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

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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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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


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4* Review: The One with the Engagement Party- Erin Lawless – (Bridesmaids #1)

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Nora Dervan is getting married… but her four bridesmaids are more full of secrets than champagne.

Bea has barely gotten past the fact that her two best friends are seeing each other, and now they’re engaged, and Cleo is rather distracted by the hot new colleague she absolutely, definitely must not sleep with. Daisy is dreading the singles’ table, whilst Sarah’s own marriage hasn’t turned out to be all she hoped it would be…

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The One With The Engagement PartyWell it is the ‘wedding season’ and this short introduction to the ‘Bridesmaids’ series, captures the atmosphere perfectly. The vivid and image rich characters and dialogue in this novella, make it an enjoyable read. All the bridesmaids have an interesting story to tell and this introductory book makes you want to find out what happens next.
There is a refreshing realism about this story, which many who have organised a wedding or been a bridesmaid will recognise. The overbearing ‘mother of the bride’ and the ‘best friend who hasn’t been asked to be a bridesmaid’, are particularly well portrayed.
If you enjoy light hearted contemporary romantic comedy, this is for you.
I received a copy of this story from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The One With The Engagement Party by Erin Lawless

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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Somewhere Only We Know – Erin Lawless – Paperback Launch 11 September 2015

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Today, September 11 2015, is paperback launch day for ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ by Erin Lawless. The book launch is at Clapham Books at 19.30 Unfortunately I can’t attend but I wanted to share the event  with you.

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18040689Boy meets girl… Alex Bradley can’t help but feel that life is rather passing him by. And not just life – promotions, invitations, romance; the girl he loves only has eyes for his flatmate and his 9-5 job as the Immigration department skivvy is slowly numbing his soul. Until he meets Nadia.
Girl meets boy… Nadia Osipova is running out of time. With no money, no lawyer and a totally fictitious boyfriend, she’s got one last summer and one last appeal before the British government deport her back home.
Girl gets deported? It’s going to be a bumpy ride, one she’s dragging her new friend Alex along for. As Nadia races through a list of all her favourite London adventures, for what may be the last time, Alex can’t help but start to see the city, and his life, through Nadia’s eyes.
From hazy summer days on the Common and heady nights in Soho’s basement bars, to twilight walks along the Southbank, will Alex realise what he’s got before it’s too late?
Funny, addictive and always honest, this is a love letter to London, friendship and the unexpected from the author of the bestselling The Best Thing I Never Had.

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18040689I was looking forward to reading ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. Its vivid characters, well researched setting and original take on girl meets boy, met all my expectations.
Nadia and Alex are complex, believable characters, Yin and Yang drawn together in a serendipitous way, they gradually discover what’s been missing in their lives.
Nadia is likeable and despite her looming problems, reaches out to Alex shows him how to enjoy life. Alex is hiding secrets that may damage their fledgling relationship. Their London and south coast adventures are entertaining, realistic and make their growing attraction inevitable to everyone, including the reader, but not themselves.
The supporting cast are equally vibrant and showcase the main characters, without upstaging them. I would like to see what happens to Caro, Holly and Rory in another book, perhaps? This is a story of young, sometimes emotionally immature adults. The romance is gentle and illuminates rather than dominates the story.
A great holiday read.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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UK4A9482Erin Lawless lives a happy life full of wonderful friends, in love with a man who buys her books instead of flowers. To mix things up a little, she writes books where friends and lovers hit obstacles and (usually) overcome them. When she’s not doing that she reads absolutely everything she gets her hands on, spends an inordinate amount of time in pyjamas and runs a fun-but-informative blog on British history.

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 Here’s my review of Erin’s New Adult Bestseller The Best Thing I Never Had

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18798691The Best Thing I Never Had is a great read with fabulous characters.
Divided into past and present events this story’s structure allows the reader to know the characters in depth and really want to know what happens to them which I liked. The focus of the first section is the long awaited wedding of two of the group of university friends and it is here the reader realises something momentous occurred in their shared past but doesn’t know what.

Just over half the story takes place in the past although pacing of this section of the book allows you to experience events with the characters as it happens which makes it easy and interesting to read.

The second half surrounds the wedding and how the characters have fared since university. There are a few surprises both in character development and plot. This was my favourite part of the story possibly because the characters were less annoying and more world weary.

The characters are vivid. It’s easy to love or hate them. This is all about the people what they think, what they feel and what they do. The plot is not the main focus of this story but it does hold some pleasing twists.

Packed full of emotion and humour this story is definitely worth reading even though it is longer than is currently fashionable. I look forward to the next book by this author.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

5* Review: Somewhere Only We Know – Erin Lawless

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Boy meets girl…

Alex Bradley can’t help but feel that life is rather passing him by. And not just life – promotions, invitations, romance; the girl he loves only has eyes for his flatmate and his 9-5 job as the Immigration department skivvy is slowly numbing his soul. Until he meets Nadia.

Girl meets boy…

Nadia Osipova is running out of time. With no money, no lawyer and a totally fictitious boyfriend, she’s got one last summer and one last appeal before the British government deport her back to Russia.

Girl gets deported?

It’s going to be a bumpy ride, one she’s dragging her new friend Alex along for. As Nadia races through a list of all her favourite London adventures, for what may be the last time, Alex can’t help but start to see the city, and his life, through Nadia’s eyes.

From hazy summer days on the Common and heady nights in Soho’s basement bars, to twilight walks along the Southbank, will Alex realise what he’s got before it’s too late?

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Somewhere Only We KnowI was looking forward to reading ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. Its vivid characters, well researched setting and original take on girl meets boy, met all my expectations.

Nadia and Alex are complex, believable characters, Yin and Yang drawn together in a serendipitous way, they gradually discover what’s been missing in their lives.

Nadia is likeable and despite her looming problems, reaches out to Alex shows him how to enjoy life. Alex is hiding secrets that may damage their fledgling relationship. Their London and south coast adventures are entertaining, realistic and make their growing attraction inevitable to everyone, including the reader, but not themselves.

The supporting cast are equally vibrant and showcase the main characters, without upstaging them. I would like to see what happens to Caro, Holly and Rory in another book, perhaps?

This is a story of young, sometimes emotionally immature adults. The romance is gentle and illuminates rather than dominates the story.

A great holiday read.

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

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5* Review: The Best Thing I Never Had – Erin Lawless

Miles and Nicky are getting married. Unfortunately, their wedding party is a tangle of ex-housemates, ex-friends and ex-lovers. So this wedding isn’t just a wedding, it’s a reunion. Can anything be salvaged from the past? And what really happened between them all, back at university?

This book was my Friday read last week here’s what I thought about it. 🙂

The Best Thing I Never HadMy Review

 The Best Thing I Never Had is a great read with fabulous characters. Divided into past and present events this story’s structure allows the reader to know the characters in-depth and really want to know what happens to them which I liked. The focus of the first section is the long-awaited wedding of two of the group of university friends and it is here the reader realises something momentous occurred in their shared past but doesn’t know what.

Just over half the story takes place in the past although pacing of this section of the book allows you to experience events with the characters as it happens which makes it easy and interesting to read.

The second half surrounds the wedding and how the characters have fared since university. There are a few surprises both in character development and plot. This was my favourite part of the story possibly because the characters were less annoying and more world-weary.

The characters are vivid. It’s easy to love or hate them. This is all about the people what they think, what they feel and what they do. The plot is not the main focus of this story but it does hold some pleasing twists.

Packed full of emotion and humour this story is definitely worth reading even though it is longer than is currently fashionable. I look forward to the next book by this author.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

The Best Thing I Never Had by Erin Lawless

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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Friday Read: The Best Thing I Never Had – Erin Lawless

My Friday Read this week is a contemporary romance from Erin Lawless I’ve been wanting to read this one for ages so glad it’s reached the top of my TBR pile 🙂

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 Miles and Nicky are getting married. Unfortunately, their wedding party is a tangle of ex-housemates, ex-friends and ex-lovers. So this wedding isn’t just a wedding, it’s a reunion. Can anything be salvaged from the past? And what really happened between them all, back at university?