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Please Don't Stop The Music (Choc Lit)

Please Don't Stop The Music (Choc Lit) [Kindle Edition]

Jane Lovering
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Winner of the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year & the Romantic Comedy award.

The panel of judges described Jane's voice as 'fresh and new with an unexpected hero', and included WH Smith's Matt Bates, Foyles' Jonathan Ruppin, Jane Mays from The Daily Mail and The Bookseller's Sarah Broadhurst. Please Don't Stop the Music was singled out by the judges for its 'dark undertones' and for engaging with 'issues a lot of people recognise'.

--The Romantic Novelists' Association

Winner of the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year Award. --Romantic Novelists' Association

~From the start I found myself connecting with the characters. They were believable and I could imagine them as real people. The two main characters, Ben and Jemina both have underlying secrets and as the book progresses, are hinted at. This made me want to keep reading to find out all the whys and hows .... ... I actually found it rather more upmarket than other chick lit. Yes, it was easy to read but with a great plot, really believable characters and lots of laugh-out-loud moments - I loved it! Jane Lovering is definitely an author on my reading list now - I can't wait for her next book!~ --Belinda, Editor. Families, Vale of York Magazine.

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How much can you hide?
Jemima Hutton is determined to build a successful new life and keep her past a dark secret. Trouble is, her jewellery business looks set to fail - until enigmatic Ben Davies offers to stock her handmade belt buckles in his guitar shop and things start looking up, on all fronts.
But Ben has secrets too. When Jemima finds out he used to be the front man of hugely successful Indie rock band Willow Down, she wants to know more. Why did he desert the band on their US tour? Why is he now a semi-recluse?
And the curiosity is mutual - which means that her own secret is no longer safe ...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1906931275
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (31 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jane was, presumably, born, although everyone concerned denies all knowledge. However there is evidence that her early years were spent in Devon (she can still talk like a pirate under the right conditions) and of her subsequent removal to Yorkshire under a sack and sedation.

She now lives in North Yorkshire, where she writes romantic comedies and labours under the tragic misapprehension that Johnny Depp is coming for her any day now. She is prevented from running away to join either Johnny or a circus by her five children, four cats, two dogs and the day job, although she believes this to be optional, and blames her incipient love of sprouts for her slightly single status.

Jane's likes include marshmallows, the smell of cucumbers, words beginning with B, the smell of the understairs cupboard, and Doctor Who. She writes with her laptop balanced on her knees whilst lying on her bed, and her children have been brought up to believe that real food has a high carbon content. And a kind of amorphous shape.

Not unlike Jane herself, come to think of it.

You can find out more about Jane ( should you wish to, of course) from her blog and website at


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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By Lally
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This novel starts as it means to go on, with a great opening sentence (You know you're in for a bad day when the Devil eats your last HobNob)spoken by the heroine, Jemima. A witty, charismatic character who has a big secret which she doesn't want to share, Jemima meets her match in former rock musician Ben, who has a secret of his own. Who will admit the attraction first - Ben or Jemima? I was kept on tenterhooks as I waited to find out.

I can't discuss the developing story line of this novel without giving far too much away. But I will say this - when Ben finally opens up to Jemima, it's one of those of-course-why-didn't-I-notice-that-ages-ago moments, and I was really impressed. The clues and hints are all there, but they are so cleverly hidden that the reader (or this reader, anyway) didn't spot them.

The characters are great. They're all brilliantly realised and well-rounded, and I cared about them all. Well, apart from the villainess Saskia, whom I wanted to slap! Single mother Rosie and her baby son Harry are lovely. Landlord, disgustingly successful artist and sex god (he wishes) Jason is lots of fun. The hero Ben is sweet, vulnerable, totally gorgeous (ooh those tight jeans) and also completely believable. Since the story is narrated in the first person by Jemima, it is easy to identify with this heroine, and to want everything to come right for her in the end.

This story exemplifies the fact that when you fall in love you hand the beloved a loaded gun. Over the course of the story, Jemima and Ben learn to be brave enough to trust, and they're rewarded for it in the end. If you enjoy romantic fiction full of slightly risque but hilarious humour, clever plotting and characters who will live on in your mind, this story is for you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More twists and turns than a twisty turny thing 12 Aug 2011
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend and was not disappointed at all.
The author describes it as a dark, psychological romance with jokes which is exactly as I found it to be and more. I found myself unable to put it down until I had finished reading it and the characters stayed with me for quite a while afterwards.
I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a story that is more complex than the average romance with more than the requisite amount of twists and turns.
I am sooo looking forward to getting my hands on the next offering from Miss. Lovering, 'Starstruck' I can't wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit heavy 9 May 2013
By L
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The romantic storyline had plenty of twists and turns. At times did seem a bit depressing but suppose that added to the charm. Not really a chick lit. Was ok for free.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 6 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a book which i had downloaded since I got the kindle and two years later thought I better read it....boy I was glad I did!!!! Really enjoyed this book, we start of meeting the main characters Jemima, Rosie and baby Harry along with Jason and the evil Saskia.
This book, without giving away the storyline has some good twists, a couple which I sort of guessed along the way and a couple which took me by surprise. It was one of those books, whcih I didnt rush to pick up, but I was sat down woudl automatically pick up and read a good couple of chapters however towards the end, just didnt want to put this book down.
I feel that we get to know Jemima, and Ben ( the main guy in the book ) and that you want to see how the relationship is going to go however there are parts where you just want to shout and shake them to try and knock some sense into them. Aslo we go into Ben's past as this is a main part of the storyline, and we dabble into Jemima past, but again this is also one of the twist ( one of the ones I sort of guessed ).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By DizzyC
Meet Jemima Hutton - Self employed belt buckle designer who lodges with her friend Rosie and Rosie's young baby Harry.
Whilst searching the streets of York for stockists for her belt buckles Jemima meets Ben Davies - One time Indie Rock Star who now hides in his little out of the way guitar shop.

Add Jason, the resident artist, Saskia, business owner (what is her hold over Jem and Rosie?) and hubby Alex and you have a mix of lovable characters all with their own secrets. Some deeper than others.

Ben and Jemima build up a friendship but are they really who they appear to be?

Both want to get closer and delve deeper into each other's past but that would mean sharing their secret. Dare they open up?

I enjoyed the way each character's story unfolded around a series of events that forced the characters to confront their pasts and, eventually, reveal their secrets.

This Rom-com is a real page-turner littered with funny one-liners. The clues are there, but not too obvious, making it a gripping read.

I didn't want to put it down...but the children had to be fed!

Look forward to more from this author.
I received a copy of this novel, from the publisher, for review
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Stop the Music 21 Mar 2011
This is not the normal genre I read but having won a copy in a competition and being a music lover I thought I'd better read it. Am I so glad I did. It's brilliant. One of the best reads I've had in a long long while. The characters are plausible, likeable with one exception (but she's meant to be horrible!) with such a rapport between them you really feel you are there in the room with them. The twist in the plot came as a total surprise. Too often it's so obvious what is coming next. It certainly wasn't in this one. As for the humour and observation from life and babies, I was hooked from the first page. There's not many books I actually finish, this one left me hungry for more and I will certainly be reading more of Jane Lovering's books if this one is anything to go by. A lovely writer, a lovely story. Thank you Jane.
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Great story, really enjoyed it.
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