* 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].
Whiskers of a Chance, by Tempeste O'Riley -- recommended for those who like shape-shifter male/male romance, those who like dual-POV, and those who like family drama -- Dreamspinner Press, 9/15
(I don't love shape-shifter books, but this one sounded interesting from the blurb. Sadly, for me, it didn't live up to the premise. One major reason why it didn't work for me is because the dual POV was poorly handled. A problem would be introduced in one character's narrative and then resolved off-screen while the other character was narrating. :( It made the entire tale really disjointed, and after just a few chapters, I honestly no longer cared about either character's struggles.)
Spiraled, by Kendra Elliot -- recommended for those who like the series (Vanished), those who like law-enforcement/FBI tales, and those who like psychological drama -- Montlake Romance, 9/15
(I'm still a fan, but I had to take a break after this segment. The characters continue to intrigue me, but I don't enjoy reading about people struggling with depression and other mental disorders -- just my own preference. Because Ava, one of the MCs, really 'spirals' quickly in this book, it was hard for me to read. I'm hoping the 4th and final book gives her a chance to recover and move forward.)
Obsession, by Karen Robards -- highly recommended for those who like romantic suspense, those who like CIA tales, and those who like amnesia tales -- Signet Book, 5/08
(I liked the suspense here, and the tension between the two romantic leads was pretty good. It's a fun and quick read.)
Shattered, by Karen Robards -- highly recommended for those who like 'cold case' mysteries, those who like romantic suspense, and those who like complicated families -- Signet Books, 4/11
(I especially liked the various characters in this one. The setting also played an important role in both the mood and the tension. Very enjoyable!)