L’Enjeu d’Angela Behelle

Résumé : « — Que diriez-vous d’aller prendre un verre ailleurs ?
L’invitation est directe. M. Stirvin est un homme habitué à obtenir ce qu’il veut. Il ne doute pas de mon accord. Et il a raison. Je suis prête à le suivre pour trois raisons. La première, c’est que je ne demande qu’à fuir cet endroit étouffant. La deuxième, c’est que je me sens flattée d’être ainsi enlevée par cet homme superbe. La troisième, c’est que Marine n’a pas tort. Presque trois ans passés le nez plongé dans le travail, ça mérite bien un peu de distraction. J’ignore jusqu’où cette invitation va me mener, mais une si belle occasion ne se refuse pas. »
Avocate, Emma Loudhéac, 28 ans, se rend à un vernissage dans la galerie de Marine, sa meilleure amie.
Une seule chose est sûre : elle est loin d’imaginer la tournure que vont prendre les événements…

Avis : Bon j’ai peut-être été un peu naïve mais avec cette couverture je ne m’attendais pas vraiment à trouver une romance érotique. Maintenant que je relis le résumé en ayant fini le livre, je me dis que j’ai été naïve. Oui parce que le souci général c’est que ce genre n’est pas forcément pour moi, même si je comprends son attrait.

Nous découvrons Emma, une jeune femme de 28 ans dont le travail l’accapare jours et nuits. Mais voilà, un soir pour faire plaisir à son amie, elle se rend à un vernissage qu’elle organise et là elle rencontre M. Stirvin, un homme d’affaire très riche. Après une soirée très hot et très particulière entre les deux, ils s’attendaient à ce que leur histoire se termine après ce moment… et pourtant !

Alors que Stirvin a 25 ans de plus qu’elle, elle ne s’attendait pas à tomber sous son charme et encore moins à ce que cet homme très convoité s’intéresse à elle. Mais voilà, étrangement, son fils, qui lui a le même âge, semble aussi tout faire pour la faire succomber. Entre le jeu des deux hommes et leurs manipulations, Emma va devoir faire un choix.

J’avoue que n’étant pas forcément le genre de lectrice visée, c’est vrai que je n’ai peut-être pas été très réceptive. Pourtant l’histoire se lit très rapidement et le style est très agréable et fluide. Et c’est vrai que j’ai passé globalement un bon moment, même si c’est vrai qu’on se doute des grandes lignes de l’histoire.

D’ailleurs pour ceux qui ont eu la série Société que je ne connais pas, il y a quelques références au cours du récit ! J’ai trouvé que c’était une bonne idée pour les fans de la série.

3-5 

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Under His Touch by Jeffe Kennedy

Falling Under, Book 2

Synopsis: Amber Dolors knows better than to get involved with her boss. Devastatingly handsome in his sharp suits and sexy beyond belief, he possesses an air of command that fuels her darkest fantasies. But she’s worked too hard to get this job, and keeping it will lead to a brilliant future. She won’t cross that line—even if his way of giving orders and demanding her best performance gives her delicious warm shivers.

Alexander Knight prides himself on his integrity and self-discipline. After all, he hasn’t risen to the position he enjoys by indulging his whims over ambition. He also isn’t blind. He’s certainly noticed his sharp, young assistant is hot as hell. His self-imposed sexual hermitage doesn’t stop him from watching her. And endlessly fantasizing.

The day Alec’s cool reserve cracks and Amber catches a glimpse of something simmering beneath his apparent indifference is the day everything between them changes. Alec gives her what she’s been looking for sexually—as masterful in the bedroom as he is in the boardroom. He finds himself in the grip of an affair that tests even his boundaries, while Amber’s new role as willing student pushes them both past any consideration other than mutual longing.

Review: I enjoyed the first volume which put forward themes that we don’t usually find in litterature, including the role of women in the video game industry and its consequences. The erotic side was quite well done and light which is why I was curious to get into the second novel.

Unlike the previous volume, we have a rather classic pattern for an erotic BDSM book. Indeed, we find Amber, a girl looking for a man who will satisfy her SM fantasies as it’s not the case for now. The only Problem? The man she wants and who is older than her his also her boss and he is determined not to mix business with pleasure. Still, something is going to appear between them and our heroes will find themselves swept away by a story that will take them unawares.

I was a little less carried away by this novel than with the previous one I confess. Let me explain why … I’m not necessarily a big fan of erotic or BDSM but the first volume brought me something I did not expect with a very interesting context and a good plot. Here, it is a little different because the story revolves around Amber and her desire to develop a special relationship while she does not realize the consequences of certain actions. The story evolves on her relationship with Alexander and her initiation into SM. It’s true that I wanted more, a story behind that could take me, this added to the erotic part. It was an enjoyable and quick read but it still lacked of a stronger plot for me but I think the fans of this genre will appreciate the story and spend a great time.

3-5 

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Going Under by Jeffe Kennedy

Falling Under, Book 1

Synopsis: Knowing all too well the damage online trolls can inflict, game designer Emily Bartwell takes privacy seriously. Living in solitude and working remotely under a male alias gives her a sense of security. The sexy writer renting the house next door ignites desires she’d forgotten she had, and when he invites her to play games of a very different sort, Em is ready and willing. Even if it means breaking all her own rules to abide by his.

Undercover tech reporter Fox Mullins is so close to the biggest scoop of his career: finding the elusive programmer Phoenix. An increasingly erotic adventure with his reserved but passionate new neighbor is the ideal way to heat up the chilly Pacific Northwest nights as he tracks the brilliant gamer.

At first Fox is happy to help Em explore her newly awakened kinky side, no holds barred, no strings attached. But as they push the limits of intimacy, both physical and emotional, Fox discovers he’s not the only one keeping secrets. And revealing hers may mean betraying the one woman who embodies everything he desires.

Review: I’m not a big fan of BDSM or erotic books so it’s true that I tend more often to stay away from them … but now, Carien loves everything related to Jeffe Kennedy’s novels and when she asked me if I wanted to read this one, I admit that I was curious to see how it was. Yes, I could finally get into a complete novel of the author and I was anxious to see how it was and I must say that I finally had a good time, it was different from what I thought.

We discover in this story Emily, a young woman who fled her life after it turned to disaster. Indeed, our heroine is a programmer of video games, yet women are not very accepted in this area and she had paid the price … I’m not going to tell you her story because it’s really worth to discover it but since then, Emily has changed her identity and now works in anonymity while everyone thinks she’s a man, but that’s how she establishes her success. Yet it is not easy either, she must cover her rear at all times, has built a completely different nature from what she really is and tries to live her life without anyone interested in her. She manages pretty well despite the conditions until an undercover reporter appears on her island to discover the identity of the legendary Pheonix who designs all these great games. But like everyone else he is convinced that he is a man.

I admit I was quite carried away by the idea. I have not read many books featuring a geek and yes it was very interesting to see that kind of staging. Moreover, it is also nice to finally have a good plot in addition to the story that binds the two characters. But this relationship is of course important and it was touching to see Emily opening to a man after all she had been through and to understand that the idea of the person she presents is not enough. Her solitude and routine are disrupted but our heroes are a good catch together. Their romance begins with difficulty, by hesitations, games and more. The BDSM side is not unpleasant, but it is written in a way that we do not necessarily stop on what is happening, saying that it goes too far or tiring us. It was a pleasant read where we see two people opening to each other even if it’s difficult, we also see the status of women in some fields and we are finally carried away by all the events. Yes, it was a great find and I admit that I am curious to see what happens in the second novel.

 

4

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Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin

Fifty Shames, Book 1

Synopsis: A shrewd, laugh–out–loud parody of E. L. James’ bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey series:

Young, arrogant, tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?

Review: I did read a long time after everyone else, Fifty Shades of Grey, when I was given the opportunity I confess. It wasn’t my favorite book as it was for some but I still had a good time without actually having the urge to read the other volumes in the series. But when I saw the release of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, I was intrigued right away. It must be said that the summary is quite appealing, and it is true that I thought it could be a great idea to make a good parody of the original novel. Besides, I had seen some very good reviews for this book and I was curious to see how it was in the end. Yet it is true that I didn’t really get into the story and even if it’s possible to read the story fast enough, I think it was a little too crazy for me to really get into the book.

The history between the two novels, as you can imagine, basically remains the same. Some small differences are made without really changing the whole thing. Anna, for example, does not bite at all her lip, but she keeps putting her fingers in her nose. Yes a bad habit that’s for sure. It’s funny because while reading the summary and when I saw the explanation of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery and Magic), I thought that the story might not turn out not around their intimate relationships, but ultimately it is still the case and we don’t really have something about Bards, Dragons, Sorcery and Magic. But it might be me and I just made a misconception about what the story was going to be.

It is true that the whole is a fast read, the writing is airy, simple, which is really nice but I think for me the problem is the history itself. I have not really hung on the humor of the author or understood why she had chosen to achieve certain events so. Everything is really crazy, maybe a little too much for we to have a bit of realism. I do not think that this will impair everyone but it’s true that it’s the first parody novel I read and I have perhaps not enough critical sense to really appreciate it. Yet it is still interesting to discover all that but like for the original work, I do not think I’ll read more.

2 

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Nauti Enchantress by Lora Leigh

Nauti Girls, Book 2

Synopsis: When Dawg Mackay made his four half-sisters part of his family, he vowed that he would care for and protect them with everything he had. But what happens now that the girls are all grown up? The Mackay girls are on the loose, and Somerset County will never be the same…

Lyrica Mackay has wanted tall, handsome Marine Graham Brock for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately, Graham only sees her as his friend Dawg Mackay’s “baby sister.” Or so she believes. The truth is, the fiery party girl stirs something in Graham no female ever has. But Graham, like everyone in Somerset County, knows that trouble stalks the Mackays like bears track honey, and when a Mackay runs as hot as Lyrica does, someone’s bound to get burned.

Then Graham discovers that Lyrica’s wild side is just a cover for a frightened and vulnerable woman who needs something true and genuine, something only Graham can offer. But surrendering his heart to Lyrica exposes them both to her shocking past—and a sinister secret that, once exposed, could destroy their only chance at happiness and shake the Mackay family to its core.

Review: I already had the opportunity to read several books by Lora Leigh, but I do not think I’ve ever tried one of her romances. So when I received Nauti Enchantress I was immediately curious as I really liked the cover. Of course, I wonder which book it was in the series and I discovered that there are several different stories related to this series. So if I understand it right, it’s the second book in the Nauti Girls series, but there are several volumes before featuring the Nauti Boys. And I confess that this volume made me want to know more about the stories of each character highlighted here.

We discover Lyrica, a daughter of the Mackay clan who is overprotected by her brothers and uncles. She is now 21 years old but it seems that everyone monitors her actions constantly. Yet since the age of 18, the young woman dreams of a story with the brother of her best friend and while everyone is trying to prevent this at all costs, it seems that the idea is ingrained in her head. Yet there is a big problem … the man she loves, Graham, is known to have a new woman each month and they’re always the perfect bimbos. So yes, even if something would happen, the woman knows that no history will be possible between them. Yet something is actually going on, something that goes farther and farther, but they both know exactly what to expect and the young woman does not want to be heartbroken. But if Graham decides she’s the next one, she is not sure if she’ll be able to refuse. But while she is avoiding him, it seems that someone is after her and wants to kill her. And while the whole Mackay clan decides to overprotect her whether from the killer or Graham by all means, everything seems more difficult than expected … mainly when the history of the two intensifies, and that the killer gets closer and closer, and nobody understands why Lyrica is the target.

I do not read a lot of erotica books, it’s not really a genre that appeals to me particularly, but that does not mean that I can not have a good time with one and this novel is the right proof. I had a great time with this story and discovering Lyrica was very interesting. This young woman is monitored closely by all her family and I confess that I do not know how she does not get mad by this. Oh yes, because she is closely followed! And while her interest in Graham is known by all, every member of her family is determined to prevent it. But Lyrica knows what she’s doing, or at least she thinks she does and she would like to live as she wishes, if only Graham wanted to create a true relationship with her, not to be the next number of months. While Lyrica shows a fairly strong front, rebellious and outgoing, she also has a softer, vulnerable side that is difficult to hide. In contrast, Graham is someone who can seem quite arrogant when we do not know him, but he hides many secrets that could tarnish his life.

Each character will have to make concessions in order to understand these attempted murders and who is behind it all. I confess that at the end of the story, even though I suspected the reason, I was very interested in what really happened. It was a very good story that ends on a cliffy and I admit that I am quite curious about the Zoe’s story now that we have a glimps to her own story.

4

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Nauti Enchantress de Lora Leigh (VO)

Nauti Girls, Tome 2

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Lorsque Dawg Mackay fit de ses quatre demi-sœurs des membres de sa famille, il a promis qu’il prendrait soin d’elles et qu’il les protégerait du mieux qu’il le pourrait. Mais que se passe-t-il maintenant que les filles ont toutes grandi ? Les filles Mackay sont en liberté, et le comté de Somerset ne sera plus jamais le même…

Lyrica Mackay veut le grand, beau Marine Graham Brock depuis aussi longtemps qu’elle se souvienne. Malheureusement, Graham la voit seulement comme “la petite sœur” de son ami Dawg Mackay. Ou le croit-elle. La vérité est que la fille au tempérament de feu remue quelque chose chez Graham, ce qu’aucune femme n’a jamais fait. Mais Graham, comme tout le monde dans le comté de Somerset, sait que les problèmes traquent les Mackay comme des ours suivent le miel, et quand une Mackay est aussi chaude que Lyrica, quelqu’un va sûrement se brûler.

Puis Graham découvre que le côté sauvage de Lyrica est juste une couverture pour une femme effrayée et vulnérable qui a besoin de quelque chose de vrai et authentique, quelque chose que Graham peut offrir. Mais abandonner son cœur à Lyrica les expose tous les deux à son passé et un sinistre secret qui, une fois exposé, pourrait détruire leur seule chance de bonheur et secouer la famille Mackay dans son fond intérieur.

Avis : J’ai déjà eu l’occasion de lire plusieurs livres de Lora Leigh, mais je ne crois pas avoir jamais tenté une de ses romances. Aussi quand j’ai reçu Nauti Enchantress j’ai tout de suite été assez curieuse. Puis il faut dire que la couverture m’a tout de suite plu. Je me suis tout de suite demandée quel était le tome de la série et j’ai alors découvert qu’il existe plusieurs histoires différentes se rapportant à cette série. C’est donc si j’ai bien compris le deuxième tome de la série Nauti Girls, mais il existe plusieurs tomes avant mettant en scène les Nauti Boys. Et j’avoue que ce tome m’a donné vraiment envie de connaître les histoires de chacun des personnages mis en avant ici.

Nous découvrons Lyrica, une fille du clan Mackay qui est surprotégée par ses frères et ses oncles. Elle a maintenant 21 ans mais il semblerait que tout le monde surveille ses faits et gestes en permanence. Pourtant depuis ses 18 ans, la jeune femme ne rêve que d’une histoire avec le frère de sa meilleure amie et alors que tout le monde essaie d’empêcher ça à tout prix, il semble que l’idée soit bien ancrée dans la tête de Lyrica. Pourtant, quelque chose pose problème… l’homme qu’elle aime, Graham, est connu pour changer de femme chaque mois, pour trouver des bimbos plus stupides les unes que les autres. Alors oui, même si quelque chose se passait, la jeune femme sait parfaitement qu’aucune histoire ne sera possible entre eux. Pourtant, il se passe bien quelque chose entre eux, quelque chose qui va de plus en plus loin, mais ils savent exactement tous les deux à quoi s’en tenir et la jeune femme ne désire pas se faire briser le cœur. Mais si Graham décide qu’elle est la prochaine, elle n’est pas sûre de pouvoir refuser. Mais alors qu’elle l’évite à présent, il semblerait que quelqu’un soit après elle et essaie de la tuer. Et alors que tout le clan Mackay décide de la surprotéger que ce soit du tueur ou de Graham par tous les moyens, tout semble plus difficile que prévu… Et alors que l’histoire des deux s’intensifie, le tueur se rapproche aussi petit à petit et il semble que personne ne comprenne pourquoi Lyrica en est la cible.

Je ne lis pas énormément d’érotique, ce n’est pas vraiment un genre qui m’attire particulièrement, mais cela ne veut pas dire que je ne peux pas passer un bon moment avec et ce roman en est la preuve. J’ai passé un très bon moment avec cette histoire et découvrir Lyrica était très intéressant. Cette jeune femme est surveillée de près par toute sa famille et j’avoue que je ne sais pas comment elle ne devient pas folle par tout cela. Oh oui, parce qu’elle est suivie de près ! Et alors que son intérêt pour Graham est connu de tous, chaque membre de sa famille est bien décidé à empêcher qu’il se passe quoi que ce soit. Mais Lyrica sait ce qu’elle fait, ou en tout cas elle le croit et elle aimerait pouvoir vivre comme elle le veut, si seulement Graham voulait créer une véritable histoire avec elle, et qu’elle ne soit pas que le prochain numéro du mois. Alors que Lyrica affiche une façade assez forte, rebelle et extravertie, elle a aussi un côté plus doux et vulnérable qu’il lui est difficile de cacher. A l’inverse, Graham est quelqu’un qui peut paraître assez arrogant quand on ne le connait pas, mais il cache un grand nombre de secrets qui planent au-dessus de lui et qui pourraient ternir sa vie.

Chacun des personnages va devoir faire des concessions afin de comprendre ces tentatives de meurtres et savoir qui se cache derrière tout cela. J’avoue qu’en fin d’histoire, même si je me doutais un peu de la raison, j’étais très intéressée par ce qu’il s’était réellement passé. C’était une très bonne histoire qui finit sur un cliffy et j’avoue que je suis assez curieuse de découvrir l’histoire de Zoe maintenant que l’on a entraperçu sa propre histoire.

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Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Fifty Shades, Book 1

Synopsis: When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.


Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Review: Ah this book, what can I say about it? When it came out, I must confess that I was the first to say that I never would read. (yes, there are only fools who do not change their minds). I’m not really attracted by the erotica as a genre in my novels, so I stay away from the books. Then in view of the buzz that the novel managed to do with sublime opinions, and others quite bad, I did not particularly want to add mine. But now, when I finally had the opportunity to read the book, I told myself that I still had to get into it, even only if just to try. I find it interesting to try different books from what I usually read and here I am with this first volume of the series. And with a great surprise, I can say that I had a great time with this novel, I was always very curious to know what the characters would do next, allowing me to read the novel very quickly.

We thus discover Ana, a young woman who is just finishing her studies and to help her friend and roommate, goes to interview a wealthy patron. She knows nothing of the man and only has her friend’s questions and her tape to do the job. But from the start she isn’t that good, she will be quickly destabilized by the man who is actually quite young and seems to mock her lack of skill. And when it all ends and she thinks that she will never see him again, he appears to make her an offer. Being very attracted to him, she remains quite surprised when he gives her a strange contract explaining that if she wants a relationship with him, she will be obliged to comply about many points. Then began a strange relationship between these two people who do not really know how to behave with each other and who try to change in order to have a semblance of life together. But it is still more complicated because their desires are far from the same …

I do not really have the knowledge about Dominant / Submissive relations and I admit that this is something that I have a little trouble understanding but it was still quite interesting to see. Grey and Ana are both really different and then he hopes to have her as a new submissive but it seems impossible for the young woman. It is rather difficult to understand this man by the mystery that surrounds him. Throughout the book we try to understand him, as well as our heroine, to know what made ​​him like that, and even if we learn some things, most is still very blurred. I must say that I was also very surprised to see his frequent changes of attitude. It is really impossible to identify this character completely. I think the person that we understand the most is Ana even if she is  bit stupid. She does not want the weird side of this relationship and at the same time she loves this man. It is very difficult to choose, to know what to do, especially when she can not talk to anyone about it. Each time she tries to take a step back, something recalls her, a hope of change, that she can have more, but with the fear of finally being nothing. Ana and Grey will therefore have to learn to compromise, to try to accept each other, but it will be very complicated, and perhaps much more than expected .

I think the only person I really did not understand is Kate and I admit that it was a bit disturbing. As she insisted for Ana to start something with Grey during certain periods, she tries to ruin it for others, and it all goes again. I confess that I did not understand that. A change of opinion yes, but not constantly. For the rest I must confess that I took great a pleasure in discovering the story and in understanding our two characters to see what they would do and how it all would end. I even have to admit that I was so curious that I read the end once I got over half of the novel.

Many people have highlighted the fact that the writing style was quite simple compared to what you can read at the same time I think that is what enables us to read the whole thing very quickly. I really liked  Ana’s character and it was exciting to follow and see what would happen to her. Hots scenes did not bother me and it was not as bad as I thought but I had a little trouble during when the woman has her period … But the rest was ok.

So as you can see, despite my preconceptions I had a great time with this book and I am curious to find out what the author has for her other volumes. I did not think I would read it one day and I think I would have missed something. I’m also curious to see how the movie will be because I think it will be quite difficult to stage. But it is certainly a nice surprise and I would love to have the answers I asked myself throughout the story. A novel to discover.

4

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