Thursday, 3 October 2019

Cover Reveal - Just a Kiss by Carrie Elks

Title: Just A Kiss
Author: Carrie Elks
Release Date: November 1, 2019


Beautiful, perfect and everything he needs.

Caitie Russell's big brother is getting married! As the proud owner of Holiday Magic, Caitie is the obvious choice to organise the perfect Christmas wedding. Piece of cake, right?
If it weren't for one gorgeous man-shaped problem...
Her brother's best friend, Brecken Miller.

First crush
First kiss
First broken heart...

Brecken Miller. Modern-day Scrooge. Confirmed bachelor.
He’d rather pull his nails out than celebrate Christmas.
Until he sees Caitie again. 
Like a moth to a flame he’s drawn to her.
But there’s one problem with fire. It always leaves a scar.






Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle – by Sarah Bennett

The blurb: 

The summer she will never forget
Time’s running out for Iggy Ludworth to restore the wild gardens of Camland Castle in time for the Summer Fete, so she ropes in hotshot gardener Will Talbot
But she regrets her decision as soon as he sets foot in the historic grounds – not only is Will arrogant and bossy, he’s totally gorgeous!
And very soon, sparks are flying amongst the bluebells. Yet with summer nearly over, will their summer fling convince Will and Iggy to go the distance?

My Opinion:

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

Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle is book two in Sarah Bennetts Bluebell castle series and my first book by the author. I absolutely fell in love with her writing. 

This book can totally be read as a standalone, but after finishing the second book, I definitely want to read the first one as well. The main characters of the first book play an important role in this one as well and I really want to get to know them as well. The series is about triplets, who live at Camland Castle and went through a lot in the past. 

Iggy Ludworth is the main character in this story,. She wants to restore the castles gardens to its former glory. She hires non other than celebrity gardener Will Talbot. They are not off the best start, but things seem to blossom fast. I really liked the energy and chemistry between them and the author captured it beautifully. The triplets mother Helena suddenly shows up as well and seems interested in their lives, well... Helena is quite something, but she adds a lot of drama tot he storyline.

Sarah Bennetts writing is full of passion, heart and love. I enjoyed every second o fit and Im really looking forward to the next book in the series. 


Sarah Bennett on Twitter: @Sarahlou_writes

Friday, 6 September 2019

Cover Reveal - Outscored by Aven Ellis

Rinkside in the Rockies #3
Publisher - Self Published
Release Date - 25th September 2019


 One bubbly seasonal decorator. One fiery hockey captain. And a wagon full of gnomes who play matchmaker better than Cupid …
When seasonal stylist Whitney Green heads to a Denver flea market to find gnomes for a client’s upcoming party, she thinks she has hit the jackpot when she discovers a slew of them.
Little does she know that gnomes aren’t going to be the only thing she picks up that Saturday.
When fate throws Whitney and hockey superstar Gavin Tremblay together, she finds herself questioning her policy of staying on the bench when it comes to romance. She came to the Rockies to escape the pain of a broken heart. Not to date. Especially when she knows she is due to return to Seattle in four months and she can’t figure out what went wrong in her last relationship ...
The captain isn’t looking for love, either. Battered and bruised by not only a broken romance but a devastating leg injury, he’s focused on getting his game back. The last time he trusted his heart it gutted him. He refuses to go down that path again.
But the chemistry between Gavin and Whitney is too hot to deny and falling in love is the only option. However, when personal fears come to the surface and cause problems between them, can a relationship prevail? Or will defense outscore offense in this game of love?
Outscored is a laugh out loud, swoony romance with a good-boy hero and a hilarious heroine. Flamingos, gnomes, and a happily ever after are guaranteed in this book. 


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About the Author

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.


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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Accidental Heroes – by Danielle Steel

The blurb: 

On a beautiful May morning at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, two planes have just departed for San Francisco—one a 757, another a smaller Airbus A321. At a security checkpoint, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous—perhaps ominous—message. Her supervisor dismisses her concerns, but Bernice calls security and soon Ben Waterman arrives. A senior Homeland Security agent, still grappling with guilt after a disastrous operation in which hostages were killed, Ben too becomes suspicious. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean?

As Ben scans the passenger manifests, his focus turns to the A321, with Helen Smith as its senior pilot. Helen’s military service and her tenure with the airline have been exemplary. But her husband’s savage death in Iraq was more than anyone should bear, leaving her widowed with three children. A major film star is on board. So is an off-duty pilot who has just lost his forty-year career. So is a distraught father, traveling with the baby son he has abducted from his estranged wife. Sifting through data and relying on instinct, Ben becomes convinced that someone on Helen’s plane is planning something terrible. And he’s right. Passengers, crew, and experts on the ground become heroes out of necessity to try to avert tragedy at the eleventh hour.

In her stunning novel, Danielle Steel combines intense action with stories of emotionally rich, intertwined lives. As the jet bears down on its destination of San Francisco, strangers are united, desperate choices are made, and futures will be changed forever by a handful of accidental heroes.

My Opinion:

In all my years as a book blogger, I never read a Danielle Steel book. My mum loves her books and always recommends them to me, so I started reading this one!

It’s a about a plane flying from New York to San Francisco and they are afraid somebody is going to crash it. The book tells the story of different people: Bernice, a woman, who finds a postcard with an ominous message or Ben, who is dealing with the problems from the ground, all the passengers, the pilot etc. It means getting to know a lot of people and their lives, which is a lot in the beginning, but once you know them, it gets really interesting. All these characters play a key role in this story, so they need to be talked about. 

I was hooked from the beginning, it gets very intense at some point and I just couldn’t stop reading, because I needed to know what happens. The author’s style is very gripping, exciting, mysterious and intense. I felt like watching a movie, it all seemed so real. The writing is very descriptive and full of details. 

I have never read a book like this and really enjoyed it. I have definitely become a Danielle Steel fan and look forward to reading more stories written by her. 

I also liked, how the story continued after all seemed over. 



Danielle Steel on Twitter: @daniellesteel

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Amsterdam – Travel Diary

Every year my mum and I go on a little city trip, just the two of us. This time we decided to go the Amsterdam. It’s just a little over an hour by plane, so not a big journey. 

We left early on a Tuesday morning and landed in Amsterdam at 9.00 am. We booked a hotel shuttle to our hotel, which wasn’t a great idea. It took forever and the driver was not very friendly. By 11.00 am we were at the hotel, our room wasn’t ready so we started exploring the city. Our walk took us over a fancy bridge close by to the Monttoren tower. They have some fab glass souvenirs there. Then we walked down parts of the shopping street, before getting a smoothie. Then the way led us to a different shopping street away from the centre. The weather was nice and sunny, but very windy, so the perfect weather for a little shopping. At Prinsengracht we had lunch at the Black Restaurant, it was delicious! Afterwards we walked down Prinsengracht to the nine stratjies, little shopping streets with boutiques and shops with Dutch brands. We didn’t find anything, but I loved browsing in them. Of course we had to try the famous van Wonderen waffles, I had the ones with Marshmallows, so good! We walked down to the Anne Frank house and then enjoyed a drink by the water. We were exhausted from all the walking and tired as well. I got up at four in the morning, so it was time to go to the hotel and sleep. 

On Wednesday the weather was pretty much the same as on Tuesday. We couldn’t get tickets for the Anne Frank house online (you have to book months in advance), but every day a certain amount is released again. You just go on the website and you are put on a waiting list. It moved quickly, but I wasn’t successful. Luckily, my mum was and we were able to get tickets. After breakfast we headed to the King’s palace, where there is a big square right in front of it. The streets surrounding it are full of shops as well, so we continued with some shopping before heading to “de Bijenkorf”, it’s the department store in the Netherlands. We had lunch first at their self serve restaurant called the kitchen. We had pizza, it was absolutely wonderful, the best I’ve ever had. Afterwards we spent a lot of time in the store itself. On to the next place: The Magna Plaza is something like a mall, beautiful from the outside, but the stores inside were really disappointing. The rest of the afternoon we just walked around and took some photos on bridges and around the water, also deciding on what boat tour to go on the next day. We also went to Westerkerk, because we wanted to go up the tower. We couldn’t, because they only have space for six people at the time, so we booked for the next evening. Then it was finally time to go to the Anne Frank House. You get an audio guide and then you can walk around the guided tour. There are also lots of pictures and explanations around. They even have some real letters and the diary. It was very interesting, especially to see these tiny rooms and hear how they had to live in there. For dinner we went back to “de Bijenkorf”, because it was so good. In the evening we just watched TV and went to bed early. 

On Thursday we headed to Ree7 for breakfast. One of my fellow potterheads suggested it to me and it was so yummy!!! Then we looked at some more shops around the 9 stratjies area and I found a lovely dress. From the Anne Frank house, we started our hop on hop off boat tour with circle lines Amsterdam. We wanted to get out in the Museum distract, but we missed our stop, so we did the whole tour and got off the next round. I was very hungry then, but we found some great photo spots first and the Rijksmuseum is gorgeous. It was hard to find a restaurant around there, but with a little bit of walking we found one, called Blushing. It had healthy food and it was hard to pick something. They also had some very yummy beer. Actually we planned to go to the Van Gogh museum after, but then we found a shopping street, oops ;). Afterwards we took the boat back to the centre and had a little break at the hotel, before heading to the Westerkerk tower for our tour. The walking up and down was quite adventurous, but it was totally worth it, the view is breath-taking. The guide told us a lot about the church, as well as Amsterdam. We were up there at the perfect time, right around sunset, the lighting was beautiful. We then had dinner at our hotel. 

Friday meant going out of the city for a little day trip to Haarlem. We picked up some breakfast at Starbucks and took the train from the main station. It’s so easy and trains leave every 10 minutes and the journey is only 15 minutes long. The centre of this little town is very close by, you don’t even need a map. The shops in Haarlem are a thousand times better than in Amsterdam, very unique, chic and trendy, I found some great things. We had lunch at by Lima, so good and the beers were amazing. We then walked around more, to this square, where they have a beautiful church. The town is full of little surprised and time flew by, when we decided to go into the church it was closed already. That’s why we walked to the wind mill called Adriaan (Molen de Adriaan). It’s the perfect place for a typical Holland photo. It’s by the water and there is a bridge, where they just put a bike, so fab!!! We also had dinner in Haarlem, before taking the train back and going to bed. 

Saturday was our last day already. We had breakfast in the room and packed our bags. Then we checked out and went to the king’s palace. We did an audio guided tour in there, it’s very pretty. Then it was time for lunch and we just couldn’t find a good place, until we passed this Italian place (Pane e Olivo), the best!!! Afterwards we walked down to Haarlemstraat, because we were told it’s full of great shops. Well, that was a disappointment, because we didn’t like the shops and also walked right into a demonstration. We just decided to walk back to the centre and found a little market square and did a little browsing there. With some little time left, we had another drink by the water and then had to go to the hotel to pick up our bags. Luckily, our shuttle driver was much nicer this time. He was from Scotland and we had a lot of fun with him. 

I enjoyed every second in Amsterdam, it’s a beautiful city with a lot to offer. We walked between 12 and 14 kilometres every day. The only thing that was annoying were all the bikers. Of course you hear about them, but it’s very extreme. They don’t follow any rules and get annoyed at pedestrians, just be careful when you’re there. 

I AMsterdam!!!

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

I Think I Love You – by Lauren Layne

The blurb: 

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?

Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.

My Opinion:

The fifth and last book of the Oxford series! Exciting and sad at the same time. This time we finally get to read about Brit’s and Hunter’s story. We know them from previous books and it’s clear that they are best friends. 

Brit Robbins fins it hard to find a boyfriend and fall in love. Guys seem to see her more as a friend. That’s when her friends suggest that she should learn how to seduce a man and who is better to teach her than Hunter?!

Well, he is not amused at first, but doesn’t want anyone else to do it either. The experiment starts and suddenly the share some pretty special and emotional moments. At first they don’t really know what to do with their feelings, but things change and passion takes over. I really loved reading about how their relationship developed. It was full of chemiszry, tension and explained in an exciting storyline. 

Of course there is an up and down and drama is included, but that made the story even more gripping. 

I know I say it every time, but catching up with the Stiletto and Oxford gang is always great. 

I really liked this story and I am said the series is over. A ten years later thing would be fabulous!!!


Lauren Layne on Twitter: @_LaurenLayne