This was my TBR Topple read for February. Thanks for choosing guys! The winner for March was A Bed of Brambles by Sam Russell, April’s poll will go up early next month.
Sunshine, Idaho, is a small, sunny town – the perfect home for man and beast. Well, maybe not for man, as pilot-for-hire Brady Miller discovers when his truck is rear-ended by what appears to be Noah’s Ark. As the co-owner of the town’s only kennel, Lilah Young has good reason to be distracted behind the wheel – there are puppies, a piglet and a duck in her Jeep. Still, she doesn’t find it hard to focus on the sexy, gorgeous stranger she’s collided with. Brady is just passing through, but there’s something about Lilah and her menagerie that makes the temptation of staying in Sunshine one that’s difficult to resist…
I have this problem, every time I read a Jill Shalvis book I’m convinced it’s the best one I’ve read. They are all just so good. Animal Magnetism was another one I did this with, steaming through the story, swept away on a cloud of love and completely convinced that this was better than all the other Jill Salvis books I’ve ever read.
I have to laugh at the enthusiasm that grabs me when I read these books because I’m fairly sure if I went back and re-read any they would again become my favourite Jill Shalvis book. I should just agree that all her books are stellar and deserve equal love in the five-star tree.
Brady returns to Sunshine, Idaho to spend some time with his foster brothers who have been asking him to return home for some time. Lilah is their neighbour but also someone they look out for like a Sister and she’s got her eye on Brady.
They start a fling, agreeing it won’t be anything serious because Lilah isn’t into serious and Brady is leaving town but since when do feelings have anything to do with agreements like this?
I love Lilah and Brady. They are both stubborn fools but my kind of fools. I love how Brady is a full-blown alpha but then you get these snatches of him being kind and caring, these moments where he drops his persona of strength to show the vulnerability underneath. While Lilah is a strong independent woman who has the local men swooning at her every word, yet she brushes off their advances and attention in favour of her work with animals, she studies hard and works harder. She has an intellectual strength and emotional strength which surpasses that of many heroines making her a pleasure to spend time with. She doesn’t need a man, she doesn’t even really want a man until Brady waves a magic wand.
This is a stunning and enjoyable book. Thank you to my readers for voting for it to be my March read as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Book & Buy Links
Title: Animal Magnetism Series:Animal Magnetism #1 Author:Jill Shalvis Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Women’s Fiction Publisher: Headline Eternal Publication Date: 27 February 2014 Review Format: eBook Other Formats: Paperback | Audio Pages: 320 Buy:Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to your Chosen Store)
Welcome to day one of The Little Wedding Island blog tour from Neverland Blog Tours. Today I have a review for you which I hope you will enjoy! This is a wonderful book so I encourage you to dig in and enjoy everything which is going to be served up. The tour schedule is further down the post so you know where to head during the tour. 😉
‘Will you… pretend to marry me?’
Bonnie Haskett loves everything about weddings. She loves her job at a national bridal magazine and even has a deposit down on her dream dress. The only problem? She doesn’t have a fiancé!
So when Bonnie is sent to Edelweiss Island, known as ‘The Little Wedding Island’, it’s a dream come true. She’s heard the rumours, every wedding that takes place in the tiny chapel ends in a happy-ever-after.
But there’s a catch! Investigating the story, Bonnie needs to pose as a blushing bride – and the only man up for posing as her groom is her arch rival (and far too handsome for his own good) journalist Rohan Carter…
A gorgeously uplifting summer romance. Perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Caroline Roberts.
I absolutely adored Jaimie Admans previous release The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, it ticked all my chick-lit boxes so the opportunity to read this release was not one I was likely to turn down.
Once again we were served up an almost magical situation with characters who had good reason to dislike each other but the pull they have towards each other may prove more electric than the fireworks of their animosity.
Bonnie is the last of the true romantics, a journalist for a wedding magazine she feels as though she is a crusader for true love. Her only problem she’s in her mid-thirties and has never actually been in love. But she doesn’t let that stop her, she ploughs on flying the banner for love and defending those who she thinks can’t defend themselves. Which after a big Twitter spat gets her sent to an island with some pretty big claims about their success record for weddings.
While there she meets man mag writer Rohan Carter, also passionate about his stance on weddings, he hates them, everything they stand for and he doesn’t believe in love either. These two couldn’t be more different but they are drawn together like moths to a flame and the flame is the wedding chapel.
Jaimie Admans is a creative writer, her books are funny, and heartwarming and The Little Wedding Island is no exception. These are characters I couldn’t help but to be swept away with and to want to spend time with. They made me laugh and cry and they made me want a happy ending for them desperately.
I highly recommend this is added to your spring reading piles with haste!
Sending a huge thanks to Jaimie Admans, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
About Jaimie Admans
Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.
She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.
I know, I know, it isn’t Saturday and here I am announcing a Bookshelf post!
When Jennifer S. Alderson approached me about taking part in her blog tour for her new novel Rituals of the Dead and she said she wanted to take part in The Bookshelf for it I thought it was a great idea. Of course, I had no free Saturday spaces during her tour dates so I decided “what the hell” and went with the “let’s live dangerously” line of thought and agreed to post on a Thursday instead. Hopefully, all will remain right with the world and I’ve not upset the balance of time and space!
I want to ensure the book we’re here for, gets its time so before we start The Bookshelf here is a bit about Rituals of the Dead.
Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery
Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Alderson’s latest mystery thriller, Rituals of the Dead, book three of the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series.
Art history student Zelda Richardson is working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua New Guinea – the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journals are found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda is tasked with finding out more about the man’s last days and his connection to these ritual objects.
Zelda is pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, headhunters, missionaries, art collectors, and smugglers – where the only certainty is that sins of the past are never fully erased.
Join Zelda as she grapples with the anthropologist’s mysterious disappearance fifty years earlier, and a present-day murderer who will do anything to prevent her from discovering the truth.
So, onto the books! Here is Julia’s bookshelf, enjoy…
What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf? The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is the first book I can remember having on my bookshelf. I read it so often that it fell apart!
What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
I received Dan Brown’s Origin for Christmas. I haven’t had a chance to start it yet, but do look forward to reading his descriptions of Barcelona and La Sagrada Familia.
What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
Debbie McComber’s Knit Together. Whether you’re a church-goer or not, this is a wonderful book to read if you are a feeling a bit lost and need some help finding your path in life, or a writer (or other creative person) who needs a bit of inspiration to keep going in the face of rejection.
Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
In 2004, I moved to Amsterdam to study art history and worked for several Dutch museums before my son was born in 2011. I’d been batting this idea for an art mystery around in my head for years, but didn’t work out the plot’s structure until I decided to stay home and raise him. I wrote primarily while he napped. Three years later, it was ready for publication. Writing about art, history and museums was also a wonderful way to stay in touch with my ‘adult life’ while raising a toddler. I am delighted to see how well readers respond to it!
Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written? Expats by Chris Pavone. It’s a thrilling amateur sleuth mystery and adventure through Europe.
Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
I am so excited to announce the release of my third novel, Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery on April 6! Set in Amsterdam and Papua New Guinea, it combines anthropology, art, and history into one thrilling adventure.
This time my protagonist, Zelda Richardson, is working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua New Guinea – the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journals are found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda is tasked with investigating the man’s last days and his connection to these ritual objects.
Zelda finds herself pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, missionaries, art collectors, headhunters, and smugglers, where the only certainty is that sins of the past are never fully erased.
Join Zelda on her next quest as she grapples with the anthropologist’s mysterious disappearance fifty years earlier, and a present-day murderer who will do everything to prevent her from discovering the truth.
My hope in writing this book is not only to entertain readers, but also inspire them to learn more about the Asmat and their fascinating culture. I can’t wait to share Rituals of the Dead with mystery and thriller fans!
Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
Jennifer S. Alderson’s Bookshelf
About Jennifer S. Alderson
Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. Her love of travel, art, and culture inspires her mystery series, the Adventures of Zelda Richardson. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels.
In Down and Out in Kathmandu, Zelda gets entangled with a gang of diamond smugglers. The Lover’s Portrait is a suspenseful “whodunit?” about Nazi-looted artwork that transports readers to wartime and present-day Amsterdam. Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Rituals of the Dead, a thrilling artifact mystery set in Papua New Guinea and the Netherlands.
This was so much fun running a bookshelf mid-week as part of a blog tour for a bit of a change, I may be persuaded to do this again.
Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into June so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right now.
Hello Everyone, thanks so much for joining me on day one of the My Sweet Friend blog tour. Today I’m pleased to bring you an excerpt from this book and a giveaway that you don’t want to miss. Thank you to the fabulous R&R Tours for having me take part. Do check out the other blogs on this tour.
A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives
A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?
Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.
But is Alexa all she claims to be?
As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?
In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.
Lying is a symptom shared by the most convincing, cunning and ruthless individuals such as psychopaths and narcissistic manipulators. They have an invincible sense of self-importance and an addictive urge to project an image of power and perfection at all cost which are fuelled by the rewarding tools of charm, diversion and … clever deception.
Like anything in life, whether the skill is morally laudable or not, skills require training, effort and hard work. The danger lies in the brain progressively adapting to the dishonest behaviour and the longer the lies, the harder it would seem to be able to change the conditioning of one’s sensitivity to telling the truth. The truth and nothing but the truth or at the very least the intention to do so most of the time therefore appears to be a basic requirement for any interpersonal trust.
In my new stand-alone novella, I explore the idea that when crossing the line between truth or lie too often, it becomes a curse the person is eventually unable to shed …
About H.A. Leuschel
Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches yoga.
Hey Guys, thanks for stopping by for Kate Hewitt’s blog tour for A Vicarage Reunion, you can catch my review below. There is also a fab giveaway that you won’t want to miss at the end of the post. If you missed my review of book one A Vicarage Christmas follow this link.
Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District, where homecomings and surprises await the four Holley sisters…
Esther Holley, the eldest in the family, has always had her life firmly in control until a miscarriage knocks her off course. Two months later, still emotionally spinning, she separates from her husband Will, a sheep farmer and man of few words and moves back in with her parents.
Life as a singleton thirtysomething living in her parents’ house is miserable, but Esther is determined to re-boot her life, including going on a few unfortunate dates. She’s shocked when tight-lipped Will shows up on her doorstep determined to woo her back. They’ve been married for seven years, but Will wants to return to the beginning, dating and getting to know each other again.
New challenges face them as they start over–and new chances too. Can Esther and Will save their marriage, especially when faced with the hardest decision of all?
Esther has reached a breaking point in her marriage to Will. After losing a baby a few months prior to when this book is set she has become despondent with her life. She is fed up with the monotony of the routine her and Will have and craves something more, and so she packs her bags and leaves returning back to the Vicarage where her parents are preparing for their own life-changing travel plans.
What I love about Kate Hewitt is she doesn’t always go with the expected, the scenario you would expect here is girl leaves boy, girl meets a new boy, realises new boy is the love of her life, lives happily ever after. In this case though. Girl has to make some huge life-affirming decisions. Girl has to take the time to understand exactly what the root cause of her unhappiness is and do something about it. Boy doesn’t just slink into the background never to be seen again. He fights for Girl, learning what he did wrong, or didn’t do right and makes the effort he’s been neglecting.
This book is about rebuilding love, rebuilding a relationship. About two people finding themselves again after becoming so lost they almost lost each other forever. It’s beautiful, heart-wrenching, and all of the things I have come to expect from Kate Hewitt.
Sending huge thanks to Kate Hewitt, Tule Publishing, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.
About Kate Hewitt
Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 60 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. She also writes for Harlequin Presents.
She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.
Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.
Welcome to my stop on the Spring at Lavender Bay blog tour, I love Sarah Bennett’s books and it was a pleasure to get my teeth into a new series from her. Check out my review below and the giveaway which you don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Sarah and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.
A season for change…?
Beth Reynolds loved growing up close to Eleanor’s Emporium – a bric-a-brac shop full of wonders on Lavender Bay. Devastated to learn that Eleanor has died, she returns home from London immediately and is shocked to discover that the elderly lady has left the shop to her!
Vowing to restore it to its former glory, she only intends to stay until the end of the season. Although the longer she spends in the colourful seaside town, the more she falls back in love with everything she left behind…and quite possibly, with her best friend Eliza’s older brother, local chef Sam Barnes!
Why didn’t she notice he was quite this gorgeous before? And will their spring fling be enough to convince her to stay?
Don’t miss Spring at Lavender Bay, the first book in the enchanting Lavender Bay trilogy! Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.
Book 1: Spring at Lavender Bay
Book 2: Summer at Lavender Bay
Book 3: Snowflakes at Lavender Bay
Beth is stuck in a miserable job where she is underappreciated and overworked, her boyfriend just upped and left her high and dry, life in London s lonely and not at all what she had hoped for. Then she gets the devastating news that Eleanor the woman who practically brought her up in the small seaside town of Lavender Bay has died, breaking her heart.
Returning to Lavender Bay for the funeral she learns that Eleanor has left her everything, her business, her home, her money. It’s time for Beth to make decisions about her future and with the boy next door, her best friend’s brother Sam making it clear he has more than a passing interest in her it starts to look like there could be more to stay in Lavender Bay for than she thought.
I really liked Beth she is clever and tenacious yet she is vulnerable and needs help and guidance to get where she needs to go in life. Her relationship with Sam is sweet and slow, but still sparks and sizzles leaving you wanting more as a reader.
I loved Sam, he was quite a similar character Beth, with a similar set of dreams and ideals. On paper, they were such a good match and the fact the chemistry between them was so perfect just made it all the better.
I loved this book, the conflicts, the laughter, the sadness, and the joy. They all came together to create a fabulous book full of the wonders of Spring and a love story to refresh your heartstrings.
Sending a huge thanks to Sarah Bennett and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
About Sarah Bennett
Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.
Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.
When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.
Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove trilogy, published by HQ Digital UK.
Her new series is set in the beautiful seaside town of Lavender Bay, and will follow the lives of three best friends – Beth, Eliza and Libby.
This was my TBR Topple read for October. Thanks for choosing guys! Don’t forget to vote on November‘s pick before voting closes on Monday!
The first enchanting novel in the Lucky Harbor series from New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis, laced with her trademark gift for humour, warmth and romance. Fans of Susan Andersen, Bella Andre, Rachel Gibson, Carly Phillips, and Susan Mallery will fall head over heels for the Lucky Harbor series.
Maddie Moore’s whole life needs a makeover. In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother – a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.
Starting over won’t be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career – if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.
The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes – and mouth – are making it hard for her to remember that she’s sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie’s struggles to overcome the past, though she’s about to discover that there’s no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.
Want more sexy, fun romance? Return to Sunshine, Idaho for more of the captivating Animal Magnetism series, visit spellbinding Lucky Harbor or take a trip to Cedar Ridge’s unforgettable Colorado Mountains in Jill’s other bestselling series.
This is one of Jill Shalvis’ earlier books that I hadn’t read and had waiting on my TBR for some time. Sitting down to read it I didn’t realise just how invested I would become in Maddie and Jax’s story.
Neither of them is looking for love, but isn’t that just the best time to find it? Maddie comes to town because she’s been left a property to share with her sisters who she barely knows, her life at home has completely fallen apart no thanks to her abusive ex-boyfriend and she needs a fresh start.
Jax is the contractor who comes on board to help her but is so much more than that, his friendship is a crutch, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s hot as hell. The sparks between these two are visible from space and as much as she wants to fight it Maddie knows there’s something special about Jax.
Jill Shalvis has put plenty of laughs in this book, it’s a truly heartfelt book about family and self-discovery, and of course finding true love. I came out of this feeling like this was possibly my favourite Jill Shalvis book to date. I loved everything about this one, the difficult topics and how they were tackled, the way Maddie and Jax clicked and tackled their issues, the sisters as a unit and individually.
I’m really looking forward to reading more of the Lucky Harbor books.