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Book Review: ‘Meet Me in London’ by Georgia Toffolo

Title: Meet Me in London (Meet Me #1)

Published: 15th October 2020

Publisher: Mills & Boon

Author: Georgia Toffolo

Twitter: @ToffTalks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/georgiatoffolo

Blurb:

What do you do when your fake engagement starts to feel too real…

Aspiring clothes designer Victoria Scott spends her days working in a bar in Chelsea, and her evenings designing vintage clothes, dreaming of one day opening her own boutique. But these aspirations are under threat from the new department store opening at the end of her road. She needs a Christmas miracle, but one is not forthcoming.

Oliver Russell’s Christmas is not looking very festive right now. His family’s new London department store opening is behind schedule, and on top of that his interfering, if well meaning, mother is pressing him to introduce his girlfriend to her. A girlfriend who does not exist. He needs a diversion. Something to keep his mother from interfering while he focuses on the business.

When Oliver meets Victoria, he offers a proposition: pretend to be his girlfriend at the opening of his store and he will provide an opportunity for Victoria to showcase her designs. But what starts as a business arrangement soon becomes something more tempting, as the fake relationship starts to feel very real. But when secrets in Victoria’s past are exposed will Oliver walk away, or will they both follow their hearts and find what neither knew they were looking for…

Review:

Romance is in the air with this fun Christmas read.

Victoria might work in a bar but her dream is to be a clothes designer with her own local boutique to sell them in on the street she works. She almost had a chance once but an ex seemed to put a stop to that. Just when she was thinking things could start to look up news comes that a new department store is opening on the same street as all the small local shops. Thinking that she needs to take charge of things in her life she decides to make a stand and talk to the people in charge to see how they are going to handle joining this small local shop street. Little did she know that a chance encounter would change things for the better, that is if they can both get out of their own ways to see what is right in front of them.

Oliver really isn’t in the Christmas spirit, which is a bit of a problem as he is launching a new department store right in time for Christmas so that is very much the theme. The launch may be running late with his mid focused on that alone but that doesn’t stop his mother from wanting his attention by getting to meet his new love, one that he most definitely didn’t make up of course. One that he is going to need to find sharpish to keep his mother happy so that he can focus on what is important. Funny thing about things that seem important is that most of the time they aren’t and you are only focusing on them to keep your mind from thinking about what you really want.

So when Victoria and Oliver meet they both have issues that they think the other can help them with. She can help smooth things over with the local vendors and he can help get her designs noticed, all she has to do is to pretend to be his girlfriend for a few days to appease his mother until the launch is done. How hard can that be? Well, what starts out as a simple business agreement soon starts to change after spending more time together. You can’t deny that the chemistry is there from the start, no matter how much they try to hold back, each for very different reasons. If they can get past what is trying to hold them back they both might get what they really want this Christmas, someone to spend all future Christmases with and every day in between.

Sweet romance that you can chill out with this Christmas season.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Molly’s Choice’ by Violet Rae

Title: Molly’s Choice (Medicine Bow Book 1)

Published: 5th February 2019

Author: Violet Rae

Website: www.authorvioletrae.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorvioletrae

Blurb:

When an injury puts paid to Flynn Black’s professional fighting career, he retreats to his hometown to lick his wounds. Angry and bitter at the loss of the only thing he’s ever known, he withdraws from the world, becoming as cold and aloof as the Colorado mountains that surround his home. But then he discovers the one thing that he wants more than fighting. He knows he’s going to have to make some changes – and he’s going to need help.

No one is more surprised than the perfectly poised Molly McIntosh when Flynn Black – her reclusive neighbor – comes to her with an unusual request. He’s decided he needs help becoming more … civilized, and that Molly is just the woman for the job. Flynn is as coarse as Molly is refined, as foul-mouthed as she is cultivated, yet there’s something about the prickly ex-fighter that intrigues her. He’s a challenge she can’t resist. She thinks her privileged upbringing has prepared her for anything, but it never prepared her for her growing feelings for the surprisingly sensitive man that lurks beneath Flynn’s hard exterior – a man she knows can never be hers.

Review:

A sweet spicy read to chill out with. Sparks flying from the get go from these two opposites, even if they try and hide that fact from each other.

An ex professional fighter and an English Rose coming together in the most unlikely of situations. That being when said ex professional fighter Flynn decides to start a bar brawl and Molly our English Rose walks right up to him and tells him its time to go home. Stranger still that he listens. This then starts a bit of a pattern in that whenever Flynn gets himself into a situation no one else can handle Molly is called to take him home, as she seems to be the only person he will listen to. You can tell that this is starting to get old and things need to change if Flynn wants to have a real social life without drama.

Flynn knows that he has been in a downward spiral since having to retire from professional fighting. Clearly not handling it well by always starting fights. Nothing seems to be going his way but it takes one night to make him see that things need to change. To help him with said change he enlists Molly to be his guide of sorts to becoming a functioning human being who might get the person he has started to see in a new light. Thing is with Molly helping him start to be a better person she starts to wish he was doing these changes for her and not some mystery women.

Things aren’t always as they seem and everyone has their own baggage that they are working through. If you can get through it to the other side you might just find exactly what you have been looking for all along.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Winning My Best Friend’s Girl’ by Piper Rayne

Title: Winning My Best Friends Girl (The Baileys Book 8)

Published: 21st July 2020

Author: Piper Rayne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PiperRayne

Twitter: @PiperRayneRocks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorpiperrayne

Blurb:

Imagine lying in a hospital bed and the doctor who pulls the curtain back to treat you is the one who got away. Even if you never really had her in the first place. She’s not only your high school crush, she’s the ex-girlfriend of your ex-best friend. The one girl you’ve always wanted.

Here’s a step-by-step list to finally win her over…

Key to win #1: Try not to take offense that she snuck back into town without telling you—six months ago.

Key to win #2: Rekindle the friendship to ease the awkwardness. But… DO NOT enter the friend zone.

Key to win #3: Ignore the fact that she went speed dating the night before. Take it as good a sign—maybe she’s looking for a relationship.

Key to win #4: Attempt to keep the two of you out of the town gossip blog and away from your large family.
Make sure you don’t let this last one throw you off your mission.

Key to win #5: Don’t get deterred when you find out the past is about to repeat itself. Because the man she met at the speed dating night is your best buddy from work.

Just remember, you sat back and let her slip away once, you won’t do it a second time. Failure is not an option.

Author Note: This book does NOT contain cheating.

Review:

Another couple meant to be from the moment they met as teenagers, it just took them a while to stop playing games and see things clearly. Talking to each other would have saved so much wasted time but then everything happens the way it is meant to.

History has a way of repeating itself when Kingston and Stella are involved. Seems when they were teenagers he had a major thing for her but his then best friend Owen got to her first. Didn’t end well for anyone involved with feelings and prides hurt. This time around it’s his friend from work Lou who has got caught up in this weird to and fro thing they have, wanting each other but not taking the leap.

After staying away for a while Stella is back, much to the shock of Kingston who thinks he is seeing things while concussed in hospital from an accident at work. Said accident happening after losing concentration in a burning building when Lou mentions this great woman he met at speed dating – Stella. When she learns that Lou is Kingston’s friend she finds herself back in a triangle, one she should have got out of sooner and stopped playing games. The whole push and pull thing she had going on got a bit annoying. So you see why Kingston might have been done.

Kingston is an adrenaline junkie, I mean his two jobs are fire fighter and smoke jumper. It doesn’t take long to see that this is the reason Stella holds him at arms length. The fear of losing him to an accident is too painful to think on after losing her father at a young age, but the thing is that being together or not that pain would be the same. Are both willing to change a little to get what they really want?

Loved the connection between them when they finally got together. It’s only when the thought of losing the one that means the most that you see what has been in front of you all along. Good job Dori and new super groupie fan Allie are on hand to help Stella get her man. That ending though, I mean really! Have a sneaky suspicion on who’s shower they are really at though.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Wildfire Marketing Solutions for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘His Strings to Pull’ by Cathryn Fox

Title: His Strings to Pull (In the Line of Duty Book 7)

Published: 17th December 2017

Author: Cathryn Fox

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorCathrynFox

Twitter: @writercatfox

Instagram: www.instagram.com/writercatfox

Blurb:

A whirlwind affair…or a headlong plunge into the deep end of forever?

As lifeguard Jenny Anderson keeps one eye on the rambunctious kids at the community pool, she can’t help but keep the other one trained on the gorgeous, tattooed hottie peeling his shirt off near the lounge chairs. And she isn’t the only woman at the pool drooling.

Right about the time her gaze drops to check for a wedding ring—which, from bitter experience, she knows doesn’t mean squat—one of those kids plows into her from behind. Sending her in an ungraceful belly flop right into the deep end.

When the sleekly tanned lifeguard literally falls into his arms, her mouth opening and closing like a landed fish, Ving Duncan’s special forces training kicks in. It’s clear she needs air, and she needs it now.

The moment their lips collide, he wants her, all strings attached. By the time he finds out who she is—his comrade’s little sister—it’s too late. He’s hooked, and he’s already planning his next mission: to get her to say yes. To a date. Maybe to forever.

Review:

Talk about a whirlwind romance from the first splash in the pool. This book is part of a series but I don’t think you need to have read them as it’s really just focusing on Jenny and Ving. A short read to just unwind with before bed.

After getting knocked into the pool where Jenny is a lifeguard, and needing rescuing by the handsome stranger she couldn’t keep her eyes off, looks like she needs a bit of mouth-to-mouth. Her mind takes it to mean something else entirely and its not long before the sewing seeds of a spark start. Mystery man called Ving who she thinks is probably married and father to the kids he was at the pool with. Turns out he just looks after them and is free as a bird looking for something more. Happy days as far as Jenny is concerned.

Ving is definitely looking for strings to stay close to her; he just needs to get her on a date first. Needing a clever way to ask her out he plans it all to get a yes. Anyone fancy a picnic date where sparks are flying no matter how fast? Seems these two need to cool down so a midnight dip in the pool might be just the ticket. Everything falling into place but is it too good to be true?

Not much character depth with either of them – not sure if they have popped up in other books – so a little in the dark about who they really are. Not that either mind as they feel like its fate pulling them together and the whole getting to know each other part will come next. Ending made me smile. Most of the book it seems they are either by the pool or in it. Doesn’t have the cooling effect though more like causing temperatures to rise. Good job she has keys so they could pop in anytime the mood strikes.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Secrets of the World’s Worst Matchmaker’ by Piper Rayne

Title: Secrets of the World’s Worst Matchmaker (The Baileys Book 7)

Published: 23rd June 2020

Author: Piper Rayne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PiperRayne

Twitter: @PiperRayneRocks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorpiperrayne

 

Blurb:

Imagine you’re a matchmaker and you realize too late you’re in love with your childhood best friend. You only have yourself to blame—you’re the one who matched him and now he’s engaged to be married. When you find yourself in this position there’s a few secrets you’re going to need to keep…

Secret #1 – Smile when he tells you the happy news, even if your heart cracks in half.
Secret #2 – Don’t compare yourself to his beautiful French fiancée. You’re just as beautiful.
Secret #3 – Don’t tag along to the tux fitting with him alone. Just no.
Secret #4 – Don’t help him learn to dance to his wedding song.
Secret #5 – Erase all memories of the two of you through the years when lines blurred for even the briefest of moments.

And the one you never saw coming…

Secret #6 – Definitely, don’t stand and object—someone else might just do it for you.

 

Review:

Loved it from start to finish and read in one sitting. Just couldn’t put it down. Brilliant that we got a few flashbacks to when key events in Juno and Colton’s lives changed how they really saw each other.

I knew there was something fishy about that engagement the moment it came about. It just didn’t feel right with how close they both were. Though in some ways it needed to happen to push our girl Juno to finally see what literally the whole town has always seen. That her and Colton were meant to be together no matter what. She may have been afraid and let her own insecurities take control for the most part of their friendship but at the thought of losing him to someone else I think it was the push she needed to finally admit to herself what she really felt and why pushing him away was not going to work.

Friends to lovers romance at its best with these two, they just needed one hell of a push to take that leap to get what they have always wanted. Friends for so long you’d wonder if it would ever happen but once the walls are down and feelings laid bare they can’t keep their hands off each other. They don’t need to do the whole slowly getting to know each other part of a new relationship because they already know each other inside out so can’t wait to just start being in the moment with each other as they should always have been.

Well, almost as there’s always something holding one person, sometimes both, back in these books ready for Dori to swoop in with her words of wisdom. She’ll have her hands full for the last two of the clan before her family is happily settled just the way she wants. I think Juno and Colton will be glad when she is focused on someone else sharpish though so she’s less likely to walk into their house when they are right in the middle of something. Get used to it Colton, Dori won’t be giving that key back any time soon.

What a shocker at the end though! Nice line up for the next books coming. Can’t wait!

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Wildfire Marketing Solutions for my honest review.

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