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In Bed with the Beast by Tara Sivec @TaraSivec #BookReview #NaughtyPrincess

Happy Saturday all! Excited to bring you my review of this adorable laugh out loud book from the amazing Tara Sivec.💜👑

In Bed with the Beast

In Bed with the Beast by Tara Sivec

5 Naughty Princess Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

A tale as old as time: she needs a place to stay, he’s a grump with a secret and an extra room…can love find a way?

Meet the Naughty Princess Club, a series from USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec that brings readers to Fairytale Lane and the hilarity—and romance—that three women fall into once they decide to strut their stuff and bring on their own happily ever after.

Living in her overprotective dad’s basement, shy Belle lives her life through books. Being a part of the Naughty Princess Club is the first adventure she’s ever had, plus she desperately needs the money to save one of her favorite places – the local library.

But when her new friends and new business gets her kicked out of her dad’s house, Belle is rescued by the surly Vincent “Beast” Adams who invites her to be his house guest until she gets back on her feet. Despite his attitude problem and long list of rules, Belle finds herself warming to the muscled man with a penchant for growling and starts seeing a gentle side to him that wasn’t there before.

Yet there’s a room that Beast keeps locked and Belle keeps getting hints that Beast is hiding something…can a nerdy librarian tame the beast or will their romance be over before it has a chance to blossom?

Review

5 Naughty Princess Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Oops she did it again! Another fabulous book from Tara Sivec… this is the second book in the Naughty Princess Series, but it can be read as a standalone… however I would encourage you to read them all, they are filled with so much laughter and love….

Belle has lead a pretty sheltered life until she becomes friends with Cindy and Ariel… The three ladies bond over man troubles and money problems and decide to form Naughty Princesses…Belle has a tremendous love of books and loves her job as a librarian…. however the library is in some financial trouble, so Belle wants to earn some extra money working for the newly formed company…. The problem? Can innocent Belle pull off a striptease?

Beast a.k.a. Vince is a quiet hunk of a man, who is there to rescue Belle when her dad kicks her out of the house…. The romance between Beast and Belle was sooo adorable! I loved seeing Beast come out of his shell and Belle get a little sassy…. so many laugh out loud moments… especially when the three girls get together… Love the friendship between the three of them, well I pretty much love everything about this book and series… can’t wait for the next one, because Ariel is my fave!

A fun retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with a naughty twist…

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

We all have a princess inside of us!Berit 👑

Posted in Humor, Women's Fiction

The Not So Perfect Mother by Kerry Fisher @KerryFSwayne @bookouture #BookReview

Busy book day! Another book I am delighted to be on the blog blitz for today! Many thanks to Kim for the invitation and to Kerry Fisher for the laughs😂😍

From Amazon chart bestseller Kerry Fisher comes a hilarious and straight-talking read for anyone who has ever despaired at the politics of the school playground…

Maia is a cleaner for ladies who lunch. With mops and buckets in tow, she spends her days dashing from house to house clearing up after them, as they rush from one exhausting pilates class to the next.

But an unusual inheritance changes the lives of Maia and her children, as they join the highly exclusive world of Stirling Hall School – a place where no child can survive without organic apricots and no woman goes a week without a manicure.

As Maia and her children try to settle into their new life, Maia is gradually drawn to the one man who can help her family fit in: Mr. Peters, a teacher at Stirling Hall School. But is his interest in her purely professional? And will it win her any favors at the school gate?

The Not So Perfect Mother is a laugh-out-loud-funny and romantic Cinderella story with a twist. Perfect for fans of Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner and Sophie Kinsella.

~My Review~

4 “The Struggle IS Real” Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a fun, laugh out loud, real book with all the feels…. I picked this book up late one night with the intent just to read a couple chapters before bed and I ended up staying up and finishing it… it was just so much fun and I needed to know what was going to happen…. I do live in such a different environment than this book took place in, nobody gets out of the car when they pick up their kids, so no judgment! And if there is, nobody really knows about it…. now that I think of it when my kids were in elementary school I picked them up from the bus stop and it was just me and our neighbors housekeeper who didn’t speak English, so maybe she was judging me, I’ll never know….

Maia is a working woman trying to navigate her way in a upper class world…. she really wants a better life for her kids and is willing to grin and bear it through all the snobbery…. thank goodness for Clover… she was just the friend you would want in this situation and I loved the friendship between Maia and her… Who I did not like at all was Maia’s husband what a tool… I thought it was so adorable when the charming Mr. peters entered the picture… although I think Maia could’ve made some better choices when it came to starting that relationship… BUT I won’t judge like the women at the school drop off…

There were so many hilarious laugh out loud moments in this book and it counterbalanced the sadder moments…. Love a book that can make you both laugh and cry… and we even got a little bit of an unexpected twist at the end…

Recommend when you are in the mood for a fun quick read with lots of laughs and a few tears…

*** thank you so much to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

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Born in Peterborough, UK, Kerry Fisher studied French and Italian at Bath University, followed by several years working as an English teacher in Corsica and Spain before topping the dizzying heights of holiday rep and grape picker in Tuscany. She eventually succumbed to ‘getting a proper job’ and returned to England to study Periodical Journalism at City University. After two years working at Essentials magazine in London, love carried her off to the wilds of the West Pennine moors near Bolton. She now lives in Surrey with her husband (of whisking off to Bolton fame) and two teenagers. She has a very naughty lab/schnauzer called Poppy, which leads to many mortifying moments of whistling and waving pieces of chicken while the dog practises her ‘talk to the tail’.

Kerry spent half her life talking about writing a novel, then several years at Candis magazine reviewing other people’s but it wasn’t until she took some online courses with the UCLA that the dream started to morph into reality when her debut, The School Gate Survival Guide, was picked up by HarperCollins.

Enjoy the day, Berit💛

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What Holly’s Husband Did by Debbie Viggiano #BlogBlitz #BookReview @DebbieViggiano @bookouture

Happy Tuesday y’all! Is anyone else feeling as though today is Monday? Love having the day off, but it throws me off all week!
Today I am thrilled to be part of the blog blitz for this brilliant book filled with laughs… many thanks to Kim for the invitation and to Debbie Viggiano for her fabulous words💜
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A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy with a twist that will make you gasp!

Holly Hart has been married for fifteen blissful years to hubby Alex. Well… if you don’t count last Christmas, when she accidentally found a load of flirty texts on Alex’s phone. But every marriage has its ups and downs and Alex had a perfectly reasonable explanation… so why can’t Holly forget what she saw?

With the help of best friends Jeanie and Caro, as well as their handsome neighbour Jack, Holly resolves to settle her mind once and for all with a bit of sneaky detective work. So what if her husband isn’t exactly Brad Pitt? He’s hers, and if someone else is trying to steal him she wants to know who… But the truth is way more shocking than Holly ever anticipated. Can Holly, let alone her marriage, ever recover from what she discovers?

A laugh-until-you-cry, feel-good novel from the bestselling author of Stockings and Cellulite. Perfect for fans of Tracy Bloom, Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes.

~My Review~

4.5 brilliant Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

This book did a fabulous job of balancing humor and some serious subject matter…. Holly has been married for 15 years… after reading some suggestive text messages on her husband’s phone, trust has gone out the window…. i’ve always said the minute I am reading messages on somebody’s phone I’m out the door, if I can’t trust you we are done! Of course I say this as a happily divorced woman, and my marriage did not break up because of cheating, we had plenty of other issues… I mention this because I think there are some parts of this book I viewed differently because for me my life improve so much after I left my marriage, that I see it as a good option… and I realize this is not how a lot of people look at it….

Holly was a wonderful character, and let me just start this off by saying she was way too good for her husband Alex…. Holly was fun, real, and really did not give her self enough credit…. Alex was just a pompous jerk…. I cannot imagine this was a blissful marriage up until to the point of these text messages, unless Alex had a personality transformation as well… did not like him… at all… Holly is determined to save her marriage though… she does this by trying to spice things up in the bedroom… and by throwing him a 40th birthday party…. she also took it upon herself to play detective and some of her techniques were quite amusing….

The secondary characters in this book were quite quirky and fun… loved Holly’s brother Simon he was fabulous! Jack was quite delightful as well… Holly‘s two BFFs were a lot of fun also, even though she suspected one of them of being the person Alex was cheating with….

brilliant book filled with fabulous characters, lots of laughs and an ending you will not see coming… absolutely recommend if you enjoy a humorous book about real life….

*** many thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for my copy of this book ***

What Holly’s Husband Did by Debbie Viggiano
Author photoAbout the author
Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued puppy from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her children return home from uni bringing her much joy…apart from their gifts of dirty laundry.
Tweet @DebbieViggiano or look her up on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/debbie.viggiano.5
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Love, Lies and Wedding Cake by Sue Watson #BlogBlitz #BookReview @suewatsonwriter @bookouture

Happy start to a lovely long weekend! Excited to be part of the blog blitz for this delightful book! Thank you so much to Kim for the invitation and to sue Watson for her amazing words that left me smiling and hungry for cake!🎂💕🎂

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An absolutely hilarious, laugh-‘til-you-cry, romantic comedy about how life never quite goes to plan…

Faye is in crisis. You wouldn’t know it, because of the big fat smile on her face, but inside, she’s one step away from nuclear meltdown. And she shouldn’t be. Dan is the man of her dreams. And he’s just asked her to marry him.

But Faye’s been down the marriage road before and it ended up with her having Ryan Gosling fantasies while her ex-husband obsessed about the plumbing. Faye and Dan, on the other hand, have been living their lives to the fullest, travelling around the world, having sex under the stars… They’ve never argued about unrolling socks before putting them in the laundry.

Besides, even if she wanted to say yes, how could she move to the other side of the world? Because marrying Dan would mean living in Australia. Beautiful, warm and a gazillion miles from Faye’s daughter, Emma, a single mum with her own crazy little girl who both need Faye every single day. Leaving them – even for someone who makes her as happy as Dan – simply isn’t an option.

Dan is offering Faye everything she ever wanted. So why does she feel like she’s about to lose it all?

The most screamingly-funny romantic comedy of the summer – about secrets, second chances and following your heart. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson.

~My Review~

5 Delicious and Delightful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Faye is being added to my book BFF list, and she might be the only member that was born in the same decade as me…. Sue Watson, where have you been all my life? This I am sad to say was my first book by this author, but I will from now on pick up every book that she writes! This book just had the perfect blend of romance, humor, friendship, family, and food…. I was seriously up all night reading this book, laughing so hard I was crying at two in the morning…. just needing to know how this book ended…. and then sad when it did…. because I couldn’t spend any more time with these fabulous characters….

I found Faye so relatable and I could really put myself in her position throughout this book… as a mother, as a single woman in her 40s, and as somebody who enjoys cake…. because of this I was so frustrated with other characters throughout the book, first it was Dan… I was so frustrated that he wanted her to move across the world to be with him…. there is NO way I would move states much less countries and leave my kids, especially for a man… then I got upset with Emma… how dare she not take her mother’s feelings into consideration, after all she’s done for her…. so as you can tell I projected some of my own feelings onto these characters…. and just like Faye by the end of the book my opinions might have changed on some of these points….

Faye was surrounded by such a wonderful group of people… Dan, her boyfriend who yes did frustrate me… but he really was a good guy… Emma her daughter, who did truly love her mother…. Mandy the owner of the beauty salon where Faye worked, she really did add some humor and charm to the story…. and last but absolutely not least Rosie Faye’s granddaughter…. Rosie would light up anybody’s life, every time she was in the book she put a smile on my face… couldn’t wait to hear the words that came out of her mouth after she put her hand on her hip…

Absolutely recommend when you are in the mood for a romance that is filled with love, laughter, and cake🎂

*** thank you so much too Bookouture and Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this delectable book ***

Love, Lies and Wedding Cake by Sue Watson
 
Sue Watson Pub PictureAbout the author: 
 
Sue Watson was a journalist then a TV Producer at the BBC until she realised that instead of working, she could stay at home, and write about exciting things like foreign travel and cake!

So far Sue’s written twelve books, and some have been translated into Italian, German and Portuguese (she’s big in Brazil!) Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where her days are spent baking (and eating) lots of cake, while making big life decisions about whether to have Caramel Chew Chew or Salted Caramel ice cream while watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.

For more info visit Sue’s website; http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/

Sue would love to meet you on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/suewatsonbooks

Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter

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Amy Cole Has Lost Her Mind by Elizabeth McGivern #BookReview #BlogTour @rararesources @MayhemBeyond

TGIF! Wow this week went really quick! Today I am thrilled to kick off the blog tour for this wonderful book! Thank you so very much to Rachel for the invitation and to Elizabith McGivern for her wonderful and humorous story.😂😍

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Amy Cole has lost her mind 

Amy Cole is a stay-at-home mum and a woman on the edge.

After a very public breakdown and failed suicide attempt, Amy finds herself trying to make it through her everyday life as a high-functioning zombie.

Elle De Bruyn is a force of nature ready to shake Amy back to life whether she likes it or not.

After a fortuitous meeting, the two embark on a journey together which will change them both and help them find out exactly what they’re capable of when rock bottom is just the beginning.

~My Review~

4.25 S.M.U.G. Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

Amy Cole has found a fan! This book almost did the impossible… it took very serious subject matter, handled it extremely well…. and added in a huge dose of humor… I was captivated and engaged in Amy’s life from cover to cover….

Amy has a miscarriage… 15%-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage… I myself had two prior to having my three amazing beautiful healthy children…. but it is a lonely grief, because nobody feels the loss as much as you do…. Amy also suffers from depression and this really was a heartwrenching experience for her… I felt for Amy and I was always hoping for her to rally… as Amy tries to make herself better she meets two very important people Joseph and Elle….

Elle was fabulous and I loved the friendship that developed between Amy and her… also thoroughly enjoyed the battle between them and the S.M.U.G. Playgroup… A group of mothers that enjoy passing judgment on other mothers… Joseph was kind of a step in Fairy Godfather, just there with the right opportunity and right words at the right time….

I’m sure you’re thinking, where is the humor in all this? Well the humor was just everywhere… it was in Amy’s inner dialogue… and it really was in the antics that Amy and Elle got themselves into… also the kids absolutely added a dose of humor, as they always do…. I do need to mention Amy’s patient and understanding husband Ben… even though at sometimes he wasn’t quite as understanding or as patient as he probably should have been, he was in a tough situation, and he truly wanted nothing but the best for his wife…. so thrilled there is a follow-up to this book, I can’t wait to spend more time with Amy and family and friends…..

Absolutely recommend to people who enjoy a good story with relatable characters and The perfect dose of humor…

*** thank you so much to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

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Amy Cole - liz-9About Elizabeth McGivern

Elizabeth McGivern is a former journalist turned hostage-in-her-own-home surrounded by three men and a horrible dog named Dougal. 

In an effort to keep her sanity she decided to write a parenting blog after the birth of her first son so she can pinpoint the exact moment she failed as a mother. 

In an unexpected turn of events, the blog helped her to find a voice and connect with parents in similar situations; namely those who were struggling with mental health issues and parenting. It was because of this encouragement – and wanting to avoid her children as much as possible – her debut novel, Amy Cole has lost her mind, was born. 

Elizabeth lives in Northern Ireland although wishes she could relocate to Iceland on a daily basis. To witness her regular failings as a parent you can find her on: 

www.mayhemandbeyond.com 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mayhemandbeyond

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MayhemBeyond

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mayhemandbeyond/

Picture credited to Jess Lowe 

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Never be too SMUG, Berit 💛

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Wait With Me by Amy Daws #AudiobookReview @amydawsauthor @ErinMallon #TeddyHamilton

Wait With Me

Wait With Me by Amy Daws

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Complimentary Coffee Stars

Synopsis

When romance novelist Kate Smith suddenly gets writer’s block as she’s beginning the final installment of her international bestselling erotic Bed ‘n Breakfast series, she’ll do pretty much anything to get her groove back.

Like sneak into a Tire Depot waiting room because her words flow there just like complimentary coffee-smooth, sweet, and scorchingly hot.

She manages to fly under the radar until the rugged and charming mechanic, Miles Hudson, notices the quirky redhead slinking in and out of the employees only entrance.

But she’s way too intriguing to blow the whistle on.

Doing a test-drive of her new book idea sounds like a much better option.

Review

Kate Smith (aka Mercedes Lee Loveletter is an Erotic Romance writer and unfortunately has got a touch of writers block, well I say a touch, but nothing has popped into her head for ages and she needs to get the final installment with her International best selling Bed & Beakfast series out on the shelves ASAP.

She finds her Nirvana one day when she pops into the Tire Depot to get some work done on her car.

While she is in the Customer waiting room sipping on the complimentary coffee and munching on the freshly baked cookies, she manages to get thousands of words down on a page!

After borrowing friends, and families cars to take back to the Tire Depot, Kate finds her writing mojo again….the thing is she runs out of cars to take in!

What’s a girl to do, apart from sneak into the employees entrance and pretend to be waiting!

As ninja like as Kate thinks she is, she isn’t! And it doesn’t take long for her to be spotted by Miles, an employee at the Depot.

Miles…..sigh Miles……😍 Book boyfriend alert!!

Miles has a little bit of baggage from a failed relationship and isn’t looking for anything serious.

Kate has recently split from her Douchecanoe of an ex who is currently still residing at the house in the basement refusing to leave, hence the writers block and the bad Joojoo.

After some hilarious near misses at the Tire Depot ( The pizza delivery had me howling with laughter) Miles and “Mercedes” start a friends with benefits relationship, all for book research obviously!

The witty one-liners and even the secondary characters in this book were just perfect, I loved every second of listening to this book, thank you Amy 😘

🎧🎧 Narration what can I say about the narration?

Well let’s just say it was hot, I mean steaming hot!!

You have the gorgeous honey-like tones of Teddy Hamilton (who can come and whisper in my ear ANY day of the week!) mixed with the sexy gorgeous voice of Erin Mallon, what’s not to love?

If I’ve said it once I will say it again….

#ErinMallonsManVoiceMakesMeSexuallyConfused

Save a credit, buy a credit, hell even *steal a credit for this one you won’t regret it!!

*Don’t steal a credit, that would make you a dick 😂

⭐This little story may sound familiar to some of you, if you are on social media you might have seen this little story unravelling before your eyes, Amy DID actually have writers block, she DID find her writing mojo at Tires Tires Tires, and posted all about it and it went viral.

Read about it HERE

Feel free to roll with laughter,

Vicci

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SMothered by Autumn Chiklis. @AutumnChiklis @WednesdayBooks #BookReview #MothersDay 💐

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, mothers to be, and special women in the world!🌻

Today appropriately I am bringing you a review for a humorous book that is all about the complexities of the mother daughter relationship… my middle child Peyton is my only daughter, she is 20 now and is one of my best friends… we’ve had our moments, especially when she was a teenager, and I am probably the most annoying person in the world to her, but isn’t that my job as her mother?😉 I think this book will be a fun read for anyone who has been a mother or a daughter…

*** release date August 2018

SMothered

Smothered by Autumn Chiklis

4 Spoiled and Silly Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

A humorous debut crossover young adult novel about what happens when entering the “real world” means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis’ real life.

Eloise “Lou” Hansen is graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude, and she’s ready to conquer the world. Just a few minor problems: she has no job, no prospects, and she’s moving back into her childhood bedroom. Lou is grimly determined to stick to a rigorous schedule to get a job and get out of her parents’ house. Shelly “Mama Shell” Hansen, on the other hand, is ecstatic, and just as determined to keep her at home. Who else will help her hide her latest binge-shopping purchases from her husband, go to SoulCycle with her, and hold her hand during Botox shots?

Smothered is a hilarious roman à clef told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, chronicling the year that Lou moves back home after college. Told from Lou’s point-of-view, Smothered tells the story of two young(ish) women, just trying to get it right, and learning that just because we all grow up doesn’t mean we necessarily have to grow old. (After all, what is Juvaderm for?)

Review

4 Silly Spoiled Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book was such a FUN read for me… it had a slight vibe of a Sophie Kinsella Book, and that is a huge compliment coming from me…. The characters were all over the top, some of the things that happen were quite ridiculous… but for me it just was delightful and made me laugh out loud…. it is a book that does not take itself too seriously, so to thoroughly enjoy it you have to be in that state of mind…

Lou has just graduated from Columbia university, and she doesn’t quite know what she wants to do with her life yet…. so she moves back in with her parents in LA…. The biggest problem…. Mama Shell The worlds greatest helicopter mother….Mama Shell wants to control everything in Lou’s life her wardrobe, her hair, her boyfriend, her food, her job, etc. etc. etc. so not only does Lou have to sneak carbs… she has a serious boyfriend she has yet to tell her parents about…. The relationship between mother and daughter was complicated yet hilarious… they were two people that love each other so much and yet we’re so different from one another that things went a little sideways…..

This book is told from Lou’s point of view, primarily through journal entries…Lou lives a privilege life and always has, so she might not be relatable to a lot of people…. and even though I grew up in the LA area, I know I was not quite as privileged as Lou, but still her problems were her problems to her….. I mean money cannot buy you a problem free life, the wealthy have their problems as well…. such as which car they’re going to drive to work that day or what vacation house they’re going to vacation in that weekend, you know… problems!😉

The only place this book fell a little short for me was in the relationship between Lou and Theo…. I really could not understand why Theo was OK with her keeping him a secret…. I thought it was pretty obvious that Lou didn’t think he was good enough for her parents, even though she didn’t see it that way…. and who was Theo? In a book filled with such lively colorful characters, we really had no idea who he was other than the fact that he was a skinny chef…. i’d really like a book to follow this up… Theo and his interactions with the family, and then perhaps some flashback scenes as to how they met….

Absolutely recommend if you are in the mood for a fun book that might be a little vapid at times, but it’s all in good humor…

*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Have a lovely day,

Berit

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One Way or Another by Colleen Coleman #BlogBlitz #BookReview @CollColemanAuth @bookouture

Happy Publication Day to One Way or Another!🎉🎉🎊🎊

Thrilled to kick off the blog blitz for this absolutely fun read that made me hungry!😋

One Way or Another by Colleen Coleman

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Twenty-nine-year-old KatieKelly is at an all-time low. The love of her life, gorgeous Ben Cole, took a job abroad and broke her heart, the restaurant she’d put her all into went bust, and now she works in a retirement home, cooking beige mush for the residents.
Not exactly the life Katie had dreamed of…

So when the opportunity comes up to work for one of the best chefs in the country – Katie’s idol – she is determined to get the job, no matter what. But then she discovers who she’s competing against: Ben.

As the competition heats up, Katie and Ben spend more and more time together, and it’s clear the old spark is still there… But only one person can win their perfect job, and Katie is going to make sure it’s her. She knows she can’t let Ben back in – or can she find a way to have it all?

A hilarious, heart-warming story about romance, good food, and following your dreams, for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Marian Keyes and Cate Woods.

photo 1About the author: 
Colleen was born in Canada and raised in Ireland. She is the winner of the much-coveted Novelicious Undiscovered People’s Choice Award launched to find the next ‘chick-lit star’.

She spent years teaching English and Philosophy before finally taking a deep breath, scrunching both eyes shut, putting her pen to paper and vowing not to lift it again until she wrote the words ‘the end’. As a result, her first novel, Don’t Stop Me Now was born.

Colleen lives between London, Ireland and Cyprus with her very patient husband and very,very chatty twin daughters.

For chat, pics and updates visit www.colleencolemanbooks.com

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Review

4.25 Fun Foodie Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

This was a fun read that made me quite a bit hungry at times…. The book had a little bit of a lot of things I like humor, wonderful characters, food, reality television, did I mention food? This really was the story of Katie finding her way and herself….

Katie has always wanted to be a chef, she went to chef school, and opened her own restaurant… but as I’m sure most of you no the restaurant business is tough…. so when Katie finds it necessary to close her dream restaurant she ends up taking a job at a care facility as a cook… then she sees a casting call for a reality television show called Master Chef…. The winner gets to work with a very famous yet temperamental chef Jean-Michel… now I have never had the desire to be a chef… in fact my idea of cooking is putting something in the microwave and heating it up…. however this Jean-Michel character has only made me realize I’d never want to work in his kitchen… really what a complete jerk!

Katie was an extremely likable and relatable character… flaws and all… yes she was a bit selfish when it came to her father’s needs, but as children even as adult children we all probably are a little bit…. I really loved Katie’s relationship with the elderly Martha… Martha was such a spunky older lady with such fabulous advice we really all need a Martha in our lives…. Alice Katie‘s BFF was also a really likable an interesting character, I wouldn’t mind a book about her…. then we have Ben Katie‘s ex boyfriend who also ended up being her competition in the reality show…. Ben seemed like a nice enough guy, and they had a few moments that were cute… but he did have a girlfriend…. I guess I would’ve maybe liked some of their history? I really didn’t always understand the attraction… but that is my only minor complaint about this book… otherwise it was a pleasure to read… I loved seeing all the growth in Katie throughout this book….

Strongly recommend to anybody who loves fabulous characters, a pleasant plot, and food….

*** thank you too Bookouture and Net Galley for a copy of this wonderful book ***

Have something delicious for me today! Berit 💛

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The Runaway Wife by Dee MacDonald #BlogBlitz #BookReview @DMacDonaldAuth @bookouture

Happy hump day! Today I am on the blog Blitz for this delightful book…

The perfect read for anybody who has ever felt underappreciated or overwhelmed… filled with lots of laughs and quirky characters, my full review can be found below!📚💜

The Runaway Wife by Dee MacDonald

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One evening in early August, while mashing the potatoes for dinner, Connie McColl decides she’s had enough…

Connie is tired of solving one family crisis after another – usually involving her unruly grandchildren – while her husband Roger spends all day at his beloved golf course. Surely it must be time for her to shake off her apron and start living again?

So Connie packs a bag, gets in her little green car and drives off…

As Connie journeys from England to Scotland on an unexpected adventure, she finally begins to rediscover herself. And she starts to wonder, will she ever be ready to return home? Or will this summer change her life forever?

The Runaway Wife is an inspiring and joyously uplifting novel about being true to yourself. If you loved The Kicking the Bucket List and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry this book is for you.

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Dee Macdonald - Author PhotoAbout the author:
 

Aged 18, Dee arrived in London from Scotland and typed her way round the West End for a couple of years before joining BOAC (forerunner of British Airways) in Passenger Services for 2 years and then as a stewardess for 8 years.

She has worked in Market Research, Sales and at the Thames TV Studios when they had the franchise.

Dee has since relocated to Cornwall, where she spent 10 years running B&Bs, and only began writing when she was over 70!

Married twice, she has one son and two grandsons.

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Review

4.5 delightful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

What a fun journey this was literally and figuratively…. Connie is tired of being took for granted… so she packs up her well loved adorable car named Kermit and hits the road….. I really need to tack up a map of the UK somewhere in my house, I read so many books that take place there and I have no idea where anything is… I kept googling places because they all seem so lovely… I am taking a trip there sometime soon, But in the meantime I will visit through books….

Connie was so likable and so real… she was all of us…. some of the characters she met along her trip were so quirky and a few situations were a little over-the-top, but that made this even more fun…. Connie added a little sunshine to everybody‘s life she met along this trip…. and she took away a little knowledge from everybody herself….

I also really love the emails between Connie and her children back home… at first her kids were super concerned…. like who’s going to babysit their kids and how is poor dad going to cope with things such as vacuuming…. connie’s answers back were perfection…. she just told them that she was having an amazing journey and she’d be back soon enough….

So does Connie returned to her family…. do things change? Do they now appreciate their lovely mother? You really need to read this book and find out! Mom if you are reading this review, you would love this book!

Absolutely recommend to anybody who has ever felt undervalued and overwhelmed… filled with fabulous quirky characters, laugh out loud moments, and some teaching moments as well….

*** thank you so much too Bookouture and Net Galley for a copy of this lovely book ***

PS: looks like my mom is going to have a Bookouture Mother’s Day 🤫 berit 💛

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The Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin ~Blog Blitz~ @HollyMAuthor @bookouture #bookreview

Happy Saturday! Today I am beyond thrilled to be part of the blog blitz for Holly Martin’s The Holiday Cottage by the Sea….
Lately I’ve read so many fabulous book set in adorable villages in the UK…. if I ever visit I will have expectations of charming villages, with adorable houses with quaint names, and lots of tradition… as I mentioned in my review below this book Had me ready to pack my bags and head to Sandcastle Bay😍
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The Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin
 

Escape to Sandcastle Bay, where you’ll discover a charming little seaside village brimming with heart-warming friendships, quirky characters and plenty of sunshine.

The perfect place to fall in love this summer…

Tori Graham is in need of a holiday. Trying to piece her heart back together after losing the love of her life, she escapes to Blossom Cottage, with its picturesque views of the sea. And plans to spend the summer in gorgeous Sandcastle Bay, where her best friend Melody Rosewood lives.

Tori’s not expecting her summer by the beach to be eventful, until she meets handsome and mysterious Aidan Jackson…

Aidan looks after the holiday cottage Tori is staying in. Healing from past hurts, he wants to avoid any further chance of heartache. But could this newcomer be the breath of fresh air he needs?

Finding herself embracing life in the coastal community, Tori starts to fall in love with Sandcastle Bay and its welcoming cast of residents. But that’s not all she begins to fall for, as Tori is swept away by Aidan’s genuine heart and mischievous sense of humour. The attraction between them is undeniable, but will a simple holiday romance be enough?

As Tori’s stay in Sandcastle Bay comes to an end she has a tough decision to make…. Has her heart found a new place to call home?

A joyously romantic summer read that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.

 
 
About the author: 

Holly Martin - author photoHolly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books

Follow her on Twitter @HollyMAuthor

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Review

4.5 magical Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

I want to go to Blossom Cottage on Sandcastle Bay… I want to pick berries, build a boat, and eat cake…. everything about this book was so magical and sweet….

Tori was such a real and likable character…. I completely related to her struggle…. and so wanted her to find her happily ever after with Aiden…. but how does a relationship build off a conversation that you only want to keep things casual… nobody wants to get hurt… again…. in the land of the heart berry and with the approaching Love festival…perhaps love will find the way… and not only for these two…. Aidan has two brothers…Tori has two friends… there are 11 puppies… and an adorable dancing heart berry named Max…. oh and I cannot forget Aunt Agatha her predictions and the tattoo….

So many magical moments in this lovely town by the sea…. there also were some pretty laugh out loud moments as well…. I really can’t say anything bad about this book…. it was just a nice breath of fresh air…. that made me want to pack my bags and head to Sandcastle Bay….

Absolutely recommend to anyone in the mood for a fun romantic comedy with an amazing setting…

*** thank you so much too Bookouture and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Happy reading! Berit 💛