FAV READS OF 2017! *warning: this is a short list*

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As I was drafting my annual ‘FAV reads of the year’ post, I realized there’s like only 9 books on this list, guys. In one whole year, I only really enjoyed 9 books and I read somewhere around 80. (I’m counting series as 1, and last year I had like over 20 on my favs list).

Here’s to 2018 being a better reading year and the books that actually made my favs list!:

✸Damaged Like Us (http://amzn.to/2BR0aRL) and
Lovers Like Us (http://amzn.to/2AQAZl1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

✸Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie http://amzn.to/2BrgX1m

✸The Becoming Of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin http://amzn.to/2kMOxb1

✸Flow (http://amzn.to/2Bn1NKR), Grip (http://amzn.to/2A6oBtW), & Still (http://amzn.to/2iK3yGg) by Kennedy Ryan

✸Ghosted by JM Darhower http://amzn.to/2iI3OFO

✸Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios http://amzn.to/2kMAsuh

✸The Queen and The Cure by Amy Harmon http://amzn.to/2AHCcZM

✸Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat http://amzn.to/2B5xBTW

…..and that’s it! 😆What were your top reads this year??

 

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 ❤ Below are some of the graphics I made for my fav reads this year ❤

 

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Unpopular Opinion Alert: Ruthless King by Meghan March

Ruthless King by Meghan March – 2 stars

****WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW***

This is one of those books that’s got rave reviews, everyone talking about how exciting and amazing this was and then… there’s me.

Bored as fuck.

Completely unimpressed with the lack of originality, the flat characters, the weak storyline, the cringe-worthy dirty talk from the hero, the god awful inner monologues from our heroine who felt the need to incessantly repeat how much of a “BASTARD” the hero is and how much she hates him but oh my godddddd why are my panties wet?

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How many times can she repeat how the distillery is in debt? How she refuses to let it fail? How much she hated her husband? How much she won’t let the hero fuck with her head?
I can answer that. TOO MANY TIMES.

Speaking of the hero: what a sad excuse for an anti-hero. Not once did we actually SEE the big bad man he’s made out to be. All we get is chatter from the other characters about rumors they’ve heard and things he’s supposedly done. Am I supposed to connect with or believe this guy is some cut throat killer when we get, like what, 4 lines out of him? And most of them are empty threats? Stop telling me what a badass he is AND SHOW ME.

Even if this changes in books 2 and 3, I wasn’t impressed with the writing enough to even want to continue.

“When was the last time you were fucked by a real man? Someone who knows what you need. Someone who’ll take control from you and give you what you’ve been dying for.”

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“Property of no man?
Bullshit.
Keira Kilgore is mine.”

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The ‘Husband comes back from the dead’ twist?

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And from what I’ve been told, this twist is barely mentioned in the next book and really serves no purpose. So it’s basically added as shock value and to lure readers to book 2?

“I’m going to fuck you like you’ve been begging a man to fuck you your entire life…”

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All around – weak.

Review: Whore by Willow Aster

“I think my whole life has been leading me to you.”

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Whore by Willow Aster- 4 Stars

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This book was such a pleasant surprise. Having found out about this from another author, I was actually nervous to read it. There seems to be a lot of mixed opinions, with people saying they either loved it or hated it. For me, I most definitely enjoyed this story, especially after the halfway mark.

Short summary of the book: Whore is about Lilith. Her occupation: I think you can guess, right? She’s a prostitute forced to work in a whore house run by her own selfish and vindictive mother. Her ex Nico is in the mafia, and though they haven’t communicated in years, he’s still oddly infatuated with her. But there’s another unexpected man who comes into her life. Soti. I don’t want to say much about either man or what happens in the story, but I will say this took some unexpected turns and had some mystery woven in. And while there were some slow moments, the author would just drop in little unexpected bombs (one moment you think all is fine and then the next sentence, BAM!) that had me speed reading to see how it’d all turn out.

What I loved: I couldn’t put this damn book down. Though the writing is a little … odd (I honestly can’t think of the word for it. It was sort of choppy, sort of simplistic? It also did that whole “telling not showing” thing most people hate but I don’t know why, it kind of worked here. At some points, it kind of reminded me of Tarryn Fisher’s writing.) I NEEDED to know what was up with Lili’s mother and why Nico was doing what he was. I ADORED Soti. What a fucking man.

“I want to right every wrong that’s ever been done to you. Not because of obligation, but because my heart burns for you, Lili—you’ve given it a reason to start beating.”

And his and Lili’s insta-lust-love-whatever actually kind of worked, too. I’m usually the first person to proclaim how much I hate insta-anything. But I swear to Christ their relationship was making me stupidly emotional.

“His lips are my redemption, laying claim on something in me that hasn’t been alive until now.”

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Maybe it was the way Soti so fiercely wanted to protect Lili. Maybe it was the way he just so easily went all in for her. Maybe it was the way they were just so sure about the other. Whatever it was, I was ALL about them together.

“Our bodies leave no room for doubt. She engraves her name on my heart; I know exactly when it happens. She leans back just long enough to look in my eyes, as if checking to see if this is real. What she sees there reassures her, and we both shake with the knowledge of it. Two lost souls, found.”

My only two complaints: I wanted more backstory on Nico!! As the antagonist of the story, we really get so little on him, his motives, his personality, his background. I for one love getting inside the head of the bad guy. Especially those in the mob. I really think the book would have benefited from getting his POV or just more info on him. The author also heavily used time jumps to move the story forward, which I’m just personally not the biggest fan of.

But I have to say the ending of this made the book for me. I loved it. It started a little slow, and with little given in the blurb, I wasn’t sure where this story would go. It turned out to be a really good read and I just love when you wind up devouring a book, not thinking you’d even really enjoy it.

“Our kiss feels like saltwater and sunshine and blood and pain and bliss, culminating in two hearts finally syncing up to the same heartbeat. Believing.
To believe in love is to accept it, to be sure of it.
I finally believe.”

Whore is out December 26th!| http://amzn.to/2ku7paZ

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Review: Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by JR Ward

“All I know is, she’s a pounding in my chest I can’t ignore.”

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Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by JR Ward – 4 Stars

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My thoughts on book 2 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series:

Totally obvious who John will turn out to be. But that’s okay.

Rage and Mary’s first meeting made me cringe a teeny tiny bit. But that’s okay.

I HATED what happened right before the first time they got together. But that’s okay.

I actually kind of *GASP* didn’t really like Mary. I’m awful, I know. But that’s okay.

This book was actually pretty slow and lacked action. BUT THAT’S OKAY.

Because Rhage’s sweet side made up for most of it (his devotion to Mary was just amazing) and just like book 1, the rest of the brothers are keeping me so intrigued. ESPECIALLY Butch. He is just everything and I love him so much. I know everyone goes mental for Z, but Butch’s moments in this book just solidified my adoration for him.

Are these books turning out to be as mind blowing as some have made them out to be? Mehhhhh not really. BUT, they def are entertaining. I am hoping the rest don’t take as long to pick up as the first two did.

💙Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) 💙

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Snowflakes & Fire escapes by JM Darhower

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Snowflakes & Fire escapes by JM Darhower –  5 STARS!

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“I may not have seen any stars that night, but this couldn’t really be Hell, I thought… not when I looked at him and swore I could see Heaven.”

I kind of want to punch myself for not reading this sooner. Like anything this woman writes, this story was freaking incredible! NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE, can cause such angst and pull so much emotion from the stories she creates.

“You can break people apart, but you can’t rob them of what’s them. You’ll never be without me, because I’ll always be part of you, just like you’re in me, Gracie. You’re my soul, love.”

This perfect little magnificent novella carried more love, more emotion, and more feelings in it than some full length novels I have read. This right here is why JM Darhower is my favorite author! Everything she writes is brilliant and this was no exception.

💙❄️ Snowflakes & Fire Escapes is the perfect snowy day read ❄️💙

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COVER REVEAL! THE SMALLEST PART by Amy Harmon

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I am SO SO SO excited for Amy’s newest book! & that blurb! 😲😱

Pre-order links:

Special pre-order price of $3.99. Price will go up to $5.95 upon release.

➜ Kindle: http://amzn.to/2BK97gx
➜ Kobo: http://bit.ly/2z90iip
➜ Nook: http://bit.ly/2yNSaQp
➜ iBooks: http://apple.co/2yNKNbn

Release date: February 13, 2018

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BLURB

“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Unknown

It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.

“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”

If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.

This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.

Cover design: By Hang Le – http://www.byhangle.com/

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About the author:

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written eleven novels — the USA Today Bestsellers, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Queen and The Cure, From Sand and Ash, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her next novel, The Smallest Part, will be released February 13, 2018.

Find Amy online:

Website: www.authoramyharmon.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoramyharmon

Facebook fan group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/amyharmon

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aharmon_author

Instagram: https://instagram.com/amy.harmon2/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-Harmon/e/B007V3HXUY

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5829056.Amy_Harmon

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/amy-harmon

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/P5AJP

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authoramyharmon/

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Roomies by Christina Lauren is here!! Review & PB giveaway!

“Mo stóirín, I fear I’ll like you too much.”

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Roomies by Christina Lauren – 4 Stars!

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Reading a book by Christina Lauren is ALWAYS a treat and a guaranteed awesome read. Light, fun, touching, and with their signature humor, Roomies was no exception.

First things first. From here on out, I only want to be referred to as ‘“Mo stóirín.” Because Irish speaking musicians is my new favorite thing.

Roomies tells the story of Holland Bakker (told primarily in her POV), whom I would like to point out is hysterical. I lived for her dry humor. Holland works in theater thanks to her well known uncle. In fact, most things Holland has are in thanks to her uncles. She’s perhaps just a little spoiled, but NEVER unappreciative. So when the opportunity to help her uncle comes in the form of marrying a virtual stranger, she jumps at the chance because 1.) she’s a little bored with her life and 2.) it doesn’t hurt that she’s been pining for her soon to be husband from afar for months as she’s been listening to him perform street music.

Holland convinces Calvin to go along with a fake marriage (don’t want to give too many specifics as to why 😉 ).

“He blinks, and a beat of silence passes between us where I think he’s asking, Well? Are we doing this? His fingers rub my waist gently, as if to remind me there’s no pressure.
I swallow, giving him a smile that says: Fuck yes we are.
Calvin turns back to Devon. “Dev, this is my fiancée, Holland. Holls, this is Devon.”
Fiancée.
And I die.”

There’s something about the “marriage of convenience” trope I LOVE. And reading about Holland and Calvin go from trying to figure out how to navigate a fake marriage to falling in love while also trying to chase their own dreams was just so damn adorable.

“But he kisses me like it’s love, and as he pushes faster into me, he sounds like a man overcome with love, and when he rolls so I’m on top of him, he watches me with something that looks a lot like love in his eyes.”

I already pointed out how much I adored Holland. But Calvin..he was something else. Christina Lauren has written a range of heroes in the past: Asshole, player, comic book nerd, smooth talking lover. But Calvin was just …just a GOOD guy. A genuinely sweet, good, caring, patient amazing guy.

“I think you might be the best girl there ever was.” .

I loved Holland and Calvin together. Loved the humor. Loved the side characters. Roomies was a super fun and entertaining read and something fans of Christina Lauren will no doubt enjoy!

 💙 Roomies is out TODAY! | http://amzn.to/2jqoINh 💙


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I’m hosting a Paperback giveaway of ROOMIES on my Instagram page! Click here to enter!

Review: Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward

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Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward – 4 Stars

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Keeping my review for Dark Lover short and sweet because, well, I have like 16 freaking books in this series to get through!&&!((@! If you are one of the only people left on the planet who hasn’t read this series, it’s about vampires. Big, alpha, leather wearing, crazy vampires and their women.

I hate hate hate insta-love. Over the years I’ve started to kind of hate alpha males. I hate cheesy lines. If I read the phrase “you’re mine”, my eye starts twitching.

Did this book have all of that? Yep.

Did I care? Nope. Given this was written in 2005, I’m letting it slide.

I’m like stupid intrigued with the rest of the brothers, when I found out Butch gets his own book I did a little happy dance (I already have such a soft spot for that meathead) and this just seems like a series that gets better as it goes on. We shall see.

It did take me until like 60% to really get into the story and it wasn’t as intense as I was expecting or would have liked it to be, but it was still entertaining and I’m excited to get to book 2! I have a feeling Rhage is going to be my fav 😉

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) | http://amzn.to/2ArvvN9

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Unpopular Opinion Alert: Review of A Promise Of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet

 A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles, #1) by Amanda Bouchet – 2.5 Stars

I relatively liked this. Enough to read the other books? Still not sure.

 I liked the way Greek mythology was incorporated into the story. BUT the world the author created was not very gracefully presented. The names of countries and even the people were too similar, a map in the beginning would have been helpful, and the modern language (mainly from Cat) that was used was mismatched with the setting. I think it was an interesting premise, but it just felt badly executed. Was there a plot other than the romance? Not really. Between Cat basically having every power there was and Griffin being a mountain of a man who could kill anyone, it got boring that they never faced any real, non-convenient challenges or worthy opponents. And after about 30% all we get is sexual tension and argumentative banter and the ‘fantasy’ plot just kind of fades.

 I kept forgetting this wasn’t YA and I think it was because to me Cat came off as childish, contradictive, whiny, and a little immature. She’s basically a woman-child who is as stubborn as she is inconstant. And holy shit was she inconstant. I know a lot of people liked her but her personality just felt a little forced. She almost felt like a parody or imitation of a snarky character and her aggression towards Griffin and attitude got on my nerves. I really could have done without all the “Gahs!” in her inner thoughts, too. They just came across as so juvenile.

 I really did like the other characters but would have liked a little more depth and attention on them. Not much was given, and being solely in Cat’s head gave the reader very little information on them.

 Despite my annoyances, I think this series definitely shows promise, but I just don’t know if I want to eventually continue with it.

A Promise Of Fire is only 55 CENTS right now on Amazon.  So if you want to give it a shot, now would be the time to buy it. Who knows, you may like it way more than I did *shrugs* 🙂  ➜ http://amzn.to/2ib6saD

Fav: Love Me With Lies Series by Tarryn Fisher

I’ve read most of Tarryn Fisher’s books, but her Love Me With Lies series still remains my absolute favorite. And even though I read it years ago, the quotes still give me chills   The first 2 books are also currently on sale, so if you love some angsty romance, now is the time to grab it!  Scroll down to read my view for book 1. To read my reviews for book 2 and 3, click here and here.

The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies Book 1) ➜ http://amzn.to/2hLisMd

Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies Book 2) ➜ http://amzn.to/2A0dOV1

Thief (Love Me With Lies Book 3) — MY FAV ➜ http://amzn.to/2iJQHoi


“You are the only woman I know how to love. The only woman I want to love.”

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I would like to start my review with a question: Why is everyone in this book such an asshole?

My next question: Why did I love them anyway? Does loving a bunch of assholes make me an asshole?

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book before where I hated every single main character. Yes, you read that right. I hate them all. Including Caleb. BUT (before you kill me) I will say I also have never read a book where as much hate as I had, I LOVED them just as much. So yes…. I hated them. I loved them. And I hated myself for loving them.

“You can only give your heart away once; after that, everything else will chase your first love.”

And even though I didn’t understand the majority of the decisions any of these lunatics made, I still found myself COMPLETELY intrigued and invested in this story and was not able to put it down.

I still found myself gasping, and screaming, and getting that giddy feeling in my chest whenever Caleb said something sweet or romantic:

“Can I be your favorite girl?”
“You already are, Duchess.”

UGHH that nickname.

“And my personal favorite, your lips.” He smiled as a pink flush crept up my neck. “Full and sensual, puckered, and always turned down at the corners. They kind of make me want to kiss them until they smile.”

And I was pleasantly surprised with how funny this was. All of Olivia’s inner thoughts, especially when it came to Leah, were hysterical.

“She is the devil’s spawn, evil, with red hair and motives as big as Ursula the sea witch’s ass.” –that quote right there had me laughing so hard I almost choked on my drink.

I fell in love with Tarry Fisher’s writing and I just love books that are so different than what I have read in the past. Books that frustrate and anger you, and make you sigh and then want to weep and then laugh all at the same time. Books like this one.

“Caleb was like a hurricane that swept through my life, stirring up things inside of me that I never knew existed.
He is a longing I will never cure.”

I am so enraptured with these characters and this story. Brilliantly and flawlessly written.

Other favorite quotes:

“I didn’t choose her,” his voice breaks. “Love is illogical. You fall into it like a manhole. Then you’re just stuck. You die in love more than you live in love.”

“I’ve got more of her in my veins than blood.”

“Let me carry you out. I’ll never let you touch the ground. I was made to carry you, Olivia. You’re fucking heavy with all of your guilt and self-loathing. But, I can do it. Because I love you.”

“I wanted it — that was the surprising part. Selfish, self-centered Caleb Drake loved a girl so much he could already feel himself changing to accommodate her needs. I fell. Hard. For the rest of this life and probably the next. I wanted her — every last inch of her stubborn, combative, catty heart.”

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