Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2017

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

I’m doing top FOURTEEN today… 😉


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The Way Back to Us (Jamie Howard)

Gavin MacCormack found the one. He fell in love. Hard. Until one night he ran out for some ice cream and came back to an empty dorm room, closets bare and nothing but a quick hand-written note saying, I’m sorry. Those two words taught Gavin the meaning of heartbreak. A feeling he never wants to encounter again. And as the lead singer of a Grammy award-winning band he’s had plenty of opportunities for casual, no-strings fun, which is just the way he likes it.

Dani Winters has had more names than birthdays. On the run with her father for nearly as long as she can remember, she’s lived her life by three rules — always plan for the worst, maintain a low profile at all costs, and never let anyone get too close. Except she broke that last rule once and her heart has never forgiven her.

One chance encounter changes everything. Seeing Dani resurrects feelings in Gavin he thought were long buried, and this time he’s not letting her disappear without getting some answers. But Dani’s life is the definition of complicated and she’s playing with fire by letting Gavin back in. When the time comes to run again, Dani needs to decide if a life without love is worth living, or if it’s time to stop running and fight.


Once again, I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to her blog in the next few days to read her take on this one.

I’ve loved all the books of this series so far, and this was another great installment. The writing was great once again, and I really liked that it was told in dual POV, because the story is so clouded with mystery.

About the characters, I’ll admit that I liked Gavin way way more than I did Dani. But again, this was because her character is not very transparent. Yeah, she kicks ass, but I wanted just more from her. While Gavin was always in, and I loved his openness regarding his feelings and his intentions. I also cannot get enough of the relationships within that group. I love them.

I really liked the connection between Dani and Gavin, but I felt like I was missing something. They met and fell in love in the past, and while the chemistry was very much there, I still didn’t know HOW it happened, and it bugged me a bit. Because I felt like Dani kept so much of her under lock and key, and I wondered how her first relationship with Gavin worked, if there was always so much of her that was hidden from him.

That’s what I wish I gotten more of, the development of the romance and the feelings, because I felt like I was coming in in the middle of their story without much context.

I did like the overall plot, though I thought it was a bit expected. But it was well done, and I really enjoyed the resolution.

I really recommend this book, and this series as a whole. So, if youhaven’t started Love Unplugged yet, please do!

ALL THE WAYS YOU SAVED ME | THE FEELING OF FOREVER

Cover Reveal: Hot Shot by Karina Halle

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Hot Shot by Karina Halle
Release Date: January 2nd, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Hang Le


Blurb:

Delilah Gordon has a secret.

She’s been in love with her best friend and the boy next door, Fox Nelson, since she was six years old.

And while most of her friends and family know about her unrequited crush, the one person who remains oblivious is Fox himself. To Delilah, it’s better this way. She’d rather pretend that they’re just friends, even though her feelings for the moody rugged mountain man are anything but tame.

Fox Nelson has a secret too.

As a wildland firefighter or “hot shot,” Fox parachutes into danger every day he’s on the job, risking all to fight wildfires that threaten ranches, forests and thousands of lives. But while Fox’s job is only for the brave, inside he feels anything but. The more he grapples with his raging demons, the more he realizes Delilah is the only one who can put out the flames.

As the two friends grow closer – and more intimate – than ever before, the more complicated their relationship becomes.

And Delilah has one more secret to reveal.

A secret that will change both their lives…forever.

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Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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Cover reveal: The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon

Guys, Amy Harmon has a new book coming out on February 13, 2018, It’s called The Smallest Part, and take a look at the cover.

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


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.


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.

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WWW Wednesday: December 6th 2017

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I started The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli this morning. I’ve only read one chapter so far, but I hope it’s a fast read.


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This week I finished The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen, which took me a long time because I was out of the country for a few days, and had little time to read, and The V Card by Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente.


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I’ll start Miss Mechanic by Emma Hart as soon as the ARC arrives on my kindle, hopefully today. And I’ll also start Pucked Over by Helena Hunting soon, I’ll probably listen to it at the gym.

Man Hands (Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby)

He puts the “screw” in screwball comedy…

BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don’t expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either — just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.


This was such an unexpected and delightful read. You guys know that I love anything by Sarina Bowen, but Tanya Eby was a new author to me, and I absolutely loved their collaboration on this book. This novel made me laugh out loud, and put a smile on my face for a long long time, so yeah, it’s getting 5 stars from me.

The writing was amazing, I loved every second of it. To me, it was perfect. I loved the humour and the voices… again, PERFECT! It was exactly what I needed. The plot is simple, there is no major drama, and I really liked the 2 main characters. Brynn and Tom were awesome, and completely perfect for each other.

The pacing is great, and the book flowed super well. It’s a perfect read for a rainy and cold day. This book will make you feel good, and laugh your ass off. I highly recommend it, and I can’t wait for book 2, because something tells me that I’m gonna love it as well.

November Wrap-Up

Another month gone. I managed to read 13 books, so not bad at all.


THIS MONTH I READ:


2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE:

I read 4 more books towards the NA reading challenge:

Which brings my total to 61 New Adult books read so far, which means I’m still at NA Expert level.


BOOKS REVIEWED:

  1. A Little Too Late (Staci Hart)
  2. Miss Fix-It (Emma Hart)
  3. The Shameless Hour (Sarina Bowen)
  4. Drowning Erin (Elizabeth O’roark)
  5. The Other Brother (Meghan Quinn)
  6. Trouble Next Door (Stefanie London)
  7. A Royal Mistake (Elizabeth Davis)
  8. Bad Princess (Julianna Keyes)
  9. Heartfall (J.B. Mcgee)

I didn’t read that much this past month, and I haven’t been blogging much either, to be honest. Work + thesis + a lot of new people in my life doesn’t leave that much time, and I’ve also been reading more just for me. Either way, what did you read this past month? Anything good you recommend?