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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Best Boomerville Hotel - Cover Reveal

Today I am lucky enough to be able to participate in the cover reveal for The Best Bloomerville Hotel by Caroline James.

Let the shenanigans begin at the Boomerville hotel …

Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than it’s fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications
Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair.  The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.
In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Now how's that for a fab, fun cover.  Makes me want to grab the book, curl up with a cup of tea or hot chocolate, a blanket to keep the cold out, and of course the obligatory chocolate bar and lose myself in what sounds like a fun book.

Advance Praise

It seems to have some great advance praise already and a few below to tempt you even more: -

‘A lovely addictive read and one that I would recommend.’ Stephanie O’Neill, Ireland

‘Caroline’s characters shone their magic brightly and kept me hooked, evoking strong emotions. A triumph, I absolutely loved this book.’ Nicky Clifford, Author.

‘I really wish I could check into Boomerville and participate in the courses. I loved this book, it is a great read. Thanks to the author for bringing the crazy characters to life - I can’t wait for the next book.’ Ronnie Montgomory, London.

‘Boomerville gripped me from the start with twists and laugh out loud moments. I loved it and hope we see more adventures in the future.’ Lisa Stewart, Southampton.

‘Caroline’s best book yet. I loved the characters and the Lake District setting was gorgeous. Boomerville is a wonderful journey.’  Amanda Williams, Wales.

Pre Order The Best Boomerville Hotel from any of the links below for the brilliant price of £1.99.   Due for release on 13 March 2018. 

Amazon:                      http://mybook.to/TBBH
Kobo:                           https://goo.gl/VRh2XT
Ibooks/Google:           https://goo.gl/2aq7sz

If you wish to connect with the author, please use the links below:

Twitter:@CarolineJames12  https://twitter.com/CarolineJames12
FaceBook:  Caroline James Author  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolineJames/


Thursday, 11 January 2018

Eye for an Eye (Jessica Daniel Book 12)

Eye for an Eye (Jessica Daniel series Book 12) by [Wilkinson, Kerry]

This is the next Jessica Daniel’s book (Book 12).  We catch up Jessica as she is told of the release of Damien Walker, who has been released from prison where he has served a sentence for abducting women 17 years ago.

He is released under a new identity back into the Manchester area, but Jessica is sent to investigate him after a woman is found dead, killed the same way that Walker used to kill people. 

Jessica and DI Topper are tasked with investigating and have to keep their findings under wraps so as to not alert the public that Walker has been released and is back living in the Manchester area. 

Jessica is also tasked with investigating an incident with rock star Blaine Bonner and Blaine contacts her at various times of the day and night with strange incidents that have taken place to him. 

 We are also taken back into the personal life of Jessica and how things are with her fiancรฉ Adam and where things are up to with the missing Bex. 

All in all, this is the usual Kerry Wilkinson book, a page turner and a gripping read.  I was hooked from the first page and loved how this book as per the other Jessica Daniel’s books are set in Manchester with vivid descriptions of the area and being someone who knows Manchester pretty well lets me understand where things are occurring.

My thanks go to Kerry Wilkinson for providing me with an ARC.  My review is my honest and unbiased opinion.

PS – Hurry up with Book 13!! ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Dark Skies (DCI Ryan #7)

Dark Skies: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 7) by [Ross, LJ]

Dark Skies is the next instalment in the DCI Ryan series.  We join Ryan and the team as he returns from honeymoon with Anna and on returning to the force, notes that a new DCS has been appointed.  That woman is Jennifer Lucas, a woman who has a past with Ryan, a woman who Ryan had a relationship with and who he escaped to the North East to get away from, a woman who is determined to cause problems amongst the solid team.

Dark Skies is set in Kielder and you are immediately transported to the area and thrown into a mystery and the discovery of a body of a young boy by a couple who were diving, as Anna and her students arrive at Kielder.  The body discovered appears to be a boy who disappeared over 30 years ago and looks like his body has been well preserved. 

We see that Lucas has an issue with Ryan, and is set on disbanding the team, a team that appears to be solid.  McKenzie is sent to Cold Cases, Philips and Yates are tasked with investigating the murder at Kielder and Ryan is shoved back behind a desk, whilst it seems that Lucas has plans for Lowerson but what are they?

However, all is not as it seems and we see the usual Ryan determination is back, he’s not the desk type of guy and if he was well Lucas would not be there!  Ryan is a hands-on type of detective, happy to be out in the field doing the investigations and sorting things out as Ryan does in his usual manner.  McKenzie isn’t happy investigating cold cases but ends up with her team as the book progresses for a completely different reason and if you want to know what that reason is you will have to read the book.

Great book as usual from L J Ross and I look forward to seeing what 2018 has in store, which hopefully is more great books.  

Mother - S E Lynes

Mother: A dark psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist by [Lynes, S.E.]

This is the second book by S E Lynes I’ve read and after reading Valentina was itching to read the next book and when I knew it was being released was like a kid in a sweet shop!

Christopher is due to start University and on going into the loft for a suitcase to start packing to move, stumbles across information which leads him to find out he was adopted.  He always felt that something wasn’t right, he looked nothing like his parents and was treated so differently to his younger brother and sister.

Heading off to University in Leeds he makes it is mission to find his real parents.   

At this point we are treated to two different storylines, one where Jack the Ripper is around (and am sure many readers remember the news items that were around then, or if not have heard the reports) and the second story is Christopher’s story told from a third person perspective which took me a while to get to grips with.

Compared to Valentine (and I know I shouldn’t compare books) I found this a hard book to read and digest, many times having to put it down and try to work out the background story.  I did however continue to read this and WOW when I got about half way through I was hooked and things started to fall into place and I then found myself picking up the book whenever I had a few minutes spare to read and looking forward to my commute to work and lunch breaks. 

This was an excellent book and OMG what an ending.  Yet again S E Lynes had me doing an OMG OMG moment.   S E Lynes is an author who certainly knows how to get her readers hooked, drawn in and gripped.   
My thanks go to NetGalley, the author S E Lynes along with publishers Bookouture for allowing me to read and review this book

NYPD Red 4

NYPD Red 4 by [Patterson, James]

After reading NYPD Red books 1,2 and 3 I couldn’t wait to read the next instalment.

We are back with the Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald in NYPD Red 4.  NYPD is a special task force assigned to New York’s rich and well connected.  This time the duo is sent to investigate a murdered actress and a jewellery heist both of which are connected.

They are also tasked by the Mayor to investigate another case, however, this one is hush hush and therefore has to run side by side with the murder investigation with no one able to know what they are investigating.

As well as dealing with the two cases, we are also thrown head long into Kylie looking for her husband Spence who has disappeared again and Zach trying to please the two women in his life, his partner Kylie (who is also his ex) and his current girlfriend. 

We are treated to the usual short snappy chapters that James Patterson does which has me as a reader constantly saying one more chapter which turns into God knows how many! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I read this book as a break from my review books and one of my personal list – which I vow to do more of next year and thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have all the other NYPD Red books.  Roll on the next one. 

The Girl Who Came Back

The Girl Who Came Back: A totally gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming by [Wilkinson, Kerry]

As most of you know will be aware I am a huge fan of Kerry Wilkinson’s book especially the Jessica Daniel’s series so was thrilled when I was asked did I want to review this book and immediately said YES!!!

Olivia disappeared from her garden when she was 6 years old, no one saw what happened and it appears she was in the garden one minute and gone the next.  Her mother never gave up hope she would come home and when it appears that the young lady that has returned states she is Olivia her mother is obviously extremely relieved and happy to see her and is convinced it is Olivia but not everyone else is and a few people are set on proving that Olivia isn’t the real Olivia. 

We are treated to alternating chapters which is the “now” and the “then” which pieces together the story and keeps us guessing as the pages turn.  It can draw you in and keep you hooked wanting to turn the pages quicker and quicker.  It was a great read and one that had me hooked, not as much as the Jessica Daniel’s series but keen to see where the story was going nonetheless. 

There are the usual twists and turns that Kerry puts in to his books, which has you thinking you know what is happening and then somehow the rug is pulled from under your feet with another twist.    

I did however figure out what was happening as I got about half way through the book but this didn’t stop my enjoyment of this and all in all was a great read by Kerry Wilkinson who is one of my favourite authors.

Thanks go to Kerry Wilkinson for allowing me to read and review this ARC as well as the publishers Bookouture.

This review is my honest, unbiased opinion.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

The Silver Wolf (James Ryker #3)

The Silver Wolf (James Ryker Book 3) by [Sinclair, Rob]
Silver Wolf is the next instalment following on from Red Cobra and Black Hornet and wow what a conclusion to the series (or is it?).

James Ryker is back, determined to find out what happened to Lisa and who is responsible for this.  He is tormented by the disappearance of his wife and sets out to seek out the truth. 

We are taken across to Mexico’s Caribbean coast and back to England (London to be precise).  I enjoyed this book and found the scenes set in London really enjoyable as I could relate to them and knew what and where they were on about.  I love books set in the UK and particularly books whose locations I know or would love to visit at some stage. 

As usual we are taken on a roller coaster ride with Ryker set on finding out what happened and yet still managing to get embroiled in the JIA!  We are aware of someone called the Silver Wolf, but who is he and why does he want to hurt Ryker.  Is he responsible for what happened to Lisa?    

The book is the usual faced paced rollercoaster of a read and one which kept me as a reader turning the pages faster and faster.  I loved these books and also the Carl Logan series and cannot wait to see what Rob Sinclair has in store next. 

My thanks go to Rob Sinclair and the publishers Bloodhound Books for allowing me read and review a copy.  This is my honest and unbiased opinion.