As Luck Would Have It – Zoe May

Welcome back everyone, I can’t believe Zoe already has another book on tour. She’s had two books in two months on tour!

I thought this would be an enemy’s to lover’s style trope given the blurb. Who else is with me there?

Yet it turned out to be a second chances trope! Who would’ve thought?!

Set in beautiful Marrakesh we get a tiny glimpse of the sights, the food and the culture. I don’t think it’s enough for anyone familiar with that culture and city to take issues with anything, yet at the same time enough to give us the sense and feel of the location.

We had a little bit of everything in this story. Second chance love, getting over the betrayals of others, learning about a new culture and place, emotional growth, professional development and growth and even finding a new family.

I think my favourite part was when they went to see the Atlas Mountains. Even if I’m not sure that would actually happen in real life, I loved the romanticism of it. The whole time Natalie had been protecting her heart, and the time in the Atlas Mountains really showed her growth when it came to Will.

The ending also surprised me. Well, the main part of it was pretty predictable since it’s a romance. But one aspect of it was something I wasn’t expecting, and it made me so happy! It spoke true to Natalie’s personality and I hope it helps to break down some traditional views. Even if it is only just a tiny bit.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; next week I’ll be reviewing In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. Continue to read further down to find out about the author.

Author Bio

Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact and follow her on all her various social media channels.

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You May Kiss the Bridesmaid – Camilla Isley

Welcome back everyone, do you remember From Thailand with Love? I reviewed it earlier in the year and it’s the book in the First Comes Love series that made me go back and buy the first few books I’d missed.

Well this is the NEXT book in the series! I’ve yet to go back, but this was coming on tour so I had to jump on board!

We’re still following the Knowles twins. Both in the sense that the female protagonist is Summer Knowles, and because it’s set at Winter’s wedding. We finally get to see what happened with Summer and Lana’s ex from Summer’s perspective, and boy was I not expecting that!

I never expected to feel sorry for Summer and yet I did. Maybe not so much for what she did to Lana. But for the treatment she receives from everyone else. That is, everyone except Archie.

Meet cute where Archie thinks she’s Winter and we’re off!

He protects her from the worst of the cattiness the girls try to throw her way while somehow making himself out to be the best possible boyfriend material in front of her parents. Obviously without them knowing what’s going on!

The way Winter interferes with their relationship is comical. And yet it gives Archie the shove he needs for their romance to take it to the next level. Unfortunately, the timing wasn’t the best it could have been. Although, that’s kind of the point of a romance isn’t it? For you to be left going “NOOOO!!!!” about the timing?

When it all finally comes together Camilla was able to surprise me yet again! I won’t spoil it for you, but I wasn’t expected that ending!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, on Friday I‘ll be reviewing the final book in the Bluebell Castle trilogy, Starlight Over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett. Continue to read further down to find out about the author and any extra giveaways available.

Author Bio

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

You can check out Camilla on Bookbub, Pinterest and the below socials.

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Author Interview: Shami Stovall

Hi Shami,

Thank you for taking the time to do a Q&A with me. I was a little upset I’d already committed to as many reviews as I could handle when Dave told me about your book, Knightmare Arcanist, coming on tour. It sounds fascinating so I wanted to get in the tour in any way I could.

I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say, so I’ll kick off my questions now!

  1. You’ve released the first 4 books since June 2019, how long was this story in your head
    • First off, thank you for having me!
    • It’s a pleasure to be here! In terms of books? The series is set for 7 books and one spin-off of short stories from the viewpoint of other characters.
  2. What was the inspiration for these characters?
    • Each character is a little part of me, but it’s actually a bunch of archetypes I just love to see. Volke is filled with determination, and clashes with the haughty Zaxis. Illia is resourceful, and helps Volke whenever she can—the dynamics are what I love best!
  3. How did you come up with such a unique take on magic and mythical creatures?
    • I really love magical creatures, I have Pokemon to blame! Anything to do with creature companions as well. These are my jam. As for the magic system, I just thought it would be interesting to have magics based on the creatures themselves. Finding the biggest and best creature—the adventure of growing alongside them. So many possibilities!
  4. Which character is your favourite and why?
    • Volke and Zelfree are tied for me. Volke because of his personality. I adore it. And Zelfree because he gets lost in his own failings sometimes—very relatable, at least to me!
  5. Does this series have a finite number of books, or could it go on forever?
    • The series is planned for 7 (plus 1) but I’ve given thought to a sequel series already. Maybe it could go on forever?
  6. Have you got plans for more books in the series?
    • I’m currently writing the fifth book, World Serpent Arcanist. So, yes! Plenty more!
  7. If you could pick any actor to play Volke, who would it be and why?
    • I would probably go with Alex Landi—but maybe someone younger? I think he might be too old now.
  8. Does the cover artwork represent something significant in each book?
    • Yes, definitely! The cover of Knightmare Arcanist has the phoenix and Volke’s black sword!
  9. What are you currently reading? What do you think of it so far?
    • I’m currently reading A Daughter of Blood by Anne Bishop. I love it! This is the third time I’m reading through it.
  10. If you could sum up this book in one sentence to make people read it, what would that sentence be?
    • Probably: a coming-of-age fantasy filled with pirates, mythical creatures, and a plague most foul!

Thank you again for taking the time to answer my questions! I hope you had as much fun as I did. And I’m looking forward to reading your books in the future.

Anthea – Proud Book Reviews

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Flying Solo – Zoe May

Welcome back everyone, also, welcome back to the genre of romance! It’s been almost a month since you’ve featured on a Monday review!

This was not the romance I thought it’d be either at the start, or end of the book. How many times can you say that about the romance genre?

The first thing I want to say is any woman dumped by a guy like Paul should be happy. He obviously lacks basic communication skills, so much so, even I wasn’t clear whether he was wanting a “break” or an end to the relationship. And from the blurb it kinda tells you she’s going to be dumped.

I also loved her point of view of things. This was first made clear to me when she made a comment about buying a pair of cheap sunnies coz she’s going to an ashram when she has perfectly fine sunnies already available. Even if they are Burberry.

All her conversations with Seb feel real. They’re both people who think through both sides to something, are willing to grow and question the information they’ve been given. It’s the kind of thing I’d do. I don’t take something as being gospel just because someone “better informed” than me says it. I want to know both sides before making a decision.

I also loved that the main focus of the book wasn’t the romance, even though it kind of was. To me it felt more like a story of self-discovery, building positive relationships with others and recognising what’s truly important to you.

I smashed through this pretty quickly, so it’s not too deep and soul searching. But it scratches the surface and makes you think. In some cases it made me think of how stupid some people can be and that I can totally see some people calling Zoe a racist for describing the colour of someone’s skin even though we can’t build an accurate picture of what someone looks like in our heads without these descriptions.

You can’t help some people. And I don’t know enough about Indian culture and their way of life to comment on that, but I did enjoy the spiritual feeling I got from it. I even got to the end and wished for an epilogue to find out how the non-romance stuff plays out. Zoe, if you’re reading this you know what I mean!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Friday I’ll be reviewing Crazy for Your Love by Lexi Ryan. Continue to read further down to find out about the author.

Author Bio

Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

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Crossing in Time – DL Orton

Welcome back everyone, Dave over at The Write Reads knows how to find me good fantasy and sci-fi books. And this isn’t any different, how does he keep finding books that leave me wanting more?

I’m a fan of time travel, especially when it’s about finding your lost love. It just screams amazing, epic, love story. What other kind of story can give you all the feels and leave you wanting more?

Based on the blurb, I thought more time would be spent in the past. I thought the way time travel would work would be different.

One of the great things about time travel is that every author can make it their own thing. I’ve seen quite a few different types of time travel of the years and explored the laws surrounding it. And still I was totally surprised about how this works!

Before I talk about the ending, I want to say one thing. The prologue doesn’t seem to fit with the story and when it occurs. The information in it felt conflicting once I got to the part of the story it sat in. I’m not sure if this was just something small that got overlooked, but a couple of sentences really made it feel weird to me. And it’s something that can be easily fixed so I wanted to call it out.

Ok. The ending.

What an ending!

Of all the twists and turns we’d already experienced in the story that ending was NOT one I saw coming!

I got to the end and all I could think was “But…but…wait…no…what? What just happened?” Obviously, that means I need the next book. I need to know what happens next. I need to understand which of the theories going through my head might be right!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Friday I’ll be starting my reviews of the Boys of Jackson Harbour series by Lexi Ryan with Straight up Love. Continue to read further down to find out about the author.

Author Bio

DL ORTON, THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the BETWEEN TWO EVILS series, lives in the foothills of the Rockies where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived Triops.♂‍

In her spare time, she’s building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.

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Promises Forged – Devri Walls

Welcome back everyone, I read the first book in this series a few months ago and I’ve just found out the third book is coming out soon. After reading this review, I’m sure you’ll understand why I can’t wait for that one!

I wasn’t sure where this one would pick up, or how fast paced it would be. The first book spanned barely 2 days, this one ended up covering almost a week. A little bit longer, but in a way just as fast paced as the first.

I learnt more about Beltran. Although I now have more theories and questions about him, his past, his motives and so many other things about him. The same goes for Tate.

What surprised me was how focussed the book was on Feena, while still having time to show us about Ryker and the general politics of the Council. Some of Susan’s comments (or repeated, exclamations) about how you “don’t mess with the fae!” make total sense. Like I already knew that, but this puts it to a whole new level!

Secrets, dark magic, illegal nefarious activities, plotting, missing families, stretching/twisting of the truth and yet romance still finds its way into the story in a way that just felt right. What all of our characters go through in this book is a prime example of a great emotional roller coaster.

I mean, even some characters that I thought might be just “side” characters are slowly having their own development. Which could even put them in line to be a main character as the series continues. I BELIEVE we might be having the tour for the third book in September, so make sure you come back then to find out what I think of the next one!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing Crossing in Time by D.L. Orton. Continue to read further down to find out about the.

Author Bio

Devri Walls is a US and international bestselling author. Having released five novels to date, she specialises in all things fantasy and paranormal. She is best known for her uncanny world-building skills and her intricate stroylines, and her ability to present this all in an easy-to-digest voice.

Now gearing up for her first national release, Devri is excited to introduce her sixth novel, book one in the Venators series. She loves to engage with her loyal following through social media and online sessions she organises for her readers.

Devri lives in Meridian, Idaho with her husband and two kids. When not writing she can be found teaching voice lessons, reading, cooking or binge watching whatever show catches her fancy.

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A Good Demon is Hard to Find – Kate Moseman

Welcome back everyone, selling a book as being for fans of Lucifer and The Good Place sets some high standards for me since I’m a fan of both shows.

The key thing I felt walking away from this book is that it could have been longer. In places it felt rushed, like the author only had a high-level story to tell with no details fleshed out. Those details are what draws a reader in and keeps them hooked.

I could see both Michael (from The Good Place) and Lucifer (from Lucifer) in Andy although it took me until I finished the book and was thinking about it to realise that. Since I wasn’t actively looking for that kind of similarity between the book and those shows I almost missed it. It wasn’t until I was reflecting on the book wondering how it could be likened to those shows for me to see the connection.

I had fun reading the book the whole time. I couldn’t help but laugh, it was light-hearted and humorous in so many ways. The banter, the brainstorming, the character-arcs, and the unexpected moments between characters. It all made it so enjoyable.

At the same time, those unexpected moments were where I felt it needed fleshing out. Things like a witch popping up out of nowhere. The context behind a witch appearing and how she fit into the story felt off. If there had been some sort of set up that witches might even be included in the world, it may not have felt so weird.

Because it wasn’t set up, I was left reeling and thrown for a few moments. That wasn’t the only time it happened too. They were often small things that all together gave it a sense of needing to be fleshed out, explained and planned.

For a light, fun, laugh out loud read this is something you can knock out in a couple of hours since its less than 250 pages long.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Friday I’ll be reviewing Song of the Soul by Lisa Kessler. Continue to read further down to find out about the author.

Author Bio

Kate Moseman is a writer, photographer, and recipe developer who lives in Florida with her family and enjoys going to theme parks as frequently as possible. 

Check out Kate’s social media and Pinterest profiles.

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Always Been You – Lasairiona E. McMaster

Welcome back everyone, I feel like I’m kinda getting back into my groove. Having a couple of weeks not having to work 50+ hours certainly helped!

I’ve gotten to the final book in the AJ Williams trilogy, meaning I’m also at the end of both Lisa’s and AJ’s stories. In a way I’m glad it’s the end. Purely because 6 books about the same two people can be a lot. But I was also super pumped about finding out his side of that final turbulent book.

I spent a fair while wondering how much we’d see, including how he’d get divorced. I gotta say I wasn’t as emotionally invested in this book as some of the others. I think this comes more from how eager I was to know his side of the Mexico trip and his divorce than anything else.

Overall, I found myself underwhelmed by the emotional upheaval AJ went through and the way it was written. Other than the moments involving Lisa (much of which was taken directly from her books), the emotional rollercoaster that I’m used to experiencing just wasn’t there.

I got the feels in all the right moments, just as intended. Yet I found myself just waiting for all the moments with Lisa to see what AJ was thinking and feeling. When you’re reading a book, I don’t believe you should be waiting for moments to happen. Instead, I think you should be enjoying the moment you’re in and the story.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Friday I’ll be reviewing Dance of the Heart by Lisa Kessler. Continue to read further down to find out about the author.

Author Bio

Lasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did – with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years.

Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself ‘home’, with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation.

With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.

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Just Another Silly Love Song – Rich Amooi

Welcome back everyone, Rich is one of the few male authors who I believe can truly write from a woman’s point of view without making us sound like idiots.

So of course, I had to sign up for the tour of his latest book!

I remember there was something I wasn’t a fan of early on, but I honestly can’t remember what that was as I sit down to write this review. Does that tell you how minor it was? It really wasn’t much!

What really threw me when I started (coz silly me didn’t read the name at the start of the chapter) was that the fist chapter is from Ben’s point of view, NOT Lori’s like I was expecting. Usually when I read dual point of view romances the first chapter (excluding prologues) is from the woman’s point of view.

That meant the brashness, the brutal honesty just didn’t make sense to me. I’m one of few women who is like this and I’m frequently criticised for how upfront and “masculine” I am in the workplace. I was so confused when I thought Lori was meant to be soft and feminine.

It took one talk show with Ben for me to like him. And I fell in love with him in the second talk show. He was so honest, so straight forward, so to the point and was bang on with every person that it made for great reading. I think I loved his approach in the talk shows more than anything else!

O I remember something that annoyed me! The hiring practices! I can’t say too much coz it’ll ruin the ending. But. SERIOUSLY?! If that situation is coming, the company would’ve known for a few months. Hiring would’ve been impacted and so that situation would NEVER have happened! Just doesn’t make sense to me.

Yet, even in the face of that, Ben managed to use Lori’s grandma against her in so many ways throughout the book that I found myself laughing. Grandma Joyce was a great wingwoman/wingman and so perfect!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing Dance of the Heart by Lisa Kessler. Continue to read further down to find out about the author and any extra giveaways available.

Author Bio

Rich Amooi is the Amazon #1 Bestselling author of 15 romantic comedies, including It’s Not PMS, It’s You, Dying to Meet You, There’s Something About a Cowboy, and Madam Love, Actually. 

A former radio personality and wedding DJ, Rich now writes romantic comedies full-time in San Diego, California, and is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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