Shelly’s Favorites of 2016

What an amazing year for romance. I read some really good ones this year including a couple historicals.

If you’re a fan of Lisa Kleypas’s historicals and haven’t read her Ravenels series, you’re missing out. This was a new to me author and I couldn’t have been more pleased with Marrying Winterborne, book 2 in the series. Rhys and Helen’s romance was a sweet, fun and well told story about choosing what’s good for you in spite of what society says.

Each of the past few years, M.Q. Barber’s put out a story that I’ve really liked and this year was no exception. Finding their Balance is book 5 in her Neighborly Affection series and continues the story of Henry, Jay and Alice. Well worth the read in you’ve followed that series but I wouldn’t recommend as a stand alone.

I waited for Grace Draven’s book 2 in the Wraith Kings series, Eidolon, patiently. I wasn’t sure it would be worth it because I’ve been disappointed before but this one was absolutely worth the wait. Jen loved it too.

If SEALs are your thing, Embattled Road should be right up your alley. It’s the prequel to JM Madden’s Lost and Found series and it’s good short but good.

I’ve read everything put out by Christine Wenrick and when Leaving Lily Behind came out I was never so happy. It’s book 3 of the Men of Brahm Hills series continuing the saga of good versus evil, Dhampirs, vampires, humans and all things that go bump in the night. It’s tightly woven with the series just in case you’re tempted to read as a standalone.

One of my favorite writers is Allyn Lesley. She’s one of these authors who can pen a tale about an anti-hero and make you fall in love with him. Deeper, book 2 in her Descent series is no exception to that. Noah is no saint and Avi knows it.

Happy reading folks!

Honorable mention goes to:

Angel 6.0 – Concubine by Travis Luedke
A Bad Bit Nice by Josie Kerr
Happily Ever All-Star by Sosie Frost
The Devil’s Bedpost by Lena Hart
Falling by Allyn Lesley
Sucker Punched by Kelley Martin

Review: The Best Ever by Josie Kerr

best everReviewed by Shelly

If you’ve not read the first book in this series, I highly recommend that you do. 1 – because it’s good and 2 – because that book has many of the back stories for what transpires here. I was really looking forward to this book after reading Em and Mick’s story and their requisite best friends Ashley and Rory.

Ashley Richards is in her early to mid-forties and a realtor. She’s a good realtor and has sacrificed much of her personal life to be one. She used to go out with boys in their 20s before meeting Rory. One of the less talked about aspects of Ashley is that she’s a former beauty queen. She’s the perfect sales person really, because she’s got the looks, poise and brains for the job. But even with all that, there was something about her I didn’t really like. To be honest, I don’t know if it was her character or just the story that I didn’t find appealing. The thing is – she’s a good person, a nice person, a good friend, a good employee, a good daughter, and a good sister, but even with all that, there was just something that didn’t vibe with me. [Read more…]

Review: A Bad Bit Nice by Josie Kerr

bad bit niceReviewed by Shelly

I’m not a big fan of the all over body tattoos that have become so popular and trendy; really, a little goes a long way with me. But I’ll tell you this dear readers, if I’d judged this story by that standard, then I would have missed out on a very good story. What really drew me to this story was the age of the hero and the heroine. It’s so unlikely to run across a romance where both characters aren’t in their 20s or 30s and I’m not talking about when the hero is older while the heroine is much younger.

A Bad Bit Nice is my first story by Josie Kerr and it’s the first in her ‘Second Chance Neighbors’. I can’t say that I was disappointed in any one character – maybe the bad guy; he wasn’t bad enough. For a rare and pleasing change – everything fell in sync with me reading about Em and Mick. [Read more…]