Blood Rose by Rachael Vaughn |Blitz + Giveaway

Blood Rose
Rachael Vaughn
Publication date: November 22nd 2019
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

Fleeing her past and a dark tragedy that haunts her every waking moment, Rose settles for a crummy retail job in a crummy town in the middle of Indiana. Her one solace – the sprawling forest behind her apartment complex – leads her down a dizzying path into a topsy-turvy world where Rose escapes her painful memories…but finds herself at the center of a dangerous plot.

A mysterious (and frequently unconscious) stranger, a technicolor landscape, and a sinister but charismatic leader pull Rose deeper into an unexpected adventure…where nothing is as it seems.

Follow Rose on her journey through this perilous but beautiful land, as she wonders if she can save it…or herself.

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EXCERPT:

The stranger was back before long, and Rose didn’t miss the flash of relief on his face when he saw her standing where he had left her. He carried with him a bowl of water, steam rising in tendrils from the surface, and an assortment of other supplies. When he reached her he continued on past, beckoning her to follow, and Rose turned to see him heading toward a small seating area near the door. A low, backless sofa ran along the wall, each end lifting to curl in a tight spiral. An equally low table stood in front of the sofa, and two matching chairs framed either side.

After a moment of hesitation, Rose took a seat on the sofa, and the stranger placed the bowl and supplies on the table before lowering himself hesitantly to sit beside her. He gave her a questioning glance as if asking for permission, and Rose offered her wounded palm. She kept quiet, not wanting her barrage of questions to break the trance she felt from his calming influence. The man chose a soft cloth from the pile on the table, dipped it in the warm water and began to gently wash the blood from her hand. She winced when the water stung the cut, and the man grimaced in apology.

As he worked, the lace cuff fell back from his left hand and the sleeve of his jacket rode up slightly. Rose caught a glimpse of something thick and dark winding around his arm. It appeared to have the texture of an old scar, thick and ridged, but jet black and stark against his pale blue skin. It grew thinner the further down it reached, tapering out into thin tendrils at his wrist, leaving the skin of his hand smooth and untainted. Rose felt his hands falter in their movements against hers, and she looked up to see him following her gaze to his wrist. He self-consciously pulled the cuff back down into place, covering the black lines, and Rose hastily looked away.

“Sorry,” she mumbled. He didn’t respond, only retrieved the cloth and began wiping blood from her other hand. Once both were clean, he let the cloth fall into the now pink-tinged water, and took a bandage from the table. He paused for a moment, before setting the bandage back down unopened.

“You must have a lot of questions,” he said softly, not quite meeting her eyes.

A startled laugh escaped Rose’s throat. That was the understatement of the century. He gave a soft chuckle and she realized she had voiced the thought aloud.

“Yes, I imagine that must be true.” He turned to face her directly, and his eyes met hers. She was alarmed at the intensity in their purple depths, and his voice was urgent when he spoke again, the words coming fast.

“Listen, I’ll explain everything, I promise. But you’re not safe here, and I need you to trust me.”

Rose opened her mouth, but he continued before she could respond.

“I know we’ve only just met, but I promise I won’t let any harm come to you. There’s so much you need to know, and so little time, and I—” he paused, seeming to exert quite a bit of effort to gather himself. He took a deep breath and lifted his eyes to hers. “Will you trust me?”

His gaze bored into her, and without the slightest idea why, Rose found herself nodding. Anything to get that look of desperation off his face.

He seemed to wilt, relief coloring his features, and he held out his hand for hers again. She placed her wounded hand in his, and he flipped it over, palm up. Lifting his other hand, he gently placed his index finger against the gash in her palm, and without warning, a burst of light emanated out of his fingertip where it met her skin.

Rose felt strangely detached, as if she were watching this happen instead of actually experiencing it. She felt no pain, only a bright, comforting warmth that grew to encompass her whole hand. He traced his finger slowly down the length of the wound, the bright light following the path of his finger, and Rose watched in surprise as the line of her blood began to glow bright, the same iridescent glimmer she had noticed when she’d touched the handle of the door what seemed like ages ago.

Rose watched in wonder as the stranger lifted his hand, the light fading. The shimmer faded from her palm as well, the wound sealing in its wake.

“There,” he said, releasing her hand. His voice sounded faint, its resonance muted. Rose looked up, sensing something was off, and found his face pale, nearly white, the silver lines practically nonexistent.

“Are you okay?” she asked, suddenly worried for this man—creature—she didn’t know, but he simply nodded and waved off her concern. She looked down at her palm again in amazement, a thin faded line all that remained of the red gash.

“What was that?” she asked, “How did you—” But her attention was caught quite suddenly by his hands, which were clutched tightly in his lap. He held his right hand wrapped protectively around the left, but past his grip Rose could see the black lines moving on his skin, creeping slowly beyond the edge of his cuff and onto the back of his hand, tendrils snaking across the pale flesh there.

Author Bio:

Rachael Vaughn is the creative brainchild of husband-and-wife writing duo, Laura Rachael Black and Trenton Vaughn Hockersmith.

Laura is the wordsmith of the pair, and a bona fide dabbler. With interests in everything from mosaics to wood carving and playing the hammered dulcimer, there isn’t much that doesn’t appeal to her insatiable need to create. When she isn’t writing, Laura stays busy as the co-owner of Firefly Tattoo–one of Indianapolis’s premier tattoo studios–where she is also a full-time artist. You can check out her professional tattoo gallery at https://www.fireflytattoo.com/f88479627.

Trent acts as the bookends of the writing process. He serves as the team’s world-builder and plot developer on the front end, and acts as an editor and proofreader (plus the ultimate voice of reason) on the backside. His educational background in English and psychology help him craft vibrant worldscapes and compelling, authentic characters. When not mired in the trenches of world-building, Trent enjoys reading, playing video games, and practicing jiu-jitsu and tai-chi.

The team shares more than a pen name. Their home outside Indianapolis is also inhabited by their daughter, Seva, and Helena, the world’s fluffiest cat.

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Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest |Reveal

Bursts of Fire
Susan Forest
(Addicted to Heaven #1)
Publication date: August 6th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult

Publishers Lunch Buzz Books 2019 selection. Recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist (American Library Association), and Library Journal.

Bursts of Fire begins an epic political fantasy of revenge, addictions, and redemption for three magiel sisters in an empire where magic has become suspect and where love and loyalty—for one’s lover, one’s family, one’s country—are tested. If Heaven desires the very earth be burned, what place can those below hope for, when the flames come for them?

The Falkyn sisters bear a burden and a legacy. Their mother, the imperial magiel of the kingdom of Orumon, protects her people from the horrors of the afterlife by calling upon the Gods with a precious Prayer Stone. But war among the kingdoms has brought fire and destruction to their sheltered world. When a mad king’s desire to destroy the Prayer Stones shatters their family, the three girls are scattered to the wilderness, relying on their wits and powers they don’t yet master.

Assassin. Battle tactician. Magic wielder. Driven by different ambitions, Meg, Janat, and Rennika are destined to become all these and more. To reclaim their birth right, they must overcome doubtful loyalties within a rising rebellion; more, they must challenge a dogma-driven chancellor’s influence on the prince raised to inherit his father’s war: a prince struggling to unravel the mystery of his brother’s addiction to Heaven.

To Survive. To Fight. To Restore Balance.

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Author Bio:

Susan Forest grew up in a family of mountaineers and skiers, and she loves adventure. She also loves the big ideas found in SF/F, and finds fast-paced adventure stories a great place to explore how individuals grapple with complex moral decisions. Susan is also an award-winning fiction editor, has published over 25 short stories, and has appeared at many international writing conventions. She loves travel and has been known to dictate novels from the back of her husband’s motorcycle. Follow Susan at http://addictedtoheaven.com/ and http://speculative-fiction.ca/

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The Crystal War by Tracy Auerbach |Reveal

The Crystal War
Tracy Auerbach
(Fragments #2)
Published by: Parliament House
Publication date: April 17th 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

The line between human and monster is not as clear cut as they once thought.

In the weeks since her escape from the hell of the Eastern Fortress, things have grown more complicated for Kai. She cast her lot with her brother’s self-absorbed boyfriend, who controls the Western Army, but she’s been separated from Finn, the soldier who found a place in her heart.

Finn has defaulted to his signature move: he’s run away; afraid of himself, his new feelings for Kai, and all the terrible truths he’s learned.

Tessa is free in the world for the first time, a force to be reckoned with. She’s gone to the far west and the Dome of Artifacts to seek revenge on the system that ruined her life.

The type ‘A’ soldier who was once a friendly boy named Charlie has been restored to factory settings, a weapon for Aric to use.

The Science Council has unleashed new crystal compounds, more toxic and destructive than anything the world has seen. As Kai and her friends struggle with everything that’s been done to them, they will have to find a way to unite and prepare for the fight of their lives.

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Author Bio:

Tracy Auerbach is an author of science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. As an avid reader with a vivid imagination, she chose to study film, English, and education, and went on to teach and write STEM curriculum for the New York Department of Education. This helped to polish her writing skills and ignite her passion for science fiction and fantasy.

Her first scholarly article, published in Language Magazine, was about the value of active, creative learning in science.
On the fiction side, Tracy’s work has been featured in the online literary journal Micro-horror, The Writing Disorder fiction anthology, and the “(Dis)ability” short story anthology, in addition to her novels.

When she is not teaching or writing, Tracy is usually reading or spending time with her family. She lives in New York with her husband and sons.

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Alee by Nicole Loufas |Blitz + Giveaway INTL

Alee
Nicole Loufas
Publication date: November 19th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult

With just weeks left before her high school graduation, Alee dumps with her sunshine stealing boyfriend in epic fashion – by sleeping with his best friend.

Since bad things happen in three, becoming the school slut is just the beginning.

A mass shooting steals the life of Alee’s Olympic-bound best friend and a homeless drug addict turns out to be the father who abandoned Alee as a child.

With a backpack full of daddy-issues and a bucket list of broken dreams, Alee searches for light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

Will the man who broke her, be the one who saves her life?

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EXCERPT:

Funeral food is like every other party food. Pinwheel sandwiches, mini-meatballs in a brown sauce, wilted salad, and an assortment of cheese and crackers. Laine plucks a cucumber from the tray. He dips it in ranch then shoves it in his mouth with an inappropriately timed sexy smile.

“Bryn hates baby carrots. She said there was something unnatural about them.”

“Toss them.” Laine points to the trash receptacle. “She’s right, they look like fat little baby fingers.” He inspects a dried out digit shaped carrot.

I pick up the tray and carry it to the trash. “This is for Bryn.” The carrots make a raucous as they spill into the bin. A few people glance my way, not for long. Too much eye contact and they’ll have to acknowledge me, speak me, console me.

Laine tosses his carrot in from a few feet away. “Bryn for the win.” He holds pose a few seconds the way Steph Curry does when he hits a three.

We return to the buffet where Frances is speaking to Bryn’s English teacher. She was an honor student so we never had classes together.

“Bryn was smart,” I tell Laine because he’s the only one here who will listen. “She had a 4.0 for, like, ever.”

I remember watching her study, wondering where all that information went. She was like a sponge, absorbing everything around her. Bryn immersed herself in life. She was always moving, always busy with practice of some kind, volunteering, studying, me. I was a project too. She tried like hell to get me involved, get me out of my shell. My spirit animal is a crab; shells are my thing.

Laine and I move to the stage on the other side of the room. A bunch of unattended kids run back and forth squealing like baby pigs. Laine knows a couple of them. They jump on him as soon as he sits down and beg for piggyback rides. He obliges. Laine is a nice guy. I like Laine. That’s probably why I fucked him.

“Are any of these yours?” It’s a joke, but you never know. “That one kind of has your eyes.” I point to the little girl clinging to his back. He gently lets her down and she runs off.

“I volunteer at an after-school program at the rec. At first, it was just something to add to my college applications, but I liked it so I stayed.”

“You really are a good guy, aren’t you?”

“You say that like it’s a bad thing.”

“I owe you an apology, for that day. For sucking you into my shit show. You didn’t deserve that.”

His shoulder leans into mine. “No apology necessary. Honestly, I could tell you and Benny weren’t gonna make it.” Laine is Benny’s best friend, he knows all about Benny’s side chicks. Maybe that’s why he did it. I wonder if Bryn knew it too.


Author Bio:

Nicole was born and raised in California. She claims to be a San Francisco native, however she’s lived in both Northern and Southern California. She credits her creativity to the fact that she attended 12 schools between kindergarten and her senior year in high school. Her nomadic childhood allowed her to reinvent herself often. Some might say she was a liar. While others see the stories she told as a coping mechanism. Twelve schools, in six cities, in twelve years – give her a break. Today she channels her storytelling ability into writing novels. Long story short – kids that lie become writers.

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Forbidden Warriors by Moud Adel |e-ARC Review |Breakeven Books Book Tour

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! How are you all today? I hope good.

Today is my stop in the „The Forbidden Warriors“ book tour and I have a review for you guys!

And now without further ado, let‘s start with the post!

Synopsis:

Mastoperia: A hidden continent with four factions divided and suspicious of each other, with a history of unresolved wars, each grounding themselves in their own unique culture, and magical power.

The Forbidden Warriors: The only force powerful enough to keep the factions from destroying one another. The secret to their power is a mystery, but the only way to hold on to it is by passing the power to a new generation every two and a half centuries.

As that time has arrived, each faction must offer a candidate to become the next generation of the Forbidden Warriors, but only one can be the leader. In a race for that leadership position, four candidates and their teams travel across a world mysterious to them, to hunt artifacts they know nothing about. The mission is not easy, their goals are not aligned, and the truth is far bigger than they could have imagined. A challenge none were ready for. Will they choose their own interests, their factions’ or defy all that they know for the sake of their world.

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Title – The Forbidden Warriors
Author – Moud Adel
Publisher – Mastoperia Books
Series – The Forbidden #1
Genre – Fantasy
Release date – November 15th, 2019

Trigger Warning – Violence
Pages – 368
Version – ebook*
Language – English

When I got the mail from Erik at Breakeven Books I knew that I had to participate in this book tour. The synopsis sounded interesting and I have to say that the book did not disappoint me.

What I liked

First of all I appreciated the fact, that the chapters were so short. Which means that the book didn‘t take all my time to finish it. I prefer shorter chapters to longer ones because a) I can easily take breaks and b) the books is much more fast-paced which you know is my cup of tea. Longer chapters are a pain in my … (you know what I mean!) because I hate to stop reading in the middle of the chapter so thank you Moud Adel for having short chapters in The Forbidden Warriors.

It was pretty easy to get into this book. The writing style was easy and the world building was pretty amazing. The Forbidden Warriors is an amazing and unique book that you should read!

What I didn‘t like

The multiple POVS kind of messed with me during the whole reading experience. Usually I don‘t have problems with multiple POVs but here we probably had a bit too many.

Favourite Character

I didn‘t have one.

Overall, The Forbidden Warriors didn‘t disappoint. If you like books with a premise like this one has. Then this book is going to be your next read. Now I‘m hooked for the second book in the series!

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Moud is an Egyptologist with a special passion for world building. He can live for days inside his head, surrounded only by his imagination, and ignoring all life basics. However, when he is back in the real world, he likes to watch movies, cook, dance, and play as many card games as possible with his friends because he doesn’t shy away from showing his competitive side.

Social links:

FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mastoperia/?source_id=1706565489389055

Discord: https://discord.gg/xRtCVJ8

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mastoperia/

This was everything for this review. What about you? Are you interested in reading this book in the future? Please let me know in the comments below!


*A review copy of this book was sent to me by Breakeven Books in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts were my own. Thanks to Breakeven Books for including me in this tour!

Triwizard Tournament |Task 1 |Wrap-up

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Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! How are you all today? I hope good!

Today I‘m back with the wrap-up of the first task of this amazing readathon. If you remember well, this readathon is hosted by Jessica at Chapter Charms and the first task was last week.

Without further ado let‘s start with this post.

I am a Durmstrang student so I had the Swedish Short-Snout Dragon. For that dragon we had to read a book that made us feel protected and I chose The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli for that task. I loved that book already the first time around and even more the second time. And this time I listened to the audiobook. Which was great by the way!


The second thing we had to do was choose our method. I chose speed which means that I had to read a graphic novel. I‘ve read Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks and I loved it! It was a cute story and I hope that we get more of it in the future.

What about you? Are you also participating in this readathon? If so, in what school are you? Please let me know in the comments below.

Twisted Surprise by Emery Jacobs |Blitz + Giveaway INTL

Twisted Surprise
Emery Jacobs
(A Twisted Fate Christmas Novella)
Publication date: November 15th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Or at least it’s supposed to be. With the holidays quickly approaching, Jovie is looking forward to spending some quality time with her boyfriend Jack.

First a family Thanksgiving in Brownsboro, Georgia with her parents, followed by a magical Christmas with their friends back in Houston.

But Jack’s disappearing act leaves Jovie wondering if their relationship will even survive the holidays.

Ready for a Twisted Surprise? Unwrap this romantic Christmas tale to find out what Jack’s been hiding!

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EXCERPT:

“Merry Christmas, baby,” Jack whispers, his warm breath dancing across the skin below my ear.

I rub my eyes, turn my head to face him, and smile. “Merry Christmas.”

His fingers skim across my bare arm then slide in between mine, squeezing my hand gently.

“Did you sleep good?”

I nod. “Yeah, actually I did.” I don’t remember much after drifting off to sleep last night, which I usually equate to a good night’s sleep.

“How about you? Was the couch good to you?” I motion toward the small sofa beside the bed and cringe. There is no way anyone could sleep well on that tiny thing, but knowing Jack, he’ll lie and say he did just so I won’t feel bad that he stayed the night.

He barks out a laugh before rubbing his neck. “I slept better than I have in years.”

“I doubt that.” I hesitate for a second. “But thank you… for staying.”

“You couldn’t have made me leave even if you wanted to.”


Author Bio:

Emery grew up in Southern Arkansas and has lived most of her adult life in Northern Louisiana.

She spends her days working as a Nurse Practitioner in rural health and her nights reading, writing, and occasionally sleeping.

She loves real life romance…lots of angst and heartbreak, but always a happy ending.

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The Bowery Slugger by Leopold Borstinski |e-ARC Review |damppebles Blog Tour

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! How are you all today? I hope good.

Today is my stop in the „The Bowery Slugger“ Blog Tour and I have a review for you guys!

And now without further ado, let‘s start with the post.

Synopsis:

A turn-of-the-century Jewish boy punches his way into the gangs of New York.

When Alex Cohen arrives in 1915 America, he seizes the land of opportunity with both hands and grabs it by the throat. But success breeds distrust and Alex must choose between controlling his gang and keeping his friend alive. What would you do if the person you trusted most is setting you up to die at your enemies’ hands?

The first book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which rips through the early years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir beats at the chest of every reader with a bloody fist.

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Title – The Bowery Slugger
Author – Leopold Borstinski
Series – Alex Cohen #1
Publisher – Sobriety Press
Genre – Historical Fiction
Release date – November 10th, 2019

Trigger Warning – Violence
Language – English
Version – ebook*
Pages – 357

This is the first book I‘ve ever read by Leopold Borstinski and it will not be the last. I‘m glad that I‘ve gotten the chance to read this book for this blog tour and I‘m happy that I‘ve found a new author to my to-read list.

The Bowery Slugger is also the first book in a new series by Leopold Borstinski and I‘m intrigued to know more about this series because book 1 was already pretty great!

What I liked

The problem with a book by an author you‘ve never read before is that you don‘t know what to expect. But I can say that my reading experience was pretty great so my worries were unnecessary.

So what did I like? First of all, I loved his writing style. It was perfect and The Bower Slugger was well-written. It was also really easy to get into the book. I‘ve had no problem with the start of my reading journey whatsoever and once I‘ve finished the first chapter I struggled to stop reading the book.

Borstinski has an eye for details and his description were well done. The storyline was one I liked a lot I have absolutely no words to tell you how amazing this book was! But be prepared you will be hooked by this from page 1.

What I didn‘t like

I wrote above that I liked the descriptions in this book. But sometimes there were maybe just too many details? I‘m not sure if I‘m being clear with what I‘m writing down but I had the feeling that the details could have been less at some parts of the story.

Favourite Character

Alex

Overall, if you are a fan of this genre and you don‘t mind the violence I‘m sure that The Bowery Slugger is the perfect book for you.

Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.

There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.

He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/borstinski

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeoBorstinski

Website: http://www.leopoldborstinski.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B071ZZXZMR?_encoding=UTF8&redirectedFromKindleDbs=true&ref=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000&rfkd=1&shoppingPortalEnabled=true

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bowery-Slugger-Alex-Cohen-Book-ebook/dp/B07X7HC4L2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1572945986&sr=8-1

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Bowery-Slugger-Alex-Cohen-Book-ebook/dp/B07X7HC4L2/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+bowery+slugger&qid=1572946119&sr=8-1

Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=7L2vDwAAQBAJ&rdid=book-7L2vDwAAQBAJ&rdot=1&source=gbs_vpt_read&pcampaignid=books_booksearch_viewport

NOOK: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bowery-slugger-leopold-borstinski/1133282419


Please don‘t forget to follow the tour by checking on the posts of the other bloggers that are on the tour. All of our names are written down in the tour banner. Thank you!

And that was everything for this post! Do you want to read The Bowery Slugger? Please let me know in the comments below


*A review copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own! Thank you to damppebbles blog tours for including me in this tour!

A Whole New Duke by Samantha Holt |Blitz + Giveaway INTL

A Whole New Duke
Samantha Holt
Publication date: November 10th 2019
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance

The Dark Duke they call him.

And he certainly matches up to his name. From his looks to his constantly furrowed brow, Miss Beatrice Edgerton is under no illusions as to the status of their arranged marriage.

It will be very much one of convenience. With him conveniently providing the title her family so desperately wants and her family bringing in plenty of money for his dilapidated home. She is simply grateful he is younger than her first husband.

Lord Morton, Duke of Hartwich, is only a little perturbed by the vibrant Beatrice. After all, he sets her straight from the very first day of their marriage—this is one of mutual benefit. In one way only. She can expect no affection or romance from him.

Because, frankly, he is incapable of such things. Being a one-legged duke with a slightly dark past brings enough challenges without him having to worry about a wife too. His days of concern for anyone are long gone.

Unfortunately, It is not only the duke’s dark demeanor she has to deal with. Someone is trying to cause trouble for them but they cannot fathom who or why.

Grace is determined to make the best of the situation, even whilst spending Christmas with the duke alone in the eerie Hartwich Hall. Why, perhaps she might even be able to change the duke’s mind about their relationship.

Especially after they share a fiery kiss…or three…

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Straightening her shoulders, Bea marched toward Adam. She kept her chin lifted and her gaze set upon her target. Nothing was going to dissuade her today. After all, she had spent too many days watching him ride in the crisp morning air with a pang of jealousy. It was high time she learned to ride too.

And her husband was going to teach her whether he liked it or not.

He glanced her way and she saw his shoulders stiffen. He said something to the groom, who retreated into the shadows of the stable block, leaving them alone in the bitter morning. If it did not snow by Christmas, Bea would be surprised indeed.

Most mornings, a hard frost lay upon the ground, lit by bright, misty sunshine. All it needed was a little warmth in the air and snow would be upon them. She was rather looking forward to seeing what Hartwich Hall looked like in the snow. Would it appear more attractive? Less harsh and ancient?

“What can I do for you, Bea?”

She met his gaze firmly and squared her posture as though readying herself for a fight. Which it would likely be. Though they had managed not to argue since the night they shared a bed, it was only a matter of time, and she doubted he would be excited about sparing the time to teach her.

However, she was a duchess, and it seemed correct that she should know how to ride. Not to mention, she envied his freedom. Whilst she enjoyed a good walk—especially now she knew where she was going—the speed and excitement of riding seemed enthralling. She had been deliberately getting to know the horses to overcome any lingering fears just so she could ask Adam this…

“I would like to learn to ride.”

The corners of his lips curved. “You do not even like horses, Bea.”

She scowled at this. “I did not like horses. I do now that Persephone and I have bonded. And I wish to learn how to ride. I think you should teach me.”

He shook his head. “No.” He turned on his heel and marched over to the water pump, setting a bucket underneath it.

“No?” she repeated, hastening after him. “What sort of an answer is that?”

He spared her a quick glance as he began to pump. “A negative one, I believe.”

She exhaled. “I think it proper that I should learn.”

“Many women do not ride. I think it quite proper that you do not.” Adam worked the pump vigorously, drawing her attention to the muscles in his arms as they flexed against the pale white of his shirt.

A tiny shiver ran through her while she recalled that very arm being wrapped around her the other night when she had been so cold. Sometimes, she could swear her husband was two different men. The one who was determined to ignore and frustrate her at every turn and the gentleman who could be soft and even kind at times. For all his frustration with her, at least she was damn well predictable.

Forcing her gaze away, she propped her hands on her hips. She could not allow him to distract her. “If you do not teach me, I shall find someone else who will.”

He shook his head again. “No one will teach you, be assured of that.”

“Because you will tell them not to? Because you will threaten their jobs?”

He smiled. “Precisely.”

“You are…just…just awful sometimes.”

He hefted up the bucket. “Don’t I know it.”

Bea followed him as he took the bucket into the stable block and poured it out into a trough. “It would be simple enough to teach me, surely? Just think, if I can ride, I will not have to plague you so much.”

“A welcome prospect indeed but you are not riding, Bea, and that is final.”

He moved past her and out of the building as though she did not exist. She followed him out to the water pump again. “You cannot dictate what I do, Adam.”

“I am your husband. I can do precisely that,” he said.

“I shall learn, one way or another. I shall just climb up on a horse and hope for the best.”

His jaw tensed and dropped the bucket to the floor and faced her fully. “You damn well will not.”

“I absolutely will.”


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We will fall by Shannon Dunlap |Review (German)

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Hallo! Und willkommen zurück auf meinem Blog. Ich weiß, ich schreibe nicht so viele deutsche Rezensionen, wie ich es versprochen habe, aber habt Geduld mit mir. Sie kommen alle! Irgendwann mal auf jeden Fall.

Ich habe ein Rezensionsexemplar von We will fall bei Lovelybooks.de gewonnen und ich kann euch eins sagen. Dieses Buch hat mich so fertig gemacht. Vor allem dieser Schluss! Bevor ich allerdings zu viel verrate, fangen wir mal mit dem eigentlichen Post an.

Inhaltsangabe von Lovelybooks.de:

Als Izzy und Tristan sich das erste Mal begegnen, ist wahrscheinlich allen außer ihnen selbst klar, dass ihre Geschichte nicht gut ausgehen kann. Zu verschieden sind sie: die weiße Professorentochter und der Schwarze aus dem Ghetto. Niemand ahnt, dass die beiden sich heimlich treffen, schon gar nicht Marcus, Tristans Cousin. Marcus ist in undurchsichtige Geschäfte verstrickt – und Tristan schuldet ihm alles.

Als Marcus sich ausgerechnet Izzy herauspickt, um mit ihr seinen größten Feind zu provozieren, wird es gefährlich. Und so nimmt die Tragödie ihren Lauf – tragisch, herzzerreißend, größer als das Leben!

Euch gefällt die Inhaltsangabe? Hier könnt ihr euren virtuellen SUB erweitern!

Titel – We will fall (Original Titel: Izzy & Tristan)
Autor – Shannon Dunlap
Verlag – Fischer Sauerländer
Genre – Jugendbuch, Retelling, Romance
Erscheinungsdatum – 23.10.2019

Trigger Warnung – Tod, Depressionen, Gewalt, Betrug
Sprache – Deutsch (Original Sprache: Englisch)
Version – Hardcover*
Seiten – 368


Als ich die Inhaltsangabe gelesen habe, wusste ich sofort, dass ich dieses Buch lesen wollte. Und als ich dann auch noch dafür ausgewählt wurde und es bei mir zu Hause ankam, war ich natürlich überglücklich. Ich muss natürlich sagen, dass das Buch mich keines Falls enttäuscht hat. Es ist eine sehr emotionale Geschichte gewesen.

Was mochte ich?

Wie immer fange ich mit dem Schreibstil an. Dieser hat mir sehr gefallen und ich habe so auch einfach in die Geschichte rein gefunden. We will fall ist einfach super geschrieben und man kann nicht genug von dem Schreibstil der Autorin bekommen. Ich fand es auch ziemlich praktisch, dass die Kapitel so kurz waren. Man kommt schneller durch das Buch und sieht kaum, wie schnell die Zeit verfliegt.

Das Ende kommt ziemlich überraschend. Man ist gar nicht darauf gefasst und fällt aus allen Wolken, wenn man das liest. Aber das Ende passt perfekt zum Buch. Egal wie emotional und traurig ich das ganze gefunden habe. Also ja, dieses Buch hat kein Happy End und darauf muss man gefasst sein. Aber für jeden von euch, der die Original Geschichte gelesen hat, müsste das ja schon im voraus klar gewesen sein.

Ihr seit also vorgewarnt, habt Taschentücher neben euch bereit liegen. Denn glaubt mir, ihr werdet sie brauchen.

Ich werde We will fall in einigen Monaten wieder lesen und dann wird es auch hoffentlich ein entspannteres Leseerlebnis werden. Mit der Uni konnte ich dieses Buch leider nicht so genießen wie ich es gerne getan hätte.

Was mochte ich nicht?

Es gibt nur etwas, das ich nicht so sehr mochte. Und zwar war es ein sehr langsamer Anfang. Auch wenn der Schreibstil richtig gut war, brauchte man dennoch ein wenig um in die Geschichte reinzukommen. Trotzdem, war es ein sehr guter Jugendroman mit dem perfekten Ende!

Lieblingscharakter?

Izzy

Im Großen und Ganzen, ist We will fall eine traurige, emotionale Liebesgeschichte zwischen zwei Jugendlichen Izzy und Tristan. Es ist ein Buch, das ich jedem empfehlen kann. Ich habe die Original Geschichte zwar noch nicht gelesen, habe aber gehört, dass sie einige Gemeinsamkeiten mit We will fall hat. Wenn ihr diese also gelesen habt und sie euch gefallen hat, dann bin ich mir sicher, dass ihr We will fall auch mögen werdet.


Habt ihr We will fall schon gelesen? Wenn ja, hat es euch gefallen? Wenn nein, werdet ihr es noch lesen?


*Ein Rezensionsexemplar wurde mir von Lovelybooks.de zugeschickt, um eine ehrliche Rezension darüber zu schreiben. Alle meine Meinungen sind meine eigenen. Vielen Dank an Lovelybooks.de und den Verlag für das Exemplar!