Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sunday post #25 : What's up, doc ?

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 share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This was my last week in my temporary library, I'll be back in "mine" next tuesday. We held a good-bye party on thursday and had a huge inside picnic inside the library before it opened :)
What did I watch ?... The last episode of Death comes to Pemberley. Then I watched the final season of True blood and was sooooooo bored. Fortunately, Pam and Eric were there to keep me from sleeping and rolling my eyes all the time. I watched the 3rd episode of Outlander for some Scottish comfort !
Else, I was very very wise and didn't buy that many books.

On the blogosphere :

Books read :

Books reviewed this week :

I am currently reading :

Then I'll be reading :

(part of the neverending Tall, dark and alpha boxed set...)

I participated in memes :

Library haul :

Books in French you wouldn't care about, about computer programming, HTML5 and how to recognize wild animals and plants while hiking.

I bought :

- free :

 - full price :
(the standalone edition with 2 extra stories,
I read only the novella in the Tall dark and alpha boxed set)

Have a great sunday !

Friday, August 29, 2014

Review / Penny Reid : Neanderthal seeks human : A smart romance (Knitting in the city #1)

There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris :
1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 
2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 
3) She doesn't know how to knit.
After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan - aka Sir McHotpants - witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn - the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies - to make her an offer she can't refuse.


Absolutely hilarious ! This book made my summer !
When I first saw the book cover, so pink and girly, I didn't think it would be for me. But everybody kept saying how funny it was and who was I to refuse a good laugh ?  
I opened it and, as a start, the heroin was on the toilets and without paper ! The story kept its promises.

The tone is lively, the heroin's voice completely original. 
Her day is dreadful : she lost her boyfriend (hence her appartment) and her job. But she's a sensible, reasonable girl and organizes a way to deal with it. The only non-reasonable element in all her organization ? Sir Handsome McHotpants with the piercing blue eyes, one of the afternoon security guards at her job. She doesn't know his name but the women have all noticed him and Janie has been sort of stalking him at a distance. She holds no hope regarding to a possible relationship but the impossible happens : McHotpants offers her something unexpected, a job.

A few twists happen, that we see coming from afar, but of course, Janie doesn't ! I could quote her dialogues for hours : everytime she's embarrassed, she starts talking and talking about things she saw or read and loses everybody on the way (I personally thought those very talks were interesting as well as funny so I must be weird too). Except Quinn (McHotpants) who's never met anyone like her before and is clearly puzzled, then attracted. When something bothers her ? It vanishes, disappears, she doesn't see it even if it's in front of her eyes. I didn't mention it, but she loves comics and swears this way : "By the power of Thor !". I also didn't mention that she has criminals sisters ! And a terrific bunch of friends.
The icing on the cake : there is no miscommunication - that is SO good !

This novel hilarious, roll-on-the-floor funny, bordering crazy sometimes, but so efficient at making you escape reality and spend an awfully good time reading it.

"Quinn plus tequila equaled Quinquelia, and that sounded like something that happens in Mexican jails."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Friday's hottie of the week !


 Enjoy your friday, here's my hottie of the week - sexy back !

LitRate : an online community for booklovers

"Imagine an online community put together by readers, book bloggers and book lovers. You can find books, catalog books, rate books, challenge yourself, and form relationships with fellow book nerds. 
But more importantly, you can talk to the people behind the scenes and help shape the future of this site. Your say matters, your interests are catered to and the site is tailored to your needs as a reader. That's what we're looking to create. We want to take this idea, simplify it, modernize it, and ship it out to the world with you.
I'm sure you can already think of a few online book review/cataloging communities, but we're looking for something more -- something better. We want less drama, less spam, a better interface, and developers with a personal touch. We want to give the power to the community. You have a say in what content you see on the site. Sure, the idea has been done before, but we want to make it better.
This is your chance to be part of new social media site, based around your visions and your dreams, because the people who want to make this happen are YOU. We're book bloggers, we're readers, we have books shoved into cupboards next to rice and pasta and plates because the bookshelves are already full. We live and breathe books, and now we want to create a better online community for book lovers to thrive."

This is where you can find it : LitRate kickstarter

Help them build this new very interesting new website - knowing the only way you can participate will be through a donation to Amazon payments, no Paypal or direct charge (which is what didn't work for me - you need your computer to accept cookies, mine don't.) 

But I wish them all the good luck I can !

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cat thursday #21 : Comfy cats

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 !

Recently, I bought this beautiful decoration in iron for our home :
(the pic makes it paler than it is : it's green "cérusé" - with white lead ? Not sure of the translation but if you type the word in google images, you'll see what I mean).

Anyway, it was wrapped up in plastic bubbles for protection. I unwrapped it, put the bubbles on the floor near me so I could admire my purchase a little and Triskell immediately thought this would make a comfortable bed : 

He now has adopted it and never sleeps anywhere else. For the time being.

Loullig now owns the sofa !

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review / Marie Harte : How to handle a hearbreaker (The MacCauley brothers #2)

"It’s lust-at-first-sight when Brody Singer first sees Abby Dunn. Abby looks a lot like a woman he once knew, one who died years ago. But Abby’s definitely different — shyer but sexier.
Abby’s still trying to put her last disastrous relationship behind her and overcome the flaws her ex wouldn’t let her forget. But somehow Brody isn’t getting the hint. It doesn’t help that when writing her steamy novels, she keeps casting Brody as the hero.
Only Abby can write her own ending — will she choose her own happily-ever-after, or stay safe in her shell ?"


To make it short : you loved book #1 ? You'll love book #2 !
It's a pleasure to dive again into these characters' lives and see them playing around and with each other.

This time, the story is concentrated on Brody and Abby. 
Brody has had an abusive biological family and constantly hides his true self behind smiles and jokes. He has been welcomed by the MacCauleys and made to feel like one of their own, yet he never truly belonged. His past always prevented him from being an integral part of their family, his self-esteem is low hence so is his ability to love others.
Abby never had the courage to tell her family that she wrote erotic romances for a living. She writes stories that she would have loved to read herself - romantic yet steamy with a healthy dose of rough sex. Yet she never put her tastes into practice, her ex-boyfriend shamed her into thinking she is a pervert. 
In that domain, Vanessa doesn't help :
"Then, after sneering, you told me you thought I could probably sell more if I named my next characters Dick Cocksalot and Lady Legsopen and made it a historical romance. Which you thought was just hilarious."
As expected, Vanessa broke into a grin. "Oh come on. That's funny... Dame Fellatio !"
But Brody, out of the goodness of his heart - naturally - is absolutely willing to help her with her research on male attitude and rough sex for her next novel.
"You can do anything you want with me and I'll just lie here and take it like a man." Ha !

The story is built on parallels - that of Brody and Abby hiding what they are ; that of Brody and Mutt, the lovable but huge stray dog he adopted, who needs to learn some discipline ; and Brody's... home (?) compared to his inner life : a mess !
That novel is always alwfully funny with great banter, pranks, humor, all things that make you smile. Yet I shed a few tears as I saw Brody facing his past and trying to cope with it before it ruined his life. 
Another funny trait was the fact that the heroin writes erotic ("raunchy", according to Vanessa !) romances. It's a universe that is so familiar to us readers but we get to see the other side of it, yay ! 

Such an excellent series ! The novels may have the same starting point, yet the stories differ. The characters are lovable, from the old grumpy neighbor to the stray dog or the young boy who's so great at learning dirty tricks. There is a lot of humor but also emotion that give those people more depth. Read those sexy novels, you'll love and re-read them like old cherished friends you are used to have fun with. And you'll find out about the "alien Barbie on crack" !

Last quote :
"Vanessa just finished the Lady Brawler's game with a strike. Brody, you're our last chance at a win."
"Help us, Brodi-Wan-Kenobi," Flynn sang. "You're our only hope."

Monday, August 25, 2014

Review / Tessa Bailey : Baiting the maid of honor (Wedding dare #2)

Julie Piper and Reed Lawson have nothing in common. She’s a people-pleasing sorority girl hiding behind her perfect mask. He’s a take-no-prisoners SWAT commander who isolates himself from the world. But when they’re forced together at their friends’ posh destination wedding, one thing is clear—Reed wants Julie more than he wants his next breath. Which is why he’s not about to stand by when she’s dared to seduce another man.
Julie wants neat, tidy sex, so she could get back to what she does best—making everybody else happy. She never expected to slip into a dark bedroom and have her mind blown by rough, demanding hands, and a sinfully filthy mouth—neither of which belong to the best man.
One night should have been all Reed needed to get the blond temptress out of his system, but when one taste is nowhere near enough, he’ll be forced confront the effects of his hellish past. One that may push Julie away forever... just when he realizes he can't live without her.

She's the good girl. She's the planner. She's the perfect friend. She dresses perfectly. "Making people happy was her top priority." But underneath all this control, a wild girl is simmering ! She has decided this wedding is the perfect occasion to let off some steam and have one night of fun. She set her sights on a polite young man, but fate (in the person of Regan) has decided otherwise.
So she'll get him. He's the bad boy. He doesn't do weddings. He despises this type of celebrations. He's a hero written by Tessa Bailey, so he's a fine, sexy, irresistible dirty talker ^^ 
And he has the hots for her :
"Settling his hands on either side of her, he brought his body within inches of hers. "I don't do hair, pixie," he rasped against her ear. "Unless you'd like it pulled."
But they couldn't be any more different. 
They have a wild night of passion together, but what happens the day after ?

Reed wants some more. Julie says she doesn't. Their banter is delightful to read.
And Reed knows the words to make her melt :
"Know what I think, baby ? You love making my cock hard. You've been living for it since that first night." He leaned forward slightly, gaze riveted on her chest. "I've been living for it, too. I've been stroking myself off to the memory of how you looked at me on that patio. Like you were a little nervous and a lot turned on. Did you go back to your seat in the fancy restaurant and cross your legs tighter than before ? Were you planning on going back to your room later that night and imagining the big bad man touching your pussy ?"
(Rethinking about this, I advise you to keep cool drinks ready when reading this book, along with a fan and, why not, keep your significant other close at hand !). You know, it's Tessa Bailey : romantic and hot.

Julie tries to avoid him and talks a lot. "I think I'd make a fine policewoman. Anyone gets unruly and I'll ust talk them to death." She even comes up with strange sayings : "As my aunt Sylvie would say, Southern boys are slicker than pig snot on a radiator." The other characters are interesting too, which makes you long to read their story.
She evolves among closely knit friend, my favorite was take-no-prisoners Regan :
"So you're not going for Logan ?" Regan asked. "Nice. Best man's back on the market." She flexed her fingers and winked. "Game on."

You might have noticed already, but I really, really, really love that author. I see a book by her ? I buy it immediately. I preorder it when I can ! Her love stories are great, her characters are stubborn, mouthy, passionate, hot ! Their banter is funny. I almost cry when I get to the end of the book because oh no, it's already over ! I want more ! All this to say : buy it, steal it, blackmail it, whatever, read it and have fun !

This novella is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. However, I think it's best that you read it all because all the series are interweaving and happening at the same time - which makes for a great original series construction.