Monday, 18 June 2018

Valentina by Cristina Hodgson @HodgsonCristina #BlogTour @NeverlandBT #Giveaway #Review

Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be sharing my review for Valentina by Cristina Hodgson today. There is also a great giveaway to win a signed copy of Simply Anna by Cristina Hodgson. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book.

Chantelle Rose is back. She has lived a fairytale. But will she ever get her Happy Ever After?

To find true happiness, she must discover who Robbie and Lionel really are. Their past holds the key to her future.

Her quest follows a trail that takes her to the depths of the Pampas lands of Argentina.

There, the beautiful Valentina awaits – and holds the key.

But who is Valentina? What is the mystery surrounding her?

And why is she so important to both Robbie and Lionel?

Will Chantelle discover the truth? And, more importantly, will she discover her destiny and the fidelity in her own heart?

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After reading book one in the Chantelle Rose Series I was looking forward to seeing what would happen next in Chantelle's life. It's safe to say that there is plenty of drama that easily kept me entertained especially as things got even more confusing for Chantelle. I would probably suggest reading the first book in the series just so you get a better feeling for character history. However events from the first book are explained so don't worry too much if you start with this book. Chantelle is a complicated character with flaws but also has a real likeable side that makes you invested in her story. I loved the addition of Valentina to the book as it added an extra depth and it was lovely to see her story play out too.

There are a few surprises within the story to keep things interesting but what I probably enjoyed the most was finding out about Valentina's life. It was great to see this done via diary and letters which I thought was an interesting and effective way of getting her story across. The pacing of the book was really good and I ended up reading it over two evenings as I just had to see how things would turn out for Chantelle!

Valentina will take you on quite an adventure, there are secrets from the past and a few surprises all wrapped up in a fun and lively story! 

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for my copy.

Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport, reaching national and international level and still actively participates in Triathlon races and enjoys outdoor activities. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and writing. She won a sports scholarship to Boston College. After a period in Boston, she returned to the UK and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in PE and Sports Science.

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan @SarahMorgan_ #BlogTour @HQstories #Review

I'm thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan and sharing my review today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

This summer one family will discover that together, they can do anything.

Three generations of Stewart women, all with secrets to keep…
Matriarch Nancy knows she hasn't been the best mother but how can she ever tell her daughters the reason why? Lauren and Jenna are as close as two sisters can be and they made a pact years ago to keep a devastating secret from their mother – but is it time to come clean? Lauren's teenage daughter Mackenzie masks her own pain by keeping her mother at a distance. Her mother, aunt and grandmother keep trying to reach her but will it take a stranger to show her the true meaning of family?
When life changes in an instant, the Stewart women are thrown together for a summer and suddenly they must relearn how to be a family. And whilst unravelling their secrets might be their biggest challenge, it could also be their finest moment . . .

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Whenever I pick up a book by Sarah Morgan I can expect a story that will instantly pull me in along with getting to know some wonderful characters. How to Keep a Secret is a slight change in direction but what a charming and beautiful story it is. This book is told from four perspectives which I thought worked out so well especially as the characters were written with distinct and individual personalities. You have Nancy who is mother to Lauren and Jenna along with Lauren's daughter Mack. Now it's safe to say that they have a complicated relationship. Mainly due to the fact that there are some secrets that have simmered below the surface for quite some time. Although even the longest buried secrets have a way of being revealed and the reader gets to see the effects that this has on the Stewart family. The characters were developed brilliantly, sometimes when writing multiple characters along with different ages their personalities can be lost. However Sarah Morgan has created some balanced and well though out characters who truly shine.

I was well and truly wrapped up in this story and loved how the little details were revealed creating a slight tension within the story. I couldn't wait to discover all the secrets that this family have struggled to hold onto. There is romance in this book but it isn't the sole focus however it was written in such a stunning and wonderful way it enhances the overall story into something truly captivating!

How to Keep a Secret is about love, family and relationships all beautifully and expertly written by Sarah Morgan. There is a real warmth to the story showing both the ups and downs of life. 

Five stars from me!

With thanks to Isabel at HQ for my copy. 

Thursday, 14 June 2018

A Posy of Promises by Sharon Dempsey @svjdempz #BlogBlitz @bombshellpub #Review

I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog blitz for A Posy of Promises by Sharon Dempsey and today I will be sharing my review. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

What happens when the relationship you have taken for granted suddenly ends?
Ava Connors is comfortable with her life just as it is, still living in the tiny terrace house where she was brought up by her grandmother, Maggie, seeing her long-term boyfriend, Finlay, and working in a florists.

But Maggie’s health is declining and Finlay is fed up waiting for Ava to make a commitment.

Ava has never really known her mother, Scarlett, and when she inherits an old and dilapidated house it ignites an interest in the mother who had abandoned her as a child.

Why did Scarlett leave her to be brought up by her grandmother? 

Soon Ava begins to ask this question and in turn sets off a series of events that will change her life forever.

A Posy of Promises looks at the relationships we have and the questions we ask of those we love.

Sharon Dempsey has a lovely descriptive writing style that easily sets the scene making sure the reader feels a part of the story. In this story Ava has to contend with quite a few things especially as her once cosy life changes dramatically. From a relationship breaking down, secrets from the past resurfacing and the health of her gran in decline just being a few situations.

With lots of family drama, friendships and a dash of romance A Posy of Promises certainly entertains. It is a relatively short story but I loved how Ava basically came to life as the story progressed. Ava is instantly likeable and even though she isn't necessarily the most adventurous I easily became attached to her character. I also enjoyed her friendship with Niamh it was a great contrast to have as they were pretty much opposites in personality!

There is a warmth to the story that shines through as I got to know Ava and discover her past. It felt like I just got a taster of her life and I would be interested to see what happens next! 

Perfect for grabbing a cup of tea and maybe even some chocolate A Posy of Promises will keep you entertained with warmth, love and friendships!

Four stars from me!

 With thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for my copy.

A Posy of Promises is Sharon Dempsey’s first contemporary women’s fiction novel.

She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges, and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre. She is a creative writing tutor at Queen’s University and Stranmillis College. Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University, and undertook a newspaper journalism post grad at City University, London.  She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times.

Sharon is working on the follow up to Little Bird and a collection of
dark short stories.

A Posy of Promises is the first in a trilogy.
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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The Road Trip by Susanne O'Leary @susl #BlogTour @bookouture #Review

Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The Road Trip by Susanne O'Leary and sharing my review today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

An absolutely HILARIOUS, unputdownable summer read about two best friends who pack their bags for the trip of a lifetime, and promise to start living life to the fullest.

Maddy and Leanne are in need of a miracle. 

Maddy can’t bear to wash another pair of her husband’s Y-fronts and if he continues to drone on about golf she might just scream.

Leanne can’t stand living with her overbearing mother for a second longer and she’s one disapproving eye roll away from a nervous breakdown.

But their luck changes when they win the lottery.

Setting off from Dublin, Maddy and Leanne lease a red convertible, winding through Europe and heading for the sun-drenched French Riviera.

But the pair have their own reasons for their adventure. Maddy has never forgotten her summer romance of twenty years ago with a gorgeous Frenchman and Leanne plans to track down the father who abandoned her as a child.

Amongst glorious sunsets and buckets of bubbly, Leanne and Maddy are searching for answers after years of wondering ‘what if?’  But there might just be some surprises in store along the way…

A hilarious and heartwarming story about friendship, living life to the full and making the most of every moment. Fans of Fiona Gibson, Carole Matthews and Lucy Diamond will adore this uplifting, fun-filled read. 

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Haven’t we all had one of those days or even weeks of feeling the need for change, excitement or just some fun. Well The Road Trip gives us a story about suddenly being able to forget your troubles and set off on an adventure. It’s a perfect form of escape from your daily routine and I loved how it showed both the good and the bad.

The characters of Maddy and Leanne provided lots of entertainment it was great how they were different in personalities but so similar in needing to escape even for a short time. They weren’t perfect and had their flaws but I felt that this was more realistic after all no one is perfect.  It was so easy to get pulled along in the adventure that Maddy and Leanne embark on. There was also a deeper theme of finding yourself after losing sight of things as everyday life gets in the way. I was constantly smiling at some of their antics and before I knew it I was nearing the end of such an entertaining and lively story. The Road Trip managed to have a good balance of fun and spontaneous moments but also showed a more realistic view of life too. Especially the fact that sometimes we can have certain hopes and dreams which may never happen but we might also find a better dream along the way!

I ended up finishing this book over one evening, now I just need to know what is in store for Maddy and Leanne next.

Fun, warm and uplifting – A perfect summer story!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Kim at Bookouture for my copy.

 Susanne O'Leary is the bestselling author of fifteen novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre. She has also written three crime novels and two in the historical fiction genre. She has been the wife of a diplomat (still is), a fitness teacher and a translator. She now writes full-time from either of two locations, a ramshackle house in County Tipperary, Ireland or a little cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Dingle, County Kerry. When she is not scaling the mountains of said counties (including MacGillycuddy's Reeks, featured in Full Irish), or keeping fit in the local gym, she keeps writing, producing a book every six months.

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Thursday, 7 June 2018

The Doomsday Girl by Dave Stanton @DanRenoNovels #BlogBlitz @Bloodhoundbook #Review

I'm delighted to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour for The Doomsday Girl by Dave Stanton. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

 Melanie Jordan's life seemed perfect. Until masked intruders arrive at her house, demanding gold she doesn't have. A savage blow to the head puts her in a coma and when Melanie regains consciousness, she learns her husband has been murdered and her ten-year-old daughter is missing.

Private Eye Dan Reno begins investigating, but nothing about the case makes sense. Was there gold at the house or wasn't there? Was Melanie's husband hiding something? And what happened to Melanie's daughter?  

To complicate things, the case leads to Las Vegas, where Reno's loose-cannon friend, Cody Gibbons, is trying to repair his relationship with his college-aged daughter, an intern with Las Vegas P.D.  

When clues implicate Russian mobsters and a mysterious African illegal, Reno tries to stay in the shadows, but once the criminals feel the noose tightening, they raise the stakes to a deadly level.

As with all the books in this series The Doomsday Girl can be read as a standalone although as with any series to get full character history you might be better starting at the beginning. I can definitely recommend this series every book is action packed with the added bonus of two brilliant characters in Dan and Cody!

In this story Dan is hired to discover the truth behind an assault, murder and disappearance and it's safe to say he has his work cut out for him. I liked the fact that I was kept guessing as to what the motives were for the crime. Melanie's character added something a little different to this book and it was great to play detective and see if I could put the clues together. The locations used in this series are perfect as I love some of the calm and serene places shown but you also get to see what lurks underneath. In this story Las Vegas is one of the settings and you can really get a feel for the darker more unsavoury parts of this city.

As ever there is plenty of action and thrills especially when Cody gets involved, together Dan and Cody make an amazing team and I love how attached to them I have become. I loved the addition of Abbey she was bright and determined and was basically a chip off the old block! The pacing of this story is really balanced with an attention to detail at times, then at other points in the story it is gripping and fast paced which makes for a very compelling story. I really hope there will be more from Dan and Cody!

The Doomsday Girl has surprises and an action packed plot guaranteed to keep you reading until the very last page! 

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for my copy.

 Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.
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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Her Secret by Kelly Florentia @kellyflorentia @urbanebooks #Review

 ARC received from author and publisher.

After being in a long-term relationship for eight years, Audrey Fox never thought she'd tie the knot. But at the age of forty-two, fate throws her a lifeline and she finally has it all - a loving husband, successful career, beautiful family and loyal friends. Life couldn't be better for Audrey ... until a family member entrusts her with a secret that threatens trouble in paradise.
Lying to her new husband definitely wasn't on the cards when Audrey took her vows, but now she feels there's no other choice. She either keeps the secret or risks hurting the people that she loves. And then just when the dust seems to settle, an old flame turns up and creates a storm that could bring her world crashing down ...
Unable to discuss her dilemma with her significant friends Louise and Tina, or sister-in-law Vicky, the cracks begin to show. Torn between her husband and the people she's known and loved for years, Audrey's perfect life begins to spiral out of control. Where do her loyalties lie and whom can she trust? Because there's no smoke without fire and everyone has secrets ... don't they?

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I love to be surprised when reading and Her Secret was perfect at providing those moments. After reading No Way Back and loving Audrey's character I couldn't wait to catch up with her in this book. I will point out that Her Secret equally works well as a standalone however to truly benefit from the characters history it may be best to start with book one. 

So as this book begins everything seems calm and peaceful in Audrey's life but before long she is caught in yet another tangled web with a certain secret causing all sorts of trouble. It really is an addictive story and before I knew it I was half way through and in absolutely no rush to put it down. Kelly Florentia has created a fabulous character in Audrey and even though she has her flaws (don't we all) I love her personality. With a good mix of characters who will have you feeling a range of emotions from love to hate. They all bring something to the story whether it be shocks or smiles.

Things get pretty complicated for Audrey but I absolutely loved all of the twists and turns along with feeling sorry for her and the way things kept spiralling. With a wonderful mix of drama, love and friendships this story is a truly addictive tale. Kelly Florentia excels at writing a story filled with secrets and surprises along with the creation of a complex and compelling set of characters!

Five stars from me!

With thanks to Kelly Florentia and Urbane for my copy.

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I’ve always enjoyed writing and was a bit of a poet when I was younger. I’ve still got some of my poems stuffed in a drawer somewhere! I’m a north London girl. I was born and raised in the area, where I continue to live with my husband Joe, and where my novels Her SecretNo Way Back, and The Magic Touch are set.
My love affair with writing fiction began when I sold my first story to Best magazine many years ago. The publication gave me a huge boost and turned me into a keen short story writer. My shorts stories have now been published in women’s magazines worldwide and have been featured in several charity anthologies. My short story collection To Tell a Tale or Two is available to download from Amazon.
I usually write at my desktop in my office but, being a massive coffee lover, I’ll often be found in a local cafĂ© editing over an Americano or two, especially when I’m working on a story. Yes, it can get quite busy and noisy in my local coffee shop, but I find that I can switch off from the surrounding noise once I’m involved in a plot, and I seem to get more work done when I’m away from home distractions.
In between writing, I edit, proofread, and beta read manuscripts for authors and publishers. I also create marketing material (posters and video clips) for promoting books on social media. Please feel free to contact me for more details about these services.
When I’m not busy working, I enjoy reading, listening to music (almost every single day!), running (I often take part in charity runs), drinking coffee, watching TV dramas, and spending way too much time on social media.
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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Rubicon by Ian Patrick @IPatrick_Author #BlogTour @damppebbles @fahrenheitpress #Review

Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Rubicon by Ian Patrick. Today I will be sharing my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

Two cops, both on different sides of the law – both with the same gangland boss in their sights.

Sam Batford is an undercover officer with the Metropolitan Police who will stop at nothing to get his hands on fearsome crime-lord Vincenzo Guardino’s drug supply.

DCI Klara Winter runs a team on the National Crime Agency, she’s also chasing down Guardino, but unlike Sam Batford she’s determined to bring the gangster to justice and get his drugs off the streets.

Set in a time of austerity and police cuts where opportunities for corruption are rife, Rubicon is a tense, dark thriller that is definitely not for the faint hearted.

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You know you have found a story with an addictive plot when you find yourself staying up late reading and unwilling to put it down. The characters in this book are brilliantly flawed which I loved. Sam is such a interesting character and I enjoyed the matter of fact way his story is told. The way he gets into scrapes and plenty of dangerous situations makes for a darkly entertaining story. Then you have Klara who is pretty much the opposite to Sam which was a great contrast. I have to say that their first meeting had me smiling away. I found the log that Klara keeps was a great way of telling her story especially revealing her real thoughts.

Ian Patrick has a descriptive writing style that easily sets the scene which pulled me into the story even more. Now it is quite a dark story at times but I guess this just makes it all the more intriguing. There are some thrilling moments which easily gives a darker edge to this crime story. With Sam blurring the edges where his job is concerned you get a freedom for the story to go in any direction it chooses and I loved the surprises this brought.

Addictive and fast paced!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Emma and Fahrenheit Press for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion

Educated in Nottingham, Ian left school at sixteen. After three years in the Civil Service he moved to London for a career in the Metropolitan Police.

He spent twenty-seven years as a police officer, the majority as a detective within the Specialist Operations Command. A career in policing is a career in writing. Ian has been used to carrying a book and pen and making notes.

Now retired, the need to write didn’t leave and evolved into fiction.

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