Thursday, 26 May 2016

Book tour: Perfume and Promises - Ellen Faith

Perfume and Promises by Ellen Faith 
Published by Self-Published on 21st May 2016 

Chloe Richards is a small town girl with a big heart. At least, that’s what the local folk of Rosehip Village think. But when her parents turn up on her doorstep asking for help, her secret past is about to be revealed.
Being the daughter of Hollywood royalty was never going to be easy, but at 19, Chloe Richards managed to leave that life behind along with the scandals that almost destroyed her. A fresh start was all she needed, and a fresh start was what she got in Rosehip. Girlfriend of a local bookshop owner, best friends with fiercely loyal café owner and owner of a perfume business herself, Chloe has a happy life. But her parents are about to turn her perfect life on its head. Again.
What do you do when you’re torn between loyalty and protecting yourself? Should you trust your heart when your head is telling you not to?

My opinion.
I'm a massive fan of this cover. It's such a lovely design; quiet and elegant and it couldn't fit the novel behind it better.We meet Chloe at a turning point in her life. As a reader you can only guess as to what it was that made her run. Chloe's past and reasons for leaving her old life behind remain a mystery for the bigger part of the story, but it never bothered me at all. I trusted the blanks would be filled in when necessary - and they were. [NOTE: I only read the blurb when deciding on reading the book, I didn't read it again before actually starting the novel so the course of the story and Chloe's identity was actually a big question mark for me - and I loved it that way. Looking back the blurb might actually give away a bit too much. So my advice: read the novel without the blurb in mind.]
There's something about the charm of an English small town setting that speaks to me every time. And Rosehip wasn't any different. Its people are incredibly kind and loyal, no better place for Chloe to have found herself. But when Chloe's life gets disrupted again, a feeling of unease and dread creeps in. Especially when you feel like you should warn Chloe and protect her when she doesn't see what's coming.Perfume and Promises is an original and sweet read with lots of unexpected turns, a beautiful setting and some delightful characters. I fell in love with the story and Ellen Faith's writing from the very first page.


About Ellen Faith. Ellen lives in the wonderful county of Yorkshire, England where she spends most of her time baking, eating, baking, and eating. Occasionally she does leave the house to go to the cinema or do some food shopping though. After spending years with an overactive imagination, she decided to put all the magic in her head to some good use and put finger to laptop where The Story of Us was born and became her debut novel. She loves to travel, her favourite destinations so far have all been in America, hence the love of all things, and all people, American. The food rocks pretty hard too, she ate until her jeans begged her to stop whilst she was there. True fact. Aside from day dreaming and eating, Ellen is a sucker for a lolcat, penguins and monkeys - she has never claimed to be normal.


Sunday, 22 May 2016

Book review: Play Dead - Angela Marsons (D.I. Kim Stone #4)


The dead don’t tell secrets… unless you listen. 
The girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess. 
Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A ‘body farm’ investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime.
Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It’s clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work – but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next? 
As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer’s secrets – but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim …? 
The latest utterly addictive thriller from the No.1 bestseller Angela Marsons. 

My opinion.
Angela Marsons did it again. What an astonishing read. I was glued to these pages and there was no way I could put it down before I finished it.
I've been a massive fan of this series and I couldn't be happier it got a forth installment. And what an addition to an already brilliant series! D.I. Kim Stone is faced with some horrific villains again and you almost wonder how Angela Marsons keeps coming up with these characters!  The amount of depth to each character she introduces is astonishing, as always, as are the different traumas, battles and emotions they deal with. Nothing is a coincidence. But luckily Kim Stone is on the job and once she sinks her teeth in...
I love getting to know her character better with each book. Although I felt like the previous three could be read in a random order (I for example started with the first one and then went back to book one and two), I feel like you should know more about Kim's past to really understand her work in Play Dead. It seems that she's getting better in dealing with her own demons, or at least push them aside or use them for the cause of getting justice for her victims.I'm so happy we haven't seen the last of her and I can only hope that Angela Marsons keeps up this incredible tempo of publishing (no pressure there, Angela! ;-) ).

Play Dead is an incredible thriller in which the body count adds up much more rapidly than the clues and the questions way outnumber the answers. But with a brilliant detective inspector and her team on the case no puzzle is too difficult. Or is it? ....
Play Dead will have you hooked from the start and keeps surprising you. Don't plan on getting any sleep until you've reached the final page.


Saturday, 21 May 2016

Book tour: Summer at Rose Island - Holly Martin (White Cliff Bay #3)


White Cliff Bay #3 
Published by Bookouture on 13th May 2016 
Genres: Chicklit, Love & Romance 
Pages: 288 
Fall in love with the gorgeous seaside town of White Cliff Bay this summer and enjoy long sunny days, beautiful beaches and… a little romance. Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals. When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing… Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day. Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides. She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for? Pull up a deck chair, sink back with a bowl of strawberry ice cream and pick up the summer read you won’t be able to put down.

My opinion.
Reading a Holly Martin novel feels like coming home. Especially so with her White Cliff Bay series. All her characters feel like your life-long friends. You instantly connect with them and feel both their hardship and their happiness.This is the third time visiting the cozy coastal village of White Cliff Bay and although it could be read as a stand alone novel, it's great catching up with characters from previous books and adding yet another story to the community makes it seem like you really know this village. It feels familiar yet it keeps surprising you.
I really enjoyed the fight for conservation and preservation of the village's heritage and nature's wildlife in this book. Call me a geek, but I loved it. It's a heartfelt cause, perfect for a village to rally around.
Darcy is probably one of the most original female protagonists I've come across in a chicklit/romance novel. Her interests are quirky and unusual, yet she's very easy to connect with. Yet again Holly wrote a heroine you'd want as your best friend. And although Riley wouldn't be my dream (book)boyfriend, the connection between Darcy and him was so incredible and it just goes to show what an incredible author Holly is: she made me fall for him anyway!As always I could go on and on, but seriously: just go get your copy and start reading!


ABOUT HOLLY MARTIN. Holly has been writing for six years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine's competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. Holly lives in Bedfordshire.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Book tour: Something Old, Something New - Darcie Boleyn

When Annie Thomas agrees to give her ex away at his wedding to his boyfriend, she thinks she’ll be fine. With her three children at her side, she can handle anything. Then she finds out her gorgeous first ex-husband Evan Llewellyn is flying in from his glamorous life in New York to attend as well!

An unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship and as she stumbles through the ups and downs of life as a working single mum – helping everyone else find a happy ending along the way – Annie refuses to believe their old and incredibly hot spark can still exist.

It’s only when she and Evan are forced to face up to the past together that they’ll discover if they can have their own happily-ever-after too!

My opinion.
With a fun and flirty cover and a catchy title like this, I was sold from the moment I heard about Darcie Boleyn's latest book. Although having had the pleasure of reading her Christmas novel Wish Upon A Christmas Cake, just knowing who the author was, was enough to convince me to pick up this beauty.
Something Old, Something New is a heartwarming and relaxing read. Its characters are truly wonderful and you can't help but feel genuine affection towards them. Even though there is nothing in my own experiences that resemble anything Annie, the main character, is going trough, I felt a connection from the start and had no trouble at all empathizing with her emotions and struggles.
There are so many things in this book, from teen pregnancy and gay marriage to family life, romantic passion and so much more. None of this felt over done, however, and everything had his place in this story. An absolute joy to read.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. 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.