Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Love Song by Kylie Scott


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series…

There’s always the one that got away. Or kicked you out...

The new darling of rock n’ roll, Adam Dillon, is ready to show his ex-girlfriend, Jill Schwartz, what a mistake she made kicking him to the curb. So maybe he wasn’t the best of boyfriends. Writing great songs and climbing to the top of the charts isn’t easy. Only problem is, he's fast finding out that success isn't everything.

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Review

Once again, it's an absolute pleasure to step back into the Stage Dive world and to see how old faces are coming along. Relationships are stronger than ever, families are growing, and there's always a bit more romance on the horizon.

Or in the case of Jill and Adam, in the past. Because Adam was a terrible boyfriend and now he's making bank telling the world how she steamrolled his heart. Jill is 100% over him, for sure, but she has a few things she wants to say to him before she moves on entirely.

It's an incredibly cathartic scene. The entire confrontation is great, peppered with humour, but when Jill totally blows her top, I'm hooked. And of course, once the hurt is in the open and cards are on the table, that's when Jill realises she's still got feelings.

I really enjoyed the reconciliation and the pep talk Jill gets from the rest of the Stage Dive ladies (always great to check in with them!). It did feel very short; I think the one thing that could've made it better would be a bit more on how Adam has grown in the things that led to Jill kicking him out.

If you love Stage Dive, you'll love this extra peek into their world - if you haven't met them yet, it's a great place to start!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Social Butterfly PR; all opinions are my own

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Tempting the Scoundrel by Tracy Sumner

Below stairs is where the romance begins..

As the most distinguished watchmaker in England, Christian Bainbridge believes in accurate timepieces, not love. He secretly offered his heart years ago, and he’s never gotten it back. When Raine Mowbray stumbles into his life again, Christian realizes the woman he’s worshiped from afar is still the woman he desires above all others.

Raine Mowbray needs solitude and employment, not love. A housemaid forced to flee a loathsome earl’s grasp, the last thing she’s seeking is a man’s amorous attention. When she finds herself unexpectantly paired with a gorgeous watchmaker in need of an assistant, she’s unnerved by his wit, kindness—and clandestine devotion to her.

If you like spirited heroines who fight falling in love and charmingly arrogant heroes who think they know best, then this is the book for you! Snuggle up with Tempting the Scoundrel, a steamy second chance, love-at-first-sight Regency Romance!

This is a Downton Abbey-ish novella at 98 pages and 25K words.

Review

Most Regency romances focus on the ton. It's refreshing to read a romance below stairs - sort of. Christian considers himself as somewhere in the middle - a self-made man who is cousin to an earl. While staying with said earl, he spies a beautiful maid reading by lamplight and falls in love instantly. Too young and shy to even introduce himself, he leaves the next morning to begin an apprenticeship as a watchmaker.

Ten years later, he's the famous guest of a duke and she is the newest maid. Sparks fly - but can Christian convince Raine that the gap between them is not so impossible to bridge?

I really loved these two together - Christian is smart and determined, but terrible with expressing his long-held feelings. Raine is well-educated for a maid but is understandably wary of men of the nobility. There's an interesting theme of class - it's not exactly front of mind for us today, but back then there was a strong feeling about staying in your class and not looking above one's station. 

I'm not a huge fan of insta-love and think this would have been better if it had been expanded, perhaps over a longer timeframe for initial crushes to grow into a deeper love.

If you're looking for a short and steamy Regency read with a different hero and and heroine, give this a try.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Blog Tour: Boomerville at Ballymegille by Caroline James


Boomerville is back!
 

Join Hattie and Jo as they head to Southern Ireland to open Boomerville Manor, a holiday retreat for guests of ‘a certain age’. There’s Irish craic and shenanigans aplenty for the colourful cast of characters as everyone gathers for the grand opening.

Meet Melissa, an ex-cabaret singer running from her abusive husband, and Bill, a bachelor bullied from beyond the grave by the ghostly voice of his mother. Along with local bobby Harry the Helmet, ageing aquatic team the Boomerville Babes, eccentric artist Lucinda Gray, and heartthrob Finbar Murphy, they gather in Ireland and the fun begins. But murder is in the air and there’s mischief afoot. Will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

Set in the beautiful Irish countryside, ‘Boomerville at Ballymegille’ is a heart-warming story of friendship, fears and new beginnings.

Review

Boomerville at Ballymegille is the follow-up to the Best Boomerville Hotel, though it stands well on its own. It starts at a funeral, somewhat overriding that the previous book's happy ending but setting up a new set of shenanigans as Jo and Hattie open a second Boomerville in an old Manor in Ireland.

Chock full of memorable characters both old and new, this a rollercoaster of laugh out loud ups and downs with more near-drownings than perhaps advisable. Along with Jo and Hattie, we follow Melissa (on the run from her physically abusive husband) and Bill (haunted by the voice of his emotionally abusive mother) as they discover a new lease of life at Boomerville, joined by a cast of eccentrics.

Though many events are played for laughs, this book also tackles a few more complex subjects - abuse, addiction, and especially loss. While there are happy endings in store, we are reminded that the only way a story truly ends is with death - and life goes on for everyone else. 

Sometimes hilarious, sometimes ridiculous - in the end I found Boomerville at Ballymegille good fun.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Rachel's Random Resources; all opinions are my own

Purchase Links
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boomerville-Ballymegille-Feel-good-heartwarming-perfect-ebook/dp/B08GTZD7GG   
US - https://www.amazon.com/Boomerville-Ballymegille-Feel-good-heartwarming-perfect-ebook/dp/B08GTZD7GG

About the author:

Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. 

A public speaker, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications. Caroline also runs writing workshops. 

In her spare time, Caroline can be found walking up a mountain with her two Westie dogs, sipping raspberry gin or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Books by Caroline James:
Hattie Goes to Hollywood
The Best Boomerville Hotel
Coffee Tea the Gypsy & Me
Coffee Tea the Chef & Me
Coffee Tea the Caribbean & Me
Jungle Rock

Contact:
www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk
Twitter: @CarolineJames12
Facebook: Caroline James Author
Amazon Author Page

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Publication Day Push: A Bachelor's Pledge


The woman who haunts his dreams 

Secret agent Phil Cullen is upset when he discovers that the young woman he rescued from Mrs Newbody’s establishment has absconded from his housekeeper’s care without a word. Thinking he has been deceived, he resolves to forget about her… something easier said than done.

The man she wants to forget

Sophia Turner is horrified when she is duped into entering a notorious house of ill-repute. Then a handsome stranger comes to her aid. Desperate that no one learns of this scandalous episode, Sophia flees to the one friend she knows she can trust. With luck, she will never see her mysterious rescuer again.

But fate has other plans…


Months later, Phil is on the trail of an elusive French agent and Sophia is a respectable lady’s companion when fate again intervenes, taking their lives on a collision course.

Traitors, spies, and shameful family secrets - will these bring Sophia and Phil together… or drive them apart?

Review

Phil Cullen and Sophia Turner meet in a singularly compromising situation - with Phil rescuing Sophia from the brothel in which she has been imprisoned. Misunderstandings and miscommunications abound until neither can quite think of the other without some irritation. It takes pure chance, meddlesome friends, and deadly peril for that irritation to change into something quite different. There's this moment about 43% of the way through when both Phil and Sophia reflect on their actions and reactions, reassessing their first impressions - and steadfastly not looking too hard at their own feelings... 

I do love a good moment of self-reflection.

Phil started off quite stuffy and overbearing, but you can tell he means well and learns to express that in a gentler fashion. I admired Sophia's determination and could understand her reluctance to trust, though she did have a TSTL moment that made me groan in frustration. I do wish she had a bit more agency in the plot as well.

Overall I enjoyed this read and liked the characters. If you're looking for a clean historical romance with more than a dash of action, pick this one up.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, all opinions are my own.

Purchase Link - mybook.to/ABachelorsPledge

Author Bio

Some time ago Penny Hampson decided to follow her passion for history by studying with the Open University. She graduated with honours and went on to complete a post-graduate degree.
Penny then landed her dream role, working in an environment where she was surrounded by rare books and historical manuscripts. Flash forward nineteen years, and the opportunity came along to indulge her other main passion – writing. Penny joined the New Writers’ Scheme of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and  three years later published her debut novel, A Gentleman’s Promise, a historical mystery/romance and the first in The Gentlemen Series. An Officer’s Vow soon followed and the latest in the series is A Bachelor’s Pledge.
But never happy in a rut, Penny also writes contemporary suspense with paranormal and romantic elements. Her first book in this genre is The Unquiet Spirit, published by Darkstroke.
Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).

For more on Penny’s writing, visit her blog: https://pennyhampson.co.uk/blog/
Twitter: @penny_hampson
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pennyhampsonauthor

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Blog Tour: The Cottage of New Beginnings by Suzanne Snow


One crumbling cottage. One broken heart. A chance to start over?

When Annie returns to Thorndale, the village where she spent much of her childhood, she’s looking for a new start. All she wants to do is fix up the cottage her godmother left her, and fix up her broken heart.
When she clashes with local hero, Jon, Annie can’t help but wonder if coming back to Thorndale was a mistake. The village has clearly changed and the last thing she needs is more drama. But avoiding the distractingly handsome Jon is proving impossible, especially when Thorndale seems to be conspiring to throw them together…

Annie is looking for a fresh start with zero romance – but what if the only way to learn to trust again is to take a risk on love?

The perfect cosy romance for fans of Julie Houston, Victoria Walters and Trisha Ashley.

Review

A sweet and charming village romance

While there are a few big-city-girl returns-to-small-town-after-heartbreak romances out there - and don't get me wrong, it's a very comforting genre to read - there are a few that make this one stand out for me. First, there are the myriad relationships in the village that give life and depth to the main characters - not just family or girlfriends, but a city teenager looking for direction in his life and the old guy who comes to mow the lawns. Second, there's a clear theme of faith and its importance in the main characters' lives - without being evangelising. It's refreshing to see faith being a positive force in a romance rather than an impediment to growth

The obstacles that keep the main two apart are mainly mental but this is justified in-text as we see the relationship through Annie's hesitant eyes. I do like the times that she edges out on a limb to be honest about her feelings. Jon, for his part, is nearly too good to be true!

While the ending felt a little rushed - I would perhaps have liked a bit more thought towards the future - this was overall a light and enjoyable read.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Rachel's Random Resources, all opinions are my own

Purchase Links
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08BTPJ1L5/
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BTPJ1L5/ 

Author Bio

Suzanne lives in Lancashire with her family and loves to read. Amongst her favourite books are historical crime fiction and writers’ biographies. Suzanne enjoys cooking, walking, especially in the Lake District, and developing and planting gardens. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors.

Social Media Links  
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https://www.facebook.com/SnowProse

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Blog Tour: Reformed Dreamer by Deborah King


She’s wreaked havoc in everyone’s lives. Can she find forgiveness… even from within?
Former drug addict Melinda desperately wants to make amends for years of misguided aggression. Fresh out of rehab and in control of her type of bipolar disorder, she’s grateful to have a secure job and a safe homestead for her long road to recovery. Welcomed by a glorious cliffside sunset and her handsome rancher host, she’s surprised by their instant attraction.

Determined to excel at her work, Melinda does her utmost to display kindness and forges a healthy connection with the horses. And when her dedication warms the heart of the steeds’ drop-dead gorgeous owner, she starts to believe in the possibility of unexpected love and a new future.
Can Melinda truly conquer the demons of her past to find redemption?

Reformed Dreamer is the fourth and final book in the sweet Inspiration in Cologne women’s fiction series. If you like hard-won second chances, surprising romance, and rising above mental health hurdles, then you’ll love Deborah King’s touching story.

Purchase Links
US Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JJ8K16G/
UK Kindle - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08JJ8K16G/
UK Paperback – https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/1733588841/
US Paperback - https://smile.amazon.com/dp/1733588841/
Reformed Dreamer will be .99 c /p until 4th October. 

Review

A sweet romance about second chances through a conscious desire to be better

Melinda used to be awful, if her candid self-assessment is to be believed, but out of rehab and on meds, she's determined to get s fresh start. Working at a horse ranch, close to home but far enough from the townsfolk who judge her, seems like the perfect place to do just that. The instant attraction with her host is a distraction, right?

Darius is totally a sweetheart. His heart of gold and care for others shines through every action and he balances Melinda's stubbornness perfectly. I wish him every happiness, especially when dealing with his overbearing parents.

I really liked the female friendships in this book. After Melinda's past mistakes, these women accept her apologies and stand by her as she forges a new path towards the future. It is through these relationships that Melinda is able see her actions through a less selfish lens. Most of these women have had their happy endings already, and by living their dreams, they inspire Melinda to dream as well.

There were a few things that let this book down. Firstly, despite their attraction, there were a few hiccups in Darius and Melinda's relationship. For instance, I do wish he'd set better boundaries as her boss, however. Just because Melinda wants to work doesn't mean she is in a fit state to do so, and allowing a newbie to care for the horses unsupervised seems... unwise. For Melinda's part, I think she drugs him? For a good reason, but it read like it was without his consent? Yeah.

I was also very thrown by the description of Darius as an introvert, when the author seems to be describing social anxiety (aversion to crowds, difficulty with public speaking etc). This added to Darius's character and fuelled some meaningful interactions, but introversion isn't synonymous with social anxiety and I would be a lot more on board if the author didn't treat it as such.

Above points aside, I came to the end of the book satisfied in the character growth and believing in Darius and Melinda's relationship. Sometimes, that's all you want.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Rachel's Random Resources; all opinions are my own

Author Bio 

Deborah King is a spirited woman who was inspired to pursue her dreams due to her mother’s death from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She has the unique ability to read people and tackle life’s hardships.Deborah is an acclaimed, distinctive new voice in romantic women’s fiction. After raising two children, working with a not-for-profit wildlife rescue organization, and reading too many books to count, she retired from her personal training and weight management business to follow her dream of writing.

She is extremely grateful for having the opportunity to work with many different people sharing and teaching what inspires her, which you’ll catch glimpses of in her books.
Deborah’s lived in several diverse areas in her city as well as three years in a rural setting. She lives in Missouri with her supportive husband, two rescue cats, who believe they’re dogs, her mini fitness store, and her eclectic collection of books

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Thursday, 17 September 2020

Book Blitz: The Rue Stone by Janet Stock

 


The rue is a mysterious and rare being who is rarely seen, and Janna is amazed when one arrives at the inn where she works, looking for a room. The next morning, her life has changed, and she is left wondering whether she will ever see him again, but only time and the rue stone know the answer to that question.

Purchase Links
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07YG3Z3VM
US - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YG3Z3VM

Review

This is a short fantasy romance, the story of Janna and Arval - one of the mysterious rue. The author has created a beautiful fantasy world both similar to our own and different. I especially liked the little touches that brought the world and supporting characters to life.

I do feel like the romance was overshadowed by the backstory at times. I would've liked to see more of Janna and Arval get to know each other and spend time together, rather than descriptions of Janna's family. There were quite a few side characters that could've been cut (to streamline the story) or expanded upon (what happened to Hera?!).

Overall, the Rue Stone is an enjoyable light read and I hope to see more in this world.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Rachel's Random Resources, all opinions are my own.


Author Bio

Having written all of my life, I decided to self-publish my writing when I turned 50. I have published four books since then. Two are collections of short stories; Dark & Fluffy; Dark & Fluffy II and 500 Words, which is flash fiction. My latest book The Rue Stone is a fantasy novella.
My passion is medieval fiction, and I am working on my first novel The Little Servant - The Wait's Son, set in the 12th century, in Lincoln, where I live.
All four books are available on Amazon.

Social Media Links
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