Sunday, 31 March 2013

You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

Rachel Woodford has been in a long-term relationship with boyfriend Rhys for the past thirteen years and they plan to marry. Then when Rachel bumps into Ben a close friend of hers from university who she has not seen for the last ten years, Rachel’s feelings and emotions begin to stir and with Ben now married, can Rachel accept that Ben was the one who had got away  and that there will be no second chance?

A really good story, that takes the reader through a rollercoaster of emotions. I found the story a very moving and touching and original love story about being in love with someone and the timing never being quite right and circumstances keeping the two leading characters apart.  I really like the humour in this book too there are some great lines that made me laugh out loud.

Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976 and has been explaining how to pronounce her name ever since. It’s ‘Vah-Ree’, but mishear and call her Rory, Barry or Moira if you want.

When Mhairi’s not working on novels she does freelance writing and blogging, which we all know is code for messing about on Twitter. She lives with a man and a cat.

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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Kismetology by Jaimie Admans

Mackenzie Atkinson made the mistake of only moving three doors down from her interfering mother. When the interfering and unannounced visits become too much for Mackenzie and her boyfriend Dan, she decides she needs to help her mother to be happy in her own life and then she will be far too busy to be interested in her and Dan’s life.

So Mackenzie comes up with a plan, to find her mother’s perfect man, with Mackenzie herself going on dates with the prospective candidates to see which one will be her mum’s perfect match. Will finding her mum’s perfect partner be the answer, or will it make Mackenzie question and learn things about her own life?

This is the fantastic first novel from author Jaimie Admans. I loved every page of this book. Written in a very lively, fun and comical way, that makes this book highly entertaining and a hysterical, hilarious read.  I will definitely be reading more books by this author

Jaimie is a 27 year old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese and onion crisps.

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Tall Dark and Kilted by Lizzie Lamb

When Fliss Bagshawe loses her job as an holistic therapist after attending a party in Notting Hill that gets out of control, she thinks that her chance of running her own therapy business are over, until she is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to run a therapy centre, five hundred miles away in Scotland. Happy to leave her life behind in Pimlico she heads for the Scottish Highlands.

However after a chance meeting with the handsome but brooding Laird of Kinloch Mara, Ruairi Urquhart, Fliss finds that her dreams and plans could be over. Ruairi takes his responsibilities as Laird very seriously and thanks to an earlier misunderstanding when they first met Ruairi thinks that Fliss is no more than a scheming opportunist out for all she can get.

Fliss must take on the Laird and his eccentric family to convince them that she is passionate and determined and committed to make the therapy centre a success, before Ruairi puts a stop to her dreams before she can turn them into reality and she finds herself unemployed and back in London; two people from completely different backgrounds. The Laird is set in his ways and stubborn. Will Fliss be able to convince him that she is not what he thinks she is?

With enough sparks to set off fireworks, this is a fabulous romance story from author Lizzie Lamb. A fun and entertaining read from page one, engaging the reader straight away into the story that is written with excellent wit and humour that will make you smile. A cast of lively and thoroughly good fun characters that are so likable that some could have their own spin off stories. I loved everything about this book from the beautiful colour purple of the cover and the catchy title, to the escapism of getting lost in this great book for a few hours.  I look forward to reading more books by Lizzie Lamb.

After teaching her 1000th pupil, Lizzie decided it was time to leave the chalk face and pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New writers scheme, honed her craft and wrote Tall Dark and Kilted. She had enormous fun researching men in kilts, falling in love with brooding hero Ruairi Urquhart, and rooting heroine Fliss Bagshawe – and hopes you will too.

Lizzie is also a founding member of the indie publishing group: The New Romantics 4. Her fellow New Romantics are June Kearns, Mags Cullingford and Adrienne Vaughan. If they are Athos, Porthos and Aramis – that must make Lizzie D’Artagnan! The New Romantics 4’s watch cry is, all for one and one for all.

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To learn more about Lizzie go to her website

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Security by Mandy Baggot

Autumn Raine is an international singing sensation, who is at the height of her fame and career. Autumn’s first album had gone double platinum and she is up for two awards at a prestigious award ceremony. Although adored by her fans, it would appear that Autumn has it all, but deep down inside Autumn is unhappy even with so much success, when it comes down to it she does not have anyone close to her in her private life and she is lonely. She has no one to talk to and share things with.

When a serious kidnap threat is made against Autumn, an handsome and experienced ex-special forces agent, Nathan Regan is hired for Autumn’s security. Nathan whisks Autumn away from it all to a safe haven. Autumn and Nathan are two completely different people who are thrown together and soon the sparks begin to fly.

Haunted by demons from his past can Nathan provide the security that Autumn so desperately needs?
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of Security, Mandy Baggot’s brand new novel before its official launch in April. This as a fan of Mandy Baggot’s books was very exciting! It is a book that is well worth reading. A great storyline filled with drama, action and romance and just the right amount of comedy to make this a fascinating and entertaining read.  The latest novel from Mandy Baggot is not to be missed. 

Security is available to buy from April 4th.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Second Chance Grill by Christine Nolfi

Liberty Book 2

This is the Prequel to Treasure Me.

When Dr Mary Chance inherits a restaurant from her late aunt, she travels from Cincinnati to Liberty, to relaunch and reopen the restaurant naming it The Second Chance Grill. The gift of inheriting the restaurant had just come along at the right time for Mary, it had given her a chance to get away and reflect on her life, after the tragic loss of her dear friend Sadie. Sadie also a doctor and Mary had been planning to take over Sadie’s fathers practice when he retired, but now with Sadie’s death, Mary now faced the fact that she would be running the practice alone. Once she got the restaurant up and running she planned to go back to Cincinnati and return to her life.

Along with inheriting the restaurant Mary also finds she has inherited the people who work at the restaurant, who are an interesting and lively bunch of characters. She also makes friends with eleven year old Blossom, who is always hanging around the restaurant asking for a job. When Mary meets Blossom’s single dad Anthony there is an attraction between them, but Mary knows she will not be staying long in town and Anthony knows that he needs to tread carefully when it comes to relationships, as he has to consider what is best for his daughter Blossom. So they become friends despite the mutual attraction. Both Mary and Anthony have been through difficult times. Will they too get a Second Chance?

If you are looking for a good read, then I really recommend this book, I found the story really moving and it is written so brilliantly that you become so involved in the story it is almost like you are actually sitting in the restaurant listening and watching over what is going on.  I really hope that there will be more books about the lovely people in the community of the town of Liberty.

Christine Nolfi owned a small public relations firm in Cleveland, Ohio. She closed the firm after she travelled to the Philippines and adopted four children. She has been writing novels fulltime since 2004

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