#bookreview – It Happened One Christmas

It Happened One Christmas: Christmas Eve Proposal\The Viscount's Christmas Kiss\Wallflower, Widow...Wife!It Happened One Christmas: Christmas Eve Proposal\The Viscount’s Christmas Kiss\Wallflower, Widow…Wife! by Carla Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a beautiful festive read featuring three historical tales from three talented authors! Sweet, sensual and incredibly romantic, this a real Christmas treat, although you could read it at any time of the year when you want to lose yourself in gorgeously written historical romance.

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Hot Regency Vampire Alert!!! #amreading #bookboost @annlethbridge

Lady Sybil's Vampire (A Most Peculiar Season Book 5)Lady Sybil’s Vampire by Ann Lethbridge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ann Lethbridge is a wonderful storyteller and Lady Sybil’s Vampire is a perfect example of how skilled she is at writing not just Regency romance, but paranormal Regency romance.
This story of forbidden love and desire is exciting, fast paced and extremely romantic. Set in Regency London, the story follows the delectable vampire Anton Blade and the object of his desire, Lady Sybil Lofstrom. Anton is afraid to fall for Sybil because he has a debt to pay, which meant that he has vowed never to love. Worse is the fact that Sybil is human…or is she?
Sybil harbours her own fears, focused around losing her mind as her mother did. She sees things no one else can, and feels she cannot confess to anyone what she sees in case they imprison her as they did her mother.
When Sybil and Anton meet, they are irresistibly drawn together. Both lonely, both afraid but both strong and wilful, they are the perfect match and their inner light and darkness combine to make for a passionate and emotional tale.
I loved this book and have to confess that I cried my way through the final 20%. Anton is everything you want in a hot Regency vampire; animal, possessive and desirable. Sybil is a fabulous female lead because she knows how she should behave, she is aware of what’s acceptable for a lady’s companion in Regency England, yet she follows her own heart and mind.
I recommend this book for fans of Regency and paranormal romance.

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#bookreview – The Lost Child – by @troupann @ukcarina

The Lost ChildThe Lost Child by Ann Troup
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ann Troup’s The Lost Child was in my Kindle TBR pile for a while and when I got to it, I wished I’d read it sooner.
The Lost Child is an engaging thriller that grabs you from the first page and takes you on a turbulent journey. The main character Elaine Ellis has had a strange childhood during which she was ruled by an overprotective and obsessive mother, and because of that, even though she’s in her thirties, she hasn’t ever had a loving relationship with a man. She has a mysterious physical scar that she loathes and tries to hide, but it’s clear that she also has some deep psychological scars as well.
I liked Elaine and I wanted her to finally find happiness with hunky builder Dan, but their desire for each other is marred by her mother who – even after death – finds her way between them and tries to turn Elaine’s happiness sour.
Dan is a great character, hunky and chivalrous, yet very real. He struggles with his feelings for Elaine, his regrets about the past and his fears about the future, but his good heart and determination to try to make things right made me cheer him on.
The Lost Child is extremely well written and I enjoyed the interweaving of genres – from thriller to romance to paranormal. This is not an easy feat, but Ann Troup pulls it off to create a very satisfying read.
The final chapters had my heart racing as I longed for things to work out, yet at times, I actually feared that they might not. I don’t want to spoil the story, so I won’t share too much, but things might not turn out as you expect. Even in the final pages, I gasped as Ann Troup threw one of the characters I was fond of, a bit of a curveball. So when you read this, don’t relax, even when you think everything’s been resolved.
The Lost Child is a gripping page-turner and I thoroughly recommend it!

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#bookreview – Letting in Light – by Emma Davies

Letting in LightLetting in Light by Emma Davies
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Letting in Light is a beautiful and well written story about life, love, loss, healing and finding out who you really are. Emma Davies gently immerses you in the lives of the characters with her lovely soothing tone then, just when you least expect it, she throws in a moment of tension that will make your heart hammer.
I thoroughly enjoyed the journey through this story. I liked how the author revealed the inherent goodness present in most people that we can miss if we don’t look closely. I also savoured the vivid details of the story and I shared the heroine’s enjoyment of things such as freshly baked cakes, a real fire, that intense first kiss and a walk through the woods.
Letting in Light was a pleasure to read and I finished it feeling uplifted and rather emotional.

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#bookreview – This Fragile Life – by Kate Hewitt

This Fragile LifeThis Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This Fragile Life is an intense and highly emotional story about two friends, their relationships, their busy modern lives and their hopes and dreams. It is full of raw emotion and human longing for the things that we all believe we’re entitled to, yet sometimes cannot achieve.
Motherhood is a gift but not all women desire it and some are unable to have children. Through her expert weaving of the stories of different generations of mothers in the novel, Kate Hewitt explores how mothers can get it right and enrich the lives of their children, but also how they can get it wrong and leave their children with issues that can last a lifetime.
One night can transform your life – for better or for worse – and Kate Hewitt doesn’t shy away from writing about the emotion and pain that some topics can stir. Instead, she writes about them respectfully, articulately and in a way that affects the reader deeply.
I have to be honest and admit that at 90% through the novel, I was tempted to put my Kindle in the freezer (Joey from Friends style) because I feared its conclusion, but I’m glad I didn’t because the end of the story is beautiful, poignant and uplifting. Kate Hewitt shows that there can be so much hope from so much pain because of the human capacity to endure and keep moving forwards, even though we always carry a part of our loved ones with us.

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#bookreview – The Emerald Comb – by @kathMcGurl #amreading

The Emerald CombThe Emerald Comb by Kathleen McGurl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Emerald Comb gripped me from the start with its expert weaving together of two tales. I loved the way that Kath McGurl gradually revealed the secrets of the St Clairs then brought them together with some brilliant twists and turns along the way. Just when I thought I knew what had happened or what the characters were hiding, I was thrown into gasps of delight when the author threw me a curveball.
The story moves effortlessly between the 21st and 19th centuries, engaging the reader in the life of heroine Katie and the lives of her ancestors who resided at the beautiful Kingsley House. I am obsessed with old buildings and certain historical periods, so this novel ticked a lot of boxes for me.
Kath McGurl’s characterisation is flawless and I was intrigued by some of the characters, especially the historical ones – Agnes in particular – because the reader is given insight into their hearts and minds and Kath McGurl shows us that no one is simply good or evil. She also doesn’t shy away from the gritty realities of life and how people often act upon animal impulses in the moment, which made this an even more enjoyable read.
I devoured The Emerald Comb and would highly recommend it!

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#bookreview – Blurring the Line – by @kierney_s @ukcarina

Blurring the LineBlurring the Line by Kierney Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novel is hot as hell with well-developed characters and… I don’t want to give too much away, but Kierney Scott broke my heart a little with the ending. That’s why I’m extremely grateful to her for writing a sequel!
The story follows DEA agent Beth Thomson and the dreamy and extremely fit ex-soldier Armando Torres. Beth recruits him as an undercover agent but as their working relationship evolves, things hot up and become thrillingly page-turning.
If you enjoy spicy romantic thrillers that demonstrate the complexities of the human heart, then this is the book for you!

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