Book Review: Hot Pursuit by Rebecca Freeborn

Synopsis

Sarah Burrowes is left with a shattered heart and a huge mortgage after the love of herHot Pursuit life abrubtly runs out on her.
An aspiring journalist, Sarah spends her days slaving away at a gossip magazine – far from her dream job.
Heartbroken and fed up, Sarah decides to take her career by the reins and lands herself the assignment of a lifetime in Europe. But there’s a catch – her boss pairs her with gorgeous but egocentric photographer, Nick, who just happens to be her ex’s best friend.
But when Sarah’s assignment takes a darker turn, she discovers there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Is she ready to risk everything to get the scoop?

Review

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review

This was a light an easy read following Sarah as she struggles with being left by her boyfriend James and is struggling with the aftermath. For an added bonus it’s a romance with a mystery involved which helped keep me interested throughout the story. Unfortunately for me the book just didn’t quite hit the mark. It was enjoyable but I had a really hard time connecting with Sarah and at times just found myself frustrated with her. While it is also quite a humorous novel I think it could have done with being a bit more serious at times. Overall a good escapist read but probably not one I would pick up again.

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: No

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

 

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Book Review: When you were mine by Lisa Swift @rararesources

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Synopsis

Life is a love song when you find the right notes

Maggie and Ibby make up a happy – if unconventional – family. After meeting at When You Were Mineuniversity, 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?

A feel good, heart-warming novel about about first loves and second chances. Fans of Holly Martin, Dani Atkins and Heidi Swain will be captivated.

Lisa Swift is the pseudonym for bestselling women’s fiction novelist, Mary Jayne Baker.

Purchase Links:

Amazon https://amzn.to/2LOOVBs

Apple https://apple.co/2JuucRS

Kobo http://bit.ly/2JHTLO6

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resouces for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a really sweet novel with a strong theme of family relationships throughout. I think I have to go with my favorite character being Amelia mostly because not only is she the sweetest and only a little bit moody teenager but it was also sort of fun seeing the way the author portrayed her thoughts as well as the way she speaks.

As I mentioned family is at the forefront of this book, it’s what drives the relationships and most of everyone’s actions throughout the book as well. It did start off fairly slow-paced with a few surprises in at the start, but once it picked up I found myself wanting more time at each different part to really explore what was going on. It’s definitely a really enjoyable read with a few twists and turns that just really upped it to that extra half a star!

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Lisa Swift is a romance author from West Yorkshire in the UK. She is represented by When - Lisa Swift author picture.jpgLaura Longrigg at MBA Literary Agents. Her first book is due to be published by Hera Books in August 2019.

As Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa also writes romantic comedies for Aria Fiction.

Lisa is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Social Media Links

https://twitter.com/LisaSwiftAuthor

http://www.lisaswiftauthor.co.uk/

acebook.com/LisaSwiftWrites

Book Review: Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

Synopsis

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Before I Let GoAlaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…

Review

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Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book that has been on my Netgalley shelf for the longest time so I was determined that I was going to pick up and begin reading this book. This was a bit of a mix book for me, it had so many things which I thought would suck me in immediately but it sort of just fell a bit short, while a good read it didn’t have that extra factor to keep me interested and determined to find out what happened. After a while with nothing really getting resolved it all sort of felt a bit meh. I’m not sure if I just couldn’t quite connect with the characters or if I just wasn’t really believing the mystery that was going on.

Now this wasn’t a book that I ever thought, do I really want to finish this book, it just wasn’t one that I was excited to get back to reading. I did really enjoy the writing itself as some of the descriptions were fantastic and the feeling of eeriness was definitely conveyed through the pages. Unfortunately, it just fell a little short for me.

Rating: 3/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: No

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

Book Review: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Synopsis

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What 26247008could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm

Review

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DNF

This is a book that has been sitting on my shelf for ages just waiting for me to read it, I bought it last year with birthday book vouchers and then just never got around to actually reading it. Well that all changed last week, when I sat down, grabbed the book and snuggled in to read it. Unfortunately, this book just didn’t grab my attention I tried I really did but I found my mind wandering throughout and the only thing that was keeping me sort of interested was I wanted to find out what exactly happened at that damn BBQ. The writing itself wasn’t bad, neither were the characters, they just didn’t have any hook themselves, I literally found myself only continuing the story to find out what had happened, after the first 100 pages I thought I had an inkling and that’s when I put the book down and figured I would pick it up later.

Except I didn’t. The next day it occurred to me I could simply Google what had happened and go about my day. So that’s what I did and to be honest, even after Googling it I wasn’t that excited to really find out, it was sort of what I thought but it didn’t pack the punch of what I was expecting from the book and it made me glad I hadn’t continued. Perhaps if I had continued reading and getting into the minds and reactions of the characters it may have but I just didn’t have it in me. This isn’t going to stop me from being a Liane Moriarity fan, I love her other books this was just a bit of a let down for me.

Rating: 2.55

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend:No

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

50 Ideas for your Book Blog

Discussion

Lately, I have found myself just having time to post my albeit not very long book reviews, I don’t think I have posted anything but a book review and the occasional author interview for quite a while. This is mainly due to time restrictions and I’m really having a great time reading so many awesome books that’s just mainly what I have wanted to focus on.

However at the start of the year while I was still having the inspiration to be extremely organized I sat down and wrote myself a whole lot of things I did want to include for the year. So instead of letting them sit in my draft pile not to be touched for the foreseeable future, I have decided to compile them into a post in case anyone else liked the idea. I find with discussion posts especially everyone has such a different take or differing opinion that it’s great to see just what everyone else is thinking on differing topics. So here is a list of a whole heap of things to maybe include on your book blog and if you have any other ideas comment below!

  1. A book review! I guess this is the most obvious one, review a book you have recently read.
  2. Participate in a readathon. There are so many readathons throughout the year with so many different aspects included.
  3. Participate in a Bookish Meme. There are so many different Meme’s to participate in every day of the week! Check out this to see a master list of different Memes.
  4. Participate in a reading challenge. This could be something like an A – Z challenge of authors or maybe just reading different books outside of your comfort zone.
  5. Participate in a Book Tag. You don’t have to be tagged to participate, just choose one that interests you and go for it! Here is a list of 100 different book tags.
  6. Let everyone know a little about yourself, dedicate a post to you, your hobbies interests anything you think someone might want to know.
  7. Dedicate a post about your blog, how did it come about, how has it changed, what was your inspiration?
  8. Do a post about your favorite books, how long have they been your favorite, have any new ones been added recently?
  9. Dedicate a post to your TBR, how fast is it growing what has been on there the longest?
  10. What’s your favorite book series or author? This could be a great way to find out about similar book series as well!
  11. Do you prefer traditional books, e copies or audiobooks? How have your reading habits changed?
  12. Dedicate a post to other bloggers you admire, this is a great way to show appreciation as well as everyone to get introduced to new bloggers they may not of known about.
  13. List a summary of everything you have read that month including links back to your posts, a great way to provide a condensed summary.
  14. Where do you read? Do you read on the bus, at home, whenever you can?
  15. What types of books do you most enjoy, is there a particular genre that you dedicate your reading time too or do you like to switch it around depending on how you’re feeling?
  16. How does your review process work? Do you take notes, write your review straight away, or dedicate a certain time each week to write your reviews?
  17. Where do you keep all your books, do you hoard them in different rooms, only have them on your kindle, hide them all over the house?
  18. How do you get your books, are you buying books on special, only visiting NetGalley, Kindle Unlimited?
  19. Do you ever give away your books? Lend them to friends? How do you feel about people borrowing books from you?
  20. What do you do when you don’t like a book? Do you write the review or do you only want to focus on positive aspects?
  21. What’s a book that’s made you emotional, happy or sad or maybe books that have just really had an effect on you?
  22. What have you done when a book has disappointed you, do you give the author another chance, if it’s in a series do you continue the series?
  23. Participate in a blog tour, these are a great way to keep you on schedule as well as getting to see all the latest books coming out. Rachel’s Random Resources is a great resource to get started.
  24. Shine a spotlight on an author, you can include an interview of all about their latest works.
  25. How do you schedule your blog, is it something you sit down and plan or do you review and write when you have time?
  26. Do you have any quotes from books that you just adore? Include a list and see if anyone has similar quotes.
  27. Do a guest post or collaboration with another blogger, this is a great way to meet fellow bloggers.
  28. What have you learned since you have started blogging, what has surprised you the most?
  29. Let everyone know what got you into reading, was it something that you just loved as a child, or is it something that you have grown into as an adult.
  30. Make your own Tag or Book Meme, is there always something you wish to be answered or want to participate in, make it yourself!
  31. Participate in a Cover Reveal, not only do you get to see an awesome book cover before anyone else, you get to show it off to all of your followers.
  32. Write about a topic that you would like to see more of in books, why is it important to you and why do you think it should be included more?
  33. Book Hauls! Show everyone what you have managed to get hold of within the last month!
  34. How do you feel about books that have been made into movies, are there any movies that have got you to go back and read the book?
  35. How did you come up for the name of your blog? Is there a meaning behind it or was it the first thing that came to your mind as you were setting up your blog?
  36. Who do you feel is an underrated author, let everyone know why they should check them out.
  37. What are your book-reading habits, do you read a book all at once, only read before bed?
  38. Give a tour of your bookshelf, whether it be virtual or real, is there a certain way that you organize everything?
  39.  Become part of an online book club, you may be surprised at what books you can get introduced to.
  40. Are there any characters that have affected you more than you would have thought they could? Who has stuck with you long after you have put the book down?
  41. Are there any books you think everyone should read at least once in their lifetime? Make a list and let everyone know.
  42. Create alternative titles for books that you love, is there anything you think has been titled incorrectly?
  43. What draws you to a book? How often do you judge a book by its cover?
  44. Do you have your own booktube account, link the account or let everyone know who you love to watch.
  45. Include a post, not anything to do about books, what’s been going on in your life or is there a particular issue that you feel needs more attention.
  46. Do you re-read books, why why not, is there any books that you will never get sick or rereading?
  47. Is there anywhere that you would love to visit, just from reading a book?
  48. What to do in a book slump? How do you manage to get yourself up and out of the dreaded book slump?
  49. Are you also a writer, showcase that writing!
  50. Make lists of all the things you want to be blogging about but never seem to have the time!

Leave a comment down below of your ideas!

 

Book Review: The Channeler by Jenna Ryan @tckpublishing @jennaryanink

Synopsis

“I was stuck. Stuck in an endless dream, watching a terrible future I was powerless to change.

Or was I? What if I could change the future? Could I ignore that kind of power?

And if I did–what would I become?”

Caleb Swift knows he’s a complicated guy. He sees the unseeable: winged beings that The Channeler (Continuum Series, #1)haunt both his dreams and his waking visions. He knows the unknowable: horrifying visions of countless unspeakable futures he feels powerless to prevent. And if that weren’t bad enough, these potent revelations might be driving him insane.

Who needs that kind of trouble?

Not Caleb. He’s doing his best to live a totally uncomplicated life, to ignore the visions of doom that hound him relentlessly. But no matter what he does, one particular vision still plagues him. The one with the girl. The girl who’s in mortal danger (or will be soon). The girl only he can save.

Now Caleb has a choice. To ignore his gift, to live the ordinary life he so desperately desires, even if it means letting her die…

Or to act. To interfere. To become extraordinary. And let one girl’s future turn his present completely upside-down.

Purchase Here

http://geni.us/thechannelerm

Review

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Thank you to the author and TCK Publishing for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Now I think it’s been a while since I have read a book from the POV of an angsty male protagonist but Caleb really drew me in an was just such an interesting character to get to know. This is such a unique story with more than one surprise and I felt like it really kept me intrigued all the way through. It did have a bit of a slow pace to set up the story, however, as this is the first in the series I think this was needed to really help set up for things to come. The relationship between Caleb and Shay was really great to see developed and the different aspects of family history which were incorporated throughout the book really helped to keep me hooked as well. As mentioned this is a book with a few surprises throughout especially at the end, which has just really made me excited for the next in the series! An awesome 4 star read!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Jenna Ryan’s official site:

http://www.jennaryanink.com

Jenna Ryan’s Twitter:

http://twitter.com/jennaryanink

TCK Publishing Website

https://www.tckpublishing.com/

TCK Publishing Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/tckpublishing/

 

Cover Reveal: The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge @rararesources @ariafiction

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Today I am excited to be bringing you the cover reveal for “The Christmas Calendar Girls” by Samantha Tonge. Not only does this look to be a really awesome festive read, but the cover is also absolutely gorgeous as well!!

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Publication Date: 3rd October 2019

Synopsis

 

This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…

Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.

Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).

As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.

In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.

Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?

This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

Pre-order Links –

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YAAmUI

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2YBNoBH

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2SUjoPS

iBooks: https://apple.co/2YwUjfd

 About the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied thumbnail_Samantha Tonge Photo.jpgGerman and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.

Social Media Links –

http://samanthatonge.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor