CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman), SPORTS ROMANCE (športni roman)

Off the Ice by L. P. Dover

Off the Ice (A Breakaway Novel)

Title // Naslov: Off the Ice

Author // Avtorica: L. P. Dover

Release Date // Datum izdaje: October 16th 2018 (16. oktober 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

Buy here // Kupi tukaj: Amazon – B&N

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Blurb:

He’s always made the scoring plays, both on and off the ice, but this time he has a new goal … the one for Meghan’s heart.

I’m Justin Davis, all-star center for the Charlotte Strikers. For years, I chased the spotlight, not only with hockey, but through television as well. That’s why I decided to play the bachelor on Rich and Single. Unfortunately, I was stuck with a fake fiancée from hell who I couldn’t stand to be around. Now that our contract is up, I’m allowed to do whatever I want, with whoever I want. I plan to take full advantage of my newfound freedom.

After being on the show, people don’t recognize me for hockey anymore, even with just winning the Stanley Cup for my team. That’s why I’m spending the off season in a remote cabin in Wyoming where the chances of people knowing me are slim. Space is what I need, but when a down to earth beauty needs help on her ranch, I can’t resist. Meghan Taylor is exactly what I’ve been looking for, even though I’m not the kind of man she wants.

Getting her to see the real me has its challenges, but the more time I spend with her, the easier it is for her to see that I’m not the same guy she knows from TV. Being away from the media is one thing, but as soon as I’m back in the spotlight, I’m afraid it’ll change what we have. I don’t want to lose her, but I also can’t hide away in Wyoming forever. It’s a choice I’m not ready to make.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Njemu vedno uspe, tako na ledu kot izven, toda tokrat ima nov cilj…pridobiti Meghanino srce.

Sem Justin Davis, all-star center za moštvo Charlotte Strikers. Leta sem iskal pozornost tako pri hokeju kot na televiziji. Zato sem postal samski moški v šovu Bogati in samski. Na žalost sem obtičal z lažno zaročenko iz pekla, ki je nisem prenesel. Sedaj ko je konec pogodbe lahko delam, kar želim, nameravam izkoristiti svojo svobodo.

Po tem, ko sem se pojavil na šovu, me ljudje ne poznajo le kot igralec hokeja, čeprav sem ravnokar pridobil svoji ekipi prestižen Stanleyev pokal. Zato konec sezone preživljam v odmaknjeni koči v Wyomingu, kjer je majhna možnost, da me bodo ljudje prepoznali. Vse, kar potrebujem je samota,vendar ko se pojavi prelepa ženska na mojem ranču, se ne morem upreti. Meghan Taylor je točno tisto, kar sem iskal, čeprav nisem pravi moški zanjo.

Pokazati ji svoj pravi jaz, je pravi izziv, vendar več časa kot ga preživim z njo, lažje lahko vidi, da nisem isti moški kot sem na televiziji. Biti stran od medijev je eno, toda takoj ko sem nazaj v središču pozornosti, se bojim, da bo spremenilo vse, kar imava. Nočem je izgubiti, vendar ne morem se ravno za vedno skrivati v Wyomingu. Kljub vsemu, moram se odločiti.

 

My thoughts:

14 DAYS? I needed fourteen days to finish this book? What the …?

This has got to be the record because I usually finish it in less than a week. Unless it’s boring – then I stopped reading it and just don’t finish it at all.

Okay, to the beginning.

As you may know, I am one of those people that love a good cover. Yes, I usually judge the book by its cover but it means a lot to me if it catches my eye somehow because of the font, setting of the title/author’s name etc. I do like the male model (definitely eye-catching) but even though I never put much thought in how much it resembles my idea of the hero, I think he looks kind of young. I don’t remember the author mentioning how old Justin is, but I imagined him in the late twenties and the cover model looks like late teens/early twenties at least.

Now to the story…

I think it was interesting. I love how much Justin cared about Meghan and that he wanted to offer her the world. But I think the whole book didn’t have the kind of plot I would want, no major conflict. I missed that because at around two-thirds of the book I was wondering what the book could offer anymore.

I think that may be the reason why I just couldn’t read it daily or why I wasn’t interested enough. I was more excited about the ending than the middle part.

Or it may be the reason that I have so much going on but what’s funny is that I started and finished another book while reading this one.

I guess it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

3,5 – 4 mediocre stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

14 DNI? Rabila sem 14 dni, da sem prebrala to knjigo? Kaj za vraga… ?

To mora biti moj rekord, ker knjigo ponavadi dokončam v manj kot enem tednu. Razen če je dolgočasna, potem jo ponavadi neham brati in jo preprosto vrnem nazaj v knjižnico.

Okej, k začetku mojega dolgovezenja.

Kot morda veš, sem ena izmed tistih ljudi, ki daje velik pomen naslovnici. Ja, vem, sodim knjige po platnici, vendar mi veliko pomeni, da vzbudi mojo pozornost morda zaradi pisave, postavitve naslova/imena avtorja_ice in tako dalje in tako dalje. Na tej mi je vsekakor všeč model na sliki ampak čeprav nisem ena izmed tistih ljudi, ki bi ji veliko pomenilo, da je tip na naslovnici vsaj malo v skladu z opisom glavnega junaka v knjigi moram reči, da mi tale tip deluje malce premlad. Nisem prepričana, če je avtorica sploh omenila, koliko je star Justin, vendar nekako sem si ga predstavljala, da je v poznejših dvajsetih. Tale model na naslovnici pa zgleda v začetku dvajsetih, če ne celo dvajset. Nekako mi ne paše na naslovnico za to knjigo…

Sedaj pa k zgodbi…

Mislim, da je bila zanimiva. Všeč mi je bilo, da je bil Justin pripravljen za Meghan narediti vse, kar bi od njega želela. Knjiga kljub vsemu ni imela takega zapleta kot bi si želela sama, nobenega večjega konflikta. To sem pogrešala, ker sem se nekje na zadnji tretjini zgodbe začela spraševati, kaj mi knjiga sploh lahko še ponudi.

Mislim, da je to razlog zakaj je nisem mogla brati dnevno in zakaj mi ni bila dovolj zanimiva. Bolj sem bila vesela, ko sem brala sam konec kot pa ko sem brala preostanek knjige.

Ali pa je morda razlog to, da imam veliko stvari na kupu čeprav po drugi strani pa mi je uspelo ponovno prebrati eno drugo knjigo, medtem ko sem brala to tako da…

Najbrž ta knjiga preprosto ni bila zame.

3,5 – 4 povprečne zvezdice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

 

 

 

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Good Girl’s Bad Lessons by Carmen Falcone

Good Girl's Bad Lessons

Title // Naslov: Good Girl’s Bad Lessons

Author // Avtorica: Carmen Falcone

Release Date // Datum izdaje: October 15th 2018 (15. oktober 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

Buy here // Kupi tukaj: Amazon – B&N

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Blurb: 

Translator Emma Cavanaugh will do anything to win her ex-boyfriend back—including summoning her brother’s best friend, Italian billionaire and playboy Nico Giordano, to give her much-needed lessons in the art of seducing and pleasing a man. Sex was never her thing, so if anyone is going to know how to teach her how to be bad it’ll be Mr. Sex-on-A-Stick himself.

Nico doesn’t want any part of the crazy plan to teach Emma to be the mayor of pleasureville because not only will her brother kill him, but little does she know he wants nothing more than to taste her, touch her, and hear her moan his name. So that’s a hard no…until she begs him to show her, to let her be his student for a month of blistering hot instruction that will make not only Emma’s ex panting for more, but Nico as well as it turns out.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: 

Prevajalka Emma Cavanaugh bo naredila vse, da dobi nazaj svojega bivšega — tudi poklicala najboljšega prijatelja svojega brata, italijanskega miljarderja in ženskarja Nica Giordana, da ji da potrebne lekcije v zapeljevanju moškega. Seks ji ni bil nikoli blizu, toda če jo bo kdo znal naučiti, kako biti poredna, je to lahko le bog seksa sam.

Nico noče prisostvovati Emminemu načrtu, ker ne samo, da ga bo njen brat ubil, sam si zelo želi dobiti Emmo na samo, jo okusiti, se jo dotakniti in slišati klicati njegovo ime. Torej reče ne… dokler ga ta ne prosi, naj ji pokaže, da bo njegova učenka za en mesec poln njegovih inštrukcij, po katerih si ne bo želel njen bivši več od nje, ampak tudi Nico sam.

 

My thoughts:

Even though I enjoyed this book, it is not something I would read again. I liked the blurb enough to request it on NetGalley but then it just didn’t deliver. 

I don’t mind if there’s sex in the book (at as blurb and title say, you can kind of imagine there will be lots of it), however, I think with too much of it, the story kind of lost its plot. I feel like the author put too much effort on how to make ”bad lessons” even dirtier and not too much on the likeness of story. Even dirty moments were boring to read at some point because there were too many repetitive words.

For example, undulated was mentioned at least five times in the whole book. Surely there’s a synonym?

And what is with naming female parts as kitty? That was mentioned even more times. I cringed every time I read it. I’ve read many books but not one has ever mentioned kitty. It sounds ridiculous.

3 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Čeprav sem kar uživala v knjigi, ni nekaj, kar bi ponovno brala. Povzetek mi je bil dovolj všeč, da sem za knjigo zaprosila na spletni strani NetGalley ampak potem knjiga preprosto ni bila dovolj. 

Ne moti me, če je v knjigi nekaj vročih trenutkov (in kot že povzetek in naslov pravita, si lahko že predstavljaš, da bo knjiga to imela v večji meri) vendar, ker je bilo tega preveč, je knjiga izgubila svojo nit. Zdelo se mi je, da je avtorica prevelik poudarek dala na teh lekcijah in ne toliko na všečnosti same zgodbe. Tudi teh nekaj strani so kmalu postale dolgočasne za branje, ker so se besede preveč ponavljale.

Na primer, undulated (pomeni valovati) je bilo petkrat omenjeno v celi knjigi. Sigurno obstaja kakšen sinonim ali pa bi lahko avtorica kako drugače obrnila besede?

In ne vem zakaj so se ženski predeli imenovali kitty (prevajam to kot mucka, vendar mi deluje še bolj otročja in neprimerna v kontekstu)? To je bilo še večkrat omenjeno. Kar zdrznila sem se vsakič, ko sem to prebrala. Prebrala sem veliko knjig in nobena ni še uporabila te besede. Meni deluje neprimerna za take scene.

3 zvezdice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Going Down On One Knee by Christina Hovland

Going Down On One Knee (A Mile High Matched Novel Book 1)

Title // Naslov: Going Down On One Knee

Author // Avtorica: Christina Hovland

Release Date // Datum izdaje: October 15th 2018 (15. oktober 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

Buy here // Kupi tukaj: Amazon

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Blurb:

Number-crunching Velma Johnson’s perfectly planned life is right on course.

That’s a lie. Sure, she’s got the lucrative job. She’s got the posh apartment. But her sister nabbed Velma’s Mr. Right. There has to be a man out there for Velma. Hopefully one who’s hunky, wears pressed suits, and has a diversified financial portfolio. He’ll be exactly like, well… her sister’s new fiancé.

Badass biker Brek Montgomery blazes a trail across the country, managing Dimefront, one of the biggest rock bands of his generation. With the band on hiatus, Brek rolls into Denver to pay a quick visit to his family and friends. But when Brek’s sister suddenly gets put on bed rest, she convinces Brek to take over her wedding planning business for the duration of her pregnancy.

Staying in Denver and dealing with bridezillas was not what Brek had in mind when he passed through town, but there is one particular maid-of-honor who might make his stay worthwhile.

Velma finds herself strangely attracted to the man planning her sister’s wedding.

Problem is, he ticks none of the boxes on her well-crafted list. Brek is rough around the edges, he cusses, and doesn’t even have a 401(k). But trying something crazy might get her out of the rut of her dating life—so long as she lays down boundaries up front and sticks to her plan…

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Življenje s številkami obsedene Velme Johnson gre popolnoma po načrtu.

To je laž. Res je, da ima dobro službo in razkošno stanovanje. Vendar njena sestra je dobila Gospoda Pravega. Na svetu mora obstajati moški za Velmo. Morda nekdo, ki je velik, urejen in ima različen finančen portfelj. Bil bi točno tak kot … no, sestrin zaročenec.

Biker Brek Montgomery za sabo pušča sled po celi državi, zraven pa je še menedžer skupini Dimefront, enemu največjih rokerskih bendov njegove generacije. Ker je bend na premoru, se na kratko ustavi pri družini in prijateljih. Toda ko mora njegova sestra zaradi nosečnosti počivati, mora Brek naenkrat prevzeti njen posel načrtovanja porok.

Ostati v Denverju in se ukvarjati z norimi nevestami ni bilo v Brekovih mislih, ko je šel mimo mesta, vendar obstaja določena nevestina priča, ki bo njegov obisk naredila znosen.

Velmi se zdi moški, ki načrtuje sestrino poroko, zelo privlačen.

Problem je, ker ne odkriža nobene točke na njenem skrbno narejenem seznamu. Brek je naporen, preklinja, pa še nima načrtov glede svoje prihodnosti. Vendar poskusiti nekaj norega, jo bo morda rešilo bede njenih zmenkov – vsaj dokler ne postavi meje že v naprej in se drži svojega načrta…

 

My thoughts:

Velma is one of those organized people. Like really organized. She already has a five-year plan and her future is all set up, basically.

So she was a little shocked when her sister snatched Velma’s coworker Dean and longtime crush. She is happy for her sister but at the same time wonders if she’ll ever find her Mr. Right.

Brek is Dean’s friend and for the last months of his sister’s pregnancy also a wedding planner. He manages one of the biggest bands, but he has no clue about weddings.

Now I watch quite a lot of movies so there were a couple elements of this book that kind of reminded me of the movie 27 Dresses. I loved that movie (totally recommend), by the way, even watch it at least once a year. Back to the book.

If I compare this book and the movie:

-heroine in love with a coworker [check]

-heroine’s sister gets to marry said coworker [check]

-heroine sort of plans her sister’s wedding [check]

-heroine and the other wedding planner (well in the movie was a journalist but he helps too) are always arguing but there’s sexual tension underneath [check]

-heroine’s sister ruins  make some changes to the wedding dress that is family heirloom [check]

-heroine likes to organize [check]

So you can see why I was skeptical this book would be a copy of 27 Dresses, right? Like one of those let’s-copy-everything-from-some-movie-but-change-couple-elements-so-we-can-still-call-it-an-original-book books.

But thankfully it wasn’t like this and that’s where the similarity with the movie ends. The book was actually pretty fun with some sexy moments.

However, as in my review of the book Up in Flames by Jennifer Blackwood, I did see what would be the cause of the break up almost since the beginning. I was disappointed that my suspicion came true. That’s why I have to give this book 4 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Velma je ena tistih organiziranih ljudi. Zelo organiziranih. Ima že izdelan petletni načrt in skoraj celo njeno prihodnost.

Zato je bila seveda malce presenečena, ko ji je njena sestra izpred nosa ukradla njenega sodelavca Deana, v katerega je biladlje časa zaljubljena. Seveda je vesela za sestro vendar hkrati se sprašuje ali bo sploh našla Pravega.

Brek je Deanov prijatelj in za zadnje mesece sestrine nosečnosti tudi načrtovalec porok. Čeprav upravlja enega večjih bendov, nima pojma o porokah.

Zelo veliko gledam filme zato sem kaj kmalu opazila, da se nekateri elementi te knjige ujemajo s filmom Vedno priča nikoli nevesta. Film mi je res všeč (toplo priporočam), še gledam ga vsaj enkrat na leto. Ampak nazaj h knjigi.

Torej če primerjam knjigo in film:

-glavna junakinja je zaljubljena v svojega sodelavca  [check]

-sestra glavne junakinje se želi poročiti s tem sodelavcem [check]

-glavna junakinja neke vrste načrtuje poroko [check]

-glavna junakinja se ne razume z drugim načrtovalcem poroke (okej v filmu je ona načrtovalka in on novinar, vendar je prisoten pri načrtovanju), pod vso to jezo pa je se skriva privlačnost [check]

-sestra glavne junakinje uniči  naredi nekaj sprememb na poročni obleki, ki je družinska zapuščina [check]

-glavna junakinja rada načrtuje [check]

Zato lahko vidiš zakaj sem bila skeptična, da bo to kopija filma, kajne? Ena tistih dajmo-prekopirati-vse-iz-filma-vendar-spremenimo-nekaj-elementov-da-lahko-rečemo-da-je-knjiga-original knjig.

Na srečo ni bilo tako in se tukaj vsa podobnost s filmom konča. Knjiga je bila zabavna z nekaj seksi trenutki 😉

Ampak, tako kot pri mojem prejšnjem revjuju knjige Up in Flames od Jennifer Blackwood (glej nižje), sem kaj kmalu ugotovila, kaj bo razlog za njun razhod. Bila sem kar malce razočarana, ko so se moja predvidevanja izkazala za resnična. Zato tudi tej knjigi dajem 4 zvezdice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Up in Flames by Jennifer Blackwood

Up in Flames (Flirting with Fire, #2)

Title // Naslov: Up in Flames

Author // Avtorica: Jennifer Blackwood

Release Date // Datum izdaje: October 9th 2018 (9. oktober 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

Buy here // Kupi tukaj: Amazon – B&N

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Blurb:

Sloane Garcia has butted heads with Reece Jenkins ever since he was a colossal jerk of epic proportions on a night she’d rather forget. So what if he’s overconfident, ultramasculine, and hard muscled? When she finds out he’s on the auction block at the annual firefighter’s charity event, she decides to give this cocky firefighter a dose of his own medicine. Now that she’s won the hunk, he’s on call—to do whatever Sloane wants.

Sure, Reece and Sloane had a rocky start, but he had his reasons. None of that matters now that he’s the bachelor at her beck and call, tasked with granting her four wishes in four weeks. He runs into burning buildings for a living, but nothing will be as tough as dousing the flames Sloane ignites in him. What started out as just a game might end up with Reece losing the one thing he swore he’d never give up: his heart.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: 

Sloane Garcia se ni razumela z Reecem Jenkinsom odkar je bil popoln bedak epskih razsežnosti na večer, ki bi ga najraje pozabila. Pa kaj, če je preveč samozavesten in tako zelo mišičast? Ko izve, da je del dražbe vsakoletnega dobrodelnega dogodka, ki ga organizirajo gasilci, se odloči, da se bo temu gasilcu malce maščevala. Zdaj ko ga je dobila, mora postavni Reece narediti vse, kar zahteva od njega.

Reece in Sloane sta morda imela težaven začetek, vendar sam ima razloge. Nič od tega pa ni pomembno, ko ji mora uresničiti štiri želje v štirih tednih. V goreče stavbe hodi, da se lahko preživlja, vendar nič ne bo težjega od gašenja ognja v njem, ki plamti zaradi Sloane. Kar se je začelo kot igra, se lahko konča le s tem, da Reece izgubi edino stvar, za katero je prisegel, da je ne bo nikoli – svoje srce.

 

My thoughts:

Although this was my first read by this author I have to say I loved it up to the point when Sloane did something very stupid (note: Spoiler is hidden on my Goodreads review) when a reader of course know that this would in the future be the cause of all problems and possible break up.

Really stupid.

That’s the only thing I had to knock down a star otherwise I really liked this enemies-to-lovers book!

4 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Čeprav je bila to moja prva knjiga te avtorice, sem knjigo dobesedno požrla in mi je bila zelo všeč, vse dokler glavna junakinja ni naredila izredno neumne napake (če te res zanima, bo o tem več napisanega na mojem Goodreads revjuju – opomba: sama boš kriva, če si boš s tem pokvarila celotno knjigo, ker boš vedela, kaj se zgodi na koncu), pri kateri kot bralka že takoj veš, da bo vplivala na celoten potek zgodbe in tudi na njun možen razhod.

Res neumna napaka.

Zaradi tega sem eno zvezdico odbila, drugače mi je bila ta knjiga, ki govori o dveh ljudeh, ki se ne marata in ju na koncu združi ljubezen res super 🙂

4 zvezdice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Buck Wild by Lauren Landish

Buck Wild (Bennett Boys Ranch #1)

Title // Naslov: Buck Wild

Author // Avtorica: Lauren Landish

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 25th 2018 (25. september 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

Buy here // Kupi tukaj: Amazon – B&N

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Blurb: Bull rider James Bennett lives for those eight seconds of exhilaration. A rodeo cowboy in his prime, all he wants out of life is something to straddle. That’s why James is feeling a little restless, spending his summer off working his family’s ranch. That is, until a spirited and gorgeous veterinarian-in-training shows up and puts the cocky wild boy—and his ego—in place. Though she’s a feisty one, James is always up for a challenge.

Sophie Stone has to admit it: James Bennett is a checklist of cowboy hotness—ruggedly handsome with piercing blue eyes, a hard-muscled body, and just enough swagger to make her toes curl. She thought she was done with her bad-boy phase, but exceptions must be made.

How can Sophie possibly say no to man who makes her heart buck like a bronco? And when their summer fling comes to an end, how can she possibly say goodbye?

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: Jahač bikov James Bennett živi za teh osem sekund veselja. Rodeo kavboj v svojih najboljših letih, vse kar si želi od življenja je jahati. Zato se počuti nemirnega, ko preživlja poletje tako da dela na ranču svoje družine. Dokler se ne pojavi duhovita in prekrasna pripravnica veterine in tega divjega moškega – in njegov ego – postavi na svoje mesto.

Sophie Stone mora priznati: James Bennett je na vrhu seznama privlačnih kavbojev —čeden in robat z modrimi očmi in mišičastim telesom. Mislila je, da je opravila z ”bad- boyi”, vendar on je pač izjema.

Ali se lahko Sophie upre moškemu, zaradi katerega ji srce bije močneje? In ali se bo lahko poslovila od njega, ko bo poletja konec?

 

My thoughts:

To be honest, this week I didn’t feel like writing a review because I’ve got nothing new to say. That’s why I’ve been prolonging this review but I feel like I have to write it at some point because the sooner the better (and well, I’ll forget what I want to say).

Lately, I have felt this need to read cowboy romances and well, when you start it’s hard to stop.

I’m a newbie to Lauren Landish’s books and I was excited to read this book. I did like her writing but sadly, even though it was interesting, all I can say about it is that the book is very steamy. The connection between them is almost instant and they soon started to sleep together.

I do think the author’s writing has a potential but I just didn’t feel connected to the characters or the story. Yeah, he’s a bull rider and is with family only during the summer and yes, Sophie is in town for summer too because she has school in the fall, but there’s no bigger confliction or drama in the book. And I missed that. That’s why I didn’t feel like writing the review right after I finished Buck Wild because I didn’t know what to say. I had to think about it for a few days.

All I remember from the book is steamy moments, fixing the fence and the neighbouring family. I wish I could say more but that’s what for me was missing. More.

3,5 stars.

 

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Moje misli:

Po resnici povedano, ta teden nisem bila čisto pri volji, da bi napisala revju knjige, ker nimam popolnoma nič novega za povedati. Zato sem odlašala s pisanjem revjuja vendar sedaj ga moram napisati, ker bolje pozno kot nikoli, kajne? (In pa bolj bežijo dnevi, bolj bom pozabila za kaj se je sploh šlo v knjigi).

V zadnjem času res veliko berem romane s kavboji in no, ko enkrat začneš, ne moreš nehati.

Kar se tiče avtorice Lauren Landish sem novinka pri branju njenih knjig, zato sem bila res vesela preden sem začela brati knjigo. Všeč mi je bil njen stil pisanja, ampak na žalost, čeprav je bila knjiga kar zanimiva, vse, kar lahko rečem je, da je bila polna vročih trenutkov. Glavna junaka se zelo hitro navežeta eden na drugega in tudi kmalu začneta spati skupaj.

Avtoričin stil pisanja po mojem mnenju ima potencial, vendar sama se žal nisem počutila povezano z junakoma ali zgodbo. Ja, on jaha bike in je čez poletje pri družini in ja, ona je tudi med poletjem v mestu, ker ima jeseni faks, vendar nekega zapleta, drame pa ta knjiga nima. In to sem pogrešala. Zato revjuja nisem takoj napisala, ker nisem vedela, kaj naj rečem. Morala sem razmisliti o knjigi in kaj bom napisala.

Vse, kar se spomnim iz knjige so vroči trenutki, popravljanje ograje in sosedi. Ko bi le lahko napisala kaj več, vendar ravno to sem pogrešala. Več.

3,5 zvezdic.

 

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Love Like Ours by Melissa Foster

Love Like Ours (Sugar Lake #3)

Title // Naslov: Love Like Ours

Author // Avtorica: Melissa Foster

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 11th 2018 (11. september 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb: 

One wrong move, and she meets a guy with all the right ones…

Talia Dalton lives her life on cruise control. Despite her successful career as a professor, she prefers protecting her broken heart to taking chances. She’s calm, cool, collected, and steady. Until the morning she takes her eyes off that familiar road and almost runs over the sexiest man she’s ever seen. It may not be the best way to start the day, but it might be the type of shake-up she needs.

Male dancer Derek Grant has goals, and nothing is going to get in the way of achieving them. As a graduate student and the sole caretaker of his ailing father, he hasn’t much time for relationships. Then Talia crashes into his life. Sweet, pretty—and so buttoned-up that he can’t wait to help her cut loose.

For Derek, falling in love was a beautiful accident waiting to happen. And it might be exactly what Talia needs—if she’s willing to let go of the past and embrace every surprise Derek has to offer.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

En napačen gib in spoznala je moškega z vsemi pravimi…

Talia Dalton živi mirno življenje. Kljub uspešni karieri kot profesorica, raje varuje svoje zlomljeno srce kot da bi tvegala. Je mirna in urejena. Dokler nekega jutra za trenutek pozabi na cesto pred seboj in skoraj povozi najbolj seksi moškega, ki ga je kdaj videla. To morda ni bil najboljši začetek dneva, je pa vsekakor budnica, ki jo je rabila.

Plesalec Derek Grant ima cilje in nič mu ne stoji nasproti uresničitvi le-teh. Kot podiplomski študent in edini skrbnik svojega bolnega očeta, nima veliko časa za razmerja. Potem pa Talia vstopi v njegovo življenje.

Za Dereka je zaljubiti se najlepša nesreča, ki se lahko zgodi. In lahko je točno tisto, kar Talia potrebuje – če lahko pusti preteklost za sabo in sprejme vsa presenečenja, ki ji jih Derek lahko nudi.

 

My thoughts:

How the hell am I reading my first Melissa Foster’s book just now?

Where was I before, like seriously???

Sometimes I read a book and just know that I will love the author’s other works too. In Love Like Ours I loved everything – the writing, the pace, the characters.

Talia is a professor at the university. She replaces her friend on the job, she loves her family and she is protective of the people she loves.

Derek is a student who works as a bartender and male dancer because the money helps him with providing for him and his father. He knows what he wants, he is a man with plans and knows how to achieve his goals. He is stubborn but in a good way. I loved his honesty when talking with Talia. He didn’t beat around the bush but he told her how things were. I also love how much he cared for Talia and how romantic he was (true relationship goals here, people) 🙂

While I did love that the characters actually talked to each other (maybe for the first time in a while), I missed more drama. But overall, it was a heartwarming story about family, friends and love, which I recommend.

I really hope her other books are just as amazing as this one.

4 stars.

 

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Moje misli:

Zakaj šele zdaj berem prvo knjigo Melisse Foster?

Resno, kje sem bila prej?

Da razložim… Včasih začnem brati knjigo za katero že po nekaj straneh ugotovim, da mi bodo najbrž všeč tudi ostala dela te avtorice. V Love Like Ours mi je bilo všeč vse – stil pisanja, hitrost dogajanja in glavna junaka ter stranski junaki.

Talia je profesorica na univerzi, ki pri delu nadomešča svojega najboljšega prijatelja, veliko ji pomeni družina in zelo jo skrbi tudi za ostale ljudi, ki so ji blizu.

Derek je študent, ki dela kot natakar in plesalec (no, neke vrste slači fant), ker mu denar omogoča, da zagotovi boljše življenje zase in za svojega očeta. Ve, kaj hoče, je moški z načrti in ve, kako doseči svoje zastavljene cilje. Je trmast, ampak v dobrem pomenu. Všeč mi je bila njegova odkritost v pogovorih s Talio. Ni ovinkaril ampak je povedal točno tako, kot stvari so. Všeč mi je bilo tudi, kako mar mu je bilo, kaj si misli Talia in da je bil v njunem odnosu popoln romantik (točno tisto, kar bi punce pričakovale od fantov heh 😉 )

Čeprav mi je bilo všeč, da sta glavna junaka dejansko se pogovarjala in razčiščevala stvari med sabo (kar se je najbrž zgodilo prvič po zelo dolgem času, kar se tiče knjig, ki jih berem), sem pogrešala kakšen večji dramatični zaplet. Ampak če potegnem črto je bila to zelo lepa zgodba o družini, prijateljih in ljubezni, ki jo res priporočam v branje.

Res upam, da so tudi avtoričine druge knjige tako dobre kot je bila tale.

4 zvezdice.

 

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Cowboy SEAL Christmas by Nicole Helm

Cowboy SEAL Christmas (Navy SEAL Cowboys, #3)

Title // Naslov: Cowboy SEAL Christmas

Author // Avtorica: Nicole Helm

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 4th 2018 (4. september 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb: Single mom and Revival Ranch’s on-site therapist Monica Finley has dedicated her life to helping brave servicemen and women, but former Navy SEAL Gabe Cortez is the one man whose shell she just can’t crack. Yet with the holidays fast approaching, she may finally have a plan. In a bid to get Gabe to open up, she’ll ask for as much help as possible―cutting down the Christmas tree, stringing lights, the whole nine yards.

Who could possibly be a Grinch with so much holiday cheer in the air?

Gabe has always hated Christmas―the holiday never fails to remind him just how alone he truly is. But the more time he spends with Monica and her young son, the more he finds himself drawn to their cozy little family…and the more he begins to realize his long-suppressed Christmas dreams may finally be coming true.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: Mati samohranilka in terapevtka na ranču Revival Monica Finley je svoje življenje posvetila pogumnim vojakom in vojakinjam, vendar nekdanji ”tjulenj” vojne mornarice Gabe Cortez je edini moški, čigar lupino ne more prebiti. S hitro približajočimi počitnicami ima Monica načrt. Da bi Gaba prepričala, da se ji odpre, bo potrebovala pomoč – sekanje božičnega drevesca, lučke in podobno.

Kdo pa je lahko Grinch med prazniki?

Gabe je vedno sovražil Božič – praznik, ki ga spominja na to, kako osamljen je. Vendar več časa, ki ga preživi z Monico in njenim sinom, bolj mu je ta družinica všeč … in bolj se začne zavedati, da bi se njegove dolgo potlačene božične želje lahko izpolnile.

 

My thoughts:

Cowboy SEAL Christmas was a very charming, sweet romance that reminds you what Christmas is all about.

Monica is a caring mother, who is working at a ranch to help other people cope with their fears. Gabe is the one man, who reminded her that in the process of working her job and providing for his son, she forgot how to love again.

At the beginning of the book, I found two mistakes and I hoped this wouldn’t be a book full of it. Thankfully, it wasn’t and since this is also an ARC, these mistakes will probably be deleted and corrected.

What did bother me was how in the first couple chapters everytime Gabe and Monica talked, he said something like ”Is this a shrink talk?”. It sounded to me like Gabe couldn’t have a normal conversation with her without thinking of her as a shrink even if she asked little things. It repeated several times until they got a little closer and Gabe opened up more.

My first book by this author but I think it won’t be the last. I loved how she took the time to describe the relationship between Monica and Gabe and even Gabe and Colin. It’s a perfect Christmas standalone novel which I recommend reading in front of the fireplace while drinking hot chocolate (or other hot beverage and a radiator if there’s no other option) ;).

4 stars from me.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Cowboy SEAL Christmas je izredno lep roman, ki te spomni na to, kaj Božič sploh je – družina, ljubezen, dobri odnosi.

Monica je ljubeča mater desetletnemu Colinu, ki dela na ranču in pomaga drugim ljudem premagovati strahove. Gabe je edini moški, ki jo spomne na to, da je poleg biti mati in terapevtka, pozabila nase in na to, kaj pomeni ljubiti.

Na začetku knjige sem našla dve očitni napaki, za katere sem upala, da ne napovedujejo knjige, ki bi bila prav to – polna napak. Kmalu se je izkazalo, da so bili moji strahovi odveč, saj je šlo za očitno spregledani napaki, tako da le-teh v prihodnjih poglavjih ni billo oziroma jih nisem opazila. Res pa je, da knjiga še ni bila izdana, ko sem jo začela brati, tako da morda teh dveh napak ni več in ju je avtorica/založba že odpravila.

Kar me je motilo v prvih nekaj poglavjih, je bil pogovor med Gabeom in Monico, saj je prvi vedno, ko sta se pogovarjala, rekel nekaj v smislu: ”Ali to govoriš kot terapevtka?” Najbrž zato, ker se je upiral temu, da bi postal njena stranka vendar meni se je zdelo kot da Gabe z njo ne more imeti normalnega pogovora kot ga ima človek s človekom ne da bi se pri tem spomnil, da je po poklicu terapevtka. To se je ponavljalo v kar nekaj pogovorih, dokler se nista bolj zbližala in se je Gabe bolj odprl Monici.

To je bila moja prva knjiga te avtorice, vendar ne zadnja. Všeč mi je bilo, kako je avtorica namenila čas tudi temu, da je razvila odnos med Gabeom in Colinom. Cowboy SEAL Christmas je popoln samostojen roman, ki ga priporočam v branje v božičnem času zraven skodelice vroče čokolade in kamina (ali ob drugem toplem napitku in radiatorju, če že ni kamina) ;).

4 zvezdice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

Lord of Vice by Erica Ridley

Lord of Vice (Rogues to Riches, #6)

Title // Naslov: Lord of Vice

Author // Avtorica: Erica Ridley

Release Date // Datum izdaje: August 31st 2018 (31. avgust 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb: 

Vice merchant Maxwell Gideon is wickedly handsome, sinfully arrogant, and devilishly ruthless. Rumor has it, his gaming hell has the power to steal souls and grant miracles. Truth is, Max only owns half of The Cloven Hoof. He’d buy out his silent partner if he knew the man’s identity. But it’s hard to focus on business matters when a fallen angel tumbles right into one’s lap…

Miss Bryony Grenville has a well-earned reputation as an unrepentant hoyden. But even the gossipiest of the pinch-faced matrons ruling High Society could never imagine the daughter of a baronet secretly financing the ton’s most infamous gambling parlor. Its maddening, sexy proprietor doesn’t suspect a thing… and two can play at temptation!

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Lastnik igralnega salona Maxwell Gideon je pregrešno čeden, aroganten in neizmerno trdosrčen. Njegov salon naj bi kradel duše in delal čudeže. V resnici si Max lasti le polovico Clooven Hoofa. Saj bi kupil ostalo od svojega tihega partnerja, vendar kaj, ko ne ve njegove identitete. Zelo težko pa se je osredotočiti na posel, ko padli angel pade naravnost v njegovo naročje…

Gospodična Bryony Grenville ima sloves kot ženska, ki je brez sramu. Vendar tudi najbolj opravljive matrone visoke družbe si ne bi nikoli predstavljale, da bo hčerka barona na skrivaj financirala najbolj razvpit igralni salon. Njegov nori, seksi lastnik ne sumi ničesar…in dva se lahko igrata s skušnjavo!

 

My thoughts:

Lord of Vice included everything I like: hot, but infuriating hero and intelligent heroine. I love how the author put two people from different social circles but yet, so alike, together. They are perfect for each other even though they both have their own insecurities. Both are very stubborn and while Max looks like a devil on the outside, he’s the angel on the inside. Max doesn’t know how he’ll fit in her world and Bryony is afraid she’ll never fit into his, especially because being the owner of the gaming parlor is not something the ton would approve. They both want a place to belong.

But of course, the question is: Can their love survive everything?

This was my second book by Erica Ridley and I loved it. I love how well they both complemented each other. Ms Ridley knows how to write a book that will absorb you completely in its pages. I recommend this book to anyone who loves independent, smart women who know how to challenge a man, who is their worthy opponent and the perfect match in any way.

While I did love their witty conversations, sometimes I missed more romance. This is why I’m giving Lord of Vice four stars. I still need to read other books in the series but I can’t wait to read other books by talented Ms Ridley in the future! I am so glad to find another amazing author of historical romances!

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Lord of Vice vključuje vse, kar imam rada v knjigi: privlačnega, vendar mrkega glavnega junaka in inteligentno, malce posebno glavno junakinjo. Všeč mi je, kako je avtorica postavila skupaj dva človeka iz popolnoma različnih družbenih krogov vendar po drugi strani karakterno tako podobna. Popolna sta drug za drugega, čeprav imata vsak svoje negotovosti. Oba sta zelo trmasta in čeprav Max na zunaj zgleda kot hudič, je na znotraj pravi angel. Max ne ve, kako se bo lahko vključil v njen svet in Bryony se boji, da ne bo nikoli spadala v njegovega, še posebno zato, ker biti lastnica igralnega salona ni nekaj, kar bi družba odobravala. Oba si le želita nečemu pripadati.

Vprašanje pa je, ali lahko njuna ljubezen premaga vse?

To je bila moja druga knjiga te avtorice in bila mi je zelo všeč. Glavna junaka sta se odlično dopolnjevala. Erica Ridley ve, kako napisati knjigo, ki te bo posrkala med njene strani. Knjigo priporočam bralcem in bralkam, ki obožujejo neodvisne, pametne ženske, ki znajo izzvati svojega moškega, ki je njihov enakovreden nasprotnik in popolna izbira.

Čeprav sem naravnost oboževala pogovore med Maxom in Bryony, saj so bili polni humorja, sem na trenutke pogrešala več romantike, zato knjigi dajem 4 zvezdice. Ker je to zadnja knjiga v seriji in popolnoma samostojna, moram prebrati še ostale 4, vendar komaj čakam, da preberem tudi naslednje knjige od te avtorice. Res sem vesela, da sem našla še eno avtorico zgodovinskih romanc, čigar knjige in stil pisanja so mi všeč!

 

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

Cowboy Charm School by Margaret Brownley

Cowboy Charm School (Haywire Brides, #1)

Title // Naslov: Cowboy Charm School

Author // Avtorica: Margaret Brownley

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 4th, 2018 (4. september 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb: Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom―notorious criminal Frank Foster―is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing…only to find he has the wrong man.

STOP THAT WEDDING!

Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé’s over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding―for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett’s desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls…and the more he yearns to prove that he’s her true match in every way.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: 

Texas Ranger Brett Tucker sovraži prekiniti poroko, vendar je ženin – slavni kriminalec Frank Foster ― nevarnost vsaki ženski. Zato vstopi v cerkev, oborožen s pištolo… le, da najde napačnega moškega.

Bodoča nevesta Kate Denver je zgrožena zaradi reakcije njenega zaročenca na nedolžno napako in odpokliče poroko – za vedno. Prežet s krivdo se Brett odloči, da jima bo pomagal priti nazaj skupaj. Vendar več časa, kot ga preživi s Kate, močneje se zaljubi…in bolj si želi dokazati, da je on pravi zanjo.

 

My thoughts:

So the story is set in 1885 in America. As you may know (or not), I usually read Historical Romances that are often set in England, so I am not quite familiar with things in that time over the Ocean. Personally, I thought this book was quite modern for the time, because people used colt, were working in a candy shop and used the telegraph. Again, I have no clue (almost) with American history, because when I was in school I learned about European history of that time so if these things were normal, please ignore all this paragraph.

I truly enjoyed this story. The first chapter made me laugh and at that moment I knew I would like this book. When Brett broke up a wedding, he tried to do anything in his power to make ”the lovebirds” a couple again. But trying to teach Frank how to woo a bride is not easy…

…but it sure was hilarious to read! The poor fella didn’t have a clue of romancing women and his responses were delightful! Of course, after getting to know Kate, Brett wants her for himself but he’s not sure if Kate feels the same…

I recommend this book to anyone who likes history, mystery, action and romance. Although there was one quite romantic kiss, I would label this book as a clean one.

4,5 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Zgodba je postavljena v Teksas, leta 1885. Kot morda veš (ali pa tudi ne), ponavadi berem zgodovinske romane, katere zgodba je postavljena v Anglijo, zato nisem popolnoma seznanjena z ameriško zgodovino. Osebno se mi je zdela zgodba preveč moderna za tisti čas, ker so ljudje uporabljali kolt, delali v slaščičarni in uporabljali telegraf. Ponovno na tej točki poudarjam, da nimam pojma o ameriški zgodovini, ker sem se v šoli učila bolj kot ne le evropsko zgodovino. Pa tudi zgodovina in jaz nisva bili ravno najboljši prijateljici (v bistvu se sploh nisva razumeli), zato sem vedno imela težave pri njej, zato, če je to za tisti čas bilo res nekaj običajnega, potem prosim ignoriraj celotni odstavek 🙂

Drugače pa mi je bila zgodba všeč. Prvo poglavje me je res nasmejalo, tako da sem že takrat vedela, da bo ta zgodba nekaj posebnega. Ko Brett prekine poroko, poskuša narediti vse, kar je v njegovi moči, da bi tadva ”zaljubljenca” ponovno postala par. Ampak naučiti Franka kako osvojiti nevesto ni lahko…

…vsekakor pa je izredno zabavno brati! Ubogi revček nima pojma, kako se osvaja žensko in njegovi odgovori na Brettova vprašanja so bili smešni. Seveda, bolj ko Brett spoznava Kate, bolj si jo želi le zase, vendar ni prepričan, če ona čuti enako…

Če imaš rad/a zgodovino, skrivnostnost, akcijo in romantiko, potem je ta knjiga prava zate! Čeprav knjiga vključuje en dokaj romantičen poljub, bi rekla, da je ta knjiga kar ”čista” (torej nobenih ekstra romantičnih prizorov ;)).

4,5 zvezdic.

 

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

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Title // Naslov: Hard Sell

Author // Avtorica: Lauren Layne

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 4th 2018 (4. september 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb: Twenty-eight and filthy rich, Matt Cannon is the youngest broker on Wall Street. He may be a “boy wonder,” but he’s every inch a man. Ask any woman—any night. But when Matt’s latest fling makes scandalous headlines, his clients get anxious, and his bosses at Wolfe Investments level an ultimatum: keep his assets zipped, get a “real” girlfriend, and clean up his act. Only one woman can help Matt with something this hard.

For PR genius Sabrina Cross, the best fixer in Manhattan, playing Matt’s steady is going to be a challenge, even if it’s just for show. They already have an explosive history, she can’t stand the cocky party boy, and worse—she can’t stop thinking about him. So who’ll dare to break her “no touching” rule first? Because when that happens, Matt and Sabrina’s game of let’s pretend will get so hot it could set both their reputations on fire.

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: Osemindvajsetleten in nesramno bogat Matt Cannon je najmlajši borzni posrednik na Wall Streetu. Morda je čudežni deček, vendar je tudi moški. Vprašajte katerokoli žensko – katerokoli noč. Toda ko se Mattova zadnja zabava pojavi na naslovnicah časopisa, postanejo njegove stranke živčne in njegova šefa mu postavita ultimat: da preneha s tem početjem, si najde pravo punco in spremeni samega sebe. Le ena ženska mu pri tem lahko pomaga.

Za Sabrino Cross, najboljšo posrednico na Manhattnu, bo igrati Mattovo punco največji izziv, tudi če je vse le šov za javnost. Že tako imata eksplozivno kemijo, sploh ga ne more prenašati in še huje – ne more nehati misliti o njem. Kdo bo torej prvi prekinil pravilo ”brez dotikanja”? Ker ko se bo to zgodilo, bo Mattova in Sabrinina igra pretvarjanja postala tako vroča, da bo lahko uničila njun ugled. 

 

My thoughts:

I liked this book. It was cute and sexy, they both have some explosive chemistry because they already slept together but neither wants to have a serious relationship.

Matt would like to stay a bachelor but because of the recent events, he needs to find a girlfriend. The one who is not too clingy and would know their relationship is just a pretend.

His friends suggested asking Sabrina, who can’t stand Matt. But since she’s the only choice, she agrees. What starts as a favor, ends as…? Well, you’ll have to find out 😉

Their hookups? Hot.

Their banter? Hotter.

But will they trust each other with their past, secrets, and hearts?

A wonderful story, worth 4 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Ta knjiga mi je bila všeč. Bila je luškana in seksi za prebrat (da zavedam se, da to nekako ne gre skupaj :P),  med njima je bila ta eksplozivna kemija, saj sta že spala skupaj, vendar nobeden noče imeti resnega razmerja.

Matt bi rad ostal samski toda zaradi nedavnih dogodkov si mora najti punco. Takšno, ki ni preveč posedovalna in bo vedela, da je njuno razmerje ena velika laž.

Njegovi prijatelji mu predlagajo Sabrino, ki Matta sploh ne prenese. Vendar ker je njegova edina možnost, pristane na to. Toda, kar se začne kot usluga, se konča kot …? No, to je pa najbolje, da izveš sam/a 😉

Njune noči? Vroče.

Njuni pogovori? Še bolj vroči.

Ampak ali si bosta zaupala njuno preteklost, skrivnosti in srci?

Prekrasna zgodba, vredna 4 zvezdic. (Saj bi dala 5, vendar sem knjigo prebrala že pred dnevi, tako da sem jo na Goodreadsu le ocenila in kolikor vidim so 4 zvezdice. Očitno sem že imela takrat nek razlog.)

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

His Best Friend’s Sister by Eve Gaddy

His Best Friend's Sister (Devil's Rock at Whiskey River Book 2)

Title // Naslov: His Best Friend’s Sister

Author // Avtorica: Eve Gaddy

Release Date // Datum izdaje: August 16th 2018 (16. avgust 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb: Whiskey River businessman Zack Banister has had his eye on Laurel Lewis for years, even though she’s always been off-limits. The timing has never been right between them, but now that they’re both free, Zack is determined to convince Laurel that he’s the perfect man for her. 

The last thing Laurel needs is a white knight. She’s a single mom and knows she can only rely on herself. But the thought of a fling with Zack is a different matter—and far too tempting to resist. 

Then reality crashes in and Laurel faces hard decisions. And Zack will do anything to convince her to take a risk on him for their happy ever after.

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: Poslovnež Zack Banister je zaljubljen v Laurel Lewis že leta, vendar je bila zanj vedno prepovedana. Čas ni bil nikoli na njuni strani, vendar sedaj sta končno samska, zato Zack skuša Laurel prepričati, da je pravi moški zanjo.

Zadnja stvar, ki jo Laurel potrebuje, je princ na belem konju. Kot mati dveh otrok ve, da se lahko zanese le nase. Toda misel na razmerje z Zackom je druga stvar – in velika skušnjava.

Ko resničnost poseže vmes, se mora Laurel soočiti z odločitvijo. Zack pa bo naredil vse, da jo prepriča naj tvega, da bosta oba lahko imela svoj srečen konec.

 

My thoughts: 

I like the blurb of the book and I always have liked the best friend’s brother/sister trope but this one felt a little flat to me. Even though it wasn’t completely rushed, everything still happened a little too fast for me.

Laurel is a devoted mother to her two kids (six and four years old). She is working two jobs but then she got fired and desperately needs another job. Not so coincidentally, there’s Zack, who has been crushing on Laurel for years. He just happens to has a job for her at his company.

He admits he liked her and that he wants to date her and soon, they started seeing each other. Kids love him, but Laurel doesn’t want to admit – even though she likes him too – that they could be something more than friends with benefits because her ex-husband betrayed her.

Basically, the first half of the story includes all the drama and the book could be easily finished there but since Laurel couldn’t make up her mind the other half of the book mentions her turmoil about their relationship. One day she decides that yes, Zack apparently does love her for her, not just the kids, and they could live together. And there’s that.

3 stars.

 

Important information for readers:

Standalone? Yes.

HEA? Yes.

Cheating? No.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Moje misli: 

Všeč mi je povzetek knjige. Rada berem romane, kjer gre za razmerje med določeno osebo in bratom/sestro najboljše prijateljice/najboljšega prijatelja te osebe. Pri tej knjigi pa mi je ta ideja zvenela malce pusto. Čeprav ni bila popolnoma pospešena, pa so se vse stvari še vedno dogajale prehitro.

Laurel je mati dveh otrok, starih šest in štiri leta. Opravlja dve službi, toda potem jo šef restavracije, v kateri dela, odpusti, zato mora hitro najti drugo delo. Ne čisto po naključju, je v restavraciji tudi Zack, ki je zatreskan v Laurel že leta. V njegovem podjetju potrebujejo računovodjo in Laurel je ravno pravšnja za to službo, zato ji službo tudi ponudi. Ta jo seveda navdušena sprejme.

Že skoraj na začetku knjige, ji Zack prizna, da mu je bila vedno všeč in da bi jo rad bolje spoznal in ker Laurel čuti enako, se kmalu začneta videvati. Otroka ga obožujeta, vendar Laurel noče priznati sebi, da bi lahko bila kaj več kot zgolj prijatelja z ugodnostmi, ker se še vedno počuti izkoriščeno po tem, kar ji je naredil njen bivši mož.

Če povzamem, prva polovica zgodbe vključuje vse dramatične prizore in bi se zlahka lahko končala tam, vendar ker se Laurel ne more odločiti, se druga polovica fokusira predvsem na to. Nekega dne preprosto ugotovi, da ja, Zack jo ljubi, ne samo zaradi otrok ampak tudi njo samo in da bi lahko vsi živeli skupaj. In to je to.

3 zvezdice, imela sem večja pričakovanja, ki jih ta knjiga ni izpolnila.

 

Pomembne stvari, ki bi te morda lahko zanimale:

Knjiga ni del serije, stoji torej sama zase (nobenih cliffhangerjev). Srečen konec in nobenega varanja.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley

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Title // Naslov: Lord of Pleasure

Author // Avtorica: Erica Ridley

Release Date // Datum izdaje: May 2nd 2017 (2. maj 2017)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb: Nondescript “good girl” Miss Camellia Grenville only ever opens her mouth when forced to sing at her family’s musicales. That is, until the night she infiltrates the ton’s most scandalous masquerade ball on behalf of her sister, and finds herself in the arms—and the bed—of the one man she’d sworn to hate.

Irresistibly arrogant and unapologetically sensuous, infamous rake Lord Wainwright always gets his way. When he accepts a wager to turn his rakish image respectable in just forty days, he never anticipates falling for an anonymous masked lover…or that discovering her identity would destroy them both.

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: Pridno dekle Camellia Grenville odpre usta le ko mora peti na enem izmed družinskih glasbenih večerov. Dokler neke noči ne obišče najbolj škandaloznega plesa v maskah v imenu svoje sestre, kjer pade v objem – in posteljo – moškega, ki ga sovraži.

Neustavljivo aroganten in neopravičujoče čuten razvpiti Lord Wainwright vedno dobi, kar želi. Ko sprejme stavo, da bo iz lahkoživca postal dostojen mož v samo štiridesetih dneh, si ni nikoli predstavljal, da se bo zaljubil v anonimno zamaskirano žensko … ali da lahko odkritje njene identitete uniči oba.

 

My thoughts:

In the last past days, I missed romance in the books I was reading. Since the day I’ve read the blurb of this book and got it in my hands, I’ve been excited to read it. And best of all, it didn’t disappoint.

I always love the idea of the masquerade in a book. Lord of Pleasure includes Lord Wainwright whose nickname is exactly that and wildflower Camellia Grenville whose only excitement is the masquerades she attends once a week. When they met, passion ignites that consumes both in a world of secrets, lust and love.

I was so invested in this book that I couldn’t put it down. I loved their chemistry, Michael was a total sweetheart and complete romantic, who made me swoon every time they met on the masquerade.

Camellia was the first daughter in the family, who wanted just for one night forgets her obligations and live a life behind the mask. She was kind and considerate and I liked how much her family means to her.

I love the idea that even though they were hidden behind the mask, they showed each other their true self, while the society thought otherwise.

I have to thank Ms Ridley for giving me romance, I so desperately missed in the past books and I would recommend this book to anyone who would like a little magical love under the stars.

4,5 – 5 stars, I really can’t decide.

 

Moje misli: 

V zadnjih nekaj dnevih sem v knjigah, ki sem jih brala, pogrešala romantiko. Od dneva, ko sem prebrala povzetek te knjige in sem jo dobila v roke (oziroma na mojo Kindle aplikacijo), sem se veselila branja. In kar je najboljše – ni me razočarala.

Vedno mi je bila všeč ideja plesa v maskah v knjigah. Lord of Pleasure vključuje Lorda Wainwrighta, čigar vzdevek je ravno tak (Lord of Pleasure oziroma lord užitka) in tiho ter zadržano Camellio Grenville, katere edino veselje je ples v maskah, ki se ga udeleži enkrat na teden. Ko se spoznata na plesu, izbruhne strast, ki ju popelje v svet skrivnosti, poželenja in ljubezni.

Ta knjiga me je tako požrla vase, da je nisem mogla spustiti iz rok. Všeč mi je bila njuna kemija, Michael je bil popolen romantik na plesih, zato sem se prav veselila njunih srečanj, ker je vedno pričaral nepozabno vzdušje.

Camellia je bila prva hči v družini, ki je želela za eno noč v tednu pozabiti na obveznosti in živeti življenje za masko. Bila je prijazna in premišljena in všeč mi je bilo, kako veliko ji je pomenila družina.

Čeprav sta bila skrita za masko, je le-ta pokazala njuno pravo naravo, kljub temu, da je družba menila drugače.

Zahvaliti se moram avtorici, da mi je dala košček romantike, ki sem jo tako obupno pogrešala v zadnjih prebranih knjigah. Knjigo priporočam vsakemu, ki potebuje nekaj magične ljubezni pod zvezdami.

4,5 do 5 zvezdic, res se ne morem odločiti.

SPORTS ROMANCE (športni roman)

Against the Odds by N.L. Taylor

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Title // Naslov: Against the Odds

Author // Avtorica: N. L. Taylor

Release Date // Datum izdaje: August 7th 2018 (7. avgust 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Sports Romance, športni roman

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Blurb: Nikki Elliot is running out of time. After a season and a half of struggling to rebuild her racing career thanks to a near-fatal accident, she is faced with the ugly truth: it’s going to take a miracle for her to make her lifelong dream of racing in Formula 1 a reality. The trouble is, Nikki doesn’t believe in miracles. When Fate sends her help in the form of a quiet, sexy mechanic, Nikki realizes that miracles do happen: the ones you hope for and the ones you least expect. But just as things look like they’re falling into place, Nikki discovers that miracles come at a steep price.

Luck has never been on Jake Masercotti’s side. That is until a chance encounter reunites him with his angel—the woman who unknowingly saved his life years earlier. And now that he’s found her, he’ll do whatever it takes to repay her for that gift, even it means risking his life–or worse, his heart–in the process.
Brought together by tragedy years before, and reunited under dangerous circumstances, will Jake and Nikki find love and happiness, even when a danger they never see coming reaches the-redline?

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: 

Nikki Elliot primanjkuje časa. Po sezoni in pol ponovnega ustvarjanja njene kariere kot voznica dirkalnih avtov zahvaljujoč skoraj tragični nesreči, se mora soočiti z grdo resnico: da bi lahko uresničila svoje sanje kot voznica Formule 1, se mora zgoditi čudež. Problem pa je, ker sama ne verjame v čudeže. Ko ji usoda prinese pomoč v obliki tihega, seksi mehanika, Nikki spozna, da se čudeži dogajajo: tiste, ki jih pričakuješ in tiste, ki jih ne. Toda ko se stvari že postavijo na svoje mesto, Nikki odkrije, da čudež pride z visoko ceno.

Sreča ni bila nikoli na strani Jaka Masercottija. Dokler se po naključju ne sreča s svojim angelom – žensko, ki mu je nevedoč rešila življenje. Sedaj ko jo je našel bo naredil vse, da ji poplača za to darilo, četudi to pomeni, da bo moral tvegati svoje življenje ali še hujše – srce.

Tragedija ju je združila leta prej, sedaj pa sta ponovno združena pod nevarnimi okoliščinami. Ali bosta Jake in Nikki našla ljubezen in srečo, četudi nevarnost, ki je nikoli nista pričakovala, doseže svoj maksimum?

 

My thoughts: I have to be honest… In the first days I was reading this, I thought I was halfway through but I was probably at around 30 %. On the fifth day, when I looked on Goodreads, I was shocked to see that it only had 372 pages. It seemed longer to me and now I know why.

…Because there was so much going on, I was lost. But not in the way I didn’t know what was going on, I did and the book has a plot, but there were just so many things like the author decided to put everything in this one book. We have racing, Mafia, mystery, secrets, suicide, murders, revenge, beatings, rape … and I probably missed something. Basically, almost all were connected to Mafia somehow. Even Jake and Nikki’s love was connected to the Mafia.

In the beginning, I thought Nikki was selfish and self-centred because she didn’t even consider how her brothers saw her career. When she sold the gift her deceased father gave her just to save her racing career, I thought I was done with this book. But I look the other way and continued with the book. Still, even though she did the unimaginable, I disagree with the choice her brothers made to cut her off of their lives.

This book is divided into three parts. While I don’t mind that, I just thought that the author didn’t know what to do with her story and just cut it into parts, so the next one started with couple months or weeks after the last part ended. 

To be honest, I wasn’t very much invested in the story because Mafia and all things related is not what I usually read. The book seemed long at the moments and I also felt like the focus was more on her racing career and Mafia, while the romance was put on hold. Maybe I’m just being picky lately and I want some romance and comedy in my book…:C

Also, while the story did have a decent ending, sadly, it continues in the next book. And while I am curious what happens with Nikki and Jake in the second book, I don’t think I’ll read it due to the reasons above.

3,5 stars.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli: Če sem odkrita… V prvih dneh branja sem mislila, da sem prebrala že vsaj polovico, pa sem bila najbrž pri okoli 30 %. Peti dan sem pogledala na Goodreads in me je kar malce šokiralo, ko sem videla, da ima 372 strani. Zdela se mi je veliko daljša in sedaj vem zakaj.

…Ker se je preveč dogajalo, tako da sem bila včasih kar zgubljena. Ampak ne zato, ker ne bi vedela, kaj se dogaja, ker sem in knjiga ima neko rdečo nit, ampak ker je bilo toliko stvari kot da se je avtorica odločila, da vključi vse v eno knjigo. Tako se najde notri dirkanje, mafija, skrivnosti, samomor, umor, maščevanje, pretepanje, posilstvo.. pa še kaj sem najbrž pozabila. Skratka skoraj vse je bilo nekako povezano z mafijo, še ljubezen med Jake-om in Nikki.

Na začetku sem na Nikki gledala kot na sebično, vase zagledano junakinjo, ker ni nikoli razmišljala o tem, kako njuna brata gledata na njeno (nevarno) kariero. Ko je prodala darilo, ki ji ga je dal njen pokojni oče samo zato, da je rešila svojo kariero, sem mislila zaključiti s knjigo. Vendar sem pogledala stran in nadaljevala z branjem. Čeprav je naredila to nedopustno dejanje, se še vedno nisem strinjala z odločitvijo njenih bratov, da jo odrežeta iz svojega življenja.

Knjiga je razdeljena na tri dele. Čeprav me to ne moti, sem dobila občutek, da avtorica ni vedela kako nadaljevati zgodbo oziroma kaj narediti z njo in jo je zato razdelila na dele, vsak naslednji se nadaljuje nekaj tednov ali mesecev po prejšnjem.

Po resnici povedano, sama nisem bila tako vživeta v zgodbo zaradi mafije in podobnega, ker tega ponavadi ni v knjigah, ki jih berem. Zgodba se je zdela daljša na trenutke in dobila sem tudi občutek, da je fokus preveč na njeni karieri kot voznica dirkalnih avtov in mafiji, medtem ko je bila romantika bolj na stranskem tiru. Morda pa sem zadnje čase malce preveč zbirčna in si samo želim nekaj romantike in komedije v knjigah, ki jih (iz)berem…:c

In čeprav je knjiga imela dokaj spodoben zaključek, se na (mojo) žalost nadaljuje v drugi knjigi. Četudi sem res firbčna kaj se zgodi z Jake-om in Nikki, pa dvomim da jo bom vzela v roke zaradi zgornjih razlogov.

3,5 zvezdice.

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CHRISTIAN ROMANCE (pobožni roman)

Return of the Song by Phyllis Clark Nichols

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Title // Naslov: Return of the Song (The Rockwater Suite #1)

Author // Avtorica: Phyllis Clark Nichols

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 18th 2018 (18. september 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Christian Romance, pobožni roman (op. res ne vem, kako bi to prevedla oziroma kam bi jo uvrstila, za več informacij glej spodaj)

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Blurb: Caroline Carlyle’s hopes and dreams were crushed when her fiancé died six weeks before their wedding. For years, she wrestled with aching loss and shattered faith, struggling to find the inspiration that once came so easily. Abandoning her half-finished piano compositions, Caroline traded her old ambitions for the comfort and familiarity of life as the town’s piano teacher.

But Caroline’s life turns upside-down when a mysterious stranger enters her life, bringing courage and fresh purpose. Inspired by her new acquaintance, Caroline embarks on a quest to track down the beloved rare piano she played as a child. Her search leads her to Rockwater, the Kentucky estate of a wealthy gentleman, where Caroline finds her heart may be composing a surprising new song.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: Upi in sanje Caroline Carlyle so se razblinili šest tednov pred poroko na dan, ko je umrl njen zaročenec. Leta se je borila z bolečo izgubo in strto vero ter poskušala najti navdih, ki je prej prišel zlahka. Opuščujoč njene napol narejene pesmi za klavir, je Caroline zamenjala njene stare ambicije za udobje in domačnost življenja kot učiteljica klavirja v mestu.

Vendar se življenje Caroline obrne na glavo, ko se pojavi skrivnostna oseba, ki ji prinese pogum in nov namen. Navdihnjena z novim poznanstvom, Caroline stopi na pot iskanja redkega klavirja, ki ga je igrala kot otrok. Pot jo vodi v Rockwater, posestvo v Kentuckyju, ki je last premožnega gospoda, kjer Caroline odkrije, da njeno srce morda sklada popolnoma novo pesem. 

 

My thoughts: This was my first book by this author and I have mixed feelings about it.

I struggled with it, I was even contemplating to dnf it but I’ve continued reading anyway.

At 44 % of the book, I was angry because the main characters haven’t even met yet. Later on, I noticed that the whole book focuses on the mysterious intruder and the woman and a girl, who has a unique gift. I like my romances to focus on the MCs and not so much on other people but in this story, this wasn’t it. We get a clear view on Caroline’s life in the neighboorhood, the old couple, who are like family to her and her job as a piano teacher.

I don’t want to spoil the book, but I think it’s necessary to say Caroline and Roderick met at around 90 % of the story, which is for me waaaaaay too late. But they did talk over the phone.

The second, actually a little weird thing in this book is that she always has a phone at home. Doesn’t she take it with her? Or is this phone the kind we had in 90-00’s? With the wire and all?

The third thing that bothered me is Caroline taking charge and assuming people would want what she wants. I mean, I get it she wanted the best for the girl, but does she really think Gretchen (girl’s grandma) would want her granddaughter on a national TV, newspapers, just because the girl has a unique gift? It seemed to me that Caroline would just want publicity on her town. She took the decision out of Gretchen’s hands and I hated her for that.

The next thing that bothered me was the language. I’m all for sugar and sweet, but this was too sweet for me. Greetings, hugging, giving food and such, oh c’mon. There are people that are that nice to everybody? I mean everybody? I have to say I’m not fluent in English and I’m not familiar with accents in the USA but the southern language was so annoying to read. No offence but I just couldn’t read ”Why, Gretchen,…” ”Why, Caroline, …” at the beginning of almost every sentence. From time to time would be enough but please not the whole book.

The fifth thing was the conversation between Gretchen and Caroline. Gretchen had a lot to tell but she would always start the story and then said something like ”It’s a very long story and I’ll tell more about it someday”. Ummm, if you start, why not finish the story, huh?

This was a very clean romance (and I mean very – because the MCs didn’t even kiss (!)), which is so not my cup of tea and I would probably even read it if I knew that. This is why I thought of it as a Christian Romance. It also mentions God a lot, which is fine by me because I’m Christian too but again, it is just not my cup of tea. I like a little drama between the main couple. According to Urban Dictionary, Christian Romance is ”when a woman/man holds off any type of sex until marriage and bound by faith rather than love of their significant other”. Now, I have to say that I don’t know if she even had sex with her fiancé because it is not mentioned but I am putting this as Christian because of the mention of God and romance being very clean (so don’t be angry with me if you think otherwise). I did, however, felt that Caroline and Roderick had some feelings for each other but there weren’t any I love yous or something like that like in other romances I’ve read.

Apparently, the story progresses in the second book (coming in 2019) which is again something I didn’t know before otherwise, I’d probably never begin reading it. It doesn’t have some dramatic cliffhanger, because the ending is very open (Practically, we can say there’s no ending), which is again not my thing. I’d more likely prefer a cliffhanger than this open ending. Ugh.

Other people would give this book more stars, and I would too, but since this is not my cup of tea (the slow-burn, focusing on other topics and people rather than MCs and almost no touching between the main characters), I am giving it 3 stars.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli: To je bila moja prva knjiga te avtorice in o knjigi imam mešane občutke.

Zelo težko sem jo brala, razmišljala sem tudi o tem, da bi jo enostavno prenehala brati vendar sem še vedno nadaljevala z branjem, saj sem upala na boljše.

Pri 44 % knjige sem bila jezna, ker se glavna junaka še sploh spoznala nista. V bistvu se mi zdi, da sploh ni bilo govora o junaku še. Kasneje sem ugotovila, dase skoraj vsak knjiga fokusira na skrivnostnega vsiljivca ter žensko in punco z unikatnim darom. Sama imam rada, da je v romanih, ki jih berem fokus na glavnih junakih in ne toliko na drugih ljudeh, vendar v tej zgodbi pač to ni bilo tako. Bralci dobimo jasen vpogled v življenje Caroline v soseski, star par, ki sta ji kot družina in v njeno delo kot učiteljica klavirja.

Nočem preveč ”spoilat” knjige, vendar se mi zdi pomembno, da omenim, da se Caroline in Roderick nista v živo srečala do okoli 90 % knjige, kar je zame veeeeeeliko predolgo. Sta se pa pogovarjala po telefonu.

Ko že govorimo o telefonu, kar se mi je zdelo čudno, je bilo to, da je vedno omenjeno, da ima telefon doma. Zakaj ga ne vzame s sabo? Nekako sem dobila občutek kot da gre za telefon iz starih časov, tisti, ki ima žico v slušalki in ga ne moreš s sabo odnesti. Nasploh sem dobila občutek kot da gre za neko sosesko iz kakšne ameriške serije, kjer se čas nekako ustavi.

Tretja stvar, ki me je motila je to, da je Caroline prevzela pobudo pri stvareh in kar predvidevala, da bodo ljudje želeli tisto, kar si sama želi. Razumem, da je želela samo dobro za deklico, vendar ali resno misli, da bo Gretchen (babica od deklice) želela svojo vnukinjo na javni televiziji in v časopisih, samo zato, ker ima deklica unikaten dar? Bolj se mi je zdelo kot da Caroline želi svojemu mestu pridobiti prepoznavnost. Odločitev je dobesedno vzela iz rok Gretchen in zato sem jo sovražila.

Naslednja stvar, ki me je motila je bil jezik in besedišče. Saj sem za pocukrano, ampak tole je bilo pa res preveč pocukrano. Pozdravčki, objemčki, dajanje hrane drugim v zameno za kaj, mislim … Ali obstajajo ljudje, ki so tako prijazni do vseh? Čisto vseh? Sicer nisem v vsakdanjem stiku z angleščino (v smislu govorjenja) in naglasi v Ameriki ampak ameriški južnjaški naglas mi je bil pa res nadležen za brati. Upam, da kdo ne zameri ampak preprosto brati ”Zakaj, Gretchen, ..”, ”Zakaj, Caroline…” na začetku skoraj vsake povedi je bilo grozno. Na vsake toliko časa bi bilo super ne pa na skoraj vsak odstavek.

Peta stvar (očitno je res veliko stvari, ki so me zmotile :D), je bil pogovor med Gretchen in Caroline. Gretchen je npr. začela pripovedovati nekaj in potem je rekla, da bosta raje se poogovorili drugil, ker je zelo dolga zgodba. Mislim, če že začneš z njo, zakaj ne bi še dokončala?? Ugh.

To je bila zelo ”čisti” roman (in mislim zelo – glavna junaka se v celi zgobi sploh ne poljubita!), kar ni nekaj kar normalno berem in mi tudi ni všeč. Zgodbe najbrž sploh ne bi brala, če bi vedela za to. Zaradi tega bi jo uvrstila pod Christian Romance, kar bi lahko prevedli kot pobožni roman. Ne vem, če obstaja prevod v slovenščino, za kar se sicer opravičujem, če to ni pravi izraz. Morda duhovni? Verski se mi ne zdi pravi izraz, kristjanski roman se pa tudi čudno sliši. Eden izmed razlogov zakaj bi ga uvrstila sem (kot pobožnega) je, ker je veliko govora o Bogu. Kar me ne moti, ker sem tudi sama kristjanka, vendar ponovno – to ni nekaj kar ponavadi berem. Sama imam rada malce drame v romanu med junakoma in podobno. Po Urban Dictionaryju je Christian Romance opredeljeno kot ”kadar ženska/moški počaka s seksom do poroke in ju s partnerjem veže vera ne toliko ljubezen”. Sedaj, če se kdo zapiči v to, moram reči, da ne vem, ali je junakinja imela spolne odnose s svojim zaročencem (z Roderickom sigurno ne), ker to ni omenjeno, vendar to, da ta roman uvrščam med pobožne, je izključno moje mnenje zaradi tega, ker se junaka nista poljubila (v bistvu je šlo le za poljube na lice) in ker je veliko govora o Bogu. Sem pa dobila občutek, da glavna junaka nekaj čutita drug do drugega, vendar med njima ni bilo izrečenega ”ljubim te” ali kaj podobnega kot je ponavadi v drugih romanih, ki jih berem oziroma sem jih prebrala.

Očitno se zgodba nadaljuje v drugi knjigi, kar nisem vedela pred branjem, saj se drugače te knjige ne bi pritaknila (druga knjiga izide v letu 2019). Nima nekega dramatičnega cliffhangerja, ker je konec zelo odprt (lahko bi tudi rekla, da ga ni), kar spet ni nekaj česar sem vajena v knjigah, ki jih berem. Raje bi imela cliffhanger kot pa ta odprt konec, ugh.

Nekateri bi tej knjigi dali več, in tudi jaz ji bi, vendar ker to ni nekaj, kar ponavadi berem (ker gre zgodba tako počasi, fokus je na drugih temah ne na glavnih junakih in ker ni neke kemije, dotikanja med junakoma), tej zgodbi dajem tri zvezdice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

*se samo meni zdi, ali sem ”to ni nekaj, kar ponavadi berem” napisala res velikokrat? Ups. 🙂

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan

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Title // Naslov: The Room Mate

Author // Avtorica: Kendall Ryan

Release Date // Datum izdaje: January 24th 2017 (24. januar 2017)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb: The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start… I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: Nazadnje ko sem videla mlajšega brata svoje najboljše prijateljice, je bil piflar z zobnim aparatom. Ko se Cannon prikaže na vratih mojega stanovanja, da bo pri meni stanoval, pa se moje mnenje spremeni.
Sedaj štiriindvajsetleten s širokimi rameni, možat ter pregrešno seksi, bi ga najraje naskočila. Z več kot stodvainosemdeset centrimetri z mišicami pod njegovo majico s kratkimi rokavi, globokim seksi glasom in polnimi ustnicami, ki se privijejo v nasmešek, ko me opazuje, je popolna skušnjava.
Ker je ravno prestal zoprno razmerje, noče nobenega zapletanja. Še dobro, da se lahko uprem, kajne?

Po tretji noči najinega sporazuma, ko se malce napijeva, pa mi prizna njegovo največjo skrivnost: pri seksu je preklet. Očitno je bog v postelji in se ženske takoj zaljubijo vanj.

Temu ne verjamem in to mu bom tudi dokazala. Ni mogoče, da bi se pri tem zaljubila v Cannona. Toda ko enkrat začneva ugotovim, da je bilo staviti proti njemu morda moja navečja napaka…

My thoughts:

The Room Mate was great! (also the cover is hot!)

First, there’s the younger hero. He’s twenty-four, she’s twenty-eight.

He had problems with his ex-girlfriends. They were all a little crazy so he needed to move before the start of his residency (he’s a doctor). Fortunately, the best friend of his sister, who has an extra room, is also his childhood crush. So they started living together… But then one day he told her his khm… manhood is cursed. And she wanted to test that and that leads to many awesome nights… until one day they get caught and that’s the moment they had to face the consequences.

I did love the banter between them but one thing that did bother me was how their private parts were mentioned (twice) as hoo-ha, which to me sounded childish. It’s for adults, you can say it as it is. 

I don’t see this book as anything special, it has a dual POV and it’s standalone. 4,5 stars. It’s not something I’d read again but I’ll definitely keep an eye on this author.

 

Moje misli:

Knjiga mi je bila všeč (naslovnica pa tudi 😉 ).

Kot prvo, zelo redko se zgodi, da je junak mlajši od glavne junakinje in v tej knjigi se zgodi prav to (on ima 24 let, ona 28).

Cannon je imel težave s svojimi bivšimi puncami. Vse so bile malce zmešane zato se je moral za dva meseca nekam preseliti. Na srečo je najboljša prijateljica njegove starejše sestre, v katero je bil že od malega malce zatreskan, oddajala sobo. Nato začneta živeti skupaj, dokler ji nekega dne ne pove, da je njegova khm…moškost prekleta. Seveda želi Paige preveriti to hipotezo, kar pripelje do nekaj prekrasnih noči…dokler nekega dne nista zasačena in se morata soočiti s posledicami.

Všem mi je bilo njuno draženje; edina stvar, ki pa me je motila v knjigi, je bilo to, da je avtorica privatne dele dvakrat opredelila kot hoo-ha. Zdelo se mi je smešno in otročje.

Knjiga je preprosta, dokaj lahka za branje. Bere se tako iz njenega kot njegovega vidika, stoji sama zase (ni nobenih cliffhangerjev). Ni knjiga, ki bi jo brala še enkrat, vendar bom pa zagotovo sledila delom te avtorice.

4,5 zvezdice.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

Scandalous London: Series Bundle (Scandalous London #1-3) by Tamara Gill

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Title // Naslov: Scandalous London: Series Bundle (Scandalous London #1-3)

Author // Avtorica: Tamara Gill

Release Date // Datum izdaje: November 29th 2016 (29. november 2016)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman; Historical Fiction, zgodovinsko leposlovje

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This bundle includes three novellas.

The blurb of all three:

~A Gentleman’s Promise~

Against her better judgement, Charlotte King bows to family duty and marries a man who is not as he seems. Now trapped in a marriage of the worst kind, her life is an endless cycle of pain and fear. That is until Lord Helsing shows her another way to live…

Lord Mason Helsing walked away from the one woman he’d always cared for, but upon returning to London, he finds Charlotte is in a loveless and cruel marriage. Should he throw away the principles by which he lives and follow a different path than he ought?

But divorce for Charlotte means ruination. And Mason is relied upon to marry well and continue his family. Can they overcome the strictures of society and live the life they’ve always wanted? Or will they bow to pressure and do as society deems appropriate?

~A Captain’s Order~

Lady Eloise Bartholomew’s trip to Australia on the shirttails of her adventurous brother ends in tragedy when he dies from a fever. But with the conventions of English society suspended on the high seas, she finds passion and excitement in the arms of a rugged ship’s captain-only to be dumped back into the ton, still burning from the fire ignited in her and the loss of the only man she could ever loved.

More at home on his ship than dallying with the ton, Gabriel Lyons, now the Duke of Dale, intended never to set foot in London again. But when an elder brother dies, and the woman who claimed his heart over his love for the ocean brings him home, he knows he has to face the secrets of his past. He can only pray their love will survive the scandal that sent him away, the lies he has told her, and the duel he must fight for his honor and her hand.

~A Marriage Made in Mayfair~

Miss Suzanna March wished for one thing: the elusive, rakish charmer, Lord Danning. But after a frightful first season such dreams are impossible. That is until she returns to London, a new woman, and one who will not let the ton’s dislike of her stand in her way of gaining what she wants: revenge on the Lord who gave her the cut direct…

Lord Danning, unbeknown to his peers, is in financial strife and desperate to marry an heiress. Such luck would have it Miss Suzanna March fits all his credentials and seduction in his plan of action. Yes, the woman who returned from Paris is stronger, defiant, and a little argumentative, but it does not stop Lord Danning finding himself in awe and protective of her.
But will Suzanna fall for such pretty words from a charmer? Or will Lord Danning prove to Suzanna and himself that she is more than his ticket out of debtor’s prison…?

 

Ta knjiga vsebuje 3 kratke zgodbe.

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

~A Gentleman’s Promise~ (v slovenščini ni prevoda te knjige, zato naslovov ne bom prevajala) 

V nasprotju s svojo uvidevnostjo, se Charlotte King v skladu z družinsko dolžnostjo poroči z moškim, ki ni tak kot izgleda. Sedaj ujeta v najslabšem možnem zakonu, je njeno življenje krog bolečine in strahu. Dokler ji Lord Helsing ne pokaže drugačne plati življenja…

Lord Mason Helsing je odšel od edine ženske, ki mu je kaj pomenila. Ko se vrne v London, najde Charlotte v krutem zakonu brez ljubezni. Ali naj preneha živeti po svojih načelih in sledi drugi poti?

Ampak ločitev za Charlotte pomeni pogubo. Mason pa se mora poročiti dobro in nadaljevati družinski rod. Ali lahko premagata pravila družbe in živita življenje, ki sta si ga vedno želela? Ali pa se bosta vdala pritisku in naredila, kar družba zahteva od njiju?

~A Captain’s Order~

Izlet Lady Eloise Bartholomew v Avstralijo za sledmi njenega brata se konča s tragedijo, ko brat umre zaradi vročine. Ker pa pravila angleške družbe ne veljajo na valovih oceana, najde tam strast in veselje v objemu robatega kapitana – dokler ni vržena nazaj v družbo, s še vedno tlečim ognjem v njej in izgubo edinega moškega, ki ga je kdajkoli ljubila.

Bolj doma na ladji kot v družbi, Gabriel Lyons, sedaj vojvoda Dale, ne namerava še enkrat stopiti na londonska tla. Ampak ko starejši brat umre in ga ženska, ki mu je ukradla srce, pripelje domov, se mora soočiti s svojo preteklostjo. Lahko le upa, da bo njuna ljubezen premagala škandal, ki ga je poslal stran, laži, ki ji je povedal in dvoboj, ki ga mora izbojevati za svojo čast in njeno roko.
~A Marriage Made in Mayfair~

Gospodična Suzanna March si želi le eno: izmikajočega se, predrznega očarljivca Lorda Danninga. Ampak po katastrofalni prvi sezoni so take sanje nemogoče. Dokler se ne vrne v London, drugačna in taka, ki ne bo dopustila, da bo odpor družbe stal na poti k temu, kar želi: maščevanju lordu, ki jo je odrezal od družbe…

Lord Danning, je v hudih finančnih škripcih zato se mora nujno poročiti z dedinjo. Še sreča da gospodična Suzanna March ustreza vsem njegovim kriterijem zato načrtuje zapeljevanje. Ženska, ki se je vrnila iz Pariza je morda močnejša, kljubovalna in prepirljiva, vendar to ne ustavi lorda Danninga, da si je ne bi želel zaščititi. Vendar ali bo Suzanna padla na besede očarljivca? Ali pa bo lord Danning dokazal Suzanni in sebi, da je ona več kot le vozovnica pred zaporom za dolžnike?

 

My thoughts:

Okay, first I have to say I love the covers. I’m one of those people that are a little judgy when it comes to covers. It’s what always catches my eye. In this case, I love the font, the dress, everything.

Now to the novellas.

The first one is about a woman, trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband is violent and he often hits her. Lord Helsing offers her help but she doesn’t want to leave her husband because that would mean a scandal to her family and she also needs to have in mind her little sister who needs to marry well. I have to say that I don’t like how Charlotte tells him they can’t be together but then, later on, she suddenly changes her mind and is all ”well, we should leave all this behind and be together”. So I’m giving this novella 3 stars.

The second one was way more steamy than the first one. I figured about the scandal and what was it about before it was even mentioned later what it was. I love the chemistry between the characters although I’d like to know more about their time together on the seas. But I guess it would do for a novella… 4 stars.

The third one was about seduction and revenge. To be honest, there was little seduction. I don’t remember anything that would stand out so I’m giving it 3 stars.

Moje misli:

Okay, najprej moram povedati, da obožujem naslovnice. Sem ena izmed tistih ljudi, ki so malce obsojajoči, ko pride do naslovnic. Čeprav pravijo ”Ne sodi knjig po platnici”, je to pri meni prvo, kar mi pade v oči. Pri tej knjigi mi je všeč pisava, barva oblek, res vse. 

Sedaj pa h kratkim zgodbam.

Prva je o ženski, ki je ujeta v zakonu brez ljubezni. Njen mož je nasilen in jo pogosto udari. Lord Helsing ji ponudi pomoč, vendar ona ne želi zapustiti moža, ker bi to pomenilo škandal za njeno družino, razmišljati pa mora tudi o svoji mlajši sestri, ki še mora stopiti v družbo in se dobro poročiti. Moram reči, da mi ni bil všeč ta preskok iz ”ne morem biti s tabo in zapustiti moža” k ”morda pa bi morala oditi in pustiti to vse za sabo ter samo biti skupaj nekje daleč stran od Londona”. Zato prvi zgodbi dam 3 zvezdice.

Druga zgodba ima veliko bolj vročih trenutkov kot prva. O čem se gre pri škandalu sem ugotovila že kmalu po branju, čeprav je bila njegova vsebina omenjena veliko kasneje. Všeč mi je bila kemija med junakoma, želela pa bi več izvedeti o njunem skupnem času na morju. Čeprav bi bila najbrž zgodba potem veliko daljša… 4 zvezdice za tole zgodbo.

Tretja je o zapeljevanju in maščevanju, čeprav meni se ni zdelo, da bi bilo veliko zapeljevanja notri. Resnično se ne spomnim ničesar omembe vrednega, zato tej dajem 3 zvezdice.

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Aren’t they fantastic? A niso fenomenalne naslovnice?

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Once Upon a Player by Christina Phillips

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Title // Naslov: Once Upon a Player

Author // Avtorica: Christina Phillips

Release Date // Datum izdaje: July 13th 2018 (13. julij 2018)

Genre// Žanr: Contemporary Romance,  sodobni roman; Romance, roman

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Blurb: [Violet]

When my mum gets sick, I volunteer to fill in for her and clean some hot jock’s penthouse. I’ve heard all the rumors about him, so the plan is get in, clean some toilet bowls, and get out. After my last experience with a “sports hero,” I’m done with that sort of guy.

But Lucas Carter is full of surprises. He wants to help me clean and is nothing like the toad the press has made him out to be. Resistance may be futile for some girls, but not me. Then he asks me to help him with the interior design of his new place. I can’t say, no. It’s going to look great on my resume.

Unfortunately, spending time with Lucas is dangerous. He’s so charming and sweet, but I can’t let myself forget––once a player, always a player.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: [Violet]

Ko je moja mater zbolela, sem se prostovoljno javila, da jo bom nadomestila pri čiščenju razkošnega podstrešnega stanovanja nekega vročega športnika. Slišala sem govorice o njem, zato je načrt ta, da grem noter, počistim nekaj straniščnih školjk in odidem. Po moji zadnji izkušnji s ”športnim junakom”, sem končala s takšnimi fanti.

Ampak Lucas Carter je poln presenečenj. Želi mi pomagati pri čiščenju in je čisto drugačen od odvratne osebe, kakršnega ga predstavljajo mediji. Upirati se je morda jalovo početje za nekatera dekleta, vendar to ne velja zame. Potem pa mi reče naj mu pomagam renovirati novo stanovanje. Ne morem reči ne. Izgledalo bo fantastično v mojem življenjepisu.

Na žalost, preživljanje časa z Lucasom je nevarno. Prijazen je in očarljiv, vendar ne smem pozabiti – enkrat igralec, vedno igralec.

My thoughts:

I love sports romance and I’m always happy when I can get my hands on one. Lucas is a football player who can’t play because of the injury. So he’s doing his physical appointments with his therapist and waiting till he gets the all clear to start playing again. After one of his parties in the new apartment, he meets Violet who is there to clean.

Now, if I stop here, I have to say that I love my sports romance including just a little about sport or playing, or anything other related. Unfortunately (or maybe I missed it), I don’t know much how Lucas got hurt in the first place and the book doesn’t mention it in the next chapters. I am assuming it’s on the field, but still… I’d like to know more.

In the next couple of days, they started to get to know each other more. Lucas is intrigued because she’s one of the rare people who doesn’t fall for him at the first sight and they start to become friends. Violet is still careful after what her ex-boyfriend did to her but she’s over him and she tells Lucas why they can’t become more than friends. But things started to escalate once he invites her to celebrate his birthday with his family. 

I like this book, but no matter how light it was to read, I still miss more. More about his injury, more about her mother’s illness, more drama, just more. The reason why they ”broke up” is because he assumed and she didn’t tell him the truth about her mum even though he told her about his. When they realized they apologize to each other and that’s it. I like more drama, more plot. Many questions were left unanswered: Is there a book about Will (his friend) and Mac (his sister)? What about his dad and their family friend? Are they a couple?

While this was my first read by this author and I’ll definitely follow her works, I can’t get past this, so I’m giving this book 4 stars.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Moje misli:

Obožujem športne romane in vedno sem vesela, ko dobim v roke kakšnega. Lucas je igralec nogometa, ki ne more igrati zaradi poškodbe. Zato obiskuje fizioterapije in čaka, da dobi dovoljenje za ponovno igranje. Po eni izmed zabav sreča Violet, ki je tam, da stanovanje počisti. 

Če se ustavim tukaj, moram reči, da imam rada, da športni romani vsebujejo vsaj malce športa, igre, česarkoli v povezavi s športom. Na žalost (morda pa sem to spregledala), nisem nikoli izvedela kako natančno se je Lucas poškodoval in v knjigi kasneje tudi ni nič omenjeno. Predvidevam, da se je poškodoval na igrišču, vendar še vedno… rada bi izvedela več o tem.

V naslednjih nekaj dnevih se začneta glavna junaka bolje spoznavati. Lucasa Violet zanima, ker je ena izmed redkih ljudi, ki ne padajo za njim že takoj, ko ga srečajo in kmalu postaneta prijatelja. Violet je še vedno previdna po vsem, kar ji je bivši fant naredil in jo s svojimi dejanju prizadel, vendar ga je že prebolela. Lucasu tudi pove, zakaj ne moreta biti več kot prijatelja. Vendar njun odnos se začne razvijati, ko jo Lucas povabi na srečanje z družino za njegov rojstni dan.

Knjiga mi je bila všeč, vendar ne glede na to, kako lahkotno branje je, sem še vedno pogrešala več. Več o njegovi poškodbi, več športa, več o bolezni, ki jo ima Violetina mater, več drame, preprosto več. Razlog, zakaj sta začasno končala je ta, da je on predvideval stvari, ona pa mu ni povedala resnico o svoji materi, čeprav ji je on povedal o svoji. Ko ugotovita, kako neumna sta bila, ker si nista zaupala in ker sta eden o drugem predvidevala le najhujše, se opravičita drug drugemu in to je to. Sama imam rada več dogajanja, več zapletanja. Veliko vprašanj je bilo neodgovorjenih: Njegov prijatelj Will in njegova sestra Mac imata očitno neko kemijo, vendar ne vem, ali sta kaj imela, ali je morda o njima napisana naslednja knjiga; nekaj podobnega je tudi pri njegovem očetu in družinski prijateljici. Ali se morda res skriva več med njima tako kot je predvidevala Violet?

Čeprav je bila to moja prva knjiga te avtorice in bom zagotovo spremljala njene naslednje knjige, pa tej zaradi zgoraj naštetega žal ne morem dati več kot 4 zvezdice.

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Hotel Lavanda by Sabina Štrubelj

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Title //  Naslov: Hotel Lavanda

Author // Avtorica: Sabina Štrubelj

Release Date // Datum izdaje: 2015 

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance // sodobni roman, Romance // roman

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Blurb: Valentina has everything: a perfect man, perfect apartment and a perfect job. But in just one week everything changes – she is now single, jobless and living with her parents. Thankfully, a funny looking lawyer came one day and tried to convince her that she inherited a hotel in Provence from a stranger. She decided to check if he is telling the truth so she drives all the way to France, towards her biggest adventure. Is she ready for everything she will find out there?

Povzetek iz zadnje strani: Valentina ima vse: popolnega moškega, lepo stanovanje in službo, v kateri uživa. V tednu dni pa se ji življenje sesuje kot hišica iz kart – kar naenkrat je samska, brezposelna in spet živi pri mami. Še dobro, da se je pred kratkim na njenih vratih pojavil smešni francoski odvetnik in jo skušal prepričati, da je od neznanca podedovala hotel v Provansi. Odloči se, da bo preverila, ali je kaj na tem, zato se s puntom odpelje v Francijo, največji dogodivščini svojega življenja naproti. Pa je pripravljena na vse, kar bo tam izvedela?

My thoughts:

If you ever read Jenny Colgan, Jane Costello and/or Sophie Kinsella then I can say this is the book for you because it has combined humour, charm and lightness of all three authors. But at the same time, it is also mysterious. Why? Because Valentina’s grandma said the man she inherited her hotel from is actually grandma’s cousin. After she moved to France, Valentina realized, grandma lied not just about a man but also about living there decades ago. How are her grandma and the man connected? I have wondered during the book if I am that smart to figure it all out or is Valentina that dumb. But at the end of the book, everything changes and all questions are answered.

Valentina is a very interesting and inspiring character who turns her life around after the loss of her job and boyfriend. She moves to France to start a new life. Shockingly, her hotel is not what she thought it would be so she hires local guys to help her change it. She falls in love but the questions remain: Why her? Who is a man who gave her a hotel?

This was my first book by this author and also the first book by a Slovenian author (the last book by one of them left me confused and angry so I just couldn’t finish it) after a long time. It was very well written, page-turning at the moment and I really couldn’t put it down. The author wrote some beautiful scenes, therefore, you can really imagine lavender fields and the view of them. The book also contains humorous scenes, which in most times are caused by Valentina’s crazy grandma.

I’m giving Hotel Lavanda four and a half stars because sometimes I really wanted to smack Valentina for being stupid even though it is obvious what is going on. Too bad the book is not translated into English because I am sure it could get a lot of readers (and fans!) 🙂

Moje misli:

Knjiga se vsekakor lahko primerja s tujimi uspešnicami. Zgodba ima lahkotnost Jenny Colgan, očarljivost Jane Costello in humor Sophie Kinselle. Hkrati pa se ohranja misterioznost v ravno pravšnji meri, da se kot bralec sprašuješ ali si morda že od začetka ugotovil konec knjige ali pa te ta lahko preseneti. In seveda te.

Valentina je zelo zanimiv in navdihujoč karakter, ki ob nenadni izgube službe in fanta, svoje življenje obrne na glavo in se preseli v Francijo, kjer je podedovala hotel. Tam je priča popolnemu šoku, vendar se kmalu opomore in s pomočjo vaščanov hotel popolnoma preuredi. Pri tem se zaljubi v moškega, ki ji pomaga pri preureditvi, vendar pa se še vedno pojavlja vprašanje, zakaj ravno ona? Kdo je moški, ki ji je zapustil hotel?

Poleg glavne junakinje ima eno izmed pomembnih vlog tudi babica, saj je moškega poznala. Vendar pa do konca knjige ni jasno, kaj je babici ta moški pomenil. Valentina odkrije, da ji je babica zamolčala kar nekaj stvari, ki se skozi zgodbo počasi razkrivajo. Ji babica prikriva še kaj? Kaj vse bo iz preteklosti še prišlo na dan?
Avtorica pričara veliko pravljičnih prizorov zaradi katerih si mesta (še posebno polja sivke) lahko predstavljaš, hkrati pa ohranja preprostost, humor (tega zagotovi v največji meri odštekana babica) in očarljivost.

Knjigi dajem 4,5 zvezdic v barvi sivke! Pol zvezdice odbitka predvsem zato, ker mi glavna junakinja na trenutke ni bila všeč, motila so me pa tudi dejanja babice iz preteklosti, saj se je večino časa ravnala po svoji presoji neupoštevajoč ljudi, katere resnica bi lahko kasneje prizadela.

Vsekakor pa avtorica na katero bom morala biti pozorna. Škoda je le, da ni na voljo tudi v angleščini, da bi tudi drugi bralci imeli možnost prebrati to prečudovito zgodbo 🙂

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My first post

Hello there! In case you’re wondering, today I am starting this blog and I’ll try everytime to post as soon as I finish reading. There will be days when I will not update regularly, because I won’t have time but I will try to update at least once a week.

You can follow me on Goodreads, I’m thinking of having a Facebook page too but I don’t know if somebody will actually read it. But I think it’s a good way of reminding you of new posts, isn’t it?  🙂

I’ve always wanted to have a blog, I just didn’t know of what to write of. Lately, the book blog was in my mind, so I said to myself: ”Why not?” I hope I’ll like blogging as much as I like reading. 🙂

But since it is my first blog I think it is fair to write some interesting (or not) facts about me… So, here they are:

  1. I am lazy. It’s maybe not a good way to start with this fact, but it is true. I often get weary of doing something and just stop doing it, so I really hope I won’t stop blogging after a week or two.
  2. My favourite colour is blue. It reminds me of sea, summer and happy days, which is a little ironic, because blue in considered as a cool colour.
  3. I started to collect bookmarks a couple years ago and now I just can’t stop it. I have more than 100 of them and I can’t bring myself to throw them away even though I am not using 85 % of them. Some of them just reminds me of something, someone or some place.
  4. English is not my first language, Slovenian is.
  5. I eat waaay too much chocolate and other sweets. I often say I am going on a diet, but they usually last an hour until I get hungry.
  6. I started buying books a year or two ago and now I am trying to stop before it gets out of hand.
  7. Before buying, I usually borrow a book in the library to see, if it is worth being on my shelf.
  8. I am kind of scared of dogs. Small, big, doesn’t matter.
  9. People often said I am funny. I think so too (not to be self-centered because I hate people who are) 😛
  10. I like maths. I calculate the change before the cashier say it.
  11. I have this great ideas in my head of my future movies and books. I tried to start a book and it didn’t work out very well (see the first fact). So, my movies and books will probably never see the light of day.
  12. I like tea.

These are all I can think of right now. Do you have any interesting facts about yourself? 🙂

 

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