1. Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts. Romantic suspense, hardback release. I enjoyed this book as I read it, standard NR.
2. Blood Red Butterfly by Josh Lanyon. Procedural. Novella, purchased on sale for $0.99 — I think Lanyon’s prices for his self-published short works are high and as a result do not buy unless/until they are on sale. Which is just as well in this case because it was DNF for me. MC’s activity comes across to me as stalkerish and abuse of authority, which is not sexy or romantic.
3. A Casual Weekend Thing by A.J. Thomas. Gay mystery. Guessed whodunit well in advance, needed serious editing and trimming. C-
4. The Marrying Kind by Ken O’Neill. Gay fiction. DNF. Nothing wrong with this, just not in the mood for it.
5. Surrender by Pamela Clare. American historical. Read as part of TGBP2013. It held my attention as I read but I couldn’t tell you what the main plot or conflict was at this point.
6. Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane. Mystery. Loved this book.
7. American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics by Dan Savage. Non-fiction, essays. I’ve been reading Savage’s advice column for years and very much enjoyed his The Kid. Seemed only fair to pay for his work after all this time. I’m not sure there was anything new or groundbreaking here, especially for anyone who has read his columns or heard him speak, but I still enjoyed the book. (Also, he uses the Oxford comma in the title, so I have to appreciate the writing.)
8. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull. Urban fantasy. A-/B+
9. My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger. YA. A