Thursday, 9 September 2021

The Therapist by B A Paris AUDIO BLOG TOUR


Today is my stop on #TheTherapist Audio Blog Tour. To listen to this audiobook sneak preview from the beginning, head over to @baparisauthor and follow the blog tour chain. Have you got your copy of #TheTherapist? Amazon @HQStories


Monday, 16 August 2021

Spring Upon a Crime (A Seattle Wilderness Mystery Book 2) by M.L. Erdahl (2021)

Wilderness guide Crystal Rainey leads a group of college students to a private campground amidst the awe-inspiring Olympic Rain Forest. The excursion is ruined when the charming hostess Roxie is discovered standing over the land owner's body, murder weapon in hand. Enlisted to investigate the crime to absolve her friend, Crystal descends on the quiet city of Forks to find loggers, developers, and eco-protesters circling the property, intent on either exploiting or protecting the bastion of old-growth forest. The list of suspects is intimidating. Can Crystal find answers in a community determined to keep her in the dark?

This second book has truly cemented the series in my mind as one to definitely follow from here on out. It was a great listen. The mystery was well thought out and had me guessing from start to finish. There was a mix of humour and suspense along the way. I enjoyed all the awkward and very funny scenarios Crystal found herself in. It made the story so entertaining. I loved and laughed at the name of the kitten, E.L.F., and thought that it was genius! 
I liked the mystery. I thought it was very realistic in that a murder like that is something that could quite easily happen in real life where land sales and inheritances are at play. I also enjoyed the physical landscape where the book is set. It's quite different to where I live; a little coastal village in Ireland and so the setting really appealed to me.
I listened to the audiobook version. The narration was very good and it enhanced my enjoyment of the story.

Tuesday, 10 August 2021

The Secrets of Thistle Cottage by Kerry Barrett (2021)


The truth can be dangerous in the wrong hands…

1661, North Berwick, Scotland
One stormy night, healer Honor Seton and her daughter Alice are summoned to save the town lord's wife – but they're too late. A vengeful crusade against the Seton women leads to whispers of witchcraft all over town. Honor hopes her connections can protect them from unproven rumours and dangerous accusations – but is the truth finally catching up with them?

Present day, North Berwick, Scotland
After an explosive scandal lands her husband in prison, Tess Blyth flees Edinburgh to start afresh in Thistle Cottage. As she hides from the media’s unforgiving glare, Tess is intrigued by the shadowy stories of witchcraft surrounding the women who lived in the cottage centuries ago. But she quickly discovers modern-day witch hunts can be just as vicious: someone in town knows her secret – and they won’t let Tess forget it…

A hauntingly compelling timeslip novel from the author of The Girl in the Picture, perfect for fans of The Forgotten Village and The Witchfinder’s Sister.

This was a fast-moving story and a light read despite the heavy theme. The women in both timelines face prejudice, animosity and threats fuelled by mass hysteria and a mob mentality. The story shows how lies and gossip can have devastating and far-reaching consequences whether spread by word of mouth or on social media.
I enjoyed the witches storyline. Knowing what historically happened to women like them I couldn't shake the foreboding sense of doom facing Honor and her daughter. 
The present timeline had a similar feel but I didn't have the same fear for Tess and Jen as they had the privilege of having rights and the protection of law enforcement.
I felt that the ending was rushed a little bit with everything working out too neatly for all involved. However, this was a book I found difficult to put down. I loved the historical elements and the dual timelines.

#TheSecretsofThistleCottage #NetGalley.

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Wednesday, 4 August 2021

When a Duke Loves a Governess (Unlikely Duchesses #3) by Olivia Drake (2021)

A stunning new Regency from beloved author Olivia Drake, When a Duke Loves a Governess...!

Tessa James has worked and planned tirelessly to open her own millinery shop. All she needs now is a loan from the lord who sired and abandoned her. The only problem is, she doesn’t even know his name. What’s a woman to do to find him but enter the aristocratic world by becoming a governess?

Guy Whitby, the new Duke of Carlin, has returned to London after years abroad to discover that his young daughter Sophy has become a wild-child known for scaring away every governess who's crossed his doorstep. When Tessa James applies for the job, he hires her in desperation despite his misgivings that she’s too bold and beautiful–and that she might be fibbing about her qualifications.

Their blooming attraction leads them on a completely unexpected path to love that neither wants to deny. But when an old enemy threatens Guy's family, their forbidden romance goes up in flames. Can they still learn to love and trust each other as forces try to tear them apart?

Done well, there is something comforting about reading a book with a cliché historical romance trope. You know what to expect and so you can simply relax into a dreamy world for a few hours.
This story hit the mark with Tessa, a likeable and modern heroine who would rather open a shop than join the nobility. The story is fast-paced which kept me reading on. The villain of the piece was nicely plotted out and not obvious at all. I didn't have that figured out until it was revealed. 

There were a few eye-rolling moments for me. Tessa and Carlin decided after only a week that they would dispense with formalities and use first names with each other. Tessa got tipsy after one glass of wine and threw herself at the Duke. And one of the side characters was constantly referred to as a leprechaun!

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Maybe This Time (Whiskey and Weddings #2) by Nicole McLaughlin (2018)


Jen Mackenzie has been knocked down more than a few times, but she always gets up and makes sure she has the last word. It’s the reason she now considers herself equal parts self-sufficient and free-spirit. But since losing her job and trying to help her mother beat cancer, real life―and her occasional careless choices―have begun to catch up with her. Her one saving grace: The Stag, a boutique distillery that has become Kansas City’s go-to wedding venue. The only catch: One of the owners, TJ Laughlin, happens to be the one man who somehow manages to make Jen feel inadequate.

TJ has secretly had a thing for Jen since high school. Now, as her new boss, it’s a daily struggle between revealing his feelings and wringing her beautiful neck. Only one thing is for certain: he can’t stand idly by and watch the woman he cares for struggle. She may be convinced that accepting TJ’s help is a weakness. But all he sees in Jen is beauty and strength, inside and out. As things finally heat up between them, can TJ find a way to convince Jen that love is about give and take―and having it all, together?

I'm late to this series even though this book has been on my shelf since it was published.
This is a sweet second chance romance where the two main protagonists finally manage to develop a romantic relationship after secretly being in love with each other since high school.
TJ is adorable and is the best thing about the book. Jen is a bit prickly and immature. And even though she has a kind heart but she is just not as likeable as TJ. Plus, I couldn't really understand why she hesitated so much with TJ who is much too good for her. There is plenty of drama, job and family issues for the couple to work through before they can finally get their happily ever after.
This is a sweet read and perfect for a relaxing, lazy day.

Friday, 23 July 2021

Elle's A to Z of Love by Claire Huston (2021)


Elle's A to Z of Love: A feel-good, modern love story about friends, family and home

Haileybrook, a beautiful village in the peaceful Cotswolds countryside, is most people’s idea of heaven on earth.

Born and raised in this small slice of paradise, Elle Bea can’t wait to leave.

It should be easy, but every time she packs her bags for exotic adventures, old loves and loyalties pull her back.

Will Elle be forced to forget her dreams of far-flung places and epic romance, or can she grab one last chance to have it all?

An uplifting, romantic story about friends, family and the relationships that make a place a home.

A fantastic read. I just loved every minute of it. I could really relate to Elle's mismanagement of her love life but I was beginning to despair over her blindness over Adam and how close she came to completely wrecking everything with Zach. But sometimes you have to take a chance with the bad boys in order to appreciate the good when they come along. Zach was so adorable and sweet. I enjoyed their slow romance. It was quite old fashioned in a way as they spent most of it corresponding with one another.  I loved it though and it made the ending all the more rewarding and sweet.
The entire cast of characters were lots of fun. I liked how close-knit Elle's group of friends were and Toby was a firm favourite. 

My only criticism was Elle's mother who is stereotyped as a woman who didn't want children and is cold, absent and unfeeling. She doesn't have a big part in the story but she stood out for me as I have yet to see women like her portrayed as anything other than unlikeable.

This was such a beautifully told story; a feel-good romance sure to leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling.

Elle's A to Z of Love is out now 

Thursday, 8 July 2021

The Gentleman's Daughter (The Gentleman Spy Mysteries Book 2) by Bianca M. Schwarz (2021)


Perfect for lovers of historical romantic mysteries.

Sir Henry, secret agent to the crown, must marry a lady above reproach to afford his illegitimate daughter entrance into society. After narrowly escaping marriage to a highborn bigot, he takes an assignment in Brighton, leading him to an abandoned abbey full of dark whispers, and a sinister secret society, the very one Henry has been investigating for three years.

Isabella is as beautiful as she is talented, but falling in love isn't part of her plans. She only wants to paint, forget her painful past, and keep her overbearing mother at bay. But gaining one's independence isn't easy for a woman in 1823, so Isabella embarks on a fake courtship with Sir Henry. Soon, love and a painting career no longer seem so utterly incompatible.

But when the man Isabella fears most kidnaps her, all appears lost. Realizing the kidnapper is part of the same organization he is investigating, Henry chases after them. Entrapped in a web of secrets, both Henry and Isabella must face old enemies, and fight for their happily ever after.

Be sure to also read the first book in The Gentleman Spy Mysteries series, The Innkeeper's Daughter

The Gentleman's Daughter is the much anticipated second novel in The Gentleman Spy Mysteries. Having read The Innkeeper's Daughter I was quite excited to read this one.
The subject matter in this series is quite dark involving sexual violence. But, the tension, sense of menace and threat, danger and suspense really leave the reader on tenterhooks and unable to put the book down.
I loved that the darker elements were offset with a lovely and sweet budding romance. Isabella and Henry make an adorable couple and I loved how sweet he was when he was trying to encourage her trust, confidence and friendship. Their romance gave the story a lighter feeling in the first half of the story. Then the excitement and suspense ramped up big time.

With a satisfying and nail-biting conclusion, this book is an all-around winner.

The Gentleman's Daughter is out now.

#TheGentlemansDaughter #NetGalley

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Mystery at the Abbey Hotel (An Eve Mallow Mystery, Book 5) by Clare Chase (2021)


Eve Mallow’s stay at the luxurious Abbey Hotel takes a turn for the suspicious when the owner is murdered – leaving Eve surrounded by suspects!

Saxford St Peter is Eve Mallow’s beloved home, but she can’t resist the chance to spend a weekend in the nearby Abbey Hotel, famed for its glamorous owner Debra Moran and an array of celebrity guests. For a confirmed people-watcher like Eve, it’s perfect: she can observe the rich and famous while sipping tea in the gardens, her faithful dachshund Gus by her side.

But her relaxing break takes a shocking turn when Debra is found lying dead in the shadowy woods around the hotel. One of Eve’s fellow guests didn’t come to the Abbey for fine food and delightful décor – but to kill.

When the investigation gets underway, Eve finds herself trapped with a wide range of suspects. Could it be Debra’s new friend Harper, who inherits everything? Her ex-husband Chester, still seething over their messy divorce? Or her estranged sister Amelia, who came hoping for reconciliation, only for Debra to shut the door in her face?

As Eve roams the hotel, searching for clues and hunting down alibis, she uncovers a whole host of secrets. But can she find the truth before the killer brings her holiday to a deadly end?

The Eve Mallow Mysteries are proving to be completely addictive!
In this episode, Eve is staying at the Abbey Hotel where, unfortunately, a murder occurs. She meets a whole host of unlikeable characters and any of them could quite easily have been the murderer. It did keep me guessing.
I like it when Eve is supported by her friends and I was happy that my favourite characters were not far away in this story. Robin is becoming a firm favourite and even Gus the dog approves of him. I'm intrigued by his back story and I'm sure it will bring plenty of drama in time.

This is a really entertaining cosy mystery series and I recommend reading it from the beginning.

Thursday, 1 July 2021

A Death at Seascape House (A Jem Jago Mystery book1 ) by Emma Jameson (2021)



With its sweeping sandy beaches and rolling emerald hills, the island of St. Morwenna is an idyllic escape. But behind the perfectly pruned primroses and neighbourly smiles, a killer lies in wait...

When librarian Jemima Jago is offered the opportunity to catalogue Cornwall’s largest collection of antique shipwreck records, it is a dream come true. The only problem? The collection is housed on the island of St. Morwenna, the childhood home she left years ago and vowed never to return to.

Shortly after Jem arrives back in town, island busybody and notorious grump Edith Reddy are found dead, with duct tape clamped over her mouth and nose. Jem, caught seemingly red-handed at the scene of the crime, mistakenly becomes the police’s number one suspect. The handsome Sergeant Hackman in particular can’t seem to leave Jem alone...

Jem must take matters into her own hands if she wants to clear her name. Snooping around Edith’s once-grand home, she is struck by the mess before her. The bedroom is completely ransacked, and in the living room, all the photographs have been removed from their frames. Was Edith’s death simply a break-in gone wrong, or is there more to the mystery that the police are missing?

Jem has a sharp eye for a clue, and she soon realizes that many of the island’s eccentric residents had reason for wanting Edith out of the way. Could Declan, the curious café owner, or Bart, the fishy ferryman, have killed Edith? Jem won’t rest until she uncovers the truth, but doing so will put her right in the killer’s line of sight....

A totally charming cozy mystery from the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Emma Jameson. Brimming with intrigue and warm humour, fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin, and Betty Rowlands will love A Death at Seascape House.

©2021 Emma Jameson (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

A very intriguing mystery with a great cast of characters. I definitely want to read the rest of the series as it becomes available. I loved the scenes where Jem meets the new police sergeant and is completely unaware that he is a police officer. Their interactions with each other are humorous and entertaining. I'm looking forward to reading how that friendship develops throughout the series.
The mystery kept me guessing and I didn't feel like I had it figured out at all. I felt sorry for Jem as her friends and the other islanders treated her very unfairly when she was a young teen and things aren't much better for her on her return home. It will be interesting to watch the islanders mend their ways with her and accept her back into the community.
I'm hoping the next in the series will be out soon!

Monday, 28 June 2021

The Insiders (The Insiders Trilogy #1) by Tijan (2021)

The Insiders is the first in a brand new, page-turning romance trilogy from New York Times bestseller, Tijan!

Bailey is as normal as could be, with a genius IQ and a photographic memory. But still, normal for her. Then, things happen—a guy breaks into her house in the middle of the night to take her hostage. She finds out her father is actually billionaire tech genius Peter Francis, the same guy she’s idolized all her life. She learns all this when she meets dark, mysterious, and electrifying Kashton Colello. He’s an associate of her father’s, and he gives Bailey two choices—go with him and meet her father or survive on her own because those kidnappers are going to try again. It’s a no-brainer.

After this, three things become clear for Bailey:

1. She’s living at her father’s sprawling estate, complete with bodyguards and the best security that money can buy.

2. She’s no longer an only child. She has three siblings and has no idea what to do with them and vice versa.

3. She is being guarded by Kash himself. Personally guarded. And there is a lot of guarding going on there and some of it is going to drive her crazy.

A complete outsider in a world of wealth and decadence, Bailey has to find her way within a family that has more secrets than she could have imagined. One of these secrets could be deadly…

This book starts off with a bang and goes at a breakneck speed. I found myself slightly confused as I couldn't quite make out who the characters were- who was the kidnapper who tried to help her and why? The scene rapidly fades to black and it jumps ahead to where she is safe. I would have liked to have been privy to actual fight scenes and rescues in this book but we don't really get to see any of that.

However, I enjoyed the tension and the build-up of suspense. There is quite a lot of mystery surrounding the people in Bailey's life and it was intriguing to puzzle it all out along with her. I didn't really understand Kash as he had very much a cloak and dagger kind of persona. It was clear that he cared for Bailey but I would have liked a prequel chapter where it shows him keeping tabs on Bailey and thwarting the previous kidnapping attempts so it would show a progression of feelings for her rather than the insta love/attraction that is presented to us.

The parts that really stood out for me were the scenes involving Bailey's brothers and sister. I loved watching her get to know them. Matt was a complex character, wild but harmless enough and I enjoyed all his crazy shenanigans. I'm hoping he will still cause some havoc and drive everyone mad in the next book. I'm also curious as to what lies in store for Bailey's parents. Will they have a second chance together? I'm quite intrigued by Kash's grandfather as well so I'm looking forward to following the rest of the series.

The Insiders is out now and it's also available in audio. Amazon

Saturday, 26 June 2021

Dreaming Wide Awake, Charles R. Hinckley (2021)

"A grounded, riveting murder mystery with supernatural touches." Kirkus Reviews

P.I. August Chase isn't feeling quite like himself. His precognitive dreams have been disrupted by a series of strange lines and rectangles. As comforting as it is not dreaming murders, it's also worrisome, because he doesn't want to lose his special powers. Gus is approached by the sympathetic sister of a convicted murderer to collect evidence and secure a new trial.  As soon as he takes on the case, Gus is recruited by a strange man who claims to be from the original Stargate Project, a government-sponsored program devoted to remote viewing, and who is now part of a group dedicated to destroying a sinister psychic program designed to control the minds of world leaders. As Gus unravels a web of police cover-ups, a string of murders, and an old connection between his stalker and his client, he realizes he may also be on the trail of a government-protected serial killer.

Having enjoyed the first book in the series I was very intrigued to find out what would happen next with Gus and his strange ability.
I was expecting more of a detective story with a paranormal twist but the paranormal element in this book is really the main story. The book starts off very thrilling and gory which I loved. It then moved at a very quick pace and I found it difficult to keep up with all the strange events, the interviewing of suspects and the shady FBI characters following Gus around. It was a quite strange story but enjoyable nonetheless. It will be interesting to see what Gus does next and maybe see more character development. I feel like I know Mill better than I do Gus. He's a funny character and I'm really glad he survived this adventure.

Thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy.

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Author Spotlight Linda Weaver Clarke


I'd like to welcome Linda Weaver Clarke to the blog today. I have read and enjoyed many of Linda's mysteries and historical romances so I am delighted that she has chosen Just Book Talk to tell us more about her latest series.

Linda has also very kindly offered to give a digital copy of One Last Dance to commenters on this page. So, get commenting after you read Linda's guest post below.

Never Too Late To Dream

I believe it’s never too late to accomplish one’s dreams. Some people have a bucket list that

has daring things to do or something they longed to do for years. It is never too late and you

are never too old to do something you have longed to do.

After raising six daughters and believing it is never too late to dream, I decided to go back to

college. It was a scary thing to do and I don’t know why I was so worried. At the age of 50, I

graduated from college with a Theatre and Arts Degree. After that, I performed for a

concert series. It was unbelievably fun and enjoyable until I got reflux and lost my voice.

Feeling discouraged, I didn’t know what to do with my life. But . . . when one door is closed,

God opens another door for you to walk through. And that was exactly what He did for me.

An interest in writing engulfed me. So I went to the library and studied every book available

about writing. I wanted to write family friendly stories for all ages. So I sat down and wrote a

few books until I was brave enough to send one to a publisher. At the age of 56, I became a

published author and won an award for my first book, which surprised and delighted me.

After writing five historical romances, I wrote 12 cozy mysteries and then wrote three

swashbuckling romances. Since I was a fan of Robin Hood, Zorro, and the Scarlet

Pimpernel, I couldn’t help it. I even wrote some non-fiction and a children’s book. Being an

author has been an interesting path to travel. The most recent series that I just completed is

a historical mystery romance series set in the 1830s. It is called A Willow Valley Historical

Romance. Each romance has a mystery to solve.

One Last Dance is the first book in this series, which will keep you guessing until the end of

the book. When Felicity meets their charming new neighbor, she soon discovers that he is

hiding his true identity. Nicholas Adams is on a quest. When she finds out that someone is

after a valuable heirloom, a precious treasure found in her attic, her life takes a new turn.

“This book has my favorite genres: historical, romance and mystery. Although I enjoyed the

romance, what I liked most was the mystery. Intrigue and suspense kept me hooked and I

loved the air of mystery behind a few of the characters. It kept me guessing to the end, and

of course, it had a sweet, happy ending. This is one of my favourite books by Linda Weaver

Clarke.” –Inishowen Cailín, Book Reviewer

 Book Trailer

Angel’s Serenade is the second book in this series. Each day as Emmeline practices the piano,

she doesn’t know the new doctor in town secretly sits on his porch to listen to her music. As

Emmeline gets to know the charming doctor, they become intrigued by her neighbor’s

mysterious behavior. Will they discover his secret? And who is the leader of the River

Pirates, who is causing so much havoc?

“Clarke has created a sweet romance that will warm the heart, and it’s wrapped up in

fascinating yesteryear details of courting, medical practice and river pirates. I highly

recommend the book to those who enjoy sweet romance with a bit of mystery.” –Author

Gail Pallotta

Book trailer:

In A Pleasant Rivalry, Angelica is surprised when she finds out that an old school chum has

returned to Willow Valley. Since she writes articles for the Chronicle and Simon owns the

Willow Valley News, they just happen to be rivals. The competition is on. Who will be the

first to discover the identity of the jewel thief or the arsonist? To her surprise, Angelica

realizes she is losing her heart to her rival.

“I loved this book!  It was a great historical read and full of surprises.  I totally didn't expect

what happened… to happen.  The time period was an interesting one and I love how the

author intertwines historical events into the story.  It was a new and refreshing tale.” –Sunnie


Book Trailer:

Holidays in Willow Valley is full of surprises. This book is a collection of six holiday stories,

something that I hadn’t done before. What were the holidays like at Willow Valley in 1840?

While writing this book, I learned to appreciate our holidays.

“This book contains six short stories of different holidays celebrated in the 1840 time

period. These are enjoyable stories to read any time of year, not just in holiday times. The

characters and the book carry Christian values, which I love. These are very entertaining

stories!” --Sunnie Reviews

Book Trailer:

I soon realized that writing short stories was a pleasure and quite fun. So I decided to try it

once again. So I wrote the fifth and last book in this series called Tales of Willow Valley. It is a

collection of five “Love Stories.”

“If you are in the mood for some sweet, clean, historical, romantic short stories then look no

further. I enjoyed each story and how the women are not sitting back waiting on a man, but

are take-charge women that start their own businesses, aren’t afraid to face ruffians, and

encourage women to fight for their rights. It is amazing what you can learn when an author

does research into events in the past to make sure their works are as authentic as possible.”

–Story Book Reviews

As of today, I am the author of 32 books and 28 Audible audiobooks. You can order any of

my books from Amazon and Audible Audiobooks at my websites below.

My Book Blog:

Audiobook Blog:

Cozy Mystery Blog:

Historical Romance Blog:

Linda’s Website:

Don't forget to comment for a chance to win a digital copy of 

                                  One Last Dance.

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Book of Love (Sweetness and Light #2) by Erin Satie (2021)


She’s trying to make ends meet. He’s out for a bit of fun.

Cordelia is busy, focused, worried about the future of her fledgling bookbinding business. When a handsome man stops her on the street to pester her with questions, she gives him the consideration he deserves: none.

That handsome man happens to be the Duke of Stroud, and he finds Cordelia’s hostility hilarious. He gives chase, if only for the pleasure of provoking her again.

He thinks life is a game. She doesn’t play around.

Within days of meeting Cordelia, Stroud sets a marching band on a matchmaking mama, defaces a local monument, and ropes Cordelia into a round of his favorite game.

In that same time, Cordelia stitches together the complete works of Mary Wollstonecraft, enthusiastically devotes herself to a petition demanding expanded legal rights for married women, and beats Stroud at his own game.

She defies all expectations. So does he.

Most people dismiss Stroud as a fool—himself included. When Cordelia sees past his lighthearted facade, he’s terrified and also... in love?

Stroud barges into Cordelia’s life, offering her all the material and sensual temptations she’s learned to do without. She usually has willpower to spare, but turning him down takes all of it, and then some. He’s oddly irresistible.

Or maybe they’re perfect for one another.

I smiled and laughed quite a lot while reading this. Stroud is such a charming and fun character. The author did a brilliant job of mixing romance and humour with the more serious theme of the fight for social reforms for women that were being debated at the time. It was so interesting to read about this.
I wasn't aware that this book was part of a series but, it's easily enjoyed as a standalone.

Book of Love is out now.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Finding It All by Stacey Komosinski


Finding It All - a contemporary romance is now live with Amazon and Wide Retailers!
Visit this link to pick up your copy today. Paperback or eBook.

Welcome to the Finding Happiness in Harmony series’ first journey celebrating the bonds of friendship, love, and life. This feel-good story of first love and best friends will have you believing you too can find it all. Will they both find the courage to let each other in and experience the joys and pains of love, life, and happiness to find it all?

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.


About the author:

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