Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017. Pretty simple, but hard to narrow down. Here are my top ten.


1. Emma Scott

I requested Emma Scott’s Full Tilt duet off NetGalley because I loved the covers and the blurb sounded good, too. I had no clue what I was in for. I love Emma Scott’s beautifully emotional writing.

2. Kennedy Ryan

I have to thank Ari from The New Romantics for making me read the Grip series. It was one of the best series I read in 2017, and so timely. Kennedy Ryan is a master with words.

3. Tijan

I don’t always fall in love with Tijan’s books, but the ones I do love hit me hard. She makes me fall in love with characters I would normally hate. She also infuses every book with so much angst and emotion. I am so happy to have found her this year!

4. Jamie Howard

I saw one of Jamie Howard’s Love Unplugged books on Cristina from My Tiny Obessions’ blog. It sounded like something I would like, so I decided to read it. I’m so happy I did!

5. Mignon Mykel

When Mignon Mykel emailed and asked me to read one of her hockey novels, I was excited. I love a great sports romance. I was pleasantly surprised by her writing. She’s quickly becoming one of my favorite hockey romance writers.

6. Mariana Zapata

I’ve only read Dear Aaron, but I can’t wait to get my hands on more books from Marina Zapata. I loved her writing!

7. Jenn Bennett

I’m always looking for great YA contemporary authors. I was happy to have found one in Jenn Bennett. Her stories are cute, but filled with so much heart.

8. L.J. Shen

Sometimes, I just want a darker romance read. L.J. Shen delivers exactly what I like. Her stories are raw and gritty.

9. Jen Frederick

I’m not exactly new to Jen Frederick. I read her collaborations with Elle Kennedy as Erin Watt last year. This year, I introduced myself to a couple of her other series. I loved them!

10. Penny Reid

Penny Reid is another author I’m not entirely new to. She has a series with L.H. Cosway that I adore. This fall, I read her Winston Brothers series. I loved it so much! I need to read more of her solo projects.


Have you read any of these authors? Did they make your list?

2018 New Adult Reading Challenge

Hi, guys! This is the second year I will be participating in the New Adult Reading Challenge. This challenge was created and is hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much. Here’s a little bit about how the challenge works:

Challenges:

The challenges next year are going to be the same as in 2017 which means that you can either try to read as many new adult books as possible, complete the reading bingo or do both. The first challenge is to read as many new adult books you can in 2018. For that we’ll have categories with different goals you can achieve and you’ll even have a badge you can use wherever you want to show your progress throughout the year. And because there were a few people achieving the last goal I decided to make it a little bit more difficult in 2018 with a ew category. So here are the categories for the 2018 New Adult Reading Challenge:

  • NA Newbie – 6 books
  • NA Initiate – 12 books
  • NA Intermediate – 24 books
  • NA Advanced – 36 books
  • NA Expert – 50 books
  • NA Queen/King (special category) – 100 books
  • NA Supreme – 150 books

As you can see, there are many different levels you can reach for. Cátia has some great badges she created over on her post for the challenge (click here her page). Last year, I achieved the NA Queen/King badge. This year, I’m aiming high for that NA Supreme badge and 150 NA books.

I’m also going to be playing the bingo game that goes along with the challenge:

I’m looking forward to participating in this challenge! If you’re up for joining in, you can sign up here. Be sure to watch for my monthly challenge updates.

Review: Something So Right by Natasha Madison

Something So Right
Series: Something So, #1
Author: Natasha Madison
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

The moment everything changed didn’t happen in that cliché rockets-red-glare kind of way, it happened in the form of a waking nightmare. I caught my husband, my high-school sweetheart, the father of my children, balls deep in a sordid affair.

That was when I gave up on men and love.

I didn’t count on the NHL’s golden boy, the beautiful, arrogant Cooper Stone turning my life and my hockey rink upside down.

My kids are why I wake up in the morning.

Hockey is what Cooper breathes for.

We’re from different worlds and places in our lives but when our hearts collided something so wrong and different turned into something so right.


I started the Something So series in the middle. I read books two and three, Something So Perfect and Something So Irresistible, first. I loved both of them and how they were connected by family and hockey. Something So Perfect was about the oldest son Matthew. Something So Irresistible was about his younger sister Allison. Knowing that I loved both of these books, I had to go back and read their mom and stepfather’s story. I needed to know how Parker and Cooper’s story began.

Parker and Cooper’s relationship started off with fireworks. I thought it was going to be an enemies to lovers story, but the enemy part didn’t last long. They went from hating each other to into each other in a moment. That wasn’t hard to believe because they had instantaneous chemistry. Parker and Cooper got each other physically and emotionally almost immediately. They had such a special connection.

Parker was a great role model for women who have loved and divorced. She did everything she could to make her kids’ lives the best they could be in a divided household. Parker put their feelings first when dealing with her ex. I thought that was very gracious of her. I loved how strong she was mentally and emotionally. She didn’t need a man, but Parker found a great one.

My biggest surprise in this book was Cooper. After seeing what a family man he was in the first two books, I wasn’t expecting the dominating personality he had. I loved the gruffness he had. His sentences and the way he spoke was really cool. Not that he still wasn’t that amazing family man. He was from the get-go. Cooper’s interactions with Parker’s kids not only stole her heart but mine as well. He made this romance in this story.

Obviously, I loved this book. A man falling for a single mom and her kids is pretty priceless. Add in Natasha Madison’s amazing writing and humor and it couldn’t have been anything but a home run. Or maybe I should say goal since this is a hockey book…

If you’re a fan of sports romances, you really must read Natasha Madison’s Something So series. You won’t regret it!