sabato 11 ottobre 2014

Brenda Novak , Filling well

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"...At these times, I need to “fill the well” by reading for pleasure, listening to music I find deeply stirring and emotional, or reading quotes or poems that resonate with me. The musical score from Les Miserables fires me up every time. Same with Phantom of the Opera. Watching a good movie will also jumpstart my muse. My favorite is Last of the Mohicans. That emotional scene where the hero (played by Daniel-Day Lewis) is forced to leave the heroine (played by Madelyn Stowe) behind at the waterfall never fails to rejuvenate me. Taking a break to be with people helps, too. Laughter is a general cure-all.
The most important thing I can do when I run into a glitch in my story is to give myself time to work with it instead of overreacting. Panicking only makes it more difficult to fight through the rough patch. Occasionally, all I need to do is sleep. Somehow, my subconscious continues to mull over the problem–and when I get up in the morning, the path is once again clear."
Brenda Novak

Dear Brenda,
precious words about "fill the well". I need that time to recharge too, not to write but to live. Romances are a way to find that time.

domenica 5 ottobre 2014

Dark Skye, di Kresley Cole

Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #14)Dark Skye by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

She has made it another time: a story that captures hearts.

Thronos has won me, Lanthe has amused and moved me.

So, too fast paced? Not a problem, 'cause they are together. Too fast ending? Ok, if it's all good for our heroes. Too much gore and horrible details? Ok, if we have wonderful details about love in the next page. Too moving and desperate stories and feelings? Ok, because then...they are great to each other!

Kresley Cole rules!

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giovedì 2 ottobre 2014

Playing with fire, di Cynthia Eden

Playing With Fire (Phoenix Fire, #3)Playing With Fire by Cynthia Eden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's a good addition to this series.
Developed and interesting characters, Dante and Cassie captures the reader's mind with their story so rich in selfconfidence, pain, memory, sacrifice.
The events are only a little too fast-paced, in Eden's style: here-there-escape-safe home (of a male friend, but with female dresses of the right size for Cassie...?!)-revelations-escape-on the run--kiss-love-escape-revelations-on the run...My God, what a whirlwind!
At the end, the book is deeply involving, because the interactions and the growing of love between Cassie and Dante are really good.

*ARC kindly provided by the author and the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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mercoledì 1 ottobre 2014

Desired, di Alisa Woods

Desired (True Alpha 1)Desired by Alisa Woods
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

For a short story, a shorter review.
Not so compelling characters, quite boring story, predictable events, sly ending. Two stars for good writing and remarkable capacity to draw scenes.

*ARC provided by the author and the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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sabato 27 settembre 2014

Rock Courtship, di Nalini Singh

Rock Courtship (Rock Kiss #1.5)Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rock Courtship is the second book of the new series by Nalini Singh, Rock Kiss, and it's really good. It's a novella, but very engaging, sweet and sexy. Thea and David are a couple that has all to capture everyone's heart. Their memos, their dialogues, the slow but persistent courting, their way to accept and trust the other, their growing overture to each other are the best traits of an endearing novella. Last but not least, they are Indonesian, specifically Balinese (Thea Arsana) and latin-american (David Rivera), and this is very unusual and appreciated! Make love spread all around the world!

Check an essay about different characters in romances:

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sabato 13 settembre 2014

Thing Good Girls Don't Do, di Codi Gary

Things Good Girls Don't Do (Rock Canyon Romance, #1)Things Good Girls Don't Do by Codi Gary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Funny, smart and sexy! Not at all what I expected due to the cover: a beautiful surprise. Good characters, interesting story, hilarious moments, delicious happy ending, this book has all to be a precious reading experience.

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mercoledì 10 settembre 2014

Rock Addiction, di Nalini Singh (Release Blitz)

I'm partecipating in the Release Blitz for Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh!

So honoured!

So incredible opportunity!

Excerpt (from chapter 2):

Patience wasn’t Fox’s strong suit, and he’d almost killed himself with it tonight.
Then he’d just about killed David for getting close to her while he kept his distance. Now, finally, he was alone with Molly and all he wanted to do was mess up her hair, kiss her until her lips were swollen and wet.
Then he wanted to do it again. And again.
Fighting the gut-wrenching need that threatened to turn him inside out, he forced himself to lean back lazily against the elevator wall. “You’re Molly.” It came out a rough purr.
Her eyes widened, fingers curling into her palm. “Yes.”
He wanted those fingers on him – any part of him. “Would you mind giving me a ride?”
A large percentage of the women at the party would’ve taken that as the invitation it was and been all over him in one second flat. Molly, however, took a tiny step back. “Don’t you have a driver?”
Abdomen tight, he continued to keep his tone playful, easy, though he was feeling close to feral. “I gave him the night off.”
“A taxi?”
If she took another step back, Fox wasn’t sure he’d be able to restrain his need to put his hands all  over her sweetly feminine flesh, taste her with his mouth. “I don’t know the address I’m going to.”
The elevator dinged at that moment, and he waited as Molly stepped out into the parking garage before following. The skin at her nape looked like cream; he wanted to lick it up, close his hands over her breasts from behind as he did so, press his rigid cock up against her. Yeah, he wasn’t in a patient mood.
“Oh?” It was a husky question. “If you don’t know the address, how do you plan on getting there?”
Unable to resist any longer, he bent to the soft, subtle, maddening scent of her and whispered, “That’s why I need a ride, Molly,” his lip ring brushing the shell of her ear. “I don’t know where you live.”
She dropped her keys.

My review (also shown in Goodreads and NetGalley): 

Rock addiction is the new book by Nalini Singh. It’s the first book in a new series, very different from the others that she is currently writing. It can be defined as New Adult romance, subgenre "famous and troubled boy meets wounded but profound girl“, or, better, the summary can be: "rock star meets normal girl, they have a lot of sex, develop love, surmount obstacles – in the present - and problems – from the past - and live happily”.

Written with Nalini Singh's usual mastery, it’s a contemporary romance about a rock star, Zachary Fox, and a librarian, Molly Webster. The two characters are both young (they are in their twenties), but they have a lot of bad, heavy past experiences that make really difficult for them to love and have faith in another person, save the inner circle of friends. In the story we see these circles: Molly’s best friend and sister, and the guys of Schoolboy Choir, the band. And we have also some glimps about future stories, that obviously will be about these persons.

The setting is from New Zealand to Los Angeles; very interesting the New Zealand part, that is so little present in romances. 

The plot is not so new, but it’s used with freshness and ability. There are some beautiful moments: the first dialogue in the elevator, the visit at the zoo, various moments of revelation and getting over the past. 

Each character has flaws and problems, but also the strenght to confront them and try to do the best thing. 
And each character is well defined and vivid. Fox is really possessive, hard and attractive, but he is not a grown man, he is a young one. His blunt sexual words to Molly are not the words of a lover, but the tentative attemps of a learner. The fear, the blunderings, the bluntness of Molly are not the confidence of a woman, but the searching, by a wounded woman-to-be, of her true self. So, the book is the story of how they can grow and believe in a relationship, making it live, strong and positive. 

The sexual interaction is abundant, but it doesn’t overtake the development of the story. Unfortunately, I haven’t, in this respect, found the sparkling and sizzling relationships between the characters that it’s the mark of the author. But these characters are other than Psy/Changelings and Archangels, so we have to appreciate them with an open mind. Maybe my difficulty (the lacking of chemistry, the little gooseflesh) is due to the growing matter, maybe it’s due to my unfathomable points of paragon in sexy rock stars, Bono from U2 and Luciano Ligabue. Yes, it’s understandable that nobody else in reality or fiction can be high on comparison. 

So, if you are a lover of New Adult romances, if you can appreciate love stories with a lot of heavy past on the shoulders of the lovers, if you are smoldering for a sexy rock musician, if you are forever fan on Cinderella girls, if you want romances with a lot of sexual interaction, but not too bold or explicit, this is the book that is meant for you. 

For me, it was a good read, and a beautiful, compelling love story.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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