I finished all three of the books I was working on. Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul dragged on for too long, Storm Warning ended up being disappointing because the author doesn't know how to seamlessly mesh paranormal elements with romantic suspense (and really shouldn't have for this book), and Gabriel's Ghost which I absolutely LOVED. It's not perfect - a lot of the romantic conflict wouldn't have happened if they'd been honest with each other from the start - but I didn't care. I adored the hero (man, I love my bad boys with a heart of gold who love with every fiber of their being), and I completely understood and related to the heroine. I'm really looking forward to the next book, though I have to wait a little to read it.
DID NOT FINISH
1. The Veil by Chloe Neill: This was the first book in a PNR series about a girl in New Orleans who is secretly endowed with magic after a magical war. I can't tell you much more. I only lasted three chapters. All three of those chapters were massive info dumps that completely killed any kind of pacing, and I was bored out of my head by it all.
2. Total Control by David Baldacci: I normally like this author, but this older title was a complete fail for me. The writing was all the place, and the characterizations were flat and simplistic, even for a thriller.
WHAT I'M READING
1. Blue Blood by Edward Conlon: The non-fiction story of a NYPD cop. I'm not very far into it yet, but so far it's fascinating.
2. Tell No Lies by Gregg Hurwitz: A thriller about a man who gets a mysterious note telling him to admit to what he's done or else, with a deadline that's already passed. I've just started this one, too, so it's too early to tell how it will go, but I have high hopes.
3. The Killing Game by Toni Anderson: This is the last of this author's backlist that I've been going through. It's taking me longer to get through the first third because the bad guy is poaching snow leopards, and it's been hard on me emotionally to read it since it's quite graphic. There's been absolutely no romance so far - in fact, the hero and heroine only JUST met - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The plotting and writing is more solid than her other early work, and I like the heroine (who is trying to save these animals), so I'm sticking with it.