venerdì 21 luglio 2017

I Have Never by Camilla Isley


Release Date: 07.13.2017


Synopsis:

Twenty-nine-year-old Blair Walker is a girl with a plan, or more a girl with a list. A list of dos and don'ts to live the perfect life, land a dream career, and marry Mr. Right. 

When Blair loses her job and gets dumped by her boyfriend all in one day, she starts to wonder if she's had it all wrong. And what better way to find out than experience everything the list forbade?

Never Lie
Never Pick a Fight
Never Make a Scene
Never Make the First Move
Never Make Impulse Decisions
Never Mix Business and Pleasure...

With hilarious consequences, Blair will discover some items are trickier to tick off than she'd thought... 


Review:


I've read I Have Never in one sitting,it's the perfect story for a lazy Sunday.

Camilla Isley did it again,she quickly became one of my favorite chick lits authors.I enjoy her writing,the effortless flow of her words,the interesting plot and the lovely characters.

I loved our heroine,Blair,she could appear as a "princess" but she is also strong enough to take her life in her hands and try to be happy even if this means to go against everything she has ever thought.

giovedì 20 luglio 2017

A Scottish Wedding by Hilaria Alexander


Release Date: 07.20.2017


Synopsis:

TYING THE KNOT!

Ladies, Hugh MacLeod is off the market! We caught up with the sexy hunk from Abarath and his fiancée, makeup artist Sam Farouk at an event in Edinburgh. 
The pair met last year while working together on season one. 
The Scottish actor looked handsome in a tailored dark grey suit, while the raven-haired beauty at his side turned heads in a golden lamé gown which channeled the iconic Marilyn Monroe dress of the same color. Ms. Farouk played coy when asked about the engagement, only revealing that the ring belonged to Hugh’s grandmother. With a dreamy look to her groom-to-be, Ms. Farouk confessed his proposal was “fairytale worthy." MacLeod charmingly deflected each one of our questions about season two of Abarath, saying he would get in trouble if he told us anything. When we asked if a date had been set yet, the engaged couple looked at each other for a brief second. Soon, they replied in unison in a way that turned us into mush. Ms. Farouk added that it will all depend on Hugh’s schedule and his commitment with the show. 
We wish the very best to the groom and the bride-to-be and we hope to bring you more news about their upcoming nuptials!

Review:


I've really enjoyed to go back to Scotland for this long epilogue of Sam and Hugh story.

I don't want to spoil this story for you but if you have read Lost In Scotland you don't want to miss this lovely sequel.

Hilaria Alexander is a guarantee of a good nice romantic story!!



martedì 18 luglio 2017

Getting a Grip by M.E. Carter


Release Date: 07.18.2017


Synopsis:

This isn’t my life. Okay, it is my life, but not the way I envisioned it would be.

I wasn’t supposed to be a divorced mother of three when I turned the big 4-0.  Sure, I expected the fine lines, gray hairs and left over baby belly.  What I didn’t expect was expanding our family get-togethers by one… my ex-husband’s new child bride.  Ok, ok, she’s not young.  Maybe.

Did I mention this is not the life I planned?

It could always be worse, I know. I’m lucky to have a mother who loves to babysit, a best friend who loves sarcasm, and a new friend by the name of Greg, who is apparently a child whisperer and tells me my eyes are pretty.

Sigh… Greg.

The perfect, Adonis-like God of a man who keeps flirting with me. At least I think he’s flirting with me. It’s been so long, I don’t really know.

Between birthday parties, a few ill-advised bouts with make-up, and a whole slew of gymnastics classes, it’s finally time to take back some control.

So, while my girls learn all about how to grip the bar, I’m going to learn how to get a grip on my life.  And maybe my heart.


Review:


This was a funny,entertaining,real and in a way also a unique story.

When I started this book I thought it was an easy to read rom com but just after a few chapter I understood it was so much more.
Getting a Grip was a story about self-discovery,acceptance of our flaws and the courage to start again even if the future is uncertain.

I've really appreciated how the author delivered this meaningful story with a light atmosphere and a bunch of great characters.

Elena is hands down one of my favorite heroines,she is so relatable, lovely with her three little girls,a very good friend,never acting weird for her age.

I was heartbroken at the end...I need to read the sequel as soon as possible.



venerdì 14 luglio 2017

Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen


Release Date: 07.14.2017

Synopsis:

A SINGLE BASKETBALL GAME CHANGES EVERYTHING...


When they were only teenagers, Axel and Caxton were caught making out in the woods at church camp. And afterward, Cax had disappeared from all the youth group activities.

Six years later, Axel is astonished to spot his first love’s face in the crowd of a college basketball game he’s watching on TV—at a school which has just offered him a job. It’s a thousand miles away, in a tiny rural town. But suddenly, he can’t wait to get there.

Cax can’t believe his eyes when Axel appears in the same Massachusetts town where he now lives. And he’s still just as drawn to Axel as ever. But he can’t let himself go there again, because loving Axel will mean giving up everything else he holds dear.

Both men have so much to lose. But as far as their love is concerned, it's Hello Forever.



Review:


Hello Forever was an effortless read.

The author's words lured me in from the start and kept me enthralled until the end.
The synergy among all the characters made this story really good.
Sarina Bowen writes the most heartwarming male/male stories.

Axel and Cax were friends as kids but after an unfortunate event they fell out of touch until they met again years later working at the same school.While the first one is not shy of his sexuality the second one still lives dreading of being discovered. 

I was so curious to find out if this time woud have been their last chance to finally get together and be happy that I've devoured the whole book in a day.





martedì 11 luglio 2017

Until the Sun Sets by Tara Wyatt


Release Date: 07.11.2017



Synopsis:

Two best friends at a destination wedding in Mexico are forced into a fake relationship; but when one kiss turns into a week-long fling, could this change everything?

Dean Grayson doesn't do commitment. So when his cousin asks Dean to bring a date to his wedding in Mexico, he asks his best friend, Carly Jensen, to come with him. After a recent break up, Carly’s feeling like she’ll never find love, so a week in Mexico with her best friend-slash-boss is the perfect way to take her mind off things.

As fate would have it, Carly’s ex is also a guest at the wedding…with his new girlfriend. To protect her pride, Carly and Dean decide to fake a relationship for the week. But between the sand, surf, and sharing a bed, these friends turned lovers realize they’re meant for something more.


Review:


Until The Sun Sets is the third novella in The Graysons series, it was a new quick and enjoyable read for me.

Carlie is Dean's employee, they worked together for two years and became friends at the same time, so when Dean has to fly to Mexico for his cousin's wedding and needs a partner to prove he isn't a playboy the best solution is to ask her to go with him.

I loved to read Carlie and Dean journey and the developping of their relationship,even if this was a short novella I closed this book feeling pleased.

lunedì 10 luglio 2017

Train Wreck by T. Gephart


Release Date: 07.10.2017


Synopsis:

“No passion, no emotion, no originality—a train wreck of epic portions.”


Those were the words to describe Eve Thorton’s exhibition. Not even a fine arts degree from Yale or her daddy’s bank account could save her from the scathing reviews. And failure was a word Eve would never be comfortable with. Not even close.


Plotting the demise of every critic who’d written her off was her first instinct. But that would come later. Instead, she would show them that she wasn’t a bored socialite with more money than talent.


She would prove everyone wrong, and she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But when her journey for redemption crashed headfirst into Josh Logan, the sexy, talented tattooist from Queens, getting her hands dirty took on a whole new meaning.


Josh was everything Eve wasn’t, translating on skin what she couldn’t onto her canvas. All she had to do was convince him to share his jaw-dropping brilliance, and help her—seeing him naked—a bonus. Then she could go back to her regular life, vindicated.


It should have been easy. Pity her plans had a habit of derailing.

Review:


Train Wreck was a beautiful story...I had a great time reading on a sunny summer Sunday.

I istantly loved our heroine with her craziness and her attitude stole my heart from the first page.I found myself rooting for her artistic and personal achievement.
I enjoyed to follow Eve in this journey,to see her growing strong after a few failures and bad events and to never stop fighting for her happiness.

This was my first T. Gephart read and I liked the cover,the writing,the plot,the flow and the main and support charactres that will have you laughing and swooning throughout the book.



sabato 8 luglio 2017

Falling For You by Mari Suggs


Release Date: 02.07.2017




Synopsis:

25-year-old Rachel Moore has the perfect life: A job she loves, lots of free time, and most importantly to her, an ocean-view-condo on a paradise island. She loves the island and has never questioned the place she calls home. That is, until Luke Wellington, a 28-year old business mogul steps foot on the island. The last thing Rachel expected was to break her number one rule—never get involved with a tourist. Despite her efforts to push him away, she ends up getting closer than she ever imagined. Even after learning that Luke is keeping something from her, she is unable to break it off.

His deception leads them on a journey neither of them could’ve predicted. By the time Rachel finds out what he's been keeping from her, her life is unrecognizable.


Review:


Fallin For You was a nice,entertaining read.

Mari Suggs delivered a good and believable story,thanks to her evocative words it seems to see clearly the places and the characters.
I was so invested into this story that I wasn't ready to leave all the characters, I wanted to know more about their lives.

I've enjoyed to follow Rachel and Luke into their journey,to see their very different worlds to collide under the sun on a beautiful island.

martedì 27 giugno 2017

Single-Minded by Lisa Daily


Release Date: 06.27.2017


Synopsis:

Alex has planned and executed her life with laser focus since she first met her future husband at the play-doh table on the first day of kindergarten. They have a terrific life, a gorgeous house on the bay, and fantastic careers they love. There's only one problem: Alex's husband Michael is gay, a fact he neglected to mention in the 23 years since they first met.


Now, Alex's perfectly planned life has completely fallen apart, her biological clock is starting to feel like the timer on a nuclear device, and she finds herself drooling over her completely-dreamy-but-definitely-off-limits client, a star chef opening a hot new restaurant. Armed with dating guidance from her oddball collection of advisers including her gay ex-husband, a foul-mouthed political consultant, a perkily masochistic yogi, and a pot-smoking octogenarian Alex navigates the booby-trapped world of modern dating, in her search for a second chance at love.


Review:


This was a lovely and funny read.

I really liked how our heroine tried to go on with her life after the most shocking news that left her without her husband,her best friend.When she got divorced she finds pretty soon how difficult is to find a nice man who will be her forever love.

I've enjoyed to follow Alex during her journey towards her "fish",perfect man, through disastrous dates and awful guys until the end that left me with a big smile on my face.

Looking forward to reading more Lisa Daily stories.



Excerpt:

You know that feeling when you’re suddenly startled out of a deep sleep, and you’re in that hazy middle world where you’re not sure what’s real – like maybe you actually could be chasing after an ice cream truck wearing only fishing waders and a canary yellow bridesmaid’s dress, or you’re just one answer away from winning a year’s supply of adult diapers on a Japanese game show?

My cell phone is in my hand, although I have no recollection of answering it.

"Don't panic," says Darcy, as I struggle to rouse myself.

Darcy is my closest friend, aside from my husband Michael, who’s been the love of my life since the first day of kindergarten when I convinced him that the blue Play-Doh tasted exactly like cotton candy. He ate the whole can, just to prove me right. Michael was like that.

Darcy is a one-woman hurricane: a fiery, tell-it-like-it-is political consultant who is as hard on the men she dates as she is on candidates: As Darcy likes to put it, “I don’t have time for screw-ups.” She never calls me in the middle of the night.

“Oh my god, is someone dead?” I ask.

“Why is that always the first thing out of your mouth?” she says.

“Because someone always is,” I say.

It’s still dark outside and I check the clock: 5:04 am. Clumsily, I grope around on my nightstand until I locate the lamp switch and flip it on.

"Darcy, what's going on? I ask, propping myself up in bed. "Did somebody die? Or not".

"Ugh. You're about to," she says.

"What do you mean?" I ask, feeling completely freaked without knowing why.

"There's a story on one of the sports blogs. It's about Michael."

"My Michael? What about Michael?" I ask. My intestines do a nosedive and a nauseating cocktail of dread and adrenaline race through my body. Oh God, is he dead? He’s out of town for work, and I haven’t talked to him since last night.

And then, the more obvious, “Why are you up in the middle of the night reading the sports blogs?”

Darcy ignores me.

"It's a post about Michael having an extramarital relationship with a 21-year old college basketball player."

"That can’t be true,” I say with all the self-assurance a woman can possess while still wearing her pajamas. “What's her name?" Michael would never cheat on me. Never. I’d kill him. Kill him dead.

"Alex, it’s not a her. It’s a him. Bobby something. He plays for Michigan, graduates this year, thanks Jesus after every basket, leads his team in prayer before every game." she says.

"A him? “ Wait, wait, wait, what? I don’t understand. You’re saying Michael is sleeping with a man? A MAN?” And then it dawns on me. “Oh gawd. Did you say Bobby? Bobby Cavale?" I ask. “Michael wouldn't shut up about him. How talented he is. What a big career he’s going to have. How he was the next LeBron or something. I thought it was just his stupid jump shot."

"Apparently it was his layup." Darcy deadpans. I snort and then giggle involuntarily. Darcy cracks jokes at funerals, scandals, and tragedies. It’s her way of helping to break the tension. Because it's hard to contemplate throwing yourself in the path of a speeding termite truck when you're rolling around on the floor laughing.

“Wait, are you saying…do you think Michael is gay?” I ask, absolutely incredulous.

“Yes,” she says. “Most definitely.” I feel my chest cave in.

“No, seriously?” I say.

“Seriously,” she responds. The line goes quiet. Which is unusual for Darcy.

“You’re crazy! Why do you think that?” I ask.

“Well, even aside from the whole making-out-with-a-guy thing, I always thought he was gay. I’ve never seen a man more insanely happy, jubilant even, reporting from the locker room. And then of course there was that crazy Halloween party you guys threw last year. Michael was, hands down, was the gayest Count Chocula ever. Also, I’m pretty sure he only took up biking so he could shave his legs and giftwrap his package in spandex. But that’s just speculation.”

“Why wouldn’t you tell me?” I say, pressing my palms hard against my forehead in hopes of triggering some sort of twenty-minute amnesia, like a reset button for my brain. “Jesus, I feel like such an idiot.”

“It never occurred to me that you didn’t know. It seemed so obvious,” says Darcy. “I mean, you didn’t get your psychology degree online, or stuffed inside a box of cereal, did you?”

I sigh deeply. This is not making me feel better.

Darcy asks, "Look, do you want me to get my crisis team on this and check it out? My best guess is that it's going to blow up over the weekend, and depending on how it's handled, die out by Monday. Unless there's more. Or video. It's not every day that a top draft pick and an ESPN broadcaster get caught screwing around. Michael is going to need a good publicist if he's going to keep his job. The media loves to devour its own. Tell him to call me if he needs some names."

"Mmmmhmm," I respond numbly.

"Or, you can scratch that and just let him hang on live TV. Your call."

"I don't understand," I say. " Why does some stupid sports blog even care that two grown men are having sex, except for the fact that they both happen to work in sports?"

"Because Michael is married. Because Michael is a basketball commentator and Bobby is a top draft pick. Because Bobby is super religious and has felt the need to speak to the media extensively against what he calls the sins of blasphemy and homosexuality. And because Michael is higher profile than the average hook-up." 

She snorts, "Between the homosexuality, and adultery, all Bobby needs is for Michael to schedule an abortion and he'll have Satan's trifecta. "

"Are you sure it's even true?" I ask. "Maybe it's just a rumor." Please, please let it just be a rumor. A cruel, but completely false rumor. A case of mistaken identity. Something we’ll all be laughing about a year from now.

"It's true. There are… pictures." she says. "I'm so sorry. It was probably bound to happen one way or another."

"Pictures?" I sit straight up bed, gripping the phone so hard my fingers began to numb. What the hell? Was I serial killer, or a door-to-door magazine salesperson in a past life or something? Outrage and humiliation sear my every thought.

Disconnected sounds dribble from my lips, but my mouth can’t form any more words. Like I’ve been tasered. Actually, I’d rather be tasered. At least when you’re tasered things go back to normal after the eighteen million volts of electricity hit your heart. You lose your breath, your body seizes up, you twitch around on the floor, you drool, maybe you pee yourself. But you probably recover. There is no way I’m ever going to recover from this.

"Yes, pictures," she says. "Listen to me, you do not want to get involved in this mess. There are plenty of reporters who will be happy to agree you've been wronged and that Michael is a bastard. And then they'll put your puffy face and bloodshot eyes on camera and the story will last a week or a month instead of a couple of days."

"I'm going to kill him," I say.

"No you're not," she says. "Don’t answer any calls on your cell that aren't from people you know. Do you guys still have a land line?”

“What am I, eighty?” I ask.

“Lay low, stay home, order food, or rearrange your medicine cabinet or something. Don't watch TV. Don't surf the internet. Don’t even think about Googling ‘Craigslist hit men’ or ‘how to poison my husband with leftover pizza and household chemicals.’ Call your web designer right this minute and tell her to put a home page up on your website that says it's under scheduled maintenance. Do NOT speak to any reporters. The last thing you want to do in a firestorm is add oxygen. You need to lay low and hope it's not a slow news day.”

"On camera? Is this really going to go that far? Michael isn't Steve Phillips, he's just a college basketball announcer. Oh God. I just heard myself."

"Yes," says Darcy in her most soothing voice. "He's a college basketball announcer who’s screwing one of the top college players in the country. Not exactly some unknown intern. " I put my head in my hands. Darcy kept talking but I couldn't focus on the words.

"I can't handle this," I say. "What am I going to do?"

"Yes you can,” Darcy says firmly. “Just break out the liquor and pray for a natural disaster."

lunedì 26 giugno 2017

The Summer House by Jenny Hale


Release Date: 06.09.2017


Synopsis:

Some summers will stay with you forever... 


Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast. 

Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks. 

Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets... secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor. 

Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them? 


Review:


I'm a fan of Jenny Hale's writing,I love to read her stories during Christmas and Summer times and this was not an exception.I really liked this lovely, warm, summery, colourful story.

The author made a beautiful work with the description of the landscape,I'm italian so when I closed this book I went on google to look to some Outer Banks pictures and they looked like what I have envisioned while reading.

Callie,our heroine,is so focused on the success of her business she thinks there is no time and room for love but she realizes pretty soon that to be happy she needs Luke in her life.I appreciated how their relationship developped throughout the book and I wished they could find a way to be together even during the hard times.

martedì 20 giugno 2017

The Accidental Honeymoon by Portia Macintosh


Release Date: 06.16.2017


Synopsis:

What happens in Vegas…
When Georgie discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, only a few days before her cousin’s wedding, her whole world explodes. Facing a romantic trip to Vegas alone, she decides to go out and have some fun…

…but Georgie never expected to wake up wed! And even worse, she can’t remember who to. So when gorgeous Jack reveals himself as her husband, she can’t believe her luck – he’ll act as the perfect wedding date!

Even if it is their very accidental honeymoon, surely the newlyweds can keep their emotions in check for just a few days more?

Review:


I've had a very good time reading this book during a hot summer day.

I loved the characters,every single one is very well depicted and has a unique personality.
My favorite is our heroine,Georgie,who tries to make everyone else happy only causing more troubles and making her story even more funny.
I couldn't stop reading Georgie's journey because I was intrigued,I wanted to know how and when she would have found her happily ever after.
I would have liked a long long epilogue but my heart is still pretty content like this.

This was my first read of a Portia Macintosh story but it won't be the last because I've really enjoyed her writing.

sabato 17 giugno 2017

Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin


Release Date: 05.13.2016



Synopsis:

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals. 

When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing… 

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day. 

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides. 

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for? 


Review:


I was so glad to come back to White Cliff Bay,I love the lively atmosphere of this series and it is always a pleasure to read Holly Martin words.

Summer At Rose Island will make you smile and occasionally shade some tears but at the end you'll feel all warm inside.

I've enjoyed Darcy and Riley's sweet journey full of adventures,sexy times,mermaids and sharks.