Thursday, August 21, 2014

Friday I'm horny - hottie of the week : smile !

Here is the chosen one for this week :

Because too often, hot guys are stern or so serious !
Come on, with a smile, it's much better :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cat thursday # : cats are still nimble !

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 posted once about nimble cats, here are some more :

Determined cat :

Crazy happy cat :

One who rocks the pole !

And one who probably didn't think much before jumping :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nalini Singh : Blaze of memory (Psy-changeling #7) and Christmas in the kitchen (Psy-changeling #

"A woman without a past becomes the pawn of the man who controls her future...
Dev Santos discovers her unconscious and battered, with no memory of who she is. All she knows is that she's dangerous. Charged with protecting his people's most vulnerable secrets, Dev is duty-bound to eliminate all threats. It's a task he's never hesitated to complete...until he finds himself drawn to a woman who might prove to be the enemy's most insidious weapon yet.
Stripped of her memories by a shadowy oppressor and programmed to carry out cold-blooded murder, Katya Haas is fighting desperately for her sanity. Her only hope is Dev. But how can she expect to gain the trust of a man who could very well be her next target? For in this game, one must die..."


« This job », his predecessor had said the night Dev accepted the directorship, « will eat up your life, suck the marrow from your bones for good measure and spit you out on the other end, a dry husk. »

Devraj Santos, director of the Shine organization (who’s in charge of uniting the Forgotten), has lived a tough past which, combined with his particular genetic gift and his demanding job, is at risk of turning him into an emotionless man, a ruthless soldier for whom end justifies means.
One day, he finds woman left on his doorstep, a Psy who has been brutalized and has lost most of her memories.
She’s Ekaterina, Ashaya’s colleague who was thought to have died in the explosion of the lab. In fact, she has been kidnapped and tortured by Ming le Bon, but how far ? Why has she been released on Devraj’s doorstep ? Is she a mole ? Does she have implanted conditioning ? Is she a bomb waiting to explode, to kill or is she just programmed to infiltrate Shine ? Why does she needs so much to head North ?

In this instalment, we understand better the reasons that led the Psys to choose Silence through the example of what happened to Dev, but also through the diary left by his great-grandmother, who lived when Silence was forced upon Psys and who decided to go into hiding.
“If Silence succeeds, then there will come a time when children are born who’ll never be kissed by their mothers, mothers who’ll never hold their precious babes and breathe in that sweet, sweet scent as a tiny hand lies over their heart.”
On the other hand : “Do you know what he said ? That so many women are falling prey to violence, we’ve already got a generation that doesn’t know what it is to sleep in a mother’s arms. The worst of it, he’s right.”

Dev is getting colder and colder, looking more like a Psy, but it’s fine with him as long as it allows him to do his job better and to keep Forgotten children from being killed or considered dangerous lunatics.
Katya (Ekaterina), on the other hand, saw her conditioning being broken by Ming Le Bon and right from the start, she feels that when Dev touches her, “she felt real, a living being instead of a ghost.” We know more about the woman she was when she worked at the lab and we see her grow into Katya, the woman she is now, stronger and full of passion and feelings. Especially for Dev. Who can’t trust her. Yet she anchors him.

The Forgotten are getting more and more afraid of the rising violence among them and more and more tempted by Silence. Silence “kills something in the individual and in the group. The PsyNet… it’s beautiful, but it’s dying, bit by slow bit. How could it not ? We give it nothing but emptiness.” Makes you wonder : if you saw such violence around you, violence coming from the people you love (and who love you) the most, how would you react ? Risk madness to still be able to feel or give up on emotion and stop the killing ?

Once more, a great novel ! Excellent second characters, excellent writing, sensuality, exploration of the mind and feelings, the world is complex, much thought about and always full of surprises and wonderment, reflexion about humanity, a visit through the mechanisms of the brain. A beautiful love story and, as always since I started this series, a captivating reflexion about humanity.
I had to resort to handkerchieves near the end, but it developed surprisingly well in how it turned out for Ming Le Bon and, obviously, Dev and Katya.

Christmas in the kitchen (Psy-changeling #7.5)
(click on the title to freely access the story online)

"This story slots in before "Bonds of justice" and is part of my informal series that explores the everyday lives of the characters, away from politics and turmoil and tension. These are the stories of the hidden moments, glimpses through the window of their continuing lives.
I love writing these, and I hope you continue to enjoy reading them. (This particular story ended up being a bit longer than my usual shorts, but I didn’t want to split it into two parts and hey, it’s the holidays. So find a comfortable spot and settle in. :-) )

For those of you unfamiliar with the Psy-changeling series, this story features several members of the DarkRiver leopard pack, including two sentinels (the most senior members of the pack aside from the alpha)."

A funny and lovely story ! Look at the beginning to see for yourself :
"Dorian was a highly trained architect with a magical ability on computers, and a license to fly. He was also a sniper who could shoot with cold-blooded accuracy, had a former Psy assassin as his sparring partner, and had been called an overachiever by more than one person.
None of those people had ever seen him trying to deal with the plumbing."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jodi Redford : Sweet sizzle (A red hot Valentine story #1)

Valentine’s Day—the bane of Rory Sinclair’s existence. Hard to forgive the one holiday responsible for the single most moronic decision of her life. If it was up to her, she’d skip anything to do with cupid, but with her business partner home sick with the flu, she’s stuck delivering a bunch of cookie bouquets to a local firehouse. Who knows, maybe she’ll cure her Valentine’s Day neurosis and heat up the mattress with a hunky firefighter. Her plan of donning some edible undies and getting her freak on goes up in flames though the instant she steps through the doors of Station 5 and spots Bennet Jackson—the man responsible for her decade long Valentine’s Day boycott. 
No matter how hard he’s tried, Ben has never gotten over the innocent girl he foolishly let slip between his fingers. When Rory unexpectedly crashes back into his world, he figures it’s his only shot at righting the wrongs of his past and getting her back in his bed and his life. For good. Unfortunately, she has other plans. Ones that don’t include him. He’s well aware that she has every reason to despise him, but if there’s one thing he’s up for, it’s a challenge. Because there’s no way in hell he’s losing the woman of his dreams again. And this time he’s prepared to pull out every dirty, sexy, and hotter-than-sin trick to convince her to stay.

It's a sweet sexy second chance story.
He completely screwed up.
She still hasn't gotten over it - 10 years later !
If you let that pass, that story was very sweet, very sexy and the characters were very likable. The interaction between them is great and the banter is easy, something you read with a smile and occasionally a chuckle - I'm thinking "alien sex probe" thing !
Short make-you-feel good read !

Matt Fraction, David Aja, Javier Pulido, Alan Davis : Hawkeye #1 and #2

"The breakout star of this summer's blockbuster Avengers film, Clint Barton - aka the self-made hero Hawkeye - fights for justice ! With ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he's out to prove himself as one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes ! SHIELD recruits Clint to intercept a packet of incriminating evidence - before he becomes the most wanted man in the world. You won't believe what is on The Tape! What is the Vagabond Code ? Matt Fraction pens a Hawkeye thriller that spans the globe... and the darkest parts of Hawkeye's mind. Barton and Bishop mean double the Hawkeye and double the trouble... and stealing from the rich never looked so good."


Clint Barton, the only Avenger without super power ! 
To be honest, I don't know that much about super heroes. The only one I'm really familiar with is Spiderman because I used to watch this as a kid :

Or Superman because I used to watch Lois and Clark several years ago. That's all ! 

With all the X-men, Superman, Batman, Iron man & Co movies that I've been watching, I started reading a few comics, but my all-time favorite remains the anti-hero of V for vendetta by Alan Moore. I've decided to read more American comics and graphic novels - apart from Alan Moore, I've only read Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes (but read them all and will read them again !).

So, when you're reading Hawkeye, everybody probably knows the universe of the Avengers while I haven't even watched the movie (yet). I don't know how he is usually portrayed. Here, he looks lost, not so powerful (but terribly skilled with arrows) and has to deal with the mafia trying to take over the building he lives in. He seems like a nice good guy, though, who has relationship troubles on top of all the dangerous situations he finds himself into.

I really liked him, he's a funny guy, generous. I liked Kate too, she is hopelessly in love with him but doesn't let it crush her and can stand her own. I liked reading those adventures but did not adore them. Too many events in a few pages, maybe. The only one that stood out and I really enjoyed was the last story of Little hits, when the main character, the one in charge of the building... is the dog ! It was original and funny.
I gave it a 3, but it seems readers all over the net are delirious about this comic, so maybe I lacked the cultural references to really appreciate it ?...

Lusting for covers #46 and Top-off tuesdays #6 : Bayou heat


Lusting For Covers is a weekly meme hosted on sundays by TBQ's Book Palace

Top Off Tuesday is hosted on tuesdays by FeliciaChristi and Amanda.So, I'm late for one and early for the other ;)The main objective of both ? There are so many gorgeous book covers, let's show them !

The brilliant and dangerous diplomat of the Pantera shapeshifters, Raphael has devoted his life to discovering the key to the infertility that is threatening the extinction of his puma race. Creating a vast network of spies worldwide, he never expected to discover that the answer might be beneath his very nose. But when Ashe, a beautiful human female, crosses his path, his most primitive instincts are stirred. Unable to resist, he takes her to his bed, and is shocked when she becomes pregnant with his child. It’s a miracle that might prove to be the salvation of his people, but only if he can keep her safe from the mercenaries determined to kill her.

Untamed and undeniably sexy, Parish, leader of the Pantera hunters, rarely leaves the magic of the Wildlands to deal with the humans he despises. But with the prized and risky Pantera birth on the way, puma shifter, Parish must travel to New Orleans to find and bring back a human doctor. The moment he sees the lovely, talented and all too human Dr. Julia Cabot he cannot resist the wild, potent drive to make her his. Betrayed and destroyed by love, Julia will not let her heart choose her path again. But as she and Parish fight to save the life of an unborn child, a fierce and overwhelming bond develops between them, threatening her frozen heart with the secret hope and ultimate temptation of love and family."

Muscles, tattoo, leather pants, I also like the style of the cover and its colors. It's a winner, don't you think ?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sunday post #23 : What's up ?

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.

I still have computer issues but I managed to create my personal Sunday post picture with Triskell's help : he is the *perfect* illustration for a lazy bookish sunday ! He will now replace my Bugs Bunny's "What's up doc ?" :

Apart from that, I tried to catch up on Bloglovin but there were too many posts to handle. I did my best ! 
And I finally caught up on all my late reviews. I'm satisfied. Hope this burst of energy will last.

On the blogosphere :

In the ongoing fight between Amazon and Hachette, Kristin pointed out that article last week about the open letter from authors to Hachette. Excellent !

And this one, you want to read it : click ! (Well, actually it's a fake, but if you search well enough, you might find stuff like this in romance novels, I swear) Have fun !

Books read :

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

Books reviewed this week :

I am currently reading :

Then I'll be reading :

(sometimes, I think I'll never finish it that box !)

I participated in memes :

- free :

- cheap :

 - full price :

Have a great sunday !