#Review – Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Café – Spring Beginnings by @georgiawrites @fictionpubteam

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Blurb.

A new charming three part series for fans of sweet romance!

Is this the start of something wonderful?

Millie’s working all hours to make her seaside café a success, so when a rival multi-national café chain opens its latest branch just around the corner, stealing away her customers, it means WAR!

Millie’s remaining loyal customers step up – and a new arrival in town, the gorgeous, enigmatic Jed Henville, is also keen on helping Millie solve her business crisis. But it’s only after Jed sweeps her off her feet that Millie suddenly realises how little she knows about him…

What does TWG think?

I am probably not the first one to be enticed by that sugary sweet front cover, and I am sure that I won’t be the last either! Sweet and cosy front cover + a book title with ‘cake’ in it = TWG set for the evening. Yes, those two things sold me on nabbing Georgia Hill’s novel to read. Shallow? No way. Genius? Hell yeah!

Going to the seaside wouldn’t be the same, jovial experience we have all reminisce about, without nipping into the café nearby for an ice-cream or egg and chips. Well, they’re my personal favourites anyway, but I’m sure you catch my drift! Cue Millie and her seaside café; a venture in which she is fiercely protective of. So protective in fact, that when the rumour mill goes into overdrive about a new café pulling the rug from under her feet, Millie soon learns who she can and can’t trust. Although, lets emphasise the can’t trust shall we? I mean, they do say that it is the nice ones that you need to watch…

‘Spring Beginnings’ is the first book in the ‘Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Cafe’ three part series with part two ‘Summer Loves’, following later in the year. Even though the front cover screamed sweet like chocolate, the storyline itself reminded me of the popular seaside treat, rock; vibrant on the outside yet full of depth and flavour on the inside. There is more to ‘Spring Beginnings’ that meets the eye but one thing is for certain, I am VERY glad that you cannot consume calories from a physical book. The amount of yummy treats that are described in this book is mouth watering; and then you have the actual food on top of that! (Yes, there are a few dapper gentleman mentioned!!)

As with all multiple part book series, you will only find out so much from each section, leaving you with unanswered questions or in this case, loud hunger pains too. I adored the homely personality of the main character, Millie, as it felt as though she was the heart and soul of the storyline itself. From the very beginning, ‘Spring Beginnings’ stole my heart; the storyline had enough depth to keep me going until the end. Even the characters stood out in their own ways without losing any of their identity along the way. A very promising start to an already cosy read, roll on part two!

Thank you HarperImpulse/Netgalley.

Georgia Hill’s ‘Spring Beginnings’, book one of the Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Café series, will be published in e-book on the 3rd February. To pre-order your copy go to Amazon.

 

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#BlogTour! #Review of Sister Sister by @suefortin1 #sistersister @fictionpubteam

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Sue Fortin’s latest novel, Sister Sister, was published a mere three weeks ago and yet it already has 37 five star reviews on Amazon! 37!! It also means that out of all reviews currently posted, Sue’s average rating for ‘Sister Sister’, is sitting at 4.9 out of 5. Massive congratulations! If, like myself, you have already read this jaw dropping novel, you can see why it’s rated so highly. If you haven’t read it yet, or had no idea that it even existed (where HAVE you been?!), maybe my review may tempt you to click the Amazon link at the end….
Thank you to HQ for inviting me on the tour for such an outstanding novel, absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review with you today as the tour bus has stopped with TWG!

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Blurb.

Alice: Beautiful, kind, manipulative, liar.

Clare: Intelligent, loyal, paranoid, jealous.

Clare thinks Alice is a manipulative liar who is trying to steal her life.
Alice thinks Clare is jealous of her long-lost return and place in their family.

One of them is telling the truth. The other is a maniac.
Two sisters. One truth

What does TWG think?

How on Earth do I review this book?! There have only been a couple of books that have completely taken over my mind whilst reading them (in a headfunk, fabulous kind of way); until now. Sue Fortin’s new release, ‘Sister Sister’ has become the latest book to leave me questioning EVERYTHING, including my name. Thinking about the storyline now still raises the hair on my arms, weeks after finishing it. Now THAT is the type of book you need on your shelf.

What would you do if a family member had just…vanished? ‘We will be back’ they said. Now, unless there was a million car back log on the M25 and all flights were cancelled indefinitely, you would pretty much expect them back, yes? After all, they did say…
Clare and her mother have an unfinished chapter in their life story. A chapter which can only be completed by one person; Alice. If only Alice was able to find her way back to the memories once known…

From the get go, there is bucketful’s of juicy storyline to sink your teeth into, especially where the past is concerned. I had no idea what to expect, nor what route I felt the storyline would take as I kept reading. But, I’ll be honest; all thoughts of my surroundings and trying to do guess work with the storyline, vanished from my mind the more of the book I read. I had to surrender to the storyline very quickly as I began to lose my mind with the intense, white knuckle contents of ‘Sister Sister’.

Every single page felt like Pandora’s box. Every single chapter contained another hurdle for the characters. Every single word Sue wrote was laced with a hidden agenda. I could not stop reading; even though there were moments of ‘can I really continue?’. Not due to the likeability factor of the book, no! But, erm, because I was emotionally and physically exhausted by the rollercoaster I was on, even though I couldn’t get off it!
There is absolutely nothing that I can find fault with when it comes to ‘Sister Sister’. Nothing at all. I really did love how each character stood out and seemed to have their own place within the book; nobody was there to just ‘fill a gap’. I really do think that that helped keep the gritty momentum of the storyline.

‘Sister Sister’ completely messed up my head, had me looking over my shoulder and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. What a SUPERB book! Full of grit, rollercoaster moments and enough psychological imbalance to make a psychologist cry, ‘Sister Sister’ is definitely going to be a tough act to follow for the rest of 2017.
In my opinion, Sue Fortin stands out from a lot of people thanks to her latest release. Her way with words and incredible talent at creating such intense situations, is mind-blowing. Absolutely fantastic.

Unplug the house phone, put your mobile on silent and dedicate a few hours to Sue Fortin’s ‘Sister Sister’, interruption free. This is a book you DO NOT want to miss.

We are nearly at the end of the first month of 2017 (already!), yet Sue Fortin’s new novel is striding out in front to become one of my top books of the year. If that doesn’t shout ‘BUY IT’, I don’t know what will.

Thanks HQ/Netgalley.

Buy ‘Sister Sister’ by Sue Fortin from Amazon, HERE

#Review of The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington (@emmalou13) @harperimpulse

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Blurb.

‘Sometimes time is all we have with the people we love. I ask you to slow down in life. To take your time, but don’t waste it….’

Maggie O’Hara knows better than most that life can change in a heartbeat. Eighteen years ago she was given the most precious gift- a second-hand heart, and a second chance at life.

Always thankful, Maggie has never forgotten Lucy Harte – the little girl who saved her life. But as Maggie’s own life begins to fall apart, and her heart is broken in love, she loses sight of everything she has to live for…

Until an unexpected letter changes Maggie’s life.

It seems Lucy’s final gift to Maggie is much more than the heart that beats inside her. It’s a legacy that Maggie must learn to live by, a promise to live, laugh, fall in love and heal her broken heart for good.

Because as the keeper of a borrowed heart, Maggie’s time is more precious than most. She must make every cherished second count…

What does TWG think?

Lets think about something rather important for a moment; heart transplants (also known as a new lease of life). But is it? The clock was ticking for Maggie’s life; she either gets a new heart and lives, or the chances of her dying become incredibly high. The thing is, someone else has to die to give her the heart and Maggie can’t let that thought (and guilt), go. How could Maggie ever repay the family of the girl who gave Maggie a new heart?
People live by mantras; Maggie lives by Lucy Harte.

The simplicity of the cover peaked my interest the moment that I saw it. I skimmed the blurb but didn’t want to find out too much before I started reading, as I knew that this book would take hold of my mind in more ways than one. What I never accounted for was the emotion that poured from my eyes as the storyline progressed.

In ‘The Legacy of Lucy Harte’, we follow Maggie’s life and how she learns to live with the grief behind the most precious (and priceless) gift that she has ever received. I can’t begin to imagine what emotions a donor recipient will have, or the thoughts that cross their minds in the aftermath. You’ve just been given a new lease of life yet how can you be happy knowing that someone had to die to give you a second chance at living? Given the fact that I have never gone through a situation like that, or been involved indirectly, the questions that I had whilst reading this book were answered thanks to Emma’s portrayal of Maggie. Emma has taken an incredibly sensitive and emotionally charged situation, written about it in such a raw and poignant manner, whilst still approaching the entire thing with such a delicate nature. The author and the storyline literally blew my mind.

As I was reading the novel, the hairs on my arms stood to attention with goosebumps camping out there too. It was as though I was getting a bolt of emotion through my fingertips as I held the book and digested the incredibly moving story. I am in awe at Emma H’s mind-blowing writing. Wow.

It is safe to say that the ending of the book broke my heart. My entire mind-set and emotions were so invested in the storyline and the characters that when things started taking a turn, my heart began to hurt. In such a short space of time I had gotten to know such powerful characters yet in one large swoop, the storyline knocked me off my feet. I was heartbroken and sobbing my heart out. But you know what? I wouldn’t have wanted any other reaction. Considering the nature of the book, I wanted to feel the emotion behind the words that the author wrote and I did.

Emma Heatherington is definitely an author to watch for 2017. Her smooth, gritty (yet easy-going) style of writing is going to make for even more outstanding reads if ‘The Legacy of Lucy Harte’ is anything to go by.
Full of emotion, poignancy and incredible characters, ‘The Legacy of Lucy Harte’ will have you dissecting your own life and finding emotions you never knew you had. Mind blowing and brilliant…just make sure you keep tissues by your side (just in case).

Thank you Harper Impulse.

The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington, published by HarperImpulse will be released in e-book on the 6th January 2017 with the paperback following on the 12th January 2017. Both formats are available to pre-order right now from Amazon UK

#Review Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop @janelinfoot @RNAtweets #TuesNews @harperimpulse

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Blurb.

The snow is falling around Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, and wedding dress designer Seraphina East is in her cosy studio designing exquisite dresses to make even the most demanding bride’s dreams come true.

Unless the bride is her big sister Alice of course. Saying that the two sisters don’t always see eye to eye is an understatement. Alice hasn’t even asked Sera to design her wedding dress. But when an absent groom and ill-fitting dress threaten to ruin Alice’s happiness let alone her big day, Sera’s determined to give her sister the winter wedding of her dreams – even if that means keeping not one but two irresistibly gorgeous best men under control…

Is Sera going to end up being the maid of dishonour…Or will repairing her frozen relationship with Alice be the icing on the wedding cake?

What does TWG think?

If you have ever been under the impression that weddings flow nicely without any glitches, Jane Linfoot’s book will change that impression in seconds! Where weddings are concerned, there is usually something quite not right. Well, in the brides eyes anyway. Every bride dreams of their perfect day and how it will all be plain sailing. In reality, a bridezilla swaps places with the bride and those in the wedding party end up mirroring a nodding dog! Wait…have I been watching too much ‘Say Yes To The Dress’ and ‘Bridezillas’?

I haven’t, honestly!
Sera designs wedding dresses, exquisite ones in fact. The thing is, her family doesn’t quite know that that is what she does for a living. The thing is, Sera’s sister, Alice, is getting married and it looks like Alice will NOT be wearing one of her sisters designs. The two sisters are like chalk and cheese; one goes with the flow yet the other one organises the coordinates of how to do just that. As soon as I realised how different the sisters were, I expected fireworks as Alice certainly knew her own mind. Not only that, she wasn’t afraid to let people know what she wanted, as well as making those around her cater to her ever whim. Alice’s juvenility bugged me a little bit as all I could see in my mind was a temper tantrum!

Jane’s description of the wedding shop was absolutely stunning. I have never walked into a wedding shop myself, but after reading ‘Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop’, I feel as though I have stepped over the threshold.

Deep down, I thought that ‘Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop’ was going to be a candyfloss type of book; rather fluffy and sweet. Most of it wasn’t! I was pleasantly surprised when the storyline took a different turn, as it left me wondering whether there would actually be a wedding! The wedding party’s antics had me giggling; absolutely hilarious! It was quite clear with the on point one liners, that Jane has a fabulous sense of humour; for me, that made the book come alive. Jane has passed her humour onto her characters which in turn gave them an exceptional amount of depth.

All of the characters had their own individual quirks and some of their mannerisms had me frowning, but I can honestly say that I loved each and every character in this book. Such a mixture of personalities.

I only have one critique about this book; I felt at times that the storyline became too fluffy and a bit difficult to gel with. However, as that is my own personal opinion and I have a nickname of being an Ice Queen, I wouldn’t read too much into that! I preferred the storyline when it had more substances to it (which it did end up with!).

Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop is a truly heart-warming, cosy, and beautiful book that you are just guaranteed to fall in love with.

Thank you Jane!

Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop is available to buy now from Amazon UK

#Review: The Honey Trap by Mary Jayne Baker (@MaryJayneBaker) @HarperImpulse

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Blurb.

The trap is set – but which one of them is the bait?

Journalist Angel Blackthorne is looking for her next big scoop. When her sleazy editor asks her to use her charms on super successful – and married – film director Sebastian Wilchester for a juicy exposé, Angel thinks what the hell? There’s a staff job on the horizon, and, let’s be honest, no one can make a cheater cheat if they don’t want to, right?

After the scandal breaks, Angel tries to put the story – and Seb – behind her, but fate seems to have other ideas. A near miss at a premiere after-party and a shared love of vintage film brings the honey closer to the trap.

But what happens when pretence leads to passion, and a ‘kiss and tell’ becomes something real?

What does TWG think?

Firstly, I would like apologise to Mary Jayne for only getting round to posting my review now, I’m sorry! Hopefully you’ll forgive me once you’ve read my review!

If you’re unfamiliar to the term ‘honey trap’ or unaware of what it entails, do not google it. Instead, turn off your phone, put your feet up and ensure you have copious amounts of chocolate as you’ll be finding out what a honey trap is and some. Make sure you’re in a well ventilated room too whilst reading, as this book gets pretty steamy and seeing as you will not be able to put it down once you begin, you’d better get comfortable.
Oh and FYI, I’m speaking from experience. Mary Jayne Baker’s ‘The Honey Trap’, honey trapped my backside to the sofa and it only let me leave when I had finished reading!

How far would you go, to ‘secure’ a permanent job position? Work extra late? Take on more work? Run around sucking up to all the managers? Or, would you honey trap a rather successful film director that may, oh I don’t know..be married? Angel Blackthorne clearly wanted the job so honey trap she did! Oh dear, thought that was bad? Keep an eye out for Angel’s editor, just saying.

Oh my GOSH, have I just stepped into a sauna? Someone fan me now as this book is HAWT, HAWT, HAWT! ‘The Honey Trap’ is such an indulgent, steamfest from start to finish, I was hooked. I couldn’t peal my eyes away from the book even if I had wanted to (I didn’t want to). Despite the high levels of hotness, it was quite clear from the onset that it was all going to go tits up (excuse the pun). I mean, as much as I would like to say that the trapping part of the book was the most knuckle tapping, other parts of the storyline shocked me more!

Mary Jayne Baker sure knows how to keep your attention with her writing. Steam, lust, handsome male AND enough drama to give The Only Way Is Essex a run for its money, why would your eyes be anywhere else! The storyline was full of all the raunchy subjects that are always seen as taboo, yet it was written brilliantly. It definitely made me think about circumstances that I wouldn’t usually think about, and the aftermath of those decisions. That said, I didn’t think of the book as an eye opener in terms of the ‘serious’, underlying content. It was more of a ‘there is more to this world that meets the eye’, sort of eye opener. Basically, it put angels and devils against each other and the devils won by miles!

The humour within the book is on point, absolutely hilarious and timed to perfection;  Mary Jayne Baker definitely kept me on my toes in more ways than one. An absolutely brilliant read, outstanding!
It should come with a warning though: ‘Too hot to handle’!

Thank you to the author for allowing me a complimentary copy in return for my honest opinion.

The Honey Trap by Mary Jayne Baker, published by Harper Impulse, is available to buy now from Amazon UK

 

Book Review – ‘The Holiday Swap’ by Zara Stoneley (@ZaraStoneley) @HarperImpulse

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Blurb.

Florence Cortes has the perfect life – an apartment in the trendiest district of Barcelona, a job she loves and a boyfriend who’s whisking her away on a romantic break to Paris to no doubt propose.
Only, he’s planning something far different, and Flo soon realises her life isn’t so perfect after all.

Home loving Daisy Fischer is perfectly happy in her idyllic home in the Cheshire countryside, with an on-off boyfriend who might be slightly dull but is totally dependable. Until he issues an ultimatum, and Daisy suddenly realises that there might be a whole different world out there that she’s missing out on.

Have Flo and Daisy come up with the perfect solution to escape festive heartbreak?
Can a snowbound Christmas in Cheshire – with aristocratic, handsome Hugo as her neighbour, a house full of animals and a leaking roof – help Flo mend her broken heart, and remind her of what she really wants in life?

Can a sunny break in beautiful Barcelona – with the dishy but brooding Javier, a never ending supply of cava, and a sea view to die for – prove to Daisy that playing safe isn’t always the answer?

Love actually does seem to be all around this Christmas – and in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it, but where will they be for New Year?

What does TWG think?

Thank you to the TBConFB family for allowing me to get all festive in August!

I’ll be honest, the first thing that came to my mind when I read the title was the movie ‘The Holiday’! I think my fingers were slightly crossed for it to be similar because I ADORE that film, but I have never read a book that had the same feel to it. Until now.

I am quite ashamed to admit that this is the first book of Zara’s that my eyes have had the pleasure of reading! However,  it is safe to say that after reading ‘The Holiday Swap’, I will quickly become her groupie and buy her other books!

Florence and Daisy both live lives that people would dream of living but in completely different ways. Florence classes Barcelona as her home now, yet Daisy knows ‘no place like home’, after all, she hasn’t flown too far from the nest. Despite having quite obvious differences, both ladies have something in common; men. As both ladies try to figure out the next step in their love life journey, a change of scenery becomes their only option for self happiness. But how far are they willing to go?

I am probably not the only person that will dislike both men, I thought that they had been dragged up and not brought up! One of them was living in their own arrogant dream world, and the other, well, what an absolute…..read the book, the character can explain himself more than I ever could.

Every chapter of the book that I read, gave me the excitement and cosy feeling  you get when you’re unwrapping a present on Christmas morning. I couldn’t wait to find out more about the characters, their lives before and their lives now. Would Florence and Daisy get a happy ending? It was a question that didn’t leave my mind the whole way through. Zara’s cosy and warm writing pulled me into the book with such force, I just yearned for the ladies to be happy and to live with no regrets. They had such a fantastic opportunity, a chance to find themselves, it would have been a travesty not to go for it.

For me, the storyline was quite predictable. That said, it didn’t ruin the enjoyment that I got from reading the book as it was such a joy to read. I didn’t have to think too much, I literally curled up on my sofa with my Kindle and surrendered myself to Zara and her enchanting words within ‘The Holiday Swap’.

‘The Holiday Swap’ is a story about second chances, grabbing life by its baubles and making every single moment count. It is also a book that will reignite the magic of the festive season, bringing the true meaning of ‘family’ and ‘love’ to the forefront of my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Holiday Swap’, a lovely, easy to read book to curl up with any time of the year.

The Holiday Swap by Zara Stoneley, published by Harper Impulse, will be released on the 2nd September 2016, but is available to pre-order right now from Amazon UK.


It’s TWG’s Don’t-Snooze-You’ll-Lose Deal Day With….(@ZaraStoneley) @HarperImpulse

We like a deal don’t we? Although, where books are concerned, any price is a deal because we’re addicted to them! The wonderful (and fellow bookworm) Zara Stoneley, is the lady behind TWG’s deal day today! Perfect timing too as she has ANOTHER book out in September, but more on that in a moment!

Today’s book will give you change from £2. Plus, it’s also part of a series (can be read standalone though), and ar £1.99, it would be rude not to indulge in the third book. Right?

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Blurb.

Dashing eventer Rory is ready to button up his breeches and settle down. His gorgeous wife, Lottie, wants a bank balance in the black so she can protect the beautiful family estate for future generations.

But with the wedding business at Tipping House going up in flames, and rumours that it was arson not accident, Lottie begins to wonder who she can trust with her future.

Tranquil Tippermere is under siege as movies moguls and insurance investigators invade the countryside, and as events gather pace rescue plans start to look too good to be true, and intentions may not be as honourable as they seem.

As a moody, but definitely marvellous, polo player enters the fray and squares up to the eventing hero of Tippermere, does Lottie stand to lose her husband as well as her home?

Country Rivals can be yours for only £1.99 from Amazon UK! If you snooze on this you’ll definitely be losing out! If you have had the pleasure of reading this book already, or any others of Zara’s, please do write a constructive review on Amazon. Reviews to authors are like cookies to the cookie monster!

I did say I would tell you about Zara’s new book:

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Blurb.

Two women, two very different lives – one perfect solution to a Christmas holiday fraught with potential pitfalls.

The Holiday Swap.

Florence Cortes has the perfect life – an apartment in the trendiest district of Barcelona, a job she loves and a boyfriend who’s whisking her away on a romantic break to Paris to no doubt propose.
Only, he’s planning something far different, and Flo soon realises her life isn’t so perfect after all.

Home loving Daisy Fischer is perfectly happy in her idyllic home in the Cheshire countryside, with an on-off boyfriend who might be slightly dull but is totally dependable. Until he issues an ultimatum, and Daisy suddenly realises that there might be a whole different world out there that she’s missing out on.

Have Flo and Daisy come up with the perfect solution to escape festive heartbreak?
Can a snowbound Christmas in Cheshire – with aristocratic, handsome Hugo as her neighbour, a house full of animals and a leaking roof – help Flo mend her broken heart, and remind her of what she really wants in life?

Can a sunny break in beautiful Barcelona – with the dishy but brooding Javier, a never-ending supply of cava, and a sea view to die for – prove to Daisy that playing safe isn’t always the answer?

Love actually does seem to be all around this Christmas – and in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it, but where will they be for New Year.

I am rather excited about this one, and luckily for me, I don’t have to wait too long to read it as it is next on my TBR list #bloggerperks. If this book sounds right up your snow-covered alley, you can pre-order it right now from Amazon UK. The magic book fairy will ping it onto your kindle on the 2nd September! Keep and eye out for TWG’s review before then, and I will keep an eye out for all your reviews of Zara’s books too!