Book Review: The Would-Be Mommy – Jacqueline Diamond

Synopsis

From the moment he arrives at Safe Harbor Medical, Ian Martin is on infant overload.The Would-Be Mommy (Safe Harbor Medical #1) But the story he’s covering gets a lot more interesting when the adventure-seeking reporter meets Jennifer Serra, an intriguing PR director who has created a stir by taking home one of the center’s unwanted newborns!Jennifer has always wanted a child of her own. Her dream becomes thrilling reality when she agrees to temporarily–permanently?–be a mother to a sweet baby girl. Ian could complete the picture–Jennifer sees how easily he bonds with little Rosalie.

But just when she begins to look at Ian as potential father material, the dashing journalist dredges up a scandal from Jennifer’s past that could jeopardize her plans for adoption…and for a future with Ian…

Review

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Thank You to the Author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I started reading this book in the mood for a short and sweet romance, and that’s exactly what I got! It was the kind of book that sucked you in straight away and you immediately wanted to find out more. I think one of the main reasons for this was the likability of the characters, I found them easy to like and to rally behind from the beginning. Jennifer especially as she was more often then not just trying to make the best out of every situation.

In regards to the story itself it was a lot more in-depth then I had initially thought it would be, as I mentioned above I went into this expecting a short but sweet romance story with a few obstacles in the way before they got their happily ever after, however the book provided more than a few surprises along the way with a far more in depth character development and background than I was expecting which I really enjoyed. It also provided at credible twist to the story which really brought everything together while still being something I hadn’t expected.

Something else which I hadn’t been expecting was the way it managed to bring up a lot of important issues throughout the novel, motherhood and providing the best life for babies I think was the core issue, however it also puts an interesting light on the influence of not only social media but how news articles and so on can effect public opinion. In regards to the romance part of the story their is a bit of instalove but not to the extent of head of heels first meeting but instead I felt it worked really well within the story. The only thing I would of liked to of seen more of was some more story and development of other characters, however as this is part of a series (#17 so far!) I’m guessing they may have a story of their own! Definitely a series I want to check out more of and a great Beach and Wine kinda read.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

 

 

Book Review: Almost Forever by Laura Danks

Almost Forever

Synopsis

Can love truly conquer all?

When a vicious attack leaves Paul in a coma on his wedding day, the doctors fear he will never wake up. But his fiancée Fran will never give up hope.

Fran has always known Paul is the only man for her, from the first moment they locked eyes as children to the day he finally told her he loved her. Paul can’t leave her, not now their lives are just about to begin.

Love will always find a way… won’t it?

 

Review

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Going into this I was not to sure what to expect, given the blurb I really wasn’t sure 20171228_150133.jpgwhich direction the story would take and by that I mean would it be a focus on the accident, the aftermath, the recovery, how individuals deal with tragedy, I really wasn’t sure, turns out more then anything this book is a love story. A really gooey romantic coming of age kinda love story.

Now the story itself is really well written as I got to know both Paul and Fran and how their lives entwined. Definitely a romance novel the type of love and connection that the author was describing was one that seemed to literally come straight off the page and hit you in the face. However it still managed to remain for the most part believable with the actions, choices and emotions from both of the characters. I also really enjoyed the depth of the story and the characters and hadn’t really been expecting it when I started the book.

The book is relatively fast paced, though given the nature of the story-line it is one that focuses heavily on emotion so if that isn’t really your thing I wouldn’t recommend, however if your one that really relishes exploring romance, emotion and most things gushy I’m sure this is one you will enjoy. I will admit that it definitely had me crying at points and I did think that it did have a fairly satisfying if not a bit predictable ending.

Thank You to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Probably not. 

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Book Review: Kiss Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

“She would survive, because that, at least, was one thing she’d always been good at.”

Goodreads Synopsis:Kiss Me at Willoughby Close

Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

After her husband unexpectedly dies, Ava moves to Willoughby Close, trying to keep her chin up and herself to herself as she’s always done—not answering questions, not making friends, and not seeing much of a future. Her marriage was far from perfect, but it offered her a much-needed security that has now been ripped away. She’s not sure what to do now that she’s thirty-five, widowed, penniless… and unexpectedly pregnant with her late husband’s child.

Jace Tucker is the over-the-top sexy caretaker of Willoughby Manor, and he can see beneath Ava’s glamor girl act to the hurt she’s been hiding for so long. She has secrets for a reason—and so does he. The last thing she needs right now is a fling with a man who hides a past as regrettable as her own.

But with a baby to think about, and neighbors determined to be her friends, Ava finds herself starting to change and even more alarmingly, beginning to hope. Can Willoughby Close work its everyday magic on a woman like her? And when the past comes calling for both her and Jace, will they have to answer for their previous mistakes.

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Kiss Me at Willoughby Close is the fourth in the series but can easily be read as a standalone, I didn’t actually realize it was part of a series until I had finished the book. The synopsis of the book really had be interested so I was excited when my request on Netgalley got improved. I have to say it still wasn’t completely what I was expecting, in a good way though. I immediately liked Ava as a character, she is dealt a rough hand right at the start of the book, she still managed to keep herself together (for the most part) and at least attempted to carry on with her life. I do tend to get annoyed if all they do is mope after something happened which is probably unfair of me as I bet I wouldn’t do half as well as most the characters I read about. She also went through a lot of personal growth throughout the book which is always good to see. Jace was a surprise, although he is the perfect gentlemen (again for the most part) throughout the book, his histories and secrets did surprise me, I didn’t fell as though we got to see as much growth from him but I guess as more of a secondary character it wasn’t necessary. The plot itself is relatively simple and the story felt quite short, I’m not sure if perhaps I have been reading longer books lately or if there just wasn’t all that much happening. Either way it was a great enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend as a relaxing summer read. I will definitely be on the look out for the release in the next in the series.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author:Yes

The Secrets of Married Women

‘Losing a baby feels like the end of an unwritten story, I’ve spent hours visualizing her life from birth to old age.’

Goodreads SynopsisThe Secrets of Married Women

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is harder.
Jill and Rob are happily married and still very much in love. Then everything changes when they discover that Rob is infertile. Having children has never been the be all and end all for Jill. Yet, admittedly, a tiny part of her now wants what she can’t have. But more than craving the impossible, Jill just wants her marriage back to the way it was. But Rob has taken the news badly. He won’t touch her. They never have sex anymore. And worse still, he won’t talk about it.
Frustrated and unsure what to do, Jill is drawn into being an unwitting ‘ear’ for her best friend Leigh who is having a steamy extra-marital affair. Married to a man who is eager to please but fails to satisfy, Leigh has decided that life is too short to put her own happiness last. She has given her affair an expiry date: six weeks and then she will end it.
Then there is Wendy, who is married to handsome Neil, a top policeman. Wendy is one of those friends who never lets her guard drop – a content mother and a wife whose trust and faith in her husband seems to know no limits.
But are things ever what they seem?
Does life ever go according to plan?
How well do we ever know our husbands, our best friends, or even ourselves?
Jill is about to find out when she faces infidelity and the truth head on…

Review

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I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into this book, especially as I knew it was the debut novel of Carol Mason but what I found was that this book was far less ‘fluffy’ then I had originally anticipated, although I don’t necessarily find this to be a bad thing, It did have some parts of the book were painstakingly predictable, there was enough unpredictability to keep me engaged.

The characters themselves were all unique and well fleshed out which was great to read but it was their decisions that had me pulling my hair out. Okay yes the thought processes they had behind them were explained and sure the majority of the time I could see where they were coming from but still that did not stop me from internally screaming at them. As I mentioned the plot itself did have points which took me by surprise just not as many as I would of liked and I did think (without giving away any spoilers) that one story-line involving Wendy was not given as much attention as it deserved as was included to add more shock value then to really be explored. Saying that the girls really did have a lot going on between them so perhaps it is to be expected that not every plot point can elaborated on too greatly. The main reason I deducted stars however as it really was an enjoyable read was that I was not too sold on the ending, it does make sense that it ended like that but I felt it would of been a stronger ending to end it about 20 pages beforehand. Either way it was a very promising first novel and I will definitely be keen to try more in the future.

Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Book Review: Second Best by Pamela Fudge

“Amazing how quickly you could fall out of love when the scales were brutally torn from your eyes, meaning you could suddenly see a person for what they really were and now what you had wanted them to be”

Goodreads Synopsis:Second Best

Stacey Trent has just about given up on love when a whirlwind romance with the charming Nick Cable persuades her otherwise. Believing they are to be married she turns her back on home, career, and friends to be with him, only to discover the promise of a future together is nothing but a tissue of lies. Stacey finds herself left to the mercy of his older brother, Lex, who is less than sympathetic having had his fill of clearing up the trail of “weeping females” Nick regularly leaves behind. Circumstances force them together and there can be no denying the attraction growing between them. But will Stacey ever be able to convince Lex he is more than second best?

Review:

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I went into this book looking for a nice easy romantic read, which it definitely was, but I was also hoping that there would be a bit more to the story it terms of ‘surprises’ or ‘plot twists’ which there wasn’t. I had pretty much guessed exactly what would happen from the synopsis so there was a slight hope of being proven wrong. Both the main characters of Stacey and Lex took me a little bit to warm up to, mainly due to their individual introductions, Stacey I could not relate to due the extreme impulsiveness of her nature and Lex due to the fact he acts like a douchebag in there first meeting. However saying that I did grow to love them together and could eventually forgive them, never trust a first impression! The other main problem I also had initially was that I felt that they put themselves in a very unbelievable situation, yes I could understand the reasoning behind it both with the characters thought processes behind it and also in terms of the book why it happened to propel the story forward but for me it made it that much harder to relate to the book as I just couldn’t see it happening.

However this was still an enjoyable read, I did enjoy the build up of their relationship as well as Stacey’s relationship with some of the secondary characters, she does also show a significant amount of character growth throughout the novel which is always great to see. Another great point for me was that Nick didn’t change as much as you would probably want him to, contradictory I know, but I felt this was far more realistic as people don’t change overnight, especially if they don’t see anything wrong with what there doing in the first place. If your in the mood for a quick romantic read then I would recommend this for you.

I would like to thank Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: If romantic ‘beach reads’ are your thing then yes.

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Tears of Tess – Pepper Winters

“A human is adaptable. A human heart is not.”

Goodreads Synopsis:Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark, #1)

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?

Review:

I’m still not really sure how I feel about this book on the one hand the first 20 percent or so of the book are a whirlwind and held such high promises for the rest of the book. The rest of the book however I didn’t really feel as if there was anything particularly special about it it just kind of was. It definitley was rather dark and twisted but given the story-line I felt that was a given. I think for this review it will be easier if I just split it into what I did and didn’t like.

What I did like..

 – Tess’s strength of character after she was taken, she does not give in for a second, constantly fighting back, there was no way she was going down without a fight. She also knows what she wants and is willing to go for it.

–  The beginning of the book really is quite explosive and from when she was kidnapped to when she was sold was very well written.

– The fact that it was able to portray the message that you shouldn’t care if something fits into what might be considered the social norm, you should always be true to who you are.

What I didn’t like..

– The characters, apart from Tess they had no real development, they all felt rather one dimensional.

– The relationship between both Brax and Tess and Q (her new owner) and Tess. Both didn’t really feel like they had any true connection it was always just about the sex.

– Although the ‘big reveal’ at the end was supposed to explain behaviours and events within the story I didn’t feel like it accomplished that, I felt like it explained some sure but definitely not all.

If you do like dark twisted romances, then this may be for you, however other then that I probably wouldn’t recommend it.

Rating: 2.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes, but not to everyone

Would I read another book from this author: Maybe a different series

Book Review: Coming Home by Laurie Breton

‘His music was his mistress, a siren far more seductive than any mortal woman. And unlike mortal women, this lady wouldn’t disappoint.’

Goodreads Synopsis:

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He had the face of an angel, and a voice that could tear your heart to shreds and leave it bleeding.

The year is 1974, and songwriter Casey Bradley is just eighteen years old when handsome, charismatic singer Danny Fiore crashes into her life and her heart. The first time she hears Danny sing, Casey is ready to toss away her entire future for a man who’s almost certain to break her heart. Danny has a white-hot talent and a single, blinding ambition: to become a rock star. The songs that Casey writes send an icy blue finger down the center of his cynical spine. But Danny knows exactly where he’s going, and he has no intention of taking any woman along. A girl like Casey would want things he’s not prepared to give. A home. Stability. Children. He’s married to his music, and that’s the way he likes it. Neither of them plans on falling in love. But sometimes, the heart has a mind of its own.

The other man became her best friend.

Guitar wizard Rob MacKenzie doesn’t have Danny’s looks, or his charisma, or his sense of style. Tall and gaunt and bony, Rob isn’t a god, just an ordinary mortal, an easygoing guy who wants nothing more than to write his songs, play his guitar, and find the right woman. But life is never quite as simple as it seems, and his search for Ms. Right keeps leading him down all the wrong roads.

Together, they became the holy trinity of rock and roll.

When Rob MacKenzie and Casey Bradley Fiore begin writing songs together, the result is an unstoppable hit-making machine that catapults Danny Fiore to stardom. But the road to success is littered with land mines, and life with Danny isn’t all that Casey expected. Rivers of darkness flow through her troubled marriage, and every time Danny breaks her heart, it’s her best friend Rob who picks her up, dusts her off, and glues the pieces back together.

When tragedy struck, she had to find herself.

Review:

When this first appeared in my recommended readings I didn’t look too much into it past the synopsis, it looked interesting enough and I was in the mood for some contemporary romance. What I was not prepared for was to be sucked into the lives of Casey, Danny and Rob for the next fifteen years of their lives. And it’s a long fifteen years 444 pages in fact, but do I regret staying up until 2.30am to finally find out how it ends? Nope not one bit. (Okay I lie there may of been a teensy bit of regret as I ran to catch the bus this morning but it’s gone now I promise). The beginning while fast paced wasn’t what got me hooked though, the fact that they got married days after they met each other, while she was engaged to another man of course, did irk me. A lot. However I powered through and immediately got catapulted into the lives of three struggling artists, trying to make it in a world that would not give them a break. I loved the fact that they were not immediate success’s however as it gave for a more believable story. The character’s themselves were well developed, though at times all seemed to take turns at being rather immature, reckless or rather whiny. As for the ‘when tragedy struck’ I thought I had figured out pretty early on what that would be. I had prepared myself. What the synopsis forgot to mention was that tragedy can strike as many times as it dam well pleases, it doesn’t care, its not still reeling from the emotions of the last time it struck, nope off it goes again destroying everything in it’s path. I don’t want to give too much about the story away so I will leave it at that, it really is a beautiful story though and while it is long I felt it was worth the read.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes, this is actually the first book in a series so I’m keen to find out what happens after.

Book Review: The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders

“Chemistry was a terrible thing; sometimes it simply sparked between the wrong people”

Goodreads Synopsis:the unwanted wife

All Alessandro de Lucci wants from his wife is a son but after a year and a half of unhappiness and disillusionment, all Theresa de Lucci wants from her ice cold husband is a divorce. Unfortunate timing, since Theresa is about to discover that she’s finally pregnant and Alessandro is about to discover that he isn’t willing to lose Theresa.

Review:

 This book definitely took me on a roller-coaster of emotions! The things that Theresa put up with for the eighteen months before she finally decided to stand up for herself were appalling and when you factor in numerous going ons to which she initially is completely clueless about it’s about 10 times worse. The story itself moves at a reasonably quick pace which was a relief as I was worried there was going to be a lot of internal monologues of the hopelessness of the situation, and although there is a few given the circumstances I feel like they’re aloud. The main thing that really got to me during this read was my change of feelings towards Alessandro. To say that I was not a fan of him at the start of the book is an understatement, he’s cold, heartless and manipulative and yes sure he has his reasons for being that I still really didn’t like him. Luckily for him Natasha Anders weaves a good story and by the end of book I found myself rooting for him.  It was great to read a book where the villain can be shown as a flawed individual and most importantly become a redeemable character. I can’t say the same about Theresa’s father however but that’s a whole other kettle of fish. One thing that did start to bother me about the book was the sheer amount of sex scenes they managed to include between Alessandro and Theresa, for two people that are supposed to hate each other they sure seem to get it on a lot. All in all a rather angst filled but enjoyable read.

On an unrelated note is it just me or are the majority of heroines in romance books red-heads I seem to be on a roll with the ones I am reading lately haha.

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: Perhaps

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author:  I would, I’m not sure if I would read another from the ‘Unwanted’ series though as they all seem to follow the same general story-line.

From Rome with Love – Jules Wake

“I don’t feel romantic around you, I feel desperate, urgent.”

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Rome is the city of love and seduction, right? Not if you find yourself staying in a beautiful apartment with your childhood-friend-turned-arch-enemy, Will Ryan…no matter how hot he is!

Romance is the last thing on Lisa’s mind. She’s got more important things to focus on, like hunting down her estranged father. Except when her search falls at the first hurdle, Will doesn’t just help her get back on track, he also shares the romantic sights – and exquisite tastes – of the Eternal City, and Lisa starts to wonder if it’s not just Rome seducing her.

Only, as Lisa and Will dig into the past, neither of them is prepared for the long-buried secrets they reveal. Secrets that will turn both their world’s upside down …

Review:

I have very mixed feelings about this book, and very nearly didn’t make it past the first few chapters. The ending definitely made it up for me but unfortunately I still didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I would of liked. The characters themselves are pretty standard their’s the independent unlucky in love heroine, the good guy who doesn’t quite do it for her, the bad guy who brings up all sorts of unwelcome feelings and one eccentric grandma. By about chapter 4 I was pretty convinced I knew exactly what was going to happen and this about the point I nearly put the book down, fortunately my love of Italy, Rome in particular pushed me through. The descriptions of Rome were really well done and as we explored with ‘tour guide barbie’ I really felt like I was getting a sense of what it would be like to explore Rome in summer. There was also a lot of focus on food, this was both good and bad, good as I love me some food especially hearing about different delicacies, bad cos I love me some food and ended up wandering around the house in search of pasta. I felt there definitely could of been a bit of less focus on food overall as they do spend an overwhelming amount of time in restaurants. As for the ending I was pleasantly surprised with the twists their was and more then happy that I hadn’t successfully guessed what was going on by chapter 4. There was also a few character appearances from stars of another of her books ‘From Italy with Love’ however as I have not read this, didn’t appreciate it as much as someone who has would off. Overall quite an easy if not slightly hunger inducing read.

Rating: 2.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: It would probably be a great ‘add on’ if you have read the other books in the series.

Would I read another book from this author: Potentially but probably not from the ‘with love’ series

You, Me and the Colors of Life – Noa C. Walker

“Problems, pain, and suffering are all part of the human condition. Not only so we know what happiness is, but also because they build character, change us, teach us” You, Me and the Colors of life – Noa C. Walker

Goodread Synopsis:you me and the colours of life

Faced with challenges from an early age, Janica has learned to celebrate and enjoy every day as a gift. Her life-affirming attitude fascinates Thomas, a shy young man who begins to see the rich colors of life in a whole new light. As she reveals a world he never could have imagined for himself, Thomas falls head over heels for the strong young woman and becomes part of her quirky circle of friends and her loving family.

Their generosity of spirit draws Thomas out of his shell. He finds strength in their visits to the children’s hospital where Janica volunteers, captivating the kids’ attention with her imaginative stories. But all too soon fate deals them a harsh blow. Can their love survive life’s obstacles?

Review:

I went into this book expecting a nice light, fluffy love story, you know the ones… boy meets girl, they fall in love and after some adversity they get the happy ever after they always wanted. This book is not quite like that, yes it is a love story and it follows the same pattern as you would expect, except it’s no where near  what you would classify as light and fluffy. Trying not to reveal to much the author explores deep and emotional issues especially in regards to the children’s hospital and the story around Thomas’s brother who we first meet standing on the railings of a bridge. It also brings up issues which are relevant in our everyday life, the one that stood out most to me being the media’s interference and distortion of the truth, something that has very central in the last few months. As the title suggests there is an emphasis of colors in the books, something that I personally fell in love with, it got to the point where I was waiting to see how Janica would next describe how she saw something. The problem that I had with the book though, is that although it was dealing with a number of sensitive issues it still felt flat, don’t get me wrong the emotional parts were definitely  emotional, just not to the extent that I wished they could be it had the potential to be fantastic and just fell short. Either way it is still one I would recommend for a quick easy read.

Rating: 7/10

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Probably it didn’t put me of the author just left me a little disappointed.