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Sonntag, 23. April 2017

Did I mention....




....that the new book by Karen Lynch will soon be out?






Finally!!!

Coming May 2nd.

The wait is (almost) over!

This is Roland's story - and you'll love it! 


SEAL Guardian (Brothers in Arms #3) by Leslie North











Blurb: 

Ex-Navy SEAL Jace Stevens has never shied away from trouble and with the madman framing the Brothers-in-Arms for murder still on the loose, Jace is ready to put an end to the killing for good. Only one person stands in his way: a tough-as-nails FBI agent who suddenly won’t let Jace out of her sight. But the dark-haired beauty is more than just a complication. Jace can sense there’s something special beneath her buttoned-up exterior, and he can’t wait to get his hands on it.

FBI agent Felicity Belasko always gets her man, and this case should be no different. She knows the SEAL suicides are really murders, and she’s sure there’s a connection to the Brothers-in-Arms. But are they suspects…or potential victims? When her investigation leads to Jace Stevens, she can tell the blond troublemaker is masking something even more dangerous. He wants to stop the killer on his own, but Felicity can’t let that happen. Wickedly handsome Jace may be making her wild, but she always plays by the rules.

As the heat flares between them, a killer plots his next move. Can Felicity and Jace find a way to work together, or will a madman continue to get away with murder?



Yep, I couldn't put down the last book in this series and guess what - I didn't put this one down either! It is a wonderful and equally gripping and captivating story and a great sequel to "Seal Protector" and of course - it is an amazing conclusion of this series. At least I think that it is the conclusion because..well, because, you know? no? Well...

Mark is still off duty, Vann is gone, protecting Mercy which leaves Jace as the only one of the owners of "Brothers-in-Arms", their boot camp for civilians on site at a time when their business is rather vulnerable. Jace himself has to deal with the blow of a friend's death at the hands of the killer who is behind all those mysterious "accidents" at  the boot camp and the deaths of several former Seals.
Enters the FBI aka Agent Felicity Belasko, a tough and competent agent and a woman who makes Jace want something more...

The chemistry between the two is amazing and I loved how those two find their way to work together, no matter how stubborn and protective both of them are. Throw in the other Seals and some very unnsavory villains and you get an amazing, fast-paced and convincing story that keeps you glued to your reader.
I loved it and can definitely recommend this book as well as the other books in the series - actually I'd recommend reading them in the right order even though all of them are stand-a-lones and can be read separately.


★★★★




Samstag, 22. April 2017

Mad About The Baron (Matchmaking for Wallflowers Book 4) by Bianca Blythe














Blurb:

A hopeless romantic...
Veronique Daventry absolutely believes in true love. When the baron she's corresponded with for years over long distance suggests they elope in Scotland, she eagerly assents. Perhaps she's never met him, but she's certain their souls are meant to be joined for eternity.

A notorious rogue...
Lord Miles Worthing is surprised when he is ushered to a chapel on a visit to Scotland and finds a beautiful woman. His happiness halts when her family discovers them in a compromising position.

A mistaken identity...
Veronique is devastated to have mistaken this stranger for her fiancé. She needs to find the correct baron at once, but the only person who can help her is the man who makes her heart race as it absolutely should not.
 



I enjoyed reading this book very much! It kept me on my toes and I enjoyed every single page of it. There are some twists and turns, many charming characters, a wonderful hero and an equally wonderful heroine, some not so charming characters that I would have loved to tell my mind (and a bit more) because I was so upset.

And well, there are spinsters to sedu...oh, stop, spinsters, WHO seduce, at least they try to or...well, then there are marriage-minded barons and marriage-fleeing barons and of course, there's also the loving family. Well. Some of them....let's just say that I was very very upset with the way they treated Veronique even though they love her, somehow and don't even realize what they do. Seriously, right, I know that it is a fictional character but there are so many Veroniques out there and have been in every century, every country and every social class and they have suffered this kind of someitmes even loving but always hurtful treatment due to their heritage. Why can't a beautiful woman just be a beautiful woman no matter what the color of her skin? There is no shame in being "different", the only shame is in thinking that someone is inferior just due to the circumstances of his or her birth. And Veronique, well, even though I know that she is fictional, it hurt to read that such a wonderful, loving, life-embracing, sassy, courageous and strong person grew up knowing that she was considered a problem.

Alright, I guess my rant shows that the book really got to me, I felt with the hero and the heroine and I was very worried when I wasn't sure that the heroine wouldn't make a very big mistake and, well, I loved how  Miles, Lord Worthing, the other baron, the unexpected one, took her heritage for granted and loved her just because she was a wonderful person (and, well,  a good looking one as well). But then there is the other baron, the one that is Veronique's fiancé....

Okay, I hope I didn't give you the impression that this book is just about Veronique and the way she was looked at due to the color of her skin because that is definitely not the case. It is a great story with amazing characters, witty and captivating with some twists and turns, that made me smile, laugh out loud, upset me and made me, well, not cry but it made my heart go out to this sweet heroine.
I really really enjoyed reading this book and will definitely read it again. It's not the first book by Bianca Blythe that I've read and it won't be the last.


★★★★





Freitag, 21. April 2017

The Danger of Desire by Elizabeth Essex








Blurb:

An Unlikely Partnership and an Uncontrollable Desire. . .

Naval Captain Hugh McAlden is accustomed to taking on deadly, high-stakes assignments--and being rewarded handsomely for his success at them. But to accomplish his latest mission, he'll need someone more inconspicuous among his own ranks. Someone like the larcenous beauty who just relieved him of his pocket watch under his very nose. . .

Meggs Tanner's livelihood--as one of London's stealthiest thieves--depends on her remaining un-tethered and unnoticed. But when she is caught by an icy-eyed Scottish officer with an unusual proposition, she sees a chance to escape her life of crime forever. Ever wary, she accepts the job even as she plots her exit strategy, ready to cut and run at a moment's notice.

But as Meggs and Hugh come nearer to the danger of their shared mission, thoughts of betrayal and distrust begin to dissolve. . .overshadowed by a passion worth any risk. . .
 



I really enjoyed reading this book! I loved the hero and the heroine, both are very unique personalities, convincing, complex and good at what they do - and proud of it. When they work together to find a traitor among the Lords Commissioners on the Board of Admiralty, both have to find a way to trust the other and, well, to keep their hands of each other. Alright, they are more successful when it comes to this trust thing than at the other part but it's not easy to resist when there are so many sparks flying around and all that, right? 

When Hugh McAlden hired the "street rats" Meggs Evans and her brother Tanner in order top help him find a spy, he didn't know that those two would change his life forever. Somehow this young woman and her brother get under his skin and what should have been strictly professional, well, it becomes so much more. 
But can Meggs become a part of Hugh's world or...might there be something more about her and her brother? 

As the story was also interesting, fast-paced and on the whole gripping and captivating, this is definitely a book that I will read again and I'll probably look for other books by Elizabeth Essex.





Mittwoch, 19. April 2017

Fated (A Mystic Academy book) by Ednah Walters




Fated is live - and it is amazing!






Blurb:

A witch
An Immortal
And the soul reaper

Lana Longhorn has a “special gift” that causes people to reveal their deepest, darkest secrets. She thinks it’s the reason for the tragic accident that killed her parents when she was a child and has become an expert at hiding her ability from the world by age eighteen. That is, until a soul reaper from Hel walks into her life.

From the moment they meet, Syn Shabaka pushes Lana’s buttons. He is the first person she’s ever met who is immune to her gift, and the first person to offer her a way to be with other gifted people like her. The offer tempts her, but fear that he will discover the truth about her adopted family keeps her from accepting. Lana has already lost one set of parents, and she refuses to lose another.

As sparks fly between the pair, she must decide what is important, keeping her family safe or finding her happiness.



Okay, those who know me (or my reviews or my blog with my reviews) a bit, know that I love the books by Ednah Walters. I was really curious though when I found that her latest book is a novella because, well, novellas are not my favorite cup of tea, you know? The longer the better and all that stuff but - it is set in the Runes Universe. Irresistible, right? At least for me!
And I should have known better than to doubt even if it was just for a nanosecond: I loved this book! Lana is an amazing character and the chemistry between her and Syn, phew, not bad, not bad at all....

It was so sweet to see Lana enjoy the freedom of being with someone who is immune to her gift and to see how she slowly starts to trust him and to question the things her parents told her.
Her siblings are wonderful characters as well, I love how all of them watch out for each other, how much they care and how much they love each other.
When Syn invites Lana and her siblings to join Mystic Academy - yes, THE Mystic Academy Raine and the others had been talking about, the Academy for Immortals, Witches and their likes- it is tempting but is it tempting enough to risk exposing their family's secrets? Or is it essential for them to do so?
And in the end I loved to see how everything is linked and how Lana and her family are already a part of the whole story.

Another wonderful 

★★
book by Ednah Walters for all those who just can't get enough of the 
 https://www.ednahwalters.com/enter-the-runes-universe

A Fine Gentleman (The Jonquil Brothers #4) by Sarah M. Eden











Blurb: 

 

Okay, this book and I? We had a really rocky start. The first third of the book I was a bit annoyed because I thought that a lot of the story was too constructed, I kept asking myself why, oh why she just didn't ask her good friend Stanley for introductions and why was Jason too stupid to realize who she was referring to and well, you get the gist, right?

And then, somehow, despite the never again mentioned prized stallion and other things that just....well, tickled my mind...the book drew me in and I didn't care about those things anymore because I enjoyed the story and those wonderful characters far too much!
From that moment on, I didn't put the reader down till I had the last page. And I know that I'll definitely read this book again. The story was nice. In the beginning it felt as if it was all set just for the effect of being funny but it began to feel more intense and the characters became much more complex and I really really wanted to know what had happened and what would happen and kept reading.

I loved that even the minor characters were interesting and well drawn and I simply loved Jason and Mariposa.

Our rocky start definitely led to more than a "mutual understanding" and I'm looking forward to other books by the author as well.

 ★★★★



Dienstag, 18. April 2017

Die Liebe in diesen Zeiten von Chris Cleave

 

   

 

Die Liebe in diesen Zeiten von Chris Cleave

Inhalt: 

Eine große Liebesgeschichte in Zeiten des Krieges

Mary North ist jung, hübsch und aus guter Familie. In ihrem ganzen Leben musste sie noch nichts Schwereres heben als ein Cocktailglas. Zu Beginn des Zweiten Weltkriegs meldet sie sich impulsiv und voller Enthusiasmus in London zur Truppenunterstützung. Sie wird allerdings ganz unheroisch nur als Hilfslehrerin an einer Schule eingesetzt. Dabei lernt sie Tom kennen, der bei der Schulbehörde arbeitet. Sie fühlen sich sofort zueinander hingezogen ... Aber ihre Verlobung begegnet größeren Hindernissen als nur dem Widerstand von Marys Familie. Denn eines Tages kommt Toms Freund Alistair, der sich freiwillig gemeldet hat, auf Heimaturlaub, und sein Zusammentreffen mit Mary löst in ihnen beiden heftige, nie gekannte Gefühle aus. Doch sie werden einander so bald nicht wiedersehen. Briefe sind ihre einzige Möglichkeit, in Verbindung zu bleiben. Und bald überschattet das Drama des Krieges alles andere. Mary und Alistair sehen sich Erfahrungen ausgesetzt, die in ihrem Grauen fast unwirklich erscheinen. Wie lange werden sie noch aneinander Halt finden können?



Puh, ich habe es mehrfach versucht, aber irgendwie bin ich nicht in dieses Buch reingekommen, auch wenn mir das sonst eher selten passiert. Gerade bei Rezensionsexemplaren und dies

Eigentlich habe ich kein Problem mit einem etwas lockeren Schreibstil, der nicht zu ernsthaft ist, auch bei ernsthaften Themen nicht, wenn der Ton dabei insgesamt respektvoll bleibt, aber...und das ist ein großes Aber, in diesem Fall wirkt durch den Stil lediglich die Protagonistin sehr naiv und jung, die vermutlich gewünschte Leichtigkeit bleibt dabei aus.

Ich muss gestehen, auch wenn es vermutlich dem Denken oder der Ausdrucksweise der damaligen Zeit entspricht, dass ich auch ein Problem damit habe, wenn eine Lehrerin über einen dunkelhäutigen Schüler spricht und diesen als Nigger bezeichnet und irgendwie sind mir einfach zu viele Momente da, immer mal wieder über das Buch verteilt, so weit ich gekommen bin zumindest, wo ganz einfach beiläufig abwertend über Schüler oder andere Menschen gesprochen wird. Auch wenn das natürlich nicht das Buch und die Handlung ausmacht, aber für mich ist es ein Problem, immer wieder über solche Stellen hinwegzulesen, die mir dann auch sozusagen die Stimmung verderben.

Insgesamt gefielen mir letztlich weder die Geschichte, noch der Schreibstil oder die Personen wirklich, so dass ich es einfach nicht geschafft habe, dieses Buch weiter als bis zur Hälfte zu lesen. Vielleicht hätte der Rest das Ganze dann gerettet, dazu hätte sich aber noch sehr viel tun müssen, um das zu erreichen.

Vielleicht lese ich das Buch zu einem (viel) späteren Zeitpunkt noch einmal und finde es dann besser, aber zu diesem Zeitpunkt kann ich nur sagen, dass es leider absolut nicht mein Fall ist.