#BlogTour! #Review – Too Damn Nice by @KathrynFreeman1 @BrookCottagebks @ChocLitUK

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Do nice guys stand a chance?

Lizzie Donavue went from being the sister of his best friend to the girl Nick Templeton most wants to kiss. On her birthday, he finally summons up the courage to make his move. But it looks like Nick’s missed his chance when he discovers that Lizzie has been offered a modelling contract, which will take her away to the glamorous fashion scenes of New York and Los Angeles. Nick is forced to watch from the sidelines as the gawky teenager he knew is transformed into Elizabeth Donavue: top model and ultimate English rose pin-up, forever caught in a whirlwind of celebrity parties with the next up-and- coming Hollywood bad boy by her side.

But then Lizzie’s star-studded life comes crashing down around her, and a guy like Nick could be just what she needs. Will she take a chance on him? Or is he just too damn nice?

What does TWG think?

There is nothing more satisfying than starting a new book and finding out that you’re able to curl up on the sofa with it in sweet bliss after the first few pages. When I started reading Kathryn Freeman’s ‘Too Damn Nice’, I had had the day from hell. Majorly stressed. Majorly exhausted, and all I wanted to do was hide. So what did I do instead of hiding? I read ‘Too Damn Nice’. A few chapters in, I began to feel a lot calmer and a lot less stressed. How on Earth can a book be such an antidote?

Lizzie Donavue and Nick Templeton go way back. Having been her brothers best friend for many, many years; Nick has been able to watch Lizzie grow up over the years (without being stalkerish) and his heart seems to like what he sees. Unfortunately, life isn’t as plain sailing as ‘boy meets girl – fall in love – live happily ever after’. Of course we would be lying if we said we didn’t want it to happen that way! Instead, life took Lizzie to  the USA whilst Nick stayed in the UK. Two hearts breaking. Except…Lizzie hasn’t the foggiest that Nick is head over heels in love with her. Whoopsie.

Let me just get this out the way first – I have to admit that at the beginning of the book, my first thought was ‘here comes the predictable love storyline’. HOWEVER, that thought soon disappeared as quickly as it entered my head as Lizzie Donavue is in no way a modern day ‘Juliet’, and Nick isn’t really feeling the modern day ‘Romeo’. With two ballsy main characters and a a storyline with more twists than a game of Twister, it didn’t take long at all for ‘predictable love storyline’ to fly out of my head and never return. Don’t get me wrong, romance features quite heavily in ‘Too Damn Nice’, yet it wasn’t the predictable sort. Look just trust me on this, go and nab the book yourself and you’ll see what I mean!

Even though romance IS featured a lot in this novel, Kathryn Freeman has also managed to incorporate some rather emotional and serious topics into the overall storyline, thus making me go from ‘awwwwwwww!!!’ to ‘what the chocolate cupcake?!’ to ‘oh no -sniffs-‘. I’m not even exaggerating either. If you think that Kathryn Freeman’s latest novel is just ‘too damn nice’, then you will be pleasantly surprised by the ‘too damn brilliant’ storyline your eyes will devour. Promptly.

I felt as though I was on a constant rollercoaster of emotions and turbulent circumstances! One minute the storyline was going through the motions at a leisurely pace, watching the flowers bloom and the romance soar, and then the next minute the pace had fast forward to the fastest speed on a Sky+ box and everything was all happening at once! Was I complaining? Was I heck! It was brilliant!!!! So much to sink my teeth into, yet not TOO much to make my already stressed brain have a power cut.

The characters were three dimensional, each slotting into the storyline perfectly. The serious topic which the author wrote into the book is incredibly eye-opening and it should not be taken lightly. Put it this way, it might make you re-think certain things…
As for the emotional value of the novel; it wasn’t too mushy, but it was heartbreaking and I felt that the author did it justice. Considering the mood I was in beforehand, I was glad that the emotional circumstances didn’t take-over the entire storyline as such, it was more of a beautiful and welcomed addition to an already cosy read.

So, I began ‘Too Damn Nice’ in an absolutely horrific mood, and I ended ‘Too Damn Nice’ feeling as though I had just been given THE biggest hug, a bar of chocolate and was told ‘everything will be okay’. Seriously. I couldn’t have asked for a better book to read at that moment in time. Granted I would have also loved the bar of chocolate whilst I was reading it, but I can’t be too greedy…eh ChocLituk ;).

‘Too Damn Nice’ is such a huggable, loveable, beautifully written and highly addictive read, one I will be recommending for a very long time to come. I hadn’t read Kathryn Freeman’s novels before, but I am so pleased to have found an author who’s next novel is making me excited already….and I have absolutely no idea what it’s about or when it’s coming out.

Thanks Brookcottagebooks and Netgalley.

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About the author.

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to
buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Summer Sundaes by Georgina Troy (@GeorginaTroy) @Brookcottagebks

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Wipe off your flip flops, it’s going to be a bumpy ride…

When Sacha Collins, cafe owner and sundae-maker extraordinaire, meets Italian
archaeologist, Alessandro Salvatore in Rome, she’s grateful to him for being her tour guide. Now he’s turned up in the seaside village where she lives, known locally as, The Boardwalk by the Sea and is setting up a gelateria in direct competition to her retro Summer Sundaes Café.

She’s only been running her café for two years since taking over from her father. Until now the only other shops on the boardwalk have been a wool shop, an antique shop and a second-hand book shop. These have helped rather than hindered her custom. How will her creative sundaes made from fresh Jersey ice cream compete with his delicious Italian gelato?

Sacha is worried. Is there enough custom for both businesses to thrive? Who is behind the strange changes being made on the boardwalk? And when the oldest resident on the
boardwalk is threatened with eviction can Sacha and Alessandro come together and find a way of helping her?

For a peaceful little boardwalk overlooking one of the quieter beaches on the island, there’s an awful lot going on and some of it is going to lead to big changes.

What does TWG think?

The weather is turning, the temperature is dropping, so what better book to read than a book which screams ‘warmth and happiness’! Author, Georgina Troy, has released the first book from her brand new series; ‘The Boardwalk by the Sea’ – Summer Sundaes, and what a summery treat it is!

Sacha has gone for a well needed break away to Rome where she is given a tour guide by her aunt. Unsure as to whether the Italian stallion is merely a tour guide or a potential love interest courtesy of her aunt’s not so subtle matchmaking, Sacha decides to go with the flow and let Alessandro show her the delectable sights of Rome. However, things aren’t always as they seem and in Alessandro’s case, he’s been holding onto some information which could either make or break his friendship with Sacha before it has even hit the ground running.

What I loved about ‘Summer Sundaes’ most was how the Boardwalk oozed magic, and how the residents of the Island were full of such wonderful community spirit. It seemed to me that no matter what happened to anyone on the Island, there was always someone there to keep heads above the water.

I had an inkling almost straight away that Alessandro wasn’t as forthcoming as he maybe should have been. Part of me thought that he came across a teeny bit sneaky but at that moment in time, I had no idea why. Obviously as the storyline unfolded, a lot of things became clearer and I was able to get into the characters psyche a little bit more; especially Sacha’s. Despite the main character coming across a bit guarded (and no wonder!), I loved how relatable and real she was. No doubt a lot of readers will be able to relate to Sacha’s character!

As for the rest of the storyline, there was only really one thing that irked me and, without giving too much away, I will try to explain! There is a situation in the book which comes to light due to the bombshell of two similar business on the same boardwalk, and that situation in question seemed to generate a lot of hype leading up to it. At the time, I genuinely thought that it was something devastating or really serious due to the amount of build-up. However, what came to light was something a lot more trivial than I what expected and what I was led to believe. Don’t get me wrong, the unfortunate circumstance worked well with the overall story, I just felt that the build-up to that was a lot more intense than it needed to be and I felt a bit subdued. However, I didn’t let that minor detail ruin my enjoyment of the book too much. I mean, there was so many interesting and charismatic characters to keep me occupied, I was able to put that little irk to the back of my mind and enjoy the rest of the book.

‘Summer Sundaes’ is such an easy-read (in a good way) and I ended up finishing the book a lot quicker than anticipated; much to my annoyance! In an ideal world, Georgina Troy’s new release would have an extension which meant that I could have read it for a bit longer! Unfortunately that would never be the case, so I will have to hope my patience behaves itself between now and the next book. I want to read it nowwwwww!!

‘Summer Sundaes’ is a beautiful, cosy, enriching, and addictive read which will leave you feeling extremely content by the end. Full of warm wishes, heart-warming moments, and enough love to fill a ‘Love O’meter’ on Valentines Day, your taste buds are guaranteed to be tantalised whilst your heart is full.

A lovely read for any time of the year, ‘Summer Sundaes’ by Georgina Troy would be an ideal addition to anyone’s kindle – without a doubt.

Thanks BrookCottageBooks!

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About the author.

Georgina Troy is the pseudonym of author Deborah Carr. Her first book, A Jersey Kiss was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) and finalist in the Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers 2015.
Her WW1 historical romance, Broken Faces, written in her own name, Deborah Carr, was runner-up in the Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition 2012. She lives on the island of Jersey with her husband, two children and three rescue dogs. Her books are published by Accent Press and Green Shutter Books. Georgina is a member of The Blonde Plotters. Georgina’s new series, The Boardwalk by the Sea, includes four standalone novels about friends, Sacha, Bella, Lexi and Jools. Each book is set in a different season. The girls live on or near a small seaside village known locally as The Boardwalk by the Sea and all of them make an appearance in the books throughout the series but each book will focus on one of the friends.

Summer Sundaes (book 1)
Autumn Antics (book 2) – due Spring 2018

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