1. Wight Mischief by JL Merrow. Contemporary m/m gothic with mystery and paranormal threads. Loved the sense of place in the book, not sold on the mystery, the villain, or the romance. C
2. In the Dark by Jordan Castillo Price. M/m horror. A PsyCop short. Loved it. My only complaint: it’s too short! Want more!
3. Room to Grow by Kate Sherwood. Contemporary m/m. I don’t remember what this book was about. My notes at LibraryThing are: what was the point of this book? C-
4. Leave Me Breathless by Cherrie Lynn. Contemporary het romance. A lot of people in my Twitter feed loved this book, but I was not engaged by either character, even though the hero should have appealed. At best, the portion I read was stroke material. Otherwise, meh. DNF.
5. Steamroller by Mary Calmes. Contemporary m/m. Or rather, an utter fairytale fantasy of m/m romance pretending to be a contemporary. There’s so much wrong with this novella (IMO) that I don’t know where to start: the trope-riddled, paper-thin characters? the “tragedy” that made the conflictless HEA possible? the utter inconsistency of the character building? the love at first fuck? the bareback because I trust you for what is ostensibly a one night stand? It wasn’t a long book, but it managed to rile me up a lot. F
6. Half Moon Chambers by Harper Fox. Contemporary m/m police procedural. Less angst than some of her other work, which I appreciated, but the narrator is TSTL and a glutton for punishment. Didn’t really believe the romance or HEA/HFN, or the resolution of the procedural piece. C+
7. One Good Turn by Carla Kelly. Traditional Regency…well, as traditional as Kelly gets. Reread. A/A-
8. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. Graphic novel memoir. I’m going to have to check out her other graphic novels and check out Dykes to Watch Out For.
Aside: the longer I read fiction by and about gay characters, the less comfortable I am using m/m as a descriptor, especially when the book is outside the strict genre confines of romance.
Dragon Blood by Patricia Briggs, narrated by Joe Manganiello. Still like his voice for the book, but was a little less pleased with this audiobook, in part because some of the pacing for punctuation sounded odd and also because I noticed a fair number of incorrect words/pronunciations. Examples: scrape for scrap, noise for nose, etc.
Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch, narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. The voice and style of the narrator lived up to the very distinctive (and to me enjoyable) sense of place and person conveyed in writing by Aaronovitch. Will be getting the rest of the series. I’ve also recommended the series to my brother-in-law, a big SF/F and audiobook fan.
- review of Tigerland
- review of another Kelly book
- read and review holiday anthology
(List posted on the theory that writing the tasks down will make me accomplish them faster.)