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review 2017-08-14 04:50
Rezension | Warten auf Bojangles von Olivier Bourdeaut
Warten auf Bojangles: Roman - Olivier Bo... Warten auf Bojangles: Roman - Olivier Bourdeaut,Norma Cassau

Beschreibung

 

George und seine außergewöhnliche Frau, die jeden Tag mit einem neuen Namen begeht, leben ein schillerndes Leben voller Tänze, Cocktails und funkelnder Abende im Kreise illustrer Freunde. Mitten in diesem bunten Paradies fühlt sich ihr Sohn pudelwohl. Doch genau wie in ihrem Lieblingssong »Mr. Bojangles« verbirgt sich hinter dem fröhlichen Anstrich eine dunkle und deprimierende Seite. Georges Frau ist schwer krank und wird in die Psychiatrie eingewiesen. Als sich die Lage verschlimmert wagen Vater und Sohn unter Anleitung der geliebten Frau und Mutter eine Befreiungsaktion, welche sie schließlich in ihr Wolkenschloss nach Spanien führt.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Dieses gelb leuchtende Cover mit einem Tanzpaar darauf hat mich sofort angesprochen. Die Rede ist von Olivier Bourdeauts Debütroman „Warten auf Bojangles“. Bereits der Klappentext verspricht ein außergewöhnliches Leseerlebnis und genau dieses Gefühl macht sich schon nach den ersten gelesenen Seiten bemerkbar.

 

"Seine Geschichte war wie seine Musik: schön, traurig und zum Tanzen." [Seite 20 (epub Version)]

 

In seinem Erstlingswerk erzählt Olivier Bourdeaut eine berührende Liebesgeschichte der anderen Art. Dabei werden die Ereignisse sowohl aus der Sichtweise des Sohnes, wie auch aus der Sichtweise des Vaters (George) beleuchtet. Hintergrund der Story ist ein kurios gezeichnetes Leben mit einer Mutter die ihren Sohn siezt und einem Vater der sich mit Lügengeschichten auskennt wie sonst keiner. Die Kindheit des Jungen ist dementsprechend in keinster Weise normal, jeder Tag bietet eine Vielfalt an neuen Möglichkeiten – man kommt sich vor wie in ein Kaleidoskop geraten.

 

"Ich sagte mir, dass mir selbst einige Tassen im Schrank fehlten und ich vernünftigerweise nicht einer Frau verfallen sollte, die gar kein Geschirr mehr im Schrank hatte, dass unsere Beziehung die eines Einbeinigen mit einer Gliederlosen wäre und dass diese Verbindung nur hinken und sich tastend in unvorhersehbare Richtungen bewgen könnte." [Seite 27 (epub Version)]

 

Während des Handlungsverlaufs spürt man deutlich, dass sich der kleine Junge weiterentwickelt und durch viel Liebe und Zuwendung zu einem rechtschaffenen Menschen heranwächst. Dieser junge Mensch versteht es dann auch mit der schwierigen Situation, die das Leben für ihn bereit hält, umzugehen. Eine Kernaussage der Geschichte kommt hier ganz deutlich zum tragen – mit Liebe und gegenseitiger Zuneigung ist alles möglich.

 

"Zu Hause log ich richtig herum, in der Schule verkehrt herum, für mich war es kompliziert, aber für die anderen einfacher." [Seite 29 (epub Version)]

 

Mit Leichtigkeit und Humor erzählt Olivier Bourdeaut eine geistreiche Familiengeschichte, die völlig bezaubernd und zugleich herzzerreißend dramatisch ist. Tänzelnd und mit Musik im Ohr schwebt man durch die Buchseiten bis einem der Hintergrund und die Tiefe der Geschichte bewusst werden. „Warten auf Bojangles“ ist für mich ein kleines Kunstwerk das sich vor allem durch seinen originellen Stil auszeichnet.

 

Fazit

 

Ein leichtfüßiger und tiefgründiger Roman der sich hervorragend als Sommerlektüre eignet.

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review 2017-08-13 17:48
Ok...so daddy kink...still not my thing, but...
Permanent Ink - Avon Gale,Piper Vaughn

A good story, is a good story, is a good story and this one was for me a step above good. When i can read something that contains a topic that I have to be honest is one I tend to avoid and really enjoy the story anyways and not be bothered by that particular aspect...well, for me it says a lot about what an amazing job the authors did with this book.

 

Ok, so confession time. I took a short break here and went poking around at some other reviews because I have to admit as much as I enjoyed this story I was surprised by the fact that the 'daddy kink' didn't really bother me and I think I found my explanation in reviews written by fellow reviewers whom I respect and definitely consider to be more knowledgeable about this topic and according to those reviews the 'daddy kink' in this story is 'mild' and/or not representative of 'true daddy kink'. This makes sense to me so I'm good with that and since I wasn't really looking for 'daddy kink' it in no way changes how much I enjoyed the story. 

 

The age gap here is 17 years and even though I've essentially gotten past my whole age gap issue. I have to admit this is a big gap in my eyes but things worked. it was a combination of the blind optimism of youth that was exhibited by Poe's belief that age is just a number and don't misunderstand in many ways it is and in all honesty thank heavens for the optimism that we have in our youth it's what frequently gives us the faith and courage to step beyond the boundaries that we set for ourselves as we get older. We got to see Poe do a lot of growing up in this story. He learned from his mistakes and as he did he also redefined who he was and what he wanted from life. He went from being a son who Landon loved but was at his wits end as to what the do with him to being a son, Landon could be proud of and a man that Jericho could truly love and be partners with. 

 

I also totally understood Jericho's perspective while the age gap frequently bothered him and he was the one who more often than not brought it  up. I liked that he also seemed to come to the realization that sometimes when something works and it feels right you just have to go for it. Let it happen, seize the day whatever adage you want to apply. Jericho finally accepted that he and Poe were good for each other and they were good together...it worked for them and really at the end of the day isn't that what matters most that a relationship is good and the people involved are happy and where they want to be. 

 

Along with Jericho and Poe who I truly would love more of we are given Poe's father Landon and honestly I'd love a story for him. Landon...hot men, fast cars...I can so get behind this idea...mmmmmmm...yummy and then there's also Callum. Callum strikes me as someone who's story could be fascinating to say the least. Along with Landon and Callum we are given Poe's best friend Blue, I'm really torn on how I feel about Blue part of me wants to just smack him upside the head and tell him what a total douchecanoe he was for the things he did another part of me wants to feed him milk and cookies and help him see that he's worth so much more than he gives to himself and that he deserves some happy and love too but maybe he needs to learn to value and respect himself first so that other people will value and respect him as well.  Lastly we have Pete one of the tattoo artist in Jericho's shop we don't really see much of the grumpy dude but again I think there might be an intriguing story there. 

 

'Permanent Ink' was an excellent start to 'Art & Soul' a new series by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn and I'm really looking forward to adding this to my reading list.

 

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A copy of 'Permanent Ink' was graciously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-08-10 22:58
Review: Extreme Honor (True Heroes, #1) by Piper J. Drake
Extreme Honor - Piper J. Drake

Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

Extreme Honor

True Heroes, #1
Piper J. Drake
Romantic Suspense - Contemporary Romance
Forever
January 26th 2016
Paperback
384
Library

 

Hot military heroes, the women who love them, and the dogs that always have their backs. EXTREME HONOR is the first book in a high adrenaline contemporary suspense series from Piper J. Drake.

 

HONOR, LOYALTY, LOVE

 

David Cruz is good at two things: war and training dogs. The ex-soldier's toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. Nobody at Hope's Crossing Kennel can break through the animal's grief. That is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility . . . and into Atlas's heart. David hates to admit that the curvy blonde's mesmerizing effect isn't limited to canines. But when Lyn's work with Atlas puts her in danger, David will do anything to protect her.

 

Lyn realizes that David's own battle scars make him uniquely qualified for his job as a trainer. Tough as nails yet gentle when it counts, he's gotten closer to Atlas than anyone else-and he's willing to put his hard-wired suspicion aside to let her do the same. But someone desperate enough to kill doesn't want Lyn working with Atlas. Now only teamwork, trust, and courage can save two troubled hearts and the dog who loves them both . . .

 

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So I first tried the True Heroes series with book three, Absolute Trust and I soon learned that I needed to read this series in order, so I set down Absolute Trust and request from my library the first book Extreme Honor.

 

Extreme Honor is a light and easy romantic suspense read. I had an ok time reading. It was a little bland, but enjoyable enough. I did have some trouble getting into the story; because it’s slow to get going, but once you hit 60% things start to pick up.

 

The suspense was predictable and of course not completely resolved by the end. Some threads where left open to carry on into the next book. And, the romance did have some heat with a little tension, but I never felt that the couple connected.

 

My main issue with this one and where I had trouble was the dog training. Why? Well I’m a fan of D.D. Ayres K-9 Rescue series and that women knows her dog breeds and the training that goes into military dogs, police dogs, and well all the different types of work a dog can do. I didn’t feel that Piper J. Drake did much research on the different areas, that she didn’t understood dogs; let alone working dogs, and I never felt that her characters connected to the dogs they worked with. It was disappointing.

 

Extreme Honor was meh and enjoyable enough to read. I will say I’m intrigued to check out the next book Ultimate Courage just from the except that I read at the end of Extreme Honor.

 

Rated: 2.5/3 Stars

 

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I’m a 35 outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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text 2017-07-21 16:52
Review: Absolute Trust (True Heroes, #3) by Piper J. Drake (DNF)
Absolute Trust - Piper J. Drake

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Absolute Trust

True Heroes, #3
Piper J. Drake
Romantic Suspense - Contemporary Romance
Forever
December 20th 2016
Paperback
320
Won a Copy

 

LOVE IS THE GREATEST RISK OF ALL


After multiple tours of duty, Brandon Forte returns to his hometown on a personal mission: to open a facility for military service dogs like Haydn, a German shepherd who's seen his share of combat and loss. It also brings him back to Sophie Kim, a beacon of light in his life . . . and the one woman he can't have. But Forte's success means he's made enemies in high places. Enemies who are now after Sophie . . .

 

When Forte enlisted and left without saying goodbye, Sophie did her best to move on. But with her first love back in town, looking sexier than ever, she's constantly reminded of what they could have had. Then after he risks himself for her, Sophie realizes she'll have to put her life in the hands of the man who broke her heart, knowing the danger -and the sparks between them- could consume them both.

 

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I ended up stopping at pg. 124 around 38% in.

 

This is the first time I’ve read Ms. Drake and a book in the True Heroes series. Their are previous characters around, ones that are couples now and friends to our leads, and so I’m missing out on the connections. I don’t feel the camaraderie or friendships like I might if I read the books in order.

 

As for Absolute Trust everything feels slow. The plot is slow and the romance is nonexistent. Even with them both having torches for each other since high school. I’m just not feeling the the chemistry and romance.

 

Up to this point no action has happened. We’ve had a car booming and an attempted apartment burglary/try to kill our heroine, but it wasn’t action associated, just things that happened to our leads, then we move on.

 

I’m not sure if I’ll try reading this again. I do have book one on request at my library and maybe I’ll pick up Absolute Trust again after I try out the previous books published.

 

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review 2017-07-03 06:23
Absolute Trust by Piper J. Drake
Absolute Trust - Piper J. Drake

Brandon Forte broke Sophie Kim’s heart when he enlisted right after high-school and left without saying goodbye. But since he’s come back to civilian life and opened Hope’s Crossing Kennels in their home town, she’s been there for him as a friend, never hoping for something more out of fear of ruining their friendship, never asking the question she needed answered above all: Why he left.

The reason behind him leaving and him coming back was the same for Brandon: Sophie. He’d do anything for her, even keeping their relationship friendly and strictly platonic if that’s what she wanted. But when she almost dies in a car bomb, Brandon ups the ante. He’s willing to die for her if it means keeping her safe, especially since he suspects he was the one who brought death threats to her doorstep.


While the first two books in this trilogy weren’t exactly literary gems, but I liked (most of) the characters, the dogs, the descriptions of training, the action and suspense, and even the romance, despite them being rather rushed and instantaneous.
In this last installment, I only liked the dog. Haydn was a real sweetheart.

The rest of the story was a mess, really. I was rather ambivalent toward either protagonist not really engaging, not really caring what happened to them or with them. They left me cold, and their supposed romance was no better.
They were supposed to be friends for ages, I didn’t see that, I was merely told they were friends. They certainly didn’t act like friends, merely passing acquaintances, and there certainly was no romantic spark between them, no unrequited sexual tension that would result in two people being attracted to each other, but keeping it all platonic.
The “interlude” at the cabin was boring and plodding in pace, and when they weren’t having sex (those scenes were cold, unemotional, their first time happened from behind with zero eye contact) they really acted like strangers, but instead of talking about weather, they talked about food.
There was nothing more to talk about, I guess, since, for supposed friends for life, they had little to nothing in common—he was a dog trainer, while she owned a cat, for example.
And when they finally had a serious and to-their-relationship meaningful conversation, he finally told her the truth, and she couldn’t or wouldn’t deal with it.

A rushed, instantaneous romance between two strangers would’ve been better than this torturous semblance of love.

The story could’ve been saved by the suspense. It wouldn’t have been a great read, but it could’ve been saved. Unfortunately, that was also a bust. It came on too strong from the beginning—going from safe to almost blown to pieces in a span of a few paragraphs. There was no buildup, no increase in intensity, everything just went boom.
The motive was also a huge problem for me. I could’ve bought it (maybe) if it was a slow burn, but when everything was revealed, and thanks to the pace it all happened at, I couldn’t help but find that particular plot element rather idiotic, convoluted and too over-the-top for a bunch of supposed professionals.

The characters didn’t leave much of an impression, the romance wasn’t there, the suspense was flat and vapid, the pace plodding...But, as I said, Haydn was a real sweetheart.

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