chick-lit · Christmas · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Boardwalk by the Sea: Winter Whimsy – Georgina Troy ★★★★

Blurb;

Zip up your puffer coat, winter has arrived!

When Lexi Davies discovers that her father has sold the fishermen’s cottages she runs as holiday lets and where she also lives, she is heartbroken. Then Oliver Whimsy arrives at the boardwalk and announces that he is the new owner and Lexi realises that the future she was looking forward to enjoying at her cottages is over. Oliver might be handsome, wealthy and very sexy, but he’s new to the island and has already made a terrible impression on the locals. When the Scottish entrepreneur offers Lexi a job, she’s unsure whether she should accept. Unfortunately, she has little alternative if she wants to keep a roof over her head for the winter.

As Lexi gets to know him better, she discovers there’s far more to Oliver Whimsy than she or anyone else had imagined. Just what is the heartache Oliver’s trying so desperately to hide? And why was he so determined to buy the cottages? Lexi wants to find out, but in order to do so she’s going to have to spend rather a lot of time with him…

My Review; This is book three in the boardwalk by the sea series, so I came in very late to this series but it read perfectly as a standalone for myself and gives me the option to go back to the previous two books. Woo hoo. I absolutely loved it.

This story focuses on Lexi who owns and rents out some lovely cottages in this beautiful small town on an island. The description of this place sounds amazing. Friendly town, friendly community, beautiful settings and views. Add a dash of snow and winter. Bingo. One to cosy up with.

Lexi soon finds herself in a situation however which introduces us to Oliver. Phew. What a man. Let’s see what happens now eh? He’s certainly one to watch! Not like a lot of blokes. He was a lovely, charming and open character from the start for me. Throughout this story you really get the whole community coming together all helping each other which is lovely.

A beautiful ending. A cosy, warm, uplifting read. A well deserved four stars from me.

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chick-lit · contemporary · romance

*BLOG TOUR* One Summer in Monte Carlo – ★★★★

Blurb; Monte Carlo means different things to different people; for some it’s a billionaires playground, overflowing with glitz and glamour but for others it’s where dangerous secrets lay hidden.
For Nanette Weston, and her then fiancé, F1 racing driver Zac Ewart, their dream life came to an abrupt halt 3 years ago following a car accident which Zac walked away from, but left Nanette being airlifted back to the UK, never to return and never to see her fiancé again.
Monte Carlo was a place she wanted to forget, not revisit. But when her friend and employer, Vanessa asks Nanette to look after her children in the Principality for a few months, Nanette knew she had no choice but to return.
As the F1 circus once again comes to town, with Zac in pole position, mistakes of the past, leave legacies for the future…

My Review; Another author who I have come to love. A bit of escape from the UK and these lockdowns eh. Absolute perfection it was.

Ofcourse it has a little bit of Romantic history reappearing and a little bit of crime, but other than that it was a beautiful story with a happy ending. I loved the main character Nanette she got everything she deserved in the end. The setting was just gorgeous. The story also focuses a lot on formula 1 (F1) as a race is currently in Monte Carlo. Now believe it or not I actually know alot about F1 already thanks to my grandma but it gave the story some action and an event to look forward too.

Loved how we also got a slice of the amazon and the rainforest via the twins mother being there so it flicks between them. Felt like I went around the world in this book. Pure escapism. Brilliantly written. Beautiful settings. Friendly and handsome characters. Whats not to love? Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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chick-lit · Comedy

*BLOG TOUR* Did my Love Life Shrink in the Wash? – Kristen Bailey ★★★★

Blurb; It’s normal to wish that your baby came with a snooze button, right?When I got pregnant, Will and I didn’t have a clue what we were signing up for. It turns out that there’s loads we weren’t warned about:1) In the middle of the night you’ll be begging Siri for advice on getting your baby to sleep. (In case you’re wondering, whale music doesn’t work.)
2) If you make the mistake of going to a nightclub you’ll nod off, drool, and be woken up by an angry bouncer.
3) You’ll spend more time spooning your child’s cuddly donkey than your own boyfriend.
4) Communication with your other half will be via post-it notes on the fridge, mainly telling him to buy more milk.
5) Sex is something that happened in another dimension.But even if I feel like I’m waiting for my motherhood powers to come in the post, at least I’ve got Will. Our old life – festivals, sambuca shots, an actual sex life – might be a distant memory, but we can get through anything together, can’t we?At least that’s what I thought until, one day, Will walked out on us… If I’m on my own (apart from Siri, obviously) can I do this whole parenting thing? Or I am destined to lose my sanity one sleepless night at a time?

My review; I absolutely love this authors books. They’re laugh out loud funny and 100% relatable for many female readers. Focusing on motherhood, babies, relationships, marriage and the newborn stage. It’s an all in one with both the highs and lows… We get to experience it all with her.It’s a light hearted read, uplifting and funny in parts. I loved it all. This is life. No covering up the bads bits. It’s all there in every page. 100% honest. Even if some of us won’t admit some parts ourselves. Brilliantly written. An easy read I devoured! I just wanted to be in the book to help her. I loved her neighbour too the relationship they had is amazing, a great support to her. Will was an up and down character for me what he did was wrong, but I do believe he revived himself towards the end.I also loved the main star of the show their little baby boy who soon becomes quite famous himself! Wow. Something a little different. A famous baby. His mother soon had to get her head around it all and interact with an old high school acquaintance.A funny, light-hearted and happy ending read! Loved it. Makes you feel warm and smile. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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