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Mittwoch, 28. Juni 2017

Authors at the RARE 17 and their books (Brenna Aubrey/Emma Hart/Harper Sloan) #RARE17



I read Brenna Aubrey's books first in....well, a couple of years ago, when I stumbled upon the first book in her Gaming the System series At any Price and fell in love with it. The first books in the series are also available in German, by the way.  I must admit that I never looked for other books by her so I was really surprised when I looked them up for this post and found that she has also contributed a story to a Jane-Austen-inspired anthology!


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Emma Hart, on the other hand, is one of those authors that I met for the first time at the RARE but whose books are definitely worth looking at twice. Actually, she was also one of those authors whose books were already on my kindle without my having realized it. Up to now I have Twisted Bond by her and the first two books of her The Game series. She was funny and nice and it was really great to meet her at the RARE!



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Last but not least for today - Harper Sloan, whose Corps series is a good place to start when you want to check out her books. if you prefer stand-alones, you might want to take a closer look at Perfectly ImperfectI know that Axel and I will get reacquainted soon as I'll have to re-read that series now that I've met its author.
Another really nice author, it was fun to meet her even though there wasn't much time to talk to her due to the line. I hope to meet her again at the RARE 18 in Rome if I am lucky and get tickets for it.

Yep, Rome and London - I really hope that I will be able to attend both of the events, it's so much fun to meet all those other book nerds and to meet all these amazing authors, get inspired, find more books to love and well, just to have fun with books and those who love them!




King of Clubs (Aces & Eights #2) by Sandra Owens










Blurb:


In the second novel in acclaimed author Sandra Owens’s Aces & Eights series, passions—and tempers—flare as one star-crossed couple gets a second chance at love.
Covert FBI agent Court Gentry loves his brothers, his job, and his Harley-Davidson. Once he loved a girl, too, but when she broke his heart, he put his emotions on lockdown…until she crosses his path again.
On vacation six years ago, free-spirited Lauren Montgomery fell hard for Court Gentry. She returned home happier than ever, only to descend into a spiral of abuse by her ex-husband, Stephan. When Stephan threatened to kill any man who touched her, Lauren cut Court from her life—but not from her heart.
When Lauren and Court reunite after her friend marries his brother, Court guards himself against the person who made him feel such intense passion and pain. Except the undeniable spark between them is impossible to contain and heating up fast. Six years ago, it was love. Now, it’s just lust. Keeping it merely physical is a foolproof plan…right?
When Stephan is released from prison, Lauren can’t outrun her past anymore, and Court vows to protect her. But with Lauren in imminent danger, Court must question his heart and risk his life to save the woman he never stopped loving.


Wow, this book captivated me from the first page on. It kept me on my toes and left me breathless more than once -  and sometimes it made me swoon and sigh and smile goofily and most of all, my heart went out to Lauren and Court who were hurt so badly by Stephan's actions.

I loved to see those two find their love for each other again and of course, you just have to love those Gentry brothers, they are so amazing! I must admit that I'm a bit worried about Nate especially as the epilog ruled out one of the explanations for his behavior but well, I guess, that story is for the next book to tell. Right now, I just can say that the story about Court and Lauren, as heartbreaking and painful as it is at the beginning, is just amazing!

I loved those wonderful characters and the fast-paced story that didn't let me put down my reader till I had read the last page. I loved it and I know that I'll definitely read the other books in the series and of course, I am looking forward to reading other books by Sandra Owens. This was my first book by her but definitely not my last.



★★★★★



Storm Unleashed: Phantom Islanders Part III by Ednah Walters




You have read Storm Revealed?

You've been waiting for Storm Unleashed?

Your wait is over!



is out!

(And it is amazing!)

Blurb:

Sassy heroine, a legend and a people in peril...

Legends are made
When all seems lost


The magical world Lexi has come to know isn’t done with her yet, and she must discover the lengths she and Storm will go to prove their love and claim each other.


Wow, simply wow! This amazing finale to Storm's books just blew my mind!
Again Ednah Walters, who is one of my all-time favorite authors wrote an amazing and wonderful book, full of imagination, magic, and romance.
Okay, when I read the first pages, I was so upset with her, I started to turn the pages and search for ...well, search because I just couldn't believe what happened.
The book kept me glued to my reader and I couldn't put it down till I finally knew that I'd get my HEA, FINALLY! Well, Storm and Lexi get theirs and I celebrated with them.
And now I am waiting patiently for the next book in this series.
Okay, kidding, I've never waited patiently for a book especially not this one. I really love this series and I can't wait for the next book to come out!


★★★★

Dienstag, 27. Juni 2017

Authors at the RARE 17 and their books (Alexa Riley/Celia Aaron//L.H.Cosway/Meghan March) #RARE17



Okay, let's see, who else was there...

If you like to read romances, you have probably come across Alexa Riley's books every now and then, right? She has written more than 60 books, rather short and sexy reads and she has some really funny swag, blinking pens and baby batters, c*c*s and ...lots of stuff. 😉 Usually you can rely on her books being full of sexy promises, no cheating and as fitting for a real romance - they always have an HEA (without

an HEA, it's no real romance, I think). I've read some of her books already like Lassoing the Virgin Mail-Order Bride.

At Alexa Riley's table, I got her book Guarding his obsession. Looks hot, right? Well, I'm looking forward to reading it!

At Alexa's table, people had a lot of fun with all her cool stuff out there and it was really nice to meet her.



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Before RARE, I had never heard of Celia Aaron's books, so this was another author that I discovered due to the RARE Berlin. She writes erotic romances with some darker or more violent content, at least as far as I can see.
Up to now I haven't read any of her books but I will check them out, the first one is already on my kindle. This way, I'll at least have read one of her books when I meet her again at the RARE London in February!



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L.H.Cosway's Heart series is a good place to start if you want to get to know her books. First in the series is Six of Hearts but if you prefer stand-alones, you might want to take a look at The Nature of Cruelty.
She has also written some books together with Penny Reid, another author, who was also present at the RARE (I didn't meet her though, the line was too long and I was running out of time). Those books are the books of The Rugby Series

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And the last of the authors for today is Meghan March.
I must admit that I hadn't even realized that I had one of her books on my kindle. Actually it had been there since 2015. Somehow I never started to read it and then - forgotten.

When I met Meghan March at the RARE I browsed through her books and found that they looked really promising and, well, that's when I discovered her book on my kindle . Let's just say that I really enjoyed reading Beneath the mask once I started to read it and that the rest of the series will definitely follow because the book is amazing! Not what I expected but much better, in fact.


The Highland Commander (Lords of the Highlands #2) by Amy Jarecki



Remember the 
 The next book in the series is out today!





Blurb:

She cannot resist the man behind the mask...
As the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl, Lady Magdalen Keith is not one to partake in lavish balls or other frivolities. Yet at her father's urging, she agrees to dance with the battle-weary officers at this year's holiday masquerade. It's practically her civic duty! But when one such officer-whose dashing good looks cannot be disguised by a mere mask-sweeps her off her feet and into his arms, the innocent lass can't help herself. Her lips are his for the taking.But will he betray his country for a kiss?
Navy lieutenant Aiden Murray has spent too many months at sea to be immune to the charms of this lovely beauty. Even after he returns to his ship, she lives in his dreams. But when he discovers Maddie's true identity-and learns that her father is accused of treason-will the brawny Scot risk his life to follow his heart?

 

I must admit that even though I really enjoyed reading this book, I had some problems deciding how to rate it. It is entertaining, thrilling and captivating, well-written and has wonderful characters but - and that is a huge "but" in my romance-seeking heart- sometimes I thought that it was a bit too much of bad luck and, well, it probably reflects the times rather too well because those times were harsh and life wasn't predictable, especially when you were born out of wedlock and lived on the outskirts of society due to your status.

Rules and social status dominated the lives of the people and there was no Declaration of Human Rights or whatever to protect you when you were disgraced.

Unfortunately, truth and reality do not always mix well with romance and it took me a bit to accept that some really bad things happened to "my" heroes. *sigh*
Reality-is-a-bitch-issues aside, the book was really great and I didn't just enjoy the well-plotted story but also the interaction of the characters. So - once again a great book that I can recommend.


★★★★


Storm Unleashed by Ednah Walters is out!



And just another quick reminder for those of you 
who are waiting anxiously for the release of the amazing

Storm Unleashed by Ednah Walters




 

Finally out - Duke with Benefits by Mandy Collins



Just a quick reminder that the lovely 


by

Mandy Collins 

pubs today!






 



Release Day Blitz: The Highland Commander by Amy Jarecki


Out today:


by 

Amy Jarecki 




Blurb:

She cannot resist the man behind the mask...



As the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl, Lady Magdalen Keith is not one to partake in lavish balls or other frivolities. Yet at her father's urging, she agrees to dance with the battle-weary officers at this year's holiday masquerade. It's practically her civic duty! But when one such officer—whose dashing good looks cannot be disguised by a mere mask—sweeps her off her feet and into his arms, the innocent lass can't help herself. Her lips are his for the taking.



But will he betray his country for a kiss?



Navy lieutenant Aiden Murray has spent too many months at sea to be immune to the charms of this lovely beauty. Even after he returns to his ship, she lives in his dreams. But when he discovers Maddie's true identity—and learns that her father is accused of treason—will the brawny Scot risk his life to follow his heart?





THE HIGHLAND COMMANDER, #2
THE HIGHLAND GUARDIAN, #3



Check out the Giveaway on Rafflecopter!





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amy Jarecki is a descendant of an ancient Lowland clan and adores Scotland. Though she now resides in southwest Utah, she received her MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Winning multiple writing awards, she found her niche in the genre of Scottish historical romance. Amy writes steamy edge-of-your-seat action adventures with rugged men and fascinating women who weave their paths through the brutal eras of centuries past.





Authors at the RARE 17 and their books (Tamarra Webber/Anne Eliot/Karina Halle/Natasha Boyd) #RARE17




Okay, I was really really looking forward to meeting the very charming Tammara Webber as I fell in love with her book Easy and later on Breakable in 2012. I can't say how often I've read that book since that day but - quite a few times. Both books are also available in German: Einfach Liebe and Einfach für Dich, by the way. Three years ago I was lucky and won both books, Easy and Breakable (Signed!) in a giveaway.
That's when I finally realized that Tammara Webber has written many more books and started to read Between the lines, the first of four books in the series. Those books have also been translated and are available in German - and they are also definitely worth a look!


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Completely new to me was Anne Eliot. I didn't have the time to check out her books before I went to the RARE and when my daughter and I passed her table, I was curious and just had to look at all those beauties there, especially as Anne Eliot did not only have her books there but also very lovingly prepared little swag bags with signed cards and bracelets and stuff in them that drew my eyes as well. Her books Almost and Unmaking Hunter Kennedy somehow found their way in our bag. Both sound very promising and I'm looking forward to reading them. Anne Eliot herself was very sweet and nice and it was fun to meet her!


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Another author who we met at the RARE and went to get our books signed by was Karina Halle, whose books The Pact and The Play are also waiting to be read. What I've read about them and according to the first pages, I'm very optimistic that I'll like them.

I know, I know, I just didn't have enough time because the decision to go to the RARE Berlin was rather spontaneous and we simply didn't have enough time before it to read all the books that I bought in anticipation of the event.


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Do you know Natasha Boyd? But - do you now her award-winning Butler Cove Series? No? Well, it's time to change that, I think!  Look at those badges:"No boy I knew lived up to the fantasy from the many books I'd read UNTIL JACK" - That about sums up the whole dilemma of all those amazing book boyfriends, right? Almost no living, breathing boyfriend could ever win, when you compare them to our beloved book boyfriends! Apart from Jack, the books have many other qualities and you might want to check them out starting with Eversea which is also available in German.


Montag, 26. Juni 2017

Coming soon - Blogtour: The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse by Cressida McLaughlin #BlueMoonGuesthouse


Starting on June 26th!



On my blog on

July 3rd:

 

 There may be some of those on the left and a bit of those on the right involved... and of course, there is also some romance and there are some
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Many stars, in fact.



Curious?
 

***July 3rd!***

Sonntag, 25. Juni 2017

Authors at the RARE 17 and their books (Jo Raven/Lauren Rowe//Emma Scott/April White) #RARE17




Jo Raven was another author who I had been looking forward to meeting at the RARE because I've read (and loved) many many books by her.
Her latest book is Caveman. I haven't read that one yet but I've read most of her books in the Inked Brotherhood Series and the Damage Control Series and I've read her book Riot which is, I think, my favorite up to know. One of those books that you re-read every now and then because they are THAT good. Oh, do you see the swag? How could anyone resist a condom with a caveman on it?😉
Oh, if you prefer a book in German, some of her books, Asher and Tyler are available in German as well.

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Lauren Rowe is an author whose books I discovered while preparing myself (and my shelves) for the RARE Berlin. I hadn't heard about her up to then but her books sounded intriguing and judging by the first
few pages they also seemed to be well-written so I started to read them - and ended up buying her latest book Captain and another one of her stand-alone novels Ball Peen Hammer at the RARE. If you prefer a series, you might want to check out her Club Series, they sound really promising as well. The Club Series is also available in German.
It was really nice to meet her and I was thrilled to find another great author whose books I'd never have found if it hadn't been for the RARE!




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I love Emma Scott's novel Rush which I read first in January 2016 and re-read almost right away. Somehow I never thought of looking for other books by her and was pleasantly surprised when I realized that there are other books in this series. The next one that I'll read will definitely be her book Love Beyond Words. When I prepared this post, I found I completely forgot to take a photo of her, when I was talking to her. Instead of a photo of her, you'll have to take a photo of the magnet with the cover of her latest novel Sugar & Gold instead.

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April White is not just an interesting character herself, considering her résumé but also very nice and I really enjoyed talking to her. WhenI talked to her I had just started to read her book Marking Time, which has also been translated into German.
Marking Time is also the 2016 Library Journal Indie Award-winner for YA so you might want to check it out yourself. I think it is definitely worth a look. 


I know that there is so much more to tell about each author but I just thought that perhaps you might find some authors that are new to you and who have just written your next favorite books!If you haven't found them yet, don't worry, there are still some authors left!