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Blog Tour Book Review | Air Guitar & Caviar by Jackie Ladbury

About the Book:

coverTitle: Air Guitar and Caviar
Author: Jackie Ladbury
Genre: Romance; Suspense
Publisher: Fabian Books
Release Date: February 2nd, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 4.17 / 5 stars
Format Read: Kindle eBook
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Synopsis: Busker Dylan spends his days pulling pints in the local pub and singing on the high street, waiting for fame to call. That suits him fine, until beautiful, but frosty, air stewardess, Scarlett, tosses some coins into his hat but ignores his killer smile and his offer of pizza.
He sets out to get the girl, but Scarlett isn’t in the right frame of mind to date anyone, let alone a penniless, if charming, busker boy.
Dylan’s desperate for his big break, but will it bring him the happiness he longs for? And with Scarlett’s past threatening to ruin her future, will Dylan be left to make sweet music all on his own?

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥

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This book was sent to me by Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources so I would firstly like to say thank you for sending it to me and allowing me to be part of this blog tour.
This book follows Dylan, a busking wannabe musician, and Scarlett, a high-end flight hostess. Dylan is determined that he and Scarlett are meant to be together, but she is full of secrets and mistrust, that makes it much harder than Dylan first imagined.

As far as characters go, Dylan was such a wonderful character. He was loving and caring, and only wanted Scarlett, even though she did not make it easy for him.
“He thanked God for the simple pleasures of life, and at that moment, he made a promise he intended to keep: he would never take Scarlett for granted, vowing to cherish her until the day he died”
He was funny, and I found myself giggling out loud at some of the things he came out with throughout the book.
Scarlett, on the other hand, was a tough air-hostess, who obviously had a past that made her mistrusting and a bit angry, it just made me want to keep reading t find out what her issues were. Some of the time she annoyed me, she could see that Dylan was trying to apologise, or make up for something, but she still walked away. She panicked easily and running seemed to be her go-to move.

I really enjoyed the plot of this book, the setting too was wonderful – London is my favourite place in the world, so it was an automatic win for me! The writing was also really easy to get into, I was giggling, and emotional – really felt what the characters were feeling, which made it a great reading experience for me..I didn’t want to put it down until I knew how Dylan and Scarlett’s story ended.

I gave this book a 4 out of a possible 5 stars, I loved it! Thank you again to Rachel and Jackie for allowing me to read and review this book for you! Anyone who is looking for a fun summer romance read, look no further than Air Guitar and Caviar!

Meet the Author:

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Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in airplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

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Audiobook Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Book:

the-couple-next-doorTitle: The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction
Format: Audible Audiobook
Narrated By: Kirsten Potter
Length: 8 hours, 40 minutes
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.74 / 5 stars
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years. 

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

My Rating: ♥♥♥

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I had been anticipating this book for the longest time. I found it on Audible and I bought it with one of my monthly credits, and it has been sitting there for a while. I finally got around to listening to it..
I wish I could give it a higher rating than just three out of five but I wasn’t hooked on it. The story itself wasn’t too bad, however I found myself figuring things out quickly before they were revealed in the book, especially the “shocking twist” at the end..
The narrator of this story just didn’t do it for me unfortunately. She made the characters (especially the main, female character) sound a little pathetic and I just wasn’t connecting with either the characters or the narrator.
I know that I have managed to talk about all the negative things, but there were some good things also. The characters were dynamic and multi-dimensional and there was a good portrayal of mental illness – namely post natal depression.
I enjoyed how the author spoke from both main characters, we got an overall telling of the events, rather that just from one person’s angle.
The writing style was enjoyable, the story flowed nicely, I didn’t feel as though she went over things for too long.
I am interested to hear from anyone who has read/listened to this book and has a different opinion to me? Maybe the narration just ruined it a little, but it just did not click with me, which I am disappointed about, as I was looking forward to this one a lot!

Thanks for stopping by to read my review of The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena on audio.
Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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Review: Fire’s Kiss by Brittany Pate

Hey everyone!
Today’s post is a book review for Fire’s Kiss by Brittany Pate. This one was sent to me by the Publisher – Fiery Seas Publishing

About the Book:

fires kiss coverTitle: Fire’s Kiss
Author: Brittany Pate
Genre: Paranormal Romance Fiction
Release Date: November 21 2017
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Goodreads Rating: 4.57 / 5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
Synopsis: Embyr tends her tavern while keeping her dangerous parentage a secret, until she’s attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history.

For the last eight hundred years, Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death’s Horsemen, has used his army to hunt the vampire who killed his wife. He’s earned a reputation as a murderous madman. But in Embyr, he discovers something that could turn the tide of battle in his favor. Her control over fire can reduce an enemy to ash and her flippant disregard of him heats his blood in ways no one else ever has. She’s beautiful, powerful and completely different from her violence-loving brethren.

Embyr finds herself thrust into a war she wants no part of, targeted by a vicious vampire because of her cooperation with Ryder. As she learns to wield her demonic powers without letting the madness of her race overcome her, she also has to fight her attraction to a killer bent on her seduction.

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My Review..

As previously mentioned, I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinions in any way.

This was the first book that I have read by Brittany Pate, and I must say that I am not disappointed.
In Fire’s Kiss we follow Embyr, who is half fire-demon, half human. She has worked so hard to keep her powers locked away to protect herself from others. One night the leader of Death’s Horseman comes into her tavern and her world changes forever.
This book had love, lust, blood, sword-fighting, vampires and loads more. It was all packed into this relatively short book (271 pages).
One thing that I will say is that there is quite a lot of sex in this book, it is not for the light-hearted. The scenes are vivid and don’t leave anything to the imagination. This is probably the only aspect of the book that I wasn’t totally in love with.
Having said that, the characters of Embyr and Ryder were very well written, you couldn’t help but swoon over Ryder – a strong, handsome, protective warrior – and want to be Embyr – the object of his affection. They were two amazing characters, and I was hooked on their story and needed to find out how things went for them.
The plot itself was enjoyable, it didn’t drag along too much and it ended in a way that I was expecting – but this is a good thing!
All-in-all I really enjoyed this book, it has been a while since I have read a fantasy-type novel, and this was a good choice to get me back into the genre. Overall I gave this book a 4 out of possible 5 stars.

Thank you to Fiery Seas Publishing and Brittany Pate for sending me a copy of this book and allowing me to review it for you! I do recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance, and enjoys the fantasy/paranormal genre.

About the Author:

brittanyBrittany Pate lives in Texas with her husband and son. She is a longtime lover of all things fantasy and romance. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys narrating audio books and drinking entirely too much coffee.

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Audiobook Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

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I am really excited to bring you my review of If I was your Girl. I hope you love it!

About the Book:

if i was your girlTitle: If I was your Girl
Author: Meredith Russo
Genre: LGBT; Contemporary; Romance; YA; Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
Narrator: Samia Mounts
Length: 6hours & 59minutes
Goodreads Rating: 4.03 / 5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
Synopsis: Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone. But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love? If I Was Your Girl is a universal story about feeling different—and a love story that everyone will root for.

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This book has been on my TBR for such a long time, I thought that it was about time that I read it (or listened to it in this case).
I haven’t had a lot of experience with the LGBT community when it comes to literature, and I was very looking forward to adding another book to my growing list.
In this book we follow Amanda. Who was born Andrew. She knew from a young age that she was Amanda and eventually her parents – mainly her mum – knew she was too.
This book goes through the struggles of a teenage girl who has a secret, and has gone through such turmoil in her life that she doesn’t want to let herself trust anyone. Amanda moves to a new town to live with her dad after immense bullying due to who she is and determined to not let the truth out and to keep to herself, she finds herself with a group of friends and even a boyfriend and life is looking up.
Until one day, her secret is out. Will the boy she loves still want her now that he knows who she is?

I absolutely adored this book from start to finish! I really felt for Amanda the whole way through, she was punished by bullies for being who she was and no one accepted her. I was worried for her the whole time she was in her new school with her new life, worried that someone or something was going to ruin it for her. This book just put me through so many emotions, some of the time I couldn’t keep up. 

The only thing I would like to know is how it turns out between Amanda and Grant..does he accept her after all or do they go their separate ways? The book ended before this and I would love to know. I would hope that he did accept her for who she is and they lived happily ever after..but I guess I will never know!

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MEREDITH RUSSO lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her two children. If I Was Your Girl is her debut novel (Goodreads)
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Blog Tour Book Review – The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester

Hi everyone!
Welcome to today’s post, which is a book review of The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester. I received this book as part of a blog tour organised by YA Bound Book Tours!

The Book.

coverTitle: The Funeral Flower
Author: Michelle Jester
Genre: NA Contemporary Fiction
Release/Publication Date: June 20th, 2017
Format: Kindle eBook
Goodreads Rating: 3.74 / 5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
Synopsis: Devastated by the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Kelly Rodgers barely manages to cope with the profound loss. Already facing issues at school, she finds herself spiraling deeper into despair, when a fateful interaction through the fence in her backyard gives her hope. In the years following, Kelly realizes that life’s tragedies can be dealt with through acceptance; until another series of agonizing events leaves her heart in pieces.

Finding herself thrown into new surroundings, Kelly embraces her life and resolves to never fall in love. That decision is easy to keep until her junior year when she is drawn by an unavoidable attraction to the new guy, tormented James Delaney. The moment he looks up at her and smiles, her body betrays her. And he notices. She is determined to avoid him, but soon Kelly is forced to face the inevitable truth: She doesn’t want to avoid James… and he won’t let her.

Even though tragedy always follows love.

Due to critical subject matter recommended for Ages 17+

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The Review.

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion in any way*

When I read the synopsis of The Funeral Flower I was a little bit hesitant to read it, I’m not going to lie. I think I was unsure about reading a book with such a young character in the center. As I was reading the beginning I was still unsure of my opinions, however, as I was reaching the second or third chapter my mind was made up.

I was IN LOVE with this book. 

Once I got into the writing style, and flow of the story, I was unable to put this book down (I was done in a matter of hours). 

I’m going to be honest. This book touches on some subjects that are difficult to read about, especially in the beginning when she is so young. There are lots of scenes related to bullying and violence, that is not for the faint of heart.

We follow Kelly from when she is six years old, at her Grandad’s funeral. From there we watch her grow up and go through all of the real-life struggles of life from friendship breakdowns, loss, love and betrayal.

Kelly goes through a vast number of traumas and losses in her life, but she overcomes them all and comes out the other side better for it. I could not put the book down, I needed to find out how her story ended. 

I have never read any work by Michelle Jester, but I am looking forward to getting into more of her work. Her writing is strong, truthful and addictive and you all need to experience it for yourselves.
I gave this book a five out of five stars. 

The Author.

michelle jester.jpgI am a hopeless romantic (I think this is the most important thing to know about me). In addition, I live in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with my husband and high school sweetheart. Together we have a son and daughter. Throughout my life writing and photography have been my main creative outlets.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Dear Departed by Anne Roebuck

Hi Bookworms!
Today’s post is a book review that I am writing as part of a blog tour organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours. 

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coverTitle: The Dear Departed
Author: Anne Roebuck
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Published: February 11th 2016 by Boroughs Publishing Group
Format: Kindle eBook
No. of Pages: 290
Goodreads Rating: 5 / 5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 1/2 / ♥♥♥♥♥
Synopsis: The widows of Victorian era San Francisco are dying of decidedly unnatural causes, and to expose the culprit Virginia Paley must partner with the darkly mysterious Jonathan Bradshaw, entering a world of occult rituals and unexplainable phenomena—and magical love.   BEYOND THE VEIL  Young widow Virginia Paley has no interest in attending the séances at The Society for Eternal Love, but the women of the society are dying mysteriously in their sleep, leaving their fortunes to Professor Arthur Chadwick, its charismatic medium. As her aunt might very well become the next victim, Virginia will do whatever she must to ensure that doesn’t happen. She will even join forces with the darkly mysterious Jonathan Bradshaw.  From the moment he spies her, Jonathan is smitten. But romance is impossible. Mrs. Paley is a respectable woman, and he himself is outside of society, an orphan, an ex-thief and a true wizard, able to hypnotize with a word and even separate his spirit from his body. No, he must instead remain focused on his goal, avenging his mentor’s death. But, facing a foe with power over demonic forces and Virginia’s very life in the balance, love might indeed be the only salvation.

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I was a bit skeptical of this book when I first read the sounded interesting, but I am still not too sure about the supernatural genre, although I love historical romance, so thought that I would give this book a chance. I am glad that I did. From the very beginning I was hooked, and the more I read, the more I needed to know what happened to the characters.

We follow two main characters, Mrs. Virginia Paley and Mr. Jonathan Bradshaw, as they attempt to stop a medium who is somehow taking the lives of widows soon after they bequeath their fortunes to him in their wills. As they get closer to the truth, the more dangerous the task becomes, and the closer they grow. 

I am a sucker for a good, believable romance. Even more so, if some of the point of view is that of the man’s. This book gave that to me in spades. We experience the feelings of both of the characters throughout their affair and I really enjoyed this aspect.
This book is steamy, sexy, intriguing, funny and all-in-all, entertaining. You are torn between wanting more of the romance, or more of the mystery surrounding the deaths of the widows in the group. Luckily the author spends just as much time on both subjects, enough to keep her readers sated. 

This was the first work of Anne Roebuck that I have encountered, and I must say that I am not disappointed. Her writing was effortless and enjoyable, and I am looking forward to reading more of her work.
If you are like me and enjoy a good romance as well as a mystery then I highly recommend this one, it has everything you are looking for and more!

Thank you to Silver Dagger Book Tours and Anne Roebuck for allowing me to read this book and review it for you.

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author.jpgFrom my first poem at age 10 and my first short story at age 12, I can’t help writing about my two favorite things – magic and love. An unrepentant nerd, I started out in biomedical research but ended up writing software manuals instead. I spent many years as a member of science fiction and historical reenactment groups and I have been at various times a Renaissance scholar, a druidess, a pirate wench, a saloon floozy, a belly dancer and a chain-mail wearing warrior maiden.  Still, my first love is writing stories. It doesn’t matter whether the story is set in the middle ages, Victorian times, the present day or far in the future. If it has both love and magic in it, I will write about it. I write not only romance but young adult historical fantasy under the name of Ann Finnin.  
I’m a native of Southern California, and I live in the hills above Los Angeles with my husband of forty years, Dave (a man who gave me an electric typewriter as a wedding present) and a dog of Indeterminate Breed named Rufus.

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Book Review: Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove by Emily Harvale

Hi there bookworms!
Welcome to my blog for today’s post which is a review of a book I received from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review. It feels like ages since I have written a review, so bear with me!

The Book..

christmas secrets cover Title: Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove
Author: Emily Harvale
Series: Michaelmas Bay, book 1
Genre: Holiday Romance
Format: Kindle eBook
Number of Pages: 256
Synopsis: Christmas is a time for family and friends, miracles and magic, falling snow and roaring fires, fun, laughter and festive feasts. In Snowflake Cove, it’s also a time for secrets to be revealed…

Evie Starr is hoping for more than a sprinkling of magic this Christmas. The family-run Snowflake Inn is virtually empty and the Starr’s financial future isn’t looking bright. But Evie’s gran, Jessie has a secret that might help.

Enigmatic, Zachary Thorn is every woman’s dream. He’s also ex-SAS, so his secrets are classified. The Christmas Special of his feel-good, TV show is set in Michaelmas Bay – until a phone call means he’s spending Christmas in nearby Snowflake Cove.

Evie’s best friend, Juniper thinks boyfriend Darren has a secret. Evie knows he does. And Evie’s niece, Raven is hiding feelings for Juniper’s brother – who has a secret crush of his own. But the biggest secret in Snowflake Cove is the identity of Raven’s dad.

With snow falling thick and fast and secrets being revealed one after another, will everyone be snuggling up by the fire on Christmas Eve, or are some secrets best kept hidden…?

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The Review..

As I mentioned at the beginning, I received this book from Rachel’s Random Resourses in exchange for my review. This does not change or influence my opinion in any way.

I requested to be part of this tour as it is a Christmas-themed book, and it is getting to be so close to Christmas, I thought that this would help me to get into the Christmas spirit. It did just that.

This book was all about family struggles and triumph, hard work, dedication, and of course, love and romance.
Evie and her family run the Snowflake Inn at Snowflake cove. They are struggling financially and there is a lot of work to be done on the Inn before the guests of honor arrive to stay. The guests being none other than a T.V star and ex-SAS soldier Zachary Thorn. 

Character-wise I really enjoyed this book. Evie was very relatable and real. She had regular stresses like real people and her family were down-to-earth lovely people who would do anything for one another. Zachary Thorn was..where do I start? He was funny, sexy, kind and loving. Plus he was fighting some inner demons..what isn’t there to love? I fell for this character, hard. I cannot wait to see what happens for him and Evie in the next book.

Overall, I rated this one four out of a possible 5 stars. I enjoyed the plot, the characters and the writing style. The setting sounded so amazing and romantic, I just wish I could holiday there myself!
As I mentioned, there is a second book, and I am slightly (very) excited to read it! As soon as I get wind of it being released it is being added to my TBR pile 🙂

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for sending me a copy of this book for me to read and review I really enjoyed it!
Thank you for popping in to read this review, I hope you have found your next holiday romance!
Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

The Author…

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Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happy endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

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