Sunday, 20 August 2017

Elephant and Pinky Moon by Lilac Mills @LilacMills #Review #WeekendBlitz @NeverlandBT

Thank you for joining me today on the weekend blitz for Elephant and Pinky Moon by Lilac Mills. I'm delighted to be sharing my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

Twenty-eight-year-old Nina lives a quiet, unassuming life, happy (ish) with her job, maybe not quite as happy with her non-existent love-life (but who has everything) and content to trundle along with her nice, predictable daily routine.

That is, until her octogenarian grandmother talks Nina into accompanying her on holiday.

Nina envisages sedate walks along the promenade, afternoon naps by the pool, and bingo in the evening. What she actually gets is too much vodka, adult games of "pin the tail on the donkey" and dancing on a bar whilst flaunting her knickers - and that's just her gran!

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The start of the story was perfect it really shows the characters personalities and it's safe to say that Nina is railroaded by her mother and grandmother Flossie into joining the latter on holiday. They were certainly a force to be reckoned with especially her grandmother and I did feel a little sorry for Nina at the way she was manoeuvred into accompanying her grandmother. However it's also a shame that she is a little on the uptight side so I was really hoping that some of Flossie's exuberance would rub off on Nina. One of the best things about this book was Flossie she really does help to make this story come alive. She is a complete live wire from discussing pants to playing a very different version of pin the tail on the donkey! Flossie and Nina are polar opposites but it just makes the story work so well.

It's safe to say I was intrigued by the title of the book and I was wondering how and if it would be explained. It's a fun and very different title so I loved the part where it all became clear.

It really is so much fun to read and I found myself smiling, giggling and cringing my way through this story which was a definite plus for me. With wonderful excursions that I wished I could go on too and some interesting and engaging characters. Making it ideal reading if you are already on holiday or even if you are dreaming of a holiday abroad it will definitely put you in a summery mood.

With witty writing that had me giggling along especially at the inappropriate bits and it definitely put me in a fabulous mood. Then factor in a gorgeous romance that just made this story all the more perfect. Before I knew it I was nearing the end and it was such a shame as I was having so much fun.

Elephant and Pinky Moon makes you want to step out of your comfort zone and embrace life!

With thanks to Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!

She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…

When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.


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Buried Secrets by T.J. Brearton @BreartonTJ #BlogBlitz #Review @bookouture

I'm delighted to be taking part in the blog blitz for Buried Secrets by T.J. Brearton. I really enjoyed this tense and unpredictable story but before you read my review let's take a look at the description for the book...

What if your dream home became your worst nightmare?

Newlyweds Brett and Emily Larson have just moved into a new home deep in the countryside, and are overjoyed when Emily finds out she’s pregnant.

Then they discover human bones in their garden.

As the police start to investigate, three things become clear:

The bones are recent.
They are not here by accident.
They are a message.

When the police put three photographs of known criminals on the Larsons’ kitchen table, the couple realize the danger may be closer to home than they think.

As the situation escalates, can Brett and Emily keep one step ahead to protect themselves – and their unborn child?

Fast-paced, compelling and full of twists, this heart-pounding thriller will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Dugoni and Linwood Barclay.

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It was so easy to be pulled into the story mainly because of how normal everything begins. After a few seemingly ordinary pages the story suddenly switches gears and becomes something else entirely which makes for a compelling story. The interesting thing for me was the fact that there were two stories running side by side and each one had me intrigued. You have Brett and Emily making the horrifying discovery of the bones on their property. Then you switch to Russo who has found himself in trouble with the police. I couldn't wait to see each story play out and to find out if they were going to converge. I thought that both plot strands developed well even though to start with it goes at a steady pace you can feel the tension building as more details are revealed. I was so curious as to what was happening it was a great way to get a feel for both the characters and the situation this way too.

The characters are intriguing and even though at times I wanted to shout out don't do that or do this instead. I was completely focused on these characters and how their lives were spiralling out of control. If I had to pick a favourite character I'm not really sure I could however Russo maybe edges it slightly. It's mainly because he has flaws which always makes for an engaging character but there is also something about him that made me sit up and pay attention. Although I did love Brett's curious nature along with both his and Emily's desire to start a family.

I really enjoyed the build up to before the action starts as this definitely increased the stress levels for the characters and for me reading it. The twists and turns are brilliantly done and also well placed to give the reader that perfect moment for when things become clear. 

Intriguing, twisty and oh so good!

Five stars from me!

With thanks to Bookouture & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

T.J. Brearton is the author of eight published novels of crime fiction, including detective thrillers, police procedurals, psychological suspense, and one paranormal crime story. His eBooks have been best-sellers on the Amazon kindle fiction Top 100 list. He lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and three children where he writes full time.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Cafe by Rachel Griffiths @authorRG

Motherhood has been one of the great blessings of Dawn Dix-Beaumont’s life but with her children’s growing independence, it’s finally time for Dawn to return to teaching. However, Mother Nature has other ideas…

Rick Beaumont loves his family but he’s busier than ever. With his high-flying career, two children and a third on the way, there’s a lot to juggle.

Battling expectations, disappointments and a few surprises along the way, Dawn and Rick find their commitment to each other tested to the limit. The next steps they take will be the most important of their lives.

So when the pressure mounts and an important decision has to be made, will Dawn and Rick’s marriage become stronger than ever, or will it be time to move in different directions?

This is the second of four short stories in The Cosy Cottage Café series.

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Summer at The Cosy Cottage Café
Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Café

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Winter at The Cosy Cottage Café
Spring at The Cosy Cottage Café

I guess anyone who reads my blog knows that I like to read a few different genres from thrillers through to romance. However I do love to find a book that gives me a warm and cosy feeling that also leaves me smiling. Most of the books I read do this but some do it better than others. It was easy to put the first book in the series Summer at The Cosy Cottage Café well into this category. With this in mind I did wonder if the second book would leave me feeling the same, well let's find out...

Even though Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Café is the second book in The Cosy Cottage Café series it's still easily classed as a standalone. However I would recommend reading the first book as you get to meet Allie and Chris and read their wonderful story.

I loved that this story focused on a family and every day life because of this it felt very real. I found myself nodding along at certain parts agreeing with Dawn and particular situations. It was very easy to feel a connection to Dawn whether it's because she is a mother or it could be that she is a genuinely likeable character who is trying to do her best. The relationship between Dawn and Rick felt realistic after all no marriage is perfect so it was nice to see the down to earth way they are portrayed. They really are a perfect match but can they get themselves through this rough patch?

Even though it's a short story it was very easy to connect with the story and the characters. It was lovely to catch up with Allie, Chris and The Cosy Cottage Café and of course to revisit Heatherlea. I loved the little subplot with Wallace and I couldn't help but laugh even when there were times I shouldn't have. The scene in the café with Allie was pretty funny though!

Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Café brought a smile to my face and a few giggles too. It's a quick read so very easy to read in an evening which is exactly what I did. After grabbing a cup of tea and maybe a little bit of chocolate (okay a full bar of chocolate) I settled down feeling completely relaxed and caught up in the story. I enjoyed catching up with this group of friends and I'm definitely intrigued about what will happen next.

A sweet and enjoyable story that is guaranteed to leave you with a smile.

With thanks to Rachel Griffiths for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Dead To Me by Stephen Edger @StephenEdger #BlogTour #Review @bookouture

I am delighted to be one of the stops today on the tour for Dead To Me by Stephen Edger. If you get chance why not visit the lovely Emma over at for her stop too.

You can catch my review today but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

How do you catch a killer who knows your every move?

The woman lay flat on the table, her face to one side, her wrists bound with thick tape. Deep scratches marked the wood beneath her fingers, now resting cold and still...

When a woman’s body is found in an abandoned bar near the Southampton docks, Detective Kate Matthews is called in to lead the investigation. She must solve this case to prove she is coping with the death of a close colleague.

Kate knows a pile of ripped up newspaper cuttings discovered at the victim’s house must be a piece of the puzzle, but her team keep hitting dead-ends... Until she finds a disturbing clue that convinces her of three things: The murder is linked to the body of a man found hanging in a warehouse, she is on the hunt for a calculated serial killer, and the killer is watching her every move.

Kate realises there will be another victim soon, and that her own life is in grave danger, but no one else believes her theory. Can she find and stop the most twisted killer of her career, before another life is lost?

An absolutely NAIL-BITING thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, James Patterson and MJ Arlidge.

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I think that it's safe to say that this book will have you turning the pages until you reach the end of this tension filled story. There was a creepy vibe at times making me wonder if I should go and make sure the doors are locked. The fact that the killer is spying on Kate ramped up the tension even more. A grisly and sadistic killer is on the rampage and I did cringe at a few things wondering if my sensitive stomach could handle it. This just added to the atmosphere of the story and made it even more paramount that Kate capture the killer.

To start with I wasn't sure which direction the story would go in with regards to Kate's character I liked that she had flaws and this gave her a more life like feel. I think that the balance between Kate's personal life and the investigation side was done well. Neither overpowered the other and it actually helped to see that her life wasn't perfect. Kate's family life is pretty complicated but I enjoyed the way it was explored and the way her character developed because of it. I think at times I maybe had to shake my head at some of the things Kate did. However who knows what anyone of us would do in those same situations. I have to admit that I have a soft spot for detectives who maybe bend the rules slightly it definitely makes things all the more interesting.

The investigation into the murders was written well and I love a good mystery so trying to put the clues together was quite fun. Although to be honest I would never make a good detective but it's always worth a try playing the guessing game over who is behind everything.
The overall pacing was pretty good, managing to keep me interested in the story and also connected to the characters. I have to say that there are some good supporting characters in this story too such as Laura who was great as Kate's colleague. She always tried to be helpful and offer some much needed support. I hope that some of these characters will play a role in the next book and I can't wait to get to know these characters even better.

Grisly and tension filled!

With thanks to Bookouture & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Stephen Edger is a British crime writer, who has been writing since 2010. In that time he has written and published eleven novels, and five short stories. He writes mysteries and thrillers focused on crime.
Stephen was born in the north-east of England, grew up in London, but has lived in Southampton since attending university in the year 2000. Stephen works in the financial industry, and uses his insider knowledge to create the plots of his books. He also has a law degree, which gives him a good understanding of the inner workings of the UK justice system.

Stephen is married, and has two children, and two dogs. He is passionate about reading and writing, and cites Simon Kernick and John Grisham as major influences on his writing style.

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Ethan's Daughter by Rachel Brimble @RachelBrimble #BlogTour #Review @BrookCottagebks #Giveaway #Extract

Thank you for joining me today on the blog tour for Ethan's Daughter by Rachel Brimble. I shared my review for this heart warming story previously on my blog but I'm delighted to be sharing my review again for the tour. There is also a fab giveaway and extract to read but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

Series: Templeton Cove Stories # 7 (can be read as a standalone)
Genre: Romantic suspense
Release Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance

There's safety in solitude…isn't there?

Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove's most famous recluse…until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world.

Ethan's first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web—and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn't going anywhere; she's afraid little Daisy is in danger. Ethan couldn't live with himself if anything happened to Leah…but pushing her away may be even harder..

I am delighted to be re-sharing my review for Ethan's Daughter by Rachel Brimble. So what did I think...

I have read a couple of Rachel Brimble's books in the past including Saved By the Firefighter which is book 6 in the Templeton Cove Stories. So I was eager to continue the series but what did I think of book 7...

I loved that Ethan is such a loving and protective father, Rachel Brimble has managed to create a wonderful and caring man but with a few flaws too. It's lovely to see the relationship with his daughter Daisy. Daisy is such a cutie and all the way through the story you could really feel Ethan's sense of responsibility at trying to protect her. Whether that be from actual threat and physical harm but also from letting anyone get close to his daughter after she was abandoned by her mother.

Both Leah and Ethan are strong characters and also pretty stubborn too which I guess made for lively interactions. Leah is feisty and her determination to help was so endearing even if that meant clashing with Ethan. Her occupation as a nurse definitely made her keen to step in and help. Then there is the added complication of attraction, but will anything happen?

It is a romance story at it's heart but with the added bit of danger thrown in to keep the story entertaining. The story moves pretty quickly and because of this it's so easy to become invested in the characters situation. A sweet and heartwarming read that is perfect to curl up with and relax. It's easy to get caught up in the story and forget all about your day.

Sweet but with feisty characters and a dash of danger!

With thanks to Rachel Brimble for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.


On the other side of the front door, the kitchen/dining room stretched from the front to the back of the house. Even though it was in semi-darkness, Leah could see straight through to some French doors at the back, the only illumination coming from the overhead light of the stove as it glinted on steel toward the center of the room.

Snapping her gaze to Daisy, Leah’s opinions on personal tastes flew to the wayside. The little girl’s eyes were wide as she chewed her bottom lip. Leah frowned. “Are you all right, sweetheart? Do you want me to knock?”

Daisy nodded and raised her arms toward Leah as though asking to be picked up. “Yes, please. Daddy might be mad.”

“Oh, Daddy won’t be mad.” Leah bent down and picked her up, hitching her onto her hip as Daisy’s arms wound around her shoulders. “If Daddy’s mad, I’ll show him how to calm himself down real quick. Don’t you worry about that.” Leah lifted the brass knocker and let it fall a little harder than necessary.

No answer.

Narrowing her eyes, she knocked again.

She was readying to knock a third time when the door swung open.

“I told you to get the hell out of here and not come back.” The man’s dark hair sprouted from every angle, his raging eyes bulging and his right hand swathed in a blue and white¬¬––and bloodied––dishtowel. His gaze held Leah’s for a split-second before he snapped his attention to Daisy. “My God, Daisy. What are you…” He cupped Daisy under her armpits, wincing slightly as he pulled her from Leah’s arms to hold her close. He pressed a lingering kiss to her temple, his raging eyes hidden behind his closed lids.

Leah stared, completely stunned by this flannel-shirted, blue jeaned, incredibly good-looking man…despite the bulging eyes. She coughed in a bid to find her voice. “Mr. James?” She planted her hands on her hips. “You’re Daisy’s father, I presume?”

He opened his eyes and Leah stepped back.

Apparently when his eyes had softened and were filled with regret rather than rage, they looked good.

Really good.

She stilled. Oh, good Lord. Be damned if those weren’t the eyes of Templeton’s reclusive novelist, Ethan James.


Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eight coming in Feb 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Crazy Stupid Love by Cassie Rocca #BlogTour #Review @aria_fiction

Thank you for joining me on the blog tour for Crazy Stupid Love by Cassie Rocca. You can catch my review today but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

Are there written rules on how to find a soulmate? Or is it better to trust the hands of fate? A hilarious romance perfect for the fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.

After enduring a string of dead-end relationships, Zoe Mathison has made a decision – to find a man who truly appreciates her. But this is turning out to be more complicated than she expected. Fed up of being surrounded by insufferably happy couples in love, her mission to find the perfect man starts to become an obsession.

Eric Morgan is pushed to his limits. Hopelessly in love with Zoe, who sees him as nothing more than a best friend to lean on, he can’t bear seeing his hopes of romance crushed every time the sculpted pecs of a younger man comes along. But when a new girl appears on the scene, he is determined to prove that he can push his infatuation aside and move on. But is it as easy as it seems?

In the romantic and bustling city of New York, will Zoe and Eric’s hilarious misadventures attract Cupid's arrow?

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I have to admit that it took me a little while to warm up to Zoe although I think it was mainly down to the fact that I knew about Eric's feelings and she didn't. So I guess I naturally had a little more sympathy for Eric but to be fair to Zoe she is completely in the dark as to his feelings. I really enjoyed their friendship and how comfortable they were with each other.

Crazy Stupid Love is book two in a series so it may be worthwhile reading them in order just so it's easier to get a feel for the characters straight away. Although after a while I got caught up in the story and found myself drawn into their lives. I have to say that I loved the idea of Giftland and the fact that they all worked together and were all friends.

I think that the second half comes into it's own and I did find myself rooting for the characters. The pacing is good although at times could have had a more faster pace. However it did build up the friendship side and that way you really hope the characters will get their happy ending. On the whole I enjoyed the relationships in this story especially how Eric is always there for Zoe even if it's just as her friend. If you like a friends to lovers story then it maybe perfect for you. 

With thanks to Aria Fiction & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Cassie Rocca is a writer of Sicilian origin who has lived in Genoa since the age of three. In everyday life she is a child-minder, a job which gives her plenty of ideas for her modern fairy tales. 

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The Good Sister by Jess Ryder @jessryderauthor #Review @bookouture

 Thank you for joining me I'm taking part in a blog blitz for The Good Sister by Jess Ryder and you can catch my review today. If you get chance why not check out the other stops too. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

There are two sides to every secret.
When her beloved father dies, Josie is devastated to uncover a secret life he has led with another family: another house, another woman and a half-sister, Valentina.
Born in the same week, in the same hospital, they look so physically alike they could be mistaken for twins. But the similarities end there…
Josie is sweet and reserved, a counsellor with the perfect boyfriend and the perfect life. Valentina is damaged and reckless, and she always gets what she wants.
But what she wants is Josie’s life, and she’ll stop at nothing until she has it.

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The opening completely grabbed me and it's safe to say I was intrigued. It was just like a twisty mystery as Josie tries to discover her father's secrets. You can feel her shock over how big the lies he told are. It's hard enough when a loved one dies but to discover the things that Josie finds out are really tough.

I really enjoyed reading the facts at the start of each chapter they were fun and I loved how they tied in with the story. The fact that you got both points of view was perfect for me it almost gave an off balanced feeling to the story that made it pretty addictive. The transition from the two perspectives for the most part was done well and helped move the story along as you saw the two sides to the story. The relationship between Josie and Valentina is written very well and as they get to know each other you can see a dark and disturbing undercurrent just waiting beneath the surface.

The Good Sister is pretty fast moving especially as the truth unravels and the fallout starts. Tense at times with lots of twists and revelations that had me wondering what to believe. Jess Ryder has written a vivid story that just seemed to come to life as I read meaning I was completely dragged into this crazy and nightmarish situation. I read this in one go as I just had to know how it would all play out.

 A story packed full of secrets and lies that left me in a continual spin.

With thanks to Bookouture & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Jess Ryder is the pseudonym of Jan Page, author, screenwriter, playwright and award-winning television producer.  After many years working in children’s media, she has recently embarked on a life of crime.  Writing, that is. Her other big love is making pots.

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