Cover Reveal + New Release ~ ‘Torn Hearts’ by Claire Contreras.

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Free, free, FREE!  Torn Hearts follows Mia and Jensen’s story in the beginning. Like many of our own stories, theirs is not complete.  Their story will continue in Paper Hearts releasing September 10th!

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Torn Hearts by Claire Contreras.
Hearts #1.5
Genres: Romance, New Adult.
Release Date: 30th July 2015.

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SYNOPSIS

I met a boy once.

He made my heart go into a frenzy every time he looked at me, and my knees go weak whenever he touched me. Our love was so beautiful that even its demise was bittersweet.

I met a girl once.

Her world, full of possibilities, made me feel like even I had a chance at being someone. She believed in me. She loved me. We were so secure, that even our breaking point seemed hazy.

Until we reached it.

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Claire Contreras

Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.


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Book Review ~ ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’ by Jane Lovering.

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I Don’t Want to Talk About It by Jane Lovering
(Yorkshire Romances #5)
Genres: Romance, Adult, Contemporary.
Release Date: July 31st 2015.
Publisher: Choc Lit

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What if the one person you wanted to talk to wouldn’t listen?

Winter Gregory and her twin sister Daisy live oceans apart but they still have the ‘twin thing’ going on. Daisy is Winter’s port in the storm, the first person she calls when things go wrong …

And things are wrong. Winter has travelled to a remote Yorkshire village to write her new book, and to escape her ex-boyfriend Dan Bekener. Dan never liked her reliance on Daisy and made her choose – but Winter’s twin will always be her first choice.

She soon finds herself immersed in village life after meeting the troubled Hill family; horse-loving eight-year-old Scarlet and damaged, yet temptingly gorgeous, Alex. The distraction is welcome and, when Winter needs to talk, Daisy is always there.

But Dan can’t stay away and remains intent on driving the sisters apart – because Dan knows something about Daisy…

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Book Review ~ ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’ by Jane Lovering ~ 6 Stars!

What can I say in this review? I mean, I know that the Choc Lit authors are the best when it comes to romance. I’ve loved every single one I’ve read, by each author. The stories are always so well written and are satisfying in a way that I always feel makes them more powerful than some other books in the genre. But wow, Jane Lovering has just made the standard EVEN HIGHER with ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It.’ Forget 5 star ratings, where’s the 6 stars??

Winter’s story is really one that you will have to experience for yourself, as to give anything away in this review would really spoil what was an amazing reading experience for me and will hopefully be to other readers. It doesn’t follow the typical pattern or girl meets boy, love, drama, make-up and happily ever after, but draws in so many other extras and details that make this story feel so real. Despite Winter being our main narrator, she is just one of four characters who I would label ‘protagonists’. Alex, a young man, suffering from a stammer after the death of his sister, Scarlet his niece who he has taken into his care, and Daniel, Winter’s dog-with-a-bone ex-boyfriend, who just keeps popping up to make her life difficult.

You think you know where this story is going? You really don’t. I changed directions so many times, felt as confused as Winter as she tries to move on with her life, and formed and broke alliances with each character as new information came to light. All I knew is that it was wrong to try to keep Winter away from her twin sister Daisy. Or was it?

There are some amazing twists and turns in this story, that you make pick up on earlier than the reveal like I did, but in doing so I didn’t feel any less shocked by the story that unfolded. You will laugh, cry and then cry a bit more. Have a box of tissues handy, because this really is a sucker-punch of a story that is still on my mind long after I turned the last page! This is a book that I will definitely be buying for my paperback collection! <3

6 Stars!

* Review copy was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Book Review ~ ‘Sweet Nothing’ by Alison May.

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Sweet Nothing by Alison May
(21st Century Bard #1)
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Modern Retelling.
Publisher: ChocLit UK
Re-release Date: June 2015.

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SYNOPSIS

Is something always better than nothing?

Ben Messina is a certified maths genius and romance sceptic. He and Trix met at university and have been quarreling and quibbling ever since, not least because of Ben’s decision to abandon their relationship in favour of … more maths! Can Trix forget past hurt and help Ben see a life beyond numbers, or is their long history in danger of ending in nothing?

Charming and sensitive, Claudio Messina, is as different from his brother as it is possible to be and Trix’s best friend, Henrietta, cannot believe her luck when the Italian model of her dreams chooses her. But will Claudio and Henrietta’s pursuit for perfection end in a disaster that will see both of them starting from zero once again?

This is a fresh and funny retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, set in the present day.

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Book Review ~ ‘Sweet Nothing’ by Alison May ~ 5 Stars!

A modern-retelling of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, with a geeky Benedict? Yes, please!

I loved Alison May’s retelling of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and was excited to see how she approached this other well-known Shakespeare comedy. Needless to say, she nailed it.

My favourite aspect of the original play was seeing how Benedict and Beatrice’s relationship played out. Alison May went the extra mile with these characters. With flashbacks we see the start of Ben and Trix’s relationship years before when they were at University, and how Ben’s choices then affected everything between them in the present day. Trix was a definite favourite character of mine. Her constant back-and-forth banter with Ben, and their mutual hate-turned-love was one of the most thrilling relationships to witness. I laughed out loud and cheered as they continued to be the same argumentative, passionate people I’d rooted for from the beginning, whilst they still grew as individuals and as a couple. With the addition of Ben’s abysmal social skills, their scenes together made my heart feel lighter as we see see just how imperfectly perfect they are together.

But it was the other couple of this story that surprised me with how they made my heart race! Claudio and Henrietta were the sweet, perfect couple who everyone thought were made for each other. Whilst this would normally be the relationship less focused on, Alison May brilliantly developed their story together, and I really connected to their struggle in a way that I didn’t in the original play. Seeing Henrietta’s thoughts, and witnessing her gradual mental decline was utterly heartbreaking and I teared up as I saw just how much she struggled, believing as she did with her mother’s death, that Claudio’s abandonment of her at the altar, must be her own fault. It was beautifully written, and I was swept away in the sheer emotion of Henrietta’s ordeal.

This was a wonderfully written retelling of the much-loved Shakespeare play, with a brilliant host of secondary characters that you will recognise from the original story, but grow to love in a very different, yet just as exciting way.

5 Stars!

*Review copy was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*


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Cover Reveal ~ ‘Legend’ by Katy Evans.

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LEGEND by Katy Evans
(Real series #6)
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: 2nd September 2015.

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Can love really conquer all? – Book 6 in Katy Evan’s breakout New York Times bestselling series that began with REAL.

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Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he’s known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He’s got a personal score to settle with the Underground’s one and only Remington “Riptide” Tate.

As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town–and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she’s none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who’s supposed to root against him and a girl he’s supposed to stay away from.

But Maverick fights for the woman in his heart, and the monsters in his blood. The world’s eyes are on them and the victor will go down in history as the ultimate fighting champion; the ultimate LEGEND.

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‘Go Set a Watchman’ by Harper Lee ~ Musings on the ‘Watchman’ Release by an Author & Bookseller.

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Release Date: 14th July 2015.

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‘Go Set a Watchman’ by Harper Lee ~ Musings on the ‘Watchman’ Release by an Author & Bookseller.

Today is the publication date for Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’, and having been involved in some of the pre-release hype in my role as a bookseller, I have a lot of thoughts that I felt compelled to share.

‘Go Set a Watchman’ was actually Harper Lee’s first novel. Set twenty years after the events of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, Lee’s ‘Watchman’ manuscript was her first foray into the world of the Atticus and Scout that readers know and love today. ‘Watchman’ wasn’t published. Instead her editor expressed an interest in Scout’s story as a child which had been hinted at throughout the ‘Watchman’ story. And so, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, one of the most popular modern classics was born.

‘Mockingbird’ was Lee’s only published book until today. Keen to live a solitary and private life, she rarely, if ever gave interviews about her writing or life. She also put ‘Watchman’ away, never to see light of day again.

The media has had a field day as the ‘Watchman’ release approached. Expectant readers have been both excited and horrified at the idea of a second ‘Mockingbird’ novel, riled up by the early reviews posted.

And so begins the criticism.

‘Why on earth would Atticus be a raging racist?’ some people have questioned, ‘It makes no sense.’

‘Hasn’t the time of Mockingbird passed? This is just another ploy she’s had to make money.’

And, my favourite, said to me by a bestselling children’s author who shall remain unnamed.

‘Well, it wouldn’t have been published if she really didn’t want it to be. If it’s terrible she’ll only have herself to blame.’

Can you see what is wrong with this, already?

First off, let’s look at the story.

As previously mentioned, ‘Watchman’ is set twenty years after ‘Mockingbird’. Twenty years. A lot can happen in that time. If Atticus has turned into a ‘raging racist’, then rather than expressing disbelief at it, why not read the story and look at what has happened to Atticus in the intervening time between the novels that may have affected Atticus’ feelings on racial equality?

Again mentioned before ‘Watchman’ was written before ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. These were the characters that Lee first knew. As an author I can attest to the fact that characters are constantly changing. If a book has taken more than a year to write and has a number of drafts, looking at the first draft compared to the last, will show just how much the characters have changed based on the story that they have been telling. So in ‘Watchman’ Atticus isn’t the fair-minded man we knew and loved in ‘Mockingbird’, but maybe that’s because after writing ‘Watchman’ and then reverting back to Scout’s childhood, had in fact made Lee change her mind about how she wished Atticus to be portrayed. Maybe she felt that she felt more connected to the characters that she had written in ‘Mockingbird’ than she had in ‘Watchman.’

Now lets look at today.

Harper Lee is 89 years old, and lives in an assisted care home after suffering from a stroke, and from reports of friends and associates; may suffer from dementia. Was she truly in her right mind when she agreed for ‘Watchman’ to be published after having hidden it away for years? Yes, some may say, of course she was, otherwise it wouldn’t have been published.

If only it were that simple, but I’m afraid that it probably isn’t.

What I hope to have expressed in this post, is that potential readers of ‘Go Set a Watchman’ read the book with an open mind. Don’t flame Harper Lee for publishing a book that she may not have wanted to see published. Don’t criticise the characters and the story in ‘Watchman’ when it is likely not to have been re-drafted or edited by Lee herself after the publication of ‘Mockingbird’.

And finally, please don’t let this book or how you may feel about it impact on your feelings for ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ as the wonderful and inspirational modern classic that it is. Let them be separate books, with separate circumstances, and enjoy them each for what they are.


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Book Review ~ ‘Wind Chime Wedding’ by Sophie Moss ~ 5 Stars!

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Wind Chime Wedding by Sophie Moss.
(Wind Chime #2)
Genres: Contemporary, Romance.
Release Date: June 30th 2015.

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Second grade teacher, Becca Haddaway, is weeks away from walking down the aisle with her high school sweetheart when she learns that the Heron Island Elementary School is about to be shut down. In the midst of a whirlwind of wedding planning, she launches into a last-ditch effort to save it. But the one man who can help her is determined to make her question every decision she has ever made—including the man she’s about to marry.

Former Navy SEAL and son of the current Maryland governor, Colin Foley, is finally starting to feel whole again after losing his leg on a career-ending deployment in Afghanistan. After struggling for months to figure out what to do with his post-military life, he’s found a new mission—opening a rehab center for wounded veterans on the peaceful Chesapeake Bay island. All he needs now is a woman to share his new life with…and he knows exactly who he wants. With a little help from the island’s magical wind chimes, can Colin convince Becca to change her mind before it’s too late?

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Book Review ~ ‘Wind Chime Wedding’ by Sophie Moss ~ 5 Stars!

#3wordreview ~ “Sweet, Powerful, Romantic!”

Sophie Moss is the master of powerful romance. Every time I finish reading a book she’s written, I am emotionally reeling, and in a really good way. The sign of a good author is when you think about their book for days after finishing it, and like with ‘Wind Chime Café’, ‘Wind Chime Wedding’ just sucked me into the life of Heron Island, and made me long for more after the story had finished.

In this instalment of the ‘Wind Chime’ series, we see Becca’s story, and along with some much-loved appearances from the gorgeous Will, Annie and Taylor, we see how life on the island continues in other characters lives. Becca is a character that just embodies everything that young people strive to be. She is good-hearted, generous and protective of and to those she loves. We see how her relationship with her fiancee came to be, and why her decision to stay with him is something she feels so strongly about. I loved the conflict this created with the gorgeous Colin, who being such a good solid guy he is, doesn’t want to make her feel conflicted.

I adored seeing more of Colin, and getting his backstory, as well as seeing how this led him to join Will in creating the SEAL rehabilitation centres, was something that gave this story another dimension which made it so powerful. I love seeing realistic characters struggle with real life, and Sophie Moss doesn’t back down and make his story easy, instead embracing the blood, sweat and tears that embody military life and making the characters fight for their future real, and all the more heart-breaking.

This was a stunning addition to the Heron Island series, where we see Colin and Becca fight for a love that is true and passionate. I adored their relationship, and seeing how they changed throughout the course of the novel.

5 Stars!


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Book Review ~ ‘The Wedding Reject Table’ by Angela Britnell.

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The Wedding Reject Table by Angela Britnell.
(Nashville Connections #2)
Genres: Romance, Adult, Contemporary.
Publisher: ChocLit

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Once on the reject table, always on the reject table? 
When Maggie Taylor, a cake decorator, and Chad Robertson, a lawyer from Nashville Tennessee, meet at a wedding in Cornwall it’s not under the best circumstances.
They have both been assigned to ‘the reject table’, alongside a toxic collection of grumpy great aunts, bitter divorcees and stuffy organists.
Maggie has grown used to being the reject, although when Chad helps her out of a wedding cake disaster she begins to wonder whether the future could hold more for her.
But will Chad be strong enough to deal with the other problems in Maggie’s life? Because a ruined cake isn’t the only issue she has – not by a long shot.

2nd novella in the Nashville Connections series. First: What Happens in Nashville.

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Book Review ~ ‘The Wedding Reject Table’ by Angela Britnell ~ 5 Stars!
Oh wow, this was seriously so much fun! I loved ‘What Happens in Nashville’ by Angela Britnell and after finishing ‘The Wedding Reject Table’ I just know that all her books will be favourites of mine.

Maggie Taylor is a cake decorator who, partnered with her temperamental sister, is catering her best friend’s wedding. You’d hope this would mean a prime seat for the speeches and such, but no; instead she is assigned to the ‘Wedding Reject Table’. What starts out as a really fun concept, with Maggie’s table companions being divorcees, old women and single, desperate young girls and the gorgeous Nashville lawyer Chad, turns into a meaningful tale of the power of forgiveness, family and taking a chance at love.

Sometimes with short stories and novellas, there can be a lack of character development, or an info-dump of backstory, but in ‘The Wedding Reject Table’ Angela Britnell has shown how it should be done. Maggie and Chad’s relationship develops so naturally and doesn’t feel at all forced, especially when the truth about Maggie’s family situation and strained relationship with her sister is explained. With Chad, she learns to live for herself, and with Maggie, Chad learns how important family is, and how he wants to make amends with his own brother. Maggie and Chad’s romance was a beautifully written story and I loved every second of it, especially when they bantered so naturally with each other.

A heart-warming tale, this is a definite must read, especially if you are looking for something a bit shorter, but which still packs a punch!

5 Stars!


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