|Best of 2017
Well, this year has come to an end. It was like riding the crazy train all year long. In terms of books, I thought the year started off strong, hit a pretty significant slump and then once fall rolled around, boom we had so many amazing books it was hard to keep with all the awesomeness coming my way. I swear I read five-star after five-star books for six weeks straight. Thanks to all of you on here, I love finding great recommendations from y’all and seeing your thoughts on the books that I loved or felt blah about.
Overall my favorite book of the year: Edge of Glory by Rachel Spangler
This one hit on everything I love the most when it comes to a romance book. Captivating characters, one being an ice princess. Yessss! Then make them badass athletes with a slow burn hate to love scenario. Well, you go me. I was hooked. This one just resonated with me and easily goes into my must read again and best ever categories.
Tricky Chances: The Clinical Years (Tricky, #2) by Camryn Eyde
Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne
Who’d Have Thought by G. Benson
Worthy of Trust and Confidence (Agent O’Connor, #2) by Kara A. McLeod
Known Threat (Agent O’Connor, #3) by Kara A. McLeod
Making a Tinderbox (The Tinderbox Tales, #1) by Emma Sterner-Radley
The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter
The Price of Cash by Ashley Bartlett
Repercussions by Jessica L. Webb
Repercussions by Jessica L. Webb is nothing short of phenomenal. This book is everything you want and more. It is one delicious story, with amazing characters and an exciting plot…I could go on for days about how freaking fantastic this one is. All of Webb’s books are home runs, but somehow, someway, she took it to the next level with Repercussions. This is going to easily be in your top 5 books of 2017, if not number one.
Our main character is Edie Black. Life has given Edie a hard knock, literally. Run over while on a jog, Edie suffered multiple injuries, but the one that is the hardest to recover from is a severe concussion. Edie, a one-time investigative correspondent turned journalism professor prides herself on gut decisions and quick-thinking. The concussion-marred her self-identity and the inherent belief in her own abilities. Now Edie, runs the gamut of being in pain, loss of memory and an overwhelming sense of paranoia. She feels constantly as if she is being followed.
Our other main, is introduced to us while Edie is preparing coffee for the acquired brain injury support group. Skye Kenny, a former soldier with the Royal Canadian Regiment turned private security specialist is also in the building for a PTSD meeting. These two instantly attracted to each other, and make a point to see the other at the next meeting. Cupid’s in the house! Edie’s’ date with the sexy strong silent, Skye turns into more than either one bargained for. Finally, all of Edie’s paranoia is confirmed. This lady is totally being followed!
This book is going to hook you on by the first chapter. Don’t you just love that? Go ahead a get ready for that Americano in the morning because you are going to need it. A roller coaster ride of awesomeness is awaiting you with this book. This book has it all, and if I could give it 10 stars, I would. Massively large stars to boot!
5 out of 5 stars…Massive ones
I really could go on and on about how much I have adored Jessica L. Webb’s novels. Every book has been just outstanding.
Troop 18 comes from Andy’s perspective and picks up fairly soon after Kate left Andy in Pathogen. Right out of the gate you feel Andy’s despair of their quasi-breakup. She has counted the days that Kate has been gone with no contact. Not a phone call, nor a text to let her know where they stand or how she is. Andy’s heart is broken and she is terrified of a future without Kate. Her pain is palatable, you feel it just radiating right of the page. Jessica Webb, you are so good! I love a book that makes you feel, even if it hurts. Of course, Andy turns to work as her salvation, and this takes us right into a bizarre case dealing with a group of RCMP cadets, who may or may not be up to something nefarious. Andy is needed to root out what they are hiding and whether this troop needs to be allowed to continue their training. Not life and death craziness of like the past two novels, but interesting nonetheless.
When Kate does come back to Andy, well I could just gush about their reconnection. These two ripped their hearts out, spoke the truth and held nothing back. Their reconciliation was done masterfully! Emotions, oh the emotions! This is basically the heart of this one. While the mystery is very mysterious, it’s the emotional journey of the Andy and Kate that is the main focus. Of course, I love it, total romance junkie here.
Is this the last of the series, if I was a betting woman I would say yes if felt like the end of the road to me. The characters of Kate and Andy have been phenomenal. What a fantastic series this has been. It is definitely a series to treasure. Webb is easily on of the best authors in this genre, I can’t wait to see where she takes us next.
4.75 out of 5 stars
- Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Pathogen by Jessica L. Webb picks up not long after the conclusion of Trigger, the debut novel in the Dr. Kate Morrison Mystery series. If you haven’t read, Trigger, stop, go read it and then jump right into this one. These two need to be read in sequence. Otherwise, you will be wading in the dark. My rview of Trigger can be found here: https://theromanticreaderblog.com/2016/03/07/584/
In Trigger, Dr. Kate Morrison and RCMP Sergeant Andy Wyles were thrown together to solve a medical mystery of humans being used a scary ass bombs. The race against time and an evil villain brought these two unlikely women, threw them into a harrowing situation and they both came out alive, scarred and totally head over heels in love. Such a good book!
Pathogen picks up in the aftermath of said event. As Kate returns to being an ER doctor at Vancouver East, she is struggling a bit with being out in her relationship and wrestling with the demons of what happened in Seattle. On the flip-side, she is deliriously in love with Andy. The small moments these two have with each other at the beginning of the book give you a window into their relationship.
Where the tension begins…Andy is called up to the Whistler area to investigate an outbreak of a mysterious flu-like virus. Why is RCMP involved, and not the Public Health Agency of Canada? The mystery seems to increase as a politician’s daughter is one of the sick. Is this political warfare breaking out? The RCMP brings in Kate to assist Andy on finding out what this virus is, who designed it and for what purposes. The mystery of this book is fantastic. Webb hits you with details and facts that have been meticulously researched. The story has many layers, but the heart of it all is a riveting medical drama.
I think what I loved the most about this book though is the protagonists. Kate is such a multifaceted character. She is deeply wounded, but so strong at the same time. Her complexity and resiliency draw you in, and you can’t help but root for her success and at the same time feel her pain. While Andy is the strong protector you sense her wariness as to when the other shoe is going to drop. Will the outside pressure be too much for Kate and Andy to handle? Her wariness of their future is palatable, but her heart is beyond invested. Their relationship, to me, is what makes this book great.
5 out of 5 stars
- Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
by Jessica Webb
Bombs in the forms of human beings! Whoa nelly, say that again. Yup, this book is about humans that are being turned into walking, talking bombs. Touch these poor souls and boom! Talk about freaking scary as hell.
Trigger by first time author Jessica L. Webb is an action packed adventure. She does not write like a newbie, Wedd has a great writing style, and her story telling is outstanding. I started this book late one evening and read well into the night. This book grabbed my attention, and even though I needed to go to bed, I had a hard time putting it down. With that being said this book is frighteningly good!
Kate Morrison is the Chief Resident of Vancouver East Emergency Room. Kate’s entire world is thrown the moment Joe Caglioni walks into her emergency room. This walking human bomb is suffering and in a terrible amount of pain but insists on not being touched by Dr. Morrison. Adding to the chaos is the appearance of Sargent Andy Wyles of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She has just showed up insisting the same thing, no touching the patient. Goodness, so what does any great doctor do, heck yeah, she hits Joe right in the chest to restart his heart, she will not stand by and watch someone die without giving it her best shot at saving them. Guess what the bomb did not detonate! Without spoiling the book I will say Kate has a special gift that resulted out of tragedy. Kate and her special attributes are now a thrust into a mystery which she along with Sgt. Wyles must race to solve. Who is making this army of human bombs and what is their diabolical plan?
The book reads very well and is full of heart pounding, adrenaline racing moments. I have zero clue if human bombs can be actually made, but Webb 100% sold me on the possibility through her story. I was held captive throughout the book, desperately needing to know how this was all resolved. While the romance is very good, it is not the whole focus of the book. Let me say what romance there is in Trigger is utterly fantastic. So subtle and extra sexy. This book has action out the wazoo, but it doesn’t stop there. Mystery, intrigue and a fantastic couple are in full force as well.
5 out of 5 stars
ARC received from Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books
- Publisher: Bold Strokes Books