I swear, when I set out to select my favorite books from 2017, I told myself, “NO MORE THAN TEN!” Well, that didn’t go over as planned. I tried, I promise. But there was too much I loved from this year. So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are my top SEVENTEEN of 2017!
Jenn’s Top Reads of 2017
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
In my review, I said that every line in Good Boy was pure magic, and at the end of the year, that still holds true. Bowen and Kennedy gave us one of the funniest, most endearing books of the year.
Egomaniac by Vi Keeland
First, that cover…. Wow! Those eyes are enticing. And so was the story. Keeland always manages to hook me in with just a few paragraphs. Egomaniac was a non-stop, one sitting read.
Anything You Can Do by RS Grey
Anything You Can Do is Grey’s best book to date. The banter between Daisy and Lucas, childhood friends, and now bitter rivals, was unmatched. There wasn’t a moment in this book that I wasn’t completely invested. It was perfection from cover to cover!
What I Need by J. Daniels
CJ Tully was worth every bit of the long wait we had for him. I loved the friends to lovers theme in What I Need. But I really loved how Riley wanted to find herself before she let herself fall in love with CJ. You can’t go wrong with an Alabama Summer book, and CJ gave Luke a run for his money!
Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
Lance’s story is Hunting’s best book thus far. Nothing else compares. I felt sucker punched by all this emotion that came out of nowhere! I knew there had to be more to Lance’s wild ways, but I never in a million years thought he ran so deep and was so vulnerable. It was just an incredible story and not at all what I was expecting.
Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen
I love a well written second chance love story, and Pipe Dreams was executed perfectly. There was very little drama in this story, but I think that’s something I loved most about it. This was Mike and Lauren. No real drama, just undying love and affection. After, of course, Lauren made Mike work for it. Plus, the dedication was pretty sweet.
Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen
You want to see a book that takes emotion to the extreme?? This book had it all. I can’t remember the last time I found myself so vested in fictional characters. Goodbye Paradise isn’t just one of Bowen’s best books, it’s one of the BEST books I have EVER read.
Someday Soon by Laura Ward
Laura Ward is the one author you should be reading if you’re not. Why are you not?? Her books are something special, and Someday Soon was outstanding. It was all about the simple things. The stolen moments and glances. The trips to the grocery store, and walks along the lake. It’s about two best friends, not being afraid to take the next step. It was about two people falling in love, and growing together.
Burnt Sugar by Layne Harper
It’s pretty widely known that I don’t do rock stars. But I have two exceptions… Jake Wethers, and Aaron Emerson. MK and Aarons story is not an easy one, and it certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. Get ready, because Harper is going to rip your heart out of your chest, drag it through the mud, and stomp on it before she even considers putting it back together. And I promise you’ll love every single second.
The Darkest Sunrise/The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez
There has never been a roller coaster of a book quite like this duet. Martinez takes you on a journey through two families suffering from tragedies, having no idea how closely related they are. I clung to every word of these stories, and months later, I’m still thinking about them. Read it with a box of tissues, but just make sure you read it.
The Time in Between by Kristen Ashley
Once again, Ashley weaves a gorgeous, second chance love story. The Time in Between focuses on just that… what happens during the years you’re apart. Can you overcome all the hurt and misunderstandings suffered during that time? Can you move past it and look towards a future? As soon as I finished reading, I went right back to the start, and read it again immediately. Perfection!
Fix Me Not by Carey Heywood
Enemies to lovers is a tried and true favorite of mine, and Asher and Paige take it to another level. I was already head over heels in love with Asher from when we met him in his brothers’ book, and I knew it would take a kick-ass, feisty woman to get him out of his workshop. Paige was the girl of my dreams… and Ashers. I can’t say enough good things about this series!
Bountiful by Sarina Bowen
Oh, Zara. My beautiful, hard-headed Zara. I didn’t know what to expect from your book, but I knew I would love it. And I did. Every single second. Too often in a secret baby book (and that wasn’t a spoiler), the secret drags on too long. I get frustrated by the immaturity and the inability to see what’s right in front your face. Zara and Dave were real life. I don’t quite know how to put it into words, but their story was just so authentic. It was a beautiful story about getting exactly what you want, and what you deserve.
A Little Too Late by Staci Hart
A Little Too Late is a stunning, yet heartbreaking look at falling in love at the absolute worst time. It’s the gorgeous story of two hearts just out of each other’s reach. It’s is an intense, emotional meeting of two souls destined to break through the roadblocks in their path. This was one of those stories that I wanted to savor. It was beautifully written and engaging. I am looking forward to working my way through Hart’s backlist.
Crank by Adriana Locke
About halfway through Crank, I knew it would be a featured player in my top reads of the year. Crank is the perfect example of a story that flourishes from having well-rounded characters. Each one of the players in this book felt like your best friend. You knew their closely guarded secrets and dreams. The writing was utterly fantastic, and I was fully vested in their from the start. I LOVED Walker and Sienna’s story.
The Hookup by Kristen Ashley
I’ve been saying it since I read the final word of the story, and I’m not sure I can come up with another way to say it. The Hookup is Kristen Ashley’s best story to date. And that’s coming from a girl who thinks nothing can come close to Fairytale Come Alive. What happens if you’ve found the “one”…but she has to leave you? What happens when your true “one” finds you before the other one returns? What happens when everything you thought you wanted is nothing you wanted at all? This book had everything. EVERYTHING.
Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby
I usually avoid books with over the top raunchy comedy. I live with an eleven year who thinks the most inane things are funny. But this book…. this book had me laughing while tears poured down my face. You want to talk about perfect execution and comedic timing? Man Hands has it in spades. It’s chock-full of hysterical one-liners that will have you laughing so hard, people will stare at you (not that I’m speaking from experience.) Tom and Brynn’s love story might be surrounded by comedy, but it’s sweet, and it’s real, and it’s simply lovely.