Sunday, June 29, 2014

This blog is on vacation ! On holidays ! En vacances !




I'm officially en vacances !
So, no internet until I'm back on July 28th.

* Have a fun month of july *

Sunday post #20 : What's up, doc ? Vacation ! Holidays ! Vacances !



I'm participating in the Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the caffeinated book reviewer.
What happened this week, what did we read, buy, do ? 
It’s a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Looks like I read a lot but I cheated, some books were actually pretty short and one was DNF ! I calmed down on the 1-click button too.
What else ?
Since I couldn't surf the net as much as I'd like to this week, I stuck to Goodreads and started thinning my to-read list. I started that list a little more than a year ago, I used to jump on everything, now I select. At the beginning of the week, it amounted to 1384 books, now I've cut it back to 1 038 and I've not finished. I removed mostly drama-llama, miscommunication issues and TSTL heroins.

And I'm on vacation ! Of course, as usual, since I'll be on vacation all of the month of july, the warm and sunny weather has turned to grey and rainy weather... 
Tomorrow, I'll go fetch my mother, bring her back to stay with us for a week, then I'll take her and my daughters and go to my sister's house for a week (she's just bought it and there's a lot of work to do inside), then we'll all go back for 2 weeks at my mom's house. Busy holidays ahead.

In other terms, that means that I won't be on the computer for the next 4 weeks. 
When I come back, I won't try to catch up on everything I missed and simply roll with the flow. But I'll come back in time to participate to a giveaway blog hop with the Social bloggers, so if you're there the last week of july, there will be things to win !


On the blogosphere this week :


Books read this week :
  



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19358975-saga-volume-3?from_search=true


 (story #2 of the Tall, dark and alpha boxed set)





https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20580000-sweet-sizzle?from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20261733-assassin?from_search=true

Books reviewed :

Afton Locke : Rock my boat
(story #1 of the Tall, dark and alpha boxed set)




I am currently reading :



I participated in memes :

I posted about to-read lists :

Here and there




Books borrowed at the library :

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19358975-saga-volume-3?from_search=true

Since last time, I bought :

- free : 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18158596-the-marked-ones

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18663112-the-dragon-king-and-i?from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17673307-neanderthal-seeks-human?from_search=true



My boyfriend thinks he's found out
why Triskell is such a sofa sprawler :



Enjoy your month of july ! 
I know they will - as usual :)



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Jen McLaughlin (aka Diane Alberts) : Falling for the groomsman (Wedding dare #1)

Photojournalist Christine Forsythe is ready to tackle her naughty little to-do list, and who better to tap for the job than a hot groomsman ? But when she crashes into her best friend’s older brother, Christine realizes her list needs updating. And fast. Tyler Dresco took her virginity during the best night of her life, then bolted. Now that they’re trapped together at a destination wedding, she’s going to get her revenge.
Tyler has never forgiven himself for how completely he lost control all those years ago. Being in Christine’s arms had felt right… until he realized what he’d taken from her in the hallway of a cheap motel. And oh, how she’s making him pay for it now. The insatiable heat between them has only grown stronger, but every time things heat up, Christine walks away.
With every encounter, things go a little bit further until Christine’s caught in her own trap of seduction. And before their time’s up, Tyler’s not the only one wanting more…

 



Everybody is raving about this book and I... liked it. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. I know I shouldn't read contemporary romance any more, but since I preordered the installment written by Tessa Bailey and everybody recommended reading this series in order, well, I bought that one and read it !

While I liked Tyler, I'm not sure I really liked Christine. At the beginning at least, she was living too much in the past. She gets better near the end. There has been much worse and stupid heroins, but - again !!! - there was a problem of miscommunication. And when the miscommunication happens, then it's the hero who reacts stupidly. I couldn't believe any of this.

The problem with those contemporary romances is that depending on which percentage of the book you have reached, you know how the scene you're reading is going to end ! To be clear, no actual penetration until 50%. A breakup scene about 70 or 80%. They make up by 90% and more. Somebody please write something original !

What I prefered was the scene in the forest, when they talk about their lives. It was very well written, I almost thought I was there with them listening to them talk.
But let's not forget the sex : come on, Tyler is a god in and out of bed (mostly out of bed lol !). Strong and dirty talking hero, that's good.

So now that I've read this one, I can move on and read the book by Tessa Bailey !

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples : Saga volume #3

From the Hugo Award-winning duo of Brian K. Vaughan (The Private Eye, Y: The Last Man) and Fiona Staples (North 40, Red Sonja), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple's multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.

 


I love that series. I love that series ! I LOVE THAT SERIES !!!!
Not a very articulated review, I agree. 
I have reviewed #1 and #2 here : click ! I was more articulated there, promise.

So, apart from the fun, the emotion, the characters, the universe, the strange cat, the ghosts, the weird planets, what more can I add ? This volume was more of a pause, a reflection on what the characters could do with their life. But there's not real opportunity for planning a life, fate often decides for them.
Enough of that, when is the next volume released ?!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cat thursday #17 : A Cat's Guide To Taking Care Of Your Human


Welcome to the weekly meme hosted by The True Book Addict that celebrates the wonders and sometimes hilarity of cats ! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats ! Enjoy !


I was listening to some music the other day when I happened upon this
(I think the computer knows I love cats !)


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Afton Locke : Rock my boat (Tall, dark and alpha - 1st story/10)

1st story of the Tall, dark and alpha boxed set.
There is no summary on Goodreads, so let me explain in a few words. A sailor has died at sea during a shipwreck. Said shipwreck was caused by a bad CEO who valued profit over safety. Sailor was offered by Poseidon to remain alive, but as a marlin-shifter. If he wants to break the curse and to become a man again, he has to find his true mate.
 
There are spoilers in this review. I read the whole story but I really need to rant, so I'll give details. If you have the boxed set and are willing to read it with an open mind, you can stop here : Rock my boat is ridiculous.

You don't fear spoilers ? Then let's proceed :

The plot is... undescribable. 
The heroin, a 30 year-old virgin workaholic CEO, goes on a work trip, but her family comes with her and - wait for it - they also take her neighbor, an older alcoholic woman. Of course, the cruise is short of one room and of course, the heroin finds herself with the alcoholic neighbor and is supposed to watch over her even if she didn't invite her.
A hot guy wearing a uniform practically forces her in an empty room, searches her (= he feels her up) under the pretext that she may be needed to help the crew in case there's a wreck ! He's forceful and bluntly tells her that "what she needs is a good fucking." They met 5 minutes ago, barely. The guy in question stole a uniform, harrassed her, she doesn't know a thing about the guy but because he's hot, she doesn't report him. She calls him an alpha brute instead. Whatever.

He doesn't know a thing about her but knows she's his mate, continues harrassing her. When she watches him turn into a fish right in front of her, she becomes (more) stupid (than she already is) and doesn't believe it's him.
And then, the alpha brute turns into a whiny little boy who cries because he hasn't eaten a steak in 20 years and seeing all the food on the boat is torture. He whines because she's a CEO and CEO are all baaaaaaad. He wants to die because "I can't live this way anymore. (...) "He was so much more than a sexy man." thinks Rhonda. Really ?!

When he tells Poseidon (complete with a crown) that he has met his true mate, Poseidon's first question is : "Have you bedded her yet ?". How delicate. And the other fish "drew near, eager to hear the details." Pervs.

She should be delighted, happy, down on her knees because he's planning to "offer her a relationship. Her lonely workaholic life needed a loving man and plenty of sex."
She falls for him for stupid reasons. He falls for her for... I don't know why, they don't say. Sex ? Anyway, he tricks her, so, lover indeed. He turns her, but never warns her of the consequences. 

Sigh. I could go on and on but the major point is : this story is ridiculous.
Oh, I forgot to mention two of the main characters : her nipples ! They're elongated. They protrude. They poke. All the time...