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review 2017-09-26 00:27
Gave good enemies to lovers vibes!
Rough Edges - Cardeno C.
3.75 HEARTS--Another Cardeno C winner for me! Short and contemporary from this author seems to work for me.

I love a lot of tropes, but enemies to lovers is near and dear. In Rough Edges, the enemies are within a group of friends.




Can we say awkward especially when they all hangout?

Thirty-something year old Kyle is determined. He's come a long way from that trailer park in Alabama. He fought and studied hard to be a professional at a prestigious firm in LA. He's got the right clothes, the perfect job, and soon to be the perfect condo. And others think he's a pretentious snob, so what? He's earned it. What he can't stand are people who are "lazy" and live off their trust funds without working and making something of themselves.

Unfortunately, the guy he started to crush on when he first moved to LA, Brent, falls under that category. And Kyle's been prejudiced ever since. Two years has passed from that initial magic meeting. The vitriol that Kyle spews is still iron strong. He digs at the happy go lucky Brent any chance he gets.

One day Kyle loses it all. (Cardeno is good at that, giving a character maximum crap day dealings by the boatload) And you know who helps the pissy guy out? You guessed it, Brent. They become roommates.

In this book the enmity read more one sided but Brent had the mouth and backbone to give as good as he got. But damn is Kyle a prick to Brent. I get Kyle's mindset: when you come from nothing and have to fight for any semblance normal you can get, you could resent others who have it easier aka born with a silver spoon in their mouths.

But Brent's not that guy. He's so likeable. He gets under Kyle's skin. And best part is he gets why Kyle is the way he is toward him.

Kyle is angry and pretentious and that stick in his ass is rooted deep. (The thing is I expected Kyle to be appreciative and humble. But he's not that guy.)




Thankfully, the chemistry is there. And we got dual POV because if it was one sided, I might not have bought it.

I both read and listened to new to me narrator, Kevin Chandler. I think he did a pretty good job. And I would listen to him again. Chandler didn't make all the voices distinct.  But I loved what he does for Kyle's voice. I knew exactly where he was from (the South). And when Kyle gets upset, the Southern intensifies. That was the best part of the audiobook, his take on Kyle.

The roommates learn about each other. That years long lust that was shelved for Kyle's ridiculousness? It comes off the shelf...


"When you want more, I'll give you my dick and then we can see which of us is begging to finish first."



Yes!

The sex is hot, nothing extreme. But the author sets up the characters to share just enough of themselves for the moment to feel intimate. Having Chandler narrate those bits didn't hurt.

Someone's monogamous and definitely a relationship guy. (Cardeno C staple!) Once bedroom action happens, he wants his man. The relationship is not one sided. And the guys seemed to be a great fit, in and out of the bedroom.

Kyle's the type of character who needs to learn as a person to grow. I think he's still a work in progress. He shares his inner demons with Brent. And Brent brings out the best in him.

Overall, a pretty great story with good narration. I'd recommend either version: ebook or audio.



A copy provided for an honest review.
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review 2017-09-24 12:40
IS SUNDAY SCHOOL DESTROYING OUR KIDS by Samuel C. Williamson
Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids? How Moralism Suffocates Grace - Samuel C. Williamson

An interesting look at how we teach in Sunday School and how it works in the real world.  I know as a Sunday School teacher I had questions about why we use certain people as examples of how we should live.  Their flaws get in the way of the good they may have done.  Too often they have committed most of the 7 Deadly Sins.  I liked the common sense the author brought to the discussion.  I also liked that he said bring Jesus into the stories as we read them.  I did that as I thought about the Good Samaritan and it was interesting to see the story with Jesus as the victim left by the side of the road then as the travelers passing the victim.  What would Jesus' actions be and what can I learn and use to make me live the gospel better?

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review 2017-09-20 14:52
Targa
Targa - Der Moment, bevor du stirbst: Th... Targa - Der Moment, bevor du stirbst: Thriller (Ein Fall für Targa Hendricks, Band 1) - B.C. Schiller

€ 10,00 [D] inkl. MwSt. 

 

€ 10,30 [A] |  CHF 13,90* 

(* empf. VK-Preis) 

 

Taschenbuch, BroschurISBN: 978-3-328-10151-2

 

NEU 

 

Erschienen: 10.07.2017 

 

 

 

Niemand kommt dem Bösen so nahe wie sie.

 

Targa Hendricks hat keine Freunde, keine Liebe, nichts zu verlieren. Doch vor allem hat sie keine Angst – und genau das macht sie so verdammt gut in ihrem Job. Denn als Undercover-Ermittlerin einer Sondereinheit des BKA ist es ihre Aufgabe, Serienkiller auf frischer Tat zu überführen, und dazu gibt es nur zwei Wege: Targa muss sich einem Mörder ausliefern – oder ihn glauben lassen, sie sei wie er.

 

 

Falk Sandman ist Hochschuldozent, charismatisch, clever und besessen von den letzten Worten Sterbender – seiner Opfer. Eines Tages trifft er eine junge Frau, die sich für seine dunkle Seite interessiert. Sie will von ihm lernen, und Sandman fasziniert ihr gefühlloses Verhalten. Zunächst ist er skeptisch, doch allmählich vertraut er ihr.

 

Ein tödliches Spiel beginnt. Wer wird gewinnen?

 

Meine Meinung: 

 

Ich bin ja schon vor einiger Zeit auf das Schriftstellerpaar B.C. Schiller durch die Tony Braun Reihe aufmerksam geworden. Nachdem ich gesehen hatte, dass sie neues Buch herausbringen, war mir klar, dass ich dieses auch lesen möchte. Freundlicherweise wurde mir das Buch zu Rezensionszwecken vom Verlag zur Verfügung gestellt. 

 

Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir anfangs nicht so ganz leicht gefallen, das hat sich aber glücklicherweise schnell gelegt. 

 

Die Geschichte rund um die ausgesetzten Zwillinge fand ich schon sehr interessant, dadurch wurde direkt Spannung aufgebaut. Je weiter das Buch vorangeschritten ist, umso spannender fand ich es. 

 

Der Klappentext hat ja schon verraten, dass die Hauptcharaktere etwas speziell sind. Dem kann ich nur zustimmen. Das hat es mir manchmal etwas schwer gemacht, ihre Gedanken und ihre Taten nachzuvollziehen. Ausserdem fand ich es leider in weiten Teil doch etwas unrealistisch. 

 

Ich habe mir aufgrund der anderen zuvor  bereits gelesenen Thriller des Autorenduos ein wenig mehr von diesem Buch versprochen. Ausserdem finde ich es auch schade, dass nirgendwo erkennbar ist, wann in etwa mit der Fortsetzung nach diesem fiesen Cliffhanger zu rechnen ist. 

 

Alles in allem bin ich auf diesem Buch ein wenig hin und hergerissen. Auf eine Art bin ich enttäuscht, auf der anderen Seite war es teilweise aber auch recht spannend, so dass ich das Buch schlussendlich mit 3,5 Sternen bewerten möchte. 

 
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review 2017-09-18 14:34
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Rook (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #1) by J.C. Andrijeski
Rook - J.C. Andrijeski
Rook has a very interesting premise, with a dystopian world setting. The main character in this is Alyson, or Allie. She is a normal human, and has the tests and the tattoo to prove it. However, this doesn't stop her from being kidnapped by someone, who turns out to be a seer. Not only that but other factions are after her too.
 
All of this is simple enough to follow, but the book itself becomes quite confusing. You see, Alyson is the Bridge... except, just what this is, is never fully explained. Apart from the fact that she may bring about a further apocalypse that is. The seers don't see the future (that I could tell), but are able to 'see' things differently. However, there are factions within factions within the seers.
 
Revik plays a major role in this book too. I think he is supposed to also be the love interest, but that didn't work at all for me. There was no communication from him to help Allie find her way in this crazy new world in which she finds herself. Not only that, but when something happens between the two of them, and Allie (and the reader) is left in the dark, not only does he NOT explain anything, but he forbids anyone else to speak of it too! And THEN he gets pissy when she does something 'wrong', but once again, won't tell her what. Not only that, but it is physically painful for these two to be near each other.
 
Throw in clones, pyramids, and Tibetan monks - sorry, I mean seers - and you get an idea of this book. The description in the book says it is "A psychic end of the world story with romance, a cyberpunk flair and apocalyptic, metaphysical leanings akin to the Matrix." Personally, I don't quite see that, but to each their own.
 
This book is a Marmite book for me - I can see some people loving it, some people hating it. As for me, I enjoyed it, but I'm not interested in this world or the characters to go any further with it.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/09/blog-tour-review-giveaway-rook-bridge.html
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review 2017-09-18 00:44
Hunter and the Grape by Eoin C. Macken - My Thoughts
Hunter and the Grape - Eoin C. Macken

I do love Eoin Macken's writer's voice.  He has lovely turns of phrase and a thoughtful way of seeing things that verges on the poetic at times.  Which shouldn't suprise me, he does write poetry. 
I loved Eoin' s first book, Kingdom of Scars, and was looking forward to reading this, his next offering.  Now these books are not in genres that I often, if ever, read.  Gonna be honest, I read the first one because I love Eoin on TV and was curious.  I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that the man could write!  And write well! 

So, Hunter and the Grape.  I didn't love it as much as I loved Kingdom of Scars, I will admit.  This time, the hero is a little older - he's eighteen and his life just totally sucks.  He leaves home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, meets up with a girl and the adventure begins.  This book would make a terrific movie.  I found it reminiscent of My Own Private Idaho, Heathers, Beautiful Thing and What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Reading this book made me wish I was 16 again.  Not because I want to live my life over or anything, but because then I could enjoy this book totally and fall in love with Cat/Hunter, the main character and wish I was Grape.  They're so screwed up, but not.  They get into so much trouble and then get out of it.  They can make $87 stretch FOREVER. 

It's a beautifully written book.  I love Eoin's words.  This is YA literature, in my humble opinion.  :)

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