Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing a Promo Post and shining the spotlight on One Night With Her Viking Warrior by Sarah Rodi today. Also check back in January because I’ll be sharing my review as part of the upcoming blog tour! So let’s take a look at the book…
Her forbidden love is back to claim her!
Once Lady Rebekah shared a life changing night with stable hand Raeden but he disappeared the morning after. Now she’s consort to a cruel Saxon Lord, and when Northmen lay siege to Ryestone Keep, Rebekah’s shocked to see Raeden leading the charge! This Viking warrior is not the man she remembers, yet she finds herself drawn to him again. Taken as his hostage, Rebekah must decide: can she trust him with her life…and her dangerous secret?
Sarah Rodi has always been a hopeless romantic. She grew up watching old, romantic movies recommended by her grandad, or devouring love stories from the local library. Sarah lives in the village of Cookham in Berkshire, where she enjoys walking along the River Thames with her husband, her two daughters and their dog. She has been a magazine journalist for over 20 years, but it has been her lifelong dream to write romance for Mills & Boon. Sarah believes everyone deserves to find their happy ever after.
You can contact her via @sarahrodiedits or email@example.com. Or visit her website at sarahrodi.com
Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for The Viaduct Killings by Wes Markin 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…
The start of a brand new crime thriller series from Wes Markin, bestselling author of the DCI Yorke series.
Still grieving from the tragic death of her colleague, DCI Emma Gardner continues to blames herself and is struggling to focus. So, when she is seconded to the wilds of Yorkshire, Emma hopes she’ll be able to get her mind back on the job, doing what she does best – putting killers behind bars.
But when she is immediately thrown into another violent murder, Emma has no time to rest. Desperate to get answers and find the killer, Emma needs all the help she can. But her new partner, DI Paul Riddick, has demons and issues of his own.
And when this new murder reveals links to an old case Riddick was involved with, Emma fears that history might be about to repeat itself…
I do enjoy a police procedural and The Viaduct Killings was such a great one! From interesting characters to a compelling story and pretty much everything in between. It was very easy to become invested in discovering the truth. I especially enjoyed how I was kept on my toes throughout. There were plenty of suspects to choose from which of course meant I kept changing my mind over who was guilty. Along with getting caught up in Emma and Paul’s lives. Which in turn gave a bit more depth to the story.
I thought the author did a great job of combining the police investigation with getting to know the characters. It can sometimes be a bit of a tricky balance especially with book one in a new series but I think it worked out really well. Let’s just say I became caught up in the story wondering where it would take me next. All of the little twists and surprises managed to keep me guessing. Oh and the setting was another bonus. Well, it always going to be a hit with me.
The Viaduct Killings is such a strong start to a new series. The pacing was spot on and I really enjoyed trying to figure it all out. This book also gave me characters that made me sad to say goodbye as I turned the last page. All that’s left to say is I can’t wait for book two and to catch up with Emma and Paul again!
Wes Markin is the bestselling author of the DCI Yorke crime novels, set in Salisbury. His new series for Boldwood stars the pragmatic detective DCI Emma Gardner who will be tackling the criminals of North Yorkshire. Wes lives in Harrogate and the first book in the series The Yorkshire Murders will be published in November 2022.
Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Gentleman of Holly Street 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…
Will this Christmas…
Change their lives again?
When self-made gentleman Freddie Walton rescued penniless Philomena Nichols at Christmas eight years ago, he never imagined that he would build his empire with her. Yet whilst they have created a life together as friends, Freddie can’t let their special connection become more than that. Not when his dangerous past continues to haunt him… But what happens when Freddie’s feelings for Philomena also refuse to stay hidden?
The Gentleman of Holly Street was a sweet, sizzling chemistry filled story. There was also a wonderful heartwarming feel throughout. Especially as I got to know Freddie and Mena. Seeing the pair of them dance around each other and stumble over their feelings for each other. Let’s just say I was rooting for them right from the very beginning.
I loved the setting of Christmas it brought an extra warmth to the story. Especially with how much good Mena and Freddie were achieving in helping those in need. The slow burn romance was just the icing on the cake for me.
The Gentleman of Holly Street had both sizzling and gentle moments along with a sweet romance at its heart. Then add in a touch of intrigue and danger and I became fully invested in the story!
Lotte James trained as an actor and theatre director, but spent most of her life working day jobs crunching numbers whilst dreaming up stories of love and adventure. She’s thrilled to finally be writing those stories, and when she’s not scribbling on tiny pieces of paper, she can usually be found wandering the countryside for inspiration, or nestling with coffee and a book.
Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Wrong Ghost by Victoria Connelly 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…
When Beatrice Beaumont loses her husband, George, she finds herself raising their young daughter alone in the ancestral home, Ketton Hall, deep in the Suffolk countryside. With Christmas approaching and marking the first anniversary of George’s death, there’s nothing Bea wants more than to have him back again.
One night, she makes a wish for him to return and gets the shock of her life when a ghost appears. But it isn’t her George…
The Wrong Ghost is a delightful Christmas tale, full of warmth and charm, perfect for a dark winter’s night in a cosy, candle-lit room.
The Wrong Ghost was a wonderful gentle festive read! The pacing was great especially with it being a novella. Victoria Connelly did a great job of introducing the characters in a short space of time. I really enjoyed my time spent with both Beatrice and George. In The Wrong Ghost there was such a heartwarming storyline. It held both a certain amount of emotion along with a hint of mystery that combined to create an intriguing edge.
There was just a touch of Christmas included in this story and it was a welcome addition. It wasn’t overpowering though, which I liked. I thought the setting was perfect with the ancestral home providing an interesting backstory in itself. I couldn’t help but root for Beatrice and hope that she found her way again after such tragic events in her past. There is a paranormal edge to this book but it is wonderfully portrayed. The Wrong Ghost had a lovely sprinkling of charm, warmth and hope. A lovely combination!
Victoria Connelly lives in a 500-year old thatched cottage in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, The Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.
Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Duke’s Family for Christmas by Sarah Mallory. With a big thank you to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
He has until Christmas Eve…
To make them a family!
Determined to claim the son his late wife kept secret from him Leo, Duke of Tain, is working in disguise as his tutor. Until Miss Lily Wrayford, the child’s fiercely protective guardian, discovers Leo’s true identity…and gives him until Christmas to prove she can trust him! All Leo wants is to be a good father, but might this brave, captivating woman be the final missing piece of his family?
Well, The Duke’s Family for Christmas was my very first Christmas story of 2022 and it didn’t disappoint. I thought it was the perfect book to begin with especially as it wasn’t overly festive. It had a wonderful sprinkling of traditions from the past and a lovely family dynamic at its heart. Even if there was a little bit of drama along the way to keep the reader on their toes.
I really enjoyed getting to know Lily and Leo. They might have had their flaws but I could understand their behaviour and actions. Throughout this story there was such a sweet but chemistry filled slow burn romance and it easily kept me turning those pages. I was just hoping that there would be a happy ever after for them all.
Throughout this book I was transported to the past with romance, sweet moments and festive traditions. It’s safe to say I enjoyed my time with The Duke’s Family for Christmas. It really was a heartwarming story that was a joy to read!
Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Just Say Yes by Maxine Morrey as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour. Along with a 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…
Wedding planner Madeline lives in a picture-perfect thatched cottage, in a picture-perfect English country village.
There’s only one problem – dream cottages take a lot of work, and with a leaking roof, and not enough money to pay for it, what Maddie needs now is a big wedding to plan.
So she’s delighted when she takes on the wedding of Californian heiress Peyton, to all-round good guy Patrick. She’s less delighted to find out that she’s going to have help – from the admittedly gorgeous, but equally maddening, tall, dark and handsome best man Lorcan.
The wedding is set to take place in a castle in rural Ireland, and so, in no time, Maddie and Lorcan are on their way to Ballalee. Life hasn’t always been easy for Maddie, and work has become her refuge. But soon the warmth and humour of Lorcan’s Irish family and friends start to chip away at Maddie’s walls. And as the big day approaches, it might be time for Maddie to focus less on her clients’ love life and more on her own…
I really enjoyed my time with Madeline and Lorcan. Their interactions were fun and quite spirited at times which made for entertaining reading. I thought that Maxine Morrey did a wonderful job of creating not only this pairing but the range of interesting minor characters too.
There was something about Maddie that made her instantly likeable. She was definitely fully involved in her work but there was a reason for that. I just had to keep on reading to see how everything would turn out for her. Lorcan was a dream hero, he challenged Maddie (in a good way) and I loved to see the sparks fly whenever they were together.
The pacing of the story was good and I especially loved the setting of Ireland. It brought a lovely charm to the story. If I could have jumped into the story, I would have. Just Say Yes had the most sweet and loveable characters. It was also a story that charmed me from first page to last!
Maxine Morrey is a bestselling romantic comedy author with twelve books to her name including #NoFilter and Things Are Looking Up. She lives in Dorset.
Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The Prisoner by B.A. Paris and sharing my review today. With thanks to Steven at Hodder for the invite to join the tour and for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
Amelie has always been a survivor, from losing her parents as a child in Paris to making it on her own in London. As she builds a career for herself in the magazine industry, she meets, and agrees to marry, Ned Hawthorne.
Amelie wakes up in a pitch-black room, not knowing where she is. Why has she been taken? Who are her mysterious captors? And why does she soon feel safer here, imprisoned, than she had begun to feel with her husband Ned?
Well, The Prisoner was a twisty kind of story. It was the kind where I needed to know what was happening and how it would all end.
I thought the way the story was told both in the present and in the past was well executed. The transition to the different timelines were clear and easily distinguishable. I thought that this was a great way to tell the story and to get the best of both worlds. It was easy to get caught up in everything especially as the present had a distinct tense feel to it. Amelie definitely struggles to get her head around her situation. Then you get the parts set in the past where the reader gets to know Amelie and see everything play out up until her captivity.
The story itself moves at a good pace and I really appreciated the short chapters. They definitely helped to keep the momentum going. Amelie was an interesting character, I’m not sure I found her fully likeable. However I thought her determination was a positive thing and I couldn’t help but root for her. I turned the pages as fast as I could to see if she would get through her ordeal. The Prisoner is a story that pulls you in and will make you fully invested in finding out the twisty truth!
Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be taking part in the tour for As the Moon Fell Down by L. B. Stimson 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. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
In the spring of 1982, photographer Ellie Spaulding conned her way into the perfect setting to complete her upcoming gallery show; a secluded farmhouse in rural Virginia.
There were only two rules to follow. She soon learns the house is keeping secrets and those dwelling within it have been waiting for someone to expose them.
Once again, L.B. Stimson has created a terrifying ghostly tale inspired by her own haunting experiences. Readers will find themselves immersed in the lives of both the living and the dead as the veil is broken, worlds collide, and secrets are revealed.
As the Moon Fell Down is a great read for Halloween or for wrapping up under a blanket in the colder months as the story pulls you in with a haunting edge. The reader is introduced to Ellie as she house sits in rural Virginia, she is given certain rules to follow but it isn’t long before mysterious occurrences begin. Ellie was an interesting character and I liked how she had her flaws as it gave her a realistic edge. Although there were plenty of times where I was sat reading thinking she needed to get out of there!
The setting was great and provided an atmospheric edge. The rural setting also helped to build up the suspense as Ellie gets pulled into secrets and a past that doesn’t want to stay hidden. This story was an intriguing read and one that had me wondering what would happen next. This all combined with a creeping build up as Ellie experienced ghostly moments that gain momentum in their intensity. In As the Moon Fell Down there is a mystery, secrets and a paranormal edge.
L.B. grew up in a one stop-light town in central Idaho. After earning a Bachelor of Art’s degree in cultural anthropology from California State University-Chico, she uprooted herself to begin a new life in Washington, D.C., where she began a varied career in professional communications in private business and education.
“I’ve always had a passion for photography, travel, writing, and history. I am thrilled to now be creating works of fiction that allow me to share these passions with others. One of my favorite parts of the writing process is the historical research required to bring authenticity to my characters’ lives.”
This is her fifth book and the second in her standalone series: Tales from the Parlor Room–a collection of gothic and ghostly tales.
She currently resides in Virginia where she enjoys cemetery walks, visiting abandoned and haunted places and working on more ghostly tales.
Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Never Rescue a Rogue by Virginia Heath 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…
Why on earth would she want to kiss him when he vexed her so?
Diana Merriwell and Giles Sinclair only tolerate one another for the sake of their nearest and dearest. Everyone believes that they are meant to be together, but Diana and Giles know that it is animosity, not attraction, that fuels their barbed exchanges. Anyway, Diana loves her freedom too much to give it up for marriage, and Giles is happily wedded to his bachelor lifestyle.
After Giles’ curmudgeonly father, the Duke of Harpenden, unexpectedly turns up his toes, it’s only a matter of time before the circumstances of his only son’s birth are revealed. With the threat of blackmail hanging over him, Giles must uncover the truth, or he and all those who depend on him will be ruined.
As Giles and Diana dive into his family’s past, the attraction that they insisted wasn’t there proves impossible to ignore. It seems that the future of the Sinclair estate isn’t the only thing on the line…
As ever Virginia Heath treated me to a story filled with wit, romance and characters that captured my attention from the very first page. I loved spending time and getting to know both Diana and Giles. The way they sparked off each other was written so well. This showed in their interactions and in their strong, chemistry filled moments. I couldn’t help but smile and root for them. Even with their bickering and the trading of insults it all combined to create an engaging and entertaining story.
The story moved at a lovely pace and I really enjoyed the moments of drama, the romance and the scrapes that the characters found themselves in. It’s safe to say there were a few secrets that needed to be unravelled and some that would be safer hidden. I also have to give a special mention to Dalton, he brought such a fun element to this story.
Never Rescue a Rogue is the second book in The Merriwell Sisters series but I found it did work really well as a standalone. However to get a better feel for the family dynamic I would suggest picking up book one especially as it is a brilliant book too. Never Rescue a Rogue was a fun, enemies to lovers historical romance and a real joy to read!
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-five books and three Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for A Stolen Knight’s Kiss by Melissa Oliver as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
Captured by a knight…
Rescued by his kiss!
When orphan Eva loses the father-figure who’d protected her on the streets of London, she suspects the Knights of Fortitude. But when she steals information from them, she’s caught by brooding knight Nicholas. Learning he might not be the villain after all, she puts her distrust aside to work with him, yet Eva must stay focussed – and not get distracted when they share a stolen kiss!
I absolutely loved my time with Eva and Nicholas! There was such a wonderful connection between the pair. They certainly had an interesting and not so typical first meeting. Then add in a chemistry that burned brighter with each interaction and it all came together to perfectly. A Stolen Knight’s Kiss is the second book in the Protectors of the Crown series but it does easily work as a standalone. Although I do recommend picking up book one just so you can really get to know Joan and Warin too.
There was a little bit of everything within the pages of this story all of which was guaranteed to keep me entertained. The characters grabbed my attention from the very beginning and I couldn’t help but root for them. Especially as they found themselves caught up in a dangerous plot. Melissa Oliver always creates and writes engaging characters. Along with stories that fully immerse me into any given situation whether it be danger and suspense or romantic filled moments. All of this made A Stolen Knight’s Kiss a delight to read!
Melissa Oliver is from south-west London where she writes sweeping historical romance and is the winner of The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight.