Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review / M. Pierce : Last light (Night owl #2)

Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead ...
Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret ... Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger and passions run deeper in the highly anticipated second book in the Night Owl Trilogy.

One of last year's bookish highlights was Night owl. This book sucked me in, made me squirm, made me snigger, made me angry, made me hot, I devoured it and it left me wanting for more. So I preordered Last light and completely jumped on it as soon as I received it.
Last light was maybe more emotional, with disagreements between the lovers and more lies from Matt. There was terrific hotness (these two can't keep their hands off each other) and drama (but the right kind, the kind that hooks you).

Hannah grows stronger, but she feels like she's only second best to Matt's writing. She's torn because he values his privacy above everything including her. She respects it but hates the lies she has to tell his family. And mostly, she doesn't know him as much as he knows her and it stings. She manages to stand up to him in spite of everything *fist pump*.
"Another girl might have found his devotion compelling - he was willing to do anything to have me - but it frightened me. He frightened me."

Matt is still tormented, subject to mood swings, completely self-centered, yet who can resist him ? You want to slap him, jump his bones, you pity him, he makes you roll your eyes, then smile and laugh : to cut it short,  Matt is a great imperfect character, whose flaws are the main attractions of the story. If I had been told about such a character, I simply wouldn't have read the novel. Yet while reading it, Matt just holds you in his power, you want to know more about him, see what he'll do next. You understand his writer's torment. I would hate to live with him, I simply adore reading about him and the way Hannah finally finds her way around him.
"They never sing", I went on. I grimaced and tugged at my hair. "The books never sing. You have to make sense for people. People are scared of anything that doesn't make sense. But we need a new alphabet, a purer language. I want to get it right. Will I ? Will I ever ?"

Matt is torn between his need for privacy, for being able to write in anonymity, and his need for Hannah. 
"He was angry all the time - in his passion, in his contentment - as if he needed anger to survive."

This book is for +18, mature audiences. That scene in front of the mirror ? Wow ! And I mean hawt ! Reading about this in a public train is so very hard ! Just an example of hotness :
"I'm going to fuck you on the floor," I told her.
She stilled beneath me. "Yes, please," she said in her softest voice.
"I'm not going to come. Not here. But I have to remember..." I reached between my legs. I positioned my head against Hannah's sex. That touch - her wet cunt brushing the most sensitive part of my body - sent a violent shiver through me.
"Get on my dick", I growled.

We already met his brother Nate and we see more of him and his devotion to Matt, but we are now introduced to the more controversial brother Seth. Melanie, a book blogger, is also a big part of this book.

I finished Last light very quickly because I devoured it too. Though slightly different from the first, I needed to know how these two were going to make it and wasn't disappointed. I smiled, squirmed, held my breath and it was everything I wanted from a book : passion, keeping me on my toes, wanting for more. Passion is so very good ! Only drawback : now I'll have to wait until next march for After dark, the end of this trilogy. 

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award !

Thanks very much to Whitney at the Shooting star reviews for nominating me ! Sorry it took me some time to answer. Since I don't have much time, I won't be nominating 10 bloggers, but everybody who reads this blog and wants to participate, feel free !

So, how does this work :
I’ll answer the questions and, since I lack time, will open this award to everyone who reads this blog and wants to participate. Feel free ! Here are the rules for this award :
1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award. Check.
2. Answer a few questions about yourself. See below.
3. Nominate 10 blogs that you find a joy to read. Feel free to join !
4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and let the recipients know that they have been nominated.
5. Include the award logo within your blog post. Check.
 1) What inspired you to start reading ?
I don't rememer when it started, but I've always read as far as I can remember. And when I couldn't read, my father read me bedtime stories. I loved very specific stories and everytime he tried to change a single word, I corrected him ! I've always seen my father read, he always bought me books when I asked him to, so I guess he's my inspiration. Thanks Dad ! If he were still alive, I wouldn't show him my blog, though.

2) Does reading help you cope with stressful things in life ?
Oh yeah, it does ! I'm not sure I would read that much if there wasn't so much stress. Or maybe I would, but I would read different stuff. On this blog, I review mostly romances, paranormal or not, because it's all I can read these days to help me relax and clear my mind. I hate books with drama, there's enough drama in real life already.

3) Who is your favorite heroine and why ?
I don't prefer a heroin in particular. I like my heroins strong, not too young, I like it when they can fight and stand up for themselves. Oh wait ! I recently read Feral sins by Suzanne Wright, and I really, really loved Taryn ! What a woman, and what a mouth lol !

4) Do you prefer paranormal or fantasy ?
Paranormal. It's not that I don't like fantasy, but when I think about that genre, I think about elves, and fairies, nice people who want to do good, pluck flowers and speak to animals, you know ? Obviously, I know all fantasy stories are not just that, but I like my world a little harsher, with meaner creatures and evil villains, closer to reality in some way. Funny thing, when you think I read to escape reality... Elves and fairies are too sweet for me. But I love fantasy authors such as Robin Hobb or Michael J. Sullivan or Stephen Lawhead.

5) What book made you the happiest when you finished it ?
Books I didn't love because they were finally over. Ha ha ! No, seriously... Scratching my head... I've made a tag category on my blog and on Goodreads called "smile-on-my-face-while-reading", those made me really happy.

6) What's your favorite social media site ?
Goodreads. I love the groups, the exchange, the buddy reads, the humor, I can find plenty bloggers I already know over there. Facebook is good, but it's hard to be active on both sites. I don't Twit. I have an account, but the speed, the amount of info... It's too hard to follow everything and it goes too quickly for me, I like to be able to think about what I'm reading. I love Pinterest, too, because I'm a visual and I like looking at pretty things.

7) What's your favorite time of day to blog ?
During the weekends, when my children aren't home. I have no schedule, no one to answer too, boyfriend is busy with his own sites or cooking (bonus !), I can indulge !

8) What is your favorite Genre ?
Paranormal. Again. I've read a lot of sci-fi when I was a teen, but my favorite authors even back then were Ray Bradbury or Richard Matheson. I just love the imagination, the strange creatures, unexpected things happening, it's like my adult version of fairy tales.

9) Who are your top five favorite authors ?
Hmm, tough question ! So I will answer quickly and won't think too much about it.
- My favorite author of all times : Charlotte Brontë with her Jane Eyre. If you really look for it, there is some paranormal in there too lol ! Her heroin may be stiff, but she's strong, wild, passionate, fire under the ice - I can relate. And she loves drawing.
- Jennifer Armentrout for Young Adult books. I usually don't really like YA, but she made me crave her novels. She has original elements of stories I find nowhere else, creates characters that draw me in and has a good sense of humor.
- Tessa Bailey for her hot, spicy romances with terrific dirty talkers. And humor. Everytime a see a new novel being released, I squee. I swear.
- I love Chloe Neill's Chicagoland vampires. Her stories are fast-paced, witty and simply can't be put down, it's impossible to get bored.
- I love Nalini Singh's Psy-changeling series. I love her writing, her vocabulary, the warmth of her characters, how she describes relations between people of a clan or a family. She feels very human in the best way.

10) If you could go on vacation with any of your favorite authors,
 who would you choose and where would you go ?
I wouldn't ! Come on, they would want to talk while I'd be dying to read in peace lol !
Either I'd be alone and I'd choose a quiet place to read, in the middle of nature. Or in a garden with no noisy neighbors.
Or I wouldn't be alone, so I'd love to go hiking. Ireland, maybe ? Scotland. My dear Brittany (I will live there one day). A national park. Somewhere that smells good, is beautiful, far from any city :)
Do me a favor, take a look at my beautiful country :)

Review / Farrah Rochon : In her wildest dreams (Tall, dark and alpha, story 6)

As owner of Your Wildest Dreams, Erica Cole specializes in creating over-the-top fantasy date nights for her clients, although she never anticipated the headaches that would come with owning her own business. When a consulting firm shows interest in franchising Your Wildest Dreams, Erica is over the moon at the thought of her longtime dream becoming a household name… and the financial payoff that is sure to come. Now, she must create the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience, and Erica knows just who to call to help her plan it.
Since Gavin Foster opened Decadente Artisan Chocolates, life has never been sweeter. The former tech company CEO has found his true calling, creating high-end chocolates for the discerning palettes of New Orleanians…and the best friend whom he wishes were more, Erica Cole. When Erica requests his help in creating a Valentine’s Day fantasy, Gavin sees it as the perfect opportunity to show her just how sweet their reality could be.

It started out well :
"The heady aroma of rich, dark chocolate enrobed Erica Cole the second she walked through the doors of Decadente Artisan Chocolates. She inhaled a lungful of the slightly sweet, slightly smoky-scented air, letting the intense fragrance permeate her senses.
"Oh yeah," Erica breathed. "This is what I need."
Come on, a story with a chocolate maker ! And it seems the author is well-informed about how it's made. The descriptions of how Gavin cooks his chocolate with passion and delicacy made my mouth water.
This was a sweet romance. A very sweet romance.

A few drawbacks, though.
They both have their own firm and they're talking an awful lot about it. I can relate to people who are not employees and have a hard time managing a society by themselves, especially when it's small and doesn't pay as much as it should. But I had a feeling the managing of the companies was like a third character all by itself in this book.
Gavin looks like a very nice guy at the start but everytime Erica says she has a doubt and needs some time, he gets angry quickly and threatens to leave. Well, he's been waiting for a long time already, he might wait some more ! But no, he won't wait a few days until she decides of the future of her society. So, not so nice guy.

It was sweet, the characters were rather good, the chocolate looked absolutely decadent (when you start reading the story, you should get a box of chocolates too !) but the drama seemed too strung out and the business side was overwhelming.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review / Eve Vaughn : Sex with an ex (Tall, dark and alpha boxed set, story 5)

After a devastating break-up, Riley Mason believed she had moved on with her life. That is until she crosses paths with the one man who still makes her pulse race and knees buckle, her ex husband Ethan Boudreaux. Though she tries to fight it, the attraction is stronger than ever.
Ethan Boudreaux's greatest regret is walking away from the woman he loved. But when he's presented with a second chance with Riley, there's no way he'll let the opportunity slip through his fingers. He soon devises a plan to get her back into his life and in his bed.
When these two divorcees reunite in the bedroom, the sex is hotter than ever. But can their hearts survive the second time around ?

Did I like any of the characters ? Nope. Even the best friend was clingy and temperamental. And harsh, just like her brother.

Riley : we are told over and over and over how immature she was, how mature she is now, but people still talk to her like she's a little girl that needs to be scorned. To be honest, she's not that great a woman, she's an airhead.

Ethan bullies people into doing what he thinks they should do. "Glad to hear you've finally grown up" is one of the very first things her ex-husband tells her after not having seen her for years. Other sentences ? "Still playing the victim, I see." "You're being ridiculous." "You're too big a coward".

The story ? Roughly, he divorced her because she was not mature enough. Those things happen to you when you marry a younger woman, stupid !
Apparently, the only good thing between them was the sex. He practically forces himself back into her bed under the pretext of a temporary arrangement. You know the kind : "Your lips say one thing but your body tells a different story." Pffffff. And she lets him do it because she's the "I can't believe I let you do this to me" kind. Pffffff.

Frankly, reading this, I had the feeling that his "love" for her was simply a great physical attraction. If she had remained in place and never opened her mouth (or simply obeyed him), I bet he would have loved it. He had all the traits of a potential psychological harrasser. He's a "man of anger", as would say Elizabeth Von Arnim.
Her mother was hateful. He was always angry. She always pouted. The reason for their break up was stupid and used countless times before in other stories.
I finished the book, but really...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review / Chris Lange : A touch too much

She shall bring death to the race of vampires. 
If prophecies are to be trusted, Liv possesses the means to destroy creatures of the night. But in the real world vampires don't exist. At least not until one of them scents her. And pursues her. 
As she flees to save her life, she feels the power in her blood. The power that might eradicate a world of violence and darkness. The power that enchains her to the most ruthless vampire of all.

That was one very hot read that kept me guessing until the end ! Everytime I thought I had found out about Rogan/Rashkan, I was proven wrong. I liked that !
When I thought this novella had one major con, the author turned it upside down and gave me a good reason for things to be this way - I won't be more precise because I don't want to spoil. 

The heroin was not perfect, but she was not stupid, just being human and trying to cope with what was happening to her. The hero was evil and intriguing, the world building short but original.
I loved the steaminess, the mystery, the teasing. Well, I loved it all !
Only complaint : it was too short :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Update of the first part of the month : mid-october

During the hiatus, I'm still reading !
Instead of a weekly update with the Sunday post, I'm posting a bi-monthly update until my break is over.

Books read :

Books reviewed :

I am currently reading :

Then I'll be reading :

Borrowed at the library :

I bought :

- free :

- cheap :

 - full price :

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review / Eve Langlais : Crazy (vampire love) - (Tall, dark and alpha boxed set, story 4)

"Please note, Crazy (Vampire Love) was originally published as Crazy by Liquid Silver Books from November 2010, until May of 2013. Published anew in October 2013 by Eve Langlais, this book has been expanded from its original short story length of 22k words to 32k. I hope you enjoy this plumper version of my poor crazy heroine and the vampire who can’t help loving her.
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Ella hears voices and they don’t like anyone.
Ella’s always heard voices and because of them, she ends up institutionalized at a young age. Everyone calls her crazy and she believes she is too until the night she meets a vampire and for the first time in her life, the voices shut up.
Zane just wants to enjoy his usual blood buffet, instead he runs into a wisp of a woman who makes him feel emotions he thought long dead. Rescuing her from the insane asylum, he brings her home, determined to seduce and feed from her, a plan that is foiled by ghostly voices determined to keep Ella untouched. But not even poltergeists can stand in the way of a vampire in love."

Ella hears voices. Plenty of voices. Hundreds. She’s been hearing them forever and found herself locked in a lunatic asylum at the tender age of 7.The voices are not always good for her, but they do their best to protect her since she’s among the few who can hear them.
Lunatic asylums are a place of choice for Zane : he’s a vampire, can feed there without being bothered or attracting attention. Until he falls upon Ella, who’s resistant to his sleeping suggestions, much to his surprise.
He helps her escape because he can’t keep from thinking about her and, let’s be honest, because he wants to have sex with her. It’s OK, she’s willing ! But her voices… they’re not.

She’s absolutely not afraid of him, merely very curious. He’s 327. She’s 25. He’s seen almost all there is to see. She may be naïve and innocent, but she’s clever and knows what she wants.
“Many of those present will have the ability to beguile humans. You won’t realize it is happening.”
“Is it like the sleep thing you tried to do to me ? The one that didn’t work.” An impish smile graced her lips and mirth danced in her eyes.”

To find a way around the voices, Zane takes her out to an older vampire to see if she can think of a solution.
“Of all the things he’d seen over the years, that incident ranked high on his weird-o-meter. Fathers with shotguns, boyfriends with fists, crying maidens and, yes, even archaic chastity belts, he’d seen and heard of them all, but flung items by invisible hands ? How unique, just like Ella.”
They find an original way to prevent the voices from hurting Zane physically.

I really liked this novella. This is my very first story by Eve Langlais – and I’d been looking forward to it since I read an awful lot of good about her novels. She didn’t disappoint. This seems to be the introduction to a series and it’s intriguing, with good characters, a beguiling story you long to know more about.
There are a few orthographical mistakes and repetitions, but nothing overwhelming.
Example of the voices' reactions :
“She’s finally going to kill him.”
“Stake the cheating bastard.”
“Who wants popcorn ?”
Hotness and humor. Great combination. Count me in for the next adventure.