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review 2017-03-23 05:15
Great Story and Characters
Love, Always and Forever - Alexis Morgan Love, Always and Forever - Alexis Morgan

Mikhail had only been asleep two hours when he woke up. Then he realized someone was ringing his doorbell he thought it was one of his brothers but it turned out to be his new neighbor- Amy. Mikhail had only been in his house for three months he had been a marine for ten years now he was a firefighter. Amy had brought brownies with her. Amy had moved next store last week. Amy had come to talk to Mikhail about his part of the fence. Mikhail said he would talk to her later and went back to bed. Mikhail caught Amy as she almost fell as she had started tearing down the fence . Mikhail told her he would help and have his brother  to give them a quote as he might as well do his own fence since Amy was. He had been building fences since before Mikhail had been out of H S. Mikhail wasn’t looking for a long term relationship . he had convinced his mom and brothers he was doing fine most of the time even if he wasn’t. There were too many dark memories mixed in with an equal number of regrets for him to be satisfied with how his life turned out. Amy hated keeping secrets from her family but sometimes it was for the best. Amy bought her own house one hundred miles from her parents and four brothers as they were too overprotective as she had encountered a lot of health problems because of her bad heart valve. But she had surgery and was doing great. After working on the fence together Mikhail invited Amy for barbecue and they rode on his Harley and she loved it. Then Mikhail kissed Amy. Amy was experiencing a lot of firsts with Mikhail.

Story it went through two different pasts but both were very deep  pain. Amy and her bad heart and Mikhail with his guilt of his mother’s death and all  he had seen and done while being a marine and serving his country. This really choked me up at times. But then at other times it really warmed my heart I felt like I was there with Amy and Mikhail. How could you not love Amy or Mikhail. I also loved Mikhail's brothers and mom who loved him so much and would do anything they could for him. At least his  brothers understood what Mikhail was going through as they had all went through it. SUCH a touching story with a great plot. I could not find anything to complain about in this story which is great. It has become a new favorite of mine. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.

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text 2017-03-20 23:29
57 New Series Books Releasing Tomorrow (March 21, 2017)
The Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi
Bound Together (A Sea Haven Novel) - Christine Feehan
Wake a Sleeping Tiger (A Novel of the Breeds) - Lora Leigh
Finding Our Forever - Brenda Novak
If Not for You: A Novel - Debbie Macomber

Boy is booklikes missing a lot of covers.

 

 

Accel World, Vol. 9 (light novel): The Seven-Thousand-Year Prayer - Reki Kawahara After I Fall - Jessica Scott Barakamon, Vol. 13 - Satsuki Yoshino  

The Seven-Thousand-Year Prayer - Reki Kawahara, #9 in Accel World

After I Fall - Jessica Scott, #3 in Falling

Barakamon, Vol. 13 - Satsuki Yoshino  

 

The Black Tortoise: A Peter Strand Mystery (Rapid Reads) - Ronald Tierney   Blush for Me - Kristen Proby  Bound by Their Secret Passion (The Scandalous Summerfields) - Diane Gaston 

The Black Tortoise - Ronald Tierney, #2 in Peter Strand Mystery

Blush for Me - Kristen Proby, #3 in Fusion

Bound by Their Secret Passion - Diane Gaston, #4 in Scandalous Summerfields

 

Bound Together (A Sea Haven Novel) - Christine Feehan The Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi Dead Man Switch - Matthew Quirk  

Bound Together - Christine Feehan, #6 in Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart

The Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi, #1 in The Collapsing Empire

Dead Man Switch - Matthew Quirk, #2 in John Hayes

 

 

Double Up (A Davis Way Crime Caper) (Volume 6) - Gretchen Archer Drury (The Lawmen of Silver Creek Ranch) - Delores Fossen  Dying on the Vine: A Mystery (Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries) - Marla Cooper  

Double Up - Gretchen Archer, #6 in Davis Way Mysteries

Drury - Delores Fossen, #11 in Lawmen of Silver Creek Ranch

Dying on the Vine - Marla Cooper, #2 in Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries

 

Finding Our Forever (Silver Springs) - Brenda Novak Fire and Sword: Throne of Caesars: Book Three (Throne of Caesars) - Harry Sidebottom First Awakenings: Gliese 581g - S. E. Smith  

Finding Our Forever - Brenda Novak,  #1 in Silver Springs

Fire and Sword - Harry Sidebottom, #3 in Throne of the Caesars

First Awakenings - S. E. Smith, #2 in Project Gleise 581G

 

Flames of Rebellion - Jay Allan   Goodnight Punpun, Vol. 5 - Inio Asano    Handa-kun, Vol. 5 - Satsuki Yoshino  

Flames of Rebellion - Jay Allan, #1 in Flames of Rebellion

Goodnight Punpun, Vol. 5 - Inio Asano, #5 in Goodnight Punpun Omnibus

Handa-kun, Vol. 5 - Satsuki Yoshino, #5 in Handa-kun

 

His to Seduce: A Fireside Novel - Stacey Lynn   The House of Four - Barbara Nadel   If I'm Found (If I Run Series) - Terri Blackstock 

His to Seduce - Stacey Lynn, #4 in Fireside

The House of Four (Cetin Ikmen) - Barbara Nadel, #19 in Cetin Ikmen

If I'm Found (If I Run Series) - Terri Blackstock, #2 in Casey Cox

 

If Not for You: A Novel - Debbie Macomber In/Spectre Vol. 3 - Chashiba Katase,Chashiba Katase Infinity Engine - Neal Asher  

If Not for You: A Novel - Debbie Macomber, #3 in New Beginnings

In/Spectre Vol. 3 - Chashiba Katase,Chashiba Katase, #3 in In/Spectre

Infinity Engine - Neal Asher, #3 in Transformation

 

The Italian's One-Night Baby (Brides for the Taking) - Lynne Graham   Last Chance Matinee (The Hudson Sisters Series) - Mariah Stewart Levi's Legend: A SEALs of Honor World book (Heroes for Hire 1) - Dale Mayer 

The Italian's One-Night Baby - Lynne Graham, #2 in Brides for the Taking

Last Chance Matinee - Mariah Stewart, #1 in Hudson Sisters

Levi's Legend: A SEALs of Honor World book - Dale Mayer, #1 in Heroes for Hire

 

Magic-Born Dragon: Book Two of the Dragon Born Trilogy - K.N. Lee A Mystery at Carlton House (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries) (Volume 12) - Ashley Gardner Mangrove Lightning (A Doc Ford Novel) - Randy Wayne White  

Magic-Born Dragon - K.N. Lee, #2 in Dragon Born

A Mystery at Carlton House - Ashley Gardner, #12 in Captain Lacey

Mangrove Lightning - Randy Wayne White, #24 in Doc Ford

Meant to Be Mine (Matchmaking Mamas) - Marie Ferrarella    Merk's Mistake: A SEALs of Honor World Novel (Heroes for Hire Book 3) - Dale Mayer  Merman in My Tub Vol. 6 - Itokichi  

Meant to Be Mine - Marie Ferrarella, #18 in Matchmaking Mamas

Merk's Mistake - Dale Mayer, #3 in Heroes for Hire

Merman in My Tub Vol. 6 - Itokichi, #6 in Merman in My Tub

 

Mississippi Blood: A Novel (Natchez Burning) - Greg Iles A Mystery at Carlton House (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries) (Volume 12) - Ashley Gardner Night Forbidden (The Heroes of New Vegas Book 5) - Colleen Gleason 

Mississippi Blood: A Novel (Natchez Burning) - Greg Iles, #6 in Penn Cage

A Mystery at Carlton House  - Ashley Gardner, #12 in Captain Lacey

Night Forbidden - Colleen Gleason, #5 in The Heroes of New Vegas

 

Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi, Vol. 6 - HaccaWorks* Operation Nanny (Campbell Cove Academy) - Paula Graves Phantom Pains (The Arcadia Project) - Mishell Baker  

Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi, Vol. 6 - HaccaWorks* 

Operation Nanny - Paula Graves, #4 in Campbell Cove Academy

Phantom Pains - Mishell Baker, #2 in Arcadia Project Trilogy

 

Playing To Win (The York Bombers Book 2) - Lisa B. Kamps The Princess and the Pearl (The Wide-Awake Princess) - E.D. Baker   Red and the Wolf: An Adult Fairytale Romance (Once Upon a Spell Book 2) - Vivienne Savage,Hot Tree Editing 

Playing To Win - Lisa B. Kamps, #2 in York Bombers

The Princess and the Pearl - E.D. Baker, #6 in Wide-Awake Princess

Red and the Wolf - Vivienne Savage, #2 in Once Upon a Spell Book

 

 Rising Flames: Surviving Ashes, Book 5 - Kennedy Layne   Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery - Melinda Mullet So Wrong It Must Be Right (Gallagher & Ivy) - Nicole Helm  

Rising Flames - Kennedy Layne, #5 in Surviving Ashes

Single Malt Murder - Melinda Mullet, #1 in Whisky Business Mystery

So Wrong It Must Be Right - Nicole Helm, #1 in Gallagher & Ivy

 Spies & Stilettos: A MacKenzie Family Novel (The MacKenzie Family) - Liliana Hart   Stone's Surrender: (A SEALs of Honor World Novel) (Heroes for Hire) (Volume 2) - Dale Mayer    Terra Formars, Vol. 17 - Yu Sasuga,Ken-ichi Tachibana  

Spies & Stilettos - Liliana Hart, #16 in The MacKenzie Brothers

Stone's Surrender - Dale Mayer, #2 in Heroes for Hire

Terra Formars, Vol. 17 - Yu Sasuga,Ken-ichi Tachibana  

 

Thank You For Holding (On Hold Book 2) - Julia Kent,Elisa Reed  The Secret Heir of Alazar (Seduced by a Sheikh) - Kate Hewitt  The Secret of My Seduction (Scandals Book 7) - Caroline Linden 

Thank You For Holding- Julia Kent,Elisa Reed, #2 in On Hold

The Secret Heir of Alazar - Kate Hewitt, #1 in Seduced by a Sheikh

The Secret of My Seduction - Caroline Linden, #4.5 in Scandals

 

Trigger (Origin Book 1) - Scarlett Dawn   Ubel Blatt, Vol. 8 - Etorouji Shiono   Veil of Mists (Seven Deadly Veils Book 2) - Diana Marik  

Trigger - Scarlett Dawn, #1 in Origin

Ubel Blatt, Vol. 8 - Etorouji Shiono, #8 in ÜBel Blatt

Veil of Mists - Diana Marik, #2 in Seven Deadly Veils

 

Vicious Circle (A Joe Pickett Novel) - C. J. Box  Wake a Sleeping Tiger (A Novel of the Breeds) - Lora Leigh  Welcome to the Ballroom 4 - Tomo Takeuchi 

Vicious Circle - C. J. Box, #17 in Joe Pickett

Wake a Sleeping Tiger - Lora Leigh, #31 in Breeds
Welcome to the Ballroom 4 - Tomo Takeuchi,  #4 in Welcome to the Ballroom

 

Wrong Turn, Right Direction (The Bourbon Street Boys Book 4) - Elle Casey 

Wrong Turn, Right Direction - Elle Casey, #4 in The Bourbon Street Boys

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-03-20 01:47
Finding Our Forever - Brenda Novak

Cora Kelly knows she was adopted, and loves her life, but was always curious about her birth parents.  Now as an adult she has decided to hire someone to help her investigate who they are.  The search uncovers that Aiyana Turner, owner of the New Horizons Boys Ranch is her birth mom and they just happen to have a position for a new art teacher open.  Cora applies and gets the job.  Now she can interact with her birth mom.  What she didn't expect to find was Aiyana's adopted son, Eli.  Wow, these two were pure electricity together!  HOT-HOT-HOT!  Cora is first hesitant to start up anything with Eli because of who he is but she can't help herself.  Eli doesn't tend to do relationships either but he is just drawn to Cora.  I adored these two.  They each provided something the other was missing in their lives.  I loved how vulnerable Eli was in regards to Cora.  For such a walled off type of guy, Cora quickly broke down that wall!

As Cora and Eli continue their relationship, Cora gets to know Aiyana and really likes her.  Just when things are going well, Cora's ex, Matt shows up to shake things up a bit.  I really liked the honest discussion that Cora finally had with her parents....it was so heartfelt.  Cora gets the best Christmas surprise from Eli and from there things get really interesting.  I loved how the story ended.  It was truly a perfect ending.  

Overall, I loved this book....read it in a day and a half because I couldn't put it down!  Great start to this new series and I can't wait for the next book!

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text 2017-03-19 00:43
Sailor Moon binge
Sailor Moon the Novels: A Scout Is Born - Stuart J. Levy,Naoko Takeuchi
Power of Love - Stuart J. Levy,Lianne Sentar
Mercury Rising (Sailor Moon) - Lianne Sentar,Naoko Takeuchi
Sailor Moon the Novels: Mars Attacks - Stuart J. Levy,Naoko Takeuchi,Lianne Sentar
Scouts on Film - Naoko Takeuchi,Lianne Sentar
Eternal Sleep - Naoko Takeuchi,Lianne Sentar
Cel Mates: 7 (Sailor Moon the Novel) - Naoko Takeuchi;Lianne Sentar
Diamond's Not Forever - Naoko Takeuchi,Lianne Sentar

I'm behind in my challenge this year from all the illness. So, I'm sort of cheating and knocking out these Sailor Moon books. Each book has 3 "episodes". They are pretty decent for being junior novels. The second one had a few grammatical errors, but other than that, they seem true to the comics. Very 90s. But cool. They are making some references that make me cringe, like Furby and CK and Hilfiger. Wow. Blast from the past.

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review 2017-03-17 12:55
Zu viel drumherum und Wiederholungen ohne feinfühliger Tief, am Ende nur noch enttäuschend.
Forever 21: Zwischen uns die Zeit - Lilly Crow
Mit diesem Buch habe ich an meiner ersten Leserunde bei lesejury.de teilgenommen. Von der Leseprobe war ich sehr angetan. Sie vermittelte eine spannende und einfühlsame Geschichte mit einer sehr interessanten Idee. Aber leider konnte das gesamte Buch nicht das halten, was die ersten Kapitel versprochen haben.
 
Durch eine große Schuld, die Ava auf sich geladen hat, muss sie als Strafe nicht nur mit ihrer Seele in andere Körper springen, sondern reist damit auch in der Zeit hin und her. Um ihre Tat zu sühnen, ist sie gezwungen in ihrem Gastkörper zwei zueinander gehörende Seelen - zwei sich liebende Menschen - zusammenführen. Für diese Aufgabe hat sie nur wenig Zeit, da ihr Peiniger sie dazu permanent mit Schmerzen antreibt und bestraft, wenn sie sich von der Erfüllung ihrer Aufgabe entfernt. Auf einer ihrer Missionen lernt sie zufällig Kyran kennen und beide spüren eine besondere Verbindung zwischen sich. 
 
Die Autorin nimmt uns in ihrer Geschichte mit in verschiedene Epochen in verschiedenen Ländern. So besuchen wir nicht nur England im 21. Jahrhundert, sondern auch Deutschland im Jahr 1907 oder auch Frankreich am Königshof im 18. Jahrhundert. Toll finde ich den Einstieg, da wir Ava beim Erwachen in einem neuen Körper begleiten, und sie sich erst mal orientieren muss. Das arme von Schmerzen gepeinigte Mädchen muss sich jedesmal in der neuen Situation plötzlich zurecht finden und begeht natürlich auch einige Fauxpas, die sie immer wieder in leichte Schwierigkeiten bringt. Ich empfinde Ava zunächst als toughes Mädchen, die nicht auf den Kopf gefallen ist. Sie versucht das Beste aus der Situation zu machen um ihre Aufgabe zu erfüllen.
 
Leider passieren diese Sprünge in die Gastkörper immer ziemlich schnell, darunter leidet die Möglichkeit eine tiefere Beziehung zu den Personen aufbauen zu können. Durch immer mehr Sprünge tauchen auch immer mehr Figuren auf, die nur oberflächlich angerissen werden können. Es wirkt nur noch gehetzt und substanzlos. Das Feingefühl für die Situation geht verloren und kann nicht mehr aufgeholt werden. Die Protagonisten Ava und Kyran irren in ihrer Umgebung herum und die Autorin hält sich dabei viel zu sehr mit der Beschreibung der Umstände auf, ohne tiefere Bewegung in die Gefühlswelt der beiden einzuhauchen. Ich konnte weder zu Ava noch zu Kyran wirklich eine tiefere Beziehung aufbauen und Vieles war mir einfach dann zu langatmig. Die letzten 30 % habe ich zeilenweise nur noch übersprungen, dabei habe ich aber nicht das Gefühl, dass ich was verpasst hätte. 
 
Die zunächst sehr kompliziert klingenden Aufgaben, die Umstände der sich zu findenden Liebenden, klären sich dann auch plötzlich - oh Wunder - meist durch eine einfache Fügung. Das ist mir zu flach und lässt mich unzufrieden zurück. Es gibt keine Überraschungsmomente, keine Plotttwists. Immer wieder tauchen abgeklatschte Zufälle auf, die bei den Haaren herbeigezogen wirken. Auch erkenne ich keine Verbindung zwischen den vielen Figuren, den Aufgaben und der eigentlichen Geschichte. 
 
Und so plätschert die Handlung vor sich hin ohne dass ich wirklich einen Spannungsaufbau oder Handlungsstrang erkennen kann. Viele Fragen werden aufgeworfen und bleiben unbeantwortet, oder ohne mir zumindest ein paar weitere Andeutungen zu geben. Die Autorin hat die Chance, eine spannende Story zu schreiben - die durch Verwicklungen und Verknüpfungen der Personen und Geschehnissen in den verschiedenen Zeiten hätte entstehen können - einfach nicht ergriffen, und uns eine Aneinanderreihung von netten aber wenig überzeugenden Geschichten geboten. Außerdem tauchen hin und wieder Ungereimtheiten in den Zeitangaben auf, die einem das Gefühl geben, dass der Plott nicht mit genügend Hingabe ausgearbeitet wurde.
 
Der Sprachstil ist flott und flüssig, in der 3. Person Präteritum erzählt und die Perspektive wechselt zwischen Ava und Kyran. Lilly Crow beschreibt die Situationen sehr bildreich und wortstark. Es gibt ein paar sehr schöne und gefühlvolle Momente, die mich auch sehr berührt haben, aber die hektische Oberflächlichkeit überwiegt und zerstört für mich das ganze Gefüge. 
 
Und das Ende? Ein krasser Cliffhanger! Das Buch bricht mitten in der Handlung ab, ohne für sich eine Gesamtheit zu bilden. Aber es reizt mich auch nicht wissen zu wollen, wie es weitergeht. Es hat mich nicht mitgerissen und ich bin vom Buch insgesamt enttäuscht.
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