I Saw Him Standing There – Holly Kerr / #Review @hollykerrauthor

 

 

Oceanic Dreams #1

This stowaway sets sail for love!

Small-time con artist Siggy needs to get out of town fast. When she’s offered tickets on the legendary Oceanic Aphrodite, Siggy jumps at the chance to get away.  A week on a luxury cruise ship, with a suitcase full of clothes and all expenses paid? Yes, please! The only catch is that she has to pretend to be someone else. 
No problem. Siggy has no intention of getting close enough anyone to discover her secrets.
But this is the Oceanic Aphrodite and love is in the air. When Siggy sees assistant cruise director Will taking tickets, Cupid’s arrow hits the target. Luckily, Will’s too busy smiling at her to check out her fake passport because he’ll toss Siggy off the ship if he finds out about the scam.  
Onboard, dolphins and cameras and runaway ferrets bring Siggy and Will together. The more time they spend together, the more Siggy wants to tell him the truth.

Cupid’s arrow has struck deep but can Siggy stop running?

 

 

My Review

I remember watching ‘The love boat’ on tv some years ago and I did not want to miss one single episode. It goes without a doubt that this series would be straight up my alley.

First of all I want to say that I love the cover. It’s fun, it’s bright and summery. It’s also book #1 in a series of 8 stories and I really think it’s a very clever idea to make them so recognisable. The cover is always more or less the same, but with a different color in the upper part. The cute little ship plays a big part too because it’s displayed at the beginning of every chapter.

The story is light and made me smile several times. You can feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and see the views from the ship and the places where they dock. 

‘You can’t hurry love’ was what Phil Collins sang, but you can’t slow it down either. When Cupid feels it’s the right moment, he will make you feel it.  True love is forgiving even if you did not start your romance in a very honest way. That what life sometimes makes you do. Only the strong ones come to terms with it and fess up.

The road to happiness is paved with honesty.

This was a lovely and quick read and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. 5 stars.

Thank you, Holly Kerr

 

About the author

Holly Kerr writes chick-lit with the sole purpose of showing the world there is more to the genre than pretty shoes and brooding heroes.
Except for J.B in Unexpecting. He can be kind of broody.
When she’s not writing, Holly spends time with her kids, watching Star Wars and super hero movies and training for this marathon she signed up for.

 

Author Link

www.hollykerr.ca

 

Book Link

Amazon US : https://www.amazon.com/Saw-Him-Standing-There-Oceanic-ebook/dp/B07QQ2XXTN/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1DX5BL7VEWKYH&keywords=i+saw+him+standing+there&qid=1577051223&sprefix=i+saw+him+sta%2Caps%2C250&sr=8-2

Her Dark Heart – Carla Kovach / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @CKovachAuthor

 

 

Detective Gina Harte #5

Rory is waiting at the door of the pre-school – a painted picture of his mother Susan in his small hand. But Susan isn’t going to see the picture, because she has vanished.

Susan Wheeler is a devoted mother. She would do anything for her three children. She drops them off and picks them up every single day. Until one day when Susan kisses them goodbye and then never comes to pick them up.

Susan’s mother Mary is worried. Susan is recently divorced and has been finding things hard recently, but she loves her kids – she’d never leave them.

Susan’s sister Clare is furious. It’s just like her to go missing. It’s not the first time, either. Susan has always been a troublemaker. Always seeking attention. She knows Susan has been lying to the family for years. And she knows that Susan has been sneaking out of her family home for weeks…

As the hours turn into days, even Clare becomes fearful for Susan. And, when Mary discovers Susan’s diary, she begins to uncover a dark secret from her childhood. Something no one in the family knew. When the final diary entry leads the police to a man who is discovered dead in a local park, they’re left wondering whether Susan has vanished because she is a victim. Or because she is a suspect…

 

 

My Review

The author certainly had me wrongfooted here! She tricked me into believing the story would go into a certain direction and my brain feels half boiled because of the effort I did in trying to find out what was going on and the who and why.

When everything became clear, it’s obvious that revenge is a dish best served cold. Really cold in this case.

DI Harte does not only have to race against the clock but she has her own personal battles to deal with as well. Her secret should remain hidden at all costs, but did she  or did she not make a fatal mistake?

Gina is not the only one with secrets. Sometimes the people closest to you are the ones you should be most aware of.

This is a great story that kept my grey matter very busy. 5 stars.

Thank you, Carla Kovach and Bookouture.

 

About the author

Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines,’ and holiday comedy, ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screenplays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area. Her feature film ‘Penny for the Guy’ is being made and is set for release in 2019.

Her latest book, Her Dark Heart, has been published by Bookouture. It is the fifth book in the DI Gina Harte crime series.

 

Author Links

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CKovachAuthor

Website: https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/

 

 

Book Links

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07WZMKTB6Social

Apple Books: https://apple.co/347kkWi

Kobo: http://bit.ly/326Hsmb

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2MJQLEP

Single All the Way – Karen King / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @karen_king  

 

 

I can see my mother is calling me. I answer the phone, knowing I’ll have to tell her about Oliver and me breaking up. But before I can, she announces, ‘I don’t exactly know how to tell you this… But I’m leaving your dad.’

Single together for the first time, 34-year-old Meg and her warm-hearted, long-suffering mother Sally are cancelling Christmas, and running away to a tiny cottage on the Cornish coast. For Meg, it is the perfect place to heal, away from all the mistletoe, while for her mother it has a special, and secret, place in her heart – from a love story that seems a lifetime ago…

Meg and Sally find they’re getting to know themselves, and each other, better than ever before. But as they are unable to resist getting involved in the village Christmas celebrations, they encounter two handsome local strangers.

Sometimes, it’s being away from home that helps you realise where your heart is. What neither woman knows is that, by the time the new year rolls around, one woman will have fallen in love with her husband all over again, and one marriage will be over for good…

 

 

My review

Love is a wonderful thing. It can make you dance in the rain or swing on the chandeliers, but when something goes wrong it can make your heart break in a million pieces.

Being in a relationship often means compromising. You need to put water in your wine, but when one ends up with only water and the other one with only wine, things need to change. How, though? Do you let go of your dreams in order to make your second half happy? Do you hang on to your dreams in order to make yourself happy? 

Sometimes love means letting go. Sometimes love means not letting go. It’s up to you to figure it out. Should you stay or should you go?

Often being happy apart is better than being miserable together …

A very enjoyable feel good story! 5 stars.

Thank you, Karen King and Bookouture (via Netgalley)

 

About the author

Karen King was born in Birmingham and has always enjoyed reading and writing. A multi-published author of children’s books and romantic fiction, her rom-com The Cornish Hotel by the Sea became an international Amazon bestseller. She is delighted to now be part of the Bookouture team. She now lives in Spain and intends to spend her time writing romances while her husband, Dave, grows vegetables and tends to the zillions of fruit trees on their land – when she isn’t sunbathing or swimming in the pool, that is.  

 

Author Links

http://www.karenking.net/ 

@karen_king  

 

 

Book Link

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Single-All-Way-unputdownable-uplifting-ebook/dp/B07XDYL7GH/ref=sr_1_1?crid=28IN0ORZTGH5L&keywords=single+all+the+way&qid=1572020340&s=digital-text&sprefix=single+all+the+%2Cdigital-text%2C180&sr=1-1

Make It Up To You – Lucy Keeling / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @ChocLituk @Lucy_K_Author

 

 

What do mascara wands and gardening shears have in common?

Absolutely nothing! At least that’s what wannabe beauty influencer Sophie Timney thinks when her friend Polly suggests involving her brother Marcus in Sophie’s make-up tutorials. She needs more views, Marcus needs promotion for his gardening business – in Polly’s mind joining forces will help them both. Sophie isn’t so sure.
Because Marcus Bowman has a habit of getting under her skin in a way that no exfoliating face scrub ever could. But, as the views and comments on her videos begin creeping up, it becomes increasingly obvious that Sophie’s subscribers like Marcus, and what’s even worse is that Sophie might be starting to feel the same way …

 

 

My review

I always wanted to be a make-up artist too, so my interest was piqued right away. I also loved the cover. It gave me the impression to be in for a lovely funny tale. But was the impression correct?

It most certainly was. The author filled the book with humour, of course heaps of romance and she poured a sizzling sauce over the whole.

Most people have a goal in life but some are so focussed on it that all the rest has to stay on the backburner.  Life is more than work alone and when the one comes along, you might loose your chance on real love if you don’t start changing your view on the future.

I hope this is the first book in a series? I would not mind that at all. 4 stars.

Thank you,  Lucy Keeling, Choc Lit and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

Lucy Keeling is an author writing fun, sexy, stories with all of the happily ever afters. When she’s not typing at the kitchen table, she’s arranging and then re-arranging to see her friends for the occasional spot of day drinking. Lucy is currently writing the third book in a Contemporary Romance series, the first of which has been Shortlisted by Choc-Lit ‘Search for a Star’ Competition. 

 

Social Media Links

Facebook Page: @lucykeelingbooks 

Twitter: @Lucy_K_Author

Instagram: @lucy_k_author

 

 

Book Links

Kindle UK: https://amzn.to/2ylSO92

Kindle US: https://amzn.to/2YAZJty

 

No Looking Back – Alex Kane / #Review #BlogTour @BOTBSPublicity @AlexKaneWriter

He’ll find you… unless you find him first.

Kat Denton is a woman running away from her past. For the past sixteen years, her life has been a living hell as Jimmy, the man she fell in love with as a teenager, becomes ever more cruel and abusive. Following the fire that killed her parents, leaving her an orphan when she was just a teenager, Kat is utterly alone and can’t see a way out.

Until the day she finds out that she’s pregnant. Vowing to protect her child from Jimmy’s violence, Kat decides to fight for survival – for her and her unborn baby.

Fleeing the traveller camp that has been her lifelong home isn’t easy. But along with her sister in law, Kat escapes with just the clothes on her back and the one photograph she has of her parents.

Kat, along with her baby girl Lucia, starts to build a better life. But when she looks into what really happened in her parents’ death Kat uncovers dark secrets – including a revelation that will lead Kat back to the place she had been so desperate to run away from. Is she strong enough to uncover the truth and save everything that she loves most, or will Jimmy Denton have his revenge?

Previously published as Chasing the Traveller

 

My review

The start of the book already sent chills down my spine. How is it possible to behave in such a way? But I have to say the author had my attention at top level straight away.

This story is dripping with emotions. My heart broke several times, but the author added enough heartwarming moments to mend it a bit every time. I cannot start to imagine what Kat has been through and how hard it must be to start to heal. And indeed, I think there is only one way out, one way that allows you be able to sleep again at night.

The book is a testimony of strong women. Even the hardest times can be conquered, but you need people to stand by you. Even the worst nightmare can turn into a dream.

My heart totally goes out to people being in this situation. Unfortunately this brilliant work of fiction is real life for some.  I really hope one day, they will find the strength to fight their demons and create a future for themselves.

I was dragged into Kat’s life from the very beginning of the book and I laughed and cried with her. I loved this book and the writing style and the author has gained a fan. 5 stars.

Thank you, Alex Kane and Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo.

About the author 

Alex Kane is a psychological thriller writer who lives in Glasgow. She is a huge fan of the genre, with her favourite authors in the genre being Lisa Hall, BA Paris and Sarah Stovell. If she is not writing, she can be found drinking tea or gin, taking cat selfies and obsessing over Tom Hardy.

 

Links

www.facebook.com/alexkanewriter
twitter.com/AlexKaneWriter

Instagram @alexkanewriter

 

The housewife – Valerie Keogh

“There’s no place like home” – that’s what I tell myself as I pull another flawless meal from the oven. This perfect house on a quiet street was supposed to be my sanctuary, a place to recover. But everything changed the moment I saw that woman in the charity shop. She triggered something dark, buried deep within my memory…

Now I’ve started forgetting small things, like locking the front door. 

And bigger things, like remembering to pick my little girl up from nursery.

I feel terrified every time I pass through a particular spot in our living room. 

And sometimes, when I’m alone, I’m sure I can hear a baby crying… 

I think the woman in the shop knows what happened to me. But if I can’t trust myself to believe she’s real, who will?

 

 

My review

My second book by this author and I was as charmed by it as I was by the first one.

It’s rather slow paced but the amosphere the author creates is so bewitching that you have to keep on reading. She keeps the past in the dark and by doing so she makes sure you can’t put the book away.

There were a lot of characters created to fit the role of suspect, but who was the enemy and who was a friend?

And then the ending … I kept tapping on my Kindle … no avail. The story was finished, but I did not want it to yet!!!

Although it was not the most suspenseful psychological thriller I have read lately, it was a good and intriguing read that I really enjoyed. 4 stars.

Thank you, Valerie Keogh, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

 About the author

Valerie Keogh grew up reading Agatha Christie so when she started writing it seemed natural to write crime novels. She writes two different series, one based in Ireland featuring Garda Sergeant Mike West and a grittier one based in the UK featuring Nicola Connolly, a serial killer.

The Garda West series: THAT ONE MAY SMILE, CLOSE RANKS, MURDER ON CLARE ISLAND and DEATH IN FOXROCK.

The Hudson and Connolly series: DEADLY SLEEP, TWISTED POWER, BITTER BUSINESS, and WICKED SECRET.

Valerie has also written a stand-alone psychological thriller, Exit Five from Charing Cross

In March 2018, Valerie signed a two-book contract with the publisher, Bookouture. The first of these, Secrets Between Us, is out now. The Housewife is published Feb 27th 2019.

 

Social Media Links:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/valeriekeoghnovels/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ValerieKeogh1

The Year of Starting Over – Karen King

What if – to find yourself – you had to run away?

Last year was meant to be when Holly got her happy-ever-after. But stuck in a job that’s going nowhere, and a relationship that feels more like it’s going backwards… this year Holly has decided it’s time to change her life. She just has to:

– End the relationship with the commitment-phobic boyfriend
– Go on a proper adventure
– Learn to be herself again
– Definitely, categorically not fall in love.

Cramming her belongings into her little yellow Mini, Holly drives on to a ferry bound to Spain, to stay at a remote farmhouse near a beautiful village in the Andalusian hills.

But the day she arrives she nearly crashes her car into a gorgeous guy on a motorbike. He’s called Matias and their paths keep crossing, much to Holly’s irritation. Because as she learns to speak Spanish from the locals, finally starts laying out plans for her own design business, and sips sangria in the sunlit village square, Holly is beginning to remember who she is and what she wants.

So she won’t allow herself be distracted by Matias. Because this year – for Holly – there are more important things in life than love. And she won’t let yet another bad relationship ruin everything… will she?

 

 

My review

While I am writing this review, a wintery mix is falling outside. But then my eyes are drawn to the lovely and warm cover of this wonderful story and I feel all warm inside again.

There is only one thing better than reading about Spain and that is being in Spain, but because that’s not possible I will gladly settle with second best. Was it second best though? No, because the author was able to create the entourage in such way you really felt the sun on your skin and I was almost putting my bikini on to take part in the pool party or dive into the bleu water of the Mediteranean.

I also loved the fact she wrote about villages and place I have visited as well and it brought back pleasant memories.

You could call it a story about escapism and in a way it’s true, but Holly does not bury herself in misery. She takes, encouraged by a few good friends, her future in her own hands and embraces it wholeheartedly.

This book has everything I like : sun, sea, love, friendship and I liked the way Holly became Holly again and not the Holly some people liked her to be.

I would love to have a sequel to this one, because I have a feeling Holly’s life only just started now. 5 stars.

Thank you, Karen King, Bookouture and Netgally.

 

About the author

Karen King is a multi-published author of children’s books, YA and romantic fiction. She has had 120 children’s books published, two young adult novels, six romantic novels and several short stories for women’s magazines.

‘The Cornish Hotel by the Sea’, published by Accent Press, became an international bestseller, reaching the top hundred in the Kindle charts in both the UK and Australia, and #2 and #3 in Holiday Reads respectively. Karen recently signed a two book contract with Bookouture, the first book ‘Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel’ was published in November 2018.

Her Pretty Bones – Carla Kovach

She’s just the girl he’s looking for…

A young woman falls from a van speeding down a quiet road. Battered and bruised, she turns her head to the person who comes to her aid. ‘Help her’, she whispers before her eyes close.

Days later, the body of another young girl is found in a shallow grave just a few miles away. The similarities between the two girls are startling – same age, same frail body, same shocking red hair.

As the town fears there’s a serial killer living amongst them, Detective Gina Harte must put aside her own struggles at home, and catch the killer before he finds another perfect girl.

 

 

My review

The book starts with a prologue that has you hooked straight away and I can assure you that this only is the start of a very winding road to the revelation of the plot.  But you will be rewarded at the end because it’s pretty heavy.

Needless to say that you are on the edge of your seat the whole time trying to figure out who is responsible for all that cruelness. At the same time you heart goes out to the girls and it’s very hard to understand how people can treat other people this way.

I certainly do not approve of the actions of the culprits. They often say the criminals have a sob story about their bad youth and try to use this as an excuse for their behaviour.  But on the other hand, I do believe the seed in planted in their youth and their actions often are a reaction to what they have been through. Adults, without a doubt, have a big influence on childrens’ minds with often devastating results …

I really like the structure of the story and the way we get to know DI Harte and her team better and better.

The writing style is very good and the mixture of emotions and suspense is perfect.

Do I still have to mention that I loved the book? I think it was already quite clear I did. 4 stars.

Thank you, Carla Kovach, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Carla started writing more seriously ten years ago after having flirted with musical theatre and occasional writing in her youth.

Since then she has written & produced several stage plays, has four self-published books, has acted in several independent films and is currently in the final stages of production of her feature horror film, Penny for the Guy.

She now writes full time as well as co-owning a film, photography & video production company located in the heart of Redditch town centre.

www.carlakovach.com

Secrets Between Us – Valerie Keogh

How safe are your secrets?

One letter a week for fifteen years. 780 identical white envelopes brimming with my sister’s darkest secrets. All the intimate details of a life as different to mine as could possibly be.

I read each letter slowly to make sure I understand it perfectly, one day very soon it will be a matter of life and death…

At the end of each letter, after signing her name, there is always one final sentence:

Don’t forget to burn this letter.

I’ll let you decide if I do…

 

 

My review

I was captivated from the beginning untill the end by this book. I have to admit I figured most of the story out rather early on, but I was so charmed by the writing style that I could not put it down.

It surely takes one sick mind to do what happened here and isn’t this exactely what a psychological thriller is about?

Normally I don’t really like the way this book ended, the way an author can keep you hanging and not knowing for certain what the next step is going to be. But in this case, it fitted perfectly with the rest.

What can I say more? I can only repeat myself and say that I was enjoying it enormously. 5 stars.

Thank you, Valerie Keogh, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Born in Dublin to a large family, her mother was a keen Agatha Christie fan so these were the first adult novels she read. Valerie qualified as a nurse and still works as a nurse, though she also obtained a degree in English and a Master’s in American Literature, both from UCD, Dublin.

She moved to the UK in 2006 with her English husband and started to work as a nurse, but writing was what she really wanted to do. Once she finally started she hasn’t stopped and currently has nine novels self-published on Amazon. Joining Bookouture has been a dream come true.

Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel – Karen King

Snowy rooftops, mulled wine, and a hot single dad. Not the Christmas Saffy wished for… but maybe the one she needs?

Twenty-nine-year-old Saffron Baxter knew her fun holiday plans didn’t stand a chance the moment her sister called to say she was stuck abroad with no hope of being home before Christmas. Saffy would just have to abandon thoughts of wild festive parties in the city and head down to remote Cornwall.

Because every year her sister hosts a huge Christmas meal for all the single parents in her village. And Saffy knows it’d break her heart to let them down.

Arriving as snow starts to fall over the thatched cottages of the little harbour town of Port Breok, she meets Logan – the tall, fair-haired, blue-eyed, devoted single dad who lives over the road, with his adorable daughter Chloe. At first she thinks he might help her make Christmas Day extra-memorable, but he just seems convinced she’ll never manage – that she’s just a party girl who doesn’t care about family, or anyone’s feelings.

Maybe he’s right. After all – she doesn’t want to settle down, she’s only there for a few days… But she’s still determined to do her sister proud with gorgeous decorations, the most beautiful real tree – complete with extra twinkly lights, and delicious mince pies. To make it a Christmas everyone will remember, especially little Chloe. Even if, when the mistletoe comes down, she knows she’ll probably never see Logan again…

 

 

My review

My first Karen King and I was utterly charmed by her style. This was a totally heartwarming and fun story.

In the festive setting it has everything Christmas is about : love and romance galore without being cheesy.

The story made me smile often, but made my eyes tear up sometimes as well. A perfect combination for a feel good book.

I loved the characters and I secretly hope that the author will treat us to a sequel. 5 stars.

Thank you, Karen King, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Karen King was born in Birmingham and has always enjoyed reading and writing. A multi-published author of children’s books and romantic fiction, her rom-com The Cornish Hotel by the Sea became an international Amazon bestseller. She is delighted to now be part of the Bookouture team.

She now lives in Spain and intends to spend her time writing romances while her husband, Dave, grows vegetables and tends to the zillions of fruit trees on their land – when she isn’t sunbathing or swimming in the pool, that is.

www.karenking.net