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Do You Remember? By Mandy Baggot
Genre: Romantic Fiction
Publisher: Harper Impulse
‘First Love. First Loss. Last chance?’
Synopsis: 2005 was the most traumatic year of Emma Barron’s life. It was the year her mother died and the year she met Guy Duval. Eight years on, she’s an English teacher with a doting boyfriend and a young son. Life’s been hard but now it’s comfortable. She’s settled and content…so why would she risk it all for another chance with the man that broke her heart? Guy’s an international renowned footballer newly signed to a top UK team. But behind the confident facade is a man determined to drown the horrors from his childhood with fame, success and money. Unable to confide in her best friend, Ally, Emma tries to hold her life together as her heart is pulled apart. Did she turn her back on love too soon? Neither of them know what really happened on 5 September 2005 and as events are slowly revealed can anyone cope with the truth.
Carol at Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog recently read Do You Remember? and this is an excerpt from her review: “Fast forward to 2005 and Emma is a single parent to Dominic, teaching and fending off marriage proposals from her boyfriend. A twist of fate and a chance meeting with Guy in 2005 is going to turn Emma’s comfortable life upside down and bring back feelings she thought were long gone. Should she revisit those teenage feelings or stay in 2005? Mandy Baggot really knows how to set the pace for an exciting page turner. Never disappoints. She gives her female characters some super sexy male leads, who are irresistible. Think Male pin up calendars. Hot, hot, hot!”
Read the whole review at Dizzy’s Little Book Blog
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How Do You Voodoo? by Janice Horton
Genre: New Adult Romantic Fiction
Format: Kindle Ebook
‘…being beautiful is a curse…’
Synopsis: Loveless fashion model Nola Nichols thinks being beautiful is a curse; that is until she is cursed and her looks begin to fade just a week before the most important photo shoot of her career. In her attempts to get uncursed she finds herself taking part in a rather unconventional funeral, involved in a voodoo ritual, reveals one or two unrests in her own past and falls madly in love with a doctor. Erm, that would be a witch doctor, right…?
Nikki at Books4U recently read How Do You Voodoo? and this is an excerpt from her review: “A superb novella from author Janice Horton an interesting storyline about a character who thinks she as it all but learns there is something missing. I really enjoyed the story and I thought it was really well written and very entertaining too. The book can easily be read in one sitting. This the first book in Janice Horton’s ‘Voodoo Romance’ trilogy of novellas and I look forward to reading more.”
Read the whole review at Books4U
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Fallen Stars by Stephanie Keyes
(The Star Child #2)
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Format: Paperback and Ebook
‘When all is lost, he will have to make the ultimate decision.’
Synopsis: Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to the Celtic Goddess, Calienta. But then everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside-down when he and Cali end up on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why they’re being hunted. Suddenly, Kellen is stuck in the middle of another prophecy that foresees him turning away from Calienta and embracing the dark. He’ll be forced to take sides in a struggle to claim his birthright, while discovering secrets about his father’s past. Meanwhile, his passion for Cali grows stronger, even as the prophecy threatens to tear them apart. In the end, will Kellen and Cali survive the fates? When the ultimate power is within reach, which side will he choose?
Kate at MemybooksandI recently read Fallen Stars (The Star Child #2) and this is an excerpt from her review: “The Fallen Stars managed to exceed all my expectations, it was fantastic! This time the story was predominantly set in the real world with the young couple, and Kellen’s friend Gabe, on the run and afraid of what the future held. With the second part of the prophecy hanging over their heads and magic weaving through their every move, they attempted to go into hiding. There was lots of tension. Throughout the book the subject of trust was highlighted, Kellen and Calienta just didn’t know who to trust and I have to admit that I struggled with this too – I’m normally quite good at guessing who the bad guys are but I was stumped. Towards the end I was pleased to discover lots of interesting new facts about Kellen, some of which were rather surprising. It led nicely to the ending which totally left me wanting more and hints at an amazing adventure in the next book – I can’t wait! Another hit for Stephanie Keyes!”
Read the whole review at MemybooksandI
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A Shadow in the Past by Melanie Robertson King
Genre: YA/Historical Romance
Publisher 4RV Publishing
Format: Paperback and Ebook
‘…the ultimate romance fantasy every girl has dreamed of at some point.’
Synopsis: Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages, powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.
Nikki at Bestchicklit.com recently read A Shadow in the Past and this is an excerpt from her review: “Shadow in the Past is the ultimate romance fantasy that every girl has dreamed of at some point in her life. Sarah is forced to accept the truth that somehow she has managed to time travel back to the year 1886 and must act carefully or she’ll end up in the asylum and then she’ll never work out how to get home. Melanie Robertson-King has written a truly enchanting, easy-to-read romance. It feels like the fantasy of a wistful, naive girl as it pushes aside the current conventions that have made big romantic gestures harder to find. Complete with a castle, a passionate heroine and the brooding Scottish countryside, this is a book for anyone who is tired of cynical, modern dating.”
Read the whole review at Bestchicklit.com
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Learning To Love by Sheryl Browne
Genre: Romantic Fiction
Publisher: Safkhet Publishing
‘Exploring the Fragility of Love, Life, and Relationships’
Synopsis: Widower, Dr David Adams, has recently moved to a village where no one knows him to start afresh with his ten year old son, Jake, who is angry and withdrawn and blames his dad for the death of his mother. David doesn’t know how to reach him. Andrea Kelly has too many balls in the air. With three children and a “nuts” mother to care for, her fiancé can’t fathom why she wants to throw something else into the mix and change her career. Surely she already has too much on her plate? When Andrea’s house burns mysteriously to the ground and she and her entourage are forced to move in with the enigmatic Dr Adams, the village drums soon start beating, fuel aplenty when it turns out that someone does know him after all… the woman carrying his baby.
Tanya at Afterthefinalchapters.com recently read Learning to Love and this is an excerpt from her review: “Truth, lies, deception, love, hate, anger and joy – they are all there in Sheryl Browne‘s Learning to Love. In fact I am not sure there is an emotion that isn’t covered. A little boy has lost his mum and his relationship with his father is at an all-time low. He blames his dad for bailing out when his mum was sick – who could blame him. So many parts of this story I could relate to. Grief is a terrible thing and it can make people act out and behave in ways that are extremely unlike their character. As can fear. The things people will do out of fear and desperation can shock us to our cores. Reading this story will remind us that we never really do know what is going on behind closed doors. While you are on the outside looking in everything looks happy and problem free. Never mind reading fiction – we only have to watch the news to see that. It didn’t take me long to read Learning to Love, Sheryl Browne has written it so wonderfully that it proved very hard to put down. The book is just that good. I was lost in the story. Sheryl Browne brought together all these individuals and tied them nicely together. It was fluid – nothing felt forced or that there were bits being left out. It was completely natural. I highly recommend this book folks, just remember all may not be what it seems!”
Read the whole review at afterthefinalchapters.com
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The Bridge Club by Patricia Sands
Genre: Relationship Fiction
Format: Hardback, Paperback & Ebook
‘Eight women. Four decades of friendship. One unimaginable request.’
Synopsis: Where can you find a story about friendship, laughter and the good things in life that also touches on alcoholism, infidelity, porn addiction, illness and grief? For many women, it’s often within their own circle of friends. Whether your BFFs are in their twenties or are seniors, everyone has a story. The Bridge Club reminds us of the complexities of women’s friendships through an entertaining and often moving tale of eight women whose lives intersect once a month initially to play the game of bridge. What began as one night turns into four decades that span the segments of a woman’s journey from youthful optimism to embracing the challenges and opportunities presented in life’s later years.
Kim the Bookworm read The Bridge Club and this is an excerpt from her review: “ This book made me realise that whatever happens in your life, good and true friends are so important to help you get through the rollercoaster issues that life can throw at you. I hope that I am lucky enough that the good and true friends I’ve made in my lifetime will turn out to be as good as the friendships that I read about in this delightful book by Patricia. I’m know I have a few that I can say definitely will. This was a book which was emotional, at which I laughed and I cried. It’s a book that women of all ages I would think, would relate to. The characters were well formed, and likeable. The subjects that are covered are understandable and some controversial, which make you question your own thoughts and beliefs, but you can relate to each and every one of them entirely.
Read the whole review on Kim the Bookworm Blog
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Janice lives in Scotland. She writes contemporary fiction with humour and heart.