vendredi 30 novembre 2012

November RAK Wrap up

Hello to all,

                   With a weather as cold as the one we are already facing,to see the generosity and kindness of some is really warming our heart, it's the Magic of RAK. This month was a good one for me and i hope i managed to make it better for others too. 

December will be filled with the holidays but i'm still planning to send a few ones so never hesitate to put in the form if you accept handmade gift! This time there wasn't a case for it ( idem for birthday) but i had done a little list previously so i could offer it to some while i hope those option will be put in the form again, i will look still look the comments and such to prepare for next month and next year^^.
( And Please, answer me quickly when i contact you because it takes time to be made)

Did you have a good month?

In November I received:

I received the book Jana from infinity delicate flower sent me last month:  Bound By The Vampire Queen. Thank you a lot, i will be very happy to discover this series ( i planned to read it this month but i've fallen sick and thus my reading planning went to trash, don't worry i will read it^^)

Barbara from Basia's Bookshelf sent me "Alexander Outland: Space pirate" by G.J. Koch.Thank you so so much, i really wanted this book, thank you. I will jump on it as soon as i get a free relaxing time ( i want to read it without interruption^^)

Lastly i receive a 5dollars amazon gift card from nikki alias abby from Reviews by Abby , who i met when i offered her a gift a few days before. It could seem to be nothing but for me it was important, i really wanted a book and i had a large part of it thanks to a gift card i won but if i had enough for the book, i missed a little for the shipping fee, when she heard that she immediately send me the egift card so i could order my book. Thank you so so much one again dear

and in November,  i've sent :
( note: i don't take picture of the Rak i create before sending them so it's only if the receiver made one i can use that i will add it here so this post will perhaps be edited later to add some)

A handmade bookmark - to be precise the surprise flower n°2 to Barbara from Basia's Bookshelf

A handmade flower bookmark  ( flower surprise n°3) to Abby from Reviews by Abby. I really didn't expect it to arrive so quickly^^;;, thank you for your friendship

A handmade bird bookmark  to Jana @  infinity delicate flower

A  handmade flower Keychain to Kayla from Bibliophilia, Please  ( i'm so glad you love it!)

Thank you again a lot to Booksoulmates for hosting

Heart of Darkness by Felicity Heaton

Hello to all,

 Last day of November so last review of the month, today i will share with you Heart of Darkness by Felicity Heaton, a paranormal erotic romance. I will certainly review a few more books ogf this category since i still have 2 or 3 of them, from authors i already introduced to you, but it will be for later because starting tomorrow i will be in Holidays books ( not only i think but it will be my main focus)


Publisher: Felicity Heaton
Publication: 2011
Genre: paranormal romance, erotic romance
Violence: strong

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

Short description from goodreads :

 A vampire prince on a four hundred year old mission to avenge his murdered sister...

Aleksandr Nemov won't stop until the last of the vampire hunter’s progeny is wiped from the Earth. Each kill has stolen a piece of his humanity, pushing him towards the black abyss all vampires hold within their hearts. Now he is teetering on the edge, close to devolving into a beast, and time is running out as he tracks the last hunter to Prague. There he finds a beautiful woman who could be his one chance for salvation, but is it already too late for him?

A vampire guard who will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves...

Elise is dedicated to her duty. It's the only thing she has left. All that changes when she meets Aleksandr in Prague and her master grants him permission to stay at her bloodline's mansion. She knows all about Aleksandr but none of it prepares her for how she feels when the legendary prince's hunt becomes one for her heart. Elise battles him with all of her strength but can she stop herself from falling for the handsome hunter? When he reveals the depth of the corruption in his soul, will she have the strength to face the pain in her past and do whatever it takes to save him?

My opinion:
          A romance so well written, in perfect concordance with the story. I loved it. Felicity Heaton created an interesting world and I was easily swept by it, we get soon a background of the vampire society even if the author focuses on the romance. The balance is just as it should be, we have enough to understand the situation, the characters’ reactions and such but not too much s to concentrate on it. We delve more on the political ties and Aleksandr’s past later in book when we get his side of the story and the insight of Elise on the hierarchy and such.

I loved to see how Aleksandr starts to understand Elise and is unsure how modern women like to be treated. He thinks of his past and start doubting or to be more exact he becomes conscious that he had doubts about his chosen path for some time now. His sanity is compromised and he didn’t see he needed someone to believe in him, to accept what he is doing. Alone for so long with his desire for vengeance, he forgot to live. Felicity Heaton really described well his psyche so we can understand him and take a liking to him no matter how bloodied he can be.  Elise is different, she is not trying to catch his interest, doesn’t flatter him, she even tries to elude him however she sees him for what he is, a noble man, honourable who takes high risks to protect his own. As a female guard, she always put her duty before everything else, trying to be perfect but she was unprepared to be seen as a woman and a beautiful one. Strong and fragile at the same time, she can’t believe he could have real feelings for her and since she refuses to be a plaything she tries to avoid him and his flirtations even if she is far from unresponsive to his charm.
They are playing a bit the cat and mouse and the roles are inversed more than once but it’s wonderfully described and I was completely in it.

There are some steamy scenes…gradually steamier even but it fits the story, the terms are well chosen, not vulgar at all and I liked those, not necessarily my favourite parts of the story but they didn’t  bother me at all coming when it was needed for the main plot and not just for fun of it ( in a way).

Really a good book to recommend to lovers of erotic paranormal romance above 18.

Score:  4/5

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


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jeudi 29 novembre 2012

A Mermaid’s Kiss (Daughters of Arianne 1) by Joey W. Hill

While discovering the erotic romance subgenre, i really didn't expect to find myself so deeply involved in a book , i opened it and couldn't close it even when i found myself crying torrents of tears... i had to be taken out of the room and the book taken from my hands so i could regroup a little and it took only one hour before i jumped back in the story for the last chapters.

This book was a marvellous discovery for me so highly recommend it but be cautious if you are as emotional as me. So it's with a real pleasure that i introduce you to A Mermaid's Kiss by Joey W. Hill ( and i was raked another book of this author , another series though,so i would be very happy to read it soon thank you once again Jana)

All the best,

Publisher: Berkley Sensation Trade
Publication: 2008
ISBN:  0425223809
Genre: erotic romance
Violence: strong

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

Short description from goodreads :

The angelic Jonah has been battling the Dark Ones for centuries. But his noble spirit has begun to tire with the weight of war allowing a Dark One to strike a blow that severs his wings and knocks him into the sea.

Anna is a Daughter of Arianne -a direct descendant of the mermaid of legend. Anna’s longing for love compels her to risk her very life to protect and hide the fallen Jonah. And the longer Jonah delays his return to the heavens, the more Anna’s secret passions are tempted.

But as she falls more in love with him, Anna wonders if she’s destined to lose her heart and her dreams to save Jonah’s soul?

My opinion:
          Highly romantic and emotional, this is a wonderful adventure where the erotic part blends perfectly in the story. However better to say it now: keep a box of tissues at hand!!

I was immediately driven by the story written by Joey W. Hill, and the numerous erotic scenes didn’t bother me at all since they were so part of the tales and I was so immerse in it that at a time I became a really wreck, crying like a baby but not wanting to close the book. My mother had to take it from me so I managed a small break to stop crying and breath again….so yes I was completely utterly IN the story. So even if it could be seen as a small spoiler I think you deserve it to avoid the devastation I felt… yes there is an happy end but you need to get to it and the road will be long and painful but foremost so well written that you will be captivated.

It’s the second series where god is female and I’m getting used to it but in this one I think it’s really shown in an interesting way. I didn’t expect to feel so enthralled by an erotic romance so it was a wonderful surprise and discovery.  Anna is a passionate character, she is alone in the mermaid world, a stranger because of her ancestry and even with her legacy she choose to see the positive of things, she is able to enjoy a small wild flower while she knows she is fated to die young. She is living her life with hope.
Jonah is a warrior but he fought for so long he forgot the reason why, he became angry, bitter after the lost of too many of his men. While hurt and alone in the sea, he wish to die, to find a kind of peace until suddenly a warm comes to his aid and he can refuse it, he did expect to see a young mermaid at his side. At her side, the ancient angel is discovering the world in a new light despite the darkness growing in him…Anna is doing all she can to help him because she has faith in him, she believes in him and too often she can see right through him and say the world he longs to hear.

Anna is able to show so much acceptance and compassion, her friendship with Mina is a good example. Mina is an outcast in the same way but Anna went to her and not only for answers, she offered her hand and heart no matter what fate dictated. David and Luc., Jonah’s friends are great and funny but also loyal. I enjoyed the angel‘s world as described by Jonah and would be happy to learn more.

It’s a beautiful romance with a lot of actions too and some humour too. I rally enjoyed this book, despite the tears sessions, and I recommend it with pleasure while waiting the occasion to get my hand on the second book of the series, I want more Mina too^^.

Score:  5/5

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

This book enter in the Romance and Me Challenge
Book read for the 2012 TBR reading

Half-Blood ( Covenant 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hello to all,

                  just a short delay before my new review for the main topic of this month, i wanted to share with you my opinion on Halfblood , book 1 of the covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Not my favorite series from her but one that i like very much. I hoped to read book 2 this month but being sick i was late on everything so it will be for later ( while i dream of getting book 3 that was released some weeks ago)

Happy reading!

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication: 2011
ISBN:  0983157200
Genre: YA, Paranormal romance
Violence: mild

Langage: normal
sex: none
Public: 16+
Source: Won

Short description from goodreads :

 The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

My opinion:
          The description is really a good summary but let’s be honest until the end of the book I was quite confused about a lot of things. It’s not that I don’t like the book now but it’s far from my favourite and I hope Pure will be better.  I so enjoyed Obsidian, her other series, that I didn’t think I could be disappointed and the result is that I’m.
I found really difficult to identify myself to Alex. I have some difficulties to admit that she is so happy to return from where her mother tried to save her. Yes for her its means familiarity but also so many risks. She is too wild for me and I only started to appreciate her more nearly the end of the book when she tries to save her friend before that she was just too immature and keeping all her emotions to herself.

I also understand more now why the readers are for Aiden or Seth and so fierce about it. We are learning more about Aiden’s past and personality here than Seth who stays mysterious and I can say I really approve of one. Aiden is great yes, cute and seems to care for her but he doesn’t fight for her and I find that sad. Seth is arrogant, proud but he also gives her a choice and takes risks for her…so both have reasons and faults. The plot is very complex and I guess I won’t be happy before the last book when everything I hope will become clear. At the moment I find Alex to be only a tool she is not doing a lot against that, however she is also demonstrating a strong will and I hope the bit of freedom she had will help her to fight for what she wants not for what she is told to.

The writing style is still really good and enjoyable so a lot of readers of young adult book who love action, love triangle, paranormal and fantasy will be more than happy with this series.

Score:  3,5/5

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

This book enter in the Romance and Me Challenge
Book read for the 2012 TBR reading

mardi 27 novembre 2012

Harvest Hunting ( Sœurs de la Lune 8) par Yasmine Galenorn

bonsoir à tous,

           La fin du mois arrive à grand pas et je suis loin d'avoir lu tout ce que j'espérais mais puisque mon état de santé n'a pas toujours été au top, je suis assez contente de ce que je suis parvenue à faire et puis il me reste quelques jours ^^;;
Ce soir, je vais partager avec vous mon avis sur le tome 8 de la série " Les Soeurs de la Lune"  tome 8 intitulé "Harvest Hunting" ( et oui ils ont gardé le titre anglais).

Bonne Lecture

Editeur VF: Milady 2012
Titre original:Harvest Hunting ( edited 2010)
Genre: bit lit, romance érotique
Violence: élevé

Langage: élevé
sexe: élevé
Public: +18ans
Prix : 7,1euro
Obtenu par achat

Quatrième de couverture de l'éditeur Milady:

Nous sommes les soeurs D’Artigo : agents qualifiés et sexy de la CIA d’Outremonde, mi-humaines, mi-fées.
Nos pouvoirs ont tendance à nous jouer des tours au plus mauvais moment… Camille est une sorcière dont le destin a récemment pris un tournant radical. Menolly découvre encore sa condition de vampire. Et moi ? Je m’appelle Delilah. Je suis un chat-garou et ma vie est loin d’être simple. Avec l’arrivée de Samhain, ma formation de fiancée de la mort a commencé… et j’adore ça ! Mais avec mes soeurs, on a du pain sur la planche : entre ces mystérieuses disparitions de loups-garous, l’apparition d’une dangereuse drogue magique et Stacia, la broyeuse d’os, qui a mis nos têtes à prix, on ne sait plus où donner de la tête, justement ! Une seule chose est sûre : nous devons agir, et vite !

          Delilah est un de mes personnages favoris pour cette série et donc j’attendais avec impatience ce volume où l’histoire dont elle est le narrateur ainsi que le personnage central. Mais voilà j’ai été déçue, j’ai aimé ce livre oui mais tout juste. Je n’ai pas réussi à me plonger dans le récit comme dans les précédents tomes. Alors oui je l’ai lu en étant souffrante mais puisqu’il était écrit dans ma langue maternelle j’aurais quand même dû le terminer bien plus vite que le temps que j’ai pris et c’est une preuve évidente que je n’était pas dedans. Lorsque je suis captivée par un livre, peu importe la langue, je le lis d’une traite, en quelques heures (moins en français qu’en anglais, c’est vrai) et là il m’a fallu plusieurs jours et de multiples pauses.

D’ordinaire ce qui m’ennuie le plus dans cette série sont les scènes érotiques car elles sont écrites dans un langage cru, limite vulgaire et cela me déplait assez mais comme l’histoire générale me plait beaucoup j’arrive à passer outre or ici c’est l’inverse, les scènes sont mieux décrites et avec un langage plus doux j’ai apprécié la différence. Or c’est un des tomes que j’ai le moins aimé, si pas le pire. Je suppose que c’est en partie dû à la relation avec Chase et le fait que Delilah soit d’abord dévastée, s’accroche et ensuite fait un complet 180 et passe à autre chose sans regret ni hésitations…cela va trop lentement et trop vite à la fois pour moi. Soit, je me serais bien passée de tous ses doutes et larmoiement et alors je comprends qu’elle passe à autre chose soit elle s’accroche ce qui se comprends et tout mais alors elle ne parvient pas à prendre un autre amant si vite. Il ne se passe même pas des semaines entre les 2 juste quelques jours et encore…

Il me manquait vraiment quelque chose. Cela mis à part, la série suit bien son fils rouge de la recherche des sceaux spirituels et de la vie des 3 sœurs et chacune a maintenant trouvé son, sa ou ses âme(s) sœur(s). Les obstacles sont encore bien nombreux mais les alliances se renforcent ou s’affaiblissent dans certains cas mais il devient évident que le danger ne fait que grandir.

Je suis curieuse de voir ce que va donner le prochain tome mais ce n’est pas vraiment non plus une priorité pour moi. A déconseiller aux moins de 18ans, âmes trop sensibles et à ceux et celles qui ne veulent pas de f/f .

Score:  3/5

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.

This book enter in the Romance and Me Challenge

dimanche 25 novembre 2012

Blog Tour: Dark Tidings by Ken Magee Review ( Fr&En)+giveaway

Hello to all,

It's with a great pleasure that i'm participating in the blog tour hosted by my friend Kerry-Ann for a new author Ken Magee and his book Dark Tidings. After the review you will find a giveaway too, kindly sponsorised by the author himself.

Happy reading,

                                                                                  Bonjour à tous!,
 c'est avec grand plaisir que je participe aujourd'hui à cet évènement organisé par mon amie Kerry- Ann pour vous faire découvrir un nouvel auteur: Ken Magee et son livre intitulé Dark Tidings, après ma review, bilingue, vous pourrez participer à un concours sponsorisé par l'auteur lui-même.

Bonne Lecture

Publisher: Ragged Cover Publishing
Publication: 2011
ISBN:  0373277210
Genre: fantasy, YA
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 14+
Source: received in exchange for an honest review

Short description from goodreads :

What happens when ancient magic meets the internet? One thing is certain, modern life will never be the same again.
A thousand years ago, a young thief, Tung, and a disgraced wizard, Madrick, are thrust together in an executioner’s dungeon.In the darkness, Madrick reveals an incredible secret about a legendary spell. The great spell helps them escape their prison cell... and eventually their century.
Catapulted into the present day, their lives collide with Michael, a computer hacker who plans to destroy the world’s largest bank. But sinister people are tracking their every move and they will stop at nothing to steal their spell.

Bref Résumé ( traduction personnelle) 

Qu’est-ce qui passe-t-il  quand la magie ancienne rencontre internet? Une chose est sure, la vie moderne ne sera plus jamais la même.

Il y a un millier d’années, un jeune voleur prénommé Tung et un magicien en disgrâce, Madrick, se retrouvent enfermés ensemble dans un des donjons du Bourreau.
Dans les ténébrès, Madrick rélève un incroyable secret au sujet d’un sortilège légendaire, Le grand sortilège facilite leur fuite de leur cellule…et éventuellement de leur siècle.

Catapultés dans notre présent, leur vie croise celle de Michael, un hacker qui planifie la destruction de la plus grande banque mondiale… Mais de sinistres personnages traquent leurs moindres faits et gestes et ne renonceront à rien pour leur subtiliser leur sortilège.

My opinion:
          To be honest at first I wasn’t sure what to think of it. I really liked the summary and the global idea but the beginning of the book wasn’t to my liking. I felt it was a bit rushed and the fact we got a chapter from the past and one from the present was a bit disturbing when I wasn’t sure where the author wanted to go and in the same time it was too predictable. Tung and Madrick are funny however it really started to appreciate them when they got better together; I needed them to trust each other before I could trust them. The book is getting a lot better once they arrive in the present time.

Il y a des livres ainsi où tant que la dernière page n’a pas été tournée on ne sait quoi en penser. Dans ce cas, j’ai beaucoup aimé le résumé et l’idée globale mais pour être honnête je n’aimais pas vraiment le début du livre. J’avais l’impression que c’était un peu précipité et le fait que l’auteur alterne les chapitres dans le passé et dans le présent était un peu perturbant lorsque l’on n’avait pas encore une idée claire d’où il voulait en venir alors que dans le même temps les évènements semblaient bien trop prévisibles. Tung et Madrick sont amusants cependant je n’ai commencé à les appréciés véritablement  que lorsqu’ils ont commencés à s’entendre, j’avais besoin qu’il se fasse confiance avant que je puisse en faire de même vis à vis d’eux.. Le livre s’améliore vraiment lorsqu’ils arrivent à notre époque.

The concept of the story is quite original and well thought but the final result could have been better in my opinion still when I finished the book I could tell I wanted to know what would happen and I enjoyed the lesson. We often forget that balance is important.. “l’enfer est pavé de bonnes intentions” is an adequate saying. The characters are growing, maturing during the story. At first they don’t trust each other and every one has a special egoistical project, like they are using each others then they are learning as we are. The big villains are numerous and powerful, but also too imbued with themselves. I don’t approve of all of the heroes’ actions either but they are human beings so it’s understandable. These heroes have flaws, they are far from perfect and it’s why the reader can laugh as well as be afraid for them.
I loved the sense of justice of Michael and the fact that he could reflect on his own life so well. He is intelligent but not arrogant, manipulative but still attentive…quite a mix.

Le concept de l’histoire est original et bien pensé mais le résultat  final pourrait, selon moi, être meilleur bien que je puisse dire dès j’ai fini le livre que cela me ferait plaisir de lire la suite et que la morale était très bien trouvée. On oublie trop souvent qu’un équilibre est nécessaire, « l’enfer est pavé de bonnes intentions » est une citation très adéquate. Les personnages deviennent plus matures au fil du récit. Au départ ils ne se font pas confiance et ont chacun des motivations très égoïstes aussi essaient-il d’utiliser l’autre jusqu’à ce qu’ils apprennent en même temps que nous. Les méchants sont nombreux et bien représentatifs du genre : puissants mais imbus d’eux-mêmes. Je n’ai pas non plus apprécié toutes les actions des héros, parfois discutable mais cela nous rappelle qu’ils sont aussi humains et donc faillibles. Ces défauts font que le lecteur peut rire avec eux et s’en faire pour eux.
J’ai aimé le sens de la justice de Michael et le fait qu’il soit capable de mettre sa vie en perspective. Il est intelligent mais pas arrogant, manipulateur mais également attentionné, c’est bien étrange mélange…

It could be an interesting book for a younger audience perhaps even starting at 12 but the humour is sometimes subtler and thus an older audience could enjoy it more but I guess it will depend on each person. It’s a big adventure with action and humour and a very, very light touch of romance so it could interest a large public.

Cela pourrait être un livre intéressant pour un public plus jeune, dès 12ans, toutefois l’humour est parfois plus subtil et dès lors une un public plus âgé pourrait y prendre plus de plaisir mais cela dépendra bien évidemment de chaque personne et avec les différents degrés de lecture chacun peut y trouvé son compte. C’est une grande aventure avec de l’action et de l’humour ainsi qu’une très légère touche de romance pour plaire à un large public.

Overall, it was a good read and I liked the book (more at the end), I think the author is quite promising and I wouldn’t mind to continue reading the series to see his writing style improving.

  Au final, c’était une lecture plaisante et j’ai apprécié ce livre (beaucoup plus à la fin c’est vrai), je pense que l’auteur est prometteur et cela ne me déplairait pas de continuer à suivre cette série pour voir les possibles améliorations graduelles de son style d’écriture.

Score:  3,5/5
If you want this book you can buy it on  amazon or on  Bookdepository

You can find more informations on this book and Ken on his Page

Source: a copy in exchange for a honest review, no other compensation was received.


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The Perfect Play ( Play by Play 1) by Jaci Burton


Before i go back to rest a bit to be ready for my long day tomorrow, i wanted to share with you another step  in my discovery of the erotic romance sub genre. I heard a lot of good thing about Jaci Burton's series but until know i hadn't started it , a bit afraid i guess and now ^^ i can tell you i want book 2 as soon as possible but first  enjoy my opinion of book one " The Perfect Play"

happy reading!

Publisher: Berkley Heat
Publication: 2011
ISBN:  0425238814
Genre: erotic romance, sport
Violence: none

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

Short description from goodreads :

 Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game...

For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara's not interested in getting to know football's most notorious playboy any better.

As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara's life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick's latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.

But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.

My opinion:
          Far from my comfort zone but what a ride! I’m not that fond of sport but I’m going to be if all the series is like this^^.  I didn’t know what to expect in fact but certainly not that, it’s true I knew it was erotic but not at that level so it’s quite a surprise for me to have enjoyed it this much. Jaci Burton really writes well and the story is centred about the romance but not only so I spend I excellent time reading this book.

Mick was a playboy, at thirty years old he is wiser and intelligent enough to know the majority of his career is behind him however he is still playing and planning to keep doing it until he can’t anymore. All that is surrounding his sport starts to bother him a little; he doesn’t enjoy the apparitions as much as before but as a professional he accepts the fact that he must do a minimum more than playing. He never thought he would suddenly feel attracted by a woman, a normal one, mom of a teenager. It strange in the majority of the erotic romance I’ve read so far the schema is quite similar: a man, playboy, womanizer suddenly around 30 fall for a woman total opposite of the ones he dated before, a normal woman, with curse and natural beauty. .. I think I would like for once a good man who waited not one with a radical sudden change of heart. Anyway, in this case it’s really well written and not that sudden since he started to think about it before he met Tara.

Tara had a difficult life as a child and ended up pregnant at 15, not something I recommend. However, she didn’t give up at all and she is hardworking and independent. She has her own work, she is a event planner, and she take care of her son alone putting him above everything else. She has no life, all her time is working or tending to Nathan, her son. When she meets Mick she can’t understand why he wants to speak to her, wait for her…at the moment she decide to follow her heart and enjoy what it’s offered to her but she is not thinking of the long term at all. But more than great sex there is a connection between them and she is afraid of that. When Mick comes pursuing her and staying even with Nathan around, inviting them to family event…she sees something she longs for but still has reserves , thinking to protect a son who would like his mother happy and not scarifying herself for him. It’s time to learn and trust because you have to work to obtain your happiness and to keep it.

I really enjoyed the story, to the detail about protection. It can seem to be not important but for me it’s even more in a contemporary story, I appreciate that the author speak about it, makes her characters use it again and again. The message is important and perhaps it will save someone somewhere. Its proof the author thinks about her readers a minimum (at least in my opinion). I really want to read the others books of the series now even if I’m quite sure I will be blushing madly too often.

To recommend to fans of erotic romance above 18

Score:  4/5

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

This book enter in the Romance and Me Challenge
Book read for the 2012 TBR reading