It’s time for the Top 10 of 2017! *raucous cheering* This’ll be the fourth year I’ve done one of these “best of the best” series and, for the second year in a row, I’m opening it up for others to join! I love discussing my bookish bests. So … I’ll be doing that from now until the end of December. Interested in joining? Check out the sign-up post. I also love seeing other blogger and readers “best” lists so I can see which books I need to add to my TBR ASAP.
This is a new topic for me, but it was one I just had to add this year. So much attention is paid to the men/boys in books and it seems like we’re always swooning over them. But what about the females? There are some seriously kickass heroines in books across all genres and 2017 seems like the perfect time to give them the attention they deserve. I promise I’ll stay off my soapbox… or try to anyhow.
For a little extra added fun this year, I asked some of my favorite authors to join me in the Top 10 of 2017 celebration. Today Jennifer L. Armentrout is sharing an excerpt from her upcoming release, Moonlight Sins, which releases on January 30, 2018. I can’t wait to meet the characters in her new de Vincent series.
Van is easily one of my favorite heroines of 2017. I love her as much as I love Aiden — and that’s saying something. She’s smart, sassy, determined and just flat-out amazing. I’d totally be friends with her in real life.
I connected with Stella in a very real way because of her love of music and her journey in this book. I didn’t envy the decision she had to make between two admittedly pretty incredible men, but I won’t get into that for fear of spoiling this book for you.
What’s not to love about Reese? She’s talented and determined and doesn’t want to be given any special treatment in a role that’s traditionally male. She’s a survivor who is totally relatable and I loved her from the very start.
I adored Lucy. She was smart and funny and her banter with Josh was total perfection. But it wasn’t just her connection with Josh that made me love her. She’s a pretty special character on her own.
Riley was a strong woman in an unconventional role — search and rescue. Her backstory totally broke my heart, but I loved seeing her move on, while still remembering what was lost. I can’t imagine the challenges she faced on a daily basis, both in her career and in general, but she rocked.
I read so many sports romances, but it’s rare to find a female athlete. It was impossible not to love Sal from the very beginning. Despite her superstar status, she was humble. I loved her relationship with her family — her father, specifically — and her willingness to stand up for the people she cares about.
I waited for Penna’s story for ages and I wasn’t even close to being disappointed. She was such a strong woman, a total badass, but I always suspected more lurked beneath the surface. I loved seeing the balance between the daredevil and the more vulnerable, less self-assured person underneath.
I found Vera to be a very complex character. She is strong and talented, yet suffered from an almost overwhelming amount of self-doubt at times. One of my favorite things about this book was watching her grow more confident while overcoming her past.
EVIE! Evie was the best. Not only did I totally “get” her, but I basically just really want to be her friend. Did I mention she’s a Harry Potter nerd, too? We might have different jobs and live on different coasts, but I recognized so much of myself and my experiences in her.
You might notice Josie is the only non-contemporary heroine on my list. I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but I LOVE the Titan series. I couldn’t have a favorite females list without including her on it. If you’ve read the books, you know the array of drama and crap she’s been through and how strong she’s proves she is, over and over again.
It’s no secret Jennifer L. Armentrout writes kickass female characters in all of her books! I asked her to participate in my Top 10 of 2017 and she agreed to send me an excerpt from her upcoming release, Moonlight Sins. I neeeeeeeed to read this ASAP!
The hue of his eyes deepened as he tilted his head, lining their mouths up in a way that would be perfect for them to kiss.
And then the most ridiculous thoughts started swirling around in her head.
Would this be so bad? He claimed he wanted her. He’d put that right out there, as blunt as humanly possible. Her skin was buzzing with the mere idea of touching him again, exploring all that bare skin and those lips. All she had to do was move her head forward an inch and then . . . then she just needed to live a little. Plunge into whatever dark promises those sea-blue eyes of his offered.
Bizarrely, she didn’t feel threatened. Not at all. Even given everything that had gone down with Adam, she had felt something entirely different than fear or anger.
She’d felt daring instead.
This wasn’t like her. Not at all.
Just like taking him back to her apartment wasn’t like her.
She didn’t even like Lucian. Okay, well, she liked the Taylor she’d met in the bar but wasn’t particularly fond of the version known as Lucian. And what she did know about him, it was everything she shouldn’t like in a guy. Or at least it felt that way to her. She found him infuriating and smug, aggressive, and, okay, the fact that he read Harry Potter to his sister was sweet and she could tell he truly did care about his sister. She sensed there was more to him than . . . than the walking sex persona, but . . .
But what she wanted was just a kiss, and it had been so long since she was kissed, forever since she felt like she could be devoured by another. How bad could that be? Awareness coursed through her body and the tips of her breasts pebbled under the thin shirt.
This deep, masculine sound came from Lucian, sending a pulsing dart of lust through her. He sensed it. She didn’t know how he could, but he knew what she was thinking. Those thick lashes of his drifted down and she knew he was going to do it. He was going to kiss her right in this hallway. He would press her into the wall, trapping her body there with his, and she wanted to feel him.
What could go wrong?
Cold reality slammed into her. What could go wrong? Hell. Everything, but namely her job.
It was official.
The curse of the de Vincent house was real, because she was losing her mind.
“This is screwed up,” she said. “You’re screwed up.”
“I’m not just screwed up, Ms. Hughes. I’m as broken as they come, but I don’t need to be fixed. I don’t want to be fixed.” He caged her in. “I like all my fucked-up shards and pieces. They make me who I am. They make me real. The question is, can you handle real?”
She should really push him away now, especially since he was telling her that he was messed up. Not that she needed that confirmation, but she didn’t push him away.
Then Lucian made that sound again, causing the very core of her to clench in desperation. Somehow, she didn’t even know, her hands landed on his chest. His skin was smooth and hard under her palms. She didn’t push him away.
He lowered his head, stopping a mere inch from her mouth. A taut moment passed as her heart thundered out of control and her brain screamed for her to end this before it was too late.
“Fuck it,” he growled.
And then he kissed her.
Could you pick your favorite females of 2017?
Did any of them make my list?
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