A Greek Affair – Linn B. Halton

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Welcome back everyone, after reading about Satan and the history of man I thought we could do with a change. So today’s review is going back to a romance novel.

Story Overview

Like with many a good romance novel we start some years in the past to set the scene of what our main character is going through. In this case Leah has just come home with her two year old baby to discover that her husband, her daughters father, has abandoned them and left them with a ridiculous amount of debt. 

Fast forward 7 years and she’s finally managed to pay off all the debts, avoided the cottage being foreclosed on and feels like her life is finally on the up and up. In this case we come back to her right as she’s about to win an award for the best travel blog!

Because of this win she gets more offers to stay at hotels for free to review them on her blog. Personally, I think this is pretty cool, but at the same time so many people are doing this it’d be pretty hard to make a living off of blogging alone. 

Not only did it surprise me that she can earn enough money from her blog to get by, I was also massively surprised that she gets over 1 thousand individual hits a day! I’m lucky if I can crack double digits when a new review goes up! That’s not to say I’m not grateful for all those who have followed me and so might be reading my reviews from their emails. I just have no idea how many of them are reading them.

Anyway! I digress! One of the offers Leah gets is to go to Athens for a few days. That in and of itself would be amazing for me. Some of the sites she visits are on my bucket list and the way Linn wrote about the places and described them made me feel like I was there.

When I see photo’s online I always think that they are photo-shopped or enhanced, but the way Linn described it really stuck into my imagination. Which meant I now have even more possible locations I didn’t know about on my list of places in Athens to visit!

While Leah is in Athens, she meets Daniel who is renting one of the villa’s she’s been asked to review and somehow, she ends up connecting with him both emotionally and physically. 

After a second trip to Athens to see Daniel and get some more photo’s the drama really begins. And this time it involves Antonio(the ex-husband) and Daniel. I spent probably a good quarter of the book trying to figure out what could be happening, who Leah was going to end up with and what would happen to Rosie (the daughter).

My Thoughts

Needless to say, I found a number of surprises along the way, but I really enjoyed them.So much so that this morning when I was meant to start work, I decided to spend another 10 minutes reading while I ate my breakfast just, so I could finish the chapter where Leah and Antonio talk for the first time in over 7 years! I was hooked, and I needed to know what went down with that phone call. 

The thing that irked me a little was that at the end of the last chapter it says “TheEnd” yet I knew from looking at the contents that there was an epilogue. It made me feel cheated a little, coz if I hadn’t have looked at the contents, I wouldn’t have known there was a little bit more. And that little bit more wraps it up beautifully! Why would you trick your readers into thinking there’s nothing else when you want them to finish the story? So when you read this one,make sure you read the epilogue after it says “The End”!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, on Friday I will be reviewing Miao Shan: The Awakening by a new author Gary Morris.

Continue to read further down to find out about the author, see who else is reviewing this book and any extra giveaways available.

Author Bio

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

All Wrapped Up In You – Sun Chara

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Welcome back everyone, this weeks book tour is a nice short one to help us get in the Christmas spirit. This one appealed to me because it includes a Christmas miracle and a woman standing up for what she deserves. Why wouldn’t I want to give this one a read?

This short book was a great little read starting off with our main girl Ellie practically begging for chump change. And right in the middle of a storm too which is pretty unusual in in LA.

Given that she’d left her husband to live in a dump and with no job you’d be probably rightfully thinking that her husband was a criminal or beat her or something. Only thing is when he turns up we find out that’s not the case. He just worked long hours and she didn’t feel valued by him. Now I’m all for everyone should feel valued and appreciated and loved in their relationships. But her actions felt a little drastic.

In a move that makes me wonder why she left him he turns up to drive her home, got some groceries for her, comforted her while she was afraid and cooked for her. All while insisting that they need to talk in a bid to try and get them back together. That personally doesn’t seem like the type of guy you’d want to leave.

Overall, I think if you want a nice quick (and I do mean QUICK, it took me all of an hour to read this one, max), feel good story you’ll love this one. It’s got the Christmas good cheer, an estranged couple getting back together and of course it’s set at Christmas time! I’m a sucker for Christmas and it’s decorations etc.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing “Three Nights with a Rock Star” by Shari Slade. Continue to read further down to find out about the author and how to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card right in time for Christmas!

Author Bio

Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance, and romantic comedies w/a divine twist for HarperImpulse. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. She has a Masters Degree in Education and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America. Sipping Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach make everyday a celebration!

Naked Truths – Karen Botha

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Welcome back to another week on Book Tour. Just to let you know I seem to be reading books a little quicker now and I don’t know if that’s because the books I’m reading are shorter or because I’ve gotten a new job I actually get more reading time. So you may see some extra reviews go up on Fridays if I’m reading 2 books a week. I will have to see how I go!

So I want to start off this review at the end of the book momentarily, but it is for good reason. It’s so I can say: nooooo!!!! I turned the page to get closer to closing off the book and was left with the book abruptly ending RIGHT as it was getting really interesting!!! WHY?!?!?!?!?! Now I’ve gota wait until the next book to find out what they said!

As frustrating as I find that it’s one hell of a way to ensure people come back and buy the second book. And I’m sure you will want to because I totally got suckered in with this one. It slowly builds up the tension then seems to release it, only to build it up to breaking point and when you think everything is all good all of a sudden things don’t make sense anymore!

I don’t know if this is because one of the characters has split personalities, or whether Karen didn’t realise (and I’m not comparing exact words, just my memory of the wording) that at one stage of the book they were thinking and saying one set of thoughts and feelings only to have that completely contradicted at the end of the book. I honestly don’t know, but it really added to the suspense levels and my brain going “what the hell is going on?!”

Anyway I should probably tell you a little about it! We have 3 characters that this book follows and it’s not really an even spread as to who you’re following. It’s more of a who does it make sense to follow at this point of the book? We start off following Lucy as she’s painting her house on a public holiday and she gets a call for a new client to get a massage.

Giles is the only guy that we follow and the book pretty much rotates around him. He’s at the centre of everything and it’s his character that I felt had those conflicts. Some of the conflicts made sense but some of them didn’t.

The final character we follow is Paula. Paula is Lucy’s best friend and an ex-homicide detective. And it’s this that brings her into the story and what forces the story to evolve, change and grow throughout the book. I honestly believe without Paula being the unfortunate third wheel this book would be just another typical romance novel. So having her in the mix throws that out the window and gives us the suspense and craziness that hooks you in.

I feel like I can’t really say much else about the book without ruining it for you. With the suspense novels you really need to read the build up and what exactly causes it to really get the full impact. General romance novels you can typically say a little bit about it since they all follow the same framework but I feel like with this style you need to discover each little fact and contemplate it yourself to really enjoy it.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks review. I will see you next week with “All Wrapped Up” by Sun Chara. Don’t forget to keep reading to find out about Karen!

Author Bio

Karen Botha was born in Lincolnshire, England where her father was in the Royal Air Force. As a young girl she always had a passion for reading and writing, studying English Language before University.

Working most of her adult life in digital marketing didn’t leave her much time to pursue her passion for stories. But, at the age of 36 she retrained as a reflexologist and started working for herself. This helped her free up more than enough time to enjoy a re-found passion; writing.

Her first novel was inspired by the true lift experiences of her clients. But don’t believe everything you read, she has more than enough imagination to catch you out with twist and turns galore.

She enjoys romance, travelling and motor sport, which also provide her inspiration for her books.

She currently lives in London with her husband and rescue dog, Shadow.

Daisy – Karen Botha

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Welcome back all, this is the first week in the coming weeks where I will be reading a Karen Botha novel. And I gota say I’m impressed and am now looking forward to the next book of her’s I’ll be reading! I’m also already looking forward to the second instalment of this series.

We start off this book with Daisy, our main character, rushing to a business meeting in the pouring rain in London. She is instantly attracted to him in a way she can’t understand to the point where she misses some crucial info he gives her. When we swap to his side of things (it does swap between these two every 1-3 chapters with the occasional other character involved as well) I started to feel a bit wary. Why did he have answers to potential questions “prepared”? There was something about this phrasing that kept nagging at me until I got my answer right near the end of the book!

Needless to say I was intrigued. Especially when she played him by having him come to a fundraiser just so she could figure out what details she missed. And she got them alright! She even got them with a side sex with her hot new business partner! only problem is, she’s fairly certain he set her up the next morning when her house got broken into leaving her with a smashed face, smashed house and missing money. At this stage I felt like there had to be more to the story than we were getting, because otherwise, why write a book including this at what felt like a pivotal moment?

I can’t write too much about what happens in the book without ruining the main plot for you which is what I really connected to. After trying to figure who’s robbed her Daisy gets sucked into a murder mystery where she’s the prime suspect. How is she going to get out of this and back to her life as she knows it? Well it involves reuniting two friends that are in love, testing the limits of her resolve and it ends up giving her what her heart wants but she’s been too afraid to pursue. All while on a rollercoaster ride with Errol.

The one theme that kept playing over and over through this book was that our choices, not our morals and values, are what shape the person we become. And I agree with this whole heartedly. I also agree that in the pursuit of fame and/or fortune many people forget what their morals and values are. So seeing this play out where Daisy is essentially not true to her morals and values is an extreme example of what can happen.

I also realised about halfway through the book that I’m fairly certain this book is the first book I’ve read where the main character is a black woman. How is it possible that out of ALL the books I’ve read, I’ve never come across one where the main character is a black woman? Have I been living a sheltered reading life? Or are there really that few books that use black woman as their main characters? I’m pretty sure I’ve had almost every other nationality appear as main characters, but not that. It really made me take a moment on my bus ride to work to absorb, recognise and wonder at that.

But the thing that made it amazing for me was that Karen hasn’t written it in a way where it’s screaming “I’ve included a minority! Look at me! I’m amazing and support them!” It’s written in a way that it’s like it’s a common day occurance and shouldn’t be a surprise. And in reality that’s true. Minorities should be respected equally as much as larger demographics. And this book felt like it had the perfect balance to me.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing another book by Karen Botha, “Naked Truths”. Continue down to read a bit more about Karen.

Author Bio

Karen Botha was born in Lincolnshire, England where her father was in the Royal Air Force. As a young girl she always had a passion for reading and writing, studying English Language before University.

Working most of her adult life in digital marketing didn’t leave her much time to pursue her passion for stories. But, at the age of 36 she retrained as a reflexologist and started working for herself. This helped her free up more than enough time to enjoy a re-found passion; writing.

Her first novel was inspired by the true lift experiences of her clients. But don’t believe everything you read, she has more than enough imagination to catch you out with twist and turns galore.

She enjoys romance, travelling and motor sport, which also provide her inspiration for her books.

She currently lives in London with her husband and rescue dog, Shadow.

The Merest Loss – Steven Neil

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Welcome back to another week and another book tour! This week’s book had me a little stumped as I thought there’d be more direct political espionage happening throughout the book. Yet it felt more like a biography of a political mistresses life.

At the start of parts 1 and 2 the book is written from Tom’s point of view about a young man named Martin coming to meet with him about solving an old family mystery. At this stage I was thinking we’d be reading about the espionage as Martin discovers more about his family mystery. However I was quickly proven wrong in the second chapter when we swapped to Harriet’s life when she was still a child. The biggest thing that annoyed me about this change was that it was then written in 3rd person. So even though we still find out what people are thinking, or feeling; it felt awkward to me swapping between these writing styles throughout the book.

Once I got a couple chapters in I adjusted to the 3rd person style and found it easy to read and quite enjoyable as we read about Harriet’s various adventures and exploits. We learnt about her acting career, the move into the political world, working to make herself independent financially. And I can only imagine how hard that would have been, especially as she needed to have a guardian in order to do so.

As I was reading about Harriet’s life I was trying to figure out the answer to Martin’s family mystery. I was also conscious of how Steven wrote Harriet’s story to leave the options open so it wasn’t easy to decide. But there were a few clues that I missed that would have given me the answer I was looking for if I had have been paying attention that were then explained in the 3rd part of the book.

When I did reach that critical part of the book I was left feeling a little bit silly for not having picked up on the clues because in hindsight there were kinda obvious. Once I got over feeling silly at myself I then started wondering what could be left to tell? Was the story turning into more of a biography than a mystery? Would Harriet finally find happiness that she’s been longing for all this time?

Right up until the end of the story Harriet fights for what she wants and needs from life and that is such a true reflection of real life. In real life we all (at least I THINK we all go through this…) struggle to balance work, family life, social life, sleep, hobbies and the gym. Personally, I know I really struggle with this and it often feels like I’m on one of those merry go round things at high speed just waiting to be thrown off. So for Harriet to mostly make it through everything she had pushing on her and everything she was trying to juggle is amazing. Kudos to her!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks review, and I look forward to seeing you next week for “Daisy” by Karen Botha on another Book Tour. Continue reading further down to find out about the author.

Author Bio

Steven Neil has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the Open University and an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. In his working life he has been a bookmaker’s clerk, management tutor, management consultant, bloodstock agent and racehorse breeder. He is married and lives in rural Northamptonshire.

Vanilla Extract – Louisa Berry

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Welcome back everyone, this week is another week on a book tour. This week’s read is not one I’d recommend to under 18s given the amount of sex scenes throughout this one.

We start off with Lou, our main character, in bed considering if this guy is the one she wants to settle down back into a “vanilla” relationship with. Which leads me to believe that she’s been known to have unusual sexual relationships and shes considering going back to what most of us consider to be a “normal” relationship.

But this is something I hate. Telling us that we have to find a guy, date him for a period of time, get engaged, get married, have 2.5 kids and live happily ever after but only for our family. I personally hate this idea. I have a guy, we are living happily (mostly, as with all relationships we have our ups and downs) and neither of us have any inclination to expand our “family” by anything other than dogs (yea that’s totally me but I’m sure I’ll wear him down!).

As such I loved the idea of Lou having been through a marriage, having had kids and now finding herself sexually and deciding what she does and doesn’t want in her life. I think this is something everyone should do away from their family or friends pressures to know that what they decide is truly what they want. What I didn’t find so great was that it felt like every chapter was a new instalment in the “Lou’s sexual exploits” that read like a porno. I mean seriously. How many of you ladies (or guys) have come across every sexual partner being totally ripped, huge dick AND likes going down on you?

Personally, my experience with guys is that the vast majority only want to fuck you and leave you, often have pot bellies going on and have no interest in your pleasure through anything other than their dick in your vagina. How does Lou come across so many guys who revel in her pleasure?! Where are all these guys in real life?! And who makes guys feel like this behaviour is ok?

Also, how many of us have casual conversation during sex? Like past telling them what you want them to do (maybe), does anyone actually compliment their partner, make jokes etc while having sex? I found this concept quite funny and I can see how some conversations can be funny and/ or needed during sex but some of the conversations she has with these guys while having sex are just bizarre. I was reading them and thinking “I don’t know if I’d say that to my partner, let alone during sex!” so it felt a little weird to me. But good on her for feeling comfortable enough with herself to have those conversations.

What I liked most about this book was the final chapter where it felt like there was more of her heart and soul in the book than almost anywhere else during it. So I’d be interested to see where this goes in the next book (which incidentally is coming out soon!). If you like reading about raunchy sex scenes and female empowerment and control you’ll really enjoy this one. I just personally prefer a bit more of the emotional side of the character’s explored. But it feels like this will be explored more in the next book which I’m looking forward to reading.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing “The Merest Loss” by Steven Neil. Read on below to know a bit more about our author and see where you can buy this book.

Chasing Ghosts – Madalyn Morgan

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Welcome back everyone, I hope you enjoyed having a bonus book review last week. It was a one day only affair and I really liked the sound of the book so wanted to participate even though it wasn’t on my normal posting day.

Ok, now that you know what interested me I’ll get into the book. We start off with Claire arriving home after being questioned by an RAF captain within hours of returning to England from Canada with her daughter. But without her husband. And the fact that she’s being questioned started to ring alarm bells for me. It’d been a while since I’d read the blurb so I had forgotten about the whole war treachery thing which meant I was obviously confused at this stage.

Then the next chapter we go back in time to when Claire, Mitch and their daughter Aimee are flying to Canada. From here the book continue in chronological order. No more skipping back in time. So we get to find out why Mitch never made his flight and was declared AWOL. Except after find out he stayed overnight in the hospital where he was getting treatment and Claire wasn’t told until like 24 hours later we don’t get any more details about why he missed his flight! So frustrating!

I could empathise with Claire when she went to pick up her husband coz that just didn’t feel right. Her not being told he’d freaked out during his session and so had to be sedated and stay overnight. And why is the doctor’s nurse calling Claire telling her she could pick him up but all the other nurse’s saying she shouldn’t have known he was there? It just felt super weird and I started to get a bad feeling about the doctor.

Once we get back to England and I find out all the shit Mitch’s commanding officer has done to Claire and Mitch’s grandmother I started to think maybe he was responsible for Mitch’s overnight stay in the hospital. I mean, why else would you immediately drag Claire to be questioned for hours on end, search her house while she’s away and can’t stop them or see what they are looking for. And they gave Mitch’s poor grandmother the same treatment. And at Christmas time no less! I can easily say I was righteously outraged right along with them.

The fact that Claire had to secretly sneak out of the country to try and find her husband and why he went “AWOL” is a bit ridiculous to me. But she managed it, along with the help of her old French Resistance friends. Through a number of connections and old school spy craft Claire makes it from Oxford all the way to Paris where she’s able to figure out her next steps. And these next steps come with the help of the Paris Resistance’s old leader who seems to be flirting with Claire yet not… Makes me wonder what those two got up to during the war time before she married Mitch.

Through good old fashioned detective work they manage to find the proof they needed to clear Mitch’s name. Not only did they manage to find someone who could tell them about how Mitch was injured escaping the prison, those same people potentially risked their lives to give Claire indisputable proof that Mitch isn’t a traitor. And not only that, but Claire is able to Now the only problem is getting that information from the backwards part of France they are in to the appropriate authorities without getting killed or arrested along the way.

And throughout this time Claire is fighting to keep calm because she doesn’t know if the woman that seems to have instigated all of this drama is someone he had an affair with (and if he did, she’s not sure when this happened), someone he met in the prison he was trapped in and so feels survivors guilt because she didn’t make it out; or, is it like what’s been suggested by the doctor in Canada, this woman is someone from the prison that was actually a German double agent who turned Mitch and that’s how he was shot escaping. Because he gave the Germans that info. But which is it? With all the subterfuge going on how can Claire unravel all the mess to discover the truth?

Throughout this time, the sexual tension between Claire and her Resistance friend Thomas is rising. They almost kiss a few times but always seem to be interrupted. Which does make you wonder what happened during the war that there is such a strong connection when she’s searching for her husband. Or is she feeling like this because she’s wondering if her husband’s heart belongs to someone else? I can understand how emotions can get confused when you’re with the same person and no one else for days at a time. And throw in there that you feel rejected by your husband who you thought loved you and it makes it that much harder to resist. So hat’s off to her for resisting! Even when it’s obvious he likes her.

After all the drama that’s happened I finally felt like everything had worked itself out. Claire had her husband back, the authorities were made aware of what had really happened and were hunting down the right person. And I felt like the story was winding down to a great finish. Only for it to ramp right up again!

And this time we get to see a deeper side to Claire’s spy skills. And boy was it amazing! Even while reading the last portion of this book while sick I was fighting falling asleep again (btw I had already had a full nights sleep at this time) I really wanted to finish it and see them make it home to their daughter. Because if they don’t then that would be a tragic ending. And I really didn’t want a tragic ending. And luckily I wasn’t left hanging for long! It turned out I was closer to the end of the book than I realised so I got a really good happy ending.

Writing up this post and reviewing the details of the blog tour I realised that this book is actually one in a series and isn’t the first book. So I’m hoping I can go back and read the rest of the series. Maybe I’ll get to read about some parts of this story that were mentioned but not gone into depth with. So keep an eye out those those in the future! But not sure when that will happen yet.

Author Bio

Madalyn Morgan has been an actress for more than thirty years working in Repertory theatre, the West End, film and television. She is a radio presenter and journalist, writing articles for newspapers and magazines.

Madalyn was brought up in Lutterworth, at the Fox Inn. The pub was a great place for an aspiring actress and writer to live, as there were so many different characters to study and accents to learn. At twenty-four Madalyn gave up a successful hairdressing salon and wig-hire business for a place at E15 Drama College, and a career as an actress.

In 2000, with fewer parts available for older actresses, Madalyn taught herself to touch type, completed a two-year correspondence course with The Writer’s Bureau, and started writing. After living in London for thirty-six years, she has returned to her home town of Lutterworth, swapping two window boxes and a mortgage, for a garden and the freedom to write.

Happy to be an Indie Author, Madalyn has successfully published six novels. Foxden Acres, Applause, China Blue and The 9:45 To Bletchley are set before and during WW2 and tell the wartime stories of Bess, Margot, Claire, and Ena Dudley. Foxden Hotel and Chasing Ghosts are both post war. Chasing Ghosts is a sequel to China Blue.

Madalyn’s books are available on Amazon – in paperback and all formats of eBook.

The Warrior’s Bride Prize – Jenni Fletcher

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Welcome to a bonus review for you. Today is the day that Jenni Fletcher’s “The Warrior’s Bride Prize” is released and I gota say. I really enjoyed this one! I read this while holed up in bed exhausted and trying to recover so I’m really glad I got to do it with a good book.

Overall this book spans only a handful of days, but in quite a bit of detail which is different to most of the books I’ve read recently. We started off with Livia in a carriage to a fort near Hadrian’s Wall to meet her soon to be husband. Along the way when she’s fairly sure her, her daughter Julia and her main are getting close to their destination they are stopped. Eager to find out what the hold up was after hearing voices but no fighting Livia steps out and comes face to faces with the man she believes to be her future future.

I think we all wish we had that moment when we come face to face with a guy who looks so perfect you can’t help but fall in love straight away. Except I don’t believe that that really happens. I believe that attraction is possible at first sight. I know I had that with my partner when I first saw him. But surely they don’t have a full on attraction so quickly? Not enough to try and ruin their lives? Surely?

Then reading about how they struggled through fighting their attraction while she had to try not to kill her newest fiance was a struggle. For both of them. Which was actually quite amusing for me. This meant every time I laughed at their awkwardness I ended up in coughing fits that then hurt. But I’m hoping that tells you how funny I found those moments. There is obviously some emotional connections, but they had to fight their way through all their social awkwardness and mistakes they made with each other.

And of course right as they finally seemed to connect; Livia’s past comes in the way and makes it impossible for them to move forward. Only to have Livia ignore Marius’s wishes. But lucky she did, coz that made him realise how much he loved her. And in typical manly fashion he lies and pretends to hate her to get her to leave the dangerous frontier so that he can concentrate on fighting and surviving. I know if I was in her place I would be completely pissed and would struggle to accept him if he came grovelling back. So at this stage I was starting to wonder if this would be the first book in the series. Because surely it’d be one hell of a journey for Livia to forgive Marius?

Given the way the book ended I don’t think there’d be a second book. But I did finish it wishing there was more. Even if it didn’t follow Marius and Livia it could follow Scaevola. Or maybe Julia some time in the future? I dunno, but I really want to read more about these two. I loved the way Jenni wrote this story and it totally hooked me in throughout the whole time. The major thing that sucked was that I kept almost falling asleep while I wanted to read. Now that I’ve had a chance to read her writing style I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

Now if you haven’t picked this up already, I think you should go and buy this book, take a couple of sick days (ok maybe don’t fake it…) and buy this one to read immediately! Worst comes to worst, put this on your Christmas wish list for someone to buy for you.

If you’re interested in buying this one, you can get it via the Amazon and Barnes and Noble links below as well as iBooks and WHSmith.

Author Bio

Jenni Fletcher was born on the north coast of Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire, where she writes Medieval, Roman and Victorian romance novels.

She studied English at Cambridge University before doing an MA on Women and Literature in English and a PhD on Victorian & Edwardian literature at Hull. After realising that she was better at writing than teaching, she worked in a number of administrative jobs whilst trying to finish her first book, which was rejected. Thinking there must have been some mistake, she then wrote another, which was fortunately accepted by Harlequin Mills & Boon.

Her favourite Jane Austen novel is Persuasion and her favourite Brontë is Anne. If she had to choose a romantic hero it would be John Thornton, but maybe that’s just because she’s Northern.

The Makings of a Lady – Catherine Tinley

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Welcome back to another round of book tour week! I’ve yet again managed to snag a spot in the blog tour on the day the book is released. YAY!!! I’m finding this experience super exciting and I don’t feel like such a geek knowing that there are other’s out there who are as into books as I am. So thank you to all my readers who make me feel included!

Alrighty, so the first thing I noticed about this book was that it’s publisher is Harlequin and Mills and Boon. Now this might seem trivial but over the last 12 months I’ve read a bunch of books that have been published through them (is it weird that I remember that?) and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. So I immediately got excited about what was in store for me with this one. And I wasn’t let down!

Now this one is the third book in the series but it’s one of those series where the books can be read as standalone books or in order. In my case I haven’t read the other two books so I read this one as a standalone. But I think I want to go back and read the other two as well!

So we start off with Olivia who is pretty nervous because she’s hoping her crush loves her and is going to propose to her. Except he doesn’t. He asked to walk with her because he’s leaving her for Australia with no words of love or devotion. Which obviously breaks Olivia’s 18 yr old heart. And like most people after they experience their first real heartbreak, she closes herself off from men not wanting to be hurt again. Which I completely understand. Once you’ve been hurt it’s really hard to open yourself up knowing that you might get hurt like that again.

Fast forward 4 years and she’s suddenly faced with Jem again, after 4 years of no contact. On the same day as he’s set to arrive though she also meets another gentleman who immediately catches her eye. And even manages a sneaky kiss! And cue the manly jostling of Olivia’s attention, made all the more awkward because Olivia doesn’t know Jem is interested in her because he doesn’t know if she’s interested in him, because she doesn’t know he’s interested in her. And OMG please stop the merry go round! Personally I’ve never experienced this. I’m a very straight forward person and if I like someone I’ll make sure they know it. So to read this cringe worthy over analysis and self destructive behaviour really had me wanting to smack their heads together going “you both like each other! Now talk it out!”

Obviously I couldn’t do that, so I had to settle with obsessively reading this book to finish it within 4 days to know who Olivia ends up with. They both seem to have moments where they are sure of their feelings for one another, but then they over analyse and let silly comments from others make them doubt the other’s feelings. And of course George constantly mooning over Olivia doesn’t help matter’s much. It’s obvious he’s vying for Olivia’s hand in marriage and she doesn’t seem to be pushing him away. So will she give up on ever understanding Jem and settle for George who she obviously doesn’t love?

Or will she use the same courage she had when she escaped captivity to tell Jem how she feels and see where things go from there? Well as it turns out it’s Jem who finally grows a pair and does something. Only to leave her again with no explanation of how he’s feeling. Which then put’s Olivia onto the backfoot again when someone mentions he’s going to marry one of her friends. By this point I was ready to scream at Olivia for lacking some self-confidence and assurance.

Anyway, after another couple of unfortunately encounters for Olivia she FINALLY get’s to hear Jem tell her that he loves her. And of course he stuffs up his proposal so she refuses him, which is good because it prompts him to propose in a much more romantic way that she then readily accepts.

My only criticism with this book is that I really would have liked an epilogue. Just to tidy up those loose ends, let us see Olivia and Jem some time later say on their wedding day or something to really solidify that happily ever after. The excitement, the hanging onto the edge of your seat and staying up late so you can know what happens next is great. But I feel like I really needed that extra little bit of closure. Especially since this is the final book in the trilogy.

Otherwise, yet another Harlequin book has not let me down! As I knew I would, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I’m sure anyone who’s a fan of exciting, regency romance novels will love this one.

Thank you for reading. Next week I will be reviewing “Chasing Ghosts” by Madalyn Morgan as part of a book tour. I did warn you that there’d be a few! Lol, but don’t worry I have some of my TBR booking coming up in a few weeks. I look forward to seeing you next week, but don’t forget to scroll down to read about the author and some extra goodies!

Author Bio

Catherine Tinley writes heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cat, and dog.

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