Friday, 20 July 2018

Cover Reveal - A Country gift Shop Collection by Vivian Conroy

The perfect cosy crime bundle, featuring all three Country Gift Shop mysteries.

Glen Cove is a rather murderous place.

Dead to Begin With
Vicky Simmons is looking for the simple life. She’s ready to trade in London for a slower pace by opening a British Country Gift Shop in her old hometown on the coast of Maine.
All is looking rosy until Vicky finds herself face-to-face with a dead body and Michael is the prime suspect. When the sheriff links the motive for murder to the unsolved disappearance of a teenage girl twenty years ago, Vicky must turn amateur sleuth. She’ll stop at nothing to save Michael…and unmask the real killer!
Grand Prize: Murder!
Inviting the bestselling cozy crime author Bella Brookes to town is going to be the best business move Vicky Simmons has made yet. Not only is Bella going to sign her books to kick off Glen Cove’s annual One-Mile Book Market, but she’s also running her famous scavenger hunt right in town. That’s sure to win over the townsfolk!
All is going to plan until a dead body is discovered, drawing Vicky straight to the scene of the crime. After the last murder Vicky had vowed to stay out of Sheriff Cash’s way, but when death comes to town she finds herself embroiled in the investigation.
Written into the Grave
Vicky Simmons’s life was supposed to be relaxing after she moved back home to the coast of Maine, but instead of baking bread and gardening she’s been chasing down killers and it’s time to stop. Vicky is ready to slow down again and vows to start focusing more on her roses than solving crime.
That is until she reads the new serial in the paper over breakfast, describing a brutal murder that takes place on a cliff top road just above a beach. Only to find herself moments later, walking Coco and Mr. Pug, face to face with a dead body on the sand. The murder victim described exactly as he was in the story…

The book is on pre order at Amazon UK and is released on 3rd October.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Book Review

Hugh Margolis, Duke of Brighthollow, has been keeping a secret that eats him up inside. His beloved sister was seduced and nearly ruined by a wicked man. The trauma sent her into exile and to protect her reputation, he never did anything about it. But now the ‘gentleman’ is back in Society and recently engaged to another lady.

Miss Amelia Quinton cannot believe her luck. After a whirlwind courtship, she has just become engaged and now she’s looking forward to a true love match. Only all her plans come to a screeching halt when her father announces she is now to marry the Duke of Brighthollow because he owns her father’s debts.

Amelia is horrified, for Hugh is nothing like the sweet and gentle boy she wanted to marry. Only once their vows are said, passions flare and she begins to know the man better. Little by little, both their walls come down and feelings grow. Until she finds out he lied. Will Hugh ever tell her the truth and will it even matter by the time it’s all said and done?

I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review. 
This is book in 8 in this fabulous series, it doesn't seem that long ago I was reading the first book.  Wow this book had me hooked from the first page, right up until the last.  Amelia is a lady that when she wants something she goes after it...but in this instance what she wants is something that Hugh is trying to change her mind over, much to Amelia's annoyance.

At some point in our life we've all told a lie...but have you ever told a lie and it gets so out of control you don't know if you can stop it, no me neither...but this is what happens to Hugh and very nearly causes him to lose the happiness so greatly deserves.

Hugh's friends also make an appearance, which is lovely and they were also a big help with Amelia and Hugh.  For me I can highly recommend this book and I'm so looking forward to the next.

I give this book 5/5 stars.  This book is on pre order at Amazon UK and the book is released on 24th July.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Book Review

The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls—for the passionate women who dare to love them…
He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul…
Lorelei will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?

I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review.
This is book 6 in the Victorian Rebels series, because I haven't read any of Ms Byrne's books before I found you can read this books as a standalone, and I will definitely be reading more of Ms Byrne's books.

Lorelai has such a kind heart she is always finding animals that are injured.  Considering that Lorelai is so lovely, its such a shame she has the most horrible brother and her father is no better, for me a father is there to protect you and love you, Lorelai's father is spineless and does nothing to help Lorelai from her brother...but worry not because on one fateful day when Lorelai and her family are travelling home she spots a young injured boy, and she insists that he returns home with them and Lorelai nurses Ash. 

When we first meet Ash, he has no name and no memories.  So Lorelai named him Ash because he was found under a Ash tree.  Ash was also Lorelai's protector where her brother is concerned.  It was so lovely to see that Ash and Lorelai were starting to fall in love.  Now you would be forgiven in thinking what a lovely happy ending, well Lorelai's brother has a different plan altogether for Ash and not in a good way.

Now from here I can't say much more, because believe me that will spoil the book...but I did cheer with what happened to Lorelai's brother.

Overall this book was well written and one that I enjoyed reading.  I will give 5/5 stars and I can most definitely recommend it.

This book is on pre order at Amazon UK and is available to buy from 28th August. 


Thursday, 28 June 2018

Book Review

A secret shared…
But can she trust him?
In this Debutantes in Paris story, Diana Martin is thrilled be a writer covering the Parisian Exposition. Her new role must be kept quiet—her parents would never allow it! When enigmatic Sir William Blakely discovers her ruse, he knows it could lead her into danger. With the sparks igniting between them, William realises the only way to protect Diana is by staying as close to her as possible!

Wow what a book and a great start to this new series.  This is the first book in Ms Mccabes Debutantes in Paris series.

Firstly Diana wants to have a career and travel, which goes against what society expects ladies to do, which is get married and have children.  Diana isn't against marriage she just wants to experience life.  And secondly there is a little mystery which I'm not going to reveal, you will have to read the book.

So when Diana hears that a magazine is having interviews Diana is determined to go for the interview.  Now I must tell you that wherever Diana goes she always has her trusty notebook, where she writes down what the ladies at the balls are wearing and sometimes makes suggestions on how she would change the dress.

I must tell you about Diana's best friends, first we have Lady Alexandra who is a dukes daughter and very shy, second is Miss Emily Fortescue.  They met when they attended Miss Gantley's School for young ladies and its while on a visit from Christopher and his older brother William that Diana has a crush on William, well he did just get out of the water.

So what about William, now please don't think he is a old fuddy duddy, he works for the foreign office and had been working in India.  Its at a ball that William becomes aware of Diana and is wondering what she writes in her notebook.  For me at first I found William a little shy were Diana is concerned...but he is also Diana's champion and encourages her to go for the interview.

So in general this was a brilliant book and I'm so looking forward to the next book.

I received this ARC from the author in return for a honest review.  All thoughts are my own.

The book is available to buy from Amazon UK and all other retailers.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Book Review

‘A sizzling summer read! – Sarah Morgan

Is home always where the heart is?

When Ellie spent a summer with her mum on a Wiltshire commune in the 90s it was a bigger disaster than Leo DiCaprio’s trip aboard the Titanic – so fleeing to America seemed a perfect plan.
But now, with her marriage falling apart, running back to her mum seems like the only option for her and her son Josh.
She wasn’t expecting Art, the boy she once had a crush on to still be working at Willow Tree Farm…And still be as hot and bothersome as he was when they were teenagers.
Ellie came to Willow Tree Farm for a fresh start. But is she ready to risk sailing her life – and her heart – into another iceberg?

I will defy anyone who reads this book, not to laugh, cheer and cry, because I definitely did.  For me this book is a definite must read and one I can highly recommend.

I have two favourite scenes from the book.  The first one is when Ellie is annoyed with Art and she's been stumbling around the out building in the dark and getting her best bunny slippers covered in mud 😂, if that doesn't make you laugh then nothing will.

The second favourite scene, is when Annie says that Art looks like Aidan Turner, now I had already thought that Art was hot, so my interest went up a whole lot more.

I also loved the diary entries that Ellie wrote when she was Fourteen, and how she coped with her teenage crush then and how she deals with Art now she is a adult.

I will give this book 5/5 stars.

I received this complementary copy in return for a honest review all thoughts are my own.

you can buy this book from Amazon UK and all other retailers.

Book Review

Grace Alnott is out of time. To save her younger brother from an abusive guardian, her merchant father’s will demands she must marry a peer. Handsome but destitute Everett Hetherington, Earl of Westbury agrees to her offer of a marriage of convenience but stipulates she must live with him for six weeks. No matter how honorable he seems she can’t allow him to get too close, because the aristocracy cannot be trusted.
Six weeks. Major Everett Hetherington, new Earl of Westbury, has exactly six weeks to convince the very independent Grace Alnott to spend the rest of her life with him. Despite her belief she doesn't belong in his world, he must tempt the alluring Grace into staying, because he has fallen for her. Hard. He just has to ensure she never discovers his secret.

I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review all thoughts are my own.

I love finding new authors especially when they write my favourite trope which is marriage of convenience...but what also surprised me was this was Ms Pendle's debut book and what a book it was, for me I can highly recommend.

So what was it about the book that I loved so much, well for a start the writing, this was why I was surprised this was a debut book, because for me I was convinced that Ms Pendle had written before.

Then there is the amazing characters Grace and Everett, who come together because of different family circumstances do they get there HEA you will have to read the book to find out.

I give this book 5/5 stars, I just wish I could give more.

The book is on pre order at Amazon UK and is realised on 25th June.


Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Book Review

As society gathers at Kingstag Castle for the wedding of the year, matrimony is in the air. But who will be the bride? With swoonworthy lords, witty ladies, eccentric relatives, and a gaggle of free-spirited girls—not to mention the world’s best high perch phaeton—it’s a recipe for mayhem … and romance. Award winning, best-selling authors Katharine Ashe, Caroline Linden, Miranda Neville and Maya Rodale serve up delectable Regency fun and a sexy contemporary twist in this anthology of original novellas. Four authors, four couples, four deliciously romantic surprises. When it comes to love, anything can happen… 

That Rogue Jack by Maya Rodale 
Jack, Lord Willoughby is charming, handsome, and utterly irresponsible. In other words, he’s the worst person to entrust with the ducal wedding ring. Miss Henrietta Black is prim, proper and the ideal person to help find the priceless family heirloom that’s gone missing … as long as she isn’t distracted by Jack’s gorgeous smile and tantalizing attempts at seduction. They must find the ring before the wedding … if they aren’t too busy falling in love. 

P.S. I Love You by Miranda Neville 
Handsome, inarticulate Frank Newnham asks for his cousin Christian's help when he woos Rosanne Lacy by letter. Rosanne falls for Frank's delicious prose, but when they meet in person at the duke's wedding party, Rosanne can't understand why Frank seems so ... dull. And why is she drawn to the dark brooding Earl of Bruton, with his scarred face and air of melancholy? 

When I Met My Duchess by Caroline Linden 
Gareth Cavendish, Duke of Wessex, believes he’s chosen the perfect bride … until he meets her sister and lightning strikes—literally! Now he’s the only member of society dreading the wedding of the season. Or is he? Cleo Barrows can’t fathom why her knees weaken every time the handsome duke approaches, or why her sister isn’t in the clouds at the prospect of marrying him. But the more often wedding plans throw Cleo and Gareth intimately together, the faster time is running out to turn the celebration of the summer into the scandal of the year. 

How Angela Got Her Rogue Back by Katharine Ashe 
When gorgeous Lord Trenton Ascot beckons to history grad student Angela Cowdrey from the pages of a comic book, she thinks she’s going crazy. When Trent rescues her from a lake and she claims she’s from the future, he knows he is. But a blackmailer is threatening Trent’s family and Angela is determined to help. While unraveling the mystery of her time-travel trip to the duke’s wedding, this modern girl and Regency lord just might discover a passion that defies centuries.

This is a collection of books by four great authors.  Due to time restrictions I could only read one of the books.  I choose to read When I Met My Duchess by Caroline Linden.

There was some great characters in the book...but my favourite has to be Gareth's aunt Lady Sophronia, she is one of those people that doesn't have a filter, she just says what she thinks and she does just that with Gareth and his bride to be Miss Emily Fortescue.

I do have another favourite character and that's Cleo, Emily's widowed sister.  She brought shame to the family when she eloped and married a man who runs a haberdasher's.  Cleo's parents I found to be horrible, they didn't want her at her sister's wedding...but they didn't find any shame in accepting Cleo's money.

I loved reading this book and hopefully you will too.  At some point I will read the other books, and for this reason I will give 4/5 stars, this score could change when I've read the other books.

I received this complementary copy from the author in return for a honest review, all thoughts are my own.
This book is available to buy from Amazon UK and all other retailers.