Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Blog Tour: Tuscan Enchantment by Kate Zarrelli*




So after reading the blurb for this book I knew I wanted to read it and be apart of this blog tour for two main reasons. The first reason is that Antonia up and left where she was living to work in another country, this would be a dream for me. The second reason is because she doesn't want to fall in love, so we have a reluctant heroine. Check out the blurb below and see what I mean.

'This was no cold marble—this was a man! Antonia goes to Tuscany to rebuild her life. The last thing she wants to do is fall in love, least of all with rich, arrogant, aristocratic Lorenzo.

Librarian Antonia Gray has fled England for northern Tuscany after an unhappy love affair to work on the archive of a 17th century Italian explorer, a member of a centuries-old aristocratic family. There she meets his descendent, Lorenzo Quattromani, rich, arrogant, handsome—and engaged to the beautiful and ruthless Giselle. The last thing Antonia wants is to fall in love, least of all with someone so dangerous. His engagement, though, is not what it seems, and Lorenzo breaks down Antonia’s resistance. But Giselle has other ideas.'

The book is 11 Chapters long, this to me means there is enough time to pull you in but things would probably move fast. Whether that worked, that depends on the reader, this reader loved it. It was an easy read in the sense that you zoom through the book, I think I finished it in less than two days. 

So the books starts with a bit of intrigue regarding Antonia's past. It eludes to something, which makes you keep reading because you want to find out. Not only this you also have that fact that after Chapter 1 you want to keep reading.  This mystery factor really keeps you involved.

One thing I loved about this book is how the Author describes the locations.There is so much detail that I could easily start picturing these places in my mind. I immediately wanted to book a holiday to Tuscany! It was to easy picture the events happening in my mind like my own little movie. 

So let's tell you a little bit about the Author Kate Zarrelli, she is a romance writer who also pens erotica under the name of Katherine Mezzacappa. Originally from Ireland Kate now lives with her Italian husband and two teenage sons in Carrara Northern Tuscany. Kate also write histroical, erotic, feel-good and paranormal fiction set all over Europe. In her spare time she volunteers with a used book charity which she is a founding member. 

So my final thoughts on this book are it was absolutely captivating. I was involved from the very first word until the very last word. I'm not ashamed to admit it that this book even got my emotions involved at points. You can get your copy of this book HERE.

As an extra addition to this Blog Tour they are also doing a Giveaway! You could win a Little Carrara Marble Heart Pendant! You can enter this giveaway HERE. Don't Forget to read the Terms and Conditions first. They are right here:Terms and conditions : Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize. 

Until Next Time

Emma

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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Blog Tour: Crikey a Bodyguard by Kathryn Freeman*


From the moment I read the blurb of this book I knew it was different, whether or not that was a good thing for me was going to have to wait until I cracked open this book. Now I love my romances and this was definitely something I really enjoyed. Here is the blurb so you can see what I mean when I say different:

'She’s got the brains, he’s got the muscle …
When Kelly Bridge’s parents insist on employing a bodyguard for her protection, she’s not happy. Okay, so maybe not every woman is on the cusp of developing a vaccine against a potential biological terrorist attack – but crikey, it’s not like she’s a celebrity! 

Ben Jacobs flunked spectacularly out of school, so he knows his new client Dr Kelly Bridge spells trouble for him. But on a conference trip to Rome he finds things are worse than he thought. Not only is he falling for the brilliant scientist, he’s also become horribly aware she’s in grave danger. As they go on the run, dodging bullets and kidnappers, can he resist his feelings and keep her safe?'

So my main worry with this book was if there was going to be too much 'sciencey' words that I wasn't going to understand but I need not have worried as there was just enough science stuff to keep you in the loop but not confuse you. The book as a whole turned out really interesting and something I enjoyed immensely. 

So when it comes to the romance of this book I have to admit it was not at the for front of this book, which was a refreshing change. The romance I found was in the background but there were hints of it. The only way I can describe it is that its the same thing they do in a TV series. They keep you in suspense waiting for that first kiss, first touch, that first hint of romance between the two main characters and this book does not disappoint. The suspense makes you keep turning the page, until suddenly you are so invested in the story that you don't want to stop reading. 

Something else that kept you reading was the way the story was written. It was well written in this bloggers opinion. Not only that it gave you the right amount of detail to keep you interested in the danger and the science. Such a perfect combination. I also love how completely opposite the two main characters are, even though they both have their moments where they show their depth. 

Now let's talk about the Author, Kathryn Freeman is a former Pharmacist, now medical writer who also writes Romance.  She can go from a racing heart due to a medical condition to the cause being a hunky hero. She lives with her husband and two teenage boys. Her husband may not be the most  romantic man around valentines day but his unstinting support about her career change proves love isn't just about Hearts and Flowers and heroes come in many disguises. 

My final thoughts about this book are that I am so glad I took a chance on this romance. I absolutely loved the book and look forward to discovering more of Kathryn's work and those hunky heroes. This book is available now and you can get your copy HERE

As a special addition to this blog tour there is also an awesome Giveaway giving you the chance to win one of Kathryn Freeman's other books called 'Oh Crumbs'. You can enter the Giveaway HERE. Make sure you read the Terms and conditions which are below: 
Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Until Next Time

Emma

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Blog Tour: Probably The Best Kiss in the World by Pernille Hughes*


When I read the blurb of this book I fell in love with the story idea and that it seemed like a situation any of us could get into. It's different to anything I have ever read so I knew I wanted to be involved in this Tour! Also the title of this book definitely caught my eye. Check out the Blurb so you can see what I mean:


'Jen Attison likes her life Just So. But being fished out of a canal in Copenhagen by her knickers is definitely NOT on her to do list. From cinnamon swirls to a spontaneous night of laughter and fireworks, Jen’s city break with the girls takes a turn for the unexpected because of her gorgeous, mystery rescuer.
Back home, Jen faces a choice. A surprise proposal from her boyfriend, ‘boring’ Robert has offered Jen the safety net she always thought she wanted. But with the memories of her Danish adventure proving hard to forget, maybe it’s time for Jen to stop listening to her head and start following her heart…'

Now I personally am a huge fan of To Do Lists, so immediately I like Jen as a character. I found myself wishing she were real so we could be bestie's. This is a very well written book and as the story progresses you can easily see the characters developing.  This is one thing I really enjoyed as there were points when I wanted to slap some of the characters but as stated they grew as the book went on and the urge to slap them reduced.

Now as is the routine of my reviews, let's talk about the hook! By this I mean the point where I didn't want to put it down. I will admit I did find that I was slow to get into this book. However the hook came with Chapter 9. After this the book kept gaining momentum and I didn't want to stop reading. I got into the book wondering what was going to happen next with Jen and co. At this point it took me three days or less to finish this book. 

Another thing I found rather refreshing is that this is not the same old love story. As you can tell from the blurb this story is not simple in the love department. She has a choice and reading about the Jen figuring out which choice is right for her is entertaining. 

Now lets talk about the Author, I personally have not read any other book by Pernille Hughes, but was impressed with this. Pernille (pronounced Pernilla)  who lives in Buckinghamshire with her family. She is a RomCom writer her previous book is 'Sweatpants at Tiffanies'. She has also been published by The Sunday Times and Sunlounger Summer Anthologies. 

My final thoughts on this book are simple, I loved it. I will definitely be checking out her previous title. I will also be keeping an eye out for any future releases. This book is avaliable now so you can get your very own copy HERE.

Until Next Time 

Emma
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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Review: The Bad Sister by Rachael Stewart*


So if you follow me on Twitter you will have seen that I started the latest book by Rachael Stewart called ‘The Bad Sister’. After giving it a read and falling in love I just knew I had to get all my thoughts and review this book for you guys.
So when I review a book I like to keep notes as I go along, I’ll try and write these after every chapter just so I can keep track of my thoughts as the book progresses. Now I have to be honest this happened until Chapter 3 of this book. After that I didn’t want to put the book down let alone make notes! This book had me eating out of its hands! I mean I was so addicted that if I wasn’t reading the book, I was thinking about it! What would happen next? Was this all going to work out for the couple? When could I continue reading it? Did I really need the day job? I know the last one seems extreme but the thought went through my mind. 
The main characters in the book are Dan and Carrie, a pair who have a past. I have to be honest it had me getting the feels from word 1.The emotions came out with this book and I mean full blown emotions. The real question of the book is can they move on from their past? Even if they can what is there to move on to?
Now if you read my last Rachael Stewart review (you can find it HERE) you will know it was steamy. Well the Bad Sister is nothing like that, it’s better. This book is dare I say it, raunchy. From the moment you start it the chemistry is sizzling. I read the first ‘intimate’ scene while on lunch and immediately thought ‘I should not be reading this in public!’ It was that good. Now I’m going drop a truth bomb here that I have read Erotic Fiction, this book was on entirely a different level  in the best possible way. This book gave just enough detail but then went further. I dare say The Bad Sister just knocked Fifty Shades out of the water, in this readers opinion.
Now this book can be the second one in a double set, however they can be read separately. The other book is The Good Sister (Brad and Isla’s Story) which is just as amazing. Somehow Rachel Stewart manages to write a book that sucks her audiences in. I mean I read this book in just over 12 hours (that includes my 8hr work day)! 
I highly recommended this Author to you. She is fast becoming one of my Favourites. The best news is that The Bad Sister is available NOW!  This book gets top marks across the boards for me. Just beware if you buy this book, learn from my mistake. Read it on a day off! 

Until Next Time

Emma 
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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Review: Mr One-Night Stand*

So if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a post from earlier this week about a brand new Mills & Boon Dare book that I received. It is called Mr One-Night Stand by Rachael Stewart, now this is her first book for Mills & Boon so I knew I had to review it for you guys. 

The thing I love about the Dare series is that these books are written by woman for woman, which just means we are getting exactly what we want. No offence to the male authors out there but woman know what woman want and Rachael is no different. I don’t know how but she manages to write a book with just the right amount of detail, that’s more than your standard Mills and Boon book but not enough to categorise it as an erotic story. I have to be honest I love every descriptive detail that she uses and I’m sure you guys will too.

So some of you fellow book nerds out there are probably wondering how was it written? Well I thought the story flowed very well and Rachael gives you enough detail about her characters that meant I could get a very clear picture in my mind. What’s even better is that the lead female (Jennifer Hayes) is not your average character. She has back bone and is not afraid to stand up to the lead Male (Marcus Wright). Also it’s not another boss and secretary story. Instead Jennifer is a powerful business lady who goes after what she wants, Marcus is not her boss but her brand new Business Partner. Can someone say equal footing yay! 

So I am always honest with you guys and because of that I’m going to let you into my first thoughts. Although I read the back of the book and thought ‘Yeah this sounds good’ I had a feeling that it was going to take me a while to read it. Don’t know why but the feeling was there. Now I am so happy to say my feeling was completely incorrect. I picked up that book and read 8 Chapters before I put it back down. I finished in the book in less than 24 hours, I also slept and did a whole days work in that time as well. So by that you can tell that I devoured the 223 pages of this book. 

So overall I thought this book is exactly what Dare is all about. Not only that I can’t wait to see what Rachael Stewart is going to release next for Mills & Boon. The book is available on Kindle as of 21st February and I recommend you going and grabbing it. 

Until Next Time

Emma 

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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Review: His Majesty’s Temporary Bride *

So a little disclaimer before I start. I worked on this post Mills & Boon Insider. This essentially means I was given a list of books and able to pick which one I wanted to read. My views on this book are completely my own and the truth.



His Majesty's Temporary Bride is that latest book to be released by Annie West under Mills & Boon Modern. 

This story focus's on Cat and Alex, two different people. Alex is actually King Alexander of Bengaria, while Cat is a feisty bodyguard. This story is about romance, chemistry and a little bending of the truth. 

What is great about this book which sets it apart from other romance novels, is the main lady Cat. Cat is a strong bodyguard, a job not usually given to the female lead in a book. Not only has she got a strong job role but she is also a very sporty lady who is more suited to parcours than to royal balls.

This is a well written story, that makes you want to reach the end. A great thing is that it also sets you up for a connecting story called 'The Greeks Forbidden Princess'. To find out whose story that is and how it connects, you will just have to read the book. I can tell you this much, I will definitely be buying this book.

Until Next Time

Emma

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Film Review: Fifty Shades Freed






As you guys probably already know Fifty Shades Freed is the final part in the best selling Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E.L. James. It was finally released on Friday 9th February 2018, and as a fan I went and saw it that night with my good friend.


I will admit I had read some pretty bad reviews before this movie came out, but I prefer to make my own opinion and I had been waiting for this movie for nearly a year. I figured this movie wasn't going to have glowing reviews since none of them had. The words 'Lack of Chemistry' have been thrown around a lot in relation to this series, but as a fan of the book series this film was beyond my expectations. 



I will admit they did miss out part of the book, but a lot happens in that final book. However they may have missed somethings out, they did add a new scene. This film was great at ending everything in a nice little bow. Here's a hint if you do decide to see this movie, make sure you stay until after the credits roll. There is a nice little scene at the beginning of the credits that really finishes the trilogy right. 



One of the best parts about this movie was that Ana finally grew a back bone that was severely missing in the first two movies. Now I know that Ana wasn't meant to have a back bone in the first two movies as she came into this series inexperienced. However now she finally has found her back bone, this really worked in the movie and in their relationship. 

The soundtrack to this film is really good and I have to admit I was not a fan of the song ‘For You’ by Rita Ora and Liam Payne. However now I have heard where they have put it in the movie, I kinda love it. 

Let me know if you decide to see this movie and what you think. 

Emma
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