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review 2017-05-23 15:11
not for me.
Dangerous Interference - BJ Wane
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian. Alena goes to Blue Springs, Maine, because that's where her sister was last seen and the disappearance investigation has drawn to a halt. Randy is Sheriff and Nash, a visiting officer from Scotland Yard when the Blue Springs case has some disturbing similarities to a case in London. Alena has an impact on both men, and Alena has a powerful reaction to them as well. But the case is cold, and Alena impatient. And she finds herself in a massive heap of trouble. I have some...issues with this book. There is no discussion, I mean NONE between Nash, Randy and Alena BEFORE that first time one of the men, I forget already which, spank her, in full view of those around them. There was NO discussion about limits, about safe words or anything like that, not even after, when they were planning to attend a PARTY. Now, I'm no expert, but I read a lot of BDSM books, and the level of research that appears in those books differs greatly. Some, its outstanding the amount of research that goes into the life style and what should be expected and not. But not so here. I felt rushed into the relationship between the three of them, and I didn't much like it. I also felt that the relationship between Nash and Randy could have been developed more. They only met a few weeks ago, and I didn't feel a proper connection to THEIR connection, if you see what I mean. Also, the language used when describing the scenes between them is a little....flowery, and it wasn't consistent. Sometimes the words were explicit, and sometimes, almost Mills and Boon-worthy. I don't mind either way, but I don't think that HERE, mixing them just didn't work for me. There is no sexual contact between Nash and Randy. Had there been, I might have enjoyed it more. I'm not ashamed to say I prefer that! AND! Nash's language annoyed me, like GRRRRRRRR. Mate, luv, chap?? almost every time he spoke to Alena or Randy he used words like that. Seriously, I am UK based. I don't know ANYONE who uses those words like Nash does! I liked that I didn't get what had happened to Alena's sister until it was all resolved in the book. I had an idea, I was just wrong about how much that person was involved. Would I read anything else by Wane?? Possibly. I liked the how the sister's disappearance story was dealt with, Alena/Randy/Nash aside. I'll give them another go, if the story is not a BDSM or three way book. I did finish though, and it was touch and go for a while. I had to keep putting it down and coming back to it, reading other things in between. 3 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-23 15:02
loved book three!
Hunter Claimed - A.M. Griffin
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Book three in the series, and I recommend you read books one, Dark Wolf Enterprises, and book two, Lover Claimed before you read this one. Not TOTALLY necessary, but I think you should. And just like that, we are back up to 5 stars! Hunter, cousin to the Farkas brothers, hates vampires. A rogue group killed his parents while he and his little sister, Ezie, had to watch. So when his Alpha brings in a vampire accounting firm to finally plug the leak, he isn't happy. It's their assistant though, that causes Hunter's wolf to come front and centre. Asha has only one goal: to prove that she is better than the sum of her parents, and the vampires will help her get it. Oh I loved this one!! So much better than book two, and on a par with book one. I've no idea why book two didn't quite work, but there you go. We finally get the whole story of who and WHY the vampire is embellishing and HOW they are doing it! And that's now all wrapped up in a big fat bow. Kinda. Sorta. Almost. Hunter's wolf is very taken with Asha, and their coming together is powerful. We get that sucker punch kind of feeling when they look into each other's soul. I missed that in book two. I loved the way it all played out between Hunter and Asha. I'm not going into any details, because that's spoilers. I didn't like Clarissa and what she did to Asha throughout the story and towards the end, especially but what she did, cost her dearly. Hunter's sister is now missing. For a while, I thought Ezie was seeing the Alpha behind everyone's back, but that played out differently. But the eldest brother, Andras, he still needs a story! I still think, that somehow it might be Ezie, but then there was that one line, when they all went to meet the head of the Vampire house that set all sorts of alarm bells ringing! So, please, Ms Griffin! Will the Alpha get his story and how long will I have to wait!! 5 full stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-23 04:37
Lamentation: A Novel (Jay Porter Series) - Joe Clifford

 

 

Sometimes what isn't said can be every bit as damning as what is.

- Chapter 7

 

Basically, this is a mystery thriller. Jay Porter is a smart guy who never got out of his small town. He had a great girl and had a baby with her, but his drug-addicted brother (Chris) always seems to cause him problems. He is now living alone and his former girlfriend and his 2-year old son live with a new guy. When Chris is arrested, Jay gets him released and realizes that there are dangerous lies and secrets in his town. Jay thought Chris was just being paranoid, but when the violence escalates, Jay realizes the danger is real.

 

I liked this book. Jay is a good guy and wants to do the right thing for his son, but he keeps getting in his own way. Sarcasm helps him get through difficulties, along with his close friends. He wants to do the right thing and find a way to help his brother, but it isn't always clear. The secret wasn't clear to me until near the end, but I have a feeling more related secrets still exist that weren't revealed in the book. I guess I would have to read more of the Jay Porter series to find out, but... I'm sorry Book, I'm just not that into you.

 

An interesting note, the author, Joe Clifford was a homeless junkie before he became a successful writer. His firsthand knowledge gives an interesting perspective into the lives of homeless drug addicts. The details are amazing but brutal and raw.

 

I read this book for the Fantasyland 6 space - book with a winter scene on the cover. The book has 202 pages, so that will add $3.00 to my bank.

 

On to my next roll...

 

 

 

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review 2017-05-23 02:02
Review: Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
Come Home - Lisa Scottoline

Quick review for a somewhat lengthy read. I'm actually asking myself in the hours after finishing the book: What on Earth did I just read?

I haven't read many of Lisa Scottoline's books, but admittedly it's been a while and this is the most recent example I can go on. It's...definitely not the first book I would recommend anyone read from this author. I feel like it was an entertaining read but also a complete waste of time. (That sounds like a contradiction in itself, but I'll explain shortly.) So much of this book annoyed me to heck and back - mostly for how over the top and non-cohesive it was. The dialogue in some stretches is completely unrealistic and cringe-worthy. I guess the entertaining aspect of it lies in that it plays out like a soap opera - with the main character running to and fro searching for answers that absolutely no one asked, and one calamity building upon another to ramp up the action and conflict to march forcefully through its conclusion. There are times when I like this kind of story if it can poke fun at itself or just proves entertaining to watch with the characters who make the story more than the bones it stands upon. But "Come Home" was the true definition of a false advertisement of a book if I ever started one.

The story centers around Jill, a pediatrician who's adjusting to life with a new fiance and her daughter. Yet, Abby, Jill's estranged ex-stepdaughter comes bounding to her doorstep one rainy night to proclaim that her father's dead and that someone killed him. This sets off a chain of events that lead to Abby's disappearance, and Jill's desperate search to find her. Only...the search for Abby takes up a good portion of this story, but it's just one thread among several microconflicts that don't really reach satisfying conclusions. "Come Home" dangles false carrots of conflict in front of you, leading you in one direction, but just when you reach a climatic point that promises some answers, the answers lead in another direction that doesn't really have much to do with the original thread of conflict and seems to get weaker and less intriguing as it goes on. I felt like part of it was Jill's utter recklessness and stupidity in approaching every mystery around her, and what she finds just happens to hit the mark in some way without really having any kind of payoff.

In retrospect, I really didn't like most of the characters in this novel, including Jill. I did like Sam and Jill's friend (mostly because they were the ones who had the most sense), but everyone else was annoying as heck in speaking voice as well as contributing to the microconflicts and unreliable narrators here. I wish I could've believed in them or had a good laugh at them, but in the end, the dramatics were lain on far too thick - and the characters far too grating - for me to enjoy this more. I will say it kept me reading and wanting to see what would happen, but I took far too much time on the audiobook and overarching story than the story paid off in the experience. I probably wouldn't pick up this book again, once was enough.

Overall score: 1.5/5 stars.

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review 2017-05-22 20:57
Das Friedmann-Haus | Peter Martin
170522 Friedmannhaus

Autor: Peter Martin
Titel: Das Friedmann-Haus
Genre: Mystery-Thriller
Verlag: beTHRILLED, [01.04.2017]
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Kindel-Edition: 310 Seiten, ASIN: B01MZG2ATA
auch als Taschenbuch verfügbar

 

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Inhaltsangabe (Amazon):

Aus diesem Haus verschwinden Menschen. Plötzlich. Spurlos.
Jan, ein junger, erfolgloser Berliner Blogger und Szenejournalist, zieht ins Friedmann-Haus ein. In diesem denkmalgeschützten, aber leicht verwitterten Schmuckstück in Schöneberg haben sich in den letzten Wochen drei Personen scheinbar in Luft aufgelöst: Der Hausmeister, dessen Tageszeitung man aufgeschlagen auf dem Tisch fand. Eine alte Dame, deren Tee noch auf dem Herd kochte. Und eine Studentin, die ihren angeschalteten Laptop zurückließ. Die Polizei konnte keinen Hinweis auf ein Verbrechen finden ...
Jan will dem Geheimnis des Friedmann-Hauses auf die Spur kommen und darüber in einem Blog berichten. Aber auch er hat Geheimnisse, und sein Interesse am Friedmann-Haus hat sehr persönliche Gründe. Als die Vermissten wieder auftauchen, nur um fast sofort wieder zu verschwinden, wird die ganze Sache immer unheimlicher - und gefährlicher!
Ein temporeicher, atmosphärischer Thriller, in dem es vielleicht nicht für alles eine natürliche Erklärung gibt ...

Meine Meinung:

 

Cover und Kurzbeschreibung haben mich fast augenblicklich in meinen Bann gezogen. Als gebürtige Berlinerin fühle ich mich noch enger in die Geschichte hineingezogen, weil ich vieles kenne und quasi dokumentarisches Bildmaterial vor meinem inneren Auge abläuft. Ich erwartete Spannung und ein bisschen Gänsehaut und wurde nicht enttäuscht.

 

Der erfolglose Journalist Jan versucht, einem Rätsel auf den Grund zu gehen und das Geheimnis hinter den drei verschwundenen Menschen im Friedmann-Haus zu lüften. Dass ihm das nicht leicht fällt, liegt auf der Hand, denn es hemmen ihn nicht nur die anfangs zugeknöpften Mitbewohner und ein polizeilicher Ermittler, auch seine eigene Natur, die eher schüchtern und mutlos ist.

 

Die Charaktere sind in meinen Augen überspitzt dargestellt, denn es scheinen durchweg gestörte Menschen in diesem Haus zu wohnen, was einfach übertrieben sein MUSS. Zudem rast der Autor mit uns durch seine Geschichte, obwohl so viel Potential darinnen steckt, dass man bei der einen oder anderen Idee gern noch etwas länger verweilt hätte. Da hätte es für mich gern etwas ausführlicher sein dürfen.

 

Alles in allem ist dies eine nette Geschichte für zwischendurch mit einigen Überraschungsmomenten und einem leichten Gruselfaktor, der sich gern etwas länger hätte ausbreiten dürfen.

 

Ich gebe 08/10 Punkte.

 

Zitat:

Stolz und ernst, eine Hand hinter dem Rücken verschränkt, präsentierte er einige große und geheimnisvoll wirkende Maschinen.
Pos. 2166/3235, Kapitel 48, bei 67 %

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Über den Autor:

 

Peter Martin stammt aus Hamburg und hat schon einige Berufe (u.a. Fußmodel) ausprobiert und verdient seit 1996 seinen Lebensunterhalt mit dem Schreiben von Drehbüchern und Romanen. – Dies ist der erste Roman von ihm, den ich gelesen habe.

 

Das Friedmann-Haus - Bill & Martin Greenberg (eds.), Ian Fleming, Leslie Charteris, John D. MacDonald, W. Somerset Maugham, Peter O'Donnell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Erle Stanley Gardner, John Jakes, Edward D. Hoch, Cornell Woolrich, William E. Barrett, Bruce Cassiday, Mic 

Source: sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2017/05/gelesen-das-friedmann-haus-peter-martin.html
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