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  1. BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of The Summer of Secrets by Tilly Tenant

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    Tilly Tennant The SOS Synopsis: Harper Woods wakes up every morning on Silver Hill Farm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. She’s engaged to the tall, dark dreamy Shay and just downstairs are the gorgeous tea rooms she’s always dreamed of owning. 

    But Harper is about to discover something that will change her luck forever. For better or worse? She has no idea. Not until an expert can identify whether the stunning collection of jewellery she found hidden in the farm’s foundations is priceless, or more trouble than it’s worth… 

    As news of the discovery spreads through the Silver Hill, it seems everyone has a secret history making them the rightful owner. In particular, Will Frampton, stubborn and irritatingly handsome Lord of Silver Hill House, the crumbling stately home the other side of the hill. Too busy trying to untangle the truth, Harper doesn’t notice Shay getting rather close to his ex from the village. 

    Harper thought she had everything she ever wanted. If she solves the mystery of her sparkling prize, can she hold onto her dream, or will she lose it all, and be left broken-hearted?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: YAY...the new Tilly Book is out, and trust me when I say it is JUST as amazing as the cover! Harper Woods runs a teashop on Silver Hill Farm alongside her best friend Pip. Together they are trying to build up her business with th help of Harper's boyfriend Shay. As much as I liked both Harper and Pip from the beginning, I never took to Shay and thought he was a bit of an idiot. However, when Shay discovers and old collection of jewellery buried on Harper's land a can of worms is well and truly opened. 

    Cesca is a local Museum Officer who is called in to help organise and sort out the jewellery as there are certain rules regarding such old 'treasure'. Cesca is very likeable and becomes an integral part of the story, she also finds the more time she spends at Silver Hill, the more she falls in love with it. There are a number of additional characters that make their appearance such as Will Frampton the reclusive owner of Silver Hill House as well as the local history buff Norwegian Kristofer. The story is lovely and you get a real sense of village life and as usual Tilly does a beautiful job of describing this quaint English Village.

    Many lives are going to change in Silver Hill, it's just a case of who will end up with what and why. I am a huge fan of Tilly's books and this latest one is absolutely no exception. A fantastic read and one that I would highly recommend. 

  2. BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of The Broken by Casey Kelleher

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    51V+seXsl1L Synopsis: They took her dad, but she won’t let them take her.

    Nancy Byrne was the apple of her daddy’s eye. He might have been one of the most-feared gangsters in London, yet Jimmy Byrne idolised his little Nancy. But now Jimmy is dead, gunned down in cold blood - and Nancy vows to avenge his death.

    She’s only twenty years old, but as the new head of the ruthless Byrne gang, running a lucrative world of drugs, sex and violence, she’s in over her head. Keeping her family together while her beloved grandma falls apart and her brother Daniel goes off the rails forces Nancy to grow up - fast. 

    But while Nancy takes the men on at their own game, there’s a greater danger hiding on the dark streets. Jimmy’s killer is on her trail - and will stop at nothing to shut her up. 

    Blood might be thicker than water, but soon, Nancy realises she can't trust anyone. Not even her own family.

    Especially her own family.

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

  3. Exciting News .... a new release

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    Okay guys, this cover reveal above is HUGELY exciting. If you have no idea who Sue Watson is I suggest you sit up and take notice. Now I admit I actually LOVE this cover. However....don't be fooled! Don't imagine that it's a certain type of book, because I guarantee you need to read this author before making a judgement. Back in 2012 I picked up a book called Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes. I read that book SOLELY after reading about Sue Watson online and it was the best decision I made. It was a very funny book and made me want to read other stuff by her. Of course with mountains of books, it was to be a bit of a wait and then in 2014 I picked up the book Love Lies and Lemon Cake.

    First off the bat, I loved the title and I already knew the author had talent. What I didn't know was that by the time I had finished the book not only would I have a bit of a girl crush going on with the delectable Sue Watson, but that this book would become one of my ALL TIME favourite reads. People may wonder at that and think I'm talking bollocks, however (having consulted my Goodreads page), having read more than 850 books in a few years I think it's safe to say I know my books. Some people will mock this genre, but my advice would be to not be too hasty. A fellow friend and reader who happens to be over 70 and a bloke practically laughed me out the room. Once he read it, he was practically foaming at the mouth for another of her books. 

    For some reason Love Lies and Lemon Cake resonated with me and since 2014 I know I have read this book at least 4 times which is something I never do. It has the ability to lift me out of any mood and make me laugh until my cheeks hurt. Faye Dobson is the star of the show and frankly this book will always remain one of my all time favourites. In addition to that I actually have become friends with Sue. Trust me this happened WAY after I started reading her stuff. Sue is also aware (as is most of Bookouture, along with numerous other author friends) that whether I am friends with somebody or not, if I don't like the book and think it's a load of old shite I will be telling them. Trust me when I say that if you haven't read it and you really want a book you can read to get you out of the doldrums and smiling then Love, Lies and Lemon Cake is for you. 

    THE most exciting news I have heard on a LONG time is that Sue has now got a new book on the way and it's a follow-up to Love Lies and Lemon Cake. As a reader, reviewer and Blogger this sounds ridiculous but I'm nervous. What if I don't like it? What if it's not as good as my all time favourite? On the plus side it COULD be even better and I am literally jiggling with excitement until I can read this bad boy!

  4. Kat's Review of Silent Children by Carol Wyer (DI Robyn Carter #4)

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    Carol Wyer The Silent Children Synopsis: The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this...

    Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.

    Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint. 

    Then a nurse is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her friend’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?

    When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.

    Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?

  5. Kat's Review of I'm Still Standing by Colleen Coleman

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    Colleen Coleman Im Still Standing Synopsis: When Evelyn Dooley married her high-school sweetheart, James, she thought she was set for life. Now she’s twenty-eight, single, and fleeing to Dublin from her hometown to avoid the gossip surrounding their break-up. And all because of a test-your-relationship board game.

    This was not in her five-year plan.

    Then a chance encounter with gorgeous musician Danny leads to an unlikely friendship, and soon the pair are running music nights together in one of the oldest pubs in Dublin. For the first time Evelyn is following her dreams rather than someone else’s – and sparks are beginning to fly between her and Danny…

    But when her savings run out and home beckons, Evelyn has to choose. The safe, comfortable life she left behind, or a new adventure with Danny? Will Evelyn flee back to the familiarity of her ex, or reach for the stars and take a leap into the unknown?

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

  6. Kat's Review of Broken Bones by Angie Marson's (Kim Stone #7)

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    Angela Marsons Broken Bones Synopsis: The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.

    As three more sex workers in the Black Country are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable. 
    At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what at first looks like a tragic abandonment soon takes an even more sinister turn.

    When another young woman goes missing, the two investigations bring the team into a terrifying, hidden world, and a showdown puts Kim’s life at risk as secrets from as secrets from her own past come to light.

    As Kim battles her own demons, can she stop the killer, before another life is lost?

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

    Kat's Review: 

    I'm a fan of this series like many others and was looking forward to installment number 7. The murder of a young prostitute Kelly Rowe is the main focus of this latest book however this may seem like a bog standard story line which has done many times before but as usual Angela Marson's has an amazing way of depicting a story line and making it so much more real, by and large by how good the characters are. Kim's colleagues Kev, Stacey and Bryant are back where they belong in the middle of the team and in the thick of the plot. These guys make a cracking team and they each have their part to play in these books.

    In addition to the murder of Kelly Rowe an abandoned baby is left at the station and also becomes and integral part of the story. It seems the team have their hands full and as usual it makes for a compelling read. The story line itself is not the nicest of subjects but is done in a way that draws the reader in. There is quite a lot of action going on with this latest book but for me I loved the fact that it felt like we got to know Stacey and Kev that little bit more.

    I read this in two sittings because the writing flows so well and it's such an easy and enjoyable read. However, for me this wasn't my favourite of the series so far. There was absolutely nothing wrong with this book, I guess I just have such high expectations as Angie Marson's is such an amazing author. This is definitely a series I would recommend.

  7. BLOG TOUR: A Cosy Candlelit Christmas by Tilly Tenant

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    Tilly Tennant A Cosy Candlelit Xmas Synopsis: It’s the week before Christmas and Isla McCoy has just received an unexpected gift: a letter announcing she is due a life-changing inheritance, but only if she’s willing to make amends with the father who abandoned her.

    She has absolutely no intention of forgiving him, but who could resist an all-expenses-paid trip to the French resort of St Martin-de-Belleville?

    There she meets smooth-talking Justin and nerdy glaciologist Sebastian; two very different men, with two very different agendas. Torn between her head and her heart, Isla finds herself utterly lost in a winter wonderland of her own feelings.

    Surrounded by twinkling candles and roaring log-fires, Isla’s resolve finally begins to melt. But will she learn how to reconnect, not only with a whole new family, but with herself and her heart?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: I really enjoyed the last book by Tilly featuring Isla's friend Dodie. However I wanted to get stuck in with this book as I was curious about her best friend Isla. This book moves on to the same time period as Dodie, but we get to catch up with what Isla has done. Isla has had a strange phone call saying that her Grandmother she never knew has left her something in her will. However, that means visiting the French resort of St Martin-de-Belleville and seeing the Father who walked out on her and her Mum when she was a girl. <blog_break>

    As Isla arrives in the resort she has no idea but upon meeting Dahlia the owner of the place she is staying, and geeky but loveable Glaciologist Sebastian things seem to take a turn for the better. I absolutely adored Sebastian and although Isla is quite prickly and defensive you could tell that she was thawing to both him and the lovely Dahlia that owns the hotel. Tilly does a cracking job describing this beautiful place and it was easy to fall in love with it all as you read. 

    There are certainly some hairy moments as Isla faces her fears and meets not only the Father she doesn't know but the new step mother and half siblings. There are a couple of curveballs going on and you get the feeling that all is not as it seems on the surface. However, Isla doesn't suffer fools gladly and you can see her battling to do the right thing. What I did love was that the process wasn't shown to be easy. If she would have met her Dad and everything was instantly wonderful it wouldn't have had the same impact. 

    I read this book in just two sittings and absolutely loved it. As much as I enjoyed reading about Dodie in book 1, geeky Seb and stern Isla stole the show and this book was definitely my favourite of the 2. A wonderful book and a perfect Christmas present!

  8. BLOG TOUR: No-one Has Sex on Xmas Day by Tracy Bloom

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    Tracy Bloom No One Ever Has Sex on Xmas Day Synopsis: Katy’s been stuck in the office away from her family so she wants it all: snow (fake or real), the Michael Bublé Christmas album, whatever it takes. 

    There’s only one thing missing as far as her husband Ben is concerned: another baby to complete their family. But Katy isn’t so sure she's ready yet…

    Ben may be playing the role of Master Elf in the pre-school nativity but he is struggling to master his own family life. With romantically-challenged friends, an ex who refuses to go away and Katy's mum's 64-year-old toy boy thrown into the mix, Christmas looks like it could be going off the rails… Never mind family planning, can Katy and Ben even plan to make it to the end of Christmas Day? 

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

    Kat's Review: I have really enjoyed some of Tracy Bloom's books and especially since I read the previous book featuring Katy and Ben I was keen to see what had happened to them. Even if you haven't read that book you can certainly read this as a stand alone, but I found it so much more enjoyable to go back and see where they had got to.