Wednesday, 29 April 2020

How to Marry Your Husband – by Jacqueline Rohen

The blurb: 

He broke her heart. Now it’s her turn.

Rachel has just seen her husband David kissing another woman and she knows her marriage is over.

To make matters worse, she has just discovered that her romantic destination wedding wasn’t exactly legal.

No marriage means no divorce. Heartbroken and angry, she and her friend hatch a foolproof plan:

Step one - Make David fall back in love with her.
Step two - Marry him
Step three - Divorce him and break his heart.

Simple enough.

Rachel just has to be careful that she doesn't get swept up in the romance and end up falling in love with him...

My Opinion:

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

I really like the idea behind this book and I think the beginning is perfect. 

I was hooked from the start and was really curious about finding out what Rachel is going to do. It was fab to see all her thoughts and how she managed the sitation of an anniversary party and other things. Keeping up the act after seeing your husband kiss another woman is not easy. 

Then she wants out that their marriage wasn’t legal, it’s time to break his heart. She did a lot to make his life hard and that wasn’t easy to see, I even felt sorry for David. 

The great thing about this book: David got to share his perspective as well. Sometimes in bewteen some chapters were dedicated to him and we got to read everything from his point of view. That was really interesting and actually explained what really happened with this woman. 

I really enjoyed this book, the storyline is very exciting, funny and full of ups and downs. At times I felt it dragged a little bit and I wanted the story to move forward too quickly. The book is full of emotions and I think the authors captured them really well. 
I didn’t really like the way it was all resolved, I kind of expected more there, but I still liked this story very much, also the ending. 

A great story that will keep you hooked!


Jacqueline Rohen on Twitter: @dippyjax

Monday, 27 April 2020

Sunrise Over Sapphire Bay – by Holly Martin

The blurb: 

Fall in love with the beautiful Jewel Island this summer, where the sapphire sea sparkles, the golden sun warms your skin and the islanders melt your heart. From the bestselling author of The Little Village of Happiness comes Holly Martin’s most romantic novel yet.

Aria Philips has lived on Jewel Island all of her life. Even when her sisters Clover and Skye left its stunning shores for bigger and better things, Aria stayed to help her father run their family hotel.

A year after her father’s death Aria’s done everything she can to keep things afloat but the hotel has long been struggling to make a profit. With so few guests Aria risks losing the only home she’s ever had.

Noah Campbell earned his fortune from making hotels a success, and he also just happens to be staying on Jewel Island this summer. Could he be the answer to Aria’s problems? If only he hadn’t kissed her under the willow tree the year before and never called her again. It had been the most incredible kiss of her life, but clearly business and pleasure should never be mixed.

As gorgeous and charming as Noah may be, Aria vows to keep things professional while she seeks his help. But for the past year Noah has been keeping a secret and his return to Jewel Island is about to change Aria’s life forever…

My Opinion:

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


Where to start

Lets start with the wonderful main characters. Airs has lived on Jewel Island her whole live. She started working at the family hotel, helped her father run it and now after his death she is the manager. The hotel is struggling now and she doesnt know what to do now. 

Noah Campbell has been a guest to the hotel several times. He makes hotels successful and travels a lot. 

Aria and Noah had instant chemistry, but nothing really happened between them, until he kissed her under the willow tree. After that he left and it broke her heart. 
Now he is back and he is there to help make the hotel a success again and the truth about everything comes out. What does that mean for their feelings for each other though?! Can they be in a relationship I this situation?!

Their connection and chemistry is there again immediately and I love how Holly Martin captured it. I just wanted them to get together, the story I s very gripping and just beautiful. Their scenes and moments were adorable. Their relationship is full of ups and downs, which made the storyline very exciting. 

Aria’s sisters come back to the island as well, as well as some other characters, who play an important role. I loved reading about all of them. Together with the guests ands the villagers they made a fab group of people with lots of stories to tell. We also got to read about characters from Holly Martin’s previous books as well, which was great. 

The setting of this story is amazing and I loved how detailed the authors style is. The book is full of love, passion, family, heart, friendship, live lessons and much more. There very also some funny moments in this story, which I really liked. 

We also get to learn lot about the characters’ pasts and I really loved that. It made me understand them more and gave us a good background on their lives. I felt like their emotions and feelings were captured really beautifully. 

I can’t wait for more to come in this series!! I’m definitely hooked!



Holly Martin on Twitter: @HollyMAuthor
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Sunday, 19 April 2020

My Pear-Shaped Life – by Carmel Harrington

The blurb: 

This is a joyful, uplifting book for those of us who sometimes wake up and feel we’re not good enough. Spoiler alert: we are!

Meet Greta.

She’s funny.

She’s flawed.

She’s hiding so much behind her big smile she’s forgotten who she is.

But Greta is about to discover that the key to being happy is…being you.

Greta Gale has played the part of the funny fat one her entire life, hiding her insecurities behind a big smile. But size doesn’t matter when you can laugh at yourself, right?
Until Greta realises she’s the only one not laughing. And deep down, she’s not sure if she’ll ever laugh again.

But with her world feeling like it’s falling down around her, Greta is about to discover she’s stronger than she feels. And that sometimes the best moments in life come when it’s all gone a bit pear-shaped…

My Opinion:

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

I have always like Carmel harrington’s books and writing style. I haevn’t read one of her books for a while and I’m so happy I decided to read this one. 

It tells the story of Greta Gale, who doesn’t have an easy life. She is overweight and has an addiction to sleeping pills. The rest of her famiyl ist hin and fit and it’s not easy tob e around them. She also tries to becaome a successful actress, which is not easy. 

We see Great in different stages of her life and of her additicton. One person that is always there for her is her uncle Ray. I absolutely adored him, probably my fave characters oft he book. He understands Greta and really hold the whole family together. 

Greta also likes following Dr. Greta Gale, her namesake and a  successful TV persononality in the US. Well, Ray decide to surprise Greta with a trip to Vegas to go see her. Greta’s parents don’t like that, but they go anywy. It’s all connected with a road trip starting in Kansas City. There are a lot of Wizard of Oz references in this book, which make the storyline very special. I also really enjoyed the road trip aspect, I felt like being with them and experiencing America through them. Carmel Harrington’s writing captured everything beautifully, it’s detailed and emotional. 

Ray gets to tell his story as well, which I really liked. Greta is on a journey to find herself again, it’s great to see her change thorughout the book. 

The story is very uplifting and inspring, but it also shows the hard parts and it’s connected to a lot of deep feelings. 

I enjoyed this book very much, I was hooked and just couldn’t stop reading anymore. 



Carmel Harrington on Twitter: @HappyMrsH

Saturday, 11 April 2020

The Break Up – by Tilly Tennant

The blurb: 

What happens when Mr Right goes rogue?

Lara doesn’t have a back-up plan. So when her safe-bet boyfriend Lucien dumps her for her best friend, Lara’s world implodes. Life after the break up stretches bleakly ahead, lonely evenings on the sofa with only a bottle of wine and her grey cat Fluffy for company…

Down the road, Theo loves his job as a jazz musician, giving other people great nights out before coming home in the early hours and unwinding with his loyal cat Satchmo.

What they don’t know is that it’s the same cat.

And when they find out, standing in the streets in their pyjamas, both on the hunt for their lost pet, sparks of the wrong sort fly.

Lara can’t deny that Theo is one of the most gorgeous men she’s ever met, but she can see exactly why he’s still single. They do say opposites attract… but is she ready to move on? And when Lucien comes back into the picture, will she be tempted back to her life before the break up, or risk everything on the chance of something new?

A wonderfully warm will-they-won’t-they romantic read that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. If you’re a fan of Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews, The Break Up is the love story you’ve been waiting for.
Previously titled: A Cat Called Cupid

My Opinion:

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

Laras story doesnt have a great start. She gets dumped by her boyfriend Lucien, who runs off with her best friend. Luckily, she has Fluffy, her cat. Fluffy leaves a lot and she always has to go and find him. 

Thats when Lara meets Theo. Apparently, its his cat Satchmo. So you can imagine these two are not off to a great start. Theo is a musician and very different to Lara. They constantly fight. They might again at a wedding, because Lara is a wedding planner. 

Lara realised that Theo is very interesting and she keeps on thinking about him. At one point they both finally admit their feelings, but things get complicated after that. With lots of misunderstandings, trust issues and more. 

Its a light and bubbly story and in the second half it got really interesting. The first part really dragged on with nothing really happening, which is a shame. I liked the previous title better A cat called cupid, this one is just the start of the story. 

I loved both Lara and Theo as characters, they were full of warmth and charisma and the style of the author is really funny and fresh. The depth was missing for me a little bit, I still enjoyed the story very much though.


Tilly Tennant on Twitter: @TillyTenWriter

Thursday, 2 April 2020

A Complete Game – by Aven Ellis

The blurb: 

A professional baseball player who needs to find himself—on and off the mound. 

A heroine passionate about animals—but not the life she’s living.

And two ferrets who spark a romance that will change everything for Brady and Addison …

Addison Blakely should be happy. After all, so many items on her life list had checkmarks by them: self-sufficient and living on her own, enjoying life in DC with fantastic friends, happily single, and working at a professional job.

So why isn’t she?

Addison knew life wasn’t going to be like the Regency romances she devours. The pages of her own book weren’t going to be filled with a dashing hero and a gorgeous romance. Nor would she be living the life she wanted by the last page. That wasn’t reality.

Or so she thought.

Addison’s life changes when a celebrity photoshoot with the Washington Soaring Eagles baseball team brings Brady Jensen into her life. Addison is drawn to the gorgeous pitcher with a crooked smile and a soft spot for the underdog. The more Addison learns about Brady, the more she begins to believe she can rewrite her own story.

When Brady and Addison are both faced by the challenges of living an authentic life and accepting their own truths, will this relationship end without a happily ever after? Or will Brady and Addison’s love make it all nine innings?

If you like emotionally intelligent heroes, animal shenanigans, and romantic gestures worthy of a swoony Regency novel, you’ll want to escape into A Complete Game. Can be read as a standalone.

My Opinion:

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

We are finally back with the Soaring Eagles in Washington DC. 

Addison loves Regency romances and animals, she would love to work with animals, she is not quite there yet though. Her family has wanted something else for her all her life and her sister Ari is the big star, not easy. She feels at home in DC now though and has found great friends. One of them being Hayley, who is married to Brody Jensen. 

Addison meets Brady, his twin, who got traded to the Soaring Eagles, at a photoshoot, where she can bring her ferrets. 
Brady is gorgeous and they hot it off immediately, with deep conversations and meaningful dates. Brady, doesnt like playing with his twin and struggles a lot with his games. 

Both of them are going through things (Addison with her family and looking for a dream job and Brady with his game and being around Brody)
and they are there for each other, but that also meaning tell each other the truth, which leads to some conflict and misunderstandings. This makes the storyline very interesting and intense. I love reading about their relationship and how it developed. Aven Ellis really captured all the feelings and emotions. I felt very close to the characters and wanted everything to turn out well.

They share a deep bond and they make each other better, even with some ups and downs in between. The details in this story are incredible, I loved the setting as well. 

I adored catching up with the characters from previous books as well. They are a great bunch and I cant wait to see what the future holds. 

I have to say baseball is still a little mystery to me, so these parts of the story didnt interest me too much. I got into it a bit though and if youre a big baseball fan, you are going to love this story. 

Its the perfect story for this quarantine time, it will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Its romantic, passionate, funny, touching and very authentic! WONDERFUL!!!


Aven Ellis on Twitter: @avenellis