Friday, 19 July 2019

Blog Tour Book Review: The Secret Cove in Croatia by Julie Caplin

Sail away to beautiful Croatia for summer sun, sparkling turquoise seas and a holiday romance that’s forever… 

When no-nonsense, down-to-earth Maddie Wilcox is offered the chance to work on a luxury yacht for the summer, she can’t say no. Yes she’ll be waiting on the posh guests… But island-hopping around the Adriatic sea will more than make up for it – especially when Nick, her best friend Nina’s brother, is one of them. 

Sparks fly when they meet on board and Maddie can’t believe self-entitled jerk Nick is really related to Nina. 

But in a secret, picture-perfect cove, away from the real world, Maddie and Nick discover they might have more in common than they realise… 

My Review: 
It’s publication day and my stop on the blog tour for the wonderful Julie Caplin’s new book ‘The Secret Cove in Croatia’ This is the fifth book in the fabulous Romantic Escapes series and another beautiful country to add to my ever growing bucket list! 

This can easily be read as a standalone however I have enjoyed reading in the order of the series, you will find characters pop up throughout the series and some characters are linked either by friendships or family, but as I said, reading as a standalone you won’t be missing out on anything as Julie has a superb way of recapping any characters. 

So we are in beautiful Croatia relaxing on a yacht, crystal clear waters and no clouds in the sky but no relaxing for Maddie. Maddie needs a job, after spending a year in Paris she now has to get her head into gear and find a job after finishing her degree in History of Art but finding a job is becoming more tricky than she thought. When her friend Nina messages her offering her work on a yacht for two weeks as a hostess, Maddie jumps at the chance… How difficult can it be, a little cleaning and cooking (not that she is a whizz in the kitchen!) can’t be too difficult. It seems that boat life is for Maddie as she picks up the ropes pretty quickly! 

One of the guests on the yacht is Nick, far from home and the family farm where he works he is looking forward to island hopping and holidaying with his new girlfriend and model Tara and her friends. Maddie is looking forward to meeting Nick, after all he is Nina’s brother who she has heard so much about and she hopes he could be an ally while on the yacht. However this doesn’t work out well after an awkward first meeting they don’t get off to a good start and Maddie is surprised that Nick is the complete opposite to how she imaged he would be. 

With some demanding guests, (oh some just drove me mad) Maddie has her work cut out for her but as the holiday goes on and some plans change Maddie and Nick find themselves pushed together and soon realise just how much they have in common and sparks begin to fly! I love that the chapters switched between both characters of Maddie and Nick, giving you an extra insight into the characters but then it can also make me want to bash their heads together. I really liked Maddie, she is someone I am sure everyone could relate to, hard-working, fun but deep down she hides some insecurities which makes her so normal and relatable. 

As always the descriptions of the locations in Julie’s books are amazing and really sets the scene and makes you feel like you are there, my most favourite part was the secret cove itself, it just sounded absolute perfection with its crystal waters. These books always have a habit of making me hungry too with mouth-watering delicious food, Julie really does have a great way of capturing everything about the location. 

I loved this book and I really didn’t want it to end, surely Maddie’s story is only just beginning! I am really hoping this isn’t the last in the romantic escapes series as I enjoy the stories so much, where are we jetting off to next Julie? 

Huge thanks to Julie Caplin and Rachel Random Resources for giving me the ARC which I have reviewed honestly and for asking me to take part in this fun blog tour.  Don't forget to take a look at the other great bloggers taking part in this tour!

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Author Bio 

Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury brands, taking journalists on press trips to awful places like Turin, Milan, Geneva, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam and occasionally losing the odd member of the press in an airport. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to eat amazing food, drink free alcohol, hone her writing skills on press releases and to research European cities for her books. 

She writes best-selling warm-hearted contemporary fiction for HarperImpulse. 

Under her pen name, Julie Caplin, her twelfth novel, The Secret Cove in Croatia published in ebook format this July.

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Blog Tour Book Review: The Wedding Planner by Eve Devon

Wedding bells are ringing and gossip is spiralling in Whispers Wood…

Single mum Gloria Pavey has a bad habit of saying exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time. Determined to make a positive change she can’t say no when her best friend, Emma, asks her to take on the role of her wedding planner. The only problem? Gloria’s co-planner – best man Seth Knightley. 

Gloria is on a self-imposed man ban but pulling together the most beautiful wedding Whispers Wood has ever seen alongside gorgeous Seth is pushing her to her limits. As every interaction increases the tension between them Gloria finds herself wondering…could the happy ever after she never thought she’d have be in her future after all? 

My Review: 
‘The Wedding Planner’ makes a stop at Love Books Actually today for this fabulous Blog Tour! This is my first book by Eve Devon and certainly won’t be my last. I jumped at the chance to read this, mainly due to the cover, such a beauty and before even reading the synopsis I knew I wanted to be a part of it! 

After reading a couple of reviews I realised that this is the third book in the ‘Whispers Wood’ series but if you are like me and haven’t picked up an Eve Devon book before I assure you it can be read as a standalone. I do however have plans to re visit Whispers Wood and re read the start of the series. 

As mentioned before this can be read as a standalone, Eve has included a handy character guide at the beginning of the book to help you get to know everyone’s background. I did find it a little tough to begin with to get into the story, I think this was mainly down to all the characters, I found myself constantly flicking back to the guide to find out who was who but it didn’t take me long before I was sucked into the story of Gloria. 

Gloria a single mum and a hater of weddings after her own marriage crumbled, she is now bridesmaid to best friend and boss Emma. Not only carrying out bridesmaid duties but also wedding planner for the couple along with co-planner best man Seth Knightley. 

I loved the character of Gloria, she is feisty, frightening and with no filter you never know what’s going to pop out of her mouth. It was a refreshing change to read about a female character with more balls than a snooker table! Ha! Although she is a tough cookie and her advice although a little harsh, always spoke honestly and I really admired her for that but deep down Gloria came across a little insecure and I felt the hard exterior was more for protection. I really enjoyed reading the scenes between her and old man Issac who was Gloria’s confident and most probably the only person who would tell Gloria how it is. 

Trying to be more positive and open she struggles to turn down best friend Emma when she reaches out for her help to arrange her wedding to Jake. Her worst nightmare, Gloria grits her teeth and gets on with the job but planning the special day brings back all those memories of Gloria’s wedding day out of a locked box she had been keeping at the back of her mind. 

So.. Gorgeous Seth, Jake’s best man he too has been listed to help with the arrangements along with Gloria. Seth is probably the complete opposite to Gloria but they say opposites attract! I loved how super nice, kind and caring he always was towards Gloria, understanding why she felt a need to keep a distance and form barriers from all the wedding plans. Being recently divorced himself he totally got her but this didn’t stop him wanting to pull those barriers down. Ah I loved the scenes between Gloria and Seth a romance based on friendship, it was such a pleasure to see Gloria’s character change throughout the story and you wanted nothing but happiness for Gloria.

This story was all kinds of fun and oh so heartwarming!  Full of all the nice things in life friendships, family and love.  I really recommend you read Gloria's story! 

Huge thanks to Eve Devon, Rachel Random Resources and Netgalley for the ARC and for allowing me to take part in this fantastic Blog Tour!

Author Bio

My name’s Eve Devon and I write sexy heroes, sassy heroines and happy ever afters…

Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave me a taste for adventure and my love for romances began when my mother shoved one into my hands in a desperate attempt to keep me quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals. 

When I wasn’t consuming books by the bucket-load, I could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down my adventures. As a teenager, I wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, I worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucket-load, until realising I was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense myself. I live in leafy Surrey in the UK, a book-devouring, slightly melodramatic, romance-writing sassy heroine with my very own sexy hero husband!

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Monday, 8 July 2019

Blog Tour Book Review: The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin


Willow McKay needs a fresh start. Her recent break-up may not have left her heartbroken, but it’s certainly wounded her pride. Desperate for a change, an advert offering free homes in a picturesque village on the Cornish coast sounds like just what she needs. Without thinking twice Willow packs up her life and heads to the village of Happiness.

But when Willow arrives, she finds ramshackle cottages, shops lying empty and villagers that seem in need of cheer themselves. It's nothing like the pretty picture the advert had boasted. It seems Happiness was too good to be true. That is until she meets the handsome estate manager Andrew Harrington.

His passion for restoring the village to its former glory is contagious and soon they are working together, forming a secret society to bring happiness back to Happiness. And as sparks fly between them Willow can feel herself falling. But Andrew is holding something back.

Will they succeed in transforming the old village to its original beauty before it’s too late? Can the gift of happiness really save a village, and can it save Willow herself?

My Review:
Welcome to my stop on this packed out tour for 'The Little Village of Happiness'.  Fantastic!  Another corker of a book by the wonderful Holly Martin. Holly is my go to for an easy feel good read and I was hooked from the first chapter of her new book The Little Village of Happiness. I loved it!

If someone offered you a year of living rent free in a beautiful village would you take it? Willow McKay grabbed this opportunity of a fresh start with both hands, after a recent break up Willow decides a new beginning is in order and packs her bags and heads to the beautiful Cornish coast. The advert boasted a charming village with a wonderful community, offering free homes, a village named Happiness, sounded the perfect way for Willow to start over. However upon arriving to the village she soon realises that the advert was a little misleading and in actual fact happiness was far removed from the small village.

I warmed to Willow immediately, a candle maker and all round good egg. Willow tries to see the best in her new home and soon gets involved in Village life. I loved her go getter attitude, reading her story made me feel that anything is possible!

Of course no village is complete without a hunky estate manager. Andrew Harrington, also a new resident wants to bring happiness back to the village so working together they create a to do list (who doesn’t love a list!) full of ideas to bring joy to the community before the village open day but working so closely together sparks begin to fly but Andrew is holding back something. I won’t spill the beans but this additional storyline was great, written wonderfully and really made me stop and think. I loved that Holly took a risk and it certainly pays off.

This is a summer feel good read full of fun, love and new beginnings. Learning to be kind to one another and creating new friendships. Wonderfully written as always, a must read!

Big thanks to Holly Martin for asking me to take part in this fab blog tour and for the ARC which I have reviewed honestly. 

Author Bio

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years' service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine's competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Blog Tour Book Review: Losing My Inhibitions by Olivia Spring

A year after leaving her controlling ex, Roxy’s divorce is finally official. She’s got her confidence and career back on track and is ready to start enjoying some no-strings-attached fun.

But just when Roxy thinks she has her dating plan all mapped out, a hot younger single man unexpectedly appears. On paper, he sounds like exactly what Roxy’s been looking for, until she’s warned that he’s strictly off limits. Getting involved with him will put her career, home and everything she’s worked for in extreme jeopardy. There’s a million reasons why Roxy shouldn’t give into his charms. The trouble is, he’s just too tempting...

Will Roxy take a chance and risk it all to pursue a forbidden fling? And if she does, can she find a way to let him rock her world, without turning it upside down?

My Review:
It's my stop and also the last on this fabulous blog tour for Olivia Spring's latest romantic comedy read 'Losing My Inhibitions'.

Olivia's stories are just getting better and better, she is honestly an author to watch! With shocking laugh out loud one liners like 'He'd been pounding away for ten minutes, grunting like a pig.' you cannot miss out on reading this!  Hilarious! 

I was so excited to hear that finally feisty Roxy is getting her own story!  A prequel to 'The Middle-Aged Virgin' and 'Only When it's Love' characters Sophia and Alex both feature in this book but as mentioned this is a prequel so this can easily be read as a stand alone.  

Drawing a line from her past, Roxy is finally divorced and free from her controlling ex Steve.  Back to being a career girl and dating again, life is all going well until a young hottie catches Roxy's eye, turning her life upside down risking her career and home.  Roxy knows the risks she faces and tries to distant herself from him but the temptation is just too powerful and so she decides to follow her heart rather than her head.

This book had me laughing out loud, hiding behind my kindle and picking up my jaw from the floor with some hilarious and quite embarrassing situations that Roxy gets involved with.  One scene in particular had me gasping in shock and saying out loud 'what the actual F...'! Sooo funny!

I loved the character Roxy, I've loved her from other stories, she's a no nonsense girl who doesn't take no for an answer and holds no prisoners.  So it was nice to read a more vulnerable side to her character and to understand why she has that hard exterior. 

I didn't want Roxy's story to end, full of hot and steamy moments, laugh out loud situations and more sauce than a bottle of ketchup!  This is a must read this summer!  I am really hoping this isn't the last we see of Roxy, surely she has more stories up her sleeve!

Huge thank you to Olivia Spring for asking me to take part in this fab blog tour and for the ARC which I have reviewed honestly.

Friday, 5 July 2019

Blog Tour Book Review: Foxglove Farm by Christie Barlow

Return to Love Heart Lane for friendship, romance and a community who will be there for you no matter what…

Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.

But, new mum Isla is struggling. She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm, Isla’s lonely. 

When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.
Can the Love Heart Lane community pull together once more to help save Foxglove Farm? And can Isla save her home…and her marriage?

My Review:

Welcome to my stop on this fabulous blog tour for Christie Barlow’s new book ‘Foxglove Farm'.

I am soooo happy to be back in wonderful Heartcross with the gorgeous people of Love Heart Lane including some new characters too. Although this time the story is focused on Foxglove Farm specifically Isla and Drew. Now if you have read Love Heart Lane you will be familiar with the farm and the wonderful couple that live there but don’t worry if you haven’t, this can easily be read as a stand-alone! Christie's writing is superb, whether you are an old friend to the series or a newbie Christie has this way of keeping you up to date on all the when’s, who’s and what’s! 

The story focuses on their marriage and the struggles they are both experiencing, struggles they are dealing with alone. Isla a new mum is finding it difficult, with Drew on the farm all hours and Isla looking after two children and running the farm house she finds herself feeling lonely and when Drew is home he is cold, distant and snappy leaving Isla from being able to open up to him and on top of all that she has an unexpected visitor at her door to stay (union jack mini car and Tinder app in tow!) 

Disaster hits the farm and Drew’s secrets are exposed leaving Isla to pick up the pieces. But this is Heartcross and the community of Love Heart Lane do not leave one of their own in need, everyone rallies together to support where they can. It really is a place I would love to live! 

Foxglove Farm is not your usual glitter, hearts and flowers sort of story, it hits on big topics, the well-known saying ‘its ok not to be ok’ is absolutely key throughout this book and the way Christie manages this plot is perfect, I really love the style of Christie's writing, whether joyful or sad, Christie writes with pure emotion that really helps you to feel involved and part of village life. 

I loved all the characters (well almost all!) Isla really came into her own throughout this story, stepping up for her family she was a joy to read. I was sad when I came to the end of my time at Foxglove Farm but phew Christie saves the day with another book to add to this wonderful series ‘Clover Cottage’ Yay! I cannot wait!

Overall this book is a heart warming read full of love, friendships and family.  It will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling and make you want to pack up and head to Heartcross!  A must read! 

Huge thank you to Christie Barlow and Rachel Random Resources for the ARC and also for allowing me to take part on this fantastic Blog Tour.  Take a look below to check out the other stops on this tour.

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Author Bio

Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty's Countryside Dream, Lizzie's Christmas Escape, Evie's Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Foxglove Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia. 

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Blog Tour Book Review: To the Stars and Back by Camilla Isley & Giveaway!

When Hollywood’s sexiest bachelor meets the girl next door their relationship doesn’t follow the script…

On-screen, Christian Slade is America’s favorite heartthrob. Off-screen, letting romance into his life isn’t as easy. The women he dates all seem to want a piece of his glamorous life rather than his heart, and trust doesn’t come easy for him.

Then along comes Lana. A beautiful rocket scientist who’s also sweet, smart, sexy, and has absolutely no idea who he is. But what will happen when she finds out?

Will their worlds prove too far apart or could love really be like in the movies?

My Review:
Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Camilla Isley's latest book 'To the Stars and Back'. I didn't realise at first that this book is the fourth in the 'First Come Love' series but it didn't ruin my reading experience at all which shows that this can be read as a standalone.  This was my first read from Camilla and it won't be my last, I most certainly plan on going back to the beginning of the series and I am really hoping Christian Slade pops up in them as I am missing him already!

I flew through 'To the Stars and Back', every spare minute of the day I picked this book up and didn't want to put it down.  At times all I love to do is close off from reality (who doesn't?!) and read a story that doesn't require anything from me but my imagination.  An easy, fun read with humour, romance and a hot male character, this book did not let me down! 

Leading male character, Christian Slade is your typical romcom dreamboat.  A famous actor living in LA, you would think he was the luckiest man in the world but not when it comes to love.  Due to stardom Christian struggles to trust women who love more the status and money rather than the man itself.  So when he bumps into rocket science professor Lana in a hotel store cupboard  (don't ask!) and realising she hasn't the foggiest idea who he is, Christian decides to hold back on disclosing his full identity and after departing separately Christian struggles to get beautiful Lana out of his head.

The story is fast paced and it wasn't long before the couple were dating.  I loved Christian, there wouldn't be a lady who didn't love him after some of the romantic gestures and dates he pulls off for Lana.  But it's not long before the paparazzi catch up with their relationship and his true identity is revealed.  Can they still have the normal relationship they both crave or are their lives just universes apart?

Overall this was a fun read which I enjoyed from start to finish.

I was a very happy reader to see the chapters switch between the two main characters, Lana and Christian.  I always love reading both points of views although sometimes and in this case it can be frustrating knowing what they both think and wanting to knock their heads together.

A huge thank you to Camilla Isley and Rachel's Random Resources for including me on this fab Blog Tour and for an early peek at this fun read.

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Author Bio

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them. 

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Book Review: I Heart Hawaii by Lindsey Kelk

When Angela Clark’s best friend Jenny invites her to join a press trip to Hawaii, three days of sun, sea and sleep sounds like the perfect antidote to her crazed life.

At work in New York, she’s supposed to be the face of Having It All. But the only thing Angela feels she excels at is hiding in the printer cupboard, eating Mini Cheddars and watching Netflix on her phone and if this is living the dream, she's more than ready to wake up.

A few days away with Jenny sounds like exactly what she needs but Angela’s talent for getting into a scrape guarantees nothing goes to plan – and not even the most beautiful beaches, blue skies and daiquiris will get her off the hook…

My Review:
Wow wow wow! I am an emotional wreck. Months of preparing myself for the end but I still wasn't ready to say goodbye to Angela, Alex, Jenny and the gang.

Firstly a huge thank you to Lindsey Kelk, Harper Collins and Rachel May Quin for sending me a box full of goodies including my very own special ARC copy of I Heart Hawaii. I feel so honoured to be a part of Angela's last adventure.

This book was everything I wanted it to be and much more, with a clever prologue leaving me on the edge of my seat, past characters galore and even including a special guest cross over with another fab author... I won't tell but shut the front door what a fantastic surprise! From tropical Hawaii to the epic Big Apple this story will leave you with all the feels and a big fat smile on your face.

Now Angela Clark is still the Angela we know and love but this Angela is all grown up (well mostly!) and now a Mum!  Juggling motherhood, friendships, marriage, and now returning from maternity leave to a new job, where does Hawaii fit into this I hear you ask... So, long story short Jenny invites Angela to a press trip to Hawaii.  Sun, sea, cocktails and maybe a full nights sleep who could turn that down?  Of course Angela has mum guilt leaving behind Alice but Alex being amazing as normal supports Angela's trip.  But in true I Heart fashion things never plan out the way they should.
I haven't wanted to give anything away with regards to the story throughout my review as I would hate to spoil anything and shall let you find out for yourself.

I Heart Hawaii is an emotional roller coaster, full of laugh out loud moments but also pressing on everyday serious subjects which Lindsey always manages to write so well.  As for the ending, I couldn't predict where it was leading but my gosh the ending was simply perfect and tied up a wonderful series.

I am so pleased all those years ago that I randomly picked up 'I Heart New York' but to all those who have yet to start the series, first off, where have you been?! Secondly, do know I am full of jealousy that your about to step foot into the most amazing series of adventures that will have you laughing, crying and swooning over a few hunks along the way.  

Thank you Lindsey for creating an epic series with a fabulous group of friends that no matter how long between books it was always so easy to slip back in and catch up with the gang.  Also we thank you for bringing Alex into our lives...! Everyone needs an Alex!

Not sure what to do with my life now.. Might have to start back at the beginning!!

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway: Crikey a Bodyguard by Kathryn Freeman

She’s got the brains, he’s got the muscle...

When Kelly Bridge’s parents insist on employing a bodyguard for her protection, she’s not happy. Okay, so maybe not every woman is on the cusp of developing a vaccine against a potential biological terrorist attack – but crikey, it’s not like she’s a celebrity!

Ben Jacobs flunked spectacularly out of school, so he knows his new client Dr Kelly Bridge spells trouble for him. But on a conference trip to Rome he finds things are worse than he thought. Not only is he falling for the brilliant scientist, he’s also become horribly aware she’s in grave danger. As they go on the run, dodging bullets and kidnappers, can he resist his feelings and keep her safe?

My Review:
This is my first book by Kathryn Freeman and after reading the synopsis I jumped at the chance to join the blog tour! So here we are on my stop for Kathryn Freeman ‘Crikey a Bodyguard’

I really enjoyed this book, this read is totally up my street... full of action, suspense, humour and romance to boot.

Dr Kelly Bridge is not your typical damsel in distress but a scientist developing a vaccine against a potential biological terrorist attack. After a few odd run ins with strangers, Kelly’s father decides to enlist the help of a bodyguard to protect his daughter and here we meet Ben Jacobs.

Ben ex-special forces after an injury is now a bodyguard working for a private security company called Panther. Of course Kelly thinks the idea is totally ludicrous, but agrees to humour her parents and let Ben shadow her and it’s not long before Kelly’s life is in danger.

This is a fast paced read filled with adventure, but what I love is that Kathryn balances this with romance and humour. I say this so much but I love that we get to read through the eyes of both characters, chapters switching between both Kelly and Ben.

Ben is cheeky, loveable and assertive oh and of course a bit of alright...! But you quickly understand his insecurities when faced with his next assignment to protect the scientist. Ben comes across as macho man but a school drop out, Ben struggles with his confidence of feeling less intelligent to the brilliant Dr Kelly Bridge.

Both characters were written well, however I was a little frustrated on numerous occasions with Kelly’s character. Her stubbornness often got them into danger which could have been avoided if she only listened to Ben, but then I guess where would the fun be in that! I liked that Kathryn included explanations on the work that Kelly was taking part in, my science knowledge is shocking so it helped to feel included and understand the ins and outs of Kelly’s project.

Of course this read is predictable but I really didn’t care, I think expecting the outcome of the story was what made me want to read this book in the first place. This has all the feels of a movie with its entertaining plot twists, not to mention hero Ben who I kept picturing as Jason Statham!

As well as the action, what’s a book without a little romance... During a work trip to Rome Ben suddenly develops feelings for Kelly, however he must push his emotions aside and concentrate on protecting Kelly when her life is threatened.  I loved the chemistry between the two when they worked together the heart warming moments were perfect for this thrilling story.

Overall an entertaining read from start to finish, I wasn’t ready to leave the characters though (am I ever?!) I would love to revisit the characters again!

A big thank you to Rachel Random Resources and ChocLit UK for the ARC and for letting me join this wonderful Blog Tour!

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Author Bio

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn't always about hearts and flowers - and heroes come in many disguises.

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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Book Review: You, Me and the Movies by Fiona Collins

Two people. Ten classic films. A love story you’ll never forget.

Arden has just started university when she meets Mac – and quickly falls head over heels for the handsome, charismatic film lecturer. Their love affair is dramatic, exciting and all-consuming; the sort of thing you only see in the movies.

It couldn’t last. But thirty years later, leading a very different life, Arden is visiting a friend in hospital when she suddenly comes across the man she never forgot. Badly injured in an accident, Mac can only make brief references to the classic films they once watched together: Casablanca, A Star is Born, Pretty Woman among others… and they make Arden remember everything.

The bittersweet memories of their relationship help Arden re-connect with the world in a way she no longer thought was possible. But will a movie-worthy love ever be hers again?

My Review:

I love Fiona Collins books so obviously I jumped at the chance to request her latest book ‘You, Me and the Movies’ when it appeared on Netgalley. Huge thanks to Netgalley, Random House UK and Fiona Collins for allowing me an early read.

Wow! No other words but wow what a story! Firstly this is a completely different genre to Fiona’s other books but I must admit this is my most favourite book of Fiona’s to date. I love that this book took me by surprise, I wasn’t expecting to feel such emotion for the characters and the plot. Long story short this book is simply about two souls connected through their love of movies and proving that it never matters how much time can pass between people, simple references or quotes can bring memories back that was once forgotten.

The story jumps between the ‘then’ and the ‘now’, which Fiona managed perfectly; I never once was lost or felt I had missed anything. The book is written through the eyes of the main character Arden who living in London, separated from her partner with a grown up son and working as an assistant to the locations manager in the Production office of a long running police series called Coppers. During a hospital visit to a friend she comes across her first love Mac Bartley-Thomas who she hasn’t seen for thirty years, here we are transported back to Arden’s University days when she first meets film studies lecturer Mac and they embark on an all consuming romantic relationship.

Fast forward to the present and Mac, badly injured following an accident and no visitors coming by, Arden struggles to walk away so she begins to visit Mac in hospital. Mac’s injuries result in him being unable to communicate, however seeing Arden sparks Mac to reference quotes from classic films that they watched together during their relationship. Quotes that Arden thought had been buried deep down but brings all the emotions crashing back like it was yesterday.

Of course Pretty Woman is one of the classics featured! I will admit I haven’t seen any of the other films mentioned throughout the story which I know is shocking and I will be rectifying that situation soon however it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book as Fiona gives detailed snippets from the films to understand why the quotes were chosen.

These film references are the link that brings the then and the now together within the story.  On the whole Arden's memories are positive and happy but with them also comes painful reminders of an unhappy childhood and a strained relationship with her mother. 

Mac being back in her life helps her to remember the Arden she used to be, helping her to reconnect with the world and opening new doors to opportunities she may have hid away from before now. 

Overall an emotional read from start to finish, I couldn’t call where Arden’s story was going to take me but it really showed how people and situations can really make an effect and leave their mark on your life.  

Friday, 26 April 2019

Blog Tour Book Review: Bridesmaids by Zara Stoneley

Meet Rachel, the beautiful bride with BIG plans for the perfect day! The venue is a castle and the dress is designer. It’s just a shame her husband is a rat. 

Maddie and Sally have only one thing in common – they both love the same man!

Beth is a newly single mum with a mystery baby daddy. Surely the father isn’t someone the girls all know?

And then there’s Jane, the glue holding them all together, but being dumped doesn’t make her the happiest bridesmaid…especially with gorgeous flatmate Freddie complicating things. 

Will the bride say, ‘I Do!’? Or will her bridesmaids save the day…and find love along the way? 

The most hilarious, feel-good rom com of the year!

My Review:
Welcome to Publication Day and the first stop on a jam-packed Blog Tour for the wonderful Zara Stoneley’s ‘Bridesmaids’.

I have wanted to read ‘Bridesmaids’ since forever ago when Zara shared a photo of the book cover on social media. For a start a book that has not one but four cupcakes on the front deserves my attention! Wow! I know the saying ‘never judge a book by its cover’ but let’s… Beautiful, even without taking a look at the synopsis I knew I wanted to read this and I knew I would simply love it. ‘Four friends, four secrets, a wedding they’ll never forget’ How can you not dive into the pages! 

I love a wedding, everyone does surely…?! Who doesn’t love a wedding involving secrets and gossip though, I would have Pinocchio’s nose if I had said no! Of course we all do. Wedding’s are one of the most stressful times that can create disputes between families and friends, generate money troubles, it can turn you into a weather stalker (you’re just asking for one dry day that’s all!) but what happens when your best friend is marrying someone you know is not their soul mate, it’s not going to be easy sailing that’s for sure! 

I loved this book, it’s pure easy reading, escapism with bundles of humour thrown in too. Although Rachel is the bride to be the book is actually written through Jane’s point of view. Jane, we find out isn’t such a fan of weddings which is totally understandable after her heart was broken after being dumped by her fiancĂ© on her hen night! So you can understand her worries when best friend Rachel breaks the news of her approaching wedding especially when she has a sneaky suspicion that Rachel’s fiancĂ© is a complete toad. But being a good bridesmaid and more importantly best friend Jane is ever supportive, making sure to oohhh and ahhh at the right times throughout every step of the wedding planning. 

I really liked the character of Jane, Zara has created someone who not only is likeable for so many reasons but relatable. I could really see myself in her at times throughout the book, the friend who keeps everyone together no matter the situation, a peacemaker, barrier, reliable and a confidant to all. I felt sorry for her at times too, trying to keep everyone happy, keeping people’s secrets all while battling a dragon of a boss at work and jeopardising her own happiness at the same time. 

We all know life can get in the way of keeping in touch so Rachel’s wedding is a great excuse to bring the girlfriends back together however along with them they bring secrets of their own. Sally and Maddie are both in love with the same man which surely will cause no end of awkward moments during the wedding run up, hen party and the big day itself, especially when the man in question is the best man..! Beth who may not be a bridesmaid but still very much part of the bridal party is a new mum to baby Joe but is keeping schtum over who the daddy may be. All this and the hen party antics haven’t even started! 

Last but no means least is Jane’s gorgeous flatmate Freddie who came to Jane in her hour of need and has continued to be her knight in shining armour. I loved all the scenes that Freddie appeared in, you just know he is one of the good ones that every girl needs in her life whether he is fantasy Freddie who Jane secretly crushes over or reliable flat mate Freddie, you can tell that he is a keeper for sure. 

Overall this book was everything I wanted it to be and more, featuring lots of laugh out loud moments, some shocking revelations that left me gob smacked.. and not forgetting a wedding day no one will forget in a hurry! Bridesmaids is a total must read for this summer..! Buy Buy Buy! Zara thank you for another smashing read! 

Big thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, Harper Impulse and of course Zara Stoneley for allowing me an early copy and asking me to be a part of this fab Blog Tour! 

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Author Bio

Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date.

Born in a small village in the UK, she wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. 

She writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say 'ahhh'.

Zara now lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Zara’s bestselling novels include 'No One Cancels Christmas', 'The Wedding Date', 'The Holiday Swap', 'Summer with the Country Village Vet', 'Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage' and the popular Tippermere series - 'Stable Mates', 'Country Affairs' and 'Country Rivals'. 

Where you can find her-

Twitter: @ZaraStoneley

Instagram: zarastoneley