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review 2017-03-13 23:52
I'm not sure that this has ever happened before but...
September - Robert Winter

All my friends loved this book. So of course I was going to read it and love it right? Well it didn't start off that way...for the first third of this book I was having the world's biggest 'what the hell?' moment. I couldn't understand it? What book was I reading? What did I miss? and I wasn't alone...nope once again I was fortunate enough to have my buddy read besties with me. Josy was on board reading the same words as me and Christelle was there as our faithful stalker cheerleader because she's already read this book and loved it. Needless to say I was starting to think maybe our sweet Christelle had too much to drink? But then there were so many others who shared her sentiments? Why weren't Josy and I invited to the party? Who did we offend? 

 

So let's just get past what didn't work for the first third of the book as quickly as possible, ok?

 

Mostly it was the sex...sorry, but there are just some things that should not be part of sex on page...first off the words whopper and penis do not belong together because we all know...that since 1957...this has been...

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and I'm sorry but lemons and branches also do not belong in the same sentence as testicles and penis...these are not good descriptives and truthfully my inner 12 year old was running amuck add to this comments equating David's penis to a leaky faucet...sorry, not flattering and then there was cum flying everywhere. My point being the sex scenes were for me laughable and I think I'm safe in saying that Josy agreed with me either that or she just likes to laugh and roll her eyes because this happened a few times.

 

There were also a couple of additional things that were a bit of a hurdle for me on a personal level one being the age gap...22 years!!! I'm good with 10 and I can stretch it to 15 if need be, but 22 years? (please note in the author's defense this age gap is in the blurb so as much as it boggled my brain the info is there for all to see). This was a big stumbling block for me folks, I was really close to tanking it when I read that one but still not fair to my buddy and I honestly hate to DNF plus truth be told in real life if you're with someone who's 22 years older than you and you're happy what the hell do I know...as long as it's between two informed and consenting adults it's not my place to judge so time to suck it up buttercup and I did (more on this later) my last hurdle and the one that made me want to hurl my e-reader...

 

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Yep, this...I haven't encountered this one very often but when I do it doesn't tend to go well and on one occasion it was such an epic fail I've never read another book by that particular author. So you can well imagine that I was a very, very confused person by the end of day one.

 

Ok, seriously by the time we were at the one third mark I didn't know what to do. This one was going to get 2 maybe 2.5 stars if I put a few drinks into me before writing my review and I didn't want to bail on Josy because...rude! So needless to say we got to this point with tongue in cheek and a bit of mockery to fortify ourselves and it was getting late in Josy's world so we agreed to give it some more time and try again the next day...well, what a difference a day makes...we'd barely started reading and I was thinking that someone switched my book in the middle of the night because this one was good and just seemed to be getting better.

 

I found myself becoming more invested in David and Brandon's relationship and in them as people. I was getting more than just the fact that they were having really 'hot sex' and the fact that David is really well endowed...trust me that point was made several times in the first part of the book...David's a lucky man or is it Brandon? Ok, they're both lucky, so moving on from there let's talk about the age difference because...Image result for images of elephants in the room

 

I've read books where age gaps are ignored altogether. It's made known that there is one and then everyone acts like it's not big deal or it's totally ignored even though you know there had to be one and sometimes it goes the other way and it becomes too much of a big deal and the focus it's given is ridiculous especially when you learn at some point that the 'age gap' is maybe 5 years? So to me age gaps and how they're dealt with aren't about a right or wrong way, it's just a matter of what works for the individual reading the story and in this case for me the age gap was not only dealt with effectively, it was done in a way that not only worked but made me see it as a positive and emotionally healthy relationship shared by two adult men. I could probably go on for a whole lot longer as to why this relationship worked for me and other age gap stories haven't but let's not and just accept that the author ultimately for me did an awesome job with the age gap.

 

Moving on to my other quirk...talking to your dead partner...this one can be a whole lot dicier considering that this wasn't listed as a paranormal story and hey... dead people talking...that's totally paranormal/supernatural in my world, except that as I read the story what I felt was that this wasn't a case of 'talking dead people' this was David trying to move on from losing the man he'd passionately loved for 15+ years and the voice he was hearing was simply his mind filling in the blanks for someone whose opinions mattered to him, someone whom he knew wanted him to move on and find love again but someone who was no longer there to tell him the things that he knew they would and as someone who's been married for 30 years I can well imagine that if I lost my husband tomorrow I'd be hearing his voice guiding me, offering me advice and support when I needed it just as he's done for the past 30 years and for me this was what was happening for David. 

 

While the first part of this book didn't start out well for me at all. I am so incredibly glad that I didn't give up because the last two thirds of this book were beyond worthwhile.  Brandon's confrontation with his 'friend' Ethan, so well done. I wanted to stand up and applaud Brandon for his actions. David's actions at the party over how his friends treated Brandon...shame on you, David. I was saddened by your actions or lack there of but still so well written and realistically presented.

 

Also in the blurb it mentions an 'unexpected tragedy' well can I just say this right here...blew my mind. On a personal level I know how this all felt. I shared every bit of Brandon's pain both physically and emotionally, holy hell this gutted me and I damned near had to stop reading...you nailed this Mr. Winter like you could not imagine you nailed it hard core and again I pushed through because really after I dried my eyes and pulled myself together a little I was damned if I was quitting now. I need to see this through, I needed to see things get better for both Brandon and David.

 

Ok, so what else did I like about this book...Kyle...yeah, yeah, I know he's the dead guy but trust me, he plays a really, really important role in David and Brandon's relationship and it's beautiful and so incredibly well done and for me Kyle became the icing on this cake.

 

Maybe this didn't start out so great, like I said 2 maybe 2.5 slightly mocking stars but with the support of my besties Josy and Christelle. I got to the good stuff and the good stuff took this from 'what the hell was I thinking?' to 'why the hell didn't I read this sooner?' and we're all set for Mr. Winter's next book 'Every Breath You Take', right ladies? We just need the book...hint, hint...

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review 2017-03-01 07:30
Purer Hass trifft es hier auf den Punkt
Purer Hass: Thriller - Wrath James White

Inhaltsangabe

Ein Psychopath tötet meist nur zum Spaß. Doch wenn solch ein Mensch über viele Jahre seinen Hass aufstaut, kann ein ganzes Polizeiteam zu seinem Opfer werden.

Mitte der 90er Jahre ermordete der »Pine Street Slasher« ein halbes Dutzend junge homosexuelle Männer. Jahre später verstümmelte der »Chaperon« junge Paare in ihren Betten. Dann tauchte der »Family Man« auf, der komplette Familien auslöschte. Keiner dieser Fälle wurde jemals aufgeklärt. 
Die Ermittler James Bryant und Titus Baltimore entdecken, dass hinter all diesen Morden ein und dieselbe Person steckt. Sie kennen seinen Namen. Sie wissen, wo er lebt. Sie wissen sogar, wer sein nächstes Opfer sein wird. Sie wissen alles über den Killer ... außer, wie sie ihn stoppen können.

 

Meine Meinung

Kleiner Tipp gleich zu Beginn. Wollt ihr auf langen Zugfahrten in Ruhe gelassen werden, lest einfach solch ein Buch und seid offen eurem Gegenüber beim Zeigen des Buchdeckels. Bei mir hat es geklappt. Mein Gegenüber hatte plötzlich keine Ambitionen mehr auf Flirtkurs zu gehen.

 

Der Festa Verlag und auch der Autor Wrath James White konnten mich mit diesem  Buch wieder so richtig anfixen. Cover und Titel sind einfach Bombe und auch der Klappentext ist genau nach meinem Geschmack und wird auch viele andere Leser aus diesem Genre ansprechen.

 

Eine Reihe von Morden und nur eine Person steckt dahinter.

MALCOM.

Dieser Mann wird mir noch eine Weile im Kopf herum schwirren.

Groß, schwarz, muskulös, böse.

Einem Mann, dem ich nicht unbedingt begegnen müsste bzw. als Feind haben will.

Besonders sein fieses Grinsen werde ich so schnell nicht vergessen.

Seine Charakterdarstellung und Charakterbeschreibung machen dem Leser zudem deutlich wohin Wut, viel aufgestaute Wut führen kann.

Kennenlernen tun wir Malcom zu Collegezeiten. Er selbst findet gerade den Weg zu Frauen und damit zusammenhängenden Gefühlen und dann wird er sowohl von diesen, als auch von seinem besten Kumpel Reed hintergegangen, man kann fast sagen, aufs äußerste verarscht.

Wer wäre da nicht sauer?!

 

Der Punkt in diesem Buch ist nur, dass Malcom nicht vergessen kann. Er will Rache und sein Hass auf Reed treibt ihn voran.

15 Jahre bereitet er sich auf den Showdown vor. Er will Reed verletzten, ihn bis zum äußeren treiben und dann töten.

 

Die Polizei ist Reed, der in diesem Buch das Opfer ist, leider keine Hilfe. Denn wie im Klappentext bereits erwähnt, ist Malcom der Polizei und auch Reed immer einen Schritt voraus.

Für mich war dieser Fakt erst unverständlich. Wie kann Malcom das gelingen. Aber durch dieses Katz-und-Maus-Spiel erschafft der Autor eine unheimliche Spannung und Sogwirkung. Dass dieses Buch einen Ermittlungsstrang beinhaltet und der Leser die Story durch den häufigen Sichtwechsel immer wieder aus einer anderen Perspektive begutachtet, macht es abwechslungsreich. Egal ob man dem Jäger oder dem Gejagten begleitet, man spürt die im Buch bestehende Stimmung.

 

In Hinsicht auf die Charaktere kann ich in diesem Buch überhaupt nicht meckern. Wirklich jede auftretende Figur wird sehr gut beschrieben und der Tiefgang bei einigen gefiel mir super. Im Endeffekt ist hier keiner perfekt und das gefällt.

 

Für alle Leser dieses Verlages und des Genres ein weiterer wichtiger Punkt ist der Gewaltfaktor. Dieser ist auf jeden Fall da. An einer Stelle musste sogar ich schlucken und das bei einem Buch, das als Thriller ausgeschrieben ist.

Ich persönlich habe mit Gewalt in Kombination mit sexuellen Situationen weniger ein Problem. Sie kommen im Buch auf jeden Fall vor, nehmen aber keinen Großteil des Buches ein. Also in dieser Hinsicht keine Scheu. Es überwiegen andere Teile.

 

Habe ich bei anderen Autoren, zum Beispiel Edward Lee immer Respekt vor dem Ende eines Buches, ist dies bei Wrath James White selten der Fall. Ich weiß, dass er realistisch bleibt und mich immer mit den Abschlüssen einer Geschichte positiv stimmt. So war es auch hier. Gelungen.

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Dennoch hat Herr White es dieses Mal mit seinen Ausschweifungen und Beschreibungen bei den Gewaltszenen einfach übertrieben. Malcom wurde zwar oft als unfassbar und überlegen beschrieben, dennoch ist er ein Mensch und diese Realitätsbezogenheit liebe ich bei Herrn White.

Malcom glich zeitweise aber eher einem durchgedrehten Tier, das heißt die kannibalischen Züge in seiner Person hätte ich absolut nicht gebraucht.

 

Mein Fazit

Wer Wrath James White, seine Ideen, seinen Schreibstil und seine sehr realistischen Umsetzungen mag, wird auch dieses Buch sehr gerne lesen.

Weiterhin bleibt er einer meiner Favoriten und ich freue mich auf weitere Bücher bzw. es wird Zeit seine ungelesenen Bücher endlich zur Hand zu nehmen.

Großes Danke, dass ich Malcom kennenlernen durfte.

Und Gott sei Dank ist er nicht mein Ex

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review 2017-02-17 20:08
Nine Ten: A September 11th Story Book Review
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story - Nora Raleigh Baskin

Having read Falling Towers about a month ago I can't help but compare the two. Nine, Ten: A September 11th story fell very flat for me. I got a bit emotional reading Falling Towers. This one was a bit boring, the only emotions I really felt was reading the author's own experiences and why she wrote the book. 

 

Four different characters, four different locations. All affected by one day that many remember in our time period 9/11. Starting off on September 9th we learn these characters stories and what they were doing up to the point of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center. 

 

The actual 9/11 part in this book was really only a few pages, for me, I think that was a big downfall for this plot. 

 

This isn't a happy topic to read about (especially since I am old enough to remember this day) but I think books like these are important to share to children who won't know of this event except for by textbooks or reading. If I had to choose one for them to read, it'd be Falling Towers. 

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review 2016-12-14 21:59
Review: September (Pride and Joy #1) by Robert Winter
September - Robert Winter

 

 

This may have been my best read of 2016!!! Wonderful debut novel involving great characters.
I loved everything about this book. The slow built of trust between these men, their loss, the age gap.
It tore me up many times......

David

 

 

David has been a widower for almost 2 years. He's 48 years old and a succesul lawyer. To try to get past his loss of Kyle, he works and excersises hard at the gym. When he injures himself he gets assigned to the young physical therapist Brandon.

 

Brandon

 

 

David and Brandon meet for coffee and one thing leads to another....

 

 

 

 

Are they able to put their differences aside? Are they able to get past their age-gap. Will David be able to get past his guilt of beginning a new relationship?

I appreciated very much reading about Kyle's thoughts. . It made it very clear the difficulty David had to go through by his grief. Brandon didn't have one problem with their age difference but it was hard for him to accept David's giving nature. It was hard to accept the gifts David wanted to give him. He didn't like to be a kept man. Obviously a lot of people would be thinking about their relationship that way.

"My life has been so empty since that day I left Provincetown. I didn't even know what love could be like until you showed me. You mean everythin' to me too, David, so I'm yours again, if you'll be mine."



And... As it wasn't difficult enough to read about the loss, the hurt, tragedy strikes again..

 

 

Grab the tissues and hold on to this wonderful journey of these wonderful men.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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review 2016-11-21 02:55
After September - Stephanie Smith

AFTER SEPTEMBER BY STEPHANIE SMITH
Rose had enough-always running in to her ex and his new bride and nothing was holding her to stay now. Kids were in college so she sold the house and rented one in St. Croix to just get away from everything.
She ends up injuring her foot after waking up on the island and goes to the doctor who runs the local orphanage. They each have an attraction to one another.
Love island life and she discovers she has to find something to do. She had noticed a church on her jaunts around town on her bike-we just bought bikes-yes in our 60's and are enjoying them tremendously.
Author describes the house in such detail you can picture it yourself and want to move in. Ocean breezes was the perfect calming effect.
She had prayed to God to take away the pain and stop praying when the pains remained. She talks to Patrick, the doctor and a bit more relieved after he tells her his story and invites her to church.
Things are going well with them and then they are not. Things are not going as she had expected.
She had turned her back on God and she realizes she really needs him in her life...
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.

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