Sara’s Favorites of 2017

2017 felt like a good year to hide under the covers with a good book. Here’s what did it for me this past year.

UF/Romantic Fantasy

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
The last (contracted) book in Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series hit it out of the park. Everything from the smoldering romance between Nevada and Rogan to the revelations of series secrets were flawless.
If you like detailed worldbuilding and original plots you should totally read this series.

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
Most series start to get stale after a certain number of books, but Patricia Briggs’ Mercedes Thompson series continues to deliver. Silence Fallen contains, for the first time, Adam Hauptman’s point of view and a change of scenery that adds new depth to the world Briggs has created.

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve read anything in Singh’s Psy-changeling series and I was able to dive right back in without feeling lost. Singh is another author who isn’t afraid of mixing it up to ensure that her books remain fresh and fun. The bears of Silver’s Silence are hilarious and yet the story never becomes cartoonish. Can’t wait to read the next one.

Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter
Book three in Hunter’s Soulwood series gives even more insight into Nell, her family and her colleagues, as well as teases the idea of a little interoffice romance. A fantastic and original story that can easily be read by those unfamiliar with Hunter’s hugely successful Jane Yellowrock series.

Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller
Borrowed Souls is a wonderful debut novel for Mueller. It offers a bold, new story for readers of UF to immerse themselves in. Callie and Derek are a fantastic couple and the whole concept of borrowing souls is well thought out and intriguing.

The Queen and The Cure by Amy Harmon
Book two in Amy Harmon’s The Bird and Sword Chronicles series, The Queen and the Cure is a detail-rich Fantasy in which swords and sorcery lead to romance, adventure and ultimately redemption.

Contemporary Romance

Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley
Fans of Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chick series have been waiting for what seems like forever for the story of Dolly Parton lookalike Daisy’s story and Kristen Ashley did not disappoint. This novella was beautiful. Keep your Kleenex handy if you pick this one up. You’ll need it!

Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders
The first of Anders’ Blank Canvas series, Under Her Skin is a dark and gritty Romance. It wasn’t an easy book to get through and dealt with some heavy subject matter but there was a huge emotional payoff. A great start to an excellent series.

The Time In Between by Kristen Ashley
Not going to lie, I’m a huge Kristen Ashley fan. So I gobbled up this second-chance Romance. This book has everything fans of Ashley have come to expect, strong male characters, strong female characters and a huge emotional rollercoaster ride that ends in a happily ever after for the ages.

Honorable Mention

Master of Crows by Grace Draven
Master of Crows was published in 2009 and for some reason I didn’t pick it up until last year. I am so glad I did. Grace Draven’s books (any of them!) are amazing. Draven is a master story-teller and world-builder. The romance in Master of Crows was a slow burn, but it was so worth it in the end. I also love (LOVE!) Martise and her quiet strength. I’d recommend pretty much anything Grace Draven writes.

Be sure to check out this year’s favorites from Jen, Ronelle, Joanna and Elle.

Comments

  1. Sara you and I are highly compatible!! Great choices. Anne

  2. Fantastic list!!!

    I second Northwoman, we have lots of books in common as well.

    Anything by Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh and Patricia Briggs is awesome. Amy Harmon is another author that is incredibly versatile and writes spellbinding novels. KA is the QUEEN. And Grace Draven is someone not to be missed.

    Fantastic list. ♡♡

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