Thursday 24 March 2016

Review of Love Me For a Reason by Angela Britnell - Five **


When Daisy Penvean meets Nathaniel Dalton whilst visiting a friend in Nashville, it seems there are a million and one reasons for them not to be together. Nathaniel’s job as a mergers and acquisitions manager means sharp suits and immaculate hair, whereas Daisy’s work as a children’s book illustrator lends itself to a more carefree, laidback style. And, as Daisy lives in England, there’s also the small matter of the Atlantic Ocean between them. 

But when Nathaniel’s job takes him to London to oversee the merger of a small publisher with a large American company, he and Daisy meet again under very different circumstances. Because Daisy works for the publisher involved in the deal, and if Nathaniel does his job, it could mean she loses hers …


I seem to be a on a winning streak with books at the moment. This is a really funny and emotional book with danger at times. 

The love story between Daisy and Nathaniel is brilliant - imagine chalk and cheese getting together with fireworks. That's it in a nutshell! I love romances that spark and burn on and off - and plenty of misunderstandings as well!

The support cast are equally memorable - Nathaniel's parents are poles away from him and he keeps as much distance between him and them. Daisy is the youngest and is still treated like a baby by her family.

Throw in the fact that she lives in Cornwall and he lives in Nashville - and you can start to see there may be problems!

Great story with a couple of unexpected twists. 

I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Wednesday 23 March 2016

Review of Porn Money and Wannabe Mummy by Laura Barnard - Four **


What is it about turning thirty that sends rational women into a tailspin? 

Suddenly going from having all the time in the world, to cringing at the ticking of her biological clock, Poppy is drowning under the strain of trying to get pregnant. 

With a dad in the throes of a mid-life crisis, a crazy mother-in-law and time racing towards Lilly's wedding, will she be able to cope with it all...and give Ryan the baby they so desperately want? 

Finally able to inherit her dad's porn money, Jazz can't wait to be rich! She can buy a house in Chelsea, go out partying with her old mates and start living how she deserves. 

But with Ollie, Jemima and Meryl each clawing at their own little piece of her happiness, will she have to leave behind those closest to her in exchange for it? 

The real question is, can Poppy and Jazz rescue their own lives before everything gets ruined, or will their own stubbornness destroy the lives they've created.


I haven't read the first 2 books in the series, so wondered if I'd be a bit lost. But it really is fine as a stand alone book. And it is very, very funny!

The situations Poppy finds herself in are sometimes hysterical and sometimes very, very sad. There are plenty of skeletons in everyone's closets and they have a habit of jumping out when you least expect it - and more than one can jump out at the same time!

I loved the way the chapters alternated with Poppy and Jazz. 

Being an only child with deceased parents, my family circle is very small so I take particular pleasure in reading books with large families in them - and this lot are all so very different!

I really enjoyed the way Laura could turn a very serious situation into a funny one in one paragraph - and vice versa. The tree in the garden was a prime example of this. What seemed very funny, if a little scary, suddenly became very serious indeed!

Loved it and I hope to read the first two now - even though I know what happens. Following the paths of Poppy and Jazz will be adventurous!

Thursday 10 March 2016

Review of Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan - Five **


What if the person who broke your heart, is the only one who can help you find your future?
Great friends. Amazing Apartment. An incredible job. Paige has ticked off every box on perfect New York life checklist. Until disaster strikes and instead of shimming further up the career ladder, Paige is packing up her desk.
Her brother’s best friend Jake might be the only person who can help her put her life back together. He also happens to be the boy she spent her teen years pining after, and Paige is determined not repeat her past mistakes. But the more time she spends with Jake, the more Paige realises the one thing that was missing from her world all along: The perfect New York love story…


Another winner from Sarah! I read her short story Midnight at Tiffany's over Christmas and this book takes the story up form the point of view of 3 friends who also worked for the events company. They are sacked when Matilda is and this book follows their fortunes as they set up their own business.

It is primarily the relationship between Paige and Jake that we follow in this book. At the same time, we get to know Paige's brother Matt and her friends Eva and Frankie.

The romance between Jake and Paige is HOT!! A lot of mutual history, the fact that Matt is also Jake's best friend and health and emotional complications in the past make for a very fiery story!

Loved it all - especially the setting - I am a Manhattan addict ;) 

Little teaser at the end for the next book which will feature Frankie. I'm saying no more, except....I CAN'T WAIT!!!