Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Always Been You” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Wednesday! Today I have a review of a book that is part of a series whose author you may recognize.

Always Been You“, written by Lasairiona E. McMaster, is the third book in the AJ Williams Series, published on May 9th 2020 by Drama Llama Publishing.

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.

Always Been You


Synopsis

Always Been You CoverFive thousand miles from his ex, AJ is living with Lisa’s decision to call it quits and leave both him, and Alabama behind. Upon hearing that Lisa is moving forward from their engagement with a new (and handsome!) doctor-boyfriend, AJ is confused and broken at the idea of facing life without his soul mate. AJ finds himself at a cross roads, does he give up all hope of ever reconciling with Lisa and take a chance on love again with someone new? Or is his heart destined to be forever entwined with the beautiful Irish woman he met on the internet… who is now with another man?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Potential Trigger Warning: Sexual assault, medical injury/brain trauma/grief/loss


Author Bio

Lasairiona McMaster PhotoLasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did – with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself ‘home’, with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation. With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.

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My Review

This is the final book in the AJ series, and where everything comes together.

We keep following Aj’s side of the story, we see how life for him is, while he deals with all the obstacles that may appear, with his mental health problems, and every other situation he ends up encountering as he tries to figure things out.

P1070705We get keep connecting with AJ and all the other characters that have a big role in his life, in a positive aspect, even thought we know them. It was quite interesting to see the the other side of the coin, and see the interactions between the characters in a new light. It gave the story and world an even more powerful understanding, since we get to see both MC’s POVs and all that they had to deal with during this time line.

I did say, in the previous reviews of this series, that I loved that we were given a chance to read AJ’s daily life. I truly felt that Lisa’s series needed that. AJ was and still is one of my favorite characters and I knew there was a lot about him that we needed to know. With this novel we get the final pieces to understand all that has lead to the big finale.

Overall, I definitely recommend you read the entire series in order, I would start with Lisa’s POV and then get to AJ’s POV. Then you will get a bigger understanding of all the various elements that shaped their story. It’s a rollercoaster in terms of emotions and I personally loved to connect with the characters in that deep level.

Also, I do caution the readers, because there may be some potential trigger in both series. Just keep that in mind.


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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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Love,

Jess

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“Dreaming of Italy” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this start of a brand new week. Today I bring you a review of a romance novel, and we all need some love in our lives, even if it’s only in books, so we can be cozy and happy.

Dreaming of Italy“, written by T.A. Williams, is a Romantic Comedy and Chicklit, published May 4th 2020 by Canelo.

Happy Release day!!

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and T.A. Williams and Canelo for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, and 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.

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Synopsis

Dreaming of Italy CoverUp for a dream promotion, Emma won’t let anything get in her way – not even love.

Working for a major Hollywood film company isn’t all glitz and glam. But when Emma gets sent to tour around Italy to scout the perfect location for a new blockbuster movie, she’s not going to complain. Especially when it could make or break her career…

Historical adviser for the project Mark is a distraction that Emma does not need. As they explore the beauty of Italy, Emma starts to fall for the mysterious Mark, and soon finds herself torn between her job and her heart.

From the wild, northern mountains of Piedmont, down the vibrant coast of Cinque Terre and through the rolling hills of Tuscany, Emma’s journey becomes one of self-discovery as she questions her priorities in life.

Purchases Link: Amazon US


About the Author

TA Williams Author PhotoI’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations and, as a writer, I obviously have to go there in person and check them out first. I love my job…

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


My Review

This was the first novel by this author that I have read and since I happened in Italy, I was really curious about it.

In this story we follow Emma and Mark, exploring Italy and falling in love with the characters and the scenery. And of course there are other characters that appear, giving us some much need interaction and creating a good realism to the story.

P1070877Plus since there is a Hollywood film involved, it kind of gives an interesting extra element for the plot and allowing more characters and interaction. I loved that part of the story, not only did it allow more the relationships between the various characters, but it also gave some context to the plot.

The fact that this book happen in another country, one that I have always wanted to visit Italy, is kind of a dream like story. With the current situation, it allow us to visit all the landscapes and historical places without leaving the comfort of our home. It opened our mind and transport us with brilliant descriptions. It almost felt like being there. Seeing, smelling and listening everything. And of course it leaves even more curious, adding names to my list of places to visit.

Overall, it was a warm book with a great storytelling that makes us feel as though we are there. A fantastic novel and I’m quite curious about other works by this author.


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Love,

Jess

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“Art and Soul” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well, today I bring you two reviews. They are my last reviews of the month of April, so I hope you are excited.

Art and Soul“, written by Claire Huston, is a standalone contemporary romance, published on April 23rd 2020 by Goldcrest Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Claire Huston for the eCopy of this book, and 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.

Art and Soul


Synopsis

Art and Soul CoverThere’s no problem Becky Watson can’t fix. Except her own love life…

Struggling single mother Becky Watson longs to revive her career as a life-fixer, working miracles to solve her clients’ problems, no matter how big or small. Since the birth of her two-year-old son she has been stuck preventing wedding fiascos for the richest and rudest residents of the Comptons, a charming, leafy area of southern England known for its artistic heritage.

So when semi-reclusive local artist Charlie Handren reluctantly hires Becky to fix his six-year creative slump, she’s delighted to set him up with a come-back exhibition and Rachel Stone, the woman of his dreams.

Though they get off to a rocky start, Becky aFacebooknd Charlie soon become close. But as the beautiful Rachel becomes Charlie’s muse, Becky is forced to wonder: will giving Charlie everything he wants mean giving up her own happily ever after?

A heart-warming, uplifting romance served with a generous slice of cake.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Claire Huston author photo Claire Huston lives in Warwickshire with her husband and two children. Art and Soul is her first novel.

A keen amateur baker, she enjoys making cakes, biscuits and brownies almost as much as eating them. You can find recipes for all the cakes mentioned in Art and Soul at www.clairehuston.co.uk along with over 100 other recipes. This is also where she talks about and reviews books.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | TwitterInstagram | Goodreads | Pinterest


My Review

There is something sweet and enjoyable about contemporary romances. It’s one of those genres that I like to read in bed, with Nala as my company, a cup of tea and some cookies, and just relax and forget the real world and just focus on the author’s version of our reality. Plus, I’m a romantic, no matter if it’s Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Historical or Contemporary… But, of course, when it happens in our time and space, it’s a different experience.

Why am I talking about all of this? Claire Huston wrote a brilliant contemporary romance that talks about certain aspect in life. It was one of the sweetest and lovely stories I have read recently, and I absolutely enjoyed the novel for various reasons.

P1070879As we follow Beckie, a single mom who works as a life-fixer for the rich, and her new job helping Charlie, an artist… we get to experience life through her life and her struggles, as well as understanding the story more with ever page. Seeing the development with the characters and their interactions was one of the things I loved seeing in the book. Also, for some reason I always have a soft spot for single parents in books, and I could empathize with her.

This novel was about the people, the characters, and their problems, the solutions, the dreams and the interactions. It was about what they should do next, what they should decide… and I love that it was about them in such an emotional and profound way.

Also, with romance comes drama. I loved that extra element, because it created doubt and tension. I was cheering for Beckie all the way, going on the journey side by side with her, needing to learn more about her, and hoping she would have her happy ever after, since she totally deserved happiness.

Overall, it was my cup of tea, actually. I enjoyed it and it was the kind of story I would reread in the future. If you like contemporary romance and the synopsis seems to intrigue you, then I will recommend you give it a try.


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Love,

Jess

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“The First Date” Review

Hello Friends!

Today is a special day here in Portugal, and extra special for me since it’s my grandma’s birthday. And I’m participating on a online retreat/readathon, but I wanted to come here and share a review with all of you.

The First Date“, written by Zara Stoneley, is a contemporary novel published on April 24th 2020 by One More Chapter .

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Zara Stoneley and One More Chapter for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, and 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.

The First Date


Synopsis

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date!

Right place.
Right time.
Wrong guy …

After breaking up with her childhood sweetheart, clueless dater Rosie has found herself in a boyfriend-drought. So when she finally swipes right on a guy who seems interested, she can’t wait to meet up IRL.

Until she’s left standing alone. In a bar. Ghosted.

Enter Noah. Confident, funny … and a serial first dater. Offering to give Rosie a crash course in seduction, this could be just what she needs. Until her matchmaker turns out to be the best date she’s ever had – and Rosie wonders if she wants the fake dates to be the real ones after all …

A hilarious, heartwarming romantic comedy about what happens when the wrong guy turns up at the right time, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Debbie Johnson.

Purchase Link: Amazon UK


About the Author

Zara Stoneley PhotoUSA Today bestselling author Zara Stoneley writes funny, contemporary romances that will whisk you away from the humdrum of everyday life and make you laugh out loud.

Growing up she wanted to be James Bond or UK veterinary surgeon James Herriot – instead she dallied with a career in IT consultancy, ran a dog grooming business, and had a brief spell teaching (variety is the spice of life!) before finally writing a bestselling novel and realising that at heart she’d always been an author.

She enjoys torturing (in a nice way) her characters for your pleasure and writes about friendship, pesky pets, troublesome relatives, hopes, dreams, love and happy ever afters. Her aim is to make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Follow her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley to find out more about her home life in a Cheshire village with her family, a (very) lively cockapoo called Harry, and a bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron. Zara’s bestselling novels have been translated into several languages and sold around the world. They include ‘Four Christmases and a Secret’, ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.

Social Media Links: Website | BookBub | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookGoodreads | Amazon


My Review

This isn’t the first novel I’ve read of Zara Stoneley and it was just as fun as the others I have read.

We follow Rosie, as she founds her foot not that she’s single after the breakup with her childhood sweetheart, her boyfriend since she was a teen. As someone how has now idea how to date… (Single person here!) I found myself relating to Rosie, and truly hoping she would be able to get the hang of if.

P1070882Then we met Noah and, oh boy, were their interactions funny and exciting. The relationship that grew between them was lovely to see, because we got to understand their motivations, their past, their thoughts and actions, as well as see the development in their personalities.

We are taken into this journey along side with Rosie, as Noah teaches her the art of dating, and we end up laughing, sighing and falling in love with the characters. The storytelling was light and fun to read, and because of the scenes that happened, I couldn’t stop myself and read page after page. Trying desperately to learn more.

While I read it, I was taken to another place and time, and my afternoon and late night, was so much warming and happy. From the setting to the characters’ development, I enjoyed every second I spend reading this story.

Overall, it was a perfect book to read if you want to get distracted from the current state in our daily lives, plus it felt like a romantic comedy to me. It was visual and funny and lovely, and the kind of story that makes us sit down with a cup of tea and some chocolate, while enjoying each moment of the characters life, our heart warming up with all kinds of emotions and curiosity.


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Love,

Jess

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“Scenes from a Country Bookshop” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday! I’m very excited today because I have accomplished my goal for Camp NaNoWriMo and I’m two chapters away to finish my novel. I will make a post about it in the future.

Nevertheless, I had to come here and share the final review of a series surrounded by books, and if don’t know what I’m talking about, you can check the others here: “The Book Lovers” Review, “Rules for a Successful Book Club” Review“Natural Born Readers” Review.

Scenes from a Country Bookshop“, written by Victoria Connelly, is a Women’s Fiction novel, the third book in the Book Lovers Series, published on November 6th 2019 by Notting Hill Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Victoria Connelly for the eCopy of this book, and 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.

The Book Lovers Series


Synopsis

Scenes from a Country Bookshop CoverJosh Nightingale has always been married to his books. Happy to run his bookshop in the small town of Castle Clare, he’s never really had time for romance and truly believes that he’s never going to fall in love. But, when April Channing opens a new shop opposite his, everything changes.

Sweet and attentive one moment, abrupt and aloof the next, Josh really can’t understand April at all. What exactly is going on? Josh is pretty sure that the answer can’t be found in a book.

Purchase Link: Amazon UK

Author Content Warning  -Blindness, a polyamorous relationship, references to the Bloomsbury Group


About the Author

Victoria Connelly PhotoVictoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

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


My Review

“Scenes from a Country Bookshop” is the forth book in the series and I must say I immediately read it after the third one, I just couldn’t wait to go go back to Castle Clare and follow Victoria Connelly’s amazing world, as well as, of course, the amazing Nightingale family.

This story is about Josh Nightingale and April Channing. Quite an interesting couple that ended up complementing each other well. They were both complex and intriguing characters that I enjoyed knowing more about. Plus, going on the journey to learn all April’s secrets was exciting as well.

P1070883It was fun reading about this family and I’m quite sad that there are no other books to enjoy. As many people may know, if they have read previous reviews, I have a big family, lot’s of cousins and uncles/aunts. Every time I read about the Nightingale family I felt as if I was catching up with my own family. All because I felt connected to them.

Overall, loved it as much as the other novels. It was as unique as the previous ones, it made fascinating with all the revelations and all the little details in the relationships, the characters interactions and the plot.

I do hope it’s not the end of this series, because I would definitely love to go back to this small town and have fun with the Nightingale family again. So, if the synopsis and genre intrigues you, then I have to say to go for it and read the entire series.


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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.

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

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“Natural Born Readers” Review

Hello Friends!

It’s Thursday, and I bring you the third review of a series surrounded by books, and if don’t know what I’m talking about, you can check the others here: “The Book Lovers” Review & “Rules for a Successful Book Club” Review. Also, stay tune, because there is one more review coming up about this series.

Natural Born Readers“, written by Victoria Connelly, is a Women’s Fiction novel, the third book in the Book Lovers Series, published on September 26th 2017 by Notting Hill Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Victoria Connelly for the eCopy of this book, and 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.

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Synopsis

Natural Born Readers CoverBen Stratton and Bryony Nightingale. Everybody thought they’d be together forever. But, when Ben leaves the small market town of Castle Clare to travel the world, Bryony is heartbroken, seeing his departure as the ultimate betrayal.

Throwing herself into her work running the much-loved children’s bookshop, Bryony determines to forget Ben and to start dating again. But Ben doesn’t make it easy for her, sending her postcards filled with his love and posting her foreign editions of all the great romantic novels from the countries he’s travelling through.

Then, after six long years, the unexpected happens and Ben returns, determined to win Bryony back. But will she forgive him and does he have the courage to tell her the truth about why he left her?

Purchase Link: Amazon UK

Don’t forget to add this book to your TBR on Goodreads: Natural Born Readers


About the Author

Victoria Connelly PhotoVictoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

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


 My Review

“Natural Born Readers” is the third book in the series and we, yet again, follow Victoria Connelly’s amazing world, and the amazing Nightingale family.

This story is about Bryony Nightingale and Ben Stratton. It’s a second change romance, and to be honest those are one of my favorite tropes. After six years, Ben returns to town wanting to get Bryony back, and what will happen, you will have to read to see, because I don’t give spoilers. Nevertheless, I love to read their moments together, it was quite fun and interesting.

P1070884It was definitely another warm story about another memory of a family full of book lovers. I was so focus on the story, on the emotional it had in each scene, that I was transported completely. I felt as if I was a part of this family, just one more time, because as soon as I was reading, it was like I was back home.

Just like in the previous novels, I loved the characters interactions, they made everything so much real. Friendship, family, lovers… We get to experience the moments page after page, even following a particular funny and extra episode around Flo. Each scene meant to catch our curiosity and get us to connect with characters and emotions.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I think it may be my favorite one, alongside with book two. I love a good second chance story, just as much as I love a good love story about a parent and his or hers love interest. This book had a beautiful story and characters, and discover more about hem was just part of the deal, because in the end, we loved them too, and felt as we went with them through this journey.


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.

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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.

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

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“Worth Fighting For” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Wednesday! It’s raining in my hometown, a perfect day to relax, and get to travel with a book.

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

Worth Fighting For“, written by Lasairiona E. McMaster, is the second book in the AJ Williams Series, published on April 11th 2020 by Drama Llama Publishing.

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.

Worth Fighting For

 


Synopsis

Worth Fighting For CoverRelationships are complicated. Long distance ones, even more so. When AJ Williams met Lisa Millar online through mutual friends, he wasn’t prepared to fall in love with the woman of his dreams. In a heart-wrenching story of love attempting to transcend miles, AJ finds himself married, fighting a battle against his Bipolar Disorder and on the wrong side of the Atlantic from the woman he truly loves. Will their love conquer all? Or will the intricacies of a relationship woven across the Atlantic be too much to take and tear them apart once and for all?

** Warning ** Book ends on a cliffhanger!!

Potential Trigger Warning: Sexual assault, medical injury/trauma/PTSD

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

Lasairiona McMaster PhotoLasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did – with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself ‘home’, with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation. With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.

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My Review

When I read the Lisa Millar story, I wanted to read at the same time AJ’s POV since I felt that we were missing his side of the story. So, when I got the chance to read book one in the AJ Williams series, I was very excited. Now I have read the second book, and there are still a lot of little details that I’m love to learn.

I still found it’s a bit difficult to write a review for this book, just like I did with book one, for the same reason, because the world and story are in my head and heart. But!… if I enjoyed the previous books, you can bet I certainly love this one as well.

P1070706As I kept following AJ and reading about his thoughts and the reasoning for his actions, I found myself getting a lot more connected with him than in the previous book, and that what I did in the Lisa Millar series. We get to go deeper into his emotional state and mental health aspects, we get to see is daily life and learn how he’s changing with each book. And in the end, it brought some extra answers.

Yet again, I was taken on a journey about a character and plot that isn’t your usual story and MC. We continue to understand the friendships and interactions in a different way than with the other series, and it added some layers to the storytelling. The characters were complex and getting to learn more about what makes them tick was interesting.

The balanced between the complexity in the story and simplicity in certain scenes, was something I enjoyed. Sure, I know what is going on, but that doesn’t mean I know all the smaller details. A story is full of POVs, depending on the person we are listen to. And the way the author let’s the character tell his story this time just add to that dynamic in my mind. That’s why I felt as if it was a complex book in terms of the subjects talked about, and simple with certain scenes that were just moments were all experience daily.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a continuation of the previous book, opening our eyes for even more aspects of the story that we may have not paid attention. Plus, since it does end with a cliffhanger, we get compelled to get the third book in the series so we know more. And to those that are curious about this series, I recommend you to start with book one or start with Lisa Millar Series.


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Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Rules for a Successful Book Club” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this Monday. Today I bring you the secnd review of a series, you may remember my first review a couple days ago, but just in case, you can check it here: “The Book Lovers” Review. Also, stay tune, for more reviews to come of this series.

Rules for a Successful Book Club“, written by Victoria Connelly, is a Women’s Fiction novel, the second book in the Book Lovers Series, published on February 14th 2016 by Notting Hill Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Victoria Connelly for the eCopy of this book, and 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.

The Book Lovers Series


Synopsis

Rules for a Successful Book Club CoverPolly Nightingale never meant to fall in love again especially not with a biker thirteen years her junior. But then Jago Solomon enters her life with a guitar strapped to his back, and Polly and her six-year-old son, Archie, know that they’ve never been happier.

But what happened three years ago when Polly’s husband, Sean, went missing? And what will it mean for Polly and Jago if her past ever catches up with them?

Purchase Link: Amazon UK

Don’t forget to add this book to your TBR on Goodreads: Rules for a Successful Book Club


About the Author

Victoria Connelly PhotoVictoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

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


 My Review

In this book we continue to follow Victoria Connelly’s amazing world, a series surrounded by books and an interesting family.

In this novel we follow yet again another member of the Nightingale family and I was very excited to start this book that I didn’t wait long between book one and book two. We get to met Polly Nightingale in a deeper way, as we learn about her past, her struggles, her daily life and being a mom to her cute six years old son, Archie, and how she ends up meeting the biker Jago Solomon, thirteen years her junior, and how things changed.

P1070885Although we follow Polly and get to see what’s happening in her life, and uncovering the mysteries, we still get to see the rest of the Nightingale bunch and I loved that. It is a standalone novel, but by reading it in order you would understand why I’m happy to see Callie and Sam. It is good that the author maintained the connection to the family and the characters in this book, because that really was something I absolutely love, it made the story even more real since I felt as if I was part of the community, of the family and definitely part of that world.

I loved no only the touched related to the book club, but also the way that some subjects were talked about. Books is a common element, and it made me a happy girl, despite that, I was surprisingly more curious about the mysteries around Polly’s husband and all the things that came with that.

Overall, it was yet another fun book that gave me some cozy feelings and it made me realized why I like contemporary romances. I loved that it was a book about people, family, love, friendship, and not letting the past messed up with our future.


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Jess

Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Poptastic” Review

Hello Friends!

Yes, Jéssica is posting another review today. Why? Because I want to. What happen? I finished the book and I’m really excited to write the review. So get read for it.

Poptastic“, written by Victoria Holmes, is a Romance novel, LGBTQ Fiction, that is currently on pre-order since it comes out on May 7th 2020.

I want to thank Victoria Holmes for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

Ebook CoverBridesmaiding is a tedious business at the best of times, but as Julia discovers, the task is particularly cumbersome when one of the brides is your ex and her fiancée won’t stop sulking about it.

With the wedding threatening to dominate everything for the rest of the year, a bewildering embrace with a devastatingly attractive pop star offers a welcome distraction. Dating Krisha catapults Julia away from the paltry concerns of dress fittings and hen dos, but it also takes her away from her friends, and directly leads to her most disastrous f**k up yet. Much to her surprise, she discovers that embracing the role she’d accepted so reluctantly might just be exactly what she needs.

Purchase Link: Amazon

Don’t forget to add the book to your TBR on Goodreads: Poptastic


About the Author

After studying for a degree in Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick, Victoria pursued an MA in Social Work at the University of Manchester, and spent many years working with young offenders in Tooting.

She now teaches English as a foreign language, allowing her the opportunity to travel and write. Following stints in South Korea, Thailand, Italy and Slovenia, she is currently based in Taiwan where she lives with her partner, Yao.

Although she has been writing fiction on and off since university, Poptastic is her first novel.

Social Media Links: Website | Instagram (Book page) | Instagram (author) | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

I always love to get out of my comfort zone and read other genres and books that talk about topics I haven’t dived into. That been said, I haven’t read many LGBTQ novels, just because I haven’t jumped into it yet. The ones I have read, I enjoyed, this book included.

We follow Julia in a journey that I could definitely describe as a rollercoaster of emotions. As I keep reading the story I found myself relating to a lot things that were talked about in the book and the emotions portrayed. Plus, I felt like I was part of the group of friends, thanks the storytelling and how the author get us to connect with the characters.

There definitely some unexpected moments that got me think, and others that got me so happy because I was hoping it would happen. I was so focus on the story, on Julia’s life and journey that I didn’t realized I was finished until the epilogue came.

Although it did touch on certain topics that are hard ones, like violence, drugs and attempt suicide, there was a lot of light moments as well. Friendship, wedding preparations, love and lust… Or even: following your dreams, taking a chance, making tough decisions, dealing with break ups… Every single thing was real, it represented life. Because life isn’t jut drama or romance, it’s everything in between. And that’s something I truly loved in this novel.

I won’t give any spoilers, let me just say that it fell like a light read because of the humor it had, combined with all the messy moments, the fantastic and funny characters. When I say it felt like life, I wasn’t kidding, it truly did and I loved that realism. Victoria Holmes knows how to take us on an exciting adventure and now I wish I could read another book of her, especially if she writes about Lucy.

Overall, I quite enjoyed the story, it was certainly a good Saturday read for me, and a good break from other genres. So, if you like this types of books, about life, about a side of the LGBTQ community, written by someone that knows it… then you should check out the book.


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Jess

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“Trust In You” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing fine this fun Saturday. To does that like me are staying home and are looking for books to read, I bring you a review of a novel you maybe be interested in.

Trust In You“, written by Julia Firlotte, is a Romantic Suspense novel, the first book in the Falling For You Series, published on April 6th 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Julia Firlotte for the eCopy of this book, and 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.

Trust In You


Synopsis

Trust In You Cover.jpgFrom the moment she met him, Ella Peterson had questions. As always, though, she’s too shy to ask.

Older and sexy as hell, mysterious Adam Brook soon sweeps sheltered Ella off her feet; but is he as perfect as he appears to be, or is there more to him than he’s telling her?

Ella’s world has already turned upside down after moving from England to rural Kansas. She and her sisters were hoping for a more secure future, but instead find that life can be tough when jobs are scarce and the stakes often higher than anticipated.

When events spiral out of Ella’s control, she learns the person she needs to rely on most is herself and her instincts on who to trust in the future.

It’s just that her instincts are screaming at her to trust Adam; it’s what he tells her that makes that a problem.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Potential Trigger Warnings: There are scenes of abduction and mild/attempted sexual assault in the novel, but no graphic violence. 


Author Bio

Julia Firlotte PhotoJulia is an avid reader of all things romance, and she has read hundreds of books across a variety of sub-genres and began writing her own novels in 2018. Four books are currently in various stages of editing and completion, the first of which is finished and will be on sale in spring 2020.

Julia has always been passionate about languages and fiction and has a degree in Languages And Trade and an A-Level in English Literature. When Julia is not writing or editing her own novels, she usually has her nose in books by other authors and is otherwise kept busy caring for her family, going to the gym and carrying out her day job. Julia lives on the South Coast of England with her two children, husband and cats.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Facebook Group: Romance Chit Chat | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram


My Review

If there is something I absolutely love is romance, and I do find romantic suspense books so exciting. This is one is in that genre and after reading the synopsis I was intrigued.

We follow Ella Peterson in this interesting and thrilling journey as she meets Adam Brook, and all the dangerous moment that happen along the way. I love Ella and seeing her develop throughout the book was good. Then there was Adam that I still don’t know what to say beside “Love him!”. I did enjoy their interactions because of all the sparks I could see between them, as well as the fact they were different but still really complemented each other.

P1070719I loved meeting the characters and getting to know what makes them tick, and what kind of mysteries they have. It wasn’t just the main characters, it was all of them. The interaction were brilliant and fun to read, the relationships dynamics, the family craziness, the bad guys… For me a good book has to have substance and characters I can connect with, and have some realism, and I felt that in this book.

As I venture into the story, reading page after page, going deeper into the danger and mystery that surrounds the plot, I was very focus and couldn’t put down the book. That’s something I like in a suspense novel, the ability to grab my attention. And the way the story was being told, the flow it had, helped with maintaining the emotions and the “sitting at the edge of my seat” feeling, of uncertainty, curiosity and excitement.

Overall, it was a good start of a series and I can’t wait for more books to come, in the series. If you like romantic suspense, you may want to give this book a try.


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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.

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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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Love,

Jess