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 · 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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Adventure · chick-lit · romance

The Staycation – Cressida McLaughlin ★★★★

Blurb; Travel agent, Hester Monday, has been keeping a secret …

Thanks to her fear of flying, she hasn’t been on a plane in years. Now Hester wants to make a good impression on her newest client, Jake Oakenfield, who was heroically injured saving an old lady, and is now laid up in a luxury hotel.

For Jake, unable to return to New York, binge watching Netflix just won’t do. He wants Hester to invent the ultimate escape and re-create her most magical holidays abroad from the confines of his hotel room.

As their perfect mini-breaks around the globe take on a life of their own, Hester wonders if her world of make-believe is all starting to feel just a little too real…

My Review; Another buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s read. She was on the tour for this I wasn’t but we love buddy reading so why not? I devoured 80% of this in one day. Easy, light reading. I thought I had figured it all out by chapter three… I was wrong so wrong. But what a brilliant read. Staycations are the new thing surely with covid around, storms and life in general. Hester is a professional at her job and knows what she’s doing but behind all that she’s hiding a huge secret which could ruin her career and relationship.

Can she face her fears? Reveal her hidden secret? Will she have her happy ever after with Jake even with the long distance? A story full of love, imaginary holidays and friendships. Loved all the characters in this story. Would highly recommend. A well deserved four stars for me. My first book by this author too, impressed.

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