The Last Romeo by Justin Myers book review

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The Last Romeo written by Justin Myers, publisher Piatkus (Little Brown Group UK), is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format and from Thursday 31st May 2018 the book will be released in paperback format.

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James is 34 and fed up. His six-year relationship with Adam has imploded, he hates his job making up celebrity gossip, and his best friend Bella has just announced she’s moving to Russia.
Adrift and single in loved-up London, James needs to break out of his lonely, drunken comfort zone. Encouraged by Bella, he throws himself headlong into online dating, blogging each encounter anonymously as the mysterious Romeo.
After meeting a succession of hot/weird/gross men, James has fans and the validation he’s always craved. But when his wild night with a closeted Olympian goes viral and sends his Twitter-fame through the roof, James realises maybe, in the search for happy-ever-after, some things are better left un-shared. Seriously, wherefore art thou Romeo . . .

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Wow! What a fantastic debut novel from Justin Myers and I’m so chuffed to read that Justin has a two book deal with Little, Brown so we all have another book from Justin to look forward to.

Justin Myers has written a very raw, honest story.  His writing comes from the heart, it’s fresh, candid, full of wit and humour, flirty and naughty but altogether quite fabulous.

Following the break-up of James Brodie’s long-standing relationship with Adam, a relationship that sounded pretty much one-sided he’s now single and feeling more adrift since his best friend Bella is moving overseas to work in Russia.  With his despondency spreading to his job as a journalist for a gossip mag James decides he needs to get out of this gloom.  He joins an online dating site and anonymously blogs about his journey to find the one.

James has ultimately become obsessed with his alter ego Romeo and has lost his aim in finding the one, the Last Romeo.  After so many scary, hilarious, unbelievable, gross no, no’s and a few yes’ his heart has taken a bettering and a complete detox from this ‘persona’ is needed to clear his mind.  James needed to step back and appreciate and learn from his journey.

I loved James journey, even the no, no’s.  With a whole host of great sub-characters, I especially loved Richie, the author Justin Myers has created a great romcom that would ultimately appeal to many.

I look forward to more from Justin Myers.

About the Author

Justin Myers is a writer and editor from Shipley, Yorkshire, who now lives in London. After years working in journalism, he began his popular, anonymous dating blog The Guyliner in 2010, spent five years as dating and advice columnist in Gay Times and is now a weekly columnist at British GQ. His work has appeared in a number of publications including the Guardian, BuzzFeed and the Irish Times, and his first novel The Last Romeo was published in 2018.

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Come Sundown by Nora Roberts book review

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Come Sundown written by Nora Roberts, publisher Piatkus, is available in ebook, hardcover, audio download and audio cd format from 30th May 2017.

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Love. Lies. Murder. A lot can happen… COME SUNDOWN

Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family’s resort in Western Montana, there just aren’t enough hours in the day – for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn’t have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time…

But when a young woman’s body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine’s family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine’s Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice’s mysterious disappearance?

As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth – before the sun sets on their future together.

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This was such a gripping story set in two different time frames in Western Montana; in 1991 when a young woman was to experience the darkest night of her life and to the present day to a family holiday resort that is run by generations of the Longbow family.  However, this family are still grieving the loss of one of their own.

The story doesn’t hold back and we are hit straight away with a darkness that everyone fears.  A young woman who had left home to make a new life was on her way back home when she was abducted.  Alice was only miles away from home but her life is now in terrible danger.  Alice has to gain strength from deep insider her to keep her alive.  My heart was in my mouth reading these scenes of gut wrenching evil.

Back in the present day we meet Bodine Longbow, great granddaughter and now manager to the popular family holiday resort.  The resort specialises in all that nature provides in Western Montana, the company embraces the life with horseback trails, authentic food and western music.  It’s a place to relax and embrace nature at it’s best.  The business is proud of supporting the local community and many of their employees are locals and from all generations of the family.  Bodine is very career orientated and has a methodical mind working at the helm of the business.  When a familiar face from the past returns looking for work at the ranch Bodine tries to keep things on a professional level but as Callen Skinner was her childhood crush she is finding it hard to keep her emotions in check.

The resort is rocked by news of the death of one of their workers bringing fear all around and opening up old wounds as it’s been 25 years since the disappearance of Bodine’s Aunt Alice.  Is there a connection between the two cases?  The calm and tranquillity of this idyllic resort is no more …

I loved how the author, Nora Roberts, cleverly told a dark story full of horror and unimaginable events and interspersed it with a family going about their usual routines running a holiday resort.  When love strikes between numerous characters it created a wonderful distraction; a sort of lightness to the horrors hidden around them.

A dramatic family saga that will captivate you with it’s shocking twists and turns and will leave you emotionally wrought.  The international bestseller Nora Roberts has done it again!

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The Hurricane by R. J. Prescott book review

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The Hurricane by R. J. Prescott, publisher Piatkus, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.  P.S.  The paperback contains brand new bonus content.

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A love that’s worth keeping is worth fighting for . . .

Emily McCarthy is living in fear of a dark and dangerous past. A gifted mathematician, she is little more than a hollow, broken shell, trying desperately to make ends meet long enough to finish her degree.

Through an unlikely friendship with the aging, cantankerous owner of an old boxing gym, Em is thrown into the path of the most dangerous man that she has ever met.

Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell is cut, tattooed and dangerous. He is a lethal weapon with no safety and everyone is waiting for the mis-fire. He’s never been knocked out before, but when he meet Em he falls, HARD. Unlike any other girl he’s ever met, she doesn’t want anything from him. Just being around her makes him want to be a better person.

They are polar opposites who were never meant to find each other, but some things are just worth the fight.

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.

I’d also like to thank the publishers introducing me to a new author in R. J. Prescott.  I was totally gripped with this intense, passionate debut novel.  The Hurricane was nominated and was a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut.

I was soon engrossed with this debut novel and couldn’t quite believe it was R. J. Prescott’s first book.  The storyline hooked me in with the believable characters of Em/Emily and O’Connell.

Emily is a student far from her ‘so called home’ which held so many dark and terrifying secrets for her.  As soon as she could Emily moved away from a dangerous and terrorising past.  She’s struggling to make ends meet with studying and working in a café.  She has kept herself ‘invisible’ from many social interactions to keep herself safe however, this led her to become very insecure.  Her world was about to change when the friendship she had built up with Danny, the owner of an old boxing gym, had offered her a job doing the accounts for the gym.  Em was soon out of her comfort zone when she entered the gym for the first time and she soon caught the eye of the lads in the gym.  One in particular was Cormac O’Connell, a tough looking giant of a man with good looks and confidence oozing out of him.

O’Connell took an instant and almost possessive liking to Em and wasn’t afraid to show his feelings.  But when it came to Em he was prepared to wait for her, to wait until she wanted him as much as he wanted her.  Em also felt this instant chemistry with O’Connell but her past made her very wary of trusting any man.  O’Connell also has a very troubled past which has worn him down many times.

This story was very intense and passionate but also sweet at times with Em opening up to a whole new world of friends.  I loved all the guy’s camaraderie at the gym they were very funny at times larking about with each other but when a friend was in need they dropped everything and were committed to the cause.

The history of Em’s past was always scarily in the background which made the storyline very dramatic, thrilling and unpredictable.  I’d fallen for the characters of Em and O’Connell and was hoping so much that they had enough fight in them to overcome their battles and to let love find a way into their hearts and souls and heal them.  5/5*

I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from the novel:

“Of course that was his name.  I felt like I’d been in the path of a hurricane from the day I met him.  Only this one wasn’t tearing me apart.  He was making me whole again”.

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Misconduct by Penelope Douglas book review



Misconduct by Penelope Douglas, publisher Piatkus is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students, trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing . . .

Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth but not a living, breathing teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in-a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.

Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve – and reveal what should stay hidden . . .

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.

I loved this seductive, sexy, gripping story.  It left my heart thudding with the intense chemistry between the main characters and also the drama held within the storyline.

Easton was in her first year of teaching at high school.  Her teaching techniques were fresh and interesting which caught the students’ imagination.  Easton’s teaching techniques however, came under scrutiny especially with one particular parent, Tyler Marek.  Tyler was a self-made millionaire but had been an absent parent to his son up until recently.  Easton and Tyler had briefly met months ago at a Masquerade Ball.  Since then Tyler has been unable to get Easton out of his mind.  When both Easton and Tyler discover that they have feelings burning up inside for each other they are afraid to ‘let the flame burn’ due to Easton being Tyler’s sons teacher.  Easton is also trying to move on with her life after a terrifying and tragic ordeal in her past.  Can she let the demons from her past go?  Tyler’s life starts spinning out of control and he has to decide what is most important.

This was a brilliant, sexy page turner of a book with a twist in the tale that left me stunned.  I couldn’t get enough of Easton and Tyler.  A stunning 5/5* read.

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The Moment of Letting Go by J A Redmerski blogtour review

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The Moment of Letting Go by J A Redmerski, published by Piatkus, is available now in ebook format and out in paperback THIS WEEK on 3rd September 2015.

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author J. A. Redmerski brings us a heart-wrenching, stand-alone new adult novel.

You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart…

Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she’d always craved – until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he’s convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can’t deny the deep connection he feels. But there’s a reason Luke doesn’t do long-term. He can’t promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .


I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.  I am so pleased to be part of the blogtour promoting this gorgeous novel.  J A Redmerski is a new author for me, she is a bestselling and award winning author who started off self-publishing in 2012 and has since been signed up with publishers.  Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish.

Sienna is an Events Organiser for a prestigious Events Agency dealing with many rich clients.  Sienna’s latest assignment takers her to Hawaii for a wedding.  Whilst taking a breather from the stress of keeping the clients happy Sienna takes a walk on the beach and comes across a surfer, Luke Everett.  Sienna and Luke instantly hit it off with Luke advising Sienna on how to reduce her stress levels on the beautiful island.  Luke persuades Sienna to stay on the island after her assignment has finished for a two week vacation and offers to show her around the island in return for some free advice on the charity art show he’s helping with.

Sienna is a workaholic but there is something about how Luke describes a carefree life that interests her.  Their friendship blossoms and both Sienna and Luke start having more than platonic emotions for each other.

While Sienna is getting to know Luke she soon realises he is holding back on some of his past.  This past once revealed could make or break their friendship.

Can Luke let his demons go and can Sienna learn to change her attitudes to life and work?

This is a beautiful love story filled with passion but also has many heart wrenching and sole searching moments.  I instantly likened Sienna and could see how her job and lifestyle was stressful and could appreciate the carefree lifestyle of the islanders in Hawaii.  Luke sounded gorgeous but very troubled.  His lifestyle was very wild, reckless and carefree.  I think the mix of personas worked well and they both had a little of their characteristics to share with each other. 4.5/5* read.

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Masquerade by Joanna Taylor book review


Masquerade by Joanna Taylor is available in ebook format and paperback from 6th August 2015 courtesy of Piatkus publishers.image

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1786: Regency London. Everyone is hiding something. But someone is hiding everything.

Lizzy Ward never meant to end up working the streets of Piccadilly. So when a mysterious noble pursues her, it seems her luck is changing. But though Lord Hays offers to grow Lizzy’s fortunes, his price is unexpected. She must masquerade in the sumptuous gowns and social mask of a true lady.

With the stakes so high, love is out of the question. But as Lizzy navigates the fashion and faux-pas of the London elite, she finds her tough facade failing her. Lord Hayes wants to show her that nobility is more than skin deep . . . and as the connection between them grows, it’s no longer certain who’s wearing the mask. As the street-girl and the lord collide, Regency London is poised for scandal . . .

A love story of surpassing power and imagination, this is a stunning new British voice in Historical romance for fans of Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Stephanie Laurens and Georgette Heyer.

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I’d like to thank the publishers and author for an arc in return for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book.  I was first taken in by the stunning cover which is glamorous but it also shows a hint of mystery. Then the synopsis intrigued me, and also Joanna Taylor is a new author to me but has sold over 150,000 books and has become an amazon bestseller with her first adult romance Spotlight.  So the book has 3 things going for it before I even started reading; a) stunning cover, b) intriguing synopsis, c) bestselling author.

Its the late 18th century and Lizzy Ward (Elizabeth) left the countryside of Bristol looking for her fortunes in London.  However, it wasn’t easy to find a respectable job and Lizzy unfortunately ended up working the streets of Piccadilly.  (In the Regency era in the city of London the streets were rife with young ladies looking to court a rich gentleman to fund their lifestyle.  it was quite fashionable for Lords and rich gentleman to seek the attention of courtesans.  Very often they would ‘show them off’ to their fellow peers).

By chance one night Lizzy met Lord Hays, a mysterious nobleman, that didn’t particularly like London life, preferring the country lifestyle at the family estate.  However, he had a week of business to attend to in London and needed a female companion.  Lizzy received a proposition from Lord Hays to become his companion.  You may think that this is were the book could become seedy however, Lord Hays was very surprising.  I instantly became enthralled and in love with his character.  The way he treated Elizabeth, as he preferred to call her was very sweet and noble.  This side of the storyline reminded me of a movie (I’m not going to reveal which one as Joanna herself at the end of the novel mentions this, and luckily my perception of the storyline was in line with the authors – phew!)

What follows is a beautiful love story.  An eye opening one of lives long ago and how difficult it was to be a woman, whether from the working or upper class.  The story was sexy but not explicit however, the chemistry building up between the characters was evident.  I was gripped by Elizabeth and Edward’s story.

Will love shine through the masquerade?

Will the barriers of class be broken forever in Elizabeth and Edward’s story?

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I will definitely look out for more work by Joanna Taylor.  A sultry, sexy, mysterious Regency Romance 5/5*.

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Side Swiped by Lia Riley book review

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Sideswiped is available now in ebook format and paperback.  Publishers Piatkus.

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It was only meant to last the summer . . .

Talia Stolfi has seen more than her share of loss in her twenty-one years. But then fate brought her Bran Lockhart, and her dark world was suddenly and spectacularly illuminated. So if being with Bran means leaving her colorless NorCal life for rugged and wild Australia, then that’s what she’ll do. But as much as Talia longs to give herself over completely to a new beginning, the fears of her past are still lurking in the shadows.

Bran Lockhart knows that living without the beautiful girl who stole his heart will be torment, so he’ll take whatever time with her he can. But even though she has packed up her life in California and is back in his arms for the time being, she can’t stay forever. And the remaining time they have together is ticking by way too fast. Though fate seems determined to tear them apart, they won’t give up without a fight-because while time may have limits, their love is infinite . . .

IMG_1234I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.

This is the second instalment in the Off the Map series however, I haven’t read Upside Down, the first in the series, but I quickly got into the characters and found that the book could be read as a standalone novel until I got to the cliff hanger at the end! I am now desperate for Inside Out the third instalment.

Lia Riley is a relatively new author but her style of writing is very descriptive and very addictive. This story is about the unexpected bolt of love and lust that hit Talia and Bran when they first met whilst Talia spent a short time overseas in Australia for her college work. The second instalment of this series follows Talia as she leaves home in the States and moves to Australia for 4 months to be with Bran and to finalise her college work. Both Talia and Bran have suffered emotionally in the past and are trying to move on and are desperate not to make any mistakes. Talia suffers with OCD and Bran ‘gets her’ he knows and understands the signs. With the date of Talia’s visa coming to an end Bran comes up with a solution to keep them together. Can their love and desire for each other be enough to hold them together. The young couple have so much growing up to do both mentally, physically and emotionally.

This was such an addictive, sexy read. The angst they shared was beautiful and heartbreaking. I loved it. I’m desperate to read more from this series.

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The Chateau on the Lake by Charlotte Betts book review and GIVEAWAY

the chateau on the lakeThe Chateau on the Lake by Charlotte Betts is available now in ebook format but is due to be published in paperback and audio download on the 7th May 2015.

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Charlotte Betts is the bestselling author of historical romances.  Her debut novel The Apothecary’s Daughter won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year in 2010, the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers in 2011 and the RoNA’s Historical Category award for 2013.  The sequel, The Painter’s Apprentice was shortlisted for an award and her third book The Spice Merchant’s Wife won the Festival of Romance’s Best Historical Read Award in 2013. Charlotte certainly knows her stuff when it comes to romantic historical fiction.

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1792. As a teacher at her parents’ Academy for Young Ladies in the heart of London, Madeleine Moreau has lived her life sheltered from the outside world. But on the night of a dazzling Masquerade, tragedy strikes and she is left alone in the world. Desperate to find the family she never knew, Madeleine impulsively travels to France in search of them. But with war around the corner, and fearing for Madeleine’s safety, the enigmatic Comte Etienne d’Aubery offers her protection at his home, Chateau Mirabelle.

Chateau Mirabelle enchants Madeleine with its startling beauty, but it is a place of dark and haunting secrets. As the Revolution gathers momentum and the passions of the populace are enflamed, Madeleine must take control of her own destiny and unravel events of the past in order to secure a chance of future happiness.

chateau mandala clipartI’d like to thank the publishers for an arc of this novel in return for an honest review.

I am quite a new historical romance reader but am slowly learning the enjoyment of this genre.  This is the first book by Charlotte Betts that I’ve had the the privilege to read.  Within the first few pages I felt transported back to the 18th century with the wonderful full detail expressively told by the author.

Almost immediately the storyline is fraught with tragedy that is unbearable to think about.  My heart was aching for Madeleine Moreau.  Madeleines’s life had been completely turned on it’s head and it wasn’t going to get any better soon with the French Revolution gaining strength.

This fictional historical romance novel has it all tragedy, drama, longing, dark secrets, death, wonderful heart warming moments.  I absolutely loved it and will definitely check out Charlotte’s award winning back catalogue.  A tragic, romantic 5/5* read.

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Just One More Day by Jessica Blair


Just One More Day by Jessica Blair is available from tomorrow, 5th February, as an ebook or hardcover.

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When Britain declares war on Germany in 1939, Carolyn Maddison is still a schoolgirl. Her elder brother Alastair wastes no time in joining the RAF as a flying officer, and Carolyn decides that when she is eighteen she will follow him into the service by joining the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.

While reporting to the Air Ministry in London she meets a good-looking, charismatic pilot, Charlie Wade, currently employed in propaganda work. He believes that with her calm demeanor and resilience, Carolyn should work as an Intelligence officer, and suggests she serve on an active bombing station. At her side throughout the courses and postings that follow is Lucy Gaston, naturally quick-witted and sparky, a perfect foil for her friend.

The young WAAFs both obtain prestigious postings in 5 Group Bomber Command, where they perform the vital tasks of briefing and debriefing aircrew returning from operations over Germany. Lucy, an incorrigible optimist, falls head over heels for a member of a Lancaster bomber crew while Carolyn resists her feelings for its dashing pilot. She decides it’s not worth the risk of loving a man in wartime. . . only to wonder if she has done the right thing when a new WAAF on the station sets her cap at him.

For Lucy and Carolyn, life on a WWII bombing station brings drama, heartbreak and suspense in this touching love story.

I’d like to thank the publisher, Piatkus, for a copy of this novel for an honest review.

Firstly, I have to admit that I am not a fan of war related movies but I have now read a few novels based around the lives of people living in war torn Europe and have found them an interesting insight into how people cope under these conditions. When I read the synopsis for Just One More Day I knew I wanted to open the book and find out more about the characters.

The storyline was very sympathetic to the woes of WWII. I was instantly warmed to the main female character, Carolyn. Her desire to volunteer to become a WAAF and help the country as much as she can was very commendable. She started out as quite a shy young woman but with the knowledge and skill she learned during her training her confidence grew and she blossomed into a lovely young lady. However, her start to her career was soon marred by tragedy and Carolyn had to gain an inner strength to continue with her chosen career.

Friendships made in the military, especially during times of conflict, played an important part to all concerned. These friendships became a new extended family.

I found it fascinating to learn of life in war torn Britain. Life as a WAAF was very different than life as a civilian. The author, Jessica Blair, drew you into this story and kept you enthralled with the highs and lows. My heart was racing many a time during the novel as I was awaiting news of a certain aircraft to be returned. You certainly felt like you were amongst the characters in the book. This story was also about experiencing and finding love and there were some beautiful moments of warmth and friendship.

This was a charming, romantic WWII story that is worthy of a 4/5*

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the cessation of the
Second World War and it is very fitting that the book should be released this year. It is also interesting to learn that the author, Jessica Blair, was revealed in 2013 to be WWII veteran Bill Spence. Bill has been writing for many years and has written over 60 books under various pseudonyms. To find out more about the novels by Jessica Blair please visit the following links:

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn

the secrets of sir richard kenworthyThe Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn is available to purchase now as an ebook, paperback or audio download.

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Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. . . He knows he can’t be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family’s infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She’s the type of girl you don’t notice until the second-or third-look, but there’s something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she’s the one.
Iris Smythe-Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can’t quite believe it’s all true. And when his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can’t help thinking that he’s hiding something…even as her heart tells her to say yes.

I’d like to thank the publishers, Piatkus, for a copy of this novel for an honest review.

This is the fourth instalment in the Smythe-Smith Quartet series however, I haven’t read any of the others and I treated this book as a stand alone and felt no detriment to not reading the previous three.  Although, now I have read and enjoyed The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy I will look into Julia Quinn’s back catalogue and catch up with her other novels.

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy is a period romantic story set in the 1800’s.  Were young ladies were courted and gentleman were charming.  This was a beautiful novel.  I did find it a little slow to start, but once I got to know Iris a little more her character and personality shone.  There is a section in the story that was very funny and I could picture the scene in front of me and couldn’t help laughing out loud.  The main characters, Iris and Sir Richard, definitely grew on me and I was gripped with the storyline.  I wanted to know, as much as Iris, what Sir Richard’s secrets were.  When the secrets were revealed they weren’t what I was expecting and the storyline grew from this.

The author, Julia Quinn, took you on a journey of discovery for Iris and Sir Richard.  A journey filled with charm, chivalry, heritage, longing, desire, warmth and love.  A lovely period romantic 4.5/5* read.

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