The Crazy Season by Jim Ody @Jim_Ody_Author @QuestionPress @zooloo2008 #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be one of the bloggers taking part in the blog tour for The Crazy Season by Jim Ody and sharing my review today. With thanks to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy of the book. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Joel Baxter is infamous for solving weird and bizarre cases that others avoid. So, when he receives an email from a teenage boy Tim saying his town is cursed, he cannot turn it down.

“…I will more than likely be dead when you read this. There is nothing I can do about it. It’s the curse, and we’ve hit The Crazy Season.” Every 20 years, there are a handful of unexplained teenage deaths and it’s started again.

With the help of his straight-talking friend Melody, they set out to get to the bottom of the alleged curse. Everybody in Black Rock has secrets and nobody wants to speak.

The closer they get to truth the more Joel and Melody realise that their involvement is far from coincidental.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crazy-Season-Joel-Baxter-Book-ebook/dp/B08YXJG4RF

Amazon USA : https://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Season-Joel-Baxter-Book-ebook/dp/B08YXJG4RF

MY REVIEW

The Crazy Season definitely took me on a crazy journey. One where I wasn’t quite sure where I was being taken. There were twisty moments dotted throughout and I loved trying to figure it all out. Black Rock as a setting definitely helped to add an eerie edge to the story. On the surface everything looked rosy but dig a little deeper and things weren’t quite as they seemed. Then add in the alleged curse and things got very interesting!

One of the highlights for me has to be the characters, Joel and Melody. Joel is very likeable with a determination that really shines through. Melody at first appears to be completely carefree however as the story progressed you began to see more layers to her personality revealed. Separately they were great characters but together I thought they worked perfectly. Both Joel and Melody made me smile with their interactions. Especially Melody and the fact she has no filter, which I loved! This all combined with some of the more tense moments to create a great balance.

The Crazy Season had a strong mystery that kept me intrigued right the way through until everything was finally revealed. The plot itself moved at a good pace especially as I got to know the strong characters. I couldn’t help but care about them, feeling as if I had made new friends. The Crazy Season had a mysterious edge and a tense undercurrent. It was a brilliant start to a new series and I’m already eager to read book two!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jim writes dark psychological/thrillers, Horror and YA books that have endings you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written over a dozen novels and many more short-stories spanning many genres.

Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd. When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife, three beautiful children and two indignant cats in Swindon, Wiltshire UK.


Social Media Links

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JimOdyAuthor

Instagram: @jimodyauthor

Twitter: @Jim_Ody_Author

Amazon : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jim-Ody/e/B019A6AMSY/

Rae Recaps… April 2021

Thanks for stopping by!

I think I say this every time but April was another month that just flew by. As a family we’ve been busy taking part in a challenge called Beat the Street where you walk, scoot or bike around our local area. You scan a fob/card and collect points. Which helps your chosen school/charity to get a place on the leaderboard to win prizes. We walk to school every day anyway but we have also been busy getting out and about at the weekends too! One weekend we visited Boston Castle and the woods nearby.

I think this is still a favourite part of my post so it’s time for Callie photos! 🥰❤️🥰

Guarding Dexter’s hot wheels 😂

Now onto…

Here’s what I bought in April…

It was lovely to have a wander around a charity shop and I picked up these four books.

I also found a kindle bargain.

After finishing A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder I had to buy the second in the series.

Oh and Tall Bones and Last Night accidentally fell in my trolley 🤷🏻‍♀️😂

Finally from Audible I used a credit to buy the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. I’m part way through listening to book two and I’m really enjoying this series!

This month I managed to read 14 books…

I also listened to three audiobooks and all of them were brilliant!

On the Road to Love by Melissa Baldwin – Q&A

Duchess If You Dare by Anabelle Bryant – Review

Amalie by E. j. Wood – Extract

Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett – Review

The Deception of Harriet Fleet by Helen Scarlett – Review

Janey Trelawney’s Year of Surprising Triumphs by Georgia Hill – Review

I also posted the following reviews…

Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez

Rescued by Her Highland Soldier by Sarah Mallory

Call Me Mummy by Tina Baker

Well, I guess that’s it for today and for April. Take care and very best wishes.

Rae xx

Janey Trelawney’s Year of Surprising Triumphs by Georgia Hill @georgiawrites @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Janey Trelawney’s Year of Surprising Triumphs by Georgia Hill as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Janey’s life becomes more disaster movie than romcom when the ruthless Becca steams in to manage Cheney House. Her job as head gardener in peril and her self-confidence in tatters, Janey must fight back. Finding an ally in Will, who’s more Clark Kent than Superman, it’s up to them to save the day while owner Clare is away having her Shirley Valentine moment. It doesn’t help that everyone is in love with the wrong people!

Why can’t people love the one who loves them back?

Will Cheney House survive – and will Janey ever get her When Harry Met Sally happy ending?

Find out in this warm-hearted romance from the author of the best-selling Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Café, full of Gregory Peck look-a-likes, snowdrops, cake, and a cocker spaniel called Camilla.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janey-Trelawneys-Year-Surprising-Triumphs-ebook/dp/B08XDTN56R/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Janey-Trelawneys-Year-Surprising-Triumphs-ebook/dp/B08XDTN56R/

MY REVIEW

Janey Trelawney’s Year of Surprising Triumphs was a story filled with charm, romance and a little bit of drama! It was so lovely to spend my time at Cheney House along with getting to know all the characters. There was a lovely quirkiness to Janey that made her so likeable. With a down to earth feel to her character that made you think you could be the best of friends. I also really enjoyed the film references throughout and I thought Janey’s love of films brought even more sparkle to her character.

It’s safe to say that there was plenty taking place in this book from workplace drama to budding friendships. Right through to blossoming romances and even hints of unrequited love! There was a great mix of characters from the loveable to the ones you really wanted to shout at. So a little bit of everything which all combined to bring a fun mix of entertainment.

The setting of Cheney House itself brought a special charm to the story. It didn’t take me long to wish I could wander around the garden centre, have a chat with Janey and of course visit the cafe. I couldn’t help but smile while I read this book along with appreciating the feel good charm that radiated from its pages. Janey Trelawney’s Year of Surprising Triumphs was a wonderful story, the perfect escape!

Author Bio

Georgia Hill writes warm-hearted and up-lifting contemporary and timeslip romances about love, the power and joy in being an eccentric oldie and finding yourself and your community. There’s always a dog. It’s usually a naughty spaniel of which, unfortunately, she has had much experience. Her books are firmly rooted in small seaside towns similar to the one she lives in and she loves history especially when it insists on rearing up and battering at the present.

As a child she had an invisible friend called Gonky who lived on the third stair from the bottom. As an adult her invisible friends inhabit her head and refuse to leave until she commits them to paper. Readers of her books can escape into a warm bath of words and, no matter what challenges her characters face they will, ultimately, have a happy ending.

Twitter @georgiawrites and at www.georgiahill.co.uk

Social Media Links

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Website www.georgiahill.co.uk

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Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez #Review

Thanks for stopping by! Today you can catch my review for Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

A brilliant and touching romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist.

When Vanessa Price quit her job to pursue her dream of traveling the globe, she wasn’t expecting to gain millions of YouTube followers who shared her joy of seizing every moment. For her, living each day to its fullest isn’t just a motto. Her mother and sister never saw the age of 30, and Vanessa doesn’t want to take anything for granted.

But after her half-sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her baby daughter, life goes from ‘daily adventure’ to ‘hourly nappy change’. The last person Vanessa expects to show up offering help is the hot lawyer next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. No one warned her that he was the Secret Baby Tamer or that she’d be spending a whole lot of time with him and his geriatric Chihuahua.

Now she’s feeling things she’s vowed not to feel. Because the only thing worse than falling for Adrian is finding a little hope for a future she may never see.

MY REVIEW

Life’s Too Short moves at a lovely pace and plot wise often felt a little different to a typical romance. With deeper issues at play which helped to give the book a heartfelt edge. The character’s deal with the possibility of serious health issues. Highlighting how devastating genetic conditions are. There are heavy themes throughout including loss. However the author adds a sprinkling of romance that helps to offset the more serious moments. This all combined to make me care about the characters.

I really enjoyed the connection that Vanessa and Adrian shared. Right from the start there was something so engaging about their friendship. From their first meeting to the way a strong chemistry builds with every interaction. Vanessa was a wonderful character and I loved her outlook on life. There is this constant dark cloud hanging over her but she insists on living her best life. What makes Vanessa even more likeable is the way she cares for her family. Even though there is plenty of emotional upheaval between them all. What can I say about Adrian? Well he is definitely a loveable hero. Personality wise it was lovely to see his dependable and caring nature. One that really shined through whenever he was with Vanessa.

Life’s Too Short had a special charm both uplifting and romantic!

On the Road to Love by Melissa Baldwin @mpbaldwinauthor @rararesources #BlogTour #QandA #Giveaway

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be one of the bloggers taking part in the blog tour for On the Road to Love by Melissa Baldwin and sharing a Q&A today. There is also a fab giveaway to enter too! With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and thank you to the author for kindly taking part in my Q&A. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

From bestselling romantic comedy author Melissa Baldwin comes the road trip of a lifetime!

Successful Manhattan accountant Stacy Brown is shocked when her almost perfect life unexpectedly crumbles around her. Blindsided by her husband when he serves her with divorce papers and tossed aside by the women she considered her best friends, devastation and depression hit her hard. But when her mother sends her an old photograph of her and two childhood friends, Candace and Olivia, it fuels a desire in Stacy to find that person she once was. What starts as a chance to reconnect turns into an unforgettable road trip back to her childhood home and an encounter with a man from her past.

Gavin Kingsley, son of Stacy’s old piano teacher and former annoying boy next door, sparks something in Stacy that she hasn’t felt in a long time…maybe never? Despite her hesitation to jump into a relationship, Stacy can’t help being drawn to him as she and her girlfriends take a journey of self-discovery, laughs, tears, and hysterical moments.

Can returning to her past give Stacy everything she’s been searching for in her future?

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07937G7VW

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07937G7VW

Author Bio

Melissa Baldwin is a planner-obsessed Disney fan who still watches Beverly Hills 90210 reruns and General Hospital.

She’s a wife, mother, and journal keeper, who finally decided to write the book she talked about for years. She took her dream to the next level, and is now an award-winning, bestselling author of seventeen Romantic Comedy and CozyMystery novels and novellas. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women, and she considers these leading ladies to be part of her tribe.

When she isn’t deep in the writing zone, this multitasking master organizer keeps busy by spending time with her family, chauffeuring her daughter, traveling, attempting yoga poses, and going on rides at Disney World.

Social Media Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Baldwin/e/B012M1S100/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/authormelissabaldwin/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mpbaldwinauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mbaldwinauthor/

Thank you for taking part in the Which Three Q&A, so let’s get started…

Which three words best describe your personality?

Loyal, organized, honest

Which three vacation spots are your favourite?

Hawaii, St. Thomas, Aruba

Which three things do you enjoy doing when you aren’t writing?

Reading, cycling, yoga

Which three books would you want if you were stuck on a desert island?

Can you Keep a Secret, Jemima J, On the Road to Love J

Which three books were your favourite as a child?

The Babysitters Club books!

Which three characters from any book would you have around for dinner?

Miranda Priestly (Devil Wears Prada), Any of the Cullen’s (Twilight Saga), Becky Bloomwood (Shopaholic Series)

Which three things most inspired this book?

Road Trips, life-long friendships, second chances

Which three emotions do you think your readers will experience while reading your book?

Joy, sadness, hope

Last question I promise 😉

Which three words would you use to describe your book?

Heartwarming, funny, hopeful

Thank you again!

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Duchess If You Dare by Anabelle Bryant @AnabelleBryant @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Duchess If You Dare by Anabelle Bryant as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

From the glittering ballrooms of the ton to the city’s grittiest corners, London has no shortage of wrongs in need of righting–and the Maidens of Mayhem are prepared for the challenge. United by secrecy and sisterhood, these daring women from all walks of life aim to fight injustice wherever it takes them–even into the arms of unexpected love. This feminist take on Regency-era Robin Hoods from USA Today bestselling author Anabelle Bryant is destined to storm readers’ hearts!

Scarlett Wynn’s tragic childhood taught her that life can be cruel to women with little power. So when a local seamstress disappears, Scarlett vows to find out why. Armed with a weapon and her courage, Scarlett scours London for clues–and crosses the unlikely path of Ambrose Cross, the Duke of Aylesford, at an unlikely place: an upscale brothel. The Duke is trying to solve a mystery of his own, and Scarlett is sure they can help each other–if she can resist the attraction that draws them together…

As Duke of Aylesford, Ambrose is duty-bound to protect his family name from scandal no matter the cost. But Scarlett’s fearless spirit forces him to look beyond his world of privilege. Scarlett is as intoxicating as she is dangerous, igniting a fire in him like no other. When the pair learn both mysteries they’re trying to solve are tied to a string of missing women, the tangled scheme they uncover may put their lives, and their growing love, in mortal danger–and lead them to search their hearts like never before…

Purchase Links

UK Amazon Link: https://rb.gy/emdsdw
US Links
Amazon: https://rb.gy/ytoy31
Barnes & Noble : https://rb.gy/ebpuvi
Kobo: https://rb.gy/mpgh91

MY REVIEW

I do love historical romance and Duchess If You Dare is a wonderful one. The story moves at a great pace with plenty of danger, romance and a little bit of mystery within the pages. There was also a real sense of adventure that showed throughout and made me eager to turn those pages. Then add in a romance and this made the story even more engaging!

What can I say about Scarlett and Ambrose? Well they made such a fabulous pairing! Even though they came from different worlds there was such a strong connection between the pair. Scarlett was such a strong, vibrant character. I really enjoyed the sparks that flew with every interaction between them. Ambrose made for a great hero, slightly brooding at first but as the story progressed you saw more layers to his personality revealed. I couldn’t help but hope for a happy ever after for them.

Duchess If You Dare is a wonderful romance with challenges and danger at every corner. Creating a strong start to a new series and I can’t wait to see what The Maidens of Mayhem get up to next!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today Bestselling author Anabelle Bryant began reading at age three and never stopped. Her passion for reading soon turned into a passion for writing and an author was born. Happy to grab her suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel; especially imaginary jaunts into romantic Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey. Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because really, who wouldn’t want to dance with a handsome duke or kiss a wicked earl?

Anabelle’s books have been translated into several languages including Japanese and Russian, but writing isn’t all that keeps her busy. Building miniatures, baking and photography are other favorite pastimes. Often found with her nose in a book, Anabelle is just as happy in a room full of people. She enjoys meeting readers, attending conferences and book signings. She has earned her Master’s Degree and is ABD for her Doctorate Degree in education.

A firm believer in romance, Anabelle knows sometimes life doesn’t provide a happily ever after, but her novels always do. Visit her website at AnabelleBryant.com

Social Media Links

Website: http://www.anabellebryant.com
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AnabelleBryantAuthor
Newsletter: http://www.anabellebryant.com/contact-anabelle-1.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnabelleBryant
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/anabelle-bryant
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/26491397-anabelle-bryant
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/anabellebryant/

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Amalie by E. J. Wood @E_J_Wood @zooloo2008 @QuestionPress #BlogTour #Extract

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Amalie by E.J. Wood and sharing an extract today. With thanks to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite to join the tour. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

THEY MURDERED FAMILIES
THE FUHRER CANNOT PROTECT THEM NOW

It’s not wise to murder the family of a budding assassin. Created by Auschwitz, her skill is honed by revenge.

A very different type of serial killer is loose in 1950s Europe. In Britain, a Brotherhood of powerful men takes notice and enhances the expertise and artistry of a killer.

DCI John Owen was born to serve. Recruited by MI6, he tracks an accomplished executioner whose love of luxury and the arts is second only to the love of watching an early death come to those who truly deserve it.

Join the chase. Then ask yourself…
Can there ever be only one winner?

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08XQRPJ7C

Amazon USA – https://www.amazon.com/AMALIE-J-Wood-ebook/dp/B08XQRPJ7C/

No one wanted any involvement that would lead to the Krays being put away. The old man claimed, “I hate the sight of blood, particularly my own”. And the waitress said she hadn’t seen who did it. A year later when Reggie had murdered McVitie, a member of the gang claimed that, “when Reggie was stabbing Jack, his liver popped out and they had to flush it down the toilet”. How much of that is true, no one knows. Detective Chief Superintendent Leonard “Nipper” Read of Scotland Yard had been promoted to Murder Squad, and his first assignment had been to bring down the Krays. By 1967, he managed to gather enough evidence but frequently came up against their “wall of silence.” It was two years later that the Kray twins were arrested for the two murders. With a team of nearly one hundred armed police officers, they managed to arrest the twins and twenty-four other members of the Firm, but it wasn’t until 1969 that they were convicted. Each brother was sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of thirty years. But for every villain that was put behind bars, there were two more willing to take their place.

Owen hadn’t been involved directly in the investigation of the systematic extortion and fraud that had been occurring for over a decade with the Krays, but he used what evidence he could to learn about London’s underground – who was running it and what was going on; who hated who, that kind of thing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

She’s just a storyteller!

E.J. Wood is a thriller writer from England.
Although British born, she now resides in Spain, speaks English, and Spanish, and is currently learning German.

Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/AuthorEJWood/

Twitter : https://twitter.com/E_J_Wood

Website : http://www.ejwoodauthor.com/

Amazon : https://www.amazon.co.uk/E-J-Wood/e/B0784K3N4W

Goodreads :https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7050248.E_J_WOOD

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Rescued by Her Highland Soldier by Sarah Mallory @SarahMRomance #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Rescued by Her Highland Soldier by Sarah Mallory. With a big thank you to the author for my copy. First things first though let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Her rugged Highlander

Is the gallant son of a laird!

Traveling alone through the treacherous Scottish Highlands, Madeleine d’Evremont is saved by rough-looking soldier Grant Rathmore. Attraction flares between them as he escorts Madeleine on her perilous escape to France, until she discovers he’s the heir of a respected laird! Madeleine knows she must let him go. Surely the daughter of a humble adventurer could never be a suitable match for him now…

MY REVIEW

Rescued by Her Highland Soldier had such a beautiful romance. With Madeleine and Grant making the perfect pairing. Sparks flew between these strong characters but at the same time there was a gorgeous slow burn quality to their connection too. This all added an extra special charm and created an even more engaging story. I loved how Madeleine knew her own mind and wasn’t afraid to be forthright in her opinions. In the same way Grant was just as likeable with a loyal, caring and quiet way about him that instantly appealed to me.

I have to talk about the location because I felt as if I had been whisked away and transported to Scotland. In a time where there was danger around every corner. I really enjoyed the history aspect to the plot and Sarah Mallory carefully wove a true feeling of that time throughout. As we see Grant facing a future different to what he expected. Then the reader gets to see a captivating chemistry develop between Madeleine and Grant as they try to make their way to safety.

Rescued by Her Highland Soldier is book two in the Lairds of Ardvarrick series and what a perfect second book. Even though Rescued by Her Highland Soldier is part of a series it easily works as a standalone. I enjoyed every single moment of this story and especially loving the escape it provided. Stepping back in time and becoming wrapped up in a story filled with romance along with the hint of a dangerous edge. I loved both the characters and the setting. Rescued by Her Highland Soldier is a wonderful story!

Call Me Mummy by Tina Baker @TinaBakerBooks @ViperBooks #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Call Me Mummy by Tina Baker today. A big thank you to Viper Books for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Glamorous, beautiful Mummy has everything a woman could want… except for a daughter of her very own. So when she sees Kim—heavily pregnant, glued to her phone and ignoring her eldest child in a busy shop—she does what anyone would do. She takes her. But little foul-mouthed Tonya is not the daughter that Mummy was hoping for.

Meanwhile Kim is demonised by the media as a ‘scummy mummy’, who deserved to lose Tonya and ought to have her other children taken too. Haunted by memories of her own childhood and refusing to play by the media’s rules, she begins to spiral, turning on those who love her.

Though they are worlds apart, Mummy and Kim have more in common than they could possibly imagine. But it is five-year-old Tonya who is caught in the middle…

MY REVIEW

What can I say? I raced through this book. Call Me Mummy was both addictive and shocking in places. I was hooked! It wasn’t just the plot that was dark the character of Mummy was too. I do love flawed characters but Mummy definitely wins in that category. Her character made this book extra intense and you really need to experience her personality for yourself!

Kim, Mummy and Tonya came alive before my eyes and brought with them an addictive story. I couldn’t help but race through the pages eager to find out what would happen next. This was all made even easier with the very short chapters which I thought worked really well. Along the way Call Me Mummy did a great job of showing there are always two sides to every story. We can all be quick to judge at times and this is all highlighted very cleverly.

Call Me Mummy is such a twisty, dark read and one that turned out to be a completely immersive experience. I felt as if I was a fly on the wall watching Mummy and Tonya’s interactions albeit feeling very nervous at times. I have to mention Tonya because she was a gem. Her feisty nature was a brilliant addition. Even though there are dark elements throughout the story Tonya’s character provided a darker kind of humour. Which worked so well to offset the bleaker and grittier moments. The reader also gets to experience the effects on Kim and how her life turned upside down. These three perspectives helped to pull me in even more.

If you are looking for a darker read then Call Me Mummy should be on your list. My attention was grabbed instantly. Before I knew it I was along for the ride on an unpredictable and tense journey. A brilliant debut!

Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour. Also thank you to the author and publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Laurie Morgan runs a café in the small seaside community of Mermaids Point, named after the beauties rumoured to live in the waters a few miles off the top of the point. When a hazy image is posted online of what appears to be a mermaid, the café and the village are soon full to bursting with curious sightseers.

The most eye-catching of the new arrivals is handsome author, Jake Smith, who has rented a cottage for the summer while he works on his new book. Or so he says. In fact, he is a journalist, burned out and disillusioned with life, whose editor has sent him on a crack-pot hunt for mermaids…

Jake quickly finds himself drawn to village life, and to the gorgeous woman who runs the local café. But he soon suspects there’s trouble lurking beneath the idyllic façade, and when it looks like Laurie’s family might be involved, Jake faces a difficult choice. Pursue the truth, or protect the woman he’s beginning to fall in love with…

Purchase Link

https://amzn.to/2Lokynf

MY REVIEW

I have to say it was extremely easy to be pulled into Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point. To be fair this came as no surprise because Sarah Bennett writes the most engaging and gorgeous books. I was smiling away in no time especially loving the flirty banter at Laurie and Jake’s first meeting. I really enjoyed seeing the story play out worrying how it could all go wrong when Jake’s secret would be revealed. Especially as Laurie and Jake had developed this wonderful friendship and chemistry. I was willing them to get their happy ever after. Then you have the side story of the mystery over hazy footage that might or might not show a mermaid. This all adds an extra charm and a little bit of a mysterious edge to the story.

What I will say is that even though I loved Jake and Laurie I adored the connection between all of the characters. From getting to know Laurie’s close knit family to Jake being received by the residents of Mermaids Point in such a friendly way. All of the characters helped to shape such a warm and comforting story. One that felt as if I was meeting and going on to make new friends. The location was just as inviting and it really is a place I wish was real and could visit. Let’s just say that I would definitely be stopping off at Laurie’s cafe!

Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point may have been Laurie and Jake’s story but Sarah Bennett has built up and created such a brilliant connection with all of the characters in this book. Let’s just say I’m eager to read Nerissa’s story and to get back to Mermaids Point to catch up with everyone! Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point is a beautiful, romantic and charming story. Loved it!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas. The first book in her new Mermaids Point trilogy for Boldwood will be published in Spring 2021.

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