Posted in Contemporary Fiction

What Happened to Us? by Faith Hogan @GerHogan @Aria_Fiction #bookreview

Happy Sunday! Did you remember to fall back??? We had a time change overnight in the US, so I got an extra hour!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this charming story many thanks to faith Hogan for reaching out and inviting me on her blog tour! 💕

9781788548588Carrie Nolan is devastated when she is dumped by Kevin Mulvey after more than a decade without even a backwards glance! On reflection, she has sacrificed her own long term happiness establishing their critically acclaimed Dublin restaurant and pandering to his excessive ego.

Meanwhile Kevin can’t believe his luck. Valentina, their new waitress is a stunner, the kind of girl that turns heads when she walks in a room and surprise, surprise she has chosen him! He is living the dream!

Carrie seeks solace from a circle of mismatched friends who need her as much as she needs them. Jane, who struggles to run the pub on the opposite side of the street, Luke, who has stopped drifting while his father settles in a nearby nursing home and Teddy, a dog who asks for nothing more than the chance to stay by Carrie’s side.

With Christmas just around the corner, all is not quite as it seems and a catastrophic sequence of events leads to the unthinkable…

How far do you need to fall before you learn the true value of family and friends? And is it ever too late to start again…

My Thoughts

This was a delightful heartwarming story, comfort food for the mind!!!

Carrie is being added to my book BFF list! Loved her! She was such a wonderful character, who was going through such a terrible time, and she handled it like a champ! I loved riding the roller coaster of emotion with her throughout this book… I cried with her… I raged with her… I laughed with her… I smiled with her… Love reading a story that completely sucks you into the character’s life…

Carrie is devastated when her longtime boyfriend Kevin breaks up with her… even more devastating Kevin is also her business partner and his new girlfriend Valentina works at the restaurant that he and Carrie co-own… it sure was fun hating on Kevin and Valentina throughout this book, and they sure made it easy! Soon after the break up carry realized how much time she had spent not only taking care of Kevin but his high maintenance mother as well…. Carrie also made several new friends including: Jane an elderly lady, Luke a handsome potential love interest, and Teddy an adorable dog… I absolutely loved the bond that all these characters formed with one another, they were so there for each other… and for those of you who believe in karma, as carrie’s life was getting better and better, Kevin began to realize how much he needed her! Kevin my friend Karma is a bioch!

Such a charming story of new beginnings and second chances with a bit of a festive feel! As Christmas approaches there are some strange goings-on in the restaurant… there is also a question of romance between carry and Luke? Will these two find their way under the mistletoe? I strongly encourage you to pick this book up and find out for yourself! It is such a treat, a little escape that will give you hope!

*** many thanks to Faith Hogan and Aria for my copy of this book ***

Buy links

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Google Play: http://bit.ly/2OHDsSO

Hogan_FaithAbout the author

Faith was born in Ireland and currently lives there with her husband, four children and two fussy cats. She gained an Honors Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate from University College, Galway. She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair- an international competition for emerging writers. When she’s not writing, she’s an enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger.

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Posted in Contemporary Fiction

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen @LevACRosen #YoungAdult #BookReview #NetGalley #JackOfHeartsAndOtherParts

Happy Saturday all! We are super excited to bring you A double review today! Both Vicci and I read and loved this book, and are thrilled to share our reviews of this fabulous read by L.C. Rosen.

It isn’t going to be for everyone, however, we think it could be a pretty important book.

Meet Jack 😎

The Blurb

My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.

Meet Jack Rothman. He’s seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse’.

He doesn’t actually expect that to come true.

But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy. Jack’s secret admirer knows everything: where he’s hanging out, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating. They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they’ll force him.

As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous

Vicci’s Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐·5 Out and Proud Stars

I loved this book, what a refreshing change for someone to say “Hey, I like sex, and as long as it is consensual, I’ll have lots of it please!”

And gay sex too, oh the horror of it all!! 😋

Jack is the person in this story shouting this, he is gay, and he is “out” loud, and abso-fu*king-lutely proud!

He is at high school, where unfortunately he has to deal with gay shaming, slut shaming, fat shaming, and any other type of shaming you can think of.

His best friends are Jenna, an outspoken blogger, and Ben, a gay, black, fat (his words) fabulous fashion designer.

Jenna talks Jack into writing for her blog, as she wants to help people who have questions about sexuality and sex in general, and are too afraid to ask, they are able to write in anonymously, and Jack answers them VERY truthfully.

Look this book is not going to be for everyone.

One, because is is a book about a gay man having no-strings sex, lots of it, but not as much as the rumour mill at school says.

Two, because Jack is not ashamed of who he is, he’s glam, he wears make up, he’s opinionated, and he doesn’t give one sh*t about what people think about him….until the notes.

The notes that are left in his locker and taped to his door are a knockback for Jack, and we see how he becomes a different person when he trys to NOT be who he is.

I LOVED Jack and his friends, I loved the letters that he wrote to the people who were scared to ask them in public, I mean who *do* you speak to about being a virgin, and a gay virgin at that, who do you ask about how it felt the first time, who do you ask if it hurt? How do you admit that, actually you are not that interested in sex at all?

Jack was very truthful with his answers, and also followed them up with example stories of his own.

My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.

This book pulls no punches, there is strong language and sex in it (shock horror) and *GAY* sex at that (put away your pearls mother!) If this type of book offends you, then don’t even bother trying to look for it.

I for one, wish that there was someone like Jack in my school, I’m so glad to have met him in this book, and I honestly would tell anyone that had questions about their sexuality or even if they are straight and wanted questions answered to read this book.

Be You & Be Epic

*Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book

Vicci

Berit’s Thoughts

This book was blunt, honest, unfiltered, and brilliant! And it is going to make some people absolutely CRAZY!

What??? A book all about sex for young adults? and gay sex at that??? What??? A honest open discussion about sex??? Yes! And seriously as a mother of three I would strongly encourage all you concerned parents to read this book and have a honest discussion with your teenagers about it! What a fantastic book to open up a dialogue with! Almost 50% of teenagers in the United States are having sex… rather than pretending it’s not your kid, why not engage in a conversation? *steps off soapbox*

Jack is out and proud! He loves makeup, his friends, boys, and sex! He is unashamed, unapologetic, and fabulous! When his friend Jana asks him to host a sex column on her blog he happily obliges… he answers questions about anal sex, blowjobs, not wanting to have sex, and more… he answers these questions respectfully, honestly, and thoughtfully!He doesn’t sugarcoat things and he makes one thing very clear; what you do with your body is entirely up to you, do not let anyone pressure you into doing anything you are not ready for! And really isn’t that the message we want for all of our kids? I found Jack’s sex columns to be extremely insightful, maybe a little more insightful than your average teenager? But then I guess Jack was a little more experienced than your average teenager…. and to be quite honest if any of my kids needed some advice on sex I wouldn’t mind it coming from Jack!

This book however was not just about sex it was also about friendship and a mystery involving a crazy stalker… I really liked jacks friends Jenna and Ben and I love the bond between them… nothing beats good friends when it comes to navigating your way through high school…. perhaps Jenna and Ben could have been better developed, but maybe this leaves room for a spin off! I would love to get to know both of them better…. The mystery in this book started off strong, I loved the notes being folded into these elaborate origami animals, and I was very curious to see who was stalking Jack… but the conclusion was a bit underwhelming… having said that I don’t really think that was the purpose of this book nor did it take away from any of my overall enjoyment of the story…. Lastly I just need to address jacks mother, she was so laid-back she was almost comatose… I mean I appreciated her being so open and supportive of Jack’s lifestyle but….

Absolutely recommend! I think every older teen needs to read this book and in a perfect world their parents will read it as well and have a little chat! I think adults will appreciate this, it really makes you realize how far we have come since Judy Bloom… although I remember there was quite the scandal that my mom let me read “Forever”🙄

*** many thanks to Penguin Random House UK for my copy of this book ***

Have a lovely weekend!

Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty #LianeMoriarty #BeachRead #AudioBookReview

When I saw that Liane Moriarty had a new book out I knew I had to save a credit.

Her slow burn books are fabulous, and an ideal Beach Read 🌴

⭐⭐⭐·75 Tranquil Stars

The Blurb

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out…
Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.
Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can?
It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.
Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft

My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐·75 Tranquil Stars

If you’ve ever read a book by this author before your know that she is a slow burner, it’s not going to jump into a fast paced story straight away she makes you work for it.

The same can be said for this book we meet the characters one by one starting with Frances.

A once famous now washed up author, who has menopausal symptons and a really bad papercut. She is going to Tranquillum House to get away from it all and especially from a really bad review.

Napoleon and Heather are there along with their young daughter Zoe.

Young couple Jessica and Ben are also there.

Lars the Divorce Lawyer and Tony the Ex-Sportsman, and also Carmel who is trying to be her better self after being traded in for younger model by her husband.

Nine perfect strangers all there for 10 days to be “A better you”

Run by the Russian health freak Masha and her two side kicks, everyone is giving their own “special” personalised diets and are immediately put onto a vow of Silence!

They are taken for long walks and given massages and also one-to-one therapy with the Tranquillum House workers.

Very slowly you start to see different sides of all of the characters and why they are there, you hear their stories and take a peek into their worlds.

Masha was a fabulous character she was so cleverly written.

It’s difficult to tell you a lot about this book without going into spoilers, and it’s also really difficult to put this book into a specific genre, it is kinda Romance, kinda Thriller, kinda Who-Done-It kinda Contemporary!

It was a very clever story and getting all of these stories interwoven with each other is an art in itself, and again if you’ve read any of Liane Moriarty books before you know that she’s a master at this.

I’m not sure what didn’t really work for me in this book as I said before the characters and the story were brilliant, it just needed a little more oompf for me and unfortunately this time it didn’t, but I have read all of her other books and loved them, and you should certainly check her out if you haven’t done so far.

🎧🎧 Narration of course was done by Caroline Lee who narrates all of Liane Moriarty books, and she did it fantastically as usual.
I love the fact that the author uses the same narrator every for every single one of her books, she is a fantastic narrator and gives a stellar performance Every. Single. Time.

Have a Great Day

Vicci

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Suspense

You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart @NicoleLynnBaart @AtriaBooks #bookreview #pubday

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this evocative book!

You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart

My Thoughts

This was an evocative and addictive read that will reel you in and won’t let go!

This is a story about compassion, trust, deception, secrets, mystery, motherhood, but most of all it is about the darker side of adoption…Nicole Baart brings so much heart and authenticity to the story… her experience as an adoptive mother really shines through on these pages… my brothers are adopted, so I really had a strong connection to the adoption part of the story…. I found the psychological impact on both adoptive mother and adoptive child fascinating….

Miss Baart has woven together a complex story with many layers… A slow burning tale that will keep you turning the pages… you will need to know the truth just as strongly as Jess!

Jess and Evan are separated after 15 years of marriage… they have a biological son Max 13 and an adoptive son Gabe 5… both want what’s best for the kids in this hard situation…. I really felt as though Jess an Evan would have ultimately got back together, that’s what made Evan’s death even more tragic… so what was jess’s non-outdoorsy husband doing on a hunting trip? Determined to find out the truth Jess starts to play amateur Detective… The more she digs, the more secrets revealed, the more complex it gets…. shocked to find out that Evan had been in contact with Gabe‘s bio mom Jess is convince this has something to do with his murder but what? And why? How fragile are the bonds of motherhood? and is unconditional love ever not enough?

My heart broke for Jess, I felt her grief, her determination, her frustration, and her need to know the truth…. Jess is a likable character that will definitely win you over… there was just something about her that made it tremendously easy to put yourself in her shoes….’ maybe it was the stresses of motherhood? Your heart will also go out to her boys, A teenager struggling to come to terms with his father passing away and a five-year-old who already has emotional issues dealing with grief when he can’t even put a name to it… you will really want Jess to find the truth and give this family some closure needed to MoveOn….

A beautifully told perfectly paced story… seriously how can anyone not relate to needing to know the truth after finding out a loved one has been lying to them? Add in the impact this has on your children… HOOK. LINE. SINKER.

Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a good story filled with well drawn characters, a well constructive mystery, and some heart!

PS: I forgot to mention how fantastic I thought the descriptors at the beginning of each chapter were, added an entire additional layer to the story! Well played!

*** A huge thank you to Atria for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

The acclaimed author of Little Broken Things returns with another “race-to-the-finish family drama” (People) about a single mother who becomes embroiled in a mystery that threatens to tear apart what’s left of her family.

Jessica Chamberlain, newly separated and living with her two sons in a small Iowa town, can’t believe that a tragedy in another state could have anything to do with her. But when her phone rings one quiet morning, her world is shattered. As she tries to pick up the pieces and make sense of what went wrong, Jess begins to realize that a tragic death is just the beginning. Soon she is caught in a web of lies and half-truths—and she’s horrified to learn that everything leads back to her seven-year-old adopted son, Gabriel.

Years ago, Gabe’s birth mother requested a closed adoption and Jessica was more than happy to comply. But when her house is broken into and she discovers a clue that suggests her estranged husband was in close contact with Gabe’s biological mother, she vows to uncover the truth at any cost. A harrowing story of tenacious love and heartbreaking betrayal, You Were Always Mine is about the wars we wage to keep the ones we love close, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jodi Picoult. 

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Have a lovely day Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Humor

Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels @JDanielsbooks @PiperGoodeve #Romance #Sweet #VNerdsRare19Challenge

Sweet Seduction

Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels

🌟🌟🌟·75 Sweet Stars

Synopsis

Wedding hookups never amount to anything.

Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There’s no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is.

Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just one night with Dylan.

And Dylan finds him too addicting to pass up.

Sweet Addiction is the story of one woman’s struggle to keep things casual, and one man’s desire to never let her go.

Warning: This book contains adult themes. 18+

Review

This one was a sweet romance, and sometimes I just need a bit of sweet.

Dylan is a baker, she runs her own business and has quite a fanbase as she will make anything you ask for (within reason)

She is a dab-hand at making Wedding cakes and we meet her after she has delivered and is a guest at her cheating Ex’s wedding!

After literally falling into the lap of a sexy man she decides that a little bit of sneaky wedding sex will be just the ticket to take away her blues.

Reese isn’t going to pass up the chance to have some “extra” fun at the wedding and him and Dylan sneak off to find a room for some fun.

After getting on swimmingly in the *ahem* bedroom department, Reese and Dylan decide to go ahead with a ‘friends-with-benefits’ type of relationship, of course you all know how that turns out!

We know how Dylan feels about Reese as she is telling the story, but she doesn’t know how Reese feels about her, so she just carries on with the agreement and doesn’t make her feelings known.

There are a few arguments, a couple of great face slapping moments, and a silly misunderstanding that could have been rectified if only they would just talk to each other!

🎧🎧 Narrated by Piper Goodeve who is a new narrator for me, but did a fantastic job!

I enjoyed this story, but it was a little too sweet for me and i just Personally needed a little more oomph, but if you like sweet stories then you will LOVE this one!

Prepare for some Sugar!

V xx

Posted in Contemporary Fiction

5 Stunning Stars🌟 Sadie by Courtney Summers @courtney_s @WednesdayBooks #BookReview

Happy Sunday book lovers!

I have a real treat for you today! Grill to share my review for this stunning and powerful book! 💕💕

Sadie by Courtney Summers

My Thoughts

Stunning! Powerful! Uncomfortable!

WOW! Courtney Summers…. you pulled out my heart, ran it over a few times, and put it back, never to be the same again! This book was so ugly and yet so beautiful… so difficult and yet so easy… so heartbreaking and yet so hopeful… A book that will stay with you long after you finish reading the last page…. sadie is a girl that will not allow you to ever forget her! She is your sister, she is your daughter, she is your best friend, she is you!

Sadie is 19 and has not had the easiest of lives… she never knew her father and her mother abandoned her leaving her to take care of her younger sister Mattie… after Mattie is murdered Sadie is devastated and determined… determined to find and kill the man who killed her sister, because her sister was her whole world… told in alternating narratives from Sadie in the first person on her quest to find the man who killed her sister… and also from West McCray A radio personality recording an investigative podcast on the disappearance of Sadie…. I thought this was a very impactful way to structure the story…. we got the real and raw look into the mind of Sadie along with a look at how others saw her through West’s investigation…. and what we learned from this was that Sadie was an edgy, unforgettable damaged soul with a big heart…

Sadie’s story is riveting, but not easy to digest… this book took me a little longer to read then most, it took me some time to internalize some things… and sometimes I needed to just put the book down and take a few breaths…. sadie broke my heart and I just wanted to reach through those pages give her a big hug and let her know there was someone out there that did care….

Absolutely recommend! This is a hyped book that deserves every bit of the hype it is getting!

*** many thanks to Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

For the complete experience: The Girls Podcast

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Have a lovely rest of your Sunday! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Fiction

How to Bake a New Begining by Lucy Knott @LucyCKnott @TheBlossomTwins @HQDigitalUK #BookReview

TGIF book friends!

Delighted and charmed to be on the blog tour for this scrumptious debut! Many thanks to Kelly for my invitation and to her sister Lucy Knott for her wonderful words!💕💕

How to Bake a New Begining by Lucy Knott

My Thoughts

Emotional! Italian! Scrumptious!

This was a fabulous debut! Filled with so much heart, family, and food! I have read quite a few books lately with sisters that have pretty toxic relationships, so it was so refreshing to read a book so full of sisterly love… don’t have a sister myself, but it looks like such a strong and unique bond, when I read books like this I get a little jealous….

The sisters in this book Amanda, Sabrina, and Luisa, are all at somewhat different stages in their lives… they fight, they advise, they hold each other up, they bake! In the beginning of the book the sisters lose their beloved grandfather, and this leads to a trip to Italy…. not only is this a goodbye trip for their grandfather, but also a journey of rejuvenation and re-discovery…. There is also romance in this book, the sisters all have some complications in their love lives…. and the men? Well they were all pretty swoon worthy! I have to admit though, my favorite relationship was Amanda and Dan I love a good friends to lovers love story!

This book was a perfect blend of emotion and hope… with the beautiful backdrop of Italy, that allows you to travel from the comfort of your bed! With amazing recipes and scrumptious food that you could enjoy without the calories! With a powerful message that you can summarize in this quote“the only thing to fear is fear itself!“

A delight of a book with a holiday vibe that you can enjoy any time of the year! Absolutely recommend this little gem!

*** many thanks to Lucy Knott, Her sister Kelly, and HQ Digital for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Three sisters. One trip to Italy. The chance to change their lives.

Amanda has always taken the role of big sister seriously. She has her life in order; a fantastic job in a great restaurant, a wonderful house and a best friend who’s a Rockstar. But, Amanda’s beginning to realise that her life is missing one monumental piece…

Sabrina is living the high life in LA. Her Instagram is full of lavish parties, her tweets are brimming with celebrity names, but in reality she’s stuck behind a desk working for a boss who is determined to make her suffer. Is it time for her to stand up and take charge of her life?

Louisa has always been drowned out by her sister’s successes. As the university drop-out she’s always felt third best. But a chance encounter in a little Italian village may be about to change that…

When their beloved grandfather passes away these sisters are forced to take another look at their lives. These three sisters are about to embark on a journey of self-discovery that could just lead them down a road of romance (with a little help from the kitchen)!

Perfect for fans of Jenny Oliver, Carole Mathews and Lucy Diamond.

Have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Humor

The Oddest Little Series by Beth Good – 5 Novellas @rararesources @BethGoodWriter #BookReview #BeachShop #TeaShop

Happy Thursday all!

Thrilled to be on the blog tour for this adorable collection of Novellas! Today I will be reviewing two of them Beach and Tea Shop, and the tour will be making another stop here on September 14 for the rest! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Beth Good for her wonderful words!💕

The Oddest Little Series

My Thoughts

Beach 🏖

magical! Quirky! Beachy!

SO much charm packed into this little package of a book! A beach shop, a love triangle, a pie rolling Contest… oh my! This is the perfect little afternoon pick me up of a novella….

Annie along with her nephew just moved to Polzel… this little resort town was so adorably quirky, another place I want to visit! Annie immediately learns that her neighbor and competition is a gruff and unpleasant man named Gabriel… in contrast her coworker is a lively and hot lifeguard named Jamie…. so what’s a girl to do? Who does she fall for?

A lovely romcom filled with laughs and some swoon worthy moments… and bonus I learned what a pie rolling contest is, I had no idea this was a thing! Beth Good has a wonderful way with words and character development, I was captivated throughout this entire story! The biggest bummer of these Novellas is they end too soon!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

Tea Shop 🍵

Quirky! Bewitching! Fun!

Curses and tea shops and hot guys… oh my!

Charlie is excited to reopen her aunt’s tea room in the seaside village of Tremevissey… locals are a little skeptical, they believe the tea rooms are cursed! Charlie believes it is all superstition, even though it was her own Aunt that took her life after being heartbroken… but when things start going sideways Charlie thinks there might be something to this curse thing!

Another delightful book from this collection! These books are like a breath of fresh air on a hot summer day or a warm blanket when it’s cold outside! Comfort food without the calories! Another story filled with romance and some zany antics! Charlie was ?a really likable character and Giddeon wasn’t too bad either! These truly are my favorite types of romance full of lovely characters and laughs! Excited to get to the rest of the books in this wonderful collection! Just realized I use quite a few!!!! In this review, but so deserves it!

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

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Oddest Little_BOOK SHOPThe Oddest Little Book Shop

Escape to the gorgeous seaside resort of Port Pol, where love and laughter overflow in the Cornish sunshine.

‘I love Beth Good’s quirky style!’ – bestselling author, Katie Fforde

After ten long years away, television star Daisy Diamond is finally going home.

She’s not back at the gorgeous seaside resort of Port Pol in sunny Cornwall five minutes before she realises the mistake she’s made. Her childhood sweetheart Nick Old – affectionately known as ‘Devil’ – is still living there, running the local bookshop, and he is determined to rekindle their flame.

Daisy is no longer the dewy-eyed romantic of her school days. Her life may not have gone according to plan, but she’s not afraid to show Nick how much she’s grown since he famously dumped her at the school leavers’ disco.

Even if it means bending her heart out of shape a little . . .

A charming summer novella from popular romantic comedy writer Beth Good and another entry in her quirky ‘Oddest Little Shop’ series.

Purchase Link – – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oddest-Little-Book-Shop-feel-good-ebook/dp/B07D2FRKZ3

Oddest Little_BEACH SHOPThe Oddest Little Beach Shop

‘I love Beth Good’s quirky style!’ – bestselling author Katie Fforde

From the first day of Annie’s arrival in the sleepy Cornish resort of Polzel, next-door neighbour Gabriel seems determined to make her life difficult.

Despite his sexy looks and angelic name, Gabriel behaves like an ogre to everyone, and has apparently been that way since losing his wife in a surfing accident. Annie would do far better, her friend Claudia urges her, to focus her attentions on Jamie instead. Jamie’s the hottest lifeguard in the village – and her co-worker in the Polzel beach shop.

But when Polzel’s famous annual pie-rolling contest sees Annie and Gabriel forced together, it turns out Annie might have a thing for big Cornish ogres after all . . .

A feel-good summer novella from popular romantic comedy writer Beth Good and another quirky entry in her ‘Oddest Little Shop’ series.

Purchase Link – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oddest-Little-Beach-Shop-feel-good-ebook/dp/B07D2FLRCV

Oddest Little_ROMANCE SHOPThe Oddest Little Romance Shop

‘I love Beth Good’s quirky style!’ – Katie Fforde

Izzie has the perfect plan for a perfect life. Work hard, get married, settle down, start a family. But when a mysterious Valentine’s day card arrives, asking in a bold scrawl, ‘Will you marry me?’, it upends everything.
Because Izzie thought she’d found Mr Right – and the card isn’t from him.

Puzzled, she sets out to discover the identity of her secret admirer . . . and is shocked by the truth. Torn in two directions, Izzie doesn’t know what to do.

Should she stick to the plan, or is it time to take life in a bold new direction?

Another quirky, charming novella in the ‘Oddest Little Shop’ series from popular romantic comedy writer Beth Good.

Purchase Link – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oddest-Little-Romance-Shop-feel-good-ebook/dp/B07D2G25DT

Oddest Little_CHOCOLATE SHOPThe Oddest Little Chocolate Shop

Treat yourself to something delicious . . .

‘I love Beth Good’s quirky style!’ – bestselling author Katie Fforde

When Clementine discovers that Monsieur Ravel’s beloved chocolaterie is about to close, she rushes to rescue it – without thinking through the consequences.

A lost Persian cat, a depressed but utterly gorgeous French chocolatier, an allergic shop assistant in search of true love, the oddest little chocolate shop Clementine has ever seen . . .

Can Clementine save them all, or has she bitten off more than she can chew?

A delicious, feel-good novella set in the world of chocolate-making from popular romantic comedy writer Beth Good.

Purchase Link – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oddest-Little-Chocolate-Shop-feel-good-ebook/dp/B07D2FSQ7M

Oddest Little_TEA SHOPThe Oddest Little Cornish Tea Shop

‘I love Beth Good’s quirky style!’ Katie Fforde

It’s a big day for Charlie Bell – the grand reopening of her Aunt Pansy’s long-closed tea rooms in Tremevissey, a quaint Cornish seaside resort. But not everyone is happy for Charlie. The locals say the tea rooms are cursed. For Pansy was cruelly jilted by her lover, and walked out into the ocean, never to return.

Charlie dismisses the ‘curse’ as superstitious nonsense, but by the end of the first day, her world is in tatters, and she’s not even sure the tea rooms can open again.

Then in walks a rugged, taciturn man with a sexy smile and everything he owns on his back, looking for a summer job . . .

Is Gideon Petherick an angel in disguise? Or is history about to repeat itself?

The latest novella in Beth Good’s quirky and popular ‘Oddest Little Shop’ romcom series.

Purchase Linkhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Oddest-Little-Cornish-Tea-Shop-ebook/dp/B07D2FR32B/

Jane Holland Beth Good credit Anna Rybacka-1Author Bio –

Born and raised in Essex, England, Beth Good was whisked away to an island tax haven at the age of eleven to attend an exclusive public school and rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Sadly, she never became rich or famous herself, so had to settle for infamy as a writer of dubious novels. She writes under several different names, mainly to avoid confusing her readers – and herself! As Beth Good she writes romantic comedy and feel-good fiction. She also writes thrillers as Jane Holland, historicals as Victoria Lamb and Elizabeth Moss, and feel-good fiction as Hannah Coates.

Beth currently lives in the West Country where she spends a great deal of time thinking romantic thoughts while staring out of her window at sheep. (These two actions are unrelated.)

You can find her most days on Twitter as @BethGoodWriter where she occasionally indulges in pointless banter about chocolate making and the Great British Bake Off. Due to a basic inability to say no, she has too many children and not enough money, which means she needs as many readers as she can get.

Social Media Links –

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BethGoodWriter

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Be sure to come back on September 14 for the rest of my reviews of this wonderful collection! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Humor

4.5 FUN Stars🌟 Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren @ChristinaLauren @GalleryBooks #BookReview

Happy Wednesday book lovers!

Do you love the love??? Then you will absolutely LOVE this fabulous romcom from Christina Lauren!😍😍😍

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

My Thoughts

4.5 Fun Flirty Fabulous Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

This! Book! What an absolutely adorable sweet and funny romcom with the perfect amount of steam and sizzle🔥

Hazel is being added to my book BFF list and might even have earned the top spot!!! Hazel is a friend you want by your side and somebody you wish you were more like… she had such a fabulous sense of who she was and was not willing to compromise herself for anyone… she had a heart of gold and a tremendous passion for life…. she was also loud, eccentric, and had an unusual fashion sense…. As somebody who is too concerned with what everyone else thinks, I really need some Hazel in my life and in my personality… and Josh? Well he wasn’t too bad either…😉

This was probably one of the absolute best friends to lovers books I have ever read… convinced that they are completely wrong for one another, and after Josh is cheated on and ends a two year long relationship… josh and Hazel begin setting each other up on blind dates…. most of these blind dates were disastrous and hilarious… I found myself laughing out loud quite a bit throughout this book…. I mean we’ve all been on bad dates, so this part was so tremendously relatable and a lot of fun!

Also really loved how important family was in this book… Hazel had an equally eccentric mother, and the bond between them was undeniable… josh’s family was equally fabulous, I loved how accepting they were of Hazel…. i’d also really love Josh‘s mom to cook some Korean food for me!

Beautifully told with some pretty darn amazing characters! This book had it all… humor, romance, friendship, family, pets, food, and sizzle! Absolutely recommend to fans of this writing team, and if you aren’t a fan already pick this book up and you will become one!

*** many thanks to Gallery Books for my copy of this fabulous book ***

About the Book

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

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Have a day filled with words and laughs! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Humor, New Adult

Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen & Tara Eby @SarinaBowen @Blunder_Woman #LaughOutLoud #Romance

Boy Toy

Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen

🌟🌟🌟🌟·5 Never Too Old Stars

Synopsis

Liam

The moment Sadie Matthews walks through the daycare center door, I feel my world tilt in her direction. Again. I fell for her when I was fourteen, and I’m still not over her. Problem: she still thinks of me as a teen she used to babysit. But I’ve learned a few things about pleasing a woman in the last fifteen years. I can’t wait to show her how good it could be. I need to move quickly before I lose her again. This is more than a game to me, but I still plan to win.

Sadie

I’ve just survived the worst year of my life. As a single mom of twin toddlers, I don’t have time for a man. I barely have time to finish a thought. Who knew that Liam McAllister would grow up to be so devastating? He’s everything my husband was not: tall, built, and willing to have a tea party with my girls.

I can’t possibly get involved with him. He’s too young for me. Too handsome. But he’s so persuasive…

Review

I loved this book, it is the 3rd one in the series, but can absolutely be read as a standalone, the author even told me to tell you in the book.

“Note: We would like to let you know that this is a stand-alone novel. No previous experience with books by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby is required. Jump in anywhere!
Other Note: there is some discussion as to who can claim Liam as her official book boyfriend. Please form an orderly line.”

Sadie is a single mum, a single mum to twins, and she is trying to make it on her own.

Struggling alone without the help of with a nanny is fine for her, considering her ex husband and the nanny are now together are the reason for her divorce, Sadie makes the guilty decision to put the girls in daycare.

On the first day she makes sure she has everything ready for her daughters “Piggypoo” for Amy, a cuddly toy who she is VERY attached to, and a Helmet for Kate, who likes to run headfirst into things a lot as she has sensory issues.

Dropping them off and full of guilt, Sadie then bumps into the handsome man who is working at the daycare centre, who turns out to be no other that Liam McAllister, a boy that she used to babysit for when she was younger.

Liam has always had a crush on Sadie since she used to look after him years ago, she is the reason why he now likes older women, but Sadie is having none of it.

Time for Liam to get his game on and turn on the charm!

Sadie can instantly feel the attraction between them, but with Liam being so brilliant with the girls (a total turn on) she finds it more and more difficult to stay away, especially since her friends are also trying to push them together too!

A quick hilarious little story with no drama and a whole lot of fun.

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC copy for review.

Vicci