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review 2017-06-24 03:01
[REVIEW] The Princess of Cleves by Madame de La Fayette
The Princess of Cleves - Madame de La Fayette

God, what a heartbreaking novel. Even while I suspected where it would go, I held on to the hope that maybe it wouldn't go there. Ultimately it did and my poor heart could not take it. Move over Romeo and Juliet, the Duke of Nemours and the Princess of Clèves are the patron saints of star-crossed lovers.

 

The beginning is a chore to get through. The name dropping of the everyone in the French Court is supposed to give you a sense of place along with a cast of characters but it just ended up confusing me even more. Nonetheless, I kept reading.

 

The Princess of Clèves and the Duke of Nemours are a delight to read about it, mostly because we get to see their character evolution. Their story is nothing short of gut-wrenching; their love so true and genuine. But, by all means, this novel isn't perfect. It suffers a lot from frequent visits of the Goddess of Exposition™ which I believe take away from the main story. Sure I want some backstory on the situation but not pages upon pages upon pages of it.

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review 2017-06-20 16:47
Bound by Water: Pisces (Zodiac Shifters #6) by Monica La Porta
Bound by Water: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance: Pisces - Monica La Porta,Zodiac Shifters
Bound by Water: Pisces is the second book in the Zodiac Shifters series that I have read, and I enter a new world with a new group of shifters that I can't wait to read more of. Ariel is a mortal and knows nothing of the paranormal world that lives in sync around her. Atreides is a merman, the last of his kind that he knows about. When these two meet on a moonlit night, he puts down their attraction to simple moon-lust. However, Ariel's life is about to change in a big way, and the paranormal world comes closer to home than either she or Atreides ever expected.
 
This is a great story that is smooth yet it moves at a swift pace. With a great supporting cast of characters that I long to know more about, there is enough in this story to satisfy and yet will definitely leave you wanting more. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
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@momilp, #Paranormal, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

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review 2017-06-19 22:38
Chi è morto alzi la mano - Fred Vargas,Maurizia Balmelli

In una casa di quattro piani, nota nel quartiere come “topaia”, s’insediano Marc, Lucien e Mathias, tre storici squinternati e squattrinati. Armand Vandoosler, ex sbirro corrotto, zio e padrino di Marc li raggiunge. Una stamberga di quattro piani, un piano per ciascuno.

Sul fronte occidentale, nel giardino di Sophie, ex cantante lirica, una mattina compare un faggio. La donna si rivolge ai vicini per risolvere la “faccenda”. Poche settimane dopo la comparsa dell’albero Sophie sparisce. I tre “evangelisti”, chiamati dal vecchio Vandoosler san Matteo, san Marco e san Luca iniziano a indagare con l’aiuto dello zio.

Tanti misteri e qualche morto ammazzato. Dovrei rabbrividire e invece rido. Non sono depravata, non amo la violenza, non riesco a guardare film con spargimenti di sangue né leggere storie raccapriccianti. Il fatto è che a un certo punto i tre storici squinternati e lo zio sbirro canaglia hanno preso il sopravvento. E loro sono uno spasso.

 

Mi serviva qualcosa per alleggerire i “tomoni”. Ed ecco il gialletto fresco come la granita di limone che attenua la canicola estiva.

Sempre che non ci si faccia domande. Altrimenti la temperatura sale.

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text 2017-06-19 13:01
Release Blitz - Talk British To Me

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Talk British to Me, an all-new sexy STANDALONE romance from Robin Bielman is now LIVE!

 

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Talk British to Me by Robin Bielman

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

Synopsis:

 

As the Dating Guy on L.A.’s top morning show, I give the single guy’s perspective on dating, love, and sex—and I give great advice. Everyone’s hooking up…well, except for me. Sure, I can get any woman I want, but I’ve got a “no relationship” clause in my contract and the only woman I want has “relationship” written all over her. Probably stamped on her ass, too. And wouldn’t I like to confirm that.

 

Unfortunately, she wants nothing to do with me. At all. Something about the next Ice Age might have even come up in her rebuttal. Adorable. Because she’s determined to ignore what one simple kiss proved: she wants me as badly as I want her.

 

Everything in me is screaming to go after her, but I’ve got a secret that I’m fairly certain will end up with her roasting my nuts over an open fire. So, job on the line? Check. Nuts on the line? Check. Can’t get her out of my head? Nail…meet coffin. But what a way to go…

 

Excerpt:

 

My cell pings with an incoming text as I approach the garage elevator, so I’m not exactly paying attention when I hear the elevator arrive and sense someone step out. I think I walk around the person, but my shoulder bumps hers.

 

 

The delicate feel of her has me jerking my head up.

 

 

“Sorry,” we say at the same time.

 

 

She’s holding a box piled high with envelopes that partially block her face. I don’t know if it’s from our slight collision or a natural misstep, but the box wobbles in her hands. She sucks in a breath. I slip my arm under the box to help keep it from tipping over, but that seems to make it worse, because the next thing I know, the envelopes are spilling out onto the ground.

 

 

“Son of a biscuit!” she says, unable to stop the box from crashing down but keeping herself on both feet.

 

 

I burst out laughing.

 

 

Hear me out. The “son of a biscuit” is damn adorable. I’ve never heard anyone actually use it before. But better still, the beautiful creature spewing such foul language is none other than the girl who dumped chicken wings on me. Teague.

 

 

“I’m glad you find this so—”

 

 

She stalls, finally meeting my eyes. Recognition crosses her face as she scrunches up her cute little nose in annoyance.

 

 

“Amusing?” I finish for her.

 

 

She opens her mouth to speak, but nothing comes out. The two of us running into each other again is pretty unbelievable. She huffs out a breath that’s a mixture of contempt and surprise.

 

 

“I’m just as surprised as you, baby.”

 

 

This time the sound she makes from the back of her throat is pure disgust. She drops to all fours to gather the envelopes back into the box.

 

 

I bend down to help, reaching for envelopes while never taking my eyes off her. She’s pissed about more than the dropped cargo. “Bad day?” I say.

 

 

She glares at me.

 

 

“I’m sorry about bumping you. I was looking down at my phone and thought I had plenty of room.”

 

 

Picture a hot girl with blue eyes so kind she couldn’t look daggers no matter how hard she tried. That’s what I’m privileged enough to be staring at now. The corners of my mouth pull up involuntarily. Her mouth, while set in a tight line, is sexy as fuck, those generous lips of hers distracting. “Seriously, Teague, I’m sorry.”

 

Her expression goes from hard to soft instantly. She sits back on her haunches, puts her hands on her thighs. “You remember my name?”

 

 

 

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About Robin:

 

When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA Finalist, Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas.

 

She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.

 

She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch at all of her social media spots!

 

 

 

Connect With Robin:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobinBielmanWriter

Twitter: @RobinBielman

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text 2017-06-17 20:45
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Cazalet Chronicles series - Elizabeth Jane Howard

Molti personaggi, l' intera famiglia Cazalet, dai capostipiti ai nipoti. Non succede molto, ma è bello entrare nell'atmosfera di una famiglia medio-borghese inglese, nel periodo immediatamente precedente la Seconda guerra Mondiale.

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