* 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 Woman Left Behind, by Linda Howard -- highly recommended for those who like adult romance, for those who like military-style situations, and for those who like Howard's writing -- William Morrow, 3/18
(This is Howard's latest, and I loved it! It's not as much mystery (as you meet the killer right up front) or suspense, but it's still good. I liked the developing relationship between Jina and Levi, and I liked how both had to come to terms with their attraction to each other. And I liked the details about the special ops group and their preparations.)
The Ark, by Boyd Morrison -- recommended for those who like sci-fi thrillers, those who like rogue MCs (kind of like Indiana Jones, ha), and those who like a hint of romance -- Gallery Books, 5/10
(This was fun, but I will admit I tired of it about 3/4 of the way through and skimmed to the end. It just seemed really familiar by that point, and I was ready to be done. Still, if you like this kind of adventure/thriller tale, you'd probably enjoy it.)
Departure, by AG Riddle -- recommended for those who like sci-fi thrillers, those who like time travel, and those who like hints of romance -- Voyager, 10/15
(This was an entertaining and intriguing read. I liked the two MCs, and I liked the twists and turns in the plot. I found the ending really interesting and somewhat unexpected, as well. It's an unusual story, despite the trappings that looked very familiar, and I think that's what worked best for me.)
The Trouble with Tony, by Eli Easton -- highly recommended for those who like humorous romance (male/male), those who like straightforward mysteries, and those who like novellas -- Dreamspinner Press, 8/13
(This is a fun novella, and I discovered a new writer (yay). I liked the humor, I liked both Tony and his 'doctor,' and I liked the light-hearted narrative style. I haven't read either of the other two in the series, and I don't know if I will. Even though this was fun, the others sound really different, and I'm not sure they'll hold the same appeal.)
Simmer, edited by Tricia Kristufek -- recommended for those who like anthologies, those who like male/male romance, and those who like foodie stories -- Dreamspinner Press, 2/16
(I liked this. There were a couple stories that I especially loved, a couple I didn't really like at all, and most that I enjoyed enough to re-read down the line. The two I liked the most introduced me to two new authors (though I will admit I haven't had a chance to look for books by them yet), and I'm hopeful to add to my ever-growing collection of male/male romance authors-that-I-love.)
Bonfires, by Amy Lane -- highly recommended for those who love later-in-life love stories (male/male), school-centered tales, cop tales, dual POV, and realistic characters -- Dreamspinner Press, 3/17
(I really enjoyed this. Both MCs -- dual POV -- were really likable and realistic, imo. I liked how they interacted with each other, how they interacted with their kids (and each other's kids), and I liked that all the kids were at least teens too. It's one of those books with a world I enjoyed being in, and I would definitely go back. I know there's another book in the series, so I probably *will* return soon. ;) )
Forbes Mates series, by Grace R. Duncan -- highly recommended for those who like shifter tales (male/male), those who like sweet and thoughtful characters, and those who like world building throughout a series -- Dreamspinner Press, 9/15-3/18
(I'm actually not a huge shifter person; they're okay, but I don't seek them out, by any means. But after I started the first one of these, I immediately grabbed the other three. I really like the gentle writing style, the world building across all the books, the intriguing shifter universe here, and the characters. I think the second book (Patience) was my favorite, but I enjoyed each of them. I certainly hope there will be more. :D)
Well, this is what happens when I don't make time to record my book reading for almost two months...yeesh. And I had about a dozen re-reads too (but I won't add all those).