Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Chasing Daisy - by Paige Toon

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

 If you fall too fast... you might just crash

‘You don’t have to worry about me. I have no intention of getting my heart broken again.’

Of course, I’m lying. I feel like Will is chipping a little piece of it away, day by day. It’s killing me...

Daisy Rogers is in love – and that’s no good thing. It’s not that her very famous ex is neither out of sight nor out of mind, but that the man of her dreams, William Trust, has a girlfriend – a childhood sweetheart, no less. And as a Formula 1 racing driver, he puts his life at risk every day he goes to work.

From Melbourne to Monte Carlo, and São Paulo to Singapore, Daisy and her best friend Holly travel the world as hospitality girls on the Grand Prix scene. But with more secrets between them than Paris Hilton has shoes, life promises to be nothing short of a whirlwind.

My Opinion:

Daisy takes you into the story immediately. With her swearing in Italian, I was hooked in the first chapter, because I do that all the time too;). So for me it wasn’t difficult to understand Daisy and I fell in love with her. Luis seemed kind of arrogant first, but that changed soon.
Having read Baby be Mine already, I knew with whom she was going to end up, but pssst... I’m not telling ;)

Luis’s teammate Will Trust is gorgeous with his beautiful blue eyes and blonde hair. Daisy is immediately taken by him, but he has a girlfriend, they’re childhood sweethearts. She tells Holly, her best friend, about her feelings, but she still does have secrets, and so does Holly.
Daisy spends time with Will and Luis. Her first hatred against Luis, isn’t there anymore. One of the two drivers especially asks for her to be their help during the races, but who was it? Will or Luis?
One evening Daisy tells Luis a little about her past and her connection to the Italian language. That’s when it comes to me and I realise who she is. I just say PAOLA...

Daisy loves spending time with Will, watching films or just talking, but then there’s the race in Monaco and who comes along? Laura, Will’s gorgeous girlfriend. Daisy’s mood suddenly changes and then Luis confronts her with her past. Yes, she was Johnny Jefferson’s PA and she slept with him. She only wants to forget about this time.

During the weekend of the next race Will wants to talk to her. Something she doesn’t expect at all happens: He confesses his feelings to her, but there’s still Laura... They stop themselves, but just one night later Daisy tells him about the moment she fell for him (so cute) and a goodnight kiss leads to more. One more they stop themselves, because Will wants to sort out things with Laura first.
I was so happy, they finally were true to each other and future is calling.
But that wouldn’t be fun, would it? We are only half way through the book. Silverstone, the home race, comes next and Laura has a big charity event there, that means, Will has to stay with her, but at least he told her. He shows Daisy his house in a quiet moment and they can’t stop their feelings anymore ...
Unfortunately something UNEXPECTED happens the day of the race. Being a racing driver puts your life at risk everyday.
Daisy is shocked, she cannot work anymore and Holly tries to be there with her. At the funeral (Luis takes her) she loses it completely, she’s even mean to Luis.

She returns to New York, where her mum and dad live, but she doesn’t feel at home and decides to return to England and work for the team again. She sees Luis again and he’s a complete mess. Somehow she finds the right words to encourage him, but when she sees the race all of the emotions come back.
Daisy takes a break and visits her grandmother in Italy, Luis follows her, because he doesn’t want her to leave again. The two of them spend more and more time together and Daisy thinks she might have feelings for him. But, he’s a player, she doesn’t want to go through the pain she had with Johnny again. Luis tries everything to impress her, but things go on slowly. Then he takes her to all of the official events, buys her a beautiful dress and then ...

For the last race of the season they all go to Brazil, it’s Luis’ home race. He takes her to see his family. He also confronts her with her feelings for Will. It’s only during the race, when Luis has a crash, when she realises what she wants and that she needs him.

This story is amazing!!! I fell in love with Daisy instantly and couldn’t stop reading. I took the book  everywhere: the bus, the toilet, the train, to table in the kitchen ...
Paige Toon’s writing is addicting and emotional. When I thought everything was going to turn out okay, a new and sad thing (in this story) happens and takes you even more into the story.
Luis and Daisy helped each other to get trough this terrible time and they just belong together. ♥ ♥ 
My favourite Paige Toon book, but still I LOVE THEM ALL SOOOO MUCH!!!


My possible cast:

Daisy: Beren Saat (sorry for all the pictures, but she's so beautiful ;))

Luis: Rodrigo Santoro

Will: Chris Hemsworth

Holly: Jane Levy

Paige Toon on Twitter: @PaigeToonAuthor


This weekend: Q & A with Paige Toon ;)

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Pictures of Lily - by Paige Toon

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

‘Will you marry me?’

I think of you, then. I think of you every day. But usually in the quietest part of the morning, or the darkest part of the night. Not when my boyfriend of two years has just proposed.
I look up at Richard with his hopeful eyes.
‘Lily?’ he prompts.
It’s been ten years, but it feels like only yesterday that you left. How can I say yes to Richard with all my heart when most of it has always belonged to you? I take a deep breath and will myself to speak…

Ten years ago when Lily was just sixteen, she fell in love with someone she really shouldn’t have fallen in love with. Now, living in Sydney and engaged to another man, she can’t forget the one that got away. Then her past comes back to haunt her, and she has to make a decision that will break her heart – and the heart of at least one of the men who love her.

My Opinion:

Even after ten years, he is still in her thoughts. Even when her boyfriend of two years proposes, Ben comes to mind.

10 years ago: (at the age of 16) Lily has to move to Australia, because her mother’s got a new boyfriend there. Lily doesn’t want to be there, but then Michael (her mother’s boyfriend) takes her to his conservation park. She takes her camera with her and is fascinated by all that nature and the animals. She starts to work there and that’s where she meets Ben. Ben is 28 years old, but the two of them get along really well.
Also with Michael’s son Josh she gets on okay and they go out together sometimes.
Lily tries spending as much time with Ben as possible and eventually she falls in love with him, they go trough thick and thin together. However, one day she hears, that Ben is engaged and leaving Australia soon. She is devastated. Just a few days before he leaves, Lily overhears Ben talking to a colleague about his feelings, his feelings for her. He is trying to ignore her, but she finds him at his favourite place and tells him, that she overheard. She tries to convince him to stay, but he says, that it wouldn’t work between them and then he’s gone...

Lily moved on. She didn’t pursue her photography dream though, because of him. She now lives in Sydney with her boyfriend Richard (we know him from Lucy in the Sky ;)). At Nathan and Lucy’s wedding (I was soooooo happy to read about them again ;)) Richard proposes to Lily and she says yes, but she doesn’t seem happy about it.
She keeps up appearances, but it turns out to be very hard and then when Lily’s family from England is visiting, she sees Ben again in the zoo.
Both of them cannot believe it, but they are obviously over the moon about it. They meet in the city to catch up and Ben tells her, that he is divorced. Lily however, doesn’t tell him about her engagement.
The reader can feel the energy and the atmosphere between them and then everything comes together. Lily tells Richard, Ben hears about her engagament and Lily’s world is turned upside down. She doesn’t know what to do, but she knows that there has to be a decision...

Is it Ben or Richard?

For me it was clear, but the reader has to wait and the tension is always there. That’s why I couldn’t put the book down and liked it from the first chapter on. It’s soooooo romantic and full of emotions!!!


My possible cast:

Lily: Odette Yustman/Annabelle

Richard: Darren Criss

Ben: Matt Lanter

Paige Toon on Twitter: @PaigeToonAuthor


Johnny's Girl (ebook short story) is out Nov 7. Are you also as cusious as I am, to catch up on Johnny Be Good and Baby Be Mine?
I am doing a Q&A on it soon, to help Paige promote the book. Do you have any questions about it??? ;)

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Lucy in the Sky - by Paige Toon

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:


The frequent liar points are clocking up
and Lucy’s got choices to make...

It’s been nine years since Lucy left Australia. Nine years since she’s seen her best friend Molly, and Sam, the one-time love of her life. Now her two friends are getting married. To each other. And Lucy is on her way to Sydney for their wedding.

Life for Lucy has moved on. She’s happily settled with James, her gorgeous lawyer boyfriend, with their flat in London and her glamorous job in PR. Surely there’s no reason to expect this two-week holiday in the sun will be anything out of the ordinary?

But just before take-off, Lucy receives a text from James’ mobile. She can’t resist taking a look ... and, in one push of a button, her world comes crashing down...

My Opinion:

This book instantly takes you in. Lucy is on her way to Australia, when she discovers a message on her phone. This message changes everything. IS HER BOYFRIEND JAMES REALLY CHEATING ON HER?

The flights to Australia are the worst hours on her life. She calls James immediately, when she gets the possibility. He is denying everything and now she doesn’t know what to believe.

In Sydney Molly and Sam, her friends, pick her up. Her two best friends are getting married to each other. Sam used to be Lucy’s love of her life, does she still has feelings for him?

Then another man comes into her life, it’s Sam’s younger brother Nathan and Lucy is falling for him from the beginning. The two of them get along really well, they go surfing together, have lots of talks and they seem perfect for each other. However, nothing happens between them. There is still James and Nathan’s life is also complicated. At the wedding they have a really intense moment, they almost kiss, but the next day Lucy returns to London.

She goes back to work and tries to find out whether James is lying or not. Her thoughts though still remain with Nathan all the time.
One day, Nathan calls her and has big news: He is coming to England for work, with his work Buddy Richard (we’ll see him again in Pictures of Lily).
Lucy is really happy about that, but doesn’t want to show that to James.
She tries to be with Nathan as often as she can and as a reader I was always hoping that something is going to happen between them. It takes a really long time, though and that’s why I couldn’t put the book down.
After their, let’s call it, „snogging“, Lucy tells James everything, but he somehow wants to fight for her.
One night they go into a pub and there the truth about James comes out and Lucy’s life changes.
Nathan comes to rescue her and finally Lucy gets what she wants and she can be happy after all.

This story is so wonderful. As a reader I fell in love with Lucy and Nathan from the first moment on and was only waiting for them to be together.
They are just perfect for each other and Paige Toon’s style of writing made the story real, passionate and emotional.
An amazing debut novel that makes you want to read more of this great and talented author.


My possible cast:

Lucy: Sophia Bush

Nathan: Wade Poezyn

James: Chris Pine

Paige Toon on Twitter: @PaigeToonAuthor