#EndofYearReview New to Me Authors of 2017

One of the most challenging parts of running a blog is being able to read authors I LOVE, my one-click writers, and trying to find new authors to introduce to other readers. I really try to branch out and read authors I have never read before, but time can get in the way. Even with limited time, I still like to try different genres, different writing styles, just different books all around because variety is the spice of life. From my list of new authors of 2017, these writers stood out to me, and they will be authors I continue to one-click in 2018.


 My musings…

Bad Habit has been my first foray into the world of Charleigh Rose. I found it to be angsty and sexy and filled with characters who are broken and more complex than what appears on the surface.

Bad Habit centers around Briar and Asher. While they have very different upbringings, both of them connect through their lack of parental involvement. There dysfunctional families is what puts them in the constant path of each other and becomes the impetus for their close connection.

Past this, their similarities end. Asher suffers physical and emotional damage that affects his behavior and demeanor with others. Readers see a very emotionally closed off hero who does everything he can to protect his heart. Asher, though, seems to be unable to completely isolate himself from the people he cares about and loves, and these tiny glimpses of the heart behind the hardened wall is what makes readers love him and find his character to be redeemable. Readers will find themselves drawn to his protective nature, to his ability to love, and to his passion for Briar, even when he desperately wants to hate her. This damaged and broken hero, who readers see as good, will root for him to heal, to forgive, and to grab his happily-ever-after that he deserves…FULL REVIEW

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Of Smoke and Cinnamon has been my introduction to the world of Ace Gray, and if any of her other books are even remotely as good as this second chance, Christmas romance then this author has a new insta-fan.  Each page is filled with angsty goodness that tore at my heart.

Camilla and AJ are fantastic characters. The author does a fantastic job establishing them as characters, delicately balancing memories of the past with the present. The reason for the breakup and the broken hearts they endured and continue to harbor all cause the reader to feel incredibly sympathetic for these characters.  I felt my heart break right along with them.  Plus, the author made the demise of their past relationship believable and gut-wrenching, while also not laying blame at any one character’s feet, keeping in tact are loyalty to both the hero and the heroine…Full Review

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TalkBritishToMe_1600x2400 My musings…

Talk British to Me by Robin Bielman has been my first book by this author. I found it to be fun and entertaining, a romance that really thrives on the characters and their connection over lust.

The characters, Teague and Mateo, are what really drive this novel. These two are incredibly likable. Mateo has that easy and lovable charm. Readers, just like Teague, sense that he is a player, a limitless flirt, and yet he still retains that factor that draws women to him. He is open and honest, as much as he can be with his job, which only serves to heighten his attractiveness. Underneath this flirtatious nature hides a man with a heart of gentleman. As the readers get to know him, it is clear that he is raised right, and it is this personal side of him that makes readers swoon for him. Teague is a fantastic heroine. Being the youngest in her family, she has left a life of protection to make her own way in a new place. She is confident yet sweet, and she has a determination to be successful on her own. While she has the attributes needed to succeed in a big city, she still maintains that small town charm that makes her appealing to the reader as well as Mateo…Full Review

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 My musings…

The debut novel from Piper Rayne is light, quick, and fun, with a dash of steam.  From the characters to the plot, it is enjoyable and will provide readers with entertainment from the first to the last page of the novel.

What is most enjoyable about this book are the three friends, Whit, Thalia, and Lennon.  The friendship between these ladies, the support fr each other, and the humor among them is one of the best part of the book. Not only did it make the book that much more enjoyable, it makes me excited to get Thalia and Lennon’s story, especially Lennon.  She is going to be a wild one to tame.

The relationship between Cole and Whit is sweet.  There is plenty of steam from them when they come together, but there are plenty of moments where they are just together and getting to know one another.  More than this, the couple is low angst, which is often refreshing in high drama or high angst stories.  Are their conflicts? Yes, but surprise, surprise, they settle them like rationale adults. I love them all the more for this reaction…Full Review

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My first novel by Nicole Williams is a doozy.  There is so much drama, so much angst, so much back and forth, and I am enthralled by all of it.

The story centers around Jacob and Matt, who are twins, and Cora, one wedding, and the wrong groom.  From the beginning Matt is this self-deprecating man, which isn’t a shock as not many people around him seem to value him.  Matt, however, shows how kind and compassionate he is, and even though he does some things that questionable ethically, I was ultimately okay with his choices, mainly because the author uses Cora’s point-of-view to make it okay.  Cora, at times, frustrated me to no end.  I wanted her to see what the readers see from the very beginning.  I wanted her to own up to all of her feelings, even if it is hard, because both men deserve it.  I wanted her to be outraged and angry over the events that lead up to the wedding.  This side of her does appear, but late in the game, and while I reveled in her declarations, I wanted it sooner. Even though she frustrated me as a character, I understood her need to protect herself and her heart.  Insecurities have a way of festering and hindering happiness.  Even though this unconventional set-up will set some readers off, I loved it, and the chemistry between the two main characters is authentic, leaving readers to root for the nontraditional coupling…Full Review

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 My musings…

I shoudn’t love a douchebag.  I know this.  Heck, every girl knows this, and yet, we are drawn to them.  The damage they will cause is inevitable, the mistreatment expected, and yet we can’t help but love them.  There is not better example of this than Zeke Daniels!

From the opening pages, there is nothing very redeemable about this character.  He is burly, radiates anger, and is nothing but belligerent.  Yet, underneath his churlish behavior is a man who is scared, and that is how Sara Ney makes you fall in love with him.  His years of abandonment have done a number on him, and it is the sole reason that he has erected these walls to protect his heart and keep everyone out.  This layer below the jerk exterior is what will have people absolutely loving Zeke…Full Review

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2 Comments

  1. Great list! I really enjoyed my introduction to Piper Rayne, Charleigh Rose, and Nicole Williams this year. I can’t wait to read more from them and try Sara Ney’s books, as well as many new authors, in 2018!

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