The reading numbers are still down. This month was almost entirely ebook, very few paper books.
1. Virgin Bought and Paid For by Robyn Donald. HP/category. Bought this ebook because Donald is an auto-buy; I need to think about changing that status. A month after reading it, I cannot remember the plot. My notes at LibraryThing say this was an average Presents, for whatever that is worth. C
2. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols. YA. Felt very ambivalent about heroine — sympathetic about her history and its effects on her behavior, not thrilled with her know it all, I’ll do what’s best for you attitude toward Johnafter. Of course, he does a bit of the same for her and the others. Eh. Did not believe the sudden reversal at the end with Johnafter leaving or with the family reconciliation. B-/C+
3. Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan. Non-fiction. Good reference. Voice/style good for blog, became grating over larger period. Not a huge fan of breaking down the fourth wall. Seemed like very little attention paid to contemporary, all about the historical and paranormal. Written about here. B
4. Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James. Contemporary. Also mentioned here. C
5. True North by Bethany Brown. Ebook, m/m. Never really addressed their big issue, being out in a small town. Epilogue felt odd — in a weird place, not really read for HEA b/c of death of mother, etc. C
6. First You Fall by Scott Sherman. Mystery, gay fiction. Looked this book up based on a thread at the review of Jessie’s Girl over at DA; it was on the Lamba Literary Awards short list for this year. Interested in seeing where the series goes; it is clearly gay fiction and not m/m. B
7. Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane. M/m romance/mystery, Edwardian set.
8. Lessons in Desire by Charlie Cochrane. M/m romance/mystery, Edwardian set. The protagonists, Jonty and Orlando, are fellows of a particular college of Cambridge; each of the books is a mystery, but the larger story is the two of them falling in love and then figuring out how to have a relationship. Jonty is the more social, more experienced of the pair. Orlando is, in some ways, the Edwardian version of Dr. Sheldon Cooper — a brilliant mathematician, but somewhat lacking in social skills. (Their initial meeting even echoes an episode of The Big Bang Theory in which Sheldon’t habitual seat on the couch is a bone of contention; Jonty and Orlando meet when Jonty sits in Orlando’s habitual chair in the Senior Common Room.) I read the first book and really enjoyed it; the excerpt of Book 2 caught my attention, and I had to go buy a copy. And now I’m impatiently awaiting the release of the third book (coming tomorrow, May 5th). A- for both.
9. Hard Fall by James Buchanan. M/m romance with a bit of mystery. A pretty good book, but the voice of the narrator really distracted me. B-.
10. Cheating Chance by James Buchanan. M/m mystery with some romance. I liked the last book enough, despite the narrator, to look up Buchanan’s backlist, and was pretty pleased with this book. B+