not all of it.
The hard truth about Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett.
This here once again isn’t your typical romance but more of what life throws at you and what you make out of the lemons that you get. It had me laughing and crying all over the place. An outstanding read!
The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz
Just. Read. This. Book!
Spellbinder by Thea Harrison
A fabulous paranormal read where I thought I wouldn’t like the Hero but he is an Anti-Hero which made it all so much better. Thea Harrison is a fantastic author and although two of her books are on my worst list of 2017 the others outweigh those two by miles.
The Kate Daniels Series.
One of the best series that I have ever read. I love the world that has been created. When I grow up I want to be Kate Daniels. Curran is an amazing Hero. Oh then there is Derek. But the best thing of all? Hugh D’Ambray.
The Boston Underworld Series.
I avoid mafia books like the plague but when I was at RARE #17 in Berlin I met the author and I bought the second book, she was generous enough to give me the first book for free and since then I have been hooked.
- I was bullied into taking a review down by an author and till this day I really regret it.
- It was an honour when Ms. Hunter asked me to be on her ARC review team.
- I was trolled on numerous accounts and I’m not sure why. Being judged for not wanting to read a book is ridiculous. I don’t force my tastes on other people so why do it to me?
On a personal note not everything in 2017 was shiny for me.
We tried a medical treatment and it didn’t take. I was gutted but apart from that I’m alright.
The Pursuit of Happiness seems like an Urban Myth. It seems my expectations are too high.
What I would like for 2018
To move buy/build a house.
A new job because I am being smothered by my boss in so many ways and I need a new challenge.
Bookwise I would say that I want to read quality books. No more bad writing. No more unappealing titles. No more misleading blurbs. To finish series that I have started.