Saturday, 17 August 2019

Kitzbühel - Travel Diary

I have never been to Kitzbühel, so I was really excited to go this summer. It's about a four-hour drive from central Switzerland.

We left on a Sunday in the morning and arrived in Ellmau (about 15 minutes from Kitzbühel) at around 1.30 pm. We had lunch at the "Wilder Kaiser" golf club. Wilder Kaiser is the name of the famous mountain in the Kitzbühel area, from the restaurant you have a great view of this impressive mountain. From there we headed to our hotel and checked in, went to the pool, area and enjoyed the sun, before going into the village. Obviously, all the shops were closed, but it's still very cute and lovely to walk around. After that, we had an early dinner in town, explored a bit more and spent the rest of the evening watching tv and reading.

On Monday we enjoyed breakfast and then headed to the Hahnenkammbahn, the gondolas, which took us up the Hahnenkamm. Kitzbühelmisnfamous for the ski races from that hill, especially the downhill, which is really impressive. In summer you can hike down the track and so we did. It starts up at the start house, where there are lots of information about the course, the winners and much more. You can actually stand in the starting bit and look down, the view is fab, but omg it's so steep. You then start walking down and there are certain parts pointed out along the track. It was interesting to see how different it looks without snow and it's crazy what these ski racers do. It's so steep and crazy, but I loved seeing everything. In between, we stopped at Seidelalm to enjoy a typical Austrian soup. I'm glad I walked all the way down, you definitely have to see that once in your life. In the afternoon we explored the village a bit more and hit some of the shops, before going to the Rasmushof for dinner. It's a small golf course, with the view of the skiing course and it's actually the finish area for the races. We had a yummy dinner, typical Schnitzel, so good!!! At the hotel we finally enjoyed our welcome drink, i
i had a Bellini. The lobby area is gorgeous and fab for the evening.

Tuesday started very rainily, so we took it slowly, enjoyed breakfast and then headed into town to go to some more shops. We also enjoyed a "semmel with leberkäs" for lunch, another typical dish from the area. I had mussle stiffness from the day before and then I twisted my ankle walking back to the hotel, that was not fun, the foot hurt for a while. In the afternoon we explored the area, went to Kirchberg and Reith. Kirchberg is very cute and we found a fab interior store in Reith. For dinner we went to another golf course, it's called Arosa, with a great view of Kitzbühel and the Wilde Kaiser. It has a lot of water, so it was a lot of fun watching the people play. In the evening we enjoyed the pool and spa area.

On Wednesday we had a slow start and my foot was still hurting. We drove to Kufstein, close to the German border and explored the little city. I found a great store called "The Sisters" and we looked at the fortress there. Luckily, there was a funicular to go up there, because walking was definitely not my favourite thing to do. We also had lunch in this cute town, before it started pouring down with rain. We then drove back to Kitzbühel and enjoyed the spa, before having a delicious dinner at the hotel. I had "Tafelspitz", which was excellent. 

Thursday was our last day, so we had breakfast and then checked out. On the way home, we first stopped in Hopfgarten a cute little village, with a beautiful church and then we also stopped in Innsbruck. A bit of sightseeing and shopping (didn't buy anything) and then we walked up the main tower to enjoy the view. My foot was better, but still swollen and red, so I wasn't happy (it was much better the day after, thank god). Afterwards, we had lunch and then an ice cream before taking on the rest of the journey. 

I absolutely loved these days in the mountains, it was very relaxing and there are so pretty places.  

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

I Knew You Were Trouble – by Lauren Layne

The blurb: 

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

My Opinion:

On to book number four oft he Oxford series. Weg et to know Taylor and Nick in book three and let’s say ghey are not the best friends. 

Taylor gets dumped by Bradley (works for Oxford too and let’s be honest: I hate him), basically on the day they were supposed to move in together. She needs a new roommate now, so here comes Nick. He as a freelancer at Oxford magazine and also woks aa a bartender. They fight a lot and don’t really get along, but there is always a tension between them. 

Sparks fly between them and things get passionate and steamy. I really enjoyed these scenes and Lauren Layne captured it all beautifully. I really liked these two together and it was fab to see some characters reappearing. In the seroes and also the Stiletto series a lot pf them had their story shared aöready, so it’s not easy to include them again, but the author did a great job here. 

I really enjoyed the storyline and the drama in this book. I felt that things moved to quickily in the end and it was a bit rushed. 

Another great book in the series!


Lauren Layne on Twitter: @_LaurenLayne

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Someone Like You – by Lauren Layne

The blurb: 

Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

My Opinion:

It’s finally time for Lincoln Mathis’ story. We got to know him over the past few books, so his reputation kind of precedes him. He comes across as a womanizer, who has a different girl every night. Well, in this book we get to know the real Lincoln.

He hides something behind his flirtatious smile, something not even his closest know. Only Daisy, the maid of honor he meets at Emma’s and Alex’s wedding, seems tob e able to crack his shell. 

Daisy is Emma Sinclaire’s twin sister and is told to stay away from Lincoln at the wedding. Botho f them kind of end up together at some point and spend a lot of time together. He opens up to her and shows her what he has been hiding for a while. She then goes back home to Charlotte. When Lincoln needs some time away his friends send him to Emma and of course their connection starts to get deeper and stronger. 

Daisy went through a divorce and isn’t used tot he New York lifestyle. She is always there for Lincoln, but izt’s not easy knowing the truth and he always runs away again. 

Their chemistry was captured by the author in a beautful and passionate way. I think they were great together and their ups and downs added a lot to the drama. The ending and the epilogue were more than I hoped they would be. I really liked that they both got to tell their view oft he story, it was very emotional and touching as well. 



Lauren Layne on Twitter: @_LaurenLayne

The Thunder Girls – by Melanie Blake

The blurb: 
Chrissie, Roxanne, Carly and Anita, an eighties pop sensation outselling and out-classing their competition. Until it all comes to an abrupt end and three of their careers are over, and so is their friendship.
Thirty years later, their old record label wants the band back together for a huge money-making concert. But the wounds are deep and some need this gig more than others.
In those decades apart life was far from the dream they were living as members of The Thunder Girls. Breakdowns, bankruptcy, addiction and divorce have been a constant part of their lives. They’ve been to hell and back, and some are still there.
Can the past be laid to rest for a price, or is there more to this reunion than any of them could possibly know? Whilst they all hunger for a taste of success a second time around, someone is plotting their downfall in the deadliest way possible . . .

My Opinion:

Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

I really loved the sound of this book from the start, sadly it didn’t live up to my expectations. It was very different to what I expected and that’s probably why I couldn’t get into this book. 

The idea of this book is fabulous, but the sparks just didn’t fly. Chrissie, Roxanne, Carly and Anitacome together again after 30 years for a concert of their band The Thunder Girls. 

This calls for a lot of drama and it certainly included a lot o fit. It was fab to get an inside to the world of showbiz and music, 
I couldn’t connect to the main characters though , which is a shame. I felt like they were not very well lined out and I struggled wanting to follow their steps. 

All in all, I enjoyed the story and it was an interesting read, but it was just not for me. 


Melanie Blake on Twitter: @MelanieBlakeUK
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Friday, 2 August 2019

I Wish You Were Mine – by Lauren Layne

The blurb:

A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

My Opinion:

We are back in the Oxford offices and this time we follow former quarterback Jackson Burke. He was forced to stop playing, because of an accident and is now working for Oxford magazine as a fitness editor. He doesn’t really want tob e in New York and is not talking to anyone. The others try to get him to go to lunch, but he always says know. 

Mollie Carrington has been in love with Jackson for a long time, however he was married to her sister Madison. Now they see each other again after about eight months and he finds himself offering her a room in his penthouse apartment. She is indecicive, but says yes eventually. The chemistry beween them is heating up quickly, the sparks are electric and they soon find themselves closer to each other than expected. I loved their scenes and moments, Lauren Layne did a fab job there. 

Jackson seems to hide some of his feelings and thoughts from her though and that leads to some drama. I really liked how it was all resolved in the end, the ending was just wonderful!

It’s also wonderful to always be able to catch up with the rest oft he Stiletto and Oxford gang. They are so amazing with each other and it’s so much fun to read about them again. 

LOVED this book!


Lauren Layne on Twitter: @_LaurenLayne

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows – by Jenni Keer

The blurb: 

When Maisie Meadows finds herself single and jobless on New Year’s Day, she resolves that this will be the year she focuses on bringing her scattered family back together. Romance is all very well, but it’s the people you grew up with that matter the most.
But a new job working at an auction house puts her in the path of Theo, a gorgeous but unattainable man who she can’t help but be distracted by. As their bond begins to grow, Maisie finds herself struggling to fulfil the promise she made to herself – but the universe has other ideas, and it’s not long before the Meadows family are thrown back together in the most unlikely of circumstances…
Can dealing with other people’s treasures help Maisie to let go of the past, and teach her who she ought to treasure the most?

My Opinion:

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

We follow Maisie Meadows in this story. She finds herself single and with no job at the beginning of the year. Turns you her ex, who also was her boss had an affair. She wants to bring her family back together and also starts a new job at an auction house. 

At the auction house she meets Theo, who really seems to distract her. A connection builds between them and that was great to read about. 
Maisie’s family is quite something. Her siblings are scattered around the world and when they all finally come together things kind of explode. There is a lot of drama invloved and things oft he past are revealed. This makes for an excting storyline, which Jenni Keer transmitted in a great way. 

Her writing is fresh, funny and engaging, I loved every minute of this book. 
It’s about family, friendship, love, relationships and so much more. 

Charming, sweet and full of excitement!


Jenni Keer on Twitter: @JenniKeer