Book Review: Tree Sacrifice by Harriet Springbett @HarriSpringbett @Impress_books @lovebookstours @igbooktours

Synopsis

A suicide pact. A new responsibility. A desperate bid for harmony.

As Rainbow leaves Brocéliande forest after the events of Tree Slayer, she learns that a much greater challenge faces her. Exasperated by mankind’s disrespect for trees, the One Tree has set a terrible event into motion. Rainbow is strictly forbidden from intervening, but thousands of trees across France could die unless she does so.

Her search for guidance will take her to England, where a startling discovery makes sense of her gift and opens new perspectives. She must take the hardest decision of her life. But will her and Eole’s sacrifices be enough to save the French forests?

Unknown to Rainbow, help is close by. But it lies in a different world, a parallel world where mankind lives in unity with trees. There, Druana must decide whether she’s prepared to risk everything to rebalance her world.

Will Druana and Rainbow ever meet? What would be the cost? For everything gained, something must be lost.

My Review

At the end of Tree Slayer Rainbow saved Druid Oak, but her work was not finished. She is in the process of setting up a tree association, TreeWise and hopes to create an environment where trees and people respect each other. However, after the events of Tree Slayer the One Tree has given up on human kind and is convinced that they will never change on how they treat trees. To that effect he issues a suicide order to the trees, refuses to share the tree history with Rainbow or share his life force with Amrita Devi who is dying. He also issues Rainbow with another start warning that as Rainbow’s life is linked to Amrita’s she will die too. Can Rainbow override the suicide order and save Amrita Devi?

This was a fascinating read that really stretches your imagination. Having read Tree Magic and Tree Slayer I was intrigued to see what would happen to Rainbow next. In this book Rainbow has really grown as have her powers and she is more at one with nature. At the same time Rainbow also learns a lot about herself and her heritage when she travels back to England. There she meets her paternal aunt Eve, learns more about her father and her father’s side if the family. There are also multiverse travels in this book which is one aspect that I loved as we get to see characters and Rainbow travel to and from parallel world.  The story also amplifies the importance of trees and the eco system and shows how humans and nature can’t live without the other and are dependent on each other. I have always been captivated by nature and have always thought that trees have feelings too. This series has put my thoughts on paper and created a magical world where humans can communicate with trees.

A fascinating YA Fantasy that brings nature to life with the turn of each page.

Author Bio

Harriet Springbett’s childhood on a small farm in West Dorset gave her an early exposure to nature, which continues to inspire her writing.

She qualified as an engineer but, during a Raleigh International expedition in Chile, she realised she preferred words to numbers. She abandoned her profession, moved to France, studied French and then worked as a project manager, feature writer, translator and TEFL teacher. She now lives in Poitou-Charentes with her French partner and their teenage children.

Since her first literary success, aged 10, her short stories and poetry have been published in literary journals and placed in writing competitions, including a shortlisting in the 2017 Bath Short Story Award.

Harriet leads writing workshops, has judged the Segora international short story competition and blogs at https://harrietspringbett.wordpress.com

Book Review: A Balancing Kind Of Love by Joanna Cates #ABalancingKindOfLove #ZooloosBookTours @JoannaCates8 @ZooloosBT

Synopsis

Kirsty Young, a 40-year-old single woman, is at a crossroads in her life. She works hard and enjoys socialising, especially with her best friend Henrietta Green and the rest of the gang. However, something is missing. Has she left it too late to meet Mr Right and become a mother?

With life-changing decisions to make, she packs her bags and travels off to Ibiza and Cyprus on a six-month sabbatical.

Max Bright, now in charge of the family business, Brightside Hotels, is emotionally exhausted. All the travelling and keeping an eye on his mother and playboy brother is taking its toll. He is unhappy with his lifestyle, and he wants balance. Is there room in his life for romance?

Max and Kirsty’s paths cross and it isn’t love at first sight. Fortunately, they head off in different directions. When fate and a little help from their friends intervene, they meet again. Is there such a thing as a second chance?

Buy Links

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Balancing-Kind-Love-Joanna-Cates-ebook/dp/B09HFG456H

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Balancing-Kind-Love-Joanna-Cates/dp/1800681259

My Review

Kirsty is 40 years old, single and finds herself stuck in a rut. So she decides to take a sabbatical from work and go travelling to Ibiza and then she ends up going to Cyprus. Before she’s even left the country she has a less than ideal first encounter with Max Bright, the owner of Brightside Hotels. Let’s just say that for both characters the meeting leaves a lasting impression on not a very good one. After spending a short time in Ibiza with friends Kirsty then goes to Cyprus where she ends up staying in one of Max’s hotels. Its clear there’s chemistry between the two but they don’t seem to get to know each other properly due to a series of misunderstandings. Will Kirsty and Max find what they’re looking for in each other?

I really enjoyed this book. Like the first in the series it was quite an easy read and it was nice to escape to Ibiza/Cyprus after a long day at work. I loved Kirsty’s character. Although she’s very confident, she hides her vulnerability well. She’s not happy where she is in life and all she really wants to do is settle down and have a family. However, she keeps making the same mistakes over again and choosing the wrong man. Similarly, Max is in the same position. He too isn’t happy with his life. Since his father died he’s been running the chain of Brightside Hotels and has become somewhat of a workaholic. He too wants to settle down and have a family but hasn’t found the right woman because she just doesn’t have the time. Its clear there’s something between Kirsty and Max when they first meet even though their first meeting is less than ideal. I loved the aspect off Kirsty journaling and trying to find herself using mindfulness. I did feel sad for Max at times especially because his mum Margot seems to dismiss his feelings off hand and really doesn’t know him very well.         

What I liked about this series is that in the first book Love Is Crystal Clear we are introduced to Kirsty as a secondary character and then part way through that book Kirsty leaves for her sabbatical before returning at the end. No other information is given as to what happens to Kirsty while she is away and this book covers Kirsty’s story and her travels.

This is the second book in a trilogy. It can be read as a stand alone but I would highly recommend reading Love Is Crystal Clear followed by this one. Having read the first two books back to back I am really interested to see how this trilogy ends and hopefully catch up with the characters.

Author Bio

Joanna Cates is married to a patient and kind man and is a mum to four children. She has a vivid imagination and is a born romantic. Although Joanna spent her working life as an accountant, she’s always felt far too creative for mere numbers—for which she blames her beloved mother, who introduced Joanna to Catherine Cookson and Stephen King at an early age.

Joanna loves photography, travelling, reading, health & fitness, and socialising with her friends & vodka. Easily distracted, Joanna visualises many of her tall tales whiledoing the housework.

Two years ago, Joanna decided that she wanted to write a book, oh and also to have a new wardrobe. She’s still waiting for the wardrobe.

Love is Crystal Clear is Joanna’s debut romance novel.

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Spotlight: Tsalix Silverthorn and the Desert of Desolation by Richard Siddoway @CayellePub @rmsiddoway @KellyALacey @lovebookstours @igbooktours

Synopsis

Having retrieved the first talisman from the top of Mount Jinee, Tsalix and his friends are faced with another daunting task.  They must cross Shayeksten, the Desert of Desolation to reach Mount Tsood and find the second talisman.

Shayeksten is formidable, dry, hot, and covered with drifting sand. Compounding their problem is their nemesis, Captain Nash Doitsoh and his band of soldiers, who are patrolling the desert and are determined to capture Tsalix and bring him to Prince Abadon. If they are successful in crossing Shayeksten and reaching Mount Tsood they must find where the talisman is hidden and then return to Mount Deschee to deliver it to the King.

Author Bio

Having retrieved the first talisman from the top of Mount Jinee, Tsalix and his friends are faced with another daunting task.They must cross Shayeksten, the Desert of Desolation to reach Mount Tsood and find the second talisman. Shayeksten is formidable, dry, hot, and covered with drifting sand. Compounding their problem is their nemesis, Captain Nash Doitsoh and his band of soldiers, who are patrolling the desert and are determined to capture Tsalix and bring him to Prince Abadon. If they are successful in crossing Shayeksten and reaching Mount Tsood they must find where the talisman is hidden and then return to Mount Deschee to deliver it to the King.

Book Review: The Hidden Road: The Longest Game book 2 by Martin A. Cullen @The_MCullen1809 @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours

Synopsis

Inara fought for and nearly died for her freedom. But she won a chance at a normal life. Turns out, she hates it. She yearns to move. To do…something.

Then a call from her friend Yukie shakes Inara into action. Turns out Lee is trapped in a magic hardened prison and Yukie needs Inara to break him out.

Inara jumps at the challenge of a prison break. The thrill of her old life sets her heart racing. Unbeknownst to her, this decision sets her on a collision course with her old nemesis, Cyrus.

Can a ballet company of werewolves help? Or can a crippled thief provide the aid Inara needs?

Inara can only hope her luck holds out or she may find herself in a cell next to Lee.

My Review

Since we last saw Inara she has been living a very uneventful life. When Inara receives an unexpected call from her friend Yuki that Lee is trapped in a magical prison, she jumps into action to help Yuki break Lee out. However, there are other forces at work that bring Inara face to face with her enemy Cyrus. Will Inara succeed in her plan?

Having been introduced to Inara in the first book on the series, Donnybrook Good-Bye I found her to be a fascinating character and was eager to see what happened to her next. I did find the book a bit hard to get into to start with but as the story progressed and the pace started to pick up the storyline and characters started to all fall into place like a jigsaw puzzle. Had I had time I think I would have re-read the first book to refresh my memory. I really enjoyed seeing Inara back together with some of the other characters that we met in the first book. Inara is a strong and independent character but she has mixed feelings about what she wants. At the start of the book when she’s leading a normal life it’s clear that she is bored. She has immense power and magic. We get an insight into the power that she holds in this book. Inara’s first meeting with the ballet of werewolves and the magical break dancing battle were my most memorable scenes from the story.

The theme in this book was definitely a little more darker. The story was action packed and fast paced. This book ended on quite an epic cliffhanger and I was eager to see what would happen next when I turned the last page so I’m really interested to see what happens in the next book.

Author Bio

Martin Cullen has been a musician, bouncer, infantryman, and worked in museums. He immigrated from Ireland at a young age (sorry no accent), walked the storage rooms of the American History Museum, worked backstage for a magician, drank more than he should, and sang more than most folks would have liked. Now he brings some stories into the world for your enjoyment.

Spotlight: Sudden Dawn by Folasade Fasoranti @FFasoranti @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours @Igbooktours

Synopsis

Omotola longs for a different future from the other girls in her community. Beautiful and gifted, but impoverished, she knows education can prevent her from a disastrous arranged marriage. Her father is cruel and violent, and he eagerly awaits the day when he can sell her to a man for a decent bride price.

When Omotola meets the handsome and aristocratic Akin, the young heir to an empire, the two unlikely companions fall in love. But as her school days come to an end and an arranged marriage seems likely, Omotola must find the strength to disobey her father and challenge the societal expectations of 1940s Nigeria.

Despite their different worlds and the machinations of their fathers, Omotola and Akin strive to find a way to be together. Will defying the odds bring them true love? And can education provide a gateway for a new way of life—one where Omotola’s ambition is appreciated and not punished?

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Author Bio

Folasade Fasoranti grew up in Nigeria, where she witnessed the pitfalls of polygamous homes and the jealousy and strife created through one man marrying multiple wives. To escape such a fate, she earned a bachelor of arts in education from Adeyemi Federal University of Education. Eventually, she left Nigeria for a new life with her husband in Brussels, Belgium, where she still resides and is a member of the Brussels Writers’ Circle. When not parenting, she can be found hard at work writing novels and poetry.

Book Review: IMPERFECT by Holly Carr @Lovebookstours @Igbooktours

Synopsis

A workplace crush is supposed to be light-hearted. Frivolous, even. Just some daydream inspiration to make the hours go faster, or to fill in twenty boring minutes.

Sam isn’t ready to develop actual feelings for someone. Not with Logan still looming so large in her heart, and especially not when the subject of her infatuation is her new employer.

Alex doesn’t plan to fall in love ever again. Not after what happened with Victoria.

But fate seems determined to begin an unwanted love story, and a tentative romance blossoms as Alex and Sam battle the malicious sabotage of a rival company. 

That is, until Alex’s cruel ex-wife re-enters his life, threatening to take custody of their daughter. 

Sam’s determination to help the desperate man stand up for himself brings the two would-be lovers closer, but Victoria’s antics only highlight to Alex the dangers of leaving himself vulnerable.

Can Sam convince him to set aside eleven years of stanch celibacy and give into his feelings? 

And just how did he get that mysterious scar on his face?

My Review

Sam has been newly appointed as Alex’s assistant, but has never met him. When they do meet sparks quite literally fly. However, both are guarded due to their pasts. Can Alex and Sam overcome their vulnerabilities and fears to find happiness?

I found the storyline really intriguing. What I thought was a romance novel turned out to be so much more. This is a slow burn romance novel which also as a theme of family and relationships. The book also covers some serious topics such as bereavement, domestic violence and coercive and controlling behaviour which were covered very sensitively by the author. My favourite part had to be the first meeting between Alex and Sam which had me giggling.

I really liked Sam and Alex. Sam has been through a lot and is still trying to process what she has been through, but has never lost her voice. Alex has been through a significant amount which have left him with both physical and mental scars so it’s understandable why he is reluctant to start any kind of relationship and put trust in another. That is until he meets Sam who is like a breath of fresh air. As far as villains go I did not like Victoria from the outset as she was absolutely awful and as soon as she is introduced you know that she’s going to be bad news.

An easy read slow burn romance novel!

Author Bio

Holly Carr was born in Geelong, Victoria, where she still lives today with her husband and their very affectionate cat. She graduated from Deakin University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations), majoring in Literary Studies. IMPERFECT is her debut novel.

Book Review: Knightfall by Ann Denton @AnnDentonAuthor @KellyALacey @lovebookstours @igbooktours

Synopsis

Want to kill my sister? You’ll have to go through me first.

I will stop you.

Even if it means I have to go back to the palace.

Even if it means I have to take back the crown I left behind.

Even if it means I have to face the four men I left at the altar.

I will take on them and their anger.

I will take on anything to save Avia.

Because the kingdom needs her.

The kingdom needs a good queen.

Not a cursed one. Not me.

If I can’t save her, then the kingdom will fall. Because I can’t rule.

I’m a walking death sentence for anyone who gets too close…

If you like romance, mystery, and laughter, this book will keep you up all night. Get it today!

Buy Links https://amzn.to/3ndJ0H8

My Review

Princess Bloss is the heir of the kingdom of Evaness, but is currently working as a waitress having used a spell to disguise who she truly is. Bloss ran away from Evaness 4 years ago and two days before her coronation as Queen of Evaness. Not only did Bloss run away from her kingdom and her destiny but she also left behind her four soon to be husbands/knights who were chosen by her mother each for their unique qualities. Her husbands/knights included Quinn the spymaster, Connor the son of a Duke and Bloss’ best friend, Ryan the half giant and a general in the Evaness army and Declan the half human half fae. When Bloss hears a plot to kill her sister Princess Avia she knows she must save her sister. When Bloss returns to Evaness her mother arranges a bonding spell to stop Bloss leaving again and the spell cast means that she has to always be within five metres of one of her husbands. Bloss’ goal is to save her sister, give her sister the throne and free herself from the bonding spell. Will Bloss succeed?

Having read some of the author’s other books I was really looking forward to this one and I was not disappointed. There is something about the way the author writes that grabs you from the first page, captures your attention and pulls you into a new world. The world building was amazing and full of magic. As a main character I loved Bloss. She is a bad ass; confident, sassy, fiery, feisty but at the same time she is smart and intelligent. She knows what’s best for her kingdom on an everyday scale but also on a larger political scale. I found Bloss’ power once it was revealed very fascinating as she has the power to transfer the feeling of peace to others. Although it sounded like quite a pleasant power the effects on Bloss herself when she used it was devastating.

As for her husbands/knights it’s hard to choose one over the other and it’s easy to see why Bloss doesn’t have a preference. Each husband has their own unique quality and as the story progresses she bonds with each one individually. One thing is certain each husband cares for Bloss deeply. Knightfall is a reverse harem book which was intense and did include some spicy moments. The book ending on a jaw dropping cliff hanger so I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

If you love fantasy books then you need to add this to your list.

Book Blitz: Stranger Love by Autumn Miller @AMillerWrites @KellyALacey @igbooktours @lovebookstours

Synopsis

Rose

They say you’ll have the time of your life at university, but it was the handsome stranger in a local bar who gave me mine.

Our connection was instantaneous, our conversation littered with inappropriate teasing. And his kiss. Blew. My. Mind.

Going home with him was never in doubt.

The next day, he promised to call, but I never heard from him again. Trying not to feel rejected, I decided to look at my one night stand as an experience fitting of college life.

The unexpected baby wasn’t part of the deal though. I wasn’t down for that particular experience. I’m a final year student and the timing is awful.

But despite delivering babies for a living, Callum’s not happy about the pregnancy, making accusations and assumptions every time we meet. 

He treats me as if I’m his enemy, and if he’s not careful he’ll make me one, pushing me away for good.

Callum

The green-eyed girl from the bar is standing in my hospital, looking at an ultrasound scan in her hands. I hoped to see her again, to relive our incredible night, but not like this.

Not with my world exploding, my worst fears realised.

I’ve knocked up a stranger.

When I confront her about the baby, things go from bad to worse. I’m unable to say a thing right, upsetting Rose every chance I get. 

But despite being blindsided by the news, I want to be involved in the pregnancy. After all, I’m an obstetrician, and babies and women’s bodies are my speciality. And even though I’ve never felt possessive about a woman before, it’s not long before strong, protective tendencies build inside me.

I can’t stay away from her.

She’s carrying my child. 

I’m going to be a father.

That connection we had months ago, reignites. 

We get closer. Too close.

And I have no idea where we go from here.

Author Bio

I loved reading romance books so much, I started to write my own. Featuring my own personal swoon-worthy book boyfriends with killer bods/smiles/moves and playful banter, hopefully, you’ll enjoy these heartfelt stories too. 

I live in Norfolk, England and write stories with heat, heart and happily ever after.

Book Review: Snow-Kissed Proposals by Jenni Fletcher and Elisabeth Hobbes #snowkissedproposals @JenniAuthor @ElisabethHobbes @rararesources

Synopsis

A snowy Victorian Christmas – Two festive short stories!

In The Christmas Runaway by Jenni Fletcher: wilful, independent heiress, Fiona MacKay, impulsively runs away to a remote Scottish tower where she’s trapped in the snow with equally headstrong, deliciously dishevelled Angus Drummond.

In Their Snowbound Reunion by Elisabeth Hobbes: fifteen years ago, Amy Munroe and Anthony Matthews were cruelly parted, and each blames the other. When Amy becomes Anthony’s new housekeeper, their passion is reawakened!

Purchase Link – getbook.at/SnowKissedProposals

My Review

In The Christmas Runaway, Fiona is visiting her friend Mhairi at Windy Towers in Aberdeen when she comes across Angus. Fiona’s first impression of Angus is that he is dishevelled; a drunkard and nothing close to a gentleman. Angus’ first impression of Fiona is that she’s uppity, prim and proper. It quickly transpires that Angus is Mhairi’s brother and when they are both stranded together during a heavy snow storm will they find common ground.

I am a big fan of Jenni Fletcher because she’s a brilliant author. This was a smashing read and I loved everything about it. It’s a story where two characters form an opinion on the other based solely on their first meeting. They both definitely judge a book by its cover. I liked both Fiona and Angus as characters especially because they both challenge each other’s opinions and behaviour.

In Their Snowbound Reunion, Amy and Anthony were more than mere acquaintances when he abruptly left and Amy was heartbroken to find out he’d become engaged to another woman. 15 years later, Amy as a housekeeper in the home of Anthony’s late aunt which he has just inherited on the understanding that their paths will never cross. When Anthony pays an unexpected visit how will they react to seeing each other and will the truth of what happened 15 years ago that ore them apart finally come to light.

I was really intrigued to find out more about how and why Amy and Anthony became estranged which was slowly revealed throughout the book. To begin with they both seemed to dance around the subject, each thinking that it was the other who was at fault until the truth was finally revealed. Elizabeth Hobbes is a new author to me but I would really like to read more from her as this was a brilliant read.

On the whole I really enjoyed both of these short stories and although I say short stories they did feel like full length novels in their own right. I loved the characters, storylines and settings. There was clearly tension between the two couples when they first meet. In Fiona and Angus’ case there was an enemies to lovers concept and in Amy and Anthony’s case there was a second chance romance concept.

A book to read on a cosy winter night at Christmas.

Author Bio

Jenni Fletcher is the award-winning author of 15 historical romances. She has been nominated for 4 RoNA Awards and won the Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award in 2020. She lives in Yorkshire with her family and can be contacted via Twitter @JenniAuthor.

Elisabeth’s writing career began when she finished in third place in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013. She was offered a two-book contract and consequently had to admit secret writing was why the house was such a tip. She is the author of numerous historical romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon covering the Medieval period to Victorian England, and a Second World War romantic historical with One More Chapter. She lives in Cheshire because the car broke down there in 1999 and she never left.

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Book Review: Two Scoops, Not Three by Terri Boas #twoscoopsnotthree @TerriBoas @rararesources

Synopsis

Briony, Natalie and Lauren have been best friends since school. Now in their thirties, their lives couldn’t be more different.
Eternally single Briony is desperate to find ‘the one’, while Lauren, a singer onboard cruise ships, is having far too much carefree fun to even think about settling down with ‘Mrs Right’. Or is she?

Meanwhile, long-term married mum Natalie has had her head turned at the gym by sexy spin instructor, Jason. And when he suggests some private, one-on-one sessions, sex-starved Natalie is powerless to resist.

When Natalie’s affair comes to light after a boozy night down their local, where they go to get their alcohol and ice cream fixes, Briony doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to forgive her friend. Luckily, a date with Mani, the hot, chivalrous son of her larger-than-life American boss helps to take her mind off things. Could he be the special someone she has been waiting for all her life?

As the girls embark on some of the most challenging moments of their lives, only one thing is for sure – their friendship will never be the same again . . .

Honoured as a Finalist in the, Fiction: Women’s Fiction category at the American Book Fest 2020, Best Book Awards.

Purchase Links
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B089QRKXFC/
US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089QRKXFC/

My Review

Briony, Lauren and Natalie have been best friends since school. Briony works in the finance sector and is single after discovering her boyfriend was married. Lauren is a talented singer working on cruise ships. Natalie is a housewife and a mother of two. Natalie married young and appears to be bored with her life. When her husband suggests she join the gym to get her out of the house more, she meets spin instructor Jason and starts to have an affair with him. Lauren’s life is hectic but is she getting tired and ready to settle down. When Natalie meets her boss’ son the very dreamy Mani who takes an interest in her, is he too good to be true? When Natalie finds out about Briony’s affair how will this affect their friendship?

I can only describe this as an easy read. I loved the 90s references which definitely bought back a sense of nostalgia. Briony, Natalie and Lauren’s friendship is everything and they are more like sisters. However, the story perfectly portrays what happens when they start keeping secrets from each other and what happens when those secrets are revealed. It definitely puts a strain on their friendship. At the same time although they are close friends sometimes they don’t want to hear the truth or their friend’s perspective especially in Briony’s case when straight talking Natalie discovers the affair. But when they are honest with each other the secrets have a less fiery effect and being honest paves the way for a new level to their friendship and relationships with others. I was glad when things worked out in the end.

A story about friendship, honesty and relationships.

Author Bio

Terri Boas lives in Hampshire with her husband, Rich, daughter, Portia and Pud, the cat. She works part-time at The Raven Hotel in Hook. Famous children’s author, Enid Blyton wrote the first of her hundreds of books right there!
Two scoops, not three is Terri’s debut novel.
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