**spoiler alert** Frau ist in Zeitschleife gefangen und beginnt täglich den immer selben Sonntag. Bis sie auf jemanden trifft, der im selben Tag gefan**spoiler alert** Frau ist in Zeitschleife gefangen und beginnt täglich den immer selben Sonntag. Bis sie auf jemanden trifft, der im selben Tag gefangen ist und sich, zusammen mit ihr, als Einziger an die Geschehnisse vom "Vortag" erinnert. Eine schöne Idee, die viel versprach.
Bizarr! Das ist das erste Wort, das mir dazu einfällt! Obwohl die Geschichte ziemlich einfach gestrickt ist, lies sie mich verwirrt zurück. Warum? Weil die Charaktere dermaßen widersprüchlich waren, und ihre Emotionen und Reaktionen von einer Minute auf die andere willkürlich wechselten. Gerade eben lächelt er noch süffisant, mokant, such's dir aus!, dann bekommt er einen grausamen Zug um den Mund und plötzlich lächelt er schüchtern. Ja, hallo? Elizas Gefühle gehen von bestimmt zu verwirrt zu kleinlaut innerhalb von drei Zeilen. Sowas kann ich nicht ausstehen.
Dann: Die gute Eliza hat echt den Nerv, die Bennett Schwestern als Luxusweibchen zu bezeichnen, die mit ihrem Geld schließlich auch Frauenrechte hätten vorantreiben können, anstatt in ihren Palästen zu sitzen, während sie selbst sich rund 250 Jahre später von Typen herumschubsen läßt, daß einem Hören und Sehen vergeht. Ein starkes Stück. Matt haut nach der ersten Nacht mit den Worten "Scheisse! Ich bin spät dran." und einem Winken aus dem Flur ab, und drei Stunden später steht sie Hab Acht vor seinem Schreibtisch und bückt sich.
Den Kuss mit Cian in dem "Boxring" wollte SIE nicht beenden und war ziemlich enttäuscht, als ER es tat und redet sich dann später ein, sie hätte sich bisher eher gegen seine Avancen gesträubt.
Wenigstens redeten Bingley und Darcy ihre Mädels nie mit "Süße", "Kleine" oder "Baby" an. Das ist nämlich völlig normal in Elizas Welt. Ich glaube, die Dialoge, in denen ein Mann eine Frau mit ihrem NAMEN angesprochen hat, könnte ich an einer Hand abzählen. Das Höchste der Gefühle war die Anrede "Liz-Baby", in der man zumindest heraushören kann, daß er ihren Namen überhaupt (noch) weiß. Und so eine "Kleine" schwadroniert über Frauenrechte... Jetzt, wo ich darüber nachdenke, redeten sich auch die Frauen teilweise mit "Süße" an. Normal ist das nicht.
Von Anfang bis Ende konnte ich Eliza nicht ausstehen - leider erfährt man die Geschichte aus ihrer Sicht in der 1. Person -, und habe nur durchgehalten in der Hoffnung, sie erfährt endlich mal eine Wandlung. Leider vergebens.
Ein Zitat aus dem Buch, das die Handlung annähernd wiedergibt:
"Oder gleich eines der Erotikbücher, in denen er sich wie ein Gestörter und sie sich wie eine gehirnamputierte Zicke benimmt, und beide dann doch zusammenkommen und vögeln."
Ich sage deshalb annähernd, weil hier von Erotik nicht die Rede sein kann. Die wenigen Sexszenen waren eher angedacht oder schnell vorüber, eher im Vorbeigehen erwähnt und reichlich uninspiriert. Von Sinnlichkeit keine Spur. Und was den Gestörten angeht: Zwar erahnte man, daß hinter Cian mehr steckt, als das Oberarschloch, als das er sich gab, aber tatsächlich heraus kam diese Person nie.
Sachlich machte die Geschichte auch nicht gerade Sinn. Selbst wenn ich die Zeitschleife als solche akzeptiere - und das muß man, andererseits braucht man das Buch gar nicht erst anfangen - waren einige Sachen einfach nicht schlüssig. Wie wurde James der allumfassende Butler? Woher kam all das Geld etc.? Man bedenke, daß Cian jeden Morgen um sieben bei Null anfangen musste (sofern andere Leute involviert waren). Kein James, kein Geld, keine Villa. Und warum er Elena nicht retten konnte, sehe ich auch nicht. Wir kennen zwar nicht die genauen Umstände des Unfalles, aber trotzdem. Er wacht um sieben in der Früh auf und kann nicht die Geschehnisse verhindern, die ihn abends einen Anruf erhalten lassen werden? Warum denn nicht? Dafür wurde keine Erklärung geliefert.
Alles in allem war dies sehr enttäuschend. Wer eine unterhaltsame Geschichte über Zeitschleifen lesen möchte, dem empfehle ich stattdessen das Drehbuch von "Groundhog Day"....more
I can't tell how sick I am of men not even or slightly over 40 who are constantly whining about their supposedly old age. They are all prematurely greI can't tell how sick I am of men not even or slightly over 40 who are constantly whining about their supposedly old age. They are all prematurely grey and moaning nonstop. What's wrong with those guys?
Next, I seem to be picking books lately with men who have lost their partner recently and have a hard time coping. While I get it in case of a partner who died (but even then I draw a line somewhere after years and years of mourning), I don't get it when it was a simple break up. People break up all the time and find new parters sooner or later. I don't really see why someone has to take a year long sabbatical because of his partner cheating and leaving him. This is all the more surprising as Robert is hoping for a tenured position; I would imagine a sabbatical for such a ridiculous reason is not considered a point in his favour.
When Robert got drunk I was about to stop reading because I hate nothing more than drunk people. Had I been Matt this would have put me off for good. Robert almost fell off the chair at one point – is there anything less appealing? Also, you might be as obsessive-compulsive about your own things as you want, but undressing a stranger that you more or less just met before putting him into bed (he passed out from drinking) because you have a problem with street clothes in bed is taking your obsession too far.
All these little things added up for me so that I couldn't connect with the MCs or feel any interest in their story. I finished the book but it left the feeling that I could have done easily without....more
"Entführt - bis du mich liebst" lief mir zufällig bei Amazon über den Weg, und ich war vom Cover angetan. Die Geschichte klang einerseits ziemlich auf"Entführt - bis du mich liebst" lief mir zufällig bei Amazon über den Weg, und ich war vom Cover angetan. Die Geschichte klang einerseits ziemlich auf meiner Linie, denn ich bin ein großer Fan von sog. "cabin romance". Andrerseits mag ich weder Kidnapping-Geschichten, noch Bücher über das Erwachsenwerden. Egal!
Anfangs war ich von der Heldin nicht angetan, im Gegenteil. Noch oberflächlicher, gedankenloser und rücksichtsloser konnte man gar nicht sein. Mit dieser vermeintlichen "Heldin" konnte ich erst mal gar nichts anfangen und hoffte inständig, daß sich das ändern würde.
Ich finde, wenn die Welt schon nichts mehr von mir hört, soll sie wenigstens wissen, wo ich bin, denn sonst komme ich mir merkwürdigerweise so vor, als gäbe es mich gar nicht wirklich.
Das Zitat oben ist ein schönes Beispiel für die Verlorenheit, die heute allenthalben herrscht. Getreu nach dem Motto, wenn ich mein Bild des Ortes nicht auf Instagram poste, war ich gar nicht dort, definiert Louisa ihren Wert anhand ihrer Präsenz in den "sozialen" Netzwerken (was ihr später zum Verhängnis wird) und ihrer Beliebtheit bei ihren Freunden.
Die Handlung war äußerst flüssig und ergab durchweg einen Sinn. Die Geschichte zeigt klar, daß es keine Schwarz/Weiß Definitionen gibt. Was Brendan getan hat, ist zwar unentschuldbar, aber verständlich. Zwar erfährt man alles nur aus der Sicht von Louisa, aber es war von Anfang an klar, daß Brendan nicht der gemeine Entführer ist, der nur aus Bosheit oder Gier handelt.
Die Entwicklung von Louisa war ebenfalls völlig nachvollziehbar. Zwar kamen mir ihre Fluchtversuche völlig idiotisch vor - ich fragte mich zuweilen, ob das Mädchen wirklich dachte, sie hätte eine Chance, lebendig von dort wegzukommen -, aber ich kann nicht beurteilen, ob Menschen in einer solchen Situation es einfach drauf ankommen lassen und alles in Kauf nehmen, sofern sie nur fliehen können.
Das Ende war etwas sehr puderzuckrig, aber noch erträglich. Wie Louisa sich eine glaubhafte Geschichte aus den Fingern saugen konnte, die alle überzeugte, bleibt mir ein Rätsel. Und das Donnerwetter, das sich über Jayden nach seiner Rückkunft aus dem National Park entladen wird, möchte ich nicht miterleben. Mir hätte die Geschichte wahrscheinlich besser gefallen, wenn Louisa etwas älter gewesen wäre. Das hätte mir das dumme Gänschen am Anfang erspart, und gleichzeitig hätte sie sich aus eigener Verantwortung zu dem Treffen am Schluß begeben können.
Aber das ist wirklich nur ein kleiner Punkt. Auch das Lesevergnügen aus "technischer" Sicht war ungetrübt. Es gab keinerlei Orthographiefehler oder sachliche Ungereimtheiten, die gerade bei self published Büchern (aber nicht nur da), häufig problematisch sind. Auch das Cover, bei dem man meinen könnte, es passe nicht zu der Geschichte, ist wunderschön und gibt die Stimmung und Handlung gut wieder.
Alles in allem war die Geschichte wunderbar und hat mich nicht losgelassen.
Entführt - bis du mich liebst gibt es kostenlos im Kindle Unlimited Abo, oder aber zum Kaufen für 0,99€ (ein geradezu lächerlich niedriger Preis)....more
I have never read a romance with a hero less defined than Jonathan. He acted one way, but was described in another. There were hints about his behavioI have never read a romance with a hero less defined than Jonathan. He acted one way, but was described in another. There were hints about his behaviour or his disposition that pointed into a certain direction, but he never actually showed the described state of mind.
Example: According to what was being said to or about him, he must have been almost starving himself. However, at one occasion he raided the breakfast buffet (not intended for him, so it might have been just a one time thing to annoy the others) like there was no tomorrow. Would someone who can't eat properly because of inner turmoil be able to stuff his face like that?
Another one: It was given the impression he was a pale, skinny guy, never leaving the house and being practically a recluse. But in a love scene later on he was the embodiment of physical male beauty. Large, strong hands and muscles.
I just don't expect from a socially awkward, shunned individual who thinks he is going mad and evades company whenever possible to act like the superior, sophisticated, witty, sometimes even cheeky, ever so in charge of a situation hero. The few occcasions when he didn't have everything under control (like the scene with the raven) it felt as if this was just put in in order to establish that he indeed was troubled, and not because it was a real side of him. Somehow the underlying problem of the whole situation was only told, but what was shown was a completely different matter.
That being said, I absolutely adored what was being shown. The relationship between Jonathan and Cassandra was delightful. The way he talked to her was how you talk to a real partner and companion, not just some "petite" that needs rescuing (as so often in romance). They worked together to solve the mystery and his advances were refreshing and original. As a couple they were maybe a bit too forward, especially given the time setting, but I am no stickler for that sort of thing. Cassandra misunderstood a few things (when does that ever stop?), but at least those problems were removed rather quickly and the couple just continued carrying on as before.
I am not sure if the whole madness business was ever resolved properly. The father was a bit of a loose end as far as I was concerned. Was he mad now or not? I never got that. The final solution to the problem, to all problems in fact, was brought about by the women working together in spite of their previous differences which I also found was a nice change to the usual male saving the day.
If you judge the hero solely by his actions he is exemplary as to how a romance hero should be. Honest about his emotions when called for, witty, funny, original, he treats his partner as an equal (not that this is something that should even be neccessary to mention, but it is) - I loved him. Cassandra was an equally pleasing heroine. Not some damsel in distress that needs help getting away from the clutches of her fiancé, but quite self sufficient, down to earth and resolved to help Jonathan out.
I even found a redeeming quality (well, not quite, but I did appreciate it) in Miles who, when catching Jonathan and Cassandra, didn't even pretend to give a damn about the ruination of his fiancée. As long as she has money what does he care whether she is sullied. He is honest and at least no hypocrite with a double standard. You have to give him that.
This was very enjoyable and entertaining. If you like a slight mystery, a little gothic feel and a solid romance between two likeable characters, go for it....more
After The Law of Attraction this was my second book by Jay Northcote. I was still recovering from Broken, so an easy and light read was just what I neAfter The Law of Attraction this was my second book by Jay Northcote. I was still recovering from Broken, so an easy and light read was just what I needed.
This was another story that was quick reading. The story was nothing extraordinarily angsty or complicated. Two guys meet under somewhat stressful circumstances, connect immediately and one of them has to decide if he is ready to change his career driven lifestyle for something more fulfilling. Again, no misunderstandings, no stupid games, no ever so popular bloody demons from the past, just a story about two regular guys. There wasn't even the lesbian best friend, what a relief! Edwin was a good addition whose story really touched me.
The descriptions of the landscape, ocean, atmosphere made this almost like the gay equivalent of a Rosamunde Pilcher novel (plus the sex, of course). So, if you like fluffiness without a lot to make you ponder this story for days, go for it....more
In the very beginning this felt very similar to Broken by Nikola Haken but turned out to be, oh, so different. The premise was exactly the same, quickIn the very beginning this felt very similar to Broken by Nikola Haken but turned out to be, oh, so different. The premise was exactly the same, quick, supposedly meaningless sex one night, new job, the sex partner turns out to be the new boss. But right there the similarities ended.
Even though Alex had his problems with not being out and not knowing how to come out without losing everything he has worked so hard for, it was not angsty and intense. This was my first book by Jay Northcote, but I have read another one since and it seems she is good at dealing with problems on a low stress level - quite refreshing. The characters always have issues to overcome but not in a way that have you continuously worrying.
I liked both protagonists and how easily and effortlessly the story flowed. The inevitable complications were understandable, there were no silly miscommunications or idiotic misunderstandings, This is a comfort read.
The cover: for once it absolutely worked. The guy is exactly how you could picture Alec. Good choice!...more
I would have liked this story even better if it had been longer. There was just not enough room to give the characters more depth, which is a pity. BuI would have liked this story even better if it had been longer. There was just not enough room to give the characters more depth, which is a pity. But there is room for more, after all there are some possibilities to improve Aia's status and drive the story on. Good romance/erotica stories set in ancient Rome are hard to come by, so hopefully there will be a continuation at some point. ...more
Short synopsis: Alex who is in love with Owen pretends to help him woo her shrewish sister in order to win him for herself.
I loved the first half whicShort synopsis: Alex who is in love with Owen pretends to help him woo her shrewish sister in order to win him for herself.
I loved the first half which was funny, witty and totally enjoyable. The second half turned into a generic romance with the usual misunderstandings and overreactions. It felt like I had switched books which I found disappointing. If I could I would give 4 stars / 2 stars, so settled for 3 in the end.
The first half was mostly interaction between Alex and Owen during their "lessons" - him teaching her how to become an accomplished debutante, her teaching him about her sister's supposed likes and dislikes - and between Alex or Owen and Lavinia. I very much enjoyed this part.
All of a sudden the atmosphere changed. Alex and a few friends plotted to get Owen to acknowledge his feelings for her and unfortunately the usual romance storyline began. When Owen - as a result of the plot - acts rather foolishly at one point Alex got mad and turned away from him. This goes back and forth a bit until eventually they make up. After that their love seems established but Lavinia, a right bitch, throws a spanner in the works, Alex believes the lie and again wants nothing to do with Owen. How about talking to him properly like they did in the beginning instead of jumping to idiotic conclusions?
All these situations in the second half of the book were so unnatural and out of character that I got seriously annoyed and even started skimming pages. There is a sex scene that came unexpected and that was unnecessary, therefore not very enjoyable. Believe me, for me to complain about a love scene it really has to be against the rhythm.
I enjoyed the writing and the initial story idea but the decline into the typical romance behaviour later on eventually ruined the book for me. Pity!
On a sidenote: According to the author this is a re-telling of The Taming of the Shrew, only the shrew being a rogue. I cannot see that at all. Why Owen would be considered a "shrew" is beyond me. The shrew is Lavinia - and she is in desperate need of taming indeed.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
This would have been a good story if the heroine hadn't been such a doormat. A doormat that curses like a pro and continuously gets on her neighbour'sThis would have been a good story if the heroine hadn't been such a doormat. A doormat that curses like a pro and continuously gets on her neighbour's nerves with her teasing behaviour. While I can't stand heroines who go about as if they were the best thing since sliced bread, I hate heroines even more who go around thinking they have no worth. She was annoying to watch. Isn't there no middle ground?
Verna and Joe went from a like/hate relationship to a passionate affair filled with lust in a heartbeat. What changed both their mindes? No clue!
I kind of liked Verna's first reaction to Joe's abhorrent behaviour. Acting as if it hadn't happened and going back to being just superficial "friends" (and, of course, she convinces herself that what happened was something ordinary because she didn't deserve better) isn't something I could have pulled off but it hit Joe harder than accusations would have done. But then what does she do just a little later? She forgives him his really unspeakable actions because he says he loves her! As if loving someone made up for anything. His half assed apology didn't cut it at all! But for Verna it turns the day around to be the best day ever. Wow, she is easy to placate. I would have made that bastard grovel until the earth opened up before him, but she's ok with a "sorry, I know I was an asshole and I shouldn't have done it".
Somebody pointed out before me that her list of demands as to what she expects of him in the future is laughable. What she asks of him (and he naturally and readily agrees to because it won't require any effort) are the most basic, goes without saying, not even worth mentioning things a relationship is made of. The mere fact that she has to ask for them and that he answers "deal" as if this was actually something to make a deal about is proof that this relationship is based on something so wrong that I can't even find words for it.
All in all, a quick read which left a sort of bad taste because of the unbalanced nature of the final outcome....more
I usually like stories with an age difference, but was disappointed with this one. Russ was unreasonable, stubborn and plain idiotic. For a silly prinI usually like stories with an age difference, but was disappointed with this one. Russ was unreasonable, stubborn and plain idiotic. For a silly principle he even risked his life, unbelievable! If both he and Stephen had talked a little more none of the problems would have arisen (oh, well, that is a common problem in the romance genre).
Apart from strongly disliking one the protags I just wasn't feeling it. I forgive a lot as long as I can see the emotional connection between MCs but here there was nothing, I am afraid. Therefore the whole romance turned out to bore me. I wasn't in the least bit interested in those two guys. In fact, I was more interested in the slob roommate, and that really means something....more
**spoiler alert** I don't read too many NA romance, so I have no idea if this fit NA standards. To be honest I would not have classified this as NA at**spoiler alert** I don't read too many NA romance, so I have no idea if this fit NA standards. To be honest I would not have classified this as NA at all, it seemed like a "regular" adult book to me. The explicit scenes were done nicely and I liked the overall story.
What I found remarkable was that Archer recognized that he had to leave Bree. In the romance genre personal/emotional/mental issues usually are "overcome" by too simple a solution. Once love is declared and the relationship is established those problems seemingly go away. Well, in real life they don't, but they return later and bite you in the ass. Archer's leaving was a refreshing realistic way to handle his problems that I usually miss in romance.
A person owning a town is a very unusual concept for me, but once that is established the rule that the firstborn is the heir to the town makes sense. However, that ANY firstborn can inherit is somewhat unusual. Primogeniture includes legitimate children, not children born out of wedlock. That Archer all of a sudden was the owner of the town came as a surprise which made no sense to me. And frankly, I felt no necessity to validate Archer as a businessman, responsible landlord etc. He was already an accomplished person in his own right.
A good read as I found the conncetion between h and H extraordinary. For me this is always a win. ...more
This is a very short story, basically an intermezzo between two books and an addition to Bastian's Storm. I already liked Shay Savages style and approThis is a very short story, basically an intermezzo between two books and an addition to Bastian's Storm. I already liked Shay Savages style and approach in the previous books, but now I'm enthusiastic.
Not only did she give us the tournament scene from Evan's point of view - interesting and enlightening at the same time with a revelation that explains a few things -, but she also gave Evan's story a really good twist. I am aware many readers don't like that outcome but I find it extremely satisfying. Not because I disliked Lia, but for once we do see what's happening AFTER the (not so) happily ever after. Problems do not go away just because of love. And they have consequences. This is not nice, not enjoyable, but realistic.
If this was regular romance a continuation wouldn't be possible. Once the couple gets together the reader loses interest in them. Who wants to know about domestic problems, money worries and infidelity? Btw, I don't see Evan as cheating on Lia at all. He did what he had to do, so please stop going on about him being unfaithful. Here the story after the HEA stays just as intriguing, interesting and breathtaking as it was before. I liked that Evan kept his word and took care of Franks and at the same time used it to his own "family's" advantage. Bastian is right, how devious is that guy? ...more