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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Kat's Review of My Mother's Secret by Sheila O'Flanagan

Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Headline Review (10 Mar. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1472210700
ISBN-13: 978-1472210708

Synopsis: When Steffie helps her two siblings organize a surprise wedding anniversary party for their parents her only worry is whether they'll be pleased. What she doesn't know is this is the day that her whole world will be turned upside down.

Jenny wants to be able to celebrate her ruby anniversary with the man she loves, but for forty years she has kept a secret. A secret that she can't bear to hide any longer. But is it ever the right time to hurt the people closest to you?

As the entire family gather to toast the happy couple, they're expecting a day to remember. The trouble is, it's not going to be for the reasons they imagined...

Kat's Rating: 3/5




Monday, 23 May 2016

Kat's Review of Those Summer Nights by Mandy Baggott


Product details
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2215 KB
Print Length: 375 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (27 May 2016)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English

Synopsis: Imogen Charlton is sorted. Dead-beat husband? History. Dream job? Application sent. But then her impulsive brother, Harry, spends every last penny on a Greek restaurant in Corfu, and is determined to run it himself. It’s up to Imogen to bring him to his senses. 

When sexy millionaire Panos Dimitriou offers to buy back his family taverna, Imogen wonders if all her prayers have been answered (and all her fantasies about to come true). But Harry won’t budge, and his enthusiasm is infectious. 

Bright pink bougainvillea tumbling over whitewashed walls, endless blue skies, the sparkling Mediterranean; it’s hard not to fall for Corfu. And that’s not all Imogen is falling for… 

As the sparks of passion fly between Imogen and Panos, is Imogen having second thoughts on selling the restaurant? And will she have to choose between love and a new dream? 

Kat's Rating: 5/5




Sunday, 22 May 2016

BLOG TOUR: Play Dead by Angie Marsons

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2558 KB
Print Length: 381 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (20 May 2016)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English
ASIN: B01D3TD9VQ

Synopsis: he girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess.

Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A ‘body farm’ investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime.

Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It’s clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work – but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next?

As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer’s secrets – but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim …?

Kat's Rating: 4/5
Saturday, 21 May 2016

Kat's Review of The Last Kiss Goodbye by Tasmina Perry

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Headline Review (28 Jan. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1472208420
ISBN-13: 978-1472208422

Synopsis: Everyone remembers their first kiss. But what about the last?

1961. Journalist Rosamund Bailey is ready to change the world. When she meets explorer and man about town Dominic Blake, she realises she has found the love of her life. Just as happiness is in their grasp, the worst happens, and their future is snatched away.

2014. Deep in the vaults of a museum, archivist Abby Gordon stumbles upon a breathtaking find. A faded photograph of a man saying goodbye to the woman he loves. Looking for a way to escape her own heartache, Abby becomes obsessed with the story, little realising that behind the image frozen in time lies a secret altogether more extraordinary.

Kat's Rating: 3/5
Friday, 20 May 2016

My A-Z of Books...

A number of these posts featuring fellow Bloggers A-Z have always interested me so I figured, why not join the fun!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

According to Goodreads it James Patterson which comes as no great surprise. I have been reading him since I was in my teens and seeing as he has SO many books released and multiple series its not a great surprise. 

Best sequel ever:

I have to be honest and say although there have been many great ones, Kimberley Chambers is up there. Okay I know it was a Trilogy but I remember the excitement and anticipation of getting The Traitor which was book 2 featuring the Mitchell's and O'Hara's.

Currently reading:

Currently reading The Madam by Jamie Raven

Drink of choice whilst reading:

Most definitely tea...no question!

Fictional character you probably would’ve dated in school:

I ABSOLUTELY have a character crush on Ryan Lock from Sean Black's series. Forget School dating, I'd date him now (husband aside)! I have tried to persuade Sean to write in a love interest for Ryan with a woman named Kat, but he's not having any of it.

Glad you gave this book a chance:

I dithered for a while over Renita D'Silvas book A Sister's Promise. I was thinking it wasn't 'my sort of book'. It turned out to be one of the best books I had read in a long time and stayed with me for a while. It also made it into my top ten list of books for 2015. A truly beautiful book which I would urge people to try.

Hidden Gem book:

I consider a particular author a hidden gem as opposed to a particular book. Paul Grzegorzek (Or Paul G ads I refer to him) is a self published author who contacted me back in 2012 and I just put added his book to the pile of unread review copies. Every book he has since produced has been outstanding and he is the one author I feel who Publishers are missing out on (but what do I know). Most definitely an author you should check out!


Important moment in your reading life:

Starting my Blog, which I know is probably what most Bloggers will say but...well it's true. I never realised how much books meant to me, and I certainly had no idea there were other people that were just as bookish as me out there.

Just finished:

I just finished Behind Dead Eyes by Howard Linskey and was part of his Blog Tour where I do a brilliant Q&A with him!

Kind of books you won’t read:

I have to be honest and say that Fantasy books are not really for me. I have tried, but just cannot get to grips with them.

Longest book you’ve ever read:

Thank goodness for Goodreads otherwise I wouldn't have had a clue. Having checked it's actually This Charming Man by Marian Keyes.

Number of bookcases you own:

I actually don't own a bookcase! I know it's shocking isn't it. I don't have a lot of room as I also run my business from home so my actual books get stacked up until they can take no more. Then my husband ends up finding a home for them normally in a cupboard somewhere.

One book you've read multiple times:

None. I know that may surprise people but I never re-read a book. The problem I have is that once I have read it, I remember it pretty well. When the time comes to pick up the book again I get a few chapters in and think "I've read this" so now I don't bother.

Preferred place to read:

Well to be honest I don't have a favourite place but if I could choose it would be a hammock! I read anywhere and everywhere from the kitchen to the bathroom, commuting, in front of the TV, even in pubs! I am currently trying to get the other half to agree to buy a snuggle chair!

Quote that inspired you/gives you all the feels from book you’ve read:

I'm afraid I'm not one for sentimentality and meaningful quotes. However, two particular authors have a knack for lines that have me belly laughing which always makes a book memorable. One author, the lovely Sue Watson always has at least one or two lines that I always quote from every book she writes and the below came from her book Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams.

"I would be sending a very stiff email to 'God.Com' when all this was over, telling him and his staff to sort their shit out. No wonder people were going to Supermarkets on a Sunday instead of going to Jesus".

The other author is the self-published author Steven Scaffardi and his books are laugh out loud and for always have me in stitches. The below came from his novel The Drought. 

"If a guy called another guy at stupid o'clock in the morning he would: a) Be lucky if his pal even answered the phone, b) Of if he did answer, he would be told in no uncertain terms to do one because the only reason to call another man at that time in the morning is to inform him that you have hooked up with Brazilian twins and you need a wingman."

Reading regret:

My regret is that I cannot read and get paid! I never have enough time to read all the books I want to and just wish I could win the lottery and not worry about bills, and then just READ!
Series you started that you need to finish:

I am cringeing at this question as there are SO many. Need to get up to date with the Tom Thorne series by Mark Billingham, the Damon Brook series by Steven Dunne, the Carson Ryder series by Jack Kerley...the list goes on. That doesn't even include series I've not yet started...


Three of your all-time favourite books:

Absolutely impossible question, however I will narrow it down and say three books I loved last year (for Crime, Thriller and Mystery) would have to be:- Kimberley Chambers and The Wronged, Blood Country by Sean Black and Hunted by Paul Finch.
Unapologetic fan girl for:

There are lots but generally I get a bit 'fangirlish' over Sean Black and Paul Finch!

Very excited for this release more than all others:

The new Dreda Say Mitchell novel Blood Sister which is a new trilogy. I am itching to start it but have commitments for Blog Tours first!


Worst bookish habit:

Over promising. I am contacted by so many authors and I want to read them all, but have you ever heard that saying your eyes are bigger than your belly? Well yeah that's me but with books!

X marks the spot- start on the top left of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book

Okay so no bookshelf, but the 27th on my Kindke is Bloq by Alan Jones!


Your latest purchase: The Prodigal by Nicky Black


Thursday, 19 May 2016

Kat's Review of The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes


Paperback: 560 pages
Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (21 May 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0141043105
ISBN-13: 978-0141043104

Synopsis: 'Name: Stella Sweeney.
Height: average.
Recent life events: dramatic.'
One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life. For she meets a man who wants her telephone number (for the insurance, it turns out). That's okay. She doesn't really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car).

But in this meeting is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, and, along the way, wrenching her whole family apart. Is this all because of one ill-advised act of goodwill? Was meeting Mr Range Rover destiny or karma? Should she be grateful or hopping mad?

For the first time real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach. But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it?

Kat's Rating: 3/5
Wednesday, 18 May 2016

BLOG TOUR: Guest Reviewer Amanda on My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry


Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Penguin (25 Aug. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0241256488
ISBN-13: 978-0241256480

Synopsis; When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind.

But then she meets Joe. A convicted murderer who reminds Lily of someone she once knew, and who she becomes obsessed with freeing.

But is he really innocent?

And who is she to judge?

Amanda's Rating: 4/5

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