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An Autumn Crush - Milly Johnson 18/11/2011

Crushingly different!

Wrapped Up in You - Carole Matthews 15/11/2011

I WANTED to be wrapped up in it, but...

Wrapped Up in You - Carole Matthews Author Carole Matthews was born is St Helens, Merseyside but she left Liverpool to move to London after a string of different jobs, none of them remotely linked to writing. She won a short story competition and won a thousand pounds and then spent the money on a writing course. The tutor on her course liked her work and recommended an agent. The agent took on Carole’s work and sold her first book Lets Meet on Platform 8 a short time later. She still lives in London with her partner and has gone on to produce many best selling books. Story (Taken from Amazon) A Christmas fling, or has Janie found the real thing? Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson's single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disaster and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realises it's time to do something dramatic with her life. It's time for an adventure! Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa. Her friends think she's mad and Janie thinks they may very well be right ...but then she falls head over heels for her tour guide - and fully fledged Maasai Warrior - Dominic. But can Janie now face spending a snowy Christmas back home without him? Opinion Okay, where do I begin? I was looking forward to reading Carole’s new book as I always find I can curl myself up and lose myself in the stories she writes. Indeed I did curl up, however as for losing myself… well.. it ...

The Drought (Kindle Edition) - Steven Scaffardi 11/11/2011

If you like Crude, Rude and will LOVE this book!

You're Next - Gregg Hurwitz 07/11/2011

My first Hurwitz...FABULOUS!

You're Next - Gregg Hurwitz Author Gregg Hurwitz grew up in the Bay Area and while completing a BA from Harvard in 1995 and a master’s from Trinity College, Oxford in Shakespearean tragedy in 1996, he wrote his first novel. His books have been shortlisted for best novel of the year by International Thriller Writers and translated into sixteen languages. As well as being an author he has written screenplays for some major film studios such as Paramount. He currently lives in Los Angeles. Story (Taken from Amazon) “I know you, don’t I?” Those five words were the beginning of a plunge in Mike Wingate’s life. Mike doesn’t recognise this man talking to him at a party, but from that moment on both his and his family’s life are in danger. Literally overnight he realises that they mean business. He and his family need to know what they want and why, only time isn’t on their side. Opinion Having never read a Gregg Hurwitz and having read some favourable reviews I was looking forward to getting my teeth into another new author. The book isn’t slow on the uptake and the first couple of chapters is spent introducing up to Mike, his wife Annabel and their adorable but incredibly bright daughter Kat (what a great name?!?). Mike was brought up in a foster home and was seemingly abandoned when he was a young child. Having not had the best start in life he has literally turned his life around. When he meets a stranger at a party who explains that he knows him, Mike is none the wiser. It soon becomes clear that ...

Mixed Blood - Roger Smith 27/10/2011

Original with a capital O!!!

Mixed Blood - Roger Smith Author Roger Smith was born in Johannesburg in South Africa. His debut novel Mixed Blood was released in 2009, followed by Wake Up Dead in 2010 and Dust Devils in 2011. His first two books are in development as feature films. According to Roger Smith’s website, Green Street is developing the movie mixed blood which will be starring Samuel L Jackson. Story An American is hiding out in Cape Town, South Africa, after being blackmailed into taking part in a bank heist in the USA. After building a new life for his wife and son, a random act of violence sets him off on the downward spiral again. A rogue cop makes it his mission to take down the American no matter how many people have to die in the process. Opinion This author only came to my attention after reading it as a recommended book by another author I love Sean Black. I figured that as I enjoyed the Sean Black books so much, I would take his recommendation up and give the new author Roger Smith a go. As I had brought this book on my Kindle, by the time I got around to reading it I had no idea what the book was about so just started to read. The first thing that is noticeable with this book is there is no ‘typical’ hero copper who has an attitude towards authority and in its place we meet the Burns family. Jack Burns is on the run after getting himself into a sticky situation in the US. He, his wife Susan and son Matt are now living in South Africa and Susan is expecting her second child. Very early on a random act ...

Luxury - Jessica Ruston 26/10/2011

Luxurious reading...

Luxury - Jessica Ruston Author Jessica Ruston's debut novel Luxury was published in 2009 by Headline Review. This first book was named Debut of the Year 2009 in the Elle Magazine Literary Awards. While Jessica was studying for a BSc in Psychology she was a freelance writer and editor. Since her debut novel was launched in 2009, she has released her second novel To Touch The Stars. She has also written some screenplays and writes a weekly fiction serial called Come For Dinner which is published in a number of magazines. Story (Taken from Amazon) Sexy, smart New Yorker Logan Barnes knew how to take what he wanted to get where he wanted to be. But you can’t win the girl, make the money and live the high life without picking up enemies along the way... There’s only one enemy who matters, and that’s the friend Logan betrayed years ago – Nicolo Flores. He got mad, but better still he got even, waiting in the wings to pull the plug on Logan and see his fortunes come crashing down. Now Logan’s back, in London with a perfect wife, perfect family, and the perfect jewel to crown his rebuilt hotel empire: a stunning island getaway for the truly über-rich. Nicolo’s crazy to find a way to crush him again – but with gambling, addiction, sex and scandal all knocking on the Barnes’ family door, maybe they’ll destroy themselves before he even has a chance to... Opinion I had read really good reviews of this book on Amazon which is what made e get it for my Kindle. It took me a while to get round to it, ...

The Faithless - Martina Cole 21/10/2011

Been there, seen it, read it before *sigh*

The Faithless - Martina Cole Author Martina Cole was born and brought up in Essex. She wrote her first book in 1992 and has gone on to produce many more books. Her debut novel actually went on to become a succesfull TV drama as well as The Jump which was published in 1995. More recently The Take was also made into a TV Drama as well and Martina Cole has also featured on a show entitled ‘Ladykillers’ in which she presented. Story (Taken from Amazon) To the outside world, Cynthia Tailor is a woman to envy; she has a devoted husband, a lovely home and two gorgeous children. But Cynthia is deeply unhappy with her lot; she has always craved the best things in life, and is determined to see that she gets them. Cynthia will let nothing stand in her way, even if it means devastation and tragedy for those nearest to her. And the casualties are many: her husband Jimmy, weak and unable to fight the wife he can never please; her sister Celeste, from whom Cynthia steals her most precious possession; and her parents, Mary and Jack, who pick up the pieces. But the victims who suffer the most are Cynthia's children. For James Junior and Gabby, the pain she causes will stay with them for ever... Opinion For the last three books that Martina Cole has written, I finish it and then promise myself I won’t waste money buying it full price. I feel terrible saying that but it’s the truth. I have always been a huge Martina Cole fan and loved the older books such as ‘Ladykillers’. Sadly it seems that many authors who have ...

Hard Landing - Stephen Leather 18/10/2011

First time EVER I can say I like a Spider!

Hard Landing - Stephen Leather Author Stephen Leather started writing at University but never managed to complete a few chapters let alone a book. When he reached his twenties and was working as a journalist he wrote his first novel Pay Off which was brought by Harper Collins. His journalism took him from London to Hong Kong to work as a Business Editor for the South China Morning Post. His journalist work then brought him back to the UK and he worked for The Times. It was after the release of his fourth book which was brought by Hodder & Stoughton that he began writing full time. He has travelled and lived in many places and as well as writing his own novels has written for TV shows like London’s Burning and The Knock. Synopsis (Taken from Amazon) Former SAS trooper Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line. Working for an elite undercover squad he has lied, cheated and conned in order to bring Britain’s most wanted criminals to justice. But when a powerful drug baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes, Shepherd is given his most dangerous assignment yet. He has to go undercover in a top security prison, a world where one wrong move will mean certain death. As Shepherd gambles everything to move in on his quarry, he soon realises that the man he is hunting is even more dangerous than the police realise. And that he is capable of striking outside the prison walls and hitting Shepherd where it hurts most – his family. Opinion I haven’t read any of Stephen Leather’s books and chose this ...

What The Nanny Saw - Fiona Neill 11/10/2011

Maybe I Don't 'Get It'

What The Nanny Saw - Fiona Neill Author Fiona Neill writes for The Times Magazine and is author and creator of its hugely popular ‘Slummy Mummy’ column. After working for six years as a foreign correspondent in Latin America, she returned to the UK to become assistant editor at Marie Claire and, later, at The Times Magazine. Her first novel, The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy, was an international bestseller that sold in twenty-five countries. This was followed by Friends, Lovers and Other Indiscretions, which also become a Sunday Times bestseller. Brought up in Norfolk, she now lives in London with her husband and three children. (Taken from Authors website) Story When Ali Sparrow answers Bryony and Nick Skinner's advertisement for a Nanny her life changes overnight. At first everything is overwhelming - from twins who speak their own language to a teenage girl with weight issues and a son almost her own age. Then there is Bryony, who has one eye on her dazzling career and the other on Ali's failings. When a scandal erupts that suggests something corrupt has been hatched behind the Skinners' front door, their private life is suddenly public news. Ali soon becomes indispensible, and she realises she's witness to things she probably shouldn't see. Opinion I am a little flummoxed to say the least right now. I picked up Fiona Neill’s debut novel entitled The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy back in 2008. It wasn’t necessarily a choice based on anything other than chance. However, I was taken aback at how ...

Love and Marriage - Patricia Scanlan 06/10/2011

A comforting Conclusion

Love and Marriage - Patricia Scanlan Author Patricia Scanlan has been writing since the early nineties and was born and still lives in Dublin. I have been reading Patricia Scanlan since she began writing but realise that there is little about her in the media or even online. She hasn’t produced her own website like many authors and the most recent thing I found was an interview in 2003. She is however part of a project called Open Door. It is a concept she came up with to help and encourage readers who have literacy problems. Patricia essentially wanted to write enjoyable adult novellas that were not difficult to read. These books have gone on to become a series and other authors such as Cathy Kelly, Sheila O’Flanagan and Marian Keyes have also been involved. Opinion Patricia Scanlan has now released the final part of her trilogy entitled Love & Marriage. The first two books were Forgive and Forget released in 2008 and Happy Ever After released in 2009. We again meet the same characters and their daily struggles. Bryan and Debbie are now newly married and feeling the pinch financially. Their marriage is already looking uncertain and as things get harder Bryan tends to bury his head in the sand even more. Connie who has done her bit for her daughter Debbie and son-in-law Bryan is celebrating a new man in her life. Drew is everything her ex-husband Barry wasn’t. Sadly, Drew’s ex-wife likes to make a habit of ringing and calling upon Drew in her hour of need which is not doing much for Connie’s relationship ...

Hunted - Emlyn Rees 05/10/2011

Fabulous writing, but un-original story

Hunted - Emlyn Rees Author Emlyn published his first thriller aged twenty-five, his second a year later, and then co-wrote seven comedies with Josie Lloyd, including the Number One Sunday Times bestseller Come Together. Emlyn and Josie are better know for their co-written books. Story Danny Shanklin wakes up in a hotel room and knows he hasn’t seen it before. He has a gun strapped to him and a quick glance out the window shows him he has been royally set up. His only option is to go on the run to try and prove his innocence. However, avoiding police, hundreds of thousand of CCTV cameras and different agencies tailing him is not as easy as it seems. Danny has to go on the run and ensure that the hunted becomes the hunter. Opinion Well the first thing is that this type of storyline is certainly not original. It has been done many times over by many different authors so this sort of storyline is certainly not an eye opener. However, although I admit some authors may do this genre better, as soon as I started turning the pages of this I couldn’t seem to stop!?! I actually liked the character Danny Shanklin, but, (and there is a but), he wasn’t original enough to stick in my memory. Sadly for Emlyn Rees, there are many authors out there that are at the top of their game in this genre and have a loyal following. Having said all of that, this certainly didn’t take away the fact that it was still a great book. High octane, and quicker than lightning, is the best way to describe the pace of the ...

Baby Be Mine - Paige Toon 03/10/2011

Great sequel!

Baby Be Mine - Paige Toon Author Paige Toon was born in 1975 and her dad’s career as a racing driver meant that she grew up between Australia, England and America. She worked at Heat magazine for eight years as Reviews Editor, but left to have a baby. She is now a full-time author and freelance journalist. She lives in North London with her husband Greg, son Indy and daughter Idha. Story ** NOTE – IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ‘JOHNNY BE GOOD’ THIS REVIEW WILL INEVITABLY CONTAIN SPOILERS** 'He's not mine, is he?' That's the question I fear the most. You see, I have a secret. My son is not fathered by my boyfriend, but by one of the most famous rock stars that ever lived. And he doesn't even know it. One-time celebrity personal assistant to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg Stiles is now settled and living in the south of France with her doting boyfriend Christian and their son Barney. But they're living a lie - a lie that will turn their lives upside down and inside out - because as Barney reaches his first birthday, Meg can no longer deny that her son is growing to look more and more like his rock star father every day, and less and less like Christian, and sooner or later, the world is going to realise ... Opinion I only read my first Paige Toon book a few weeks ago which happened to be ‘Johnny Be Good’. I was so impatient for the sequel that this one suddenly shot straight to the top of my ‘to read’ pile. In the book Johnny Be Good we met Meg Stiles working as a PA to the hottest rock star on ...

Book or e-book? Where do you stand? 29/09/2011

To Kindle, or not to Kindle? That is the question!

It Happened in Paris - Molly Hopkins 27/09/2011

As long as you don't take it seriously... VERY funny!

It Happened in Paris - Molly Hopkins Author Molly Hopkins, aka Lynette Hopkins, nee Lynette Moffat. She grew up in East Kilbride near Glasgow, and would have stayed there if it hadn’t been so cold. She now lives in Middlesex where it’s much much warmer. Her debut novel It Happened In Paris was published in May 2011 Story Evie Dexter is 26 and has been made redundant. One evening whilst checking out jobs and helped along by a glass of wine or two, she strikes it lucky and bags an interview with Insignia Tours. Her latest edition of Vogue will give her all the information she needs. As she sets off for her new job she had no idea that the challenges facing her may well be linked to the sexy coach driver Rob, and the fact that she found the wine in France just too delicious. Opinion I happened to see some favourable reviews for this book which is Molly Hopkins debut so took a chance and ordered it on my Kindle. I had zero expectations, with all new debut novels and surprisingly found myself laughing out loud within the first chapter. The one thing I want to point out is that Chick Lit is meant to be whatever the author chooses. It doesn’t have to be meaningful, or in particular close to real life. My own opinion means that I read this type of book to sometimes get away from real life. If this is the sort of book you want, along with one that can make you laugh out loud give this a go. Evie Wilson is a hilarious character. She and her flatmate Lulu seem to be a combination of a few of my personal friends. To ...

Platinum - Jo Rees 26/09/2011

I actually BLUSHED!!!!!!

Platinum - Jo Rees Author Jo Rees published her first novel when she was 26. She went on to write several screenplays and internationally successful novels with her husband, Emlyn Rees, including the number one bestseller, Come Together. Her first solo project was the bestselling Platinum. It's the big, juicy, glamorous read she's always wanted to write. Her next novel, Forbidden Pleasures, was published in August 2010.Jo lives with her husband and their three daughters by the sea. Story Frankie Willis is a twenty-five-year-old blonde computer whiz kid, searching for adventure as a stewardess on board mega-yacht Pushkin following an unfortunate incident forcing her to leave her home land. Peaches Gold is a tough-talking Hollywood madam. Peaches has a little black book that could bring Hollywood’s A-list to its knees. Lady Emma Harvey is a happily married aristocrat. She’s married to Julian who she thinks is the most handsome man in England. Three women whose paths have never crossed will become united in their efforts for revenge against Russion Billionaire Yuri Khordinsky. Yuri is a ruthless Russian oligarch who is on a mission to get recognition in polite society and will stop at nothing to get it. But this time he’s crossed the wrong women. And they’re determined to get back on top. Opinion Well, I think the first thing I need to point out is that I am far from shy and retiring. I love a good bonkbusters and have no problems reading the raunchier books out there. I am an absolute die ...
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