May’s reading

*points to icon*  This was a bad month for reading romance.  Of the eight books I read, only four were romance; the others had romance threads but belong to other popular fiction genres.

Nine Tenths of the Law by L.A. Witt.  Contemporary m/m romance.  DNF.  The MCs first meet when one of them realizes the other is dating his long term boyfriend, who turns out to be a cheating snake.  Oops.  So they start out having revenge sex and then get to liking each other.  But the insecurity and constant intrusion of the ex got to be irritating.  Eh.

Witness by L.A. Gilbert.  Contemporary m/m romance.  Mostly sweet romance that I’ve already forgotten about.  C

(Are there no other initial combinations available for m/m writers?  LA?  Then there’s PA and KA.  What’s up with the A ending?)

Those two were well-reviewed at a fairly popular m/m review website.  I think I need to discount the grades given and just use the site for synopses and new releases, because the reviewers’ tastes and mine don’t seem to coincide.

All or Nothing by James Buchanan.  Contemporary m/m mystery/romance.  This is the third book by Buchanan that features Nicholas O’Malley and Brandon Carr, all with a mystery/suspense subplot.  The romance was kind of light in this book, since the characters were facing larger issues that resounded outside of their relationship, and the suspense played a much larger part.  I like Buchanan’s voice and her characters, but I find the copy editing of the MLR Press books to be horrendous; this book was better than the last few MLR books I’ve read, but there were still inconsistent spellings/usages, misused punctuation, etc.  B+ for the story but a D+ for the format/copy quality.

Marrying the Royal Marine by Carla Kelly.  Harlequin Historical set during the Peninsular Wars.  This is the third book of Kelly’s naval series; each heroine has been the illegitimate daughter of the sleazy Lord Ratliffe.  His youngest, daughter, Polly Brandon, is on her way to Oporto, to live with her sister and work in the field hospital there by dint of some chicanery, when she meets Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Junot, a Marine.  I’m still thinking about this book and plan to write about it later, but was sidetracked by the arrival of my copy of Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews.  Will circle back to it.

Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews.  Urban fantasy.  Fourth book of the series.  Working on a review for this one.  Loved it.  LOVED it.  One minor quibble about timing that I noticed on my first re-read, but otherwise, this book ROCKED.

A Murderous Procession by Ariana Franklin.  Medieval mystery discussed here.

Mahu Vice by Neil Plakcy.  Contemporary gay mystery discussed here.

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris.  C.  Stick a fork in me, I am done (with this series).  The narrative felt episodic and disjointed. Niall’s curse/magic on Brendon didn’t make sense. Machinations with Victor were left unresolved.  Harris is being extremely heavy handed to show that Eric/vampires are bad; Sam/shifter/more human is good.  Sookie’s christianity scale alienates me; I feel hammered at by her moral qualms and insecurities, which come perilously closing to whining (IMO).  I want to remind her of the old proverb: Take what you want, then pay for it.  



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9 responses to “May’s reading

  1. My copy of MARRYING THE ROYAL MARINE arrived while I was at BEA. I think I’m going to save it for a little, though.

    • I *wanted* to save MtRM, to sort of hoard it, you know, since I don’t know what Ms. Kelly will be publishing next, if anything. But I have poor self control when it comes to new books, especially once they are in my possession.

  2. Your issues with Dead in the Family were very similar to mine, which kind of gratifies me because so many people dismissed my plot concerns and Robin from DA really liked it. It always makes me feel better when someone else feels the same as I do about a book.
    And totally agree about Magic Bleeds. I can’t wait for the next book!

    • I can appreciate Robin’s review, and like reading what appealed to her about the last few books, even if they aren’t things that worked for me. Harris…just seems to leave a lot dangling, then hurries around to wrap things up. Continuing series, yes, but there needs to be a limit, IMO. Harris’ wink to True Blood made me wonder if she’s writing now with an eye toward translation onto screen. [I know she’s contracted through book 13, but find it hard to imagine she’ll walk away if the books are still selling the way they are right now.]

  3. Agree with you on the Witt. I couldn’t be bothered to read it. B/c, like, get over yourself already. Glad you liked the Buchanan. šŸ™‚ And if you’re talking about the site I think you’re talking about, they’re notorious for not giving bad reviews, so I just don’t bother going there anymore.

    • I had high hopes for the Witt book. Plain contemporary, one of my favorite subgenres. Oh, well.
      There are a couple review sites that seem to get a fair amount of traffic, and that post a lot of reviews of new releases and older classics. They work well for blurbs, but not much else, I’ve discovered. And that’s fine, I just have to adjust my expectations when I read a gushing review. Kind of like when I see a Harriet Klausner review at B&N or Amazon.

  4. Anonymous

    did you love the other Andrews books? I just resurfaced after reading a series (all the girl who books…eh, meh, yeh), but real life and productivity is overrated.
    Lots of people seem to love those books.
    I got the Carla Kelly book waiting at home. I might cut short work time today to go home and read it.

  5. Anonymous

    I am NOT supposed to be anonymous anymore, live journal!
    still anonymous Kate R

    • Hi, Kate.
      I did like the earlier Kate Daniels books. They are getting better as the series goes along. And I loved this new book enough to buy a paper copy and an ecopy for traveling with.
      I have the first Girl Who book TBR. Did you write about it? I should go check, am very behind on blogs.

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