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Freitag, 22. September 2017

Donnerstag, 21. September 2017

An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House #4) by Kristi Ann Hunter

   






An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter


Blurb: 

The Duke of Riverton has chosen his future wife with the same logic he uses to make every decision. However, his perfect bride eludes his suit, while the beautiful Isabella Breckenridge seems to be everywhere. When the time comes, will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and initial notions to embrace their very own happily-ever-after?
 

I really enjoyed reading this book.

The story itself is nice and well plotted and, well, I really loved to see a man like Griffith being felled by love. All his logic, all his reason - puff. Gone. Love isn't logical and love isn't something that you can control. Some people have to learn the hard way... Griffith definitely is one of them.
Griffith and Isabella are wonderful together. You can feel their chemistry, even though they try to resist and I loved how both of them tried to protect the other one and do what they thought would be best for the other one.

Frederica, Isbella's cousin, is amazing as well. Her loyalty and her willingness to help her counsin find love is wonderful. Her father on the other hand.....well...... he is definitely not my favorite person. Nope. Not at all. I could understand his motivation and I felt for him as well. He is not evil, he is just...ruthless and somewhat fanatic. Never a good combination, at least not for those around you.

"An Inconvenient Beauty" is the second book in this series and I can definitely recommend it. If you liked the first book, "An Uncommon Courtship", you'll like this one as well. If you haven't read the first book yet, well, don't worry, "An Inconvenient Beauty" can also be read as a standalone.


★★★
 
 

Mittwoch, 20. September 2017

Her Book Boyfriend (The Awkward Duckling #1) by K.R. Grace







  Her Book Boyfriend by K.R. Grace


Blurb: 

She believes the secret to love is in the tropes of her favorite romance novels. He’s the best friend prepared to prove her wrong.
Then comes the bet.
If she can’t land a boyfriend for prom by recreating the ten popular tropes in her favorite romance author’s books, she has to go to the prom with her.
The glitch?
They’ve been close their entire lives. He’s the rock god and school legend, while she’s the brainy sidekick who does all his dirty breakups. Thus, finding a guy who doesn’t think they’re already an item is going to be a lot harder than she thinks.
Will she land the book boyfriend of her dreams? Or will she be forced to go to prom with her best friend.
The truth is in the pages.



This was one of those really sweet and nice books that make you feel good. The moment I finished the book, I went and told my daughter that she has to read it as well. Cam and Mace are really cute together and I absolutely loved the humor and the wit that made the book entertaining and simply fun to read.

When Mace tries to find a boyfriend by using her romance novels as a guide, well, let's just say that not every concept that works in a novel works in real life. Or does it?
Perhaps her scheme isn't as crazy as it looks - or perhaps it is? No matter what, I love to see her end up with the perfect guy despite all her wonderful plans and schemes and strategies!

This was the first book by KR Grace that I've read but definitely not the last!






★★★
 
 
 

Samstag, 16. September 2017

Ednah Walters - author and friend




So many stories left untold... 


An amazing author and wonderful friend has left us.

Unexpectedly and far too soon.


Ednah Walters



Like many others in the indie community, I met Ednah online. Ever since 2014 when I "met" her first, we've talked and celebrated our love for books and I fell in love with her books and the worlds she created.
Ednah was not just an amazing author but also a wonderful friend who encouraged, whom you could talk to and whose wit and humor I loved. 
I had been looking forward to meeting her in London in February where she planned to be at the RARE London. This would have been the first time that we met since meeting online in 2014. I must admit that I had been luring her with the promise of a real cider lately to make sure that she would really come ...and who could resist real cider, right?

Unfortunately, I won't be able to meet her in February and I won't be able to tease her and chat with her anymore as she passed away last night.  Like many others out there, I will sorely miss her. She made my life brighter and her death leaves me devastated and shocked.
My heart goes out to her family who lost someone very special and very dear.


Oh, and Ednah - yeah, at least for once I'll admit: You ARE awesomER 😉 than I am. 

Love you and will miss you. Deeply.







Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Whittling Book, Gift Edition: Fun, Easy-To-Make Projects with Your Swiss Army Knife by Chris Lubkemann

   






Blurb:

With this pocket-sized guidebook and a trusty Swiss Army Knife, readers will be ready to whittle wherever they go. World-famous whittler Chris Lubkemann shows how to carve 43 useful and whimsical objects using nothing more than a stick and an Original Swiss Army(R) Knife. Chris offers step-by-step instructions for all the traditional whittling favorites like spoons, forks, and flowers, plus some decidedly funny animals and the classic curly tail rooster. He also provides sage advice on how to choose wood, sharpen a blade, and safely control your knife. Published in collaboration with Victorinox(R) AG, makers of the Original Swiss Army Knife.


When I was a kid, I loved to whittle away and had a whole set of woodcarving knives.

This book shows how to sharpen you swiss army knife just right for whittling and tells you a number of tricks and things worth knowing if you want to make some amazing and pretty things.
What is more important - you learn that you don't need more than this one knife to have fun and to make some great stuff. You just have to sharpen your knife and start whittling - after chosing the right kind of wood, of course.

This book includes many examples of things that you can create just by using some wood and your swiss army knife likes forks and spoons, sailboats, owls and other things to name must a few of them.
Any question you might have, will be answered in this book and it'll help you create wonderful and unique things for yourself or as gifts for friends and family.

I really liked this book and can recommend it!

★★★
 
 

Freitag, 15. September 2017

Turbulent Intrigue (Billionaire Aviators #4) by Melody Anne

   










Blurb: 

The final novel in bestselling author Melody Anne’s Billionaire Aviators series finds Ace Armstrong back home after years away in the CIA. Faced with the stipulation in his father’s will to find a wife or lose his inheritance, the “black sheep” of the family takes to the skies like his aviator brothers. Soon Ace encounters temptation in the form of the sexy and confident Dakota Forbes, a female pilot who just so happens to be his new sister-in-law’s best friend…and should be off-limits. But Dakota is used to getting what she wants—and she makes it clear she wants Ace.
Ace’s previous line of work is not so easily left behind, and soon someone from his past threatens both him and all he holds dear. As Ace’s relationship with Dakota heats up, he’ll be forced to choose whether to walk away in order to keep her safe or risk it all on the breathless high of passion.


I really really loved this book, especially Dakota is a wonderful heroine but I was a bit surprised as the story is very different from the one described in the blurb. Nevertheless, it is fast-paced, full of action and amazing characters and I just couldn't put the book down once I had started reading.

Ace is troubled due to everything he experienced in his time working undercover for the CIA and well, getting blown up wasn't a very good way to reunite with his family. Okay, it might have made things a bit more emotional but, seriously, there are definitely better ways to reconnect.
Dakota is simply wonderful. I fell in love with that girl right away I think. She is funny, sassy, sweet, charming and courageous. You can easily see why Ace falls for her and would do everything to keep her alive no matter what happens. And there is a lot that happens. Sometimes it is not easy to leave the past in the past where it belongs, sometimes it comes back to haunt you...

I loved the chemistry and the interaction of Ace and Dakota and I loved to see how Ace reconnected with his family. Slowly, tentatively but when things get rough, his family is there for him.

I really enjoyed reading this book and can definitely recommend it - and even though this book is a standalone you should be prepared for desperately to read the other books in the "Billionaire Aviators" - series as well when you have finished "Turbulent Intrigue".

★★★
 
 
 

Dienstag, 12. September 2017

Sadie's Highlander: A Highland Protector Novel (Highland Protectors) by Maeve Greyson











Blurb:

The Highland Protector series brings to life four mouthwatering Celtic brothers in twenty-first-century North Carolina—where the lasses are anything but tamed.
 
Highland warrior Alec MacDara and his brothers traveled forward in time to protect the sacred Heartsone. Their cover? Owners and operators of a theme park called Highland Life and Legends. As the chairman, Alec has been fending off requests to film at the breathtaking property. It’s only because of the charming correspondence from an enterprising production assistant that he agrees to a meeting at all. That’s when Alec meets a woman whose lush curves make him forget, for the first time, all about tenth-century Scotland.
 
A lowly assistant for her sister’s motion picture company, wannabe screenwriter Sadie Williams is shocked when Alec agrees to let them film at the park upon one condition: that she report to him daily. Sadie’s sister always told her that their parents only adopted her because they felt sorry for the ugly little stray. But Alec looks at Sadie like she’s the most tempting creature in the world. And with his gleaming, musclebound body stripped down to nothing but a hip-hugging kilt and boots, Alec clearly knows a little something about temptation.



An imaginative book that I really enjoyed and will definitely read again.
Alright, there were some parts where I thought that the heroine's feeling of guilt was a bit too much but, well, considering her upbringing and her history I fear that it might be rather realistic. I was upset though because I really really liked the heroine and I would have loved to kick her b*east of a sister in her b*eastly bony behind.

Okay, I think, it is obvious that the book got me and that the characters were interesting, even though not all of them are nice ones (nope, definitely not, this ....sister...is unbelievable, simply unbelievable....)
The whole story is  not really a time travel story at least only partly because the whole family was sent forward to a time where they and the heartstone were safe, well, at least the stone was considered safe till...yep, right, at least the family is safe - and trying to adapt to modern life. Quite a feat for someone from the tenth century but a good mentor and 15 years are a big help there.

When Alec reads the mails sent daily by Sadie Williams in order to convince him and his brothers to open their theme park for her sister's motion picture company, he wants to get to know the woman behind the mails. In order to meet her and get to know her, he'll even put up with her sister Delia, b*east par excellence,  and her movie company.

Delia's behaviour towards Sadie very often made me see red, such a spiteful, horrible woman - un.be.lie.va.ble. Fortunately Alec didn't tolerate her and her behaviour either and I just relished the moments when Delia has to realize that he is really interested in her supposedly plain and ugly adoptive sister and not in her bony, b*eastly beauty.
An interesting story with a nice setting and very likeable characters - I can recommend the book.

★★★




The Traitor's Club: Hugh by Laura Landon










Blurb:

Hugh Wythers was a man of great promise, but none would know it. Recently returned from the Crimea, he found his only delight in the midnight playgrounds of London. And why not? War had taught him to live every day to the fullest. And then his father cut off his funds. Reeling from the predicament in which he found himself, he fell head over arse—literally—into the arms of the perfect wife. The homely, unmarriageable Lady Annalise Lyman.


This book was so sweet and Nellie and Hugh, our hero and our heroine are such wonderful characters, I really loved this book. From the first page on, it took me in and kept me glued to my reader. The only times I put my reader down was when I was searching for handkerchiefs or sniffing and grinning like a fool. Nellie or rather Lady Annalise is really sweet and I was very happy to see that Hugh is more considerate and more honorable than his reputation (and his lack of drunken charme) made me fear.

When Annalise is looking for the chance to help her brother and sister, she approaches Hugh who has some problems of his own to solve. Maybe her idea might be the solution to his problem as well?
You just have to love a woman like Nellie. She is so sweet and lovable, always ready to help and a hard worker and it makes me furious when she is insecure because she is not a beauty in the eyes of society. Seeing Hugh discover just how much of a gem she is and how beautiful she is at heart - I loved it.

Of course, I was upset when Nellie had this idea of protecting herself but I hoped (desperately) that everything would turn out well and that those two would find love and happiness.
And, well, let's just say that I started to reread the first book in the series the moment I finished this book and, well, then I reread Hugh's and Nellie's story as well, of course.
Well-written, well-plotted and absolutely charming - I loved reading this book and can definitely recommend it.


 ★★★★★





Montag, 11. September 2017

On the Chase (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #2) by Katie Ruggle













Blurb:

After witnessing a horrifying crime, Kaylee is forced to flee to a small Colorado mountain town and take on a new identity. There she becomes Grace, a dog kennel worker trying to avoid the dangerously attractive K-9 Officer Hugh Murdoch.

When an accident leaves Hugh and his K-9 partner, Lexi, on desk duty, both are anxious for Hugh to heal. Until then, the highlight of his day is teasing the beautiful but mysterious new kennel employee. Their simmering attraction fuels a passionate kiss—interrupted by a sniper’s bullet. With targets on both of their backs, Grace and Hugh will do whatever it takes to stay alive…not realizing the most dangerous threat of all is hiding right in front of their noses.


 
Oh my goodness, I really really loved this book! First thing I did when I had finished it, was to go online and look for the other books by the author and of course, the first book in this amazing series.

Fast-paced, witty, with a great story line and really amazing characters, this book drew me in from the first page on and I didn't put it down until the end. Since I've read it that first time, I've read the first book and I've reread this book, I have listened to the audio book of the first one and then I was waiting rather impatiently for the audio book of "On the Chase".

Hugh and Grace are a wonderful couple with lots of chemistry and sparks and I was either turning the pages faster and faster because I just needed to know what would happen next or I was laughing out loud because of something Hugh said or did.
And seriously? I just love all those other characters, Jules Jackson and her siblings, Theo Bosco, Otto - they are vivid, very much alive and lovable and, oh, don't forget about Lexi and Viggy, I think, I fell in love with those two as well.

Right now I can't wait till the next book in this series releases - soooo.....just in case, I haven't mentioned it before, I really loved reading this book and I can definitely recommend "On the Chase" as well as the first book "Run to Ground". Both books are part of the series but they can easily be read as standalones, well, apart from the fact that they are highly addictive, of course.


★★
 
 
 
 

Donnerstag, 7. September 2017

Falling for the Highlander (Highlanders #4) by Lynsay Sands (audio book)










 Blurb:

Lady Murine Carmichael has known her share of bad luck. But when her debt-ridden half-brother tries to sell her off in exchange for a few Scottish horses, it’s the final straw. If keeping her freedom means escaping through harsh countryside alone, so be it. She has barely begun her journey when she lands an unlikely escort—the brawny Highlander who just refused to buy her virtue.

Dougall Buchanan was disgusted by Lord Danvries’ shameful offer, but Murine herself tempts him beyond measure. Even bedraggled and dusty, the lass glows with beauty and bravery. Dougall wants to do more than just help her flee. He wants to protect her—with his life and his heart—if she’ll only let him. For Murine may be pursued by a powerful foe, but nothing compares to the fiery courage of a Highlander in love.



I tried, I really did. I loved many other books by Lynsay Sands and I had been so looking forward to this book and I really wanted to like it, especially as I had been worried about Lady Murine and wanted to know what happened to her ever since she left with her brother in "The Highlander takes a Bride".
Unfortunately, I couldn't finish the book.
Don't get me wrong, it is well-written, it is sweet and nice and the narration (I listened to the audio book) was really well done and I really like to listen to Ellen Newlands but I just couldn't listen to the rest of the book.

I am pretty sure that it would have been different if I hadn't read so many books by the author before I started listening to "Falling for the Highlander" but I felt like I was listening to some interchangeable book whose story was rather foreseeable, everybody was doing what I expected them to do, the heroine was sweet, innocent and rather naive whereas the hero was strong and honorable and, well, you know the rest, right?
Apart from the story line that seemed very familiar, I was missing the chemistry between our hero and our heroine. They seemed nice together, right, but there was nothing that made me feel as if they were made for each other or the next dream team in the making. Nothing.

I would have loved to learn more about Lady Murine and her future but I don't think that I will try again to read this book or to listen to it.
It is still three stars because the audio book is well done and I like the narration, the book itself - it is alright but ...




Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones














 Blurb:

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.


A family's favorite for a long time now, "Howl's Moving Castle" is the one book my daughter still takes with her, when she travels because it feels like home.

We've read it as a family ages ago and still love it.


It is pone of those books that gets to you and that you read and re-read and that is never far from your mind because it is so special and so much fun to read!

Some quotations are still used in our daily life, everyone of us knows that it is better to hide when Sophie starts to launch an attack against the weeds or starts to clean. Oh, and of course all of us know when something can't be found that we had just placed somewhere safe, well, we know that Sophie has been on one of her tidying sprees... again.

Witty, imaginative and simply wonderful - this book never gets old and my family and I, we just love it!

★★
 
 
 

Mittwoch, 6. September 2017

Wovon du trÀumst - Kira Gembri






 



Inhalt:

Die 18-jĂ€hrige Emilia hat eine ganze Liste von TrĂ€umen: Zum Beispiel möchte sie gerne Klavierspielen lernen, ein Konzert besuchen oder einfach nur wissen, wie der Regen klingt. Hinter jedem dieser Punkte steckt fĂŒr sie eine große Herausforderung, denn Emilia ist taub. Nachdem sie ihr Leben fast ausschließlich unter Gehörlosen verbracht hat, muss sie sich in der Welt der Hörenden erst zurechtfinden – und dann begegnet ihr auch noch Nick.
Nick, der sich so locker und oberflĂ€chlich gibt, obwohl seine Augen immer mĂŒde wirken.
Nick, der als virtuoser Geiger berĂŒhmt war, bis ein tragisches Ereignis alles verĂ€ndert hat ... 



Es gibt bisher kein Buch von Kira Gembri, das ich gelesen habe, das ich nicht begeistert verschlungen hÀtte - und dann am liebsten gleich noch einmal gelesen habe.

In ihren JugendbĂŒchern gibt es immer ganz besondere Protagonisten, immer die mit den "kleinen Macken" oder den grĂ¶ĂŸeren Problemen und Behinderungen. Immer nimmt sie sich dieser Figuren und ihren Probleme auf sehr sensible und einfĂŒhlsame Art an und zeigt, dass man auch unter widrigen UmstĂ€nden sein Leben in die Hand nehmen und leben und lieben kann.
Liebenswert sind sie allemal, egal wie kauzig oder besonders sie auch sein mögen und was sie in der Vergangenheit erlebt haben.

Auch Emilia und Nick sind zwei sehr besondere Menschen. Emilia, die zwar unter Gehörlosen aufgewachsen ist und, selber taub, sich in dieser Gesellschaft, die, wie man sehr schnell merkt, eine ganz eigene Welt fĂŒr sich darstellt, auch sehr wohl fĂŒhlt, die aber trotzdem Hören und Laute erfahren möchte.
Nick hingegen, dessen Leben sich lange ausschließlich um Töne und Laute drehte, als er als geigendes Wunderkind gefeiert wurde, ist der genaue Gegensatz zu Emilia.

Wie diese beiden zueinander finden, in ihrem Leben Raum schaffen fĂŒr den anderen und dabei auch immer bisschen mehr ĂŒber sich selbst erfahren undzu sich selbst finden, hat mich ebenso verzaubert, wie die kauzigen und liebenswerten Nebencharaktere und Kira Gembris wunderbarer Schreibstil.
Sehr schön fand ich auch die Einblicke in das Leben Gehörloser, die Kira Gembri dem Leser wie gewohnt sensibel und mit viel Hintergrundwissen ermöglicht, ebenso wie die eindringliche Beschreibung von Nicks Leben, das von seiner Liebe zur Musik und dem Verlust seiner Karriere ebenso geprÀgt ist wie von einem traumatischen Ereignis einige Jahre vorher. Es ist schön, zu lesen, wie er nicht nur seine Liebe zu Emilia entdeckt und erkennt, was wirklich wichtig ist, sondern auch die Freude an der Musik und seine Liebe zu ihr wiederfindet.

Alles in allem ist "Wovon du trĂ€umst" wieder einmal ein wunderbares Buch aus der Feder einer Autorin, die mich bisher noch nie enttĂ€uscht, aber dafĂŒr immer begeistert hat!
 
★★
 
 
 

Release Day: Rough Rider by Aria Cole












Blurb:

After years of living alone, Nash Campbell sets eyes on curvy beauty Eden Sutherland again, the day she steps out of her brother's pickup truck and falls directly into his arms. He may have made a promise to her brother to take care of her, but it isn't long before Nash is fixed on wrangling his best friend's little sister into his bed—and his life.

Eden Sutherland enjoys living alongside her brother in the old farmhouse where they grew up, but when he's deployed, she's uprooted to Circle C Ranch and dumped in the arms of her brother's best friend, irritatingly moody and maddeningly sexy cowboy Nash Campbell. The boy who pulled her pigtails and made the butterflies jump in her stomach for the first time when they were kids. She may have grown up running through the pastures at Circle C, but that doesn't mean seeing Nash again is easy on the heart. She's been purposefully avoiding this man for years, and now she has to call him roommate…

Warning: When this filthy-talkin' cowboy falls, it's hard and fast. Insta-love obsessed, countrified goodness is the best way to describe this rough rider. Sit back, relax, and grab a sweet tea, it's about to he heart. She may have grown-get sticky down south.



I must admit that this book wasn't exactly what I expected it to be and, well, actually it wasn't really my cup of tea.
I had expected a bit more of a story and even though both were adults, consenting adults and everything, I didn't really like the way how Nash forced his way into Eden's life.
To top that off there was a lot of talk about punishing and sometimes submission so don't get me wrong it's not a BDSM tale, it's just not my cuppa.

If you don't mind a story that consists mostly of sexual innuendos or sexual intercourse and that there's much talk about it and rather filthy talk to boot the story might be right for you. It is easy to read but somehow in my eyes it was lacking some substance.

 ★★



Montag, 4. September 2017

Demon Flames (Resurrection Chronicles #2) by M.J. Haag and Becca Vincenza











Blurb: 

As hellhounds continue to roam and the zombie plague spreads, Drav leads Mya to the source of her troubles—Ernisi, an underground Atlantis and Drav’s home. There Mya learns that the shadowy demons, who’ve helped devastate her world, are not what they seem.

Trapped in Ernisi, Mya tries to convince Drav to return her to the surface so she can continue her search for her family. However, he’s determined to keep her where he knows she’ll be safe. When Mya falls ill, Drav must choose between her and his people.

**Recommended for adult readers
***Part 2 of 3


 
This is the second book in this series so you should make sure that you have read Demon Ember first. If you haven't read it yet, well, just do it - now! This series should definitely be read in the right order.
Demon Flames is a great sequel and I really enjoyed reading it even though I was really really upset about the cliffhanger at the end of the book.

Right, a cliffhanger, and a really bad one, at least that's what it feels like. Fortunately, we won't have to wait too long for the next book so if you have a problem with cliffhangers you should wait till the next book is out otherwise you might end the book bellowing out something almost unintelligible like "Oh no, you can't...!" (Nope. Never ever did I.... Yup. Totally did. I was really upset.)

Apart from that cliffhanger, the book is really great and I enjoyed getting to know our hero and our heroine better, especially as we learn a lot about Drav and his people in this book.
I loved the action and everything that happened with Drav's people but missed learning about the things happening. ..elsewhere.

Drav is sweet, a teeny tiny bit overprotective and unfortunately he has still a lot to learn about emancipation and women who... well, actually he has to learn everything about women because.....right, just because, you know.
I am really really looking forward to finding out more about everything that happens at the surface in the next and final book, though. Oh, and I absolutely have to learn more about Mya's family and everything that happened to them and of course, there's also Drav's people and their future. We learn a lot about their past in Demon Flames and I am looking forward to the next book in this series to find out more about their future.

I've read many books by Melissa Haag up to now and several by Becca Vincenza and I loved them all. Demon Flames is another one of those amazing books and I can definitely recommend it.

★★
 
 
 
 
 

Samstag, 2. September 2017

Lie Down in Roses by Heather Graham (aka Shannon Drake)








  Lie Down in Roses by Heather Graham

Blurb:

 The willful and beautiful Lady Genevieve would do anything to save her beloved Edenby Castle
. . . even if she had to share the name—and bed--of her most treacherous foe . . .

He was Lord Tristan, nobleman and knight. Magnificent in battle, he would lead his invading army across the land, only to become captive to the sensual charms of the bold enchantress who was secretly plotting his destruction . . .

They were born to be enemies and destined to be lovers—players in a perilous game of intrigue and passion where the price was one woman’s innocence . . . and the prize was one man’s heart.



I had a hard time deciding whether I liked this book or not. I've already read several books by the author that I've really enjoyed. Heather Graham has a very unique style that I love and her characters are always interesting, complex and intense.

All of these things apply to "Lie Down in Roses" as well but....I simply hated the way the hero treated the heroine and no matter how good it felt in the end and how much they came to care for each other, I also hated that the hero forced the heroine to sleep with him. He didn't rape her but some kind of forced non-rape is not much better, at least in my eyes.

Yes, things were rather tough and she wasn*t exactly the kind of girl to give up and welcome him into her home, seeing that they were enemies and he had invaded her home, but....

Okay, and I must admit that I was completely shocked at the beginning when I read what Lord Tristan found when he came home (and I must also admit that this was the moment where I really, really started to hate the Duke of Gloucester, just saying) and it haunted me for a while.

I liked the story on the whole and I loved the characters but I didn't like their interaction. The end was very satisfying but I'm not sure if I will read this book ever again. Considering the fact that I've read all my other books by Heather Graham several times and that "Ondine" is one of my all-time favorites....well.
Well-written, interesting and intense story but a huge BUT when it comes to the characters and their actions so I decided to go for three stars
 


 ★★


*This is a re-release of the book*

Freitag, 1. September 2017

Aim: A Circle of Justice Novel (Circle of Justice #3) by L.P. Dover

  








Blurb:

 *~* STANDALONE NOVEL *~*

When someone asks what I do for a living, I answer it plain and simple . . . I’m a hunter. I hunt the dregs of society and I’m very damn good at it.

I’m Ian Chandler, FBI agent and a member of the Circle of Justice, an organization of justice seeking vigilantes. My mission is to solve a string of ‘accidental’ hiking deaths occurring around my Wyoming town. When Grace Myers –a woman who’s been missing for days –shows up on my land, it turns out she’s the key to it all. Someone is hunting her, and I make it my duty to keep her safe.

However, the deeper I get into the case, the more dangerous it becomes; especially, now that I’ve fallen for the woman I have to protect. If hunting is the game, I won’t fail. I always hit my mark.

 

Yep, I really, really liked this book. Okay, I must admit that the story itself really gave me goosebumps but I was so proud when Grace shows just how strong and amazing she is, when she fights to get free and finds her way to Ian's place after having been missing for days.

You can feel the chemistry between Ian and Grace and I loved how much they respected each other and what they did, how they acted and that, even though he himself is a real badass, Ian can accept that Grace is not just a damsel in distress who has to be rescued all the time but that she is pretty tough herself. They respect each other, they help each other when necessary and, well, they fall for each other. Alright, Ian was much taken with her even before everything went down so it didn't take much, actually, to fall for her when they have to work together and have to rely on each other.

I liked both, our hero and our heroine a lot. Our tough, sharp-shooting hero Ian Chandler, who is not just an ordinary FBI agent but a member of a secret group and our equally tough, very lovable and competent heroine Grace Myers are both great characters and together, well, I think they are perfect together.

The story was thrilling and captivating and even when I knew what it was about and what they were dealing with, it kept me on my toes and kept me reading.
"Aim" wasn't my first book by L.P.Dover as I've read several other books by her already and it definitely won't be my last. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series!

★★

Donnerstag, 31. August 2017

Blogtour: Maybe I Do (Whiskey and Weddings #1) by Nicole McLaughlin









 Blurb:

She doesn’t believe in fairy tales. He is married to his job. Maybe whiskey is the secret ingredient that will bring them together–and give true love a shot.
Wedding photographer Charlotte Linley loves her work –even though she hates weddings. Sure, she still holds a grudge after being left at the altar by her high-school sweetheart. But today Charlotte is just happy to have complete control over her career, which is flourishing. Especially since she joined forces with one of the three gorgeous owners of The Stag, a boutique distillery that has become Kansas City’s hottest wedding venue.

Dean Troyer, bitter after the end of his own marriage, knows that Charlotte is the real deal–beautiful, talented, and successful. He may flirt with her every time she comes to The Stag, but Dean is determined to keep his professional distance…particularly now that she’s helping him with his own sister’s wedding. The only problem? The more time Dean spends with Charlotte, the deeper their connection grows. Is this a rom-com cliche’ or could it be that these two jaded souls in the wedding business have finally found their real-life happily ever after?
 



This is not the first book by Nicole McLaughlin that I've read and up to now, I've really enjoyed them all. "Maybe I do" is no exception. I seldom put the book down once I'd started reading it. It was sweet to see Dean and Charlotte finally, finally (and very slowly) succumb to the attraction between them. Their chemistry is amazing and every time they didn't end up together or at least talking about getting together I was a bit frustrated. And I would have loved to tell them a thing or two.

Two people whose track records are not that great when it comes to relationships, try to find their way to each other. One of them was left at the altar and the other one, well, let's just say that that marriage wasn't that great either.

Nevertheless, those two are simply drawn to each other and with the aid of a photo shoot or two, a wedding to plan and some exes to fend off, they finally, finally acknowledge their feelings. When things get really rough and my stack of hankies was much needed, everything threatens to fall apart.
Will those two be able to work through it?

I loved those really amazing, well-developed and complex characters as much as the wonderful story and the style.This book is easy to read and pulls you in right from the beginning. All in all another wonderful book by Nicole MacLaughlin that I can definitely recommend.


★★


Excerpt:


“One, two, three, go!” Charlotte called. The bouquet shot into the air as the front bridesmaid soared into a jump that would make a basketball star envious. All the while Charlotte’s shutter rapidly took frame after frame. As the bridesmaid landed, stems in hand, someone else’s arm flung into her face, effectively startling her and sending the flowers to the floor. A third woman—somewhat older—surprised all the bystanders by quickly swiping it off the floor.
Charlotte laughed as she took a shot with the bride and the gloating bouquet winner, and then immediately got back into position as the DJ started up “Another One Bites the Dust” for the garter removal. She inwardly groaned. This guy needed some new material.
When the groom was done sticking his head under the bride’s skirt and making a spectacle of himself, he lined up, ready to send the little scrap of lace and elastic into the—somewhat small—mass of young men.
“You ever notice how the guys always look as if they’re participating under duress?” a deep familiar voice said close to Charlotte’s ear. Goose bumps rose on her neck and arms.
She grinned but didn’t lower the camera from her eye. The music and conversation in the room were loud enough that she knew they wouldn’t be heard. “Can’t say that I blame them.”
The words had come out without any thought and Charlotte really wished she could see Dean’s reaction to them, but the groom released the garter right at that moment. The male recipients were nowhere as enthusiastic as the ladies had been, but one guy did reach out and snag it, almost as a reflexive action.
Yep, the shocked look on his face said that’s exactly what it had been, and he glanced around like he wanted someone to throw it at.
Charlotte laughed and looked at Dean. “He looks like he’s wishing he’d sat this one out right about now.”
“Yes he does.” Dean crossed his arms and smirked as Charlotte stepped forward to set up the customary shot of the groom and the reluctant garter catcher.
She was happy to find that Dean was still waiting for her on the edge of the dance floor when she was finished.
“I’ve missed talking to you tonight,” she said.
One corner of his lips quirked up. “You have?” His tone was all teasing, but she could have sworn there was a hint of uncertainty. Surely he knew she was into him.
“Of course. I would assume it was because you were busy, but you had time to talk with black dress lady for a long time.”
“Charlotte,” he whispered, shaking his head. One of his go-to body movements when they spoke. He huffed out an embarrassed laugh. “What am I gonna do with you?”
“Well, you can start by not making me so jealous.”
His eyes flicked to hers, his lips parting. She could tell he wanted to respond, that her words had taken him by surprise. She continued to watch him as the music filled in the silence between them. It was hard to believe she’d let the teasing between them just go where it had, but she didn’t really regret it. She liked this man, and she’d done everything she could to tell him that except physically coming on to him. Was that what she needed to do? Finally, he appeared to mentally shake off her comment, his lips pursing as he inhaled a deep breath. Damn.
“How much longer are you here?” he asked.
She pulled out her phone and grimaced at the time. “Over an hour.”
He nodded. “Can you spare me a minute? I wanted to talk to you about something.”
Oh God. He was going to finally make a move. She could feel it. Her brazen comment about jealousy had worked.
Or maybe he was going to finally let her down easy. Shit.
She swallowed. “Of course. I’d love that.”
Following him toward the bar, Charlotte caught Lauren’s attention and sent her an I’ll-be-right-back look. Lauren nodded but Charlotte could see the curiosity written all over her friend’s face.
Dean stepped behind the bar, grabbed a pint glass, and proceeded to fill it with ice, lemon-lime soda, and then the tiniest splash of grenadine. Her favorite, and she couldn’t help melting inside that he always remembered. She couldn’t decide if it was a good sign or not. He slid it across the bar to her and then angled his head toward the little break room. Suddenly panicked, Charlotte dug in the bottom of her bag for a piece of gum and stuffed it into her mouth.
Dean stepped into the room and held the door open for Charlotte. She followed and then turned to face him, her heart pounding in her chest.
But instead of walking toward her, he headed for the sofa. “Have a seat.”
“Oh, okay.” She did just that, and when she sat down, he took the sofa across from her.
Ouch. Definitely not a good sign. Was he … mad at her? First she’d embarrassed him with the sexy photos, and then she’d just now crossed the line with the jealousy comment. Oh shit. He was totally going to confront her about it.
“So, first I should apologize for what I said out there. That was so completely inappropriate and I should have known better,” she blurted.
Dean froze, his eyes meeting hers. “What are you talking about?”
“When I said you should stop making me jealous. I was out of line and I—”
Dean began to chuckle. “Did you think that’s what I brought you in here to say?”
Charlotte exhaled, relief washing over her. “Yes. I did.”
He grinned. “Charlotte, I’m going to be the one to cross the line here when I say … my … inappropriate conversations with you are my favorite thing about working weddings here.”
“They are?” she asked with a smile.
“They are. In fact, I probably like them a little too much.”
Okay. That wasn’t great. So, while it was a relief he hadn’t brought her to this room to confront her, it also sucked he hadn’t brought her here to make out. “Then what did you need to talk to me about?”
He reached up and scratched at the back of his neck before leaning his elbows on his knees. “It’s actually something I need to ask you.”
A wedding party of butterflies came to life in her stomach. “Oh? Okay, shoot.”
“You might recall last weekend I mentioned my sister was engaged.”
Charlotte’s happiness deflated a bit. If all he needed was to hire her for photos, such a production hadn’t really been necessary. It was what she did for a living, for goodness’ sake. “Of course. So do you need a photographer?”
“Well, yes. But I need more than that.”


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Montag, 28. August 2017

Release Day Blitz: WHEN THE SCOUNDREL SINS by Anna Harrington




And another very enjoyable book by Anna Harrington is live! 

Do you remember How I married a Marquess and If the Duke demands by the author?

When the Scoundrel Sins is just as good as those books were but I must admit that I was a bit upset how long it took our hero to own up to his deeds and do his best to atone for them. 
I mean, it's not that our heroine was awful or unlovable, on the contrary, she was pretty and those two got along really well so I never understood him and his hesitance to do the right thing. I know, I know, rogues and their likes but...actually - no, that's no excuse. At least not in my eyes. They knew each other all their lives and it was Quinton's fault that she was ruined, I would have expected him to be there for her, no matter how shocking the idea of marriage might be. Sooooo.... despite him being a wonderful character, it took me some time to really like Quinton. 

Reading about Annabelle and her desperate search for a husband made me mumble some choice words concerning the times, the society and the lack of rights and, well, you get my meaning, right? Reading books set in those times, makes me realize again and again how different our lives are now and how much we take for granted. 

Apart from that, the book has an interesting and well-developed plot, great characters (even if the one or the other needs a little kicking to become great and act according to it) and is a highly enjoyable read that I can recommend.
 ★★★★


Blurb: 

Six years ago, a childish prank perpetrated by the reckless Quinton Carlisle ruined Annabelle Greene's reputation and any chance she had at securing a successful marriage.  Incensed, she moved to her beloved estate on the Scottish border and has reveled in the solitude...until now when the contents of a family will are revealed.  Suddenly, Belle's single status may cost her the only home she's ever known.  Now, with her only marital prospect a horribly greedy and completely undesirable man, Belle knows just the person to rescue her-the one person who owes her for his bad behavior...

There's nothing Quinn Carlisle wants more than to get out from his older brother's shadow and make a name for himself abroad. So when a mysterious letter arrives, promising adventure, he rushes to the Scottish border...only to find that Belle laid a trap for him.  The awkward, shy bluestocking whom he so enjoyed tormenting is gone, replaced by a graceful, elegant woman who ignites a desire in him he can't resist.  Can Quinn help her save her home-and win her heart in the process? 



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Excerpt:


“You look much more like your father now,” she commented, nervously licking her suddenly dry lips but only serving to draw his attention to her mouth. Which made her even more nervous, so nervous that she couldn’t stop the trembling of her fingertips as they wrapped into the skirt of her night rail. “But you’re still a troublemaker.”

A faint smile played at his mouth. “And you’re still a bluestocking,” he countered. Unintentionally simmering a slow heat low in her belly, he reached up to tuck a stray curl behind her ear. “Still retreating to the sanctuary of your library.”

“Because books are usually more pleasant than most people,” she answered, swallowing hard when he trailed his fingers down the side of her neck. She forced out, not at all as firmly as she’d hoped beneath the soft touch of his fingers,

“And more trustworthy.”

Ignoring that jab, he slid his hand lower to let his fingers play at the edge of her shawl. “Yet there are things that people can do that books can’t.” His fingers tugged gently at the shawl and pulled it down her shoulder to reveal the scooped neck of the nightdress beneath. His gaze flicked to the small patch of revealed skin at the base of her throat, then back to her eyes. “All kinds of interesting things.”

She should stop him, swat his hand away, shove him back—but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Just as she couldn’t hold back the hot shiver that swept through her or the gooseflesh that formed on her skin. His touch was proving to be as equally intoxicating now as that night six years ago.

“Then I have no interest in learning them,” she countered, although from the way her blood hummed, her body was very interested.

Madness—that after what he’d done to her, she could ever want to be in his arms again. Yet she desired just that, although that could never happen. Kissing him once had ruined her reputation. Kissing him again might destroy her entire future.

She thrust her chin into the air. “I know of your reputation.”

“Thank you,” he half purred.

His finger hooked beneath the wide shoulder strap of her sleeveless nightgown and slid it slowly down her arm. But this time, with a stretch of bare shoulder revealed to his eyes, he didn’t bother feigning propriety by looking away and instead flamed a prickling heat beneath her skin everywhere he gazed.

She pulled in a deep breath to steady herself. Oh, why did she always go light-headed when she was alone with him?

“That was not meant as a compliment.”

“Wasn’t it?”