Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun by Samantha Tonge
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#BookReview Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriterTitle: Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun

Author: Samantha Tonge

Published by Carina on July 28, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 313

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Carina UK, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

 

 

Synopsis:

DREAMING OF THE PERFECT MAN?

Kate Golightly needs to move forward and what better way to do that then with a trip to the Cornish coast with best friend and boss, Izzy.

The sea wind is just what Kate needs to finally relax and begin to let go of her past. Except she’s suddenly got one big reason to panic! She RSVP’d ‘yes’ to the Queen Bee of her high school’s wedding saying she’s bringing her boyfriend (she doesn’t have one) who looks just like Ross Poldark!

With only two weeks to find the Poldark look-alike of her dreams Kate is under a lot of pressure for the Cornish coast to deliver…

A hilarious and moving romantic novel from bestselling author, Samantha Tonge. A must-read this summer! 


Review:

Sweet, charming, and heartwarming!

This story sweeps you away on a seaside holiday, complete with sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, scrumptious food, and handsome men.

The characters are amusing, funny, and intriguing. The writing is well done. And the plot is a wonderful mixture of earnest soul-searching, suspicious mishaps, and of course a little romance! 

This is a lovely, lighthearted, easy read that is a perfect choice for summer!

 

This novel is available now.

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Thank you to NetGalley, especially Carina UK, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Samantha Tonge

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

 

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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

#BookReview Vinegar Girl by Anne TylerTitle: Vinegar Girl

Author: Anne Tyler

Published by Hogarth on June 21, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 237

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 8/10

 

 

Synopsis:

The third book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, a major global initiative the Guardian calls “The great rewriting project of the 21st century” 
Shakespeare’s controversial comedy “The Taming of the Shrew” sees wilful, independent Katherina transformed into a willing, obedient wife to Petruchio. It is one of Shakespeare’s most re-visited plays, with adaptations including “Kiss Me Kate,” and “10 Things I Hate About You.” 
Anne Tyler’s delightful “Vinegar Girl” features Kate, a socially awkward young woman, adored by the preschool children she teaches but misunderstood by her peers. Her father is a scientific genius, but not so great on emotions. About to lose his (equally genius, equally socially inept) research assistant, Pyotr Cherbakov, because of visa problems, and desperate to save the project that is his life’s work, he comes up with a plan: Kate will marry Pyotr who will then be able to stay in the country and finish the project. The plan sounds perfect, except for one small hitch: Kate.”


Review:

This is an interesting, humorous take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

It is a quick, easy read full of dry wit, eccentric characters, and oddball situations.

The main character, Kate, is lovable, direct, and asocial. And the supporting characters are unique, zany, and vivid.

I think, overall, Anne Tyler has done a really good job at taking a true classic, and re-telling it in a fresh, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny way, with beautiful writing and remarkable description.

 

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You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane
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#BookReview You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane @MhairiMcFTitle: You Had Me At Hello

Author: Mhairi McFarlane

Published by Avon on December 6, 2012

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 436

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 7.5/10

 

 

Synopsis:

What happens when the one that got away comes back?

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart.

It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

From the moment they met they’d been a gang of two; partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on. Ben is married. Rachel is definitely not. In fact, the men in her life make her want to take holy orders…

Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

If you love David Nicholls and Lisa Jewell then this is the book for you. Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ‘hello’.


Review:

This is a heartwarming, charming, funny story about friendship, love, and life.

For me what resonated throughout this novel is that timing is everything.

The main character, Rachel, is determined, conscientious, and likeable. And the supporting characters are imperfect, quirky, and interesting. 

And although the plot seems to drag slightly during the middle, it has enough heartbreak, romance, and entertaining dialogue to keep you intrigued until the last page.

Overall, this is an engaging, easy read that I enjoyed.

 

This novel is available now.

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For more information on Mhairi McFarlane, visit her website at: http://www.mhairimcfarlane.com

or follow her on Twitter at: @MhairiMcF

 

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May the Best Man Win by Mira Lyn Kelly
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#BookReview May the Best Man Win by Mira Lyn Kelly  @MiraLynKellyTitle: May the Best Man Win

Author: Mira Lyn Kelly

Series: The Wedding Date #1

Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 2, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 352

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

 

Synopsis:

Four friends
Each a Best Man at a wedding
One chance to get it right

Jase Foster can’t believe his bad luck. He’s been paired with the she-devil herself for his best friend’s wedding: Emily Klein of the miles-long legs and killer smile. She may be sin in a bridesmaid dress, but there’s no way he’s falling for her again.

They can barely stand each other, but given how many of their friends are getting married, they’ll just have to play nice-at least when they’re in company. Once they’re alone, more than just gloves come off as Jase and Emily discover their chemistry is combustible, and there may be something to this enemies to lovers thing after all…


Review:

Sweet, dramatic, and compelling!

This is a lighthearted story about friendship, relationships, family, and love.

The characters are witty, stubborn and sexy. The writing is precise and clear. And the plot is full of tension, emotion, sizzling chemistry, and cheeky dialogue.

This is a lovely, enjoyable read that is perfect for anyone who loves contemporary romance.

 

This novel is due to be published on August 2, 2016.

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For more information on Mira Lyn Kelly, visit her website at: http://www.miralynkelly.com

or follow her on Twitter at: @MiraLynKelly

 

 

Thank you to NetGalley, especially Sourcebooks Casablanca, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Always My Girl by Samantha Chase
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#BookReview Always My Girl by Samantha Chase @SamanthaChase3Title: Always My Girl

Author: Samantha Chase

Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers #3

Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on July 5, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 334

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

 

Synopsis:

Book #3 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase’s dazzling new series.
The Shaughnessy Brother you’ve been waiting for!

Sometimes the love that’s closest to you is the hardest to see.

Quinn Shaughnessy’s two older brothers have found their true loves … but Quinn’s not about to join that parade. Nope, as he tells his best friend Anna, there’s a lot more to life than getting tied down to one person. He’s positive tomboy Anna will be on his side – except she’s inexplicably developing other interests – even dating! Suddenly Quinn is seeing Anna in a very different light.

Quinn has been Anna’s buddy since they were both five years old. She can tell him anything – except the one big secret she’s been hiding for years – that she’s fallen in love with him. Now Anna is determined to make a life for herself that doesn’t include pining for Quinn. Falling in love with your best friend? Easy. Telling them how you really feel? Impossible.


Review:

This is a nice, sweet, engaging contemporary romance novel.

It is a story about family, friendship, self-identity, and true love.

The characters are easygoing, charming, and lovable. The prose is precise and clear. And the story has enough drama, heartache, romance, and the classic best friends-to-more plot to keep it moving nicely.

It is a warm, lighthearted, easy read that is perfect for a sunny afternoon.

 

This novel is available now.

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For more information on Samantha Chase, visit her website at: chasing-romance.com

or follow her on Twitter at: @SamanthaChase3

 

 

Thank you to NetGalley, especially Sourcebooks Casablanca, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Playing By Her Rules by Amy Andrews
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#BookReview Playing By Her Rules by Amy Andrews @AmyAndrewsbooks @entangledpubTitle: Playing By Her Rules

Author: Amy Andrews

Series: Sydney Smoke Rugby #1

Published by Entangled: Brazen on July 11, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 229

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Entangled Publishing, NetGalley

Book Rating: 9/10

 

Synopsis:

In this grudge match, the first to score… 

When style columnist Matilda Kent accidentally lets slip that she was once involved with the captain of the Sydney Smoke rugby team, she suddenly finds herself elevated to the position she’s always wanted – feature writer. The catch? She’s stuck doing a six-part series on her ex. Still, there’s no way she can turn down a promotion…or the chance to dish the dirt on the guy who so callously broke her heart.

…could win it all!

Tanner Stone wants to be involved in a feature series about as much as he wants to snap an Achilles. But the thought of seeing Tilly again is a bonus—and has him more worked up than he wants to admit. Only he’s not prepared for how different she is – all cool and professional. His Tilly is still in there, though…and he still wants her, now more than ever. All he has to do is charm her into giving him a rematch. And this time, winner takes all!


Review:

Blazingly hot and wonderfully sassy!

This is the perfect blend of heart, humour, and sex.

It is a scrumptious story that combines a ruggedly handsome, charming rugby player with a beautiful, intelligent, wary journalist, complete with a plot filled with racy innuendos, sizzling tension, incredible chemistry, and brilliantly witty dialogue.

This is the perfect summer read and a true guilty pleasure. And I can guarantee you that the next book in the Sydney Smoke Series will definitely have a prime spot in “my to read” pile once it’s released.

If you haven’t read any thing by Amy Andrews before, be sure to check out her website here for other great titles.

 

This novel is available now.

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Thank you to Entangled Publishing, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Amy Andrews

Amy is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling Aussie author who has written sixty plus contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets.

Her books bring all the feels from sass, quirk and laughter to emotional grit and panty-melting heat.

She loves good books and great booze although she'll take mediocre booze if there's nothing else. For many, many years she was a registered nurse which means she knows things. Anatomical things. And she’s not afraid to use them!

She lives on acreage with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes the ocean was lapping the back fence.

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Trophy Life by Elli Lewis
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#BookReview Trophy Life by Elli Lewis @ElliLewisTweetsTitle: Trophy Life

Author: Elli Lewis

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on July 18, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 268

Format: Paperback

Source: Elli Lewis

Book Rating: 9/10

 

 

Synopsis:

Meet Amy, the world’s most improbable trophy wife.

She has a degree, ambitions and something resembling a mind of her own. The trouble is, she just doesn’t use it anymore. Married to handsome aristocrat, Harry Green, Amy’s world is a whirlwind of luxury, labels and lunches.

But amidst the peerages and polo of the privileged few lie wolves in minks’ clothing.

Before she knows it, Amy’s perfect existence is plunged into chaos by the poshest of plots. Ominous heiresses, simpering starlets and a terrifying mother-in-law abound as Amy faces up to some harsh realities.

Can Amy survive life in the upper crust? Or is high society an all new low?


Review:

This is a sweet, clever, heartwarming novel.

It is a beguiling story about high society, family, happiness, fulfillment, and true love.

It is full of colourful characters, including not only the warm, down-to-earth Amy, and the arrogant, pompous Harry, but a whole slew of supporting characters that are charming, quirky, and lovable. 

It is very well written. The prose is funny, clear and descriptive. And the plot is intelligent, engaging, witty, and delightful.

This really is a great read that entertained me from start to finish. It was a real pleasure and I highly recommend it.

 

This book is due to be published on July 26, 2016. 

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Thank you to Elli Lewis, the author, for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

 

About Elli Lewis

Elli grew up in North London, the second of three sisters and, consequently, in a home that was bursting at the seams with shoes. As a teenager in the 90s, she experimented with Sun In, wore a standard uniform of combat trousers and vest top and shed tears over the breakup of Take That.

She soon recovered and went on to study law at university and qualify as a solicitor. In the course of her career, Elli has worked for some of the UK’s most prestigious law firms, representing a host of A-list clients. Her time in the City gave her a unique insight into the depths of high society, the height of fame and the biggest of fortunes. It was a world where multi-million pound mansions housed pampered pooches and ruthless spouses determined to wreak revenge, experiences that would later inspire her literary career.

In 2008, she went on to found a successful copywriting agency, with clients including national newspapers and media brands, including the BBC.

The books came later. If you ask Elli why she started writing novels, she will glaze over and look thoughtfully into the middle distance. This is not because she doesn’t like you – well, probably – but because Elli has literally no clue how it happened. Suffice to say that, one day she started typing and then never stopped. In fact, Elli wrote Trophy Life, The Lottery Club and The Anti-Natals in the same year and published the first of them in 2016.

Elli can now be found back in North London in the house she shares with one tired husband, two boisterous boys and a colossal Siberian cat. She relies on coffee and chocolate to keep her awake and has a mild addiction to pitta chips.

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What Happens at the Beach… by T. A. Williams
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#BookReview What Happens at the Beach… by T. A. Williams @TAWilliamsBooksTitle: What Happens at the Beach...

Author: T.A. Williams

Published by Carina UK on July 11, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 276

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Carina UK, NetGalley

Book Rating: 10/10

 

 

Synopsis:

A deliciously sunny, uplifting romance to curl up with on your holiday – or any day!

For the perfect summer romance…

It’s finally time for Natalie Dryden to decide what she really wants! After ditching her sparkling engagement ring, and her ghastly fiancé, she jets off for the sun-kissed shores of Southern France – the only place that has ever truly felt like home. For the first time ever, Natalie is determined to forget all about men and follow her dreams!

…head to the French coast!

Only, avoiding the male population isn’t quite so easy, especially when she meets smooth-talking Philippe and gorgeous fisherman, Remy! But then Natalie bumps into brooding millionaire Mark whilst swimming in the glittering azure-blue bay – and her life is turned upside-down.

Love might be off the cards for Natalie, yet suddenly she finds herself in her dream job and working with her dream man! But is it all too good to be true…?


Review:

Wow! This is contemporary romance at its best!

This is the perfect historical love letter to Southern France complete with incredibly authentic and fascinating facts about the Cathar Crusade (Albigensian Crusade) that took place in the early 1200s, to a breathtaking tour of the beaches, landmarks, and monuments that still grace this beautiful countryside today.

It has an abundance of colourful characters, including not only the warm, intelligent, lovable, Natalie, and the sexy, kind, Mark, but a whole slew of supporting characters that are witty, quirky, and fun. 

The writing is exquisite. The prose is precise, funny and vividly descriptive. And the plot is brilliantly clever, captivating, and delightful with a little bit of drama, love, loss, and of course romance.

I loved this story! It was my first T. A. Williams novel, but it definitely won’t be my last.

 

This book is due to be published on July 11, 2016. 

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Thank you to NetGalley, especially Carina UK, for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

 

About T.A. Williams

T.A. Williams lives in Devon with his Italian wife. He was born in England of a Scottish mother and Welsh father. After a degree in modern languages at Nottingham University, he lived and worked in Switzerland, France and Italy, before returning to run one of the best-known language schools in the UK. He’s taught Arab princes, Brazilian beauty queens and Italian billionaires. He speaks a number of languages and has travelled extensively. He has eaten snake, still-alive fish, and alligator. A Spanish dog, a Russian bug and a Korean parasite have done their best to eat him in return. His hobby is long-distance cycling, but his passion is writing.

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

#BookReview Landline by Rainbow RowellTitle: Landline

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published by St. Martin's Press on July 8, 2014

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 310

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 8/10

 

 

Synopsis:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?


Review:

Heartwarming, interesting, and thought-provoking.

For me what resonated throughout this novel is the idea that a successful marriage does not occur just from finding the right mate, but rather from being the right mate.

The main character, Georgie, in the beginning is quite self indulged, overworked, and oblivious. She takes a lot for granted and forgets to appreciate all she has. And throughout the story as the plot develops, she undergoes a form of introspection to recognize what is truly important in life and that some things are worth fighting for.

The story is well written. And the plot uses a past/present style to give insight and depth into the relationship between the characters and also to highlight their individual drives, wants and motivations.

Overall, it is an engaging, easy read, that is certainly a nice way to spend an afternoon

 

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No Breaking My Heart by Kate Angell

#BookReview No Breaking My Heart by Kate AngellTitle: No Breaking My Heart

Author: Kate Angell

Series: Barefoot William Beach #5

Published by Kensington on July 26, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 288

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Kensington Books, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

 

Synopsis:

Relationship Status: Complicated

Professional baseball player Halo Todd doesn’t like failure, but he can never turn down a challenge. Especially when there’s a pretty woman involved. How else would he end up dressed as a rooster, helping a complete stranger compete on a wacky game show? Even when they’re eliminated after the first round, Halo isn’t about to lose the girl… 

Alyn is stunned when gorgeous, generous Halo whisks her off for a dream vacation to the beach–she’s been let down by friends and even family so many times, she’s lost count. Later, he offers to lend a hand getting her vintage shop up and running. But his constant–and ridiculous–purchases are the last thing she needs. How can she convince the stubborn man that she doesn’t need his help–not when all she wants is his heart…


Review:

Flirty, charming, and fun!

This has everything you look for in a good contemporary romance novel. It has interesting, witty, sexy characters. The prose is funny and precise. And the plot is full of chemistry, humour, romance, and a little baseball.

If you are looking for a light-hearted, sweet, easy read then this is the book for you.

 

This novel is due to be published on July 26, 2016.

 

 

Thank you to NetGalley, especially Kensington Books, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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