Zenka by Alison Brodie book review

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Zenka written and self-published by Alison Brodie is available NOW in ebook format.

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Devious, ruthless, and loyal.

Zenka is a capricious Hungarian with a dark past.

When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. Happily, she now has easy access to pistols, knives and shotguns.

Jack discovers he has a son, Nicholas, a male nurse with a heart of gold. Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp.

Zenka takes charges. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she will make Nicholas into the sort of son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of. And she succeeds!

Nicholas transforms from pussycat to mad dog, falls in love with Zenka, and finds out where the bodies are buried – because he buries them. He’s learning fast that sometimes you have to kill, or be killed.

As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked:

How do you tell a mob boss you don’t want to be his son?

And is Zenka really who she says she is?

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

Zenka is Alison Brodie’s 6th published book; I’ve had the pleasure to read three of these books and each one has been a joy to read.  Alison Brodie has a great writing style taking you on a journey with the characters using dialect to help you be fully immersed in their personalities and traits.  Adding in wonderful wit and humour you leave Alison Brodie’s novels with a sense of satisfaction that it was an entertaining and enjoyable read.
Zenka is a dark, romantic comedy about Jack Murray, a London gangster, who saved a couple of Romanian girls from a fate filled with slavery and fear.  One of these girls is Zenka.  Zenka is bright, vivacious, intelligent and beautiful.  Since being saved by Jack she vows to be his guardian angel and soon picks up the unorthodox gangster ways with a fabulous twist of feminine ways.
When Jack learns he may be the father of a young man he swears to go on the straight and narrow, secretly flinging expensive gifts and money to his long lost son’s way. But finding out his son is shy and downtrodden Jack feels he needs to help build his confidence and there is no better person for the job than Zenka.  Zenka sprinkles some of her own magic Nicholas’ way and sets in motion a chain of events that will change the future for many.  However, neither Jack, Zenka or Nicholas have figured that love may be on the agenda.
A crazy fun-filled dark romantic comedy that you just don’t know what’s going to happen next. Jack Murray reminded me in a way of a ‘Robin Hood’ type character; in his own unorthodox way he was helping out those in need.  I loved Zenka’s dialect and her letters back home that were very honest and quite funny with her parting shot each time.  Zenka was such a brilliant, quirky character and I could imagine the author had so much fun creating her.  4.5/5*
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Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot book review

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Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop written by Jane Linfoot, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook format.

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Christmas arrives at Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s enchanting and most adorable little wedding shop.

There’s nothing more magical than a winter wonderland wedding, and the girls are determined to make this festive season their most romantic yet.

The champagne is on ice while the mistletoe is hanging from every nook, and the exquisite lace and pearl-encrusted dresses, glistening like the frosted shop windows, are waiting to be chosen.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and romance is most definitely in the crisp winter air- with promises, proposals and Christmas kisses aplenty…

What will the season bring, in this enchanting fourth book of ‘The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea’ series?

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

Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop is the fourth book in The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea series.  Each book can be enjoyed as a standalone but to fully appreciate the back history I would whole heartedly recommend reading all books in the series.  The books in the series are:

  • The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea
  • Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop
  • Summer at the Little Wedding Shop
  • Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop

I have been totally captivated and swept away by this contemporary romcom series by author Jane Linfoot.  The setting of a book series around a wedding shop located on the Cornish coast with it’s rugged and stunning vista ever changing with the seasons is so idyllic.  Readers are treated each time they open up any of the books in this series to a cast of warm hearted characters with female leads you want to be best friends with and I’m sure as each book is published the male leads get more adorable.

This story focuses on Holly who is returning to her hometown for the festive period to take photos for her friend’s wedding, which so happens to be taking place on the very beach besides the wedding shop.  Since fleeing from her surprise proposal almost a year ago Holly has been determined to avoid Christmas at all costs to help her get over her break-up from Luc.  However, as she promised to help at her friend’s wedding she has no choice and feels that she can just about manage with one wedding at Christmas.  However, St Aidan and The Wedding Shop are gearing up for a festive period filled with fun, love and lots of weddings.  The Wedding Shop’s regular photographer Jules has unfortunately had to pull out of taking the photos for the forthcoming Christmas weddings.  Emergency reinforcements are needed and the Wedding Shop team look to Holly to help out.  Holly’s self-esteem since the break-up is very low however, she has the help of local beer and wine merchant Rory on hand to help.  Rory also so happens to be her nemesis.  They connected when they were at school, very often Rory would tease Holly but secretly she enjoyed his companionship.

Both Holly and Rory have suffered heartache as a child.  However, Rory was very clever to hide his true emotions and he came across as the village rebel.  When you first read about Rory you can’t help but fall for his cheeky charm but when you see his true persona emerge there is a little vulnerability about him.  The introduction of two of the cutest characters, Gracie and Teddie, also help bring out more layers in Rory’s characters.  There are definitely some gorgeous ahhh moments.

Can two people with a shared mutual affinity of a loss still so sorely felt help each other to find the strength in themselves to tackle their fears?

Another beautiful, charming romance from Jane Linfoot.

To learn more about Jane Linfoot and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.janelinfoot.co.uk/

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

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Love Me Tinder by Nicola May book review

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Love Me Tinder written by Nicola May, publisher Accent Press Ltd, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Dull security or risky freedom – which would you choose? With her marriage in pieces, shy Cali Summers is faced with this decision and hits the world of fast love on an internet dating app. Using room 102 in the hotel where she works as her dating ‘lair’, she opens herself up to a world of sex, lies, deception, as well as personal discovery and passionate love. With a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards.

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

I loved every page of this novel it was so addictive; it’s fun, flirty, fruity storyline kept me fully engaged and entertained and I had to know what happened next.

Cali was still feeling very heart broken from the break-up of her marriage to Jamie.  It’s been a year since he walked out of their marriage and into the arms of their personal trainer.

Cali’s emotions were still quite raw but she felt like she needed to move on and joined up to the dating app Tinder.  As a Tinder virgin she wasn’t use to the protocol of online dating but she was soon lining up her first dates.  However, possible mates on the dating app are not so forthcoming with the full facts on their profiles which Cali discovers with quite comical and alarming results!

After a few rocky starts on the dating app scene Cali does find some gems and she is soon enamoured by a couple and starts to have a little fun.  Fun is all well and good but it doesn’t give you the warmth of companionship in a loving relationship and Cali was still feeling lonely.

We follow Cali on her journey finding romance through the dating app and struggling with the emotions following her break-up.

The author, Nicola May, has created a fun, flirty, sexy read that will totally entertain you.  Nicola May’s style of writing is honest and she has a fabulous sense of humour that spills out across the pages.  I loved the sub-characters Adam and Will especially and there was a little feather friend that took centre stage very often.  Fabulously fruity and lots of fun!

To learn more about Nicola May and her work please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.nicolamay.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/nicolamay1

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/NicolaMayAuthor

 

Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse by Lilly Bartlett blogtour/book review

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Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse written by Lilly Bartlett, publisher Notting Hill Press is available in ebook format NOW.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2xZigP4

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Put your feet up and tuck into the mince pies, because you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy this Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse!

Too bad the same can’t be said for single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie. When her beloved Aunt Kate ends up in hospital just before Christmas, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter rush to rural Wales to take over her B&B. A picky hotel reviewer and his mad family are coming to stay, and without the rating only he can give them, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood.

But Lottie can barely run her own life, let alone a hotel. How will she manage to turn the falling-down guesthouse into the luxurious wonderland the reviewer expects? And could the mysterious taxi driver, Danny, who agrees to help her, turn out to be the real gift this season?

As the snow sparkles on the trees and hot chocolate steams in your hand, snuggle into the delicious magic of Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse.

PLUS A FREE BONUS CHRISTMAS NOVELLA! – Christmas Carol

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating the launch of Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse and happy to share my review with you all.

Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse is a standalone novella that was first published as The Reluctant Elf by Michele Gorman, it has been re-edited with some added Lilly Bartlett (Michele Gorman’s alias) sparkle.

Lottie is a single mum living in London with her delightful daughter Mabel. When she receives news that her dear Aunt Kate in Wales has been involved in an accident and is in hospital Lottie and Mabel rush to Wales to take charge of her Aunt’s B & B.  Unbeknown to Lottie Aunt Kate has arranged for her B & B to be reviewed during the Christmas period so Lottie has to do her best to ensure her aunt receives her star rating.  However, when Lottie and  Mabel open the doors all is not hunky-dory at the B & B and Lottie has a huge task ahead of her.  What follows is a fun, heartwarming tale of coping with Christmas with a family from hell and a house falling to bits.   The reader is treated to some very funny scenes that will have you chuckling out aloud.  I adore Lilly Bartlett’s fabulous wit and humour her writing style is honest and she sets her stories in such idyllic settings even in a falling down guesthouse you can feel the warmth emanating from the scenes written on the pages.

Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse is a gorgeous, sweet novella. It’s put me in a lovely mood and made me feel a little festive.

Do not miss the wonderful giveaway that Lilly Bartlett/Michele Gorman is running at the moment to win 4 dozen homemade cookies made by the author herself.  Details of this giveaway can be found on my previous post here.

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To learn more about Lilly Bartlett/Michele Gorman please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.michelegorman.co.uk/

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

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/MicheleGormanBooks/

Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse by Lilly Bartlett pre-launch cookie giveaway

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Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse written by Lilly Bartlett, publisher Notting Hill Press, will be available in ebook format from 25th October 2017.

To pre-order link:  http://amzn.to/2gzysE2

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Put your feet up and tuck into the mince pies, because you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy this Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse!

Too bad the same can’t be said for single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie. When her beloved Aunt Kate ends up in hospital just before Christmas, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter rush to rural Wales to take over her B&B. A picky hotel reviewer and his mad family are coming to stay, and without the rating only he can give them, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood.

But Lottie can barely run her own life, let alone a hotel. How will she manage to turn the falling-down guesthouse into the luxurious wonderland the reviewer expects? And could the mysterious taxi driver, Danny, who agrees to help her, turn out to be the real gift this season?

As the snow sparkles on the trees and hot chocolate steams in your hand, snuggle into the delicious magic of Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse.

 

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I’m so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse and looking forward to sharing my review of this festive treat of a romcom soon.  In the meantime I am pleased to share details of a fabulous giveaway that the author, Lilly Bartlett, has arranged for you all.

Win 4 dozen homemade Christmas cookies from Sunday Times bestselling author Michele Gorman, aka Lilly Bartlett!

Enter to WIN 4 dozen Christmas cookies baked by the author! Unlike poor Lottie in Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse, she’s a keen cook who grew up baking every Christmas with her mum – dozens and dozens (and dozens!) of cookies to fuel the family through the season. This year, she’ll be baking for YOU!

The giveaway is global and the winner will be randomly selected on November 1st. To enter, sign up HERE for Michele’s/Lilly’s newsletter (around 3x per year, you can unsubscribe easily at any time and your details will never be shared).

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To learn more about Lilly Bartlett (aka Michele Gorman) please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.michelegorman.co.uk/

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The Woman Who Knew Everything by Debbie Viggiano book review

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The Woman Who Knew Everything written by Debbie Viggiano, publisher Gingersnap Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2ymFZwR

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Three friends. Three wishes. And a dollop of magic…

Shy Chrissie, well-meaning Dee and no-nonsense Amber have worked together at law firm Hood, Mann & Derek ever since leaving their respective colleges. Now in their late twenties, the women have a close-knit friendship with much more in common than just typing up letters and legal documents for their solicitor bosses. Firstly, they’ve all been living with their respective boyfriends for the last few years. Secondly, they feel a marriage proposal is well overdue.

When office siren Cougar Kate invites the three women to her birthday soirée – complete with visiting fortune teller – the girls know there is only one question they’ll be asking the mysterious Madam Rosa: Will their men be going down on one knee any time soon? But opting to see a clairvoyant like Madam Rosa, who claims to know everything, is a bit like opening Pandora’s box. Some revelations are a joy, whereas others are most definitely not. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for…

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

This was such a fun read and an ideal book to blow away the cobwebs of an autumnal day.

The author Debbie Viggiano, I’m sure, must have had such a fabulous time writing this novel as she has thrown in plenty of comedic scenes that literally had me chuckling out aloud.

Three best friends; Amber, Dee and Chrissie, all work for the same solicitors.  They’ve all been courting for a fair while and are hoping that their relationships will move to the next level with their respective partners proposing soon.  However, each girl hasn’t fully revealed the truth about their current love situation.  Their boyfriends of late haven’t been quite as committed as Amber, Dee and Chrissie would like and the girls are all starting to feel a little downtrodden.  When the trio are invited to a psychic party they leap at the chance so they can ask ‘Madam Rose’ the question of whether their boyfriends will soon be popping the question.  Madam Rosa reveals a little more than what the trio wanted.  They all go home on a mission to prove the psychic wrong leading to quite hilarious consequences.

The author took me on a lively little journey with the trio facing hurdles and more in their love life.  It was a fabulously funny, flirty romance.  I personally would have liked the author to expand a little more at the end of the story as I felt it ended a little abruptly but this did not spoil my overall enjoyment and it was a joy to read.

To learn more about Debbie Viggiano and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.debbieviggiano.co.uk/

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

 

 

Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn book review

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Christmas at Conwenna Cove, written by Darcie Boleyn, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

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A heartwarming, romantic and Christmassy novel set in the gorgeous Cornish village of Conwenna Cove.

When Grace Phillips travels to Conwenna Cove to help her parents move there 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Grace soon meets local vet Oli Davenport and initially finds him rude, but learning about his passion for animals and how much he cares for his two kids helps Grace to see a softer side to Oli.

It’s been two years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. Though he loves eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything it’s hard to be mum and dad. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly but both Oli and Grace are holding onto fear about letting someone into their heart.

As the snow falls and Christmas wishes come true can Conwenna Cove work its magic and help Grace and Oli find the happiness they both deserve?

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This was such a delightful read.  It was a treat to return to Conwenna Cove and I was completely romanticised again by the landscape.  The fictional coastal village that the author has created sounds so idyllic with its quaint cottages and the little independent shops together with the beachside ambience but what makes this story more heartfelt is the occupants of the village.  There is a real sense of community in the village from those that were born in the village to those that have sort solace and have been welcomed with open arms to this wonderful seaside location.  I feel like I want to pack my case and have my own Conwenna Cove hug.

This story focuses on Grace Phillips who has travelled down to Cornwall from her home in Cardiff to help her parents settle in their new cottage in the Cove.  Grace and her parents have suffered such a terrible loss and her parents are hoping that this new start will bring a new perspective to their life, a chance to reflect and a chance to embrace what life throws at them.  Grace is an author so staying with her parents for a short while is no hardship to her career as she can work from anywhere.  When Grace meets the village vet Oli Davenport she is struck by his handsome features but his aloof persona doesn’t help him win friends too easily.  However, given time Grace discovers more about Oli and with his huge commitment to the health and welfare of animals and to his devotion to his children, eleven year old Amy and five year old Tom, Grace appreciates this side to Oli.

Oli Davenport loves his children and loves his job but he is still grieving for his wife who sadly passed away two years ago.  When he first meets Grace he is struck by her beauty but this sets off a chain reaction of confused emotions in him.  His first priority is his children and he also feels like he shouldn’t be having any feelings for any woman since becoming a widower.  However, the more Oli and Grace get to know each other the more they understand that they each are holding a heartache and are still grieving.

Will the beautiful landscape, the wonderful honesty in children and the sad plight of the animals in need that Oli faces daily help these two people learn to love again?

A wonderful, heartfelt, festive read that left me sighing with contentment.

To learn more about Darcie Boleyn and her work please visit the following pages:

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

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