Posted in Book Review, Friendship, New Books, Romance, Travel

One Week in Venice With The CEO Kate Hardy 5*#Review @katehardyauthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #HarlequinRomance #MillsandBoonTrueLove #Romance #Venice #BookReview #OneWeekinVeniceWithTheCEO

Seven days that changed her life…

Penniless Contessa Serafina needs to rebuild her family’s crumbling palazzo in Venice, and she has just seven days to persuade handsome CEO Gianni Leto to help! Neither is looking for anything more than a business relationship, but as the romance of Venice casts its spell can their week together change their lives forever?

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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…

Serafina needs to restore her crumbling palazzo after the death of her father. Still reeling from a betrayal in love, she seeks only a business relationship with contractor Gianni. Successful Gianni is wary of Serafina’s motives. Attraction deepens into an emotional attachment, but can they trust each other with their vulnerable hearts?

Gentle romance, likeable characters and lovely detailed descriptions of Venice make this an engaging story to read.

Posted in Book Review, Family Drama, Friendship, New Books, Psychological Suspense

The Long Weekend Gilly Macmillan 4*#Review @GillyMacmillan @centurybooksuk #psychsuspense #relationships #BookReview #TheLongWeekend

By the time you read this, I’ll have killed one of your husbands.

In an isolated retreat, deep in the Northumbria moors, three women arrive for a weekend getaway.

Their husbands will be joining them in the morning. Or so they think.

But when they get to Dark Fell Barn, the women find a devastating note that claims one of their husbands has been murdered. Their phones are out of range. There’s no internet. They’re stranded. And a storm’s coming in.

Friendships fracture and the situation spins out of control as each wife tries to find out what’s going on, who is responsible and which husband has been targeted.

This was a tight-knit group. They’ve survived a lot. But they won’t weather this. Because someone has decided that enough is enough.

That it’s time for a reckoning.

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

My Thoughts…

This predominately psychological suspense explores toxic relationships and the resultant emotional damage. It features several viewpoints, but many are unreliable narrators, and it leaves the reader wondering who to believe. The story’s structure adds to the reader’s confusion as there are no distinctive chapter headings or indications that a different person is speaking before they do.

The story’s ethos is an addictive medley of poignant and suspenseful. All the characters are believably flawed, and many are not likeable. The claustrophobic settings add to its unpredictability. The pacing is slow, but it’s still a page-turner with a dramatic conclusion.