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review 2019-10-22 14:06
ARC REVIEW Breathless With Her by Carrie Ann Ryan

Breathless With Her (Less Than, #1)Less Than #1, Meet the rest of the Carrs. We meet the first sibling Dimitri Carr in Restless Ink, where we got a brief look at his siblings, enough of a look that made us fans know we wanted them. So here they are. Devin Carr was minding his own business sitting in a bar when a stunner in a red sequins dress walked in the door looking shell shocked. Erin Taborn was enjoying her high school reunion until she walked in on her husband doing the former head cheerleader she left the reunion with the only thought of getting smashed. Luckily her older sisters ex-boyfriend from high school, Devin, was there and told her he had her back for the night he even let her crash at his place cause she didn't want to go back home incase the cheating asshole was there.

One embarrassing morning and six months later the divorce is final and Erin is getting on with her life baking up a storm for her business Lace & Cakes. Erin has no interest in another relationship or even just casual she decided to work on becoming more self reliant she didn't need a man in her life and then Devin walks back into her life again. Erin wants to be able to stand on her own two feet and solve all her problem by herself, she learns it's not always possible especially with her friends. Things start casual between Erin and Devin because that's want Erin wants, Devin wants more but he knows she needs time but she also needs to know that it's okay to ask for help.

Overall, it was another wonderful heart wrenching book from Carrie Ann Ryan. The only thing I wasn't happy about was how Erin left things with her father, I felt that it was left unresolved she formed her opinion but never got his side. But other than that I loved it. It's told in first person with alternating POVs. Devin is sweet and patient Erin can be a little overly stubborn and blinded by her own need to prove herself to herself but together they make a great couple. 




 

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review 2019-10-21 14:03
CHRISTMAS ARC REVIEW Maybe This Christmas by Susannah Nix
Maybe This Christmas



AUTHOR: Susannah Nix
 
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2019
 
PRICE: $.99


BLURB:

Two best friends. Ten Christmases. One happy ending.

When best friends Alexandra and Lucas share a first kiss on Christmas night their senior year of high school, it feels like the best years of their lives are ahead of them.

Then Alex goes off to college, and Lucas stays behind to work at his dad’s construction business in the small beach town where they grew up. Life, as they say, happens. And somewhere along the way these two high school sweethearts find they don’t have as much in common as they once did.

Lucas’s life is on Beaufort Island, and Alex is all about getting away and moving on. So he makes one of the hardest decisions of his life and lets her go.

But every year when Alex comes home for the holidays, fate conspires to reunite the two former lovebirds on Christmas Day. Year after year, through good times and bad, Lucas and Alex meet up, catch up, and reconnect on the anniversary of their first kiss.

Is it too much to hope that one year they’ll find their way back to each other permanently?

Maybe even this Christmas.

 
 

An absolutely adorable stand alone novella from the same author who brought us the Chemistry Lessons series. It kind of reminded me of that one Christmas movie Love at the Christmas Table (2012) but this book was so much better. Christmas of their senior year Alex and Lucas finally admit they like each other and share their first kiss after knowing each other practically all their lives. The next year after graduation and Alex leaving for college Lucas realizes as much as he loves her he needs to let her go to live her life and they break up a year to the day that they started dating. The next year is awkward they haven't talked practically that whole year but they come to realize they can still be friends and be there for each other. One year she has a girlfriend, and the next not and then Lucas has a girlfriend and then a fiance. Each year they grow closer again learning each other as adults rather than school friends and high school sweethearts until they are together, again.

I love the format of this each year is a single chapter and it doesn't give the reader any extra information on what has happened during the past year so that way the characters have something to talk about especially when they are estranged and then they reflect on the past year. Overall, this is a quick and easy read, I really enjoyed it.








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review 2019-10-01 14:22
ARC REVIEW My Pen is Huge by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

My Pen Is Huge

The OHellNo Series Book #5

 

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Comes a Saucy Minx of a Book, MY PEN IS HUGE. (OHellNo #5 - Standalone.)

Dear Mr. Merrick,
 
I quit.
 
And since you’re obsessed with your stupid pen collection, I thought it appropriate to take the big one you love so much and write my resignation letter. Kiss your pen goodbye, big man!
 
Because when I agreed to work for you—a hotshot journalist I’ve admired for years—no one told me that you had a secret life and that you’d bug my apartment, have someone killed, and make the moves on me just to test whether I’m serious about this job.
 
I mean, come on! What kind of boss does that? Yes, you’re ten degrees hotter than the sun, and you melt panties everywhere you go, but this “little intern” is done with your games.
 
From this day forward, consider me your mortal enemy, your biggest threat. Maybe your pen is huge, but my determination is bigger. See you on the battlefield, Mr. Big Pen.
 
Your ex-admirer,
 
Gisselle Walters
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Oh Boy! This book. Where to begin? If you have read Battle of the Bulge the you should be familiar with these characters, this book starts before battle of the Bugle and continues past the end of it. So we do get mentions of past characters and an appearance by Abi but this is still completely a stand alone.
 
They say never meet your heroes, Gisselle get the once in a lifetime opportunity to work for a journalist she admires greatly but once she meets him all the mystique about him gets overshadowed by his chauvinism. Not lasting one day Gisselle discovers he's not who he seems but that doesn't stop her from pursuing her dreams, stealing his stories, and lusting after the man. But when push comes to shove she gives as good as she gets.

Leland Merrick is more than he seems. A sharp dressed man, determined to get his story go anywhere and knows all the right people to get it done. But one woman and his determination for the story gets sidetracked to protecting her from things she doesn't realize she's getting into. Even if she doesn't see it and thinks he's purposefully trying to derail her from her goal, well he is but for her own safety.
 
Overall, yet another hysterical read from MJP. Seriously this series is great for putting a smile on my face even when feeling depressed. I loved Marrick even when he was an ass. Gisselle is such a character, she conniving... I mean, smart. Her naivety started off funny but gets a little annoying. I can only take so much kindergarten words for sex and body parts. It makes me every excited for the foul mouthed Rose whose book is next. I kinda also want to meet Gisselle's brother. As a lover of puns and innuendos this book gets even more bonus points.          
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

About the Author

MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who’s sold over one million books around the world. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dreams. Mimi lives with her Latin lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three spunky dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the vampire-unfriendly state of Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.
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review 2019-09-17 10:52
Der zauberhafte Abschluss eines modernen Märchens
Winter - Marissa Meyer

„Winter“ ist der finale Band der „Lunar Chronicles“ und eine Adaption von „Schneewittchen“. Dabei war Prinzessin Winter, Marissa Meyers dunkelhäutige Version des Schneewittchens, ursprünglich nur als Nebenrolle gedacht. Meyer wollte sich eigentlich auf Levana als böse Königin und Jacin als Jäger konzentrieren. Doch je weiter die Reihe voranschritt, desto nachdrücklicher verlangte Winters außergewöhnlicher Charakter die Aufmerksamkeit der Autorin. Sie wuchs mit der Geschichte, bis sie zu faszinierend war, um sie zu ignorieren. So ergatterte die junge, bildschöne Prinzessin noch im letzten Band eine Hauptrolle – neben Cinder, Scarlet und Cress.

 

Königin Levana muss fallen. Niemals wird sie ihre Pläne, die Herrschaft über die Erde an sich zu reißen, aufgeben. Niemals wird sie Lunas Volk aus ihrem eisernen Griff entlassen. Cinder und ihre Freunde müssen sie aufhalten, bevor sie ihre skrupellosen Absichten in die Tat umsetzen kann. Ihnen bleibt nur eine Option: sie müssen nach Luna gelangen, um dort Cinders wahre Identität als rechtmäßige Thronerbin zu offenbaren. Doch schon kurz nach ihrer Ankunft in der Hauptstadt Artemisia werden sie von den Thaumaturgen der Königin entdeckt. Im anschließenden Chaos wird die Crew der Rampion getrennt. Während Cinder, Thorne, Wolf und Iko in die Außenbezirke fliehen können, muss sich Cress im Palast mitten unter Feinden verstecken. Gerade, als sie glaubt, alles sei verloren, erhält sie unerwartet Hilfe. Levanas ungeliebte Stieftochter Prinzessin Winter und ihr Leibwächter Jacin verbergen sie vor den Augen der Königin und ihrer Schergen. Winters Schönheit, ihre Großzügigkeit und Freundlichkeit sind legendär. Aber man erzählt sich auch, dass Winter verrückt ist. Kann sie Cinder und ihre Freunde dennoch dabei unterstützen, eine Revolution auszulösen, die Levana endgültig zu stürzen vermag?

 

Ich glühe. Aus meinem Herzen strahlen Wärme und aufrichtige Liebe. Ich wusste ja, dass Marissa Meyer Talent besitzt, aber mit der emotionalen Wirkung, die „Winter“ auf mich hatte, hätte ich trotz dessen niemals gerechnet. Sie hat sich selbst übertroffen. Das Buch ist wundervoll und enthält alles, das ich mir unbewusst für das Finale der „Lunar Chronicles“ wünschte: eine aufregende, spannende Handlung, die alle Elemente plausibel vollendet und eine ansteckende Revolution fokussiert; Herausforderungen für die Charaktere, die diese überzeugend und mitreißend bewältigen und die respektvolle Adaption eines alten Märchens, die den Spagat zwischen Moderne und Klassik meistert, ohne die Originalität der Geschichte zu behindern. Es ist garantiert nicht einfach, im letzten Band einer Reihe eine neue Protagonistin vorzustellen und sie als gleichwertig zu etablieren, wenn alle anderen Figuren längst einen Vorsprung haben. Es sollte mich eigentlich nicht überraschen, dass es Meyer in „Winter“ dennoch gelang, Prinzessin Winter homogen in die Handlung der „Lunar Chronicles“ einzuarbeiten, schließlich lobe ich die Autorin seit drei Bänden dafür, dass sie ihr Universum ständig erweitert und ausbaut, aber meine uneingeschränkte Bereitschaft, Winter in meine Arme zu schließen, erstaunte mich. Natürlich half es, dass mir der Zwischenband „Fairest“, den ich nun umso mehr als wertvolle Ergänzung betrachte, bereits eine Ahnung von der komplexen, belasteten Beziehung zwischen Winter und Königin Levana vermittelte, doch ich war überwältigt davon, wie leicht es ist, die bildschöne Prinzessin trotz ihrer mentalen Instabilität und ihren daraus resultierenden Verrücktheiten zu mögen. Winter verkörpert den Geist von „Schneewittchen“ hervorragend, die Unschuld, Naivität und Liebeswürdigkeit des Märchens, wirkt durch ihre persönliche, tragische Biografie allerdings nicht austauschbar oder stereotyp. Sie ist lebendig und ich liebte es, ihre unkonventionellen Gedankengänge zu beobachten. Meyers Idee, sie im Verlauf von „Winter“ außerdem mit Scarlet zusammenzustecken, die zu Beginn des Buches noch immer in Artemisia gefangen ist, verdient Applaus. Ich kann mir kein passenderes Duo vorstellen, weil sie einander bemerkenswert ergänzen. Grundsätzlich ist die Dynamik der Figuren dieser Reihe eine Sensation, die in diesem Finale ihren Höhepunkt erreicht. In Märchen ist die Liebesgeschichte zwischen Prinz und Prinzessin oft zentral – ich schätze es unheimlich, dass dieser Aspekt in den „Lunar Chronicles“ zwar ebenfalls wichtig ist und sogar die verkümmerte kleine Romantikerin in mir ansprach, aber die Handlung selten essenziell beeinflusst. Unsere Heldinnen treffen stets vernünftige Entscheidungen, die auf der vorliegenden Sachlage basieren. Sie sind nicht verblendet oder schwächer aufgrund ihrer Gefühle, sie schöpfen Stärke aus ihnen. Ich empfinde das als empowering und freue mich über das emanzipierte, realistische Frauenbild, das Meyer ihren Leser_innen bietet. Könnte nur jeder Young Adult – Roman so sein.

 

„Winter“ ist ein Finale, das diese Bezeichnung wirklich verdient. Es ist nicht einfach eine weitere Geschichte im Universum der „Lunar Chronicles“, sondern die Summe aller vorangegangenen Bände, ihre Fortsetzung und logische Konsequenz. Ich bin sehr glücklich, dass Marissa Meyer das moderne Märchen, das in „Cinder“ begann, mit diesem Abschluss ordentlich ausklingen lässt. Ein abrupter Abbruch hätte alles, was sie bis dahin leistete und ihren Figuren abverlangte, geschmälert. Sie behandelt ihre Held_innen anständig und fair und gesteht ihnen die Chance zu, wahrhaft über sich hinauszuwachsen. Deshalb fand ich „Winter“ fabelhaft und rührend. Es ist ein zauberhaftes Ende, das mir den Abschied ungemein erleichterte, weil es mich sowohl emotional als auch intellektuell befriedigte. Ich bin sonst sehr geizig mit 5-Sterne-Bewertungen, aber in diesem Fall musste ich die Höchstwertung auspacken. Marissa Meyer verdient diese Ehrung und darüber hinaus einen festen, dauerhaften Platz in meinem Bücherregal.

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review 2019-09-11 14:51
ARC REVIEW Wrapped in Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

Wrapped in Ink (Montgomery Ink: Boulder, #1)Montgomery Ink: Boulder #1, More Montgomery cousins. Liam is the eldest of the Boulder cousins became a model at a young age, he also knew when to retire from that lifestyle he has since become the famous L.M. Berry an action adventure/sci-fi-ish writer. Arden Brady has been living with Lupus since she was young and since her unpredictable illness may flare up at any time she got into a job that allows her to work from home and from bed if the occasion calls for it, she is a professional researcher for authors and also writes and maintains series "bible" helping them keep track of everything pertaining to their book series. Liam and Arden meet at the hospital, Arden is suffering from a flare up and Liam saved his sister from an accident at a wedding. Despite not looking her best Liam and Arden still flirted and ended up with Arden giving Liam her phone number. Liam finds out something that changes his whole world, he feels like his whole life has been a lie. It was pure happenstance or just plain fate that Liam and Arden ran into each other a couple weeks later and have coffee together turns out they have quite a bit in common, for instance Arden does research for his books.

 Arden deals with her attraction to Liam and fears that this relationship will be just like her other one and leave her heart broken she tries to keep herself distant from him, it doesn't help that he's sweet and kind and even her three very overprotective brothers like him. Liam, after finding out the truth, is dealing with an existential crisis. Arden was just supposed to be a distraction to get his mind off his family and his book but the more he becomes attached the harder time he has dealing with it, he can't even figure out what his characters are doing. Liam has to figure things out one at a time before all the pieces come together and if Arden lets her heart open to him and lets go of her fears.

Overall, another lovely, emotional, sexy story from Carrie Ann Ryan. I loved Liam and Arden. Liam and his identity crisis and Arden's battle with her own body and her mind and them falling in love such a good read. AND Arden's brother are getting their own series eventually YAY!

 

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