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Ten Books That Made My Year

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone!

Honestly, I’m keen to start the new year. One of my new year’s resolutions is to start journaling more actively. I used to keep diaries when I was a teenager and I remember the content feeling of flipping through my old entries to see how much I’ve grown, and to look at past events with a new eye. I’ve been watching journal-related Youtube videos for the past few days to get inspirations for my own journal.

Most of my 2017 reads are rereads; I had a lot of reading slumps throughout the year, so I’ve been turning to my old favourites a lot. Since Goodreads has made it possible for rereads to count in the Reading Challenge, I took advantage of it.

Anyway, 2017 personally has been a big ball of suck, but these books have made my life a bit brighter:


I have so much love for Laura Florand and her books. While her Amour et Chocolat series made me crave for chocolates and macarons, Laura’s La Vie en Roses series made me wish I was made of money so that I could visit Provence and spend time in the rose, jasmine and lavender fields. A Kiss in Lavender has everything I love in a book: great banter, strong family relationships (the Rosiers are just family goals), slow romance build-up. I still haven’t reviewed this properly because I was so overwhelmed by it, but I’m going to do it sooner or later (maybe after my 15th reread so that I can be truly eloquent in expressing my feelings about this book).


So...I have a daddy kink. Well, in romance, at least; I’m turned off by real men and I’m perpetually single so I can’t confirm if it applies to real life… 

Eve Dangerfield has been on my radar ever since I finished Locked Box (hello hotness!) and I’m on a mission to read her backlist. Act Your Age checked all my boxes: great characters, age gap, and I’ve reread it probably 5 times since I finished it the first time. I also wrote a semi-lengthy review on my Goodreads (which is an accomplishment in itself because most of my five-star reviews are just I LOVE IT!!!!).


Oh, I hate this book. 
It made me cry a lot, this book. 
It almost made me throw my phone against the wall, this book.

I couldn’t imagine a better ending for the love story between Greer, Ash, and Embry. I still haven’t written a review for it because I didn’t know how to express myself outside incoherent keyboard smashing.


I love Sarina Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers (I binge-read the whole series in one night) and when I saw that Bountiful will be a crossover, I immediately jumped on this train. I still feel a little bad about not noticing Dave in BB, but anyway he’s my favourite Sarina Bowen hero now. I keep rereading my favourite scenes in this book from time to time—all of them involved Dave caring for his baby daughter (major swoons!). I also feel like this book is Sarina’s sexiest to date; the sexy times between Dave and Zara are A++.


The number of times I reread Pretty Face this year alone is borderline unhealthy but I can’t help it—it’s just so good! I’m not going to talk much about Luc Savage, our grumpy Gregory Peck-looking director hero, and how he’s basically everything I want in a man, or how we’re both deeply in love with Lily Lamprey, the ever wonderful, angel on earth. I just want to say that every time I finish this book, I sigh heavily because their romance is amazing and I’m going to die alone, unloved-


Here’s my secret: I reread The Day of the Duchess every time I need a good cry. I’m unafraid to say that this book is the best historical romance I’ve read so far; I was in a huge book hangover after I finished it, and I kept thinking about it for daysI love my second chance romance full of pain and grovelling, and this book has it in buckets. The grand gesture in the end is a shot through the heart. Sarah MacLean did amazingly with Malcolm’s redemption arc; I can’t believe I actually rooted for him. 


Oh gosh, The Duchess Deal was a Delight to read. Tessa Dare is at her most excellent with the character banter in this book. I laughed out loud multiple times mostly at Ash because he was so ridiculous, and I love how Emma handled him and his grumpy ways. I highlighted so many scenes in this book. Ash would fit right in with the Lords of Perdition; I really want him to meet Colin Sandhurst because I think Colin would either annoy him to death or immediately click with him. Anyway, have you seen the blurb for the sequel? I’m praying for kinkiness-


I’ve never read anything like The Red and I can’t say much without spoiling it but art is now ruined for me 
(but like, in the best way) 
(I see everything with a kink lens now) 
(which is AWESOME).


I’m still surprised by how much I love this book considering I didn’t really like Aiden until the end of book 4. I’ve been steadily rereading this book because I truly enjoyed seeing Aiden and Charlie fell in love with each other despite being from different worlds, and also because I’m hyping myself up for book #6 (February, come early please!).


To quote myself (haha), Wrong to Need You has everything I need in a book: great (and diverse!) characters, a boatload of angst, slow-burn romance, A+ sexy scenes.  This book is also in a couple of Top 2017 Romance articles I read and I agree wholeheartedly. I can’t wait for book 3 to see how Alisha Rai would top this one.

My dual review with Eri for Wrong to Need You

More books that made my year: Acting by Impulse by Mia Sosa, The Love Experiment by Ainslie Paton, Complicated by Kristen Ashley, What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long, Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas, Dance with Me by Alexis Daria, and Hold Me by Courtney Milan.

Have a very happy New Year, everyone. See you in 2018!

Which books made your 2017 better?

 Let me know (or link me your Top 2017 Reads lists) in the comments!

Lisa's 10* Most Anticipated 2018 Releases

*eh. I did try to limit myself to just ten….

Hi, everyone! I was too busy to post anything earlier in the week, plus I haven’t been reading anything much (boo).

I’ve been seeing recap and ‘Best of 2017’ posts all over my Twitter timeline. It feels a little surreal to think that it’s almost the end of the year. I will be listing down my best books of 2017 soon and I plan to limit myself to just ten mentions…but as you can see in this list I’m about to share, I can never limit myself to a number.

Anyway, since my Best of 2017 is still in the works, I’m going the easy road and share with you the books I just can’t wait to read in 2018, in no particular order.

Let’s start!


Kate Meader will be releasing three books next year! I don't know how to express my excitement eloquently, but I'm so very glad that we will get a new series right after the Chicago Rebels end. Kate's books always have the prettiest covers as well; I love the colours (and abs) in the first two, and the Down with Love cover reminds me of Lauren Layne's books which I love. The series will be about three hot-shot divorce lawyers "who think they know everything about marriage, relationships, and women will learn that, in fact, they know jack shit."

Yep, sold.


I'm always here for Lauren Layne's dudes in suits. The blurb sounds like it's going to be a little bit of enemies-to-lovers, which is just my thing. I'm still wincing at the May release date, though (MAY???).

The awesome knitting gang from Penny Reid's KITC series is coming back, and this time it's Kat and Dan's story (FINALLY)! I've been ready for this book ever since I finished Dating-ish.

Dmitri Romanov *swoony sighs* and his own story is coming in February (also FINALLY). I hated him on first sight in O'Malleys #2 (he was muy terrible), but he turned out to be the most intriguing character in the series and believe it or not, I want him to have his HEA. Well played, Katee Robert.


One day I shall write about my immense love for Kristen Ashley's stories and characters, how she fulfills every need that I have for romance (second chance love? alpha male bikers? hotshot PIs and commandos? men in uniforms? twenty year of separation and angst?) and how she manages to keep my single-dad shelf on Goodreads alive almost single-handedly, but today is not that day. 

Julia Sonneborn's By the Book has been pitched as a Jane Austen's Persuasion retelling and I, a Captain Wentworth stan, am very much looking forward to this story. 

I read the excerpt of Kate Clayborn's Luck of the Draw after I finished Beginner's Luck and hello, Aiden O'Leary! The story is going to have fake relationship in it and if that's not catnip then I don't know what it is. 

I still hate the dress on the cover of Hello Stranger but I'm so ready to read Dr. Garrett's story. Lisa Kleypas based her character on the real Dr. Garrett, or Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first female physician in England, and also the only female physician in England for some 20-30 years.


Just...don't get me started on this one. 
I've waited 84 years for this book and if it gets pushed back again I'm going to bloody cut somebody.

How many books are in YOUR 2018 anticipated lists?

 Let me know in the comments!

When Lisa fell in love with a group of alpha warriors : The Edge series by Megan Crane

Happy Monday, everybody!

            It’s a public holiday today where I’m at, so I’ve been spending the day lazing around—not that I could afford to laze around; I have a million things I should do instead of reading, but…books…. We’re fast approaching mid-December, can you believe it? Soon I’m going to start compiling a list of my favourite 2017 reads, and I can’t wait to share them with you here. As for today, I just finished Megan Crane’s Edge of Power, which is the fourth book in the dystopian/erotic romance series called the Edge. I’m still a little bit hungover from finishing it; the hero Wulf is quite a character and I love him a lot. I’ve been bingeing this series since last week, I think, and I thought I’d post something about it.

The Edge is four-book series (+ a collection of 3 novellas that I can’t wait to get into) set in a post-apocalyptic world about a hundred years after the world as we know it now is destroyed by a series of powerful storms. The whole series is pitched as “Vikings meet outlaw bikers” which didn’t make much sense to me until after I started reading. I’m a big fan of stories with alpha males in motorcycle clubs, and this series definitely echoes that in the way that the raiders are living, the whole concept of ‘brotherhood’ in the raider clan, and of course tough male (and female!) warriors.

To be honest, I never really concern myself much with the world-building aspect of the books I read. If the books have interesting characters then it’s enough to entertain me, and this series definitely aced in that part.

Now, onwards!

Blog Tour Stop: So Over You by Kate Meader

by Kate Meader
Series: Chicago Rebels #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: December 4th 2017
Source: ARC received for review
Rating: ★★★
Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father’s failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader’s sizzling Chicago Rebels series. In this second entry, middle sister Isobel is at a crossroads in her personal and professional lives. But both are about to get a significant boost with the addition of a domineering Russian powerhouse to the Rebels....

Isobel Chase knows hockey. She played NCAA, won Olympic silver, and made it thirty-seven minutes into the new National Women’s Hockey League before an injury sidelined her dreams. Those who can’t, coach, and a position as a skating consultant to her late father’s hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels, seems like a perfect fit. Until she’s assigned her first job: the man who skated into her heart as a teen and relieved her of her pesky virginity. These days, left-winger Vadim Petrov is known as the Czar of Pleasure, a magnet for puck bunnies and the tabloids alike. But back then... let’s just say his inability to sink the puck left Isobel frustratingly scoreless.

Vadim has a first name that means “ruler,” and it doesn’t stop at his birth certificate. He dominates on the ice, the practice rink, and in the backseat of a limo. But a knee injury has produced a bad year, and bad years in the NHL don’t go unrewarded. His penance? To be traded to a troubled team where his personal coach is Isobel Chase, the woman who drove him wild years ago when they were hormonal teens. But apparently the feeling was not entirely mutual.

That Vadim might have failed to give Isobel the pleasure that was her right is intolerable, and he plans to make it up to her—one bone-melting orgasm at a time. After all, no player can perfect his game without a helluva lot of practice...

I've been hyped up for So Over You ever since I read the excerpt in the first book (hello, a hero who didn't manage to bring it home? Colour me intrigued), and while it didn't immediately charm the way Irresistible You did, I still enjoyed it a lot. 

Review: Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

by Alisha Rai
Series: Forbidden Hearts #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: November 28th 2017
Source: ARC received for review
Rating: ★★★★★
He wasn’t supposed to fall in love with his brother’s widow…

Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Jackson Kane fled his home, his name, and his family. Ten years later, he’s come back to town: older, wiser, richer, tougher—and still helpless to turn away the one woman he could never stop loving, even after she married his brother.

Sadia Ahmed can’t deal with the feelings her mysterious former brother-in-law stirs, but she also can’t turn down his offer of help with the cafe she’s inherited. While he heats up her kitchen, she slowly discovers that the boy she adored has grown into a man she’s simply unable to resist.

An affair is unthinkable, but their desire is undeniable. As secrets and lies are stripped away, Sadia and Jackson must decide if they’re strong enough to face the past...and step into a future together.