Thursday, 26 November 2015

Book tour: Wish Upon A Christmas Cake - Darcie Boleyn

The most wonderful time of the year?

Katie Warham has just one wish this year…to have the best Christmas ever!

If only she could lock herself away in a cloud of flour and sugar at her cosy little tearoom, Crumbtious Cakes, instead of spending the festive season trapped with her judgemental mother, crazy Aunt Gina and loved-up celebrity brother Carl…

But Katie never expected her ex-boyfriend, widower Sam – and his two adorable children – to turn up on her doorstep. She didn’t think that any man could tempt her under the mistletoe this year, but Sam might just prove the exception! And as the snow begins to fall and Katie puts the final touches to her famous Christmas cake, she begins to wonder, could her Christmas wish actually come true?

This holiday season, snuggle up by a roaring fire with a mulled wine and enjoy Darcie Boleyn’s festive winter warmer!

My opinion.
This is hands down one of the most heartwarming Christmas stories I've read. Both cover and title are cute and have the promise of a fun, romantic winter read. After just a few chapters however, it was quite clear that Wish Upon a Christmas Cake would be much more than just 'cute and fun'. It really got to me. It's emotional and passionate, heartwarming and hopeful with a bit of humour.The issues Darcie's characters have to deal with are tough and complicated, but she really succeeded in dealing with them in a believable way. Some wine and good food and a bit of a romantic atmosphere didn't just lead to a "happily ever after". Her characters worked through ups and downs and it made me fall in love with them even more.
Wish Upon a Christmas Cake is a must-read this holiday season, and Darcie Boleyn an author to watch!


Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop. 



Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Book review: Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith + GIVEAWAY


When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. 

My opinion.
To say that I was looking forward to the release of this third installment in the Cormoran Strike series, would be a massive understatement. In my excitement to read Career of Evil, I actually pre-ordered it twice, only realizing my mistake when two gorgeous hardback copies arrived in the mail one day.
Once again 'Robert Galbraith' shows an amazing in-depth understanding and insight in the minds of his characters, who are as diverse and colourful as ever.
I love seeing the dynamics between Cormoran and Robin evolve over time. I'm still not sure what this 'chemistry' is that they have, but the fun thing is that they don't seem to know it either. They just click.
Career of Evil isn't 'flashy' or loud. There's not a gruesome murder or a shocking new development every five pages, but it's thrilling and exciting to read all the same. The numerous twists and turns and possible leads, the detailed thought processes of both the villains and the investigation and the in-depth background stories of all characters involved make this an incredible read. The story doesn't need to "shout". The genius writing and brilliant story-speak for themselves.
My only hope is that installment #4 is coming soon.


Saturday, 7 November 2015

Book tour: Breakout - Aven Ellis (Dallas Demons #3)

While Texas is known for loving football, Lexi Stewart has always been drawn to the ice. Hockey is her passion, and she wants nothing more than to pursue a career in video editing for the home network of the Dallas Demons hockey team.

Lexi has an editing job for a corporate account, but it’s not fulfilling. Nor is her dating life, despite having the so-called help of The One Online Dating Service. Lexi knows there has to be more for her—on both fronts. She’s ready to take the next step, but it doesn't seem like it’s going to happen anytime soon.

Until a flying puck changes everything.

As Lexi shoots a Dallas Demons practice to hone her editing skills, a stray puck soars in her direction, and her whole life is turned upside down by the gorgeous man who pushes her out of harm’s way. 

Niko Xenakis is the new Dallas Demons TV producer, and he’s looking to make his mark in his new role and hopefully work his way back to his hometown of Baltimore.  But once he meets Lexi, he might just change his mind on what he wants for his future . . . 
But the road to love is never easy, complicated by the fact that they both carry emotional baggage from the past in their hearts. Can these two breakout of the past to find love in the present?  


My opinion.
Breakout is the exact reason why I'm such a fan of Aven Ellis.
In just a few simple lines she sketches out the most amazing characters. She has the ability to make you fall in love with them instantly. And Niko and Lexi are no exception. 
Now, it's easy to say that "a guy is hot" and leave the rest up to your readers' imagination. But if there's one thing our wonderful Aven Ellis never fails to do, it's writing a detailed character description. You don't just have to take her worth for it: her men are hot. Smoking hot. And wow-o-wow do we love Niko! Instant book crush.
And just as she writes up these fabulous and detailed characters - both their looks and their personalities, quirks, likes and dislikes - the chemistry they have just radiates off the pages of this book. I felt every emotion they did and ended up completely in love.
What makes Aven Ellis' novels stand out though, is that she always writes real characters. Both Niko and Lexi have their insecurities and even though you might sometimes wish they'd just be a bit more confident, it's what makes them so real and easy to relate to. It's not just "boy meets girl, the end". Niko and Lexi have a few obstacles to overcome and it makes the romance in this book even stronger.
But apart from romance, both hot and sweet, Breakout also has an amazing sense of humor. I don't want to give anything away here, but let's just say that CiCi is an absolute star.
The amount of love and effort Aven puts into her stories and her characters is tangible in every page, and with Breakout she might have read my favourite book of hers yet.


Check out the first two books in the Dallas Demons series: 


& more fabulous books by Aven Ellis:

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Book review: Silent Scream - Angela Marsons #BookoutureThriller


Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever… 

Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …

Years later, a headmistress is found brutally murdered, the first in a spate of gruesome killings which shock the Black Country.
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?

My opinion.
Pfew. What an astonishing book.
A few weeks ago a stumbled across Angela Marsons' Lost Girls, which turned out to be the third book in the series following D.I. Kim Stone. I read it as a stand-alone novel and absolutely loved it.  [Read my review hereThe first thing I did after reading it, was ordering Silent Scream.
I don't even know how to begin to describe my reading experience. To say that I was "captivated" or "intrigued" just doesn't quite cover it. I was completely engrossed and the story truly haunted me. 
There are so many players involved, so many theories, possible perpetrators and victims it's mind blowing. Angela's talented writing however kept your head from spinning by putting an incredibly strong woman at the head of not only the police investigation, but of the book as well. Kim Stone is a rock. She leads her team brilliantly and I felt reassured by her character.
I won't say anything about the things that happened in this book or elements of the story line, because you just have to read it for yourself. Angela Marsons really dug deep (no pun intended) with this story. There are so many layers to each aspect of the case and the people involved. The amount of twists and turns the investigation makes, keeps you on your toes until you've suddenly turned the last page and are left with a massive book hangover.
So what am I reading next? You guessed it, the second installment of the D.I. Kim Stone series, Evil Games!


Check out book II & III in the Kim Stone series.
Click here for my review for Lost Girls.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Book tour: Snowflakes on Silver Cove - Holly Martin


Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic herself… 

Struggling to finish her current novel, Libby turns to her best friend and neighbour George Donaldson to cheer her up. But George also needs a bit of support himself. Nervous about getting back into the dating saddle after splitting from his wife, he and Libby strike a deal. She will teach George how to win over the ladies, and Libby will in turn be inspired to inject her novel with a good dose of romance. 

As Libby and George explore the beautiful White Cliff Bay on a series of romantic Christmas-themed dates, Libby finds herself having more fun than she’s had in ages and…discovers feelings that she never knew she had for George. 

But is it too late? Will George win someone else’s heart or can Libby act like the heroine in one of her stories and reach for her own love under the mistletoe this Christmas? 

Snuggle up with a piece of Christmas cake and mulled wine, and spend the festive season at White Cliff Bay. You won’t want to leave! Christmas at Lilac Cottage also out now.

My opinion.
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Holly Martin's books. Everything she has written I have absolutely loved. So yes, you might assume I'm biased in my opinions, but really this just means that my expectations are extremely high and Holly simply meets them every single time. And with Snowflakes on Silver Cove, she may have just written my favourite book of hers yet!
Sexy, broody men with a tough guy attitude make the perfect book boyfriends. But Libby - the main character - said it herself: it's the sweet and caring guys we actually fall for. And George is just that kind of guy. He's a dream. 
I don't think I've ever came across a more perfect fit in a book than Libby and George. With any romantic novel you know who will end up together and the couples nearly always make sense, but Libby and George... they just fit. Perfect match!
As always Holly delighted us with a wonderful main character. Libby is fun, cute, caring, smart,... and an author! Definitely a woman you'd want as your (best) friend. But this goes for nearly all the characters that live in White Cliff Bay - some of whom we already met in Christmas At Lilac Cottage. They make for the perfect friends and a dream 'village community'.
I could go on and on, but let's just say that Snowflakes on Silver Cove is a wonderful, heartwarming, funny and romantic Christmas novel. It made me both laugh and cry, and Google over-the-top Christmas decorations and sweaters ;-)


Read the first chapter here.
& don't miss the rest of the tour: