Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Review: Pushing Her Luck by B.R.Maycock*


'Holly Caulfield has won the Irish National Lottery and sets in motion a plan to save the village of Abbeyglen. But who would have thought that giving money away could be so difficult?

With a resident’s association that’s clamouring for more and more money, an old lady who’s decided that a dream cruise is in her grasp and a couple who may not want that dream wedding after all, Holly’s finding it hard to keep it together!

With a new love interest and an ex-husband hot on her heels, it’s up to Holly to figure out what can truly make her happy.'

So I have to say this is one of the longest books I have read in a while, it has 63 Chapters and an epilogue but I must say do not let this put you off. This book is really good. I will admit I did find it hard at first to get into the book, for some reason I just couldn't get gripped. Though as the chapters went on I soon found myself gripped in Holly's story.  This book/ story is easy to read and you soon find yourself going from chapter 1 to chapter 4 in one sitting. The chapters are (I believe) on the small side but this just means that you soon find yourself flying through the book.  

Holly as a character has a very generous nature and is very selfless. Reading about her journey from winning the lottery to working out how to spend the money was thought provoking making me wonder what would I do?  The journey has its pitfalls, but it also has some very funny moments that will have you laughing. 

Let me tell you a little bit about the Author B R Maycock (Berni to all of us). When she isn't dreaming isn't dreaming up leads for romantic comedies you can find her ingesting books for her blog, in particular chick lit, romantic comedies and thrillers. You can also find her playing footie or watching Marvel, DC or Star Wars movies and cartoons. Berni lives in Co. Westmeath, Ireland with her brilliantly out there husband Keith and their four epic little men. Her debut  'It started with a Snub' and Christmas romantic comedy 'Snowday' are available now on Amazon. Berni has one goal and that's simply to make readers smile and/ or laugh. 

Overall I enjoyed this book immensely to the point that I felt a little bit lost after finishing it. Once I was gripped with this book I was in love with everything and the rest of the book flew by way too soon. However I cheered up when I got to the end and found out that this book is actually the first one in a series! The second book is out in May and I can't wait to read it. Check out Pushing Her Luck and get your copy here. Now I have a question for you guys, what would you do if you won the lottery?

Until Next Time

Emma

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Friday, 17 January 2020

Blog Tour: The Perfect Match By Zoe May*


'Can you ever find true love online?

Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…
After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.
Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?'
This book is made up of 26 awesome chapters. I mean it was the kind of book that from the first page I knew I was going to like this book and easily get sucked into its pages. I'm so glad that my first impression was correct. This book is well written which makes it easy for the reader to fly through the chapters. 

One thing that was brilliant about this book is that it doesn't only focus on the romantic relationship aspect, it also holds a focus on Sophia and her friends. I loved seeing these friendships with Lyn and Kate on the page. You see them develop and are told the backstory so you have the context to know how they came to be. 

When it comes to the romance this book has it in spades. There is a little bit of mystery in the romance aspect, i thought but it really added to the story. This book wasn't a cut and dried romance where you can see how it is going to end. This aspect made a book a refreshing change compared to other romances I have read. There are also some funny parts that are interlinked to the romance.

Now let me tell you a little bit about the Author Zoe May, who lives in southeast London writing romantic comedies. Since she was a teenager she dreamt of being a novelist. Before her debut novel (Perfect Match) came out, Zoe worked in journalism and copywriting. Zoe chose to write a novel about dating, after experiencing the London dating scene first hand and seeing its endless supply of weird and wonderful material. When she isn't writing you can find Zoe walking her dog, painting and reading. She adores animals, meaning that if she isn't taking a picture of a vegan meal you can find her tweeting about the dairy industry. Zoe is half Greek/ half Irish and can whip up a mean baklava. After spending several years working as a fashion copywriter, Zoe has an encyclopedia knowledge of handbags to the point that she could win Mastermind if it was her specialist subject. Zoe also has a thing for India, swimming, horror films, hip hop and Radiohead. 

My final thoughts on this book is that it is a very good book, that deserves a read. Not only is their romance but friendship and a mention of a book that is on this reviewer's to read list. You will have to read it to find out what that is. You can get your copy of Perfect Match HERE.

Until Next Time

Emma

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Friday, 13 December 2019

Review: Taking A Shot By Taryn Leigh Taylor*


'Hockey star Brett Sillinger's never been afraid of a little trouble. But when his personal life ends up in the tabloids, he knows his career is on thin ice. Luckily, a new team decides to take a chance on him. All he has to do is keep head in the game. But when temptation walks up wearing black knee-high boots, looking for one night of nameless, no-strings passion, well, what's a guy to do?
Chelsea London is looking to misbehave. What's being good ever gotten her, besides getting dumped and passed over for a big promotion at work? But her one delicious night of rebellion has unexpected consequences--her hot one-night stand is the latest addition to her father's hockey team. And suddenly, one night of bad-girldom isn't nearly enough.
But one false move, and Brett might spend this season in the penalty box...'

The chemistry between Brett and Chelsea is alive and well in this book. From the word go Taryn has you intrigued not only by the characters but also by their chemistry.  I mean you start to wonder how good girl Chelsea will handle bad boy Brett, how they will or won't they work. The chemistry is at the fore front of this book and develops throughout the story, which will have you gripped from the first word.

One of the many things I loved about this book was the way as you are reading you think you are coming to the end, but then out of nowhere comes a twist. Now I'm not saying I wanted this story to end so I fell in love with the twists. I mean you think everything is rosy and BAM there is a twist. These twists certainly kept this book exciting and keep you the reader wanting more.

This book also mentioned a few other people who given that you were given a back ground, I'm sensing they have their own story that I now want to read. This book makes you want more from this author! More books, more chemistry and definitely more hockey players.

Now I must admit there are three authors that I love to the point that I want their entire collection (Lindsey Kelk, Diana Palmer & Rachael Stewart) and I can say that Taryn Leigh Taylor is now among those authors. I mean I now own 5 of her books including this one.

My final thoughts are that this book is not one you want to miss out on! It has chemistry and a plot that keeps you turning the page again and again. I loved everything about this book and the possibility that there is more in this series 'Montana Wolfpack' and more connected in earlier works. The only downside, as I have found out, is that this will not be the only Taryn Leigh Taylor book in your collection. You can start your collection with this book and buy it HERE.

Until Next Time

Emma

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Sunday, 1 December 2019

Blog Tour: Snowflakes Over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green*


'When Jess Rigby lost her dad, the family coped in different ways, alone in their grief. Now, her mum seems to be going off the rails and her sister, Isla, who moved to France, is now back and determined to get the old family home on the market. But the last thing Jess wants this Christmas is for renovations to start on the house. It's sure to stir up old memories she's desperate to forget. And to make things worse, Isla seems to have hired the most obnoxious builder in the world to do the work. Jess could ignore the fact that women seem to be putty in his hands. But what she finds harder to ignore is the frisson she gets every time she squeezes past him in the mess that is now their beloved family home! Soon, the house begins to give up its secrets, some of them shocking. Can the family finally start talking and find a way to move on from the past this Christmas?'


Now I want to start off by saying I did find this book hard to get into. This is not to say that I didn't like the book or enjoy it, but I personally found myself reading a few chapters and then leaving it.That is until I got to Chapter 20, where I found myself addicted.

So one of the first things I noticed when reading this book is that the main theme was family in my eyes. It did have all my favorites things about romance but I found that it was an underlying theme. It was enjoyable to read a book where family was front and center. 

Now Jess and Isla could not be more different, which is something that I can relate to personally, which made the book even more enjoyable. Not only that the Family Dynamic is interesting and intriguing the further you get into the book. This alone makes you keep turning the pages to find out more.


Let's tell you a little bit more about the Author Rosie Green, she has been scribbling stories since she was little. In the past they were rip roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in danger of being tide up by the 'baddies' or falling off a cliff. Nowadays Rosie much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt you heart, make you smile and not much danger involved- unless you count the heroine losing her heat in love. Her new series of novellas is centered around life in a village cafe, the latest is 'Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe'. Keep an eye out for 'A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe' coming Christmas 2019.

Overall I enjoyed this book, it was very well written and the fact that the romance wasn't the main theme was refreshing. I saw similarities between parts in the book and my own life, which made this book an even more interesting read. I highly recommend you check this book out and you can get your copy HERE.

Until Next Time

Emma

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Blog Tour: Naughty Or Nice by Rachael Stewart*


'She's setting the terms…
In business and pleasure!
Lucas Waring was my brother's best friend—before he broke my heart and betrayed my family. Yet one glance from those dark, intense eyes, and that bolt of aching need returns. Now Lucas wants my business. But the nice Eva he knew is gone forever and naughty Eva wants her cake, and a taste of deliciously hot Lucas, too. Only my heart's about to pull the biggest betrayal of all…'

I am wondering how to put into words, how much I loved this book! I mean the descriptions are on point. I feel like I can picture these places, like I can see myself in the different locations. Not only that but the story is told from both Lucas's and Eva's point of view, with a clear indication of when it changes. It was amazing to be in Lucas's mind and see what he wasn't admitting to Eva.


Speaking of Lucas and Eva, I could not write a review without mentioning the sizzling chemistry that these two have from the get go. I mean this book is beyond hot and beyond anything I have ever read before. I feel like my phone/Kindle should have been in flames when I was reading certain scenes.

When it came to picking up this book, I can tell you with absolute certainty that I was addicted from the word go. I mean I read this book in a day, possibly less than 24 hours but I didn't look at the clock when I finished. The only bad thing that you could say about this book is that it is too short. Not in the, the story didn't way, more in the I want to continue reading about Eva and Lucas. The end of the story was brilliant and stayed true to the Characters nature. 

So let me tell you about the Author Rachael Stewart, she adores conjuring up stories for both Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press. The books vary from heart-warmingly romantic to wildly erotic. Rachael is living her own dream of being a full time writer, even though her degree was in Business Studies and she spent many years in the corporate world. Originally from Wales, Rachael now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children. When she isn't wrapped up in her children, you can find her glued to her laptop or enjoying the great outdoors seeking inspiration. 

This review will not be doing this book justice, I can tell you that. I don't know how I can convey to you how much I enjoyed this book. It was simply amazing. I can say this with certainty, Rachael has one upped herself with this book. I mean I thought she was amazing with the previous books I have read. Yet somehow this one is amazing and unique in it's own way.The best part is that it is available NOW. You can get your copy HERE.

In addition there is also a Giveaway attached to this Blog Tour giving you the chance to win an Ecopy of Naughty or Nice by Rachael Stewart. You can enter this giveaway HERE. Don't forget to read the Terms and Conditions 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 I reserve 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 I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Until Next Time

Emma

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Blog Tour: It's Not PMS, It's You by Rich Amooi*


'Ruth “Ruthless” Harper is on the verge of becoming managing partner at her all-male consulting firm and she won’t let anything stand in her way. That includes men, relationships, and that dreaded F word, FEELINGS—distractions she eliminated long ago.

After the worst day ever (a near-death experience and a public wedgie, for starters), Ruth realizes she doesn’t want to live and die alone. She puts together a business plan to find the perfect man and dives head first into the murky online dating pool. All she wants is a high-powered executive who understands how important her career is. If only it were that easy.

Problem is most men are intimidated by Ruth’s confidence and shocked by her bluntness. The exception being her landscape designer, Nick, whose cool demeanor and unsolicited dating advice are driving her nuts. He’s the antithesis of the business-oriented man Ruth envisions for herself, so why do all signs keep pointing back to him?'

Ruth is the ultimate girl boss in my eyes. I mean she is confident, career focused and goes after what she wants. Ruth also will not let any man tell her what to do. In comes Nick, who sounds utterly gorgeous who isn't a fan of the career women. 

The characters within this book are so relatable and engaging to the point that you can easily fall in love with them. They also have some amazing chemistry that they both try and fight. Between the two personalities and the chemistry the laughs are definitely guaranteed from the beginning. I'm talking laugh out loud funny!

Let's tell you a little bit about the Author Rich Amooi. A former Radio personality and DJ who now writes romantic comedies full time in San Diego. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinte possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter and happily ever after. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain.

After reading the first two chapters of this book I knew I would love it, and I wasn't wrong. This is the kind of book that you will find easy to get stuck into. I mean it is so easy to get stuck into this book that you soon find yourself finishing the entire book. This book is a romantic comedy, and I could see it being a hit if it was a movie.You can get your copy HERE.

In addition to a Blog Tour there is also a Giveaway giving you the chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. To be in with the chance to win you can enter HERE. Don't forget to read the Terms and Conditions 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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Monday, 25 November 2019

Blog Tour: Magic Under The Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman*



'Christmas and romance are in the air...

It's December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn't relishing spending Christmas at his family's country estate either.
So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They'll spend half of the holidays with each other's families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten...?
Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed... It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!'

Leesa and Cary are the main characters of the story and are so similar and completely different all at the same time. I mean Leesa can handles matters of the head with ease but can sometimes struggle when it comes to matters of the heart, Cary is the same. Reading about their relationship within this book, its nice to see how they develop throughout the story. 

I have never read place descriptions like I have in this book. The descriptions are so detailed that you can clearly picture all of the locations with ease, I would personally love to visit. The details are not lacking in this book and the book is better with them. Time can be passed quickly within this book, several months going by between chapters. However it is done in such a way that adds to the book instead of taking away and you don't feel like you have missed anything.

Let's tell you a little bit about the Author behind this book Lucy Coleman. Lucy Coleman is actually the pen name for Linn B Halton, she went from interior designer to author, she has written more than a dozen novels. She is excited as she writes for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Haper Collins), she is represented by Kataria Literary Agency. When she isn't working you can find her upcycling furniture, spending time with her family or working in the garden. Linn has won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction awards, her novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. She lives in Coed Duon within the Welsh Valleys with her 'rock' Lawrence and Bengal cat Ziggy. She admits that she is an eternal romantic. She writes feelgood, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships and is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. 

My final thoughts on this book are that it is a great read and very well written. It definitely gets you in the mood for the upcoming festive season without being a Christmas read. Meaning you can read this lovely book at any point during the year.  I will admit that I did find it hard to get stuck into this book at first. But then suddenly somewhere around Chapter 20  I was addicted, to the point that I finished it that night. You can get your copy HERE.

In addition to this blog tour there is also a Giveaway, where you could be in with the chance to win a signed paperback copy of Snowflakes over Holly Cove and Christmas Pamper Pack. You can enter the Giveaway HERE. Don't Forget to read the Terms and Conditions below: UK 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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