The Holiday Swap – Zara Stoneley – 5* Review

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Two women, two very different lives – one perfect solution to a Christmas holiday fraught with potential pitfalls.

The Holiday Swap.

Florence Cortes has the perfect life – an apartment in the trendiest district of Barcelona, a job she loves and a boyfriend who’s whisking her away on a romantic break to Paris to no doubt propose.
Only, he’s planning something far different, and Flo soon realises her life isn’t so perfect after all.

Home loving Daisy Fischer is perfectly happy in her idyllic home in the Cheshire countryside, with an on-off boyfriend who might be slightly dull but is totally dependable. Until he issues an ultimatum, and Daisy suddenly realises that there might be a whole different world out there that she’s missing out on.

Have Flo and Daisy come up with the perfect solution to escape festive heartbreak?
Can a snowbound Christmas in Cheshire – with aristocratic, handsome Hugo as her neighbour, a house full of animals and a leaking roof – help Flo mend her broken heart, and remind her of what she really wants in life?

Can a sunny break in beautiful Barcelona – with the dishy but brooding Javier, a never ending supply of cava, and a sea view to die for – prove to Daisy that playing safe isn’t always the answer?

Love actually does seem to be all around this Christmas – and in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it, but where will they be for New Year?

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The Holiday Swap

The classic romantic comedy ‘The Holiday’ springs to mind reading the blurb for this story. As it’s a firm favourite of mine and I enjoy Zara’s Tippermere stories, I couldn’t wait to read this. I loved it.
For fans of Tippermere there’s a tantalising glimpse of village life in snowy Cheshire, as Flo returns to her childhood home and meets sexy Hugo. A lovely collection of animal personalities guaranteed to make you smile complete this part of the story perfectly.
However, it’s the Barcelona setting that draws you in. The passion and glamour of the city echoes Daisy’s new found passion for life and new love.
There is a definite festive theme to this story but it’s more about, friendship, realising your true potential and living your own life. Something both Daisy and Flo find out as they explore their new environments with new friends and experiences.
The characters are authentic and vivid. The plot comprises plenty of humour and lots of romance. Written in scenes, it’s easy to visualise the girl’s adventures as if you’re experiencing them first hand.
The perfect holiday read.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

The Holiday Swap by Zara Stoneley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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Zara Stoneley -Cover Reveal – The Holiday Swap

I know its a little early to be thinking about Christmas, even for someone who loves it so much like me but I couldn’t resist participating in the cover reveal for Zara Stoneley’s next book- a festive tale entitled ‘The Holiday Swap’,which is available for pre-order on Amazon now.

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The Hoiliday Swap

Two women, two very different lives – one perfect solution to a Christmas holiday fraught with potential pitfalls.

The Holiday Swap.

Florence Cortes has the perfect life – an apartment in the trendiest district of Barcelona, a job she loves and a boyfriend who’s whisking her away on a romantic break to Paris to no doubt propose.
Only, he’s planning something far different, and Flo soon realises her life isn’t so perfect after all.

Home loving Daisy Fischer is perfectly happy in her idyllic home in the Cheshire countryside, with an on-off boyfriend who might be slightly dull but is totally dependable. Until he issues an ultimatum, and Daisy suddenly realises that there might be a whole different world out there that she’s missing out on.

Have Flo and Daisy come up with the perfect solution to escape festive heartbreak?
Can a snowbound Christmas in Cheshire – with aristocratic, handsome Hugo as her neighbour, a house full of animals and a leaking roof – help Flo mend her broken heart, and remind her of what she really wants in life?

Can a sunny break in beautiful Barcelona – with the dishy but brooding Javier, a never ending supply of cava, and a sea view to die for – prove to Daisy that playing safe isn’t always the answer?

Love actually does seem to be all around this Christmas – and in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it, but where will they be for New Year?

5* Review: Country Rivals – Zara Stoneley

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Dashing eventer Rory is ready to button up his breeches and settle down. His gorgeous wife, Lottie, wants a bank balance in the black so she can protect the beautiful family estate for future generations.

But with the wedding business at Tipping House going up in flames, and rumours that it was arson not accident, Lottie begins to wonder who she can trust with her future.

Tranquil Tippermere is under siege as movies moguls and insurance investigators invade the countryside, and as events gather pace rescue plans start to look too good to be true, and intentions may not be as honourable as they seem.

As a moody, but definitely marvellous, polo player enters the fray and squares up to the eventing hero of Tippermere, does Lottie stand to lose her husband as well as her home?

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‘Country Rivals’ is characterised by its believable English country setting and complex characters. The lovable and often naughty animals regularly upstage their human counterparts and make this series a delight. The residents of Tippermere are larger than life but they are all grounded, with recognisable human flaws and frailty that make them easy to empathise with and hard to forget.

I have read the other books in the series and so most of the characters in ‘Country Rivals’ are old friends.  If you are new to Tippermere, this story is complete and supported by sufficient back story to make it a standalone read but why miss out on the other books?

 Lovable Lottie and sexy Rory take centre stage but it is Lady Elizabeth’s redoubtable influence that makes the plot unpredictable and interesting. Sam, the quintessential footballer’s wife provides the glamour and glitz and new characters add to the mayhem, misunderstanding and mystery that make this fast paced story an engaging read.

‘Country rivals’ is full of humour, passion and poignancy, with a lovely hopeful ending.

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

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Zara was born in a small village in Staffordshire, educated in Cheshire, and went on to study at Liverpool University. After a successful career as an IT consultant, she decided to follow her heart and ran a dog grooming business for several years before becoming a full-time writer.

Her fun, romantic, romps draw on her experiences of village life, and her various love affairs with dogs, cats and horses. These days if she’s not at her laptop, you can usually find her trudging across fields on foot, or sat on the back of a horse.

Zara divides her time between a country cottage in Cheshire and an apartment in Barcelona. Her most recent novels include the popular Stable Mates, Country Affairs and Country Rivals.

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Country Rivals Blog Tour – Author Interview – The Tippermere Trail – Zara Stoneley.

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 If like me you loved ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and the delightful Christmas freebie, ‘A Very Country Christmas’ , you have been looking forward to today’s release of ‘Country Rivals’ from the lovely Zara Stoneley. I’ve already read this fab story and I will share my review later today but for now, enjoy my interview with this talented author and follow the Tippermere Trail with Zara .

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ZaraStoneley authorpicHow long have you been writing? Was there one event or person who inspired you to start writing? If so can you tell us about them?

I’ve always loved writing and reading, and submitted my first book (a thriller, to Michael Joseph – I aimed high!) when I was in my early teens. Mum always encouraged me to write (she wanted me to write a James Herriot style novel – and lent me her old typewriter to do so!), which is why Stable Mates is dedicated to her. My Grandad also inspired me when I was younger. He was sure that we are related to Elizabeth Gaskell, an author who lived very close to where I do now.

Are you a full time writer? How important is writing in your life?

I’m lucky enough to write full time now, until recently though I juggled writing with a day job. I love writing, and can’t imagine not doing it. Practically every day I see or hear something that I have to jot down as I think it will be wonderful material for a book – so I’d probably explode with frustration if I wasn’t allowed to write!

You write erotic romance and more recently bonkbuster novels, which do you prefer writing and why?

I never set out to write erotic romance, but Accent press ran a competition to write an erotic novel, with a publication contract as the prize. I entered, and as a result ‘Forfeit’ was published in 2012. It was great fun to write the books, but my current publisher (HarperCollins) then suggested I write more of a ‘bonkbuster’.

My natural voice probably lends itself more to romcom, I like to see the funny side of life, which doesn’t always sit well in an erotic romance. I really love the books I’m writing now (which my editor originally suggested) – they’ve been likened to Jilly Cooper and Fiona Walker, but they’re a lighter version. Funny, true to life, with quirky characters and great animals, and set in our wonderful Cheshire countryside – all the things I love, which I hope shines through in the stories.   They still have some sexy, steamy scenes, but aren’t as intense as my erotic romances were – and so probably more ‘me’ – I like my ‘naughty’ with a laugh on the side.

Zara Stoneley is your penname. How did you decide on your penname and why do you use one?

I originally wrote contemporary romance as Susie Medwell, but decided I needed an alternative for my erotic novels to avoid confusion.

I love the name Zara, and Stoneley was derived from the name of the village I grew up in. When I started to write my current books for HarperCollins they said they loved the name Zara Stoneley and asked if I could stick with it – so Susie (after one book) seems to have been ditched!

Can you describe your writing process if you have one?

A ‘what if’ usually is normally my starting point (more about this below!), I then need a very clear picture of my characters – I jot down notes (on cards) so that I can visualise them and understand what makes them tick.

I then often crash ahead and write the first couple of chapters, because I know how the story will start, how it will end, and the key points.

At the start of each day I plan out the scenes very roughly, and then write. I’ve always found that I need some sort of plan, but I don’t like to be too rigid – more often than not, as my characters develop the story will change – but the broad outline stays the same.

The world building in your Tippermere series is wonderful. Can you tell us what inspired you to create Tippermere and its residents?

Thank you! I love Tippermere – I want to live there! My editor originally asked me if I could write a modern take on a Jilly Cooper type novel, as most of my books had dogs, horses and the countryside featured in them. I jumped at the chance – and Tippermere is a mix of all the best bits of the villages around and about where I live in Cheshire. Having ridden and kept horses for a large chunk of my life, and had dogs (and run a dog grooming business), I’ve come across lots of funny incidents, and met masses of wonderful country people. The residents of Tippermere aren’t based on individuals I’ve known, but I have stolen some characteristics and events from real life. I’ll be very sad the day I have to leave Tippermere for good!

‘Country Rivals’ is the third book in your Tippermere series, can you tell us a little about it? Is ‘Country Rivals’ the end of the Tippermere adventures?

Country Rivals has been great fun to write. If you’ve read the other Tippermere books, you will know that Lottie runs a wedding business from her home, Tipping House, as a way of providing income to maintain the estate.

A few years ago, an irate wedding guest at a wedding venue near to where I live set fire to it, and I thought ‘what if this happened to Lottie?’ How would she cope, could she find a solution – or risk losing her inheritance?

When a film crew asks if they can use Tipping House as a location, Lottie feels she has little choice. There are a few twists and turns, a very hunky polo player and a scheming, nasty actress, plus a lot of laughs and some tragedy – as Lottie risks losing her husband and her home.

I can’t possibly drag myself away from Tippermere yet – it’s got a mention in my next book, The Holiday Swap (but with new characters) – and I would love to write about Lottie and the gang again.

It’s vital for authors to have a social media presence. Is this something you enjoy? Do you have a favourite social media platform and why?

I have met lots of lovely people on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but I have to admit the downside is that it can be too easy to chat, which can be a great distraction. At the end of the day, writing has to be my priority.

If I have very little time to spare, then Twitter is great as you can pop in and out (and Instagram can be inspirational), but the interaction on Facebook can be more rewarding.

Have you a favourite author, book or genre that you like to read?

I read all kinds – whatever suits my mood, and love to discover new authors. I’m really looking forward to Jilly Cooper’s next book Mount, and Fiona Walker is a must-read author for me. I enjoy a thriller (if it’s cleverly written), and nothing can beat a good romcom when I’m on holiday.

What’s next for Zara Stoneley?

I am really excited about my next book, The Holiday Swap! It’s due out later in the year, and if you like the film The Holiday, then this could be a book you’ll enjoy. It’s brilliant fun for me, because I get to visit Tippermere again, plus I’ve got a second setting of Barcelona – a city I spend a lot of time in, and absolutely love. It’s already up for pre-order on Amazon, but for now the cover is being kept under wraps (it’s gorgeous!).

My top 7 favourite places to visit in Cheshire

Tippermere, the setting for Country Rivals, is actually a fictitious place (sorry), but I’ve drawn inspiration from some of the best spots in Cheshire.

Follow my ‘Tippermere Trail’ and check out some of my favourite places – and you’ll be a fair way to knowing exactly how it looks in my head!

 Don’t miss the fabulous Lyme Park – the estate was used as the setting for Pemberley in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I’ve often wandered down to the lake and waited for Mr Darcy to emerge – but I’ve not had any luck yet! The inspiration for the Tipping House Estate started here – I have no problem at all imagining Rory and Lottie strolling by the water, or Pandora and the crew (in Country Rivals) filming in this wonderful place.

 Cheshire Polo Club – take a picnic, drink champagne and tread in the divots. You don’t need to know anything at all about polo, or even horses, to enjoy a fun and romantic afternoon (and it’s a great excuse to dress up). I still don’t quite understand all the rules, but the action can be fast and furious, and the riders incredibly brave.

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 Enjoy tea at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford – this is a stunning hotel with Art Nouveau fireplaces and a Mediterranean roof garden, and the champagne afternoon tea is delicious! A stroll in Tatton Park (Brideshead Revisited and Cold Feet have used this as a location) could be the perfect end to the day.

 The Lovell Quinta Arboretum is at Swettenham, just outside Congleton. Park your car at the Swettenham Arms and wander through 12.5 acres of meadows filled with wild flowers, and a wonderful arboretum filled with more than 2500 trees and shrubs. It is very much off the beaten track and wonderfully peaceful.

 Cholmondeley (pronounced chum-ly) Castle is one of those hidden treasures, and I love this romantic gothic castle with its beautiful gardens. It has an intimate atmosphere and you can take your picnic down to the lake and feel like you’re a lady for the day. (There’s also a fabulous pub just outside the estate, The Cholmondeley Arms if you forget to pack the sandwiches). Time your visit right and you could see Jazz in the Garden, the Power and Speed Festival, Horse Trials, or annual celebrity cricket match (remember that cricket match in Stable Mates? Now you know where I got the idea!).  

 Alderley Edge – is a gorgeous village, and the main inspiration for Kitterly Heath (this place is SO Sam). Whenever I visit I just have to buy something from the G. Wienholt Bakery, there’s also a fabulous butchers shop, lovely boutiques and even the charity shops are well known for designer wear. Do some window shopping, sit outside one of the many restaurants or café’s and celebrity watch (several actors and premiership footballers live in the area), then go for a stroll on…

 The Edge – this was the setting for Alan Garner’s novels The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and offers a panoramic view across Cheshire and the Peak District. It has inspired scenes in more than one of my books, and is where Mick takes Pip in ‘Stable Mates’ when he’s decided to get to know her better!

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Dashing eventer Rory is ready to button up his breeches and settle down. His gorgeous wife, Lottie, wants a bank balance in the black so she can protect the beautiful family estate for future generations.

But with the wedding business at Tipping House going up in flames, and rumours that it was arson not accident, Lottie begins to wonder who she can trust with her future.

Tranquil Tippermere is under siege as movies moguls and insurance investigators invade the countryside, and as events gather pace rescue plans start to look too good to be true, and intentions may not be as honourable as they seem.

As a moody, but definitely marvellous, polo player enters the fray and squares up to the eventing hero of Tippermere, does Lottie stand to lose her husband as well as her home?

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Zara was born in a small village in Staffordshire, educated in Cheshire, and went on to study at Liverpool University. After a successful career as an IT consultant, she decided to follow her heart and ran a dog grooming business for several years before becoming a full-time writer.

Her fun, romantic, romps draw on her experiences of village life, and her various love affairs with dogs, cats and horses. These days if she’s not at her laptop, you can usually find her trudging across fields on foot, or sat on the back of a horse.

Zara divides her time between a country cottage in Cheshire and an apartment in Barcelona. Her most recent novels include the popular Stable Mates, Country Affairs and Country Rivals.

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5* Review: A Very Country Christmas – Zara Stoneley

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A short Christmas story of three courses.

Love is in the air in Tippermere as Lottie dreams of a white Christmas with no trimmings – other than her hot and hunky eventer, Rory. But things are never quite that simple on the Tipping House Estate.

Festive fervour takes over and it isn’t all seasonal peace and goodwill as expectations rise and it soon escalates from cosy dinner for two, to all the trimmings for ten!

With missing turkeys, loose horses, troublesome terriers and randy huntsmen, Lottie is hard pushed to find time for a kiss under the mistletoe, let alone find the opportunity to woo Rory with her sexy Santa costume.

But there is only one thing Lottie really wants for Christmas, and only one man can deliver it…

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A Very Country Christmas‘A Very Country Christmas’ is a lovely festive romp in Tippermere. Escape to the complex and often humorous lives of the horsey set in Cheshire and share the best and worst of the Christmas holidays.
Packed with comic dialogue and imagery, this story, like the others in the series, is easy to read and visualise. Will Lottie and Rory’s rocky romance survive, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day? Download a free copy of this book to find out.
I enjoyed reading about the larger than life residents of Tippermere. Definitely a Christmas reading must.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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Written Fireside – Part 4 by Jane Hunt

This is my first Written Fireside story and I’ve really enjoyed reading the first three parts and writing this, Part 4 of ‘Can’t You See?’

loriconnellyh_cantyousee1Noah Hale is an author suffering from PTSD related insomnia, needing peace and sleep. All he wants is to be left alone. A certain little dog has other ideas.

Amanda Bell, a teacher, is grieving the loss of her sister, Rachel. Caring for her sister’s dog is comforting until a new neighbor moves in the other half of her duplex. Suddenly, the dog starts escaping her yard, running off to the man on the other side of the fence.

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loriconnellyh_cantyousee1Say something Noah. His mouth opened and shut without uttering a syllable, the words whirling around in his brain were hardly appropriate. Aroused, his body inched closer to the now slightly impatient woman, hoping to put his thoughts into action. Fortunately, common sense prevailed. He smiled and stepped back allowing her into his narrow hallway. “Sure, I’ll get my cell phone; the house phone hasn’t been connected yet.” Amanda, cast a fleeting look behind her. “Hoping for a more suitable knight errant?” The jibe tripped off Noah’s tongue without consideration and he instantly regretted it. A faint blush stained her otherwise pale face, which bore no or little make up, this wasn’t a contrived visit then.

With a slight shake of her head Amanda stepped into the dimly lit hallway. “I’m so sorry to disturb you, again but Gertie pushed the door shut whilst I was on the patio and I can’t get back in.”

Noah indicated that she should go into the lounge, wondering where he last saw his cell phone. “Quite a talented dog you have, a pity she hasn’t learnt to unlock doors too.” Remembering where he last saw his phone, he headed for his bedroom. “Sit down I won’t be a minute.”

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Amanda perched her butt on the closest chair and sighed, her gaze drawn to Noah’s muscled legs and firm rear, as he headed out of the room. Amanda hated imposing but she had little choice in the circumstances. She shivered and rubbed her clammy arms, against the sudden chill. The tap pants and top she wore revealed more than they hid and were hardly suitable attire for visiting a strange man’s house. Gertie’s fault again. She appeared determined to throw them together. The dog’s clumsy matchmaking made her think of Rachel. Tears clouded her vision, as she recalled her sister’s persistent attempts to find Amanda the perfect man. Heavy footsteps echoed on the wooden floor, she wiped the tears away with the back of her hand, as Noah walked into the room.

He handed her his cell phone. “Help yourself, would you like a drink, I only have iced tea, milk or fruit juice, no beer I’m afraid.” Noah’s gentle voice revealed his concern; he must have seen her crying.

“Iced tea would be lovely; I don’t suppose you have a number for a locksmith?”

“Sorry, no, I haven’t but I could try my key, they may be similar?”

“The automatic lock must be on the door but it’s worth a try, if you don’t mind, thank you.” Amanda smiled.

“I’ll get your drink.” Noah brushed by her as he headed for the kitchen.

She shivered again. Amanda ignored the butterflies in her stomach; there was something about his eyes that made her think of white cotton sheet and hot steamy nights. Heat flooded her body in a blush that betrayed her thoughts, thankfully she was alone.

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Noah opened the bottle of peach tea and poured it into a long glass; he took a juice for him and carried the drinks into the lounge.  Slim, tanned legs filled his gaze, as he stood in the doorway. Long, dark hair cascaded over her bare shoulders, as she stared out into the garden. “It’s a lovely night; do you want to take them outside?”

Amanda started. “Could we take them next door? I’m worried about Gertie; she’s really needy since my sister…died.” Tears filled Amanda’s blue eyes and ran down her flushed cheeks.

The reason for her earlier crying explained; Noah placed the drinks on the coffee table and perched on the arm of Amanda’s chair. He brushed her tears gently away with his thumb, aware of how soft her skin was. She stared at him, her gaze full of pain. It was like looking in the mirror and he closed his eyes against his own fears. “I’m sorry for your loss.”

“Thank you, I’m sorry for the tears, they creep up on me and…”

“It’s fine, she was your sister, and you need to grieve.” Noah’s thumb rested at the side of Amanda’s lips, he wanted to brush his thumb against their softness, taste their inevitable sweetness but the vulnerability in her gaze, made him stop. He stood up and passed her the iced tea. Her hands shook slightly but she took the glass. He drank his juice quickly, suddenly anxious to be alone again.” Let’s go and do battle with your door.”

Amanda nodded.

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Gertie anxiously pawed at the glass door as they approached. She jumped up and down and chased her tail in circles, yapping pitifully, when they didn’t immediately release her.

“It’s alright Gertie, you’re not alone now. Let’s try this key and see what happens.” Noah’s deep, calm voice apparently soothed the frightened dog and she lay down in front of the door, her chin resting on her paws.

“You obviously have the magic touch with animals. I’ve never had a dog before, I’m not even sure if she likes me, only the treats I give her,” Amanda said gloomily.

“I’m sure she likes you just fine, she’s maybe missing your sister too. Give her time, she’ll learn to love you and you her, I’m sure,” Noah offered as he wiggled the key in the lock, with little effect.” It’s not going to work, you better search on my cell phone for a locksmith, unless I can hoist you through that window, you’re small enough to fit through the gap. What do you say?” Noah’s smile reached his green eyed gaze and his face became even more striking, the pain Amanda glimpsed earlier absent.

“Well if there’s no other way, I don’t have much choice. Are you sure you can support my weight?” Amanda queried.

“What are you about one hundred and twenty pounds?” Noah said.

“Yeah about that,” Amanda confirmed, “Okay let’s get this over with.”

Noah placed his hand just above Amanda’s hips trying to ignore the silk of her brief tap pants and the tantalizing split that revealed more thigh than was good for his blood pressure. “Ready, when I say go, reach for the window frame and then twist your body into the open window. I’ll hold you steady until you get into the house.” Noah slowed his breathing and concentrated on his task. Amanda trusted him, even though she didn’t know him and he wouldn’t let her down.

“Okay, I’m ready.” Amanda leaned into Noah to make his task easier.

If only she didn’t smell so damn good. “Right, Go!” Noah boosted Amanda’s slim body, up the side of the duplex, level with the gap in the window.” Now try and ease yourself into the space, don’t worry, I’ve got you.” Noah’s veins stood out against his tanned skin, with the strain but his grip didn’t falter.

“I’m nearly there can you lift me a little higher?” Amanda said as she twisted and squirmed her supple body into the tiny space afforded by the open window. “I’m in”

Noah’s arms relaxed as Amanda’s weight left them. A loud bang drew his gaze. “Amanda? Are you alright?” Inside, Gertie jumped up and ran in the direction of the noise.

“Arghh.” Amanda’s screams echoed into the night’s stillness.

Noah fought against the dark shadows and screams ringing in his ears, he needed to help Amanda. Sweat drenched his T-shirt, as he judged the gap in the window, it was too small for him to get through but at least he could see inside. He stepped onto the window sill and pulled his body up the side of the house, nearly there, another scream. Numb, he let go, lost in the shadows and falling…

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5* Review – Country Affairs (Tippermere #2) – Zara Stoneley

 cover65462-mediumBLURBWelcome back to Tippermere for the wedding of the year…

Scatty but loveable Lottie Brinkley is famous throughout the village for her disorganised personality so when she steps up to plan the perfect wedding the only likely outcome is disaster.

When her globetrotting, love cheat of an ex, Todd, literally crashes the wedding on a not-so-noble steed, things definitely look set to take a turn for the scandalous. As rumours of why he’s back spread through the village quicker than the stable girl can drop her knickers, is Lottie’s future with sexy eventer Rory Steel about to fall at the next fence?

With a wave of unexpected pregnancies, steamy shenanigans in the hay and a farrier with more than shoeing horses on his mind, will Lottie ever be ready to take on the coveted title of Lady of the Manor and restore the Estate to its former glory?

As the heart of the village, Tipping House Estate, makes its move into the 21st Century, pulses start to race in a novel packed full of charm, hunky stallions (the guys that is), and a daring plan that just has to succeed…

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Country AffairsThe opening chapter of ‘Country Affairs’ sets a high standard for the rest of the book to follow but I’m happy to say, the more you read, the better it gets. 

If this is your first visit to Tippermere then the introduction to the cast of characters and the village setting is invaluable. It makes this fun and witty story easy to read as a standalone. If, like me you devoured ‘Stable Mates‘, then this second book in the Tippermere series has all the humour and heat but also shows how the irrepressible Lottie has matured. The only question; has she outgrown sexy Rory?

The characters are a curious mix of realism and caricature and it works well. On the outside they are easily recognisable but each has hidden depths, which makes you want to know their story. The animal characters are a comic delight and will make every reader, who loves dogs and horses, smile.

The simple plot allows the characters to tell the story and keeps you guessing right until the end; who will get the girl? This story would make wonderful television.

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

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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4* Review Love is a Four Letter Word Zara Stoneley

Take one rich girl who has a thing for the bad boys.
Take one tough guy who thinks possession is nine-tenths of the misery law.

Mix generously with a land dispute and a whole lotta lust…. And what have you got?

Sometimes being bad can be just too good to miss.

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Love is a Four Letter WordGeorgie’s life is fast paced and glamorous. She works hard to make sure no one digs too deep and reveals the shy vulnerable woman hiding behind the facade. She wants to make her life count but feels unloved and abandoned. Beautiful she has no problem finding admirers but they take rather than give and leave her brittle and disillusioned.

Jake rescues Georgie from a drunken admirer although she insists she didn’t need his help except with something of a more intimate nature. Jake is not her usual type but she can’t resist the excitement he promises. Jake remembers Georgie as a girl although this hardened party girl is so different from the shy studious girl he remembers or is she? A rolling stone Jake realises he wants to discover the true Georgie but will he sacrifice his lifestyle to do it?

Georgie wants to recapture and relive a time in her young life when she was truly happy. Buying the land where she spent the happiest times with her father becomes an obsession even if means clashing with Jake. Faced with an unexpected life change Georgia grows up and finds out what’s important for happiness.

The title ‘Love is a Four Letter word intrigued me and I’m pleased it did. This is an easy to read romantic story. The erotic heat and humour enhance Georgie and Jake’s emotional journey until they realise love is much more than a four letter word.

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

See my  4* review of Summer Surrender by Zara Stoneley

Love is a Four Letter Word by Zara Stoneley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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4* Review Summer of Surrender Zara Stoneley

Summer of Surrender‘Summer of Surrender’ is a beautifully written erotic romance.

James is sex therapist. Kezia is a free spirit. From the outside you wouldn’t think they could learn anything from each other. As their emotional layers are peeled back its clear their past experience fuel real fears of being alone in Kezia’s case and being dominated in James’.

Sensual heat burns from their first encounter. Kezia is a lovely character full of charm with a self-depreciating sense of humour. James is sinfully sexy, a man who wields his sexual prowess as a weapon to exert his dominance. The perfect man for a hot steamy night but not someone Kezia can rely on or is he?

Kezia and James’ sexual encounters chart their emotional journey as they explore their fantasies and fears. Coupled with a plot which has the necessary twists and turns to hold the reader’s interest ‘Summer of Surrender’ is an enjoyable read.

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

Summer of Surrender by Zara Stoneley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Summer of Surrender

Zara Stoneley

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