Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

Blurb: 
The multi-million copy global bestselling Crossfire series from Sylvia Day continues with Captivated by You.
Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.
The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened up old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp; my greatest fears becoming my reality; my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.
At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream . . .
Sylvia Day is the number one Sunday Times and number one international bestselling author of over twenty award-winning novels sold in more than forty countries. She is a number one bestselling author in twenty-three countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Her Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate.
Visit Sylvia at http://www.sylviaday.comFacebook.com/AuthorSylviaDay and on Twitter @SylDay
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The biggest thanks to Juliana for sending me a copy to review 
My Thoughts; 
Ok let’s be honest, I was pacing the floor waiting for this book to arrive and after countless days of the postman playing with my emotions, I found myself jumping for joy when I finally had Gideon back in my hands! 
Being reunited with Gideon and Eva was incredible, intense, sexy and truly captivating.
I loved this story, not just because it allows us to see more into Gideons past but because it allows us to reach into the core of his emotions and be captivated by his point of view, because that’s right ladies and gentleman, Captivated by You is a dual narrative, allowing us to see both sides of every clinche, every argument and everything that life throws at them.
For me the dual narrative made this book that much more intense, I’ve always known their feelings are strong but you get the true force of emotions when you are allowed inside Gideons head.
Believe me when I say, there’s a lot happening. With troublesome exes and people set on revenge, Mr and Mrs Cross find that married life isn’t a honeymoon.
But like always, as drama attempts to pull them apart, passion forces them back together again.
Whilst it was wonderful being reunited with Gideon and Eva, I was also very pleased to have Angus back in my life.
I know he isn’t a major character but there is something special about Angus that always makes me smile, I love the way he cares for Cross and it’s evident that for Gideon he is the one person that can be trusted with everything.
I lost myself in Captivated by You and as with the others in this series, when I turned that final page, I was already waiting for more….

Magic Sonetimes Happens by Margaret James

London-based PR and promotions consultant Rosie Denham has just spent a year in Paris where she’s tried but failed to fall in love. She’s also made a big mistake and can’t forgive herself.
American IT professor Patrick Riley’s wife has left him for a Mr Wonderful with a cute British accent and a house with a real yard. So Patrick’s not exactly thrilled to meet another Brit who’s visiting Minnesota, even if she’s hot.
Pat and Rosie couldn’t be more different. She’s had a privileged English upbringing. He was raised in poverty in Missouri. Pat has two kids, a job that means the world to him and a wife who might decide she wants her husband back.
So when Pat and Rosie fall in love, the prospects don’t seem bright for them.
But magic sometimes happens – right?
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Thank you to Choclit for sending me a copy to review.
My Thoughts: 
Margaret James is back to embrace us in the warmth and wittiness of her words with Magic Sometimes Happens
Rosie Denham has returned back home following a year in France.
Rosie’s return is shrouded by an event that took place, something she can’t forgive herself for.
The story follows Rosie, who not only embarks on setting up her own PR firm but also meets the the lovely but slightly heartbroken Patrick Riley.
Rosie is a lovely character, she is witty and determined but on occasions does show a vulnerability that makes her wonderfully relatable.
Patrick is an immensely swoon worthy character and just like Rosie, he too has a vulnerable side.
But one of my favourite aspects of this story was the chance to be reunited with Fanny from The Wedding Diary she is a character I will never tire of.
Magic Sometimes Happens is an incredible story that offers a will they won’t they romance, secrets and a story that will grip you from the very beginning.
Thank you once again Margaret James for captivating my imagination and providing me with pure indulgent escapism.

An Irish Promise by Isabella Connor

A promise is a promise
Art historian, Rachel Ford has returned to the Irish village of Kilbrook intent on keeping her promise to take revenge on the school bullies who ruined her childhood and destroyed her family.
Australian actor Finn MacKenzie sets hearts fluttering when he turns up in sleepy Kilbrook to help his aunt with a school production. He seems to have a charmed life, yet his confident fa├žade hides heartbreak and tragedy. Although Finn isn’t looking for love, when he meets the mysterious Rachel, there’s a definite spark between them.
Rachel is torn between her desire for revenge and this new love affair. She doesn’t want to deceive Finn, but can she trust him to keep her real identity a secret? And will he understand why she must keep her promise, no matter the cost?
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Thank you to Choclit for sending me a copy to review
My Thoughts: 
In 2013 I was left captivated by Beneath an Irish Sky the stunning debut from Isabella Connor, so it was with much excitement that I delved into the pages of An Irish Promise
As I was whisked away yet again to the Emerald Isle, I found myself pulled Into a wonderful story that was filled with romance, mystery, intrigue and issues that nearly all readers will relate to.
The story follows Rachel Ford, our main protagonist who is about to embark on a journey of revenge on the four people who made her childhood a living hell.
As Rachel sets about her quest, she finds herself bonding with the marvellous Molly, being offered help by priest Daniel and encountering the handsome Australian that is Finn.
I instantly fell in love with Finn and it warmed my heart to discover the attraction that forms between him and Rachel,
There is no doubt that Isabella Connor has done it again, this story is immensely gripping and beautifully told.
A story that captures true emotion! 

Monday, 10 November 2014

A blogging break......

You may have noticed that blog posts have been quite sparse of late and despite the fact that I am still reading, if truth be told, my mind doesn't seem to stay with a book long.

Ever since I was little I've loved reading and the escapism that books provide, the way in which a story can transport us to a different time and place is magical and whilst I'm still enjoying books I am finding that my mind is elsewhere.
So that's why I've decided that The Love of a Good Book will is going on a break, I will be honouring commitments but other than that I shall be posting as and when I can.

Without getting personal, my family need my time now and as much as I love reading and blogging, I love them more.
Books will always be in my life but they can't be my number one.

I do hope that you understand.

Be happy all.

Love Kirsty x 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

One Hundred Christmas Proposals by Holly Martin


Blurb:
The eagerly anticipated follow-up to One Hundred Proposals.
If you thought Harry and Suzie’s life couldn’t get anymore sweepingly romantic than Harry asking her to marry him at the end of One Hundred Proposals – think again!
It’s Christmas in a snow-kissed London, and the.PerfectProposal.com have vowed to carry out one hundred proposals in December. No easy task at the best of times – made even more complicated by Harry and Suzie trying to plan their first Christmas and a visit from the dreaded in-laws. But one hundred deliciously Christmassy proposals later they find themselves asking if everything is still perfect in their own relationship….
Welcome back to the divinely warm world of One Hundred Proposals – with a sprinkling of pure, joyful, festive magic.
Have yourself a very merry Christmas indeed with Holly Martin’s Christmas novella.
Thank you to Holly Martin for sending me a copy to review.
My Thoughts:
Stop whatever you are doing…………
Harry and Suzie are back.
And along with them comes extra doses of romance, I mean big gushy swoon worthy proposals that will have you saying awww, whilst scribbling the idea in a notebook ready to hand out to Mr/Miss Right.
I’ve always thought I wouldn’t want a big proposal but with every proposal that Holly Martin describes I find myself falling for the romance of it all.
I love the idea of a flash mob proposal or a Harry Potter one, the truth is that Martin describes these events with so much love and romance that even the most cynical amongst us will start to believe in love.
As much as I loved One Hundred Proposals for bringing Harry and Suzie into my life, I find the magic of Christmas has made this novella a favourite with me.
In fact before writing this review I have read it three times and the main reason for this is, that this is a book that really does lighten your mood and warm your heart
I didn’t think it was possible but I fell even more in love with the characters
Harry is as lovable as ever and it’s clear to see that he is head over heels in love with Suzie.
The couple are blissfully happy and with their happiness comes some incredible proposals.
The only downside of their job is that nearly all their time is spent planning proposals and now Suzie is starting to wonder if they will ever get round to planning their wedding.
Then to add to the pandemonium Christmas is looming, Harry is acting strange, Badger has an announcement and Suzie’s parents are planning a visit.
I loved the fact that we got to meet Suzie’s parents, (although we were introduced to them via phonecalls in One Hundred Proposals) they certainly leave a lasting impression.
I love her dad and the closeness that he and Suzie share.
This wonderful novella shares so much with us.
We have the incredible love story that is Harry and Suzie, the drama that is the visit from her parents and to top it all off we are also reunited with Badger and Jules.
Oh I do love Badger and Jules, I hope that we will get their story. I beg you Holly to write their story, the chance to discover more about them would be a real treat.
I also think Jules has the best way of coping with stress, anyone for more cake?
The truth is I could go on and on about this story but I need to remember it’s a novella and that you all will read it, because let’s face it, you would be silly not to. For this is a story full of happiness, magic and romance.
A true winter warmer!

Friday, 31 October 2014

BOOK BREAK - the online book show series - Episode 7

Log on during your lunch hour for the latest Book Break episode where author Alexandra Heminsley is joined by M.J McGrath and Emily St. John Mandel who will be talking about their latest titles and their writing quirks, inspirations and methods.

Broadcast date: Friday 31st October
Broadcast time: 12:30pm 

 

In episode seven of BOOK BREAK, anchored by author Alexandra Heminsley (Running Like a Girl), we are joined by M.J. McGrath, an award winning writer and journalist, and Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel to discuss North American literature, dark locations and even darker plots.

M. J. McGrath joins us to discuss the location that inspired her latest title The Bone Seeker, a gripping, atmospheric thriller set in the Arctic’s long white nights; the very personal murder of a young girl will explode a decades-long tale of the very darkest betrayal.  Mel shares her experiences of writing journalistically, non-fiction and fiction, and the future for her Edie Kiglatuk Mystery series. 

While Emily St. John Mandel shares insight into her new release ‘Station Eleven’ and find out what drove her to write this post-apocalyptic narrative. Station Eleven, her fourth novel,begins with a dramatic end.  The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb. Thrilling, unique and deeply moving, this is a beautiful novel that asks questions about art and fame and about the relationships that sustain us through anything - even the end of the world.

We’ll also hear from Nickolas Butler in our writer’s room segment to get an insight into his perceptions of the novel form as a debut novelist, and take a sneak peek into the celeb-filled Taking Hollywood launch party

Follow #bookbreak on Twitter, subscribe to the Pan Macmillan’s YouTube channel or watch the broadcast right here at 12:30pm on Friday 31st October. 

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Cover reveal: Appleby Farm


Today I am super excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for the Appleby Farm series by Cathy Bramley. 



Cathy shares with us how the series came about:

After I finished writing Ivy Lane earlier this year, my editor asked me if I’d consider a spin-off series, taking one character from Ivy Lane and plunging them into a new setting and a new story with perhaps a few surprise visits from some old friends from Ivy Lane. I thought this was a great idea and immediately set to work creating Appleby Farm, which I’m hoping readers of Ivy Lane will fall in love with.

It’s set in the glorious Lake District, an area I adore, and follows the story of a young woman and her fight to save the farm which has been in her family for generations. It features lots of wonderful people including a very attractive farmer on neighbouring Willow Farm, Vintage tearooms, a trip to Paris and a wedding. Appleby Farm will be published by Transworld in four monthly parts between February and May 2015 and they are all available to pre-order now!

The covers themselves have been designed by Kate Forrester, the same illustrator who drew my Ivy Lane covers and I think she has conjured up the warm and friendly farm set in the beautiful Lake District perfectly.

The link to part one on Amazon UK is http://smarturl.it/Af1

ABOUT CATHY BRAMLEY

Cathy Bramley is the author of the best-selling romantic comedies Ivy Lane, a four-part serialised novel (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter), and Conditional Love. Both are being published as paperbacks in 2015. She lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her husband, two daughters and a dog.

Her recent career as a full-time writer of light-hearted, romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a lovely surprise after spending the last eighteen years running her own marketing agency. However, she has been always an avid reader, hiding her book under the duvet and reading by torchlight. Luckily her husband has now bought her a Kindle with a light, so that’s the end of that palaver.

You can contact Cathy via her website,  Facebook page or on Twitter