Donna’s Top 17 Reads of 2017 and Why (Updated)

Picking my top books of 2017 was much harder than I thought. You will see some of my favorite authors that continued to deliver top-notch writing again this year and a few ‘new to me’ authors.

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Imperfect Justice by Cara C. Putman

In this part legal thriller, part drama book, a young lawyer and a client’s brother pursue justice and the truth. I would highly recommend this book. It has me going back to find more books by Cara.

Daddy Defender by Janie Crouch

Starring an undercover handyman, this intriguing, suspenseful drama is filled with humor, romance, and hidden secrets. The villain in this book was fascinating. I love the balance of action and thought-provoking criminal behavior. I am looking forward to future books in this series.

Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

This Christmas story features a story of love and overcoming adversity. Centered on a strong female lead, Amelia, and her infant, every page of this book is filled with the joy of Christmas. I just love a good Christmas book and the Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson is definitely going to be on the top of the list.

Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

The second book in The Tox Files series, Crown of Souls follows Cole “Tox” Russell and his team as they race to stop the deadly Alec. Tox struggles throughout the novel with the monster inside. Ronie’s imagination and creativity are well-displayed in this novel. Crown of Souls is a total winner for (Ronie). She has outdone herself with this series. This is a novel you will read so fast to get to the end to know what is going to happen.

 

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

This legal suspense is a page-turner that features a romantic twist and highly riveting characters – Kate and Landon. I highly recommend the book. I am a fan of Rachel and she did not disappoint in Deadly Proof.

Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore

In her new book, Janice Cantore does not disappoint with her riveting, heart-wrenching characters. The story follows Tess as she has to overcome public scrutiny and inter-struggle all while trying to win over a small-town! The storyline seemed to be ripped from the headlines with the attacks of the media based on a cop shooting with inaccurate facts.

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

Captivating and continuously romantic, Hauck’s second novel follows the tale of Tenley and Birdie. This book features a romance that crosses through time and a connection that only words can form. The books is hilarious and heartbreaking. The similarities in the two stories are subtle and beautifully done. I highly recommend this book and will be rereading it again.

Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

Throughout this final installment of the Elite Guardian series, Eason leads readers on a dramatic and captivating journey to and through Ireland. If you are looking for an awesome writer. I highly recommend her especially if you enjoy clean, romantic, suspense that will keep you glued to the pages until the end.

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

Hannon has mastered the skill of sucking you into the story where you cannot put the book down, and Sandpiper Cove is no exception. This God-centered romance story will have readers falling in love with every character. I am convinced Hannon can write any genre from thriller to family drama and it will be a must-read. She has mastered the skill of sucking you into the story where you cannot put the book down.

Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman

In this romantic suspense novel, Sleeman sets up a truly inspiring story of a trauma-stricken survivor and her unwitting protector. Fatal Mistake has Sleeman’s trademark non-stop action paired with the romantic suspense to keep you glued to the pages.

True to You by Becky Wade

Pairing a closed-off genealogist with a former Navy Seal, Wade captures the essence of falling in love. This modern-day classic romance features two characters set to overcome obstacles, and it just makes you feel good inside!

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson

The sequel to Traces of Guilt, Threads of Suspicion picks up Evie Blackwell’s story and tells her tales mystery and investigation. The mystery of the cold cases is so fascinating, any fan of mystery will love the book.

Mistaken Identity by Shirlee McCoy

As a part of the Mission: Rescue series, Mistaken Identity follows the reclusive prosthetic maker as he tries to save a young girl’s life. This suspenseful book is action-packed and romantic is a sweet fun way.

Famous by Default by MK Harkins

Told from the perspectives of the in-the-spotlight Jax and the withdrawn Sivan, Famous by Default is a page-turning romance. The story follows these two teens as they struggle through life and find each other in a mess. I read the book in two days. If I could’ve stayed awake longer I would’ve finished it in one night. I’m already a fan of MK Harkins but if I had not been this would have sealed the deal.

Reckless Creed by Alex Kava

This Ryder Creed book tells the story of Ryder Creed and Maggie O’Dell as they struggle to solve a virus-driven mystery. This book is suspenseful and full of intrigue; Alex Kava’s latest book will leave readers wanting more.

Wild Horse Springs by Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas is a master of weaving stories throughout the Ransom Canyon series, and Wild Horse Springs is no exception. This romance novel will have readers falling in love with each character and rooting for everyone’s happy endings. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a captivating story, romance and characters that you fall in love with.

Still Life by Dani Pettrey

Like many of her books, Dani Pettrey’s new book features amazing chemistry between the characters and a mystery that keeps readers guessing until the end. Following a relatively small name character from Cold Shot, Still Life highlights a romantic inner-struggle and a mysterious outer crime. There’s amazing chemistry between the characters, a mystery that keeps you guessing until the end, and a subtle faith element that makes you think and contemplate how it would apply to your life. This is a great cast of characters.

 

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