Well, 2017 has been a difficult year for many reasons and so it would be easy to move into 2018 feeling despondent and pissed off. However, one thing gives me hope… all the amazing books that romance authors keep producing.
I found some great new-to-me authors this year, and that’s what I’m going to share with you here, along with my top picks of their books. The books weren’t necessarily published this year, but they’ve all meant a great deal to me as I’ve read them through the shit-storm that has been 2017.
So here goes in no particular order…
Key: m/f = male / female pairing m/m = male / male pairing
Emily Larkin (Baleful Godmother series) – Unmasking Miss Appleby. Historical with a touch of magic plus woman dressed as man trope m/f – Emily Larkin is my find of the year! This book is free, so if you don’t do anything else today, click on this link and have a look at this book. It’s awesome! I’m working my way through the series and they’re all wonderful.
Robin Covington – His Convenient Husband contemporary m/m. NFL player and male ballerina – marriage of convenience trope. I loved these guys and the cast of diverse external characters.
Santino Hassell & Megan Erickson (Cyberlove series) – Fast Connection contemporary m/m – older man / younger man trope. Hot and steamy but packed full of emotion. This whole series is fantastic.
Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn (Art & Soul Book 1) – Permanent Ink contemporary m/m – older man / younger man trope. Sexy, tattooed, bearded, silver fox. Did I mention sexy? Just check out the cover below.
Anyta Sunday – Leo Loves Aries contemporary m/m – roomies fall in love. This book is SO sweet. This is still free at the time of writing.
Lucy Parker – Act Like It contemporary m/f – enemies to lovers in London’s theatre world. Wonderful, witty banter between the MCs and a heroine you can’t help but root for.
Talia Hibbert – Bad for the Boss contemporary m/f interracial office romance. Beautiful black woman / Asian man. Sexy, real and endearing characters with a great storyline.
Kati Wilde – Going Nowhere Fast NA contemporary m/f – road trip, enemies to lovers and best friend’s brother. What more could you want?! £1.79 at the time of writing – DEAL!
Kate Clayborn’s debut – Beginner’s Luck contemporary m/f – shy introvert scientist falls for the man trying to recruit her to a big company. Ben is one of the most beautifully written beta heroes I’ve read this year.
Zoe York (Pine Harbor series) – Love on a Summer Night contemporary m/f – this whole series is great, there was just something about Zander Minelli *sigh* that put him on this list.
Adriana Anders – (Blank Canvas series) – Under Her Skin contemporary m/f – an intriguing retelling of Beauty and the Beast. He’s a blacksmith and she’s running from her past. An amazing debut from this author and it’s 49p at the time of writing and free on audio.
Jeanette Grey – (Art of Passion series) Nine Kinds of Naughty erotic romance m/f – she’s the boss, he’s her assistant until they get in the bedroom, then it’s role reversal time. Really well written, sexy and emotional. I loved it.
Anne Calhoun – Liberating Lacey erotic romance m/f – I couldn’t stop thinking about this book for weeks after I read it. AC’s writing is beautiful and the story was mesmerising.
There you have it. I hope you find something on my list that tickles your fancy. Here’s hoping that 2018 is an improvement on 2017.
Happy holidays and happy new year!!