Book Review: Princess No Knots by Deborah Dillon @DeborahDillon01 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Princess No Knots by Deborah Dillon

Blurb

Princess No Knots LOVES her long golden hair as much as she LOVES her bath time but she does NOT love having it brushed. When her flowing locks end up in knots, the King tells her they will have to be cut and takes away her crown. Enter a world of determination, sprinkled with a small dose of magic, to find out if the strong-willed Princess finds a way to get back her crown, keep her name and save the hair she so loves. A must read for any parent who struggles with the dreaded ‘hair wash’ night!

Review

What a wonderfully sweet read this was. My two daughters absolutely loved it. It has now become a staple read in our house for bedtimes. I’m also hoping it encourages my toddler to not complain when I wash her hair.

This is a must read for all the family.

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Authors Bio

Deborah Dillon’s love of books, poems and story telling stems from her Granddad Jim who always used to make up stories at bedtime when she was young. Every story would take her to crazy worlds of adventure and friendship, each story sprinkled with a tiny bit of determination.

Since having children of her own Deborah has continued this family tradition but rather than keeping all the stories in her head, she decided to write them down. As her children were growing up she was inspired to write about whatever obstacles or challenges they, or their friends, faced then overcame.

Deborah is a firm believer that special things happen when you read a story together.

Book Review: Two Scoops Too Much by Terri Boas @Bo2303T @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Two Scoops Too Much by Terri Boas

Blurb

Three’s a crowd, but not when it comes to best mates, Briony, Natalie and Lauren. As they tipsily toast the future down their favourite local, the Red Lion, the girls have never felt closer.

For Briony and Lauren at least, being intimate friends has taken on a whole new meaning. But as things between them heat up, does that mean they’ll need to put a label on their relationship?

And will their provocative plot to wreak revenge on Briony’s devious ex-lover, Mani, work out, or succeed only in putting her professional reputation on the line?

Meanwhile, Natalie’s affair with her sexy spin instructor, Jason, is now firmly behind her, and she is determined to keep the sparks flying with her loyal hubby, Martin. That is until a girls’ trip to a swanky London hotel reveals her head and her heart are still at dangerous odds; an epiphany that will have dire consequences.

As the friends unite in the face of an unbearable tragedy, they’ll need each other – and ice cream – more than ever before . . .

Review

This was the first time I have read a book by Terri Boas and it certainly won’t be my last. It is a sequel to Two Scoops Not Three, but I didn’t feel confused with the story or characters. It is definitely the type of book you can relax to in the bath or at the beach. It was a highly engaging read that had me hooked from the start, I loved the relationship the three women had.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Two Scoops Too Much and look forward to reading the authors next release, after of course, I have read Two Scoops Not Three.

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Authors Bio

Terri Boas lives in Hampshire, England, UK with her husband Rich and daughter Portia.She is a part-time Group Exercise Instructor and teaches Les Mills, Body Combat at a couple of her local gyms.Two scoops, not Three is her debut novel.Two scoops, not three was honoured as a “Finalist” in the “Fiction: Women’s Fiction” category at the American Book Fest 2020, Best Book Awards.Follow Terri on

Facebook @TwoscoopsnotThree

Instagram @tbo0203 & @terri_boas_author

Twitter @Bo2303T

Book Review: Chocolate Cake for Breakfast by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green88 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Chocolate Cake for Breakfast by Rosie Green

Blurb

After a shocking accident, Martha Munro has given up on her childhood dreams. With her confidence shattered, even leaving the house is scary, and a promising romance with gorgeous Logan is over before it even had a chance to begin. But cheered on by her dad and her great friend, Madison, she makes a decision that could change everything. Can Martha find the courage to step out into the world and love again?

Review

Hard to believe that this is Book 20 in the wonderful Little Duck Pond Cafe series. I loved the story and how it entwined with another story. I thought Martha was absolutely wonderful.

I have really enjoyed this series and look forward to reading the next installment.

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Authors Bio

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s Little Duck Pond Cafe series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. Each book can be read as a stand-alone story. The latest, ‘Chocolate Cake for Breakfast’ is out now, and coming soon are Jingle Bells in June (March) and Sun, Sea & Strawberry Shortcake, which will be published in May 2022.

Rosie has also written a full-length, stand-alone book, ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’, a heart-breaking but ultimately uplifting tale filled with the joy of the season.

Book Review: The Personal Shopper by Carmen Reid @thiscarmenreid @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Personal Shopper by Carmen Reid

Blurb

Meet Annie Valentine: stylish, savvy, multi-tasker extraordinaire.
As a personal shopper in a swanky London fashion store, Annie can be relied on to solve everyone’s problems . . . except her own.

Although she’s a busy single mum to stroppy teen Lana and painfully shy Owen, there’s a gap in Annie’s wardrobe – sorry, life – for a new man. But finding the perfect partner is turning out to be so much trickier than finding the perfect pair of shoes.

Can she source a genuine classic? A life long investment? Will she end up with a mistake from the sale rail, who’ll have to be returned?

Or maybe, just maybe, there’ll be someone new in this season who could be the one . . .

Review

This is the first book in the Annie Valentine series and what a cracking read it was. A wonderful escapism book that is full of intriguing ups and downs. I absolutely loved Annie and how versatile she is no matter what.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to read the other books in the series.

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Author’s Bio

Carmen Reid is the author of the bestselling novels Three in a Bed, Did The Earth Move?, The Personal Shopper and Up All Night amongst others.

After working as a journalist in London she moved to Glasgow, Scotland, where she looks after one husband, two children, a puppy, three goldfish and writes almost all the rest of the time.

Visit her website at http://www.carmenreid.com

Book Review: Tea for Two at the Little Cornish Kitchen by Jane Linfoot @janelinfoot @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Tea for Two at the Little Cornish Kitchen by Jane Linfoot

Blurb

When internet sensation ‘Cressida Cupcake’ has a soggy bottomed TV fiasco and faces bake-off backlash she jumps at the chance to spend some time hiding out in St Aidan, dog sitting for her brother.

Picturesque Seaspray Cottage is meant to be Cressy Hobson’s port in the storm but with her blog sponsors having fled and her book deal gone sideways her funds are running low and she’s forced to turn to the locals for help. Soon her quiet weeks in Cornwall are filled with chasing sheep, saving the local retirement village, taking The Little Cornish Kitchen into people’s homes for baking nights…and keeping vigilant guard against romance.

The one and only time Cressy lost her head to love was over a decade ago while in St Aidan, and she won’t be making the same mistake again – a feat easier said than done when Ross Bradbury looks even better a decade on…and every step she takes seems to put him in her path!

Review

Before signing up for this blog tour, I hadn’t read Book One (I had read other Jane Linfoot books), however that soon changed and, I absolutely loved it, so I was eager to read the follow up. I’m glad I did because Tea for Two at the Little Cornish Kitchen was everything I expected and much more.

I enjoyed reading how Cressy kept rebuilding herself, and even more so after such a public downfall. It was nice to see her and Ross reconnect and how supportive the Mermaids are from day one. Oh and not forgetting the shenanigans of Diesel.

I laughed. I cried but most of all I fell in love with St Aidan, the story and it’s wonderful array of characters.

I highly recommend this book and it’s predecessor.

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Authors Bio

I write fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines, and lots of heart.

Writing is fab, because I get to wear pretty shoes instead of wellies. I live in a cottage up a mountain road in Derbyshire, where my family and pets are kind enough to ignore the domestic chaos. Happily, we’re in walking distance of a supermarket. I love hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things french. When I’m not on facebook, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, I’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when I want to be really scared, I ride a tandem.

Book Review: Pepper Pot Farm by K T Dady @kt_dady @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Pepper Pot Farm by K T Dady.

Blurb

Welcome to Pepper Bay. A small close-knit community where you’ll find chocolate box cottages, quaint shops, love, drama, and a happily ever after.

Snuggle down with this cosy, feel-good, comfort read that whisks you away to a beautiful bay on the Isle of Wight – Perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Phillipa Ashley, and Holly Martin.

The Pepper Bay books are standalone stories, best read in order, that intertwine with recurring characters.

Pepper Pot Farm: Tessie Sparrow and Nate Walker have everything a relationship can have, except intimacy. Neither of them want to add it into the mix, for fear of ruining their friendship. It’s not easy for them to stay apart when they are growing so close, and Tessie’s secret plan to help save Nate’s farm might destroy them forever.

Review

I’ve not read the other books in the Pepper Bay series (I plan to) but they’re easily read standalones. Pepper Pot Farm starts of explosive, instantly gripping my attention and it most certainly keeps it throughout.

I absolutely loved reading this book and discovering the wonderful works of K T Dady. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and reading about all the ups and downs of their lives. This was an absolutely splendid read.

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Author’s Bio

K.T. Dady: Best-selling author, reader, mum, chocolate lover, and a huge fan of a HEA. I was born and raised in the East End of London, and I’ve been happily writing stories since I was a little girl. When I’m not writing, I’m baking cakes or pottering around in my little garden in Essex, trying not to kill the flowers. I’m the author of contemporary romance, middle-grade, and the thought-provoking thriller about mental illness, The Focus Program.

Book Review: The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May

Blurb

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.

Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.

But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.

Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one…

Review

I have previously enjoyed May’s other works but I made the mistake of reading the follow up to The Cocktail Bar first so I had to go back and read this one. I found it to be a well written, fun and entertaining read, that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Author’s Bio

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. She grew up in Somerset on Glastonbury’s ley lines and loves to feature her quirky English hometown in her stories.

After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!

All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her romcoms.

Isabella is also a Level 4 Pranic Healer and a stillbirth mum.

You can follow her Foodie Romance Journey series at the following hang-outs:www.isabellamayauthor.comTwitter – @IsabellaMayBksInstagram – @isabella_may_authorFacebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/

Book Review:Hunter’s Rules by Val Penny @valeriepenny @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Hunter’s Rules by Val Penny

Blurb

When best-laid plans go awry…

Hunter and Meera’s romantic plans come to an abrupt end when they stumble into the scene of a crime.

A young woman was attacked in a hotel lift. She has traumatic injuries, but she clings to life. Hunter notes that her wounds are like those inflicted on two other women, who died from their ordeal.

Can Meera keep the injured woman alive long enough for her to identify the assailant? Is the same person responsible for all three crimes?

When Hunter is identified as a suspect, can he establish his innocence and lead his team to solve the crime and keep Edinburgh safe?

Review

Val Penny certainly doesn’t hold back, she brings you straight into the gripping action, which, if I’m honest, I really wasn’t expecting that.

This was such an incredible read and completely captivating from start to finish. I must read for any crime fans, highly recommend this series.

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Authors Bio

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer.

However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.

Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, Hunter’s Secret, is published by darkstroke.

Her first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published is available now.

Book Review:A Cosy Countryside Christmas by Eliza J Scott @ElizaJScott1 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review A Cosy Countryside Christmas by Eliza J Scott

Blurb

Ella Welford’s done with love. After having her fingers burnt, she’s been resolutely single for the last year and has sworn to stay that way.

Joss Campion’s still reeling from a messy divorce and has vowed never to open his heart to love again.

Growing up in the picturesque village of Lytell Stangdale, with the North Yorkshire Moors as their playground, Joss and Ella were best friends. The pair were inseparable.

Until the day something happened to ruin their friendship and Joss moved away.

An urgent telephone call summons Joss back to the village. His father’s been rushed to hospital and he’s needed to run the farm. When he returns, with his loyal canine companion, Sid, in tow, it isn’t long before he realises things aren’t as they seem. Why is his brother, Rich, being so evasive? And why does he get the impression the farm’s in trouble?

Teaching Assistant, Ella, has just broken up for the Christmas holidays and is looking forward to spending more time on her parents’ farm, tending her variety of rescue animals and recharging her batteries.

It isn’t long before the pair run into one another and sparks of attraction begin to fly – not that either of them will admit to it. But, just before Christmas, they find themselves thrown together in an unexpected turn of events as a fierce snow blizzard rages around them.

Could this be the moment that changes everything? Or is their past too big to ignore?

One thing’s for certain, life’s never dull in this little corner of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Join Ella and Joss – and all the usual Lytell Stangdale characters – for a heartwarming festive read

Review

What a thoroughly enjoyable read A Cosy Countryside Christmas was. I enjoyed how the author switched between characters without confusing the reader.

I particularly enjoyed the two main characters, Ella and Joss, and I loved seeing their relationship develop over the course of the book.

I was hooked from the start and couldn’t put it down. It was yet another excellent offering from Eliza J Scott and her Life on the Moors series. It was the perfect book to begin the festive reading with.

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Authors Bio

Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Her biggest weakness is ginger biscuits dunked in tea.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with relatable female characters. She enjoys exploring the dynamics of female friendship, with a key feature of her books being how women pull together and support one another when things get tough.

Eliza’s novels will always have happy endings.

Book Review: The Babysitter by Gemma Rogers @GemmaRogers79 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Babysitter by Gemma Rogers

Blurb

Ali and Christopher Tolfrey’s one year old daughter Eden is abducted whilst in the care of Ali’s best-friend.

Snatched in broad daylight from Bushy Park on a trip to the swings, Eden disappears without a trace.

Brooke Simmons, regains consciousness, dazed from a blow to the head, to find Eden, her best friend’s child is missing.Someone has taken Eden and Brooke knows who.

But it’s a secret she can’t share with Ali or the Police without revealing the web of deceit she’s spun.

Can Brooke get Eden home before her lies come back to haunt her? Or is the net closing in on her?

Review

This was yet another captivating book from Gemma. It’s had me hooked from the start with plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing what was going to happen. The characters were great and at times likeable. The plot was well written and thought out. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gemma’s latest release.

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Authors Bio

Gemma Rogers was inspired to write gritty thrillers by a traumatic event in her own life nearly twenty years ago. Her debut novel Stalker was published in September 2019 and marked the beginning of a new writing career. Gemma lives in West Sussex with her husband, two daughters and bulldog Buster.