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?

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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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Book Review: Love Is Crystal Clear by Joanna Cates #LoveIsCrystalClear #ZooloosBookTours @JoannaCates8 @ZooloosBT

Synopsis

Henrietta Green is a 50-year-old single woman, and a divorcee of fifteen years, is always looking for a new hobby, but never love. She finished with all that nonsense years ago. Danny Brown has just moved back from Portugal with his life in pieces after discovering his marriage was a sham. Can this fresh start help put his life back together? When Henri and Danny bump into each other on a night out, sparks fly, but can they risk getting their hearts broken again? Cupid’s Helpers think they can! Join Henri, Danny, and friends on a journey of self-discovery, facing emotional challenges, discovering hidden pleasure, and falling in love… possibly.

My Review

Henri is 50 years old, single and divorced for the last 215 15 years when her husband confessed that he had been having an affair with his secretary and that she was now pregnant with his child. Since her divorce Henri has not dated anyone and has concentrated on raising her two children. Danny is currently staying with his sister and helping her with her bakery after his own marriage failed. He found out that his wife was secretly having an affair and after his divorce he too has been single ever since. When Henri and Danny meet there’s clearly a spark between them. Having seen this Henri’s friends decide to become Cupid’s Helpers and help the two of them find each other. Will Henri and Danny find love again?

I recently signed up to take part in a book tour for A Balancing Kind Of Love by the same author and when I saw the author’s name I realised that I recognised the author’s name. It just so happened that Love Is Crystal Clear is the first book in a trilogy and A Balancing Kind Of Love is the second book in the series. So I decided that this would be the greatest opportunity to read the first book in the series. I loved the storyline and this was the perfect weekend read. It was an easy read and the chapters were really short and before I knew it I’d actually sailed through it and read it within the space of a few hours. I liked the character of Henri, there’s just something about her that’s very humbling and motherly. The fact that her husband cheated on her and she’s been single for 15 years has not overshadowed her life. Instead she picked herself up and got on with life rather than wallowing in self pity to the point that she’s actually become quite close friends with her ex-husbands wife. She’s also quite a lovely friend. Always there for her friends and giving them advice when they face problems. When we first meet Danny he’s quite closed off. His marriage ended really badly to the point that he wasn’t treated very well by his ex-wife. This has made him reluctant to become involved in another relationship. Both Henri and Danny have been hurt in the past and had their heartbroken. This is their story about them both breaking down those barriers around their hearts and welcoming love and light into their life. It’s clear from their first meeting that there was something between them especially when their eyes met across the room. It was just so sweet.

I really like the spiritual aspect of this book especially Henri’s interest in crystals and their energy because I too also have a keen interest in crystals and energy. There’s also a spiritualist theme throughout the book when the characters go on the spiritual retreat. Essentially this is a story about finding love, letting go of the past and negativity and welcoming new people and experiences.

I’ve never read a book by this author before but I actually thoroughly enjoyed this book. So if you’re looking for a weekend read then this is a book I would highly recommend.

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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Book Review: To Kiss You Again by Nicola Lowe #ToKissYouAgain @nicswriting @RandomTTours

Synopsis

A bright future awaits Lily Forshaw, who feels like the luckiest girl in the world. A future she fought for, cried for, and risked her heart and soul for. 

Lily’s life is incredible, yet a small, deep scar remains etched upon her heart. A wound that will never truly heal, for the scar is a memory. A memory and a hope of what ifs and what might have been.

Lily’s friendships are about to be tested, her career threatened, and her perfect love is set to falter – can any of this be repaired?

Meanwhile, the man she left in the past, holding a piece of her heart, has found his way back to her at a time when nothing else makes sense anymore.

What will Lily do? Will she fight for what she is about to lose? Or will she seek a new beginning?

Catch up with Lily, Cassie, Zack, and Luke in the hotly anticipated sequel to The Missed Kiss

My Review

To Kiss You Again picks up three weeks after the events of The Missed Kiss when Lily had to make the most difficult decision of her life. Who should she give her heart to Zach or Luke. But who is Lily’s soulmate and true love. Did she make the right decision or will she follow her heart even if that means breaking someone else’s.

I absolutely adored The Missed Kiss and after finishing that book I honestly felt bereft. I missed the storyline and characters. I was desperate to see what happened next to Lily, Luke and Zach. After reading the first few pages I was a complete mess and in tears. Lily is clearly torn between two people and each of them has a place in her heart. The way the story is written it hits you full on in the heart and pulls at your heart strings.

This is one book that I was desperate to read but reluctant to read all at the same time. As a reader I was cheering Lily on from the outset and hoping that she would make the right decision but there were times when Lily’s decision would sway. It was clear who Lily was meant to be with because they’re always drawn to each other. It was like the universe was conspiring to reunite Lily with the person she is meant to be with no matter what. I loved the rush hour crush entries and the notes that Lily kept finding, they were just so sweet.

The storyline had everything I wanted all wrapped up in nice little bow at the end. The book had the happy every after and the ending I was hoping for from the first book. After turning the last page I cried and hugged the book. The story is the perfect way of showing that sometimes the hearts wants what it wants where logic goes out of the window. You have to listen to your heart and everything else will fall into place which is what Lily discovers in the end. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

If you love romance novels with tropes including friends to lovers, a love triangle and soul mates I would highly recommend this book.

Author Bio


Nicola lives in North-west England with her family. She has three daughters, and therefore will never be rich or sane but does have a house full of hormones and hair bobbles!

Turning forty during lockdown spurred her to pursue her dream of writing. Once she began, she realised she couldn’t stop.

Like her characters, she loves a glass of wine with her best friends, but sadly cannot walk in gorgeous designer heels like they do!

Book Review: Her Legendary Highlander by Nicole Locke @NicoleLockeNews @rararesources

Synopsis

Her rugged prisoner
…becomes her fiercest protector

Capturing legendary Highlander Malcolm of Clan Colquhoun was Andreona’s last chance to win her tyrannical father’s respect. Instead he orders them both to be killed! Resigned to her devastating role as the family outcast, she and her prisoner escape and continue on his quest to return a treasured heirloom. They find solace in their unexpected passion, but haunted by a lifetime of betrayals, will either dare to hope it could last beyond their journey?

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ebook/dp/B096TC9VGK
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https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781335407597_her-legendary-highlander.html

My Review

Andreona is the illegitimate daughter of the Ruler of Thieves. Having not been accepted by her father, Andreona and a group of other women and children who are also in a similar positon build a tower on the outskirts of the Ruler of Thieves lands. Andreona hopes to prove her worth to her father by catching enemies, spies or uninvited outsiders and presenting them to her father in the hopes that he will see her true worth and loyalty and accept her. When Andreona captures Malcolm her life takes an unexpected turn and truths are revealed that will change Andreona’s life forever.

This was bit of a slow read to begin with and then the pace did pick up quickly once Andreona and Malcolm meet and their adventure begins. I did like Andreona as a character. She was strong, fierce and independent. I did feel bad for Andreona especially when she realises the truth about why she is living in the tower and what her father really thinks about her. In her eyes she hopes to one day redeem herself and prove herself worth to be called his daughter, but her father has no intention of ever accepting his daughter. When this is revealed my heart truly broke for Andreona. From the description of Malcolm it is clear he is a strong and determined individual. Andreona and Malcolm are very similar in that they have both been hurt and betrayed by those that they consider family but the key difference between the two is that Malcolm still has a family that accepts him for who he is whilst Andreona doesn’t. One of the things I liked about the story was that Andreona and Malcolm don’t necessarily speak the same language but they still had the ability to communicate with each other and understand what the other one is thinking and feeling. I really enjoyed the storyline between Andreona and Malcolm especially the subplot of finding the jewel dagger and what it ultimately would mean for Malcolm and his family. This is one of the themes that’s been running throughout this series and in each novel the reader is given a little bit more about the background to the dagger.

A brilliant addition to the Lovers and Legends series.

Author Bio

Nicole first discovered romance novels hidden in her grandmother’s closet. Convinced hidden books must be better, Nicole greedily read them. It was only natural she should start writing them (but now not so secretly). If she isn’t working on the next book in her historical series, she can’t be found. No, seriously. Because she’s always working on the next story!

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Book Review: The Ends of the Earth by Abbie Greaves #TheEndsoftheEarth @AbbieGreaves1 @centurybooksuk @penguinrandom

Synopsis

Mary O’Connor has been keeping a vigil for her first love for the past seven years.

Every evening without fail, Mary arrives at Ealing Broadway station and sets herself up among the commuters. In her hands, Mary holds a sign which bears the words: ‘Come Home Jim.’

Call her mad, call her a nuisance, call her a drain on society – Mary isn’t going anywhere. That is, until an unexpected call turns her world on its head. In spite of all her efforts, Mary can no longer find the strength to hold herself together. She must finally face what happened all those years ago, and answer the question – where on earth is Jim?

The Ends of the Earth is at once a love story and a mystery, as well as a reflection on how to navigate a life in suspension. It is an incredibly timely novel which raises universal themes around mental health, relationships and the importance of community.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ENjXBp

Waterstones: https://bit.ly/3mSoQ6e

My Review

When Mary and Jim met something clicked and it was like they were meant to be together forever. Fast forward and it’s been 7 years since Jim left Mary without a word, a note or a trace. He quite literally fell off the face of the planet. But Mary has never given up hope that one day he’ll come home to her. This isn’t just a passing thought, this is Mary’s belief. So every day without fail she goes to Ealing Station after work and waits there with a sign saying ‘COME HOME JIM’. When an incident at the station makes Mary a viral sensation on social media, reporter Alice takes a keen interest in her story hoping that if she finds out what happened to Jim it will save her job. What did happen to Jim? Will Alice uncover the truth? That is all I’ll say to avoid spoilers.

There was something about the blurb of this book that made me want to read it. It was intriguing and mysterious all at the same time. It made me want to learn more about Mary and Jim’s story. The format of the story is told from a dual time perspective. The reader is given an insight into the past, how Mary and Jim met, their relationship and what led up to Jim’s disappearance. In the present Mary continues to hope that Jim will return and Alice tries to find out what happened to Jim. Mary is a very resilient and determined character. She never gives up that Jim will come home. At times I truly felt for Mary. She has been through so much and for the love of her life to disappear and her not know why or what caused him to make that decision brings her life to a standstill. It makes the reader think what would they do in that situation. The Mary in the past is hopeful of the future but the Mary in the present is existing rather than living and a shell of her former self. It’s like Jim’s disappearance has consumed her and her devotion to him is the only thing keeping her going. One of the things I found fascinating about Mary was the fabric maps she created.

There was a plot twist towards the end which I was not expecting and was a complete surprise. That twist did change my thoughts about the characters and the storyline. It made me look at what I had read with new and fresh eyes. It made me love the book all the more. The ending was quite poignant and thought provoking and I wouldn’t have changed anything about it.

A book I would highly recommend.

Author Bio

ABBIE GREAVES studied at Cambridge University before working in a literary agency for a number of years. She was inspired to write her first novel, The Silent Treatment, after reading a newspaper article about a boy in Japan who had never seen his parents speak to one another before. Abbie lives in Brighton. @AbbieGreaves1 IG @abbiegreavesauthor www.abbiegreaves.com

Book Review: Breaking To Pieces (A Before I Break Novel Book 2) by A.L. Hartwell @AbbiieLeigh #breakingtopieces

Synopsis

‘Answer me, Olivia. Your freedom or his’

Olivia Heart, against her will has a choice to make. To give herself up entirely, body and soul to Luca or carry the guilt of blood on her hands. 

‘Want me to be the perfect slave and drop to my knees at the mere sight of you?’

Luca Caruso’s sentence and obsession for Olivia is eight years and running. Free of his secrets, nothing, and nobody will get in his way of making Olivia his.

Until a new enemy rises, one with the means and power to take the one person that can bring Luca to his knees- her.

My Review

Luca and Olivia. Olivia and Luca. Their story is all consuming; full of heat, passion, betrayal and secrets.

This book picks up shortly after the ending of the first book which ended with Olivia being forced to make a choice between her own freedom and that of another’s. When the danger that Luca has been talking about quickly becomes real Olivia realises the reason that Luca has been protecting her for all these years. She is his weakness and the main target for his enemies because the one way to break Luca is through Olivia. As more secrets are revealed can Olivia and Luca find common ground and find their way to each other.

Having read the first book in the series, Bending to Break I couldn’t wait to read this book as I was eager to find out what happened next. The storyline kept me on my toes and engaged from the first sentence to the last. Both Luca and Olivia have developed as characters and the snippets we are told about their pasts add more flesh to who they are as people. At the end of the last book Olivia found herself in somewhat of a helpless situation but when we meet her again she is much stronger and has found her own. She quickly realises that she’s not as powerless as she thought and where Luca is concerned she not only holds all the power but also his heart. As for Luca he has moments of gentleness, but he can be cruel at times when he unleashes his inner monster which he is trying hard to control. At times they can’t stand each other and at times they can’t be away from each other. Both are damaged, have trust issues, want to belong to someone and someone to belong to them but in order for that to happen they have to open themselves up to the unknown. I liked the introduction of new characters such as Aida, Luca’s sister which added another perspective to the story.

Like the first book this one had a dramatic and explosive cliff hanger, one which I was not expecting or saw coming. I honestly can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Author Bio

A. L. Hartwell lives in Nottingham, England with her wonderfully patient husband and sassy dog Lyla. From the age of fifteen, as part of an escape, she spent years writing short stories, accumulating them and sharing them online. With a vast taste in genre’s, she found herself drawn to the wonderful twisty world of Dark Romance. When she discovered the freedom in writing within this genre, she delved headfirst into writing her first novel, Bending to Break.

When she’s not working or spending her time locked away in her writing cave, she’s reading, drinking tea or obsessing over her niece and nephew.

Book Review: A Very London Christmas by Sara Madderson @saramadderson #averylondonchristmas

Synopsis

Saoirse has a very London Christmas ahead. She’s scored the best nannying role ever, to four-year-old Bea, and they plan to take festive London by storm. Cue hot chocolate! Ice skating! Father Christmas at Harrods! It’s like a fairytale, except for the part where Saoirse starts to fall for her boss, Bea’s dad. Divorced. Unreasonably gorgeous. Loaded. And either completely heartbroken, or the love child of Scrooge and The Grinch. She can’t decide which.

Miles is determined to give Bea a proper Christmas this year. Last Christmas–the year her mother left them and the world shut down–was a disaster. So he’s hired a sweet, bubbly, Christmas-obsessed nanny to be her companion. Which seems smart, because he couldn’t be less festive. But he feels a lot less smart when Saoirse’s warm heart, endless enthusiasm and angelic looks play havoc with his heart (and his trousers). His heart is not open for business. It is firmly, irreversibly shut. Besides, he could never be serious about a woman who buys a Mrs Claus seat cover for the toilet in his penthouse.

My Review

Saoirse has been working at the crèche in The Montague Hotel for the last month as a temp and her time there is nearly over. During that time she has become quite attached to 4 year old Bea, the daughter of the owner of The Montague Hotel, Miles. When Saoirse mentions she will be leaving as her temp role is nearly over Bea quite literally has a meltdown in front of her father who offers Saoirse employment as Bea’s nanny over the Christmas period. So starts a Christmas that Saoirse, Miles and Bea will not forget. Can Saoirse thaw Mile’s frozen heart? Will sparks fly between Saoirse and Miles before Christmas is over?

One of my favourite parts of the book (of which there were many) was the description of Miles’ first impression when he walks into the penthouse and sees all the Christmas decorations, from his perspective it’s like Christmas has thrown up in his home. Not one inch of the penthouse escapes even the bathroom with decorations and a Mrs Claus toilet seat cover which Bea is obsessed with. Not to mention the trip to Winter Wonderland which was memorable for so many reasons.

I started to read this book before Christmas and it definitely made me feel Christmassy and got me into the Christmas spirit. I absolutely adored the storyline. It was sweet and captivated my heart from the first page. From the first chapter I was invested in the storyline and the characters. As characters Saoirse and Miles are like chalk and cheese. She is bubbly, full of life and adores Christmas. Whereas Miles is very serious and doesn’t like Christmas. So Miles’ nickname Grooge fits him perfectly. As grumpy as he may be Miles is another hot perfect book boyfriend and it’s hard for the reader not to fall for him like Saoirse does.

As for the chemistry between Miles and Saoirse it was pretty off the scale and that was obvious from their first meeting. And of course special mention has to go to Princess Bea, the sweetest 4 year old diva ever written, who has her own driver but loves travelling by bus. I loved the slight cross over where the characters visit Sorrel Farm which features in some of the author’s other books. I was secretly hoping that they would go there and they did, interacting with characters from previous books.

I have said it before and I’ll say it again I will read anything written by this author whose stories and writing style have become a comfort read for me.

The perfect feel good romance to read before and after Christmas, with a warm storyline and unforgettable characters!

Author Bio

About the author:

I like to change things up! I spent my 20s as a banker and my 30s bringing up small children and running my own fashion brand (Madderson London). Now, aged 42, I find myself writing, and I wonder why I didn’t do it sooner. I’ve always loved writing. My daughter Tilly has an old notebook of mine filled with half-finished stories and accompanying drawings. I’ve read for as long as I can remember, guzzling up books so quickly that my mum always protested that I couldn’t be reading them properly. You can see my original, dog-eared version of A Little Princess in my photo. Its protagonist, Sara Crewe, is one of my all-time favourite heroines (alongside Anne Shirley, naturally). I published my first book, Metamorphosis, in February 2020, right before lockdown happened. It’s a non-fiction book about escaping from our cocoons and living as a butterfly. As lockdown progressed, I found escapism in devouring lots of delicious chick-lit (for want of a better title) and I realised I had a few novels in me too. The results are Food for Thought and Parents and Teachers, and I have loved every single minute of writing them. I’d like to thank my puppy, Charlie, for waking me at dawn every morning—it turns out that when you’re a parent in lockdown, those early mornings represent precious creative time. I’ve published my books independently, and I love the freedom it provides. The world of independent publishing is fascinating and so empowering—I’m delighted to share more of my experiences of self-publishing if you’re interested.

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: Beauty And The Reclusive Millionaire by Rachael Stewart @rach_b52 @rararesources @HarlequinBooks

Synopsis

An unforgettable Greek escape…with the man she never forgot!

A-list actress Catherine Wilde has it all, but behind closed doors she is fighting personal battles. So the chance to escape to the private Greek island of her best friend’s brother, Alaric, offers the tranquility she craves. Except seeing Alaric again sets her heart rate soaring. Life might have changed him, but he can still make her feel alive—and when the torch she once held for him reignites, it’s impossible to ignore!

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My Review

Meet Catherine Wilde, a famous actress and known to the world as Kitty. In order to escape current news about her that is spreading like wildfire she escapes to a private Greek island which is owned by her best friend’s brother Alaric. Alaric and Catherine use to be very close but drifted apart. She became an actress and moved to LA and Alaric was involved in an accident and following that he locked himself away from the world on his own private island. Catherine has been tasked by his sister to check on him and to try and bring him back to his family and friends, a world he is now estranged from. Catherine and Alaric have not seen each other in 10 years, how will they react to seeing each other again and spending time together on a secluded island?

From the first page I was swept away to an amazing Greek island filled with everything I would love i.e. sun, warmth, an amazing house, good food and a handsome book boyfriend. I adored the connection between Catherine and Alaric. There was just something about them from their first meeting that just made sense and it was clear that there was a deep connection between them even though they’d not spoken in years. Catherine and Alaric are very similar. He has closed himself away from the world and Catherine is surrounded by people but she herself is truly lonely. Both of them have scars from recent events both physical and metaphorical and are trying to heal themselves and each other. Catherine although confident shows her vulnerable side but only to Alaric who she quickly realises is a tortured soul and a shadow of his former self. So it becomes her mission to find glimpses of the old Alaric that she fondly remembers. Alaric’s house sounded amazing and the fact that he had a library as well was a bonus. I mean the man had his own private island and a library, what more could a girl want!

This was a truly amazing read that gave me Beauty and the Beast vibes from the outset and as that is one of my favourite films I knew I would love this book. The storyline was on point, the characters had intense chemistry and the location was perfect. I read this book in a few hours because frankly I just couldn’t put it down and I wanted to know what would happen next. I was cheering the characters on from the outset.

If like me you love romance novels that will sweep you away then I would highly recommend this book and its author!

Author Bio

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories, from heartwarmingly romantic to wildly erotic. She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled-on pages in her loft will attest to. A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her very own hero and three awesome kids, and if she’s not tapping out a story, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great
outdoors.

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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.