Monday, 25 May 2020

#CoverReveal for A Royal Second Chance by Viv Royce

A Royal Second Chance by Viv Royce


You all know I love a good cover reveal and can we all appreciate how super cute the new image for Viv Royce's latest book is? It's dreamy and romantic and gives me all the butterfly feels and I can't wait to read it. A Royal Second Chance Summer is the third installment in the Little Shops on Heart Street series, published by Entangled in Ebook format on 22nd Jun 2020.


About the book... 
Prince Nicolas is looking for a priceless royal heirloom. Trying to stay under the radar, he keeps that he’s a prince secret—especially from the cute antiques dealer he asks to help him. The longer it takes, the more time they get to spend together, though no matter how attracted he is to Lizzie, love is certainly not an option for the heir to the crown of Belfort.
Lizzie Cates fled her family’s new-found fame and fortune because life in the spotlight wasn’t for her. She loves her small town, where the most exciting thing on the schedule is the car parade for the Fourth of July. That’s just how she likes it, until Nicolas comes along. Lizzie finds herself falling for the caring man who craves the country and small-town life as much as she does.
Except Nicolas has a secret that will shatter both their dreams…

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About The Author

With the same trademark atmospheric settings, relatable characters and cute canines that made several of her cosy mysteries #1 Amazon US and Canada bestsellers in multiple categories, Vivian Conroy pens romance as Viv Royce, creating heartthrob heroes ranging from rugged pilots to royals reluctant to believe in true love who meet their match in that girl next door or the co-worker with the business ideas exactly opposing their own – happy endings guaranteed!
When not frequenting fictional worlds, Viv loves to hike (especially in the mountains), craft with paper, felt and clay, and hunt for the perfect cheesecake. Quite active on Twitter, she’s the founder of #HistFicChat, a live Twitter chat about historical fiction, featuring authors like Kate Quinn, Anna Lee Huber and Susan Spann, and would love for readers to follow her and connect via @VivWrites.

Friday, 15 May 2020

#CoverReveal for The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy by Olivia Spring



The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy 
(Book 2 of The Middle-Aged Virgin series)

I am beyond excited to to be revealing yet another glorious cover for Olivia Spring. This new image is set to grace the front of the second book in The Middle-Aged Virgin series. I'm currently half way through book one and absolutely loving it so I can't wait to dive into this delight once I'm finished. But getting back to the cover.....can we all stop for a moment and fully appreciate that fuchsia pink colour please? I'm living for this shade, it's bright, cheerful and completely dazzling. So that's a yes please from me on that front. As always with a Spring cover we have delicious treats for the eyes and who doesn't love ice-cream? Synonymous with Italy and an all round hit on every level. All in all this cover is a true gem and I'm truly looking forward to finding out how Sophia gets on in Italy.  







Can a holiday romance lead to long-term love?


When Sophia moves to Tuscany to join the hot Italian-stallion she’s fallen head over heels in love with, she dreams of an idyllic life filled with passion, pasta, sunshine and her favourite gelato.

But will the reality live up to the fairy-tale?

The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy is a fun, sexy sequel about stepping out of your comfort zone and keeping the spark alive in a relationship. If you like Sophie Kinsella and Sophie Ranald, you’ll love the latest novel in Olivia Spring’s page-turning, romantic comedy series.

Pre-order today and get ready to join Sophia on her Italian adventures! 
Pre-order Links 
The Middle-Aged Virgin, the first book in the series is available to read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited  - https://amzn.to/2w2UbZu


Author Bio – 
Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women's fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin deals with being newly single after a long-term relationship, dating, love, sex, friendship and living life to the full.

Olivia published three novels in 2019: Only When It's Love, Losing My Inhibitions and Love Offline. The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, the hotly anticipated sequel to her debut novel will be released in July 2020.

When she's not writing, Olivia can be found baking or making regular trips to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!
http://www.oliviaspring.com/

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/olivia-spring

Monday, 11 May 2020

Book review: People Like Us by Louise Fein




People Like Us by Louise Fein


'I nearly drowned and Walter rescued me. That changes everything.'

Leipzig, 1930s Germany.
Hetty Heinrich is a perfect German child. Her father is an SS officer, her brother in the Luftwaffe, herself a member of the BDM. She believes resolutely in her country, and the man who runs it.
Until Walter changes everything. Blond-haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew.
Anti-semitism is growing by the day, and neighbours, friends and family members are turning on one another. As Hetty falls deeper in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, she begins to fight against her country, her family and herself. Hetty will have to risk everything to save Walter, even if it means sacrificing herself...





My thoughts... 

Some stories creep up on you out of the blue and utterly sweep you away and for me, People Like Us, was one of those moments. In a nutshell, this story depicts the atrocities of WWII, but personal courage, strength, bravery and hope shines brightly through to the forefront of the narrative. It was moving beyond belief, albeit disturbing at times.

The writing is openly honest and lays all it's cards down on the table. Nothing is off limits and the order of the day is to deliver the truth. The narrative spans many years as we follow Hetty's journey. As readers, we are witness to her every thoughts. It was a remarkable ride watching Hetty mould and shape into the woman we see in the concluding moments and I felt like I knew her extremely well, which made her journey all the more heartfelt.

Although the backdrop depicts the ravages of war, at the forefront we have a moving love story of Romeo and Juliet proportions. Struggle is an almighty theme that dives out of the book and touches each and every corner and character. But no more so than our star-crossed lovers. To dive further into the narrative I feel would reveal too many spoilers. So I shall curb my enthusiasm to relay to you all how special this book is and I'll simply say - read it!

People Like Us is a raw and brutal look at life, love and longing amidst the struggles of a Nazi regime. It stole my heart with its honesty and bravery and it's a book I'll never forget.


Read and reviewed with kind permission by Head of Zeus.

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About the author... 

Louise Fein holds an MA in Creative Writing from St Mary's University. Prior to studying for her master's, she ran a commodity consultancy business following a career in banking and law. She lives in Surrey with her family. People Like Us is inspired by her family history, and by the alarming parallels she sees between the early 30s and today.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Book review: Barefoot on the Beach by Katlyn Duncan




Barefoot on the Beach by Katlyn Duncan

Renee Clarke is perfectly happy just the way she is…

Renee may be thrilled to be planning her sister’s wedding, but after witnessing her mother’s two failed marriages, she has always vowed that she is better off on her own.

But when Renee discovers that Luc Hardy has moved next door, her world is knocked off kilter. Luc was her whirlwind summer romance as a teen and, more importantly, her first love. Now he’s back in West Cove, looking more handsome than ever.

There is no escaping the romance in the air this summer. With the wedding planning in full swing, Renee begins to believe that she might be able to put her childhood reservations about marriage aside.
Yet when her mother arrives, she stirs a torrent of emotions in Renee’s heart. She’s up to her old tricks again – boasting about her latest conquests – reaffirming Renee’s lack of faith in love.
As Renee’s happily-ever-after hangs in the balance, will Luc be able to convince her that true love can last forever?




My thoughts... 

Some stories pull you head first into the action in a breath taking minute, while others simmer gently under the surface to slowly bring the excitement to the surface in a glorious fashion. Which is exactly what I received when I dived into this delightful book. Family and relationships were the beating heart of this narration and it was a joy to get to know Renee and her intricately layered life.

From the opening moments it was extremely clear that Renee was a controlled and organised character who put the needs of everyone else above her own. At times it was difficult to see how easily she was taken for granted by certain members of the family but there's always another side to every situation. Renee was a complex creation and I'm still not 100% sure I fully took to her, but that did not stand in the way of my enjoyment of the book in any way, shape or form, as I don't believe that you have to love every leading lady in order to enjoy the essence of a story. 

For me the best part of the story was the dynamics between characters. Renee and her sister Cait had many golden moments along the wedding planning journey which added some light relief to the story. But for me the golden couple creation had to be Luc and Renee. I would have liked a stronger emphasis on the romance over the dysfunctional family in this story, as the blurb strongly sold the romantic dream. But what we were treated to between this pair gave me all the feels I wanted....but being a sucker for all things swoon worthy, I wanted more. 

All in all, Barefoot on the Beach is a true and heartfelt look into life and love in all its ugly glory. This is definitely one for the summer tbr piles for sure. 



Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for including me in this gorgeous blog tour. 

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About the author... 

Coming from a small town in Western Massachusetts, Katlyn Duncan always had her head in the clouds. Working as a scientist for most of her adult life, she enjoyed breaking down the hows and whys of life. This translated into her love of stories and getting into the minds of her characters. Currently, she’s a full-time author and freelance writer. When she’s not writing, she’s obsessing over many (many) television series’. She currently resides in Southern New England with her family. Check out more about her writing and current TV addiction in her newsletter, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! SCBWI & RWA Member. http://www.katlynduncan.com

Friday, 1 May 2020

Book review: Willow's Wedding Vows by Debbie Viggiano


Willow's Wedding Vows by Debbie Viggiano


Wedding vows have never been this personal…

Willow has been living with marriage-shy Charlie for more years than she cares to remember and is old-fashioned enough to want a wedding band and a loads-of-sex honeymoon before stretchmarks and nipple shields.

So when the once-wary Charlie surprisingly goes down on one knee, Willow doesn’t question why her boyfriend is suddenly so keen to rush her into saying “I do”.

The first clue comes as Willow is zipped into her Cinderella dress, the second as she bobs into the wedding car, and the third as the Roller swings towards its fairy-tale destination… leaving a shell-shocked Willow desperately trying to figure out what to do next.

A bride can do anything she wants on her wedding day, but nobody expected her to do this…





My thoughts...

This book had more twists and turns than a thrill ride at a theme park. It was a masterclass in the age old 'who done it' of the romantic kind and I spent the entire book switching culprits only to have the rug pulled out from under my feet at the eleventh hour.

So let me get this off my chest....Charlie is the biggest all round !#?@ £%*??!!//¥€$ of the tallest order and that's putting it mildly. The fabulously maddening insights to his inner thoughts, that we were treated to, only worked to fuel my utter disgust at his despicable excuse of testosterone on show. What an utter d*ck! Our Willow deserves much better. I mean what an adorable character. Don't get me wrong there were times that I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and give her an almighty wake up call. But they do say love is blind and let's face it, we can all be guilty of stupidity when Cupid strikes his arrow true.

I'm a big Debbie fan and I know I'm always in for a real treat when I pick up one of her works and this book was certainly no different. The characters were colourful, creative and brought the narrative to life in full animation. The scrapes and situations Charlie found himself in were justifiably hilarious and I'm not ashamed to admit that I took great pleasure in his discomfort....well he deserved it after all. But satisfaction aside, this story is filled to the maximum with laughter and lies aplenty, but there's true heart at the centre of the script to add depth of the endearing quality.

Willow's Wedding Vows has tiers of triumph and laughter at the turn of every page. Well done on yet another Viggiano victory.



Thank you to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for including me in such a wonderful blog tour.


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About the author... 


Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued puppy from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her children return home from uni bringing her much joy...apart from their gifts of dirty laundry.

Follow her blog: www.debbieviggiano.blogspot.com Tweet @DebbieViggiano or look her up on Facebook!

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Book review: Q By Christina Dalcher




Q By Christina Dalcher


Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s new elite schools. Her daughters are exactly like her: beautiful, ambitious, and perfect. A good thing, since the recent mandate that’s swept the country is all about perfection.
Now everyone must undergo routine tests for their quotient, Q, and any children who don’t measure up are placed into new government schools. Instead, teachers can focus on the gifted.
 
Elena tells herself it’s not about eugenics, not really, but when one of her daughters scores lower than expected and is taken away, she intentionally fails her own test to go with her.
 
But what Elena discovers is far more terrifying than she ever imagined…




My thoughts... 

Well this book certainly made me sit up and take notice. Every sentence was thought provoking as the story created a future world striving for the perfect race. With echoes harking back to darker days and the past threatening to repeat certain actions, this story gripped me on every level. It made me uncomfortable and uncertain about the human race and left me with a million unanswered questions, which is the sign of a great book.

Is a world filled with an elite race the perfect place to reside? How far are people willing to go to achieve this? Q asks these questions and many more as the story unfurls at a disturbing pace. I think what moved me the most was the anchor to past atrocities as the narrative revealed elements of true history that ran my blood cold.

The character each filled their roles to perfect precision and I felt love and pure revulsion in equal measure as martyrs and monsters showed their true inner selves. I can't go into too much detail regarding the narrative as too many spoilers would no doubt show their faces and this is definitely one book that needs to unfurl exactly how the author intended it to....but know from me that it is every bit worth the journey.

Q is a mental agility test of the tallest order and I'm still reeling from the experience. I can't recommend this book enough and I predict all great things to come.



Read and reviewed with kind permission by HQ Digital.

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About the author... 

Christina Dalcher is the Sunday Times bestselling author of VOX. She earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University, specializing in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects. She and her husband split their time between the American South and Naples, Italy. Q is her second novel.



Friday, 24 April 2020

Book review: The First Date by Zara Stoneley



The First Date by Zara Stoneley


After breaking up with her childhood sweetheart, clueless dater Rosie has found herself in a boyfriend-drought. So when she finally swipes right on a guy who seems interested, she can’t wait to meet up in person.
Until she’s left standing alone. In a bar. Stood up.
Enter Noah. Confident, funny … and a serial first dater. Offering to give Rosie a crash course in seduction, this could be just what she needs. Until her matchmaker turns out to be the best date she’s ever had – and Rosie wonders if she wants the fake dates to be the real ones after all



My thoughts... 

Well that was certainly a Stoneley special. From start to finish I was all in....this book completely consumed me and I couldn't put it down even for a second. The writing was filled with that Stoneley sense of humour that I love and I found myself giggling at the turn of every page.

As far as two leading characters go, I must say that Rosie and Noah had it all. Their chemistry was off the charts and I could feel their heat burning through the prose. Their witty banter was second to none and for me it was the best part of the book. I had jaw ache from grinning like an idiot at their battle of repartee. It added a lively nature to the book that was utterly infectious.

The narrative was filled to the brim with dates, dares and dimples that created an addictive charm. Although satire played an important role, the story wasn't short of a serious heartfelt moment or two. This worked to anchor the piece and also give my aching body a chance to recover from the laugh out loud moments.

The First Date might well be my favourite Stoneley story to date....a huge and brave statement I know, but a story I'm sticking to. It is witty, addictive and simply moreish and I know it's going to be a huge hit.



Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for letting me take part in this fabulous blog tour.

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About the author... 

Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date.
Born in a small village in the UK, she wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true.
She writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say 'ahhh'.
Zara now lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron. Zara’s bestselling novels include 'Bridesmaids', 'No One Cancels Christmas', 'The Wedding Date', 'The Holiday Swap', 'Summer with the Country Village Vet', 'Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage' and the popular Tippermere series - 'Stable Mates', 'Country Affairs' and 'Country Rivals'. Where you can find Zara - Website: http://www.zarastoneley.com Twitter: @ZaraStoneley Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley