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review 2017-09-20 08:20
Promises - A.E. Via

This is A.E. Via as we know her. And that is a good thing!

The Bounty Hunters are all a bunch of big, strong, tough-guy alphas and when they pair up outside of work things get hot and explosive. Dana and Ford are no exception. They’ve been dancing around each other for years before the current between them finally gets to too strong to ignore and they jump in with both feet.

Of course, this is the Bounty Hunters, so there are also bad guys and plenty of gun power. The usual highly entertaining action-movie-in-a-book which I happen to like a lot.

However - apologies to Dana and Ford – but the very best part of this book were the hints/glimpses of Brian’s story which I so want to have. Like right now....

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review 2017-08-18 20:15
Much Better Example of Rule's Writing
Empty Promises - Ann Rule

I am starting to wind down with my true crime kick. I think I need to mix it up a bit, because reading about cases like this so much is a bit much for me right now.


These volumes always have a longer story that Rule focuses on and then some shorter true crime stories. The long one in this one is "Empty Promises" that follows the disappearance of Jami Hagel Sherer. Rule gives us great insight into a woman who is abused and what a toll it takes on her and those around her over time. She also gives us insight into Jami's husband Steve that stands accused of being behind her disappearance. I have to say that this one had a lot of things that I wish that Rule had went more into such as why in the world so many people kept covering for Steve. What about the other women that Steve abused. There also seemed to be some allusion that possibly Steve's father's suicide may not have been one and that he may have been involved with it.


I did love the look at the police and lawyers in this one since it was more organic how they were introduced in this book in this one. Usually Rule just throws out facts about these people and I find it just boring. 


The other stories in this volume really do get into love gone wrong. I thought that in each story there was a cautionary tale.


I thought that "Young Love," "Love and Insurance," and "The Gentler Sex" were the best of the shorter true crime stories. 


"Young Love" revolves around a boyfriend that is not willing to let his high school girlfriend go when she moves on to college. I am glad that this one had a somewhat happy ending.

"Love and Insurance" as really sad to me. A man we follow in this one we find out has cried wolf too many times to be believed when he should have been. I thought the backstory on this one was weird as well.

"The Gentler Sex" was messed up. Reading about two women who plan one of the women's husband's death in order to get his insurance would have been sad if it wasn't for the parts where Rule gets into what their ideas were for on how to murder. 


All together I think there were 10 stories, so definitely enough there and worth the price. 

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review 2017-07-23 03:32
Promise 3
Promises Part 3 (Bounty Hunters) (Volume 3) - A.E. Via

Nothing like an action packed novel with tender love peppered throughout. This book is perfect for a hot steamy night. Much like what we are having here in St. Louis, MO. For this book, we are heading 8 hours south to Atlanta.


The writing is solid, the plot is full to the brim with car chases, fights, and with enough of the sexy bits to please. The characters are well developed and they maintain their depth. I have enjoyed this series and it makes for fine rereading. There are only a handful of contemporary books that I can say that about.  


We are back with the Bounty Hunters, and as always they are in full swing. Ready to kick some bad guy ass. What can I say? I am a sucker for action. Let’s get some of the easy questions out of the way. Yes, Day and God make an appearance. I always like seeing old friends, even if it is briefly.


Dana. My sweet, goofy, shy Dana. He has some of the worst taste in women (there will be more about this later). He is a doll though. For me, he is the kind of character that fades in and out. I like him when I see him, and when he is not around, he fades to the background. I don’t think he means it. It is just part of his personality. His background is interesting compared to the rest of the group. While he doesn’t have post-secondary or a military background, he holds his own. It isn’t forced. I like the way he is. The development is good.

Dana is bisexual. The girlfriend (Jess) was a complete disaster. In fact she reminds me of a cousin. Whiney, high maintenance, sneaky, self-centered, greedy, snobby, etc. I could spend 30 minutes listing this woman’s (and my cousin’s personality flaws). On top of all of that, she was a bad lay. (I’d use a different word, but after all, I am a lady. She was not.) Oh, I forgot manipulative, that is one trait that is completely appalling. She was an albatross around Dana. Goodness. I was not sad to see her get what she deserved.



Dana has the biggest crush on Bradford (Ford) King. While I adore Ford, he is such a hard ass. I have never met a SEAL who wasn’t. Even the really old ones. He is the quintessential “daddy bear”. He is gruff, rough, tough, and above all, loving. Loyal and daring are as well. Those are qualities that, on occasion can be in short supply. He has it bad for Dana. Who wouldn’t though?


While I enjoyed reading about Dana and Ford, Brian (Ford’s brother) and Sway (Dana’s best friend) were so damn interesting. Brian has been a favorite since he was first introduced. I want to talk about him.  Selective mutism is very fascinating. His playful manner is intriguing. The fact that he goes from playful to soldier in an instant is completely swoon worthy. Sway is just a complete doll. She always includes a character that has a touch etherealness. This, I feel is where Ms. Via works her magic.


Ah, the next bit of magic is the end. It was so damn good. It was just what I enjoy in her books. Comradery, love, loyalty, and of course, the set-up. She gets me every time. Honestly I would not mind seeing this live action. Oh how I wish I could draw. I would settle for manga. This book is that much fun.  


Ladies and gentlemen, if you are looking for action, love, tenderness, and big bear men. This is perfect. If you are looking for tall, dark, and mysterious; the side story is perfect. I am waiting with anticipation for the next installment.

Source: www.thornsandink.com/single-post/2017/07/22/Promises-3
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review 2017-07-07 21:59
Short Historical Romance
Romancing the Rogue - Erica Ridley

Romancing The Rogue is another fantastic read by Erica Ridley.  This is a fairly short read, a great choice for historical romance fans with limited time for reading.  Ms Ridley has delivered a well-written book and loaded it with amazing, lovable characters.  Rebecca and Daniel's story is full of drama, nuggets of humor and a little spice.  I enjoyed reading Romancing The Rogue and look forward to my next book by Erica Ridley.  Romancing The Rogue is book 2 in the Gothic Historical Romance Series but can be read as a standalone.

This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.


I voluntarily read an InstaFreebie copy of this book.

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review 2017-06-18 08:23
Süße Liebesgeschichte
Promises - Nur mit dir - Marie Sexton,Michaela Link

Jared lebt in der typisch amerikanischen Kleinstadt am Hintern der Welt. Es ist der Klassiker von Stadt, der als Durchfahrtsroute dient, wo sich selten ein neues Gesicht hin verirrt und Moralvorstellungen so festgefahren sind, dass er es als Homosexueller selbst heutzutage nicht leicht hat.

Die Autorin behandelt vorrangig das Thema Homosexualität und das typische Kleinstadtphänomen. Gleichzeitig packt sie dieses ernste Themen in einen niedlichen Liebesroman und heizt ganz schön die Spannung an. 

Protagonist Jared ist homosexuell und lebt in dieser Kleinstadt-Tristesse. Sein Leben dort führt er eigentlich gern, auch wenn er in der kleinen Gemeinde nur niedrige Chancen auf eine Partnerschaft hat. Denn außer ihm gibt es nur einen alten Lehrer, der sich zur Homosexualität bekennt, was verständlicherweise keine Alternative ist. Doch dann erscheint Polizist Matt auf der Bildfläche, der neuen Flair ins dörfliche Leben bringt.

Meiner Meinung nach handelt es sich um eine Liebesgeschichte, wie man sie auch von heterosexuellen Paaren kennt. Der erste Kontakt, leise Annäherungsversuche und der Hauch einer Ahnung, dass vielleicht doch nichts daraus wird, fördern die Spannung, wobei das Ende von Vornherein offensichtlich ist.

Ich greife gern einmal zu anderen Büchern, die nicht dem gängigen Klischee entsprechen, und genau deshalb fand ich dieses Genre mal interessant. Obwohl ich jetzt nicht behaupten kann, dass sich der Roman ungewöhnlich entwickelt, hat er durch den homosexuellen Protagonisten doch einen gewissen Mehrwert, weil es da einiges zu beachten gibt. 

Es ist schon schwierig genug, sich kennenzulernen, wenn die sexuelle Orientierung den üblichen Vorstellungen entspricht. Aber worauf ein homosexueller Mensch noch so aufpassen muss, öffnet die Augen und gibt dieser Love Story einen weiteren Reiz.

Ich weiß nicht, ob ich es extra erwähnen muss, aber es gibt erotische Szenen, die mich doch ein bisschen überrascht haben. Sie sind weder vulgär noch irgendwie dramatisch beschrieben, allerdings will ich darauf hinweisen, damit sich andere Leser nicht überrumpelt fühlen.

Die Liebesgeschichte hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Ich konnte mitfiebern, die latente Spannung war greifbar und hat sich über alle Seiten gezogen. Es war bezaubernd, ein bisschen ungewöhnlich und trotzdem ganz normal.

Der Schreibstil der Autorin ist einfach und ruhig gehalten, sodass ich ich die Geschichte binnen weniger Stunden gelesen habe. Es hat mir gefallen, in den Weiten der USA in Frühlingsgefühle abzutauchen und ich bin mir sicher, dass sich ab sofort manchmal die eine oder andere Liebesgeschichte für Zwischendurch bei mir einschleichen wird. 

Wer also mit Jared dem beengten dörflichen Leben trotzen will und eine süße Geschichte für Zwischendurch sucht, wird in „Promises. Nur mit dir“ genau den richtigen Lesestoff finden.

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