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Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies @EmDaviesAuthor @Bookouture #BookReview

Happy September! 🐰 🐰

Delighted to share with you today my review for this charming story! Many thanks to Kim for my invitation to the blog tour and to Emma Davies for her beautiful words🌸

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The climb up the hill takes her past sweet-smelling pink roses in full bloom and leads her to an utterly breathtaking view. Megan is happy to be home at last, but will her relationship have survived the journey?

It has been a difficult few years for thirty-year-old Megan Forrester, completing her apprenticeship and trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with her gorgeous boyfriend, Liam.

She’s returned home to compete in a local craft competition. The prize is the chance to design beautiful new gates for the estate at the bottom of the hill, a job which could secure her future in the village forever.

As the contest gets underway, Megan is devastated when a rival design turns out to be almost identical to hers. Someone in the close-knit community must have leaked her sketches, but who? Is it the same person spreading heartbreaking rumours about Liam?

Down to the last few left in the competition, Megan throws her heart and soul into a show-stopping final piece… but will winning even matter when the truth about Liam is finally revealed?

Do you adore feel-good stories that leave you with a smile on your face? This heart-warming romance is a perfect escape for readers who flew through novels by Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson.

My Thoughts

4 Feel Good Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Loved returning to the little cottage on the hill! This is such a fun lighthearted series filled with amazing characters… not to mention a beautiful setting, that I would absolutely love to visit one day!

I was really hoping for Trixie to get her HEA in this book… but what I got instead was a lot of fun… Trixie and Clara are starring in a documentary about Joy’s Acre focusing on their contributions of gardening and cooking…. I really love these ladies and the friendship that they have… i’d really love to see these gardens and taste this food….

Megan is the latest visitor to Joy’s Acre… she has come home to see Liam as well as participate in a blacksmith competition… The competition is to create entry gates, I have never given any thought to gate design or blacksmithing before… truly had no idea so much went into it, you learn something new every day! There also was an element of mystery and suspense to this part of the story that was a lovely addition to the book…

This might be my favorite book in the series so far, but I’m still waiting for Trixie to fall in love! A fun heartwarming escape of a read…. this book left me with a smile on my face and a desire to visit… cannot wait for the next book in the series!

Absolutely recommend if you like friendship, romance, a splash of mystery, fabulous food, beautiful gardens, blacksmithing competitions, or just a good book!

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

Emma DaviesAbout the author:

After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.

Pop over to her website http://www.emmadaviesauthor.com where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also wave to her on twitter @EmDaviesAuthor or find her on Facebook.

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Her Final Hour by Carla Kovach @Bookouture @CKovachAuthor #BookReview

Wow! While I was writing this review the earth shook! We had a 4.4 earthquake in Southern California tonight! No damage though!

So I am all shook up and delighted to share with you my review for this wonderful book! Many thanks to Noelle for my invitation to the blog tour and to Carla Kovach for her intriguing story!💛

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Do you really know the family next door?

Melissa Sanderson is the perfect wife and mother. She dotes on her daughter, and lives in her dream home in a quiet cul-de-sac in the suburbs.

But looks can be deceiving. 

Something is amiss in that house – all the neighbours think so. Some say Melissa is having an affair. Others say she’s been drinking too much.

Then one night, sirens wake up the whole neighbourhood.

Melissa Sanderson is dead.

AN ABSOLUTELY UNPUTDOWNABLE THRILLER WITH A BRILLIANT ENDING YOU WON’T SEE COMING – if you like Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, Her Final Hour will keep you reading well into the night.

My Thoughts

4 Bold Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is the second book in the Gina Hart police procedural series… although I think you would be fine to read it as a standalone… these books are more plot driven then character driven…. although admittedly I am hoping to get to know Gina better in future books… I think her character has tremendous potential for some major character growth…. i’m guessing there are some pretty major secrets we are yet to learn!

So what does a sexual assault in 1993 and a murder in 2018 have in common? That is what Gina and her team need to figure out… told from many different points of view we really got a clear picture of this crime…. and bonus, we also got into the minds of the criminal as well, I always love this! Once again my amateur detective skills were put to the test, and once again I was foiled! There are a few twists and turns that caught me off guard, that is for sure!

Recommend to those of you who enjoy a good police procedural or crime thriller…

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

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Carla KovachAuthor Bio:

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/

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The Things We Leave Unsaid by Megan Mayfair @MayfairMegan @rararesources #BookReview

Busy book day on the blog today!

Another book I am thrilled to share with you today a wonderful debut! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the blog tour and to Megan Mayfair for this delightful story😍

The Things We Leave Unsaid

Is it the things we don’t say that haunt us the most?

Clare is anxious to start a family with adoring husband, Pete. When she takes on the seemingly simple task of obtaining her late mother’s birth certificate, she finds herself in a family history search that will challenge everything she thought she knew about her life. 

Scarred by her parents’ ill-fated marriage, Tessa lives by three rules – dating unavailable men, building her café into a food empire, and avoiding her father. However, when her carefully planned life is thrown into chaos, Tessa is forced to decide which of these rules she’s willing to break. 

As Clare and Tessa’s paths cross and their friendship grows, can they both finally unlock their family secrets in order to realise their futures?

My Thoughts

Two women, Australia, and a coffee shop…..

This was a wonderful compelling, emotional, and thought-provoking Red…. Claire and Tessa are two women that appear as though they have nothing in commin on the outside… but as these two women get to know each other better they learn they have more in common than not… Love both of these ladies and my heart broke right along with them as well as soared….

Claire is struggling to become a mother… along with trying to figure out past secrets…. Tessa is struggling to take care of her mother with dementia…. both women had things going on in their lives that I found tremendously relatable to my own life… been there, done that, have the T-shirt…. they were both also very likable, you really wanted everything to work out for them!

This is a very well-crafted debut! Perfectly paced with a smooth writing style and charming characters… A book that was not only thought provoking but also had a dose of humor and a splash of romance….

Recommend for those of you who enjoy a book that makes you think, laugh, and smile!

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Megan MayfiarAuthor Bio –

Megan Mayfair is a Melbourne-based writer who draws inspiration from her beautiful hometown and regional Victoria to create contemporary women’s fiction, containing a big dash of romance and a spoonful of family intrigue.

With a background in public relations, copywriting and higher education, Megan is passionate about words and loves to bring them to life on the page. Megan holds a Master of Arts in professional communication and is a member of Romance Writers of Australia and Writers Victoria.

Megan is married with three children, loves a good cup of coffee and believes you can never have too many scarves.

Social Media Links –

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https://www.facebook.com/meganmayfairauthor/

https://twitter.com/MayfairMegan

https://www.instagram.com/meganmayfairwrites/

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Crack Apple & Pop by Saira Viola #crackappleandpop @sairaviola @F13Noir @fahrenheitpress @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #BookReview

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this unique story! Many thanks to Emma for my invitation to the blog tour!💛

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Tony is a handsome young boxer forced into a life of crime after suffering a vicious blow in the ring.

Seduced by the glitz and glamour of London and mentored by charismatic gang lord Don March he rises rapidly up the crime ladder until he spies an opportunity to start a semi-legit Natural Highs business.

Bankrolled by an eccentric British dandy and accompanied by a cast of starry misfits including a 3ft tall blue-haired money man, an Etonian drug mule, two dominatrix debt collectors, a dodgy lawyer and a host of demi-celebs, Tony carves out a roll for himself in a city where money creates its’ own morality.

All seems to be going well until in the shadows, a Bollywood mobster threatens to derail their plans.

Chaos ensues, of course it does – wonderful, beautiful, visceral chaos.

The deft wit of Hammett meets the vivid poetics of Chandler: Crack Apple and Pop is slick smart and razor sharp. A gritty and sometimes metafictive slice of London noir.

A city of artful dodgers, yardie gangsters, kinky aristos, cocaine dusted starlets and social thrill seekers where everyone’s hustling and everyone’s getting high.

Whether it’s law, finance, the music biz, or the boxing ring: money is king. And only the ones prepared to risk everything will survive…

My Thoughts

This was a unique look at greed and depravity… The writing style was very unusual, told in a somewhat lyrical fashion with many cultural pop references…. because I am a huge fan of pop culture this aspect of the book was definitely a lot of fun! Admittedly it took me a while to get into the rhythm of the story, but once I did I really enjoyed it….

You’ll watch Tony almost reach his dreams and then come crashing down…. where he falls is the gritty side of life, but a man needs to survive… this book took a satirical look at life on both sides of the aisle… and both sides of the tracks… I liked this because the book really had no agenda, but to make you see everything through different eyes…

Recommend for those of you who enjoy a book with an unusual delivery and mind opening content…

Saira ViolaAbout Saira Viola:

Saira Viola is an acclaimed novelist, poet, and song lyricist. From her early poetic experimentation with language, image and sound (a technique she has dubbed sonic scatterscript) to her novelistic ventures into the dark, absurd world of contemporary crime fiction, Viola’s work pulses with iconoclastic brio that mischievously blasts the golden calves of our times. Literary Heavyweight Benjamin Zephaniah, has praised her ‘twisted beautiful imagination,’ and polymathic genius, Heathcote Williams (RIP) her ‘hypnotic explosive’, writing style. Twice Nominated for Best of The Net 2017 Pushcart Prize Nominee 2017 Rascal Magazine. Viola’s poetry collection Flowers of War debuted at the New York Poetry Festival and published by UB Press. Novels Jukebox (Fahrenheit Press) Crack Apple and Pop (Fahrenheit Press) Viola is a regular contributor to counterculture magazines Gonzo Today and International Times.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sairaviola

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saira.viola/

Website: http://sairaviola.net/

Amazon Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3161479.Saira_Viola?from_search=true

Purchase Links:

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crack-Apple-Pop-Saira-Viola-ebook/dp/B07DPWK67Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532977311&sr=8-1&keywords=crack+apple+and+pop+saira+viola

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Crack Apple & Pop was published by Fahrenheit 13, an imprint of Fahrenheit Press, on 12th June 2018.

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Odyssey in a Teacup by Paula Houseman @PaulaHouseman #BookReview

Happy Monday book lovers!

Thrilled to be part of the blog tour for this laugh out loud book! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Paula Houseman for this humorous story!😂

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Encounters with a pair of supersized Y-fronts; a humourless schoolmarm with an unfortunate name and monstrous yellow incisors; and a tut-tutting, big-breasted, modern-day gorgon are the norm for Ruth Roth. She’s used to crazy.
Her mum squawks like a harpy and her dad has a dodgy moral compass. Add in daily face-offs with a relentlessly bitchy mirror, and Ruth’s home life feels like a Greek tragicomedy.
She hankers for the ordinary. But blah is not a good fit for someone who doesn’t fit in. And isn’t meant to.
Ruth’s vanilla existence is an issue for her besties—her hot-looking, obsessive-compulsive cousin and soul mate (who needs to do everything twice-twice), and her two closest girlfriends.
With their encouragement and a good homoeopathic dose of ancient mythology, Ruth embarks on an odyssey to retrieve her spirit. She’s confronted with her biggest challenge ever, though, when one of these friends sends her spiralling back into a dark place.
The decision she must make can either bring her out or launch the mother of all wars in her world.

My Thoughts

4 LOL Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

⚠️ DO NOT READ IN PUBLIC! Due to uncontrollable laughter evoking strange looks from those around you!⚠️

This was such a fun lighthearted read that I really needed! I’ve read some pretty dark books with some pretty intense subject matter as of late, so this was a wonderful change of pace… a little ray of sunshine…. A delightful and witty coming of age story that spans from Ruth’s childhood to Ruth’s 40s…

Ruth has a humorous approach to life…. the good… the bad… and the ugly… you want to be friends with Ruth… and you will cheer for her to triumph over her adversaries…. with judgmental parents, preposterous teachers, and countless amounts of unsupportive people in Ruth’s life it is a wonder she still has a sense of humor… well perhaps not, sometimes when life has thrown as much at you as you think it’s possible… you’ve just got to laugh! But fear not Ruth has a lot of good in her life as well reminding you that you can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family….

This book was a fun breath of fresh air that left me with a smile on my face and a stomachache from laughing so much!

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

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Author Bio – Paula Houseman was once a graphic designer. But when the temptation to include ‘the finger’ as part of a logo for a forward-moving women’s company proved too much, she knew it was time to give away design. Instead, she took up writing.
She found she was a natural with the double entendres (God knows she’d been in enough trouble as a child for dirty wordplay).
As a published writer of earthy chick lit and romantic comedy, Paula gets to bend, twist, stretch and juice up universal experiences to shape reality the way she wants it, even if it is only in books. But at the same time, she can make it more real, so that her readers feel part of the sisterhood. Or brotherhood (realness has nothing to do with gender).
Through her books, Paula also wants to help the reader escape into life and love’s comic relief. And who doesn’t need to sometimes?
Her style is a tad Monty Pythonesque because she adores satire. It helps defuse all those gaffes and thoughts that no one is too proud of.
Paula lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband. No other creatures. The kids have flown the nest and the dogs are long gone.
Social Media Links –
Twitter: https://twitter.com/paulahouseman
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/PaulaHouseman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaulaHousemanAuthor
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulahouseman

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Over My Shoulder by Patricia Dixon @pbadixon @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

Happy Sunday book lovers!

Thrilled to be on the blog tour and share with you my review for this extremely compelling book! Many thanks to Sarah for my invitation and to Patricia Dixon for her dark story.🖤

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Girl meets boy. They fall in love. Sounds simple? It isn’t.

When Freya falls for the manipulative Kane, her life changes beyond her wildest imagination. When the luxurious life she craves gradually becomes intolerable she realises escape is out of reach. Her life has changed and so has she.

She knows that when she least expects it, he will return and make good his promise to exact revenge and ensure she pays the price he fell he is owed.

Can Freya ever be free?

Whoever knew love could be so dangerous.

Following Freya from her carefree twenties up to the present day, Over My Shoulder is an intricate tale of blinkered love and obsession.

My Thoughts

This was a well done, compelling, and dark story… this is not a love story this is a survival story…. last couple weeks I have read three books that all dealt with domestic abuse and one way or another…. three very smart strong women getting involved with the wrong man… what I appreciated about all three of these books was the fact that they emphasize the fact that it could happen to anybody and it wasn’t as easy as just “leaving“…. as I mentioned in a previous review I was in an emotionally abusive relationship for many years and so all three of these books spoke to me on a very personal level… I appreciate that this topic has had more light shed on it recently. it will start dialogue, and it will make people realize that they should not blame the victim…. it is my hope that somebody in this situation reads one of these books and realizes that they are not alone and that there is light at the end of the tunnel….

Freya meats Cane and he seems like the perfect guy, but things aren’t always as they seem…. as in most situations like this the abuse and control slowly escalated until Freya found herself trapped in a very abusive relationship…. this book was tough to read and made me feel very uncomfortable at times… Freya was such a fighter so I was determined to fight my way through these pages…. I think the fact that the author made me feel everything right along with Freya definitely says something about her writing….

It’s hard to say that I enjoyed this book, but I am extremely glad I read it…. The characters were extremely well developed, some of them I liked, a lot of them I hated…. The pace of this book was perfect and the last three or four chapters were extremely intense…. I felt as though I was holding my breath….

Recommend when you are in the mood for a darker compelling story that touches on some very important issues….

Patricia+DixonAuthor Bio:

Patricia Dixon was born in Manchester where she still lives with her husband. They have two grown up children and one grandson, plus the company of a lazy bulldog.

Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood.

Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written five novels set in the Loire and then, in complete contrast, a much darker story of psychological suspense.

She is currently writing her next book, a murderous tale set in the sixties and if she’s not at her desk Patricia loves to read historical fiction or attempts recipes that look great on television but not necessarily her plate. And when the penny jar is full she cashes in her coins and heads to France, the lure of red wine and escapism equalled only by the pursuance of her dream job, writing for a living.

Links:

Author Page:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Patricia-Dixon/e/B00I1YV2RM/refntt_dp_epwbk_0

Twitter:  @pbadixon

Email:  dixon.patricia@icloud.com

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An Unconventional Affair Book 1 Email Indulgence by Mollie Blake @MollieBlake0 @rararesources #BookReview #Giveaway

Happy Saturday all!

Thrilled to be on the blog tour today for this intriguing book! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Mollie Blake for her steamy words😍

An Unconventional Affair

Tranquility “Tee” Hammond is head of a law firm. Having escaped a violent husband, with a son she was really too young to have had, her life revolved around her work. There was little time for anything else and she didn’t need anything else. When she was inclined to treat herself to a little sexual pleasure, she engaged the services of Email Indulgence—an exclusive club—one email for one night of sex with a man she didn’t know and didn’t need to care about again. For her, it was enough. But her life was about to be changed by a friend of Tee’s son at university, Barrington Stone, fifteen years her junior who is determined to woo her into an unconventional affair.

My Thoughts

Well now, the chemistry in this book seriously sizzled off the pages! This is a drama filled erotic book with a splash of suspense…. first of all I just need to mention the two main characters names in this book, we have Tranquility and Barrington… can I just say I absolutely looove these names! Don’t they have American soap opera written all over them???

Tranquility (Tee) A single mother has always been consumed with her work as a lawyer and with her son… when she had an itch that needed to be scratched she utilize an email service that facilitated no strings one night stands… and this service completely satisfied her until…. Barrington, a friend of her sons who he brings home from University…. Barrington is 15 years younger than Tee but…. he is persistent, charming, and HOT🔥

There was a lot I liked about the story and the chemistry between these two was undeniable… I also found both of these characters intriguing, engaging, and complicated…. however, I have a son in College and I cannot imagine him bringing a friend home and having any interest in him whatsoever…. so while I truly enjoyed this relationship I would’ve liked it much better had Barrington been let’s say five or more years older? It wasn’t the age gap it was just I personally would not be interested in one of my sons friends, but no judgment…. there is also a secondary plot line that I found quite intriguing it added an entirely different element to this book…. this book ends with a twist a cliffy and a to be continued…..

Recommend if you enjoy a steamy romance with intriguing characters and a dab of mystery….

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

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Mollie Blake is a published author of contemporary romance. A lover of reading sexy stories, Mollie decided to go one step further and write her own. Her romances are filled with danger and peppered with hot sexy scenes. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and UK Romantic Novelists Association.

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Keep You Safe by Rona Halsall @RonaHalsallAutho @bookouture #Bookouture

Happy hump day all!

Thrilled to be part of the blog tour and share with you today my review for this debut! Many thanks to Noelle for my invitation and to Rona Halsall for her story!💛

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What if trying to protect your child only put them in danger?

Natalie is desperate to find her little boy. It has been more than three years since she saw Harry. Three long years in prison for a crime she knows she didn’t commit.

But her husband believed the police, and took their son.

Who has gone to such great lengths to destroy Natalie’s life? Everyone she once trusted – friends, family, all the people close to her – what secrets do they hide?

If Natalie finds the truth, will she get Harry back, or lose him forever?

A totally gripping psychological thriller – perfect for fans of Big Little LiesThe Girl on the Train and C.L. Taylor.

My Thoughts

4 Debut Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a well written and well constructed debut! I think it would be so frustrating to be convicted of a crime that you did not commit… One time I had a bill stolen out of my mailbox and somebody cashed the check… Long story short the bank reimburse me immediately, but my lovely homeowner’s association who did not receive their payment was very hesitant to believe me… and I was so frustrated…. but I was frustrated in the comfort of my own home not in jail like Natalie… and because I’m sure you all want a conclusion to this wonderful story they did eventually believe me, or at least they said they did!

Natalie a new mother working for her husband‘s business is accused and convicted of embezzlement…. A crime Natalie has no recollection of however she has been having some trouble with her memory… Natalie‘s husband Tom chooses to believe the police and is less than supportive…. and while Natalie was incarcerated Tom moves to a different country with their little boy Harry…

My heart broke for Natalie… when she finally gets out of jail her only desire is to find her son…. The book is primarily told from Natalie‘s point of view with alternating timelines of then and now… we also get some narrative from somebody keeping an eye on Natalie, it was a little creepy…. Learning about Natalie’s time in jail was interesting, however it was a little reminiscent of another book that came out recently… I really rooted for Natalie in this book and wanted her to reconnect with her little boy…. and even though the outcome was a little predictable I really enjoyed watching things unfold….

Recommend this well done debut and I’m looking forward to see what is next for Rona Halsall …

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

rona_halsall-095 copyAuthor Bio:

Rona’s debut psychological thriller, Keep You Safe is out on 17th August and her second novel will be out in November 2018.

Rona lives on the Isle of Man with her husband, two dogs and three guinea pigs. She has been a bookworm since she was a child and now she’s actually creating stories of her own, which still feels like a dream come true.

She is an outdoorsy person and loves stomping up a mountain, walking the coastal paths and exploring the wonderful beaches on the Island while she’s plotting how to kill off her next victim. She also makes sure she deletes her Google history on a regular basis, because… well, you can’t be too careful when you spend your life researching new and ingenious ways for people to die.

She has three children and two step-children who are now grown up and leading varied and interesting lives, which provides plenty of ideas for new stories!

Social Media Links:

To find out more about Rona’s novels, go to www.facebook.com/RonaHalsallAuthor or follow @RonaHalsallAuth on Twitter.

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Never Say Goodbye by Richard Parker @Bookwalter @bookouture #BookReview

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

Excited to be part of the blog tour and share my review today for this wonderful first in a series! Many thanks to Noelle for my invitation and Richard Parker for this intriguing book!🔍

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Somewhere in this city… she’s waiting to be found. When the body of an innocent woman is found stabbed in her otherwise pristine bedroom, Detective Tom Fabian is called in to lead the investigation. It’s the latest in a series of seemingly random murders all over London, which Tom suspects might be linked… but how?

Just when Tom feels all his leads have run dry, he discovers a startling connection between the victims. The killer is tracing a sinister web of murder through the capital – but where does it lead, and who is next?

But then another victim is found, just as Tom’s wife and teenage daughter find themselves in grave danger. Is it a coincidence, or has his job put his family at risk? Has Tom unknowingly sacrificed those he loves most to the darkest case of his career… and can he catch the killer before he strikes again?

A completely gripping, pulse-racing crime thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page. Perfect for fans of Melinda Leigh, Mark Edwards and Robert Dugoni.

My Thoughts

4 Speedy Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a fast-paced action-packed police procedural… this is the first book in the Tom Fabian series and what a start! We were shot out of those gates, real quick!

Four victims brutally stabbed, and Tom believes they are connected…. but how? And why? The connection between these victims was interesting and unique… this book was originally titled “The Murder Map“ and it fit this connection so well… not sure why they change the title? But once again nobody consulted me!

Tom was a pretty stereotypical detective, but by the end of this book he felt like an old friend… his character was extremely well developed… so my old friend Tom and I were solving this crime and thank goodness he was there, because I was clueless again! The story was riddled with falls clues and misdirection… I would have seriously arrested the wrong person, I was just SO convinced! So it is a good thing that Tom’s detecting skills are slightly better than mine, and he was able to solve these murders… and just in time, because the murderer seem to be getting more desperate, more frantic, and more careless as time went on…. and truth be told the bad guy shocked me, did not see that coming! Alas foiled again!

Really though the most shocking part of this book was the apologue… what a tease… it left me speechless and needing the next book immediately!

Absolutely recommend to fans of police procedurals and bonus this is the first book in the series, so you get to start at the beginning!

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

RichardParkerPicAuthor Bio:

Richard Parker was formerly a TV script writer, script editor and producer before turning his hand to penning twisted stand alone thrillers.

Author Social Media Links:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/richard.jayparker.9

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Bookwalter

WEBSITE: http://www.richardjayparker.com/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/bemykiller/?hl=en

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Have a fabulous day! Berit☀️✨

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The Bad Neighbor by David Tallerman @davidtallerman @annecater #BookReview #RandomThingsTours

Happy Monday book lovers!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this dark and gritty book… many thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation to the blog tour.🖤

The Bad Neighbour is a gritty contemporary crime thriller set in the north of England, rooted in the author’s personal experiences of the region while drawing upon wider issues of racial intolerance, gang crime and police corruption.

When part-time teacher Ollie Clay panic-buys a rundown house in the outskirts of Leeds, he soon recognises his mistake. His new neighbour, Chas Walker, is an antisocial thug, and Ollie’s suspicions raise links to a local hate group. With Ollie’s life unravelling rapidly, he feels his choices dwindling: his situation is intolerable and only standing up to Chas can change it. But Ollie has his own history of violence, and increasingly, his own secrets to hide; and Chas may be more than the mindless yob he appears to be. As their conflict spills over into the wider world, Ollie will come to learn that there are worse problems in life than one bad neighbour.

My Thoughts

The Bad Neighbor is a compelling, dark, and gritty book…

What happens when you move into your dream house and find out you are living next to the neighbor from hell? Ollie has recently come into some money and uses it to finally purchase a house of his own… The problem is he is now living next to A skinhead… with a bit of a delinquent past of his own how will Ollie navigate the situation? This book got off to a bit of a slow start, but at about the half point it really picked up… filled with all the twists and turns and dark secrets you would expect from a book in this genre…

This was a dark book and that extended to the mood of the main character Ollie… he was definitely the glass is always half empty kind of guy… pictured him walking around with a dark cloud over his head at all times🌧 I really found myself wanting to bring some sunshine into his life…

The ending of this book was surprising and satisfying! I’d recommend this book too people who enjoy a darker grittier crime thriller…

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

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bad-Neighbour-Fiction-Without-Frontiers/dp/178758027X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532861542&sr=8-1&keywords=the+bad+neighbour+tallerman

image-80ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Tallerman is the author of the Digital Fiction Publishing fantasy adventure series The Black River Chronicles, so far comprised of Level One and The Ursvaal Exchange, as well as the novel Giant Thief (described by Fantasy Faction as “one of the finest débuts of 2012”) and its sequels Crown Thief and Prince Thief, all published through Angry Robot.  His crime debut The Bad Neighbour is forthcoming fromFlame Tree Publishing in late 2018.

David has also written the Markosia graphic novelEndangered Weapon B: Mechanimal Science and theTor.com novella Patchwerk, as well as around a hundred short stories, which have appeared in markets such asClarkesworld, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and his debut collection The Sign in the Moonlight and Other Stories.  The first issue of comic book mini-series C21st Gods is out now from Rosarium.

In his spare time, David watches inordinate numbers of movies, hikes, plays board games, and helps in the ethical submission, capture, and resettlement of troveless dragons.

Twitter @davidtallerman

Website: http://www.davidtallerman.co.uk/

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Thank you for stopping by! Berit☀️✨