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Mittwoch, 20. Februar 2019

The Wrong Gentleman by Louise Bay IS LIVE! #TheWrongGentleman



And it's great!


The last thing I’m looking for is a man. 

Scratch that. 

The very last thing I’m looking for is love.

Love isn’t something to long for, it’s something to run from. I learned my lesson young and I learned it fast. 

When Landon Wolf swaggers into my world, I just can’t see straight—he’s brooding and British, protective and provocative. So I set aside my rules for just one night.

One night that turns into a summer.

Landon Wolf needs to take his British ass back to London. This American girl is immune.

Impervious to the delicious way he says my name.

Unmoved by the way he touches me and makes every bad memory disappear.

And completely blind to his hard body, husky-like eyes and lickable jaw.

I’m not looking for love—I just hope it hasn’t found me.

When I started to read "The Wrong Gentleman" I knew exactly what to expect as I had already read (and loved) a couple of books by Louise Bay. Well, "The Wrong Gentleman" taught me that I definitely do not know exactly what to expect and when I think that I'll get a great book to read - it might just be even better than that!

I fell in love with Skylar right from the start. Oh, don't worry, I also fell for Landon but Skylar? I loved everything about her and I could so understand Landon when he couldn't forget her and when he realized that perhaps this one-night-stand wasn't meant to stay a one-night-stand, I cheered him on. When Skylar was in danger or might have been in danger or...whatever, I worried with him. I was upset with him, I could have kicked him and I ranted and ...I just hoped that he would be able to keep her safe and show her how much she means to him.
Captivating and thrilling, a great, well-plotted and well-written story with two amazing characters, lots of romance - and more- and an interesting setting - I really loved this book! And when I found that "The Ruthless Gentleman" is the first book about the brothers Wolfe, well, I guess, I'll have to read that one as well, right? Both are stand-alones and can be read separately, of course, but after meeting Hayden and Avery in The Wrong gentleman, I can't wait to find out more about their story either!

No matter what, I really enjoyed reading "The Wrong Gentleman" and I can't wait to explore even more of Louisa Bay's books!


Dienstag, 19. Februar 2019

Aufstieg und Fall des außerordentlichen Simon Snow (Simon Snow #1) by Rainbow Rowell


Simon Snow ist der mächtigste Zauberer, den die Welt der Magie je hervorgebracht hat. Wäre da nur nicht die Tatsache, dass Simon völlig unfähig ist, seine magischen Kräfte zu steuern. Aber dafür ist ja Watford da, das Zaubererinternat. Für Simons Zimmergenossen Baz – Vampir aus angesehener Familie und Simon in freundlichem Hass zugetan – ist er, der Auserwählte, eine wahre Fehlbesetzung. Am liebsten würde Baz den Magie sprühenden Simon mit seinen spitzen Zähnen ein für alle Mal erledigen. Doch dazu kommt es nicht, vorerst zumindest. Denn die verfeindeten Jungs tun sich zusammen, um gemeinsam mit ihrer blitzgescheiten Schulkameradin Penelope den Mord an Baz' Mutter aufzuklären. Für Simon beginnt eine Achterbahn der Gefühle. Und die Welt der Zauberer steht fortan nicht nur in Liebesdingen kopf.

Simon Snow wurde nicht nur von mir, sondern auch von meiner Tochter gelesen, die zwar ebenso wie ich dem Alter der Zielgruppe auch schon etwas entwachsen, aber dennoch ebenfalls absolut begeistert ist von diesem Buch.

Ich hatte in einigen Rezensionen gelesen, dass es viele Anlehnungen an Harry Potter geben soll. Klar, in einigen Punkten trifft das ein Stück weit zu, allerdings löst sich das Buch immer weiter davon wird dann durchaus etwas sehr eigenes. Wie bei Harry Potter auch, haben wir hier eine Welt, in der übernatürliche Wesen neben normalen Menschen leben und sozusagen ihre eigene Welt und ihre eigene Schulen haben. Oh, glitzernde Vampire gibt es übrigens auch hier nicht. Nur mal so nebenbei bemerkt.

Dafür gibt es aber lebendig und gut ausgearbeitete Charaktere, eine spannende Geschichte und ein interessant und unterhaltsam geschriebenes Buch, das meine Tochter, die momentan eher wenig liest, bis spät in die Nacht gelesen hat, weil sie es nicht aus der Hand legen wollte.

Simon Snow wird immer wieder in Fan Girl erwähnt, man muss aber Fan Girl nicht gelesen haben, um Simon Snow zu lesen und zu verstehen, da es trotz dieses Bezugs eine eigenständige Geschichte ist.


Montag, 18. Februar 2019

Armed 'N Ready by Tee O'Fallon


Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Nick Houston is as tough as they come, and he and his K-9, Saxon, are hot on the trail of a major illegal gun dealer. But his best lead—the beautiful owner of the Dog Park Café, Andi Hardt––is not cooperating. Doesn’t matter how sexy she is, or that his dog seems to be in love with her. She’s a suspect and he won’t cross that line. Ever.

Andi Hardt sank everything into her dream business—the Dog Park Café, a restaurant catering to dogs as much as people. Now everything is in jeopardy because of one extremely frustrating, incredibly hot state trooper. Like it or not, she’s in Nick’s crosshairs, and he’s calling the shots. Her only option: cooperate, or lose everything she’s worked so hard for.

Nick and Andi are catapulted straight into the danger zone, forcing them to make life-altering choices, and face their desires. Risking his life for Andi is the easy part. Risking his heart is the toughest assignment Nick will face.

Suffice to say that I downloaded this book yesterday evening around half past eleven and finished it at half past five...

I really loved this book! I laughed and I was shocked and I held my breath - Nick and Andi, our hero and our heroine kept me on my toes. Andi was an amazing character, I loved that she was capable and no push-over but someone who fights for what (or whom) she wants. With Andi and Nick's pasts, well, they had their work cut out for them because experiences like that aren't easy to overcome. Not at all. And then - this end? *SIGH*

Well-written and fast-paced with a captivating and well-plotted story, this book really kept me glued to my reader. I tried to sleep, really but... I failed. This was the first book by Tee O'Fallon that I've read and I must admit that I picked it up because it reminded me of the books by Katie Ruggle that I adore and sure enough, it didn't disappoint, not at all! This was definitely not the last book by the author and I can't wait for the next book in this series!


Samstag, 16. Februar 2019

Law Man (Dream Man #3) by Kristen Ashley


 Love is just around the corner . . . Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbor. For four years, she has secretly watched her dream man from afar. Handsome police detective Mitch Lawson is way out of her league. She's a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and there's no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet that she can't fix, it's Mitch who comes to her rescue.

Mitch has been eyeing his beautiful neighbor for a long time. He jumps at the chance to help her, and soon their formerly platonic relationship gets very hot and heavy. But when Mara gets a disturbing phone call from her cousin's kids, she gets pulled back into the life she's tried so hard to leave behind. Can the hot law man convince Mara to let go of her past-and build a future with him?

Oh my...where do I start.... I absolutely loved this book! Sure, half of the time I was annoyed because inscurances and such, he had to bully his way into her life (and I am truly grateful for it because it made for such a wonderful, sweet and...did I mention wonderful?...story) to even have a remote chance of getting her to understand how he felt about her. Okay, I must admit, most of Kristen Ashley's heroes are overly bossy and I'm not happy that they bully their women into loving them but somehow it always makes sense and I have to forgive them.

Mara being Mara though, sweet, tough, gentle, shy and fierce Mara, it takes some time for her to understand the depth of Mitch's feelings and his commitment. I loved how Mara cared for her cousin's kids and the lengths she was willing to go for them and I also loved Mitch and the matter-of-fact way he accepted her change of circumstances and was there for her no matter what happened.
Mitch and his friends are amazing that way. No, not all of his friends are exactly the most upstanding citizens but they are friends and allies that you can count on when things get rough. And things get rough, ohhhh yesss.... I mean, first we have to start "Operation Take the Trash out" and then things get really, really bad... The only silver lining on the horizon is the fact that all those things rather push Mara and Mitch closer together, oh, well, Mitch doesn't exactly allow Mara to push him away, but - details.

I fell for those kids from the start. Billy and Billie getting a chance at happiness and Mitch being there, helping Mara to make it happen? Absolutely amazing. Sure, Bill was an ...idiot...but I also felt sorry for him because he failed his kids despite everything he dreamed of when he himself was a kid and despite the fact that he wanted to do better.
Oh, the girls, all those cosmo drinking women who may be able (or not) to walk on their own even after a nice evening in LBDs with a bunch of cosmos? They are fun and loyal and I love them almost as much as Mitch's male friends.

I laughed a lot while reading this book but I also sobbed and choked a lot - well, Bud and Mitch know what it's like with women and sentimentality (OH MY ....this epilogue!!!! Sniff...!) and women and their moments but I loved this book and went straight back online to find out more about the other books in the Dream Man series.

I got hooked when reading The Hookup (yep, pun intended...) but since I've read that one, I've also read The Gamble and Lady Luck and loved both of them. I can't wait to read the other books in both series!
And right now, I have to find a good recipe for Mara's famous barbeque chicken pizza because that pizza is "the shit", as Mitch would put it. Oh, right, if you mind strong language, you might not feel comfortable with Kristen Ashley's books (especially Lady Luck) because the Characters use strong language. if you don't mind - go ahead, you'll love these books!
of Mitch's bossy way of treating Mara but, well, I mean, I got it. Being in love for ages and her being too shy and dealing with some heavy


Mittwoch, 13. Februar 2019

Coming soon..... #TheWrongGentleman

Coming soon...

The Wrong Gentleman by Luise Bay

 February 19th 2019


The Last Duke (The 1797 Club #10) by Jess Michaels


When Christopher “Kit” Collins’ father dies, he is devastated, but he must swiftly take on the title of Duke of Kingsacre and all the responsibility that comes with it. Including the care of his very young illegitimate half-sister, who is now his ward. He is very upset when he discovers the governess his father hired for the child just before his death is Sarah Carlton.

Sarah is equally disturbed by the arrival of her new employer, as she and Kit once had an unpleasant encounter when she was at her lowest point. But since she has no other place to go, she can only hope he will not sack her. Thanks to the adoration of his sister, he does not and the two enter into a wary truce because they both care for the child.

A truce that explodes one passionate night after a nearly tragic accident. Comfort leads to more and soon the two are engaged in an affair. But when danger comes to threaten the child they both love, they must overcome their deeply rooted mistrust and work together to keep her safe. And perhaps find a way to make a family together.

Length: Full length book
Heat Level: Swoon-worthy

This book is part of a series (The 1797 Club), but can be read as a standalone book.

The day has come that the Dukes hoped would never come but...we all knew that it would as he has been ailing for a while: Kit's father has died and Kit is now the last of our band of dukes to take his title. As his father was the one all of those (former) boys (turned dukes) looked up to and respected, all of them come to the funeral of the former Duke of Kingsacre. All of them stand behind Kit and lend him their strength and it's their friendship that pulls him through when his grief becomes too much.
As a surrogate father to his young illegitimate sister, he is often confronted with her governess Sarah now - and with his feelings for her. Maybe there is something more than just the memory of an unpleasant encounter in their past, maybe there is a future for them...if he finally stops refusing to see what everybody else sees...

I liked the way his friends care for him and make him see that his feelings are real and that he is allowed to feel that way despite everything else going down.  And of course, our dukes being the way they are, I loved to see how welcoming they are and how much they support Sarah and never hold her social status against her. As meddlesome as those guys (and girls) are, it is probably no wonder that Sarah and Kit...well.

Once again this is a beautiful and captivating story with twists and turns that draws you in right from the start and won't let go till the end. As this is the last book in this series, I was a bit anxious to see if it would live up to my expectations because I really loved each and every one of those books in this series. And I must say - it didn't disappoint. It was exactly what I had hoped for and I really enjoyed reading it. And now I can't wait for the next books by the author to come out! I've read almost all of her books by now and up to now,I haven't found a single one that I didn't like.