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review 2019-05-21 10:05
Es ist die große Liebe
Bloody Rose (The Band #2) - Nicholas Eames

„The Band“ von Nicholas Eames ist keine traditionell fortlaufende Buchreihe. Jeder Band ist in sich abgeschlossen und erzählt eine eigenständige Geschichte. Was sie dennoch verbindet, neben Setting und wiederkehrenden Charakteren, ist das Thema Musik. Die ursprüngliche Idee, High Fantasy und Rock zu kombinieren, überfiel Eames, während er inspiriert von „Ready Player One“ die Band Rush hörte, die in ihrem 70er Jahre Progressive Rock fantastische Motive verarbeitete. Er drehte den Spieß um und schrieb „Kings of the Wyld“ – ein hervorragender High Fantasy – Roman und eine Liebeserklärung an Rockbands der 70er wie Led Zeppelin oder Pink Floyd. Der zweite Band „Bloody Rose“ brauchte demzufolge ebenfalls einen Bezug zur Musik. Eames entschied sich für 80er Jahre Rock. Denkt an Guns N‘ Roses, Journey und natürlich Cyndi Lauper, denn Girls just want to have fun!

 

Tam wird sterben. Vor Langeweile. Wenn sie nicht bald aus Ardburg rauskommt, wird sie eingehen und einfach vertrocknen, vollkommen egal, wie vielen berühmten Söldnerbanden sie im Cornerstone Bier serviert. Wie gern würde sie dazugehören, Abenteuer erleben, in den Arenen stehen, Jungfrauen retten. Ein Mädchen braucht Spaß! Deshalb überlegt sie nicht lange, als sich ihr eine einmalige Chance bietet. Fable ist in der Stadt! Bloody Rose und ihre Bande suchen einen neuen Barden, weil der letzte… nun ja, mit Söldnern zu reisen ist eben gefährlich. Tam schnappt sich ihre Laute, beweist, dass sie das musikalische Talent ihrer Mutter erbte und ist plötzlich Mitglied der populärsten Bande im ganzen Heartwyld! Sie kann ihr Glück kaum fassen. Kopfüber stürzt sie sich in das aufregende Leben einer Monsterjägerin – und muss feststellen, dass die Realität weit weniger glamourös ist als all die Lieder behaupten…

 

Aaaaaawwwhhhhh, es ist soooooo großartig! „Bloody Rose“ rockt gewaltig! Ich bin unfassbar glücklich, dass ich auf die Reihe „The Band“ aufmerksam wurde! Eigentlich will ich gar keine Rezension schreiben, ich will einfach kräftig fangirlen! Das Schöne ist, im Kontext dieses Buches habe ich das Gefühl, dass das absolut erlaubt und sogar erwünscht ist, denn Fankult ist eine Nuance der Geschichte, die mich als Leserin, die Protagonistin Tam und den Autor Nicholas Eames verbindet. Deshalb ist diese Besprechung länger als üblich: ich möchte alles aufschreiben, was mich an diesem sensationellen Buch begeistert!

 

Wir treffen die 17-jährige Tam in ihrer Heimat Ardburg, wo sie mit ihrem Vater lebt und als Kellnerin arbeitet. Ihr eintöniges Leben ödet sie an, sie wünscht sich Abenteuer und ist daher sofort Feuer und Flamme, als sie die Gelegenheit erhält, der Söldnerbande Fable als Bardin beizutreten. Der Reiz der fahrenden Monsterjäger ist in „Bloody Rose“ noch genauso frisch wie im ersten Band. Es ist ein aufregendes, abwechslungsreiches Konzept, das jede Menge Action, ein vielfältiges Bestiarium und mitreißende Schlachtszenen garantiert. Die Handlung ist rasant, witzig und unglaublich spannend. Ich fand es ein bisschen schade, dass Nicholas Eames dieses Mal kein Abstecher in den Heartwyld involviert, wurde dafür jedoch mit Expeditionen in andere Ecken des Universums entschädigt, da der zweite Band Fables letzte Tour und ihren letzten großen Auftrag thematisiert.

 

Fable ist eine gänzlich andere Truppe als Saga. Wer sich an „Kings of the Wyld“ erinnert, weiß, dass Fable von Bloody Rose angeführt wird, Gabriels Tochter. Es handelt sich um die nächste Generation Söldner, die als Bande eine andere Dynamik vermitteln. Dennoch verkörpern sie sehr ähnliche Werte und eine bedingungslose Freundschaft, die mich wieder tief bewegte. Als Tam zu ihnen stößt, verhält sie sich erst wie ein euphorisches Fangirl. Sie ist eine wunderbare Bezugsperson, die zuverlässig durch die Geschichte führt, weil das Söldnerleben neu für sie ist und sie all ihre Erfahrungen sowie ihre beeindruckende Weiterentwicklung nahbar mit den Leser_innen teilt. Es gelang Nicholas Eames hervorragend, sich in seine weibliche, jugendliche Protagonistin hineinzuversetzen. Sein Frauenbild begeistert mich vorbehaltlos. Frauen sind in seinem Universum voll ausgearbeitete Persönlichkeiten, keine funktionalen Rollen und er zeigt keine Berührungsängste mit Homosexualität, was meiner Meinung nach für das Genre ungemein wichtig ist. Die High Fantasy tut sich mit Abweichungen von der Heteronormativität noch immer schwer.

 

Auf ihren Reisen mit Fable begreift Tam, dass ihre romantischen Vorstellungen des Söldnerberufs und ihrer Idole der Realität nicht standhalten. Fable ist eine der wenigen Banden, die tatsächlich noch durch die Wildnis ziehen, Aufträge erfüllen und nicht ausschließlich in Arenen zur Unterhaltung kämpfen. Es gefiel mir außerordentlich, dass Eames die Berechtigung ihrer Profession hinterfragt. Die Welt hat sich gewandelt, eine echte Bedrohung durch Monster existiert kaum noch und aus den fragwürdigen Arenakämpfen, für die Kreaturen häufig entführt und gefoltert werden, ergibt sich ein moralisches Dilemma, das den Mitgliedern von Fable schmerzhaft bewusst ist: ist es gerecht und akzeptabel, Vertreter_innen anderer Spezies als Publikumsattraktion abzuschlachten, nur, weil sie als gefährlich gelten und eine gute Show versprechen?

 

Figuren, die in diesem Maße zur Selbstreflexion fähig sind, können selbstverständlich keine blassen Stereotypen sein. Ich fand sie lebendig und facettenreich. Eames reproduziert nicht nur die Charaktere, die Saga ausmachten, er präsentiert eine neue bunte Mischung überzeugender Individuen, die über einzigartige Biografien verfügen und mit ihren ganz persönlichen Dämonen kämpfen. Meine Favoritin ist die Tintenhexe Cura. Ich liebe ihre spezielle Magie, die ihre Tattoos zum Leben erweckt. Das ist dermaßen cool! Dabei handelt es sich allerdings um eine hauchdünne Präferenz. Die anderen – Rose, Freecloud, Brune und Roderick – sind alle mindestens genauso faszinierend und liebenswürdig. Tam wirbelt ihre Gruppe ziemlich durcheinander, weil sie einen Blickwinkel einbringt, der den Stammmitgliedern mittlerweile abhandenkam. Sie sieht, wie außergewöhnlich das Leben ist, das sie führen und versprüht ein fröhliches Staunen, das Fable dringend braucht. Sie lernen voneinander, sie wachsen aneinander, was mich wirklich berührte. Ich denke, mehr als alle anderen Aspekte ist es diese emotionale Wärme, die „Bloody Rose“ und „The Band“ auszeichnet. Ach, ich habe schon wieder Pipi in den Augen.

 

Vergleiche ich Nicholas Eames mit anderen High Fantasy – Autor_innen, sticht er für mich hervor, weil er eine einmalige Beziehung zu seinen Geschichten zu haben scheint. Es ist, als wäre da überhaupt keine Distanz, keine professionelle Barriere, die ihn vom Geschehen trennt. Ich habe immer den Eindruck, er ist selbst der größte Fan seiner Figuren, seines Universums – nicht auf eine arrogante Art, sondern im Sinne von „Oh mein Gott, ich kann nicht fassen, dass ich dabei sein darf!“. Er ist kein nüchterner Chronist, er ist mittendrin. Alle Charaktere bedeuten ihm unheimlich viel, er erträgt es kaum, sie sterben zu lassen und jeden Verlust betrauert er intensiv und ehrlich. Deshalb finde ich ihn so sympathisch, dass ich ihn am liebsten ganz fest drücken würde. Seine Wärme, seine Leidenschaft und seine Hingabe zeichnen ihn aus und übertragen sich beim Lesen seiner Bücher voll auf mich. Ich habe mich während der Lektüre von „Bloody Rose“ mehr als einmal wie ein peinliches Fangirl gefühlt, das die Geschichte einfach nur feiert. Ihr hättet mich sehen müssen, als die alten Knacker von Saga ihren Gastauftritt hatten. Totale Eskalation. Die Dreiecksliaison zwischen mir, Eames und seinen Büchern ist magisch. Es ist perfekte Harmonie. Er ist für mich eine DER Entdeckungen der letzten Jahre. Ich hoffe, dass er niemals seinen Schreibstil ändert, niemals seine Begeisterungsfähigkeit verliert und niemals das Universum von „The Band“ verlässt. Ich freue mich wahnsinnig auf die Fortsetzung, für die es bisher leider weder Titel noch Erscheinungsdatum gibt. Wenn es soweit ist, bin ich die Erste, die das Buch kauft. Abhalten kann mich nur das Ende der Welt.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/nicholas-eames-bloody-rose
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review 2019-05-03 08:56
Book Review for Retribution by Chiah Wilder
Retribution (Nomad Biker Romance #2) - Chiah Wilder

 

Let start off by saying that we are really enjoying this series as well as this on going series.We really enjoyed this current story it was heart felt and suspenseful and had a cast of amazing characters and two people who were drifting through life and found love in the arms of their perfect mate.

 

We always pick a favorite character and mine this time around wound be Cobra he was my favorite he was really a bit of a knight and shining armor.Cobra was full of kindness and compassion and understanding a far cry from what his reputation states but, in this story a little slip of a girl managed to get beneath his Armour and experience a whole different side of him that he does not let other see.We loved the possessive and protective bada** biker who screamed danger most of the time who is surround with a dark aura could be capable of such tender feelings "just melted my heart."

 

Dakota was a little firecracker who for someone so young had some really tough breaks but, she was a survivor who rose above it all and it just made her stronger.We loved the little fierce and independent women who had a bit of a temper from the onset of the story as she was just one of those characters easy to love and one that was so brave.

 

Overall we loved the story from cover to cover it was steamy and had hot sexy scenes and was filled with suspense and club drama and also had a really lovely love story where two people who through friendship and trust fell in love when neither was looking."The perfect mix of of the things we love in a story."

 

This goes into the keeper pile to be read time and time again.

Recommended read to all !

 

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text 2019-04-23 12:31
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One out of three people is getting inked these days and the trend of getting inked is growing quite popular. A lot of people get inked of something which is deeply associated with their family, loved ones, pet and more. Some believe to ink about something that represents their personality or connected to their soul. In ancient times, it was believed that getting inked is a way to connect to god and was considered as a devotional act. No matter what the reason is getting inked is now really become a much known trend. There are many different styles of tattoo that you can get such as photo realism, portrait tattoo, tattoo sleeve and many more.

Well getting inked is not a small thing, as it is permanent and once it’s done it cannot be easily removed. Therefore, there are many things that you must make sure before going to get a tattoo such as you must be very sure about the design that you want to get done. Then you must look for a reliable tattoo artist who has enough experience of performing the task. There are many tattoo disasters that have happened with people where they have thought of getting something else in mind and because of the fault of tattoo artist, it turned out to be something else. Therefore keeping all these reasons in mind, it is really important that you find a professional trained tattoo artist who has enough experience in the field.

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review 2019-04-18 23:47
Book Review for Defiant The WASP Team Book 2 by Leah Ashton
Defiant (WASP Team #2) - Leah Ashton
 
 
 
 
Title: Defiant
Series: WASP Team Book 2
Author: Leah Ashton
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 18, 2019
  • File Size: 1877 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Leah Ashton (April 18, 2019)
  • Publication Date: April 18, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07PPT679D
  • Reviewed by Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
  • arc copy provided for honest review 
  • 5 stars
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Wrong Place. Wrong Time. Wrong Man – yet he made her feel so right.

 

A prim and proper high school teacher

 

Recently divorced Bethwyn Banfield just wanted one out-of-character night on the town, and the tall, dark, tattooed stranger she meets is not what she was looking for. But their instant, electric attraction is undeniable.

 
The cop with a bad boy past
 
WASP Team Undercover cop Damon Nyhuis has spent two years infiltrating the notorious Notechi Motorcycle Club, doing whatever it takes to remain in deep cover. But when he sees his high school calculus teacher in a bar looking as hot as she did thirteen years ago, the last thing he is thinking about is his job. And that turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.
 
A race through the desert
 
Kidnapped and dragged to the middle of nowhere, Beth and Damon must escape the murderous Notechi – but to do so is only the beginning of their ordeal. The desert is vast, desolate and unforgiving, and the Notechi are right on their heels.
 
Their passion as hot as the sun
 
In the cool of the desert night they run, but in the lethal heat of the day they must rest – and quickly, lust becomes so much more.
 
First, they must make it home. But then – can there really be a future for the teacher who wants her own family, and the cop who makes certain he’s always alone?

 
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Let's start to say this is a brand new author for us and we really enjoyed our first read by them.The story had great characters's and the story started off with a bang and right from the onset had you enmeshed right into the suspenseful plot. 
 
 
Beth a school teacher is feeling a little bit lonely after learning her ex is moving on decides its time for her to move on as well and decides she is due for a night out.
 
Damon has a crush on Beth for years and see's her out in a bar and decided to make his move and play out  all those fantasies he has had of her for years but, Damon has secrets and without willing draws her into his tangled web secrets. 
 
This couple had some major chemistry and they sizzled together for sure but, things are complicated and they are trying to save their lives but,can't seem to keep their hands off one another just making the situation even more complicated but, a whole lot of fun. lol
 
I always pick a favorite character and for me it is going to be Beth. I loved Beth from the onset of the story just because she surprised us at every turn with her actions and deeds because she is nothing like we expected.I found her to be sexy, smart,level headed and easy to love because she was full of so much kindness and love.
 
Damon we found him to be broken and someone who never has been able to move on from his past and even though he has risen above it he feels he is no good for anyone let alone an angel like Beth.We will say that we liked how Beth got him to start examining his life up to this point and perhaps he could be capable of more life changes because he has been surrounded by such utter chaos for sometime now as well as being surround by such filth of humanity that it is starting to effect his personal life where he decides he is not deserving of more.
 
Overall the plot was filled with tons of suspense and drama and an undercover operation that goes a rhy but, two people find love where neither expected under the most horrendous circumstances.And the saying holds true for this couple that you can find love in the most usual places.The story had the perfect mix of romance and suspense and drama and the story did keep you on a bit of and edge the entire time to keep you glued to the pages to the very end.
 
The story did not end with a cliffhanger but, the story is not over yet because there are a lot of unanswered questions  and a mystery to be solved and a mole to undercover.
 
As a first time reader I would definitely read more in this series to see what happens next.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
His gaze flicked back to her. Again, it did all those things to her insides that a man like this wasn’t supposed to do.
“Well,” Beth said, irritated – with herself, mostly. And unfairly, at him, for not being the man she’d needed to meet tonight. “What do you want then?”
Something shifted in the man’s gaze, and there was a hint – a hint – of a curve to his lips. Nothing more – she couldn’t imagine this man being the type to smile easily.
Immediately she realised her mistake.
Whoops.
“That’s easy, honey,” he said and stepped closer.
Which was actually really close, because they were both standing in the space between two bar stools. If she took a deep breath, her breasts would touch the cotton of his shirt.
Beth held her breath. To avoid touching him? Or in anticipation of what he was going to say?
“I want you,” he said, his voice a pitch lower now. Rough and intimate. “I want you, and I think you might want me too.” Another pause. “Do you?”
How had he known to ask that?
How had he known if he’d told her she wanted him, she would’ve been out the door and into an Uber before he could blink?
But he hadn’t told her anything. He’d asked.
She was falling into his gaze again. His sexy, confident gaze. Oh, he knew. He did. He was cocky, and he had swagger. He had all of that, and he possibly – probably – used this line on a new girl each week. Maybe each night.
But did it matter?
He’d asked and given her control, and damn if that didn’t make this even sexier.
Because it was sexy, to stand here beneath the appreciative gaze of this man. To feel his heat so close. To be drawn to him by the zing of physical attraction, and to just know deep down inside her that he wanted her. More than that, he wanted her bad. His gaze had moved from her eyes now to explore her face, then down, down, to explore what he could see of her body, given how close they stood together.
Which was pretty much just her breasts, although only now did she realise how conservative her outfit actually was. Would it have killed her to have popped open a few more buttons? To flash a bit of cleavage?
Not that this man seemed to care.
She didn’t even care that he didn’t want her for her intellect, or her personality, or all those things that should matter – did matter – most of the time. All of the time, actually, for Beth. Except tonight. Except now.
She didn’t even know his name, he didn’t know hers, and she honestly didn’t care. He was all wrong in every possible way, but then all of tonight had turned out wrong – and the way this man was making her feel felt so good. Felt so right.
Like despite what she’d told herself, he was exactly what she needed.
But, she realised, it was still hard to actually say the words she needed to say.
She swallowed, then licked her lips.
That snapped his attention back to her face, specifically to her mouth.
Oh, wow. The way he was looking at her, the way he wanted her, it was impossible to resist.
She leant forward, deliberately letting her body brush against his, her nipples tight and hard behind the lace of her bra. She stood on tiptoes so she could murmur in his ear.
“Yes,” she said.
He turned his head, and now they were so close they were practically kissing – their lips almost perfectly aligned. “Yes, what?” he prompted, as if he had to be sure.
She closed her eyes. She needed to be sure, too.
Did he know that? How could he?
“I want you,” she said, barely more than a whisper.
But clearly, it was enough. It was all he needed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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RITA® Award-winning author Leah Ashton writes fast-paced romantic suspense and smart, modern contemporary romance. All her books feature strong heroines, deliciously heroic heroes and swoon worthy happily ever afters.

 

Leah lives in Perth, Western Australia with her gorgeous husband, two amazing daughters and the best intentions to meal plan and have an effortlessly tidy home. When she’s not writing, Leah loves all day breakfast, rambling conversations and laughing until she cries. She really hates cucumber. And scary movies.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
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review 2019-04-13 01:47
Book Review for Cross + Catherine: The Saga by Bethany-Kris Cross + Catherine, #1-3, 3.5, 4)
Cross + Catherine: The Saga (Cross + Catherine #1-3, 3.5, 4) - Bethany-Kris
 

 

Cross + Catherine: The Saga

by Bethany-Kris Cross + Catherine, #1-3, 3.5, 4) Publication Date: April 8, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime, Erotic Romance
  • File Size: 3095 KB
  • Print Length: 1322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bethany-Kris (April 8, 2019)
  • Publication Date: April 8, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07P5F2GBJ
  • Reviewed by Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
  • Review copy provided for honest review
  • 5 stars

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SYNOPSIS

Once upon a time, a wild boy fell in love with a sly girl …
From high school sweethearts to a criminal King and Queen, Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello’s love became a force—even destructive, it was unstoppable.
They were meant to be. Even when everything stood in the way.
Always.
Fall in love with the saga of Cross + Catherine, and their story of a love revered, and a life lived so unruly.
The Saga: Cross + Catherine is a boxset of the full Cross + Catherine series featuring the full-length novels Always, Revere, and Unruly as well as the series novellas, Cross + Catherine: The Companion and Naz & Roz.
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Let's start off by saying I am really loving this Saga series and the more books I read from this author the more I fall in love with her works.For me all her books are just totally awesome and once you start reading on of her books you won't be able to put it down.This author is going to be known as the Queen of Mafia Romance before you know it !
 
 
I have to say that this series kept you glued to the pages the entire time as things were constantly changing and the danger kept getting even more real but, this time around even more was on the line .The story was emotional ,heart wrenching,intriguing but, was full of tons of major players for us to interact with and get to know and fall in love with.We loved how complicated a family this large could be with all the ups and downs with all those different personalities but, at the end of the day they loved one another and new that family came first in all their eyes no matter what differences, tiffs etc
 
Cross was my favorite character hands down ."I loved him from the onset of the story!"  and I have to say that I was a little bit in love with him myself.We loved everything about him the good and the bad.
 
Cross & Dante both fit this description of them we found them to be sexy,caring,loving,determined, some really big brass balls, bad*sse's in their own right,creative,intelligent, a planner,down right dangerous if crossed,sneaky and sly,possessive,protective of all those they loved but, for Cross we loved those personal sacrifices he made time and time again for the sake of love.Dante -we loved this meddling Dad whether his actions were good or bad they was always made in the name of love.Let's just say I had a big crush on him as well.
 
For me one of the most touching things that happened for me is learning what that shadow box represented to Cross and Catherine and how much these two had endured and had to overcome and be together but, through all their obstacle this couple represented what true love is all about.Cross and Catherine were just explosive together whether in bed or out of it.The chemistry between the two was off the charts and extremely hot and as the saga progressed thing just kept getting hotter and hotter .
 
Catherine was so much more than just her upbringing.I have to say that she surprised us more and more as the story progressed and we saw this protective tigress just blossom and the lengths she went to protect those she had come to love. 
 
For us this family saga rocked! The stories had tons of romance and some really hot erotica love scenes,had constant drama, a ton of surprises as well as tons of twists and turns along the way and the story that was a totally intense.I loved the lengths this couple was willing to go to be together and the sacrifices both of them were making to forge and life together.We also loved each and every character's in this series as you could not help being intrigued by each of these self made man but, most of all we loved at the end of the day they loved their family above all else and when they found the one women to share their life these men love their women fiercely.
 
We can't wait for the next new release to come out and we highly recommend checking out this author mafia books because everything I have read so far we have absolutely loved and they have been awesome reads.
 
We are loving these mafia romance books more and more.Overall this family's Saga was one of the best I have read to date and as a reviewer you could just go on and on because their was so many things I could list about how much I really loved this family's Saga and its character's.

 

 
 
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