* 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].
Thick & Thin, by Charlie Cochet -- highly recommended for those who like the THIRDs series, those who like male/male romantic sci-fi, and those who like law enforcement tales -- Dreamspinner Press, 2/17
(This was a novella, and that was my only real complaint -- too short! :D I like the characters, I like the complex world and the mysteries surrounding it, and I can't wait to see what happens next.)
[Danced Close, by Annabeth Albert -- highly recommended for those who like dancing, those who like male/male romance, those who like dual-POV, and those who like triumphant personal tales -- Lyrical Shine, 3/17]
(I really enjoyed this, as well. The two main characters are both so sympathetic, and I really like how matter-of-factly they're portrayed. I also like the underlying feeling of humanity here: we all want to love and be loved, regardless of minor differences in how we view gender and sexuality. I think Albert does a great job illustrating this in her stories.)
Old Loyalty New Love, by Mary Calmes -- recommended for those who like shifter tales, those who like male/male romance, and those who like first-person stories -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/13
(I enjoyed this. I mostly liked the more peripheral story of Quade's alpha role in his tribe, though the love story was nice.)
Fighting Instinct, by Mary Calmes -- recommended for those who like the first (see above), those who like shifter tales, those who like male/male romance, and those who like mythology (Hunter/British/Welsh mythology) -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/14
(I enjoyed this was more than the first, mostly because of all the mythology surrounded the stags. As someone who has read Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series numerous times, I found that aspect fascinating. The rest wasn't as thrilling but still enjoyable.)
Frat House Troopers, by Xavier Mayne -- recommended for those who like cop tales, those who like male/male romance, and those who like 'gay-for-you' tropes -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/12
(The mystery in this one was definitely on the periphery, which weakened it a bit for me. Plus, although I don't doubt this is realistic, the idea that someone can be straight -- not bi at all -- and decide to be gay because they fall in love with their best friend...well, that isn't something I understand that well. It didn't seem convincing to me, so I had a hard time with that basic idea here.)
[As I Am, by A.M. Arthur -- highly recommended for those who like Arthur's other books, those who like male/male romance, those who like dual-POV, and those who like triumphant personal tales -- Carina Press, 2/17]
(I really enjoyed this one, as well. I like all the books in this series. I think Arthur does a good job portraying those who are struggling and how they overcome their pain and challenges. I like the love stories, and I like the dual-POV. The main reason this didn't get 5 stars from me was because it seemed like Will's story was told more sympathetically than Taz's...and that kind of bugged me throughout. But it's a minor complaint. :) )