Wish Upon A Star

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Date Published: 7th November 2013 
Date Read: December 2013
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Symopsis:
The perfect gift isn’t always under the tree…

Single mum Cally’s life is all about her little girl Stella. She’s resigned to the fact that the only romance she’s going to get is from the rom-coms she watches, and with her busy job and her daughter, she doesn’t have time to even think about love.

But life gets very tough when Stella gets sick. Balancing her job as a recipe writer and looking after Stella is all consuming, so when Cally meets handsome baker Jago the last thing she wants to do is fall in love, especially when she’s been badly burned by a Prince Charming from her past. Can laid-back, charming Jago unlock Cally’s frozen heart and help her find true love and magic under the mistletoe?

My Thoughts:
This was such a sweet and loving story.

Cally was such a loving and  genuinely nice person. She was such an easy person to like and you were routing for her from the beginning. 

Jago was such a kind man, he had been so badly hurt by Aimee whic he didnt deserve. He was also very patient with Cally and her other priorities. 

Stella was the funniest child. I absolutely loved it when she was talking to old people, it was hilarious.

I hated Adam and Aimee but I did think they made the perfect couple.

Ma and hal were great characters but I was a little worried about Ma always leaving things in the wrong place. 

I loved Toto the dog and Moses the cat. they had such an odd but sweet relationship. 

There are so many characters that play a part in making this such a great book, I loved how the whole village came together to help. Trisha has written another fantastic book.

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Merry Christmas!!!!!

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Just a quick post to say Merry Christmas to you all and to give an update on my christmas reading challenge. 

I managed to exceed my first challenge of 4 books and my second target of 8 books. 

I discounted Christmas at Claridge’s by Karen Swan as only a small part of it was at christmas time, it was however a great book.

This leaves a total of 9 Christmas books which I am very happy about. 

Hope you all have a wonderful day and get everything you wish for. 

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Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe

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coverMy Rating: 3.5/5
Date Published: 12th November 2013
Date Read: 17th December
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Synopsis:
Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

But Lily isn’t about to let her business crumble — the Gingerbread Café is the heart of the community, and she’s going to fight for it! This could be the Christmas that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams – even the someone-to-decorate-the-Christmas-tree-with ones – really do come true!

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Firstly thank you to Bewitching Blog tour for letting me take part in this blog tour.

I thought Lil is a great character, she is a little damaged but she just wanted to be loved.

Damon is hot! but he is also sweet, kind, caring. An excellent book boyfriend.

Ceecee was the best mum/friend you could ask for. I absolutely loved her. I could do with some of her cakes.

The Gingerbread house in the window sounded amazing. I would love to see one like it.

This is a fun, flirty, Christmas book perfect for fitting in around all the festivities.

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Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile.

This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in various short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous men who have brains as well as brawn, is falling in love with them – just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly, believe in true love.

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April Fools Blog Tour (April #2)

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My Rating: 5/5
Date Published: 12th December
Date Read: 5th December
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April Fools Cover Image-02 (1)Synopsis:
Love. Hate. Fear. Fate.
All four letter words.
All consuming.
Naked to the eye, they have the power to control the heart and destroy the soul.
April Adams is about to experience them like never before.
When everything in April’s life goes up in smoke, she is faced with some life changing decisions.
Join April as she continues her journey of love and loss.

My Thoughts:
This book was fantastic. Karli is such a good writer. She is now in my tops 3 favourite authors.

I was easily drawn back in to April’s world like I had just left her yesterday and I couldn’t have been happier to be back.

I thought Brody was the best brother. He was protective but he also knew what was best for April

Lucy became a really great friend, in this book. I really like her and I seriously wanted Lucy and Brody to be together. I thought they made a really great couple.

Oh I hate Abbie. She is a self centred green eyed bitch. She is clearly used to getting what ever she wants. I thought she got what she deserved.

I was so happy that April and Lukas could still be friends. They clearly had a special relationship and it would have been sad to see them hating each other.

This was an excellent conclusion to the story but I wish it could go on forever. I am really sad that its the end of her story and there will be no more Issac. and April obviously…

I really loved the epilogue and thought  the last few pages were the sweetest.

I love how Karli writing is witty, romantic and in some parts very steamy. I cannot wait to see what’s to come from her next.

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“Are you ready for desert?”

I sat up, “Oooh, we’re having desert?”

He raised his eyebrow and I immediately understood what that meant.

Communication by eyebrow.

“Ah ha, that kind of desert.”

“If you mean the delicious kind then yes, I’ve heard it’s your favourite.”

“Well you’ve heard right.”

He gave me a cocky grin, “I don’t blame you…it’s just so smooth and creamy.”

Two can play that game.

“I love how it melts in my mouth” I replied, trying to keep a straight face.

“Oh really? I need a demonstration.” He stood up and walked towards the kitchen. A few seconds later, he reappeared holding something behind his back.

“What are you hiding?”

“Your desert, of course.”

I narrowed my eyes, “I’m starting to think that we’ve just been talking about two different things.”

He shook his head and revealed the tub of chocolate body paint.

I laughed, “We are so not doing this.”

“We so are.”

“You’re crazy” I told him.

“Crazy for you.”

“Stop trying to sweet talk me.”

He winked, “Good one, I see what you did there. Sweet talk…chocolate, now take off your clothes.”

“But how will you know if I’m just using you for your chocolate?”

He slowly sauntered towards me, never once taking his eyes away from mine. My heart began to race as he bent down and whispered in my ear, “I’ll take the risk if you take off your clothes.”

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Karli Perrin is a 25 year old English Language & Linguistics graduate from Manchester, England. She has always been a big lover of books and is the author of the ‘April’ series. 

She is a big believer of fate and is a sucker for a happy ending. She honestly 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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The Sorcery Code (The Sorcery Code #1)

The Sorcery Code_1600x2400My Rating:4/5
Date Published: 16th December 2013
Date Read: 11-16th December
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Synopsis:
Once a respected member of the Sorcerer Council and now an outcast, Blaise has spent the last year of his life working on a special magical object. The goal is to allow anyone to do magic, not just the sorcerer elite. The outcome of his quest is unlike anything he could’ve ever imagined – because, instead of an object, he creates Her.

She is Gala, and she is anything but inanimate. Born in the Spell Realm, she is beautiful and highly intelligent – and nobody knows what she’s capable of.

Augusta, a powerful sorceress, sees Blaise’s deed for the ultimate hubris that it is. She still loves Blaise and wants to save him before he has to pay the ultimate price . . . thanks to the abomination he created.

My Thoughts:
Firstly I would like to thank Dima for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really like Blaise and gala I thought it was great how much he cared for his people. I was really sad about what happened to Louie and how this had tipped him over the edge. Gala was such a sweet girl but she was also very powerful. She clearly cared about people and wanted to help them.

I really didn’t like Augusta. I thought she was selfish and power hungry. She didn’t care about her people or help them like Blaise did. Evey time it was her turn to speak I felt like I was rushing over her words to get to someone I liked.

I quite liked Barson. Even if he was stupid enough to sleep with Augusta. I think he has his own plan to help the people out

I thought this book had a great ending, it really made me smile, I cannot wait for the next book.

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Dima Zales is a full-time science fiction and fantasy author residing in Palm Coast, Florida. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked in the software development industry in New York as both a programmer and an executive. From high-frequency trading software for big banks to mobile apps for popular magazines, Dima has done it all. In 2013, he left the software industry in order to concentrate on his writing career.

Dima holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from NYU and a dual undergraduate degree in Computer Science / Psychology from Brooklyn College. He also has a number of hobbies and interests, the most unusual of which might be professional-level mentalism. He simulates mind-reading on stage and close-up, and has done shows for corporations, wealthy individuals, and friends.

He is also into healthy eating and fitness, so he should live long enough to finish all the book projects he starts. In fact, he very much hopes to catch the technological advancements that might let him live forever (biologically or otherwise). Aside from that, he also enjoys learning about current and future technologies that might enhance our lives, including artificial intelligence, biofeedback, brain-to-computer interfaces, and brain-enhancing implants.

In addition to his own works, Dima has collaborated on a number of romance novels with his wife, Anna Zaires. The Krinar Chronicles, an erotic science fiction series, has been a bestseller in its categories and has been recognized by the likes of Marie Claire and Woman’s Day. If you like erotic romance with a unique plot, please feel free to check it out, especially since the first book in the series (Close Liaisons) is available for free everywhere. Keep in mind, though, Dima Zales’s books are going to be much more PG 13 . . . at least that’s the plan for now.

Anna Zaires is the love of his life and a huge inspiration in every aspect of his writing. She definitely adds her magic touch to anything Dima creates, and the books would not be the same without her. Dima’s fans are strongly encouraged to learn more about Anna and her work at http://www.annazaires.com.

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The Holiday Survival Guide Blitz

Today I have another Blitz for you. I can’t wait to read this one. This book will be published on the 1st January but you can add it to goodreads or pre-order at the links below:
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Witty, clever, and sharp. It’s going to be the holiday from hell…and that’s just how Erica wants it.

When tabloid journalist Erica Parker is forced to take a holiday, she’s determined to make it the most miserable holiday she possibly can, but not even her impressive imaginative powers could have come up with sharing a tent with survival expert Nathan Wilde.

Nathan was a married man with a successful TV show before Erica got to work on his life. Now the hottest man she’s ever met is single, furious, and he’s got her alone in the wilderness for three long days…

 Praise for the Author:

Goodreads Praise for Once A Bad Girl : Once A Bad Girl is an amazing debut by author Jane O’Reilly. It is actually hard to believe that it is a debut novel. The interlaced humour and sensuality in this story sucked me in from the start and held me captive throughout…”.

Perfect for fans of Victoria Dahl

About the Author:
Jane O’Reilly started writing as an antidote to kids’ TV when her youngest child was a baby. Her first novel was set in her old school and involved a ghost and lots of death. It’s unpublished, which is probably for the best. Then she discovered contemporary romance, and that, as they say, was that. She lives near London with her husband and two children. Find her at www.janeoreilly.com, on Twitter as @janeoreilly, Facebook or email her at jane@janeoreilly.com Jane O‘Reilly writes for both Escape and Carina UK. The Holiday Survival Guide is her third title with Escape. 

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The Night Before Christmas

decorated-christmas-tree-HD-wallpaperMy Rating: 5/5
Date published: October 2011
Date Read: December 2013
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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…

My Thoughts:
I really felt for Lydia. I love Christmas. I love everything about it from the food to the decorations to spending time with the people you love. the only thing she wanted was a perfect Christmas. She’s had a messed up childhood and a bunch of crappy Christmas’ but she thought this year could be a great one surrounded by her best friends.

I loved Lyida’s friends. Joanna I thought was a bit of a cow but she had a good heart. I thought Alex was brave and strong after everything she had been through and I thought Katy was was hilarious.

I also loved the village and the hotel. It sounded like the perfect place to spend Christmas. I loved the community spirit on Christmas Day too. 

Will was quite a dish. hot, very hot and good with his hands. He would be excellent at fixing things around the house. 

I thought the ending of the book was very sweet. It was perfect and I loved the scene on NYE at the Oxo tower. It was hugely romantic. This was my first book by Scarlett but I can see why people go crazy for her at Christmas. I can’t wait to read her other books.  signiture