The Big Ol’ Bike by Rachael Clarke #TheBigOlBike #BlogTour #Review @raclarkewrites @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Big Ol’ Bike by Rachael Clarke as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Emma at damppebbles blog tours 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…

Big things are happening in Little Springs…

Everything about Oliver is small, from his footprint to his glasses-and a trio of bullies never let him forget it. When Oliver receives his grandfather’s old bike for his birthday, he rides tall for the first time. But the meanest bully in school doesn’t like that at all. Oliver quickly finds himself challenged to a race. Now, he’ll have to be bigger than he ever imagined in order to prove heroes come in small packages too.

The Big Ol’ Bike is a contemporary slice of life for ages 7-10. It’s filled with characters who could live down the street from you, or have a locker beside yours at school. Come hang out with Oliver, Austin, and Sue, as they experience excitement, setbacks, and adventure together. Themes of bullying, family, friendship, confidence, and community are all explored.

Longer than average for this age range, The Big Ol’ Bike is meant to be transitional between chapter books and middle grade novels. It’s an equally perfect choice for eager readers who fly through the pages, and kids who enjoy taking it chapter by chapter.

WARNING: Reading this book may cause an immediate and urgent need to ride your bike. Do not be alarmed-the feeling will pass soon enough. But don’t let it.;)

MY REVIEW

In The Big Ol’ Bike we meet Oliver who doesn’t have it easy thanks to a trio of bullies. For Oliver’s birthday he is given his grandfather’s old bike. This bike is big, red and unique. So much more different to the more modern bikes that everyone rides. What follows is a warm and uplifting story that all ages are sure to relate to.

With me having two children under nine I thought this would be an ideal book to enjoy together. When we first picked up this book we were aiming to read one chapter a day. However there were plenty of moments where we were enjoying the story so much we often read more than a chapter. I thought the age range of 7-10 was about right. Both myself and my 8 year old son took turns reading. He isn’t necessarily the most confident reader but he tries so hard. I think he managed really well throughout the book and was able to read most of the vocabulary used. My six year old daughter also enjoyed listening to us take turns reading the story. So it really was a family thing!

The story isn’t overly long and my son’s interest was kept throughout which is always a bonus! I thought that showing the bullying of Oliver was something that could be used as a talking point with children. We were all able to discuss how Oliver felt and how we would feel in his place. The messages throughout were very important and added an extra special touch to the story. It was great to reinforce how we should talk to someone if we have any worries. Along with showing positive friendships and a lovely community spirit. The Big Ol’ Bike also reminded me of how happy I used to be riding my bike when I was little. Thinking about the simple fun of riding around either in my back garden or out with friends. The way time would blur and in no time at all the day would be over.

The Big Ol’ Bike is a charming and heartwarming tale about how being different, kind and unique is actually a pretty wonderful thing. That is definitely something all of us could take to heart!

About Rachael Clarke:

Rachael Clarke is a former police officer turned stay-at-home mom living in Portage la Prairie, MB. She rides the twisty rollercoaster of life alongside her sport-obsessed husband, adorably mischievous boys, and two quirky dogs. Rachael likes to stay busy, constantly juggling writing projects from children’s books to novels. Besides writing and illustrating, she enjoys photography, the outdoors, acting, and sipping steaming cups of coffee. Oh, and cake—can’t forget cake.

Rachael also writes multi-genre short fiction under the pen name R.A. Clarke. Her work has been featured in various publications, and has won both Writer’s Weekly and Writer’s Games 

Social Media:

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19916621.Rachael_Clarke

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC01v6Bd2br1UvzI7XIDQFQA?view_as=subscriber

Purchase Links:

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/39at5DK

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Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/366Com8

Publishing Information:

Published in paperback and digital formats on 8th January 2021

An Eye for an Eye by Carol Wyer @carolewyer #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for An Eye for an Eye by Carol Wyer today. A big thank you to the author for my lovely copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiralling out of control.

DI Kate Young is on leave. She’s the force’s best detective, but her bosses know she’s under pressure, on medication and overcoming trauma. So after her bad judgement call leads to a narrowly averted public disaster, they’re sure all she needs is a rest.

But when Staffordshire Police summon her back to work on a murder case, it’s a harder, more suspicious Kate Young who returns. With a new ruthlessness, she sets about tracking down a clinical, calculating serial killer who is torturing victims and leaving clues to taunt the police. Spurred on by her reporter husband, Young begins to suspect that the murderer might be closer than she ever imagined.

As she works to uncover the truth, Young unravels a network of secrets and lies, with even those closest to her having something to hide. But with her own competence—and her grip on reality—called into question, can she unmask the killer before they strike again?

MY REVIEW

An Eye for an Eye is the first book in a brand new series from Carol Wyer and what a brilliant start it was! In this book we are introduced to DI Kate Young. Kate is summoned back to work after a period of absence due to a traumatic event. Is Kate ready though?

I thought Kate was a perfect combination of flawed and determined. For me the fact that she didn’t have a perfect personal life and had a kind of dark edge worked really well. Throughout the story you can see how Kate wrestles with both the case and her personal life. I think this definitely helped to connect the reader to her character. You see Kate struggling but also see how determined she is to get to the bottom of things.

The plot itself was well crafted with a good balance between showing Kate’s personal issues and the troubling case that she has been tasked to solve. No spoilers from me but I also enjoyed a certain thread that ran through the story. This added a different feel and made the story stand out even more for me. Although this part of the story may not have come as a huge surprise to me I still thought it played out very well. A few other shocks along the way really helped to keep things interesting. As Kate found the case even more complex with every new reveal.

An Eye for an Eye is dark at times especially when the crime scenes and the victims injuries are described. I loved trying to figure it out although at first I couldn’t quite seem to line up all the clues. It was great to be kept on my toes at times but also great to just sit back and enjoy the journey wondering how it would all end.

An Eye for an Eye was a wonderful start to the Detective Kate Young series and I am already looking forward to book two!

Rae Recaps… February 2021

Thanks for stopping by!

It still feels a little like Groundhog Day with every day a blur of home schooling and then reading in the evenings. However there was a slight change this month when I found all three series of Unforgotten on Netflix which I *may* have binged in a few days (reader, she did indeed binge watch it!) I’ve also watched the first episode of series 4 but have to wait every week now 🙄 please note I am not a very patient person 😂

A hot glue gun was bought for crafting, which my son in particular was over the moon about. He loves making things so we’ve been very busy creating a dinosaur for a school project. Two boats along with star decorations and bunting for above their beds. I have to admit it’s been lots of fun!

I’m still enjoying my lovely Callie cuddles. She is getting bigger and can be a little mischievous at times but she is so worth it. I love how the kids help to look after her and they are so lovely with her. She’s a joy! 🥰

Now onto…

It’s been another great month for reading and I also bought these fab audiobooks. I read the Bridgerton series a few years back and I’ve decided to buy the audiobooks too. So book three, An Offer from a Gentleman has been added to my collection! I also bought A House of Ghosts and last but not least a free audiobook of The Velveteen Rabbit which is narrated by Richard Armitage 🥰)

I also bought a children’s book that my little girl’s teacher read to her class during a zoom call. It’s a lovely story and went perfectly with their space topic this term.

This month I managed to read 15 books.

Sadly no audiobooks again this month. Although this should change when my children go back to school. Hopefully I will be able to listen while walking to pick them up.

Only 2 blog tours this month.

Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift

In a Deep Dark Wood by Tina Pritchard

I also posted the following reviews, one cover reveal and a guest review by my husband.

Mine by Kelly Florentia

Guest Review- The Qubit Zirconium by M Darusha Wehm

The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

The Silent Friend by Diane Jeffrey

Cover Reveal – Damage by Caitlin Wahrer

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

Rae xx

#CoverReveal #Damage #TheDamageIsDone @MichaelJBooks @CaitlinWahrer

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for Damage by Caitlin Wahrer today. Before we get to the fabulous cover let’s take a look at the description for the book…

ONE NIGHT. ONE CRIME. ONE FAMILY TORN APART.


TONY has always looked out for his younger brother, Nick. So when Nick is badly hurt and it looks like he was the victim of sexual assault, Tony’s anger flares.

JULIA is alarmed by her husband Tony’s obsession with Nick’s case. She’s always known Tony has a temper. But does she really know what he’s capable of?

NICK went out for a drink. After that, everything’s a blank. When he woke up he found himself in a world of confusion and pain, and the man who hurt him doesn’t deny doing it. But he says the whole thing was consensual.

Three ordinary people; one life-shattering event. When the police get involved with this family in crisis, all the cracks will start to show…

Set to ignite debate and as gripping as your favourite box-set, Damage is a compulsive drama from an extraordinary new writer.

Here it is…

PRE-ORDER LINKS

Amazon: https://bit.ly/Damage_HB

Waterstones: https://bit.ly/Damage_ws

In a Deep Dark Wood by Tina Pritchard #InADeepDarkWood @inkubatorbooks @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for In a Deep Dark Wood by Tina Pritchard as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Emma at damppebbles blog tours for the invite to join the tour and to the publisher for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

What she saw in the wood would change her life forever.

Walking in the wood one day, Fran witnesses the horrifying murder of local teen, Tyler.  She tells the police exactly what she saw, but their investigation doesn’t seem to make much headway.

Fran tries to settle back into a normal life, but is tormented by guilt – was there something she could have done to save the boy?  Fran can’t let it go and finds herself drawn to Tyler’s grieving mother, Mel, both finding some strange connection through this shared trauma.

Then someone launches a terrifying campaign of intimidation against Fran and her husband, Laurie. Could it be the killers? Are they letting her know she had better be careful what she says? Who she sees? And why is Mel acting so strangely? Does she know more about her son’s death than she is saying?

Fran can’t help herself – she needs to know the truth. But when she begins to dig, she uncovers the terrible secret of the deep, dark wood – a secret that will change her life forever.

In a Deep Dark Wood – a stunning psychological thriller with a nerve-shredding climax. Perfect for fans of K. L. Slater, Sarah A. Denzil and Miranda Rijks.

MY REVIEW

In this story we meet Fran who witnesses a shocking murder in the woods. Fran is trying to process what happened but can’t quite make sense of it all. Due to the circumstances and the unanswered questions, she can’t let things go. As Fran tries to get more information she finds herself pulled into a dark and dangerous situation. Unfortunately for Fran it really is a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I guess you could describe Fran as being a down to earth character. Which I think helped to show how scary and unpredictable things can actually happen to anyone. The way Fran’s simple walk with her dog turned into something much darker. I found Fran to have a likeable personality and it was easy to be pulled into her life. Although I have to admit that there were a few occasions where I wanted to shout out to Fran not to get involved and to stay well away. I guess if Fran had made completely sensible decisions there wouldn’t have been much tension in this book. So I’m glad Fran followed her own path even if it was a dangerous one!

The twists within the story helped to keep things interesting. Some of them didn’t necessarily come as that much of a surprise. However I will admit that there was one in particular that did. In a Deep Dark Wood the danger increases for Fran with every new fact and secret that she digs up. Especially as someone is determined to put pressure on Fran to stop her discovering the truth. This all combined to keep things moving at a good pace. Fran’s curiosity is definitely a dangerous thing in this book but let’s just say I was just as curious to see how it would all end!

About Tina Pritchard:

After a life dedicated to bringing up a family, taking a social science degree, working as a lecturer, a trainer and more recently an independent celebrant, Tina addressed her burning need to write a novel. In a Deep Dark Wood reflects her belief that scratching below the surface of ordinary lives can reveal a rich seam of material. She wrote the book after her interest was piqued by police investigations in the UK Midlands into County Lines Drugs operations. After researching she discovered just how prevalent the problem is in rural communities.

Like many women of her age, the main character Fran has lost a sense of who she is beyond being a wife and mother. She is an unlikely protagonist. In need of a purpose after a terrible year that has left her reeling, she finds it, albeit in a way that ultimately endangers her life.

Tina loves to write and has won competitions for some of her short stories and poetry. She lives in a beautiful part of the world and gains much of her inspiration from walking her badly behaved terrier Horace, in the Derbyshire countryside.

Published by Inkubator Books on 28th February 2021

The Silent Friend by Diane Jeffrey @dianefjeffrey #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Silent Friend by Diane Jeffrey today. A big thank you to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

One night changed everything.

For Laura and Sandy, one tragic event changed the course of their lives forever.

Now they are the only ones who understand each another, drawn together by the night that changed everything.

But one of them is keeping a secret that could destroy their fragile friendship. Only she knows just how closely their lives are linked.

When the secret is revealed, will their friendship survive? Or will the truth tear them apart?

MY REVIEW

The Silent Friend is a really intriguing story. It’s actually pretty hard to talk about the plot without giving anything away so I’ll try and be as vague as I can. In this book we meet two women, Laura and Sandy and see how one terrible event takes its toll on their lives. Needing help and a feeling of connection Laura and Sandy begin a friendship but there are secrets between this pair that could destroy everything.

Diane Jeffrey has written a story about two very different women who are linked by a harrowing and dark event. There were lots of themes covered throughout that gave the story a dark and at times emotional edge. It was very interesting to see both sides shown and definitely made you think about the circumstances that the characters found themselves in.

I’m not sure I would class The Silent Friend as being a full on thriller. However there were moments where I felt on edge along with twists and turns to keep me intrigued. For me this book was at its heart all about the characters and the way their lives were altered forever. The way they tried to navigate their way through the difficult situations. Along with showing the emotional side and the devastating consequences of that one night.

The Silent Friend turned out to be something quite different and not necessarily what I was first expecting. What I found was a story that made me think and had a quiet but strong hold over me throughout.

The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor @cjtudor #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor today. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

500 years ago: eight martyrs were burnt to death

30 years ago: two teenagers vanished without trace

Two months ago: the vicar committed suicide

Welcome to Chapel Croft.

For Rev Jack Brooks and teenage daughter Flo it’s supposed to be a fresh start. New job, new home. But, as Jack knows, the past isn’t easily forgotten.

And in a close-knit community where the residents seem as proud as they are haunted by Chapel Croft’s history, Jack must tread carefully. Ancient superstitions as well as a mistrust of outsiders will be hard to overcome.

Yet right away Jack has more frightening concerns.

Why is Flo plagued by visions of burning girls?

Who’s sending them sinister, threatening messages?

And why did no one mention that the last vicar killed himself?

Chapel Croft’s secrets lie deep and dark as the tomb. Jack wouldn’t touch them if not for Flo – anything to protect Flo.

But the past is catching up with Chapel Croft – and with Jack. For old ghosts with scores to settle will never rest . . .

MY REVIEW

Well, C.J. Tudor has done it again! What a fantastic story The Burning Girls is!

In this story we meet Jack and daughter, Flo. Newly arrived in Chapel Croft and looking for a new start. However things aren’t going to be that simple. Before long there are strange occurrences that can’t quite be explained and dark secrets look set to be exposed in this close-knit community.

The characters in this book had me enthralled from start to finish. Although let’s be honest C.J. Tudor accomplishes this in all of her books. Jack is not your ordinary, run of the mill vicar and I loved that. Then add in the relationship with daughter, Flo and I enjoyed every interaction between this duo. Even the minor characters brought something to this story whether it be a menacing presence or a mysterious edge.

I do love a dark story with an eerie touch and The Burning Girls captured that essence perfectly. With a solid, twisty plot and a hint of the paranormal. It just worked so well! I have to mention that I do love a cold case. So the mystery surrounding the two missing teenagers from 30 years ago also easily grabbed my attention. The past and present collide spectacularly in this book with a creepiness that increased throughout. The location itself added an eerie atmosphere especially with its ominous past.

The Burning Girls is full of surprises and at its heart is a mystery that held such intrigue. With every turn of the page all the little details came together to create those all important twists. Some that caught me a little off guard and some that hit like a ton of bricks when everything became shockingly clear.

The Burning Girls really is a brilliantly crafted story. One that had me questioning everything. Dark and twisty. I loved it!

#GuestReview The Qubit Zirconium A KeyForge Novel by M Darusha Wehm @darusha @AconyteBooks

Thanks for stopping by! Something a little different today as my husband, Pete is sharing his review for The Qubit Zirconium by M Darusha Wehm. With thanks to the publisher for the ARC via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Alien detectives stumble across a mystery that could tear apart their patchwork planet, the Crucible, in this riotous science fantasy novel from the smash hit game, KeyForge

Wibble & Pplimz, the Crucible’s most unusual private investigators, must set off from their office in Hub City to clear the name of a former client. Along the way, their investigation broadens from a simple accusation of theft to include a missing person, a potential murder, and a highly unusual gem. Four interlinking incidents take them across the Crucible, as they attempt to solve the case. But there’s something more sinister lurking underneath: evidence of a secret society that aims to discover the power of the Architects, and forever change the nature of the Crucible itself.

GUEST REVIEW

So, here I am again – Hi-Jacking my wife’s book blog to bring you another review of KeyForge fiction. KeyForge is a card game where both players use a unique deck of 36 cards and attempt to win the game by forging 3 “keys” more quickly than their opponent. As you’ll know if you saw my first review, I’m a keen board and card gamer, and play competitively across multiple UK venues. I’ve been playing KeyForge since April 2019 around 6 months after the game’s first release.

The Qubit Zirconium is the second KeyForge book from Aconyte publishing and due for release in spring 2021. Their first was an anthology of short stories called Tales from the Crucible released last year. This also introduced us to the protagonists from this book in its eighth story. You can find my review here.

Our heroes are Wibble and Pplimz a duo of Private Investigators working from Hub City on “their patchwork planet, the Crucible”. The Crucible is an alien world comprised of pieces of planets and beings stolen from their home-world or space and thrust into a strange new environment of cultures and beings. They are also all trapped there by the mysterious “Barrier” which prevents anyone or anything from leaving.

Wibble and Pplimz are hired by a former client (who didn’t feature in the previous short story) an elf who contacts them as he is in trouble and once more needs their help. While this may begin as an everyday theft investigation, it soon escalates leading our unique duo around various locations on the Crucible as they try to unravel the mystery in which they’ve become embroiled.

The leads are what bind the story together. Their interactions and banter with each other were a highlight for me. They have very different personalities and even at times differing opinions, but their reactions to each other are very amusing.

Wibble

She is a fun-loving and excitable being. She finds enjoyment in a great many things, and is extremely happy to embrace it! She can change colour and does so throughout the story. Sometimes appearing to do so involuntarily, based on her emotional state. She floats in the air and is roughly the size of a football. She can change her shape in a putty like fashion elongating or flattening somewhat when required. Her body can also exert forces such as lift, grasp and even small electrical charges after absorbing energy around her.

Pplimz

They’re a Dandy looking cyborg who has a much more serious and stoic nature than Wibble. Occasionally finding her antics a tad immature, Pplimz is certainly more serious. They may have begun as a living being who augmented themselves with cybernetic parts or a mechanical being with organic implants. They are capable of changing their appearance and form too, but can usually be found in a well made and well fitting suit.

As a KeyForge player and fan there was loads to love about the story. Some of the names featured were so appropriate to the game I just smiled. I may yet petition FFG (the maker of the game) to add them into it. We hear about creatures, locations and events that we know from the game which only adds to the experience. Plus these don’t feel shoehorned in either. They don’t detract from the book so a none-player isn’t going to feel lost or need that knowledge.

The story was very entertaining. Sometimes feeling like a comedic road trip / buddy movie. Sometimes feeling like a thrilling mystery where you’ll wonder what the next clue will be and where it will take us.
The book seemed pretty fast paced. Each new location or encounter usually revealed a new clue, creature or piece of the puzzle. I was never disinterested with the twists and turns and always felt like the story was actually moving onward toward a conclusion and not meandering nowhere.

It’s a tougher thing to find anything I didn’t like about it. I was happy with the conclusion. I enjoyed the journey. If I were to try and find a small complaint, I possibly would have wanted to know more about the leads. This is not an origin story; but in a world of unknowns and mysteries, I don’t suppose it would fit perfectly to know everything about our heroes either.

In short, a mysterious winding jaunt through a world of wonder, sure to keep you glued to the pages.

I’d give it 5/5

The Qubit Zirconium will be published by Aconyte on the following dates and is available for pre-order now!

Ebook: April 6, 2021

US paperback: April 6, 2021

UK paperback: May 13, 2021

Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift @Beth_Clift @Stevie_Coops #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Steven at Hodder for my copy and for the invite to join the tour. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

THE END OF EVERYTHING WAS HER BEGINNING

It’s November 2023. The human race has been wiped out by the 6DM virus (Six Days Maximum – the longest you’ve got before your body destroys itself). The end of the world as we know it.

Yet someone is still alive. Alone in a new world of burning cities, rotting corpses and ravenous rats, one woman has survived. A woman who has spent her whole life compromising what she wants and hiding how she feels to meet other people’s expectations. From her career to her relationships, to what she wears and where she lives, she’s made a lifetime of decisions to fit what other people want her to be.

But with no one else left, who will she become now that she’s completely alone?

MY REVIEW

I’ll start by saying that I wasn’t quite sure where to begin with my review for Last One at the Party. When I sat down to write it, I knew that I didn’t want to give too much away. There is so much that happens in this book and it really is worth discovering and experiencing it all for yourself. From the very first page this book well and truly caught my attention. Although I did have to take a couple of breaks in certain places so I could process the story. This is mainly down to the broad range of emotions I felt while reading. Which ranged from sadness with full on tears to smiling and finding humour a few pages later.

Last One at the Party centres around an unnamed female who finds herself in the desperate situation of being the last one left alive after a vicious virus has ravaged the world. The reader really does get a front row seat and experiences everything with the narrator. We see all of the terrible moments but also get to feel the highs of the good moments too. Let’s just say that I was taken on such a vivid and unexpected journey. We see this character’s reflections on the past and their day to day life as they try to make their way in this new world. I was gripped as they made mistakes and let’s just say there are a few. However I really can’t say anything because you know what I’m really not sure I would cope much better!

Let’s talk about the unnamed character. You know what?! I loved her. Maybe not necessarily from the beginning because she definitely had her flaws but I do love a flawed character. They always manage to make things so much more interesting and add an important realistic edge. After all no one is completely perfect! This character with her honesty and matter of fact way of discussing things really helped to make me care for her. By the end I felt like she was a friend and I was actually pretty sad to turn those final pages.

I have to mention that as you can imagine this book is a hard read at times. I mentioned the emotional side already. Then add in the subject matter and I’m sure this book will really evoke some strong feelings just like it did for me. Whether it was from reading the descriptions or my own imagination going into overdrive. What I took from this book was how one person faced her fears, her worst nightmares and the loneliness of her situation. Maybe making a few errors along the way but plodding on anyway. Last One at the Party is for sure a strong and powerful book. In fact both the story and the character will stay with me for quite some time!

Mine by Kelly Florentia @kellyflorentia #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Mine by Kelly Florentia today. A big thank you to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

When loner Lucy Harper, accepts a Facebook friend’s request from Jasmine, an old school friend, the last thing she expects is for Jasmine to run off with her husband, Andrew.

Now, newly divorced, Lucy lives in the flat she still part-owns with Andrew. After a drunken night out, she wakes up with Teddy Fallon. But this is the least of her worries.
The night before a text came through claiming someone knows her secret.
But what is Lucy hiding?

Before Lucy has time to process everything, her ex drops a bombshell – fiancé Jasmine is pregnant, and he wants his share of the money from the flat.

Then the blackmail begins.

Who is after Lucy and why?

Love isn’t always innocent, and Lucy is about to learn a lesson the hard way.

MY REVIEW

In Mine we meet Lucy who finds herself in quite a tricky situation. Lucy is being blackmailed and doesn’t know what to do. As her life spirals out of control the big question is. Who is out to get her?

Well, what can I say? This was definitely a twisty tale! I’m not sure I necessarily liked the characters in Mine but I did find them intriguing. I couldn’t help but be drawn into Lucy’s life and the way it had been suddenly turned upside down. Lucy was an interesting character but I did have to shake my head at times over some of the things she did. However I think this helped to make her character more realistic. After all in difficult situations sometimes we really don’t make the best decisions. Haven’t we all wanted to bury our head in the sand at times?!

I really enjoyed the way that Kelly Florentia teased out the story. Not everything was revealed at once which helped to keep you on your toes while reading. Slowly but surely it unravelled with a few surprises and twists that helped to increase the tension. It didn’t take me long to read mainly because I was eager to see what would happen to Lucy in the end. Even though she may not have been a fully loveable character I still cared enough to hope that everything would turn out fine in the end!

Along the way I changed my mind a few times over who was behind it all. I had a few theories about what was happening so I was also interested to see if I would be proven right or wrong. Throughout the story I was made to question friendships, the characters past relationships and blossoming ones. Mine is a story packed full of secrets, lies and blackmail!