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.