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review 2017-08-20 20:55
Second Chance Cowboy (Road to Romance) by Joanne Rock
Second Chance Cowboy (Road to Romance Book 2) - Joanne Rock

 

How sweet is.  Sentiment, sisterhood and second chances make for a hard to put down romance.  Joanne Rock tempts the heart with this stroll down memory lane. Larissa and Matt's history consists of regrets.  She left him behind to follow her dreams.  He lost his heart the minute she walked away.  Years later, memories and a promise bring them face. Will a wedding give them the chance to start again?  Second Chance Cowboy is a first rate romance.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-20 19:16
Wie das Feuer zwischen uns
Romance Elements: Wie das Feuer zwischen... Romance Elements: Wie das Feuer zwischen uns - Brittainy C. Cherry

12,90 €

 
 
 

LYX

PAPERBACK

LIEBESROMANE

383 SEITEN

ALTERSEMPFEHLUNG: AB 16 JAHREN

ERSTERSCHEINUNG: 21.07.2017

 

 

 

Es gab einmal einen Jungen, den ich liebte.

 

 

Logan Francis Silverstone und ich waren das komplette Gegenteil. Ich tanzte, er stand still. Er brachte kein Wort heraus, ich hörte nie auf zu reden. Er konnte sich kaum ein Lächeln abringen, während ich zu keinem einzigen finsteren Blick fähig war. 

 

Doch in der Nacht, als er mir die Dunkelheit zeigte, die in ihm tobte, konnte ich nicht wegsehen. 

 

Wir waren beide zerbrochen und zusammen doch irgendwie ganz. Alles an uns war falsch, und doch fühlte es sich irgendwie richtig an. 

Bis zu dem Tag, als ich ihn verlor. 

 

Es gab einmal einen Jungen, den ich liebte. 

 

Und ich glaube, ein paar Atemzüge lang, für einige wenige Momente liebte er mich auch. 

 

Meine Meinung:

 

Ich habe vor einigen Monaten ja den 1. Teil dieser Reihe, Wie die Luft zum Atmen, gelesen und dieses tolle Buch zu einem meiner Jahreshighlights erwählt und war daher sehr auf den 2. Teil gespannt. 

 

Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir wieder sehr gut gelungen, der Schreibstil der Autorin ist auch einfach nur toll. 

 

Man erlebt erst einmal das Kennenlernen von Logan und Alyssa, die von der Herkunft nicht unterschiedlicher sein könnten. Logan hat eine sehr schwierige Kindheit mit drogensüchtiger Mutter, die ständig von Logans Vater misshandelt wird und dem gegenüber Alyssa aus gutem Hause und doch kommt es dazu, dass die beiden sich verlieben, auch wenn Logan nur schwerlich Gefühle zulassen kann. 

 

Nach einer verhängnisvollen Nacht geht die Geschichte im zweiten Teil fünf Jahre später weiter. 

 

Die Autorin hat es aber geschafft, den Schmerz der Hauptprotagonisten teilweise so gut zu beschreiben, dass ich selbst ein beklemmendes Gefühl bekommen habe. Das ist schon eine Leistung, würde ich behaupten. 

 

Mir hat dieses Buch auch wieder sehr gut gefallen, aber an den 1. Teil kommt es für mich nicht heran. Die Charaktere sind hier wesentlich jünger und auch die Geschichte an sich konnte mich nicht ganz so fesseln wie im vorigen Teil. Was mir hier auch nicht so gut gefallen hat, war Folgendes: Im Verlauf der Geschichte ist doch manches in Richtung Klischee abgerutscht, daher würde ich einen halben Stern abziehen. 

 

Alles in allem war dies aber wieder eine tolle Liebesgeschichte, für die ich eine klare Kauf- und Leseempfehlung geben kann. Ich freue mich jetzt schon wahnsinnig auf den 3. Teil, von mir bekommt das Buch sehr gute 4,5 Sterne. 

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review 2017-08-20 15:27
Book Review of Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.

 

Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

 

As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Christian keeps hidden away from public view …

 

Review 3*

 

This is the first book in the series by E.L. James.

 

Anastasia Steel is a character that found myself neither loving or hating, though I found myself rolling my eyes at her inner monologue. She is a stumbling, bumbling teen in a twenty-something young body. She is so insecure and full of angst that I wanted to strangle her. Okay, having said that, her character does grow and mature as the story progresses, which I like when reading stories. When she interviews Christian Grey on her ill roommate's behalf, she finds herself enthralled with him. When he warns her away from him, she doesn't listen to him and finds herself thrust into a world that she was woefully ill prepared for.

 

Let me first say that I bought this book in 2012, but due to my large reading list, and then the subsequent social media storm about this book, I decided to hold off reading it until recently. I still haven't watched the movie.

 

I started to read and, as many others have mentioned in their reviews, I found myself shaking my head at Ana's inner goddess monologues. However, I also knew that this was a piece of fan fiction after the author had read Twilight, so I could see some of the influence in the writing. Ana knowingly enters into a relationship with Christian. She didn't sign any contracts, apart from the secrecy one which, in my eyes meant that she went into this relationship of her own free will. Christian could have pushed her to sign the contract. In fact, if he was a complete control freak he would have. Yes, he's a controlling a-hole, but to be fair, he warned Ana on several occasions to stay away.
That contract! Goodness me! If someone handed me that contract I would run for the hills! Some of them made sense (health and safety wise) but some of the rules had me scratching my head and a red warning light flashing.

 

As for the BDSM aspect of the story, I laughed at the scenes. They were more like mild kink and not hardcore BDSM. I have read several erotic romance novels with BDSM in them and those scenes were more realistic than in this book. I do not practice this lifestyle and cannot say for definite that the other books I have read are accurate either, but this felt more like titillation rather than any real BDSM. Several people have stated in their reviews that this book promotes an abusive relationship and to some degree I agree, that one scene with the belt comes to mind. However, I also think that Christian Grey has some serious issues from his childhood that were hinted at that need addressing with major therapy.

 

Having said all that, I actually enjoyed reading this book, even though it was like watching a train crash at times. I tried not to let anyone's opinion colour mine, so I hope those who read this review and then decide to read the book will also keep an open mind. There has been two camps saying you either love or hate this book. However, I find myself not able to definitively say which camp I fall into because I didn't love it nor did I hate it. I found it entertaining but it just didn't excite me either way. Will I continue to read the other books? Unknown at this time, but I am not ruling it out in the future. As for watching the movies, I am not sure about that either. Only time will tell.

 

This was E.L. James' debut novel and as such I found her writing style rather amateurish, this is not a bad thing as one has to start somewhere and improvement can always be made. The story pace was not particularly fast, but I still found myself turning the pages to find out what happened next. The story flow could have been tightened up with some scenes being shortened, but for the most part it flowed well.

 

Due to the nature of this book, I do not recommend it to readers under the age of 16. I do, however, recommend this book if you love contemporary romances. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-08-20 14:33
magic and meyhem!
To Tame A Wild Heart - Gwen Mitchell
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Audrey escapes from the asylum holding her and lands right into another kind of jail. Faced with getting free and losing her powers, or staying in the coven to learn all about her powers and the Zyne, Audrey decides to bide her time, learn what she can, get fit and healthy and THEN excape and go back for the child she needs to save. Corvin's mother is head of this coven. He tends to the birds and is happy, for the most part. Being given a novice to train, or losing his precious birds is a bit of a no brainer, but Audrey is almost as broken as eagle currently under his care. He's gonna need to tend this wild one very carefully. The overwhelming feeling I have for this book is this: Harry Potter for grown ups! I found myself comparing, at many points along the way, details that while not EXACTLY from the Harry Potter books, they have obviously been INSPIRED by them. BUT!!! This is not a bad thing, Its just what I need to say, and its all about saying what you thought of a book, and this is what I thought! Getting over that, though and I really REALLY loved it! Audrey is a free spirit who knew she could do things others couldn't but didn't know why. Corvin is a bit of a recluse and thinks more of his animals than anyone else. An odd pair, but since Corvin's mother is an Oracle, I'm sure she saw this coming. I loved Audrey's fight or flight response to most things, but having got this far alive, its to be expected. She does tame it a little as the book progresses but it never fully goes away. Once Corvin is made to see the error of how he'd been treating Audrey in his care (oh, not badly, not at all, just enough) he begins to see the real Audrey, the one who he falls in love with. There is much going on, and not all is sorted. That Huhlwen (I think that's how it was spelt!) has a hidden agenda, getting Audrey to tie to him. Corvin won't be happy when he finds out. I'm assuming that there are other sorcerers out there, and enslaved witches. Just deadly enough and sexy enough, with all the major players having a say, and you know how happy that makes me feel! Oh, and special mention to the side kick crow, who really should have had a say, cos his antics did make me chuckle! This is billed as book one, and I can't wait to read the next one! First I've read of this author too. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-08-20 14:02
a cute easy read
Ebb and Flow (Love's Charter Book 2) - A... Ebb and Flow (Love's Charter Book 2) - Andrew Grey
Independent Reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book two in the Love's Charter series, but you don't need to have read book one, Setting The Hook for this to make sense. But I will recommend that you do, and explain more as I go. We met Skippy in book one, he and his friends hired Mike's boat. Skippy is in town on business for his father's law firm, but is having a few days off before he starts. Billy Ray is now first mate to Bubba on Mike's boat, since he got a second boat with William's prototype engine in. Billy Ray knows he is gay, has done a long time but he hides it, mostly because of his religious father and the power he has over Billy Ray. But Skippy calls to Billy Ray, in a way no one else ever has. And it will take both men standing up to their overpowering fathers to figure out just want they really want. I listened to book one, but I READ this one. I should know better to switch mid series. This one doesn't have the warm and fuzzies that book one did, but still a cute read. Skippy's father sends him to the town in Florida (that I can't even say, let alone spell!) that has the harbour Mike works his charter out of. An oil company wants to built a pipeline right across the harbour. While that doesn't go down the way Skippy's father wanted, but the client and the twon are happy with the result. Standing up to his father, Skippy finds out just why it seemed he was so busy for the firm and just what his father really thinks of him. I loved that both men were able to stand up to their respective fathers, even though they both knew they could lose everything. I didn't feel the same connection I did to Skippy and Billy Ray that I did to Mike and William, but that might just be because I listened to that one and read this one. Oh, I said you didn't NEED to read book one first. But it might help you understand Bubba's reaction to Billy ray's coming out to him. When Mike did the same, Bubba reacted badly. He's better here, but you'd just get that extra insight. It says this book is 200 pages, but it didn't seem like it. One of those books you can just fall into and forget about the world for a while. Took me little over 90 minutes. A cute read, but not quite a warm and fuzzies one too. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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