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

the deal - elle kennedyThe Deal  – Elle Kennedy
Genre : Romance sportNew-AdultRomance ContemporaineComédie Romantique
Rating : ♥♥♥♥

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. Read More

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Smut – Karina Halle : a romantic comedy

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Smut
Karina Halle

Genre : New-AdultContemporary romanceRomantic comedy
Rating : ♥♥♥♥♥

My review :
Hello everyone ! If you’ve read my about me page, you know that I have to rewrite all my reviews following a technical problem. It’s quite tricky as it’s been a while since I’ve read most of the books. If you’ve spent some time on the blog, you also might have noticed that I tend to review books that I loved. It doesn’t mean that I’ve loved all my reads but I don’t see the point in detailing why I hated/disliked a book. Well,it depends. Sometimes I need to vent haha. Anyways, all of this to let you know that all my ratings (good and bad) are available on my Goodreads profile.

Let’s get back to Smut by Karina Halle. I’ve liked every previous book I read by her but this one is my favorite!

What attracted me to this book :

  • The topic of writing
  • The ennemis to lovers story is one of my favorite genre in Romance

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Sincerely, Carter – Whitney G.

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Sincerely, Carter
– Whitney G.

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

My review

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…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 not 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…

The story

Carter and Arizona have been best friend since fourth grade, nope, fifth grade… Anyway, you’ll get the answer in the story. They’ve never crossed the line despite what everyone else think. Until one particular night. Read More

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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 : ♥♥♥

My review

I 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.

The story

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 at some point… Read More

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Stroked – Meghan Quinn (Book 1)

Stroked - Meghan Quinn

Stroked
– Meghan Quinn


Genre Romance Sport, New adult, Romance contemporaine
Rating : ♥♥

My review

Stroked was my first book from Meghan Quinn. The blurb appealed to me strongly as I like sports romance. Also, the reviews were good so I wanted to give it a go.

General impression

First, I must admit that it took me too much time to get into the story and as long to finish it.
It could have been an awesome read but it turned out to be just an okay read.  I felt there were too many unnecessary details. For example, Bellini’s POV chapters… it’s not to be mean but I seriously couldn’t care.

Otherwise, Stroked was…well, ok. The love story was kind of nice but not particularly sweet or endearing. I didn’t love it nor hated it and I think that’s the worst. I mean, if I can’t get the feel while reading, I don’t see the point.

The characters

Well, I feel really bad about saying this about a book because I know there’s serious work behind it. But I’m always honest while giving my views and I must say I sincerely didn’t get attached to any of the characters.

Reese : On paper, he’s totally the kind of character I like. And I guess he was. It’s just that I couldn’t feel the chemistry with the female character and when it’s the case in a romance, I must say I’m too disappointed to care about each character. But on a more objective note, yes, Reese is likable. He’s your super good-looking alpha male hero and acts possessively towards Paisley which is nice.

Paisley : I must say she’s quite original. She’s strong, driven, determined and is working on saving her career. She is pretty nice.

Bellini : That’s seriously the biggest flaw of this book for me. Bellini is Paisley’s boss and Reese’s so-called ‘girlfriend’. She has the role of the villain in this story. But what I don’t get is why does she take that much place. She was really uninteresting and annoying.

To conclude, I was a bit disappointed by this book. But that’s my opinion only. Many enjoyed it and I guess the story has its appeal. If you can get into it then it might be a very enjoyable read for you.

Have you read it ? What are your thoughts ? Most importantly, what did you think of Bellini (I need to know!) ? 

More details :

Summary (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.

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