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Mittwoch, 20. Februar 2019

The Wrong Gentleman by Louise Bay IS LIVE! #TheWrongGentleman

   


IT'S LIVE!

And it's great!






Blurb:

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










Inhalt:

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








 Blurb:

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












Blurb:

 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








Blurb: 

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.

Dienstag, 12. Februar 2019

Lust (The Elite Seven #1) by Ker Dukey. #TheEliteSeven







Blurb:

The Elite Seven.

Lust:

I was born with wealth, athletic ability, and looks that could melt the panties off a nun.
I had a clear path to success.
Until fate dealt me a cruel blow, leaving me empty and in need of purpose.
My only focus now is to become part of The Elite—a secret society in one of the most prestigious colleges in the world.
But everything comes at a price, and with The Elite, you have to earn your place.
Lucky for me, being sinful is in my DNA.
The only obstacle to full initiation is my task: seduce the un-seducible, the forbidden, and lure her with the sins of the flesh.
Easy for a man like me…in theory.
She started as my task, but what happens when the lines between lust and love blur, and the need for power rages war with the need for her?
Accept your sin wisely, for the tasks given to earn your place are not for the weak—they’re for The Elite.
This is my life, my chance, my legacy.
I am Rhett Masters.
I am Lust.



I must admit... I was a bit wary when I started reading this book because I wasn't really sure what to expect. It sounded like a great story and very promising but I was afraid that it would live up more to its title. And, well, it did that but in an abolutely positive way. Okay, not all the time but when it counted, at least in my eyes, things were fine. 

Right from the beginning this book captivated me and despite the heartbreak (and I did need a bunch of hankies...) and everything that happened afterwards, I enjoyed every page of it. It was a truly interesting story, well plotted with characters that are not only likable but that you really, really want to get to know.

I was drawn in and kept reading and reading and I must say that I was very pleased when at a certain point, when I was very upset (and  not only me...) and some bad things went down, the characters reacted in an authentic and convincing way and what might have turned into a cliché, was perfect and made them come out stronger than before. 
I loved the way the boys supported each other and I also loved to see Rhett discover what really counts. Oh, should I mention that I don't like his father? At all? Well, as I don't like God's father either, I might be some kind of father syndrome 😉 though honestly? It's not difficult to hate them, actually, it's rather easy. 

The chemistry between Chastity (yes, it's Chastity who falls in love with Lust and vice versa...*sigh*) is great and let's just say that she doesn't really live up to her name - in a positive way. You can also feel that it is not just about the sex but that they complement each other and help each other. It's Chastity who keeps Rhett's nightmares at bay when he holds himself responsible for his loss.
I'm really looking forward to the next books int his series, I can't wait to find out what happened to Pride and what Lillian has to do with THAT....

★★★


Samstag, 9. Februar 2019

Coming October 29th - This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman



Coming October 29th....save the date!
 




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Where you can buy it?



Blurb:

In a desperate bid to keep her fortune out of her cousin’s hands, shipping heiress Georgiana
Caversteed marries a condemned criminal in Newgate prison. The scoundrel’s first kiss is
shockingly heated, but Georgie never expects to see her husband again. Until she spots him
across a crowded ballroom.
Notorious rogue Benedict Wylde never expected a wife. He was in Newgate undercover,
working for Bow Street. To keep their marriage of convenience a secret, Wylde courts Georgie
in public, but the more time they spend together, the more their attraction sparks.
Could an heiress with the world at her feet find happiness with a penniless rake?









The author:
Kate Bateman, (also writing as K. C. Bateman), is the #1 bestselling author of Regency,
Victorian, and Renaissance historical romances, including the Secrets & Spies series: To Steal a
Heart, A Raven’s Heart and A Counterfeit Heart. All her books feature her favorite feisty,
intelligent heroines, (badasses in bodices!) wickedly inappropriate banter, and sexy, snarky
heroes you want to both strangle and kiss.
Kate wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly
claimed she'd never finish the thing. She gleefully proved him wrong. When not traveling to
exotic locations, she leads a not-so-secret double life as a fine art appraiser and on-
screen antiques expert for several TV shows in the UK, each of which has up to 2.5 million
viewers. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England, and writes despite three
inexhaustible children and that number-loving husband who still owes her that dollar.


Freitag, 8. Februar 2019

Mittwoch, 6. Februar 2019

The Military Wife (A Heart of a Hero #1) by Laura Trentham


  






Blurb: 

An emotionally layered novel about family, loss and what it means to be a military wife.

Harper Lee Wilcox has been marking time in her hometown of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina since her husband, Noah Wilcox’s death, nearly five years earlier. With her son Ben turning five and living at home with her mother, Harper fights a growing restlessness, worried that moving on means leaving the memory of her husband behind.

Her best friend, Allison Teague, is dealing with struggles of her own. Her husband, a former SEAL that served with Noah, was injured while deployed and has come home physically healed but fighting PTSD. With three children under foot and unable to help her husband, Allison is at her wit’s end.

In an effort to reenergize her own life, Harper sees an opportunity to help not only Allison but a network of other military wives eager to support her idea of starting a string of coffee houses close to military bases around the country.

In her pursuit of her dream, Harper crosses paths with Bennett Caldwell, Noah’s best friend and SEAL brother. A man who has a promise to keep, entangling their lives in ways neither of them can foresee. As her business grows so does an unexpected relationship with Bennett. Can Harper let go of her grief and build a future with Bennett even as the man they both loved haunts their pasts?

 

This book, wow. I made the mistake of reading it while I was waiting for my appointment at my dentist's. People looked a bit amused when I snickered and giggled or full-out laughed but they looked positively alarmed when I started to sniffle and to wipe my eyes...and I thought that I was so sneaky and inconspicuous. Well, that's what I thought till I looked up and found,...well. Okay, just note - don't read this book in public. Never.

I loved this story so much. Harper Lee's stubbornness, her way of looking at those around her, the way she cares for each and every one, her passion, her love for her son and...this love that sneaks up on her unexpectedly. And Bennett, whose life was definitely not made of unicorns and rainbows but of a lot of shitty stuff. Bennett who opens up to her, Bennett, who was Noah's best friend and who still can't get over his death and the circumstances.
I laughed so hard when I read about Harper's mum, om my.., she is amazing and unique and totally weird - in a very good way. And of course, there are also the other characters like Darren and Allison, for example, who are very likable and whose troubles and whose pain really got to me.
Of course, losing Noah wasn't a ride in the park either, neither for Harper nor for Bennett. I loved to see those two become closer and to see them share their worries and to see them heal. To see Bennett move forward, to trust in others, to open up and to reach out to others to help them...wow.

So, just - don't read in public and don't forget to bring a bunch of handkerchiefs, you'll need them. And right afterward you giggle and snort and, well, you'll fall in love with this book as much as I did.

★★★★
 
 

Montag, 4. Februar 2019

A Single Glance by W Winters #availablenow #willowwinters #asingleglance








A Single Glance


an all new romantic suspense by 
  

 is now LIVE!!



Blurb:
 
From USA Today bestselling author W Winters comes a heart-wrenching, edge-of-your-seat gripping, romantic suspense.
I saw her from across the bar.
My bar. My city. Everything in that world belonged to me.
She stood out from the crowd like she was looking for someone to blame for her pain.
That night, I felt the depths of my mistakes. I felt my scars. With a single glance, I knew her touch would take it all away. I craved it more than anything.
I knew she would be a tempting, beautiful mistake.
One I would make again and again... even if it cost me everything.

#availablenow #willowwinters #asingleglance


Donnerstag, 31. Januar 2019

Blurb Reveal: The Wrong Gentleman by Louise Bay





Release Date: February 19th



                                                                             
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I think that it looks amazing! 







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Aaaaand.....*drumroll*...the

 


BLURB


I’m an all-or-nothing man—100 percent focused on whatever has my attention.

First it was serving my country in the Special Forces. Then it was building my business. Right now it’s the hot blonde at the bar who’s about to become another notch on my bedpost.

But women never keep my attention for more than a night.

Until I peel off Skylar Anderson’s clothes and her mask starts to crumble, showing me glimpses of the girl she’s hiding. She’s funny, sexy and vulnerable and throws me out of bed before I can catch my breath and suggest breakfast.

When I start my last undercover job on a yacht, turns out, she’s one of the crew. I try, but I can’t look away.

Her high ponytail shows off her kissable neck that tastes like summer.

Her short uniform reveals the killer legs that were wrapped around me last night.

And her provocative smile? I know what that mouth is capable of.

I want to explore her body, discover her secrets and sail off into the sunset with her.

I might want to go all in for Skylar, but she should stay away from me. I’ve got secrets of my own and they can only bring her trouble.


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Mittwoch, 30. Januar 2019

Blog Tour: Catastrophe Queen by Emma Hart #CatastropheQueen

 

 Catastrophe Queen by Emma Hart

 

Blurb

 
One hot mess. One hot boss. One too many hot encounters...

Catastrophe Queen, an all-new hilarious office romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart is available now!


It’s not you. It’s me.
No, seriously. It is me. Not only does my name literally mean “unfortunate,” but that’s the story of my life.
Everything I touch turns to cr*p. An apartment fire—that I swear I was not responsible for—means I’m living back at home with my s*x-mad parents. Yay, me!
Which is why I need my new job as personal assistant to Cameron Reid to get back on my feet. Three months in this job and I can move back out and, hopefully, remember to turn off my flat iron once in a while.
Ahem.
On paper, my job is easy. Make coffee. Book appointments. Keep everything in order.
Until I walk in on my boss, half-naked, wearing nothing but the kind of tiny white towel that dreams are made of.
Now, nothing is easy—except our mutual attraction. But he’s my boss, and you know what they say about mixing work and pleasure: unless you do p*rn, it’s just not worth it.
Or is it?

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Where to start....? 

You know the kind of book that not just keeps you up at night but when you finally reach the last page, you realize that your face feels a bit funny because you haven't stopped smiling the whole time? That's what this book did to me. I loved it. I really loved it, every single page of it. Even afterward I couldn't stop smiling because I kept thinking of Mallory and Cameron. Okay, there were also times when I laughed out loud so perhaps you shouldn't read it in public...on second thought: Don't read it in public, some people might also find your permanent smile a bit scary.

Mallory and Cameron were wonderful and authentic characters and the sparks, oh my...this was so sweet and funny. And I loved that I never ever felt as if one of them was taking advantage of the other one, both were always looking out for the other one and I loved their verbal sparring. I laughed so much ... Oh, and don't forget Mallory's family! Sure, Cameron's family was nice and open-minded and great but Mallory's... Geez...they cracked me up...those discussions? Oh...my... Every one of them is a character that you won't forget easily and despite their being somewhat intrusive and getting on everyone's nerves (in the case of Mallory's Aunt Grayce and her grandfather) you just have to love them. Most times. Ah, well, I forgot...her parents and their....activities...at last I found a briliant explanation why someone would need Alexa, right?

I laughed a lot, I smiled constantly and I definitely know that I will read and re-read this book many, many times . It's charming, and funny and I loved it.


★★★
 
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Excerpt


I took my coffee from the counter and scanned the room for an empty table. There wasn’t one, which killed my chances of wasting more time before I went home.
With a sigh, I checked my phone for the time and headed for the door. I was going to end up at home earlier than I’d planned, and I needed to check with my mom to make sure there wasn’t anything kinky happening somewhere in the house.
I’d considered bleaching my eyes enough in the last few weeks, thank you.
I was fairly sure I was safe because my grandfather and great aunt were coming to stay to celebrate Grandpa’s eightieth birthday. It was still a miracle my exhibitionist mother shared DNA with either of them. Unlike her, they were reserved, polite, and didn’t flash their flesh in the hopes of getting out of a speeding ticket.
Really, it was no wonder I was a walking disaster.
I pulled up my messages and clicked on my mom’s name. My thumb was poised to type the burning question of whether or not it was safe to come home when I glanced up.
And saw the car screeching to a stop, mere inches from me.
I screamed and stepped back. My heel caught on the curb, sending me toppling backward, and both my coffee and phone went flying. My cup slammed against the sidewalk, splattering hot liquid everywhere right as I managed to save my phone from certain death by concrete.
My heart was beating so fast it should have exploded, and adrenaline raced through my veins. I gripped my phone against me so tightly that the edges pressed painfully into my skin.
Oh my God.
I’d just almost died.
Maybe slightly dramatic, but I probably wasn’t far wrong. I didn’t even know I’d stepped into the road. When had that happened? Had I really been in that deep into my own little world that I hadn’t even checked for traffic?
Dear God.
How was I still alive?
The back door to the sleek, black car that somehow hadn’t run me over swung open. From my vantage position on the sidewalk, the first thing I saw was a pair of shiny, black shoes attached to legs wearing perfectly-pressed, light gray dress pants.
I dragged my gaze up from the feet, over the door of the perfectly clean car, and stared at the most beautiful man known to humankind.
Thick, dark, wavy hair covered his head, curling over his ears. Lashes the same dark shade of brown framed impossibly bright-blue eyes that regarded me with a mixture of shock and concern, and my ovaries about exploded when he rubbed a large hand over full pink lips and a stubbled, strong jaw.
Miss—I’m so sorry. Are you okay?”
Scrambling to my feet as he approached me, I tugged down the leg of my pants and grabbed my pursed. “Yes. I mean—it was my fault. I wasn’t paying attention. I’m sorry.”
He let go of the car door, showing broad shoulders and just how well that gray suit was tailored to him, and picked up my coffee cup. “All the same, I think we can share blame. Are you sure you’re not hurt?”
Just my dignity, and by this point, I was running low on it anyway.
I shifted, taking a step back. “I’m fine, really. Thank you.”
Can I replace your coffee? Give you a ride anyway to apologize?” His expression was so earnest, his concern so genuine that I almost gave in.
Almost.
I had almost walked into the front of his car, then proceeded to embarrass myself in front of everyone on the street.
No, no, it’s fine. I’m not far from home.” I clutched my phone and purse straps a little harder. “Again, thank you, but I should be going.”
He nodded as if he understood. “Uh, miss? Did you drop something there?”
My eyes followed the direction Mr. Dreamboat was pointing. On the side of the road, tucked against the curb, was a pair of white, cotton panties with flamingos on them.
My white, cotton panties with flamingos on them.
Swallowing, I met his bright eyes and shook my head. Dear God, please don’t let me blush. “No. I’ve never seen them before.” I backed up a little more. “Thank you for not running me over.”
Mr. Dreamboat grinned, his eyes brightening with his smile. “I’d never be able to forgive myself if I’d been responsible for running over someone as beautiful as you.” He glanced toward my panties, then winked at me.
There was no doubting that I was blushing this time around.
You could fry eggs on my cheeks.
So I did the only thing any self-respecting, twenty-five-year-old woman who’d just almost      been run over, tripped, and dropped her dirty panties could do.
I ran.
But only like two blocks, because I was in heels, and I had the fitness levels of a hippo.
Then I grabbed a cab.
 
 

Montag, 28. Januar 2019

Secret Nights by A.M. Hargrove #SecretNights




 Surprise Release!


 




Blurb:

*Please note: This book was previously published as Dirty Nights, The Novel. The title and cover have been changed and the novel itself has undergone updating and editing.
They both had secrets dirty enough to tear them apart …

What started out with a mysterious stranger saving me from a horrific fate,
turned into a beautiful affair with a man covered in scars he wouldn’t acknowledge.
Reese’s perfection was marred by hidden shadows behind his gorgeous blue eyes.
I was desperate to learn what had caused him so much pain.
How could I intrude on his secrets when I had plenty of my own?
Only my story was so ugly, it was buried deep, and I had no desire to reveal it.
Discarded like trash by my father and left with my druggie mom, I was forced into things no one should have to bear.
But I learned to survive.
In Reese, I found ways to overcome the pain in the warmth of his bed.
Every night, my body and soul screamed for more.
I’d return and share things I’d never shared with any other man.
I feared if he ever discovered the real me, I’d be out of his life faster than a speeding bullet.
Shame forced me into silence, knowing this fairy tale wouldn't last.
But I was in too deep to let go.
When that tragic day came and he discovered my truths, he also learned something else … that I was a survivor and I’d fight for what I wanted.
Him.

This is a full-length, stand alone, new adult contemporary romance USA Today bestselling author, A.M. Hargrove. 



This book made me cry and I was shocked and I .....okay, let's start at the beginning... This book is set in the world of the West brothers, though we don't meet any of them only friends of Pearson's. Like Pearson's story, this one is about drugs and addiction and abuse and it's not pretty, believe me. When we meet Reese and Skylar both of them are in a pretty bad place. Both of them will have to fight hard - and they'll have to trust people in order to get their lives back on track.

Skylar, well, her life definitely hasn't been easy and when things started to look better for her, I was so happy...and then I was devastated and ... well... It wasn't easy for Reese to come to terms with everything that had happened but love conquers all and everything. I really loved those two together. Yes, their chemistry was amazing but also apart from that they were good together and supported each other and learned to love unconditionally.

Skylar's parents made me so furious, how anybody can do that to his child... I'll never understand it and my heart broke for all the Skylars out there who never had a chance.
I was a bit irritated by the rather unprofessional behavior of their psychotherapist but despite that, I really loved this book.

★★★



Sonntag, 27. Januar 2019

A Cowboy and a Promise by Pam Crooks







 A Cowboy and a Promise by Pam Crooks

Blurb:

In general, I really enjoyed reading this story about Ava and Beau, the city girl and the cowboy who find love and happiness together. 

A promise she made to her dying friend brought Ava right to the middle of nowhere in Texas where she is supposed to finish her friend's project. While she is trying to find her way around the farm, building a very special resort, she gets to know her hosts' three sons. Even though Beau and Ava lock horns over her work right from the beginning, they start to care for each other. Their chemistry is off the charts and I really enjoyed every moment with them - up to the point where it started to feel rushed. You knew that they were in love but they were still getting there. At least that's what I thought and then - came the first declaration. Sure, they didn't have much time left due to Ava's impending departure but it felt too early anyway.  


Some action, lots of romance and very likable characters - I really liked this book and will definitely read other books by the author as well.


★★★

Samstag, 26. Januar 2019

Lock 'N' Load (Federal K-9 #1) by Tee O'Fallon











Blurb: 

Crack CIA analyst Trista Gold is a whiz with the computer, but not so much with people. She hides behind her job, analyzing Top Secret code and making recommendations on national security. She doesn’t need a man in her life. But she will, very soon...

CIA K-9 officer Sgt. Matt Connors suspects that beneath Trista’s uptight appearance, there’s a sexy woman itching to cut loose. But he doesn’t dare act on his attraction. He’s a loner and always will be. Keeping away from Trista is a must-do directive. Until he doesn’t have a choice...

During a routine assignment, Trista stumbles across a cryptic exchange. She doesn’t think much of it...until someone tries to murder her—twice. Both times, Matt had been there to save her. But now she has to hide. And her new bodyguard, Matt, and his K-9 are the only hope she has against the powerful forces that want her dead.



Somehow this book had been on my reader for some time now and I missed it... Unbelievable but what a pleasant surprise now, when I stumbled upon it and was drawn in from the first page on.
I have soft spot for all books K9 related because...well, I love the action and I love dogs and I love well-written romantic suspense and this book has it all in abundance! What a ride it was!

Computer-genius Trista's life is about to be turned upside down when a couple of spies and agents are out, trying to kill her and she has to rely on a K9 -Officer and his partner to keep her safe. And she definitely is no dog person, really, she is much more of a cat person but with everything that's going down, this might be the least of her worries ...
Matt has his hands full trying to keep his little genius safe because petite she may be but she is not the type to give in and wait for things to happen. Nope, Definitely not. She is more of a hands-on-go-for-it kind of woman, no matter what the risk.
Apart from this whole thing with agents and spies and so on trying to kill the woman he has fallen for (hard), Matt also has some demons of his own to fight. Sometimes even the strongest might need some help - and when the price is the woman you love, well, this is something worth fighting for, right?

Captivating, full of action with many twists and turns, this is another amazing book by Tee O'Fallon!

 ★★★★★