Born Bad by Marnie Riches #bookreview @Marnie_Riches @AvonBooksUK

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Description

A powerful, darkly comic novel set in the criminal underworld of Manchester from bestselling author Marnie Riches.

The battle is on…

When gang leader Paddy O’Brien is stabbed in his brother’s famous nightclub, Manchester’s criminal underworld is shaken to the core. Tensions are running high, and as the body count begins to grow, the O’Brien family must face a tough decision – sell their side of the city to the infamous Boddlington gang or stick it out and risk losing their king.

But war comes easy to the bad boys, and they won’t go down without a fight. So begins a fierce battle for the South Side, with the leading Manchester gangsters taking the law into their own hands – but only the strongest will survive…

My Review – 5 stars

A dark setting, but funny too.

It’s a story told from many points of view. From the North and South side gangs of Manchester, and their families. From the glitzy to the downright grubby.

Despite the violence I loved the friendship aspect of it, and the way they interacted. There were some lovely parts, and some frankly disturbing parts!! The characters had a really good depth and I got to know everyone.

I visualised the whole book really well. I felt I was there with them which wasn’t always a good thing, hehe. At the M1 Club I felt I was back at The Hacienda.

It touched on some sensitive subjects and tackled them brilliantly…people trafficking, prostitution, drug abuse, murder!!

I learned about different cultures too, which is always a bonus.

This is my first read by Marnie Riches and I’d definitely recommend it.

The writing is excellent, well-paced and kept me hooked.

Conky McFadden is the best name ever 🙂

Thanks to the publishers Avon Books UK, and NetGalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publication date 9th March 2017

Get your copy here  Born Bad

How to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Mansell #bookreview @AnnaMansell

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Description

Three strangers. Three broken hearts. Three shots at happiness.

Life is good for nurse Kat. That is until the man she intended to marry legs it, she’s unexpectedly promoted to a position with too much responsibility, and Susan arrives on her ward under strange circumstances.

Susan is a mystery. She refuses to speak or interact with anyone, she’s obsessed with a book of fairy tales, and the only name in her diary is that of Rhys – a plumber she barely knows.

Down-to-earth Rhys is trying to get his life back on track after the death of his beloved brother. His mum is his priority, and she needs him as much as he needs her. Or at least she did, until she starts disappearing, leaving him to find comfort in the form of his brother’s girlfriend.

But then a call from Kat brings the enigmatic Susan into his life…

As the lives of these three lost strangers intertwine, will they find a way to lay ghosts past, present and future to rest? And when the chance comes to mend their broken hearts, will they be brave enough to take it?

Heart-wrenching and absorbing, How to Mend a Broken Heart is perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Dillon and Miranda Dickinson.

 

My Review – 4 stars

I was expecting a chick-lit, light-hearted read despite the title.

It’s definitely not.

What I found was a wonderful, deep story taking in some very serious topics. Relationship break-ups, adoption, suicide. All tackled perfectly by the author. Some very thought provoking situations.

I liked the pace of the story and the chapters told from the perspective of each of the main characters, and during a busy week I was able to pick it up and not lose my way.

The characters were really likeable and had good depth. Things from the past were uncovered, and I felt I knew the path the story would take. I was right, but in a good way I was glad I was. I don’t always want to read a twisty-turny story.

What the author gives is a story of friendship, kindness and a togetherness of strangers brought together.

I’m a great advocate of being nice to people and this shows it off to its full advantage.

Thank you Anna for writing such a lovely story.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy.

Publication date 1st March 2017

Get your copy here How to Mend a Broken Heart

#blogtour #bookreview Revenge by Nigel May @Nigel_May @bookouture

 

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for the new release from Nigel May, Revenge. I’m thrilled to be involved and I’d like to thank Nigel for letting me be part of it. There’s no doubting that I’m a huge fan of his books. Check out my review of the fabulous Revenge.

I discovered Nigel May in 2015 and read ‘Addicted’ while on holiday in Mallorca. It was a perfect beach read! Since then I’ve gone on to read the others, and his latest ‘Revenge’ completes his sexy six-pack and is due out on 10th Feb 2017

My Review – 5 stars

I loved this book. I wanted to be there in St Tropez, I even felt I was there. It was so glamorous.

I love the setting of Dexter’s new restaurant, Trésor. The decor was beautifully opulent, with a Moroccan theme….all gorgeous jewel colours. Some other beautiful locations were Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Chefchaouen (a gorgeous blue-tinted village) in Morocco.

It was a beautifully woven story, it all fitted together so well.

Rosita was so glamorous. Absolutely beautiful, with her faithful make-up artist Tinks always on hand. She wanted worldwide fame, not just in her native Brazil.

I liked Holly and Mew, ex girl-band members of Crazy Sour. Both with things from the past that had caused so much sadness. And secrets, which were gradually revealed.

I didn’t like Leland. Rich and successful, yes, but an eye for the ladies which wasn’t always ethical. Let’s just say the brotherly rivalry was strong, especially from his side of things.

Food critic DC was a chubby chap, I liked him though despite his straight talking manner.

Dexter was my favourite character. A lovely, loving man. Some sad things, and truly awful things, had happened with his relationships in the past.

I also liked Toni and Christophe, kind of bit part characters but important too.

Lots of the glitz and glamour I associate with Nigel May, I absolutely love it!! #glamfan

I had no idea who might be behind the brutal murder of international showgirl Cher Le Visage. Everyone seemed to be connected to her in some way.

The ending was perfect, in the private dining room, not what I expected. It had definitely kept me guessing.

An easy 5 star rating for me.

As usual I will be looking forward to the next one Nigel.

A favourite quote from the book:-

“He had won her over at his first ‘hello’. On a scale of successful ‘hellos’ it was up there with Lionel Ritchie and Adele”

I also see that Angela Marsons and Olivia (Oliver?) Rhodes get a mention J

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publication date 10th Feb 2017

Buy your copy here:-

UK: http://amzn.to/2gwuG8k

US: http://amzn.to/2hrtfd2

Description

A gripping and utterly addictive page turner that will have you hooked.

 If you keep dangerous secrets you’ll pay the ultimate price…

In the South of France, playground of the rich and famous, world renowned chef Dexter Franklin is organising a night to remember. As he opens the doors to his exclusive restaurant for the first time, he’s handpicked a list of guests, as hot and dazzling as the St Tropez sun itself:

Mew Stanton: Fashionable, beautiful and a notorious TV chef, Dexter’s ex-girlfriend has all the ingredients for success. As her books fly off the shelves, a secret from her past is about to surface with explosive consequences.

Holly Lydon: Ex girlband star who has fallen on hard times. Forced to make ends meet she’s having to sleep her way to the top. Now she’s making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Rosita Velázquez: Brazilian actress extraordinaire and girlfriend of Dexter’s brother, Leland. When she’s in town everybody needs to know about it, but this is one show-stopping entrance she’ll live to regret.

Three women have a past with Dexter and a grudge to bear against him. As fireworks ignite in the jet set capital of Europe, there’s murder on the menu. Who will be served their just desserts?

The sun is setting in the South of France. Pour yourself a glass of champagne and sit back for a read of revenge, regrets and shocking revelations that will have you hooked to the very last page.

Author Info

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Nigel May has been described as “the UK’s male Jackie Collins” and “the readers’ Viagra” and is an author and TV host. His five page-turning fiction novels have all been published by Bookouture.

His books have been Amazon best sellers, read by celebrities and fellow authors alike, and have proved that a man can successfully write in a ‘glam fiction bonkbuster world’ that has always been a strongly female domain.

He regularly presents on UK television where he has built up a substantial following. He has also featured on Channel 4, C5, ITV and broadcast live from America. He is also one of the UK’s most popular craft personalities, having launched his own successful range, A-May-Zing.

As a writer he has written for many of the UK’s most successful magazines and newspapers, specialising in showbiz and celebrity, as well as writing on subjects ranging from relationships through to exotic travel.

Follow him on Twitter @Nigel_May and sign up for future book news at www.nigelmay.net

 

Rome is Where the Heart is by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview

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Description

An uplifting romantic read, perfect to escape with (From Italy with Love Book 1)

Can a holiday romance ever have a happy ending? Escape with Kate to the sun-drenched city of Rome where a love affair is just about to begin …

When Kate’s husband Matt dumps her on Friday 13th she decides enough is enough – it’s time for her to have some fun and so she hops on a plane to Rome. A week of grappa and gelato in pavement cafes under azure blue skies will be just what the doctor ordered.

What she doesn’t count on is meeting and falling for sexy policeman Alessandro. But the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly – Alessandro has five meddling sisters, a fearsome mama and a beautiful ex Orazia. They’re all certain that Kate is not the girl for him.

Can Kate and Alessandro’s love last the distance? Or will she return home with the one souvenir she doesn’t want – a broken heart …

Fall in love with the colourful cafes and the cobbled piazzas of Rome and follow Kate’s dreams and her heart in this enchanting escapist read. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Carol Matthews.

My Review – 5 stars

What an absolute gem of a book. A lovely feel-good story.

Kate’s husband Matt dumps her after being together since school…..on friday the 13th too! After a few months of moping around her sisters encourage her to get out and about. Kate is the middle child, with Anna 2 years older and Lily 2 years younger than her. Kate has a boring clerk job at Mr Woofy, a pet supply warehouse. Her hobby is dressmaking, and she makes lots for herself. And some fab ones for her sisters too.

She feels like she needs a holiday, and promptly books up one up to Italy. The story follows Kate’s holiday to Rome. Her first trip as a solo traveller after her marriage break-up. Her sisters are understandably concerned that she’s going on her own, but she tells them she’s a ‘grown woman’ and off she goes.

Once she’s through arrivals she looks for a taxi. She ends up sharing one with Jamie, who saves her from an unscrupulous looking taxi driver who was touting for business.

She hits it off with Jamie on the half hour trip to her hotel. Jamie is an American, living in New York. He works in advertising for a multinational company and travels all over the world. His hotel is only a couple of blocks from Kate’s and they agree to meet up again and swap phone numbers. In fact they meet up that evening for dinner. Jamie has visited Rome many times and knows lots of lovely eateries that are off the tourist trail.

She also encounters an Italian policeman, Alessandro, through a series of incidents including getting pickpocketed. The chemistry between them is very sweet and clear to see.

The story weaves beautifully around these 3 characters taking in the sights of Rome, Alessandro’s family and incidents with Jamie. The city was so well described I felt I was there too.

When it’s time to go home what will Kate do?

The characters were really likeable and had good depth. There are some touching and emotional scenes, both in Rome and with her family in Manchester.

It took me away from the grey British winter days perfectly and I even searched the internet for Rome webcams, finding the landmarks written about in the story. The Spanish Steps look fab, and watching people throwing coins in The Trevi Fountain.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in return for an honest review.

Publication date 9th March 2017

Get your copy here Rome is Where the Heart is

#BlogTour #Q&A Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt @writermels @bookouture

 

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Blog Tour 8th February 2017

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Mel Sherratt’s new release, Don’t Look Behind You. I’m delighted to be part of it.

Also check out my fellow bloggers on today’s stop:-

Kerry at Chat About Books and Claire’s guest review at CrimeBookJunkie

I asked Mel a few questions…

How do you come up with a title? I can’t start a book without one. I also always like it to have a double meaning, and I never have only one plot, so once I find a theme, it tends to work itself around what I pick. Working with Bookouture, however, the whole team had a hand in choosing the titles for you. Neither book in this series started off titled as it is today.

How do you celebrate on publication day? As the book is published online, (although available in print too) there is no rushing off to book signings in the nearest book shop, but I do have a lot of fun online. Throughout the day, I have some very loyal readers, and reviewers, who wish me congratulations all day via social media, which makes it very special. I also have a blog tour over a week, which is great fun.

This time, I’m having an online party on Facebook as Don’t Look Behind You is my tenth crime novel. There are lots of prizes to give away, from me and from other authors. Once that’s finished at 8pm, I’ll chill with a glass of wine and a takeaway.

What is your favourite book that you’ve recently read? I’ve recently read RAGDOLL – I enjoyed it so much and was honoured to be asked for a quote:

‘RAGDOLL is such a good read – with kick-ass characters and a cleverly executed, action packed plot, it’s like a police procedural Die Hard.’

So, are you Josie Mellor or Eden Berrisford?  Hmm, I like to think I’m a mixture of both. I love Eden’s feisty nature of getting the job done, yet she is caring and compassionate too. But Josie’s role of Housing Officer is one where she has to have the same qualities as Eden, but on a lower level of enforcement. She is more nurturing that Eden, but I like Eden for her grit.

Many thanks to Mel for answering my questions.

My Review – 5 stars

It was a pleasure to be reacquainted with DS Eden Berrisford and her team.

I enjoyed this even more than the first one in the series, The Girls Next Door.

For me, one of the bonuses of this author’s writing is the way she makes me feel like I know everyone already. Like I’ve known them all my life. There’s no confusion about who’s who, no looking back and wondering where I’d seen the name before. The characters are deep and rounded, and some are very unsavoury.

Three women are attacked in the space of a few days, one more brutal than others. Are they connected cases? Eden and her team start looking into the details and following up the few leads they have.

And then there’s Carla. She’s trying to forget a past of domestic violence and family tragedy. Ryan, her ex, has recently been released from jail and Carla has started to feel like he will come looking for her. She is understandingly a bit paranoid when it comes to home security. Carla has been giving advice at a women’s refuge nearby, and she definitely knows what they go through on a daily basis.

Book one gave us an insight into Eden’s family. Her husband Danny had done a runner without any hint of a relationship problem. She’d tried to contact him back then without success. Now, two years later, she’s in a new relationship with Joe. Out of the blue she gets a text from Danny. We find out why Danny went away, and the consequences that may occur.

Some of the topics covered are difficult, and the author writes about them with much care and understanding.

It got quite nail-biting in the end and I had to make myself breathe. I recommend this book 100%.

Mel Sherratt is one of my favourite authors. I’ve enjoyed everything she has written and thoroughly recommend her books. There’s no denying that I’m a big fan of her and her alter-ego Marcie Steele

#TeamSherratt

I think I may need to get some Dockers 🙂

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date 31st Jan 2017

Don’t Look Behind You ~ Amazon Links

UK: http://amzn.to/2fZ5tXB

US: http://amzn.to/2gGLY7h

 

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She got into bed but sleep didn’t come easily. Every creak in the house made her alert. She was waiting for him to come and get her.

The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet.

The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her.

As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself – before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?

An absolutely gripping and chilling police procedural which will hook fans of Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott.

Meet the Author

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Bio: Mel Sherratt writes gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as she calls it. Shortlisted for the CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in the Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all nine of her crime novels have been bestsellers. Four of her books are published by Amazon Publishing’s crime and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer and she has a new series out with Bookouture.

Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.

Contact Mel: http://www.melsherratt.co.uk or Twitter at @writermels

Feature Author-Nigel May #bonkbuster #Revenge

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Feature Author – Nigel May

A pre-publication plug for this fabulous author just to whet your appetite 🙂

I discovered Nigel May in 2015 and read ‘Addicted’ while on holiday in Mallorca. It was a perfect beach read!

Since then I’ve gone on to read the others, and his latest ‘Revenge’ completes his sexy six-pack and is due out on 10th Feb 2017.

Catch my review on my stop of the blog tour on 13th February 2017.

Nigel May has been described as “the UK’s male Jackie Collins” and “the readers’ Viagra” and is an author and TV host. His five page-turning fiction novels have all been published by Bookouture.

His first glam fiction novel was TRINITY, an action-packed blockbuster (or bonkbuster) about the lives of the rich and famous and three young women at the heart of it. Glamour, beauty, fame and celebrity mix with murder, intrigue and danger to create an explosive novel which gained incredible reviews and fans across the globe.

The glitz-meets-grit whodunit ADDICTED was another huge success and once again dived into the diamond-dipped world of the mega-rich as four women face their demons. But all of the money and celebrity fame in the world do not guarantee a happy ending. Especially for one of them…

SCANDALOUS LIES is steeped in secrets, sin, sex and scandal and takes readers around the world as a mysterious celebrity disappearance is investigated. Will weathergirl Georgia be able to find out what is behind her best friend’s inexplicable vanishing before it’s too late?

Spicy crime on overload for DEADLY OBSESSION, a gritty and glamorous psychological tale set in gangland Manchester that is dynamic and thrilling in all areas to the very last page. When Amy sees her husband gunned down at their nightclub, The Kitty Kat Club, she faces life as a young widow. But then six months later, a letter arrives from beyond the grave…

LOVERS AND LIARS is a truly tropical burst of storytelling where money and sex go hand in hand with murder. When Millionaire playboy Sheridan Rivers is found dead at his luxurious hotel on the paradise island of Barbados, there are several suspects in the frame. But who delivered the fatal blow?

REVENGE is a total page-turner. In the South of France, playground of the rich and famous, world renowned chef Dexter Franklin is organising a night to remember. As he opens the doors to his exclusive restaurant for the first time, he’s handpicked a list of guests, as hot and dazzling as the St Tropez sun itself. Three women have a past with Dexter and a grudge to bear against him. As fireworks ignite in the jet set capital of Europe, there’s murder on the menu. Who will be served their just desserts?

His books have been Amazon best sellers, read by celebrities and fellow authors alike, and have proved that a man can successfully write in a ‘glam fiction bonkbuster world’ that has always been a strongly female domain.

nigel-may-new-author-photoHe regularly presents on UK television where he has built up a substantial following. He has also featured on Channel 4, C5, ITV and broadcast live from America. He is also one of the UK’s most popular craft personalities, having launched his own successful range, A-May-Zing.

As a writer he has written for many of the UK’s most successful magazines and newspapers, specialising in showbiz and celebrity, as well as writing on subjects ranging from relationships through to exotic travel.

Follow him on Twitter @Nigel_May and sign up for future book news at www.nigelmay.net

To purchase on Amazon.co.uk just click on the links below

Trinity

Scandalous Lies

Addicted

Deadly Obsession

Lovers and Liars

Revenge