Book Review ~ ‘Marry for Love’ by Christina Courtenay.

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Marry for Love by Christina Courtenay.
Genres: Regency Historical, Romance
Release Date: 11th January 2016.
Publisher: Choc Lit

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Trapped in an intolerable marriage?

Delilah cannot bear to watch as her twin sister Deborah marries Hamish Baillie, Fourth Earl of Blackwood. Not only because she knows that her conniving sister has manipulated the poor man into marriage, but also because she has been in love with the Earl since she first set eyes on him …

Delilah is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save Hamish from a life of unhappiness – but will her plan work, or will she have to accept that she is no match for her twin’s scheming ways?

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Book Review ~ ‘Marry for Love’ by Christina Courtenay ~ 5 Stars!

Christina Courtenay is one of my favourite historical romance writers. Every time I sit down to read one of her books, I just know I’m in for some fabulous storytelling, and ‘Marry for Love’ is no exception.

As a novella, this was the perfect evening read for a frosty night, when you just want to be curled up with a good book. I was transported away to regency England and the world of devious debutante scheming, all masked in polite society. Deborah was a nasty piece of work, and I loved to hate her. Her limits knew no ends when it came to making her sister Delilah’s life miserable. Having them as identical twins made the story even more exciting as we see that some of the tricks Deborah used have changed little over time with many a twin I know using the same tricks today.

I loved Delilah’s fierce sense of duty, and really connected to her as a character, especially when we see that, despie loving Hamish, she refuses to let him marry her out of his sense of duty, and is content instead in the knowledge that he can now marry who he likes. Hamish was a dashing regency hero who made me swoon on many an occasion. I liked how he was portrayed as a little bit of a rogue at first, but shown to be an honest man and employer throughout the book.

There is so much that I loved about ‘Marry for Love’, and I can’t wait to return to Christina Courtenay’s Regency world soon.

5 Stars!


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Book Review ~ ‘As Weekends Go’ by Jan Brigden.

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As Weekends Go by Jan Brigden.
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: 10th December 2015.
Publisher: Choc Lit

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What if your entire life changed in the space of a weekend?

When Rebecca’s friend Abi convinces her to get away from it all at the fabulous Hawksley Manor hotel in York, it seems too good to be true. Pampering and relaxation is just what Rebecca needs to distract herself from the creeping suspicion that her husband, Greg, is hiding something from her.

She never imagined that by the end of the weekend she would have dined with celebrities or danced the night away in exclusive clubs. Nor could she have predicted she would meet famous footballer, Alex Heath, or that he would be the one to show her that she deserved so much more …

But no matter how amazing a weekend is, it’s always back to reality come Monday morning – isn’t it?

2014/15 Winner of Choc Lit & Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star competition.

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Book Review ~ ‘As Weekends Go’ by Jan Brigden ~ 5 Stars!

We all know that when you escape reality for a weekend, it’s always hard to return. Jan Brigden turns a girly spa weekend into a couple of days that will change the lives of everyone involved, and I loved it!

Rebecca was a fantastically developed character, and throughout the novel we see her progress and grow from a shy, understated and downtrodden wife to a woman who refuses to let her worth go to waste. I loved her passion for life, her hopes and aims for the future, but felt for her when we learn that in her marriage, she struggles to make herself heard. I loved to hate her husband, and was so intrigued to read the scenes written from his point of view. They made me both pity him for the issues he’d obviously held onto for years, and loathe him for how genuinely uncaring he was to Rebecca and the little regard he had for her feelings.

When we are introduced to Alex Heath, I had to make a little happy sigh. It was great to see another side to a footballer being portrayed, and not just what the public are shown. His enthusiasm for his sport, and his dedication to his chosen career is clear and seeing how he worked so hard at helping Rebecca feel comfortable with him was swoonworthy. Together he and Rebecca grow as people and it was heartwarming to witness.

Jan Brigden did a really great job at showing us sides to the characters that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise. We see Greg, Nick, Abi and Kenny’s from their own perspectives, and it made the characters more real to me.

Although quite a long book, ‘As Weekends Go’ didn’t drag. It was the perfect length and paced perfectly. I liked how Rebecca and Alex’s relationship wasn’t rushed and how Rebecca didn’t make any sudden decisions or changes when it came to her marriage. It made the pain they both felt at being separated, and Rebecca’s inner turmoil at whether or not her marriage was beyond saving, more realistic and all the more emotional to read.

5 Stars!


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Book Review ~ ‘Your Irresistible Love’ by Layla Hagen.

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Your Irresistible Love by Layla Hagen
(The Bennett Family #1)
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: 14th January 2015.

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Sebastian Bennett is a determined man. It’s the secret behind the business empire he built from scratch. Under his rule, Bennett Enterprises dominates the jewelry industry. Despite being ruthless in his work, family comes first for him, and he’d do anything for his parents and eight siblings—even if they drive him crazy sometimes. . . like when they keep nagging him to get married already.

Sebastian doesn’t believe in love, until he brings in external marketing consultant Ava to oversee the next collection launch. She’s beautiful, funny, and just as stubborn as he is. Not only is he obsessed with her delicious curves, but he also finds himself willing to do anything to make her smile.
He’s determined to have Ava, even if she’s completely off limits.

Ava Lindt has one job to do at Bennett Enterprises: make the next collection launch unforgettable. Daydreaming about the hot CEO is definitely not on her to-do list. Neither is doing said CEO. The consultancy she works for has a strict policy—no fraternizing with clients. She won’t risk her job. Besides, Ava knows better than to trust men with her heart.

But their sizzling chemistry spirals into a deep connection that takes both of them by surprise. Sebastian blows through her defenses one sweet kiss and sinful touch at a time. When Ava’s time as a consultant in his company comes to an end, will Sebastian fight for the woman he loves or will he end up losing her?

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Book Review ~ ‘Your Irresistible Love’ by Layla Hagen ~ 5 Stars!

Fun, Flirty and Fabulous, ‘Your Irresistible Love’ is a feel-good story that will have you all gooey inside!

Our heroine Ava is a strong, determined and independent woman, making her the perfect match for the hard-working, ever faithful and fiercely protective CEO of Bennett Enterprises. Their chemistry was off the charts, but it was her sass, and the natural banter the two shared right from the off that made their story resonate so much with me. They didn’t fall head over heels in love at first sight, instead they had a brilliant flirty relationship, a firm friendship and a later blossoming of natural romance which didn’t feel at all rushed or forced. I always understood that Ava wanted to give her job everything she could.

Sebastian Bennett was a delicious specimen of hero. He was hard when he needed to be yet still fair, and seeing the strong relationship he had with his family and his determination to help his family and pay them back with the same kindness he’d received from them, was heartwarming. The scenes where the Bennett family are all congregated were so well written, and we get to see some great, well-developed characters that I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of in the future. The way that Ava was included in the family was so lovely, and there were some beautiful scenes where we see just how much she misses having her mother with her.

There is intrigue, glamour and misunderstandings, but at its heart, ‘Your Irresistible Love’ is a warm, fun romance with a spicy edge.

5 Stars!


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