Friday, 15 February 2019

Book Review - The Little Book Cafe by Georgia Hill - #HolidayReading Mexico

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Title: The Little Book Cafe
Author: Georgia Hill
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 13th December 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


Tash, Emma and Amy couldn’t be more different
.
A successful estate agent who has her life pretty much on track, Tash has ticked all the boxes. Hasn’t she?

Emma is a budding writer who yearns to flex her writing skills and shake up her life that has become, well, a little stale…

And then there’s Amy, the manager of The Little Book Café, a hopeless romantic who had her heart broken, but quietly refuses to give up on love.

Brought together by their love of books and delicious cake from the café next door, they are in for a year of romance, crime and classic novels that will help them get through all that life will throw at them…

How lovely it was to be back in Berecombe, home of Millie Vanilla's Cafe - and to discover that the Little Book Cafe is an extension of it.

Split into three parts there were all released separately too, this really is a lovely story. 

Well 3 lovely stories as all 3 parts do work completely by themselves.  My favourites were Tash and Amy, but I did enjoy Emma's section too. 

All three ladies are friends and have a love of books. Tash and Emma work together, so I felt I already knew Emma quite well as the focus moved to her. 

Tash is having a horrible time of things at the moment, and I was willing her to find the strength to do what to the reader seemed obvious.  Emma is trying to better herself and gets her mind turned by all sorts of things. Amy needs to get on better with her mum and will she ever get together with the man of her dreams. 

Incredibly enjoyable, quick to read, with fab descriptions, plenty of both books and food, not to mention recurring characters in the small town,  this really was a joy to read. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Book Review - The Undercover Mother by Emma Robinson

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Title:  The Undercover Mother
Author: Emma Robinson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 20th March 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


Jenny has too much on her plate: literally – she’s only expecting one child but she’s eating for at least three. Not to mention trying to juggle her nightmare boss, a know-it-all sister, and an infuriatingly laid-back husband. 

She used to be known for her ‘Single Girl About Town’ column. But when her boss gives her job to a younger colleague, Jenny panics and proposes she blogs instead about being a clueless new mum. Surely people will find her new friendship group fascinating? (Even if the only thing they seem to have in common is that they all had sex around the same time 9 months ago...)

And if her readers aren’t quite hooked yet, maybe Jenny will just have to be more liberal with the truth. After all, none of the other mums will read it… will they? 

The Undercover Mother is a hilarious parenting page-turner that will make you laugh, cry and want to crack open the gin. Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks and The Bad Mother’s Diary. 

What an amusing look at motherhood. From early on I was really enjoying this story, and seeing just how the group that met at ante natal classes would get on together. 

Well I ended up very surprised as some of the outcomes, and semi predicted some of the others,. 

Jenny is a fabulous main character, completely unprepared for what will happen to her life once she has her baby, She is convinced she can continue working  on her column that she perhaps had already outgrown, and that it would be easy being in charge of a helpless little thing that doesn't do much! 

I must say the chapters with Jenny giving birth, have completely reassured me that my decision to not ever give birth to anything is completely correct. That is not for me at all.  Apart from those horrifying scenes the book is on the whole a light hearted look at the nitty gritty of parent hood, 

Jenny gives it an amusing slant in her Undercover Mother blog, and each chapter starts with a snippet from a blog post which was a nice touch. 

I was entertained getting to know Jenny's new friends, as well as seeing the vastly different attitudes of each of them towards parenting, as well as her old colleagues.  

Its a really fun book, that I'm really glad I finally loaded up on my kindle after a year to read, and I find myself frustrated that I haven't read Emma Robinson's other books yet either, which is something I should correct. For if this is a debut and I loved it, I have to see what else she has written since. 

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily, 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Book Review - Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan

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Title: Bollywood Wives
Author: Alex Khan
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Hera Books
Publication Date: 6th February 2019
Rating: 5 Stars


The biggest scandals happen off-camera...

Zara Das is Bollywood’s hottest property, her every move watched by the eyes of the press. Riding high from the success of a string of blockbusters, she has the world at her feet, but the scandal from her latest film threatens to dethrone her as Bollywood’s reigning queen. 

So when superstar director Raj Dillon stages a lavish retelling of Pride and Prejudice, moving the shoot from Mumbai’s soundstages to London, Zara knows this is the role that could put her back on top. Coming with them are the Bollywood Wives - Jackie, Sasha, and Rani - bringing their own off-screen drama.

But behind the diamonds, designer clothes and seven-star hotels lies the truth of how Zara reached the top. And when a dead body is found in her hotel room, it seems that someone is determined to take Zara down - and will stop at nothing to expose her darkest secrets. 

Zara has spent years running from her past. But now it’s caught up with her… 

A sexy, gripping, scandalous novel set in the world of Bollywood - fans of Jackie Collins, Crazy Rich Asians and Lauren Weisberger won’t be able to put this one down. 

I had a feeling from the moment I first saw this book that I would love it, and having just finished reading it, wow that is one fabulous book. 

I will admit to start with it was a bit of slow burner, but the payoff is worth it. Takes a while to get to grips will all the secondary characters, the main one Zara is key, but there are plenty of sub plots too, and other threads that once you have them straight in your mind are equally rewarding too.  

Bollywood Wives is a book that contains everything, we have very early on clear death threats to Zara, there is action, drama, sex, mystery, intrigue, scandal, a Bollywood movie being made in London, a diverse cast of characters, insights into modern India, some unimaginable levels of luxury and that is just for starters. 

That isn't even counting the more serious side of the book where we see how Zara, and few of the others have worked their way up from nothing to the stars they are, and their pasts are a real rags to riches story, with real struggles on the way. 

It's the sort of book that will appeal to so many different people, those interested in films, Bollywood, India, plus those who tend to read books with suspense and sex, and relationships etc...  It is definitely a blockbuster sort of book, which is why my only slight issue was that I didn't save it until I read it on holiday. 

I love reading these sorts of books poolside, and its definitely one who wants to escape for a while should read.  I was transported to a world far different to my own which was fascinating, and I was very keen to always find out what happened next. 

I loved Alex Khan's writing, and its clear this is a world he knows a lot about, and I hope he will write future books  that feature Bollywood, or India, as I love reading about characters so vastly different to myself. 

That ending completely took me by surprise too, as did quite a few of the various reveals. Bollywood Wives kept me on my toes and I loved every moment of it, especially the second half of the book. 

Thank you to Hera Books and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Book Review - The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper - Blog Tour

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Title: The Day We Met
Author: Roxie Cooper
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication Date: 1st February 2019
Rating: 5 Stars


Stephanie and Jamie are meant to be. The problem is they're both with other people...

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has.

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything...

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.

Wow this was amazing. 

I have literally no idea how to describe this, the blurb has one thing right - it is certainly an epic love story. 

Taking place over 10 years, with chapters from both Stephanie and Jamie's points of views, we see a relationship form between them that is evidently fated, and probably as close to soul mates as you are going to get. 

The connection between the two leads is believable and right from the off you can feel it, and wonder just how everything is going to develop. 

For Stephanie and Jamie are both in their own relationships and one thing they are both adamant about is that they love their partners.  But yet they are drawn to each other deeply and seem to be their true selves around each other. 

They only meet once a year, but we also see what their lives are like outside of their connection.  So we get to know Stephanie and Jamie's partners, their families and friends. 

It may sound like its a book about adultery and somehow it didn't feel like it. It's not sordid, its rather beautiful and after all you can't help you you have a true connection with.  If I ever felt like they did then I would count myself as a lucky person. 

How it this even possible that this is the authors second book, this is so accomplished, superbly written and I was completely enchanted by connection between Stephanie and Jamie.  

I was loving the book and couldn't really put it down much, and then I reach the last section and suddenly just OMG, I can't talk about it, I can't hint at it, I can't give spoilers but if you are looking for a book that will surprise you up until the end,  that has beautiful writing and wonderful sentiment and truly feels like quite a special book then this is the book for you.  I just didn't want it to end. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Ebury for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 




Monday, 11 February 2019

Book Review - Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella - #HolidayReading Mexico

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Title: Surprise Me
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Transworld
Publication Date: 28th June 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


Surprise Me is Sophie Kinsella's emotionally charged, witty new standalone novel about love and long-term relationship survival - and how those we think we know best can sometimes surprise us the most . . .

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other's sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it's casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years... and panic sets in.

They quickly decide to create little surprises for each other, to keep their relationship fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me - anything from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to photo shoots - mishaps arise with disastrous and comical results. 

Gradually, the surprises turn to shocking discoveries. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all...


Well Surprise Me certainly did that, what a surprising way to end the book. 

In fact all the surprises were a lot of fun. as a couple when discovering they have a very long life expectancy, realise that their marriage vows may mean even long together than anticipated. 

As you would expect from a Sophie Kinsella book this is filled with laughs, good times and a general fun factor.  

I especially loved Sylvie's work place and her boss and trying to bring the place into the 21st Century!

Another really enjoyable and quick to read book from one of my favourite authors. 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Book Review - Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain

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Title: Dirty Little Secrets
Author: Jo Spain
Format reviewed: Ebook 
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: 7th February 2019
Rating: 5 Stars


Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.

In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people's lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege - the residents have it all. Life is good.

There's just one problem.

Olive Collins' dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they're shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight.

The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive's neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.

What an impressive book.  At no point did I guess the outcome.  At not point did I particularly like any of the characters either, as they were all slightly on the despicable side. 

Despite that I couldn't stop reading this, and I did have some sympathy for a few of the neighbours as various aspects of their lives emerged. 

There are 7 households in Withered Vale - Olive's and her 6 neighbours.  Of those at some point or another she has upset every last person in the Vale, and no one even notices she hasn't been about for three months, until a large number of bluebottles are spotted above her chimney. 

This sets in motion a compelling story, where I was hooked on seeing the case from all the neighbour's points of view, the police and also Olive herself.  

There are so many different secrets at play here, that the second one was revealed you started thinking that person had the perfect motive, and then within another chapter or two, you are left reeling and thinking in another direction. 

The unpredictability of this book is its sheer brilliance. i just knew I had to keep reading it, until I finished it at close to 3am, when I am now writing this review.  

This is the second book I have read by Jo Spain,  and the second I wasn't able to put down. While I was reading I was completely under this talented author's spell as I whizzed through the chapters and tried to piece together just what happened to Olive. 

A dark book, that will keep you on your toes and is from an author that is definitely one to keep an eye on.  Highly recommended. 

Thank you to Quercus and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Book Review - Finding Hope at Hillside Farm by Rachael Lucas

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Title: Finding Hope at Hillside Farm
Author: Rachael Lucas
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 7th February 2019
Rating: 5 Stars


Finding Hope at Hillside Farm is a heartwarming tale of loss, love and new beginnings by Rachael Lucas.

Hillside Farm, nestled in the rolling hills of the Welsh countryside, is a safe haven for Ella. Working with her aunt Bron, she runs her own business, sharing her love of horses to help those in emotional need. Living on the remote farm, and with just the horses and her aunt for company, Ella thinks she has finally found a place where she can forget her own past and find peace.

But the arrival of a small girl called Hope and her father Harry changes everything. As Ella helps the pair come to terms with their loss, she realizes she too deserves happiness. But is it too late to find it?

It has been ages since there has been a new Rachael Lucas book (well I haven't read the YA ones, I'm afraid), and its such a joy to be able to read another wonderful story from this author. 

Previously before this book I had heard of animal therapy and apart from dogs, I hadn't really thought about any other animals with therapeutic qualities.  But seeing how Ella works with the horses and the people that come to her for equine therapy, I'm sold on the thought that horses can do a lot more for a person, than just be ridden. 

I loved Hillside Farm and what Ella is achieving with these horses. I loved seeing how she was moving out of her comfort zone to build the business while her aunt Bron is in Australia.  

In the small Welsh village that Ella lives in, Jenny and Leo are renting a cottage with their 8 year old granddaughter Hope. 

Hope is horse mad, has been through a tough time, and although Ella previously hadn't been working with children, she can't disappoint Hope and starts to work with her.  However nothing is as simple as it seems and Hope's father Harry, is a rather interesting character. 

I was also curious to discover just what had driven Ella to live in such a remote location, and the pasts of all the key players are fascinating.   

This has a lovely feel to the story, its uplifting, its heartwarming, there are horses, character development and they are all really likeable and relatable to.  Set in a picturesque location, this is a really great book that I could barely put down,  I was whizzing through the pages and couldn't believe how fast I was getting through the book.  Utterly absorbing and I wish I could meet all of Elle's horses. 

Thank you to Pan MacMillan and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Friday, 8 February 2019

Book Review - The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory - #HolidayReading Mexico

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Title: The Royal Runaway
Author: Lindsay Emory
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 9th October 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


Filled with intrigue, romance and mystery, Lindsay Emory's The Royal Runaway will whisk you away on a romantic, glamorous and royal adventure. For fans of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We with a splash of James Bond and The Bourne Identity.

Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House of Laurent is so over this princess thing.

After her fiance jilted her on their wedding day, she's back home, having spent four months in exile. Aka it's back to putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea's sick of duty, so when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change.

But just as she thinks she's found her Prince Charming, he reveals his intentions are less than honourable: he's a spy and he's not above blackmail. As they join forces to find out what happened the day her fiance disappeared, together they discover a secret that could change life as they know it.

Funny, fast-paced, and full of more twists and turns than the castle Thea lives in, The Royal Runaway is a fresh romantic comedy that will leave you cheering for the modern-day royal who chucks the rulebook aside to create her own happily-ever-after.

I had been anticipating a light hearted romance, full of heat and not too much more.   What I read however was so much more than that. 

Set in a small kingdom, the book tells the story of a jilted Royal princess, and her determination to discover just what happened to the man she was meant to marry. 

What becomes incredibly apparent is that she can't really trust anyone. 

There is so much action, and plot in this book its tricky at times to keep track, but once you get to grips with who everyone is and whose side they may be in, its a pleasure to read. 

I found myself turning the pages at the rate of knots, to discover what would happen next.  

As you would expect from a Headline Eternal book, there is some sizzling chemistry between the leads, but how much its acted on... well you will need to read to find out! 

Thank you to Netgalley and Headline Eternal for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Book Review - The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm - #Holiday Reading Mexico

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Title: The Secrets You Hide
Author: Kate Helm
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Zaffre
Publication Date: 7th February 2019 
Rating: 4 Stars


IN HER EYES, NO ONE IS INNOCENT

Georgia Sage has a gift: she can see evil in people. As a courtroom artist she uses her skills to help condemn those who commit terrible crimes. After all, her own brutal past means she knows innocence is even rarer than justice. But when she is drawn back into the trial that defined her career - a case of twisted family betrayal - she realises that her own reckless pursuit of justice may have helped the guilty go free.

As Georgia gets closer to the truth behind that case, something happens that threatens not only her career, but even her sanity. At first, she fears her guilt around the events of her terrible childhood is finally coming back to haunt her. 

But the truth turns out to be even more terrifying . . . 

There is a great deal of information to take in with this book.   There are plots on plots on plots, giving the book a great amount of depth and complexity. 

It took a while to get to grips with how things fitted together and it was all from Georgia's point of view. 

We have what happened in Georgia's past, her current work as a courtroom artist, the reasoning behind why she is doubting her own sanity, and a couple of cases that are told in depth. 

For most of the first half of the book we see the court proceedings of a big rape trial, which introduces us to just what a courtroom artist does, as well was Georgia's ex - Oli - and a very realistic if not traumatic telling of what happens at one of these trials. 

Having read previous books by Kate Harrison, Kate Helms, last author name, I knew she was able to write books that would grab me.  In this her crime book, she has found some new angles to the genre and told a complex story,. 

I was always a few steps behind Georgia in this, and never really had a concrete theory, but even while events are being explained and secrets are being told, its a book that will definitely keep your interest and you guessing.  

Thank you to Netgalley and Zaffre for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Book Review - The Valentines: Happy Go Lucky by Holly Smale - #HolidayReading Mexico

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Title:  The Valentines: Happy Go Lucky
Author: Holly Smale
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Collins Children
Publication Date: 7th February 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

Introducing The Valentines. Fame – It Runs in the Family!
Sisters Hope, Faith and Mercy have everything: fame, success, money and beauty. But what Hope wants most of all is love, and it doesn’t matter how far she has to go to find it.

Except real-life isn't like the movies. Even if you're a Valentine . . .

Happy Girl Lucky is the first hilarious, heart-warming book in The Valentines series. From the internationally bestselling author of Geek Girl, Holly Smale.

The author of the wonderful Geek Girl series is back with a new series about The Valentines Family. 

After I got used to Hope Valentines way of thinking that everything is a Hollywood movie and that she daydreams a lot, plus often uses words incorrectly, I whizzed through this book. 

All she wants is to be 16 to be allowed to start being an actress like everyone else in her family. She has three older siblings who barely notice her, and parents who aren't really about. 

You can't help but feel sorry for Hope, as she hopes to meet her one true love. In fact every boy she comes into contact with is considered for leading man role! 

This is a light fun, and quick read and  I am already hoping to read more of the Valentines family in future books.  

This story just shows that just because you are from a rich and famous family that your life may not be perfect and for YA read that is an important message for the celebrity obsessed, social media addicts out there, that you need to look beyond the surface to know more about a person. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Book Review - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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Title: The Silent Patient
Author: Alex Michaelides
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied copy
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 7th February 2019 
Rating: 5 Stars


ALICIA
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet - and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can't bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

THEO
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia's silence goes far deeper than he first thought.

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?

My mind is blown! I can't think straight,  wow I did not see that coming.  What an absolutely addictive and compulsive book, has hooked from the first few pages and read it in two sittings, and that was only because I was too tired to read it into the early hours of the morning. 

In fact I read the last 150 pages in about an hour, I was so absorbed I knew mum was talking at me but I have absolutely no clue what she was saying, so hopefully it wasn't too important. 

It may be quite early in the year, but surely this has to be one of the best books of 2019 and I have no idea how whatever I read next will compare. 

Absolutely fascinating have a main character that won't speak, but we do see flashes of her diary.  Most of the story is told from the point of view of Theo, the new psychotherapist at The Grove who is determined that he can help Alicia recover from murdering her husband. 

I am astounded to hear that this is a debut novel - based on that I suspect that Alex Michaelides is going to have a long and successful future as an author.  

I can't really talk about the plot as I'm fearful of spoilers, but if the blurb has even partially intrigued you its definitely worth a read.  This is a book that was staring at me on my bookcase until I realised I just needed to start reading it.  

I'm sure I'm not making any sense, just trust me this book is just so good, I can't really explain it, but it got under my skin, I forgot that real life was happening around me, and I just had to keep reading to discover whether Alicia would ever speak again.  

Spectacularly clever, there were moments towards the end where I was mouthing omg, and wondering if I had missed any obvious clues - was almost tempted to re-read everything to that point just to see if I had, but keep moving forward with it, and all I can say really is wow-wee - what a book! 

Thank you to Poppy Stimson from Orion, for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Monday, 4 February 2019

Book Review - The Greek Escape by Karen Swan - #HolidayReading Mexico

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Title: The Greek Escape
Author: Karen Swan
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 12th July 2018
Rating: 4 Stars


Before every new beginning, there must be an ending . . .

Running from heartbreak, Chloe Marston leaves her old life in London for a fresh start in New York. Working at a luxury concierge company, she makes other people’s lives run perfectly, even if her own has ground to a halt. But a terrible accident forces her to step into a new role, up close and personal with the company’s most esteemed and powerful clients. Charismatic Joe Lincoln is one of them and his every wish is her command, so when he asks her to find him a secluded holiday home in the Greek Islands, she sets about sourcing the perfect retreat.

But when Tom, her ex, unexpectedly shows up in Manhattan and the stability of her new life is thrown off-balance again, she jumps at the chance to help Joe inspect the holiday house; escaping to Greece will give her the time and space to decide where her future truly lies. Tom is the man she has loved for so long but he has hurt her before – can she give him another chance? And as she draws closer to Joe, does she even want to? As magnetic as he is mysterious, there’s an undeniable chemistry between them that she can’t resist.

But whatever her heart is telling her, she’s in over her head – another client’s wife has mysteriously disappeared and serious allegations about Joe threaten more than just her happiness. Who can she trust? And will Chloe uncover the truth in time?

I'll start by saying I was just mildly disappointed that we didn't get to see more of Greece than a small bit in this book.  

However that really was my only fault as I really enjoyed the rest of it,  And by the end the title even made sense to me!

 I loved Chloe's job and the demands the ultra rich were making on her. A luxury concierge service sounds like an interesting place to work. 

I also really enjoyed getting to know Chloe although I found her taste in men to be rather shocking!

There is mystery, intrigue, great locations, and an overall good story. 

This was a lovely bit of escapism that I enjoyed reading poolside one morning on holiday.   

Friday, 1 February 2019

Book Review - Martinis and Memories by A. L. Michael - #HolidayReading Mexico

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Title: Martinis and Memories
Author: A. L. Michael
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Canelo
Publication Date: 13th August 2018
Rating: 4 Stars


Bel Hailstone has spent the past decade building her dream - Soho’s best burlesque club - from the ground up. But now The Martini Club is under threat and it will take everything in Bel’s power to resist encroaching developers and save her pride and joy.

Amidst the chaos Bel’s past comes knocking with the unexpected arrivals of her still-not-quite-ex-husband, her estranged mother and Brodie Porter - the boy who got away all those years ago.

To keep her beloved club afloat – not to mention her sanity - Bel will have to accept help for the first time in a long time, put the past to rest and claim the happy ever after she once thought was lost for good.

This may be the 3rd book in the series but i can easily be read as a standalone. The main characters from the previous two were far more bit parts in this, so no prior knowledge needed. 

That being said why wouldn't you want to catch up on the fabulous Martini Club before starting this one!

In this book we get to really get to know Arabella the owner of The Martini Club where in a series of coincidences all manner of blasts from the past appear. 

We get to see beneath her outer appearance and see a different side to her character, which was quite touching to read, 

Any book set in a burlesque club and featuring Martinis is always going to be a winner for me, and this is certainly an excellent addition to the series, as we see that Arabella never gives up!

Thank you to Netgalley and Canelo for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 
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