[RECOMMANDATIONS] Romances grumpy/sunshine

La dynamique du trope grumpy/sunshine est simple. C’est lorsqu’un personnage grincheux, froid, distant, qui ne laisse pas transparaître ses émotions tombe amoureux d’un personnage qui est tout son contraire, joyeux, énergique…

Titre : Fiancée sous contrat de Jae

Résumé : Que se passe-t-il lorsqu’une psychologue surmenée, légèrement maniaque, et une actrice impulsive au chômage entament une fausse relation amoureuse ?

Claire Renshaw pensait tout avoir : une carrière à succès en tant que thérapeute de couples, un contrat de publication pour son livre de développement personnel et une relation heureuse. Mais son monde parfait s’écroule lorsque sa compagne annule leurs fiançailles. Cet évènement pourrait tout remettre en cause, même l’édition de son livre. Après tout, les lecteurs ne veulent pas de conseils en matière de relations amoureuses venant de quelqu’un incapable de faire fonctionner la sienne. Claire se met donc en quête d’une fausse fiancée.

Lana Henderson, l’actrice qui se présente à l’audition pour le rôle, n’est pas exactement la femme idéale selon Claire. Son franc-parler et le désordre qu’elle laisse derrière elle exaspèrent la thérapeute au plus haut point. Une chose est sûre, elle ne tombera pas amoureuse d’une personne comme Lana.

Pourtant, plus elles prétendent être un couple éperdument amoureux, moins leurs baisers sonnent faux. La frontière entre réalité et fiction n’a jamais été aussi floue…

Radar à diversité : F/F

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Titre : Tokyo Forever de Emiko Jean

Résumé : Izumi Tanaka, 17 ans, vit seule avec sa mère sous le soleil de Californie. Jusqu’au jour où elle découvre que son père n’est autre que… le prince du Japon ! Lorsque les paparazzi ont vent de l’affaire, ils la propulsent en une des journaux : une princesse illégitime, quel scandale !

Izumi s’envole pour Tokyo afin de rencontrer sa nouvelle famille. Entre le protocole royal à apprendre, des cousines jalouses, la presse qui la suit partout et un garde du corps particulièrement séduisant, la nouvelle princesse va de surprise en surprise…

Radar à diversité : pp japonaise-américaine

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Titre : De brindilles et d’os de Seanan McGuire

Résumé : Les jumelles Jack et Jill avaient dix-sept ans lorsqu’elles sont rentrées chez leurs parents. Puis elles ont été envoyées au foyer pour enfants indociles d’Eleanor West. Comment en sont-elles arrivées là ? Jacqueline était la fille parfaite de sa mère, polie et calme, toujours habillée en princesse. Si son éducation était parfois un peu stricte, c’est que la formation d’une demoiselle idéale demande de la discipline. Jillian était la fille parfaite de son père, aventureuse, avide de sensations fortes et un peu garçon manqué. Il aurait préféré un fils, mais on fait avec ce que l’on a. Pourtant, c’est ensemble, à cinq ans, qu’elles ont appris que l’on ne pouvait pas faire confiance aux adultes et, à douze ans, qu’elles ont descendu main dans la main l’impossible escalier…

Radar à diversité : F/F

Un tome 2 qui peut se lire indépendamment du premier livre.

Titre : Always Only You de Chloe Liese

Résumé : Ren

The moment I met her, I knew Frankie Zeferino was someone worth waiting for. Deadpan delivery, secret heart of gold, and a rare one-dimpled smile that makes my knees weak, Frankie has been forbidden since the day she and I became coworkers, meaning waiting has been the name of my game—besides, hockey, that is.

I’m a player on the team, she’s on staff, and as long as we work together, dating is off-limits. But patience has always been my virtue. Frankie won’t be here forever—she’s headed for bigger, better things. I just hope that when she leaves the team and I tell her how I feel, she won’t want to leave me behind, too.

Frankie

I’ve had a problem at work since the day Ren Bergman joined the team: a six foot three hunk of happy with a sunshine smile. I’m a grumbly grump and his ridiculously good nature drives me nuts, but even I can’t entirely ignore that hot tamale of a ginger with icy eyes, the perfect playoff beard, and a body built for sin that he’s annoyingly modest about.

Before I got wise, I would have tripped over myself to get a guy like Ren, but with my diagnosis, I’ve learned what I am to most people in my life—a problem, not a person. Now, opening my heart to anyone, no matter how sweet, is the last thing I’m prepared to do.

Radar à diversité : pp autiste qui marche avec une canne

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Titre : When Tara Met Farah de Tara Pammi

Résumé : Sunshine Girl needs math lessons…

Nineteen-year-old Tara Muvvala didn’t mean to lead a double life. But her bone-deep aversion to math + a soul-deep desire to please her mother = her failing math grade + exploding food vlog ‘this masala life’.

Enter her mother’s research intern and resident math genius Farah Ahmed. Tara makes a deal with Farah – help her pass the math course and she’ll welcome Farah into the local Bollywood Drama & Dance Society.

Grumpy girl gets life lessons…

After losing her mom to a heart attack, dumping her small-minded boyfriend (she’s
bisexual, not confused) and reluctantly moving to the US to be near her dad – all in the span of eighteen months, twenty-three-year-old Farah has hit the full quota on LIFE. Two things keep her going – her internship with a brilliant statistics professor and the possibility of meeting her dancing idol through the Bollywood Drama & Dance Society. That is, if her new hot-mess housemate will let her.

Soon Tara and Farah are bonding over chicken biryani, dancing to Bollywood Beats at midnight and kissing… against all the odds. And maybe beginning to realize that while life’s even more complicated than math, love is the one variable that changes everything!

Radar à diversité : pp saphiques et indiennes

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Titre : Heartbreak Boys de Simon James Green

Résumé : At the start of summer, Jack and Nate find themselves dumped as their respective exes, Dylan and Tariq, start up a new relationship together. Not only that, their exes start posting pics on social media, showing the whole world how fabulous their new life together is!

Jack and Nate are reeling. Not to be outdone, they decide to create their own ‘highlights reel’ and show their exes that they’re having an even better time.

But between the depressing motorway service station motels, damp campsites, and an ultimate showdown with the exes, something epic really is happening: Jack and Nate are learning to get over their heartache and open themselves up to new possibilities for love.

Radar à diversité : M/M

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Titre : Wrapped Up in You de Talia Hibbert

Résumé : William Reid is nothing special, except for his billion-dollar acting career and his, you know, face. (Apparently, it’s a good one.) Winning ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ was nice, but this Christmas, he has more important goals in mind… like finally winning over his best friend’s little sister, the super-smart and kinda-scary Abbie Farrell.

When a blizzard leaves Will and Abbie alone at Grandma Farrell’s house (if bunking with 27 pets counts as ‘alone’), it’s the perfect opportunity to pull off a Christmas miracle. Convincing clever, frosty Abbie to give Will a chance will take more than mistletoe, but hiding his lifelong crush on her is no longer an option.

Radar à diversité : pp Noire

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Titre : The Witch King de H.E. Edgmon

Résumé : In Asalin, fae rule and witches like Wyatt Croft…don’t. Wyatt’s betrothal to his best friend, fae prince Emyr North, was supposed to change that. But when Wyatt lost control of his magic one devastating night, he fled to the human world.

Now a coldly distant Emyr has hunted him down. Despite transgender Wyatt’s newfound identity and troubling past, Emyr has no intention of dissolving their engagement. In fact, he claims they must marry now or risk losing the throne. Jaded, Wyatt strikes a deal with the enemy, hoping to escape Asalin forever. But as he gets to know Emyr, Wyatt realizes the boy he once loved may still exist. And as the witches face worsening conditions, he must decide once and for all what’s more important—his people or his freedom.

Radar à diversité : pp trans et gay

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Titre : The Queer Principles of Kit Webb de Cat Sebastian

Résumé : Kit Webb has left his stand-and-deliver days behind him. But dreary days at his coffee shop have begun to make him pine for the heady rush of thievery. When a handsome yet arrogant aristocrat storms into his shop, Kit quickly realizes he may be unable to deny whatever this highborn man desires.

In order to save himself and a beloved friend, Percy, Lord Holland must go against every gentlemanly behavior he holds dear to gain what he needs most: a book that once belonged to his mother, a book his father never lets out of his sight and could be Percy’s savior. More comfortable in silk-filled ballrooms than coffee shops frequented by criminals, his attempts to hire the roughly hewn highwayman, formerly known as Gladhand Jack, proves equal parts frustrating and electrifying.

Kit refuses to participate in the robbery but agrees to teach Percy how to do the deed. Percy knows he has little choice but to submit and as the lessons in thievery begin, he discovers thievery isn’t the only crime he’s desperate to commit with Kit.

But when their careful plan goes dangerously wrong and shocking revelations threaten to tear them apart, can these stolen hearts withstand the impediments in their path?

Radar à diversité : M/M

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Titre : Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Résumé : After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again. Love—and the inevitable heartbreak—is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success. Darcy doesn’t expect her lie to bite her in the ass.

Elle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account, Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate. But she knows it is most assuredly not Darcy… a no-nonsense stick-in-the-mud, who is way too analytical, punctual, and skeptical for someone as free-spirited as Elle. When Darcy’s brother—and Elle’s new business partner—expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled. Was Darcy on the same date? Because… awkward.

When Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees to pretend they’re dating to save face. But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family over the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a fake relationship.

But maybe opposites can attract when true love is written in the stars?

Radar à diversité : F/F

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Titre : Act Your Age, Eve Brown de Talia Hibbert

Résumé : Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…

Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.

Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.

Radar à diversité : pp Noire, grosse et autiste, li autiste

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Titre : Hani & Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating

Résumé : Everyone likes Humaira « Hani » Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita « Ishu » Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.

Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But relationships are complicated, and some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.

Radar à diversité : pp bengali, musulmane et bi, pp bengali et lesbienne

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : Shadow of the Fox de Julie Kagawa

Résumé : Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

Radar à diversité : pp japonaise

CHRONIQUE

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