The Winter Girls by Roger Stelljes / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @RogerStelljes

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Gazing out the cabin window at the raging blizzard, fear suddenly floods through her as she feels a stranger’s hand clamp across her mouth. No one can hear her stifled screams as she is dragged from the couch by the fire out into the snow.

When seventeen-year-old Savannah Devenish vanishes from her family’s remote vacation cabin in Minnesota, FBI Agent Tori Hunter races along treacherous icy roads to be first on the scene. Savannah’s parents are frantic with worry for their beautiful, carefree girl. Haunted by memories of her own missing sister, Tori vows to do whatever it takes to reunite this family.

When the police uncover that Savannah’s father Jacob was having an affair, they suspect his involvement, but Tori is convinced his despair is genuine. Her close relationship with the chief detective means the team won’t listen, so Tori strikes off alone, persuading Savannah’s distraught best friends to share their secrets. It seems this ‘good girl’ was sneaking out to parties to meet up with a mysterious man…

Then another teenager is snatched from the street, snowy footprints and a discarded hot chocolate cup the last trace of her. The girls are the same age, strikingly pale and blonde. Is a twisted collector stealing them away? And what chance is there that they are being kept alive?

With a deadly snowstorm closing in, Tori battles the elements—and her own team—as she follows the trail to an abandoned cabin by a frozen lake. In the basement are bedrooms filled with clothes for teenage girls. Tori was too late to save her own missing sister twenty years ago, but can she find these girls before they disappear forever?

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This is part 2 with (ex) Agent Tori Hunter and Detective Will Braddock as the main characters.

I did not read part one (yet) but that was not a problem. It can easily be read as a standalone. The author gave a bit of info in this book about the previous one. It’s nice for people who read it a while ago and needed to be brought up to date again, but it also makes people like me anxious to devour that one as soon as possible too. Win win situation if you ask me. 😊

I like this kind of books. They are action packed and a bit over the top sometimes. Stories with some amount of James Bond like scenes are straight up my alley.

I have to say it has been a long time since  a man made me cry. Well, Mr Stelljes achieved it. Normally this is not a genre that would evoke this kind of emotions, but somehow this one did. Only two little words (the brotherhood) turned on the waterworks. I guess I was as relieved as the characters were. 😊

A great book in my opinion with a lot of action and a bit of romance. 5 stars

Thank you, Roger Stelljes and Bookouture

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About the Author

Roger Stelljes is the acclaimed New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of pulse-pounding murder mystery and suspense novels, including the Tori Hunter and McRyan Mystery Series. Roger’s crime thrillers are noted for their fast-paced, yet intricate plots filled with layered and complex characters.

Roger started his first novel in July 2002 while on vacation in Minnesota’s Brainerd Lakes area and has been writing ever since. His debut book, The St. Paul Conspiracy, was nominated in genre fiction for the Minnesota Book Awards along with finalists Brian Freeman and William Kent Krueger. With his follow-up, Deadly Stillwater, where Vince Flynn hailed Roger as a “powerful new thriller voice”, he won the Midwest Independent Book Publishers award for commercial fiction.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Roger still lives there with his family. In addition to his work as an author, Roger is a partner in his law firm. Roger is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys spending time outdoors boating, attending hockey games, and honing his golf game.

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The Dog Sitter by Zara Stoneley / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @ZaraStoneley

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One dog. Two strangers. An unfurgettable romance.

Wanted: someone nice, normal and trustworthy to housesit a beautiful cottage in the Lake District while the owner is away on a business trip. Must like dogs.

Wanting to escape from crap bosses and useless boyfriends, Becky jumps at the chance of being a dog sitter and the perfect escape – rest, relaxation and a very cute pooch called Bella.

But looking after Bella comes with a catch, namely gorgeous, brooding, Chris Hemsworth-worthy Ash James, who claims Bella is his dog and will stop at nothing to get her back!

Becky’s not about to hand over lovely Bella to any Tom, Dick or Ash.  She’s determined to watch every move Ash James makes…even if it gets her very hot under the collar.

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My fourth book by this author and I was looking forward to it as usual. What stood out for me was that the cover of the book was a lot more colourful than the 3 others I read. Those were white overall with red or pink. Maybe it was because it had a totally different theme than the others? I don’t know but I liked it. If I can just ask one question. Why is the dog on the cover white? It’s a detail, I know, but I like the cover to reflect the content as much as possible. 😉

The story itself then. For those who have read some of my reviews before know I am a dog lover. Put a dog in a book and you have already won we half over. 😊 The focus indeed was on the dog and it was lovely. The author described her behaviour very well and I could see my own dog in most of the situations. That made me smile because what’s more fun than seeing your dog enjoying himself and entertaining you at the same time.

About the characters. I liked Becky. She lost her belief in herself due to other people telling her off. I am glad she found the love for what she enjoys doing again.

Georgina is a bit of a wicked witch, but she too comes to terms with the past and is on her way to her happy ever after.

Ash … Good looking, sexy, but not always very kind to Becky in my opinion. He often had her in a state of panic and even though he explained afterwards, I did not think it was funny at all. But who am I? 😉

Anyway, I enjoyed the book and it made me smile several times. Maybe Ash did not win me over, but the dogs certainly did. 4 stars

Thank you, Zara Stoneley and Rachel’s Random Resources.

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About the author

Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of ‘The Wedding Date’.

She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Born in a small village in the UK, Zara wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. She now writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.

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More than just mom by Rebecca Smith / #Review @0neMoreChapter_ @bexsmithwriter

The horse galloped along the vast plains [note: do they have plains in Wyoming? Ask Google later] but Bella Rose barely noticed the incredible scenery as it flashed by. Instead, her mind was churning with the feelings that Daxx had aroused in her. [Note: good use of word ‘aroused’. Subtly suggests something sensual without being too obvious.]

Hannah Thompson has never actually been to Wyoming. Whilst her husband Nick has tried to tell her that you’re meant to write what you know, Hannah is certain that if that were the case then we’d never have books like Harry Potter. And anyway, where else would she set her ranch-based erotica?!

Tired of only being recognized as ‘mom’ by her family, and wanting to totally reinvent herself, Hannah has decided to turn her hand to writing a book. Not just any book either, but an erotic novel that will not only release her creativity, but earn her tons of money and reclaim her female identity. Easy right?

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What a way to start the new year! I love romantic comedies and this one really made me smile, even laugh out loud from time to time.

It’s true what the title says. Being a woman is often so much more than just being a mom. Your family counts on you, but you also have to do your job in the best possible way and you want some time just for being you too.

Hannah finds herself in the most hilarious situations (well, hilarious for the readers that is. From her point of view they are quite embarrassing sometimes) whilst trying to watch out for her teenaged son and daughter and she wants to protect her younger son from picking up certain things.(and failing)

Hannah decides to do something for herself. Will people appreciate her efforts or will she be the laughing stock?

In my opinion this was a very good description of a family’s daily life. Of course there are some things going on that are less common, but overall I thought it was very accurate. Siblings arguing, but sticking together when needed, teenagers making fun of their parents but not with the intention of hurting them, parents supporting each other and their children,…

It’s a wonderful story that I enjoyed very much. 5 stars

Thank you, Rebecca Smith and One More Chapter

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About the author

Rebecca was born in Chester, England in the same year as the three-day week, the world population hitting 4 billion and McDonalds opening their first UK restaurant. Her mother educated her on a diet of T Rex, Adam and the Ants, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen and she grew up thinking that Frank Zappa was her dad (sadly untrue). She studied at Exeter University during the heyday of Blur, Oasis, The Offspring and The Spice Girls, when life was sweet and everything cost £1 and has had a variety of jobs that have taken her to some very interesting places, including four years teaching in a Category C male prison.

Rebecca has been attempting to parent since the start of the millennium and currently lives in South-West England with her husband and three children. When not working her day job or frantically writing, she can often be found either engaged in the fruitless pursuit of trying to find a bra that genuinely does its job or the less frustrating pastime of drinking prosecco.

More Than Just Mum is her adult debut.

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Saltwater Graves by B.R. Spangler / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @BR_Spangler

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Detective Casey White Book 3

Plunging under the cold ocean surface, her long blonde hair drags in the current and she frantically kicks towards the light. With her arms and legs tied she is helpless. As water fills her lungs, she has just one regret. She never told anyone about her date.

On a lonely stretch of coast at daybreak in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Detective Casey White is shocked to find the drowned body of a much-loved local woman, Ann Choplin, her beautiful face covered with specks of sand. The green and white rope binding her wrists reveals the terrifying truth that this innocent mother’s death was no accident.

With the incoming tide flooding the scene and swallowing all evidence, Casey’s team has nowhere to turn… but it’s Casey who realizes this beach will be devastatingly familiar to her partner, ex-sheriff Jericho Flynn. His wife was found murdered here years ago, thrown into the ocean alive just like Ann. But the twisted and jealous woman guilty of that crime has been in prison for years.

Days later, another woman is found drowned on the same beach, her wrists tied. Casey fears a copycat killer is on the loose, playing a deadly game with Jericho by digging up the horrors of his past.

Certain that finding a link between these women will crack the case, Casey works through the night digging into their lives and finds an old photo of the two victims at school together, smiling in their cheerleader uniforms. But cold betrayal floods Casey as she sees Jericho in the background. She’d thought it was safe to let him into her life, but he never once mentioned he knew the victims. What other secrets is he hiding?

When a coil of green and white rope is found in his garage, Casey’s whole team is convinced that the mounting evidence is stacked against Jericho. But with Casey’s instincts screaming that Jericho could never hurt anyone, it will mean risking her own career—and her life—to clear his name. If she’s wrong, she is placing her trust in a killer… but if she’s right, more innocent women are in terrible danger.

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It’s often said that your heart can break in about one million pieces. I did not know it could break in even more pieces but it did while I was reading this book.

When something really devastating happens to you in the past, you grab every straw you can get. Little by little you have collected to many that you end up with a whole bale and the mystery is solved. You turn your life around. You have rose tinted glasses on because the future is very bright again.

When you think your happiness is complete the rug is not once, but twice pulled from under you. In stead of climbing up to arrive on cloud nine, you fall back down in one of the blackest pits you could ever imagine.

Will there be someone to pull you out of It again or even more important do you want someone to help you? Are you building bridges or walls…?

Detective Casey is one hell of a woman. What do you do when you have to trust someone you don’t trust at all? Everybody can change, right? Or should you always keep the saying about the leopard and the spots in mind?

I loved this 3rd book in the series and am very curious to find out what will happen next time. 5 stars.

Thank you, B.R. Spangler and Bookouture

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About the author 

B.R. Spangler here. I’m a resident of Virginia along with my family, five cats, two birds, a hamster, and a lizard. During the day, I work as an engineer and spend my off hours writing, editing, and thinking up the next great story.

I split my time across pen names, writing crime thrillers, science fiction, horrors, paranormal and contemporary fiction.

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A Christmas Wedding at the Castle by Eliza J Scott/ #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @ElizaJScott1

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Life on the Moors Book 5

Do you believe in fate? Livvie Weatherill does…

This time last year, if anyone had told Livvie Weatherill she’d have fallen in love and would be making plans for her Christmas wedding to Zander Gillespie, she would have laughed in their face. If they’d gone on to say they’d be planning to have their wedding at the imposing Danskelfe Castle, she’d have laughed even louder!

But it would seem fate had plans for her…

Since moving to the pretty moorland village of Lytell Stangdale Livvie is happier than she’s ever been. She’s living with Zander and she’s working at her dream job as a wedding dress designer at Romantique with her friends, Kitty and Violet. It’s fair to say, she’s enjoying immersing herself in village life, from romantic walks in the countryside, to meeting friends at the quaint Sunne Inne. And she can’t think of anything better than rounding off the day cosying up with Zander.

Life is sweet.

Her blossoming friendship with Freda Easton, the endearing but reclusive elderly lady who lives down the lane, has taken everyone by surprise. But Freda has a secret and, in a turn of events no one could predict, she finds herself grateful for Livvie’s fierce loyalty, cementing their friendship further.

Just when things seem to be running smoothly, a face from the past arrives on the doorstep casting a shadow over Livvie’s wedding plans. Adding to the drama, an icy blast of Arctic air brings heavy snowfall to the village, covering the moors in a thick blanket of snow.

Is their love strong enough to withstand the challenges thrown at them? Will they get their magical Christmas wedding?

Join Livvie and Zander – and all the usual characters – for a sparkling Christmas full of love and laughter in Lytell Stangdale.

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Reading the next instalment of one of your favourite series is always something you look forward to and when the author decided to add a wedding to the mix it certainly is a bonus for a wedding lover like me.

I had been waiting for this one to arrive in to my mail box. Not that I did not have other books to read in the meantime but the book addicts will understand the feeling 😉

The timing could not have been more perfect. Just as I was finishing a book, this one landed in my mail box meaning that I could start devouring it straight away.

Ahhh bliss… It felt like getting comfy in your favourite sofa with a cup of tea and a (few) biscuits. Seeing the trusted characters again and being introduced to new (some not always so nice) ones is great.

Love, trust and friends are key words. No only in this story but in every situation. When you know that someone has your back, it’s easier to conquer the world.

I loved the book and I have the feeling there is more to come. At least I strongly hope so. 5 stars

Thank you, Eliza J Scott and Rachel’s Random Resources.

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Eliza is proud to be a member of the RNA. She lives in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden, fighting a losing battle against the weeds.

When she’s not reading or gardening, Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Her biggest weakness is ginger biscuits dunked in tea.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with relatable female characters. She enjoys exploring the dynamics of female friendship, with a key feature of her books being how women pull together and support one another when things get tough.

Eliza’s novels will always have happy endings.

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The Girl She Wanted by K.L. Slater / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @KimLSlater

What if my sister is unstable and everyone can see it but me? What was she really doing standing over Florence’s cot in the middle of the night?

Alexa has always looked up to her older sister Carrie. Carrie lives in Alexa’s family home, and adores her one-year-old niece Florence. Alexa doesn’t know how they would cope without her. So when Carrie is suspended from her job as a senior nurse, accused of the most terrible crime, Alexa reels in disbelief. Alexa knows how caring Carrie is, and as she watches Florence gurgling and cooing whenever Carrie is around, she knows her little girl is in safe hands.

Alexa’s husband doesn’t trust Carrie. He wants her out of the house, unable to ignore what people are saying about her. But when he suggests that Carrie could be a danger to their daughter, Alexa shuts him out. Nobody will ever come between her and her sister.

Then Florence is hurt while in Carrie’s care and Alexa at last starts to wonder. Alexa has always wanted to protect Carrie from the past they have hidden. But does Alexa know what Carrie wants? And will the secret that has kept the sisters together now destroy her little girl?

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Move out of the way, everybody because I am reading a new KL Slater book! This was a sentence that was on my tongue the last few days, but strangely enough I never had to say it. Maybe the way I looked at people when they wanted to disturb me said it all…?! 😉

What did I like so much about the book? Maybe I should rather say what I did not like, but that would make this a very short review. 😊 So I decide to give you the longer version.

The characters were great. Some came out a stronger person, some learned from their mistakes and some got exactly what they deserved.

Did I pick the right culprit this time? Of course not. LOL, but that only shows how well hidden the outcome was.

So, in a nutshell: a wonderful book with lots of manipulations, hidden secrets and me feeling a little bit sorry for the killer even though what they did was very, very wrong. It proves, once again, what a trauma can do to you.

I suppose you can already guess how many stars I am going to give? If your guess was 5, you were spot on. 😊

Thank you, KL Slater and Bookouture.

 
 
About the author
 

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer. She has one daughter, two stepsons and lives with her husband in Nottingham and Yorkshire.

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The Innocent Girls by B.R. Spangler / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @BR_Spangler

 

 

Detective Casey White Book 2

Tears stream down her face as she feels the cold blade press against her neck. The sweet scent of her daughter’s favorite strawberry pancakes all around, her last thought is for her beautiful girl. Please, please let Lisa have escaped.

When Detective Casey White is called early one morning to a beachside vacation campsite in the Outer Banks, she finds the bodies of Carl and Peggy Pearson side-by-side, their throats cut, and their thirteen-year-old daughter Lisa nowhere to be found. Haunted by memories of her own missing girl, Casey fears this could soon become a triple murder: because without the medication found in the bathroom cabinet, Lisa has just days to live.

As her team struggle to untangle the meaning of the cryptic symbol carved into the victims’ skin, Casey searches the area for signs of Lisa: and is rewarded when she finds her blistered and barefoot, staggering along the highway. The girl barely has breath left to whisper ‘he invited me’ before blacking out.

Days later, another couple is found murdered on a vacation yacht. A different symbol is etched on their bodies, and their teenage daughter is also missing. Casey’s only clue is an unsettling ‘invitation’ found on the girl’s phone, to a secluded building out in the cornfields.

Desperate to uncover who is luring these innocent families to their deaths, and certain forensics have missed something vital, Casey matches up the crime scene photos herself. The symbols combine to form an upcoming date. The killer is taunting them with the timing of the next murder.

Racing to follow the invitation in time, when Casey arrives she is shocked to glimpse not the missing girls from this case, but her own missing daughter…

 

 

 

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I know it’s not the most clever thing to do reading book 2 in a series when I did not read the first one yet. Sometimes it might put you off and it’s true that the tragedy that is going on in Detective Casey’s life is not as easy to follow this way. But on the other hand it might make you more determined to read the previous part too because you want to find out what happened. In my case it’s the latter. 🙂

The murders in this book were very brutal. You know the feeling perhaps when you are watching a movie that you want to close your eyes for a moment and not want to open them again before you are certain that a particular scene is over? Well, that’s what I had here too, but even if you close your eyes you still have to read it afterwards LOL. So I decided to be brave and bite the bullet. 😉

Emotions are very powerful things. Some express their anger by shouting, crying or ranting, others well, they go for more drastic ways..

A good book that kept me entertained and hesitating who to pick as the culprit. 4 stars

Thank you, B.R. Spangler and Bookouture

 

About the author 

B.R. Spangler here. I’m a resident of Virginia along with my family, five cats, two birds, a hamster, and a lizard. During the day, I work as an engineer and spend my off hours writing, editing, and thinking up the next great story.

I split my time across pen names, writing crime thrillers, science fiction, horrors, paranormal and contemporary fiction.

 

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Fire on the Island by Timothy Jay Smith / #Review @TimothyJaySmith

 

Nick Damigos, the FBI agent, arrives on the island just in time to witness the latest fire and save a beloved truffle-sniffing dog. Hailed as a hero and embraced by the community, Nick finds himself drawn to Takis, a young bartender who becomes his primary suspect, which is a problem because they’re having an affair. Theirs is not the only complicated romance in the community and Takis isn’t the only suspicious character on the island. The priest is an art forger, a young Albanian waiter harbors a secret, the captain of the coast guard station seems to have his own agenda, and the village itself hides a violent history. Nick has to unravel the truth in time to prevent catastrophe, as he comes to terms with his own past trauma. In saving the village, he will go a long way toward saving himself.

 

 

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Well, one thing is for sure: there is a lot going on in this book. The author writes about some difficult topics and tells it like it is. I like this approach. Why sugar coat? Those things happen and they should be out in the open.

I would not call this book a romantic thriller. It’s more a romantic suspense to me, but hey what’s in a name? As long as the story is good, that’s what matters the most. A lot of boxes were ticked for me: 

  • a mystery to solve: check
  • romance: double check
  • well developed characters: check 
  • well structured story: check
  • great setting: check

If I have to pick a favorite character, it has to be Ridi. He is so sweet, lovable and adorable. 

Once again this story makes me realize that a person’s youth is very important to how they behave in the future. Children can be pushed and pushed and then someday they just can’t take it anymore with all its consequences …

There are a lot of reasons for tears in this book. Some brought on by pain or guilt, others by love or laughter. 4 stars.

Thank you, Timothy Jay Smith

 

About the author

Tim has traveled the world collecting stories and characters for his novels and screenplays which have received high praise. Fire on the Island won the Gold Medal in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for the Novel. He won the Paris Prize for Fiction for his first book, A Vision of Angels. Kirkus Reviews called Cooper’s Promise “literary dynamite” and selected it as one of the Best Books of 2012. Tim was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize for his short fiction, “Stolen Memories.” His recent novel, The Fourth Courier received tremendous reviews. His screenplays have won numerous international competitions. Tim is the founder of the Smith Prize for Political Theater. He lives in France.

 

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Tell That To My Heart by Eliza J. Scott / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @ElizaJScott1

 

 

Heartshaped Series #1

Jemima Dewberry wears her heart on her sleeve. Her weakness for bad boys, coupled with her track record for making bad decisions has led to endless heartbreak. The only trouble is, she can’t seem to kick the habit.

On top of that, her “dream” job at Yorkshire Portions magazine hasn’t turned out to be what she’d hoped, and she seems to have developed the knack of annoying her boss without even trying. It doesn’t help that the new girl seems to have taken an instant dislike to her. All that’s keeping her there are her best friends Anna-Lisa and Aidey, who have picked up the pieces of her shattered heart more times than they care to remember.

When Jemima’s latest boyfriend turns out to be no better than the rest, the hurt and humiliation is almost unbearable. She declares she’s finally through with love, and swears off men for life. But when charismatic Caspar De Verre walks into the office with his dangerous good looks and mesmerising smile, she’s utterly captivated, and her promises to Anna-Lisa and Aidey not to let her heart rule her head are soon forgotten.

But is Caspar all he seems? Anna-Lisa and Aidey have their doubts. And Herbert, the happy-go-lucky black Labrador Jemima’s looking after, doesn’t seem to like him either.

As Jemima falls for Caspar’s charms she finds herself being forced to confront the struggle between her head and her heart. But which one will prove the most powerful?

And will Jemima get the happy-ever-after she so desperately craves?

 

 

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Parents have a big influence on children’s lives. When you are already a bit older, you see better what’s right and what’s wrong, but young children don’t see it that way and pick up everything whether it’s good or bad.

Often people are following their hearts even when their heads scream ‘nooooooo’ and their gut agrees with their head, but how can something that feels so good be bad at the same time?

You can totally be swept off your feet and be on cloud nine, but it’s also very important that you keep your cool too, because otherwise you can find yourself in very murky water.

Sometimes you find what you were looking for right in front of you,but it can take years before you realize it.

I really enjoyed this story. The author has created great characters and treated us to a lovely book. 4 stars.

Thank you, Eliza J. Scott and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

Eliza is proud to be a member of the RNA. She lives in a 17th-century cottage in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden, fighting a losing battle against the weeds.

When she’s not reading or gardening, Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Her biggest weakness is ginger biscuits dunked in tea.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with relatable female characters. She enjoys exploring the dynamics of female friendship, with a key feature of her books being how women pull together and support one another when things get tough.

Eliza’s novels will always have happy endings.

 

Author Links

Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1

Instagram: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscott

Facebook: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscottauthor

Blog: www.elizajscott.com

Bookbub: www.bookbub.com/authors/eliza-j-scott

Amazon Author Page: UK:  www.amazon.co.uk/Eliza-J-Scott/e/B07DMQWPMH

                                US: www.amazon.com/Eliza-J-Scott/e/B07DMQWPMH

 

Book Links

UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B084VQHQDL 

US:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084VQHQDL

What I Know by Miranda Smith / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @MSmithBooks

 

 

My brother was thirteen the first time he tried to kill me.

These days, Della is a loving wife, a dedicated teacher, a woman trying to do her best. She has put her past far behind her. But she hasn’t forgotten the lessons she learned.

It’s just a regular morning when Della welcomes Zoey to her English class. She treats her like any other new student: assigns her a desk, hands out the work. But then she meets Zoey’s cold, calculating eyes and freezes as terrifying memories threaten to overwhelm her.

Della knows what evil looks like when it hides behind a confident smile. Her own brother, the town’s darling, couldn’t keep his true nature hidden for ever. Della has been watching out for people like him ever since, determined to stop them before it’s too late.

When a student is viciously attacked and Della is sent a detailed account of the crime, she’s more convinced than ever that Zoey has darkness inside her.

But to make people believe her, she needs proof. Will she risk everything to get it? And without it, can she be sure she’s right?

 

 

Review

Everybody loves you: teachers, other students, parents,… That can only mean one thing: you truely are a good girl.

Nobody believes you when you try to tell them something or warn them. You must be telling tales or being jealous. That can only mean one thing: you are not a good girl.

Are people right though? Maybe you are good on the outside, but you are really a master of deception? And in the second case, is it possible that no one is convinced because of that master in the art of shenanigans?

They did not believe you before, but you proved them wrong. What about now?

The cover is a perfect match to the heart of the story. I love it when the outside of the book and the inside form a whole.

The story is great as well as the storytelling. I felt Della’s frustrations and wanted to kick the others for giving her not more credit.

Another gem to treasure in my book jewels box. 🙂 5 stars.

Thank you, Miranda Smith and Bookouture

 

About the author

Miranda Smith writes psychological and domestic suspense. She is drawn to stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Before completing her first novel, she worked as a newspaper staff writer and a secondary English teacher. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and three young children. 

 

Author Links

 https://mirandasmithwriter.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MirandaSmithAuthor/ 

 https://www.instagram.com/mirandasmithwriter/

 

 

Book Links

Amazon: https://bit.ly/2YHk3HT

Apple: https://apple.co/2YJtfeJ

Kobo: https://bit.ly/3fANfr1

Google: https://bit.ly/2wSiltn