#BlogTour! #Review – #DuchessDeal by Tessa Dare (@TessaDare) @MillsandBoon

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Another blog tour today and it’s for Tessa Dare and ‘The Duchess Deal’. Thank you to Mills and Boon for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


‘I am a Duke. I’m not asking you to marry me. I am offering to marry you. It’s a different thing entirely.’

When the Duke of Ashbury returns from war scarred, he realises he needs an heir – which means he needs a wife! When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress visits wearing a wedding dress, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
They will be husband and wife by night only.
No lights, no kissing.
No questions about his battle scars.
Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has secrets and some rules of her own:
They will have dinner together every evening.
With conversation.
And teasing.
Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

What does TWG think?

It’s not often that I read regency romance novels as they’re not really my thing, but I have to say that this one intrigued me. I do enjoy stepping out of my comfort zone, that’s for sure!

Even though ‘The Duchess Deal’ had a few inaccuracies of a historical nature, I found the overall vibe of the storyline quite enjoyable. The romance was a large part of this book and it was written exceptionally well. I have to say that I did find some of the intimate scenes a little cringey! I am not a prude by any means, but I did feel like the intimate scenes between the characters were overdone a little. Certainly was saucy though, can’t fault that!

Tessa Dare is a new author for me and overall, it was a joy to be able to read something by a new author which allowed me to take a running jump out of my comfort zone. I fully appreciated the concept of this book and what it stood for, and I thought that the author brought the characters to life in such a powerful and memorable manner. I did enjoy ‘The Duchess Deal’ a lot more than I thought I was going to and, despite having a couple of issues with several things in the book, I can definitely say that I will be reading another Tessa Dare novel in the future.

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#BlogTour! #ReadingBetweenLines by Jo Merrett (@JMerrett87) @LoveBooksGroup

Delighted to warm up your Saturday evening with my review of ‘Reading Between the Lines’ by Jo Merrett. If you’re feeling a little bit chilly and need something to get you feeling rather toasty, then look no further. Big thanks to LoveBooksGroup for the blog tour invite, as well as a copy of the book itself. Here is my review:

Sexy, sassy, saucy…

…and a little bit unsure.

Ballsy reporter, Kate Cleaver, doesn’t just sit back and wait for things to happen. She’s a modern woman with a voracious sexual appetite who takes life – and men – by the balls.

But, like most women, Kate’s not immune to the inevitable hurdles and heartbreak that threaten to derail her carefully lain plans.

The Record is a dozy, weekly rag. It holds little appeal for someone like Kate, with her sights set on the glamour of national journalism. But, before she leaves the council meetings and cat shows behind, there’s one particular exclusive she’s itching to get her hands on: Chief Reporter, Aidan Tindall.

Reading Between the Lines is a rollercoaster of sexual freedom and angst-ridden rejection, self-doubt and reckless ambition, office flings and 2am gin soaked confessions.

Because what you want in life, isn’t always what you need…

What does TWG think?

Let me just start by saying one thing: I have as much romance in me as a brick. I’m not one of these lovey dovey, PDA, romantic type people. If anything, I could not be any further away from that if I tried. Seriously. That said, I LOVE reading books with a touch of romance. Maybe it’s because I am able to see what romance would be like without having to do all of the hard work that goes with it ;). Who knows. I just know that when I sit with a romance novel in front of me, that poor author has a lot of work to do to get me to believe their story. After all, if you can convince a un-romantic person that being romantic is the way to go, what else do you need to do?

Put it this way, Jo Merrett was able to melt the ice around my frozen heart a smidge – definitely a record! If you dislike reading books where sex is at the forefront of the characters minds, then look away now as this book isn’t for you. However, if you’re a person who wants to read a sexual book but has never had the confidence to pick one up yet, I personally would start the genre with this one. Yes, the erotic theme is severely evident in this book and yes, I did find it got a little bit too much for me at times. That said, the way in which it was brought into the storyline wasn’t as ‘in your face’ as I thought it would be, so I truly believe that ‘Reading Between the Lines’ is a good starting block for anyone trying out this particular genre for the first time.

I have to admit that I did have a few issues with Kate’s character as she seemed to rub me up the wrong way (pardon the pun) on more than one occasion – she came across as a little bit too easy and seemed to do anything where a man was concerned. Whatever floats her boat, obviously. But I personally thought that she lowered my opinion of her due to those actions.

Also, I was impressed at how the storyline had more to it than just sexual innuendos at times – it made the storyline flow a lot easier. I’m not a prude by any means, and whilst I appreciate that with this type of genre erotic themes will be laid bare, I don’t like it when they’re sticking out like a sore thumb. Even though that was the case with some parts of this book, I was really glad that those themes were incorporated well with the characters jobs, their lifestyles, as well as other parts of the storyline itself.

Overall, ‘Reading Between the Lines’ is a very saucy, hot to trot read which is guaranteed to leave you feeling a little bit hot under the collar. If you can see past some of Kate’s traits and actions, I really do think a lot of people will enjoy this. For me, Kate’s character did let the side down, but all in all, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Wedding Bells at the Dog and Duck by Jill Steeples (@JilleSteeples) @Aria_Fiction

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Being asked to kick off the blog tour for the next instalment in one of your most favourite book serials, is an honour. But, being asked to kick off the blog tour for a favourite book serial by one of your all-time favourite authors, is not only an honour, it is an absolute joy. It gives me great pleasure to welcome Jill Steeples back to TWG, as I review the latest book in the ‘Dog and Duck’ series. Big thank you to Aria for both the blog tour invite, and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


Ellie Browne, landlady of The Dog & Duck, is looking forward to a relaxing Christmas Day before the arrival of her and her partner Max’s baby in the New Year. But with a snowstorm brewing outside, it seems that things might not go quite to plan.

After the dramatic events of the holiday season, Ellie settles into her new life at Max’s huge country mansion Braithwaite Manor, juggling work and family as best she can. When she’s asked to help organise a summer wedding for one of her best friends it’s only natural that her mind turns to her own, non-existent, wedding plans!

But with Max decidedly lukewarm on the subject and other family complications threatening to disrupt life further, Ellie fears there’ll never be wedding bells at the Dog & Duck after all.

What does TWG think?

If you haven’t read a book from this series yet, where the hell have you been? If you were feeling rebellious, you could probably get away with reading the books in a haphazard order, but, having read all of the books in order myself, I fully recommend that you start with book one. Not only is the series brilliant, I really do think that if you read the books out of sync, you’ll be missing out on some character information which you might find useful later on in the series.

According to Ellie’s dates, Dog and Duck Jnr isn’t set to arrive for a couple of weeks, but, as I’m sure those with babies know, they pretty much come when they want! Of course after being told that by a friend of hers, Ellie is convinced that she still has time. Ahem, but does she? I mean, it’s a snowstorm outside, traffic has come to a halt, OH and the fact it’s Christmas. Surely baby will take that into consideration before attempting to arrive, right?

That said, a new baby is the least of Ellie’s concerns….if you can call having a baby a concern, obviously, but I’m sure you know what I mean. A lot of family drama is threatening to unfold – NOW that is a typical Christmas!

I really didn’t think that this series could get any better! It’s not that I didn’t have faith in the author to produce an even better book, I just had no idea how Jill Steeples was going to top her previous storyline! Little did I know just exactly how much Ms.Steeples was going to top her previous book!

Despite having a little break between books, it didn’t take me long to get back in the swing of things with Ellie and Max. In fact, it was as though I had never left them! I was able to pick up where we left off in the previous book, falling in love with every character all over again.

From the very beginning, my heart felt as though it was being cuddled, warming my soul better than any fire could ever do. ‘Wedding Bells at the Dog and Duck’ was an absolute joy to read – a series which I am devastated about coming to an end.

Not only was I able to lose myself in the storyline, I was also able to connect to several characters on an emotional level. It’s not often that happens because I can be a little bit of an ice queen, but when it does, it means something incredibly special has allowed me to do so.

‘Wedding Bells at the Dog and Duck’ left me wanting so much more, yet reaching the end of the novel made me feel like I was about to say goodbye to some fantastic new ‘friends’.

Jill Steeples has written a book which captured my heart, made me laugh out loud, filled my heart with immense joy, and made me feel as though I was reading something incredibly precious. Like a precious stone, or a gem. Something which you would do anything to protect, yet you just want to keep hold of it and keep it near you for eternity. Honestly? ‘Wedding Bells at the Dog and Duck’ is exactly like that.

This series didn’t just get better, no. The series went to a whole new level, one which I am incredibly honoured to have been a part of. I really do wish that I could bottle the feelings that this book, and the entire series, have allowed me to feel. Why? Because when you find yourself in reaching distance of something so beautiful, you would do absolutely anything to keep hold of it.

Jill Steeples really has outdone herself with ‘Wedding Bells at the Dog and Duck’ and, in my opinion, this is the best book of the series so far. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series, even though it will be incredibly bittersweet also being the last.

Such a heart-warming, laugh out loud, magnetic and joyous addition to the already fantastic, Dog and Duck series. I cannot recommend this book enough – if I could give it a million and one stars just to show how much I loved this book, I would. Unfortunately I cannot do that, so I just hope that my word is enough.

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Author bio

Jill Steeples lives in a small market town in Bedfordshire with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, baking cakes, eating them and drinking wine.

Website: http://www.jillsteeples.co.uk/

Twitter: @Jillesteeples

Facebook: @JillSteeplesWriter

#BlogTour! #Review – Summer in San Remo by Evonne Wareham (@EvonneWareham) @BrookCottageBKS @ChocLitUK

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What perfect timing to be able to lose yourself in a summery read, just when the snow is about to hit! I am delighted to welcome Evonne Wareham back to TWG as I review ‘Summer in San Remo’. Thank you, as always, to the publisher for a copy of the book, as well as BrookCottageBooks for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

Anything could happen when you spend summer in San Remo …

Running her busy concierge service usually keeps Cassie Travers fully occupied. But when a new client offers her the strangest commission she’s ever handled she suddenly finds herself on the cusp of an Italian adventure, with a man she thought she would never see again.

Jake McQuire has returned from the States to his family-run detective agency. When old flame Cassie appears in need of help with her mysterious client, who better than Jake to step in?

Events take the pair across Europe to a luxurious villa on the Italian Riviera. There, Cassie finds that the mystery she pursues pales into insignificance, when compared to another discovery made along the way …

What does TWG think?

There are days when life decides to throw you a big, stinking curveball, making your mood plummet quicker than your favourite sports team losing their game. There are also days when you’re able to pick up a book and lose yourself in the storyline, completely tuning out to everything outside of the fictional world you now inhabit. ‘Summer in San Remo’ is one of those books.

Just like many people, I use books to escape my daily hell. Not only was I able to escape said hell with Evonne Wareham’s novel, my mind was able to stop over thinking everything. How magic is that? I’m not even being dramatic!

Cassie Travers runs her own business doing ‘odd jobs’ for clients who either can’t find the time to do them, or they have no idea where to even begin. Her work load changes direction when a unique job comes in, causing Cassie to call for extra help outside of her business. Unfortunately, that was where Cassie’s past came back to bite her on the behind. That said, I think her past LITERALLY wanted to bite her on her behind…

I thought ‘Summer in San Remo’ was such a fun book to read, mixing a fast paced storyline with oodles of cracking one liners, touching situations, and a storyline which threatened to give me a sun tan from the pages alone. Oh if only!! Whilst the cover of this book highlights the summery feel, there really was a lot more to this book that meets the eye, a lot of which is found out over the course of the novel. What I’m trying to say is, if you’re unsure of this book due to the simplistic cover, still pick it up and give it a go – you will not be disappointed.

The perfect antidote for anyone in a foul mood, ‘Summer in San Remo’ is the book that will give you the respite your mind needs. Full of summer lovin’, picturesque setting, tons of drama, and characters who are incredibly fun, with a storyline that you’re able to lose yourself in. What more could you want?

Buy: Amazon UK // Amazon US // Apple // Kobo // Google // Nook

About the author.

Evonne Wareham was born in Barry on the South Wales coast, but spent most of her working life in London. Now home again in Wales she is studying for a PhD in History and writing romance.

She was a finalist in two reality writing contests in the United States and had a great time, even if she didn’t win. When not studying or writing, she loves to travel, go to the theatre, walk on the beach and sleep. She has won and been nominated for awards for her romantic suspense novels on both sides of the Atlantic, but Summer in San Remo is something different – a romantic comedy with a light dusting of crime – which is a change of pace from writing the dark scary stuff. She is a member of both the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, which means she gets to go to twice as many literary parties.

Author links: Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Blog // Website

#BlogTour! #Review – #ComingHome by Fern Britton (@Fern_Britton) @fictionpubteam

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Last but not least, I have the pleasure (once again) to host Fern Britton on the 5th day of her blog tour for her brand new novel, ‘Coming Home’. Big thanks to the publishers for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. I am so excited to share my review with you all today:

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Three women.
A lifetime of secrets.
The only place to be is home.

Ella comes back to the beautiful Cornish coast to heal her heart after the death of her beloved grandmother, Adela. There she finds her home again and discovers a new life, but she also opens a treasure trove of secrets.

Twenty years ago Ella’s mother Sennen ran away from Cornwall. Sennen had been a young single mum and, unable to cope, had left their children with her mother Adela…and a part of her with them. She’s spent the years since hiding from her past, hiding from herself.

Now it’s time to come back to Cornwall. To face her mistakes. To pray for forgiveness. And to hope for a future with her long-lost daughter and son. Will she be welcomed back with open hearts?

They say home is where the heart is. It’s time to come home…

What does TWG think?

Do you agree with the phrase; ‘Home is where the heart is’? Or do you agree with the song lyric; ‘Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home’? And anyway, what is the true meaning of ‘home’? Every single person will have their own definition, especially Ella. She’s lost the woman who brought her up, yet the idea of finding the woman who gave her up, is even closer than she originally thought. Should Ella try to fight for her right to get in contact with the woman who hasn’t watched her grow up? Or should Ella side with her brother, a man whose anger is 100 percent directed to the woman who walked out on them as children. The difference being, he remembers their mother; Ella doesn’t.

If you’ve read ‘The Postcard’ by Fern Britton, a couple of the characters may be incredibly familiar for you when you read this book. Don’t worry, you’re not going crazy!

All families have drama, it’s the way of life. Fern Britton has focused on the concept of family dramas, highlighting one of the reasons which cause families to drift apart to begin with – parents not being around. When Sennen fell pregnant, she was facing motherhood as a single mum. When Sennen fell pregnant for the second time, the thought of coping on her own with two young children, became far too much for Sennen to deal with (even if she did have her parents to help). ‘Coming Home’ is a story which explores the aftermath of Sennen’s decision, as well as finding out how the innocent parties of the situation, the children, grew up knowing the truth of what their mother did. Is their anger justified? Was Sennen right to leave her two young children with her mother, disappearing into the night?

I would be lying if I said that ‘Coming Home’ was an easy read, because it wasn’t. The overall theme of the book is incredibly intense and, if like me, you’ve had a parent walk out on you as a child, you’ll be able to sympathise with the characters in a whole different way. You may find you echo the characters anger as well – I know I did!

The storyline is very well written, engaging readers from the get go, allowing them to form their own opinion of every eventuality the author describes. Whilst I had to remember to not judge the mother on her decision, seeing as I wasn’t in her position, I still found it hard to just sit on the fence where she was concerned. Obviously, seeing as I don’t wish to sway anyone with my own opinion, I’ll keep that part of it to myself. Just be prepared to go on an emotional journey.

Once again Fern Britton has captured the true essence, in my eyes, of the word ‘home’ and what it means. Even though I found parts of the storyline quite emotional to read, I was still able to appreciate what the author was trying to convey where Sennen was concerned. I may not have agreed with Sennen’s decision, but I enjoyed being able to read the book from her point of view, whilst also being able to see both sides of such a heart-wrenching situation.

Written from the heart, ‘Coming Home’ is guaranteed to warm you from the inside out. Beautifully written and incredibly touching, Fern Britton has written a novel which is so in tune with every day circumstances, it really would be difficult to not relate to the book in any way. Why? Because the themes covered in this book ARE real life, and it’s about time someone wasn’t afraid to write it in black and white. Beautiful.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Ottercombe Bay (Part Two) – Gin and Trouble by Bella Osborne (@Osborne_Bella) @AvonBooksUK

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Next up on the blog today is my review of ‘Part Two’ of Bella Osborne’s latest serial, Ottercombe Bay – Gin & Trouble. Huge thanks to AvonBooks for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


Escape to the Devon coast, with Part Two of a brand-new four-part serial from the author of Willow Cottage.

Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.

With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

What does TWG think?

Can I just start by saying that I wholeheartedly recommend that you DO read the Ottercombe Bay series in order, as you WILL miss vital pieces of information if you just start the series from book two. I even went out and bought book one before I started this one, just so I had a bit more background about the characters. Plus, you can’t really blame an author for the fact you didn’t understand the book, if you didn’t read them in order now, can you?

Each part of the serial are short and sweet, so I will keep this vague as to not give anything away! Part Two of the Ottercombe Bay series was such a joy to read, making me giggle more times than I probably should admit. In such a short space of time I was able to relate to a certain character, as well as form a not so lively opinion of another one. I certainly am impressed by the authors writing style for allowing me to do that.

I have to say that, whilst the theme of inheritances within storylines are very popular at the moment, veering on becoming ‘over done’, Bella Osborne didn’t shove the theme down my neck like previous books I have read. In fact, the author highlighted the general consensus of the book, yet paved way for the characters to make the storyline their own, keeping the inheritance issue in the background instead of being the be all and end all. Personally, I appreciated that solely because of how many books said theme has featured in recently. I am SO glad that the author has done it differently, it really did make all of the difference to my overall opinion on Part Two.

I am really looking forward to Part Three and seeing what is next in store for Daisy, and Great Uncle Reg’s memories. Daisy is such a fun character to read about, that’s for sure!

A joy to read and, seeing as this part ended with me dropping my jaw down the floor, Part Three is going to be an absolute corker! I just need to find the patience to wait for the third instalment!!

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#BlogTour! #GuestPost from author of #TheLastDay, Claire Dyer – ‘If Tomorrow Were My Last Day’ @ClaireDyer1 @DomePress

What would you do if you knew your last day was imminent? Would you spend the day with your loved ones? Eat all of your favourite food until the point of being sick? Binge watch all the DVD’s you’ve been meaning to watch for goodness knows how long? For my stop on the blog tour today, I had asked author of ‘The Last Day’, Claire Dyer, what she would do if tomorrow was her ‘last day’ and thankfully, the author took the theme and has written such an emotive piece for us here at TWG. Just to make you aware, I have actually read the book, but my review will follow later on so please do keep your eyes peeled for that. In the mean time, grab a Kleenex and sit back to read Claire Dyer’s ‘Last Day’.

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Claire Dyer, author of ‘The Last Day’.

I’m assuming if I was facing my last day I would have made peace both with myself and with those I love and so would be free to spend the day how I wished.

I’ve thought about this a lot since being asked to write this blog and send my thoughts and prayers to all those who are really facing heartbreak of this sort.

However, when thinking about my novel and what happens to my characters in it I think, if I knew I could never do it again, I would like to go to Kalkan in Turkey and watch the sun track its path across the bay one last time.

According to one website Kalkan is ‘an enchanting place and one of the most beautiful
locations along Turkey’s gorgeous Lycian Coast. With the absence of mass tourism, Kalkan remains a charming and unspoiled haven of lush nature, brilliant blue crystal-clear sea, historic architecture, ancient history and warm traditional Turkish hospitality.’
I have spent fifteen happy holidays in Kalkan and can say that every statement of this quote is true. But what is more significant for me is the fact that when I’m there I can live a simple life, can sit and watch the boats in the bay, watch the sun sparkle on the water, eat delicious fresh food, swim and breathe a type of air I just can’t find in England.

What I’ve also done is track the sun’s path across the sky on each and every last day I’ve
been there; I’ve watched the sun set and turn the sky peach and pink and orange. I’ve heard the cicadas thrum their legs and seen bats flitter in and out of the eaves.
And then, after the sunset, come the stars – brilliant and sharp in amongst the black.
Another website tells me that ‘Herodotus: the best of the Greek historians said, ‘Kalkan is the closest place on Earth to the stars’. So, if you want to touch the stars, Kalkan is the best place you have even seen.’ Therefore, I’ve sat on the roof terrace of the villa where we stay and have stared in awe at the ever-changing night.

So far there has always been a next day when I’ve got up, packed my bag and started the
journey home, looking over my shoulder at the bay as the car climbs the hill out of town and turns the corner, leaving Kalkan behind me for a time.

I hope I am never faced with a final goodbye, I hope like in The Last Day, there will be a next day but if I am and there isn’t then this is where I would like to spend my last day.

For those of you who have already read Claire Dyer’s novel, a lump will probably be forming in your throat whilst you read the last sentence of the authors guest post – it did mine! Huge thanks to Claire Dyer for agreeing to write such a beautifully written guest post, and a big thank you to Dome Press for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Don’t forget that my review WILL follow at a later day – I’m not missing the chance to share my views on this thought-provoking novel.

For those of you who haven’t read the book and wish to find out more, and maybe even grab yourself a copy, here are all of the details of ‘The Last Day’:

They say three’s a crowd but when Boyd moves back into the family home with his now amicably estranged wife, Vita, accompanied by his impossibly beautiful twenty-seven-year-old girlfriend, Honey, it seems the perfect solution: Boyd can get his finances back on track while he deals with his difficult, ailing mother; Honey can keep herself safe from her secret, troubled past; and Vita can carry on painting portraits of the pets she dislikes and telling herself she no longer minds her marriage is over. But the house in Albert Terrace is small and full of memories, and living together is unsettling. For Vita, Boyd and Honey love proves to be a surprising, dangerous thing and, one year on, their lives are changed forever.

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#Newsflash – Joanna Bolouri is about to ‘Relight My Fire’! You won’t want to miss THIS! (@scribbles78 @AlainnaGeorgiou @QuercusBooks)



Right, you guys know how much I LOVE Joanna Bolouri’s books, right? I mean, I needed to buy a subscription for Tena Lady that time I was on the blog tour for her (yes, I was that excited!). So, when the lovely Alainna from Quercus Books got in contact about a new Joanna Bolouri novel, I think unintentionally invited dogs round to my house as my squeals were that high-pitched. Seriously, Tena lady and a dog party – living the life of Riley!

Anyway, the whole reason we are here today, aka Valentines Day, is because I have some UTTERLYAMAZING MUCHBETTERTHANVALENTINESDAY new book news! Throw away the Dairy Box; this is FAR better (well, just put them away and keep them until March…).


Because I haven’t quite got the vocabulary for writing this post without squealing and such, I shall let something else do the talking. I am super honoured to present Joanna Bolouri’s upcoming new novel….

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That’s right folks! 31st May 2018 is the paperback publication for ‘Relight My Fire’ by the phenomenal, Joanna Bolouri!! The book will also be published in e-book format in March but, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be buying it in both formats! Here is some more information about Joanna’s book, as well as the all important pre-order links:


Phoebe and Oliver are stuck in a rut.

With a five year old daughter and demanding jobs, it’s not hard to see why the spark has gone.

Not one for giving up, Phoebe creates a sexy wishlist: a jar where they can ask the other for anythingthey’ve ever wanted in bed – or out of it.

But with distractions aplenty – such as, why do all her past lovers think now is a good time to make a reappearance? And, she may be wrong, but is Oli keeping something from her? – will they be able to relight the fire in the bedroom?

From mix tapes to ‘sex jars’, this is the naughtiest rom com you will ever read. From the bestselling author of The List.

Joanna Bolouri is bringing sexy back, us book bloggers and readers dunno how to act……

To pre-order ‘Relight My Fire’ in e-book format, click here! (Published 1st March 2018)
To pre-order ‘Relight My Fire’ in paperback format, click here! (Published 31st May 2018)

#BlogTour! #Review – The Magic of Stars by Jackie Ladbury (@JackieLadbury) @RaRaResources

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It’s TWG’s turn on ‘The Magic of Stars’ blog tour for Jackie Ladbury, and RaRaResources! Huge thanks to Rachel for the tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.

In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her?

One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?

What does TWG think?

Have you ever done something on a whim and then regretted it the next day?

Have you ever forgotten a piece of information which, once it has come back to bite you on the booty, ensures embarrassment takes over quicker than Gemma Collins falling down a trap door at an event?

If you answered yes to both – congratulations! You’re human! You also relate to the main character of this book without even realising it! I have to say though, due to Sapphire’s lack of thinking with her brain one night, I found myself laughing at what she got up to. I probably shouldn’t laugh though, especially as she was going through an iffy time, but c’mon – it was so cringey it was funny. So realistic too!

I am probably the last person anyone should come to when they require empathy; Sapphire included, especially as her issue was self-induced. Well, I guess I did feel a LITTLE sorry for her at first. Only a little!

I was so looking forward to finding out what happened to Sapphire due to her antics and my goodness me, Jackie Ladbury did not disappoint. She kept Sapphire’s naive, yet bulshy personality on top form throughout the entire book, even when her boss pushed her buttons a lot more than he should have. I have to say that I did find Marco’s and Sapphire’s working relationship a little bit jaw-dropping as I felt like I was watching High School Musical or something. I have obviously been working at the wrong places because my boss was never like that (probably best that he wasn’t either but y’know).

Even though there were parts of this book which made me roll my eyes, I found myself enjoying ‘The Magic of Stars’ a lot more than I thought I would. Sapphire’s best friend is hilarious beyond belief – he really was the star in this book!

‘The Magic of Stars’ is a great little read when you need to rid your mind of negativity, whilst also fancying a giggle. Definitely a unique tale.

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About Jackie Ladbury

Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen. Short and sharp lesson learned. Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.
Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

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#BlogTour! #Extract – A Year at Meadowbrook Manor by @FaithBleasdale @AvonBooksUK

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It’s TWG’s turn to host Faith Bleasdale and ‘A Year at Meadowbrook Manor’ today! Unfortunately I didn’t quite have time to read the book to review for my stop today (but do watch this space!)! However, I am delighted to share an extract from Faith Bleasdale’s book! Hope you enjoy!


One divided family, one life-changing year…

Harriet Singer hasn’t been home in ten years. When her beloved dad dies suddenly, she races to be there for her estranged siblings, despite the memories it brings back.

Then Harriet learns that all four Singer siblings must live together for one year, caring for their dad’s Animal Sanctuary, or forfeit their inheritance.

Living under the same roof could make or break the family, but it’s time Harriet stopped running and faced her past. Especially when her first love turns up…

Extract 3 – Chapter 14, 162-163

Harriet studied her youngest brother. They were all aware, since moving back to Meadowbrook, how much Freddie was drinking but normally only in the evening. Yes, she had caught him passed out by the swimming pool that one time, but he was Freddie. The partying, fun one of the family. And although she thought, privately, that he drank too much, she had put it down to his business falling apart and losing Dad. After all she had been through, she wanted to drink herself into a stupor most nights, so she could hardly blame him. But he clearly was using drink as a crutch and something would need to be done about it if he continued this way.
‘Why? Why would you do that?’ Pippa asked, she still sounded annoyed, in the sweetest way. 
‘Things are getting a bit on top of me, to be totally honest. Moving here, losing Dad, feeling lost, and then Loretta . . . She wants me to settle down a bit and when she says that it freaks me out.’
‘But why?’
‘I don’t know, I can’t explain it, I just feel out of my depth. But, I promise I’ll drink less, and I’ll apologise to the fête committee. I’ll do everything properly but don’t try to make me make sense of it because I can’t.’ Freddie put his head in his hands and his body shuddered; he was crying. Harriet couldn’t remember the last time she’d seen him upset, even at the funeral he’d been cracking jokes.
‘Oh, Fred, I’m sorry.’ She sat next to him and put her arms around him.
‘I miss Dad. He always knew what to do and I never listened to him, but if he was here now, I would.’
Tears filled Gwen’s eyes, they streamed down Pippa’s cheeks, Harriet felt emotions choking her. It was all such a mess still. And they were all grieving, sometimes she forgot they were in the grip of grief, but then there were the ugly reminders.
‘It’ll be OK,’ Harriet said, and she fervently hoped it would be.

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