Finally back from London and with a heavy heart, saying goodbye to the Romance Author and Reader Event 2018. This was the first time I attended a book event like this one, and all I can say is… it was a blast!
When I arrived an hour earlier, there were already about a thousand people waiting in line despite 0°C and icy wind, but even the weather couldn’t crush our spirits, and I found myself chatting with people who came from France, Greek, and even Canada. I arrived with the plane to UK and didn’t have anything with me except my business cards and my mobile phone, so it was crazy to see so many people with bags and suitcases full of paperbacks and other stuff.
I loved chatting with Alexa Riley, she’s super sweet. Also Aleatha Romig was quite chatty and fun to talk with. Cat Porter was a little shy, I guess, and didn’t talk much, but I love her books nonetheless. My personal highlight was definitely talking to Karen Lynch. I read her YA/PNR series “Relentless” I think 7 or 8 years ago (back in stone age when I still had the first kindle Amazon ever launched, the one with the click wheel and the tiny light on top) and I loved her work ever since. I was super thrilled when she got the New York Times bestseller for it last year – she definitely deserved it! We chatted a lot, and she couldn’t believe it when I told her that she was my main inspiration for becoming an author. Of course, when she asked about my name and how my books were called, I started stuttering like crazy because why would an amazing, international bestselling author like her know my name, least of all my books?
Unfortunately, I was too slow to get a picture with Colleen Hoover and EL James, but I managed to take one with Jodi Ellen Malpas (after waiting one and a half hour in line!). I absolutely adore her – she doesn’t only write great stories but is also super nice and super pretty :D
As always the star of the event was Stuart Reardon - so glad I could take a picture with him, he's an absolute charmer!
After five hours of running like crazy through the entire book event, I was totally exhausted, but it was so worth it! Definitely worth considering to visit RARE in Berlin or Rome next time 😊
I’m quite torn about how many stars to give for Racer by Katy Evans. To be honest, I had high expectations considering she’s a world-wide bestseller and has good rating, but I also have to admit that I was a little disappointed. The cover definitely deserves five shining stars (this man is simply gorgeous and absolutely fitting for the main character). But I can’t give the story more than 3 stars.
The books started out really great. I liked that Katy writes about an F1 racer, this is definitely unique. But then, the story gets lost in the middle. Everything between 20-70% of the book is a little chaotic. First, there were too many chapters, some of them barely two pages long. I don’t like that because it disrupts the flow, but this is really just my personal preference. Second, most chapters have 20% story and 80% sex. Yes, I know it’s an erotic romance, but the story needs to stay in focus. I also found the relationship between the two started too early (ok, I admit I prefer the prolong-it-until-the-inevitable-happens trope). There was no continuous buildup. Third, the character creation didn’t convince me at times. Racer is great but Lana is a little too generic. He falls in love with her right at the beginning (and knows he wants to marry her a few days later?), but what is it that he likes so much about her? What makes him love her? What makes her different than the others?
And then there’s the writing style which only gets 2 stars from me. I’m brutal, I know, and I’m really sorry. I don’t have anything against keeping it simple, but this style is not for me, I’m afraid. Too many repetitions, too much senseless dialogue, too many sentences starting with He/She. Where Katy tried to use some beautiful words, they felt as if she forced them into the sentence.
BUT I’m giving the story 4 stars because I did enjoy it in general and got hooked up with Racer pretty quickly.
LJ Shen has become my new favorite author. Sparrow is one of her earlier works, but it is just as great as her other books I already dived into. I couldn’t help but notice that LJ likes to use the same trope every time – hot-as-hell, bad ass, crazy-rich hero with a crappy attitude and an ego bigger than Mount Everest along with the shy, innocent, average-looking heroine with a good heart and the right sense for moral, starting out as a hate-your-guts encounter and turning into a I-know-it’s-wrong-but-can’t-help-it love lasting for all eternity. LJ uses the same hook in Midnight Blue, her rock star romance, and Vicious, Book#1 in the contemporary Sinners of Saints series, but still, it never gets old.
The reason I didn’t buy this book for a long time was the cover as it looks like a cover that promises some kind of fantasy or paranormal romance story with the black wings and flames. While I’m open to a variety of different genres (myself being an author for all kinds of romance stories), I didn’t know what to expect when diving into this book after reading the Sinners of Saints series. To be honest, the cover is seriously misleading, but nevertheless, LJ managed to create another masterpiece that made me laugh, cry and curse at the same time. I laughed for a full minute with tears in my eyes after reading, “He was like the IKEA canvas pictures of London and New York in bachelor apartments, like fast food, like Starsbucks, like a freaking Macbook Air for a preppy student—mainstream and well liked.” Such a great description for Troy “The Fixer” Brennan! I just love LJ’s metaphors and how she dips everything into a good portion of sarcasm—it’s just one of her many talents.
As always, I couldn’t put the book down, reading it in 3 days while cursing my full-time job for interrupting me during my escape-from-reality tour. But thanks for the nice distraction, LJ!
Happy Valentine's, my lovely readers!
I hope you're all having a fabulious day. If not, how about a heartbreaking love story to swoon over? On this special day, I'm giving away my debut novel In Blood We Trust, so if you're looking for some Romantic Suspense mixed with Steamy Romance, this book is the perfect distraction. Dive into this Dystopian Romance and meet sex-on-a-stick ex-marine Aiden Davis!
I loved the Steel & Stone series, and Annette Marie’s Spell Weaver series is just as great. I think I liked Book#2 even more than Book#1 because the ending was really great even if it again leaves you seriously cliffhanging!
Annette has such a great skill to build worlds and make the setting believable. I love how she created the “spell weaver profession”, and how she describes the different castes and worlds.
Everything she writes is so natural, it feels as if it’s just reality. Her writing style is simple but pretty, always accurate and to the point, and the editing is – as usual – absolutely flawless. I think what’s even better than Book#2 in this trilogy is the fact that Book#3 will be released soon, lol.
What was also pretty cool was how Annette managed to include Ash & Piper in the story, and how she describes Ash & Lyre’s relationship. Ever since reading the Steel & Stone series, you know that there’s some sort of comradeship between both Underworlders, but you also sense that they are not BFFs because Ash is just… well, Ash.
But what really blew me off guard was that, although they try to kill each other for whatever reasons, they don’t hate each other. Ash is, to some extent, Lyre’s most feared enemy, whereas on the other hand, he’s also his savior – this is absolutely brilliant because it shows that not every enemy or villain needs to be pure evil. It’s way more interesting if not everything is simply black and white. Ash is one of his many enemies, but he’s still likeable and his character melts easily with the Steel & Stone series.
Another plus point, especially for new readers – it doesn’t matter in which order you read the trilogies. Maybe the books are even better if you start with Spell Weaver first, who knows :)
Attention Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy lovers! A Flare Of Sorrow, Book#3 in the Jaylior Series will be released early this year - 03-09-2018 - so save the date or preorder it on Amazon.
He failed to save them—his soulmate, his brother, and her sister.
He swore to protect her.
Now he broke his promise a fourth time.
Haylie was glad her Awakening was over. She finally had control over her power and could wield it to defend herself and the ones she loved. Her luck was short lived, though, when she suddenly found herself in yet another compound—kidnapped and betrayed by someone she’d thought was on her side.
The rage Dylan felt since his precious Natural had been snatched away under his watchful eyes was all consuming. The only thing grounding him was the thread of hope of finding Haylie and getting her out of wherever she was—alive. Because if he lost her, he would never find another reason to fight through another day...
Dive into the third book of the Hate-turns-to-Love Urban Fantasy Series JAYLIOR, full of suspense, slow-burn romance, and shamefully hot Dylan Dwight who would do everything in his power to bring back the woman he loves.
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