#BlogTour! #Review – Reported Missing by Sarah Wray (@Sarah_Wray) @Bookouture

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Four months ago, Rebecca Pendle’s husband disappeared. So did 14-year-old Kayleigh Jackson.

Just a coincidence? Rebecca wants to believe so… But as the police start to draw parallels between Chris and Kayleigh, it’s getting harder for her to trust his innocence.

Faced with an angry town that believes Chris has abducted the teenager, Rebecca tries to discover the truth.

But what she finds shocks her more than she ever thought. How well does she really know the man she loves?

What does TWG think?

‘Reported Missing’ gave me the heebie jeebies, I’m not gonna lie! Two people missing, both at the same time. The only difference is; one is an adult, the other is a fourteen year old girl. Heart in mouth moment, anyone? Did Chris abduct the teenager? We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t think the worst, and that includes situations like these. I assumed the worst. For me, two people going missing at exactly the same time, a male and a teenager, I felt sick. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of readers think along the same lines, not at all.

‘Reported Missing’ is a bit of a slow starter; there’s a lot of setting the scene, getting to know the characters, whilst slowly building the level of intensity. Sarah Wray has been extremely clever with her organisation of the storyline as she also incorporated multiple dead ends, red herrings, as well as quite a few head funk type situations. If you like storylines like that, then you’ll really enjoy ‘Reported Missing’. Whilst I do enjoy the head funk type novels, sometimes the slow pace irked me a little bit as I couldn’t sink my teeth into the storyline. Information was delivered throughout the storyline in dribs and drabs – ideal to keep you engrossed in the storyline, although not so good if you’re an impatient reader who just wants to find out the ‘whodunnit’ and the gritty parts of the investigation.

I was engrossed. I was also impatient. So all in all, my opinion of the overall novel is pretty mixed as sometimes I felt that the slow pace worked well with the plot, and other times I felt like it was hindering the storyline a tad. Either way, ‘Reported Missing’ was able to get multiple reactions from me, it was able to keep me hanging, as well as eager to reach the conclusion. Can’t really complain at that really, can I?

Thanks Bookouture.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Stolen Girls by Patricia Gibney (@trisha460) @Bookouture

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The young woman standing on Lottie’s step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. ‘Help me,’ she said to Lottie. ‘Please help me.’

One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend.

Could this be the same girl?

When a second victim is discovered by the same man, with the murder bearing all the same hallmarks as the first, Lottie needs to work fast to discover how else the two were linked. Then two more girls go missing.

Detective Lottie Parker is a woman on the edge, haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her family together through difficult times. Can she fight her own demons and catch the killer before he claims another victim?

The Stolen Girls is a gripping and page-turning thriller that will leave you breathless. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Karin Slaughter and Robert Dugoni.

What does TWG think?

First of all, why the fudging fudge fudge have I not read the first book in this series?! Despite the fact that I didn’t start this series in order, I found it fine to read as a standalone. However, I really do feel that I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I had read the first book as I would have a better insight into Lottie’s backstory. 

Oh.My.God this book! It didn’t take long for my body to be covered in goosebumps and my brain forgetting how to breathe! There was no easing in gently, or gradually increasing the intensity level. No. It really was super intense nion straight away.

A body is found, the victim was pregnant.
A young woman and her son approached Lottie Parker for help…on her doorstep.
A storyline with multiple murders, and multiple missing people. Are they linked? Who is the killer? WHY are they going on a rampage?

Now, seeing as I hadn’t read book one, it took me a little while to come up to speed with what happened in Lottie’s past. Thankfully the author decided to bring it up in several characters conversations in the storyline. Although, I could tell early on that something devastating must have happened due to the way that Lottie and her family were acting. It kept me glued though!

‘The Stolen Girls’ kept me on my toes from page one with a storyline that was full of spine tingling, toe curling, and heart racing moments. I have to admit that I struggled to read certain parts of the book due to the extremely vivid imagery that made its way into my mind, thanks to Patricia Gibney’s outstanding (if yet uncomfortable) descriptions of certain situations. It was really quite surreal, I had to keep looking on the floor to ensure that a murdered body hadn’t found its way into my home! In my opinion, it takes a lot of talent to be able to write such vivid and descriptive scenes, such as the ones which Gibney wrote in ‘The Stolen Girls’, as well as managing to make the situation come alive for the reader, whether they wanted it or not.

Like I say, pretty uncomfortable reading but geeeeez the author did good!

Again, ‘The Stolen Girls’ is the type of book that needs to be devoured to be believed. You need to read the book with your very own eyes to be able to appreciate the authors high-end literary skills, that’s for sure. I wish I could sit and natter about this book all day, but I think I would get slapped on the wrist for spoilers.

Despite wishing that I had read the first book in the series beforehand, ‘The Stolen Girls’ seemed to enjoy taking my breath away and scaring me half to death. Patricia Gibney has written such a hair-raising tale of devastation and destruction, I couldn’t stop reading. An intense, jaw-dropping novel by Patricia Gibney, I most definitely will be reading a book by this author again, very soon.

Thanks Bookouture.

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About the author

Patricia yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime!

In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from my job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations.

Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and live in the Irish midlands with her children.

www.patriciagibney.com 

https://www.facebook.com/patricia.gibney1

The blog tour isn’t over yet! If you have missed any of the previous hosts tour stops, you can find out their blog names below! Make sure you check out the last three days of the tour from tomorrow. Details below:
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#TWGGetsTalking – How to tell the difference between being nasty & being constructive #reviews

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You should all know by now that I like to talk, ESPECIALLY when I am passionate about something and believe that it needs to be spoken about.

Once again, opinions have been thrust into the limelight and definitions have been questioned. Before I explain further, I’m just going to paste the Oxford dictionary definitions of two words; nasty, and constructive.

Nasty: very bad, or unpleasant.
(definition of unpleasant is: Causing discomfort, unhappiness, or revulsion; disagreeable.)

Constructive: Having or intended to have a useful or beneficial purpose.

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Two completely different word with extremely clear definitions, yet people are still getting confused by the two words.

Why?

As a reviewer, I have always been made aware that authors (or anyone who gets critiqued) tend to appreciate CONSTRUCTIVE reviews as opposed to NASTY reviews. With both types of reviews your opinion is given – that is NOT the issue. After all, every person on this Earth is entitled to their opinion. We are allowed to dislike something. We are allowed to express our dislike of something. We are allowed to jump for joy about something. What the issue is, however, is the WAY those points are put across.

Believe me, I open my trap before my brain connects sometimes, ending up with goodness knows what flying out of my mouth. But when it comes to reviews, I am extremely careful about how I voice my opinion.

For example; ‘Omg I hated that book, it was absolutely shit, the author bored me to tears.’

What’s wrong with that sentence?

Okay, so, the example above is someones opinion. They’re entitled to that. Answer me this; was it constructive, or nasty?

If you said that the example was a constructive comment: seriously? How does saying that a book was ‘shit’, come across as beneficial to the author?
It doesn’t.

It’s rude and it’s nasty. Imagine if you cooked a meal for a group of people and someone came up to you afterwards and said that they thought your cooking was absolutely vile, would you benefit from that?

To turn the above example into a constructive opinion, here’s an example:
‘Personally, this book wasn’t really my cup of tea as I couldn’t quite gel with the storyline. I felt that it came across as quite over the top and unrealistic, which in turn made me switch off.’

The different between the two examples is substantial. The example above still highlights your dislike, yet it also explains WHY you felt that way. It’s also not personally attacking the person who wrote the book, whilst still keeping your opinion entitlement intact.

Whilst authors are painfully aware that their books could end up with negative reviews and their book babies critiqued, it doesn’t mean that just because they have put something in the public eye, that they should expect nasty comments or personal attacks.

YES, they have written something which will get critiqued.
YES, everyones opinion does differ.
YES, readers are entitled to dislike their book.

Just DON’T be nasty about it!

In book clubs, you’re going to have the perfect opportunity to talk about various books whether it’s an online or offline. But, do you think that it’s respectful to openly blast and author and their book, in an online book club which they could be a member of?
Yes or no?

No it’s not!!! Go ahead and state your opinion about a book, but if you’re going to sit there and say that a book is so bad and how you wanted to ‘light a match under it’; that’s not stating your opinion, it’s called being nasty.

As we hear all the time, not everyone will like the same book. Well duh! I fully admit that I have read a book and disliked it. But instead of reviewing it nastily, I gave it a constructive review as there will always be something in a book that you’ll like. I explained what I didn’t like about the book, I also explained WHY I didn’t like those parts, how it made me feel, and so on. I also explained what I DID like about the book. I still managed to express my opinion on the book, without insulting a human being with feelings in the process.

So, if you’re ever in an online book group where the admin have asked you to talk about books in a constructive manner; respectfully do it. They aren’t taking away your freedom of speech. They aren’t banishing you from stating your opinion. They are just asking you to express your opinion respectfully and constructively. Authors have feelings too.

It really isn’t that difficult to do..

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Summer at Buttercup Beach by Holly Martin (@HollyMAuthor) @Bookouture

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Delighted to be one of the fabulous bloggers involved in Holly Martin’s Blog Blitz for ‘Summer at Buttercup Beach’, which was published 30th June 2017 by Bookouture!
Here is my review:

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Pull up a deck chair and bask in the beautiful sunshine on Buttercup Beach. The sand is warm, the sea is sparkling blue and romance is sizzling in the air…

For two years Freya Greene has hidden the fact that she’s totally and utterly in love with her best friend Rome Lancaster. It’s not been easy – they work together in his glasswork business, she lives above his workshop and, he’s completely gorgeous. But Rome has never shown any sign of returning those feelings. Until now…

Lately they’ve shared affectionate touches and words heavy with meaning. Yet Freya knows Rome has a damaged heart. After losing his fiancé in a tragic accident, he’s not allowed himself to fall in love.

Freya has already had her heart broken by a man who couldn’t let go of a past love. Can she risk it happening again? Rome and Freya have a friendship that could blossom into something more. Are they both brave enough to take that chance?

Fall in love on Hope Island with the perfect romantic story to escape into this summer. For fans of Miranda Dickinson, Sarah Morgan and Jane Costello.

What does TWG think?

Just when I thought that Holly Martin had written her best book yet, she goes and releases a new one (this one). I really have no clue how Holly Martin does it. I really don’t. I mean, her previous novel, Spring at Blueberry Bay, was amazing! It was my most favourite book of hers to date….well, until she released this one of course.

Summer at Buttercup Beach is, without a doubt, my most favourite book by Holly Martin. I didn’t know it was possible. I wasn’t expecting it to be this good. Well, hang on, I knew it would be good because it’s Holly Martin and her books are ah-MAZING! I just wasn’t expecting to write IOU’s to the author as star ratings don’t go past five! Pfft.

Freya and Rome – best friends, colleagues, and more often than none; an extra in each others dreams. Think of it like this; if Freya was a hormonal teenager still in school, she would be etching, ‘FG 4 RL’ on the front of her textbooks, staring into space with her hand propping up her head incase it became to heavy with thoughts of Rome Lancaster. If you hadn’t worked it out by that, Freya has a HUGE crush on her best friend and has done for a while. She’s convinced herself that Rome doesn’t have feelings for her in return, but instead of grabbing the boy by the horn, she just assumes that he doesn’t due to his past. Has she asked him? Has she fudge….

If, like Freya, you have had feelings for your best friend, you can fully appreciate how scary that particular situation is. Not only does she work with the guy, it’s pretty clear that she is too scared to put her feelings out there in case it ruins their friendship, even though her close friends are egging her on to do so.

I have been in Freya’s position before, and I can tell you now, it is a horrible, horrible situation to be in, no wonder she didn’t know whether to tell him or not! I loved watching Freya and Rome’s friendship grow throughout the storyline, as both characters have such bold personalities. They’re both incredibly stubborn yet they both have hearts of gold, which meant that they were constantly doing right by other people, instead of doing right by themselves. As an outsider looking in, I was shouting at the book because I just wanted them both to see sense and actually talk to each other!

Once again, Holly Martin managed to create scenes which had me singing;

IT’S GETTING HOT IN HEREEEEE, SO TAKE OFF ALL YOUR CLOTHESSSS.

Hot.Under.The.Collar.

Even though I had a feeling on the conclusion of this book from an early stage, the predictability didn’t bother me in the slightest as I was too engrossed with Freya and Rome’s relationship, and ended up getting frustrated for them!

I have to make a confession. A part of this book irked me a tad. I didn’t want it to. But it did.

IT DIDN’T CONTAIN ENOUGH PAGES!!!!!!!!!

Yes. That right there is what’s wrong with this book. It’s too short. Hell, it could be 4775354564 pages long and I would still think that it was too short. Why? Because ladies and gentleman, this particular author is incredible!
Holly Martin creates realistic storylines with unforgettable characters, includes memorable laugh out loud humour, adds in a pinch of spice and drama to rival ITVbe; all in one book. To include all of that in a novel without losing momentum or vibe, takes talent, dedication, a kinky brain and a Holly Martin’s brain.

I adored everything about this novel, I’m not going to lie. For me, the thing that I love most about ‘Summer at Buttercup Beach’ is how it sends a message to anyone who has a crush; telling them to be true to themselves, not to make rash decisions, listen to your heart and just go for it.

Such a poignant and beautiful message within a humour filled, tender and cosy novel. 100% unputdownable.

Thanks Holly M & Bookouture.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Orphan of India by Sharon Maas (@sharon_maas) @Bookouture

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A lost child. A childless couple. Can they save each other?

Living on the streets of Bombay, Jyothi has no-one to turn to after her mother is involved in a tragic accident.

Monika and Jack Kingsley are desperate for a child of their own. On a trip to India, they fall in love with Jyothi and decide to adopt the orphan child.

The new family return to England, but Jyothi finds it difficult to adapt. As Monika and Jack’s relationship fractures, Jyothi is more alone than ever and music becomes her solace. But even when her extraordinary musical talent transforms into a promising career, Jyothi still doesn’t feel like she belongs. 

Then a turbulent love affair causes her to question everything. And Jyothi realises that before she can embrace her future, she must confront her past…

The Orphan of India is an utterly evocative and heart-wrenching novel that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. Perfect for fans of Dinah Jefferies, Santa Montefiore and Diane Chamberlain.

What does TWG think?

The adoption process in the UK is complex enough, never mind going to India and adopting a child there. Put it this way, that part of the storyline opened my eyes to how vulnerable children overseas, especially in a third world country like India. Monika and Jack Kingsley, like many couples, would do anything for a child of their own. A child to protect. A child to love. On their visit to India, they meet orphan, Jyothi, a child who has been living on the streets with no family of her own. Until the Kingsley’s that is..

This is going to sound daft, but as a woman with an Indian name, I have always held a torch for the country, even though I have never been and I’m not Indian. Yet the way that Sharon Maas described Bombay made me feel as though I had been transported to the country, and that I was able to watch everything go past from the sidelines. I felt as though I was able to touch the atmosphere with my fingertips, smell the aroma of the different culture, as well as having my eyes opened due to the complex differences of Bombay and its inhabitants. Absolutely beautiful. I would do anything to feel those vibes again for the very first time.

When the Kingsley’s took Jyothi back to England, I felt that the overall vibe of the storyline changed. I felt sorry for Jyothi as she was struggling in a brand new country, with a new way of living, alongside new faces and different beliefs. A lot of us struggle with change, but relocating over 4500 miles to a completely new country, must be incredibly hard to adjust to. My heart went out to her, I must admit.

However, aside from Jyothi’s emotional state, I found her a little difficult to gel with. I perfectly understand that she has had a difficult life and so forth, but I think that her childhood had severely damaged her and it seemed as though it was going to take something almighty to come and change that. Therefore, the poor girl obviously was quite guarded and didn’t know whether she was coming or going.

Because the underlying topic of the storyline is incredibly complex, it does require patience and understanding to be able to full appreciate the dynamics of the situation, as well as the time frame that it was set in. Whilst I could understand and appreciate the overall gist of this novel, it was a little bit too intense and complicated for me to embrace fully. In no way is that the author’s fault; she has written it beautifully, and her use of language is enchanting. It’s just me.

If I were to review the book based on the overall vibe and the authors talent, I would, hand on heart, say that ‘The Orphan of India’ moved me to tears. It did. It’s beautiful, truly heart-warming. Even though I had a little hiccough with the storyline, I cannot wait to pick up another Sharon Maas novel and be transported to another beautiful place, due to her mesmerising words.

Thanks Bookouture.

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#CoverReveal! Time to reveal Louise Jensen’s brand new cover! Ready? @fab_fiction @Bookouture

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I am so, SO excited about this cover reveal!
I adore Louise Jensen’s novels, she is such a brilliant author.
Today, alongside many other fabulous bloggers, I have the pleasure of helping Bookouture to reveal the cover of Louise Jensen’s upcoming novel.
Unfortunately, you do need to wait until September, BUT, her books are most definitely worth the wait. If you don’t believe me, check out this beauty;

Ready?

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THE SURROGATE by Louise Jensen

‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’ 

Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Sister and The Gift, this is an unputdownable psychological thriller which asks how far we will go to create our perfect family.

EEEEEEE!!!!! This sounds rather intriguing and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy! If, like me, you cannot wait and want to ensure your get a copy, you can pre-order ‘The Surrogate’ over on Amazon now:

Pre-order – Amazon UK
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About the author

Louise Jensen always wanted to be Enid Blyton when she grew up, and when that didn’t happen she got a ‘proper’ job instead.

Several years ago an accident left Louise with a disability and she began writing once again, to distract her from her pain and compromised mobility. But writing turned out to be more than just a good distraction. Louise loves creating exciting worlds, dark characters, and twisted plots.

Louise lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, sons, a puppy and a rather naughty cat, and also teaches mindfulness.

www.louisejensen.co.uk

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#BlogTour! #Review – Guilty by Laura Elliot (@Elliot_Laura) @Bookouture

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It begins with a phone call. It ends with a missing child.

On a warm summer’s morning, thirteen-year-old school girl Constance Lawson is reported missing.

A few days later, Constance’s uncle, Karl Lawson, suddenly finds himself swept up in a media frenzy created by journalist Amanda Bowe implying that he is the prime suspect.

Six years later …

Karl’s life is in ruins. His marriage is over, his family destroyed. But the woman who took everything away from him is thriving. With a successful career, husband and a gorgeous baby boy, Amanda’s world is complete. Until the day she receives a phone call and in a heartbeat, she is plunged into every mother’s worst nightmare.

An utterly compelling psychological thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last page. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and Sarah A. Denzil’s Silent Child.

What does TWG think?

-holds head in hands- this is one of those books where you sit, staring at your computer for ages, attempting to write a review about it, but you end up failing miserably. As much as I would love the words to write themselves, my mind isn’t that clever. However, this does mean that due to the nature of the storyline and the fact that it could be spoiler central, I will need to be annoyingly vague.

I finished reading ‘Guilty’ last week, yet it has managed to keep my nerves frayed ever since. There was just something about this storyline that got under my skin, but I have no idea what it was exactly.

A teenager is missing. A journalist is all over it like a bad smell. A family is at their wit’s end, wondering where their daughter is. An uncle is being put in the spotlight, alongside the relationship with his thirteen year old niece.

I found the whole missing child/family relationship under fire, extremely difficult to read. Extremely difficult. Whilst I was aware that the entire situation was an integral part of the storyline, I struggled. Don’t get me wrong, the author had completely nailed the situation, as well as writing it extremely realistically. My issue wasn’t with the book, it was my own personal reaction to it.

As the storyline settled into itself, more nail-biting situations cropped up, and the media stuck their noses in every single time. Of course, that is their job! Even though their involvement could be quite raw to read, it was incredibly eye-opening to witness the lengths that journalists go to in order to get a story. It was crazy. I was aware that the media can spin stories, but I didn’t know the full extent.

Because ‘Guilty’ is split into various parts, it was quite easy to turn myself off from one main circumstance, to allow myself to engage in the brand new one without too much confusion. The storyline flowed well, and the author combined the parts without leaving any major loose ends. Bonus.

Being honest, this storyline wasn’t for me as it brought up too many bad memories. However, because that it is my own personal reaction to the storyline and not the work of the author, I still think that Laura Elliot has done a brilliant job with this book.
Why?
Because the author still managed to get a reaction out of me! The storyline was gritty, nail-biting and raw, and the characters were very well-developed. I genuinely cannot fault the author at all! ‘Guilty’ has done the job of a psychological thriller, big time. Instead of keeping the intensity on an even keel throughout the novel, it just continued to grow, raising my blood pressure with every turn of the page.

A very well written, intense and jaw dropping novel – if you can hack the pace and like your heart beating rather fast, you will adore this book!

Thanks Bookouture,

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#BlogTour! #Review – Curves, Kisses & Chocolate Ice-cream by @SueWatsonwriter @Bookouture

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Dani’s on a mission to get her life back on track by the end of the summer. Running, rowing, aerobics and more, but perhaps all she needs are sweet treats and a second chance?

Ten years ago, Dani fled Appledore with a broken-heart and a suitcase full of shattered dreams. Only now is she brave enough to put her past behind her and return for a summer selling homemade ice cream and getting fit by doing sit-ups by the sea.

But the new-look cafe is filled with old memories of Jude, her teenage sweetheart-turned-sour. She thinks of him every time she swirls warm sauce onto a ‘chocolate-bockaglory’ and even with the help of Chris, her gorgeous personal trainer, the urge to break her diet is everywhere she turns.

When Jude makes an appearance at the cafe on the eve of Dani’s birthday party, history threatens to repeat itself. Is Dani strong enough to say no? And is the love she’s been longing for much closer than she thinks?

A truly delicious, laugh-out-loud beach read that’s guaranteed to melt your heart. Perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond, Abby Clements and Debbie Johnson.

What does TWG think?

Sue Watson is back with book two in the ‘Ice-cream Cafe Series’! ‘Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-cream’ may be book two in the series, but it can quite easily be read as a standalone, so don’t worry if you haven’t managed to read the first book beforehand. However, book one is a brilliant book so I do recommend reading that one anyway!

I say this every time I review a Sue Watson novel, but, this novel really was written from the heart. We follow the life of main character, Dani, who is still trying to mend a broken heart after all this time. Some people suggest getting under a guy to get over one, however, Dani decided that she was going to find a friend in all things sugar instead. Unfortunately for Dani, her relationship with sugar became strained, and her self-esteem plummeted, there was only one thing for her to do – lose weight. After several embarrassing attempts in the gym, Dani drove home with a plan….and a man of the personal trainer variety. Word on the street was that he was quite hot…

Dani is such a big-hearted, bubbly type of character who is incredibly easy to warm to. I reckon a lot of readers will be able to relate to her due to the weight issues, as well as the self-esteem issues. Even though those two issues are often emotionally draining, I found that I was able to like Dani a lot more because she came across as ‘real’. It was as though she took on the role of being ‘the voice of many’. Although, I am sure a lot of readers would be extremely envious at the prospect of having ice-cream at their fingertips.

Watching Dani grow, for me, was the highlight of the storyline. I was able to watch her come out of her shell, grow into her personality, and finally be able to learn the skin she was in. The personal trainer helped though, I must admit.

Out of the Ice-Cream Cafe series so far, ‘Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-cream’ is my favourite. Whilst ‘Ella’s Ice-cream Summer’ was a fantastic novel to read, I found this second book a lot more heart-warming in terms of the relatability factor. It had the type of storyline that screamed ‘HUG ME’, with a hint of ‘please don’t pinch my ice-cream’. Not only that, the entire storyline was filled with such dry and fun humour, it’s pretty clear that the author has put her own personality in the storyline via her wit.

I have no idea (like always) how Sue Watson does it, but she continues to blow my mind with each and every storyline that she produces. Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-cream is yet another outstanding, humorous, heart-warming and memorable read, from the cosy author we have all come to love and adore, Sue Watson.

I totally think Sue Watson should get an ice-cream named after her in the next book…just saying..

Thanks Bookouture.

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Big thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in Sue Watson’s blog tour. The tour isn’t over yet, and if you wish to follow it, all of the bloggers involved are on the graphic below:

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#CoverReveal!! The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @Bookouture #DIRobynCarter

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If you haven’t a clue who DI Robyn Carter is, well on Earth have you been?!
I’ll forgive you, in time…well, you can pre-order this little beauty though?

Are you ready to see the cover for Carol Wyer’s upcoming novel?

Uhhhhhhh, YAH!!!

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THE MISSING GIRLS by Carol Wyer

An absolutely nail-biting serial killer thriller with a heart-stopping twist (Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 3)

 
Out on 14th September 2017

Pre-order now:

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One girl found dead. Another girl gone…

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer. 

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart. 

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!

Major, major squeal! This sounds AMAZING! If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, the links are above go, go, go!!

Weekly Wrap Up! (1)

#BlogTour! #Review – The Betrayed by Casey Kelleher (@caseykelleher) @Bookouture

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I am super excited to be kicking off Casey Kelleher’s blog tour today, alongside Jen Med’s Book Reviews! Happy publication day!! Nothing like starting a new day with a bit of betrayal, is there? Make sure you take a nosey at all of the other bloggers on the tour, all of their blog names are in the graphic above!

Shall I just weesht and get to the review?

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Colleen Byrne is wife to one of the biggest faces on the streets of Soho, Jimmy Byrne.  He promised her the life of luxury, but behind the diamonds and fur coats is a dangerous world of violence and lies.  With her two children, Nancy and Daniel, Colleen is in too deep, bound to Jimmy forever.

TWENTY YEARS LATER

Nancy has grown into her father’s daughter, strong, calculated – and ruthless, while Colleen blots out the pain of her marriage any way she can. When Jimmy is found brutally murdered, Nancy is hell bent on finding the culprit.  She’s going to make them pay for what they did.

Only the perpetrator is someone close to home. Someone who betrayed them all. To catch a killer, mother and daughter must find the secrets tearing their family apart…

A totally gripping and gritty thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of Kimberly Chambers, Martina Cole and Jessie Keane.

What does TWG think?

How does one start ones review about a book like this?

Wait, one knows exactly how….

OH MY FREAKING GOD. OH MY FREAKING GOD. OH MY FREAKING GOD!!!!! This book is like a never-ending head funk of intense brilliance!

I must admit, the whole Colleen situation – I saw it coming to begin with! It was pretty clear that Jimmy Byrne was amazing at acting, I even found myself falling under his spell a couple of times; giving him the benefit of the doubt. What completely threw me off guard were all of the events that happened after Nancy was born. Oh my god! Just when I thought I feeling steady with the storyline, something completely out of the blue happened which shocked me to the core. I felt extremely on edge, I had no idea which character I could trust or which one was telling the truth; I couldn’t turn the pages of the book quick enough!

It seemed as though every chapter contained a brand new shocker, something else to sink our teeth into; ‘The Betrayed’ really is a book that keeps on giving! Funnily enough, it didn’t betray me either!

I’m trying not to delve too deep with this review as I obviously don’t wish to give away any parts of the storyline, but, it’s quite hard not to scream about a book that nearly tipped you over the edge. No, wait, it actually did. Three quarters of the way into Casey Kelleher’s novel, I was far too engrossed with yet another Byrne catastrophe to notice how far on the edge of the sofa my butt was. Let’s just say it didn’t stay on the edge for long as I fell off the sofa. I’m not even ashamed! It just goes to show how much ‘The Betrayed’ held my attention and kept me hanging, literally.

Even though the storyline contains a lot of characters, each individual person has their own place in the book and isn’t added to make up numbers. I’m not saying that I liked all of the characters, because I didn’t. A couple of them aggravated me a lot more than the rest, but as for who they are, I’m keeping my mouth firmly shut!

‘The Betrayed’ had me hooked from page one, and continued to own my attention until the very last page. There were intense moments, shocking moments, gritty moments, eye-opening moments, stomach churning moments; you name it, Casey Kelleher has included it. This book took me by surprise on more than one occasion, and I am in awe at how the author has managed to include multiple diversions within the storyline, whilst also maintaining the suspense level, yet upping the level of intensity.

Personally, ‘The Betrayed’ start off good…

…..and it ended with me thinking ‘holy shizzles, this book!’. Aka, BRILLIANT.

It really is no wonder that readers love Casey Kelleher’s novels with a storyline like this! I am completely addicted to Kelleher’s fantastic, vibrant, black and white style of writing, and I am also addicted to her books as of now.

Absolutely phenomenal. Helloooo new favourite author!

Thanks Bookouture!

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Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole. 

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time. 

She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken, The Promise and her latest release, The Betrayed is due for publication on the 21st June 2017.

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