#BlogTour: The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May @IsabellaMayBks @crookedcatbooks @emmamitchellfpr #Review

Today I welcome The Cocktail Bar tour to BrizzleLass Books. Written by Isabella May, this romantic comedy will leave you wondering will they won’t they and what’s so special about that damn bottle of Mexican stuff? Today I have a review of the book and I hope that you enjoy your trip to Glastonbury and time with River and his friends.

Thanks to Emma Mitchell and Isabella May for including me in the tour.

Description

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.

Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.

But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.

Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one…!

Review

River has had his fill of stardom. He wants a simple life, the life he’s dreamed of, running a cocktail bar in his hometown of Glastonbury. But some of the locals aren’t happy with his return, his old mates who feel smarted by not only his success but by the fact he “stole” a girl from one of them. Old wounds run deep and all that.

Revenge plans are set in place and poor River is hampered at different turns as he tries to get his dream off the ground. But not to worry because local babe Georgina wants a piece of the pie…and that pie includes River it seems. The face she is the younger sister of his arch nemesis is not suspicious at all…nope not a bit!

Then his ex-bandmate, and stolen babe Alice rushes home and straight into his bar. She’s in love with him it seems but does River feel the same, he’s busy bonking Georgina. Oh what a right old mess he’s got himself into.

Then there is the mysterious bottle from Mexico. He guards it like it’s the crown jewels. The cocktail which contains this as an ingredient is a safely guarded secret and he will only allow a select few to have it…but why? and who?

This cocktail bar is a hotbed of drama, mystery and even by Glastonbury standards downright weirdness.

This was an enjoyable romp with lots of giggles, as River tries to figure out just what the hell he is doing!

Huge thanks to Isabella May and Emma Mitchell for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.

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About Isabella May

Isabella MayIsabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.

As a Co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – http://www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).

She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!

Oh! What a Pavlova is her debut novel… and her second novel has already been submitted to her publishers: watch this space…

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Cocktail Bar
Series: N/A
AuthorIsabella May
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Humour | Chick-Lit
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Publication Date: 13 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 291
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#BlogTour: Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown @AuthorAimeeB @crookedcatbooks #Review

As soon as I read the description for this book I knew I had to read it, plus as always supporting another blogger turned author is an absolute pleasure and something we all love to do. Congratulations on your book baby Aimee.

Description

Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another grand appearance when she least expects it?

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Review

When Emi found her fiancé Jack in a compromising position a few days before their wedding her world came crashing down around her. After moving away she managed to avoid him, until her twin brother marries Jack’s sister and she has to go back and face everybody including Jack who unknown to her is now engaged to her arch enemy.

Poor Emi was put through the wringer, she is such a lovely girl and her heart has been torn out and even two years later it’s clear she has not moved on in any way from Jack. It was quite difficult reading her story while her denial of how much she loved Jack shone out like a beacon. To have been so deeply betrayed and yet still loved him years later was heartbreaking.

When she saw him and realised he was engaged I felt her heart break all over again. Liam the bartender who picks her up was wonderful, I thought he was such a nice person and would really love to pick him up and hug him because he was so kind and the perfect distraction.

As the lies unravel through the book it’s hard not to feel so sad for this couple who had everything ripped away from them. People interfering and ruining everything for people who loved each other so much. I couldn’t see how they could possibly come back from all the hurt and betrayals.

I loved how the book alternated chapters between the current storyline and Emi and Jack’s backstory, it was lovely to see their history and how their story had developed. They were such a wonderful and loving couple and their story is beautiful before it all fell apart.

There are some wonderful characters in this book and Aimee Brown has put some great plot twists in that I honestly couldn’t see coming. I had expected one ending and got a completely different one so that was quite unexpected.

A fantastic debut, I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Sending a huge thanks to Aimee Brown for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Aimee Brown

Aimee Brown is a writer and avid reader, often blogging her thoughts on chick lit books. Little Gray Dress is her first novel published. She’s currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She spends much of her time writing her next book, doing homework, raising three teenagers, binge watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to use far too many swear words.

Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and many, many pets.

 

 

 

Book & Buy Links

TitleLittle Gray Dress
Series: N/A
Author: Aimee Brown
Genre: Chick-Lit | Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Publication Date: 2 August 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 218
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#BlogTour: A Little of Chantelle Rose by Cristina Hodgson @HodgsonCristina @crookedcatbooks @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to day one of the A Little of Chantelle Rose blog tour from Neverland Blog Tours. Today I have a review for you which I hope you will enjoy, if you fancy picking the book up then towards the end of the tour over the weekend of the 9th-11th June it will be on a free offer so you will be able to pick it up for a song!

Description

At the age of twenty-four, Chantelle Rose has all a city girl can expect: a tiny bed-sit in South London, a lousy poorly-paid job, a tyrannical boss, and quite a few exes added to an ever-growing list.

Desperate for change, she becomes an extra in a seedy crime film. When that leads to the opportunity of a lifetime – a role to play with a million dollars to win and seemingly nothing to lose – she accepts without thinking twice. After all, what could possibly go wrong? In any event, she´ll earn enough to buy her dream home, set up her own business and never worry about money again.

And what about love? Two men have won her heart: Robbie – sultry, silent, mysterious; and Lionel – Hollywood heart-throb, charm, wealth, adventure.

But who can she trust? Who is bent on scaring her away, and why?

There seems to be more at stake than just her heart. Will a million dollars be worth it?

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Review

Chantelle Rose is a normal everyday person, she has a rubbish job, a rubbish bedsit and then she decides to do something completely off the wall and become an extra in a film. Off the back of that she ends up inadvertently becoming a nude body double in Hollywood and her life becomes completely surreal.

Having met two men one, Robbie, in a sleepy Kent village where she decides she’s going to buy a house and live out the rest of her existence; and the other Lionel in the big lights of Hollywood she begins to feel torn. They are alike in many ways and completely different in others. But there is something more sinister going on with someone trying to scare her away from whom and to whom she’s not sure.

I found this novel a very strange one, I spent the early parts of it laughing a lot it was funny, despite the fact I found the storyline far-fetched and hard to believe I just went with it and let her bubbly nature carry the story. Chantelle got into some hilarious scrapes and the overall feel of the book was that it was going to be a romcom. Then around the mid-way point this suspensful feeling came in which wasn’t fully played up but was hanging in the air and the humour disappeared. The book had completely switched genres and steam and I admit to being a little confused about where we were heading now.

The confusion didn’t really leave me for the rest of the book, Chantelle clearly had stronger feelings for one of the two men, the feelings to me stood out miles above the other but the way the book is written is that there is a definite love triangle which didn’t fit with the way the emotion came out of the story.

I loved Chantelle in the first part of the story, absolutely adored her, that feisty bubbly nature. The way she walked into things without realising quite what she was doing.  She was funny and did some really hilarious things. I think book two definitely needs more of this Chantelle.

As for the guys in her life I think Robbie was shy and withdrawn, I think it took a lot for him to show his cards and be open. Lionel was a more confident person but I still think it was hard for him to open up emotionally. I felt really moved by his rawness. I wish we had seen more one on one interaction with them both, so we could get to know each of them a bit better. I felt like we didn’t see enough with either of them to warrant Chantelle falling in love with either of them. Lust yes, love hell no.

Overall, an enjoyable debut, an easy read but it gets a little bit lost around the middle as to what type of book it wants to be and the storyline in general is about as out there as it can get quite honestly.

Sending a huge thanks to Cristina Hodgson, Crooked Cat Books and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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Cristina Hodgson - Author ImageAbout Cristina Hodgson

Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport, reaching national and international level and still actively participates in Triathlon races and enjoys outdoor activities. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and writing. She won a sports scholarship to Boston College. After a period in Boston, she returned to the UK and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sports Science.

A LITTLE OF CHANTELLE ROSE is her debut novel and will be released in May 2017. Amazingly, it has nothing to do with running!

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TitleA Little of Chantelle Rose
Series: N/A
Author: Cristina Hodgson
Genre: Chick Lit | Rom Com | Humour | Suspense
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Publication Date: 4 May 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 275
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