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Rae reads... How To Manage A Marquess by Sally MacKenzie

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How To Manage A Marquess by Sally MacKenzie
When Anne is given a chance to live an independent life at Spinster House she desperately wants the opportunity. However her friend Cat is set to live there, can Anne see to it that Cat marries the Duke of Hart instead. 
The Duke's cousin Nate, Marquess of Haywood is determined to keep the Duke from marriage. A curse was placed on the Duke's family and the only way to stop it is to remain single. Will Anne get her wish to live at Spinster House or will Nate get in her way?


Both Anne and Nate are interesting characters they are strong willed and they have great chemistry. Sparks flew right from the start and all of their interactions were sizzling. I really liked the addition of Stephen and Edward to the story they helped bring some fun. They also helped Anne get some perspective on her situation. 
The story kept my interest especially in relation to the curse. I found the idea really engaging and I wondered how it would all play out…

Rae reads... The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman

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The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman

Lady Alexandra Hobbs has had her sights set on marrying Lord Owen Monroe since he came to the aid of her brother when they were younger. Unfortunately he is going to be betrothed to her spoiled older sister, Lavinia. Due to Lavinia's personality Owen needs all the help he can get so Alexandra offers to help. Is Alexandra really helping Owen or does she have an ulterior motive?


Both characters are really likeable and you could tell from the start they would be a perfect match. Their scenes together were sizzling and sparks flew whenever they were in the same room. I liked how both characters developed in this story especially Owen as he comes to realise that he can be a better man. Lavinia's behaviour at times made me want to scream I couldn't believe some of her actions. I also have to mention that the friends Alex made in this book were a great addition to the story. I will be definitely be looking at buying more of Valerie Bowman's …

Rae reads... Truth or Date by Portia MacIntosh

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Truth or Date by Portia MacIntosh

Ruby is content to keep on dating until the right man comes along. That is until she has a surprisingly red hot dream about her flatmate Nick. What does it mean? They don't even like each other, do they?


I think the character of Ruby is an interesting one, I wouldn’t say I loved her character from the start. However as I continued reading she really grew on me, some of the situations she ended up in were really funny. I really liked her friendship with Millsy, together they were so funny even if a little childish at times. Nick was a great contrast to Ruby and I found all of their interactions brilliant especially as Ruby could be a bit misguided.

The plot is pretty straightforward and easy to follow and I found at times I couldn’t put this book down. The story is really entertaining and I couldn’t wait to find out how it would all end. There were quite a few comical moments and I found myself smiling away whilst reading it. I became engrossed in …

Rae reads... Between You and Me by Lisa Hall

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Between You and Me by Lisa Hall

Every marriage has its secrets but what happens if you are trapped in a dangerous situation. The person you love is the one person who is hurting you the most. How will it all end?


I liked that each chapter was told from either Sal or Charlie's point of view it really helped gain an insight into each character. The way they both defended their actions/reactions was interesting to read. The characters were developed well and I became immersed in their life and issues.

This story is different from the usual books I read and I found this to be quite refreshing. The plot flowed really well with no slow parts, I found myself thinking I'll just read one more chapter which of course turned into more and more. I don't really want to go into too much detail regarding the plot as it could ruin the story.

Overall I thought Between You and Me was a compelling book that kept my interest throughout. I liked how the book was written especially with the cha…

Rae reads... What Happens in the Alps by T. A. Williams

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What Happens in the Alps by T. A. Williams

We follow Annie as she builds a new life for herself after losing her husband in a tragic climbing accident. Starting a new business isn’t easy but when old friend Matt arrives it definitely helps take the pressure off.  A chance meeting on the slopes with Alessandro gets Annie dating again. Will Annie get her life back on track?


I really took to the character of Annie, she had a lovely outlook on life even after such a horrible tragedy took place. I instantly wanted a happy ending for her and I couldn’t wait to find out how it would happen. The characters in this book were well written and I felt as if I got to know them pretty well. Even the minor characters added something to this story. A special mention has to go to Leo the dog he was a great addition to the book.
The plot was easy going and pretty much from the start I became immersed in the story. I think it helped that both myself and Annie have an aversion to cable cars! The thought …

Rae reads... Finding Home by Lauren Westwood

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Finding Home by Lauren Westwood

In a moment of madness Amy finds herself having to start her life from scratch. Through her new job she finds a new mission in life and that is to save Rosemont Hall.


I really liked how descriptive Lauren Westwood's writing was. I became immersed in the story and couldn't wait to read more. Even though there was plenty of detail it was the perfect amount, I didn't feel as if I was bombarded with information. When Amy arrives at Rosemont Hall I felt as if I was standing in that house myself.

The plot was easy to follow and kept my interest. The mystery running throughout the book was intriguing and I loved reading about the history of the house. The extracts from the letters were a nice touch and helped move the story along.

The character of Amy was very likeable she had a positive outlook even after everything that happens in the beginning of the book. I think it helped that I found it easy to relate to the character, she tried her best in e…

Rae reads... Someone Else's Skin by Sarah Hilary

I reviewed this book a while ago but saw it on my bookshelf yesterday and I thought I would share the review here.

Someone Else's Skin by Sarah Hilary

Right from the very first page Someone Else's Skin grabbed my attention. It starts off with the main character Marnie Rome at a murder scene which leaves her devastated. The story then goes back to the present day, where Marnie is now a Detective Inspector. Along with Detective Sergeant Noah Jake they are visiting a women's refuge to speak to someone who can assist them in a case. As soon as they arrive however they stumble across a man bleeding heavily from a stab wound.

This is the start of a rollercoaster of twists and turns that this book takes you on. I could hardly put the book down it kept my attention throughout and it never really had any dull moments. There is some violence in the book but I don't think it is too over the top.

Marnie Rome was one of the most interesting characters I have read in a long time. Her b…

Rae reads... It's In His Kiss by Eve Devon

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It's In His Kiss by Eve Devon

Sephy King needs her lingerie business to succeed however she decides her marketing photos need to be something extra special. So what can she do – ask her best friend Luke to step in and help. Surely there wouldn’t be any harm posing for a few photos together half undressed.



This book had me hooked straight away mainly due to the characters of Sephy and Luke, their chemistry was sizzling hot and I couldn't wait to read more about them. The plot was pretty straightforward with no major twists and it was easy to follow. I never found myself bored whilst reading this book and I was eager to find out how things would work out.

The characters in this book had so much chemistry it felt at times the pages were almost on fire! I really took to Sephy she was tough but also had her insecurities it made her a really great main character. I almost fell in love with Luke myself he was very likeable with an attractive personality. The minor characters were …

Rae reads... The Wedding Date by Jennifer Joyce

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The Wedding Date by Jennifer Joyce

When Delilah finds out her ex boyfriend has moved on with his life. An invite to her friends wedding causes problems so she invents a boyfriend. The wedding is six months away so it's all go to find Mr Right for the wedding. With help from her BFFs can Delilah find the perfect person or will it all go horribly wrong.


The way you are introduced to Delilah is great, it's fun and you get a real insight into her character. You didn't instantly know everything about her from the first couple of pages which I quite liked. Her two best friends are also a good addition to the book. As I was reading I felt like I was drawn into their inner circle. I especially loved the text messages that were at start of every chapter they were always fun to read.

I thought the plot moved at a good pace there weren't really any slow parts to the story at all. There were some comical moments that were great but also slightly embarrassing for Delilah. The story…

Rae reads... The Trouble With Emma by Katie Oliver

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The Trouble With Emma by Katie Oliver

Emma loves to play matchmaker, her friend and assistant is surely the perfect person to set up. With her family home falling into disrepair Emma asks for help from popular TV show Mind Your Manors. Is it all going to end in disaster and will meeting Mark help her to change her ways.


As a fan of Jane Austen this book sounded perfect for me, the book uses various names of characters from Austens books. However they are from multiple books so not just characters from Emma. I thought this was really fun even more so if you like Jane Austen. I found myself immersed in the story really quickly and the plot was easy to understand. This is the second book in a series but I didn't find this to be an issue. Characters from the first book are included in this story but I don't think you necessarily have to read the first book before this one. Although I think I will at some point read What Would Lizzy Bennet Do just because I would love to read more …