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Book revew + Giveaway: Coco Pinchard, The Consequences Of Love And Sex by Robert Bryndza

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Since Coco Pinchard found first husband Daniel in bed with another woman, she hasn’t just picked up the pieces: she’s now a best-selling author married to her hunky soul-mate Adam. She feels stronger and wiser and surely the second time round she’ll have learnt from her mistakes?

But things aren’t going quite according to plan… Adam has lost his job, Coco’s grown-up son Rosencrantz seems to have derailed his life in spectacular fashion, and ex-mother-in-law Ethel keeps letting herself into the house thanks to an endless supply of spare keys. When literary agent Angie takes on Coco’s arch rival, the indomitable Regina Battenberg, it looks as though things can’t get any worse. And then Coco discovers she’s pregnant; at 44.

Can she really go through it all again? Sleepless nights, stretch marks on top of stretch marks, and poo as a normal topic of conversation?

The third and final book in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling series is a hilarious diary with Coco’s trademark wit and honesty, tracing the raging hormones and extraordinary twists that take her to motherhood for the second time.

 

MY REVIEW

*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

‘Coco Pinchard, The Consequences Of Love And Sex’ is the third book in the Coco Pinchard series, but funnily, it’s the first one I’ve read. However, after reading this book, I’m definitely going to bump up the other two parts to the top of my TBR pile.

Coco is a wonderful character, she’s 44, recently married (for the second time) & is a successful writer. Or at least she tries to be. We all know publishing is not easy, so a good part of this book is focused on all the things an author goes through to publish and market their book. Add loads of humor to it, and you’ll see what Coco Pinchard #3 is about. However, that’s not all. This book is written in the form of Coco’s diary entries and you can see how things develop and all the stuff Coco goes trough in her life in just a year.

Coco is the coolest mother ever, her twenty-something son is homosexual and she’s so supportive of him. She loves him for who he is and doesn’t give a damn what other say. She’s not the type that wants to please everyone, there’s her husband Adam and her son she’d do anything for, but also there are few more characters who appear in this book (like her ex mother-in-law) who just add to the story and make this book even more hilarious.

This is definitely a nice feel good read, perfect for fans of humorous books and those heading for the beach. It’s the only book I’ve read while on holidays (don’t ask, I was around two small kids who were trying to strangle each other every free sec they got) and I can say it’s the perfect beach read. I laughed out loud on couple of occasions and even managed to get the odd stare from those around me, thinking I must be loco or something.

Overall, this was a great, easy, summery read and I strongly advise you to check it out. It’s light, easy to follow, with fresh humor that will make you pick up Robert’s other books. I’m kind of sad there won’t be any other books in the series, because Coco is one of these epic rom com characters that will never seize to be funny or interesting. Who knows, Robert might change his mind and write more parts of it in the future…I sure hope.

My rating: 4/5

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GIVEAWAY

Thanks to Robert Bryndza we’re offering you guys a change to win one of 3 signed copies of Coco Pinchard, The Consequences of Love and Sex plus Coco Pinchard bookmarks. Just click on the link bellow and good luck!

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Book review: Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

MAMA MIA! I have only two words for this book – SCORCHING HOT! Seriously, what is it about Sarah Morgan and her writing that makes my pulse race like crazy? There are just SO MANY things I love about her writing I honestly don’t know where to start. She’s got this super power to draw you in her books, with her wonderful description of mesmerizing, romantic places such as Snow Crystal in this case. Then, she serves you the most delicious, gorgeous, kindest men you could only dream about. And finally, there’s always such a strong chemistry between her characters, you can’t help but feel all fuzzy inside.

I’m not sure if any of this makes sense to you, but to me it does perfectly, as I assume it does to all others who have read Sarah Morgan’s books before. If you haven’t read at least one book by Ms Morgan, oh man… you’re missing out on so much. Why? Because there are contemporary romance authors, and then there’s Sarah Morgan, high on the pedestal governing the kingdom of contemporary romance.

I remember it like it was yesterday, that warm feeling after reading her first book. It was definitely love at first sight, or at first word. I simply knew I gotta read all her books, and though she’s published so many books I’m slowly working my way through them. As you see, I’m a huge fan of Ms Morgan and of course, I had high expectations for this book too. And once again, Ms Morgan proved me right, she simply can not disappoint!

Suddenly Last Summer is the second novel in what will be a trilogy and is centered around the O’Neils, mainly the three adorable, gorgeous, stunning, HOT HOT HOT brothers Jackson, Sean and Tyler. While the first part of this trilogy, ‘Snow Bells in The Snow’ is actually more about Jackson, in the second part we get to know Sean better. Sean is a successful doctor and a big workaholic. Unlike his 2 brothers who would rather be in Snow Crystal, running the family business and taking care of their property, Sean is not really keen on that place. When his grandfather, the big Walter O’Neil gets ill, he’s forced to go back to Snow Crystal and he dreads it. Ever since his father died, his relationship with his family, especially his grandfather, changed for worse. But family is the most important thing, right? However, would it feel weird to see Elise, the adorable Chef working for O’Neils, again after their fling last summer?

What I loved the most about this book (as with the first part) is the fact that it’s a book about family as much as its a romance book. The setting is perfect and the descriptions are so vivid, you will be immediately transported to this beautiful place, far from the city madness. As for the protagonists, Elisa and Sean, they are both such strong and independent characters, yet each of them has demons from the past haunting them. The fact they’re both so strong and very stubborn, made their romance absolutely electrifying. And once again, Ms Morgan takes things step by step, pulling you into their turbulent romance, keeping you guessing how things will turn up for them at the end.

I really enjoyed this part, however I must say it took me some time to warm up to Elise. She seemed very very stubborn at the beginning, but once I found out the reasons for her attitude, some things started to make more sense. Still, if I compare it to the first part, I must say Kayla (the MC in the first part) left a bigger impression on me and even got under my skin.

The third (and unfortunately the last) part in this series is coming out in October and I can’t wait to read it and be back to Snow Crystal once again. I don’t know what Ms Morgan has in store for us next, but I’m damn sure it’s gonna be brilliant.

My rating: 4/5

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Book review: The Breakup Doctor by Phoebe Fox

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*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

What a great debut this was! Being a debut, I really had no expectations though I must admit, being such a sucker for pretty covers, I kind of had a feeling this would be totally up my alley. Once again, I was right.

Brook (Real name Brook Lyn – HA!) is the owner of a private practice and seems to have it all, till one day she looses her offices and is forced to start over again. All her life, she’s been counseling her friends on relationships, so it only seemed natural to Brook’s friend, Sasha, she should pursue a career on this field. With a bit of help from her friend, Brook sets on this new venture, becoming a Breakup Doctor, advising people in person, in columns and on the radio. BUT, what happens when things turn ugly and Brook is no longer able to listen to her own advice? How can you advise people on how to have a healthy love relationship when your own love life sucks?

This was such a fun read! I did expect few more laughs, but despite not being hilarious, it totally was my cup of tea. I loved the writing, so easy to follow and most of the story was fast paced. There were couple of times I wish the author didn’t go into so much detail, but overall it was an enjoyable read that I devoured in one (or two?) sittings. I really liked Brook, who’s not the every day chick lit heroine. She’s mature and knows exactly what she wants. She’s very good at her work and is a fantastic friend and daughter. She’s very down-to-earth and exactly the type of girl I would love to be friends with. Unlike her, Sasha is the more sassy one, but they make such a great team.

The Breakup Doctor was a surprisingly good read, honestly. I loved how the author manages to balance between humor and seriousness, getting me invested in the story totally. Would I read more from this author? Absolutely! Do I recommend it? Of course, it would be a perfect thing to bring with you on your summer holidays. Great beach read, perfect for your lazy, sunny days.

My rating: 4/5

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Blog Tour: Fall From India Place by Samantha Young – Review

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Yo people! It’s been a while since our last review, but please bare with us as both Marina and I have had quite soooo many things happening in our lives. Sometimes 24 hours are way too little for us to be able to do everything done, right? RIGHT? But today we’re back, and we’re part of Samantha Young’s Blog Tour YAY! We’re way too excited and so grateful to lovely Clara for the invitation to take part in this epic tour. Read on our review and make sure you read Fall From India Place, I can promise you you won’t be disappointed. See ya cupcakes!

 

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Blurb:

When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…

But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again.

 

Our review:

Fall From India Place is the latest from Samantha Young and the 4th installment in her ‘On Dublin Street’ series, which I know many of you read and loved. Though I have read only the first book in the series, I pretty much could understand why everyone was going gaga over this series and what is it about Samantha’s writing that appeals to everyone.

But before I share my thoughts with you on this book I have a confession to make. I have this strange love-hate relationship with New Adult. I’ve read quite some New Adult titles, but some of them have disappointed me so much, I decided to take a break from it. My dear friend and blogger, Victoria, recently told me I need just ONE book to fall in love at a certain genre. Only one book that will cover for all the disappointments and attempts before…well, I guess I found THAT book and I’m soooo thrilled and relieved I can go back to reading NA. Now I know, every book can’t be the right for me, however Samantha and her beautiful book made me fall in love with the NA once again.

If I have read all the books in the series, I guess I would pretty much remember all of the characters mentioned in this part..but I haven’t. So, it felt a bit overwhelming getting to know so many characters in such a short time span. There were too many of them to remember, though the book follows Hannah’s story.

But, fear not my friends, for if you have read the other parts in the series you’d already be familiar with this characters. And for you who haven’t, don’t worry..if I could find my way around it, you will too.

The story follows Hannah, who got hear heart broken by Marco 5 years before. So, the author goes back and forth in time, telling us their love story and all the reasons why they are not together. Hannah is a teacher (I teach too) and I must say the bond was there pretty much at the beginning. I totally connected to her, despite not having a Marco of my own in my life. She’s kind and ambitious, she really tries to make a difference and help the kids she teaches. I absolutely LOVE the fact how Samantha brought back Marco on the scene, it wasn’t over rushed or anything like that.

The romance part left me speechless. I honestly, thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry between Hannah and Marco, and though I found him a bit too overprotective for my taste, he seemed like a great guy I would love to be friends with.

However, despite the romance parts, there’s a lot of pages dedicated to Hannah’s family and the characters from the previous parts in the series, and I loved the fact Hannah loves her friends and family and is so strongly connected to them.

Finally, it’s a fantastic book you won’t be able to put down. As for me, I’m definitely gonna read the two parts of the series I haven’t so far, they seem like the perfect books I need to take on my summer holidays. Oh, and also another mental note to myself – read everything Samantha Young writes in the future! Yep, I enjoyed this book THAT MUCH.

My rating: 4/5

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Book review: Right click by Lisa Becker

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

So, ladies and gents, the last installment in the Click series by L. Becker is finally here. I must say I’m so sad, because I really REALLY got so connected to her characters and their LOL e-mails.

To those of you who are not familiar with Lisa’s series, let me tell you, you’re missing out on so much! Just like watching a re-run from Friends, this is truly a series you’re gonna love THAT much! So if you decide to give this series a chance (and I’m strongly recommending that), then make sure you read the books in order because there are many things in book 3 that are considered spoilers. Just thought I’d get it all out before you start reading my review.

I was more than thrilled to see these guys again, Renee, Shel, Ashley, Mark and thank god cassidy (see what I did there;)) is out of the picture. Their lives have changed, though they sure didn’t. Renee is still madly in love and ready to marry, Shel is nutty and sassy as always and Ashley has just welcomed the birth of her baby girl. As you see, they all have so much going on in their life, however what hasn’t been changed is their friendship, growing stronger each day despite years and distance. I honestly think friendships like this are really hard to find, and couldn’t help but be jealous of their strong bonding, of the fact they support each other on everything and are always there for each other. Life is really miserable without supporters or people who’d make this journey more fun, because life IS supposed to be fun, right?

Although I haven’t had the chance to read that many novels written in the form of e-mail correspondence, I must say I think Lisa did an amazing job. Her writing is easy to follow and once you meet the characters it’s going to be easy to distinguish their e-mails. So Shel is the naughty one always trying to make sex jokes and boy, she’s hilarious. Ashley is the motherly type, one who always worries and is a bit of a prude. Mark is a sweet, honest guy, and I wish there were more of his e-mails in this part. While Renee is the strong connection between them all, updating friends on everything, keeping the ball down in case some of them get into a silly row, especially Shel and Ashley.

Though it’s a LOL read full of fresh humor, there were some parts that really were sad and emotional, but I would really hate pointing them out because I don’t want to spoil it for you. 

Overall, this was (as expected) very enjoyable and funny book. I know many people will love it and relate to the characters, so as I said, I’m really sad there won’t be more stories about them. But I do hope Lisa will decide, at some point, to continue this series. I mean, Sophie Kinsella announced recently a 7th part of her Shopaholic series, so I don’t see a reason why Lisa shouldn’t change her mind. I genuinely care for these characters and one day, I wish Lisa decides to get them back, maybe once they get older. Now that would truly be funny, Shel at 50 or 60!!! Can’t help but giggle at the thought! 

Ok, wrapping up, though I could talk for hours when it comes to this series. I seriously think you should check it out.

My rating: 4/5

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Buy ‘Right Click’ on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

Find Lisa Becker on her site and twitter

Book review: The Divorced Not Dead Workshop by CeCe Osgood

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Dorsey Bing got divorced five years ago. Since than, boyfriends come and go, no one is “the real thing’. So she has an idea, to create a workshop for divorced people, how to move on after the divorce. Her only supporter is her friend Pilar. But Dorsey’s widowed stepfather is getting married and the bride, Audrey,wants Dorsey to be her bridesmaid. They organize the wedding on a cruise, the very same weekend when the workshop starts. Plan B: The workshop moves on the cruise. But Pilar is nowhere to be seen, so Dorsey starts on her own. But she never planned her ex Theo to show up on the boat. Also, that horrible Finn, Audrey’s nephew is there for the wedding. And Dorsey has to run the workshop all by herself.

Dorsey Bing is such an adorable MC. Always clumsy, with so many bright ideas, always there for the others. She is really a nice person, but when it comes to men, she always listens to others. After the break-up with Theo, her recent boyfriend, she doesn’t trust men anymore. But there is Finn, Audrey’s nephew who’s always been the bad boy, according to Theo. He shows up on the wedding, and there is Theo again, trying to gain her heart again. Dorsey reminds me a lot of Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. Who is Mr. Darcy, well, I’ll leave you to read the book.

The adventureon the boat is full of emotional moments, but funny ones too. There were many scenes that made me laugh so hard. Dorsey and Pilar are such a dynamic duo. And the boys, well Finn, with that British accent, mmmm! And Theo has such a gorgeous body.

Overall, it’s a enjoyable read with a serious theme to discuss, how to move on after the divorce. I loved all the characters and the plot, which reminded me a lot of Pride and Prejudice, as I mentioned before. It’s an interesting mix and I totally enjoyed it.

My rating: 4/5

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Blog Tour: ‘Closing In’ by Sue Fortin Review + UK/INT Giveaway

Today we have the pleasure to be part of another Blog Tour organized by lovely Sharon from Fiction Addiction Tours, this time for Sue Fortin’s ‘Closing In’. Sue is the author of 2 novels, and her debut ‘United States of Love’ is high up on our TBR list (especially after reading ‘Closing In’). Thanks to Sue we’re also offering you a fab giveaway (details found at the end of post). Scroll bellow to read our review and make sure you add ‘Closing In’ to your TBR pile no matter the size of it. It’s a fantastic read, I can guarantee you that. Then come back and comment, we’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

 

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Blurb:

Fight, Flight, Freeze or Fawn?

 

Helen has had to leave everything she’s ever known behind; her home, her family, even her own name.

Now, returning to the UK as Ellen Newman, she moves to a small coastal village, working as a nanny for Donovan, a criminal psychologist. Attractive, caring and protective, this single father and his sweet daughter are a world away from Ellen’s past. She thinks she’s escaped. She thinks she’s safe.

But something is wrong. Strange incidents begin to plague her new family, and their house of calm is about to become one of suspicion and fear. Who can be trusted? Who is the target? Who is closing in?

For fans of Emily Barr & Rosamund Lupton.

 

About the Author

 

Lover of cake, Dragonflies and France. Hater of calories, maths and snakes. Sue was born in Hertfordshire but had a nomadic childhood, moving often with her family, before eventually settling in West Sussex.

Sue is married with four children, all of whom patiently give her time to write but, when not behind the keyboard, she likes to spend her time with them, enjoying both the coast and the South Downs, between which they are nestled.

To find out more about Sue visit her blogs www.suefortin.wordpress.com  and www.theromaniacs.co.uk

Twitter : suefortin1.

Facebook : Sue Fortin Writer’s Page

 Buy ‘Closing In’ on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

 

Our review:

*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

‘Closing In’ is Sue Fortin’s second novel, and though I haven’t read her debut yet (I do however have it on kindle so expect to rectify this pretty soon) I know this one is much different to her previous one. I’ve read many reviews of ‘Unites States of Love’, Sue’s debut, as well as chatted to people who have read it, and I must admit I didn’t expect this type of read from her. While ‘United States of Love’ is a chick lit/contemporary romance, seems with ‘Closing In’ Sue decided to explore the darker side, creating one hell of a gripping psychological thriller.

It’s got loads of elements in it, suspense, romance, mystery, drama..it’s one great combination of all the things I personally enjoy very much in a book. The story is centered around Helen, who leaves home and decides on changing her identity. For a while, she seems to be alright and finally living the life she always dreamed of. She has a job she enjoys, and maybe there are chances even for starting a new romance. However, things get pretty strange soon… could it be her past is still haunting her?

This was truly an enjoyable and such an easy read. I didn’t even want to go to bed so I could see how things will turn out for Helen at the end. Sue’s narration and the skills to create such a gripping read have really impressed me. I was completely hooked from the first page, wondering why Helen is doing such a drastic change. I could feel her reasons for that, but I can’t say I could totally predict everything that was happening in this book. It’s definitely one of those book that will keep you guessing and one which you won’t be able to put down. 

Needless to say, I will definitely be on a watch out for Sue’s next book (I know authors sometimes feel the pressure when a reader approaches them with this statement, but honestly I can’t help it). I will also definitely check out United States of Love, and I really can’t wait to see if Sue will decide to go back to chick lit or if she’ll continue writing psychological/drama/suspense. As much as I love chick lit I must say I wouldn’t be complaining if she decides to stick with the darker books. It’s obvious she feels very comfortable in this genre and she’s mighty good in creating an intriguing, complex and fast paced story that will keep you invested throughout.

My rating: 4/5

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GIVEAWAY:

The giveaway on tour is 1 x ecopy of Closing In (INT), 1 x Amazon GC £5/$10 (INT) plus a handcrafted tote bag (UK only). Enter through rafflecopter.

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Blog Tour ‘Dear Thing’ by Julie Cohen – Review + Europe & UK Giveaway

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The day is finally here! We are thrilled and so honored to be the second stop of Julie Cohen’s ‘Dear Thing’ Blog Tour. ‘Dear Thing’ is a wonderful, emotional novel and we must say we weren’t surprised to hear it’s a 2014 Richard and Judy Summer Book Club pick. Congrats Julie, well deserved! And to you our lovely blog readers, read our review and make sure you enter the fantastic giveaway (details found at the end of the post). Many thanks to Julie and Tess Henderson for the opportunity to be part of this tour and for sponsoring the great giveaway. Also, make sure you visit the other tour hosts for more great content and chances to win this amazing book!

 

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Blurb:

After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily offered to give them the one thing they most wanted.

But Romily wasn’t prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire – and even destroy their marriage.


Now there are three friends, two mothers and only one baby, and an impossible decision to make . . .

 

 

 

 

Our review:

*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

OMG what a journey! ‘Dear Thing’ can be only described as a roller coaster, swinging you up and down, throwing you from side to side, evoking all these emotions you never thought a book would get out of you.

I knew pretty much just by reading the blurb this was going to be an emotional read, but honestly, I was not prepared for this. And even now, while I am writing this review, I can’t help but have teary eyes. 

‘Dear Thing’ is definitely one of the strangest books I’ve ever read, and I don’t mean strange in a bad way. It tells the story of Claire and Ben, a loving, (almost) perfect couple who seem to have it all. Except, the most important thing in life – children. No matter how hard they try, how many IVFs they have, they seem to be out of luck. That’s until Romily, Ben’s best friend for years suggest another plan. She wants to be their surrogate, letting them have the only and most precious thing in life they seem to miss.

Of course, many things will go wrong, and there’s the topic of Romily’s ex boyfriend (the father of her 7 year old daughter, Posie) but there’s also lots of drama with the new (and very awkward position) Romily, Ben and Claire get themselves into.

As you can assume, it’s a hard book, speaking about difficult topics, about being in a position when you have to make some choices and wondering which one would be the best. It’s deep and thought provoking and raises so many serious questions. It will make you love, hate, sympathize, even cry – it will get all these feelings out of you. The emotional factor and the exquisite writing skills of Ms Cohen will literally keep you glued to its pages. I’m sure many women, even if for a moment, will relate to either Claire or Romily (if not with both), and though they may not agree with the choices these women make, they will genuinely care for them. I didn’t like Romily much at the beginning, I admit. I couldn’t understand her reasons for wanting to be a surrogate. I’ve had the chance to discuss this topic with a friend of mine a couple of years ago, and to be honest, though I would never judge anyone for wanting to go through this, I would never be able to be a surrogate. I would never be able to have my dear thing in the womb for 9 months, and unselfishly give it away. Now, some would think this is normal, others would feel it’s selfish… but we’re all different and that’s the beauty of living. Those are the questions the characters in this books ask themselves and those are the challenges they face each day.

Ben is truly a great character, loving and caring, just the type of a man any woman would fall for. He’s so supportive and his desire to become a father was truly heart breaking. But at the same time, all these characters have certain flaws, making them more believable and adding dimension to them. They experience jealousy, fear and competitiveness just like any of us. Ms Cohen really managed to describe all of the turmoil and all their emotions so well, so descriptive. 

It’s a truly unique, thought provoking story that will make you think of the most precious things in life, of all the choices you make and of the consequences. Wonderful, deep and emotional, ‘Dear Thing’ is a story that will surprise you, make you think and stay with you for a long time. I can think of million reasons why you should read this book, however can’t think of a single reason why you shouldn’t. ‘Dear Thing’, you’re precious and I love you with all my heart.

My rating: 4/5

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GIVEAWAY:

Thanks to lovely Julie and Tess, we have THREE paperbacks of ‘Dear Thing’ to give away. The giveaway is open to UK and rest of Europe and closes on May 21th. The winners will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to claim their prize by responding to our e-mail. In case we don’t hear from them in 48 h, we’ll have to pick another winner. This Chick Reads is not responsible for the delivering of your prize. Enter through rafflecopter and best of luck!

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Book review: Love and Liability by Katie Oliver

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*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Holly James wants to be on her own. Coming from a wealthy family, she decides to leave and get a job. But being independent is not that easy at all. Chasing her dream to be a journalist, Holly gets a job at BritTEEN, a teeange magazine for celebrities. It’s a very low paid journalist job, but bills need to be paid. Interviewing the financial solicitor, she meets  the man behind the suite. Henry Barrington is very down-to-earth young man and the sparkles are in the air.

Making her dream come true, Holly writes a report for homeless people. She meets Zoe, girl at same age as hers, who lives on the street. What Holly doesn’t know, is that Zoe is running away from someone, in order to save her own life. She is on the streets for a reason.

I enjoyed reading this book. On one side, there is Holly’s story, her struggles with adult life, finding the love, chasing her dreams, coping with lousy coworkers who sabotage her work. But she always has her family who loves her and supports her. On the other side is Zoe, or Poppy, who runs for her life and has to deal with much bigger problems. Two very different characters who start a beautiful friendship.

I must say I didn’t like Henry, or Alex, much as a male character. This book is part of  Dating Mr.Darcy Series, and he is far away from Mr.Darcy (according to me). He doesn’t seem like a very strong person to me. He looks gorgeous, does some amazing things, but some are quite annoying. But that’s just me.

Overall, I enjoyed this read full of romance and action. There is so much love in the air, but also mixed with mystery, action, hiding and lots of chasing after the bad guys. It’s also very emotional at times. It’s a chick lit story with a dark side. Pink mixed with blue. Totally recommended.

My rating: 4/5

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Blog Tour: If You Only Knew by Zanna Mackenzie

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Crooked Cat Publishing

Published on:  February 7th 2014

Faith owns The Coffee Pot in the outdoor adventure sports mecca of Derbyshire’s Peak District. She hasn’t had a man in her life for a while, as she’s been too busy serving cakes to weary rock climbers and mountain bikers to find time for the complications of a relationship with the male of the species.

At least, that’s what she tells herself. The truth is that since she got her heart broken she’s had problems trusting men.

When she meets Zane, one of the new owners at the Carrdale Extreme Sports Centre, Faith finds herself enjoying his company even though part of her can’t help wondering why he’s so reluctant to talk about himself.

Then the past comes back to haunt her in the shape of Zane’s business partner Matt, who just happens to be the guy who broke Faith’s heart all those years ago.

With Matt out to cause trouble and Zane keeping secrets Faith’s life is about to get very complicated indeed…

 

Main buy links for book:

*Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Only-Knew-Zanna-Mackenzie/dp/190984148X/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1_GMEM

*Amazon USA

http://www.amazon.com/You-Only-Knew-Zanna-Mackenzie/dp/190984148X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390576576&sr=8-2&keywords=zanna+mackenzie

 

Excerpt

 

This couldn’t be happening.

Zane had said his business partner was called Matt. She was sure of it. Yes, he’d definitely just introduced him as Matt. But the man standing before her wasn’t Matt.

It was Aaron.

Faith wiped her hands on a tea–towel. She wanted to speak, but couldn’t get her brain into gear enough to make her mouth form the words.

She’d thought Aaron was gone from her life.

It looked as though she was wrong.

She took a step back, wrapping her arms around herself. Suddenly she felt cold and shaky. Aaron was back? This was impossible.

Yet here he was, standing in her kitchen. She felt dizzy and light-headed.

How should she react? Should she admit they knew each other? Why had Aaron changed his name to Matt anyway? Would he prefer it if the fact they knew each other was kept quiet?

But she knew she couldn’t keep something like that from Zane.

As she debated what to say and do next, the room remained awkwardly silent. Zane was looking at her questioningly.

What should she say?

Come on, think, woman. Think.

Too late. Aaron spoke first.

“Faith, it’s amazing to see you again after all these years.”

OK. So he didn’t want to keep it a secret that they already knew each other.

“Aaron,” she managed to say. “This is a bit of a shock.”

“That’s an understatement,” Matt said, stepping forward to pull her into a hug.

“Hang on a second,” Zane said, pushing into the room. “Aaron? That’s your proper name isn’t it?” He raised enquiring eyebrows at Matt. “What’s going on? You two already know each other?”

 

About the Author

 

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Zanna Mackenzie lives on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border with her husband, 4 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read.

Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is her ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity, she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she’s working on. She loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot!

If You Only Knew is Zanna’s third novel; her previous books The Love Programme, and How Do You Spell Love? were both published in 2013.

Find out more about Zanna on her blog http://www.zannamackenzie.blogspot.co.uk, on Twitter via @ZannaMacKenzie or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/zanna.mackenzie

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Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zanna-Mackenzie/e/B00BKY1A18/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

 

Our review:

Meet Faith. She runs her own business, a Café called The Coffee Pot at the outdoor adventure sports mecca of Derbyshire’s Peak District, her hometown. One day, Zane enters her life. He’s the new owner of the Carrdale Adventure Sports Centre, and the love sparkles are in the air. It had been a while since Faith’s latest serious relationship. But, she has no idea that Zane’s business partner Matt is Faith’s ex-boyfriend, and he is the reason that she doesn’t trust men. So, when Matt shows up in the Caffe, things are starting to complicate.

I loved Faith as a MC. Nice girl from the neighbourhood, easy to be friends with. Disapointed in love, she puts everything she has into career, starting her business from a scratch. She’s a hardworking young woman that knows how to stand on her own feet.

The guys in the story are gorgious. Zane is a sports trainer, handsome, good-looking guy, who loves outdoor activities. But as the story goes on, Faith discovers that he is far from Mr. Perfect. That doesn’t mean that he is a bad person, just also had a bad experience when it comes to love, just like Faith.

And there’s the triangle, Matt, or Aaron, is Zane’s business partner and best friend, but also Faith’s ex-boyfriend. He is too a sports trainer, and he looks amazing. He tries to seduce Faith again, even if he knows that she is with Zane now. He seems to be very good in telling a lie here and there.

What I really loved here, ever before stat reading, was the cover. It’s pink and the couple sitting atthe Café looks so romantic. I totally loved it. I also fell in love with the book. It’s a lovely, romantic, little bit predictable but nevertheless enjoyable story. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with all the characters, just like I did. I totally recommend it to all romance fans.

My rating: 4/5

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