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* 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.
[First Impressions, by Christopher Koehler *** Part of this I really enjoyed -- and I must admit, I enjoyed it overall much better once I realized it was a retelling (of sorts) of Pride & Prejudice. Interestingly, I've never been able to get through P&P (reading it), either -- and it's for a similar reason: I'm not a huge fan of Lizzy (or Cameron, in this version). Most of this book was written from Cameron's POV, and I just wasn't a huge fan of the guy, so I had a hard time (and skimmed A LOT). I felt very similarly about Lizzy...and I love Darcy (and Henry, in this version). I adored Henry and his POV sections, and about 2/3 of the way through, when it hit me that it was a P&P retell, many of the pieces fell into place, and I enjoyed the rest of the story much more. (a/n: I love both P&P movies -- and the Darcys are my favorite characters in both, as well, though I can at least enjoy the Lizzys on-screen in a way I don't through written word.) The story: Cameron would love to find a guy to love, but when he meets Henry at an event, Henry's behavior is not pretty (he's angry with his manager and takes it out on Cameron) -- and Cameron decides that initial attraction aside, Henry is a huge jerk! Although the two are thrown together a number of times, Cameron refuses to change his initial opinion -- and Henry despairs of ever getting through to him. Finally, when Cameron's long-time crush invites Cam to visit (and Cam meets Simon's 'boyfriend'), Henry and Cam seem to click -- until Cam panics and runs off. When Cam is faced with evidence of who Henry really is, will he ever be able to convince Henry to forgive him? (Adult romance, GLBT, released 4/12, publisher: Dreamspinner Press)]
[Complete Faith, by Sue Brown **** I enjoyed this. I thought it was a good blend of ranch challenges, religious politics, and romance. I enjoyed both Noah and Tommy, and I liked the supporting characters, as well. I've seen too many parents act just the way Tommy's did when he came out, and I felt it was solidly portrayed. There were a fair amount of sex scenes (they didn't really interrupt the flow, however -- I never found myself rolling my eyes, like I sometimes do with romance). The ending seemed realistic and hopeful, without being saccharin or too easy. The story: Tommy has a crush on his pastor (Noah), but he's too shy -- and too in-the-closet -- to make a move. Finally, Noah gets tired of waiting and lets Tommy know that as soon as he's willing to tell his parents (who also attend the church) that he's gay, Noah will be ready to date. Tommy wants what he sees in his ranch bosses, so he builds his courage and tells his parents...only to have them reject him and the entire church. In the meantime, others in the small ranch area continue to make problems for the Lost Cow (the ranch where Tommy works), and it's obvious they are making it personal (because the owners are gay). In the end, Noah stands to lose everything he's worked for, the ranch is struggling, and it seems like the bigots are winning...and Tommy must, once again, dig deep and find the courage to do what he knows is right, no matter what his parents think. (Adult contemporary romance, GLBT, released 4/12, publisher: Dreamspinner Press)]
On Deck: I have a huge stack (yay), but I'm saving most of them to take with me when I travel...I'll see how long I can hold off!