What happens at the Beach by T.A.Williams

**Release Day Blitz**

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So today is the day! What happens at the Beach by T.A. Williams is out today. And what’s it about I hear you ask? Well let me tell you!

About this Book…

Title: What Happens at the Beach…
Author: T. A. Williams
Series: What Happens in… (standalone)
Release Date: July 11, 2106
Genres: Chick Lit
Publisher: HarperCollins/Carina UK

For the perfect summer romance…
It’s finally time for Natalie Dryden to decide what she really wants! After ditching her sparkling engagement ring, and her ghastly fiancé, she jets off for the sun-kissed shores of Southern France – the only place that has ever truly felt like home. For the first time ever, Natalie is determined to forget all about men and follow her dreams!
…head to the French coast!
Only, avoiding the male population isn’t quite so easy, especially when she meets smooth-talking Philippe and gorgeous fisherman, Remy! But then Natalie, quite literally, bumps into brooding millionaire Mark whilst swimming in the glittering azure-blue bay – and her life is turned upside-down.
Love might be off the cards for Natalie, yet suddenly she finds herself in her dream job and working with her dream man! But is it all too good to be true…?

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Author Biography
Firstly, my name isn’t T A. It’s Trevor. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…
I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.
I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.
I’ve been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s right.

You can find out more about T.A. Williams on his social networking sites below
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What Happens at the Beach… can be bought here at Amazon UK

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And I am  excited to announce that I will be on the blog tour for What happens at the Beach on Friday 5th August so be sure to check back then for my review and a guest post from T.A. Williams himself!

Thanks to Karen Eleni at keprtours for organising this!

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A Summer Romance (Little Perran #3) by Lynda Renham

About this book…

A Summer Romance is the sequel to A Village Romance and is the third book in the Little Perran series by Lynda Renham writing as Amy Perfect.

Milly settles into her new job but does her boss, Ashley Wilmot-Fox, have secrets that he is hiding in Briar Lodge? Will he be able to help Milly fight the ghosts from her past? Will Billy’s blundering romance last, and will Rafe’s secret affair be exposed? As the villagers prepare for their summer fete they have no idea what will be revealed on that day.

My review…

After having read and enjoyed A Village Romance last week, I was rather relieved that I  didn’t have long to wait too long to read Book 3 in the series which concludes the story that was started in Book 2. A little warning to say that this probably can’t be read as a standalone so definitely read A Village Romance first.

So when we were we last in Little Perran we were left on a little bit of a cliffhanger! I’m not going to spoil it for anyone not having read A Village Romance yet but I just want to say that one member of the village is going to have to watch out for danger from an unexpected source!! The village fair is now in the planning stages so what better person to open it than Little Perrans newest celebrity resident Billy Baxter. I adore Billy still, he is settling into village life now but we are still getting the occasional “Billyism” and he adds a fabulous touch of humour to every scene he is in. We are also back with Birdy who has a difficult decision to make (well, I don’t think so but she needs a little bit more of a push!) And all the regular characters are there to help out. I especially love George and Lucy at the pub  as it seems to be the hub of all the village drama this time now that Milly is no longer working in the shop. In fact, even with all the drama,  I still want to move to this village so give me the postcode, my Sat nav awaits!

I sincerely hope that Lynda Renham doesn’t end this series here. I feel like I say goodbye to new friends whenever I finish her books so let’s hope there is more to come. A Summer Romance is the perfect book for your summer holiday, a lovely romantic comedy that can take you away from the rainy British summertime to a quaint little English village that we would all love to escape to.

Thank you to Lynda for my advanced copy of A Summer Romance in exchange for an unbiased review.

A Summer Romance: A funny, compassionate and sizzling sexy summer read. (The Little Perran Romances Book 3) is out on July 1st and can be bought here from Amazon UK

Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige **Blog Tour**

So today I am a little bit starstruck as I have Laurelin Paige here to answer a few questions that I have wanted to ask her since becoming a bit of a fan last year! So lets give Laurelin a huge “My Chestnut Reading Tree” welcome!

Could you describe your typical working day?

Generally, I work on emails and messages when I first wake up. Then I take care of any business resulting from those before I shut myself off from everyone, put on my headphones and get to writing. That’s my typical schedule five days a week. On Sundays, I take the day off and on Tuesdays I take the day off from writing so I can devote my time specifically to mail and any other business items I need to catch up on.

As a mother of daughters (like myself!) what is the one piece of advice you would give them about love and/or sex?

It’s hard to narrow this down to just one piece of advice so you’re going to get a few. First, consent, consent, consent. I’m teaching my girls the importance of consent and how to handle themselves in situations where their consent is not acknowledged. Second, I’m teaching them that love and sex are not the same thing and that, while both are fine on their own, they look much different together. Third, I want them to know that just because their bodies are ready for sex, it doesn’t mean they are. And if they want to explore sexual pleasure, it’s fine to do it on their own rather than thinking they have to venture into relationships they aren’t ready for.

Do you fall in love with your leading men when you are writing them and does your husband get jealous?

I do fall in love with them! But my husband doesn’t get jealous because he’s convinced all of them are based on him. (Spoiler: they’re not)

I see you are a sucker for a romantic kiss. What is the best kiss you have ever seen on screen?

There are so many. So, so many. But honestly? Whether you’re a fan of the book or not, the elevator kiss from 50 Shades of Grey has to be the best kiss ever to be seen on screen. I watched the trailer for that over and over and over and over just to see that kiss. Yummy.

Which of your books would you like to see make it to the big screen and why? And any preferences for the actors?

I have a hard time picking actors for my characters, but I’d love to see First Touch and Last Kiss on the big screen. I based so much of it on old Hitchcock films that I think the mood of the series lends itself to film.

Thank you so much for finding time to answer my questions Laurelin and I hope everyone enjoyed finding out a little bit more about what makes you tick!

Thanks for having me! I had a great time chatting Jo!

 

Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige is out now on ebook, and is released in paperback on 5th July and here is a little bit more about Last Kiss and my review…

 

 

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Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige

About this book…

Emily Wayborn has made a decision.

She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself. Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets, and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn’t find them.

Time is running out, and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart…or at all.

My review…

Anyone who read my review for First Touch #1 in the First and Last series knows that I was absolutely desperate to get my hands on this book!!! First Touch ended with such a cliffhanger that I was totally gobsmacked and wondered where on earth Laurelin Paige was going to go next with this story. Well, I have now found out EXACTLY where she was going and this book has provided the perfect conclusion for the story of Emily and Reeve but I am incredibly sad to have to say goodbye to them.

Without giving too much away, an huge obstacle blocked the way for the blossoming love affair between actress Emily and Hotelier Reeve Sallis. They were getting very hot and heavy and things were looking like they were becoming a little bit more permanent. But their path to a happy ever after was never going to run smoothly, what with ex girlfriends, ex boyfriends and mobsters determined to throw a spanner in the works.

I have read Sylvia Day and E.L James but Laurelin Page blows these authors out of the water! The sex scenes are pretty mind blowing, the submissive Emily now very accepting of her own personal preferences but she has met her match with Reeve. Second books often don’t live up to the first as the relationships between the characters changes as they become closer and there isn’t that breath-holding build up to their liaisons. But here the momentum is maintained constantly and the author keeps us guessing right up until the end. And what an ending!

I hadn’t heard of Laurelin Paige until First Touch but she is now my very favourite author of this genre. She writes about characters you really come to feel that you know and care about. As I’ve said before, she writes such great storylines that I would have given this 5* even without the sex as I just love the journey she takes her readers on. But saying that, she writes some of the best erotically charged sex scenes that I have read, I didn’t skip any of them!! (unlike a certain best selling erotic romance where I got so bored with the sexy stuff I just flicked past it! Yawn!). After I read First Touch I said I wanted to read everything else she had written so I did and I have to say that this series is no “one off” she truly does write sexier than Sylvia Day! I can’t wait to read what she writes next, although Emily and Reeves story was pretty darn perfect and will be hard to beat!

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

Publication date 14th June 2016
Last Kiss (A First and Last Novel Book 2) is available to buy at Amazon UK

And to find out more about Laurelin then check out the rest of the stops on the Last Kiss blog tour
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A Village Romance by Lynda Renham writing as Amy Perfect

About this book…

As a heatwave rolls into Little Perran, so does love. Billy Baxter, the has-been rock star, and Rafe Wylde, the hunky farm worker arrive, both destined to cause havoc as they touch the lives of the villagers. Milly finds a new job and things start to look up for her, but she is unaware that a ghost from her past is looking for her.

Funny, Compassionate and Sizzling Sexy, a Village Romance is a page-turning summer read. A Village Romance is the second book in The Little Perran Romance series by Lynda Renham writing as Amy Perfect.

My review…

This is a lovely little novella set in the village of Little Perran. Seriously, where is this village because I want to move there as soon as possible!! It’s the second in the Little Perran Romance series (The first being A Christmas Romance) but it can definitely be read as a stand alone book. I haven’t read A Christmas Romance but felt very relaxed about reading this as it didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything or leave me with any questions unanswered.

When aging rock legend Billy Baxter moves to Little Perran, disaster never really feels too far away as he struggles to settle into a very different lifestyle! I just loved Billy from the minute he appeared with his political incorrectness to his social ineptness! But the star for me is the village itself, with its colourful characters and all the little local shops, it left me feeling very nostalgic as its just how village life should be. 

This novella is the the perfect length for packing up for your holiday and it will make any journey pass in the blink of an eye as you get sucked into village life. I read it in an afternoon and was left with a smile on my face as it is a lovely feelgood romance with touches of comedy and melodrama.

The book is left on a bit of a cliffhanger (a bit of a shocking one that I didn’t see coming!)  and you will need to buy book three to find out what happens to the villagers next. Thankfully there’s not long to wait as Book 3-A Summer Romance is due out very soon so keep checking back for my review!

I’m very grateful to the author for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

A Village Romance: A funny, compassionate and sizzling sexy summer read. (The Little Perren Romances Book 2) is out on June 25th and is available to buy at Amazon UK

A Summer Romance: A funny, compassionate and sizzling sexy summer read. (The Little Perran Romances Book 3) is out on 1st July and is now available for pre-order here.

 

 

 

 

 

Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige

About this book…

Emily Wayborn has made a decision.

She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself. Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets, and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn’t find them.

Time is running out, and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart…or at all.

My review…

Anyone who read my review for First Touch #1 in the First and Last series knows that I was absolutely desperate to get my hands on this book!!! First Touch ended with such a cliffhanger that I was totally gobsmacked and wondered where on earth Laurelin Paige was going to go next with this story. Well, I have now found out EXACTLY where she was going and this book has provided the perfect conclusion for the story of Emily and Reeve but I am incredibly sad to have to say goodbye to them.

Without giving too much away, an huge obstacle blocked the way for the blossoming love affair between actress Emily and Hotelier Reeve Sallis. They were getting very hot and heavy and things were looking like they were becoming a little bit more permanent. But their path to a happy ever after was never going to run smoothly, what with ex girlfriends, ex boyfriends and mobsters determined to throw a spanner in the works.

I have read Sylvia Day and E.L James but Laurelin Page blows these authors out of the water! The sex scenes are pretty mind blowing, the submissive Emily now very accepting of her own personal preferences but she has met her match with Reeve. Second books often don’t live up to the first as the relationships between the characters changes as they become closer and there isn’t that breath-holding build up to their liaisons. But here the momentum is maintained constantly and the author keeps us guessing right up until the end. And what an ending!

I hadn’t heard of Laurelin Paige until First Touch but she is now my very favourite author of this genre. She writes about characters you really come to feel that you know and care about. As I’ve said before, she writes such great storylines that I would have given this 5* even without the sex as I just love the journey she takes her readers on. But saying that, she writes some of the best erotically charged sex scenes that I have read, I didn’t skip any of them!! (unlike a certain best selling erotic romance where I got so bored with the sexy stuff I just flicked past it! Yawn!). After I read First Touch I said I wanted to read everything else she had written so I did and I have to say that this series is no “one off” she truly does write sexier than Sylvia Day! I can’t wait to read what she writes next, although Emily and Reeves story was pretty darn perfect and will be hard to beat!

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

Publication date 14th June 2016
Last Kiss (A First and Last Novel Book 2) is available to pre-order at Amazon UK

Country Rivals by Zara Stoneley

Local Author Review for May!

After meeting some great local authors at The Knutford Literary Society I thought it would be a fabulous idea to once a month read and review a book written by an author living here in the gorgeous county of Cheshire! The author I have chosen for May is the lovely Zara Stoneley who coincidentally has a new book due out in e-book on 26th May so that is the one I decided to read.

About this book…

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

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

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

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

My review…

Well, how have I never heard of Zara Stoneley before?! When I did some research I was amazed that I hadn’t read any books by her previously as the blurbs all sounded right up my street. What’s not to love about gorgeous men, affluent lifestyles, dogs and horses and all set in my own gorgeous home county of Cheshire! Having been (and still am, of course) a huge fan of Jilly Cooper when I was younger I knew that I was onto a winner here!

I will start by saying that this book can totally be read as a standalone novel but as with any series, although I think you can probably get more for this instalment if you read the previous Tippermere books. If I had read the ones before then this would probably have been a 5* review but, as I felt at times I wasn’t getting the most from Lottie as I hadn’t been there for her character development,  I have ended up giving 4.5*. This is probably just a personal thing as I like more in-depth characterisation but this has probably been prevalent in previous books. Saying that, I absolutely adored Lottie, everything about her was just so realistic. Her fight to keep her business, her home and her husband was a gripping storyline and I was cheering her on every step of the way. My other favourite character was Lady Elizabeth, she was so well written that I have even picked out an actress to play her in “Tippermere The Movie” if they ever make one! She’s one scary old lady who’s bark is worse than her bite but there is a heart of gold hidden there full of love for her family. There were a couple of occasions that I even got quite emotional at events that took place but then I am a wuss when it comes to books containing animals! And there were plenty of those in Country Rivals-eventing horses, polo ponies, Shetland ponies and various breeds (or not!) of dogs. The cast of characters also included family and the awful members of a film crew who descend on Tipping House Estate after Lottie agrees to let them film there.  The family are rather desperate for money as they are awaiting an insurance payment after the fire that put the wedding business on hold. The author is brilliant at making sure you are aware of back stories that happened in previous books so please don’t be put off if you haven’t read them although, like me, you will probably end up wanting to read them anyway!

The county of Cheshire and its rural villages and expensive towns is certainly well represented here!  But Zara Stoneley has taken these attributes and created a fabulous fictional village around them that I would move to in a heartbeat! Her enthusiasm shows throughout this book and  it is totally adddictive! I was able to imagine Tippermere and its surroundings with its church, houses and shops and restaurants filled with some of the very rich and gorgeous residents of the area. They say you should write about what you know so I love the fact that the equine scenes are very authentic showing that the author has plenty of experience of horses, I just need to look out for all those gorgeous local men now! So if you want a fun and flirty read full of glamour with some hot and heavy romance on the side all set in the most enviable location then this is the book for you!

About the author in her own words…

I live in deepest Cheshire surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and amazing countryside. When I’m not visiting wine bars, artisan markets or admiring the scenery in sexy high heels or green wellies, I can be found in flip flops on the beach in Barcelona, or more likely sampling the tapas!
I write hot romance and bonkbusters. My most recent releases, ‘Stable Mates’ and ‘Country Affairs’, are fun romps through the Cheshire countryside and combine some of my greatest loves – horses, dogs, hot men and strong women (and not forgetting champagne and fast cars)!
You can find out more about me, and all my contact details at http://www.ZaraStoneley.com.

Available to buy at Amazon

I have a few more books from looking authors to read or review in the coming months so keep an eye out! Thank you to the publisher Harper Impulse for the copy of this month’s book and this is my unbiased review.

Something Old, Something New by Darcie Boleyn **Blog Tour** featuring review

 

Something Old for JENNY

I am absolutely over the moon to be today’s stop on the Something Old, Something New blog tour hosted by Jenny in Neverland. And I’m thrilled as its also my birthday today so what a birthday present for me to be talking about this much anticipated second book from Darcie Boleyn!

About this book…

Will you marry me…again?

When Annie Thomas agrees to give her ex away at his wedding to his boyfriend, she thinks she’ll be fine. With her three children at her side, she can handle anything. Then she finds out her gorgeous first ex-husband Evan Llewellyn is flying in from his glamorous life in New York to attend as well!

An unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship and as she stumbles through the ups and downs of life as a working single mum – helping everyone else find a happy ending along the way – Annie refuses to believe their old and incredibly hot spark can still exist.

It’s only when she and Evan are forced to face up to the past together that they’ll discover if they can have their own happily-ever-after too!

My review…

I read Wish Upon a Christmas Cake last year and I adored it, it really reignited my love of the “chick-lit” genre which I had become a bit jaded with. But that book came along at the right time for me, lifted my spirits and got me in the mood for the festive season. Now, with summer approaching and the wedding season imminent, Darcie Boleyn has given us a gorgeous and sumptuous romance with an unusual little twist!

When we first meet our heroine Annie Thomas, she isn’t at her best as she poking around in dog poo in her garden. Unfortunately, one of her bulldogs has been eating her post again and this time it’s her decree absolute. Annie never thought she would be divorced by the age of 39 and this is not her first but her second! Thankfully, it has come through in time for her ex husband to remarry the man of his dreams. But when Evan, ex husband number one, comes back to attend the wedding too, Annie starts to wonder if the man of HER dreams may be closer than she thinks!

I adored Annie and her family! Darcie Boleyn has created a book that is very much of our time with an extended and blended family, much like most other families are now. Annie is a perfect example of a mum struggling to cope with family life as a, now single, parent where heaven is something as simple as having a bath in peace! The mistakes she feels she has made in her life reflect in the way that she parents, especially with 17 year old Janis and as someone who has been through a similar scenario, I need to say that the author handled this perfectly! Throw in some cute animals, a friend and neighbour with her own romantic problems and the scene is set for a funny but sometimes heartbreaking journey of rediscovery for Annie.

I have to say that about 45% into this book, I couldn’t believe that the author got to me so much I cried!! The speeches at the wedding of Dex and Trevor were some of the most moving declarations of love and the road ahead that I have read or heard so I had to have a little break just to compose myself! I think the only thing I need to say it that this book would have been 5* all the way but I have given 4.5* as I didn’t quite connect to Evan as I thought I should-I normally want to run away with the main man of the piece but in this case I was quite happy to leave him to the lovely Annie!

So grab a glass of Pimms and raise a glass to this funny and emotional romance with a difference and have your tissues ready as the wedding season is upon us! Just add confetti!

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

Publication date 16th May 2016

Available to buy at Amazon

 

About the author…

Darcie

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

Follow Darcie on Twitter @DarcieBoleyn

My thanks to Jenny @NeverlandBT and here is the schedule so you can follow the rest of the tour! Enjoy!

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Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me by Caroline James

About this book..

From Cumbria to the Caribbean…

Flying solo again in their middle years, can life really begin again for Jo and Hattie? Is there hope for the newly single baby boomers and can romance happen?

Continuing the Coffee Tea… series, join Jo and Hattie as they romp into their future and prove that anything is possible!

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me is a stand-alone read but also the sequel to Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me which shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-Book of the week in The Sun Newspaper.

“A story about friendship and loss…is there hope for those of a certain age?”

‘The time to be happy is now…’ Jo remembers her late husband’s words but is struggling to face the lonely future that lies ahead. A heartbroken widow, Jo finds herself alone with ghostly memories at Kirkton House – a Cumbrian Manor that until recently, she ran as a thriving hotel. Her two sons have moved away, Jimmy to run a bar in Barbados, and Zach to London to pursue a career as a celebrity chef. Middle-age and widowhood loom frighteningly and Jo determines to sell up and start again, despite protestations from colourful friend, Hattie and erstwhile admirer Pete Parks.

Hattie convinces Jo to postpone any life-changing decisions by enjoying a Caribbean holiday but their holiday sets off a course of events that brings mayhem and madness to Jo and her family. Confused and anxious for her future, can life really begin again for Jo?

My review..

I haven’t read the first book about Jo and Hattie- Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me-but when I was offered a review copy by Caroline James and saw that gorgeous cover and read the synopsis I knew it was a book I would enjoy. It can be read as a standalone as we are filled in at the beginning with what has happened in the years following that first book.

Jo is now a widow, her only companion is her friendly Labrador Meg as her son’s have also left the nest. Jimmy now runs a bar in the Caribbean and Zach is a Michelin star chef who is now being touted in London as the next big thing. Hattie is also on her own now that Maurice has been exposed as a serial philanderer and she is worried about Jo, who has decided to put Kirkton Manor, her country house hotel, up for sale. So she comes up with the idea of a holiday in Barbados to visit Jimmy and our fifty plus ladies leave Cumbria for a much hotter climate and much more besides!

This would have been an ideal holiday read for me as I just wanted to be sitting on a sunlounger somewhere with a cocktail in my hand like Jo and Hattie! As a lady of a similar age, I really took to the pair of friends especially Hattie who I loved for her healthy appetite for food and life! She really made me laugh with her confidence and attitude, without a care in the world about what others thought of her. Their adventures in Barbados introduced a whole host of fabulous characters although I wanted to shake Jo at times to make her realise what she had back at home-her business and a man who had loved her for a long time and was just waiting for her to realise what was under her nose the whole time!

This really is a feel good read and you can’t help but smile throughout the various situations Jo and Hattie find themselves in. It also showed an emotional side to a very real lifestyle change that can affect women in their fifties, those who have to rebuild their lives after divorce or death of a life partner. The holiday in the Caribbean is only part of this funny but sympathetic novel that helps Jo especially come to terms with the way her life has changed.

I will certainly be reading the follow up to this book Coffee, Tea, The Boomers and Me which promises more humour as we follow Jo and Hattie into the next exciting stage in their lives.

Available to buy from Amazon here

Denied by Marissa Farrar

About this book..

Lily 
After Monster makes an impossible choice that throws her world into chaos, Lily finds herself back in America. Unable to allow what happened to her to go unpunished, and riddled with survivor’s guilt, Lily decides she needs to track down the traffickers who took her.

Monster

Monster has only ever wanted to keep his Flower safe, but, when he hears of her plans, he is forced to take control once more. Stepping out of his comfort zone, he vows to once more make her his captive.

Denied

Except Lily doesn’t know the true reason for Monster making the choice that has led to her current situation, and her actions have made her the target of someone who wants a debt paid – a debt that must be paid in flesh…

My review..

So we have come to the second part of this gloriously dark romance that is a modern twist on the Beauty and the Beast. Please do read Book One (Defaced) before attempting to read this book in the trilogy as you will take so much more away with you when you do.

The beautiful Lily wakes up back home in her LA apartment far away from her captor and lover Monster. Why has he sent her back? It quickly becomes apparent that danger has followed Lily home as she decides to investigate further the sex traffickers who took her initially. Will Monster protect his “flower” or has she now fulfilled her purpose now she has treated his birthmark.

This is a shaping up to be a great trilogy and this second book really cranks up the tension now that the scene has been set. Yes, it is a very dark romance that contains some very steamy sex scenes and yes, the story is concerned with sex trafficking but there is a love story at its centre- two people finding what they didn’t even know they were looking for in a very unexpected situation! Denied is much more action packed than Defaced and there isn’t so much about Monsters past now that we know why his personality developed the way it did. I still found it to be a great follow on and enjoyed watching how the relationship adjusted itself to its new surroundings.

I love the way Marissa writes, her passion for her characters really shines through and she can certainly write a darn good raunchy sex scene! Just be warned that again this ends of a bit of a cliffhanger and you will want to get your hands on the final book in the trilogy asap!! Thankfully it is in the pipeline for a release in May and can already be preordered!

Many thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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Available to pre-order on Amazon