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    Top 10 of 2017: Best Book Boyfriends


    Welcome to Day Four of the Top 10 of 2017

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As mentioned previously…

    It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I began co-hosting the event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. Over the years the event has changed a bit, as have the hosts, and I’m so thrilled that this year in addition to the incredible Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy and Christy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales, we are joined by Fallon of Seeing Double in Neverland and the lovely ladies at Take Me Away To A Great Read!

    And, for the first time ever, we’re stoked to have an Instagram component, headed up by Bridget @DarkFaerieTales_.

    I haven’t been blogging very much during the last half of the year, but nearly every book I have read this year has been amazing. So I have a few favorites from the year to share.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2017 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on each of the five days of this challenge – Head over to Two Chicks on Books for the Day One giveaway, I hosted Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of the Ravenous Reader hosted Day Three’s giveaway, Day Four’s giveaway is at Take Me Away to a Great Read, and Day Five’s giveaway will be at Seeing Double in Neverland. So be sure be to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    AND, if you head over to Bridget @ DarkFaerieTales’ Instagram, she’ll be hosting an event-long giveaway,

    The Best Book Boyfriends of 2017

    I haven’t read too many YA books this year where it was all about the swoon-worthy guy. So most of my book boyfriends are of the non-ya variety. But I did read (if not always review) a few fantastic reads where it was all about the swooning.

    #1

    Who: Vlad Tepesh. Why? Because it’s Vlad.

    INTO THE FIRE (Night Prince #4) by Jeaniene Frost – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | AVONGOODREADS


    #2

    Who: Edward “Teach” Drummond. Why? Because Nicole Castroman turned the ruthless pirate Blackbeard into a swoon-worthy hero.

    BLACKSOULS (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | SIMON & SCHUSTER | GOODREADS


    #3

    Who: Titus Alexander. Why? Because oooh the chemistry.

    BLIND TIGER (Wildcats #2) by Rachel Vincent – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | GOODREADS


    #4

    Who: Abyssian “Sian” Infernas. Why? Because who doesn’t love the King of Hell?

    WICKED ABYSS (Immortals After Dark #18) by Kresley Cole – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #5

    Who: Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual. Why? Mmmm… sizzling romance.

    THE DARKEST PROMISE (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | HARLEQUINGOODREADS


    #6

    Who: Abel. Why? Okay, so he’s not exactly human. Or even living in the “normal” sense of the word. So, he’s definitely not a typical book boyfriend. But he’s amazing and adorable and funny and swoon-worthy. So I had to include him here. After all, I’ve swooned over vamps and demons, so why not…

    DEFY THE STARS (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUNDWEBSITE | GOODREADS


    #7

    Who: Max Holden. Why? Ahhh the angst!!!!

    KISSING MAX HOLDEN by Katy Upperman – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLANFIERCE READS | GOODREADS


    #8

    Who: Porter Roth. Why? Read it and you’ll know why… *grins*

    ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | SIMON & SCHUSTER | RIVETED LIT | GOODREADS


    #9

    Who: Alexander Hamilton. Why? Okay, so maybe he’s not particularly swoon-worthy. And in reality he did not sound like such a great catch. But the fictional version was just so delightfully romantic and played the underdog well. And this is all about book boyfriends… so I couldn’t resist choosing him.

    ALEX & ELIZA by Melissa de la Cruz – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | GOODREADS


    #10

    Who: Leo – the Beast of Benwick. Why? He’s lethal. Oh, and not to forget…. the slow-burn romance of it all.

    HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (The Embraced #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN | GOODREADS


    I don’t have any honorable mentions, as most of the books I’ve read were about tragedies, strong heroines, life experiences. And while it’s entirely possible I forgot a few reads where I swooned a bit over the “hero” I’m perfectly happy with my ten choices.


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    HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt

    I am super excited to be a part of the HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS Blog Tour. This is the first book by Kerrelyn Sparks that I have read, and I’m thrilled to say it won’t be my last.

    I absolutely loved the start to this new series by the author, loved being introduced to the world of the Embraced, and loved getting to meet Ana and Leo. And I can’t wait to see what happens next in Aerthlan, find out what new secrets are revealed, what new dangers and threats are looming, and what has Luciana so worried.

    Anyway… for my stop today I’m sharing a review as well as an excerpt from Chapter Four. So if you’d like to know just what I thought, or you want to take a peek inside this new series, scroll down.

    And if you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy of HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS, the wait won’t be long, as it releases next week on March 7th!

    About HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS

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    Title & Series: HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (The Embraced #1)
    Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
    Release date: March 7, 2017
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Mass Market Paperback, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT from Chapter One

    Description…

    Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy – and her father’s life.

    Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage…until he discovers she’s vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?

    If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN | GOODREADS


    Praise

    “As Sparks starts a delightful new paranormal-romance series…Luciana and Leo’s erotic tension ratchets up. Readers will relish Spark’s lovingly detailed and memorable tale and look forward to the next.” —Booklist

    “An entertaining first entry for Sparks’ new series.” —Kirkus Reviews

    “Sparks…creates an intricate, layered world that’s easy to fall into without tons of backstory needed. Luciana’s gifts were unique and made for a fun read with situations that led to all kinds of trouble, making this story a joy to read. The Beast, Lord Leo, is everything you’d want, without being so dark he irks you. Readers will be fully invested in this Embraced series!” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!


    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eBook copy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    Kerrelyn Sparks introduces an exciting new world and characters in HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS, the first book in her Embraced series. She begins to paint a picture of a world in conflict, where not only are the kingdoms at war, but differing belief systems have caused their citizens to live in fear. She imbues several of her characters with an interesting array of abilities that she only touches on in this book, but hints at the possibility of exploring more in future books.

    She brings together two characters who appear to be complete opposites – one innocent, one deadly – who are forced to keep secrets, and who have seemingly impossible odds of having a happily ever after. And she sets up a situation that is fraught with danger, that is filled with risk, and that demands trust, love, and bravery for any hope of success.

    HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS tells the story of Leo – the Beast of Benwick – and Luciana – the daughter of a Duke. The secrets she must keep could get her and her father killed if discovered. His very existence puts him in danger.

    Forced to wed to keep the king’s murderous impulses at bay means a perilous and torturous life for them both. Luciana will have to live a lie every day of her life. Leo will have to be forever alert to keep her safe. Both will have to deny their attraction to avoid any possibility of harm from his lethal touch.

    Spies, assassins, a greedy, power-hungry and paranoid king, and deadly threats from neighboring kingdoms are just some of what awaits Leo and Luciana in this thrilling and incredibly appealing read. Instant attraction, lust, longing, and the inability to have a physical connection serve to torment both characters and readers alike.

    The romance has a tantalizingly slow build throughout the read that culminates in scenes that sizzle. The mystery surrounding their unknown enemies and whether certain secrets will come to light keeps the story suspense-filled. The hope for a happy ending will keep readers captivated. And the promise of new kingdoms to explore, new abilities to discover, new characters to meet, new romances to fall in love with, makes HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS an absolutely delectable, must devour first book in this new series.

    The Rating


    About Kerrelyn Sparks

    Apparently, she has issues with reality. After writing 16 books about vampires and shifters, Kerrelyn has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet.

    Although Kerrelyn is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters.

    Kerrelyn lives with her family in the Greater Houston area of Texas. You can visit with her on Goodreads or her Facebook page, where she does a monthly contest. On Twitter, she posts as @KerrelynSparks.

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