Top 10 books (and series) of 2017

2017 has been an awesome year for me in terms of reading, and not just that.. It was the year I finally got the courage to create a blog and make a bookstagram and it has seriously been the best damn thing of the year. I love this community so much!

It doesn't even matter how much followers I have on here, I just love to share my thoughts on books with anyone who is interested, it doesn't matter if it's 100, 25, 7 or even just one single person who is reading, I'll continue sharing!

Thank you to those who have been supporting me on here, on Instagram or any other social media where I share bookish things! I'm super grateful for you, you've made my life happier. So, thank you so much.

Here are my absolute favorite books of the year, in no particular order though because I think that would give me a complex lol.

1. Grip Series by Kennedy Ryan
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2. The Checkmate Duet by Kennedy Fox

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3. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

4. Full Tilt Duet by Emma Scott

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5. Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.


Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, I became her darkest storm. 

6. Like Us Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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7. Drive by Kate Stewart

Music . . . the heart’s greatest librarian.

The average song is three and a half minutes long; those three and a half minutes could lead to a slow blink, a glimpse of the past, or catapult the soul into heart-shattering nostalgia.

At the height of my career, I had the life I wanted, the life I’d always envisioned. I’d found my tempo, my rhythm. Then I received a phone call that left me off key.

You see, my favorite songs had a way of playing simultaneously. I was in love with one man’s beats and another’s lyrics. But when it came to the soundtrack of a life, how could anyone choose a favorite song? So, to erase any doubt, I ditched my first-class ticket and decided to take a drive, fixed on the rearview.

Two days.

One playlist.

And the long road home to the man who was waiting for me.
8. Bad Habit by Charleigh Rose


I was infatuated with Asher Kelley the moment he came tumbling through my brother’s window five years ago. 

Even bruised and bloodied, he was the most beautiful boy I'd ever seen. 
We couldn't ever be together. 
I was too young, and he was too untouchable. 
He was too troubled, and I was too naive. 
But the heart is rebellious, and mine decided it didn’t care about any of those things. 
As I got older, harmless flirting turned to stolen moments in dark corners. 
Until one day, he was gone without a trace. 
Now, three years later, he’s back. 
Callous and cruel. 
He’s my brother’s best friend. My parents’ worst nightmare. 
I should hate him. 
But like a Bad Habit, I can’t quit him. 


I was drawn to Briar Vale from the first time she looked up at me with stars in her big, blue eyes. 
She was just a kid, nothing but elbows and knees, but she was the most beautiful creature I'd ever seen. 
We could never be together. 
I was too old and she was too off limits. 
She was too good and I was too fucked up. 
Eventually, the temptation became too much to resist. 
I risked everything for a kiss and she betrayed me. 
Three years have passed and I’m forced to see her again, but now she's all grown up. 
She’s my best friend’s baby sister. My downfall. 
I hate her for what she did. 
But she's always been my drug of choice.

9. Stay by A. L. Jackson


I’m Ash Evans.

The life of the party.

Hot. Rich. Charismatic.
A tattooed rock star with the world at my feet.
I burn through women faster than the strike of a match.

I’ve embraced my lifestyle and live it to the fullest.
Until the day my lifestyle caught up to me.

Willow Langston found me at my lowest.
Facedown in a puddle of my own blood.

I owe her my life and I have three months to repay that debt.
What I never should have done was touch her. Kiss her. Take her to my bed.

Love wasn’t supposed to be a part of the equation.
I gave up that nasty complication a long damned time ago.
Now I want her more than my next breath.
But she doesn’t know what I know.

Do I leave to protect her? Or can I face my demons and ask her to Stay? 

10. With This Heart by R. S. Grey

If someone had told me a year ago that I was about to fall in love, go on an epic road trip, ride a Triceratops, sing on a bar, and lose my virginity, I would have assumed they were on drugs. 

Well, that is, until I met Beckham. 

Beck was mostly to blame for my recklessness. Gorgeous, clever, undeniably charming Beck barreled into my life as if it were his mission to make sure I never took living for granted. He showed me that there were no boundaries, rules were for the spineless, and a kiss was supposed to happen when I least expected. 

Beck was the plot twist that took me by surprise. Two months before I met him, death was knocking at my door. I'd all but given up my last scrap of hope when suddenly, I was given a second chance at life. This time around, I wasn't going to let it slip through my fingers. 

We set out on a road trip with nothing to lose and no guarantees of tomorrow. 

Our road trip was about young, reckless love. 

The kind of love that burns bright. 

The kind of love that no road-map could bring me back from.

Review: When Sh*t Gets in the Way, Inês Vieira

Title: When Sh*t Gets In The Way
Author: Inês Vieira
Publication Date: December 26th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: College Romance

College freshman, Jessica Silva has finally gotten what she always wanted, to live on her own two feet in the greatest city of the world - New York City. 

But as the saying goes; Be careful what you wish for. 
City life isn't all that's cracked out to be. While Jess was the Queen B back in her hometown of Plymouth, NYC barely takes notice. 
To add insult to injury, Quaid 'Golden Boy' Stevens is also attending the same school. Mr. Perfect himself. Jess isn't fooled though. Quaid has always been on her sh*tlist for portraying the perfect illusion. No one is that flawless and good. 
Behind that, all American smile lives a liar with buried secrets. Quaid might have been lucky up till now in keeping them hidden, but Jess will do everything in her power to know what they are. 
She just has to make sure that she doesn't fall for him in the meantime.

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I'm so so glad I read this!! This was my first ever read by Inês Vieira, she's a Portuguese author who happens to write in English and I was just so happy about it!
I loved getting to read bits and pieces of my own language in a book, it's a pretty rare thing and it was totally awesome and oh so funny because Inês sure made it so.

I enjoyed everything about this book and I cannot wait to go read the first book in the series. That's right, this series has two books, and probably many more to come. Thank God for that!
You can read this book as a standalone but I'm positive you're gonna want to read them all, so it's probably best to read them in order. The only reason I didn't was because I simply didn't have time to read both before the release day of WSGITW, since I have so many other books I need to read by a certain date and also a lot of studying to do. But 'When Life Gets in the Way' is already on my January tbr and it will probably be one of the first ones I read once I get all the urgent arcs out of the way eheh.

“I’ll be seeing around, Jessica.” It's not a threat, but a promise and it heats my cheeks in such a way that I lower my face into my textbook, praying Quaid missed the effect he had on me with these little words. I hear him leave and drop my arms over my head on the table. Crap-fucking-tastic! I’m fifteen again getting hot and bothered by Quaid freaking Stevens!

I really loved Jess and Quaid's story so much. It was super funny and entertaining and also pretty sweet too. I loved the way it was written, it was beautiful and poetic. And I also really enjoyed the plot and the characters. Everyone had an important role in the story and I cannot wait for them all to get a book, fingers crossed for most of them. I'm also very curious to read Cass and Isac's story, it's gonna be a sweet and very emotional one, seriously cannot wait. I love me all the angst!!!

It’s as if Quaid’s first kiss was the promise and this is the prize. Tangled sweetness and fevered swollen lips find each other over and over again, and it’s just not enough. Not nearly enough. Making my intention clear that I want in, that I want to feel his hot tongue caress mine I push through a small window and dive in what can only be my own personal heaven and hell. Heaven because his taste is just as perfect as his touch. Hell because how will I ever be able to kiss anyone else and not compare it with this? It’s as if every kiss I have ever given could never measure up to even to a fraction of this one.

“You kissed me,” I had asked. “I did,” he had replied. “And you kissed me back,” he had stated shyly. Not enough. I’ve haven’t kissed you back enough.

Jess was the sarcasm queen and oh my god I just loved her to bits! She was super funny and she was honestly an amazing person despite all her initial bitchiness towards Quaid, she cares about everything and everyone and she is a great friend. Heroine goals right here.

“Never pegged you for a stalker, Quaid. You need to get out more if your sense of fulfillment is getting info on me. I’m not that interesting,” I say trying to defuse a bomb that I know will blow up in T minus 10 seconds. The bomb in this scenario is my wavering cool exterior that I’m trying really hard to maintain right now. Quaid leans back in his chair and places his arm over the back of my chair. His fingers are centimeters away from my hair. It’s distracting as hell, and as he leans into me, our faces are a breath away from each other. My heart does a little somersault in my chest, and I feel goose bumps spread all over my body. Even my toes aren’t immune to the earthy smell of wood and clean cut grass. His smell alone creates havoc on me, but his steel blue stare engulfs my senses.

Quaid was also a very sweet guy and he became more and more so throughout the book. Such a sweetheart. His only fault was hiding such a big secret, and not having the guts to lay his cards out when he should have.

All the side characters were amazing and I just seriously loved this bunch a lot, except for the two evil souls of Olivia and Hector obvs.

I highly recommend you guys pick this book up, it was so good!!!!

“And love? What’s the word for love?” he asks, taking a paused breath, waiting for a reply and I see the hidden panic in his eyes as a result of his bold question. ‘Tu.’   ‘You,’ I think, but I don’t say it because I am just as startled by his question as I am with my immediate internal reply.       “Amor,” I finally reply and I look up at him tracing my own fingers down his face reaching his jaw and pulling him closer to my lips and when they finally meet his, there is no longer use in hiding why my first answer to the word love was his sweet name.

Rate: 4,7 / 5 stars

Author Bio
Ines Vieira is the Author of the YA Contemporary Romance When Life Gets in the Way series and the upcoming NA Tyler Ranch Series.
She was born in Lisbon, Portugal, but has grown up all over. Having spent her childhood on the island of Bermuda, her first go to language is English, rather than her mother tongue. She has lived in the UK, where she taught English as a second language and learned how to bloody cuss more eloquently.
She is an avid reader and needs either a book or her beloved Kindle to travel with her everywhere at all times. She currently lives in sunny Portugal, with her husband and son and her one-click addiction.
She’s loving this crazy world of Indie Publishing and loves to give a helping hand to all new authors any way she can. A big believer in paying it forward, she is the poster child for Monty Pythons “Always look on the Bright side of Life”

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Back in the Game, Meghan Quinn:

You got your single dad romance right here!! Calder was so dreamy, seriously. He was the total freaking package. It was impossible not love him, Rachel is testament to that!

I loved their ease with each other, their cute, fun and sometimes sexy banter. The way they just fell into a effortless relationship *heart eyes*. They were truly destined to be together. I loved this one. Definitely sweet, definitely steamy, definitely funny. 

“And that right there.” She pokes my cheek. “The way you blush, it’s hot. You’re this confident, attractive man, but you can blush as red as a tomato in seconds. Some women like a cocky son of a bitch, not me, I like my men sensitive, sweet, and animals in bed. I know the first two are true, waiting to find out about the third.” She wiggles her eyebrows. This woman, she has me by the fucking balls, and quickly. It’s scary how much I like her, and it’s not just because she’s smart, funny, and keeps me on my toes. It’s the way she can easily pick out my best qualities, the qualities I take great pride in.

And I can't wait to go read Three Blind Dates now, and get Hayden 's story!

Yard Sale, Charleigh Rose:

I about died when I started reading this and my babies were mentioned, I missed them so much. So we were off to a fantastic start.

This one is a one night stand to baby momma and it was so fun and steamy. And then it was a little angst-y and super sweet. You'll love Cam and Mollie, and all the Asher and Briar glimpses!! I loved it. 

I can't freaking wait to read everything Charleigh will give us involving this group of characters, I just seriously loved them all so much and I want so much more of them. Give me everything Charleigh!

“You looked sad.” I shrugged. “I guess I wanted to fix it. Also, your ass looks fucking phenomenal, and I wouldn’t mind spending time with it again. I mean you. You again. And also your ass.”

“The point is, we had chemistry right off the bat. You’re the one girl I didn’t want to leave the next morning. And when I saw you in the lobby, my gut reaction was to be glad that you were back. And the more time I spend with you, the more I fucking want you.” 

Oh Cam, you are seriously great! Isn't he?

Sin Bin, Mandi Beck:

Another one night stand to baby mamma and boy this one was extra steamy, uh uh! You'll absolutely fan yourself at Jason Dagger! 

I fuck women and then they leave. That’s how I like it. But somehow, in a matter of seconds, Stella got under my skin. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t give a shit about who I am. Even after she found out I was a pro athlete. I’m not sure when that started to matter but her not caring and treating me any differently made me want to reward her. With my cock.

Boy is he sexy, and kind of an asshole at face value but then he turns out to be actually sweet. It was super cute.

My eyes fall to her full lips then up to her eyes, nearly black in the dark interior of the truck. Without saying a word, I tug again until we’re meeting over the center console, mouths a breadth away, our eyes touching over every inch of the others face before locking. “I’m going to kiss you right now Stella. Here, when it’s just you and I, because I want to. Not because you’re pregnant with my kid, but because you’re fucking beautiful and I want you more than I’ve ever wanted another woman and I gotta tell you, that scares me. The way you fit so well in my life, with my family, scares me. But it also feeds this need for you.” I admit.

One Good Man, Emma Scott:

Janey dropped her hand from her dry chin, fuming. I expected her to flounce away. But she snatched the napkin out of my hand, dropped it into her bag, and coolly walked away. I wasn’t in love with her, but in that moment, I knew someday I would be.

“Relax, will you? She’s just a girl, not the black plague.” He regarded me for a moment more and then nodded. “Just a girl. Okay, good.” Just a girl, but the first girl I’d ever wanted to know for more than a night.

I think this one could fall in the historical romance genre. Just a little bit.

And I don't read historical romances, they bore me so much but I seriously enjoyed this and I would totally read more of these two. 
I really adored Adrian and Janey. Their story was super sweet and I would love to have more of these two! 

Seriously though, I really wouldn't mind reading more of these two, for real they were just so sweet and good. I loved them. Wholeheartedly. 

Our breaths came hard in between kisses because we weren’t done kissing. In that moment, I didn’t think I would ever be done kissing Adrian. I didn’t want to kiss anyone else ever again. It was too soon to be thinking thoughts like that, but the way Adrian looked at me when we finally came up for air let me think I wasn’t alone. 

Switch Hitter, Sara Ney:

Another I would love to have more of, like for real, please make this a full novel, please! I really freaking enjoyed this!! It was so much fun, and cute and damn that last chapter.. I wanted more of everything with these two.

This was actually the first time I read anything by Sara Ney, but I am planning on reading at least the first book in the How To Date a Douchebag series this month. But knowing how much everyone loves this series, and how funny they say they are, and also taking into account how much I enjoyed this novella, I KNOW I'm gonna love Sara Ney's books and I probably will end up reading the whole series. I can't wait to start! I'm even more excited now than I was before, and it was already a lot ahah.

“Hey Lucy?” “Hmm?” “Know what I’m going to do?” “What?” “I’m going to date the shit out of you.”

Okay, so I know there's one novella missing. Apparently, Adriana Locke's novella wasn't part of the arc so I haven't read it yet. So if you want to know about that one, I guess you're just gonna have to get this anthology, I know that's what I'm gonna do. And believe me, it's 100% worth it! 

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LJ Shen
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Kennedy Ryan:
Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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Adriana Locke:
A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys.

From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books.

I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.

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Mandi Beck:
Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.
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Emma Scott:
I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.

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Charleigh Rose:
We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the taboo, thought-provoking stories we want our audience to have--without filters.

Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, intelligent novels that will leave you wanting more.

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Ella Fox:
When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.

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Sara Ney:
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

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Meghan Quinn:

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Kate Stewart:
Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

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Rochelle Paige:
Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she's written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense.

She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.
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