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5* Review: #LoveLondon The Complete Collection – Nikki Moore

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#Love London is a modern collection of stories, full of atmosphere, vivid imagery and romance. Enjoy falling in love in twenty-first century London, at the most iconic times of the year.

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An atmospheric, festive tale, with great visual imagery; can the aptly named Holly melt icy Noel’s heart? Well it is Christmas and with the ice skating, loving Jasper proving to be an unlikely matchmaker anything can happen. A fun, flirty story that makes you want to discover what London has to offer.
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A story of new beginnings and letting go, as the old year gives way to the new. ‘New Year at the Ritz’, features a glamorous scavenger hunt, with elements of ‘Pretty Woman’; full of glitz but with a lovely romantic ending.
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An unusual Valentine’s Day story, this romantic tale, pairs a victim of a tragic accident and a well meaning workaholic, brought together by a boisterous puppy. Poignancy and hope underline this story, which is delightful change from the usual hearts and flowers of Valentine’s Day.
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The first few lines of this story capture most people’s perception of the young set in Chelsea; the wealth, designer lifestyle and the ‘plum in the mouth’, speech affectation. Whether this is really true of Chelsea’s residents is incidental. It’s the popular belief about life in this privileged borough of London. ‘Cocktails in Chelsea’ puts the reader at the heart of it.
Sofia’s character is easy to recognise and empathise with. She is the ‘girl next door’ and appears ordinary at first glance. She has hidden depths, which make her worthwhile getting to know. Sofia’s self-effacing sense of humour and outlook on life is refreshing. The chemistry between Sofia and Nathan is well written and their story realistic, given their close proximity and the fact they are both so different from the Chelsea set.
This story is a compendium of emotions; jealousy, snobbery, misunderstanding, passion and hope. ‘Cocktails in Chelsea makes a delightful read; something to brighten up the daily commute or let you escape to somewhere glamorous and romantic for your lunch break.
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Game Set and Match to a lovely romantic story full of sensuality, poignancy and humour. Wimbledon’s unique atmosphere and competitive spirit provides an iconic setting for a reunion romance between Rayne and Adam. Opposites certainly attract in this love story. Both characters are from different backgrounds but they share emotional baggage from their childhood and their university days that makes an unexpected meeting full of angst and passion.
Rayne is a strong character who has built on her unique upbringing and used it to achieve the career she wants. Adam is a perfect match for the dedicated journalist but the history between them and words previously left unsaid threaten any future they may have. I loved Lily’s take on their relationship and her interactions with both characters she is a wonderful source of humour and commonsense in this story.
This short story flowed like a novel and the ending was believable. A lovely summer read.
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‘Picnics in Hyde Park’, the final story in the ‘Love London’ series, is the longest and encompasses all that is good in the first five novellas. With more angst, humour, poignancy, romance and sensuality; this is the perfect ending to the chic, contemporary series.
Zoe is likeable; from the moment she appears, hammering on Matt’s doors to avenge her little sister. Her actions say so much; she is fearless, opinionated, loyal and more than a little guilt ridden, after her five year sojourn in New York but I connected with her immediately.
Matt is delectable, although he does hide it well, under his brusque and detached manner. Like Zoe, he is dependable and full of remorse for past actions. In many ways they are emotionally similar.
Emotionally invested in Matt and his children, Zoe is ‘caught between the devil and the deep blue sea’. The chemistry between Matt and Zoe has a forbidden thrill, which makes the outcome inevitable and sizzling hot.
This story is more than the romance between Zoe and Matt. There is her nurturing of the forgotten children and her complicated relationship with her Aunt to explore. Reunited with old friends provides the readers with pertinent insights into what makes Zoe tick. Finally there are ‘Picnics in Hyde Park’, the importance of which, I will let you discover for yourselves.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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The Complete #LoveLondon CollectionThe Complete #LoveLondon Collection by Nikki Moore

 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Complete #LoveLondon Collection by Nikki Moore

 

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5* Review: Prohibited Passion – Romy Sommer – A Jazz Age Romance

 

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Winter Blurb

In the age of jazz and champagne cocktails, respectable English widow Jenny embarks on a new life in America. Whatever adventures lie ahead, she’s certain of one thing: one loss was enough for a lifetime. She will never love again.

So when, halfway across the ocean, she is stuck in an elevator with Tom Gallagher, a roguishly handsome and very unavailable Prohibition gangster, she has nothing to fear where her heart is concerned. Or does she?

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Prohibited PassionSet on a transatlantic liner, ‘Prohibited Passion’ draws you into the roaring twenties and is undeniably glamorous. Jenny symbolises the new women of the decade. Despite a broken heart she is courageous enough to start again in another country but not brave enough to risk her heart. Tom is the perfect anti-hero.
Their serendipitous elevator encounter is characterised with sexual tension and humour and its abrupt end is a page turner. You want to know what happens next to Jenny and Tom.
This is an atmospheric romantic tale of two emotionally damaged people who you instantly empathise with and hope they get their happy ending.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

 

Prohibited Passion by Romy Sommer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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5* Review: An Innocent Abroad – Romy Sommer – A Jazz Age Romance

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Winter Blurb

Ingénue Isobel Harrington, fresh from finishing school in the summer of 1922, experiences a sexual awakening during a visit to Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

Sent to visit distant relatives in the hope she will ensnare a wealthy and aristocratic English husband, Isobel falls instead under the spell of enigmatic local, Stefano.

Is their forbidden romance destined to be nothing more than a holiday affair, or will Isobel be brave enough to defy convention and her parents’ expectations to follow her dreams?

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An Innocent Abroad

This story is a sensual delight. Set in the 1920’s Isobel visits Italy’s Amalfi coast. She soon forgets her reason for being there, when she meets the enigmatic Stefano. An artist, Isobel’s innocence makes her drawings two dimensional. Experiencing the beauty and ugliness of Italy between the wars matures her creativity, as she emerges from naive girl to womanhood.
Vivid imagery brings this story to life, enjoy the easy ambience of the 1920’s as Isobel discovers there is more to life than debutantes and arranged marriages. This story illustrates emerging female emancipation in an interesting and powerful way.
The romantic love story is tender and sensual and the outcome entirely in keeping with Isobel’s sexual awakening.
The tensions of pre fascist Italy are a stark contrast to the verdant beauty of the setting and seen through Isobel’s eyes they are realistic and thought provoking.
The flow and characterisation of this story makes it an easy, enjoyable escape from a dreary winter’s day.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

 

An Innocent Abroad by Romy Sommer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An Innocent Abroad by Romy Sommer

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5* Review: Dear Julia – Romy Sommer

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Winter Blurb

Rosalie Stanton is a city girl who loves parties and ‘fixing’ people. When she finds a long-lost love letter in a house she’s redecorating she sets off on a quest to find its rightful owner.

Commander William Cavendish has lived as a recluse since his return from the Great War. His peaceful existence is shattered by the return of the letter that once held all his hopes — and by its bearer, the irrepressible Rosalie, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his lost love.

Rosalie is just as determined to fix William and re-introduce him into society as he is determined to resist her. They both might have met their match.

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Dear Julia: A Jazz Age Romance

There is a definite air of mystery with this story, which starts with a letter about a missing naval officer and continues when Rosalie finds an unopened letter, as her father’s newly acquired house undergoes renovation.
Rosalie likes to fix things and play the matchmaker, often with unexpected results. This time she seeks the rightful owner of the unopened letter and when she finds William, she is determined to end his hermit like existence.
The attraction between the unlikely couple is slow burning and the build up of sexual tension excellent. Rosalie reminds me of Jane Austen’s Emma. She appears flighty and born to party but there is another side to her, which meeting William reveals with romantic results.
Rosalie embraces the passion when it erupts between her and William, even though it scares her a little. William, ever the gentleman fights his attraction and doesn’t want to tie the social butterfly down but Rosalie knows her own mind and the ending is satisfying.
Like all the Jazz Age Romances, ‘Dear Julia’, captures the ambience of the era between the wars and makes a delightful and unusual story.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

 

Dear Julia: A Jazz Age Romance by Romy Sommer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Dear Julia A Jazz Age Romance by Romy Sommer

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Sold: The Dangerous Gift – Jane Hunt

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Last week I promised more news about The Dangerous Gift.

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For those of you who have followed my blog for a while you will know that ‘The Dangerous Gift’ is my first foray into the world of romantic suspense.   There is a taster of The Dangerous gift on #Wattpad

I pitched The Dangerous Gift in a Twitter pitch contest in September this year and it was liked by a number of publishers but Limitless publishing snapped it up first. I am looking forward to working with them.

 I begin edits early December and my tentative release date is February 9 2016.

 

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5* Review: Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper – Debbie Johnson

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Winter Blurb
For single mum Maggie, Christmas has always been a family occasion – her daughter Ellen filling the house with her bubbly warmth and mistletoe, her dad Paddy having one too many festive tipples, and the traditional family Christmas tree looking like a drunken elf vomited a rainbow all over it. But this year, with both Ellen and Paddy away for the holidays, Maggie’s facing a truly blue Christmas – alone with nothing but a bottle of Baileys and an M&S turkey dinner. Until walking the snowy streets of Oxford, Marco Cavelli quite literally crashes into her life – and, complete with broken leg, becomes her unexpected houseguest. All dreamy brown eyes and 6’5” of gorgeousness, the man is hotter and more delicious than a freshly baked mince pie.

Though Maggie always thought it’s a truth universally acknowledged that you never kiss a man in a Christmas jumper…?

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Never Kiss A Man In A Christmas Jumper‘Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper’ is delightful romantic comedy, tinged with sadness. Oxford at Christmas is an atmospheric setting but it is the characters’ realistic dialogue and interactions that make laughter and tears inevitable, when reading this book.
Maggie is a brave woman, who puts the needs of her daughter before her own. In her mid thirties she thinks of herself as middle aged. Sexy Marco is determined to uncover all Maggie’s secrets, which makes for a page turning read.
Maggie and Ellen’s, mother-daughter dynamic is realistic and amusing. Maggie first encounter with the man in a Christmas Jumper in the park captures this perfectly.
If you are looking for a fun, poignant, romantic Christmas story, this is perfect.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Never Kiss A Man In A Christmas Jumper by Debbie Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: A Miracle at Macy’s – Lynn- Marie Hulsman

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One lost dog. Two lonely hearts. A Manhattan Christmas full of magic.

This is the story of shy homebody Charlotte who loses her beloved pet dog Hudson the week before Christmas. With the help of uptight Englishman Henry, Charlotte goes on a magical treasure hunt around Manhattan to find her furry, four-legged bestie, who she rescued from the trash years before and gave him a place in her home – and her heart.

Spotted in Central Park as one of Santa’s Little Helpers, or last seen in the arms of a supermodel in Times Square, Hudson leads Charlotte and Henry on a very merry dance around the Big Apple, where love, (or should that be Christmas?!) actually is all around.

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A Miracle at Macy'sFull of Christmas magic and spirit, this story of Charlotte, Hudson and Henry is heart warming and a must read for all lovers of Christmas. Vivid characters pepper every scene and they give it vibrancy and realism. The perfect foil for the liberal sprinkling of Christmas magic that interweaves every chapter.
Despite only making sporadic appearances after the initial chapters, Hudson shines as bright as the Christmas star and is a joy, with traits instantly recognisable to anyone who shares their lives with dogs.
Charlotte is almost reclusive but spends her life doing what she loves, blogging and trying out new recipes. As a writer I empathised with her life style.
Henry portrayed as, slightly snobby and unreachable hides a tender heart. Although I found his character slightly stereotypical for an Englishman, in the spirit of this story, he worked just fine.
The plot is full of twists and turns and quite exhausting. The reader experiences a whistle stop tour of festive New York, as Charlotte and Henry track down the elusive Hudson.
The budding romance between Charlotte and Henry is gentle and sweet and compliments the story’s sentiments perfectly.
The setting leaves a lasting impression and is an important vivacious character in its own right. Even though I have never visited New York, reading this story was a sensory delight.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

A Miracle at Macy’s by Lynn Marie Hulsman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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Is it really less than six weeks to Christmas??

2015 What a Year so far...

2015 has been such an unexpected whirlwind year for me and my family. The year has flown by. It seems ages since I’ve written a blog post that isn’t a book review. So I thought, I would recap on my year  so far, as I have a few moments.

The year started quietly enough, I was hoping to finish writing my fourth novel and looking for a home for my third.  Then everything changed. My lovely daughter told me she was expecting a baby. As she lives with us that meant drastic home renovations before our lovely new arrival. Fortunately for us, my husband is a renovation superstar and everything in our house was reconfigured a month before our little grandson arrived.

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Although  I have painted virtually the whole house, painting the nursery was definitely my favourite job.

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My grandson Arthur Daniel, who Megan my daughter, named after her maternal grandfather and brother, arrived on 28 October 2015. I was my daughter’s birth partner. Seeing my grandson born was so special and witnessing my daughter’s courage and determination, one of the most poignant memories of my life.  

Having a baby in the house again is great,  I feel like, I have a new lease of life and I am looking forward to seeing him grow and develop in the coming months and years.

Christmas Books

 

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Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper

Next week on my blog I will have reviews on Christmas books from Harper Impulse: A Miracle at Macy’s  by Lynn Marie Hulsman and Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper by Debbie Johnson. As my favourite season of the year draws closer I will be sharing  more Christmas book reviews and some Christmas inspired posts too. With our new arrival, Christmas will be extra special for my family this year.

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My other news is very exciting for writer me. I have found a home for my third novel, the romantic suspense The Dangerous Gift. More about that and when it will be released, next week.

 

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4* Review: Spirits of the Season – Eight Haunting Holiday Romances

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Upon a Ghostly Yule: A Victorian Christmas Short Story by Amanda DeWees, Daphne du Maurier Award–winning author of historical romantic suspense. When the ghost of a willful 18th-century beauty takes possession of spirited young Felicity Reginald at a Victorian Christmas house party, mystery and danger follow… but so does romance.

Saving Laurel by Raine English, USA Today bestselling author and winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award. A ghost from the past helps a tortured actress find love at Christmas.

In the Holiday Spirit by Angeline Fortin, award-winning author of time-swept Highland romance. Fate and a hauntingly helpful hand combine to bring Alice a Christmas gift she never dreamed of, wrapped in a New York Christmas.

Romantic fiction that takes the road less traveled to happily ever after with Kaidan: Snow Bride by Athena Grayson. It’s 1969 and Yukiko wants a modern man, but her nature only grants her one night. Can the snow witch break her curse to find love with an American soldier who has a life of his own?

Sapphire Ridge by Aileen Harkwood, bestselling author of paranormal romance and the Breens Mist witches. What does it take to lay her Christmas ghosts to rest? A sexy Scotsman with a mission.

Mistletoe & Magic: A Hidden Coast Holiday Romance by Lynda Haviland, multi-series author of paranormal romance. A small-town girl, a handsome actor, a romantic old inn–and a ghost trying to destroy the season.

Her Ghost of Christmas Past by debut author Afton Moss. Emma is sure she’ll finally get an engagement ring for Christmas this year. But the handsome ghost of a Civil War captain searching for his lost love has other plans for her and a Savannah bachelor.

Bandits Hollow: A Holiday Romance Novella (Robbin’ Hearts Series) by Diane J. Reed, bestselling author of contemporary romance with a magical touch. What happens when a fortune teller can heal everyone’s heart but her own? Leave it to a spirit who haunts Evangeline Tinker on Christmas Eve to show her how eternal his love really is.

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Spirits of the Season: Eight Haunting Holiday Romances

This is an easy to read festive collection of short stories and novellas, with a ghostly or paranormal twist. There is something to appeal to everyone in this book, whether you are fan of the festive season or not. Perfect for the commute to work or a snatched hour by the fire, these stories will let you escape to another era, time zone or even world.

Upon a Ghostly Yule – Amanda De Wees
A Victorian Christmas romance, this story has all the right ingredients for historical romance lovers. A courageous heroine snubbed by society through no fault of her own, a gallant hero, and a jealous so called friend. The paranormal twist is in the form of ghost, whose own unhappiness affects Felicity the heroine, in an alarming way.

Saving Laurel – Raine English
This contemporary Christmas story has Laurel returning to house where she grew up, with the intention of selling the estate and moving on. Already apprehensive about returning to her home she has to face echoes of the past, before she can move on with her life. Enhanced with vivid imagery and tender romance, this story is perfect for all the Christmas romantics like me.

In the Holiday Spirit – Angeline Fortin
This story perfectly captures the hopeful spirit of the Christmas season. Fearful of being hurt again Alice avoids commitment and resists all attempts by her matchmaking Grandma to start living life to the full again. She falls at the feet of a man to die for but is it just her clumsiness, or something more? Great characters and visual imagery make this one of my favourites in this anthology.

Kaiden: Snow Bride – Anthena Grayson
An unusual, romantic fantasy tale for the festive season set in Japan in the 1969- 1970.

Sapphire Ridge – Aileen Harkwood
Laying old ghosts to rest proves far more adventurous than Nikki would have imagined. Vivid disaster scenes and enlightening flashbacks in this fast paced story hold your interest. The paranormal element in this story is subtle and adds an exciting twist to an already emotional story.

Mistletoe and Magic- Lynda Haviland.
Like all ‘Hidden Coast romances’ this story interweaves supernatural elements into a contemporary world setting in a believable way. A surprise guest at Hannah’s empty inn, changes her plans in a charming and unexpected way. Full of romance and ghostly happenings this is a delightful read.

Her Ghost of Christmas Past – Afton Moss
This is a lovely romantic tale of ghosts, lost love and soul mates. Is love eternal, who knows but this story certainly makes you think about the possibility?

Bandits Hollow – Diane J Reed.
A western romantic tale where, the past haunts the present and echoes of magic and the supernatural enliven an everyday setting.

Enrich your festive season with magic and ghosts I recommend reading this anthology in the shadow of the Christmas tree lights.

I received a copy of this book from the authors in return for an honest review.

Spirits of the Season: Eight Haunting Holiday Romances by Amanda DeWees
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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Cover Reveal : Rosa Sophia- When I Remember You

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When I Remember You – Rosa Sophia,
Releases NOV. 17th through Limitless Publishing!
Nina Archer is back in Florida, discovering a love for life she never had before…
Things are finally looking up for Nina. Her mother is sober again, she shares an apartment with her best friend, and she’s training for her first marathon. She’s even sending out queries for her first novel, though she doubts anyone would publish something by a nobody like her. But memories of her late father, while painful, give her the strength to persevere.
When Wes Ladner shows up on race day, he almost stops Nina in her tracks…
Wes is back in Florida to work on his new book after months of traveling, and Nina isn’t sure what to do about their intense friendship. Making love on the beach was easy for them, but committing to a relationship doesn’t seem possible, and Wes appears to be carrying an emotional burden he hadn’t before.
Nina settles into a rhythm and finds her place in life but struggles to understand what she and Wes have taught each other through their passionate intimacy.
Is it possible for Nina and Wes to move beyond friendship, or is it their destiny to part ways and carry only precious memories on separate paths to fulfillment?
★★ Meet the author: ROSA SOPHIA ★★
Rosa Sophia is a novelist and full-time editorial consultant. With a degree in Automotive Technology, she adores writing and editing as well as fixing cars. Rosa is also a crazy cat lady in training, and currently divides her time between South Florida and Pennsylvania.
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