Six Steps to Happiness by Suzie Tullett @SuzieTullett @bombshellpub @BOTBSPublicity #blogtour #bookreview #romcom

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Six Steps to Happiness written by Suzie Tullett, publisher Bombshell Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindelunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2EjfkT6

Book Blurb

When Ronnie’s husband, Nick, leaves her for their next-door neighbour, Gaye, Ronnie’s life starts to fall apart.
Devastated by the break-up of her marriage, Ronnie is desperate for Nick and Gaye to set up home elsewhere. But Nick and Gaye won’t budge.
To add to her problems, Ronnie’s daughter and mother-in-law decide to stage an intervention. With her family keeping a close eye on her, Ronnie is forced to become more devious in her actions to get rid of Nick and Gaye.
But just how far will she go?
And is moving on ever that easy?
Six Steps to Happiness is a hilarious look at just how far one woman will go to recover from a broken heart and find happiness again.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Suzie Tullett’s latest romcom: Six Steps to Happiness.  This is the first book I’ve read by Suzie Tullett and it was marvellous!

Six Steps to Happiness is a fabulously fun read that is filled with hope and inspiration for new beginnings.

Ronnie is completely heartbroken with the break-up of her marriage and finds the whole affair even more despicable as her husband has moved in next door with her/their neighbour!  Ronnie is hellbent on causing as much havoc as possible to the lovebirds and her ideas to try and oust her neighbour are crazy and a little bonkers and lead to some hilarious consequences.  But when her antics start effecting her wellbeing Ronnie’s daughter and mother-in-law intervene and produce a six step plan to get Ronnie’s life back on track.

Ronnie doesn’t take too kindly to this intervention but for the sake of keeping her loved ones happy she complies in a manner ways.  The plan takes her out of her comfort zone and makes her realise there is more to life than revenge.

Suzie Tullett has written such a fun, entertaining romcom that is very readable.  I was championing Ronnie even on her craziest days and I wanted her to succeed.  The whole ethos of the story was uplifting, fun and heart-warming.  I’ve found a new romcom author to add to my favourite’s list.

About the Author

Suzie Tullett is an author or contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is ‘live, laugh, love’ and when she’s not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else’s.
Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuzieTullettAuthor

Twitter: @SuzieTullett

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5022688.Suzie_Tullett?from_search=true

Blog: https://suzietullett.com/blog/

Website: https://suzietullett.com/

 

An Expat’s Guide to Falling in Love by Cristina Hodgson @hodgsoncristina #bookreview #romcom #indieauthor

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An Expat’s Guide to Falling in Love written and self-published by Cristina Hodgson is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/33gFWhH

Book Blurb

Three weeks before her wedding day, Alexandra decides to walk away from the perfect life, the one that involves 1.9 children and a dog in a 3-bedroomed semi with a 50-ft long garden. Why she decides to take her broken heart to sultry Spain is a mystery… or perhaps destiny.
Maggie, an expat of over thirty years with an outgoing personality and more secrets than the Interpol’s most wanted, introduces Alex, via her famed expat magazine CostaNations, to the ins and outs of living in Spain—but more importantly, to the quirks of dating Spanish men.
Before she finishes reading that chapter, sultry Carlos Rivera walks into Alex’ life (or rather swindles her out of a potent sweet wine whilst she’s having breakfast on her first morning), and from there, the cat-and-mouse game begins.
But is it the Spanish men Alex has to watch out for or is someone close to her hiding a much darker secret?
Add in a fiery Flamenco dancer whom Alex befriends, a pharmacist who has a cocktail of (legal) drugs ready for every expat’s trifles, and two cheeky young children, and you get a peculiar mix of people rooting for Alex, who innocently finds herself in the midst of a clandestine operation.
Will she unravel the mystery before her heart falls for the beauty of the arid lands called Málaga? Or will the man with the mysterious past entrap her first?

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Cristina Hodgson knows how to write a great romcom, her sense of humour is fresh and frivolous and very honest.  This is Cristina’s 5th full length novel and is a standalone story.

Alexandra (Alex) has just recently made a momentous decision and with her broken heart she packs her bags and heads to Spain searching for respite and new beginnings.  One of the first people Alex bumps into when she lands in Spain is Maggie, a fellow Brit who has lived in Spain for over thirty years.  Maggie is a mature lady that is wily and a little bit quirky, she owns and runs CostaNations an expat magazine and she soon offers advice to Alex on the Spanish lifestyle and also offers tips on dating a Spanish man, just in case she needs this advice!

With Alex’s head buzzing with lots of new information and her body struggling to adjust to the heat of the different climate she encounters Carlos Rivera, a Spanish man with swoon worthy looks which sets her blood pressure up more than the heat!

Alex and Carlos start a great tantalising game of one-upmanship between each other and the chemistry between them soon starts sizzling.  They have fun in making life interesting for a little while but Carlos holds a mysterious edge to his character and soon puts the shutters up at the merest mention of his past.

When Maggie offers Alex work at the magazine and the chance to unearth secrets from Carlos’ past she could never imagine the ‘cloak and dagger’ machinations she would discover.

An Expat’s Guide to Falling in Love is another fun, crazy ride of a read from Cristina Hodgson that’s entertaining and filled with drama, a whole host of fabulous, unique characters and a romance to match the stunning sunsets in Spain.

About the Author

Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport, reaching national and international level and still actively participates in Triathlon races and enjoys outdoor activities. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and writing. She won a sports scholarship to Boston College. After a period in Boston, she returned to the UK and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sports Science.
A Little of Chantelle Rose is her debut novel. Amazingly, it has nothing to do with running!

Website: http://cristinahodgson.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hodgsoncristina

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HodgsonCristina/

 

In the Swim of Things by Tracie Banister @traciebanister #bookreview #romcom #summerreading #indieauthor

 

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In the Swim of Things written and self-published by Tracie Banister is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2ZbkWrk

Book Blurb

Ocean-loving Kyra Goodwin had to give up her dream of becoming the female Jacques Cousteau in order to take care of her father and brother, but being a mermaid at the Cape Cod Aquarium is pretty fintastic as far as alternative careers go.

Of course, life as a half-fish/half-woman isn’t all sunken treasure and Ariel twirls. Kyra has to deal with perpetually pruney fingers, eyes irritated by saltwater, and bratty kids on the daily, plus her glam alter ego can make dating really weird. (So many men have pervy siren-of-the-sea fantasies!) When she meets hunky surfer Cade, and he’s into her without knowing what she does for a living, Kyra thinks she’s finally won the romance lottery.

Unfortunately, Kyra’s plans for a carefree summer of catching waves with her new boyfriend run aground when Sea Star Beach, a place that holds great sentimental value for her, is taken over by a big-city developer who wants to build an exclusive resort. Kyra’s crusade to save her beloved beach threatens both her job and her relationship with Cade as does her growing closeness with her irresistibly broody merwrangler, Declan, whose precocious daughter is intent on playing matchmaker.

When a new family drama arises just as Kyra receives an offer that would turn her greatest desire into reality, she’s torn. Will she do what’s expected of her, or dive in and follow her heart?

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In the Swim of Things is such a cute, sexy, fun read.  It is like the perfect blockbuster romcom but in book form so ideal to relax with over the summer period.

This is a story that keeps you fully entertained throughout.  Kyra Goodwin, one of the mermaids at the local aquarium is a lifelong resident of Cape Code and the seafront with it’s rock pools full of seascape wildlife, sea glass and stunning beach holds many heartfelt memories of time spent with her late mother.  When Kyra hears of a big new hotel complex taking over the beach she is outraged that the area’s natural beauty will no longer be available to the local residents and only the paying guests of the hotel will have access to it.  Kyra with her friend Casey start campaigning against the development.

Whilst all the campaigning is happening Kyra’s heart is swayed by a handsome newcomer but Cade has secrets that could threaten many aspects of Kyra’s life.

In the Swim of Things is such a fun story; not only do we get to hear of the antics of ‘mermaids’ performing at the aquarium bringing a touch of magic to the delights of visitors of all ages but we get to enjoy a tidal wave of emotions and drama that Kyra’s life becomes.

You can’t help but be dazzled with this mermaidesque story with charming surfers, cheeky pirates, troublesome friends and friends that no matter what will always be there for you.  With an adorable, sexy romance thrown in it’s a perfect romcom for the summer.

About the Author (gleaned from the author’s website)

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. She is the proud winner of the 2017 Independent Press Award (Romantic Comedy) and a Bronze Medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards (Chick Lit).

In the Swim of Things is Tracie’s sixth novel and thanks to this book, she can now check another occupation off her fantasy list. She has no doubt that writing about a mermaid is much easier than actually being one!

Website: https://traciebanister.blogspot.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/traciebanister

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/traciebanister/

Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May @nicolamay1 @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #romcom

 

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Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay written and self-published by Nicola May is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.  The paperback version is due for release in September.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2NXyi9y

Book Blurb

The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund.

Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems to have all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences.

Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on.

With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour for Nicola May’s latest novel: Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay.

I really enjoyed my trip back to Cockleberry Bay, I’d forgotten how much fun Rosa was.  You can find my review for book one in the series here.  I’d highly recommend reading all the books in the series in order to fully appreciate the back story behind the characters and the setting as book two does follow on with the characters journey.

Life has moved on for Rosa she’s now happily married and her little Corner Shop is doing well however, Rosa’s insecurities and vulnerability in her past rears itself again bringing a whole heap of trouble, anguish and heartache her way.

Once again Rosa deals with troubled waters in her own unorthodox way but Rosa’s way isn’t always the best way and it’s not until things in her life reach a crisis point that she starts to take stock of her life and her emotional wellbeing.

During all this turmoil a few other catastrophes are sent to try Rosa’s resolve and the poor lass has had an awful lot to deal with.

With her generous, kind and unique friends and with the introduction of new characters Rosa’s life is slowly put together again.

Nicola May has written another fabulously, funny, flirty romance.  You can’t help but love Rosa with her imperfections and her gorgeous little sausage dog, Hot.  This series is a perfect pick-you-up read that will have you chuckling, smiling, crying and swooning over the pages.

About the Author

Meet Me - Author PhotoAward winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

 

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Confetti at The Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #LittleDuckPondCafe #romcom


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Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Café written and self-published by Rosie Green is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2Iqghul

Book Blurb

Wedding fever is in the air in the village of Sunnybrook. With Ellie and Zak’s Big Day on the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little Duck Pond Cafe community. But when dark clouds begin to roll in from more than one direction, several close relationships look to be under threat. Will the wedding of the year actually take place at all?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of book six in the Little Duck Pond Café series: Confetti At The Little Duck Pond Café.

Each instalment in The Little Duck Pond Café series is like visiting your best friends.  It is such a delightful series that includes stories that are light and dark, full of the highs and lows of life and love in a gorgeous village in the English countryside.  A village that has a duck pond as it’s focal point with a café adjacent to it.

I would highly recommend reading the books in the series in order to get a full sense of the setting, characters and the whole ambience of the series.  The books in the series in order are:

  • Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • Summer at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • Snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • A Bakery at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • Confetti at The Little Duck Pond Cafe

The prologue to this sixth instalment sets the scene to a traumatic event with Ellie waiting for news at the hospital bedside of a loved one.  We don’t know who the loved one is and are kept guessing for a good while.

This story centres around Ellie and Zac’s wedding preparations but plans do not run smoothly.  We are also introduced to a new character, Primrose, a young woman who has a sadness about her.

I’ve loved every single story in the series and really enjoy how each one continues on and we get to travel the journey of life with our much loved characters.  As always author Rosie Green injects much warmth and charm within the storyline and you feel very much involved in village life.  I hope the author continues to revisit the Little Duck Pond Café as I feel she has so much more to give to her readers.

Author Bio

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

​Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe will be the sixth in the series

Twitter – www.twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

The Dinner in the Sky by Anne John-Ligali @AnneJohnLigali @BooksNAuthorsUK @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #romcom #FriendshipsOnlineBookseries

 

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The Dinner in the Sky (Friendships Online book 3) written by Anne John-Ligali, publisher Books and Authors Publishing UK, is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  UK – https://amzn.to/2ZmrCCu

US – https://amzn.to/2KRE2hH

Book Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-qRJaZdgjs

Book Blurb
After a shocking confrontation with an unexpected encounter, Constance tries to piece her life back together and is on a mission to finally move on.

The thought of having her friends near is comforting as they take time out of their busy online lives and meet up at their favourite place, A Cupful of Dreams Café. Everyone seems happy enough until cracks begin to show and all is not as good as it seems. Constance tries desperately to keep positive as there’s so much to look forward to: shopping for posh frocks, dinner at The Shard and a movie premiere.

As things start to look rosy, a few odd tweets begin to pop up from nowhere. At first, they seem innocent, but as the weeks go by and premier night draws near, not only do the tweets increase but they become more obnoxious.

By the time Constance and her chums arrive on the red carpet, she’s determined to work out who the troll could be and to keep them from spoiling her evening. However as Constance soon learns, the troll wants to destroy far more than that!

Breathtaking views of London.

Posh frocks and Paparazzi

But there’s definitely trouble in the air …

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour for Anne John-Ligali’s latest instalment in the Friendships Online series: The Dinner in the Sky.  Firstly, I’d like to apologise to the author, Anne John-Ligali, and also to the tour organiser Rachel for posting my review a day late.

The Dinner in the Sky is my first introduction to the works of author Anne John-Ligali.  The Dinner in the Sky is Book 3 in the Friendships Online book series and I feel a little sad that I’ve come to the series at the final instalment as what I’ve learned from reading The Dinner in the Sky is that the author knows how to create a fun-packed story full of a myriad of characters. I would highly recommend reading the books in the series in order as you can then have a more fulfilled reading experience.  The books in the series are:

  • The Big Event
  • The Weekend Spa Break
  • The Dinner in the Sky

The Dinner in the Sky gears up to an exciting movie premiere, a new book cover launch and Constance’s love life is as eventful as one of the storylines in one of her bestselling novels.

As I hadn’t read any of the other books in the series it did take me a little time to get to know the characters but by the end of the story I felt so wrapped up in the storyline that what happened prior to this instalment didn’t worry me as my heart and mind was in the here and now.

I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of Constance’s sons condition and how the author sensitively wrote a storyline about a single mum coping with the challenges of bringing up a child with autism.  There was still plenty of fun mixed in with this storyline and the sub-characters played a great part in the story blending a lot of humour and energy within.

The storyline feels very current with the inclusion of WhatsApp messages, Instagram stories etc making the whole story feel more alive.  A great finale to what must have been a fab trilogy.

About the Author
The Dinner - Meet AnneAnne John-Ligali is a writer and found of Books and Authors UK, a website that features author interviews, cover reveals, blog posts, features and reviews. She loves all things books, going to book events and meeting other book worms. She has written her first series and is currently writing her first novel.
When Anne is not writing she is likely to be playing with her kids, going for walks in the park, watching Netflix or thinking up more stories. Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London she studies graphic design at the University of Arts and held a number of IT jobs in the city. Anne continues to write romantic comedies, women’s fiction, and has the desire to write a non-fiction book and a few children’s books.

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The Truth About Love and Dogs by Lilly Bartlett @MicheleGormanUK @NottingHillPR #bookreview #romcom #kindleunlimited

 

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The Truth About Love and Dogs written by Lilly Bartlett, publisher Notting Hill Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2O41AzL

Book Blurb

Four little words, uttered by her husband…
‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder. ‘Shannon!’
There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon.

Rewind six months and Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase. Desperate to get their sparkle back, Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but none of it is working. Which makes it very hard to start the family they want.

At least her business is going strong, even if her marriage isn’t. She and her best friend spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur. Scarlett/ is the fairy dogmother, training hopeless pets like compulsive eater Barkley, impulsive Romeo Murphy and bossy Biscuit. Meanwhile, her best friend walks the dogs and pines for the man who doesn’t know she exists. Thank goodness the women have each other.

If only Scarlett could work out how to get her marriage back on track. But Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her. He is, though, sharing with her best friend. Her best friend, Shannon.

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The Truth About Love and Dogs was such a fun, romantic comedy from Lilly Barlett but amongst all the lovable dogs with their misbehaving antics there is a serious side to this story.  Lilly Bartlett has dealt with this side of the storyline with such sensitivity and empathy.  My heart ached for Scarlett and Rufus and I wanted so much to make life work out for them, but not everything runs smoothly in anyone’s journey.

We follow the journey of Scarlett and Rufus taking the next step in their married life and their wish to become parents.  However, fate was to play a cruel hand to them leaving emotions that would be tested to the limit.

On a lighter note Scarlett’s Dog Behavioural Business was going well and her new group of clients were proving a much needed distraction for her.  I loved this side of the story; animals come in all shapes and sizes with their own personalities and boy was Scarlett in for a challenge with her new class of dog delinquents?!

Lilly Bartlett has created a warm-hearted, romantic comedy filled with crazy antics from both our four legged friends and their owners.  One page the author will have you crying with laughter witnessing the scenes mapped out in the story and another your heart will be ripped in two with the struggles facing our leading couple.

I completely fell in love with this story, animals bring out a certain charm and warmth within stories, they are very unpredictable and Lilly Bartlett has shown how the love of a dog can change the personalities of their owners and those around them.

Heart-warming, full of fun but with a poignant story to tell.

About the Author

Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of laugh out loud moments, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power chick lit under her own name.

Website: http://www.michelegorman.co.uk
Blog: http://michelegormanwriter.blogspot.com
Instagram: @michelegormanuk
Twitter: @MicheleGormanUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MicheleGormanBooks

My Perfect Brother-in-Law by Cristina Hodgson @HodgsonCristina #bookreview #romcom #indieauthor

 

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My Perfect Brother-in-Law written and self-published by Cristina Hodgson is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2T0ZrdC

Book Blurb

Where rom-com meets reality…

Online dating by proxy. No one would know, right?

Zara isn’t looking for love. She already has that covered—Nigel is her perfect husband. All she needs to do now is find the perfect man for her twin sister Emmy, too. To protect her sister (and surprise her), Zara throws herself into online dating with gusto.

Shawn Taylor, undercover detective, returns home on a private assignment. It is the perfect chance to see Zara again and explain why he’d left so suddenly twenty years ago. Ultimately, he is here to protect her. His brief says she is in serious danger.

But something doesn’t add up. Why is Zara going out with scores of men when hubby is out of town? What kind of twisted game is she playing?

And why, when the castle of cards collapses in a messy heap, is she standing, wielding a whip, over a villain with an erection the size of the Eiffel Tower and his hands tied behind his back?

Pick up this hilarious rom-com to find out.

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I’ve become a huge fan of Cristina Hodgson’s work and I can’t praise her writing enough.  Cristina Hodgson creates a leading lady who’s life faces a turbulent time, she’s quite strong-willed and focused but goes about her latest project in a crazy, madcap way.  Our leading lady in this novel is Zara Hamilton.  However, behind all the fun and bravado we have a lady that is suffering in silence, a lady that hasn’t felt like her true self in a long time.

Zara Hamilton has come up with a crazy idea to find a ‘perfect brother-in-law’ for her twin sister Emmy who sadly lost her husband a few years ago.  Zara sets up dates and auditions would-be contenders herself as she is Emmy’s identical twin.  Zara has plenty of time on her hands as her husband works away a lot so going on dates posing as her sister is a perfect use of her time!

Whilst Zara is auditioning would-be suitors for her sister behind the scenes the foundations of Zara’s life is crumbling and is set to take an unexpectant turn and a love from her past holds the key to the mystery that is now unravelling.

With her life unravelling as fast as a ball of wool with a playful kitten Zara’s life is about to take a dramatic, dangerous turn.

This was a hugely entertaining read full of fun and frolics with twists and turns to leave you guessing what’s going to happen next.  It also has a lovely romance tangled up amongst the chaos and it will make your heart sing.

About the Author

Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport, reaching national and international level and still actively participates in Triathlon races and enjoys outdoor activities. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and writing. She won a sports scholarship to Boston College. After a period in Boston, she returned to the UK and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sports Science.
A Little of Chantelle Rose is her debut novel. Amazingly, it has nothing to do with running!

Website: http://cristinahodgson.com/

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Let Me Burn (Angel Sands Book 1) by Carrie Elks Release Day Blitz #bookreview #PublicationDay @CarrieElks #LetMeBurn

 

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Let Me Burn (Angels Sands Book One) written and self-published by Carrie Elks is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designed by: Najla Qamber

To buy link: mybook.to/LetMeBurn

Book Blurb

She isn’t looking for love. He’s not planning on staying around. But when they meet, sparks fly…
As a big city firefighter, Lucas lives for his job. Forced to take extended leave following an accident, he returns to his small hometown to stay at the beach cottage his grandparents left him. The problem is, he’s not used to having so much time on his hands.
After a broken engagement, Ember isn’t ready for love right now. Though her heart might be mended, she prefers to keep herself busy with her family and work; that way she won’t get hurt again. But she didn’t count on meeting a handsome firefighter with that dimpled smile. After Lucas saves her from one awkward situation too many, she can’t stop thinking about him.
Ember finds Lucas impossible to resist. And he’s determined not to let her. As long summer days melt into sultry, passionate nights what begins as a fling develops into something much deeper. Until the day Ember’s ex-fiancé returns to town and threatens to destroy the fragile connection that’s building between them.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the Release Blitz for Let Me Burn, book one in Carrie Elks new contemporary romance series; Angel Sands.  I’d like to thank the author for providing me with an arc in return for an honest review.

Carrie Elks is known for writing contemporary romances with a sexy edge and Let Me Burn didn’t fail to have you a little hot under the collar.  This is a story of two people; one that has been burned by love and is still healing and the other who is afraid to let love in as they fear for the work life balance.

From the moment you read about Lucas Russell, totally committed and hardworking fireman, with his brooding good looks, you can sense there’s a serious side to his nature and also a vulnerability that he’s afraid to let it be shown.  Being forced to take time off his hectic schedule and give his body and mind time to rest Lucas goes back to his home town, Angel Sands, and decides to start the renovations to a cottage on the beach front that was left to him and his sister by their late grandparents.  Angel Sands is such a different atmosphere to his normal everyday life in the city, for starters everyone in this small beach resort know each other and if they don’t the village ‘grapevine’ will soon help you out.

Ember Kennedy is still grieving for the two most important men in her life; her father and her ex.  She’s been holding up strong especially for her mother who’s emotions are still very raw.  Ember was burned so badly with her ex and wasn’t looking for love but when she keeps bumping into Lucas Russell the instant attraction is difficult to resist.

I loved this romance by Carrie Elks, we were treated to a lovely community spirit within the tranquil and idyllic location of Angel Sands.  The attraction building up between Ember and Lucas was like a slow burning flame that stayed strong and bright.  The storyline was charming in places but emotions were keenly felt when life grew serious for the pair.

A gorgeous, sexy story and a great start to a hotly anticipated new series.

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.

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A Village Affair by Julie Houston book review

 

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A Village Affair written by Julie Houston, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2FWGjYb

Product Details

Cassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns. So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being ‘outed’ at a village charity auction – he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends. As if that weren’t enough to cope with, Cassie suddenly finds herself catapulted into the head teacher position, and at the forefront of a fight to ward off developers determined to concrete over the beautiful landscape. But through it all, the irresistible joy of her pupils, the reality of keeping her teenage children on the straight and narrow, her irrepressible family and friends, and the possibility of new love, mean what could have been the worst year ever, actually might be the best yet…

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I was recently on the blogtour for this fabulous, fun read and you can catch up with my post here  to read an extract from the novel.  I’m now delighted to share my review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this rom-com from author Julie Houston.  Julie Houston has a wonderful warm, witty way with words and I laughed out loud to many of the great scenes in this novel.  A story full of characters with zest, spirit, warm-hearted, fun and very relatable.

From the first chapter that reveals a secret that explodes through many people’s lives you are left with a melodrama and are hooked with wanting to know what happens next.  The author gives you insights into a life before, Cassie’s own mothers life specifically, to when Paula was having her own dramas of the heart.

Cassie is now having to deal with the repercussions of this secret and all on top of her starting her new job as Deputy Head at the local primary school.  However, another announcement was to startle Cassie and her life from hereon was going to be a chaotic juggling act.  An act that would have her go on an emotional journey.

I loved this story from Julie Houston.  It was fun, entertaining, feisty and had a lovely community spirit woven within the pages.  A story of accepting life’s hurdles but embracing new beginnings.

A Village Affair is Julie Houston’s fourth full-length novel.  Julie Houston has also written a festive novella, you can find my review here.

About the Author

Julie Houston is the author of The One Saving Grace, Goodness, Grace and Me and Looking for Lucy, a Kindle top 100 general bestseller and a Kindle Number1 bestseller. She is married, with the two teenage children and a made cockerpoo and, like her heroine, lives in a West Yorkshire village. She is also a teacher and a magistrate.

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Twitter handle: @juliehouston2
Facebook: @JulieHoustonauthor
Website: http://www.juliehouston.co.uk