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review 2017-10-25 20:08
Hush - Tal Bauer

Phew. Gotta catch my breath here a bit.
I want romance in my books. The kind with deep connections, plenty of fluff and an HEA. And I got that here. But I got so much more to the point where the romance took a back seat to the rest of the story. And I was fine with that because the thriller/suspense part was so amazing I sacrificed lunch with my colleagues today to spend an hour more reading in order to finally get to the bottom of things.


After a terrorist attack in DC, Federal Judge Tom Brewer is the lucky(!) man who gets to preside over the ensuing court case. The detailed scenes from the trial and the politics surrounding the whole thing should have make me run away screaming - I would usually consider stuff like that utterly boring. But not in this book. I was completely on-the-edge-of-my-seat-spellbound by all of it. It is so well written I could almost feel the tension from that court room radiate off my Kindle.


In parallel to the criminal case Tom and U.S. Marshal Mike Lucciano are getting close but having to hide their relationship Mike would otherwise be pulled off the protective detail assigned to the trial making it impossible for them to be together. And that is just not an option. Tom needs Mike presence, needs him to hold him up through the nightmare of having the entire world watching his courtroom in combination with taking his first tentative steps towards coming out of the closet.

Which brings me to the part of the book that got to me the most; Tom's struggles to overcome the crippling fear of being 'found out'. A fear he has been living with for twenty-five years. The story of how he ended up pretty much running into the closet and bolting the door from the inside, his memories of the world and society in the early nineties from his perspective as a gay man with ambitions, the fear he still carries with him through life and which has kept from getting close to anyone for so many years. It is all so absolutely heart-breaking. And knowing that when it comes to this part of the book, none of it is fiction just makes it even worse.

I actually went and googled 'bowers vs hardwick*'. It's one of those things my small mind just cannot grasp. And we are not talking 17th century here but the 1980s! The case took place during Tom's youth and we get to see the impact it had on him. Having a court confirm that you being you is basically illegal is a concept I cannot comprehend. It hurt to read, yet I am grateful for this part of the book. Grateful for the way it shows that BS laws actually affect people. That they cause real damage to people.

To sum up: I loved this book. There will definitely be more Tal Bauer on my reading list in the future.


(On a  side note - I also learned that apparently it is even today illegal to sell sex toys in Alabama. But I guess nothing should surprise me anymore!)


*Short version: The court in this case basically confirmed that it was ok for Georgia to have a law forbidding gay sex even behind the closed doors of someone's private home.

I particular like (yeah, that's sarcasm!) the Wikipedia note on 'later comments' from one of the majority-vote justices: "However, Powell believed that the case was one of little importance and in 1990 stated that he hadn't devoted thirty minutes to thinking about it since the ruling."
Little importance? Of course it was to everyone who wasn't actually gay. I'm pretty sure it was pretty important to a lot of other people....

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-05 08:57
Die Verlassene
Die Verlassene: Psychothriller (German E... Die Verlassene: Psychothriller (German Edition) - Mary Torjussen,Thomas Bauer

€ 9,99 [D] inkl. MwSt. 


€ 10,30 [A] |  CHF 13,90* 

(* empf. VK-Preis) 


Taschenbuch, Klappenbroschur

ISBN: 978-3-7341-0444-2




Erschienen: 19.06.2017 



Sie hat ihn geliebt. Er hat sie verlassen. Aber das ist nicht die ganze Wahrheit.

Er ist weg. Verschwunden. Hat sie verlassen. Ohne Nachricht, ohne etwas zu hinterlassen. Hannah ist verzweifelt. Ihr Freund Matt ist nicht mehr da, und es ist, als hätte es ihn nie gegeben. Denn nicht nur seine Sachen sind weg, auch seine Mails, seine Telefonnummer, jede Nachricht ist aus ihrem Handy gelöscht. Ist ihm etwas zugestoßen? Hat man ihm etwas angetan? Und plötzlich hat Hannah das Gefühl, beobachtet zu werden, glaubt, dass jemand in ihrer Wohnung war. Sie könnte ihr Schicksal stillschweigend ertragen und trauern. Aber sie findet keine Ruhe. Sie muss herausfinden, was passiert ist, egal wie …

Meine Meinung:

Ich bin auf das Buch durch den sehr interessanten Klappentext aufmerksam geworden. Freundlicherweise wurde mir das Buch vom Verlag zu Rezensionszwecken zur Verfügung gestellt. 

Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir gut gelungen, die Spannung konnte direkt aufgebaut werden. Anfangs ging es ja erst einmal nur die Beziehung und um das plötzliche Verschwinden von Matt. Darum ging es auch eine ganze Zeit. Es drehte sich für Hannah alles nur noch komplett um Matt. 

Dass man an Liebeskummer leidet, ist ja ganz verständlich. Ich fand es aber etwas übertrieben, dass sie sich so dermaßen gehen lässt, dass sie von der besten Mitarbeiterin kurz vor der Beförderung in kürzester Zeit zur schlechtesten Mitarbeiterin degradiert wird, die eine Abmahnung erhält. 

Zum Ende hin nahm die Geschichte dann aber richtig Fahrt auf. Es gab einige sehr überraschende Wendungen und überschlagende Ereignisse, die sehr spannend waren. Das endgültige Ende war mir dann aber doch etwas zu offen gestaltet, lässt Spielraum, um seine Phantasie spielen zu lassen, hat mich aber dennoch etwas verwirrt zurück gelassen. 

Alles in allem war dies eine Mischung zwischen Beziehungsdrama und Psychothriller, was mir persönlich sehr gut gefallen hat. Ich kann hier auf jeden Fall eine klare Kauf- und Leseempfehlung geben, da es mich gut unterhalten hat. Von mir bekommt das Buch sehr gute 4,5 Sterne. Ich werde die Autorin auf jeden Fall im Auge behalten. 

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review 2017-08-24 20:04
Acca (Angelbound Origins) - Christina Bauer

Acca is the 3rd book in the Angelbound Origins series and the 3rd book I have listened to on Audiobook. I love this series. I love seeing what Myla is going to get herself into next. So far we have seen her come from a almost normal teenager to being engaged and becoming the Scala of the After Realm and now finally She and Lincoln are getting married. If they can stay out of jail and live long enough. 


This book was one of my favorite so far. Myla is actually running things now. Lincoln and Myla have to get the proof needed to finally get the House of Acca put into prison. They get it but it is stolen before they can use it. To get the Rixa Codex back which holds the recoded proof they need they have to make a quick trip to Earth. Once on Earth they have to fight the Acca there too, and be back in time for not only court but their wedding day. 


I cannot wait for the next book in this series to see if things gt more intense or calm down a little bit while Myla and Lincoln enjoy their new wedded bliss. And also to see if their is a little Myla or Lincoln on the way. 


There are a few colorful words in the book but there is no strong sex scenes. There are 2 scenes in this book but they leave the actual act to your imagination instead of spelling it all out for you. 

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text 2017-08-08 14:01
Reading progress update: I've read 84%.
Hush - Tal Bauer

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text 2017-08-08 07:00
Reading progress update: I've read 70%.
Hush - Tal Bauer

“All rise!”



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