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Romance author and enthusiastic reader
Captive Surrender - Linda Mooney 4.5! Really enjoyed this. Loved the world-building and characters, especially the heroine, who was smart, brave & strong. Ditto for the hero. I'll be checking out more of this author's work.
The Hostage Bargain (Taken Hostage by Hunky Bank Robbers, #1) - Annika Martin

3.5. It had some surprising developments part way through.
Tor - Lynn Lorenz Really liked this, just wished it was more gritty/darker and the characterization was fleshed out a bit more.
Accidentally in Love with...A God?   - Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

I'm going to have to put this one aside for now. Fun voice and out of the ordinary plot, but losing patience with both h/H.
Defying the Odds - Kele Moon

3.5
Planet X - Evangeline Anderson 3.5 stars.
Dark Mercy (Masters of Mercy #1) - Rebecca Lyndon I'm going to echo what most of the other reviews have said; this story had great potential. Well written, interesting set-up/back-story and characters (hot/commanding hero, strong heroine) and really good build-up of sexual tension,(so deftly done) but the story was too just too short. Felt like every thing got got short-shifted just as it started. I think the author realizes how short these stories are because she refers to them as bites. I really wish she'd re-think this strategy and work on something that was at least novella length. Having said that, since each bite/story costs $0.99 I sprung for the next in the series ^o^
The Bride Wore Blue - Cheryl Bolen Wavering between 2 1/2 and 3. Heroine was tiresome, but there were parts of the story that were really sweet.
The Bro-Magnet (Nice Guy, #1) - Lauren Baratz-Logsted 3.5 very funny & fun story and Likable characters. Really enjoyed the author's writing style but the subterfuge went on too long for me. Also hero read more like a Chandler Bing type guy rather than the man's man jock type he was billed as. Those quibbles aside, I will definitely be reading more of this author!
Betrayed - D.C. Juris 3.5 stars.
Hold - Zannie Adams 4.5. I have quibbles, and was actually going to give this a 3.5 but the story/characters have really stayed with me, enough that i started re-reading it. The prison setting is unique for a romance and something I didn't realize was a hook for me.

There's a a lot of sexxoring going on and I can see why some readers are disappointed the plot might not have progressed as much as they'd hoped because of it, but I was okay with it, even if I did agree to a point.
Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) - Jamie McGuire Changing my rating from 3 to 4. I have quibbles with the story (pretty much all the issues others have listed) but the story/characters have stayed with me & I know I'll read this story again.
By My Side - Michele Zurlo Enjoyable fast read. Like that the heroine was strong/smart/competent but wasn't buying that she was a sub, or that hero was a dom, for that matter. Just didn't feel believeable/intrinsic to their character.
First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones I had quibbles with this (which have itemized pretty thoroughly in GR reviews) but overall I loved the heroine & all the characters and will probably check out the next book.
Highway of Horror - Tony Bedard 2.5. I liked it enough to finish but it wasn't compelling enough for me to read more volumes.
Demon's Captive - Stephanie Snow This is actually a re-read. Still enjoyed it very much the second time around. Unfortunately seems like the only book by the author.