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Freitag, 21. Juli 2017

Bereit für eine Blogtour? #EinunmöglicherMord

Erinnert Ihr Euch an die Stableford-Krimis von Rob Reef?

Der dritte Band ist da!

Ihr wollt mehr darüber wissen? 

Montag  startet die Blogtour bei nef von den Buchjunkies und am Freitag erfahrt Ihr bei mir etwas über das Buch - und über Golf. 

Oh - und Augen auf, es gibt etwas zu gewinnen! Auf jedem Blog findet Ihr eine Gewinnspielfrage, je öfter Ihr teilnehmt, desto besser sind Eure Chancen! 

Viel Glück!

A Marquess for Convenience (Matchmaking for Wallflowers #5) by Bianca Blythe

 A Marquess for Convenience by Bianca Blythe


Unlike most bluestockings, Lady Madeline Mulbourne is quite content for the ton to dismiss her as a widowed baroness and renowned hostess of society parties. No need for anyone to know that her flighty manner disguises an encyclopedic knowledge of art, a bone-deep distrust of men, and a dangerous secret.

Lord Arthur Carmichael, Marquess of Bancroft, has carefully cultivated a wild reputation. What could be a more perfect cover for the spy missions he undertook for the Crown? Unfortunately now that the war has ended, his reputation could keep him from settling into a cabinet position—unless he takes a wife.

Before Arthur can embark on the dreaded wedding quest, he must complete one last mission: catch a thief who’s stolen four of five priceless pieces of jewelry. If the last one disappears, the fragile peace between France and England could be damaged beyond repair.

Whom should he encounter on the French Riviera but Lady Mulbourne, who never forgave him for vanishing during their long-ago courtship. Arthur suspects her nimble fingers are adept at more than just fluttering a fan, because he knows of one item she’s already stolen: his heart.

I've already read and reread several of Bianca Blythe's books so I was really looking forward to reading this book. The story sounded interesting as well but unfortunately, this book couldn't captivate me the way her other books did. Somehow it seemed a bit rushed and less intense than the other books by her that I've read.

Lady Madeline Mulbourne, our heroine, and our hero, Lord Arthur Carmichael, Marquess of Bancroft, are very likable and interesting characters. They are quite well developed and the writing, on the whole, is also good. I read the book and enjoyed it but I wasn't as deeply enthralled by it as I was by her other books.

When Lord Arthur meets Lady Madeline again after several years, he does not just realize that no matter how much time has passed, some part of his heart is still in love with her but that she might be up to ...something. To be precise - she might be up to something illegal and dangerous and what is more - when worst comes to worst, he knows that he can't let her go. No matter what he feels though, there is still the matter of persuading the lady... 

A good book but I liked her other books better.


Dienstag, 18. Juli 2017

One Night with a Duke (The Duke Series Book 5) - Sandra Masters

 Not really my cup of tea...



Reclusive, cold as ice, the politically powerful Raven, Duke of Ravensmere, denies love after the tragic deaths of his duchess and baby. He is bound by his vow never to allow love to enter his heart again. Samantha Winston permits him to seek refuge in her carriage in a time of need, and what started as a kiss in the name of safety, becomes something more pleasurable and not so safe after all. In spite of every caution, his interest escalates into unexpected desire.

Samantha, a young widow with a secret, irreverent and high-spirited, has constructed impenetrable walls against all men. When she and Raven meet again, strong wills clash. Political intrigues and a dreaded nemesis place his life at risk, and Samantha finds herself in a dire predicament. All the while, passion soars.

Can Samantha’s barriers fall with more kisses? Can Raven be released from his deathbed vow?

Okay, I really really like historical romances and read a lot of them but this one? Well, let's just say that it left me breathless. Unfortunately not in a positive way. Everything felt a bit rushed, the heroine and the hero had a tendency to overshare and sometimes they overwhelmed me with their torrents of words.

Add a rather pompous and not very likable hero and top it off with some happenings that were just a bit too much like when the worst happens and its description leaves me a bit incredulous. Actually, I ended up looking up how much blood a human's body contains and if those things happening might be even remotely possible. I might be a nit-picker but when I found the doctor looking for internal wounds in improbable places and such, well, let's just say that I couldn't concentrate on the story anymore because those discrepancies were just too irritating.

I really wanted to feel with Raven and Samantha but as I couldn't even like him most of the time, it was very hard and unfortunately, I wasn't very successful.


The Sheikh's Surprise Triplets (Azhar Sheikhs Book 3) by Leslie North

 Sorry, somehow life got in my way the last days and I couldn't post anything. 
But I'm back now with....


Juliette’s life is work—she’s ruthless, determined, and has built a reputation for helping difficult CEOs achieve their maximum potential. When she’s scouted by the royal Azhar family to assist the head of their tech division, Sheikh Basri Azhar, she’s eager for the challenge. The company is at a critical juncture, and it will be up to Juliette to keep the brash, young CEO on track. Shouldn’t be a problem—until Juliette meets Basri. He’s handsome, charismatic, and much harder to manage than she could have imagined. But Juliette won’t back down. She’s never met a boss she couldn’t tame.

Compared to his two older brothers, Basri has always been his father’s son. He values hard work and ingenuity, but he prefers an unstructured approach. Which is why Basri stays out of the office as much as possible. After all, he does his best thinking alone, outdoors in the Arabian wild. His new assistant Juliette, however, is like a force of nature. She’s beautiful, intelligent, and disciplined…and Basri has to constantly remind himself to keep it professional. But after weeks of Juliette trying to bend him to her will, Basri decides he has other plans.

When Basri invites her along on his next adventure, Juliette has no idea what she’s gotten herself into. But away from the board room and under the stars, Juliette begins to see the real Basri, and she can’t help wanting to see more…

I really enjoyed reading this book. As in her other books, the author's heroines and her heroes as well are far from everything I always associated with Sheikhs and their likes in romance books since a rather disturbing reading experience some years ago. I should probably have read one of her books as my first one of that kind but, well, better late than never, right?

As I've come to expect in her books, Leslie North has got some strong characters for us. Special, strong-minded and definitely very likable characters, that balance each other and complete each other in a very positive way.
I like how open they are about their feelings, no cat and mouse games, no hiding or stupid misunderstandings, Basri and Juliette just acknowledge their feelings and go for it.

Even though I spent my time changing between smiling a bit goofily and blinking away some sentimental tears, there is also a lot of action involved. Oh, real action, not of the sexy steamy kind, at least not only that kind of action. Again I love how the author uses characters' strengths and nobody becomes some kind of super hero, they just use what they got and go from there. Okay, they are pretty badass anyway and they are good looking of course but they don't develop some McGyver-Superman-cross-genes along the way.

The story was captivating and sweet and I definitely will come back with more books by the author, again!



Donnerstag, 13. Juli 2017

Chasing Vivi by A.M.Hargrove


Vivi Renard—a blast from the past—wasn’t supposed to affect me like this.

When I knew her ten years ago she was nothing more to me than a highly functioning brain.
Hell, I paid her to do my homework.

Only now … she’s drop dead gorgeous but had the nerve to turn me down for a date … several times.
No one turns me—Prescott Beckham—down for anything.
I’m on a mission and won’t stop until I’m firmly planted between her thighs, hearing her moan my name.

Her plump red lips have me dreaming filthy things and acting like a kid with his first crush.
If I can’t have her, I don’t want anyone else to either.
What’s worse is I want to own every single bit of her.

Except there’s a slight problem.
Vivi can’t stand me.
Even the old let’s be friends again thing failed.
She tossed it back saying we were never friends to begin with.

But I’m the king at playing ruthless games.
So she’d better be ready to drop her thong, because Vivi is going to end up in my bed sooner … or later.
And I’m pretty damn sure it’s going to be sooner.

If you loved A Special Obsession by A.M.Hargrove as much as I did,  you will be very pleased to hear that Chasing Vivi is as amazing as A Special Obsession and - this is where the story continues but don't worry, both books can also be read as stand-alones. In Chasing Vivi we do not just see Prescott fall, hard, for a woman but we do also meet West and Special again. Chasing Vivi is simply amazing, I really loved reading this book and couldn't put it down.

Everything that I loved in A Special Obsession and in For the Love of English, is in here as well. Interesting and very likable characters, an action-packed story with twists and turns and a very sweet couple that makes you smile goofily and that will also make you feel with them and feel for them, every step of their way to each other.

Another wonderful book by an amazing author whose books I can wholeheartedly recommend! Up to now, I haven't found one that I didn't like just those that went straight on my re-read-list.


Dienstag, 11. Juli 2017

Jilted (Love Hurts #2) by Sawyer Bennett

                                                  Jilted by Sawyer Bennett


Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind.

Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be. 

I loved this book and didn't put it down once I had started reading.
When I started reading, I was furious when I read about Eden's cheating fiancé and then, to top it all off, this husband...well. "Spitting mad" might also be a fitting description.

What I really loved about this book though, was the way the characters interacted. Sure, there was a typical misunderstanding resulting in people hating others but once it became clear that it had been a misunderstanding, everything was alright. No maybes about it, just simple acceptance and things were alright.

And I loved that both, the heroine and the hero had moved on. They had been very much in love, still are, obviously but it is a mature love now and it was one even when they were still young and life happened and drew them apart. Somehow this makes you realize even more, how much those two belong together.

Oookay, right, maybe you don't realize that right at the beginning because there might be a time or two when there are some rather interesting decorations on the lawn and the drive but, well, nobody said that love was perfect, right? Some, let's say minor disagreements and such are totally in order when so much time has passed and things happened and - well.

I really enjoyed this story with its wonderful and complex characters. I already read many books by Sawyer Bennett and I must admit that I didn't even read the blurb, I just knew that I wanted to read this book - and I wasn't disappointed.
This is another wonderful story by an amazing author that I can definitely recommend.


Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters #17) by Suzanne Brockmann


Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.

I must admit that I am very very grateful that obviously, unlike her heroine, Suzanne Brockmann didn't suffer from writer's block when she wrote "Some Kind Of Hero" because this book is simply amazing!
It is not the first book by her that I have read and I really loved the first one as well but after having read "Some Kind Of Hero" I went and downloaded to more books by her straightaway.

The story is great, thrilling and captivating but those characters - wow. I love strong heroines and heroes who know what they want and well, sometimes they may have to work on their communicational skills but sometimes they just leave me sitting there like... okay, let's just say that this is not a book that should be read in public or in a waiting room because, right, because it may be a bit awkward when your name is called and you reply half-choked, misty-eyed, sniffling a bit get the gist, right?
And no, the book is not that sad, it's just that I, well .., some readers might get a bit sentimental and might feel a bit moved by those incredible people and the things happening to them and around them.

I think I kind of fell in love with the hero and the heroine along with them falling for each other. Reading about Peter's feeling when he talks to Shayla and vice versa, wow. You just get the chemistry and I felt myself thinking inane things like "awww..." and "so sweet" when Peter aka Grunge thinks about Shayla's warm-eyes-thing and her sharp mind and when those two have some problems at understanding how much they mean to each other - it almost broke my heart.
And Dingo and Maddie - that was amazing as well. No, it is not a good choice but who can help who he or she falls in love with? Reading about Dingo's feelings, seeing him fight the attraction and the way he cares for Maddie you can't but realize that this is the real thing.
Add Tevin and Frank and all those other minor characters like Hiruko and a bunch of Navy Seals and their friends, an amazing story and - well, you get a book that you just have to read.

As I said, I downloaded two other books today and I know that others will follow and I'm so looking forward to reading them!



Mittwoch, 5. Juli 2017

Blog Tour: Meet Me at the Lighthouse by Mary Jayne Baker

 Welcome to the tour and ...

"Meet me at the Lighthouse"!

'The day I turned 28, I bought a lighthouse and met the love of my life’
Bobbie Hannigan’s life in a cottage by the sea with her dog and her twin sister is perfectly fine … until she decides the logical thing is to buy a lighthouse and open a music venue with Ross Mason, the first boy she ever kissed.
Bobbie tries to be professional with Ross, but the happily-ever-after they’re working toward is too good to resist. That is until someone from his past crawls back to cause trouble. Can Bobbie look past the secrets Ross has been keeping from her? Or will the boy, the lighthouse and the dream all slip away?
Escape to the Yorkshire coast this summer with this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Mary Jayne Baker!

Yup, Bobbie, our heroine, is indeed special or who else do you know who would spontaneously buy a lighthouse?

That's the kind of woman she is - and I must admit that I'd love to get a lighthouse of my own if it comes with a Ross like him! Ross, our hero, didn't come back to his hometown to co-own a lighthouse but, well, when Tequila is involved and a woman like Bobbie, a man might do some stupid things especially when he is falling for said woman.

When Bobbie and Ross try to turn the lighthouse into a unique music venue, they discover that it's not just the lighthouse bringing them together but that those sparks that they felt right from the start are real! With some exes coming up and life getting in the way, will they be able to keep those sparks between them flying? 

This wonderful story made me laugh out loud, I cried, I giggled and I worried. I can't exactly say what makes Meet me at the Lighthouse special but it is different from your regular small town romance. Good different. It is a very warm story set in a cozy little town where everybody knows everybody. Part of its charm are certainly the somewhat down to earth characters. No mincing of words, no distinguished sherry sipping, just ordinary, slightly rough people talking, drinking (too much) Tequila and trying to - well, okay, let's skip Elvis, okay? 
But we shouldn't skip Travis, I mean, how could we? Someone like him is absolutely unforgettable!
Apart from the main characters, there's quite a number of amazing and very loveable characters. The characters are well-developed and feel very much alive and kicking. 

I really enjoyed reading this book and will definitely check out Mary Jayne Baker's first book, The Honey Trap, another romantic comedy set in London.


By the way - a sneak peek of *the first chapter* is just a click away!  

Do you want to know what other reviewers 

wrote about the book?


The Blog Tour:

Friday 30th: Harper Impulse
Saturday 1: By the Letter Book Reviews
Sunday 2: The Writing Garnet
Monday 3: Mama Life Magazine
Tuesday 4: The Reading Shed
Wednesday 5: 😊
Thursday 6: Jane Hunt
Friday 7: Books and Me
Saturday 8: Love Books Group
Sunday 9: Word Enlightenment

Dienstag, 4. Juli 2017

The Wicked Heir (Spare Heirs #3) by Elizabeth Michels



The Spare Heirs Society Cordially Invites You to Meet Fallon St. James: The Mastermind

When the love of Lady Isabelle Fairlyn's life is betrothed to her twin sister, Isabelle vows to find a suitable replacement before the end of the season. He must be a talented dancer, have a keen fashion sense, and be perfectly dashing in every way.

Fallon St. James is the farthest thing from perfectly anything. As head of the secretive Spare Heirs Society, he must stick to the shadows...even as Isabelle's friendship pulls him reluctantly into the light. But when Isabelle gets involved with the one man who could destroy Spares, Fallon must decide between protecting his life's work―or risking everything to save the woman whose warm smile leaves him breathless.

Okay, I must admit that sometimes I was a bit furious with the hero because dear Fallon St.James shouldn't meddle that much with other people's lives especially if those people are of the female variety and he doesn't want to marry. 

I mean, alright, he is, at least according to Isabelle's definition of a bachelor, available for marriage but he simply doesn't want to marry, does he? And if he doesn't want to marry, shouldn't he better guard a certain young woman's reputation? 

So, you see, I'm not completely happy with our hero and I must further admit that the heroine's naiveté was sometimes somewhat exasperating but I loved her sunny and optimistic view of life nonetheless. Apart from that, though, their chemistry was great and I loved how Isabelle muddled through, straight under our hero's skin.

 I laughed and I shed some tears and on the whole, I really enjoyed this book. It is different, there is no real hero and our heroine has much to learn about black and white and all the different shades of grey in between the black and the white. Not everyone who is bad, is really bad and not everyone who is good, has always been good. And not everyone who says that he (or she) is not in love, is really not in love, right?

I am really looking forward to the next book in the series!


Montag, 3. Juli 2017

BLOGTOUR: The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse by Cressida McLaughlin #BlueMoonGuesthouse

The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse

Robin Brennan has come home to Campion Bay. Now her parents have retired, she’s set to become the new landlady of The Campion Bay Guesthouse.
Bookings have been as thin as the hand towels, and it doesn’t take long for Robin to realise that the place needs a serious makeover. Perhaps throwing herself into the task will help to heal her sadness at the tragic end to her dreams in London.
As she gives the guesthouse a new lease of life, Robin encounters old friends and new, including old flame Tim, who’d clearly like to reboot their romance. But what about Will, the new arrival at No. 4, who’s rocked up with the cutest dog ever?
Caught up in a flurry of full-English breakfasts and cream teas, Robin’s never sure what, or who, the next check-in will bring…


Oh, what a wonderful, warm and summery book that was! I really enjoyed reading this heartwarming story about family, love, friendships and the love of life!
Robin, our heroine, still tries to come to terms with the tragic death of her friend Neve's one and a half years ago but when her parents want to retire and close down their family's guesthouse, Robin embraces the opportunity to make their guesthouse her own. A very serious makeover is in order and Robin uses her chance to turn the guesthouse into something special, something as special as a blue moon

Anyway - Robin's enthusiasm and her dedication to her work are definitely infectious. We are also renovating our place at the moment and I found myself thinking of themes and stars and blue moons ...

Not just I fell for Robin's charm and enthusiasm but Will, her new neighbor, falls for her as well - and he is not the only one. Tim, the "ex-love of her life" and a property developer is also interested but he is not just interested in her but he also wants to invest in the house next to hers to turn it into something...well, completely different.

I loved to read about Robin caring about her guests, touching their lives and making things special and I loved to see how she fell in love, how she was finally able to move forward and to heal from her loss. And I loved to read about Will and  - well, let's just say that Will is another wonderful character.

So, this well-penned story with its loveable characters, with things like porcelain sheep and fluffy handcuffs (kidding!) and with lavender lace inspiring the most delicious cookies, is a very charming, funny and romantic read and the perfect choice to read on a nice and lazy summer day!

Robin’s Lavender Cookies

Robin is inspired to make lavender cookies after seeing Mrs Harris in her lavender night wear. They’re very simple to make and a hint of lavender gives them a refreshing, flowery taste.
  • 225g butter, at room temperature
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 275g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
  • Preheat your oven to 160°C / gas mark 3, and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  • In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, then mix in the lavender flowers and the flour until the mixture has a smooth consistency.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the mixture until it’s about 5mm thick, and use biscuit cutters to make your desired cookie shape – Robin has a moon-shaped cutter as she puts them in jars labelled ‘midnight cookies’ on each floor of the guesthouse.
  • Put your cookies onto the baking tray, allowing room in between each one as they expand slightly, and cook them for 15 to 20 minutes. 

  • Leave them to cool, sprinkle with decorative sugar or extra lavender flowers and then tuck in!

Bon appétit!

Just don't leave them unattended, they tend 
to disappear rather quickly!

Oh, if you want to enjoy some music with your cookies, perhaps you‘d like to listen to the song that Robin very often plays on her piano:


Sonntag, 2. Juli 2017

Coming soon - Blogtour "Meet me at the Lighthouse"

Coming Soon:

The Sheikh's Pregnant Fling (Azhar Sheikhs Book 2) by Leslie North


This book is a sweet and nice read. I've read other books by the author before which is the reason why I took a chance on a book with a Sheik in its title. I must admit that I as a bit weary as I read some books by other authors with a Sheik as a romantic hero and ended up fuming and, well, let's just say that my e-reader survived, barely. 

Knowing the author's other books. I couldn't imagine that this would be another one of those books where the modern heroine is deliriously happy to be kept in a harem and never be allowed to get out again - yay. Not.
This is definitely not the case in this book and I really enjoyed reading this sweet and charming story!

"The Sheikh's Pregnant Fling" is a strong woman who knows what she wants, it takes her some time to get there and to realize what is really important but she gets there. The mysterious Sheikh, on the other hand, is a charming modern man who respects her as a woman and as an equal. No bad clichées here, simply two people who fall in love, have to overcome some hurdles and finally get their HEA.
I was also very happy to find that it's not too long-drawn-out and hasn't too many dramatic scenes, just exactly the necessary amount of everything.

It is a simple and somewhat light read but definitely one that I will reread and that made me look for the first book in the series "The Sheikh’s Fake Fiancée".


Samstag, 1. Juli 2017

RARE London and in Rome.....


and today I got my tickets for 


Lord of Lies (Fallen Ladies #3) by Amy Sandas

                                 Lord of Lies by Amy Sandas


“You do strange things to me, Dell Turner. Tell me I am not alone in what I feel.”
His voice was low and rough. His eyes burned. “You are not alone,” he said.

Portia Chadwick longs for a life of adventure. When a dangerous moneylender kidnaps her sister, she dares to seek help from a man known only as Nightshade. Soon she finds herself charging headfirst into his world of intrigue and danger—and unexpected passion.
Dell Turner grew up in London’s back alleys and gin lanes. Vowing to escape his low beginnings, he hires himself out to society’s elite. When he accepts a job from a beautiful debutante, he doesn’t anticipate her relentless determination to join his mad occupation…or her unnerving ability to inspire emotions he thought long buried. She’s as dangerous to him as his world is to her, and yet Dell can’t bring himself to turn Portia away—even if it means risking her life.

I loved the characters because, well, you just have to love a girl like Portia who knows what she wants and who goes for it, don't you? Apart from that she is charming and smart and a lot of other great things and of course, Dell Turner is also a very interesting character even though we don't get to know him that well. Somehow, despite many descriptions how he feels and so on, his character remains somewhat shallow. Portia is the only character with a bit more substance and the only one who leaves the reader, me in this case, with more than a passing interest. 

It might have been easier to fill out the blanks - alright, that would have been much easier- if I had read the other books in the series first that tell Emma and Ivy's stories but I think that I would have been as frustrated reading those books as I was now. There was too much going on with the other sisters and reading it I knew that it was important but, well, it made me curious but it also made me feel rather annoyed. 
The problem was that it all happend at the same time and the author was very careful not to include much of one sister's story in the book of the other sister - understandable but in this case something was definitely missing.

The story itself was rather unbelievable even though well plotted and despite that definitely interesting and fast-paced, sweet and romantic  - and that's what made me decide on three stars for this book because despite everything that I was missing in this book, I enjoyed reading it and would read it again. Not right now but eventually. 
So, not one of my highlights but not a case of "wasted-time" either. Those who have read the other books in the series will enjoy reading what Portia has been up to while her sisters went and found themselves husbands. 


Freitag, 30. Juni 2017

Authors at the RARE 17 and their books (Ruth Cardello/Katie Ashley/Claire C.Riley) #RARE17

In Berlin in also met the amazing Ruth Cardello, whose books I love and have read and reread several times. I got her latest novel In the heir
at her table, the first book in her new Westerly Billionaire series (and believe me the book is really good, I love it!) and when I asked her whether I was allowed to post a photo of her on my blog, she asked me if I do giveaways and if my readers might like one of her books. Well, of course, I said that my readers love giveaways and would love one of her books - and ended up with two books to give away. Sounds good? That's what I thought! I can tell you that it is not her latest book but one that is part of one of her other series like the Legacy Collection or the Barrington Billionaires
or the Andrades. Curious? Well, let's just say that that might have been my intention! Apart from mysterious books for giveaways, Ruth Cardello has also had several of her books translated into German which are available as ebooks and print books and even as audio books!


Okay, this harmless (and very nice) looking lady might sic some zombies on you  - at least if you try out her book Odium, the first book in her The Dead Saga. Claire C. Riley also writes Dirty Biker romances under the pen name Cee Cee Riley but if you'd prefer a romantic stand-alone, you might want to check out her contemporary romance Shut up & Kiss me.
Meeting Claire C. Riley was fun and guess what - browsing through the books at her table and talking to her did lead to more books on my wish list....again.


The last author that I met and whose books caught my attention at the RARE 17 in Berlin (even though there were many more authors, of course, but I was running out of time and couldn't meet everyone), was Katie Ashley. Her books The Proposition and Music of the Heart sound very promising. Those of you who prefer to read in German, will be happy to hear that  The Proposition/Der Vorschlag
is also available in German on Amazon.


The RARE was an amazing experience and I am looking forward to RARE 18 in London and maybe also RARE 18 in Rome if I get the tickets for Rome. 
Booknerds meeting other booknerds and the authors who provide us with our beloved books - sounds great, doesn't it? Book lovers are the best!

Audiobook: Haven by Karen Lynch

Haven is finally available on Audible!

Haven is an amazing book that is set right after the end of  Warrior and Rogue, the last books in the Relentless series.

That is to say - it was already amazing as a book, a brilliant five-star read, and now it is available on Audible, narrated by Caitlin Greer and Zachary Webber
who did such a wonderful job with the first books in the series. Caitlin Greer is the narrator of Relentless, Refuge and Rogue, still my all-time-favorite audiobooks and Zachary Webber is the narrator or Warrior, also a part of this all-time-favorite audiobooks team. 

So - just imagine what might happen when you take an amazing book and two brilliant narrators and turn this into an audiobook? 
Right. That's exactly what happened - you get a fantastic audio book that draws you in and lets you feel as if it was the first time that you've ever read (or  -in this case - heard) this story. The narration is absolutely great. You get the feeling but it never feels forced or over the top just, well, right. Perfect. 

Judge for yourself, aren't they simply amazing? 

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If you would like to learn more about this audiobook, 
the book itself, the narrators or the author, you are in for a treat: 

Due to circumstances, the podcast has been rescheduled, 
I'll let you know, when it'll take place!

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