Book Review: Fool Me Twice by Lizzie Morton #foolmetwice @authorlizziemo @instabooktours

Synopsis

I have one regret in life: fooling Michael Becket, the most promising quarterback in the NFL.

He was supposed to be a simple job, a chance to put the past behind me. It turned into a media scandal which left him famous for all the wrong reasons.

They say keep your enemies close. Becket and I got too close, and something lurking in the shadows proved why we could never be together.

There were secrets.

Too many.

Whose were the darkest, only time will tell.

My Review

Britney works for a gossip magazine and her new assignment is NFL player Beckett. It’s become well known that Beckett’s relationship with his current girlfriend is on rocky ground and Britney is tasked to follow him and get whatever scoop. If there is no story she is to create one. Britney doesn’t like working for the magazine but she has no choice as she needs the money to pay off the debts that her mother has racked up. During a turbulent flight from New York Britney and Beckett find they are seat buddies. During the flight Beckett discloses some of his deepest and unknown secrets to Britney. But more happens after the flight and once his secrets become public Beckett quickly becomes headline news for all the wrong reasons. 18 months later Britney and Beckett are reunited when a newspaper want to feature an article about Beckett and he specifically requests that Britney is the writer because he wants revenge. As Beckett starts to play his game and mess with Britney, he doesn’t realise that Britney will happily play him at his own game. However, neither of them are aware that there is a third player in this game but who are they?

There is a prequel called Fool Me Once which I haven’t read but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book because at the start the reader is given a recap as to what happened in Fool Me Once and the first interaction between Beckett and Britney. I’ve been wanting to read a book by this author for some time so I jumped at the chance to read and review this book. What can I say about this book apart from I absolutely loved it and I think I’ve found a new favourite author. I loved the storyline. It was captivating, engaging and fast paced. So much so that I read it within 24 hours and was sad when I finished the book resulting in a book hangover. The chemistry between Britney and Beckett was evident from their first encounter and resurfaced when they met 18 months later. Beckett at first glance is a handsome flawed hero who has had bad experiences in his past but ultimately he’s trying to redeem himself and has a good heart. In contrast Britney’s upbringing was also less than ideal but not as perfect as Beckett thinks. Their scenes together honestly stole my heart. I did love how Britney stood her ground despite Beckett trying to get a reaction from her.

This isn’t just a story about revenge and romance, as both Britney and Beckett have pasts that they are running from and secrets that only they know. Their story is a clear example of how looks can be deceiving. In Beckett’s case he is keeping a big secret about his identity and past that only a few people know. Britney too has secrets no one knows. But as she becomes closer to Beckett he is the first person that she confides in. Both characters are trying to achieve something better, not letting the past define them but also helping each other to heal. But as they slowly learn the past never remains buried. Although I didn’t agree with what Britney did to Beckett in some ways she kind of didn’t have a choice. What Beckett didn’t realise was it was her colleague who was the driving force behind what happened to him and it was clear that she really didn’t want to be involved.

If you like tropes such as enemies to lovers, sports romance, dark romance, forced proximity and chemistry between the lead characters which is off the scale you need to read this book because you won’t be disappointed.

Author Bio

Author Lizzie Morton is an author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in the U.K with her partner and three children.

Previously she has worked as a Personal Trainer and Back Pain Specialist and trained as a Chef at Leeds City College.

Her first novel was originally just a note in her phone but became a full manuscript, ready for release in August 2020.

When she isn’t reading or writing, her favourite things include running, snaffling and changing nappies.

Book Review: Love Is Worth Fighting For (The Meraki Series Book 3) by Effie Kammenou #LoveIsWorthFightingFor @EffieKammenou @lovebookstours

Synopsis

All Krystina wants is to travel to beautiful locations, promote her blog, and achieve Insta fame. But with Loukas, her pesky frenemy from childhood, in toe, she hardly has time to breathe. If only he would leave her alone! But when the unforeseen strikes, forcing her to face challenging situations she never thought possible, it’s Loukas that helps her through it all.

And then there’s the search her sisters began to find out what happened to her missing grandfather⎯the man her grandmother has pinned all her faith on, believing he will one day return to her. Krystina is determined to find and bring him home, even through the most challenging of times. This quest will test everything she has come to know. But she may learn that through it all, when everything else crumbles around you, love is worth fighting for.

My Review

Krystina and Loukas were friends when they were younger until Loukas made a big mistake which caused them to drift apart. Now 18 years old Krystina is a social media influencer and blogger wishing she was visiting beautiful locations. Loukas is still her arch nemesis but what Krystina doesn’t realise is that he likes her more than a friend but doesn’t know how to show it. As Krystina and Loukas start to spend more time with each other will Krystina realise how Loukas feels about her and is the feeling mutual. When Krystina and Loukas travel to Athens with Krystina’s siblings to find out what happened to their grandfather will the mystery surrounding his disappearance finally be resolved.

This is the third book in the Meraki series. It’s a series I have truly come to love and I have become very fond of the Andarakis family. This book features the story of one of the younger siblings Krystina who was featured as a secondary character in the first and second book. I loved the storyline between Krystina and Loukas about how they grew up together but then grew apart. They have this love/hate relationship which they can never seem to get past but the only person that can see there’s more to that is Krystina’s grandmother. She sees in their relationship glimpses of her past and how she met her husband. So I adored how history was repeating itself and being played out in the next generation between her granddaughter and Loukas. The chemistry between Krystina and Loukas was clear from the outset. At times despite Krystina acting aloof as to how she feels about Loukas, her feelings are evident in her actions because when something happens she is there to comfort him or be there for him when he needs someone. I really enjoyed finding out more about the grandfather, what happened to him and finally being introduced to him in more detail.

The Meraki series has become a series I look forward to reading because it has so many elements. There’s family drama in that you have a family who is disconnected from the grandfather and they don’t know what happened to him or why he isn’t part of their lives. There’s a little bit of mystery surrounding the same and a sprinkle of romance. Each book can be read as a standalone but they are all connected as each book is about one of the Andarakis children, with an underlying storyline of family history and what happened to their grandfather. At the same time the love story of their grandparents are intertwined between all of the books. At the end there was a sneak peak of the next book which is going to be about Theo and from what I’ve read I can tell already it’s going to be a favourite.

If you like frenemies to lovers then you’ll love this book.

Author Bio

Effie Kammenou is a believer that it is never too late to chase your dreams, follow your heart, or change your career. She is proof of that. At one time, long ago, she’d hoped that by her age, she would have had an Oscar in her hand after a successful career as an actor. Instead, she worked in the optical field for 40 years while raising her two daughters.

Book Review: Last Time We Met by Emily Houghton #TheLastTimeWeMet #RandomThingsTours @EmilyJHoughton @TransworldBooks @RandomTTours

Synopsis

ONE PROMISE
Aged thirteen, best friends Eleanor and Fin are inseparable. They are convinced that it will always be this way. But to be sure, they make a pact to always be there for each other. And of course, they’ll get married if they’re both 35 and single.

TWO DECADES
Eleanor and Fin haven’t spoken in fifteen years. They live on different continents, but more than an ocean separates them. Everything has changed since the last time they met.

CAN THEY STILL KEEP THEIR WORD?
So, when newly single Fin reappears, there’s no way they can keep their promise. Is there?

My Review

Eleanor and Finn have been best friends since they can remember. When they were 13 years old they planned their lives together and made promises to each other which quickly turned into a pact. They would go to the same university, move to London together, rent a flat together and as they got older they would always live within 20 minutes of each other. They also entered into a pact that if they were both single when they were 35 years old they would marry each other. They both signed a contract to this effect but life had other plans for them. Fast forward several years later and Eleanor now aged 34 finds herself single after her long term relationship ended. It just so happens that Finn is also newly single and returning to the UK after being away for years. Eleanor and Finn drifted apart and haven’t seen each other or been in touch for two decades. How will they react to seeing each other again? Can all promises be kept or are some promises never meant to be fulfilled?

As someone who loved reading Before I Saw You which was one of my favourite reads of 2021, I couldn’t wait to read this book. The author has done it again with another book which has also become a firm favourite. I adored the storyline. It was well written, full of emotion and pulled at my heart strings. The storyline flitted between the past and the present, switching between Eleanor and Finn’s narrative. It was sad to see how they played such a big part in each other’s lives until they drifted apart. But that first meeting after so many years was awkward at first but their connection was still there. From the outset it was clear that Eleanor liked Finn more than just a friend but Finn didn’t appear to see Eleanor as anything other than a friend. When I read the chapter about Eleanor when she was aged 16 my heart truly broke for her. But despite this Eleanor was always there for Finn especially as they grew older and looked after him when alcohol started to play a big factor in Finn’s life. There were times when I just wanted to grab both of the characters especially Finn and say that what they were looking for was staring them in the face. But this is a perfect example of how sometimes life works in that that you can’t always see what’s right in front of you.

I think that Finn’s background and his relationship with his parents had an impact on him both mentally and emotionally but at the same time it had an adverse impact on his relationship with Eleanor. So although Finn was running away from his family and himself he was also running away from Eleanor and their relationship which caused further distance between them.

I was quite anxious to see what would happen at the end but the ending was everything I was hoping for.

A book full of emotion, childhood promises, heart breaking decisions and a story that will never leave you long after you’ve turned the last page!

Author Bio

EMILY HOUGHTON is the author of Before I Saw You. She is an Essex girl at heart, but now spends most of her time between London and Suffolk. Emily worked in digital product management at Tesco and Barclays for seven years, and it was during a sabbatical from work, travelling around India, that her first book was born; the first draft is still written on her phone!

After a whirlwind few months, Emily quit her corporate job to live her dream of writing full-time. A true Gemini at heart, she’s got many interests and is a trained spin and yoga teacher. She has a curiosity for life and a passion for all things well-being, one day hoping to create her own retreat space with a lot of dogs! Her writing, while centeringaround love stories, often touches on deeper emotional themes such as self-love, healing and the power of finding yourself.

Emily says: “Last Time We Met is a story of love, loss and enduring friendship. How sometimes the things that aren’t said are the words we need to hear the most; and how forgiving others is nowhere near as important as forgiving ourselves.”

Book Review: Time After Time by Louise Pentland #TimeAfterTime @LouisePentland @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Synopsis

Sometimes you have to go back, to move forwards.

Tabitha is stuck. She still lives in the small town she grew up in . . . the town she’s barely ever left.

So, when her dad drops a bombshell over their weekly Sunday dinner, Tabitha takes a look at her own life. She lives firmly in her comfort zone and doesn’t know how to break out. Sometimes she wishes she should go back and start it all again.

When she meets Bea, a free spirit like no one else she’s ever known with an ‘interesting’ sense of style, Tabitha quickly befriends her, recognising in Bea the change she’s been craving. But soon it becomes clear that more has changed than her new friend. Somehow Tabitha has been transported back to the 1980s.

With the chance to reinvent herself in another time, will Tabitha finally manage to move forward?

My Review

Tabitha’s life is very uneventful that is until her Dad drops a bombshell at Sunday dinner. One thing’s for sure that after hearing his news, pudding is the last thing on everyone’s minds. Tabitha works at Pearls and Doodles a shop that sells an array of knick-knacks and vintage clothing. It’s whilst she’s sorting stock that she comes across an amethyst crystal ring. Now the ring isn’t just any normal ring or a piece of costume jewellery because when Tabitha wears it she is transported to 1989. It’s in 1989 that Tabitha meets free spirit Bea and they strike up a friendship. It’s her dad’s news and spending more time with Bea that Tabitha starts to assess her own life. Will Tabitha make the changes she needs to so that she can start living her best life?

I have been looking forward to reading this book for a while and loved it. There’s something about a story that includes time travel that I find fascinating. The story was well plotted and written and I enjoyed moving from the present to the past with Tabitha.

I really liked Tabitha as a character from the beginning. She really likes routine but it was clear that she wanted to make some changes to her life but didn’t know where to start. Travelling to the 1980s was the catalyst for Tabitha making those well needed changes. I loved how Tabitha liked to collect and restore vintage items and she was a bit of a magpie when it comes to finding treasure, a bit like me. At the same time she is also an entrepreneur posting her finds on Instagram and building up her own independent business. I can see why Tabitha bonded with Bea from the outset. Bea is so optimistic and free spirited. There is a familiarity with Bea and Tabitha finds she’s telling her how she is really feeling and what is happening in her life like she’s an old friend even though they’ve just met. Although Tabitha is worried about changing the past, it’s the past that changes her and her outlook on life.

This book definitely gave me Back to the Future vibes but instead of having a DeLorean, Tabitha had a crystal ring. I had an inkling as to why Tabitha had such a strong connection to Bea but there was a plot twist that completely threw my theory; and I loved it. I couldn’t have picked a better ending for the story and when I closed the book I was still smiling.

A book that I would highly recommend especially if you like time travel and are a fan of the 80’s.

Author Bio

LOUISE PENTLAND is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the Wilde novels trilogy and non-fiction book MumLife. She’s the number one parenting vlogger in the UK, with 9 million combined followers across her social platforms. Louise is the creator and host of the podcast Mothers’ Meeting, where she interviews fellow mums and discusses all things motherhood.

Louise featured on the ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Influencers’ list and was crowned as the number one ‘mumfluencer’ by Mother & Baby. She is also a UN Global Ambassador for Gender Equality and an NSPCC Ambassador for Childhood. Louise has filmed with an array of people, from Kim Kardashian to the Pope at the Vatican. She is also involved in the support and encouragement of childhood literacy with charity Bookstart, alongside Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Book Review: Finding Mr Perfectly Fine by Tasneem Abdur-Rashid #FindingMrPerfectlyFine @TasneemARashid @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Synopsis

Last week I turned 29. Along with the usual homemade Victoria sponge, helium balloon and Selfridges gift vouchers, my Mum’s birthday present to me was the threat that if I’m not engaged by my 30th birthday, she’s sending me off to the Motherland to find a fresh-from-the-Desh husband

When Zara’s Mum puts together the most archaic of arranged marriage resources (not exactly the romcom-worthy love story she had envisioned for herself), she is soon exhausted by her family’s failed attempts to set her up with every vaguely suitable Abdul, Ahmed and Farook that they can find. Zara decides to take matters into her own hands. How hard can it be to find a husband at twenty-nine?

With just a year to go, time is of the essence, so Zara joins a dating app and signs up for speed dating.
She meets Hamza, a kind British Egyptian who shares her values and would make a good husband. Zara knows that not all marriages are based on love (or lust) at first sight but struggles with the lack of spark. Particularly when she can’t stop thinking of someone else . . .

As her next birthday looms, and family pressure intensifies, Zara knows she must make a decision, but will she make the right one?

My Review

Zara’s 29th birthday wasn’t just an ordinary birthday; it will be a birthday that she won’t forget after her mum makes it clear that if Zara isn’t engaged by her 30th birthday then she’s being sent to Bangladesh for an arranged marriage. Zara’s mother quickly starts to choose the best picture of her daughter from the thousands of picture on her phone and sets Zara to work creating a marriage CV. However, Zara has no intention of leaving the job of finding her a husband to her family alone but also takes matter into her own hands by subscribing to a dating app. Zara’s dating life has never been busier meeting prospective husbands introduced to her by family and also meeting Hamza who she meets through the dating app. Will Zara find a partner before she turns 30? Will she find the love of her life or settle for something less? Or was the one under her nose the whole time?

When I was reading this book I honestly looked at certain parts and felt that this story was written about me. This has quickly become my new read. At times it felt like Zara was on an emotional rollercoaster and I was on this journey with her. From the first page I knew I was going to like Zara. I definitely could relate to Zara and everything she was going through. Zara is not averse to getting married and she is looking for love but just hasn’t found the right person yet. Zara’s previous relationship which ended badly has made Zara cautious. One of the things that this book portrays perfectly but also very realistically is the pressure within the South Asian community to get married and to be married within a specific marriageable age range. Unfortunately time frames and marriage don’t always match up. Zara now finds that by her 30th birthday she will fall outside of that range and be considered a lost cause or forgotten about where prospective proposals are concerned. As her mother points out the older Zara gets the proposals with slow down and disappear. It was also lovely to see the little mention of people being paired up in heaven before they are born and that once they are born they have to find each other because this is something my grandmother would say to me when I was growing up.

I was quite surprised to learn that this was the author’s debut novel but I can honestly say she’s done a fantastic job. I think that people from the South Asian community can relate to Zara as a person but can also relate to what she is going through. As for the ending of this book I need to read book two urgently because I already know that Zara’s story is far from over.

A book I would highly recommend if you like rom-coms that pull at your heart strings.

Author Bio

Tasneem Abdur-Rashid is a British Bengali writer born and raised in London. A mother of two, Tasneem has worked across media, PR and communications both in the UK and in the UAE. Today, Tasneem spends her days writing novels and her nights co-hosting the award-winning podcast Not Another Mum Pod – and in between, she’s busy trying (and often failing) to be super mum, super wife and super chef. Having recently completed a Master’s in Creative Writing with distinction, Tasneem’s debut rom-com Finding Mr Perfectly Fine will be published by Zaffre/Bonnier on July 7, 2022.

You can find Tasneem on Instagram: @tasneemarashid and @notanothermumpod

Book Review: The Emma Project by Sonali Dev #TheEmmaProject @Sonali_Dev @Harper360UK @RandomTTours

Synopsis

No one can call Vansh Raje’s life anything but charmed. Handsome—Vogue has declared him California’s hottest single—and rich enough to spend all his time on missions to make the world a better place. Add to that a doting family and a contagiously sunny disposition and Vansh has made it halfway through his twenties without ever facing anything to throw him off his admittedly spectacular game.

A couple years from turning forty, Knightlina (Naina) Kohli has just gotten out of a ten-year-long fake relationship with Vansh’s brother and wants only one thing from her life…fine, two things. One, to have nothing to do with the unfairly blessed Raje family ever again. Two, to bring economic independence to millions of women in South Asia through her microfinance foundation and prove her father wrong about, well, everything.

Just when Naina’s dream is about to come to fruition, Vansh Raje shows up with his misguided Emma Project… And suddenly she’s fighting him for funding and wondering if a friends-with-benefits arrangement that’s as toe-curlingly hot as it is fun is worth risking her life’s work for.

My Review

Meet Naina. Naina was in a 10 year fake relationship with Yash Raje which ended when Yash dumped Naina and declared that he was in love with someone else. Vansh is Yash’s brother. He is charming, rich and the darling of the Raje family so much so that Naina jokingly calls him Prince. In return he refers to Naina by her full name Nightlina. After Naina’s relationship with Yash ends she thinks her ties to the Raje Family have come to an end but she couldn’t be more wrong. When Naina thinks she’s secured funding for her foundation that will help millions of women in South East Asia become economically dependent, in swoops Vansh with his own project and suddenly he’s the competition. Inevitably Naina and Vansh end up working together but then the lines between work and play start to blur when Vansh proposes they have a no strings attached arrangement, Nina can’t resist, but is it as easy as it sounds? Will Naina and Vansh continue what they’ve started or will it all end in disaster?

I grew up reading the classics from the age of 11 and always wondered what would happen if the classics were given a desi twist and I think my question has been answered. I’ve never read anything by this author but I’ve always been intrigued by her work especially because in the series she takes on the classics and gives them a revamp. I really liked the storyline. It was refreshing and well written. Having read this book knowing nothing about the Rajes the author has done a brilliant job in bringing the reader up to speed with the family in the first chapter. As a character Naina was very intriguing and from the first time I was introduced to her the first word that came to mind was rebel. But at the same time she was also very oppressed. I can see why she entered into a fake relationship with Yash because it was the only way she could pursue her career and do the things she wanted to do. At the same time being in a relationship with Yash meant that Naina was not under the control of her very domineering father. It was sad at times to read that her father never recognised that his daughter was smart and her true potential. Rather in his eyes her potential was limited to marrying Yash and becoming the wife of a senator. Although she had some support from her mother who was trying her best, her mother was trying to balance finding common ground between supporting her daughter and the demands of her husband. I did feel sad for Naina when her mother made comments to her about the shade of her skin and that if she slimmed down that this would help her find a husband. Sadly colourism is still very rife in the South Asian community and comments even if made off hand can be upsetting.

From the outset it was clear that Yash and Naina were more friends than anything else. The same could not be said for the very charming and handsome Vansh. The teasing and conversation between Vansh and Naina just felt comfortable. Vansh always had a special place in his heart for Naina because she knew how he struggled with dyslexia growing up and always tried to help him even if it meant reading textbooks to him. The connection between Naina and Vansh was definitely more than friends. I loved how Vansh called Naina by her full name just to wind her up. The more time they spent together the connection intensified and there were definitely some spicy moments between them. One of which was interrupted by Naina’s mother. Being Yash’s ex and brother Naina and Vansh had to keep their relationship a secret. But I did commend Vansh for sticking up for Naina because she seemed to bear the brunt of the blame for her relationship with Yash ending. She was blamed not only by his family but also her own, despite being the one that was essentially dumped. So when Vansh stood up for Naina not only was it an act of chivalry but he was calling everyone out for pointing the finger at Naina when his brother was to blame. This book doesn’t focus on one love story but it includes a bonus love story which develops between Esha and Sid. This is the fourth book in series and I’m looking forward to reading the first three books.

If you like books that include friends to enemies, enemies to lovers, secret relationships and the age gap trope then this is the book for you.

Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling author Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that explore issues faced by women around the world. Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus’s Best Books of the year lists. She has won the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer Choice Award for best contemporary  romance, multiple RT Seals of Excellence, is a RITA® finalist, and has been listed for the Dublin Literary Award. Shelf Awareness calls her “Not only one of the best but one of the bravest romance novelists working today.”

She lives in Chicagoland with her husband, two visiting adult children, and the world’s most perfect dog.

Book Review: The Cornish Cream Tea Holiday by Cressida McLaughlin #CornishCreamTeaHoliday @CressMcLaughlin @fictionpubteam @RandomTTours @HarperFiction

Synopsis

It’s going to be an unforgettable Cornish summer…

Thea Rushwood was looking forward to exploring the beautiful Cornish tourist spot of Port Karadow, but when her friend drops out at the last minute, she is forced to go solo. Arriving at her cosy holiday cottage to discover a building site next door, Thea and the annoyingly attractive, but grumpy builder, Ben, don’t get off to the best start.

Thea starts to wonder if her perfect escape wasn’t meant to be. That’s before she realizes there is more to Ben – and to the community – than she first thought. As a magical Cornish summer stretches out in front of her, Thea discovers this is one holiday that she never wants to end…

My Review

Thea is a librarian from Bristol. She was due to go on holiday to Port Karadow with her friend Esme, but plans changed and she now finds herself on holiday on her own. Thea will be staying at Sunfish Cottage which just so happens to be located near Oystercatcher Cottage, a private residence owned by Ben who is fixing up the cottage. Ben isn’t very welcoming to begin with but the more time that Thea spends with him she quickly realises that under that grumpy exterior there is a gentle and kind soul. But this isn’t just any ordinary holiday Thea is hoping to make her dream of having a bookshop by the sea a reality if she can find a location in Port Karadow. Will Thea’s long held dream come true? Will Thea and Ben become something more than friends?

Cressida McLaughlin is one of my auto buy authors. As soon as I hear that there is a new Cornish Cream Tea book I’m completely sold. I don’t need to know anything about the book, a synopsis, featured characters or locations because all I know is that I’m going on another adventure in Cornwall and I cannot wait. I was really intrigued to read this book because it’s based in a different area on the Cornish coast but is still part of the Cornish Cream Tea series. However, some of the characters such as Charlie, Daniel, Delilah and Sam do make an appearance in this book. What can I say apart from I loved the storyline. It was engaging, well written, pulled at my heart strings and was just heart-warming. Reading this book was like being given a big hug.

I knew that I would like Thea as soon as I met her especially when she said that books were her life. The first thing she notices about the cottage she will be staying in is that it has a bookcase full of paperbacks and not only has she packed some print books but she also has her kindle with her because she’s never without a book. She is just like me and a complete bookworm. When we meet Thea she’s not looking for romance as she thinks she likes someone else but isn’t entirely sure. That is until she meets Ben and then the only thing she can think about is him. Ben has previously had his heart broken so he’s not looking for love and has built a wall around him. I can honestly say one of my favourite scenes was when Thea and Ben were at the lighthouse. It was just so romantic and very adorable. What I liked about this book is that it wasn’t just about a holiday romance it was also about Thea making her dream of opening a bookshop come true which I think is a dream for any bookworm. Port Karadow just sounded perfect and I loved spending time there.

I’m really looking forward to the next book by this author especially the next book in the Cornish Cream Tea series. If you haven’t read a book by this author or this series then honestly you’re missing out.

If you like feel good heart-warming reads with a picturesque location and romance this is the book for you. The perfect book to read on the beach, during summer or all year round.

Author Bio

Cressy was born in South East London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in Norwich with her husband David. When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline.
http://www.cressidamclaughlin.com @cressmclaughlin

Book Review: The Billionaire Behind the Headlines by Rachael Stewart #thebillionairebehindtheheadlines @rach_b52 @rararesources @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

Synopsis

In Rachael Stewart’s latest Harlequin Romance, the second in her Claiming the Ferrington Empire duet, an invitation to Paris with a billionaire is on the cards, but only if Bree is brave enough
to take it…

Can a playboy billionaire……capture her heart?

Bree has escaped the big city to heal her heart in a village bakery. But when notorious billionaire Theo walks through the door, emotionally guarded Bree discovers it’s not just her toffee pudding
that’s hot and sweet! The man behind the headlines is charming but intriguingly cynical about love. Accepting his invitation to Paris could be a mistake—or the best decision she’s ever made…

Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/BehindTheHeadlines

My Review

During the events of Secrets Behind The Billionaire’s Return when Sebastian, Flick and Angel left for the Ferrington Estate to escape the press attention, did you ever wondered what happened when Theo and Bree were looking after the B&B? Well think no more because all of your questions are answered in The Billionaire Behind the Headlines. The book starts with Sebastian’s appearance in Elmdale followed closely with the arrival of his brother Theo. Theo is well known to the press as the billionaire playboy with somewhat of a reputation of being a ladies man and one that he lives up to quite well who has just split up with his model girlfriend. Whilst left in charge of the B&B sparks very truly fly between Theo and Bree. Bree and Theo have an instant undeniable connection and they decide to enter into a friends with benefits arrangement with no strings attached. However when feelings start to creep their way into their arrangement can they continue or stop before they lose their hearts to one another?

After reading Secrets Behind The Billionaire’s Return, this book was one of my most anticipated reads. Bree and Theo are the main characters in this book but we were introduced to them in the first part of this duology as secondary characters. I loved the storyline because it answered so many questions that I had when I was reading the first book about Bree and Theo and their time at the B&B. The author has done an amazing job in recreating the same timeline but from the perspective of different characters. This was quite a breath of fresh air. I loved this book so much so that I finished reading it within the space of a few hours because I just couldn’t put the book down. After finishing this read I had a terrible book hangover because I missed the storyline and the characters. I liked Bree from the moment that I met her in the first book and Theo always intrigued me. Bree acts confident but this is her façade to hide behind the fact that she isn’t confident and her biggest flaw is that she always puts others before herself. I loved their first meet cute where Bree thinks that Theo is breaking into the B&B’s kitchen so she brandishes a spatula until she sees that it’s him. As for Theo he sounded like a complete and utter dreamboat who is confident, cocky and very very sweet. He has of course been added to the book boyfriend list. Theo’s biggest flaw is acting up to his playboy status which when you look past is far from the truth. Bree sees something in Theo. She sees beyond his good looks and charm. She sees that there’s more to Theo than the playboy label and sees the real him. At the same time after her previous relationship Bree doesn’t want to get her heartbroken. Similarly Theo starts having feelings for Bree but he knows that she will not take him seriously because of who he is and is concerned that Bree only wants him for his image like his ex-girlfriend Tanya but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

My favourite scenes included Bree and Theo having dinner together and the scene in the kitchen when Bree was making tea was definitely an unforgettable scene. As much as I fell in love with Sebastian, I think I love Theo a little bit more. Theo is definitely a conflicted hero that redeems himself by the end of the book and becomes the knight in shining armour that he was destined to be.

Having consumed the Claiming The Ferrington Empire duology I truly cannot wait to see what the author writes next.

If you like romance novels with a strong female lead and a misunderstood male counterpart then this is the book for you. However, I would recommend the whole duology as a must read.

Author Bio

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly
share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and
spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s
not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out
inspiration.

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Book Review: Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic by Lauren Ho #LucieYiIsNotARomantic @hellolaurenho @HarperCollinsUK @fictionpubteam @RandomTTours

Synopsis

Lucie Yi has tried love – it didn’t work.

She’s decided that finding Mr Right is a myth, and that finding Mr Right-enough-to-have-children-with is the next best option. So when she meets easy-going Collin Read on a platonic co-parenting website, it finally feels like she has found her version of happily ever after.

But things take a turn for the worst when they move back home to Singapore where her very traditional family and remorseful ex-fiancé await.

With pressure mounting on all sides and her perfect plan unravelling, Lucie has to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice for a chance at happiness – and maybe, just maybe, love.

My Review

Lucie Yi appears very put together. That is until she goes to purchase a baby gift for her friend and she quite literally has a meltdown in the store. Lucie’s last relationship didn’t end well and there are no other romantic prospects on the horizon but all Lucie wants is a child. That’s when she signs up to a co-parenting website to find a suitable partner. That’s when she meets Colin who also wants to become a parent but doesn’t want to get married. As soon as they meet Lucie and Colin appear to be the perfect match. When Lucie becomes pregnant she and Colin move to Singapore to raise their child. Will Lucie’s traditional family approve of this unconventional arrangement? When Lucie’s ex makes a reappearance in her life and her feelings for Colin start moving towards something more than platonic who will Lucie choose?

The concept of this book with the co-parenting idea was a brilliant storyline and very interesting. I thought it was quite an original idea and haven’t read anything like this before. Lucie was a hilarious character and I knew I’d like her from the first page. When Lucie meets Colin they have an instant connection and it’s like they were meant to be so it did make me think what would have happened if they’d met in different circumstances. Although they decide to co-parent and nothing more it was clear that Lucie started having feelings for Colin and this was more than pregnancy hormones. Colin was also feeling the same but neither wanted to cross that line or admit their feelings for each other. At times they acted more like a couple than as friends. I thought it was a little unfair when Lucie’s ex Mark made a reappearance and said that he wanted her back. Especially after everything he’d put her through. This isn’t just a book about Lucie wanting a child but is also a story about female friendship. From the beginning of the book we are introduced to her best friends Weina and Suzie (the group are collectively known as The Fab Trio) who have what I would call a forever friendship. They can talk about anything and are always there for each other no matter what.

A book I’d highly recommend if you’re a fan of the love triangle trope.

Author Bio

Lauren Ho is a reformed legal counsel who writes funny stories. Hailing from Malaysia, she lived in the United Kingdom, France and Luxembourg before moving with her family to Singapore. Her first novel, Last Tang Standing was an international bestseller.

Book Review: Here For The Drama by Kate Bromley #hereforthedrama @kbromleywrites @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Synopsis

She came for a job. What she’ll get is the performance of a lifetime.

The stage lights slowly start to rise in intensity, stopping once they’re set for the opening scene.
The curtains rise.
It’s showtime.

As a PA to famous New York playwright Juliette, Winnie D’Angelo has spent the last seven years behind the scenes fetching coffee, soothing egos and buying birthday presents.

Putting her own dreams on hold to (once again) cater to Juliette’s every whim, Winnie reluctantly agrees to accompany her boss on a trip across the pond to work on London’s West End.

There, she meets Juliette’s dashing nephew Liam (hello, hot accent!). With a standing-ovation-worthy smile, Winnie can’t help crushing on him. Hard.

When Juliette notices her assistant is distracted, she forbids Winnie from seeing Liam, making sneaking around
backstage even more thrilling . . .
Will Winnie follow her heart, even if it means curtains for her career?

My Review

Winnie is a PA to a famous playwright Juliette. But this isn’t a job she wants to do forever because Winnie herself is an aspiring playwright. When Juliette insists that Winnie accompany her to London whilst she restages one of her play, Winnie is introduced to Juliette’s nephew Liam. Winnie and Liam have never met in person but for years Winnie has been buying gifts for Liam on behalf of his aunt. As soon as they meet there is a connection and that connection does not go unnoticed by Juliette who forbids Winnie from seeing Liam but that’s going to be difficult task. Will Winnie follow her head or her heart?

Talk Bookish To Me was one of my favourite books and I couldn’t wait to read this when I saw the cover reveal. This book was everything I was hoping it would be. It was such a funny read. The title of the book was definitely very fitting as the storyline was full of drama.
I really loved the storyline. I think it was absolutely brilliantly well executed but I loved that it was based around the theatre and acting.

Winnie was such a brilliant character. She’s funny, confident and quirky. She has a wicked sense of humour very much like mine so I knew from the outset that she was a character I’d like. At the same time she’s very determined and wants to become a playwright even if it means being dragged into one of Juliette’s less that good ideas so she can receive some feedback on the play that she’s working on. The first time Winnie spoke to Liam on the phone the connection between them was obvious. Winnie’s first thought when she meets Liam is that he is a handsome nerd but she admits she is a nerd herself. It was super cute how her inner nerd recognised his inner nerd so clearly they were destined to meet. As for Liam he sounded adorable and is a true knight in shining armour. The scenes between Winnie and Liam were sweet, adorable and at times spicy. Liam is another book boyfriend that has been added to the list. This review wouldn’t be complete without a special mention to Ollie the puppy whose superpower is flatulence.

I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romance novels with a rom com feel.

Author Bio

Kate Bromley lives in New York City with her husband, son, and her somewhat excessive collection of romance novels (it’s not hoarding if it’s books, right?). She was a preschool teacher for seven years and is now focusing full-time on combining her two great passions – writing swoon-worthy love stories and making people laugh.