My Favorite 2017 Romance Books

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The thing about putting together a romance books list of my favorites released this year is that I have a number of auto-buy authors and so many authors release multiple books a year (I feel spoiled tbh). This is also the YEAR I started reading romance books, so I read a lot of backlsit books too.

How the following list is put together…if there’s a series I particular loved, I’m just listing one of the author’s books on here if I can help it. Otherwise, I’ll never have this typed up and posted. ❤ Out of the 270+ books I read this year, a majority of those books were in adult romance. And instead of limiting myself to a top 10, or 20, or whatever, I’m just listing everything I possibly can that were my favorites published in 2017.

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My Favorite 2017 YA Books

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2017 has been a fantastic year of YA novels. If you follow me on this blog, you’d probably notice I’ve been reading a LOT of romance books this year and not as many YA books as I would have liked. BUT. For all the books I have read, here are some of my favorites that were released in 2017 and some that I failed to read and will totally read next year. ❤ What YA books were your favorites this year?

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December Wrap-Up

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Hi, lovelies! This is posted slightly earlier than I usually post a wrap-up post, because I have some favorites of 2017 posts coming up the next two days for YA and romance books! After the productive November I had, I wanted nothing more than to relax and read backlist books, even with all the upcoming January 2018 ARCs I have left to read. *hides*

I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday, or if you don’t have one right now, I hope you’ve had a wonderful month!

Pictures and reviews under the cut!

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Review: Fair Chance (All’s Fair #3) by Josh Lanyon

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Author: Josh Lanyon
Publication Date: March 13, 2017
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 336 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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SYNOPSIS

One final game of cat and mouse… 

Ex–FBI agent Elliot Mills thought he was done with the most brutal case of his career. The Sculptor, the serial killer he spent years hunting, is finally in jail. But Elliot’s hope dies when he learns the murderer wasn’t acting alone. Now everyone is at risk once again—thanks to a madman determined to finish his partner’s gruesome mission.

When the lead agent on the case, Special Agent Tucker Lance, goes missing, Elliot knows it’s the killer at work. After all, abducting the love of his life is the quickest way to hurt him.

The chances of finding Tucker are all but impossible without the help of the Sculptor—but the Sculptor is in no position to talk. Critically injured in a prison fight, he lies comatose and dying while the clock ticks down. Elliot has no choice but to play this killer’s twisted game and hope he can find Tucker in time.

Well, this was a very excellent finale to the trilogy. Fair Chance is the third book to the All’s Fair series and this book directly ties more into the events that take place in books one than book two. I do love this book the most of all three. The Sculptor lures Elliot back into his games. The Sculptor is a menacing serial killer who has tried to Elliot before. Now, his latest reveal is that he wasn’t working alone and there may be someone who will take on his work.

This story is already much more intense than the last two, because not only is there an unknown serial killer possibly wandering around…but Tucker has gone missing as well.

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Review: Fair Play (All’s Fair #2) by Josh Lanyon

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Author: Josh Lanyon
Publication Date: November 10, 2014
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 190 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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SYNOPSIS

Fifty years ago, Roland Mills belonged to a violent activist group. Now, someone is willing to kill to prevent him from publishing his memoirs.

When ex-FBI agent Elliot Mills is called out to examine the charred ruins of his childhood home, he quickly identifies the fire for what it is–arson. A knee injury may have forced Elliot out of the Bureau, but it’s not going to stop him from bringing the man who wants his father dead to justice.

Agent Tucker Lance is still working to find the serial killer who’s obsessed with Elliot and can’t bear the thought of his lover putting himself in additional danger. Straightlaced Tucker has never agreed with radical Roland on much–“opposing political viewpoints” is an understatement–but they’re united on this: Elliot needs to leave the case alone. Now.

Tucker would do nearly anything for the man he loves, but he won’t be used to gain Elliot access to the FBI’s resources. When the past comes back to play and everything both men had known to be true is questioned, their fragile relationship is left hanging in the balance.

I am slowly becoming obsessed with Josh Lanyon’s books. I did think Fair Play was a solid book, but it did get a little bogged down at some points compared to the first book, Fair Game. This is a continuation of the first book, so this absolutely cannot be read as a standalone. Elliot and Tucker have moved in together and we see reasons for them maybe not working well together in their daily lives. They make a good pair in bed, but outside of it? They find that they have obstacles to overcome in order to make their relationship work. For one, Tucker is very headstrong and forthright about his feelings, and Elliot, while also stubborn in his own way, is less about confessing his feelings like Tucker is.

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ARC Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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Author: Maragaret Rogerson
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 234 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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SYNOPSIS

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

I didn’t really know what to expect going into An Enchantment of Ravens, because the book had been gradually getting hyped up all summer and I just kept putting it off for some reason. Well, I definitely wish I read this sooner, because this book is EVERYTHING. I haven’t been in the mood for fantasy as of late, and I’ve been mostly sticking to contemporaries. So, if you’re like me and looking for a standalone fantasy where everything is pretty much wrapped up by the end of the book, this is that book.

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Review: Heart by Garrett Leigh

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Author: Garrett Leigh
Publication Date: October 27, 2014
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 204 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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SYNOPSIS

Cornish pastry chef Seb Wright dreads the summer tourist season. The cash injection to his artisan fudge pantry is more than welcome, the extra work, less so. Then one summer, a shadowy Good Samaritan catches his eye. Irish Traveller Dex is bewitching, a beautiful sullen enigma who turns Seb’s world upside down until he disappears in the night, vanishing like a mystical summer rain.

Twelve months later Dex is in the midst of a dark storm. A slave to his master, ‘Uncle’ Braden, he spends his days cleaning caravans and his nights working in Braden’s other businesses. His short summer with Seb seems a lifetime ago. Lost in the savage violence of the murky underworld, he doesn’t dare dream he’ll ever find his way back, until one night, a brutal crime opens the door for a chance escape. A new life beckons, old faces emerge, and immersed in the heady vibe of London’s East End, new love begins to heal his fractured heart.

THIS BOOK. This book is way intense and should definitely come with trigger warnings? I mean, the blurb kind of alludes to it, but one of the characters, Dex, was sold into sex slavery when he was 13 and by the time this story starts, he’s 19. There aren’t any graphic scenes in particular. They are more fade-to-black in those cases, but we do see the aftermath with what happened to Dex being described and see how those scenes affect him. Trigger warnings for non-consent.

This story is told in three parts. The first part is told from Seb’s POV. Seb is a pastry chef and is working in his family’s fudge shop in a small little town. I wouldn’t say he’s necessarily content in his life in the little shop, but he’s itching for…something. Or someone. One summer day, he meets Dex, a Traveller, who is working at a stall by the beach. They have a fast connection and it’s sweet. Seb doesn’t know anything about Dex, but it doesn’t matter to Seb. After their one night together, Dex leaves and the two don’t see each other for 18 months.

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