Review: The Truth as he knows it by A.M. Arthur

the truth as he knows itSeries: Perspectives (Book 1)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: Mmmh, yes.

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warning: Homophobia, (child) rape, drug slipping, suicide attempt

Description: Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.

When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.

Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.

The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.

Review: Do you have tissues ready? Because I am sure, you’ll need them. The Truth as he knows it is technically a sweet love story. Man meets man, they fall in love, there are some problems to overcome. And those problems and the characters’ pasts? They may make you cry. Usually I would say the drama is a little bit too much. But in this case? It’s so well-written and realistic! And Tristan now holds a special place in my heart (his story is told in the next installment of this series and I can’t wait to read it).

There are a few sex scenes in this book and they are the reason why I didn’t give 5 stars. Don’t get me wrong, they are very hot. But sometimes they happened too… abrupt? My emotions were not ready for them.

Review: The Relics of the Gods by Yeyu

the relics of the godsSeries: Between Heaven and Earth (Book 1)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Fantasy

Rating: 2/5 stars

Cover: It’s interesting.

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warning: dubious consent/rape, non safe sane consensual kink

Description: What is worse: Being so broke you can barely afford food, getting hired for dangerous missions way out of your league, suffocating under mountains of unanswered questions—or wanting to sexually dominate someone who can kill you without lifting a finger? Lu Delong is a mercenary who evaluates antiques most of the time and deals with the paranormal on rare occasions—even though it’s supposed to be the other way around. When he joins a dangerous quest for an ancient artifact, he meets and becomes strongly attracted to a mysterious and powerful immortal named Cangji. Despite his friends’ warnings and Cangji’s icy, unsociable demeanor, Delong is unable to resist befriending him. However, Cangji is deeply involved in a matter beyond mortals, and Delong is drawn into a chaotic struggle by both visible and invisible forces. Always the pacifist who wanted to live a simple human life, Delong never imagined he’d end up involved in a conflict that will affect everything from the lowest insects on earth to the highest gods in heaven.

Review: Where to start? Maybe I’ll first talk about the characters…

Soo stereotypical! There is Delong, who is your typical uke. He is a nice guy, but rather weak and very naive. The only thing that’s not so typical about him is, that he wants to be the dominating one the bedroom. Then there is his love interest Cangji, who – you won’t guess it – is your typical seme, because he is cold, silent and very strong. You may wonder, why I’m using seme and uke instead of top and bottom. The reason is, that there characterization reminded me so much of the yaoi manga, I read when I was younger. So nothing new for me there.

There are a lot of other different persons in this novel (seriously, A Lot!). A lot of mythological aspects, too, which I found interesting. But that was sadly not enough to hold my interest. I was often tempted to file it under dnf. To keep from doing so, I skimmed ‘some’ pages…

The Relics of the Gods seemed more like a video game than a novel. Delong and Cangji go on different missions with different people, things happen, Cangji gets hurt. Rinse and repeat. The only thing that changes is, that the reader gets to know more about Cangji’s secret.

Disclaimer: I was provided through NetGalley with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: A banquet of consequences by Elizabeth George

51ft4vvwfcl-_sx327_bo1204203200_ Series: Inspector Lynley (Book 19)

Genre: Crime, Mystery

Rating: 3/5 stars

Cover: I like it.

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warning: self-harm, suicide, mention of eating disorder, (child) rape, mention of BPD

Description: Inspector Lynley investigates the London end of an ever more darkly disturbing case, with Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit.

The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man’s leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?

Following various career-threatening misdemeanours, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with bestselling feminist writer Clare Abbott and her pushy personal assistant Caroline Goldacre gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs DI Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime.

Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first page to last, A Banquet of Consequences reveals both Lynley and Havers under pressure, and author Elizabeth George writing at the very height of her exceptional powers.

Review: I have read and liked many books of the Inspector Lynley series. It’s been now a few years without me reading anything written by Elizabeth George. So I don’t know if my tastes have changed or if A banquet of consequences is not one of her better novels. But let me explain.

As always the beginning is rather slow, but it is not boring. You just get to know the characters. Characters, who are all in unhealthy relationships, it seemed, so I was wondering the whole time: Who’s gonna die?!

Sadly it soon stopped being thrilling to me and started being boring. The book felt artificially prolonged. The whole Charlie-India-Nat-story or the Rory-Fiona-Memories for example? I could have done without it being so detailed. (Amazon tells me this novel has 592 pages… it felt like 1500…)

I did like the feministic touch of this book and Carolin was a very interesting, emotions provoking character.

If I think back, I remember Elizabeth George’s novels being long, but I never felt bored reading them. Maybe my tastes changed, maybe it was because of the rather small role Lynley and Havers have in this story?

Disclaimer: I was provided through NetGalley with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Top 6 books to read on Halloween

As always this meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Go and take a look at their blog!

I don’t think I have to tell anyone that Halloween is this week, do I? But maybe you are looking for some appropriate books to go with Halloween? If you answered this question with a yes, then read on!


In a small New Jersey town a lonely boy walking along a highway one autumn evening meets the boy of his dreams, a boy who happens to have died decades ago and haunts the road. Awkward crushes, both bitter and sweet, lead him to face youthful dreams and childish fears. With a cast of offbeat friends, antiques, and Ouija boards, Vintage offers readers a memorable blend of dark humor, chills and love.

A finalist for the Andre Norton Award for best speculative fiction young adult novel.

 

 

 

Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville families home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted. Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Will the new heir meet the same fate?

 

 

 

 

 

First rule in this line of business: don’t sleep with the client.

My name’s Kate Kane, and when an eight-hundred-year-old vampire prince came to me with a case, I should have told her no. But I’ve always been a sucker for a femme fatale.

It always goes the same way. You move too fast, you get in too deep, and before you know it, someone winds up dead. Last time it was my partner. This time it could be me. Yesterday a werewolf was murdered outside the Velvet, the night-time playground of one of the most powerful vampires in England. Now half the monsters in London are at each other’s throats, and the other half are trying to get in my pants. The Witch Queen will protect her own, the wolves are out for vengeance, and the vampires are out for, y’know, blood.

I’ve got a killer on the loose, a war on the horizon, and a scotch on the rocks. It’s going to be an interesting day.

 

 

Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.

The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker’s sanity.

 

Unemployed, divorced, and living in a new state, Hunt Jackson would be considered a risk by most insurance companies. Lucky for him, he’s found one that will give him a policy. All he has to do is sign on the dotted line-and note a minor provision: they require a pound of flesh for their investment. No backing out. No joke. No running away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the tradition of Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot, Cirque Du Freak is the frightening saga of a young boy whose visit to a mysterious freak show leads him on a journey into a dark world of vampires. Filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and a petrifying ending, Cirque Du Freak will chill, thrill, and leave readers begging for more.

 

 

 

 

 


Are there books you would recommend as a Halloween-read?

Things that need to stop – or at least decrease in appearance: smelling of three things

things that need to stop

That sure is an exact pet peeve, isn’t it? But I am reading it everywhere. As soon as the female main character gets the slightest whiff of a love interest’s scent, she goes like ‘he smells of A, B and C.’ A lot of the time one of the scents is a nature one like fresh fallen rain or something. I have never met a person, who had that scent if they weren’t in the rain and even then they don’t really smell like fresh fallen rain. They smell wet. Because their clothes are wet. Depending on the clothes’ material… they even stink.

But let’s call that artistic freedom and put it aside.

What is it with this A, B, C formula? Is there a law written somewhere?! I smell a lot of people – public transportation doesn’t give you a choice. I have smelled people more or less intimately, too. I never thought “they smell of cinnamon and a forest on a warm summer’s day…. and something that is uniquely their own”. Not once! I may smell their shampoo or perfume or maybe even laundry detergent powder. I may think “mh, their hair smells of oranges…”, but that’s it.

Maybe I like their smell, maybe I don’t. This doesn’t seem to be an option in fiction… love interests smelling bad?


Have you ever met someone, who smelled of exactly three things?
Can you imagine what the smell is supposed to be like if you read something like that?

Review: Bittersüßes Vermächtnis by C.R. Forster

bittersüßes vermächtnisSeries: Standalone
Genre: LGBT (f/f), Romance, Historical
Rating: 3,5/5 stars
Cover: I do like it, although it might fit a gothic novel better?
Buy: Amazon
Trigger Warnings: sexual assault, suicide

Description: Irland, anno 1814.
Rhona McLeod ist eine junge Aristokratin, die ein wahrhaft ungewöhnliches Leben führt. Niemand ahnt, dass sie allen gesellschaftlichen Konventionen zum Trotz ein mehr als inniges Verhältnis zu ihrer Zofe Sofie pflegt.

Als Rhonas wohl gehütetes Geheimnis aufgedeckt wird, ändert sich alles. Von einem auf den anderen Tag findet sich die willensstarke Frau in einem Strudel aus Ängsten, Intrigen und in dem magischen Bann der Countess O’Callahan wieder. Bei ihrer unermüdlichen Suche nach Antworten stößt Rhona auf ein bittersüßes Vermächtnis …

Auch das unbeschwerte Leben der Zofe Sofie findet ein jähes Ende. Erniedrigt und in die gnadenlose Wirklichkeit gestoßen, wird sie zur Marionette in einer perfiden Inszenierung, die auch Rhona ins Verderben reißen soll …

Kann Lady Rhona trotz der düsteren Schatten der Vergangenheit ihre Zukunft meistern? Und wessen Leben wird Sofie opfern, als sie vor die grausame Wahl gestellt wird?

Review: I have to start with stating that I am not a fan of historical novels. Not because I’m not interested in history or the past, but because of the language. This novel uses the usual ‘theatrical’ language so many other historical books – especially romances – use as well. I could have worked with less adjectives for example. But that’s personal taste.

The story itself had me captured, especially Sofie’s part of it. She has to work through and survive so many difficulties… and her development is a great one. I didn’t care much for her former lover’s life. Rhona wasn’t that interesting in my eyes. Maybe that would have been different if the threat of a forced marriage would have been more present, but maybe not.

Even though the main focus is on romance, there is some information about politics like the revolution in Ireland. There is a lot of drama in this novel, part of it thanks to the political situation, but mostly thanks to all the different romantic affairs.

Bittersüßes Vermächtnis is C.R. Forster’s debut novel, as far as I know (at least that’s the only book I could find) and it is very promising. So if this author ever branches out and leaves the historical genre… I’ll know I’ll read another book by them. Hopefully it’ll get translated so my non german speaking, historical romances loving readers are able to read it.
Disclaimer: I was provided by Butze Verlag with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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+100I couldn’t blog the last days, because I was having a very bad migraine and my meds just wouldn’t work.

Today I am better and I ‘woke’ to this little message.

I am honoured by every follower I get and I never thought I’d get to 100. 100 actual human beings who like my work… wow.

Thank you so much! Hopefully you will keep liking my blog.