I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.
My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, BDSM, M/M/M, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.
An addendum: I do love a bad movie or book that is fully committed to its "badness" or different-ness. For example, I'm never going to be the person standing in line to watch the "Feel Good HIT of the Summer!" But give me a tale of two siblings with an incestuous relationship brought about by an unhealthy obsession with the JFK assassination? Why yes, more please!
Here is my personal rating system. Please keep in mind that this is my own personal opinion and I always try to respect the hard work of the author and offer constructive criticism rather than something mean-spirited and unhelpful.
5 stars - I will remember this book, tell friends about it, sometimes even dream of the characters, or wonder what is happening in their lives. There is just some undefinable something in the book that totally does it for me.
4 stars - Great book. Loved it. Loved the writing.
3 stars - Good book at the time, but not memorable. If I look through my book list at a later date, I can't remember what the book was about.
2 stars - Meh .... sorta interesting. But the plot or characterizations are so crazy or poorly done, that I spend half my time talking back to my Kindle.
1 star - Kindle has been launched across the room, and it is like the Bataan death march to finish the darn thing.
DNF - Very rarely. I try to grit my teeth and finish the darn book.
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