Friday, 23 February 2018

The Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies @EmDaviesAuthor #BlogTour @bookouture #Review



I'm thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies and sharing my review today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...




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There’s blossom in the trees and daffodils as far as the eye can see. Maddie is looking forward to a fresh start in the countryside, but there’s just one little problem…

Following a scandal at her high-flying PR agency, twenty-six-year-old Maddie flees London to help promote what she thinks is going to be a luxurious holiday retreat in the countryside. Everything is riding on her making a success of this new job…

Yet when she arrives, Maddie is horrified to find a rundown old farm in a terrible state. The brooding and secretive owner, Seth, spent all his money on leasing the land when he fell in love with the beautiful, dishevelled farm cottages and the very romantic story behind them.

When Maddie discovers an old oil painting by the original owner’s wife, she unlocks the secret of the farm’s history and quickly realises she must start getting her hands dirty if this very special place is going to have any chance of survival. As she and Seth begin working together, the stunning view from the top of the hill is not the only thing that’s leaving her breathless…

After weeks of hard work the dream looks like it might become a reality, until a secret from Maddie’s past threatens to snatch it all away again. Can Maddie find a way to save the business and herself? Will she finally find a place to keep her heart within the crumbling walls of the little cottage on the hill?

Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson who are looking to escape to the countryside and fall in love watching the seasons change.


When we first meet Maddie and Seth it really isn't the best of first impressions mainly because they are both so stubborn and definitely have their own ideas! They clash and I was left wondering how things would work out with them working together. Both have their ideas and want to do things their own way but can they both put aside their differences?

The story moves quickly and I easily fell in love with the rundown farm that is in need of care and renovation. The Little Cottage on the Hill has a lovely charm that pulled me right into the characters lives and to the story itself. There is a little bit of mystery to the story along with the character's backgrounds that made me invested in discovering all about them.

Emma Davies has written a lovely descriptive story that just made me feel as if I was right there on the farm with everyone. The characters were developed well and I loved seeing Joy's Acre slowly come together with a lot of hard work of course but seeing everyone working so hard as a team was so lovely to see.

The Little Cottage on the Hill is a wonderfully heartwarming story filled with love and friendship that is guaranteed to make you smile!

Four stars from me!


With thanks to Kim at Bookouture for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.






After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: 'I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.' Well the job in the design studio didn't work out but she's now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It's a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea. 

Pop over to her website www.emmadaviesauthor.com where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also wave to her on twitter @EmDaviesAuthor or find her on Facebook (a little too often than is good for her).

A Spell in the Country by Heide Goody and Iain Grant @HeideGoody @IainMGrant #BlogTour @rararesources #Review


I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for A Spell in the Country by Heide Goody and Iain Grant. Today I will be sharing my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...




“Dee is a Good Witch but she wonders if she could be a better witch.
She wonders if there’s more to life than Disney movie marathons, eating a whole box of chocolates for dinner and brewing up potions in her bathtub. So when she’s offered a chance to go on a personal development course in the English countryside, she packs her bags, says goodbye to the Shelter for Unloved Animals charity shop and sets a course for self-improvement.

Caroline isn’t just a Good Witch, she’s a fricking awesome witch.
She likes to find the easy path through life: what her good looks can’t get for her, a few magic charms can. But she’s bored of being a waitress and needs something different in her life. So when a one night stand offers her a place on an all-expenses-paid residential course in a big old country house, she figures she’s got nothing to lose.

Jenny is a Wicked Witch. She just wishes she wasn’t.
On her fifteenth birthday, she got her first wart, her own imp and a Celine Dion CD. She still has the imp. She also has a barely controllable urge to eat human children which is socially awkward to say the least and not made any easier when a teenager on the run turns to her for help. With gangsters and bent cops on their trail, Jenny needs to find a place outside the city where they can lay low for a while.

For very different reasons, three very different witches end up on the same training course and land in a whole lot of trouble when they discover that there’s a reason why their free country break sounds too good to be true. Foul-mouthed imps, wererats, naked gardeners, tree monsters, ghosts and stampeding donkeys abound in a tale about discovering your inner witch.”

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After reading the description for this book I couldn't wait to start reading and see where this story would take me. It really is like a whirlwind that picked me up and took me on quite a journey with Dee, Caroline and Jenny. There is a brilliant humour throughout that made me giggle and smile with the antics of this group of witches. A special mention has to go to Jizzimus as he was just hilarious, I loved him especially with his brilliant one liners. There are quite a few characters in the story but each one had a certain special type of personality that guarantees you will remember them.   

I had no idea what would happen next and to be honest it was so refreshing to just sit back and enjoy whatever was in store next. With a story that moves at a good pace sending the reader on a fun filled adventure. If you love magic, witches and funny but inappropriate imps then this story is definitely the one for you.

A Spell in the Country is fun, quirky and held my attention all the way through!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.





Heide Goody is the stupid one in the writing partnership and Iain Grant is the sensible one. Together, they are the authors of seven novels, two short story collections and a novella.

The ‘Clovenhoof’ series (in which Satan loses his job and has to move to Birmingham) has recently been optioned by a Hollywood production company. Their latest novel, Oddjobs 2: this time it’s personnel, was published in August 2017.

Heide and Iain are both married, but not to each other.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Clovenhoof-Books-285544508177333/
Website: http://www.pigeonparkpress.com/
Twitter: @HeideGoody and @IainMGrant

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Living in the Past by Jane Lovering @janelovering #BlogTour @rararesources #Review



Thank you for stopping by I'm thrilled to be sharing my review for Living in the Past by Jane Lovering as part of the blog tour today. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...





Do you ever wish you could turn back time?

Grace Nicholls has a few reasons for wanting to turn back the clock … although an archaeological dig at a Bronze Age settlement on the Yorkshire moors is not what she had in mind. But encouraged by her best friend Tabitha, that’s exactly where she finds herself.

Professor Duncan McDonald is the site director and his earnest pursuit of digging up the past makes him appear distant and unreachable. But when a woman on the site goes missing, it seems that his own past might be coming back to haunt him once again.

As they dig deeper, Duncan and Grace get more than they bargained for – and come to realise that the past is much closer than either of them ever imagined …

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I really didn't know what to expect when I first started reading Living in the Past but after a couple of chapters I was hooked. I enjoyed everything from the story to the characters it all just worked so well together. Jane Lovering brought this story to life with some fantastic descriptions of the archaeological dig and the friendships and romance that feature in the book. I have to admit that I'm really trying to be vague about the plot as I would hate to ruin the surprises that feature in this story.

Grace has such a sad back story but she is also a resilient and likeable person that made me instantly take to her character. Duncan and Grace make such a great pairing but the question is will there be any romance? I loved Duncan's gruff personality and as the story develops you also see how his past still affects his life. There is humour in their interactions that always had me smiling!

The story moves at a really good pace and is perfect for reading over a couple of evenings or on a lazy afternoon. There are lots of themes coming together in this story that just made it so engaging. Living in the Past has a brilliant mystery, a dash of romance then add in some history to the mix which creates a perfect combination! 

Five stars from me!

With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy. This s my honest and unbiased opinion.



Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats and two dogs of variable sanity. She works in a local supermarket and also teaches creative writing. Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a first-class honours degree in creative writing.

Jane writes comedies which are often described as ‘quirky’. Her debut, Please don’t stop the music, won the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year and the Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Awards from the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Jane’s novels include: Please don’t stop the music, Star Struck, Hubble Bubble, Vampire State of Mind, Falling Apart, How I Wonder What You Are, I Don’t Want to Talk About It, Can’t Buy Me Love and Little Teashop of Horrors and Living in the Past.



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Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal by Lara Temple @laratemple1 #BlogTour @rararesources #Review



I'm delighted to be one of the blogs starting off a brand new blog tour for Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal by Lara Temple. I will be sharing my review today and there is also a fab giveaway to enter. First of all though lets take a look at the description for the book...



“Women either ran from Lord Ravenscar or ran to him.”

A Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies story

Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, is furious when unconventional heiress Lily Wallace refuses him purchase of her property. He can’t even win her over with his infamous charm. But when fever seizes him and they’re trapped together, horrified, Alan realizes Lily’s attentions will compromise them both! His solution: take Lily as his betrothed before desire consumes them completely…

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After reading book one in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies series I couldn't wait to pick up book two. Even though this book is part of a series I would easily class it as a standalone. In this story we meet Alan and Lily who I couldn't help but love. Alan is determined to purchase a property that Lily is reluctant to sell but there is so much more to this story with themes of loss, family and of course love. The sparks really flew when these two clashed and it made me whip through this story even more quickly.

This truly is the perfect romance to be swept away with, I couldn't help but smile pretty much all the way through as Alan and Lily struggle to contain the simmering attraction between them. Lara Temple has created some wonderful characters that make you root for them right from the very beginning. In Alan you have someone who appears at first glance to be a typical rake and full of charm but slowly but surely the layers are revealed and show a much deeper vulnerability that made his character so much more loveable. The same can be said for Lily she is strong willed but as you find out her back story there is more to her personality too and I was hoping that things would work out perfectly in the end. Their interactions are lively and entertaining providing some lighter moments that just made this book so much fun.

Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal is a truly charming story with romance, passion and two wonderful characters.

Five stars from me!

With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.





Lara Temple writes strong, sexy regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. Her fifth book with Harlequin Mills & Boon, 'Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal,' will be published in March 2018, and is the second in her Wild Lords series. Her four previous books are: Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress, The Duke’s Unexpected Bride, The Reluctant Viscount, and Lord Crayle’s Secret World.

When she was fifteen Lara found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later she emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Regency Romance but it took three decades of various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech before she returned to her first love.

Lara lives with her husband and two children who are very good about her taking over the kitchen table for her writing (so she can look out over the garden and dream). She loves to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and read as many books as possible. She recently went looking for that crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LaraTemple



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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Scent of Guilt by Tony J Forder @TonyJForder #BlogBlitz @Bloodhoundbook #Review


Thank you for stopping by today I'm thrilled to be sharing my review for The Scent of Guilt by Tony J Forder as part of the blog blitz today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...


Twelve years after he left Peterborough under a cloud, DI Bliss returns to the city and the major crimes team. Having spent years policing organised crime, Bliss is plunged straight into the heart of a serial murder investigation.

Meanwhile, Penny Chandler has been promoted to DS and has been working in London on the Met’s sexual crimes team. But when two rapes are reported on her old patch in Peterborough, Chandler volunteers to interview the victims.

Chandler joins the hunt for the attacker and soon notices a possible link between the rapes and Bliss’s murder investigation. Could the same man be responsible?

Just as both cases seem to stall, a call comes in from an ex-policeman who knows of unsolved cases in the USA with a similar MO. Bliss finds himself travelling to California to hunt for a killer whose reach may have stretched further than anyone could possibly imagine.

But in order to catch the murderer, Bliss must discover the killer’s motive. A motive which should have remained buried in the past…
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First of all I have to mention that The Scent of Guilt is the second book in a series however I still managed to read this story without confusion. As with all series to get the full character history I guess it could be a good idea to start at the beginning though. 

I really enjoyed how the book focuses on the investigation, completely pulling me in but there was also the odd part of the story told from the point of view of the killer. This provided an extra chilling edge to an already dark story! The case is very intriguing and left me wondering what would happen next along with a trip to America that brought up some really interesting questions. The pace of this book for me was pretty great there was always something happening to keep the momentum going.

The characters of Chandler and Bliss are engaging and I enjoyed the interactions between them, they just worked so well together! Both characters develop brilliantly throughout the book and I think Tony J Forder has created some believable and thoughtful characters. Bliss has his flaws but his determination to crack the case makes for a gripping read. Then partner him with Chandler and they really made the story shine.

There are dark themes within the story but it felt as if it was handled sensitively and wasn't overly graphic but dealt more in the feelings of the victims and family members.

There are some thrilling twists in this story along with tense and dark situations that had me gripped throughout.


Five stars from me!

With thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.








Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Bad to the Bone, the first in a series featuring DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler. The sequel, The Scent of Guilt, is available from 17 February 2018. A third book in the series is currently in progress.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross and Matt Hilton.

Some years ago, Tony won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books. The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale. It was the start of Tony’s publishing journey.



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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare @TessaDare #BlogTour @MillsandBoon #Review

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Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be sharing my review of The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare as part of the blog tour today. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...





'I am a Duke. I’m not asking you to marry me. I am offering to marry you. It’s a different thing entirely.’
When the Duke of Ashbury returns from war scarred, he realises he needs an heir – which means he needs a wife! When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress visits wearing a wedding dress, he decides on the spot that she'll do.
His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she's pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.
But Emma is no pushover. She has secrets and some rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she's seen the man beneath the scars, he can't stop her from falling in love…
When a girl meets a Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…


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As soon as a copy of The Duchess Deal arrived I couldn't wait to read it, from the cover to the description I was definitely intrigued. It's safe to say that I have a weakness for historical romance I just love the way that I can be transported to another time full of romance and charm.

Straight away there is a playfulness between the characters that made me smile, Ash and Emma spark off each other wonderfully. There is a lot of heart within the story too as both characters have had difficult pasts, Ash in particular. Ash is strong but with a vulnerability that made you feel for him. As the book progresses his charm shines through as more depth to his character is revealed. After a while I couldn't help but like him even when he was being bad tempered. Emma is not some damsel in distress and has worked hard to provide for herself, she had a wonderful sense of humour and wasn't scared to try and stand up to Ash which is what he needed. There was definitely a scorching chemistry between Emma and Ash that they just couldn't contain. I also really enjoyed the range of quirky characters within this story and I would love to find out more about them maybe for them to even have their own stories? I loved the little side plot with Trevor it gave a fun and light hearted feel to the story which made the perfect addition.

I found myself reading this story in one sitting it's perfect for losing yourself in. The Duchess Deal has humour, romance and some sizzling scenes, it really is a fabulous escape from every day life!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Joe Thomas at HQ and Mills & Boon for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.