1. Blackout by Rob Thurman. Urban fantasy. This isn’t the newest release, which came out in March, but the one before. I’m not sorry to have read this installment, but am also not in a rush to read the new book. Really enjoy the characters and worldbuilding, but the author is about as subtle as a hammer with her use of themes. Mentioned at the end of this post. B-
2. Fair Game by Patricia Briggs. Urban fantasy. Eh, I’ve become progressively less enchanted by Briggs work on her two related UF series. Possibly in part because I don’t think the work has managed to stand up to the significant increase in price since the jump to hard cover. More here. C/C+
3. Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik. Alternate history, fantasy. So much better than the last book. I’ve especially enjoyed Temeraire as narrator, which developed only with and after Victory of Eagles. Mentioned here. B+
4. Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon. Nonfiction. Meh. C-
5. The Rebuilding Year by Kaje Harper. M/m contemporary. This felt like an over-wrought, underpolished Harlequin SuperRomance with a heaping scoop of Gay4U on top. Mentioned earlier here.
6. Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham. M/m contemporary. Another HSR that was painfully slow and boring but at least didn’t suffer from the G4U.
7. Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson. Nonfiction. Written about here.
8. Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann. Paranormal. Enjoyed the book more than the last several Troubleshooter books by the same author. Liked the worldbuilding. Think it suffered to some degree from the same problem as earlier series: too many storylines and threads crammed into a single book. The ending seemed rushed and sort of series-bait-ish.
9. The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant by Dan Savage. Nonfiction, memoir. Both snarky and sweet, recounting the open adoption process Savage and his now-husband went through in order to adopt. The book is a little dated (I think (c) 2000), and I’m very curious about the success of open adoption generally and the status of gay parents in the adoption arena today; given the political convulsions going on right now, I don’t know if I should expect it to be better or worse.
10. Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino. M/m contemporary. Sweetish coming out story. Very little conflict, poorly developed conflict at the end. Not bad but not particularly memorable or striking either. B-
11. Bitter Harvest by Kim Knox. M/m SFF, futuristic. The SFF was pretty shallow and poorly developed. The relationship had absolutely no development; the MCs seldom actually talked about anything except sex…which is talked about a lot but appears on the page relatively infrequently. The MCs have sex and save humanity. Seriously, that’s about all I can say happened: there’s no explanation of how or why it works, and just a lot of telling about how they are attracted rather than showing. C-/D+