Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance

Excerpt: “Lord of London Town”, by Tillie Cole

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a promo post with and excerpt. You probably remember my promo post last week, and that one also had an excerpt. I still need to share my review, but I want to do something special.

Enjoy this excerpt and if you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it.

Lord of London Town“, written by Tillie Cole, is a Dark Contemporary Romance, published 13th October 2020.


Synopsis

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Cheska Harlow-Wright was born into a life of luxury and privilege. She has never wanted for anything. A comfortable future as a married London socialite awaits her. But since the age of thirteen, Cheska has harboured a secret—an unshakeable fixation on a boy who could never offer her anything close to comfort. A boy steeped in sin and draped in depravity. A boy born into the possessive embrace of darkness.

When Cheska’s seemingly perfect world is ripped apart by an unknown but deadly enemy, there’s only one person she can run to. One person in the world who has the power to keep her safe. The one person her weak and shattered heart craves.

Arthur Adley. The new head of the most feared crime family in London.

Forced too young to take the helm of the Adley firm, Arthur has become even more ruthless, formidable, and cold than ever before. His enemies are circling, and he must fight—and kill—to maintain his family’s place at the top of the London crime underworld. There is no room for weakness, emotion, or loss of control.

But then Cheska smashes back into his life with the force of a wrecking ball. She has no place in this dark, vicious, and bloodthirsty world. And worse, she is the solitary chink in his impenetrable armour. He’s already pushed her away once, but this time she desperately needs him. She’s broken, lost, and in danger, and he is the only one who can help.

Arthur must protect her. He must destroy those who dare to threaten her, hunt down those who would take what is his. He would raze all of London to the ground to keep her safe… but can he also protect himself?

The infamous Dark Lord of London Town faces his most brutal battle yet—the crippling weight of the past, the unrelenting enemies lurking in the shadows… and the havoc that Cheska’s presence is wreaking on the granite fortress that was once his heart.

Dark contemporary Romance. Contains sexual situations, violence and sensitive subjects that some may find triggering.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Kobo


About the author

Tillie Cole

Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon


Excerpt

CHESKA

“If you stare at that bloody yacht any more, you’ll burn a hole in its side.” I looked from Arthur’s yacht to Arabella. She was lying on her lounger on the sun deck, head tilted back, her SPF-drenched dark skin shimmering under the blistering Marbella sun.

I took a sip of my mojito, letting the mint and lime cool me down. I saw a few of Arthur’s friends on the deck. But he wasn’t there. I hadn’t seen him since the night in the club. Not long after Ollie Lawson and his friends came, Arthur and his boys had disappeared. I had no idea where to. But they hadn’t come back.

My cheeks blazed when I thought back to him looking at me right in the eyes as he fingered the girl on his lap. As her eyes rolled back and she moaned out loud as her orgasm barrelled through her.

A hand waved in front of my face, pulling me back from the other night. From Arthur … his dark hair, blue eyes and black-rimmed glasses that just did something to me. I couldn’t read him. He was as impenetrable as Fort Knox. Even when his gaze had been locked on mine, I couldn’t get a bloody read on him. He gave nothing away. It was as if he was soulless. As if he lacked any basic emotion.

Cool.

Calculated.

Deadly.

The hand before my face moved faster. When I shook my head, withdrawing myself from thoughts of Arthur and those eyes that were as unbreakable as a bank safe, it was to see Freya. She smiled, but I could see a tinge of worry in her dark eyes.

She studied me, then put her palm on my forehead as if checking my temperature. I moved her hand away. “Frey,” I said, sighing. “I’m fine.”

“Just checking you haven’t got a fever or anything. Or heat exhaustion.” She took a sip of her Chardonnay. Her purple bikini somehow made her Irish features look more pronounced, and made her curves look like something out of a Renaissance painting.

“I’m completely well.”

Arabella sat up and moved her Gucci sunglasses from her espresso eyes. Her curls framed her beautiful face. “You do know that yacht belongs to Alfie Adley, don’t you?” Her lips were pursed with worry. “That guy you keep staring at is Arthur Adley. The Arthur Adley, heir to the Adley firm and their empire of death and destruction.”

“I know who he is. I have done since we met at thirteen, remember?”

“Yeah, we remember,” Freya said. “But do you? Alfie Adley was there to cash in on a debt your father owed. He wasn’t there for a night of drinks and billiards.”

“I know that,” I snapped. Freya and Arabella glanced at each other as though I’d lost my bloody mind. Maybe I had. All I knew was that, over the years, Arthur had become an obsession of mine. And now he was here. In the flesh. Docked next to us. Looking my way with that steely gaze that seemed to make my knees weak and my mind lose all of its senses.

“Daddy made a mistake. He explained it all to me. He made a bad investment.” I shrugged. “He sorted it and hasn’t had dealings with the Adleys again since.”

“Yet, here you are, wanting to fuck Arthur every which way to Sunday.” Arabella raised an eyebrow at me, waiting for my response.

The sound of raucous laughter came from the Adley yacht, and I glanced over. Just then, Arthur walked out onto the deck, a large gin glass in his hand. He seemed more often than not to be drinking gin, I’d noticed. It must have been his drink of choice—straight, with ice, no mixer. He was shirtless, wearing navy-blue shorts, his black-rimmed glasses firmly in place.

Christ, he was perfection. His skin was slightly kissed by the sun, and his dark hair looked like onyx under the midday sun’s rays.

As if feeling my stare, he looked over, his eyes landing straight on mine. His cousin, Charlie, followed his gaze, his eyes narrowing on me as if I were a problem he wanted to solve. My breathing came faster as Arthur didn’t look away from me. Not even when Freddie Williams stood beside him and started talking in his ear.

“Seriously, Cheska,” Freya said, and I reluctantly looked at my best friend. “Go fuck your boyfriend or something. Get any thought of Arthur Adley from your head.”

Arabella laughed. “Can you imagine taking him home to your daddy? He’d have a damn heart attack.”

“Maybe Arthur isn’t as bad as you think,” I said. “They’re East End gangsters,” Freya said. “They’re murderers! We’ve all heard the rumours.”


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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Blog Tour

Promo Post: “Everything is Beautiful” by Eleanor Ray + Trailler

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a fun post with an extra. So… Enjoy!

Everything is Beautiful“, written by Eleanor Ray, is a Uplit novel, that will be published 4th February 2021.


Synopsis

Sometimes it’s impossible to part with the things we love the most…

When Amy Ashton’s world came crashing down eleven years ago, she started a collection. Just a little collection, just a few keepsakes of happier times: some honeysuckle to remind herself of the boy she loved, a chipped china bird, an old terracotta pot . . . Things that others might throw away, but to Amy, represent a life that could have been.  

Now her house is overflowing with the objects she loves – soon there’ll be no room for Amy at all. But when a family move in next door, a chance discovery unearths a mystery long buried, and Amy’s carefully curated life begins to unravel. If she can find the courage to face her past, might the future she thought she’d lost still be hers for the taking? 

Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant and The Keeper of Lost Things, this exquisitely told, uplifting novel shows us that however hopeless things might feel, beauty can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Pre-order Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Trailer

And here is the fun thing I have to share with you guys. A Book Trailer!


About the Author

Eleanor  Ray

Eleanor Ray has an MA in English Literature from Edinburgh University and works in marketing. She lives in London with her husband and two young children.
Eleanor was inspired to write Everything is Beautiful by the objects her toddler collects and treasures – twigs, empty water bottles and wilting daisies. She is currently working on her next novel.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

Contemporary Romance, New Releases

Promo Post & Excerpt: “Lord of London Town”, by Tillie Cole

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a lovely post about a book I recently read. It’s not the review yet I have that planned for this week. Today is the celebration of the Release and I bring you an Excerpt to tempt you.

Lord of London Town“, written by Tillie Cole, is a Dark Contemporary Romance, published 13th October 2020.


Synopsis

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Cheska Harlow-Wright was born into a life of luxury and privilege. She has never wanted for anything. A comfortable future as a married London socialite awaits her. But since the age of thirteen, Cheska has harboured a secret—an unshakeable fixation on a boy who could never offer her anything close to comfort. A boy steeped in sin and draped in depravity. A boy born into the possessive embrace of darkness.

When Cheska’s seemingly perfect world is ripped apart by an unknown but deadly enemy, there’s only one person she can run to. One person in the world who has the power to keep her safe. The one person her weak and shattered heart craves.

Arthur Adley. The new head of the most feared crime family in London.

Forced too young to take the helm of the Adley firm, Arthur has become even more ruthless, formidable, and cold than ever before. His enemies are circling, and he must fight—and kill—to maintain his family’s place at the top of the London crime underworld. There is no room for weakness, emotion, or loss of control.

But then Cheska smashes back into his life with the force of a wrecking ball. She has no place in this dark, vicious, and bloodthirsty world. And worse, she is the solitary chink in his impenetrable armour. He’s already pushed her away once, but this time she desperately needs him. She’s broken, lost, and in danger, and he is the only one who can help.

Arthur must protect her. He must destroy those who dare to threaten her, hunt down those who would take what is his. He would raze all of London to the ground to keep her safe… but can he also protect himself?

The infamous Dark Lord of London Town faces his most brutal battle yet—the crippling weight of the past, the unrelenting enemies lurking in the shadows… and the havoc that Cheska’s presence is wreaking on the granite fortress that was once his heart.

Dark contemporary Romance. Contains sexual situations, violence and sensitive subjects that some may find triggering.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Kobo


About the author

Tillie Cole

Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon


Excerpt

ARTHUR

I pushed my glasses up my nose and climbed the stairs. The heat of the Spanish sun slammed into me like an iron fist, and I pushed my dark hair back from my forehead. White Mediterranean buildings surrounded us, and tourists sat in restaurants and bars, gaping up at our yacht.

I joined my friends on the rear deck overlooking the restaurants and took a beer from Eric. He spread his arms. “Fucking paradise, boys.” I took a swig of my beer and glanced over to the yacht beside us. I didn’t see anyone on the back deck, but then I heard the people talking at the front of their boat, overlooking the sea.

“So, where are these spectacular views?” Charlie asked Eric, lighting up another cig.

Eric winced as he met my cousin’s waiting gaze. “Well, maybe not spectacular to you, Chuck, but definitely to the rest of us.” He flicked his eyes to Vinnie, who was circling the back deck like it was a track, and screwed up his nose. “Okay, maybe not to our resident nutjob either since he already has a bird. But to me, Freddie and Artie, what a view it is!”

“Story of my fucking life.” Charlie smirked at me. I followed Eric as he headed for the main sun deck at the very front of the yacht.

“The edge gone yet?” I asked Vinnie. He nodded, and I could see by his eyes that his medication had kicked in. His pupils had dilated a bit, and the shaking in his hands had lessened. “Getting calmer by the second, Artie. Getting calmer by the second.” He smiled again, his deep dimples making him look a fuck-ton more innocent than he actually was. I put my hand on his shoulder, right over the face of Nosferatu with his sharp vampiric teeth that was tattooed there.

“So, who are we docked next to?” Freddie asked Eric. Freddie was six feet two with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He was slender in build but could fight like a fucking Rottweiler. His old man died a while back, for the firm, shot right through the fucking forehead by a Russian. My dad practically adopted Freddie after that. He’d lived with us in the old church for the past couple of years. He was quiet before his old man’s death. Now, compared to the rest of my gobshite mates, he was almost mute.

“Wait until you see,” Eric said, waggling his eyebrows. Eric was six four, blond and covered in bright-as-fuck horror-themed clown tattoos. His hair looked like something straight from World War Two—combed over like a good little British solider. Claimed birds got wet for it—we all knew that was mainly referring to Betsy, my cousin and Charlie’s little sister. But neither he or Betsy ever talked about that. He also rarely shut his mouth. But that didn’t matter when shit hit the fan. He had your back, one hundred percent without question.

As we turned the corner, I saw movement on the yacht beside us. Birds in bikinis, some topless. I couldn’t care less. Seen one pair of tits, you’d seen them all. Bored already, I lit another cig and moved to the front of the yacht. I looked out over the ocean.

“Nice tits, sweetheart!” I heard Eric shout behind me. I glanced over to the yacht beside us and saw two girls sunbathing, looking our way—one with dark skin and jet-black hair that fell in spiral curls to her shoulders, and one with light freckled skin and red hair down to her waist.

I went to turn my head again, when someone walked out from below deck and toward the two sunbathers. The hand holding my cig stopped en route to my mouth when I saw her long legs and olive skin. The dark hair that was pulled up on top of her head. She was wearing a white bikini, fucking curves like an hourglass.

As if she was feeling my stare, she looked over, and the minute she did, I recognised those eyes. Those big fucking eyes that were fixed on me and widening by the second. Green-brown eyes that I never fucking forgot…

Cheska Harlow-Wright…


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Blog Tour, Historical Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“A Widow’s Vow” Review

Hello Friends!

Are you guys ready for a new review? Historical romance here we go!

A Widow’s Vow“, written by Rachel Brimble, is a Historical Romance, the first in a brand new series, published on 10th September 2020, by Aria Fiction.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Rachel Brimble for the eCopy of this book. Thank you for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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From grieving widow…

1851. After her merchant husband saved her from a life of prostitution, Louisa Hill was briefly happy as a housewife in Bristol. But then a constable arrives at her door. Her husband has been found hanged in a Bath hotel room, a note and a key to a property in Bath the only things she has left of him. And now the debt collectors will come calling.

To a new life as a madam.

Forced to leave everything she knows behind, Louisa finds more painful betrayals waiting for her in the house in Bath. Left with no means of income, Louisa knows she has nothing to turn to but her old way of life. But this time, she’ll do it on her own terms – by turning her home into a brothel for upper class gentleman. And she’s determined to spare the girls she saves from the street the horrors she endured in the past.

Enlisting the help of Jacob Jackson, a quiet but feared boxer, to watch over the house, Louisa is about to embark on a life she never envisaged. Can she find the courage to forge this new path? 

A Widow’s Vow is the first in a gripping and gritty new Victorian saga series from Rachel Brimble. You won’t be able to put it down.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

Rachel Brimble Author Photo

Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 20 published novels including the Pennington’s department store series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).

Her next project is a Victorian trilogy set in a Bath brothel which she recently signed with Aria Fiction. The series will feature three heroines determined to change their lives and those of other women. The first book. A Widow’s Vow is due for release in September and available for Amazon preorder now.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.

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Social Media Links: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads


My Review

Do I love Historical Romances? You guys know I do. This isn’t my first Rachel Brimble’s novel, and I was very excited to read this book, since it’s the start of a new series.

A Victorian saga… “A Widow’s Vow” follows Louisa Hill and Jacob Jackson in an unique story. I was quite surprised when I read the synopsis and I loved the plot once I read the story. It’s not a story we would expect, and Rachel Brimble did a brilliant job in creating a setting and storyline that allowed us to connect to the characters.

Louisa is amazing. I loved her determination and kindness. Jacob… I was quite fascinated by him and by his personality. They both have a past that is full of hardship and ugliness, still fate has a different path for them. Reading their interactions and the way their relationship developed was lovely.

Then there are all the other characters that gave the plot and the MC strength. Nancy was a character also love. Her and Louisa’s friendship made me so happy. But honestly, I can’t wait to read the next books and see how Nancy’s story is going to unfold, and I really want to learn more the other character and their pasts, lives and dreams.

Overall, it was a perfect start of a series. An unique story about the struggles in life, as well as the determination we must have to accomplish our goals. A Romance that made my heart warm up. Characters that I could connect with and that made me want to get to know them more with each page. A book that has dark and light, because that’s life.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews to basic promo/spotlight posts.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, Reviews

“Tudor Christmas Tidings” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday! I hope you are all doing well and ready to learn about a new historical romance.

Tudor Christmas Tidings“, written by Blythe Gifford, Jenni Fletcher and Amanda McCabe, is a Historical Romance, compiling three novellas, published on 29th September 2020, by Mills & Boon / Harlequin.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Blythe Gifford, Jenni Fletcher and Amanda McCabe for the eCopy of this book. Thank you for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

Tudor Christmas Tidings Cover

Make Merry at Court

…with three Tudor Christmas stories!

In Christmas at Court Sir John Talbot and Lady Alice’s secret betrothal must wait until Henry Tudor claims the throne. Next in Secrets of the Queen’s Lady the lady-in-waiting to Anne of Cleves is unexpectedly reunited with a handsome—younger—diplomat at the palace’s festivities! And in His Mistletoe Lady Catherine seeks help from a mysterious Spaniard to free her father in time for Christmas!

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo | Barnes & Noble


About the Authors

After many years in public relations, advertising, and marketing, Blythe Gifford started writing seriously after a corporate layoff. Ten years and one layoff later, she became an overnight success when she sold to the Harlequin Historical line. Her books, set in the 14th to 17th centuries, typically incorporate real historical events and characters. The Chicago Tribune has called her work “the perfect balance between history and romance.” Blythe lives and works along Chicago’s lakefront. 

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Jenni Fletcher is from the north coast of Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire where she writes historical romance novels. She studied English at Cambridge University before doing a PhD on Edwardian literature & psychology at Hull. She has been nominated for 4 RoNA awards and won for Short Romantic Fiction in 2020. In her spare time she loves baking and, of course, reading.

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Amanda McCabe wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…).

She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.  She lives in Santa Fe with a Poodle, a cat, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections. 

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook.

Amanda also writes as Laurel McKee for Grand Central Publishing, the Elizabethan Mystery Series as Amanda Carmack, and the Manor Cat Mystery Series as Eliza Casey.

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My Review

I absolutely love Historical Romances. Everyone that knows me is aware of that fact. But I think it’s the first time I read historical romances novellas. I have to say, I absolutely loved reading each one of these three Tudor Christmas stories.

Firstly, I love the main characters in the three novellas. Each one of them had strong personalities, and I could connected with them, despite being a quick story each time. I think the character I most loved was Kit, since he was so different from what we usually see, and I loved his emotional side, it touched my heart.

Another aspect I loved was the fact that it’s a Christmas book, and that’s one of my favorite holidays. It was good to have a connection between the stories, and of course the time period is also something I enjoyed learning more about. Tudor isn’t something I know a lot about, so while reading the novellas, I was curious.

The plot in each story was fun too. Each one was unique and had a pace that made sense for the storyline. And that’s something I also enjoyed. It was interesting to see the characters accomplish theirs goals, fall in love or accept their feelings, as well as going through the motions of life back then.

It wasn’t crazy with twists or turns, it was just what I needed in terms of romance, drama, tension, excitement. If you want to enter the world of Historical Romances, this definitely is a perfect way to get introduced to the genre, since it’s novellas and you can still feel the essence of the historical element.

Overall, I loved it! I already knew Jenni Fletcher and I love her books, it wasn’t a surprised I loved this novella. But… it was my introduction to Blythe Gifford and Amanda McCabe, and if I was already curious about their books, I’m even more now.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews to basic promo/spotlight posts.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“The Cottage of New Beginnings” Review

Hello Friends!

It’s the start of a new month and I bring you the first review of October.

The Cottage of New Beginnings“, written by Suzanne Snow, is a Romance novel, the first book in the Welcome to Thorndale series, published on 3rd September 2020, by Canelo.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Suzanne Snow and Canelo for the eCopy of this book. Thank you for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

The Cottage of New Beginnings Cover

One crumbling cottage. One broken heart. A chance to start over?

When Annie returns to Thorndale, the village where she spent much of her childhood, she’s looking for a new start. All she wants to do is fix up the cottage her godmother left her, and fix up her broken heart.

When she clashes with local hero, Jon, Annie can’t help but wonder if coming back to Thorndale was a mistake. The village has clearly changed and the last thing she needs is more drama. But avoiding the distractingly handsome Jon is proving impossible, especially when Thorndale seems to be conspiring to throw them together…

Annie is looking for a fresh start with zero romance – but what if the only way to learn to trust again is to take a risk on love?

The perfect cosy romance for fans of Julie Houston, Victoria Walters and Trisha Ashley.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Potential trigger warning: an alcoholic that dies from a possibly intentional medication overdose


About the Author

Suzanne Snow Author Photo

Suzanne lives in Lancashire with her family and loves to read. Amongst her favourite books are historical crime fiction and writers’ biographies. Suzanne enjoys cooking, walking, especially in the Lake District, and developing and planting gardens. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook


My Review

I absolutely love small towns and villages’ stories. I love the familiar feeling that it has. In this book – and start of a series – we get to know Thorndale, and I loved the very beginning of the book, the all returning home aspect that it had.

This story follows Annie. She’s looking for a new start and goes back to the place where she spent her childhood, Thorndale and her Molly’s cottage. I was quite interested in knowing more and more about Annie with each page. All her thoughts, dreams, fears… Her background… It was quite interesting, and honestly it felt like it could be any of my neighbors.

It’s through her interactions that we meet the other characters. I’m quite curious to see the following books, just to see some of those characters. To see where their stories go, or just to see as side characters again because I just liked them. Of course, Jon was fun to get to know. Right until the end, actually.

Overall, it was this simple yet satisfying read. Love the descriptions. Enjoyed the romance, since it felt as if it was just a classic calm story. Just a relaxing read for a ‘no-worries’ afternoon.


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Blog Tour

Extract: “What She Saw” by Diane Saxon

Hello Friends!

Like I said in the previous post, this is a thrilling. And I have an extract to share for you guys.

What She Saw“, written by Diane Saxon, is a Crime/Thriller novel, published on 22nd September 2020, by Boldwood Books.


Synopsis

What She Saw Cover

‘An addictive 5* read that kept me guessing. Diane Saxon’s DS Jenna Morgan series is brilliant’ – bestselling author, Ross Greenwood.

Perfect for fans of Cara Hunter

Why does someone want the Lawrence family dead?

The Lawrence’s were the perfect family; successful, beautiful, and happy until one night their whole world was ripped apart.

Detective Sergeant Jenna Morgan is called to investigate the suspected arson attack and death of the Lawrence family at the charred remains of their stunning home, Kimble Hall.

The case takes a sinister turn as the body count fails to tally.

Suspecting that someone may have survived the inferno, DS Morgan and her team need to discover whether they have a witness, or someone far more dangerous.

Who set the fire? Who wanted this family extinguished beyond recognition?

As the case progresses, DS Morgan realises she has a calculating, cold-blooded killer on her hands, and the race is on to track them down before they kill again.

Purchase Link – Amazon


About the Author

Diane Saxon previously wrote romantic fiction for the US market but has now turned to writing psychological crime. Find Her Alive was her first novel in this genre and introduced series character DS Jemma Morgan. She is married to a retired policeman and lives in Shropshire.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Bookbub | Goodreads


Extract

Saturday 18 April 2245 hours

Pain seared through her shoulder, nowhere near the burn in her chest that desperate despair clutched at.

Poppy cracked open her eyes, only to slam them shut again before he looked over at her.

Silhouetted against the background of the hall light, he stood in the entrance to her darkened room.

Daddy?

Horror gripped her throat, but she forced her muscles to relax, held her breath like she did in the swimming pool when she practised her free diving. The more she slowed her heartbeat, the longer she could hold her breath. Under controlled circumstances, she could hold it for two minutes. The world record was over four and a half, but she’d only started on their holiday in Cuba at Christmas. It was cool joining the local free divers. Proud of her achievement, she’d practised three times weekly at the Shrewsbury School for Boys swimming pool which the Girls’ High School were allowed to use.

But these weren’t controlled circumstances, and the only pool she was in was that of her own blood.

The furious hammer of her heart pulsed through the base of her neck, making it swell until her face threatened to burst.

She squinted through veiled lashes.

Daddy!

She stopped the breath from rushing from her lungs, parted her lips and released it in a silent sigh while she watched, terror holding her still where she lay on the rumpled bedcovers.

It was her fault. She’d persuaded Aiden to sneak in through the back door and up the stairs. If she hadn’t, it would never have happened.

Daddy!

He must have known.

Rifle still in hand, he leaned over where Aiden’s naked body lay crumpled on the floor, grabbed a fistful of his hair and yanked his head back to study the boy’s beautiful features.

The ugly sneer on her daddy’s face froze her blood. Never one to physically abuse his children, that face was the one he used to control them all with the threat of underlying evil and barely suppressed fury.

She’d learnt long ago not to open her mouth in his presence, never to challenge with her eyes or they’d all suffer the consequences. His gaze would turn to ice while his jaw flexed as he clamped his teeth together. Then there would be nothing to eat that night.

The delicate flicker of her mother’s fingers, the quiver of her beautiful, soft lips, was a sure sign she’d read the situation before anyone else. Poppy had learnt well to read those signs as Daddy’s mood changed on a whim.

Control.

He held it in a tight fist.


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Blog Tour, Reviews

“Missing For Good” Review

Hello Friends!

It’s a thrilling day here in the blog. First I have a review and if you are into the all Crime/Thriller genre, this is definitely a book for you.

Missing For Good“, written by Alex Coombs, is a Crime/Thriller novel, the second book in the series, published on 24th September 2020, by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Alez Coombs and Boldwood Books for the eCopy of this book, via Netgaley. Thank you for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

Missing For Good Cover

Is she alive, or is she missing for good…?

When the estranged daughter of Scotland’s premier art dealer goes missing, Private Investigator Hanlon is hired to find out where Aurora is.

But what she thinks will be a relatively straightforward job, soon turns dangerous. The missing girl has a troubled past but what made Aurora suddenly pack her bags and disappear?

Hanlon has her work cut out for her. The stakes are rising and she needs to get to the bottom of the case before someone else is attacked.

And is Aurora still alive, or is she missing for good?

A gripping new case for feisty female Private Investigator, Hanlon. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza and Lisa Regan.

Purchase LinkAmazon


About the Author

Alex Coombs Author Photo

Alex Coombs studied Arabic at Oxford and Edinburgh Universities and went on to work in adult education and then retrained to be a chef. He has written four well reviewed crime novels as Alex Howard.

Social Media Links – Website | Twitter | Facebook


My Review

Although most people probably know my love for Historical romances and fantasy/paranormal, I do enjoy crime and thriller novels. Why? Because it has always been something I had fun watching with my family, and now I enjoy reading the books.

“Missing for Good” is the kind of novel I enjoy reading in the mornings, to wake up with a missing case book and mysteries that grabbed my attention. I knew I couldn’t read it at night or I would sleep only after I uncovered the truth. So I decided to only read this book in the mornings to start my day with excitement and curiosity. Who doesn’t want to start the day with something interesting?

This is the second book of the series and it’s my introduction to PI Hanlon. I was already curious about the series and book one, so I decided to take a chance and begin with the second installment in the series. Let me say I now have to go read the precious book, because I enjoyed this one very much.

The characters had me going, Hanlon was a fantastic character and I love her attitude and seeing her at work. The kind of character I would enjoy seeing in the big screen because my brain just isn’t enough. And the other characters and the interactions added to my curiosity.

Then there is the plot and that was just brilliant and all the elements in the book made sense with the plot. Drama and mystery. The excitement of figuring out or theorizing about the crime. very page turner for me.

Overall, it was fun – can I use that word for a crime/thriller novel? – and I enjoyed every page of it. I can’t wait to read the previous book in the series so I can see the character’s development and see how that crime resolves. I will keep my eyes open for the future books in the series.


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Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Four Letter Feelings” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Tuesday! I hope you are all doing well this week so far.

Today I have a review of a book that is part of a series and world whose author you may recognize.

Four Letter Feelings“, written by Lasairiona E. McMaster, is the first book in the Jeremy Lewis Series, published on 27th September 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lasairiona E. McMaster for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

Four Letter Feelings Cover

Jeremy Lewis has just returned from a year in Europe, ready to start college in Alabama and pursue his dream career in the National Hockey League. Other than boring school work, he’s eager to play hockey, hang out with his new teammates and maybe even rekindle an old flame when Chelsea unexpectedly reappears in his life.

Life is looking pretty darn peachy.

But when his parents are brutally murdered in a mass shooting, merely surviving each day feels like an achievement. How can he get through college and keep his budding career on track when all he wants to do is drink and squander his parent’s fortune? Can he convince Chelsea he’s a changed man when he seems so intent on his own destruction?

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Potential Trigger Warning: Loss of a parent, grief, mental health issues


About the Author

Lasairiona McMaster Photo

Lasairiona McMaster writes sassy, classy and badassy women and strong, yet vulnerable men. She challenges reader’s expectations by openly dealing with mental health issues, often exploring tough-to-handle topics and ‘taboos’ and books with a whole lotta heart.  

She can either be found enjoying a gin and lemonade by the Irish sea, or baking sweet treats in her kitchen while singing at the top of her lungs. When she’s ‘home’ in Texas, and isn’t eating fresh-popped popcorn while buying things she has absolutely no need for in Target, she can be found at Chuys eating her body weight in chips and queso and washing it down with a margarita swirl. 

Social Media Links: Facebook | TwitterWebsite | Instagram


My Review

Four Letter Feelings‘ is connected to the Lisa Millar and AJ Williams’ series. In the previous series we follow Lisa and then AJ’s POV, and now it’s time for Jeremy.

I was fascinated by Jeremy from the very beginning. He was such a good friend and such a fun and funny character that I honestly wanted to know more about. Once I learned about this series I was super excited.

This novel is the start of Jeremy’s POV, the start of his story. So being introduced to some details and even questions about him and his past, was fantastic. It got me extra curious about his personality and his background. As if I wasn’t curious enough, this novel just took me to a new level.

Now, Jeremy is still an amazing character and I can’t wait to see how the story will develop, and what journey he will take, because I loved seeing this side of Jeremy Lewis. Still as lovely and charming as before, just an added depth to his personality.

And then there is Chelsea Davis. I’m not even going to go there because I hope you guys enter this world and learn for yourselves. I do hope that Lasairiona E. McMaster does the same that she did with Lisa & AJ, and gives us Chelsea’s POV in the future. I do love the format the author has going on with this world.

Such a beautiful and deep book and story, I can’t wait to see what comes next and were the author is going to take us. To be honest, I may love this book more than the other ones in this Universe of Lasairiona E. McMaster.


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Blog Tour, Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal “Christmas in Cockleberry Bay”, by Nicola May

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this Wednesday. If not, I hope this post gets you excited.

Today I bring you a cover reveal! Get ready! It’s a Christmas-y one.

Christmas in Cockleberry Bay“, written by Nicola May, is a romance novel, and the publication date is 4th December 2020.


Synopsis

Meet old and new characters in the Bay for Christmas fun and frolics.

With both the Corner Shop and Cockleberry Café in safe hands, Rosa turns her attention to Ned’s Gift, the charity set up in memory of the great-grandfather whose legacy turned her life around.

Over at the Ship Hotel, Lucas has his work cut out with his devious new girlfriend and the mystery poisoning of an anonymous hotel inspector. Will the hotel still get its 3-star Seaside Rosette?

Will Mary find true love at last? Can Titch cope with the demands of the shop and being heavily pregnant. And can Rosa, with a baby of her own, pull off the Cockleberry Bay Charity Christmas Concert in time?

Christmas in Cockleberry Bay is a festive delight for fans of Rosa and her cheeky mini dachshund Hot, delivering a feast of unpredictable events and surprises.

Pre-order Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

Nicola May is a rom-com superstar. She is the author of eleven romantic comedies, all of which have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. Two of them won awards at the Festival of Romance, and another was named ebook of the week in The SunThe Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK, across all genres, in January 2019, and was Amazon’s third-bestselling novel in that year.

She lives near Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


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