The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa– Enemies to lovers is not my favorite trope, but this book worked for me in almost every way. It made me laugh out loud so many times and it was so hard to put it down once I started reading, I even found myself sneak reading at work just to get back to it. I highly recommend if you are looking for a true romantic comedy. See my review here.
Beach Read by Emily Henry– This book surprised me in a good way. It wasn’t even on my radar until I got a second email from Berkley saying it was still up on NG if I wanted to download.. which I’m really glad I did.
I don’t think this is strictly Contemporary Romance, more like a CR/Women’s Fiction mix. The main protagonist goes through a deep and satisfying emotional journey and I enjoyed it just as much at the romance. January and Gus have some fantastic verbal sparring/ wordplay and they had
The Marriage Game by Sara Desai– Another enemies-to-lovers! I hesitated about putting this on my list, strictly because the hero does something at about the 75% mark that really pissed me off and there wasn’t nearly enough groveling in my opinion, but after thinking about it I just had to include. I really loved this author’s voice and adored the heroine. She made me laugh and empathize and root for her enough to overlook her love interest being a dick. See my full review here.
Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean– I bet you’re wondering if this author can pull off the redemption of Ewan. I mean he’s been so awful the last two books and done some truly shitty things. I really believe she does and I’m pretty sure this book ranks as one of my favorites by this author. My review will post on release day.
A Heart of Blood and Ashes ( A Gathering of Dragons #1) by Milla Vane– This was probably my most anticipated book of the year and it did not disappoint.
Quote from my review (also appears in the praise section of book two):
Worldbuilding with depth and complexity, wonderfully fleshed-out characters, and packed with brutal fight scenes and heartrending emotion…A Heart of Blood and Ashes is epic fantasy romance at its finest.
Read my full review here.
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas– I didn’t know what to expect when I received this book for review, for starters, it’s something like 800 pages. This is quite daunting when coupled with the fact that there is a lot of worldbuilding and set up in the first half of the book. But I’m glad I stuck with it because the second half was more than worth it and I am so looking forward to what comes next in the world. Read my full review here.
Chaos Reigning (The Consortium Rebellion Book 3) by Jessie Mihalik– This entire series is fantastic. I have a weakness for competent protagonists and this series is jam-packed full of them. Having said that, I think this was the perfect couple to wrap up this trilogy. They are just so badass. The romance takes a slight backseat to the action and adventure and I didn’t even care. That’s how great this book is. Read my full review here.
Sweep with Me (Innkeeper Chronicles #5) by Ilona Andrews– It’s not a surprise that an Ilona Andrews book would appear on my favorites list. I love this series and even the novellas are keeper shelf additions. This is the first book where Sean is truly an Innkeeper alongside Dina and they have a lot to work through after the events of book #3, One Fell Sweep.
I can honestly say that I will never tire of my adventures in this world.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune– This book was one of my biggest (and best) surprises of the year. I wouldn’t say this is a romance, although there is a lovely low-key romance between the main protagonist and a secondary character. It’s labeled as a Humorous Contemporary Fantasy Fiction and I think that is perfect. I laughed out loud so many times and positively fell in love with the entire cast of characters. I’m really hoping this author decides to take readers back for more adventures in this world. See my full review here.
Starbreaker (Nightchaser Book 2) by Amanda Bouchet– As much as I loved the first book in this series, I think I enjoyed the second book even more. It exceeded all my expectations. Action and adventure from beginning to end and I love that the romance between Shade and Tess continues to deepen and grow. The plot arc is advanced quite a bit and there are some interesting revelations regarding Tess’s childhood. I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the series. Read my full review here.
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James– This is my first book by this author and I can’t believe it took me so long to find her. This gothic horror/mystery was everything I had hoped it would be when I read the blurb. There is even a lighter romance between Carly and a man who returns to town after being gone for years after the murder of his younger brother that satisfied