Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Massive January Giveaway

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I am giving away some new, pre-loved and "I got this free" books. 20 to be exact and this will make up 10 prize bundles!

Here are the bundles!

Monday, 30 December 2013

Release Day BLITZ - Finding My Forever - Heidi McLaughlin


The bit on the back…

Everywhere I look, my friends are settling down - marriage, children, white picket fences; but not me. Marriage isn't in the cards for me. I’m a ladies man.

A rock star. 

I was born and raised in the industry. 

I love everything about my life, especially the attention from the women that my status brings me. 
Women find me. I don’t chase. I know what they want and they know I’ll deliver. 

But after one look, one touch, one night... 
Now I’m the one doing the chasing. 

I need to find a way to show her that I’m serious, that I can change. 
I need to find a way to show her that I can love her fully, and only her. 
I need to find a way to show her that she’s my forever.

Release Date – Today! 30/12/13



The other links to the Beaumont Series -

Forever My Girl (#1) -

My Everything (Novella) -

My Unexpected Forever (#2) -

About The Author

Heidi is the author of USA Today, Kobo, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling novel, Forever My Girl

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Review of Home is Where the Heartbreak Is - Tess Oliver

The bit on the back…

After a five year absence, seventeen-year-old Jessa has returned to her hometown of Pinecliff, a small mountain resort town where she'd left behind her two best friends, Chase and Nico. Growing up the three had been inseparable, and their close friendships had filled the void left by their dysfunctional families.

Jessa quickly discovers that the strong bonds with Chase and Nico still exist and she realizes that her emotional tie to Nico has developed into something more intense than friendship.
But just a few days after her return, Jessa discovers that not everyone in Pinecliff is happy to see her again.

This is the third novella in Tess Oliver’s Vacation Romance Collection. I read them in the order that they came in, however it doesn’t matter if you haven’t!

I was downloading this regardless of absolutely anything. I have really fallen in love with Tess’s style, her heroes and her heroines. I really liked how the title is a play on the famous saying Home is Where the Heart is. It gives us a clue as to what to expect from the book. Along with the title is the rather good looking guy on the front, who to me is main character Nico. This story, unlike Angel beach, but similar to Cowboy Dark is written only from the female main character’s perspective here. I think this suits the book, as along with Jessa, the other two main characters are Nico and Chase. If the story was told from either of their perspectives it would seem competitive and take away from the underlying, competition between them both to vie for Jessa’s attention.

The story follows Jessa as she goes back to her hometown for the summer, in order for her and her mum to help run her aunt’s antique shop. Jessa is nervous about coming back as it will be five years since she has seen either of her two best friends. Their bond as kids seems to have snapped when she moved away and the thought of coming home to discover it’s irreprabale is a tough one to bear. However, upon her return, the three friends quickly prove that distance doesn’t matter to true friendship, but as Nico and Chase seem to have grown too far apart to repair, Jessa takes it upon herself to fix them.

I really liked the idea of Jessa returning to her own town. Pinecliff kind of reminded me of Forks from Twilight, especially as the teenagers are set apart into two groups, the highlanders and the lowlanders. I liked Jessa’s relationship with her mum, even though she is a bit scatty and has often followed her heart, rather than her head in the past, meaning Jessa has had to trail after her. I also liked her sense of family, with her aunt, but also with the boys Nico and Chase. Her passion for setting the threesome right again doesn’t die throughout the whole story.

Immediately I favoured Nico over Chase. Nico has his own special nickname for Jessa and their connection, even throughout the childhood stories, seems to run deeper than Jessa’s relationship with Chase. Now that they are five years older, five years wiser, and five years more experienced, Jessa and Nico now have a new dimension to their relationship – attraction. I liked getting to see how their old bond reconnected, and grew into something more.

Jessa’s arrival in Pinecliff isn’t well received by everyone in the small town. Her return has set a fire under a few of the residents so there are a few twists and turns thrown in which will keep you on your toes and keep you turning pages right to the very end. A completely different novella in the series, but another great read.

Erin x

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Review of Angel Beach - Tess Oliver

The bit on the back…

It's hard to keep your resolve when your sworn enemy is a tall, hunky, and incredibly appealing surfer.

Sixteen-year-old Echo Sutton is anxious for the summer season to start in her home town of Angel Beach where she helps her grandmother run her famous cinnamon roll bakery, Rainbow's End. But when John Freely, a ruthless business man with his sights set on buying Angel Beach, sends his three wild sons to town, Echo's peaceful summer vacation turns to chaos. Echo is determined to shun, loathe, and despise anyone with the Freely name...but Jamison Freely is making that very hard.

The last way Jamison Freely wants to spend his summer is with his brothers doing his father's evil bidding in Angel Beach. But knowing his self-centred older brother, Reeve, will not keep an eye on their reckless younger brother, Matthew, he reluctantly agrees to go. Once Jamison meets Echo Sutton, the granddaughter of the local bakery owner, he can't stop thinking about her. In the midst of his brothers wreaking havoc in the quiet beach town, Jamison must convince Echo that he is not the enemy.

This is the second novella in Tess Oliver’s Vacation Romance Collection.

The story is about the town of Angel Beach, and one resident in particular, Echo. Echo lives with her grandmother and helps her out in her bakery shop, renowned for selling cinnamon rolls. The town is the focus of real estate mogul John Freely, the perfect location for a new tourist resort which will transform the beach town. The residents are set against the idea but when Freely’s three sons – Reeve, Jamison and Matt - move in to one of the beachside mansions and start stirring up as much trouble as they can they have residents reconsidering the possibility of selling up and moving out.

I really liked the cover of this book. It perfectly offsets the covers of the other two books, the 1st and 3rd in the series as they are black and white and this is colourful. The name is eponymous with the location for the story. The town kind of reminded me of the Florida Keys, or the towns in North Carolina used in the movie Safe Haven – kind of relaxed and rustic and old world. These qualities provide the perfect backdrop to the story.

There are two main characters, Echo and the middle Freely son, Jamison. The story is told from both perspectives which is a really great feature I’ve found in Tess’s other books aswell. Traditionally romance stories are told from the female protagonist’s point of view only so it’s refreshing to get a bit of a feel for how the guy is interpreting his feelings for the girl.

I really liked Echo from the start – from her unusual name to her unusual upbringing. Echo lives with her grandmother Mimi since her own mother gave her up when she was younger. Echo has a real sense of family about her though as she helps her grandmother out but also in her relationship with her best friend. I like to think she gets the trait from her grandmother who has an ability to see the wider picture in situations and judge them on a more even keel.

The Freely kids are sent by their father to bring trouble to the quiet town, in an attempt to make them flee from their homes. Reeve, the oldest son, and most like his father, is dead set on making as much trouble as he can. Matt, the youngest son, looks up to his big brother and is following his lead in causing trouble. Jamison, the middle son and other main character, is only there to make sure his little brother doesn’t get into too much trouble.

From the outset Jamison tries to reverse Echo’s preconception of him, thanks to his second name, and because we get to see some of the story from his perspective we get to see how feelings for Echo start with his own set of preconceptions but they start to develop and change as soon as he gets to know her.

Definitely worth reading as part of the 3 story collection, a good holiday read too, it will put you in the mood for a trip to the beach!
Erin x

Friday, 27 December 2013

Review of Cowboy Dark - Tess Oliver

The bit on the back…

When sixteen-year-old Sterling Mayfield learns that her dad has booked a family vacation at a dude ranch, she is less than thrilled. It is their first vacation since the tragic death of her mother two years earlier. Sterling knows her dad needs this trip, but a lack of horse experience and ten full days in a cabin with her twin brother, Dylan, make the whole idea rather unappealing. The vacation takes a turn for the worst when Sterling meets another ranch guest - pretty, perky and annoyingly talented Chloe Watson.

But when Sterling befriends Luke, a dark and dreamy ranch hand with a steely gaze and tattooed arms, things start to look up. Now if she can just keep her bottom in the saddle and her heart from being broken, she might survive the vacation after all.

After finishing Freefall and Bitterroot Crossing I was looking forward to my next Tess Oliver read. I was having a nosey at her website www.tessoliver.com to see what my next one would be when this title jumped out at me. Cowboy Dark. I love country music, I love cowboy boots, and I genuinely think I could have been a pretty good cowgirl so when I saw this one and the good looking, brooding guy on the front I decided this would be the one. Then I noticed that this is actually the first of three books in Tess’s Young Adult Vacation Romance Collection, so I had my next two reads sorted too!

The story is about Chloe, her brother Dylan and her dad as they go off on their summer vacation to a Ranch where they will be working as ranch hands and learning all about the ranch. Her dads dumb idea for a fun vacation, it also happens to be the first vacation they’ve been on since the death of her mother. The thought is completely unappealing and when the other guests start to arrive at the ranch Chloe starts to think she is in for the vacation from hell.

This young adult romance is told completely from teenager Chloe’s perspective. She has had to do a lot of growing up in a short space of time since her mum died so she seems to be quite worldly and mature. That doesn’t prevent her from falling under the spell of gorgeous ranch hand Luke though, and I think it’s quite nice that you can get wrapped up in the romance of it all.

Luke’s bad boy turned good character is very appealing and it’s easy to see why Chloe is drawn to him over goody goody Tanner. His past has made it hard for him to trust people easily but his softer side comes through as he tries to tame a wild horse on the ranch.

Even if you’re reading this as an adult, you can remember back to being that age and totally immerse yourself as you remember how you felt when you had a crush, and the rushes of excitement, the overwhelming anguish as the teenage relationship hits highs and lows. It kind of seems as if trouble follows Chloe around though, so you won’t be short of a laugh or too while you’re reading. I dare you not to want a cowboy yourself after this!!

Erin x

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Christmas Extravaganza 2013 Round Up

Yesterday felt like it flew in and once again we find ourselves looking forward to next Christmas.

On the 1st of December I officially started the countdown and all month I have been posting reviews of Christmas reads as well as Christmassy Q&As from authors, fellow bloggers and friends. Incase you have missed any of these I've included all the links to December's posts below!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Erin xx

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Review of The Sentinel - Holly Martin

The bit on the back…


When Eve is rescued from a horrific coach crash by her teachers, she is shocked to discover they possess super strength and speed. But what happens next is even more harrowing.

In the aftermath of the crash she discovers that everyone in her life from neighbours, doctors, dentists, teachers, shop keepers and even her family and friends are actually super strength Guardians sent to protect her. They all have one thing in common, a single minded ferocity that she must be kept alive at all costs.

However, she is surrounded by secrets and lies. Those in the know deny all knowledge of what happened that fateful night. Everyone else carries on as normal, seemingly unaware of the new strange world that she has stumbled against. With the help of Seth, her best friend, Eve discovers the prophecies surrounding her true identity and the super strength she too holds. With her Guardians pledged to protect her, her closest friends ready to die for her, her own hopes and dreams are put on hold whilst she battles to control the amazing powers she has been bestowed with.

But those that seek to destroy her move ever closer. Will the Guardians be enough to protect her when so many are prepared to stop at nothing to see her dead? And will she be strong enough to fulfil her destiny when the time comes?

This is unlike anything I have ever read before.

Firstly, thank you to Holly for sending me a copy of her book The Sentinel to review. I was having a bit of a slump with reading and I ended up putting the book I was reading down, and looking for something else. I had a scroll down my kindle library and when I saw this again I thought I would start it and see if I could get my reading mojo back.

The Sentinel is about main character Eve. Eve lives in our world; she is just a normal girl. Except she isn’t and although she lives in our world, it’s not planet Earth as we know it. Eve has secretly been in training all her life, although she didn’t know it at the time. Eve is living in a world where everyone around her has a secret identity and a binding promise that ties them to her. They are her guardians, her super human guardians who surround her to protect her from those who seek to destroy her.

I don’t even know where to begin to write this review to ensure that I do it the justice that it deserves. The story starts with Eve getting a first glimpse into the world that she truly belongs. She possess a strength which marks her out as superhuman but the first talk of guardians alert her to the fact that she is not along in this strength. She is confused by the whole accident and what it could potentially mean for her. You get to go on this mad journey with her as she finds out everyone around her is someone else, with the help of her best friend Seth (Liam Hemsworth plays him in my head) she gets to grip with her new powers and starts to see a new purpose for her life.

Holly has given each character their own remarkable abilities, but Eve is like a hybrid of these abilities. The interwoven traits in her genetic make-up are so fantastically thought out that even reading this in a world without super powers you can visualise Eve and you feel like you’re experiencing the story with her, as her. Which is completely different to just reading a story.

The story is filled with action as the young adults, wise beyond their years, teach Eve to use her abilities and try to protect her. It allows you to completely escape to a new reality, Eve’s. On top of the fact it’s bursting with action it’s also filled with love. A love for family, but also love between Eve and Seth which is so deep seated that it really does feel like they were made for each other. I’ve chosen to schedule this review for Christmas day as there is a significance with the story, which you will either know or find out about – exciting!

Holly is planning to release the 2nd novel in the series in April 2014 but has included a sneak peak at the end of the story, which is the epitome of all teasers.

The imagination employed in the writing and creation of this story is extraordinary.

Erin x

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Review of I Heart Christmas - Lindsey Kelk

The bit on the back…

Angela’s planning her very own fairytale of New York…

• Enormous Christmas tree

• Eggnog

• Eccentric British traditions

• Gorgeous man

But Santa’s throwing her a few curveballs – new job (as if it’s not mental enough already), new baby-craze from her best friend Jenny, and Alex determined they should grow up and settle down. Once friends start turning up uninvited on her doorstep (and leading her astray), can Angela really have a merry little Christmas? So much for happy holidays – something’s got to give…

To be honest I’m not even sure how to start writing this review, so I will firstly say thanks to Harper Fiction and Net Galley for the ARC.

I want to make sure I do this justice, and get across exactly how much I completely enjoyed this story – so here goes.

As you will know the story is the next instalment in Lindsey’ I Heart series. Number 6 to be exact. The whole series is about MC Angela Clarke. In this story we meet up with Angela again in New York. Her very own magazine is doing brilliantly. So brilliantly that her editor has decided she is ready to take the reins on a trial period. If this isn’t enough stress for Angela, Alex is trying to get her to make grown up decisions and Jenny is making grown up decisions she’s not grown up enough to make. All of this makes for an epic challenge, but add in the hard task of trying to plan the perfect Christmas and it seems like it’s just a struggle for Angela to get out of the bed in the morning!

I absolutely adore Angela, in a recent guest post I even went as far as to say if I could be any character ever, it would be her. She is just amazing, quite simply. One of the things I love most about Angela is her sense of humour. Lindsey has written her with expert wit and honestly almost everything she says has me actually laughing out loud. So much so that I was told off by my boyfriend. I think the thing that really gets me about her sense of humour is that I think it’s quite similar to my sister’s and my own. So Angela’s point of view is often like something that I would say myself. I thought I would pick a quote from the story to get my point across, and picking just one was a hard task, but here it is.

“Megan’s eyebrows were so high up her forehead I was amazed we hadn’t had a call from air traffic control asking her to bring them back down”

The next best thing about this book, is Alex. Alex Reid. Alex super hot musician/book boyfriend Reid. I’ve always had a thing for him, right from the beginning. I think one of the biggest draws about Alex is that he really really loves Angela and it’s quite obvious, even though the narrative is only ever from Angela, through his actions in the story. He is really sweet to her and he is really super cute with Angela’s best friend’s baby. I think the fact that he has always tried to stick by Angela in her craziness also speaks of just how much he loves her. I heart Alex.

This story has something a little bit different to the others in the rest of the series. It has quite a good message behind the whole thing for modern women in our society! Every woman dreams of having it all, after all we are told we can have it. But how practical is it in real life to keep all your balls up in the air? Angela is testament to the modern day girl who has a high flying career but who also wants to have a family. This scenario really makes her even more relatable than before I think as it’s something that almost all of us will face.

Another epically funny story from Lindsey, with equal measure of love and tequila thrown in.

Erin x

Monday, 23 December 2013

Review of Christmas Carol - Michele Gorman

The bit on the back…

One winter wedding, two happy couples, three ex-boyfriends. And a very uncomfortable weekend.

Carol hates Christmas. Being recently dumped, she's not crazy about weddings either. So her sister Marley's nuptials, over the Christmas weekend, are making her positively Scrooge-like. When she arrives for the weekend at the stately home in rural Scotland to find her three ex-boyfriends in attendance, Carol has no choice but to face her ghosts to discover what really happened in those relationships, learning a lot about herself in the process. As the snow falls outside and the fire crackles in the hearth, might one of the wedding guests become the harbinger of Christmases to come?

This is the story of Carol, Carol who is super-efficient, and super clever, and super good at her job, and super good at avoiding her emotions and any confrontation likely to result in an emotional ending. Carol also doesn’t like Christmas, in fact she is anti-Christmas, and her recently dumped status, means that attending her sister’s wedding, just after Christmas, is her idea of hell.

I immediately got the feeling from Carol that she was all sharp angles, business focused and a no nonsense ball buster. Her job is top priority in her life, except when it comes to pleasing her sister Marley. Carol has a normal family life, but her crappy love life has made her the heartless worker bee she is and that’s another thing that was evident from the get go, she wasn’t lucky in love and she had been burned in the past. I think it kind of detracted from her character making her less likable and more likely to be pitied.

The story is set mainly in Scotland (yay) and what could be more romantic than a wedding in the snow north of the border? The thought of 3 ex-boyfriends being present? Maybe not. The story takes on a whole Ghosts of Boyfriends Past as Carol is forced to face each one of them and not only make sense of why their relationship ended but it also leads her on a mini journey of self discovery. Her attitude to change her own way of life is quite resilient until she realises that she’s becomes someone who everyone sees as cold and unapproachable. Her demeanour changes though and flourishes with the freshly fallen snow, leaving the story on a warm Christmassy note.

This is a novella, so in between short story and full length book, it’s perfect to while away a snowy afternoon in front of the fire (or radiator). Definitely one of my favourite reads so far with it’s warm and touching storyline.

Erin x

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Christmas Q&A - Jenny Hale

Today I have the author of fabulous Christmas book Coming Home for Christmas Jenny Hale with a Christmas Q&A!

Q1. Tis' the season to be jolly, Christmas is finally near, do you love this holiday? 

Yes, I love this holiday!  It's my very favourite one.  I even had a Christmas wedding.

Q2. How will you be spending the 25th this year?

I'll be spending Christmas with my husband, two boys, and Chihuahua at my home in Virginia, opening presents and enjoying the warmth of my family.

Q3. Do you have any Christmas traditions?

I make a gingerbread house with my boys, which you may find in Coming Home for Christmas, and we make cookies for Santa.

Q4. How early do you put your decorations up?

Normally we wait until the day after Thanksgiving (always the 4th Thursday in November) but this year I decorated a week early.  Perhaps it has something to do with the release of my book.

Q5. What will you be having for Christmas dinner?

Because Christmas comes on the heels of Thanksgiving, we don't usually do a big Christmas dinner, so it varies.  Something warm and hearty, though.

Q6. Best Christmas present?

Six pack of Hoegaarden (We didn't have it readily available in the US at the time, and I love beer.)

Q7. Worst Christmas present?

Mop Slippers (They are exactly what they sound like.)

Q8. Real tree or a fake one, or both?!

Fake.  But I burn a pine-scented candle???  :)

Q9. Do you have a favourite Christmas film? If so what is it?

I love Home Alone and Love Actually. 

Q10. If you could have one thing for Christmas this year, what would it be?

Tough one.  I'm so thankful for everything that I have, I'm really not sure.  Perhaps a new e-reader. 

Thanks Jenny!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Review of Winter Warmers - Carole Matthews

The bit(s) on the back…

All I Want for Christmas is You
Christmas is around the corner but Maria just can't get into the spirit - will she ever find Mr Right? But when a secret admirer starts leaving her poems and notes, it looks as though her luck is about to change . . .

Cold Turkey
Tara is in love with a man she can't have. She expected to spend Christmas with him but when the big day arrives, she finds herself alone. Sad and upset, Tara just wants to ignore the festive season - and then a chance encounter changes everything.

About Gardening
I love my husband Sam but our relationship isn't what it used to be. Can I find a way to bring us back together?

This ebook exclusive contains 3 short stories for the Christmas period.

The first story, All I Want for Christmas is You is about Maria. Maria and her colleague are gearing up for Christmas as single women again. Is this the year that they both find someone else to share it with?

The short story is well written and quite witty. Both women are facing the prospect of singledom this Christmas, but the hot new guy in the office has potential, and the secret admirer leaving notes and presents for Maria, with the mystery identity, also has potential. The mystery is revealed only at the very end of the story so you will keep reading to find out who the presents are coming from.

The second story, and my favourite of the three, is about Tara. Tara wasn’t expecting to spend her Christmas completely alone, but when she finds herself wandering outside instead of wallowing alone, she finds someone else to spend it with. This story might be relatable to for some women and men if you happen to be reading. I don’t, definitely don’t, condone Tara’s situation, but I can’t really help but feel sorry for her, she seems like she needs to catch a break and by the end of the story it seems like she might just.

The third story, About Gardening was a bit of a conundrum for me. I’m not entirely sure it had a place in this collection with All I Want for Christmas is You and Cold Turkey, it just seemed totally different, and not a “Winter Warmer” as such.

So only 2/3 for me but the first two are good to get that nice Christmassy feeling!

Erin x

Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas Q&A - Nadine Christian

Today I have Pitcairn author Nadine Christian on the blog answering my Christmas Q&A!

Q1. Tis' the season to be jolly, Christmas is finally near, do you love this holiday?

I love this holiday season. On Pitcairn it's extra special. We do 'Krismas Eve' where all the children hang baskets outside the house on Christmas Eve, and the adults after power goes off travel to each house adding sweets and little gifts to the bags. Woe betide the adult that hangs a basket...they're more likely to get rotten fish, sticks and stones in theirs!

On Christmas day we will all congregate in the Pitcairn Square where the whole area is decorated with trees. Everyone hangs presents on the trees and then at a prescribed time, the men start cutting the string tied presents from the tree's -- all at the same time. It's noisy, chaotic and so much fun!

Q2. How will you be spending the 25th this year?

In the morning it will be with family, usually a brunch where we all eat too much. Then we'll go to the square to gather our pressies!

Q3. Do you have any Christmas traditions?

I was brought up in New Zealand, so the tradition is up at sparrow fart to open presents under the sparkling Christmas tree, but now it's much more fun -- even if we do have to wait till the afternoon!

Q4. How early do you put your decorations up?

I write this on the 22nd of November, and decorations are already going up. The tree usually around the 1st of December.

Q5. What will you be having for Christmas dinner?

Ham, and all the trimmings. Being Pitcairn the table is always groaning with good food on a normal day. This day they'll have to add supports to the large dinner table just to carry all the food!

Q6. Best Christmas present?

Books! It would have to be -- right?

Q7. Worst Christmas present?

Toothbrush and toothpaste...were they trying to tell me something? Or just lazy?

Q8. Real tree or a fake one, or both?!

Both. Fake at home, Real at the Square.

Q9. Do you have a favourite Christmas film? If so what is it?

Not really a Christmas movie kinda gal... Though I did love the Grinch.

Q10. If you could have one thing for Christmas this year, what would it be?

More interaction with readers. I love hearing from them!

Thanks Nadine!

Here are Nadine’s Links

Twitter – @pitcairngirl

Amazon Buy Links –

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Review of Last Christmas - Talli Roland

The bit on the back…

For Lucy, the best Christmas present is forgetting the past.

Eager to banish the ghost of Christmas past - when her boyfriend dumped her on the streets of Paris - Lucy is determined to make this the best Christmas ever. She rallies friends and family for an epic celebration that just happens to fall on the same day as her ex's festive wedding. Furious at how she's been treated, Lucy can't help relishing the party v wedding smackdown.

But when the wedding is threatened and only Lucy can help, can she find the spirit inside to save the day, or will this Christmas be even more disastrous than the last?

This is the 2nd Christmas story of Talli’s that I’ve read this month. I first read Mistletoe In Manhattan and completely fell in love with Talli’s style of writing so when I happened to come across this I knew it would also have a review space in my Christmas extravaganza. Then, absolute beaut timing, Talli sent me a copy to review. I read it straight away. Here’s what I thought!

The story is about Lucy. Lucy has been unlucky in love, meaning the one and only love of her life chucked her last Christmas before you could say stocking! Since then she’s been in a kind of slump; that is until a chance meeting with her ex and his new fiancĂ© (!!) makes her dead set to enjoy Christmas this year, making it the best ever with a massive party to rival her ex’s wedding.

I really liked Lucy right away, much like how I liked the MC in Mistletoe in Manhattan. She’s down to earth and normal by MC standards so it makes her really believable and it’s easy to identify with her. I liked how she got swept up in the idea of having a Christmas party to get one over on her ex (girl power) but also to try and get some closure from the whole situation.

The party planning also brings a new man into Lucy’s life and their relationship develops quite fast, although it’s not all mistletoe and mince pies as it brings her back down from her Christmas high with an all too close to home bump.

Lucy is cast as a bit of a hero by the end of the book. I think this kind of makes her character speak out for everyone who has ever been dumped and has struggled to move on.

Another story from Talli that I didn’t want to put down. Good enough plot to have the potential of a full story!

Erin x

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Coming Home for Christmas - 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.

Erin x

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Review of Christmas in Venice - Meadow Taylor

The bit on the back…

Olivia's Christmas trip to Venice, Italy, should be a holiday dream come true. But when her unattended luggage becomes the focus of a handsome Italian policeman’ s bomb investigation, she worries she won't even make it out of the Marco Polo Airport. Practically handcuffed to the best-looking man she’s ever seen, can Olivia convince him she isn’t a terrorist before he writes her off for good? Christmas in Venice is the perfect little treat to start the holidays off with a smile.

I was in Venice earlier this year so when I saw this short story I was intrigued!

The story is about MC Olivia who has flown to Venice for Christmas rather than spending the holidays at home alone, and she is due to start a new job in the city in the New Year, so she is getting a head start!

Leaving her bags with a sweet old lady while she goes in search of a payphone may seem like an innocent act but it lands her in trouble with the police and jeopardises her Italian trip.

This is a fun short story that can be enjoyed in less than an hour; it could maybe have been named a super short story to be honest! Olivia’s trip to Venice seems romantic but when her suitcase turns out to be a national security concern it turns into quite a funny and enjoyable tale.
Erin x5 ecopies of Clutch! Enter now!ng all of the staff round and thinking up ideas for the hotel

Monday, 16 December 2013

!!Blog Tour Stop!! April Fools - Karli Perri

The bit on the back…

Love. Hate. Fear. Fate.

All four letter words.

All consuming.

Naked to the eye, they have the power to control the heart and destroy the soul.

April Adams is about to experience them like never before.

When everything in April's life goes up in smoke, she is faced with some life changing decisions.

Join April as she continues her journey of love and loss.

This is the second book in Karli’s April series. The story picks up from the cliffhanger where April Showers ended. If you’ve not read April Showers, read my review here, it is a must read especially before April Fools. Firstly, thank you to Karli for asking me to be part of the blog tour, it has been a pleasure!

When we last saw April Adams she had just saw her house burning down, with her best friend inside, and now we get to see how that story unfolded.

Lucas is still alive, he wrongly suspected that April was inside the building and done what any best friend would do and ran in to save her. April is grateful for her life but grateful that her best friend is still alive after his selfless act. April is also still keeping her relationship with her exceedingly dishy tutor Issac a secret.

Issac is hot. Like super hot. Like Ian Somerhadler hot. I loved his character in the first in the series. He kind of reminds me of Derek Shepherd from Grey’s Anatomy, not lookswise, but in a sometimes he can act like a bit of a dick but we love him anyway kind of way. He is still causing April’s heart to flip over but is also still causing her grief from some rather tactless decisions.

I loved April’s character. She is so normal and down to earth and so susceptible to the same things as any normal girl would be. She is totally consumed by love for Issac, love and lust, but she also has the best relationships with her best friends. She is a very lucky girl. Some of the things she has to handle in the story just shows how mature her character is. One thing about the characters in the April series is how easy it is to enjoy reading about them which is all down to Karli’s writing.

In this story we also get introduced to April’s rather hunky brother Brody – he’s the one your parents warned you about! He is an out and out heartbreaker but it seems like he really is there for April in every way, and it seems like he has a bit of a story to him that we don’t know yet, so my fingers are crossed for more of him in the future.

The story reveals some shockers which keep you guessing from the very start and it was great to read more about April and Issac after falling in love with the pair of them in April Showers. A great sequel, well done Karli!

Erin x

Blitz Tour - The Holiday Survival Guide - Jane O'Reilly

The Holiday Survival Guide – Jane O’Reilly

The bit on the back…

Witty, clever, and sharp. It's going to be the holiday from hell...and that's just how Erica wants it.
When tabloid journalist Erica Parker is forced to take a holiday, she's determined to make it the most miserable holiday she possibly can, but not even her impressive imaginative powers could have come up with sharing a tent with survival expert Nathan Wilde.
Nathan was a married man with a successful TV show before Erica got to work on his life. Now the hottest man she’s ever met is single, furious, and he’s got her alone in the wilderness for three long days…

Publisher - Harlequin Escape

Release 1st January 2014

About the Author

Jane O’Reilly started writing as an antidote to kids’ TV when her youngest child was a baby. Her first novel was set in her old school and involved a ghost and lots of death. It’s unpublished, which is probably for the best. Then she discovered contemporary romance, and that, as they say, was that. She lives near London with her husband and two children.

Author Links -

Twitter - @janeoreilly
email her at jane@janeoreilly.com

Amazon Links –

US - http://www.amazon.com/The-Holiday-Survival-Guide-novella-ebook/dp/B00GXUXOHW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385905026&sr=8-1&keywords=jane+o%27reilly+the+holiday+survival+guide

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Review of In a New York Minute - Eleanor Moran

The bit on the back…

Amy is on a film set in New York, trying very hard to wrap the advertisement she's filming in time to catch the last flight home for Christmas. But the actors are squabbling, the star of the piece, a cat, won't play ball and, truthfully, Amy's heart isn't in it anyway – she'd escaped to the Big Apple to try to forget her broken heart. But as snow begins to fall on Christmas Eve, someone on set with Amy makes her realise fairytales really do happen in New York.

Two things drew my attention to this book when I was searching for Christmas reads for my blog. Firstly, the title, I love anything to do with New York, I’ve never been and it is one place I’m desperate to go and visit. Secondly this exclusive short story was free!

The story follows Amy throughout Christmas Eve as she stresses at work, trying to make sure everything is all wrapped but in time for her to get her flight back home, from buying last minute presents to tempting a pissed off cat to play nicely with some treats. Everything seems to be going against her in her bid to make it to JFK on time.

Amy’s story is told in time segments, getting closer and closer to the end of the day. I thought this was quite a good way to break up the story as it is really short, and couldn’t warrant chapters. You also get a glimpse of the reason Amy is in New York in the first place which is good as it gives her character a little bit of depth.

We are with her throughout the day and get a little bit of a stressed out feel from her, I think the time countdown adds to the overall story here as each time its edging closer and closer to the time she needs to catch her flight at.

This story isn’t as festive as some of the stories I’ve read for my Christmas feature and it’s super short so could probably be read in a spare Christmas Eve hour, but it does, as the blurb suggests, give the illusions that New York is a place where fairytales can happen.

Erin x