Book Tour: The Bad Boy’s Girl

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by Blair Holden
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: February 21st 2017

Summary:

Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy.But the guy that’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel.

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My Review:

 This book deals with a lot of issues, starting with insecurities and ending with family drama. I do believe is quite complex and talks about most issues that teenagers face these days. Though in the end the action dragged too much, it is a book to my liking.

So Tessa has always been bullied by her all time crush’s brother, but when her best friend starts to treat her the same, she loses her confidence and retreats from social life. Her weight does not help much either.  Years later, she finds herself with fewer kilos, face to face with her all time torturer: Cole Stone.  She now has to face not only the relationship between Jay and Nicole (crush and ex-bestie), but also Cole, who says he’s changed. Add to that some family drama.

I liked how the story started, with some memorable funny lines (which I will soon include in my Goodreads page), even some teenage wisdom.  It is narrated from Tessa’s perspective, though in the end we get to experience some of Cole’s feelings as well. The author does a great job in creating different personalities (Tessa, her friends, her brother), which all have their own story and issues.

Tessa has always been in love with Jay, always held him high. She has tried to maintain the friendship door open, behind his girlfriend’s back. When Cole returns, he has to earn her trust and her appreciation. All the while, they both have family issues of their own. While Tessa has to endure her parents’ constant arguing and her brother’s self-destruction, Cole has to suffer a jealous step brother and hold to a secret not few know.

70% of the book was amazing, but after that, I felt the action was dragged a little. I believe the book should have ended somewhere around 75%.  It looked like a completely different attitude; I could not recognize the characters and even the writing.

All in all, I am going with a 4 star rating on this one, hoping that you like it as well. Let me know your opinion in the comments bellow.

 

About the Author

BLAIR HOLDEN (@jessgirl93 on Wattpad) is a twenty-three-year-old college student by day and Wattpad author by night. Her hobbies include and are limited to obsessively scouring Goodreads and reading romance novels, with a preference for all things new adult. Her own work usually contains lots of romance, humor, angst, and brooding bad-boy heroes. Caffeine and late-night Gilmore Girls marathons help her find a balance between completing her degree and writing. She writes for herself and also to make readers swoon, laugh, and occasionally cry. Her book, THE BAD BOY’S GIRL, has amassed over 170 million reads, which absolutely baffles her. Her dream is to see her readers holding a published copy of her books and remembering how far they’ve come together!

 

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Book Revew: Issaura’s Claws

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Issaura’s Claws by Katharine E Wibell. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 10 till 23 April. You can see the tour schedule here.

Issaura's ClawsIssaura’s Claws (The Incarn Saga #1)
By Katharine E Wibell
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 29 November, 2016

Blurb:
According to legend, when the world was young, the goddess Issaura appeared among men. Those who treated her with kindness received the gift of the gods—the ability to transform into an animal form. This was a great honor but one that separated this race from other humans. Before Issaura departed the mortal realm, she promised to return if her people were ever at the point of destruction.

“Now a threat is rising from a land across the mists of the ocean, a threat that will push this race to the brink of extinction. Responding to the call to war, seventeen-year-old Lluava heads off to find her destiny, one that will carve her name in history.”

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My Review:

A great book, that opens up a story about gods and two populations: Humans and Theriomorphs, a book that builds up characters. And this is the strongest point that I can identify.

Lluava has the ability to shape shift into a white tigress. She is proud of her origins, in a world where being different means not being accepted. A war is about to start and she volunteers as a representative of her family. From here on, we get to experience what means becoming a soldier and taking part in a war.  This is a strong story, which shows the glory, but also the horrible side of war – except the gods-related aspects, which I am not planning on touching.

The book is divided in two parts,  first one being focused in Lluava’s developments, second one following the war and how the team manages to work together. From writing perspective, the author has done a great job in pointing out all emotions for all characters. Most of all, depicting the war scenes. Even though I felt the action as being dragged as some point, later on I understood why I had this feeling.

I loved how the main character was presented – from start to end. She started apparently as a lonely person, constantly living with the idea of being different, all the while trying to fit in. She does however show us, even from the first pages, a strong character with a good sense of justice.  But what actually impressed me was how the reader gets to experience her development: from a girl to a soldier, a leader. She will push herself far beyond her limits, only relying on her own strength. Lluava can become a model heroine.

Without any unnecessary comments, for me this was a lovely read, with a main character that is now among my favorites. It is a series that I will for sure follow.

 

 

 

About the Author:Katharine E Wibell
Katharine Wibell’s lifelong interest in mythology includes epic poetry like the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. In addition, she is interested in all things animal whether training dogs, apprenticing at a children’s zoo, or caring for injured animals as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. After receiving degrees from Mercer University in both art and psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior, Wibell moved to New Orleans with her dog, Alli, to kick start her career as an artist and a writer. Her first literary works blend her knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy.

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Book Review: Mine, Forever and Always

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 mineTitle: Mine, Forever and Always

Author: Tammy L. Bailey

Published: March 16th 2017 by Tammy L. Bailey

Source: ARC received in exchange for review from Reading Alley

Format: .mobi

Blurb:

Just shy of fifteen years old, and during a fake and impromptu wedding ceremony, Lily Scott married her best friend’s brother, Henry Dalton.

It seemed harmless enough until he leaned in and whispered to her his true feelings, amorous words she has been unable to forget: Now you’re mine, forever and always.

Unfortunately, growing up pulls them apart and transforms Henry into a pompous scoundrel. When they meet again at a house party hosted by Henry’s sister, will Henry remember his once faithful promise to Lily?

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My Review:

After some time away from books, this was just what I needed to get back on track. I quick read, full of emotions, with some smart and funny characters. Set up in a time of arranged marriages, gossip that weighted a lot and women with a reputation to defend, “Mine, Forever and Always” is a story than blends very well!

Lily Scott has been waiting since her fifteenth birthday for Henry Dalton to honor their vows that she will be his, vows said in a pretend marriage ceremony. This was a moment that weighted a lot in her heart, but that created confusion when Henry left without so much as an explanation. Now being face to face with him again and with an arranged marriage with a man that she did not love, Lily will have to keep her feelings in check.

I loved the way the story develops and how the main characters come to rediscover each other. Even though it is not a long read, the pace is steady without rushed moments. There are also some funny scenes that will definitely bring out a smile – but the smart kind of funny. The language was adequately used to suite the era. Having the POVs of both characters gives the reader a complete image of the relationship and a better understanding of why one of them took certain decisions. No complaints from this perspective from my end!

Characters are amazing! Lily, though still young and inexperienced, has an intelligence that make her stand out. Her quick mind finds a way to steal a lost love letter from Henry’s pocket, though this has cost her an emotional turmoil. With a passion for books and a secret writing career, she still aspires to have a loving husband (maybe her dream husband). I liked that she was portrayed like independent somehow and strong enough to understand her obligations to her future husband. She was not the whiney type, not even too rebellious either. On the other hand, Henry is somewhat of a mystery for the beginning of the book. We do not receive right away his explanations, though his feelings are quite clear. He wants to see if Lily is the same innocent girl he’s left years ago. He is strong, firm on his decisions and equals Lily in intelligence. They make a great couple! Let’s not forget the matchmaker of it all, Henry’s sister. For me, she was the surprise of this book. An exuberant character that brings more life into the story. I think she outsmarts everyone!

As a conclusion, obviously 5 stars are in order for a book which features smart characters, an amazing love story with a dose of amazing writing! Congratulations to the author and can’t wait to see how Henry’s sister will do with her own romance.

 

 About the Authortammy

I’m a LEO wife, mother, and third-generation veteran.

I have been writing for thirteen years. My debut novel, LORD BACHELOR, earned second place in The Heart of Excellence, Reader’s Choice Award in 2016. This novel was also featured in InD’tale Magazine for receiving a Crowned Heart Review (4.5 stars). Although I enjoy the contemporary romance genre, my first love is historical romance. There’s just something about a man in a pair of Hessian boots.

When I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my husband and two boys, ages 13 and 11. Without their sacrifice and understanding, I would have never been able to pursue my passion of writing or my accomplishment of becoming a published author.

No matter what I write and read, there ALWAYS has to be a happy ending.

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Book Review: Always (Two Hearts, One Soul Duet: Book One)

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Title: Always (Two Hearts, One Soul Duet: Book One)

Author: London Saint James

Published: Expected April 6th 2017 by LSJ Romance

Source: ARC received in exchange for review from Reading Alley

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Blurb:

International bestselling author London Saint James’ first installment from Two Hearts, One Soul Duet is the epic tale of abiding love, heart-wrenching loss, and an astonishing bond that will find a way to endure.

Winter Perri never truly understood love until she met Austin Carlyle—the man who would rock her world to its foundations and give her something to believe in. But the night before they were to be married, the fairytale shattered.

Thirteen years later Winter is pulled out of her seclusion only to have a painful past confront her, and when it does, she’s left questioning reality, because the impossible is looking back at her with the face of a destroying angel, and piercing eyes in too familiar shades of blue.

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My Review:

 I must say I’ve read this book in one day – so that must say something. I did enjoy it very much, especially towards the end. This emotional story about knowing love, loss and healing is breathtaking. Though I have to admit there were some parts that were not to my taste, I hereby offer my 4 stars.

The romance developed between our main character – whose POV we’re offered – and Austin. She feels this instant attraction and need to have him close. They develop something that many of us would only dream of having: a perfect life, next to our soul mate. When one life altering event occurs, she is lost; she cannot find reasons to keep going. But sometimes, things have a way of arranging themselves in the proper way. Full of emotions of all kind, this book is truly a complex work.

Speaking of complexness, aside from the romance, there are also other themes present in the book and I think this is what motivated me to keep the rating. First we have a near-rape scene – a traumatic event which can be overcome only with the help of the loved ones. Second, we have family – the idea of building a future, being with the person one loves and being able to find that balance between career and family. Being able to share every moment with the most important person in your heart. Last, but not least, the struggles that even famous people have, with the constant intrusions in their private lives. Definitely, the most important aspect is the equivalence as base of life and love. Some things might just never die. Read about it till the end, and you’ll understand what I mean.

The book is divided in three parts. First one deals with how Winter and Austin meet, how they fall in love and how they plan a life together. Part two is much more emotional and will definitely make you shed a tear. Part three brings a turnaround and here I could also feel some small glimpses into our author’s life. I somehow could feel her presence through Winter’s eyes and actions.  While I enjoyed much more the second and last parts, for the first one I felt the action was dragged and with too many unnecessary descriptions. I would have wanted a little more emphasis on some scenes, and less on some others. This is my reason for one star less.

To summarize, I do believe this was a great read. If you prefer emotional stories, this is a great choice. If you are into a love that can last beyond tragedy – this is also a perfect book for you.

 About the Authorlsj

 London Saint James has lived in many places, but never felt “at home” until she met the real-life man of her dreams and settled down in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. London lives with her husband and their fat cat who thinks he owns them.

As an award-winning, bestselling, multi-published author, London is living her childhood dream. She knew all the scribbling she did, that big imagination of hers, and all those clamoring characters running around in her head would pay off someday.

Book Tour: Tiago

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Title: Tiago
Series: A Kurupira Romance #1
Author: Reily Garrett
Genre: romantic suspense, paranormal
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Synopsis

Where would you run when there’s no place to hide?

Twenty-four hours ago, Brielle stood helpless while an intruder murdered her mother. Her struggle to stay ahead of the psychopathic stalker seeking her DNA and birthright necessitates she flee her glass and concrete jungle.

Tiago, an immortal challenged with protecting the rainforest, faces a genius scientist who has created genetically specific bacteria and needs only the crystal worn by a foreigner to create hell on Earth.

Two strangers must learn to trust and work together in order to save the ones they love.

An exciting blend of action, adventure, and romance between a man not looking for love and a woman desperate to survive.

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My Review:

I have declared several times already that Reily Garrett has become one of my favorite authors, due to her stories, her writing skills and the way she brings life to her characters. I was happy to have received a copy of “Tiago” in exchange for a review and I do encourage you to give it a shot.

The story is well developed, the surroundings are great and the idea of a rainforest protector getting involved with a human is making this story amazing. I liked the determination each character had in following their objective; I liked how Belle and Tiago got close to each other and leaned to trust.

Belle proves to be strong even when witnessing her mother’s death. Her struggle to find out the truth and be prepared for every challenge is well presented. On the other hand, we have Tiago, whose determination to protect Belle is as equally powerful.

I will keep this review short, mostly because I have too many things to say about the story and I’m afraid I might spoil the fun. It has it all, fantasy, romance, mystery, paranormal. I could not wish for more.  So I will mention again my full appreciation towards Reily Garrett and all her books! Out of the 4 I’ve read, not one has disappointed me until now.

To close my review, obviously 5 out of 5 stars for “Tiago” and I am so looking forward to a new book in the series! Enjoy J

 

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Macabre shadows crawled across the tile floor to coalesce in a growing pool, bathing the kitchen in dark comfort as Brielle closed the back door. A long day of sorting microbes had induced residual eyestrain she’d love to deep six in favor of a long vacation where her closest neighbors hung by their tails, ate bananas, and cavorted on liana vines.

The last day of work before leave always entailed loose ends needing a quick tie-off. To make matters worse, her panty-whispering boss hit on her for the hundredth time, not understanding the word no. Perhaps some longhorn beetles deposited in his lunch box might change his point of view as far as women equating rabbits, waiting to be bred. If she had to make a comparison, she’d have likened herself to a lynx, solitary and a little wild, preferring dense forest to the concrete and glass modern world.

She’d chalked the day’s pall of trepidation up to the inevitable catastrophe encroaching on her horizon, bearing down at a speed her mind failed to comprehend. Heavy rain drumming on the roof didn’t help her mood. Now, her gaze scanned obscure corners of the room for the source of her tension.

Soft snoring from her mom’s bedroom drifted down the hallway as she eased into her own room, those precious, breathy sounds she’d not hear much longer as the ravages of cancer devoured her mom’s strength. She’d never expected fairness in life, but the avalanche of disaster plunging downhill threatened the fabric of her sanity. She and her mom were all she’d ever known through the highs of earning an advanced degree to the lows of her social awkwardness.

Muted rays of moonlight sifted through shivering autumn leaves to highlight two airline tickets sitting innocently on her dresser. Next trip—there’d only be one. Within weeks, she’d lose her only known family, the only person who’d understood the unique complexities of her character and loved her anyway. They’d wanted to see the Amazon River basin one more time, together. Making special arrangements had taxed her mental reserves as if that very action brought her closer to orphan status.

Sitting on the end of her bed was more an act of weakening legs than design. When hot tears finally glazed her cheeks, she feared the tidal wave of emotion would smash her wall of stoic determination and drown her in its flood to wash away any trace of her existence. The soft tapping raindrops against the windowpane emulated a metronome from hell, counting down her mom’s remaining heartbeats in cold, mechanical precision.

Holding tight to the necklace at her throat gave little comfort tonight. Normally, it served as a constant reminder of its origins and the semi-annual trips they’d taken to the rainforest, but now the cold crystal brought images of her mom’s failing health despite every effort to stop the cancer’s invasion of her liver and lungs. She’d never taken it off or even shown it to another living soul, per her mom’s warning.

“Oh, Mom, please don’t leave me. We have to find a way to beat this.” Yet the ineffectiveness of the latest round of chemo echoed in her mom’s new hand tremor and the wheeze punching the air even on short walks.

Through it all, self-pity had not become her master or companion, yet to see the only one she loved defeated and accepting the inevitable broke her in a way nothing else could. Day-to-day deterioration made her long for the calming sights and sounds of the Amazon. Its varied existence softened the harsh reality of her life. A cold Guarana might soothe right now, but the caffeine would keep her awake, and her mom wanted to talk on the plane tomorrow morning. Finally, she’d hear the story of her birthright. Water would do just fine—for the moment.

Mechanical movements of packing in low light and reserving an early AM taxi had become rote with years of practice. One of her peculiarities provided her with unusually keen sight, negating the need for a bedside lamp. If only her mind were as keen and could fathom a way to destroy the insidious invasion claiming her mom’s life essence hour by hour, minute by minute.

Light clinking of dishes as she put away the air-dried, dinner plates reminded her they wouldn’t be eating their next weeks’ meals in what Uncle Jack called civilized society. From their first trip to the southern hemisphere long ago, she’d preferred the simpler way of life, but her mom had insisted it wasn’t time to move south. Not yet. The basis for that decision remained a mystery, to be solved at thirty-thousand feet the next morning.

“I wish we’d relocated years ago. Maybe the shaman could’ve found a cure.” Small pools of low light from cylindrical pendant lamps over the sink provided the only illumination in the kitchen and a soothing balm to her fracturing soul.

The fine hair on her nape prickled, alerting her to danger, yet no stealthy sounds disturbed the atmosphere. No subtle change in air currents brushed her face. She could move like that, too.

Figurative bands tightened around her chest.

She stilled.

“I’m glad you didn’t.” The sultry feminine voice held as much arrogance as threat.

Whirling around in shock, Brielle dropped the porcelain plate. Its shattered pieces skidded across the porcelain tile to stop at a black, steel-toed, jump boot, the rhythmic tapping indicating her intruder’s agitated frame of mind.

A sharp inhale supplied further information as the mystery guest swayed her arm left-to-right, right-to-left. Her six-inch blade handled as an extension of her fingers and reflected narrow beams of light to dance along the ceiling. Beads of moisture clung to her leather jacket and pants, perpetuating the chemical smell filling the air.

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Reily Garrett is a West Coast girl transplanted to the East Coast. Past employments as an ICU nurse, private investigator, and military police officer has given her a host of different environments to add a real world feel to her writing.

Though her kids are her life, writing is her life after. The one enjoyed…after the kids are in bed or after they’re in school and the house is quiet. This is the time she kicks back with laptop, surrounded by her shepherds, to give her imagination free rein.

In life, hobbies can come and go according to our physical abilities, but you can always enjoy a good book. Life isn’t perfect, but your imagination can be. Relax, whether it’s in front of a fire or in your own personal dungeon. Take pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and bask in their accomplishments, then share your opinions over a coffee with your best friend (even if he’s four legged). Life is short. Cherish your time.

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Book Review: Birthright

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Title: Birthright (Legacy #1)

Author: Jessica Ruddick

Published: March 20th 2017 by Jessica Ruddick Books LLC

Source: Received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Format: .mobi

Blurb:

How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?

Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda.

While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.

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My Review:

This is one of the series that I will for sure follow! The first book develops great, with Ava struggling with her tasks as a seeker, trying to find a way around. I loved the writing and how well the characters blended with the story.

Ava has her own moral compass. Ever since finding out she’s supposed to provide names of people with white auras (people who soon after die), she has tried to find a way to deceive Xavier (their contact) and spare innocent lives. It’s easier said than done, since neither her, nor her mother know too much about this person or even about what happens to the souls after they are ripped. The task becomes much more difficult when she has to deliver the name of the only guy she has become attached.

Cole is one character with a mysterious past, his aura shows signs of being a pure soul, but his scars and history with gangs prove otherwise. He is still a mystery, but his emotional attachment towards Ava is visible since their first encounter. Their relationship evolves nicely and neatly.

I must admit though that this total lack of knowledge surrounding a Grimm Reaper’s tasks seems a little bit unbelievable, since not even Ava’s mother has not so much knowledge about it.

I did enjoy the book very much and I can’t wait for book #2. This will hopefully be one of my favorite series, since I am a fan of all these angels, daemons, reapers stories. Hope you like it as well, come by with your comments, as usual.

 

About the Authorjess

Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at jessicaruddick.com. To sign up for her newsletter, visit jessicaruddick.com/NL.

 

Book Review: The Difference Between You & Me

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Title: The Difference Between You & Me

Author: Celia Hayes

Published: March 1st 2017 by Aria

Source: Received from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review

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Blurb:

Can stepping out of your comfort zone lead you to ultimate happiness? A feisty rom-com, perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Tracey Bloom.

Trudy Watts has everything she’s ever dreamed of: a job that she loves, a successful boyfriend and an ultra-modern apartment in one of the most fashionable parts of London. With a long-awaited promotion due to come her way and her wedding just around the corner, Trudy’s life is just perfect…

That is until catastrophe strikes and her life is turned upside down. She’s transferred to Turriff, a remote Scottish town to manage a small, struggling bank branch.

Her arrival is traumatic and she wishes she was anywhere but here… Until she sees him – Ethan, the charming pub landlord, who seems to enjoy nothing more than to tease her. And it’s right there, in that pub, that her life will suddenly change…

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My Review:

 

I loved it! I believe mostly because I could relate to the character but also because it made me laugh so many times! It just made me feel good. And it is just what I needed.

What would you do if one day you realize that what you thought was a perfect life, actually proves to be full of flaws? Well, for starters, you run! I mean, I would go someplace far, try to start all over, or at least put some distance for a while.  That’s what our main character does as well – even though she takes this decision in a not so clear state of mind. Regardless, she ends up in Turriff, a place somewhere far from civilization – in her opinion at least.

Let’s dispel this bloody stupid myth of love at first sight, all this tear-jerking romance you see in films, all this overwhelming passion. They’re feelings I just can’t conceive of, which are capable of reducing an individual who was previously perfectly self-sufficient into a human wreck suffering from all the most worrying psychiatric disorders, from obsessive-compulsive disorder to abandonment anxiety.

The story is so full of funny incidents and funny dialogue that it captured me from the very beginning. I loved the writing, as it seemed so natural and believable. It starts and it ends in the same funny manner – and trust me, it has the most original Acknowledgements (Yes, I do read the Acknowledgement at the end of every book, as it bring me a little closer to the author).

Happiness is an elusive concept that, if we wanted to, we might compare to a haute couture fashion show – exclusive, expensive and , if you’re lucky, lasting a full season. It’s a pervasive feeling that makes you perform weird , wiggly dances of celebration, in thrall to devastating mental imbalance. So, I wonder, am I really happy? Can I actually, in all honesty, say that I want to burst into I Feel Good using the TV remote as a microphone? No, I guess not.

I was mentioning in the beginning that I could very much relate to the character. I am as well a workaholic and I know what is like to put work before everything else. I sometimes struggle with the same issues as Trudy. But coming back to her, I liked the fact she knew she was as guilty as her ex-future-husband in the distance settled between them. She never blamed solely him, but she never imagined this outcome for her relationship. She is now looking for comfort where she knows she is really good: in the office. Still, when she ends up with a hot landlord, her planned six months may turn differently.

“And what can I bring you to drink?” she carries on relentlessly.

“Cyanide,” I hiss through clenched teeth.

“Hmm… I don’t know if we have it.”

“Huh?”

The relationship between Trudy and Ethan is full of crazy. They argue, they cannot stand each other. He brings out a side in her she has never let out. It is very intense and at the same time really, really funny!

“You evil demon, what have you done to Trudy Watts? Trudy, can you hear me? Do you want me to call an exorcist?”

“Ethan, there’s no Internet!” I start to shout.

Honestly, I loved it and I would read it again. It made me feel good, it kept me from putting it down… what more could I have asked? A big thank you to Aria for providing me with a copy and my congratulations to the author for this great story!

 

About the Author

 

Celia Hayes works as a restorer and lives in Naples. Between one restoration and another, she loves to write. Her book, Don’t Marry Thomas Clark reached #1 in the Amazon Italian eBook chart.

Celia’s previous book, DON’T MARRY THOMAS CLARK is out now!

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