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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.

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