* 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 Switch, by Sandra Brown -- recommended for those who like romantic suspense, those who like twin tales, and those who like cults/power struggles -- Warner Books, 8/01
(This was fun, though I did find the whole cult side of it pretty unrealistic...but definitely entertaining.)
Color of You, by C.S. Poe -- highly recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like brief but intense angst, and those who like synesthesia -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/17
(I really enjoyed this, even though the tension was pretty mild throughout (other than one brief moment). But the music and synesthesia combined made it especially enjoyable for me.)
Kairos, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who like police stories, those who like strong families, and those who don't mind novellas -- Dreamspinner Press, 11/17
(This was good, as many of Calmes' books are, and it falls into a similar story-telling vein. It was a little short for me, as I wanted to see more of their lives -- but supposedly we'll hear from these two again, so that's promising.)
Regret Me Not, by Amy Lane -- recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like short-but-sweet tales, and those who like holiday stories -- Dreamspinner Press, 11/17
(This was a quick and mostly sweet read. There was some angst, but for Amy Lane, it was pretty mild. Again, it's a novella.)
Sounds of Love, by Susan Laine -- recommended for those who like cop stories, those who like male/male romance, and those who like characters with disabilities who live strong -- Dreamspinner Press, 3/12
(I really liked Sebastian in this, but Jordan was truly annoying (and he was the narrator). His words and actions rarely fit together, and I found his blustering irritating. So it was kind of a toss-up for me, in the end.)
Tried & True, by Charlie Cochet -- highly recommended for those who have enjoyed the THIRDs series, for those who like male/male urban fantasy, and those who like cop-like stories -- Dreamspinner Press, 11/17
(I enjoyed this conclusion to the series, without a doubt. My only complaint was that a good third of the book (the first third) had no real plot and was simply about Dex and Sloane and their upcoming wedding. But once things started moving (almost the halfway point), the book really picked up speed.)
His Needs, by Kris T. Bethke -- recommended for those who like family tales, those who like male/male romance, and those who like a holiday emphasis -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/16
(This was a sweet novella, but the tension wasn't really strong enough for my taste. Plus, things were resolved pretty easily, and I will admit that the imbalance of emotion between Travis and Noah bothered me a bit.)