Hello my lovely readers! Today, I have the huge pleasure to be taking part in this exclusive cover reveal for; Just A Kiss by Carrie Elks. If you love your Contemporary Romance books, then I can guarantee you will love this cover, it’s so sexy and romantic.
Just A Kiss by Carrie Elks
Series: Angel Sands #4
Beautiful, perfect and everything he needs.
Caitie Russell’s big brother is getting married. As the proud owner of Holiday Magic, Caitie is the obvious choice to organise the perfect Christmas wedding. Piece of cake, right?
If it weren’t for one gorgeous man-shaped problem…
Her brother’s best friend, Brecken Miller.
First crush. First kiss. First broken heart…
Brecken Miller. Modern-day Scrooge. Confirmed bachelor. He’d rather pull his nails out than celebrate Christmas. Until he sees Caitie again.
Like a moth to a flame he’s drawn to her. But there’s one problem with fire. It always leaves a scar.
About The Author
Carrie Elks writes contemporary romance with a sizzling edge. Her first book, Fix You, has been translated into eight languages and made a surprise appearance on Big Brother in Brazil. Luckily for her, it wasn’t voted out. Carrie lives with her husband, two lovely children and a larger-than-life black pug called Plato. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found baking, drinking an occasional (!) glass of wine, or chatting on social media.
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Hello my lovelies, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this wonderfully starry new book; Reach For The Star by Kathryn Freeman, as always take a seat, grab a cuppa and a snack of your choice and enjoy.
What if your dreams were so close you could reach out and touch them?
How could anyone resist Michael Tennant, with his hypnotic blue eyes and voice like molten chocolate? Jessie Simmons certainly can’t. But Jessie’s a single mum who can’t sing to save her life – there’s no way she’ll ever cross paths with the star tenor.
A least that’s what she thinks until she’s unexpectedly invited to take part in a new reality TV show. The Premise? Professional singers teach hopeless amateurs how to sing. The surprise? Jessie’s partner is none other than Michael Tennant!
As she becomes better acquainted with the man behind the voice, will Jessie find out the hard way that you should never meet your idols? Or will she get more than she bargained for?
Have you ever had a serious crush on a celebrity than you literally dream and fantasise about them on a daily basis? Come admit it, we have all done it, lets all stand up and admit it. I will be the first to hold up my hand, I think everyone on the planet knows about my love of a certain Tom Hardy…sigh! So you have a wee inkling of how Jessie feels about charismatic crooner Michael Tennant, but just imagine actually meeting and then working along side your hearts crush on tv, I know it blows the mind, doesn’t it, but this is what happens to Jessie and what follows is a heart-warming, funny and delightfully romantic story about an everyday woman next door who does reach for the stars.
I adored the premise of this as soon as I read the blurb, having read Kathryn’s previous book; Crikey, A Bodyguard! I knew that this was going to be a real treat and I wasn’t wrong, this is the perfect escapism read, I love that it’s leading couple aren’t young twenty-somethings, but it has mature character’s who have real life issues and whom the reader can easily relate to, and personally I was willing Jessie on and so wanted her to find what she had been looking for.
Jessie Simmons is your run of the mill single, working mum of two. She goes to work cares for her children and goes around life doing exactly what she is supposed to do, putting everyone else first. Jessie deep down wants more, she wants excitement and love in her life, from the first few pages in I had a sense that Jessie is lonely, she wants someone in her life, someone other then two cheeky, boisterous boys, so she does what so many of us do she allows her mind to wander into her own secret fantasy world which is all about her not-so-secret crush, the fabulous and ridiculously attractive singer; Michael Tennant. Jessie is more then happy to daydream and fantasise about that gorgeous man, only her two children soon take matters into their own hands and with one letter to a TV show her life turns around and changes.
The little tykes have only gone and entered her into a reality show, where an enthusiastic amateur is partnered up with a professional musician, which later sees her partnered with none other then the man of her dreams; Michael Tennant. Oooh, any bets on Jessie being a little bit star struck?
Michael Tennant is a fabulous character, he is so different to how we first imagine him to be he isn’t a super confident and arrogant super star, he is a very down-to-earth man who hates being thrust into the limelight, he got pushed into this reality show and now he feel stuck. He is actually very closed up, he guards and protects himself from others as much as possible, he isn’t the best in social situations – in fact he is downright uncomfortable around people, which only makes you love him all the more. Being governed by an over zealous PA – who did get on my nerves a bit and really did need putting in her place. I got the feeling that he is a bit like a rabbit in head lights he is a lonely man who isn’t a fan of the lifestyle that his career has bought him. Then he meets an equally lonely woman, who not only appears to be on the show against her will but she has a passion for music.
I love them as a couple, both are from completely different worlds and there is a lot of wrangling to be able to be with each other, they are so similar in some ways and very different in others he can be shy and awkward when not on the screen, he is constantly worried about saying the wrong thing – I think we can all relate to that in some way. Whereas jessie she is just a normal woman, she is bored and lonely but she has got guts to go out and give something a go, she doesn’t intimidate she gives as good as she gets, I really think that she stole every scene she was in I was fascinated by her, she has fire beneath that mumsy persona.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, I adore Kathryn Freeman’s writing she has a great skill with drawing the reader into her world with just a few words. The story is heart-warming, original and fun, with fabulous character’s who really make the reader go through the mill, you never know where the story will take you, if Michael and Jessie will ever get together, I was engaged right to the last page.
I thoroughly enjoyable, delightful and heart-warming read and highly reccomended!
This was an Arc copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Liz. x
#Review | Jessie’s Little Bookshop by the Sea (Tempest Sisters #3) by Kirsty Ferry #JessiesLittleBookshopByTheSea @kirsty_ferry @ChocLituk
Hello my lovely friends, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the gorgeous; Jessie’s Little Bookshop By The Sea by Kirsty Ferry, I will warn you that there is a fair amount of babbling within this review, but this book is just so good. So grab a cuppa and cake – your going to need it and enjoy.
Take a trip to the little bookshop by the sea …
Jessie Tempest has two main interests: reading books and selling books. Her little bookshop in the seaside town of Staithes is a cosy hideaway from the chilly Yorkshire wind, but it’s also Jessie’s sanctuary from the outside world.
When writer Miles Fareham and his son Elijah arrive to stay in the holiday apartment above the shop, it’s a test for Jessie who has always felt clueless when it comes to kids. But as she learns the story of the single father and the inquisitive eight-year-old, Jessie realises that first impressions aren’t always the right ones – and, of course, you can never judge a book by its cover!
I love, love, love this book!! My goodness I really can’t describe how much I love this book, the story is gorgeous, setting; stunning (But, I may be biased when it comes to Yorkshire) character’s are adorable, but more then that I felt a real connection to them, especially Jessie, everything about her reminded me of myself, from her little insecurities, to her passionate nature and her – shall we say loose tongue, this lass doesn’t hold back, I have literally just found myself in a book, honestly Jessie is me to a tea;
Loves, lives and breathes books. Check!
Has an aversion to kiddos. Check!
Is a little socially inept and would rather stay in the comfort of her own home with a book. Check!
Loves with a passion her home county of Yorkshire. Check!
Loves her family, even if at times they irritate the hell out of her. Check!
All I need now is a book shop and i would be living the dream 😉
Honestly, I think I best start actually talking about the book instead of concentrating on myself…..Did I mention how much I love this book? Yes, I thought I did, but it is so good I want to shout from the rooftops just how great this book is. What surprised me is that this is the third book in the Tempest Sisters series, usually by the third book in a series there are little clues that there have been previous books, but not here, I genuinely thought that this was a stand-a-lone, the writing is just so darn good. Jessie’s two sister’s are mentioned which gives us a nice little back story to Jessie which I really liked, the story really revolves around Miles and Jessie, their lives and their relationship with each other.
Set in the tiny, but cosy Yorkshire village of Staithes, Jessie Tempest owns the little bookshop which is one of the cosiest bookshops ever, with a hot drinks machine and reading corner this is just perfect. She likes to hide herself in her books and her work, the books shop really has become a sanctuary from the outside world, away from her family where she can just be herself. Not that there is anything wrong with that, she has this aversion to children, which she likes to call little beasties and fully believes that they should neither be seen nor heard – again nothing wrong with that 😉 her life is set, that is until one day she meets a tiny eight year old and his father who turn her life around.
Miles Fareham is in Staithes to research and write his latest book, but he is also there to spend some quality time with his young son Elijah, Miles is full of deep guilt that he doesn’t spend half enough time with his young son and that they are both missing out. He wants Elijah to have that so much yearned for happy family, but there are certain aspects of their story that does prevent that. I rather though that Miles is stuck in the past, and that his young inquisitive son is far more capable of moving forward and being able to see what is right in front of him far better then his father can.
I love everything about Miles and Jessie’s budding romance, how they start of on pretty negative terms, it’s actually very funny – maybe not for Jessie, but hey we all have little slips in etiquette, that soon turns into a friendship, but even though he has this bright eyed young woman in front of him , who is trying her hardest to bond with his son, Miles does have reservations, he is holding on tightly to the past. I love how they are both so encouraging with Elijah, they all bond over his reading which I thought was such a lovely touch.
I am a late arrival o the Kirsty Ferry bandwagon, having only discovered her last year, but from that first book I was completely hooked with her writing, I love her style, her books are so immersive and easy to read, this is by far my favourite I’ve read, I now need to find the other Tempest Sister’s books.
Jessie’s little book shop by the sea is just as adorable as the title hints at, it is charming, heart-warming, full of warmth that will make you smile as you read, its sweet and romantic with a touch of hope. With a darling little storyline that will keep you engaged, wonderfully multi-layered characters and the beautiful Yorkshire coast setting, this is a must read. I am completely smitten with it!
If you only read one book from now until Christmas then this is the one to read, I can guarantee you will be completely charmed.
This was a complimentary copy via the publisher which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Liz. X
Jessie’s Little Bookshop By The Sea is available now at Amazon, I cannot recommend you grab a copy.
Hello my lovely friends, I have the great pleasure to be today’s stop on this amazing blog tour for the gorgeous; Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran, so grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy.
‘Life-affirming, joyful and tender. Beth Moran has written the perfect Christmas story to brighten up even the darkest Winter’s evening.’ Zoe Folbigg, author of The Note
When Jenny inherits her estranged grandmother’s cottage in Sherwood Forest, she has nothing to lose – no money, no job, no friends, no family to speak of, and zero self-respect. Things can only get better…
Her grumpy, but decidedly handsome new neighbour, Mack, has a habit of bestowing unsolicited good deeds on her. And when Jenny is welcomed into a rather unusual book club, life seems to finally be getting more interesting.
Instead of reading, the members pledge to complete individual challenges before Christmas: from finding new love, learning to bake, to completing a daredevil bucket list. Jenny can’t resist joining in, and soon a year of friendship and laughter, tears and regrets unfolds in the most unexpected ways.
Warm, wise, funny and utterly uplifting, what one thing would you change in your life before Christmas comes around?
Praise for Beth Moran
‘Every day is a perfect day to read this heartwarming Christmas gem’ Shari Low
‘A British author to watch.’ Publisher’s Weekly
‘A wonderfully warm-hearted story full of love and laughter.’ Victoria Connelly, bestselling author of the Austen Addicts series
I absolutely adore this book! his is a beautiful, feel-good, heart-warming and absolutely charming story, with a fabulous cast of character’s each with their own story to tell, I love the journey Jenny goes on it really captures your attention from page one. I love Ms Moran’s way with words, I’ve not read any of her work before – that will be rectified, the writing is strong and clear it flows so seamlessly.
The story open’s with a briefest look into what happened at the office Christmas party, where Jenny’s life was turned completely upside down, her life is in turmoil after the events of the party and her heart is broken and closed off to the world. Some may say her life was destroyed and in a way it was but the life she soon finds for herself in her little cottage is far better then the one she thought she wanted.
After the unforgettable events of the party, which turned everything topsy-turvy, Jenny has nothing, little money and no where to live, she moves into her late Grandmother’s cottage in the middle of Sherwood Forest which has been practically derelict for years. The cottage she soon finds is in a right old mess as her grandmother was a wee bit of a hoarder – junk shop would be the more accurate description, as she tries to clean the cottage she meets the mysterious, ruggedly attractive and very nice smelling Mack who lives next door – let us say that they don’t exactly get off on the right foot, a fair amount of growling and grumbling on both sides follows but he is a thoroughly decent chap and quite a handy one to have around.
She finds herself running out of money, she gets a job in the local café – unfortunately that is only paid in soup and sandwiches, that leads to not only a nannying job for one of the customers but finding herself in the middle of a book club with a bunch of squabbling women – honestly the five children she looks after are nothing compared to the book club members. But this is no ordinary book club they have decided to instead read a book but have decided to do undertake induvial challenges for Christmas.
Jenny is fabulous character, she has seen and been through a fair amount, the heart-break at the Christmas party was just a part of what she has been through in her life, everything from breakdowns, being cast aside by her family in favour of her much more pleasing sister and then finding herself homeless no wonder she is so guarded now and so determined to prove not just to others but to herself that she can survive on her own. I really like her, i like her determination, her resilience, jenny is one of those characters who think they are worthless and inept but in actually fact she is so much stronger then she gives herself credit for and I really love how through the story the real jenny comes out and we see her go from the insecure young woman with the weight of the world on her shoulders to the strong woman she becomes who is surrounded by people who genuinely care for her.
I really loved this book, I loved how it is pretty deceiving you come into this book thinking it’s going to be a sterotypical sweet little Christmas story, but oh how wrong you would be. It had me fooled too; Firstly, I wouldn’t class this as a Christmas book at all, the ‘Christmas everyday’ is more about the theme of the story and the plot. Secondly; as sweet and charming as this is there is a fantastic sub plot which really grabs your attention – in fact the whole book does – but there are some really unexpected moment’s where I sat there and went, “Well, I didn’t see that coming”
Overall a really gorgeous story.
This was a complimentary copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed.
About the Author
Beth Moran is the author of three previous books, including Making Marion. She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women’s network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest.
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#CoverReveal | A Family By Christmas (Little Shops On Heart Street #1) by Viv Royce #AFamilyBYChristmas @VivWrites
Hello everyone! I am so excited to be sharing the very first and exclusive look at Viv Royce’s up and coming book; A Family By Christmas and I have to tell you that this cover is just so pretty, it not only looks amazing but sounds it too, and I can’t wait to share it with you all, so go on take a peek for yourself…
A Family By Christmas by Viv Royce
Series: Little Shops on Heart Street, Book 1
Release Date: Oct 14, 2019
Page Count: 350
Genre: contemporary, holiday romance
Tropes: girl next door, opposites attract
Chocolatier Emma Miller has a new business selling bonbons to the residents of the quaint town of Wood Creek. When a tiny visitor stops by her shop with an interesting request, Emma is intrigued. The young girl needs chocolates that will help her widowed dad fall in love, preferably with her teacher. What Emma didn’t count on was Casey’s ever so charming and handsome dad, Grant, stepping into her life. She has to remind herself to be cautious because the one thing she learned in foster care is that people always leave.
Pilot Grant Galloway is touched by his daughter’s gift and is curious about the person who made the world-class chocolates. But when he steps into Emma’s shop full of delicious smells and tasty morsels, he forgets to breathe. And it has nothing to do with his favorite dessert. She’s pretty and kind, and when she has to deal with a difficult client, his protective instincts kick into high gear. But he risked his heart once. When his wife died, it left him broken. He’s just now beginning to pick up the pieces, and he and his daughter will be leaving town once the holidays are over.
Thanks to some Christmas wishes, though, these two might discover that their carefully laid plans are about to change.
About The Author
With the same trademark atmospheric settings, relatable characters and cute canines that made several of her cozy mysteries #1 Amazon US and Canada bestsellers in multiple categories, Vivian Conroy pens romance as Viv Royce, creating heartthrob heroes ranging from rugged pilots to royals reluctant to believe in true love who meet their match in that girl next door or the co-worker with the business ideas exactly opposing their own – happy endings guaranteed! When not frequenting fictional worlds, Viv loves to hike (especially in the mountains), craft with paper, felt and clay, and hunt for the perfect cheesecake. Quite active on Twitter, she’s the founder of #HistFicChat, a live Twitter chat about historical fiction, featuring authors like Kate Quinn, Anna Lee Huber and Susan Spann, and would love for readers to follow her and connect via Twitter : @VivWrites.
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#Review | The Ingredients For Happiness by Lucy Knott #TheIngredientsForHappiness @LucyCKnott @HQDigitalUK
Hello my lovely friends, today I have the great pleasure to be sharing my review of; The Ingredients of Happiness by Lucy Knott, so grab a cuppa and enjoy.
Three sisters, a stash of family recipes, the chance to make their dreams come true…
Amanda is about to open her very own café. She has the pastry sorted, but hasn’t a clue about the plumbing. With the love of her life by her side, surely nothing else can go wrong?
Sabrina has struck out on her own and is proving to the global music industry she has what it takes. However, balancing the business side of the band with her personal life will end up being more than she bargained for.
Louisa is drawing inspiration from the beautiful Amalfi coast, channelling it into creating gorgeous gowns for modern day Sophia Lorens. But putting herself out there in the fashion industry will present its own challenges, even with the ever-supportive Luca by her side.
With the right mix of perseverance, love and plenty of Italian delicacies, these three sisters are about to discover that when they support each other, the sky really is the limit!
The hugely awaited second book from Lucy Knott is here, have we readers been looking forward to this, or what? Amanda, Sabrina and Louisa are back with all new drama and off course, all new delicious food for us all to devour in the long awaited sequel to the gorgeous; How To Bake A New Beginning and it is well worth the wait.
Even though I do call this a sequel, do not let that put you off reading it, as even though it does follow the same characters as the first book, it has an all different story, one that can very easily be read as a stand-a-lone. These stories are just so feel good, you can’t help but smile when you read this, its good for the soul – maybe not so good for the waistline with all the mention of food that you know you have to try too 🙂
I adore the way these books are written, the story alternates between the three sisters as we follow each of their own story, you really get to know each sister, I have read books that do this alternative point of view and it can be a bit messy and confused, that is never the case with these books, Lucy Knott has a wonderfully easy to read, fun and clever writing style that flows with ease. Plus, I really love how each chapter starts with a recipe and the food theme carries on throughout the book, they isn’t a chapter that passes you by without mention of food on some way – what could be better? I cute as a button, beautiful story which incorporates food, it is as heavenly as it sounds.
Each sister has followed theirs hearts and are now grabbing their dreams with both hands, only problem things don’t exactly go to plan, but really where is the fun if life did go exactly to plan? Amanda is finally in touching distance of her dream to open a Italian inspired café, which is all perfect in theory but with issues popping up left right and centre can her dream rise to perfection like a perfectly baked cake? But no matter what she must face she has the love of her life by her side, so all can’t be bad, right? Sabrina is back in America, this time she has taken the leap of faith and started to mange a band on her own, she is branching out in the music industry, but things aren’t exactly going to plan as she finds it hard to juggle her new business with her relationship with a member of the band she is managing – complicated much? And finally we have Louisa who has finally started to follow her own dreams, she has moved to sunny Italy and started working as a fashion designer, as with her sisters she has to face her own issues and her own struggles, but with Luca by her side she will succeed, right?
I just love how Ms Knott’s sunny personality is enthused into this story, her passion for family, food and the story jumps of the page and you know she has put so much heart and soul into this book that you honestly cannot help but feel happy while reading it, it’s like eating one of your favourite deserts or watching one of your favourite films.
This is a delightful and charming book that will keep you smiling throughout.
#Review | The Summer of Love and Secrets by Helena Fairfax #TheSummerOfLoveAndSecrets @HelenaFairfax
Hello my lovely friends, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this beautiful book; The Summer of Love and Secrets by Helena Fairfax, as always grab a cuppa and a piece of cake…and your tissues and enjoy.
‘A warm and emotive story, written with incredible insight and grace’
Anne Cater Random Things Through My Letterbox
Originally published as A Way from Heart to Heart
Kate Hemingway is prickly and aloof…or at least, that’s what she likes people to think. Since the death of her photographer husband, Stuart, the only people Kate allows near are her best friend, Orla, and her son, George. She loves them both more than anything in the world. Everyone else she keeps at a distance…including Paul Farrell.
Paul was Stuart’s closest friend. An ex-war journalist, he and Kate have one thing in common. They both seem equally distant. Then Paul publishes an article, revealing an astonishing secret. On a trip to the Yorkshire moors with a group of teenage girls, Kate’s scarred heart begins to open up
But can she risk her son’s happiness, as well as her own?
Praise for The Summer of Love and Secrets
‘A beautiful, heart-wrenching story about love, loss and friendship. Fairfax creates characters that come to life and Kate is one of the best!’ N.N. Light’s Book Heaven
‘A touching and engrossing love story…Several scenes will stay with me for a long time.’ Marie Laval, bestselling author
‘A romance that draws you in and won’t let you go…Once I started this book, I really couldn’t put it down’ Helen Pollard, bestselling author
‘I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end…A positive and life-affirming read from the start.’ Amazon five star review
‘A lovely, emotive and heart-warming contemporary romance story that draws in the audience and takes hold from the very beginning.’ Caroline Barker, A Reader’s Review book blog
Well, what can I say about this? This is a real emotional journey, a beautifully crafted story of second chances and love after loss, it grabs your attention from the first page. I know, I say that a lot, but believe me this one is a tear jerker, I was a teary mess from the off, the first few pages will pull at your heartstrings, with heartbreak and draws you into the story and makes you real feel for Kate. It really such an emotional rollercoaster ride, you cry and smile as Kate finds her feet, I must bow down to Helena Fairfax for bringing this shining star of a story to the world, it really is utter class.
The story open’s to model; Kate Hemmingway, as she goes about her day only to have her whole life turned upside down and broken to pieces when she gets news of her photographer husbands death while on a job in Afghanistan. I am telling, that this will break the hardest of hearts. I real felt for Kate, from the start she has to deal with way too much all at once, she is on unsteady ground, not only tying to grieve for her husband but suddenly becoming a single parent to their very young son George. But she isn’t alone her husbands best fried; Journalist Palk, steps in to help, to be the support she needs but in an entirely platonic way, I love how he makes a promise to little George and even years later when the story picks up again, Paul has still keep his promise – from that one action alone tells me all I need to know about the man, I really liked Paul, he is a man of his word, he is a sympathetic, compassionate and kind man who tries to keep his own feeling under was to allow Kate the chance to move forward from her husbands death.
Two years later and even though she has fallen into a of Kate is worried and fearful of allowing herself to become attached to another, she doesn’t want to go through all the hurt she has experienced but she cannot deny that there is a frisson of something between her and her late husbands best friend; Paul, she doesn’t understand her mixed feeling for his as he does come across as very cool and aloof, it is when they come together to support homeless teenage girls she soon begins to see him in a new light and it is through their endeavour that her complex emotions begin to swirl around her and even more so when Paul confesses all to her.
I love how the story progresses, Kate and Paul are both closed off and hold their feeling tightly to their chests but you can see that there is something there and they do both deserve a second chance of happiness after what they went through. I love the writing I really like stories where we see both the lead characters point of view, it allows the reader to really connect with the characters. Paul is a really understated and complex man and Kate is a wonderfully created character whose struggles can really move you to tears. I love the interactions between Kate and Paul, they are such deserving characters that you really wish for them to have a beautiful happily after.
Overall, this is a beautifully, engrossing and very emotional story, it is a simple second chance story, but what makes this different to other stories in this trope is that there is real feeling, real heart in the writing, it is as clear a s bell that Helena Fairfax has put a lot of her heart and soul into bringing this story to the world, the writing is as ever flawless, it’s full of real emotional depth that will capture your attention and stay with you for a long tome after the closing the last page. I adored following Kate and Paul on their emotional journey, very highly recommended , just make sure you have a box of tissues at hand.
This was a complimentary copy via the author, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Helena. X
The Summer of Love and Secrets is available now.