June 29th, 2018

books

Book Reports (59-62)...

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].

****
[Lies, by T.M. Logan -- recommended for those who like psychological thrillers, those who like British settings, and those who like male narrators -- St. Martin's Press, 9/18]

(I got this ARC in the mail, and I read it in one sitting. It's definitely chilling (as advertised on the back copy), and the person behind it all was a surprise. Perhaps because it's written by a male (and has a male narrator), there's not a ton of emotional angst, but I still enjoyed the pacing and tension throughout.)

****+
The Moscow Deception, by Karen Robards -- highly recommended for those who read the first one (The Ultimatum), for Robards fans, for those who like romantic suspense (though the romance is fairly non-existent in this), and those who don't mind cliff hangers -- Mira Books, 6/18

(I definitely enjoyed this (and have been waiting since I read the first one for this to come out), but *another* cliff hanger?? Yeesh...still, Bianca is nice and feisty, and even though it seems unlikely that she could really pull off all she does, what do I know about thieving? :D And I think Colin will eventually make this romantic suspense, so I'm willing to wait and see.)

****-
A to Z, by Marie Sexton -- recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like Colorado settings (yay!), and those who like oblivious love interests -- Dreamspinner Press, 3/10

(I enjoyed this, for the most part. I will admit that Zach's cluelessness started to irritate me by the end, though. Also, he went from being a total doormat as far as relationships are concerned to suddenly knowing his heart and deciding he was completely in love with Angelo...hm. That part just didn't seem realistic to me, I guess. There's a whole series about these two, and apparently their relationship turns into an open relationship -- and that's not really my thing. So I liked it but didn't love it.)

****-
BAMF, by SJD Peterson -- recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like pseudo-mysteries, and those who like libraries (ha) -- Dreamspinner Press, 7/14

(I also enjoyed this one, though the actual mystery portion wasn't much of a mystery (and 99% of it happened off page). I also found it a little unrealistic, but again, I'm not an expert in witness protection and all it entails. Still, the romance is sweet, if a bit insta-love, and I liked the half-hearted attempt at making the library a setting (um, not that it was half-hearted but they she at least tried).)