Desperately Seeking Summer by @mandybaggot @EburyPublishing #beach #Greece #bookreview #5*

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Description

Escape to Greece with the perfect feel-good romantic comedy to read on the beach this summer

Abby Dolan is having a very bad day…

In twenty-four hours, she’s lost her job and her boyfriend. Single and with nothing left to lose, she’s headed for a Corfu escape to spend time with her family while she heals her broken heart.

Only her mum and sister’s estate agency ‘Desperately Seeking’ is just that, desperate! Instead of the relaxing, sunshine holiday she’d hoped for, Abby finds herself spending her break helping get the business back on its feet. Determined to attract new clients and give her family a second chance at success, she finds the perfect property to sell in Villa Pappas complete with gorgeous gardener, Theo.

Perhaps working this summer could be a welcome distraction after all. But Theo has his own secrets and Abby isn’t the only thing he wants to take off the market…

My Review – I loved it!

This is one of those books that gave me a reading high, then a real book hangover when I’d finished it. I was craving for more!

Mandy Baggot is the queen of the summer escape.

I absolutely fell in love with this fab book, the characters, and with Corfu itself. It was lovely to escape in my head to Corfu for some sun, and what a fabulous time I had.

I lost myself in the gorgeous Corfu sunshine, and some gorgeous company too….

I liked Abby instantly, with her lists. Her sister Melody was an outrageous flirt, and her widowed mum, Jackie, seemed like she’d lost her sparkle. Spyridoula was a typical strong Greek lady, a great character who I enjoyed getting to know.

Onto the men-folk. Leon the taxi driver, best friend of Theo, a swoon-worthy Greek god. I liked Stamatis and could imagine and smell his woodworking shack! George from the taverna had some hidden talents too, especially at the estate agency relaunch party with his bouzouki. The author’s description of Theo and Leon’s dance blew me away! *fans self*

You can tell Mandy Baggot is smitten with the place, she writes about it with such love.

The thing with me and Mandy Baggot books is that I never forget them, they seem like a real memory and I find myself reminiscing about past summers and Christmasses! I know, I’m weird!

Thanks to Mandy Baggot, Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing and NetGalley for the early review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 1st May 2018

Amazon UK link Desperately Seeking Summer

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Blog name change to StefLoz Book Blog. @stefloz

cropped-book-748904_1280Hi everyone. I’ve decided on a subtle change on my blog name. I will now be known as StefLoz Book Blog.

It was always StefLoz Book Reviews but my wordpress started as steflozbookblog so I’ve decided to match them up.

There are other ‘Stephs’ and ‘Stefs’ out there and the has been some confusion in the past. My Twitter has always been @stefloz too so it makes sense to change. I’ve changed my Facebook page to StefLoz Book Blog too.

I’ve kept my orange heart book picture as that has been with me since the beginning.

Happy reading everyone, Steph x

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5* review for Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @bookouture #PublicationDayBlast #BlogBlast #DeadlySecrets

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13th April 2018 – Publication Day Blast

I’m thrilled to be taking part in the Publication Day Blast for Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza.

My Review – 5 big stars!

Oh. My. Gosh!

They just keep getting better.

I couldn’t wait to get started with this one. What a great plot. Robert Bryndza has the ability to hook me in straight away. Right from Marissa getting off the train I was hooked, and the tension was there as you felt her being followed. I read it in a couple of days, which is fast for me.

On to Erika Foster. I love this woman! She is a great, ballsy and smart character. I feel I get to know her more with each book, little snippets that you find out. Her father-in-law is a lovely old guy and it was nice to be reacquainted with him. It was also good to see Peterson back at work, and Moss had a big part in this one too.

A brilliant story, gripping and thrilling. Some unexpected twists and turns that made for an unputdownable book. I just couldn’t stop reading, it’s packed with action and is very believable. I feel like it’s something you’d see in the news, one of those horrible things that shocks the nation. That gas mask had me really creeped out.

I’ve recommended Robert Bryndza’s books to people all over the world. Everyone loves them, he’s a global superstar!!

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!! 

Here’s the Amazon link The Girl in the Ice

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

About the book

6 Deadly-Secrets-Kindle coverTo commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover.

On an icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a killing on the victim’s doorstep?

Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.

Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger…

From the global million-copy bestselling author comes a totally heart-racing, hold-your-breath read that will keep you hooked until the very last page.

Get your copy of Deadly Secrets on the links below:-

Amazon UK  amazon.co.uk/Deadly-Secrets
Amazon US  amazon.com/Deadly-Secrets

Apple itunes.apple.com/us/book/deadly-secrets

Meet the Author Robert Bryndza Author Pic 2018 credited to Petr Kozlík MAFRA

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets is now available to purchase.

Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

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5* for The Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor @bookouture #bookreview #TheHolidayCottageByTheSea

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Description

The new book from the bestselling author of Summer at Buttercup Beach. Escape to Sandcastle Bay, where you’ll discover a charming little seaside village brimming with heart-warming friendships, quirky characters and plenty of sunshine.

The perfect place to fall in love this summer…

Tori Graham is in need of a holiday. Trying to piece her heart back together after losing the love of her life, she escapes to Blossom Cottage, with its picturesque views of the sea. And plans to spend the summer in gorgeous Sandcastle Bay, where her best friend Melody Rosewood lives.

Tori’s not expecting her summer by the beach to be eventful, until she meets handsome and mysterious Aidan Jackson…

Aidan looks after the holiday cottage Tori is staying in. Healing from past hurts, he wants to avoid any further chance of heartache. But could this newcomer be the breath of fresh air he needs?

Finding herself embracing life in the coastal community, Tori starts to fall in love with Sandcastle Bay and its welcoming cast of residents. But that’s not all she begins to fall for, as Tori is swept away by Aidan’s genuine heart and mischievous sense of humour. The attraction between them is undeniable, but will a simple holiday romance be enough?

As Tori’s stay in Sandcastle Bay comes to an end she has a tough decision to make…. Has her heart found a new place to call home?

A joyously romantic summer read that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.

My Thoughts

Such a lovely, heartwarming book.

The publisher’s description of ‘An utterly gorgeous feel good romantic comedy’ is spot on….truly gorgeous.

This story has all you want and need in a modern romantic novel. A picture-perfect setting, a man and a woman. A dog and a turkey who thinks it’s a dog.

I imagined I was there in the small English seaside town of Sandcastle Bay, and the views were fantastic in my head.

Tori and Aidan are really drawn to each other. The feelings are there instantly but they try to play it down to themselves and everyone else. I loved the ‘elbow’ conversations, they had me really chuckling.

The legend of the heartberry fruit was lovely, and picking fruit by moonlight was a delight. Some of the locals believed the legend, and it was such fun making boats to race across the river to the island to claim the heartberry. The story isn’t just about Tori and Aidan, but also his brothers and her old friends and some of the villagers.

I thoroughly recommend this book, a perfect light-hearted getaway.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 12th April 2018

Amazon links:-

Amazon UK The Holiday Cottage by the Sea

Amazon US The Holiday Cottage by the Sea

5* #Review The Little Perfume Shop Off The Champs-Élysées by Rebecca Raisin @HQDigitalUK @jaxandwillsmum

Perfume

Description

What is French for falling in love?

When Del leaves small town America to compete in a perfume competition in Paris, she thinks it is just the next step on her five-year-plan. It’s an exciting opportunity. What started out as just a dream for Del and her twin sister is nearly in her grasp. If she wins this competition, they are on their way to opening their very own perfume boutique!

Arriving in Paris, watching the sun glinting off the Seine and wandering the Champs-Elysees, Del discovers the most perfect perfumery she’s ever seen. Yet, as the competition dawns Del realises that whilst she might have had the best nose in her small village, her competitors seem to know more than she could ever have dreamed. This competition isn’t going to be easy…

Del has the romance of Paris to sweep her away from her worries, but as the competition heats up, so does her desire for that which she cannot have! If only the dashing owner Sébastien didn’t smell so seductive, look so handsome and make her heart flutter like it never has before. They say love smells as sweet as a red rose in bloom, but Del would tell anyone that true love can’t be bottled – it’s beautiful and unique to everyone…even herself. With everything on the line for her future, can Del really let a little attraction get in the way of securing her dreams?

 

My Review – 5 stars

What an uplifting book. A lovely feel-good story.

I absolutely adored this book. It’s made me want to change my job and move to Paris. I would love to be a perfumer, I could almost smell all those ingredients! My first by this author, but definitely not the last.

Del arrives in Paris in clumsy accident-prone style. She keeps bumping, literally, into the same handsome guy. The chemistry between them is very sweet. Is a love affair just about to begin?

When the perfume competition contestants are assembled at the Leclére apartment Del realises that the man she keeps bumping into is none other than the elusive Sébastien Leclére himself. She is mortified!

We get to know the other contestants. Clementine is her roommate, and is very over-the-top in both personality and how she looks. Lex was lovely.

The story weaves beautifully around the characters taking in the sights and smells of Paris. The city was so well described I felt I was there too. I fell in love with the colourful cafes and cute shops.

The characters were really likeable, even Clementine, and had good depth. There were some touching and emotional scenes when Sébastien told stories of his father, and when he realised his childhood memories gave a different picture than he had always thought.

When the competition is over what will Del do? What she doesn’t count on is meeting and falling for the gorgeous perfumer.

Well written, I would recommend this 100%.

Thanks to HQ Digital and NetGalley for the review copy, in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 30th March 2018

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK The Little Perfume Shop Off The Champs-Élysées

The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland (@ShaliniBoland) #TheChildNextDoor @bookouture #bookreview

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Description

‘Don’t take my baby.’

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her new-born, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor, saying: ‘Let’s take the child – and go.’

Is someone trying to steal her little girl?

In the bedroom, her daughter is safe asleep in her cot. Is the voice coming from a nearby house? But there aren’t any other children living on her quiet country road…

The police don’t believe her. And neither does her husband.

Kirstie knows something isn’t right. She thought she could trust her neighbours, now she isn’t sure. As she unravels the secrets of the people living on her street, Kirstie’s perfect life begins to fall apart.

Because someone is hiding a terrible lie. And they will do anything to stop Kirstie uncovering the truth. But is the danger closer to home than she thinks?

From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother, this completely gripping psychological thriller will make you wonder what really goes on behind closed doors. And will keep you guessing from the first page until the final shocking twist.

My thoughts

Everything I could want in a psychological thriller….and more.

It drew me in and I was keen to get to the bottom of it all. Are the goings-on a coincidence, maybe a set-up? Read it and find out, you won’t regret it.

Kirstie is turning into a paranoid wreck. She’s suspicious of everything and everyone. I can’t blame her as I would be the same with my overactive imagination.

I thoroughly recommend this book, a read filled with tension!!

The last few pages made me actually gasp out loud!

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 29th March 2018

Get your copy here:-

Amazon.co.uk The Child Next Door

Amazon.com The Child Next Door

Last Night by Kerry Wilkinson @kerrywk @bookouture #book review

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Description

Rose Denton wakes up in her car. She has no memory of how she got there. But she knows something bad happened…

There’s blood on the windscreen and bonnet – but it’s not hers and there’s no sign of anything or anyone she might have hit. The last thing she remembers is being in a hotel on a business trip but now she’s miles away.

Back home and her daughter’s boyfriend is missing. The last thing he did was argue with Rose over money. He left no note, no text, no clue as to his whereabouts.

The police have questions – and so does Rose’s family. But those are little compared to the ones she has for herself.

What happened last night? And, perhaps more importantly, does she really want to know the answer?

A totally addictive psychological thriller which will keep you turning the pages until the final dramatic twist.

My thoughts

A book full of twists and turns, with an excellent twisty ending.

Things were not so rosy in the Denton household. From the outside it seemed all was well, but what happened on that night? She crashed her car, or did she? They got burgled, or did they? Things in the kitchen drawer weren’t there, then they were. Is it coincidence, a set-up? Rose is turning into a paranoid wreck. It drew me in, keen to get to the bottom of each family member, their friends, their colleagues.

It’s the first book I’ve read by this author, but I’ll be seeking out more from him for sure.

Thoroughly recommend this book, a read filled with tension!!

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 28th March 2018

Get your copy here:-

Amazon.co.uk Last Night

Amazon.com Last Night