* 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].
The Ultimatum, by Karen Robards -- highly recommended for those who like suspense/thrillers, those who like strong but vulnerable heroines, and those who like hints of romance -- Mira Books, 6/17
Superstition, by Karen Robards -- highly recommended for those who like paranormal thrillers, those who like family relationships, and those who like romantic suspense -- Signet, 5/06
Hour of Need, by Melinda Leigh -- highly recommended for those who like romantic suspense, those who like dual-POV, and those who like strong family relationships -- Montlake Romance, 12/14