Fluffy by Julia Kent

REVIEW

I absolutely love Julia’s unique wit and ability to turn a disastrous situation  into something so comical it will have the reader laughing long and loud, whilst those around them are giving questioning side glances and looks of pure confusion that say “is she alright?”.  I know this because those were the reactions of my husband and children while I was reading this book.

There is no better meeting than when Shannon met Declan (Shopping for a Billionaire Series, if you haven’t read…Shame on you!) but I can honestly say that this one comes in a close second.  When Mallory responds to a job ad for a professional fluffer she believes that she is going to do something completely different to what is actually required.  With a naked man in front of her she soon realises that the pillows that need plumping are not the ones on the sofa! But when the man of her dreams for the past 14 years walks in on her in a compromising situation things can only get better…or can they?!

Mallory is a wonderfully intelligent but somewhat naive women who still lives in the past.  When the past, in the shape of Will, turns up she finds her past and present colliding and struggles to handle the emotions that overwhelm her.

As the reader it is as clear as the words on the page how Will feels about Mallory and despite her continual need to run away – Will actually sums that one up quite nicely when he says to Mallory “for someone who never left town, you sure do run away a lot.” – Will is there for her all the way.  Mallory never left her hometown and because of that she always feels judged for not spreading her wings but sometimes there is just no need to leave.  Sometimes all you really need is family, friends and not forgetting fried-Twinkie-and-pickle sundaes.  Not everyone wants to explore the world and chances are those that do eventually return.

Great characters and a hilarious storyline, Julia has done it again . Can’t wait to read Perky and Parker’s story.

This is an ARC review courtesy of Julia Kent.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

It all started with the wrong Help Wanted ad. Of course it did.

I’m a professional fluffer. It’s NOT what you think. I stage homes for a living. Real estate agents love me, and my work stands on its own merits.

Sigh. Get your mind out of the gutter. Go ahead. Laugh. I’ll wait.

See? That’s the problem. My career has used the term “fluffer” for decades. I didn’t even know there was a more… lascivious definition of the term.

Until it was too late.

The ad for a “professional fluffer” on Craigslist seemed like divine intervention. My last unemployment check was in the bank. I was desperate. Rent was due. The ad said cash paid at the end of the day. The perfect job!

Staging homes means showing your best angle. The same principle applies in making a certain kind of movie. Turns out a “fluffer” doesn’t arrange decorative pillows on a couch.

They arrange other soft, round-ish objects.

The job isn’t hard. Er, I mean, it is — it’s about being hard. Or, well… helping other people to be hard.

Oh, man…

And that’s the other problem. A man. No, not one of the stars on the movie set. Will Lotham – my high school crush. The owner of the house where we’re filming. Illegally. In a vacation rental.

By the time the cops show up, what I thought was just a great house staging gig turned into a nightmare involving pictures of me with an undressed star, Will rescuing me from an arrest, and a humiliating lesson in my own naivete.

My job turned out to be so much harder than I expected. But you know what’s easier than I ever imagined?

Having all my dreams come true. 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43561153-fluffy)

Secrets of the Dead – DI Robyn Carter #2 by Carol Wyer

REVIEW

DI Carter is back for another gripping investigation that will have all her team working overtime.

When a spate of murders occurs, Robyn Carter and her team find themselves on the trail of a possible serial killer.  Are the killings planned or random attacks?  With each murder being different and no obvious connection between the victims, besides the ‘invoice’ left behind, DI Carter must pull all her resources in order to stop the killer before he strikes again.

A great story wrapped up in intrigue and mis-direction.  I love the fact that DI Carter is not a glorified detective who can ‘do no wrong’. She is constantly having to justify her decisions to her superiors and they do not bend over backwards to allow her free reign.  The hate/hate relationship she has with DI Tom Shearer brings a reality to station politics  and the one-upmanship that comes with it.

Throughout the story we have glimpses into the killers life. Flashbacks offer insights into why he is doing what he is doing, how he got to where he is, and the harrowing circumstances that lead to this outcome, but at no stage does it reveal WHO he is.

A brilliant plot, great characters and a cat and mouse game that will keep the reader guessing to the end.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Emma Newman.

Rating 5/5

SYNOPSIS

Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?
A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35067524-secrets-of-the-dead)

RARE Author Re-reads

 

With RARE19 London fast approaching, Ok so it’s still 8 months away but that’s not long,   I have decided that each month I will reread a selection of books/series from some of my favourite authors who will be in attendance.

I was fortunate enough to go to my first RARE in Febuary 2018 in London and it was such an amazing experience.  It will be great to meet different authors that were not at RARE18 but can’t wait to see again some that were.

January

  • The Kathleen Turner Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Billionaire’s Obsession by J.S. Scott
  • The Cafe Series by Jana Aston

 

February

  • The Tangled Ivy Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Knight Series by Kitty French
  • Heart of the Billionaire by J.S. Scott

 

March

  • The Risky Business Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Weekday Brides Series by Catherine Bybee
  • The Billionaire’s Salvation by J.S. Scott

 

April

  • The Corrupted Hearts Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Billionaire’s Game by J.S. Scott
  • The Tall, Dark & Deadly Series 0.5 – 2 by Lisa Renee Jones

 

May

  • The Fixed Series by Laurelin Paige
  • The Over The Edge Series by Julia London
  • The Billionaire Undone by J.S. Scott

 

June

  • The Anchor Island Series by Terri Osburn
  • The Found Duet by Laurelin Paige
  • The Billionaire Unmasked by J.S. Scott

 

July 

  • The Needing Moore Series by Julie A. Richman
  • Blank Slate by Tiffany Snow
  • The Billionaire Untamed by J.S. Scott

 

During August I would like to read some new books that I haven’t yet read by some of these authors.  On that list is:

  • The Dirty Duet by Laurelin Paige
  • The Ardent Springs Series by Terri Osburn
  • The Billionaire Unbound by J.S. Scott

Please note that this list is only rereads and does not include any new books that I will be reading in between. Most of these books I have already written reviews for so please have a read of these as well.

Authors Websites

 Tiffany Snow

Jana Aston

J.S. Scott

Kitty/Kat French

Catherine Bybee

Lisa Renee Jones

Laurelin Paige

Julia London

Terri Osburn

Julie A. Richman

 

Happy Reading!

One Day in December by Josie Silver

REVIEW

Beautifully heartbreaking and heartwarming all in one.

Jack and Laurie’s story is a bittersweet love-triangle that becomes a complicated friendship.  Laurie is in love with a mystery man who she sees waiting at a bus stop and spends the next 12 months searching for. When Sarah, Laurie’s best friend, brings home her new boyfriend who she is head-over heels in love with, new boyfriend turns out to be mystery man. Jack and Laurie both deny knowing each other and try to be friends for Sarah’s sake. Not an easy task when feelings are involved.

Laurie is a steadfast friend and although she may have slipped up a couple of times, her heart was always in the right place.  Her friendship with Sarah holds a bond as strong as sisterhood and woe betide anyone who tries to get between them.

Jack tries to do the right thing.  He loves Sarah but he also knows that Laurie holds a certain place in his heart as well.  As the years progress, new loves are found and lost, friendships are broken and mended, and Jack and Laurie seem to be forever in the wrong places, both emotionally and physically, at the wrong time.

A beautifully written story that will leave you wanting more, or at least it did me.  Jack and Laurie embedded themselves into my mind and I could almost feel their pain and heartache with every year that passed. If this book was missing anything it was an epilogue.  I’m a sucker for wanting that final bit of happiness, the glimpse into the future, the happily ever after of all the characters and where they are one, five or ten years on, but that’s just me.  This is a definite winter warmer, curl up on the sofa with a mug of tea, book that you wont want to put down.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38255337-one-day-in-december)

Book Tour – Nora’s Promise by Sedona Hutton

Publication date: October 5th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

REVIEW

When the past dictates your future can you learn to live in the now?

That is the question that keeps coming back to Nora Williams. Having been let down by men in the past she finds it very hard to trust, and this goes double for racing driver, Davey Johnson. When Nora learns that Davey is her nine year old nephew’s father, she must strive to trust him for Ben’s sake. The longer they spend together the more their views on life change.

Davey has been against romantic relationships since his mother walked out on him as a child. Distorting his views of ‘happily ever after’ he has gladly taken on the role of playboy, that is until he meets Nora. Finding her views on life, love, and the fact that she doesn’t fall at his feet, intriguing, Davey wants to spend more time with her and his newly found son. When his racing and sponsorship impact with his family commitments, Davey must make the ultimate choice – career or love.

This story has a interesting twist to it. It is not just an contemporary romance, there is a touch of mysticism involved. Nora has unique abilities. She can converse with the spirit word, namely her Grandfather. She also has a talent for animal whispering. Nora is a devote Vegan, she can sense the pain and suffering of animals and, as such, sets out to relieve as much of their torment as she can.

I am not a vegan or vegetarian, but I do like animals (I have a pet snake). I understand the views and principals that others have when they decline to eat meat for whatever reason. I fully understood Nora’s opinions on this matter and felt her sorrow at the separation of the cow and calf, the author has expressed the views of the main character in a non-preaching manner. I’m not sure that I would have been as quick to convert as Davey was, however I don’t own a cow and wouldn’t dream of eating a snake, so I guess I can see his point.

A really enjoyable read. I will definitely be reading the next story about AJ and Ella – The Perfect Lap – and like the look of Cloud Whispers that I will hopefully be reading soon.

Rating 4/5

Nora

Synopsis

She trusts animals more than men. He runs through women like tires. Will an orphaned child force them to change gears?

With her sister’s death, Nora’s life changed in an instant. Forced to raise her orphaned nephew, the animal rescuer doesn’t expect to be dumped and fired by her kid-hating boyfriend/boss. After her own close call and a message from beyond, Nora introduces the little boy to his handsome, fast-living absentee father.

Davey Johnson is a hot-shot NASCAR driver who never wanted to be slowed down by fatherhood. But when he finds out he has a nine-year-old son, he vows to be a better father than his old man. When his first efforts fail in a big way, he enlists Nora’s parenting help. But what starts as a chore transforms into something way hotter than a final lap.

When Davey’s sponsors clash with Nora’s vegan ways, he’s forced to choose between his passion for racing and his love of Nora. Will they be able to blend their lives or will their romance run right off the track?

Nora’s Promise is a contemporary romance with a new age twist. If you like fast cars, caring heroines, and sizzling chemistry, then you’ll love Sedona Hutton’s contemporary love story.

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Author Sedona Hutton finds inspiration in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and curly-coated retriever. In addition to writing, she’s a Reiki Master and a certified Chopra Center Meditation instructor. She enjoys reading, yoga, gardening, playing with her dog, and riding motorcycles. Sedona’s novel, Cloud Whispers, was selected as a Finalist in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Contest and an Official Selection in the 2018 Summer eBook Awards for New Apple Literary. Her “Peace, Love, & Joy” blog can be found on her website. Visit her at www.SedonaHutton.com, Facebook @SedonaHuttonAuthor, and Twitter @SedonaHutton.

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No Match for Love Volume One Box Set: Miss Match, Not Your Match, Mix ‘N Match – No Match for Love #1-3 by Lindzee Armstrong

REVIEW

This is a lovely compilation of romance novels that begins the No Match For Love series.  Based around the workings of a match-making agency, Toujour, the stories bring together couples who may not have otherwise found each other.  Each story focuses on a different couple and follows the ‘will they, won’t they’ plot of a contemporary romance. You will also recognise characters from the other books and see them achieve their happily ever after.

If you want a series to get lost in on a cold winters day, curl up in front of the fire, pour a glass of wine and enjoy the flirty fun that comes when finding your ‘one’!

Rating 4/5

Synopsis

Miss Match Playing cupid may break her heart. With the matchmaking company she works for in decline, Brooke is desperate to sign Luke, her billionaire best friend, as a client. But Luke is more interested in capturing Brooke’s heart. Escape into this lighthearted romantic comedy today, which InD’Tale Magazine calls a “feel-good romance that will leave you swooning.”

Not Your Match Sometimes it takes dating Mr. Wrong to find Mr. Right. Dating the wrong people has convinced both Ben and Andi that what they really want is each other. All that’s standing in their way is a fake boyfriend, a jealous ex-fiancée, and being afraid to risk their hearts. Explore this emotionally-charged romance today!

Mix ‘N Match Fire and ice aren’t meant to mix. Zoey and Mitch couldn’t be more opposite. One passionate kiss has convinced them they’d never work. But two weeks in Paris could change everything. Take a trip to Paris in this fun-filled romantic comedy!

The No Match for Love series follows the matchmakers and clients of Toujour on their journeys to love. Each story can be read as a stand-alone, so start with whichever book catches your interest the most!

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31816677-no-match-for-love-volume-one-box-set)

High Reward – Point of No Return #2 by Brenna Aubrey

REVIEW

Stunningly beautiful conclusion to this two part series.

Gray Barrett has finally decided to follow her damaged heart and fall in love but can she keep it from being emotionally torn apart by the former playboy, Commander Ryan Tyler.  When Ryan is faced with a hard-hitting decision, he must decide whether to follow his heart or his head, but will his self-worth stand in the way of making the right choice.

Gray is such a sweet girl and all the way through this book I was cheering her corner.  When she was happy, I was happy.  When she was sad, I was sad.  And when she was angry, I was right there with her! What she has had to deal with both now, with Ryan, and in the past, with her parents, has made her an emotional strong individual but when she finally lets go it really is heart-breaking (yes, I did cry!).

Ryan has the weight of the world on his shoulders and believes that he really isn’t good enough for Gray.  I can understand his desire to fly again and the promise he made to Xander but…that stupid proposition he makes to Karen, what was he thinking?! and more’s the point, why was she even considering it?

This book is filled with hunky astronauts and geeky space girls, and as a sci-fi fan I absolutely love the T.V., film and book references that run throughout.   If you enjoyed Gaming the System you will love this series.

High Risk – Point of no return #1

High Reward – Point of no return #2

This is an ARC review courtesy of Brenna Aubrey

Synopsis

He was looking for redemption. Instead, he found her.

After a rocky start, former Navy SEAL-turned-astronaut Ryan “Ty” Tyler and nerdy flight psychologist Gray Barrett discovered they worked well together. Ty managed to tame his playboy reputation, and cautious Gray got her first taste of adventure. They had a good thing going. Until a good thing turned into a smoking hot thing…and that turned into a falling-in-love thing.

Now Ty’s facing an impossible choice. Shake the demons of his past, or give up a future with the only woman he could ever love.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41838836-high-reward?from_search=true)