* 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].
Written in the Stars, by Alix Bekins -- highly recommended for those who like sweet male/male love stories (friends to lovers), those who like geeky boys, and those who like astrology -- Dreamspinner Press, 4/12
(This was fun and funny -- cute and sweet. I just liked Bailey; he was such an adorable geeky scientist, and his interactions with John were fun. Quick and entertaining read!)
[And the Next Thing You Know, by Chase Taylor Hackett -- recommended for those who like multi-POV, male/male romance, and somewhat selfish MCs -- Kensington, 2/18]
(I ended up like the overall story, and although the narrative style is pretty different (almost like they're giving a TV interview or something -- talking to the reader), it was fast-paced, for the most part. But it really bugged me how self-centered Theo was throughout most of this. Obviously he was physically attractive (cute/adorable, it sounded like), but his mannerisms were kind of obnoxious, and although Jeffrey goes out of his way to change and become a better person, Theo kind of...doesn't. :/ Still, it held my interest throughout.)
Banker's Hours, by Wade Kelly -- recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like 'opposites attract' ideas, and those who like quick-moving relationships -- Dreamspinner Press, 3/16
(I enjoyed this, for the most part, even though the two main characters end up getting married after a month of knowing each other. But the reasons for this are fairly realistic, and I liked that they had to work on their relationship instead of just having things flow easily. This was another one where one of the two was much more self-centered than the other, and that bothered me, as well. In fact, that was one of the less believable aspects of this story -- why on earth would Tristan ever fall for Grant? He really was unusually self-centered. *shrug* But I liked Tristan enough to read it all.)
Overly Dramatic, by Rebecca Cohen -- recommended for those who like humorous narratives, those who like male/male romance, and those who like the theater (stage acting) -- Dreamspinner Press, 8/15
(This was a fun read, filled with silliness (and crudity, in places). It was fast and entertaining.)