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  1. Afternoon all y'all! I wanted to make a quick blog post because my life has changed quite a lot in the last year or two and it's kind of forced me into a position where I need to start making some choices. A few years ago I started my business Soap-Dodger for those of you that don't know and from that I then launched a sister business named 'Ard As Nails which is us producing hand poured began nail polish. The business has gone from strength to strength but unfortunately I had no idea that it would grow to the extent it has. Of course I am thrilled but I am finding less and less time to read AND review and take part in Blog Tours. 

    I have been so slack in anything book related that as such my blog has taken a huge hit and to be fair I am probably one of the last bloggers people think of now because I'm not present as much as others (that isn't a 'poor me' quote, it's just a fact). I have one final Blog Tour I am part of at the beginning of June and that's it. I will maybe take the odd Blog Tour now and then in the future for real favourites of mine, but can no longer keep up with everything.

    I have made some amazing friends over the years and still cannot believe that I have been doing this for ten years or so. I will still be an active reader of other Bloggers and friends and I'll still be lurking on Social Media. Maybe one day when things change again I will be able to get back to doing this as it's a real passion of mine. Reading and reviewing will always be one of my great loves, but sadly my business progressing means that's what has to come first. I won't be removing my blog as it's ten years of graft and I still want to be able to post as and when I find the time. For those people that have followed me since the early days and for those that religiously read my reviews thank you so much for all your support and I hope that you don't forget me...who knows one day I may be back.

    Kat x

  2. Sue Watson Love Lies and Wedding Cake  Synopsis: Faye Dobson is in crisis. You wouldn’t know it, because of the big fat smile on her face, but inside, she’s one step away from nuclear meltdown. And she shouldn’t be. Dan ?? is the man of her dreams. Her really quite energetic dreams, that frequently come true. Sometimes twice in one night. And he’s just asked her to marry him.

    But Faye’s been down the marriage road before and it ended up with her having Ryan Gosling fantasies while her ex-husband obsessed about the plumbing. The actual plumbing. Faye and Dan have been living their lives to the fullest, travelling around the world, having sex under the stars... They haven’t argued about unrolling socks before putting them in the laundry.

    Besides, even if she wanted to say yes, how could she move to the other side of the world? Because marrying Dan would mean living in Australia. Beautiful, warm and a gazillion miles from Faye’s daughter, Emma, a single mum with her own crazy little girl who both need Faye every single day. Leaving them – even for someone who makes her laugh as much as Dan – simply isn’t an option. 

    Dan is offering Faye everything she ever wanted. So why does she feel like she’s about to lose it all?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5 (I'd give it 10 out of 5 if humanly possible)

    This is a sequel to one of my ALL TIME favourite books, and my suggestion is to read that book first as it's brilliant. Check out my review for that here 

  3. Peter James Dead If You Dont Synopsis: Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most complex case yet in Dead If You Don't.

    Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He’s beginning to lose, big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club’s Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it’s at the stadium where his nightmare begins.

    Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye off Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy disappears. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay.

    Defying instruction not to contact the police, Kipp reluctantly does just that, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought in to investigate. At first it seems a straightforward case of kidnap. But rapidly Grace finds himself entering a dark, criminal underbelly of the city, where the rules are different and nothing is what it seems .

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

    Kat's Review: Well I must admit although I really enjoyed this latest Roy Grace outing I was kind of expecting a little more. If like me you were glad to see the back of the Sandy storyline, I also wonder if (like me) you were also expecting a little more from the thread regarding Roy's son? That little niggle aside this was a pretty decent read. You notice I say decent, and not great or good. I don't know whether that's because I just consistently expect more from Mr J or whether he just isn't up to scratch.

    This story is set around a bomb threat at the local Football stadium as well as the kidnapping of the son of local businessman Kipp Brown who was briefly featured in the last book. The storylines were okay and certainly engaging enough but I still felt like there was something missing and I still cannot put my finger on exactly what that was. I love seeing the return of characters I love such as Roy's sidekick Glenn Branson as well as people like the always inappropriate Norman Potting.These consistently good characters and now the additin of Roy's son are certainly what keep me going back to this series. 

    One of the most exciting threads for me is Roy's son who frankly is one of the best things recently introduced. I think this gives Peter James the scope to take this series in a new direction and I sincerely hope that he will. I don't know if it's just me as the reviews for this book are mostly amazing so it seems I am in the minority. I just feel like there was a little something slightly off and although I cannot qork out what that is this latest release just didn't feel like it was as good as it could have been.