#BlogTour #BookReview Sisterly Love by Michelle Vernal

Today I’m beyond excited to be part of the blog tour for the brilliant ‘Sisterly Love’ by Michelle Vernal!

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Length: 349 pages

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What they say:

Nobody’s Perfect Are They?

Rebecca Loughton’s bumbled her way through her thirty-something years making a few cock-ups along the way. Of course, these wouldn’t be so obvious if it wasn’t for her golden haired, older sister Jennifer.

In a bid to escape Jennifer’s lengthy shadow and to find her happy ever after Rebecca, high-tails it out of her hometown of Christchurch to the other side of the world landing a legal secretary job in the buzzing city of Dublin. A few drinks later, all she has to show for her new life is an embarrassing one-night stand and a dollop of flirtatious banter with her boss Ciaran, who just happens to have a predatory receptionist in hot pursuit of him.

Amidst plans of preventing such a merger, Rebecca receives news that Jennifer’s picture perfect life has a big, fat crack down the middle of it in the form of a philandering husband. Summoned home to look after her sister’s children and cooking school while she works on her marriage, Rebecca finds the reality of looking after two young children along with the bizarre array of guests booked into the cooking school grim. The only bright spot on her horizon are Ciaran’s e-mails but then she meets David Seagar whom she thinks might just be the ending to her happy ever after but will he prove to be far from perfect too?

The Review

So we meet Rebecca, who’s been drafted in by her sister to look after the kids after said sister’s marriage breaks down to fly back to their home town (Rebecca moved to Ireland some time ago) in Cristchurch.  I have to start by saying all settings were excellent, in particular the finer details, her home household with it’s Addam’s family type portrait, her apartment in Dublin (me: yay-it’s set in Dublin!), or her sister’s decadent family house.

The comedy and smart remarks were totally me, the fact that there was two kids present to send everything in a spin and that her and her ‘try-to-get-out-of-anything’ friend, Melissa, was helping mind them? Just brilliant.

Now I’ll admit I had tiny issues, Rebecca wasn’t always the world’s most likeable protagonist and I’d say the book was more comedy than romance (I didn’t totally believe any of the romance to be honest), but all in all I loved this book, with it’s non stop pacing and bam, bam, bam approach to everything that happened. Any issues I found in terms of believably were miniscule and didn’t dampen my enthusiasm for a book I absolutely DEVOURED, nodding along and smiling, in just a few hours. I’ll most definitely look forward to making my way through this author’s back catalogue.

I’ll never forget when Cher Lloyd was first on the X Factor, and after one of her particularly amazing performances, Cheryl said (puts on Cheryl accent:)”You’re right up my street you are” (or something close to that anyhoo!). THAT is how I feel about this book.

Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for this book in return for an honest review and of course for allowing me to be part of the blog tour.

Rating: 4.5/5

About the author

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Hello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books.

I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here I am. These days I write for a North Canterbury lifestyle magazine and my latest book Sweet Home Summer has just been released by Harper Impulse.

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#BlogTour #BookReview #Giveaway One Summer Weekend by Juliet Archer

Apologies to everyone I let down yesterday when I failed to post this, my blog post for the tour of One Summer Weekend by Juliet Archer.

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What they say:  One summer weekend can change everything …

Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control – until she meets her new client, Jack Smith. Jack’s reputation precedes him and Alicia knows immediately that he spells trouble. Not least because he reminds her of someone else – a man who broke her heart and made her resolve never to lower her guard again.

Taking Jack on as a client is a risk, but one that Alicia decides to take for the good of her career. As long as she keeps him in his place, she might just make it through unscathed. But Jack has other ideas – including a ‘business’ trip to the Lake District. One summer weekend with him is all it takes to put Alicia’s carefully organised world in a spin …

The Review: We meet Alicia Marlowe as she meets a new potential client for ‘Coaches for Growth,’ and she is not impressed by what she sees. I was straight in, straight away as we also met Jack Smith, whose reputation as single handedly turning around a company that was in severe difficulty preceded him. I knew I liked Jack straight off the bat, and enjoyed how they interacted with each other, even though Alicia did at times come across as being slightly over dramatic, jumping to every cliche conclusion about him not being serious, and being a womanizer. I enjoyed their time in the office, but it was after the twenty percent mark, where Jack took Alicia to the beautiful Lake District, that things really kicked off for me as they pretended to be a couple for the lovely Bill and Midge. I enjoyed the scenery and settings, although for once I wished I could have gotten even more of a feel for both, given the beauty of this cover (isn’t it gorgeous?)and the location.

The romance in this book is impeccible, turning a couple who I wasn’t sure of the chemistry of, into a partnership that I willed to work. With both struggling from past hurts, we got some drama that I really enjoyed. I flew through this book in one lovely Summer’s afternoon and it was perfect for this. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

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Juliet Archer writes award-winning romantic comedy for Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction. She has been known to spend many happy hours matching irresistible heroes with their equally irresistible chocolate counterparts – watch out for the dark nutty ones!

Her debut novel, The Importance of Being Emma, won the Big Red Read Book of the Year 2011 Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Her second novel, Persuade Me, was shortlisted for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award.

Juliet’s third book, One Summer Weekend, is out in June 2018. You can also read her short stories: Incense & Insensibility in the Choc Lit Love Match anthology, and Love Rules in Choc Lit’s Kisses & Cupcakes anthology.

Juliet was born and bred in North-East England and now lives in Hertfordshire. She gives talks all over the UK and in the USA about the classic authors who inspire her work. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Jane Austen Society. Her non-writing career has spanned IT, acquisitions analysis, copy editing, marketing and project management, providing plenty of first-hand research for her novels.

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Blog Tour #Bookreview Stuck With You by Anna Premoli @ariafiction

Today I’m so happy to be part of The Stuck with You blog tour!

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Length: 356 pages

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Anna’s previous books, LOVE TO HATE YOU, YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY and UNTIL LOVE DO US PART are out now! Buy them here  

What they say: A smart, romantic comedy about how finding The One doesn’t always have to be love at first sight…  

Lavinia Ferrari is in her fifth year at Bocconi University where she studies Economics when she is introduced to a new project that will guarantee her extra credits. She’s intrigued… but it means the class must team up with students from the Computer Engineering course. Lavinia has absolutely no interest in the project, and to top things off, she’s paired with Seb Marconi who is less than enthusiastic. 

When the work begins, her friends seem to be making great progress with their partners, but Lavinia isn’t having the same luck… Seb is making it quite clear that he’s not interested in the project, or Lavinia, fuelling her frustration. 

She has no choice – they’re stuck in this, and besides, she won’t receive her extra credits unless they work together. Lavinia must come up with a way to convince the guy who drives her crazy to put the work in… but how? 

From the author of LOVE TO HATE YOU, YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY and UNTIL LOVE DO US PART. 

The Review: I have to start by making you scroll back up to look at that gorgeous cover.  I knew from the second I saw both the cover and the blurb that I was going to enjoy this.

Lavinia Ferrari is a yes woman. She’s out to please, to keep the peace, in particular in relation to her parents, two ambitious individuals who are taking the fact that her sister has decided not to take it any more out on her. I have to say I loved her family, who were about as pushy as pushy could be, but in a definite ‘not taking no for an answer’ way. As a result Lavina, our protagonist, is thrown into Economics, which she navigates with her two friends, Giada and Alessandra.

I suppose this is the part I should really talk about Lavinia. It took me some time to warm to her, as I found her to be a tad ‘me’ inclined, and constantly reminding us just how much she was always out to please others. I find when you’re constantly told how great a character is, how selfless etc, you start to find yourself edging in another direction. I also found her to be a tad over dramatic on many things, but that could most definitely be me. Saying that I found she grew on me as the book went on, possibly thanks to the amazing Seb, the partner she’s paired with for a project that is regularly sold as being more of a social experiment than a business endevour.

Being married to a computer scientist, and, to be honest being a bit of a nerd myself, I enjoyed their interactions, given that Seb has issues with everyday social norms, and I loved his quotes and tee-short slogans (I’d worked a fair few of them out too!). I adored his family when we met them and smiled and nodded along on many occasions at their excitement at Lavinia’s appearance. For me the second half of the book was where it came into its own and I suddenly warmed to and really enjoyed Lavinia, as warm (or icy in some cases!), witty banter was exchanged between the two (in particular their text messaging was excellent!)

The romance in the book, the heat, was perfection and I read the whole thing in one night which says it all really! It’s not a fast paced book, and is dialogue heavy, but then that’s generally what I go for. All in all a very enjoyable read. Thanks so much to Aria for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

 

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Anna Premoli is a bestselling author in Italy. She began writing to relieve stress while working as a financial consultant for a private bank. Her previous novel, Love to Hate You won the Bancarella prize in 2013. 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Saying I do by Jennifer Joyce

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Length: 273 pages

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What they say: Three women. Three weddings. But who will say I do – and who will say I don’t?

Ruth can’t quite believe she’s managed to snag The One but when he proposes, she can finally accept that she’s found her happily ever after. But when Ruth finds herself booking her dream church for just six weeks away, she starts to panic. You can’t plan a whole wedding at such short notice. Can you?

Trina has only just walked down the aisle, but she’s already starting to question whether they can make their marriage work. Will they survive the honeymoon period, or have they just made a very big – and very expensive – mistake?

Erin has somehow found herself agreeing to be a bridesmaid for the tackiest wedding known to man. With drunk hens, ridiculous outfits and a terrifying wedding planner, just what has Erin signed up for?

The review: I have to start by saying my notes on this have disappeared on this and I’m beyond gutted because this was my type of book and I wanted to convince those of you who like rom coms that are witty and cool that this was your type of book too!

We’re back with Ruth, who we met in A Beginner’s Guide To Salad (see review below) and boy was I happy to get back to her and her clan! The range of characters are brilliant, and I found myself empathizing with them, although if I’m honest the one I warmed to the least was Erin, I like characters that are sarcastic and witty, but found her mostly just negative, sure the bride and wedding plans were, em difficult, and not to her taste, but she just didn’t stop giving out! Saying that it took away from nothing for me. As for the other characters, Ruth was lovely as ever, and I felt so bad for Trina. Actually Trina stayed with me for some time after, I was gutted for her in nearly every way, not least because at the start of the book I think I assumed she wasn’t a nice person just because of her family and then I got to know her. The chapters alternate between characters and they flew by so quickly. Ms. Joyce is excellent at both comedy and music and with the two of them combined and totally up my street I was happy out. This is a short review but hopefully it’s enough! Rom com perfection! Go get!

Now. Please check out my past reviews: A Beginners Guide to Salad here and The Wedding Date here

Rating: 5/5