Bilan de Décembre 2021

Posted By Svet Mori le 19 janvier 2022

Je sais, je suis grave à la bourre. Ce qui commence à devenir une habitude pour les bilans de Décembre depuis quelques années. Il faut dire que c’est le mois le plus chargé de base, mais là avec un gros colis US par dessus, j’ai eu du mal, j’avoue.

Les lectures du mois

Huit critiques, c’est pas mal, même s’il y a un manga et un livre de coloriage dans le lot. J’ai eu plus de lectures bof que de bonnes ce mois-ci (et même une carrément catastrophique), du coup la barre n’était pas spécialement haute. J’ai dû finir les service presse puis ensuite enchaîné sur des lectures de saison donc hormis les deux ouvrages précités, c’est exclusivement romance ^^ Le plus sympa dans tout ça est l’intégrale Un Noël aux urgences.

Côté défi PKJ, ça c’est plutôt bien passé avec 13 points sur 20.

Pour le petit complément de saison perso aussi puisque je termine avec 11/14. Mais pas, pas surprenant, puisque je privilégie justement les histoires de saison…

Le loot

Entre les livres de Noël et le colis US en retard, Décembre est une fois de plus le mois le plus chargé de l’année. Tous types de romance évidemment, du polar, du coloriage, de l’aventure, du fantastique, de la z-lit, y’a de presque tout !

Les nouvelles séries

[VO] The Christmas Project, tome 1 – Christmas Miracle in Jamaica
romance contemporaine
255 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
’Tis the season
For surprises !

One unforgettable night with surgeon Sam Powell signaled a newfound independence for freshly divorced neurologist Chloe Bailey. She never thought she’d see Sam again, until a new assignment takes her to stunning Jamaica for Christmas and Sam is there, too ! But when Chloe discovers she’s pregnant, it’s life-changing for both of them ! Sam will always be the father of her baby, but is he about to become a whole lot more ?

Ce n’est pas le genre de plot qui m’intéresse d’habitude, mais puisque ça se passe en Jamaïque…

[VO] The Christmas Project, tome 2 – December Reunion in Central Park
romance contemporaine
254 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
From first love in London…
… to forever in New York ?

When London-based doctor Scott learns he’ll be joining Brooklyn Heights Hospital’s team in New York, just for Christmas, his first thought is nurse Felicity, the woman he almost found forever with — until a tragedy ripped their relationship apart… Now Scott’s back in Felicity’s city and in her hospital. Can he, with the help of a little festive magic, win back a place in her heart, too ?

A la base, j’avais pas forcément prévu de prendre la série entière, seulement deux sur les quatre. Mais comme l’histoire de celui-ci avait l’air sympa…

[VO] The Christmas Project, tome 3 – Winter Nights with the Single Dad
romance contemporaine
255 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
Two months in Toronto…
…a gift to change her life ?

As a TV star, surgeon Stella was suffocated by the pressure to be perfect. So the offer of a temporary job three thousand miles away from home is a chance to break free. Then, meeting single dad Dr. Aiden Cook and his little boy offers a window into a life she could never have imagined! Now Stella must ask, “Do I really want to leave ?”

… j’ai fini par prendre celui-ci, histoire de ne pas en laisser bêtement un de côté.

[VO] The Christmas Project, tome 4 – A Festive Fling in Stockholm
romance contemporaine
255 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
She’ll have to break his rules…
… to win his heart !
Stepping into Stockholm City Hospital, visiting specialist Dr. Cora Campbell expects to ruffle a few feathers. But she doesn’t expect the brooding head of midwifery, Jonas Nilsson, to get under her skin ! Surrounded by the charm of the city’s ice-kissed festivities, their electric chemistry is proving impossible to resist. Cora relishes the challenge to break down Jonas’s defenses… and to show him it’s time to take a chance !

Celui-ci par contre, c’était achat obligatoire !

[VO] Fugitive Heroes: Topaz Unit, tome 1 – Rogue Christmas Operation
romantic suspense
250 pages

After Gage Graham saves her from drowning, Hope Fischer revives, determined to learn the truth about her sister’s death. All she has to do is infiltrate a mysterious closed Virginia town and discover why the attractive — but secretive — Gage feels compelled to help her. Can she trust him ? Will he risk being discovered by his former employer, the CIA, for a woman he just met ? Neither will matter if a killer succeeds.

Là encore, je n’avais pas prévu de prendre *la série*, mais il s’est trouvé que le tome 1 ET le tome 2 m’intéressaient séparément. Ça tombe bien, le tome 1 se termine sur un gros cliffhanger.

[VO] Fugitive Heroes: Topaz Unit, tome 2 – Alaskan Christmas Escape
romantic suspense
248 pages

An elite CIA kill squad has located hacker Zenobia Hanley’s Alaska wilderness hideout. With commandos hot on Zee’s heels, she’s saved from capture by her neighbor John Lowry. Zee has kept her yearning for the SEAL, who has a disability, in check to shield him. But, despite her secrets, John’s determined to protect Zee regardless of the risks. Because there’s more at stake this Christmas than just their lives.

Donc voilà, le tome 2. Il y en a au moins deux autres de prévus.

[VO] Christmas with a Billionaire, tome 1 – Unwrapped by Her Italian Boss
romance contemporaine
219 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
The blizzard outside…
Is no match for the storm inside !

Innocent Meredith Ingles is mortified when she knocks her temporary boss off his feet with a Christmas tree ! Giovanni Cannavaro’s trusting her to make his opulent train’s maiden voyage a roaring success. But resisting the man himself is a challenge all its own !
Working alongside Merry makes Giovanni feel alive. He knows acting on their combustible chemistry could burn them both. Following the loss of his first love, he swore he wouldn’t risk pain like that again. But could Merry be the gift he didn’t know he needed ?

Pas forcément la méga hype au départ, mais l’extrait l’a expédié dans le panier fissa.

[VO] Christmas with a Billionaire, tome 2 – The Christmas She Married the Playboy
romance contemporaine
216 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
The one thing not on her Christmas list ?
A convenient winter wedding !

Louis Albemarle has tried to bury the pain and guilt of his father’s death with his playboy antics. So when a photo of his stolen moment with figure skater Santina Somerville proves one scandal too many for his company’s shareholders, Louis must contemplate the unimaginable : marriage !
Marrying Louis is the only way to save Santa’s pristine image. But after a past betrayal, it’s not the gossip she really fears. It’s the burning attraction between her and Louis that might just make resisting her convenient husband impossible…

J’espère que le métier de l’héroïne sera un peu mis en avant ♥
Et sinon, il s’agissait d’une duologie, ce tome est donc le dernier.

[VO] Kansas City Crime Lab, tome 1 – K-9 Patrol
romantic suspense
248 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot

K-9 officer Aiden Murphy always kept things strictly platonic when it came to KCPD criminalist Lexi Callahan out of respect for her family’s having taken him in years ago. Then Lexi is attacked during a crime scene investigation, and Aiden and his dog, Blue, step right in, making their relationship even more complicated. Keeping Lexi safe is his priority. But resisting the woman who’s never been far from his thoughts will be his greatest challenge this holiday season.

Aucune idée du nombre de tomes total, sera potentiellement déplacé dans la rubrique one-shots.

[VO] The Peveretts of Haberstock Hall, tome 1 – Lord Tresham’s Tempting Rival
romance historique
281 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
Nothing in common
Except an intoxicating attraction !

Sharing a steamy kiss with Anne Peverett at a Christmas ball is utterly out of character for Dr. Lord Ferris Tresham. He’s far too busy treating London’s poor to court anyone. Until Anne is revealed as the herbalist who’s been treating his patients with her homemade remedies ! If they unite forces, will Anne be a bigger threat to his practice… or his closed-off heart ?

A priori une trilogie.

[VO] Pregnant Princesses, tome 1 – Crowned for His Christmas Baby
romance contemporaine
215 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
It started with revenge.
Can a royal baby be his redemption ?

Eloise St. George is not feeling festive. Untouched Eloise has loved Prince Vincenzo all her life. When she is swept up in his plans for revenge, she can’t resist ! But one night with her fantasy prince leaves her carrying his heir !
Hell-bent on punishing his cruel father, Vincenzo has vowed never to marry. Until Eloise falls pregnant and he must claim her as his bride. He may see himself as broken, but can their baby be the Christmas miracle that puts this prince back together ?

Là, il s’agira d’une tétralogie, de quoi occuper un moment.

[VO] The Eddington Heirs, tome 1 – Inconvenient Attraction
romance contemporaine
217 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
But rules are meant to be broken.
Tech developer Cayden Baker has been blindsided by Avery Gray twice. It seems the stunning event planner who totaled his luxury car is also responsible for planning his elite charity event. And since he’s a member of the club where she works, fraternizing is strictly off-limits… though he’s never been one to follow others’ rules. Then Cayden discovers Avery’s involvement in a scandal that upended his life years ago. Will it change everything for them now, too ?

Aucune date de sortie pour la suite, donc on verra.

[VO] The Wild Wynchesters, tome 1 – The Duke Heist
romance historique
332 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
Chloe Wynchester is completely forgettable — a curse that gives her the ability to blend into any crowd. When the only father she’s ever known makes a dying wish for his adopted family of orphans to recover a missing painting, she’s the first one her siblings turn to for stealing it back. No one expects that in doing so, she’ll also abduct a handsome duke.
Lawrence Gosling, the Duke of Faircliffe, is tortured by his father’s mistakes. To repair his estate’s ruined reputation, he must wed a highborn heiress. Yet when he finds himself in a carriage being driven hell-for-leather down the cobblestone streets of London by a beautiful woman who refuses to heed his commands, he fears his heart is hers. But how can he sacrifice his family’s legacy to follow true love ?

A l’origine, j’ai pris ce tome parce que le résumé me bottait un max. Surprise ! Le tome 2 venait juste de sortir…

[VO] The Wild Wynchesters, tome 2 – The Perks of Loving a Wallflower
romance historique
346 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
As a master of disguise, Thomasina Wynchester can be a polite young lady — or a bawdy old man. She’ll do whatever it takes to solve the cases her family takes on. But when Tommy’s beautiful new client turns out to be the highborn lady she’s secretly smitten with, more than her mission is at stake…
Bluestocking Miss Philippa York doesn’t believe in love. Her heart didn’t pitter-patter when she was betrothed to a duke, nor did it break when he married someone else. All Philippa desires is to decode a centuries-old manuscript to keep a modern-day villain from claiming credit for work that wasn’t his. She hates that she needs a man’s help to do it — so she’s delighted to discover the clever, charming baron at her side is in fact a woman. But as she and Tommy grow closer and the stakes of their discovery higher, more than just their hearts are at risk.

… et donnait tout autant envie. Donc…
Il y a de fortes chances que je prendrai le tome 3, à sortir cet été.

[VO] Meet Me, tome 1 – Meet Me in London
romance contemporaine
328 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
His good intentions.
Her big break.
And the lie that will be the beginning of their love story – ot the end…

Aspiring fashion designer Victoria Scott has big dreams of opening her own boutique in Chelsea,but after her vile ex cheated her out of her own business venture, there’s little chance she’ll be quitting her day job any time soon. Single for the holidays is bad enough, but with a posh new department store set open at the end of her road, her dreams are running on fumes.
Christmas has never flet less festive for Oliver Russell. While he may be the brains behind Russell & Co’s new London location, lying to his mother about having a girlfriend maybe wasn’t his smartest idea. But with his father’s health declining, Oliver knows how important it is for his parents to believe he’s settled down to carry on the family’s retail empire. Then a chance meeting with Victoria changes everything, and Oliver makes an offer that solves both their problems : shell’ pretend to be his girlfriend at the Russell & Co grand opening and he’ll let her showcase her designs.
As Oliver’s parents delight over their relationship, dating somehow escalates to engaged, and what started as a fake romance soon becomes too real to untangle. But when the secret Victoria’s been hiding about herself finally comes to light, will the truth prove to be too much to sustain their carefully constructed lies ?

Il y a au moins trois autres tomes derrière.

Rich, Ruthless & Greek, tome 1 – Ce secret dévoilé
romance contemporaine
152 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
Lorsqu’elle se rend au sommet de la Skalas Tower, Kendra n’a qu’un but : convaincre Balthazar, le maître des lieux, d’abandonner toute poursuite judiciaire contre sa famille. Or l’homme d’affaires grec à la réputation impitoyable n’a que faire de ses arguments. Aussi Kendra se résout-elle à utiliser la seule arme dont elle dispose face à Balthazar – la séduction. Seulement, après s’être liée à son ennemi durant une nuit époustouflante, elle se découvre enceinte…

Je l’aurais jamais acheté par moi-même (well… je ne l’ai pas fait à sa sortie VO, d’ailleurs), mais finalement, C’ÉTAIT TRÈS BON. J’aime pas du tout ce genre d’ambiance haineuse d’habitude (ni le trope « grossesse ») mais l’autrice a réussi à rendre le tout crédible et le résultat est vraiment sympa.

[VO]Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, tome 1
paranormal romance
395 pages
Resurrection and Revenge
Wei Wuxian was once one of the most powerful men of his generation, a talented and clever young cultivator who harnessed martial arts and spirituality into powerful abilities. But when the horrors of war led him to seek more power through demonic cultivation, the world’s respect for his abilities turned to fear, and his death was celebrated throughout the land.
Years later, he awakens in the body of an aggrieved young man who sacrifices his soul so that Wei Wuxian can exact revenge on his behalf. Though granted a second life, Wei Wuxian is not free from his first, nor the mysteries that appear before him now. Yet this time, he’ll face it all with the righteous and esteemed Lan Wangji at his side, another powerful cultivator whose unwavering dedication and shared memories of their past will help shine a light on the dark truths that surround them.


[VO] The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System, tome 1
romance / isekai
347 pages
Half-demon Luo Binghe rose from humble beginnings and a tortured past to become unrivaled in strength and beauty. With his dominion over both the Human and Demon Realms and his hundreds-strong harem, he is truly the most powerful protagonist…in a trashy webnovel series !
At least, that’s what Shen Yuan believes as he finishes reading the final chapter in Proud Immortal Demon Way. But when a bout of rage leads to his sudden death, Shen Yuan is reborn into the world of the novel in the body of Shen Qingqiu–the beautiful but cruel teacher of a young Luo Binghe. While Shen Qingqiu may have the incredible power of a cultivator, he is destined to be horrifically punished for crimes against the protagonist.
The new Shen Qingqiu now has only one course of action : get into Luo Binghe’s good graces before the young man’s rise to power or suffer the awful fate of a true scum villain !

Je crois que des trois séries, c’est celle-ci qui m’attire le « moins » (c’est très relatif), mais pas question de passer à côté pour autant.

[VO] Heaven Official’s Blessing, tome 1
romance / fantastique
416 pages
A God Fallen… A Ghost Risen
Born the crown prince of a prosperous kingdom, Xie Lian was renowned for his beauty, strength, and purity. His years of dedicated study and noble deeds allowed him to ascend to godhood. But those who rise may also fall, and fall he does – cast from the heavens and banished to the world below.
Eight hundred years after his mortal life, Xie Lian has ascended to godhood for the third time, angering most of the gods in the process. To repay his debts, he is sent to the Mortal Realm to hunt down violent ghosts and troublemaking spirits who prey on the living. Along his travels, he meets the fascinating and brilliant San Lang, a young man with whom he feels an instant connection. Yet San Lang is clearly more than he appears… What mysteries lie behind that carefree smile ?

Arrivé quelques jours après les deux autres.

[JP] Hakushaku to Yousei, série complète
romance historique / fantastique
27 tomes + 5 tomes d’histoires courtes + fanbook

Me faisait de l’œil depuis que j’ai lu le manga. Aucun espoir de traduction.

Les one-shot

[VO] Snowbound with the Brooding Billionaire
romance contemporaine
250 pages
Her Plan : A Christmas Escape
Her Unexpected Surprise : Him !

Chalet chef Sophie Harris is in Italy for a fresh start, not a new romance. But her resolve starts to disappear when she meets a sexy stranger on the slopes — only to discover he’s her new ski instructor, former ski-racing champion Josh Cavendish ! But after they find themselves snowbound in a remote cottage, enigmatic Josh has Sophie daring to believe in love again. Until she learns he has a life-changing secret…

Le plot, les persos, le cadre… j’ai instantanément craqué.

[VO] Smoky Mountain Danger
romantic suspense
233 pages
In the mountain wilderness…
They have only one chance to make it home

Taylor Holt was sure she and her rafting group — single dad Will Morgan and his daughter — could make it down the rapids of the Great Smoky Mountains. But when disaster strikes, Will and Taylor must depend on each other to survive. With Taylor’s past still haunting her, can their tentative trust be enough to run a lethal gauntlet of dangers — and survive ?

Du rafting et de la survie. En même temps, la collection « montagne », j’achète sans même lire les résumés hein.

[VO] Strictly Confidential
romance contemporaine
216 pages
could cost them more than their professional partnership.
To save her family business, Lexi Randall joins professional forces with Montgomery Grant, careful to conceal why she desperately needs this project. Fortunately, the real estate developer shares her vision for their Washington, DC, community — but keeping their hands off each other becomes a losing battle. When an unwelcome blast from Monty’s past shows up, Lexi knows it’s only a matter of time before her secret is no longer strictly confidential. Will her choices cost them everything or take their partnership to a whole new level ?

Celui-ci, je n’étais pas sûr de le prendre, et puis…

[VO] Holiday Suspect Pursuit
romantic suspense
217 pages
Unraveling a murder mystery
could unlock his lost memories…

After a murderer strikes, former deputy Jett Butler and his search-and-rescue dog must work with the sole witness — FBI agent Nicole Harrington. But Nicole’s the ex-fiancée he left behind after a car accident gave him amnesia years ago. And in a fight to survive the holidays, remembering his past might be just as dangerous as facing the killer on their heels…

S’il y a un doggo, vous pouvez être à peu près sûrs que je prends.

[VO] Mistletoe Kiss with the Millionaire
romance contemporaine
252 pages
A fake engagement…
… might lead to a festive “I do” ?

Tycoon Christophe and gemologist Sophie have always been attracted to one another. Yet they’ve never gone beyond friendship — Sophie wants happy-ever-after, and he avoids it at all costs. But when Sophie finds herself in need of a fake fiancé, Christophe steps in. It’s meant to be an act, but they can’t escape their chemistry and now they’re wondering… Could real love be waiting underneath the mistletoe ?

Celui-ci, c’est l’extrait qui m’a convaincu plus que le résumé, qui en soi ne me bottait pas plus que ça.

[VO] Find Me
romantic suspense
250 pages

After infiltrating a powerful Colorado crime family, FBI agent Angie D’Angelo gets a startling assignment : pretend to be lovers with Julian Parisi. But how, she wonders, will working with the attractive mobster help shut down a human trafficking ring and find the missing women ? When pretense becomes a hot reality, Angie discovers that Julian has a mind-blowing secret that could jeopardize her undercover mission — and their lives.

Ça promet tellement.

[VO] Claiming His Christmas Inheritance
romance contemporaine
218 pages
Some inheritances have strings attached.
This one requires him to get married

In her last matchmaking attempt, Zed Evans’s late aunt stipulated he must find a wife — or lose his childhood home. Fortunately, the resolute bachelor needs to be married for only three months. Now he just has to convince Tasha Jenkins to be his holiday wife in exchange for funds to get her dream business started. It’s the perfect plan… until love makes an unexpected appearance.

La romance de Noël classique, mais que voulez-vous, c’est toujours efficace.

[VO] Under the Rancher’s Protection
romantic suspense
283 pages

When Dr. Veronica Torres flees her shattered marriage, her hometown, Midnight Pass, is her refuge — and her new start. But when a shadow from her past makes her a target, her first love, Ace Reynolds, springs instantly to her side. Who has her — and her brand-new veterinary practice — squarely in their sights ? Can Veronica trust the cowboy she left behind to keep her safe ?

C’était pas forcément une priorité, mais le fait que l’héroïne soit véto a joué.

[VO] An Unexpected Amish Harvest
romance contemporaine
218 pages
She’s struggling to forgive…
But it’s the only way to heal her heart.

When Susannah Peachy returns to her grandfather’s potato farm to help out after her grandmother’s injured, she’s not ready to face her ex-beau. But with Peter Lambright pitching in to harvest her grandfather’s crop, she can’t avoid him. For his family’s sake, Peter can’t tell Susannah why he had to leave her. But sharing his secret could make all the difference for their future…

Une commande de rattrapage. Je l’avais à regret fait sauter du panier à sa sortie limite de 30 oblige.

[VO] Peril at the Peak
romantic suspense
233 pages
To save his daughter,
They must survive the mountain…

Whitney Murphy thought leading a youth group hike on Candle Mountain would be fun. Even with Jeremy Moon, uptight single dad, as her coleader. But fun turns to danger when Jeremy’s daughter goes missing. With storm clouds rolling in, Whitney and Jeremy must put aside their differences. Because working together is their only chance of finding young Sam and getting off the mountain alive…

Romantic suspense + survie + montagne, évidemment, ça file dans le panier direct…

[VO] Secrets, Vegas Style
romance contemporaine
219 pages
But one woman sees who he really is…
Dominic Mercado deliberately cultivates his reputation as a rich womanizing bad boy as a front for secretly helping women in need. But lauded journalist Meredith Forrester’s pursuit of a story is about to blow his cover.
And for years, Meredith, the woman, has blown the Vegas businessman’s mind. As his sister’s best friend, she’s off-limits. But now, as the pressure of explosive secrets and unleashed attraction build to their breaking point, will he reveal the truth and risk it all ?

Entre le résumé et la couv…

[VO] Operation Whistleblower
romantic suspense
281 pages

Becoming a whistleblower against his corrupt boss left Parker Ward homeless and jobless. But when a friend needs help proving a kidnapping, Parker teams up with remarkable dog Cutter and Detective Carly Devon. As Parker and Carly face danger together, their incendiary attraction explodes, but can they get justice while keeping themselves safe ?

Vous connaissez désormais la chanson. S’il y a un doggo…

[VO] The Stakes of Faking It
romance contemporaine
215 pages
And now he’s found her.
Chase Serrano once meant everything to actress Tana Blackstone. He was her first lover — and the last man she’d destroyed. She honestly never expected to see him again. But now Chase has shown up on her Brooklyn doorstep, wanting payback for the pain her family caused his. How can she refuse the chance for redemption ? Posing as his fiancée for one weekend seems simple enough. But has the powerful businessman concocted a devious plan for revenge… with Tana’s heart at stake ?

Vous voulez que je vous dise un secret ? C’est l’un des rares livres achetés *uniquement* pour sa magnifique couverture…

[VO] Deadly Days of Christmas
romantic suspense
249 pages

Sheriff Mac McKnight has his reasons for hating Christmas. But when a serial killer targets Mac’s sleepy Kansas town, the holidays quickly go from dreaded to deadly. Now he’s relying on the insight of newly deputized Callie Stevens to track down the killer. Only, Mac’s in danger of falling for his cheery blonde coworker — who just happens to match the profile of the killer’s Christmas victims…

Du classique oui, mais les vieux pots tout ça…

[VO] Regency Christmas Liaisons
romance historique
282 pages
Enjoy a festive flirtation
With three sensual, seasonal stories !
In Unwrapped under the Mistletoe by Christine Merrill, Charles is hired to catch supposedly light-fingered poor relation Daphne, but steals a kiss under the mistletoe ! In One Night with the Earl by Sophia James, widow Elizabeth seeks refuge for herself and her young twins. Brooding Lord Grey might just provide that Christmas miracle! And in A Most Scandalous Christmas by Marguerite Kaye will the dashing stranger who Lady Sylvia scandalously joked with about a Christmas liaison make good on his promise ?

J’ai un énorme faible pour les recueils de romances historiques de Noël !

[VO] Murder Under the Mistletoe / Christmas Blackout
romantic suspense
476 pages
Deadly Christmas countdown
Murder Under the Mistletoe
by Terri Reed
DEA agent Tyler Griffin must stop a drug cartel that’s using an Idaho Christmas tree farm to smuggle narcotics across the Canadian border. To do that, Tyler needs the help of farm owner and widowed mother Heather Larson-Randall. But getting Heather’s trust is the hardest part of his mission. As threats against Heather mount, he vows to keep her and her child safe…
Christmas Blackout by Maggie K. Black
When Benjamin Duff stops at his friend Piper Lawrence’s bed-and-breakfast to say goodbye before moving across the world, he finds a masked man attacking her. Rushing to save her, Benjamin crashes his truck, trapping them during a winter storm. With no power or cell phones and time running out before his trip, he’ll have to work fast to catch the killer — and decide if he’s willing to leave Piper behind.

Plus le temps passe, moins j’achète de volumes doubles puisque j’ai souvent déjà au moins un des romans. Mais parfois, c’est l’occasion de se rattraper, comme ici.

[VO] Costa Rican Fling with the Doc
romance contemporaine
255 pages
Sometimes the future…
… is just a fling away !

For single mom Sara, life has been all about raising her now adult son. But volunteering for a medical charity in Costa Rica is finally the nurse’s chance to focus on her passions. Only, her guarded new boss, Gabe, stirs something deep in her that she’d thought long forgotten… And as the devastatingly handsome doctor sends all her senses into overdrive, for once sensible Sara can’t help wondering — what if they didn’t resist temptation ?

Des persos plus âgés ? Le Costa Rica ? N’en dites pas plus.

[VO] Hiding His Holiday Witness
romantic suspense
221 pages
Keeping out of sight
is the only way to survive.

A frantic call from a witness whose Colorado safe house is breached sends US marshal Slade Brooks to Robyn Lowry’s side at Christmastime. But when he reaches her, she doesn’t remember him — or the crime she witnessed. With the trial just days away, someone won’t stop until Robyn’s dead. And while she might recover her memory in time, keeping Robyn alive long enough to testify is Slade’s hardest mission.

Là encore, rien de très original dans le plot, mais c’est précisément suffisant !

[VO] Sailor Proof
romance contemporaine
298 pages
It’s petty, but Naval Chief Derrick Fox wishes he could exact a little revenge on his ex by showing off a rebound fling. His submarine is due to return to its Bremerton, Washington, home base soon and Derrick knows all too well there won’t be anyone waiting with a big, showy welcome.
Enter one ill-advised plan…
Arthur Euler is the guy you go to in a pinch — he’s excellent at out-of-the-box solutions. It’s what the genius music-slash-computer nerd is known for. So when he finds out Derrick needs a favor, he’s happy to help. He can muster the sort of welcome a Naval Chief deserves, no problem at all.
Except it is a problem. A very big problem.
When Arthur’s homecoming welcome is a little too convincing, when a video of their gangplank smooch goes enormously viral, they’re caught between a dock and a hard place. Neither of them ever expected a temporary fake relationship to look — or feel — so real. And Arthur certainly never considered he’d be fighting for a very much not-fake forever with a military man.

Une romance dans le milieu de la marine, ça ne se refuse pas.

[VO] Her Singapore Fling
romance contemporaine
184 pages
Could she keep her hands off her supersexy ex ?
In desperate need of protection, Jianne Xang-Bennett reluctantly turns to her estranged husband, martial arts expert Jacob Bennett, for help. But there are problems: they’ve been separated for twelve years and cannot be in the same room together without arguing or ripping each other’s clothes off — often at the same time !
But Jacob will go to extremes for those he loves, and Jianne is the only woman who can bring this honorable warrior to his knees. Can they delve beneath their red-hot desire and blazing anger to find the love that has always been hiding ?

Sorti en 2011 en VO, on en a jamais vu la couleur ici, comme trop souvent, malheureusement.

[VO] Wyoming Christmas Peril
romantic suspense
219 pages
Can they survive the cold of Cougar Mountain
with a killer on their trail ?

Bailey O’Keefe is excited about her first Christmas in Wyoming — until she’s taken hostage by a homicidal bank robber. When he escapes from custody, his only goal is killing Bailey. Now her life depends on FBI negotiator Sean Hanson and his remote cabin on Cougar Mountain. But in the icy Wyoming wilderness, their relentless pursuer is the least perilous danger they face…

Tous les ingrédients que j’aime sont là.

[VO] The Billionaire without Rules
romance contemporaine
219 pages
No rules. No limits.
No escape from their passion !

Billionaire Max Kentala plays by his own rules. He lets nobody get in his way. Now there’s one person standing between him and confronting the truth of his birth : tantalizingly tenacious private investigator Alex Osborne. And she’s demanding they do things her way !
Alex’s approach is to focus solely on the investigation — and ignore their dangerously distracting desire… So, alone together at his Caribbean home, Max sets out to persuade her to explore the intimacies of both. However, Alex is only willing to share everything with Max if he does the same…

Le petit côté intrigue donnait déjà envie, mais avec un cadre pareil, comment résister ?

[VO] Bayou Christmas Disappearance
romantic suspense
248 pages

Mona Avery is determined to investigate Dillon Reed’s high-profile missing person case in the Louisiana bayou. Even if stubborn Detective Reed insists the hotshot investigative journalist is a hindrance. For Mona, the case is personal, especially at Christmas. Working closely with the detective makes it hard to deny their attraction. But a killer wants Mona’s story silenced… and only Dillon can keep her safe…

Vous m’avez perdu à « bayou ».

[VO] The Innocent’s Protector in Paradise
romance contemporaine
219 pages
He’s sworn to keep her safe.
She threatens his every barrier !

Niall Pedersen is the only person Lola Suarez can turn to when a stalker threatens her. A self-made security tycoon and her brother’s best friend, Niall immediately offers her a hiding place — that turns out to be his private retreat on Australia’s glamorous Gold Coast !
Lola may be forbidden, but their sizzling heat incinerates Niall’s resistance. Yet once innocent Lola is sharing his bed, he can’t hide from the truth : she deserves a happily-ever-after. Exactly what Niall, scarred by tragedy, has always vowed he can’t give !

Parce que l’Australie bien sûr.

[VO] Captured at Christmas
romantic suspense
219 pages
An undercover investigation
becomes a mission to keep everyone alive

Undercover with an infantry unit to investigate a theft, military investigator Captain Rachel Blake doesn’t expect the holiday assignment to turn into a protection mission. But when Captain Marshall Slater and his little girl are targeted, she blows her cover to help shield them. Can she figure out the assailant’s motives and stop the attacks before someone ends up dead ?

Le côté militaire ajoute une pointe d’originalité qui suffit à me convaincre ^^

[VO] Desert King’s Surprise Love-Child
romance contemporaine
216 pages
His nation needed a king…
Her revelation makes her his queen

Everything changed the minute Crown Prince Abbas was suddenly forced to assume the role of ruler. When chance reunites him with the woman he had to leave behind, he learns two things: she’s still utterly enchanting and he’s a father !
Georgie’s reeling from the shock of discovering that Abe’s royalty when he insists they marry. The passion that brought them together is undeniable but so is the pain of his swift exit from her world. Abe wants her as his queen… but does he truly want her as his wife ?

Bon, vous connaissez le truc avec les romances orientales…

[VO] Mountainside Murder
romantic suspense
249 pages

North Star undercover operative Sabrina Killian is on a hit man’s trail. She doesn’t need help from Wyoming search and rescue ranger Connor Lindstrom. But the persistent ex-SEAL is the killer’s target — and soon they are both being hunted. Now they’ve joined forces to uncover a treasonous conspiracy. But will Sabrina’s and Connor’s most dangerous secrets even the odds — or take them out for good ?

Même quand le plot n’a rien de spécialement original, comme ici, il suffit que ça se passe en montagne pour me donner envie.

[VO] Backstage Benefits
romance contemporaine
218 pages
Who said they can’t have it all ?
Lyric Smith didn’t become the nation’s most successful lifestyle guru by losing focus. Yet Josiah Manning, daytime television’s hottest — and sexiest — young Black producer makes her do just that. Publicly, Josiah wants Lyric to star in a new talk show. Privately, he’s headlining her sexiest fantasies. But when their explosive chemistry leads to complications instead of contracts, will Lyric find the ultimate partner to help her crush her rivals… or exit stage left alone ?

On en parle de la beauté de cette couv ???
Officiellement rattaché à une série, le tome précédent ne m’intéressait pas.

[VO] The Duke’s Counterfeit Wife
romance historique
281 pages
A feigned marriage
A very real attraction…
When their ship is commandeered, Nicholas Terrell, Duke of Severton, saves stranger Sarah Parrish by claiming she’s his wife ! She’s more valuable if their captors believe she’ll bring them a duchess’s ransom, but now Nicholas is compelled to share a cabin with his distractingly beautiful faux bride… Outspoken Sarah enchants him like no debutante ever has. Yet, as a lady’s companion, Sarah’s completely unsuitable for a duke. So surely a real match between them is impossible ?

Évidemment, si ça se passe au moins en partie en mer…

[VO] Holiday Playbook
romance contemporaine
217 pages
under the mistletoe ?
All marketing executive Giana Lockett wants for Christmas is to land an endorsement deal with Wynn Starks’s sports drink company. It’s tough being the baby girl in a family of alpha men, and this will finally prove her worth to the Locketts’ football dynasty. Also tough ? Securing a meeting with Atlanta’s most elusive billionaire. Giana’s not giving up, and once she makes contact, the prize gets closer… and so does Wynn’s bed. The chemistry between her and Wynn is hot. But business is business, until pleasure changes all the rules…

Le cadre hyperoriginal l’a envoyé dans le panier direct.

[VO] Conard County: Christmas Bodyguard
romantic suspense
247 pages

Security expert Hale Scribner doesn’t get personal with clients. Ever. But Allie Burton isn’t his standard low-risk charge. She has evidence that could put away a notoriously shady CEO for good. But with an assassin trailing them 24/7, there are few places to hide in a small Wyoming town. Not from the danger… or their undeniable attraction. They’ll need a Christmas miracle to survive both.

Une course poursuite avec un assassin ? Direction panier.

[VO] Reclaimed for His Royal Bed
romance contemporaine
219 pages
They’re fooling the world
But their attraction doesn’t lie !

For over a year, King Lucca has been haunted by the disappearance of Delphine Alexander from his life and bed. Having tracked her down, he can finally lay his family’s scandalous past to rest… if she agrees to his plan.
Delphie needs Lucca’s help to save her car-racing team, but the cost is high. A month playing the golden couple for the cameras will see them hurtling toward an inevitable fiery clash — as she’s set alight by his touch and comes closer to revealing the explosive reason why she left…

Les romances royales c’est généralement un oui d’office.

[VO] Snow-Kissed Proposals
romance historique
282 pages
A snowy Victorian Christmas
Two festive short stories !
In The Christmas Runaway by Jenni Fletcher, willful, independent heiress Fiona MacKay impulsively runs away to a remote Scottish tower, where she’s trapped in the snow with equally headstrong, deliciously disheveled Angus Drummond. In Their Snowbound Reunion by Elisabeth Hobbes, Amy Munroe and Anthony Matthews were cruelly parted fifteen years ago, and each blames the other. When Amy becomes Anthony’s new housekeeper, their passion is reawakened !

Encore un recueil historique ^^

[VO] ER Doc to Mistletoe Bride
romance contemporaine
256 pages
From one intimate night…
… to a Christmas proposal ?

Dr. Rachel Tait has come to the winter wonderland of Sainte Colette to work. After the humiliation of being left at the altar, she’s determined to ignore the romance of sparkling snow and seasonal decorations. And meeting her gorgeous new boss, Matthieu Lefevre, only makes her redouble her efforts to shield herself ! Until one fateful evening, he rescues her from the slopes and insists on taking care of her — all night long…

Du classique de la romance de Noël, mais c’est juste ce qu’il me faut !

[VO] Matched with Murder
romantic suspense
283 pages

When Samantha Gates resists cooperating with a murder investigation, she gets under Detective Max Green’s skin. Though the killer’s victims all used her dating site, the high-profile CEO is obviously hiding something. Then he targets Samantha herself. Suddenly the stakes are even higher… and complicated by a very deep — and potentially lethal — attraction.

Je n’ai pas souvenir avoir déjà vu ce type d’histoire avant, alors…

[VO] Christmas with His Cinderella
romance contemporaine
250 pages
Could their festive fling…
Last a lifetime ?

With a string of luxury hotels to his name, brooding Baron Xander Montague needs help to freshen his public image. Reluctantly agreeing to adopt a rescue dog for Christmas, Xander isn’t prepared for the whirlwind that is also part of the deal — free-spirited dog nanny Elfie. But whisking her into his world, he discovers there’s more to Elfie than he bargained for, and soon he can’t imagine life without her — or the dog…

Évidemment, une romance de Noël avec un doggo…

[VO] Christmas Vendetta
romantic suspense
221 pages
Is she a mistaken target…
or next on an enemy’s hit list ?

Sandy Lynn Forrester’s Christmas holiday takes a terrifying turn when someone breaks into her home and attacks her roommate… thinking it’s her. But no one believes that an imprisoned man from Sandy Lynn’s past is behind the attacks — except for her high school heartbreak, ex-cop Clay Danforth. Can she trust Clay to keep her safe in the Ozark wilderness long enough to stop a ruthless criminal’s vengeance ?

Une histoire plutôt commune, mais tentante.

[VO] Christmas at the Château
romance contemporaine
281 pages
Served with a side of romance

Executive chef Viola Williamson has to have the kitchen up and running by the time the Bainbridge House restoration is complete. Working closely with Dom Shaw, Viola is struck by her hotter-than-mulled-cider attraction to her family estate’s handsome caretaker. It’s obvious that he feels it, too — yet Dom keeps his distance. Can Viola convince him that with all this cooking going on, he’s the only one stirring her heart ?

Je pioche rarement dans la collection Special Edition. C’est pas faute de ne pas vouloir, c’est que les histoires sont rarement à mon goût… Mais là, avec un château, Noël et de la cuisine, well…

[VO] A Timeless Christmas
romance contemporaine / fantastique
337 pages
They’re from two different centuries,
but they’re perfect for each other.

Megan Turner is in love with the past. As a tour guide at a beautiful historic mansion, she tells visitors about its original owner, Charles Whitley. An inventor and businessman in the early 1900s, he rose from poverty to wealth… only to disappear without a trace.
Charles was always intrigued by the future. He just never expected to go there. But when he repairs a mysterious clock he bought on his travels, he’s transported to the twenty-first century, with his home decorated for Christmas and overrun by strangers.
Charles is determined to find a way back to his own era, especially when he learns about what happened after he left. But as Megan introduces him to the wonders of smartphones, pizza, and modern holiday traditions, they both feel a once-in-a-lifetime connection. Could it be that, somewhere in time, they belong together ?

Il n’y a pas qu’Harlequin dans la vie. Il y a AUSSI Hallmark qui a un (très) très bon catalogue.

[VO] Once a Laird
romance historique
310 pages
He yearns to escape his past…
After the death of his fiancée, Kai Ramsay left Scotland to roam distant lands. He has searched ancient ruins, collected priceless antiquities, and escaped certain death after being imprisoned as a spy during the Napoleonic War. Ramsay has lived on the edge of danger for years — but everything changes the day a letter arrives for him from Scotland…
She’s determined to protect her future…
Signy Matheson has dedicated her life to the people of Scotland’s remote Thorsay Islands. With a fiery spirit and agile mind, she is a faithful ally to the aging laird. But now their leader is near death, and Signy must summon his successor at once. It’s time for Kai Ramsay to come home…
Together, they discover ancient treasures, and distrubing attraction…
When Ramsay returns to Thorsay, he’s shocked to find that Signy has blossomed into an alluring beauty, and a force to be reckoned with. Their complicated past interferes with their unspoken desire as they work together for their people. Until a wild storm sparks first passion, then unexpected danger when a treasure trove left by their ancestors comes to light…

Évidemment, c’est pour la chasse au trésor.

[VO] Mistletoe Christmas
romance historique
465 pages
The Duke of Greystoke’s Christmas Revelry is famous throughout the British Isles for its plays, dancing, magical grotto… not to mention scandals leading to the marriage licenses he hands out like confetti.
But not everyone welcomes a visit from Cupid.
Lady Cressida, the duke’s daughter, is too busy managing the entertainments — and besides, her own father has called her dowdy. Her cousin, Lady Isabelle Wilkshire, is directing Cinderella and has no interest in marriage. Lady Caroline Whitmore is already (unhappily) married ; the fact that she and her estranged husband have to pretend to be together just makes her dread the party all the more. But not as much as Miss Louisa Harcourt, whose mother bluntly tells her that this is her last chance to escape the horrors of being an old maid.
A house party so large that mothers lose track of their charges leads to a delightful, seductive quartet of stories that you will savor for the Season !

Oh bah tiens, encore un recueil historique ! 😀

[VO] Kissing Under the Mistletoe
romance historique
344 pages
Great Scot ! by Suzanne Enoch
Miss Jane Bansil knows she will never have a fairy-tale moment. Well past the marriageable age, she’s taken a position as a companion and is now stuck in Scotland for Christmas, alone even in the middle of the boisterous MacTaggert family. But when Brennan Andrews, an architect and cousin to the MacTaggerts, arrives to draw up plans for a new family home, Jane must decide if she will take a chance at a happily-ever-after, or settle into her small, safe life for good.
Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey
Miss Isabelle Reed has no plans to ever fall in love. She has a perfectly acceptable life with her mother at the Dewberry Hollow Inn, thank you very much. But when Gate, the Duke of Notsgrave’s grandson, appears at Dewberry Hollow searching for a carving on a tree, Isabelle cannot help but get involved. But Gate’s charm and their instant attraction makes Isabelle question if she’s willing to take her chance at love once again.
My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett
Miss Eva Tiding is determined to cheer her widowed father with the perfect Christmas gift. Even if it means breaking into the home of the rakish Earl of Frostbough who swindled Papa out of his pocket watch. But when the earl, Jack Hardwick, catches her in the act, they strike a deal : she’ll pose as his fiancée in exchange for the watch. Falling in love is not part of the plan ― but with a little Christmas magic, anything is possible…

… J’ai craqué.

[VO] Ruby
paranormal romance
235 pages
I messed up my Christmas miracle.
That’s a big no-no for an angel. My boss shrunk my wings as a consequence. But did he have to make them so small ? They’re the size of baby cupid wings for cloud’s sake !
That’s why I’ve been hiding out on earth, in the small town of Silver Springs — feeding my shoe obsession and trying to understand humans so I can magic up a winning miracle this year.
But humans are impossible to understand. They wear shoes that hurt their feet. They want you to smile at strangers but not too wide or you look crazy. They claim their brains fart — that’s not even physically possible !
I need to understand people so I can get my wings back.
But one enchanted pumpkin spice latte later… my plans start to go to hell in a hand-basket.
I meet Parker Blue, and thanks to the latte, I can see he’s my soulmate. And he’s a demon.
An angel can’t be soulmates with a demon ! That’s impossible !
But that impossibility doesn’t even compare to what happens next.
Parker brings me home to figure out this mess and I find out he’s not my only soulmate. His roommates, two hot computer nerds, drop their jaws when they see me.
Will I get to fulfill my Christmas miracle or decide heaven can wait ?

Habituellement, je fuis les histoires avec des anges, mais là, face à un résumé pareil, j’ai craqué. Surtout à prix archi-cassé.

[VO] Meet Me in Madrid
romance contemporaine
273 pages
Charlotte Hilaire has a love-hate relationship with her work as a museum courier. On the one hand, it takes her around the world. On the other, her plan to become a professor is veering dangerously off track.
Yet once in a while, maybe every third trip or so, the job goes delightfully sideways…
When a blizzard strands Charlotte in Spain for a few extra days and she’s left with glorious free time on her hands, the only question is : Dare she invite her grad school crush for an after-dinner drink on a snowy night ?
Accomplished, take-no-prisoners art historian Adrianna Coates has built an enviable career since Charlotte saw her last. She’s brilliant. Sophisticated. Impressive as hell and strikingly beautiful.
Hospitable, too, as she absolutely insists Charlotte spend the night on her pullout sofa as the storm rages on.
One night becomes three and three nights become a hot and adventurous long-distance relationship when Charlotte returns to the States. But when Adrianna plots her next career move just as Charlotte finally opens a door in academia, distance may not be the only thing that keeps them apart.

Madrid, des héroïnes férues d’histoire…

Liaison avec un Italien
romance contemporaine
154 pages
Gian de Luca, duc italien et magnat des affaires, sait que la ravissante Ariana Romano lui est interdite. Non seulement elle est la fille de son mentor mais sa réputation d’héritière gâtée et sulfureuse n’est plus à faire. Toutefois, une nuit, Gian perd la raison et attire Ariana jusqu’à son lit. Dans l’intimité, sa douce maîtresse se révèle bien différente de celle qu’il croyait connaître. Et Gian ne songe déjà plus qu’à prolonger leur liaison au parfum de scandale…

Laissé de côté en VO, Fr me l’a collé dans mon colis d’abonnement. Ça n’avait pas l’air si mal que ça, juste pas très original…

Finalement, l’originalité tient surtout dans le côté gamine de l’héroïne, mais c’était tout de même très sympa.

Le Trésor de Barracuda
219 pages

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Six ans ! Le capitaine Barracuda a passé six ans de sa vie à chercher sans relâche le fabuleux trésor de Krane. Et tout ça pour quoi ? Tomber sur un maudit bouquin au fond d’un coffre ! Que voulez-vous qu’il fasse des mémoires du pirate Phileas Krane ? Barracuda ne sait ni lire ni écrire ! Pas plus que son équipage d’ailleurs.
Entre deux abordages, la bande de vieux pirates coriaces et bagarreurs va donc apprendre à lire, comme à l’école, et découvrir qu’un livre, surtout quand il s’agit des mémoiresdu flibustier le plus malin des mers du Sud, peut renfermer bien des trésors…

Pas question de passer dans un Leclerc sans ramener un petit truc du centre culturel.

Douze chiens pour Noël
romance contemporaine
358 pages
Pour venir en aide à ses grands-parents, propriétaires d’un refuge pour chiens, Ally quitte New York sans grande hésitation. A Pine Hollow, la jeune femme espère bien retrouver un peu de la magie de Noël. Mais elle ne tarde pas à déchanter : la ville a décidé de suspendre ses subventions au refuge. Celui-ci n’a d’autre choix que de fermer. Pour Ally, le coupable a un nom : Ben, conseiller municipal qui le hasard ne cesse de mettre sur sa route. Ally et ses grands-parents ont moins d’un mois pour trouver une famille à leurs douze pensionnaires à quatre pattes. Et si en se révélant un allié inattendu dans cette mission presque impossible, Ben échangeait son statut d’ennemi juré pour celui d’homme idéal ?

Je suis passé au France Loisirs du coin juste avant sa fermeture. Pour récupérer un truc précis. Qui n’était pas ce livre, donc. Mais une romance de Noël avec des doggos, surtout dans une belle édition avec tranche teinte, comment résister ?
A noter qu’il y a eu une adaptation en film !

Un mariage sous la neige
romance contemporaine
231 pages
Coincée au fin fond de l’Alaska pour tout l’hiver, Josie Avery a l’impression de vivre son pire cauchemar… A l’heure qu’il est, elle devrait être en route pour le job de ses rêves à Seattle, mais il faut se rendre à l’évidence : le dernier ferry reliant l’île au continent est parti sans elle, et elle est coincée sur ce petit bout de terre aux confins du monde jusqu’à la prochaine belle saison.
Bien sûr, au cours des derniers mois, elle est tombée complètement sous le charme de l’exubérance de la nature qui l’entoure et dans habitants hauts en couleur de la ville, mais sa vie n’est pas ici. Et ce n’est certainement pas le très séduisant – et ténébreux – Palmer Saxon qui la fera changer d’avis…

Ça aussi, c’était imprévu. Mais il y avait des paillettes sur la couv, alors…

La lettre d’amour interdite / L’ange de Marchmont Hall
romance historique
662 / 712 pages
La lettre d’amour interdite
Joanna est une brillante journaliste londonienne à qui rien ne semble sourire dernièrement. Elle se retrouve tirée du lit par son patron pour aller couvrir les funérailles de sir James Harrison, monstre sacré du cinéma britannique, qui vient de s’éteindre à l’âge vénérable de 95 ans. Un reportage mondain qui a peu de chance de lancer sa carrière…
Et pourtant, sous le luxe et le glamour qui entourent la dynastie Harrison, Joanna ne tarde pas à remonter la à piste d’un secret. Déterminée à lever le voile sur plus de soixante-dix ans de mensonges et de mystère, la jeune femme comprend qu’elle est devenue la cible de personnes haut placées, prêtes à tout pour empêcher la vérité d’éclater.
Marcus Harrison, le charismatique – et très troublant petit-fils du grand acteur, sera-t-il un allié ou un ennemi dans cette quête de vérite ?
L’ange de Marchmont Hall
Trente ans ont passé depuis que Greta a quitté Marchmont Hall, une magnifique demeure nichée dans les collines du Monmouthshire.
Lorsqu’elle y retourne pour Noël, sur l’invitation de son vieil ami David Marchmont, elle n’a aucun souvenir de la maison ; le résultat de l’accident tragique qui a effacé de sa mémoire plus de vingt ans de sa vie. Mais durant une promenade dans le parc enneigé, elle trébuche sur une tombe. L’inscription érodée lui indique qu’un petit garçon est enterré là. Cette découverte bouleversante allume une lumière dans les souvenirs de Greta, et va entraîner des réminiscences. Avec l’aide de David, elle commence à reconstruire non seulement sa propre histoire, mais aussi celle de se fille, Cheska…

Du coup, j’avais des points à cramer et le moment où on te dit « prends n’importe quel truc dans le magasin c’est gratuit » fait toujours plaisir. J’ai craqué pour ça parce que *coffret*.

Cher Père Noël, sors-moi de là !
romance contemporaine
317 pages

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Élève vétérinaire et maman d’un adorable carlin, Fleur se réjouit de rencontrer Arnaud Genty. Arnaud, son sauveur tombé du ciel, qui, en pleine grève nationale des transports, va la conduire dans le sud où elle doit fêter Noël chez sa mère. Mais le jour J, Fleur découvre avec stupeur un odieux personnage détenteur d’un SUV hyperpolluant et qui, cerise sur le gâteau, déteste les animaux ! Avec force persuasion, la jeune femme, qui n’a ni sa langue dans sa poche ni l’envie de laisser son cher Orion sur le trottoir, fait flancher le spécialiste de la finance. Les deux trentenaires s’embarquent alors dans un road-trip sur les routes de France en compagnie d’un chien péteur et d’auto-stoppeurs déjantés…

Ça, c’est Super U, en allant mettre un truc à la poste.

romance historique
218 pages

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Petite-fille et nièce adorée de deux demi-mondaines, Gigi s’applique à manger délicatement du homard à l’américaine, à distinguer une topaze d’un diamant jonquille et surtout à ne pas fréquenter « les gens ordinaires ». On lui apprend son futur métier de grande cocotte. Mais Gigi et Gaston Lachaille, le riche héritier des sucres du même nom, en décident autrement…
Gigi, un des rares romans d’amour heureux de Colette, donne son titre à ce recueil qui réunit trois autres nouvelles : « L’enfant malade », « La dame du photographe » et « Flore et Pomone ».

Je voulais le lire depuis le visionnage du téléfilm, mais ne l’avais jamais acheté. Bon bah voilà, c’est fait.

Les 4 enquêtrices de la supérette Gwangseon
316 pages

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Dans la supérette Gwangseon, quatre femmes, dont les maris rivalisent de paresse et de machisme, se retrouvent pour de petits travaux.
Quand un exhibitionniste sévit dans le quartier, elles décident d’enquêter pour le faire arrêter.
Peu après, dans leur résidence, un serial killer reprend ses activités criminelles après des années de pause. Sa spécialité : laisser près du corps de ses victimes sans tête un badge « smiley ».
Ensemble, pour gagner la prime qui paiera le divorce de l’une d’entre elles, bravant mille dangers, les quatre amies vont devoir enfiler leur tenue de Sherlock Holmes.

Découvert via sa mise en avant sur Babelio, j’ai craqué et l’ai collé sous le sapin pour ne pas *trop* culpabiliser.

Trilogie 93
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Vous allez vivre à travers ces pages ce que d’autres, flics, criminels, victimes, ont vécu en réalité.
Vous allez découvrir un univers dont vous n’imaginiez pas la violence.
Vous n’êtes pas un simple lecteur, vous êtes un membre de l’équipe.
Suivie de ULTRA NOIR, trois nouvelles pour la première fois réunies.

Découvert lui aussi sur Babelio. Les tomes individuels traînaient dans ma wishlist depuis plusieurs années, alors, en tombant dessus à Auchan le mois dernier (bon, certes, je le cherchais plus ou moins en mode « si je le trouve je le prends »), je l’ai mis dans mon panier en promettant de le garder pour Noël.

[VO] Stalking Jack the Ripper – Intégrale
romantic suspense historique
1652 pages

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Groomed to be the perfect highborn Victorian young lady, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has a de-
cidedly different plan for herself. After the loss of her beloved mother, she is determined to understand the nature of death and its workings. Trading in her embroidery needle for an
autopsy scalpel, Audrey secretly apprentices in forensics. She soon gets drawn into the investigation of serial killer Jack the Ripper, but to her horror, the search for clues brings her far closer to her sheltered world than she ever thought possible.

Une intégrale prise il y a quelques mois à l’occasion d’une baisse de prix et mise de côté. Les coffrets, tout ça…

[VO] Eat Your Heart Out
350 pages

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Vivian Ellenshaw is fat, but she knows she doesn’t need to lose weight. So she’s none too happy to find herself forced into a weight-loss camp’s van with her ex-best friend, Allie, a meathead jock who can barely drive, and the camp owner’s snobby son. When they arrive at Camp Featherlite at the start of the worst blizzard in the history of Flagstaff, Arizona, it’s clear that something isn’t right.
Vee barely has a chance to meet the other members of her pod, all who seem as unhappy to be at Featherlite as she does, when a camper goes missing down by the lake. Then she spots something horrifying outside in the snow. Something… that isn’t human. Plus, the camp’s supposed « miracle cure » for obesity just seems fishy, and Vee and her fellow campers know they don’t need to be cured. Of anything.
And that creature Vee spotted ? Turns out it’s a zombie, and it’s not long before Camp Featherlite’s luxurious bungalows are totally overrun. What started out as a mission to unravel the camp’s secrets turns into a desperate fight for their lives – one that some campers won’t survive.

Traînait lui aussi dans ma wishlist depuis sa sortie. Son prix a baissé juste au moment des fêtes, j’ai pris.

[VO] The Left Behind Bride
romance historique
276 pages

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Maggie Conrad’s husband of ten days is sent overseas in WW1 and never comes home. A second suitor is lost at sea in Nova Scotia’s August Gale. Turning thirty, and on her own, she resolves to make a life for her herself and her younger brother, Ivan.
Against her wishes, Ivan goes to work for the rum runners and operates a surf boat bringing shipments ashore. When war-veteran and Prohibition Preventative agent, John Murdock, arrives undercover in the area he is referred to Maggie for room and board.
With a rum runner and a man she suspects is a policeman living under her roof, Maggie must juggle law and justice, family loyalties and her growing attraction to John as she decides whether marriage might be in the cards for her after all.

Ma récompense pour avoir terminé le challenge du Cabot Trail. Trois mois pour faire 300 bornes (dont la moitié seulement avec Beat Saber !), c’est pas mal.

Nos plus belles histoires d’amour, tome 57
romance contemporaine
109 pages
L’amour en partition
Une promesse de paradis – Chloé Morane
La différence
La force de l’amour
Un coup de baguette magique
Un voyage insensé

Le dernier livre acquis cette année. Sa couverture vintage m’a immédiatement attiré.
Toutes les histoires sauf une datent de 1978 et ça se sent plus ou moins selon les textes.

– Elle est totalement pourrie, la toiture ! Je ne peux rien faire, désolé.
– Comment ? s’étonna Xavier.
– Imagine un accidenté de la route dans un sale état, mais, toi, tu as décidé de ne soigner que l’entorse de son poignet. Pas sûr qu’il s’en sorte.
Les accidents de la vie, c’était le lot quotidien de Xavier, urgentiste à l’hôpital. La comparaison fit mouche :
– Une amputation totale de la toiture est donc à prévoir !

Il y en a deux que j’ai vraiment adorés.

Les tomes de séries suivies mais pas-encore-commencées
(sur lesquels j’ai donc pas grand-chose à dire)

[VO] Sambrano Studios, tome 2 – Just for the Holidays…
romance contemporaine
219 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
with a man she must resist !
Casting director Perla Sambrano knows Gael Montez is the perfect actor for her new film project. As long as she forgets his oh-so-tempting allure and keeps her heart out of it. Because their chemistry’s no act and she needs to be careful…
The Montez men hurt the women they love. Or so Gael believes. Keeping things professional with Perla is the only way to protect her. Until a snowstorm strands them together, leading to an unplanned Christmas fling that lands them both on the naughty list !

A la base, c’était ce tome-là qui m’intéressait !

[VO] Heirs in Waiting, tome 3 – The Explorer Baroness
romance hsitorique
283 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
He’s the wealthiest nobleman
She’s a risk to his reputation !

Gregory Lattimer is well aware Charis Dunnfield is not the Society bride this Baron’s son needs to restore his family’s tarnished reputation. She is scandalizing the ton — living mostly in Constantinople and running her father’s antiquities business. Gregory must settle for her friendship instead — and her help vetting other potential brides for him — until she voyages east again. But will any debutante match up to Charis ?

La série est terminée !

[VO] Cold Case Investigators, tome 3 – Yuletide Cold Case Cover-Up
romantic suspense
218 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
The mystery of her sister’s death
is about to reveal some deadly answers…

When her sister’s remains are found just before Christmas, cold case agent Poppy Holliday is determined to solve the years-old murder — even if it turns the killer’s sights on her. But her investigation with her straitlaced partner, Rhett Wallace, is stirring up the town’s old memories — and bitter grudges. And this killer will do anything to keep secrets buried…

J’ignore si c’est le dernier ou pas. Pour le moment, pas de trace d’un tome 4, mais ça ne veut rien dire…

[VO] The Queen’s Guard, tome 3 – Pregnant After One Forbidden Night
romance contemporaine
217 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
The innocent, the playboy…
… and the proof of their passion !

Royal guard Jenna Moustafa has never been tempted away from duty before. In fact, she’s never been tempted by a man before! Until her instant connection with Sebastian, Duke of Redcliff, and their forbidden night together that upends her life…
Quickly, Jenna discovers there’s so much she doesn’t know about Sebastian — including his view on love as dangerously foolish. Which is a huge dilemma when Jenna realizes she’s carrying more than just a flame for the notoriously untamable billionaire — she’s carrying his baby !

Une autre série terminée.

[VO] Alaska K-9 Unit, tome 7 – Yukon Justice
romantic suspense
220 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
Sabotage on a family ranch…
this K-9’s on the case.

When her estranged uncle attempts to sabotage her family’s reindeer ranch, K-9 team assistant Katie Kapowski heads home to help save it — and becomes his target. With their rocky past, Alaska State Trooper Brayden Ford and his furry partner are the last team Katie wants assigned to protect her. But with the ranch under siege, they must work together… or risk falling victim to a killer.

Un ranch de RENNES.

[VO] Alaska K-9 Unit, tome 8 – Blizzard Showdown
romantic suspense
221 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
A missing-person case…
turns into a rescue operation.

After months of searching for Violet James, Gabriel Runyon and his K-9 partner finally track her down — just in time to rescue her from her ex-fiancé. Now they must safeguard the single mother and her newborn daughter. Leaving Violet’s Alaskan hideout is the safest option, but with a winter storm rolling in, it’s not just a murderer they have to escape…

Sorti en même temps que le dernier tome.

[VO] Alaska K-9 Unit, tome 9 – Christmas K-9 Protectors
romantic suspense
217 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
Danger awaits in the icy winter shadows
in two Alaska K-9 Unit Christmas novellas

Forensic scientist Tala Ekho and K-9 state trooper Ian McCaffrey investigate a thief whose deadly agenda begins with jewels… and ends with Tala’s murder in Maggie K. Black’s Holiday Heist. And in Lenora Worth’s Alaskan Christmas Chase, criminal psychologist Mallory Haru, tech whiz Eli Partridge and a traumatized K-9 must keep a teen out of the hands of a robbery gang.

Et voilà, c’est terminé.

[VO] The Diamond Inheritance, tome 3 – The Greek Secret She Carries
romance contemporaine
216 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
Five months ago : their unforgettable night
Now : the scandalous consequence !

When Summer Soames landed in Athens, she wanted to find a missing piece of her past… yet found combustible chemistry with enigmatic Theron Thiakos instead ! Just as quickly as their intense fling started, it dramatically imploded… and Summer was firmly shut out of his life.
Now rumors bring Theron to Summer’s doorstep to discover her shocking pregnancy is as obvious as the still-sizzling desire between them ! He’s determined to give their child the family unit he lost. But Summer’s trust isn’t easily won… and Theron’s secrets aren’t easily shared…

Finie aussiiiii !

[VO] Smoky Mountain Defenders, tome 2 – Smoky Mountain Ambush
romantic suspense
221 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
Someone’s hunting her in the mountains…
An unknown enemy’s dead set on killing Lindsey Snow by Christmas — and she doesn’t know why. And the only person she can trust to shield her is the man she betrayed, mounted police officer Silver Williams. Now there’s nowhere to hide… from danger or their feelings. But can they find the killer before this holiday season becomes Lindsey’s last ?

Là encore, une série que je n’avais pas prévue de prendre en tant que telle, mais quand tous les tomes annoncés t’intéressent, bah…

Arsène Lupin, tome 8 – L’éclat d’obus
314 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
« Si je vous disais que je me suis trouvé en face de lui, jadis, sur le territoire même de la France ! »
Élisabeth regarda Paul Delroze avec l’expression de tendresse d’une jeune mariée pour qui le moindre mot de celui qu’elle aime est un sujet d’émerveillement.
« Vous avez vu Guillaume II en France ? dit-elle.
— De mes yeux vu, et sans qu’il me soit possible d’oublier une seule des circonstances qui ont marqué cette rencontre. Et cependant il y a bien longtemps… »
Il parlait avec une gravité soudaine, et comme si l’évocation de ce souvenir eût éveillé en lui les pensées les plus pénibles.
Élisabeth lui dit :
« Racontez-moi cela, Paul, voulez-vous ?
— Je vous le raconterai, fit-il. D’ailleurs, bien que je ne fusse encore qu’un enfant à cette époque, l’incident est mêlé de façon si tragique à ma vie elle-même que je ne pourrais pas ne pas vous le confier en tous ses détails. »

Je sais pas pourquoi ils ont attendu si longtemps avant de nous filer le tome 8.

Arsène Lupin, tome 19 – Le cabochon d’émeraude
138 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
« Vraiment, ma chère Olga, vous parlez de lui comme si vous le connaissiez ! »
La princesse Olga sourit au groupe de ses amies qui, ce soir-là, fumaient et devisaient autour d’elle, dans son salon, et elle leur dit :
« Mon Dieu, oui, je le connais.
— Vous connaissez Arsène Lupin ?
— Parfaitement.
— Est-ce possible ?
— J’ai connu tout au moins, précisa-t-elle, quelqu’un qui s’amusait à jouer au détective pour le compte de l’agence Barnett. Or, il est démontré, aujourd’hui, que Jim Barnett et tous les collaborateurs de son agence de renseignements n’étaient autres qu’Arsène Lupin. Par conséquent…
— Et il vous a volée ?
— Au contraire. Il m’a rendu service. »

Pareil. Ils auraient pu les sortir dans l’ordre…

Arsène Lupin, tome 26 – Le dernier amour d’Arsène Lupin
204 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
Au mois de décembre 1921, un grand bal fut donné à l’ambassade d’Italie ; quelques réceptions restreintes y avaient déjà marqué la reprise de la vie à Paris, mais cette soirée officielle était la première qui eût lieu depuis les événements de 1914-1918.
L’ambassadeur et l’ambassadrice accueillaient au pied de l’escalier d’honneur leurs invités ; dans les magnifiques pièces du premier étage, une foule brillante défilait : des groupes ou des couples se rencontraient, se saluaient, échangeaient des impressions sans cesser de noter le mouvement des nouveaux arrivants.
Murmure discret des conversations, son des orchestres au loin, dans les salons où l’on dansait, tout cela formait un bruit léger, ininterrompu.
Tout à coup, le silence s’établit : une grande jeune femme entrait, seule.

Il s’agit là du dernier roman *canonique*.

[VO] Arsène Lupin – Théâtre
295 pages
Peut être lu comme un one-shot
Marceline, essoufflée – Tu n’as vu personne dans l’escalier ?
Dimbleval, tout en barricadant la porte du vestibule, chaîne et verrous – Eh non, personne.
Marceline – En tout cas, nous avons été suivis. (Elle allume.)
Dimbleval – Mais par qui, mon Dieu !
Marceline – Quelqu’un nous épiait à la porte de Mme Valton-Trémor.
Dimbleval – Marceline, tu es absurde, avec tes frayeurs.
Marceline – Absurde ! aussi pourquoi m’obliges-tu à mettre ce collier ? Elle va dans sa chambre par la porte de gauche, au fond, retire son manteau et revient.
Dimbleval – Comment ! ma fille, un collier historique, qui m’a rendu célèbre : « Dimbleval ? Ah ! oui, le sculpteur qui offre à sa fille des colliers d’émeraudes ! » Ce qui m’a valu la commande de mon Cupidon, ma plus belle œuvre !…
Marceline – Il ne m’appartient même pas…

… et ça des derniers écrits par Maurice Leblanc. La collection se poursuivait avec les ajouts d’autres auteurs, mais moi, je ne voulais que les œuvres d’origine. Et en plus, ça coûtait un peu une blinde. Bref, en ce qui me concerne, la collection est complète avec ce tome-ci.

Toto ninja chat, tome 2 – Toto Ninja chat et le grand braquage du fromage
191 pages

Comme France Loisirs poursuit la série et que ça coûte moins cher qu’ailleurs…


Les contes merveilleux
124 pages

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Une petite anthologie du conte merveilleux, avec des contes anciens venus d’Orient, des contes des différents continents – Afrique, Amérique, Asie, Europe – et des contes français d’hier et d’aujourd’hui.
D’un récit à l’autre, la découverte d’un genre littéraire dans sa dimension universelle.

Lu à l’époque du collège, j’avais très envie de m’y replonger. J’ai craqué.

Devenir un expert du rakugaki
méthode de dessin
177 pages

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Des parapluies pour dessiner des arbres, une ville pour représenter une forêt, une posture pour dix personnages, une multiprise transformée en serpent, etc. Vous trouverez ici tous les secrets qu’aucun professeur d’art ne vous enseignera pour dessiner en rakugaki avec un simple stylo.

Offert par mon meilleur ami pour Noël. Il traînait sur ma wishlist depuis très longtemps.

Merveilleux paysages
loisirs créatifs
40 pages

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La Toscane, Amsterdam, le Mont-Saint-Michel, la côte bretonne, Venise, mais aussi les plages californiennes, le mont Fuji, les vallées normandes et tant d’autres paysages enchanteurs et apaisants !
Grâce à ce ravissant carnet, coloriez, avec le matériel de votre choix, 18 cartes postales représentant quelques-uns des endroits les plus beaux du monde ! Et créez ainsi des cartes postales originales et très personnelles.

Offert par ma mère pour Noël, avec…

Nature enchantée
loisirs créatifs
40 pages

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Une aurore boréale, un lagon enchanteur, une rivière serpentant autour de monts enneigés, une forêt majestueuse et mystérieuse, des paradis végétaux… Échappez au quotidien en explorant une nature toujours plus belle et féerique ! Relaxante et colorée, elle prend vie au gré de vos inspirations.
Grâce à ce ravissant carnet, oubliez tout et créez, couleurs après couleurs et avec le matériel de votre choix, vos propres cartes postales originales et poétiques !

… celui-ci…

Agenda à colorier 2022
loisirs créatifs
128 pages

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Cet agenda à colorier contient les plus belles créations des livres de Johanna Basford : Le Monde des fleurs, Ivy et le papillon d’encre, Jungle magique, Noël féerique, Océan perdu, Forêt enchantée et Jardin secret publiés aux éditions Marabout.

… et celui-là.

Reparti depuis…

Confidences scandaleuses
romance contemporaine
151 pages
Emma a passé une nuit époustouflante dans les bras de Leonardo Ravenino, le milliardaire qu’elle aurait dû se contenter d’interviewer pour son journal. Aussi, quand il la rejette au lendemain de leur étreinte, c’est le cœur brisé qu’elle couche sur le papier sa frustration et tout le mal qu’elle pense de celui qui l’a séduite. Hélas, alors que ces confidences devaient rester intimes, voilà qu’elles sont publiées par accident ! Dès lors, Emma n’a d’autre choix que d’affronter la colère de Leonardo, au moment même où elle se découvre enceinte de lui…

Gros bof. Ça commençait pas mal, mais ça se dégrade au bout d’un moment. Je ne l’aurais pas relu.

Côté dolls…

… pas moins de cinq arrivées pour Noël. J’ai fait des photos pourries pour leurs plaques mais pas de vrais shootings, même si j’aime bien la vibe de celui de Krysta.

Au début du mois, j’ai fait une photo potable de Slade…

… Mais c’est pour la traditionnelle photo de Noël que j’ai fait un vrai effort en termes de décor et de lumière. N’utilisez jamais de fausse neige, c’est un piège. Je continue à en retrouver dans le lit.

Winter Wonderland, sur Flickr

La fameuse photo de feignasse qui rend pas si mal :

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