Thursday, 6 July 2017

Blog Tour ~ Extract | Her Last Breath ~ Tracy Buchannan

Today I'm delighted to be able to offer you an extract from Her Last Breath, the new novel from Tracy Buchanan.

I've started reading this today and totally intrigued despite only being a few chapters in - be sure to check back on the blog at the end of the week for my review.

I've read two of Tracy's previous novels - My Sisters Secret and No Turning back - and love the detail Tracy gives within her stories along with the unexpected twists. Please click on the titles to read my reviews of these and check out Tracy's Amazon page for all her work, Here.

So without further ado, read on for all the details about the book and a little snippet for you to enjoy!


Her Last Breath
Tracy Buchanan
Avon
June 2017



Extract

[Extract 7 from Chapter 2 pp.21-22]

She pulled away the white paper from a large slab of beef ready to put it in the fridge.

Then she frowned. There was something on top of the meat, square and white.

She looked over at Louis who was busy tapping away at his laptop at the other end of the

large island, then she grabbed a fork and lifted the item off the meat. It was an envelope,

a name scrawled on the front.

Stel.

She peered at the windowsill, where the poppies she’d received the evening before had

been placed in a vase. The note that had come with them had been addressed to Stel too.

She quickly opened the envelope and pulled out a Polaroid photo. It was a close-up photo

of a teenage girl. Sad brown eyes. Freckled button nose. Dyed red hair . . . red hair that

made her think of another girl, another time.

Alice.

But it wasn’t Alice. In fact, Estelle had no idea who the girl in the photo was. But as she

looked into her eyes, she still felt a flare of recognition.

She looked at the bottom of the photo, where a message had been scrawled, droplets of

blood from the beef blossoming around the words.

They say you’re as pure as the driven snow. But I know you’re not.

I’m watching you. I know everything about you.

Estelle dropped the photo with trembling fingers, watching as it floated to the floor, the

blood from the beef congealing in her nails.

Who the hell had sent this to her?


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Her Last Breath
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Monday, 3 July 2017

Review | Summer at Buttercup Beach ~ Holly Martin


Summer at Buttercup Beach
Hope Island Book 2
Holly Martin
Bookouture
June 2017




For two years Freya Greene has hidden the fact that she’s totally and utterly in love with her best friend Rome Lancaster. It’s not been easy – they work together in his glasswork business, she lives above his workshop and, he’s completely gorgeous. But Rome has never shown any sign of returning those feelings. Until now…
Lately they’ve shared affectionate touches and words heavy with meaning. Yet Freya knows Rome has a damaged heart. After losing his fiancĂ© in a tragic accident, he’s not allowed himself to fall in love.
Freya has already had her heart broken by a man who couldn’t let go of a past love. Can she risk it happening again? Rome and Freya have a friendship that could blossom into something more. Are they both brave enough to take that chance?


I am seriously running out of words to review Holly's books with!

Summer at Buttercup Beach is the second novel in the latest
Hope Island series and features three siblings.

We've already met Bella in the first book, Spring at Blueberry Bay, and followed her romance with Issac, but we were also introduced to her siblings Rome and Eden.

Summer at Buttercup Beach is the turn of Rome's story although I must point out that each of the books can be read as stand-alone novels and in any order,

Rome and Freya have been working together for two years and have formed a strong friendship, however Freya's feelings have moved towards love which is a big step for her since having her heart broken, and although Rome won't admit it - it seems the feelings are mutual!

Over the course of a few weeks and a lot of flirting, Rome eventually takes Freya out on a date.
This of course should be all lovey dovey, however a proposal of the wrong kind sets Freya up for even more heartache.

What follows is a tale of finding your feelings and taking risks with your heart.

Summer at Buttercup Beach has lots of ups and downs, deep conversations, past ghosts and lots of sex talk!

As Freya and Rome get closer, something happens to jeopardise what they could have, until eventually Rome admits his feelings, but again things are taken out of context leaving Freya feeling the only choice is to flee the island - can Rome catch her in time?

Well you are just going to have to grab yourself a copy of this feel good romance story and find out for yourself.

What I will say though, is reading a novel by Holly Martin is sure to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. Despite the ups and downs of the sub plots her books will certainly whisk you away for a few hours!






Blog Tour ~ Review | The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach ~ Kat French


The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach
Kat French
Avon
June 2017
Rating 4/5

               
A gorgeous summer read to escape with this summer!
Three women throw caution to the wind and move from England to run a B&B on a Greek island.
They’ve all reached a point in their lives when they need a change – one divorced, one empty nester, one made redundant from the job she’s held since leaving school many moons ago.
The move tests their friendship to the limits, brings errant husbands running, and offers new opportunities for love. Each of the women go through their own metamorphosis, but will they choose to stay in Greece when the holiday season winds down?


                

Last year Kat French brought us Robinson Duff in her sexy summer novel, One Hot Summer.
This year's novel, The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach sees us treated to Jesse, an Australian art sculptor and Angelo, a grumpy yet handsome Greek!

OK, so the book isn't primarily about them but its certainly one bonus to it... that and the Sun, Sea and.... Gin! 

The book focus' around three friends, Winnie, Frankie and Stella and starts with them all jetting off to the Greek Island of Skelidos for some girl time. Quickly moving on it is clear that after one too many gin's the girls have ended up purchasing the B&B - Villa Valentina.

That in itself comes with huge responsibilities - a donkey that has vacated to the neighbouring farm and strict intrustions to keep alive the sacred gin recipe which is supplied to the locals.

As the story unfolds we get to know each of the girls that little bit more -
Winnie, nursing a broken heart
Frankie, getting over a divorce
Stella, lost her job.

Villa Valentina is set to be a new start for each of them and they soon fall into their roles of running the place. As Winnie tires to befriend their donkey she gets closer to Jesse their neighbour but after blowing hot and cold signals, Winnie just can't work him out.
Stella is the brains of the business and gets going on a swanky new website but her patience run thin with Angelo, a grumpy and rude, yet sexy customer
And Frankie is in charge of the kitchen - trying out new recipes and wondering where her marriage went wrong, the last thing she expects is to see her ex arrive at the B&B!

I thought that The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach was going to be all sun, sea and steamy nights but it has a lot more drama to it too - their first booking other than Angelo turns out to be a well know pop group looking for a hideaway to work on their next album.

But no sooner as things look up for the girsl, things quickly go horribly wrong too with one of the band members being an alcholoic and setting the place on fire.

throughout the book we are left wondering if the girls will get their happy ever after on what is a book about friendship, love, challenges and discovery.

The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach is the perfect poolside read to take away on your travels this year!

               


Blog Tour ~ Review | The Little Bed and Breakfast by the Sea ~ Jennifer Joyce


The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea
Jennifer Joyce
HQ Digital
June 2017



Escape to the seaside this summer!

Mae loves running her little Bed & Breakfast, it’s the perfect place to raise her adorable four-

year-old daughter! And no matter how persistently local vet, Alfie, chases her, she just

doesn’t have time for men in her life.

Willow is busy building her dream home with her husband, Ethan, but with every month that

passes she secretly worries that her happy ever after will never come true…

Melody only intended to stay in the bustling seaside town for a few days to capture the

perfect photo. But when she meets Hugo – the charming man in the ice cream van – she

decides to stay a little longer!

One thing is for sure, summer at the little Bed & Breakfast by the sea certainly has a few

surprises in store…


I've love the last couple of novels from Jennifer Joyce so was more than happy to oblige when she recently contacted me about her latest book with HQ - The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea.

Firstly - just how gorgeous and summery does that cover look? If I was looking for a beach read then this is the type of cover I would be picking up and popping into my suitcase!

The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea is an easy going, light read with lots of humour and cheeky moments that kept me glued, and follows the lives of three women over a summer in Clifton-on-Sea.

The first of the ladies is Mae and the owner of the Seafront B&B - a house she has renovated left to her by her late grandmother. Its just Mae and her young daughter, Hannah, since both Mae's father left when she was small and Hannah's did a runner before she even entered the world.
Mae as a character was easy to like, very down to earth and bubbly but lonely at being single - not that she would let anyone know that, especially Alfie the village vet who ask's her for a date pretty much every time he sees her.
Can I just say here though - Hannah's character was brilliant, having a nieces at similar ages, the language and attitude was spot on!

The second lady from the trio is Willow, a married woman who runs the local up-cycling shop.
Her and Ethan her husband are having a few problems - one being their lack of family status and two being their lack of home. They are currently renovating their dream house but it's not going swimmingly!

When the builders announce the house isn't safe for Willow to stay in she has to hunt for temporary accommodation whilst Ethan is working away. Lucky, cancellations at the B&B means that Willow becomes Mae's first guest for the Summer.
Willow's character again was likeable and relatable  and 
I loved the descriptions the author went to with regards to her work.

Making up Mae's other guest and the third character to the story is Melody, a younger lady to the other two who is travelling along seasides attempting to capture the perfect image to enter a photography competition.

Instantly, Melody hits it off with Hugo and his dog, Scoop, and they spend a lot of time together over the coming days.
I think Hugo and his ego was one of my favourite characters- some can have a big ego that gets on your nerves, but Jennifer had the right balance with his humour that just made him a brilliant addition to the book.
Throughout, though, there is a lot of mention to Ollie from Melody but it isn't until the latter part of the book who we get the full details here.

The three girls bond wonderful and the story flows nicely, although I have recently read a book that I felt had similar sub plots to this one and another that was also set in a B&B
(which I think is this year's buzz setting!) it didn't take away that Jennifer's writing is improving book on book and I enjoyed reading a light hearted, romantic comedy.

The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea is the idea sun lounger novel!



Thursday, 15 June 2017

Review | A Year and A Day ~ Isabelle Broom


A Year and A Day
Isabelle Broom
Penguin, Michael Joseph
November 2016
Rating 5/5


               

Welcome to a city where wishes are everywhere
For Megan, a winter escape to Prague with her friend Ollie is a chance to find some inspiration for her upcoming photography exhibition. But she's determined to keep their friendship from becoming anything more. Because if Megan lets Ollie find out about her past, she risks losing everything - and she won't let that happen again . . .
For Hope, the trip is a surprise treat from Charlie, her new partner. But she's struggling to enjoy the beauty of the city when she knows how angry her daughter is back home. And that it's all her fault . . .
For Sophie, the city has always been a magical place. This time she can't stop counting down the moments until her boyfriend Robin joins her. But in historic Prague you can never escape the past . . .
Three different women.

Three intertwining love stories.

One unforgettable, timeless city.


                 

A Year and A Day is a beautifully descriptive story of three girls who come together by chance in Prague who very quickly form a strong bond and friendship.

Megan is a photographer and has come on a trip with her school teacher best friend, Ollie, to take some images of Prague as he learns about the city for his pupils.
Very early on it's clear that both have feelings for each other but only Ollie is open to the idea of a relationship. Megan has been hurt in the past of which we learn the details as the story unfolds and is desperate to keep a hold of her feelings.

Hope, the oldest of the trio, has been treated to a romantic weekend away by her new man Charlie, but is missing her grown up daughter, Annette, who is still upset and barely talking to her mum over the fact that Hope has left her marriage and is making a new life for herself. The couple are incredibly loved up however Charlie's secret phone calls are making Hope question his motives and her true feelings towards him.

The final lady featured is the delicate Sophie who is travelling alone as she awaits her fiance Robin to join her in a few days time.
Sophie is very quiet but tales some wonderful stories of her travels and from when her and Robin first met.

I want to give you all the details as A Year and A Day really is a gem of a book to read, but the way the three sets of travellers are brought together and their experiences of things you wouldn't want to witness yourself, means that if I did, I would completely spoil the plot for you!

What I will say though, is A Year and A Day is a powerful story about love and loss in various ways, about friendships, hopes and dreams.
As with the author's first book, My Map of You, this one is deliciously descriptive - I felt like I was right there on the Charles Bridge with the characters, ear-wigging on their conversations!

This along with powerful story-lines and Isabelle's way with words to make you feel and think what the characters feel and think, makes her work a complete page turner and a must read author!


            


Monday, 12 June 2017

Review | Holiday in the Hamptons, From Manhattan With Love Book 5 ~ Sarah Morgan


Holiday in the Hamptons
From Manhattan With Love series, book 5.
Sarah Morgan
HQ
June 2017
Rating 5/5


            

The perfect summer escape…?
Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him – too gorgeous, and still too good for her – and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in The Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the perfect way to escape her past…
Their relationship might only have lasted a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss – if she’s run away to The Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…

            

Holiday in the Hamptons is the latest instalment in the From Manhattan With Love series by Sarah Morgan, with the focus this time being on Fliss. If you have been following the series then you will know from the previous novel - New York, Actually - that Fliss has suddenly been made aware that her ex-husband, Seth, is currently working in the city as a vet.

The beginning of Holiday In The Hamptons gives a little background history so can totally be read as a stand alone novel, however I personally feel that you would benefit reading in order.
Fliss starts with some comical avoidance moments as she really can't face seeing Seth, although she says it is from the way they broke up, as I reader I suspected that it was more due to the fact that there where lingering feelings lurking around.
When Fliss' Grandmother rings informing Fliss who is pretending to be Harriet, to inform them that she has had a fall and needs some care for a few weeks, Fliss begs Harry to let her go believing that this is just the escape from Seth she needs...

Only what she doesn't know is that Seth working in Manhattan was a temporary measure and he has already returned to his home in the Hamptons.

What follows is some more great comical moments as Fliss tries to portray the image that she is Harriet, along with a bumpy ride of discovery and truths about events in the past which are to know shape her future. Holiday In The Hamptons is a real roller coaster of emotions for both Fliss and Seth, and just when you think things are on the right path, something happens which puts barriers straight back up.

Holiday In the Hamptons is a wonderful story about love and discovery. Yes, there are lies and deciept but these are done through fear and panic and it was a joy to read and see Fliss go through the emotions and challenges of opening up not only to her Grandmother and Seth but to Harriet too where we see a slightly different side to Harry so I can't wait to read her story later in the year.

I found Seth a really good character - although nursing his own heartbreak he was patient and understanding with Fliss yet determined and strong too.
I loved Grams and her friends - they could do their own series alone but provided light relief to the darker plots of Fliss' past.

Another fab read from Sarah Morgan on what has been a wonderfully romantic series thus far.


         






Friday, 9 June 2017

Blog Tour ~ Review | Come Sundown ~ Nora Roberts


Come Sundown
Nora Roberts
Piatkus
June 2017

Rating 5/5


               

Love. Lies. Murder. A lot can happen... COME SUNDOWN
Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family's resort in Western Montana, there just aren't enough hours in the day - for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn't have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time...
But when a young woman's body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine's family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine's Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice's mysterious disappearance?
As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth - before the sun sets on their future together.


                

Despite having Nora Roberts recommended to me on various occaions, I've yet to have read one of her novels... until now.

I was offered the chance to read and review Nora's latest book, Come Sundown, as part of her blog tour, and wow - what a book to start with!

Come Sundown starts off with Alice Bodine, a young girl who ran away from home but has corrected her ways and is heading back to make peace with her family. When her truck breaks down she is offered a lift by a passerby going that way. Said  passerby is later known throughout the story by Alice as Sir. She is locked up in a basement and, well, lets just say isn't treated nicely or with much respect.

Moving on, the main focus of the book is set in the present day and around the Bodine/Longbow Ranch and Resort.

Bodine Longbow is head boss of the family business, she lives for her family and the success of the job which doesn't leave much time for love.
That is until Callen Skinner returns!

Cal was Bo's crush when they were younger but being her brothers best friend, she never went there and kept her feelings hidden.
Each of them have now grown up and Callen has returned from his working time away in Hollywood - the the attraction between the pair is very obvious!

Although Come Sundown heavily features Bo, Cal and the rest of the Bodine/Longbow clan and ranch as the main focus of the story, there are two murders and a cop with a grudge from years back lands Cal in the firing line as the prime suspect.

Throughout the book at the end of various chapters we are thrown back to Alice and Sir and when Alice eventually escapes the two worlds collide and the ranch is thrown in turmoil as it is more than 25 years since Alice was last seen by her family.

Come Sundown quite simply had me gripped - it was a complete page turner!

I will be honest though, the first chapter or two I found a bit difficult to get into - all of the Bodine/Longbow family members were introduced and it was a long list of characters to get to know, not only that but some of their names were repeated as it took a few pages to get ton know who was related to who and how!
Once I'd worked this out though the only other thing that I struggled with was the odd 'cowboy phrase' but this is just my personal opinion and to be honest, the story and book were so good I could put up with these!

Some of the story line was tough going at times - particularly the scenes with Alice and Sir but the way that Roberts wrote them meant that as much as I was not wanting to read, I was wanting to read on!

The present day characters were likeable and there was an incredible sense of family loyalty - both with blood and non-blood relatives. Once Alice had been found I thought that the story and narrative especially was brilliantly done and very well thought out with Alice almost reverting back to being a child.

Come Sundown is a gripping read that will have you hooked right from page one...

             



Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Review | New York, Actually ~ From Manhattan With Love, 4 ~ Sarah Morgan


New York. Actually
From Manhattan With Love, Book 4
Sarah Morgan
HQ
January 2017
Rating: 5/5


               

Meet Molly
New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.
Meet Daniel
A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…
Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…

              
Whilst writing up my review for Sarah Morgan's latest novel, Holiday In the Hamptons, it suddenly occured to me that I had some how missed doing the review for the forth book in the From Manhattan With Love series - New York, Actually - so I apologise if this is a bit short but it's purely from memory.

I loved the first three books in this collection from Sarah Morgan - Sleepless in Manhattan, Sunset Over Central Park & Miracle on 5th Avenue where we got to know Paige, Frankie and Eva and was super excited to hear that Sarah was writing a further 3 books from the series.

However when I got a copy of New York, Actually, I was a little apprehensive as to what was to come as I wasn't sure if a completely new set of characters would work for me due to resinating so much with the three girls previous mentioned.
And although the three main characters of the three new books are unfamiliar, we have had cameo's from two of them in the form of Harriet and Fliss - the dog walking twin sisters that Urban Genie work with. 

New York, Actually is the story of the twins' older brother Daniel - a divorce lawyer who is not only protective of the girls, he's also protective of his heart.
That is until he see's Molly out running with her dalmatian dog, Valentine.
Something in Molly intrigues Daniel and in his quest to grab her attention he goes to some lengths - including borrowing one of the dogs that the twins have in their care to walk, coincidentally along the same routes as Molly and Valentine!

Molly on the other hand has also had a tough time with her heart so has built up a protective wall around it and now advises others through an alias as an online relationship consultant.

Both Molly and Daniel are strong willed with their views on love but the more time they spend with each other and the closer they get, each start to question their feelings for the other.

New York, Actually is full of ups and downs as they each battle their feelings, a story of love, new beginnings and understanding, and with cameos from previous characters, there is nothing to be concerned about by picking up this gloriously romantic read.

           


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Blog Tour ~ Review | Summer at Conwenna Cove ~ Darcie Boleyn


Summer at Conwenna Cove
Darcie Boleyn
Canelo
May 2017
Rating: 5/5



          
Eve has a glittering career, a loving husband and a future. But a terrible twist of fate
means she loses it all, and with nowhere left to turn she flees to her Aunt Mary’s
home in Cornwall. The last thing on her mind is romance – until she meets Jack.

Jack has seen the worst things people can do to each other and realised he is better
off alone. He settles in Conwenna Cove, and saves his affections for the rescue dogs
he cares for. But when Eve arrives in the village he can’t deny his attraction to her.

Eve and Jack are both scared to trust, but when they come together it’s impossible
for either to ignore their feelings. Can they put their fears aside and learn to love
again?

Summer at Conwenna Cove is an emotional and heart-warming holiday
read about being brave enough to take a chance on love.

           

When I was asked if I would like to read and review Summer at Conwenna Cove as part of Darcie Boleyn's blog tour, I jumped at the chance.

I've loved Darcie's novels but her first, Wish Upon A Christmas Cake, had something magical about it that I felt her subsequent novels didn't quite have, albeit they were still very enjoyable to read.

Summer at Conwenna Cove however, was demolished in one sitting. Right from the opening page I was gripped into Eve's life and wanted to just keep on reading.

Eve is troubled with guilt over her choices she has made and the stress of a fast paced career as a head teacher is starting to take its toll on her health. With encouragement from her friend and colleague, Amanda, Eve makes the decision to have some time out. After contacting her Aunt Mary, who she has been neglecting for a while, she makes the trip to Cornwall for some well deserved R&R.
Aunt Mary is delighted to have Eve back at Conwenna Cove, but her lodger isn't so sure.

Jack has built Eve up in his head to be some stuck up city girl who can't be bpothered to make time for her aunt, however when Eve arrives he is thrown and surprised not only by hoe fragile Eve is but by the feelings she stirs in the depths of his soul and ones he thought had been locked away for good.
I adored Jack, maybe because I am biased of the Royal Marines anyway, but the way he came across as a gentle giant certainly makes him a contender for 'book boyfriend of the summer' - everyone needs a Jack haha!

It quickly becomes clear that there are feelings between Eve and Jack but both are nursing wounds and with Eve unsure where her future lies, they have to tread carefully.

Darcie's writing style flowed effortlessly, there was an enjoyable cast of characters, setting that make you want to jet off to Cornwall and a story line that was was a mixture of deep feelings and light hearted moments. 
I loved seeing Eve and Jack's relationship form, feeling characters fall in love as you read the words the author has written is one of the joys of romance books, but the supporting characters and their own stories were just as fab to read about.

For me, Summer at Conwenna Cove, had all the magic of Darcie's first story and I feel she is right back at the top of her game. Honestly, I could have read about Eve and Jack for a good few hours longer!


     


Darcie Boleyn


Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. 
She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending
is happy or not. 

Darcie is in possession of an overactive
imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her
childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet
found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far
away. 
She also has reservations about how she’d look in a
gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves
anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially
chocolate. 

Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in
the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can
usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.


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