Love Connection (First Comes Love #1)

Love Connection (First Comes Love, #1)

How did I get it?:
I received a copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Have you ever wondered what might have been?

Gemma Dawson is at the airport, staring at two plane tickets to two different cities. Two different weddings. Two possible futures. She’s at a crossroads.

Be maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding or crash her ex’s?

Gemma’s decision, unknown to her, hinges on a delayed flight and a chance meeting. Now her life is about to go down two parallel tracks—will Gemma fly toward a life with her first love or a future with a man she’s not even met yet?

Love Connection is a feel good Romantic Comedy about one woman, life’s infinite possibilities, and the destiny that lies beyond two different choices.

Thoughts:

I have enjoyed reading Camilla Isley’s previous two books, so when Camilla got in touch about her newest release, I knew it would be something that I would want to read. I did enjoy reading Love Connection and think if you’re in the mood for a light women’s fiction read then this would be a great choice for you! It’s very Sliding Doors in nature as we follow parallel tracks and explore that ‘What if?’ dilemma!

This book will capture many as I think most of us, at some point, have wondered ‘What if…’ at points in our lives. I always like to read stories that explore the choices we make and the impact we have and Love Connection does this. We get to follow the main character Gemma and see how each path would turn out. Gemma can either attend her best friend’s wedding as a maid of honor, or she can make the choice to crash her ex boyfriend’s (who she is still madly in love with) wedding and express her feelings to him. It’s a story about fate and whether life takes us down a certain path no matter what our choices.

I liked reading about the characters in this story. Gemma is a fun character. I didn’t find her to be overly memorable, but during the story she’s certainly enjoyable to read about. I loved Gemma’s best friend Amelia and enjoyed reading about their friendship. It felt like a realistic friendship. The men in this story are great to read about and all have their good points, that’s for sure!

Love Connection is a decent, well written chick lit. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of the genre!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Another good book from Camilla Isley. Check it out if you’re looking for a light hearted read!

The One We Fell In Love With

The One We Fell in Love With

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?

Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a musician seems to be spiralling down the drain.

Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…

But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…

Thoughts:

Paige Toon is one of my favourite writers in the chick-lit genre. I have absolutely loved her books in the past, but felt some of her books were becoming a little predictable. However, Paige is one of my autobuy authors. I buy everything she releases without a second thought. I am thrilled to say that The One We Fell In Love With is a brilliant addition to Paige Toon’s catalogue. I think this is because even though it had its typical Paige Toon moments (not a criticism, I love Paige Toon’s writing style) there was quite a serious twist in the story. It gave the story much more depth which I really enjoyed.

The One We Fell In Love With follows three points of view. It follows identical triplets Rose, Eliza and Phoebe. They are all connected to Angus. They have all been in love with him at some point. I can’t say much more than that because it really would ruin the story. It’s better to not have a clue about what was coming which was certainly the case for me. I didn’t see the twist coming, but I’m pretty sure you’ll love it when it does come. It changed my rating of the story that’s for sure. It wasn’t expected.

Apologies for the vague and rather brief review, but I really don’t want to ruin the reading experience for other readers. In this book you’ll find some amazing characters and a gripping storyline. I adored the triplets, two more than the other, but that’ll become clear if you read it. I also really loved the character of Toby. He was so easy to like and to root for.

If you are into this genre, then I highly recommend picking up The One We Fell In Love With. Then go back and explore Paige Toon’s back catalogue. She has some gems!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Paige Toon has created another wonderful book. I highly enjoyed it!

Always With Love (Billy and Me #2)

Always With Love

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Billy and Me
Christmas With Billy and Me
You’re The One That I Want
Dream A Little Dream
Dream A Little Christmas Dream

Synopsis:

Sophie’s got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of.

But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother.

And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more than just miles between them.

Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance . . .

Thoughts:

I automatically buy Giovanna Fletcher’s books because I enjoy her writing so much. I was excited to revisit Sophie and Billy again. If you haven’t read Billy and Me, you don’t necessarily need to. There’s enough information given to understand what’s going on. However, I think it would enhance your reading experience if you have read Giovanna’s debut.

Always With Love was as sweet as I expected. It continues to follow Sophie and Billy. Billy has taken on another movie role, despite initially being on a break from acting. Billy can’t pass on the opportunity, so his relationship with Sophie becomes a long distance thing.  Always With Love follows the highs and lows of Sophie and Billy’s relationship and questions whether it can stand the test of time and distance.

Sophie is such a relatable character. She is your average every day girl who is so down to earth. Sophie is so far away from the LA lifestyle and I loved how her ‘normal’ lifestyle ensured that Billy stayed grounded.I loved reading about her relationship with her mother and how that, to, contrasted with Billy’s family life.  I loved reading about Billy too. I wish there had been more of them together.

If I’m being honest, I would have preferred a bit more drama within the story. I was fully expecting something dramatic to happen, but it didn’t. The story had some conflict but it was resolved so quickly and easily that I was left wanting more. I wanted more tension and even though their relationship wasn’t plain sailing, it wasn’t as gripping as I wanted it to be.

That said, Always With Love is a decent, heart-warming, easy to read book which fans of the genre will really enjoy!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A great sequel to Billy and Me!

When I Was Invisible

When I Was Invisible

How did I get it?:
I bought it.

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Flavours of Love
That Girl From Nowhere

Synopsis:

‘Do you ever wonder if you’ve lived the life you were meant to?’ I ask her.
She sighs, and dips her head. ‘Even if I do, what difference will it make?’

In 1988, two eight-year-old girls with almost identical names and the same love of ballet meet for the first time. They seem destined to be best friends forever and to become professional dancers. Years later, however, they have both been dealt so many cruel blows that they walk away from each other into very different futures – one enters a convent, the other becomes a minor celebrity. Will these new, ‘invisible’ lives be the ones they were meant to live, or will they only find that kind of salvation when they are reunited twenty years later?

Thoughts:

Although I have read many of Dorothy Koomson’s books, I have only reviewed two here on my blog. So, if you don’t know already, I’m a massive fan of Dorothy Koomson’s writing. She is an autobuy author for me. I don’t even read the synopsis, I just preorder! I have to be honest and say that I don’t think is Dorothy’s best work. Don’t get me wrong, it’s well written and as touching as I’ve come to expect from Dorothy’s work, I just found it to be quite slow paced and it didn’t capture my attention as much as I wanted it to.

This story follows two ladies with very similar names. Veronica Harper (Roni) and Veronika Harper (Nika) know that they’re going the best of friends when they meet each other. As well as having similar names, they both absolutely adore ballet. Both girls are deetermined to be professional dancers. However, something terrible happens to the girls which tears their friendship and their dreams apart in the process. As a reader, we follow them later in their lives, Roni has been a nun and Nika has been a minor celebrity, she now cleans in a hotel. Roni and Nika are destined to cross paths again and fate brings them back together once more.

I did enjoy this story of love, loss and betrayal, but I feel like the action took some time to pick up the pace. I also didn’t enjoy reading about Roni as much as I did Nika, which gave me an immediate disconnect to the story. However, this shouldn’t put you off as it is still a highly enjoyable read that fans of woman’s fiction should lap up!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes, 3.5 stars!

A solid, touching read from Dortohy Koomson!

The Accidental Life Of Greg Millar

The Accidental Life Of Greg Millar

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Lake Union Publishing

Previously reviewed by the same author (author writing under pseudnoym)
And By The Way
And For Your Information
And Actually
Checkout Girl

Synopsis:

Lucy Arigho’s first encounter with Greg Millar is far from promising, but she soon realises he possesses a charm that is impossible to resist. Just eight whirlwind weeks after their first meeting, level-headed career girl Lucy is seriously considering his pleas to marry him and asking herself if she could really be stepmother material.

But before Lucy can make a final decision about becoming part of Greg’s world, events plunge her right into it. On holiday in the South of France, things start to unravel. Her future stepchildren won’t accept her, the interfering nanny resents her, and they’re stuck in a heat wave that won’t let up. And then there’s Greg. His behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre and Lucy begins to wonder whether his larger-than-life personality hides something darker—and whether she knows him at all.

Thoughts:

I was asked to review this book by the author who kindly sent me a copy to read via NetGalley. I really enjoy the author’s writing, so I snapped up a copy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I have to admit, I thought the beginning was a little slow, which is why I didn’t rate it 4 stars. However, it’s so worth reading. I was really impressed with how the author tackled the issues. It seemed incredibly true to life.

I also have to admit, that when I started this book, I thought it was going to be a typical woman’s fiction romance. However, there’s much more to this book than first meets the eye. It centres around Lucy, who has recently lost her partner because of a road accident. One day on her way to work she encounters a man driving like an idiot. It turns out that he’s Greg Millar, a famous author who is about to start working with Lucy, on a design for his newest book. Greg infuriates Lucy to start with, but his charm soon starts to work on her. Lucy and Greg get swept up in an intense romance. Greg’s life is complicated. He is also mourning his wife and mother of his children. He’s also hiding a secret, which will soon be revealed to Lucy.

After a slower start, this book really did grip me. I didn’t know if I was going to get on with it, because it did seem a little insta-lovey. Keep with it though. It’s worth it. The story becomes incredibly dark, and I was questioning what would happen next.

This is the first book that I’ve read from the author that is under the name of Aimee Alexander and I was impressed with character development. Aimee has created some amazing characters. I really liked some, felt for others and absolutely detested other characters. This isn’t to say that I didn’t like the book, I did! I just loved to hate the character Hilary. You’ll understand my rage if you decide to pick this up-which I highly recommend if you’re into adult fiction!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- 3.5 stars (soooo close to 4 stars!)

Sister and Lies

Sisters and Lies

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Books UK

Synopsis:

One hot August night, Rachel Power gets the call everyone fears. It’s the police. Her younger sister Evie’s had a car crash, she’s in a coma. Can Rachel fly to London right away? With Evie injured and comatose, Rachel is left to pick up the pieces of her sister’s life. But it’s hard fitting them together, especially when she really doesn’t like what she sees. Why was Evie driving when she doesn’t even own a licence? Who is the man living in her flat and claiming Evie is his girlfriend? How come she has never heard of him? The more mysteries Rachel uncovers the more she starts asking herself how well she ever really knew her sister. And then she begins to wonder if the crash was really the accident everybody says it is. Back in hospital, Evie, trapped inside an unresponsive body, is desperately trying to wake up. Because she’s got an urgent message for Rachel – a warning which could just save both their lives . . .

Thoughts:

I am lucky enough to have an awesome sister! I’m intrigued by books that explore the sister dynamic, so even before I read the synopsis of Sisters and Lies, I knew that I wanted to read it.

Sisters and Lies centres around Rachel and Evie. Rachel gets a call explaining that her younger sister Evie has been in a car crash and she’s in a coma. (Worst nightmare ever!) Rachel flies to London immediately to be with her sister. Rachel didn’t expect to learn new things about her sister. Evie’s life is in a mess. She’s living with a man that she’s never told her older sister about and she appears to have been driving his car even though she doesn’t have a driving licence. Rachel learns that Evie has been hiding a lot of things and she wonders if she really knew her sister. We also hear from Evie, trapped inside her comatose body. She’s trying to remember what happened to her and realises she has a warning for her sister, she just can’t wake up to tell her!

I thought Sisters and Lies was a great combination of mystery and drama witha  slice of romance. I really wanted to know what was going on in this story. It certainly kept me turning the pages. I really enjoyed how we heard from Evie as well, as she tried to unfold the events which led up to her accident. It really was a great way to fill in the gaps in this mystery. I absolutely loved Rachel’s dedication to her sister. Even though Rachel is going through a tough enough time in her own personal life, she is there for her sister, desperate for her sister to wake up.

This is an easy to read, dramatic family drama with a wonderful mysterious element. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A dramatic page-turner! Well worth reading.

All Fall Down

All Fall Down

How did I get it?:
It was a present!

Synopsis:

Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, ageing parents, a demanding daughter and a marriage. But when the website she develops becomes a huge success, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. As she struggles to hold her life together and meet the needs of all the people around her, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort – they make her feel calm and get her through the increasingly hectic days. Sure, she worries that the bottles seem to empty a bit faster each week, but it’s not like she’s some Hollywood starlet partying all night. It’s not as if she has an actual problem. Until she ends up in a world she never thought she’d experience outside of a movie theatre: rehab. And as Allison struggles to get her life back on track, she learns a few life lessons along the way.

Thoughts:

I have to admit, that I have heard a lot about Jennifer Weiner’s books before, but I had never read any of them. My mum bought me this book about 18 months ago and I’m only got around to reading it recently. I don’t think it’s one of the best books I’ve read in the genre, but it was enjoyable enough and I would consider reading more of her work in the future. I also have to admit, I expected this book to be really chick litty (not a criticism!) but it wasn’t. It deals with serious issues.

All Fall Down centres around Allison who outsiders may believe has it all. She’s got a successful career, a husband, a beautiful home and an adorable daughter. However, Allison has demons. She’s dealing with a marriage that seems to be failing, her father is suffering from Alzheimers which her mother isn’t coping with. The only thing that makes Allison feel better and feel like she can cope is taking prescription drugs. Allison’s life spirals out of control and All Fall Down deals with a woman’s story of addiction and the road to recovery.

Allison isn’t the most likeable character. It took me a while to get used to her. She’s incredibly selfish and comes across as particularly cold. There were moments of the story that I found to be a little bit unbelievable and some of the pacing was a little bit fast, particularly towards the end, but I enjoyed the story nonetheless!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

An intriguing read!