Saturday, 30 November 2013

Blog A - Z

I've seen a couple of book blog surveys and quizzes being retweeted on twitter, and I've never done one, but when I saw this one I thought I'd give it a bash!
Author You’ve Read The Most Books Of: Paige Toon. I've read them all and absolutely love them. Will from Chasing Daisy is one of my favourite book boyfriends ever!

Best Sequel Ever: Every book in the I Heart series after I Heart New York. The series is written by Lindsey Kelk and is one of my favourite book series.
Currently Reading: Today, 16/10/13 I'm reading Quintal's Return by Nadine Christian and also Prima Donna by Karen Swan.

Drink Of Choice While Reading: Anything!

eReader or Physical Book: I am very much an eReader, my iPad, my phone, my kindle! I still have some paperbacks and there are some paperbacks that I will always keep on my book shelf.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Rob Wilkins from Meg Cabot's 1-800 Series.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: The Hobbit. I persevered with this when I was in Primary School and am really glad I did. The imagination that has went into that story is phenomenal. 

Hidden Gem Book: My Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone book with Professor Quirrell on the spine. They don't sell them like that anymore,

Important Moment In Your Reading Life: In August this year I went to my first book festival and met author Samantha Young. That was pretty special!

Just Finished: The three books that make up Tess Oliver's Vacation Romance collection - Cowboy Dark, Angel Beach and Home Is Where The Heartbreak Is. 

Kinds Of Books You Won’t Read: Sci-fi.

Longest Book You’ve Read: Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix. That thing is massive. 

Major Book Hangover Because Of: The Fifty Shades trilogy. Read them constantly until I finished them!

Number of Bookcases You Own: One bookcase in my room and a whole wall dedicated to books in our study. 

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: I probably read the Harry Potter series about once a year. 

Preferred Place To Read: Anywhere, everywhere. 

Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From A Book You’ve Read: "No rain, no rainbow." April Showers by Karli Perrin

Reading Regret: I haven't read anything I've regretted so far!

Series You Started And Need To Finish: The On Dublin Street series, eagerly awaiting the new release in January 14 - Before Jamaica Lane. 

Three Of Your All-Time Favourite Books: On Dublin Street - Samantha Young, Chasing Daisy - Paige Toon and Unsticky by Sarra Manning. 

Unapologetic Fangirl For: Samantha Young, she's a fantastic author, she's really lovely and takes time to respond to fans/bloggers and she's Scottish. 

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: I've said it already, but Before Jamiaca Lane!

Worst Bookish Habit: Being in the middle of a book but going back to rereading one of my favourites. 

X Marks The Spot: Start At The Top Left Of Your Shelf And Pick The 27th Book: I've used my blog TBR for this and 27th is The Guy Next Door by Meg Cabot. 

Your Latest Book Purchase: Home is Where the Heartbreak Is - Tess Oliver

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Killer Queens - Rebecca Chance

Friday, 29 November 2013

Review of I Heart London - Lindsey Kelk


The bit on the back…

Angela Clark has fallen in love with New York – and it’s starting to love her back.

But when she’s summoned home to London, she’s at risk of losing her shiny new life to never-ending English rain, warm beer and bad memories. Talk about stepping back in time

There’s Mark, the ex-boyfriend – who she ran to New York to get away from.

There’s Louisa, her best friend, with her terrifying new baby.

And there’s her mum, still talking to her as though she’s fifteen.

Now there’s a wedding in the offing – and everyone remembers how well Angela behaved at the last one. . . Can the arrival of boyfriend Alex and best friend Jenny save her from a re-run of her old self?


Writing this review is sad for me, because it means I’ve came to the end of the I Heart series as it stands just now. Never fear though, because Angela and Alex will be back in November in I Heart Christmas!

This time we see Angela travelling back to her hometown with the American gang in tow. Everything at home reminds her of the reasons she left, and in usual Angela fashion nothing ever really goes to plan, even though her life started to feel pretty sorted at the end of I Heart Vegas. This is the 5th book in the series, if you’ve not read any of them yet, get yourself to the 2013 reviews tab on the blog and check out the other four – New York, Hollywood, Paris and Vegas.

I have spent the last couple of weeks with my nose metaphorically buried in my kindle reading this series. I absolutely love them, and have the biggest book love for Alex, Angela’s boyfriend. Angela is a great character. She is so down to earth, and girly and fun and the sarcasm and wit Lindsey has given her really appeals to me. I feel like I’ve known Angela for years. I have been known to send funny quotes from this series to my friends or read some of it aloud to my boyfriend because he was giving me a funny look for laughing out loud. Lindsey’s sense of humour has really made this series incredibly funny to read.

The book is set mainly in London, so reading this on the run up to me going away to London for the weekend was a winner as it gave me so may ideas of where to go and really got me excited for my trip (even though I was practically swinging from the lights about it anyway) – Angela’s guide to London is at the end of the story. I love London, and it’s the second of the locations Angela has visited that I have also visited. Lindsey lived in London before New York so really knows the city inside out so even if you haven’t been you will feel like you have. The same can be said for any of the settings as the descriptions are so don’t worry if like me you’ve not been to them all.

While there is always a laugh round the corner with Angela, there is always trouble wherever she goes. At the end of I Heart Vegas, Angela’s life seems to be on track – especially after sorting out the visa issues, so I had no clue what was around the corner for her. I love it when you get a book you can’t predict, when you can’t seem to put it down.

I’ve come to love the characters surrounding Angela almost as much as Angela herself. Jenny, her stateside best friend, is fully of life, up for a laugh and threatens to kick ass if anyone dares to upset Angela. Her relationship with Jenny reminds me of my relationship with my besto which is probably why I like them so much. Alex, her gorgeous musician boyfriend has a special place in my top 3 book boyfriends. He is so easy to like and his feelings for Angela are so obvious it makes you like him more just because he likes her. We get to see a new side of both characters in this book, particularly Jenny which in turn builds Angela’s character and her strength as a person really shines through.

If you’ve not read this yet, or indeed, any from the series, you have a gaping hole in your life. I cannot recommend them enough!

Erin x

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Review of I Heart Vegas - Lindsey Kelk


The bit on the back…

Angela Clark loves her life in New York. She a Brit who’s conquered the Big Apple. Unfortunately, she’s also a Brit who’s lost her job. And when, just a couple of weeks before Christmas, the immigration department gets wind of this, Angela needs to find a new job urgently. Or a husband. And she doesn’t think her boyfriend Alex will be keen.

A girls’ weekend in Vegas with her best friend Jenny seems the perfect way to forget her troubles. From the minute they arrive Angela is swept up in a whirl of cocktails, outrageous outfits, late nights and brushes with the chapel of love. But rather than escaping trouble, Angela is up to her neck in it….

But what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – right?

 

Angela is jetting off to Sin City for some much needed R&R with best friend Jenny Lopez. The D word – deportation that is – is looming in the not so distant future and the pressure of securing a new visa after the Paris disaster is starting to seem like an impossibility. Seeing Vegas through Angela’s eyes, the Strip, the show girls, the 24/7 gambling and churches at every turn is what everyone imagines. But when the girls-weekend starts to take Hangover like turns everything starts to look down, way down.

This is the fourth in the I Heart series. If you’ve not ready any then I would strongly recommend reading the others first (New York, Hollywood, Paris) but it’s not completely necessary as Lindsey give you a little catch up on everything that has gone on in the first 3 books. Not to worry if you have read them though because it is only a tiny catch up, it’s not the whole story retold.

We join Angela on her girls’ weekend as she tries to temporarily forget the stress of leaving the country, and ultimately leaving Alex – which seems utterly unbearable. It’s a pretty tense time, I felt like it was me that was facing deportation after a whirlwind 2 years in the US. Angela does what Angela does best and tries to bury the worry. I think this makes her even more relatable as everyone has worries that they try to quash, and everyone bottles problems up from time to time. It just doesn’t always explode in our faces!

We also get to see Alex and Angela’s relationship get stronger as they seem to be falling more in love with each other now that they officially live together. I think I fell a little bit more in love with Alex in this one. As always with Angela there is drama, drama, drama and this book is not lacking. Everything threatens to boil over and I couldn’t put this down until I got to the end. I started it yesterday and finished it today!

If you’ve read any of Lindsey’s books you’ll already know my next two points. The writing is extremely funny. It had me sniggering at 7am this morning when I couldn’t get back to sleep and I also read a bit out to my boyfriend this afternoon. Here is a quote from the book that I especially liked – “the worst fake accent I had ever heard. He made the cast of Jersey Shore sound like they’d been spending every summer in Tuscany since The Situation was nothing but A Slight Concern.”

The second thing is a) the fantastic location and b) the fantastic description of said fantastic location. I’ve never been to Vegas, but it is definitely on my travel bucket list. As with each of the settings in the I Heart series, the description of the place makes it relatable to anyone who has been before but also makes it accessible to those who haven’t and have only imagined it in their heads. I absolutely love Lindsey’s writing and have moved straight on to I Heart London now!

Erin x

Monday, 25 November 2013

Review of Pick Your Poison - Leann Sweeney


The bit on the back…

Out of school, out of work, and out of motivation, Abby Rose is contemplating her life and wondering what to do next. It’s the kind of situation that would get some girls down, but luckily Abby’s got a heart the size of Texas – and a bank account to match…

When Abby discovers her gardener, Ben, dead in the greenhouse one afternoon, the emptiness of her own life hits her like a glass of ice-cold Texas tea. Ever since her father died she’s been mooning around the pool, making herself as useful as a june bug on a daisy. When the sexy detective from the Houston P.D. tells her it was poison that killed Ben, Abby realizes what she needs to do with herself: solve a murder. Little does she suspect that the answers to her questions about Ben’s death will unlock secrets about her own past – and might change her entire future…

 

I got this book 9 years ago, I was 14, and I was in Sanford Airport in Orlando waiting for our flight back to Glasgow. I had read all of the books I brought with me, as it was a time before e-readers, and was perusing the book stand in the book/magazine/buy anything and everything before your flight shop. There wasn’t much that took my eye. At the time I was immersed in Meg Cabot and Harry Potter, but when I saw this one, my teenage self was attracted to the cover. My parents have always read and always tend to stick to the same genre – crime, so I thought I would give this one a go and see what the crime genre had to offer me.

It was a good choice.

The story follows Abby Rose as she attempts to solve the murder of her gardener Ben. Unhappy for the case to be solved at the hands of the law when nothing seems to be moving she tries to piece as much information as possible together on the gardener, which leads her to uncover some things about her and her twin sisters past that should have probably stayed safely in the past.

As I’ve said this was my first dalliance with the crime genre so didn’t really know what to expect. The story is told from Abby’s point of view. She is out-spoken and doesn’t take crap from anyone, far less the detective assigned to Ben’s murder case. She is feisty and fiery and hardened after a bitter divorce and the death of her father. I really liked her character; I thought the narration being from her perspective really made the story easy to get into as you can easily imagine her character going off on a wild goose chase trying to hunt down the murder.

I always imagine that Abby and Kate look like the Wakefield (or Daniel) twins from the Sweet Valley High series. Abby reminds me of Jessica, and Kate reminds me of Liz. Their traits always seemed quite similar to me. The rest of the cast of characters helps the story to flow. It’s fast paced and with the suspect of the murder constantly changing it’s not predictable at all – which I guess is what you want in a suspense filled crime book.

The story is set in Texas and is full of Texas style which really authenticated the story and the setting was so elaborately detailed it was almost as if you could feel the humidity as though you were there. One of my favourite Texas-isations is “spend the afternoon with an alligator with chapped lips”

I think if you’re looking for a change of genre to mix things up a little then this is an ideal start.
Erin x 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Review of Johnny' Girl - Paige Toon


The bit on the back…

Meg's life has taken a turn for the perfect. She is the envy of millions with her drop dead gorgeous husband, their two beautiful sons and her new mansion in Henley. Her celebrity PA days are over. But desperate to keep up with her rock star husband, Johnny Jefferson, she uproots her perfect family and moves back to LA.

Meg has to learn to live with her new celebrity status and the insecurities of her old life, which keep reappearing. Under the paparazzi flash of an A-List party, complete with red carpet, champagne and canapés, Johnny's rock star past catches up with him and Meg's worst nightmare becomes a reality…

 

This ebook exclusive short story is a follow on from Baby Be Mine, which is the sequel to one of my favourite of Paige Toon’s fabulous books, Johnny Be Good.

You should definitely read both Johnny Be Good and Baby Be Mine, if not to get to grips with the story, then to fall in love with Johnny Jefferson. In this short story we meet the now married couple living their family life in the UK. But Johnny’s work is begging them to return to LA, and usually where Johnny is concerned Meg can never say no, so they head back across the pond. But this time, Meg is determined that this will be on her terms, and those that suit her beautiful family. Everything seems to be going to plan, but a straightforward life has never been the life that Johnny has led.

I really liked that as soon as we start this short story Meg is happy. It’s a complete relief, after all of the drama she’s had to put up with in the past, it now seems that she is actually enjoying her life, especially giving that Johnny is her husband. I also really adored the new side of Johnny that you see, the caring, loving family man. It really is nice to see them working as a family unit.

The story is a seamless continuation and if you’re reading this without having read the two books before, Paige sort of fills you in along the way, but not in a way where she is just regurgitating the story, in a way where Meg is reflecting upon it, now that she’s in the position she’s in. It didn’t stop me getting that burning feeling in the back of my throat, like I was close to tears recalling everything she’s been through.

This short has its own drama though and is not without its own threat to your tear ducts. If you’re a Paige fan you know that she is releasing a YA book next year, which this short story gives the perfect introduction to!

Erin x

Saturday, 23 November 2013

COMING SOON - Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young


Coming Soon!!

I am very excited to let you all see this sure to be awesome book Before Jamaica Lane. This is the third book in the On Dublin Street series from Samantha Young, and is already my most anticipated book of 2014!!

The bit on the back…

One simple lesson in
seduction between two friends can turn into so much more…

Despite her outgoing demeanour, Olivia is painfully insecure
around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys
she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and,
after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push
past her fears and go after what she wants.

Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to
his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with
her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to
help her become more sexually confident.

The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an
intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their
ugly heads, and Olivia is left broken-hearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the
biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has
before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may
lose her forever…


Read my reviews of Samantha’s other books here, including the On Dublin Street novella Until Fountain Bridge and her new adult release Into The Deep.





I also have had the opportunity to chat with Samantha about these great books. Catch the interview here.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Angela Clarke - Christmas Quiz




So today I am a little (a big, massive, huge) bit excited to interview one of my favourite CHARACTERS to the blog. Angela Clarke! Angela is the MC of Lindsey Kelk’s I Heart series!

1. Favourite Christmas song ever?

Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses

2. Christmas Pudding or Mince Pies?

Ooh, tough. Probably mince pies but only if they’re home baked.

3. Real Christmas tree or fake?

Real, always.

4. Best city to spend Christmas in?

I love New York at Christmas but the most important thing is to be with people you love, it really doesn’t matter where.

5. If you could spend Christmas with one celeb, except Alex, who would it be?

I’m trying to negotiate a seasonal girl’s weekend with Taylor Swift only she won’t take my calls…

6. Best Christmas present ever?

A Hello Kitty Sleeping Bonnet.

7. Worst Christmas present ever?

A Hello Kitty Sleeping Bonnet.

8. What's your oldest Christmas tradition?

Probably new PJs on Christmas Eve. That or putting the tree and all the decorations up on December 1st. Preferably immediately after midnight on November 30th. I bloody love Christmas, I want to get the most out of it.

9. Turkey for dinner or something else?

Turkey if I’m at home (and preferably cooking myself) probably steak if I’m eating out.

10. What is your best Christmas memory?

I don’t have one specific memory, I’ve just always loved the season so much. Everyone is a little bit happier, everyone is a little bit kinder and there’s really good stuff on the telly. What’s not to love?

Thanks to Angela, and to Lindsey! The next adventure for Angela, I Heart Christmas is out now!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Merry Chick Lit

You might have already seen a post about this but you could never read it to many times. 

Tomorrow Merry Chick Lit is out, this book with 6 short stories is only 77p and all royalties will be donated to a breast cancer charity - Rocking the Road to a Cure - a very, very worthwhile cause!

Here are the buy links, preorder tonight and buy tomorrow. 



Go and buy it now, do your bit for lots of someone else's this Christmas!





Book Boyfriends - Samantha Young Special!


On Dublin Street Series Boyfriends

Well, this is my last (for now) post about book boyfriends. In the last week myself and guest bloggers have shared our top 3 book boyfriends. In my post, I struggled to come up with 3 that don’t include any of the guys from Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series. So, after muchos deliberating, included a heated debate which included threats, here are the three handsome fellas from On Dublin Street, Down London Road and Until Fountain Bridge.

1. Braden Carmichael

We meet Braden in On Dublin Street. He was the first smokin’ hot guy I read about and felt the same way about, after reading Fifty Shades and falling head over heels for Christian (aka Ryan Gosling). I love this book, and I love Braden’s character. His connection with main character Joss is fantastic and the banter between them is great (it’s a Scottish thing). Beneath Braden’s self-assured exterior is a family man, caring and loving. He wants to take care of Joss, and heal all of the hurt in her past; all the while trying to deny how much he feels for her after being hurt by his ex-wife in the past. I would cast Chace Crawford in the role. He’s young and hot and we know how well he plays successful business man and total babe in the latter seasons of Gossip Girl.

2. Cameron McCabe

Cam is the hero from the sequel to the first in the series, Down London Road. He plays Jo’s love interest, even though it doesn’t quite start out as love! The intensity of the feelings between Cam and Jo was fantastic; you could almost feel the sparks flying off of them in the beginning. After butting heads a few times Cam finally begins to understand Jo and the heat and the tension melts away to an intense romance and new found respect. He seems like a cocky, arrogant, macho man who immediately makes judgements about Jo and how she lives her life. But underneath all of that, he hasn’t had an ideal past himself and is actually pretty considerate and compassionate once he realises there is more to Jo than meets the eye. I came across Matt Lanter when I was researching for this post. I didn’t know who this guy was up until half an hour about but as soon as I saw his face it was like looking at Cameron.



3. Adam Sutherland

We first meet Adam in On Dublin Street. He is Braden’s best friend and is basically a bit of a manwhore. He’s cocky, arrogant and the kind of guy who is good looking and knows it and likes to flaunt it. Samantha released an eBook novella called Until Fountain Bridge which gave us some insight into the relationship which developed between Adam and Braden’s sister in On Dublin Street. The novella was fantastically written and because of this it allowed you to fall for Adam in the same way Ellie had in the years that she has known him. Apart from his gorgeous cockiness, when a health scare surfaces Adam realises he is in love, and his character takes on this whole new side, loving and gentle and supportive. Before I came across Matt Lanter, I found a really lovely picture of Kellan Lutz which made me think he would be fab for Adam, so here he is. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this post. Please comment if you have any thoughts – including your own cast!!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

500 Follower Giveaway!!

So you might have seen on twitter that there was a bit of a campaign, championed by some awesome followers, to help me to reach 500 followers. Tonight we cracked it so thank you so much to everyone!

Here are the two prizes!

1)  Book Bundle + Book Mark - Available to UK and Europe subject to P&P!

 
 
 
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway 2) Book Bundle + Book Mark - Available to UK only
 
 
 
 
Both giveaways will run until the 5th of December - make sure you enter!!

BLOG TOUR STOP!!! - The Wedding Date by Cara Connelly


The bit on the back…

Julie Marone isn’t your ordinary matchmaker. Instead of setting up singles, she matches already-happy couples with their dream homes. It’s her calling. Her gift. And since she lost the other half of her own happy couple, it’s become her passion.

Cody Brown isn’t your ordinary cowboy. Instead of roping runaway steers, he wrangles sick kids and strung-out junkies as an ER doc. It’s his job. His responsibility. And since his brother lost his wife to a drunk driver, it’s his mission.

When Cody moves from Austin to Boston, he wants Julie to find him a condo, and fast. But she’s got issues with that. Because not only is Cody single, he’s a doctor to boot, and ever since her fiancé died, she’s got a major grudge against doctors.

Cody charms her into breaking her “couples-only” rule, but when he angles to be her date for her sister’s Christmas Eve wedding, he finds out Julie’s “no-doctor” rule is unbending. Still, he’s not quitting, because as hard as Julie fights it, there’s heat between them. If Cody has his way, they’ll be a couple by Christmas, and the next dream house Julie finds will be their own.


This novella is all about Julie and Cody. Julie is a realtor, she specialises in matching couples to their dream houses. Cody is a cowboy, if that doesn’t make you love him already, then you might like to know he’s an ER doctor and by Julie, and every other woman’s estimation he’s quite buff!

The story is only told from Julie’s perspective, which I think is quite important here as it’s only a novella so if you were switching between Julie and Cody you might not be able to get to know either of them enough. So you were right in Julie’s head. Julie has a lot more going on with her than Cody. Her life is made complicated by the loss of her fiancé and this adds a sad angle to the story.

But, never fear because the cowboy has rode in and want’s to heal more than his patients in the ER. Cody comes to Julie to find a place to stay while he is working in Boston. Julie has a strict couples only rule but Cody is turns on the full charm offensive and it turns out she can be swayed. Their relationship starts off on a bit of a rocky patch as Julie tries to deny the attraction to Cody but just like he convinced her to help him find a home, he tries to convince her that their attraction is mutual and something they should pursue.

I liked Cody’s character. I have a penchant for a cowboy now and again and he definitely fit the bill. His confidence and charm was unwavering and he exuded a sexiness in his pursuit of a more meaningful relationship.

The story is quite involved for a novella, with Julie’s history being the main obstacle in their fledgling relationship but this just confirms how well written it is as it didn’t feel like I was reading a short story instead of a full length!

It’s charming all over, with some fun and of course a roaring fire to spark some Christmassy feelings!

Here is a quick excerpt from the book:

She opened the door, her lips schooled into a frown. And there he stood, all six-foot-sexy of him filling out his ass-hugging jeans and battered leather jacket, looking for all the world like he’d galloped in off the range to ride roughshod over the bluebloods of Boston.

Those stupid spurs jangled in her head again. Her palms popped a sweat in her mittens. She fought his hotness with all her might.

Then he dimpled up. His whiskey eyes crinkled. And the butterflies squirted out from under her boot and did a happy dance in her stomach. Before she could stop it, she broke out in a smile, stepped toward him as if she expected him to kiss her.

Which he did. Oh yes, he dropped his chin and laid his warm lips on hers, kept them there, and it wasn’t a hey-it’s-nice-to-see-you kiss. No, this was a let’s-go-inside-and-get-naked kiss. It seared her lips, spreading out from there like flame consuming paper, eating away the resistance she’d drummed into her brain, lighting up every cell, every sinew.

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About The Author – Cara Connelly

Cara Connelly is an award-winning author of contemporary romances. Her smart and sexy stories have won high praise, earning Cara several awards including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, the Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila, and the Music City Romance Writers’ Melody of Love. Cara lives in rural upstate New York with her handsome husband Billy and magical rescue dog Bella. Cara is proudly represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal/Lyon Literary Agency.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Book Boyfriends - My Top 3


So you might have noticed this week that there has been a massive amount of foxy men being foisted in your face. What is the reason for such gloriousness you ask? Book Boyfriend week (yay)! You’ve heard from my friends and fellow bloggers – now it’s time to hear from me!

I have been reading books for years. Most books I read, no, infact all books I read have a love interest or a guy that I find pretty hot. Usually, and I won’t lie, I try and morph the guy into Ryan Gosling in my head (because I have a massive, huge crush on him), because let’s face it, he’s perfect for every part ever made for a man to play.

I struggled to come up with three, because one of my favourites is from Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series, but, I love all of her men so much I have dedicated my next post wholly to her book boyfriends! Here are my Top 3 excluding Sam’s men. Hope you enjoy!

1. Will Trust from Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon

You will probably know by now that Paige Toon is one of my favourite authors. This book is the reason for that I absolutely love it to bits. I’ve read it loads and could probably recite parts of it. One of the reasons I love it so much is the storyline is basically about a girl, Daisy, who works in the Grand Prix scene and has a massive crush on racing driver Will. I love Daisy and would quite happily swap places with her, especially when it comes to gorgeous Will. When I was reading the book I could feel the emotion and the depths of the feelings between the two of them as if it were me in the story, so I was just as much in love with Will as Daisy was, and for that reason Will, as Jenson Button, is my numero uno – little bit of culture there in honour of Daisy and her magnificent talent of swearing in a number of foreign languages!
 

If you’ve read this book you will know that there is another racing driver on the team, Luis Castro. So in the spirit of buy one get one free here is how I picture Luis!


 

2. Alex Reid from the I Heart Series by Lindsey Kelk

What a babe this guy is by the way. Rocker, bad boy, kind of sullen looking, brooding, SEXY. I have been a fan of Alex since I first read I Heart New York ages ago. I have just finished I Heart Hollywood for the second time and also I Heart Paris for the first time. I absolutely love these books, and if you love a funny read then these are for you. Back to Alex though. He’s the lead singer of his band, he’s cool and sexy and just seems completely lovely, plus he really loves Angela which is so endearing!  I have had a picture of Danny Jones from McFly in my head since I started reading about Alex and it totally ties in for me as his voice when Angela describes it is how I hear Danny’s!

 

 

3. Rory Defoe from Kiss Like You Mean It by Louise Harwood

This was a tough decision. I have been scrutinising my book shelf looking for my 3rd choice for about 10 minutes. I decided on this one because each time I’ve read this book I still love how much of a bad boy Rory is – everyone loves a bad boy though right? It’s like its programmed into us girls. So, about Rory, he is arrogant and cocky and gorgeous and tall and handsome and a total flirt and a player and knows it BUT he totally looks like Josh Duhamel in my head so all is forgiven. This is another one of those situations where I would readily swap places with the main character Ella as make-up artist to Rory, their love doesn’t start out in the most conventional way and while it might be a little bit predictable it’s still totally lovely, Rory has a good heart in the end. Here he is, my number 3 book boyfriend Rory, as Josh Duhamel.

 

Monday, 18 November 2013

Coming Soon! Castle Hill - A Joss and Braden Novella from Samantha Young

Not finished loving Braden and Joss? Don't worry now is your chance to read on in their story with this fabulous novella from Samantha.


The bit on the back...

Braden Carmichael never imagined he’d fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he’s never letting go. He’s got it all planned—the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon—even the perfect family they’ll start.

After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can’t understand. After everything they’ve been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far—and risk losing everything all over again…


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Merry Chick Lit

 Looking for a Christmas read? How about a Christmas read that will help support charity while you read? Read on to find out more.













In the spirit of giving, six chick-lit authors present a charming collection of seasonal shorts sure to inspire holiday cheer, plus love and hope throughout the year, with all proceeds donated to Rocking the Road for a Cure! 

 

On Friday 22nd November, Merry Chick Lit, a warm, funny Christmas anthology in aid of Breast Cancer Care, will be officially released.

 

Every penny of the royalties is going to Breast Cancer Charity, Rocking the Road to a Cure. 

 

Rocking the Road to a Cure is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people undergoing the often energy-depleting and emotionally draining treatments for breast cancer.

 

The name comes from their founder and President, Dawn Frey, a musician, who learned through personal experience that “it takes a village” to get through the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, and not every individual has the support network they need. 

 

Rocking The Road For A Cure provides free, in-home housekeeping, health and wellness services to restore strength and confidence, and to rebuild spiritual, emotional and physical well-being.

 

So, when you settle back and relax to enjoy reading Merry Chick Lit, please know that you have helped us help a breast cancer patient to also settle back and relax…and heal.

 

Featured authors & stories include: 

 

Carolyn Ridder Aspenson  
In “Santa’s Gift,” journalist Jessica thinks Santa’s just a silly myth for children, so when he asks what she most wants for Christmas she tells him the one thing she knows he can’t deliver–true love. Or can he…? 

 

Sarah Hitchcock  
In “The Christmas Lights,” one competition pits two families against each other…who will win this war? 

 

Francine LaSala  
Pretty Izzy knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: hunky sales manager Jake Harrington wrapped up with a shiny silver bow–and nothing else. Except Santa may have other plans in “Carol of the Belles.” 

 

Nikki Mahood In “Spinster Christmas,” Cara’s looking forward to spending Christmas alone until she learns her old–and she believes very gay–crush needs a place to stay. Though it soon becomes clear that while still hot, Ronan isn’t gay after all… 

 

Holly Martin  
Ella’s dreams of making a better life for her and her daughter seem further away than ever in “Iced Dreams.” But as Christmas approaches, and she wishes for a fairy godmother to wave a magic wand to fix her life, things begin to change in ways she never imagined!

 

K.C. Wilder  
In “The Mermaid,” Allie’s content to spend Christmas by herself at a vacant beach house to make good on a promise made to her true love lost, Jeff. Until Jeff’s gorgeous college roommate Tim crashes in on her with his own promise to keep…

 

So snuggle up near the fire, drink a glass of wine or a cup of cocoa and enjoy these festive holiday shorts, knowing your purchase of this book is helping women with breast cancer.

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