#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 – 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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#bookreview – Games of Scones – by @samtongewriter @ukcarina

Game of SconesGame of Scones by Samantha Tonge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was pulled straight into the world of Game of Scones from the first page and I really didn’t want to leave, so I was thrilled to learn that Samantha Tonge is writing a Christmas sequel.
This is a lovely, engaging and very emotional read that whisks the reader to the beautiful Greek island fishing village of Taxos and into the life of the lovely Pippa Pattinson.
Pippa has a handsome and suave boyfriend Henrik but things are not as perfect between them as they might seem and being in Taxos again, surrounded by people she loves and a lifestyle she realises she could enjoy, Pippa starts questioning everything she thought she wanted – especially whenever her handsome, mocha-eyed childhood friend Nico is near.
I LOVE, LOVE LOVED this novel. Samantha Tonge’s author voice is warm and funny and I completely identified with Pippa’s yearning for a simpler life away from the mad rush that so many of us experience these days. I also have a sudden yearning to bake scones because I had no idea that they were so versatile! Roasted pepper and feta here I come…

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#bookreview – Tied Up With Love – by @Amelia_writes @ukcarina

Tied Up with LoveTied Up with Love by Amelia Thorne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From its exciting opening, Tied Up With Love grabbed me and pulled me into its fast paced world of love, passion, heartbreak and the world of KMW. The main characters Izzy and Ethan are adorable with their insecurities, their mutual passion and their fierce devotion to their morals. Izzy is funny, sweet and kind and Ethan is an absolute hunk with that hot, dark, brooding, raw masculine thing going on. OH MY!!!
The story line was completely original and I gasped when I first read the plot line but it works SO WELL!!! Amelia Thorne creates gripping novels that are very well written with intriguing premises, tightly weaved stories and secondary characters that enhance and develop the plot. (Gizmo is the cutest, sweetest guy!)
I read Beneath the Moon and the Stars and loved that story and now I want to go back and read Tied Up With Love all over again. Amelia Thorne is a writer to watch because the lady is a rising STAR with the ability to TIE her readers to her wonderful books. I cannot wait for the next one!

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#bookreview The Chateau by @KarenAldous_ @ukcarina #amreading #bookboost

The ChateauThe Chateau by Karen Aldous
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Chateau was the first book I have read by Karen Aldous but it certainly won’t be the last. This beautiful novel whisked me away from the rather cold, drizzly UK and took me to the picturesque shores of Lake Geneva.
The heroine Gina is sweet and kind. All she wants in life is to make a success of her property business and to settle down and have a family with her long term lover, Max. Sounds simple enough, right? But love is never simple and Karen Aldous shows us this through the central characters’ relationships and through those of the supporting cast. Gina’s life is further complicated by her attraction to the sexy and apparently arrogant Ollie, a property developer who can’t seem to stay away from Gina. But as with all good heroes, Ollie is more than just a handsome face.
Karen Aldous also blends in a supernatural mystery which Gina feels compelled to solve – with Ollie’s help, of course. I loved the way that she blended glimpses of history in with the modern day setting.
This novel is enchanting, romantic and funny, even when the author is dealing with some of the harsher realities of modern day life as well as some unpleasant events that happened in the past. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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