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PROMO BLITZ: Kisses, She Wrote – Katharine Ashe

From award winning author Katharine Ashe, comes an enchanting Christmas novella about a shy but imaginative princess and the rakish Earl who could make all her wildest fantasies come true….

The Christmas season has never been so steamy.

Handsome as sin and scandalously rakish, Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr is every young lady’s wickedest dream. Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline Sensaire knows this better than anyone, because her dreams are full of the breathtaking earl’s kisses. And not only her dreams–her diary too.

But when Cam discovers the maiden’s not-so-maidenly diary, will her wildest Christmas wishes be fulfilled in its pages . . . or in his arms?

 

 

Excerpt from KISSES, SHE WROTE, A Christmas Romance by Katharine Ashe

“At least you won’t be at a significant disadvantage when you wed,” the princess said thoughtfully.
“Disadvantage?”
“There is . . .” Her voice trailed off. She looked out the window and tilted her head. Her stance was relaxed. This conversation did not, apparently, agitate her as it did him.
“Princess?”
“The thing is, I have never kissed a man,” she said and looked over her shoulder at him. “Will my husband be disappointed to discover that I have no knowledge of kissing?”
Cam’s throat had gone entirely dry. If she had no actual knowledge of kissing, she certainly had excellent intuition.
“Why do you ask me?”
“I cannot very well ask my brother. How horridly embarrassing that should be.” She scowled but her eyes twinkled.
“You might ask your ladies in waiting, or the Duchess of Lycombe.”
“How would they know the answer? They are women.”
He was nonplused. “Well . . .”
She turned to him fully. “You and I are friends, so I trust you will answer me honestly. I know you have considerable experience kissing women.”
His cravat had shrunk again. “Do you?”
She lifted a single, eloquent brow. She was far too intelligent for him, and far too forthright, and he was far too accustomed to consorting with females of much less acute minds and much baser characters. She was not now flirting with him but making a statement of fact.
He nodded in silent admission.
Both brows perked now, like the shimmering feathers of a raven. “So . . . ?”
“I should think that your husband would be delighted to teach you the finer points of kissing.” And learn a thing or two in the process.
“I suppose you may be correct about that. Men like to instruct women. I think it makes them feel more in control.”
He could not hide his amusement. “You don’t say?”
“Well, doesn’t it? You are a man.”
“Good of you to notice.”
“Do you like it when you feel in control of a woman?”
“I like it when a woman feels she is getting what she wants from me.”
Her fine, expressive eyes widened. Then, slowly, she turned to the pianoforte and began rearranging the music on the stand. Cam studied the clean sweep of her back to her gently curved hips and the straight set of her shoulders. She was not petite, not enticingly round, not anything he had ever desired in a woman. But merely looking at her back and knowing what she imagined of him — of them together — made his heartbeats hard.
“I should like to give it a try before I marry,” she said without turning around. Her voice was pitched a bit low. “Kissing, that is.” She glanced at him. Her cheeks were ever so slightly pink.
“Should you?” He suspected where this was going. He’d been the object of countless women’s flirtations. But never this woman. She confined her attentions to him safely in her diary.
This was a different woman before him now.
“Yes,” she said. “I think it would be a useful experience to take into marriage. Don’t you?” She turned her hungry gaze upon him . . .

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RELEASE DAY: The Gift – Karli Perrin

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It was the weekend before Christmas and the whole world was on countdown.
Except for me.
Last Christmas, I met a boy.
Last Christmas, we made a pact.
Christmas would never be the same.
Life would never be the same…

Please note that this is a short story, not a full length novel. It is a standalone and is intended to be a quick, fun and flirty read.

5 / 5 stars

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My review

You know how much I love my twinnie right? So when she told me she was writing a secret project, i wanted to know desperately what it was but she kept quiet. Then one day, so told me and helllllllo The Gift file in my inbox. I had finished worked, read it waiting for my train, then the bus home and just as i was getting to my stop i had finished it.

It’s not very long, but Karli certainly knows how to hone you in, how to give her characters personality and life in a short amount of words and pages. Karli gets straight to the point with Blake and Imogen, she makes them flirty, funny, sarcastic and damn right brilliant characters and along with the christmas setting, you want what they have instantly. They click instantly, they gel and seem to understand the other straight away when they first meet – both playing along with the game in the night club. Their chemistry is instantaneous too, and that is something that was a given with these two.

Karli adds in an extra UMFFPPHHH that i was NOT expecting to happen at all and i was praying at that scene that nothing would happened to my beloved Blake and Imogen. I don’t think i could have handled it but thank the god, Karli seemed to understand my freaking out and everything ends up perfectly 😉

The first date – hence the book cover, is the sweetest, most damn romantic day / night that Blake takes Imogen on. Jeeeeze, where is my Blake and why is he not my boyfriend? I want to be taken on that date and held and make googley eyes at him so much!!

The Gift is the perfect short story for all those who adore christmas and being jealous of couples who have an amazing Christmas whilst you are single and eating copious amounts of chocolate HA.

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photo (5)About Karli

Karli Perrin is a 25 year old English Language & Linguistics graduate from Manchester, England. She has always been a big lover of books and was inspired to write her own – April Showers.
She is a big believer of fate and is a sucker for a happy ending. She truly believes that there is a reason why you are reading this right now (apart from the fact that you are awesome!)
Her ultimate goal in life is to live in a house made entirely out of books with her best friend, who also happens to be her fiancé.

…Hogwarts is plan B.

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COVER REVEAL: The Art of Forgiving – Anna Bloom

ben_cover_no_spineTITLE: The Art of Forgiving (A Uni Files Short – Christmas scene)
AUTHOR: Anna Bloom
GENRE: New Adult / Romance
RELEASE DATE: 11th December 2013
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Synopsis

Benjamin Chambers found the girl, won the girl, and then lost the girl all in two months. It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t that girl. The one that had already got away once.

Left to his own devices, wallowing in self-pity, drinking whiskey and killing ballads on his guitar Ben is looking forward to the worst Christmas in history. That is until an unexpected offer of help arrives.

Given the best Christmas gift he could ever wish for, the chance to spend one more day with the girl that got away. Ben knows he just has one day to convince Lilah that they are meant to be together, before he has to make some big decisions about his own future. Just one day to set right the mistakes that he has made, but will it be enough?
Ben may end up finding out that The Art of Forgiving isn’t something you can teach, it is something that you have to earn.

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Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

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COVER REVEAL: The Gift – Karli Perrin

TheGiftCoverTITLE: The Gift (Novella)
AUTHOR: Karli Perrin
GENRE: Romance
RELEASE DATE: 1st December
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Synopsis

It was the weekend before Christmas and the whole world was on countdown.
Except for me.
Last Christmas, I met a boy.
Last Christmas, we made a pact.
Christmas would never be the same.
Life would never be the same…

Please note that this is a short story, not a full length novel. It is a standalone and is intended to be a quick, fun and flirty read.

photo (5)About Karli

Karli Perrin is a 25 year old English Language & Linguistics graduate from Manchester, England. She has always been a big lover of books and was inspired to write her own – April Showers.
She is a big believer of fate and is a sucker for a happy ending. She truly believes that there is a reason why you are reading this right now (apart from the fact that you are awesome!)
Her ultimate goal in life is to live in a house made entirely out of books with her best friend, who also happens to be her fiancé.

…Hogwarts is plan B.

Links

Twitter: @Karli_uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKarliPerrin
Blog: karlijperrin.blogspot.co.uk
GR: www.goodreads.com/karliperrin

April Showers (#1)

Amazon UK: £0.77 | Amazon US: $1.23

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Day 05 – A book that makes you happy

10060196It Started with a Kiss – Miranda Dickinson

I’m an utter romantic. Ask anyone of my friends and they’ll agree with me.

I love thinking that my soul mate is out there somewhere, looking for me too.
I love to be romanced.
I love to be loved.

I think that’s why this story makes me happy.

It about having that brief moment’s kiss a stranger who turns your world upside down. Makes you feel things. But then he has to run off before you get his name, or learn anything about him. But he’s all you can think about because you knew, in that moment, you both felt the same way, despite it only being a kiss.

I loved the journey and focus that Romilly had for trying to find her knight in shining armor and the guy who blew her away with just one kiss. She gives herself a year to find him and if she doesn’t find him, she’ll get over her quest and get on with her life. She has support all over te place, from her friends, to her aunt and uncle, even a massive follow on her blog for her search of him.

I loved how much determination she had because the guy changed up her feelings.

It’s such a perfect and beautiful fairytale of a book and when i think about it, it makes me smile how she finally ended up with the guy who felt exactly the same way as she did.

She yes, this is the book that makes me happy and makes me think that (although its fiction) if that happened to me, that i;d have the  support and determination Romilly had to find her perfect guy despite not knowing a single thing about him, but wanting to find out who he was and if he felt the sparks she did too.

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Twelve Days of Christmas – Trisha Ashley

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Christmas has always been a sad time for young widow Holly Brown, so when she’s asked to look after a remote house on the Lancashire moors, the opportunity to hide herself away is irresistible – the perfect excuse to forget about the festivities.

Sculptor, Jude Martland, is determined that this year there will be no Christmas after his brother runs off with his fiancée and he is keen to avoid the family home. However, he will have to return by Twelfth Night, when the hamlet of Little Mumming hold their historic festivities and all of his family are required to attend.

Meanwhile, Holly is finding that if she wants to avoid Christmas, she has come to the wrong place. When Jude unexpectedly returns on Christmas Eve he is far from delighted to discover that Holly seems to be holding the very family party he had hoped to avoid.

Suddenly, the blizzards come out of nowhere and the whole village is snowed in. With no escape, Holly and Jude get much more than they bargained for – it looks like the twelve days of Christmas are going to be very interesting indeed!

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My Review

Amazon always recommends me really great books to read so when it recommended Twelve Days Of Christmas and seeing as the book had a sort of The Holiday-esque feel to it, I knew I had to download it and give it a read. The Holiday, is after all, my favourite Christmas film, so if a book channels that film into it, then I thought it must be a great read.

Twelve Days of Christmas is about Holly. She’s a widower who doesn’t celebrate Christmas due to her Grandma’s Strange Baptist upbringing and the death of her husband. During the summer she is a chef and during the winter months she house-sits, so when her agency calls her up last minute about a house sitting job in the remote Lancashire moors, she takes the opportunity. All she wants is to hide away in the isolated countryside of this house and it’s the perfect excuse to forget about all the festivities of Christmas.

Thing is, she’s come to the wrong house if she wants to avoid Christmas. This family of the guy’s house she is watching over live down the road and they absolutely love Christmas. They go out of their way to celebrate it, with all the trimmings and food. Being snowed in with the whole family, Holly has no choice but to celebrate with them, seeing as they think of her as ‘part of the family’ even though they hardly know her. But maybe, just being surrounded by people she is starting to care for, can bring her out in the Christmas spirit? Especially when the guy, Jude comes back home…

I have to say, that it took me quite a while to get into the book. I’m not sure why, as many books I have read I am instantly attached to them and read them in a night, but with this book, it took me days. I really didn’t want to give up on reading it, mainly because of The Holiday feel to it, so I trudged on until FINALLY it became hard to put it down. I think it was because it involved way too much detail on everything that is written. To be honest, I skimmed those parts as I really didn’t care for the carpets or the rooms etc. Being so heavily committed to explaining things like that stopped me into wanting to read those parts, hence the skipping.

I did eventually become drawn into the story. I liked the phone calls with Jude and Holly. They made me laugh at how infuriating they both made each other; even though they had never met and ‘never would’ because Holly would be gone before he’d arrive home. The whole family were very welcoming of Holly, treating her as one of their own, which I adored as Christmas isn’t something that Holly celebrates, but they bring it out in her and she actually feels content celebrating and being around these people when she had hid away for years during the holiday.

All the characters were great to read. I loved Jess – the teenager – she was so much fun to read and Noel, he was a great character. So caring and welcoming towards Holly. I actually did really like Jude from the start – I could see he was a bit anxious about a new person looking after his house when the couple who were meant to have looked after it for years, but when he does make an appearance, he stole my heart and the bickering still continued between Holly and him, but it all just added to the story and their chemistry – which everyone could see apart from Holly.

The one person who stole the book for me was Merlin, the dog. He was such a cutie, so loyal towards Holly and Jude, even though Jude is his owner, he loved being around Holly too and felt conflicted over whom to go to when they weren’t both in the same room. I don’t have a dog myself, but if I did, I would want it to be Merlin, because he’s a sweetie!

At the start of each chapter is an extract from Holly’s Nan’s diary, which slips in well with the storyline and the family she is hosting for. It made sense and it was a nice addition to the book that you got to kind of see both sides to both families.

I know parts of this review seem a bit critical and I have to admit, it is my first review where I have criticised the book. I never normally do because I become attached to the book instantly, but I had to say that it didn’t come until over 100 pages. I could have easily put the book down and placed it in my ‘Did Not finish’ shelve, but albeit, as much as it took a while, I did eventually get to become attached to the story in the end. I know it focuses on food a bit too much, and it did get tedious, but I would have loved to try everything Holly made as it sounded delicious.

If you’re looking for a Christmas book including food and family, then this book is for you. Just because it took me a while to get into it, doesn’t mean you want become engrossed immediately. But I did enjoy it when I read more pages and it truly is a splendid book to read.

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One Perfect Christmas – Paige Toon

Synopsis

One Perfect Christmas picks up with Alice and Joe one year on… He’s a bigger star than ever, and Alice has managed to maintain her anonymity. But how long can that last? Will this be their first – and last – perfect Christmas? And where is Lukas?

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My Review

Okay, so the sequel is around 100 pages long, which is a shame as i would have loved it be longer, this is why i have read it in such a short space of time.

You start off a year later with Jessie and Emily – who are Alice’s friends and ex-housemates from One Perfect Summer – who are getting married. Alice is a bridesmaid for Emily and it was lush to read that after 10 years, they were still friends with Alice and Jessie still messing around together like they were still in uni and work. Jessie calls Alice ‘China’ and Alice calls Jessie ‘Weasley’ after Rupert Grint as he has red hair. You really do find the best of friends at university.

At the wedding, you FINALLY get to see who Alice ends up with and i totally squealed when it was revealed. I become far too involved with the characters when i read books. Obviously from the synopsis you know its Joe, but still.

Alice hasn’t seen Joe for three months, due to his busy filming schedule, so when he surprises her at the wedding, she’s ecstatic and Jessie and Emily are just about on the same par as Alice as they have yet to meet him. Alice and Joe’s relationship is still under wraps and Alice still has her anonymity although she has to endure her colleague talking about Joe all the time, which of course, would annoy you if your friend was going on about your boyfriend, even though no one knew you were together. Joe is the one who wants to go public, hating being away from Alice, whereas Alice is a bit more reluctant, as it would mean her whole life and career would be turned upside down.

You finally get to know what happened between Lukas and Alice too, as it rewinds 7 months back. As much as i hated Lukas in One Perfect Summer, we find out he quit his job in Germany, moved back to the UK and is still in love with Alice, forgiving her and wanting her back but as soon as you feel sorry for him, he goes back to the arsehole he was in the first book, which is great because Alice wants him to hate her so he will divorce her.

You can see the love and passion steaming off Alice and Joe, and i totally got drawn in when Alice takes Joe to their house for the first time. although they have been together for a year, it was like they were never apart and that pulled at my heart strings that they still felt the same way after 9 years apart.

There was a lot of jealousy on Alice’s part, which i can understand. Her boyfriend is a big movie star, hes away for months on end and there are so many rumours spreading around about him but then Joe is jealous of Alice when it comes down to her ex-husband and Jessie – who she has a platonic relationship with. They both seem to have issues but when you’re away for months on end, its hard and puts a strain on the relationship but they do talk about it and you can see that whatever issue they have, they can get through it.

Although short and sweet, i really wanted it to be longer. It seemed that although it was meant to tie up some issues from the first book, it just left me wanting more. Like going public, how Alice would cope being thrown into the public eye, the crazy fans etc but I suppose, stopping where it did, even though it was mean, just let the reader ponder over what happened in the future for the both of them.

I’d like to hope that everything ended perfectly between them.

Posted in Romance

The Night Before Christmas – Scarlett Bailey

Synopsis

All Lydia’s ever wanted is a perfect Christmas…

So when her oldest friends invite her to spend the holidays with them, it seems like a dream come true. She’s been promised log fires, roasted chestnuts, her own weight in mince pies – all in a setting that looks like something out of a Christmas card.

But her winter wonderland is ruined when she finds herself snowed in with her current boyfriend, her old flame and a hunky stranger. Well, three (wise) men is traditional at this time of year..

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My Review

I received this as a Christmas present from my grandparents last year and as I was going through my final year of university, the only time I had to read it was during my half hour breaks from my part-time work – which was one day a week.

It took me a while to get into the book, but when I did, I loved the storyline and the fact it revolved around Christmas, even though i was reading it in February.

The book mainly centres on Lydia with different stories interlinking with hers. Lydia and her boyfriend Stephen are off to spend Xmas with her friends at Katy and Jim’s new house, which they have converted into a B&B and hoping that after Xmas, they will be ready to open the doors to the B&B.

With all her friends under one roof, including her current boyfriend and her old flame, Jack (who never met her friends) who is now going out with her friend, but seems to still have feeling for Lydia.

Caught in a dilemma, she’s even more stuck with the boiler blinks out after they are snowed in and the local handyman, Will, treks through the snow to try and fix it. She now has to figure out who and what she wants and quickly because Stephan is going to propose soon.

I never liked Stephen and thought Lydia was actually too good for him. I loved her fling with Jack but when he left and she was left distraught, to not get in touch to tell her why he went – now that’s not on and to then want her after all those years. Tut tut. And then there is Will who I took an instant liking to.

There are fights between lovers and friends, playtime in the snow with the kids, drunken times and friendships, all with Christmas as a background. It was a great read and I loved who Lydia got together with, especially as the ending took place a year later and what happened was so romantic that it’s such a nice, fluffy, Christmas read. And since its coming up to Christmas – I know, two months away – it’s time to get your hands on this book and get into the Christmas spirit.

Posted in Romance

It Started With A Kiss – Miranda Dickinson

Synopsis

From the author that gave you the Sunday Times top 10 selling title, Fairytale of New York, join our heroine Romilly as she discovers how far she will go to find the man of her dreams. What would you do to find the one that got away? As the singer in a wedding band, Romily Parker has seen her fair share of happy endings, even though her own love life isn’t quite as simple. On the last Saturday before Christmas, (shortly after disastrously declaring her love for best friend Charlie), Romily has a brief encounter with a handsome stranger whose heart-stopping kiss changes everything. Determined to find him again, Romily embarks on a yearlong quest, helped (and sometimes hindered) by enthusiastic Uncle Dudley, cake-making Auntie Mags and flamboyant Wren. Will she find the man of her dreams? Or could true love be closer than she thinks? The ONLY book that you’ll want to curl up with this winter — perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Sophie Kinsella.

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My Review

I really enjoyed reading this book. I fell in love with all the characters, apart from the few who mocked and didn’t support Romily in her quest such as her parents who didn’t see the point in trying to find this guy.

As you can see from the synopsis, Romily has a brief moment with a guy before christmas, after professing her love for her friend who turned her down, but this guy is called away before anything can happen – she didnt even get his name! So she’s made it her mission to spend a year looking for him and if she hasn’t, then at least she tried.

 

The wedding band she is in with her friends, are all supportive with this quest, doing whatever they can to help her along the way, including the guy – Charlie, who she professed her love to, although he wasn’t happy about it.

 

Uncle Dudley and aunt Mags were amazing, I’d love them as relatives – so supportive unlike her parents and were so encouraging in her quest to find this guy. Cant praise this book enough as I’ve never read something like this before

It about having that brief moment’s kiss a stranger who turns your world upside down. Makes you feel things. But then he has to run off before you get his name, or learn anything about him. But he’s all you can think about because you knew, in that moment; you both felt the same way, despite it only being a kiss.

I loved the journey and focus that Romilly had for trying to find her knight in shining armour and the guy who blew her away with just one kiss. She gives herself a year to find him and if she doesn’t find him, she’ll get over her quest and get on with her life. She has support all over the place, from her friends, to her aunt and uncle, even a massive follow on her blog for her search of him.

I loved how much determination she had because the guy changed up her feelings.

It’s such a perfect and beautiful fairytale of a book and when i think about it, it makes me smile how she finally ended up with the guy who felt exactly the same way as she did.

She yes, this is the book that makes me happy and makes me think that (although its fiction) if that happened to me, that I’d have the support and determination Romilly had to find her perfect guy despite not knowing a single thing about him, but wanting to find out who he was and if he felt the sparks she did too.

I did have a few different endings in my head but none of them were the correct ending which I’m quite glad as I guess all the time and most are right. I loved how charlie decided he had feelings for her, which was kind of inevitable as that what guys are like but I’m glad it ended how it did between then and she finally got the guy who had been feeling the same way (I’m not telling you which one).

Definitely give this book a go!!