Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

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Another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I want to reiterate that the topic is books I LOVED. So please, don’t think that because I won’t reread them doesn’t mean they weren’t awesome books. For me, this list is entirely made of books that are “off-genre,” so to speak, for me. I have a niche that I gobble up, I think we all do. I don’t often read outside of that, but when friends recommend books and I trust their taste, they know what I like, or I’m seeing everyone raving about it, I’ll give it a try. Expand my horizons, right?

Some of these all fall in a historical period I don’t normally read. All of them are total dramas, which can be hard for me because I like happy worlds; I’m cynical and depressing enough on my own. But I really enjoyed them all and maybe they’ll be just your cup of tea.

In no particular order:

What your your top ten? Don’t forget to join in on the fun on the other blogs.

Book Boyfriends 2017

I was going to do an all-time book boyfriends post…I do have my favorites, but 2017 was a great swoony hero year. Here are my favorites. Note: I READ all of these in 2017; most were also published last year, but not all. I did not even attempt to keep it at 10. (Learning from you, Carrie!)

1) Michael Carrington (All of You by Sarah Monzon)

We’re not supposed to objectify others, but….Michael is HOT. Sweltering. I’m not usually into bad boys, but this fine boy is attractive. He has other redeeming qualities as well, but they only make him hotter.

2) Karim  (The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon)

Karim is not your typical CF hero. He’s Muslim. But, oh my goodness, his dedication, quiet strength, patience, love for his people, and yes, his faith. He’s the best quiet but strong character I’ve read in a long time. He’s not brooding, he’s thoughtful.

3) Alex, Wes, and Reese (Pepper Basham’s Bunch)

If you’ve read any of Pepper’s books, or tuned into Carrie’s raves on her heroes, this won’t surprise you. All of her contemporary heroes will make your toes curl and make you jealous of the heroines. You can see my review for Charming the Troublemaker here.

 

4) Kristi Ann Hunter – Trent from An Uncommon Courtship and Griffith from An Inconvenient Beauty

Two more hereos here! Trent and Griffith’s novels were long anticipated by her readers taking sides for #mytrent and #teamgriffith which made their allure grow. I have been in love with Griffith from the very first time we meet him earlier in the Hawthorne House series and I’m so glad that everyone has finally caught on to the Duke of Hotness. We have similar personalities, so I relate a lot to Grif, and his love for his family, especially his momma. How can you not love a guy who loves his mamma?

5) Amos Bledsoe (Heart On The Line by Karen Witemeyer)

Amos is another non-typical hero. He rides bikes, wears glasses, and would probably enjoy playing Settlers of Catan if he lived today. He’s geeky and so not alpha male-ish. He reminds me a lot of my husband, so I can’t help but love him too.

6) Peter (A Name Unknown by Roseanna White)

I love Peter’s faith and how he goes about living it as a witness to Rosemary. No pushing, just example and patience. He writes her notes too! They’re probably not technically love letter, but I like to think of them that way.

7) Parker Mitchell (Still Life ) and Declan Grey (Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey)

These dudes are half of team hot and you love them more and more as you get to know them throughout the series. They’re protective, but not smothering; let their ladies think for themselves. They’re not perfect, but they’re trying to get there.

8) Ben Delaney (The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner)

I love Ben because he’s so real. I admire him for sticking to boundaries that are very hard to follow in our current culture, but he’s still real about it. He wants his lady, but respects her enough to hold himself back and isn’t mishish about bringing up the issue.

9) Tavin Knox (The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze)

Tavin has a Scottish accent and is mysterious. Need I say more?

 

The QuietingGiveaway

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Remember to enter the giveaways for the rest of the week!

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Top Ten Tuesday – New to me Authors 2017

toptentuesdayThe first Top Ten Tuesday for 2017 is New to me Authors. This list is a combination of authors I’ve heard of previously, but finally got to one of their books and authors I hadn’t heard of before last year. I hope you find some new faves! Don’t forget to check out other Top Ten Tuesday posts, hosted by Broke and the Bookish

Patricia Beal

Mikal Dawn

Bethany Turner

Pepper Basham

Courtney Walsh

Shannon Brown

Susanne Dietz

Kara Isaac

Meghan Gorecki

Elizabeth Maddrey

Top Ten Tuesday

I don’t often join in on the Top Ten Tuesday, though I think it’s an awesome feature since it’s my normal day to post a new review. But, today’s topic of top ten reads so far this year is one that’s been percolating in my brain anyway. So unlike my friend Carrie at Reading is my Super Power, I was excited! These are all books I’ve read this year, regardless of print date, and pulls from either print or audio books. Also to help narrow it down since I read a copious amount, these are all full-length novels (no novellas) and they are all ones I’ve either purchased or am on the street team for (as opposed to library or friend borrows).

  hearontheline   Behind The Scenes   LizzyJane  berry-on-top   stilllife   uncommoncourtshipcover   True to you   rescueme  chili slaw dogs   ever after

There you go! I hope you find some new reads. There are many more books I’m really looking forward to this year. Stay tuned!

Top 10 Tuesday

I had a blogger friend recommend to join the bandwagon for #toptentuesday Since she’s a wonderful blogger, I decided this was a great piece of advice. So here are my top ten authors. These are authors whose books I will always read because I haven’t been disappointed yet. A.K.A. authors who when a new book comes out, my hubs knows that I will likely ignore him until said book is finished. He’s gracefully (mostly) okay with that. In no particular order:

  1. Jen Turano
  2. Karen Witemeyer
  3. Becky Wade
  4. Dani Pettrey
  5. Mary Connealy
  6. Kristi Ann Hunter
  7. Valerie Comer
  8. Roseanna White
  9. Kimberly Rae Jordan
  10. Melissa Tagg

And here’s why I love them. Enjoy!


Jen Turano

Jen is my go to for a cheering up.Her quirky writing style brings a realism to her characters that also make me laugh hysterically at the situations they find themselves in. I feel like I could be friends with all of her main characters. Plus Jen is an awesome author who loves interacting with her fans. And now, she has something to offer the historical and contemporary lovers alike; a dream finally fulfilled with Finding Margo.

Karen Witemeyer

See my very first book review posted, which was for Stealing the PreacherKaren was the first author who convinced me that westerns were worth my time, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I can also count on Karen to stay on the lighter side, though she balances her stories with drama and smiles alike. She’s in the midst of her first series, “Ladies of Harper’s Station.” I’m so excited that we get to visit with the citizens in this town for awhile.

Becky Wade

How can you not love the Porter family? I might have cried when the last book was over. I hope someday we get an update on how they are all doing.  She’s also awesome in that she listened to her readers and independently came out with number 3.5 so we could see one of the beloved minor characters get her happily ever after. I already have the first book of her new series on pre-order, True To You.

Dani Pettrey

I am required to be a Dani Pettrey fan because she is a local girl. Dani was the one to convince me that I can love suspense, and I got the hubs hooked on her stories too! Enough romance for me, enough action for him. I love that we both can enjoy them. Plus, her current series is set in my hometown, Baltimore. Still Life comes out on the 31st, and the Good household is on pins and needles waiting to see what happens next.

Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy is another author who I can count on for a fun time. Her westerns bring a fresh breeze, though some tend more toward the drama spectrum and some toward the comedy spectrum. I’ll never forget the “husband tree.” Find out more about that in Montana Marriages Trilogy.

Kristi Ann Hunter

Kristi is another author that you can’t help but love. Her regency series is my favorite set in the period and she’s well surpassed expectations for #teamtrent in her latest, An Uncommon Courtship. Plus, she has agreed to be my first author interview!!! Stayed tuned. I will probably also cry at the end of Griffith’s book when our time with the Hawthorne family ends. If I had to live during the regency time period, I would definitely choose to be part of this family.

Valerie Comer

Valerie is an independent author, which I highly admire. It’s a lot of work and you know her stories have to be beyond good to be a success in the world full of publishing houses. I love getting immersed in her fresh food world which shares some characters across a couple series. Valerie’s audiobooks have kept me company on many long trips home to see family and back. I so wish I could live at Green Acres Farm.

Roseanna White

Roseanna is not just a good novelist, but also a blogger to follow. Her research is a integral part of her stories bringing a blend of interesting periods of time and a fictional story to her readers. She crosses several time periods depending on the series and is working on a new one set at the beginning of WWI. As someone who works with history on a regular basis, I admire her diligence in using real world facts and weaving them into something new. If you don’t follow Roseanna’s weekly word blogs, you should. I asked her a couple weeks ago if she had ever researched “under the weather,” and guess what? She wrote a post just to answer it. How cool!

Kimberly Rae Jordan

Kimberly’s books suck me in and don’t let go. In addition, they make me want to move to Minnesota. I love getting immersed in an author’s world and Kimberly’s multiple series share some characters, allowing you to delve into their stories and invest in their lives while creating stand alone narratives. I also like how her books feature your not-s0-typical looking heroes/heroines; these are real people and not New York models. Her readers waited a long time for the conclusion of the Black Thorpe series, A Sense of Security, and I definitely went into ignore the world mode when it came out.

Melissa Tagg

You know how at the end of a good Hallmark movie, you just get that sigh? I can always count on Melissa’s stories to end just like that. The Walker family is far from perfect, but you can’t help but love them through and through. I wish I could talk to papa Walker when I just need some advice. While all stand alone stories, I recommend that you start with the prequel to fully get to know this family.