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Mittwoch, 23. August 2017

Ten Days with the Highlander (Love Abroad #1) by Hayson Manning












Blurb: 

 

I was a bit torn when it came to rating this book as it was really nice to read on the one hand but on the other hand, it wasn't hard to put it aside for a while.

"Ten Days with a Highlander" is well-written and has a really nice story. I loved to read about the village and the sometimes very special people living there, I loved how the weaker ones were protected by those around them and, well, of course, you can't find fault with a guy like Callum who knows what he wants, who is protective and sweet, sexy as hell and almost perfect. Almost. He might be a bit too protective and even though many things shouldn't change it might be time to find out if a change is always something bad.

Georgia, our heroine, is not very happy when she falls in love because her life is affected by her parents' restlessness and wanderlust and the idea of getting close to someone, well, let's just say that it sounds rather scary. It will take a very determined and very compassionate man to help her overcome her fears....

It is a nice story that slowly unfolds itself and that was really nice to read but couldn't enthrall me completely.

★★
 
 
 

Montag, 21. August 2017

Claimed by Tarah Scott





  


Blurb:

Sometimes, the hero must be the villain...

Fourteen months ago, Lady Rhoslyn lost her husband and infant son to a fever. Now, by order of King Edward I, she is yanked from the healing tranquility of a convent to marry the king’s favored bastard knight. Rhoslyn has no intention of returning to the home where her husband and child died. Neither does she intend to hand over her fortune to the ‘Dragon’—no matter his sweet promises and warm kisses.

Talbot St. Claire tires of war. Seventeen years is enough. King Edward will never release him from service, but the king promises Talbot will find some peace in front of his own hearth. Talbot expects to find a horse-faced, hostile woman in the Scottish heiress Edward commands him to marry. Instead, he discovers a fiery Highland beauty worthy of a man’s respect... and love. Talbot determines to do anything to win his new bride’s acceptance. Anything except the one thing she demands: betray his king and embrace his Scottish heritage.



This wasn't the first time that I've read this book and it probably won't be the last time because, on the whole, I enjoyed reading this book. It is well-written, captivating and fast-paced. The latter is the problem though. Even though I really enjoyed reading this book, it is rather too fast-paced and sometimes I just wondered how much could happen in such a short time. It felt as if our hero was always running or rather riding somewhere to fight and then there was this intrigue and that and these people to fight and those and well, you get the point, right?

I really liked the hero and the heroine and I was happy to see them find love and so on after everything especially Roslyn has been through but somehow the characters lacked some depth. And, well, let's just say that I was fascinated by the story of the tattoo because....well, because tattoos usually don't tend to be very realistic or accurate and as a big part of the story is based on a tattoo of a person...okay, you'd better read that for yourself, I think. Just know that I'm a bit wary and that I don't accept that twist easily.

Nevertheless, it is a nice and entertaining read that I enjoyed.


★★
 
 

Sonntag, 20. August 2017

Wenn einer eine Reise tut.... auf Büchersuche in Maastricht und Amsterdam

*Soon in English*

Auf Büchersuche in Maastricht und Amsterdam



Nach der langen Reise im letzten Jahr, sollte dieser Urlaub ein wenig kürzer ausfallen, da hier auch so unangenehme Dinge wie "Renovieren" und "Umräumen" anstanden. Darum fuhren wir also kurz entschlossen erst zwei, drei Tage nach Belgien, um dort liebe Bekannte zu besuchen und von dort aus gen Amsterdam.
Auf dem Weg dorthin, bot sich ein Abstecher nach Maastricht an, nachdem ein Blick in Torsten Woywoods Buch "In 60 Buchhandlungen durch Europa" uns verriet, dass sich hier eine ganz besondere Buchhandlung finden lassen würde. 

Die Buchhandlung Dominicanen befindet sich nämlich in der ältesten gotischen Kirche der Niederlande, in der Dominicanerkerkstraat 1. Mitten in der Kirche wurde eine Art Gerüst hochgezogen, so dass sich die Bücher über mehrere Ebenen ausbreiten können, im Prinzip so etwas wie ein begehbares, überdimensionales Bücherregal.
Ganz unten findet sich nicht nur  allerlei buchbezogener Tüdelkram, sondern auch eine recht vielfältige Auswahl englischsprachiger Bücher, so dass man auch als Tourist ohne niederländische Sprachkenntnisse die Chance bekommt, hier seiner Buchkauf-Leidenschaft zu frönen. Und ganz ehrlich, ich habe selten eine so schöne Auswahl wirklich wunderschöner Ausgaben gesehen. Von Alice im Wunderland, über Emily Dickinson bis hin zu Harry Potter - eine Ausgabe schöner als die andere, es fiel mir doch sehr schwer, hier nur mit einem Buch rauszugehen. Okay, es war so lange nur ein Buch (Flame in the Mist), bis ich mich dann noch einmal in den dritten Stock traute, weil ich doch unbedingt gucken musste, wie es von oben aussieht. Dort oben entdeckte ich dann die englischsprachigen Secondhand - Bücher .... So weit zu dem einen Buch. Hier oben fand ich gleich zwei Bücher von Alison Weir, nämlich Innocent Traitor und Captive Queen.


 Im dritten Stock, direkt unter dem Gewölbe 
(immerhin fährt ein Fahrstuhl hoch, sonst wäre das mit Höhenangst eher schlecht gewesen)


 Blick nach oben im Seitenschiff


Blick nach oben


Und noch einmal der Blick vom Eingang nach vorne

 Und ein Blick auf das Café


 Im ehemaligen Priesterchor findet sich dieses kleine Café, in dem man ein kleines Päuschen einlegen kann, bevor man sich wieder ins Getümmel stürzt.
 
In Maastricht ließen wir uns dann noch im Tiramisu in der Grote Gracht 36 super leckere Baguettes zum Mittag einpacken. Frisch gebackene Baguettes, direkt frisch (und üppig) belegt - absolut lecker und dabei mit 4,50 Euro auch noch zu einem sehr fairen Preis! Wer so wie wir, auch auf Gluten achten muss, findet hier immerhin sehr leckeres Schokosoufflé und kleine Kokosküchlein oder lässt sich einfach Ei oder was auch immer mit Salat und allem drum und dran ohne das Brot ebenfalls frisch zubereiten. Einfach fragen, die Dame dort war sehr sehr hilfsbereit und nett.

Und dann ging es auch schon weiter nach Amsterdam, wo wir uns schon zwei englischsprachige Buchhandlungen ausgeguckt hatten, in denen wir ganz unverbindlich ein wenig stöbern wollten.
Eine davon war natürlich Waterstones in der Kalverstraat 152.

Allerdings musste ich wieder einmal feststellen, dass Waterstones zwar eine sehr große Auswahl hat, mich aber trotzdem nicht ganz begeistern kann (allerdings würde ich schon gerne wissen, wie das eine Buch hieß, das so toll klang, das ich dann aber überm Ströbern vergessen habe....). Nichtsdestotrotz fand auch hier ein Buch den Weg zu uns, allerdings in diesem Fall für meine Tochter: A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent von Marie Brennan.


Von Waterstones aus, ging es weiter zum American Book Center im Spui 12. 
Eine unwahrscheinliche Vielfalt an Büchern erwartete uns hier und irgendwie lud zumindest uns die ganze Aufmachung mit den hohen (sehr sehr hohen!) Regalen und  dergleichen mehr zum Stöbern ein. 
Auch wer sich beispielsweise für Manga oder Marvel Comics interessiert, findet hier ein großes Sortiment, aber auch viele andere Bereiche werden sehr umfassend abgedeckt. Und sogar, ja, die guten alten Liebesromane waren hier vertreten, sogar historische Liebesromane, die ich ja bekanntermaßen momentan sehr viel lese.

Yup, hier endete die (halbwegs) zurückhaltende Phase dann auch, ich entdeckte die Sales-Ecke....
 Okay, es war halt auch noch die Romance-Ecke und es gab dort etliche reduzierte Historical-Romance-Bücher, da konnte ich einfach nicht widerstehen! Meist gibt es hier bei uns ja, wenn es überhaupt englische Bücher gibt, die normalen Mainstream-Sachen und die Chance, einfach mal zu stöbern und neue Autoren zu entdecken, konnte ich einfach nicht ungenutzt vorüberziehen lassen. Und so fanden A Scot in the Dark, A Gentleman's Guide to Scandal, A Date At The Altar, When We Touch, Why Do Dukes Fall In Love, Lady Claire Is All That und As Rich As A Rogue den Weg zu mir. Meine Tochter überzeugte mich dann noch, dass auch Baby Doll von Hollie Overton unbedingt mit müsste.

Auf diesem Foto sieht man übrigens auch noch drei weitere Bücher, nämlich Angelfall, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society und The Quest, über die ich in dem Buchantiquariat Kok in der Oude Hoogstraat 1416 stolperte. Eigentlich lockte mich nur das Sammelsurium an alten, schönen Büchern, alten Landkarten und dergleichen in den Laden, aber dann...tja. 

Wie gut, dass wir gerade am Renovieren sind und in dem Zuge auch neue Regal den Weg zu uns gefunden haben... Mit dem Besuch des Antiquariats, hatte der Kaufrausch dann aber auch ein Ende, auch wenn es noch viele, viele andere schöne Buchläden in Amsterdam gab! Momentan lese ich mich fleißig durch diese (und andere) Bücher durch und freu mich schon auf den nächsten Ausflug nach Amsterdam. Auch ganz unabhängig von den Buchhandlungen, lohnt diese Stadt sich auf jeden Fall (auch wenn gefühlt über der ganzen Stadt ein leichter Hauch von Cannabis hängt)!






Montag, 14. August 2017

The Scotsman by Virginia Brown












Blurb:


Pushed beyond his limits. . .

Scotsman Alexander Fraser has lost too much in his fight for freedom from the English. So when his younger brother is taken hostage by the cruel Earl of Warfield, Alex retaliates by kidnapping the earl's delicate daughter . . . only to find she's nothing he expected.

Taken for ransom. . .

Catherine Worth, daughter of Warfield, knows her value. She's worth nothing to her father except as, now tarnished, property to be traded through marriage to a titled ally. He won't trade a valuable prisoner for her return. Her life is in the hands of her cold and ruthless captor as he realizes that there will be no trade. What she doesn't count on is falling in love with a man like none she's ever known.

Neither expected passion. Neither expected the choices they'd face. Alex must someday give her up . . . or forfeit his brother's life.



 This book was nice but also rather foreseeable. I know, many of those books are foreseeable and that's exactly why we read them but I felt as if something unique was missing. Oh, the hero and the heroine deal well with each other and their problems are tough and very real but somehow it couldn't hold my attention. Maybe, if I read it again another time, I might be more captivated but somehow I doubt that. Oh, the story is fine and the characters are nice but... Of course, not everything was foreseeable but it was lacking some kind of spark and something that makes it different.
I liked it well enough but I'm not sure that I will ever read it again.


 ★★


Samstag, 12. August 2017

Falling For His Mate (Crescent Moon #6) by Savannah Stuart/Katie Reus



It's not often that I read novellas but this is one that I can recommend...

   






Blurb:

 He screwed up.

Second in command of the O’Shea wolf pack, Andrew Reid screwed up and let Charlotte walk away from him. Now that he’s come to his senses, he’s determined to win her back, no matter how much he has to grovel. Because she’s a woman worth fighting for.

She’s not willing to trust him again.

Charlie thought Andrew was different from other males, that what they shared was real—that their connection was the rare mating pull. But a true mate wouldn’t have ghosted on her the way he did. So no matter what he wants, she’s not playing his games. To capture her heart for good, he’ll have to prove he’s worthy of a second chance. Even if that means he has to give up everything, including his pack.

Length: NOVELLA

 

Yep, I like the books by Katie Reus, "even" when she writes under her pen name Savannah Stuart.
What do you do when you have finally found your mate, the one and only and - you are too much of a coward and really, really blow it?

Right, you go work in .... Oh, no, you have to read that for yourself! Anyway, he is definitely willing to do everything to get Charlie back!
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is sweet, light-hearted and  - he has to fight for his luck. Charlie does hold out for a while but as any romantic will love to hear, she is not cruel about it and, well, if you hope for a Happily Ever After, well, you might get lucky. Perhaps.

★★
 
 

Freitag, 11. August 2017

Wicked Takeover (Wicked Brand #1) by Tina Donahue (







Blurb:

She’s just inherited a tattoo parlor…and the hunk who comes with it.

Lauren’s in a helluva mess. Not only has she lost her corporate HR job, she’s just inherited Wicked Brand, a struggling West Palm Beach tattoo parlor…along with the virile dude who runs it. Lauren’s full-figured, sorta pretty, and wanting him badly. Dream on. She’s here to sell the place as quickly as possible for some much-needed cash and score a new position in the corporate world.

Dante’s sinfully hot with a killer smile and beautifully inked biceps. He sees the heat in Lauren’s eyes despite her conservative appearance, recognizing the dynamite woman she could be if she’d just loosen up and have some wicked fun. Dominance and submission. Making love in a public place. Having her lush body always accessible to and ready for his.

Unwilling and unable to keep their hands to themselves, Lauren and Dante turn to carnal games and seduction. Until lust turns to surprising need and friendship to something deeper that might just change their futures.



I must admit that I had underestimated the amount of sex this book would include. As this is not the book's fault but mine, it has no effect on my rating. I just mention it because, even though it is well written, I felt like skipping a lot of pages when Lauren and Dante got started...

On the whole, it was a nice story with very unique and amazing characters. Dante is simply great, reading about him, well, I guess, he is the sort of guy, most women dream of (which of course, is also part of the problem, at least for Lauren who is rather self-conscious due to her shyness and her figure), Lauren is sweet and you just hope that she starts to believe in herself and in Dante and his feelings.

Oh, and don't forget Van Gogh and Jasmina, they are sweet and, well, let's just face it, Van Gogh is the proverbial genius, artistic, amazing but socially completely inept.
I was very happy to see Lauren find love with Dante but somehow the whole story made a turn into, well, a kind of fairytale land in the end, when in a very short time everything just turned out more than well.
Somehow, in the span of less than a year, dreams come true and miracles happen. Okay, something like that.

Nevertheless, it is a nice story and worth reading!



★★


Donnerstag, 10. August 2017

Love Heals All by Alison Mello



 








Blurb: 

I’m not the same man I once was.
The things I’ve seen, the things I’ve done, haunt me every day…and every night. It never leaves, always scratching and clawing at the surface of my mind, driving me insane.
When I close my eyes, the images are there. I can’t forget the pain, the fear. I don’t think anyone could.
And then there’s Brooke, the girl I left behind years ago because of my deployment. But I’m back now, and she’s still the woman I want. The connection we shared in the past is still there, as if I had never left.
The only problem is I need to find a way to heal and get rid of the demons I carry around inside, and I need to do it before it destroys me.
Before it destroys her.

 

Phew, that book wasn't easy to rate. Even though there were times when I sat there sobbing and using a bunch of tissues, there were other times when I easily could put the book aside. At the beginning, I thought I'd never really get into it because it felt a bit..off..is the best way to describe it, I think.

Maybe it was due to the fact that it is a first-person narration set in the present tense but I've read other books by Alison Mello and didn't feel that way at all. Somehow I felt as if I was witnessing people on stage. The words were right but somehow the tone was a bit distant and I couldn't really feel for the characters, no matter what happened.

And then there were the times when I just sat there with those aforementioned tissues and cared a lot, obviously.... That's why I finally ended up rating it with four stars, a bit weak but nevertheless four stars because, in the end, the story got me despite my initial problems with the tone.

Those of you who have loved "Embracing love", the first book in the series, will be thrilled to hear that you will meet Remy and Kenzie again.
All in all, I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series and I'll love to meet Vaughn and Brooke and Remy and Kenzie again and see how they fare.






★★
 
 
 

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Mittwoch, 9. August 2017

Resurrection (Redemption Harbor #1) by Katie Reus









Blurb:

From USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus comes the ALL NEW Redemption Harbor series where sparks fly and so do bullets…

She faked her own death…

Skye Arévalo left the CIA and faked her death to protect Colt Stuart, the only man she ever loved. Months later, a brutal kidnapping draws her to infiltrate a dangerous cartel. Just when she thinks she’s home free, things go horribly wrong and she escapes with bloodthirsty enemies on her heels…only to find herself face to face with a bewildered and angry Colt.

He’ll cross every line to save her… 

When Colt Stuart, a former Marine, finds out the woman he loved betrayed him, he’s shocked and hurt, but it doesn’t stop him from breaking every law on the books to keep her alive. Unfortunately, it might not be enough to stop a powerful enemy who will do anything to see Skye dead.



Honestly, this book was amazing! Fast-paced, bad-ass heroines and their strong and loving partners, an amazing story - all in all, a thrilling book that kept me hooked till the last page. The group of friends watching out for each other, the amazing characters whose chemistry is off the charts and makes you feel how much they really love each other.
There were times when I wasn't sure if the story might get foreseeable but each time the author surprised me with the direction the story took and I was very happy to see that our hero and our heroine were strong enough to fight for what they want. They don't give up, they fight and they do it together with their friends.

And don't get me started on those friends, they are simply amazing. Close-knit, standing up for each other, caring and having each other's backs. Always, no matter what happens.
It was sweet to see tough Skye find her place in this group, to see her fall in love with Colt all over again (not that she ever stopped laving him) and to see how much he cares for her in return.

I'm definitely looking forward to reading the other books in this series!

★★
 
 
 

Dienstag, 8. August 2017

The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #1) by Janna MacGregor











Blurb:

IS MARRIAGE A BLESSING OR A CURSE?
A man of honor, Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke, will not rest until he exacts revenge on the man who destroyed his family. Just one more piece must fall into place for him to succeed he needs to convince his enemy s fiancee, the tragically beautiful Lady Claire Cavensham, to marry him instead.

Lady Claire s curse has always left her one misstep away from social ruin her past three engagements have gone awry, and now her fourth is headed in the same direction. . .until Alex, a man she barely even knows, shocks the ton and Claire by announcing their engagement. What begins as a sham turns into something deeper, and more passionate, than either Claire or Alex could have imagined. But when their secrets are revealed, will the truth behind their union scandalize them both or is their love strong enough to break the curse and lead them toward their happily ever after?



I must admit that it took me some time to read the Bad Luck Bride because I was so upset with Alex, our hero that I couldn't read on for a while. Actually, I just dreaded the moment when Claire would realize...well, that moment, you know. Even though Alex has the best intentions, sometimes that is not enough, is it?

Apart from that  - or rather, due to that, you can easily see that I enjoyed reading the book very much and was really captivated by it, so much that it bothered me to see my hero and my heroine hurt.
The story was well plotted and well done and I loved to see Claire and Alex find their happiness, even though the way to get there wasn't always an easy one.
The characters that we get to meet in this wonderful story are interesting and complex - and very very lovable. You can feel the chemistry between our hero and our heroine who fall in love, who feel betrayed and who are able to overcome their difficulties and trust again.

Okay, one broken engagement was pretty bad in those times, two of them, well, you might get away with that, when you are the daughter of a duke like our heroine, Claire. But, seriously? When it comes to broken engagement n°3 and 4, well, let*s just say that that would be a hard pill to swallow, even for someone in our time. For a young woman in the 1800s...., well, bad luck like that meant certain ruin. So, when Alex offers to step in as a potential husband right after she learns that her from-now-on-ex-fiancé has broken their engagement, she takes him up on his offer. Everything is better than all the talk about her bad luck and the curse, and truth be told, she is running out of options if she ever wants to marry and have a family of her own.

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and I can definitely recommend it!


★★
 
 
 

Freitag, 4. August 2017

Between a Wolf and a Hard Place (Heart of the Wolf #21) by Terry Spear









Blurb: 

Wooing a she-wolf isn't as easy as it looks in this bold paranormal romance from USA Today bestseller Terry Spear

In Silver Town, the secrets run deep...

Alpha werewolf Brett Silver has an ulterior motive when he donates a prized family heirloom to the Silver Town hotel. Ellie MacTire owns the place with her sisters, and he's out to get her attention.

Ellie is even more special than Brett knows. She's a wolf-shifter with a unique ability to commune with the dead. Ellie has been ostracized, so she protects herself and those she loves by revealing nothing-not even when strange and dangerous things begin to happen in Silver Town. And especially not to the devastatingly handsome and generous wolf who's determined to win her over...

 


I love the books by Terry Spears and I loved this one either but somehow I was always waiting for some action. It was nice and sweet and I loved the characters and the story but there was no tension. The story could have just gone on and on and on, nice, with some laughter, some who-was-it, some whatever and it wouldn't have made a difference.

The main part was the love story and I loved that you just knew that the hero and the heroine belong together but even the bumps in the road were more like... mosquito bites... and not really bumps. I loved that in a way but the story was lacking tension and some more real action. It felt more like reading something like "a month in the life of" despite those ghosts that they had to free and finding out about the ghosts' fates and so on.

On the whole, this is a nice book but I like the other books by the author better.


 ★★★


Donnerstag, 3. August 2017

The Strongest Steel (Second Circle Tattoos #1) by Scarlett Cole














Blurb:

Harper Connelly never expected to find herself outside of a tattoo parlor at one in the morning, summoning the nerve to take back her past. She's determined to forget her old life and is looking for an artist who can tattoo over the scars on her back.

Trent Andrews, local legend and owner of the Second Circle tattoo studio, has his own reasons for specializing in inking over scars. And in spite of her mysterious past and the difficult road ahead, he quickly realizes that Harper is funny, smart, and--under her ridiculously oversized clothing and SPF 100 sunscreen--totally hot. He's happy to take on the challenge of designing a meaningful and deadly full-back tattoo for her.

But when cryptic messages start appearing on Harper's phone, strange deliveries arrive at her door, and Second Circle is vandalized, Harper is convinced that her ex-boyfriend has tracked her down, and worse, that he knows about Trent. Running was the only thing that saved her last time, but now that she's started to put down roots in Miami, she'll have to decide if she can finally fight back instead.



Wow, this book blew my mind! I really loved the way the characters developed, I loved the whole story and it was simply amazing to see how Harper slowly found her way back into a life worth living. You could feel her confidence grow and don't let me start on that chemistry - phew! That was super hot - and so sweet! Even when they fight, you just feel that Harper and Trent belong together. Yes, they make mistakes, they argue, they fight but I love the way they deal with it. They are mature (and honest) enough to acknowledge their mistakes and they fight for their love.
And for her ex - well, I knew that he was coming and I expected things to happen but when things got really bad, yup, I loved the way the author dealt with that. It was refreshing and showed once more how far Harper has come in those months with Trent at her side while still being realistic and thrilling.
Seriously, this was once again a book that I simply couldn't put down. It was amazing and captivated me right from the start. Having read Scarlett Cole's latest novel "Under Fire", I already knew that I love her writing but this book proved it all over again. The next books in the Second Circle Tattoos series went straight on my wishlist or rather on my "Very-soon-to-be-bought-list" so I can absolutely recommend this book.



★★★★★


 

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Underneath the Sun by Shannon Dermott











Blurb: 

Scientist warned this day was coming. And it’s finally here.

Harlow Forde, a nursing student, is used to giving up the things that matter most to her like her dreams of becoming a doctor because financially she couldn’t swing it. And letting go the only boy she’s ever loved, Jackson Ryan. The small town sport’s hero left at her urging for dreams he could achieve by utilizing a full scholarship at a prestigious university hours away.

But Harlow’s a fighter and shows no fear when the sirens begin to blast warning that the rays that brighten the sky and created golden tans will now blister skin on contact. She grabs her bag, like the rest of the residents of her town, and gives up the only home she’s ever known to make the most of her new underground one.

Even though everything has changed between them, Harlow still holds out hope that Jackson will arrive before the doors close as world hides from the brightest star in the sky which has become the Earth’s most dangerous adversary.

Only Mother Nature turns out not to be the only foe. The residents of her town will have to band together to survive as Harlow finds her place, her voice, and her love underneath the sun.


Somehow...I can't really say why, but somehow I couldn't get into this book.
Part of the problem may have been the fact that I expected more of the dystopian story but mainly it was about Harlow and Jackson. I like Jackson and Harlow, really but the world just became inhabitable, everything was lost and we heard just a teeny tiny bit about that but we read dozens of pages about their love for each other in the past.

Things happen but they don't seem to be very important, even the whole apocalypse stuff is just, well, not that important. It happened, okay, let's go on and find Jackson and dream of him and the time with him.

I couldn't really identify and feel with the hero and the heroine. Somehow I felt that there was a whole lot of misunderstandings and presumptions and whatever going on, that made things unnecessarily difficult. Jackson remained a stranger, at least to me, and you never really got to know him but Harlow wasn't that easy to understand as well.
Apart from that, Harlow just seemed to be a bit too perfect, she never made a mistake, she was beautiful and bad-ass and at least theoretically every guy was interested in her and she never knew it and... well, you get the gist, right?

Don't get me wrong, I liked the idea of the story and it is not a bad story just very different from what I expected because the focus seems to be almost exclusively on the love story.


 ★★★


 

Mittwoch, 2. August 2017

Guarding Eden (Midway #1) by Cameo Renae










Blurb:

***The Midway Novels are spin-offs of the Hidden Wings Series, but each book can be read as a standalone.***

Tucked away at an upscale, private boarding school in Brindle Hollow, Washington, seventeen-year-old Eden East comes face to face with a hideous creature on her walk back to her dorm. Shaken to her core, she's left questioning the world around her, and soon finds herself entering a friendship with a hot, new student named Alexander.

Little does she know, Alex is a Guardian Angel, sent from Midway to protect her from those dangerous creatures—known as Darkling—lurking in the forest outside Brindle Hall. It isn’t long before Alex learns this is no ordinary assignment. Eden’s existence holds a secret; something hidden from even herself.

Eden is thrust into a world where Fallen angels and creatures of the Underworld will stop at nothing to catch her. With Alex at her side and a little help from some of his old friends, they form a formidable front against the enemy.

Hopefully, it’s not too little, too late.
 




Wow, simply wow! I just wanted to take a sneak peek ....and then, suddenly, I turned the last page. The next thing I did, I downloaded another book by Cameo Renae and I am so looking forward to reading it!

"Guarding Eden" sounded rather interesting and a bit unusual and I just thought that it might make a nice change. Then I started reading and it captivated me right from the start. I loved the amazing characters as well as the great story, I felt and suffered and feared with our hero and our heroine and I hoped, oh, how I hoped that everything would turn out well!
The one or the other tear, some giggling, some nail-biting and other emotional outbursts later, I just can tell that this book is simply amazing.
I absolutely loved the well-constructed story, it was well-written as well and the whole of it just kept me glued to my reader.
When Eden East meets Alexander West, she does already know that something is changing and that there are things going on that are definitely not easy to understand but the weeks to come - well, that is a whole different story and she soon learns that her whole world has been turned upside down.
Okay, when Alex learns that his name is now West - ha, ha, how fitting, considering Eden's last name - he is a bit annoyed at first but he will soon be so much more annoyed when he realizes that this girl, his new assignment, is the one to make him come close to risk everything he believes in, everything he lives for and that his life will never be the same ...
Alright, maybe Eden's encounter with a Darkling, that prompted Alexander's assignment, was a certain indication that things were changing but when the Fallen turned up, well..... Things just got worse, right?

I enjoyed reading about all these wonderful characters, even the minor characters were well developed and very lovable, it as so much fun to read about them and to spend time with them. When I read the last page, I loved this perfect ending but I was also a bit lost because I hadn't wanted it to end, yet. Well, I guess, I'll just have to watch out for the nextbook in this series and spend my time catching up on the author's other book, now.

★★★★★
 
 
 

Dienstag, 1. August 2017

Brides of Kansas by Tracey V. Bateman







Blurb:

Meet three survivors who ve tossed social convention to the prairie winds in order to make their way on the Kansas frontier. Cassidy Sinclair is alone with a niece to care for but can she marry a stranger? Tarah St. John s life changes drastically when she reaches out to two abused children. The impetuous Laney Jenkins is determined to hold on to the reins of her destiny, regardless of any man. Can these determined women open their lives to new possibilities in faith and love? Find out in this inspiring three-book collection by author Tracey Bateman.


I enjoyed reading this bundle but sometimes I thought that the inspirational part was a bit too pronounced. Trusting and having faith are one thing but very often the characters felt punished by god because they hadn't kept their promise or whatever - maybe this is not unusual but somehow I was a bit upset when god and his punishment were used to keep a couple apart and when somebody suffered a lot because he or she thought that she had brought down something horrible on someone because of a prayer for help.

Apart from that I liked these stories that followed several members of a family from the first meeting of the Cassidy and Dell in the first book to the marriages and love stories of their children in the other books.
A wonderful loving family who open their hearts to those around them and who help others no matter what it costs. You just have to love those people and you feel with them und hope that everything turns out just fine because their love for each other and for those in need of love around them is touching.

Love, laughter and hard but honest work are the basis of their lives and it is great to see how everything comes together and everybody ends up with the right partner.

★★




Never Dare a Dragon by Ashlyn Chase













Boston Dragons Series:
 
I Dream of Dragons (Book 1)
My Wild Irish Dragon (Book 2)
Never Dare a Dragon (Book 3)

 
Blurb:



Unfortunately "Never dare a dragon" couldn't convince me completely. It started out really strong but then things got a bit weird or rather I was expecting something meaningful and maybe even heroic just to read something somewhat anti-climatic.

I loved the characters and the story, on the whole, had a lot of potential but there were too many details messing things up and some things didn't really make sense in my eyes. Some parts felt rather forced and drawn out so the writing lost some of its force and its lightness.

Maybe it might have been different if I had known the other books in the series before I read this book but I didn't. Many of the characters had obviously been introduced in one of the earlier books so it might have been less irritating that new important characters seemed to pop up left and right if I had read those. Maybe. I'm not sure that this is really the case as some things seemed to happen rather randomly.

Even though I was irritated, I might try another book by the author because I liked the idea and the characters.


 ★★★