robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (53-61)...

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].

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Darkest Hour Before Dawn, by Charlie Cochet -- recommended for readers of the THIRDS series, for those who like male/male romance, and for those who like sci-fi tales -- Dreamspinner Press, 4/17

(I purposefully didn't get one of the earlier books in the series because I didn't think I'd want to read in-depth narrative from that couple...and honestly, I should have left this one out too. I still read every word, but I was pretty disappointed by the end -- mostly because I felt like the doc was such a wimp. He just didn't stand up for what he wanted, and his waffling was almost painful to read. It just wasn't for me -- but I liked the other characters. :) )

A Day Makes, by Mary Calmes -- recommended for those who like Calmes' style, those who like male/male romance, those who like assassin/mob tales, and those who like quick-starting love affairs -- Dreamspinner Press, 4/17

(I read a couple of other reviews -- before I bought this -- which said that the first 2/3 was very compelling but it kind of sinks a bit after that. I would completely agree. I really enjoyed the introduction to Ceaton's unusual life, and I liked the set-up for what would come...but yeah, the last 1/3 seemed not only rushed but fairly convenient? Anyway, I would read more about Ceaton and Brinley, regardless.)

Pursuit, by Karen Robards -- highly recommended for those who like romantic suspense, those who like lawyer tales, and those who like FBI agents -- Signet Books, 2/10

Justice, by Karen Robards -- recommended for those who enjoyed the first (and those who like all of the above) -- Signet Books, 7/11

(These were fun, and I like both characters -- Jessica and Mark. I like the plots, as well, though the second wasn't quite as compelling. Still, very distracting and enjoyable reads.)

Sleepwalker, by Karen Robards -- recommended for those who like romantic suspense, those who like cop heroines, and those who like roguish thieves -- Pocket Books, 7/12

A Merciful Death, by Kendra Elliot -- highly recommended for those who like suspense/mysteries, those who like strong-but-vulnerable heroines, those who like dual-POVs, and those who like cop/FBI tales -- Montlake Romance, 1/17

(I really enjoyed this. The writing is laid back yet fluid, the characters are complex, and the plots are tight. I was engaged throughout, and I will definitely be looking for the next one in the series. :) )

Vanished, by Kendra Elliot -- highly recommended for those who like suspense/mysteries, those who like dual-POV, and those who like cop/FBI tales -- Montlake Romance, 6/14

Bridged, by Kendra Elliot -- recommended for the same reasons as above -- Montlake Romance, 2/15

(Can you tell I've discovered a new author? :D I really like Elliot's writing style, and I'm currently devouring the Vanished series. I didn't like the second one quite as much, but that had to do more with the subject matter (and some of the gruesome details -- which weren't graphic but were still disturbing) than anything else. I still love the characters, and I'm currently a quarter through the third one.)

One Second After, by William R. Forstchen -- recommended for those who like apocalyptic tales, those who like family survival, and those who like sci-fi -- Forge, 3/09

(I liked this, but it was too intense for me to handle with everything else going on. I'm putting here mainly to remind myself to pick it up again when things have calmed down. :) )

Funny how I've found some adult books to love TBR pile is almost half-and-half, though, so the variety should be good.
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