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#Review The Earls Irresistible Challange (The Sinful Sinclairs #1) by Lara Temple (@laratemple1) #Historical #Romance #TheSinfulSinclairs #TheEarlsIrresistibleChallange @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Could this infamous rake…

…finally have found his Countess?

Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. When Lucas, Lord Sinclair, receives a mysterious summons from a Miss Olivia Silverdale he’s sceptical about helping her. But Olivia, although eccentric, is in earnest about her quest to restore her late godfather’s reputation. Lucas’s curiosity is piqued—and not just by Olivia’s intelligent eyes and lithe form. A new challenge quickly presents itself: keeping Miss Silverdale at arm’s length!

Well, what can say about this? Fantastic, wonderful, sexy, charming, entertaining, engaging; in other words absolutely bloody brilliant! What a fabulous start to what is set to be another fantastic series by one of my whole time favourite authors. The Sinful Sinclairs, as anyone who has been avidly reading Ms Temples books will know are a sort of follow on from the previous series; Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies, as the hugely seductive Sinclairs are the cousins of none other than one of those Wild Lords – I am not going to tell you which one, you will have to read that series to find out. 😉 I knew that I would be in for a treat, and yet again I was blown away by Ms Temple’s splendid writing.

The story opens when Lucas; Lord Sinclair receives a mysterious message from a Miss Olivia Silverdale, once meeting the young veiled lady in a church in the middle of the night he hears her out – which believe me with how Olivia tells stories is a very long night for Lucas which does leave him with equal amount or headache and ear-ache. He is in disbelieve over what the slightly odd young woman has told him, she wants to restore the tainted reputation of her godfather and amidst her own investigation she has come across mention of Lucas’ own late father. How is the late Lord Sinclair connected to Olivia’s godfather? You’ll have to read to find out, anyway Lucas is sceptical at her claims and wants nothing to do with her or her infernal investigation, which does include the hilarious outing of an occultist by the name of Madam Bulgari – she is a real hoot and I would love to invite her to any party. But Lucas is curious then after voicing his thoughts to his brother; Chase – my goodness another gorgeous brother – he soon finds himself intrigued not just by her fanciful story but also by her, she gets under his skin and now the notorious rake with the sinful reputation may just have found his match in the form of the eccentric young Yorkshire lass with the mesmerizing eyes.

My goodness, I have found my whole new favourite heroine in the form of Olivia, she is pure brilliance – yes, I maybe a tad biased with her being a fellow Yorkshire Lass, but she really is fabulous. She is eccentric, talkative, creative, imaginative, stubborn and a bit set in her ways – have I just described myself there? She has a way of seeing people, it’s like she can see past the façade and see what others can’t, she is holding a painful secret, one which Lucas instantly picks up on that and I love how when they kiss he doesn’t rush her, he is solid but gentle, and so patient.

As I mentioned the kissing, my, oh my those kisses! They are hot, sensual, steamy and loving that first kiss is a whopper full of nervous lust and it made me melt, Lucas is such a passionate, tender man – huge heart eyes for him especially this line ‘he wasn’t accustomed to rebellion either from his libido or his conscience’ Love it!

Lucas is a mystery, I love how Temple hints at a past; brief glimpses into the man behind the Sinful mask, she does a great job at dropping breadcrumbs for the reader to follow throughout the story. He is very family orientated, protective, controlled, blunt, out spoken, brutally honest at times, grouchy and a tad brooding – can you see why I am a wee bit smitten? He is definitely the leader of the wolf pack – or should that be the Sinclair pack? And for a man who claims to be in complete control he has an awful lot of randy thoughts, that really have no place at tea. 😉

Did I mention Chase? If there ever was a case for the hashtag; Double Swoon, now would be a time. I know that this book is all about the marvellous Lucas and Olivia, but I just have to mention Chase; I am completely smitten and intrigued by this man on first impression he’s laid-back, witty, mysterious he makes you sit up and pay attention and he has some great one-liners. Lara Temple what are you doing to me?

Overall The Earls Irresistible Challenge is sexy, witty, entertaining, great plot, brilliantly written, Ms Temple has created a mesmerizing and hugely enjoyable love story with two of the most seductive and entertaining couples that you will ever come across and which entwines an edge of your seat mystery. This is hugely romantic, there is no doubt about that, the chemistry sizzles between them and it has some great comedic moments, the conversations between them is brilliant, fast, witty; they have razor-sharp minds and some of the best dialogue that bounces between them.

Absolutely brilliant, I cannot wait to see where this series is going to go.

This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank you, Lara!

The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge is to be released on 27 December and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

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#Review Marriage Deal With The Viscount (Allied At the Alter #1) by Bronwyn Scott (@Bronwynscott) #AlliedAtTheAltar #Historical #Victorian #Romance #MarriageDealWithTheViscount @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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‘I can protect you.’

But she must accept his ring!

An Allied at the Altar story: after an abusive marriage, Sofia is struggling to find acceptance in Society. So when dashing Viscount Taunton needs her investment for his business, she’s surprised by his strong, supportive nature.

In Conall’s arms she discovers true pleasure. Yet to fully leave her past behind, Sofia must consider Conall’s offer of his full protection – in the form of wedding vow

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This is a fabulous start to a whole new series; Allied At The Alter, which going by this first book is going to be another brilliant series by a favourite author of mine. This is essentially a ‘Marriage of Convenience’ story, but as ever with Ms Scott’s work there is always a great secondary plot or a twist to the tale. I love that Bronwyn Scott has set this series in the Victorian era, which is such a change from her hugely popular and brilliant regencies, I can say without a doubt that she has pulled a beauty out of the bag with this one.

Conall; Viscount Taunton after gaining the title he now has to deal with the problems that go along with it, which in Taunton’s case means they are in dire need of money. Conall comes up with the most brilliant plan to gain the funds that his family and more importantly the title needs and that is to do what many aristocrats deem as rather vulgar. He plans to go into business!! I know shock and horror, he wants to start trading with the mills with his Alpacca wool, but to do that he needs capital but when he goes to the one man who could set this venture off refuses him point blank he must find another avenue to go down.

I love that about him he is an enterprising, creative and imaginative young man who has a proper head on his shoulders, in fact he rather makes me think of John Thornton from North and South – I think everyone knows how much I love a man who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and this is the man. Conall is a very proud man, it does grate that he has to beg but where his family is concerned he will do what is needed. I really, really love him he just wants to do what’s right he is motivated, enigmatic and at times very serious but that just adds to his appeal. Once he gets turned down by a family friend no less he has no other choice than to fall on to the charity of the mysterious but incredibly wealthy; La Marchessa di Cremona.

Sofia has her own reasons to be as mysterious and hidden in the shadows as she is, if found she would face a fate far, far worse then death, which is why she is equally as desperate for this deal with Conall to go well. She is a complex woman, and I love how Ms Scott doesn’t divulge all of Sofia’s secrets in one go, she teases with dropping little clues and subtle hints through out the story. Yes, it is pretty easy to figure out her back story and why she is fleeing, but it’s incredibly satisfying finding out about this woman. Sofia may appear to be an alluring, beautiful, majestic creature from another planet and yes she is, but that is a mask to protect herself, she is pretty damaged, she is vulnerable, afraid and has trust issues.

I adore both Conall and Sofia, as individuals they are tough cookies who are fighting to not just keep their heads above water but to save their family and themselves. But for me they really shine when they are together, they are both immensely intelligent, resourceful, charismatic and proud. You would think that they would be like chalk and cheese, but that’s as far from the truth as you can get they are each others rock.

This isn’t your stereotypical boy meets girl romance, there is intricate layers that entwine some very serious subjects within the story; such as abuse, divorce and a county which is forging a head into a new innovative world. I love Victorian novels, it was a time of change of new ideas and all of that is features in this book. The character’s are engaging and likeable, the two leads off course are perfect but I love the secondary characters too which are fascinating, and fun to get to know, even the baddie is mesmerising.

Overall this is a brilliantly written, original, thrilling, engaging, captivating and page-turning romance that will keep you teetering at the edge of your seat, reading with baited breath as the story unfolds. A great start to a whole new series, one that I cannot wait to dive into again with book two.

A great book and highly recommended!

This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Bronwyn.

Marriage Deal With The Viscount is to be released on 27 December and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

#Review A Scandalous Winter Wedding (Matches Made in Scandal #4) by Marguerite Kaye (@MargueriteKaye) #MatchesMadeInScandals #HistoricalRomance #AScandalousWinterWedding @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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From one snowy Christmas… … to a sizzling hot reunion!

A Matches Made in Scandal story: Kirstin Blair has spent seven years trying to forget brooding Cameron Dunbar. Now self-made man Cameron needs her help to recover his missing niece, and Kirstin must face the truth: seeing him again sparks the same irresistible attraction that first brought them together!

She must decide… Resist, or give in to temptation and risk Cameron discovering everything she’s fought so hard to protect…

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It is with a sad heart that I am writing the final review of this wonderful series, over the last three books we have been slowly building up to this book; The Procurer’s story and this is a fantastic and very satisfying end to this magical series. But Ms Kaye has finished with a real hum-dinger in the form of this; A Scandalous Winter Wedding. I have loved the whole concept of this series, it’s imaginative, stylish, romantic all with a touch of mystery and intrigue.

As we have seen over the last three books the legendary ‘Procurer’ is the one woman who people can turn to when they have an issue that is of …shall we say, a delicate nature? She brings people together and over the cause of the last three books we have seen her match our three previous couples who have then gone on to find their happily ever after. She has been this mysterious long cloaked clad women, who we have been tantalised by and yearned to more about and here with have our wish come true.

When Kristin Blair, otherwise known as the mysterious Procurer receives a request from a new client she knows that this one she must deal with herself, which is completely unheard of. The Procurer never entangles herself with her clients, she always allocates the job to another, so what is so special about this one that would make Kristin throw her own strict rules out of the window? Self-made man and handsome as hell; Cameron Dundar, that’s what, this man could be her undoing and if she isn’t careful at keeping her well hidden past and emotions in check Cameron could very well change her entire life.

I have always liked the Procurer, right from book one, and the woman behind the mask is even more brilliant than I expected. She is a smart, savvy, compelling and illuminating woman, she is a real survivor. As I would have expected she has a closet full of skeletons, skeletons that mostly involve a certain handsome Scot. She has spent six years hiding behind the mask, six years fearing that her past would eventually come back and bite her, but she is resilient.

Cameron is a fantastic character, he is definitely my whole time favourite character from the entire series, I have always had a soft spot for self-made character who have really had to dig in and fight for what they have and Cameron is that in a nutshell. He had the most unfortunate start in life and that hardship has really lefts it’s mark on him, some may think him too brusque, too hard, a bit ruthless not gentlemanly enough but for me is perfect. He has earned my respect of him, he has this magnetic persona that does make you stop and stare. Yes, he’s handsome and sexy but that’s just garnish, he is genuine, hard-working, proud, loyal, protective, always wanting to do his best.

What I love about this isn’t just the second chance romance between Cameron and Kristin, it’s also the secondary plot that goes hand in hand with theirs. The whole reason Cameron has employed the Procurer in the first place is because his niece has gone missing and he needs Kristin’s help in finding her and saving her from what they soon learns something far worse than mere scandal. It is while they are on the trail of Phillippa where the story really comes into it’s own, and it is here where we see a completely different side the mysterious Procurer. I have to say that those scenes which feature Reverend and Mrs Collins, Laird and Lady Garrioch and Dr Black and Nurse Grey are a hoot, it is comedy writing at it’s very best and the addition of the real historic ‘The Erotes Club’ is fabulous.

This is just fabulous, it’s a heart-warming, emotional, engaging, witty and highly romantic this book has it all, the romance between Kristin and Cameron is brilliantly written, there is a real electricity between them, not just with lust and wanting, the air just sizzles as well as with mutual respect as well frustration, and anger and mistrust, but you can see right from the off that these two are just made for each other. They are the type of couple that you would happily bang their heads together and shout ‘What the hell of are two doing?’

Thoroughly satisfying, if a little saddened that this great series is finished, but over all highly recommended!!

This was an Arc complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Marguerite.

A Scandalous Winter Wedding can be purchased from Amazon.

#Review The Uncompromising Lord Flint (Kings Elite Series #2) by Virginia Heath (@VirginiaHeath_) #KingsElite #Regency #Romance #TheUncompromisingLordFlint @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Imprisoned by her past

Set free by her enemy!

Part of The King’s Elite. Charged with high treason, Lady Jessamine Fane is under the watchful eye of icily calm Lord Peter Flint. It’s a task this spy won’t be swayed from, no matter how alluring his prisoner! Only it’s not long before Flint realises that tenacious Jess hides a lifetime of pain. With so much at stake, can he afford to take a chance on their powerful attraction?

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Well, what can I say about this, but absolutely, bloody brilliant? Just when I thought that Virginia Heath couldn’t get any better, she stuns us all with this beauty. When I say beauty, I mean it!! I know that I am – and always will be – a huge fan of a certain Warriner brother, but this book inches past and has now become my favourite of all Ms Heath books.

This is the perfect ‘enemies to lovers’ story, another reason to fall in love with it. Enemies to Lovers has to be my whole time favourite trope, there is something about the heated bantering that goes on between the couple that really gets me. Jess and Peter are not just literal enemies but their personalities are so different, you do wonder if they are even going to be able to have that HEA which we all want. Peter is a patriotic, loyal and brilliant agent of the crown who has been tasked with bringing down a smuggling ring. He is escorting a known traitor back to England; Lady Jessamine who has been charged with high treason, there really is no other man capable of such an important mission, just as there is no doubt that this alluring, infuriating woman is guilty of the very crimes she is charged with and being such a head strong young woman, she tries at every opportunity to escape.

I have found my whole time favourite character, ever in the form of fiery, hot-headed and obscenity throwing Jessamine – Jess. My goodness, this young lady is a real blast, when we first meet her she is throwing missiles of food at Flint from her cell as well as throwing a very wide range of abuse and insults at him; this girl has quite the acid tongue and I absolutely love the bantering – or maybe that should abuse hurling? that goes on between her and Flint.

Flint is so different to the previous agent we met; Seb, who was agonisingly shy and quiet, whereas Flint is the complete opposite, he is cool, controlled, regimented, confident, he’s not one to allow his personal thoughts and emotions to deter him from his mission. He may sound a bit cold and unfeeling, but that is far from the truth, when he allows himself to show a more human side he is captivating and adorable.

Fabulous, witty, imaginative, sexy, thrilling, alluring, basically mind-blowingly good, I should stop there as just spouting out various words isn’t really a review, is it? But when you read something of this fine quality, then you just want to gush about it as much as humanly possible – even if that does mean your putting people to sleep with the babbling. But, I don’t care, this book is just wonderful. The story is a master piece of writing, it’s has two of the best lead characters and secondary characters I’ve met in a while, a plot that has the reader hooked from the bread flinging first scene and will keep you turning the pages at lightning speed wanting to find out what happens and then you cry on the last page that it’s finished – which just gives you the excuse to re-read it. A romantic, engaging, exhilarating, compelling, one of the best I’ve read.

Brilliant book that I cannot recommend enough and I cannot wait for book three.

This was an Arc from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Virginia.

The Uncompromising Lord Flint is to be released on 27 December and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

#Review Sent As The Vikings Bride by Michelle Styles (@MichelleLStyles) #VikingRomance #Christmas #YuleTide #SentAsTheVikingsBride @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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She’s the wife he doesn’t want…

…and the woman he needs!

Desperate to escape her murderous brother-in-law and protect her young sister, Ragnhild agrees to marry an unknown warrior, and arrives penniless at his remote island. Only Gunnar Olafson’s belief in love died with his family―he does not want a bride! But as yuletide approaches Ragnhild transforms his isolated existence. Can she melt her Viking warrior’s frozen heart?

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Now this is how a Viking romance is done, this is absolutely fabulous! Michelle Styles really is one of my go-to authors for Viking romances, this brings together everything I love Vikings, history and Christmas romances. What’s not to love? And I love this so much, it is a truly magical, seasonal read, that will be pulled of the keeper shelf to be read and re-read over and over again.

Gunnar has hung up his warriors sword to make a new life for himself on is new farm on a remote island, where he can have the peace and sanctuary he has been desperately wanting for most of his adult life. He life of going to war, drinking himself into oblivion and bedding any female he finds with a pulse all so alleviate the pain he has to endure daily over what happened to his family, is now becoming wearisome. Even he knows that the way he was living is no good, so when he gets the opportunity to start afresh Gunnar takes it with both hands. He has set his heart against anything to do with romance and love, that idea died to him long ago.

Gunnar is a complex man, he appears all brooding, monosyllabic and actually rather rude and a tad arrogant, but that is just a mask of the real man beneath. He is actually quite sensitive, lonely, he feels guilt ridden over what happened to his family and because of that he has closed of his heart to love, he thinks that if he allows someone in they will leave him in one way or another. He thinks all he is good for is fighting, which is far, far from the truth. He is a wonderful, passionate, stubborn, kind, sympathetic, loyal, sexy – and oh, my goodness is he sexy, or what? I was definitly swooning especially when he was chopping wood  😉 – but apart from sending me into a dithering mess, he just needs some love and kindness. (Me, me, me!! I’ll love him)

Which is where Ragnhild comes in, she and her sister are fleeing her brother-in-law who is all set on murdering both the sisters. To save herself and her sister from an unthinkable fate, she accepts the position to be the wife of a warrior who has now set himself up on a deserted island. She doesn’t know what to expect as she has never even laid eyes on the man, but she knows that this is their only chance. Their first meeting doesn’t exactly go well to begin with, he is so damn rude but she senses there is something beneath all that grumbling.

What I love about Ragnhild is that she isn’t what would be classed as beautiful, she’s not this frozen goddess with flowing blonde hair, she is a very an ordinary woman with scars and flaws. She is feisty, protective, loyal, strong, kind, caring, nurturing and has so much love bottled up just waiting to be unleashed on someone. But she has been through a lot, and because of her past she is highly self conscious, fragile, frightened and unaware just how remarkable she is. She is just a wonderfully real and relatable character, who I instantly connected with.

Reading this is like a feature length episode of Viking’s, all those glorious Viking warriors, history and superstition and they really were a superstitious lot, weren’t they? Intriguing, romantic, entertaining, alluring, enchanting, beautifully written and engaging are just a few terms to describes just how magical this book is. I love the how detailed it is from the traditional Viking Yule season to all the superstitions from lucky charms to catching the Nissar – you have to read the book to find out about that one. The character’s are beautifully created, the journey to their happily ever after is fraught with distrust, having to over come personal misgivings’ and learning to open their hearts to love. They are a compelling and courageous couple who really are the backbone of the story.

This is the perfect festive Viking romance, one which I cannot recommended enough.

This was a ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Michelle!

Sent as the Viking’s Bride is to be released on 27 December and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

#Review A Daughters Christmas Wish (Cornish Tales #4) by Victoria Cornwall (@VickieCornwall) #WW1Romance #Christmas #ADaughtersChristmasWish #CornishTales @ChocLitUK

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A Cornish Christmas wish sent across the ocean …

Christmas, Cornwall 1919

A promise to a fellow soldier leads Nicholas to Cornwall for Christmas, and to the teashop managed by Rose; the youngest daughter of a family whose festive spirit has been blighted by their wartime experiences. But as Nicholas strives to give Rose the best Christmas she could wish for, he begins to question whether his efforts are to honour his friend, or whether there is another reason…

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This is a beautiful book that captures a moment in history, that really emphasises the emotional suffering that gripped the country. Set after the great war , The Daughters Christmas Wish focusses on the aftermath of that horrendous war. The main character’s Rose and Nicholas have both lost and now trying to move on with their lives, which I think Ms Cornwall has portrayed beautifully, not that I’m surprised as she is a wonderfully skilful writer who can enchant and engage the reader from the very first page.

It’s 1919, the great war is finally over and people are attempting to move on and rebuild their lives after years of heartache and suffering. Nicholas is back home, after the war he couldn’t face returning home without his best friend so he re-enlisted for another year but now he is back to fulfil a promise he made to fellow soldier and fallen friend; Sam. That was to go back to home to Cornwall and give Sam’s fiancée; Rose the best Christmas she could ever wish for. I love the way he comes to make her Christmas special and how she wanted it, he took a poem that she wrote to Sam about Christmas and made every line of that poem reality for her. Which really is the most romantic thing that you have ever read and really shows just what an incredibly kind and honourable and gentle man Nicholas is. He too has been affected by his experiences from the war, those experiences have imprinted on him a sense of needing to over come loss.

Rose doesn’t really feel like celebrating Christmas, she is deeply unhappy, her whole life has completely changed, but not for the good. Rose and her family have all been scarred by the war, her brother Arthur and her fiancée Sam have both been killed on the front which has left her in a deeply unhappy state and that of her parent’s too, who have become grief stricken to the point that they are stuck in the darkness and forget about their daughter. My heart broke for Rose, she is clearly in pain, she is struggling and a bit lost, but she has an inner strength that makes her get up and put one foot in front of the other.

I loved this book, it’s a beautiful and poignant love story that is written with absolute care and sensitivity for the era and subject. The character’s are realistic to the time, they have a heart-breaking tender and sweetness about them that will make you fall in love with them. This is an emotional book that will have you reaching for the tissues and fill your heart with love and joy for the festive season.

I am in absolute love with this book, simply stunning!

This was an ARC via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Daughters Christmas Wish is available from Amazon.

#Review – Love and Lies at The Village Christmas Shop by Portia MacIntosh (@PortiaMacIntosh) #Blogtour #Christmas #Romance #LoveAndLiesAtTheVillageChristmasShop @HQDigitalUK

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I have the great pleasure to be the last stop on this great blog tour, and to be sharing my review of Love and Lies At The Village Christmas Shop by Portia MacIntosh.

Blast the Michael Bublé, wrap your hands around a cinnamon latte and enjoy this warm, hilarious Christmas novel!

Ivy loves Christmas. As owner of Christmas Every Day, the year-round festive store, you’d expect nothing less!

The only thing missing in Ivy’s life is a dash of romance – something her twin sister Holly will not let her forget…

When her mother passed away, Ivy vowed to take over the running of her mother’s store and keep the Christmas spirit alive in the idyllic seaside town of Marram Bay.

But all this changes when an enigmatic businessman moves to the town, threatening to bulldoze her beloved shop to make way for a holiday complex.

Can Ivy save her shop before Christmas? Could there be a different side to the newest resident of Marram Bay that would make all her Christmas wishes come true?

The brand-new laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from bestseller Portia Macintosh. Perfect for fans of Zara Stoneley and Tilly Tennant.

My View

Well this is splendid, what a great way to get yourself into the festive spirit! I will admit that this is ashamedly the first book I have read by Portia MacIntosh, where have I been to let this wonderful author pass me by? Anyway, I will definitely be seeking out more of Ms MacIntosh’s work because this was wonderful.

For Ivy there is nothing better in this world than Christmas, she loves it’s, breathes it and lives it everyday something that she shared with her dear late mother. So it will comes at no surprise that she runs a Christmas shop; ‘Christmas Everyday’ which used to belong to her mother. Situated in the little Yorkshire town of Marram, Ivy has vowed that she will always be here and run her mother’s shop as she would have wanted it to be run.

I really like Ivy, she gave up a lot for the Christmas shop and her family, she gave up a brilliant carer as a chef, everything she has done has been for the shop and her family. She is a glorified book worm, she is more than happy sitting quietly in a corner reading. She is by far one of the most selfless women, she has given up her dreams of being whisked of her feet by a handsome stranger, her entire life solely revolves around the shop and I for one can relate to her. At times Ivy was so real to me it was like reading about myself, I have never related to a character as much as I have Ivy she spoke to me on a level I have never experienced before, I understood her. This for me is what makes this book such a winner, Ms. MacIntosh has created this real and likeable young woman who is very normal. There are no airs and graces about Ivy she is a normal, working class young woman who is in need of a boost of self confidence.

But all is not fine in the shop, Ivy is struggling to get people through the door other then at Christmas. After all not everyone is like he and her late mother, some are like her Christmas hating twin sister; Holly. Honestly you never have though that these two completely different women were even related let alone, twin sisters, they are like chalk and cheese and in many ways I think people will relate to Holly just as much as Ivy. She believes that there is more to life then Christmas trees, decorations and carol singing and she worries that her sister has given too much for their mothers Christmas shop legacy, I can see her point of view too. When Ivy finds out that he land lord is selling the shop to a mysterious stranger who wants to turn her precious mothers shop into holiday lets she now must fight for her mother’s legacy and for herself, especially once she meets the very man who could change her whole life.

Seb and Ivy are such a cute couple, even though they are in competition there is a lot of flirting, giggles and good natured bantering between them. He is a sexy, confident and kind man who knows what he wants and will do what ever he can to get it, even though that does sounds as though he is ruthless, but to me I think it’s more the fact that he is a charmer and everyone falls under his spell.

I have to say that even though Seb is mightily attractive and a decent man, I was more drawn to the rough around the edges, heavily tattooed and a but scruffy Gaz, and it has nothing to do with the fact that as soon he appeared in the book I envisioned Tom Hardy, oh, alright it has more or less everything to do with that  😉 he’s a bit gruff, but there is something very enticing about him.

Love and Lies and the Village Christmas Shop is a light-hearted, witty and seasonally perfect romance. The plot is fun, easy to read and entertaining, there is a lot of laugh-out-loud moments to be had, especially from the witty banter from all character’s. The cast of character’s are each brilliant in their own way, each one has his/her own style and quirkiness that you will instantly love. Ms. MacIntosh’s writing is a real joy to read, there is a lot of passion for the story and the character’s that really comes through in the story.

An utterly charming and feel-good festive romance that will have you reaching for the hot chocolate and fluffy socks and settling in for the night.

This was an ARC copy via the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

Love and Lies and The Christmas Village Shop can be purchased from Amazon.