KT’s 2017 Mid-Year Reading Report

Jul 4, 2017 by

KT’s 2017 Mid-Year Reading Report

Now that July is here, that means it’s the middle of the year! So far this year I’ve read 40 books, which is down somewhat from past years. My goal is always to read near 100 books a year. The majority of my reads are romance (no surprise there). I’ve been reading more contemporary romance and romantic suspense, with a few paranormal romance mixed in. The mix of books I’ve read are a nice combination of self-published and traditionally published books. With more than a few epublishers closing, and most unknown to me, my digital reads are from traditional publisher’s digital lines, or from self published authors.

Even though I’m a hardcore lover of the romance genre, I end up reading a wire variety of genres and books, which I’ll showcase here, especially what may end of being my favorite book of 2017. Here are some of my favorite books at the halfway mark of 2017:

Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Mercy Briggs (March 7th, Ace Books)

 

 

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…

 

You can’t go wrong with a Patricia Briggs book, especially one in the Mercy Thompson series! From my review:

Patricia Briggs currently writes one of the best supernatural series on the market. Fans of this series will adore Silence Fallen, the 10th book in her Mercy Thompson series. Mercy is a heroine for the ages, and in Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs shows that a heroine like Mercy can save herself many times over. This book has a little bit of everything with excellent dialogue and action, especially as we see Mercy save herself from death because of a dangerous vampire who has kidnapped her for his own selfish ulterior motives. We also see how loved Mercy is, not just from her beloved mate, Adam, but her “family” of werewolves, faes, goblins, and the like.

 

Wardance (Chronicles of the Warlands #5) by Elizabeth Vaughan (April 11th, Self-Published)

 

 

Spring returns to the Plains, and with it, the Time of the Challenges, when warrior fights warrior in a contest for rank and status. For Simus of the Hawk, now is the time to raise his challenge banner, to fight for the chance to finally become Warlord.

But his deadliest challenge does not come from other warriors, or even the sundered Council of Elders. For on the first night of the Challenges, a mysterious and deadly pillar of white light scorches the night sky—instantly changing everything for the People of the Plains.

Now a warrior-priestess, Snowfall, stands before Simus, who dares to speak of peace, of reconciliation. Her knives are sharp, her tattoos alluring, and her cool grey eyes can look through Simus and see…everything.

Now Simus and Snowfall must solve the mystery of the pillar of white light, and protect their people from all the destruction and chaos it brings. Snowfall fights for her place beside Simus, despite resistance from friend and foe.

The warrior-priests have abused their power for many years. Can Simus face the challenge of trusting Snowfall with his honor? And perhaps . . . with his heart?

 

I’ve been addicted to Vaughan’s Warlands series. The original trilogy is on my keeper shelf. This one is a keeper also. From my review:

Wardance is a colorful tale with magic and fantasy. The story building is incredible, as is always the case with Elizabeth and this series. Simus is a joy to read, although his personality is a bit toned down. His attraction to Snowfall is powerful, but I felt their relationship was rushed. Their love for one another is too swift, and because of that, I was a bit disappointed in the outcome of their bond.

The Hot Shot (Game On #4) by Kristen Callihan (April 18th, Self-Published)

 

 

First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…
What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.
No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?

 

How can you go wrong with a sexy sweet football quarterback who “courts” the snarky photographer heroine? One of the best sports romances published this year. From my review:

The Hot Shot (Game On #4) by Kristen Callihan is a fun contemporary romance with a real sweetheart of a hero, who will make you swoon not only because he’s a sexy famous football quarterback, but because he’s a gentleman when it concerns the heroine, a photographer. The heroine at first appears to have a major chip on her shoulder, especially regarding the hero, who she thinks is a pretty boy. But since the hero has his flirt game on, and sweet talks the heroine into being friends with him, even though he wants her, and she knows it, this romance shines. We have a main couple who start out as friends, even though they have a crazy attraction for one another. It helps them bond in a way they wouldn’t if they just jumped in the sack right off the bat.

Behind the Curtain by Beth Kery (May 2nd, Berkley)

 

 

Cultures clash and passion ignites in the novel that will leave you begging for more—from the bestselling author of The Affair and Looking Inside.

There’s something about this woman…

On a break between overseas jobs, journalist Asher Gaites returns to his hometown of Chicago—and allows his friends to persuade him to check out a hot new singer. At a downtown jazz club, he’s soon transfixed by the lyrical voice and sensuous body of a woman who performs behind a thin, shimmering veil…

…That could bring a man to his knees.

The veil gives Moroccan American Laila Barek the anonymity she needs since she has never been able to reconcile her family’s values with her passion for music. But one man is inexplicably drawn to her. And when Asher confronts her on a subway platform after a gig, he’s shocked to recognize the woman who walked away from him nine years ago…

Laila has never been able to forget the touch, the feel, the taste of Asher. And despite the doubt and fear that wind their way into their lives, they must trust the heat of their desire to burn down the walls the world has placed between them…

 

An incredible multicultural romance with a Romeo and Juliet feel to it. Heavy subject matter written in a way that is beyond swoonworthy when it comes to the main couple. From my review:

 

Behind the Curtain is one of the best romances of 2017. Every page had me hooked from beginning to end. This is a smart romance featuring a mature couple who connect in so many ways. Both Asher and Laila are in awe of one another, not just because of their physical attraction for each other, but because of their insight and intelligence. They steam up the pages in so many ways. One love scene, which gets two big thumbs up from me is straight from a steamy train scene ala the 1983 movie, Risky Business (also takes place in Chicago). Woo wee, I was very hot and bothered, but in a good way.

 

Final Girls by Riley Sager (July 11th, Dutton)

 

 

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

 

Final Girls is my favorite book of 2017. I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY WHAT I READ by this debut author.  I’ll have my full review post here soon, but you can read my review on Goodreads on why Final Girls made me giddy.

 

“Finale Girls is the must read book of 2017. I was blow away as I read, constantly on the edge of my seat, biting my nails because this is the ultimate horror/thriller that will give you the chills. You do not want to read this book alone or in an empty house later at night. You’ll definitely won’t want to go camping or spend a relaxing weekend at a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Riley Sager ups the terror tenfold in a way that I can’t compare to other thrillers of this magnitude. The horror aspect isn’t supernatural, but it does feel like that at times, especially during the flashbacks. This has a great horror atmosphere on par with Friday the 13th, Evil Dead, Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The twists and turns will you keep you guessing until the very end. The main protagonist is unreliable at times, much like the ones in Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, but Riley doesn’t stereotype her protagonist or copy her traits we’ve seen in both these prior blockbuster novels. Final Girls is on a level all it’s own that will be one of the most talked about books of the summer when it’s released.”

 

Here are some other books I enjoyed this year:

At Close Range by Laura Griffin (January)

One Perfect Life by Lisa Scottoline (April)

Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole (April)

The Hangman by Mary Burton (April)

The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter (June)

 

 

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    Loved Silence Fallen by Mercy Briggs and Wardance by Elizabeth Vaughan both books were fantastic and I enjoyed them immensely. The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan fell a bit flat but was still entertaining. Great books!!!

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