[book] Nalini Singh – Psy & Changeling Trinity 01 – Silver Silence

Language: English
Pages: 467
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:

Plot:
Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…

Opinion:
This book really felt like the old school „Psy & Changeling“ series, I fell in love with back in the day and to be honest I missed those book I read at the start of the series and how they made me feel. The last few very books had multiple plot lines going on despite claiming to be about on specific hero and heroine. They were still good books, but the focus was always on a lot of different things.
But with Silver Silence the romance, the developing relationship between Silver and Valentin, was front and centre in the book and like in the old school books it was sprinkled with short chapters of other characters to get a better sense of the story and to move the overall plot along. I very much approve.

The story between Silver and Valentin was a great one and after reading the excerpt before the release I was a bit more excited than I expected to be to read more about the bears and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. They are a very enjoyable clan and we got introduced to a lot of characters, which I admit I couldn’t always keep track of, because they were all new and I got a bit confused with all the different Russian nicknames and endearments for one person. I probably will get the hang of it on the long run.
I enjoyed how Silver and Valentin got together and how their relationship fitted into „the case of the book“, which of course was a bigger part of the new threat in a world post silence. We got a first glimpse into what all the new characters and maybe a couple familiar ones will face this time around.

We also got the beginning of the first same sex romance in the series and those two were kinda cute, which is probably because of the bears nature and how a Mercant Psy react to them. I don’t think this will be front and centre of a book, but I hope we keep to get glimpses of how that’s going to turn out.

Can this book be read without the knowledge of the other ones? I think so. It is a start of a new series, like a second season. If you’re familiar with the first part you will enjoy the mentions of all the old characters and if you’re not familiar with it, I think you will get enough information to not get confused.

Anja

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[book] Jacob Z. Flores – One Fine Day 01 – Undercover Boyfriend

Language: English
Pages: 236
Genre: M/M Romantic Suspense
Rating:

Plot:
Marty Valdez is in serious trouble. His sister’s wedding is around the corner, and everyone expects to meet Marty’s super-successful underwear model boyfriend—whom Marty invented. Now Marty has to produce a half-naked hottie or suffer the worst humiliation of his life.

FBI agent Luke Myers is in serious trouble. He’s been working undercover to take down a dangerous drug cartel, but his cover’s blown and he needs to disappear. Luckily, a geeky yet intriguing comic book artist gives him the perfect opportunity. Luke just has to pretend to be his boyfriend, and pretending is what he does best. But between Marty’s mother and his ex, Luke might’ve bitten off more than he can chew, and Marty’s knack for finding trouble might ruin more than just his sister’s wedding.

Opinion:
… well first of all thumps up for non of the guys having a homophobic family or being still in the closet or some of the other usual issues, they were just who they were.

Otherwise the story dragged a bit for me and I lost interest. Part of the reason is that I probably imagined a bit of a different story when I read the summary.

But the book is a good read, just not a 100% for me.

Anja

[book] S.E. Culpepper – Liaisons 01 – Private Eye


Language: English
Pages: 286
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Rating:

Plot:
Rafe Bridges stopped mixing business with pleasure long ago, but when he receives a call from an intriguing cop who needs help searching for an old family friend, he breaks down and takes on the case. With each day that passes, Rafe becomes further fascinated with Jeremy Halliday…but the biggest problem isn’t his attraction to the cop or his growing need for him. It’s the tiny little detail of Jeremy being straight.

Jeremy isn’t as immune to Rafe as he’d like to believe and as they work together, sifting through a case that is more mysterious and dangerous than it seems, Rafe draws away from him. Knowing he might miss out on someone incredible, Jeremy has to figure out what and who he really wants. And soon.

Nothing is black and white anymore.

Opinion:
I’m very picky when it comes to this genre, so I guess when I finally find one I want to read, I have high expectations and this book met them easily. The story and the two guys had me from the start that I barely couldn’t stop reading. A big positive was that both guys were basically hunks. In the very few I’ve read so far there’s always one guy who’s more boyish looking and one is more on the manly man side – basically a twink and a hunk – and it’s one of the things that annoy me a bit. But those two sailed for the same „hunky“ boat, which I highly approved.

The case itself, which brought Rafe and Jeremy together was just a reason to let them interact, to get them to know each other, to let them fall in love rather than a forefront plot even if the case ended in a big and more tragic way that I expected. It also was a bit long for my taste, but it got the typical last obstacle out of the way.

All in all it was a good and entertaining read and it’s a shame that the other books from the author aren’t available anywhere anymore.

Anja

[WIR] Watching Back 2016

… selbe Adresse, anderer Ort.

Wer ab und an doch mal über meinen Blog stolpert, wird festgestellt haben, dass sich seit Ende Oktober/Anfang November nicht mehr viel getan hat, was einfach daran gelegen hat, dass ich überlegt habe diesen Ort, den ich schon solange habe, zu verlassen.

Ausgangspunkt war eine technische Umstellung bei meinem Anbieter, die entweder verlangte, dass ich mich mit PHP auskenne oder eine komplette Neuinstallation von WordPress verlangte. Mit ersterem kenne ich mich absolut nicht aus und bei zweiterem war ich mir nicht, ob mir der Aufwand für einen Blog wert ist, den eigentlich niemand liest. Tja, am Ende des Tages habe ich mir trotzdem nicht wenig Arbeit gemacht, weil ich mich entschlossen habe, den Blog doch zu behalten und einfach auf die kostenlose Plattform von WordPress umzuziehen. Somit habe ich alle Einträge übertragen, aussortiert, bearbeitet und das Design soweit angepasst, dass ich damit ganz gut leben kann und somit war der Umzug vollzogen.

Ansonsten ändert sich nicht. Die Adresse ist dieselbe und beim Inhalt müsst ihr weiter mit viel TV Serien, ein paar Filmen und wenigen Büchern rechnen.

Und damit werfen wir mal einen mehr oder wenig statistischen Rückblick auf mein Jahr 2016 des Medienkonsums.

Wie war mein Jahr 2016 bezüglich meines Medienkonsums? Wie immer eine Unmenge an Serien gesehen und der „… to be watched“ Stapel hat noch immer einiges zu bieten, obwohl ich diese kurz vor Jahresende noch einmal ausgemistet habe. Ein paar Filme sind es auch geworden, obwohl ich da in der zweiten Hälfte des Jahres immer wählerischer wurde und ein paar wenige Bücher haben es tatsächlich geschafft mich zu begeistern.

Bücher und ich wir tun uns immer noch schwer miteinander. Das Interesse ist absolut da, aber es fällt mir unglaublich schwer mich richtig für eine Geschichte zu begeistern und somit lasse ich das Lesen auch oft, damit die Bücher einfach eine faire Chance bekommen.

Ein Highlight war dennoch dabei. Mittlerweile lese ich auch ganz gern mal Bücher im M/M Genre, allerdings bin ich da noch wählerischer, als ich es ohnehin schon bin und aber in diesem Jahr habe ich ein Highlight gefunden und das ist eindeutig A Reason to Believe von Diana Copland.

01. Get Lucky – Tall, Dark & Dangerous 09 – Suzanne Brockmann
02. A Reason to Believe – Diana Copland
03. Allegiance of Honour – Psy & Changeling 15 – Nalini Singh 
04. The Guy from Glamour – The Guy 01 – Skylar M. Cates
05. Frisk Me – New York’s Finest – Lauren Layne

Und von den wenigen Büchern, die ich in diesem Jahr gelesen haben, konnte ich zwei nicht beenden. Von dem einem Buch war ich irgendwann nur noch genervt und das Zweite hat mich irgendwann einfach zu sehr gelangweilt.

06. Out of her League – Suspense Series 01 – Kaylea Cross
07. Die Befreier von Canea – Codes Alera 05 – Jim Butcher

80 Movies

Filme machen mir immer Spaß und mit Fantastic Beats and where to find them und Rogue One: A Star Wars Story haben mich zwei Film-Universen begeistert, mit denen ich vorher nicht viel tun hatte.

Highlights:
+ Chasing Liberty
+ Captain America: The Winter Soldier
+ Deadpool
+ Captain America: Civil War
+ The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
+ Star Trek: Beyond
+ James Bond 007: SPECTRE
+ Fantastic Beats and where to find them
+ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

888 TV Show Episodes (89 TV Shows)

TV Shows waren auch in diesem Jahr meine große Leidenschaft und es gibt immer noch einige, die von mir gesehen werden wollen und egal wie viele ich aussortiere es werden nie weniger. Eine fantastische Entdeckung in diesem Jahr ist auf alle Fälle Lucifer und eine Überraschung ist Lethal Weapon. Ich hatte nicht viel Erwartungen an das Serien-Remake, aber es ist total unterhaltsam.

Highlights:
+ Lucifer
+ Galavant
+ Limitless
+ Join or Die with Craig Ferguson
+ The Night Manager
+ Grantchester
+ Marvel’s Daredevil (Season 2)
+ Penny Dreadful
+ The Musketeers
+ Lethal Weapon
+ The Fall
+ No Tomorrow
+ Weinberg
+ Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
+ Sense 8: Christmas Special

Leider ist die in oder andere Serie bereits abgesetzt wurden oder hat ein Ende gefunden.

Anja

[book] Lauren Layne – New York’s Finest 01 – Frisk Me


Language: English
Pages: 384
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating:

Plot:
Officer Luc Moretti had no idea that his dive into the East River would have him drowning in a media frenzy. No matter how many times he tells reporters he was just doing his job, they’re determined to make him into NYC’s newest hero. Coming from a long line of NYPD’s finest, Luc knows that being a cop has nothing to do with headlines and viral videos, and he’s more than ready to get back to life away from the cameras—until he meets the gorgeous but jaded journalist assigned to film a TV special on him.

Ava Sims may be the only woman in NYC who isn’t in love with Officer Moretti. That’s why she’s going after the real story—to find out about the man behind the badge. Ava’s determined to keep things strictly professional, but the more time she spends around Luc, even she has to admit there’s something about a man in uniform . . . and she can’t wait to get him out of his.

Opinion:
This was a fun little read, I liked the story and dynamic between the two main characters even if they story dragged a bit in the last quarter. A lot of points got the story for the ending, because there was no sudden proposal or wedding between Luc and Ava, which always annoys me in those kind of books. The side characters were great, even if the got a bit exhausting and as fun as Nonna was by the end I found her a bit annoying – unfortunately. (Probably because it would drive me nuts if I had a family that involved in my personal life.)

Anyway, easy and fun read that definitely made me want to check out the other two books.

Anja

[book] Skylar M. Cates – The Guy 01 – The Guy From Glamour


Language: English
Pages: 246
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Rating:

Plot:
Anthony Carrino loves his big, gregarious Italian-American family, even if his sisters are interfering, and his dad, the local sheriff, knows everything going on in town. He’s happy as a middle school guidance counselor. Despite helping kids and their parents fix their problems, Anthony can’t manage to get his own love life right. If only everyone would stop calling him the “nice” guy.

Dean Pierce doesn’t do relationships. A tough-minded military man, he is dedicated to his job as a Night Stalker, flying Chinook helicopters and not speaking much to anybody. He certainly doesn’t want to deal with a mess of emotions. But when tragedy strikes, Dean finds his hands full with his troubled niece, her irresistible guidance counselor, and a meddlesome family, which includes a rather large puppy.

Review:
Well, I’m in a reading slump, because a lot of books I usually like can’t really grab me. Maybe my little bubble of genres that I always could go to, needs a little expansion and as I realised dipping the occasional food into the M/M genre mixed with what I usually like seems to do the trick. I guess it’s the novelity that still hasn’t been worn off, so that’s why I picked up this book.

It was a good read and definitely grabbed my attention has I basically read it within to days and yet the last quarter of the book had somewhat lost me. I like a slow build up the a realtionship, a little bit suspense and it’s even nice to get a couple few glimpses into the realtionship after the couple git together, but in the last quarter my impatience got the upper hand. It felt like everything was said and done and we only needed the big happy ending, but there just soooo many pages in between. I also skipped the sex scenes at one point, I never mind them, but in the end they didn’t do anything for me.

Besides that the characters were great, the interactions were entertaining and Dean and Anthony worked well with each other.

But one thing I’m wondering after reading about 4 books in that genre; is it always a big guy and a slightly smaller guy?

Anja

[book] Nalini Singh – Psy & Changeling 15 – Allegiance of Honor


Language: English
Pages: 320
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:

Plot:
The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy . . . and changeling.

To find the lost, protect the vulnerable – and save Trinity – no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honour even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

Review:
Well, me an reading we are on difficult terms at the moment. I really would like to read some books waiting around here, but it’s so hard to get my attention and to give the books a fair chance I rather do not read and miss a good book just because I’m not in the mood. So therefore this little review might be a bit harsher than it would be if me and reading were still be buddies.

Anyway, it’s a good read and it’s great that you get to meet so many familiar characters again after you left them at the end of their story. Also thumbs up for Nalini Singh for not claiming this book would be about a certain couple. I really dislike it, when the description says it’s about her & him, but basically it’s only 20% of the plot and the rest is about everything else. But if you ask me a big portion of the plot went to Sascha, Lucas and little Naya and the BlackSea water changelings. I don’t mind the part with Sascha and Lucas, I even totally like it that the book ended with them, because this huge story arc started with them, so it was a nice conclusion. BlackSea on the other hand, I never really cared for them. I know they’re supposed to be mysterious and new, but I didn’t warm up to Maine. Maybe it will change when she will be the centre of a book and therefore will be more than the dangerous Alpha of the BlackSea water changelings.

Another reason why the book didn’t really hook me, it was just too much political talk and dialogue about strategies page after page. I’m an impatient reader, I need the plot to move, I need things to happen, but despite a lot of things happening the book wasn’t fast paced enough for my taste, like the pages about the funeral that seemed so important to the story, but it was my least favourite part. The only thing that felt rushed was Xaviers and Ninas reunion, they met again, everything was forgotten and forgiven and the next thing you know they were gonna get married. It’s just a friggin‘ pet peeve mine. Just get to know each other again, live together, figure out who you become.

There were still more little things that bothered me at one point, but again it was a good read and I’m still impressed at how detailed the world is. The whole book felt like a big epilogue mixed in with a prologue for the next part of the story arc, which I’m curious to find out and get to read.

Anja