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Lost Track

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Résumé : Sabine Debois likes her wine pink and her life predictable. As a private tutor for the rich and famous, she doesn’t get starstruck. But when a tattooed espresso fiend saves her from death by sweater, she’s a little bit… grateful. That’s all. Just grateful.

Sunshine Capone just had the best album of his career, and then his girlfriend burned down his house. Well, his ex-girlfriend now. So he moved to Chicago to focus on his music and avoid the drama of relationships.

He should not be creating any excuse to hang out with the sweet teacher with the hazel eyes and bright smile. She doesn’t need his kind of confusion in her life.

But Sabine’s about to teach this superstar a thing or two about peace, love, and understanding.

Je suis un peu plus partagée sur cette romance, j'ai trouvé les premiers chapitres un peu confus, n'arrivant pas à cerner les personnages et à quoi ressemblaient leurs vies. Même si j'avoue que la scène de rencontre est un véritable meet-cute ! Bref, j'ai pas de suite accrocher à leur personnalité, et il m'a bien fallu la moitié du bouquin pour les trouver choupi-chou.

Je pense que ce qui a beaucoup aidé à apprécier la romance est les personnages secondaires : les deux meilleurs amis de Dave et la copine et le frère (qu'on voit trop peu) de Sabine. En fait c'est grâce à ce petit monde que le livre se tient, car ça aurait été très chaotique sans eux.

Un des points positif de cette romance est la représentation du trouble de l'attention et de l'hyperactivité dont souffre le héros. Quand on est dans sa tête, on se rend compte de ce que c'est au quotidien, tant pour lui que pour ses amis et sa famille.

Donc voilà, une romance sympa, mais qui sera pas dans mes préférées.

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I'm a little more divided on this romance, I found the first chapters a bit confusing, not being able to identify the characters and what their lives looked like. Even if I admit that the first meeting scene is a real meet-cute ! In short, I did not immediately click with their personalities, and it took me half the book to find them adorable.

I think what really helped to appreciate the romance are the secondary characters : Dave's two best friends and Sabine's BFF and brother (who we see too little). In fact it is thanks to this small world that the book is held, because it would have been very chaotic without them.

One of the positive points of this romance is the representation of the ADHD from which the hero suffers. When you're in his head, you realize what it's like on a daily basis, both for him and for his friends ad family.

So a nice romance, but one which will not be in my favorites.

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Key Change

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Résumé : Before Hannah was a 9-5 working, dinner making, homebody, she was Ashton James: a paparazzi-stalked pop star with more enemies than friends. These days she has one priority: keeping her sister safe and away from the public eye. Hannah was doing a great job, until the pesky little brother of an ex-fling discovers where she is, and wants her help launching his career.

Now she has to trust Johnny—whom she betrayed in more ways than one—to protect her whereabouts. Johnny may have an infuriating moral compass and the timing of a storybook hero, but is he immune to the temptation of revenge?

Johnny’s focus has always been his music business, and a bad influence like Hannah is the last thing he needs at work, or around his brother. But some things are too powerful to be stopped. For someone like Hannah, second chances—in life and in true love—don’t exist. She didn’t think so, at least.

Johnny is about to prove her wrong, and being wrong has never felt so right.

Ici nous avons une romance de deuxième chance avec deux héros qui ont chacun touché le fond avant de reconquérir leur vie pour en faire quelques chose de bien. Enfin ça c'est surtout du côté d'Hanna.

Hannah a été une rockstar surdouée de la musique, mais un scandale filmé a stoppé net sa carrière. 2 ans plus tard, Hannah a boulot un dans un SAV client par téléphone, c'est pas terrible mais ça l'aide à subvenir au besoin de sa jeune soeur dont elle a la garde. Sa sécurité passe avant tout, alors quand un jeune ado chante une de ses chansons dans le métro, la première réaction d'Hannah est de trouver qui il est et de lui proposer un pot-de-vin pour son silence. Grâce à son service de sécurité (Quinn et Alex huhuhu), elle arrive à savoir qui il est se pointe chez lui.

Mais là, quand la porte s'ouvre, c'est Johnny le grand-frère qui l'accueil. Et Johnny, lui aussi la connait... et Hannah ne semble pas se rappeler de lui. Il y a quelques années, il était musicien sur son premier album, ils ont eu une aventure, des promesses non tenues, il s'est fait remercier... Hannah ne se rappelle pas, car à cette époque elle était à moitié alcoolisée...

Bref, Johnny n'accepte pas le pot-de-vin, et par un concours de circonstance, va demander à Hannah de travailler avec lui dans son studio d'enregistrement sur l'album du nouveau rappeur du moment. Hannah va reprendre goût à la création musicale, Johnny va retomber amoureux. Ces deux là n'ont plus rien à se prouver, ils savent les erreurs qu'ils ont commis et se donnent une 2e chance parce que la 1ère s'est finie avant même de commencer.

Mention spéciale aux petits frère et soeur de nos héros qui se mêlent de la vie de leur aîné.e respectif ^^

Je pense que ça doit être hyper dur d'écrire sur la musique et fait imaginer au lecteur le talent des personnages. Autant, j'applaudis Heidi Hutchinson pour avoir très bien décrite son héroïne avec la musique dans son ADN, autant j'ai pas trouvé très crédible le fait qu'Hannah qui est un genre de Beyoncé/Lady Gaga, puisse passer à l'anonymat le plus complet (car même ses collègues de boulot de la reconnaissent pas...) mais bon c'est un détail xD

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Here we have a second chance romance with two heroes who hit rock bottom before reclaiming their lives to do something good. Well, that's mostly the story of Hanna.

Hannah was a gifted music rockstar, but a filmed scandal brought her career to a halt. 2 years later, Hannah has a job in a customer after-sales service by telephone, it's not terrible but it helps her provide for her young sister, whom she has care for. Her safety comes first, so when a young teenager sings one of her songs in the subway, Hannah's first reaction is to find who he is and offer him a bribe for his silence. Thanks to her security team (Quinn and Alex huhuhu), she manages to find out who he is and shows up at his house.

But there, it is Johnny the big brother who welcomes her. Johnny knows her... and Hannah doesn't seem to remember him. A few years ago, he was a musician on her first album, they had an affair, some broken promises, he was fired... Hannah does not remember, because at that time she was half drunk most of the time...

In short, Johnny doesn't accept the bribe, and through a chain of events, will ask Hannah to work with him in his recording studio on the album of the new rapper of the moment. Hannah will regain a taste for musical creation, Johnny will fall in love again. These two have nothing more to prove to each other, they know the mistakes they made and give themselves a second chance because the first one ended before it could even start.

Special mention to the little brother and sister of our heroes who are involved in the life of their respective eldest ^^

I think it must be super hard to write about music and make the reader imagine the talent of the characters. As much, I applaud Heidi Hutchinson for having described her heroine very well with music in her DNA, but I did not find very credible the fact that Hannah who is like a Beyoncé/Lady Gaga, can go to being a nobody (because even her colleagues at work do not recognize her...) but hey it's a detail xD


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