Thursday, 14 December 2017

#Review Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress by Lara Temple @laratemple1



Betrothed…to the wrong man!
Building a life away from her bullying family, schoolmistress Helen Tilney needs to convince her childhood sweetheart she’s a worthy bride. Standing in her way is Lord Hunter—the man Nell has just discovered she’s betrothed to!
Hunter’s offer of marriage to Nell came out of guilt, and now seems less than appealing! So when she asks for his help to win another man he agrees. Until their lessons in flirtation inspire a raging desire which has Hunter longing to keep Nell for himself…
Book 1 in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies trilogy

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This is the first book that I have read by Lara Temple so I was wondering what to expect. What I did find was a romantic and gorgeous book that completely melted my heart. It was such a delightful story that has a lovely depth to it, there is romance for sure but themes of grief and guilt also play a part within the story.

The chemistry between Nell and Hunter is perfect with a friendship forming first and then moving on to a gorgeous flirtation that was so much fun to see play out. I loved how Nell had picked herself up after the constant pressure and bullying from her family and became a more confident, stronger person than she was. This story has plenty of fun moments but there is also more heart felt scenes especially with Hunter and his tragic past. He is strong, flirty and very charming but he also has this vulnerable side that made me love him even more! He really is a perfect match for Nell but will they get their happy ending? 

I have to mention that there was also a little introduction to Hunter's friends and I really can't wait to read their stories. There is a wonderful charm to this story that will make you smile and sigh while reading. With loveable characters along with a warm and comforting story that is perfect for a lazy afternoon of reading or for the colder evenings.

Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress is flirty, sweet and very entertaining!

Five stars from me!

With thanks to Lara Temple for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.


When I was fifteen I found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later I emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Max Ravenscar and with Regency Romance.

But the love remained one-sided as I progressed through various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech until my mother gave me a firm shove by entering one my many drawer-directed novels into Harlequin’s annual writing contest. To my shocked surprise I not only made it to the top ten but Harlequin commissioned me to write five Regency romances.

I write strong, sexy, and suspenseful regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but deliver plenty of passion.
Like every (or most) writers, I would love to hear from you about books (not only mine) and history and whatever you find that makes you love this period and genre.

I live with my  husband and two children who are very good about my taking over the kitchen table for my writing (so I can look out over the garden and dream). I love to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and hike and read as many books as possible (which just about sums up my dream vacation). 

I recently went back to look for that grubby 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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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Silent Children by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #BlogTour #Review


Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The Silent Children by Carol Wyer. Before you read my review let's take a look at the description for the book...





The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this...


Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.


Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint. 


Then a nurse is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her friend’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?


When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.


Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?

An absolutely heart-stopping and compelling serial killer thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Rachel Abbott and Robert Dugoni.


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Even though we are now on book four of the DI Robyn Carter series it still manages to feel fresh and new along with having the ability to keep surprising me. This series just keeps getting better and better and this is down to Carol Wyer's writing and of course the character of Robyn. She is a determined person whether it is work related or personal. It's not just Robyn that works so well in this story but her colleagues add so much too. They work well as a team and together with Robyn they share a great dynamic.

There is a steady pace throughout as the investigation comes together with information slowly but surely revealed to the reader but also keeping some back to provide a wonderful tension. This is guaranteed to have you turning the pages especially as this very tangled web of secrets and lies begins to emerge.

As usual I will never make a great detective but this story kept me guessing and it really was like one big puzzle just waiting for that last piece to fall in to place. The premise was so intriguing with an intricate and well thought out plot with lots of suspects to keep things very interesting.

I read this book in two sittings and the last couple of chapters flew by with me desperate to discover the truth. Then comes the ending and all I can say is that I seriously need to read the next book. I was left nearly shouting out loud "no, don't stop there!"

If you haven't picked this series up yet then you really are missing out. It's not just the brilliantly clever murder investigations that will keep you intrigued there is also a fantastic personal story running throughout that will make you even more invested in this set of books.

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






Carol E. Wyer is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. More recently she has chosen to write for the "dark side" and embarked on a series of thrillers, starting with the gripping best-seller, Little Girl Lost.

Her book Grumpy Old Menopause won The People's Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing 'Irritable Male Syndrome' and 'Ageing Disgracefully' and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines 'Woman's Weekly' featured in 'Take A Break', 'Choice', 'Yours' and 'Woman's Own' magazines and writes regularly for The Huffington Post.

Carol is a signed author with Bookouture and Delancey Press.



To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer. 

Monday, 11 December 2017

Dark Skies by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #Review

 ARC received from Author.



Beware what lies beneath… 

One fateful, starry night, three friends embark on a secret camping trip but only two return home. Thirty years later, the body of a teenage boy rises from the depths of England’s biggest reservoir and threatens to expose a killer who has lain dormant…until now.   

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan returns from honeymoon to face danger from all sides. In the depths of Kielder Forest, a murderer has escaped justice before and will do anything to protect the secrets of the past. Meanwhile, back at Northumbria CID, an old foe has taken the helm as Superintendent and is determined to destroy Ryan at any cost. 

Who will prevail in Ryan’s most dangerous case yet?

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape. 

“L J Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers” – The Times

“A literary phenomenon” – Evening Chronicle

“L J Ross is the Queen of Kindle” – Sunday Telegraph


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As soon as I finished Cragside I was eager to start reading the next book by L J Ross. Even though it is only the second book that I have read in this series I feel as if I have known Ryan and the rest of the team for so much longer. This set of characters are brilliant and even though there is a very turbulent time in their working life there is still plenty of banter and a lovely sense of friendship within this team. Although there were a few times when I was shouting "no don't do it" at some of the situations that cropped up in this story. It really is a great contrast to have the loveable characters then to the ones who you despise!

I have always found cold cases intriguing especially as the killer will have carried on with their life without facing the repercussions of their actions. So I loved the fact that this book revolved around a cold case and all the complications that come with it. As usual I will never make a great detective but I still enjoyed trying to put the pieces together. I was kept guessing throughout especially as there are a number of suspects to choose from. 

L J Ross has a fantastic way of setting the scene with descriptions that easily puts the reader right in the middle of the investigation. Whether it's setting the scene and bringing the area of Kielder Forest to life or to the characters who will have you rooting for them. I was completely wrapped up in the entire story and I was reluctant to put it down other than to sleep. 

Engaging characters and brilliant writing, Dark Skies is another fantastic addition to the DCI Ryan Mystery series!

Five stars from me!

With thanks to Louise for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.



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Making the Difference by Kathryn Haydon @BrookCottagebks #QandA #Extract #Giveaway #BlogTour


Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Making the Difference by Kathryn Haydon. Today I have a great extract to share with you along with a Q&A with Kathryn Haydon and don't forget there's a giveaway to win a paperback copy of Making the Difference!

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



Genre: Medical romance
Release Date: January 2017 (e-book format) & March 2017 (print format); both available via Amazon.com
Publisher: Mezzanotte.

Single mum, Phoebe Jackson is stunned to find her new neighbour is hot, new doc Oliver Grey – locum consultant for Greenways Hospice where she is a specialist palliative care nurse. At their first encounter sparks fly, but soon there are sparks of a different sort. However, Oliver makes it clear from the outset that he’s not a settling down kind of guy. Having a family is not for him. Phoebe must decide if a summer romance is enough – or can true love change his mind?

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“I like you, Phoebe Jackson – very much.” Placing a finger on her lips, Oliver silenced her. “If we take things any further it’s your call. Only before you make that decision you need to know something. I don’t do families, or long-term commitment. I’m a man who can’t offer roses round the door and a happy ever after ending. So, if that’s what you’re looking for, never say I didn’t warn you.”
       Feeling her cheeks flame, Phoebe gasped. Stepping back smartly, she broke Oliver’s hold, head held high.
       “I think you’d better go,” she hissed, keeping her voice low because of her son sleeping upstairs. “Though, for the record, aren’t you getting a little ahead of yourself, Oliver? I’m content with my life the way it is. Noah and I are fine on our own. It would take a really special kind of guy to make me even consider changing the status quo. And, in case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve already got roses round my door!”
      
       “Hell, Phoebe, I didn’t mean - - -” Cursing under his breath, he reached for her.
       Fending him off, Phoebe’s eyes blazed.
       “What exactly did you mean, Oliver? I’m not sure.” Her voice was saccharine sweet. “Are you suggesting, since we live in such close proximity, that you pop round for a spot of sex whenever the mood takes, no strings attached? We are both single, how very convenient. I’m afraid you’ll have to let me get back to you on that one. I haven’t had much experience of playing the hussy.”
       “Phoebe, be a gown up. I’m moving on after the summer.” Oliver gave her a hard look. “We both know that. I’m not into making promises I can’t keep.”

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With thanks to Kathryn Haydon for taking part in the Q&A.

So let's get started…

1 –
What three words best describe your personality?


Quiet, thoughtful, shy (‘til I get to know you!)


2 - Is there a book you wish you could have written?

Yes! Any of Barbara Erskine’s books, but especially ‘Lady of Hay.’ I’m fascinated by the time slip genre and I am in awe of her talent. She moves seamlessly through the ages with a spellbinding story, and always with such precise, historically correct detail.


3 – What was the last book you read?

‘Eloise’ by Judy Finnigan. Loved it!! A beautifully crafted story - and set in Cornwall, another bonus. Novels set in the West Country always appeal.


4 – If you were stranded on a desert island what three books would you want with you?

Hmm, tricky - - - I love to read, but I think my book choice would not be fiction if I was stranded on a desert island. So, on a more spiritual bent, ‘Benedictus’ by John O’Donohue, ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran and a very good survival manual! Otherwise I fear I wouldn’t last very long!!!


5 - Do you have any strange writing habits?

If I am jotting down notes in longhand, I prefer black ink and a specific make of pen. Also, though I can write anywhere, the aura of my surroundings must feel right. Otherwise it’s difficult to be creative.


6 – Is there a specific place where you write?

I am lucky enough to have my own little writing space: a garden shed-cum-office overlooking a square of lawn and a bank of lavender and fuchsia bushes. Can be a bit chilly in winter (I tell myself the cold sharpens my concentration), but is particularly beautiful in spring and summer.


7 –
Do you share any personality traits with the characters you have created?


On reflection, I guess so. Phoebe is caring and conscientious in her nursing practise; I like to think that was me, prior to retirement. Certainly, we are both passionate about promoting good palliative care. However, in other ways Phoebe and I are quite different. She is sassier and more confident!


8 - Can you choose three words to describe Making the Difference?

Heart-warming, gripping and emotive.


9 – Are you working on anything now?

Yes. I am working on a sequel to ‘Making the Difference.’ ‘Prognosis Guarded’ will be published by Mezzanotte sometime in the New Year. 



Quick Fire Questions - Which do you prefer?


Paperback or eBook?
Paperback.

Classic novel or Contemporary?
Contemporary.

Cinema or Theatre?

Cinema.

Crisps or Chocolate?
Must I choose just one?!

Tea or Coffee?
Tea – brewed in a pot and not too strong.

Night out or Day out?

Day out.

 
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A WORD FROM KATHRYN HAYDON

       Hello readers, pleased to meet you and have this chance to introduce myself. I am a West Country author; indeed, the red earth of Devon is steeped in my bones. I write under the pen name of Kathryn Haydon – Haydon as a nod to my mother (it was her maiden name) and Kathryn for no other reason than it flows well!

        From as far back as I remember, I’ve loved to write and always hoped to be published ‘one day’ – but, as all writers know, the road to publication is a tough one and it’s taken me a while. Although short story competition wins, not least the Crediton Courier prize in June 2016, felt good, publishing a novel remained elusive. However, in January 2017, my dream was realised. What a thrill to see ‘Making the Difference’ launched via Amazon.com, first as an e-book and later, March 2017, in print format. A big thank you to Bettina at Mezzanotte for all her support and guidance along the way.

       What were the highlights as I worked steadily though my six- month contract with Mezzanotte, bringing my book to completion?

There were several, starting (of course) with Bettina’s email stating that she liked my synopsis and first three chapters – and could I please send her the rest. You bet I could; in fact, I couldn’t send the remaining chapters off fast enough! The thing that stands out most, though, is the excitement I felt on being involved in choice of my book’s dust jacket. A real ‘wow’ moment, especially as I love it!

       Why choose the medical romance genre? Well, they say write what you know and I am a retired nurse. So, it made sense to use a medical setting as the backdrop for my story. Also, I remain passionate about good palliative care; it really does make the difference. So, if you’re looking for something new – a ‘feel good’ book to curl up with on a winter evening by a cosy log fire, perhaps – then look no further. ‘Making the Difference’ is waiting for you, with an ending that won’t disappoint.

       I’ve enjoyed writing Oliver and Phoebe’s story very much. I hope you have equal pleasure reading it.

       Very best wishes,
       Kathryn Haydon.

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Season for Love by M.W. Arnold @mick859 #BlogTour #Review @rararesources


Thank you for stopping by today as I take part in the blog tour for The Season For Love by M.W. Arnold. I will be sharing my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...



Believing she was responsible for the death of her husband, Chrissie Stewart retreats from all those who love her. A chance meeting with mysterious stranger, single-parent Josh Morgan and his bewitching young daughter Lizzy, breathe new life into her and gradually, she feels able to start to let go of the memory of her lost love. Unexpected links are revealed between the two families that strengthen the growing bonds she feels to this man and with the encouragement of her best friend Annie, herself hiding a hidden conflict from Chrissie, she battles with her demons to believe in her ability to trust and love again. Everything comes to a head on Christmas Day; which all goes to show that this is truly The Season for Love.

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If you are looking for a heartwarming story then look no further, the characters of Chrissie, Lizzy and Josh easily captured my heart. There was grief, love and friendship featured in this story all wrapped up in an emotional but uplifting story. The Season for Love also had some lovely little twists that gave the story an added depth.

It's really was heartbreaking to see Chrissie struggling so much and she really is a shell of her former self. I thought the diary entries were a lovely touch and helped to show the relationship that Chrissie shared with her husband. Although you could also see how reliant she had become on sharing her feelings this way. Her friends and family are lovely and made a great addition to the story, I was hoping that Chrissie would realise how much they were there for her.

It didn't take me long to read this story and it was perfect at putting a smile on my face along with providing some emotional moments too. A touch of romance just added to the overall story and I was hoping for a gorgeous happy ending!


A beautiful story about new beginnings and finding the strength to move on with your life.

Four stars!


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



Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England, and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force, before putting down roots, and realising how much he missed the travel. This, he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and writing a regular post at the www.NovelKicks.co.uk blog site.

He’s the proud keeper of a cat bent on world domination, is mad on the music of the Beach Boys and enjoys the theatre and humouring his Manchester United supporting wife. Finally, and most importantly, Mick’s a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, with the forthcoming publication of his debut novel The Season for Love.

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Friday, 8 December 2017

The End of Lies by Andrew Barrett @AndrewBarrettUK #BlogBlitz #Review @Bloodhoundbook







My name is Becky. I arrived home to find my husband, Chris, stabbed to death and a gang of men ransacking our house.



Turns out that Chris has something that belongs to them. And if I want to stay alive, I have to find it and return it. They have given me seven days. And a beating.


There is nowhere to hide and no time left to look. So I will stand my ground as the deadline approaches. All I have is a head full of lies and a very bad plan.

This is my story.

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The End of Lies has such an intriguing premise and I loved the way the story is set out. The chapters on occasion did jump from the past to the present but I thought this was a perfect way to keep the tension at a high as the back story begins to unfold.


I loved trying to put the pieces together to try and solve the mystery alongside seeing Becky's life spiralling out of control. She is a character that is straight talking and completely determined even if she completely rushes into things.

I was kept on my toes which I loved I had no clue what would happen next and who to trust. There were some dark and gritty moments that made this story such an addictive read.


It will definitely leave you on edge and sat up straight in your seat and just like me I'm sure you will be turning the pages as quickly as you can read them. The pacing is fast and I just had to read it in one go, it really is an intense whirlwind of a story that picks you up and carries you along all the way through!

Five stars!



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


Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 120,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.
You can find out more about him and his writing at Andrew-barrett.co.uk
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