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Book Reports (156-159)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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****-
Troublemaker, by Linda Howard -- recommended for Howard fans, for those who like adult romance, those who like a hint of mystery, and those who like small town life -- William Morrow, 5/16

* I wanted to love this (because I always wait for the next Howard book to come out), but it was pretty slow. There really isn't much happening on the 'suspense' side of the romantic suspense, and although the romance is fine, it didn't engage me like some of her other books. I think it would have been stronger if the suspense had been present (the beginning and the end held the only real aspects of it). *sigh*

***-
I've Got You Under My Skin, by Mary Higgins Clark -- recommended for those who like Clark's style, those who like mysteries with many possible suspects, and those who like multi/omni POV -- Pocket Books, 3/15

* I used to read MHC a lot (in my late teens), and the books she was writing back then were mostly very good. I haven't read one of her 'new' mysteries in 20 years...and I wasn't impressed. The characters are pretty bland, the romance was practically non-existent, and the killer was meh. *sigh*

****+
David, Renewed, by Diana Copeland -- highly recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like family tales, and those who like sympathetic characters -- Dreamspinner Press, 9/16

* I like Copeland's writing, and her newest was a good example of why: the enjoyable cast of characters. I liked everyone, and even those which aren't super likable are still realistic and round out the feel of the book nicely. It seems like she set this up so there could be other books in this series, and I certainly hope that's the case!

*****
Tied Up in Knots, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who like the rest of the trilogy, those who like law enforcement (US Marshals) tales, and those who like male/male romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 9/16

* I was so excited to see this book, and even though it focused more on Ian's and Milo's relationship than a mystery, I still loved it. I'm hoping there will be yet another which perhaps resolves some of the things she hinted at here (like Dreo's gun and why Kage is being framed, etc).

Book Reports (146-155)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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***
The Ones, by Daniel Sweren-Becker -- recommended for those who like sci-fi, those who like thriller-type tales, and those who like *fierce heroines -- Imprint, 9/16

* The MC here is definitely fierce, and I thought the story was intense all the way through (plus, be aware that there are some torture scenes -- not hugely graphic, but emotionally intense).

****
The Outliers, by Kimberly McCreight -- recommended for those who like *suspenseful mysteries, those who like loyal friends, and those who don't mind cliff hangers -- Harper Collins, 5/16

* This is suspenseful, and it seems like something new is revealed around each corner...but it was a little annoying how the MC trusted one specific thing so deeply. It wasn't completely obvious that she was being naive, but I felt like she was far too trusting overall. Still, it was a good mystery, and despite the cliff hanger (or maybe because of it), I'll definitely pick up the next one.

****+
23 Minutes, by Vivian Vande Velde -- highly recommended for those who like *brave heroines, those who like thrillers, and those who like complex characters -- Boyds Mills Press, 4/16

* The MC here is definitely brave and quite vulnerable. I like all we learn about her throughout her 23-minute segments. I also like how complexities about the supporting characters are revealed throughout too.

****
Future Shock, by Elizabeth Briggs -- recommended for those who like sci-fi thrillers, those who like *time travel, and those who like sweet romance -- Aw Teen, 4/16

* I really liked the premise here, and I thought the plot was well-paced, for the most part. The main reason I didn't read every page was because too many people were hiding secrets, and to me, that gets annoying after a while. Most things were revealed by the end (though not all), but in some ways, I felt like some things should have come earlier. Still, it was a satisfying read.

****
P.S. I Like You, by Kasie West -- recommended for those who like *angsty romance, those who like teen drama, those who like quirky families, and those who like sympathetic (though sometimes clueless) heroines -- Point, 7/16

* There are times when angsty teen romance is done the way I like it...and this didn't quite cut it. I like aspects of it (mostly Lily's personality and family), but the constant misunderstandings and lack of perception from Lily and Cade got annoying after a while. Still, teens might really enjoy it.

****+
Savage, by Thomas E. Sniegoski -- highly recommended for those who like *sci-fi horror, those who like suspense, and those who like apocalyptic tales -- Simon Pulse, 5/16

* I actually don't like horror that much, but although this is really creepy and gory in places, I truly enjoyed the suspense/mystery and the apocalyptic feel. It's clearly the first in a series (or duo) -- at least, I'm hoping there will be more. I'll definitely pick up the next one, if so.

***+
Black River Falls, by Jeff Hirsch -- recommended for those who like *sci-fi adventure, those who like vulnerable heroes, and those who like kids versus establishment -- Clarion, 7/16

* The premise of this is intriguing (the hero is the only one who remembers the past after a virus sweeps through his town), and I enjoyed his character. After a while, the tale just started to bog down a bit for me, though I thought the ending was fairly satisfying (and a little sad).

****
Break Me Like a Promise, by Tiffany Schmidt -- recommended for those who liked Hold Me Like a Breath, those who like *self-centered heroines (who grow), those who like mafia-like tales, and those who like bittersweet romance -- Bloomsbury USA, 6/16

* I loved the first one (Hold Me), and there were many aspects of this I also loved. But Maggie is so selfish (and frankly, b*tchy) through most of the first half of the book that I had a hard time reading it (and ended up skimming until she finally started growing up). The intrigue around the black-market organ mafia is still intriguing, however, and I can't wait for the next one. Thank goodness for Alex!

****
The Glittering Court, by Richelle Mead -- recommended for those who like *epic-like tales, those who like fashion/Victorian-type stories, those who like adventure, and those who like loyal romance -- Razorbill, 4/16

* I liked the epic feel to this, how the setting moves from one land to a rugged one across the sea. Yes, it was pretty obvious that it mimicked England/colonial US, but I still enjoyed that aspect. One thing that bugged me throughout was the mystery surrounding Adelaide's two closest friends (their stories will be told in companion novels). I get that Mead wants to keep their stories intact (I guess), but it left some gaping holes here (imo). I did get tired of all the focus on looks and clothes...and some of the characters seemed contrived in places. Still, it was entertaining, and I will pick up the next one.

****-
[Running with the Pack, by AM Burns & Caitlin Ricci -- recommended for those who enjoy *unusual romance (LGBTQIA), those who like an environmental focus, and those who like supportive families -- Harmony Ink, 9/16]

* So the romance in this is actually a three-some between teen boys, one of which is gay, another bi, and the third ace. I liked reading about something I'm not as familiar with, and I liked their bond (it's YA and not graphic at all). I thought the families were very accepting (perhaps a little unrealistically), and the antagonist was rather two-dimensional. Still, it's a sweet, easy-to-read romance with some animal protection thrown in.

Book Reports (139-145)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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**
The Last Star, by Rick Yancey -- recommended for fans of the trilogy (The 5th Wave), for those who like alien-attack tales, and for those who like *realistic/ambiguous endings -- Putnam & Sons BFYR, 5/16

* The ending here was definitely not a 'happy' one, though I suppose there was a hopeful element to it...it was a little too realistic for me, I guess. ;)

***+
Mirror in the Sky, by Aditi Khorana -- recommended for those who like angsty teen drama, those who like sci-fi twists, and those who like *growth in their protagonist -- Razorbill, 6/16

* This drove me crazy for much of the book because all the characters were awfully short-sighted and self-centered, BUT I very much like how the MC realized at the end that her insecurities were not unique (even though they were based on a unique reason -- her being the only POC in her school). I really like that moment when it became clear to her that even those girls (and guys) who seem to 'have it all' are just as insecure and find ways to hide their weaknesses (a very teen experience, regardless of circumstances/background). At the same time, the idea that 'you can't help who you love' was quite prevalent here, and as I don't agree at all, I found that a bit annoying too. ;)

****
The Season, by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer -- recommended for those who like *Pride & Prejudice tales, those who like humorous and sympathetic heroines, those who like society tales, and those who like sweet (though fast) romance -- Viking BFYR, 7/16

* I didn't realize this was a P&P re-telling (modern-day) until I was about a quarter into it (when I thought to myself, "Wow, this is very similar to P&P" and happened to look more closely at the cover, where it clearly stated it). I enjoyed it, though it had some of the same issues that P&P does for me (in the book -- too many details!), and the relationship between 'Darcy and Lizzy' (not their names in this book) happened extremely quickly (too quickly for my taste). Still, it's a fun look at Texas and debuts.

***-
Unrivaled, by Alyson Noel -- recommended for those who like *multi-POV tales, those who like Hollywood, those who like game players, and those who like mysteries -- Katherine Tegan Books, 5/16

* I was drawn to this because of the three narrators, but after a couple chapters in each of their voices, I realized I didn't care enough about any of them to continue on (though Tommy was my favorite, and I might have been more interested if everything was from his POV). However, the mystery is definitely interesting, and I will probably pick up the second book to see what happens next.

**
Flying, by Carrie Jones -- recommended for those who love *Carries Jones' writing, those who like unique and sympathetic voice, those who like alien tales, and those who like sweet romance -- Tor Teen, 7/16

* I really like Carrie's voice and style, and that's what drew me to this in the first place (even though the premise isn't really my thing). I think readers who like quirky, likable, determined heroines will enjoy this!

****+
[Waking in Time, by Angie Stanton -- highly recommended for those who like *time-traveling tales, those who like sweet romance, those who like strong family relationships, and those who like a bit of a mystery -- Switch Press, 3/17]

* This is a unique take on time traveling, as Abbi travels backward and Will travels forward -- so they only intercept a few times. More than that, it's about Abbi figuring out a secret in her grandma's life...and the relationships she builds in the different times. I couldn't put it down (and read it in two sittings)!

Book Reports (136-138)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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****+
Forgive and Forget, by Charlie Cochet -- highly recommended for those who like male/male, adult romance, those who like amnesia tales, those who like baker boys, and those who like a sweet wrap-up -- Dreamspinner Press, 4/16

*****
Smoke & Mirrors, by Charlie Cochet -- highly recommended for fans of the THIRDS series, for those who like male/male, urban-fantasy romance, those who like law enforcement, and those who like established relationships -- Dreamspinner Press, 7/16

****
[Garden District Gothic, by Greg Herren -- recommended for those who like solid suspense/mysteries, those who like NOLA tales, those who like male/male/male adult romance, and those who like quirky narrators -- Bold Strokes Books, 9/16]

I have a few re-reads too (in this category), but I've read them a couple times in the past (and posted about them), so I'll leave it for now. :)

Book Reports (129-135)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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***
[The Cabin, by Natasha Preston -- recommended for those who like angsty teen drama, those who like mystery/suspense, and those who don't mind some *shallow reactions/motivations -- Sourcebooks Fire, 9/16]

* This was definitely suspenseful, and I found the tension engaging. However, the teens continually made stupid choices (which teens tend to do, I know), and I found it hard to believe they'd all react as they did. Still, I suspect that a teen reading this would find it much more enjoyable than I did. :)

**
Tangled Thoughts, by Cara Bertrand -- recommended for those who've read the *first two, those who don't mind drawn-out plots, and those who like love quartets (ha) -- Luminis Books, 7/16

* I really enjoyed the first two, but I came into this one with the idea that it was the last of a trilogy...when it's simply the next book in a series. :( It felt unnecessarily long and drawn out to me, and I didn't really appreciate the two extra characters thrown in to add love interest to a story that was (in my opinion) already filled with a strong and romantic sub-plot. Basically, it didn't work for me at all, and although I might pick up the next one (IF it's the final book in the series!), this one really disappointed me.

****+
The Dead and Buried, by Kim Harrington -- highly recommended for those who like mysteries, those who like *ghost tales, and those who like sweet teen romance -- Point, 1/13

* I liked that we got to know a bit about the ghost here (she died not long before the MC arrived in her house), and I liked that the characters were complex and interesting throughout. I've read most of Harrington's other books, and I think she's a solid writer. :)

****
[Genius: The Game, by Leopoldo Gout -- recommended for those who like *adventure/techno-thrillers, those who like unique characters, and those who like hints of teen romance -- Feiwel & Friends, 5/16]

* The description here was right up my alley, but it honestly took 100+ pages before the real action began. I originally picked this up for my son (at PLA), but I've already told him to simply begin at the second section; I honestly don't think the first section adds anything of value (some background that you can pretty much pick up reading between the lines in the rest of the book). However, other than being too long and detailed, it's an interesting thriller, and I'll definitely look for the next one.

****
Wickedpedia, by Chris Van Etten -- recommended for those who like *standard horror, those who like teen drama, and those who like gory justice -- Scholastic, 6/14

* I actually don't really like horror that much, but this reminded me of I Know What You Did Last Summer (the movie more than the book), and despite the corny feel to it, it was a fun read. I think teens will probably really enjoy it.

***
Love and Other Foreign Words, by Erin McCahon -- recommended for those who like McCahon's writing, those who like friends-to-romance tales, and those who like *uptight heroines -- Dial Books, 5/14

* I really liked McCahon's first book (I Now Pronounce You Someone Else), but I somehow missed this one when it first came out. It didn't work as well for me, mostly because of the MC. She was simply too uptight and clueless for my taste, and although I loved the love interest, I found it frustrating to read through all the issues the heroine dealt with as she worked through her own feelings.

****-
Secrets, Lies, and Scandals, by Amanda K. Morgan -- recommended for those who like teen murder drama, those who like *multi-POV tales, and those who like hints of romance (some past GLBT) -- Simon Pulse, 7/16

* The multi-POV approach was the best part of this, imo. I liked the insight into the various characters, but I did think they were pretty clueless (and yes, I know this is realistic for many teens). Despite their cluelessness, their motives were more realistic than other books with a similar premise, so I didn't mind. One thing I didn't love was the ending...perhaps there's going to be a sequel?

Book Reports (127-128)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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****+
[Boyfriend Material, by K.A. Mitchell -- highly recommended for those who liked the first, those who like new adult, male/male romance, and those who like *vulnerable heroes -- Carina Press, 8/16]

* In the first book, we got to see things through Ethan's eyes; this time, it was Wyatt's turn, and I really like how vulnerable both young men are. I like seeing how they struggle and grow through the story.

****+
[Bad Judgment, by Sidney Bell -- highly recommended for those who like adult, male/male romantic suspense, those who like heroes overcoming troubled pasts, and those who like *love victorious -- Carina Press, 9/16]

* Although this is billed as suspense (and it does fit the bill), I found it to be a bit heavier on the drama portions. Still, I found it very engaging (despite the somewhat graphic moments of violence -- rare but still in place), and I loved the relationship between the two men (Brogan and Embry).

Book Reports (121-126)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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****+
[Three Truths and a Lie, by Brent Hartinger -- highly recommended for those who like suspense (especially psychological suspense), those who like *misdirection, those who like twists at the ending, and those who like a fast-paced narrative style -- Simon Pulse, 8/16]

* This also has YA male/male sex (not graphic) included...and the misdirection is so well done. I can almost always guess the ending accurately, and this time, I truly had no idea. I was stunned -- and it really made some of the narrative tricks (that had been bugging me a little bit) fall into place. Very intriguing read!

***+
The Darkest Corners, by Kara Thomas -- recommended for those who like *mind-bendery mysteries, those who like spunky yet vulnerable heroines, and those who like a 'real-crime' feel to their tales -- Delacorte Press, 4/16

* I can like these types of tales, and I did find this one interesting (especially when all was revealed), although I didn't love any of the characters that much. The MC was sympathetic, to be sure, but I didn't find myself involved enough in her plight to really feel with her throughout the tale. Still, an interesting idea here.

****
Seven Black Diamonds, by Melissa Marr -- recommended for those who like tales of Fae folk, those who like *intricate relationships between the characters, those who like sweet romance, and those who like Marr's lush writing style -- HarperCollins, 3/16

* I'm not a huge fan of urban fantasy (fae, werewolves, vampires, etc), but I picked this up because I always like how Marr builds the relationships in her books with such depth and complexity. This didn't disappoint, and that aspect alone kept me engaged.

****-
Trance, by Linda Gerber -- recommended for those who like YA paranormal tales, those who like sweet romance, those who like grief recovery, and those who don't mind some *too-easily-tied-up-loose-ends -- Speak, 10/10

* I really liked the premise here, but I just couldn't buy the execution. I did read it all the way through, but it kind of fell flat for me, personally. Although the MC did deal with some of the issues surrounding the loss of her mom (and sis), so much was glossed over -- and the fact that she was allowed to drive at all when she went into 'trances' made it very difficult for me to take other parts seriously. Still, the romance was very sweet (and had an intriguing twist).

****+
With Malice, Eileen Cook -- highly recommended for those who like *ripped-from-the-headlines' thrillers, those who like amnesia tales, those who like sympathetic heroines, and those who like realistic endings -- HMH BFYR, 6/16

* This was hard to put down, and I read it very quickly because of that. I like the narrative style that allows the reader to understand the past only as the MC remembers it, and I like the tension that builds throughout the story, as well.

****
The Countdown, by Kimberly Derting -- recommended for those who've enjoyed the rest of the trilogy (The Taking), those who like alien tales, those who like *sweet teen romance, and those who don't mind brief sections of graphic violence -- HarperTeen, 5/16

* The romance here is sweet, but it's also a little hard to believe. I thought that in the first one too, when Kyra fell for Tyler (the younger brother of the boyfriend she'd had before she was taken) in just a week. Not that much more time has passed here, and...well, it just didn't work as well for me as other aspects of the book. I also had a hard time with how quickly everything pulled together at the end (in other words, the pacing seemed a little off). That said, overall I found the trilogy intriguing and well worth my time and enjoyment in reading it.

Book Reports (117-120)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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*****
Blood & Thunder, by Charlie Cochet -- *highly recommended for those who like paranormal, adult, male/male romance;those who like 'cop' tales; those who don't mind gore; and those who are fans of the Therian series -- Dreamspinner Press, 8/14

* A/N: I'm not a huge fan of paranormal tales, but as I think I mentioned with the first of this series (Hell & High Water), Cochet makes it work. I love the Therians and the world building here, and I also like the team aspect and the interplay between the various members. Because I can't check these out at the library, I will probably wait a bit before buying another -- but I sure am enjoying them as they come. :)

*****
Rack & Ruin, by Charlie Cochet -- highly recommended for those who like paranormal, adult, male/male romance;those who like 'cop' tales; those who don't mind gore; and those who are fans of the Therian series -- Dreamspinner Press, 11/14

*****
Rise & Fall, by Charlie Cochet -- highly recommended for those who like paranormal, adult, male/male romance;those who like 'cop' tales; those who don't mind gore; and those who are fans of the Therian series -- Dreamspinner Press, 2/15

****
Faith & Fidelity, by Tere Michaels -- recommended for those who like adult, male/male romance; those who like contemporary tales which include grief and grief recovery; those who like coming out tales; and those who like love stories between older men -- Dreamspinner Press, 10/14

Book Reports (115-116)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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****
Famous Last Words, by Katie Alender -- recommended for those who like YA murder mysteries with a *paranormal element, those who like Hollywood, and those who like quirky teen romances -- Scholastic, 7/15

* I liked the MC here, and I think the paranormal element made her more intriguing and vulnerable. I figured out the killer quite early on, but in some ways, that increased the tension for me.

****
[13 Minutes, by Sarah Pinborough -- recommended for those who like YA **mind-bender-y suspense, those who like ambiguous MCs, those who like multi-POV narratives, and those who like to see inside the sociopath's mind -- Gollancz, 7/16]

** Inconsistencies in the narration add to the tension in this, and although I'm not a fan of unreliable narrators, suspecting that it was a possibility from the get-go made it much more palatable and even intriguing for me. Although none of the characters are that likable (though Becca was the most sympathetic, imo), I found the novel very engaging.

Book Reports (110-114)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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(R) ****+
Ice, by Linda Howard -- highly recommended for Howard fans of adult romantic suspense -- Ballantine Books, 11/10

(R) *****
Midnight Rainbow, by Linda Howard -- highly recommended for Howard fans of adult romantic suspense -- Severn House, 10/09

(R) ***+
Diamond Bay, by Linda Howard -- recommended for Howard fans of adult romantic suspense -- Severn House, 5/10

*****
Hell & High Water, by Charlie Cochet -- highly recommended for those who like sci-fi/dystopic adult stories with male/male romance, those who like cops and law enforcement, those who like *paranormal activity, those who like suspenseful mysteries, and those who like intense and fast-moving tales -- Dreamspinner Press, 7/14

* I don't normally like this kind of thing (although I did go through a JD Robb phase), and it took a couple chapters to feel comfortable with the world here (where biological warfare produced a new species of humans who could shift to animals). However, once I got a handle on it, I loved it. I couldn't put it down. I will definitely be looking for the others in this series -- it's delightful (seriously) to stumble across a gem like this!

****
Dinner for One, by Meg Harding -- recommended for those who like foodie male/male tales, those who like **tons of sex, and those who like sweet romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 7/16

** I don't mind sex (I usually just skip over it, and when there's just a touch here and there -- especially when it comes at that perfect moment in the relationship -- I actually like the addition), but I will say there was a LOT of sex (and most of it quite graphic) in this book, especially compared to the rest of the story. Without all the sex, it would probably have been more like a novella. That said, I did like the rest of the story. Both Bastien and James were sympathetic characters, and I liked the dual POV.

Book Reports (106-109)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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****+
Grand & Humble, by Brent Hartinger -- highly recommended for those who like stories *like Sliding Doors ('what if one thing changed'), those who like thoughtful characters, and those who like mysteries -- BK Books, 5/16

* I read this when it came out ~7 years ago, but I only vaguely remembered the details. Regardless, I enjoyed this version very much, and I like how things slowly build between alternating chapters of 'grand' and 'humble.'

****+
This is My Brain on Boys, by Sarah Strohmeyer -- highly recommended for those who like **clever heroines, those who like semi-unreliable narrators, those who like dual-POV tales, and those who like sweet romance -- Balzer & Bray, 5/16

** This is just a clever tale all around. I really liked the naivete of Addie, but her intelligence was also nicely done. The whole premise is intriguing and fun to read.

****+
Mission Hill, by Pamela Wechsler -- highly recommended for those who like ***adult legal tales along the lines of Law & Order, those who like mysteries, and those who like independent heroines -- Minotaur Books, 5/16

*** Those who know me know how much I love Law & Order, so you can guess this is right up my alley. My only real complaint was the distance I felt from the MC during parts of the books -- I wanted to know more about her, but that wasn't really the focus here (although we do learn some things about her, but since she's the narrator, we're limited by her inability to allow herself to deal with her emotions).

***
Please Don't Tell, by Lauren Tims -- recommended for those who like angsty teen stories, those who like twins, and those who don't mind ****ambiguous endings -- Harper Teen, 5/16

**** I'm not a fan of ambiguous endings, so this wasn't my thing. I also wasn't a fan of Grace (though Joy was okay), so it was hard reading all her sections.
For these, I'll simply list what I recall of why I loved them so much (five stars to me means that I loved it from beginning to end and will definitely re-read it). It's just a coincidence that there are 10 of them, and they're listed alphabetically by title:

1.
Defending Taylor, by Miranda Kineally

I loved this because I liked Taylor and her perspective, and I also liked seeing glimpses of other characters (from past Kineally books) that I loved, as well. Plus, the romance, as always with these books, is feel-good.

2.
Fill-In Boyfriend, by Kasie West

I loved this because the romance is filled with chemistry, and neither character is perfect. It was also interesting to read how the MC was perceived by others.

3.
Learning to Swear in America, by Katie Kennedy

I loved this because of Yuri and Dovie...and Lenon. I just want to spend as much time as possible with these quirky and lovable characters. By the way, this comes out next week!

4.
The Long Game, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I loved this because of the intrigue, the complexity of the situations, the challenges the characters face, and the relationships throughout.

5.
Map of Fates, by Maggie Hall

I loved this because of the intriguing plot (and the tension throughout). I also like the realistic and plausible reasons for a 'love triangle.'

6.
Powerless, by Tera Lynn Childs & Traci Deebs

I loved this because of the original premise, the characters, and the tension.

7.
Relentless, by Tera Lynn Childs & Traci Deebs

I loved this because it tied up many of the loose ends from the above -- and the romance is sweet.

8.
This is Our Story, by Ashley Elston

I loved this because it's so rare to find a truly captivating YA suspense/mystery, and this was it! I couldn't put it down, and I will definitely read it again.

9.
Unplugged, by Donna Frietas

I loved this because it holds all the usual Frietas' quality writing along with an intriguing premise, strong and sympathetic characters, and a tense plot. I can't wait for the next one!

10.
Wrecked, by Maria Padian

I loved this because of its original take on a story of rape. Because this isn't a 'light' subject, I wouldn't recommend it to younger teens, but it's not graphic, and the writing is strong and thoughtful.

I read many five-star re-reads, but I'm only including those which are firsts for me. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year will bring!

Book Reports (102-105)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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****+
Symptoms of Being Human, by Jeff Garvin -- highly recommended for those who like *sympathetic main characters, those who like triumph over tragedy, those who like thoughtful and vulnerable narrators, and those who like sweet (though non-traditional) teen romance -- Balzer & Bray, 2/16

* I felt so much for Riley -- my heart hurt when reading Riley's trials. Riley is gender fluid, so those looking a more traditional story and character might find this less comfortable, but it's a great and worthwhile read, imo.

****+
Silver, by Chris Wooding -- highly recommended for those who like sci-fi/horror, those who like teen books **along the vein of Michael Crichton, those who like multi-POV tales, and those who like fast-paced tales -- Scholastic Press, 3/14

** This reminded me a bit of Prey, though it was more horror-weighted than tech-weighted. Still, it was entertaining, tense, and easy to read.

****
Identity Crisis, by Melissa Schorr -- recommended for those who like tales of ***mean girls (with a little more depth), those who like teen drama, and those who like multi-POV tales -- Merit Press, 1/16

*** The main girl was main, but the other two seemed more deliberately obtuse (or desperate). I think it was fairly realistic, but I'm not a fan of characters who can't think past their own shallow feelings.

****+
[Say It Right, by A.M. Arthur -- highly recommended for those who like adult, male/male romance, those who like ****redemption tales, those who like friendship turned love, and those who like dual-POV -- Carina Press, 9/16]

**** Both main characters in this have had troubled pasts filled with drug use and other challenges. Although not overly graphic, the book does delve into life on the streets for gay, homeless teens (and those who will do anything to get their drugs).

Book Reports (97-101)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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***
The Cage, by Megan Sheperd -- recommended for those who like science fiction (with alien-human relationships), those who like survival tales, those who like multi-POV stories, and those who like *teen angst -- Balzer & Bray, 5/15

* I had a hard time connecting with most of the characters here, despite the POV changes. They were all kind of weird and not that likable, and although the situation was intriguing, I felt like some of the 'clues' were simply dropped -- plus, none of the characters were very bright (common-sense-wise).

***+
Girl Last Seen, by Heather Annastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown -- recommended for those who like good mysteries, those who don't mind **teen thoughtlessness and meanness, and those who like teen romance -- Aw Teen, 3/16

** I really liked the mystery part (and how all the characters had secrets), but man, these kids were NOT nice. I felt like the story took the whole 'learn how to communicate' to a darker place, and it really bugged me that they acted on assumptions (acted cruelly). I had a hard time connecting with any of these kids, as well.

****+
Inherit Midnight, by Kate Kae Myers -- highly recommended for those who like an ***exciting plot, those who don't mind shallower characters, those who like complicated families, and those who like sweet teen romance -- Bloomsbury, 2/15

*** This was a quick and fun read, although the writing is pretty clunky in places. There were some stereotypes in the characterizations, and the lack of depth bugged me a bit. Plus, the way some of the family members treated one another was annoying (especially because it was on the shallow side). That said, I really did enjoy the plot and could barely put it down because of that. And the main character is very likable, so I had fun spending time with her.

***
[The Killer in Me, by Margot Harrison -- recommended for those who like ****magical realism, those who like unusual teen romance, those who like mysteries, and those who enjoy a slow unraveling -- Disney-Hyperion, 7/16]

**** I would call this magical realism, mostly because there's very little explanation for the basis of what's happening with the main character and the 'killer in her.' When it finally does get explained, everyone acts like that's a completely normal thing to happen. I'm not a huge magical realism fan, so this didn't really work for me; however, for those readers who enjoy that, I suspect this will be a hit, as the characterizations are fascinating.

*****
[The Long Game, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the first one (The Fixer), those who like political thrillers, those who like *****intelligent and feisty teen heroines, and those who like complicated family relationships -- Bloomsbury USA, 6/16]

***** I just love how Tessa handles her life. She's impetuous and doesn't always think things through (realistically), but her motivations are always to protect and help those she loves (and even those she simply tolerates but feels protective of). Barnes does a great job, imo, of pacing these tales well -- I only put the book down when my family needed food (ha). I already can't wait for the next one!

Book Reports (93-96)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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(R) *****
The Fixer, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- highly recommended for those who like political thrillers, those who like feisty yet vulnerable teen heroines, and those who like family intrigue -- Bloomsbury, 7/15

****
Dark Energy, by Robison Wells -- recommended for those who like YA alien tales, those who like *plotty books (that might not be as thorough on character development), and those who like teen romance -- Harper Teen, 3/16

* I liked the set-up here and how it develops, but I will say that I wished there'd been a little more character development. I liked the characters, but more would have been nice.

****
Love & Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch -- recommended for those who like Italy, **family intrigue, and a sweet (though angsty) teen love story -- Simon Pulse, 5/16

** One of the intriguing aspects here is what happened with the MC's mom when she was in Italy years before...but it was also frustrating to see so many stupid choices.

***
The Crown, by Kiera Cass -- recommended for those who like teen sci/fi fantasy (simply because it's a future society), those who liked the rest of the series (The Selection), and those who don't mind ***slightly self-centered heroines -- Harper Teen, 5/16

*** This is a pretty intriguing world set-up, but the heroine really turned me off. She's so self-centered (though she gets better in this book -- it's the second of her story as America's daughter), arrogant, and not that sympathetic. Honestly, I'm not quite sure why the guy who falls for her does so...

Book Reports (89-92)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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A few re-reads:

(R) *****
Now You See Her, by Linda Howard -- highly recommended for those who like adult suspense -- Pocket Books, 9/98

(R) *****
Inherit the Sky, by Ariel Tachna -- highly recommended for those who like adult, male/male, ranching romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 2/12

(R) ****
Where You Lead, by Mary Calmes -- recommended for those who like adult, male/male romance (novella) -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/13

And a new one:

****+
Wyatt's Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars, by Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid -- highly recommended for those who like adult, male/male foodie romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 4/16

Book Reports (85-88)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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Starting with a few re-reads (all on a similar topic):

***** (R)
Souffles at Sunrise, by MJ O'Shea & Anna Martin -- highly recommended for those who like adult, male/male, foodie books -- Dreampsinner Press, 2/15

***** (R)
In the Fire, by Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin -- highly recommended for those who like adult, male/male, foodie books -- Dreamspinner Press, 11/14

****+ (R)
In the Distance, by Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin -- highly recommended for those who like adult, male/male, foodie books -- Dreamspinner Press, 6/15

And an e-galley with the same topic:

****+
[Under the Knife, by Laurin Kelly -- highly recommended for those who like adult, male/male, foodie tales; those who like *sweet romance; those who like food competition books; and those who like cooking details -- Less than Three Press, 7/16]

* I really enjoyed this from beginning to end, but I will say there's not a huge climax/resolution, if you want that type of thing. This is more of a gentle (and sexually graphic) love story (though there is tension from the food competition). I liked the MC and his love interest, but I did wish for a tad more conflict outside the competition. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Book Reports (77-84)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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First, some re-reads:

***** (R)
First Test, by Tamora Pierce -- highly recommended for those who like YA fantasy with strong heroines and compassionate world building -- Ember, 8/04

***** (R)
Page, by Tamora Pierce -- highly recommended for those who like YA fantasy with strong heroines and compassionate world building -- Ember, 8/04

***** (R)
Squire, by Tamora Pierce -- highly recommended for those who like YA fantasy with strong heroines and compassionate world building -- Ember, 8/04

****+ (R)
Lady Knight, by Tamora Pierce -- highly recommended for those who like YA fantasy with strong heroines and compassionate world building -- Ember, 8/04

And some new to me:

***-
She's So Dead to Us, by Kieran Scott -- recommended for those who like *teen angst, those who like open-ended endings, and those who don't mind wishy-washy emotions -- Simon & Schuster Bfyr, 4/11

****
[The Stranger Game, by Cylin Busby -- recommended for those who like **abduction mysteries, those who like sister tales, and those who like faithful friends -- Balzer & Bray, 10/16]

****+
[The Girl I Used to Be, by April Henry -- highly recommended for those who like murder mysteries, those who like ***sweet (YA) love stories, and those who like strong and sympathetic heroines -- Henry Holt, 5/16]

***+
[The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions), by Amy Spalding -- recommended for those like a unique and compelling ****teen voice, those who like sincere MCs, and those who like sweet teen romance -- Poppy Books, 4/16]

* I enjoy some good teen angst now and then, but this was over the top. The mean girls had not a smidgeon of compassion, and the love interest was weak (as in a weak character). This is the first in a trilogy, and I looked up the others...needless to say, it's not my kind of series with characters that flip-flop in their morals and personalities, and a girl who puts up with all kinds of cr*p from a boy that she never should have.

** This is clearly a current trend, but I liked the twist in this one, and although I didn't read this thoroughly (kind of skipped around), it was still enjoyable and unique.

*** The mystery here was compelling, but my favorite part was the growing relationship between the MC and the love interest. I just liked how they fit together and supported one another.

**** For me, the voice was the best part of this. The MC is unique (focused, intense, honest), and her voice pulls the reader into her head. She is also a bit naive and tends to want to believe that other teens are as hard working and careful as she is...which could be a little annoying, in places. Still, it's an interesting tale.

Book Reports (72-76)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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***-
Lady Renegade, by Rachel Hawkins -- recommended for those who *like the rest of the trilogy (Rebel Belles), those who like complex magics, and those who like hopeful endings -- GP Putnam's Sons BFYR, 4/16

***+
[Shutter, by Laurie Faria Stolarz -- recommended for those who like mysteries, those who like dual-POV tales, and those who like **complicated circumstances and complex characters -- Disney-Hyperion, 10/16]

****
[Never Missing Never Found, by Amanda Panitch -- recommended for those who like ***mind-bending mysteries, those who like suspense, and those who like teen romance (with all its complications) -- Random House BFYR, 6/16]

****+
[Gifted, by H.A. Swain -- highly recommended for those who like ****unusual dystopic tales, those who like sweet YA romance, those who like music, those who like dual-POV narrations, and those who like spunky heroines -- Feiwel & Friends, 6/16]

*****
[This is Our Story, by Ashley Elston -- highly recommended for those who like *****mysteries, those who like suspense, those who like sweet YA love stories, and those who like law stories -- Disney-Hyperion, 11/16]

* I really like the premise of this trilogy, and I enjoyed the first one very much. My enjoyment waned a bit as I read the second, and this one, sadly, seemed a little too drawn out to me...still, it was an interesting conclusion.

** I've read other books by Stolarz, and for those who are familiar with her slow-paced style, this will feel familiar. She often has complex situations and grey areas, and this is no different...but, as also often happens, the ending isn't as resolved as I tend to like (though others might especially appreciate that).

*** Although I didn't love the characters very much (not any of them -- even Connor, though appealing, had one pretty annoying flaw), the mystery and reveal was pretty spectacular.

**** This is such a unique dystopic tale -- rather than apocalyptic-type setting, the world has broken down into plebes and plutes, the very rich and those which are like blue-collar workers. And the very rich 'buy' talents and are then sponsored by patrons to become famous. It took a while for the story to take off (as the world-building took some time), but I liked the characters -- a plebe named Zimri and a plute named Orpheus -- very much.

***** This is tense from the first page, and I enjoyed it very much. I won't spoil anything here by giving too much information, but if you like mysteries where the evidence is slowly exposed, you'll enjoy this.

Book Reports (65-71)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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****+
[Come What May, by A.M. Arthur -- highly recommended for those who like NA male/male romance, those who dual-POV narratives, those who like sympathetic and caring heroes, and those who like coming-out stories -- Carina Press, 5/16]

****+
Rainbow Blues, by KC Burn -- highly recommended for those who like adult male/male romance, those who like dual-POV narratives, and those who like sweet love stories -- Dreamspinner Press, 6/14

****
Lay It Down, by Mary Calmes -- recommended for those who like adult male/male romance, those who like exotic settings, those who like twins, and those who don't mind uber-patience on the part of one character -- Dreamspinner Press, 3/16

****
Wild and Precious, by CJane Elliot -- recommended for those who like adult male/male romance, those who like coming out stories, those who like DC settings, and those who don't mind a slow build -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/14

****+
Mr. Popsalos, by Lisa Worrall -- highly recommended for those who like adult male/male romance, those who like sweet love stories, and those who like a bit of angst thrown in -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/14

****
Unshakeable Faith, by Lisa Worrall -- recommended for those who like adult male/male romance, those who like amnesia tales, those who like mysteries, and those who don't mind a bit of personality fluctuation -- Dreamspinner Press, 11/11

(R) *****
Souffles at Sunrise, by MJ O'Shea and Anna Martin -- still highly recommended for those who like adult male/male romance, those who like foodie (and TV competition) tales, and those who like sweet love stories -- Dreamspinner Press, 2/15

Clearly I'm going through a male/male romance kick -- many of these were very good, and I like stories where characters show vulnerability to the reader and to each other. Most of these did that very nicely. :)

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