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[Abgebrochen] City of Dark Magic

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 ‚City of Dark Magic‘
by Magnus Flyte.

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My opinion – English Review: (German Review further down)
Unfortunately, I had to break up the book after approximately 20%. In general I always try to finish every book, particularly when I’m reading reviewer’s copies or books, which I got by netgalley, but this here has made it impossible for me to carry out this plan any longer.

On the one hand the English writing manner of Flyte wasn’t very easy to read and I needed some time to find into it, and on the other hand it was also an extremely tough reading. What was due to the fact that there was much, too much written about the musician Beethoven; about his history, his life and also his music. Half of my 20%, which I’ve read, were only about his music and the history of music, what somebody composed and when, where, why and all that stuff. In addition to that I also got a detailed story about the castle in Prague and about many artists, who have made a picture or a statue there.
So yes, if someone hasn’t studied art history or has no extreme interest in it, it soon becomes dull, boring and you can also always skip some pages, without missing something important in the action/ plot.

After 20 % of the book, there hasn’t happened much in it, except that Sarah, the main protagonist and an American student, who has studied history of music and particularly is a Beethoven expert, is called to Prague to help there to index Beethoven’s works.
When she arrives there, she meets also other art connoisseurs, who work in other departments, like to index weapons for this museum or paintings and all possible things, which you can find in museums.

Immediately on the first day at the dinner with all the other colleagues in Prague, it happens, that Sarah, quite horny from the flight (okay?! yeah, very logically ^^), gets touched from one of her colleagues, under the table with his hand … like – how should I say it, … in the ‘right place’ – while the others are chatting, laughing and eating. *yummy* Of course Sarah jumps up when it becomes too much for her and hurries to the small bathroom and what a surprise, she doesn’t turn on the lights, while she waits for ‘Mr. Hand’. Not two seconds later a guy enters the little bathroom, they have a briefly sex adventure. After that the man disappears without that Sarah could see his face. After she leaves the bathroom to go to the fellow colleagues, she almost runs into the man, who touched her earlier under the table.

The question now: With who had Sarah slept just now in the bathroom? This asks Sarah not only herself, but also the reader, with rolling eyes and shaking head. Particularly because two weeks later we still have no answer to that question and Sarah just continues as if nothing had happened, and she also doesn’t really mind.

I’m sorry, but this was the point for me when I didn’t want to read on any further. On the one hand because it was often too dull and boring and on the other hand because I also didn’t like any of the characters in the slightest. None of was interesting to me and also Sarah’s thoughts or her actions weren’t understandable for me most of the time. Unfortunately, the book wasn’t for me and I also wouldn’t recommend it to anybody, except to someone, who is interested in Beethoven or music/ art history. I wish everybody much luck, who still wants to try the book.

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Meine Meinung – Deutsche Rezension:
Leider musste ich dieses Buch nach circa 20% abbrechen. Generell versuche ich immer jedes Buch zu beenden, besonders Leseexemplare oder Bücher, die ich über netgalley bekomme haben, aber dieses hier hat es mir schier unmöglich gemacht meinen Plan auch durchzuführen.

Zu einem war die englische Schreibweise von Flyte nicht sehr einfach zum Lesen und man brauchte einige Zeit, um in diesen Schreibstil hinein zu finden, und auch dann war es ein äußerst zähes Lesen. Was auch daran lag, dass sehr viel über Beethoven geschrieben wurde; über seien Geschichte, sein Leben und auch über seien Musik.
Die Hälfte meiner 20%, die ich gelesen habe, handelten nur von Musik und der Musikgeschichte, wer Was, wann und wo komponiert hat und wie es dazu gekommen ist. Dazu noch eine ausführliche Geschichte über das Schloss in Prag und aller Künstler, die dort ein Bild oder eine Statue gemacht haben.
Also ja, wenn man keine Kunstgeschichte studiert hat und kein extremes Interesse daran hat, wird es bald sehr langweilig und man beginnt einige Seiten weiter zu blättern, ohne etwas Wichtiges in der Handlung zu verpassen.

Nach 20 % hat sich nämlich nicht viel getan, außer dass Sarah, die Hauptfigur und eine Amerikanerin, die Musikgeschichte studiert hat und besonders eine Beethoven – Expertin ist, nach Prag gerufen wird, um dort beim Katalogisieren von Beethovens Werken zu helfen.
Dort angelangt sind auch andere Kunstexperten zugegen, die Waffen für dieses Museum vorbereiten oder Gemälde katalogisieren, wie auch alle anderen möglichen Dinge, die man in einem Museum findet.

Sofort am ersten Tag beim Abendessen mit allen Kollegen in Prag, passiert es, dass Sarah, ganz geil vom Flug (okay?! ja, sehr logisch ^^), von einem ihrer Kollegen, versteckt unter dem Tisch, mit der Hand … wie soll ich sagen, … an der richtigen Stelle berührt wird, während die andere plaudern, lachen und essen. Natürlich springt Sarah auf, als es ihr zu viel wird und eilt in das kleine Badezimmer und welch Überraschung, dreht das Licht nicht auf, während sie auf ‚Herrn Hand‘ wartet. Keine zwei Sekunden später kommt ein Typ herein, sie haben kurz ein sexuelles Abenteuer und Sarah geht wieder zu den anderen, nur um dort fast in den Kollegen zu laufen, der ihr vorhin mit der Hand ‚geholfen hat‘.

Die Frage nun: Mit wem hat Sarah nun im Badezimmer ihren Spaß gehabt? Das fragt sich nicht nur Sarah, sondern auch augenrollend und kopfschüttelnd der Leser. Besonders da zwei Wochen später noch immer keine Antwort zu finden ist und Sarah ganz normal weiter macht, als ob nichts passiert wäre, und es sie auch nicht besonders kümmert.

Tut mir leid, aber das war dann der Punkt für mich, als ich nicht mehr weiterlesen wollte. Zum einen, weil es seitenweise oft totlangweilig wurde und ich alle Charaktere nicht im Mindesten sympathisch fand. Keiner von ihnen hat mich interessiert und auch Sarahs Gedanken oder ihre Handlungen, konnte ich die meiste Zeit sowieso nicht nachvollziehen.
Das Buch war leider nichts für mich und ich würde es auch niemanden weiterempfehlen, außer das Interesse an Beethoven oder Kunstgeschichte ist derart groß, um sich dieses Buch anzutun. Viel Glück an alle, die es dennoch versuchen möchten. .

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[Review] Lover at Last

English Hardcover

English Paperback

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‚Lover at Last‘ by J. R. Ward

Black Dagger Brotherhood #11/
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Synopsis:
Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….
Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young- just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.
Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.  (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
I’m so glad that Ward has got her will and has written this great book. We had to wait so long for it and now finally we also have the story of Qhuinn and Blay. Though I still think that Blay is quite okay, but Qhuinn is just one of my favorites in the series (beside some other characters^^). And he has broken my heart over and over again with his past, his family and also now, when he had to watch almost a whole Blay with Saxton. Particularly because he now finally knows what he wants and what he feels – of course it is still a process also in this book, but finally he confesses his feelings to himself, instead of ignoring them.
Already only for Wards courage and balls, which she has proved by writing this book, she got an extra point from me because this wasn’t as easy as you would like to think. I’ve read in a book-forum that Ward even has to swicht her agency to fulfill her wish to write this homosexual love, because it’s not quite a conservative subject and some people still have a problem with that – which I personally find really sad in nowadays. But Ward hasn’t scared away of it and I find this great! Hats off.

The writing manner of Ward was again typical ‚wardic‘ with her own expressions and many swearwords, curses and the famous f*** word. But here this language doesn’t disturb me because it simply fits to the brothers of the Black Dagger. They are hard men and also express themselves in such a way, which makes them only more real and authentic. For me the characters just feel so alive because of that and I can’t explain it, but for me they are kind of feel real… not like some novel figures, but almost like friends, who are really living somewhere. And I like this thought.

In contrast to ‘Lover Reborn’, in which the plot played over a whole year, here everything happens within some days, namely in the time frame sometime in the winter. Unfortunately I’m not quite sure, when it plays ecaxtly or whether it plays after ‘Lover Reborn’ or in between. Actually at first it also was intended that Qhuinn and Blay only get a short story, as well as Bella’s and Z’s baby story, but then we have got a whole book. For which I’m really glad, but it doesn’t happen much in the background story. As said, the period is quite short and also the Lessers remain in the background, as well as the Band of Bastards. The point, that it doesn’t happen a lot – except the love story of the two main characters, which work off their past and clear it, finally get together and solve their misunderstandings and really start talking – would have disturbed me. But again I’ve read in a book forum, that this was made on purpose (to write only a little about the background story) so that people, who have a problem with homosexual couples, can simply let this book out, and start reading the series right with book # 12, so they won’t miss something important in the main story of the Brotherhood. If this should be right, I can’t reduce the rating by one point and secondly, I would find it really sad and bad in the enlightened time, in which we live – or at least supposed to live. Apparently not everybody is yet as tolerant as I’ve thought. It’s a shame.

So instead of the plot, new characters are gotten embedded or other characters, which before always were shown briefly, got more space and the opportunity to tell also their story – for example Assail, Trez or Xcor. Unfortunately I found this not so great, because thereby a lot of it plays outside the basic formation of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but because of a special twist at the end of this book, I hope that the next part deals again more with the old characters (with JM, V, Z…).
And also the turn with Qhuinn’s brother Luchas was just awesome and I’m really very curious how this will turn out and I hope there will be more about him.

For me all in all it was really a very great book and I couldn’t put it aside. What surprises even me is, although I have no problems with homosexual love, were that I really liked the scenes with Qhuinn and Blay, which again were described very visual and they could persuade me completely. *really hot hot* 😉

And the end was of course again completely for my taste. Maybe some found it too kitschy and, yes, something so soppy even for Ward is very rare at the end, but I was happy nevertheless with it and glad that it has come so. Isn’t it about the fact that you want to finish a book with a smile on your face? I think so and Ward has fulfilled this again totally perfect! Thanks! 🙂

Cover:
Great cover and I don’t know at all which one I like more – the hardcover or the paperback. I’ve got the paperback format of Pitakus at home and find it as great and suitable as like the hardcover version, which also shows Qhuinn perfectly.

All in all:
Almost all expectations were totally fulfilled and it was again a great trip into the world of the Black Dagger, which I love to visit over and over again and leave it again only with a sad heart. Still it is one of my favorite series and I hope it still will go on for a long time.

Rating:
4,5 of 5 points (soo awesome!)

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Quotes:

Qhuinn: „I think that’s Justin Bieber.“
Standing in front of a line up of Lay’s potato chips, Qhuinn looked overhead to the speaker inset into the ceiling tiles. „Yup, I’m right, and I hate that I know that.“
Next to him John Matthew signed „How do you know?“
Qhuinn: „The little shit is everywhere. I swear, that kid is proof the Antichrist is coming.“
John: „Maybe it’s already here.“
Qhuinn: „Would explain Miley Cyrus.“ (*haha* 😀 )

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Vishous: „I’m sorry? I didn’t catch that.“
Qhuinn: „I left the keys in it.“
V: „That was a dumb-ass move, son.“
No. Fucking. Kidding.
V: „Listen, I gotta go. I need both hands to hold my gut as I laugh my ass off attcha. Later.“

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„You good?“ Rhage prompted.
Qhuinn: „Yeah. Yeah. I’m okay.“
Rhage: „Fritz hates dead bodies in the front hall.“
„But there’s not a lot of blood with strangulation,“ somebody pointed out. „Clean-up would have been easy.“
„Just a floor polish afterward,“ another guy chimed in.
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Qhuinn: ‚As he washed himself, the soap wasn’t half as soft as Blay’s skin, and didn’t smell a quarter as good. The water wasn’t as hot as the fighter’s blood had been, and the shampoo wasn’t as soothing. Nothing came close. Nothing ever would.‘
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Layla: „If any harm shall befall him, I will come after you, and find you where you sleep. I do not care where you lay your head or who with, my vengeance shall rain upon you until you drown.”
That last word was drawn out, until its syllable was lost in more growling. Dead silence.
Until Doc Jane said dryly, “Annnnd this is why they say the female of the species is more dangerous than the male.“

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Blay: ‚In the silence that followed, Blay knew he had something he was supposed to say. Yeah…it was right on his tongue. It was… Shit. With Qhuinn looking at him like that, he couldn’t remember his own name. Blaysox? Blacklock? Blabberfox? Who the fuck knew…‘

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Qhuinn to Blay: „You guys were what got me through it,” Qhuinn heard himself say. “I lived for the night, because I could go over to your house. It was the only thing that kept me going. You were the only thing, actually. It was…you.“.

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Succession:
# 1: J. R. Ward – Dark Lover »»
# 2: J. R. Ward – Lover Eternal »»
# 3: J. R. Ward – Lover Awakened »»
# 4: J. R. Ward – Lover Revealed »»
# 5: J. R. Ward – Lover Unbound »»
# 6: J. R. Ward – Lover Enshrined »»
# 6.5: J.R.Ward – BDB: An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward – Lover Avagened »»
# 8: J. R. Ward – Lover Mine »»
# 9: J. R. Ward – Lover Unleashed »»
# 10: J. R. Ward – Lover Reborn »»
# 11: J. R. Ward – Lover at Last »»
# 12: J. R. Ward – The King
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copyright: jrward.com

About the author – J. R. Ward:
J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot. (Source: jrward.com)

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[Review] Slave of Sensation

Leopardenblut

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Slave to Sensation

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‚Slave of Sensation‘ by Nalini Singh

Psy Changeling #1
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Synopsis:
In der Welt, in der Gefühle verboten sind, führt die junge Sascha Duncan ein Doppelleben. Sie mimt die eiskalte Geschäftsfrau, während in ihrem Inneren ein Sturm der Leidenschaften tobt. Als sie dem attraktiven Gestaltwandler Lucas Hunter begegnet, kann sie ihre Fassade kaum noch wahren. Der Anführer der DarkRiver-Leoparden ist unterwegs, um den Mord an seiner Leopardenfrau zu rächen – und weckt in Sascha tödliches Verlangen… (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
For a really long time Anna-Lisa talked me into it and constantly recommended me the author Nalini Singh because she is a huge fan of her. I don‘t know why I’ve bristled so long, maybe the length of the book series has deterred me, although I’ve already the first three books of the Guild Hunter series at home. Hence the past weekend in the evening I‘ve spontaneously decided to try one book of this author. But I’ve chosen the first book of the Psy Changeling series, because I had little desire for angels, and rather wanted something a little harder, more animalistic. 😉

Well, what can I say – I am stocked! No idea why, but it has totally gripped me. Maybe it was also due to the fact that I was in the right mood for the book, but it has just blown me away. I couldn‘t put it aside any more and the last time I read that fast, was when I got my hand on ‘Lover Reborn’ by Ward this spring. I’ve totally overlooked the time in the first evening, so that I even read till half past three through the night and at this time I’ve almost read three quarters of the book. But I just can’t stop, because I was totally captive in the story.

At which I can’t exactly say what has fascinated me so much, because the first book of Showalter’s ‘Lords of the Underworld’ was also not bad, but it hasn’t pulled me in the spell like this book could it. I think often it‘s just a matter of feelings and here I was in it with my heart all the time. The main characters Sasha and also Lucas have made me curious from the first pages on, later I was thrilled by them. And this although Lucas wasn’t always an easy, comfortable character and here and there he was also too proprietary. Also his ‘term of endearment’ for Sasha has annoyed me, but nevertheless, I’ve loved him. Just like Sasha, who should have no feelings as a Psy. But she has them; and they blossom on and on, the more time she spends with Lucas. And he shows her not only a world beyond the cold of the psys, but also kindles her passion and her sparks for the life, full of feelings, family, friends and love. Of course now and then there are some erotic scenes in it, which I found really ‘nice’. 😉

But not only these both figures could grab me, no – but also the other characters, which were briefly introduced. Above all Tammy, who I find awesome and just good-hearted. I would also like to have a friend like her. But I also was thrilled by Dorian, with his internal fury and hatred for the Psys, or by Hawke – for whose story I’m already looking forward dearly, although he gets his time not till book 10! *aaah*cry, baby*.

The manner of Singh’s writing is liquid and easy to read, with the right serving in explanations and excesses and also the dialogues are embedded well. She tells the story in the past in the 3rd person narrator, and changes the point of view constantly between Sasha and Lucas. What is typically and also suitably for this kind of stories.

Of course I also have to tell you briefly a few deficiencies. Although the structures of the world of the Psys and also the shape shifters were well worked out and it was shown understandably, but at the end of the story there lacked some information. For example it has disturbed me, that all the time it was pointed out to a mean murderer/ the villain (to tell the truth, who I’ve figured out at the second meeting) and then, at the big showdown, it wasn’t told a lot about it. It was only described in the renarration what has happened to the bad guy. But I would have wished for to be present and read it, when the ‘final’ happened with him. Then it unfortunately was also over too fast and I easily could still have read some more pages of it.
And now I wait impatiently for the next part and can’t wait to dive into this world again. *sigh*

German Cover:
The cover is typical for stories in this genre and, yes, it’s quite okay, but honestly, it could be better. 😉

All in all:
It’s a great new series for me, which I will read on with pleasure very soon and my luck is, that I’ve started this series so late, that now I can read them luxurious without waiting till the next part is released, because they are already all published till book 12! Great, great, great! If you like the ‘Black Daggers’ or the ‘Lord of the Underworld’ then this series is also a tidbit – promised!

Rating:
5 of 5 points – (I LOVED it – buy it!)

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Quotes:

Sascha: ‚She wished he’d stop touching her. Not because she didn’t like it but because she liked it far too much. It made her hunger for things that could never be hers. And if someone went hungry for too long, they started to starve. Started to hurt.‘

Sascha: ‚His kiss held his heart. It broke hers.‘
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Succession:

0,5:   Nalini Singh – An Enchanted Season
#1:     Nalini Singh – Slave of Sensation »»
1,5:    Nalini Singh – The Cannibal Princess -> free Short Story
#2:     Nalini Singh – Vision of Heat
#3:     Nalini Singh – Caressed by Ice
3,5:    Nalini Singh – The Magical Christmas Cat
#4:     Nalini Singh – Mine to Possess
4,5:    Nalini Singh – Movie Night -> free Short Story
#5:     Nalini Singh – Hostage of Pleasure
5,5:    Nalini Singh – A Gift for Kit -> free Short Story
#6:     Nalini Singh – Branded by Fire
#7:     Nalini Singh – Blaze of Memory
7,5:    Nalini Singh – A Conversation  -> free Short Story
#8:     Nalini Singh – Bonds of Justice
8,5:    Nalini Singh – Burning Up
#9:     Nalini Singh – Play of Passion
9,2:    Nalini Singh – The Party
9,5:    Nalini Singh – Wolf School  -> free Short Story
#10:   Nalini Singh – Kiss of Snow
#11:   Nalini Singh – Tangle of Need
11,5:  Nalini Singh – Poker Night
#12:   Nalini Singh – Untitled

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About the author – Nalini Singh:
She was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. She also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time she took the chance to travel around Asia. She is back in New Zealand now, but she is always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of her travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page.
So far, she has worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but she calls it grist for the writer’s mill...  (Source: Goodreads.com)

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[Review] Air

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‚Air‚ by
Terra Harmony

The Akasha Serie # 2

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Synopsis:
She carries more than just elemental powers. In ‘Air’, the sequel to ‘Water’ of the Akasha Series, Kaitlyn has a secret. One she won’t be able to hide much longer. As the strongest Gaia the planet has ever seen, she must face mankind’s greatest enemy as he campaigns for ‘One Less: Depopulation’. Everything depends on Kaitlyn fully embracing her role as Gaia. Her family. The Seven. The Earth. Something has to give, and it won’t be Kaitlyn.
(Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
After the great first part which could persuades and inspire me completely, I just had to read the next part. And I’ve been glad about the continuation, because there was a little cliffhanger at the end of the book ‘Water’. When I finally get my hands on ‘Air’ to start reading the book, I was a little disappointed, because it was different than I had expected.

To one side the plot starts some time after the events from part 1, but without much of important thing happened in the world or with the characters. What I find extremely odd, if one remember which relation Kaitlyn and Micah had almost at the end, before the thing with Shawn happened, and that Micah has saved her afterwards.
After that you think that they would talk about it afterwards, or not? But Kaitlyn didn’t and she still couldn’t tell him or the others, that she is pregnant. And funnily enough she holds particularly to Micah an emotional, as well as a physical distance, which was never so big, as in this time.

Also Micah reveals only too little about him or he didn’t makes obvious steps toward Kaitlyn, what I found a great pity. And then suddenly there came the big revelation and from one second to the other, there also came the big, inexplicable turn in their love relationship; when the action all around Shawn and his bad underground organization tapers to a point and the quick and above all complete turnabout of the relationship of Micah and Kaitlyn takes place, which was for me too quickly and also a little illogical.
For weeks there was no real conversation between the two main characters and suddenly Micah is a completely other person and devote all love to Kaitlyn, with all consequences and relations. And what is Kaitlyn doing? Of course not the right thing! And this happens not only in this situation, but also throughout the whole book and particularly at the end, I wanted to punch or shake her so long till she comes to her senses again. Unfortunately a reader can’t intervene in the events of books and thus I was left watching her decisions silently and despairing.

Of course in this part there aren’t only bad things between Micah and Kaitlyn, but there were also really some good, very romantic and crackling scenes of them, which could also score with eroticism. But nevertheless, I’ve not liked the end at all. I almost wanted to start crying or scream or smash something – which on the other side, however show here, that I was completely taken by the characters and that I’ve felt and suffered with them. And that characters not always act like we readers wishes for, is natural, because people also often don’t act like they should. Therefore you could say that the characters and the plot course were realistic and authentic; with people, which make mistakes, act illogically or aren’t perfect and learn from it – hopefully! 😉

What has disturbed me also, beside these points, was the fact that the middle section was to be read a little tenaciously. For me the part with Alex was too extended and drown-out, and in overall the second part couldn’t hold the same tension and speed, like ‘Water’.

As I’ve already mentioned, I’m not happy with the end of the second book at all, and the only bright spot is, that I hope and know, that the author will give us a positive and reasonable end after the fourth part – so, at least we still have two more books, for which we can looking forward to and I really hope sooo much, that after all the up and downs, we’ll get our deserved happy-ending!

Cover:
The cover is again just beautiful and is limited on what is important in the book and what it is about – the element and the ability of handling it.

All in all:
A must-read for all fans of fantasy books which deal with the strength of the elements and which have already read book 1 – it goes on interesting and we still can be glad about two more parts, which will bring us more tension and sizzle.

Rating:
3 of 5 points (I liked it)

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Succession:

# 1: Terra Harmony – Water »»
# 2: Terra Harmony – Air »»
# 3: Terra Harmony – Fire
# 4: Terra Harmony – Earth

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About the author – Terra Harmony:
Terra is a debut author, and currently has her first full length novel, ‚Water‘, published. Water is a contemporary eco-fantasy and the first book of a four book series called ‚The Akasha Series‘. The next book, ‚Air‘ will be released mid-February in 2012.
Terra also has a vampire short story anthology. The first two books of ‚The Kindred Curse Anthology‘, ‚Gleaming White‘ and ‚Streaks of Red‘ are self-published as e-books. Three more short stories will follow to complete the anthology. Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina and Virginia. Terra has served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business.
Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of 13 years and three children. (Source: Goodreads.com)

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[Review] White Horse

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‚White Horse‘ by Alex Adams

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Synopsis:
Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the President of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are not defined by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.
(Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
The world is at the end and the people who are still alive, have either changed into monstrous beasts, or have lost all morality to save their own skin and to put off the fight against the omnipresent death. In the middle of this scenario the book begins and we follow the course of the tragic story with the help of the central character Zoey, who doesn’t only describe in the present how the world is destroyed, but also looks back to the time before the epidemic, before the war and before the downfall of humanity.
This happens mostly within the different chapters and thus is marked with a small heading (Then/ Now), so that the read don’t lose the orientation between the varying times, although the flashbacks into the past are also not written in a chronologically order and this got me confused sometimes. I don‘t know, whether others had also this problem or not, but at the beginning I had a hard time to follow the plot and I would have found it better, if at least a date would have been written at the flashbacks, to get a better overview of the events.

At the beginning of the book is an absolute chaos, not only in the destroyed world, but also for me as a reader and a big question mark stood here first of all. To be honest, I needed some time and chapters to understand the first relations, to form connection and to recognize a red thread. Although this is the case, nevertheless it was a great reading, full of tensions and ‘guessing game’ and I couldn’t stay away from book, because I just had to know how it goes on what happens next to Zoey on her way.

As you can see, Zoey is a character with whom I felt and for whom I worried throughout the book, because though Zoey is strong, grimly and aim-oriented to protect herself and the people in her surroundings and to get her to her goal, BUT still she tries to remain human, not to kill other if it can be avoided, and in spite of all cruel circumstances, tries to offer friendliness and helpfulness.
Which was amazing for me, because often I would have already giving up or have crept away in a cave, only by reading about the scenery and cruelty of some other people, because everything is simply so hopeless, desperate and somber. Moreover there are some scenes, which are really creepy and depressing and sad, so that sometimes I’ve just waited for some positive things, some small glimmers of hope.

Beside the plot and the great central figure, the writing manner of Adam was just wonderful and for me also like an own poetry. She has described everything very visually, put imagines in the reader’s head to grab Zoe’s feelings and to empathize, to feel and to see everything, as if the reader is a part of the story.
In my opinion this is partly good, but on the other side the book got too thick and the action thereby becomes also a little too slow, because of the detailed descriptions surroundings or the graphic representation and poetry of the sentences.
I think that is a personal preference and some will find it great and others won’t like it at all. I can’t choice between one of these two fractions, because I’m right in the middle, because I’ve loved her writing but also would have liked a little bit more actions and events and less descriptions.

Luckily for me, after all the sad things and strain, the end could again completely satisfy me and I was able to finish the book also with a good feeling. Otherwise I would have been – to tell the truth – a little bit mad. Because for what else we do everything in life and risk all, endure all adversities and hang on – just for love – and I think that is one of the basic messages of this book. And that in spite of everything, each of us is still able to decide how we care about others and whether we show humanity and cooperativeness, even if we receive none anymore ourselves.

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For me the cover is succeeded brilliantly and it’s also one of the reasons, why the book has struck me. It tragically catches the plot and reflects perfectly the somber atmosphere.

All in all:
A book that leaves nobody cold and which pulls you into it from the first pages on, without a chance to escape. For me this one book would have been enough and hence, I’m really curious what the author has planned for the next installment. We’ll see what the future brings – I’m looking forward to it! 🙂

Rating:
4 of 5 points – (Great, Great, Great)
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Zoe: „When I awake, the world is still gone.“
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Zoe: „He reels me in, cups my face with both hands, and becomes my whole world. This is a kiss–maybe the last one we’ll ever know, so we stay there forever, warm and safe. When he pulls away, something is lost. I think it’s my heart.“
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Succession:

#  1:    Alex Adams – White Horse »»
#  2:    Alex Adams – Red Horse
#  3:    Alex Adams  – Untitled
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Success.

(© goodreads)

About the author – Alex Adams:
Alex Adams was born in New Zealand, raised in Greece and Australia, and currently lives in Oregon–which is a whole lot like New Zealand, minus those freaky-looking wetas. Her debut novel, White Horse (Emily Bestler Books/Atria) hits shelves April 17, 2012. Her fingers are crossed that the world won’t end before then. (Source: goodreads.com)

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© Piper

[Review] Bayou Moon

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‚Bayou Moon‘ by Ilona Andrews

The Edge # 2
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Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.
But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.
When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive. (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
Maybe some of you can remember how much I liked and how much enthusiastic I was about the first book of Andrews’ series ‘The Edge’ and therefore I hardly couldn’t wait to read the second part, particularly because I also was already a fan of William in the first book, and secondly because I read it together with a blogger-friend in a reading-circle, which meant more fun for me or both of us. 🙂
But here in spite of all that, this book has disappointed me a little, although it’s not recognizable at the first sight, because of the average rating.

All in all it’s also not bad, and also better than other books I’ve already read so far, but if I compare it to part one, here it lacked at some places.
First of all I’ve only got very haltingly in the story and it was at first also a little bit too long-breathed to me. The surrounding area was described too detailed, many new characters were introduced and to be honest, I’ve only waited for the time, when the two central characters William and Cerise meet each other. And when they finally did it, then I even haven’t really recognized it immediately, but I don’t want to say much about it, otherwise I would spoil a lot. 😉

And although also here these two characters have fitted greatly together, I just couldn‘t feel with them, as I did with Declan and Rose in the first book. This is probably due to the fact, that both characters are very determined, stubborn and like to look out for others and rather do something to defeat the ‘bad guys’, instead of take care for their own feelings, or just identify them. Unfortunately, hence it’s also clear, that here aren’t many romantic scenes and even in the second book there is even less fun and humor in it, than in the predecessor. What I found both a great pity, particularly the abstinence of the big feelings and the pleasant prickle in the belly, when the characters fall in love with each other. Okay, yes, it was also quite nice every now and then, but the big feelings were missing.

The second point, which has led to less joy of reading, was that Andrews were very often changed between the narrative perspective, which wouldn’t have disturbed me so much, if it had been only between William and Cerise, but unfortunately many other characters also got a chance to speak. Here not only from the good figures, but also every now and then from the enemies of the story, which was for me extremely unnecessary, because these chapters revealed no important revelations, but only made the book thicker. Here it would have been better to shorten the book by some chapter and to write it exclusively from the point of the main characters – I really would have liked that more. Furthermore also the certain spark has been absent anyhow all the time and as already said, some pages in it were unnecessary and described too detailed.
Also the plot couldn’t grab me like in the first part and often the pages got filled with too many details. Added to that comes that also the description of this surrounding area in the middle of the marsh brought an unwell feeling to me and the portrayal and the world in the first part of the ‘Edge-series’ were for me much better and more pleasant.

And now we are already at the end, which has allowed me to finish this book happy and peacefully. If you haven’t read the book yet, then please stop reading now, because – SPOILER ALERT –

I namely found absolutely great, that at the end it has worked with these two, although they are both stubborn as hell, and hence it was also really sweet, as her father has helped them a little. Moreover it was very nice that I could read how the life goes on now for them in the Weird, now that they’ve settled down there. And it was even better to hear that they live close to Rose and Declan and that also the children Jack, George, Gaston and Lake spend time together. Everything sounds very peaceful and like a nice, lovely family-life with friends and exactly that, the figures have earned, after all the strains. Hence this end was perfect for me and I found it absolutely cute! 🙂

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Also here the cover is again a feast for the eyes and I like the picture very much, although it has little relation to the plot.

All in all:
Unfortunately part two is a little weaker than the great first book, but I’m sure, that this series still has to offer a lot and that the next book will fulfill my full expectation again. Andrews simply knows how to write exciting, amorous books and therefore I remain loyal to her. 🙂

Rating:
3 of 5 points – (I liked it)

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A huge Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

Egmont Lyx

 

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Succession:
# 1: Ilona Andrews – On the Edge »»
# 2: Ilona Andrews – Bayou Moon »»
# 3: Ilona Andrews – Fate’s Edge
# 4: Ilona Andrews – Steel’s Edge

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(© goodreads)

About the author – Ilona Andrews:
Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade.  (Source: goodreads.com)

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[Review] The Darkest Night

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‚The Darkest Night‘ by Gena Showalter

Lords of the Underworld # 1

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Synopsis:
His powers — Inhuman…
His passion — Beyond immortal . . .
All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member — a man trapp ed in a hell of his own.
Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments . . . and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction — and a soul-shattering test of love . . .
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive — and unimaginably powerful…
(Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
Oh yes, this was a good book! 🙂
It had love; it had heart, a lot of action, an interesting new plot and hot-blooded characters, to take them completely to my heart, without bat an eyelash.

But let’s start us at first at the beginning:
The action begins in the middle of the usual, but at the same time, supernatural everyday life of the men of the underworld. However, then everything goes quickly and hit on hit, without boring the readers before with too many explanations or pre-story of these men; this happens over and over again during the whole book, although the action runs here fast and full of tension. What I found all together really splendid and awesome!

The high tension level keeps almost throughout the whole book and the idioms, as well as the courses of action were very great and were partially also often surprising and well made. Of course the end and above all also the erotic scenes, could also convince me completely and as soon as the book is finished, I just wanted even more of it – more scenes, more pages, more of Showalter’s ‘Lord of the Underworld’.
The only thing that I’ve to criticize, is that parts of it seemed familiar to me, especially concerning the figures in the book – these have reminded me a little of the characters of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
Moreover, for comparison to the BDB here in addition it lacked a little of fun and humor, and I think that some more jokes between the action and the erotic passages would have been great. Though it’s petty from me, because I still rate the book with 4,5 points, but I wanted to mention it, nevertheless.

To the characters I can’t say more than that I find them really amazing! Maddox and Ashlyn have quickly won my heart for them and I find them together especially as a couple just great. Though there could have been to a little bit more bickering, more heartache, because the relationship has gone on maybe a little too fast for me, but otherwise, everything has fitted well with the love-development.
To the other figures I can’t say so much, because though there were a few information about them, but in too less time and hardly enough, because there are just too many new characters, which were presented. But surely this becomes easier and better in the next book.

For me Danika and Reyes were, beside the central figures, my two darlings up to now, but I also think that Paris or Torin are interesting characters. I couldn’t really figure out Lucien or Aeron till now, but I hope this change in the following books. I would like to give especially Lucien a chance, because his story is the next in the row. And because I can hardly wait to read more of this series and about this world, therefore I just accept Lucien, although I would have preferred Reyes books.

Cover:
It’s the typical cover for such stories, where I like the picture very much as well as the black-blue color, because it gets the reader into the right mood.

All in all:
A wonderful anacrusis of a for me new sensuous series full of fantasy and action, which I would like to continue very soon, soon, soon and which I can recommend to everybody, who loves the Black Daggers, the books of Kresley Cole or book of that kind.

Rating:
4,5 of 5 points – (soo awesome!)
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Torin: „I tried to tell you. You said you didn’t care, remember?“
Maddox:  „You should have told me anyway.“
Torin: „While you had barbells within your reach? Please. I’m Disease, not Stupid.“
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Maddox: „You are mine, woman, and I am yours. Until you, my life was desolate. I existed, but I didn’t truly live. Now I live, even in my death.“

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A huge Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

© Mira Taschenbuch

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Succession:
#0,5: Gena Showalter – The Darkest Fire (Short Story)
# 1:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Night »»
# 2:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Kiss
# 3:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Pleasure
# 3,5: Gena Showalter – The Darkest Prison
# 4:     Gena Showalter -The Darkest Whisper
# 4,5: Gena Showalter – Heart of Darkness
# 5:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Passion
# 6:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Lie
# 7:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Secret
# 8:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Surrender
# 9:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Seduction
#10:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Craving

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About the author – Gena Showalter:
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels.
Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books „sizzling page-turners“ and „utterly spellbinding stories“, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”. (Source: goodreads.com)

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[Review] On the Edge

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‚One the Edge‘
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Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.
Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power)…
(Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
To be honest at the beginning I had a few problems with this book. Particularly the writing style was not mine and was for me a little bit too rough and intricate. In addition all the things, with the whole magic and the different worlds like the Edge or the Weird, were complicated explained at first and too much for me to comprehend all at once, so that I’ve already dreaded the worst. The fear, that the book wouldn’t be something for me, luckily changed fast and as soon as also William and Declan appeared in the story, there was no more hold for me and I just had to read on as quickly as possible, because I was so motivated!
I have read till late hours in the night and was finished with the book after 1 ½ days, because I couldn’t put it aside! *lol* And I think this fact already shows how much I’ve liked it later on and how moving and exciting it got throughout the course.

Beside the fascinating action I‘ve especially liked the matchless characters. Most of all Rose; independent and good-heart, she takes care self-sacrificing of her two younger brothers, who are rascally and ‘a sly old dog’. But Rose is also headstrong, can dish out, as well can take it and represents fiercely her opinion. To it fits perfectly the male character, called Declan, who drives her nuts over and over again and quarrels playfully with her. I’ve found them both together with each other delightful and they fit together magnificently, although they fight over and over again. Especially THIS was the right charm and has brought me often to smile.
Also the love scenes were great and suited the story and maybe I’m a little tainted, because I would have wished for more of it or for longer erotic scenes. But maybe in the next book! 😉

Moreover the plot wasn’t foreseeable for me, like it is often for me with other books, and what has pleased me very much and has increased my reading pleasure. Also the whole points with the magic were clearly explained after the time, so that I could always follow and the plot curve grow on and on up to the end, up to the final highlight. I liked the book, the action and the characters. It was first-class and, hence it gets 4.5 points. The 0.5 point deductions are on account of the writing manner and because of the sometimes rough explanation, particularly at the beginning.

!! Little SPOILER!!

Relating to William, another important character in the story, I was glad like it has developed with him in the end. I liked it that I did not know exactly what he’ up to and on which side he stands and whether he plays on the good or the bad side. Very, very thrilling!
I found him really great and hence I’m already very glad that I know that the second part is about him and I hope that there he also gets his happy end. 🙂

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The English cover doesn’t appeal to me at all and I would also never have read it on account of that. While in comparison the German cover is really nice, but it rather looks like a YA book cover, which it’s definitely not! 😉

All in all:
This is an exciting, magic story, which kidnapped me into a completely other world full of wonders and miracles, but also dangers. For fans of supernatural things, fantasy-lovers and for those, who appreciate a well built man’s body! 😉

Rating:
4,5 of 5 points – (soo awesome)

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A huge Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

Egmont Lyx

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Rose: „Give me a few minutes.”
Declan: “You have time.” He sat in the grass.
“Are you just going to sit there and watch me?”
“Yes. Watching pretty peasant girls is what we poor little rich boys do best.”
“Peasant?”
He shrugged. “You started the name calling.“
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“Well, I thought I’d stick them into my nose and impersonate a walrus, but if you insist, I’ll swallow them.“
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Declan: „You’re a prickly, stubborn, spirited woman.”
Rose: “Don’t forget crude, rude, and vulgar.”
“Only when it suits you. You’re sly when occasion calls for it, direct to the point of forgetting tact even exists, sarcastic, fierce, I did mention stubborn, didn’t I?”
“Yes,” she said dryly.
“You’re also smart, kind, gentle, beautiful, and always cling to your personal integrity, even when it’s in your best interests to abandon it.“

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Succession:

# 1: Ilona Andrews – On The Edge »»
# 2: Ilona Andrews – Bayou Moon »»
# 3: Ilona Andrews – Fate’s Edge
# 4: Ilona Andrews – Steel’s Edge

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(© goodreads)

About the author – Ilona Andrews:
Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade.  (Source: goodreads.com)

Visit the Website »».

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