Just Rose by L T Marshall

#BookReview #BlogTour #Extract Just Rose by L T Marshall

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 627

Publisher: Pict Publishing

Available: 29th april 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Romance / Fiction

Blurb:

The unexpected death of Rose’s beloved aunt ends up being a driving force in her uneventful life. She gives up her lonely, unfulfilled big city existence for the country home and life from cherished childhood memories.

But can it live up to them?

All she wants is to find her place in the world; the happiness and independence she has been searching for. With her little dog Muffin by her side and a much needed new friend, it does seem possible – until an encounter with the handsome local Laird of the Munro Estate sends her spiralling from young professional woman to hormonal bundle of goo.

Their chemistry is undeniable, but with him not seemingly on the market, this might not be the place for her after all.

Thrust into the world of country living, will Rose ever find true love?

In this roller coaster of emotions and a whole lot of country charm, one thing is for sure: Rose is certainly not going to be bored anymore!

My Thoughts:

This was a wonderful change of pace!

A heartwarming tale with surprises along the way, LTMarshall has again managed to create a romantic tale that takes a more honest stance on modern relationships and potential pitfalls, whilst maintaining the relaxed and easy flowing prose.

I loved the characters, Rose was a strong Character who had realistic responses to difficult situations. I thoroughly enjoyed her and Abbys friendship and how it progressed, and I laughed several times at their conversations and abbys antics! Such a typical little sister in how she purposely tormented her older brother! I enjoyed how different Abby and Rose were, and how clear that was in the story. There were no blurred edges to characters where actions don’t always suit, rather from first meeting each Character, you get an impression, much as with when you first meet someone, and that impression tends to run true.

Abby may be a little young, a little Naive at times, but she is loyal, sweet and actually may just be my favourite Character in this one. Sorry Rob! She’s just so much FUN to be around! I know I haven’t actually met her, but you know what… it feels like I have.

Rose first meeting with the Laird had me giggling away. I enjoyed Rose spitfire reaction to him, and his confused responses, like he was talking to a time bomb. And this pretty much sums them up! Rose is quick to react emotionally; that’s just who she is! And Rob spends a lot of time amused by her strong reactions, understandably! The development of their relationship was believable and intriguing! I had several moments where I wanted to kick Rob for his ridiculous choices, while also completely understanding why he had gone the way he did.

I do not envy him his situation! But how he got there is completely understandable and made sense with the Personality Marshall created.

Rose deals with situations in logical ways, if not always entirely sensible! I felt sorry for all of the Characters at some point, even if at times I really didn’t want to. I have laughed, gasped and sighed my way through every page!

I loved how the story progressed, with logical steps taken by each character, and shocks along the way in true Marshall fashion! This kept my eyes glues to the pages and my bottom on the edge of my seat! Well… apart from when I was reading whilst I walked. Yup. I did that several times, because I didn’t want to put this down!

Seeing how the Characters develop along the way, and how their relationships build and change in a believable way was wonderful, Disagreements aren’t instantly fixed, but in true marshall fashion they are dealt with in ways that are believable for their honesty. Sometimes responses are hilarious (Meeting the Laird) and sometimes they Characters are pitiable (if you’ve read it, you’ll know the scene I mean) but always there is a sense of realism. These aren’t fluffy Characters that can have only come from a book, they are more like people that you can see and touch, and probably want to slap at some point.

Absolutely brilliant read. Perfect for Romance and Romantic Suspense Lovers, in fact if you enjoy any romance at all, then you should give this a go. Far from your typical romantic story, Just Rose will have you glued from start to end!

Extract:

‘Blaring the summer hits CD, she pulled out with Muffin in the passenger seat and headed along the road; pulling out into the main road and reaching speed quickly, she was singing and smiling at how free she felt, energised by this impromptu outing and the glorious sunshine which wasn’t typical for Scotland this early in the summer. It was truly shaping up to be a wonderful day.

Out of nowhere, the nose of a black car poked out in front of her from the tree edged hedge way, causing her to swerve and scream as she tried to hit the brakes in alarm. Her car skidded halfway across the road with an almighty screech before slamming to a halt and Rose fell forward on her steering wheel, trying to catch her breath; sure, she’d just suffered a major heart attack.

Grabbing at Muffin to feel he was still in one piece, her hands began shaking violently, and her heart pounded through her chest; trying to keep her head on the wheel to steady her breathing and calm her nerves, she could feel her rage rising.

Who in the actual hell? What the actual f …?

Her car door was ripped open beside her, causing her to snap up and glare angrily into the steel coloured eyes facing her, which had appeared a little too closely.

‘Are you o …’ A smooth and deep voice that sounded genuinely concerned tried to infiltrate her red haze, but she’d already hit maximum rage.

‘What in the hell are you doing?’ She screeched at the face before her, not really taking in the jet-black hair, tanned skin, or intense grey eyes belonging to the tall stranger. Ordinarily, this kind of sexy would’ve put Rose in a slump of panting hormones but today she just saw red.

‘You could have killed me! Are you aware that road is a sixty? You pulled out into traffic on a god-damn sixty!’ She pulled herself out of her seat, releasing her belt to square her five feet four to the huge six-foot frame before her. Anger searing her every nerve at the sheer stupidity of the man. He quickly stood back, looking almost shocked as she continued to yell at him about his idiotic driving manoeuvre with hands firmly on her hips and letting fiery Rose loose.

‘Whoa there, Penelope!’ Splaying his hands in defence as he tried to calm her rant. ‘Look, I’m sorry! I’m sure I got as much of a shock as you. Most folks know how bad the view is for me coming out and cross to the other side to pass the manor opening.’ He was moving away from Rose as she continued to wave her hands about, cursing at him about recklessness and moronic men with stupidly fast and flashy cars, Rose was on a roll. She stopped suddenly, realising something he’d said.

‘Who the hell is Penelope?’ She blinked in confused fury, but he only laughed at her sudden change in persona, then tried to smother it with a cough.

Smooth move, mister! Asshole. God, You’re Hot!

Rose had only just seemed to notice this little fact, now that she was inches from him.

His whole shocked manner seemed to do a sudden flip into smiling, good humoured, if not a little embarrassed, but Rose was beyond oblivious in her mental state.

‘You! … Sorry, it’s just … Pink car … Pink dress … Fiery little lady who comes out like a bat out of hell, like she’s about to rip my head off.’ The handsome stranger stood with his hands up, smiling at her like it was the most obvious thing in the world to everyone except her. Rose stood motionless. Cluelessness and confusion all over her face, which only added to her irritation at his far too good-looking smugness.

‘Penelope Pitstop from Wacky Races?’ He tried again to get her brain to connect to whatever the hell he was talking about. ‘Look, never mind. It’s just, that’s what I thought when I opened your door.’ He was laughing now, in a deep and husky way which only enraged her more and brought out another bought of fury.

‘Screw you and your stupid wacky whatever’s. Watch where you’re going in future, asshole, or next time I won’t swerve!’ She turned and threw herself back into her car in the most unladylike manner, attempting to grab her door, so she could dramatically slam it. All previous ounces of rage reconnected with her inner diva, but he grabbed it first.

About The Author:

Books to date –

The Carrero Series*

The Carrero Effect – The Promotion (book 1)

The Carrero Influence – Redefining The Rules (book 2)

The Carrero Solution – Starting Over (book 3 )

The Carrero Heart – Beginning (book 4)

The Carrero Heart – The Journey (book 5)

The Carrero Heart – Happy Ever Afters (book 6)

The Carrero Contract – Selling Your Soul (book 7)

The Carrero Contract – Amending Agreements (book 8)

The Carrero Contract – Finding Freedom (book 9) Coming Soon!

The Carrero Bonus Book Series*

Jake’s View – Fan requested POV bonus chapters

Arrick’s View – Fan requested POV bonus chapters

Other Books*

Just Rose – standalone novel

Leanne Marshall is a Scottish born and bred romance writer with more than the average persons life experience. She has been a torrent of wild things, including singer in a girl band, animal rights activist and charity owner – worked in radio and offered jobs in TV.

A passionate, restless soul, who has always found peace in writing, the only way to calm that fiery spirit.

She uses her wit and dark humour to her advantage in her works and has been an avid reader for most of her life. Her influences vary, but from early life and a teen stint in journalism, she applies logic to most of her plot lines, is a self confessed research fiend, and likes a lot of psychology behind her characters actions.

She currently resides in Central Scotland with her two children and Fiancee of 13 years, making waves in the book world with her signature ‘WTF moments’ she likes to apply in each story, hints of humour and devastating emotional rollercoaster rides.

Quote from L.T.Marshall – ‘Writing has always been an escape for me, loving that no matter what you are doing, where you are – you can create ideal fantasy and get lost in someone else’s life. I love nothing more than drawing a reader with me on a journey that tortures your every emotion before the grand exhale.’

http://www.ltmarshall.blog for all links and updates.

Email – enquiries@ltmarshall.blog

Find her on twitter https://twitter.com/LMarshallAuthor

Her Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LTMarshallauthor

Follow her blog for Character updates, giveaways and more, or sign up to her mailing list.

Advertisements

The Earl’s Runaway Governess by Catherine Tinley

#BookReview #BlogTour The Earls Runaway Governess by Catherine Tinley

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 288

Publisher: Harlequin

Available: 19th March 2019

Genre: Fiction / Romance / Historical

With thanks to Rachel of #RachelsRandomResources, the Author Catherine and Harlequin company for my copy of this book! I absolutely loved it, such a gorgeous romantic story with beautiful descriptions of times past.

Blurb:

Who knew living with an earl…

…would lead to such temptation?

Marianne Grant’s new identity as a governess is meant to keep her safe. But then she meets her new employer, Ash, Earl of Kingswood, and she immediately knows his handsome good looks are a danger of their own! Brusque on first meeting, Ash quickly shows his compassionate side. Yet Marianne doesn’t dare reveal the truth! Unless Ash really could be the safe haven she’s been looking for…

My Thoughts:

If you enjoy romance thats a little bit different, with that wonderful historical twist that takes you back to a time of much social intrigue and strict social rules for classes and genders, then this is the perfect book for you.

I loved the storyline, wanting to kick or cuddle the characters at various points, to support them or to throw a book at their head. This isn’t a perfect love story, or rather, the people aren’t perfect and nor are their choices and actions. They do things that make you tut or shake your head, and it feels like they’re people rather than characters. And isn’t that the point of a story, to draw you in to another time or place, to make you feel as though you’re experiencing the lives you’re being told about? This Author has certainly managed that.

I have always had a bit of a fascination with history, with the social changes that come about in various ways, the changes to fashion and attitudes, and I find myself wishing frequently to spend a few weeks going and experiencing what life may have been like. The descriptions and scenarios painted in my mind after reading this book make me feel as though I have done that, rather than just reading about it. It feels as though I’ve had a long holiday, and I find myself missing the people I met along the way.

I adore both the Main Characters, Marianne was strong but not overly confident, she comes across more as somebody who knows what she expects and isn’t afraid to go after it. Ash as a love interest was perfect, he was a wonderful mix of unsure and confident. The two worked so well together, it was a wonderful story that had me rooting for them from the start!

The story was well paced, it didn’t rush through and make me feel as though the Characters were being hasty, but nor did it make me feel as though the story was bumbling along with unnecessary additions. It was a comfortable pace that kept me interested, and made me curious as to what would happen next.

If you enjoy Historical Romance, or enjoy romance but don’t often read historical, or just want to try something new, then this is well worth picking up.

About The Author:

Catherine Tinley writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings.

After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog and can be reached at www.catherinetinley.com , as well as www.facebook.com/CatherineTinleyWriter  and @CatherineTinley on twitter.

Social Media Links

www.facebook.com/CatherineTinleyWriter

www.twitter.com/CatherineTinley

#GIVEAWAY Lousie Beech book Collection!

Pub date: 18 April 2019

ISBN 13: 978-1-912374-63-2

EPUB: 978-1-912374-64-9

Publisher: Orenda Books

To celebrate the release of Louise Beech newest novel “Call Me Star Girl” I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY on my Twitter @Madeup_group as part of the #Randomthingstours Blogtour from Anne Cater and #Orendabooks

Simply follow me and RT the pinned giveaway post to be in with a chance of winning each of these books!

Call Me Star Girl:

Tonight is the night for secrets…

Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago – and her killer hasn’t been caught.

Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. You tell her yours, and she’ll share some of hers.

Stella might tell you about Tom, a boyfriend who likes to play games, about the mother who abandoned her, now back after twelve years. She might tell you about the perfume bottle with the star-shaped stopper, or about her father … What Stella really wants to know is more about the mysterious man calling the station … who says he knows who killed Victoria, and has proof. Tonight is the night for secrets, and Stella wants to know everything… With echoes of the chilling Play Misty for Me, Call Me Star Girl is a taut, emotive and all-consuming psychological thriller that plays on our deepest fears, providing a stark reminder that stirring up dark secrets from the past can be deadly…

Order your copy of the new book TODAY!! Absolutely Brilliant as always, watch out for my review on 4th April!

About The Author:

Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The follow-up, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.

Dark Blossom by Neel Mullick

#BookReview #Extract #BlogTour Dark Blossom by Neel Mullick

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 224

Publisher: Rupa Publications

Available: 3rd January 2019

Genre: Suspense / Family / Fiction

With thanks to Anne Cater of #RandomThingsTours for my spot on this tour, as well as the Author Neel and Publishing Company Rupa Publications for my copy of the book, which is both stunning and addictive! Read on to find both my Review and a gorgeous Extract from the book!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Blossom-Neel-Mullick/dp/935333294X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1551291489&sr=1-1

 

 

BLURB

Sam returns home from a business trip a day before his son’s thirteenth birthday and is looking forward to being with his family, when his world is cruelly shattered in one fell swoop. Initially he thinks he can cope with the loss, but finally seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist, to regain his equipoise. What he does not know is that Cynthia herself is trying to cope with a debilitating divorce and the sinister shadow of her ex-husband over her daughter…

What happens when doctor and patient find themselves in the same sinking boat? Moreover, when they are rowing in opposite directions–one clinging to the past, and the other unable to get rid of it! In the midst of it all is Lily, Cynthia’s daughter, who harbours a secret that has the power to explode the lives around her.

Taut with tension and intensity, Dark Blossom is a glimpse of what lies under the surface of apparently ‘normal’ people.

My Thoughts:

This was a wonderfully engaging story about Family, miscommunication and all the tensions and stresses that go alongside those things.

From the gorgeous cover to the writing style, it may not be a particularly long novel but is certainly one that grabs the reader and pulls them in with ease.

The beginning is wonderfully surprising, with a tragedy that strikes a cord with the reader and leaves them intrigued enough to know what is going to happen next, how the characters will react and deal with the situation they have found themselves in.

The story is full of suspense and surprising scenarios, and the reader is pulled into the lives of the Characters very easily. I found myself needing to know what was going to happen, where the tale was taking me and why.

Following a Character who has lost his son, and his therapist who is going through a divorce, just from the barest of details you know that this is going to be packed with emotion and tension. The promise of that is something that had me eagerly opening the book, and the delivery of what was promised had me glued to the pages.

This is certainly an Author to watch out for! The story was wonderfully Dark with surprising turns, and scenarios drawing to surprising conclusions. If you enjoy thrillers and suspenseful drama, then I wholeheartedly suggest this for a quick and powerful read!

Extract:

LONGING FOR LILY

 

Lily and I had just begun to nurse our lives back to health. Earlier, she had been healing well and showing signs of slowly letting me back into her life. But then — ever since her breakup with bad boy Roy—she had retreated into a shell. At first, I didn’t make much of it because I thought it was transitory, but she continued to shut me out of her life and I was growing concerned. Still, I was glad he was out of her life. I knew that boy was nothing but trouble.

 

As I opened the door, I heard Lily. “And I’d be happiest if I never see him again!”

 

Is she talking on the phone? Is someone there?

 

I stood there, paralysed.

 

I heard another voice. “But why? He says he still loves…”

 

Is that her friend, Joanna?

 

It is Joanna.

 

“Well, good for him! He’s never said that to me. And even if he did, it wouldn’t matter because I’m over him.”

 

“Wow! That bad, huh? What did he do? Why wouldn’t you—”

 

“Drop it, Jo! Just drop—”

 

And that’s when I did — drop it — the mail, that is. It landed with a piercing snap. I scrunched all the way from my shoulder up.

 

“Cynthia? Is that you?” Of course, Lily had heard the sound.

 

I hated her calling me that. Why wouldn’t she call me mom like all the kids her age? I didn’t want her to be that grown up either.

 

“Hello girls!” I said cheerfully, hoping my eavesdropping hadn’t been exposed.

 

Damn! I shouldn’t have said girls. Now she’ll know. What do I do?

 

“Would you help me here, please?” I attempted subterfuge but it was more out of panic.

 

With what? It’s just mail. Shoot! She’s going to see right through me.

 

“Uh… Ah.. Actually it’s okay… I got it!” I bellowed louder and quicker than I needed to.

 

I heard hushed whispers and then the conversation continued in the kitchen.

 

Phew! All the years of studying and practising psychology—the least I should be able to enjoy are fringe benefits like eavesdropping on my daughter and getting away with it. I smiled to myself.

 

“Hello, Joanna,” I said, looking at her, while planting a kiss on Lily’s head. I squealed and flinched as I almost impaled my eye on one of her spikes. Now, she is a sight for sore eyes!

 

“Hello!” Joanna echoed, muffling a laugh, and added “Ms Stalwart” with a flourish.

 

She knew I like being called by my maiden name, especially since it had become official. Good girl.

 

Lily, my darling, on the other hand, calls me Cynthia as if she’s thirty but dresses like…is it a punker…or is it just a punk? It never registered. She’d gotten into a phase — I think she referred to as punk pop — since she had fallen into the Roy Band. Yup! That’s how he and his entourage referred to themselves. Every time I asked her why she couldn’t just be ‘pop’ instead of ‘punk pop’, I would promptly be informed that punk was the best thing to have happened to pop since…who was it now…Michael Jackson, and would be asked to ‘back off!’

 

Another reason I was glad Lily was hanging out with Joanna — she is a well-mannered girl and dresses like one too. Turning towards the fridge I said, “You staying for dinner, Joanna? I’m thinking of minestrone…”

 

“Hmm… I could…” Joanna mumbled.

“…and a nice roasted Brussels sprouts salad with walnuts, cranberries, and some blue cheese,” I continued.

 

“Uh! I could not…possibly do that, Ms Stalwart.” She stumbled over her words. “I told my parents I’d be back home for dinner. Mom hates it when I change my plans last minute. In fact, Dad’s gonna be picking me up soon.”

 

Lily sniggered. Joanna is a lousy liar indeed.

 

I didn’t know whether to be happy that the girl didn’t know how to lie or to be offended by her bid to ditch my world- famous Brussels sprouts. What I was sure of, however, was that almost anything else on the menu and her response would have been different. Well, note to self for next time.

 

I played along. “Oh yeah? That’s great—tell him to come in and say hello when he does.”

 

Lily pounced. “No!” Both Joanna and I turned to stare at her.

 

“And exactly why is that, Your Highness?” I asked. The red of her face eclipsed the jet-black eyeshadow.

 

She buried her nose into her book. “Uh-uh! I mean…sure… I don’t know what I was thinking.”

 

“Mm…hmm…” I didn’t want to make a big deal of it and embarrass her any more than she already was.

 

By then, I was already busy washing, peeling, and chopping. And they pretended to go back to schoolwork. I recognized what sounded like furious texting coming from Joanna’s direction. I wondered if the subject of such texting was to extend my invite to her father or to convince him, at the eleventh hour, to pick her up on his way home. I was pretty sure it was the latter.

 

I was naught for two — first with almost being caught eavesdropping and then with Sproutsgate — but I needed to make my way back into my daughter’s life. So I persisted, “How was school?”

 

Lily pretended to be absorbed in her book, so Joanna offered, “Oh! It was super. Everyone’s busy preparing for senior prom. It’s gonna be a magical night. Lily and I have decided to go as dates because none of the silly boys deserve us!”

 

I laughed. “I couldn’t agree more! Have you girls figured out what you’re wearing yet?”

 

It was Joanna who had to swoop in to fill the silence again. “Not me! I’m going shopping with Mom this weekend. But Lily and I were just going through her wardrobe—”

 

Lily looked up and glared at her. “No we weren’t!”

 

Why wouldn’t she let me in? Why wouldn’t she share such a tiny little detail with me? It’s not asking for too much, is it?

 

Joanna objected. “Uh! Yes we were… Why wouldn’t you tell your mother? You almost decided…”

 

It’s not like I judge her wardrobe… At least vocally I don’t…not too much anyway… And after all we’d been through together? I had watched out for her as best as I could have…

 

I’m sure Joanna went on to complete her sentence but I had already drifted. I could hear their banter in the background but I was embroiled in emotion, trying to figure out what it would take for my daughter to be my friend again. Given she had broken up with Roy, I wondered if she was still planning to travel to Europe in summer. Perhaps I could propose travelling together for a while—it could be good for us.

 

It was Lily’s scream that pulled me out of my cocoon. “Mom! Cynthia! The sprouts are burning.”

 

“Whoops!” I had forgotten to set the oven timer.

 

“Well! Nothing better than burnt Brussels sprouts for dinner, hon. They’re going to have a little more character than I thought,” I said, as smoke belched from the oven.

 

Chuckles!

 

At least I got them to laugh.

 

I was barely done cleaning up when Joanna’s phone rang and she sprung up. “He’s here!”

 

Before either of us could move a muscle, Lily said a quick goodbye to her friend and dashed upstairs, muttering something about needing to go to the washroom. I’m sure Joanna would have found Lily’s behaviour strange too, had it not been for how happy she was about being picked up by her father. I was happy for her. My family, on the other hand, would have to wait till its next turn — if and when that came.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

With degrees in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, USA, and Business Administration from INSEAD, France, Neel is the Head of Product and Information Security at a Belgian family-office technology company.

He mentors women entrepreneurs through the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, is involved in raising a generation of digital and socially-aware leaders with the Steering for Greatness Foundation (Nigeria), supports improvement in the quality of life of domestic workers at Emprendedoras del Hogar (Peru), and is helping IIMPACT (India) break the cycle of illiteracy plaguing young girls from socially and economically impoverished communities.

He lives on three continents, spending his time between New York, Brussels, and New Delhi, has survived ten days (and nights!) at an airport, and a free fall five-hundred metres from the sky.

Concerned with the inverse correlation that seems to exist between society’s progress and the empathy with which it interacts with the universe around it, he firmly believes the solution to a rapidly fracturing world lies in peeling enough layers to discover the similarities, rather than judging on mere superficialities.

 

Website: http://www.neelmullick.com/

Twitter : @neelmullick

Author Page on Facebook

Instagram: @neelmullick

Author Page on Goodreads

Mr One-Night Stand by Rachael Stewart

#BlogTour #BookReview Mr One Night Stand by Rachael Stewart

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Genre: Erotic/Hot Romance

Publication Date: March 2019

Publisher: Harlequin Mills & Boon

Standalone Novel

Page Count – 219

Purchase from Amazonhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Night-Stand-Dare-Dirty-Sexy/dp/0263271293

With HUGE thanks to The author Rachael and also to the tour organiser Rachel of #RachwlsRandomResources I adored this so much I literally couldn’t wait to dive into the next book when it arrived! So I’ve had my head in that today 🙊

Blurb:

One night only. 

Just think of the possibilities…

The second she sees Mr Oh-So-Delicious, Jennifer Hayes knows she needs one night of crazy. No names, no strings, no rules. Except that Jennifer’s naughty one-nighter is actually Marcus Wright—her new business partner! Now they’re mixing business with all kinds of pleasure. But when it comes to falling in love her sexy Mr Wright is either Mr Wrong or the best mistake of her life…

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this, in fact I read it in one sitting!

I read a mixture of Genres, but every so often I just need something easy to read with a good dollop of steam involved, and I often find myself returning to favourite Authors. In this case, I am so incredibly glad that I tried someone new for that break!

It’s s short book, romance with several steamy scenes. It’s romance, so you know how it’s going to end, so what’s important is how you get there and why. With a book that isn’t particularly lengthy, you want all of this in a concise but NOT rushed way. That’s a lot of expectations from a relatively short book. Yet I found the Author hit them all.

What i particularly loved, was that despite the length of the book, the Author has done a wonderful job of giving both perspectives. We get to see both sides of the situation, of the tension and the attraction, and it made it that bit more fun. I often find that in romance stories the men can be unpredictable in a “why would he do that?” Kind of way, so it was nice to get the full picture.

The story didn’t feel rushed, but rather it stuck to the interesting bits. There’s the attraction, the confusion, the misunderstandings… all the key parts that a part and parcel of any budding relationship.

If you’re looking for a book that will snag your attention, but gives you everything you want in a romance quickly, then this is perfect! A brilliant book for in a tea break, or a relaxing day snuggled up with a cuppa and a book.

About The Author:

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

You can reach her via:

Twitter: @rach_b52

Facebook: rachaelstewartauthor

Website: rachaelstewartauthor.com

Hellcorp by Jonathan Whitelaw

#BookReview #BlogTour Hellcorp by Jonathan Whitelaw

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 360

Publisher: Urbane Publications

Available: 20th September 2017

Genre: Fiction / Humour

Thankyou to #lovebooksgrouptours the Author Jonathan and publisher Urbane books for my copy of #Hellcorp, I absolutely adored it and cant wait to see what comes next!

Blurb:

Life is hard for The Devil and he desperately wants to take a holiday. Growing weary from playing the cosmic bad guy, he resolves to set up a company that will do his job for him so the sins of the world will tick over while he takes a vacation. God tells him he can have his vacation just as soon as he solves an ancient crime.

But nothing is ever easy and before long he is up to his pitchfork in solving murders, desperate to crack the case so he can finally take the holiday he so badly needs…

This is a perfectly-pitched darkly comic crime novel that is ideal for fans of Christopher Fowler and Ben Aaranovitch.

Buy Link

https://amzn.to/2TcQU7w

My Thoughts:

If you are looking for a book that will have you thoroughly entertained from start to finish, with some original ideas and a lot of humour, then this is a book you need to pick up.

Having finished this, I immediately recommended it to friends and family for some easy reading fun. I loved the view of the Devil that the author has created, its fun, funny and just a little bit different to anything else I have come across previously. The storyline is amusing on its own, I mean, the Devil on earth,. trying to fit in with humans and getting stuck under mounds of paperwork whilst trying to solve a mystery. Only knowing that, you can immediately picture just how wrong this could go.

The writing style is wonderful, and the book starts in such a unique way that it hooks you from the start and gives the perfect indication of just where this story is going to go in terms of tone and pace. The laughs start from when you open the book, and they don’t stop until you close the cover. I have previously only found one Author who has made me laugh until I cried, though the tone and style are wholly different, and that was Terry Pratchett. Interesting to note perhaps, that my favourite Character in that case was Death. Again, wholly different approach in every way, but it gives you some idea of just how much I enjoyed this story. I laughed from start to end, and I didn’t even care that people were looking.

Now the character. I am often wary of stories which say they are based on Death or the Devil, because I automatically think of Pratchett and usually feel let down when the representation is different. In this case I actually found that I was glad of it in many ways. The Character was so different that it didn’t feel as if he was trying to recreate something which had already been done and was a personal favourite of mine, in fact in an odd way I have come to love this new representation as much as Pratchetts, and a bit part of that is because of the differences. Another element to why I like him, is that he is oddly believable. His attitudes and reactions to the situations that he is given make sense, he is logical in he responses, but yet at the same time they just don’t fit with the situation. He is endearingly ignorant of inflection in speech, and understandably ignorant of many social expectations when it comes to interaction and conversation.

I have seen reviews that comment on the element of the mystery, but I personally felt that this just gave an added element of interest to the story. It gave many more opportunities for humour, and gave a second strand to the plotline. I personally found that this made the story all the more interesting, because it meant there were a variety of situations for us to see the Devil try and navigate his way through.

If you are looking for a book that will entertain you, cheer you up and surprise you with just how ridiculously logical it all is, then you need to read this.

About The Author:

Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste – with everything in between. He’s also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC and STV. ‘HellCorp’ is his second novel following his debut, ‘Morbid Relations’.

 

Social Media links:

 

Website: https://urbanepublications.com/authors/jonathan-whitelaw/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JDWhitelaw13
FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/JonathanWhitelawAuthor/

Remember Tomorrow by Amanda Saint

#BlogTour #BookReview Remember Tomorrow by Amanda Saint

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 217

Publisher: Retreatwestbooks

Available: 21st March 2019

Genre: Fiction / Dystopian

With thanks to Anne Cater of #Randomthingstours the Author Amanda and the Publishing company “RetreatWest Books” for my copy of this wonderfully plausible Dystopian Fiction!

Blurb:

England, 2073. The UK has been cut off from the rest of the world and ravaged by environmental disasters. Small pockets of survivors live in isolated communities with no electricity, communications or transportation, eating only what they can hunt and grow.

Evie is a herbalist, living in a future that’s more like the past, and she’s fighting for her life. The young people of this post-apocalyptic world have cobbled together a new religion, based on medieval superstitions, and they are convinced she’s a witch. Their leader? Evie’s own grandson.

Weaving between Evie’s current world and her activist past, her tumultuous relationships and the terrifying events that led to the demise of civilised life, Remember Tomorrow is a beautifully written, disturbing and deeply moving portrait of an all-too-possible dystopian world, with a chilling warning at its heart.

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, although it is not a long book it os full of brilliantly believable situations, and the descriptions are wonderfully realistic.

The Author has created a bleak and wholly believable dystopian future of this world, using current attitudes and considerations to build a plausible future. There has clearly been a lot of thought and planning gone into the world building and it really does show!

The story begins roughly 60 years into the future, and it’s certainly a disturbing future at that. One in which the main character has reverted to traditional considerations, using herbs and such to helps with illnesses, and being faced with a very real threat of burning as a witch as a result. A disturbing prospect already, but considering humanities history it already isn’t unbelievable.

Then add in the fact the Author then jumps back a few decades, and shows us just how the world got to that state, how society got to there and the why behind it, and this makes for a wonderful story. Not entirely comfortable perhaps, but purely because it is so well done that you wind up believing it could happen!

The Characters were done brilliantly, their attitudes and personalities wonderfully suited tot he world the Author has created, again not always a comfortable prospect but certainly intriguing for it’s originality and realism!

In short, not a long book but one that is very memorable and a lot of fun to get stuck into! If you enjoy realistic Dystopian stories, you need to pick this one up ASAP!

About The Author:

Amanda Saint is a novelist and short story writer. Her debut novel, As If I Were A River, was a NetGalley Top 10 Book of the Month, longlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker Prize, and a Top 20 Book of 2016 on the Book Magnet Blog. Her prize-winning short stories have been widely published in anthologies and literary magazines. Amanda runs her own creative writing business, Retreat West, through which she runs writing retreats, courses and competitions; and an independent publishing house, Retreat West Books.

Find out more on her websites: http://amandasaint.net and http://retreatwest.co.uk