Friday, 29 January 2021

Book Review - Summer on a Sunny Island by Sue Moorcroft - #HolidayReading Malta

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Title: Summer on a Sunny Island
Author: Sue Moorcroft
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 30th April 2020 
Rating: 5 Stars

This summer, sparks are flying on the island of Malta…

When Rosa Hammond splits up from her partner Marcus, her Mum Dory suggests a summer in Malta. Not one to sit back and watch her daughter be unhappy, Dory introduces Rosa to Zach, in the hope that romance will bloom under the summer sun. But Rosa’s determined not to be swayed by a handsome man – she’s in Malta to work, after all.

Zach, meanwhile, is a magnet for trouble and is dealing with a fair few problems of his own. Neither Rosa or Zach are ready for love – but does fate have other ideas? And after a summer in paradise, will Rosa ever want to leave?

What better book to read on the sunny island of Malta, than a book set in Malta, in the summer!

And I think I enjoyed it even more as a result of now having a bit of base knowledge about Malta, which made everything in the book seem really authentic. 

I loved getting to know Rosa and her cookbook writer mother Dory.  Thanks to Dory there is plenty of food in this book which is sure to make your taste buds tingle. 

We also have Zach, who has had issues in the past, which have made him into the man he is today, which is ultimately kind hearted and determined to help an underdog. 

He has a large family and I think we get to know his family dynamics rather well and I was finding I cared about all those characters too. 

The main people I enjoyed really disliking is Rosa's ex-Marcus, and her father Glenn, but especially Marcus - who I really can't see why Rosa ever fell for him. 

With an island to explore, Paceville clubs to be seen in, interesting attempts at explaining pronunciation, and a great deal of sun - this is a wonderfully sunny read from one of my favourite authors. 

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

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Book Review - Coming Home to Brightwater Bay by Holly Hepburn - Blog Tour

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Title: Coming Home To Brightwater Bay
Author: Holly Hepburn
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Random Things Tours
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 21st January 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

On paper, Merina Wilde has it all: a successful career writing the kind of romantic novels that make even the hardest hearts swoon, a perfect carousel of book launches and parties to keep her social life buzzing, and a childhood sweetheart who thinks she’s a goddess. But Merry has a secret: the magic has stopped flowing from her fingers. Try as she might, she can’t summon up the sparkle that makes her stories shine. And as her deadline whooshes by, her personal life falls apart too. Alex tells her he wants something other than the future she’d always imagined for them and Merry finds herself single for the first time since – well, ever.

Desperate to get her life back on track, Merry leaves London and escapes to the windswept Orkney Islands, locking herself away in a secluded clifftop cottage to try to heal her heart and rediscover her passion for writing. But can the beauty of the islands and the kindness of strangers help Merry to fool herself into believing in love again, if only long enough to finish her book? Or is it time for her to give up the career she’s always adored and find something new to set her soul alight?

What a lovely gentle and charming book this was. 

Originally published in 4 novellas, I have read the complete combined version but could easily see how each novella would have worked well by itself.  Each part focuses around a particular event from Merry's 6 month writer in residence programme in Orkney. 

Merina needed a change of everything after Alex suddenly breaks up with her, and she is deep within the grips of writers block, and she hopes applying for and taking on 6 months in Orkney will inspire her to write again. 

I loved seeing the Orkney Islands through Merina and Niall's eyes, their enthusiasm for the area really shines through, and I really got a feel for them and their history.  

Oooh and there is a sexy viking too, and even a trip to a distillery! I loved seeing how Merina's confidence grew as the months went past.  Her inability to say no to Sheila has her starting to run, and for longer distances than she would have ever imagined.  Then there is Gordon who is a surprise neighbour and utterly adorable and hilarious! 

There is just such warmth in these pages of the characters for each other. There is a real community on the island and the sunsets sounded gorgeous.  Merina even had a chance to see a natural phenomena which lead to me being very jealous of her! 

It's such a lovely story, it I couldn't help smiling throughout reading it.  Plenty of varying storylines, and each part does indeed work on its own, although I'd recommend reading the whole book in one go, as its far more enjoyable that way! 

Thank you to Random Things Tours for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Book Review - The Secret Within by Lucy Dawson

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Title: The Secret Within
Author: Lucy Dawson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 26th January 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

I need the two men sitting on the other side of the interview table to trust me. My family’s happiness is riding on my getting this job. I smile, knowing that first impressions are key. There’s no link between having a friendly face and being trustworthy, but humans are built to think there is. Even us doctors, who should know better.

If only I could keep my past secret from these men, but they’ll have read about me in the papers – the court case, the threats, the lies that were told. But what’s important now are my son and daughter: a new house, new school, a new start away from the city. Away from my ex, my old job… and the scandal that nearly ruined me.

What I don’t know yet is that if I convince them to hire me, I’ll be putting my children in terrible danger. I’m trying to make things right, but this is when it starts to go wrong.

And when one of my precious children goes missing, I’ll realise that the nightmare is far from over. In spite of everything I’ve gone through, I will fail to recognise the evils a friendly face can hide. Sometimes it’s the people who want to be closest to you that you should be most afraid of. They’re the ones who know your secrets. Who want to make you pay.

Utterly twisty and completely unputdownable. This insanely gripping page-turner from bestselling author Lucy Dawson is perfect for anyone who tore through Friend Request, Gone Girl or My Lovely Wife.

Starting off rather slow, with a lot of character building, hints and wrong doings and just getting to know all the key players, but then by around just after the half way point, it becomes rather unputdownable.  

There was so many shocks and moments which leave you scratching your head.  And that ending is rather intriguing. 

This though is a hard book to describe, as all the best bits would definitely be spoilers, and the rest although great, won't do the book any justice. 

I did though love Julia's character, and also that of her family, while here colleagues in her new job felt off rather early on.  But we do get chapters from both Hamish and Nathan's points of view too so we get to know three characters rather intimately. 

The characters even the dastardly ones were really well described and in the second half I just couldn't wait to see what would happen next. 

It was a fascinating setting, the world of plastic surgery, breast augmentation and mastectomies for breast cancer patients. As they are all surgeons, we often get rather graphic descriptions of the procedures, which I believe to be really well researched. 

I've read quite a few of Lucy Dawson's books now, and I'm always struck with how well they are written and how at some point during them, I just don't want to put them down, and just need to binge read to finish, as I need to know what is happening and have no desire to wait.  And this was no exception, and I was really happy to spot this on the release schedules. 

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

Monday, 25 January 2021

Book Review - The Staycation by Michele Gorman - #HolidayReading Malta

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Title: The Staycation
Author: Michele Gorman
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Trapeze
Publication Date: 1st June 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

Two families. One cancelled flight. And a last minute house swap...

Things get desperate for strangers Harriet and Sophie when they become stranded with their families in Heathrow's Terminal 5. Each woman has her own reason for really really really needing the family holiday they've anticipated for months. But Iceland's volcano has other plans for them. When their flights are cancelled, the families swap houses and discover that sometimes the best things in life happen close to home.

This ash cloud has a silver lining, even if no one can quite see it yet.

Well I know first hand how disruptive an ash cloud can be on travel plans, so could sympathise with both Harriet and Sophie for not getting the holidays they had paid for. 

In an inspired move though they offer to swap houses for a fortnight, in order to have a holiday from their norm, and a staycation of sorts. 

It is always a delight to read a Michele Gorman novel, and I just loved the concept of this one 

And even more so I loved how our two leading ladies changed over the course of the book, as did their families. 

There are memorable scenes involving Spot (who is not a dog), a hot tub, a rather unusual massage to name only 3 of them!

Harriet is rather unusual, she likes to be incredibly well organised, but even her family who are used to it can find it a bit exhausting.  Whereas I took a rather fast dislike to Sophie's husband Dan. 

I loved every second of this mad holiday swap and seeing just what these new circumstances did to each person. 

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

Friday, 22 January 2021

Book Review - The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams - #HolidayReading Malta

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Title: The Love Square
Author: Laura Jane Williams
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 29th June 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

Men are like buses. You wait for one…
Penny Bridge has always been unlucky in love.

So she can’t believe it when she meets a remarkable new man.

Followed by another.

And then another…

And all of them want to date her.

Penny has to choose between three. But are any of them The One?

Who knew one woman's love life could be so complicated?!

I'm not even sure Penny was intending her life to get this messy, she has enough other things to contend with, but yet  things just seemed to spiral. 

And she ends up in what can only be described a a Love Square! There are 3 men all vying for her attention, and she can't admit to herself which one is blatantly right for her. 

Added to this she is a talented chef, and there is plenty of food mentions to tantalise the taste buds. 

This is the first book I've read by the author and I was delighted to discover what an enjoyable writing style she has, and just how pleasurable this was to read.   

I read The Love Square over an afternoon on holiday, and was hooked, even going so far as to sit dangling my feed in the pool, while continuing to read, as needed to cool off but wanted to see what would happen next!

Definitely an author for me to to keep an eye on in the future, and I probably should at some point definitely read my copy of Our Stop too!

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

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Book Review - The Island by C. L. Taylor

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Title: The Island
Author: C. L. Taylor
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Young Adult
Publication Date: 21st January 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

Welcome to The Island.

Where your worst fears are about to come true…

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.

But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime turns into a nightmare.

Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re becoming a reality.

Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.

Who will make it off the island alive?

Woah, that was an intense couple of hours as I couldn't put this book down,  but also couldn't quite figure out who was behind everything, in fact I didn't really come up with any theories as I was so absorbed in the story, I couldn't spare any space in my brain for anything other than reading the words and seeing it play out in my mind. 

Well the 6 teenage friends, were meant to be on the Island for a safe survival experience, camping out and living in the jungle for a week, on a private island with a guide.  Little where they expecting for the guide to die early on, and for their survival to suddenly become a real issue. 

For someone clearly has it in for them, there is no way off the island, they all have phobias and well they are starting to come true. 

There is definitely danger and trouble afoot on this island, and we are getting the story from two viewpoints, Jessie and Danny.  As a result I felt I knew those the best out of the friends, but you do get distinct pictures of the others with them, as well as their changing group dynamics over the year. 

Both Jessie and Danny are complex characters, neither have been truthful about their own phobias and both seem to have 

As we get to grips with this holiday that has turned into a nightmare for this group of teens, we get to know every corner of the Island. I sort of had the big private island that was featured in a horrific storyline in Neighbours earlier this year in the back of my mind, and although both attracted danger, that is where the similarities end.  I am starting to think though, having read another book recently about a private island where things go wrong, but in a completely other way too.... that private islands should be avoided at all costs. 

In fact please if you ever hear me say I want to go to a remote island, talk me out of it, they are downright terrifying settings, and just perfect for psychological thrillers but not necessarily real life! 

C. L. Taylor is the master of highly addictive books that I can devour in a matter of hours. I'm very glad I was able to sit and read it in one go, while ignoring the real world.  Just wow!  This may be a book for young adults, in which case I'm quite a bit older than the target audience but it didn't affect my enjoyment at all, as this has all the grit I need from a book and its just wow! 

Thank you to HQ Young Adult and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily, 

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Book Review - Sunrise on the Coast by Lilac Mills

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Title: Sunrise on the Coast
Author: Lilac Mills
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Canelo
Publication Date: 6th July 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

When a holiday becomes something more…
Struggling to come to terms with the loss of her mother, Sophie needs to get away from it all. On a much-needed break to Tenerife, she stumbles across a Help Wanted sign for local pensioner, Hugo, and on a leap of faith she accepts the job.

But life on the island isn’t all sun, sea and siestas…

Hugo’s beautiful villa is under threat and, to complicate matters, his brooding (but handsome) nephew, Alex, has shown up full of suspicion towards Sophie.

Her hands full dealing with difficult men and a clearly unreciprocated attraction towards Alex, Sophie needs to decide if her future lies in Tenerife or if her holiday is officially over.

Escape to a Spanish island with this gorgeously uplifting romance, perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Sue Moorcroft and Mandy Baggot.

Since Covid came into our lives the one place I've really wanted to visit was the Canary Islands and specifically Tenerife, mainly to see my sister and also for some much needed winter sun. However well everything conspired against me, so seeing Lilac Mills' new Tenerife set series was a thrill for me. 

I have learnt so much about Mount Teide thanks to Alex who is a volcanologist, and Teide is one of those parts of Tenerife I've never really experienced.  That too can be said of Los Gigantes  which is where Sophie is staying. 

It was great to see how the largest Canary Island was being viewed through the eyes of someone who has never visited before.  And everything Sophie says about the place really does ring true. Especially details of the Calima, which I've heard my sister talk about before. 

I could feel the heat coming off the pages of the lovely weather in Tenerife and it was generally making me rather wistful that I wasn't there myself. 

Sophie is in Tenerife to have a break after losing her mum the month before, and having been her main carer for years, but it soon becomes apparent that she feels a real pull for the island and on a hunch she accepts a job over there. 

This is such an enjoyable story of Sophie growing as a person, and learning to live life again.  It is fabulous for armchair travel, and just a shame it's not currently available in paperback or I'd be buying a copy for my sister! 

Can't wait to read more of Lilac Mills' Tenerife romance series.  Excited to see what other parts of the island are featured. 

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

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Book Review - The Greek Heart by Kate Frost

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Title: The Greek Heart
Author: Kate Frost
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 10th September 2020
Rating: 4 Stars

A broken heart, an island escape, a boy from the past. Will Lottie's search lead to love?

When a special anniversary takes Lottie on a journey to find the little boy she once knew, it's a chance to put heartache behind her.

Lottie's search takes her to Greece and a family who have known about her for decades. A warm welcome gives her some much-needed time out and the chance to reflect. Yet an emotional revelation and two handsome but complicated brothers make her question her past decisions. 

Learning to love herself and be content on her own is the first step. But will Lottie be able to follow her heart and find lasting happiness? 

You wouldn't believe that I read this on a wet and miserable day in the UK.  I was completely transported to Greece, to Santorini and beyond. 

I could with regards Santorini at least picture Fira and Oia so clearly and it matched in with what I know of the place from a cruise stop there. The descriptions were fabulous, and there are occasional Greek words for flavour, in addition to delicious sounding traditional Greek food. 

Santorini is just where the journey begins, as Lottie attempts to find a boy who was rather special to her at  a tough time as a child, and now many years later has decided she needs to know what happened to him. 

And within this search, she also discovers things about herself, makes a new really good friend and there are some rather gorgeous Greek men in play too! 

I really loved all of Lottie's story, it was good to see her thought processes and the places she visits through her eyes.  It's just a highly enjoyable book, from an author that excels at writing about foreign places and transporting the reader, based on the two books I've now read from her Romantic Escapes series. 

Thank you to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily, 

Monday, 18 January 2021

Book Review - The Garden on Holly Street by Megan Attley - #HolidayReading Malta

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Title: The Garden on Holly Street
Author: Megan Attley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 11th July 2019 
Rating: 5 Stars

Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to get the life you want . . .

Abby Hamilton's world has turned upside down in a matter of months - it seems that change is definitely in the air. But moving into Willow Court might just be the fresh start and happy distraction she needed.

Meeting her intriguing new neighbours helps push Abby out of her comfort zone. Then she finds an overgrown patch of garden in desperate need of love and time - something Abby has in spades! Throwing herself into bringing the garden back to life, Abby discovers that new beginnings can come from the most surprising places...

An uplifting, feel-good novel, perfect for fans of Holly Hepburn, Heidi Swain and Isabelle Broom.

Gorgeous story of unlikely friendships. 

When Abby moves onto Holly Street she never imagines the impact it will have on her, and some of the neighbours. 

We are drawn into not only Abby's story, but also into the orbit of Ernie and Arthur who live in the same building, 

I wasn't really sure what to make of Arthur at first, but after a key incident, he starts to change into a wonderful old man that i really cared about. 

And Ernie, is just a kid, and I initially had all sorts of theories as to his circumstanced.  I really think Ernie is the star of the whole book, and enjoyed reading any scenes he was in.

There is so much more to this book than what you may imagine from the title and lovely cover, which is why I now regret not having gotten to this fabulous little book a lot sooner than I have done.  

Truly is a lovely story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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

Friday, 15 January 2021

Book Review - Murder on the Menu by Fiona Leitch

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Title: Murder on the Menu
Author: Fiona Leitch
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: One More Chapter
Publication Date: 15th January 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

Still spinning from the hustle and bustle of city life, Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is glad to be back in the Cornish village she calls home. Having quit the Met Police in search of something less dangerous, the change of pace means she can finally start her dream catering company and raise her daughter, Daisy, somewhere safer.

But there’s nothing like having your first job back at home to be catering an ex-boyfriend’s wedding to remind you of just how small your village is. And when the bride, Cheryl, vanishes Jodie is drawn into the investigation, realising that life in the countryside might not be as quaint as she remembers…

With a missing bride on their hands, there is murder and mayhem around every corner but surely saving the day will be a piece of cake for this not-so-amateur sleuth?

The first book in the Murder on the Menu cosy mystery series. Can be read as a standalone. A humorous cosy mystery with a British female sleuth in a small village. Includes one of Jodie's Tried and Tested Recipes! Written in British English. Mild profanity and peril.

Can you get a better name for an ex Met police officer, now caterer, that may be missing being a policewoman, than Jodie "Nosey" Parker! Jodie is back in her home Cornish village and the nickname has been revised immediately and before long you see just how justified it is. 

It is also refreshing for a cosy mystery to have someone who is not a complete bumbling amateur when it comes trying to clear her old friends name, and actually has a good sense about her. But she is also not trusting the local police will be able to solve the crime without her involvement, and she has an uncanny knack of being places and finding out information! 

I'm trying to work out how on earth I haven't read Fiona Leitch before as this book was so enjoyable, written in a way that just worked so well for me, and I loved everything about it.  The characters all feel quite real, and I could picture them clearly, and watching Jodie come up with various theories in fascinating. 

I'll admit for someone who is a caterer, there wasn't really much emphasis on food in the book, but the food that is mentioned did sound delicious and there was a recipe included at the end too, which is always a nice touch. 

This is a fabulous first book in a new series, and I know that I will definitely be wanting to read more from Nosey Parker and everyone else in this Cornish Village. 

Thank you to One More Chapter and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily, 

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Book Review - The Cornish Village School - Happy Ever After by Kitty Wilson - #HolidayReading Malta

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Title: The Cornish Village School  - Happy Ever After 
Author: Kitty Wilson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Canelo
Publication Date: 18th June 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

When you’ve spent your life trying to be perfect, how easy is it to let go?
Marion Marksharp is the undisputed queen of Penmenna and has the perfect life – ask anyone. Doting husband? Hmm, maybe not… Well-behaved, angelic children? Definitely not. A network of close, supportive friends? Not so much, it turns out.

Marion sets out to change her bossy ways by starting up a wedding planning enterprise in the village. But between her husband’s suspicious absences, her PTA frenemies and her own perfectionist tendencies, organising the dream wedding for her friend isn’t going smoothly and she’s running out of time to pull it off...

In this final book in the Cornish Village School series, the village comes together one last time to make sure everyone gets their happy ever after.

A second-chance romance perfect for fans of Tilly Tennant and Cathy Bramley.

I'm gutted that this fabulous series has had to come to an end,  but wow it ends on a high, 

Marion, the scary thorn in everyone's side in the previous books, is now the main character and she is a rather complex character 

At times I hated her, at others I felt sorry for her, and I generally did want to wish her well. 

It's a fabulous culmination and fitting end to this series, that has cemented the Penmenna school a place in my heart. 

And I do have to say I'm rather curious as to what the author will be writing next. 

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

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Book Review - Coming Home to Hope Street by Marcie Steele

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Title: Coming Home to Hope Street
Author: Marcie Steele
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 18th September 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

Step across the cobblestones, pull back the curtains and peek behind the doors in the second instalment of The Hope Street Series. Catch up with old friends and fall in love with new ones in a story of friendship, second chances and new beginnings.

Livvy has no choice but to return to Hope Street, the childhood home she left over twenty years ago. Along with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Pip, she turns up on the doorstep, hoping for forgiveness from her sister.

Hannah thought she’d never see Livvy again. She’s overwhelmed with emotion but locks away her real feelings. How could Livvy stay away without any contact? And why has she come back now?

It isn’t long before the charm of the market town of Somerley begins to work its magic. Hannah is opening a book shop in the square, adjoining The Coffee Stop, and Livvy’s offer to help out brings the sisters closer together.

But when someone from Livvy’s past arrives unannounced too, he threatens everything she’s built up since her return. Can Livvy convince her sister, and her new friends, that her intentions to return were good ones? Or will her dreams of settling down and being happy again become nothing but a closed book?

If you love an uplifting story, then Coming Home to Hope Street is the perfect feel-good read to curl up with. Ideal for fans of Hannah Ellis, Holly Martin and Emily Harvale.

Bit blown away by just how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. 

It can be tricky when you are reading a second book in a series, to re-acquaint yourself with the setting and characters, but the second Livvy arrived with Pip on Hope Street and the second Hannah and a bit of her recent events were mentioned, everything came back to me quite quickly. 

It was lovely to be back on Hope Street and to see more of Hannah, but this time the focus is on Livvy, who is her rather estranged sister, who shows up on Hope Street after a 20 year absence, unannounced. 

It's a story about family, and of Livvy's reconnection to hers, as well as making new friends too. Once more I loved the community feel in Somerley and the whole of Hope Street. 

I was continually kept reading to find out just why Livvy had stayed away all those years, the full truth as to her return to Hope Street, and just why is is she didn't want Kieron finding her there. 

Keiron's arrival takes the book up a gear and although I'd been enjoying it before, I found I couldn't be parted from in once things had been shaken up a lot. And as the reader is kept in the dark as much as the other characters, I had no idea who I needed to believe at times, which just added to the intrigue. 

There is a lot to love in this book and I was surprised how fast the pages were turning. It's fabulous and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series already! 

Thank you to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Book Review - Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

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Title: Crazy Stupid Bromance
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 27th October 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

Has the Bromance Book Club met its greatest challenge?

Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef's sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they're sisters and to make a life-altering request. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts - her best friend, Noah Logan.

Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a security expert, using his old skills only for the right cause. But Noah has a secret: he's madly in love with Alexis and has never found the right moment to confess his crush.

Now that Alexis needs him more than ever, luckily The Bromance Book Club are on hand with their trusty 'manuals' to guide this romance-novel-sceptic out of the friend zone and into taking a shot at the best relationship he's ever had...

With each book this Bromance series appears to be going from strength to strength. 

Within the first few pages and the mentions of the other men, I felt right at home, and I loved how this linked in with the previous book, but also could stand by itself it needed. I am absolutely loving getting to know all the members of this Bromance book club and their other halves. 

And Alexis Carlisle is a heroine to be reckoned with, there is a hell of a lot of story for her, and that is before we get to the friendship with Noah that she sort of hopes may turn into something more. 

But nothing is smooth for either of them, and there is a whole lot of depth and emotion covered, and a couple of really important themes at the heart of this.  And then for light relief we have Alexis' cat who seems to hate Noah, and well Noah fears for his life around him! 

Alexis is gutsy, has a massive heart, and tries to do her best by everyone, including when a bombshell appears in her private life, that turns her world upside down, and leads her to make critical decisions. 

Of course this is a romance so it would be remiss of me not to mention how hot the sex scenes were, there weren't many, but they were really well written and had my heart beating  a touch faster too. 

I love how in the first book of this series, the book the hero was advised to read, we get huge amounts of in the book to see the parallels for ourselves, but by this third instalment, not as much is made of the book, but more the philosophies this group of men live by and to be honest I fall a little bit in love with each of them, every time they appear. 

Although a side plot, I loved seeing Mack acting like a groomzilla in a traditional role reversal of wedding planning which had the men making all those decisions which was rather amusing. 

If you haven't read the previous books you are missing out on some fabulous books, and I already can't wait for book 4.  I just love this series so much and please could I have real life versions of the men! 

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

Monday, 11 January 2021

Book Review - Rival by Jacqui Rose - #HolidayReading Malta

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Title: Rival
Author: Jacqui Rose
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 6th August 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

Franny Doyle has one thing in common with Wan Huang, head of the notorious Triads gang: they both want Vaughn Sadler six feet under.
When Harry Jacobs brings Vaughn into his business and his fold, his life is protected – for now.
But when Franny finds out the truth about Wan and Harry’s dark dealings, all hell breaks loose in Soho. And Vaughn is the key to helping Franny with the score she now has to settle Together with Alfie Jennings, they were once a formidable trio. But can bitter enemies once again become allies? Because in a life of crime – no one lets bygones be bygones…

I'm sorry but Jacqui Rose, you can't just leave a book there, and expect us to wait for the next one - I want more and I want it now!

Can you possibly tell that I loved this book?

If you have been reading my reviews for a while you will know that this isn't' typically the sort of crime book I'd go for, but yet I'm actually hooked on the author and the series. 

I needed my latest fix of Vaughan, Frankie and Aflie, and to see just what mess they would get themselves into this time. 

Running alongside that there are a multitude of other storylines, including one that made me really feel for all the young girls involved in it, including Ellie, who is a bit of a prick, but at the same time doesn't deserve to be in the situations she finds herself in. 

This is fast paced, keeps you on your toes, you never know who may double cross who as its a world where loyalty rarely exists and on the whole everyone is out for themselves. 

I would love to see Jacqui Rose's books made into a TV series, as they really do have a bit of everything. 

Now bring on the next book already, I need more! 

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