Review of ‘Not The Marrying Kind’

Jae is the Queen of wish fulfilment. I knew exactly what I wanted to happen in this story and she granted my wish. I completely and utterly adored Ashley and Sasha’s story. It was the most romantic, emotional and beautiful story of love, belonging and joy. I was smiling from ear to ear and for the rest of the day after reading this. 

Florist Ashley is as far in the closet as it’s possible to be. She is terrified her parents will find out she’s a lesbian and can’t face the reaction she suspects will come from the townsfolk. Baker Sasha has no desire to be tied down to anyone and her fear of commitment has been part of her life for so long. But when the pair begin to spend time together working on their friends’ Leo and Holly’s wedding, it becomes harder to stick to old ways. They are so obviously perfect for each other. And I found myself wishing and hoping it would be a happily ever after for them!

Jae increased the happiness level by bringing in characters from her other books – Leo and Holly – and others I’ll leave as a surprise. Having these wonderful women interact was wonderful. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. 

I was given this ARC for review.

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Review of ‘Goal Setting for Writers’ by Sandra Gerth

This is the kind of book I will go back to again and again as I go through my writing process. Sandra Gerth gives us a step-by-step guide on how to realise our goals. She makes us see that it’s great to have dreams but to make them a reality we first have to decide on achievable goals and work on them.

 I loved how she breaks everything down into achievable goals and made me be more specific about what I really want. And she makes the writer think about themselves, what is important and relevant to them. The task seems more manageable and realistic. Planning how to get that book written doesn’t seem such a daunting task . I can see me following a lot of the advice 

She also gives plenty of advice on other books to read for further information and links to online resources that expand the subject. An excellent book I can highly recommend.

I was given this ARC to review.

Review of ‘Paper Love’ by Jae

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‘Paper Love’ is set in the city of Freiburg, a place where local folklore says stepping in a Bachle, an ancient water channel running through the streets, results in marrying a local and living there forever. High powered business analyst Suzanne doesn’t believe a word of it. We meet this Ice Queen as she temporarily moves to Freiburg to help her Uncle Norbert save his ailing stationery business. There she meets his assistant Anya, who is more like a daughter to Nobby. Neither woman is looking for a fling but sometimes love has a way of changing our best laid plans.

I loved seeing how Suzanne and Anya began to enjoy each other’s company. Suzanne just needed someone to warm her up – the Ice Queen soon began to melt. Anya wasn’t one to take risks with her life but sometimes you just have to make a leap, take a chance. Or you can spend your whole life wondering. She was sweet and caring and deserved to be happy with her forever someone. But would it be Suzanne?

The story being set in a stationery shop was fascinating but it has left me with one problem. I think I’m even more hooked on beautiful stationery and journals than I was before, so Jae is going to cost me a fortune on my new obsession. She has ignited in me a serious stationery addiction. Thanks Jae!

‘Paper Love’ was a wonderful love story in a very different and unique setting. It was beautifully done and Jae never fails to leave me with a happy, joyful feeling in my heart. Highly recommended.

Review of ‘Happily Ever After’ by Jae

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‘Happily Ever After’ is a collection of short stories by Jae all in the one place. Some I have read before but it is  nice to have them together. Also there are some stories with some of my favourite characters from Jae’s novels. I especially enjoyed ‘Dress Tease’ with Grace and Lauren from ‘Damage Control’. It was hot! The Christmas trilogy featuring Rachel and Lillian was lovely and well developed. I loved ‘The Midnight Couch’ where radio technician Paula is in love with Dr Christine Graham, clinical psychologist and radio host. It was sweet and happy . I’m a big fan of short story anthologies and reading this one made my day.

I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Just For Show’ by Jae

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‘Just For Show’ is a Fake Girlfriend story so impeccably written and with such depth of emotion that I can see me re-reading it again and again. The storytelling appears effortless and flows so well. I wish I knew Jae’s secret! She manages to write such believable and sympathetic characters that draw us into their world so completely.

Psychologist Claire is trying to get her book on relationships published and needs to convince her prospective publisher that she is madly in love with her fiancée. The problem is she has just broken up with her fiancée and needs a new one quickly. Hiring an actress to play the part seems like the solution. Lana is the complete opposite of OCD Claire and how they deal with living together and convincing others they are in love is just perfect. Of course there is a whole lot more to Claire’s OCD behaviour and to Lana’s particular issues. These are dealt with in a caring and understanding way. I almost jumped for joy at the inclusion of Jill and Crash from ‘Just Physical’ and Laleh and Hope from ‘Heart Trouble’. Yet again Jae has penned a winner and had me swooning.

I was given this ARC in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Love at First Write’ by Jae

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Who better to write about writers and their love lives than another writer-namely Jae. ‘Love at First Write’ is a collection of short stories that are sweet and romantic and the perfect way to while away an afternoon in front of the fire. ‘Blind Date was my favourite out of the four. Tricia is set up on a blind date by her well-meaning friend but things don’t go exactly to plan. ‘The Snow Liger’ had a very interesting scenario that made me want to find out a whole lot more about how they met, so I was glad to find out I can do just that. Griffin and Jodie’s story begins in Jae’s paranormal novel ‘Second Nature’ – another one for my TBR list! I love short stories and  I really enjoyed this collection. I can see me re-reading it a lot.

I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Perfect Rhythm’ by Jae

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I was seriously impressed by ‘Perfect Rhythm’ by Jae as it deals with a relationship scenario that I hadn’t read about before. Pop star Leontyne returns to her home town to see her ill father. Things are strained between father and daughter but it is made more bearable by the presence of home health nurse Holly. An attraction is evident but can a relationship ever work between a hot pop star and an asexual woman? The story is romantic and emotional and I will admit to a few tears being shed. I liked how Jae made me think and try to understand what being asexual meant at the same time as Leo was dealing with it. She showed tenderness and beauty and a different outlook. An excellent read that I highly recommend.

I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Falling Hard’ by Jae

 

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Jae has the great knack of writing stories that the reader can become totally immersed in.  ‘Falling hard’ is no exception.  Hot surgeon and major player, Jordan, insists she will never be ready for a relationship and is quite happy playing the field.  That is until single mom Emma moves next door with her adorable daughter Molly.  Fresh out of a divorce Emma doesn’t want any kind of romantic complications either.  But you can’t fight what just feels right.  I loved seeing how the blossoming romance developed and how it changed each of them for the better.  It was cute and sweet and increasingly, teasingly sexy.  Emma was so wary at the start but she really grew in confidence thanks to her friendship with Jordan.  I felt Jordan found something she really needed.  I got completely lost in this book and didn’t want it to end.
I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Something in the wine ‘ by Jae

What starts off as revenge on her practical joker brother blossoms into something Annie could never have imagined. When Jake set her up on a blind date with vineyard owner Drew, not letting her know Drew was a woman, she was furious. After a lifetime of teasing Annie has had enough and she and Drew decide to pretend to be in love to get back at him. I absolutely adored this tender and beautiful story. Jae has managed to create two characters who managed to tug at my heart strings and keep me enthralled. Annie is a very rigid and seemingly staid accountant, who has never felt any great passion in her life. Drew feels drawn to her immediately but she straight so what can she do? How they begin to become more than friends and make huge differences in each other’s lives had me hooked. I didn’t want it to end. The bonus short story at the end is just perfect and so unbelievably romantic. An excellent 5 star read!I was given this ARC free by Ylva in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Heart Trouble’ by Jae

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I absolutely adored this book and found it to be deeply emotional, extremely romantic and one that really had me by the heart strings.  Laleh comes into contact with Hope when she is rushed into ER with a heart problem but nothing could prepare either of them for the connection between them that results.  Without giving too much away, they become bonded to each other in a very unusual way and start to feel things that neither imagined was possible.  I loved Laleh as she was so contented, kind and part of a very loving family.  She brought all of this to the relationship and helped Hope change and feel open to emotions and being with another person completely.  I found the descriptions of Laleh’s family really interesting and the Persian food, language and traditions was fascinating.  Also bringing in characters from Jae’s other books in the Hollywood series was a winner with me.  Jill and Crash are great characters and certainly added to this story.  The love scenes were really intense and beautiful and made it all the more emotional.  I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

 

I was given this ARC free by Ylva in return for an honest review.