Anna and the french kiss – Stephanie Perkins

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Anna and the french kiss
– Stephanie Perkins
Titre FR :
Anna et le french kiss

Genre : Young adult
Notation : ♥♥♥

Résumé (Amazon)

Anna avait prévu de passer son année de terminale chez elle, à Atlanta, avec ses copines, son récent petit copain et son job au cinéma d’art et essai de la ville. Mais ses parents ont décidé qu’elle devait voyager et l’ont envoyée pour un an au lycée américain de Paris.

Fraîchement débarquée en France, Anna, réservée, maladroite et ne parlant pas un mot de français, se sent complètement perdue. Et quand elle tombe sous le charme d’Étienne, un jeune franco-anglais totalement craquant, c’est la panique… D’autant plus que celui-ci a déjà une petite amie.

Un instant tentée de se replier sur elle-même, Anna ne pourra rester longtemps insensible à la vie autour d’elle. Sa gourmandise, sa curiosité et sa générosité l’emportant sur sa timidité, elle devra faire face au bel Étienne, quels que soient les sentiments que ce dernier éprouve pour elle…

Mon avis :

Sentiment général

A l’époque, il y avait eu un tel engouement pour « Anna and the french kiss » sur Instagram que j’ai absolument dû me le procurer pour me faire ma propre opinion.

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Tout d’abord, j’ai trouvé le cadre génial. Légèrement cliché, certes, mais c’est compréhensible.
J’ai apprécié le fait qu’ils étudient dans un internat en France, à Paris. L’histoire a très bien commencé et j’étais plongée dedans dès le début.

Les personnages

Les personnages n’étaient pas parfaits et c’est ce que j’ai aimé. Leurs descriptions physiques étaient très réalistes, des beautés naturelles, imparfaites. C’était frais ce changement. Comparé à tous les livres que je lis où les personnages sont quasiment tous absolument magnifiques et parfaits physiquement. Même si bon, parfois c’est bien aussi. C’est bien parce que ça fait rêver que je lis 🙂

Au tout début du livre j’aimais bien Anna. Je pense que beaucoup de jeunes filles de son âge peuvent s’identifier et ça rappelle aux autres leurs 17 ans et à quel point tout ce que la vie peut offrir est impressionnant.

Et qui peut résister à Etienne ? Avec son accent anglais et son sourire parfait. Les autres personnages étaient top également. J’ai beaucoup aimé le groupe d’amis.

Ce que j’ai aimé et moins aimé

Concernant l’histoire, elle était assez divertissante au début et puis j’ai continué à lire, à lire, puis à attendre… Et encore une fois à attendre que ça arrête de tourner en rond et qu’on avance un peu… mais ça n’a pas été le cas.

Je comprends bien le côté Young Adult, le fait de ne pas aller trop loin. Le fait que les personnages ayant 17-18 ans aient cette façon immature de gérer les choses. Mais j’aurais quand même aimé un peu plus de profondeur sur certains aspects (la relation avec les parents, les amis, les ex, etc.).

En bref, il y a eu beaucoup de points positifs. La meilleure partie pour moi était celle où ils étaient loin l’un de l’autre. J’ai adoré lire les emails, les appels et bien entendu la dernière scène, celle que tout le monde attendait (et qui aurait pu arriver beaucoup plus tôt selon moi).

Une mention spéciale pour la citation soulignée par Etienne 🙂

Pour résumé, c’était une lecture sympa, très légère (un peu trop pour moi).

Peace Xxx
L

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Summary (Goodreads) 

Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

My review :

In general

There was such great enthusiasm around this YA on Instagram, I absolutely had to get my hands on this one to see what it was all about.

The setting was great (a bit cliché, true, but it’s understandable). I loved that they were in an internat in France. The story started pretty great and I dived right into it.

The characters

They were imperfect and I liked that. It was really realistic how they were attractive in quite a natural way instead of being described as gorgeous and flawless. Very refreshing.
At the beginning I liked Anna, I think many girls her age could identify and others think back about when they were 17 and how everything life had to offer was impressive.

And who couldn’t like Etienne ? With his perfect english accent and perfect smile.
The other characters were great also. I liked the group of friends.

What I liked and liked less

The story was enjoyable too and I kept reading, reading, and waiting… waiting for the story to stop going in circles and move forward… like… PLEASE??

I get the whole YA thing, not going deep into things and all and the characters being 17-18 and not so mature at dealing with certain things but I would really have liked it if the story had gone a bit deeper in some aspects (relations with the parents, with their friends, ex, etc.).

Anyway, they were still aspects I really enjoyed : the best part for me was when they were apart, the emails and calls were absolutely lovely to read and of course that last scene which was what everyone was waiting for I guess (and which could have happened way before in my opinion *cough*).

Special mention to the quote highlighted by Etienne.

To sum up, nice read but very light and a bit lacking.

Peace Xxx
L

The Deal – Elle Kennedy (Série Off-Campus- Tome #1)

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The Deal – Un accord dangereux ?
Elle Kennedy

Genre : Romance sportNew-AdultRomance ContemporaineComédie Romantique
Notation : ♥♥♥♥

Résumé (Amazon)

Hannah est une très bonne élève et elle a un don incroyable pour le chant.

Mais quand il s’agit d’hommes et de séduction, elle perd tous ses moyens. Garrett est la star de l’équipe de hockey de l’université, mais ses résultats scolaires ne sont pas à la hauteur et il risque de perdre sa place dans l’équipe. Ils vont passer un drôle d’accord.

Elle lui donne des cours et il l’aide à séduire le quaterback de l’équipe de football.

Cet arrangement original va-t-il changer leur vie ?

Mon avis :

Sentiment général

«The Deal» ou le livre le plus touchant du genre « Université romance » !
Le tome 1 de la série Off-Campus est selon moi l’illustration parfaite de l’expression « feeling in love while reading », littéralement « se sentir amoureux en lisant ».

Tout d’abord, je dois admettre que j’étais assez sceptique pendant les 5 premières pages.
On apprend dès le début que le personnage féminin a vécu un évènement traumatisant et j’ai crains qu’on tombe dans une ambiance trop morose. Puis le héros fait son apparition et j’ai pensé au cliché du capitaine de l’équipe de football, beaucoup trop sûr de lui. Eh bien, il se trouve que c’était ça et beaucoup plus encore !(D’abord, parce que c’est un joueur de hockey et non de foot…eh non, ce n’est pas la même chose!)

Concernant les personnages, Garrett est plein d’assurance (un peu trop parfois) mais il est tellement drôle et touchant. Hannah, quant à elle, est forte, modeste et intelligente. Les deux sont talentueux et déterminés.

Elle Kennedy a créé des personnages avec tellement de profondeur et tellement de réalisme que je ne voulais pas que ce livre se termine. Je pense que la chose la plus remarquable qu’ait fait l’auteure est de reprendre un scénario déjà-vu et en avoir fait quelque chose d’unique.

L’histoire

Pour faire court, « The Deal » est l’histoire de Garrett, un étudiant de l’Université de Briar et le capitaine de l’équipe de hockey. Il a un rêve : celui de devenir joueur professionnel à la fin de ses études. Cependant, s’il veut continuer à jouer, il faut qu’il améliore ses notes en Philosophie. Il se trouve qu’Hannah Wells a eu un A au dernier examen. Garrett décide alors de lui propose un deal : il l’aide à rendre le garçon qu’elle aime, jaloux, en sortant avec elle et en retour elle l’aide à réviser.

Ce que j’ai aimé :

Très cliché dit comme ça. Et pourtant, j’ai adoré les contradictions de ces personnages :

  • Garrett : un statut d’athlète qui ne l’empêche pas pour autant d’être un bon élève. Quelqu’un qui sait s’amuser et faire la fête mais qui a malgré tout des limites. Il est mature et responsable.
  • Hannah : une fille intelligente sans pour autant tomber dans le cliché de la « nerd ». Une chanteuse déterminée à réaliser ses rêves mais qui a la tête sur les épaules.

Dès le moment où ces deux-là s’adressent la parole, ça fait des étincelles. Il y a une alchimie incroyable. Je ne rentrerais pas dans les détails pour pas spoiler mais vous aurez le droit à des scènes hilarantes, des dialogues passionnés et une relation qui évolue naturellement et d’une jolie façon, des personnages honnêtes et entiers et un couple plus qu’adorable.

Pour conclure, une lecture amusante, sexy et légère mais avec assez de profondeur pour rendre cette histoire spéciale.

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Summary (Goodreads)

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cockycaptain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

My review : 

« The Deal » or the most endearing book from the « University romance » genre ! Book one from the Off-campus serie is according to me the perfect illustration of the expression « feeling in love while reading ».

I have to admit that at the 5 first pages I was doubtful. We learned outright about the traumatic event that scarred our female character and I immediately thought there would be a lot of unnecessary drama. Then, the hero appears and I thought of the cliché of the good-looking football captain who’s full of himself. Well, guess what ? It was that…but so much more !!! (Fisrt, because he was a hockey captain and not a football one…yeah, that’s definitely not the same thing…duh.)

Garrett is confident (a little too much sometimes) but so funny and endearing. Hannah is strong, humble and smart. They’re both talented and determined. Elle Kennedy created characters with such depth and realism that I never wanted the story to end. The remarkable thing the author did in writing this book I think is : taking a « deja-vu » scenario and turning it into something entirely unique.

To be short, « The Deal » is the story of Garrett, a student from Briar University and captain of the hockey team. He has a dream : turning professional at the end of his studies. The thing is, if he wants to keep playing he needs to improve his grade in Ethics, following to a fail exam. As it happens, Hannah Wells has gotten an A. Garrett decides then to make a deal : he helps her at making her crush jealous by going out with her and she has to tutor him.

Really cliché said like that. However, I loved the paradox of the characters :

  • Garrett : an athelete status that doesn’t keep him from being a good student (except for the Ethics incident). A party way of life but with its limits.
  • Hannah : a smart girl without getting into the « nerd » cliché. A musician and a singer determined to achieve her goal but with her head on her shoulders.

From the moment those two exchange a conversation, there are sparks. I won’t spoil so I’ll just say that while reading this book you’ll get hilarious scenes, lively dialogues, a relationship coming along naturally and beautifully, honest and assertive characters and a more than endearing couple.

I’m definitely putting this book in the « smile-on-my-face-while-reading » category.

To conclude, a funny, sexy and light read but with enough depth to make this book special.

Smut – Karina Halle : une comédie romantique

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Smut – Karina Halle

Genre : New-AdultRomance ContemporaineComédie Romantique
Notation : ♥♥♥♥♥

Résumé (Goodreads)

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

Mon avis :

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My review : I’m so in love with this book. Let me deal with withdrawal, I’ll comeback for my review when I’m ready.

Can you keep a secret ? – Sophie Kinsella

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Can you keep a secret? – Sophie Kinsella
Titre FR :
Les petits secrets d’Emma

Genre : Chick-lit, Romance Contemporaine, Comédie Romantique
Notation : ♥♥♥

Résumé (Amazon)

Ce n’est pas qu’Emma soit menteuse, non, c’est plutôt qu’elle a ses petits secrets. Par exemple, elle fait un bon 40, pas du 36. Elle ne supporte pas les strings. Elle a très légèrement embelli son CV. Et avec Connor, son petit ami, au lit ce n’est pas franchement l’extase. Bref, rien de bien méchant, mais plutôt mourir que de l’avouer.
Mourir ? Justement… Lors d’un voyage en avion passablement mouvementé, Emma croit sa dernière heure arrivée. Prise de panique, elle déballe tout à son séduisant voisin…

Mon avis : J’aime beaucoup Sophie Kinsella mais pour moi ce roman n’est pas son meilleur. L’héroïne est quelque peu attachante mais moins que d’habitude, en tous cas pour moi, et le personnage masculin ne pas plus fait rêver que ça. Ceci dit, on retrouve une petite romance bien ficelée et des rebondissements dignes de Kinsella qui font de ce livre une petite lecture agréable 🙂

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Summary (Goodreads)

Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: Secrets from her boyfriend: I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken. Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is. Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.…Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her…

My review  : I really love Sophie Kinsella ! Only for me, this book is not her best, it’s still really funny and a nice read. The female character is endearing but less than I’m used to by Kinsella. And the male character is not particularly dreamy, but nice nonetheless. A well written romance 🙂

Sincerely, Carter – Whitney G. (Tome 1)

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Sincerely, Carter – Whitney G.

Genre : New Adult, Romance Contemporaine, Comédie Romantique
Notation : ♥♥♥♥♥

Résumé (Goodreads)

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend… 

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve …

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

Mon avis :

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Okay, so I’m a sucker for ‘best-friends turn to lovers’ stories but I must admit… I’ve never, ever read anything as good as this. I’m not talking about the writing style (it was really great) but that’s not what made that story special. It was the storyline, the perfection of each one of the characters, the cuteness, the depth, the realism of each and every moment…*sigh* (yeah, I just wrote « sigh » but I literally just put down that book, and I’m still overwhelmed).

I know I shouldn’t write my thoughts about this book at this very minute because it’s still so fresh, I’m no being really objective but I will act against my best thoughts and do it anyway because a book that made me feel so much , deserves a heartfelt review…

Carter…Carter. Carter…I’m in love with Carter. He’s at the top of my favorite hero list. Right with « Ryder » from The Perfect hope (cf. my previous book haul post). I don’t think this review will be much organized if I continue so I’ll try to make sense from now on.

The storyline is perfect. There’s no other word. To be short, Carter and Arizona have been best friend since fourth grade, nope, fifth grade… Anyway, you’ll get the answer in the story :p They’ve never crossed the line despite what everyone else think.Until… well you’ll see. What I can tell you though, is that I absolutely loved how the story was focused only on them. Only Carter and Arizona. And I admit it was really really nice. Changes from the book series where you have glimpses of other couples’ story. Here the focus is only on them and it’s good because we’re totally drown into their story.

The characters are… perfect. I’m sorry, I’m lacking words here… Seriously. I already told you about how Carter made it to the top of my list so… nothing to add except that what made me love him is his protective side, his « I-don’t-care-about-everything-but-Arizona » attitude, his maturity (yes, there is maturity in him, it doesn’t appear like that to everyone, but I repeat, yes, there is.), his intelligence, his loyalty…he’s perfect (already told you I don’t any other word, sorry). Arizona was great too. She wasn’t the ‘tomboy’ nor the ‘guys aren’t looking at me like the girl I am’ type of best-friend. She was pretty, feminine, funny AND she dated.

So it was really great to see how their relationship developped. Their relationship was beautiful. Simply.

I also loved Ari’s mom (and her older sister, her conversation with Carter was funny!). John, Nicole, they were great too.

I feel like I don’t have any vocabulary left after reading this book, I keep wanting to write ‘I loved’ and ‘I also loved’ (I apologize for my lack of eloquence in this post, seriously).

So, yeah, I also loved… how the story was structured, the flashbacks weren’t confusing, like I thought they might be (normally, I hate flashbacks). I loved how we were well into their story with all the emails, text, etc.

Oh.my.god. this story is so full of cuteness, sexiness and love. *re-sigh* (yeah , seriously). Okay I’ll stop now as I’m not sure I’m making any sense. I might edit this post later when I can think straight again.

Xx,

L 🙂

Be My December – Rachel Brookes (Standalone)

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Be My December – Rachel Brookes

Genre : New Adult, Romance Contemporaine
Notation : ♥♥♥

Résumé (Goodreads)

I knew the exact moment I’d become a ‘yes’ girl.

December 16th, a cold winter’s night, four years ago.
The night my innocence was stolen, the night I made the mistake of saying no—a mistake I’d never make again.
The dream of a ‘happily ever after’ was now a locked away myth. I promised myself that I’d never return to the place of my worst nightmare, that I’d never let anyone get close, but then again, I never thought I’d meet someone like him.
The intense, confident and beautiful Ky Crawford.

I had no plans to become someone’s Prince Charming.
I couldn’t be. I refused to be. My plan was simple—do whatever it takes to correct my biggest mistake, my one regret that now controlled my life.
I was on track. I had plans, but then everything changed when I saw her—the girl in the red jacket, the girl who I was told couldn’t say no.
The reserved yet stunning Eden Rivers.

A girl who can’t say no.
A guy who craves redemption.
A chance encounter?

It all comes down to this.
One question.
One month.

Be My December?

Mon avis :

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Just finished « Be My December » by Rachel Brookes.
At first, when I read the synopsis, it didn’t really appeal to me but then I read reviews and got curious. I won this book in a giveaway, for which I thank the author again.

If I had to describe Eden and Ky’s story in one word, it would be : INTENSE.

Eden faced a more than traumatic experience when she was 20, since then it had been difficult for her to live as she used to so she keeps pretending to be someone different everytime and comes up with rules that seems really strange at the beginning but well, we kind of get it a some point…
Eden was a nice character, not an amazing one, but a nice one. She didn’t particularly annoy me but I didn’t especially loved her either.

Ky, on the other hand was amazing. I loved his character from the beginning and his alpha male side…oof…

I loved the other characters as well : Josh, Ashlyn, Ky’s family, Douglas…

This story was sweet, sexy and full of angst. I liked that.

There were other few aspects I didn’t like. To be honest, it’s not the kind of book I particularly like to read (I mean I like humorous book) but this one was nice enough. I would have liked for certain things to have been different, for example some scenes which I found unnecessary, as well as some drama which could have been avoided, and certain dialogues which were a bit too much…

But in overall, I recommend for readers who like a good romance, full of angst.

Peace,
L.

I’ve got your number – Sophie Kinsella

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I’ve got your number – Sophie Kinsella
Titre FR : Poppy Wyatt est un sacré numéro
Genre : Chick-lit, Comédie romantique
Notation : ♥♥♥♥

Résumé (Amazon)

Poppy Wyatt est au bord de la crise de nerfs : elle vient de perdre sa bague de fiançailles, celle qui est dans la famille de son fiancé Magnus depuis des générations, et, sans transition, on lui a volé son téléphone. Alors qu’elle envisage sérieusement la fuite à l’étranger, miracle : là, dans une poubelle, un portable ! Juste le temps de convaincre Sam, le ronchon propriétaire dudit portable, que c’est emprunt temporaire, et Poppy reprend les choses en main. Mais Magnus est aux abonnés absents, impossible de retrouver cette fichue bague, et pour couronner le tout, d’étranges textos ne cessent d’arriver sur le téléphone de Sam… Retour à la case crise de nerfs !

Mon avis : Mon roman préféré de Kinsella ! De gros gros fous-rires ! Le titre français reflète tellement mieux le livre que le titre original pour une fois !!! Parce que c’est clair « Poppy Wyatt est un sacré numéro! ». J’ai adoré, adoré, adoré et je recommande fortement pour passer un bon BON moment et que l’on a envie de rire 🙂

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Summary (Goodreads) 

I’ve lost it. 🙁 The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive 🙂 !!
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

My review : My favorite book from Kinsella ! I literally laughed out loud and more than once ! I loved it and strongly recommend.

Stroked – Meghan Quinn (Tome 1 de la série Stroked)

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Stroked – Meghan Quinn
Genre Romance Sport, New adult, Romance contemporaine
Notation : ♥♥

Résumé (Goodreads) 

 

Reese King: Olympic medalist, underwear model, Greek god.

His body is chiseled from rock, sculpted by the weight room, and refined by water.

On a daily basis his skin is completely bare for everyone to see, tan and defined, only covered up by a minuscule piece of spandex. There is no denying his sex appeal.

I hate to admit it, but I’m head over heels infatuated with him.

There is one HUGE problem though. His achingly gorgeous abs, inked up arm, and cocky swagger belong to my boss, the high-profile, reality star bitch from hell and certified heinous human being, Bellini Chambers.

What I think is going to be an easy job assisting a glorified wench turns into a cluster f*ck of epic proportions.

Mon avis :

– English Version –

It took me too much time to get into the story and as long to finish it.
It was ok but I felt there was too many unnecessary details (like Bellini’s POV chapters… I seriously couldn’t care).
Otherwise, it was…well, ok. I didn’t get attached to any of the characters, nor the story. But I didn’t hate it either.

The Allure of Julian Lefray – R.S. Grey

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The Allure of Julian Lefray
– R.S. Grey

Genre : Comédie romantique
Notation : ♥♥♥♥

Résumé (Goodreads) 

 

From: JosephineKeller@LLDesigns.com
To: LilyNBlack@gmail.com
Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.

I GOT A JOB!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- « But Jo, what’s the problem? »

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all…

XO,
Jo

Mon avis :

Sentiment général

J’ai beaucoup apprécié le style d’écriture de R.S. Grey dans son précédent livre « The Design » ainsi que ses personnages très drôles. Je me souviens avoir tellement ri en lisant les pensées de Cammie. Mais là ! Là, j’admets qu’elle m’a surprise avec ce bouquin. C’est un niveau totalement au-dessus : hilarant et adorable !

Joséphine

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Joséphine, appelée « Jo » Keller est hyper drôle ! Elle est vraie, authentique et représente la jeune femme lambda à laquelle la plupart peuvent s’identifier. Enfin, je veux dire n’importe quelle femme incroyablement belle qui a la chance de travailler avec un homme terriblement séduisant, mais bon…

Elle travaille dur pour atteindre ses objectifs, a un manque de confiance en elle comme beaucoup d’entre nous. Sa situation et ses dettes reflètent une réalité. Ses coups de fils et emails à sa meilleure amie Lily rappellent ceux de n’importe laquelle d’entre nous et j’ai adoré cette connexion qu’on a avec le personnage principal.

Quelques citations de Joséphine qui m’ont fait rire :

« The first email, sitting right at the very top of my neglected inbox, was from Mr. Fuck-Me himself. Er, I mean, Julian Lefray. » – « Le tout premier email qu’on retrouve en ouvrant ma boîte de réception délaissée venait de Monsieur Baise-Moi lui-même. Euh, je veux dire, Julian Lefray. »

« He didn’t even know the effect those dimples had on my girly parts. One word : Ijustgotpregnant. Yeah, that’s one word. » – « Il ne savait même pas quels effets ces fossettes avaient sur mes parties féminines. Un mot : Jeviensdetomberenceinte. Oui, c’est un seul mot. »

Julian

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L’apparition de Julian est telle quelle doit être : magique. Il est décrit comme magnifique et élégant avec ce petit côté gentleman. C’est ce que j’ai vraiment aimé chez ce personnage. J’ai trouvé ça frais. C’était différent du bad-boy qui veut la fille dans son lit dès le premier soir. Même si je n’ai rien contre ce type de personnage masculin (vous vous en rendre compte dans mes autres lectures). Mais c’est vrai que ce changement fait du bien et j’ai adoré Julian.

Ce que j’ai aimé

R.S. Grey nous offre une vraie histoire, pleine de romance et une réelle amitié entre ces deux personnages. Cela n’empêche l’attirance sexuelle grandissante que Julian et Jo essayent de nier pour ne pas entraver leur relation professionnelle. Et ça, pour notre plus grand plaisir car ça donne des scènes très drôles 😉

« That is, us pretending to be friends while subtly eye-fucking the shit out of each other » – « C’est nous, faisant semblant d’être amis tout en se déshabillant subtilement du regard« .

L’auteure nous offre également des dialogues pleins d’humour entre Joséphine et Julian, mais pas que.
Pour conclure, ce livre est drôle, drôle, drôle et nous raconte l’histoire d’un couple touchant.

Je le recommande à tous les amoureux de comédies romantiques.


– English Version –

My review :

I really liked R.S. Grey’s writing style in her previous book « The Design » as well as her funny characters. I remember laughing so much while reading Cammie’s thoughts. But now ! Now, I must admit she surprised me with this book, it was a totally whole new level of hilarious, sweet and cute !

Joséphine, aka « Jo » Keller is so damn funny ! She is real, authentic and represents ordinary people so well we can identify (Well, I meant very stunning ordinary people who has the chance to work with a very good-looking man, but still…).

She works hard to achieve her goals like anybody else, she lacks self-confidence like anybody else, her situation and her debts are real too ! Her phone calls and emails with her best friend Lily who stayed in Texas are ones any ordinary girl has with her own best friend and I loved the closeness it gives us with her character.

Some quotes of Joséphine that made me laugh :

« The first email, sitting right at the very top of my neglected inbox, was from Mr. Fuck-Me himself. Er, I mean, Julian Lefray. »

« He didn’t even know the effect those dimples had on my girly parts. One word : Ijustgotpregnant. Yeah, that’s one word.« 

Julian’s appearance is as its supposed to be : « dreamy ». He’s described as gorgeous and smart with this gentleman touch. That’s what I really liked about this hero. I found it refreshing, it was different from the « bad-boy » male character, who’s rough and wants the girl in his bed right now. Even if I don’t have anything against that kind of hero (you can see it from my previous reviews :D) but it’s true that this little change was good and I loved Julian.

R.S.Grey gives us a real story, full of romance, a real friendship between those two characters. That doesn’t help the growing sexual tension that they both try to surpass due to their professional relationship. And that is really entertaining 🙂

« That is, us pretending to be friends while subtly eye-fucking the shit out of each other »

The author also gives us conversations full of humor between Joséphine and Julian, but not only. To sum up, this book is fun, fun, fun and tells us a story about such an adorable couple. I recommend it to all lovers of a good romantic comedy.