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Forever: (Angels Among Us, Book 3) by Linn B Halton

Genre: Paranormal Romance Novella

Harper Impulse Publishing


Ceri is alone for a reason. She’s not meant to fall in love. She’s here for one purpose only. Love is a powerful emotion, but can it change the course of someone’s destiny? This is a romance story that explores the possibility of there being something more than just the ‘here and now’. Now, Ceri’s journey comes to an end in Forever – the final part of the Angels Among Us trilogy.


Heidi at Cosmochicklitian says: “This last part of the series has been an emotional rollercoaster, even more so than the other two parts. Forever is the perfect conclusion to a truly beautiful and thought-provoking series.”


Kate at Me My Books and I says: “The previous book had left me on a cliffhanger so I was pleased to discover that this picked up where that one had finished. Ceri was struggling with what she wanted her life to be and what her life was destined to be – there was a part of me which wholeheartedly agreed with her but another part of me that understood she had an important job to do. This book certainly raised some conflicting emotions within me.


JB at Brook Cottage Books says: “As usual, Linn B Halton doesn’t disappoint through her fantastic writing style, keeping the reader engrossed in the plot and causing the reader to once more have some emotional investment in each of the characters. I really enjoyed this series and would highly recommend it. It’s not only a fantastic story but a fascinating subject.”



Made in Nashville by Mandy Baggot

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Harper Impulse Publishing

 Made in Nashville

An on-stage attack left Honor Blackwood with more scars than just the one on her face. It’s been ten years since she left her spot as Nashville’s brightest country music star. Is now the time to return? Country rebel and rock star, Jared ‘Jed’ Marshall is hot property on the Tennessee music scene in more ways than one. He’s wild, he’s sexy and everybody wants a piece of him. But when he sets his sights on Honor, is it pure attraction or just distraction on his mind? Join the country scene to find out!”


Kate at Me My Books and I says: “This was a romantic, musical treat with an edge of mystery – another Mandy Baggot masterpiece!”


Kim the Bookworm says: “I loved this book with all of my heart. A really unique story line for me: music being the main background with completely lovable characters, a great plot and a whole lot of lovin’ going on!”



So You Think You’re a Celebrity…Chef?

By Caroline James

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Thornberry Publishing

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When media agent Hilary Hargreaves travels to Ireland to look at a campaign for a new cookery school, she meets a blast from her past – the romantic but feckless chef Mickey Lloyd, who is hell-bent on resurrecting his flagging career. Her tough demeanour is rocked as it becomes apparent Mickey’s intentions involve more than a stint behind a stove in his quest to pursue her. Has Hilary got too much on her plate and is she really prepared to risk it all for love?


Carol at Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog says: There are some very funny scenarios in this novel, but it is not all a laugh a minute. There are some tender moments in there, too.  There is a “didn’t see that coming” shock, too, in what I can only describe as Ab Fab meets Masterchef in a soap opera.  Action packed, funny, and emotionally charged. Superb!  


Charlotte at Best Chick Lit says: “The large supporting cast (similar to those found in Jilly Cooper and Fiona Walker books) is brilliant fun, adding heartfelt and comedic moments at regular intervals throughout the book. One of the most unique reads on the market and one not to be missed.”



The Fine Art of Delusional Thinking

by Bonnie Trachtenberg

Genre: Humorous Non Fiction


This is a refreshing and fun self-help book which encourages the reader to better their life by using the art of delusional thinking, using such things as fantasy and daydreams! Written in a tongue-in-cheek way and with good humour, with such chapters as ‘Be a Star or Just Act Like One’.


Nikki at Books4U says: “The reader will find this book highly entertaining and it will really make you smile as you read Bonnie’s thoughts and suggestions. The book is not that long either so can easily be read in one sitting. This is my kind of self-help, just good light-hearted fun, nothing heavy, and I actually did learn a few things too!”



The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes

The Star Child Series, Book One
Genre: Young Adult
Inkspell Publishing

The Star


Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. When the sudden death of his Gran takes him from the East Coast to the rugged cliffs of Western Ireland, all that changes. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.


Jenny in Neverland says: “This book is everything a YA fantasy novel should be; emotional, heartwarming and amusing at times with plenty of romance, excitement, and action. It’s weird and wonderful and truly unique. The epilogue gave me shivers as it indicates that Kellen’s journey isn’t over and there’s more adventure to come in the sequel. Personally, I think Stephanie will definitely be a new, upcoming voice for Young Adult readers out there.”


Charlotte at Best Chick Lit says: “The story is shrouded in mystery and Keyes very cleverly ensures the book is unputdownable by reeling in the reader within the first few opening pages. A complete joy to read and sets up nicely for a sequel.”



A Little Bit of Madness by Sheryl Browne

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Safkhet Publishing


Celia Summers, intrepid mother of two, is too cuddly for sweatpants, she suspects. But then, her class at The Harbour Rest Home are similarly clad. Celia loves her work as an art therapist. She’s proud that she gives her elderly independents something to look forward to. She’s even ready to abseil from a church steeple to bring attention to the plight of her old people, no matter that she might fall and end up splattered all over the flagstones. When she does fall, however, it’s much more painful – in love with PC Alex Burrows. Will he be her white knight in blue and ride to her rescue?


Kim the Bookworm says: “I absolutely loved this book. I have now read all of Sheryl’s books and this one is most definitely my favourite. The storyline was just so entertaining and with the normal Sheryl Browne hilarity thrown in to accompany a great storyline, I’ll guarantee it’ll put a great big smile on your face.


Carol at Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog says: “A wonderful reminder of just how great the older generation can be – A Little Bit of Madness was just what I needed to brighten my day.”


JB at Brook Cottage Books says: “This book is a lovely romantic comedy that I simply could not put down. It has a few twists and turns throughout that totally surprise the reader and the plot is fantastic, leaving you desperate to find out more. Another hit for Sheryl Browne. If you’ve never read any of her books I suggest you do so right away.”


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