Titre : THE SLOW BURN
Série : Moonlight and Motor Oil (#2)
Auteur : Kristen Ashley
Date de parution (VO) : 30 avril 2019
Genre : Romance contemporaine
Tobias Gamble knew from a young age precisely the kind of woman he was going to make his. She was not going to be like his mother. She was going to be like the mother he claimed.
In other words, she was going to be just right.
And when Toby returns to his hometown of Matlock, Kentucky and claps eyes on Adeline Forrester, he knows she’s the one.
The problem is, his brother Johnny has a new girlfriend. And Addie is her sister. Last, Toby would do nothing to hurt Johnny’s chance at happiness.
Toby hangs around town to get to know the woman Johnny fell in love with. He also hangs around to get to know Addie.
But he’s fallen hard, and he knows the best thing for him—and Addie—is for him to leave.
Addie Forrester is thrilled her sister Eliza found a good, solid man. Johnny Gamble is the salt of the earth. The best guy in the world.
The best except for his brother, Toby.
Toby doesn’t know it, but Addie’s fallen hard too. He’s perfect, except for the fact that he’s hands off and it’s torture, being friends with Toby when she wants so much more.
Addie also has a lot on her mind. She’s got bills to pay, her young son needs food, Christmas is coming and her job at the grocery store just isn’t cutting it.
Toby is steering clear of Addie. Addie is steering clear of Toby. But everyone around them knows this is the slow burn.
Because just like Eliza and Johnny, Addie and Toby were made for each other.
MA NOTE : 5/5
BRÛLANT. MAGNIFIQUE. POIGNANT.
Je pense que Kristen Ashley devrait avoir son propre genre littéraire au sein de la Romance.
Ses livres sont comme un chocolat onctueux des Dieux.
Vous n’en avez tout simplement jamais assez.
Plus vous en goûtez, plus vous en voulez.
Et plus ça dure, mieux c’est.
THE SLOW BURN est aussi bon que le premier tome (THE HOOKUP), mais avec cette touche très spéciale, une histoire d’amour dans le style « Addie et Toby ».
Vous savourerez chaque obstacle sur leur chemin, chaque moment de tendresse, chaque scène de passion, et bien tendu les personnages secondaires. Vous ne pouvez tout simplement pas ne pas vous attacher émotionnellement à tout ce petit monde…
C’est une merveilleuse famille (par le sang comme par choix) qui conquerra votre cœur. Vous allez fondre, rire, pleurer, et guérir…
Il y a également de la place pour la rédemption, le deuil (que ce soit pour un passé, un être cher, de mauvaises décisions…) mais également pour la fermeture de blessures de l’âme.
C’était juste parfait, vraiment, du début… à la fin.
Et j’ai ADORÉ cette touche personnelle de l’auteur sur les gens « pauvres ».
Ce livre m’a conquise de tant de façons.
Je vous conseille absolument ce diptyque Moonlight and Motor Oil, j’ai enchaîné les deux tomes en à peine une semaine et c’était… du pur bonheur.
Ce second livre clôt une belle saga, l’épilogue est magnifique, presque poétique, mais surtout parfait… Jusqu’au dernier mot.
À lire absolument !
***Mes remerciements à l’auteur***
EXTRAIT (VO) / EXCERPT :
A Gamble man went after what he wanted, locked it down, and then…onward.
“Listen, I’m not saying anything against Toby,” I spoke into her silence. “I get it. He’s not into me. That’s understandable. I am baggage. And Deanna, you have to remember, I watched this kind of thing happen with my mom over and over again. After my dad, she looked for love. She had an open and hopeful heart. She wanted that for herself. She wanted stability for her girls. And she got knocked down again and again by guys who wanted in her pants but wanted nothing to do with some other man’s kids. At least Toby’s honest about it. That genuinely says good things about him. Really good. And I appreciate it.”
This was a total lie.
I did not appreciate it.
I was attracted to Toby Gamble.
I wanted to taste his mouth and other parts of him.
I wanted to feel his skin and see what his body looked like under those tees and jeans.
I wanted to fuck him. I wanted that to be wild and intense and so enthralling, the world ceased to exist, all of it, except what we were doing to each other and how it was making us feel.
I wanted to sleep beside him.
I wanted to wake up next to him.
I wanted to feel his arms around me. Not like they were that terrible afternoon when I’d sobbed into his neck and he’d carried me to Izzy’s bed or that other, far more terrible afternoon when my baby had been stolen from me.
I just wanted him to hold me.
I wanted Brooklyn to grow up with a man like Toby Gamble. Not just as his somewhat uncle who would lift him high and make him fly or let him crawl all over him when we were at a diner eating burgers just because me and my son were there, and he was a decent guy who liked kids. But as a guy who was always there, eventually showing my boy the way in matters his mother could not.
I wasn’t in love with him.
But I knew if he gave me even the barest hint he’d even think of going there with me, I’d take that fall.
And when I did, if it didn’t work, I also knew it would annihilate me.
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