She’s a rockstar. Literally. I’m in line for the throne. Sort of. We’re in love and it’s everything.
Life should be perfect, but being a royal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. My cousin is pushing our kingdom to the brink of civil war, and I’m the only man who can stop him. How do I choose between the woman I love and the people depending on me?
I need to make Casey mine. I have to save my kingdom. I am so royally screwed.
For Rebecca Bloomwood, life is peachy. She has a job on morning TV, her bank manager is actually being nice to her, and when it comes to spending money, her new motto is Buy Only What You Need – and she’s really (sort of) sticking to it. The icing on the brioche is that she’s been offered a chance to work in New York. New York! The Museum of Modern Art! The Guggenheim! The Metropolitan Opera House! And Becky does mean to go to them all. Honestly. It’s just that it seems silly not to check out a few other famous places first. Like Saks. And Bloomingdales. And Barneys. And one of those fantastic sample sales where you can get a Prada dress for $10. Or was it $100? Is Becky too dazzled to care?
This was another re read for me as I had already read this series a few years ago. I really enjoyed but fell behind when life got in the way so when I added the newest ones to my beat the backlist for this year it gave me a good excuse to re read the previous books.
Being back in Becky’s world is like coming home. I really enjoy Becky’s escapades and I find myself actually laughing out loud at the adventures she finds herself in.
In this addition Becky is doing great in her new job as financial advisor on breakfast TV and after clearing all her debt from the first book she now finds herself back in the red on hundreds of her store cards and her credit card. Then the opportunity of a lifetime comes up for Becky to move to New York with her boyfriend Luke Brandon and suddenly a world new world opens up to Becky when she realises she will be able to shop at the big places like Barneys, Bloomingwoods and sample sales galore.
Becky also gets given the opportunity to meet Elinor, Luke’s mother in this installment. As Becky sees who Elinor really is she becomes confused as to why Luke is so besotted with his mother. As Luke’s obsession grows so too does Becky’s negative bank balance.
Although I have never been to New York it is on the list of my must visit places so to be able to see it through Becky’s eyes (even if it was just the shops) has made me even more determined to visit. I loved this book and found myself eager to keep reading to discover the scrapes that Becky could get into next. I love how Becky is so loyal to her friends and family and how her instincts are also so spot in relation to the other characters. I also feel connected to Becky in that my safe place is home to my parents. Yet again Becky becomes Luke’s superhero as she manages to swoop in and save the day (& his company) for him.
Of course the shopaholic series wouldn’t be the same if there wasn’t a happy ending and goes Abroad covers that with Becky coming to the conclusion that she should sell up and move to New York by herself. With her debts finally cleared will Becky find the fresh start she’s looking for?
I can’t wait to read the next installment and discover for myself….
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Annie Higgins has one goal this year: to get her tiny business off the ground. But – infuriated by the advertising agency across the hall making fun of her job – Annie is goaded into accepting their crazy challenge: to make a random stranger Instagram-famous in just thirty days.
And even when they choose Dr Samuel Page PhD, historian and hater of social media, as her target, Annie’s determined to win the bet – whether Sam likes it or not.
But getting to know Sam means getting to know more about herself. And before the thirty days are out, Annie has to make a decision about what’s really important…
Funny, real and heart-meltingly romantic, Annie and Sam’s story is My Fair Lady for the social media age – and the perfect feel-good read.
One of my favourite authors, Lindsey Kelk can do no wrong in my eyes. I know that when I don’t know what to read I can pick up something by Lindsey and be gripped in just a few pages.
One in a Million followed the trend of Lindsey’s usual style of fun, easy reading Chick lit that you find yourself easily engrossed and eager to turn the pages.
Annie is a hard working, dedicated young woman who with the help of her best friend is starting to build her own company in a fashionable office block that costs the earth each month in rent. Being a social media guru they help to set people up with their social media presence, sort of like a management team but for social media. One of the other people in the office space bets them they cannot turn someone famous in a month, the person being the next one to walk into the coffee shop. When the next person that comes in turns out to be Dr. Samuel Page Annie begins to wonder if she has bitten off more than she can chew.
As Annie and Sam begin to get to know each other, they both begin to question themselves and their current lifestyles as well as each other. Annie slowly begins to see that life isn’t all about social media.
I found the characters to be very like able which is surprising as usually there is one or 2 of them that you hate. I did feel that the story was very predictable, I could sort of see where the ending was headed from a few chapters in but I did still really enjoy the story and getting to know both Annie and Sam. As always with Lindsey’s books there are a huge number of side characters that you can rely on to be strong minded, independent and fiercely awesome at being best friends (Every real life female needs one of Lindsey’s best friends).
The book was a very easy read and I couldn’t stop turning the pages until the very end. If you want something to lose yourself in with an element of comedy as well as romance then One in a Million is the book for you.
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Can ‘One Kiss’ change your life? Jayne decides to go out one night with her girlfriends and throws caution to the wind, at their advice. She kisses a stranger and it shakes her to the core. Determined to put the experience behind her, fate has different plans for the librarian.
What would you do if ‘One Kiss’ invaded every thought and was meant to happen?
When Life put them together, the Universe noticed. What they didn’t know is that they were made for each other. Literally.
Theo My ex broke me, or so I thought. I’d shut down, given up. But my past doesn’t seem so bleak when the woman I’ve only seen in my dreams walks into my usual coffee shop, jump-starting my heart and giving my soul a desperately needed punch to the gut.
She’s damaged goods. But not in the way you’re thinking. Life broke her. …And I’m here to kiss it and make it all better. She’s my queen. My redemption. My second chance at forever.
He’s gorgeous beyond words. Why he’s attracted to me when no one else is, is unfathomable. And yet, he is. He’s Mount Everest, and my climbing legs are broken. …I’m broken. Always have been. Always will be.
I’m drawn to him like the universe demands it. He accepts it as truth. I know better, and when he figures it out, I’ll be decimated.
I want redemption, but it’s a painful road to travel. I’ll have to face my demons. …And apparently, he wants to fight them with me.
All journeys have a beginning. This is Theo and Lauren’s…
The Road to Redemption, book 1 in the Finding Grace Series, is a steamy romance with a paranormal twist that grows as the series progresses. It is intended for mature audiences only, and some scenes may contain triggers.
Welcome! This is our stop on this Blog Tour for Instructions For Falling In Love Again by Lucy Mitchell.
Thank you very much to Sarah Hardy @ BookOnTheBrightSide and Lucy Mitchell for providing a copy of the book to *L* The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.
What would you do if your late husband left you a list of instructions on how to fall in love with someone else?
Pippa Browning is faced with this exact dilemma, three years after the death of her husband, Dan.
Buried at the bottom of a drawer are a collection of notebooks full of Dan’s advice on how to live without him.
Pippa’s notebook is red and contains his instructions on how to fall in love again.
But Dan doesn’t just want Pippa to fall in love with anyone – Dan’s crazy suggestion is that Pippa should date his handsome friend, Mikey Stenton, a known thrill-seeking ladies’ man.
Reluctant to follow Dan’s advice, Pippa enters the world of dating. She embarks on a humorous journey of self-discovery, with the help of her children and two best friends.
It isn’t long before Pippa is finding it hard to ignore Dan’s instructions and Mikey Stenton.
Is Mikey really the man that everyone thinks him to be? Or was Dan right, and Mikey’s simply been misunderstood?
A heart-warming romantic comedy about motherhood, friendship and finding love, the second time around.
When I was asked if I wanted to join the blog tour review for this book and I read the Synopsis I jumped on the chance. The story seemed right up my street, as our followers will know, I love a good romance/chick lit book and this seemed to fit right into this category.
However this book surprised me. There seemed to be a lot more depth in it than just a simple boy meets girl story. Pippa lost her husband Dan 3 years ago to an aggressive form of cancer. Dan knowing he was going to die, prepared notebooks for his wife and children encouraging them to continue living their lives doing the things they loved. Pippa’s notebook included instructions on how to fall in love, even going as far as to choose the man she should love.
Mikey Stenton, on the outside, looks like a lady loving, football playing tough man but as it turns out Dan saw a lot more to Mikey than anyone else and he saw how much Mikey adored his wife Pippa. Dan also left Mikey a notebook telling him how to fall in love with Pippa and ultimately giving the couple their blessing.
As Pippa tries to find her feet running her family home and looking after their 3 children by herself, she decides it’s time to take Dan’s advice and begin dating again. As she runs into Mikey, she can’t see what Dan Sees and tries to ignore the little flutter she feels every time she sees him. Mikey is dealing with his own issues, and we see a much deeper side to him as he has to struggle with the loss of his single parent brother and help his Mum with raising his niece.
I really enjoyed reading the story from both points of view and seeing how things posted on social media and second hand stories aren’t always painting the real picture. Pippa is quick to judge Mikey on the things she has seen online and through her friends and this puts her off listening to Dan’s advice. As Pippa and Mikey continue to meet in unusual situations, Pippa begins to question what she thinks she knows as she gets to see and know the real Mikey.
This book was written with such raw emotion that it shines through on the pages. I found myself feeling everything that Lucy was writing and everything that Pippa and Mikey was going through. I loved the constant surprises that Lucy threw at us throughout the book, it was not as predictable as I expected. Although of course it has a happy ending, there are lots of twists and turns for us to get there.
There was a fantastic, emotional, easy book to read and I can’t wait to see what else Lucy Mitchell brings us in the future. I can see a great and successful career as an author for her. An excellent debut novel.
Instructions For Falling In Love Again is the debut novel from Lucy Mitchell. She lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats.
Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad.
When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine.
Instructions For Falling In Love Again is out in June 2019.
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Prince Alexander of New Stokkton – the notorious playboy- has become a liability to the crown. His countless exploits are splashed across every tabloid, portraying him as the loose-cannon royal.
Desperate to salvage his reputation for the sake of their country, Alexander’s parents arrange for him to be wed. The bride-to-be being Princess Tessa of Doscott, whose idea of thrill-seeking doesn’t extend beyond curling up with a good book.
Seeing them for the total opposites they are, Alexander is determined to stop the wedding. His chosen method? Making her hate him by being the most obnoxious version of himself. Yet, when he discovers the strength and passion of the seemingly meek and mild princess, he’s shocked to find himself falling for her. But is it too late to undo the damage he’s done?
Who can tame a playboy prince? A princess that knows exactly what she wants.
(99c ebook sale ends August 5, 2019. Normal price $3.50)
Chiara was raised into the mafia world the hard way. Enduring the assault at the hands of her father until she was kidnapped and forced to marry a mob boss. One she’s sure is even worse than her father.
Ricca never backs away from a challenge. When the woman he kidnapped sneers he would never own her, he’s more than happy to prove her wrong. It doesn’t matter he is being forced into this marriage by The Syndicate, to cover-up the kidnapping.
An enemy is forging a plan to take Ricca down. Can a marriage, even one forced by the decision of others, turn into a solid band of trust, loyalty, and eventually love? Or will either one—or their enemy—rip out their heart to stop it from beating? Dive into this Mafia Romance where the value of human life is worth less than loyalty.
About Esther E Schmidt;
Esther E. Schmidt, author of Areion Fury MC, Broken Deeds MC, Wicked Throttle MC, Lost Valkyries MC, Death by Reaper MC, The Dudnik Circle series, and The Swamp Heads series. She’s a graphic designer that also loves to write. She released her first series “Areion Fury MC” in October 2015. Esther lives in The Netherlands with her family, three daughters, and a crazy bulldog. She loves to write about bad boy Alphas with a heart for only one woman. To make it a bit interesting, that woman needs to be a badass herself. She loves to work out and most of her story lines come from doing cardio.