Thursday, 13 June 2019

Professor With Benefits - by Hazel Kelly

The blurb: 

Sadie’s no princess, and she doesn’t appreciate being treated like one. As far as she’s concerned, women who don’t wear ridiculous shoes don’t need to be swept off their feet, and the last thing the world needs right now is one more hopeless romantic maiming one more unsuspecting daisy.

But when a handsome, young professor takes an unprofessional interest in her mossy green eyes and muddy attitude, she can’t help but enjoy the sparkly feeling his attention stirs in her. And the more he lays on the charm, the more she fears she’s not as attached to her loneliness as she once thought. 

Too bad he’s off limits. Then again, limits have never really interested Sadie.

But dreamy professors with penetrating blue eyes and sinfully sexy stubble? That’s a subject that’s about to make her senior year very interesting indeed… 

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Professor With Benefits is book three in this series by Hazel Kelly. I have read book two, but not the first one. 

It was great already knowing the characters and also get to read about the main characters from the previous books again. Sadie and Kellan tell the story in alternate chapters, which gave insight in both their minds and feelings. They meet at a frat party and they instantly click. Their connection is real and electric. Thats until they meet again in class, him being he professor.

Now things get complicated, but their chemistry seems to get stronger. We learn more about Sadies past and also more about his life. 

The storyline seemed unrealistic to me and especially the ending was very rushed. There are some flirty, passionate and steamy scenes, but all in all I didnt like how it all progressed. 

The authors writing is gripping and fresh. The spark just didnt fly for me. 


Goodreads - Amazon UK - Amazon US

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Harry Potter things to do in London

London is full of magical spots and things to do. I have put together a little
list here: 

First up are three fab stores and shops, who also have fabulous displays. 

- The House of Mina of Mina Lima

It just celebrated the third birthday and is a little store on a few floors right behind the Palace Theatre in London. It's full of designs by Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina. They designed The Marauders Map, the Hogwarts School books, the Dialy Prophet and so many other things. It's a must-see for every fan, they have wonderful prints as well. 

- The Noble Collection

This store is located in Covent Garden and is full of replicas and other Harry Potter merchandise. You can get a time-turner, the Philosopher's Stone, all the Horcruxes, house related items, plushies, wands and so much more. I love the way they displayed everything, so pretty. 

- Platform 9 3/4 store

This one is obviously located at King's Cross station and has so many things. Shirt, house related items, bookmarks, notebooks etc. A dream come true for every potterhead. 

Now let's continue with other activities and places. 

- King's Cross and St. Pancras

These two stations are right next to each other. You can take a photo in front of platform 9 3/4 and of course visit the shop as well. 

- Warner Bros Studio Tour

The obvious must for every fan. The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour is located in Watford and can easily be reached from London by train. It's a unique experience to visit the  Harry Potter film set. You can walk through the great hall, see the Gryffindor common room, walk through the Forbidden Forest, see the Hogwarts Express, Gringotts, Privet Drive and so much more (will publish a separate post). The store, in the end, is paradise. 

- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre, it's amazing!
Read my review here. 

- Millenium Bridge

It played an important part in the beginning of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. 

Other places: Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, Grimmauld Place (houses and Claremont Square), Diagon Alley (Cecil Court and Godwin's Court). 

Of course there are also several walking tours you can do through the city.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

The Princess Pose - by Aven Ellis

The blurb: 

A modern princess. A charming commoner. Can they hurdle tradition to find true love?

Princess Elizabeth “Liz” York isn’t interested in a fairy tale life. Determined to use her elite platform to champion children’s causes, she’d much rather raise awareness than find her prince. If only she could stop picturing one certain gardener with vivid hazel eyes…

When the relentless paparazzi invade her space, Liz’s crush comes to her rescue and steals her heart. Tossing aside centuries of tradition for something real, she takes Roman’s calloused hand and braces for the backlash. But after her progressive approach ruffles, more than a few feathers, one member of the monarchy vows to keep the princess locked in her stylish but decidedly ivory tower.

Can Liz break through her birthright to find a powerful kind of love?

The Princess Pose is the second standalone book in the charming Modern Royals romantic comedy series. If you like strong heroines, determined love, and lots of laughs, then you’ll adore Aven Ellis’s sweet tale.

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

With The Princess Pose Aven Ellis’ ma A Modern Royalsseries goes into round two. We already know the main character Liz, because she was in the first book and meet Roman, the gardener, in that story too. 

She is Xander’s, Christian’s and James’ cousin. She has two sister Victoria and Bella. Liz lives at Kensington Palace as well and is a working royal, she really knows what she wants and loves looking after children. 

Liz is not interested in men, until she meets Roman. She can’t get him out of her head. Time passes, but he is still I her head. Roman works at Cheltham house, where there are yoga classes held. One day Liz goes there and he kind of saves her from the paparazzi. 

That’s when they hit it off, very quickly. They start spending a lot of time with each other immediately and sparks are definitely flying. They have a real and deep connection and I loved seeing their relationship develop. It was a bit fast for my taste, but I still enjoyed all their special moments and scenes. I think Aven Ellis’ captured that beautifully. 

Liz is a very modern royal and doesn’t want to follow the rules. Especially the queen doesn’t like that. Xander, Christian and also Arthur, the king, have her back though. How will Roman react to all the attention and the reactions?! Her family is intense, we saw how difficult it was for Clementine. 

I loved seeing the gang together again. They are such a great bunch, always there for each other and I can’t wait for each of their stories. I’m most excited about Xander, because he is the future king and we get some hints in this book. 

The feelings and emotions in this book seem so genuine and it felt like being in Liz’s head. Liz is a fabulous character, who fights for what she wants. There was still a moment, when I really wanted to shake her. Roman is great too. I’d definitely take him, if Liz doesn’t want him anymore ;).

The epilogue wasn’t really to my taste, because it is always the same and the time frame just seems abrupt. 

I still adore Aven Ellis’ writing style and I can’t wait for the next book. She only used British terms, which makes this so much more real. Her royal world is very well thought out and I love that other characters get their story told as well. 



Aven Ellis: @AvenEllis

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Harry Potter Spots in Edinburgh

I have always wanted to go to Edinburgh, all the Harry Potter related places were a very great extra. Here is a list of places you should go to, when you are a potterhead. 

The Elephant House

It's the birth place of Harry Potter, where J.K. Rowling spent some time writing Harry Potter. There are some frames in there with her pictures on and you should definitely go to the toilet there, the walls are full of Harry Potter related quotes and words. 

Nicolson's Café (now Spoon)

This is where J.K. Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Outside the café there is also a little sign with her photo on and the information. 

Greyfriars Kirkyard, George Heriot's School

On the graveyard, you will find graves of people, who have inspired some names for the books: Moodie, McGonagall and most famously Thomas Riddell. The spelling is a bit different, bit still. Next to McGonagall's grave, there is the George Heriot's School, it inspired Hogwarts. The graves are not easy to find. You have to go to the back of the church through an archway and then to the right or towards the gate to the school. 

City Chambers for J.K. Rowling's handprints

City Chambers is located on the Royal Mile, you can hardly miss it. There are a lot of fingerprints there, I thought I will never find them. I started on the left hand side though and they were right there. What a special moment!

Shops: Boy Wizard and Museum Context

Both shops are located on Victoria Street (the inspiration for Diagon Alley) and several other locations. Both sell lots of Harry Potter merchandise and they are just full of magic. A must-see place for every fan. 

Victoria Street (Diagon Alley)

It was inspiration for Diagon Alley and it's so pretty!!! It's colourful and very cute. There is also a Diagon Alley sign in Candlemaker Row. 

The Balmoral Hotel

J.K. Rowling finished the last chapter of the last book in this hotel. The suite is now named after her. 

Potterrow Port (Order of the Phoenix)

It has inspired the tunnel/walk way for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, where the dementor attacked Harry and Dudley. 

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Concerto - by Hannah Fielding

The blurb: 
When Catriona Drouot, a young music therapist, honours an opera diva's dying request to help her son, Umberto Monteverdi, recover his musical gift, she knows it will be a difficult assignment. She had shared a night of passion with the once-celebrated composer ten years before, with unexpected consequences.

The extent of her challenge becomes apparent when she arrives at her client's estate on the glittering shores of Lake Como, Italy. Robbed of his sight by a nearfatal car accident, the man is arrogant, embittered and resistant to her every effort to help him. Still, Catriona sings a siren's call within him that he cannot ignore.

Caught up in the tempestuous intrigues at Umberto's Palladian mansion, Catriona discovers that her attraction to the blind musician is as powerful as ever. How can she share what she has hidden from him for the past decade? Soon she realises that hers is not the only secret that is rippling uneasily below the surface. Dark forces haunt the sightless composer, threatening his life - for the second time.

Concerto is a sensual and romantic story of lost love and forgiveness, destiny and difficult choices, and of a heroine determined to put things right at last.

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This book still has me in awe and I mean that in a positive way. I was blown away by this story, it’s incrediable. 

We follow Catriona Drouot, who is a music therapist and gets a request to help a famous composer. The interesting thing about that?! They shared a passionate night together when she was just eighteen and now ten years later a lot of things have changed. 

Ten years ago Catriona wanted to become an opera singer, she is very talented. Umberto Rolando Monteverdi was their neighbour and judged a competition she won. One thing lead to another, but they had instant chemistry for sure. Hannah Fielding captured the atmosphere beautifully and included all the emotions. Well, Umberto left for a world tour and that was it. 

Catriona’s life changed a lot and she doesn’t want to take the offer to help him at first. Also Umberto’s life changed, he had an accident and is blind now. 

She decides to go to Italy to help him. Umberto’s estate is mysterious and so are the people there, especially his cousin Giacomo, but also Silvana, a friend since childhood, or is she more?!

Well, Catriona instantly feels attracted to him again, but they don’t have an easy start. When he discovered who she is, their passion for each other ignited again. Their chemistry is electric, but it’s not all paradise. Catriona is still hiding a secret and is scared of his reaction. Other secrets are also flying around and adding a lot of drama, which made this story very exciting. I couldn’t put the book down. 

Catriona and Umberto shared a lot of sensual and passionate moments, the author’s writing is adoring, flirty, romantic, intense, hooking, descriptive, touching and so much more. I didn’t want the story to finish and I like all the different aspects it had. 

The musical aspect is to die for, beautifully captured and just magical. Hannah Fielding really created her own voice and her writing is just on point. 

There were two things that bothered me a little bit. I understand that Italian words somehow have to be translated. I didn’t like the way it was done. The Italian words were always translated in the same sentence word by word. That disturbed me a bit. At times I also felt like the storyline dragged a little bit. 

Whether it was Italy or Nice, I liked the way the author described these unique and special places, I felt like being there with the characters. 

I really fell in love with this story, the characters and the writing immediately. 



Hannah Fielding On Twitter: @fieldinghannah

Saturday, 25 May 2019

The Man The Music The Show - Hugh Jackman in Concert

Ever since watching the Les Misérables movie I have been a huge Hugh Jackman fan. I knew him before as well, but after that movie, in which he was absolutely phenomenal and brilliant, I watched a lot of YouTube videos of him singing and performing. I guess you could say, I fell in love with him. 

Well, I watched that movie I don’t know how many times now... And then came The Greatest Showman. A fab movie, with great music and an amazing Hugh Jackman. He really is the born showman. When I found out he is going on a world tour, I freaked out. I immediately booked tickets form y mum and me, because she is even the bigger fan. She always tells me that he is too old for me ;). 

Sunday, May 19 2019 was the day! We headed to the Hallenstation in Zurich, one of the biggest concert halls we have in Switzerland, omg I was so excited. The concert started on time with the opening song from The Greatest Showman. And there he was, performing live on stage, in front of us. Omg, that man has a fabulous stage presence and charisma!!!

He continued with more songs from The Greatest Showman and moved on to other musicals, my highlight was obviously Les Misérables, next to The Greatest Showman. He also talked o lot, got very personal and was just funny. He talked about his childhood, his life as an actor/singer, his wife and much more. He had the perfect song for these moments and memories and the feelings really came across. He really has a gift and talent, Hugh Jackman was definitely born to be on stage. His voice is amazing, his acting is brilliant and omg, can he dance. The emotions in every song really come alive, he acts with his whole body. 
There were dancing numbers in between as well, a choir, who joined him sometimes and he had lots of dancers and singers as well. They got to do a lot, even sang songs with him, like One Day More from Les Miséerables. In the first act he called Keala Settle on stage, who played the bearded lady in The Greatest Showman and she sang This Is Me, just incredible!!!! I had tears in my eyes and couldn't deal when they moved on to Les Misérables. He sang songs from Peter Allan and played him on stage as well, that was so funny. Two people from the audience even got to go on stage, jealous!!!!

He sang more songs from musicals like Guys and Dolls, Cabaret or Singing in the Rain. It was over way too soon, I wish I could go again. It’s one of the best concerts, I have ever been to. I really need to watch both movies again soon and I can’t stop listening to The Greatest Showman soundtrack. 

Hugh Jackman seemed so down to earth, honest and relatable. He has a lot of charisma and let’s just be clear here: He is absolutely phenomenal, incredible and magnificent!

THE MAN THE MUSIC THE SHOW, the perfect name for this show!!!