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The World of Blandings (Blandings Castle, #1 & 4)
P.G. Wodehouse
The Tao of Pooh
Benjamin Hoff
The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction
Stephen Koch
Woke Up in a Strange Place
Eric Arvin
Shaman's Drum
Ailsa Abraham
The Complete Brandstetter: All 12 Novels in the Dave Brandstetter Series
Joseph Hansen
The Front Runner - Patricia Nell Warren Absolutely Brilliant
and sad...

It gripped me from the first page, and I just couldn't stop reading
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade  - Diana Gabaldon There were moments when I thouight... thwarted again? But, all in all, I loved this book, flaws and all :)

Lord John is a very compelling character to read (and yes, the snippets of Jamie were absolutely wonderful, though very bittersweet)

Already started the next book, can't seem to stop.
Lord John and the Private Matter - Diana Gabaldon I'm enjoying this 'spin-off' to the Outlander series very, very much.
Black Magic - Megan Derr review pending
Lucius' Bite - K-lee Klein review pending
The Cranberry Hush - Ben Monopoli Review pending..
All My Crimes - Tal Valante A novel in short-story format that packs a punch and drags you into emotional twists and turns.
A definite re-read for me!! Great work!!
Dirty Laundry - Heidi Cullinan I just couldn't put it down. Had two a couple of times (bloody laundry!), but other than that, I read this in one go and am still enjoying the story now that I'm done.

I loved both Adam and Denver, felt for their struggles, and commended them for trying to overcome them. (though it was never going to be easy because they were both too set in their 'I can never' ways in the beginning). I also loved the snippets of El, Paul and Jase :)

the gag-punishment. I have no problem going on record for being weird, but this scene made me smile so hard. It was just THE perfect punishment and a great scene all around. But... for me, it was also the moment Adam really got the way their relationship worked.

Great story!! I will probably re-read this at some point (together with the other two Tucker novels)
Blessed Isle - Alex Beecroft Beautiful and lyrical story.
The journal entries were heart-wrenching and honest, but they also made me smile, despite the men's hardships, time and time again.

My re-read list is growing fast these days :) I really need to make up a gr list for that!
Too Stupid to Live - Anne Tenino I think this is going to be my feel-good/comfort-food book of 2013, and it's still only January.

Seriously, this book makes you smile, makes you laugh, makes you tear up with joy and a bit of sadness. It has two men with flaws and issues, both very different, one a 'former' player trying to better himself and crawl out of his closet, one too tall, too skinny, too dorky, and too gay to think he has a chance at finding his one true love--the one he obsessively reads about in his beloved romance novels (both gay and straight). Imagine these two meeting up.

It's awkward, it's wrong, it shouldn't work, and yet, it's everything either man wanted, if they stop to think about it for a moment. This book is filled with humour, self-deprication, hints to Romance Tropes that are both revered and hated at the same time, and a writing style that grabs you and will keep you reading until you read the very end (and then are torn between wanting more and wanting to read it again)

I think I need to create a to re-read list now.

My hat off to you, Anne. Great book.
Always Forever: From the Depths of Sorrow Begins a Journey of Hope - Ansh Das Though the beginning didn't immediately draw me in, I enjoyed reading AD's journey to get to know the man he lived posthumously.

This was a heartfelt and bittersweet tale, tinged with hope, friendship, love, and compassion. In getting to know Mikee's family and friends, AD got to know the generous man Mikee was.

I'm glad to have read it. :)
The Stable Boy - Megan Derr Very enjoyable read :)
I loved how Diggory was a victim, but managed to grab himself together and put things right. The fairy tale feeling and world building really fit well with the characterisations.
And... I think I fell in love with Adalwin a bit.
The Novelty Maker - Sasha L. Miller An adorable read :)
Harlowe was just too cute... (not too in a bad way, I just kept wanting to cuddle him)
Also, Cole's friendship with Harlowe was priceless, feelings or not, he certainly knows how to treat someone! He's a keeper.

If I had one niggle, it would be that Cole mentioned duties and such, but I just never got an idea of what those would be.

Oh, snd Dwight is a sneaky but loveable brother ;)
Not His Kiss to Take - Finn Marlowe In the end, this was not for me, despite the interesting parts.

Pros: (aka the things that made me finish the book)
- nice fluid writing style
- interesting premise of a doctor incapacitated by constant migraines
- two lovely thought-out characters
- wonderfully kinky scenes that worked for me

Cons: (aka the things that almost made me stop reading)
- squicky instances that made me shudder and shake my head
- Though I kept hoping for something elaborate or interesting, the premise was nothing more than a set-up for getting the characters together.
- miraculously disappearing migraines?
- tunnelvision of the characters. Which happens, but somewhow, I kept feeling they were living in a box and there was nothing outside...
Quid Pro Quo - Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt A very hot and sexy read. One for my re-read list :)
First Impressions (First Impressions, #1) - Josephine Myles This was a sweet and funny read about socks, first impressions, and taking chances :)