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#Review In The Mouth Of The Wolf (A Romantic Suspense Novel) by Helena Fairfax @HelenaFairfax #InTheMouthOfTheWolf #RomanticSuspense

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Hello my lovelies, I have the very great pleasure to be sharing my review of In The Mouth of The Wolf by Helena Fairfax, so grab a cuppa and let me tell you all about this fantastic book.

Previously published as A Year of Light and Shadows

“Fans of Mary Stewart will love this romantic suspense. Mystery and twists abound, in a stunning setting. I found it a terrific surprise.”

When actress Lizzie Smith is asked to stand in for a real Mediterranean princess, she’s thrust into a world of intrigue and danger. Alone in a palace by the sea, isolated from her friends, Lizzie is forced to rely on her quiet bodyguard, Léon, to guide her. But who is Léon really protecting? Lizzie … or the princess?

On her return to Scotland, Lizzie begins rehearsals for Macbeth … and finds danger is stalking her through the streets of Edinburgh. Lizzie is once again forced to turn to Léon, for help – and discovers a secret he’d do anything not to reveal.

From the heat of the Mediterranean to the atmospheric, winding streets of Edinburgh, In the Mouth of the Wolf will take you on a journey of mystery and romance. Perfect for fans of Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt and Daphne du Maurier.

This book contains the two romantic suspense novellas Palace of Deception and The Scottish Diamond, plus a bonus short story.

Oooh, I absolutely love this! I don’t think I can really express just how much I adore this book, romantic, exciting, original...I could go on, but I fully expect to be gushing throughout this review. I was instantly drawn to this, it was the cover that caught my attention before I even read the blurb, I loved the look of it! I knew that I would be in for something great as it is written by an amazing author, and oh boy what a treat!

Actress Lizzie has been giving the role of a life time, one that is highly mysterious but one that she really can’t say no to. She is to assume the role of a royal princess who has suddenly disappeared right before she is to be crowned as the next in line to the throne. Lizzie is whisked away to Montverrier; a tiny Mediterranean Island, where she is then locked away in the palace to learn how to be the princess. Locked in her rooms with none to speak to but her bodyguard, the dreamy, serious, handsome as sin, sexy, amazing and very well toned; Leon – my goodness, how much do I love Leon? I’m telling you know, they don’t make men like him in Yorkshire 😉

You can see the romance blossoming between Lizzie and Leon as they spend more and more time locked in her room, nothing happens until later but it is the build of what could happen that I really liked. The little touches that set the air alight with mutual lust and something else, such as her walking in on him working out – sigh!! and them playing chess late into the night, may sound a bit lack-lustre, But I am telling you those moment are sweet, funny, hot – and that’s just Leon; did I mention how much I love this guy?

She soon suspects that something isn’t right in the palace and when her life is threatened and saved by none other than gorgeous Leon – Swoon! She finds out that she has been conned all along, heartbroken and hurt she flees only to find herself back in Edinburgh but it isn’t the same place she remembered it to be there is something lurking in the shadows which calls for luscious Leon, but our lovely Leon has a dark secret of his own. As Hogmanay arrives can Lizzie and Leon finally be the couple they are destined to be without various hurdles being thrown out in front of them?

I love this, it starts out as a girl a bit out of her depth and falls in love with her luscious bodyguard -as you do – but as the story progresses and we move from one part of the story on to the next we soon find that there is so much more to the tale then we originally thought. It’s intriguing, thoughtful, captivating and immensely entertaining. Lizzie and Leon have a real start crossed lovers aura about them, they are such an adorable couple. The writing is as ever perfect, it flows taking the reader on a mesmerising journey from Montverrier all the way to Scotland. Ms Fairfax flawlessly entwines a tender heart-warming romance with a wonderful intriguing sub plot.

A great quick read that will leave fully satisfied.

This was Arc copy from the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank You Helena and apologies for the late review.

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#Review Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin @jaxandwillsmum #RosiesTravellingTeaShop #RomCom #Romance @HQDigitalUK

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The trip of a lifetime!

Rosie Lewis has her life together.

A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021.

That’s until she comes home one day to find her husband’s pre-packed bag and a confession that he’s had an affair.

Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, only to discover the following morning that she has spontaneously invested in a bright pink campervan to facilitate her grand plans to travel the country.

Now, Rosie is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, and the chance to change her life! With Poppy, her new-found travelling tea shop in tow, nothing could go wrong, could it…?

A laugh-out-loud novel of love, friendship and adventure! Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin

This is wonderfully funny and original story all about taking chances, grabbing life and just basically coming out of your comfort zone to do something new, something which will set your heart and soul alight with joy. I am ashamed to say this is the first I have read by Rebecca Raisin and it will not be the last, I was instantly enchanted with her easy reading, entertaining and vibrant writing.

 

Rosie is a high achieving chef, hard-working and a perfectionist, who believes she has everything she could ever want in her life. Great job, she sort of loves. Nice husband, who she doesn’t really see too much of, but when they do it’s OK, but she does love him. So she is left reeling and speechless and lost when her husband tells her in no-uncertain terms that their marriage is over, that he has found someone else – who Rosie soon finds out he has been seeing behind her back, and more than that her whole friends network knew about it. Some friends, best get shot of those! Callum basically blames her for their failed marriage, typical man it’s never his fault that he can’t keep his trousers zipped. Without a backwards glance the rat leaves, leaving Rosie devastated not just at the end of what she had always thought was a happy marriage, but also hugely upset over what her soon to be ex-husband said about her. She is staid, a bit set in her ways, predictable and not very adventurous. It is those and other harsh words that lead her to one night after a few too many drinks, she buys a pink camper van called; Poppy and has a whole plan to go on the road selling tea.

 

All very good when you’re full to the brim with wine, but really? Is that even do-able?

 

As it goes; yes, it is. And so, with Rosie takes the plunge, one thing leads to another and she is on the road with Poppy. Which is where the fun and romance really starts, she meets up with some brilliant people, some which are a little eclectic, individual and who have real good hearts especially her new friend and owner of the travelling book shop – really these two are a match made in heaven, tea and books; how perfect is that? Plus she meets someone who she allows herself to have feelings for again, yes there is a wee bit of a romance in-store for Rosie and yes the man she finally ends up with is utterly delectable, but her journey of self discovery isn’t exactly all is as it seems. I can’t say too much as I never like to give away spoilers and I wouldn’t wish to spoiler your reading, but there is a bit of a sinister twist. It is one of those sub plots which really make you think about who you begin chatting to and exactly how much you should share about yourself to others – especially those you meet online.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this, it is in all essence a great romantic comedy. But the difference with this to other’s I have read in this genre is that the author has tackled some pretty taboo subject’s which are more or less unheard of in romance books, such as being victim of a catfish – you need to read the book to find out what all that’s about. This is a fast paced, funny, romantic, heart-warming and realistic book that will have you not only laughing out loud but glued to the page. I loved the character’s, Rosie is a lovely young woman who the reader can really relate to. The writing is fresh, charming, engaging and very enjoyable.

 

This was an Arc from the author via Netgalley, thank you Rebecca.

 

Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop is to be released on 3rd March and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.

#Review Magnolia House by Angela Barton @angebarton #MagnoliaHouse #Contemporary #Romance @ChocLituk

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I have the great pleasure to share with you all my review of Magnolia House by Angela Barton, grab a cup of tea and let me tell you about this emotional book.


When you open up your home and your heart …
Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian townhouse in London at auction.

But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her and she is faced with the prospect of having to start again.

To make ends meet she begins a search for housemates, and in doing so opens the door to new friends and new beginnings. But could she be opening the door to new heartbreak too?

Magnolia House is a wonderfully emotional and up-lifting book, which will stay with you a long time after shutting the last page. This is the first I have read by Angela Barton, so I came into this book with open eyes and I am so pleased to say that Ms Barton has grabbed my attention with her heart-warming story of moving on after heart-break and I know without a doubt that I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

The story opens to Rowan who basically has everything a woman could want; adoring husband and happy marriage, gorgeous dog, a plan to open her own business and winning her dream house at an auction. All is going more or less to plan, their Georgian house; Magnolia House may be in a bit of a state and need some work, Tom; her husband may be a little pre-occupied but this is their dream and they will make it work. That is until the worse thing that could ever happen to Rowan, does happen, and she is alone with a dilapidated house, no income and having to deal with a double heart-break.

Which is when she decides that the only way she is going to be able to pay the mortgage and all the bills that comes with owning a house and able to afford the work that is needed on it, she opens up the door to flatmates. My heart absolutely went out to Rowan, she has been through the mill anyone who reads this book will shed a tear of how cruel life has been for poor Rowan. She is a good woman, she is just trying to start a whole new life for herself and tragedy strikes and her whole world collapses, any other woman in Rowans’ position would have given up, yet she faces each change with a proper stiff upper lip. She refuses to allow her grief to take control and govern the way she lives her life.

After careful consideration she chooses the people who will share her home -the home she always thought she would share with Tom. Soon between them they start to move forward, forging new relationships and friendships. As Rowan again faces some tough trials ahead of her, some hard truths and skeletons coming out of the cupboard. She also struggles with her mixed feelings for James; one of her flatmates as well as feeling that she is betraying her husband with how she is feeling toward James.

There is a lot of up’s and down’s for Rowan, this book really tugs at the heart-strings, anyone who doesn’t get a lump in their throat after meeting Rowan then they must have a heart of stone. This is emotional, beautifully written, heart-breaking and heart-warming story. I love how realistic the plot is, Rowan’s personal story could happen to anyone, the reader can really relate to her. All the character’s are beautifully created and very likeable, even the secondary character’s such as Tom’s sister Libby who goes through her own issues. Magnolia House is a story that is full of hope, love and compassion, highly recommended!

This was an Arc copy via the publisher in exchange for an honest review, Thank you Liz.

Magnolia House is available from Amazon.

#OffTheBookshelf #Review Almost Forever: An Emotional Debut Perfect For Fans Of Jojo Moyes by Laura Danks @auradanks #AlmostForever #Romance @HQDigitalUK

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 This is my first ‘Off the Bookshelf’ post, I am so pleased to be able to share with you all my review of Almost Forever by Laura Danks.

Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks, Cecelia Ahern and Jojo Moyes

Can love truly conquer all?

When a vicious attack leaves Paul in a coma on his wedding day, the doctors fear he will never wake up. But his fiancée Fran will never give up hope.

Fran has always known Paul is the only man for her, from the first moment they locked eyes as children to the day he finally told her he loved her. Paul can’t leave her, not now their lives are just about to begin.

Love will always find a way… won’t it?

My goodness me this is an immensely emotional book to read, the writing is incredibly powerful, raw and heart-breaking. What surprises me most is that this is Laura Danks debut. Which really is unbelievable as this is good – no good doesn’t really justify just how stunning this book is. It pulls at the heart-strings and I can guarantee that you will be reaching for the tissues, especially with lines like this; “Why isn’t my love enough?

Francesca and Paul are your dream couple, child heart sweethearts who after all the years together they are still very much in love. On the day of their wedding, the day starts off just like an other for them. They are getting ready to elope to Las Vegas for Fran’s dream wedding, under the moonlight with her beloved Paul beside her. When tragedy strikes, Paul is maliciously and cruelly attacked by a gang of thugs when he tries to save a woman’s life at the corner shop, leaving him in a coma fighting for his life.

The story is told through Fran’s eyes, we see her go from waking up that morning full of excitement knowing she will be marrying her one true love, to having to see her husband-to-be in intensive care facing an unknown future. I absolutely love how the story goes from the present day to glimpses of Fran and Paul throughout the years. Those memories showing how they met, spending holidays together and touching moments between them are beautiful and takes the reader on a poignant journey through Fran and Paul’s past and really showcases just how much they truly love one and other, which makes the outcome of their story all the more heart-breaking.

The writing is spectacular, Ms Danks has a true gift, she has captures Fran’s emotional state of mind with so much raw realism that you feel every tear, every laugh every turmoil that she goes through. I literally read this in one go, I couldn’t put it down. It grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let me go. It’s mesmerising and compelling, the writing is flawless. I cannot recommend this book enough and I will definitely be reading more from Laura Danks, she is an amazing writer and a kind one too as a potion of her royalties for the sale of this book will be donated to the Stroke Association.

Stunningly beautiful.

Almost Forever is available now from Amazon.

#Review A Late Summer Night’s Dream by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead @MadameGilflurt @e_harkstead @PridePublishing #MMRomance #AlateSummerNightsDream #ContemporaryRomance

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Today I have the very great pleasure to be sharing my early review of ‘A Late Summer Night’s Dream’ by the wonderfully talented Eleanor Harkstead and Catherine Curzon.

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 79 pages

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Release: 19th February 2019

Among Oxford’s dreaming spires, can a widowed professor and a wide-eyed scholar make their own dreams of love come true?

Simeon Shakespeare is living his academic dream. As an Oxford scholar, he spends his days in libraries and whiles away his nights at the theater. A mix-up over a seat number leads to a very awkward first act, but that’s nothing compared to what happens when the lights go up.

Professor Anthony Meadows is finished with love. Shattered by the death of his husband, he divides his time between his book-lined study and Oxford’s theaters. The last thing he needs is an annoying research student bickering with him over who should sit where.

When Anthony and Simeon discover they have more in common than a shared love of the Bard, it looks as though the stage is set for romance. Yet with the memory of Anthony’s lost love keeping the professor from moving on, can Simeon’s love mend his broken heart?

Pride Publishing / Amazon UK / Amazon US / Goodreads

I do love reading these two fine ladies work, whether its historical, contemporary or even supernatural (Read The Captains Ghostly Gamble ;-)) Curzon and Harkstead together are such a treat for the romance reader and this is a wonderful addition to their ever-expanding CV.

A Late Summer Night’s Dream is another wonderful novella, set in picturesque Oxford. A love-at-first-sight tale, which sees a young wide-eyed, who is living the scholarly dream, who meets a handsome, widowed professor at the theatre.

I love the concept of this one; meeting a gorgeous stranger who not only dresses well but smells divine – which is so important, don’t you think that they smell nice? And could very well be ‘the one’ because of a mix up with seats at the theatre, giggling and joking through a bad performance of ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ all the while having a hard-boiled sweet chomping woman beside you giving you the evil eye, and finally ending up in the pub sharing a pie supper; just how perfect is that? Now, that is my kind of date! But there is more to this merry little, exceedingly English tale then getting to know one an other over pie and peas there is a real sadness to the tale that pulls at the heart-strings.

When scholar Simeon Shakespeare (Great name!) arrives at the theatre a tad late he finds a nice smelling, suit wearing gorgeous man sitting in his seat. The nerve of the man! But is it his seat, really of has there been a mistake on Simeon’s part? Honestly it can happen, believe me. But the seating mistake is soon pushed behind him as he and the god beside him soon find that they have a lot in common, and as happens in this case one thing leads to another and after the play and a meal they head off to Simeon’s.

Simeon has just come out of a not-so-happy relationship with a man who claimed him to be boring, honestly the nerve of the man, he finds peace in trips to the theatre, in disappearing into books. He isn’t looking for love but he knows that the moment he sets eyes on the gentlemanly Anthony that this is the man for him. He senses there is something about him, there is sadness behind those pearly blue eyes. A sadness that Simeon would love to help heal and which makes his heart bleed for him.

Professor Anthony Meadows is attempting to regain his life after the terrible loss of his husband four years earlier to brain cancer, Anthony knows that Iain; his late husband wouldn’t want him to disappear into his shell, he would have wanted Anthony to carry on and live again; which is the reason why he finds himself at the theatre that night. Anthony is shocked that gorgeous, vivacious and young Simeon would want to be with an older guy like him. As soon as meeting the young scholar; Anthony begins to feel himself enjoying himself again, he is flattered by the attention but he is also confused by that and feels he is betraying his late husband’s memory and he can’t take the relationship further. It is at this point where you think “No, what the hell are you doing Anthony, you fool. Get back in there, Simeon’s brilliant!But never worry, all will come right in the end.

The budding relationship between Anthony and Simeon is so lovely to see blossom, each of them have initial issues, Anthony especially. Not only because of his sadness over his late husband but also because he is very aware of the large age gap between them, that aspect of the story along with Simeon’s patience and how he encourages Anthony to just be himself is so beautifully written.

Curzon and Harkstead just gel together, there is always something very special about their writing. Plus it always is so very realistically and wonderfully English in tone, I could hear Anthony’s plummy tones in my mind as I read – which to me oddly enough sounded something along the lines of a younger James or Edward Fox, weird I know! With a realistic plot, witty and sensual dialogue between the characters this is a charming and delightful read, that ended far too soon.

Definitely another winner!

This was an Arc copy from the authors in exchange for an honest review; Thank you Catherine and Eleanor!

A Late Summer Nights Dream is to be released on 19 February and can be pre-ordered from Amazon; links at beginning of review.

#Review Untamed (Hotel Temptation #3) by Caitlin Crews @megancrane #Untamed #MillsandBoonDare #MillsandBoonInsiders #DoYouDare #AdultRomance #EroticRomance @MillsandBoon

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Buttons are made to be undone

One wicked touch at a time…

Self-made businesswoman Lucinda Graves is determined to add a tropical hotel to her company’s empire—and devastatingly handsome owner Jason Kaoki is willing to negotiate… But only if Lucinda rises to each challenge he sets! Lucinda passes every test, but as each dare grows hotter and wilder than the last will she be able to keep her eyes on the prize?

I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to read a Mills and Boon Dare book, but better late then never, right? This is a great introduction to this whole new series of books and a whole new-to-me author.

Even though this is apart of the Dare range from Mills and Boon, it is also book three in the Hotel Temptations series, which very easily can be read as a stand-a-lone. There are mentions of character’s that I believe are apart of the series, but I saw them more as backing story about Jason.

Lucinda has been sent to an unnamed tropical island in the middle of the Pacific, her task is to get the reclusive owner; billionaire Jason Kaoki to sign over his hotel to her companies ever expanding empire. The only problem is that he has already sent four of her colleagues packing within minutes, she is adamant that she will not be leaving his island empty handed. She is a sassy, bold as brass, determined woman who has worked hard to get to where she is, which means she will do what ever it takes to get the contract signed.

Jason Kaoki just wants to live in his isolated in peace, yet he keeps getting harassed by all this ‘suits’ who want to buy him out. He didn’t become a multimillionaire by being manipulated into doing what he doesn’t want to by large companies, so he knows exactly how to get rid of the pests in suits, that is until he sees the latest one sent; a vivacious fiery red-head who knows her mind and is far more determined then any of the other’s. He plan’s to see how far she will go to get what she wants, so he presents her with a few challenges which will push her to the limit, but how far will she go?

The story is set across a couple of days, as Lucinda and Jason play a game of sexy cat and mouse, as they fight each other for control over the situation they have found themselves in. I found that we don’t really get a sense of who these two until further into the book, their true character’s are quite shadowed to the reader which also makes you keep reading as you are intrigued as to who these people are. I like the pacing of this, nothing is slow or long winded, not dragging of the feet waiting for the bedroom scenes. From the moment Lucinda and Jason meet, boom; pent up sexual tension ripples and hangs in the air like a heavy fog.

I don’t think I need to warn you as this is a ‘Dare’ book, but I will anyway; that this is very hot, there are some extremely spicy scenes, so if aren’t fans of erotic romances with strong language then maybe this isn’t the best book for you the language is shall we say colourful with very hot scenes.

Its a great little story about two lonely and work focused people who aren’t so much looking for love but just fall into it by chance, the story is very much focus on the challenges between Jason and Lucinda and how far they can push each other before one breaks. I found their romance a little slow as it is very much focused on their sexual relationship rather then the emotional one, but those moment when they are truly getting to know each other near the end is very tender and well written. The only thing I didn’t like about this was how Lucinda allowed herself to be manipulated into these challenges. She is an intelligent women who really shouldn’t have to resort to wearing teeny-weeny bikini’s, surfing and showing off her ‘arse’ just to get a contract signed. I didn’t like how he exploited her like that in the beginning, apart from that I enjoyed the story, I just would have preferred Lucinda to stand up to Jason a bit more, like she did when she first arrived at his hotel.

Overall an enjoyable weekend read.

This was an Arc copy from Mills and Boon Insiders via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Untamed is to be released on 21 February and can be pre-orded at Amazon.

#Review Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak (@FrancescaHornak) #BlogTour #SevenDaysOfUs #Christmas #Romance @LittleBrownUK

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I have the great pleasure to be sharing my review of Seven Days Of Us by Francesca Hornak as apart of this wonderful blog tour.

It’s Christmas, and the Birch family is gathering for the first time in years.

Olivia, the eldest daughter, has returned from treating an epidemic abroad and must go into quarantine for seven days. Her mother has decided it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some ‘special time’ together. Her youngest sister wholeheartedly disagrees. Her father isn’t allowed an opinion.

When no one can leave the house, seven days for the Birches feels like an eternity.

Especially when they’re all harbouring secrets. One of whom is about to come knocking at their door…

LOVED it! Warm and humane, funny and sad, with a great, twisty plot, Seven Days of Us is absolute pleasure reading from beginning to end. Francesca Hornak is a true talent. Just gorgeous!‘ Marian Keyes

I have read my fair share of emotional books, but this really is up there with the best. Seven Days Of Us is a roller coaster ride of emotions; funny, happy, sad, it fills your heart with so much warmth and makes you really evaluate your own relationship with your family. This is the first I have read by Francesca Hornak and it will definitely will not be the last, in fact I am looking forward to reading more from this talented author because this book is a pure joy to read.

For the first time in years, the Birch family are gathering to spend the Christmas holidays together, but not exactly in the way that they would have wanted. Eldest daughter; Olivia has just retuned from helping to treat a Haag epidemic and she must go into quarantine for a week, just in case she has caught the decease. So the whole family must be locked away in their family home for the week over Christmas, which would be fine if the whole family weren’t keeping secrets from one and other, secrets that could turn their worlds up-side down.

I love that this is written in the perspective of each family member, so you don’t just see the story unfold through one set of eyes but from all sides and that to me really makes this story as captivating and engaging as it is. Each character is beautifully created, and the relationship each have with the other members of the family is realistic and it’s wonderful seeing their individual stories progress throughout, which takes the reader on a wonderfully intense journey, which at it’s heart is family and the trials that the Birch’s go through as one and separately.

I absolutely loved it!! It is a heart-breaking, emotionally wrenching, warm, funny and beautifully written story of family and love. I shed far more tears then I expected, especially with Olivia’s story which for me was the one that really packed a punch and the ending is heart-breaking, and the epilogue is perfect with a hint of sadness. I cannot recommend this book enough, Seven Days Of Us is one of those that anyone can read and instantly fall in love with and I can guarantee that you will need a box of tissues at the ready.

Fabulous!

This was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review as apart of this blog tour, Thank you Beth!

Seven Days Of Us can be purchased from Amazon.

 

Do check out the rest of the blog’s on this blog tour.