#BlogTour! #Review – Love, Lies and Wedding Cake by Sue Watson (@SueWatsonwriter) @Bookouture

suewatson1
Happy publication day to Sue Watson and ‘Love, Lies and Wedding Cake’! I am absolutely delighted to be hosting one of my all-time favourite authors on my blog today, on her own very special day. Big thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite and my ARC of the book. Here is my review:

suewatson
An absolutely hilarious, laugh-‘til-you-cry, romantic comedy about how life never quite goes to plan…

Faye is in crisis. You wouldn’t know it, because of the big fat smile on her face, but inside, she’s one step away from nuclear meltdown. And she shouldn’t be. Dan is the man of her dreams. And he’s just asked her to marry him.

But Faye’s been down the marriage road before and it ended up with her having Ryan Gosling fantasies while her ex-husband obsessed about the plumbing. Faye and Dan, on the other hand, have been living their lives to the fullest, travelling around the world, having sex under the stars… They’ve never argued about unrolling socks before putting them in the laundry.

Besides, even if she wanted to say yes, how could she move to the other side of the world? Because marrying Dan would mean living in Australia. Beautiful, warm and a gazillion miles from Faye’s daughter, Emma, a single mum with her own crazy little girl who both need Faye every single day. Leaving them – even for someone who makes her as happy as Dan – simply isn’t an option. 

Dan is offering Faye everything she ever wanted. So why does she feel like she’s about to lose it all?

What does TWG think?

‘Love, Lies and Wedding Cake’ is the sequel to Sue Watson’s previous novel, ‘Love, Lies and Lemon Cake’. I had hoped that I would have read the first book before reading the second book, however that wasn’t the case. Luckily it didn’t make much difference as I was able to read this book perfectly well on its own.

Faye is as happy as pig in……cough. She has a wonderful daughter, a sassy granddaughter, and is the girlfriend of an Australian hunk (a toy-boy fyi). What more could a forty something woman want? When Faye finds out that her boyfriend, Dan, has to go back home to Australia, she feels her heart shatter into a million pieces. Dan tells her that it’s about time she lived her own life, instead of living her daughter’s. But can she really go half way around the world without her two girls with her?

Can I just say that Faye’s granddaughter is absolutely hilarious!! Someone get that girl her own novel! What a sassy, strong willed toddler who, incidentally, reminded me of my  own little girl. Gotta love them though, eh!

As daft as this sounds, ‘Love, Lies and Wedding Cake’ came at the right time as lately I have been struggling to do things for myself, because I am so busy doing things for other people. Just like Faye. It’s after you see it in black and white from a different perspective, that things start to make sense. Faye struggled with her own conscience of trying to be the perfect mum/granddaughter, whilst also wanting to finally live her life with her boyfriend. It was as though she was damned by any decision that she made, yet the only person who was going to suffer in the long run was herself.

This storyline really did hit home on a personal level, making me quite emotional in the process, making me feel as though my own personal feelings were being validated by a fictional character. I could see where Dan was coming from to a certain extent, yet the way he ended up phrasing it to Faye made him come across like a donkey hat.

Sue Watson’s delivery of both a hilarious and heart-warming read was, as always, totally flawless. The ratio between serious and snort-your-drink-out-of-your-nose moments was brilliantly defined, moulding well together to create an all round, perfect and huggable read.

Faye, courtesy of Sue Watson, made me remember that whilst we are often intent on splitting ourselves between 3855738 people, the person who we need to ensure is happy and fulfilled more often than anyone else – is ourselves. Faye highlighted that that was easier said than done, yet she also highlighted how important it was to do, before you end up hitting fifty and realising that you have actually done nothing for yourself. Gives you food for thought really, doesn’t it? Or cake….

‘Love, Lies and Wedding Cake’ fulfilled me from the tips of my fingers to the tips of my toes, wrapping me up in a blanket with its cosy and touching moments. Sue Watson’s novel could not have come at a better time for me to read, and I feel like now, thanks to copious amounts of cake and a sassy granddaughter of Faye’s, I can allow myself to snort drink out of my nose in laughter if I choose to do so…for me.

Beautifully written, I’m torn between choosing this book or choosing a cake – that is how much I loved this book**

** Ps, the book won seeing as it contains cake ;).

Buy now!

About the author.

Sue Watson was a journalist then a TV Producer at the BBC until she realised that instead of working, she could stay at home, and write about exciting things like foreign travel and cake!

So far Sue’s written twelve books, and some have been translated into Italian, German and Portuguese (she’s big in Brazil!) Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where her days are spent baking (and eating) lots of cake, while making big life decisions about whether to have Caramel Chew Chew or Salted Caramel ice cream while watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa. 

For more info visit Sue’s website; http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/

Sue would love to meet you on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/suewatsonbooks

Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter

Advertisements

#BlogTour! #Review – Three Secrets by Clare Boyd (@clareboydclark) @Bookouture

Cboyd1
Another Bookouture related review for you all today, this time it is for Clare Boyd and ‘Three Secrets’. Once again, thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

CBoyd

A terrible secret killed your husband… but which one?

Robert kisses his wife on the head before heading out to the shop for more wine; he walks up the hill, takes a left across the footbridge and jumps to his death on the busy motorway below.

Two years later, Francesca and her young daughter are leaving London for a fresh start, money is tight and Robert’s mother has found them a little cottage in her village. Francesca is grateful for the help, but why does Robert’s mother want to keep them so close? Does she know about what Francesca did in the hour before Robert’s death?

Soon Francesca begins to suspect there was more to her husband’s death than she realised, that there might be even darker secrets hiding in his past than her own…

The closer gets to uncovering the truth, the more she asks: is her own life in danger now too?

What does TWG think?

What an intriguing novel! On one hand I was all ‘the pace is slow, I’m not too sure…’, yet on the other hand I couldn’t help but think ‘I have to find out more. I have to find out the reasons behind Francesca’s guilt’. So, whilst there was part of me that was battling with the slow burning storyline, the other part of me was too nosy NOT to find out the truth.

The more of the storyline I read, the more intrigued I became. Even though truths were coming out regarding a couple of the characters secrets, there seemed to be a lot of information still being withheld by Francesca, John and even Robert and John’s mum. As for Dilys, well, the less said about her the better!!

Personally, I didn’t feel that the pace picked up all that much, yet the strength of the storyline itself seemed to mature over the duration of the book. The characters seemed to come into their own, and the dynamics within the storyline increased in-depth. Therefore, even though I would have enjoyed the book more if the pace had been slightly faster, the fact that the author had written such an intense and gratifying read meant that I wasn’t as bothered by the pace to the level I usually am.

I loved how busy the storyline was, as it meant that I was able to sink my teeth into so many things without being bored or the story becoming stagnant. Clare Boyd made every little piece of information flow incredibly well, alongside the larger and more intrusive moments.

The conclusion was a shocker and a half, even though I did feel like it ended far too abruptly for my liking, I could easily have read more of the book without any issues! Hooked? I think so!

‘Three Secrets’ made me doubt every truth I had been told, every lie, and every single person for the duration of the novel. Clare Boyd, unknowingly made me prisoner of her characters secrets and I couldn’t have been happier and no, that isn’t a secret!

Buy now!

About the author.

Clare lives with her husband and their two daughters in Surrey, where her little green shed at the bottom of the garden provides a haven for her writing life. Before becoming a writer, she enjoyed a career in television, as a researcher in documentaries and then as a script editor in drama at the BBC and Channel Four, where her love of storytelling took hold.

Clare’s debut novel, Little Liar​, is published by Bookouture and is available to buy now.

Three Secrets, will be available to buy on May 17th 2018

 Author Social Media Links:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/clareboydclark

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Last Goodbye by Arlene Hunt (@arlenehunt) @Bookouture

AH1
Happy publication day to Arlene Hunt and ‘Last Goodbye’. Huge thanks, as always, to Bookouture for the blitz invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

AH

You’re young. You’re in love. You’re in terrible danger …

‘The woman’s body lay on the bed, hair fanned out in a golden halo, blue eyes open. On the table stood an unmistakable sign: a bouquet of bright yellow roses…’

On a freezing January morning, a young couple is found dead in their cottage in the quiet Dublin suburbs. When Detective Eli Quinn arrives at the scene his stomach drops. It’s the second double homicide in as many months where the killer has left a bunch of yellow roses.

Tucked between the thorns is a little card, with an image of a broken heart. There’s no doubt the killer is trying to send a message, but what do the flowers mean? And can Eli figure out the killer’s motive, before they strike again?

What does TWG think?

Wow, wow, wow, wow, and WOW! ‘Last Goodbye’ had me in its clutches from the very first page, drawing me in like a cold drink on a summer’s day before I even had time to think. I didn’t just read Arlene Hunt’s novel, I devoured it (I think reading 37% of the novel in less than an hour is testament to that, don’t you think?).

There was just something rather special about this book and, despite finishing it 24 hours ago, I still haven’t been able to put my finger on what that is. It just is an exceptionally special novel which made me feel as though I was under investigation, never mind the fact that a killer was at large of course! My hands felt obstructed, my forehead was damp, and my arms were covered in goosebumps – if that is not proof of a brilliant read, I have no idea what is.

Thank goodness for being single is all I can say after reading this! A killer was drawn to couples in ‘love’. They were drawn to females, and they were drawn to killing for their own personal gain. Well, the dead person ended up being given flowers but I don’t suppose that counts seeing as they’re dead, but y’know!

I could tell straight away that Detective Quinn was a man to watch. Not because he was underhanded, but because he seemed to know a lot more than he was willing to divulge. Intrigued? I was! Having taken the newest recruit, Malloy, under his wing, Quinn is determined to show Malloy a few tricks of the trade. However, seeing as Malloy is a force to be reckoned with herself, personalities looked like they were going to clash sooner rather than later.

I would love to be able to talk about the part that shocked me the most, but seeing as it would be a humongous spoiler, I will refrain from doing so. All I will say is, once you begin this book, do not stop reading as the best is yet to come. Seriously! ‘Last Goodbye’ started with a bite, yet finished with a gash.

For me, Arlene Hunt ticked every single box and I have a feeling that this book is just the start of a fantastic series. I cannot WAIT to sink my teeth into book two if it’s anything as brilliant as this one is.

Shocking, thrilling, fast paced, and extremely addictive, ‘Last Goodbye’ will leave you wishing you had to do anything else but say goodbye.

Buy now!

About the author.

Arlene spent her childhood with ‘my nose buried in a book’.  She was a fierce debate-captain in school and her love of language was bound to lead her to writing. Alongside being an author, she writes, edits and reviews briefs for radio.

Arlene is married with one daughter and lives with a crotchety one-eyed cat named Binkley and a German Shepherd named Archer, who is not at all crotchety.

 Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arlenehuntauthor/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/arlenehunt

Website: http://arlenehunt.com/

#Review – The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland (@ShaliniBoland) @Bookouture

The-Millionaires-Wife-Kindle
Everyone has their secrets. But this one could destroy your marriage.

When Anna Blackwell opens an email from an unknown sender, the shocking image attached shatters her perfect world. A woman has been killed. And Anna knows who did it. The past is catching up with her.

Is it her turn next?

To protect herself and her husband Will, she must tell him the terrible truth about her first love. But as the secrets of her life unravel, Anna begins to realise that she is not the only one who has been living a lie.

Anna doesn’t know who to turn to: her best friend, her parents, her husband. But she knows that her ex-lover is dangerous and she must stop him, before it’s too late…

What does TWG think?

Happy publication day, Shalini Boland and ‘The Millionaire’s Wife’. Big thank you to Bookouture for being the book fairy godmother and granting my wish so that I could read the book in time for publication day!

I’m not too sure whether I’m becoming pickier regarding the books I now read, or whether I need to regroup where psychological thrillers are concerned, because I seem to be sitting on the fence for a lot of them to begin with. Now, seeing as it takes a little while for my mind to conjure up an opinion of the storyline, I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing when I do find myself lagging behind on the fence, waiting for the pace to pick up. ‘The Millionaire’s Wife’ was no exception as, to begin with, I was rather unsure on what I was reading. However, after a couple of chapters of too-ing and fro-ing with my opinion, all of a sudden the storyline catapulted into grit and my eyes were glued to the page.

Anna Blackwell is holding on to multiple skeletons in her closet, whilst trying to move on with her life with her husband Will. As far as she is concerned, the past is gone and is no longer a threat to Anna’s new life. Unfortunately for Anna, her past is certainly not forgotten and, with one small detail brought to Anna’s attention, that fact was cemented straight away. Should she tell Will what is going on? Or should she wait to see whether the past goes through with the threat?

Oh my gosh! I am so glad that I continued to read ‘The Millionaire’s Wife’ as it just kept on delivering shock after shock every time I turned the page. One moment life was all rosy for Anna and Will, the next moment their lives are hanging by a thread. Literally. When the truth came out and Anna was made aware of just who was involved in certain events, it sent multiple shivers up my spine. It just goes to show that sometimes people really can be wolves in sheep clothing.

The energy felt throughout this book was like a lightening bolt. I couldn’t keep up with the shocks the author was intent on delivering, nor could I keep up on the attacks that were flying in Anna’s direction.

What started off, in my opinion, as a slow burning read, ending up being an absolute firecracker of a book which gripped me from head to toe. Never mind this book being about a millionaire’s wife, I feel like a millionaire just by being able to read it!

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (No 1, US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2, US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (No 9, UK Kindle charts), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts).

THE SILENT SISTER is now available to preorder!

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

Be the first to hear about her new releases here: http://eepurl.com/b4vb45

She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

http://www.facebook.com/ShaliniBolandAuthor
http://www.shaliniboland.co.uk
https://twitter.com/ShaliniBoland

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Dying Truth by Angela Marsons (@WriteAngie) @Bookouture

dyingtruth
Today is the third and final day of the ‘Dying Truth’ blog blitz, and I am delighted to be able to share my review. Big thank you to Kim Nash for the blitz invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

dyingtruth1
How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead. 

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim. 

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

What does TWG think?

Finally!! After seeing a lot of posts on social media regarding the contents of ‘Dying Truth’, I FINALLY was able to read it. Of course, with some of those social media posts stating how the book made people cry, I was a little bit apprehensive as to whether the book was going to come across as being hyped up because of that, or whether I was going to end up like other readers with a muckle book hangover at the end of it.

‘Dying Truth’ started very cleverly, with part of the ending being brought to the beginning, adding the all important hook straight from the get go. I was intrigued big time, wanting to find out exactly how Kim Stone ended up in the predicament we find her in at the start of the book, which was actually part of the ending.

Set predominantly in a high-end boarding school, Kim Stone and her team are faced with multiple deaths of children from said school. Kim’s gut instinct says that they’re all linked, but some members of her team aren’t quite so convinced. Is there a child killer on the loose? Or has someone ruffled other people’s feathers by shuffling their deck of cards?

For me, the boarding school situation went on a little bit too long. I can see why it did need to be the focus of the storyline to an extent and I would agree with the majority of that, however, it was as though the storyline was being padded out by the too-ing and fro-ing, making the conclusion longer to reach. Well, either that or I am incredibly impatient!

Because I had seen so many readers say that they were in floods of tears and distraught at certain events in the book, it was in the back of my mind and I was trying not to let it interfere with my own views of the book. I couldn’t help but sit and wait for the emotional parts, therefore, I didn’t end up reacting the same as others. Yes, it was shocking, and yes my hand connected with my mouth more times than I can remember. But I didn’t cry, nor was I distraught. I was more shocked than anything else, truth be told!

‘Dying Truth’ certainly had the shock factor which gripped me from start to finish, like I was trapped in chains with no means of getting released until I had reached the end of the story. The dynamics of the storyline were brilliantly written and very well executed, and even though I did feel certain parts were padded out, I did enjoy the cat and mouse chase regarding the school. I did try to work out who the culprit was, and the fact that I caught onto the red herrings meant that I was 100% wrong when it came to the ‘whodunnit’ parts. I didn’t see it coming at all – I was just glad that I was sitting down when I reached the conclusion!

Another high energy, shocking and gripping read from Angela Marsons. Impressive from start to finish, this author never fails to deliver.

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Angela Marsons is the author of the International Bestselling DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 2 million in 2 years.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.

She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.

After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.

Her last three books – Blood Lines, Dead Souls and Broken Bones – reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Summer at the Castle Cafe by Donna Ashcroft (@Donnashc) @Bookouture

Summer at the Castle Cafe - Blog tour
Delighted to be kicking off the blog blitz today for Donna Ashcroft and ‘Summer at the Castle Cafe’. Big thank you to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

Summer-at-the-Castle-Cafe-Kindle

When Alice Appleton escapes to the beautiful seaside town of Castle Cove it’s the change of scenery she didn’t even realise she needed. Taking up a job in the charming Castle Café, Alice finds herself surrounded by cream teas, chocolate cake and quirky characters. Could this be the perfect place for Alice to embrace the summer?

Mysterious and handsome Jay O’Donnell has lived in picturesque Castle Cove since he was a child. As a volunteer on the lifeboats, his days by the sea are far from predictable. Haunted by a tragedy from his past, he’s on a mission to save as many people as possible. But when Alice Appleton walks into his life – and turns his world upside down – he begins to realise that perhaps it might just be his turn to be rescued…

As Alice and Jay find themselves unexpectedly falling for each other, will they learn the importance of letting go to make way for second chances? And will Alice find the life she’s always dreamed of in Castle Cove?

What does TWG think?

I must admit that I was a little bit unsure about ‘Summer at the Castle Cafe’ at first because there have been a lot of books published with summer/cafe/castle in the title and, being perfectly honest, I thought it was just going to be ‘another one of them’ type of books. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong if I tried. Donna Ashcroft’s novel isn’t samey, nor is it predictable. In fact, I feel quite confident in saying that ‘Summer at the Castle Cafe’ is in fact, pint-sized perfection.

Alice decided to take on a challenge in memory of her mother. A challenge which meant facing her own fears, and being constantly reminded of the things she, Alice, never did. Whilst trying to rid her conscience of the guilt surrounding her mothers memory, Alice happens to walk in the path of a man who is quite like herself. A man who has had his own fair share of heartaches. A man who puts himself on the line just to save other people. But, even with a lot of things in common, can Alice and Jay find the missing pieces of their own puzzles before it’s too late?

Alice has the type of personality which a lot of people may find ‘marmite’. She’s set in her ways, yet will go out of her way to help others, whilst also refusing help herself. The more I found out about Alice, the more I felt confident that she would be able to rise to the challenge of facing her fears and living life in the moment.

As for Jay, his personality seemed to take a little while to come out in the storyline and, once it became clear about what that man has had to deal with, I could see why it took a while for him to let his guard down. I thought it was very clever how the author changed the vibes to fit in with the characters.

For me, the whole theme of facing your fears, facing up to hardships and going that extra mile to re-build your confidence, struck multiple chords with me. I loved how, even though there were strong, emotional themes hidden within the storyline, there was also a mixture of laugh out loud moments to balance everything out.

‘Summer at the Castle Cafe’ reminded me of the perfect ice-cream on a summer’s day – sweet, addictive, beautiful to look at, filling, and full of tantalising contentment. This is a book that I could read over and over again, and still not get bored. I cannot wait to read more from this author if this book is anything to go by!

Buy now!

About the author.

Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager. 

Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. Her first two books Summer at the Castle Cafe and Christmas at the Castle Cafe will publish in 2018.

Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

You can find Donna on Twitter @Donnashc or visit her at www.donna-writes.co.uk

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Finders Keepers by KT Finch (@KTFinchcrime) @Bookouture

kt
We reached the end of the blitz for KT Finch and ‘Finders Keepers’! Big thank you, as always, to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

kt1

What if you could change your life with one little lie?

 Noah Kendall loves his family, but hates his teaching job. Mortgage, bills and mouths to be fed: he’s stuck in a rut. And with more debts piling up each day, he knows that something has to change.

 As he opens yet another red letter, he has to get out and clear his head, despite the heavy Alaskan snow outside. His legs ache as he runs deeper into the forest, until he notices something in the distance – a crashed car, sitting dead still. Inside, a girl sits slumped in the driver’s seat, eyes closed, mouth open, skin grey beneath the winter frost.

 And then beside her he sees it: a bag of money. And lots of it. Enough to pay off his debt and start a whole new life. And it’s just sitting there, waiting for him to take it…

 What would you do?

 This book was previously published as The Dead Girl.

What does TWG think?

The phrase ‘Finders Keepers losers weepers’ springs to mind, please say that I’m not the only one who thought that!

Noah is in debt, but seeing as he more interested in creating a DIY tent in his trousers, it takes a while for him to acknowledge that the bills won’t pay themselves, and his tent won’t bring him the large amount of cash he desperately needs to keep his family afloat.

Well, until he comes across the answers to all of his prayers staring back at him, in a bag, in a car that isn’t his. Would you take the money? Or would you leave it next to a person who seems to be none the wiser? Finders keepers losers weepers for sure!

I loved the concept of this novel as it showed the lengths that people go to when their life is crumbling around them. No-one thinks rationally when they’re panicking, and Noah proved that with his conundrum. He knew what the right thing to do was, but he also knew that if he didn’t sort out those red letters, his family would have nothing. Of course if he spent more time actually working than spying on his neighbour, perhaps he wouldn’t even be in this mess but hindsight is a wonderful thing!

For me, the theme of this book was top notch, intense and very more-ish. However, I struggled finding the link between the theme and Noah struggling to keep his tent in his pants. I actually found those parts very unnecessary. I’m no prude at all, but for me Noah and the neighbour thing just didn’t work.

However, if I were to focus on the other parts of the book and not that part, I would say that ‘Finders Keepers’ was an interesting read which was annoyingly (in a good way) addictive. KT Finch certainly knows how to reel her readers in, that’s for sure!

Buy now!

About the author.

KT Finch writes psychological thrillers filled with murder, mystery and shocking twists.

KT Finch was raised in Pennsylvania and she spent her adult life in Southern California. She’s a bestselling fiction author and novelist, writing in the mysteries and thrillers genre. She writes thrillers, mysteries and suspense novels about ordinary people put in extraordinary circumstances. In a previous life, KT Finch has worked as a mathematics professor, content marketer, and resume writer. 

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Runaway Girl by Emma Tallon (@EmmaEsj) @Bookouture

et1
Blitz 2 of the day and it’s for a ‘Runaway Girl’ who goes by the name of Emma Tallon! Here is my review:

et
Anna Davis has spent years terrified of her sadistic gangster boyfriend. Right up until she runs away in the dead of night, she’s frightened he will kill her. And she knows he still will, if he ever finds her…

As Anna starts her new life, she meets two strangers who will change her fortunes forever. Tanya Smith is a gorgeous East London stripper with a big heart. Anna loves Tanya’s attitude to life and the pair quickly become inseparable and business partners. And East End baron Freddie Tyler is everything Anna’s ex-boyfriend was not – he’s kind, caring and would do anything to make Anna happy.

But are they both telling Anna the truth about who they really are?

Just as Anna begins to see a brighter future for herself, her past comes back to haunt her. She could be about to lose everything – even her life. But she’s a different person now. She’s got something to live for and she’s not going to give up without a fight.

What does TWG think?

Well, this is a tad dark! I think I underestimated just how dark this book was going to be, not that I’m complaining of course! Obviously the title being what it is, doesn’t exactly suggest a Cinderella and Prince Charming type storyline, but the contents threw me overboard like Jack in the Titanic.

Let’s just say that Anna and her boyfriend haven’t always seen eye to eye, with Anna now realising that if she doesn’t leave now, she won’t have a life to leave. Will her boyfriend catch up with the runaway girl? Or is someone else to get her, maybe a wolf dressed in sheep clothing?

A new author for me, but one that is now on my radar for future releases, especially if any forthcoming novels are as fast paced and intense as this one! ‘Runaway Girl’ is not an easy read due to the domestic side of things, but the content of the book is on par with modern day society and, whilst it is an incredibly hard hitting read, it is one that may make people sit up and take notice. Just because someone smiles at you, it doesn’t mean that they’re nice, and just because someone frowns at you, it doesn’t mean they’re going to pinch your lunch money. However, poor Anna learns the hard way as the ‘Runaway Girl’ realises that the only person you can trust is yourself.

Dark, devious and intense, this shocking read will leave you reeling.

Buy now!

Author Bio:

Emma Tallon is a British, gritty crime writer, adventurer, Londoner and mother to a young son. Starting her career a few years ago as a ghostwriter, Emma crafted some of the most adventurous, edgy and heart-wrenching stories you can find on the shelves today.

In March 2017 Emma stepped out of the literary shadows and self-published her first book, Life Game. The book was an instant success, the results far exceeding anything she had expected. As news of Life Games popularity spread, she joined forces with W.F.Howes and the audiobook was launched in October 2017.

In December 2017, Emma signed a three book deal with publishers Bookouture. This included Life Game which was changed, re-edited and now re-released as Runaway Girl.

Drawing inspiration for her books from a mixture of her own observations and an active imagination, the characters Emma paints are colourful and larger than life. Her story lines are an interesting recipe of deep emotion and violent grit, that keep her readers engrossed.

With two more books in the works for this series already, Emma has many more stories planned out for the future.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Family at No. 13 by S.D.Monaghan (@SeanMonaghan16) @Bookouture

sd
The most perfect lives can hide the darkest secrets…

Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect.

But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband Andrew barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

And then someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes, threatening her and her family…

Everyone has secrets. But is someone at number 13 hiding something that could put the whole family in danger?

What does TWG think?

Where do I begin…

I was actually quite frustrated with this storyline because it held so much promise, yet there were a couple of things that I just couldn’t get my head around. I absolutely loved the intensity of this novel, that’s for sure! There was a whole lot of ‘dun dun dun’ moments getting thrown about which was brilliant, but I struggled to believe the overall concept of the storyline and I’m not too sure whether that was because of the characters, or whether the storyline needed a little bit more fire.

I preferred the second half of the book as it held more oomph than the first part, in my opinion, and I became frustrated with the storyline because deep down I knew that the author had a lot more to give than what he put into this novel.

For me, the star of the show was the not knowing the characters backgrounds in-depth until further into the storyline, as it kept me wanting more, especially where Mary was concerned. Mary was definitely an oddball, but she was an intriguing oddball who seemed to be the glue holding all of the characters together. I wanted to dislike her, but I just couldn’t bring myself to because of how vital her part was in the truth of ‘The Family at No.13’.

Overall, ‘The Family at No.13’ was an intriguing read which, despite having an iffy relationship with the first half of the novel, left me wanting more. It really was weirdly addictive.

Buy now!

About the author.

D. Monaghan grew up in Dublin before travelling extensively in Asia, Europe and America. After teaching English in Thailand for two years, he moved back to Ireland and gained an honours degree in psychology. While living in Canada for four years, he studied screenwriting in Toronto. S. D. Monaghan completed the Masters in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin with the editorial guidance of the Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford and Orange Prize nominee, Deirdre Madden. On the strength of his work there, he was chosen to represent both the university and the Oscar Wilde Writers’Centre to read excerpts at the Dublin Publishers Festival and on Dublin Culture Night. He lives in Dublin with his wife, where he is currently working on his new novel. He is represented by Zoe Ross at United Agents.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

 

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott (@Kierney_S) @Bookouture

thumbnail_Cross Your Heart - Blog Tour
Last but not least on the busiest day in TWG history, is my review of Kierney Scott’s ‘Cross Your Heart’. Thank you to Bookouture for the blitz invite!

thumbnail_Cross-Your-Heart-Kindle
Blinking her eyes open, she looks around the room, taking in the bed and the wardrobe full of clothes she’s never seen before. This isn’t her bedroom. Those aren’t her clothes. She begins to cry as she wonders if she’ll ever see her own home again.

Three young girls are missing. All of them cold cases. All of them forgotten. But when Detective Jess Bishop identifies a disturbing link between them, she’s determined to find out what happened, and fights to re-open their cases.

At the scene of each abduction the kidnapper left a clue – a small bag of candy – in place of the missing child.

And then a fourth child is taken. Eight-year-old Ava is snatched from her hospital bed and when a bag of candy is found in her room, Jessica knows it’s the same kidnapper.

As the pressure to solve the case pushes Jess and her team to breaking point, Jess takes a personal risk she fears she’ll live to regret. But she has no choice.

Out of hospital, Ava can only get sicker: Jess is running out of time. Can she find Ava before it’s too late?

What does TWG think?

Welcome back, Jess Bishop!! Feels like ages ago since we were last in Jess Bishop’s company. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first book in the series as you’ll manage to read this book as a standalone. However, it won’t do you any harm to read the first book before reading ‘Cross Your Heart’, just to get yourself up to speed with the characters first.

I’ll get straight to the point – ‘Cross Your Heart’ scared me senseless! The creepiness element to this storyline was incredible and very well written, alerting all of my emotions in one swift movement (as well as the hairs on my arms, obviously)! Missing child cases always put the fear of christ up me and, whilst I usually steer away from them as I find them difficult to read, I couldn’t help but delve into Kierney Scott’s latest instalment, just to see whether Jess Bishop can kick booty once again.

I loved how addictive and compelling ‘Cross Your Heart’ was, as well as the pace fitting well to each situation the characters were faced with along the way. Personally, I preferred the first book in the series as I found it to be a lot more intense than this one, however, I think the fact that ‘Cross Your Heart’ had a lot more scary moments in it, meant that I was able to enjoy reading this book in a different manner to the first.

It was great to catch up with Jess Bishop and team again, especially as we got to see even more of her personality this time round. I really did enjoy reading this book and would highly recommend this book, and the series, to everyone and anyone. Roll on the next book in the series.

Buy now