2017 both flew and crept by. I feel like I read and reviewed fewer books than I have in the past, but I was better able to come up with a full list this year. I had a lot of fun reading in ’17. Even when I was frustrated.
1. Skin After Skin (PsyCop #8) by Jordan Castillo Price
I don’t want to be told a tale. I want to be shown a tale. This book did just that. I’ve wanted a Crash origin story for years and this did not disappoint.
2.Lickety Split by Damon Suede
Yeah okay I feel like I shouldn’t have an absolute favorite so I can neither confirm nor deny that I feel this is the best book I’ve read in years. And I still want to marry it. We’ll be happy together.
3. Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs of Love #2) by Anyta Sunday
This book was so much better than I had anticipated. Mostly I just feel dumb Anyta Sunday hadn’t been on my radar before this.
4. Cask Strength (Agents Irish and Whiskey #2) by Layla Reyne
This series is like crack. It’s a bunch of action and adventure and falling in love and just enough angst to make it all perfectly suspenseful. This was the best of the bunch.
5. Tap-Dancing the Minefields by Lyn Gala
I love Tank and Clyde. And of course Lev but really Tank and Clyde. Clyde cares so much. I even love John. Actually I have to confess for a time I thought John would die because he doesn’t really have a name. But anyway, I really enjoyed this book and its portrayal of relationships.
6. Oversight (The Community #2) by Santino Hassell
For the most part I thought this series was pretty lackluster. There were some really great suspense aspects and the relationships between the brothers made at least this book worth it all. This book was really where it all came together.
7. The Jackal’s House (Lancaster’s Luck #2) by Anna Butler
Wow this book was good. All the world building and characterization from the first book pays off big time. And things happen! Important things! Spoilery things! It was so good.
8. Wake Up Call (A Porthkennack Novel) by JL Merrow
A vacation romance that wasn’t creepy! Woohoo! Both Dev and Kyle had a pretty rough time of it in this book yet didn’t drift into becoming each other’s whole world. I’d have loved this book for that alone.
9. Murder in Color (DaSunder Chronicles #2) by Emmi Lawrence
This is a damn good whodunit. This book also has a wonderfully cranky main character. I want more authors to allow their characters to be unpleasant. It doesn’t mean much if the perfect guy/girl always ends up with the perfect guy/girl. I want to read about people who have to deal with their own drama.
10. Pentimento Blues (Bellingham Mysteries #6) by Nicole Kimberling
Why did this have to end?!?! Why!?!?!? In reality I’m all for an author ending a series when they feel it is time, but why?!?!? These are such fun books and mysteries. I’m going to miss Bellingham.
Bonus Book: Lord of the White Hell book one(The Cadeleonian Series #1) by Ginn Hale
I feel like re-reading this book was a privilege. Saying I loved it and it’s a must read seems weak. I don’t care if people only hate read my reviews and refuse to read my recommendations on principle. This is the book that should be the exception. Well, this and the second book. You’ll want to finish the story.
Extra Super Bonus Book Coming in ’18: Lock Nut (The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #5) by JL Merrow
When Samhain Publishing closed my first thought was about this series, because I’m greedy and that was all about me. To say I’m relieved Riptide Publishing will be releasing this title in May ’18 is an understatement. I have attained running around in a circle and screaming levels of excitement. I just want it now!