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One Fatal Mistake by Tom Hunt @TomHuntWriter @BerkleyPub #bookbestiesonefatalmistake #bookreview

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for this fast paced thriller that will keep you glued to those pages! This was a group read with my Besties, and we were all riveted by this addictive read!💕

Available February 5, 2019

One Fatal Mistake by Tom Hunt

My Thoughts

An addictive fast paced read that will keep you glued to those pages!

How far would you go to protect your child? A tragic accident… a fatal mistake… a lie… a cover up… A BIG hot mess!

This book was packed full of nonstop action from first page to last… josh was involved in a tragic accident that led to the death of a man… in the process of covering it up Josh and his mom Karen run into Ross and Amber… Ross and Amber have just robbed a bank and are on the run… after Josh and Karen’s lives clash with Ross and Amber things go sideways, in a big way! Not going to go into the plot more, just know it is one wild and crazy ride….

This was such an entertaining read, but it also gave you some food for thought… Karen was a wonderful character and a definite loving mother, but… did she do the right thing? And in this situation is there a right thing? Would you help your child bury the body, literally or figuratively? I really have no idea what I would have done in Karen’s situation, and hopefully I will never need to know! Such a fun twisty story that definitely kept me engaged throughout! A book full of likable characters making some pretty bad decisions! It definitely showed you how one mistake, one lie, can lead to so much tragedy….

A nonstop thrilling thriller that will make your heart beat a little bit faster and make you need to catch your breath! Absolutely recommend!

🎵 Music running through my head! This song kept going through my head, because of Ross and Amber being on the run, and wanted dead or alive!

“It’s all the same, only the names will change

Everyday, it seems we’re wastin’ away

Another place where the faces are so cold

I drive all night just to get back home

I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride

I’m wanted dead or alive”

Bon Jovi 1986

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py6U3XMy-AM

*** thank you to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

The author of Killer Choice, a thriller “full of shocks and twists you won’t see coming” (Lee Child), delivers a nail-biting novel about a hit and run, and a lie that goes horribly wrong…

Her son accidentally kills a man.

When eighteen-year-old Joshua Mayo takes a man’s life in a horrible accident, he leaves the scene without reporting the crime to the police. He hopes to put the awful night behind him and move on with his life. But, of course, he ends up telling his mother, Karen, what happened.

Karen has raised Joshua on her own in Cedar Rapids, Iowa–and she’d thought they’d finally made it. He was doing well in school and was only months from starting college. After hearing his dark confession, she is forced to make a choice no parent should have to make, one that draws them both into a web of deceit that will change their lives forever–if they make it out alive….

The Besties Thoughts

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Kendall

there are no friends like book friends! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Blog Tour

Second Chance at the Ranch by Maxine Morrey @Scribbler_Maxi @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Monday and happy Martin Luther King day!

Thrilled to share my review for this book all about second chances and reinventing yourself! Big thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour, and to Maxine Morrey for her delightful story!💛

Second Chance At The Ranch

It’s never too late for a second chance at love in this uplifting and warm-hearted romance.

It’s never too late to find love…

When Juliet Scott falls for ruggedly handsome Pete while away travelling, she never imagines how different her life will be to that of her sister, successful and beautiful model Hero. Based on a cattle station in the vast Australian Outback, Juliet’s life is now simple, down-to earth and honest, and the perfect antidote to the chaotic celebrity lifestyle that Hero leads in the UK.

With her striking brunette hair, perfect posture, and mesmerising green eyes, it is no wonder Hero has come so far in such a superficial industry. But when tragedy strikes, Hero finds herself in the arms of her sister, recuperating from a terrible accident on the other side of the world.

With her modelling career in tatters, and her scars more than just skin deep, Juliet worries that Hero will hide behind the mask she wears forever. But does Australia have something, or someone, to offer that London never could?

My Thoughts

A sweet Romance about life’s second chances and reinventing yourself!

An engaging love story set in rural Australia… A book full of heart, hope, family, and lots and lots of angst… I can be a bit of a drama queen myself so I do love some good old fashion drama in my books!

Juliet and Hero are sisters and have always been close… however, Juliet is now living in Australia after falling in love with Pete… meanwhile hero is busy being a famous supermodel in the UK…. when tragedy strikes Hero finds herself heading to stay with her sister in Australia to heal her scars, inside and out… never did she ever think she would be drawn to such an isolated area or fall in love… but can Hero’s frozen heart be thawed?

I really liked Juliet and her romance with Pete was very very sweet! Hero on the other hand took a while for me to warm up to… she was very cold and distant and it was hard to believe she was the sister of Juliet…. but as different as the sisters were, they were really there for one another and the bond between them appeared to be unbreakable…. Hero and Nick’s love story was very… will they won’t they? Boy oh boy did both of these characters have some major issues and baggage…. a Romance filled with drama and frustration…

A wonderfully told romance filled with engaging characters and a beautiful setting! Recommend!

🎵 Music running through my mind, this song was running through my mind for obvious reasons! Hero is a great name, but I think if that was my name I’d feel a lot of responsibility to live up to its meaning!

… Where have all the good men gone

And where are all the gods?

Where’s the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?

Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed?

Late at night I toss and I turn

And I dream of what I need

… I need a hero

– Bonnie Tyler 1984

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OBwS66EBUcY

– *** Big thanks to Harper Impulse for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Second-Chance-Ranch-Maxine-Morrey-ebook/dp/B07DM9ZSFS

US – https://www.amazon.com/Second-Chance-Ranch-Maxine-Morrey-ebook/dp/B07DM9ZSFS

Author Bio

Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten.

As time went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love.

In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her first romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake, she can (should!) also be found doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

Follow Maxine Morrey

Website           www.scribblermaxi.co.uk

Twitter @Scribbler_Maxi

Instagram @scribbler_maxi

Facebook http://www.Facebook.com/MaxineMorreyAuthor

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Her Pretty Bones by Carla Kovach @CKovachAuthor @bookouture #bookreview #audiobook

Happy Sunday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for the third book in the brilliant Gina Hart series! Big thanks to Noelle for my invitation and to Carla Kovach for her wonderful story!🚨

My Thoughts

Redheads beware! You’re just the girl he’s looking for!

This was a gripping dark and twisted police procedural… The third book in the DI Gina Hart series and just as engaging as the previous two… even though I have read the previous books I do believe this can absolutely be read as a standalone…. but I’m going to bet that after you read this one you will want to go back and read the previous two!

A young girl’s body falls out of the back of a van, she is rushed to the hospital and her last words are, “help her!” A couple days later and a couple miles away a young girl’s body is found in a shallow grave… what these girls had in common their age, their emaciated bodies, and their hair color, red… Gina who just had an argument with her own daughter, is more determined than ever to solve this horrendous case….

I really liked how Gina and Company worked this case… I also liked how we got multiple perspectives including that of another young girl and potential next victim as well as a mother whose daughter was missing… I think the additional perspectives really added a layer of authenticity and terror to the story…. The mystery was full of the perfect amount of twists and turns and red herrings…. my one little niggle with the series is we don’t necessarily get to know Gina quite as much as I would like… we get a little glimpse, but I really would love to get to know this character better!

🎧🎧🎧 Audio Narration:

Tamsin Kennard made this British crime thriller even more British, that’s a good thing! I read the previous two books in the series so listening to the audio was a new experience and it definitely enriched the story for me…Tamsin has a beautiful English accent, much better than the one that runs through my head, she also added a little more of a feminine hand to Gina, and I really like that! She also did a really good job with the male voices, always a bonus! A audiobook narrator that adds another dimension to the story cannot be beat, if you are an audiobook person I’d pick this one up!

An engaging twisted crime thriller that will wake your inner detective! Recommended!

🎵 Music running through my mind! As a redhead that part of the story really stuck with me so the song I have paired with this book is…

Well brunettes are fine man

And blondes are fun

But when it comes to getting the dirty job done

I’ll take a red headed woman

A red headed woman

It takes a red headed woman

To get a dirty job done.

Bruce Springsteen 1993

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QvXpEb_YWzI

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my electronic copy of this book and to my wallet for my audiobook copy ***

About the Book

THE UNPUTDOWNABLE NEW THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE NEXT GIRL

She’s just the girl he’s looking for…

A young woman falls from a van speeding down a quiet road. Battered and bruised, she turns her head to the person who comes to her aid. ‘Help her’, she whispers before her eyes close.

Days later, the body of another young girl is found in a shallow grave just a few miles away. The similarities between the two girls are startling – same age, same frail body, same shocking red hair.

As the town fears there’s a serial killer living amongst them, Detective Gina Harte must put aside her own struggles at home, and catch the killer before he finds another perfect girl.

AN ABSOLUTELY HEART-STOPPING CRIME THRILLER FROM CARLA KOVACH – if you like Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, Her Pretty Bones will have you hooked.

Buy  Links:       

Amazon:  http://geni.us/B07JK9XXNCSocial

iBookstore: https://tinyurl.com/ycy6h8c3

Kobo: https://tinyurl.com/ydzylg8e

Googleplay: https://tinyurl.com/ybz9adr3

 

 

About the Author

Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines,’ and holiday comedy, ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screenplays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area. Her feature film ‘Penny for the Guy’ is being made and is set for release in 2019.

Her latest book, Her Final Hour, has been published by Bookouture. It is the second in the DI Gina Harte crime series.

 

 

Author Social Media Links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CKovachAuthor

Website: https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day! Berit☀️✨

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The Couple on Cedar Close by Anna-Lou Weatherley @annaloulondon @bookouture #bookreview

Happy Saturday book lovers!

Super excited to share with you my review for this brilliant book! I cannot believe this is my first blog tour of the year with Bookouture! A huge thank you to Noelle for my invitation to the tour and to Anna Lou Weatherley for this intense story!💜

My Thoughts

A compulsive and fast paced bloody brilliant book!

The perfect mash up of a police procedural and a psychological thriller! I had no idea that this was the second book in the DI Daniel Riley series until I got to the end, can absolutely be read as a standalone…. this book wasn’t necessarily full of crazy twists and turns, but I loved how it dove so deeply into the psychology of these characters…. A dark domestic drama with some pretty psychotic characters….

Laurie is planning the perfect dinner for her estranged husband, convinced she can still win him back…. but as time goes by and more vodka is consumed Laurie is pretty certain that her husband Robert has stood her up… devastated and in an alcohol Hayes Laurie passes out and wakes up in the guestroom covered in blood, with no recollection of how she got there…. Robert is dead and Laurie is the number one suspect, but she can’t remember and she can’t believe she would ever kill Robert….

Daniel Riley” The detective with the kind eyes,“ is convinced that there is more to this case then meets the eyes… after interviewing Laurie, Daniel can hardly believe she could hurt a fly much less a man twice her size…. oh what a wide web of deceit over this charming Close…. I enjoyed watching the unraveling of this psychotic killers perfect plans… I appreciated how thoughtful and compassionate Daniel was in his investigation…. I also loved how they called him “governor,” I’m not even sure why exactly, but it was super cool! I think because I could only think of it in the English accent, I don’t find governors of states very cool, LOL! But I digress….

This was an addictive read that had me furiously turning the pages… I figured out who the killer was fairly early on, but there was a pretty obvious clue that I am assuming we were supposed to pick up on? I am usually the world’s worst detective, so this is why I am assuming this… this did not detract from my enjoyment of the story whatsoever! I really wanted to know how they were going to catch this person and what was motivating this person to be so extremely Cray Cray! And bravo to that ending, that was just perfection! Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series, and time permitting I will go back and read “Black Heart.”

This book will quench both your police procedural and psychological thriller thirst, absolutely recommend!🖤

🎶 Song running through my mind: I defy you to read this book and not have this Drake song going through your head:

Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding?

Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me

‘Cause I want ya, and I need ya

And I’m down for you always

KB, do you love me? Are you riding?

Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me

‘Cause I want ya, and I need ya

And I’m down for you always

-Drake 2018

*** Big thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

One sunny August afternoon, the residents of Cedar Close throw their annual summer barbecue. Children play in the cherry-tree lined street, tables are laden with food, and the wine is flowing. For Laurie Mills, it’s her first time meeting the neighbours. And it’s the first time she discovers her husband Robert is having an affair.

Cedar Close has always been a nice place to live – a quiet suburban street where everyone looks out for one another and bad things don’t happen.

Until late one evening, when Robert Mills is found dead in his bedroom.

Downstairs, in their beautiful kitchen, his wife Laurie sits alone in the dark with her head in her hands. 

She can’t remember the last few hours, but she knows she didn’t kill Robert.

The trouble is, no-one believes her…

An utterly gripping page-turner about the dark secrets that lie behind closed doors. Perfect for fans of JP Delaney’s The Girl Before and Gone GirlThe Couple on Cedar Close will keep you reading late into the night.

Buy  Links:       

Amazon: http://geni.us/B07L4NTTQRCover

Apple Books: https://tinyurl.com/ycj3ldgd

Kobo: https://tinyurl.com/yafxggr7

Googleplay: https://tinyurl.com/y96n6zmd

 

About the Author

Anna-Lou began her career as a dancer but a moped accident in Ibiza put paid to those aspirations and so she went back to her first and one true love – writing! She re-trained as a journalist, specialising mainly in women’s interest and celebrity, becoming the Editor of J-17 and Smash Hits as well as writing for a host of women’s magazines.

 

Anna-Lou has written three Adult Fiction titles – Vengeful Wives and Wicked Wives, both published by Avon in the UK and Bookouture in the US and Canada and Pleasure Island published by Bookouture.

 

To find out more about Anna’s novels, go to https://www.facebook.com/annalouweatherleyauthor/ or follow https://twitter.com/annaloulondon on Twitter.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Berit☀️✨

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Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @rararesources #bookreview

TGIF book lovers!

I have been sick for the last three days and I have just about had enough! Thank goodness for all my books to keep me company and cheer me up! And this really was the perfect book to cozy up with and whisk me away from sneezing and coughing!🤒🤧

Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to this tour and to Christie Barlow for her wonderful wonderful story!💙

Love Heart Lane

Welcome to Love Heart Lane…

When Flick Simons returns to the small village of Heartcross she only expected to stay for a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.

When a winter storm sweeps in, the only bridge connecting the village to the main land is swept away! As the villagers pull together, Flick finds herself welcomed back by the friends she once left behind. And as the snow begins to melt, maybe there is a chance that Fergus’s heart will thaw too…

Is your book part of a series / standalone? There will be more books based around Love Heart Lane – even though this is the first one in the series they can be read stand a lobe too.

My Thoughts

A heartwarming and heartbreaking story full of hope and second chances!

I am such a sucker for a small town romance especially when it’s set in the UK! This is the first book in the Heart Lane series and it is indeed full of heart! Christie Barlow has a way of making words come to life, enveloping you in the story completely… by the end of the book I felt as though I was friends with these characters and had visited this small charming Scottish town….

Felicity returns home after 8 years…. when she gets home she is greeted by a blizzard and a torrential rain storm that leaves the town isolated… this tragic act of nature brings the community together… being cut off from the rest of the world causes some problems you never think of… in the midst of all this Felicity runs into her long lost love Fergus Who is less than thrilled to see her…. so will the small village of Heart Cross Capture Felicity’s heart again? And will felicity and Fergus find their way back home to each other?

A brilliantly told tale that will tug at your heart strings, Full of so many wonderful characters and heartwarming scenes… there is also some tragedy in this book that I wasn’t necessarily expecting, but I thought it was handled well and it added additional depth to the story…. I absolutely cannot wait to see what these characters get up to next!

A lovely story that will fill your whole heart with hope and love! Recommend!

🎵 Music Running through my mind!

*** this is the song that ran through my head throughout this book, doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the story, but I will be pairing my books with songs going forward!

Settle down, it’ll all be clear

Don’t pay no mind to the demons

They fill you with fear

The trouble it might drag you down

If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone

‘Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Home: Philip Phillips 2012

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OTg1n95–KE

*** many thanks to Harper Impulse for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Heart-Lane-Christie-Barlow-ebook/dp/B07DX1YXKM/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Love-Heart-Lane-Christie-Barlow-ebook/dp/B07DX1YXKM/

Author Bio – Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Love Heart Lane. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia. 

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for http://www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.

website www.christiebarlow.com 

Twitter @ChristieJBarlow 

Facebook page Christie Barlow author

Have a lovely weekend! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Cover Reveal

🔥 Handle With Care by Helena Hunting @HelenaHunting @StMartinsPress #coverreveal 🔥

Coming August 2019!!!

The next book set in Helena Hunting’s hilarious and sexy world of Shacking Up! 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1250183995?tag=macsupaduinstalpa-20

Excerpt

: This is an unedited excerpt and is subject to change.

I’m startled out of my thoughts when my brother jumps up and shouts a bunch of profane nonsense, hands flailing like he’s trying to swim on land, or approximate the chicken dance while on an LSD trip.

“You can’t do this! It’s absolute bullshit!” Armstrong yells.

I look around the table, trying to piece together what I missed.

“I’m sorry, Armstrong. I know this is a shock, but we feel it’s in the company’s best interest to put Lincoln at the helm during this transitional stage,” G-mom says firmly.

At the helm? I look to G-mom who’s busy not looking at me.

Armstrong jabs at finger at himself. “But I’m the one who’s put in all the time here! I deserve to run the company! Lincoln doesn’t know the first thing about Moorehead. All he knows how to do is dig wells and forage for food in the wilderness. How are those valuable assets here?” He turns his attention to our mother. “Did you know about this? How can you let this happen? Look at him. How can that be the face of our company? He looks like he crawled out of a gutter and mugged a twenty-year-old college kid on a bender. How is this better for our bottom line?”

My mother clasps her hands in front of her. “I’m sorry, Armstrong, but this decision wasn’t mine to make. I know this is hard for you, but your grandmother and fath—”

Armstrong stomps his foot, exactly as a toddler would. “The company is mine! Lincoln can’t have it!”

I raise a hand, half to quiet my brother and also to find out what the freaking deal is. “Whoa, let’s back this bus up. Can someone explain what’s going on?”

“You’ve been appointed as the CEO of Moorehead Media, according to the will,” Christophe—no R, because that would make it far too pedestrian a name—my father’s lawyer says.

I’m working on trying to remain calm as I address my grandmother. “You didn’t say anything about me being CEO. You said you needed my help.”

“Running the company, yes,” she says through a practiced, stiff smile.

It’s her warning face, but seriously, when she said she needed my help for a few months I figured it meant I’d be keeping Armstrong in line while she sorted out who was going to take over the company, which I realize now was a stupid assumption.

“I didn’t think that meant CEO. How am I going to run a company with this dickhead on staff?” I motion to my brother.

“The name calling is unnecessary,” G-mom replies.

“Lincoln’s not even part of this family! He hasn’t attended one event in the past five years except for Dad’s funeral. He didn’t bother coming to my wedding and now he’s going to run the company? How is that fair?”

I snort. “Your wedding was an expensive joke.”

He crosses his arms over his chest. “I was set up. Amalie had cold feet and made me out to look like the bad guy.”

The woman beside him shoots him disgusted look.

Armstrong clears his throat and tugs at his collar. “My wedding is not the real issue. The point is that you’ve never involved yourself in any part of this family and now you think you can come in and take over. I will not stand by and let this happen!” He keeps jabbing his finger at me, as if he’s engaged in a finger sword fight.

I lean back in my chair and lace my fingers behind my neck. Armstrong has always been reactive. And self-absorbed. For a while it seemed like he finally had it together—back when he was engaged. But ever since that fiasco of a wedding he seems to have come completely unglued. Again. But worse this time. “Someone needs a timeout.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Helena Hunting

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

Posted in Book Bestie Approved

The Suspect by Fiona Barton @figbarton @BerkleyPub #bookbestiessuspect #bookreview

Happy Thursday from a cold and wet Southern California!☔️

Apologies if I did not make it to your blog yesterday, I have a cold/flu that is kicking my old booty! So fingers crossed I wake up this morning feeling better!

Excited to share with you today my review for this engaging mystery with a dash of thriller! Another wonderful group read with my Besties!💕

The Suspect by Fiona Barton

My Thoughts

This was an intriguing story that kept the mama bear in me on the edge of my seat!

This is a story guaranteed to make any parent squirm… Leslie and Jenny receive the call that no mother ever wants to receive, they need to head to Thailand to identify their daughters bodies…

Being a parent is a tough job, and being the parent of adult children is sometimes even harder… i’ve read so many reviews that state that they don’t know anyone who would allow their children to go to Thailand at the age of 18? And that’s fine if you don’t believe you would allow your children to go to Thailand, but it does not mean that a parent that would allow their children to go to Thailand is a bad parent…. I also think that a lot more UK kids in their late teens early 20s travel, the gap year is much more common… I personally don’t know anyone here in America who had a gap year? With the exception of Malia Obama, who I guess I don’t know personally…It is more than likely I would not want my kids to go to Thailand, but there comes a point in your child’s life that it is up to them… in this book Alex has graduated is about to head off to university and has saved her money for an entire year for this trip, in hindsight probably not the greatest idea, but… well I went off on a bit of a tangent there, sorry about that…. back to the book!

When two 18-year-old girls Alex and Rosie go missing while on holiday in Thailand it stirs up all kinds of emotions in Kate…. Kate’s son Jacob dropped out of university and went traveling to Thailand to “find himself“ with very sporadic communication with Home… Kate who is a reporter instantly gets herself on the case, and when the families travel to Thailand she is compelled to go too… but Kate has no idea what awaits her in Thailand, secrets and deceptions that will turn the reporter into the story!

This book really was more of a mystery/police procedural/family drama than a traditional thriller… but I was still completely engrossed in the story wanting to know what happened to these girls… I really liked Alex and I loved getting to know her through her Facebook posts and communication with her BFF back home… Rosie on the other hand was much less sympathetic, to say the least…. my heart broke for these parents and I really felt their pain and their need for justice and truth…. I can only imagine how hard it would be as more andMore truths were revealed about your daughters’ horrifying last days…

A perfectly paced story that was propelled forward by short concise chapters… i’d say this book was more plot driven then character driven, and generally I do like a story to be more character driven, but this one completely captivated me…. as I said my mama bear was on high alert… I just needed to know what had happened to these girls, and how these parents coped with living my worst nightmare….

A well constructed story with a large dose of mystery and a splash of thriller! Recommend!

🎵 OK I’m going to start doing something a little different with all my reviews. I love music and I always have a song going through my head as I’m reading… so I’m going to start sharing with you lyrics and a link to the song running through my head while reading. At least until I run out of songs or inspiration!

Bangkok, Oriental setting
And the city don’t know that the city is getting
The creme de la creme of the chess world
In a show with everything but Yul Brynner
Time flies doesn’t seem a minute
Since the Tirolean spa had the chess boys in it
All change don’t you know that when you
Play at this level there’s no ordinary venue
It’s Iceland or the Philippines or Hastings or
Or this place!
One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you’re lucky then the god’s a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

– Murray Head 1984

*** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About The Book

The new must-read standalone crime thriller from the author of Sunday Timesbestseller, The Widow, and the Richard & Judy No. 1 bestseller, The Child – featuring unforgettable journalist, Kate Waters.

The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. 

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . . 

The Besties Thoughts

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨

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There’s Something About a Cowboy by Rich Amooi @RichAmooi @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Wednesday booklovers!

Excited to share with you today another review for another absolutely charming story! Huge thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and two Rich Amooi for his wonderful words!🤠

There’s Something About a Cowboy

Rule #1: No Dating Cowboys.

A fake fiancé doesn’t count, right? Oh boy . . .

Amy Weaver is tired of her dad meddling in her love life. Fed up, she hires an actor to play the part of her fake cowboy fiancé when she goes home for her grandpa’s ninetieth birthday. Sure, Luke Jenkins has got looks, charm, and muscular legs, but this is business, pure and simple. Things are fine and dandy until she finds out he’s a real cowboy, not an actor. Now, she’s stuck between a rock and his chiseled jawline, falling faster than a sack of horseshoes. How the heck is Amy supposed to ignore the sparks between them and stick to her rule of not dating cowboys? All bets are off.

My Thoughts

A fun laugh out loud story that will make you say giddyup!🤠

Another delightful story from this author that will just make you feel good! There is something about the fake date/fiancée trope that really draws me in… perhaps it is the fact that you know exactly where the book is going, so the joy is really in the characters…. and that is my favorite part of books, getting to know and love amazing characters… and this book had plenty of them, with a special S/O going to Amy’s grandpa!

Amy is tired of her family trying to fix her up, trying to push her in the direction of a cowboy, Amy does not date cowboys! So what does Amy decide to do? Hire somebody to play the part of a cowboy and her fiancé… Luke is hot and sweet, and best of all not a cowboy, or is he? Amy cannot deny the chemistry between Luke and her, but he is not what she has been looking for….

Such an enjoyable read, guaranteed to put a smile on your face! I really enjoyed navigating the road to Amy and Luke’s HEA! It was a little bumpy and uncomfortable at times, but so worth it…. Amy and Luke were both very likable and I found the interactions between them cute and sweet, and yes a little steamy! Amy’s family was well drawn, and some of the family members I liked more than others….

A character driven story full of romance and charm! Recommend!

*** Big thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links –

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Author Bio:

Fun, Quirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy’s Perspective. Rich Amooi is a former radio personality who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.richamooi

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichAmooi

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/richamooi

Thank you for dropping by! Berit☀️✨

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Wicked Game by Jo Lambert @Jolambertwriter @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy hump day bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you my review for this compelling story full of romance, drama, mischief, and deceit! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Jo Lambert for her wonderful words!💕

Wicked Game

Fashion designer Thérèse D’Alesandro has recently moved into Westhead Manor with daughter Felicia and stepson Marco. Joining forces with neighbour Ella Benedict, she is about to open a bridal boutique at Ella’s exclusive wedding venue Lawns at Little Court.

Managing his father’s European restaurant chain, Marco has both the looks and charm to guarantee him any woman. Any woman, that is, except the one he wants: Ella’s niece Charlotte. Marco knows he should walk away as not only is she the most exasperating female he has ever encountered she’s currently in a relationship with rock star Christian Rosetti. But the chemistry between them is undeniable and sensing trouble brewing between Charlotte and the egotistical singer he is prepared to wait.

Charlotte’s cousin Lucy has discovered Christian’s guilty secrets – ones he has been keeping safely hidden from everyone. Determined to cause mischief and at the same time settle her own score with the arrogant star, she sets in motion a chain of events which eventually brings Marco and Charlotte together.

Thérèse’s husband Gianlucca has invited the granddaughter of an old friend to stay as a house guest while he undergoes heart surgery. Rossana Caravello is due to inherit the one of Italy’s premier vineyards on her twenty first birthday in September. Aware this would make an excellent addition to her husband’s international business portfolio, Thérèse plots to push the young heiress and her stepson together. Rossana is already besotted with Marco, but if the plan is to have any chance of success first she needs to get rid of Charlotte…

Please note Wicked Game was previously published under the title The Other Side of Morning.

My Thoughts

Such a compelling story full of romance, drama, mischief, and deceit!

This book reminded me of the much loved soap operas of my youth! General Hospital, One Life to Live, All My Children, anyone? A big cast of characters, the diva, the sweet girl next-door, the player, the devious bitch, the bad boy, I think you get the idea! And if you are not a fan of a book with a lot of characters, no need to worry there is a list of characters in the beginning to help you out, a little bit of a cheat sheet!

I’m not going to go into the plot of this book, shoot even the blurb can be overwhelming, just know that it is much less complicated than it appears… there are a couple romances in this book that are very manufactured and manipulated… there really are quite a few characters you will love to hate! In addition to the romance there is also all kinds of drama, talk about some dysfunctional families! And of course as in all good soap operas there is glamour and money and business dealings…. really just a lot of fun, and it makes you realize your somewhat ordinary life is perfectly fine!

A perfect escape for those of you who love the love, adore the drama, and live for the glamour! Recommend!

*** many thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Link

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wicked-Game-Jo-Lambert-ebook/dp/B07LD8XF75

US – https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Game-Jo-Lambert-ebook/dp/B07LD8XF75

BIO

Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. She is the author of seven novels. The first five collectively known as the Little Court Series are saga/romances set in West Somerset. For book number six she ‘moved’ over the border into South Devon. Summer Moved On became the first of two linked contemporary romances. The second, Watercolours in the Rain was published in October 2016. In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her eighth novel, The Boys of Summer, set in North Cornwall will be published in 2019 under their Ruby imprint. Jo is currently working on another coastal romance, this time set in South Cornwall.

When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog. Jo loves travel, red wine and rock music and she often takes the odd photograph or two.

website: http://jolambertbooks.com

blog:  http://jolambertwriter.com

Twitter: @jolambertwriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jolambert185

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The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic @Simon_Lelic @BerkleyPub #bookbestiesliarsroom #bookreview

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

Today is publication day for this intense and deliciously disturbing thriller! This was a group read and we all were definitely thrilled by this thriller! I go as far as to say this is a can’t miss!🖤

The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic

My Thoughts

This was a highly addictive intense read that made my heart race and my mind spin!

Wow! This was one thrilling verbal ping-pong match! An intense game full of thrills, chills, secrets, and lies! I felt as though I was on high alert this entire book, there is a definite sense of impending doom throughout this entire story… two liars, one room, and one fantastically disturbing tale!

Susanna is a counselor, and the book starts out with Adam a new patient entering her office for the first time… there is something familiar about Adam, but Suzanna cannot put her finger on it… as the therapy session progresses things start getting a little strange, and then a little disturbing, and then downright creepy…. when Adam shows Susanna a picture of her teenage daughter Emily, Susanna knows there is much more to this therapy session then… well therapy…. yikes, I get chills just thinking about it! Who is Adam? And what does he want with Susanna? And what has he done with her daughter? These were the questions spinning through my head throughout most of this book…. and try as hard as I might, I could not figure out the connection… oh I had theories and speculations, all of them wrong!

Boy oh boy this is one crazy ride that will keep you on pins and needle’s from first page to last…. I had no idea what I was in for when I pick this book up, but it definitely exceeded all my expectations! A story that will leave you a little unsettled, a little off balance, and a lot bewildered! Filled with unreliable, untrustworthy, and unlikable characters that will have you questioning everything….

This is the perfect thriller for the thriller lover it is dark, creepy, and disturbing… this book will screw with your mind and leave you reeling! absolutely recommend!

*** huge thank you to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

PS: before I wrote this review I was going to give this book four stars, but after this review I’m going to have to give it the full five, this is a story that really had it all!💫

About the Book

A new spine-tingling thriller from the author of The New Neighbors that takes place over the course of a therapy session, in which neither patient nor therapist are who they claim to be.

Two liars. One room. No way out.

Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a therapist and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.

But when a young man, Adam Geraghty, walks into her office, claiming he needs Susanna’s help but asking unsettling questions, she begins to fear that her secret has been discovered.

Who is Adam, really? What does he intend to do to Susanna?

And what has he done to her daughter?

The Besties

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Kendall

Be sure to check out the rest of the girls reviews!

Book friends are the best friends!

Berit☀️✨