She’s Like The Wind by Carrie Elks @CarrieElks #bookreview #PublicationDay #ContemporaryRomance



She’s Like The Wind written and self-published by Carrie Elks is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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He’d be a fool to fall for his long-legged, barefoot employee. But bad decisions have never stopped him before…

Successful businessman and single father, Nate Crawford, doesn’t need any more complications. That’s why he’s moved his business – and his life – to a small beach town. He’s expecting sun, sea and tranquility, but what he gets is a whirlwind in the form of town sweetheart, Ally Sutton.

Ally’s used to dealing with heartache. But losing the café she’s owned for years is the final straw. Being offered a new job feels like a lifeline – that is until she meets her much-older, and impossibly handsome new boss.

In the space of a few weeks everything changes. And when an accident forces them closer, Nate and Ally can’t ignore the fascination between them any longer. But are they ready for the storm their relationship is about to unleash?

**She’s Like the Wind is the second book in the Angel Sands series, set in a small beach town on the California coast. If you like a heartwarming read that’s low on angst and big on feels, this stand-alone romance is for you.**

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Firstly, I’d like to wish Carrie Elks a Happy Publication Day for She’s Like The Wind and thank her for an arc copy of her novel.

Carrie Elks certainly knows how to write heart-stopping, delicious romances and with Book Two in the Angel Sands series: She’s Like The Wind, the author teases our heart with a romance that awakens the hearts desire to feelings the recipients struggle to accept that they are worthy of.

Ally Sutton has lived in Angel Sands all her life and has been running her father’s beachside café for many years but when she learns he’s sold the café from underneath her she feels very hurt and betrayed.

Nate Crawford is hoping his move to Angel Sands will be a new start for him and his teenage daughter Riley with the purchase of the café which included the proviso of keeping Ally Sutton in employment.  Riley is struggling emotionally with the new start and with the struggles of coping with the recent bereavement of her mother.  Her life has changed so much in the last few months and she’s very angry with her father for dragging her miles away to a different state.  Nate’s love life has also suffered when his responsibilities are questioned.

Renovating and rebranding the café is Nate’s new project and he’s very keen for his brand to transfer successfully to this coastal location.  Nate was eager to train his new staff himself but his first introduction to Ally Sutton, the manager of the former café, is met with distain.  Although Nate and Ally’s first impressions were guarded a truce is met and friendship soon blossoms.

When unexpected events bring Nate and Ally closer their friendship soon develops into a desire that is too hard to resist but will the pair be able to let their hearts be free to love again?

This is a story of new beginnings for many, it’s also a story of the relationships between a father and a daughter coping after tragedy.

She’s Like The Wind is another fabulous story from Carrie Elks with a romance that sizzles.

I’d like to share a quote from the novel that I particularly adored:

Looking at her was like looking into the sun.  He was almost certain he was going to get burned.

About the Author

Carrie Elks writes contemporary romance with a sizzling edge. Her first book, Fix You, has been translated into eight languages and made a surprise appearance on Big Brother in Brazil. Luckily for her, it wasn’t voted out. Carrie lives with her husband, two lovely children and a larger-than-life black pug called Plato. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found baking, drinking an occasional (!) glass of wine, or chatting on social media.




Spring at the Little Cornish Gift Shop by Rachel Griffiths @authorRG #bookreview #feelgoodfiction #holidayread #contemporaryromance #novella #TheLittleCornishGiftShop


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Spring at the Little Cornish Gift Shop written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindelunlimited scheme.

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Jake Woodhouse has stayed on at Driftwood Cottage for longer than he planned, but he just can’t seem to find the will to move on. It’s partly to do with the fact that he loves the location, but also because he doesn’t like the idea of leaving his friend Ruby Penrose behind.
Ruby is enjoying being back in Cornwall, working at the Little Cornish Gift Shop, eating all the delicious food her nanna makes and spending time with Jake. Her creative flair has also returned and she’s been working on a few different projects.
A shock phone call from his mother forces Jake to consider his options. He still has issues from his past hanging over him and he knows he can’t really move on until he deals with them.
When Jake leaves, Ruby knows it’s for the best, but she can’t help wondering what might have happened if he’d stayed.

This is the second short story in The Little Cornish Gift Shop series.

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Oh this was such a treat to return to Cornwall and our friends at The Little Cornish Gift Shop.  I read book one in the mini series; Christmas at The Little Cornish Gift Shop, at the end of December and I have missed the characters I had discovered in the start to this delightful mini series by Rachel Griffiths.  You can find my review for book one here.

Ruby is still happily living with her nanna in the gift shop and it’s feeling very much like home for her and she’s started to write, which she’s been struggling with for a while.  Her friendship with Jake is growing and she can’t imagine life in Cornwall without him and his bulldog, Sherlock Bones.

Jake himself too is starting to feel like Cornwall is his new home but his past is about to rock his world again causing much distress for him, his dog and his friends Ruby and Hetty.

Will Jake be tempted by the bright lights of the city?  Will his ex continue to hold the strings to his life? What does this mean for his blossoming friendship with Ruby?

I’ve really enjoyed this mini series by Rachel Griffiths; it’s light hearted, fun and gorgeously romantic.  The Little Cornish Gift Shop mini series is the perfect relaxing read any time of day evoking many feel-good vibes and giving your heart and soul a chance to breathe and take in the charms of the beautiful coastline in the UK.

About the Author

Rachel Griffiths is an author, wife, mother, Earl Grey tea drinker, gin enthusiast, dog walker and fan of the afternoon nap. She loves to read, write and spend time with her family. Over the years, she has had a variety of jobs including stacking supermarket shelves, polishing soaps in a health and beauty shop and teaching pupils how to read and write. After almost twenty years in the classroom, she is lucky enough to be living her dream as a full-time writer.


Coming Home to Wishington Bay by Maxine Morrey @Scribbler_Maxi @rararesources @HQDigitalUK #PublicationDayPush #bookreview #contemporayromance #feelgoodfiction #romcom #giveaway


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Coming Home to Wishington Bay written by Maxine Morrey, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.

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Home is where the heart is…
Holly doesn’t have time for a holiday this year. But when her job threatens to send her over the brink, her boss insists she take a sabbatical. So she packs her bags and escapes to her beloved grandmother Gigi’s house on Wishington Bay, which has sat empty since Gigi passed away.

But Holly’s dreams of a coastal escape take an unexpected turn. Holly didn’t expect to spend time with any man this summer – let alone an Aussie Adonis…but when she meets her next door neighbour Gabe and his little dog Bryan, it’s clear her quiet summer of strolling along the sand and wandering through the seaside village’s tiny streets on her own will come with a hefty dose of distraction.

With a summer to fill and Gigi’s wonderful and surprising house to sort through, Holly knew it would be a summer packed with old memories. She just didn’t expect to make so many new ones…

Coming Home to Wishington Bay is the new gorgeous uplifting rom-com from Maxine Morrey, perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan and Tilly Tennant!

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push for Maxine Morrey’s latest novel: Coming Home to Wishington Bay.  Firstly I’d like to say a great big Happy Publication Day to Maxine Morrey.  This is only the second book I’ve read by this author and Maxine Morrey is becoming one of my favourite writers.

Coming Home to Wishington Bay is a wonderful story of new beginnings and taking stock of your life and finding your happy place.  It’s also a story of coping with the emotions that grief brings you and of struggling with health concerns.

Holly has been living and working in London for a good while and she’s been forced to take a sabbatical due to increasing worries regarding her mental health.  Holly has committed herself to her career and didn’t think nothing of working regular 12 hour plus days.  She’s also recently broken up from a relationship that has brought mixed emotions of anger, trust and humiliation.  Returning to Wishington Bay on the south-coast to her late Grandmother Gigi’s home Holly hopes that this time away from her London life is enough to get her back on track and to also appease her boss.

Holly didn’t expect her ‘r n r’ to include bumping into her new neighbour, hot doctor Gabe with his rescued ‘hot dog’ Bryan.  After initial confused introductions a friendship soon ensues between Holly and Gabe.  However, Gabe forgot to mention a little ‘white lie’ he told his parents and their friendship soon becomes a little more confused.

I loved the sound of Gigi’s home it sounded so idyllic being on the beachfront and with a small close-knit community of independent businesses in the village.  The blooming relationship between Holly and Gabe was good fun with lots of banter flying between them but you could sense a chemistry behind the cheeky chat.  I loved the interaction between Bryan, the adorable rescued pup, and all the characters it was very endearing and I always think animals bring a softness to characters in a story.

This is a beautiful, romantic story but touches on the subject of serious issues regarding mental health which made the storyline even more relatable.  Coming Home to Wishington Bay is a gorgeous feel-good story that will uplift and charm you.

About the Author
Coming Home To Wishington - Maxine Morrey - bio pic b&wMaxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten.

As time went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love.
In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her first romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake, she can (should!) also be found doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

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Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow @matthewcrow @CorsairBooks @annecater #BaxtersRequiem #blogtour #bookreview #contemporaryfiction #romcom #RandomThingsTours


Baxter Requiem

Baxter’s Requiem written by Matthew Crow, publisher Corsair (an imprint of Little, Brown Books) is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and paperback format.

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Mr Baxter is ninety-four years old when he falls down his staircase and finds himself resident at Melrose Gardens Retirement Home.
Baxter is many things – raconteur, retired music teacher, rabble-rouser, bon viveur; but ‘good patient’ he is not. Indeed, Melrose Gardens is his worst nightmare. Then he meets Gregory.
Greg is just nineteen years old, but he has already suffered a loss so heavy that he is in danger of giving up on life before he even gets going. Seeing the boy’s pain, Baxter decides to take him under his wing.
Together they embark on a spirited journey to the war graves of Northern France, for Baxter to pay tribute to the love of his life; the man he waved off to fight in a senseless war; the man who never returned.
As Baxter shares his memories, Gregory starts to see that life need not be a matter of mere endurance; that the world is huge and beautiful; that kindness is strength; and that the only way to honour the dead, is to live every last second we have while we’re here.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the paperback version of Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow.

Baxter’s Requiem is a precious story, one that needed to be told and one that I won’t forget in a long time.  This is my first introduction to the work of Matthew Crow and I couldn’t get enough of the story and I wanted to continue with the characters journeys.

I fell in love with Baxter, a cantankerous old man who had so much spark and spirit within him.  Baxter had been given a stark warning by his Dr and Baxter knew that it was time to put his mission into action.  A mission that he’s planned for a long time.  For Baxter was harbouring a deep loss within him and he wanted to make a momentous journey to pay his respects and say his farewells.

Greg is a sullen teenager that hasn’t been working at the care home for long.  Greg doesn’t know what he’s doing with his life, he turns up for work and goes home and that’s all he feels capable of.  Baxter has taken a shine to Greg, he sees a kinship in him and wishes to pass on some of the wisdom he has accrued to this young lad.  The kinship they share is of a grief that has evoked many conflicting emotions of anger, despair, loss and sadness.

The author Matthew Crow has created a fabulous character in Baxter, he’s very relatable but there’s something unique and special about him.  There were so many sharp-witted and warm-witted scenes with Baxter that had me hooting with laughter and filled me with joy.  This is quite a talent for an author to talk about loss and sadness but evoke so much love and spirit within the storyline.

Baxter’s Requiem is a remarkable beautiful story that is so tragic and poignant but there is an overwhelming uplifting feel throughout.  I loved it!

About the Author

Matthew Crow author Baxter's RequiemMatthew Crow was born and raised in Newcastle. Having worked as a freelance journalist since his teens he has contributed to a number of publications including the Independent on Sunday and the Observer. He has written for adults and YA. His book My Dearest Jonah, was nominated for the Dylan Thomas Prize.


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The Worth of a Penny by Jess B Moore @authorjessb @rararesources @crookedcatbooks #blogtour #bookpromo #contemporaryromance


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The Worth of a Penny written by Jess B Moore, publisher Crooked Cat Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Sweetheart Penelope Davies is what her daddy calls gullible, right after he told her she was stupid and worthless. With her cheek red from being slapped by him, and her heart trampled by a worthless boyfriend, she packs up and follows her half-brother to Fox River, North Carolina, in need of a fresh start.

Dominic MacKenna is the youngest of five brothers, the friendly one with a killer smile and easy laugh. His brothers are all grown up, and one by one they’re flying the nest, leaving him out of sorts and unsure of his place. Who is he if not the youngest MacKenna?

Penny falls in with the MacKenna brothers, welcomed in as family, and offered the kind of love and support she never knew existed. With a new job and a lot of determination, she is finding out what she’s capable of. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love with the most notorious flirt in town.

Dominic falls for the sweet strong girl with a penchant for random facts and quirky homemade dresses. All he wants is to show Penny how wonderful she is, how smart and funny, and how desired and loved—even if he has to do it as her friend.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour with a promo celebrating and promoting the launch of Jess B Moore’s latest novel: The Worth of a Penny.

About the Author

Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.

Her novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love.

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Island in the Sun by Janice Horton @JaniceHorton @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #contemporaryromance #IslandintheSun


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Island in the Sun written by Janice Horton, publisher Thornhill Print, is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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When successful jewellery designer Isla Ashton unexpectedly inherits her eccentric Aunt Kate’s Caribbean island, she is obligated to return to the place she associates with heartache and regret. To where she grew up and fell in love with her childhood friend, Leo Fernandez. Fully intent on selling the island and finally putting the past behind her, Isla is soon compelled to put together the pieces of what really happened on a fateful night ten-years before. She begins to believe that in going to prison, Leo hadn’t only been shielding her from the same fate. She also starts to suspect that her late Aunt hadn’t been entirely honest in sending her away under the guise of recriminations. Who had they both been protecting and why?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Janice Horton’s latest novel: Island in the Sun.

Island in the Sun is my first introduction to the work of Janice Horton.  Janice is affectionately known as the backpacking housewife after selling up her home and setting off on a momentous journey around the world.  Through her travel experiences Janice has written an idyllic romance/family saga set on a remote Caribbean island.

Island in the Sun is a captivating story of two halves about the lives of two women in two timeframes who found solace in a beautiful island were life paused a little for people to enjoy a more simpler way of life.

The story starts off in the present day to when Isla receives the very sad news of the death of her Aunt Kate.  Aunt Kate lived on the quiet island in the Caribbean, known as Isla de las Perlas.  Isla has been handed a package that holds the clues to the past of her Aunt’s life and it also brings back many memories of Isla’s childhood when she herself lived on the island.

Returning back to the island for the funeral is filled with many mixed emotions for Isla as she left her Aunt and the island very abruptly 10 years ago.  Isla was not only angry with her Aunt she was also heartbroken with leaving the home she knew best and her boyfriend Leo.

The mystery of Isla’s sudden departure from the island and of her Aunt’s colourful past is slowly revealed as the story travels back and forth in time.  Startling discoveries are made and we witness glitz, glamour and excitement to a new adventure on a tropical island.  However, not all is blissful on this beautiful island and the author Janice Horton has treated us to quite an adventure.  You can feel a sense of place with the lush surroundings but also the temper of the sudden change in weathers that the tropics often experiences.

A family saga/contemporary romance with a difference were the bright lights led to stunning sunset vistas and a place were the fantasy and mystery of long-forgotten treasures are still spoken about.

About the Author
Janice Horton CaribbeanJanice Horton, also affectionately known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children had grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been traveling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves.

Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has featured in national and international magazines like ‘Prima’ in the UK and ‘Friday’ in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women’s Kaye Adams’ prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.

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The Pieces of You and Me by Rachel Burton #PublicationDayPush @bookish_yogi @HQDigitalUK @rararesources #bookreview #contemporaryromance #ThePiecesofYouandMe


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The Pieces of You and Me written by Rachel Burton, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.

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They say time can heal all wounds…
When Jess and Rupert parted ways, it was the end of a great love story that might have been. Now ten years later, the very different paths they have taken in life will bring them back together for a chance meeting.
But with so much left unsaid about the break up neither ever recovered from and with each keeping their own devastating secrets, will they finally be able to make the fractured pieces of their love for one another whole again?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push for Rachel Burton and her latest novel: The Pieces of You and Me.

The Pieces of You and Me is Rachel Burton’s third novel and although I’ve only read two of her books (including this one) I feel like this author’s novels and her style of writing are going straight to my ‘Favourite Author’ list.  The Pieces of You and Me was so effortlessly written with the words and the story flowing beautifully taking you on an emotive journey with Jess and Rupert.

Jess and Rupert were always destined to be together as they were born hours apart and lived close-by each other.  Growing up they had become best friends and were always there for each other.  But then as childhood grew into young adults their feelings developed into love and it was if they were the pieces of a puzzle that were meant to be together.  However, life, or fate, played it’s part and ten years ago hearts were to be broken and their lives went separate ways.

A lot has happened to Jess in the ten years since she’s seen or heard from Rupert.  She had to pick up the pieces of her heart and try and build them back together but they never truly fitted back correctly.  Her personal life was to experience a huge hurdle that she would struggle to overcome and would still now find this hurdle rearing it’s ugly head again.

Rupert’s heart broke ten years ago when he walked out of Jess’ life, he’s had to face many new hurdles himself that took him by surprise and he’s had a long battle to face of his own.

Now their paths have crossed again and it’s as if the last ten years never took place.  Feelings and memories come flooding back, but could they return to how they once were?  Could their own battles in the last ten years leave barriers against their chance of happiness?

The Pieces of You and Me is such a beautiful story of a love that never gave up.  It’s also a story of struggling with what life has thrown your way.  The author, Rachel Burton, has written with honesty and with sensitivity.  You can feel the emotional heartache and the physical strains that life has thrown at Jess and Rupert.  I was totally swept away by Jess and Rupert’s story and was heartened by their plight.

Beautiful, honest, heart-warming and very uplifting.

About the Author

Rachel Burton is the author of the international ebook bestseller The Many Colours of Us.

Rachel spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her fiance and their three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or follow her blog at She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

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