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The One With The Wedding Dress – Bridesmaids #2 – Erin Lawless- 4* Review



Nora Dervan is ready for her Happy Ever After. With her darling Harry waiting at the altar, and all her family and friends around her. She is certain that her special day will not be forgotten/will be one to remember…

But with her four bridesmaids hiding more secrets, than bottles of champagne. Will her big day be remembered for all the right reasons?

Bea has barely gotten past the fact that her two best friends are dating, and now they’re engaged, whilst cupid’s arrow points in a forbidden direction for Cleo. She is so distracted by her off limits, hot new colleague that she has forgotten Daisy, who has been left dreading the singles table. There’s more romance in the cheesy pick- up lines than Sarah’s own marriage, which hasn’t turned out as she hoped it would be.

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My Review 2016-1

The One With The Wedding Dress


Reacquainting with bride to be Nora and her prospective bridesmaids, as they celebrate Cleo’s thirtieth birthday is easy, despite the months that have passed since I read part 1 of the Bridesmaids’ story. Experience, a nerve racking but hilarious weekend finding the perfect wedding dress. There is plenty of tension between bridesmaids Cleo and Bea and Nora and her mum, who seems set on ruining her daughter’s wedding dress buying experience.
It’s enjoyable sharing the ups and downs of the weekend and the story ends with an unexpected cliff-hanger that could threaten the stability of the group and turn the wedding into a disaster.
This is a quick easy read but there are complex characters and vivid imagery which make this story addictive. I also love the snippets of real wedding memories at the beginning of each chapter.
Looking forward to the hen weekend, all the fun without the hangover, what could be better?
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.



The One With The Wedding Dress by Erin Lawless

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The One With The Wedding Dress by Erin Lawless

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#Summer Impulse – Readathon – Harper Impulse

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 This week I’m participating in the Harper Impulse readathon #SummerImpulse.


The first of my reads was ‘The Reckless Love of an Heir’ by Jane Lark, I love her books, they delve into the less glamorous side of Regency England and whilst this story was more family orientated it still had its serious side and was a great read..

 Click on the link to read my review:

 5* Review The Reckless Love of an Heir

 In my #summerImpulse graphic I’ve also included books I’ve already read this summer from Harper Impulse,if you follow my blog you will have already read my reviews but if not the links are below:

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The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea – Jane Linfoot

Summer at the Comfort  Food Cafe – Debbie Johnson

A Family Holiday – Bella Osborne

One Last Summer at Hideaway Ba y – Zoe Cook

Escape to the Riviera – Jules Wakes

The Girl Who Lied – Sue Fortin

Found One Secret Baby – Nancy  Holland

Put It Out There – D.R. Graham

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I’ve included a couple older books from authors I like that I  haven’t got around to reading and  a debut book from a new author, released on 19 August. I will post the reviews for these later in the week.

Happy Reading #Summerlmpulse


Posted in Book Review, Book Spotlight, Guest post, New Books

Dying For Love – Angel Nicholas – Guest Post – My 5* Review – Blog Tour





I’m  pleased to welcome Angel Nicholas to my blog today, on the last stop of her blog tour for ‘Dying for Love’. She shares her thoughts on romance in literature and why the addition of suspense makes it more enjoyable for her both to read and write. As a lover of romantic suspense myself I agree. I’ve read ‘Dying for Love’ and included my review below, its definitely  worth a read.

Here’s what Angel has to say…

Romantic suspense is a fascinatingly diverse sub-genre that draws on the heat and infamous Happily Ever After of romance while tangling it mercilessly with the ruthlessness of the seedier and often bloodier side of life. It’s my favorite sub-genre to read, and the one I can’t stop my fingers from typing.

Romance draws a great deal of criticism; within the literary world, from readers and non-readers alike. We’re told that romance is too simplistic, that it leads to unrealistic expectations of romance, of men, and of life in general. It’s a “silly” genre with no literary merit whatsoever. You gain no greater knowledge of the world, its history, its people, or nature. There’s no purpose! All of which makes me roll my eyes. Is there any purpose to the popular action flicks? Is there any purpose to ballet? Is there any purpose to music? Life is hard, and I make no apologies for seeking pleasure and enjoyment in whatever guise I deem worthy.

What these naysayers fail to acknowledge, or perhaps refuse to acknowledge, is that romance novels do have merit. They do, in fact, serve a greater purpose. Study after study has confirmed that romance readers are more empathetic and open-minded than their non-reading counterparts. I would wager they’re also more empathetic than non-fiction readers. A story that engages your heart and emotions stays with your forever. You remember the lessons taught to the hero and heroine in circumstances you may well never endure, yet you’ve grown just the same. A romance reader is far more capable of lending a sympathetic ear and tender shoulder to cry upon, thanks to the hours she’s happily devoted to vicariously living a fictional couples trials. And yes, their ultimate happily ever after.

Let’s talk about the oft condemned “happily ever after.” As I mentioned above, and as you’re more than likely already aware, life is hard. We’re seldom granted a happily ever after. Even when we are, there’s the AFTER to deal with. After falling deliriously in love. After the fairytale wedding. After the lazy, lusty honeymoon. After the much anticipated new baby arrives. After…we return to reality. To demanding bosses, long work hours, exhausting commutes, burned spaghetti, dirty toilets, piles of laundry, and endless responsibilities. Books are a pleasurable—there’s that dirty word again—escape from those responsibilities. Based on how many memes are floating around social media bemoaning “adulting,” a welcome escape.

Suspense is a little trickier to explain. Romance is marvelous to read, and even more so to experience in real life. But—you knew one was coming, right?—it sometimes strikes me as too much. Too mushy and sweet and lovey dovey and just gag me with a spoon already. Suspense gives the story an edge. It makes me sit up a little straighter and turn the pages a little faster. I devour a well-written romantic suspense in a way that rarely occurs with straight romance. I’m not sure what this says about me, but I especially love writing the dark side of romantic suspense. I have a stack of books devoted to the psychopathy of serial killers and the deeply emotionally disturbed. I want to know what makes them tick, so I can create a three-dimensional villain as striking in his, or her, own way as the hero and heroine. A well-written villain is a thing of rare beauty. I particularly like a villain that you almost hate to see finally meet his well-deserved end.

I suppose part of the appeal is my need to torture the hero and heroine as much as possible before giving them their well-deserved happily ever after. I want them to earn it! When you read a scene in Dying for Love that has you gasping and wide-eyed, a little shocked and maybe even tearful, feel free to picture me hunched over the keyboard, cackling madly and pausing ever so often to rub my hands together in gleeful joy over the havoc I’m wreaking. It’s a fair depiction, after all.




 Death is preferable to what awaits in her forgotten past…

Coffee is the only thing standing between Grace Debry and a straight-jacket since she gave up swearing in honor of her foster mom. A rash of break-ins make her wonder if caffeine is enough. Especially when the notes left behind make it personal. Her brand-spanking new life is more nightmare than dream-come-true.

All Matthew Duncan has wanted since hiring Grace is to have her in his passenger seat, his arms, and his bed. As they grow closer, the feisty brunette proves to be a handful—one Matt is happy to hold. He’s determined to give her the happily ever after she stopped believing in years ago. Unfortunately for Grace, it will take more than Matt’s considerable resolve to keep her safe.

Three’s a crowd—not that he cares. Every move she makes, every breath she takes … he’s watching. Waiting to reclaim what he lost.

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My Review 2

The beginning of this story is so sad. The woman’s despair is tangible and the vivid description sets the scene perfectly, for what is to come. I re-read this chapter after I’d finished the book and its impact was even greater.
The story restarts, twenty five years after the opening scene and focuses on Grace a clever, resourceful woman with a self-depreciating sense of humour. A series of unexplained incidents unnerve her and threaten to spoil her new life.
Passionately drawn to his clever employee, Matt fears the implications both of sexual harassment and the fear of rejection. He denies his desires, until a personal tragedy warns him life is short; so he risks all to get to know Grace on a much closer and personal level.
New characters, cleverly introduced ramp up the well written suspense. The reader glimpses pieces of the puzzle with tantalising slowness. The antagonist is menacing, a shadowy figure that threatens everything Grace holds dear.
Grace and Matt’s passionate relationship is sizzling and balances the story’s dark suspense beautifully. The combination of the romance and suspense makes this an all night reader, with an unexpected twist at the end and the promise of a happy ever after. Perfect.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Sweet Deception by Angel Nicholas read my review here

Author Bio

Angel-Nicholas-218x247Angel Nicholas spent her childhood writing angst-ridden poetry and hiding behind romance novels. Now the mother of four children and one beautiful grandchild, fiction is still her refuge. Excessive caffeine fuels her typing. The splendors of Idaho inspire her muse. When she’s not torturing her characters, Angel can be found in the nearest coffee shop or shoe store.






Posted in Writing Journey

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.


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




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.


Posted in New Books

What I’m Reading This Week

I wanted to share the plight of Mohan the elephant with you yesterday and urge you to sign the petition that now has  127,394 signatures.

If you signed thank you.

I am watching the Wildlife SOS twitter and I will post any developments. Currently, they are waiting on the judge’s decision, as to Mohan’s fate.

So a day later than promised, here are the books I am currently reading. It’s an eclectic mix, from poetry to non fiction advice for the corporate work place.




 Here are a few highlights:


The Face Transplant – R Arundel. This a fast paced medical suspense thriller written by a surgeon.It has  gripping beginning and plenty of hooks to the conspiracy that follows. A page turner so far…


In the Shadow of Winter – Lorna Gray. This is an atmospheric historical fiction story, set in the devastating winter of 1947. There is history, mystery,romance and suspense and I’m hooked.

In complete contrast…

18870201Try Me On for Size – Stephanie Haefner is a contemporary romance full of sexy scenes, passion and innuendos that will make you blush. It has great characters with flaws, hang ups and secrets galore. There is plenty to make you smile and the writing style is easy to read.

I’m over halfway with this one . I should be posting my review tomorrow.


germ Warfare  of the Corporate Kind – Noel Warnell is a non fiction  book. I’m looking forward to reading this because the first page made me smile. 

Journey_to_Peace_Cover_for_KindleA  Journey to Peace – Jennifer Stevenson is a book of poetry. I love poems although I don’t get the opportunity to read them very often, so reading this will be a real treat for me.

 So that’s my current reading, reviews to follow, as I finish them. I hope you’ll check them out too.

Posted in Giveaway, Newsletter, Writing Journey

Valentine’s Day – Commercialism versus Romance

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So do you see February 14th as the most romantic day of the year or just commercialism at its worst?

For many businesses, notably confectioners,florists, lingerie shops and restaurants, it can be one of the most profitable days of the year.


As a romance writer you would expect me to be a staunch supporter of Valentine’s day and in many ways I am. I love that couples go out on date nights and lovers make an effort to surprise their partners with a gift but neither of these things have to cost a fortune. Most people truly in love would find a handmade gift or a home cooked supper the most romantic gift of all.

What I dislike about Valentine’s day is the hype, the insistence by the commercial world that if you don’t spend a fortune, your Valentine’s gift it isn’t worth anything.

Well take it from someone who has been married for almost 32 years the money doesn’t matter it’s the thought that counts.

So be a true romantic this year and ignore the pressure from advertisers. Give your loved one your time, help with the chores, so you can enjoy more ‘us’ time  and have a delicious home cooked Valentine treat à deux.

 Here’s my Valentine’s gift to my husband.

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Oops there goes the New Year diet 😦

NewsletterI have included the link to sign up for my newsletter on this post, it’s also on the sidebar of my website. I have decided to relaunch it  and include book news, blog highlights and exclusive subscriber giveaways.


 Here’s the link for the first giveaway.

To enter click on the image below:

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The Revenge Masquerade eBook.

The Revenge Masquerade Cover  October 26 14Happy Valentine's Day




Posted in Inspiration

The Perfect Holiday Cottage

Back garden view of our retreat in Northumberlan
Back garden view of our retreat in Northumberland

If you have been following my blog posts this week you will know I visited Northumberland. Now that I am back home again I want to share some thoughts and photographs of the lovely holiday cottage which was the base for our Northumberland holiday. Intended purely for couples and their dogs it was small but well designed with everything we needed for our stay.

Living and kitchen area
Living and kitchen area


Raised bedroom area with a view out to the field at the bottom of the garden - Lovely.
Raised bedroom area with a view out to the field at the bottom of the garden – Lovely.

 Even though this cottage is close to the A1 and easy to get to, it is so quiet and secluded.The perfect place to get away from it all with a ring side seat  of all the wildlife. There were hares, rabbits, pheasants and at night time, bats easily seen from the garden and lots of wild song birds. We even had a visit from an Arctic Tern looking for breakfast.

Cheeky Sparrow


I would love to wake up to this view every morning.

View  from back garden across open fields.
View from back garden across open fields.

 My only regret was I couldn’t try our the log burner but alas it was just too warm. 🙂

Lovely log burner
Lovely log burner

After a wonderful holiday its time to leave ‘the good life’ behind (that comment will be lost on anyone not old enough to remember the 70s sitcom)

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The neighbour’s chicks run free just over the fence.
Fresh vegetables anyone?
Fresh vegetables anyone?

Back home again I’m looking forward to finishing my third book The Dangerous Gift.

Look out for more excerpts, news on The Revenge Masquerade and lots of book reviews.

Have a lovely weekend.