#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | BECAUSE OF YOU by Hélene Fermont @helenefermont (1st April 2019, Indie Published #IndieAuthor @botbspublicity)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for BECAUSE OF YOU by the wonderful Hélene Fermont.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing bobby dazzler that is Sarah Hardy @ BookOnTheBrightSide and of course the awesome Hélene Fermont who gifted me an early copy of BECAUSE OF YOU. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

How desperate are you to get the one you love?
When Hannah and Ben meet at a friend’s party, he knows she’s The One. But Hannah’s in an intense relationship with Mark and planning to return to her native Sweden to embark on a teaching career.

Desperate to make Ben fall in love with her, rich spoilt heiress Vanessa sets in motion a devious string of events that ultimately changes the course of four people’s lives indefinitely.

Hannah is the love of Ben’s life, yet Vanessa will stop at nothing to claim the man she is convinced is her destiny.

Because of You is a dark, morally complex and cross-generational story of enduring love, fate and destiny.  

So, you want to know what I thought??

I’m always eager to try new authors so when an opportunity to read Because of You came up and I read the Synopsis I was quick to sign up.

Set over 36 years BECAUSE OF YOU is based on the life of Hannah Stein. It starts with Hannah setting out to London to embark on a gap year before heading back to Sweden to finish a degree in teaching. Hannah’s maternal grandmother lives in London and sets Hannah up to live with a close friend of hers. Hannah and Ella bond straight away and Ella quickly becomes a huge part of Hannah’s life.

As Hannah struggles to adjust to life in the city away from her close family she tries to integrate herself into the community to enable her to meet new people and make friends. She eventually finds herself hanging out with Sanna and Rosie who take her out to nightclubs and dancing. On one of these trips she meets Mark who sets out to win her heart. As they begin a turbulent relationship Hannah finds herself fighting against all who love her and dislike Mark as well as her own head. She eventually meets with Mel who tries to match make her with Ben who falls instantly in love with her.

This book jumps from year to year and I did find it a bit of  a mission to keep track of what was happening when, but you do get the gist of it and events as they unfold. I’ll be honest and say I don’t think it needed quite as much of an “introduction” as was included. I think the book would have worked just as well starting from about half way. That being said I understand what Helene was trying to achieve by writing throughout Hannah’s whole life, you sort of get more of an insight into who Hannah is and the decisions she makes.

I did struggle to like Hannah at times. She seems adamant to destroy her own happiness. I found her really frustrating and wanted to just knock some sense into her, especially decisions she makes in regards to Ben and Linus. If Linus was acting the way he was with somebody, I just don’t think you would keep him hanging around. However there were other times that I warmed to her and did feel sorry for her, I think she was just very naive when she arrived in London and people took advantage of that. Mark was very unlikable and I was happy when Hannah got rid of him, just a shame it didn’t happen sooner. I would have also liked less characters, we seemed to get introduced to someone then they would disappear for years but I did grasp who was who later on in the book and it got a bit easier but it would have been more enjoyable if there were just 2 or 3 that the book concentrated on.

Obviously being set over 35 years there are lots of events happening throughout this book. The book has every emotion you could ever have, there are deaths, friendships, happiness and sadness. There are so many different themes that i’m not really sure what genre you would put this into, there are definitely no boring bits.

I did struggle to get gripped by this book if i’m honest but after about 50% I found myself invested in these characters and eager to see where their path would lead. I was definitely more gripped by Hannah’s later years than the start of the book. 

Definitely one to preserve with if you struggle at the start, the last half is definitely worth it. I’ll be interested to see what else Hélene has to offer!!

About Hélene Fermont;

Hélene Fermont writes character-driven psychological crime fiction with a Scandi Noir flavour. Known for her explosive, pacy narrative and storylines, she has published three novels – Because of YouWe Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret – and two short story collections – The Love of Her Life and Who’s Sorry Now? Her fourth novel is due for release in the summer of 2019.

After 20 years in London, Hélene recently returned to her native Sweden where she finds the unspoiled scenery and tranquillity a therapeutic boost for creativity. Enjoying a successful career as a Psychologist, when she’s not working her ‘day job’, Hélene spends her time writing, with friends and family, or playing with her beloved cat, Teddy. All three novels can be purchased via her website helenefermont.com/books/

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BECAUSE OF YOU is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

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#MysteriousReads | #BookReview | THE SUNDAY PHILOSOPHY CLUB (Isabel Dalhousie #1) by Alexander McCall Smith @McCallSmith (January 1st 2004, Abacus @AbacusBooks)

THE SUNDAY PHILOSOPHY CLUB (Isabel Dalhousie #1) by Alexander McCall Smith
Published; 1st January 2004, Abacus

Nothing captures the charm of Edinburgh like the bestselling Isabel Dalhousie series of novels featuring the insatiably curious philosopher and woman detective.  Whether investigating a case or a problem of philosophy, the indefatigable Isabel Dalhousie, one of fiction’s most richly developed amateur detectives, is always ready to pursue the answers to all of life’s questions, large and small. 

In this first instalment, Isabel is attending a concert in the Usher Hall when she witnesses a man fall from the upper balcony. Isabel can’t help wondering whether it was the result of mischance or mischief. Against the best advice of her no-nonsense housekeeper Grace, her bassoon playing friend Jamie, and even her romantically challenged niece Cat, she is morally bound to solve this case. Complete with wonderful Edinburgh atmosphere and characters straight out of a Robert Burns poem, 
The Sunday Philosophy Club is a delightful treat from one of our most beloved authors.

When reading the synopsis I was expecting this book to be a crime story and it sort of was but not quite the story I was expecting. I’m not sure I would have quite picked this book to read myself, but as I have the second in the series on my shelf which I plan to read as part of my “Beat the Backlist” and cannot start a series part way through i had to give this one a try. I think this can be quite good sometimes, trying something different is very rarely a bad thing. 

Isabel Dalhousie witnesses a man fall from a balcony whilst out at the opera. As she struggles to grasp what she has seen she tries to find out more information about the man and what caused the fall. 

I found the fall/murder was more of a back story as we were introduced to Isabel, her niece Cat, Cat’s ex boyfriend Jamie who Isabel has befriended and taken quite a shine to as well as Isabel’s house keeper Grace. I felt like the murder story line didn’t really get going until much later into the book and was probably a little rushed, and as Isabel isn’t a private detective or really have an official investigative role it might have been a bit strange if she suddenly became one. Isabel just took upon herself to find closure for herself and to find an explanation for this huge event she witnessed. 

Don’t be deceived by the title either, although The Sunday Philosophy Club is mentioned several times we never actually get to meet them or see what they are actually about. I’m hoping this might be rectified in later books. 

That’s the bad part of my review and despite all of that, I did enjoy the story. It took me a little while to get into but not enough that I considered stopping reading and once I got into it I found I even quite enjoyed it. I did struggle with some of the technical jargon and some of the themes that Isabel mentioned but they weren’t a huge part of the book and I could just ignore them and it didn’t ruin anything for me. I couldn’t guess what the outcome was going to be or who the murderer would be so that added an element of surprise for me which definitely made the book more interesting for me. Alexander also writes the ending well so that all loose endings are tied up which is nice for a book that is the beginning of a series. 

I think if someone wants to try something a little different to a hardcore thriller or a romance novel which revolves around boy and girl then this might be something to pick up.

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | THE C WORD (Just A Word #1) by Kerry Heavens (September 17th 2015, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

THE C WORD (Just A Word #1) by Kerry Heavens
17th September 2015, Indie Published

“You must keep it inside.
You must never let it out.
It must never gain control.
Let it be who you are and you will lose everything.
Do I make myself clear?”
“Yes, Sir.”

Control
It’s a way of life for Max McQueen. 
It doesn’t come easy, but he thought he had it mastered.
Until now
Now nothing works
It’s slipping away
He must find a way to get it back 
Or he risks losing everything.
It’s just a word.
But it’s the thing he needs most of all.
It’s what holds him together.
Or is it what holds him back?

As part of the P Turners reading challenge we all have a list of books that have been on our shelves, unread, for too long. So we’re taking part in a Beat The Backlist and The C Word by Kerry Heavens was my first port of call.

I’ve been a huge fan of Kerry Heavens since I picked up a copy of Spencer last year and after meeting this incredible author a couple of times, I was eager to read this short novel. The C Word isn’t anything I was expecting, intrigued by the idea of complete control and the enigmatic lead character, our hero, who strives for a iron hold on his control, I devoured this novel.

Kerry Heavens knows how to write, to create beautiful men who test the limits of what is a hero. Here is an author who knows what kind of characters her readers want, to the point where we don’t even know we want them. The book is a short read, a delightful insight into this mysterious world.

I was left completely intrigued by the characters in this novel, eager to read more of their story, to delve deeper into this world set apart from ours. I am hoping that in the future Kerry Heavens gives us more of this story, more of these characters.

A very enjoyable read, keeping us intrigued and very happy.

You can pick up your copy of THE C WORD (Just A Word #1) at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | DIRTY DADDIES by Jade West @jadewestauthor (May 16th 2017, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

DIRTY DADDIES by Jade West
16th May 2017, Indie Published

Some bad girls need a firm hand to keep them in line. 
I’m bad enough to need two. 

Two older men who can teach me a lesson when I misbehave. 
Two hot bodies to keep me warm in bed at night. 
Two best friends who can learn to share a filthy-mouthed little brat like me. 

After all… dirty girls need very dirty daddies. 

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Carrie Wells is nothing but trouble. 

She’s wild and difficult. Not worth anyone’s time. 

Carrie Wells is a beautiful little brat. She’s also a vulnerable young adult on my case list. 

She’s half my age and totally off limits. I’m breaking every rule in the book by giving her somewhere to stay when she’s out on the streets with nowhere to go. And I’m breaking every rule of friendship by holing her up in my best friend Jack’s house while he’s away on business. 

I thought life was difficult enough when I fell for the girl, but it gets a whole lot harder when Jack comes home early and finds a beautiful stranger causing chaos in his house. 

And a whole lot harder still when he falls for her too. 

He’s the one guy on this planet I’d share my last supper with. I’d share it gladly. 

I’m just not so sure how I feel about sharing Carrie Wells.

After reading BAIT by Jade West, I knew going into another novel by this author that I would be best going in with an open mind and a poker face.

And what a poker face I needed when reading DIRTY DADDIES on the commute to and from work. Here is a book that plays on your heart strings, with Carrie Wells the young lady looking for love. She’s had a troubled past and needs a firm hand in a partner. What she gets is not what you would ever expect her to find or need, but what brings out the woman in her.

This is a novel that pulls you in, that takes hold of your attention and doesn’t let you go until the very end. You’re hooked, infatuated by the young Carrie Wells and her two older men, Jack and Michael. Two men who are utterly smitten and downright begging to be her guys.

These aren’t your average forty something men who you see on the commute to work, they’re a rare specimen of man who know exactly what they want and who have Carrie’s best interest at heart. With the bodies of much younger men. West has certainly given the older gents!

You can pick up your copy of DIRTY DADDIES at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | Adam Loveday (Loveday #1) by Kate Tremayne (November 25th 1999, McArthur & Co. @McArthurCo)

ADAM LOVEDAY (Loveday #1) by Kate Tremayne
Published: November 25th 1999, McArthur & Co.

Adam Loveday is denied his inheritance of the family estate, Trevowan and his father’s boatyard through birthright. Fearful of his fathers growing disapproval however, his feckless elder twin, St.John, plots to ensure that Adam gains neither the boatyard nor the love of local Meriel Sawle.

When I finished the Poldark saga last year after enjoying it so much I was eager to find something similar to get stuck into. Along came my friend who recommended the Loveday series to me, I was a little nervous about starting another series that sounded so similar but Adam Loveday didn’t disappoint.

Not as well written as Winston Graham’s series and there are ALOT of similarities between both series but if you take it as it comes and try to forget Poldark and enjoy the Lovedays for who they are it really is very enjoyable.

Starting with Adam returning home after a trip to sea with the British Navy Adam is keen to get stuck into working at his family’s boatyard but comes up against his twin brother St John who by being born just a few minutes before Adam is set to inherit both the estate and the shipyard but doesn’t deserve it as he doesn’t want to put any of the hard labour into it. When Adam’s head is turned by a young inn keeper’s daughter Meriel, the twin rivalry makes another apperance resulting in St John being forced into marriage with Meriel.

Adam, like Ross, is very likeable. A man of character and rightfulness he stands up for who and what he believes in. I think he is quite strong minded and I am sure we will get to see more of that in future books. St John is a character that you dislike from the start. The jealously he holds for his twin brother is tangible and a big part of the story. He doesn’t seem to put any thought into his actions and many times throughout the story that backfires on him. He does redeem himself slightly when he does seem to genuinely love and care for Meriel. Meriel is a very dislikeable character and enjoys encouraging St John into the scrapes that he so often finds himself. She is very selfish and only thinks about how she can improve her status in life.

I have to include how annoying the name St John is – it is pronounced Sinjun but I have to remind myself so many times during the book because I was reading it was Saint John. It’s not a name I have ever heard before and it did take away from the story slightly. 

Overall I did really enjoy this story and it will be a great replacement for the hole that Poldark left in my life. I am eager to continue the series and to find out where else the Lovedays will take us on their journey. 

You can pick up your copy of ADAM LOVEDAY (Loveday #1) at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

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#PromoPost| #SpecialOffer | ONE LAST SUMMER by Victoria Connelly @VictoriaDarcy (February 5th 2019, Lake Union Publishing @BOTBSPublicity)

They have the whole summer ahead of them. Is it enough to rekindle the friendship they once shared?

Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the Somerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.

First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?

Through the highs and lows of a long, glorious summer, these three women will rediscover what it means to be there for each other—before they face the hardest of goodbyes.

About Victoria Connelly;

Victoria Connelly studied English literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens.

She is the author of two bestselling series, 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 2008 by Ziegler films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Ms Connelly loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden with either a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #PromoPost | DOWNFALL (Ryan Drake #8) by Will Jordan @willjordan83 (7th January 2019, Canelo @canelo_co @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of DOWNFALL – the eighth story in the Ryan Drake series by the wonderful Will Jordan!

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks of course to Emma Welton @ Dampebbles, Canelo and of course Will Jordan for having me along!

‘My name is Ryan Drake and this is just the beginning.’

Ryan Drake and his team are in hiding, having become sworn enemies of states and agencies around the world. When a CIA operative is killed in a car bomb, Drake is shocked to see an old enemy felled. Further still when a video is released claiming responsibility for the attack… under the name of Ryan Drake.

Forced out of hiding, Drake embarks upon a mission to confront his past. When the stranger from the video reaches out, hinting at secrets just out of reach, he leads Drake on a high-octane journey through the slums of Rio to the deserts of Afghanistan. 

Following in the wake of his trail of destruction, the team must pursue Drake as he stops at nothing to find the key to his past.

An edge-of-your-seat action thriller from bestselling author Will Jordan, perfect for fans of James Phelan and Vince Flynn.

About Will Jordan;

Will Jordan’s Ryan Drake novels draw on extensive research into weapons and tactics, as well as the experiences of men who’ve fought in some of the world’s most daunting combat zones. Other books in the series include RedemptionSacrifice and Betrayal. He lives in Fife, Scotland, with his wife and sons. 

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You can buy DOWNFALL from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | TURN THE OTHER WAY by Stuart James @StuartJames73 (8th February 2019, Indie Published #IndieAuthor @BOTBSPublicity)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for TURN THE OTHER WAY by Stuart James.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy @ BookOnTheBrightSide and of course the wonderful Stuart James who gifted me an early copy of TURN THE OTHER WAY. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Sometimes revenge is the deadliest game of all.

A derelict farmhouse in the Essex countryside. 
A deranged family. 
Innocent victims being picked at random.
If you’re chosen, Turn The Other Way.

Simon Bairstow is a top London Surgeon. He’s performed dozens of life-saving operations. But something goes horribly wrong. The machine Eve Johnson is attached to flatlines, and suddenly her parent’s world has collapsed.
They’re hell bent on revenge, someone to answer for the horrific error that’s been made.

Noah and Jess are driving on a busy dual carriageway and get stuck in traffic. They hear thumping coming from the back doors of the transit van in front of them. When Noah steps out onto the road, he hears muffled screams. He opens the back doors and what he sees shocks him to the core. 
The van pulls off, spilling Noah onto the road.
Ignoring his wife’s plea to leave it, he hits the accelerator in pursuit of the van.

Chloe’s parents are missing. She hasn’t seen them since they left the party in Hampstead on Friday night. She needs answers, deciding to take matters into her own hands. 

A serial killer is stalking the streets of Islington in North London late at night leaving his victims in a horrific way.
The press have dubbed him The Angel Attacker.

A terrifying tale of revenge with a twist that will hit you like a sledgehammer. 

So, you want to know what I think?

TURN THE OTHER WAY starts with that age old question of what you would do if you saw someone in trouble? How far would you go? Would you be prepared to go all in and be a hero…or as the title suggests; TURN THE OTHER WAY?

Switching between the past and present, we learn not only how each of the victims play their part, but also how they fit into the bigger picture. A picture which is pretty frigging frightening when you get to the crux of the story! The pacing of the story kept me on my toes and I was kept guessing as to what would happen next.

This is one of those books that has you questioning everything around you! Watch your back………

About Stuart James;

 I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.
There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.

I started writing two years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane.I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness.That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.

My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way.I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death.A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party.A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them.A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.
I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.

I’m currently working on my new thriller, Apartment Six, which should be released later this year.

I’m 45, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing. I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.

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TURN THE OTHER WAY is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | STOLEN SISTER by Linda Huber @LindaHuber19 (25th March 2019, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for STOLEN SISTER by Linda Huber.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Heather @ Bombshell Books and of course the wonderful Linda Huber who gifted me an early copy of STOLEN SISTER. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

What happens when a baby goes missing? 

Twenty-two years ago, Erin and Vicky’s parents were killed in an explosion. 

Now grown up, Erin and Vicky – who have been separated – are unaware they are siblings. But when Vicky is called to her great-aunt’s deathbed, she learns that she isn’t alone after all. 
But where is Erin? Vicky’s search begins…

Elsewhere, Christine has problems of her own. In the first week of her new job, she makes a disturbing discovery, and is struggling to come to terms with impending motherhood. 

Vicky is almost ready to give up her search when an old foster mother calls with shocking news. 

What links Vicky and Christine?

Will Vicky ever find her sister? 

And can Christine’s baby escape the past that befell her mother?

So, you want to know what I think?

This book starts with a heart breaking tragedy that has your heart in your mouth from the beginning!

When a fire breaks out in the hotel where Paula and husband are staying with their 5 day old baby, their friend Sylvie takes the baby Erin without informing anyone. When Paula’s auntie takes on the other 2 children and has them taken from her, Sylvie decides the best thing for her to do is keep Erin, the baby. 

Maisie reveals this information to her niece Vicky on her deathbed it sets into motion a chain of events that leads to Sylvie’s life crashing down.

I’m not quite sure what genre you would put this book into. There is an element of chick lit, an element of a thriller and also a tragedy which kind of confuses things a bit. However, despite this, it is still a very enjoyable read and I found myself flying through the pages! Written in three parts the story moves from Sylvie making the decision to bring Erin up herself, to the search for her by her sister Vicky and ending with the family discovering who Sylvie really is.

There seems to be a lot of characters in this story but it was easy to keep track of who was who, and as each chapter is labelled as certain dates it’s easy to see what happens and when so you don’t feel like your getting lost with timelines or people.

I found the subject of this book interesting. I’ve never really read a book that deals with adoption or lost family before so it was good to read something different to what I’m used to. It made a really nice change for me and it was so easy to read I managed to finish it in just two days.

I felt the ending was good and didn’t leave any unanswered questions and I finished feeling satisfied. There were sad parts of this book which add to the emotions I felt as a reader. I did guess one of the “surprises” though but that didn’t take anything away from the book for me.

Would highly recommend to anyone that enjoys easy, fast reads that is looking to try something a little different to the usual books on their shelves. 

About Linda Huber;

Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys, a rescue dog, and a large collection of goldfish and guinea pigs.

Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty feel-good short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she discovered the love of her writing life – psychological suspense fiction. Her first novel was published in 2013, and was followed by eight others. Under her feel-good pen name Melinda Huber, she has also published a charity collection of romantic short stories and a series of feel-good novellas.

After spending large chunks of the current decade moving house, Linda has now settled in a beautiful flat on the banks of Lake Constance in north-east Switzerland, and is working on another suspense novel.

Links:

Website: https://lindahuber.net/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Huber/e/B00CN7BB0Q/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaHuber19

FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlindahuber/

STOLEN SISTER is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | GENTLEMAN SINNER by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (February 5th 2019, Forever @readforeverpub)

GENTLEMAN SINNER by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published: February 5th 2019, Forever Books

An all-the-feels novel of fierce love overcoming a dark past from the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling THIS MAN series.

Izzy White knows of the darkness in this world. After all, she escaped it long ago. Determined not to let her past beat her, Izzy has a secure, stable life with a job she loves in nursing. But one act of kindness will completely upend everything she’s so carefully built-putting her right back in the crosshairs of danger she’s been so desperate to avoid.

When Theo Kane shows up like a knight in shining armor, Izzy can’t help thinking she’s been saved from one threat and exposed to another. His imposing physique, the harsh lines of his face, and the wariness of everyone who comes close are just a few clues to Theo Kane’s notorious reputation. The man is positively terrifying. But with Izzy, he’s tender and a complete gentleman, and her fascination with the mysterious beast of a man becomes too powerful for her to walk away.

As Theo’s demons come to light, running becomes even more impossible. And yet staying together could doom them both.

Where do we start with this novel, the latest treasure from one of my all time favourite authors Jodi Ellen Malpas.

Let me start by saying that I am utterly and completely in love with this story, with these characters and I did not want it to end. Theo Kane and Izzy White are every bit the couple we expect from JEM, beautiful, intriguing, sexy as hell and utterly swoon worthy. Here is an author who knows her audience, she gives the reader exactly what they want and so much more.

Theo Kane isn’t like other JEM alpha’s, he is bigger, meaner and yet even more desirable. Posing a threat to those around him, all except Izzy White. Here is a woman who will not bow down to a man, she stands her ground and will fight for those she loves. Their relationship isn’t without complications, as to be expected with any JEM novel but there is a raw beauty to their relationship that cannot be denied. The chemistry between them is palpable, emitting from every page, forcing us to read until we get to the very end.

There is something about Theo Kane that hits you, the reader, so far to the core that you want to be Izzy White, maybe not the horrid past she has had the power to overcome but the gentleness and caring nature she shares with Theo. This is a story that struck me to the core, in a way that does not happen often for this cynical reader. I can read some love stories and be utterly unmoved, but JEM has a way of writing that never fails to touch the reader.

I finished the book in a matter of days, a feat for me when 2019 has been completely kicking my ass so far. But this novel was the perfect escapism, letting me leave behind the stress of work and just enjoy reading, enjoy the characters, the talent of the author and forget about everything else.

I was so eager to read this new novel that I ordered it in both paperback and e-book version, the paperback will go nicely on my book shelf, right next to the other JEM treasures housed there. As for the e-book, this is safely on my Mum’s Kindle. Already she is reading and falling in love with Theo and Izzy, enjoying the new adventures into the wonderful world created by JEM. I cannot wait for her to read it all, to fall for these characters on a level she hasn’t before.

If anyone asks for a book recommendation this year, this novel will definitely be the one I talk about. Already I’ve got my colleague intrigued and my fellow P Turners. No one should pass up the chance to pick up a novel by the amazing Jodi Ellen Malpas, because I can promise you this, every reader needs a little JEM in their life.

You can pick up your copy of GENTLEMAN SINNER at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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