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Book Reports (160-167)...

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 Paranaturalist, by Ki Brightly -- recommended for those who like paranatural-based tales, those who like male/male romance, and those who like complexities that aren't always fully explained -- Dreamspinner Press, 6/16

I like aspects of this a lot, but it was a little inconsistent in development (both in romance and plot). Still, it was an entertaining read.

***+
An Assassin's Holiday, by Dirk Grayson -- recommended for those who like short bites of stories, those who like male/male romance, and those who don't mind ambiguous morality -- Dreamspinner Press, 11/15

This was okay, though novella's have to be really good for me to love them, and this was only average.

****-
Family Jewels, by MJ O'Shea -- recommended for those who like thief/law enforcement mysteries, those who like male/male romance, and those who like hopeful but open endings -- Dreamspinner Press, 4/15

I liked this a lot until the ending (sigh). I guess I just prefer HEA or HFN more than this more open-ended feel...but the whole cat-mouse plot was fun.

*****
Catch a Tiger by the Tail, by Charlie Cochet -- highly recommended for those who like the THIRDS series, those who like urban fantasy thrillers, and those who like male/male romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 2/16

No surprise that I loved this one. :) This is Calvin and Hobbes' story, and I inhaled it!

****+
When the Dust Settles, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who like the Timing series, those who like cowboy drama, and those who like male/male romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 11/16

This is also a novella, but it's definitely above average. Of course, part of its allure is that it continues a story that I already love -- though this is about Rand's half-brother. Still, I always enjoy venturing back into this world.

****
At Your Service, by Ariel Tachna -- recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like angst, and those who like French settings -- Dreamspinner Press, 3/16

I liked this, though there's a ton of angst...and I did skip over a chunk near the beginning (when they first separated). All in all, it's good, though not as good (to me) as Tachna's Austrailian series.

****+
Flight or Fight, by Dirk Grayson -- highly recommended for those who like mysteries, those who like male/male romance, and those who like sheriff tales -- Dreamspinner Press, 8/16

I enjoyed this a lot. I like both the main characters, and the mystery has that old-fashioned murder mystery feel (that you don't always find these days). Plus, it's set in WY, and that's one of my favorite states.

*****
[Fair Chance, by Josh Lanyon -- highly recommended for those who like suspense, those who like male/male romance, and those who like slow development -- Carina Press, 3/17]

I loved this! I also loved the previous one (Fair Game); one of my favorite aspects of Lanyon's style is his character and how he develops them. I love both Elliot and Lance, and I like their interaction -- plus, the mystery/thriller is very good here too.

As you can see, it's been a while since I updated these (ack). I've actually read a ton more than this, but these are the only new ones (the others were all re-reads), so they're the only ones I'm counting for now. :)

Comments

enchanted_jae
Dec. 23rd, 2016 08:12 pm (UTC)
Paranaturalist sounds intriguing!
robinellen
Dec. 24th, 2016 01:53 am (UTC)
I thought the plot was pretty interesting (though it was also confusing in places) -- but you might enjoy it. The paranatural part is neat (imo).

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