#BlogTour: Prosecco Christmas by Sylvia Ashby @bysylvia_a @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Prosecco Christmas blog tour, this is a romantic comedy set in the foodie world. Check out my review below and the giveaway which you don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Sylvia Ashby and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.

Follow the link if you missed my review of the last book in this series The Sinking Chef.

Description

Family is where life begins.
And what better time to spend with your family than Christmas week?

Ashley and Giacomo go to Upper Swainswick, a postcard village ten minutes’ drive from Bath, to stay with Ashley’s mum and stepdad. It’s their last visit before the arrival of their first child.

But babies have a habit of being unpredictable.

So when Ashley goes into labour on Christmas Eve, three weeks ahead of schedule, it takes everyone by surprise.
She’s not ready! Her perfect Birth Plan is packed away in her hospital bag two hundred miles away, she has no going home outfit, and she has a live event planned for New Year’s Eve for her YouTube channel, The Sinking Chef. People have been signing up for it for weeks. She can’t possibly disappoint them on the last day of the year. What is she to do?

The tinsel gets even more tangled when Giacomo’s parents decide to fly from Italy to meet their first grandchild. Hotels are fully booked, so everyone has to stay under the same roof.

Would eleven people in the house, not counting the baby, turn out to be simply too much for Ashley?

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Review

I didn’t particularly warm to Ashley in The Sinking Chef and her ditzy ways didn’t enamour her to me anymore in Prosecco Christmas. They did, however, add lots of laughter to my reading experience and you can’t ask for much more than that.

When a heavily pregnant Ashley and her swoon-worthy Italian partner Giacomo travel to Upper Swainswick (a rather idyllic village just outside Bath…I highly recommend a visit if you have never been) to spend Christmas with Ashley’s family. They don’t expect the baby to make an appearance, she does have three weeks left until the due date. But babies will do what they want and this one wants to be a Christmas babe.

Joined by Giacomo’s family the house becomes extremely full and soon lots of mishaps and craziness ensues. Again Giacomo comes out on top for me, seemingly the only person who has a head on his shoulders that isn’t filled with nonsense. How he got himself mixed up with Ashley and all her craziness I just can’t work out because he is so sensible and nice! But he loves her and he seems to take her special brand of crazy with a pinch of salt.

Ashley just seems to make bad decisions, not understand things, take things too personally, and add to that new Mum hormones it’s like a big witch cauldron full of explosions waiting to happen. There really is so much hilarity that follows her around. She is someone I would never want to be friends with, but I could happily stand in the corner and laugh at her…sorry not sorry!

This is a festive, humorous novel continuing the Pot Love series and has lots of food and hilarious characters.

Sending a huge thanks to Sylvia Ashby, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Sylvia Ashby

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Sylvia Ashby is fond of the written word: books, blog posts, recipes, even an explanation to the HM Revenue & Customs as to why she thinks skirts should be exempt from VAT – she’s written it all!

She likes travelling and has lived all over Europe – London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, she lives in Leuven, Belgium with her husband, daughter, son and a sparrow called Jack, who comes occasionally to peck the seeds she leaves for him on top of the garden shed.

 

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TitleProsecco Christmas
Series: Pot Love #3
Author: Sylvia Ashby
Genre: Rom Com | Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 2 November 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 428
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#CoverReveal: The Magic of Stars by Jackie Ladbury @JackieLadbury @FabrianBooks @rararesources #magicofstars

Today I’m so pleased to be bringing you the cover for Jackie Ladbury’s new novel, The Magic of Stars. If you followed the Air Guitar and Caviar tour which finished here yesterday you will have seen some sneak peek’s of this cover, but here is the cover in full.

Description

Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.

In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?

About Jackie Ladbury

Jackie Ladbury - Author ImageJackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

   

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TitleThe Magic of Stars
Series: Blue Skies Airline Series #2
AuthorJackie Ladbury
Genre: Romance | Chick-Lit
Publisher: Fabrian Books
Publication Date: 1 January 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 261
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#BlogTour: Air Guitar and Caviar by Jackie Ladbury @JackieLadbury @FabrianBooks @rararesources #Review

Hey Guys, I am so pleased to welcome you to the final day of the Air Guitar and Caviar blog tour. My review is below and there is also a cover teaser for Jackie’s next novel, the full cover reveal is tomorrow so don’t miss it! You will also find a fab giveaway that you won’t want to miss out on.

Description

Busker Dylan spends his days pulling pints in the local pub and singing on the high street, waiting for fame to call. That suits him fine, until beautiful, but frosty, air stewardess, Scarlett, tosses some coins into his hat but ignores his killer smile and his offer of pizza.

He sets out to get the girl, but Scarlett isn’t in the right frame of mind to date anyone, let alone a penniless, if charming, busker boy.

Dylan’s desperate for his big break, but will it bring him the happiness he longs for? And with Scarlett’s past threatening to ruin her future, will Dylan be left to make sweet music all on his own?

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Review

The premise for this book was totally up my street, a busker see’s the woman of his dreams and pursues her with dogged enthusiasm. But she is disinterested due to a history involved with musicians.

The overall story arc was one I thoroughly enjoyed and with different characters playing the parts I think this would easily have been a five star read for me. Unfortunately I struggled with the characters themselves which hampered my enjoyment of the book a little.

Scarlett our leading lady was just plain unlikeable. She had issues and understandable issues but she came across as cold and quite cruel at times. I didn’t warm to her at any point in the book, nothing about the way she spoke, held herself or responded to Dylan at any time made me think she worthy of the attention he was giving her.

Then Dylan, he was such a contradiction, I found him really hard work. I liked him, I really liked him, a lot. But I felt like I didn’t know him, actually, he didn’t know himself too well. He was super confident one minute then a quiverin anxious mess the next.  He would be full of confident lines with Scarlett then really unsure of himself. There was a real lack of consistency within his personality and I found it really confusing…and I know, yes, real people are like that. But for the purposes of reading it’s super hard to nail down a personality in a book when they are bouncing around like that.

So, overall…I enjoyed this book, it was a quick, fun, read but I didn’t gel with the characters the way I would want to with a quick, fun, romance and that did take away from my overall enjoyment.

Sending a huge thanks to Jackie Ladbury, Fabrian Books, and Rachel’s Random Resources for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Jackie Ladbury

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Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

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The Magic of Stars

As promised here is a sneak peak at the upcoming cover for The Magic of Stars the next book from Jackie Ladbury. The full cover will be revealed tomorrow so stay tuned!

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TitleAir Guitar and Caviar
Series: N/A
AuthorJackie Ladbury
Genre: Romance | Chick-Lit | Music
Publisher: Fabrian Books
Publication Date: 2 February 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 288
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#Review: Surviving the Rachel by Aven Ellis @AvenEllis @SoulMatePublish

Surviving the Rachel was my TBR Topple winner for December, thank you to everybody who voted and helped to choose this book. If you want to vote in January’s poll it will be open until the 20th.

Description

Bree Logan is ready to start her post-college life, but when she’s dumped by The One, unable to land a professional job, and has to move back in with her parents, she doesn’t think things can get worse until she ends up with her hair chopped into The Rachel, the infamous haircut made famous by the show Friends. Which is not good since it’s no longer 1994. But sometimes you have to go through challenges to get what you really need, and for Bree, could that include a different career and a romance with Jack Chelten, the boy-next-door?

Review

I always know when I settle down with an Aven Ellis novel that I’m going to get a feel good romance with a happily ever after ending. There is no hidden agenda with her books and while I often like some grit and drama with my novels it’s nice to read something that’s just plain sweet and loving sometimes. Aven Ellis is a firm favourite in that category.

Bree was unceremoniously dumped by the boyfriend she truly believed was the one after they graduated college, leaving her having to return home to live with her parents instead of into the fancy apartment they had secured, oh and she had to carry the cost of that apartment as well! She’s struggling to find a job and in an effort to give herself a well-needed boost she decides a haircut is in order. Except that turns into a disaster with the stylist giving her an outdated Rachel cut which doesn’t even remotely suit her.

Then she meets the good-looking brothers next door Jack and Eric, both of whom don’t seem a bit interested in her awful haircut but are very interested in her. Eric is confident, pushy and uses underhand techniques to get his way. Jack is shy, kind, and thoughtful. Bree knows who she wants but she’s had her heart broken and isn’t sure if she wants to risk her heart again.

I loved watching Bree navigate her way through this minefield, as she realised that she will fall in love whether she wants to or not, she has no control over that, she just has to decide if she will accept and roll with it.

The characters as always were well shaped, enjoyable to spend time with, they had interesting careers and strong and defined characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed Surviving the Rachel, another winner from Aven Ellis.

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TitleSurviving the Rachel
Series: N/A
Author: Aven Ellis
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Chick-Lit
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: 19 December 2014
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 276
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#Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella @KinsellaSophie

Description

Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership.She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day… she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge, it’ll wreck her career.

She walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she is mistaken for the interviewee housekeeper and finds herself being offered the job. They have no idea they’ve hired a Cambridge-educated lawyer with an IQ of 158 – Samantha has no idea how to work the oven.

Disaster ensues. It’s chaos as Samantha battles with the washing machine…the ironing board…and attempts to cook a cordon bleu dinner. But gradually, she falls in love with her new life in a wholly unexpected way.

Will her employers ever discover the truth? Will Samantha’s old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?

Review

It has been a while since I’ve read a Sophie Kinsella novel and I thought it would be good to pick one up as I love her writing style. Light and funny with a good dose of romance. I wasn’t at all disappointed with The Undomestic Goddess.

Samantha is a lawyer who runs faster than the speed of light from her job at one of the top law firms when she makes a whopper of a mistake, she quite accidentally runs into a job as a housekeeper for a hysterical couple who seem completely oblivious to the fact that Samantha has no clue what she is doing, even making a bed is completely beyond this poor woman.

Luckily the gardener Nathaniel is there to save the day in more ways than one and help Samantha discover who she is really meant to be.

Samantha was a lovely character, she starts stressed and sure that being a lawyer is everything she wants, her life passing her by working 70 hour weeks, as she gets to know Nathaniel and a simpler life she starts to question her ambitions and what she really wants.

Nathaniel is a lovely man, he has been putting other people first and putting his own ambitions on the back burner, something Samantha helps him understand. Together they unlock an understanding of what is important in life but what they have to discover is can their lives go in the same direction?

I thoroughly enjoyed delving back into a Sophie Kinsella, I will definitely not leave it so long next time.

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TitleThe Undomestic Goddess
Series: N/A
AuthorSophie Kinsella
Genre: Chick-Lit | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 26 June 2009
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Hardcover | Paperback | Audio
Pages: 416
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#BlogTour: True Horizon by Laurie Winter @lauriew_author @WildRosePress @lolasblogtours #Review

Welcome to my stop on the True Horizon blog tour organised by Lola’s Blog Tours. Today I have my review of this wonderful book for you which I hope you enjoy. If you missed my review of the first book in this series check it out below.

Book One: Home Field

Description

Back home on her family’s Texas Longhorn ranch, Grace Murray is busy preparing for her wedding. After a scruffy tattooed drifter saves her life, she takes on the mission of helping her savior, Heath Carter, find peace. The steady friendship and unconditional acceptance she receives from him encourages her to trade an old dream for a new one—a dream true to her heart. When she calls off her wedding, Grace is finally set free to fully love Heath.

After a decade of military service, Special Forces veteran Heath Carter is living with war’s tragic consequences. Struggling with PTSD, anger, and guilt, he travels through Texas, solitarily moving from job to job. Working with Grace on the ranch, Heath’s guilt over his past actions make him feel unworthy of her love. As their paths lead them in different directions, Heath needs to discover the courage to fight his toughest battle yet—the one inside himself.

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Review

We briefly meet Heath in the first book of this series Home Field, he was best friend’s with Julie’s Husband before he died and has been suffering ever since. Now that he is no longer in the military he just travels around on his bike taking odd jobs and sleeping where he can. His guilt over being unable to save his best friend eating at him every day.

When he meets Grace in the process of saving her life a bond is formed between the pair and we see how her open heart becomes the healing drug Heath has needed. The only problem is that Grace is engaged to somebody else.

Heath is a wonderful character as we see him tackle his PTSD, his loneliness, falling in love and how honourable he is through it all. It’s a tough old journey for this man who deserves to find happiness and love and is at risk of having none of it.

Grace is very much stuck in a rut of doing what people expect. She’s engaged to the man she spent all of her teenage years pining after almost forgetting that as adults people change and she makes compromises to make others happy forgoing her own needs.

I loved watching these two discover each other, discover how their lives could be and how to be stronger individually and make changes in their individual lives so that they could try and come together.  This is another winning book full of heart from Laurie Winter.

A huge thank you to Laurie Winter and Lola’s Blog Tours for the review copy so that I could provide my honest review of this novel.

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About Laurie Winter

Laurie Winter - Author ImageLaurie Winter is a true warrior of the heart. Inspired by her dreams, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She keeps her life balanced with regular yoga practice and running. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she’s enjoying time with her family, who are scattered between Wisconsin and Michigan. Laurie has three kids and one fantastic husband, all who inspire her to chase her dreams.

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TitleHome Field
SeriesWarriors Of The Heart #2
Author: Laurie Winter
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit | Military
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: 1 December 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 300
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#BlogTour: and a Sixpence for Luck by Lilac Mills @LilacMills @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

It’s a pleasure to be kicking off the blog tour for and a Sixpence for Luck this is a wonderful festive RomCom that will warm you through as you read, check out my review below. Huge thanks to Lilac Mills and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me on the tour.

Description

Daisy Jones has hit rock bottom. Or so she believes.

A cheating boyfriend, trouble at work, having to move back in with her mother, and being forced to compare her brother’s loved-up, newly-wed status and brand-new shiny house with her own dire lack of prospects, isn’t what she imagined her life was going to be like at thirty. To top it all off, Christmas is just around the corner!

Daisy, bless her, thinks things can’t possibly get any worse, but when her ancient great-grandmother persuades her to plant a silver sixpence in the Christmas pud for luck, Daisy is about to discover that they most definitely can.

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Daisy thinks she has it all with Freddie, the job, the house, she’s waiting for the proposal then the kids. Except she finds out in the most unfortunate way that Freddie is cheating on her, then she loses her job and she ends up back with her family all on top of Christmas. When a series of unfortunate mishaps see her in A&E under the care of a rather good-looking Doctor Hartley she thinks things might be looking up.

This is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a while, but the comedy doesn’t detract from the wonderful tone of the story. As Daisy navigates the disaster of her life and tries to fix things. Her family who are a laugh a minute interfere, also known as trying to help, she works hard to find a new path for herself which will make her happy.

I loved reading about the journey Daisy makes through this story, how she discovers herself, finds new love and a future. As someone who shies away from festive reads, this was the perfect festive pick and I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of it.

Sending huge thanks to Lilac Mills and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Lilac Mills

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Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!

She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…

When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.

  

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Titleand a Sixpence for Luck
Series: N/A
Author: Lilac Mills
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit | RomCom | Christmas
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 30 September 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 297
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