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 :

– English Version –

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 🙂

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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 :

– English Version –

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.

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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.

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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.

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