Jennie’s Top Ten of 2012
Review by January. Gripping, riveting and involving story – not great literature (the prose and characterization were serviceable), but super-readable. I read it in a day; it’s been years since I’ve read a book from start to finish in a single day. So I have to give it an A for that alone. I continue to realize that I have a weird attraction to (sort of) dystopian, man-against-nature themes.
At Your Pleasure, Meredith Duran, B+
Dabney’s review is here. I ranked this one so highly mainly on the strength of the writing and the tight plotting. I actually found the characters, especially the hero, somewhat problematic, and I didn’t like the power imbalance between the hero and heroine. But it was romantic and absorbing, and I did believe in the HEA. As with Thomas, Duran’s prose more than makes up for elements that don’t work as well for me.