Best of 2016: Galleys

I read a lot of review copies in 2016.  I had 32 total galleys between Netgalley, Edelweiss, and author mailing lists. At one point during the year, I stressed myself out pretty badly by accidentally signing up for an author’s ARC team.  I’m still not even sure how it happened!  I was getting flooded with (rather rude) emails with PDFs attached, demanding that I read and review within the week.  Needless to say, I cut all ties with that author and even ended up taking a little break from reviewing.  But overall, I read a ton of really great books from really awesome authors.  Here are my top fifteen, in absolutely no order whatsoever.

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Goodreads links:

off the hook // seven ways to lose your heart // a list of cages // lured in // beyond the stars // you know me well // the summer before forever // ink and bone // the last boy and girl in the world // just a girl // something i need // arrows // addicted to you // lust is the thorn // all the feels

Sale alert: Off the Hook by Laura Drewry

For a limited time, Laura Drewry’s Off the Hook is only 99¢!

Laura Drewry is one of my favorite authors, and you couldn’t pick a better book to curl up with this dreary holiday weekend.  You can also see what all the hype is about before Lured In releases in a few weeks!

Get it on Amazon here.

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Everything she felt was right there, splashed across his wide blue eyes: a dash of “what the hell just happened,” mixed with a splash of “holy shit, we really shouldn’t have done that,” and shaken with a double shot of “when can we do it again?”

It was a cocktail for disaster that Kate couldn’t wait to get drunk on, but— ugh, why did there have to be a “but”?

After being sidelined at work for too long, Kate happily accepts the tough job of revamping an old fishing resort in the middle of nowhere. She hopes that her boss will be impressed with her hard work and initiative and reward her with the job of general manager once the resort reopens. The information she was given told her a lot about the history and location of the resort, but nothing about the owner. She never expected it would be her ex-husband

Liam is just how she remembers: charming, funny, good looking, and incredibly frustrating. After playing professional baseball for several years, an injury forced him to take time off. Time off that he’s choosing to spend at his family’s fishing resort. He knew someone was coming in to help with the renovations, but he had no idea it would be his ex-wife.

Luckily, Kate is a professional and doesn’t let her feelings about being left in a Las Vegas motel room and receiving divorce papers by mail get in the way of doing her job. Liam, on the other hand, is less than thrilled with his decision. He knows he made a huge mistake all those years ago, and fully intends to make up for it.

This is my fourth book by Laura Drewry. I think by now I know that I’m pretty much definitely going to enjoy anything that she writes. I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, and I’m pretty sure I’ll say it again: The best thing about her books is the characters. Every one of them is a living, breathing person with completely unique characteristics. They’re all complete people who don’t rely solely on their partner for their existence.

I (usually) do not like angsty romances, so I was happy to find that this is relatively low on that scale. It has just the right amount to keep things interesting, but not so much that I wanted to bang my head against the wall.

I was also charmed by Liam’s two brothers and their friend Jessie. I hope that all three get their own books in this series.

As always, a great contemporary romance by Laura Drewry.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

Thanks to Netgalley and Loveswept for the ARC!