Thursday 19 November 2020

Fallen Angel (Detective Gaby Darin #3) by Jenny O'Brien (2020)


She looked like she’d drifted off to sleep, curled up in her white dress, blonde hair floating in the breeze. They called it the Angel Murder.

Eighteen-year-old Angelica Brock is found dead at a local beauty spot, dressed in a pure white nightgown, her white-blonde hair arranged around her. For years her death is a mystery, her killer the one who got away for a whole generation of police.

For DS Gaby Darin, it’s not just any cold case – the victim is intimately linked to someone close to her, and emotions are high. But just as the team finds a breakthrough clue on Angelica’s nightdress, another case crashes into the station. Could they be linked? After all this time, can Gaby finally discover what really happened to Angelica?

An excellent cold case mystery that had me stumped. There is a lot of old fashioned detective work happening for most of the story along with another investigation occurring at the same time. There were plenty of twists and turns. I didn't see that ending coming! There was a bit of information dump at the end tying events and individuals together but the journey to that point was nerve-wracking and I really found it difficult to put the book down.
I enjoyed the insight into the personal lives of Gaby's team, including her own friendship with Rusty who can be such an arse at times. There was never a dull moment! An excellent read. Can't wait for the next book.

Fallen Angel is out now Amazon

Thanks to HQ Digital for the review copy.

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Linda Weaver Clarke, Guest Author. Tales of Willow Valley.

With the Christmas season around the corner, it's the perfect time to curl up with some Christmas themed books.

Céad míle fáilte to author Linda Weaver Clarke as we showcase her newly published collection of Christmas stories.

Linda's stories are family-friendly and bring a bit of cheer and old-world charm to brighten up the times we are living.

Linda Weaver Clarke was raised in the Rocky Mountains of Southern Idaho and now lives in the red desert hills of southern Utah. She is the author of 30 books: Historical Romance, Cozy Mystery, Swashbuckling Romance, Historical Mystery Romance, a Children’s Book, and Nonfiction. Linda works at the Family Search Center where she helps people find their ancestors so they can learn about their heritage.

Short Stories to Lift Your Spirits.

Tales of Willow Valley and Holidays in Willow Valley are full-length books filled with short stories that have been released for the holidays. Historical Romance is about the adventure of living in a different time period. The romance draws the reader into a world of wonder, but the mystery keeps you turning the pages.

What was romance like in the 19th century? Suko’s Notebook wrote, “Is it just me, or are love stories set in the past more romantic than those set in the present day?” Set in the 1800s, each of the Willow Valley stories has humor, adventure, romance, and mystery.

After reading Tales of Willow Valley, Author Gail Pallotta wrote: “Ms. Clarke brings us five love stories based on the lives of real people and true events. The heroines are brave, spunky women who attract their suitors with their independence and ability to cope with the perils of the day as well as their beauty. Getting lost in the historical detail and excellent characterization, I felt I was with the characters in yesteryear times. The struggles of the heroines and the chivalry of the heroes who won their hearts touched mine and kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I highly recommend these stories for those who enjoy history, people facing and overcoming difficulties and
romantic scenes.”

These short stories were inspired by the experience of Clarke’s ancestors. Linda Weaver Clarke said, “What if I gave my great grandparent’s experience to a fictional character, how would it turn out? As I did this, each story blossomed before my eyes and I was delighted with the outcome.”

In Tales of Willow Valley, you will read five short stories.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel: When Thomas finds out that the proprietor of Hannah’s Hot Chocolate Shop is struggling, he comes up with a brilliant idea. Will she agree to such an unconventional plan?

Leave or Perish: When Jonathan watches Serenity chase off thieves with a sword in her hand, he becomes intrigued with her. How will he win her heart?

A Broom in her Hand: When Laura reports that a thief snuck into her home, William finds out that she chased the intruder off with a broom, but he soon learns the man’s invasion is much bigger than he realizes.

Deception: When Peter accepted the job of writing letters to a young lady on behalf of his employer, he soon realizes he is falling in love with Pauline.

A Cry for Help: When Joshua is sent with a message for Mary, the note says that she must go on a dangerous quest and he is determined to accompany her.

When Sunnie Reviews read Tales of Willow Valley, she wrote: “The stories are refreshing tales of good people working through life as do we today. The title of one of the stories gives me hope for the struggles we are going through now: 
The Light at the End of the Tunnel.  God is always watching out for us and there are good things yet to come. I found these happy stories just what I needed in
these trying days.”

Happy Holidays!

It’s time to enjoy some holiday stories. Holidays in Willow Valley is full of surprises. The inspiration for these stories was based on true experiences. You will read six short stories: The Valentine Bandit, St. Paddy’s Day, April Fools Pranks, The Daring Escape, All Hallows Eve, An Unforgettable Christmas. These stories have humor with a surprise ending. This book was just
released by Audible Audiobooks.

What were the holidays like in the 1840s? How will Emmeline and Felicity celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do Sam and Josie believe in leprechauns and the pot of gold when St. Patrick’s Day comes around? 
Is it common to play jokes on one another on April Fools Day? Nicholas and Lucas find out first hand. Angelica’seyes are opened when she is challenged on Independence Day. 
When the Scottish came to America, they brought their Halloween traditions with them.
How about Christmas? Will Willow Valley accept these traditions? Find out as you share their experiences.

Sunny Reviews wrote: “This book contains six short stories of various characters and different holidays celebrated in the 1840 time period. These are enjoyable stories to read any time of year, not just in holiday times. The book carries Christian values, which I love. These are very entertaining stories and I hope you
will take the time to read them!”

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Sunday 8 November 2020

Incandescence (Shadowlight Book 1) by Elena Leman (2020)


In thousands of years of my astral travels, I’d never needed a companion. But he found a way to ingrain himself in my every brain cell, my every goosebump, my every trembling breath… His darkness is the answer to my light."

Orobella is a cosmic wanderer, living borrowed lives in borrowed bodies. Her mission on planet Instaar is the same as always—collecting Crystals of Emotions while having as much fun as her new physical form allows, no strings attached. But once she meets the hypnotically mysterious Sambor, both her body and soul yearn for more. She makes him an offer he can't refuse.

In the world where creatures of death and darkness drive men mad, emotional detachment has been Sambor's greatest life achievement. As the future leader of the Lasota tribe and a spiritual tattoo artist, he can't afford the luxury of mental weakness. Yet his meticulously constructed equilibrium is shaken up when an alluring nymph promises to save his baby sister, in exchange for a sacred Lasota tattoo. He can't say no. Even if that means his demons will get the best of him.

Steeped in mysticism, elemental magic, and sensual vibrations, this romantic fantasy is more than a love story. It’s a journey through a soul.

SERIES: Shadowlight, #1

GENRE: Fantasy Romance/Metaphysical Fantasy


CONTENT WARNING: This book contains graphic violence, sexual situations, physical abuse, and adult language.

I don't read a lot of fantasy or sci-fi so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It is fast-paced, has plenty of drama, suspense and romance.
The magical world of Instaar is one of the things I loved most about this book. It is a world where anything could happen and not all of it good. So, I was on tenterhooks for much of the story, especially in relation to Child and whether or not she was going to be given a name at the naming ceremony or be cast aside. I loved how Orobella took her under her wing and taught her to sing.
 Orobella was very fun and flirty at the beginning of the novel and I laughed at her witty interactions with some of the men on Instaar. I liked her spirit guide, Smoku, as he was quite adorable and a font of knowledge. 
Sambor was a great character. He had some darkness in him which made him more interesting. His magical tattoos were genius. I loved that his came alive to help in fights when needed. 
Orobella and Sambor were a good match for each other and I was nervous about how things were going to end up with them as Orobella was adamant that her stay on Instaar was temporary. 
The action and suspense kicked up a notch towards the end of the book and I couldn't put it down.
I'm looking forward to following the rest of this series!

Incandescence will be published on the 9th of November.

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Bane's Choice (Vampire Motorcycle Club #1) by Alyssa Day (2020)


Vampires are back for a reason! Meet the sexy, dark hero Bane in New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day's smokin'-hot romance.

Bane lost his humanity ages ago. Nothing is more important than protecting his Vampire Motorcycle Club from the death magic invading his territory. The most ancient of vampires, he seeks cold, unfeeling, bloody vengeance...until a frustratingly sexy human doctor is thrust into his path. She tempts Bane to distraction. And distraction is deadly in his world.

Buttoned-up and meticulous Dr. Ryan St. Cloud never thought she’d find herself in the mix of a motorcycle club, let alone one full of terrifyingly badass vampires. Or how intrigued she is by their dark and enigmatic leader, who seems balanced on the knife’s edge of killing her...or claiming her.

But Bane’s choice is harder than it seems because when that danger hits too close to home, he’s forced to choose between her life and everyone else’s.

Initially, I felt that this book read like it was a spin-off to another series and I was expected to be familiar with Bane, his people, and the dangers he faced. Maybe a prequel novella could be an option in the future. 
I was, however, quickly distracted by all the action in and in Bane's attraction to Dr Ryan St. Cloud. Aspects of Bane's past was explained as the story developed and I got to know him and his sister Meara a little bit better. I really liked Ryan's character. She wasn't afraid of the paranormal world she found herself thrust into and she didn't hesitate to fight on their behalf. There was good banter between her and Bane and quite a lot of humour. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with Edge and Meara and I'm also intrigued by what the future holds for Hunter. How will he be different from the other vampires? Maybe the motorcycle club will feature more in the rest of the series as well.

Bane's Choice is out now.

Monday 26 October 2020

Hunter Circles Series by Jessica Gunn, Narrated by Shannon Condon (2020)

This is a complete five-book series urban fantasy adventure bundle. 

Bound by duty. Marked by fate. 

I’m Krystin Blackwood, and I’ve only ever been good at one thing: killing demons of Darkness.

But at 24, I’m about to face my toughest challenge yet: shifting from working alone to joining a team of three other Hunters. Newbie Hunters. They don’t know their magik, they barely know their place in the world, and when they find out the secrets I’ve been carrying, they’ll definitely decide it’s safer if they don’t know me. 

But unfortunately for them - and me - Darkness has other plans. Lady Azar, Darkness’s heir, stole my new team leader’s son two years ago. Now, she and her lackeys are rallying to exchange Ben’s son for me because of the power I wield. I’m one-half of a prophecy to save an ancient city the Powers of Good lost centuries ago. And if I fail or die before that happens, the destruction of that city will be felt across all planes of existence. 

If we can’t find Ben’s son before All Hallows’ Eve and somehow save him without putting my life at risk, that existential explosion will absolutely happen. But it’ll be nothing compared to the destruction wrought if Lady Azar changes Ben’s son into a demon...and her minion. 

Because the only thing more dangerous than me with a blade is a father’s wrath. 

This complete series bundle contains all five books of the Hunter Circles series: The HuntedThe Traitor, The Changed, The Hero, and The Power. All are full-length 60,000-plus-word urban-fantasy adventure novels full of nonstop, action-packed adventure and demon-fighting, magic, gray anti-heroes, a slow-burn romance, and a story full of heart from the very first chapter. 

#UrbanFantasy #Magic #Witches #Demons

#1  The Hunted 
The first book introduces us to the characters and sets the scene for battles the Hunters will face against the demons as they struggle to fulfil a prophecy to save a lost city. The fight scenes are very dramatic, tense and suspenseful as the group try to rescue the kidnapped infant of their group leader. The evil or bad characters I found to be very intriguing and I enjoyed Giyano's interactions with the Hunters. He appears to be a complex character and one bad boy I quite like! 
The story held my attention all the way to end and left me looking forward to the next instalment.

Saturday 17 October 2020

Garden of Hope (Garden of Love #1) by Daphne Bloom (2020)


Can two lost causes find love in the arms of one another?

Lily, the peculiar youngest daughter of an earl, would rather spend her life as a spinster, tending to her garden—alone. But when her father falls critically ill, she suddenly faces the possibility of becoming a penniless relation living on the charity of her sisters, unless she can find a husband—now. But facing her fifth Season and feeling unable to meet the requirements of a proper wife, Lily despairs of finding a kind and patient man she can trust enough to marry.

Henry, the war-wounded second son of an earl, needs to have a son to secure his family's future. But worried his condition could worsen and leave him crippled, he fears turning any future wife into a mere companion and nursemaid.

Both are unable to resist the pressure from their families to attend the Season and at least try to find a spouse. Can these two lost causes see past their own limitations and let love in?

Garden of Hope is a sweet, clean Regency romance and book 1 in the Garden of Love series! It is a STANDALONE romance novel. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed happily ever after.

A beautifully written romance. Lily and Henry are deemed flawed by society but are determined to follow their own paths to happiness instead of meekly following everyone else's agenda.
I couldn't help but feel for Lily, A sweet girl on the spectrum who finds peace and solitude in her garden. To find herself being thrust into the social demands of the season could only have been torturous, not to mention the added indignity of gossip and the impression people had of her that she was an oddity and bit of a loon. It was obvious from the beginning that she and Henry would be perfect for one another and I couldn't help but hope that things would work out for them. They both have their insecurities but they had a few sweet scenes. In the garden during the ball springs to mind and when Lily sent Henry a thoughtful gift at the same time he was sending one to her. I thought it was adorable the way his servants gave him encouragement.
This was a quick and very enjoyable read and certainly put a smile on my face. 
I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series. I'm also wondering if Lord Astley will make an appearance in one of the future titles. 

Garden of Hope is out now. Amazon

Thursday 15 October 2020

Meet Me In London by Georgia Toffolo (2020) AUDIOBOOK BLOG TOUR


What do you do when your fake engagement starts to feel too real…

Aspiring clothes designer Victoria Scott spends her days working in a bar in Chelsea, and her evenings designing vintage clothes, dreaming of one day opening her own boutique. But these aspirations are under threat from the new department store opening at the end of her road. She needs a Christmas miracle, but one is not forthcoming.

Oliver Russell’s Christmas is not looking very festive right now. His family’s new London department store opening is behind schedule, and on top of that his interfering, if well-meaning mother is pressing him to introduce his girlfriend to her. A girlfriend who does not exist. He needs a diversion. Something to keep his mother from interfering while he focuses on the business.

When Oliver meets Victoria, he offers a proposition: pretend to be his girlfriend at the opening of his store and he will provide an opportunity for Victoria to showcase her designs. But what starts as a business arrangement soon becomes something more tempting, as the fake relationship starts to feel very real. But when secrets in Victoria’s past are exposed will Oliver walk away, or will they both follow their hearts and find what neither knew they were looking for.

This is so good it will melt your heart.
Funny and heartwarming with a cute, romantic storyline and a whole host of wonderful characters.
Oliver is adorable and totally swoon-worthy.  I loved how he didn't think twice about helping Victoria with her students and her fashion show. 
The emotional depth of the story comes from Victoria's friendship with her childhood friends and the consequences of a serious car accident they were all involved in. I would love to see more of her friends and read their stories next! 
Oliver's lovely family also add warmth to the story.  They didn't hesitate in welcoming Victoria to their family and I could feel their anxiety and worry over Oliver's dad's illness.
I enjoyed the narration of the book by the author. Tone and pacing were just right allowing me to get lost in the story straight away. I enjoyed every minute.

Meet Me In London audiobook is out now! Audible

Sunday 11 October 2020

A Bachelor's Pledge (Gentlemen #3) by Penny Hampson (2020)


The woman who haunts his dreams

Secret agent Phil Cullen is upset when he discovers that the young woman he rescued from Mrs Newbody’s establishment has absconded from his housekeeper’s care without a word. Thinking he has been deceived, he resolves to forget about her… something easier said than done.

The man she wants to forget

Sophia Turner is horrified when she is duped into entering a notorious house of ill-repute. Then a handsome stranger comes to her aid. Desperate that no one learns of this scandalous episode, Sophia flees to the one friend she knows she can trust. With luck, she will never see her mysterious rescuer again.

But fate has other plans…

Months later, Phil is on the trail of an elusive French agent and Sophia is a respectable lady’s companion when fate again intervenes, taking their lives on a collision course.

Traitors, spies, and shameful family secrets - will these bring Sophia and Phil together… or drive them apart?

This story was non-stop excitement from start to finish and so difficult to put down!
Sophia unwittingly gets caught up in the machinations of French agents and is the target for abduction on more than one occasion. Phil is the protective agent of the Crown who pledges to keep her safe. 
There were so many heartstopping and suspenseful scenes throughout the book. I loved every minute of it.

The romance between Phil and Sophia was very endearing. Sophia was very wary of him initially especially as he was so highhanded in his plans for her. However, I enjoyed watching them begin to respect and admire each other. I loved Sophia's independent streak and how bravely she set out to determine her own future especially as a young woman who had never before ventured further than her own village.
The side characters were great, especially the Pridhams who were a very likeable and kind couple. I was happy to see Sophia find good friends. There were a few other slightly shady characters who added drama and intrigue. Lieutenant Ashdown was one such character where there was more than meets the eye to him. I'm hoping he gets his story told in the next book!

This was a wonderfully exciting and romantic read. Not to be missed!!

A Bachelor's Pledge is out now Amazon 

Saturday 10 October 2020

Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay by Katie Ginger (2020) BLOG TOUR


Grab your cosiest jumper and escape to the beautiful Swallowtail Bay!

Christmas and romance are in the air and Nell is obsessed! She can’t stop watching her favourite Christmas romcoms and dreaming of the day when she meets her own romantic hero, especially as she is hosting the first ever wedding at her small hotel, Holly Lodge.

Nell’s best friend, Tom, has been in love with her ever since they met. But Nell has never seen him that way, and he’s always kept his feelings a secret in case it ruins their friendship.

After the opening of the glamorous Langdon Mansion Hotel in the bay, Nell’s hotel is struggling for survival and she must fight, with Tom’s help, to keep Holly Lodge open. Can the magic of Christmas help two old friends save Holly Lodge and open Nell’s eyes to a love that was always there the whole time?

Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay is the hilarious new romantic comedy from Katie Ginger, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Veronica Henry and Holly Martin!

A feel-good romantic comedy choc-full of Christmas charm and characters to fall in love with.

Nell and Tom are a delight and I couldn't wait to see them get their HEA. Their journey is sweet and charming. A thoroughly cosy read perfect for that day when you have the house to yourself, a glass of wine and a roaring fire.

I absolutely adore this series. Katie Ginger delivers a heartwarming story with a perfect blend of romance and comedy. 

Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay is out now!   Amazon

KATIE GINGER lives by the sea in the south-east of England, and apart from holidays to very hot places where you can sit by a pool and drink cocktails as big as your head, she wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay is her sixth novel. She is also the author of Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay, Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay, Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage and the Seafront series – The Little Theatre on the Seafront, shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award, and Summer Season on the Seafront.

When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time with her husband and two kids, and their dogs: Wotsit, the King Charles spaniel, and Skips, the three-legged Romanian rescue dog. (And yes, they are both named after crisps!)

For more about Katie, you can visit her website:, find her on Facebook:, or follow her on Twitter: @KatieGAuthor..

Thank you '#rareresources for including Just Book talk in the Blog Tour.

Monday 5 October 2020

Strangers by C.L. Taylor. Narrated by Clare Corbett (2020) BLOG TOUR


Three strangers. Three secrets. And one big lie.

First, there’s Ursula. Unable to face up to the tragedy that consumes her, her world has shrunk to an almost unrecognisable state. But a string of missing people – and her housemate’s permanently locked basement door – set off a chain of events that she soon has no control over.

Then Alice, who’s in the first flush of her relationship with Simon, a man she met by chance, and who seems perfectly normal – except that he flinches at the slightest touch.

And Gareth, who lives a humdrum life as he struggles to cope with his mum’s increasing dementia. She can’t remember much about her days – not even when a postcard from his long-dead father comes through the door.

None of these three strangers have ever met, but their worlds will soon collide in the most dramatic way possible, as the lie that has been told is finally answered for....

The master of suspense is back! Prepare yourself for the latest nail-shredding, heart-in-mouth roller coaster ride from the Sunday Times best seller.

©2020 C.L. Taylor (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Wow! Absolutely gripping. 
There are a few creepy characters who were the cause of some very tense and suspenseful scenes. Totally brilliant.
I loved the main characters, Gareth, Ursula and Alice. They were all living very ordinary and relatable lives but got mixed up in extraordinary situations.
The twists and turns kept everything very exciting and led to a very satisfying conclusion.
The narration is fabulous. The narrator did an incredible job of performing all the different voices which made it really easy to visualise the story as I listened. 

Strangers audiobook is out now Audible
  • By: C.L. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-04-20
  • Language: English
  • PublisherAvon

Tuesday 29 September 2020

All Scot and Bothered (Devil You Know #2) by Kerrigan Byrne (2020)



Tuesday 22 September 2020

Burning Ash (Forgotten Brotherhood Book 3) by N.J. Walters (2020)


No one is more surprised than Asher, one of the oldest vampires on Earth, that he's attracted to vamp hunter Jo Radcliffe. She's smart, a talented slayer, and she's gorgeous. Something about her pulls at him, like no one ever has before. For a man, whose name strikes fear in everyone—this is something new and intriguing. And quite possibly deadly, if she discovers his secret.

Jo has two things in common with the handsome Asher—they are both slayers and someone is messing with them in a very-much-trying-to-kill-them way. She's not so happy about joining forces with a dude she doesn't know. But he's sexy as hell and really good at his job as one of the Forgotten Brotherhood, whose business it is to execute misbehaving paranormals.

She knows she's bait in a larger plot to harm Asher and the Brotherhood. And there is nothing he won't do, no line he won't cross, to keep her safe—which may be the weakness that destroys them both.

Each book in the Fury Unleashed series is STANDALONE:
* Fury Unleashed
* Arctic Bite
* Burning Ash

I needed an urban fantasy fix and this fit the bill perfectly.
I haven't read the previous books in the series but I was able to pick up the story really well. I still want to go back and read books one and two as this one was so good!
Burning Ash has a great cast of characters with strong females leads and a swoon-worthy hero. I felt I got to know Jo and asher really well as they both had strong backstories and plenty of emotional turmoil to work through.
I absolutely loved all the suspense and excitement this story generated and I can't wait to catch up on the earlier titles.

Burning Ash is out now Amazon

Sunday 20 September 2020

The Smuggler's Daughter by Kerry Barrett BLOG TOUR


The Smuggler’s Daughter: Heartwrenching and gripping historical fiction with a mystery to uncover.

Only she knows the truth. Only she can save them.

Emily Moon lives with her mother in an inn on a clifftop in the darkest reaches of Cornwall. After her father mysteriously disappears, her mother finds solace at the bottom of a bottle, and the only way to keep afloat is to turn a blind eye to the smugglers who send signals from the clifftops. But Emily knows that the smugglers killed her father to ensure his silence, and she will not let his murder go unpunished…

Present day
After a case ends in tragedy, police officer Phoebe Bellingham flees to Cornwall for a summer of respite. But rather than the sunny Cornwall of her dreams, she finds herself on storm-beaten cliffs, surrounded by stories of ghosts and smugglers – and the mysterious Emily Moon, who vanished without a trace over two centuries ago. As rain lashes down around her, Phoebe determines to find the truth behind the rumours – but what she uncovers will put herself in danger too…

A haunting and moving timeslip novel perfect for fans of The Girl in the Letter, The Forgotten Village and The Witchfinder’s Sister.

Gripping and unputdownable.

I love dual timeline stories especially when there is a mystery or two to solve.
I liked both timelines equally as their respective stories were so well written.
The character, Emily Moon, is a unique and courageous girl. She is on the spectrum which makes her a pitiable oddity in her day but she has a quiet inner strength that shines through.

In the present day, Pheobe has had a difficult case and needs to get away and recharge her batteries. However, she gets embroiled in uncovering an old mystery, and adventure and intrigue ensue.
The history and beauty of Cornwall are evident in the author's descriptions and I couldn't help but add it to my places to visit post Covid!

A brilliantly told story and one I keep thinking about since I finished reading it.

Friday 21 August 2020

We Just Clicked by Anna Bell (2020)

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A fabulously funny, feel-good novel that will make you laugh until you cry, for anyone who’s ever presented a perfectly-filtered life online to hide the unglamorous reality.

Izzy Brown has always dreamed of being an Instagram influencer. So when her colleague and fellow Instagrammer Luke suggests they ‘fake date’ to boost their profiles, Izzy says yes – against her better judgement.

Now Izzy’s profile tells the story of a confident, glamorous thirty-something with the perfect boyfriend, and her follower numbers are shooting upwards. So what if Izzy can’t stop bickering with Luke, his habit of checking his quiff in every single mirror is driving her insane, and behind the scenes, she’s hiding a secret heartache? Everyone tells a few fibs on social media, right?

But when Izzy runs into Aidan, the mysterious stranger who saved her the day her world fell apart two years ago, major sparks start to fly between them. Izzy’s sure she can have the online success she’s always dreamed of, whilst continuing to fall in love – and heal her heart – in real life. After all, Aidan doesn’t use social media… what could possibly go wrong?

If you loved Sophie Kinsella’s My Not-So-Perfect Life, Laura Jane Williams’ Our Stop or Sophie Ranald’s Sorry Not Sorry, you will fall head over heels for this touching and hilarious new novel from Anna Bell, the bestselling author of The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart.

I absolutely adored this book. Funny, romantic and with a tinge of sadness these characters had my full attention all the way through. As soon as Aidan appeared in the opening scenes I knew I was going to love this character as much as Izzy would. 

Grief and loss are always difficult to experience and navigate around but the author blended it so nicely with all the other moments of fun and humour which is so true to life as grief isn't an emotion experienced in isolation. The parts where Izzy talks about her brother Ben are quite sad and emotional but it really added depth and heart to the book.

This book also does female friendships really well. Izzy's friends and her other friends at work provided hilarity and many heartwarming scenes.

      A lovely romantic comedy that will have you laughing and crying!