Favourite Reads from 2017.

I had some great reads this year and my love for YA continues. I also picked up a few fantastic contemporary reads, sci fi and some fantasy.

If I had one wish for books, I would love to see some more urban fantasy out there. It is one of my favourite genre to read and other than Faith Hunter, Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews, I haven’t really come across anything this year that made me super excited.

I also found reading and blogging was tough from around October onwards, as this is a busy time of year for me. I think learning to be ok saying no to stuff has been a learning curve. Because saying no to books seems a bit mad!

It has been so incredibly nice to just sit around and read these past few weeks over the holidays. I have had some fab reads in December, added a bunch of 2018 releases to my Goodreads tbr and finished a few books that have been languishing on my shelves. Bliss.

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and I hope 2018 is a fabulous year for you!

January
Pretty Face (London Celebrities) by Lucy Parker
February
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
March
The Hating Game: A Novel reread by Sally Thorne
April
What Matters: A steamy rich girl meets bad boy romance by Gracie Leigh
May
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses) by Sarah J. Maas
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
June
Sunset Park (Five Boroughs Book 2) reread by Santino Hassell
White Hot (Hidden Legacy) by Ilona Andrews
July
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
August
Illegal Contact (The Barons) by Santino Hassell
No Limits by Ellie Marney
Flame in the Dark (A Soulwood Novel) by Faith Hunter
September
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
October
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Archangel’s Viper (A Guild Hunter Novel) by Nalini Singh
November
Fence 1 by CS Pacat and Johanna the Mad
December
Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock) by Faith Hunter
Fence 2 by CS Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Deal Maker by Lily Morton

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Relationship Status by K.A. Mitchell.

This is the 3rd book in the Ethan and Wyatt  series, about a young couple who meet at University. I really like these new adult books and was eager to read this final volume. The first two dealt with their initial meeting and both of the characters learning to trust and love. This final books is more about adulting and learning to live together.

As always, K.A. Mitchell, writes sweet, angsty and hot relationships that are realistic and enjoyable. This latest installment was great final chapter in their romance and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did find myself a little on edge initially as I kept thinking something truly horrendous was going to happen, but it didn’t eventuate and I felt the 2nd half of the book was stronger as a result. Lots of learning, compromise and growing up.

A great read and a lovely final book.

4 Stars
Goodreads
Amazon

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. 

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Trustworthy by Astrid Amara

This is the second book in the sci-fi  Policy of Lies series and is a solid follow up. Ivo and Mack were involved when they were younger, but they’re separated after a battle with rebel forces. Years later Ivo, with no memory of his past, ends up taking Mack prisoner and the reunion begins.

It is definitely not all hearts and flowers and our heroes are certainly made to work for their happily ever. They’re on opposing sides of a corporation war and this becomes more apparent with a few surprising admissions from Mack. I enjoyed the world building, which was pretty dark and oppressive. There was plenty of snarky tension between the leads and it was super hot. Ivo has a unique and refreshing voice, despite his memory loss and I just adored Mack.

This was definitely enjoyable, but it felt a little short. If anything,  I wanted a little more from the novel, longer maybe and more depth. Good read and I recommend you check out A Policy of Lies. 

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
4 Stars
Goodreads
Amazon
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March Wrap Up.

This has been a good reading month, with my favorite being Shadows Seduction and some more good stuff from Carina Press.

Shadows Seduction by Kresley Cole 4 stars. A good read, I am hoping for more.
King’s Captive by Amber A. Bardan 4 stars. Crazy sauce, but entertaining.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. 5 stars. A re read, still a delight. Cannot wait for more.
Single Malt by Layla Reyne . 4 stars. Interesting start to a new series.
Off Base by Annabeth Albert 4 stars. I liked this start to the series. Military romance.
The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston. 4 stars. Liked it. Such a great urban fantasy. Women with agency. And dogs.
The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston. 4 stars. Liked it.
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs. 4 stars. Mercy in France.
Promised Land by Adam Reynolds and by Chaz Harris, Christine Luiten (Illustrator), Bo Moore (Illustrator). 5 stars. Loved this. More kids books like this I reckon!
Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen. 4 stars. Great start to the series.
Winter by Marissa Meyer. 3 stars. Long book was long.
Here Kitty, Kitty! by Shelly Laurenston. Re read of older 5 star book. Needed some hillbilly cats.

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