~Wendy’s Top 10 Favorites Books of 2017!~

 

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So far, this year, I have read 410 books and I am pretty sure I will be adding some before 2017 comes to an end. I still wanted to do this now, because with all the books I still want to read, reviews I still have to write, and Christmas shopping I still have to do…I might forget. 😉

For me, 2017 was filled with lots of awesome books.

Unfortunately, I can’t name them all right now, so I decided on a top 10 for my favorite MF books, and a top 15 for my favorite MM books, since I read those most.

My top 10 MF books …

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Like I said…there were plenty more I loved but these ones really stood out for me.

I especially loved “Logan” by Jay McLean, which had me sobbing like a little baby. The “Grip” series by Kennedy Ryan changed my life! Absolutely heartbreaking and wonderful!

I have waited a long time for the release of “Give me Hell” by Kate McCarthy, but this book was definitely worth the wait!! Nashoda Rose always knows how to blow me away and “Kept from you” was no exception. 😉

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Now, on to my favorite MM books of 2017…

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There were so many great MM books this year…it was very very hard to pick my favorites.

I was blown away by “Shelter the Sea”. I just love Jeremey and Emmet so much! I hope we will hear from them again soon…TJ Klune used a lot of his magic this year, I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us next!

Sloane Kennedy made me cry my eyes out with “Finding hope”. So far this is my favorite out of all of her books, which is saying something because there are many. What’s also surprising, is that it’s an MMM book. I have never been a huge fan of menages, but Sloane really changed my mind on those. ;)…

Hailey Turner introduced me to Sci-Fi and actually got me to love it!!…Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott made me fall in love with Hollis Banner ❤ !!!! So of course “Devour” is on my list. This book gets extra credit from me, because Hollis really is my favorite character of 2017 !! Damn how I love that man!!!

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Krista and Becca showed me again, why they are my favorite authors, by not only writing awesome MF books but MM ones as well!! I love the “Like Us” series.

So as you can see…plenty of awesome books to pick from and if you haven’t read these yet, I highly recommend them!!!


I also want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and an amazing 2018, with lots of awesome books to read!!!

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~Release Blitz~Deal Maker by Lily Morton~

 

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36801370Title: Deal Maker
Author: Lily Morton
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: December 22, 2017

~Synopsis~

Sometimes your mouth makes deals that your heart can’t honour.
Jude is a highly successful model, but a very reluctant one. His life is full of casual hook-ups with pretty men in glamorous locations, but it’s still empty. However, circumstances decreed a long time ago that this was his path, so he’s resolutely stayed on it and accepted his fate with good grace. He made a deal with himself and his hook-ups. Get in, get out and no ties with anyone.
However, an accident at home one night leads to him making a new deal and accepting the offer of help from an unlikely source. It leads to an unexpected summer of falling in love with a larger than life man and his child.
But by the end of the summer his reasons for not staying are still valid. Will he turn away? Can he?
Asa is a talented actor who has spent time away from the scene to look after his son. But now he’s back, and the last thing he needs are complications from the gorgeous man who is staying with him. Scarred from too many betrayals, he has no intention of forming a lasting tie with anyone. However, he can’t resist the beautiful man with secrets, and to his horror he develops feelings.
But a deal’s a deal and they said it was just for the summer. What can Asa do with a man who has forever in his eyes and goodbye on his lips?


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~Pre-Release Review~Rebel (415 Ink #1) by Rhys Ford~

 

35491759Title: Rebel
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: 415 Ink #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 220 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: December 29, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

The hardest thing a rebel can do isn’t standing up for something — it’s standing up for himself.
Life takes delight in stabbing Gus Scott in the back when he least expects it. After years of running from his past, present and the dismal future every social worker predicted for him, Karma delivers the one thing Gus could never—would never—turn his back on; a son from a one-night stand he’d had after a devastating break-up three years ago.
Returning to San Francisco and to 415 Ink, his family’s tattoo shop, gave him the perfect shelter to battle his personal demons and get himself together… until the firefighter who’d broken him walked back into Gus’s life.
For Rey Montenegro, tattoo artist Gus Scott was an elusive brass ring, a glittering prize he hadn’t the strength or flexibility to hold onto. Severing his relationship with the mercurial tattoo artist hurt but Gus hadn’t wanted the kind of domestic life Rey craved, leaving Rey with an aching chasm in his soul.
When Gus’s life and world starts to unravel, Rey helps him pick up the pieces, and Gus wonders if that forever Rey wants is more than just a dream.


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This is a “second chance” story, in every sense of the word, and I myself am a huge fan of second chances. 😉

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Gus and Rey used to be a couple 3 years ago…until miscommunication causes them to break up. This, in turn, causes Gus to go out and get drunk off his ass and change his future forever. He doesn’t know about this big change until 2,5 years later though…when he is told about his son Chris.

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~Release Day Review~Deal Maker by Lily Morton~

 

36801370Title: Deal Maker
Author: Lily Morton
Page Count: 335 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: December 22, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Sometimes your mouth makes deals that your heart can’t honour.
Jude is a highly successful model, but a very reluctant one. His life is full of casual hook-ups with pretty men in glamorous locations, but it’s still empty. However, circumstances decreed a long time ago that this was his path, so he’s resolutely stayed on it and accepted his fate with good grace. He made a deal with himself and his hook-ups. Get in, get out and no ties with anyone.
However, an accident at home one night leads to him making a new deal and accepting the offer of help from an unlikely source. It leads to an unexpected summer of falling in love with a larger than life man and his child.
But by the end of the summer his reasons for not staying are still valid. Will he turn away? Can he?
Asa is a talented actor who has spent time away from the scene to look after his son. But now he’s back, and the last thing he needs are complications from the gorgeous man who is staying with him. Scarred from too many betrayals, he has no intention of forming a lasting tie with anyone. However, he can’t resist the beautiful man with secrets, and to his horror he develops feelings.
But a deal’s a deal and they said it was just for the summer. What can Asa do with a man who has forever in his eyes and goodbye on his lips?


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I absolutely loved the previous book… ❤ 

So I could not wait to get my grabby hands on this one! I finished it in one go…I don’t even think I took a pee break, that’s how much I enjoyed this one. 😀

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Now for those of you haven’t read Rule Breaker, no worries, this one can be read as a stand-alone. 😉 I don’t know why you would want to do this…but it’s possible.

Jude was introduced in the previous book as Dylan’s best friend. He’s a model, but other than that we didn’t get to know a lot about it. Well, beauty is only skin deep, but there is much more to Jude than meets the eye!!

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~Review~ Just a Bit Shameless (Straight Guys #8) by Alessandra Hazard~

 

37533173Title: Just a Bit Shameless
Author: Alessandra Hazard
Series: Straight Guys #8
Page Count: 271 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: December 13, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Sam Landon is a homeless eighteen-year-old thief who is desperate for a different life. When his skills attract the attention of the Secret Intelligence Service, Sam eagerly grabs the chance.
Sam’s determined to prove himself when he gets his first mission–to steal a flash drive from a paranoid crime lord–and is sent undercover as another agent’s sugar baby.
Dominic Bommer, his “sugar daddy,” is outrageously handsome, charming, rich, and pretty much perfect. Dominic is kind, generous, and protective of him.
Except “Dominic Bommer” is nothing but a role performed by a cynical MI6 agent, who is actually straight, aloof, and manipulative.
Sam is perfectly aware that everything Dominic does is carefully calculated, every emotion faked. He knows that men actually do nothing for Dominic and he doesn’t really want Sam.
But despite knowing all of this, Sam still finds himself falling hard for a man who doesn’t exist.
Or does he?


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I am a huge fan of this series…

And, except for Gabriel’s book, I loved every single one of them. Reading the blurb got me very curious to see where Alessandra was going with this one.

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Sam is a 18 year old “master” thief, living with a gang. His stealing buys him the protection he needs. Sam has been homeless for a very very long time. He ran away from home when he was just a little boy. This felt a bit unbelievable to me…but I just went with it.

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Dominic is a 27 year old agent for MI6, he’s agent 11 to be precise. He has been with MI6 for some time now. He is one of the best agents they have and he’s known for impeccable skills.

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~Release Blitz & Review~ In the Blood (Metahuman Files #4) by Hailey Turner~

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36678327Title: In the Blood
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files #4
Page Count: 373 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Sci-Fi/Military
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Running out of time.
Captain Jamie Callahan is frustrated with his team constantly being at the mercy of the enemy in order to further the MDF’s goals. To make matters worse, his father’s political campaign is ramping up and Jamie’s every move is being watched by the media. He is acutely aware of all the eyes trained on him, his team, and Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan in particular. Meanwhile, Kyle would give anything to stay in the shadows, but he refuses to leave Jamie’s side, no matter the scrutiny. Staying out of the spotlight becomes impossible when their families are threatened and vital choices about their future together can no longer be ignored.
Desperate measures.
Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin and Agent Sean Delaney are enjoying their time together as a couple when Sean’s past catches up with him. As Alpha Team’s long-running mission gets derailed in the worst way possible, Alexei discovers the enemy is playing for keeps, and neither he nor Sean are in any position to beat the odds and win the game. As for Sean, he’s worried that even if they make it out alive, Alexei may never forgive him for giving into the enemy’s demands.
Stand your ground.
Manipulation is the name of the game, but Jamie is done playing by everybody else’s rules. So is the rest of Alpha Team, because if there’s one thing Jamie’s team knows? It’s that they’re a family—and you don’t mess with family unless you want to get hurt.
In the Blood is a 107k word steamy gay sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending that skirts HEA. There is military violence and on-page torture within the story that may not be suitable for everyone, so please read with caution. There are also explicit intimate scenes that are not suitable for readers under the age of 18. This is a direct sequel to In the Shadows and reading the previous books in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.


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I absolutely love this series… ❤ 

Which is pretty surprising since I’ve never been a big fan of Sci-Fi books before. But…Hailey made hell freeze over, and now I am hooked. 😛 I was a bit worried about this 4th installment though. I am mostly blaming Hailey for this because she kept freaking me out with little bits of info…also the title is a bit worrisome. 😉

Before I go any further with this review, you should know that this book can not be read as a standalone. This is a series and it should be read in order, starting with the awesome first book, “In The Wreckage”. …For those of you who have been waiting for this book…

Get ready and fasten your seatbelts, because it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. 😀

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~Blog Tour~Team Player: A Christmas Anthology~

 

Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.

Christmas just became a whole lot merrier…

TEAM PLAYER, A Christmas Anthology…

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36466447Title: Team Player
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Sport
Release Date: December 14, 2017

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Hot jocks. We love them all. 
Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!
The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick … book. 
The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist. 
Enjoy this naughty Christmas treat!
This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

Team Player:

  • Adriana Locke (Cross) 
  • Charleigh Rose (Yard Sale)
  • Ella Fox (Out of Formation)
  • Emma Scott (One Good Man)
  • Kate Stewart (Sweeping the Series)
  • Kennedy Ryan (Full Court Press)
  • L.J. Shen (The End Zone)
  • Mandi Beck (Sin Bin)
  • Meghan Quinn (Back in the Game)
  • Rochelle Paige (Slapped Into Love)
  • Sara Ney (Switch Hitter)

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~Release Blitz~Gemini Keeps Capricorn (Signs of Love #3) by Anyta Sunday~

 

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36423306Title: Gemini Keeps Capricorn
Author: Anyta Sunday
Series: Signs of Love #3
Page Count: 281 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: December 18, 2017

~Synopsis~

Sometimes, one stubborn Capricorn is all it takes… to drive Wesley Hidaka to crazy, flirtatious lengths.
Wesley loves annoying his RA, Lloyd Reynolds. He just can’t help it. Lloyd is focused, decisive, grounded. He has this amusing ability to follow rules.
Of course, Wesley wants Lloyd to break one… or three hundred.
Sometimes, one smirking Gemini is all it takes… to have Lloyd laying down the law and marching Wesley straight back to his dorm room.
It doesn’t stop Wesley teasing again. And again. And again…
But damn. Lloyd doesn’t crack easily. He’s full of principles. He’s unshakable. 
He’s the perfect friend to have when Wesley needs help. Like with his truant brother and his old high school principal.
Sometimes, one little lie is all it takes… to find Wesley fake-engaged to his off-limits RA.
What can he say? It seemed like a good idea at the time…
“Gemini Keeps Capricorn” serves up a double shot of cluelessness, with a side of rock’n’roll and topped with a slow burn HEA.
It can be read as a standalone.


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~Review~Shattered (The Protectors #11) by Sloane Kennedy~

 

37541261Title: Shattered
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: The Protectors #11
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: December 14, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

I failed Caleb once because I was a coward. And he ended up paying the price. 
Never again…
Ten years of war and the loss of nearly his entire family have left thirty-four-year-old former sniper, Jace Christenson, with nothing to come home to. And he prefers it that way. Life consists of his work in an underground vigilante group, the near-constant search for the last remaining link to who he used to be, and a string of meaningless sexual encounters that serve only one purpose… to make it easier to not feel anything anymore.
But when Jace gets the call that the young man he saved two years earlier has gone missing, he’s forced to deal with the truth he’s been trying to deny from the moment he laid eyes on Caleb Cortano.
That the young man is so very much more than just the exception to all his rules…
You know how if something shatters when it breaks, there’s no way to find all the pieces to put it back like it once was? Maybe sometimes it’s better not to even try…
Nineteen-year-old Caleb Cortano has been barely hanging onto his sanity in the two years since the truth about his father’s depravities came to light. A victim of the man’s crimes himself, Caleb has only managed to find any semblance of peace when he’s in the presence of the man who saved him once before.
But when he finally comes to accept that Jace Christenson wants nothing to do with someone who’s shattered beyond repair, Caleb finds another way to seek solace from the pain inside.
As the fear of being reunited with the father he both fears and misses becomes more and more likely, desperation has Caleb doing something foolish that brings him face to face with the only man he’s ever wanted… but who doesn’t want him back.
Caleb stays with me until we get some answers… just me…
When Caleb’s life is threatened, Jace refuses to walk away a second time. Even if protecting Caleb means he’s risking his own heart, Jace isn’t going anywhere. At least not until he can put some of the missing pieces of Caleb’s life back together.
But will Caleb be able to do the same for the equally broken Jace?
Will two shattered men be able to find all the missing pieces to be who they were truly meant to, or is Caleb right? Some things just aren’t worth trying to fix…
NOTE: While this book has all the elements of my romances including plenty of steamy times, some lighter moments and the ever-important HEA, IT IS A VERY INTENSE READ, so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION. While I’ve done my best to find a balance between sensitivity and realism in relation to dealing with the issue of sexual assault against a minor, this book does not gloss over the subject and some readers may find it difficult to read.
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault Against a Minor, Other triggers may be considered “spoilerish” so they can be found by using the “Look Inside” feature or by downloading the sample and going to the section entitled “Trigger Warning.”
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Finally !!! Caleb and Jace !! I know I am not the only one who has been anxiously waiting for their story and I am very glad to say, that the wait was definitely worth it. 😉

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I have been a fan of these two since they were introduced in “Forsaken”, which was Eli and Mav’s story. Caleb was Eli’s, then 17 years old, stepbrother. It was pretty obvious Caleb and Jace had something magical between them, but I also agreed with Sloane, that Caleb had some growing up to do first. 😉

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