Love at the Italian Lake by Darcie Boleyn book review

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Love at the Italian Lake written by Darcie Boleyn, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format

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Sophia Bertoni discovers her boyfriend in bed with another woman, and realizes her life is going nowhere. Leaving her high-pressure job, she travels to Italy to stay with her grandmother while she figures out her next move.

When Sophia – quite literally – bumps into devastatingly handsome Joe Lancaster her plans are turned upside down. As the two realize they’re both spending the summer in the same town, a love affair seems on the cards.

But Sophia and Joe are both burdened by family secrets. Despite their attraction, will the sun set on Sophia and Joe’s romance – or will they find love at the Italian lake?

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A glorious sun-drenched romance set in the Italian Lakes.  Once again Darcie Boleyn has taken me on a journey; a journey of emotions with the characters and a journey around the beautiful, picturesque setting of the Italian Lakes.

Sophia Bertoni makes a startling discovery and realises she isn’t quite effected by the discovery as she ought to be.  Sophia has been living the same daily ritual for a good while; concentrating on her career her personal life has taken a back step.  This discovery makes her think twice about her life and she decides to get away from it all and visit her Nonna in Italy.  Leaving her high pressured job and ex behind looking for rest for her heart, mind and body and hoping for inspiration.

Sophia’s mind was definitely ‘off’ men until she stumbles across Joe Lancaster.  Joe Lancaster, a fellow Brit, who is staying in the same village as Sophia’s Nonna.  Joe is also inbetween jobs and with complications at home and heartbreak in his past he’s also looking for a light or a sign regarding his future.  His sign and light comes from the connection he felt when his eyes met Sophia’s dark eyes.  Sophia also felt an instant attraction with the depths of Joe’s emerald eyes drawing her in to a handsome face and she couldn’t shy away from his kind demeanour.

A friendship developed between the pair however, Sophia and Joe were soon quarrelling with their own conscience over the ever growing emotions they were feeling for each other.  Should they enjoy the here and now and not worry about what the future may hold?

Whilst Sophia is staying with her Nonna she unearths a secret that will send repercussions through her family heritage and could break her family apart.

A wonderful journey of self-discovery, a journey of new beginnings, a journey of discovering new beauties all around the Italian Lakes.

To find out more about Darcie Boleyn and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://darcieboleyn.wordpress.com/

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Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks book review

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Summer’s Lease written by Carrie Elks, publisher Piatkus, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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A free summer holiday in a beautiful villa in Lake Como. The catch? Sharing a house with her worst enemy . . .

Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. After one prize-winning play that ended in disaster, writer’s block turned up, moved in and got a Netflix subscription. Six years later, she’s just lost her crappy job and is about to lose her flat. Worse still, her sisters have no idea how far she’s fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her a free summer holiday in a beautiful Italian villa, she grudgingly agrees to try writing a new play. That’s before she finds out the house belongs to her arch-nemesis, Sam Carlton.

Having just hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons – again – Hollywood heart-throb Sam Carlton needs a place to hide out. Where better than his family’s gorgeous empty villa on Lake Como? Except when he arrives, it isn’t as empty as he’d hoped.

One thing’s for sure – this is going to be a red-hot, scorching summer . . .

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Summer’s Lease is book one in a new series titled The Shakespeare Sisters by Carrie Elks.  This is my first introduction to the work of Carrie Elks and I was in for a treat!

Cesca Shakespeare had spent six years in despair getting over the unexpected end of her play which was due to be played in the West End.  A flop before the curtains were even drawn all because the leading man, Sam Carlton, upped and left without another word.  Cesca had been unable to write another word without it making sense so she hopped from one dead end job to another to try and make ends meet.  When  the opportunity of a summer job arose house sitting in Italy she felt like it was her saviour.

The villa in Italy was beautiful beyond words and Cesca was soon feeling relaxed and was allowing her mind to refresh.  However, her stress levels were soon to rise when an unexpected visitor turned up at the villa.  The visitor was none other than the son of the owners of the villa, Sam Carlton.  The same Sam Carlton that vanished from her play.  The same Sam Carlton that was now a Hollywood heartthrob with millions of adoring fans following his success in the hottest chick flick trilogy to hit the screens.

As you can imagine Cesca was none too pleased to see Sam.  Tempers flared and after much warring of words Cesca and Sam agreed on a temporary truce.

Staying at the villa had re-invigorated Cesca’s will to write and she soon got started on drafting a new screenplay.

Sam Carlton had fled to his family’s Italian villa escaping a storm in the media that had just brewed inciting much gossip about the actor’s personal life.  When Sam arrived at the villa he couldn’t remember this young woman that was now shooting so much verbal towards him.  When he eventually remembered the time six years ago when he fled from London he recalls the hurt he felt so deeply which he received from someone he thought loved and cared for him.  Sam has spent the last six years avoiding as much as possible this time in his life where everything he knew and thought about himself changed.

However, Sam sees something in Cesca; he sees the love that she had back then in the play that she wrote.  He sees how proud she was and as an eighteen year old girl it had mean’t the world to her and his unfortunate actions destroyed it.

Can the pair learn to live in harmony in the same villa whilst Cesca continues with her new job and Sam avoids any media intrusion?  Can Cesca have the courage and determination to write again?  Can Sam stop the demons from his past troubling his future?

This was such a beautiful story set amongst a stunning Italian lakeside villa.  It’s difficult to remain mad or upset with anyone when you wake up everyday surrounded by a dazzling landscape.  The ending was picture perfect, I felt like I’d just sat through the most sublime chick flick movie.  A sexy, addictive romance worthy of big screen triumphs.  I can’t wait to read more from Carrie Elks and The Shakespeare Sisters.

To find out more about Carrie Elks and her work please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://carrieelks.com/

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Englishwoman in Scotland by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Englishwoman in Scotland written and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is available from Thursday 22nd June 2017 in ebook format.

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Talented artisan baker Lady Titania (Tansy) Nettlebridge is betrothed to be married to Lord Brayely no less. She should be ecstatic. She should be delighted at such a match. She would be if she’d actually met him…

Viscount Hector Brayely, or Tor for short isn’t interested in women. He isn’t interested in men. As a renowned mycologist all he’s interested in is fungi, and one particular fungi at that. So when his mother arranges a bride he’s not really interested. He’s more interested in the new cook at the castle, Miss Tansy Smith…

Set in Oban and The Slate Islands Tansy quickly falls in love with the Inner Hebrides but she wouldn’t marry Tor if he was the last man on Belnahua…

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Englishwoman in Scotland is another stand-alone novel in Jenny O’Brien’s ‘Englishwoman in’ series, although a few familiar names will crop up in the storyline.  To enjoy the full ‘Englishwoman in’ book series I would recommend reading all the books in the series in chronological order:

  • Englishwoman in Paris (you can find my review here)
  • Englishwoman in Scotland
  • Englishwoman in Manhattan (you can find my review here)

A boxset of all three novels will be available to purchase on the 22nd June 2017 follow the link: http://amzn.to/2tj9pqd

I absolutely adored Englishwoman in Scotland and I didn’t want it to end.  I’ve previously enjoyed Jenny O’Brien’s previous ‘Englishwoman in’ stories but to me this is my favourite.  I loved how both leading characters were born into wealth and aristocracy but they were both wanting to find their own ways in life;have an interest, have a career, make their own decisions.  I particularly loved how the author set this storyline in a wonderful rugged location in Scotland and included some history to the tale with the leading man’s work taking him to the island of Belnahua.  An island off the west coast of Scotland that once had a population of nearly 200 but has been left inhabited and desolate since WWI. This brought a different dimension to the story and you could feel a change in atmosphere when visiting the isle.  I felt the hidden history around the island brought some clarity to the characters.

We first meet Tansy (Lady Titania Nettlebridge) in her family home in London arguing with her parents who have apparently arranged a marriage for her, a fellow aristocrat whom she has only met the once years ago when she was a young girl.  This arranged marriage has come to light due to recent media coverage of Tansy during one of her night outs with her fellow aristocratic friends.  What Tansy thought was going to be a good night with friends turned into a disaster and she has been left shame faced and feeling betrayed by her ‘so called friends.’  Tansy decides to take matters in her own hands and applies for a job as a cook in a stately home in Scotland, which so happens to be the home of Viscount Hector (Tor) Brayely. She wants to find out what this groom-to-be is really like so going in disguise feels the best way to achieve this. Tansy is a highly skilled baker so she is qualified to do the job in hand but can she cope with the personality of the Viscount?

Tor Brayely has had his fair share of heartache and since the death of his father he is willing to please his mother with this union.  However, when he makes the journey to London to see this Lady he returns home to Scotland in a foul mood and finds a stranger in his kitchen.

The story follows Tansy in her role as cook getting to know Tor and learning how to cope with life in the Hebrides.  Personalities clash but a chemistry soon starts sparking between the pair.  Can the simple beauty of the ruggedness of Scotland bring the pair together?  Can Tansy keep her secret identity away from the Viscount?

This was a wonderful romance with just the right amount of sexual chemistry.  The story was quite topical with the glare of the paparazzi and I loved that Jenny O’Brien gave both characters skills and ambitious dreams.  I loved the sound of Tor with his education, his interests, his kindness, his rugged physique and hatred of the socialite scene.  I also fell in love with some of the sub characters Jenny O’Brien had created and hope to hear more from these in future stories.  A very enjoyable read 5/5*

To find out more about Jenny O’Brien and her books please visit the following links:

Website:  https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com/

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Amazon Author page:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jenny-OBrien/e/B014TN5SKK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1497863769&sr=8-1

Duplicity by Lisa J Hobman book review

 

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Duplicity written and self-published by Lisa J Hobman is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Fin Hunter has spent his life striving for his father’s elusive love and approval by following a life path set out for him and not of his own choosing. However, when he is yet again blamed for something out of his control, he snaps. Deciding to stand on his own two feet, he chooses to follow his true passion – music. But will he find real happiness?

Star Mendoza is living her dream in Edinburgh, a place she discovered in British novels while growing up in a small USA town. Now working in a city coffee shop, the tattooed, pink-haired young woman fantasises about the handsome businessman she serves daily. He’s totally out of her league but a girl can dream. Suddenly he stops calling in only to show up again in the most unlikely of places. Could her fantasy now become a reality? Or is the attraction of opposites doomed to fail?

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I adored this story from Lisa J Hobman, her ninth contemporary romance novel.  Lisa’s words have a way of drawing you into the location of the storyline and the characters, I felt that I was there living the hopes and dreams and riding the waves of the emotions with the characters.  I also feel that Lisa is a great advocate for Scotland and its raw, natural beauty.  This particular story takes us to Edinburgh where we follow two particular people very different from each other who find a magnetic pull between them that keeps drawing them together.

Fin Hunter is a shy man who from a young age has tried to gain his parent’s love and attention and to please them.  Fin’s parents have had a great deal of guidance shall we say in his life, they persuaded him to take up law and work for the family firm and lined up a very suitable young lady for a wife for him.  The story starts when Fin is due to marry this suitable young lady.  Fin was petrified his life was running out of control, he was confused to how he truly felt about Elise, his bride to be.  When events don’t go to plan Fin starts to realise that maybe this is the jolt he needed to step back from his parents stronghold and stand on his own two feet and learn to experience life’s greatest adventure of finding true love.  With his professional and personal life in turmoil Fin finds solace with his friends at the local club, which so happens to be karaoke night.  Fin has always loved music, especially rock, through the bravado of alcohol Fin takes to the stage and literally rocks the place.  This shy, unassuming man turns into a rock god with a voice oozing sex appeal.  The audience love him and he catches the eye of a certain pink haired young woman.

Star Mendoza moved from America to live her dream of working and living in the city she read about in her favourite novels, Edinburgh.  Star is a very likeable young woman who loves to be individual with her style, which at present she is rocking a striking pink and blonde hair do.  Star loves working in the coffee shop especially when a shy, suited young man pops in for his daily caffeine fix.  Star is disappointed when she learns something about this young man and when he disappears for a while she is left forlorn.  However, seeing him at the club in a totally different light mesmerises her.  Like polar opposites the pair are attracted to each other.  However, Fin has a lot of personal heartache to deal with and is so confused with which way to turn and who to trust anymore.

Can this unlikely pair help each other overcome obstacles and help them learn to trust and find the true meaning of love?

This story was gloriously addictive.  I fell for Fin, the pressure he was under, his whole life was just so tragic, a childhood and now adulthood of lost opportunities.  When his double persona was unleashed it was exciting and quite captivating to watch him unfurl.  The chemistry between Fin and Star was felt in abundance and my heart broke for each hurdle they had to face.  A stunning, emotive story 5/5*

To find out more about Lisa J Hobman please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.lisajhobman.com/

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New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan book review

 

 

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New York, Actually written by Sarah Morgan, publisher HQ is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.

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Meet Molly

New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.

Meet Daniel

A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…

Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…

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I’ve just finished reading this irresistible novel and had to put down my thoughts straight away.  Sarah Morgan’s novels are a guaranteed page-turner and a delight and this latest one of hers; New York, Actually, is just simply wonderful.  You will fall in love with the characters, fall in love with Valentine and Brutus and best of all you will fall in love with the story.

New York, Actually is book 4 in The Manhattan with Love series.  You don’t have to read the other stories in the series as New York, Actually can be thoroughly enjoyed as a stand alone but to fully gorge yourself in the wonderfulness of this series I would recommend reading all the books in the series, which are:

  • Sleepless in Manhattan
  • Sunset in Central Park
  • Miracle on 5th Avenue

Molly has a secret persona, she is New York’s famous agony aunt and is owner of the relationship blog Ask a Girl.  Molly moved to New York three years ago following a relationship break-up that was publicly slammed on social media sending repercussions to her professional and personal life.  She never received any support from her so called friends back then and has continually blamed herself for what happened and believes she is a disaster in relationships.  However, her professional expertise in relationships is flourishing.  The only man in her life now is her dog Valentine.  Valentine is a Dalmatian breed dog with a sweet heart shaped nose he loves nothing more than to go jogging with Molly in Central Park.

Daniel is one of the top divorce lawyers in New York, he’s brilliant at his job and has a ‘love them and leave them’ attitude with women.  He doesn’t want everlasting love as he doesn’t agree in love.  Events in the past have hurt Daniel and his twin sisters badly and love is not on his agenda at all.  However, Daniel can’t stop thinking about the girl in the park running with her Dalmatian dog.  He normally has no problem with female attention but this girl seems to have ‘Daniel shaped blinkers’ against her eyes.  Daniel seeks the help of his sisters to try and attract the girl’s attention.  He decides to borrow one of the dogs from The Bark Rangers, the pet walking and fostering business, his twin sisters run.  Daniel claims to not be a dog person but the Alsatian dog he has taken for a walk soon takes a shine to Daniel but when the unlikely pair do meet up with the girl and her dog in the park the Alsatian and the Dalmatian become an instant hit.  Will this attraction spread to their unsuspecting humans?  Will Molly and Daniel learn to let down the barriers they’ve built from past experiences and give love a chance?

This story had it all!  It was full of sexual chemistry, romance, emotion and warmth.  Scenes to grip you and leave you fighting the pages to find out what happens next.  A gorgeous story that I just didn’t want to end … 5/5*

To find out more about Sarah Morgan and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.sarahmorgan.com/

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