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Samstag, 20. Januar 2018

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare










Blurb:

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.


But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

 

Oh my ...I really really loved this book! I've read other books by Tessa Dare before and really enjoyed reading them as well but The Duchess Deal, well, that one went straight on my list of "most beloved books" because of its wit and its charm and its wonderful and absolutely amazing characters.

I giggled and chuckled and maybe even swooned and laughed out loud and I loved every single page of this book. Two wonderful people finding love and happiness under the most singular circumstances is always a nice story, at least when it is as beautifully written as this one but its wit makes it so much more. This is one of those books that you turn to when you feel a bit blue and need something sunny and warm. One of those books that draw you in, make you feel with the characters and that with each time you read it, get even more special and more precious and that never fail to make you feel right.

With all the teasing going on between the two, you feel them getting closer and falling a bit more for each other with each dumpling, cherub and whatever pet name Emma uses while their servants are plotting and scheming and trying to help, you can't help but fall in love with all of them. I finished this book yesterday but it has been lying next to my place and I found myself reading and rereading some passages and once again giggling and smiling all the time.

I was curious and had to read this book because everytime this book was mentioned somewhere, people started to tell how funny it is and how wonderful and amazing and...well, they were right. It is that good and it is that amazing and I am so looking forward to the next book in this series!

★★
 
 
 

Freitag, 19. Januar 2018

"Pheromon - Sie riechen dich" von Rainer Wekwerth und Thariot







Pheromon 1: Sie riechen dich





Inhalt: 

 
Stell dir vor, du bist siebzehn Jahre alt. Du stehst vor dem Spiegel und entdeckst in deinen Augen einen goldenen Schimmer, der vorher nicht da war. Aber das ist nicht alles. Plötzlich kannst du die Gefühle der Menschen riechen, brauchst keine Brille mehr und löst die schwierigsten Matheaufgaben im Kopf. Irgendwie cool.Irgendwie verstörend.Noch während du dich fragst, was mit dir los ist, beginnt ein Abenteuer ungeahnten Ausmaßes. Ein Kampf um das Schicksal der ganzen Welt – und du bist mittendrin.


Dass ich die Bücher von Rainer Wekwerth ausgesprochen gerne lese, ist, glaube ich, kein Geheimnis mehr, wenn man mal in meine ganzen Rezensionen guckt. Hier bei Pheromon machte mich natürlich allein schon die Tatsache neugierig, dass er es zusammen mit Thariot geschrieben hat. Thariot sagte mir erst mal nicht viel (sorry, falls du hier reinliest), aber das Internet erklärte mir, dass er Science Fiction, Thriller und Fantasy schreibt. Yup, das klang vielversprechend und ich war sehr gespannt, besonders, als ich dann das erste Mal dieses tolle Buch sah, dass ja ein echter Eye-Catcher ist!

Ich muss zugeben, dass ich mich erst einmal etwas schwer getan habe mit dem Erkennen, dass es sich bei der Erzählung um zwei verschiedene Zeitebenen handelt, für mich hätten die Kapitelüberschriften wohl doch etwas kontrastreicher sein müssen, damit ich die Zeitangaben richtig wahrnehme.

Wie von  Rainer Wekwerths Büchern gewohnt, lebt das Buch von Spannung und Action in einem wohlausgwogenen Verhältnis, das dafür sorgt, dass die Seiten nur so dahinfliegen. Einmal angefangen, habe ich das Buch bis zum (bitteren) Ende nur noch selten aus der Hand gelegt. Es war unwahrscheinlich spannend, mit interessanten und vielschichtigen Charakteren, mit denen man als Leser mitleidet, mitfiebert und mitbangt. Gerade die Hauptfiguren, die sich sozusagen in zwei Teams sammeln, gefallen mir ausgesprochen gut.

Das Buch wendet sich an junge Leser zwischen 14 und 17 (aber auch ältere Leser wie ich, können damit ganz offensichtlich immer noch viel anfangen), viel jünger sollten sie vermutlich auch nicht sein, da das ganze Jugendlichen-Risiko-Paket von Alkohol, Drogen und auch Gewalt zwischendurch zum Tragen kommt. Nein, natürlich ist es nicht schön, dass sowas darin vorkommt, aber ganz ehrlich, es ist auch nicht brutaler als so manches Märchen und letztlich, wenn man sich den Trend der letzten Jahre, spätestens seit den Tributen von Panem anguckt, ist der Themenbereich in den Büchern Jugendlicher auch nicht wirklich etwas Neues mehr.

Auch wenn ich den Autoren das Ende etwas übel genommen habe und es streckenweise etwas verwirrend fand, bin ich absolut gespannt auf den zweiten Band, der dann hoffentlich nicht mehr allzu lange auf sich warten lässt- Aber selbst wenn, wenn er auch nur halb so gut ist wie dieser, ist er das Warten auf jeden Fall wert! Mir hat das Buch wirklich gut gefallen und ich kann es auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen!

★★



Mittwoch, 17. Januar 2018

One of my favorite series finally as audio book .... #storm #phantomislanders #ednahwalters




...and what an amazing audio book it is!

Do you remember the Phantom Islanders series by Ednah Walters?

These wonderful books are now available on audio and -wow, they are so amazing!
Narrated by Erin Mallon, a very talented narrator who did also read 
"Because of Him" by Terri E. Laine and Ednah's wonderful story - this is a must have!








A sassy heroine, a legend, and a race of people in peril

Nanny to a wealthy family, 18-year old Alexandria "Lexi" Greendale sends most of what she earns home to support her disabled brother. She is determined to help him get the surgery he needs to walk again. Her dreams come to an abrupt halt when she rescues a man from drowning. How does he repay her? Captain Storm Orath abducts her, claims her as his chosen mate, and takes her to a magical island that is centuries behind times with barbaric customs.

Storm is sexy, demanding, and protective

Lexi is determined to escape; Storm will do anything to keep her. For Lexi to make it home to her family, she must fight the lure of the man and the island he controls, or stay trapped forever. Are they fated to be together? Will Lexi make it home in time to help her brother?

Experience the adventure

This fast-paced tale is magical, complicated, beautiful, and mysterious. Warning! Once you start this audiobook, you will not be able to stop it until you reach the final minute.

This is part one of a three-part upper YA and new adult serial about a woman and her journey of discovery, adventure, and an unforgettable love.

©2017 Ednah Walters (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
 

The mystery unfolds
 
Lexi resigns herself to the primitive living and the strange customs of the islands but struggles with the fact that she will never see or help her brother again. As the people embrace her as Storm's chosen mate, Lexi slowly begins to see the magic around her. When she discovers the truth about Storm and his people, she finally understands why he abducted her and why he needs her to stay.

Twists, turns, and traitors
 
Lexi's feelings for Storm start to change, she accepts the fact that she is Storm's lass and stops trying to escape. But a happy ending will have to wait.

Someone wants Lexi dead
  
Storm has an evil twin and he will use anything and everything to get what he wants. He threatens to destroy the island and its people. Left with no choice, Lexi makes the ultimate sacrifice.

The romance and the adventure continues in the second installment of the Phantom Islanders series
This is part two of a three-part upper YA and new adult serial about a woman and her journey of discovery, adventure, and an unforgettable love.  

©2017 Ednah Walters (P)2018 Audible, Inc.



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.
Lexi has been kidnapped and transported to HyBrazil, where Storm's evil brother reigns. He plans to make her his mate after he forces her to change. He has her locked in the tower until he breaks her. But Lexi never gives up and is always looking for a way to get back to Storm.

Pirates, Pirates and More Pirates Then an Oracle
 
Lexi thinks Storm is alive, but she isn't sure. She makes a few friends, but she is always waiting for Tully to grab her. The Oracle has been doing something very dangerous to the old woman in the next cell. Who is she? And why has she been sequestered to the tower?

An Epic Finale
 
Action dominates the end of this three-part adventure and romance series, along with some huge reveals. Set aside some time after listening to the first two books in the series. You won't be able to pause the last installment!
This is part III of a three-part upper YA and new adult serial about a woman and her journey of discovery, adventure, and an unforgettable love.

©2017 Ednah Walters (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
*** 
 

Another book by Staci Hart.... #livingoutloud






Do you remember the amazing A Little Too Late by Staci Hart?

Her next book is almost here, the next book in her Austen series
this one inspired by Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility!

And ...  

*drumroooooollllllllll*
 




Nice, right? Stay tuned! :-)





Mittwoch, 10. Januar 2018

Lady of Steel (Medieval Ladies Series 1) by Mary Gillgannon #LadyOfSteel #NetGalley










Blurb:
 

I really enjoyed reading "The Wicked Wager" by Mary Gilgannon and on the whole, I enjoyed reading "The Lady of Steel" as well but somehow the story couldn't draw me in and it felt rushed.
There were great characters but it felt as if the bad guys were simply too bad and the good oneswere too - okay, not too good, they also had dark sides but everything tended to be extreme.
I know, of course, that those times were hard and brutal and that women had no rights but..again...but. The characters are lacking depth and are rather stereotypical: The really bad guy, the honorable good guy, committing bad deeds. things like that.
I would have wished for some communication because half of the problems might have been avoided if anybody, okay, if Lady Nichola had talked to Fawkes de Cressy. Even though I understood her hesitancy to trust him considering her former experiences with men (well, not all of them were bad, right, so ....) to a certain degree, it felt as if the story was just drawn out by it.
Apart from that, I felt as if everybody was always rushing to and fro and hither and thither and going from one place to the next like we do today. Considering that traveling was much harder and took much more time in those times, that felt a bit off.
On the whole it is a nice story that I will probably read again but I had expected more.

 



Sonntag, 7. Januar 2018

The Duke of Ice (The Untouchables #7) by Darcy Burke #TheDukeOfIce #NetGalley









Blurb: 

Everyone Nicholas Bateman ever loved has died. Except Violet Caulfield, which must mean he never loved her. Nine years after she threw him over to marry a viscount, Nick is a widowed duke who prefers isolation. When a friend convinces him to leave his lair of self-imposed solitude, he considers taking another wife, provided she agrees to his terms: no emotional attachment of any kind.

Now widowed, Lady Violet Pendleton hopes for a second chance with the man she’s always loved. But she isn’t prepared for the desolation in his soul or the animosity he still bears toward her. Despite those obstacles, it’s clear their passion hasn’t dimmed. However, the heat between them isn’t enough to melt the Duke of Ice, and this time Violet may find herself the jilted party. Can love, once so tragically lost, finally be found?


Ugh, this review wasn't easy to write. Up to now, I've read all the books in this series and really enjoyed reading them. Somehow this book....well, I can't say that I didn't like it but it took me ages to read it and even though I loved Violet and understood (mostly) where Nicholas and his icy demeanor are coming from, I was annoyed with the book almost as often as I enjoyed reading it. 

The action was bit slow, the hard feelings were obviously very hard to let go and I often felt that Violet might have been better off without Nicholas. 

I loved Nicholas' friend Simon, the Duke of Ruin, though and I am looking forward to his book very much but somehow the Duke of Ice...well, perhaps there was too much ice involved because I really couldn't get into this book.

I must admit that I was a bit upset because I really loved the other books and have reread several of them already but the Duke of Ice won't be among those, I fear. If you loved the other book in this series you will want to know more about Nicholas and Violet so you will have to read it, of course, but if you haven't read any other books by Darcy Burke or in this series before, this book might not be the best place to start.

 




 

Lady, It's Cold Outside by Deb Marlowe #Lady,It'sColdOutside #NetGalley








Lady, It's Cold Outside by Deb Marlowe


Blurb:

Miss Glenna Bolton is not having a Happy Christmas. She’s lost her grandfather and the bookshop they ran together. If not for the invitation from the Duke of Danby, she would have no place to go. 

No Christmas festivities for Baron Ellesworth this year. His newly inherited estate is in bad shape—and so is his bank account. He’ll spend the holiday traveling to do a bit of business with Lord Danby, in hopes of bringing Christmas to Elleshaven next year. 

Traveling during the holiday season doesn’t sound romantic, but a star in the East, an abandoned child and a quest for holiday cheer might just convince these two that love is the best gift of the Season.



Just a quick reminder that Christmas may be over but.....well, it is still cold outside so this book may help you get warm at the inside and not just due to the warm oven next to you.

I really enjoyed reading this sweet story that shows us that love is the most precious gift of all and that setting out to give others a wonderful time and some holiday feelings may end up making you happy as well.
Two people set out with nothing but hope for a better future and ended up finding love and happiness - and the knowledge that their future is secure and will be filled with love despite everything they had to overcome.

A short but sweet and charming book that I really enjoyed.




★★

Mittwoch, 3. Januar 2018

Cowboy SEAL Homecoming (Navy SEAL Cowboys #1) by Nicole Helm











Blurb:

Three former Navy SEALs




About rain-soaked speeches, love and loss....

This is a book about losing oneself and finding your way while doing it. It is also a book about friendship and love and the knowledge that sometimes love hurts because things (and people) don't have to be perfect. And it is a book about the need to protect others, to be in control and about people who have always been (overly) protected - and about the necessity for all of them to learn how to live without it.

When Alex and his friends, all three of them former SEALS, arrive in Montana to work on the ranch together with his, somehow or not really, stepsister, they are still troubled by the after-effects of the attack that ended their military career - and the life of their friend who sacrificed himself for them. While they are all working together to set up a foundation to give veterans like them a place to heal, they all have to learn how to live again and to learn to accept that indeed, nobody is perfect - and that they don't have to be.

While Alex is mostly hurting himself with his need to protect everybody and to control and fix everything, Becca is someone who has been deeply hurt by her mother who always meant well and who protected her against everything and everybody - while ath the same time making her feel lonely and insecure.

This book concentrates on Alex and Becca, those two being two sides of the coin - the one who wants to protect at all costs and the one who suffered due to such an extensive protection but everything I learned about Jack and Gabe, makes me want to learn about them as well.

All of them struggle in their own way but you can feel how close they are and how they never give up on the others, no matter how much the other one fights against them. Once they start to accept that they need help, the healing can begin.

If all of that sounds too heavy and too much like a tragedy, rest assured, a tragedy it is not. Not at all. It is funny and witty and I loved Becca and her way of reaching out, overcoming her shyness and her fear, her sassy remarks and how hings just got a little bit brighter when she was around. Yes, all of the main characters have a lot to deal with and they struggle and sometimes they even fail but nevertheless this book has a lot of sunshine in it.

I really loved reading this book and it definitely wasn't the last time that I've read it!


★★

Dienstag, 2. Januar 2018

Promise Not to Tell (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #2) by Jayne Ann Krentz










Blurb
 
Seattle gallery owner Virginia Troy has spent years battling the demons that stem from her childhood time in a cult and the night a fire burned through the compound killing her mother. And now one of her artists has taken her own life, but not before sending Virginia a last picture...a painting that makes Virginia doubt everything about the so-called suicide--and her own past...

Like Virginia, PI Cabot Sutter was one of the children in the cult who survived that fire--and only he can help her now. As they struggle to unravel the clues in the picture, it becomes clear that someone thinks Virginia knows more than she does and that she must be stopped. Thrown into an inferno of desire and deception, Virginia and Cabot draw ever closer to the mystery of their shared memories--and the shocking fate of the one man who still wields the power to destroy everything they hold dear.



This book drew me in from the first page on. When Cabot and Virginia slowly realize what they are dealing with and when things got really, really tight, I just couldn't stop reading. I flew through the pages and I just hoped that everything would turn out well and that maybe, maybe things would get better for Virginia and Cabot as well.

As survivors of a terrible fire that took their mothers' lives when they were kids, Virginia and Cabot still suffer from nightmares and sleeplessness among other things. When something happens that makes them think that the leader of the cult that they had been part of, the same man who was responsible for the fire, might still be alive and that Virginia might be in danger, they find that it is easier to face their demons - and their enemy - together. And maybe, if they survive, they will even get a chance at love...

I loved those wonderful, multi-layered characters and I was captivated by their intriguing and interesting story. It kept me on my toes and I may have needed a hanky once or twice  - and I really can't wait to read the next book by Jayne Ann Krentz.

Even though I've read a couple of books by the author written under her pen name Amanda Quick, this is my first contemporary romance book by her but I can't wait to read other contemporary romance books by her as well.

★★