chick-lit · romance

The Cosy Coffee Shop of Promises – Kellie Hailes ★★★★

Blurb: A dream come true?

Mel’s dreams of opening a cosy little coffee shop are finally coming true! She’s determined to serve the best flat whites and crumbly pastries in Devon – and nothing, not even local pub owner Tony or his fancy new coffee machine, will stand in her way.

The trouble is, her mother is coming to town, and Mel’s in desperate need of an instant boyfriend. And whilst Tony might be her business rival, he’s also totally gorgeous and would make the perfect fake fiancé…

A deal’s a deal, surely there’s no chance that Mel could actually fall in love with Tony?

My Review: This was a buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s Reads and it is a short, light and easy read. Book one in the Rabbits Leap series. A brilliant start to the series and one I cannot wait to continue reading. Main character Mel has her own coffee shop in this small town but soon find herself under threat by a coffee machine in the local pub. Local pub owner Tony is trying to save his pub and clear his debts.

These two main characters soon find themselves in a fake engagement when Mel’s mother turns up unannounced. In a love-hate relationship will they both be able to keep up the pretence? Will Tony be able to save his pub and Mel keep her cafe running? A happy ending or a disaster? A perfect, short escapism of a read. A well deserved four stars from me. I look forward to seeing what lies ahead for this series.

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Bestsellers · Book club reads · Emotional · romance

The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo ★★★★★

Blurb; He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

My Review; This was a 99p buy and I am so glad I decided to read this one randomly. From the start I could tell it was going to be such a delicate, soft and beautiful story. The story is told through main character Lucy and throughout the whole story it is spoken/directed to Gabe. It’s a story of breakup, growing up, growing apart, moving on, memories, clinging on and love. True love. Soul mate love. The one.

It’s a powerful, emotional read especially towards the end. I do not cry at books ever but my god get some tissues for this one because it even made me tear up. The ending ripped me apart. Killed me. Heartbroken. But a happy ending (ish). A true romance story even if decades have passed between them. This book is the definition of romance and love. One I will not be able to forget for a long time. Stuck in my heart. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Bestsellers · chick-lit · romance

The Hating Game – Sally Thorne ★★★★

Blurb; Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game. ​​

My Review; This is one I chose to buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s Reads. A huge Tik Tok book apparently and recently adapted into a film which I have not yet seen but Mel has so she can compare the two. Now I’m not going to lie this book took me a while to get into and the long chapters put me off, but I kept going with it and I am so glad I did, I ended up loving it! It’s a real back and forth yo-yo of a book torn between loving and hating each other in a small confined office and it also includes the one bed trope. So has a bit of everything in it really. But a great ending. Loved both the main characters, they can both give it and take it but underneath they’re secretly inlove aren’t they? They have to be.

I cannot wait to watch the film now so I can compare the two. I awarded four stars and would highly recommend. I realise I’m probably late reading this one and the hype has past. But brilliant book. Few sex scenes included for you smut lovers.

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