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11/05/2020

Batter of Wits

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Résumé : Hate at first sight couldn’t possibly exist, right?

That’s what Grace Buchanan thought, before her useless car stranded her on the side of a deserted road just inside the Green Valley city limits.

When Tucker Haywood—tall and handsome and full of southern charm— shows up to help, her reaction to him is the strongest thing she’s ever felt in her life, and it makes no freaking sense.

It doesn’t make much sense to Tucker either. Not why she hates him, or why he finds her so intriguing. He knows well enough that Grace is moving to Green Valley for a fresh start, not to distract him when he’s got no room for something like her in his life.

The complications between them are endless, but that doesn’t stop her definitely not love-at-first-sight feelings from changing into something else entirely.

Grace and Tucker are about to learn the hard way that in Green Valley, hating someone has never tasted so sweet.



On ne pourra pas dire que Grace et Tucker vont commencer sur un bon pied : alors qu'elle est en panne sur la route vers Green Valley, Tucker s'arrête pour l'aider et la conduit même chez sa tante, cependant le charme du sud ne prend pas du tout avec elle, au contraire, Grace espère ne plus jamais le voir !

Cela va même au delà : Grace est une Buchanan, la cousine de Levi (le héros de Baking Me Crazy), les Buchanan mâles sont tous touchés par la malédiction du coup de foudre au premier regard, et les filles ? C'est la répulsion au premier regard. Mais Green Valley ne va pas les laisser s'en sortir comme ça ! Grace et Tucker vont être tous les deux enrôlés par le comités des fêtes pour mettre en place un stand à bisous... et le travail forcé ensemble ça rapproche ^^

Outre l'atmosphère légèrement déjantée du roman, Grace et Tucker vont passer du statut d'entende cordiale à amis/confident, parce que parfois on parle plus facilement de ses soucis à quelqu'un qu'on connaît pas. Grace a compris les doutes qui rongent Tucker, alors que sa famille ne l'a pas remarqué...

J'ai bien aimé ce roman, déjà car Grace est une photographe ^^ que les challenges entre les deux héros ne tombent pas dans le cliché et qu'ils sont tout mignons en fait xD

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We can't say that Grace and Tucker are starting off on the right foot : while her car has broken down on the road to Green Valley, Tucker stops to help Grace and even drives her to her aunt's house, however the southern charm get her at all, on the contrary, Grace hopes never to see him again after this !

It goes even further : Grace is a Buchanan, Levi's cousin (Baking Me Crazy), the male Buchanans are all affected by the curse of love at first sight, and girls ? It is hate at first sight. But Green Valley is not going to let them get away with it so easily ! Grace and Tucker will both be enlisted by the festival committee to set up a kisses booth... and forced labor brings them together ^^

Besides the slightly crazy atmosphere of the novel, Grace and Tucker will go from being cordial to to being friends and even confidants, because sometimes we talk more easily about their worries to someone we don't know. Grace has understood the doubts that gnaw Tucker, while his family has not noticed...

I really liked this novel, because Grace is a photographer ^^ , the challenges between the two heroes don't fall into the cliché and that they are very cute xD



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08/10/2019

Baking Me Crazy

baking me crazy.jpg de Karla Sorensen (2019)

Résumé : I'm Levi Buchanan, and until five years ago, I thought the legend of my family's curse was a load of crazy, Southern nonsense. No curse can make you fall in love at first sight. No curse can force a true, deep, passionate, all-consuming love that will haunt you all the days of your life.

Then I met Jocelyn Abernathy and I realized how completely wrong I was.

The problem is, Jocelyn guards her feelings like well-armed soldier. She's the most beautiful, stubborn, infuriating woman I've ever met. Every time she talks, I want to kiss the living daylights out of her. But I can't. Because when we met, she didn't need true love. She needed a best friend. And that's what I've been to her... for five years.

But when Jocelyn meets a handsome stranger her first day working at Donner Bakery and she lets him buy her a dill pickle cupcake, I realize with ominous regret that I may have missed my window with my best friend. If I can't get her to see past our friendship, my new curse may be to watch the love of my life move on with someone else.



J’ai lu ce livre en ARC. Je ne connaissais pas cette auteur avant, le principe des Smartypants Romance est une série de romance qui se passage dans l’univers créé par Penny Reid, j’ai beaucoup aimé sa façon d’écrire et je pense me pencher sur elle (quand j’aurais le temps xD)

Ça doit être aussi la 2e fois que je lis une romance avec l’un des héros en situation de handicap (ici l’héroïne est en fauteuil). Pas que je cherche ce critère dans mes choix de lecture, mais ça n’arrive pas souvent de tomber sur ces perso quand on sélectionne des livres à lire au hasard.

La romance est toute mimi, c’est du « friends to lovers », les héros se connaissent depuis plusieurs années, ils sont les meilleurs amis. mais Levi est fou amoureux de Joss depuis le tout premier jour et il n’a jamais rien dit. Il va donc devoir se bouger un peu s’il ne veut pas que Joss lui échappe ^^

Joss n’est pas hyper sociable, elle a toujours eu du mal à s’ouvrir aux autres et compte sur une mains ses amis proches, Levi en number one. Cependant, commencer un nouveau job à la pâtisserie (de Jennifer !) va l’aider à sortir de sa zone de confort et à vouloir des choses jusque là enfouies... et bizarrement la place de Levi nécessite une upgrade xD

J’ai couiné, et pas seulement parce qu’on voit Cletus xD c’est une très belle découverte, Levi et Joss sont mignons, le traitement du handicap de Joss ne tombe jamais dans le cliché. On sent que l’auteur s’est bien entourée pour que la description du quotidien de Joss soit proche d’une réalité. Je recommande vivement !

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I read this book in ARC. I didn’t know this author before, the idea with Smartypants Romance is a series of romance that take place in the universe created by Penny Reid, I loved her writing and I think I will look at her books (when I have the time xD)

It‘s also be the second time that I read a romance with one of the heroes with disabilities (here the heroine is in wheelchair). Not that I seek this in my reading choices, but it doesn’t happen often to meet these characters when I select books to read at random.

The romance is very cute, it's "friends to lovers", the heroes have known each other for several years, they are best friends. but Levi is crazy about Joss since the very first day he met her and he never said anything. So he'll have to make a move a bit faster if he does not want Joss to escape ^^

Joss is not hyper sociable, she has always had trouble opening up to others and relies on close friends, and Levi is the number one. However, starting a new job at the bakery shop (Jennifer’s !) will help her get out of her comfort zone and wanting things that were previously buried... and strangely Levi's place in her life requires an upgrade xD

I swooned, and not only because we see Cletus xD this book is a great discovery, Levi and Joss are cute, the treatment of Joss’s disability never falls into a cliché. We feel that the author has done her researchs so that the description of Joss's daily life is close to a reality. I highly recommand this book !


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