Stacking the Shelves #309

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The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

Confession of the Klutz (Confessions, 1) – Abigail Davies

Confession One: I was a klutz.
I thought I’d grow out of it, but evidently I didn’t.
It’s not fun to look like a fumbling toddler when you’re twenty-six.

Confession Two: I had a standing appointment at the local ER.
It wasn’t by choice that I knew all the doctors names—it was necessity.
But that was about to change.

Confession Three: I hated the sun yet I lived in LA where it always shone.
I supposed that was one plus to being sent to New York for the next eight weeks.

That was until I got there.

Arm veins, dimples, and THE sexiest voice known to man were my weakness,
and he had every single one of them.

Confession Four: He was my new boss.
I could control myself though, right?

The city of dreams… a klutz’s worst nightmare.
Eight weeks. A klutz. And a drool worthy boss.
What did you get when you crossed a klutz with a GQ model lookalike?
I was about to find out.

American Witch – Thea Harrison

Power can change a person…

For months Molly Sullivan endures the inexplicable: electrical surges, car breakdowns, visions. She even wonders if she might be the cause… and wonders if she might be crazy. Then she discovers her husband has cheated on her. Again. Now Molly realizes she is a newly awakening witch and a woman pushed over the edge.

Revenge can shape a person…

Josiah Mason is a Powerful witch and the leader of a secret coven with a shared goal: to destroy an ancient enemy who has ruined many lives. Josiah lost years to this man, and his sole focus is revenge. He’s prepared for every contingency—except encountering a beautiful new witch who understands nothing of the immense Power building within her or the attraction she wields over him.

Danger can bring them together…

When divorcing her husband, Molly uncovers a dangerous secret he’s willing to kill to protect. She turns to Josiah for help, and they discover a connection between Molly’s husband and Josiah’s enemy.

As they work together, a spark ignites between them that threatens to become an inferno. But Molly is done compromising herself for any man, and Josiah’s mission is his top priority. And the enemy is cunning, cruel, and drawing ever closer.

As the danger escalates, so does the tension between them. Is a lasting relationship possible? Will either of them live long enough to try?

Always by Bethany-Kris

Cross + Catherine, Book 1

Synopsis: A Legacy Novel

A wild boy.
A sly girl.

Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because he’s never known anything different. He’s unapologetic, and he owns it.

Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl … on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She’s curious, and she’s exploring it.

She chases bad things.
He never learned to be good.

They’re late nights, stolen cars, first times, fist fights, leather jackets, beaches, bloody smiles, and life.
They’re vicious and precious, dangerous and harmless, innocence and sin. They are love.

Love is killing for someone.
Love is living for someone.

Sometimes, you can’t keep saving your heart when it means sacrificing it, too.
Sometimes, you have to learn to save yourself.
Sometimes, love has to fall, crash, and burn.

This is what love is like when you’re a principe and principessa della mafia.
This is what love is like when you’re Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello.

Review: I must admit that I was really curious to read this novel after discovering Catherine and Cross in Andino + Haven.  So I must say that I was very happy to see that the author was releasing a complete series! A new possibility to know their whole history at once! I was delighted! So I started the series with the first volume: Always.

I must admit that I didn’t expect to find myself in the teenage years of our two heroes. We discover Catherine at 13 years old, Cross 15 years old and we will see them evolve over the years. Loving each other, but also hurting each other.

Both heirs of two great Mafia families, they should not be together, and yet fate has it otherwise. They are irresistibly attracted to each other even if sometimes everything separates them.

It was an intense, touching novel. Our two heroes have to go through a lot of challenges and many are really not easy. They will have to be able to move forward, forgive themselves, evolve, but it’s not easy either. They are both different, while Cross has always acted without regard to the consequences, Catherine is very careful about the image she reflects.

The end is not easy, but there were no other possibilities and I am really curious to see what will happen to our two lovers, to see how they will save themselves.

It’s a very good novel and I’m curious to read on! However, it should be noted that it is really a novel about their adolescence and it ends when they are respectively 18 and 20 years old.

Always de Bethany-Kris (VO)

Cross + Catherine, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Le livre d’un héritage.

Un garçon sauvage.

Une fille rusée.

Cross Donati définit les problèmes. Il fait ce qu’il veut parce qu’il n’a jamais rien connu de différent. Il n’a pas d’excuses, et il incarne ce qu’il désire.

Catherine Marcello est une gentille fille… à l’extérieur. Tout son monde est un héritage, et elle le vit. Elle est curieuse, et elle l’explore.

Elle pourchasse les mauvaises choses.

Il n’a jamais appris à être bon.

Ce sont des nuits tardives, des voitures volées, des premières fois, des combats, des vestes en cuir, des plages, des sourires sanglants et la vie.

Ils sont vicieux et précieux, dangereux et inoffensifs, innocents et péchés. Ils sont amour.

L’amour, c’est tuer pour quelqu’un.

L’amour, c’est vivre pour quelqu’un.

Parfois, on ne peut pas continuer à sauver son cœur quand il faut le sacrifier aussi.

Parfois, il faut apprendre à se sauver soi-même.

Parfois, l’amour doit tomber, s’écraser et brûler.

C’est ça l’amour quand on est un « principe » et « principessa della mafia ».

C’est ça l’amour quand on est Cross Donati et Catherine Marcello.

Avis : J’avoue que j’étais vraiment très curieuse de lire ce roman après avoir découvert Catherine et Cross dans Andino + Haven.  Du coup, je dois dire que j’étais très contente de voir que l’auteure sortait une intégrale de cette série ! Une nouvelle possibilité de connaitre toute leur histoire d’un seul coup ! J’étais ravie ! Je commence donc la série avec le premier tome : Always.

J’avoue que je ne m’attendais pas à me retrouver dans l’adolescence de nos deux héros. On découvre ainsi Catherine à 13 ans, Cross 15 ans et on les verra évoluer au cours des années. S’aimant, mais se blessant aussi l’un et l’autre.

Tous les deux héritiers de deux grandes familles de la mafia, ils ne devraient pas être ensemble, et pourtant le destin en a voulu autrement. Ils sont irrésistiblement attirés l’un par l’autre même si parfois tout les sépare.

C’était un roman intense, touchant. Nos deux héros doivent traverser un grand nombre d’épreuves et beaucoup ne sont vraiment pas simples. Ils vont devoir arriver à avancer, se pardonner, évoluer mais ce n’est pas facile non plus. Ils sont tous les deux différents d’ailleurs, tandis que Cross a toujours agi en faisant fi des conséquences, Catherine fait très attention à l’image qu’elle renvoie.

La fin n’est pas facile, mais il n’y avait pas d’autres possibilités et je suis vraiment curieuse de voir ce qu’il va advenir pour nos deux amoureux, de voir comment ils vont se sauver d’eux-mêmes.

C’est un très bon roman et je suis curieuse de lire la suite ! Par contre, il faut noter que c’est vraiment un roman sur leur adolescence et il se termine quand ils ont respectivement 18 et 20 ans.


PS: un tome de l’auteur est bientôt traduit chez Alter Real

La forêt des masques de Stephane Soutoul & Audrey Lozano

Résumé : Lucile, quatorze ans, ne supporte plus d’être persécutée entre deux cours par Myriam et sa bande. Désespérée, elle trouve refuge dans l’immense forêt voisine afin de fuir les brimades des autres collégiens. La jeune fille s’aventure au cœur d’un territoire sauvage qui fait l’objet de rumeurs inquiétantes, car on le dit « hanté ».
C’est dans ce royaume champêtre, en marge de la civilisation, que Lucile rencontre Sylvain. Ce dernier fabrique d’énigmatiques masques qu’il offre aux arbres. Sous la protection du garçon solitaire, Lucile découvre les esprits de la nature veillant sur la forêt… Un sanctuaire qui va lui redonner le goût de vivre, d’aimer et où la cruauté humaine ne revendique aucun droit.

Avis : Je suis toujours très intriguée par les romans de Stephane Soutoul et l’auteur nous présente quelque chose de très différent cette fois. Une histoire jeunesse, mais avec les thèmes forts de la nature et du harcèlement scolaire. Et comment résister quand en plus l’auteur s’associe avec une artiste de talent pour proposer des dessins magnifiques représentant certaines scènes de l’histoire ? Impossible !

Je ne vais pas vraiment parler de l’histoire parce que je pense qu’il vaut mieux se lancer dans trop en savoir, le résumé suffit pour cela, mais je dois dire que c’était un roman très touchant. Ca fait tellement mal au cœur de voir ce que subit Lucile dans ce nouveau collège. Elle est seule et n’arrive pas à raconter les terribles épreuves qu’elle traverse et pourtant, elle va réussir à découvrir un autre monde qui va l’aider à dépasser tout ça, même si c’est très loin d’être facile.

Oui, c’était un roman intense, poétique et très touchant. J’ai vraiment passé un bon moment.


Bedfellow by Jeremy C. Shipp

Synopsis: It broke into their home and set up residence in their minds.

When the . . . thing first insinuated itself into the Lund family household, they were bemused. Vaguely human-shaped, its constantly-changing cravings seemed disturbing, at first, but time and pressure have a way of normalizing the extreme. Wasn’t it always part of their lives?

As the family make more and greater sacrifices in service to the beast, the thrall that binds them begins to break down. Choices must be made. Prices must be paid. And the Lunds must pit their wits against a creature determined to never let them go.

It’s psychological warfare. Sanity is optional.

Review: This is a very intriguing novel and I was really curious to discover the story.

The Lund family saw a man appear in their house one day. They don’t know him. Yet this thing is far from ordinary. He takes root in your life and makes you believe that he has always been part of it. It creeps in gently, from family acquaintances to family and you do everything for him. The thing has a strong grip!

I had a really good time with that novel. The idea is quite original and it was very interesting to discover this thing called Marvin. He is a very special character and at the same time very intelligent. I was curious to see how this little family would manage.

As I said, I had a good time, it’s a very interesting subject.

Bedfellow de Jeremy C. Shipp

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Il est entré par effraction dans leur maison et s’est installé dans leur esprit.

Quand cette chose … s’est insinuée pour la première fois dans la famille Lund, ils ont été stupéfaits. De forme vaguement humaine, ses envies sans cesse changeantes semblaient dérangeantes au début, mais le temps et la pression sont un moyen de normaliser l’extrême. Ça n’a pas toujours fait partie de leur vie ?

Alors que la famille fait de plus en plus de sacrifices au service de la bête, l’emprise qui les lie commence à s’effondrer. Il faut faire des choix. Le prix doit en être payé. Et les Lund doivent opposer leur intelligence à une créature déterminée à ne jamais les laisser partir.

C’est une guerre psychologique. La santé mentale est facultative.

Avis : Voilà un roman très intrigant et j’étais vraiment curieuse de découvrir l’histoire.

La famille Lund voit un jour apparaitre un homme dans leur maison. Ils ne le connaissent pas. Pourtant cette chose est loin d’être ordinaire. Elle s’installe dans votre vie et fait en sorte que vous croyez qu’elle en a toujours fait partie. Elle s’insinue doucement, de connaissances à famille et vous faites tout pour lui. La chose a une emprise forte !

J’ai vraiment passé un bon moment avec ce roman. L’idée est assez originale et c’était très intéressant de découvrir cette chose du nom de Marvin. C’est un personnage très particulier et en même temps très intelligent. J’étais curieuse de voir comment cette petite famille allait s’en sortir.

Comme je le disais, j’ai passé un bon moment, c’est un sujet très intéressant.

Case One: Deceit by Lori Zaremba

Trudy Hicks Ghost Hunter, Book 1

Synopsis: My job? I hunt ghosts. Not to prove they exist—because I already know they do—but to figure out why they’re still here.

My first big case leads me to a mansion on the Chicago Gold Coast, the previous home of a wealthy socialite who lived there until she accidentally fell to her death in 1927.

I’ve never been this determined—and excited—to solve a case like this one before. Pity I’m forced to work alongside a man whose sole purpose is to debunk paranormal activity. But the worst part? He’s gorgeous, and the more we work together, the more I realize I might be falling for him.

Together we’re delving deeper and deeper into the spiritual world. But the more secrets we uncover, the more pissed off these ghosts become; and that’s when I start to realize…we might be in way over our heads.

Review: I love ghost novels, so when I saw this novel pass by and even though I didn’t know anything about it, I couldn’t help but be intrigued. How could I not be? It’s always fascinating to engage in an investigation involving characters from another time.

Gertrude is an ex-cop, she left six months ago to devote herself fully with her psychic friend Dana in search of ghosts. She wants to understand the presence of ghosts and help them leave. Her first big case will bring her into a mansion where several ghosts cohabit, making them feel their presence and I must admit that I was really curious to discover their story. It must be said that it is very interesting to follow Vanessa’s life in the 1920s.

The author thus shares a few chapters from the point of view of the characters in the past and we follow Trudy in the present in her investigations, but also in her face-to-face with the sexy Jason who is determined to prove that the paranormal does not exist.

I really had a great time with this novel and I am very curious to discover the next case and to find all the characters!