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 Cosmopolitan.com 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.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Review of Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

The bit on the back...

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Thursday, 20 October 2016

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

The bit on the back...

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

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


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

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

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


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

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

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

The bit on the back...

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Monday, 17 October 2016

Review of We Were on a Break by Lindsey Kelk

The bit on the back...

Is it a break? Or is it a blip?

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

‘I don’t mean that kind of break.’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Release Day! Comfort & Joy by Cathy Bramey

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


The bit on the back...

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

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

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

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


Publisher: Transworld Digital

Release Day: TODAY!!


Monday, 10 October 2016

Release Day - A Winter's Wish by Alice Ross

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


The bit on the back...

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

Publisher: Carina UK

Release Date: TODAY!!

Friday, 7 October 2016

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

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


The bit on the back...

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

Publisher: HarperImpulse
Release Date: TODAY!!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Release Day! All I Want for Christmas by Jenny Hale

Happy publication day to my lovely friend and one of my favourite authors Jenny Hale! Read more about her latest release All I Want for Christmas here!


The bit on the back...

Christmas comes once a year . . . But true love comes once in a lifetime. 

Snowflakes are falling, there’s carol singing on every corner, and Leah Evans is preparing for a family Christmas at her grandmother’s majestic plantation house in Virginia. It won’t be the same now that her beloved Nan is gone, but when Leah discovers she has inherited the mansion, she knows she can give her daughter Sadie the childhood of her dreams. 

But there’s a catch. Leah must split the house with a man called David Forester. Leah hasn’t heard that name in a long time. Not since they were kids, when Davey was always there to catch her. 

Now David is all grown up. He’s gorgeous, successful, and certain of one thing: Leah should sell him her half of the house. 

They can’t agree, but as they share memories over wine by the log fire, Leah notices a fluttering in her stomach. And by the look in his eyes, he’s starting to feel it too. 

Will it be Leah or David who must give up their dreams? Or, with a little bit of Christmas magic, will they finally understand Nan’s advice to them both about living life without regrets … and take a chance on true love?


Publisher: Bookouture

Release Day: TODAY!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Review of The Single Girl's To Do List by Lindsey Kelk

The bit on the back...

Rachel Summers loves a to-do list:

• Boyfriend
• Flat
• Great job

NOT on the list:

• Being dumped

Best friends Emelie and Matthew ride to her rescue with an entirely new kind of list – The Single Girl’s To-Do List. Rachel doesn’t know it, but it will take her on all kinds of wild adventures – and get her in some romantic pickles too. And then it won't be a case of what but who she decides to tick off…

• Mr. bendy yoga instructor
• Mr. teenage sweetheart
• Mr. persistent ex
• Mr. deeply unsuitable

The Single Girl’s To-Do List gives Rachel the perfect heartbreak cure – and proves love is out there if you’re willing to take a chance.


I have loved every single book of Lindsey's I've read. I've read and re-read the I Heart and Tess Brookes series'. This has been on my kindle for a while and I only recently got around to reading it because I wanted to read it before Always the Bridesmaid, which I've also had on my kindle since release day! On my recent holiday I started this and the streak of loving every one of Lindsey's books continued.

The Single Girl's To Do list is all about recently single Rachel Summers. Just when she thinks her life is on track for settling into adulthood she finds herself boyfriendless and everything she thought she knew about her life is all up in the air. And what else would a girl who loves lists do, than make a to do list?

Rachel and her best friends devise a plan to help her get over her break up by creating a list of things for single girls to do from simple changes to life adventures. The fact that the list was drunkenly written on a pub napkin might give you some insight to how the story is going to unfold! Emelie and Matthew help Rachel work her way through her list pulling out all the stops to get their friend back to her normal self. The list itself provides much of the hilarity throughout the book however each character, their quick quips and view of situations made the book for me.


Reading one of Lindsey's books, for me, is like talking to an old friend you've not spoke to for a while. It's instantly easy to lose yourself in Lindsey's sharp wit and great writing. I love her sense of humour and often find myself laughing out loud at brilliant one liners. In this book there is also a cameo from the I Heart series - Jenny Lopez! Only the best fictional best friend ever! If you've not read any of Lindsey's books before then what are you waiting on? This is a great stand alone title and it's definitely a keeper!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Review of Wildflower Bay Pt 1 by Rachael Lucas

The bit on the back...

Isla's got the designer clothes and dream job as head stylist at the most exclusive salon in Edinburgh. The fact that she's been so single-minded in this quest that she's forgotten to have a life has completely passed her by - until disaster strikes.

With her flaky flat mate AWOL and even her reliable old dad a bit distracted, Isla is out of options.
Forced into a corner, she heads to the remote island of Auchenmor to help out her aunt who is in desperate need of an extra pair of hands at her salon.

Finn is thirty-five and reality has just hit him hard. Now his best friends are about to have a baby and everything is changing. When into his life walks Isla . . .


This is the first part in Rachael Lucas' latest release. It's serialised in three parts which you can buy separately and you can now also buy all three parts in the full novel Wildflower Bay.

The story is all about hairdressser Isla and the gorgeous Finn. Isla's the queen of designer clothes, at the height of her glowing career and living the dream. Until, like the blurb says, disaster strikes! And disaster it is Isla finds everything she thought she'd accomplished taken away from her in an instant and is subbed in to cover for her aunt on the island of Auchenmor when she meets impossibly handsome Finn!

Isla is a little bit stand off-ish, used to her high flying life in the capital and struggling to come to terms with the come down. I can't wait to see how her character develops throughout the story but can tell that only good things are to come. Also, hello again to Finn! If you've read Sealed With a Kiss you might recognise him!


There are so many things to like about this series opener but one of my favourite things is the Scottish setting! More often than not I read books set in the USA or in England and reading about Edinburgh and the fictional Auchenmor was very refreshing! If you're a fan of Cathy Bramley then you should definitely check out this series and Rachael's other work. 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Q&A with Piper Lawson

Today I'm excited to welcome Piper Lawson, author of Stripped and Play! Click on the links to find the reviews of both books, but for now over to Piper!


Let's start off with you telling us a bit about your latest novel Play

PLAY is a short, quirky experiment. It has all my fave things - a slow build (that I promise pays off!), lots of heat, some 'aww' moments, and plenty of laughs. Life is serious enough - most of the time when I reach for a book, I want it to lighten and brighten my day.

What was the inspiration behind the story?

My fiance was talking about this game he got in the spring (he doesn't buy many :)), and it made me think 'how come gamers don't get more love in the e-romance world? and what would happen if I mashed a gamer up with someone really non-gamery? Would it be awful or awesome?' So I did!

Both Payton and Max are quite complex characters. Did you start out writing them this way or did their stories develop as you wrote?

Characters always get more complex over time for me. I tend to write in passes - so the layers build every time I go through the story. Where they start on the first pass isn't usually where they end up. It's more fun that way - I get to feel like I'm getting to know them too!

Gaming, and it's complexities, are prominent features throughout Play. How did you research the different ins and outs of behind the scenes gaming?

I played one hundred different games, just like Payton...KIDDING. Google. Lots and lots of Google. The game industry is actually super fascinating...so I enjoyed learning about the process, the studios, and some of the genius Max-like guys (and to a lesser extent gals!) who make it happen. 

I really loved the interaction between Max and Payton, especially when it was the frustration was heightened. I felt like Payton held her own against Max though! Was it important to you that Payton was able to hold her own?

Yes. A million times yes. Girls aren't doormats in the real world, and they shouldn't be in books either. Women are strong and capable and have ideas and opinions and feelings that matter. I love rooting for a woman who knows where she stands and isn't going to take crap from a guy (no matter what piercings he has).

I've also read some of your other work - Stripped, for example. One thing I noticed that carried over from that novel to this was the love the main female character had for fashion. Is that something that you are personally interested in?

Hehe, good observation! I do like style but to be honest, my fiance has more clothes than me. I'm not even joking - like 3 closets worth. I'd send you pictures, but it's just depressing. At least I have my shoe rack. It's mine. All mine...

Now for some different questions!

Who is your favourite author?

Hrmm. For romance, I love Jay Crownover. Her stuff's just so hot and her characters are so real. Real is important to me - I like reading a book I can believe. I like a clear line between my contemporary romance and my paranormal ;)

If you could swap places with a character for a day, who would it be?

Right now, it would have to be Charlie from PLAY. She's just so funny and she doesn't give a shit what anyone thinks. Plus, she has great clothes.

What is your writing process like, do you hide yourself away for weeks at a time?

I tried hiding myself away once. It lasted about three hours and I had to come up for air. And chocolate. I always have a schedule before I start and I write in sprints.  Usually they're a couple hours and about two thousand words at a time. But inevitably, I spend WAY longer editing than I intend. Some people hate it, but editing's one of my fave parts - that's when an idea goes from 'OK' to 'yeah, this is going to work'

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


Wow. I consider myself an aspiring author, so I guess I'd say...craft is king. Read as much in the genre as you can, but it's one thing to read romance and it's another to write it. I realized when I started writing that I had a LONG way to go. I still do, but there are amazing books, blogs, and resources like RWA sessions that can help even the newest newbie navigate stuff like conflict, character arcs and backstory like a vet.

Thank you to Piper for joining me today check out her website here and chat with her on twitter @piperjlawson!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Book News - Willow Cottage part 2: Christmas Cheer by Bella Osborne

Incase you missed the cover reveal last week here is your chance to read more about Bella Osborne's Willow Cottage...


The bit on the back...

Beth is running away. With her young son Leo to protect, Willow Cottage is the lifeline she so desperately needs. Overlooking the village green in a beautiful Cotswolds idyll, Beth sees a warm, caring and safe place for little Leo.
When she finally uncovers the cottage from underneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree, Beth realises this is far more of a project than she bargained for and the locals are more than a little eccentric! A chance encounter with gruff Jack, who appears to be the only male in the village under thirty, leaves the two of them at odds but it’s not long before Beth realises that Jack has hidden talents that could help her repair more than just Willow Cottage.


Publisher: Avon

Release Date: 20th October 2016


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Review of Play by Piper Lawson

The bit on the back...

I'm Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something girl living the dream.

OK. So it's a big-ass lie.

I could be all of those things. If I had friends outside of work. And if I didn't mainline watermelon slushies like they were a food group. It wouldn't hurt if I'd had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn't count.)
But when you know where you're headed, who needs to enjoy the ride?

Even if part of me longed for a little between-the-sheets adventure, Max Donovan would be the last guy I'd call.
Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. His eyebrow piercing's sexy, in an 'are-you-in-a-band?' way, and fighting with him gets me off faster than Jorge on bezerker mode. But he's arrogant. Presumptuous. Colder than a cactus and twice as prickly.

None of it matters because I crave Max Donovan like a watermelon slushy on a hot summer day.
I should ignore him. But I can't, because he just became my biggest client. And whether he'll admit it or not, he needs me even more than I need him.

Game on, Max Donovan.


Firstly thank you to Victory Editing for the review copy of this title via Netgalley. I first read Stripped (review here) by Piper earlier this year and knew then that I'd be reading more from her in the future. The first thing that appealed to me about her latest novel, Play, was the blurb. I have a guilty habbit of wanting to read books based on the cover alone (doesn't he look like a young Captain America?!) but the promise of sparks between Max and Payton drew me to this one.

The story is all about main character and narrator Payton as she strives to prove her worth in her newly promoted position which leads her right to bad boy, gaming guru Max.

Payton is really down to earth which is one of the main things I liked about her. She's relatable and readers will be able to empathise with her easily. I think this definitely works in her advantage. She's true to herself throughout the book and not afraid to hold her own, especially when it comes to Max, although he does test her at times throughout the story!

Max and Payton get off on the wrong foot in the very beginning and that is the start of the spark between the pair of them. They bounce off each other and grow closer as they work on Max's new project until Payton is fully immersed in the gaming world.


I am a semi-proficient gamer but the complexities of the behind the scenes work that goes into making them is beyond me! The research is clear and while Piper does inject some gaming knowledge throughout it doesn't overwhelm the story as a whole. Payton's mom, her workmate Charlie and Max's business partner Riley round out the colourful and fun cast in this story. Check back in a few days for a Q&A with Piper!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Review of The One Real Thing by Samantha Young

The bit on the back...

Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts...

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women's correctional facility where she works, she's always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison's library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town's charm-and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they've owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her.

Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there's only one real thing in life worth fighting for....


Firstly thank you to Piatkus for the review copy of this title. As always Samantha Young books are high in my list of anticipated titles for the year and when she announced this brand new series - Hart's Boardwalk - I knew without a doubt I would be diving straight in. This is the first book in the series set in the small town of Hartwell.

Jessica Huntington impulsively visits the small seaside town of Hartwell after discovering undelivered letters in the prison where she works. She quickly fits in to Hartwell forming bonds with the locals and falling in love with the town.

I've always wanted to read a book with male POV from Samantha Young after snippets from her On Dublin Street series were posted on her website from the hero's POV. I loved them, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Logan shared the narrative with Jessica. It took a while for Jessica to relax in the story and while she was quick to form bonds, she was guarded, not wanting to give too much of herself away, particularly when it came to Logan. The story follows Jessica and Logan as they navigate their new relationship, their history making it's way into their present and fighting to save the boardwalk.

The story has everything you would expect from one of Sam's novels. It has romance; characters you're going to love; a beautiful setting and a storyline that will keep you hooked from start to finish. I zipped through this and I will definitely be adding it to the "to be read again" pile!


This book sets you up for the rest of the series where the remaining books will focus on a different couple as the series progresses. There is already tension forming between the characters from book two so I'm definitely looking forward to starting that!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Review of Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

The bit on the back...

Too fast, too furious-and way too hot to handle . . .

Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father's talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team's newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie's skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she's racing against Hayden.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense--and strictly forbidden--attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind..
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Firstly thanks to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for providing a review copy of this title via Netgalley. This is not the first book I've started by this author however it is the first that I've actually finished. The reason this book stood out to me was the blurb. I liked the sound of the chemistry and tension between the characters so I hoped for a gripping read.

The story is all about main character Kenzie and her new, ultimate rival Hayden. Kenzie is a keen motorcycle racer and is determined to prove her worth on the track, and also to save her father's business. Hayden is the latest to join the rival motorcycle team and causes many ructions throughout the story. He and Kenzie clash constantly in the beginning and the tension between them is instant.

A lot of the story takes place on the track and is very involved in the racing circuit, team rivalries and bikes themselves. Kenzie is portrayed as a strong and independent character although she always appears not only be trying to prove herself among her peers in a male dominated sport but it also felt like she was always trying to win her father's respect and sometimes love. Kenzie does a lot for her father in the book and goes above and beyond her duty to try and save his flailing business.

It takes a while for the tension between Kenzie and Hayden to reach boiling point. There is a difference between a slow, simmering build up and just taking a long ass time to get there and even after their chemistry took hold of them I was often frustrated with the way Kenzie treated Hayden, when it appeared that actually he hadn't done anything to deserve it.


This is the first of this author's books that I've finished. I have tried a few times to read Thoughtless but I honestly cannot get past the main character. I've tried so many times because my friends have all really enjoyed it. After reading this I found that I enjoyed the narrative much more, instead of finding it a chore to read. It does make me want to go back to Thoughtless to give it another go.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Review of The Last Will and Testament of Daphne Le Marche by Kate Forster

The bit on the back...

Paris, 1956. Eighteen year old Daphné may be from a tiny French village, but she knows she’s destined for more. Stepping off a bus into bustling Paris with a suitcase full of her home-made beauty products, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to claim her stake in the world.

London, 2016. Scandalous love affairs and an iconic cosmetics brand have kept Daphné Le Marche in spotlight – but her darkest secrets have never come to light. Now, in her London penthouse, enveloped in her rich signature scent, the Grande Dame of glamour has died.
But not even those closest to her could have been prepared for what came next.

Firstly thank you to HQ for providing me with a review copy of this title via Netgalley. This is the first book of Kate's that I've read and when better to start than on a ten hour flight to Las Vegas. This kept me hooked for the first 3-4 hours of the flight. I was so engrossed that I didn't stop until I'd turned the last (ebook) page.

The story is all about Daphne and her family. She's the head of her family and her family's business but as the title would suggest she is ready to hand the business over to someone else. In a twist that no one in the family expected, estranged cousins Cecile and Billy are brought back together.

The story flips between Daphne's younger years and how life goes on in the aftermath of her passing. The different family members all have their turn at narrating the story which really gives you a feel for how different they all are as individuals and how differently they view their own and others places and roles within the family. The two cousins, Ceclie and Billy are reluctant to follow their grandmother's chosen paths for them, and Cecile's father, Robert, is even less happy with their new path than the girls.

Robert is one of those characters that you just hate from start to finish. In all honesty he deserved exactly what happened to him in the novel and I was glad even Daphne could see her son was the way he was. When more is revealed throughout the story you begin to understand exactly where Robert takes his nature and character from.


The story is all about issues families face in their day to day life. Rivalries and bitterness, companionship and love. Each chapter of this novel revealed something different about the family keeping you on your toes until the very end. I will definitely be reading more of Kate's novels in the future!