I know what you’re thinking, so I’m just going to say it… Where the heck did 2017 go?!?  (I swear, time flies by faster and faster with each passing year.  I must be getting old).  As unbelievable as it may be, it’s time to round up my pile of books and choose my favorites of all that I have read since January.    

My goal this year was to read 75 books and at the time of this posting, I have read 77 (I may be able to sneak in one more before the clock strikes midnight).  

While that number is about half of my total from last year, I’m still pretty happy since 2017 has been cray-zeee busybut in the best possible way.  

However, gone are the days of reading a book in one sitting or devouring 4-5 books a week.  Wearing so many ‘hats’ other than blogging has taken up a lot of my free time, but I am proud of the work I have done this year.  I will be talking more about all of that in a future post, but I love the assistant/graphic/editing/bookish merchandise projects I have worked on this year!  

I don’t regret sacrificing my reading time to pursue other endeavors, but it meant that I had to pull back from participating in many book tours and I had to be really selective with the books I chose.  Even with reading less this year, I still read a ton of awesome books, and here are my picks for the best romance books of 2017!

Totally Bex Best of Romance 2017

Note: All of my “Best of Romance 2017” selections are available for purchase in my store on Amazon!

Favorite Romance of the Year

Drive by Kate Stewart

Drive by Kate Stewart

I had the privilege of reading this book as it was being written, but that’s not why it’s my favorite book of the year.  This is one of the most unique love triangles I have ever read.  Stella, Reid, and Nate took me on a musical journey that led to several soul-searching introspections and went above and beyond a typical reading experience for me.  It’s such an emotional read, so prepare yourself for a mega book hangover!  Even if you don’t dig love triangles, if you give this one a shot, you just might love it as must as I did.

Favorite Rom-Coms

Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

Anything You Can Do by RS Grey

Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey

PITA by Brooke Blaine

P.I.T.A. by Brooke Blaine

Favorite Smart Romance

Dating-ish by Penny Reid

Dating-ish by Penny Reid

Favorite Sports Romance

Pucked Off by Helena Hunting

Pucked Off by Helena Hunting

The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

Favorite Forbidden Romance

The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas | contemporary romance | release date: August 8, 2017

The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Biggest Tear-Jerkers

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino | contemporary romance

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

Mists Of The Serengeti by Laylah Attar

Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

Favorites by New-to-Me Authors

Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Forever Right Now by Emma Scott | contemporary romance

Forever Right Now by Emma Scott

Best Second-Chance Romance

Ghosted by JM Darhower | second-chance romance

Ghosted by J.M. Darhower

Favorite Novellas

Sweet Rivalry by K Bromberg

Sweet Rivalry by K. Bromberg

Stud Finder by Lauren Blakely | contemporary romance novella

Stud Finder by Lauren Blakely

Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley

Favorite Opposites Attract Romances

Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson

The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson

Best Ending of a Series

Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely | contemporary romance

Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely

The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C Cherry

The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

SO, THAT’S IT FOR ANOTHER YEAR-END LIST!  

What were some of your favorite reads from 2017?  Let me know in the comments below!