lundi 15 septembre 2014

The Mane Event (Pride 1) by Sherry Laurenston

Hello to all,

 Looks like Septembre will offer us a few sunny days at least and i quite crave days without rain at the moment.. but back to the reading planning.

This month i will try to finish what i received for review while still taking time for my crafting activities but first i want to share with you my discoveries in the paranormal genre about shifters but to change a little i will tell you about feline shifters: lions in particular. This will be a topic for the next week.( Don't worry i don't plan to read only about them either ;) )

So Let's start with a book "The Mane Event" which includes  not one but two stories for your reading pleasure.


Happy Reading

Publisher: Brava
Publication: 2007
ISBN:  0758220367
Genre: paranormal romance, shifters
Violence: mild

Language: mild
sex: strong
Public: 18+
Source: won

Description from goodreads :

Christmas Pride

How come all the good-looking ones are insane?
That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. It isn't just the way he stares at her with those too-sexy gold eyes―as if he could devour her on the spot. Or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal bod-o-death. It isn't even that he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle. It's more about that disconcerting, shifting-from-man-to-lion thing that unhinges her...and makes her want more.

Mace likes making Dez crazy. In fact, he likes her any way he can get her―in bed, on the desk, here, now, again. Together, they'd always been trouble, but Dez has no idea just how good trouble can feel...


Shaw's Tail

Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves. He didn't think he'd survive the night, much less find the woman of his dreams. And he never thought the woman of his dreams would have a Tennessee accent and wear cowboy boots. Once he sets his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go.


Ronnie Lee Reed is ready to change her life, and New York City is the place where any girl―even one who runs with a Pack―can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion-shifting, oh-my-what-big-um-paws-you-have men. Then again...

My opinion:
          A Christmas Pride was an enjoyable story despite the really explicit and numerous steamy sex scenes. I don’t mind a little but I felt as it was too much for the length of the story.  Also I found strange that  it’s the fact that he is a shifter that makes Dez accept Mace… I didn’t want her to be racist or anything but she doesn’t have to adjust at all and in matter of minutes they are in bed together? Man or shifter I don’t care but it was too quick, not realistic.

The investigation was not really part of the story either yes there is a murder a yes we learn who but it’s all secondary the “romance” is first and foremost.
The thing that made this one interesting for me was that it focused mostly on feline shifters, lions especially, and it’s a first for me. I’ve already encountered different kind of feline shifters as secondary characters ( hey even Curran is a lion and main character) but it’s the first time I’m reading about a group.  Let say that they are far, far from my favourites ^^;;  but Mace being more wolf than lion in his behaviour helped to make him good even he is  too oppressive for my taste

The secondary characters were really funny as well like smitty’s pack and I would love to see more of them so if you want a story with lot of steamy explicit scene, shifters and some humour you can try this one

Shaw’s Tail is the second story in this book and it takes place directly after the events of the previous story, or to be more exact it starts during the events at the end of “a Christmas Pride” as it focus on Shaw point of view of said events and their consequences.

 Brendon Shaw did not really catch my interest before but I’m glad this one is about him because he is the kind of alpha I love. Yes he is a lion but he never really gave power to the females quite the opposite because he wants to take care of his cubs ( which is rare)… he didn’t grow up in a pride so his childhood was quite different from other breeding male and for him the family come first as the loyalty. I can’t resist one like that. However honestly… right at this moment the one I want to learn more about is his younger brother Mitch he sounds perfect as well ( meaning not the general lion submissive and being traded off)

Ronnie is a surprising character… she made me smile a few times but I really can’t connect with her. I really can’t recognise myself in her at all and thus it’s not one that I like but  she is funny sometimes, determined and protective which are quality I love. She is a good match for Brendon I guess.

It was interesting to see Mace and Dez again of course even if it’s only for a few appearances we could see how their relationship evolved during the few days after Christmas and it was funny and touching.
Now the style of the story doesn’t change at all and the steamy scenes are even more numerous, some I would say are erotica without a doubt and once again it made love the story less as I didn’t feel it was needed that much. However in this second story we have more humour as well and a lion dancing mambo is impossible to resist^^;;


If you want some feline shifters this is a series you can pick if you love steamy, if you prefer sweet romance better to pass this one

Score:  3/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


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lundi 8 septembre 2014

Witch Song ( tome1) par Amber Argyle

Bonjour à tous!


                Cet été un livre qui a attiré mon attention depuis sa sortie aux Etats-Unis c'est enfin vu publié en français par une toute jeune mais prometteuse maison d'éditions " Lumen"! Je voulais au début partager mon avis à son sujet lors de la parution le 28 août cependant la fièvre de la rentrée accaparait un peu trop les esprits et je craignais que vous ne soyez pas assez disponible or ce livre en vaut la peine.

Maintenant que la rentrée c'est faite et que les horaires sont distribués, les derniers achats effectués bref que la pression est retombée je tiens à vous faire connaître " Witch Song" premier tome de la série du même nom par Amber Argyle.
Pour l’anecdote, Amber Argyle fait face en ce moment à des ennuis de santé alors si vous lisez ce livre n'hésitez pas à la contacter pour lui dire merci ou simplement partager vos impressions cela lui fera certainement plaisir.

Sans plus tarder donc voici mon opinion sur Witch Song et; mesdames et messieurs instituteurs et professeurs de français veuillez prendre ce titre en considération pour motiver vos élèves à la lecture ;)


Bonne Lecture
Editeur VF: Lumen 2014
Titre original: Witch Song  ( edited 2011)
Genre: fantasy,YA
Violence:  niveau moyen

Langage: normal
Public: +12ans

Prix : 15euro
Obtenu : copie en échange d’un avis honnête

Quatrième de couverture de l'éditeur Lumen:

Dans les profondeurs de la forêt, à l'abri de la haine des habitants du village voisin, Brusenna mène une existence paisible aux côtés de sa mère. Elle sait simplement qu'elle est une sorcière, une des Gardiennes de la nature qui contrôlent les éléments par la force de leur chant. Quand, un matin, sa mère l’abandonne pour aller combattre un ennemi dont elle ignore tout, le monde de Brusenna bascule.

Jeune et sans expérience, elle se retrouve seule dans un pays ravagé par la sécheresse, où se lève le vent de la guerre. Les Chasseurs ne tardent pas à la débusquer, car elle est désormais la dernière. La dernière des sorcières. Avec une seule mission : survivre. Et un seul allié, le Protecteur chargé de l'amener à bon port.

La dernière des sorcières parviendra-t-elle à empêcher leur chant de s’éteindre ? Sous la plume ensorcelante d’Amber Argyle, suivez Brusenna sur les routes d’un monde menacé, quand une quête où ses choix peuvent sauver ou condamner les Hommes !


Avis:
          Envoûtant et émouvant, « Witch Song » tient vraiment ses promesses et même mieux que cela.

Commençons par la première impression : celle de la couverture. Un Travail magnifique vraiment ! Mathieu Samson est en charge de cet aspect des choses et il ne s’est pas contenté d’un copier/ copier de la version originale oh non. Le  type d’écriture du titre est changé et maintenant il correspond mieux au récit selon moi, il est aussi beaucoup plus attrayant. Ce n’est pas tout, l’illustration est plus claire et plus en avant que dans les autres éditions ce qui donne vraiment la sensation de pouvoir se perdre dans le regard de l’héroïne. C’est vraiment très bien fait, on est captivé dès le premier regard. La texture de la couverture souple est également très agréable au toucher.
Autrement dit, rien que concernant l’aspect extérieur c’est vraiment un bel  ouvrage et qui vaut largement les 15 euros demandés.

Toutefois le contenant  n’est qu’accessoire vis-à-vis du contenant or ici il  va de pair avec un très bon récit et Amber Argyle est parvenue à créer un univers dans lequel on prend plaisir à s’aventurer et se laisser entraîner. L’histoire n’est pas un récit initiatique même si l’héroïne Brusenna, dite Senna, découvre ses pouvoirs de sorcières progressivement ainsi que la force qu’elle a en elle. C’est vraiment un récit de fantasy.

Dès le départ, on s’attache à Senna qui tente de faire de son mieux, elle doute souvent d’elle ce qui parfois est un peu lassant mais c’est humain surtout qu’elle doit tout apprendre seule comme elle se retrouve être la dernière sorcière. Elle a grandit assez bien entre le début et la fin de ce tome et c’est principalement du à Joshen, son protecteur. Elle a une certaine innocence et bonne volonté qui nous donne vraiment envie de la suivre.
Joshen est le fils d’un protecteur aguerri et il a toujours voulu suivre ce chemin, cependant lorsqu’il aperçoit Senna c’est tout de suite beaucoup plus personnel. C’est un garçon volontaire et très loyal, nombreuses sont les lectrices qui rêveraient d’un pareil jeune homme si dévoué à leur côté.

Senna et Joshen sont parfaits ensemble mais la romance est assez secondaire dans ce récit et il ne faut pas vous attendre à plus qu’un baiser ou deux. L’action et la magie, elles, dominent. Dès les premières pages, on découvre la magie propre aux gardiennes (elles sont assez similaires  à des druidesses dans le sens où leur pouvoir est relié aux plantes et aux éléments) liés à leur chant. Elles sont chargées en fait de maintenant l’équilibre et d’aider au rythme des saisons… c’est vraiment positif mais comme souvent il y a des ignorants. Certains les craignent, les accusent de tout et de rien et d’autres les chassent, cette situation en a amenée certaines à se vouloirs asseoir leur pouvoir et vendre leur services dans une forme de vengeance pour ces traitements. Or c’est oublié qu’il y n a d’autres qui savent ce que les sorcières font et ce qu’elles offrent comme les protecteurs et ceux dont l’activité dépende de leur aide. Mais voilà les sorcières ont vu leurs rangs diminuer progressivement et la situation du monde s’est dégradée ce qui n’a fait que renforcer les hostilités.

C’est dans ce contexte que Senna découvre qu’il y a bien plus de chose liées à son chant que ce que sa mère lui a appris et une fois sur les routes elle va devoir faire de son mieux pour libérer les autres et que l’équilibre soit rétablis.
 L’action commence vraiment dès le départ et le rythme est assez soutenu de sorte que l’on est prit dans le récit et qu’on ne veut pas s’arrêter avant la fin. Les chapitres sont toutefois assez courts ce qui permet une lecture plus facile lorsque on l’a moins de temps et que l’on est forcé de faire une pause.

A mes yeux il n’y a que deux bémols à ce récit : si vous êtes un amoureux des animaux, que vous avez un petit cœur certains passages vont vous arracher des larmes tellement ils sont poignants et bien écrits. Le premier je peux le comprendre vu l’histoire à vrai dire je le redoutait dès el début. Le second non  pour ma sensibilité c’est trop et ils auraient pu trouver d’autres solutions (à noter aussi un qu’on semble simplement « oublié ». Je le précise c’est mon ressenti mais aussi la raison je ne peux pas donner une note parfaite.

Ensuite, le second point, je pense que j’aurai préféré si l’histoire s’était arrêtée à la fin du combat avec Espen et son résultat; et que les chapitres suivants soient inclus dans le tome 2. Pourquoi ? Simplement  du fait que c’est L’histoire de Senna et soudain elle se laisse dominer, effacer au point que certaines décisions sont prises- que je n’approuve pas- alors que logiquement  Senna aurait dû s’y opposer. Elle a des alliés, elle sait que les sorcières ont des partisans et pourtant elle les laisse passer au second plan oh une partie d’elle regrette mais je ne sais pas. Je pense qu’après tout ce qu’elle a vécu, ce qu’elle a apprit et fait elle aurait dû agir autrement et je crains vraiment  les conséquences que cela va avoir pour la suite.


Pour résumer : » Witch song » est vraiment un fabuleux récit dont je souhaite la suite avec impatience et que je recommande sans hésitation si vous aimez les récits avec de la magie, des personnages attachants et si vous recherchez un livre pour vous tenir en haleine.

Score:  4/5

Disclaimer: Toutes les opinions exprimées ici sont les miennes, il s’agit de d’un avis honnête et personnel. Aucune compensation n’a été fournie en échange de ce dernier.

Vous pouvez retrouvez Amber Argyle sur son site ( en anglais)



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vendredi 5 septembre 2014

Fantasy Lover (The Dark Hunterverse1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hello to all!

                   September is back and it also means that christmas is fast approaching. No need to stress yet but next week is my brother birthday and for that i need to stress because i'm not ready ( yes i'm more reading for Chritsmas than  for next week... go figure)

This summer i participated in my first books trade,  i had gifted books, was gifted some but i never did a book trade first because a lot of them are US only and then i don't have that many books i want / need to part with ( and those i have even new don't seem to be wanted). I was a little stressed too but when i saw on the list 2 books that had me tempted for so long i nearly forgot about them i had to try. Thanks Nyx for making this first experience such a good one!

So i got two books and today i will share my opinion on the first one....to resume i'm really glad i got it but let see why in detail.

Happy reading
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication: 2002
ISBN:  0312979975
Genre: paranormal romance
Violence: mild (few direct one but remembrance of torture)

Language: normal
sex: strong
Public: 18+
Source: book trade ( Thanks Nyx!!!!)

Description from goodreads :

 Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn't. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior's day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander's sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace--the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?


Julian of Macedon

My opinion:
          I’m delighted! This book was recommended to me ages ago but I don’t know I was a little afraid because some classified it as erotica and thus I didn’t go all my way to get my hands on it. Such a mistake because this is a fabulous paranormal romance with steamy scenes, yes but not erotica, at least in my opinion.

As you probably have learned by know it’s not the steamy scenes, even really hot ones, that bothers me but more how they are written and the reason of their existence in the story. For me it must make sense and the writing must not sound vulgar.
With Fantasy Lover I found one a story that really had me turning the pages alternating between smiling, laughing out loud or crying a little over sweet, touching moments. The writing style is flowing and easy to get immersed into, the vocabulary just what it needs to be and the space of the story just perfect.

I really enjoyed the mythology part as well as the historical one, it’s not a historical romance don’t worry however Julian is a Spartan from  the antiquity period and as such when the author gives us some element from his life before that takes place in the past yes. To say the least I’m really happy not to have been born a Spartan… I can try to understand why they acted how they did but still it sound too cruel for someone of this time. Julian’s life isn’t one I would feel envious of really he suffered so much that you want him to be free and happy. Yes I said free because not only his life has be more than hard and he suffered a lot then but some deities decided to make it worse and if you had any lessons in Greek mythology you know how devious and cruel those could be….. in this instance Julian was cursed to be a love slave…. Cruel enough when you know he was a proud and powerful general but add to that the fact his slavery is eternal, never ending. The curse made him stuck in a book and women can call him for one month he will have to give her pleasure then back to the book until another encounter which in several millennia can be quite spaced in time.

Even if he has some goddess’ blood in him, Julian isn’t that strong to suffer such a treatment during so long without being deeply affected by it. I appreciate the fact the author really took his psychology into account while building his character because it’s so well done.

Grace also is a great heroine, she is compassionate and strong in her own way. Her life hasn’t been as hard as Julian’s but she is also deeply scared which is the reason her friend Selena offer her Julian’s Book.  After having been deeply used (believe me her ex is one you would want to strangle and see him suffer… really suffer he doesn’t get all he deserves grrrrrrr) , she has been hurt  and she refuse any relationship because of that. She wants the One, the one who will love her and stay not some fling or one night stands. That’s something I appreciated about her and even with Julian at her command she stays true to her value and decide to help him.

Julian’s family was too funny^^ I mean Cupid you imagine the love god as a lot of things but I doubt a biker was the first idea that came to your mind^^. The others gods and goddesses who made an appearance were quite true to what I learned during my Latin lessons and that made them so realistic and funny I couldn’t help smiling or be angry because those can never let you indifferent^^;;

The relationship between Julian and Grace develop during the month they are together which is the kind of relationship I enjoy reading about. As they learn slowly about each other we see how they were destined for each other but even that doesn’t mean they won’t have to fight for it. There was also a little touch of romantic suspense to make us stick in the contemporary part of the story and I really loved how it was done.

Really I’m glad I finally got to read this one thanks to Nyx/ Celine and if the rest of the series is has good I can only want more but even if I have to stop with this one it simply perfect as it . So if you are tempted to discover this one follow your instinct^^

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


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dimanche 31 août 2014

Un avant goût de Minuit ( 9.5) par Lara Adrian ( publié dans l’anthologie Les Amants des Ténèbres)

Bonsoir à tous,

                         Août vit ses dernières heures et septembre sera on l'espère moins pluvieux et plus ensoleillé. Quoiqu'il en soit demain marque la rentrée et alors que beaucoup de parents stressent, que les écoliers veulent prolonger les vacances, je ne vous oublie pas.

D'ici quelques jours je vais partager avec vous un autre avis en français sur un livre que je voulais lire depuis très longtemps et qui va prochainement être publié dans nos contrées mais en attendant restons avec un éditeur qui remplit beaucoup mes étagères les éditions milady.
Milady a eu la très bonne idée de publier certaines nouvelles prenant place dans les séries qu'elle publie déjà et afin de facilité la distribution en somme elle les a regroupé dans une anthologie intitulée " Les Amants des ténèbres".
Autre avantage i semble qu'ils n'aient sélectionnés que les récits s'intercalant dans les publications actuelles (pas de nouvelle "tome 15 " si seuls les 6 premiers tomes ont été publiés), c'est une façon de faire intéressante même si pour certains auteurs j'aurai aimé une anthologie regroupant toutes leurs nouvelles ensembles.

Quoi qu'il en soit étant donné que je ne suis pas à jour dans toutes les séries, j'ai décidé d'opter pour la lecture des histoires courtes dans les séries que je suis pour commencer et ensuite, si possible, dans l'ordre adapté ( donc si je dois lire plusieurs tomes avant la nouvelle, la nouvelle attendra).

 Pour débuter cette anthologie j'ai choisi la nouvelle de Lara Adrian comme j'adore sa série et que je suis le plus ( mais pas suffisamment) à jour dans cette dernière.

 Bonne lecture
Editeur VF: Milady  2013
Titre original: A taste of Midnight ( edited 2011)
Genre: romance paranormale, bit lit
Violence: élevé

Langage: moyen
sexe: élevé
Public: +18ans
Obtenu par achat


Avis:
              Cette nouvelle de Lara Adrian était un plaisir à lire, je regrette seulement que  l’éditeur Milady n’ait pas pris le temps de préciser dans l’anthologie à quel moment de la série cette histoire prenait place.
Ce n’est pas vraiment un obstacle car j’ai parfaitement suivi le récit bien que en retard dans la série principale (quoique cette nouvelle prend place après le tome 9 et j’en suis au tome 8 donc assez proche) toutefois je recommande vivement de lire ceci après avoir lu les 9 premiers tomes de la série car il y est fait de nombreuses allusions et pour l’apprécier complètement cela vaudrait beaucoup mieux selon moi.

Cet avertissement/ recommandation fait, je dois dire que j’ai beaucoup aimé voir Danika en action et la voir retrouver une chance au bonheur après la perte de son compagnon. C’est une courageuse jeune femme qui n’hésite pas à prendre des risques mais qui sait également demander de l’aide et le fait sans regret. La voir interagir avec Gideon par téléphone montre bien combien elle fait partie de l’équipe malgré son départ et son éloignement…. Probablement que si elle n’avait pas eu un nouveau né elle n’aurait pas quitter l’ordre pour commencer.

Malcom ou Brannoc a énormément souffert et c’est quelque chose que l’on perçoit d ès sa première apparition… il est habitué à s’effacer, à se faire passer en dernier et c’est ce qu’il fesait une nouvelle fois avant la venue de Danika. Dans sa quête de vengeance, il n’avait pas peur d’y laisser la vie ou au moins une partie de lui-même…cette nouvelle rencontre est en somme un véritable cadeau du destin pour lui et réveille le fier guerrier caché sous une apparence de serviteur à botte d’une crapule.

Lara Adrian parvient à nous offrir une histoire complète bien ficelée sans être prévisible à outrance et qui a complètement sa place dans la série donc elle rappelle vaguement des éléments de bases propres à son univers sans pour autant être inaccessible pour un néophyte. Certes, je persiste à penser, que pour bien prendre en compte la profondeur des évènements auxquels des allusions sont faites, il est préférable de ne pas commencer par cette nouvelle. L’auteur nous donne bien des rappels oui  elle a créé un univers si complexe et qu’on approfondit à chaque tome que je ne suis pas certaines qu’un nouveau venu en saisirait toutes les subtilités afin d’en apprécier chaque instant.

 J’espère cependant que plus loin dans la série nous retrouverons Danika et Malcom ainsi que le petit Connor car je persiste à les voire comme membre ou membre potentiel de l’ordre et non comme civils surtout lorsque leur amis auront besoins d’eux.




Score:  3,5 /5

Disclaimer: Toutes les opinions exprimées ici sont les miennes, il s’agit de d’un avis honnête et personnel. Aucune compensation n’a été fournie en échange de ce dernier.


mercredi 27 août 2014

Under the Gun (Underworld Detection Agency 4) by Hannah Jayne

Hello to all,

 Only a few days left before school start again and this month teh weather made us think we were already deep in Autumn ....so the mood isn't at the top but i'm enjoying my gifting preparations^^ ( the weather is just what i needed for it^^) also apples and pears are in profusion so i 'm planning some delicious cakes.. after all we should always try to see the positive of each situation^^ it makes us live longer;)

So since summer is nearly behind us so is my stock of romantic suspense but with all the excellent ones i discovered i will follow up the series so you won't have to wait too long before seeing more^^. Until then back to urban fantasy with the fourth installment of a series i've shared with you already....not my favourite ( far from it) but one that is mostly enjoyable ( after all, i still read it^^).

Happy Reading!
Publisher: Kensington
Publication: 2013
ISBN:  0758281102
Genre: urban fantasy
Violence: strong

Language: mild
sex: mild
Public: 18+
Source: bought

Short description from goodreads :

When you’re near the top of the Underworld Detection Agency, the claws really come out…


Quick thinking and loyalty have taken human Sophie Lawson a long way in the UDA—along with a healthy dose of magic immunity. But when her old boss Pete Sampson asks for help after a mysterious two-year disappearance, she’s determined to find out what high-placed demon has put two ruthless werewolf killers on his tail. Of course, sucking up to her icy vampire department head and negotiating a treacherous inter-office demon battle are the kind of workplace politics that could easily get a “breather” way worse than reprimanded. And sexy fallen angel Alex is doing whatever it takes to heat up Sophie’s professional cool and raise feelings she’s done her best to bury. Too bad their investigation is about to uncover the Agency’s darkest secrets…and powerful entities happy to sign one inquisitive human’s pink slip in blood…

My opinion:
          When I started this book I hoped to like it better than the last but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Oh yes the investigation was more entertaining and had some interesting twists that had me keep reading. However I was really disappointed by Sophie.

Until now Sophie was a character that showed a lot of loyalty and trusted her friends all while being often underestimated even if she is far from powerful or strong willed… I wanted her to improve with the time, to mature and learn. She did learn to fight and she is standing more for herself and what she thinks that’s true. However that was accompanied by her loosing her trust, her faith…  Seeing her lying to those she call friends, doubting them again and again wound me.
Sophie is stronger physically, perhaps psychologically as well in a sense but she isn’t the same good heart as before.

Seeing her doubting others like that disappointed me a lot, it even got irritating after half of the book. She couldn’t make her mind about her loves interests either.  That added to the fact that this book was a tad darker than the rest with a lot of violence and deaths of characters , which I wasn’t fond of but still, didn’t help me to enjoy it as much as the first one even if the focus was on werewolves.

I took a long time to write this review because I perhaps felt too angry at first to really put my opinion into words, after a moment I see that I did like this book, mostly thanks to Vald and the sword teaching part^^ funny and just coming at the right time. Simply it wasn’t what I hoped for  ( and I’m still angry at Sophie^^). I still want to continue the series and I do think I have the next book ready somewhere but  it’s not my favourite series of the moment at all.

I guess that what I liked less in fact was all the political aspects, secrets, manipulations etc that we discover. I prefer honestly so learning that so many things went behind the back of the characters and that’s is far from finished and we are starting to be unsure of who are the really good ones ( and if we hesitate, that Sophie does as well is more understandable )

 I can only hope next book will have a good investigation part and some cleaning the staff of bad elements because some really need to be taken out.

 So a good book that fit the series but must be read in order, if you love suspense, investigation and supernatural creatures this is a series that should please you.



Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


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mercredi 20 août 2014

Deep Disclosure ( A-Tac 4) by Dee Davis

Hello to all,

 Taking a  much needed break from crafting my christmas gifs ( never start too early ^^) i decided to follow up with sharing the last romantic suspense i read since it was like the flavor of this summer for me.

Those who know me have discovered long ago that i'm the read in order kind, i don't like starting a series in middle safe if i'm absolutely sure the books are all kind of stand alone.. it's the reason sometimes i have to wait month or year before reading i book i want because i had to get my hands on precedent ones first.
This time it was completely different, i had signed for the RAK from R& R Novels ( THANKS!!!) which is really a surprise one you can says your 3 favourite genres but when yoiu will receive something and what it's secret until you discover the package in your mailbox.

I was so happy to receive something that day that i was jumping around then i opened it and.... a romantic suspense my last choice ( but one of my favourite remember) and an author i absolutely never heard of... the cover and the blurb were really making me interested but....after checking it's book 4 in a series.... little disappointment, book safely posed on the shelves.....but the attraction was too much to resist....

Now i'm really happy to share my opinion on Deep Disclosure  by Dee Davis!

happy reading!
Publisher: Forever
Publication: 2011
ISBN:  0446582921
Genre: romantic suspense, Military
Violence: strong

Language: normal
sex: mild
Public: 18+
Source: RAK (thanks to Mad and Ellie from R&R novels)

Short description from goodreads :

After spending years in prison under deep cover, black ops agent Tucker Flynn joins A-Tac, an elite CIA unit masquerading as faculty at an Ivy League college. Nothing can shake him-except a vulnerable young woman marked for death.

DUAL DECEPTION

When Tucker is assigned to protect-and secretly investigate-Alexis Markham, he expects a routine mission. But this mysterious beauty has a past even darker than his: her father created a horrifying new biochemical weapon-and was murdered to keep it secret.


Alexis has spent the last decade racing to stay one step ahead of the shadowy operatives who will stop at nothing to possess her father's formula. She can trust no one, not even her handsome new bodyguard. But the heat that flares between them is impossible to resist. Will giving in to passion bring her the safety she's always craved, or will her love for Tucker draw him into a killer's sights?


My opinion:
          WONDERFUL! As soon as I had my hands on this book I was drawn to it  so much that it didn’t even last in the TBR pile. I had to discover this author… I can sound strange because I’m usually not listening to my instinct that much especially since this title is in fact the fourth in the series and I ‘m more the reading in order kind of reader.

Really, yes having read precedent books could have been great as this one kind of give spoilers but in no way it’s a necessity. It was my first try at this series and even at this author and I completely fell in the story without any trouble. I could understand the story perfectly and even the general background, it’s very well done

The action is immediate in the first few pages and there is not a moment when the tension drop, I couldn’t stop turning the page even if I had some strong suspicions (and I was right!!!) about the culprit. I was completely hooked and caught in the never ending action. The romance is there as well and well done, the characters are attracted to each others but take the time to build some kind of trust before acting on their feeling which make the relationship even more believable after what they both lived  in the past.

Alexis is a strong Heroine and she has difficulty to trust since she nearly had no one to rely on while living off the radar since a teenager. She is loyal and is ready to fight for what she believes; I really liked that about her. Yes I did want to shake her as well when she didn’t trust Tucker after everything but I really appreciate her.
Tucker had to stay years in a Columbian prison for nothing and no one could live that without being affected for a long time. As soon as he sees Alexis his interest is there, he doesn’t understand why or how but his instincts are telling him something which saves his life. No matter what the rumour is he can’t accept that Alexis could be a terrorist and thus protect her fiercely. He is so courageous despite years of suffering. Really I would love to see what happened exactly in Columbia, we have glimpse of it we learn the results but this book just made me want more.

 The investigation is not 100% original but is written in such a way that you can’t put the book down. I liked that we had some closure even  in the background there is a bigger investigation, a red line which seems to be developed along the series. The big, really big villains are not caught yet but the team learn slowly more about them (they crossed way with them in precedents books as we are told but they are still a mystery) and it’s good.  It’s not really a cliffhanger, I’m not on edge for the next tome. However I really enjoyed the story and writing style so I can’t wait to get the precedents books to catch up on what I missed even if it’s perhaps darker than this story.


If you want a good romance suspense to enjoy this summer (but not only) this could be the book for you. You can start this one if you just want one or start from the beginning if you prefer.


Score:  5/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


mercredi 13 août 2014

Angels’ Dance ( Guild Hunter 0.4) by Nalini Singh

Hello to all!

                      We really need to know what we what because before it was too hot  and now we are under the norm for the season ^^. No need to complain but it has come effect that the more fragile constitution tends to catch virus or at least strong cold with the yoyo ( one day 25°C the next 15 and rain all day^^ hard to know what clothes to pick^^)

Back to the reading part of my schedule, like i told you i'm a little more romantic suspense lately but i can't resist paranormal and urban fantasy; so instead of giving you all the same genre in a row i decided to tend you with the guild hunter novellas between each book ^^ What can i say ? Nalini Singh stories are really addictive^^

So today we do back to another novella , part of the prequel but that can be read later in the series as well...and remember you can get all these novellas in print in the omnibus "Angel's Flight" it's quite the must have for the fan of this series. If you prefer digital, Angels' Dance is available individually as well

Happy Reading!
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication: 2012
ISBN:  1101606517
Genre: paranormal romance
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: strong
Public: 18+
Source: won
 

Short description from goodreads :

 The gentle teacher of angelic young, and the keeper of her people's histories, Jessamy is respected and admired by everyone who knows her. Yet, born unable to soar into flight, she has spent thousands of years trapped in the mountain stronghold of the Refuge, her heart encased in painful loneliness...until the arrival of Galen, warrior angel from a martial court.


Rough-edged and blunt, Galen is a weapons-master at home with violence, a stranger to the sweet words it takes to woo a woman--but he is also a man determined to claim Jessamy for his own, to dance with her through the skies denied her for so very long...even if their exhilarating passion proves as dangerous as the landscape of war and unrest that lies before them.

My opinion:
          Fabulous, moving and funny! This is the perfect prequel for a series as the story feels complete, gives us a insight of a new universe and just makes us want more!

I started with the main series so in book 2 we meet Jessamy and see more of Galen… with the few moments where Jessamy appears I loved her and I wanted to learn more about her. Galen, he is still quite a egnima but at least we knows he has a big heart. I didn’t know at first that Angels’ Dance  would focus on these two but what a great surprise.

This story takes place long before the event in the series so we see a young Galen petitioning to join the Archangel Raphael’s army … we see his reason and how Raphael gained his trust.  I did enjoy to see Raphael young and not as affected as he will be but what pleased me even more was to discover how the Seven, his loyal guards, met each others and created  friendship links. We see that it’s Galen who gave Illium his surname and both are quite funny together.
 Galen is so blunt that he hurts, shocks but it’s not done with malice at all… as a warrior, educated by warriors he simply wants to be direct. He doesn’t see the reason for being subtle as of yet … that in life, in his relation with his subordinate and superiors but also with his romantic interest.

Jessamy has lived a secluded life in a sense, because she can’t fly she didn’t feel confident enough around the other angels and preferred to be alone… not that it was a really her wish but it’s what she thought she deserved.  Still she managed to be respected and really useful by teaching the youngs and keeping the Angels’ history. Alone for more than 2000 years she is surprised when a gorgeous, nearly naked male approach her. His words spoken without any politics destabilise her but despite all her attempt to ignore it she is well attracted to this barbarian more intelligent than he let it on.

When someone tries to kill her, it’s Galen who interferes and as a warrior used to get what he wants he is determined to get Jessamy for him and to protect her even if she doesn’t accept…Learning to know each other and to trust each other while keeping her safe, each of them discover that the other is more that he/she looks and secrets are revealed as the trust grows.

 This is a wonderful romance about acceptance and I was moved by Jessamy suffering and Galen‘s attempts to open her eyes. The characters shows new side of them as the story progress and the heat level goes up steadily. Written by a expert this story is definitively a must read for lovers of paranormal romance.
 Can be read as first introduction to the Guild Hunter series or later, this is simply a fabulous romance not to be missed



Score:  5/5


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review