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review 2018-11-13 10:27
Jetzt werde ich doch noch sentimental
Chicagoland Vampires: Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht - Marcel Aubron-Bülles,Chloe Neill

Ich habe ernstlich überlegt, mich zum Abschluss der „Chicagoland Vampires“-Reihe mit einem T-Shirt zu belohnen. Auf ihrer Website hat Chloe Neill einen Shop eingerichtet, in dem Merch aller Couleur angeboten wird. Leider ist nichts, aber auch gar nichts dabei, was mir gefällt. Nicht einmal Catchers Spruch-T-Shirts überzeugen mich. Schade. Ich hätte all die Jahre der Treue gern ausgezeichnet. Dann werde ich das Finale wohl still für mich feiern. Aber bis dahin ist es sowieso noch ein bisschen hin, denn erst einmal steht jetzt die Rezension zum vorletzten Band „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“ an.

 

Haus Cadogan versetzte dem Zirkel einen schweren Schlag. Ethan und Merit vereitelten die Pläne der kriminellen Organisation, doch ihr Oberhaupt Adrien Reed wird nicht eher ruhen, bis er ganz Chicago unter seine Kontrolle gebracht und Rache an den Vampiren geübt hat, die sich ihm entgegenstellten. Als das Paar die Leiche eines Gestaltwandlers nahe Wrigley Field entdeckt, der von einem unbekannten Vampir ermordet wurde, ahnen sie, dass Reed seine Finger im Spiel hat. Neben dem Getöteten sind seltsame Symbole an eine Wand gezeichnet. Es scheint sich um eine alchemistische Gleichung zu handeln, aber ihre Bedeutung bleibt rätselhaft, obwohl Ethan, Merit, Mallory und Catcher alles daransetzen, sie zu entschlüsseln. Bald tauchen die Symbole überall in Chicago auf. Würde Reed tatsächlich einen Krieg unter den Übernatürlichen Chicagos riskieren, um zu bekommen, was er will? Würde er magische Energien entfesseln, die er unmöglich beherrschen kann?

 

Meine Güte, jetzt werde ich auf meine alten Tage wohl doch noch sentimental. Wer hätte das gedacht? Ich mochte „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“ viel mehr, als ich erwartet hatte. Tatsächlich war ich überrascht, wie gut mir dieser zwölfte Band gefiel. Ich wollte ihn gar nicht mehr aus der Hand legen und war wirklich gefesselt. Emotional erinnerte er mich sehr an die frühen Bände der „Chicagoland Vampires“, was die Augenblicke melancholischer Wehmut natürlich verstärkte. Jetzt ist es bald vorbei. Schnüff. Ja, ich gebe zu, trotz aller Kritik an Chloe Neill und der Entwicklung, die die Reihe genommen hat, muss ich mir ein metaphorisches Tränchen verdrücken. Eine Ära endet (demnächst). Ich weiß noch, wie ich mir mit dem ersten Band „Frisch gebissen“ die Nacht um die Ohren geschlagen habe. Ach was war es schön. Gut, hier soll es aber nicht um Nostalgie gehen, sondern um „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“. Ich denke, ich mochte das Buch deshalb so sehr, weil alle liebgewonnenen Figuren endlich wieder aktiv zusammenarbeiten und am selben Strang ziehen. Nach den dramatischen, einschneidenden Erlebnissen der vergangenen Bände sind sie endlich wieder ein Team, besonders Merit, Ethan, Mallory und Catcher. Es war toll, sie gemeinsam gegen einen Feind antreten zu sehen. Merit erhält trotzdem eine Sonderrolle, denn sie wird brutal mit ihrer jüngsten Vergangenheit konfrontiert – ein cleverer Schachzug, der die übergreifende Handlung rund erscheinen lässt, obwohl ich bezweifle, dass dieser von Beginn an geplant war. Langfristige Abläufe sind meiner Ansicht nach nicht Chloe Neills Stärke; ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, dass sie eine Idee dieser Größenordnung geduldig mit sich herumtrug, ohne unmissverständliche Andeutungen fallen zu lassen. Dazu fehlt ihr die nötige Subtilität. Deshalb bin ich sicher, dass Annabelle, eine neue Figur, die sie in „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“ vorstellt, eine Rolle in der Familienplanung von Ethan und Merit spielen wird. Sie ist eine schwangere Nekromantin. Schwanger. Nekromantin. Das schreit ja geradezu nach einem Zusammenhang mit der Prophezeiung, laut der „Methan“ als erstes Vampirpärchen der Historie ein Kind bekommen werden. Wozu sonst sollte Neill so spät die Besetzung erweitern? Erstmal hilft Annabelle unserem Powerpaar bei den Ermittlungen zu den alchemistischen Symbolen, die überall in Chicago auftauchen. Die Idee, Alchemie in das magische Potpourri der Reihe aufzunehmen, verdient Applaus, doch leider involvierte Neill mir zu wenig Details. Die Alchemie ist eine komplizierte und umständliche Kunst. Sie erklärt nicht, wieso sich überhaupt ein_e Hexe_r auf diese Richtung spezialisieren sollte. Welche Vorteile bietet sie gegenüber anderen Magieformen? Die Verbindung der Symbole mit dem Gangsterboss Adrien Reed ist kein Geheimnis, die Herausforderung besteht darin, herauszufinden, was er plant. Ich fand es schade, dass Neill in „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“ ausschließlich Reed fokussierte, statt den Zirkel als kriminelle Organisation richtig in die Handlung einzuarbeiten. Dadurch erschien das Ganze als 1-Mann-Unternehmen und erinnerte kaum noch an die Mafia. Adieu, organisiertes Verbrechen. Dennoch ist es mir hundert Mal lieber, dass sie sich auf die Handlungsaspekte konzentriert, die ihr liegen, statt irgendwas zu versuchen und dann zu scheitern. Letztendlich war es mir auch egal, wer nun als Bösewicht herhalten muss – die Hauptsache war, dass ich Freude mit diesem Band hatte.

 

Vielleicht sehe ich „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“ durch die rosa Rückblicksbrille. Mir ist bewusst, dass ich ein bisschen nostalgisch bin, weil sich „Chicagoland Vampires“ dem Ende nähert. Mag sein, dass das mein Urteilsvermögen beeinflusst. Aber sind wir ehrlich: ist das wichtig? Spielt es eine Rolle, warum ich Spaß mit der Lektüre des zwölften Bandes hatte? Ich denke nicht. „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“ ist reine Unterhaltungsliteratur und diesen Job hat das Buch hervorragend erfüllt. Ich habe mich nicht einmal besonders an den schmalzigen Liebesschwüren zwischen Ethan und Merit gestört. Klar, das ist alles unfassbar kitschig, doch ich konnte diesen Part problemlos ignorieren. Etwas Glück wünsche ich den beiden ja auch. Deshalb freue ich mich wirklich auf das Finale „Ein Biss von dir“, für das ich mich emotional wohl lieber wappne. Sonst wird aus dem metaphorischen Tränchen am Ende noch ein echtes.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/chloe-neill-wie-ein-biss-in-dunkler-nacht
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review 2018-09-24 03:51
Book Review for Beast by SC Daiko
 
 
 
 
 
 
Title: BEAST
Author: SC Daiko
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Mafia Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 20, 2018 Cover Design: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs Cover Photography: Wander Book Club Photography
Reviewed by Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I’ve been sold by my own father to a beast.
 
Gleb Sokolov is the definition of a savage.
He’s an animal in bed and everywhere else.
A notorious Russian mobster, badass personified.
 
And my father just sold me to him, to pay off a debt.
 
But there’s something Gleb doesn’t know… we have a son,
and I’ll do anything to keep him from finding out.
 
Eva Petrenko.
Sassy, secretive, trouble with a capital T.
She drives me fucking insane.
Except, when her father offers her to me, I find I can’t resist.
She belongs with me, even if she refuses to believe it.
Eva hates me, but I’ll go to the ends of the earth to protect her.
Problem is, Eva’s father isn’t the only one with debts…
and mine are the kind I’ll need to pay with my own blood.
 
 
 
This was an enjoyable read.I enjoy this author's stories so always looking forward to her releases.
 
I enjoyed the story plot and enjoyed most of the characters but, I will have to say that Eva's parents not at all and If I was her would have written them off but, she had such a generous heart it was not in her to do so.
 
I always pick a favorite character and mine is going to be Gleb and that is because he was willing to sacrifice so much for those he loved but also give up the only life he has known to protect them as well as love them.I found Gleb to be brass,conceded but underneath all the dark and dangerous he had a heart as well as a conscience.I also loved that he even had limits that he wouldn't cross.I felt  bad and even sad at the fact he was constantly waring with himself and what was best for Eva and his son.
 
Eva what to say other than she was a sweetheart.I loved that she had a bit of feisty-ness to her as well and a backbone too.I loved how protective she was of her son.I loved how patient she was with Gleb as he continued to work through all these new emotions that she stirred up in him.
 
The story flowed nicely and had a bit of suspense and also about a second chance at the life you would have chosen not the one your were dealt but, had the courage to make the change even if it killed her.
 
I enjoyed the romance between this couple and as the story played out they had quite a few sexy scene's but, my only complaint would be I felt that this couple  never connected on a intimate level (meaning I never felt the love between them even knowing they loved one another) maybe it was just the fact that Gleb guarded his heart and emotions fiercely to the very end and just finally realizing really what he had to lose and let us see what was beneath the surface.
 
Overall the story was good from beginning to end.Was I wowed this time around  ? "no" but ,it was a nice enjoyable read to pass the time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Without warning, my head starts to spin. Shit, I shouldn’t have drunk that cocktail so fast. I can’t see any signs indicating the bathroom. Maybe I can escape for a few minutes behind one of these doors? I’m not that desperate to pee, just need somewhere peaceful to sit and wait for my brain to clear.
I step into an office unlike any I’ve been in before. Ritzy, with an executive desk in the center that’s the size of my bed at home. My eyes are immediately drawn to a stack of banknotes on top of the shiny surface. I tiptoe across the room.
Wow, it’s a pile of one-hundred-dollar bills.
I pick one up to examine it.
Surely these can’t be real?
“What the fuck are you doing in here?” a baritone voice booms.
The air around me compresses, and I spin around.
A man in a tux is standing in the doorway, piercing blue eyes glowering at me. He’s so big his shoulders nearly meet the doorjambs.
And he’s drawn a fucking gun on me!
“I was looking for the bathroom.” I drop the money back onto the table, my heartbeat thudding in my ears.
Blue Eyes paces up to me, holsters his firearm and grabs my wrist. “Who sent you to snoop?” His English is good, but I detect a familiar intonation. “Was it Vadim Rayt?” he adds.
“No one sent me,” I blurt out in Russian. “I’m telling the truth.”
I try to squirm out of Blue Eyes’ hold, but he pulls me against his rock-hard chest, towering above me and invading my senses with his spicy sandalwood cologne.
“Let me go.” I struggle and aim a kick at his shin.
His laugh is scornful. “Not before you give me a better explanation.”
I bite my bottom lip, trying to come up with something. “I just needed some time out.”
“Time out? You’ve got to be kidding. The only women who come in here on their own are hookers. High-class hookers who bribe the doorman.” His gaze roves over my body. “Either you’re a whore or a spy. Which one is it?”
An idea occurs to me. How I can get out of this situation. “I’m a hooker,” my voice purrs.
I can’t believe the words coming out of my mouth. I’ve never been so blatant… like ever. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Once I’ve gotten his pants down around his legs I’ll make a run for it. I reach for his belt buckle with my free hand.
With a groan he lets go my wrist and pushes me to my knees. “You better be good.”
I’ve never given a blow-job in my life. It wasn’t something I felt I could offer my ex, the only boyfriend I’ve ever had.
But I’m not gonna suck Blue Eyes off, am I?
This is only a means to an end.
I pull down his suit pants, and he releases his monster cock himself. Oh. My. God. There’s a ring-style piercing at the tip. Is that what they call a Prince Albert? I stare at it, fascinated.
“Like what you see, Kotenok?”
Somehow, I don’t mind being called kitten by him.
Mistake, Eva.
Big mistake.
Focus on the task at hand… You need to get out of here.
I jump to my feet and prepare to run.
But he grabs me by the hair, yanking me against him. “Oh, yes, you are good, little slut. But not as good as you think you are. Time you learned a lesson.”
He steps out of his pants and drags me over to his executive chair.
“What are you doing?” I yelp.
“Punishing you for attempting a fast one. I’m going to spank your ass.”
“And then you’ll let me go.” It’s more a statement than a question.

“One step at a time, Kitten. First, I will punish you… then we negotiate.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SC Daiko, aka Siobhan (pronounced Shivawn), is an award-winning, international bestselling contemporary romance author. Originally from the UK, she now lives in Italy with her husband and two cats.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2018-09-24 03:06
Book Review for Collared by the Badman by Hayley Faiman
 
 
 
 
Title: Collared by the Badman
Series: Russian Bratva Series 
Author: Hayley Faiman
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 24, 2018 Cover Design: Cassy Roop @ Pink Ink Designs
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
 

Sergei Orlov has lived a life of dark corruption. Denying himself any bit of normalcy and happiness as a way to protect his family—of blood or Bratva. He’s seen as a savior to his men, living in darkness behind closed doors.
 
Raisa was a girl sold into a life of sexual servitude. Memories of her life before—forgotten. She aspires to be cherished by a man who will forever keep her as his own, never to be sold, abused, or traded again.
 
A favor asked, turns into something else, something unquestionably beautiful. Sergei cannot deny that Raisa stirs something inside of him. Something that he has never felt before.
 
One fractured savior. One shattered soul. When the two collide, their lives take on new meaning.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
I am to start me review off a little bit differently than I normally do but, after reading this story I was so emotional hyped up and my emotions all over the place that I posted in Hayley's fb group just to tell her how much I loved the story before writing this review here it is ....


  Hayley Faiman its no secret how much I love your books but,I have to say Collared by the Badman floored me.I am still reeling from it.I have so many emotions going on inside of me that I can't even put them into words but, out of all the books I have read this story affected me emotionally more than any others that you have written and I think its your best yet.No other book other than my favorite book of all time Outlander by Diana Gabaldon has effected me this way so and that is saying something just what an awesome writer you are.Awesome Awesome Job.I loved it as it was tragic,dark,terrifying, emotional,heart wrenching and so much more....Glued to the pages to the very end! We love you!
 
After digressing this story several hours later I just read and so many hours later I am still reeling from this story.I have to say that if a author is still able to capture your intention and has you still thinking of the story hours later it truly was beautifully written.

I really don't no where to start and tell you how much I loved the story from beginning to end.I was captivated from the onset of Sergi taking Raisa home.I am going to be honest and say that I was having doubts that I was going to make it to the end of the story as the story had me edgy and a bit shaky because the content was so dark and heart wrenching but, when Sergi took it upon himself to avenge a women who he new so little about I was all in.
 
After talking to Hayley after my response she told me that she never really planned ever to write this story and that would have been an absolute shame and we are so glad she did as it was Fantastic!!!!!

    I always pick a favorite character in a story but, this time around its impossible to do as Sergi's small circle of close friends and family made me love them all the more as their loyalty to him was so touching.I loved how from the beginning of Raisa entering all their lives they new she would be his one and only not only that but, how all of them became so protective of her . "It was so touching, It made me tear up more than once."

Raisa was just an unbelievably strong women and I myself would have never been able to survive the horrors she experience in her life.My heart broke for her and remained broken the entire story.
 
Sergi OMG !
"He was hotter that hot in this story!"I experienced his pain as well what a lonely life for him never being able to love anyone with putting them in danger and never being able to show even a hint of emotion at all always having to play the role of a monster just to survive. Sergi was no saint that is for sure but, It was really nice to see that he had a heart and that he was able to feel something even if he has have to mask those feelings and keep those feelings to himself.I loved his struggle as he worked his way through what he was feeling for Raisa and what she really meant to him.

  As the story progressed the story got hotter and hotter. Omg ! the sex scenes super hot.This story is not for the faint of heart as it is very dark and unless you are enmeshed in a lifestyle such Sergi and Raisa you would truly never really understand it but,the depth of emotions it causes the person reading it to feel and that those feelings are all over place and sometimes overwhelming even. I personally could never imagine anyone freely living a lifestyle of and owner/slave relationship but,after reading Raisa's story there would be no other way for her to function without this kind of a relationship and without it she would never truly survive any other way.I am happy though through all the darkness,heartbreak,horror's she endured that she was able for once in her life experience some sort of happiness and once she had a glimpse of it not wanting to take it to heart as she was constantly waiting for it to be riped a way at and minute.Just heartbreaking you just want the tears to fall with her as she sits there and sheds them to rid the pain in of all that's in her heart....

Tissues ! Tissues ! Tissues! 


A Compelling story not to be missed!

A recommended read to all! 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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text 2018-08-15 14:01
Cover Reveal - Betting On Him

 

Today we are thrilled to be revealing the cover for BETTING ON HIM by Kelly Collins. BETTING ON HIM is the first book in a brand new mafia romance series and will be published on October 15th!

 

 

 

 

About BETTING ON HIM:

 

He’s a gangster going straight. She’s a waitress going bankrupt. Will their gamble on a marriage of convenience pay off in true love?

 

 

Alex Wilde desperately wants to be free of the family’s mob business. But when his infamous father is murdered, the family attorney makes a suggestion he can’t ignore: find a bride before the funeral or they'll force a wedding with a nice Russian gangster girl. When he meets a feisty cocktail waitress, he thinks he’s found his way out.

 

Faye Tandy is desperately in debt and hard-pressed to find help. Alex’s offer of a phony marriage for a ton of cash couldn’t come at a better time and she’s happy to help him exit the criminal world. The fact that he’s tall, dark, and handsome is an attractive bonus. But when she discovers the Russians have a contract out on her head, she wonders if divorced and bankrupt would be a better choice than rich and dead...

 

As Faye’s fake feelings for Alex turn real, she’s terrified her trip to the altar might be her last. Will Alex and Faye’s throw of the dice succeed or will they lose the lawless game of love?

 

Add BETTING ON HIM to your Goodreads TBR!

 

Pre-order BETTING ON HIM on Amazon today!

 

   

About KELLY COLLINS:

 

International bestselling author of more than thirty novels, Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive. Always a romantic, she blends real-life events with her vivid imagination to create characters and stories that lovers of contemporary romance, new adult, and romantic suspense will return to again and again. Kelly lives in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her husband of twenty-eight years, their two dogs, and a bird that hates her. She has three amazing children, whom she loves to pieces.

 

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review 2018-06-22 08:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Reckoning
 
We're celebrating the release of  RECKONING (Vincent & Eve #2) by Jessica Ruben! One-Click your copy and if you haven't purchased RISING, do it now while it's only $.99! 
 
 
Cover by: Okay Creations
NA, Contemporary Romance
 
Forgetting about Eve was the plan. Finding her at a party on my college campus was the last thing I expected.

But letting her go again isn’t an option—not this time. Juggling the life I want with the one I was born into may be near impossible, but for her, it's a risk I'm willing to take.

My world has turned into a house of cards, where one wrong move can send it all crashing down…and us with it.


Eve:
 
Finally at a prestigious university—and on the path to living my dreams—I’ve left the darkness of the Blue Houses behind. Still, a whole new host of problems await me.

Vincent is here.

He's king of the school, complete with a society princess by his side. I thought I wanted to know what he was hiding, but unlocking his biggest secret leads me into entirely new territory laced with danger
and lust...one I’m not sure I’ll survive.

*RISING must be read before reading RECKONING.


 
 
 
 
 
Reckoning (Vincent and Eve #2)Reckoning by Jessica Ruben
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eve was enjoying her time as a Freshman at Columbia University. She earned her scholarship here. The future as a lawyer is her dream, and she is almost there.

Vincent has no idea that Eve is going to turn up where he is finishing school. He is wrapped up in several things at the moment. All things he does not want to taint Eve with. How to have her and not mix those worlds?

Their love is very sexy and highly emotional. This story is high with the heat and very heartfelt. As the sparks fly in many directions, Vincent stresses out trying to keep his worlds apart so they do not collide. I am so excited for the conclusion and hope the author hurries!



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

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About the Author:
 
Jessica Ruben lives and works in New York City, where she spends her days dominating in the court room as an attorney. Come nightfall, she writes romances centering on gorgeous alpha males and the intelligent women who love them.

Jessica is an insatiable reader, and will devour a few books a week without batting an eyelash. Books have always been her drug of choice, and she has no plans on detox anytime soon. She has three wildly delicious children and a husband who, for reasons unimaginable to her, loves her brand of crazy.

http://jessicarubenauthor.com
 
 
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