When last I visited this blog (sorry about the absence), I had just read and loved one of C.S. Harris’s St. Cyr mysteries. Which meant that I had to go find the rest of the series, since I have no self-control whatsoever. And my local library happened to have all the books of the series on the shelf, so…
As much as I enjoyed the glom, I would not necessarily encourage it. Read in close succession, the author’s edging of Hero from plain to striking to handsome to beautiful was noticeable and awkward. St. Cyr’s passion for justice is never really explained, just hinted at, which becomes irritating (to me) — fish or cut bait. Also, it seemed obvious at the outset how things were going to wind up with Kat Boleyn; St. Cyr’s refusal to accept her position felt wearying and dismissive of her opinion/desires in a way that is not flattering to him as a protagonist and verges on alpha-jerkiness.
ETA: also, I noticed some editing blips that were disappointing in hardback editions from a big NY publisher. Things like the name Knox changing to Fox and then back to Knox, etc.
I’m very slowly reading Mary Stewart’s The Gabriel Hounds, a gothic mystery set in Syria post WWII.
And Brad Boney’s The Return is on my Kindle. As I read, I appreciate Boney’s narrative style and the devices he’s using, but the content of the story is really not working for me. This was presented to me as a gay romance novel, but I’m not sure it is; there’s couplehood but no demonstration of falling in love. It’s InstaLove and Gay4U explained away as reincarnation, which feels like cheating to me.