#BlogTour Perfect Match by Zoe May

Today I’m thrilled to be part of The Perfect Match blog tour!

perfectmatchLength: 305 pages

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What they say:

Can you ever find true love online?

Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…

After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.

Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?

A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Catherine Bennetto and Rosie Blake!

The Review: We meet Sophia Jones on a date that isn’t going so well and learn that it’s most definitely not her first. Sophia occupies a world where everyone else seems to be coupled up, or have their life together, as she sees it anyway! She’s living somewhere she’s not sure of and hates her job as a proofreader for papers about UTIs as she writes a novel she’s just not motivated with (we all know that feeling!). I have to admit it took me a while to get into this book, as from the start I was afraid it actually wasn’t my cup of tea at all, there was a moment when I thought it would be cruder than I enjoyed, but then suddenly the (reading) fog cleared and I was most definitely looking forward to seeing what was going to happen!

So Sophia goes online dating with very exact specifications and a very exact match comes up (I loved how other people reacted to how he looked and his reaction back!). What I really loved, though, was seeing Sophia begin to really look around her and figure out what really made her happy. There are some side friends (I hearted both Sandra and Chris ) that I really enjoyed, and a lot of little mysteries and brilliant pacing to keep you reading. I would say as I read I had totally different opinions as to what should happen, or who should end up with who, and I’d love to have heard more about her book, but saying that the kindle percentages rose and rose and I really couldn’t put it down and. This is one of those books that show you how important the full package is, and not just the look of it from the outside.  Thanks so much to Harpercollins for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

 

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Lion on Fire by Ted Galdi #Free

So yesterday I hosted an excerpt from An American Cage by Ted Galdi (see post here ) and today I wanted to alert you to some more of his work, namely Lion On Fire which is free at the moment (just downloaded, looking forward to reading!!!) !!

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Length: 124 pages

Please note  that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say: Brian, a clean-cut, recent college grad, also works for the mob. He takes a side job in their underground New York City casino to make extra cash to help his brother out of a jam. Nothing goes as planned, and soon Brian is forced to team up with a charismatic co-worker to rob the Russian gangsters who run the casino.

Do you like impossible-to-pull-off heists?

Do you like characters you’ll never forget?

Do you like endings that make you gasp?

Then you’ll love Lion on Fire, the third novel by Ted Galdi, an Amazon #1 bestselling author who’s won Reader Views and Readers’ Favorite awards, and been featured by FOX, ABC, and iHeartRadio.

Get your copy of this hit book today and plunge inside New York’s underworld with two unlikely criminals who’ll have you cheering for the robbers instead of the cops.

About the author
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Ted Galdi, an Amazon #1 bestselling author, has been featured by Kirkus magazine, ABC, FOX, iHeartRadio, and many other media outlets. He’s a winner of a Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award and a Silver Medal in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Ted is a graduate of Duke University.His available releases are the books Elixir, An American Cage, and Lion on Fire, and the short story A Road to Nowhere.

To learn more about him and take advantage of his free offers, visit his website at

 

 

#Excerpt #FirstChapter An American Cage by Ted Galdi

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Length: 330 pages
Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book
What they say:
Three inmates break out of a maximum-security prison in Texas, one of them Danny Marsh, a suburban kid in his twenties who landed in jail because of a crime he never intended to commit.

An American Cage, a “tale of convicts on the run that convincingly examines their psychological states” (Kirkus Reviews), follows Danny and his two escape partners over a twenty-four-hour period as they struggle to cross Texas to freedom in Mexico. On this dangerous journey, Danny has to evade the rabid Texas authorities, and even worse, the schemes of one of his closest allies, who isn’t who he seems.

Click here to read the first chapter!
About the author
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Ted Galdi, an Amazon #1 bestselling author, has been featured by Kirkus magazine, ABC, FOX, iHeartRadio, and many other media outlets. He’s a winner of a Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award and a Silver Medal in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Ted is a graduate of Duke University.

His available releases are the books Elixir, An American Cage, and Lion on Fire, and the short story A Road to Nowhere.

To learn more about him and take advantage of his free offers, visit his website at

#Blogtour Her Last Lie by Amanda Brittany

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Length: 303 pages

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What they say:

Six years ago Isla was the only victim to walk free from Carl Jeffery’s vicious murder spree. Now, Isla vows to live her life to the fullest and from the outside it appears perfect.

Determined to finish her book Isla plans her final trip to Sweden, but after returning from Canada and meeting a man she never thought she would, her life begins to derail.

Suddenly Isla is plagued by memories of the man who tried to murder her, and the threat that he could be back causes her to question everything, and everyone around her.

This debut psychological thriller will have you closing down social media accounts, looking over your shoulder, and hooked until the very last line.

Perfect for fans of Sweet Little Lies, Friend Request and Louise Jensen.

 The Review: Ahhh. That’s the sound when you finish a very satisfying, rewarding thriller that had you on tenterhooks fairly early on and kept you there until the end. I really really enjoyed this. It’s the story of Isla, a travel writer who barely escaped with her life after the attempt on her life by serial killer Carl Jeffrey. From early on in the book there was goings on, with Isla wondering if the person who seems to be stalking her is in fact the Carl Jeffrey, who was imprisoned for three life sentences.

We had a number of suspects from the get go, although what you’re suspecting them of you’re not quite sure, as you also have to take into account that she’s been through a lot and is in a fragile state of mind. This is a book that takes you in and holds you, although it is not of the headachy variety, there’s always enough people about and everyday happenings/ drama to keep you looking about, plus the descriptions of places and her surroundings contained some gems that actually made me want to head off to Sweden! The relationships and friendships were done well and I had some people I seriously hearted. Also serious kudos on the tension and notching up of suspects.

The book moves between the past and the present, the past showing around about the time of the attack. You obviously never know how tough a book is until you’ve everything has come to a head and I was a little nervous as to what had happened all those years ago but I was able to handle it (phew!) Actually this did lead me to a slight issue I had with the book, and that was all that was unsaid, I can’t really say more but I always rather being able to tick suspects and happenings off as being case closed. I loved the ending both in the change in point of view (adored this point of view) and the race to the finish, the pick up in pacing being a definite high point for me and then the realisation of who was involved.

This is a book that’s for those who like the likes of Kathryn Croft or Louise Jensen (above you’ll see others liken the book to Louise Jensen, Sweet Little Lies and Friend Request but I still have to get to the last two books-I know, I know!) , and I’ve just seen that the royalties of downloads of this book go to Cancer Research so really, just go get!

I have to say that one of the quotes says that Amanda Brittany  is an exciting new voice and I’ll totally agree, I will definitely be looking out for her new releases. Thanks so much to HQ digital for allowing me to be part of this blog tour and for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

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#Blogtour The Heights by Juliet Bell

 

Today I’m so grateful to be part of the blog tour for The Heights, a wonderful book that’s basically a new take on Wuthering Heights!!

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Length: 384 pages

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What they say: Two hundred years since Emily Brontë’s birth comes The Heights: a modern re-telling of Wuthering Heights set in 1980s Yorkshire.

The searchers took several hours to find the body, even though they knew roughly where to look. The whole hillside had collapsed, and there was water running off the moors and over the slick black rubble. The boy, they knew, was beyond their help.
This was a recovery, not a rescue.

A grim discovery brings DCI Lockwood to Gimmerton’s Heights Estate – a bleak patch of Yorkshire he thought he’d left behind for good. There, he must do the unthinkable, and ask questions about the notorious Earnshaw family.

Decades may have passed since Maggie closed the pits and the Earnshaws ran riot – but old wounds remain raw. And, against his better judgement, DCI Lockwood is soon drawn into a story.

A story of an untameable boy, terrible rage, and two families ripped apart. A story of passion, obsession, and dark acts of revenge. And of beautiful Cathy Earnshaw – who now lies buried under cold white marble in the shadow of the moors.

The Review:

I’d read and adored Wuthering Heights years ago but for the life of me couldn’t remember the little details that I would have loved to have at my fingertips when reading this book, which is a retelli(ingeniously methinks) in a horrendously run down estate called The Heights in the town of Gimmerton where there is constant unease and unrest due to the closure of mines, the main, if not only source of employment. There are descriptions of a town that has fallen by the wayside and is now a tough and very divided place to live, coupled with those of the moors which are harsh and stark and vivid and wonderful!

The story is mostly told in the 1980’s, with the narrative diving back to the noughties as an investigation takes place into a possible murder. The tale being told is that of the Earnshaws and Lintons, of course centring around Cathy and Heathcliff.

The history of the Earnshaw’s had me and I winced at their misfortune and felt so much for Ray, the father who I thought to be so hard done by, although with the Lintons I fell for Edward Linton too. A lot of the characters weren’t easy to like for the most part, money and love as usual being key factors that drove people to be people they might otherwise not have been. The introduction of Heathcliff, and his relationship with Cathy was mesmerising as was, well, everything that followed really! I loved the darkness and wildness of the moors and the graveyard conflicting with the just plain dilapidation and constricting feel of The Heights.

The only thing that didn’t work for me was DCI Lockwood and his investigation which just seemed unnecessary to be honest. Even a journalist narrator would have held more substance for me, as Lockwood just didn’t seem professional, moving from person to person, interviewing without a clear direction. Saying that the rest of the book really had me entranced and not only with drive me back to Wuthering Heights, I’d say I’ll revisit this again too!

Thanks so much to HQ digital for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

About the authors(yes there’s two!)

Juliet Bell is the collaborative pen name of respected authors Janet Gover and Alison May.

Juliet was born at a writers’ conference, with a chance remark about heroes who are far from heroic. She was raised on pizza and wine during many long working lunches, and finished her first novel over cloud storage and skype in 2017.

Juliet shares Janet and Alison’s preoccupation with misunderstood classic fiction, and stories that explore the darker side of relationships.

Alison also writes commercial women’s fiction and romantic comedies and can be found at http://www.alison-may.co.uk

Janet writes contemporary romantic adventures mostly set in outback Australia and can be found at www.janetgover.com

Now. Would you like to follow the rest of the blog tour (I know I will be!)

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#bookreview Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake

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Length: 374 pages

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What they say:  Four suburban mothers conspire to cover up a deadly crime in Just Between Us, a heart-stopping novel of suspense by Rebecca Drake.

Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather. Four friends living the suburban ideal. Their jobs are steady, their kids are healthy. They’re as beautiful as their houses. But each of them has a dirty little secret, and hidden behind the veneer of their perfect lives is a crime and a mystery that will consume them all.

Everything starts to unravel when Alison spots a nasty bruise on Heather’s wrist. She shares her suspicions with Julie and Sarah, compelling all three to investigate what looks like an increasingly violent marriage. As mysterious injuries and erratic behavior mount, Heather can no longer deny the abuse, but she refuses to leave her husband. Desperate to save her, Alison and the others dread the phone call telling them that she’s been killed. But when that call finally comes, it’s not Heather who’s dead. In a moment they’ll come to regret, the women must decide what lengths they’ll go to in order to help a friend.

Just Between Us is a thrilling glimpse into the underbelly of suburbia, where not all neighbors can be trusted, and even the closest friends keep dangerous secrets. You never really know what goes on in another person’s mind, or in their marriage.

The Review: You’ll know already that I’m a big fan of books with many characters (obviously only when done well, when they’re too confusing they send my head into a spin!), and thrillers that are page turners, but without too much violence in them and so this book was very much made for me. This is the story of a group of friends who know each other very well, but not as well as they’d thought. Like all groups there are some that get on better than others, some who secretly irritate the others, but they all meet up under the guise and go through the motions, a few glasses of wine, or a coffee and some banter.

Each  of the characters lead very different lives which makes for great reading, there’s differences in personalities, attitudes to work and then there’s of course you see too whether a positive or negative attitude prevails (and experience the boom when they collide!) I knew each of the characters within minutes and loved learning of the secrets they were keeping.

As you can see there is a bruise spotted on Heather’s wrist and the group begins to realise that they don’t know anything about the seemingly perfect marriage between her and her plastic surgeon husband, Viktor.  What happens next comes from the point of views of each of the women, as they muddle through with the largest secret they’ve ever had bearing down on them. The veering off of each of the characters into starting to look out for themselves, and turning against others is brilliantly done, with surprises popping up all over the place to throw you off course and have seeds of doubt coming into play as they realise that they may not be the only one who knows of the life changing night in question.

I really enjoyed this book and read it over two days, devouring it. Although the ending wasn’t totally for me, I found the settings and characters excellent and the surprises constant which was exactly what I needed to pull me out of a reading slump. I don’t think  it will set lovers of fast paced thrillers on fire, but for me, it was a gem and  I’ll definitely be looking out this author again. Thanks to St Martin’s Press and Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

About the Author

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Rebecca Drake is the author of the novels Don’t Be Afraid, The Next Killing, The Dead Place, which was an IMBA bestseller, and Only Ever You, as well as the short story “Loaded,” which was featured in Pittsburgh Noir. A graduate of Penn State University and former journalist, she is currently an instructor in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction M.F.A. program. Rebecca lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband and two children.

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The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney

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Length: 434 pages

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What they say: The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.

The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?

The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?

Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.

Fans of Rachel Abbott, Karin Slaughter and Robert Dugoni will be gripped by this page-turning serial killer thriller, guaranteed to keep you reading late into the night.

The Review: I read a review quite a while ago from a blogger who gushed about an author who lived in her locality, saying that everything was a billion times more real because she knew she lived in the area that the book was loosely based around. I remember thinking how great that would be, but, being outside the box in terms of irish fiction (romantic comedies and thrillers are most definitely trumped here by literary fiction that I can’t always get my head around), I didn’t think it would ever happen. And then it did! One day, I was speaking to my son’s teacher, and she mentioned that a friend of hers had gotten a major book deal. She said that she was with a publisher that was different to other publishers, but were huge. That evening  our internet was down (this was back in the day of our non existing internet, before we moved house), and I totally forgot about it until she asked me was I going to the book launch and that’s when I went googling and oh my word!

‘She’s with Bookouture!!’ I squealed at her when I met her the following day. The poor lady just nodded and I began to gush about how much I ADORED Bookouture and how they’d put out some of the best books for me of the past few years. I then gushed about her friend (Ms. Gibney), who I’d seen on Twitter and the fact that she was writing thrillers. A writer from westmeath putting out thrillers! The gushing continued at home, where I’m sure my husband wanted to stuff his fingers in his ears and sing ‘la, la, la, la, la’ until I left the room. I downloaded the first two of her books and requested the third and a few days later headed over to her book launch for ‘The Stolen Girls,’ where I bought it as a beautiful paperback, which I will share pics of with you when I get to it (very soon). So I’ll leave the lead in at this, amazing author with amazing publisher puts out an amazing book and it’s supposedly set around here, but with the name Ragmullin (not Mullingar, isn’t that ingenious?!) Okay. I’m stopping. Honest.

So we start off with a dark prologue that features a group of children seeing things that they cannot and should not get their heads around. I have to admit that already I was so shocked that I nearly forgot to highlight. Then there’s the meeting of a lady with someone from her past in a cathedral and a murder (this sounds so wrong but I have to admit I loved the modern twist in terms of the murder weapon!). Actually as an aside I have to admit when I heard that it was largely based around the catholic church my heart lurched a little. Ireland has a horrifically sordid past in terms of how mothers and children were treated, and I think it’s one of the most tawdry and wrong in the world and I have to admit there’s times I wonder how we don’t hang our heads more but then saying that I do try to go to mass when I can (I’m a cherry picker Catholic if you will, sorry if that offends people, but I choose to go by the nicer parts of catholicism, those that are inclusive and teach being nice, helpful and loving, and disapprove of anything that isn’t fair on people or that excludes people for any reason). Takes breath (yes I know this is an odd review, I’m sorry, I’ll get back to it now!!!).

So DI Lottie Parker has been called to investigate. I loved her straight away and, as the book unfolded, enjoyed finding out about her family life, which is tough going, the kids have lost their father and the love of Lottie’s life, Adam, and she’s struggling to cope. The kids were lovely, Lottie was real and I loved reading about their family life as much as the case, which is something that always draws me in and keeps my eyes flying over the screen. Then there was the dynamics of the station, and her colleagues was brilliantly done (I have to admit I truly hearted Boyd, who was by her side when she needed him).

This book is enshrouded in dark and mystery, with shifty, weak characters, and terrifyingly sinister looming figures that fill you with dread. It jumps between past at St Angel’s children’s home and present, shocks and makes you grimace. It is not always outwardly graphic(sometimes it is), but gives you enough to leave imagery in your head that shouldn’t be there. It is a memorably book for me, not just because of it’s origins, but because it’s probably one of the most unputdownable books I’ve read since I’ve started blogging. Beyond recommended and cannot wait to get to the next of this series.

Rating: 5/5