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Book Reports (71-90) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

[Note: Because I've put this off so long, I'm only going to show my rating, a basic description, and link to the GR page.]

****
Blindside Hit, by Michaela Grey -- m/m hockey romance

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4043249076

****+
Hot as Heller, by Lucy Lennox -- m/m small-town romance, lightly humorous

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4043224747

**
Intoxicating, by Onley James -- m/m bodyguard-guardee romance

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4041325103

***
IRL: In Real Life, by Lucy Lennox & Molly Maddox -- m/m romance

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4041315117

****
Fakeout, by Eden Finley -- m/m fake-boyfriend romance

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4041305767

**+
Soft Hands, by Ariel Bishop -- m/m hockey romance

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4041296594

*+
His Shield, by Sue Brown -- m/m second-chance romantic suspense (with no real suspense and very little romance)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4024106915

****
Soul on Fire, by Tal Bauer -- m/m romantic suspense (very suspenseful)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4022257361

***
Always Mine, by Sloane Kennedy -- m/m romantic suspense (cowboys too)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4022236707

*****
The Jock, by Tal Bauer -- m/m college football romance

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4022219378

***
Off Key, by May Archer -- m/m small-town humorous romance

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4022202256

****-
Above & Beyond, by Lucy Lennox, Sloane Kennedy -- m/m May-December romance (#4 in series)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4022182150

****+
Body & Soul, by Lucy Lennox, Sloane Kennedy -- m/m romantic suspense (#3 in series)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4022168486

***
Somebody to Love, by April Wilson -- m/m mystery romance

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4022145465

****
Goal Lines & First Times, by Saxon James, Eden Finley -- m/m hockey (college) romance (#3 in series)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4005132802

***+
Power Plays & Straight As, by Saxon James, Eden Finley -- m/m hockey (college) romance (#1 in series)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4005108160

****
Safe & Sound, by Lucy Lennox, Sloane Kennedy -- m/m romantic drama (#2 in series)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4005081065

****
Lost & Found, by Lucy Lennox, Sloane Kennedy -- m/m romantic drama (#1 in series)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4005065587

****
Ranger, by Nora Phoenix, KM Neuhold -- m/m romantic drama

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3990226225

**
After the Crash, by Emma Alcott -- m/m small-town, romantic drama

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3990209586

Whew -- I need to start putting them here right after I review at GR ...
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Book Reports (65-70) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

***+
The Ivies, by Alexa Donne -- YA suspense -- Olivia is part of a group of girls who will do anything to claim their spot in an Ivy League school; but when one of the girls is murdered, Olivia discovers that maybe some people have a different definition of *anything* than she does.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3965997429?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

***+
Muscle and Bone, by Mary Calmes -- m/m romantic mystery -- Avery is an omega, but he doesn't act like one, and he certainly has no interest in being given to some alpha who can't find his mate; however, other omegas are apparently willing to kill to get their chance, and Graeme, the newest alpha in town, becomes the object of desire for some omegas who have no qualms about doing what's needed to get his attention.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3983482677

****+
Friends, by Nora Phoenix -- m/m romantic mystery -- Seth can't believe the president was assassinated, and now he's joining the investigative team as the White House liaison; Coulson travels from the NY office to help head up the team for the assassination because of his background in domestic terrorism, and as the two become friends, they discover more than simply answers about the murder.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3983501764

***-
Click, by Nora Phoenix -- m/m romantic mystery -- Rhett wants to lose his virginity; Calix is still mourning the death of his husband five years earlier; but when things at the White House continue to fall apart, the two are drawn together in unexpected ways. (Note: I really like the world and the mystery here; I simply didn't 'click' -- haha -- with these particular characters.)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3983518726

**
Serve, by Nora Phoenix -- m/m romantic (kind of) mystery -- the plot here continues from the previous three books and is very good; the so-called romantic aspects did not appeal to me at all (a BDSM threesome).

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3983535350

****
Sweet as Honey, by Lucy Lennox -- m/m romance (with a hint of mystery) -- Truman is tired of being targeted by the bullies in town because of a mistake made in his past; when Sam comes to town to visit Mikey and Raine, he also notices Truman's troubles, and he decides he can't let this man suffer alone.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3983548180
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Book Reports (61-64) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

**
Inside Affair, by Elle Frank -- m/m contemporary drama -- Xander, a news anchor, has a stalker, and when the stalker's attentions escalate, he has to hire a bodyguard; enter Sean, Xander's best friend's older brother (a detective), who agrees to be the bodyguard and pretend to be Xander's boyfriend to keep it secret ... but what happens when Sean, who's always thought he was straight, falls for his client?

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3962662325

****
Headstrong, by Eden Finley -- m/m romance -- Whit has finally come out to his college hockey team and wants to get rid of his virginity; he visits a gay bar and runs headlong (literally) into Rainn, a straight bartender, but Rainn finds himself feeling sorry for Whit, even though he's done everything he can to avoid hockey and hockey players since his own career-ending injury years before ... and somehow these two manage a friendship which might become more.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3962692300

***+
Winter Waites, by Lucy Lennox -- m/m contemporary romance -- Gentry sings about his one true love, even though he hasn't met him yet, but one night, he spots a man in the crowd who captures his attention (and his imagination); then, a day later, that man (Winter) walks into his rented cabin to help him with his hand injury, and the rest is history.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3962713183

****+
Flight, by Laura Griffin -- adult romantic suspense/mystery -- Miranda, a retired forensic photographer, is taking pictures for a new nature book when she discovers two dead bodies artfully staged in a canoe (one holding a rare bird's feather); when a local detective Joel asks for her help (eventually requesting her to officially join their staff), she finds herself ensnared by the mystery and the desire to find the truth.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3962713183
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Book Reports (57-60) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

**
Love Me Again, by Aiden Bates, Ali Lyda -- m/m contemporary romance -- Leo's life was upended in high school when a guy he thought was his boyfriend shamed and ridiculed him in front of everyone; now, seven years later, they've met again, and this time, Leo wants to give them a try.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3939386226

****-
Love Hurts, by Aiden Bates, Ali Lyda -- m/m contemporary romance -- Kairo and Jun have long been rivals, but now that they're both up for chief of staff, both begin to notice other aspects of the other.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3939405058

****-
Hell and Gone, by Tal Bauer -- m/m romantic mystery -- Everett has been sent to Montana to help solve a murder by hanging; Lawrence is the man the sheriff believes is at the heart of things, but when Law is forced into helping Everett, the two men discover they work together to find the real truth behind the rustling and the deaths.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3939459309

****+
Press, by Nora Phoenix -- m/m political intrigue -- Levar is the press secretary for the VP, and Henley is the White House correspondent for a well-known newspaper; when they become friends during a commemorative weekend (for a bombing they both survived), their friendship begins to deepen, even though they know they can't continue, and when the politics become deadly, they must decide how to move forward.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3939476288
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Book Reports (51-56) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

***+
Stud, by K.M. Neuhold -- m/m humorous (kind of) romance -- West has crushed on Sawyer for a few years now, but Sawyer keeps rejecting him; after becoming close friends, though, Sawyer is starting to wonder, and when West begins looking for a boyfriend, Sawyer finds himself sabotaging the dates.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3911921355

*****
The Night Of, by Tal Bauer -- m/m romantic suspense -- When Jonathan (US VP) calls Sean (Secret Service Agent) after more than a year since their last conversation for help with a national tragedy (the President's suicide), Sean is stunned to learn that Jonathan believes the President was murdered ... but he can't say no to Jonathan and soon finds himself in the middle of a political mess.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3911942898

****-
Spring For Me, by Raleigh Ruebins -- m/m contemporary romance -- when Patrick hears of a new bar opening just down the street from his bar, he at first doesn't worry, as he has the loyalty of their small town ... but after the opening night (and after meeting the bar owner, Taran), he's not as confident, and worse still, he has a bit of a crush on the hot owner too.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3911969370

* to ****-
The Caldwell Brothers, by Ali Lyda and Aiden Bates -- m/m romance -- books about the six gay Caldwell brothers and how they found romance. (The single star is for #4, which I didn't even finish -- that's why the GR review link is missing below. My favorite is #3, in case you're curious; the other two got 3 stars.)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3911991867
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3912026901
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3912055388
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Book Reports (43-50) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

****
Fools, by Lucy Lennox and May Archer -- m/m humorous romance -- Dunn and Tucker are best best friends, but Tucker has been in love with Dunn for ages, and Dunn still thinks he's straight; now, Dunn is trying help Tucker find love, but strangely enough, no one seems good enough.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3900360159

***+
Right as Raine, by Lucy Lennox -- m/m football romance -- Tiller Raine plays for a Texas NFL team as an out and proud player; he meets the coach's son, Mikey, when he hires Mikey to be his personal chef, and when they fall for each other, they have to figure out where to go from there (as Coach is definitely not on board).

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3900376204

**
Bet on Love, by A.F. Zoelle -- m/m romance -- when Rhys and his best friend (and best man) Lucien wake up married the morning after Rhys's bachelor party, they have to figure out how to continue their friendship and explain things to the jilted bride.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3900403507

***+
Puck Me Secretly, by Odette Stone -- hockey romance -- Rory is her dad's assistant GM of an NHL hockey team, and the day she starts, she meets (again) the man who helped her handle the plane crash two days before; Max's career is on the line because of a past incident, and Rory has to prove herself as a young woman in the professional hockey scene -- how will they manage a relationship through all that?

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3888808481

***+
Delivering Dante, by Lucy Lennox -- m/m humorous(?) romance -- Dante has a hard time finding anyone who can measure up to his memory of 'Angel,' the man who saved him from his abusive father; AJ realizes Dante doesn't recognize him, but he can't help fall for the slightly younger man anyway, and he keeps his secret ... until circumstances force them to face Dante's past together.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3888802394

****-
Made Mine, by Sloane Kennedy & Lucy Lennox -- m/m mystery-romance -- Ben is on the run, trying to get his younger sister back from kidnappers; Reese has been asked to watch over the younger man, and then the Marians get involved (as Griff is Ben's biological brother).

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3900436011

***+
Ride the Lightning, by Aimee Nicole Walker -- m/m romantic suspense -- Jonah is asked by his neighbor to use his cyber-FBI skills to solve a cold case; as he does so, his boss suspends him because of personal differences, and Jonah starts a relationship with his PA (Avery).

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3888787825

*****
Enemy of My Enemy, by Tal Bauer -- m/m political thriller -- Jack and Ethan are still fighting General Madigan, who is working to take down the US (along with other world leaders); along the way, Jack's friendship with the Russian president strengthens, but a surprise return of a person from Jack's past threatens everything he and Ethan have built together.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3888794993
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Book Reports (38-42) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

****
Moving Maverick, by Lucy Lennox -- m/m romance -- Maverick has to return to his hometown to settle up his grandmother's estate when she dies (even though he still resents her for putting him in the foster care system); Beau's grieving the loss of the a wonderful woman (Mav's grandmother), but he still remembers his first love (Mav).

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3878351552

****+
Game Changer, by Rachel Reid -- m/m hockey romance -- Scott's hid his sexuality his entire life, but when he meets Kip (who makes smoothies), he's suddenly in love and questioning the next step.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3878454441

***
Oliver Ever After, by Spencer Spears -- m/m romance -- Luke and Ollie briefly dated (in secret) in high school, but now seven years later, they both get bribed into attending an odd-year reunion -- which gives one a chance to try to make amends, while the other must decide if he'll forgive.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3878511045

***
Absolution, by Sloane Kennedy -- m/m/m romantic mystery -- Jonas is trying to find a good life (after a tragic past), Mace is trying to exorcise his demons (and has been hired to kill Jonas), and Cole just wants to find out what happened to his sister while he was away serving his country; when the three of them meet, suddenly all that matters is their unusual connection.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3858402695

*****
Enemies of the State, by Tal Bauer -- m/m political thriller -- as President of the US, Jack (a widower) is resigned to being lonely, but he tries to befriend the head of his security detail (Ethan) anyway; eventually through all the challenges and political danger they face together, they fall in love and must figure out how to move forward.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3863711033
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Book Reports (30-37) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

*****
The Murder Between Us, by Tal Bauer -- male/male romantic suspense -- Noah gives in to his curiosity and has a one-night stand in Vegas, but on rushing back to the real world to catch a serial killer, his hook-up reappears as the FBI profiler.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3851975273

***+
Tic-Tac Mistletoe, by N.R. Walker -- m/m romance -- Hamish flies in from Australia to spend two years reconnecting with his younger sister when a blizzard redirects his flight, and he ends up renting a car to drive through snow (which he's never even seen before) and running off the road ... to be rescued by Ren, who also lets him stay with him only two days before Christmas in a small Montana town.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3852014113

****-
My Winter Family, by Raleigh Ruebins -- m/m romance -- Emmett hooks up with Ryan at a wedding, only to learn Ryan has a daughter, something outside Emmett's comfort zone; Ryan, however, senses something in Emmett that he wants, and he doesn't let up.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3852042676

***+
Champagne Kiss, by Raleigh Ruebins -- m/m romance -- Andy meets Chase when Chase delivers flowers to Andy's mini mart, and the two start a relationship (despite Chase being in the closet).

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3852070064

***
Jumping Jude, by Lucy Lennox -- m/m romance -- Jude is tired of being in the spotlight and feeling like he has to hide his sexuality, but falling for his bodyguard was never part of the plan.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3852096022

****
Grounding Griffin, by Lucy Lennox -- m/m romance -- Griffin is working on an article (about how pet names impact pick-ups) and has been using the bar where Sam works as bartender as his resource -- but Sam doesn't know Griffin's doing this for work and feels a combination of jealousy and concern at watching an attractive man pick up anyone and everyone right before his eyes.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3852127007

****+
Sanctuary Found, by Sloane Kennedy -- m/m romantic mystery -- Maddox knows from the second he meets Isaac that he needs to protect the young man, but Isaac's past is more complicated than he expects.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3852149857

*****
The Truth Within, by Sloane Kennedy -- m/m romantic suspense (kind of) -- Ford knows that his family is corrupt, especially his brother, but finding the strength to break way from their abuse and suppression is more than he can do ... until Camden comes to town and continually shows Ford he believes in him.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3852176274
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Book Reports (26-29) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

***
Finally Falling, by Raleigh Ruebins -- m/m romance -- Devin and Raleigh had crushes on each other (unbeknownst to the other, of course) and are now, after 8 years apart, finally getting the chance to be honest with one another.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3828923950

***-
Winter's Knight, by Mary Calmes -- m/m shifter romance -- Tucker knows there's something in the forest, even though no one else in L'Ange believes him, so he goes to find it himself and discovers his soulmate, instead.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3829068082

*****
Locked in Silence, by Sloane Kennedy -- m/m romance/drama -- Nolan returned to Pelican Bay to help his mom take care of his dad, but money troubles leads him to ask Dallas for a job, even though Dallas's friends used to torment Nolan in high school; now, though, they start to really listen to one another, even though Dallas is mute.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3829068082

***
Taming Teddy, by Lucy Lennox -- m/m romance -- Jamie works as a wildlife consultant, and Teddy is a wildlife photographer who wants to photograph him in his element; Jamie puts it off until Teddy goes over his head, but once the two meet, they can't deny their attraction (but they can't see how to mesh their lives together).

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3829111997
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Book Reports (21-25) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

****
Stacking the Deck, by Charlie Cochet -- m/m romantic mystery -- Jack has had a 'crush' on Fitz for a couple of years, but Fitz was in no position to start a relationship until recently; now, though, someone is doing his best to undermine Jack professionally and personally, and Fitz gets caught in the crossfire.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3822510733

***-
Raising the Ante, by Charlie Cochet -- m/m romantic mystery -- Frank believes someone is out to destroy his business, and Josh decides to help him out and finally express his feelings.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3822539253

****-
The Note, by May Archer -- m/m romance -- Tyler is the best man at the wedding for his sister as she marries the supposed love of his life, all based on a note Tyler got at 18.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3822564243

***-
Closet Case, by K.M. Neuhold -- m/m romance -- Jax and Matthew are attracted to each other, but Jax doesn't date closet cases, and Matthew believes he can never play pro football if he comes out.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3822592466

****+
Borrowing Blue, by Lucy Lennox -- m/m romance -- Blue and Tristan meet in the bar of a winery when Blue is bemoaning his ex's presence (with a plus one) at his sister's wedding, and Tristan comforts him and then agrees to pretend to be his boyfriend.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3822617533