Blog Tour: Safe from Harm by Kate SeRine (Giveaway)

Protect and Serve, Book 2

Synopsis: There’s something about prosecuting attorney Elle McCoy that Deputy Gabe Dawson just can’t get enough of. Even with Gabe’s family legacy in law enforcement and promising career, Elle’s smart, sassy rejection of all his charm makes Gabe want her even more.

But Gabe’s confidence is shaken when he’s shot on the steps of the courthouse, protecting Elle from a terrorist intent on revenge. Worse, Elle isn’t out of danger yet. But as they race to counter the terrorist’s next move, Gabe determines to prove to Elle—and himself—that he’s a man worthy of her.

Review: I liked the first book in the series and it’s true that I was curious to get into a new one. Admittedly, Kate Serine presents a very good sequel and I was happy to discover Elle and Gabe!

A family is terrorizing the city, but no one seems able to do anything against them. Yet everything gets worst when one of them kills Gabe’s partner at a party in a bar. The trial appears to strengthen their grip when they lose and vow revenge for what they have experienced. To stay alive, Gabe and Elle will have to join forces to understand what is really happening and to stop the events that worsen gradually.

I will not say more about the plot not too spoil the story but this is a new good novel. It’s quite surprising to see such an unhealthy atmosphere here with this family which eventually creates a sort of cult followed by many. It’s impressive to see what Jeb, the head of the family, is willing to do to bring down the other family he considers enemy.

In short, it is difficult to say that but Jeb does not hesitate to sacrifice his family to achieve his objectives and is even willing to be violent. He’s a completely crazy but it’s true that it’s fascinating to see his limits and especially what Elle and Gabe would be willing to do to stop them. The relationship between the two is rather touching, we see it evolve gradually until something more tenuous appears.

You’ll understand, we have a good plot, a different atmosphere and a couple that is fun to read about. Yes, it’s a good discovery.

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Gabe started awake, throwing off the covers and bolting to his feet. Pain shot up and down his leg as soon as he made contact with the floor, making him groan through clenched teeth and follow it up with a juicy curse.

“Motherfu—

“I’ll just come back later.”

His gaze shot up to see Elle standing inside the doorway, gorgeous eyes wide, her peaches-and-cream skin flushed an alluring shade of pink that deepened as he gaped at her. When she dropped her gaze, turning first left, then right, as if forgetting where the door was, he suddenly realized his bare ass was hanging out of the back of his hospital gown giving her quite an eyeful.

“No, that’s okay,” he said in a rush. “Come on in.”

He straightened quickly, wincing with the sudden movement, belatedly realizing his wound apparently hadn’t affected other areas of his anatomy and he was sporting some serious morning wood, which was pitching one helluva tent beneath the thin cotton gown.

He cursed again and dropped down on the bed, throwing the blanket over his lower body in one quick motion and trying unsuccessfully to suppress another groan. He squeezed his eyes shut for a second until the wave of agony passed. When he opened them again, he was surprised to see Elle standing before him, her gaze searching his face.

“Are you okay?” she asked, her hand coming up to cup his jaw. The gentle warmth of her palm sent a chill through him, making him shudder. Her hand immediately dropped away at the response, mistakenly thinking her touch was unwanted when, in fact, he desperately he craved it. “I’ll get the nurse.”

When she reached for the call button hanging near the head of the bed, he gently grasped her wrist and drew her hand away. “Leave it. I’m fine.”

She swallowed and dropped her gaze briefly to their hands, looking like she wanted to bolt and rid herself of his touch. He almost released her, saddened that she found the contact so unwanted. But then he felt her pulse quicken beneath his fingertips.

So maybe it wasn’t revulsion she was feeling after all…

When her gaze drifted back up to his, he decided to test his new theory and let his thumb slowly smooth over her skin. “How are you?” he asked softly.

She gave him a tremulous smile and, God help him, he damned near dragged her into his arms and kissed her. But he managed to restrain himself as she said, “Shaken up a bit. But no lasting harm.”

He narrowed his eyes at that, not believing her for a second. “You sure about that, honey?”

“I’ll be okay,” she assured him, nodding a little, her lips pressed together as if she was trying to convince herself of the truth of her words. “It’s just…” She sighed. “I almost died yesterday.”

There it was. The truth they both needed to face. Elle was no fool. Hell, she was brilliant as far as he was concerned. She must’ve known as certainly as he did how close they’d both come to losing their lives the previous day. So there was no denying her words, no use trying to convince her she was mistaken.

“Yeah,” he said, still caressing her pulse point. “You sleep at all last night?”

She shook her head, her eyes beginning to glisten with unshed tears. “No. All I could see when I closed my eyes was—” Her words broke off when her voice hitched with emotion.

Ah hell.

He slipped his hand into the thick waves of hair at the base of her neck and pulled her toward him. Every inch of him—especially those hidden under the blanket—longed to kiss her, but at the last moment, he pressed his lips to her forehead in a lingering kiss.

He didn’t know what to say to make her feel better. It wasn’t like that time when Todd Jenkins had broken up with her a week before the homecoming dance and Gabe had hinted to Chris that maybe he should ask her. Or the time her biggest rival was made editor of the school yearbook and he’d broken into her locker before school to leave her flowers (anonymously, of course). Or the time he’d given Aaron Maguire a fat lip when that asshole had gotten a little grabby with Elle in spite of her saying no loud and clear. Or the time he’d driven two hours to the college she was attending to fix her car on the sly because her aunt Charlotte had mentioned that it wasn’t running and Elle refused to ask for the money to fix it.

He’d been secretly looking out for Elle for as long as he had known her, never letting on that he was the one, never asking for anything in return. Knowing she was safe and happy was enough. But he was at a loss on how to comfort her this time, when they were very literally face to face.

He’d never known how to deal with a woman when she was upset. He supposed he got that from his father, who wasn’t exactly the most nurturing guy. Normally, Gabe bailed when things got serious enough with a woman that she was actually sharing emotions. Okay, to be honest, he usually bailed way before that. But seeing Elle looking lost and afraid brought out a protective urge in him that he’d never really experienced with anyone else—not to this extent, anyway.

He could lie and say she’d be fine in a few days. But the truth was, it might be something that haunted her far longer. God knew he had plenty of nightmares—some of them walked and talked and dropped by for a visit in his hospital room in the middle of the night.

Elle’s hand came up to rest lightly on his chest, and he felt her breath quicken as tension began to build in the air between them. “Thank you for saving my life,” she whispered. She pulled back enough that their faces were just inches apart. And for a moment, he thought she might actually kiss him. The look in her eyes told him she was considering it, which shocked the hell out of him…

 

 
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Safe from Harm de Kate SeRine (VO)

Protect and Serve, Tome 2

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Il y a quelque chose au sujet du procureur Elle McCoy dont le député Gabe Dawson ne peut pas se passer. Même avec l’héritage de la famille de Gabe pour la loi et sa carrière prometteuse, le rejet impertinent d’Elle de son charme donne à Gabe encore plus envie de la séduire.

Mais la confiance de Gabe est secouée quand on lui tire dessus sur les marches du palais de justice, protégeant Elle d’une intention de vengeance. Pire, Elle n’est pas encore hors de danger. Mais dans leur course pour contrer le prochain mouvement terroriste, Gabe est déterminé à prouver à Elle et lui-même qu’il est un homme digne d’elle.

Avis : J’avais bien aimé le premier tome de la série et c’est vrai que j’étais curieuse de me lancer dans la suite. Il faut dire que Kate Serine nous présente un très bon nouveau volet et j’étais contente de découvrir Elle et Gabe !

Une famille terrorise la ville mais personne ne semble capable de faire quoi que ce soit contre eux. Pourtant, tout empire quand un de leur proche tue le partenaire de Gabe lors d’une soirée dans un bar. Le procès semble raffermir leur emprise quand ils perdent et jurent de se venger pour tout ce qu’ils ont vécu. Pour tous les faire tomber, Gabe et Elle vont devoir unir leurs forces et comprendre ce qu’il se passe réellement et arrêter les évènements qui empirent petit à petit.

Je ne vais pas en dire plus sur l’intrigue pour ne pas trop spoiler mais c’est un nouveau bon roman. C’est assez surprenant de voir une ambiance aussi malsaine ici avec cette famille qui crée finalement une sorte de culte que beaucoup suivent. C’est impressionnant de voir ce que Jeb le chef de famille est prêt à faire pour faire tomber la famille qu’il considère comme ennemie.

Bref, c’est assez difficile à dire mais Jeb n’hésite à sacrifier les membres de sa famille pour atteindre ses objectifs et même à être violent. C’est quelqu’un de complètement fou mais c’est vrai que c’est fascinant d’un côté de voir ses limites et surtout de voir ce qu’Elle et Gabe seraient prêts à faire pour les arrêter. La relation entre les deux est d’ailleurs assez touchante, on la voit évoluer petit à petit jusqu’à ce que quelque chose de plus ténu apparaisse.

Vous l’aurez compris, une bonne intrigue, une ambiance différente et un couple que l’on prend plaisir à lire. Oui, c’est une bonne découverte.

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Stacking the Shelves #199

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The Family Plot – Cherie Priest

The author of the enormously successful Boneshaker returns to Tor with her unique take on the classic haunted house book

Chuck Dutton built Music City Salvage with patience and expertise, stripping historic properties and reselling their bones. Inventory is running low, so he’s thrilled when Augusta Withrow appears in his office offering salvage rights to her entire property. This could be a gold mine, so he assigns his daughter Dahlia to personally oversee the project.

The crew finds a handful of surprises right away. Firstly, the place is in unexpectedly good shape. And then there’s the cemetery, about thirty fallen and overgrown graves dating to the early 1900s, Augusta insists that the cemetery is just a fake, a Halloween prank, so the city gives the go-ahead, the bulldozer revs up, and it turns up human remains. Augusta says she doesn’t know whose body it is or how many others might be present and refuses to answer any more questions. Then she stops answering the phone.

But Dahlia’s concerns about the corpse and Augusta’s disappearance are overshadowed when she begins to realize that she and her crew are not alone, and they’re not welcome at the Withrow estate. They have no idea how much danger they’re in, but they’re starting to get an idea. On the crew’s third night in the house, a storm shuts down the only road to the property. The power goes out. Cell signals are iffy. There’s nowhere to go and no one Dahlia can call for help, even if anyone would believe that she and her crew are being stalked by a murderous phantom. Something at the Withrow mansion is angry and lost, and this is its last chance to raise hell before the house is gone forever. And it seems to be seeking permanent company.

The Family Plot is a haunted house story for the ages-atmospheric, scary, and strange, with a modern gothic sensibility to keep it fresh and interesting-from Cherie Priest, a modern master of supernatural fiction.

Mr Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, 1)- Stephen King

Midwest, 2009. Dans l’aube glacée, des centaines de chômeurs en quête d’un job font la queue devant un salon de l’emploi. Soudain, une Mercedes fonce sur la foule, laissant huit morts et quinze blessés dans son sillage. Le chauffard, lui, a disparu dans la brume, sans laisser de traces. Un an plus tard, Bill Hodges, flic à la retraite qui n’a pas su résoudre l’affaire, reste obsédé par ce massacre. Une lettre du « tueur à la Mercedes » va le sortir de la dépression et de l’ennui qui le guettent.
Délaissant le fantastique pour le polar dans lequel il se glisse avec une jubilation contagieuse, Stephen King démontre une fois de plus son talent de conteur, et son inspecteur Bill Hodges rejoint les figures emblématiques du roman noir américain.

 

The Dreaming Hunt by Cindy Dees & Bill Flippin

The Sleeping King, Book 2

Synopsis: In Cindy Dees and Bill Flippin’s The Sleeping King our intrepid adventurers found the imprisoned echo of a long lost king on the Dream Plane. He told them how to wake him in the mortal realm: find his lost regalia–crown, ring, sword, shield, and bow–and rejoin them with his sleeping body.

In The Dreaming Hunt, the heroes begin their quest. But they’ve caught the attention of powerful forces determined to stop them. Worse, their visit to the Dream Plane has unleashed chaos, and the fight is spilling over into the mortal realm.

They frantically outrun old enemies and pick up new ones: imperial hunters, a secret cabal of mages, a criminal league, and a changeling army. Are they just pawns in larger political dramas, or are they crystallizing into the nucleus of a rebellion? Can they find the regalia necessary to wake the Sleeping King before they are utterly destroyed?

Review: I spent a great time with the first volume and it’s true that I was curious to read on and find out what would happen to our heroes. I admit that I had a little trouble at first to put all the characters in mind because with the number, I have forgotten many to my dismay. It’s a shame because the story is great but there is a bit too many POVs for me so that I can find my way.

Of course, I was impatient to see the three main characters of the book such as Rosana, Raine and of course Will. It was interesting to see how they lived, how they participated in their quest after all that had happened and especially to see how Will was trying to train to understand what he was capable of. I will not go into details but our heroes will have again to go through many obstacles to achieve and reach their goals and I can tell you that it will be far from simple. Indeed, new enemies are added, determined to prevent them to bring the king they wish to return to the front of the stage.

I will not say more because a large number of events are taking place here and we are transported by the chapters while trying to understand how everything will unfold. It was a very good second volume even if it is true that I had more trouble to place the characters but I am curious to read more!

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The Dreaming Hunt de Cindy Dees & Bill Flippin (VO)

The Sleeping King, Tome 2

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Dans le Sleeping King de Cindy Dees et Bill Flippin, nos intrépides aventuriers ont trouvé la trace d’un roi emprisonné perdu depuis longtemps dans un monde de rêves. Il leur a expliqué comment le réveiller dans le royaume mortel : trouver ses insignes perdus – couronne, anneau, épée, bouclier, et l’arc – et les joindre à son corps endormi.

Dans The Dreaming Hunt, les héros commencent leur quête. Mais ils ont attiré l’attention des forces puissantes déterminées à les arrêter. Pire encore, leur visite dans le monde des rêves a déclenché le chaos, et la lutte déborde dans le royaume des mortels.

Ils distancent frénétiquement leurs vieux ennemis et en trouvent de nouveaux: les chasseurs impériaux, une cabale secrète de mages, une ligue criminelle, et une armée de changelings. Sont-ils seulement des pions dans des drames politiques plus larges, ou sont-ils cristallisés dans le noyau d’une rébellion? Peuvent-ils trouver les objets nécessaires pour réveiller le Roi Sleeping avant qu’ils ne soient totalement détruits?

Avis : J’avais passé un très bon moment avec le premier volume et c’est vrai que j’étais curieuse de pouvoir lire la suite et découvrir ce qui allait se passer pour tous nos héros. J’avoue que j’ai eu un peu de mal au début à remettre tous les personnages parce qu’avec le nombre, j’en ai oublié de nombreux à mon grand désarroi. C’est dommage parce que l’histoire et est géniale mais il y a un peu trop de point de vues pour que j’arrive à m’y retrouver.

Bien sûr, j’étais impatiente de retrouver les trois personnages principaux du roman tels que Rosana, Raine et bien sûr Will. C’était intéressant de voir comment ils évoluaient, comment ils participaient à leur quête après tout ce qu’il s’était passé et surtout de voir comment Will essayait de s’entrainer pour comprendre de quoi il était capable. Je ne vais pas rentrer dans les détails mais nos héros vont devoir une fois encore traverser de nombreux obstacles pour parvenir à atteindre leurs objectifs et je peux vous dire que ça sera loin d’être simple. En effet, de nouveaux ennemis s’ajoutent, bien déterminés à les empêcher de ramener le roi qu’ils désirent faire revenir sur le devant de la scène.

Je n’en dirai pas plus car un grand nombre d’évènements se déroulent ici et on reste transporté par les chapitres en essayant de comprendre comment tout va se dérouler peux eux. C’était une très bon second tome même si c’est vrai que j’ai eu plus de mal à placer les personnages et je suis curieuse de lire la suite !

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Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels, Book 9

Synopsis: Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

Review: How not to succumb to a new novel by Ilona Andrews? I think we all wait with great anticipation each book and it was a pleasure to immerse myself in the world of Kate Daniels! All the characters we love are of course also here!

Kate and Curran have finally decided to formalize their relationship and to get married. But now, their marriage also announces big changes and the oracles predict the destruction of Atlanta and the love ones of our heroine. Our heroes will then have to decide how they wish to act in particular when it comes to Roland. In fact, a multitude of events follows one after the other and Kate must thus manage her marriage, the war looming but also her power she does not master. No, Kate did not expect that her wedding preparations would take so much of her time and even if someone does it for her, she is obliged to be present for the details. It’s pretty funny it must be said to see them handle all this then that is the last thing they want to do. As I said, Kate must also manage her new responsibilities, including her new powers and her taste for ever more. It’s really not easy to assist to these events, especially when we see that she goes deep down. And then we have Roland … It’s always very difficult to state about him. It is definitely crazy and horrible at the same time to see his relationship with Kate as it is quite complicated to define. Yet, choices will have to be made and we see with our characters the preparation of a confrontation.

I can also tell you that we learn much more about Kate and her family and I loved knowing all these revelations and explanations. Besides, as always, Ilona Andrews carried me with the story and I was struggling to put the the novel down before finishing it. It was once again a compelling and fantastic story that I enjoyed reading it and can not wait to read more!

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Magic Binds de Ilona Andrews (VO)

Kate Daniels, Tome 9

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : La mercenaire Kate Daniels sait trop bien que la magie en post-Shift à Atlanta est dangereuse. Mais rien n’aurait pu la préparer pour ça …

Kate et l’ancien Seigneur des Bêtes Curran Lennart rendent finalement leur relation officielle. Mais il y a quelques obstacles difficiles sur la voie de leur marche vers l’autel …

Le père de Kate, Roland, a enlevé le demi-dieu Saiman et le saigne à sec lentement dans son désir constant de pouvoir. Une sorcière Oracle a prédit que si Kate épouse l’homme qu’elle aime, Atlanta brulera et elle le perdra pour toujours. Et la seule personne à qui Kate peut demander de l’aide est morte depuis longtemps.

Les chances sont nulles. L’avenir est sombre. Mais Kate Daniels n’a jamais été du genre à jouer selon les règles …

Avis : Comment ne pas succomber à un nouveau roman d’Ilona Andrews ? Je pense qu’on attend tous avec grande impatience chaque sortie et c’était un réel plaisir de me replonger dans l’univers de Kate Daniels ! Tous les personnages que l’on adore sont bien sûr eux aussi tous ici !

Kate et Curran ont enfin décidé d’officialiser leur union et de se marier. Mais voilà, leur mariage annonce aussi de grands changements et les oracles prédisent la destruction d’Atlanta et des proches de notre héroïne. Nos héros vont alors devoir décider comment ils désirent agir notamment quand il est question de Roland. En effet, une multitude d’évènements se succèdent les uns à la suite des autres et Kate doit ainsi gérer son mariage, la guerre qui se profile mais aussi ses pouvoirs qu’elle ne maitrise pas. Non, Kate ne s’attendait pas à ce que les préparatifs de son mariage soient aussi contraignants et même si quelqu’un s’en charge pour elle, elle est obligée d’être présente pour les détails. C’est assez drôle il faut le dire de les voir gérer tous cela alors que c’est la dernière chose qu’ils désirent faire. Comme je le disais, Kate doit aussi gérer ses nouvelles responsabilités et notamment ses nouveaux pouvoir et son son goût pour toujours plus. Ce n’est vraiment pas simple à la vue des évènements, notamment quand on voit que tout l’enfonce toujours plus. Et puis il y a Roland… C’est toujours très difficile de statuer à son sujet. Il est définitivement horrible et fou mais en même temps sa relation avec Kate est assez compliquée à définir. Pourtant, des choix vont devoir être faits et on assiste avec tous nos personnages à la préparation de l’affrontement.

Je peux aussi vous dire que nous en apprenons beaucoup plus sur Kate et sa famille et j’ai adoré connaitre toutes ces révélations et explications. D’ailleurs comme toujours, Ilona Andrews m’a emportée avec son histoire et j’ai eu du mal à poser le roman avant de l’avoir fini. C’était une fois encore une histoire prenante et fantastique que j’ai adoré découvrir et je suis impatiente d’en lire plus !

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