Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Love Me or Leave Me by Claudia Carroll

Dear Reader,

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar. But now she's landed an incredible job, running a brand-new hotel with a difference. It's a pioneering 'divorce hotel', designed to make every aspect of breaking up pain free - all in a single weekend.
No one is better qualified than Chloe to deal with relationships at crisis point. But, with three unhappy couples needing her help, she's forced to tackle her own secret heartbreak.
Can she hold it together and prove that she's up to the job?

MY REVIEW:

Claudia is back with her eleventh book, Love Me or Leave Me, a lively romantic comedy about love, betrayal, divorce and new beginnings. We meet Chloe who just two years ago was jilted at the altar and had to leave behind everything that mattered to her. She lands herself as General Manager at Dublin's newest luxury niche hotel catering to divorce couples. She is determined to make it a success but needless to say the course of true love and its dissolution never runs smooth what with her boss hovering over her shoulder oh and her ex-fiancé making an appearance!

The story unfolds from the perspectives of Chloe and three of the guests at the Hope Street Hotel - Dawn, Jo and Lucy who slowly reveal to us why their marriages have reached crisis point.
Dawn, a young and heartbroken woman who can't forgive her husband Kirk, who is having an affair; Jo, a control freak who regards her husband Dave as irresponsible out-of-work actor; and supermodel Lucy believes her marriage to Andrew dissolved due to his devious, spoilt grown-up children. As the weekend develops the couples are forced to confront each other and deal with their mistakes and misunderstandings. Claudia presents their issues sensitively but with plenty of humour. There is a little suspense built up with a hint of reconciliation possible for some of the couples but with plenty of drama!

I enjoyed the wonderfully woven story lines that were well developed and sure to win over your heart.  This is a thoroughly enjoyable read and something completely different as its not often you read a novel dealing with divorce.

Enjoy!

Kind regards,
Ailish




Sunday, 28 December 2014

High Heels & Bicycle Wheels by Jane Linfoot

Dear Reader,

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Meet Bryony: she’s a fun-loving, very single TV production assistant whose idea of sport is the Jimmy Choo sales scrum. Meet Jackson: Cycling’s bad boy superstar. Injured and out of a certain race this summer, without his training, he’s looking for another distraction…

Bryony’s facing a triple whammy – her last single friend just named the day, her mother’s offering to have her eggs frozen, and the guy she’s loved from afar, forever, has just got hitched. So she’s more than happy to accept the offer of a totally out of character but seriously steamy one night of no-strings fun. Especially when the guy in question is so attractive he even looks good in Lycra! Jackson’s on the lookout for a new career but if the opportunity to work on TV means a fortnight with the most uptight woman in the world, he’d rather not bother. He never goes in for seconds – and who in their right mind would head off in a campervan, with a woman who irons her knickers?

MY REVIEW:

Thank you to Jane for kindly asking me to review this fabulous book. If you have a Kindle, treat yourself to her three books available from Amazon UK and Amazon US you won't be disappointed. 

This narrative is about Bryony and Jackson, two people with two very different passions – Bryony who loves her shoes (a girl after my own heart!) and Jackson who loves his cycling. They are made to ride a tandem together and of course there are many obstacles in their way and a few emotions thrown in for good measure! 

To me, Bryony’s character was refreshing and original. Throughout the plot, their spark grew and grew. I was egging for them to get together and Jane takes us  through all their glitches. It’s a fabulous girly read which can happily be read in an afternoon, just like I did.

One thing I did feel was that it needed just a little bit extra. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the novel and would recommend it, but on a few occasions I felt it needed something more to happen. Overall High Heels and Bicycle Wheels didn’t disappoint there was plenty of saucy exchanges between the characters. I like the style of Jane’s writing, so when you read the scenes they appear natural and realistic. There was great chemistry between Bryony and Jackson. 

Find out more about Jane at her website at www.janelinfoot.co.uk and on Twitter @JaneLinfoot 

Enjoy!

Kind regards,

Ailish





Monday, 15 December 2014

The Summer Without You by Karen Swan

Dear Reader,


BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Rowena Tipton isn't looking for a new life, just a new adventure, something to while away the months as her long-term boyfriend presses pause on their relationship before they become engaged. But when a chance encounter at a New York wedding leads to an audition for a coveted houseshare in The Hamptons – Manhattan’s elite beach scene – suddenly a new life is exactly what she’s got.


Stretching before her is a summer with three eclectic housemates, long days on white sand ocean beaches and parties on gilded tennis courts. But high rewards bring high stakes and Rowena soon finds herself caught in the crossfire of a vicious intimidation campaign. Alone for the first time in her adult life, she has no-one to turn to but a stranger who is everything she doesn't want - but possibly everything she needs.

MY REVIEW:

Could not wait to delve in to this book after reading Prima Donna as I am a huge fan of Karen Swan.
This hefty book follows the story of Rowena Tipton, who is a professional photographer. Her life is suddenly put on pause because her long-term boyfriend wants to take a "break" from their relationship to go travelling with a promise of a marriage proposal on his return.  Ro decides there is little more to do than to wait for him. On a whim whilst on a commission in New York she accepts a houseshare with a few newly acquainted friends in The Hamptons.

There are several possible romances, each with its own twists and turns . Intertwined in to the story are political and environmental issues that cause tension between the residents.
There is also mystery a plenty to keep us speculating. For instance who is Ted Connor really? Ro's first encounter with him has him wrestling both herself and her camera into the sea which seems at odds with the husband and loving father of two that she gets to see in his family movies.  Florence, who is a Hampton local, seems convinced that she is the victim of a dangerous stalker but is she really in danger or is she suffering from paranoia?  and who is the mystery woman that is keeping Hump from his life of regular parties?

The Summer Without You is glamorous and purely sinful. It's your ideal summer read and you won't be disappointed.  It's got everything you need for a holiday - drama, romance and intrigue.


Enjoy!


Kind regards,
Ailish

   

 


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Mistletoe Mansion by Samantha Tonge

Dear Reader, 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Kimmy Jones has three loves: cupcakes, gossip magazines and dreaming of getting fit just by owning celeb workouts.
When Kimmy’s Sensible Boyfriend told her he didn’t approve of her longing for the high life or her dream of starting a cupcake company Kimmy thought she could compromise – after all, she did return those five-inch Paris Hilton heels! But asking her to trade in cake-making for a job sorting potatoes is a step too far.

So, newly single - and newly homeless – Kimmy needs a dusting of Christmas luck. And, masquerading as a professional house sitter, her new temporary home is the stunning Mistletoe Mansion. Soon she’s best buds with glamorous next door golf WAG Melissa, and orders are pouring in for her fabulous Merry Berry cupcakes! The only thorn in her side is handsome handyman Luke, a distraction she definitely doesn’t need. And talking of distractions, something very odd is going on at night…

Kimmy is finally living the life she’s always wanted. But will her glimpse into the glittering lifestyle of the rich and famous be as glamorous as she’s always imagined…?

MY REVIEW:
 
I must say thanks to twitter, I think I’ve found another favourite author as this book was packed with some great characters. I loved the plot, it was just hilarious.
The story begins with Kimmy who is being thrown out of their flat by boyfriend Adam because she won’t give up her dreams of a baking business to go and work in a potato factory. She has had a few jobs through friends but not enough to give Adam the confidence to believe in her.  Kimmy begs for him to give her more time to allow her to make her business work, but of course Adam’s having none of it. 
She meets up with her friend Jess, who has also been thrown out but by her brother. They manage to to swing the  position of house sitters for Mistletoe Mansion. The girls can’t believe their luck,  Mistletoe Mansion is everything Kimmy has dreamed of. Dishy handyman Luke seems initially standoffish and neighbour Terry can’t wait to leave as soon as its gets dark, so what is going on? 
Kimmy meets celebrity WAG Melissa who lives next door and gets her first job catering for one of her coffee mornings, as Kimmy makes a new friend she realises that the celebrity lifestyle isn’t what the magazines make out. 
Mistletoe mansion is full of really great characters and I loved that they all seemed a little over the top. There’s Kimmy who you just can’t help but like and long for her to succeed with her business, just to prove Adam wrong! Jess, her vegetarian best friend who is completely gardening mad, handsome handyman Luke, who Kimmy may have a little crush on, Melissa the stylish but kind celebrity who’s longing for a baby and Terry the next door neighbour, who loves celebrity gossip, with his micro-pig, Frazzle. 
What I loved about this book was the different relationships. Kimmy is so focused on proving to Adam that she can make her business a success. Initially she can’t stand how arrogant Luke is around her, but when she gets to know him she realises that he really believes in her and gives her encouragement and support without question. Will she pick reliable, sensible Adam or sexy, risk-taking, Luke?
Now with all this going on you have to read about the delicious descriptions of the cupcakes, oh and the slightly spooky goings on, not to mention the misbehaving celebrities, this book is the perfect treat to read over the festive season.  I loved every page.
Enjoy!
Kind regards,
Ailish 


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

A Christmas To Remember by Jenny Hale

Dear Reader,











BOOK DESCRIPTION:


Carrie Blake loves her job as a nanny but, while her friends are settling down, all of Carrie’s spare time is spent with other people’s families. Though it breaks her heart, her New Year’s resolution is to embark on a new career and fix her love life.
As Carrie starts her last job, she’s sure she’ll be going out on a high – the house is amazing , the kids are adorable, and she’s in charge of decorating the tree! 
The only problem could be her boss… single-dad Adam Fletcher might be both handsome and successful, but he’s always working. Doesn’t he realise he’s missing out on precious moments with his son and daughter?
As Adam’s family arrive for Christmas including his sensitive sister, Sharon, and his fun-loving elderly Grandpa, Walter, Carrie realises that she might just have found the perfect allies in her quest to persuade Adam to loosen up. There’s still time for Carrie to make this the best Christmas ever… after all, Christmas is the time for miracles, isn’t it? Let the festivities begin!
MY REVIEW:
After reading Coming Home For Christmas I could not wait to get stuck in to another book by Jenny Hale (my new favourite author!)  
This book had all the ingredients of the perfect Christmas read. It is a beautiful story about the importance of family, falling in love and the magic of childhood. It had that familiar feel-good warmth to it, and I am sure I will re-read it again in Christmases to come.
Carrie has always loved her job as a live-in nanny, but it means that she has put her own hopes of a family on hold. In her own life, she is very insecure. However, when it comes to the children, she will do whatever it takes to stand up for their best interests. I really connected to Carrie and I was proud of her in the moments that she found courage. She really blossomed as the book progressed.
We then meet the Fletcher family, and I fell in love with every member in turn. The twins are adorable, you couldn’t help but fall for them just as Carrie does. They are sweet and well-behaved, just crying out for love and affection, and it’s touching to see them with Carrie and the members of their family. We meet Adam’s mother Joyce, sister Sharon, and the rest of his family. Each is a wonderfully created character, bringing their own beauty to the story, and making Adam’s behaviour seem all the more puzzling. Adam himself was a great character. He’s successful, gorgeous and obviously kind, but frustrating too! The moments when Carrie stands up to him about the children were some of my favourites. It was a beautiful transition to see her slowly breaking down the stone walls that Adam had built around himself. 
It really is a feel good heart-warming story, full of touching moments. Oh and we also met briefly Robert and Allie from Coming Home For Christmas!    
Enjoy!
Kind regards,
Ailish

 

Monday, 1 December 2014

Coming Home For Christmas by Jenny Hale

Dear Reader,
BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Christmas is a time for family… isn’t it?

Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate—which includes organizing the Marley family festivities—she is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be?

As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, she’s about to find out…

Allie’s new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but he’s also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas.  Robert’s playboy brother, Kip, flirts with her relentlessly; and his sister, Sloane, arrives home with baggage—both the divorce-kind and the Louis Vuitton kind. Their ninety-two year old grandmother, Pippa, spends her day grumbling at them all from her mobility scooter.

With Robert intending to sell Ashford, it’s the Marley’s last chance to create some happy memories in their family home—and Allie is determined to make it happen… even if it takes a little Christmas magic! With the festive spirit in full swing, she might even discover a little happiness of her own…

MY REVIEW:

What a brilliant and warm Christmas story! I first heard about this book on twitter and was very excited to read it. After checking the blurb I knew I was going to enjoy it straight away. After all, I’m a huge fan of Christmas reads and romance stories.  ‘Coming Home for Christmas’ exceeded my expectations! This is a beautiful story that will warm your heart and get you in festive mood.

Readers, there are just so so many things I loved about this book.

This book is filled with such lovable characters. I’m usually pleased when I get to connect with one or two of them, but Jenny Hale made me care for all of them who were brilliantly portrayed. I can’t decide who I loved more, Allie, Robbert the modern day scrooge, old but wise Pippa or Kip the flirt? they are all memorable and lovely. 

Coming Home For Christmas is a story about what really matters in life – family. The tragedy that torn the Marleys apart was definitely a tear breaker. They have their ups and downs and despite being wealthy and disjointed at the beginning, you can feel that they still care about each other. 

The romance part was gradually built, which made this book feel more real. Coming Home For Christmas is definitely a warm and beautiful read. 

Enjoy!

Kind regards,

Ailish