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Book Review: “Loving Mr. Daniels” – Brittainy C. Cherry

25. October 2020
Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry

Some of you may know that Brittainy Cherry is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read almost all her books. However, there was one that had been on my TBR for a few years – namely “Loving Mr. Daniels” (the story was published back in 2014).

Somehow I didn’t really want to give it a go, probably because of two things: First, this is another YA/NA story, which I am not really a fan of because of the age gap between the protagonists and myself (I’m 40 btw). On the other hand, I was sceptical if this whole Forbidden Romance Trope is really my cup of tea. This story is about a teacher-student relationship (although both are about the same age at 19 and 22) and that is always a bit tricky.

So before I come to my book review, here is the blurb (Link to Goodreads):

To Whom it May Concern,

It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates.

When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn’t plan to stumble into Joe’s bar and have Daniel’s music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss.

When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons.

Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection. It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter. It was ours.

And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for Loving Mr. Daniels.

-Ashlyn Jennings

To be honest, I had some problems with “Loving Mr. Daniels” and unfortunately that’s why I can’t give it more than three stars. Before reading this book, I was afraid that this student-teacher relationship is not my topic. And that turned out to be true. But regardless of that, I haven’t really been able to establish some kind of relationship with either of the two protagonists. Don’t get me wrong, they are both very likable and strong characters but somehow, it just didn’t click.

Besides, this book focuses very much on the topic of loss and one is constantly confronted with death by too many people than necessary for my taste. That was pretty sad and I have even found myself skipping some pages.

So, all in all, the story is not bad per se, but I could recommend you at least 11 other books written by Brittainy C. Cherry that I liked a lot more. So if this author might be new for you, start reading the four books of her “Element” Series or start with one of her standalones like “Disgrace” or “The Wreckage of Us”.

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Book Review: “The Trouble with Quarterbacks” – R.S. Grey

18. October 2020
Book review: The Trouble with Quarterbacks by R.S. Grey

After I recently read the dark romance story “Lord of London Town” by Tillie Cole, it was time for a little contrast program afterwards. So I decided to do some romantic comedy and started reading “The Trouble with Quarterbacks” by R.S. Grey. The fact that this is also sports romance was an additional plus. Before I give you my short book review, here is the blurb (Link to Goodreads):

CANDACE: KAT & YASMINE! DO NOT DALLY! Come straight home after work. Kat, don’t take the long route from the subway station just so you can pass by Cute Hot Dog Guy. This is important! I’ve had THE BEST DAY. You won’t believe it. There I was in my preschool classroom, washing a bit of poo out of some soggy trousers, when this absolute babe came to collect his nephew from my class.

Truthfully, I thought I’d blacked out for a moment when I first saw him. He was a proper hunk with glorious brown hair, quite tall, and he had these arms. Are muscly arms supposed to turn me on? I’m panting just thinking about them. Anyway, he told me he’s a professional foosball player. At least, I think that’s what he said. The tots can get quite loud near pick-up time.

YASMINE: Foosball? What are you on about? Have you gone mad?

KAT: Oh sod off. So what if I like to have a good look at Hot Dog Guy’s arse on my trek home after a hard day’s work? It’s called self-care.

CANDACE: Kat, you’re hopeless. Yasmine, yes—foosball! I suppose it’s a big thing over here in the States? We must investigate and learn everything we can. By the way, he’s called Logan. Logan + Candace. I think that sounds quite nice! I can hear the wedding bells now. Dum dum da-dum.

YASMINE: Oh good grief. I suppose we can do some snooping when I get home. I’ll grab wine on my way.

KAT: I’ll grab hot dogs.

Honestly, this was such a fun read and exactly what I needed after reading dark romance. Both our main characters, Candace (british pre-school teacher) and Logan (professional football player)are so sweet, I fell instantly in love with them. And let me tell you, Candace is hilarious, she has almost no filter and her british slang was so cool. Her two roomates and best friends don’t disappoint either. These girls make the story so lively and wonderfully entertaining. Logan is a great hero too, but honestly in this book Candace is the one!

If you are looking for some entertaining and light reading, then I can only recommend this book. I have already read several books by R.S. Grey and this won’t be my last. All in all, four stars for “The Trouble with Quarterbacks” and a clear recommendation to read it!

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Book Review: “The Hunter” by LJ Shen

14. October 2020
Book Review The Hunter by LJ Shen

About two days ago I finished “The Hunter” by author LJ Shen (Book 1 in the Bosten Belles series). I have read a few of her books over the last two years and liked them all pretty much. So I was curious about this one too, because I had seen it on Instagram in several book reviews.

Since I didn’t read too much about the story itself beforehand, I had to realize after reading the first pages that I’ve got a New Adult book again. Well, maybe I should read “Flirting with 40” by K. Bromberg really soon. Maybe I will be on the safe side with this one and find a story with protagonists who are a bit closer to my own age…

But anyway, back to “The Hunter”. The story started pretty well right away and at least our Heroine was sporty, so that you can still classify the story under Sports Romance. Which I like to read. So before I come to my review, here is the blurb (Link to Goodreads):

Hunter

I didn’t mean to star in a sex tape, okay? It was just one of those unexplainable things. Like Stonehenge, Police Academy 2, and morning glory clouds. It just happened. Now my ball-busting father is sentencing me to six months of celibacy, sobriety, and morbid boredom under the roof of Boston’s nerdiest girl alive, Sailor Brennan. The virginal archer is supposed to babysit my ass while I learn to take my place in Royal Pipelines, my family’s oil company. Little does she know, that’s not the only pipe I’ll be laying…

Sailor
I didn’t want this gig, okay? But the deal was too sweet to walk away from. I needed the public endorsement; Hunter needed a nanny.
Besides, what’s six months in the grand scheme of things? It’s not like I’m in danger of falling in love with the appallingly gorgeous, charismatic gazillionaire who happens to be one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors. No. I will remain immune to Hunter Fitzpatrick’s charm. Even at the cost of losing everything I have. Even at the cost of burning down his kingdom.

Ok, so here is my book review, short and sweet: This was a nice read, very entertaining and funny. I really fell in love with Hunter, a sweet guy with a loud mouth, thats for sure. I laughed out loud so often, his sense of humor is definitely my sense of humor too. I liked all the banter between Sailor and Hunter and their slow development of friendship and more.

I know that I remain a bit superficial in my assessment, but I focus mainly on the relationship between our two main players. At this point, I deliberately overlook the fact that it is once again the man who is extremely experienced and active when it comes to the opposite sex. While the woman concentrates on her sport and has almost no experience with men. The classic cliché. And that with protagonists who are not even 20 years old, phew.

I’ve read lots of negative comments in many reviews on Goodreads about this. But in the end I didn’t think it was that bad (there have been worse books that have used this cliché) and the story was entertaining and funny. At least for me. And at the end of the day, I don’t expect more than that.

Allright, that said, the book gets 5 stars from me and – although it’s NA – I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. I like the writing style of the author very much and I will read more books by her, that’s for sure.

And by the way, the book cover is nice too, isn’t it?

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Book Review: “Lord of London Town” – Tillie Cole (ARC*)

11. October 2020
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*I was generously provided an ARC of “Lord of London Town” in exchange for an honest review.*

It’s really been quite a while since I read an ARC. Currently I don’t have much time so I don’t want to expose myself to deadlines that I might not be able to meet. But when the announcement came that Tillie Cole was looking for ARC readers for her new book, I applied. And I was really lucky! She is one of my favorite authors. And especially her Dark Romance stories are amazing. I love her Scarred Souls series, the Hades Hangmen and also The Fallen. So I was all the more excited about “Lord of London Town”.

Before I tell you what I think about the book, here is the blurb (Link to Goodreads):

Cheska Harlow-Wright was born into a life of luxury and privilege. She has never wanted for anything. A comfortable future as a married London socialite ⁣awaits her. But since the age of thirteen, Cheska has harboured a secret—an unshakeable fixation on a boy who could never offer her anything close to ⁣comfort. A boy steeped in sin and draped in depravity. A boy born into the possessive embrace of darkness. ⁣

When Cheska’s seemingly perfect world is ripped apart by an unknown but deadly enemy, there’s only one person she can run to. One person in the world ⁣who has the power to keep her safe. The one person her weak and shattered heart craves. ⁣Arthur Adley. The new head of the most feared crime family in London. ⁣

Forced too young to take the helm of the Adley firm, Arthur has become even more ruthless, formidable, and cold than ever before. His enemies are circling, and he must fight—and kill—to maintain his family’s place at the top of the London crime underworld. There is no room for weakness, emotion, or loss of control.⁣

But then Cheska smashes back into his life with the force of a wrecking ball. She has no place in this dark, vicious, and bloodthirsty world. And worse, she is the solitary chink in his impenetrable armour. He’s already pushed her away once, but this time she desperately needs him. She’s broken, lost, and in danger, and he is the only one who can help.⁣ Arthur must protect her. He must destroy those who dare to threaten her, hunt down those who would take what is his. He would raze all of London to the ⁣ground to keep her safe… but can he also protect himself?⁣

The infamous Dark Lord of London Town faces his most brutal battle yet—the crippling weight of the past, the unrelenting enemies lurking in the shadows… and the havoc that Cheska’s presence is wreaking on the granite fortress that was once his heart.

So what can I say except that this book is amazing! Once again absolute Dark Romance perfection. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. It is brutal in many places and very dark. But Tillie always makes you fall in love with the protagonists (and the side characters) despite all the darkness.

I don’t want to reveal too much, so let me just say: The chemistry between Arthur and Cheska is amazing, the side characters are brilliant too (and hopefully all get their own books – Vinnie!) and the story itself is highly exciting with twists and turns. You don’t want to put the book down at all and the closer you get to the end, the more you wish the story would go on forever.

Straight 5 stars from me. One of the best books I have read this year! Tillie Cole is without a doubt the Queen of Dark Romance and I sincerely hope that she will continue to write this series and give us even more of the Adley firm!

 

 

 

 

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ARC reading: “Lord of London Town” by Tillie Cole

8. October 2020
Lord of London Town currently reading

Hi everyone! I’m so so happy right now, because yesterday I received an ARC for Tillie Cole‘s newest book “Lord of London Town“(release date October 13th)! She is one of my absolute favorite authors and I just love her dark romance books and series (The Scarred Souls Series, Hades Hangmen, The Fallen…) Tillie is an absolutely talented writer and I have no idea where she gets all this imagination for her books…:-)

So this is just a short post to let you know that I’m currently reading “Lord of London Town”. I’m about 15% in and it’s really good so far! I’ll keep you posted in my review next week, what I think about the story and the characters.

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Book Review: “Secret Keeper” by Christopher Harlan

3. October 2020
Book Review: Secret Keeper by Christopher Harlan

A few weeks ago I got a message from Christopher Harlan on Instagram. He wrote me that he is an author of HEA romance books and asked me if I might be interested in reading one of his books. I usually decline such requests at the moment because of my pretty limited reading time (if you have three children at home, there is not really much time for reading). But in this case I was curious because I don’t know any other male romance authors. Can’t really remember ever having read a love story written by a man. So I just wanted to see how men write love stories and if there is a difference in writing.

That’s why I bought “Secret Keeper” by Christopher Harlan by 1-click and downloaded it to my Kindle. He wrote this book as part of the “Cocky Hero Club” of Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Which sounds quite promising. But before I start with the actual book review, here is the blurb (Link to the book on Goodreads):

She was the fruit of a forbidden tree, but nothing in this world was going to stop me from tasting her.

My name is Dylan Murphy, and I work for the rich and powerful of an exclusive Manhattan building. Graham Morgan was my first boss, but soon after I was working with some of the most famous entrepreneurs, business moguls, and movie stars in the city. They trusted me because I always followed the cardinal rules: Never betray secrets. And never, under any circumstance, get personally involved.

I’d never dreamed of violating my professional mantra. Not until she walked past me.

The look we exchanged that night set my body on fire, and I knew right then and there that no matter the consequences, she was going to be mine. But she was one of them—off limits and out of my league, but she was the kind of woman who I was willing to risk everything for.

I keep other people’s secrets for a living, but the biggest secret of all might be my own.

Well, as for my rating: I’m afraid I can’t give this book more than 3 stars. It was an ok read, but unfortunately nothing more for me. As I said above, I was really curios and wanted to get into this story. But it felt kind of off right from the beginning. I have to admit that I skipped a few pages and thought about DNF once or twice. It wasn’t necessarily the writing or the story itself, but somehow I felt that it didn’t really click between the two protagonists Dylan & Penelope and me.

They both had instant chemistry and it started to get hot quite fast, which was a bit too fast for my liking. The story was kind of predictable towards the end and not really original or surprising for me in any way. Oh well, I’m sorry, but this kind of book review is always really difficult for me, but it was obviously not my story. Simple as that.

On Goodreads the book has an average rating of 4.05 stars, which is not that bad. There are a lot of wonderful 4 or 5 star book reviews where people rave about the story. So this shows once again how different tastes are and that you can’t please everyone. In this case me. So I recommend you to take this book in your own hands and see for yourself.

Last but not least, I can’t say that I could find a difference in writing style compared to female romance authors. It wasn’t better or worse, and the approach to the story or the description of the thoughts and feelings of the protagonists didn’t strike me as different either. All in all, it was simply a book that did not appeal to me and probably won’t stay in my memory for long, regardless of who wrote it.

 

Monthly Wrap up

September wrap up: An average reading month for me

30. September 2020
September wrap up

Time for a wrap up: As in August, I managed to read four books this month again. Unfortunately the quality was a bit mixed. Two books were really great and I was very happy with them. The other two were rather so-so and didn’t really knock my socks off.

Ok, this is what I read:

Sex, Not Love – Vi Keeland
The Anti-Boyfriend – Penelope Ward
The Wreckage of Us – Brittainy C. Cherry
The Secret Keeper – Christopher Harlan (review coming soon)

All in all about 1,249 pages of reading fun. I was positively surprised by “Sex, Not Love” by Vi Keeland, because this book is pretty deep and definitely more than you might expect when reading the title. And “The Wreckage of Us” was equally amazing – a great storyline and two very likeable protagonists. These two books were 5 star reads for me. The other two books were ok, but nothing special for me I’m afraid. I could only give them three stars each.

How would you wrap up your reading for september? I hope you had a successful reading month and I’m looking forward to any comments about the books you were able to read!