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[Snapshot] Tödliche Verlockung/ Die Enklave

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‚Tödliche Verlockung‘
von Larissa Ione

Demonica # 5

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Meine Meinung:
Der fünfte Teil handelt über Lores Schwester Sin, die nun Anführerin eine Assassinen-Gilde ist und Aufträge an ihre Assassine verteilt. Nach außen hin gibt sie sich hart und abweisend, nur weil sie es nicht besser weiß bzw. gar nicht anders kann, da sie sich durch alles, was sie bisher erleben musste, eine meterdicke Mauer um sich aufgebaut hat. Sogar ihr Bruder Lore kennt sie nicht so gut, wie er denkt, und schon gar nicht ihre neuen Halbbrüder Eidolon, Shade oder Wraith, da sie diese nicht an sich heranlässt, so wie niemanden.
Außer den sexy Sanitäter Conall im UG und gleichzeitig Dhampir, mit dem sie einige Male zusammen ist. Gemeinsam müssen sie nämlich eine Lösung für die Seuche finden, die Sin losgelöst hat und immer mehr Werwölfe befählt. Dabei erleben sie so einige riskante Situationen, die sie zusammenschweißen und Con, der einige Vorurteile gegenüber Sin hatte, sieht dabei auch ihre verletzliche und gute Seite, die sie nie jemanden zeigt… Und er zwingt sie sogar, sich selbst anders zu sehen und ihre Gefühle zuzulassen, was für Sin gar nicht so leicht ist. Und wie gesagt, nebenbei müssen sie auch einen bösen Typen in den Reihen der Werwölfe schnappen, sich vor den Assassinen verstecken, die Sin tot sehen wollen und ein Heilmittel gegen die Seuche finden.
Also alles zusammen ziemlich viel und actionreich und sicherlich auch einer der besten Teile in der Reihe. Bis auf die Übertreibungen und das ‚too much‘ in so manchen Belangen, war es wirklich ein gutes Buch mit viel und großem Unterhaltungswert. 😀

 

‚Die Enklave‘ von Ann Aguirre

Razorland # 1

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Meine Meinung:
Ich habe eigentlich ziemlich erwartungslos mit dem Buch begonnen und wie immer, war das gut für mich, da ich doch positiv überrascht war und sehr schnell in die Handlung reingekommen bin. Es wird eine neue, brutale Welt geschildert, die sich nach dem Zusammenbruch der Welt, wie wir sie kennen, düster wieder zusammengesetzt hat. Zwei ist ein Mädchen, dass in einer Enklave unter der Erde lebt, da erzählt wird, dass man an der Oberfläche nicht überleben kann. Doch einige Umstände geschehen und schließlich nimmt alles seinen Lauf, wie man es von Anfang an erwartet, woraufhin Zwei doch genau diese gefährliche Oberfläche aufsucht. Dabei ist sie jedoch nicht alleine, hat einen Verbündeten namens Bleich und trifft auch noch auf weitere Menschen. Die einen Freund, die anderen Feind und bei einigen ist es auf den ersten Blick nicht ganz sicher, verändert sich und wird zu etwas anderem.

Mir hat die Geschichte und die Heldin und diese apokalyptische Welt gut gefallen, auch wenn sie dunkel und düster war. Außerdem war es schnell zu lesen und man konnte rasch eine Verbindung mit Zwei eingehen, auch wenn sie nach außen hin so hart wirkt. Aber im Inneren hat sie einen weichen Kern und genau solche Charas mag ich ja. Ebenso wie Bleich – wo wir auch bei meiner Kritik wären: Ich bin zu Beginn des Buches einfach nicht mit den Namen klar gekommen! 😀 Die waren doch alle sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig. Aber es wird auch erklärt und hat seinen Grund, warum sie in der Enklave nach Dingen benannt werden.

Mir hat auch der weitere Verlauf und die Suche/ ihr Weg nach Norden gefallen, wohingegen ich es etwas blöd fand, wie sich dieses Liebesdreieck, das eigentlich keines war, entwickelt hat. Ich weiß nicht, warum das immer sein muss und die Figuren in so langer Zeit nicht miteinander reden? Das hat mich genervt und ich fürchte daher jetzt schon etwas den zweiten Teil, da genau diese Konstellation auch im Mittel-Band noch eine Rolle spielen wird. Daher hat mir der erste Band zwar gut gefallen, aber ich werde ein wenig Zeit bis zum nächsten vergehen lassen. 🙂

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Liebste Grüße, Eure

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[Rezension] Atemlos: Addicted to You

The Forever of Ella and Micha

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‚Atemlos: Addicted to You‘
by M. Leighton

The Bad Boys # 1

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Inhaltsangabe:
Auf einem Junggesellinnenabschied lernt die Studentin Liv den coolen Clubbesitzer Cash kennen, einen Bad Boy, wie er im Buche steht. Eigentlich hat Liv genug von Typen wie ihm, zu oft hat sie sich in der Vergangenheit schon die Finger verbrannt. Per Zufall lernt sie seinen Bruder Nash kennen und ist verwirrt – die beiden sind Zwillinge, könnten aber nicht unterschiedlicher sein. Nash verkörpert alles, wonach sie bei einem Mann immer gesucht hat, ist charmant, intelligent und zuverlässig. Liv ist hin- und hergerissen, und auch die beiden Brüder können ihr Verlangen nach ihr nur schwer bändigen. Es entspinnt sich ein Liebesreigen mit ungeahnten Folgen …
(Source: Goodreads.com)

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Wenn ich das Buch mit einem Wort zusammenfassen müsste, wäre das – ANDERS.
Anders, als ich gedacht habe.
Anders, als es von der Beschreibung oder dem Cover schließen ließ.
Anders, als ich es normalerweise bei Contemporary Büchern mag, die für mich als New Adult eingestuft sind.

Wenn man das Cover betrachtet, denkt man doch, man hat es mit einer New Adult Geschichte zutun, die einem verzaubert, die erste große Verliebtheit bringt und vieles wunderbares mehr – oder habe ich etwas mit den Augen, ich weiß es ja nicht. ^^
Aber hier geht es doch viel mehr zur Sache, als ich es mir gedacht habe… was ja auch nicht schlecht ist, versteht mich nicht falsch, ^^ – ich lese auch gerne erotische Bücher, aber dennoch möchte ich mich vorher darauf einstellen können und wissen, was mich erwartet. Das war aber hier nicht der Fall.

Es startet nämlich gleich einmal ganz heiß, als Olivia bei einem Junggesellinnenabend auf Cash trifft, den sie irrtümlicherweise für den Stripper hält und gleich einmal das Shirt auszieht. Von da an hat Cash, der Besitzer des Clubs, sofort Blut an Olivia geleckt, da sie alles schüchtern und etwas zurückhaltend tut, obwohl sie – ganz klar – einfach atemberaubend aussieht.
JA genau, eine atemberaubend schöne Frau, die eine zum niederknien gute Figur hat, ist schüchtern und weiß nicht so recht, wie sie sich verhalten soll und bezeichnet sich selbst ständig als zurückhaltend und schüchtern. *Augen verdreh*
Obwohl sie dann wieder ganz andere Momente hat, und die Raubkatze rauslässt, mit zwei unterschiedlichen Männern schläft oder im Dunkeln mit einem in die Kiste springt und nicht einmal weiß, wer es ist… ähm, das würde ich nicht als unschuldig, schüchtern oder zurückhaltend bezeichnen^^, sondern doch eher als Flittchen. Und das Witzige daran ist auch noch, dass sie danach hofft, nicht als Flittchen da zu stehen, denn dann schämt sich besagtes Flittchen nämlich in Grund und Boden. *oh weh, oh weh*

Okay, ihr merkt vielleicht, dass ich die Figur –>>>> OLIVIA – nicht ganz ernst nehmen konnte und so war fast die ganze Zeit. Olivia hatte ja auch ihre guten Momente, aber oft ging sie mir mit ihrer verstrickten, zweigespaltenen Art sowas von auf den Keks, dass ich sie einfach gerne mal geschüttelt hätte, um ihr etwas mehr Verstand einzubläuen.

Die Wendung mit den Männern Cash und Nash… dazu sage ich jetzt wohl besser NICHTS, da es sonst nur ein Spoiler wäre,… aber das macht die Sachen, die Olivia mit den beiden angestellt hat, auch nicht besser… dennoch ist sie ein Flittchen. -> haha – das Wort dieser Rezension.^^
Was ich sonst noch zu Cash und Nash sagen möchte – zugegeben, sie waren hot as hell, aber irgendwie fehlte mir etwas bei ihnen, besonders Nash, der einfach nur so mit Olivias Cousine zusammen war, obwohl er anderes im Sinn hatte. Sie waren im Prinzip nur heiß, sonst nicht viel.

Dennoch hat das Buch doch noch 2 Herzen bekommen, da die Erotikpassagen wirklich gut waren und die Autorin ein schönes Kopfkino erschaffen, das richtig toll geknistert hat, auch wenn der Rest nicht ganz so meines war.
Auch der Schreibstil war schnell zu lesen und bis auf ein paar ungewollt komische Dialoge ganz nett. Ob ich weiterlese, kann ich zu diesem Zeitpunkt noch nicht sagen, da es einfach zu viele gute Bücher in diesem Genre gibt, bei denen ich auch eine Verbindung und Sympathie zu den Figuren aufbauen kann, war hier leider nicht der Fall war.

German Cover:
Ich habe mich bereits am Anfang der Rezension über das Cover ausgelassen, das mir zwar gefällt und gut ausschaut, aber einfach sowas von überhaupt nicht zum Inhalt passt. Wäre wohl besser gewesen, man hätte das englische Cover übernommen und die Leser wüssten, was sie erwartet.

All in all:
Ein zeitweiliges, sinnfreies Buch, das seine Stärken ganz klar in den erotischen Szenen hat. Wer wirklich durchdachte Charaktere, mit logischen Handlungen und Gedanken möchte, ist hier aber fehl am Platz. Dennoch ein Page-Turner und bestimmt eine Lesespaß für Leute, die einmal ohne viel nachzudenken ein knisterndes Buch lesen wollen.

Rating:
2 of 5 points – (Read at own risk!)

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Quotes: (© Leighton)

Olivia: Wieder empfinde ich Enttäuschung. Das ist nicht annähernd so sexy, wie ich erwartet hätte. Nach der vergangenen Nacht muss er doch wissen, dass ich mich nur allzu gerne auf alle möglichen Arten und Stellungen revanchieren würde. Es sei denn, er ist gar nicht mein nächtlicher Besucher gewesen.
Was bist du bloß für ein Flittchen, dass du nicht einmal weißt, mit wem du gestern Nacht geschlafen hast.
(haha, genau – du sagst es – Flittchen ^^)

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Olivia: Cash kommt mir in den Sinnn.
Als spürte Nash, in welche Richtung meine Gedanken driften, frate er: „Und was ist mit meinem Bruder? Ich dachte … Ich meine, ich weiß ja, dass ihr zwei das Wochenende in Salt Springs verbracht habt.“
Natürlich. Ich hatte vergessen, dass Cash sich von seinem Bruder den Weg hat beschreiben lassen. Gott, ich könnte sterben vor Verlegenheit. Jetzt muss er ja denken, dass ich eine Super-Schlampe bin.
(Amen, Flittchen, Amen^^)

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Serienreihenfolge:
# 1:   M. Leighton – Addicted to You »»
# 2:   M. Leighton – Up to Me
# 3:   M. Leighton – Everything for Us

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About the author – M. Leighton:
I was born and raised in the United States, and I’ve lived in several of the fabulous fifty. Though I currently live in the deep South, I spent much of my childhood up North and hope to return there one day. A few other things about me: I believe that sometimes you have to look really, REALLY hard to find the good in people, but it’s there. I believe that I’m shrinking (I swear five years ago I was two inches taller). I believe my husband is quite possibly one of the most amazing men in the entire world (I can’t be sure because I haven’t met all of them). I believe coffee and chocolate, when combined, could be the basis for world peace. I believe that Jesus rocks and communism doesn’t. I believe that white makes me look fat and black collects lint. I believe summer’s too hot, winter’s too cold and fall was made for football. I like dogs better than cats and the first movie in a trilogy is invariably the best. But most of all, I believe that love conquers all.  (Source: mleightonbooks.com)

Visit her Website »».

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Vielen Dank für die Bereitstellung des Rezensionsexemplares an:

© Random House

[Review] Lover at Last

English Hardcover

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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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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)

Visit her Website »»

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[Review] Bared to You

Crossfire

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‚Bared to You‘ by Sylvia Day

  Crossfire # 1...

Synopsis:
Our journey began in fire…
Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness—beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds… and desires.
The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…
(Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about it:
Right from the first pages on I could see that Day doesn’t empathize much on the current stylistic writing manners. Her formulations are all extremely exaggerated and drips with adjectives that often I had to shake my head. Don’t get me wrong, in general I’ve nothing against adjectives or I’m also not the same opinion like Stephen King, that every author should delete most of the adjectives/ adverbs … but if you read Day’s book, then you see again, what King meant with that and you also acknowledge, how uncreative Day used them and you notice the bad writing style of her.
Luckily soon I got dragged into the story and also into the life of Ana… ups, sorry – I meant Eva. Therefore you could try to ignore the writing style, even if it hasn’t always worked.

But also the plot and the idioms were not exactly brilliant. And several times I had to ask myself ‚where is here the plot?‘, because after the second or third encounter of Ana Eva and Christian Gideon, it was only just a see-saw between them. One moment they had the best, most unrestrained sex on God’s earth and in the next something happens, so that Eva becomes sad/ disappointed/ sour and simply runs away without saying a word. And then Gideon runs after her like a well educated Golden Retriever/ apologizes to her/ calms her and the endless loop begins/ ends again with the greatest sex you can imagine. This goes on through the whole book – until I was only frustrated and didn’t know what to do against it.

Furthermore instead of adding more action in the story, Day rather described which clothes Eva, Gideon and Cary wore every day. And here I mean really – always and everything! Okay, I also like stylish clothing, but this was a ‘tick’ too much. Also I didn’t get a lot of insights of Eva’s work, which she has started just in the beginning, because everything was described only very short and also the communication with other characters, except with Gideon, was rare. So that, as already said, there were only arguments/ misunderstandings and sex scenes in this book. That’s all!

But regardless of everything, it was also not so, that I didn’t want to read on. To declare, in spite of all my criticism, the book has also pulled me in its spell and above all, also the characters didn’t let me go any more, so that I was tied up wiht them and I simply wished them a happy end.
Even if I had my problems with Eva, I was a fan of Gideon and from the first page on I’ve fallen in love with Cary. He is great and has amused me through the whole book, which has made it lighter for me. Unfortunately he is also a relationship-destroyer like Eva, but I hope that will change in the following books and that he will be even more present in the story.

After all the emotional rollercoaster and constant up and downs, we finally got a pleasant ending for which I was happy and which, to be honest, would have also been enough for me. I would be satisfied with it, if the story of Gideon and Eva has ended now or okay, some little more background information would have been nice too, but all in all, it would have been better to put everything in one book, at most into two (but not in three).
But because nowadays everything goes in the direction of trilogies, we also get here another two books from Day and I’m skeptical what she’ll still present us of Eva and Gideon in two further parts. I’m very doubtful whether it’ll functions for me or not and I fear that it’ll be a duplication of the first book, only with other conflicts, but from the style exactly the same. But we’ll see. 🙂

German Cover:
I like it from the style and it fits also perfectly to the contents of the book. Well selected and I think it’s great that the English Hardcover version was used.

All in all:
Seldom I‘ve liked parts in a book so much and at the same time others convinced me so little. I still want to read book 2, but if this won’t be better, then I’ll stop to read this series.

Rating:
3 of 5 points – (I liked it)
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A huge Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

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Succession:

#1: Sylvia Day – Bared to You »»
#2: Sylvia Day – Reflected in You
#3: Sylvia Day – Entwined with You

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© Sylvia Day

About the author – Sylvia Day:
Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of more than a dozen award-winning novels translated into over three dozen languages. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and her work has been honored as Amazon’s Best of the Year in Romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award twice.s.
(Source: Goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »»

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[Snapshot] Bonds of Trust (eng.)

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‚Bonds of Trust‘  by Lynda Aicher

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My opinion:
I’ve started this book without any expectations and to be honest, I also have delayed reading the book, but without any reason. I’ve no idea why it took me so long to read this, but maybe I wasn’t in the right mood. But when I finally started it, the book has really fitted perfect.

The entrance was in the middle of the events when the main character Cali wants to be accepted in the most exclusive BDSM club of the town. – After a failed 22-year-old marriage, two adult children and many years of frustration in the bed with her ex-husband, because of unspoken desires, fear and shame.

There she meets Jake, one of three club owners, and in further result she also falls in love. What begins with initial sex turns out to big feelings, of which they both haven’t dared to dream about any more. Of course it is more complicated during the story than this short summary and it includes some interesting twist and up-and downs, but they didn’t appear exaggerated and unrealistically, but they could be totally from the real life, which I’ve liked very much. For example the problems with her children, who though are already grown-ups and out of the house, but can’t concede their mother a new relationship.

What has thrilled me here very much, were not only the erotic scenes – which I found really great and the reader were gently brought close to the subject of BDSM; always just a little more – but I also loved the rest. The figures were well worked out and seamed authentic to me, also real and charming with their pro- and also disadvantages, like everyone of us.. And Jake was simply a dreamlike lover – although he has long, black hair – which I usually don’t really like. 😉

But he was so empathetic and knew exactly what he had to do and where it was important, but he made himself worse than he was – the typical guy whom a woman has to save, so that he can find his true happiness. *sigh*

The only thing I would like to criticize is that it was almost too short for me and I would have liked more background information, and also the end came too fast. Here it would have been better if it had developed more slowly can develop and don’t run out so fast. But at least it goes on with the second part already this year and I’m already very happy about it!

I can recommend this book to everybody, who would like to make a first insight into erotic books with BDSM parts in it, or who loves adult ‘Contemporary Romance’ with erotic scenes. You won‘t regret it!

Succession:
#1: Lynda Aicher – Bonds of Trust »»
#2: Lynda Aicher – Bonds of Need »»
#3: Lynda Aicher – Bonds of Desire »»
#4: Lynda Aicher – Bonds of Hope

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[Review] Bayou Moon

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‚Bayou Moon‘ by Ilona Andrews

The Edge # 2
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Synopsis:
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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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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