Tuesday, 20 February 2018

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

ARC received from publisher

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.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Next To Die by T J Brearton @BreartonTJ #BlogTour @bookouture #Review

I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog blitz for Next To Die by T.J. Brearton. I will be sharing my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

Author:           TJ Brearton

Book:               Next To Die 
Publication Day:  February 16th 2018 

Bobbi caught a glimpse of the car, saw the blood splashed across the front seats, and felt the nausea rise up. It should have been her who was working last night, not Harriet. It should have been her.

When a social worker is brutally murdered, Detectives Mike Nelson and Lena Overton are straight on the scene. But with a long list of potential suspects, can they work out who’s next before the killer strikes again?

It’s Lake Haven’s first murder in eighteen years, and the community is terrified – especially Bobbi, who was not only supposed to be on duty that night, but also has the same long dark hair as Harriet and drives the same blue car. Now Bobbi lives in constant fear that the murderer will be back for her

When Mike and Lena make a link to a missing-persons case and uncover a wide-spread grudge against social services, they know they’re close to uncovering the killer – but can they connect the last few dots and stop him before he takes another victim?

An addictive, page-turning thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end. If you love Robert Dugoni, John Sandford or Karin Slaughter, Next to Die is for you.

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 Amazon Link: myBook.to/NTDSocial

The opening to this story will definitely grab your attention and leave you wondering what will happen next and of course who is next to die. The plot isn't necessarily the most fast paced however I enjoyed how T.J. Brearton built up the characters. This way of writing the story made them more realistic and gave the reader an added connection to them. Next To Die had a good balance showing the investigation carried out by Mike and Lena but also the social services side with Bobbi. Seeing how all three go about their lives during the case and showing all the twists and turns unfold.

The story moves steadily and pulled me into the characters lives as the tension mounts towards a really thrilling conclusion. There is a little bit of romance which was interesting to see play out. As usual I tried playing detective but failed miserably! Even though it's fun to try and figure things out it's also just as worthwhile sitting back and enjoying the story come together. T.J. Brearton did a great job of keeping me on my toes as I was never too sure as to what would happen next.

Four stars from me!

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

T.J. Brearton is the author of thirteen published novels of crime fiction, including detective thrillers, police procedurals, psychological suspense, and one paranormal crime story. His eBooks have been best-sellers on the Amazon kindle fiction Top 100 list. He lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and three children where he writes full time.

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Stateline by Dave Stanton @DanRenoNovels #BlogBlitz @Bloodhoundbook #Review

I'm delighted to be sharing my review for Stateline by Dave Stanton as part of the blog blitz today. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

Cancel the wedding. The groom is dead.

When a tycoon’s son is murdered the night before his wedding, the grief-stricken father offers private detective Dan Reno a life-changing bounty to find the killer.

Reno, who is nearly broke, decides he’s finally found himself in the right place at the right time. But when a band of crooked cops get involved, Reno finds himself fighting for his life.

Who committed the murder, and why? Which cops can he trust, if any?
Haunted by his murdered father and a violent past, Reno wants no more blood on his hands. But a man’s got to make a living, and backing off is not in his DNA.
Traversing the snowy alpine winter in the Sierras and the lonely deserts of Nevada, Reno must revert to his old ways to survive. Because the bounty won’t do him much good if he’s dead.

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Stateline is such an interesting story with an equally intriguing main character  in Dan Reno. He isn't perfect and definitely has his flaws but I guess this just makes the story all the more entertaining. Reno is trying to sort his life out and when he is offered the chance to earn some serious money looking for a murderer he decides to take it. However this just sets him on a very dangerous and twisty path. Reno is reckless at times but this definitely helps ramp up the tension.

There is a lot going on in this story such a corruption, murder and drugs but it all unfolds in a way that provides some pretty tense moments too. The story takes place in a few different locations but I felt this helped keep the momentum of the story up. I'm looking forward to seeing what is in store for Dan Reno in the next book.

Gritty and dark from start to finish!

Four stars from me!

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

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.
Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

Friday, 16 February 2018

A Falling Friend and A Forsaken Friend by @SueF_Writer and @wordfocus @rararesources #Giveaway #CoverReveal

Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be sharing not just one cover reveal today but a double cover reveal! That's not all there is a lovely giveaway to enter too.

So what are we waiting for let's take a look at the covers for A Falling Friend and A Forsaken Friend by Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape...

So what do you think?

Let's take a look at the descriptions for both books...


There are two sides to every friendship.

After spending her twenties sailing the globe, making love on fine white sand, and thinking only of today, Teri Meyer returns to Yorkshire – and back into the life of childhood friend Lee. Plus, there’s the new job, new man – or three – and the guaranteed lump sum of a bursary for her academic research piece on the way. Life is first-rate.  

 What could possibly go wrong?

Going out on a limb to get best friend Teri a job at the same university seemed like a great idea. But it doesn’t take long for Lee Harper to notice a pattern. Teri seems to attract trouble, or maybe she creates it, and Lee can see exactly where things are spiralling – downwards. But Teri’s not the sort to heed a warning, so Lee has no choice but to stand by and watch.

And besides, she has her own life to straighten out.

For fans of BRIDGET JONES, this ‘witty’ chick lit has been described as a ‘rollicking good read’ and is the first in the FRIENDS trilogy following the lives of two thirty-something women, who, despite their close friendship, don’t always see eye-to-eye.


No-one said friendship was easy. 

Things can’t get much worse for Teri Meyer. If losing her job at the university and the regular allowance from her dad’s factory isn’t bad enough, now her ex-best friend has gone and stolen her ex-husband! Well, to hell with them all. A few weeks in the countryside at her brother’s smallholding should do the trick – and the gorgeous and god-like neighbour might help.

But then there’s Declan, not to mention Duck’s Arse back in Yorkshire...

It’s not as if Lee Harper set out to fall in love with her best friend’s ex-husband. But, for once, her love life is looking up – except for all the elephants in the room, not to mention Mammy’s opinion on her dating a twice-divorced man. Perhaps things aren’t as rosy as she first thought. And now with one family crisis after another, Lee’s juggling more roles – and emotions – than she ever imagined.
Maybe sharing her life with a man wasn’t such a grand idea. 

The FRIENDS trilogy continues in this heartwarming and hilarious hoot as two best friends navigate men, careers, family and rock bottom in this brilliant sequel to A FALLING FRIEND.

Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape are both former newspaper journalists with extensive experience of working for national and regional papers and magazines, and in public relations.

More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism – Sue at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity University.

The pair, who have been friends for 25 years, wrote two successful journalism text books together – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction (both published by Sage).

Their debut novel, A Falling Friend, published by Lakewater Press, has been followed by a second book, A Failing Friend, in their Friends trilogy.

Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, loves reading, writing and Nordic walking in the beautiful countryside near her Yorkshire home.

Susan is married and lives in a village near Leeds, and, when not writing, loves walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. She is also a member of a local ukulele orchestra.

They blog about books at https://bookloversbooklist.com/

You can find both Sue and Susan on Twitter: @SueF_Writer and @wordfocus



One winner will receive an e-book of A FALLING FRIEND and an e-ARC of A FORSAKEN FRIEND as well as wine voucher!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Vicky & Lizzie's First Period by Andrew Mackay @Andrew_CVB #PublicationDay @rararesources #extract

Thank you for stopping by I have something a little different today and it's celebrating the publication day for Vicky & Lizzie's First Period by Andrew Mackay. I will be sharing an extract from Chapter one and also a song from the book too. 

First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

Vicky & Lizzie's First Period

Bloody Hell!

All together now…
There were two girls called Vicky & Lizzie
Who kept the Academy busy
Causing trouble and mirth
For all they were worth
Sending teachers right into a tizzy

They kicked-off a false, nasty rumour
That one of the staff was a groomer
For everyone knows
Gossip spreads out and grows
But the school didn’t quite see the humour

Would Vicky & Lizzie regret
All the damage they caused? Nah, not yet
Scheming, conniving
The girls kept on vying
A dangerous precedent was set

Vicky & Lizzie delivered a blitz
On a school at the end of its wits
Did they care? Did they f**k
They were common as muck
Those nasty, vindictive young s#!ts

This might cause upset and uproar
It’s a musical satire, what’s more
For the first time ever
We promise you’ve never
Read anything like this before

So pick up your copy today
Of a story about which you will say
That I wanted to barf
But so hard I did laugh
Vicky & Lizzie have just made my day!

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Lizzie slammed her rucksack on the wall outside the school. A torrent of students poured around them, making their way into the grounds.
Vicky pulled out her mobile phone and looked at the screen. ‘It’s only eight-twenty. We’re well early. How much did we get?’
Lizzie held up her hand and counted the gold and silver metal in her palm.
‘Dunno, hard to tell, I need to count it. Looks like about fifteen quid.’
‘It’s not enough, man,’ Vicky slapped Lizzie on the back. The brunette nearly dropped the coins to the floor. ‘We need to rake in some more cash.’
‘Be careful!’
The school buzzer blasted around the school ground entrance. Vicky looked over at the stone fountain that sat in the patio grounds. ‘Got any stuff left?’
‘Yeah, loads,’ Lizzie pocketed the coins and emptied the contents of her shirt into the rucksack. ‘Got all these fanny pads I stole, too.’
‘What are we gonna do with those, man?’
‘Dunno, yet.’ Lizzie zipped up her rucksack. She was about to lift it over her shoulders when a handsome young boy and his friend came into view.
Time seemed to slow down. The taller of the two boys, Jonnie Barron, shot Lizzie a shit-eating grin as they approached.
‘Hey, Jonnie,’ Lizzie said, fluttering her eyelashes at him.
Jonnie snorted and bopped his little bespectacled friend, Sam, on the shoulder. ‘Yeah, whatever.’
‘Have a good weekend?’
‘Yeah, mate,’ Jonnie chuckled. ‘Spent it wanking over your Skullbook photos, didn’t I?’
‘What?’ Lizzie gasped as Vicky burst out laughing. ‘That’s gross, man!’
‘Go fuck your Dad.’
Lizzie liked Jonnie, and made damn sure he knew that she didn’t appreciate his rude remark. Jonnie made amends.
‘I’m sorry, that wasn’t right.’
Lizzie looked up, ready to forgive his apology. ‘That’s okay, Jon—’
‘—I meant step-dad. He’s not your real Dad, is he?’
‘Cool. So you can fuck him and it won’t be against the law, then.’
Jonnie and Sam burst out laughing. They made their way past the stone font that stood in the grounds of the school.
Gobsmacked, Lizzie turned to her friend. She found the whole exchange riotously funny. ‘What are you laughing at, you cow? You think that’s funny?’
‘He’s such a prick.’ Vicky shook her head and made her way toward the school entrance. ‘Dunno what you see in him.’
‘He’s fit, that’s all.’
‘You can do better than Jonnie Barron, mate.’
Lizzie sighed and looked over her shoulder. She saw a little ginger girl run up behind her and whispered to Vicky. ‘Ugh, that little gingerbread doll’s seen us.’
‘Hey, Lizzie!’ Jody caught up to her, tightening a hair band around her ginger ponytail. ‘You okay?’
‘Uh, hey, Jody. Yeah, whatever.’
‘You hear from Layla?’ Jody asked. ‘She’s been off for a week, now.’
‘We ain’t heard shit from Layla Quick,’ Vicky said. ‘Where is she?’
‘She’s moved to another school, temporarily. Since that whole thing with Mr Galigan from Geography.’
Vicky, Lizzie and Jody pushed through the main school doors and into the entrance.
Staff members milled around talking to each other. Vicky turned to Jody as they walked. ‘What happened, then?’
‘What do you mean?’
‘With Layla and Mr Galigan?’ Lizzie butted in, losing her patience.
‘Not here,’ Jody whispered. She was scared members might overhear them. ‘I’ll tell you in tutor.’
The three girls made their way past the reception - and almost into the path of Mr Foster, the principal of the school.
‘Girls, mind where you’re going.’
Vicky made an apologetic face. ‘Yes, sir.’
‘It’s nearly twenty to nine. Go straight to tutor, please.’
‘Yes, sir.’
Vicky giggled to herself and winked at Mr Foster. He watched the trio walk toward the playground as the final morning bell sounded off.
‘What are you playing at?’ Lizzie asked Vicky.
‘Giving Foster the eye and being all like “sorry, sir,” like a proper teacher’s pet.’
Vicky pushed through the set of double doors that lead to the IT department staircase. ‘Oh, come on, Liz.’
‘Every chance he gets, he gawps at my legs.’
‘Eh? Does he actually?’
‘Are you really that stupid? He tries not to show it, but he’s definitely doing it.’
‘Ugh, that’s gross, man.’
Vicky and Lizzie gripped the stair rail and aided their two-at-a-time ascent up the stairs. Jody tried to enact the same but was far too small to keep up.
‘Wait for me, guys!’
‘Come on, you redheaded stepchild!’ Lizzie screamed after her. ‘Keep up!’
‘Don’t call me that!’
Jody reached the top step and disappeared into the IT corridor with her two chums.
The twelve-year-olds ran into the corridor with gay abandon. They were unaware that their lives - and the lives of the staff - were about to change significantly during the course of the week...

 “Girls Just Wanna Make Bank”

(Lyrics by V. Hopper and L. White)

I wake up, first thing in the morning,
And think “How do I make myself look less rank?”
The answer is simple, Liz,
You can’t offer the driver a wank,
Us girls, we gotta make bank.
Oh, girls just gotta make bank…
Oh-ho, girls, they wanna make bank.
Vicky and Lizzie run alongside the car.
The driver toots his horn and winks at the pair.
We can’t afford
To buy all the stuff we want
With the shitty pocket money we get.
Our parents force us to go on the rob
Us girls, we gotta make bank.
Yes, you girls,
You gotta make bank.
The pedestrians stop and dance with the pair of girls.
An elderly couple with shopping bags.
A young mother with a baby in stroller.
Vicky & Lizzie:
Girls, we want,
Want to make bank.
When the school day starts and stuff,
Oh girls, you just want to make bank.
Vicky and Lizzie run off with a hop, skip and a jump.
A flurry of school kids join them as they
turn into the school road.
Some boys think that Lizzie and I
Do it for attention and lols.
We want to be the ones that they never blank
So us girls,
We go and make bank.
The other kids line up. Lizzie opens her bag and takes the money from the school children who buy the stolen sweets.
You need to,
You just need to-oo…
Us girls just,
Wanna make bank.

Some authors are afraid to cross the line.

Me? Oh, I'm glad you asked! I make "the line" my starting point...

My brand is satire.

I hop between genres like madman on crack because my razor-sharp literary knife is hungry for political and social commentary. One genre just can't cut it (if you'll forgive the pun.) I'm obsessed, I tell you!

I write straight-up humor and farce, horror, crime, romance... all under the banner of satire.

My novels often contain a ruthless commentary on society, delving into the darker machinations of modern life. They can be uproarious, funny, outrageous and shocking. Make no mistake, though.

They are this way for a reason, and always come equipped with a sense of humanity and wit.
My influences include John Cleese, Tom Sharpe, Kurt Vonnegut, James Patterson, Hunter S Thompson, Douglas Adams, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Michael Frayn, Chris Morris, Jerry Sadowitz, Christopher Hitchins, Bill Maher, George Carlin, Jordan Peterson, Pat Condell, and writer/director Larry Cohen.

My obsessions include (and are essentially limited to) obscene amounts of: smoking, drugs, alcohol, caffeine, sex, debating, daydreaming and writing about himself in the third person.

Website - https://chromevalleybooks.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/chromevalleybooks
Twitter - https://twitter.com/Andrew_CVB

Join Andrew Mackay on Facebook for a virtual launch party tonight for a selection of author takeovers and giveaways.

17:00 – 20:00 CST  which is  23:00 – 02:00 GMT (14/15 Feb)

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Hunter's Chase by Val Penny @valeriepenny #BlogTour @BrookCottagebks #GuestPost

Thank you for stopping by I'm happy to be sharing a brilliant guest post by Val Penny as part of the blog tour for Hunter's Chase by Val Penny. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

RELEASE DATE: 2nd February 2018
PUBLISHER: Crooked Cat Books
SERIES: The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #1

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.

DI Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city and he needs to find the source but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course. Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman's life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable. Hunter's perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller. 



Reasons to Write a Crime Novel

People like crime, at least in novels! Often, I meet dentists and bank managers with clever plot ideas, or nurses who read every crime novel they can lay their hands on. If I visit a writing group, there are always members keenly producing new murderous plots. Lawyers and convicts show equal enthusiasm for this genre. For those who want to write a crime novel, there are several reasons to want to do so. Here are a few of them.

Emotional Release
Often, those who write crime novels find an emotional release in their craft. Crime novelists deal with the dark things that people usually push to the side of their minds in order to get on with every day life. The cathartic attraction of writing can be decisive.
Some crime authors tell of poor sleep patterns, punctured by night-mares that are repaired when they start to write. Others, panic, constantly scanning doorways for signs of danger. The stiffening fear that afflicts them resolves when they are busy writing crime.

The Story-Telling Urge
The sources for crime novels are many and varied. Ideas can spring from the news and current affairs; memories from the past and historical events or things that puzzle or fascinate the writer. Once an author begins to exercise their creative muscles, they often find that they run into stories demanding to be told. The stories demand to be told and will not stop coming.

For Companionship
It is often said that writers can be difficult people: gloomy, competitive and quarrelsome. However, for the most part, I have found crime writers to be an inclusive and convivial bunch. They are certainly hard-working. The pressure of producing a book a year is intense, yet they never seem to turn their backs on fun. If you have a chance to go to a crime-writers' convention, do take it. They are exhausting, exhilarating and irresistible.

An Outlet for Aggression
Most crime-writers will tell you that they are good company because they channel all their belligerent thoughts into their stories, so in real life, the authors are meek and mild. It is not always true, but I can confirm the a crime novel is an excellent place to park your rage! The prospect of giving vent to righteous anger in a safe form can be a particularly pleasing device. When characters require to act in a violent way or commit violence the reader is willing to witness this on the page but they would shy from it in real life. Crime writers can let rip on the page in a way they avoid doing in the real world.

The Thrill of Research
I can personally confirm that the research you do for crime novels and for academic purposes are equally satisfying. It is also extremely diverse. It may involve visiting prisons, refuges, police stations or drug dens. Police are often very willing to be of assistance to crime writers, even if it is just to avoid being irritated when otherwise the writers would get police procedures wrong. This information is most useful and helpful. Indeed, when you are writing a novel, no information or experience is wasted!

Val Penny

Author Endorsements for Hunter's Chase

Erin Kelly – author of psychological thrillers including 'Broadchurch' and 'The Poison Tree'
“A gripping debut novel about power, politics and the importance – and danger – of family ties. Hunter Wilson is a compelling new detective and Val Penny is an author to watch.”
Stuart Gibbon – Former Murder Squad DCI & co-author of 'The Crime Writer's Casebook'
“A cracking read featuring the unforgettable DI Hunter Wilson.”
Kate Bendelow – author of 'The Real CSI: A Forensic Handbook for Crime Writers'
“An exciting debut – a police procedural that is refreshing, gripping and witty. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one.”
Michael Jecks – author of unmissable historical mysteries including the 'Jack Blackjack' crime series including 'Rebellion's Message' and the 'Knights Templar' mysteries including 'The Last Templar' and the contemporary spy novel 'Act of Vengeance'
“This tartan noire book is a real coffee-cooler. I had three cups of coffee that went cold, forgotten while reading. Val Penny created a cast of characters I want to see in another book as soon as possible.
This is a truly astonishing debut from a writer to watch for the future.
Believable characters, gut-wrenching scenes, and a plot
that sizzles along. A taut police procedural that is up there with Ian Rankin, Alex Gray and Quintin Jardine.”

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her first crime novel, 'Hunter's Chase' set in Edinburgh, Scotland will be published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. She is now writing the sequel, 'Hunter's Revenge'.
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The French Adventure by Lucy Coleman @LucyColemanAuth @Aria_Fiction

I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The French Adventure by Lucy Coleman and sharing my review with you today. There is also an extract and a lovely giveaway to enter too. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

Genre: Sweet romance/cosy mystery
Release Date:1 February 2018
Publisher: Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus)

Packed full of French flavour and idyllic settings this is a romantic, heart-warming and unputdownable new novel about life and love, perfect for anyone who loves Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson.

Suddenly unemployed and single, Anna escapes to her parents' beautiful house in France for a much-needed recharge – and to work out what she wants to do next with her life now her carefully mapped out plan has gone out the window.

Anna gives herself 6 months to recuperate, all the while helping renovate her parents' adjoining gites into picturesque B&Bs. But working alongside the ruggedly handsome Sam on the renovation project, she didn't expect for life to take an unexpected, if not unwelcome, twist...



The L Word

Two weeks today will be the first anniversary of our first real date. Being wined and dined in a chic little French restaurant was a gigantic step forward; it signalled the beginning of a new era in my relationship with Karl. Even though at least half of the meal was spent talking about work, his intentions were clear – we were no longer simply colleagues and romance was in the air.
Since then, Karl must have told me that he loves me more than a thousand times. You might think I’m exaggerating, but I can assure you that’s not the case. He usually manages to slip it into the conversation at least three times a day. The first time he said the L word to me, it slid off his tongue so easily I could almost have missed it. It wasn’t a staring into each other’s eyes moment of discovery, just a casual ‘love you, babe’.

As the months rolled by, I pushed aside my growing fear that it was only a word to him. Because it means so much more to me, I freeze whenever he tacks it onto a sentence.

And, yes, I’m very aware that my air of disapproval does make me sound ungrateful and undeserving. But it’s all about self-preservation, you see. I’ll never utter that word again until I’m one hundred per cent certain that the man I’m saying it to believes I’m their soul mate too – the perfect fit.

The last time I uttered the L word, was six years ago. It was to a guy I’d known since childhood and the man I genuinely believed I would marry when the time was right. He was handsome in a rugged way, fired up with ambition and exciting to be around. Sadly, everyone we knew thought we were the perfect couple too, except the guy in question, as it turned out…

Anna has a pretty turbulent time at the start of this book and I could definitely understand her need to escape. Especially to such a wonderful location in France, Anna ends up staying with her parents and helping them with their renovations. This story moves at a lovely pace making sure you get to know the characters and also the lovely friendship she makes with Sam. Can there be anything more though?

There is a little bit of a mystery running through that just adds a little extra something to the storyline as Anna decides to do a little digging after making a discovery during the repair work. I loved that as the story progresses more depth is revealed to Sam's character and I really enjoyed getting to know him better.

The French Adventure was just what I was looking for to brighten up my day the lovely descriptions  set the scene and made me wish I could go and visit.

The French Adventure has a gorgeous location along with a lovely simmering romance.

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Brook Cottage Book, Aria & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Lucy Coleman always knew that one day she would write, but first life took her on a wonderful journey of self-discovery for which she is very grateful.

Family life and two very diverse careers later she now spends most days glued to a keyboard, which she refers to as her personal quality time.

‘It’s only when you know who you are that you truly understand what makes you happy – and writing about love, life and relationships makes me leap out of bed every morning!’

If she isn’t online she’s either playing with the kids, whose imaginations seem to know no bounds, or painting something. As a serial house mover together with her lovely husband, there is always a new challenge to keep her occupied!

Lucy also writes under the name Linn B. Halton.

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