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Book Review: In the Swim of Things, by Tracie Banister.

Book Review: In the Swim of Things, by Tracie Banister.

In the Swim of Things is Tracie Banister’s latest book, published May 2019. I have previously, read, reviewed and thoroughly enjoyed Tracie’s books. Therefore I was very happy when Tracie gifted me an advanced copy of her newest book.

Description:

A sexy, sun-soaked tale about a tail-wearing girl who makes a lot of waves—perfect for fans of Lauren Layne, Meghan Quinn, and Christina Lauren.

Ocean-loving Kyra Goodwin had to give up her dream of becoming the female Jacques Cousteau in order to take care of her father and brother, but being a mermaid at the Cape Cod Aquarium is pretty fintastic as far as alternative careers go.
Of course, life as a half-fish/half-woman isn’t all sunken treasure and Ariel twirls. Kyra has to deal with perpetually pruney fingers, eyes irritated by saltwater, and bratty kids on the daily, plus her glam alter ego can make dating really weird. (So many men have pervy siren-of-the-sea fantasies!) When she meets hunky surfer Cade, and he’s into her without knowing what she does for a living, Kyra thinks she’s finally won the romance lottery.
Unfortunately, Kyra’s plans for a carefree summer of catching waves with her new boyfriend run aground when Sea Star Beach, a place that holds great sentimental value for her, is taken over by a big-city developer who wants to build an exclusive resort. Kyra’s crusade to save her beloved beach threatens both her job and her relationship with Cade as does her growing closeness with her irresistibly broody merwrangler, Declan, whose precocious daughter is intent on playing matchmaker.
When a new family drama arises just as Kyra receives an offer that would turn her greatest desire into reality, she’s torn. Will she do what’s expected of her, or dive in and follow her heart?

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Published May 15th 2019

My Thoughts:

Have you ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Kyra has the dream job, whereby she works as a performing mermaid at a local aquarium. She lives near a beautiful beach which holds dear memories for her. And she meets a hunky surfer dude who finds Kyra irresistible. What could go wrong?????

Well this is chick lit, so plenty……..

Before I tell you my thoughts on the words, lets take a moment to appreciate the a-mer-mazing cover of In The Swim Of Things. Illustrator Lyndsay Lewellen has done a brilliant job of designing and bringing us the perfect cover for this book. You can see from the cover that Kyra is made to be a rather fit mermaid. (It is a costume that she wears, this is not a fantasy book). She is holding a sign to say ‘Save Sea Star Beach’ . What a great name for a beach, it makes me want to save it based just on the name. The beach holds so many memories for Kyra and the many other people who know of and live by the beach. Also, we can see in the book cover, 2 men. So, being chick lit, we know that there will probably be some romance. And there is…..

Kyra is a great character, there may be many women reading this who once dreampt of being a mermaid, Now Kyra’s reality is being a mermaid at the local aquarium. It sounds like a really fun job. Swimming in a tail, doing tricks in a tail and with glamorous make up and costumes on, teaching children to swim in a tail and being asked questions by lots of children, like “have you met Aerial?” , while she sits on her Mermaid throne at Poseidon Palace. You may think the way I have described Kyra so far is that she is breezy, princessy and flakey? No! not at all, she is fun, sexy and feisty. She is fighting for her beach after all. Kyra gets up to lots of mischief, fun and gets herself in a few sticky situations. Not only is she gorgeous, she is clever too, having studied marine science.  When Kyra was asked an awkward question, she replied:

“I’m going to plead the Fifth on that question…”       ( I might need to borrow that response, despite not being American!)

Kyra is a wonderful character that I felt like I knew from the way that Tracie Banister wrote her. I would love to see Kyra portrayed in a movie.

I have spoke a lot of Kyra, so obviously she is the main character that impressed me. There are plenty of great sideline characters too, that the Author wrote well and brought to life through the pages. Tracie Banister describes Sea Star Beach and Cape Cod in a way that brings the place to life in the readers head. This book has humour, romance, atmosphere, and a real sense of ‘going for what you believe is right’. There is also a really funny, cheeky and very messy little bird that features in this book. 

In the Swim of Things is the perfect summer read. Whether you are away on holiday, or just taking an imaginary one from your reading spot, In the Swim of Things will have you chuckling away and rooting for Kyra and Sea Star Beach. You may even start dreaming of being a mermaid again.  

Links:

Amazon.co.uk

Goodreads

Twitter/@traciebanister

traciebanister.blogspot.com

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Posted by on July 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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#10BooksofSummer (or 15 or 20)….

#10BooksofSummer  (or 15 or 20)….

10, 15 or 20 Books of summer is hosted by Cathy @cathy746books.       You can read Cathy’s original post about it here on her blog –  746books.com

This is a slightly late post as it started on June 3rd, but I did start my first book on that day, so all is ok. 😉

The idea of 20 Books of Summer is that readers choose their books to read and enjoy them, while also reviewing over the summer dates of June 3rd to September 3rd. You can choose to read 10, 15 or 20 books. I went for the easier option of 10! so, 3 months, 10 books, here goes.

Here are the books I hope to read over this time. I am adding in a mix of paperbacks and kindle reads. Two of the books will be for blog tours and the rest are ones I have chosen myself.

So here goes with my list of 10 books I hope to read this summer. ( in no particular order). The blurb can be found using the goodreads links.

In The Swim Of Things by Tracie Banister.

A lovely chick lit summer read. If you ever wanted to be a mermaid, this is the book for you. Kyra has her perfect job, a new hunky surfer boyfriend and lives by the beach she loves. When her beach is threatened. Kyra needs to fight for it. A perfect read for the summer I think. Plus I have read a few of Tracie Bannister’s books before and enjoyed them all. 

Goodreads Blurb.

 


 

Where the Dead Fall. By M J Lee.

A page turning crime thriller. With murders, detectives and hunts for killers. This is my kind of read.

Goodreads Blurb

 


 

Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay. By Nicola May.

The much awaited sequel to Nicola May’s previous best seller The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay will be a glorious read for me. I love all of this Author’s books and I am sure this one will be no difference. I’m looking forward to seeing what Rosa and the beloved Hot the sausage dog will get up to in this book.

My review for this will be in the blog tour hosted by RachelsRandomResources.com in July, when the book will be published. Lucky me got an early read 😊.

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The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

I was sent this book my my lovely friend Irena at bookdustmagic.com. Irena and many other bookbloggers have written amazing reviews for this book. I am excited to read it, but it is so long. I hope the length is necessary to the whole plot. I’m quite sure I will love it as Irena always has great recommendations.

Goodreads Blurb

 

Time of my Life by Laura Heffernan.

Another lovely easy summer read. You can just tell by the cover that this will be a perfect read for those summer evenings.

Goodreads Blurb

You see how I am mixing up thrillers and chick lits. I like to get a mix of gory, deceptive crime thrillers which make me hunt for the criminal. Then swap that for some really easy reads that are pure escapism. 


 

 

Fixed Odds by William McIntyre

The Author of this book is a criminal defence lawyer based in Scotland. That fact alone would be enough to make me want to read this book! This book is released on July 4th and I was very lucky to get an advanced copy. I am on the blog tour for Fixed Odds when it is published.

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Author Clare Chase is another of my recommended Authors. I have read quite a few of her books and loved them all. I would describe the previous books I have read as cosy mysteries. I have had this book on my kindle for a little while and don’t remember what it is about. I do have a feeling that I will love it though.

Goodreads Blurb

 


Broken Humanity by Karine Vivier

 

Published in January this year, this book is the debut book by Author Karine Vivier. The Author contacted me and asked if I would like to read and review her book. I like to try out new Authors, and am hoping this book will be a good one.

Goodreads Blurb


 

Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett.

You may remember this book from a previous post, whereby I got a great deal on the first 3 books in the Kay Hunter series. I have read the first books and it was fantastic. For my summer reads, I am including the next 2 books in this series. As I loved the first one, I am quite sure I will enjoy book 2 and 3 also. 

Goodreads Blurb

 

 

One to Watch by Rachel Amphlett (book 3 Kay Hunter)

The covers are awesome and look so readable don’t they! 

 

Goodreads Blurb

 

 


So that my 10 reads for summer. I think its going to be a good reading summer, with lots of good reviews to come. What books do you have planned to read this summer? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Which do you like the sound / look of? 

Here is to a good reading summer. 

 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2019 in Book Spotlights., Books

 

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Book Review: Star Fish by Nicola May.

Book Review: Star Fish by Nicola May.

 

 

Today on ChocolatePages, I’m bringing you a book review from one of my very favourite Authors, and a wonderful lady, Nicola May. This is an older book that the Author got published in 2015. The great thing about finding an Author that you love, after they have already released a few books is that you can go back and read all their other books. This is how I came to read Starfish, I wanted to go back and read all of Nicola’s books.

 

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Description

Amy Anderson has a plan: to find her ‘soul mate’ by dating her way through the twelve signs of the zodiac.

Tired of looking for love, the dreamy Piscean decides than an astrological dating agency is the only way to meet the man of her dreams.
Who will finally win Amy’s love? Will it be Ted the Arian photographer with a passion for ice skating, or Laurence, the Libran IT whizz kid who likes to get behind the wheel of a fast car?

Or how about Capricorn Chris, the owner of Starr & Son, the dating agency?


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Published May 5th 2015 by Accent Press

My Thoughts:

‘Star Fish’ is a complete chick lit, easy reading, comedic read. You can tell from the blurb that it will be a fun and ‘escapism’ type read. The type of book that takes you out of the stresses and regularities of your days, and excerts some excitement where you can go dating with Amy. You can follow the fun dates, the hot dates and the incredibly cringy dates. Dating her way through the star signs and getting peeks of the guys and Amy’s horoscope was a mixed up bag of laughs and fun.

Along with Amy and the blind date guys that she met, we also see a lot from Amy’s friends. Of course being fun chick lit, there is a gay best friend which boosts plenty of fun, sympathy and great friendship with.

I’m not sure if the Author researched what is typically the characteristics of each star sign, but I’m not sure I believe all that really anyway. It did take my interest though, how each star sign was characterised, particularly my own…… just out of general interest you know!

“Scorpions are passionate and intense beings, filled with desire. They are secretive and complex. Don’t try to get too much out of them or they’ll become suspicious and leave. They are particularly resourceful characters”.

Well, whether these are true or not, the descriptions fitted with each guy of that particular birth date, and that is part of what made the book fun.

Another fab book by Nicola May, British humour and chick lit fun all the way. I loved it.

p.s Nicola May has lots of books published, all available from Amazon and other bookstores.

Nicola’s latest book The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay has nearly 700 5 star reviews on Goodreads. (One from me of course).

 


Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Twitter/nicolamay1

www.nicolamay.com

 

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2019 in Books

 

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Book Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella.

Thank you to Becky Short and Penguin Random House for my copy of this book. Sophie Kinsella was my first favourite adult book, and I have loved all her books so far. I was very much looking forward to getting stuck into Surprise Me.

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Published February 8th 2018 by Transworld Digital

 

Description:

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

 

My Thoughts:

I have loved all of Sophie Kinsella’s books and I was sure I was going to love Surprise Me too. In fact, I did love it! I started to read this book in the waiting room of a hospital!! It was perhaps a little inappropriate for me to chuckling to myself about the things that Toby was doing in the first few chapters. Toby is a sideline character but he was my absolute favourite. He was so funny, and it was Toby that got me engrossed into the book rather than the main characters Sylvie and Dan. 

This was not my favourite of Sophie’s books, but when you write so many brilliant books, you set your standard so high. If this was the first Kinsella book I had read, I would be raving about how I had found another amazingly, funny, talented writer. In fact Kinsella is just that. The plot flowed, but not obvious in the way some chick lit stories are. There is definite character development as we see Sylvie and Dan surprise each other and how their marriage is affected by these unexpected events.  Along with that, the end was not at all what I was expecting, which is unusual for a chick lit book. There were a few parts of the story that I did not see coming, which was good. 

If I had read this and didn’t know the Author, I would have a good guess at Sophie Kinsella. My only request would be that Toby play more of a part because he was hilarious. I definitely recommend this book to Kinsella lovers, but if this was to be your first Kinsella book I would suggest reading her earlier ones first. 

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter-@KinsellaSophie

www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John- Ligali. Plus an amazing #Giveaway!

Book Review: The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John- Ligali. Plus an amazing #Giveaway!

I am very happy today to share with you my review for the beautiful book that is Part 2 of the online friendship books by Anne John-Ligali. ‘The Weekend Spa Break’, was a joy to read. Thank you to Rachel from Rararesources for giving me the opportunity for my spot on this tour, and to Author, Anne John-Ligali and Rachel for my copy of the book.

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You can visit all the other tour hosts on these days. There is also a wonderful giveaway, so keep reading and you could be a lucky winner of something special.

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Description:

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.
It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.
As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

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Publication Day: April 30th 2018

My Thoughts:

After reading part 1 of the online friendship series by this author, I was keen to learn what happened next. The Weekend Spa Break brings Constance and Estelle on a weekend that they will both remember.

The book has a few surprises for the reader and for the characters. There was more to this book than I was expecting and it was really good to see a more in-depth version of the characters.

I loved the online parts of the story. Most of us have ‘ online lives’, and it was interesting to see how Constance and Estelle brought the two together. I loved the Instagram updates from the girls and from the outer characters. There are reminders in this book of the advantages and disadvantages of showing ourselves online.

This book is very current and the author showed a great deal of knowledge in one particular theme that is close to my heart. I won’t say what as it will be a spoiler, but let me tell you it brought Constance and Estelle closer too.

Brilliant read and I hope there will be a part 3 of the online friendship stories.

Giveaway

To mark the release of part 2 in the friendship series, I’m giving away a Sanctuary Spa gift, and a signed, printed and binded copy of The Weekend Spa Break to one lucky winner. There are no physical copies at present, so this is a special prize.

All you have to do to enter is go to Anne’s twitter page, and retweet the pinned tweet, which will say GIVEAWAY.

A winner will be chosen at random by Tweet Draw and announced on Saturday 19th May at 8 o clock. Competition is open worldwide!

Good luck, to set you off, here is the link to Anne’s Twitter page. – Twitter – AnneJohnLigali

Good luck for the competition, let me know what you think of Anne’s books, her giveaway and whether or not you entered in the comments below. I love to hear from you.

Links:

annejohnligali.com

Facebook

Twitter – AnneJohnLigali

Amazon.co.uk

Goodreads

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2018 in Books, Giveaways

 

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Cover Reveal. The Weekend Spa Break, by Anne John-Ligali.

Cover Reveal. The Weekend Spa Break, by Anne John-Ligali.

Today is the cover reveal for the second short story by Anne John-Ligali. You will probably remember, I did a cover reveal and a book review for the first part of this story, ‘The Big Event’, where online friends meet up in person for the first time. ‘The Big Event’ was brilliant, so I was excited to take part in the blog tour for Anne’s next story where two of the girls that met at the Big Event, go for a Spa Weekend together. My review of the book will come soon and be part of Anne’s blog tour, but for today, take a look at the beautiful cover and have a read of the blurb for The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John-Ligali.

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Description:

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?


Sounds good doesn’t it? So, are you ready for the cover reveal………..

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Its beautiful isn’t it! I love the bubbles around the side of the book, giving us the idea of champagne bubbles and spa bubbles. I have read ‘The Weekend Spa’ break and loved it, but you will have to wait for my review until publication day. However, if you want to pre-order the book so you can get it on the day it is released, you can buy it HERE!


And here is a little about Author Anne John-Ligali, and the links where you can find out more about her and buy the book.

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Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.


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Social Media Links –

Author blog: http://annejohnligali.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/booksnauthorsuk/

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneJohnLigali

Author FB: https://www.facebook.com/annejohnligali/

Books and Authors UK: www.booksandauthors.co.uk

Books and Authors UK Twitter: https://twitter.com/BooksNAuthorsUK

Books and Authors UK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Books-and-Authors-UK-674729805905507/

PRE – ORDER LINK – AMAZON.


My review for The Weekend Spa Break will be up next month, until then enjoy the delights of the beautiful cover. Do you love the cover? Do you like the idea of meeting the people you talk to on social media? This could be the book for you.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2018 in Books

 

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Happy Publication Day. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, by Nicola May. Blog Tour, Review & #Giveaway. #TCSICB

Happy Publication Day. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, by Nicola May. Blog Tour, Review & #Giveaway. #TCSICB

Today I am very happy and honoured to be on the Blog Tour on Publication Day for the brilliant new book by Nicola May. As you will know if you saw my Cover Reveal post for this book, I love Nicola May’s books. I think Nicola is a talented, inspirational woman. (Nicola would be one of my literary tea party guests!). Her new book ‘The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay’ is a 5 star read for me. It lived up to my very high expectations and I loved it. 

Today is the start of a brilliant blog tour, whereby there will be lots of rave reviews for this book, and a lovely giveaway. So be sure to check out the rest of the bookbloggers on this tour, and enter the giveaway which is at the end of this post. 

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Some high praise for Nicola’s books by some famous names!

‘This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson
‘A fun and flighty read’ the Sun
‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’ Woman

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Description:

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it. 
Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?
There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events. 
With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light

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MY REVIEW:

 The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay is typically Nicola May brilliance. Her plot, characters and portrayal of chick lit escapism is perfect. Nicola’s writing pulls the reader right into Cockleberry Bay so that we can feel the cold air and smell the sea air and sandy beaches of Devon. We can feel the warmth of some of the characters and the bitter taste of others.  As you can tell I loved this book. I was engrossed in Rosa and Hot’s life, decisions, highs and lows. 

The main character Rosa inherits a shop from an unknown benefactor. So she and her beloved dog Hot travel down to see the shop and investigate what could be her new life. Here the adventures begin, with new people to meet, adventures and trials to keep Rosa and the reader intrigued. 

This isn’t the kind of chick lit book that you can predict exactly what will happen. There are surprises throughout the book. I kept wanting to read more and see how Rosa would manage, what she would do next, and who out of the new people she meets would she trust or avoid. There is a brilliant set of side line characters in Cockleberry Bay, and along with Rosa we have to decide which ones are nice and which are nasty!

Rosa has had a tough life, and I like that Nicola May is able to show Rosa’s nature which would depict such emotions from a scarred life. 

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran. 

I can relate to Rosa, she is a girl after my own heart! She loves a J D and Coke, and has an outlook on life which shows strength and an awareness that life is not fair, but you have to make the best of what you have. Rosa grows throughout the book, and character growth and believe-ability shows the talent of an Author who knows lifes ups and downs and can write it so.

“Life isn’t black and white, Joe. There is no rule book – well apart from the one bloody society throws at us”. – (I hear you Rosa and Nicola!). 

In any review of this book, there has to be a mention of the co-star main character, Hot the little sausage dog is adorable and Rosa’s love, companion and pride and joy. You can see Hot on the cover of this book, but you will have to read it to find out the double entendre of his name and more cute-ness from the lovely sausage.

If I had read this book as a mystery book and you didn’t tell me who the Author was, I would take a guess that it was written by Nicola May! I love her writing style, her ideas and the way she invents her characters that come to life in the readers head. If you haven’t read Nicola May’s books before, read this one…..and the go read all her others. 

5 out of 5 stars brilliant.


About Nicola May

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

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Follow Nicola May

Website – www.nicolamay.com

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nicolamay1

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/

 

Giveaway – Win x 3 Paperback copies of The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

 

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Posted by on April 9, 2018 in Books, Giveaways

 

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Book Review: Izzy As Is, by Tracie Banister.

Book Review: Izzy As Is, by Tracie Banister.

I was delighted when Author Tracie Bannister approached me to offer me her new book to read and review. I have already read and loved quite a few of Tracie’s books, so I accepted the request immediately. I had high hopes of thoroughly enjoying her book, and my hopes became reality within the first chapter!

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Description:

The party is over for bikini model Izzy Alvarez. For six years she’s made a good living by flaunting her God-given assets on runways and in front of cameras, but now as she approaches the big 3-0, the bodacious Latina is shocked to learn she’s aged out of the profession that’s kept her in mojitos, mani/pedis, and designer thongs. What’s a girl with a taste for the finer things in life and no marketable skills to do?

Getting a regular job is too boring to even consider, so Izzy decides to follow in the footsteps of her newly-engaged frenemy and become a trophy wife. Although she’s desperate and too broke to get a chipped nail fixed, Izzy still has standards for her future husband, which means no uggos, no vertically-challenged guys, and no geezers who need to pop a blue pill to perform in the bedroom. Enlisting the aid of her computer whiz nephew and her closest pals, Izzy goes on the prowl for a rich, marriage-minded man, encountering likely candidates in a lot of unlikely places.

The high life she’s dreamed of may be within reach when Izzy meets a charming, successful man who’s not only hotter than a steamy summer night in Miami, but ready to settle down. Now all Izzy has to do is make sure her loud, crazy Cuban family doesn’t scare off el hombre perfecto—oh, yeah, and squelch those pesky, romantic feelings she keeps having for the sweet, cash-strapped guy she’s known forever.

Will Izzy’s hunger for money win out, or will her fiery heart demand to be heard?


 

izzy

Published January 24th 2018


My Thoughts:

Izzy As Is is a total chick lit, fun, flirty read. The type of book that you can enjoy with cocktails and snacks! The Author sent me virtual cocktails and Cuban snacks while I was reading this! I have taken quite a liking to Cuban food too after reading this book! 

The cover of the book is gorgeous and after I had finished the book, I went back to examine the cover and saw more in it than I had before I started. I love it when that happens. 

When I read the first few pages, I wasn’t very impressed with the main character Izzy! Then by the time I got to chapter 3, I was disappointing in myself that I had judged Izzy on a few pages. By chapter 4, I loved her!!  I amused myself with my character judgement! Izzy is fun, full of life and makes the most of every minute and all her assets. She is brilliant.

This is the perfect kind of escapism book that you can read and laugh over the funny situations that Izzy gets herself into. The kind of book that takes you away from whats going on in real life and gives you a trip to Miami, sun, cocktails and lots of amusing dating tales! 

I was a late finder of the Tracie Bannister talent. But now that I have found her, she is my go to chick lit Author, along with Nicola May and Sophie Kinsella. If you like either of these Authors, you will love Tracie Bannister’s work too. 


 

If you have read this or any other of Tracie Bannister’s books, let me know your thoughts. Does Izzy As Is sound like a fun read to you? Can you recommend any other fun chick lit reads? Let me know in the comment section, I love to hear from you. 

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Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/@traciebanister

www.traciebanister.blogspot.co.uk

 

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2018 in Books

 

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Cover Reveal: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May.

Cover Reveal: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May.

If you know ChocolatePages at all, you will know I love love love Nicola May and all her books. She is an inspirational woman to me. So, I was very happy to be involved in this cover reveal organised by Rachel from rararesources and Nicola.

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Description:

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.
Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?

There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.


Expected publication: April 9th 2018 by Nowell Publishing.

There has been high praise from many for Nicola May’s books, these are just a few.

‘This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson

‘A fun and flighty readthe Sun

‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’WOMAN Magazine

…………and of course many rave reviews from me here at ChocolatePages for Nicola’s previous books. There will of course be another raving review of ‘The Corner Shop on Cockleberry Bay on publication day, which is April 9th.

But for now, take a look at this gorgeous cover! Isn’t it so lovely, that you can’t wait to get the pages turned and see what happens?!

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There is a Pre-order Link, so you can get the book on release day.

 

About Nicola May

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Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.


While, we patiently wait for publication Nicola has teased us with a little excerpt from the prologue of The Corner Shop on Cockleberry Bay. So, read below and get your bookish imaginations around what will happen next…..

Excerpt

PROLOGUE

‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’

Rosa took off her bright red woolly hat and scratched the back of her head furiously, causing her dark brown curly hair to become even more unruly.

The tall, pinched-faced solicitor nodded. ‘Yes, of course we have. Evans, Donald and Simpson do not make mistakes. You, Miss Larkin, are now the official owner of the corner shop in Cockleberry Bay.’

He handed the bewildered twenty-five-year-old a battered leather briefcase and pointed to a small combination padlock on its brass clasp.

‘Here. The will stated that you – and only you – can open this, using your date of birth.’

‘This is all very strange,’ Rosa said. ‘And where exactly is this Cockleberry Bay?’

‘Devon, dear, Devon.’ The solicitor looked under his rimless glasses. ‘I take it you know where that is?’

‘I may have a cockney accent, Mr Donald, but I’m not stupid.’

‘Well, open it then.’ The solicitor was shifting from foot to foot in anticipation. He

confided, ‘We’ve been wanting to know what’s in there for days.’

Showing no emotion, Rosa gazed at him with her striking green eyes and asked coolly: ‘Is there anything else I need?’

‘Er, no – but are you not going to . . .?’

‘I need to get to work.’ Rosa put her hat and scarf back on, zipped up her fur-lined bomber jacket and headed for the door. ‘Thank you so much for your help.’

And she was gone.

‘Rude!’

The solicitor peered crossly out of the window of the offices in Staple Inn and watched as the young woman, the briefcase in her arms, strode across the frosty cobbled courtyard and out into the bustle of London’s ancient legal quarter.


Now, you are intrigued aren’t you? Well, here is the link again where you can buy ‘The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, by Nicola May. And below are the links where you can find more about the Author and her books. Happy Reading.

PRE-ORDER PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/ B07B8KML35/

 Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/ B07B8KML35/

 Amazon CA – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/ B07B8KML35/

 Amazon AU – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/ B07B8KML35/

Links:

Goodreads.

Twitter/nicolamay1

www.nicolamay.com

www.rachelsrandomresources.com

Let me know what you think of the lovely cover, if you are going to read this book, and if you have read any other of Nicola May’s books?

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Posted by on March 9, 2018 in Book Spotlights., Books

 

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Book Review: The Boyfriend Swap, by Meredith Schorr.

Book Review: The Boyfriend Swap, by Meredith Schorr.

Thank you to Author Meredith Schorr for my copy of The Boyfriend Swap. I fell in love with Meredith’s writing from when I first read Blogger Girl. I had high expectations for this book, and I wasn’t disappointed. 

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I want ALL of Meredith’s books! 


Description:

Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorkers Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure.

Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve. 

A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flakey actor beau.

It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.

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Published November 7th 2017 by Henery Press

My Thoughts:

The Boyfriend Swap is a really entertaining escapism fun read. The two main female characters Robin and Sydney are taking their boyfriends home for Christmas and both are dreading it because of what their parents will think of their chosen partners. So a crazy idea to boyfriend swap is activated! Yes it does sound like a totally crazy idea. Pretend that another girl’s man is your man and take them to Christmas dinner with your parents!!  Sounds like a perfect recipe for Meredith Schorr fictional fun! 

The two girls are quite different. I liked Robin more, but both were great characters. The two boyfriends also are quite different. I think Will makes a pretty good bookish boyfriend, and this was added to by the fact that he was most against the crazy swap idea. Ah, I love these fictional tales that you can live through in the (approx) 330 pages and get delved into their worlds of messes, decisions, embarrassments and fun times, then lift your head up and realise that you are back in your bed and can choose to live on another chapter with Robin and Will, or Sydney and Perry whenever you like. I stayed in fictional world for quite a few nights! 

There is romance and Christmas in this book, but the festive talk is low grade, and not too traditional. the romance is there but its more a fun novel with small parts of romance. 

One of my favourite lines in this book, and I quoted this to the Author on twitter was:

“Wow. This is just wow. More exciting than when Nathan fell for Hailey in One Tree Hill”.

This doesn’t give anything away, as I won’t say what is so exciting, but I loved One Tree Hill, and I loved what this “excitement” was for.  

I have seen other bloggers reviews for this book, and many have mentioned how The Boyfriend Swap would make a great movie, and I have to say I totally agree. If Meredith’s books could be made into films, I would watch them all, and ask my friends to watch them all. But for now at least they are books, so I will ask all my friends and readers to read Meredith’s books. She has a talent for writing brilliant books. I’m looking forward to the next one already. 

Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/MeredithSchorr

www.meredithschorr.com

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Books

 

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