A Wedding in Italy by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview #blogtour

 

A Wedding in Italy - Blog Tour

Blog Tour 15th April 2017

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Tilly Tennant’s new release, A Wedding in Italy. I’m delighted to be part of it.

Also check out my fellow blogger on today’s stop:-  Donna’s Book Blog

My Review – 5 stars

What another absolute gem. A pleasure to read.

It follows on from the last book, Rome is Where the Heart Is.

Kate has moved to Italy to be with Alessandro.

She has a little apartment, a bit shabby but she makes the most of it.

She did borrow some money from her sisters, but she needs to find a job pretty quickly so she has some income. She made a couple of dresses for Nunzia, her landlord’s wife, but at a cut price.

Kate spends a lot of time at Alessandro’s family home. His mamma and sisters have taken her into their world. Well, except Maria. She is one of Alessandro’s older sisters, married and close friends with Orazia. Orazia is a family friend, and a colleague of Alessandro. She has always fancied him! She does stir things up a bit too. Kate being a divorcee doesn’t go down too well with the family either, due to their religious beliefs.

Kate lands herself a job. Not her dream job but it will do. She still dreaming of making dresses for a living.

Again the author took me on a tour of Rome and the surrounding area. I felt I was there, in the crazy traffic on the back of a moped….holding on for grim death.

The descriptions of the city were fab. I have fallen in love with it.

And the food!! From the gelatos to all the food prepared by mamma. It all sounded so delicious.

Jamie made a cameo appearance, and it was nice to see him again. Kate’s sisters also visited and they realise why she loves the place so much.

Thank you for writing such a lovely, heart-warming story Tilly Tennant.

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

Publication date 14th April 2017

A Wedding in Italy – Amazon links

UK http://amzn.to/2kN7O7k
US http://amzn.to/2kN1UmF

 

About the book

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(From Italy with Love Book 2)

Sun, spaghetti and sparkling prosecco. When it comes to finding love, there’s no place like Rome…

Kate is living the dream with her gorgeous boyfriend Alessandro in his native city, but the reality is sometimes a little less romantic than she’d hoped. Every day in her new home is a fight against leaking pipes, her cantankerous landlord and her less-than-perfect grasp of the Italian lingo.

All around her there is talk of weddings, but when a secret from her past is thrust out into the open, Kate must fight to prove to Alessandro’s Mamma – and the rest of his formidable family – that she truly is Italian marriage material.

With the women in Alessandro’s life on a mission to break them apart, the cracks begin to show and Kate starts to question if Alessandro really is the man of her dreams. Can love and the city of romance conquer all, or is that just a fairy-tale?

Let Rome steal your heart this summer in this gorgeously romantic escapist read. Perfect for fans of Jo Thomas and Abby Clements.

 

Tilly Tennant pictureMeet the Author

From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage.  Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.

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Last Breath by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @bookouture #LastBreath #Erikasback

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Description

Detective Erika Foster #4

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.

 

My Review – 5 stars

Oh. My. Gosh!

They just keep getting better.

If you’ve never read any books by Robert Bryndza….why not?!

Start now! Start with the ‘Girl in the Ice’…go on, do it, do it now!!

After reading The Girl in the Ice, The Night Stalker and Dark Water and being completely wowed by them, I couldn’t wait to get started with this one.

It didn’t disappoint. What a great plot.

Robert Bryndza has the ability to hook me in straight away.

The current obsession with social media played a big part in this plot. Watch who you accept as friends on Facebook! It really does make me think about privacy settings, location settings and being tagged in places.

I felt quite sorry for the girls who were excited to go on a date with this good-looking guy. Only for it to be someone quite different.

During the investigation I was intrigued by the killer avoiding the CCTV cameras, something I never give a thought to. I suppose when you have nothing to hide you don’t even think about that kind of thing.

Some of the characters really creeped me out, especially the farmer’s son and the farmer’s milking helper.

The farmer and his wife were not the nicest either….thinking more of the farmhand than their son at times. They had their own sadness from the past to deal with I guess.

I really felt for Bryony. She just wanted a boyfriend.

The descriptions of that old oast house were so vivid….what a nightmare!

On to Erika Foster, I love how she constantly goes on her instinct, her gut feeling. Even when the top brass try to rein her in. She is a great, ballsy and smart character. It doesn’t always go down well with her superiors but it makes her team of Peterson and Moss fiercely loyal. I saw a bit more of her softer side this time, and that was nice.

The pace of the plot kept me turning the pages. Kept the adrenaline going for sure!

Erika Foster is a definite favourite of mine.

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

Publication Date 12th April 2017

Get your copy here Last Breath

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