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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
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Book Reports (17-20) ...

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 Easy Way, by May Archer -- m/m romantic mystery -- After Camden's parents were killed in a plane crash, Camden's brother went into hiding, and running the family company has fallen directly onto Camden's shoulders, so when the FBI comes searching for the mastermind behind the plane crash, Camden has to face the truth, as well.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3807229841

***+
The Long Way, by May Archer -- m/m romantic mystery -- Cain is having to figure out how to move forward after learning about his dad's involvement in his business partner's murder; Damon, the pilot of the plane that crashed (and the only survivor) wants to help Cain do the right thing.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3807246682

****
The Right Way, by May Archer -- m/m romantic mystery -- Drew and Bas have been best friends for most of their lives, and Drew has been in love with Bas for almost that long; now that they're both being targeted by the Russian mob, Drew no longer has the luxury of keeping to himself and getting over his crush, and the more time Bas spends with him, the more he realizes that Drew might be someone he wants in non-platonic ways.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3807272838

****-
Watch Me, by Sloane Kennedy -- m/m romantic mystery -- Archer is next in line to run a huge company; because of this, the owner wants personal protection as threats have come in, and Nik is hired as the bodyguard -- but Archer doesn't want a bodyguard, and he resists all the way.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3807296449
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Book Reports (10-16) ...

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 Secret, by May Archer -- m/m adult romance -- Micah and Constantine are rival flower business owners, and Micah is working hard to take over and put Con out of business.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3791905764

****
The Fire, by May Archer -- m/m adult romance -- Jamie and Parker have to work out their difficulties when Jamie takes Parker in during a blizzard and after Parker's bar burns down.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3791937039

****-
The Night, by May Archer -- m/m adult romance -- Gavin comes across his husband (whom he hasn't seen in five years), and the O'Leary residents do their best to get the two of them together again.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3791952670

***+
Off Plan, by May Archer -- m/m adult humorous romance -- Mason has left O'Leary and his ex-fiancee behind and is looking for a new start on Whispering Key, a small island in Florida, but things are not as he expected, starting with the surly man who picks him up at the airport (Fenn).

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3791970370

****-
On the Run, by May Archer -- m/m adult humorous romance -- Beale is waiting for his soulmate, and Toby can't possibly be him, despite their instant attraction and connection.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3791989764

***
More than Life, by Mary Calmes -- m/m adult romance -- when a man dies on Hart's land, he has to face his past and figure out how has his back in the present.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3792013273

****
Wilde Fire, by Lucy Lennox -- m/m adult romance -- Otto and Seth have been apart for 10 years, but neither has ever stopped loving the other, even though Seth is now married (to Jolie) and has a child.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3792037470

Whew -- at least I'm caught up. Work has started again too, so I suspect my reading will slow down ...
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Book Reports (7-9) ...

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

So I did a bad, bad thing ... :D -- I signed up for Amazon Unlimited. We'll see how long it lasts, but I've been having great fun so far (though work starts again tomorrow, so I'm not going to have nearly as much time).

**+
The Truth App, by Jack Heath -- YA (supposedly) thriller -- Jarli has designed a truth app, but once it goes live, everything begins falling apart, starting with an attempt on his and his dad's lives.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3785708110

****+
The Fall, by May Archer -- adult m/m humorous romance -- when Everett's car breaks down near O'Leary, NY, he's 'saved' by Silas Sloane, and despite their reluctance to be in a relationship, love still overtakes them.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3785718392

****-
The Gift, by May Archer -- adult m/m humorous romance -- Daniel is hiding out in O'Leary, wanting escape from the responsibilities and headaches of his previous life, but Julian (the town vet) gets under his skin anyway.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3785731050

TBC (I have another 4-5 to share, LOL) ...
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Book Reports (4-6) ...

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

*****
Spooky Business, by S.E. Harmon -- male/male paranormal romantic suspense -- Rain has agreed to do a favor for the FBI and talk with a serial killer who claims that he didn't kill his wife (even though he killed many other women); Rain 'meets' a new a seemingly more dangerous ghost along the way and must figure out how to handle the new challenges while also solving the cold cases.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3771475617

****
The Shadow Box, by Luanne Rice -- adult suspense -- when Claire is beaten and left for dead, she's determined to survive and prove to the world that her husband Griffin (who is running for governor) tried to kill her (while also not alerting him to her survival).

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3771498704

**-
Don't Make a Sound, by T.R. Ragan -- adult mystery/suspense -- Sawyer returns to her home town for her grandma's funeral and uncovers more brutal secrets than expected (including those within her own family and past).

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3771518673

(I also had a couple of re-reads mixed in here, but I'll stick to first reads for now. :) )