Friday, 28 April 2017

Tempting Kate by Jennifer Snow @JenniferSnow18 #Review

About the book

Everything depends on this one day 

Would anyone hire a wedding planner who was left at the altar? The answer, Kate Hartley has found out, is no. It's been nearly a year since her fiance abandoned her at their destination wedding, and Kate's career is nearly toast. Unless she can pull off the wedding of the century for her new clients, a Hollywood power couple. So why is the groom's brother, sexy-as-hell resort owner Scott Dillon, trying to stop the wedding?

Scott wants to do the right thing the bride-to-be is keeping a secret and Scott's brother deserves the truth before he says "I do." But if Scott doesn't stop trying to stall the wedding, he'll ruin Kate's career, not to mention any chance he has of being with her.

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My Review

I thought it was great how quickly the story got going and especially how the plot moved along with no slow parts. We are introduced to Kate and she has had her confidence knocked badly by her ex fiancé. I loved how she was trying to rebuild both her life and her business after the actions of the man she once loved. Kate is independent and strong which are great personality traits, I was definitely rooting for her.

Scott is the perfect love interest he's smart, strong and protective of his brother. I think I probably fell a little bit for him too! I loved the interactions that Kate and Scott shared they were at times fun but packed full of flirting! However with Scott trying to throw the wedding off course can Scott and Kate find their happy ever after?

I loved the setting of Big Bear for the wedding it really was the perfect place for a wedding. Then of course to see Kate and Scott trying to contain their sizzling chemistry aswell as a few secrets along the way. This book was fun, flirty and pretty sizzling at times but also had a lovely heart warming feel to it. I pretty much read Tempting Kate in two sittings it was perfect to unwind with and forget all about your day!

Flirty, sizzling & lots of fun!

Thank you so much to Jennifer Snow for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Dreaming of Venice by T.A. Williams #Review #BlogTour @TAWilliamsBooks @canelo_co @fayerogersuk

I am delighted to be on the blog tour for Dreaming of Venice by T.A. Williams. Today I have a review of this gorgeous story to share. 
First of all let's take a look at the book...

About the book

Title: Dreaming of Venice
Author: T. A. Williams
Release Date: 24th April 2017
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Canelo
Format: Ebook

Find love, friendship and prosecco – in the magical city of Venice.

Life is tough for Penny. A dead end job in a London café, a boyfriend in Australia (what could go wrong?) and an art career going nowhere. But then Penny is approached with an extraordinary proposition.

It isn’t going to be easy but, if she can pull it off, she will turn her life around and at long last see the fulfilment of her dream – to visit Venice. And, just maybe, find true happiness with the handsome man of her dreams.

But can dreams come true?

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 My Review

When the opportunity came up to join the blog tour for T.A. Williams new book I jumped at the chance. Thank you, Faye!

So what did I think...

The opening to the story grabbed my interest and you get a great insight into Penny's caring personality. Penny was a delight to get to know she is kind, determined and even though life isn't all sunshine and roses for her she still has this positive outlook on life. When I had finished the book it was as if I actually knew her, that's how well she was written. I really enjoyed the proposition that Penny is offered it's such a great storyline that instantly got my attention. I really don't want to talk too much about the story or go into the plot as I would hate to ruin the book for everyone else. So i'm afraid I am going to leave it there and if you want to know more you definitely won't be disappointed if you pick up a copy of this book. 

A special mention has to go to Gilbert the dog, T.A. Williams usually has a cameo of at least one very cute Labrador in his books and Gilbert is a lovely addition to the story. All of the characters brought something to the story and I especially liked Caroline.

Italy is one of the places I would love to visit and it was fantastic seeing Venice brought to life right in from of me. I was completely focused on this book with Trevor's delightful way of telling the story. With a beautifully descriptive way that always manages to transport me to the very places he describes. I enjoyed the fact that the book was set in both London and Venice as you see Penny come out of her comfort zone and slowly begin to flourish. This story has lots going on with comical moments along the way but also packed full with themes of friendship, love and romance.

The story moves very smoothly and quickly meaning before I knew it I was half way through and I really didn't want to put it down. Although I am sure my boss wouldn't have appreciated a zombie sat at the desk the next day! The following evening I finished and it was one of those moments where you wanted to find out how everything turns out but also sad because it was ending. The storyline had me hooked and I have to say it's now one of my new favourite books by T.A. Williams. If you ever need a pick me up from every day life T.A. Williams is guaranteed to provide you with a story that will always leave you with a smile!

Dreaming of Venice is both delightful and charming!
 Thank you to Canelo, Faye Rogers & T.A. Williams for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Author Information

My name is Trevor Williams. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, "Dirty Minds" one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn't possibly comment. Ask my wife...

My background, before taking up writing full time, was in teaching and I was principal of a big English language school for many years. This involved me in travelling all over the world and my love of foreign parts is easy to find in my books. I speak a few languages and my Italian wife and I still speak Italian together.

I've written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I'm enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. My most recent books are the What happens… series. What happens in Tuscany reached #1 in the Romantic Comedy chart and What Happens on the Beach, the last in the series, came out in July. Chasing Shadows is still romance, but with the added spice of a liberal helping of medieval history, one of my pet hobbies. I do a lot of cycling and I rode all the way to Santiago de Compostela on a bike a few years back. This provided both the inspiration and the background research for Chasing Shadows.

I’m originally from Exeter, and I’ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away down here in south west England. I love the place.

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 Website | Twitter | Facebook  

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Many Colours of Us by Rachel Burton #Review @bookish_yogi @HQDigitalUK

About the book

My dearest daughter
This will be the last letter I write to you. I hope she will let you read this one. I hope she will let you ask questions and hear the story you need to hear. The story of you. And if she doesn’t I hope that one day you will get curious, wonder where you came from and come and find me.

Called to a lawyers office to be informed of an inheritance, Julia Simmonds, discovers she’s the secret love-child of the late, great artist Bruce Baldwin. With temperamental seventies supermodel Philadelphia Simmonds as a mother, Julia is used to drama, but is completely unprepared for the way her life is about to irrevocably change.

Bruce not only left Julia his house, but as she discovers, her father wrote to her. One letter every year of her life, urging Julia to learn from his mistakes.

It is finally time for Julia to dig deep into her mysterious past and take control of her future, but as more secrets and lies are uncovered, she must find the courage to follow her dreams…

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My Review

I had seen lots of bits and pieces on social media regarding this book so I was delighted when The Many Colours of Us popped through my letterbox. The blurb had me intrigued and I couldn't wait to get started. So what did I think...

Right from the start you empathise with Julia as her family life isn't perfect. Then when she makes the discovery of who her father is it makes everything all the more complicated. After finding out the truth it sends her on a journey of finding out about her parents hidden past.

I found Rachel Burton's writing to be wonderfully descriptive as I was so very easily transported into the story and also into Julia's life. 

Julia is strong and determined it was so easy to get attached to her character as she comes to terms with the past especially as there is nothing she can do to change things. Julia has a lot of patience when it comes to her mother and I have to say at times she was much more understanding than I probably would have been. I guess that's why I liked her character so much she tried to focus on the positives which is an extremely difficult thing to do I know I often struggle with this.

Edwin is pretty perfect, the chemistry that both Julia and Edwin share is beautiful but the past resurfacing doesn't make things easy. Will there be a happy ending well you really will have to read and find out for yourselves. 

The characters within this book are all well developed and play their parts perfectly from Julia's mum Philadelphia right through to Marco the Italian restaurant owner.

The story had a hopeful feeling to it even when Julia was having a hard time processing everything. Also the theme of forgiveness and the ability to let go of the past even though it can be painful to do so. 

One of the best things about this book was the letters that Bruce wrote and left for Julia. They were poignant and heartfelt, they helped me become even more immersed in the story than I already was. I do have to mention that there is a reference to Maltby, Rotherham in South Yorkshire I loved this as I live very near there. I actually finished this book over a 24 hour period whenever I had a spare moment I was reading this book. The story moved smoothly and held my attention completely with a moving plot and engaging characters.

Full of secrets from the past but also hope & love! 

I highly recommend this beautiful story, a huge five stars from me!

Thank you to HQDigitalUK for my copy, this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Stuck With You by Carla Burgess @MsBear123 #Review @HQDigitalUK

About the book

One lift. Two strangers. Anything could happen! 
Elena thought that today would be just like any other day…until the supermarket lift jams and she realises she’s stuck.
And not just stuck in the lift. Stuck with her childhood crush, Daniel Moore, who unfortunately seems to be just as gorgeous as she remembered…
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My Review

I couldn't help but be drawn to this story after reading the blurb. It isn't every day you get stuck in a lift with your childhood crush. Is it ever a good idea to revisit the past well let's take a look at what I thought...
My heart went out to Elena I could totally get where she was coming from in relation to her crush. I think most people can admit to at one point in their life being in Elena's position of unrequited love but maybe not in such a slightly stalker esque way!
I loved the part in the lift and how everything played out it was great to see Daniel and Elena's first meeting in years. I have to admit I think I had a bit of a crush on Daniel myself at that point. Their chemistry is pretty perfect and I really was hoping for a happy ever after but will everything turn out ok in the end?

There are plenty of comical moments which were just right for cheering me up. I have to say Elena's box that she kept to remind her of Daniel was a great source of amusement. Although at times pretty embarrassing for Elena!

This story had charm, romance and definitely left me with a warm glow. The pace of the story was good, the storyline kept my interest throughout with a fun and entertaining plot.

Stuck With You had me completely entertained with a delightfully light and engaging story!

Thank you to HQDigitalUK & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Secret Marriage Pact by Georgie Lee #Review @MillsandBoon #millsandbooninsiders

About the book

An improper proposal! 

Jane Rathbone is used to being left behind, and no longer believes she deserves happiness. But when childhood friend Jasper Charton returns from the Americas, more dangerously sexy than ever, she has a proposition. She'll give him the property he needs if he'll give her a new future--by marrying her!

Jasper never imagined taking a wife, but wonders if loyal Jane could be his redemption. And when their marriage brings tantalizing pleasures, convenient vows blossom into a connection that could heal them both...

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Amazon UK

My Review

As a Mills and Boon Insider I am delighted to be sharing my review of The Secret Marriage Pact. I have to admit I have a soft spot for Historical Romance so as soon as I saw this book I knew I had to read it. 

What did I think...

I love that you get to know Jane pretty well throughout this book, I would best describe her as strong willed but also a loyal person who is determined to gain as much independence as she can. With these personality traits I instantly liked her especially as her life hasn't been a bed of roses. The fact that Jane and Jasper are pretty much life long friends was a brilliant way of showing their relationship as they already know one another. Even though some time had passed since they last saw each other you get a lovely sense of a deep connection. I was intrigued as to how everything would work out especially with Jasper's business dealings. It was so easy to feel sorry for him and the conflict he feels concerning his business. 

The story moves quite quickly and it was great to see Jane and Jasper reconnect and decide to commit to a marriage of convenience. Will their feelings deepen though that is the question? With an overall light hearted story this book is perfect to sit back and relax with.

The Secret Marriage Pact is the fourth book in the Business of Marriage series although I think it works perfectly well as a standalone story. It would be lovely to go back to the very start and read from the beginning when I get the chance!

Strong and likeable characters that will have you hoping for a happy ever after!

Thank you to Mills and Boon & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion. 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Winning Ace by Tracie Delaney @Tracie_Delaney #PromoPost #PreOrder

Thank you for stopping by, today this post is all about Winning Ace by Tracie Delaney. You can pre-order at the moment and publication day is set for the 29th May. Let's take a look at the description for the book and also a few teasers...

Book Blurb

When the opportunity arises for journalist Tally McKenzie to meet tennis ace Cash Gallagher, she grabs it without hesitation. Desperate for a killer story to advance her career, she’ll have to betray her idol and her own morals into the bargain if she is to succeed.

Renowned bad boy Cash wants one thing; to remain at the top of his game. He’s fought hard to get there, and he’s not about to lose his crown, especially over a woman.

When Cash divulges personal information, Tally seizes her chance and writes an explosive article. Incensed, Cash sets out to get his revenge. Except the darling of centre court gets more than he bargained for—a passionate affair with a woman he should detest.

But Cash is a man with secrets—secrets that could destroy his career. Dare he take the risk? Or is the cost too great, even for his perfect match.

Winning Ace is the first novel in an overarching three book series.

Winning Ace (Book 1) is now available for preorder and will be released 29 May 2017
Losing Game (Book 2) will be released in mid July 2017
Grand Slam (Book 3) will be released early October 2017

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Author Bio

Tracie Delaney is the author of the Winning Ace trilogy. She loves nothing more than immersing herself in a good romance, although she sometimes, rather cheekily, makes her characters wait for their HEA.

When she isn’t writing or sitting around with her head stuck in a book, she can often be found watching The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones or any tennis match involving Roger Federer. Her greatest fear is running out of coffee.

Tracie studied accountancy, gaining her qualification in 2001. Her maths teacher would no doubt be stunned by this revelation considering Tracie could barely add two plus two at high school.

Tracie lives in the North West of England with her amazingly supportive husband. They both share a love of dogs, travel and wine.

Tracie loves to hear from readers. She can be contacted through the following platforms

Friday, 21 April 2017

Soaring by Karen Gordon @joiedemidvivre #Review

About the book

Smart, sweet dot-com billionaire Evan O’Donnell might be the perfect man for Vivienne. And after her best friend just pointed out that her pool of potential dates has drastically shrunk, Vivienne is giving him more than a second look. But Viv’s jet-set lifestyle makes this geek-love affair hard to ignite. Just when it looks like fate will help them fan the flames; a mystery man with an irresistible sexy offer pulls Vivienne in another direction. Now she must choose between sweet and solid or a passing moment of passion.

Soaring is the fifth book in The Vivienne Series--seven hilariously fierce and flirty chick lit novellas. 

Buy links

Amazon UK
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My Review

The story as ever moves along so quickly that I managed to read it in one morning. I always look forward to the next book in the Vivienne Series and I have to say this is just as good as the rest of the series if not possibly my favourite so far.

It was interesting to see Vivienne's interactions with Evan and it made a change to see her not at her fully confident self. Although to be fair both Evan and Sebastian brought out a few of her insecurities. I loved how different the two men are who come into Vivienne's life. It was a great contrast and it was actually fun to see Vivienne out of her comfort zone with both of them. What will happen next though that is the question.

This book is light hearted and perfect if you have a bit of free time just to relax with. Vivienne is a great character, it has been so much fun getting to know her and follow her on this journey. I can't wait to read the next book and see what else is in store for Vivienne.

Soaring is fast moving with a few surprises along the way!

Thank you to Karen Gordon for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Lie To Me by Jess Ryder @jessryderauthor #Review #BlogTour @bookouture

Thank you so much for joining me on the blog tour for Lie To Me by Jess Ryder. I'm also sharing today's stop with Emma & her brilliant blog damppebbles.
I have a review for you but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

About the book

How can you tell the truth... if all you've ever known is a lie?

Three minutes. That’s all it takes for Meredith’s entire world to fall apart when she watches the videotape of her four-year-old self with Becca, the mother who abandoned her.

Meredith can’t believe what her eyes have seen. Yet what if her memory has locked away the painful reality of her childhood? Can there be any truth in the strange and dangerous story her mother forced her to tell on camera? 

The search for answers leads Meredith to Darkwater Pool, the scene of the murder of a young woman, Cara, over 30 years ago. What could possibly be the link between her mother and the victim?

To find the truth Meredith must search through a past that is not her own. The problem is, she’s not the only one looking…

A dark, compulsive psychological thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Louise Jensen.

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My Review

After reading the blurb I was keen to start reading and to see if a 30 year old murder could be solved but also to see how everything would turn out for Meredith. 

So what did I think...

First of all you get quite a good insight into Meredith's character she is in a bit of a slump and her life isn't necessarily going in the direction she had hoped it would. I loved the idea of the videotape and how something that should be so innocent as watching footage of yourself as a child turns into something else entirely. This discovery then sends both Meredith and the reader on a journey full of twists and turns. Meredith takes it upon herself to try and find her mother which of course opens up a whole can of worms. I liked that she was so determined to find out the truth at any cost.

The mystery of Cara's murder was great and had me trying to put the clues together to solve the crime. I enjoyed the fact that it was a cold case as I felt this added more to the mystery with so much time having passed. Trying to crack the case of a crime committed over 30 years ago is always going to be more difficult. So I was interested to see how they would get to the bottom of things. It was great to see the flashbacks to Cara's last few months and to see where everything went wrong. One of the things that I liked was that the characters weren't perfect as they all had their flaws. This definitely gave them a more natural and real life quality which made them all the more intriguing to get to know.

I have to admit compared with the last half of the book the first half moves a little slower but I liked the slow build up to discovering the truth. There are some tense moments along the way where I couldn't help but read faster and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen. Then near the end the story moves pretty quickly and I really didn't want to put my Kindle down. Everything came together brilliantly for the gripping conclusion along with a few surprises thrown in.

Lie To Me is a very intriguing story packed full of lies, secrets and betrayal!

Thank you to Bookouture & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

About the author

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. So she's very excited about the publication of her debut thriller Lie to Me.  Her other big love is making pots.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

#CoverReveal - The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters by Jaimie Admans @be_the_spark @NeverlandBT

Thank you for joining me for the cover reveal of The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters by Jaimie Admans.

I am delighted to be sharing this beautiful cover today, so let's not wait any longer. 

Here it is...

So what do you think? 

I love the colours it's so inviting I could jump straight in!
Now we have had the cover reveal let's check out the description for the book...


Where dreams come true…?

Wendy Clayton stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago. Instead, she has a ‘nice’ life. Nice job. Nice flat. Absolutely no men. Until her life is turned upside-down when her elderly neighbour, Eulalie, passes away and leaves her the Château of Happily Ever Afters!

But there’s a catch: she must share the sprawling French castle with Eulalie’s long-lost nephew, Julian. And no matter how gorgeous he is, or how easily she finds herself falling head over heels, Wendy needs to find a way to get rid of him…

Because surely happily ever afters don’t happen in real life?

Escape to beautiful France this summer with this uplifting romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Kat French, Caroline Roberts and Holly Martin.