10 December 2014

Review: A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale

Everyone loves Christmas – don’t they?

Carrie Blake loves her job as a nanny but, while her friends are settling down, all of Carrie’s spare time is spent with other people’s families. Though it breaks her heart, her New Year’s resolution is to embark on a new career and fix her love life.

As Carrie starts her last job, she’s sure she’ll be going out on a high – the house is amazing , the kids are adorable, and she’s in charge of decorating the tree! 

The only problem could be her boss… single-dad Adam Fletcher might be both handsome and successful, but he’s always working. Doesn’t he realise he’s missing out on precious moments with his son and daughter?

As Adam’s family arrive for Christmas including his sensitive sister, Sharon, and his fun-loving elderly Grandpa, Walter, Carrie realises that she might just have found the perfect allies in her quest to persuade Adam to loosen up. There’s still time for Carrie to make this the best Christmas ever… after all, Christmas is the time for miracles, isn’t it? Let the festivities begin!


5 words: family, love, christmas, making time.

Damn, that was sweet! So sweet. I think my teeth hurt.

This book takes a very well used story line of a super-rich work-obsessed single dad who hires a nanny/au pair/party planner and all sorts of warm fuzzies ensue. And this book does it so well.

I actually loved every single character. Every one of them. I couldn't help it! Carrie tugged at my heart strings with all of the love she had to give, Olivia was just freaking adorable, David was seriously cute and Adam sounded delicious.

This story really got me in the mood for Christmas, and I loved the underlying message. You should always make time for your loved ones, and it's something you can very easily forget to do.

07 December 2014

Showcase Sunday #20

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea and is a chance for everyone to show off what they've acquired during the week.

Do you know how excited I am about the books this week? First we have some Christmas reads (yaaay!) and then we have the entire short-list for the North East Teenage Book Awards.

Go UKYA!

THE HAUL

When it comes to Christmas books, Carole Matthews sure knows what she's doing. I've never read Milly Johnson before but my sister loved The Yorkshire Pudding Club that she read when she was pregnant so when I saw A Winter Flame, I thought I'd give it a go.


Then we have this marvellous UKYA haul. It's the whole shortlist for this years' North East Teenage Book Awards and I'm so excited. Not only have I been dying to read a few of these for a long long while, but I get to meet (hopefully) all of these authors for long enough to get them signed at the awards themselves.


05 December 2014

Review: Christmas is Cancelled by Aurelia B. Rowl

It’s impossible to forget…

Matilda ‘Tilly’ Carter has had the week from hell – and now, with all trains cancelled, it looks like Christmas will be too! With a mascara-streaked face, a broken heel and nowhere to go, there’s never been a worse time to run into the man who once broke her heart. Especially when he looks better than ever. 

The one that got away…

For Dean, Christmas has always been hard. The Tilly standing before him is no longer the firecracker of his memories—even if the way she makes his heart race hasn’t changed at all. He is determined to uphold the promise that kept them apart nine years ago. But spending a cosy Christmas with Tilly would break a better man and each accidental touch, heated look and stolen kiss is taking its toll on Dean.

After all this time, can the magic of Christmas bring Tilly and Dean together at last?


5 Words: Passion, love, tradition, family, HEA.

What a great story! I wanted it to go on and would happily read this story again. It's a heart-warming, steamy, passionate, sensual tale of that first love working out after all those years. And I loved it.

Tilly was a great character, she knew what she wanted and she went for it. And boy, did she want Dean. Her love and passion for him was almost addictive.

Then Phil comes along and throws a spanner in the works and everything goes a little crazy and because Tilly doens't know what's happening the reader doesn't either and that was a fantastic piece of writing.

This was a quick Christmas read and really got me in the mood for the festive season. And I just noticed that it's part of a series. IT'S A SERIES GUYS! I can't wait to read about Phil, he was a bit of a dick, but there's definitely something there.


03 December 2014

Review: French Kissed by Chanel Cleeton

On the surface, Fleur Marceaux has it all. If only the facade matched reality. With one year left at the International School in London, Fleur’s struggling to graduate, her love life is a mess, and she can’t stop thinking about Max, her ex-boyfriend’s best friend. But all that pales compared to the blackmailer determined to destroy her. 

There’s a social hierarchy at the International School and Max Tucker is outside the velvet ropes. After watching Fleur break his friend’s heart, Max knows to stay away from trouble, despite the crush he’s had on her since freshman year. But when they’re partnered on a project, Max learns there’s more to Fleur than meets the eye, and she just might be worth the wild ride. 

The more time they spend together, the further Max falls. And when a kiss awakens a passion Fleur never imagined, she’s unable to resist Max, who she had thought was all wrong for her but might be the only thing that’s right. But will he stand by her when her secrets are revealed?


5 Words: Heaven, passion, love, blackmail, culture.

The best thing about the International School series is this weird mesh of different cultures. It's a situation you don't come across often, even in books. And all of the misunderstandings and miscommunication and the sharing and learning and love... Man, it's perfect.

Which would explain the mass of pink highlights throughout my copy.

I adored Max's infatuation with Fleur. If I tell you about it, it will just sound creepy, so I deleted that whole paragraph of my review. You just gotta go read the book to know what I'm on about, it's the only way you'll understand.
Other guys might have fantasized about porn stars or lingerie models. I fantasized about Fleur Marceaux.
I love Fleur, and when I found out she was getting a book of her own I was so excited - she was just so freaking intriguing in the first two books, despite being a supporting character.

I loved the little hints we got about Maggie and Samir, but I would have loved to find out more about Mya too - she's always been this peripheral not-really-there character that seems to make up the threesome when it's convenient.

This was a sizzling, steamy romance, and I loved it. How passionate and desperate it was yet how they still tried to take it slow... Ish.

I was sad when I got to the end... Because this really is the end :(


02 December 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #22

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015.

This was a difficult one to write... Mainly because I rarely look even a week ahead when it comes to my next read! The result is that these books are mostly books I am looking forward to because I've already read the previous books in the series. But there are a few standalone gems and new starts, and of course some UKYA.
  1. Untitled (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J Maas
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J Maas
  3. Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire #2) by Sherry D. Ficklin 
  4. The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson
  5. Angel of Storms (Millenium’s Rule #2) by Trudi Canavan
  6. Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) by Gail Carriger
  7. Emeralds & Ashes (At Somerton #3) by Leila Rasheed
  8. The Devil's Angel by Kevin Brooks
  9. Persist by Melvin Burges
  10. The Beloved by Alison Rattle
The Throne of Glass series is absolutely at the top of my list. The series just goes from strength to strength and I'm sharing the love this week with a giveaway. It gets even busier this month with the Christmas Readathon, where seasonal books and another giveaway are on the cards.

What do you have on your list?