2014 | Bilanz

Ich wünsche euch allen ein frohes neues Jahr sowie viel Gesundheit und schöne Stunden!

Zum Jahresende hin findet man fast überall Jahresstatistiken. Ich habe natürlich auch so eine Bilanz, um den Überblick über die ganzen gelesenen Bücher zu behalten und diese möchte ich euch ebenfalls nicht vorenthalten.

Review | Kim Law - Caught on Camera

Beautiful Vega Zaragoza was poised to become fashion’s next “it girl” when she learned the hard way that sex and politics don’t mix. Now the former model spends her days behind the camera, working as a videographer to hide from public scrutiny. Her life is on autopilot until a promising new job sparks her ambition. There’s just one catch: she must land an exclusive interview with JP Davenport, the golden boy of American politics and first in line for Georgia’s open senatorial seat.

Charming and gorgeous, JP is also fiercely private, a charismatic enigma with his fair share of secrets - not to mention a string of romantic conquests a mile long. He could make Vega’s career, or destroy what credibility she has left - because JP has made it very clear that his interest in Vega is anything but professional. Vega should know better than to trust a man like him. But kiss by heated kiss, she discovers this man may be worth the risk.

Gossip | Neuzugänge Dezember

Zu Weihnachten bekomme ich eigentlich nie Bücher geschenkt, weil meine Familie nie weiß, welches sie mir schenken sollen bzw. ob ich es nicht schon habe. Dennoch sind im Dezember ein paar Bücher hinzugekommen, die ich euch gerne zeigen möchte. 

2014 | Top Ten

Ich bin auch in diesem Jahr meinen Lieblingsgenres Contemporary Romance/New Adult und Romantic Thrill treu geblieben und auf die Gefahr hin, dass ich mich wiederhole,  muss ich sie jetzt zum Jahresende einfach nochmals nennen: Die zehn Bücher, die mich 2014 zum Lachen, zum Weinen, zum Träumen, zum Schmelzen gebracht haben. 

Gossip | Frohe Weihnachten!

"Eine Kerze für den Frieden,
den wir brauchen,
weil der Streit nicht ruht.
Für den Tag voll Traurigkeiten,
eine Kerze für den Mut.

Eine Kerze für die Hoffnung,
gegen Angst und Herzensnot,
wenn Verzagtsein unseren Glauben
heimlich zu erschüttern droht.

Eine Kerze, die noch bliebe,
als die wichtigste der Welt:
Eine Kerze für die Liebe
voller Demut aufgestellt,
dass ihr Leuchten den Verirrten
für den Rückweg ja nicht fehlt,
weil am Ende nur die Liebe
für den Menschen wirklich zählt."

 Ihr Lieben, ich wünsche euch frohe Weihnachten und schöne, erholsame Feiertage!
Liebe Grüße, Doris 

Wanted | New (e)books in January

Auch das neue Jahr wird (hoffentlich) wieder zahlreiche tolle Bücher bringen. Welche Neuerscheinungen ich im Januar gerne lesen möchte:

Review | Cambria Hebert - Tease

Harlow is a broke college student. When her tuition assistance is taken away, she is faced with a choice: admit to her mother she couldn't hack it on her own or make a lot of money fast. So she gets a good-paying job. As a stripper.

She thought it would be easy, but it turn out being sexy is a lot harder than she thought. When a few mishaps work in her favor, she manages to hang on to her job and catch the eye of the Mad Hatter's best-looking bartender, Cam.

She's also caught the eye of someone who wants to do more than look, someone who's decided she's nothing but a tease.

As the clothes come off, Harlow finds herself caught between list and murder, The only thing she knows for sure is that her new risqué job is a lot more than she bargained for.

Review | Michelle Lynn - Love Grows in Alaska

Being the oldest Washington Triplet hasn’t been easy for Marisa Washington. Labeled the “good one” at a young age embedded the burden she strived to build true. She graduated at the top of her class, never caused her parents trouble, and even settled down in their hometown of Chicago with her college boyfriend.

Her life was “perfect”, at least in the eyes of others. But when her mom unexpectedly dies, Marisa’s eyes open for the first time. She leaves her boyfriend of four years and takes a job in Alaska to gain the freedom and individuality she’s craved. After all, what would she gain by sticking around Chicago? She discovered her perfect family isn’t so perfect, and everyone she cares for left her.

Starting a new life in Anchorage, Alaska, she’s unable to escape her family’s hold when her dad’s wedding announcement comes a mere six months after her mother’s death. Attempts to contact her sisters, in order to face this together, are unsuccessful, leaving her feeling even more alone.

Her family issues have to be pushed aside when her employer sends her and three others to a team building retreat in King’s Gate. It’s the last thing Marisa wants to do, until everywhere she turns, she finds…Zach Greer.

Review | Kendra Elliot - Buried

Reporter Michael Brody is used to getting answers. The one that’s eluded him, though, for twenty long years is learning what happened to his brother Daniel the day his school bus disappeared. When the remains of the other children are discovered - and Daniel’s aren’t among them - a desperate Michael calls upon the sole survivor of the tragedy, Chris Jacobs, hoping he will finally break his silence.

Constant fear of being found by his kidnapper has driven Chris into hiding. The only lead Michael has is Chris’s sister, Jamie. Strong and impenetrable, she’s capable of burrowing deep into Michael’s heart. As they race to find Chris, Michael and Jamie somehow find each other among the decades of wreckage. But locating Chris may not be so easy. Now grown, his scars go far deeper than skin.

Review | Danielle Allen - Love Discovered in New York

Mya Washington is a rebel. Or at least, that’s what her family has always said. As the youngest of a set of triplets, she has always been the more rebellious of the three…even though she never considered herself a rebel.

Outspoken? Yes.
Rule Breaker? Sometimes.
Trouble Maker? Nev - occasionally.

Growing tired of being typecast and misunderstood, Mya moves to New York looking for a fresh start away from the life she grew up in and out of the shadow of her older sisters. Striking out on her own may have put a strain on the family dynamic, but it's the new beginning Mya was looking for.

But after the unexpected death of her mother, she is blindsided yet again by a wedding invitation she didn’t see coming. Her father’s upcoming marriage only cements the wall she’s put up around her heart. Because if her father could be such an utter disappointment, why should she even attempt to open up to any man?

Enter Colton Davis.

Gossip | Weihnachtsstimmung?

Da ich es noch nicht geschafft habe, ein Weihnachtsbuch zu lesen und es auch bisher noch nicht geschneit hat, wollte ich mich mit Chocolate Chip-Walnuss-Cookies in Weihnachtsstimmung backen. 

Montagsfrage | Habt ihr eure Leseziele für 2014 erreicht?

Ebenso wie Nina von Libromanie hatte ich mir für dieses Jahr keine besonderen Leseziele gesetzt, trotzdem hat sich 2014 generell lesetechnisch einiges getan. 

Review | Kristen Proby - With Me in Seattle-Reihe

Eine der ersten englischen Contemporary Romance-Reihen, die ich begonnen habe, war Kristen Probys „With me in Seattle“. Jetzt, da mit „Forever with Me“ der letzte Teil der Reihe gelesen ist, ist es Zeit für einen kleinen Reihenüberblick. 

Review | June Gray - Heading East

Luke Harrington has returned to New York, back to the place where he used to live a life of excess and lust. But the city no longer feels like home, not when the woman he loves is hidden away on the other side of the continent.

Kat Hollister once prided herself on being strong and self-reliant, but everything changes when she ventures from the comfort of her small town in Alaska to follow a dream.

In a city of eight million people, can Luke and Kat find each other before all is lost?

Review | Cambria Hebert - Torch

Katie Parks has been on her own since the age of fifteen. All she’s ever wanted is a place to call her own - a life that is wholly hers that no one can take away. She thought she finally had it, but with the strike of a single match, everything she worked so hard for is reduced to a pile of smoking ash. And she almost is too.

Now she’s being stalked by someone who’s decided it’s her time to die. The only thing standing in the path of her blazing death is sexy firefighter Holt Arkain.

Katie’s body might be safe with Holt… but her heart is another story.

As the danger heats up, sparks fly and the only thing Katie knows for sure is that her whole life is about to go up in flames.

TTT | 10 Bücher, auf die ich mich freue, die aber noch nicht erschienen sind

Wie nicht anders zu erwarten, haben sich schon wieder eine Menge noch nicht erschienene Bücher auf meine Leseliste geschlichen. Die 10 Titel, auf die ich mich am meisten freue, sind teilweise von bereits lieb gewonnenen Autoren aber auch von Neuentdeckungen. Hoffentlich sind sie auch so interessant wie die Klappentexte es vermuten lassen :)

Review | June Gray - Finding West

Kat Hollister is a tomboy who lives in t-shirts and dirty jeans and doesn’t give a shit what the world thinks. She lives alone in a small town in Alaska and closes everyone out, with only her dog Josie by her side. For Kat, love and relationships are for the weak, and she is anything but.

Until one cold night when she finds a stranger stumbling on the side of a dark road, a man who has lost his memory.

She gives him temporary shelter against the snowstorm, but what she doesn’t count on is the friendship that blooms. This man—who has no identity—starts to teach her things about herself she never knew, and she begins to wonder if maybe she'd been wrong about love and trust all along.

Review | Meg Collett - Fakers

Kyra Aberdeen is a Youtube sensation. Her bubbling personality and fresh beauty capture the hearts of millions each week through her videos. But she’s just faking it. Because beneath the surface is a simmering darkness that threatens to pull Kyra under some days. She masks her depression with a sunny smile and bright laugh.

When Kyra moves to Canaan Island and buys her deceased mother’s childhood home, she is hoping to confront the lurking darkness that haunts her every step. But life never goes according to plan, and when Kyra meets her grumpy contractor, Hale Cooper, it seems he’s not going to make things any easier for her. Yet Kyra is drawn to him, to a man whose every emotion plays across his face as he feels it. But she’s never let herself get too close to anyone before, and she finds herself in uncharted waters.

If she lowers her guard and allows herself to love Hale, will the darkness creep in too?

Wanted | New (e)books in December

Weihnachten kommt mit großen Schritten näher und es befinden sich sogar ein paar festliche Geschichten auf meiner Dezember-Wunschleseliste. Ich freu mich also besonders auf folgende Titel.

Review | Louise Bay - Faithful

Leah Thompson’s life in London is everything she's supposed to want: a successful career, the best girlfriends a bottle of sauvignon blanc can buy, and a wealthy boyfriend who has just proposed. But something doesn't feel right. Is it simply a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’?

Uncertain about her future, Leah looks to her past, where she finds her high school crush, Daniel Armitage, online. Daniel is one of London's most eligible bachelors. He knows what and who he wants, and he wants Leah. Leah resists Daniel’s advances as she concentrates on being the perfect fiancé.

She soon finds that she should have trusted her instincts when she realises she's been betrayed by the men and women in her life.

Leah's heart has been crushed. Will ever be able to trust again? And will Daniel be there when she is?

Review | Kate Roth - Last Resort & Best Laid Plans

Danielle Ward hasn’t had sex in six years. Sure, she’s been on dates. She even has a boyfriend, but it seems something is always getting in the way when it comes to doing the deed. After her boyfriend finally loses his patience and leaves her to drown her sorrows, her best friend Georgia comes up with a plan that becomes more and more brilliant with each shot of tequila: Book a non-refundable solo trip to an adults-only resort with the intention of getting laid.

The beach is picturesque, her room is luxurious, the alcohol is included … and Danielle can’t wait to get the hell out of there the second she checks in. That is, until an uninvited kiss from drunken hotel guest and Hollywood hottie Evan Weston. Once Evan discovers the reason for Danielle’s vacation, he won’t let up in his pursuit to be the one to solve her problem. Caught between her desire for a fresh start and the preposterous idea of having a fling with her celebrity crush, Danielle decides it’s time to throw caution to the wind and her panties to the floor. But it’s never just sex, is it? And Evan Weston isn’t just any man. He isn’t just a movie star.

Gossip | Autogramme

Ich nehme mir heute mal Sonjas Post  als Anlass für meinen Beitrag. Sie hat letzten Freitag über Autogramme von Lieblingsautoren gequatscht und da habe ich mich mal daran erinnert, welche Schätze ich so alles horte.

Ich bin niemand, der jetzt fanatisch Jagd auf Autogramme oder Fotos macht, aber wenn sich die Möglichkeit ergibt, sage ich natürlich nicht Nein, weil es doch ein schönes Andenken sein kann. 

Gossip | Neuzugänge November

Endlich sind mal wieder ein paar physische Bücher bei mir eingezogen. Leider bin ich ja momentan platzbedingt mehr und mehr auf EBooks angewiesen, deshalb liegen hier dann Freude und Leid nah beieinander - ersteres, meine Lieblingsbücher in gebundener Form in der Hand halten zu können;  - zweiteres, weil dann gleich die Frage aufkommt, wohin damit? :)

Review | Christina Lauren - Dirty Rowdy Thing

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other... which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman - or just what he needs.

Review | R.S. Grey - The Duet

When 27-year-old pop sensation Brooklyn Heart steps in front of a microphone, her love songs enchant audiences worldwide. But when it comes to her own love life, the only spell she’s under is a dry one.

So when her label slots her for a Grammy performance with the sexy and soulful Jason Monroe, she can’t help but entertain certain fantasies... those in which her G-string gets more play than her guitars'.

Only one problem. Jason is a lyrical lone wolf that isn’t happy about sharing the stage—nor his ranch — with the sassy singer. But while it may seem like a song entitled ‘Jason Monroe Is an Arrogant Ho’ basically writes itself, their label and their millions of fans are expecting recording gold…

They’re expecting The Duet.

Review | Tracey Alvarez - Christmas with You

She’s a Holiday Grinch…
Carly Gatlin doesn’t want to spend another Christmas alone. With her beloved father gone, she’s desperate to be part of a family—so she’s spending the holidays with her step-brothers on Stewart Island. But even with sand, sun, and not a snowflake in sight, everything reminds her of what she’s lost. So no tree trimming, cookie baking, or kisses under the mistletoe for her, thanks. Especially not from Due South’s sexy bartender, Kip.

He’s a too-hot-for-his-Santa-suit killjoy...
Kip Sullivan’s moved hundreds of miles away from his family who’d like to see him married off before his next birthday - on Christmas Eve. Then ten days before the big event, his meddling relatives arrive en masse, and dear God, they’re planning to stay. With match-makers breathing down his neck, it’s becoming harder to ignore the temptation to unwrap Carly like a present under the tree.

Kip agrees to help make Carly’s first New Zealand Christmas special. He’s got five holiday missions to complete - one involving a frisky fake reindeer - before he hopes to claim a mistletoe kiss… and maybe even Carly’s heart.

Review | M. Pierce - Last Light

Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead…

Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret…

Follow Friday | Habt ihr in der letzten Zeit ein Buch vorbestellt, auf das ihr euch riesig freut? Wenn ja welches?


Habt ihr in der letzten Zeit ein Buch vorbestellt, auf das ihr euch riesig freut? Wenn ja welches? möchte Sonja diese Woche wissen. 

Generell bestelle ich eigentlich wenig vor, aber momentan befindet sich eines auf der Warteliste und das ist Sandra Browns neuester Thriller „Kalter Kuss“. Er erscheint Anfang Dezember, also dauert es nicht mehr lange :) Ich bin schon neugierig darauf, denn Sandra Brown war eine meiner ersten Lieblingsautorinnen und ich lese eigentlich alles was sie in dem Genre schreibt. 

Bestellt ihr viel vor? Bzw. worauf freut ihr euch schon am meisten? 

Liebe Grüße