I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
If you're a fan of insta-love, then oh baby is this the story for you. BOUGHT 2: Lucien and Olivia's Story (Billionaire Buyers Series) by Dahlia Delights was one sexy adventure. And I loved that this can be read as a standalone OR as part of the series, where our heroine Olivia Crown is the daughter of Marshall and Mary from book one.
'This man, this person who was a near stranger to me a few days ago, was now the center of my universe.'
Basically, Olivia is the new head of her family's business, Crown Enterprises, since her father retired. And the good old boys investing in the company are not happy that it was Olivia and not one of her brothers that took over the reins. Looking to head off a bad financial situation, she is on the hunt for investors. So in walks multi-billionaire Lucien Dare. He is very interested in working with Olivia, seeing in her the same shrewd business sense that he possesses. But he wants even more to make her his very own and build a life with the gorgeous woman who's stolen his heart with just a glance.
'...When the time was right, I would let her know that I intended to make her mine--heart, mind, body, and soul. No less than that would ever sate me.'
I think what I liked most about Lucien and Olivia together (aside from their instant attraction, of course) was how they brought out the best in each other. She was very methodical and rational in the way she approached things and Lucien needed her calmness to focus on the tasks at hand. And conversely, he was an extremely passionate, sensual man who was able to see exactly what Olivia needed to be herself and experience love for the first time. *sigh*
Our couple found themselves stuck in a remote mountain chalet in the middle of a blizzard--which is always a fun theme. Stranded alone, there were several ways they could keep themselves occupied and one activity in particular that helped heat things up quite a bit. Talk about erotic and sexy as hell! In addition to that, I really liked the balance of their real fears over losing power and heat due to the storm with how Lucien and Olivia were able to remain playful and laugh while they were solving their problems.
BOUGHT 2 was every bit as steamy as the first installment in this erotic series. And I think the lovely connection between the hero and heroine will be sure to bring a smile and a sigh to every reader's lips.
Bloch sospese la stesura di “Apologia della storia” per unirsi al movimento di Resistenza Franc-tireur, scelta che gli costò la fucilazione per mano dei nazisti il 16 giugno 1944.
Il libro uscì, incompiuto, nel 1949 grazie al suo amico e compagno di studi Lucien Febvre.
Cos’è la Storia? Bloch afferma che è la scienza degli uomini nel tempo.
“Lo storico non pensa solo "umano". L'aria in cui il suo pensiero naturalmente respira è la categoria della durata.”
Dunque, in che modo lo storico deve indagare il passato per restituire ai contemporanei la memoria dell’umanità?
Il buon storico somiglia all'orco delle fiabe: là dove fiuta carne umana, egli sa che è là che si trova la sua preda.
Compito dello storico è analizzare criticamente fonti documentarie e narrative individuando inesattezze e falsità, che fra tutti i “veleni in grado di viziare una testimonianza” è il più potente; suo compito è ragionare sulla scelta delle testimonianze, sul metodo di ricerca e lavoro, sullo studio degli accadimenti e degli uomini; suo compito è ancora lavorare con onestà intellettuale per riconsegnare ai posteri la Storia scevra da ideologie e strumentalizzazioni.
Tante, tante le domande e le riflessioni in quest’opera interrotta drammaticamente dalla Storia, che rimane testo fondamentale per storici e non.
Conoscere il passato per comprendere il presente, perché “L'incomprensione del presente nasce fatalmente dall'ignoranza del passato”.
Ecco il grande insegnamento di Bloch.
21/11 - Picked this up for free from allromanceebooks.com and while it wasn't too bad I'm still glad it was indeed free. The website included quite an extended excerpt on the book's page and that was the best part of the whole book, once you get past the excerpt it goes downhill pretty fast. The appearance of editing disappears (as if that excerpt was edited and nothing else) and the writing style became very simplistic. Lots of short sentences that started with he or she and repetition of words, like in this paragraph from location 124
'He watched her as she took the last child into the room and wondered how long she would stay in there this time. He knew they would never allow him into the room, so he would have to wait until she got hungry. He would get his chance then.'
That's a lot of uses of the words he and would, made worse by the way the Kindle formatting lined all those woulds up at the far left alignment, one after another.
I thought the idea was quite good, but it was let down by the writing and editing. If I thought the writing and editing was going to be better I could be enticed to read something else by Persaud, but not going to read another if there's a whisper of editing problems.