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review 2017-11-20 14:35
Roberta e Franco, “figurine in un paesaggio d’estate padana”.
La bella di Lodi - Alberto Arbasino

 

 

La Roberta appartiene a quella grassa borghesia lombarda degli anni Sessanta, quelli del boom economico, della liberazione sessuale, quando saliva il benessere e cadevano i tabù.

 

La Roberta è “biondissima, stupenda di figura”, ha terra e vacche, gambe lunghe e buon appetito. Cura l’azienda agro-casearia di famiglia che rende un mucchio di dané.

La bella di Lodi a Milano non si sogna nemmeno di passarci l’inverno, ci va a fare shopping. E va di qua e va di là, fa un saltino sulle montagne svizzere e uno a Parigi, una puntatina a Roma e un voletto a Londra o a Montecarlo. Frequenta gente del suo ambiente in feste che s’afflosciano fra un “Ui ti!” e un “Se ghè!”.

Rompe la noia al mare, la Roberta. Ci va con la sua MG rossa. Cammina col foulard in mano, adocchia un “ragazzaccio italiano brutto/bello dritto/stronzo coi capelli lunghi e le braccia grosse, vestito come viene viene, ma coi suoi jeans chiari e ben stretti da pifferaio, sdraiato al sole che dormicchia o finge di dormicchiare”.   E si sdraia poco distante, sulla sabbia, e quasi s’addormenta anche lei.

Chi sarebbe questo strafico col gran pacco? È il Franco che s’è cambiato nome a quindici anni neanche, perché non gli piaceva Italo. È mica un borghese lui. Macché, il Franco è proletario. Una bestia, quasi. Fa il meccanico d’auto. S’avvicina alla Roberta e con la scusa di cercare l’accendino mette le mani nella borsetta. Ma è modo?

La Roberta guarda il ragazzaccio e le brucia la voglia. Dai, roba di una notte, roba da calda estate. Poi passa. Forse.

Sicché, il Franco-Italo che quando è felice fa dei versi che nell’ambiente della Robi non si son mai sentiti, che è rozzo e ignorante e anche un po’ sozzo, a lei piace tanto. E un uomo in famiglia farebbe comodo. L’ha detto anche la nonna. Quella che “comanda lei”.

Tuttavia il meccanico le dà tanti pensieri. Lui non spegne la tv o la radio o la luce, non chiude i rubinetti, mangia a quattro palmenti e presta i vestiti nuovi agli amici, mette via la roba sporca con quella pulita: calze, camicie, persino le mutande (ne ha un cassetto pieno di tutti i colori, compreso il modello leopardato); non vuole andare al cinema e non gli piacciono i dischi dei vecchi musical che lei adora, mentre a lui piace Massimo Morandi, esagerando Tom Jones. Soprattutto non ha il senso della proprietà, difetto massimo che si possa avere in certi ambienti. Come fa, la Roberta, a fidarsi di questo Franco dalle mani leste (non solo in quel senso), a dargli in mano gli affari? Però è bello e ha un pistolone da paura, che a farselo scappare è neanche da pensarci. Certo il Franco non c’ha riguardi in niente, ma la Robi, in fondo, gli vuol bene. Anche se gli manca il senso della proprietà. Eh, beh…

 

Arda lì, Arba, che bel quadretto che ci hai fatto!

 

 

P.S. La bella di Lodi, pubblicato nel 1972 è la riscrittura di un racconto apparso su “Il Mondo” nel 1960, da cui Missiroli, nel ’63,  ne trasse un film che porta lo stesso titolo.

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text 2017-11-10 07:05
Release Boost - Risk Me

good looking man wearing a black hat in a smoky textured background

 

Can you risk it? RISK ME by Bella Love-Wins & Shiloh Walker IS NOW LIVE!

 

 

risk me - FINAL

 

 

 
 
LeVan
 
She was mine before I ever laid eyes on her.
 
It took an instant to know we were meant to be. She wanted an escape and my arms were wide open. She endured a life of pain. I could give her solace. She saw baggage. I saw hope and connection. But most of all, to her, I was forbidden. I wanted her more because of it.
 
And just when I thought I had her, we were ripped apart.
 
One innocent act to escape forced our families onto a collision course. I was fooled into believing she could risk everything for me. Her hands were tied. She was more of a prisoner than I'd even thought possible. She was just out of reach. And watching, waiting and wishing wouldn’t bring her back to me. But people like us never got lifetimes of happiness. Moments, maybe.
 
We didn’t get fairy tale endings.
Our love story was destined to end in tragedy.
 
 
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EXCERPT:

 

Everything happened in the blink of an eye.

 

Less than a week after LeVan and his mother walked into the boutique where I worked, he and I were together.

 

A couple.

 

In secret.

 

Although there were few secrets in this small town, we tried. And probably failed. It could’ve been that the rumor started right there in the boutique when I took his hand and held on for too long. It didn’t matter. For one week, I spent every spare moment with LeVan. I’d sneak out of the house every night Mother was on one of her continual drunken benders.

 

The cat was away, so this mouse got out, and boy did I ever play.

 

But it was more than that.

 

What LeVan and I discovered was that we weren’t just playthings to each other.

 

We were in love.

 

Love at first sight.

 

Love at first touch.

 

And our first kiss was nothing but magic.

 

Then I gave myself to him completely.

 

And he did not take the gift for granted.

 

LeVan treated me like a princess.

 

Tonight, it was our one-week anniversary since the day in the boutique.

 

“Pretty lady.”

 

I loved it when his voice got all rough like that.

 

LeVan Vanderbilt had a voice like sweet cocoa, thick and rich, almost excessively so. It only got rough like this because of one thing…me.

 

I absolutely loved what I did to him—and what he did to me.

 

I loved him, period.

 

The weight of his dreads fell toward me, rubbing against my bare chest as he kissed a path lower, lower, lower…

 

When he pressed a kiss to the short, neatly-trimmed hair at my mound, I closed my eyes with a moan and reached for him.

 

“Not yet, pretty lady,” he said, nuzzling me.

 

“You’re a tease.”

 

“And you love it.” He bit my clit. I shivered at the sensations, hot and cold chills licking their way up my spine as he licked his tongue straight into my core.

 

He growled against me and I knew—I knew—that if I could just touch him, he’d stop this and put his hands, his weight on me, thrust inside me and put an end to this never-ending ache.

 

But he’d pinned my wrists to the bed and now, as I arched my hips up to meet his mouth, I moaned again, need driving me to the edge.

 

“Come for me, baby doll. Come on, Thea…let me feel it.” I came.

 

It wasn’t like he gave me a lot of choices.

 

When it came to my body, he owned me completely and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t coax out of me.

 

And just when I thought I had everything I could ever need, we were ripped apart.

 

 

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About the Authors:

 

BELLA LOVE-WINS is a Wall Street Journal (Begging for Bad Boys, April, 2017) and USA Today (Begging for Bad Boys, Alpha for the Holidays, Shifters in the Snow: Bundle of Joy, Shifters in the Shadows) Bestselling Author.

 

She loves reading and writing steamy, high-action romance stories about firefighters, billionaires, and alpha males who know what they want and aren’t afraid of laying claim to the women who catch their interest. She loves a happy ever after ending. She enjoys reading, hiking, the countryside, and traveling to destinations unspoiled by commercial tourism, like Las Vegas…

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review 2017-11-08 22:30
A Bella Flora Christmas
A Bella Flora Christmas (Ten Beach Road Novella) - Wendy Wax

Ten Beach Road Novella

By:  Wendy Wax

ASIN: B0719NWD4S

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: 11/7/2017

Format: Kindle

My Rating:  5 Stars  

 

Wendy Wax returns with her popular Ten Beach Road Series, following (2017) One Good Thing with A BELLA FLORA CHRISTMAS. 

Read all my reviews of the Ten Beach Road Series 

Love catching up with my favorite gals in Florida for A BELLA FLORA CHRISTMAS. This go around Kyra has some difficult decisions to make and the adorable beach cottages at Sunshine Hotel are getting occupied quickly by the ladies for new beginnings. (Enjoy novellas and a fan of cottages).

Things are tense this Christmas season with the approaching deadline of New Years Day. 

Kyra is less than happy with the idea of Dustin (her son), portraying Daniel and his real-life moe star wife, Tonja Kay's son. There is no more time for hedging. She has to commit or refuse by New Year's Day.

She agreed to rent Bella Flora to a mystery tenant for an amount that gives Kyra the option of turning down the million dollars Daniel and his wife offered for Dustin to play their son. She does not want to ruin their holiday. 

The idea of strangers living in the house the women have worked so hard to hang onto is devastating; however, renting it out seems a better solution than losing her completely. 

The anonymity is making everyone anxious. 

 



If she cannot find a way to pay off the entire loan she took out, it could be the last holiday they would get to spend in Bella Flora.

Love these ladies and totally invested in the series. Best of all, we get a preview of BEST BEACH EVER Coming May 22, 2018 —with more Maddie, Kyra, Avery, Nikki and the crew! (Maddie is still my favorite of the women, even though I love them all.) 

Wendy Wax, "you are killing me!" Talk about tempting . . . I was swiping, dying to find out the mystery tenant of Bella Flora. Talk about a cliffhanger . . . . Could not pre-order this one fast enough. 

Please, someone, grant me an ARC for Christmas. Not sure I can wait until May for the unveiling. Seriously, I LOVE the cover and this series. Please do not let it end! 

Highly recommend (one of my favorite authors) — if you have not read the series, start with book one and read them all. Even though the author does a great job of catching you up, you do not want to miss a thing!

A special thank you as always to Berkley and NetGalley for an early reading copy. Also purchased the e-book and audible book narrated by Amy Rubinaqte.

JDCMustReadBooks

 

 

Praise for Wendy Wax and her novels 

 


 "[A] sparkling, deeply satisfying tale."—New York Times bestselling author Karen White
 
"Reading Wendy Wax is like discovering a witty, wise, and wonderful new friend."—New York Times bestselling author Claire Cook
 
"Fans of Jane Green and Mary Alice Monroe will adore Wax's lively characters, witty dialogue, and heartfelt prose."—Booklist
 
“Wax’s Florida titles [the Ten Beach Road novels] are terrific for lovers of women’s fiction and family drama, especially if you enjoy a touch of suspense and romance.”—Library Journal
 
"If you're a sucker for plucky women who rise to the occasion, this is for you."—USA Today
 
"[Wax] writes with breezy wit and keen insight."—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/08/14/A-Bella-Flora-Christmas
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review 2017-10-10 02:56
You Do Something To Me (New York Sullivans 3) - Bella Andre

With each new book in the Sullivan family series, I seem to fall in love with the hero each and every time. We had met Alec in the other books and he always seemed a bit harder than the other members of his family, so imagine my surprise when I not only fell in love with him, but he became one of my most favorite characters in the series to date.

Cordelia and Alec are as opposite as opposites can be at first glance. Alec is a partner in a billion dollar aviation business and Cordelia is happily running her little nursery in a small town. She wants nothing to do with the business she is inheriting from the birth father she never met. I loved that Alec was all ready to be all business about offering a buy out package until he saw Cordelia the first time.

I have to say I adored the instant connection between Alec and Cordelia. I felt like they each just understood each other on a level no one else ever had. Add in the smoking hot chemistry between them, and I fell so hard for them as a couple.

Each of the New York Sullivan children have every right to have issues with their father, and I so understood Alec being less inclined to be ready to forgive and have his father be a main part of his life. I think because of the time he spent with Cordelia and seeing her be open to forgiving her birth father, it helped put him on the path to forgiving his father.

I really did love everything about You Do Something to Me. It was filled with love, passion, laughter, and tears. I love a book that makes me feel so many emotions at once, and Bella Andre is a master of emotion. I highly recommend not only this book but all the books in the Sullivan Family series.

Rating: 5 Stars (A+)

Review copy provided by publisher

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review 2017-10-02 23:45
You Do Something To Me (The Sullivans: New York) by Bella Andre
You Do Something To Me (New York Sullivans 3) - Bella Andre

 

Alec and Cordelia's story may seem like a bad cliche, but in reality it's a valid life lesson.  You Do Something To Me is about appreciating the blessings of fate and learning from the painful moments faced along the way.  It's not always pretty, but the feedback is worth each bump in the road.  These people entered each other lives at a time when they needed each other most.  From the pain of loss, to the trappings of instant fame, wealth and the surprising twists headed their way, the secret heir and the wealthy playboy change each other's lives in a big way. One obvious lesson to me is once a Sullivan takes over a heart there's no way to ever get it back.  Something author and characters have in common.

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