Natural Born Charmer (Anglais) Poche – 29 avril 2008
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Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard is the luckiest man in the world: a bona-fide sports superstar and the pride of the NFL with a profitable side career as a buff billboard model for End Zone underwear. But life in the glory lane has started to pale, and Dean has set off on a cross-country trip to figure out what's gone wrong. When he hits a lonely stretch of Colorado highway, he spies something that will shake up his gilded life in ways he can't imagine. A young woman . . . dressed in a beaver suit.
Blue Bailey is on a mission to murder her ex. Or at least inflict serious damage. As for the beaver suit she's wearing . . . Is it her fault that life keeps throwing her curveballs? Witness the expensive black sports car pulling up next to her on the highway and the Greek god stepping out of it.
Blue's career as a portrait painter is the perfect job for someone who refuses to stay in one place for very long. She needs a ride, and America's most famous football player has an imposing set of wheels. Now, all she has to do is keep him entertained, off guard, and fully clothed before he figures out exactly how desperate she is.
But Dean isn't the brainless jock she imagines, and Blue—despite her petite stature—is just about the toughest woman Dean has ever met. They're soon heading for his summer home where their already complicated lives and inconvenient attraction to each other will become entangled with a charismatic but aging rock star; a beautiful fifty-two-year-old woman trying to make peace with her rock and roll past; an eleven-year-old who desperately needs a family; and a bitter old woman who hates them all.
As the summer progresses, the wandering portrait artist and the charming football star play a high-stakes game, fighting themselves and each other for a chance to have it all.
Natural Born Charmer is for everyone who's ever thought about leaving their old life in the dust and never looking back. New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips takes us home again . . . and shows us where love truly lives
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It wasn't every day a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road, not even in Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard's larger-than-life world. He slammed on the brakes of his brand-new Aston Martin Vanquish and pulled over in front of her.
The beaver marched right past, her big, flat tail bouncing in the gravel, and her small, sharp nose stuck up in the air. Way up. The beaver looked highly pissed . . .
She was definitely a girl beaver because her beaver head was missing, revealing sweaty, dark hair pulled into a scraggly ponytail. He'd been praying for a little distraction from his own depressing company, so he threw open the door and stepped out onto the shoulder of the Colorado road . . .
Funny, sexy, and touching—Natural Born Charmer is the unforgettable love story of a golden boy who might be losing his luster and a spirited woman who's learned never to depend on anyone but herself.
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Dean rencontre Blue sur le bord de la route. La jeune femme est emmitouflée dans un costume de castor sans tête, dont seul son joli minois dépasse. Minois qui n'échappera pas à l'attention de ce charmeur de naissance. Alors commence une drôle d'histoire entre eux. Blue est une artiste, elle peint les gens et... les chiens ! Ben oui. Dean a besoin qu'on décore un peu sa nouvelle ferme, Blue est là, elle n'a pas de boulot, elle ne veut pas d'attache, elle est mignonne, pas trop farouche... allons-y !
L'histoire démarre de cette manière, mais comme tout le monde le sait, on tombe dans le piège très facilement, et la règle n'échappera pas à nos deux héros : d'une histoire de sexe naîtra un amour insoupçonné. Ils sont définitivement craquants et tête de lard. Les joutes verbales sont toujours autant cinglantes et hilarantes.
Et puis en parallèle, il y a l'histoire des parents de Dean, Jack et April (histoire qui m'a prise aux tripes). Dean a été élevé sans son père, qu'il n'a même jamais vu (une Rockstar, une légende) et on va dire, sans l'attention de sa mère (une groupie, alcoolo et junky sobre depuis seulement dix ans)... Alors quand ils décident (pour des raisons que je dévoilerai pas) de squatter chez lui, c'est le clash. D'autant qu'il découvre qu'il a une jeune soeur de 11 ans, Riley, qui est tout à fait adorable mais qui ravive en lui de profondes blessures.
Entre ces deux histoires d'amour, Riley fait le pont. Elle est touchante au possible dans son rôle d'américaine lambda, de petite fille bourrée de rêves, de désillusions et d'espoir d'être aimée de son père et son frère.
Comme d'habitude, SEP nous habitue à des personnages approfondis, travaillés, à la psychologie complexe et prenante. On ne s'ennuie pas une minute, on tourne les pages avec une soif déroutante. Humour, amour, passion, grosses gaffes et séjour en prison... on en redemande.
Lisez-le, vous ne le regretterez pas !
Susan Elizabeth Phillips nous plonge immédiatement dans le feu de l'action/intrigue car dès les premières pages, nous assistons à la rencontre improbable entre une artiste sans attaches, endurcie un peu cruellement par la vie depuis son plus jeune âge et LE footballer américain de ses dames, respecté en tant qu'athlète et adulé par les femmes qui ne peuvent résister à son charme naturel...
Cela étant dit, nous voilà à tourner les pages avec une gourmandise légère ; qu'est-ce qui pourrait bien rapprocher ces êtres a priori si différents ? Qu'est-ce qui fera que cette histoire d'amour prendra ou ne prendra pas ? Et bien ça marche, j'ai lu ce livre avec une rapidité déconcertante (facile même en anglais).
Un bon livre du genre.
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What was refreshing about this book, was the parent-child relationships explored on different levels and the way forgiveness doesn't come easy but must be earned. I enjoyed the (in)famous character of Blue's mom, though we never meet her directly and the strange dichotomy her character creates.
The lead love story was interesting and frustrating all at once. I liked Blue's intelligent and sarcastic sparring and her apparent casting off of societal norms. She is an unexpected feminist hero packed into a tiny, anti-conformist package. She is also honest and perceptive. I was hoping that Blue (possible spoiler, so stop now if you don't want to know) would break new ground in this genre by being honest about her feelings for Dean once she realized them herself--something that women learn over and over again from romance novels not to do. Why couldn't feminist Blue tell that sexy Dean that she loved him? But then SEP helped me understand; due to her past, Blue couldn't get a handle on the concept of love and commitment herself--so how could she tell it like it was to the man of her dreams?
Although you can read these books out of order, it is fun to go along for the ride and see the characters develop through this whole romantic NFL world Phillips has created. Enjoyable read.
The beginning of this story was epic – it was so incredibly random yet completely brilliant, what a way to get straight into the action already during the first paragraphs. So, you have a gorgeous, rich, successful, albeit, with a lot of baggage, guy peacefully driving in his fancy car for a small vacation … and what does he come across in the middle of nowhere? If your first guess was a beaver, then you were stop on! Well, in reality it was a woman in a beaver costume without the head part, but close enough. And then the laughs start coming. The dialogue was comedy gold and it kept pushing the limits of high class hilarity through the beaver fight, the whole gay topic, and till the newly met couple reached the destination – the farmhouse. From there the comedy took it easier, but compared to any other books I’ve read, it still remained in a class of its own.
This was an awesome push and pull, I-like-you-but-won’t-admit-it, slow burn, couple attraction denying romance and I absolutely loved it. The fact that Blue doesn’t fall into Dean’s arms as he expects (come on, he’s rich, hunky, famous, fit, jada jada jada, and also subtly obnoxious about that – but not annoyingly so) totally throws him off and so the battle beings. I thought their first night in the hotel was an hilarious display for the fight to come and it showed how Dean didn’t take any prisoners, but Blue just might be steadfast enough to resist him, when in reality she wanted the same as him. Not to mention, Dean and Blue were a really sexy couple with an intriguing air about their relationship, more so than other SEP couples I’ve read about. They were both forces of nature and through banter, snarkyness, denying, sharing pain, and through the undeniable attraction burning brighter day by day, they began to sift closer and closer. And what an exciting journey that was!
Next to the romance, which was my definitely highlight in this story, there were also (as is accustomed to SEP books) quite a colorful cast of secondary characters who all had their parts to play in our hero and heroine finding true happiness. Most of those characters had to do with Dean and is messed up family and difficult childhood and, while his attitude towards his parent I completely understood, I also cheered when they slowly made progress in batching up past scars and trying to make it work. I wasn’t too fond of Riley for some reason, but I guess she was still necessary to the plot.
The only complaint I can think of is that the ending felt rushed and certain actions of the couple left me puzzled, but oh well, I can turn a blind eye to that and enjoy the cake with the other characters in the end of the book.
Dean was a dreamboat and the whole package who had a lot of issues to overcome and people to reconcile with and forgive. He was a smart and sexy guy and fit perfectly with the bohemian and appearance-is-secondary Blue.
Blue was my kind of girl – snarky, opinionated and capable. I would have preferred her to stand up for herself more in regards to her mother, Dean and most definitely that annoying old bat Nita, but her cons also made her vulnerable yet loveable. I was really fond of her as the heroine.
One of my definite favorites from SEP. It had all the good stuff she excels at and not much of the bad, so if you can look aside the quite improbable plot, then sit down, relax, get your laughter ready and swoon-meter on for this great SEP masterpiece.
Here are a couple quotes I really liked:
“Make-up? What happened? You look almost female."
"Thanks. You look almost straight.”
“Thanks to April,” she whispered, “you have the wedding you’ve dreamed about ever since you were a little girl.”
Dean’s boom of laughter was one more reason she loved this man with all her heart.”
“If you 're serious about getting it on again, be sure to give me some advance notice, so I can grab my appointment calendar and block out three minutes.”
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