Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Blog Tour: The House That Alice Built by Chris Penhall*

So I was attracted to this book by the amazing cover and the blurb. It sounded like something I would love to do. I mean who doesn't want to drop everything and go to another country. Check out the blurb below and see what your first impression is.

'Home is where the heart is … 
Alice Dorothy Matthews is sensible. Whilst her best friend Kathy is living it up in Portugal and her insufferable ex Adam is travelling the world, Alice is working hard to pay for the beloved London house she has put her heart and soul into renovating. 
But then a postcard from Buenos Aires turns Alice’s life upside down. One very unsensible decision later and she is in Cascais, Portugal, and so begins her lesson in ‘going with the flow’; a lesson that sees her cat-sitting, paddle boarding, dancing on top of bars and rediscovering her artistic talents. 
But perhaps the most important part of the lesson for Alice is that you don’t always need a house to be at home.'

So one of the first things I noticed about this book was that it is very easy to read. By this I mean you soon find yourself zooming through the chapters. I mean the story flows so well, that even though a few weeks is passing in the book it is not made obvious which I enjoyed immensely. 

So as in every romance there is a Prince Charming, whether he is there to save the day or just sit in the background until our main girl needs him. Now in this book I found myself questioning whether he was Prince Charming or Mr Mysterious. I loved that factor though because it go you thinking. This factor also added some extra depth to this character.

One thing that will really draw you to this book, apart for the descriptions of this Place (I really want to go now!) is the way it sounds like Paradise and it is a completely real life situation that Alice is going through. I mean from the beginning you are thrust into her world, it was all very normal. Its a situation I can imagine a friend telling me about. This in mind, it makes the book very relatable.  

Now let's talk a little bit about the Author Chris Penhall, a freelance writer and radio producer who is also a member of the Romantic Novelists Association. Winner of the 2019 Choc-Lit Search for a Star Competition (with this book!) Chris was originally born in South Wales but has lived near London and Portugal. When she lived in Cascais near Lisbon (where the book is set) she began to dabble in writing fiction, but it was years later that she was confident enough to start her first novel. Many years after, she finally finished it. She is currently working on her second. Chris is a lover of books, music, cats and is an enthusiastic salsa dancer, a keen cook and loves to travel. She is never happier than when she is gazing at the sea. Chris currently lives in the Essex countryside and has two grown up daughters. 

Overall I enjoyed this book immensely. Reading the story and the descriptions of the gorgeous is enough to add it to my holiday list. This is a great summer read and is available now. You can get your copy HERE

Until Next Time



Friday, 25 October 2019

Blog Tour: Reach For A Star by Kathryn Freeman*

'What if your dreams were so close you could reach out and touch them? 

How could anyone resist Michael Tennant, with his hypnotic blue eyes and voice like molten chocolate? Jessie Simmons certainly can’t. But Jessie’s a single mum who can’t sing to save her life – there’s no way she’ll ever cross paths with the star tenor. 

At least that’s what she thinks until she’s unexpectedly invited to take part in a new reality TV show. The premise? Professional singers teach hopeless amateurs how to sing. The surprise? Jessie’s partner is none other than Michael Tennant!

As she becomes better acquainted with the man behind the voice, will Jessie find out the hard way that you should never meet your idols? Or will she get more than she bargained for?'

This book is all about taking a chance and following your dreams. It's also very real and could happen to anyone which I love. The whole story is just amazing! I mean the author has written the story in a way that all 36 Chapters simply fly by. It's so well written and flows effortlessly. 

The story of Jessie and Michael is, to say the least addictive.  It is so easy to get caught up in their lives and their story. I mean I will say their story is not all Roses and smooth sailing but the bumps in the road add to this story. Not only that the bumps in the road aren't far fetched, they are genuine bumps that could happen in the everyday life, which makes this book so much more relatable. 

So when I said this book was addictive (in the best possible way), I meant it. I mean I went from Chapter 15 to done in less than 24 hours. I had trouble putting the book down saying 'One More Chapter' then finding myself going from Chapter 26-31. I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't register that I was moving through chapters. This book makes you want to know more, you get involved in the Characters and their feelings.  

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. 

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you are a fan of Kathryn's or even if your not, you will like this book. It is everything you want in a romance. Not only that you don't even finish the book after it ends, I found myself thinking about this book  hours after I finished reading it, and that's not in a bad way. This amazing story is available 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



Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Blog Tour: Make It Up To You by Lucy Keeling*

So the moment this Blog tour dropped into my inbox, I knew I needed to take part. I had just posted on twitter that I had wanted to read it after reading the blurb that the Author had posted. So to see this pop into my inbox felt like fate. Not only that but it is to do with a wanna be You tuber so doesn't that just say read me. Check out the Blurb and let me know what you think.

'What do mascara wands and gardening shears have in common?

Absolutely nothing! At least that’s what wannabe beauty influencer Sophie Timney thinks when her friend Polly suggests involving her brother Marcus in Sophie’s make-up tutorials. She needs more views, Marcus needs promotion for his gardening business – in Polly’s mind joining forces will help them both. Sophie isn’t so sure.
Because Marcus Bowman has a habit of getting under her skin in a way that no exfoliating face scrub ever could. But, as the views and comments on her videos begin creeping up, it becomes increasingly obvious that Sophie’s subscribers like Marcus, and what’s even worse is that Sophie might be starting to feel the same way …'

Now we talk about books being easy to read and this one certainly fits the profile. From the minute I started reading I was hooked wanting to know more and read it all. I mean what do you expect when you put a wanna be You Tuber, a Hot Gardner and a whole lot of Chemistry together. It's clear from the moment that Marcus and Sophie appear there is more to them then meets the eye. 

The book is relatable and the perfect read for your evenings. I soon got sucked into the story and wanting to know what happens next. It's easy to fall in love with these characters and the journey they take in the book. There are also parts which make you want to laugh.

The story does not just focus on Sophie and Marcus, though they are the main characters, you also have the rest of their friends. The friends Mya, Polly, Paige Joseph and Bailey who all play their part in this story but not only that they also add intrigue.  I don't want to say too much and give anything away but this reader definitely wants to know more about these Characters. Fingers crossed Lucy Keeling brings out a book about these friends.

So let's talk about the Author Lucy Keeling, an author who writes fun, sexy stories with all of the happy ever afters. If she's not at her Kitchen table typing you can find her arranging and then rearranging to meet up with her friends for some day drinking. Lucy is currently working on her third book in a Contemporary Romance series, the first was Short Listed in Choc Lit's 'Search For a Star' Competition.

Overall I loved this book and I want to know more. I want more of Marcus and Sophie and I definitely want more of their friends. One of the best things is that this book is available NOW! You can get your copy HERE.

Until Next Time



Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Blog Tour: Call Me Maybe by Stephanie Chapman*

'What if you got a second chance with your first love?
What happens when you meet your teenage heart-throb – when you’re both all grown up? When Cassie was fifteen, all she wanted was to marry Jesse Franklin, the bassist from her favourite band, Franko. Now she’s single, in her late twenties and wondering what happened to that teenage dream.
A chance encounter on Facebook soon leads to a transatlantic hook up, and soon, Jesse and Cassie are having a long-distance love affair spanning five thousand miles.
Cassie is on cloud nine – until she hears something that makes her think that Jessie might not be all that he seems. They say never meet your heroes – but what happens when you fall in love with them…?
Are Cassie and Jessie star crossed lovers, destined to be together? Or should Cassie have left her crush in the box marked teenage memories? '

The moment this book dropped into my inbox, I wanted it! I mean let's start with that Title. I love it, so simple and I feel like I should listen to the song while writing this.Plus I can practically hear Carly Rae Jepson singing it in my head. Then you move onto the blurb, it sounded amazing and a little bit like a dream (one I have had myself.)

This book is brilliantly written which makes it easy to read and by that I mean I was easily reading 10 Chapters a Day! Until I got to Chapter 37 then I just finished it. It's so easy to get sucked into Cassie and Jesse's world, to the point where those chapters just fly by! 

It feels like the book has everything, it's easy to relate to so you can imagine putting yourself and your boy band crush in the same places. By no means is this book predictable, I mean I found some really juicy scenes that made me want to read them again. This book somehow managed to get me so addicted that my emotions got involved, I won't say which ones because spoilers are no fun. 

So let's talk a little bit about the characters Jesse and Cassie, they are soo perfect for each other! So Jesse was the kinda mysterious childhood crush and he gives you an insight into what being in a young boy band is like. Cassie is pretty much your typical everyday girl, an amazing set of friends, a job she enjoys but doesn't take up her entire life. The best thing is throughout this book you switch from Jesse's point of view to Cassie's, which I found really insightful. 

So let's talk a little bit about the Author Stephanie Chapmen, a English women born in the 1980's who now lives on the South Coast of the UK. She has a day job that helps keep her holiday budget topped up, and a husband and 2 kids to keep an eye on. She has a healthy appreciation for Bass and the dudes who play them. Franko was inspired by her favourtie band as a teenager. She also has another book out called 'Jetplanes to Jupiter'

Overall I adored this book! It laid out in my opinion every girl's secret fantasy evolving their favorite band. It was quirky, amazing and easy to devour. Oh and it's out NOW! You can grab your copy HERE.

Until Next Time



Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Blog Tour: When You Were Mine By Lisa Swift*

I am so excited for this blog tour, I absolutely fell in love with this concept the moment I read the blurb. Check it out below and see what I mean. 

'Life is a love song when you find the right notes

Maggie and Ibby make up a happy – if unconventional – family. After meeting at university, they now live in the village of Applecroft on the beautiful West Country coast.

Okay, so Ibby’s gay and prone to disastrous dates, while couples’ counsellor Maggie spends her days helping people with their relationship problems despite having no sex life of her own. Nevertheless, they’re devoted to bringing up teenage daughter Amelia – the result of a drunken one-night stand when they were students – in a stable and loving family.

Until a face from the past – in the form of hard-partying rock star Jordan Nash – disrupts their quiet lives. As Jordan struggles with his personal demons and old secrets are revealed, can Maggie and Ibby stay strong? Or will bringing back the past threaten all that they’ve built in the present?'

So I have to start this review by saying that I absolutely loved this book! It's so well written and I loved everything to do with it. so let's start with the Characters, they were so well described that I wanted to visit Applecroft for a drink and a chat. I loved the (sometimes) complicated relationships between them all. I loved how they were also so very real. I mean the Marriage counsellor who isn't having sex is so relatable as well as the very lovely Ibby. 

Another thing I loved was the fact that it showed you another side of Fame, the side that isn't that glamorous. It was so refreshing to read the book that sounded so real that it could have been a biography. Also I was super excited when one of my favorite TV Shows popped up towards the end! 

The story was witty, funny and very easy to follow. You got to get inside the heads of Maggie, Ibby, Jordan and Amelia. I loved seeing these four different points of views play out throughout the book. It was so refreshing to see the different sides come together and how they all fit in with each other. 

Now let's talk a little bit about the Author Lisa Swift, a romance author from West Yorkshire here in the UK. This is her first book to be published by Hera Books. However she also writes romantic comedies as Mary Jane Baker for Aria Fiction. Lisa is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association. 

My final thoughts are that I can't wait to see what Lisa brings out next! Also I now have another Author to look for in Mary Jane Baker. This book was really hard for me to put down, so much so that I finished it in one day, I mean it has Forty Five Chapters and an Epilogue. Though I have to admit it wasn't until I was re reading the ending before writing this post that I noticed my favorite words hidden within the 'A Letter from Lisa'  section and I quote 'I hope to see you again for the release of book two next year!' I don't know which I enjoyed more this book or that line. The Book comes out 14th August (TODAY) and you can get your copy HERE. I seriously recommend you pick this book up, you won't regret it.

Until Next Time



Friday, 2 August 2019

Blog Tour: The Summer House In Santorini By Samantha Parks

Upon reading the blurb for this book I knew I had to be involved in this blog tour. Check out the blurb below and see what I mean.

'One summer in Greece will change everything…
Anna’s running away. From a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life.
On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas, blue-tiled roofs, and the turquoise waters of the Aegean lapping at the white sand beaches, Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house from her estranged father. As she rebuilds the house, she rebuilds her life, uncovering family secrets along the way that change everything. She starts to fall for her little slice of paradise, as well as for gorgeous, charming Nikos.

Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?'

It’s hard not to enjoy this book, I mean it’s a love story that’s easy to read. I love the Charcters of Anna and her family, to all the people you meet in Santorini. The characters are well developed and it’s easy to hope you had someone like them in your own life. Nikos is such a different Male interest compared to every other book I have read. I mean it’s so refreshing to have a different type of guy as a romantic interest. 

The descriptions of Santorini itself are completely dreamy. I mean there is the right amount of description so you can picture it in your head which I love. I must also admit that Santorini has also become a place where I now want to visit. 

Now let's tell you a little bit more about the Author Samantha Parks, but you might know her by her pen name of Sam Gale. Samantha's pen name came from one of her greatest role models, her late Grandmother Velma Hobbs, nee Parks. Born in North Carolina, Sam now lives in Bournemouth UK with her hubby Alex. She is enjoying a slow descent into her 'Crazy Plant Lady' Status and owns a successful Marketing Company.

Now this blogger completely loved this book. I have seen this described as a beach read, I have to agree. The only thing missing from my experience was a beach. I will definitely be looking out for the next Samantha Parks book. If you want to get your hands on a copy, you can purchase it right HERE.

Until Next Time



Thursday, 1 August 2019

Blog Tour: Willow by Grace Parks*

The moment I read this blurb I knew I had to read the book! I mean it seems like an opposites attract kind of thing but at the same time very interesting. Check out the blurb and see what you think.

'Can a socialite and a technophobe fall in love?

A bubbly personality and a great job in social media didn’t mean that Willow Lawson had it all. Her love life was distant memory and her social life only work related. The maddening demands of life seemed to get in the way of finding time for herself or her friends. 
She starts the Pepper Lane Club as a chance to step away from her busy schedule once a month to reconnect with her friends. 
Thomas Greer, the proprietor of the Pepper Lane Café, annoys her. He’s her complete opposite; unsociable, serious, old-fashioned and dead set against social media. 
Always game for a challenge, Willow decides to take him on as a client. She’s going to prove to Thomas that he needs her help. She knew she would be successful, she just didn’t know she would lose her heart along the way.

Can Willow fall in love with a man that doesn’t respect her profession? Will Thomas let go of his preconceptions long enough to get to know the real Willow? Enjoy this sweet romance as Willow finds love and friendship in the first book in the Pepper Lane Series. 

Six women. Six stories. Six chances of love. One café.
The Pepper Lane Series follows the lives of six women as they share life, love and heartache once a month at the Pepper Lane Club. They might be an unlikely group of friends, but it takes all types to form a tribe.'

So as you can see that blurb just sounds amazing. I am a sucker for a good series and this one being based on a club was something that I knew I wanted to read. 

I love the fact that Willow and Thomas also sound like total opposites so reading about their journey was so interesting. I also loved watching as Willow grew throughout the story. The Character development was really done well in this story. 

So a big part of this story is the Pepper Lane Club, this is the first book so you really got to see how the club came about. I loved watching Willow interact with the other ladies and seeing how they were getting on. Hearing about these ladies made me excitied to see their stories. 

So this book was well written and really flowed well. The club meets once a month which could have been boring but the Author really knew how to move the story along. 

Now lets talk about Grace Parks, the Author, she is a sweet romance/ chick lit author who has a penchant for Happily Ever After. 

One of the best things I found out was that the other 5 books are out and available to buy. I can guarantee you this, I will definitely be purchasing the rest of this series. If you fancy checking this book out, then grab your copy HERE.

Until Next Time