Review of ‘Sliding Doors’ by Karen Klyne

‘Sliding Doors’ by Karen Klyne is one of those surprising books that makes the reader ask “What if?”. 

Gemma Tennant is so unhappy. She hates her life and feels worthless with no way out. When she’s offered the chance to change all that, through a sliding door to a parallel existence – will she take it? This intriguing start really piqued my interest . I wanted to see where the author was going with it. The unfortunate woman who ends up swapping lives with Gemma, Alex Gambol,  doesn’t have a clue that it’s going to happen. Let’s just say she’s none too happy. Her own life had been pretty mundane and if she thought about it, she was just going through the motions. Nevertheless, swapping lives with someone against your will is going to cause some problems and a certain amount of resentment.

I must admit I did not like Alex at all at first, but by the end she was my favourite character in the book. Ms Klyne’s skilful storytelling took me on a journey where my preconceptions were turned on their head. I really liked Reece too. She was sweet and understanding and her kindness really shone through. I really enjoyed seeing how each of them adjusted to their new lives. And changed for the better. It’s a fantastic story that had me on the edge of my seat at some points. It’s about second chances, being true to yourself and finding a way to live that feels right. It was a wonderful story, full of magic and wonder and mystery. It was also, ultimately, beautifully romantic and I defy anyone not to have a wee tear in their eye. I absolutely loved it. 

I was given this ARC for review.

Sliding Doors is out on June 15th.

Review of ‘All At Sea’ by Cheyenne Blue

Cheyenne Blue has once again captured my heart with characters I can root for, an engaging storyline, and a beautiful love story. ‘All At Sea’ is the story of Stevie Sterling, newly qualified nurse, and member of an important local family. When, yet again, her parents refuse to acknowledge her achievements, she wanders off their luxury yacht and seeks refuge in a deserted and unassuming boat further along the marina. Waking up the next morning miles from port and with an irate but gorgeous captain looming over her, it seems life is going to get very interesting. Kaz Malone, eco warrior, has a mission to complete and has no time to pander to the wishes of the rich socialite. Can she gets past first impressions and see the real Stevie – and can Stevie survive life on the high seas? Will they find that life sometimes has a way of putting the right person in your path, just when you need it?

I loved both Stevie and Kaz. Stevie was her own woman, in a family where appearances and conformity were everything. Her principles were important to her but her parents could never accept her for who she was. Maybe Kaz could be the woman who could love her for herself. Kaz was just as principled and was willing to risk everything for her cause. Could she convince Stevie to be a part of that? This story was about each woman finding out who she really was, and what it would take to find true happiness. It was about finding a passion and finding someone to share it with. It was an enthralling story. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the Australian wildlife and scenery. They made the story richer and gave an insight into Kaz’s life. An excellent story. 

I was given this Arc to review.

Review of ‘Love On The Night Shift’ by Radclyffe.

Do you ever read a love story and feel immediately that it’s meant to be? Well that’s exactly what happened when I read ‘Love On The Night Shift’. I love the Rivers series with a passion. Every single time, I’m convinced the one I’m currently reading is my all-time favourite and can’t be topped. But they get better and better as the series progresses. Blaise and Grady’s story pulled at my heartstrings again and again, and by the end I was on an emotional high.

Charge Nurse Blaise Richelieu has spent seventeen years raising her daughter alone, keeping all admirers at a safe distance. When hot new attending Grady McClure starts to show an interest, she goes into shields-up mode as usual. But there’s something endearing about Grady and maybe this time it won’t be so easy to resist. She has her reasons to be wary of attachments, but Grady’s charm might be beginning to wear her down. 

Blaise was strong, intelligent and brilliant at her job. Caring for her daughter has been her top priority. Maybe she has forgotten that she’s a woman with needs and deserves find that special someone. I could see exactly where she was coming from, but Grady was an irresistible force. Who could resist? I loved seeing them begin to get to know one another. Their gently flirting was beautifully done. The attraction was intense and hot and so was the sex.  Interweaving the stories of the Rivers clan, their kids and the townsfolk pushed this novel up even further in my estimation. I want to know what is happening to them and the impact their stories have on each other. 

When I finished this book I had all the feels. It was emotional and important. Their story was important. And not just for them as a couple. It was romantic and sexy but above all it felt right. They were meant to be together . I adored it. Highly recommended.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Uprooting’ by Suzie Carr

‘Uprooting’by Suzie Carr is moving and emotional and above all, thought-provoking. It is the kind of book that makes the reader take stock, re-evaluate. I really enjoyed it. Harper Ray has had a difficult start in life, and it’s amazing that she has managed to keep control and become a functioning adult. Some very good friends have helped with that too. She worries about her sister though, and moving back to her home town to help Tess is what she feels compelled to do. But she never gives up on her dream of being a musician, and meeting Ivy might help her do that, even in a small way. Ivy is a life coach and green witch. She’s had a blessed life, unlike Harper, and wants to help the gorgeous musician any way she can. She’s kind and thoughtful and has great empathy. She’s exactly what Harper needs. Will she be able to help Harper heal – and at the same time bring some closure to a painful part of her own life?

Suzie Carr has a very mellow style, one that makes the reader feel relaxed. Through Ivy we begin to see problems in a different way. We begin to believe that there is an answer, if we are open to it. Harper and Ivy’s story is one of attraction and joyful friendship. When it becomes more it feels right. But the novel is about a whole group of people and how the interaction between them brings healing. Ivy is the catalyst. This book is exactly what I needed to read at this time, when family and friends are apart and we crave contact with our loved ones. A lovely story.

I was given this ARC to review.

Review of ‘A Roll In The Hay’ by Lola Keeley

Tess and Susannah’s first meeting does not bode well for true love and happily ever after. If there’s one thing that Tess hates, it’s the upper class thinking they can lord it over the rest of us. Lady Muck owns most of the village and surrounding area – and has a contract dangling to tend to her growing equestrian stables. Tess’s new vet practice could do with that contract, but working for the lady of the manor might be a step too far for her. Even if she is hot. Will the women be able to get past their first impressions? There’s a lot more at stake than they initially think. 

I liked Susannah, even from the start. She was grumpy and entitled, but there was a softer and kinder side to her too. With Tess it was one step forward and one step back. But there was a spark there and neither could quite resist it. Tess was still nursing a broken heart due to disloyalty from her previous partner. She had a bit of a chip on her shoulder regarding class, but it was understandable. They made an intriguing pair. 

The setting was wonderful. When the setting is perfectly described and I can imagine myself there, that draws me into the story. That was certainly the case with A Roll in the Hay’. The intensely powerful feelings between the women kept me hooked. I could feel the joy and the passion. I loved it.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘To The Moon And Back’ by Melissa Brayden

I need happy stories at this point in time and I went to Melissa Brayden for that reason this week. She didn’t let me down. ‘To The Moon And Back’ was heart-warming, romantic and hot – and it made me smile. 

Ms Brayden does adorable. I know that. But she always surprises me by just how wonderfully adorable her characters can be. Lauren Prescott was sweet, kind and on top of every detail. As production stage manager at the respected McAllister Theatre, she is the person everyone looks to to keep the productions on track. She’s heard all the rumours about their new leading lady, Hollywood star Carly Daniel, but is well prepared. The wayward actress won’t know what hit her. In the nicest way possible of course, because Lauren gets things done without alienating a soul. 

Their first meeting was like a thunderbolt and Lauren was dazzled, just as everyone else was, by Carly. Carly was so laid back and Lauren had quite a job on her hands. Carly just didn’t  get the real effects of her behaviour on other people. And how annoying it was. But the attraction was powerful and I couldn’t help but root for them. The sexual tension was off the scale hot and the lovemaking mind-blowing. It was a beautiful story set in the fascinating world of theatre. I loved it. 

I was given this ARC for review. 

Review of ‘A Moment In Time’ by Lisa Moreau

I’ve read every book Lisa Moreau has written and I’ve never been disappointed. ‘A Moment In Time’ is definately another winner. Claire Fontenot jilted her boyfriend many years ago and his family have never forgiven her. Their two families are now bitter rivals in the hot sauce business and their fathers, once friends, now detest each other. When Claire meets Ivy Savoy, the much younger sister of her ex, the pair are instantly attracted. How can it ever work? 

It’s a romantic and sweet story with two extremely likeable main characters. Claire wants to do the right thing, but the Savoys can’t let go of their hatred for her actions. Ivy may be younger, but she’s mature and responsible and very kind. Each of them have problems they have to work through. Seeing them do so together was lovely. I really loved the setting too. I always enjoy finding out about new places and small town Louisiana was fascinating. The story had a powerful message and it was one that only made sense to our main characters once they spent time together . 

‘A Moment In Time’ is a feel-good story and made me want to smile. Who could ask for anything more? Highly recommended.

I was given this ARC for review. 

Review of ‘Before You Say I Do’ by Clare Lydon

Jordan Cohen is a professional bridesmaid. And she’s good at it. Relationships are not on her agenda and the odd one-night stand is enough at this stage in her life. When she is hired by the fiancé of Abby Porter to help her through the last few weeks before their wedding, she expects it to be the same as every other job. But it’s not. For a start, she’s immediately attracted to the bride to be. Can she keep a professional distance?

Abby did not expect this at all. She has her life planned out, and a stunning fake bridesmaid was not part of the deal. Will she be able to keep on track and make it down the alter?

Clare Lydon makes my heart soar every single time, without fail. ‘Before You Say I Do’ is a beautiful love story, with adorable characters and, of course, Ms Lydon’s trademark injection of humour. I loved Gloria, Abby’s Scottish mum. She was hilarious and very well-observed.  I can attest that square sausage is one of life’s greatest pleasures, as Gloria made sure to point out. Jordan was a wonderful mix of efficiency, kindness and vulnerability. And she was also really, really hot. How could Abby resist? Abby was a woman who thought she had it all figured out, but faced with a glimpse of something different, she began to have doubts. They were perfect for each other and I really wanted them to give in. Their story had such want, such passion, such desire. It is impossible to read this story without the biggest, happiest smile on your face by the final page. I adored it. Highly recommended.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Two Hearts Alone’ by Harper Bliss

Two Hearts Alone’ by Harper Bliss is the first novella in a trilogy, told from the point of view of Anna and Zoe in alternating chapters. Set in the charming small town of Donovan Grove, upstate New York, we get to know the inhabitants and their relationships through the eyes of the two main characters. I liked the alternating POV as we were able to get inside their heads as they go about their lives .

Anna needs her life to be organised and predictable and likes things to be done a certain way. Her particular way of thinking and behaving points a certain way and  is interesting and authentic and will resonate with many readers . The fact that her experience feels real works because you never once feel it is written by someone who doesn’t know what it means . The writing feels very intimate, very true. It’s about raw feelings and thoughts. I really got the pain that’s involved in dealing with life, with everyday ‘normal’ interactions when you are different. Zoe is the complete opposite to Anna – but sometimes that’s exactly what we need. She is kind and funny and perceptive. I liked her. 

I really enjoyed the story. As the first part of a larger story it worked for me.  I want to know what happens next 

Don’t expect it to be chock full of sex scenes just because it’s a Harper Bliss book, though. It needed to be told this way. 

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘One Walk In Winter’ by Georgia Beers

‘One Walk In Winter’ by Georgia Beers is that perfect combination of idyllic setting, feel-good romance and a beautiful ending that had me sighing in contentment. Olivia has worked hard to get where she is in her career, but the top job has eluded her so far. Corporate America hasn’t got past the old boy network and it shows in the lack of innovation and ideas at the Evergreen Spa Resort. When a new and inexperienced manager turns up to take the job Olivia thinks should be hers, she finds it hard to keep her displeasure to herself. Hayley is the seemingly irresponsible youngest child of the Markham clan. When her father gives her a last chance to prove herself, she has no choice but to give it a shot. Especially since he’s cut off her allowance. But Hayley is an artist at heart and finds it difficult to be the person her father wants her to be. An encounter in the woods with a beautiful woman lifts her spirits – but when they both realise the truth, it’s never going to be easy.

I really liked Olivia. She was conscientious, determined and great at her job. She was a people person and perfect for the job. I wanted her to find love too though, as that side of her life had been put on hold while she concentrated on her career. Her family were supportive and her mother was a gem. Hayley had an uphill struggle, however hard she tried. Forcing someone to be what you want is not a good idea in any scenario. She blossomed when she was out in the countryside taking photos. Her heart soared when she painted. Seeing the two women get to know each other properly –  after the initial wow intro – was beautiful. It was never just a chemical reaction between them – there was so much more. It was bout knowing what you really want, and more importantly, what you need. It was about healing and love and passion. A truly heat-warming story. I loved it. 

I was given this ARC for review.