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review 2017-03-12 04:20
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At Attention - Annabeth Albert

This is book #2, in the Out Of Uniform series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading series in order.

 

Apollo has known Dylan for almost 20 years.  His big brother is Apollo's best friend.  He has always thought of him as a "kid."  Being attracted to him is a shock.  

 

Dylan has been in love with Apollo for as long as he can remember.  Now it is like breathing.  He knows Apollo needs his help, but he wants to be more.  What will it take to be seen as an equal?

 

This was a story that made me feel everything.  I laughed, cried, and wished for them to get together pretty much right away.  This author never disappoints.  I always love seeing the big alpha's fall.  Great addition to the series.  I cannot wait to read the next book.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.

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review 2017-03-11 23:47
Seducing Stag (Cyborg Seduction, #10) by Laurann Dohner Review
Seducing Stag (Cyborg Seduction Book 10) - Laurann Dohner,Dar Albert,Kelli Collins Stag and the crew of the Varnish are on a mission, responding to a distress signal of a freighter that has been attacked by the Markus Models. Instead of finding the enemy, they discover one sole survivor. Nala’s a human, and having suffered at their hands during his time on Earth, there’s no species Stag despises more. But when the petite woman confuses him for an android and tries to order him around, Stag decides she’ll live—and pay for her slights. Nala Vestria has lost her freighter, her crew and her father, only to become personal maid to a cyborg. Stag is surly, short-tempered, and completely untrusting of humans…not to mention intense, commanding, and maybe the hottest being Nala has ever seen. When she finds him temporarily at her mercy, Nala isn’t sure if she wants to kill him or kiss him. Then again, life is short. She opts for the latter. Nala swiftly becomes a distraction Stag can’t afford, especially after he’s had a carnal taste of what the woman has to offer. He’ll take her back to Garden, his home planet, and be rid of her—as well as the emotions she evokes. But as their journey home becomes harrowing, Nala may prove to be more of an asset than a liability. To both the ship…and the lonely cyborg who commands her. Review If you started the series here, I am not sure you would keep going. There needs to be much more complexity for most aspects of the book. I read the whole thing and enjoyed it on a certain level with the surprise action, the crew, the heroine's backstory and skills, and the moments of sweetness. Other parts were not good. The heroine comes really close to forced seduction of the hero. They both hold on to stereotypical ideas for too long to give a full romance and the end is just rushed. We get very little time with them in a relationship which I like especially in a Science Fiction Romance where there is culture shock.
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review 2017-03-05 18:46
ARC Review: At Attention
At Attention - Annabeth Albert

At Attention, while book 2 in Annabeth Albert's Out of Uniform series, can be read as a stand alone.

Apollo Floros is a Navy SEAL, the father of twin girls, and a widower. When Apollo's husband died two years ago, Apollo stopped living, too. He breathes, he goes to work, he takes care of his daughters, but Apollo has no time for himself. Because that would mean time to think and time to examine his life and time to grieve. Apollo isn't ready for any of those things. He's not ready to move on and doesn't think he ever will be.

Dylan is the younger brother of Apollo's best friend, Dustin. He is in San Diego for the summer, after graduating college, to run a local summer day camp for kids. It fits his degree and is a step in the direction of what Dylan really wants to do, which is run after school programs for kids. I really liked Dylan a lot. He's a good guy who knows what he wants and makes strides to get it. Dylan is more than a decade younger than Apollo and has crushed on his brother's best friend for years. But Dylan is all grown up, now, and while the attraction is definitely still there, Dylan sees that Apollo hasn't moved on from his husband, and maybe never would.

Though there is sex-a-plenty in At Attention (the sex in front of the mirror being a favorite of mine), the romance had a slow burn feel to it. I wasn't fond of the way that Apollo kept running hot and cold, but I understood, at least a little bit, where his issues were coming from. He's never allowed himself to really grieve for his husband and he feels guilt for not still seeing Dylan as the kid he was when they met. Apollo's coping mechanism is avoidance.

Dylan, though, knows what he's in for and goes for it, anyway, figuring that if he knows up front that the relationship is temporary, that he could protect his heart. He's also self-aware enough to know he's lying to himself. And while he has trouble with Apollo pushing him away when things got heavy, he gave Apollo the space. And I loved it when the time came for the 'come to Jesus' moment, that Dylan stood up for himself and made it clear that he deserved better than to be an afterthought or second choice.

And I even enjoyed seeing the interactions with Apollo's five year old daughters. I'm not much of a kid person (read: at all), but it was great seeing just how well Dylan was with them. Also, I think the kids softened Apollo a little bit. They humanized the big, tough, grumpy SEAL without taking over the story.

I think I enjoyed Off Base slightly more, but both are pretty on par for me and I would recommend this series to those who, like me, enjoy military romance.

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ARC of At Attention was graciously provided by Indigo Marketing, in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-03-04 19:01
Rezension "Saint Lupin's Academy: Zutritt nur für echte Abenteurer"
Saint Lupin´s Academy 1: Zutritt nur für echte Abenteurer! - Wade Albert White,Timo Grubing,Ulrike Köbele

Die dreizehnjährige Anne freut sich schon auf ihren Austritt aus dem Waisenhaus Saint Lupin’s, das sie verlassen will, um Abenteurerin zu werden. Als die Oberin ihr diesen Austritt verwehren will, findet sie sich mit ihrer Freundin Penelope viel schneller in einem Abenteuer, als sie erwartet hätte…

 

Die Geschichte wird in der dritten Person aus der Sicht von Anne erzählt. Wie bei Kinderbüchern häufig der Fall, werden die Figuren leider nicht sehr tiefgründig beleuchtet, sodass zwar klar wird, dass Anne intelligent und ziemlich eigensinnig ist, sonst aber nicht viel über sie bekannt wird. Über Penelope erfährt der Leser lediglich, dass ihre Ideen nicht immer besonders ausgeklügelt und durchdacht sind. Hiro, der dritte im Bunde, hätte auch gleich ganz weggelassen werden können, so blass blieb er.

 

Die Handlung spielt in einer Fantasywelt voller Drachen, von selbst herumlaufenden Ritterrüstungen und magischen Büchern und erinnerte mich vom Aufbau her an ein Computer-Rollenspiel. Anne, Penelope und dem neu dazugekommenen Hiro werden für ihr Abenteuer Rollen wie Magier, Krieger oder Dieb zugelost, sie erhalten eine Aufgabe/Quest, die einen bestimmten Schwierigkeitsgrad entspricht und bestimmte Erledigungen geben bestimmte Punkte. Für Erwachsene ist die Handlung stellenweise etwas gar flach und vorhersehbar geraten, Kinder wird das aber wohl nicht stören. Allerdings erscheint die Handlung manchmal etwas überladen und überstützt, weniger wäre hier mehr gewesen.

 

Das bisher erwähnte klingt ziemlich skurril? Stimmt, ist es auch. Das Buch strotzt vor skurrilem Humor, der Erwachsene zum schmunzeln bringt (Kinder werden sich darüber wohl vor Lachen auf dem Boden wälzen, nehme ich an. Mangels eines verfügbaren Kindes konnte ich das nicht ausprobieren).

 

Der Schreibstil des Autors Wade Albert White lässt sich flüssig lesen und zieht von Beginn wer ein hohes Tempo an. Für Erwachsene ist das Buch durchaus unterhaltsam, fantasybegeisterte Kinder ab 10 Jahren werden es meiner Einschätzung nach lieben, da es sowohl spannend, wie auch humorvoll ist.

 

Mein Fazit

Ideal für fantasybegeisterte Kinder, die beim Lesen auch lachen wollen. Auch für Erwachsene durchaus lesenswert.

Source: aglayabooks.blogspot.com/2017/03/saint-lupins-academy-zutritt-nur-fur.html
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text 2017-02-27 10:32
Albert Einstein, by An Incomptent
Albert Einstein: The Life of a Genius - ... Albert Einstein: The Life of a Genius - Jack Steinberg

DO NOT WASTE TIME OR MONEY ON THIS "BOOK".

 

This is like a bad wikipedia article written by an non-native English speaker with no training in any form of professional writing. The phrasing is bad. The material is disorganised, unreferenced, superficial and looks as if it has been culled from a bunch of secondary sources without acknowledgement. Every paragraph is followed by an acre of white space to no purpose except, perhaps, a failed attempt to disguise how short the work is. I abandoned it on p11.

 

A note at the back says, "Printed by Amazon." This book re-enforces all the bad stereotypes about self published works. I am kicking myself for not taking the time to check the nature of this piece properly before purchase. I feel ripped off.

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