Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list

Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list

Proper Family Christmas Holiday – Chrissie Manby
I absolutely LOVE books by Chrissie, they are so delightful and her last one was absolutely fantastic, and we are being treated to a sequel and only a few months since book 1 was released, I feel spoilt!
Shopaholic to the Stars – Sophie Kinsella
It has been ages since we have heard form Becky Bloomwood and and I am sure from page one I will be absorbed back into her world. Thankfully this is out in 2 days so I don’t have long to wait.

The Woman Who Stole My Life - Marian Keyes
This book’s cover is very mysterious and quite dark compared to Marian’s other books, which intrigues me, and the synopsis is quite mysterious too, I cannot wait to get stuck in.
Third Time Lucky - Pippa Croft
The first two books in this series were HOT and the second one left on a massive cliff-hanger, WHAT HAPPENS TO ALEXANDER? I MUST KNOW NOOOOOOW!!!!!

Saving Grace - Jane Green
I’ve still got Jane Green’s last book in my TBR pile, I don’t know why, but any release from her is highly anticipated, I may have to make room for both and read them back to back!

The Great Christmas Knit Off - Alexandra Brown
However much I will miss Georgie and Carrington's, I am really looking forward to Alexandra's new series, it sounds such a cosy read, perfect for the late autumn and winter months.

The Christmas Party- Carole Matthews
I have really enjoyed the last two Christmas books by Carole, so this is an absolute must to read ASAP!

The Silent Sister - Diane Chamberlain
I have LOVED all the books that I've read by Diane and I've been anticipating the release of this since I polished off  her last book!

I'll Take New York - Miranda Dickinson 
I've only read one book by Miranda, yes, yes I KNOW!!!! this book is set in NYC so sounds amazing automatically, and I did love 'It Started with a Kiss' so have decided to make this my next read by Miranda !

From Notting Hill with Four Weddings . . . Actually - Ali Mcnamara
I've read all of Ali Mcnamara's books and enjoyed them all.  This is the third book starring Scarlett so cannot wait to catch up with her in this book, it sounds so perfect and romantic. 

What books are you looking forward to this Autumn?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

It Girl by Nic Tatano

Veronica Summer is stuck in the dream job from hell.
The spunky New York reporter is offered the network's morning anchor position, but she doesn't want it because she's a night person. Then the network plays a trump card, promising her the evening anchor chair in three years. So the fiery redhead takes the plunge, with the ultimate gig waiting down the road.

Problem is, that road is filled with two am wake-up calls and the only social life she has is one with bats and raccoons. She quickly realizes she'll never survive the grind and decides the only way out is to get fired by being her snarky self on live television.

And the ratings skyrocket.

Veronica becomes the nation's It Girl, so the network makes her a celebrity contestant on its most popular nighttime dance competition show, Dance Off. While her journalistic credibility is shot to hell by the show's skimpy costumes, she's thrown into close contact with two incredibly attractive men; her dance partner and the show's sarcastic British judge.

And she soon discovers that love is the ultimate gig.

I had never read a book by Nic Tatano before, after hearing lots of good things about his books, I delved into this one, and was instantly glad I did. The plot sounded exactly what I like in a book, fun, and romance. The book was very smooth, I could have easily read this in one sitting. Also bonus points for setting it in NYC, my favourite place on earth, Veronica fits incredibly well into the vibe of New York, and it was the perfect fit.

Veronica Summers was a very funny character, her inner voice made me laugh out loud at times and her snarky speech that she makes while attempting to get fired had me smiling, as well as the fictional audience of the TV show. She is incredibly career focused, and you can see she clearly has a passion for journalism. However I did find at times that she looked down on some forms of journalism that she finds isn’t the hard hitting style that she prefers. She is still completely likable though but no one is perfect and it was a nice change to read a character that annoyed me a tiny (and I do mean tiny) bit. I loved the dynamic between Veronica and her friend and co-anchor Scott, their scenes were a joy to read.

The leading men in this book are as wonderful as you would expect them to be from this type of book. I think overall Dexter wins overall, I loved his personality and how Veronica and Dexter tried to one-up each other constantly. That said I couldn't help but picture Bradley Cooper when reading about Veronica’s dance partner (who shares his first name) so it was hard to decide for a while!

This book proves that I waited far too long to read one of Nic Tatano's books. It’s oh so readable, funny with a dash of glamour, a great read!

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Gratefully received from the Publisher for review.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

From Paris With Love by Samantha Tonge

Every girl dreams of hearing those four magical words Will you marry me? But no-one tells you what’s supposed to happen next….

Fun-loving Gemma Goodwin knows she should be revelling in her happy-ever-after. Except when her boyfriend Lord Edward popped the question, after a whirlwind romance, although she didn’t say no….she didn’t exactly say yes either!

A month-long cookery course in Paris could be just the place to make sure her heart and her head are on the same page… And however disenchanted with romance Gemma is feeling, the City of Love has plenty to keep her busy; the champagne is decadently quaffable, the croissants almost too delicious, and shopping is a national past-time! In fact, everything in Paris makes her want to say Je t’aime…. Except Edward!

But whilst Paris might offer plenty of distractions from wedding planning – including her new friends, mysterious Joe and hot French rockstar Blade - there’s no reason she couldn’t just try one or two couture dresses is there? Just for fun…

I had read Samantha Tong’s first book ‘Doubting Abbey’ in January and really enjoyed it. This novel is about the same characters, but can easily be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

In this book Gemma and Edward visit Paris to gain some work experience in a restaurant. Paris is described absolutely spectacularly and in great detail, it sounds such a beautiful place. Disneyland Paris is also described with lots of vibrancy and gets the fun, delightful feeling you get when you visit the parks yourself. It brings back lots of memories.

The main storyline is the book, which I won’t ruin for you, I must say is off-the-wall, which was completely unexpected. It’s crazy, but in a totally good way, making this book a read that is a lot of fun.
Gemma is the same loveable character, even when she is not totally happy, her bubbliness and fun outlook on life shines through. Of course her personality leads to many comedy moments, my favourite being her frequent use of ‘Au Naturel’ thinking it means of course, which obviously surprises unsuspecting strangers. You cannot help but love her.

In this book, we have 3 gorgeous males to feast our imaginations on. Edward of course, Joe and Blade. They are all very different and I have a little bit of a book crush on the all, but especially Joe. There is something mysterious about him, and as we get to know him he gets more and more loveable. The other characters were all fantastic, especially Hugo, he was quite the old romantic.

This book is really funny, and makes me smile reading at all the antics that Gemma gets up to, I don’t know how one person can get caught up in so much, hilarious. Mix that with the descriptive style that Samantha writes in and you get the perfect escape for a weekend read. 

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Published by: Carina

Gratefully received from the Publisher for review.

Monday, 1 September 2014

The Best Of Me by Nicholas Sparks

They were teenage sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks - with a passion that would change their lives for ever. But life would force them apart.

Years later, the lines they had drawn between past and present are about to slip . . . Called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter when they needed it most, they are faced with each other once again, and forced to confront the paths they chose. Can true love ever rewrite the past?

I admit it, before this book I had never read a Nicholas Sparks novel before. I think partly because I’ve heard such amazing things about them I was a bit daunted, crazy I know! He has written so many books that people rave about, it’s high time my mistake was corrected, and what better way to start than read the latest of his books that have movie adaptions.

This book did not disappoint at all. Nicholas Sparks’ writing style is simply beautiful; it makes you feel everything that he needs you to feel. The perfect blend of descriptive scene setting and dialogue.  Once I started this I could not put down, it was quite an intense, emotional book.

You read the book through both Dawson and Amanda’s perspective; both characters are captivating. I am a teeny tiny bit in love with Dawson, I lie - I am totally head over heels in love with Dawson. He is handsome, rugged and mysterious, yet has a sensitive side too, everything you would want in a man. He is from a bad family who is constantly in and out of jail, it was tough reading about his youth because of this.
Amanda, Dawson’s one and only love is adorable, she has a lot on, making it hard for her to do what you’re shouting at her to do, I completely got how she felt seemingly overwhelmed with everything. Dawson and Amanda’s reunion 24 years after they broke up is something magical; their chemistry is mind blowing.

However, it’s not as mind blowing as the last third of the book. While I saw the very end coming several chapters beforehand, the idea and the execution was jaw dropping. I didn’t know whether to be happy or sad, smile or cry, no idea, I was lost. It is heartbreakingly sad, but touching at the same time. Ideally you want a different outcome, but life isn’t always perfect so you have to make the most of it, and this book shows that perfectly.

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Published by: Sphere

Gratefully received from the Publisher for review.
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