Sunday, 24 June 2018

Chilling Tales of the Unexpected Boxed Set by Ann Girdharry

Four twisty, short reads.
Addictive works of suspense,
That will leave you breathless and give you goose bumps…

Trading with Death
What sacrifice might we make for those we love? In the face of death, will we be selfish or selfless?

Tell Me a Secret
Deceit, lies and secrets – how well do we know those close to us?

Sweet Justice
We follow Tess as she confronts the dark side…

Written on the Apple Tree
A moment from a past life, a possession, or a simple meeting between strangers?

I'd read Trading With Death previously as a standalone, that got me started on Ann Girdharry books, so when I was asked to read and review Chilling Tales of the Unexpected, I jumped at the chance.

Trading with Death2 little girls walking through a woods. Both are sisters. 1 is ill and is dying the other is healthy but wants to take the illness away from her sister. What happens in the woods, stays in the woods. Who comes out of the woods - both or just 1, you will have to read and find out what happened in the woods.

Tell Me a Secret - Do we really know our spouses? What would you do if your past was about to be leaked from someone who you're trying to escape from? Read Tell Me a Secret and find out.

Sweet Justice - A girl who's mother has disappeared and she then walks into something that is disturbing. What will she find and where is her mother and the other woman who's disappeared. All will be revealed when you read Sweet Justice.

Written on the Apple Tree - A heart with initials on an Apple tree, a young man who knows those initials, a girl with a past (that she remembers at times). Who is he and what hold does he have over her. Read Written in the Apple Tree to find out.

LOVED these short stories with all their twists and turns. Can't wait to read Ann's other books.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Doll Face (DI Tudor Manx #2) by Dylan H. Jones

Three months after solving his last case, DI Tudor Manx leads a harrowing investigation to catch a killer terrorizing the Isle of Anglesey.

After the body of the first victim, Sian Conway is found, the suspicion quickly falls on her boss, Kimble McLain, and her volatile ex-husband, Liam Fowler.

The autopsy soon reveals Sian was eighteen weeks pregnant and when the coroner finds a religious text hidden in the victim’s liver, Manx suspects this could be the work of a serial killer.

The case takes a shocking turn when footage of Sian’s murder is discovered.

With a twisted killer on the loose and a rising body count, Manx's personal life hits rock bottom when an old colleague from his past hits him with a bombshell revelation

Why does Kimble McLain have links to each of the victims?

And what is the killer’s real motive?

In a race against time to reveal the killer’s identity, Manx will face his toughest case yet.

Just to say I've never read anything by this author. I haven't read the 1st of the series yet, but I will.

This was suggested for me to read as I like crime/thrillers. It confused me slightly as I hadn't read book 1, but as I slowly got into the story and what the characters was like, I felt like it was going to a page turner for me. 

It makes you think you know who the murderer is, who's involved and for what reason the killer's motive was, but it had me guessing at each corner. I was shocked when they told us who the murderer was and who the characters was (in relation to who). I'd definitely would read Dylan Jones' first book and any more that he writes. 

Monday, 30 April 2018

From Ashes To Flames (West Brothers #1) by A.M. Hargrove

This is a stand alone contemporary romance novel from the author of For The Love of English

I had it all—the dream job, a wonderful boyfriend, a fabulous life.
Or that’s what I thought.
Then my life took an unexpected turn and I found myself working as a nanny for the hot-tempered Dr. West.
He and his regimented spreadsheets and rude attitude were more than anyone should have to take.
If that jerkface thought he could order me around, he’d better think again.
Then one day I discovered his secrets, which explained why he acted the way he did.
I never expected my heart to soften towards him so much.
I never expected to have such sexy dreams about him.
Nor did I expect to want him the way I did.
But he was my boss, older than me, and off-limits.
And if I wasn’t careful, everything, including my heart, would go up in flames.

I would like to thank A.M. Hargrove for writing a brilliant and sexy start to a series I hope she will carry on writing.

Marin is woman who had it all, till she took a job as a nanny for the sexy and hot Dr Grey West. Grey is a brilliant heart doctor, but with 2 kids in tow and heartache. Can Marin and Grey co-exist and see their way through the love and fire or will their relationship be doomed forever.

I have read Ms Hargrove's previous books in the past, so I know her writing and her concepts always make me want to read more. When she writes more in this series (which I hope she does), I will definitely be reading them.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Watching You by Lynda Renham

Ewan Galbreith is out of prison. 

Libby Owen is scared. 

Fifteen years earlier she saw Ewan murder her aunt and uncle with their own shotgun, and now he’s coming for her.

I would like to thank Lynda Renham for this wonderful and page twisting book.

This started off really good and I wondered what they was going to do with going back and forth with the story. Libby is really scared of Ewan Galbreith. The way Lynda makes the story unfold and the twists within the book. It made you think of so many different characters (if they killed Libby's aunt and uncle). But you NEVER see it coming to who really killed them. I was shocked that the killer was revealed so late in the book that it turned my thoughts upside down lol.

Definitely would recommend this book and will definitely be reading more from Lynda Renham in the future.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley

One ex.
One wedding.
One little white lie.

When Samantha Jenkins is asked to be the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding, she couldn’t be happier. There are just three problems…

1) Sam’s ex-boyfriend, Liam, will be the best man.
2) His new girlfriend is pregnant.
3) Sam might have told people she has a new man when she doesn’t (see points 1 and 2 above)

So, Sam does the only sensible thing available to her… and hires a professional to do the job.

Actor Jake Porter is perfect for the role: single, gorgeous and cheap! Sam is certain it’s the perfect solution: no strings, no heartbreak and hopefully no chance of being found out.

But spending a week in the Scottish Highlands with Jake is harder than she imagined. He is the perfect boyfriend, charming, sexy and the hottest thing in a kilt since Outlander! And his dog Harry is quite possibly the cutest things Sam has ever seen!

As the wedding draws closer, Jake plays his part to perfection and everyone believes he is madly in love with Sam. The problem is, Sam’s not sure if Jake is acting anymore…

I would like to thank Netgalley and Zara Stoneley for writing a brilliant and at times funny novel.

I wasn't sure I would get into this story as it's not exactly my usual genre. But as I needed a funny story, I chose this as it looked good through the cover as well as the way the characters was portrayed. Sam is a funny woman who has 3 problems at a wedding. 1. Her ex boyfriend Liam is going to be Best Man at the wedding. 2. Liam's new girlfriend is pregnant. 3. Sam has kinda told everyone that she has a new man in her life but she hasn't. So what do you do when you have promised your best friend to be her Maid Of Honour. You hire someone who is gorgeous, sexy and really cheap - in walks Jake Porter. 

The antics that this book brings between Sam and Jake as well as all the other characters are brilliant. I would definitely read more by Zara Stoneley in the future.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Baked with Love: The hotly awaited sequel to The Girl I Was Before (Lily McDermott Series Book 2) by Izzy Bayliss

Lily McDermott is back! 
The hotly awaited sequel to The Girl I Was Before 

Everything is going great for Lily. She and Sam are more in love than ever and she is about to open her very own bakery but she soon discovers that no matter how much time you spend perfecting delicate pastries, running your own business isn’t always easy. When Sam announces he has to move to New York for work, Lily is miserable but when he surprises her with a proposal life is perfect, right? 
But Lily finds it hard to let go of old hurts and when Sam eventually loses patience, Lily is left devastated. 
Can Lily finally learn to leave the past in the past or will she let it ruin the future for her? 

"A perfect, heart-warming romance.” 

I want to thank Izzy Bayliss for writing a superb sequel to The Girl I Was Before. 

I found the sequel to be as good as the 1st book. It brought laughter and insight into brilliant characters. Lily now has her own bakery called Baked With Love. It starts off really slow (not the book the bakery lol) like all businesses, but she still has the awful and interferring ex husband Marc, her meddling sister Clara, her delightful father Hugh (who I adore), her best friend Frankie (who is a scream at the best of times) and Sam (who is so lush). More hilarious antics and things that Lily gets up to. She has some things going on and the poor woman never knows if she is coming or going lol.

Can't wait to see if Izzy Bayliss will do more for Lily McDermott and gang as we follow her life.

The Girl I Was Before: 'A Fun Feel Good Read' (Lily McDermott Series Book 1) by Izzy Bayliss

When Lily McDermott walks in to find Marc, her husband of just three months in bed with actress Nadia, life as she knows it is over. Lily thinks things can't get any worse when she sees photos of her husband and his new lover splashed across the glossy magazine pages, but when she loses her job too, she is at her lowest ebb and turns to baking to soothe her soul. Wounded and broken she has to try and pick herself up again with the help of her best friend Frankie and with her encouragement, Lily decides to turn her hobby into a business and sets up Baked With Love. However whatever Lily does, it seems disaster soon ensues and when handsome stranger Sam comes to her rescue, Lily isn't quite ready to turn her back on her marriage. 
Can Lily risk opening her heart again or is she destined to allow Marc to shadow her life forever? 

I have never read Izzy Bayliss books before, but somehow I felt like I was opening up a warm and comforting novel. Izzy gives the characters a kind of homely feel but with a bit of a disguise with the storyline. 

Can't wait to read her next book and see what happens with Lily, Sam and Marc (the ex husband).