Monday, November 25, 2019

Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman

Christmas and romance are in the air...
It's December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn't relishing spending Christmas at his family's country estate either.
So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They'll spend half of the holidays with each other's families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten...?
Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed... It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!

My Thoughts

What do you do when you don't have time for love? What a cute, festive, fun story this was. Leesa Oliver might have met her match for the title "workaholic" with her boss Cary Anderson. Working on a project day and night, they almost miss Christmas. While neither want to admit they are dreading going home for the holidays...they are. They both are tired of the endless questions about if they have met anyone yet....and then they have an idea....

After Leesa finds her marriage ending in divorce thanks to her husband and her  BFF, she immerses herself into her work even more. How difficult would it be to fake a relationship with her handsome boss Cary? I mean he is gorgeous and can be quite charming when he wants to be. After all, he was named after Cary Grant. His grandmother that raised him is a famous romance novelist that Leesa is enamored with. So why can't this little arrangement work? They named their arrangement The Santa Clause! How cute is that?!

When normally grumpy, uptight Cary is forced to turn on his charming side for the family affair, well Leesa could find herself actually liking him.........quite a bit in fact. Hmm what is a girl to do? Usually I would think okay here is where we just wait for them to get together. Yet this book had me guessing almost to the very end. Even though they clearly had some attraction to each other, they were both so unwilling to be in a relationship.

Perhaps the best part of the book was the lovely Cressida- novelist and Cary's grandmother, she was old time glam and I loved her! Were they able to fool Cressida and the rest of the family? At some point the facade has to end, right?! Filled with great Christmas spirit and a whole bunch of family drama, this was a perfect holiday read!

Thank you so much to Rachel for having me along on this fun blog tour! Lucy Coleman - I loved this book!

Author Bio –
From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’
Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.
Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.
Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. She writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Last Affair by Margot Hunt

Gwen Landon—poster woman for perfect wife, mother, and suburban bliss—is found brutally bludgeoned to death behind her Floridian McMansion. Beautiful and beloved by her community, Gwen makes an unlikely victim. But just a scratch below the surface of her perfectly curated world reveals one far more sinister. When looking back over the six months leading up to her death, the question of, “who would do this?” quickly shifts to, “who wouldn’t?”

Commercially successful food blogger and mother of three, Nora Holliday never imagined she would have the nerve, let alone time, to get involved an affair. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she does whatever it takes to keep it all together. But when Nora runs into Gwen Landon's husband at a hotel in Orlando, his easy kindness and warmth proves too tempting to resist. As their affair spirals dangerously out of control, it seems things can’t get more complicated—until Gwen turns up dead.

My Thoughts

Gwen Landon has it all- a beautiful family, married to husband Josh whom is a orthodontist that everyone in town adores. Gwen lives in an idealistic seaside town called Shoreham that nothing exciting ever happens in. Except for that day when Gwen was found in her backyard next to the pool with her head bashed in with a driveway paver...except for that day. That was a pretty eventful day for Shoreham....

Wow! Just wow! What a start to a book! I am not giving up any spoilers here people, this is the real deal. This actually happened in the very first chapter and then we are left the entire book to try to play detective and figure out who killed Gwen?!

Perhaps it was Nora who also has a pretty perfect life. Except for that drunk husband of hers...hmm..then there is Gwen's daughter who she forever is giving a hard time for literally everything. Or perhaps it is a husband who isn't as perfect as he seems? Or maybe, just maybe it is one of the many people that Gwen has pissed off with her I am better than you demeanor that she puts out. The suspects are endless and that is what made this so darn good.

I was totally in the dark this entire book, I must admit. I jumped at the chance to read my second Margot Hunt book. For Better or Worse was one of my very favorite books last year. Hunt can spin a twisty domestic thriller web with the best of them!

I was caught off guard with the opening chapter not only revealing that someone got murdered, but who exactly got murdered! I was wondering how is this going to pan out for the rest of the book. Yet it really worked. It had me squinting my eyes in suspicion when every character revealed a side of them that made me think, ohhh that is the killer ( thanks Margot Hunt for the adding to my squinting wrinkles).

Thank you so much to Mira Books/Harper Collins for inviting me along on this fabulous blog tour! So excited to shout out about this book. Thanks to Margot Hunt for another fantastic read!

BIO: Margot Hunt is a critically acclaimed author of psychological suspense. Her work has been praised by Publisher's Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews.

TWITTER: @HuntAuthor


Friday, November 15, 2019

Price drop alert!!! Grab your copy now! Belinda Missen has all 3 books for 99p each!

Lessons in Love

Falling in love is never easy…

Eleanor Manning is finally leaving behind her glittering but empty life in the city (and her soon-to-be-ex-husband) to return to the comfort of her childhood home in Apollo Bay.
She’s landed a lovely new job in her old primary school library and a flatshare with her bubbly best friend, Penny. So yes, she’s well and truly learnt her lesson when it comes to love…
But then she meets gorgeous teacher Marcus Blair and Eleanor’s self-imposed rules fly out of the window! Surely she can resist him long enough to keep this fling no strings attached?

Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Lindsey Kelk and Colleen Coleman.
I literally giggle-snorted… It wasn't often that I didn't have a smile on my face reading this, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and fun characters.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Heartfelt and laugh-out-loud hilariousWonderful.’ Goodreads reviewer
Heart-warming and laugh-out-loud funny.’ Goodreads reviewer

Lessons in Love is only 99p for a limited time.  Purchase from Amazon -

A Recipe for Disaster
Meet Lucy, master wedding cake baker, idealistic school canteen crusader, and someone whose broken heart just won’t seem to mend…
Lucy is quietly confident that she has made the right choices in life. Surrounded by friends and family in a small country town, Lucy can easily suppress the feeling that something is missing from her life.
But when a blast from the past arrives in the form of her estranged husband, international celebrity chef Oliver Murray, Lucy’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble beneath her like overbaked meringue.
Is Oliver’s return all business or is it motivated by something more?
A Recipe for Disaster starts long after most love stories would have ended, proving it is never too late to offer someone a second slice of cake or a second chance.
Perfect for fans of Carole Mathews, Mhairi McFarlane and Carrie Hope Fletcher.
A Recipe For Disaster is only 99p for a limited time.  Purchase from Amazon -

An Impossible Thing Called Love
Don’t miss the new delightfully uplifting book from the author of A Recipe for Disaster!
A second chance at love…
When globe-trotting Emmy first fell for first-aider William on a freezing New Year’s Eve, she really believed that their love would go the distance.
 But when she returns to Australia, her letters start to go unanswered and her emails bounce back unread, Emmy decides it’s time to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and start afresh in London.
 So she’s shocked when William walks in on her very first day at her new job! Even worse, he’s hotter than ever. But why did he disappear for so long? What has he been hiding? And could this really be their second chance at falling in love…?
Perfect for fans of Carole Mathews, Mhairi McFarlane and Carrie Hope Fletcher.

An Impossible Thing Called love is 99p / 99c for a limited period.   Purchase from Amazon

Author Bio –
Author and sometimes foodie, Belinda is a ridiculous romantic who met her husband after being set up by a friend two states away.
Residing in country Victoria, surrounded by books, cat-fur, and half-eaten cake, Belinda divides her days between writing rom-coms, baking, and indulging her love of comic books.
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