Review: The wedding proposal by Sue Moorcroft

untitled (15)The Wedding proposal by Sue Moorcroft

“Can a runaway bride stop running?
Elle Jamieson is an unusually private person, in relationships as well as at work – and for good reason. But when she’s made redundant, with no ties to hold her, Elle heads off to a new life in sunny Malta.
Lucas Rose hates secrets – he prides himself on his ability to lay his cards on the table and he expects nothing less from others. He’s furious when his summer working as a divemaster is interrupted by the arrival of Elle, his ex, all thanks to his Uncle Simon’s misguided attempts at matchmaking.
Forced to live in close proximity, it’s hard to ignore what they had shared before Lucas’s wedding proposal ended everything they had. But then an unexpected phone call from England allows Lucas a rare glimpse of the true Elle. Can he deal with Elle’s hidden past when it finally comes to light? ”

What a stunning novel. Sue Moorcroft never fails to produce a story of beauty.

Elle and Lucas get a second chance to put the past to rights; and offers hope that a love at the wrong time could re-manifest itself when the time is right.

There was so much tension between Elle and Lucas that you already knew their feelings laid dormant until it could be reignited by the spark of love.

I’ve never been to Malta, but from Sue Moorcroft’s stunning descriptions – I feel like I really was there myself.

The Wedding proposal is the perfect book to read while holding onto the last sunshine of summer. It is an exhilarating red filled with sun, sea, sand and romance.

 

 

Review: Monsoon Mists by Christina Courtenay

untitled (7)Monsoon Mists by Christina Courtenay

“Sometimes the most precious things cannot be bought…
It’s 1759 and Jamie Kinross has travelled far to escape his troubled past – from the pine forests of Sweden to the bustling streets of India.

In India he starts a new life as a gem trader, but when his mentor’s family are kidnapped as part of a criminal plot, he vows to save them and embarks on a dangerous mission to the city of Surat, carrying the stolen talisman of an Indian Rajah.

There he encounters Zarmina Miller. She is rich and beautiful, but her infamous haughtiness has earned her a nickname: “The Ice Widow”. Jamie is instantly tempted by the challenge she presents.

But when it becomes clear that Zarmina’s step-son is involved in the plot, he begins to see another side to her – a dark past to rival his own and a heart just waiting to be thawed. But is it too late? ”

divider-NEWMonsoon mists is third book in the epic Kinross series, that started with Trade winds and then Highland storms. It can be read as a stand alone, but I suggest you read them in order. I can guarantee you won’t want to miss any part of this majestic saga.

Sweeping the globe, James reaches India, hoping to escape his troubled past. He meets Zarmina and their turbulent romance tries to gain a foot hold against all odds.

Monsoon mists is full of intrigue and adventure, enough to keep any reader hooked from the first page. At its core is a heart warming romance that will melt the most stoic of hearts.

Christina Courtenay is an author of impeccable talent and her books have become a bench mark for quality and exceptional detailed stories. If you haven’t read any of her other novels, I can highly recommend all her works.

The Kinross series is an exciting romantic series that should not be missed. Five stars are not enough to extol how highly I rate this series.

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Review: Doctor January by Rhoda Baxter

untitled (6)Doctor January by Rhoda Baxter

“If you keep looking back, you might miss what’s standing right in front of you …
Six months after a painful break-up from Gordon, Beth’s finally getting her life back on track. She has faith in her own scientific theories and is willing to work hard to prove them. She’s even beginning to see Hibs, her dedicated lab partner, as more than just a lousy lothario in a lab-coat and goggles.

So when Gordon arrives back from America without warning and expects to be welcomed back into Beth’s arms, she’s totally thrown. She also quickly begins to see that Gordon isn’t the man she thought he was … Hibs has always held a candle for Beth, but he can only wait so long for her to realise there’s more to life than being patronised and bullied by the one who’s meant to love and protect her.

Will Beth forsee the explosive nature beneath Gordon’s placid surface before he destroys everything she’s worked for, both inside and outside the lab? ”

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Beth is besotted with Gordon, but all he does is break her heart. Blinded by her love for him, she can’t see how toxic he really is. He is a bully – whom I think is secretly jealous of her, because he all he seems to want to do is destroy her. I hated Gordon; but that is okay, because I think I was a suppose to.

I adored Hibs, to me he was a perfect gentleman. It was just a shame Beth didn’t notice him sooner, because it would have saved her a lot of heart ache.

What I loved so much about Rhoda Baxter’s work, is that it is all rooted in reality. As you read, you see the relationships blossom and you know exactly why her characters end up feeling the way the do.

Doctor January is a charming read with wonderful rich characters. It is both humorous and heart-warming and will definitely pull on your heart-strings. Chances are you will shout out  obscenities towards Gordon at certain parts like I did, but he deserves it.

Doctor January is the perfect addition to your summer reads. I highly recommend, as you will not be disappointed.

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Review: Only true in fairy tales by Christine Stovell

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“It’s never too late to believe in fairy tales …
Eloise Blake has been fascinated by Prospect House, the shadowy romantic Gothic house opposite, ever since she moved to the village of Hookfield.

When its new owner turns out to be best-selling crime author, Ross Farrell, whose work is grounded in gritty reality rather than happy endings, Eloise is determined to concentrate on her tapestry design business and her rescue dog, Gracie.

She’s already given up on knights in shining armour and happy ever afters. Love, she thinks, is only true in fairy tales – even when Ross keeps appearing just when she needs help most. But is he the Prince Charming she thought didn’t exist – or is he a beast in disguise? ”

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Eloise must have read too many gothic romances in her past and the result is endearing. She reminded me of Catherine Moorland from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey but in a modern-day setting – but even more charming.

Ross Farrell is a mysterious new-comer, who has the brooding qualities of a writer and is so utterly charming. Then adding the adorable Gracie to the mix- equals a heart warming story. My only complaint about this novella is that I wished it was full length. I didn’t want it to end so soon.

“Only true in fairy tales” is  beautifully written and just the perfect size for sneaking off with for an afternoon treat. If you deserve a treat, then this is the book for you.

Review: Falling Apart by Jane Lovering

fallingapartFalling Apart by Jane Lovering

In the mean streets of York, the stakes just got higher – and even pointier.
Jessica Grant liaises with Otherworlders for York Council so she knows that falling in love with a vampire takes a leap of faith. But her lover Sil, the City Vampire in charge of Otherworld York, he wouldn’t run out on her, would he? He wouldn’t let his demon get the better of him. Or would he?
Sil knows there’s a reason for his bad haircut, worse clothes and the trail of bleeding humans in his wake. If only he could remember exactly what he did before someone finds him and shoots him on sight.
With her loyalties already questioned for defending zombies, the Otherworlders no one cares about, Jess must choose which side she’s on, either help her lover or turn him in. Human or Other? Whatever she decides, there’s a high price to pay – and someone to lose.

The second novel in the series, follows Vampire State of Mind.”

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Jess and Sil are back. This time bigger and better. “Falling apart” picks up where Vampire state of mind leaves off. I thought Vampire state of mind would be a hard act to follow, but Jane Lovering expands her original world with new characters and new problems.

This latest instalment of an alternative history, York introduces zombies, like you have never seen before and new foes like the the “Britain for Humans” movement. As always, Jane Lovering brings new meaning to the phrase demon seed.

What made this book stand out for me, is that Jess and Sil’s relationship is of a realistic nature. Love does not always conqueror all when there are impossible issue to overcome. “Falling apart” never sugar coats or pretends that things will magically work out without putting in the hard graft.

Sil struggles with his demon symbiote and it is a constant fight for him not to let it take over and this creates the tension with his relationship with Jess. While Sil is “off doing vampire things”, Jess is torn between the man she loves and her job.

This is not your ordinary Vampire story. “Falling Apart”will make you laugh out loud and engage with the characters to the point where you yell at the book; willingly them to stop being so stubborn and do what their hearts tell them is the right thing to do.

Jane Lovering infuses her story with her trademark witty and sarcasm with Lovecraftian influences and creates a world that is so unique, that it makes Falling apart un-put-down-able. It is my suggestion that you read “Vampire State of mind” first before “Falling apart- I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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VampirestateofmindVampire State of Mind by Jane Lovering

“Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well. She runs the York Council tracker programme making sure that Otherworlders are all where they should be, keeps the filing in order and drinks far too much coffee.

To Jess, vampires are annoying and arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil, who’s now in charge of Otherworld York. When a demon turns up and threatens not just Jess but the whole world order, she and Sil are forced to work together.

But then Jess turns out to be the key to saving the world, which puts a very different slant on their relationship. The stakes are high. They are also very, very pointy and Jess isn’t afraid to use them – even on the vampire she’s rather afraid she’s falling in love with … “

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Vampire State of mind is a new and inventive twist on the vampire genre. I really was impressed with this book! A time-slip opens in Wales and it is a door way to other dimensions filled with supernatural beings. They start filtering through to our world and cause havoc. The themes are very Lovecraftian as well as being alternative history at its best.

I can’t remember when I highlighted so many paragraphs in a book before. There were so many funny lines, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. There was one line about using the television show “Buffy the vampire slayer” as an instructional video, that kept me giggling al day.

Jessica and Sil have a bizarre romance. At times it is more hate than love- but it adds another dimension to Sil’s demonic symbiot. There is a lot of the man left behind in their to make an impact. There are some very tender scenes about redemption and salvation towards the end.

Vampire State of mind is a roller coaster ride of excitement with added pithy retorts. It is a must read for Anita Blake and Kelly Armstrong fans. Jessica Grant is fierce heroine that can not be missed. She is the Yorkshire version of Buffy.

This is Urban Fantasy at it finest and a new chapter in British Vampire Mythology. Jane Lovering injects her trademark humour and plenty of kickass.

 

 

Vampire State of mind is currently free for a very limited time. Get your copy now and start of the summer with Jane Lovering.

Review: Talk To Me by Jules Wake

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Olivia and Daniel certainly aren’t talking the language of love …
Olivia has been in love with Daniel forever but, despite her best efforts, they’ve never been able to get it together. Their relationship has always been a series of mixed messages and misunderstandings and the final straw comes when Daniel mysteriously starts dating her flatmate, Emily. Hurt and confused, Olivia resolves to forget her heartache with a spot of speed dating. After all, what could possibly go wrong?
One crazy stalker later and Olivia’s life is becoming increasingly strange and scary. Can she rely on Daniel to step in when events take a terrifying turn or will their communication breakdown ultimately result in tragedy? “

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“Talk to me” is a stunning début. Jules Wake taps into the Zeitgeist of the moment and delivers a novel that is contemporary and heart warming. It has the camaraderie and fashion sense of Sex in the City, but has the unique pulse of London.

“Talk to me” feels like it is fresh out from the pages of Hello magazine with it’s references to latest fashion trends. I have to admit, I am a bit of a fashion philistine and I didn’t know what a Manolo Blanik was before; but now I feel educated.

Jules Wake creates memorable characters that often say the most laugh out loud things- things I wish I would be able to say. Emily is the flatmate and not such a nice girl. Daniel is lovely, if not a bit misguided and Kate provides some antipodean charms.

Olivia and Daniel have problems getting past the starting gate. Daniel starts to date Olivia Flatmate and that starts a whole series of events that make you wonder if they will ever come to their senses.

Although there are many soap opera reference and mentions of various cosmetics, there is more depth to it. There are some real consequence to Olivia’s speed dating disaster and how easily it is for something that seems innocent at the time to turn life threatening.

Jules Wake’s “Talk to me” is the next wave in chick lit – it is a brilliant novel that is funny, clever and romantic. Not since Sophie Kinsella and Helen Fielding, has there been such a coup d’etat for the genre. If you can only take one book with you on holiday this year- then this is that book.

Soul Mates: Romancing the Soul by Sarah Tranter

romancingRomancing the Soul by Sarah Tranter

Your Soul Mate is out there! Let a past life lead the way
Rachael Jones hasn’t exactly chosen an average career path. She’s a ‘past-life regressionist’ and is now hoping to help her clients find their Soul Mates through reconnecting them with their past lives. But despite her best intentions, there are problems. Rachael made the mistake of regressing her best friend, Susie Morris, who has since been haunted by events that occurred in her past life.
When Susie meets Hollywood actor, George Silbury in unlikely circumstances, she is completely unprepared for her reactions. There’s an intense mutual attraction that neither can explain nor ignore.
Can George help Susie to overcome the sense of desolation she feels as the result of her past-life regression or will history’s habit of repeating itself ruin all chances of her finding happiness? “

 

Romancing the soul is one of the most unique reads I have read in a long time. I found the subject matter of past life regression so riveting. The fact that you could possibly find your soul mate through past life regression was even more fascinating.

Sarah Tranter has such a distinctive writing style that you feel as if you were in her characters head willing them on. She blends heart wrenching drama with her own quirky humour. She used the phrase “The nutty regresser” to describe Rachael and I have to say I chuckled all day about it.

George Silbury leapt off the page and stood out for me. Although, as a Hollywood actor, you would expect some sort of inflated ego but Sarah Tranter gave him depth. When he meets Susie, there are fireworks. The only way I can describe Susie and George’s interactions is passionate.

Romancing the soul stands out from the crowd. Sarah Tranter’s laborious research into past life regression is clear. This book exceeded any expectations because Sarah Tranter took a speculative subject matter and made it a real possibility.

Whether you are sceptical about Soul mates or a believer, this book will convince you that there is some gravitas to the notion. Past life regression is something I always heard about but never understood but after reading Romancing the Soul, I feel it is worth finding more about.

Sarah Tranter finely crafted novel offers us an extraordinary romance that will stay with you long after the book is read. Romancing the soul is what all good romance stories should be, clever, emotional, with an unforgettable story line with twists and turns.

After reading her début supernatural romance “No such thing as immorality”- I am very eager for the authors next book. Once you pick up a Sarah Tranter book, they are very hard to put down.

I highly recommend this book for a great holiday read.

lineClare Chase (2)I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Choc Lit’s latest discovery Clare Chase, and she is here  now to tell you a little about herself and what a soul mate means to her:

EPBR: What does a soul mate mean to you?

CC: A soul mate is a very beguiling idea. It’s someone with whom you have a deep connection. You don’t have to have known each other for years; there’s something innate that links you. For me, it’s someone whose eye you catch, because you both find something funny at exactly the same moment. In song, it’s summed up by Alanis Morissette’s Head over Feet. Soul mates understand each other’s subtext without having to ask. And in a romantic relationship, passion is coupled with this close understanding, making for a heady mix.

It’s also a connection that won’t fade with time, which means it has excellent potential for drama in fiction! If circumstances have kept soul mates apart, a chance reunion after they’ve each developed independent lives can have unpredictable consequences.

EPBR: Tell me about your debut novel for Choc lit?

CC: It’s a romantic thriller called Anna in the Works, which was shortlisted for Novelicious’ Undiscovered competition. It’s set in London and the Lake District.

Anna’s being followed by a man she met at her friend’s art gallery. She fell for him on sight, but that was before she knew he’d given her a false name. Torn between backing off and allowing him to explain, Anna gets drawn in. It’s a decision that will put her life on the line…

EPBR: How has signing with Choc Lit changed your life?

CC: Knowing Choc Lit’s tasting panel really liked my novel has been the most incredible boost. I’m so grateful to them for giving my work their seal of approval. Joining Choc Lit’s existing authors is also brilliant – I love their work, so I’m proud to be amongst them, and they’re also a very friendly and supportive group.

In addition, having a publishing contact means I’ve become pretty busy! I’ve been working on things like an author’s page on Facebook and a re-jig of my website. Alongside that, I’m just finishing work on my next novel – another romantic thriller, set in Cambridge, UK. It’s very exciting to be writing for an audience now, not just for my own pleasure!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for “Anna in the Works”! While we impatiently wait, you can visit Clare’s website for more information and news.

fb Visit Clare on FaceBook by clicking the icon or follow her on Twitter @clarechase.

 

Dancing in the Rain is not a traditional Soul mate book, but I have included it because Jacob’s and Rosenya’s relationship is that of a soul mate experience.

dancingDancing in the rain by Amanda James

What if the responsibility for preventing a major disaster lay with you?

“Jacob Weston has felt like he doesn’t belong for as long as he can remember and the strangely vivid dreams he experiences only serve to make him feel more alone. But when his job in research science takes him thousands of miles away from what he thought of as home, Jacob finds the mystery of his past begin to unravel. A trip to the breathtaking Monument Valley and an extraordinary encounter with a Navajo guide seem to hold the key to who Jacob really is.

After meeting the beautiful Rosenya Neboyia, Jacob feels he may have found what he’d been searching for. But with this meeting is the discovery that his dreams come with a responsibility, and that responsibility is bigger and scarier than he could have ever imagined”.

Dancing in the rain is an immense drama that hooks you in from the very first line. It is so beautifully written, the pages fly by without blinking. It is truly a testament to Amanda James’ talent.

The painstaking details of the Navajo nation has the intricate details that only an insider on the reservation would know. The Authors description of the locations are breath-taking and that world comes to life on the page in vivid ochres and dessert sands.

Amanda James is such a brilliant writer, she is able to invoke the tastes and the delicious scents of wild sage with ease. My mouth watered when Jacobs first Navajo meal was described; I could taste the sweetness of the butter-nut squash myself.

In this epic saga, that spawns from WW2 to the Welsh valleys and concluding in the American South West-,Jacob follows his heart and goes on a vision quest. He discovers the family he never knew and his Navajo cousins- the Redbirds. That kind of Native American Mysticism is what makes Dancing in the Rain so magical.

Jacob is a wonderful character who battles with what he was raised to believe and the truth of his real heritage. He tries to find his identity and place in the world, and ultimately himself along the way. Slowly he realises through Matthius Redbird that it was always his fate. A fate that includes his people’s salvation. Believe me that part of the story arc is fast paced and full of explosive action.

When Jacob meets Roseyna you can feel the electricity of love at first site and it is a stunning description of two souls bonding. There is also some very steamy scenes between the both of them.

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Today’s Quiz is “What is the name of your Soul Mate?”

Our Soul mate feature for this week is over, but it will resume next Tuesdays with three more great books by the incredible Christina Courtenay. Tomorrow we will feature our next “Down Under” feature and friday I will bring you two new releases.

Don’t forget to visit our sister site Project Nemesis for our special Zombie week. For now I will leave you with a beautiful song sung by the adorable Robert Downey Jr., and it is from his reincarnation/soul mate film “Chances are”. Enjoy!