Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Review of Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

The bit on the back...

Baseball shouldn't be a game of life and death...

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter 
of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase...he started out a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a God yet partied like a Devil.

I tried to stay away. I couldn't.
Then, the team started losing.
Women started dying.
And everything in my perfect world broke apart.

This summer we took went on a West Coast USA road trip and part of that included a 4 night stay in San Francisco. We bought tickets to see the San Francisco Giants play against the Atlanta Braves and it being my first baseball game I wasn't sure what to expect, I didn't even really know the rules and how it all worked! By the end I was completely taken in! I absolutely loved it and it was one of the highlights of our trip so, when I spotted this on Amazon I knew I had to read it. I am so glad I did because just like my first baseball game I absolutely loved it!

Moonshot is all about main characters Chase and Tyler. Tyler is a daddy's girl and a huge baseball fan - which is also because of her superstar father. When Chase Stern joins the team there is an instant and electrifying chemistry between Chase and Tyler and as the story unfolds Alessandra throws in some great and unexpected plot twists which are sure to keep you hooked on every page of this forbidden romance.

The story is in two halves. The first half is set in 2011, four years before the second half, and focuses on the beginning of the relationship between Chase and Tyler. I really enjoyed reading the first stretch of the story with Tyler as a young woman just finding her feet when it comes to boys and relationships. This part of her life is something everyone will be able to identify with in some way and the chemistry between the two characters, and the angst that the idea of their relationship needs to be kept a secret creates is electric! Misunderstanding leads the characters in separate directions and we rejoin them 4 years later when they come back into each others lives.

I thought I had this story all planned out, but no. The author has thrown in some great plot twists and the pace of this story is relentless. I flew through it finding myself hooked and with the added suspense of the drama surrounding the club I couldn't wait for the story to unfold!

Make sure you check out my interview with Alessandra later this week! 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Release Day Review! Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

The bit on the back...

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. Even if she is spending it alone housesitting a spectacular Fifth Avenue apartment. What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous–and mysterious–owner.

Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife’s death looming, he’s isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?

Ding ding ding!! Sarah Morgan's Christmas book boyfriend has arrived - her annual present to us all! Happy release day! A massive thank you to MIRA for the review copy of this title. I always look forward to a new book from Sarah Morgan and this is the third, highly anticipated book in her From Manhattan With Love series which is now a 6 book series! The first book, Paige's story, introduced readers to the three best friends Paige, Frankie and Eva. Frankie is the star of the second book and Eva comes into her own in book number 3 Miracle on 5th Avenue. Although I would definitely recommend you read each book in the series they can all be read stand alone.

So at this point, if you've read the first two books in this series, you will know Eva pretty well. She's a totally hopeless romantic, always striving to make everyone around her happy and find the goodness in everyone. She's a very compassionate and emotional character who wears her heart on her sleeve and isn't afraid to show how she feels about situations. She loves the family she's created for herself - Paige and Jake and Frankie and Matt. And she absolutely loves Christmas!

Lucas is the complete antithesis of Eva. He is anti-romance, anti-enjoyment, anti-family and anti-Christmas. As the story unfolds both Eva and the reader will come to understand why Lucas is as cynical as he is and how he has tried to cope with everything he's been through. Lucan and Eva find themselves duped into spending time together and when the New York winter hits hard they can't even escape one another. Their first meeting and circumstance in which they find themselves heighten the tension between the two characters right from the off - opposites do attract after all! They bounce off of one another and while Eva is in his home, she opens Lucas' eyes to what he is missing.

This is Sarah Morgan at her best. A beautiful winter romance with it's fair share of funny moments, chemistry and great characters. If you've never picked up one of Sarah's books before then what are you waiting for?! I can't recommend this series enough! Sarah has got to be one of the queens of book boyfriends for me and Luke is definitely in the hall of fame!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Review of The One With The Wedding Dress (Bridesmaids 2) by Erin Lawless

The bit on the back...

Nora Dervan is ready for her Happy Ever After. With her darling Harry waiting at the altar, and all her family and friends around her. She is certain that her special day will not be forgotten/will be one to remember…

But with her four bridesmaids hiding more secrets, than bottles of champagne. Will her big day be remembered for all the right reasons?

Bea has barely gotten past the fact that her two best friends are dating, and now they’re engaged, whilst cupid’s arrow points in a forbidden direction for Cleo. She is so distracted by her off limits, hot new colleague that she has forgotten Daisy, who has been left dreading the singles table. There’s more romance in the cheesy pick- up lines than Sarah’s own marriage, which hasn’t turned out as she hoped it would be.

Firstly thank you to Harper Impulse for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. This is the second part in Erin's Bridesmaids series and is all about Nora's search for the perfect wedding dress.

We join the girls as they head off to the countryside in search of the wedding dress of Nora's dreams. Tensions are running high as disagreements and disapproval flow between Nora and her mum. Throw highly strung designers and a group of bridesmaids who all have their own discontent into the mix and the weekend away is shaping up to be explosive.

While the finding the dress is the main event in this part of the series there is a lot of focus on Bea, her relationship with Nora and her feelings towards the marriage and fellow bridesmaid Cleo. Bea has a big old chip on her shoulder as she's still not completely on board with her best friends being together. She's insecure about her friendship with Nora which stems back to Nora going off to university. Although Nora deals with some of those insecurities reassuringly the one thing that Bea can't help but feel is like she's being left behind.

There is a flashback scene at the end of this part which left me with a cliffhanger I didn't see coming at all! I cannot wait to read on to find out what's going to happen next!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Review of We Were on a Break by Lindsey Kelk

The bit on the back...

Is it a break? Or is it a blip?

‘You’ve just had a holiday,’ I pointed out, trying not to yawn. ‘Wasn’t that enough of a break?’

‘I don’t mean that kind of break.’

There’s nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out.

Friends and family all think they’re crazy; Liv throws herself into work – animals are so much simpler than humans – and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug.

But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to?

Firstly thank you to Harper for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. I've been a fan of Lindsey's books since I first read I Heart New York years ago, so having the chance to read an early copy of her latest novel We Were on a Break was a privilege. You only have to read some of my reviews of her other novels to know that I LOVE her writing so you will know I was excited to start this!

The story is all about Liv and Adam when a proposal gone wrong ends with the pair taking an unexpected break from each other, their relationship and the lives they thought they had mapped out.

There are two things I love about Lindsey's writing. Firstly, her sense of humour and how it is injected into the characters and the narratives. The quips, one liners, self-deprecating characters and hilarious situations the characters find themselves in throughout this book will have you laughing from start to finish. Secondly is Lindsey's incredible knack for writing realistic, almost tangible characters that everyone will be able to identify with in some way.

I loved reading from both Liv and Adam's point of view throughout the book. I don't know if it was just because I'm a girl and can identify with Liv on that level, but I found myself thinking "oh, Adam what are you doing?" on more than one occasion throughout the book, sitting reading quietly then shaking my head at whatever miscommunication was currently unfolding. Not that that is to say all of the misunderstandings were Adam's fault! Liv and Adam try to contend with the minefield that has now become their relationship whilst also contending with their jobs and families which we all know are sometimes anything but simple!

If you're a fan of a fun, humour filled rom-com then buy this now!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Release Day! Comfort & Joy by Cathy Bramey

Happy publication day Cathy! I can't wait to start this Christmassy short story, read more about it below!

The bit on the back...

It’s been a busy year for Verity Bloom at the Plumberry School of Comfort Food, but Christmas Eve is finally here. With delicious treats all wrapped up and the ingredients packed away, Verity is looking forward to a relaxing few days with her new boyfriend.

Good food, family and friends – it’s a simple recipe for true comfort and joy, and all Verity’s friends in the village are full of excitement about the holidays too.

But the weather has other plans in store… Relentless rain leads to a power cut that spells disaster for many of Plumberry’s residents. It’s starting to look like this year’s celebrations could be a total washout.

With dreams of a perfect Christmas dashed, will the last of the festive cheer be swept away in the downpour? Or can the cookery school create a Christmas miracle for everyone Verity holds dear?

Publisher: Transworld Digital

Release Day: TODAY!!

Monday, 10 October 2016

Release Day - A Winter's Wish by Alice Ross

Happy publication day to Alice Ross! Check out the 3rd book in her Countryside Dreams series A Winter's Wish!

The bit on the back...

Tis the season to be jolly…isn’t it?
Amelia is at breaking point. She’s just lost her job and Doug, the love of her life, still hasn’t broken up with his girlfriend. Surely a trip to the quiet countryside is just what she needs?
Phil is about to leave beautiful Buttersley for the other side of the world! The sunny shores of Australia will mean a new life with his girlfriend, but something is holding him back…
Ella has never felt this way before – Jake O’Donnell is the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. And the more time she spends babysitting his kids, the more her feelings grow!
Stan should be happy. He loves his wife and their adorable baby girl more than anything! So why, when everything’s finally going right, are they arguing more than ever?
One thing’s for sure, even when Buttersley’s first snowflakes begin to fall, it’s never too cold for love to blossom…

Publisher: Carina UK

Release Date: TODAY!!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Release Day - The Singalong Society for Singletons by Katey Lovell!

Happy Publication day to my lovely friend Katey on the publication of her debut full length novel! This release comes after her much loved Meet Cute series.

The bit on the back...

Monique and Issy are teachers, housemates and lovers of musicals! Their Friday night routine consists of snacks, wine and the Frozen DVD. So when Monique’s boyfriend moves to America for a year and her sister Hope moves in because of her own relationship woes, Friday nights get a new name… ‘The Singalong Society for Singletons’!
It’s a chance to get together, sing along to their favourite tracks from the best-loved West End shows, and forget the worries of work, relationships and love (or lack of it). But when Issy shares the details of their little group further afield, they get some unexpected new members who might just change their opinions on singledom for good….

Publisher: HarperImpulse
Release Date: TODAY!!