#BlogTour! #Review – The Difference Between You & Me by Celia Hayes @Aria_Fiction

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It’s Monday again, how did we get here so quickly?! Seeing as it IS Monday though, it can only mean one thing on TWG, any guesses? TWG is kicking off the week by kicking off a blog tour for Aria Fiction and Celia Hayes! It seems to be a standard Monday thing eh! On  the picture above, you can see all the names of the fabulous bloggers involved in Celia Haye’s blog tour so make sure you check in with them daily!
So, seeing as it’s me today, I will be sharing my review of ‘The Difference Between You and Me’, by Celia Hayes, published by Aria Fiction on the 1st March 2017. Enjoy!

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Trudy Watts has everything she’s ever dreamed of: a job that she loves, a successful boyfriend and an ultra-modern apartment in one of the most fashionable parts of London. With a long-awaited promotion due to come her way and her wedding just around the corner, Trudy’s life is just perfect…

That is until catastrophe strikes and her life is turned upside down. She’s transferred to Turriff, a remote Scottish town to manage a small, struggling bank branch.

Her arrival is traumatic and she wishes she was anywhere but here… Until she sees him – Ethan, the charming pub landlord, who seems to enjoy nothing more than to tease her. And it’s right there, in that pub, that her life will suddenly change…

What does TWG think?

Have you ever come across the type of person who cares more for their manicured nails than clean dishes (just an example)? Or a person who likes to have the best a man can get (AND SOME),  nor would they settle for anything less than the best, without a fight? Well, when you read this book you’ll come across ALL of the above.
Trudy Watts has a life that even poor Cinderella would envy (and even she has the shoes!), so I am sure you can guess her reaction when she got transferred to a remote Scottish town, to work.

Drama.Drama.Drama.Drama.

& that is even BEFORE she finds out that she can’t upload her pouting selfies to Instagram du to no Wi-Fi! Her over reactions were absolutely hilarious and whilst her amateur dramatics performance came across as more ‘oh no she didn’t!’ instead of ‘oh yes she did!’, the way Trudy went about things was brilliant. Comedy gold. All is not lost for Ms.Watts as she comes across Ethan, a pub landlord. A man who likes to reel his lady friends by teasing them. Oh wait, no, sorry, border line insulting them was what I should have said! Trudy and Ethan’s relationship was like watching a game of ping-pong; one would throw an insult or tease (ping!) and then straight away, the other will return those insults and take them up a notch (pong!). Quite entertaining to be honest! I couldn’t work out if the two of them would realise their chemistry was boiling over like a pan of pasta, though. It was refreshing to read about two people with the fine line banter, I found it more realistic than a female fluttering her eyelashes at a man one day, and then being married the next (or something like that anyway).

For me, Trudy and Ethan were really the only two memorable characters in the book. The residents of Turrif were pleasant enough don’t get me wrong, I just felt that we didn’t spend enough time getting to know them. I would have liked that. I have seen a few of the reviews for Celia Hayes’ novel online already and it seems to be falling under the ‘marmite’ type of book. Some may find Trudy over bearing and Ethan arrogant, or, if you’re anything like me, you’ll find the pair of them over the top in such an entertaining and comical way.

If you’re after a storyline with a bit of a difference, then, between you and me, I recommend this book, ‘The Difference Between You and Me’. It’s different, it’s memorable, it’s vibrant and you’ll probably have many ‘what the….’ moments, or shake your head in disbelief at Trudy’s antics; BUT, it really is the remedy for a stressful day.

Thank you Aria Fiction.

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#CoverReveal! ‘It Started With A List’ by @LindseyPaley1 #ebook #bookboost #romcom

Whoop!!! Absolutely thrilled to be able to share with you yet another cover reveal! Today’s cover reveal is for the lovely Lindsey Paley and ‘It Started With A List’. Here is a little bit more about the book:

When life delivers lemons, make a list!

Even better, make three!

Becky Mathews is obsessed with making lists – she has a daily ‘To Do’ list, a Wish List and a meticulously researched Bucket List to end all lists. She loves to be organised and her favourite kind of day is when she can strike an item from one of her lists. But all her avid list-making has got her so far is an ex-husband and a tiny flat in Hammersmith. And now she’s lost her job!
Can Becky learn to ditch her lists and fly solo – without a safety net?

It Started With A List is a romantic comedy that will warm your heart and maybe deliver a few golden coins of happiness…

If you’re a fan of making lists AND romantic comedies, then this book might just be up your street! You ready to see the cover? Of course you are….

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Oh!! Isn’t it just a beauty?!

If you fancy getting your hands on a copy of this beautiful book, you can head to Amazon now! Enjoy!

#Review of Miss Wrong and Mr Right by Robert Bryndza (@RobertBryndza) @Bookouture

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Blurb.

‘This is men,’ said Gran. ‘When they vant you, but you don’t vant them, they stay. But let them know you vant them, they no longer need you, and they go! It’s like that movie, Nanny McPhee.’

Natalie Love has worked hard to have it all. She runs a successful London theatre that’s about to host one of Hollywood’s leading stars, Ryan Harrison. She’s pretty sure she’s found her man in yoga boyfriend Benjamin, despite his annoying habit of saying Namaste! every time he speaks. And her eccentric, glamorous Hungarian gran is always on hand to offer sage advice and steaming bowls of goulash.

Life in the bright lights of London has always been Natalie’s escape from her chaotic family in rural Devon and Jamie, the childhood sweetheart she left at the altar fifteen years ago. Until he turns up at her theatre door…

Jamie is in town producing a West End show and with rivalry suddenly clouding old feelings, this isn’t quite the reunion Natalie was expecting.

Will Benjamin prove to be Natalie’s perfect match? With Ryan turning her head, Natalie is more confused than ever. And what about Jamie – could he be her second chance at first love?

What does TWG think?

A lot of you may have heard of, or read, Robert Bryndza’s books, and if you haven’t I want to know why! Mr B seems to be one of THE most talked about authors right now so given the fact I hadn’t picked up one of his books to read, until now, I just HAD to find out whether Mr B could tick TWG’s boxes with his latest release, Miss Wrong and Mr Right.

Ever since Natalie got taken to London with her up and coming, sassy gran; the city became her safety net and her ‘go to’ place. After all, she left her groom at the altar when she was a teen, she had to run somewhere! Since arriving in London, Natalie has made a name for herself within the theatre community and is loving every minute of it. For now..

The book begins by throwing readers into the middle of Natalie’s life with her boyfriend, Benjamin. Ahhhh Benjamin…what an utter…cactus! It only took me a few sentences to dislike him! He was so far up his own toosh that he ended up creating new yoga poses! Honestly, I’m not judgemental (overly), but he was something else. Good on Mr B for creating a character that had such an effect on me though, admittedly not the greatest effect, but I do enjoy books where there are marmite characters.

‘Miss Wrong and Mr Right’ most definitely was a book that kept on giving. The storyline never stopped, characters grew in front of my very eyes and drama went up a notch every chapter. Every where that Natalie went, drama followed her like a little lost puppy, as did pigeons. But, seeing as it would be mean of me to include spoilers in my review, you will need to read the book to find out why!

Even though I enjoyed the storyline immensely, I did find the Ryan situation to go on a bit too long. I would have loved to read more of gran’s one liners and on point humour. It’s safe to say that gran became my all time favourite character within the book. That woman has a lot of gusto. She is brilliant and added so much to the storyline with her presence. Such a gold dust character. Hilarious.

So, did Mr B tick TWG’s boxes with this book? Of course he did! Miss Wrong and Mr Right is such a fun, light-hearted yet quirky read, full of drama and humour. I can honestly say that you will never be bored just as long as this particular book is on your lap. It’s bonkers, it’s brilliant and it’s another smashing hit from Mr Bryndza. I am rather looking forward to seeing what he releases next in this genre, maybe gran will get her own spin-off book!

Thank you Bookouture.

Miss Wrong and Mr Right by Robert Bryndza, published by Bookouture, will be released on the 8th December 2016. You can pre-order/order your copy right now from Amazon

Blog Tour! TWG wants to know what ‘Love is..’ – Haley Hill (@HaleyHillNow) @HQStories. #Review

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Dating Agency doyenne Ellie Rigby always thought that helping people find love with the hard part…

But now she’s all loved up with husband Nick and has hundreds of matchmaking successes under her belt, Ellie ought to know all there is to know about love.

As her struggles to get pregnant put strain on her marriage, and her matchmaking service starts losing clients, Ellie realises she has so much more to learn. So setting off on a global research trip, Ellie makes it her mission to find out what makes love last forever, and whether it’s enough to save her own romance.

What does TWG think?

Well folks, today is the last stop of Haley Hill’s blog tour for ‘Love is..’! There have been some cracking blogs featured on this tour and I am very humbled to be amongst them. To mark the finale here is my review of Haley’s book:

Honestly, I cannot think about this book without giggling! I hadn’t heard of Haley before now, so I must say my curiosity definitely soared. Especially after I turned the title into a song. Well, I didn’t, it’s already a song. I WANNA KNOW WHAT LOVE ISSSSSS. Please say that I’m not the only one to do that?

Moooooving on! As soon as I started reading, I was taken aback by the power behind the unfolding storyline. It was a make or break situation, one that was made even more emotional by the dreading comparing that everyone does. Eleanor Rigby (‘picks up the rice in a church where a wedding has been’),  then has to put her personal issues aside and go to work, conquering the world with her very own Dating Agency! No, really. Think of Patti Stanger from The Millionaire Matchmaker, except in the UK, and maybe no millionaires…

Eleanor and her colleagues quickly realise that the divorce statistics are skyrocketing and divorce parties are becoming the ‘next big thing’. Not ideal news for a matchmaking agency is it? On a plus side, Ellie gets to gallivant around the world in search of information regarding divorce, meeting with multiple professionals within the field, as well as getting naked in a pool with two naked males (purely for work answers, obviously).

There are a lot of hilarious moments in the book that had me snorting like the warthog Ellie met. Not only that, ‘Love Is..’ shares the reality behind divorce statistics and how many divorces could be avoided if, oh I don’t know, two people spoke? The harsh truth behind those statistics even had me shocked, and I have never been married! Haley Hill’s humour is absolutely brilliant, sarcastic one liners jumped off the page with such force, I could just imagine Haley writing those lines with a ‘what the…warthog?’ look on her face.

I have to say though, Ellie’s best friend; Matthew, is my favourite character by far. He had me laughing so hard, tears were streaming down my face. The energy that oozed from his character whenever he popped up in the storyline was incredible. Absolutely brilliant. I want a best friend like that.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Haley’s book. Such a refreshing take on an otherwise troublesome topic, with humour to rival Jason Manford! I am rather looking forward to seeing what mischief the characters get up to in Haley’s next book, maybe another pool scene?!

*I received a copy of this book from the publishers in return for my unbiased and honest thoughts. Thank you Cara, Haley, HQ and Netgalley.*

‘Love Is..’ by Haley Hill, published by Mira (HQ Stories), is available to buy right now from Amazon UK

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Review of ‘Fresh Brewed’ & interview with author Pamela Ford (@pamelafordbooks) @iReadBookTours

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TWG is back with a review of book two from ‘The Continental Breakfast Club’ series; ‘Fresh Brewed’!
If you missed my review of the first book in the series; ‘Over Easy’, you can find my review here: Blog Tour! Review of ‘Over Easy’ by Pamela Ford.. iRead Book Tours have been running the tour for both books for over a month and today is the last day -cries-, it’s been wonderful to be involved, so thank you!

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Breanna Mitchell is on her way to a relaxing vacation at the ocean. Maybe she’ll even have a beachside fling to help her get over a recent breakup. But when a tropical storm makes her destination hotel uninhabitable, a chance encounter at continental breakfast delivers a fabulous option—with a catch.
She and her friends can stay at a privately-owned, three-story oceanfront home—if she pretends to be the girlfriend of the owner’s heartbreaker grandson, Ethan. Since he won’t even be there, how hard could it be?
Everything is going swimmingly until Bree drinks too much wine and regales the family with romantic tales about her relationship with Ethan. His adorable brother Adam gets suspicious. His marriage-minded grandma gets engagement fever. The beautiful woman next door gets teary-eyed.
And then, Ethan unexpectedly arrives. Suddenly Bree is about to get everything she’s ever wished for—but is it what she really wants?

What does TWG think?

I’ll be honest (when am I not?), I was a little bit concerned about this book because I really enjoyed the previous book in the series and I really didn’t want it to disappoint!
It didn’t disappoint, at all, not in the slightest!
Oh my gosh! Aside from the fact that a tropical storm creates issues before Breanna’s holiday fully begins, there is just drama, after drama. A drama storm! Yes, a male induced drama. It is all well and good going along with a fictional story to help a man you have never met, in return for a decent place to stay, but what happens if the man in question turns up? Breanna wants to be loved, she wants someone to like her for her, fling or not. Could Breanna get her happily ever after from a fictional story? Or will her vacation end up being one that she wishes to forget?

As soon as I had read about the ‘plan’, I just knew that I would be in for a drama filled read. Something just HAD to go wrong. I’m not being a cynic, but when you go along with something incredibly farfetched, there is a chance you’ll be falling flat on your face. Whilst the ‘plan’ was very farfetched, it was also absolutely BRILLIANT! Breanna was asking for trouble, but once she let loose and went with the flow, I couldn’t stop laughing. The things that Bree came out with were so cringy, but in a ‘omg I need to carry on’ sort of way.

As well as Breanna’s hilarious thoughts, her friends, Allie and Megan, didn’t keep quiet either. Maybe their continental breakfasts should add sarcasm to it, not that they would need any extra mind!

Just like ‘Over Easy’, there was  ALOT happening in the story, each of the girls were always making their presence known, as well as making sure any eligible bachelors spotted them too. What I find incredible about Pamela’s books is the way they’re so easy to read. I found myself getting so involved with the storyline that I didn’t realise I had nearly finished the book (much to my disappointment). Pamela has such a talent when it comes to writing books as she writes in such an engaging and relaxed way, yet still ensures a storyline full of things to sink your teeth into.

Yes ‘Fresh Brewed’ is full of mad moments, bad decisions and ‘oh my gosh, what ARE you doing?’ moments, but those moments make the book what it is. I loved reading ‘Fresh Brewed’, everything about it was hilariously brilliant.

‘Fresh Brewed’ is a story about breakfast, bad decisions and following your heart. If you don’t stay true to yourself, who will? This is the perfect book to lose yourself in, and just relax. Make sure you have a freshly brewed cuppa though, yeah?

(I received a complimentary copy of the book in return for my thoughts.)

Purchase links:
Buy from Amazon US
Buy from Amazon UK

Don’t go anywhere just yet as I managed to get Pamela Ford under the TWG spotlight, take a look:

TWG: Could you tell us a bit about you and your background before you began writing?
I have known since forever that I would be a writer. But from high school on, I wanted to go into advertising and become a copywriter. Breaking into advertising isn’t easy, so after graduating college with a degree in Advertising, I ended up working as a graphic designer and then in sales for a few years before finally landing a writing job at an ad agency. 

TWG: Have you always wanted to be a published writer?
Even though I’d always been a voracious reader, the idea of writing a book never crossed my mind until I was in my late twenties. . .and even then, I didn’t actually write one until five years later. That book, which took me years to write, has a permanent home in the attic!

TWG: You might make me jealous here, but have you been to every city/country where your books are set?
I have! But since I don’t have that many books out, you don’t have much to be jealous about!

TWG: If you had to choose a favourite character from one of your books, who would it be and why?
Oh no! That’s like asking which of your children is your favorite. Each of my characters has different traits that make me love them. For example, I love Allie in Over Easy because she has such an overactive imagination and goes off on these mental flights of fancy. I love Kathleen in To Ride a White Horse because of her loyalty to family and because she doesn’t give up in the face of overwhelming adversity. I think I tend to write people who I would like to be friends with, so that makes this question especially tough.

TWG: Have you ever disliked any of the characters in your stories?
I’m writing one right now, but since the book is still in first draft, he may not stay as unlikable as he is right now!

TWG: Time for a tough one. If you could choose any book that has already been published to be the author of, which would you choose and why?
Hands down, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It’s a retelling of the King Arthur saga from the point of view of the women. I was drawn into the story from the first sentence and couldn’t put it down. Her writing is superb. The way she rounded out the King Arthur legends was amazing. She did such a phenomenal job of creating all the worlds, including the magical island of Avalon, that you can’t help believe that it’s all real. I was so enthralled, I actually did a lot of research afterward to try to find out how much was real and how much she created.

TWG: One final question. What advice would you give to a writer that wants to be published? Any words of wisdom?
Learn the craft. I wasted several years simply writing—and getting rejected. Once I realized there was more to writing a book than just getting words on the page, my writing improved, and I sold. Learn about Goal, Motivation, and Conflict and apply it to your work. (Get Debra Dixon’s book by the same name—it’s awesome!) Learn about turning points, black moments, and character arcs, and make sure you incorporate them into your book. It’ll mean you have to plan more, but your writing will be much stronger because of it.

Author bio:

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Pamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot – and often lots of laughter.

After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, pantyhose sales rep, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer – and finally author. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best, the Laurel Wreath, and a gold medal IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. She is a Kindle Book Awards finalist and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin where she is working on her next novel.

Social links:
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads

 

Blog Tour! Review of ‘Over Easy’ by Pamela Ford.

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Absolutely delighted to be today’s stop on Pamela Ford’s ‘The Continental Breakfast Club’ series blog tour, courtesy of iRead Book Tours!

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Blurb.

Allie Parker’s had enough. Just because she’s a dog groomer, her overachieving family of doctors and lawyers treats her like a child. She’s convinced that a successful husband is all she needs to change their attitudes. So when she and her friends come up with a brilliant new way to meet eligible men, Allie squeezes into her sister’s stylish clothes and sneaks into continental breakfast at an upscale hotel to find herself the perfect guy.

Before Allie has taken her last bite of syrup-laden waffle, she’s met the man of her dreams. But what she doesn’t know is that he’s a jewel thief who mistakenly thinks she’s his contact—and so does everyone else who’s after his stash of diamonds.

Suddenly Allie’s world is crazily upended. And as she scrambles to prove her innocence and get back to her old life, she discovers happily ever after sneaks up when you least expect it.

What does TWG think?

To Allie’s family, she’s the baby; the one that needs to be reminded about basic things, the only member of the family to be deemed ‘unsuccessful’. She has her own business, what’s unsuccessful about that? Oh, wait, Allie doesn’t have the ‘successful’ husband that her parents so badly want her to have. A continental breakfast, two ladies and ‘the ideal man’, what could possibly go wrong?

Oh my gosh, what can I say! I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I saw the cover of the book. It gave nothing away which actually made me even more intrigued. I wanted to keep myself guessing so I didn’t read the blurb and dived straight into the book.

I absolutely ADORED Allie. She is so down to Earth, such fun and a complete ditz (in a nice way). I genuinely felt so sorry for her multiple times throughout the book as she drew the short straw more than once! Luck most certainly wasn’t on her side at all, as well as having her family pestering her, I am surprised she didn’t turn into the Hulk.

I found myself liking all of the main characters actually, which is rare for me haha. Each one had their own sparkle and brought different things to every situation and event within the book. I really liked the diversity Allie and her friends had. None of them were boring at all, so they all stood out.

‘Over Easy’ is one of those books that reviews will need to be meticulously written due to the amount of spoilers that could be written. Nobody likes spoilers! I am trying to be extra careful.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, more than I thought I would to be honest. The first chapter took me a while to warm up to, but as the story progressed and situations became apparent, I relaxed and enjoyed the story properly.

Pamela has written such a fun, tongue in cheek book that gave me the giggles, made me cringe and had me sitting with my head in my hands (multiple times). To create such a varied reaction from one person in regards to a dog groomer, takes talent!

Over Easy is an enjoyable read that shows you what NOT to do in terms of trying to please other people. It’s also a book that you will want to curl up with, have a bar of chocolate and a cuppa, and just lose yourself in the magic of Pamela’s words. I cannot wait to begin the second book in the series!

Over Easy by Pamela Ford, is available to buy right now from: Amazon US//Amazon UK//Barnes & Noble

About the author.

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Pamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot – and often lots of laughter.

After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, pantyhose sales rep, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer – and finally author. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best, the Laurel Wreath, and a gold medal IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. She is a Kindle Book Awards finalist and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin where she is working on her next novel.

Connect with Pamela: Website//Twitter//Facebook//Goodreads

 

Book review – You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane.

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What happens when the one that got away comes back? Find out in this sparkling comedy from #1 bestseller, Mhairi McFarlane.

‘Think of the great duos of history. We’re just like them.’
‘You mean like Kylie and Jason? Torvill and Dean? Sonny and Cher?’
‘I think you’ve missed the point, Rachel.’

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ‘hello’.

What does TWG think?

I apologise for what I am about to do…..wait, no I don’t actually! HELLOOOO FROM THE OTHER SIDEEEEEE, I MUST’VE CALLED A THOUSAND TIMESSSSSS, TO TELL YOUUU, IM SORRRYYYYY, FOR BREAKING YOUR HEARTTTTTTTT.
Yes….this book title had me go all Adele on you. Multi-talented, you impressed? Booya.

Anywhoo -clears throat-. Mhairi McFarlane is a name that I have seen multiple times because of her recent novel ‘Who’s that girl’ (which I still need to read). So when I felt the urge to buy a new book for my kindle, not that I needed anymore, Mhairi was first on my list. Yes, I did buy this particular book because the ‘hello’ made me sing Adele. I admit it (sorry not sorry).

Imagine that you’re planning your wedding, discussing the entertainment with your fiancé, how exciting would that be! Except, you’re no longer doing that, everything just….stops.
It’s times like those when you need your friends, luckily for Rachel, she has an incredible support network. However, one person from her support network gives her news that completely throws her off guard. A piece of news that will either bring her more hurt, or give her the happily ever after she craves. There’s one teeny tiny catch though, the news is male. What are the odds of him recognising her though? Will it be ‘Hello!’ or ‘Goodbye’?

As you’re already aware, this was the first book of Mhairi’s that I had ever read, part of me wasn’t sure what to expect. But, seeing as I follow her on Twitter, I knew (and hoped) that I would be laughing.
Oh and I did, multiple times! ‘You had me at hello’ had me in absolute stitches. It was written as though Mhairi wasn’t talking to readers, she was talking to a good friend. The way the book flowed was very laid back in a brilliant sense as it made it really easy to read, and that itself, makes it more enjoyable if you’re not sitting questioning the book.
The character’s had their own individual personalities and completely gelled as a group. My favourite would have to be Ivor! He does not give a flying monkfish! I must say I did take an instant disliking to Rhys, I found him to be such a pretentious and selfish bellend (sorry). It did make for great reading though as I was certainly giving Rachel the old ‘GO ON GIRL, YOU TELL HIM’. No seriously, I was. Girl power!

When it came to light about the male news that Rachel was given, it reminded me of the scene in Notting Hill where Hugh Grant is utterly determined to find the beautiful woman who caught his eye (Julia Roberts). Roles reversed obviously, and not EXACTLY like that, but yeah, definitely reminded me of it. I did work out where the storyline was going, well, at least I thought I did! Mhairi turned the storyline on its head at one point and I was in hysterics as she did so. The whole book for me was very cleverly written. The humour was brilliant. My sort of humour as it was dry, sarcastic with added blunt moments.

‘You Had Me At Hello’ is a hilarious book which highlights the importance about being true to yourself in such a light-hearted way. Life throws us curveballs all the time, but it’s what you do with them that is important. Mhairi McFarlane gave her character’s power to go for ‘it’ and leaves you feeling as though you have just gained a whole group of friends. A fun, easy-going read, definitely not one to be missed!

You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane, published by Avon, can be bought right now from Amazon UK.

***COVER REVEAL For Daisy James – ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’***

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From the author of ‘The Runaway Bridesmaid‘ and ‘If The Dress Fits’ – Daisy James is about to give you a little slice of heaven as she is set to release her newest novel in August! Just in time for your hollybobs! I will be honest, as soon as I found out the title of the book, I pestered Daisy to let me be involved with any promotional features, luckily she agreed! Not only does she have an amazing book title (if you love cake, what is there not to like about the title…really?), the cover is just…….well, why don’t you see for yourself!

Without any more ramblings from me, it is with such great pleasure that I reveal to you the cover of…..’When Only Cupcakes will do’.

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See what I mean?! How enticing is this cover? I cannot wait to get my hands on this book, and I hope you’re as excited as me for this one! If you want to make sure you have your copy bang on release day, then why not head over to Amazon and pre-order your copy right now! It’s due for release on the 4th August 2016.

You can keep up to date with Daisy via her twitter @daisyjamesbooks or via her publishers @UKCarina!

Book Review of ‘How to find your (first) husband’ by Rosie Blake.

How To Find Your (first) Husband by Rosie Blake.
Published: 2nd June 2016 by Corvus.
Paperback: ISBN-10: 1782398627
ISBN-13: 978-1782398622
Available to buy on Amazon UK/Amazon US.

‘Isobel Graves moved to LA determined to be the Next Big Thing. Instead, she is dressed as a giant prawn handing out fliers promoting a fish market. Rather than attending glamorous parties and dating exciting men, her evenings consist of watching box sets with her sort-of boyfriend, whose idea of romance is a late-night drunken text. Where did it all go wrong? When Isobel catches sight of Andrew Parker, her childhood sweetheart, in the background of a TV news story she feels it’s a sign. If she’d stuck with Andrew everything would have turned out better. Now she just needs to find him…Join Isobel as she travels from LA to Devon and to a remote Malaysian island in search of true love.’

I would like to start off by saying a massive thank you to Corvus and of course Rosie Blake, for giving me the opportunity to review the book before it is released!

As soon as the book came through my letterbox, I squealed and danced, much to the amusement of my two year old. To be fair, look at the cover, how can you not squeal and dance at it? Now add the title to the equation and it’s highly intriguing!
Have you ever had to dress up for work? No, I don’t mean by wearing something a different colour, or tartan or even dress down day. I mean dress up to look completely different. Yes? What did you dress up as? I dressed up as Betty from the Flintstones for work once, in a busy supermarket, on a Saturday….I still cringe now. Although, ha, after reading that Isobel had to dress up a prawn for her job in LA, my embarrassment soon faded!
Isobel moved to LA to land a career in Television, after all it was LA, what could wrong? Instead of living the high life as she had dreamt about, she was handing out fliers dressed as a prawn and a tomato. Not at the same time of course. But in the back of Isobel’s mind, she has always thought about her the guy that just disappeared from her life. The guy she has had a soft spot for, for many years. I mean, he shared his lunch with her at school, how could you not love a guy for that? Isobel is determined to pick up where they left off, if only she knew where he was….
Ah young love with the tales of the playground. Kiss chase, ‘marriages’, arguments because you didn’t wait for someone at lunch time; remember those days? Isobel does! I read the prologue, frowned in confusion, thought ‘what the’ once or twice, and then laughed like a hyena. That was my response after reading two pages. I had high hopes for the rest of the book and I was looking forward to delving into it with that sort of humour. The book didn’t disappoint at all. The flashbacks that happen frequently within the book are a work of art, pure genius on Rosie Blake’s part. Not only do you have the grown up Isobel trying to find her way in life, you read about the younger side to her in the flashbacks and it is brilliant. The lengths that Isobel goes to find the answer to her ‘what if’ is absolutely bonkers, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if many women (or men) had done that! Do you take the chance, or not? Despite it being bonkers (in a good way I must add), the obstacles that Isobel is faced with, alongside the sticky situations that she puts herself in makes hilarious reading. Don’t get me wrong, I did feel a bit sorry for Isobel on multiple occasions, especially when the sticky situations turned into incredibly cringy situations. Rosie Blake has managed to turn embarrassing situations into ‘brush it off’ situations. Imagine that you had a bad first date, and then turned it into a positive thing and ended up laughing and happier than before. Done? That’s how Rosie Blake has written this.
Each situation is completely realistic, every character is unique with realistic tendencies as well. Instead of a book having the ‘typical’ ‘handsome and rugged’ man aka Mr Darcy, it has a man who isn’t out of anyone’s reach because you’ll see someone like that walking down the street.
Isobel’s mum is absolutely crackers and she is one of my favourite characters in the story because she doesn’t give a rat’s tail about anything, and she comes across as ‘being at one’ with herself. But the other side of her shows that she does and says what she wants and couldn’t care less what anyone thinks of it, including her husband! I found that every character in the book had their own story to tell, and Rosie Blake had them tell it in their own special way.
‘How to find you (first) husband’ is such a fun, hilarious and wonderful read. I did not want to put it down at all. I just wanted to stay with Isobel and see what else she could get up to as she is fascinatingly bonkers. This was the very first book of Rosie’s that I have read, and it definitely won’t be the last. Everything is on point with this book, the storyline, characters, humour; just everything. The only downside to this book, in my opinion, was that it had to end. I cannot recommend this book enough and it is definitely one of my favourite books that I have read so far this year (& I have read over 30)!
Rosie Blake, you are a genius.