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review 2017-12-12 11:08
Starting now
On Duty (Smoke & Bullets) - A.R. Barley

Troy has one thing happen after another.  When a really bad situation turns good thanks to a new roommate, he tries to settle into a new routine.  If he finds his friend attractive, does that make him a bad person?


Alex was interested in Troy from the moment he saw him.  Getting him moved in was just a bonus.  He is hoping they can both overcome the past, and make a bright future together.


This book was really such a bright spot.  I was pleased the characters had such a banter, that they came across as a couple right away.  The main hero was just fun to read.  I loved the humor and the real pieces to the story that made it fit just right.  This author is always a go to purchase, and this was this author's best work yet!  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-10-16 00:47
Release Day ARC review: The Fireman's Pole by Sue Brown
The Fireman's Pole - Sue Brown

This book is pure fluff. Which, let's be honest, fits perfectly within the Dreamspun Desires titles. And the cheeky title - hahahaha!

Here we have Dale, a firefighter who recently moved into the little village of Calminster, still smarting from a bad break-up with his closeted, cheating ex, hoping to lick his wounds and put his hopes and dreams for that relationship behind him. Unwilling to be in the closet himself, he's open about his sexuality, but has no aspirations to find himself another boyfriend.

Called out for a fire on his first shift, he manages to rescue the homeowner, a sweet elderly woman, and draw the ire of his Lordship at the same time. Shortly thereafter, he backs the big fire engine into the maypole, which was originally erected by his Lordship's great-great-grandfather. So, having blown his opportunity for making a good first impression, Dale offers to fix the pole in hopes to calm down Ben, Lord Calminster, who is behaving like an ass both during the fire and after Dale's unfortunate mishap with the big fire truck and the maypole. 

Don't expect any kind of realistic or believable relationship development - there's none. 

Ben, the lord of the manor, has kept his own sexuality hidden to the point where he's got a girlfriend/beard. Of course, he takes one look at our hunky firefighter, feels the stirring in his loins and finds the backbone to break things off with the woman he's been dating. 

Dale was a nice guy, and I liked him. Ben, once he removed the stick from his ass, was a nice guy too. I liked him fine as well. 

It's just that nothing here between Ben and Dale felt anything close to realistic. Dale states that he's still hurting from the break-up and doesn't want to fall in bed with yet another closeted man, but then shortly thereafter dismisses that notion and jumps right in with Ben. 

Ben apparently, after meeting and tongue-lashing Dale twice, is willing to risk a whole lot for the possibility of being with Dale. Perhaps exchanging angry words with the firefighter turns him on. 

There's a bit of mystery here with someone unknown setting fires all over the village, a subplot that culminates in an edge of your seat sequence of events that not only casts Dale as a hero again but also firmly pulls Ben right out of that closet for good. 

Since I usually suspend disbelief whenever I read one of the Dreamspun Desires titles and don't expect anything realistic, I didn't mind the rapid development of the romantic relationship. What I did mind however is that we're merely told these two men have the hots for each other - we're not actually shown that they do - so this book ended up in three star territory. Sure, there are sexy times within, but I didn't really feel their passion - I was only told about it.

Still an enjoyable read that fits perfectly within this harlequin-esque series. 

** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. **

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review 2017-10-03 09:57
Infectious disease turn human into torch
The Fireman: A Novel - Joe Hill

Harper is a nurse and has helped patients who got this mysterious disease called dragon-scale.


It is a black coloring on the skin. The human who got it might got hot and then burn up, literally. 


Now Harper got it herself. And she is on the run to a refugee camp for those who are infected. Because out of fear, people who are not infected are killing those who had it. 


Worst, she is pregnant. By the jerk of a boyfriend of hers. 


Halfway through the book and we finally found out how this disease is being transmitted. 


The scary part is how religious the refugee camp is, creepy. 


IS there a cure? 


John is a man in a fireman suit. He also got the disease. But he could burn up without hurting himself. 


So there is a way to control this. It would turn humans into human torch, Johnny. 


I hope. As not much is happening except the killing. 


The writing is good. It is just not enough tension or action, at least not yet. 


The second half of the book went much faster. 


Harper is pregnant and is in a camp with religious persons of the Christianity brand. They go nuts and bullied Harper, and threatened to kick her out take her baby from her.


Christians are sheep who follow the nastiest persons as leaders. Carol in this case is a total bitch and threatened to kill a pregnant woman just so she could feel powerful. 


Religious persons are scarier than the Dragonscale that infected these people. 


So she run. With a deaf kid, a teenager and the wounded fireman John.


There are a lot of tension even for such a long book. 



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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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