Monday, 5 December 2016

Review of 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!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Archive Review - Coming Home for Christmas by Jenny Hale

The bit on the back…

Christmas is a time for family... isn't it?

Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate—which includes organizing the Marley family festivities—she is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be?

As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, she’s about to find out...

Allie’s new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but he’s also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas. Robert’s playboy brother, Kip, flirts with her relentlessly; and his sister, Sloane, arrives home with baggage—both the divorce-kind and the Louis Vuitton kind. Their ninety-two year old grandmother, Pippa, spends her day grumbling at them all from her mobility scooter.

With Robert intending to sell Ashford, it’s the Marley’s last chance to create some happy memories in their family home—and Allie is determined to make it happen... even if it takes a little Christmas magic! With the festive spirit in full swing, she might even discover a little happiness of her own...

This is the story of Allie Richfield. She is about to start work as House Manager at the Ashford Estate. The Ashford Estate is for sale after being the Marley family home for many, many years. Her job is to ensure that the day to day running of the house is carried out, but also to ensure that the family celebrate their last Christmas at Ashford, well some of the family.

Immediately I loved Allie’s character. I loved her independence but also loved her absolute love for her family. Her love for her family, her mum and her sister, overflows into the Marley household, as she uses it to try and inject some warmth into the old house again.

At first when we meet Richard there is an instant connection between him and Allie, but this is put on the back burner as he is completely shut off and reserved, feeling like he is very cold in his attitude to his family and the house.

We meet the other members of the family as they all return to Ashford one last time. Kip, Robert’s brother is an absolute player, he wins Allie’s affections straight away with his outright flirty manor. Robert’s sister Sloane appears to be a little wary of Allie at first but when the story unfolds you get to learn a little more about Sloane’s current family situation. Then there is Robert’s grandmother. She is somewhat of a mystery. Robert’s description of her makes you think of a frail little old lady who’s house has outgrown her. But when you really get to know her you discover her true family spirit and the tragic events which dominate her relationship with Robert.

This story is centred around the family coming home for Christmas, but it also so much more than that. The story is predominantly about family, about the relationship we have with our family members but also how blood is thicker than water and that truly family can overcome anything which is beautifully portrayed in the story between Pippa and Robert.

I really enjoyed that the focus was also on Christmas as it resonates with the family theme that runs along with it in the story. A really, truly great story which will warm your hearts and show you the true meaning of family at Christmastime.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Review of A Winter;s Wish by Alice Ross

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…

Earlier this year I read the first two books in Alice's Countryside Dreams series. I really enjoyed both of them, and as soon as I saw this Christmassy 3rd book I knew I'd have to read it. The third books takes us back to Buttersley and is about four brand new, very different and complex characters!

So the first thing I loved about this is actually the way Alice tells her story. I loved how the stories of the four characters intertwined and unfolded over the weeks leading up to the festive period.Everyone is gearing up for Christmas and have to deal with not only that but all of the other goings on in Buttersley and there is never a dull day, that's for sure! The story has the right mix of serious and light-hearted moments and has it's share of romance and humour.

Secondly, each character is unique and in this story and in the whole series. Amelia, who you might know as Annie O'Donnell's sister, has come to seek solace in Buttersley and after a rather tense start to proceedings she finds her fit in the village easily enough.

Stan's daughter is about to have her first Christmas but Stan's relationship with his wife is rocky to say the least. What I really liked about Stan was his determination to try and set things right in his marriage.

Phil, local pub owner and Buttersley's answer to a surfer dude, is being driven slowly crazy by the thought of leaving Buttersley. He's proud of his achievements with his pub, how it fits with the community and is afraid he's making a mistake by going down under.

And then of course there is Ella. Ella has the biggest crush and I really think she's a character everyone will be able to identify with. She has a naivety that is easy to sympathise and I really liked her progression throughout the story.

This book is the third in a fab series. It is self contained enough to be read as a stand alone but why would you want to?! Make sure you check out the other books in the series too, I promise it is more than worth it!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Release Day! The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime by Lynsey James

Happiest of happy release days to my lovely friend Lynsey James! Lynsey's 4th novel is out today, read on to find out more about it!

The bit on the back...

This Christmas pantomime is about to be the talk of the town!

Luna Bay’s festive preparations are well under way and the much anticipated annual pantomime is to be, once again, the highlight of the season. Too bad that the village’s very own actress and darling of Broadway, Alice Woods, isn’t feeling in the mood for Christmas.

Until the pantomime comes under threat and a grief-stricken Alice is forced to push her personal pain aside and step up to direct – after all, the show must go on…

So with (more than) a little help from her new found friends, not to mention one very gorgeous Hollywood A-list celebrity, the play begins to come together, but will Alice finally believe that Christmas is a time for miracles after all?

Release Day: TODAY!

Publisher: HQ Digital

Friday, 4 November 2016

Release Day! Blood Lines by Angela Marsons

Happy publication day to Angela Marsons! Blood Lines is the 5th book in her D.I. Kim Stone crime thriller series and if the first line of that blurb doesn't have you intrigued I have no idea what will!!

The bit on the back...

How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?
A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up. 

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet. 

Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother. 

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them… 

Publisher: Bookouture

Release Day: TODAY!! 

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Release Day! Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson

Happy publication day to You Had Me at Merlot author Lisa Dickenson!

The bit on the back...

Olivia has never experienced a snow-covered, 'traditional' Christmas before. Having grown up in a family that chose winter sun over decking the halls, she's not sure what all the fuss is about. So when she and her colleagues are stranded in New York after a work trip, Olivia is perfectly happy spending the holiday season in the Big Apple.
Jon, Olivia's friend, on the other hand is desperate to get home in time for his big family get-together. Nevertheless, determined to make the best out of the situation, he sets out to show Olivia how enchanting Christmas in New York can be. And when handsome New Yorker Elijah is added to the mix, could the magic of the season finally be working its charm on Olivia? As 25 December draws closer, Olivia suddenly finds herself with a decision to make: who does she really want to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?

Publisher: Sphere

Release Date: TODAY!!

Friday, 28 October 2016

Author Interview - Alessandra Torre

Today I'm joined by New York Times Bestselling author Alessandra Torre. I've recently read and LOVED her sports romance novel Moonshot so I'm excited to share this interview with you!

Firstly a warm welcome to Erin's Choice, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your books?

Thank you for having me! A little about myself... let's see. I have written thirteen books, ranging from erotic romance to suspense. I blogged for for a year, and am working on a contemporary fiction novel now. I live in a tiny beach town in Florida, am married to a super-alpha, and have three dogs. When not writing, I love movies, reading, and spending time on the boat.

Can you give us a little background on the inspiration for Moonshot?

Sure! Moonshot was inspired by two things -- my love of summer baseball games (and men in baseball pants!) and my husband's history as a ballboy for the Minnesota Twins. I've heard so many stories of his time as a ball boy, and that was sort of my inspiration for writing Moonshot -- where a 17-year-old girl is a ballgirl for the NY Yankees. I loved the idea of a forbidden romance between a cocky superstar and a rebellious girl, one who didn't yield easily to his flirtation.  

Do you support a baseball team? If so, which?

I support several. :) I love the Yankees, and the Dodgers, and the Dallas Rangers.  

I really loved the story, it appealed to me on so many levels especially after attending my first baseball game recently - New Adult, Sports Romance with an added side of Suspense. If someone was picking this book up for the first time, how would you describe it for them?

It's a blend of several genres. It's a sports romance, but also a forbidden romance, and a second chance romance, PLUS there's a serial killer thrown in the mix, so it's got a lot going on. It's a standalone, all of my books are. A one-liner description of Moonshot would be...
Young love has to struggle fate, jealousy, and a serial killer -- all against the backdrop of Major League baseball.

If you could dreamcast Chase, what celebrity would he look like?

Probably Scott Eastwood. Or Jensen Ackles. :)  

One of the things that I ended up liking the most about this story was the suspense. I wasn't expecting it in the slightest and it kept me hooked throughout the story. How does Moonshot compare to your other work? And as a fan of this, what would you recommend I head for next?

Almost all of my novels have some thread of suspense in them. With Moonshot, it was an actual danger aspect, but with a lot of the others, it is more of a mystery - a piece of the puzzle that the reader is trying to figure out. As a reader, I hate to be bored by a plot, so I always try to add in some aspect that will keep the pages turning, and the readers glued to the story. 
After Moonshot, I'd suggest Black Lies or.. probably Sex Love Repeat. Neither of them have serial killers, but they have a mystery that you will LOVE trying to solve. :)  

Do you have a favourite character of your own? Would you swap places with them for a day?

My favorite character is Deanna Madden. I've written three books that star her (Girl in 6E, Do Not Disturb, and If You Dare). She's so freaking kickass, and I love being inside of her twisted head. Deanna is a recluse that obsessed over killing people. She works as a cam girl during the day, and has millions of fans -- she's like an internet superstar. I don't know if I would swap places with her.  I like popping in her head, but don't envy the demons she carries around. :) 

Who is your all time favourite author?

Probably Gillian Flynn. I also love JD Robb and Lisa Gardner.  

If you could swap places with a character (yours or otherwise) for a day, who would that character be?

Probably Summer from Hollywood Dirt. She's a country girl who collides with Hollywood's biggest star. I love the male character in that movie, and the setting of that book is so interesting. I would love to spend a day in that world. :)  

What inspired you to be an author?

Stephen King's book: On Writing. Prior to reading it, I had never even thought about writing. It was the stimulus to get me off of the reading couch and on the track to try and write my first novel.  

If you had one piece of advice for aspiring authors, what would it be?

Read On Writing by Stephen King. 
Save your money -- you will need some to invest in an editor, formatter and cover. 
Don't stress over every sentence. Just vomit the words out. You can clean and improve them later. 

Thanks so much for having me!

Click here to read my review of Moonshot.

About Alessandra 

A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Alessandra Torre has written eleven novels, five of which have become #1 Erotic Bestsellers.
Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was a breakout hit, rising to the top of the ebook charts on Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses and garnered Torre her first print deal with Harlequin HQN. Less than twelve months later, Torre signed a second print deal, this time with Redhook (Hachette) for the Deanna Madden series, an erotic suspense series.
From her home on the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.
Torre has four books slated for release in 2016.

Click here to read my review of Moonshot.