robinellen (robinellen) wrote,
robinellen
robinellen

Book Reports (18-23)...

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].



Site Meter


****+
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. :) )
Tags: adult, book reports, glbtqia
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments