One Hot Summer by Kat French

REVIEW

An absolutely fantastic story with an amazingly eclectic group of characters.

Alice McBride is the lovely girl-next-door who gave up her dreams for those of her husband, who now, as a famous T.V. star, feels the best way to repay his wife is…to have an affair with his co-star.  Living alone at the Manor house she adores, Alice struggles to make ends meet, so decides to rent out the property and live an Airstream caravan in a secluded part of the grounds.

Robinson Duff is a famous country singer who has given his wife everything she could ever want, she finds that the best way to repay Robinson is…to have an affair with his best friend. Needing to get away and clear his head, Robinson rents the manor house and wants nothing but peace and quiet.

Alice and Robinson have both been through the ringer and deserve to have a little happiness. The mutual attraction between the pair is undeniable and the inevitable happens, but both have set their ground rules and it is only for the summer.  As the summer progresses so too does their affection for each other and the longer they continue the harder it is to say goodbye.  When unexpected visitors turn up, Alice and Robinson have to bring their summer romance to an end but neither can go back to what they had before.

I absolutely adored this story.  Not only were Alice and Robinson great characters but I have to take my hat (or wig) off to Naimh, Hazel, Ewan, Dessy, Jase and not forgetting Stewie. Good supporting characters really help to bring the story to life and that is one thing that Kat French does brilliantly.

A perfect summer read that will have you laughing, crying and swooning sometimes all at the same time!

RATING 5/5

Synopsis

Alice McBride’s husband Brad is super famous, totally gorgeous . . . and having an affair with his co-star. And now it’s splashed across all the newspapers.

After kicking Brad out, Alice decides to rent out her beloved home for the summer. And the last person she expects to arrive at Borne Manor is a sexy cowboy called Robinson.

Country music star Robinson has had his own share of heartache, and he’s come to Borne Manor to escape from it all. Neither Alice nor Robinson are looking for romance, but the spark between them can’t be ignored.

Could a holiday romance help heal their broken hearts? And what will happen when their long hot summer together comes to an end?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28674518-one-hot-summer?ac=1&from_search=true)

Shopping for a CEO’s Honeymoon – Shopping for a Billionaire #14 by Julia Kent

REVIEW

I think I love Andrew and Amanda a little bit more with each book I read.  Amanda is definitely Andrew’s soulmate and doesn’t take any of his overbearing, egotistical nonsense, although she has plenty of ‘ammunition’ following the gun awareness course!

Definitely an interesting way to spend your honeymoon. Although I can’t believe with that many rooms in the house they couldn’t find one without a workman in it. Lots of decisions and future plans made.  Loved Andrews declaration about his feelings when he holds Ellie.

Great to see my other favourite couple, Declan and Shannon, making an appearance along with little baby, Ellie. Shannon is a natural at motherhood. I remember those day of blowouts, I don’t care what the nappy/diaper manufacturers say, there is nothing that holds it in! Terry also makes a flying visit, I’m hopeful we will see more of him in the future and that he gets his own happy ever after.

Besides a very brief scene with Pam, there are no parents in this book.  I love Maria and James but sometimes they have a tendency to dominate.  It was really nice to just have the ‘kids’ and focus on their stories.

Looking forward to the next instalment in this brilliant series.

Synopsis

He says we never had a proper honeymoon. 

So, instead, he’s giving me… a prepper honeymoon? 

Who knew billionaire preppers were a thing? 

I guess I’m about to find out. 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39868621-shopping-for-a-ceo-s-honeymoon)

The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts

REVIEW

Humorous and heartwarming.  This book is the tale of a thirty+ year old singleton who isn’t ‘looking’ but really would like to have that special someone.

The problem that faces Polly Spencer is finding the ‘right’ someone.

With her best friend’s wedding looming, Polly doesn’t want to attend alone, especially when everyone around her seems to have their ‘plus one’. When an interview leads to a possible relationship she grabs it with both hands despite the warnings and her own gut instinct.  Could legendary playboy Jasper Milton be that special someone?

Polly faces several challenges including some weird and wonderful interviews as part of her job at “Posh!” magazine, a troubled time with her mum,  and a weekend hen party in Norfolk, throw in the antics of her “boyfriend” and you’ve got an emotional mix that will have you laughing one minute and shouting at her not to be so stupid the next!

A little predictable but all in all a really nice read.

Synopsis

The Plus One [n] informal a person who accompanies an invited person to a wedding or a reminder of being single, alone and absolutely plus none

Polly’s not looking for ‘the one’, just the plus one…
Polly Spencer is fine. She’s single, turning thirty and only managed to have sex twice last year (both times with a Swedish banker called Fred), but seriously, she’s fine. Even if she’s still stuck at Posh! magazine writing about royal babies and the chances of finding a plus one to her best friend’s summer wedding are looking worryingly slim.

But it’s a New Year, a new leaf and all that. Polly’s determined that over the next 365 days she’ll remember to shave her legs, drink less wine and generally get her s**t together. Her latest piece is on the infamous Jasper, Marquess of Milton, undoubtedly neither a plus one nor ‘the one’. She’s heard the stories, there’s no way she’ll succumb to his charms…

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38733836-the-plus-one)

A Summer Scandal by Kat French

REVIEW

Loved this book. As is the way with Kat French’s book I became completely engrossed in the characters and their lives. Violet is the woman I think many of us wish we could be. She is not happy to just let life pass her by or take the easy and safe option. Don’t get me wrong, safe and easy are often the better option but in this case I think Violet would most definitely have had a miserable life if she stayed on the path she was on.

Cal is lovely and, despite the brief episode in the middle of the book, I’m glad he finally came to his senses. The black sheep from the the privileged family, his line of work had me laughing when it was revealed. Violet took it all in her stride and although she was momentarily surprised it didn’t last long. The use of the pier was awesome.

This book was filled with love, whether it be open or concealed, real or illicit, it is there. There are mysterious elements at play as well and the intriguing plot line had me wondering what was going to be revealed next.

Loved the ending….very fitting.

This is an ARC review courtesy of Netgalley

Synopsis

Summer has never been so scandalous…

When Violet moves to Swallow Beach, she inherits a small Victorian pier in with an empty arcade perched on the end of it, and falls in love immediately. She wants nothing more than to rejuvenate it and make it grand again – but how?

When she meets hunky Calvin, inspiration strikes. What if she turned the arcade into an adult-themed arcade full of artisan shops?

Not everyone in the town is happy with the idea, but Violet loves her arcade and business begins to boom. But as tensions worsen and the heat between her and Calvin begins to grow, life at Swallow Beach becomes tricky. Is it worth staying to ride out the storm? And can Violet find her own happy ending before the swallows fly south for the winter?

Sexy, sassy and full of heart, Kat French is back in a new summer sizzler

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35886940-a-summer-scandal?ac=1&from_search=true)

Shopping for a Billionaire’s Baby – Shopping for a Billionaire #13 by Julia Kent

REVIEW

I really didn’t think it was possible to love a book couple as much I do Declan and Shannon.  Having read about this couple’s bizarre beginnings, their ups and downs, their unfortunate events that have had me laughing, their tender heart-felt moments that have brought tears to my eyes, and now to be witness to them extending their family unit has been a very emotional journey.

But this IS Declan and Shannon so we know that it is not going to be plain sailing, and WOW! what a tidal wave they find themselves riding.

There is honestly so much I want to say but I try really hard not to give away any spoilers in my reviews, so here goes:

Shannon and Declan have decided to have a baby (no spoiler, it’s kinda the whole point of the book) and as a mother I can say that I was there with her through each phase – the agony of trying to conceive followed by disappointment, morning sickness, food cravings, feeling horny, swollen ankles, being related to a whale, and let’s not forget those all important mood swings (just to keep our husbands/partners on their toes!).  Shannon, bless her heart, doesn’t do things by half either but Declan is on hand to help her through each stage.  I fell just a little more in love with Declan during this book and you will understand what I mean when you read it, his letter to Shannon was so beautiful I may have let a tear slip out. I was completely taken with the ending, could see it happening but did not expect the full extent of what did occur, or the emotional reaction between James and Declan in the hospital.

I don’t think I will be able to look at a piece of clay in quite the same way again and don’t even mention the word ‘Unicoga’ – I’m still giggling at that whole mess up…only Marie! She teaches me something new every book.

Speaking of, Marie is at her classic best again in this book.  Whether it is organising Shannon’s baby shower or posting ads on Facebook, she never fails.

Dave is an intriguing character, I do hope we get a bit more of a backstory of him at some stage.

I know there are more books to come in this series and to be honest I don’t think I can ever envision it ending. Great to see all our favourite characters from the series so far – Andrew and Amanda, Marie and Jason, James, Pam, Carol, Amy, Hamish, Josh, Greg, Gerald and Vince, with a surprise appearance from a familiar face of a different series.

If you have never read this series, START. It is an hilarious romantic comedy that will have you addicted from the very first page.

This is an ARC review although the book is currently available for pre-order and will be released on 24/04/18.

Thank you Julia, you did it again!

Synopsis

You know what’s even better than marrying a billionaire? Having his baby.

We’re ready. We’ve studied and planned, read all the birth and labor books, researched parenting classes, consulted our schedules, and it’s time.

And by we I mean me.

Declan’s just ready for the “have lots of sex” part. More than ready.

But there’s just one problem: my husband and his brother have this little obsession with competition.

And by little, I mean stupid.

That’s right.

We’re not just about to try to bring a new human being into the world.

We have to do it better, Faster, Stronger.

Harder.

McCormick men don’t just have babies.

They engage in competitive billionaire Babythons.

I thought the hardest part about getting pregnant would be dealing with my grandchild-crazed mother, who will go nuts shopping for a billionaire’s baby.

Wrong.

Between conception issues, my mother’s desire to talk to the baby through a hoohawcam, a childbirth class led by a drill sergeant and a father-in-law determined to sign the kid up for prep school before Declan even pulls out, my pregnancy has turned out to be one ordeal after the other.

But it’s nothing — nothing — compared to the actual birth.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36433312-shopping-for-a-billionaire-s-baby)

Big Rock – Big Rock #1 by Lauren Blakely

It’s not just the motion of the ocean, ladies. It’s definitely the SIZE of the boat too. 

And I’ve got both firing on all cylinders. In fact, I have ALL the right assets. Looks, brains, my own money, and a big c*&k.

You might think I’m an a*&hole. I sound like one, don’t I? I’m hot as sin, rich as heaven, smart as hell and hung like a horse.

Guess what? You haven’t heard my story before. Sure, I might be a playboy, like the NY gossip rags call me. But I’m the playboy who’s actually a great guy. Which makes me one of a kind. 

The only trouble is, my dad needs me to cool it for a bit. With conservative investors in town wanting to buy his flagship Fifth Avenue jewelry store, he needs me not only to zip it up, but to look the part of the committed guy. Fine. I can do this for Dad. After all, I’ve got him to thank for the family jewels. So I ask my best friend and business partner to be my fiancée for the next week. Charlotte’s up for it. She has her own reasons for saying yes to wearing this big rock.

And pretty soon all this playing pretend in public leads to no pretending whatsoever in the bedroom, because she just can’t fake the kind of toe-curling, window-shattering orgasmic cries she makes as I take her to new heights between the sheets.

But I can’t seem to fake that I might be feeling something real for her.

What the fuck have I gotten myself into with this…big rock?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26252659-big-rock)

REVIEW

One of the funniest yet sweetest friends to lovers book I’ve read in while. It’s so nice to have a male lead who is not pretentious but knows what he can offer a woman.

This story is told from the POV of Spencer Holiday. Spencer loves his family and wants to do what’s best for them and, although it may not be the brightest idea he’s come up with, getting engaged to his best friend Charlotte seems to solve his playboy problems. Charlotte is more than happy to play along with his plan for her own benefit.  They already share a deep connection that just grows stronger when they pretend to be engaged but they still try to fight their attraction for fear of ruining their friendship and working relationship.

An entertaining love story with some hot, hot, sexy moments.  I will admit that it did take me a while to start reading as I had a few problems getting past the front cover! 😉

Looking forward to reading the rest in series, especially if they are all as fun as this one.

Wedding Bells at the Dog & Duck: The perfect springtime romantic read – Dog and Duck by Jill Steeples

Ellie Browne is looking forward, with her partner Max, to hosting Christmas Day lunch at The Dog & Duck, but heavily pregnant now and with a snowstorm brewing outside, it seems that things might not go quite to plan.

After the dramatic events of the holiday season, Ellie settles into her new life at Max’s country mansion Braithwaite Manor, juggling work and family as best she can. When she’s asked to help organise a summer wedding for one of her best friends it’s only natural that her mind turns to her own, non-existent, wedding plans! 

With Max decidedly lukewarm on the whole subject and other family complications threatening to disrupt life further, Ellie fears there’ll never be wedding bells at the Dog & Duck after all.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36320756-wedding-bells-at-the-dog-duck)

REVIEW

Funny and heart-warming continuation of Max and Ellie’s story at the Dog and Duck.

With the imminent arrival of their first child Max wants to get married but for reasons of her own, Ellie does not.  When assigned the role of wedding planner for her best friend, Ellie finds herself surround by all things romance and soon feels the bug, however Max seems to have gone right off the idea.

Ellie and Max are such a wonderful couple.  They are not massively into personal displays of affection and even moments of jealousy and soon brushed aside.  They are definitely a couple who will stay the distance, even if the bells are not ringing for them this time.

A feel-good story full of laughs, romance and caring with a few surprises along the way.  This book is just what you need when the sun is shining on a chilly Spring day.