June 20th, 2019

books

Book Reports (69-74)...

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; DNF means *did not finish*].

****+
Coach's Challenge, by Avon Gale -- highly recommended for those who like m/m romance, those who like hockey settings, and those who like older MCs -- Dreamspinner Press, 6/17

(I enjoyed this, despite a couple of minor issues. I'll definitely look for the next one.)

****-
Lost in the Outcome, by Rowan McAllister -- recommended for those who like m/m romance, those who like mysteries, and those who like determined heroes -- Dreamspinner Press, 8/14

(This was okay. I really liked one of the MCs (Nate) but didn't love the other (Tim), so every section from Tim's POV kind of grated on me after a while. All in all, Nate made this an entertaining read, though.)

****-
Love and Murder, by W.S. Long -- recommended for those who like lawyer tales, those who like m/m relationships, and those who like distanced MCs -- Createspace, 3/14

(The writing here is good, but the MC (Jake) isn't overly likable to me. He wasn't horrible or anything, but he was wishy-washy, and he certainly had no issues with cheating (unless someone did it to him, LOL). I probably won't look for anymore of Long's books.)

***
Love in the Line of Fire, by Michael Murphy -- recommended for those who like m/m romance, those who like Secret Service agents, and those who like dual-POV -- Dreamspinner Press, 1/17

(I had some huge issues with Jonah near the end of the book -- he was incredibly self-centered, and he didn't really understand how horrible he'd been. Even though Benji also irritated me a bit (he was overly cocky and kind of a know-it-all), he didn't deserve Jonah's callous treatment. And the writing style included a ton of telling, which also annoyed me. Not really my thing.)

***-
My Roommate's a Jock, by Wade Kelly -- recommended for those who like NA m/m romance, those who like snarky MCs, and those who like more surface-y characters -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/12

(I didn't love this one. I actually enjoyed the opening 1/3 of the book, and I found Cole's voice fun. However, Ellis seemed much younger than early 20s, and the constant POV switching (between not only Cole and Ellis but a number of extraneous characters, as well) and time jumps (both forward and back) were confusing and annoying. All in all, it was a jumble of a tale, and although the overall romantic arc was sweet, it didn't make up for the other issues.)

****
No Such Thing, by A.M. Arthur -- recommended for those who like m/m romance, those who like good guys, and those who like dual POV -- Carina Press, 2/14

(I like Arthur's writing style, and this was no exception. I found both Ale and Jaime to be likable and complex characters, and I like the realistic way their relationship progressed. The tension in the story was a little awkward to me (and seemed unnecessary), but all in all, I enjoyed the romance.)

We're off to Glacier NP this weekend (for a week), and I have books in my TBR pile that I'm taking along -- yay!