* 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 Last Move, by Mary Burton -- recommended for those who like adult suspense, those who like serial killers, and those who like complex personal situations -- Montlake Romance, 9/17
(This was a little graphic in places for me, but overall, I enjoyed the suspense and the twists in the mystery. I also liked both Kate and Mazur and found the killer appropriately creepy. I like to try difference suspense writers when I can, and this was a nice change.)
Bait, by Karen Robards -- recommended for those who like adult suspense, those who like mob-influenced stories, and those who like secret identities -- Signet, 5/05
(This wasn't my favorite Robards, but I still enjoyed it. I liked the twists, but it dragged a bit for me in places. Still, I have another I will be reading soon. :) )
Five Minutes Longer, Who We Truly Are, Beneath This Mask, by Victoria Sue -- highly recommended for those who like male/male FBI sci-fi suspense, those who like angsty romance, and those who like an on-going cast of characters -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/16-1/18
(I've discovered a new author and series that I *love*! This reminds me quite a bit of the THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet, but believe it or not, I like this one better. :) That's for a couple of reasons, but the main one is that this cast of characters isn't quite as similar to each other as Cochet's. Also, the regular humans here are truly average -- they're not like Dex (from THIRDS) who becomes just as strong in many ways as Sloan. Instead, Finn and Jake are just ordinary guys who are pursuing FBI work, and I like the added challenges that brings to the entire team. I can't wait for the next one to come out!)
[Somewhere Over Lorain Road, by Bud Gundy -- recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like cold case mysteries, and those who like a lot of slowly revealed background -- Bold Strokes Books, 2/18]
(This wasn't as much of a romance as I typically prefer, and all the backstory, though interesting, really slowed down the overall pace for me. The feel was grittier than I usually like, as well. Still, I thought the characters were realistic, though I didn't get as much insight into each character as I wanted.)