Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Shooting Star by Teresa Greco (2021)

 



This is the ‘tale’ of the famous model, Drake Sullivan.
The story of a star that shines on the outside while burning on the inside.


Hair stylist Vivienne Foster seems destined for success. In a family of professionals where failure is not an option, she is determined to follow her own dreams. Ambitious and talented, yet desperately shy, she relies on a support system of colleagues and friends, who surround her with love and affection.
With a salon in the heart of Manhattan and a career in high fashion, the only thing missing from her life is the classic Fairy Tale love story.
Until Drake Sullivan, the bad boy of the New York fashion scene, strides into her life, turning it upside down.
He has made a career out of behaving badly and is no one’s idea of a Prince Charming.
Will Vivienne be able to tame Drake’s wild ways?
Will Drake be able convince her family and friends that he has her best interests at heart?
As they face family drama and personal tragedy together, the big question, however, is will Vivienne’s love be enough to quench Drake’s thirst for revenge?


Drake and Vivienne are hot together and their romance is fraught with tension, secrets, and family drama.
In the beginning, I didn't see what the big attraction was for Vivienne to Drake. Beyond his good looks he wasn't a very nice person; arrogant, an alcoholic and rude. Slowly we see his character evolve and I found myself sympathising with him the more he revealed about his traumatic past. 
The first three-quarters of the book is told from Vivienne's perspective. I felt that it dragged here as the story moved quite slowly. However, it quickly gathered pace once it came to Drake's chapters. The final quarter of the book was very exciting, tense, and dark. I couldn't put it down!
It left me with a few questions wondering what's going to happen in part two. Is Richard really dead or will he come back to exact his own revenge? Will things work out happily for Drake and Vivienne?
I will have to keep an eye out for book 2 to find out...









Friday, 30 April 2021

Finding It All by Stacey Komosinski (2021)

Pencil this one in for next month girls as it sounds like a lovely little romance. The debut novel, Finding It All, by Stacey Komosinski releases on the 18th of May.

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Monday, 19 April 2021

Cutting Truths: Fifty Enlightening Slices of Life by Michael Levy (2010)

 


Has anyone taken you for a ride and lost you money? Has anyone given you stress and made you sick? If you could buy eye glasses that would let you cut through peoples talk so that you could see if they were telling you the truth, would you buy them? Well, Michael Levy's new book cannot work miracles; however, it does cut the misty confusion of fallacies and myths that pose as the truth. They say pre armed is pre warned ... Are you ready to look in the mirror and face your logic and reasoning to find out how valid it is? If so, open the first page and walk the road least traveled...The road that leads to truth.



This is a wonderful collection of stories and myths that get you thinking about the world we live in and the beliefs we hold. This book is suitable for all readers whether they follow an organised religion not, there is something here for everyone. Each story, whether it's a Greek myth or something more modern is told in a refreshingly uncomplicated way, They finish with an inspirational quote to consider, mull over, and guide the reader to a more positive mindset and outlook on life.
You may not agree with all the points made in this book however, you may find yourself, like me, highlighting various phrases and thinking more deeply about how to live a happy, worry-free life.
This is a book that I'll be dipping into and rereading again and again.
Thanks to the author for providing me with this enlightening and thought-provoking book. 

Cutting Truths is out now Amazon


Monday, 5 April 2021

A Gentleman’s Promise: A Regency Romance (Gentlemen Book 1) by Penny Hampson

 


A docile wife is what he wants. A husband is the last thing she needs. Can a quest for a killer teach them that they are both wrong?

Emma Smythe and her brother arrive at Easterby Hall to discover that a handsome stranger has laid claim to their ancestral home and the family title. Have her relatives been murdered, and is her brother next? Determined to find the answers, she has no option but to trust the gentleman who insists that he will help. But danger appears in many guises, and for a woman intent on remaining single, her intriguing protector may prove the biggest threat of all.

The attempts on Richard Lacey’s life begin when he inherits a title and a rundown estate. A coincidence? He’s not so sure. Problems multiply with the unexpected arrival of Jamie and Emma Smythe. Long thought dead, they too are potential targets. Richard thinks he wants a docile, obedient wife, but will the task of keeping headstrong Emma safe from danger change his mind?

Embroiled in a sinister mystery, can Richard and Emma work together to catch a killer? And will this dangerous quest teach them that what they both wish to avoid is exactly what they need?

Filled with intrigue, unexpected twists, and faultless period detail, this slow-burn romance is a must-read for lovers of classic Regency fiction.


This a lovely historical romance with a mystery to solve, humour, and suspense.
I enjoyed following Richard and Emma on their investigative pursuits. I appreciated how unflappable Emma was when she was in danger or when it was necessary to be in places that were normally deemed inappropriate for ladies.  She is not an airheaded damsel in distress willing to leave everything up to the men to sort out. She has a good influence on Richard who is quite uptight and likes things orderly. He learns to be a little bit more relaxed as the story goes on. They complemented each other well and I was looking forward to seeing them get their HEA.
The untimely deaths of Emma's parents and the subsequent attacks on Richard were quite dramatic but I felt the investigation dragged on a little bit as it became clear quite early on who was responsible and why. I like dramatic conclusions to mysteries but this one was resolved quite tidily and nicely. However, it still left me with a warm feeling to see these charming characters get their happy ending.

A Gentleman's Promise is available now. Amazon

Saturday, 3 April 2021

The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell (2021)

 

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Wednesday, 17 March 2021

BLOG TOUR! The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse by Katie Ginger (2021)


Amelia loves her life in Paris. But with the surprise inheritance of her childhood home, Meadow Farmhouse, she has no choice but to return to the small village of Meadowbank to restore her great-aunt’s old farmhouse. However returning to Meadowbank means she has to confront her past, including old flame Adam.

When Amelia discovers a locket hidden in the farmhouse, containing the picture of a mysterious World War Two soldier, she starts to uncover the secrets of her great-aunt’s past and is drawn further into village life. Shocked by the warm welcome from the villagers and her own surprising feelings for first love Adam, Amelia is suddenly confused as to where she truly belongs.

Can Amelia finally confront her own past and find where her heart truly calls home?

Fans of Rachael Lucas, Cathy Bramley and Jenny Colgan will fall in love with Katie Ginger!
 




          A heartwarming, feel-good second chance romance.

Amelia and Adam are adorably awkward with each other after not seeing one another for ten years and I couldn't help but smile with all their blushing during their brief interactions. I laughed at her Facebook faux pas and I could just imagine how embarrassed she was about it. Their relationship was very relatable especially for anyone who has ever left home for university and found work away from home.  I couldn't wait to see Amelia make the decision not to go back to Paris.

The close-knit community of the village was very endearing and charming. Everybody knows everyone else's business but at the same time, they rally round each other when times are not so good. It just gave a lovely atmosphere to the setting and juxtaposed nicely with Amelia's life in Paris.

The mystery surrounding Vera's past was very poignant and I found the historical detail very interesting. I could imagine that something similar could have easily happened here during the second world war as American servicemen spent some time socialising in Moville while they were stationed in nearby Derry.

The Secret of Meadow Farmhouse is a darling of a story and I loved every minute of it.


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Sunday, 14 March 2021

The Poet (Samantha Jazz, #1) by Lisa Renee Jones (2021)

 



Published by Entangled:Amara, (2021)

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones brings a fresh, modern take to the thriller genre that will keep you guessing until the very end.

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” -Jean Cocteau

Some call him friend or boss.
Some call him husband or dad.
Some call him son, even a favourite son.

But the only title that matters to him is the one the media has given him: The Poet.

A name he earned from the written words he leaves behind after he kills that are as dark and mysterious as the reason he chooses his victims.

One word, two, three, a story in a poem, a secret that only Detective Samantha Jazz can solve. Because he’s writing this story for her.

She just doesn’t know it yet.


A clever and frightening thriller. I couldn't put this one down. I loved the serial killer's twisted obsession with poetry and how he used it to leave messages to Samantha. The tension and fear in this book were oozing from the pages as the killer stalked Samantha and killed people she knew. The final showdown was a little bit rushed but satisfying none the less. This is a series to follow and I am looking forward to the next one!


The Poet is available now from your favourite retailer in paperback, ebook and audiobook.


Thursday, 11 March 2021

Killer Blonde by Allan Evans (2021)

Every serial killer has a type. But what if that type is part of a larger, more dangerous agenda?

With virtually identical women being murdered in Minnesota, panic is causing huge political pressure to get the killer off the streets. Celebrated investigator Cade Dawkins is given the hot potato case and hopes to get it wrapped up before the governor has his head. But the killer has his own agenda—one that goes beyond simply murdering knockout blondes. As it becomes a cat and mouse game between killer and investigator, Dawkins begins to realize he just may be the mouse.
 




Killer Blonde is a fast-paced thriller and nail-bitingly good! 

The author does a great job of building up tension as we see the kills happening through the eyes of the perpetrator. It is quite chilling as he stalks and kills his victims.

Although I enjoyed the story immensely I would have liked the victims to have been represented more as women, sisters, wives, or mothers rather than being reduced to simply being 'knock out blondes.'  

The romantic angle happened very suddenly and was just referred to as fact. There was no lead-up and I wasn't sure how or when that relationship developed but it served its purpose in making the final chapters very dramatic and exciting as the killer homes in on Dawkins. I was on the edge of my seat! 

This was a great read, highly entertaining and exciting.


Killer Blonde is available in paperback and ebook as well as Kindle Unlimited. Amazon


Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Hit Me With Your Best Scot (Wild Wicked Highlanders #3) by Suzanne Enoch (2021)

 

The MacTaggert brothers have one task:
Find English brides or lose their land!

Coll MacTaggert, Viscount Glendarril, is a big, brawny Highlander who doesn’t like being told what to do—not even by his exasperated English mother who is determined to see her eldest son wedded and bedded. However, when he comes to the rescue of an irresistibly beautiful woman, Coll discovers that he may have found his perfect match…

The challenge isn’t that Persephone Jones is famous, wealthy, independent, and smarter than anyone he knows. The problem is that she is not interested in marrying any man---especially not a hot-headed Scot—even if he is the only man who seems to understand who she really is even when she’s not sure herself. When Coll learns that Persephone is actually a lady-in-hiding and someone is willing to kill her for what she stands to inherit…Well, Coll has never been one to turn down a fight. When hearts are involved, nothing comes between a Highlander and his lady.
 



The third in the series but I read it easily as a standalone having not read the previous books in the series.

There were aspects of the book that I enjoyed a lot. Persephone was a unique character for a regency heroine. She was an actress with experience of men. She is a woman of independent means and is not after a wealthy man or a title. I liked the banter between herself and Coll and I thought it quite endearing when she tried to teach him about how to approach marriageable ladies of the ton.

The story is a bit slow in places and my reading was made slower with Persephene's awkward name to pronounce in my head. The author also uses a lot of non-standard spelling for speech to show attention to the Scottish accent and so my head had to process a whole lot of naes, ye, yer, havenae, willnae, dunnae and what not which I found a bit distracting.

I did enjoy the ending as there was quite a bit of drama and humour. I didn't guess who the would-be killer was until it was revealed. 

This was an enjoyable enough read and I have awarded 3 1/2 stars.


Hit Me With Your Best Scot is out now. Amazon UK

Saturday, 6 March 2021

The Dog Share by Fiona Gibson (2021) Audiobook Blog Tour

 


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Tuesday, 2 March 2021

You've Got Mail by Kate G. Smith (Orion Dash, 2021)

 

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Sunday, 28 February 2021

The Murdering Wives Club by Sharon Thompson (2021)

 



A gripping historical mystery, where women take charge and strive for power.

The Murdering Wives Club is a support group for women who wish to murder their husbands. Or so the rumour goes.

Returning home from World War II, Laurie Davenport is blind and traumatised. He is also convinced that his wife, Charlotte, is trying to kill him. With the help of his assistant, the enigmatic Norah Walsh, Laurie hunts for proof of these killer women.

Then convicted Irish murderer Eve Good claims to have belonged to a club of murdering wives called The Sinful Roses. She agrees to recount her harrowing crimes to Laurie and Norah.

Can Eve Good shed light on this obscure matter? Can a blind, amateur detective succeed in exposing this terrifying group of murdering women? And in his darkened world, whom can he trust?

It seemed to take me ages to get through this book. I really wanted to enjoy it but I was left disappointed.
There is a dark feeling to the story made more so by the fact that none of the characters bar Giles and Laurie were anyway likeable. I felt something was needed to lighten it a bit but there wasn't any humour or banter to offshoot the heavy feeling of the story.
Eve Good's story told through her letters was interesting enough but I would have liked them to have coincided with some active and gripping detective work. Instead, everything is simply talked through and talked about. 
I didn't like Norah's character and I felt that Laurie should have developed more as the story progressed. He was supposed to be getting better but he didn't get any more independent than he had been at the beginning of the book.
I did enjoy the suspenseful moments at the very end of the book but it just came a little too late.
I was also surprised at Poolbeg for allowing this book to be published with so many spelling mistakes and errors.
 

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (2021)


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I was glued to this audiobook for days and even now I am still thinking about it! The story is expertly narrated and I found myself immersed in the novel very quickly.
Caro is a fabulous character. I can't help but wonder what happens to her next. Will her story continue in another book? I really hope so.

There are plenty of characters in this novel. They are all flawed to some degree which makes them very human and realistic. The story gives a good insight into the kinds of dangers faced by young girls at the time and particularly those working in prostitution. I felt apprehensive for certain characters all the way through the book.
There are a good few twists and turns as the investigation unfolds and I was shocked by events on more than one occasion. Learning what happened to Pamela on that fateful night was quite horrifying but it wasn't until the end of the novel did I learn for sure what happened to her. 
I was surprised by the dramatic turn of events in the final chapters. Just when I thought everything had been solved, another piece of the puzzle emerged. Thrilling and exciting reading.

#DaughtersofNight is out now!

 



Friday, 12 February 2021

Pride and Premeditation (Jane Austen Mystery, #1) by Tirzah Price (2021)

 


When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates.

Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.







I am a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice but Austen inspired fiction is generally a no-no for me. That being said, I love a good old mystery and a murder to solve. The idea of Lizzie and D'arcy working together to defend Bingley and find the real killer sounded like something I just shouldn't pass up.
I loved it. I especially liked how the author worked in one or two lines of the more famous dialogue and quotes from P&P. It was cleverly executed and had me laughing out loud. The crime itself and the investigations made by Lizzie made great reading. An entertaining mystery with a few unexpected twists.
I really hope there are more mysteries in the pipeline for Lizzie and D'arcy to solve.


Initially, I was confused about the time period. Was it set in the modern-day with Regency societal conventions or was it set in the Regency era with a few modern twists on societal norms? I imagined it to be the Regency era but it wasn't really clear until the author notes in the end credits and I'm not sure the teen target market will necessarily draw the correct conclusion.


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Pride and Premeditation will be published on the 6th of April in digital and audio format.
Hardback is due to be released on the 13th of May.

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Friday, 5 February 2021

Capturing the Earl (The Wallflowers of West Lane Book 3) by A.S. Fenichel (2021)


 


The friendship of four young ladies has created an indestructible bond to protect one another from the perils of love and marriage . . .
 
After the demise of her friend’s disastrous marriage, Mercedes Parsons isn’t about to let the widowed Wallflower of West Lane, Lady Aurora Radcliff, undertake another perilous trip to the altar. At least, not before the bridegroom-to-be is thoroughly investigated. If only Mercy could stop her uncharacteristic daydreaming about Wesley Renshaw’s charm, his intellect, his dashing good looks. After all, the earl has already set his sights on her best friend! She must keep her wits about her and avoid giving into temptation.
 
Wesley is both irritated and intrigued by the machinations of Mercy—He cannot let her cleverness and beauty distract him. He needs to marry her friend, Aurora, so he can reclaim his family’s ancestral home. A wrong he has hoped to right his entire life. Besides, who is penniless spinster Mercedes Parsons to decide whom he can and cannot marry? Yet while he admires her unwavering loyalty to her friends, he decides it’s high time the misguided woman had a dose of her own medicine. Two can play at this spying game. But they are both embarked on a dangerous charade. And it won’t be merely Mercy’s reputation at risk—or her heart on the line—as Wesley comes to the inescapable conclusion that he has found the right woman at exactly the wrong time.

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I am really enjoying this series. The Wallflowers feel like they are my old friends now at this stage. I want them all to be happy, especially Aurora. 
I loved the initial meeting between Mercy and Wesley. I thought it was sweet and charming. The fact that he wanted to gain back his family estate by marrying Aurora despite his attraction to Mercy made their romance fun to watch. It was obvious to Mercy's aunt and her friends that he was smitten with Mercy and that his goal of marrying Aurora was not going to happen. This was a sweet romance and a lovely read. I look forward to the next book.