miércoles, 27 de junio de 2018

Jennifer L. Armentrout: los hermanos De Vincent


Saludos, mis arrebatadores :o) La entrada de hoy es especial porque, siendo fan como soy de la gran JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT, no me lo pensé dos veces antes de apuntarme al tour de su segunda novela de los hermanos De Vincent. 

He tenido la oportunidad de leer MOONLIGHT SINS (1) y MOONLIGHT SEDUCTION (2). En las dos novelas, he encontrado un estilo distinto de esta autora del que estaba acostumbrada. Es más lento, muy atmosférico, intensamente misterioso y sensual. Los libros siguen a los hermanos De Vincent, tres chicos con muy mala reputación que viven en una casa maldita en Nueva Orleans. Cada novela trata del romance de uno de los chicos, pero está muy marcada por el misterio, las tragedias que sacuden a la familia desde tiempos inmemoriales y los criminales que ponen en peligro la vida de las mujeres que osan amar a los hermanos.

En Moonlight Sins, Lucian es el hermano pequeño mujeriego que se prenda de la enfermera que contrata para cuidar de su hermana postrada en cama. La mansión está llena de historias de fantasmas y crueles maldiciones que persiguen a las mujeres de la familia De Vincent. Al principio me pareció muy lenta, pero te acostumbras y la verdad es que el estilo de la autora es adictivo porque retrata muy bien a sus personajes, dotándoles de buena psicología y mucho carisma. Y por supuesto están muy buenorros. Por eso las mujeres se desmayan de emoción ante ellos, jajaja. La relación entre Julia y Lucian es juguetona, peleona y sensual. Me gustó mucho que los dos se sientan tan atraídos pero luchen para mantener a raya unos sentimientos que parecen imposibles. 

Cuando todo el misterio en torno a la muerte del patriarca y el estado vegetativo de la hermana llega a su punto álgido, se produce una hecatombe en la trama que te deja K.O. Impresionante. No lo vi venir y me ha fascinado.

En cuanto a Moonlight Seduction, le toca el turno al hermano mediano, Gabe. Me tenía muy intrigada lo que se había averiguado de él en la primera novela. Tiene un pasado muy de telenovela, aunque se pone aún más candente y gamberro cuando entra en juego la pareja en potencia. Nikki vuelve a la mansión a trabajar en puesto de su madre enferma, pero resulta que tiene que lidir con la frialdad del hermano mayor de los De Vincent, el acoso de un par de hermanos ricos que la ningunean y con la ardiente tentación de unos sentimientos que nunca murieron.

Reconozco que el ritmo de esta novela me ha parecido más llevadero, aunque Gabe me ha decepcionado porque es muy brusco e injusto con la pobre chica. Ella sufre a lo grande entre tanto hombre traicionero, pero la trama es igualmente adictiva. La relación tiene un aire prohibido por la diferencia de edad, que ella creció con ellos y por la clase social tan dispar. Al final, la trama también se complica con crímenes, misterios y ataques salvajes. Me ha gustado un montón, pero el hermano en sí no me ha conquistado. Ahora estoy deseando leer la historia del hermano mayor, Devlin, un tío de hielo que va a necesitar a una mujer muy especial para que deshiele su corazón ;o)


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Moonlight Seduction: 

A de Vincent Novel from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout is available NOW!



The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sizzling new novel . . .

Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up . . . and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.

Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman . . . one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.

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MY OPINION


This is Gabe's story, and I loved it! It's gritty and emotional and fun, yeah, fun and sensual :-)

When the seeds to his story were planted in the previous book about the De Vincent brothers, I was really eager to find out how it unfolded in his own novel. That proved to be so interesting!

He's supposed to be the good brother, but legend says his nickname is Demon, so... he had to have a dark side, right? Gabe has a past that is haunting him in unexpected ways. That affects how he behaves toward Nikki, a young woman with whom he shares an even more surprising and loaded past. I hadn't seen that coming and it made me blush and gasp in a state of dignified shock. I loved it.

What was harsh and a bit cruel is his behaviour towards this nice, sweet girl. You can't believe the kind of twisted and exciting bond that links them, and I understand his mixed feelings about it, but oh my, the poor thing. She suffers because she is in love with this older, handsome man who meant so much to her when she was growing up in this mansion of ghostly splendor. I felt drawn to Gabe’s artistic talent, but the man is hard to love because he’s usually selfish when it comes to Nikki. She’s a fighter, yet also very good and soft-hearted.

Compared to Lucian’s book this one felt like it had a faster pace and the creepy house was quirky but tolerable. Perhaps I’ve grown used to it all :-D

The plot was very engaging, yet less shocking that the other one. What’s more, I enjoyed the relationship even more because it had a forbidden quality to it. Less romantic due to the constant stalking and Gabe’s hardened heart.

The bad people that made their lives miserable proved to be deranged and dangerous and turned the last part of the story highly entertaining and also a bit disturbing.

I believe I found out one clue to the mystery that surrounds the patriarch of this haunted family, and I’m looking forward to it as much as to Devlin’s own story. That man of ice has to keep so many secrets…

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READ AN EXCERPT

He moved forward, maybe a foot or two, but stopped like one would if they were approaching a rabid dog. A heartbeat passed. “Your hair . . .” He tilted his head to the side. “It’s different.” “Yeah, it is.” Her hair used to be a rather dull medium brown, but then she found this amazing hair stylist in Tuscaloosa and turned her brown hair into this array of blondes and browns, using some weird technique called balayage. “It’s basically just highlights and stuff.” “Stuff.” His gaze flickered over the bun. Uncomfortable, she scanned the kitchen. “And my hair is longer. A lot longer.” 

His brows lifted. Was she really telling him the length of her hair? This was the most strained conversation she’d ever had in her life. And that was, well, it was sad. She peeked at him. It used to not be this way. Back before . . . well, before she ruined everything, he’d be teasing her and asking about her college. He’d be talking to her like he could actually stand being in the same room with her. She needed this conversation to be over like it was yesterday and she also needed to figure out how she could work here and not run into Gabe. The house was big enough that it should be possible. “I need to get back to—” “Planting your face against the over door?” Her shoulders slumped. “Actually, I need to finish the potatoes. So, if you’ll excuse me.” 

She started to turn away, praying that he’d just leave. “That’s it? That’s all you have to say to me? Because I have a lot I need to say to you,” he said. “Never in a million years did I think I’d see you here again.” Nikki’s spine stiffened like steel had been poured into it. Oh God. Her throat spasmed. “We need to talk.” “No we don’t,” she said quickly. “We do not need to talk about anything.” “Bullshit,” he snapped, and his voice was so much closer that she turned to him on instinct. Gabe was now at the edge of the massive island, only two or three feet from her. She stepped back into the counter. Her heart thundered in her chest as her gaze flicked to the kitchen door. 

“No one is coming near here,” he said as if reading her mind. Her gaze flew back to his. “Dev is in his office on the second floor, in a meeting and your father is out with the landscaper. No one is going to hear us.” A weird mixture of sensations assaulted her. One was a chill that skated down her spine. The other was a tight, hot shiver that danced over her skin. Gabe kept coming at her, not stopping until he was right in front of her, separated by a few inches. She sucked in air, catching the crisp, clean scent of his cologne. It reminded her of storms, of that night. That was the last thing she wanted to be reminded of. Like his brother, he was a good head and then some taller than her, so right now, her eyes were fastened to his chest. Thank God he was wearing a shirt. 

“I . . . I don’t want to talk,” she managed to say. “I do.” “Gabe—” “You owe me this.” Her body jerked as she pressed her lips together. He was right. She owed him a conversation. “Okay.” There was another beat of silence and then he asked in a voice so low she almost didn’t believe she heard him right. “Did I hurt you that night?” 
 
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ABOUT THE MASTERMIND

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can. 

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. 

Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. 
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.


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¿Os gusta leer novelas de Jennifer? Ojalá tuviera todas :-D Decidme cuál es vuestra favorita.

Babel no soportaría el calor de Nueva Orleans.

2 comentarios:

Margari dijo...

No me llama esta vez, pero me alegra ver que sigues disfrutando con las novelas de esta autora.
Besotes!!!

Gabriela Colman dijo...

Dónde puedo descargar el libro en español?