Three Wishes by Kristen Ashley

Synopsis: When Lily Jacobs was born, she inherited Fazire – a genie. Her family had three wishes and they’d only ever used one so Fazire was stuck in the human world. This worked since he’d become a member of the family anyway.

Even with a genie, Lily’s young life wasn’t perfect. To escape the kids making her miserable at school, Lily buried herself in romance novels. One day, when the teasing was just too much, she used one of her wishes. She told Fazire she wanted to find a man like in her books and she made the most complicated wish Fazire had ever heard. Her wished-for man had to be impossibly handsome, virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless (amongst a dozen other things).

He also had to think she was beautiful and he had to love her more than anything in the world.

Nathaniel McAllister wasn’t born to a life where there were such things as genies granting wishes. His life was filled with drugs, crime and neglect. He was running errands for a gangster before he was in his teens and, even though life and hard work led him to wealth and respectability, he always knew, deep down, he was dirty. When Nate met Lily he knew he was no good for her but as virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless as he was, Nate was no match for the pull of sweet, innocent Lily.

Unfortunately, Lily’s wish included that she and her hero go through trials and tribulations to test their love. And Fazire wasn’t only a good genie, he loved Lily – so he gave her exactly what she wanted.

Review: I really enjoyed the Kristen Ashley novels that I have read. So, I was very curious to discover this novel that I did not know. And how could I resist when it is translated in French? Did I tell you that there is a genie in this story?

Fazire, a genie, arrived in a family and stayed there for three generations. He fulfilled a wish by allowing Lily’s mother to give birth to her. It is the latter that we follow in this story. As a child, she wished to find the perfect man, a man who loves her more than anything else in the world. And when she meets him, she doesn’t expect to lose him so quickly.

I had a great time with this story. We alternate chapters between all the characters and I was curious to see what would happen. While I found this novel was not as good as the others I’ve read by the author, I did enjoy getting to know the protagonists. Some scenes irritated me a bit, but I was still happy to have discovered this novel.

L’homme de mes livres de Kristen Ashley

Résumé : Attention aux vœux que vous formulez, ils pourraient bien se réaliser.

Lily Jacobs a grandi avec un compagnon de jeux un peu particulier : Fazire, le génie dont elle a hérité enfant.

Victime depuis toujours des moqueries des autres, Lily s’est plongée avec ferveur dans la lecture. Jusqu’au jour où, n’en pouvant plus, elle décide d’utiliser l’un des deux vœux qui lui restent et demande à Fazire de lui trouver l’homme de ses rêves : beau, viril, mais aussi impitoyable et robuste. Un homme capable de la trouver belle et de l’aimer plus que tout au monde.

Ayant grandi dans un monde fait de violence et de drogue, Nathaniel McAllister n’a pas vraiment eu une vie de rêve, ni de génie pour exaucer ses vœux. Et même s’il est maintenant riche et respecté, il sait qu’il n’est rien de plus qu’un gamin de la rue pourri jusqu’à la moelle. Alors quand Nate rencontre la douce et innocente Lily, il sait qu’il ne lui apportera rien de bon. Pourtant il est incapable de lui résister.

Malheureusement, Lily n’a pas fait seulement le souhait de rencontrer l’homme parfait. Elle a demandé à Fazire de tester leur amour en leur faisant traverser des épreuves dignes des romances qu’elle aime tant. Et Fazire, en bon génie, va lui donner exactement ce qu’elle veut. Et peut-être plus encore.

Avis : J’ai beaucoup aimé les romans de Kristen Ashley que j’ai lus. Aussi, j’étais très curieuse de découvrir ce roman que je ne connaissais pas. Et puis, comment résister alors qu’il est traduit en français ? Est-ce que je vous ai dit qu’il y a un génie dans cette histoire ?

Fazire, un génie, est arrivé dans une famille et il y est resté pendant trois générations. Il a réalisé un vœu en permettant à la mère de Lily de l’enfanter. C’est cette dernière que nous suivons dans cette histoire. Petite, elle a fait le vœu de trouver l’homme parfait, un homme qui l’aime plus que tout au monde. Et quand elle le rencontre, elle ne s’attend pas à le perdre aussi vite.

J’ai passé un bon moment avec cette histoire. Nous alternons les chapitres entre tous les personnages et j’étais curieuse de voir ce qui allait se passer. Si j’ai trouvé que ce roman était moins bon que ceux que j’ai lus de l’auteure, j’ai pris plaisir à découvrir les protagonistes. Certaines scènes m’ont un peu énervée, mais j’étais quand même contente d’avoir découvert ce roman.

Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez

On the Ropes, Book 1

Synopsis: Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it’s the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?

I’ve always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn’t a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.

You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.

Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.

I think that’s the sound I’ll miss the most.

Review: This is the first novel by Aly Martinez that I read, but I must say that the themes were very intriguing: boxing, deafness, a difficult family life… Yes, I was very curious to see what the author was going to propose.

This novel presents the evolution of two characters: Eliza and Till from their 13 years old to their entry into adulthood. Eliza always wanted to be somebody, while Till had to take care of his brothers because of their absent parents. It’s far from easy, but he’s doing his best. Yet the day he discovered boxing, his life changed. He finally finds a goal and above all a way to earn some money. But Till also has difficulty in anchoring himself in reality and even worse, he has difficulty in managing the disease which causes him a partial deafness of which he doesn’t know the evolution.

I had a good time with the novel even if it wasn’t quite what I expected. Sometimes I wanted to shake the characters up, but I was also curious to see the choices they were going to make. And I also loved discovering Till’s brothers that we will see again in the following volumes. I had a little trouble at times with the French translation, but that’s just a detail, so if you’re interested, it was a pretty nice book.

Combattre le silence de Aly Martinez

Sur la corde raide, tome 1

Résumé : Rencontrer l’amour de ma vie à treize ans n’a jamais fait partie de mon plan. Mais devenir progressivement sourd à l’âge de vingt et un ans non plus.

J’ai toujours été un battant. Avec des parents abonnés aux séjours en prison et deux petits frères évitant de justesse les placements en famille d’accueil, j’ai appris à esquiver les coups que la vie me donnait. Petit, je n’avais rien qui m’appartenait, jusqu’à ma rencontre avec Eliza Reynolds.

Eliza. Une bouffée d’air frais. Un murmure réconfortant qui m’a aidé à affronter ce que je pensais être le pire…

Je n’avais pas prévu de tomber amoureux. Mais je n’avais pas non plus prévu de devenir sourd. Et pourtant me voilà aujourd’hui à affronter le plus dur des combats.

Je lutte pour ma carrière. Je me bats contre le silence imminent. Et, plus que tout, je me débats pour elle.

Avis : C’est le premier roman d’Aly Martinez que je lis, mais je dois dire que les thèmes étaient vraiment très intrigants : la boxe, la surdité, une vie de famille difficile… Oui, j’étais très curieuse de voir ce que l’auteure allait nous proposer.

Ce roman présente l’évolution de deux personnages : Eliza et Till de leurs 13 ans à leur entrée dans l’âge adulte. Eliza a toujours voulu devenir quelqu’un, tandis que Till devait s’occuper de ses frères à cause de leurs parents absents. C’est loin d’être facile, mais il fait de son mieux. Pourtant, le jour où il découvre la boxe, sa vie change. Il trouve enfin un objectif et surtout un moyen de gagner un peu d’argent. Mais voilà, Till a aussi du mal à s’ancrer dans la réalité et pire encore, il a du mal à gérer la maladie qui lui provoque une surdité partielle dont il ne connait pas l’évolution.

J’ai passé un bon moment avec le roman même si ce n’était pas tout à fait ce à quoi je m’attendais. J’ai eu envie parfois de secouer les personnages, mais j’étais aussi curieuse de voir les choix qu’ils allaient faire. Et puis, j’ai adoré découvrir aussi les frères de Till que l’on reverra dans les tomes suivants. J’ai eu un peu de mal parfois avec la traduction, mais ce n’est qu’un détail, alors s’il vous intéresse, c’était un livre assez sympathique.

Played by the Rockstar by Christina Hovland

Mile High Rocked, Book 1

Synopsis: A rock star walks into a bar…

Certified behavioral counselor (and former band groupie) Becca Forrester needs a break. Taking a leave of absence from her job, she moves into the apartment over her parents’ garage, and clinches a gig waitressing at a dive bar known for bringing in big name musicians.

Cedric “Linx” Lincoln is a certified rock star. Bassist for the hugely popular rock band, Dimefront, he’s in Denver while the band is on hiatus a-freaking-gain. He’s looking for something—anything—to keep him occupied until they can all get back to making music. When he saunters into his friend’s bar, he finds the perfect diversion.

Becca’s presence is a breath of fresh air. The sizzle she ignites in him is precisely what he needs. Bonus: no-stress, no-strings hookups are his specialty. But when things between them tip toward serious, his band implodes, and Becca’s leave of absence ends, they’re forced to decide what their “real” lives should look like. Maybe there’s room for an encore…

Review: I really like Christina Hovland’s romances and I was looking forward to discovering this new volume!

Becca is taking a break from her work. She took a sabbatical year and went home to get her life back on track. This is also where the great rockstar “Linx” comes to rest while waiting for the members of his band to decide to come back and play with him. And what to say when she sees Linx? He is the singer of the band she followed for a long time as a groupie. But she knows that this boy is known to go to one woman to antoher and if that’s not her thing, maybe she could make an exception.

I really had a great time with the story! Becca and Linx are both very touching and I loved discovering and following them. And then we see a lot of characters from the previous books and it was great. Brek is especially present throughout this book.

As I said, it was a nice surprise and I can’t wait to discover more!

Played by the Rockstar de Christina Hovland (VO)

Mile High Rocked, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Une rock star entre dans un bar…

Becca Forrester, conseillère comportementale agréée (et ancienne groupie), a besoin d’une pause. Lors d’un congé, elle emménage dans l’appartement situé au-dessus du garage de ses parents, et se fait engager comme serveuse dans un bar connu pour faire venir de grands musiciens.

Cédric « Linx » Lincoln est une rock star. Bassiste du très populaire groupe de rock Dimefront, il est à Denver pendant une pause du groupe. Il cherche quelque chose pour l’occuper en attendant qu’ils puissent tous se remettre à faire de la musique. Quand il entre dans le bar de son ami, il trouve la diversion parfaite.

La présence de Becca est une bouffée d’air frais. L’étincelle qu’elle allume en lui est précisément ce dont il a besoin. En prime : les nuits sans lendemain sont sa spécialité. Mais quand les choses entre eux deviennent sérieux, que son groupe implose et que le congé de Becca se termine, ils sont obligés de décider à quoi doit ressembler leur « vraie » vie. Peut-être qu’il y a de la place pour un rappel…

Avis : J’aime beaucoup les romances de Christina Hovland et j’étais impatiente de découvrir ce nouveau tome !

Becca fait une pause dans son travail. Elle a pris un congé sabbatique et est rentrée chez elle pour reprendre sa vie en main. C’est aussi là que le grand chanteur de rock « Linx » vient se reposer en attendant que les membres de son groupe décident de revenir pour jouer avec lui. Et que dire quand elle voit Linx ? Le chanteur du groupe qu’elle a suivi pendant longtemps en tant que groupie. Mais elle sait que ce garçon est volage et si ce n’est pas son truc, peut-être qu’elle pourrait faire une exception.

J’ai vraiment passé un super moment avec l’histoire ! Becca et Linx sont tous les deux très touchants et j’ai adoré les découvrir et les suivre. Et puis on revoit de nombreux personnages des livres précédents et c’était génial. Brek est notamment bien présent tout au long de ce tome.

Comme je le disais, c’était une jolie surprise et je suis impatiente de découvrir la suite !

Switched by N.R. Walker

Synopsis: Israel Ingham’s life has never been easy. He grew up in a house devoid of love and warmth. Nothing he ever did was good enough. The fact Israel is gay just added to the long list of his father’s disappointments.

Then a letter from Eastport Children’s Hospital changes everything.

A discovery is made, one of gross human error. Twenty-six years ago two baby boys were switched at birth and sent home with the wrong families.

Sam, Israel’s best friend, has been his only source of love and support. With Sam beside him every step of the way, Israel decides to meet his birth mother and her son, the man who lived the life Israel should have.

Israel and Sam become closer than ever, amidst the tumultuous emotions of meeting his birth family, and Sam finds himself questioning his feelings toward his best friend. As Israel embraces new possibilities, he needs to dissect his painful relationship with his parents in order to salvage what’s left.

Because sometimes it takes proof you’re not actually family to become one.

Review: I’m not really a fan of M/M novels, but when the opportunity arose to read this novel, I thought it was time to discover the author and to try another novel of this genre. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. It was a very nice novel indeed!

Israel did not have an easy life. His relationship with his parents is more than tense and difficult. In fact, they never failed to remind him that he was a disappointment to them. Luckily for him, Israel has always had his best friend by his side. His family has accepted him as one of their own. So when he learns that he was switched at birth, his whole life is turned upside down and at the same time, it finally makes sense, because he never felt like he belonged.

I loved following Israel, he’s a fragile boy, but he’s also very strong and he tries to move forward as best he can. Sam is his rock and we hope throughout the story that they finally admit their feelings. Our hero is going to discover a new family, people very different from his parents and then, maybe, a way to move forward, to face his fears and to be happy at last!

Yes, it was a very beautiful novel that I highly recommend!