Monday, 30 May 2016

Book News - Sunshine over Wildflower Cottage by Milly Johnson

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Viv doesn't like animals. And the feeling is mutual: animals seem to hate Viv too. So when she applies for a job at Wildflower Cottage, a tumbledown animal sanctuary which caters for a variety of unloved animals, she is not sure she will fit in. But then she catches sight of Heath, the owner, and things start looking up...

    Geraldine runs the Wildflower Cottage sanctuary. She's a woman who has a secret in her past and who was drawn to the sanctuary just as Viv was. But her sanctuary is about to come under threat. Can she keep her past a secret and her future safe?

    Back home, Viv's mother Stel thinks she might have found a man who will treat her right for once. Ian is kind, considerate, and clearly head over heels for her. That's what she has wanted all along, isn't it...? 

Release Date: 16th June

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Friday, 27 May 2016

Book News - The Missing Wife by Sheila O'Flanagan

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Have you ever wanted to disappear?
When Imogen Naughton vanishes, everyone who knows her is shocked. She has a perfect marriage. Her handsome husband treats her like a princess. She's always said how lucky she is. So why has she left? And how will she survive without Vince?
What goes on behind closed doors is often a surprise, and Imogen surprises herself by taking the leap she knows she must. But as she begins her journey to find the woman she once was, Imogen's past is right behind her...
Will it catch up with her? And will she be ready to face it if it does?

Release Date: 16th June

Publisher: Review

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Blog Tour: Review of Remember My Name by Abbey Clancy

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From the moment Liverpool teenager Jess stars in the school musical, she knows that she’s GOT to be a star. Fast forward a few years and the closest the now 22 year old Jessica has got to stardom is as a children’s entertainer – which is where she meets Jack , uncle to the spoiled 5 year old birthday princess who spots Jessica’s talent and offers her a job with a record label. But that means that she’ll have to leave her family and her home and move to London – where she quickly finds that the streets aren’t quite paved with gold. And as she spends her days making tea for bitchy PR girls and her night in a mouldy studio flat, Jessica wonders if leaving Liverpool for London has been a terrible mistake.

Attending an industry party – unfortunately only to serve canapes – Jessica’s fortunes suddenly change when Vogue, the singer due to perform at the event drops out. Before she knows it, Jessica volunteers to stand in and takes centre stage. After a dazzling performance, she is surrounded by people wondering who this amazing new talent is. What’s more, her star turn has been captured by the press and she has become an overnight sensation.

Plunged into the crazy world of glitz and glamour, Jessica’s life is transformed but as her star rises, she loses touch with her roots. Jessica’s teenage dreams of stardom may have come true, but at what cost?

Firstly thanks to Harlequin for the review copy of this title via NetGalley and for asking me to be part of the blog tour today. Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour.

This is Abbey Clancy’s debut novel and it’s all about wannabe star Jess. Jess runs her own Princess business with her best friend and it’s as close as she’s come to performing like she dreams of, until her chance comes along in the form of Jack.

The story follows Jess from her life in Liverpool to London and how both her career and character transform in that time. You’re given a glimpse into what it might be like to live that lifestyle where everything you want is yours but in this story we also get to see that Jess started at the bottom before breaking through on a one off chance and her talent.

There are a few laugh out loud moments throughout the book, my favourite one was a line about Jessica’s name which is pretty apt considering the title of this book. As well as the rags to riches storyline there are new love interests and new friendships for Jess in her new life and the story focuses on how she deals with her two worlds merging.

The pace picks up in the second half of the book mirroring how Jess’s life has been catapulted from zero to superstar in 60 seconds. It almost feels as though there could be a sequel to the book to see what’s going to be next for her. There are a few poignant moments about friends; family and remembering where you’ve came from which every reader will be able to identify with. I’d recommend this for fans of Katie Price and Alison Kervin.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Review of An Autumn Affair by Alice Ross

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Autumn is coming. Anything could happen…

Julia is contemplating an affair with ex-boyfriend Max after a chance meeting in the cereal aisle of the supermarket…and finding that he’s just as gorgeous as ever.

Miranda has got it all: expensive clothes, a huge house and her enormously wealthy husband, Doug. So why does she feel as if something is missing?

Faye is fed up of being treated like a child – she’s a teenager, and knows what she wants! She’s determined to escape her sleepy life at Primrose Cottage…

Three women, each with two options, needing to make one choice. When it comes to affairs of the heart, nothing is ever simple!

Firstly thanks to Carina for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. This is the first book of Alice’s that I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. I will be taking part in the blog tour in June for the next book in the series – A Summer of Secrets.

The story is about three women – Julia, Miranda and Faye. Each of their lives is intertwined but they all have a very different story. The three characters all have their own narratives throughout so you can get to know them better as individuals but also how they are portrayed through the eyes of the other characters.

Julia is a harassed wife and mother of two who feels taken for granted and that her life is passing her by. At times I was annoyed with Julia’s behaviour in the book. While all three characters could be selfish throughout I felt like Julia was the guiltiest of this. Julia feels like she is a passenger in her own life but has spent a number of years putting up with it instead of attempting to change it until it was too late.

Faye is the teenage daughter of Julia and is going through the usual teenage angst and emotions. She resents her uncool mum and feels like she’s not good enough compared to her brother. Faye is the epitome of every teenage girl at some point in her life. She rebels, and her irresponsible and naïve actions land her in trouble. Although Faye came across as petulant and as if she took her life for granted there is something very recognisable about her character, bringing her to life.

Miranda has a secret and she’s trying to deal with it herself before anyone else finds out. She’s in a downward spiral for most of the book and is the character who gained most of my sympathy. She portrays the grown up aftermath of the path Faye was heading down in the beginning of the book and has suffered the consequences of it.

None of the three women are happy but they’re all faced with a choice to rectify that. This book is an emotional rollercoaster as the three stories develop. I read this in two sitting as Alice’s writing was easy to lose yourself in and immerse yourself in the story. Each woman has their own pull and the three stories together form a good overall message of not settling for what you have, chasing your dreams and never taking your family for granted. 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Review of Who's That Girl by Mhairi MacFarlane

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When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, Edie’s forced to take an extended sabbatical – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?

Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a man who probably hasn’t heard the word ‘no’ in a decade, but also suffering an excruciating regression to her teenage years as she moves back in with her widowed father and judgy, layabout sister.

When the world is asking who you are, it’s hard not to question yourself. Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.

Firstly thank you to Harper Collins for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. I’ve read Mhairi’s work before and really enjoyed it so I knew I was in for a good read with this.

The story is all about main character Edie. After finding herself to blame for an unfortunate incident at her friend’s wedding Edie returns back to her childhood home, almost completely cut off from her previous life.

The story starts with said unfortunate incident and from there Edie’s life basically goes to sh*t to put not too fine a point on it. Although Edie can no longer enjoy her high flying life in the Big Smoke she does her best to take it in her stride and shows her resilient side. Edie is a great character. She has a very dry sense of humour, is very honest and completely likable. Her realism drew me to her and got me on her side from the beginning. Mhairi’s portrayal of the events following Edie’s social banishing take you right back to your school days and you will easily recognise something in each of the character’s personalities.

Although Edie’s life has completely turned around some parts of it work out for the better. Edie’s back with her family which is a great source of laughs throughout because her sister is slightly wacky to say the least… She’s reunited with her best friends and as you learn more about Edie you learn what she’s been through and how her life has taken shape. Edie also has to work with the lovely Elliot Owen. At first I wasn’t sure of Elliot I thought he was a bit of a diva but just as Edie’s story unfolds his does too and I came around to loving him by the time I’d finished reading.

I struggled to put this book down. Mhairi’s writing is fresh and has attitude and spark. Reading parts of the story was like having a face to face conversation with a great sense of humour. Although the story has highs and lows, and in some parts you feel so emotionally involved with Edie’s story, Mhairi keeps you laughing every other page. If you’re looking for your next romantic comedy, look no further.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Review of Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

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The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu.

For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teenaged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn’t one she takes lightly, and it’s certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she’s gone mad.

Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and – just possibly – to learn to love again as well.
For her, the Comfort Food Cafe doesn’t just serve food – it serves a second chance to live her life to the full…

Firstly thank you to Harper Impulse for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. This has firmly planted Debbie on my list of go to authors because I LOVED this book.

The story is all about main character Laura. Laura takes a chance and applies for a summer job in a café in Dorset. The seemingly random act makes complete sense the more you get to know Laura and her family’s story. What’s clear throughout the book is how much Laura loves her two children and how much she wants to do right by them. Everything she does is for them and their summer spent in Dorset is just what they all need together - a break away from the heartache of their life and a chance to live freely for a few weeks.

Laura’s new boss Cherie sees something in her that will make her a perfect addition to the alternative café. I loved the idea that Cherie not only serves the tourists during the season but that she caters for each resident on a highly individual basis. She knows each one inside out and in turn Laura learns to cater for them too, giving her something else to focus on.

The other characters make this book what it is just as much as Laura’s own story. Their friendship is what keeps the community together and Laura, Nate and Lizzie are welcomed into the fold without hesitation. Just as Laura looks after the customers they all in turn look out for Laura, Nate and Lizzie.

The story is an emotional one so you will definitely need your tissues. Debbie handles the ups and downs with care and respect and it speaks highly of her, and not just as an author. From the very beginning I wanted a happy ending for Laura because life had dealt her an unfair hand. Life is fragile and this story is a about grabbing it with both hands and making the most of it with your family and friends surrounding you. If you’ve not read this then what are you waiting for?! Fans of Paige Toon will enjoy this beautiful story.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Release Day: Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin

Fall in love with the gorgeous seaside town of White Cliff Bay this summer and enjoy long sunny days, beautiful beaches and… a little romance. 

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals. 

When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing… 

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day. 

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides. 

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?

Release Date: Today! Happy Publication Day Holly!

Publisher: Bookouture

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Blog Tour - Promo - Good Girl by Lauren Layne

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In this steamy novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines, country music’s favorite good girl hides away from the world—and finds herself bunking with a guy who makes her want to be a little bad.

Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.

Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.


Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

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Monday, 9 May 2016

Review of Wife for the Weekend - Ophelia London

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When bad weather closes the airport, free-spirited Jules Bloom finds herself stuck with the admittedly hot but total suit Dexter Elliott. One night and one large pitcher of “Vegas Sunrise” later, Jules wakes up in a hotel bed with a vicious hangover…wearing nothing but a wedding ring.

Determined not to ruin his brother's wedding, Dexter strikes a deal with the frustratingly gorgeous Jules to continue their quickie marriage through the weekend. Only she keeps getting under his skin in unexpected ways.

Jules has her own reasons for staying married to Dex but they seem less important with each exaggerated touch and staged kiss. But one marriage, one major secret, and two complete opposites don’t add up to a happily ever after…

Firstly thank you to Entangled Publishing for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. This is the second book in Ophelia London’s Sugar City series and is the first book of hers that I’ve read. The story is all about old friends Jules Bloom and Dexter Elliot. A chance meeting, stranded in an airport, the pair of them have a night where what happens in Vegas should have stayed in Vegas.

The characters are complete, polar opposites of each other. Jules is down to earth, a little flakey and uninhibited by the constraints of life. She doesn’t care about the trivial things in life and in a way it was refreshing. On the other hand it was slightly strange to read about – who doesn’t have a phone in this day in age?! Maybe that’s just me though… Dexter on the other hand is wound tight, focused and dedicated to achieving his dreams.

Dexter and Jules have their own reasons for staying together although neither reason seemed particularly strong. Jules felt on the childish side for me so the chemistry between them was lacking and unconvincing.

It’s obvious from the beginning where the story is eventually going to end up so if you look for an easy read this one is for you.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Book News - The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout

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When Mallory was a kid, she was bounced from one horrible foster home to another. 

At thirteen, a terrible accident got her removed from the group home where she was living to a hospital where she met the parents who would adopt her. 

But when she starts a new school and encounters an old friend from the foster system sparks start to fly

Release Date: 31st May

Publisher: Mira Ink

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Review of Here All Along by Crista McHugh

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Can best friends become lovers while the cameras are rolling?

Movie star Gideon Kelly has always harbored a secret crush for his long-time friend and assistant, Sarah. One sizzling kiss is enough to convince him she’s the only woman for him, and he’ll do anything to prove to her they have all the makings of an epic Hollywood romance.

Sarah Holtz rose to stardom as a child only to crash and burn in her late teen years. Gideon was there to help put the pieces of her life back together, and she now relishes her life far away from the paparazzi flashes. Her need for privacy is the one thing holding her back from exploring something more with him. When a video of their kiss goes viral, she’s left wondering if he’s worth the risk of stepping back into the spotlight to become his leading lady.

Firstly thank you to the author for the review copy of this title via Netgalley. I’ve read every book in Crista’s Kelly Brothers series and I was looking forward to this one the most due to the storyline – one of my favourites. Unfortunately this turned out to be my least favourite of all the books.

The story is primarily about Sarah and Gideon and their relationship but the addition to this is Hollywood actor and all round meddler Gabe Harrison.

Gabe is the reason that I didn’t enjoy this. I didn’t think he was really necessary as part of the story between Gideon and Sarah as their progression from friends to lovers would have been enough. There is chemistry between them and obviously both characters have thought of being more than friends. There is enough to build on here that it could have been the focus of the whole story but in actuality the focus of the story is shifted to the impact that Gabe has on their relationship and in all honestly I didn’t like it. His involvement causes all sorts of problems and it actually made me think less of Gideon because he seemed to be led by Gabe instead of seeing the damage their plan would ultimately cause.

I’m sad to end the series with disappointment; however, I’ll definitely read more of Crista’s books in the future.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Book News - Play Dead by Angel Marsons

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The girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess. 

Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A ‘body farm’ investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stoneand her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime. 

Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It’s clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work – but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next? 

As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer’s secrets – but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim …? 

Release Date: 20th May

Publisher: Bookouture

Monday, 2 May 2016

Review of Fly by Molly McLain

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Meet Colton Wade, FMX rider...

I’m just a small town guy who caught a lucky break. Now I’m living the dream, on the brink of high-flying super-stardom. But something’s missing.

That something is Taylor.

She’s my best friend. The one who makes me want to push harder and higher. The one I fall back on when shit gets tough. The one I’d give it all up for.

I’d do anything to protect her. To make her dreams come true too.

But a single night changes everything.

And now the one she needs protection me.

Firstly thank you to the author for a review copy via NetGalley. I was originally attracted to the stylish cover and then to the blurb. The friends to lovers storyline is one of my favourites, I love all the angsty emotions and feels packed scenes so I was looking forward to reading this.

This is the first book in Molly’s new Velocity series and is all about Colton and his childhood friend Taylor.

Colton is made to look like a player from the beginning with FMX groupies falling over themselves for him; one in particular keeps making a reappearance much to his supposed chagrin. He’s basically got himself into the corner and is less than delicate about getting himself back out of it. I didn’t like that side of him. There is not much included in the narrative about his profession and the story is more focussed on the PR and advertising side of his fame and how this interferes with his personal life.

The story basically jumps right in to the two characters having a secret love for each other. There isn’t much in the way of background to show how the pair grew so close and how their relationship progressed over the time that they have known each other. It seemed to just be a sudden realisation of love for each other on both sides, almost as if there should have been a prequel novella that was a flash back to all those times when feelings have been more than friendly.

Colton sort of plays with Taylor, stringing her along, before making it obvious that he has feelings for her. It seemed like he might have unintentionally taken advantage of Taylor’s good nature and his relationship with her.

From their first kiss the story seems to rush towards the end, finishing in a predictable plot line which felt like a bit of a cop out. I will probably read the next book in the series but I won’t be making it a priority which is a shame because the story had a lot of potential.