Highland Games by Evie Alexander @evie_author #PublicationDay #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Highland Games by Evie Alexander on publication day! A big thank you to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

  • Title: Highland Games
  • Author: Evie Alexander
  • Publication date: 15th October 2021
  • Available at: Amazon
  • Page count: 310
  • Genre/subgenre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy

Zoe’s always played it safe, just as her parents wanted. But when her great-uncle dies and leaves her a ramshackle cabin in the Scottish Highlands, she decides it’s time to change her life.

Upping sticks seems like a good idea in her cosy London flat, but the reality is very different. There’s no electricity or running water, the roof leaks and there’s no front door. If that wasn’t bad enough, she’s moved up in the depths of winter and her scorching hot neighbour wants her out.

Rory’s got a fifty thousand tonne problem. If he can’t make Kinloch castle profitable, he’s out of a job. He needs a clear head, but there’s someone living in the cabin he saw as his own and she’s turned his world upside down.

Rory needs Zoe out of Scotland, and out of his life. The trouble is, she has no intention of leaving.

Let the games begin…

MY REVIEW

Highland Games was so much fun!

In this book we meet Zoe as she arrives to start a new life in Scotland. However things don’t quite go to plan but determined to see things through Zoe picks herself up and makes plans. Although she didn’t expect another bump in the road in the form of Rory!

What can I say about Rory and Zoe?! Well, for starters they had a brilliant and sizzling chemistry. Even if they didn’t see eye to eye. It’s safe to say that things certainly heated up between the pair throughout this book! The pacing of the story is great and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. Especially seeing Zoe trying to navigate her new life in Scotland. For me enemies to lovers is always an entertaining and fun trope. I thought that the author did a great job of providing drama and building that all important attraction between the pair. At first Rory came across a certain way but I liked how as the story progressed a different side to him was revealed. Zoe was instantly likeable with a caring but feisty and stubborn side that made her a stand out character.

I couldn’t help but smile my way through this book. There was a great combination of fun moments but also some sweeter moments too. Then you have the characters and their sparring which was a definite highlight for me. When you pick up Highland Games you are guaranteed plenty of bickering, misunderstandings and a simmering attraction that turns steamy!

The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella @KinsellaSophie @BeckyShort1 #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella today. With thanks to Transworld Books for my lovely copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

The Talbots are having one last party at their family home.
But Effie hasn’t been invited . . .

Effie’s still not over her parents splitting up a year ago. Her dad and his new girlfriend are posting their PDAs all over Instagram – and no one should have to deal with photos of their dad with the hashtags #viagraworks and #sexinyoursixties. Now they’re selling the beloved family home and holding a ‘house-cooling’ party. When Effie receives only a last-minute ‘anti-invitation’, she decides to give it a miss.

Until she remembers her precious Russian dolls, safely tucked away up a chimney. She’ll have to go back for them – but not as a guest. She’ll just creep in, grab the dolls and make a swift exit. No one will know she was ever there.

Of course, nothing goes to plan. Not only does Effie bump into her ex-boyfriend (who she’s very much not over), she can’t find the dolls. And as she secretly clambers around dusty attics, hides under tables and mournfully eyes up the dessert table, she discovers unexpected truths about her family – and even about herself.

With time (and hiding places) running out, Effie starts to wonder if she’d be better off simply crashing the party. Perhaps that’s the only way to find out what’s really going on with her family…

Expect shocking secrets, hilarious mix-ups and an unforgettable romance. Welcome to the party of the year!

MY REVIEW

Some of my favourite books are by Sophie Kinsella so I jumped at the chance to read The Party Crasher. After just a few pages I had a feeling that I was really going to enjoy this story and I was right. In no time at all I was hooked! I guess that’s mainly down to the main character, Effie along with a generous helping of family drama! I found myself racing through this book wondering how Effie’s plans to secretly infiltrate the party would go.

It’s safe to say that I experienced quite a few emotions while reading this book. There were plenty of comical moments especially when it came to some of Effie’s decision making. Effie definitely had a tendency to act first and think way, way later. To help balance this all out there were some heartfelt moments too as Effie comes to realise certain things as she darts from one hiding place to another. Throughout it all I felt as if I was right there with Effie feeling her frustration, hurt and surprise at certain revelations. Effie certainly had her flaws but I think overall this gave her character a much more rounded and realistic feel. Effie wasn’t perfect and to be honest neither were her family.

A special mention has to go to the setting in this book. I loved the descriptions of Effie’s family home, Greenoaks. The house had a certain dreamy quality that came across as wonderfully quirky. There is a thread of romance running through the story but it isn’t overpowering. I felt that it just added an extra layer of warmth, making the story even more uplifting. The Party Crasher took me on a fun, drama filled journey with a wonderful set of characters!

Book Review Log Book by Jennifer Gilmour @JenLGilmour @rararesources #BlogBlitz #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog blitz today for the Book Review Log Book and sharing my review. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to Jennifer Gilmour for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Keep a track of your reading progress and your book reviews in one place:• Reading Goals• To Be Read List• Book Release Dates• Word Cloud• Your Reviews• Your Notes

Purchase Link

mybook.to/bookreview

MY REVIEW

Well, I think we all know how much I enjoy reading! So let’s just say I was very happy to receive this log book. Now, this isn’t just for writing reviews although there are 100 pages for writing your thoughts down. There are also some lovely little extras too. I have to admit I do like to take notes and make lists so this log book is pretty perfect for me. At the back of the book there is an additional and generous section for notes. Providing me with another great way of getting my thoughts and ideas down!

My favourite part in this book is the section where I can sketch the spines of the various books that I want to read. I do enjoy drawing and doodling although if I’m honest I’m not very good at it 😂 Even though my sketches may not be brilliant. I thought this was a lovely idea and brought an extra creative touch to the log book.

For me this handy log book is a really fun and personal way to keep track of the books I’ve read. Along with the books that I have been wanting to read. It will also be a great way to get my thoughts down about what I have been reading. All wonderfully wrapped up in one compact and creative bookish space!

Author Bio

Jennifer Gilmour is an author and advocate for women in abusive relationships, using her own experiences of domestic abuse as a catalyst to bring awareness and to help others. Jennifer has published two publications, Isolation Junction and Clipped Wings which have both been Amazon Best Sellers and received awards. Jennifer speaks at events across the UK and continues to raise awareness through her blog posts, public speaking, radio interviews and social media.

Most Informative Blogger Award 2018 (Bloggers Bash Annual Awards)
UK & European Award for using Social Media for Good 2019 (Social Day: Social Media Marketing Awards)

Jennifer says: “Together we are Louder”.

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A Nun for the Viking Warrior by Lucy Morris @LMorris_Author @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for A Nun for the Viking Warrior by Lucy Morris 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…

Forced to wed the warrior

Falling for the man…

Noblewoman Amée Évreaux had pledged her life to God, until her father promised her in marriage to thundering Norseman, Jorund Jötunnson. After escaping her overbearing father, Amée vows never to fall under another man’s thumb, but her resistance to being Jorund’s wife turns to desire as she gets to know her intriguing new husband. For beneath his fierce exterior she’s glimpsed an unexpectedly pure heart. If only she can penetrate the fortress that surrounds it…

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Viking-Warrior-Mills-Boon-Historical-ebook/dp/B0912CHLMJ

US – https://www.amazon.com/Viking-Warrior-Mills-Boon-Historical-ebook/dp/B0912CHLMJ

MY REVIEW

A Nun for the Viking Warrior was a delight to read! It’s safe to say that the opening to this story made me pay attention. As Amée’s life changes unexpectedly when she finds herself wed to Norseman, Jorund!

I have to say that the characters had a wonderful depth. This made it even more enjoyable getting to know them. As I not only saw the story unfold but also Amée and Jorund’s personalities revealed, bit by bit. Then of course there’s the initial slow burn that turned to a sizzling chemistry. This all played out between the pair in a brilliant combination of sweet and steamy. Amée and Jorund have not had easy lives. Their family situations were not perfect at all. However because of this the characters were strong willed, resilient and caring. Which made it very easy to root for them both. However trust was a big problem for this pair but I was right there willing them to take a risk. Hoping for that happy ever after!

The pacing is pretty good throughout the story and it didn’t take me long to read. In fact I ended up racing through it. There was a little bit of everything to entertain especially a touch of drama to provide that hint of tension. Although it’s safe to say that romance was at its heart. A Nun for the Viking Warrior was rich in detail and a truly gorgeous historical romance!

Author Bio

As a little girl, Lucy Morris was obsessed with myths and legends. She regularly escaped into the adventures of her imagination, with characters who were strong and fierce. Now fully grown she finds she can’t forget the stories plaguing her mind and has to write them down. A book by Lucy Morris will sweep you away on a historical adventure filled with vivid characters haunted by their pasts. Her books will have you flying through her pages, desperate to reach her characters passionately romantic happily ever after.

She lives in Essex, UK, with her husband, two young children, and two cats. She has a massively sweet tooth and loves gin, bubbly and Irn-Bru. A member of the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association, she was delighted in 2020 to accept a two-book deal with Harlequin after submitting her story to the Warriors Wanted submission blitz for Viking, Medieval, and Highlander romances.

Writing for Harlequin Historical is a dream come true for her and she hopes you enjoy her books!

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Rachel Ryan’s Resolutions by Laura Starkey @LauraStarkey @emblabooks #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Rachel Ryan’s Resolutions by Laura Starkey 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…

In January, Rachel Ryan’s New Year’s Resolutions are fairly predictable. Exercise more, put money into savings before spaffing it all on clothes, remember ridiculous rule that potatoes don’t count towards your 5-a-day…

Before long, though, the year ahead of her is very much not going to plan. When the creative agency Rachel works for is taken over, one of the new suits in the office is very familiar. And very handsome. Surely it can’t be… Jack Harper. The man she has spent years trying to forget. Not only is Rachel now working with him, she has regular sightings of the gorgeous woman Jack cheated on her with – who happens to be plastered to the side of every London bus.

Thank goodness for Tom, who is always there to listen (and pour wine). But when work stirs up her most painful memories, her best friend makes a major announcement and Jack dials up the charm, Rachel starts to question everything.

As life throws her a world of crazy, will Rachel have to make some very different resolutions?

MY REVIEW

In Rachel Ryan’s Resolutions we meet Rachel as she tries to navigate big changes at work. One of these changes is the reappearance of her ex, Jack. Luckily she has her close friends to help her along the way.

I really enjoyed getting to know Rachel and her friends. Especially wondering how her New Years resolutions would work out for her. There were plenty of moments that made me smile and this provided a lovely escape. It was very easy to get caught up in Rachel’s journey, hoping she would get her happy ever after.

There is a kind of love triangle woven through the story. Sometimes in books these can be a little hit and miss in how they play out. However I think in the case of this story it provided the right amount of drama to create something that kept my attention throughout. Rachel Ryan’s Resolutions also had a good mix of minor characters that complimented the main characters. They all played their part whether it was from a friendship, dramatic or romantic side. It’s safe to say there was both a fun and a sweet aspect to this book that worked well.

Rachel Ryan’s Resolutions had a gentle charm that made for a wonderful read!

Add Cyanide to Taste by Karmen Špiljak @karm3ns33ta @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Add Cyanide to Taste by Karmen Špiljak and sharing my review 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…

A sinister cook, a cursed cake, and a casual dinner between neighbours that goes murderously wrong.

This debut collection of dark tales and recipes by Karmen Špiljak ascends the jagged culinary heights you’ve hungered to explore but could never find on a map. As the characters swoon over every unforgettable mouthful, and sometimes bite off more than they can chew, you’ll find yourself asking: What would I be willing to pay for the meal of a lifetime?

If feasting on culinary noir leaves you hungry, extend your pleasure by preparing the dishes featured in the stories. All recipes provided are cyanide-free.

Karmen Špiljak writes across different genres. Her short fiction has been awarded and anthologised.

More on http://www.karmenspiljak.com

Purchase Links

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Google Books

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General purchase link (all the other links are here): https://www.karmens.net/books

MY REVIEW

In this short story collection you will find a selection of dark tales all with a culinary connection. I thought this was a brilliant thread to have running through the stories. It worked really well as each story managed to come across differently even with their common theme. Most of all though I enjoyed the dark edge at this collections heart along with that all important sting in the tail that I love! I often say it but I do like the various ways you can read a short story collection. Whether you want to take your time and read a story at a time. Or maybe you are like me and like to read a few in one go. The choice really is yours!

Add Cyanide to Taste definitely held a set of strong stories. Even though they were short they still had that ability to draw me in completely. As each story brings with it different emotions for the reader. I found myself smiling, shaking my head and even experiencing a little chill up my spine. After I finished this book I tried to figure out if I had a favourite story. In the end I couldn’t decide on just one because they all stood out for me but in different ways. So the fact that I enjoyed the collection as a whole was a definite plus for me.

Another addition to this book were some wonderful recipes that were mentioned in the stories. Perfect for if you took a liking to any of the dishes featured throughout. I guess all that’s left for me to say is that I was thoroughly entertained by all of the stories. They held twists, secrets and a touch of darkness. So why not indulge in this collection of twisted culinary tales yourself!

Author Bio

Karmen Špiljak is a Slovenian-Belgian writer with a taste for dark and twisty tales.

Her short fiction has been awarded and anthologised. Her as yet unpublished thriller was shortlisted and received an honourable mention on ‘The Black Spring Crime Fiction Prize 2020’. She writes across different genres, from suspense to horror and science fiction.

She currently lives in Brazil with her husband and two cats.

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The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling @LadyHawkins @eternal_books #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling 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…

‘You broke my heart, Rhys Penhallow. And we curse you. You and your whole stupid, hot line.’

Vivienne Jones handled the biggest break-up of her life the way that any witch would: vodka, bubble baths, and a curse on her ex.

That was nine years ago. Now Rhys Penhallow, descendant of the town’s founders, breaker of hearts and still irritatingly gorgeous, is back. Rhys has returned to the quaint town of Graves Glen to recharge the ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival. But when his every move results in calamity, Vivi realises that hexing her ex might not have been so harmless after all . . .

As the curse starts to affect the magic of the town, resulting in murderous wind-up toys, an outraged ghost, and a surprisingly talkative cat, Vivi and Rhys must put their personal feelings aside and work together to break the curse and save not just the town, but also Rhys’s life.

MY REVIEW

Oh this book was lots of fun! It’s safe to say that the description for The Ex Hex definitely intrigued me. The reader is taken on quite a journey with Vivienne. We see how a seemingly harmless curse made in the past comes back to bite her in the present. The curse ends up being a little too real when ex Rhys returns to Graves Glen. The question is can Vivi fix that hex!

When I first saw the cover I knew I had to read it. It instantly made me think of Bewitched. I loved watching that show when I was younger. So I couldn’t wait to see what this book had in store for me. Well, I’m happy to report that it definitely lived up to expectations. Providing me with oodles of romance and magic. Along with a fun escape with plenty of entertaining moments to make me smile. The pacing is pretty good throughout and I was completely caught up in Vivi’s attempts to fix her mistake. The connection between Rhys and Vivi was feisty and sizzling. I really enjoyed seeing their second chance romance play out.

There was a little bit of everything in this story from a sweet but at times steamy romance. Some family drama to add a bit of tension and even a talking cat. The Ex Hex really was a brilliant book to curl up with especially as we go into autumn. There’s also that wonderful Halloween feel that’s perfect for this time of year. Oh and before I finish my review an important message to remember… never mix vodka and witchcraft!

How Not to Chaperon a Lady by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #Giveaway #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for How Not to Chaperon a Lady by Virginia Heath as part of the publication day push. 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…

His childhood nemesis…is the woman he can’t resist!

Chaperoning Charity Brookes while she’s on a singing tour should be easy for Griffith Philpot—he’s spent his whole life sparring with her over her flighty ways! But as he discovers that she’s much more than the impetuous girl he thought he knew, a passion ignites between them… Sharing a steamy kiss leaves him torn – he’s supposed to be responsible for guarding her virtue!

Purchase Link

https://books2read.com/talkofbeaumonde3

MY REVIEW

I do love Virginia Heath’s books. They are always witty, romantic and a wonderful escape. This book is a perfect example of this! In How Not to Chaperon a Lady we meet Charity and Griff. What a pair they make, with friendly banter turning into sparks!

The story moved at a great pace and I was fully invested in the characters journey. Their chemistry and connection made this book even more special. I couldn’t help but smile at their interactions. They were playful and a little feisty with Charity in particular entertaining with her strong willed personality. However there was much more to both of their personalities. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing it all play out.

This is book three in The Talk of the Beau Monde series and is another brilliant addition. As with the others it can work as a standalone but I would recommend starting the series with book one. It really has been a wonderful journey with Faith, Hope and Charity.

How Not to Chaperon a Lady is a wonderful regency romance. A gorgeous combination of romance and fun characters. Delightfully entertaining with a sparkling charm!

Author Bio

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Twenty books and two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Autumn Dreams at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @rararesources @BoldwoodBooks #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Autumn Dreams 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. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

When her dreams of young love were cruelly shattered, Nerissa Morgan found it hard to move on. Now, at forty-three, everyone around her is enjoying life while she’s just going through the motions. With her boss retiring and rumours of a new doctor coming in to take over the practice she manages, change is coming, whether she’s ready for it or not.

Following the death of his beloved wife, Tom Nelson buried himself in work at his busy inner-London GP practice. When his teenage children find themselves in trouble at school, he realises he’s completely lost touch with them. Desperate to reconnect before it’s too late, he whisks his family away to the pretty seaside village of Mermaids Point determined to make a fresh start.

But all is not as idyllic as it seems. With his predecessor reluctant to let go of the reins and the children as distant as ever, the last thing Tom needs is an undeniable attraction to the woman he unexpectedly finds himself sharing a roof with…

Warm, escapist, feel-good and altogether brilliant story-telling from bestselling author Sarah Bennett. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley and Milly Johnson.

Purchase Link

https://amzn.to/3hcHcv8

MY REVIEW

First of all I have to say how much I loved this book! The fact that there was a little bit of everything from new beginnings to second chances made that so very easy. That’s without adding in the wonderful themes of family and of course love that is right at its heart. For me the emotional thread that ran throughout also gave this book so much depth. In no time at all I had come to care about the characters and their various situations. Along with hoping they would find happiness.

Even though I was sad to leave Laurie and Jake in book one, Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point. I have to admit I couldn’t wait to read Nerissa’s story. Although luckily Sarah Bennett did a wonderful job of keeping the warm and loveable family connection running throughout this book too. Even though this is book two in the Mermaids Point series, I thought it completely worked as a standalone. However if you do get chance why not start with book one because it really is a gorgeous story and I wouldn’t want you to miss out!

What can I say about the characters?! Well they definitely pulled at my heartstrings. The heartfelt moments were expertly woven into the story as the characters came to terms with grief, family situations and life in general. The romance itself played out in a way that completely captured my attention. There was an almost gentle feel to it and I thought that this fit the characters personalities perfectly. Nerissa is a character that I easily connected with and if I’m honest I think I fell for Tom a little myself. I couldn’t help but root for this pair. Along with getting caught up in the warm and sweet feel of their connection. It was just like being wrapped up in an inviting and comforting hug.

For me this series has such a magical and heartwarming feel to it. With the characters and the setting of Mermaids Point making it extra special. I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series! It’s safe to say that Autumn Dreams at Mermaids Point charmed me from first page to last!

Author Bio

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.

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Red Velvet by Carla Luna @casacullen @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Red Velvet by Carla Luna and sharing my review 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…

Faking it has never been so much fun…

In her ultra-competitive family, April Beckett is used to taking last place. For years, she’s put up with jabs about her modest job and her pathetic love life. Especially after she tried to impress her older sisters with a fake boyfriend in college and failed miserably. But now she has a smoking-hot date for her brother’s wedding, guaranteed to wow them.

Until he bails. Cue total desperation.

Without April’s friendship, Brody Blackwood wouldn’t have survived his last breakup. So, if she needs a plus-one for a family wedding, he’s all in. Even if it means pretending to be her boyfriend. And committing to six days of activities at a wooded resort in Wisconsin. But how hard could a relaxing getaway with your best friend be?

Too bad there’s a grueling 10K race and a cutthroat trivia night to endure. Not to mention a massive secret to protect. But will the biggest secret of all turn out to be that this fake relationship feels more real than April or Brody ever imagined?

Purchase Links

Website: https://www.carlalunabooks.com/red-velvet

Books2Read Link: https://books2read.com/u/m0KQrW

MY REVIEW

In Red Velvet we meet April who desperately needs a plus-one for a family wedding. After April’s current relationship ends it’s safe to say that she’s completely stuck. That is until her good friend Brody steps in and offers to help. What follows is a fun and romantic friends to lovers story.

Throughout Red Velvet there was a little bit of everything to entertain. From family drama, loveable characters and of course romance. I enjoyed getting to know both April and Brody. They already had a lovely friendship then add in the close proximity and sparks began to fly. April was a really likeable character although I did wish she could have stood up for herself more on certain occasions. Although this definitely combined to create a few drama filled moments within the story. In fact Brody made for a great hero just for staying and dealing with April’s family. It was so sweet to see the way he cared about April. They easily made me smile with their many wonderful interactions.

Red Velvet is book two in a series but it worked perfectly well as a standalone. The plot moves at a lovely pace and kept my attention completely. It really was the ideal book to curl up with especially now the weather is changing as we head into autumn. There is such a wonderful, cosy and heartwarming feel that increased with every page. Red Velvet was fun, sweet and romantic!

Author Bio

Carla Luna writes contemporary romance with a dollop of humor and a pinch of spice. A former archaeologist, she still dreams of traveling to far-off places and channels that wanderlust into the settings of her stories. When she’s not writing, she works in a spice emporium where she gets paid to discuss food and share her favorite recipes. Her passions include Broadway musicals, baking, whimsical office supplies, and pop culture podcasts. Though she has roots in Los Angeles and Victoria, B.C., she currently resides in Wisconsin with her family and her spoiled Siberian cat.

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