Buried By Books

I'm a romance and mystery book blogger who loves to bake and whine about snowstorms.
Fur And Flightless - Joyee Flynn I enjoyed this in a tongue-and-cheek kind of way. It's not the type of story to be taken seriously. As a campy spoof of an erotic romance, it works. If you read it with any expectation of seriousness, it's downright awful. But...were penguin. WERE PENGUIN. Who...um...waddles in his animal form. And not just were penguin, but a m/m were penguin story.

As for the plot, a lot of the emotional drama just made zero sense.
Caressed By Ice - Nalini Singh Of the 3 I've read in this series, this is the best one.
Thrill Ride (Black Knights Inc.) - Julie Ann Walker

Very readable but filled with cliched dialogue and romantic suspense pet peeves. Found many of the other couples more interesting than the main one.
Frost Burned - Patricia Briggs

4.5 stars So Much Better than the last book. The larger supporting cast of characters is back! Wish we had a little more emotion from everyone, but the pacing rocked.
To Sail Beyond the Sunset - Robert A. Heinlein DNF. Just couldn't get into it.
Sweet Surrender - Cheryl Holt

Incredibly superficial on all levels. Thin setting, thin characters, weak plot. Dialogue was cute but often felt entirely too modern.
Vampire Mine - Kerrelyn Sparks

Tried to read but religious angle was too prevalent for me
The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright - Tessa Dare Even in shorter formats, Tessa Dare's characterization and prose impresses.
Good Earl Hunting - Suzanne Enoch Cute little story with some very funny exchanges.
Under Her Skin - Jeaniene Frost,  Meljean Brook,  Ilona Andrews Underwhelming with bland authorial voices and mostly absent romance. The best of the 3 is the Ilona Andrews story.
The Lady Risks All - Stephanie Laurens For the first 2/3, this is a fun, classic Stephanie Laurens read. The last third drags on with a pace that resembles a slow trek through knee deep mud.

Fans of Stephanie Laurens will love this return to her over-the-top sensual descriptions, and will appreciate the different approach she takes with the plot and resolution. Those new to Laurens, though, are probably wise to start elsewhere or skip.
How to Capture a Countess - Karen Hawkins I normally enjoy KH, but this was a struggle to finish and lacked the charm of other books.
A Lady by Midnight - Tessa Dare Felt like we didn't really meet the hero until halfway through. Improbable plot points, too. Still enjoyed, but TD has written better.
Just Like Heaven - Julia Quinn Not as bad as Ten Things, but still nowhere near the JQ I loved. I guess I'm done hoping for a Julia Quinn book to move me as much as The Viscount Who Loved Me. This one had bland characters, inconsistent characterization, and long boring sections that had me skimming repeatedly.

The writing, especially at the beginning, is far more about style than substance. More concerned with cute than heart. I love the light historical style that Julia Quinn introduced, but this is almost a parody of her books. So without heart and emotion that I can't bring myself to call it a romance novel.
Slow Summer Kisses - Shannon Stacey I'm a big Shannon Stacey fan, but this book just didn't work for me. Meh setting and characters, no real tension.
Her Cinderella Season - Deb Marlowe The author's voice just didn't work for me. And the pacing was uneven. I liked the premise, but characters fell flat. I finished it, but wouldn't have had it been a longer book.