Posted in Book Review, Book Spotlight, Crime, Psychological Thriller

The First Lie A J Park 4*#Review #BlogBlitz @orion_crime @orionbooks @AJParkauthor #psychologicalthriller #RandomThingsTours @RandomTTours @AnneCater #BookReview #PublicationDay #TheFirstLie


We’ve all had sleepless nights thinking about it.
You’re home alone. Someone breaks in.
In defending yourself, you end up killing the intruder.
Now you’re the one the police want.

That is the situation that criminal barrister Paul Reeve arrives home to find.
His wife Alice stands in the bedroom, clutching a bloodied letter opener in her shaking hand.

“What have you done, Alice?”
“I didn’t have a choice…”

We would all believe the person we love most.
But would we all make the same choice Paul and Alice make next…?

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

My Thoughts…

No one knows how they would react after a shocking event, Alice and Paul make a questionable decision when Alice kills an intruder but is this their first lie? This is fast-paced psychological suspense. It is told mainly from Alice and Paul’s viewpoints with periodic insight into the police investigation. Alice and Paul are unreliable protagonists. This increases the suspense and makes it difficult to trust their perceptions of events.

Like all psychological suspense, it seems unrealistic at times, but it is addictive and edgy. Sometimes shocking it keeps you engaged, until the last page.

After studying literature, linguistics and Spanish at university, AJ Park trained as an English teacher and actor. He has edited magazines and taught English, Media Studies and Drama in secondary schools in England. He was also a competitive fencer for seven years.

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Posted in Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Parenting and Famlies

The Family Holiday Elizabeth Noble 5*#Review #TheFamilyHoliday @MichaelJBooks @PenguinUKBooks #ElizabethNoble #family #drama #Grief #friendship #holiday #relationships #PublicationDay #BookReview

The Chamberlain family – Charlie and Daphne, and their children Laura, Scott and Nick – had fantastic summer holidays when they were young. But then, inevitably, the children grew up, and their own messy lives got in the way. 

Since their mum died, it feels to them all as if their family just isn’t that close any more. And Charlie fears his kids have all lost their direction. 

For his eightieth birthday, all Charlie wants is to bring his family together again – and by some miracle, they’ve all said yes.

So for the first time in a very long time, the Chamberlains are going on a family holiday. 

It’s only ten days . . . how hard can it be? 

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I received a copy of this book from Penguin – Michael Joseph UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Like all addictive family drama, this is a character-driven emotional story. Charlie is lost without Daphne, his wife and feels his once-close family is drifting. He plans a family holiday as Daphne would have done and hopes to draw his fractured children together.

The opening chapters explore the main characters and significant events. This illustrates their complexities and flaws and engages the reader in their lives. The characters are easy to empathise and relatable. The family drama is realistic and makes this an emotional read.

The holiday draws the family’s troubles into the open with dramatic and poignant results. Ultimately the family unit survives with help from an unexpected source making you believe in serendipity.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Family Drama, Friendship, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense

DéjàVu Melody Saleh 3* #Review #UnBroken @MelodySaleh @lovebooksgroup #DéjàVu #LoveBooksTours #Friendship #relationships #Family #Romance #ThursdayMorning #ThursdayThoughts

Happiness is finally within reach for best friends, Amber, Dominque, Debra and Zya.  But fate has other plans…

Pregnant and widowed, Debra is engaged to suave and charming Italian heartthrob Roberto.  So why does her heart race when she thinks about her therapist, Brian?  Has she said yes to the wrong man?

Dominque has found the love and acceptance she always longed for with Tad.  But devastating news soon threatens their future together.

Successful fashion designer Zya has discovered her own unexpected happily ever after with Tina . . . until her daughter, Ashanti is bullied and becomes the focus of a police investigation and the media. Now Zya suddenly stands to lose everything she holds dear.

Finally, together with the only man she’s ever loved, Amber is determined to not let anything come between her and Patrick—not even her jealous and vindictive identical twin sister.  But someone is watching . . . waiting for the right moment to destroy her . . .

Will the women get their happy ending, or is it déjà vu all over again?  Find out in the dramatic and suspenseful second book of the Unbroken series.

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

My Thoughts…

This is the second book in the Unbroken series and to understand the characters and their motivations you need to read Facade first. The story has moved on, but the conflict and secrets continue to blight the women’s lives threatening their family and relationships.

Familiarity with the characters makes this an easier read, but the story’s chaos and complexity will not suit everyone. The characters are realistic and relatable. This the story’s greatest strength, as they engage your interest and what happens to them matters.

After 35+ years in operations for various businesses (including her own), Melody pursued her dream of writing a novel. Having written for business publications, local magazines and even publishing a poem, Chemo’s not for Sissies, during treatment after her first cancer diagnosis, it was time to finish the novel that was started many years ago. When she started  writing, “Facade: Things Aren’t Always as They Appear,” she had no idea where her characters were going to take her. “The story basically wrote itself. It was like a movie projector playing in my mind,” is how she describes her experience. It soon became apparent, their voices were not to be silenced… “The Unbroken Series” was born. “Deja Vu: Here We Go Again,” Book II, to be released June 23, 2020, followed by C’est la Vie, Book III, in December.

Melody lives with her husband in her native home state Florida. She’s blessed to be alive today after two cancer diagnoses and enjoys watching her grandchildren grow up; something she doesn’t take for granted.

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Posted in Book Review, Historical Romance

The Earl With The Secret Past Janice Preston 5* #Review @JaniceGPreston @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonInsiders #TheEarlWithTheSecretPast #MillsandBoonHistorical #BookReview

An unexpected inheritance

An explosive reunion

Hardworking architect Adam Monroe’s world is shaken when he inherits an Earldom! Thrust into the ton, he bumps into widow, Kitty Fenton – his lost love. Years before, he’d refused to elope with Kitty to save her from ruin, and was heartbroken she’d married so soon after he left. Perhaps fate has given him a chance to discover the truth – after all beneath the hurt the sparks of attraction are as strong as ever…

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I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

There is so much going on in this historical romance. Adam and Kitty’s love story ends before it begins Adam knows an apprentice can’t wed an Earl’s daughter and pretends their love meant nothing to him. Fifteen years later, anger and surprise dominate their early encounters, but passion simmers just out of reach. Misunderstandings and well-meant interference, complicate their relationship putting the reader through a gamut of emotions.

This story has engaging characters everyone adds to the story’s ambience. The plot brings originality to the rags to riches and second chance romantic tropes.