Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

Keys to Love, Book 1

Synopsis: Sought-after social media influencer Sara Vance, in recovery from an eating disorder, is coming into her own, with a potential career expansion on the horizon. Despite the good news, her successful siblings (and their perfect spouses) have a way of making her feel like the odd one out. So, when her unreliable boyfriend is a no-show for a Florida family vacation, Sara recruits Luis Navarro—a firefighter paramedic and dive captain willing to play the part of her smitten fiancé . . .

Luis’s big Cuban familia has been in Key West for generations, and his quiet strength feeds off the island’s laidback style. Though guarded after a deep betrayal, he’ll always help someone in need—especially a spunky beauty with a surprising knowledge of Spanish curse words. Soon, he and Sara have memorized their “how we met” story and are immersed in family dinners, bike tours, private snorkeling trips . . . sharing secrets, and slow, melting kisses. But when it’s time for Sara to return home, will their fake relationship fade like the stunning sunset . . . or blossom into something beautiful?

Review: Ever since this first volume was released, I was curious to find out more about the story.

Sara was stood up by her fiancé when he was supposed to meet her family. She doesn’t want to tell her family… So she offers to a stranger to pretend to be her boyfriend and help her. And you can imagine this relationship will evolve into something more. But on top of that, our two heroes are going to have to face the problems of their past to finally move on.

This was a pretty cool novel. The story is classic, but I had a good time. There may be a few long parts, but the story is perfect if you want something light. I wonder what’s in store for the sequel!

 

Sous le soleil de Key West de Priscilla Oliveras

Keys to Love, Tome 1

Résumé : Sara, influençeuse mode et beauté sur les réseaux sociaux, a un problème. Et de taille ! Elle doit rejoindre sa famille à Key West pour les vacances. Mais son petit ami lui fait faux bond au dernier moment.

Comment dès lors affronter les questions de ses frères – et de leurs épouses si parfaites – et de ses parents ? Qui tous s’attendaient à rencontrer le futur époux de la petite rebelle de la famille…

Et si Luis, ce beau sapeur-pompier en congés forcés rencontré sur le tarmac de l’aéroport, se transformait en gendre idéal ?

Voilà la bonne idée de Sara – ou pas… Après tout, pourquoi les rêves ne se réaliseraient-ils pas sous le soleil de Key West ?

Avis : Depuis la sortie en grand format de ce premier tome, j’étais curieuse de le découvrir.

Sara a été plantée par son fiancé alors qu’il devait rencontrer sa famille. Elle ne veut pas montrer à sa famille qu’on lui a posé un lapin… Aussi, elle propose à un inconnu de se faire passer pour son petit ami et l’aider. Et vous vous doutez bien que cette relation va évoluer vers quelque chose de plus. Mais en plus de ça, nos deux héros vont devoir faire face aux problèmes de leur passé pour pouvoir enfin avancer.

C’était un roman assez sympa. L’histoire est classique, mais j’ai passé un bon moment. Il y a peut-être quelques longueurs, mais l’histoire est parfaite si vous voulez quelque chose de léger. Je me demande ce que nous réservera la suite !

Princess Ballot by Jaymin Eve & Tate James

Royals of Arbon Academy, Book 1

Synopsis: You have been chosen.

Those four words change Violet Spencer’s whole life, when against staggering odds, she’s selected in the “princess ballot.”

Arbon Academy is affectionately known as the school for Royals. Only the rich, powerful, or heir to a throne gain entry … except for the one scholarship student accepted every five years. It’s a worldwide lottery, and one that Violet entered without giving it any serious thought.

But the media got it wrong and Arbon Academy is much more than a simple college for future leaders.

It’s a dark world of politics, intrigue, and dangerous guys who will stop at nothing to get their own way. Despite her best efforts at remaining off the radar, Violet finds herself a pawn between two of the most powerful monarchies in the world.

Prince Rafe of the Switzerlands and Prince Alex of the Australasias are bitter enemies both on the soccer field and in the political arena. Monarchies rule the world now, and every waking breath is a competition for the princes.

Control the ball.
Control the world.
Control Violet.

Whether it’s through love or hate, someone will ultimately win.

Review: I was quite intrigued when I saw the release of this novel. I don’t know why, I thought it would be based on a love triangle, but in the end, it’s a reverse harem that the author proposes us.

Violet is a young girl whose life was completely turned upside down when she learns that she is accepted with a scholarship to an elite university. Only princes and princesses study there. A new world for an orphaned girl. But then, just when she thought she could become someone without being friends with elite people, Alex, one of the great princes, suddenly takes an interest in her. But he is not the only one and Violet will have to find out who she can trust. It will be far from easy.

This was a fun novel and I was caught up in the story waiting to find out how it would end. I think it will appeal to a lot of people, although I’m not a fan of reverse harem. It’s unfortunately not a genre for me. But anyway, it was a good read and I was glad to have discovered this first volume.

 

Princesse élue de Jaymin Eve & Tate James

Académie Arbon, Tome 1

Résumé : Dans ce monde de machinations auquel elle n’appartient pas, Violet pourrait bien devenir involontairement l’objet de convoitise des deux plus puissants princes du monde.

Vous avez été choisie.
Quatre mots qui vont changer la vie de Violet Spencer quand, contre toute attente, elle est sélectionnée pour être la « princesse élue ».

Arbon Academy est connue comme l’école des familles royales. Seuls les riches, les puissants et les héritiers de couronnes y ont accès… à l’exception d’une personne. Celle-ci est tirée au sort une fois tous les cinq ans et se voit offrir une bourse d’études.

Mais Arbon Academy est bien plus qu’une simple fac pour futurs monarques. C’est un monde obscur en proie à la manipulation, aux manigances politiques et aux hommes dangereux qui ne reculent devant rien pour atteindre leur but. Et malgré tous ses efforts pour se fondre dans la masse, Violet devient rapidement un pion dans le combat entre deux puissants royaumes.

Le prince Raf de Suisse et le prince Alex d’Australasies sont des ennemis jurés, autant sur le terrain de foot que dans l’arène politique. Les monarchies règnent désormais sur le monde, et chaque jour amène son lot de compétition.

Contrôler le bal.
Contrôler le monde.
Contrôler Violet.

Que ce soit par l’amour ou par la haine… quelqu’un doit gagner.

Avis : J’étais assez intriguée quand j’ai vu la sortie de ce roman. Je ne sais pas pourquoi, je pensais qu’il serait basé sur un triangle amoureux, mais c’est finalement, c’est un reverse harem que l’auteure propose.

Violet est une jeune fille dont la vie a été complètement chamboulée quand elle apprend qu’elle est acceptée avec une bourse dans une université d’élite. Seuls des princes et des princesses y étudient. Un nouveau monde pour une fillette orpheline. Mais voilà, alors qu’elle pensait pouvoir devenir quelqu’un sans trop côtoyer les êtres hors du commun, Alex, un des grands princes s’intéresse tout à coup à elle. Mais il n’est pas le seul et Violet va devoir découvrir à qui elle peut faire confiance. Ce sera loin d’être simple.

C’était un roman sympa et j’ai été prise dans l’histoire en attendant de découvrir comment il allait se terminer. Je pense qu’il pourra plaire à beaucoup de monde, même si pour ma part, je préfère éviter le reverse harem. Ce n’est malheureusement pas un genre pour moi. Mais quoi qu’il en soit, c’était une bonne lecture et j’étais contente d’avoir découvert ce premier tome.

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

Synopsis: She tried to run, but she can’t escape the other Mrs….

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

Synopsis: I had read a few of Marie Kubica’s novels that I liked and was curious to discover this one.

Sadie and Will have just moved to Chicago with their two children to take care of Will’s niece whose mother has just committed suicide. But this new beginning is not necessarily to Sadie’s liking. Things get worse when one of their neighbors is murdered. Our heroine is determined to find out what happened, but this investigation will force her to discover things she would rather not know.

I had a good time with the story, even though I had figured out what was going on long before the end. I was still curious to see how everything would unfold. And then, there were also some surprises! A good read.

 

L’autre femme de Mary Kubica

Résumé : Sadie et Will Foust viennent à peine de quitter Chicago avec leurs deux enfants pour une petite île perdue au large du Maine battue par les tempêtes, que leur voisine Morgan Baines est retrouvée morte chez elle. Le meurtre secoue la petite communauté insulaire, et surtout Sadie, bouleversée par le drame.
Tandis que les soupçons de l’agent Berg, le flic local, s’orientent vers Sadie et sa famille, fraîchement débarquée sur l’île, Sadie s’enfonce petit à petit dans une quête obsessionnelle, hantée par le besoin de découvrir ce qui est vraiment arrivé à Morgan. Mais plus elle découvre d’indices, plus elle comprend qu’elle risque de tout perdre si la vérité fait un jour surface…

Avis : J’avais lu quelques romans de Marie Kubica que j’avais bien aimés et j’étais curieuse de découvrir celui-ci.

Sadie et Will viennent d’emménager à Chicago avec leurs deux enfants pour s’occuper de la nièce de Will dont la mère vient de suicider. Mais voilà, ce nouveau départ n’est pas forcément au goût de Sadie. Les choses vont empirer quand une de leur voisine est assassinée. Notre héroïne est bien décidée à comprendre ce qui s’est passé, mais cette enquête la forcera à découvrir des choses qu’elle aurait surement préféré ne pas savoir.

J’ai passé un bon moment avec l’histoire, même si j’avais compris ce qui se passait bien avant la fin. J’étais quand même curieuse de voir comment tout allait se dérouler. Et puis, il y avait quand même aussi quelques surprises! Une bonne lecture.

Capture the Crown by Jennifer Estep

Gargoyle Queen, Book 1

Synopsis: Gemma Ripley has a reputation for being a pampered princess who is more interested in pretty gowns, sparkling jewelry, and other frivolous things than learning how to rule the kingdom of Andvari. But her carefully crafted persona is just an act to hide the fact that Gemma is a powerful mind magier—and a spy.

Gemma is undercover, trying to figure out who is stealing large amounts of tearstone from one of the Ripley royal mines when she encounters Prince Leonidas Morricone of Morta—her mortal enemy. Gemma tries to steer clear of the handsome prince, but when she finds herself behind enemy lines, she reluctantly joins forces with Leo. Also coming to Gemma’s aid is Grimley, her beloved gargoyle.

Despite the fact that Andvari and Morta are old, bitter enemies, a dangerous attraction sparks between Gemma and Leo. Further complicating matters is Leo’s murderous family, especially Queen Maeven Morricone, the mastermind behind the infamous Seven Spire massacre.

The closer Gemma gets to the stolen tearstone, the more deadly plots she uncovers. Everyone is trying to capture the crown, but only one queen can sit on the throne…

Review: I loved the first trilogy and I couldn’t wait to discover this series that takes place in the same world, but follows secondary characters. To tell you the truth, I was thrilled to discover the story of Gemma and Leonidas.

Everybody thinks Gemma is a spoiled princess who is only interested in the mundane. But this is just a facade and our heroine hopes to be what Everleigh is to her people. It is not simple and in secret, she plays spy. Her latest mission: to find out why the gems in her mines are disappearing without a trace. And this quest could be much more dangerous than expected! And what to do when Leonidas, the man who betrayed her when she was younger and who is her mortal enemy, takes her to his castle where anyone would kill her if they learned who she is? She has to keep her secret while trying to figure out where the gems are disappearing. Something unites Gemma and Leo, but will it be enough to forget that they are enemies? And more importantly, what will he say when he learns who she really is?

It was a great novel again, and I loved seeing the evolution of our heroine. She does everything in her power to help her kingdom, even if her life is in danger. She’s going to have to make choices, face her feelings and most importantly survive! I can’t wait to see what happens next!