* 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].
Troublemaker, by Linda Howard -- recommended for Howard fans, for those who like adult romance, those who like a hint of mystery, and those who like small town life -- William Morrow, 5/16
* I wanted to love this (because I always wait for the next Howard book to come out), but it was pretty slow. There really isn't much happening on the 'suspense' side of the romantic suspense, and although the romance is fine, it didn't engage me like some of her other books. I think it would have been stronger if the suspense had been present (the beginning and the end held the only real aspects of it). *sigh*
I've Got You Under My Skin, by Mary Higgins Clark -- recommended for those who like Clark's style, those who like mysteries with many possible suspects, and those who like multi/omni POV -- Pocket Books, 3/15
* I used to read MHC a lot (in my late teens), and the books she was writing back then were mostly very good. I haven't read one of her 'new' mysteries in 20 years...and I wasn't impressed. The characters are pretty bland, the romance was practically non-existent, and the killer was meh. *sigh*
David, Renewed, by Diana Copeland -- highly recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like family tales, and those who like sympathetic characters -- Dreamspinner Press, 9/16
* I like Copeland's writing, and her newest was a good example of why: the enjoyable cast of characters. I liked everyone, and even those which aren't super likable are still realistic and round out the feel of the book nicely. It seems like she set this up so there could be other books in this series, and I certainly hope that's the case!
Tied Up in Knots, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who like the rest of the trilogy, those who like law enforcement (US Marshals) tales, and those who like male/male romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 9/16
* I was so excited to see this book, and even though it focused more on Ian's and Milo's relationship than a mystery, I still loved it. I'm hoping there will be yet another which perhaps resolves some of the things she hinted at here (like Dreo's gun and why Kage is being framed, etc).