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review 2017-09-11 14:56
Rezension | Joe Hill: Fireman
Fireman: Roman - Ronald Gutberlet,Joe Hill
Wer den Klappentext verfasst hat las den Titel und nicht das Buch. 
Was habe ich erwartet: 
Eine Geschichte über eine apokalyptische Krankheit und einen mysteriösen Fireman. Irgendwas mit einem coolen Endzeithelden, gespickt mit feinen Mystery- und Horror - Elementen. (Entschuldige, Joe Hill, aber ja, ich messe dich an Daddy.) 
Was habe ich bekommen:
Ja, was habe ich bekommen? Ein Endzeit-Dschungelcamp? Eine Gesellschaftsstudie am Rande einer Apokalypse? 
Man hätte es genau so gut „Marlborough -Mann“ nennen können und behaupten, eben jener wäre die größte Gefahr der Menschheit.  Ja, ein „Marlborough- Mann“ kommt vor und ja, er ist eine Gefahr. Zumindest für einen Teil der Menschheit. Damit wären wenigstens zwei Aussagen des Klappentextes als wahr erfüllt, denn es gibt tatsächlich einen „Fireman“ in diesem Roman, aber er ist nicht die letzte Rettung der Menschheit. 
Die Krankheit ist cool. „Dragonscale“, feine Muster, die auf deiner Haut erscheinen und dazu führen, dass du in Flammen aufgehst. Mit dem Menschen nach und nach die ganze Welt. Gut, dieKrankheit zu haben ist nicht so cool, aber die Idee ist gut.  Verschwendet, aber gut. 
Harper, die Protagonistin folgte ich sehr gern durch den Verlauf der Geschichte. Sie ist erfrischend normal, nicht perfekt, aber auch keine Damsel-in-Distress. 
Der Firmen war am Anfang als mystischer Retter interessant, wurde aber sehr schnell de-mystifiziert. Er ist nett. Also nicht im Sinne von „nett ist die kleine Schwester von…“, sondern nett. Mehr aber auch nicht. Er kommt nicht so oft vor und er macht auch nicht sonderlich viel. Aber er ist … nett. 
Die Romanze fand ich zu erzwungen und fehl am Platz. Sie tut nichts für die Geschichte und macht wenig Sinn. Lass die beiden sich mal verlieben, weil … Keks. Das ist eine „Thor“ - Romantik. Kennen sich ein paar Stunden und verlieben sich unsterblich weil es der Plot so will. Nein, nicht der Plot, der Autor. 
Joe Hill arbeitet mir epischer Vorausdeutung. Das erfüllt seinen Zweck, man möchte weiter lesen, aber es verrät auch viel. Zu viel Info zu früh nimmt Überraschung weg. Ich mag es lieber, wenn ich nach und nach herausfinde, wer die Antagonisten sind, als wenn ich vorweg mit der Nase darauf gestoßen werden. Ein oder zwei Wendepunkte der Geschichte lässt er offen, die größten, aber weniger vorweg greifender Erklärung hätte dem Buch gut getan. 
Längen gibt es. Der Mittelteil im Camp zieht sich hin, während das aktionsreichere Ende im Vergleich recht kurz ausfällt. Ich wünschte mir mehr und früher Aktion und weniger Aufbau. Die Etablierung des großen Personals braucht Zeit, ja, aber Joe Hill sollte auf sein Talent vertrauen viele Figuren differenziert darzustellen. Das kann er nämlich. Hat gut von Daddy gelernt.
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review 2017-08-31 08:10
Review Tour - Ready To Run
Named Best Book of the Month by Amazon and iBooks 
I Do, I Don't #1
Lauren Layne
Releasing Aug 22, 2017

The Bachelor meets The Runaway Bride in this addictive romance novel about a reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.

Jordan Carpenter thinks she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: Luke Elliott, a playboy firefighter who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.

Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.



Luke started to load up the gear and, realizing he was doing it alone, glanced over his shoulder to see where the hell his partner was.


Unsurprisingly, his friend was chatting up City Girl. Neither Charlie nor Ryan seemed to mind in the least that these two fancy pants had swooped into their town to capitalize on Luke’s past.


What was more surprising was that Jordan Carpenter was chatting right back, her smile seemingly genuine, her laugh real.


Luke ground his teeth.


He couldn’t say he’d put much thought into the woman behind the name as he’d been unceremoniously deleting her emails and voice messages, but if forced to assume, he’d have guessed aggressive shrew.


He suspected he was wrong there. Because while there was no mistaking the ambition in the woman, it wasn’t the cutthroat, ball-busting kind.


Her lean body might be all angles and long lines, but there was a softness to her as well. The way her hair did its own thing. The easiness of her smile, the quick laugh. The small but pert breasts.


Damn. He was staring.


He slammed the door shut. “Bander,” he shouted at Charlie across the lawn. “Let’s clear out.”


Charlie leaned into Jordan, whispering something in her ear that made her laugh, before walking away with a last wink.


Luke rolled his eyes. Really? This was happening?


Hey, Elliott,” Ryan called. “You want to come over for a barbecue tonight?”


Luke crossed his arms and studied his friend suspiciously, waiting for the catch. “Who’s on the guest list?”


He saw Jordan and her purple-shirt friend exchange a look. Well, that answered that question.


Damn. Ryan never had been able to resist the urge to stir up trouble.


It’s no problem if you don’t want to join us,” Jordan called out, lifting her hand to shield the afternoon sun from her eyes. “I’m sure your friends here can fill me in on everything there is to know about Luke Elliott.”


All about Luke Elliott’s romantic history was more like it. City Girl wasn’t even pretending to be coy about the reason she was here.


All former positive thoughts about her evaporated. Only the worst sort of human would use another’s failed relationships to advance her own career—for entertainment.


Luke turned away without another word, hauling himself into the driver’s seat of the truck as he waited impatiently for Charlie to get done shouting goodbye to every single person within earshot.


He drummed his thumbs against the steering wheel, refusing to even think about going to the BBQ tonight. If his friends wanted to stir up trouble, they could do so without his cooperation.


As for the two New Yorkers, they’d flame out all on their own. Weren’t East Coasters known for being impatient and fast moving?


Surely they’d be off to find some other glory-seeking asshole if he ignored them. One of the other guys could play the role for all he cared.


As Charlie hauled his ass up, Luke started the truck, his eye catching on Jordan Carpenter, who was watching him with a stubborn, determined look on her pretty face.


Damn it. She’d stir up all sorts of trouble unless he ran interference.


Luke pulled out his phone to text Ryan.


I’ll be there. Have beer.


Charlie leaned over, unabashedly reading Luke’s iPhone screen. “Ha. Knew it.”


What?” Luke glared at his friend.


Charlie grinned wider, gesturing over his shoulder. “You’ve got a boner for the hot blonde.”


Are you kidding me with this? She wants me to be the next bachelor.”


How were Ryan and Charlie not getting the absurdity of this?


Charlie shrugged. “So? Maybe it’d be good for you.”


Luke stared at his friend for a moment longer before putting the truck in drive. “The only thing that would be good for me is to push you out of this truck.”


Charlie was waving goodbye to Jordan and Simon. “See you tonight!”


Luke ground his teeth harder. He was already dreading the BBQ, but not going would only make matters worse. Clearly he needed to have a very blunt conversation with Jordan Carpenter.





Ready to Run (I Do, I Don't)Ready to Run by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jordan is a producer on a TV reality series. She is searching for the perfect man to attract the women. Also, he needs to have left them at the altar. Why would she be attracted to that?

Luke is the man in question. Talking to him, and the folks around him, only brings more questions. If he is a runaway groom - why are the ladies loving him?

This is a seriously sweet and hot story. I love the characters and cannot wait for more in the I Do, I Don't series. So much fun, and yet plenty of heat to still call it romance.

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she's written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.


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review 2017-08-26 13:44
Ready to Run (I Do, I Don't) - Lauren Layne

Jordan is a producer on a TV reality series.  She is searching for the perfect man to attract the women.  Also, he needs to have left them at the altar.  Why would she be attracted to that?


Luke is the man in question.  Talking to him, and the folks around him, only brings more questions.  If he is a runaway groom - why are the ladies loving him?


This is a seriously sweet and hot story.  I love the characters and cannot wait for more in the I Do, I Don't series.  So much fun, and yet plenty of heat to still call it romance.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2017-08-25 05:48
The Sullivans Boxed Set Books 1-3 (Contemporary Romance) - Bella Andre

This is a boxed set of books 1-3 of The San Francisco Sullivans series.  These books can be read as individual standalone novels.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this amazing series in order intended.


Book 1: The Look Of Love


Chloe is rescued in the dark of night by none other than Chase Sullivan.  He can see she has already been through it.  He invites her to stay and gets to know her better.  


Chase is seriously attracted to Chloe.  She seems to feel the same.  When it all comes down to it, asking her to stay was the best choice of all.


These characters are so much fun to read!  The family is full of charming and witty people who just happened to be hot.  The setting is dreamy, and this story is just the perfect side of sizzling!  



Book 2: From This Moment On


Marcus meets Nicola and falls nearly at her feet.  While he helps and protects her, she cannot help but respond to the serious and caring man inside.  When he finds out who she is will his feelings change?


Nicola is so glad to finally have a chance with someone who knows nothing of her past.  A man could be more than intimidated by the garbage out there about her.  Being in the public eye makes her more than wary of the men she meets.


Such a sweet and almost fairy tale story that touched me deep.  I was so pleased at the end I actually clapped!  I love these characters and I am excited to read more.



Book 3: Can't Help Falling In Love


Gabe has been burned both professionally and personally.  As a firefighter, he is always giving of himself.  He needs a true partner in every sense of the word.


Megan feels she owes the men who helped save her and her daughter.  Meeting Gabe feels like a dream.  Is there a future that can be real?


This was a slow burn in the romance.  I love how it got hotter, and a family was such a treat to read about.  The recurring characters in this series make it all worthwhile.


Every page was easy to turn to the next, and then the next.  I am eager to read more in this amazing series.  The Sullivans are truly character's in every sense of the word.  I give this boxed set a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-07-25 07:19
Up In Flames (Eternal Flame Book 2) - Peter Styles

This is book # 2, in the Eternal Flame series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading in order.


Tim & Nicky have been together for a long time.  So when things get odd, and turn the door to suspicious, he tries to give his man the benefit of the doubt.  He has many people in his life who do not understand his relationship, and they all think he should walk away.


Nicky tries hard to make Tim feel loved.  If only Tim had known what he was planning.  He would have been able to help him sooner.  As the evidence piles up, can they stay strong against the strain?


This series is definitely hot.  My biggest complaint was that this story could have been longer.  I felt a serious rush there at the end.  The story is complete, and moves right along.  I just felt like I wanted more.  I give this book a 2/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

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