When I read, my No. 1 consideration is story concept. Is this something I want to read about? Is this something that I find interesting and will entertain me? If so, then I will read the online reviews submitted by people who have already read the book. Do they like it? If so, what do they like about it? If they don’t like it, are the reasons sensible? Those reviews will lead me to my next step: yes or no.

I will then dive in – or start a queue of books TO read. I typically read one book at a time, and when possible, read one e-book per day (or at least a good chunk of one). I’ve also started listening to audio books while I’m on the track and trails, so I guess that means I’m absorbing two books at a time.

Next up, writing style and mechanics are important to me. Nothing irks me more than for there to be grammatical and/or spelling errors, or inconsistencies in a book. Or all of the above. It’s very distracting.

These are some things to keep in mind when perusing my reviews. Typically I will indicate if it’s a writing style or mechanics issue for a poor review, and thus you can weigh your opinion accordingly.

How do I select my star rating? Originally I was selecting it based on the 1-to-5 scale where 5 was reserved for what I considered outstanding, must-read material. If I rated a book a 4, it would imply that the book was what I considered really good, but perhaps it had a bunch of distracting errors or was a good read, but maybe not an exceptional over-the-top, deep thought-type storyline…or maybe just a “B” grade, but definitely worth reading. And so it went from there. Now, however, after discussing the Amazon rating scale with a fellow writer, a 5 implies that I recommend the book – from there, you can read through my review comments to pick out the innuendos, pros, cons, etc. A rating of 4 means I’m indifferent (but likely still recommend it); a 3 would probably mean it doesn’t really matter and is entirely up to you; and anything lower than that, I wouldn’t recommend.

Here goes:

Abducted: Reconnaissance Team: Texas Rangers Special Ops Book One)   by T.C. Archer  ♦♦♦♦

Always Another Side by Annabelle Jacobs   ♦♦♦♦♦

A Mended Man (The Men of Halfway House Book 4) by Jamie Reese ♦♦♦♦♦

American Bad Boy by Eddie Cleveland   ♦♦♦♦♦

A Night with Knox (A Sexy Bastards Novella) by Eve Jagger   ♦♦♦1/2

A Perfect Match by Lynn Cooper  ♦♦♦♦

ARRESTED: A Stepbrother Cop Romance by Stephanie Brother  ♦♦♦♦

Ash: A Bad Boy Romance by Lexi Whitlow   ♦♦♦♦

Awakenings (In the Arms of the Law, Book 2) by Kacey Hammel   ♦♦♦♦

Axl: Sons of Chaos MC by Riley Rollins    ♦♦♦♦♦

The Baller: A down and dirty football novel by Vi Keeland    ♦♦♦♦

Ballers Baby by Saylor Bliss    ♦♦♦♦♦

Banger’s Ride: Insurgents Motorcycle Club (Insurgents MC Romance Book 5) by Chiah Wilder    ♦♦♦♦♦

Bastian: A  Secret Baby Romance by Evie Harper   ♦♦♦♦♦

Biscotti Baby (Plus Size Romance Series) by Lynn Cooper   ♦♦♦♦♦

Black Rainbow by J.J. McAvoy  ♦♦♦♦♦

Bloodlines (A Bad Boy Secret Baby Romance) (The Snake Eyes Series Book 4) by Tabatha Kiss   ♦♦♦♦♦

Breaking It All: A Hellfire Riders MC Romance by Kati Wilde   ♦♦♦♦♦

Broken by Nicola Haken   ♦♦♦♦♦

Broken Time (Coastal Charm Book 3) by Casey Ashwood    ♦♦♦♦1/2

Claimed by Tarah Scott    ♦♦♦

Collision (Portland Street Kings, Book 1) by Evie Harper   ♦♦♦♦♦

Come Again at Dark (Dark Romance Series) by Lynn Cooper   ♦♦♦♦♦

Cotton: Satan’s Fury MC by L. Wilder   ♦♦♦♦♦

Crossroads by Riley Hart  ♦♦♦♦♦

CROW by A. Zavarelli   ♦♦♦♦♦

Cutters vs. Jocks by Elizabeth Marx   ♦♦♦1/2

Dark Room by Heidi McLaughlin and L.P. Dover   ♦♦♦♦♦

Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts Book 1) by Kele Moon   ♦♦♦♦♦

Elastic Hearts by Claire Contreras   ♦♦♦♦

Fair Play by Tracy A. Ward   ♦♦♦♦♦

Fighting Downforce by Ari Thatcher   ♦♦♦♦

Forbidden Heat (The Fireworks Girls Book One) by J.L. White   ♦♦♦♦♦

Fully Committed (Omega Sector: Critical Response) by Janie Crouch   ♦♦♦♦♦

Game On by Katie McCoy     ♦♦♦♦♦

Given Up on Love by Christina Gallo   ♦

Gryff: Steel Phoenix MC by Amy Love   ♦♦♦♦♦

Hawk’s Property: An Insurgents MC Romance by Chiah Wilder   ♦♦♦♦

Heart of the Highlands: The Beast by April Holthaus   ♦♦♦♦♦

Heartstrings by Sierra Riley   ♦♦♦♦

High Country Hideout (Covert Cowboys, Inc. Book 7) by Elle James   ♦♦♦♦♦

His Boy by Bink Cummings ♦♦♦♦♦

HIS Desire (Hamilton Investigation & Security: HIS Series Book 1) by Sheila Kell   ♦♦♦♦♦

Irreparable (Wounded Souls, Book One) by Amanda Lanclos   ♦♦♦♦

(The) Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote   ♦♦♦♦♦

Luck of the Irish (Complete Edition) by Liz Gavin   ♦♦♦1/2

Mobster: A Bad Boy Romance by Danielle Slater and Lacey St. Claire   ♦♦♦♦

My Secret Submission by J.M Witt   ♦♦♦♦

Never Kiss an Outlaw: Deadly Pistols MC Romance (Outlaw Love) by Nicole Snow  ♦♦♦♦

Oath Breaker (Sons of Odin Book 3) by Erin S. Riley   ♦♦♦♦♦

Odin’s Shadow (Sons of Odin Book 1) by Erin S. Riley    ♦♦♦♦♦

Off Limits by Lauren Landish    ♦♦♦♦1/2

Once Upon a Power Play: A Risky Business Novel (Book 2) by Jennifer Bonds    ♦♦♦♦♦

Outrageous Proposal by Sienna Valentine   ♦♦♦♦♦

Pieces of Him by Alice Tribue   ♦♦♦♦♦

Pin Down (Men Out of Uniform Book 1) by Kaily Hart   ♦♦♦♦♦

Played by Love by Rachelle Ayala   ♦♦

Play Me by Katie McCoy   ♦♦♦♦

Player’s Princess by Abigail Graham   ♦♦♦♦♦

PRIDE: A Bad Boy and Amish Girl Romance (The Brody Bunch Book 1) by Sienna Valentine   ♦♦♦♦♦

Prince’s Dirty Little Secret (A Royal Secret Baby Romance) by Riley Rollins   ♦♦♦♦1/2

(The) Profiteer: A Contemporary Romance by Evan Asher   ♦♦♦♦1/2

REAPER (Boston Underworld Book 2) by Ashleigh Zavarelli   ♦♦♦♦♦

Release Me (The Music Within Book 2) by Faith Gibson   ♦♦♦♦♦

Relentless: A Bad Boy Romance (Bertoli Crime Family Book 1) by Lauren Landish  ♦♦♦♦♦

Renegade Orion: A Sci-Fi Alien Shifter Romance (Shifter Kings of Bartak Book 2) by Delores Diamond   ♦♦♦♦1/2

Retribution by Sienna Valentine   ♦♦♦♦

RUST: A Bad Boy Romance: Courage MC by Kara Hart   ♦♦♦♦1/2

Sanctum: A Motorcycle Club Romance Novel (Black Dogs MC Book 1) by Sienna Valentine  ♦♦♦♦

Second Chances by KC Ann Wright   ♦♦♦♦♦

Shifting Gears (Crossroads Series Book 2) by Riley Hart    ♦♦♦♦♦

Sold to the Hitman: A Mafia Hitman Romance by Alexis Abbott  ♦♦♦♦1/2

Some Sort of Love by Melanie Harlow   ♦♦♦♦♦

(The) Stars in the Sky (Giving You…Book 2) by Leslie McAdam   ♦♦♦♦♦

Stitch: Satan’s Fury MC by Leslie Wilder   ♦♦♦♦♦

Survival: A Military Stepbrother Romance by Lauren Landish  ♦♦♦♦

Test Drive (Crossroads Book 3) by Riley Hart   ♦♦♦♦♦

THE MAN. THE GAME. THE BABY. (A Knight Brothers Novel) (A Bad Boy Sports Romance) by London Casey/Karolyn James   ♦♦♦♦♦

Ties that Bind by Reese Patton   ♦♦♦♦♦

To the Breaking Pointe (First Force Series, Book 2) by Cindy McDonald   ♦♦♦♦

Untrusting Hearts by Madison Hartt and Evan Asher   ♦♦1/2

Vindication by Sienna Valentine   ♦♦♦♦♦

(The) Viper by Kele Moon   ♦♦♦♦♦

Whiskey Neat by Lani Lynn Vale   ♦♦♦♦1/2

Wild, Wicked and Wanton: A Hot Historical Romance Bundle by Natasha Blackthorne  ♦♦♦1/2