* 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].
Setting the Hook, by Andrew Grey -- recommended for fans of Andrew Grey, for those who like fishing tales, and for those who like male/male romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 5/17
(I didn't love this. The premise seemed really interesting, but it just didn't work for me. I'm not a huge fan of Grey's writing style, but it had been a while, so I thought I'd give it another try. *meh*)
Designs of Desire, by Tempeste O'Riley -- recommended for those who like her writing style, those who like overcoming abuse tales, and those who like artists and insta-love male/male romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 7/13
(I'd gotten another of O'Riley's books but had forgotten why I disliked it so much. It didn't take long for me to remember with this one. She tends to keep all the important discussions and ideas off page, and it drives me crazy. She'll actually write this great chapter, with all kinds of build up, and then you turn the page, and days have gone by. Everything was resolved off page, and the reader is only left with a brief (and, for me, unsatisfying) mention of what happened. *blech* It's probably one of the worst writing styles I've ever encountered. That said, she gets some great reviews by her fans, so clearly many people love it. The story itself was okay. I liked James well enough, but Seth seemed arrogant and controlling, and I could NOT see the attraction, especially since James was coming from a background of abuse. I think it's safe to say this wasn't for me.)
Late in the Day, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who like Calmes, those who like secret ops, those who like male/male romance, and those who like intriguing supporting characters -- Dreamspinner Press, 10/17
(This is classic Calmes, to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. AS with many of her books, I always want more, but at least Darius is interesting here. It's really a love story -- with flashbacks -- of how Darius and the only man he's ever loved meet up again. If that had been integrated a little more deeply with the on-going plot she's building (in this series and a couple of others), it would have been five stars for me. Still, I really enjoyed it, and I'm left wanting more!)
I've been re-reading other adult books too, waiting for some library holds to come in (and a new release to release -- next week!), but I'm not counting them here.