#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.


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…!


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.


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…

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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: My Beautiful Disaster by J.D. Hughes @Joannahughes77 @emmamitchellfpr #AuthorInterview #Review #Giveaway

Today I welcome the My Beautiful Disaster tour to BrizzleLass Books. Written by J.D. Hughes, this romantic romp will leave you with some colour on your cheeks and desperate for some more. Today I have an author interview with our author about publication day and my review and at the end of the post is a tour-wide giveaway which I encourage you to take part in.


Daniel Dukes, millionaire extraordinaire has it all. A thriving business, good looks, power, money and women who’ll drop their drawers at the click of his skilled fingers. Just how he likes it. Everything changes one day when a stipulation in his deceased Uncle’s will, scuppers his visionary plans. The only way to get what’s rightfully his, is to marry. Who? It doesn’t matter, because the enigmatic bachelor will stop at nothing and play dirty to get what is his.

Sophia Lewis had nothing until she started working directly for Daniel at Dukes Industries. Having grown up in care, she’s tough, has an answer for everything and knows how to handle all varieties of men. For two years, Sophia has attended to her overbearing boss’ every whim. Gone above and beyond the call of duty.

When an indecent proposal presents itself, boundaries are pushed and limits are tested. Can Daniel and Sophia remain professional to fool the dead Uncle’s Lawyers? As lines become blurred and tempers become frayed, can two strong willed souls be the key to unlock each other’s hidden secrets? Or will the high price of the deal come at a devastating cost to them both?

*Warning* Mature themes and one hell of a cliff hanger!

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Author Interview

So, your book is being published!

Woo hoo!!

How do you spend publication day eve and the actual day?

What do you do the night before?

I sit biting my nails waiting for my book to appear on Amazon. Pink Champagne is always close by as well as my whole family. It’s a big deal. I am more nervous of my book going live than when I walked down the aisle.

The morning?

Promote, promote and promote. And constantly check KDP like some neurotic mad woman.

Who are you with?

My husband and kids. The kids really don’t care though. (Sigh!)

Where do you go?

Mostly home but we celebrate later by going out for a meal and making a toast with all my loved ones and supporters.

What do you spend the day doing? After promotion?

Rock back and forth hoping people like it. Ha!

Is publication day 1 the same as publication day 2? And so on?

At first, I’m obsessive, continually checking KDP but then begin to relax. I love reading the reviews too. Even if there are negative ones, I don’t beat myself up about it. I learn from it if it’s genuine constructive criticism.

Do you have any rituals?

No rituals but I always feel sad when I’ve completed a novel. But majorly excited to see it through someone else’s eyes.


Sophia, saved as a care runaway as a child by a biker gang hasn’t had a lot in her life but through true grit and determination she’s bagged herself a job at Duke Industries as Daniel Dukes PA. Following the death of his Uncle Daniel, a renowned playboy, has to get married within three weeks, or lose his inheritance, and along with it his lifes’ work.

Of course the logical conclusion is to chose his PA, someone he has no feelings for, and who has no feelings for him in return.

Now, those of us in book-land know that this is a recipe for disaster, or heated hot rumpy-bumpy! Now despite this being a book full of all the joys of sex it also has an excellent storyline which kept me riveted.

I sometimes find the playboy trope a little tired in these books but it’s done really well in this novel and Daniel comes across really well with his reasons for his playboy antics being understandable and well explained.

Sophia is a feisty and strong woman who despite liking Daniel’s alpha male ways isn’t afraid to stand up to him. Her tough early life has shaped her into a secure and strong woman and she doesn’t need his acceptance but wants it.

The end of this book though, Oh My, I don’t do well with cliffhangers, I like nice neat tied with a bow endings and this one was especially painful! So much so that I immediately went and downloaded the second book, which I hope to have time to read very very soon because I really don’t like how in the dark I am right now!

Suffice to say this was a truly excellent book, an easy read and characters that I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with.

Sending a huge thanks to J.D. Hughes and EDM Editorial & Publicity Services for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.


About J.D. Hughes

J.D. Hughes writes fun, romantic suspense fiction. Born and raised in Worcestershire, she has lived in London and Northern Ireland but has returned to the city she loves.

Despite training in Musical Theatre and directing many productions, J.D. Hughes soon found she preferred making up her own stories, always completed with happy endings. When she’s not writing, she loves to read, walk her puppy and embarrass her three children. Her debut Novel ‘You Have My Heart’, published in 2016 was selected as an Amazon Customer Favourite. ‘My Beautiful Disaster’ is the next release and is a two-part series.

To learn more about J.D. Hughes follow her Facebook page J.D. Hughes, or on Twitter @joannahughes77

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TitleMy Beautiful Disaster
Series: My Beautiful Disaster #1
Author: J.D. Hughes
Genre: Romance | Erotica | Adult
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 14 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: N/A
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | FoylesBook Depository