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The Two of Us
The Two of Us
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great heartfelt read with a touch of humour too xXx, 20 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Two of Us (Kindle Edition)
I have heard so many great things about The Two of Us by Andy Jones and I was excited to delve into his book because I love my romance books which more often than not are written by women so I was looking forward to seeing how Mr Jones compares.

Our main characters are Fisher and Ivy and the book starts off after the pair only having known each other less than 3 weeks, they seem to have had a heady whirlwind romance up until this point but suddenly Ivy has changed, something is a little off but little does Fisher know his relationship with Ivy and his life altogether is about to dramatically change.

This book is told from completely from Fishers point of view which I loved, it is great to read from a male perspective and in particular it was nice to have a down to earth male character who wasn’t trying to play the hard man but actually expressed his thoughts and feelings. Fisher was a character who made me laugh and by the end of the book he really felt like a friend. Whereas Ivy on the other hand I really could not take to and I wondered if as the book progressed if she would slowly grow on
me but she didn’t if anything I disliked her more which only made me love and feel sorry for Fisher all the more.

I loved how because both Ivy and Fisher have only just met we get to know the characters at the same speed as they find out details about each other and by doing this we uncover small parts of each of the characters pasts.

There is a smaller storyline that is weaved in between the main plot and this is the friendship between Fisher and his friend El who is dying of Huntington’s disease and for me I enjoyed reading about this friendship rather than the relationship between Ivy and Fisher. El provided a gentle humour to the book and it is obvious what is going to happen later in the book to El but although I expected it I still found it brought a lump to my throat.

I thought Andy Jones delivered a great storyline at a great pace with a couple of twists which kept my interest piqued. The storyline was realistic and heartfelt it sure brought out a lump in my throat but I didn’t find this to be a weepy read and I think that is thanks to the touches of humour and the lovable characters that keep it more upbeat. Without giving too much away there is a part of this book that Andy managed to write about so tenderly and with such raw feeling but I can't say any more as I don't want to spoil anything! I read this book within a day and it is definitely one I would recommend, I look forward to this author next release.

His Other Life
His Other Life
Price: £0.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting cover, intriguing synopsis and a captivating storyline, 18 Mar. 2015
This review is from: His Other Life (Kindle Edition)
When I first see the cover for His Other Life by Beth Thomas I loved it and headed straight over to Amazon to find out what the book was about and my interest was piqued straight away so this was added straight to my wish list but I was lucky enough to be sent an advanced copy so as soon as it arrived I started on it straight away.

From the outside Grace and Adam look like they have a perfect marriage but not everything is as it seems, one day Adam heads out to go and get the take away for dinner only hours later he still hasn’t returned. Grace does everything with the help of her friend Ginger to try and track him down but it soon becomes apparent that there are hidden secrets that Adam has been hiding but can Grace get to the bottom of his disappearance?

This is the full package an enchanting cover an intriguing synopsis and a captivating storyline so you can see that this book doesn’t disappoint. The storyline flows at a perfect pace and as we slowly uncover snippets and clues about Adam I felt myself being drawn right into the heart of the storyline alongside Grace.

Grace is a vulnerable character who seems to have become a shadow of her former self and my heart really went out for her character she seems so numb and lifeless at the beginning of the book so I loved seeing her confidence begin to grow and her gradually find herself again along the way.

There was a great amount of suspense in this book and I had no idea until around three quarters of the way through as to what on earth was going on with Adam and even though by that point I had worked it out I loved seeing everything revealed. There was a nice little romance feel to this book too which felt believable and added a nice touch to the storyline.

What an enthralling read this was I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The Wronged (Butlers 3)
The Wronged (Butlers 3)
by Kimberley Chambers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My First by this author and it sure won't be my last! xXx, 12 Mar. 2015
I have read a lot of reviews from other book reviewers on Kimberley Chambers books and it has been a real marmite reaction. I have never picked one up as it is not my particular genre of choice but when I was sent an advanced copy of The Wronged for review I decided to give it a try.

The Butlers are a family not to be messed with, they never forgive or forget so cross any member of their family and you may as well book your funeral. The Butlers have also buried their fair share of family members but more recently Vinny has had to bury his little daughter Molly who was horrifically murdered and now Vinny is doing time for his payback. The family should all be coming together at a time like this but can they really trust everyone in their family and do they really know each other?

This was a gritty read full of many bold and fearless characters as well as the oldies Vivian and Queenie who is the mum of the Butler family, she is very proud and fiercely protective of their family name and yet both she and Vivian did bring some humour to this book. There were a lot of conflicts between various characters and it did take me a while to follow who had an issue with who but I soon got to grips with it all.

The book started off at the perfect pace and as we were being introduced to many characters and various problems my attention was held but after a little while the pace started to slow and it felt as though the storyline was being drawn out and I did wonder if I was going to carry on with the book but I am glad I did as it did pick back up again and soon grabbed my attention back.

There is a lot of swearing in this book but it suited this book it added to the vicious and brutal nature of this family and I even learned a new word a F***tard! One thing I was surprised about was that we find out who Molly’s killer is and I just think this book although a great read, would have been an amazing read if there was an element of suspense to it and I think this could have been achieved by concealing the true identity from the reader.

I didn’t realise that this was book three of a series so I read this as a stand alone book which worked well for me although now I am looking forward to going back and reading the previous books. This book had a good twist in it later in the book which I didn’t see coming and the author also leaves us on a cliff hanger so I am sure we will be seeing another book in this series.

I enjoyed this book and I will pick up another book by this author now to see how her other books compare.
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Cavendon Hall
Cavendon Hall
Price: £1.49

3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read for my first book by this author xXx, 8 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Cavendon Hall (Kindle Edition)
On a couple of occasions now I have had people recommend the author Barbara Taylor Bradford to me and when I came across a copy of Cavendon Hall I decided to give it a try as I love finding new authors.

The storyline. Follows the aristocratic family the Inghams and the Swann family who have served them for many years now in Cavendon Hall. The Earls second daughter Lady Daphne is a vision of pure beauty and he has high hopes for her to marry well but a disturbing event takes place that threatens not only Lady Daphne's future but could also destroy the Ingham name.

I wasn't sure how i was going to get on with this book as historical romance is not a genre I have ever really felt comfortable with but I was surprised how quick I managed to fall into this storyline. The authors strength is clearly in creating well rounded characters who you warm to quickly and although there are many characters in this book there is no confusion as to who is who.

Cavendon Hall was described beautifully and you could picture this Grand house easily in your mind as the characters moved around from the grand rooms and also down to the staff quarters. The loyalty between the Swanns and the Inghams was very strong and this came across right from the beginning of the book but for some reason it seemed as though the author needed to reiterate this and so it was constantly repeated throughout the book and between the characters about their bond and loyalty which became a rather tedious along with a few other points that were repetitive too.

I enjoyed the book up until Part 4, when the book reached this point it felt as though the book was steering down a different path and had begun to feel rather drawn out to me which is a shame after a strong start to the book.

I did enjoy this book even though there were a couple of negatives for me but I will definitely try another book by this author.

What Milo Saw
What Milo Saw
Price: £4.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A insightful read with a wonderful main character xXx, 6 Mar. 2015
This review is from: What Milo Saw (Kindle Edition)
What Milo Saw is about a sensitive and perceptive little 9 year old boy who suffers with a condition called retinitis pigmentosa which basically means that his sight is lie looking through a small tunnel the size of a pin head and eventually he will lose his sight completely. This is a condition I have never heard of before and it is remarkable to see how our little character manages to get around and actually how he manages to see things that others with full sight miss.

Milo is eager to get his dear Gran Lou back home living with his mum, she had to be put in a care home when Mil’s mum started struggling to cope with bills and looking after Lou but Milo has seen is nan deteriorate since she has been in the home and he sees things happening at Forget Me Nots that adults have not picked up on and he is determined to help all the poor old ladies in the home alongside his gran.

I found the loving relationship between Milo and his Gran so endearing, they really had a special bond he really idolises her and it seemed as though Milo was his Gran’s voice whilst she was his eyes. I loved the addition of little Hamlet who was Milo’s pet pig and they make a great little duo and bring a touch of humor to this book.

I quickly fell into this storyline and it was an easy read that had a great pace to it until about three quarters of the way through when it did start to slow a little but I still managed to carry on reading and luckily the ending was tied up perfectly and made me forget about the little lull in the storyline.

This author has managed to create a storyline full of wonderful well rounded characters but both Milo and Hamlet make this book a truly enjoyable read.

Creature Comforts
Creature Comforts
Price: £2.20

4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely read with a wonderful main character xXx, 3 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Creature Comforts (Kindle Edition)
This is the first Trisha Ashley book that has taken me a while to settle into, I did wonder if I was going to be able to carry on with the book but gradually I found myself being pulled into the book and getting familiar with the characters. Our main character is Izzy, she has reached a point where she feels she needs to return to her childhood home of Halfhidden after realising that her and her fiancé want different things, but heading back home is going to be a hard as she needs to face her tragic past with the accident she was involved in but has no memory of the event. Izzy hopes being home will mean she can get some long awaited answers about the details of the accident and surely the meeting of a new tall dark handsome stranger will help to pass the time by!

I am pleased I carried on with this book because this was another great read by this author. Izzy is such a wonderful main character, she is strong, brave and believable which is rare to see and I loved her for this. She didn’t take the easy options and she didn’t rush things, she was also extremely caring and generous. I loved the friendship between Izzy, Cam and Lulu they had such a genuine bond and they were very welcoming to Rufus when he came on the scene. Rufus was a true gentleman although when I first met him I wasn’t sure of his motive. There are many other wonderful characters in the community and you can really feel the community spirit all coming together to try and improve their village with ghost trails for holiday makers which will improve their businesses.

I thought it was a great idea at the beginning of each chapter finding out a little piece of the event and although I had my suspicions as to what had happened I enjoyed the journey Izzy went on to put all the pieces together and find out what really happened.

This was an enjoyable read by Trisha Ashley that will not disappoint her loyal fans.

Orly Sec 'N' Dry Quick Dry Topcoat 18ml
Orly Sec 'N' Dry Quick Dry Topcoat 18ml
Offered by nailfantastic
Price: £9.75

4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Top coat xXx, 27 Feb. 2015
I have used many quick frying drops, oils, topcoat and sprays but this is one of the best not quite as good as the Morgan and Taylor one as it doesn't leave a shine as good as Morgan and Taylors one. The box and bottle look very professional. I use this on a daily basis in my salon and yet a little goes a long way so this is a good price for this product. Some top coats I find once you get half way they go gloppy but I didn't find this with this one. Another tip Orly flash dry drops are excellent with this too really speeds drying time up.

First Time in Forever (Puffin Island)
First Time in Forever (Puffin Island)
by Sarah Morgan
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A comforting Summery romantic read xXx, 27 Feb. 2015
I first came across author Sarah Morgan when I picked up her first book in the Snow Crystal trilogy and after devouring them and fan girling over the gorgeous O'Neil brothers I was so disappointed that they had come to an end. When I heard that Sarah Morgan was going to be bringing us a new trilogy set on Puffin Island I was looking forward to reading more books by her but I was sceptical that I would enjoy the new trilogy as much as Snow Crystal.

Emily Donovan's life has reached a massive turning point, she has just been dumped, lost her job and now finds herself the guardian of her niece Lizzy after the death of her sister Lana problem is Emily has never met Lizzy and she also doesn't know the first thing about looking after children and is so scared of doing it wrong but one thing she knows is she needs to get Lizzy to a safe place where no one will recognise her and so she takes her to Puffin Island. With emotions running high Emily doubts her ability to look after her but will the help of a sexy local man help?

If you are reading this review Sarah Morgan then I am sorry I doubted you! I was immersed in this storyline straight from the off, and anyone who loved the Snow Crystal books will adore this book too, I can not wait for the next book in the series already.

Sarah Morgan has a beautiful way of setting an idyllic scene, Puffin Island just sounds like just the place I would like to spend my time. I loved the sense of community spirit that was in this book, everyone is so friendly and supportive so you can imagine what an uplifting read this book was.
We have the testosterone flowing through this book which is something that this author seems to deliver well I would love to see the kind of eye candy she gets her inspiration from! Ryan was not only oozing sex appeal and confidence but he was also very caring and a gentleman too. I liked that we were kept guessing for a lot of this book about his background it made his character more intriguing. Emily was a great character too and again we know something horrific has happened to her in her past but we are left guessing for some time and I was shocked when the truth came out it wasn't what I was expecting.

I love the comforting feel to this book, it was a slightly steamy, romantic and entertaining read and I can not wait for the next book Some Kind of Wonderful to be released.

The Secrets Sisters Keep
The Secrets Sisters Keep
Price: £4.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing one minute and eyes glazing the next! xXx, 26 Feb. 2015
The Secrets Sisters Keep is the first book I have read by author Sinead Moriarty and if her other books are as good as this I will be working my way through them all.

This book is about three sisters Julie, Sophie and Louise they are a tight family unit but each of the ladies lives seem to be in turmoil at the moment and sometimes when you are in so deep you can’t turn to those closest to you which is what we see with these sisters. Sophie had everything and lost it all and now she is a single mum who is trying to bring up daughter Jess with strong values to make sure she works hard and relies on no-one but daughter Jess is bored of this talk and just wants to spend time with cool Pippa her new step mum! Louise is a single mum who is very career focused and both her and her daughter like routine but people are trying to label her daughter and she will not stand for it. Then we have Julie who is mum to triplets and the lovely little Tom, they have just had their lives turned upside down when husband Harry is left a small fortune but it goes to his head leaving poor Julie lonely. At times like these it should be family that you can rely on.

This was a wonderful read the opening chapter had me giggling away and I felt like I had already been captured by this storyline. The author has a very easy writing style and sets a perfect pace for this book. The chapters alternate between each of the sisters and there is never a dull chapter, each of them are going through very trying times in their lives which not only affect them but also their families. When the book began it felt like a nice light easy read but as the storyline progressed and we got to know the characters and their problems more it soon took a different path and become a more emotive and tender read and I think because my spirits were lifted in the beginning of the book by the time some of the problems were revealed I actually had a lump in my throat.

When we first met each of the sisters Louise was the one I warmed to least but by the end of the book she was my favourite. She came across as a very hard and cold character and although she clearly loved her daughter she seemed to be so career focused that she didn’t see the problem with her daughter and refused to listen to others but towards the end of the book it soon became clear that this wasn’t the case and she does have a heart it is just something that is hard for any parent to accept.

The book touches on a delicate subject and also of typical family problems that people face. You will be laughing one minute especially with the scene in Stars and Stripes! Then in the next your eyes will be glazing over, I enjoyed each and every page of this book and I can not wait to try another book by this author.

The Dandelion Years
The Dandelion Years
by Erica James
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First by this author but it won't be my last xXx, 26 Feb. 2015
This review is from: The Dandelion Years (Hardcover)
I am ashamed to say I have never read a book by Erica James and I have just finished reading The Dandelion Years and if her other books are as breath-taking as this one then I really have been missing out and have a lot of catching up to do.

Saskia Granger lives with her father Ralph and her two Grandfathers Harvey and Oliver, an unusual set up but one which has worked perfectly well for the foursome but with Saskia now in her 30’s they gentleman are keen for her to fly the nest and have an adventure but they are worried they are holding her back. An exciting discovery of a hidden notebook looks set to give Saskia a new adventure as she reads about a war time romance and the need to find out how the notebook has made its way into her hands as surely no-one would knowingly have thrown it away.

I need to apologise now as I do not feel my review will give this book the justice it deserves. The author has delivered such a beautifully crafted book that really had me captivated the whole way through. From the storyline to the charming characters and the beautiful writing style this was just a remarkable read.

This is a dual time read which I don’t usually favour as I always find myself drawn to one or the other sides but the balance in both the present day and the war time was perfect in this book and I found myself equally intrigued by Jacob and Kitty’s story as well as enjoying the more modern feel to Saskia and Matthews lives too. I adored all of the characters in this book they were all a little quirky and some a little introverted and I loved the unusual family set up of the Granger family I found this really touching.

I was as gripped as Saskia when reading Jacobs notebook and just as she wanted to know more so did I. I also really enjoyed the love of books that shines through in this book, Saskia is a book restorer and her father Ralph has a book shop and he buys and sells old books so this was something else that really caught my attention.

I did have an idea of how the book would end but it really didn’t matter because it was such a beautiful journey to get to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I have definitely found a fantastic new author and I can not wait to read another of her books although they will have a lot to match up to with this book.

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