#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.

Rating

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: Elements of Mischief by Tate James & C.M. Stunich @TateJamesAuthor @CMStunich @XpressoTours #GuestPost #Review #Giveaway

OMG, I am so super excited for this blog tour guys, you have no idea! I have not one but two favourite authors involved today because they decided to join forces and write a series of books together! And let me tell you they are so flippin’ good! Elements of Mischief is book one in the Hijinks Harem series and I reviewed it a little while back…but don’t worry I’ve reposted my review below for you!

I also have a great guest post for you from the ladies, as this series is a themed reverse harem about supernatural plumbers…yes let your imaginations run wild! I asked them what their top 10 themed reverse harem series/novels were and they’ve come back with some beauties and given me a few newbies to add to my already creaking TBR.

Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for having me take part, follow the link to check out the other awesome blogs on the tour, and don’t forget the giveaway at the end of the post as well, I highly recommend entering and trying to win yourself a copy…in fact skip winning just buy yourself a copy, the links are at the end of the post, I promise satisfaction!

Description

Four hunky, supernatural plumbers.
One reluctant, slightly drunk human.
A match made in heaven…or in the bathroom, rather.

My name is Arizona Smoke, and I’m the proud owner of a house haunted by my dead Gram, best friend to a cocktail dress loving werewolf, and apparent soul mate to four plumbers who also happen to be elemental dragons. Besides rippling pectorals, tattoos, and…uh, nice, long pipes, the guys also have control of the elements.

Supernatural law (whoever heard of such a thing anyway?) dictates that since I stumbled upon the guys in their alternate forms, I have to marry them. All four of them. Oh, and apparently one lousy (okay, awesome) night of sex means that I’m an elemental, too—and no amount of magical penicillin can cure this disease.

All I wanted was hot running water and toilets that flushed, but now I’m dealing with monsters lurking in the sewers, supernatural politics, and four penniless (but totally hot) plumbers living in my crumbling old Victorian.

I’m Ari Smoke, wine aficionado, ex-barista, and a girl who is completely out of her element.
Having four hot husbands is nice…but the death threats, not so much.Elements of Mischief - Tour Banner

Guest Post

Top 10 Themed Reverse Harem Novels/Series 

In no particular order

Curse of the Gods – Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve

Seraph Black – Jane Washington

Black Magic Harem – Amanda Rose

Otherworld Series – Yasmine Galenorn

Books of Stone – BL Brunnemer

Queen Takes Knights – Joely Sue Burkhart

Five Fathers (standalone) – Kate Morgan

Eve of Eternal Night – Amber Lynn Natusch

Merry Gentry – Laurell K Hamilton

Iris Boys – Lucy Smoke

Review

This review was originally posted here on 19 October 2017.

This is not a book that takes itself seriously at all, that being said even with plumber puns and plenty of laughter throughout this book is hot, like sizzling hot.

Arizona has inherited a pretty run down mansion of a house from her Grandmother, calling in the plumbers, as you do in these situations, so that she can take a shower at least, she ends up in quite the pickle when the four hot guys who turn up at her door turn out to be elementals and she ends up in a bind, quite literally a marital bind with all four of them.

Arizona resists so hard while being completely drawn into the whole situation, I love this about her character, she’s very strong and her reaction is so natural and believable. The men, oh the men, I really did find them hot as, piercings, tattoos, turn into dragons, definitely my kind of men!

God, I love the way Stunich thinks I really do! This is my first experience with Tate James but as she evidently thinks just like Stunich I will be diving into her back catalogue shortly I promise you! I have such a thing for these reverse-harem books they are so much fun and seriously hot stuff, they really make the reading experience so much more interesting than a one on one story.

So, overall, a humorous, hot and sexy book with a great paranormal twist. Can’t wait for part two!

Rating

About Tate James

Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.
She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.
Author links:

About C.M. Stunich

C.M. Stunich - Author Image

C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.

Author links:
https://www.facebook.com/cmstunichauthor
https://twitter.com/CMStunich
http://www.cmstunich.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6432984.C_M_Stunich

Giveaway

5x ebook copies of Elements of Mischief

(International Tour-Wide Giveaway – ends Feb 1st)

Head to Rafflecopter to enter.

Book & Buy Links

TitleElements of Mischief
Series: Hijinks Harem #1
AuthorC.M. Stunich | Tate James
Genre: Romance | Adult | Humour | Reverse Harem
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 4 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 394
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#Review: Elements of Ruin by C.M. Stunich & Tate James @CMStunich @TateJamesAuthor

Description

WARNING: This book contains romance (and sex) between one woman and six men, and she doesn’t have to choose just one. Also contains: raunchy humor, too many puns, group sex, a bit of M/M, and plenty of action, violence, and intrigue.

Six hunky, supernatural tradesmen.
One sarcastic, caffeine addicted bride.
A match made by fate … or karma?

My name is Arizona Smoke, and I have six husbands. Yup. Count ’em—six. Four sexy plumbers, one electric electrician … and my last husband? Total prick. Our unconventional marriage is almost complete. All I need to do is reconcile with my first love, and rescue a man I’ve never met. Easy, right?

As if marrying a bunch of supernatural plumbers isn’t hard enough, I also have to deal with the fact that my biological father and his six wives (yeah, I have six moms, too) are still hunting us, stalking us through sex parties hosted by demons and setting traps for us in the middle of underground supernatural raves. And you thought your family was dysfunctional!

All I wanted was a moment to breathe, a chance to get to know my new husbands in a way that was more than sexual—although I’m not exactly complaining about our time in the bedroom. But between my maniacal mother-in-law, some kidnapped lady-elementals, and the rich asshole I’m supposed to welcome into my new harem … when’s a girl got time for dates? Let alone planning a seven-way … wedding that is.

I’m Ari Smoke, spirit elemental, supernatural bada**, and hot-as-f*ck dragon chick.
Having six hot husbands is nice … but being hunted by evil sex demons, not so much.

ELEMENTS OF RUIN is a full-length comedic paranormal, reverse harem romance. This means our leading lady has six male love interests and doesn’t have to choose between them. This book is full of steamy sex, ridiculous plumbing puns, and heaps of action, intrigue, and … well, more puns. This is book 2 of 3.

Review

I love this series so much! Elements of Ruin is the second in a three book series and had all the elements to make a great paranormal romance. A strong witty central character in Arizona Smoke, she is full of puns and banter, she is sarcastic and funny. Plus she’s got attitude coming out of her pores. I love this lady so much.

Then you have the hot tradesmen she is supernaturally married to, six men who are also elemental dragons, what could be better? You have the original four who adore Ari, then there is Warden who was her first love and is now back but saying he is going to leave, then there’s the new guy, an obnoxious Irish elemental who rubs her up the wrong way but has crazy sexual tension with her, of course.

In addition to all the plumber puns this book was full of Australian culture references, now we know us Brits are obsessed with Australia so it was great fun pulling them out and slapping myself on the back for knowing them! As with the first book I was split between the tension of the story which is completely gripping and laughing at all the puns and jokes which are slotted in all over the place.

The romance element is HOT yet doesn’t detract from the tension of the story and the ending! Wow, it’s one of THOSE endings that sets everything up for a complete shit storm of a third installment and I can’t wait to see what is coming! Absolutely bloody perfect.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleElements of Ruin
Series: Hijinks Harem #2
Author: C.M. Stunich Tate James
Genre: Romance | Adult | Erotica | Paranormal Romance | Humour | Reverse Harem
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 10 December 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: TBA
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#Review: Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse by Lilly Bartlett @MicheleGormanUK @NottingHillPR

Happy publication day to Lilly Bartlett, here is my review for this festive novella which will keep you warm and snuggly over Christmas.

Description

Put your feet up and tuck into the mince pies, because you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy this Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse!

Too bad the same can’t be said for single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie. When her beloved Aunt Kate ends up in hospital just before Christmas, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter rush to rural Wales to take over her B&B. A picky hotel reviewer and his mad family are coming to stay, and without the rating only he can give them, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood.

But Lottie can barely run her own life, let alone a hotel. How will she manage to turn the falling-down guesthouse into the luxurious wonderland the reviewer expects? And could the mysterious taxi driver, Danny, who agrees to help her, turn out to be the real gift this season?

As the snow sparkles on the trees and hot chocolate steams in your hand, snuggle into the delicious magic of Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse.

Review

When Lottie receives a call to say her Aunt has been in a terrible accident and is in the hospital it feels like deja vu, she lost her parents in a similar accident and the terror she feels that it could be happening again grips her. Rushing to Wales with her daughter she finds her Aunt in a medically induced coma, now she must look after the Guesthouse which has a reviewer coming for Christmas.

Lottie is a programmer and has never looked after a Guesthouse a day in her life, more to the point she has never even seen her Aunt’s Guesthouse and setting eyes on the property does her confidence no good as it’s a falling down building that should probably be condemned rather than accept guests. In a moment of panic, she convinces the taxi driver Danny to help her.

Over the next few days, Lottie and Danny fumble their way through the task of trying to impress the reviewer and his family while they get to know each other. And well, it’s a romantic Christmas story so you know…things happen that shouldn’t, funny things happen, and then the two main characters maybe figure out a way to like each other more than they did in the beginning.

Lottie is a great character, she gets herself into some really laughable situations. Danny is a great character although I would have liked to see a bit more of him and the development of his character, although I appreciate in a novella there is only so much page space.

The guests are a nightmare and add a fabulous flavour to the whole experience causing mayhem and mischief to what Lottie is trying to create as a wonderful Christmas experience for them.

This was a quick-read, funny, and gave me the warm and fuzzy’s. Definitely, one for you to put by for your Christmas reading.

Huge thanks to Lilly Bartlett and Notting HIll Press for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleChristmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse
Series: N/A
Author: Lilly Bartlett 
Genre: Romance | Humour | Novella | Christmas
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Publication Date: 25 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 127
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#Review: Elements of Mischief by C.M. Stunich & Tate James @CMStunich @TateJamesAuthor

Description

WARNING: This is a sexy, steamy reverse harem paranormal romance (one girl, four guys) with loads of humor, plumber puns, and group sex. Read with a glass of wine and a smile!

Four hunky, supernatural plumbers.
One reluctant, slightly drunk human.
A match made in heaven … or in the bathroom, rather.

My name is Arizona Smoke, and I’m the proud owner of a house haunted by my dead Gram, best friend to a cocktail dress loving werewolf, and apparent soul mate to four plumbers who also happen to be elemental dragons. Besides rippling pectorals, tattoos, and … uh, nice, long pipes, the guys also have control of the elements.

Supernatural law (whoever heard of such a thing anyway?) dictates that since I stumbled upon the guys in their alternate forms, I have to marry them. All four of them. Oh, and apparently one lousy (okay, awesome) night of sex means that I’m an elemental, too—and no amount of magical penicillin can cure this disease.

All I wanted was hot running water and toilets that flushed, but now I’m dealing with monsters lurking in the sewers, supernatural politics, and four penniless (but totally hot) plumbers living in my crumbling old Victorian.

I’m Ari Smoke, wine aficionado, ex-barista, and a girl who is completely out of her element.
Having four hot husbands is nice … but the death threats, not so much.

Review

This is not a book that takes itself seriously at all, that being said even with plumber puns and plenty of laughter throughout this book is hot, like sizzling hot.

Arizona has inherited a pretty run down mansion of a house from her Grandmother, calling in the plumbers, as you do in these situations, so that she can take a shower at least, she ends up in quite the pickle when the four hot guys who turn up at her door turn out to be elementals and she ends up in a bind, quite literally a marital bind with all four of them.

Arizona resists so hard while being completely drawn into the whole situation, I love this about her character, she’s very strong and her reaction is so natural and believable. The men, oh the men, I really did find them hot as, piercings, tattoos, turn into dragons, definitely my kind of men!

God, I love the way Stunich thinks I really do! This is my first experience with Tate James but as she evidently thinks just like Stunich I will be diving into her back catalogue shortly I promise you! I have such a thing for these reverse-harem books they are so much fun and seriously hot stuff, they really make the reading experience so much more interesting than a one on one story.

So, overall, a humorous, hot and sexy book with a great paranormal twist. Can’t wait for part two!

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleElements of Mischief
Series: Hijinks Harem #1
Author: C.M. Stunich Tate James
Genre: Romance | Adult | Humour | Reverse Harem
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 4 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 432
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#Review: Personalised Modern Girl’s Guide to Happy Hour by Ada Adverse @AdaAdverse @MillsandBoon

Description

Have you ever…?

A) Wondered whether the cucumber in your artisan G&T counts towards your five a day?

B) Vowed to spend a wholesome night in, maybe juicing, but surrendered to the inevitable cycle of off-license wine and Facebook stalking almost immediately?

C) Binge-watched an entire box set without even a shred of FOMO?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes!’, the Mills & Boon® Modern Girl’s Guide to Happy Hour is for you: a guide to surviving a 21st century social life – with a feminist twist.

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes!’, the Mills & Boon Modern Girl’s Guide to Happy Hour is for you: a guide to surviving the office – with a feminist twist.

Review

I absolutely adore these books, they are everything you shouldn’t think and say condensed into a 20 minute hilarious read and the best thing is you can share them with others and laugh at the fact you do or have done at least half of the things in the book.

The Modern Guide to Happy Hour is balanced between funny phrases on each page which relate to the images which look to me like stills from old films from the forties and fifties. Some of them had me roaring with laughter and nodding as I realised that despite their sarcasm they were pretty close to the truth.

The bonus with this copy is that Mills & Boon very kindly sent me a personalised copy of this book so almost every page was personalised with my name somehow making it funnier that I was the person making a complete wally of myself!

This may be a small book, and very tongue in cheek but it’s a great laugh. I loved it and found plenty to laugh about. I can’t recommend these highly enough for a bit of shaking off the cobwebs laughter.

A huge thanks to Ada Adverse and Mills & Boon for the ARC in return for my honest review.

Rating

blb-four-star

Book & Buy Links

TitleModern Girl’s Guide to Happy Hour
Series: Modern Girl’s Guide #2
Author: Ada Adverse
Genre: Humour | Comedy | Gifts
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Publication Date: 3 November 2016
Review Format: Hardcover
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 96
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#Review: Modern Girl’s Guide to Growing Old Disgracefully by Ada Adverse @AdaAdverse @MillsandBoon

Description

Have you ever:

Treated afternoon tea as an ‘all you can eat’ opportuntity?

Realised you only ever hoover when you are expecting guests?

Flatly refused to ‘act your age’?

If so, the Mills & Boon Modern Girl’s Guide to Growing Old Disgracefully is for you: a guide to throwing out the rule book, with a feminist twist

Review

I absolutely adore these books, they are everything you shouldn’t think and say condensed into a 20 minute hilarious read and the best thing is you can share them with others and laugh at the fact you do or have done at least half of the things in the book.

The Modern Guide to Growing Old Disgracefully is balanced between funny phrases on each page which relate to the images which look to me like stills from old films from the forties and fifties. Some of them had me roaring with laughter and nodding as I realised that despite their sarcasm they were pretty close to the truth.

As with previous copies from this series I have other women in my family chomping at the bit to get their hands on the book and who am I to disappoint them so I will be sending the book on a journey around the houses to spread the cheer!

This may be a small book, and very tongue in cheek but it’s a great laugh. I loved it and I’m sure the rest of my family will love it as they have before. I can’t recommend these highly enough for a bit of shaking off the cobwebs laughter.

You can buy this on Kindle but I recommend buying the actual book for the full effect.

A huge thanks to Ada Adverse and Mills & Boon for the ARC in return for my honest review.

Rating

blb-four-star

Book & Buy Links

TitleModern Girl’s Guide to Growing Old Disgracefully
Series: Modern Girl’s Guide #6
Author: Ada Adverse
Genre: Humour | Comedy | Gifts
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Publication Date: 18 May 2017
Review Format: Hardcover
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 96
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