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What’s more to say about my blog about books I’ve read?

Well, this is my blog about books I’ve read 😀.

I always liked reading books, and it all started on a very silly way… It’s always good to blame my dad, so he is the cause of my reading addiction.

When I was still a little girl, a looooooong time ago, I saw him always going to the bathroom with the newspaper. One day I wondered why he did that, so I took a book and tried to see the fun of that.

And since that day, you can find everywhere in the house a book of mine.

A while ago, I had the opportunity to review some books, and now a new opportunity came to post them on an own blog.

So here we are, my own blog!

I read books, and I will post my thoughts about them.

Some books I’ll like, some I won’t like that much…. but you can be sure that I’ll give you my personal and honest opinion about them.

I hope you enjoy reading it!

‘A Cornish Summer At Pear Tree Farm’ – written by Angela Britnell #BookReview @angelabritnell @rararesources

An unexpected guest with a past brings unexpected consequences

Synopsis

Cornish charm and a Tennessee twist – the perfect pair?
Nessa Vivian is determined to keep her parents’ business afloat, but Pear Tree Farm near the backwater Cornish village of Polgarth didn’t do well as farm, and it’s not faring much better as a camp site. Maybe it’s due to Nessa’s habit of taking in troubled runaways, like ex-soldier Crispin, for next to nothing. Or perhaps her highly-strung sister Lowena is right – caravans named after Beatles’ songs and homegrown pears are not enough to turn the farm into a tourist haven.
Then another troubled runaway turns up, posing the greatest threat yet. Ex-musician Ward Spencer from Tennessee is certainly intriguing, but could his plans to put nearby Tregereth House on the map mean Pear Tree Farm is finished – or does his arrival signal a second lease of life, and not just for Nessa’s business?

My review

Nessa Vivian may not be the most successful camp site owner. Even if she is struggling to keep Pear Tree Farm afloat, she finds it difficult to refuse a place to stay to those in need. Like ex – soldier Crispin, he is welcome to stay and instead of money, he works around the place to earn his stay. This frustrates Nessa’s sister Lowena, because the Farm is a money pit.
When another guest arrives, this will change Nessa’s future plans. Because not only is Ward Spencer running away from the music scene in Tennessee, but he has plans concerning Tregereth House. Will his plans put an end to Pear Tree Farm, or will his arrival have positive influences, and not only for the Farm but also for Nessa personally?

I truly love reading books from this author, and I thought it would be impossible for her to write a story that not only exceeded my high expectations, but made me completely fall in love with almost all its characters!

Nessa is so kind, caring and lovely… even if it’s in het disadvantage, she offers help to those who need it. The way she cares for Crispin, that’s the kind of behaviour all of us should have…
She does not look for a way to get every penny out of her customers, but she wants them to be happy when their stay at the Pear Tree Farm.
On the other hand, being a kind character is lovely, but you still have to have an earning, otherwise the Farm is doomed…

And in this sense, I understood Lowena’s frustrations… It’s beautiful how Nessa cares, but the caring cannot be at your own costs…


The relation between the two sisters is also very recognizable. Obviously they love each other, there isn’t a thing they wouldn’t do for each other, but they often also clash.

When Ward enters the scene, you would be very oblivious to think he wouldn’t become the main character.
Even if initially it’s not clear what made him escape from Tennessee, it’s obvious that whatever happened, scarred him.
And before the reality of his past is revealed, the true character of Ward submerges. This showed me that no matter what happens to someone, it can change that person, but the things that are important, like love, kindness, selfishness, are still there.

Yes, this is a romance, but I felt it as a different kind of story. Of course, I found it lovely to see how the relation between Nessa and Ward is shifting towards an important one. But what truly warmed my heart, was the love between all the characters. Every character have to face a dramatic event, but with just all the other ones around them, giving the support, love and help, they see a way out.

Life almost never goes as expected, but even the unexpected can bring so much joy and love. And there is always the opportunity for redemption, turning the bad into an important lesson to accept and enjoy the good.

‘Autumn Dreams At Mermaids Point’ – written by Sarah Bennett #BookReview @Sarahlou_writes @rararesources @BoldwoodBooks @bookandtonic

There is only one chance at true love, right?

Synopsis

When her dreams of young love were cruelly shattered, Nerissa Morgan found it hard to move on. Now, at forty-three, everyone around her is enjoying life while she’s just going through the motions. With her boss retiring and rumours of a new doctor coming in to take over the practice she manages, change is coming, whether she’s ready for it or not.

Following the death of his beloved wife, Tom Nelson buried himself in work at his busy inner-London GP practice. When his teenage children find themselves in trouble at school, he realises he’s completely lost touch with them. Desperate to reconnect before it’s too late, he whisks his family away to the pretty seaside village of Mermaids Point determined to make a fresh start.

But all is not as idyllic as it seems. With his predecessor reluctant to let go of the reins and the children as distant as ever, the last thing Tom needs is an undeniable attraction to the woman he unexpectedly finds himself sharing a roof with…

Warm, escapist, feel-good and altogether brilliant story-telling from bestselling author Sarah Bennett. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley and Milly Johnson.

My review

At the age of forty-three, Nerissa Morgan only wants to have the security of a job and a place to live, especially now that her boss is retiring from his doctor’s practice. Love is surely not something she is looking for, because she already found the love of her life, even if unfortunately she also lost him.
Doctor Tom Nelson is determined to make a new start at Mermaids Point with his two teenage children. The death of his beloved wife is still too hurtful, however he realizes he need to reconnect with the teenagers that still need him.
At Mermaids Point, not only does he now have a predecessor finding it hard to let go of his patients, but he also must face the growing attraction he starts feel for the live – in housekeeper/ receptionist, also known as Nerissa Morgan.

You know that feeling of happiness when you open a new book from an author you love? And even before you have read one single word, you just know you’ll just love it?
Well, for me it’s exactly like this when I read a book from Sarah Bennett! And I don’t even have a tiny bit of fear that it won’t fulfil my high expectations!

Mermaids Point is not an unfamiliar place for the readers, as this is the second, WONDERFUL, part of the series.
Even if it warmed my heart to see how Laurie and Jake are still completely in love with each other, my heart just melted reading the tale of Nerissa and Tom.
But be warned, their tales are also heart – breaking ones…

Both of them have faced great grief, one not so very long ago and one more in the past. But no matter when it happened, this story shows us there is no timeline or limit for someone’s grief.
And what broke my heart the most was reading how those two small teenagers are still learning to overcome the loss of their mother, that, like Tom says himself, was the glue of the family.

From the first look between Nerissa and Tom, sparks fly around. However, the grief they are still feeling, is still holding them back, and not only that. As Nerissa is also working for Tom, it would complicate things even further.
And let’s not forget that there are also his children to take in account.

How much I wanted that Nerissa and Tom would give in to their feelings, that was also the beauty of this book. They both know what’s at stake and both are not ready to take it next level.
But it was so lovely to see how slowly they are both being able to put the grief behind them. Of course that doesn’t mean that they will forgot or easily dismiss the person they lost, but they realize that remaining alone is not the solution when you have another perfect match.

The author managed again to write a heart – warming story, this time about people having suffered a lot, but with the much deserved respect dare to get out into the unknown again. You never know where a fresh start will take you and who you will meet. And in an amazing community residing in Mermaids Point, there may be that special person making your heart beat again a little faster after a long time, maybe even with the little magical help of the mythical mermaids…

‘Matchmaking At Port Willow’ – written by Kiley Dunbar #BookReview @kileydunbar @rararesources @HeraBooks

When you have found your happily ever after, you want everyone to find it too!

Synopsis

Beatrice Halliday has been working hard at the Princess and The Pea Inn, loved up with landlord Atholl and enjoying planning events for the locals. But at Christmas there’s a kick – as she realises she’s expecting.

Despite being fearful of the future, Beatrice is graced with a distraction: the prospects of helping a romance flourish when a married couple spend their first child-free holiday at the Inn – and it becomes clear they need some help rediscovering each other. In true Beatrice fashion, she cant help meddling.

Featuring the story of a first love, a new family, a marriage in crisis, and an octogenarian love affair, you’ll fall head over heels for this heart-warming rom-com.

My review

Six months ago, Beatrice Halliday didn’t expect to fall in love with not only the Scottish Highlands village Port Willow, but also with Atholl Fergusson.
Not only has her broken heart been healed, she is determined to make other people as happy and as in love just as she is.
So her latest victims are Ruth and Mark Firth, the competition winners that can use some reignited spark, and Nina, who flew over from the States, determined to show her worth.
However, next to all her efforts as a matchmaker, Beatrice will quickly realize that there is even a bigger surprise in store for her, which will turn her life upside down.

I loved returning to Port Willow and see how Beatrice and Atholl were doing. And it was just heart –warming to see the love between this couple is palpable and even made me a little bit jealous!
Despite everything that happened in Beatrice’s past, she is living proof that a great loss can be overcome. And the things she does to make sure that people around her have that same happiness, made me like her even more than I already did!

Seeing Beatrice and Atholl was the sweetest thing ever! And when an unexpected surprise turns Beatrice’s whole world upside down, my heart broke…
I understood her actions, but I felt so sad for her, because she isn’t capable to enjoy it. And seeing Atholl trying to cope with an unusual Beatrice…

When Nina enters the story, I was furious with the way she was being treated in the States. The reason she is being sent to Scotland, I cannot understand how a company would work like that.
And even if Nina is wearing fancy clothes and behaves very snobby, it’s obvious that that is not the real Nina.
Slowly, we get to see how Nina herself realizes somehow she has lost herself in the cruel and hard world where she works.
Seeing her clash with Mutt (real name is Murray, no worries!) was really hilarious, because we readers could see more into it!

I found this a wonderful story to read, even if in fact it were three stories, where each couple/individual is in another stage of life, with its own issues.
Beatrice and Atholl are enjoying the passion and love from a rather new love, but facing something unexpected.
Nina is obviously lost, because she thought it was clear what she was capable of and now she has to fight to show her true worth. And in Scotland not only does she find herself again, but also something more.
The Firths are in a much further stage in their marriage, but being together for a long time doesn’t mean it’s all working out perfectly.

And having this combination, turned this beautiful book into a wonderful one. Love don’t come easy, for no one. It’s a journey you make together.

But for having that blissful feeling, you don’t only need to find that other person to love, but you have to learn to find yourself and love yourself.
And even if something opens old wounds again, the past shouldn’t hold that grip on you, and the right person will be able to understand your fears and kiss them all away!
but also, when you think the love is all over, a moment away can open your eyes again and reignite some of that passion again!

The author managed to write an amazing sequel, keeping the wonderful bits of the first parts, having delightful new additions, making my poor heart warm over all over again, and making me wish I could have my own romantic adventure at The princess and the Pea Inn!

‘Red Roses’ – written by Katie Ward #CoverReveal @KatieWWriter @rararesources

And today I am also showing you this wonderful cover!

Synopsis

Autumn is stuck in a rut and desperate to escape the fears that bind her to the life she’s grown to hate. Back home and living with her parents after university with a degree that seems to count for nothing, she knows something has to change. After a chance meeting with a stranger at the beach, she makes the spontaneous decision to move to Dublin and chase her dreams. However, what Autumn doesn’t realise is that she has just made the decision that will lead to her death. But does a short life have to mean an unsuccessful life? Will she be able to make it count? 

Red Roses is a compelling and uplifting story that shows the true beauty of life, love and friendship.

About the author

Katie Ward always knew she wanted to write for a living. However, she was told by her careers advisor that “it might be more appropriate for you to work in a shop”. When Katie didn’t get the grades she needed to get into college, she negotiated a three month trial. After successfully completing the course she secured a place at her first choice university to study Journalism. 

After realising she wanted to be an author, Katie moved to Dublin where she worked her way up from receptionist to Executive Assistant at Merrill Lynch. Katie continued to write in her spare time, submitting her short story into the “Do the Write Thing” competition being run by Irish TV show ‘Seoige and O’Shea’. This story was originally written when Katie was 14 after she was inspired by an article in her favourite teen magazine. Katie was the only non-Irish author selected to have her story published in an anthology of the same name which reached 19 in the Irish Best sellers List. Katie was also shortlisted for a competition judged by MAN Booker Prize winning author Roddy Doyle which was run by Metro Eireann newspaper. 

Katie currently lives in Devon with her cat (aka ‘Her Royal Fluffiness’) where she sings in a community choir and has recently taken up Archery. Katie’s favourite author has been Roald Dahl since she was a child as she loves the dark edge he brings to his books. On the flip side though, Katie loves Disney, magic, unicorns and a good rom com film at the cinema with her friends.

THE COVER

‘The Landlord Of Hummingbird House’ – written by Jane Harvey #BookReview @dreenac @rararesources

Better a good neighbour than a distant friend…

Synopsis

When April moves into Hummingbird House, she is intrigued by her mysterious landlord, Dai. 

With a bruised heart and a distinct lack of furniture, she spends the summer getting to know the other occupants. As she smartens up her home and makes peace with her recent past, she befriends Paul, a solitary ex-chef, and Betty, an elderly lady who lives in the basement flat. 

But Hummingbird House holds many secrets, and the relationships of the tenants are not as straightforward as they seem. April learns some shocking truths one eventful night, and realises that victims and villains can look the same. 

The Landlord of Hummingbird House is a contemporary novel exploring unlikely friendships, unexpected love interests, and family relationships. Here, everyone is in need of a second chance – and appearances can be deceptive.

My review

April has recently moved into Hummingbird House. All she wants now is some peace and quiet after she got her heart broken.
While she is changing the place into her home, with the necessary redecorations, she quickly realizes that the other tenants are a close bunch and want her also in. Not only does she befriend ex – chef Paul, but also Betty, an elderly lady, is becoming quickly more than just a neighbour.
Even if the most tenants are a nice bunch, April is intrigued by Dai, as he is not that open and is behaving strangely.
Slowly April learns that not all the tenants are in a happy mental place. And when one night all the secrets are out, not everything is as easy as it seems, because there are always two sides on a story…

I don’t know what I initially expected from this story, but eventually it was not what I thought it would be.
And I don’t mean that I got disappointed, because I truly didn’t!

Having recently moved myself, I understood how hard it was for April for making her new place feel like actual home. but where I had all the necessary furniture at hand, she barely had anything.
And not knowing immediately what occurred to her, made it difficult to comprehend he and her actions completely.
However, slowly we get to know her better and when it’s clear where she came from, I could only admire her as she is trying to pick up the pieces again.

But this is not only April’s story. Because Dai surely intrigues her. He behaves very oddly, and isn’t that welcoming towards April.
And that is in complete contrast of what the other neighbours tell April. It’s obvious that they are all keeping something secret, and it’s obvious that it’s something devastating.

When reading a story where a young woman moves to another place, and meets new people, it would be an easy and natural assumption that the whole plot will involve some romantic business.
But the author took a whole different direction with this book.
In this tale we get to learn the hurt people had to endure and how difficult it can be to move on from a heart-breaking moment.
Every tenant have lived a moment of pain and each one has another way of coping with it. It’s easy as a reader to feel the pain and despair of the characters.

This isn’t a book that will make you laugh at loud, but its honesty and realism gave me a sense of contentment.

The author wrote a warm story, about random strangers, living in the same building, but connect. This connection is not overly romanticised, but very realistic, making it easier to believe and recognize.
This lovely story shows us how one action, like moving to a new place, can give us the support, friendship and love we need even if we don’t realize how much we need it.

‘A Kingswater Summer’ – written by Jo Lambert #BookReview @jolambertwriter @rararesources

People can be lovely, but also nasty

Synopsis

KIERA
Newly returned from backpacking around Europe, Kiera Merrick has landed a dream job – working for actress Stella Wynter, helping set up a memory room at Penmarra, her beautiful riverside home just outside Kingswater.

JAKE
Jake Paterson is currently staying with Stella after filming the final series of his popular TV drama. He is trying to work out how to get his co-star and long-term girlfriend Rachel Tyler back after she walked out on him. But Jake soon finds himself drawn to Kiera, developing feelings for her that have no place in his life. He realises painful choices will eventually have to be made. And someone is going to get hurt.

TOM
Stella’s godson, hapless Tom Armytage is also staying at Penmarra along with girlfriend Chantal. He dreams of becoming a successful property developer and hopes Chantal’s dynamic presence will boost his ambitions. To impress her he boasts that he is heir to all of Stella’s wealth.

CHANTAL
Chantal Porter is a woman used to getting her own way. Tom is her ideal partner; weak and easily manipulated. Listening to him talk about his inheritance, she likes the idea of being Penmarra’s next mistress. But Stella and Jake’s close relationship gives her cause for concern. Who is he? And could he be a threat to her future ambitions?

As Jake comes to a difficult decision and sets off for London to sort things out with Rachel, a heart broken Kiera is left to watch helplessly as Chantal puts in place a plan to secure Tom’s inheritance. One that will change Stella’s life for ever.

Set on the south coast of Cornwall, A Kingswater Summer is a story of love, deception, and family secrets…

My review

Kiera has returned to Kingswater for the wedding of her best friend Ava. Her backtracking around Europe has ended quicker than anticipated, but nobody would stop Kiera to be there on the happiest day of her best friend.
Her trip has shown her that she has to figure out what direction her life will take. Even if she doesn’t know what she wants, working for actress Stella Wynter, setting up a memory room, is a start of learning what her passions really are.
Stella has the company of Jake Paterson, who has to try to win back his girlfriend and co – star of a popular TV Drama, Rachel Tyler. Her walking out on him wasn’t what he expected, especially when he has an engagement ring ready.
However, the more time he spends on Kingswater, the more he finds himself drawn to Kiera even if they started off on the wrong foot.
But Rachel and his attraction towards Kiera isn’t his only problem… because even if not related, he wants to protect Stella from vultures, wanting to use Stella for their own schemes. And her godson Tom, with the influence of his girlfriend Chantal are surely not to be underestimated… 

Having read several books from this author, I knew that when I started with her latest story, it wouldn’t be a walk in the park…

It’s not only a romance, but there are so many twists, nasty characters (some predictable but also a few surprising ones) that our main characters are pulled into a real drama with thriller-esque bits. 

Kiera is the kind of character that you cannot not like. Her love for her family and friends and even the way she easily befriends Stella was something that made me smile.
The easiest way to describe Kiera is ‘pure’. She has a good sense of right and wrong, and she is a good judge of character, even if initially she clashes with Jake (and even several times 😊).
She enjoys working for Stella, but she enjoys spending time with Stella even more. And when Stella is not that well, she is honestly concerned. 

Jake is this typical oblivious man… and this is said with all the love I have for the man! His first meeting with Kiera, it’s obvious who is in fault, but he doesn’t see it and believes that Kiera is just being a snob. This bit made me laugh, because somehow, it was typically Jake.
But his love for Stella, and even for Rachel (even it’s obvious we are cheering for him getting together with Kiera!) was very sweet.
Even if Stella is not his mother, the feelings this pair have for each other are of such level. And I found it so sweet  how he looks after someone he cares so much about.

And Stella, even if she is a famous actress with even an Oscar, she is just so approachable and normal! And learning the how and why she took Jake in as a little boy, shows her kind and great heart!
And Erik… can I dognap him? Pretty please??? I need him in my life!!!  

But like I said, their story isn’t a walk in park…. How much I despised Tom, and just hoped that somehow he would grow a pair… I have never seen a character being so spineless and being just a waste of air… And Chantal, it’s obvious she is using Tom for her own hideous schemes and there isn’t a thing she wouldn’t do to get rich… even if that means using Tom’s connection with Stella. 

This story shows just how horrible people can be… but also how wonderful they can be. For every nasty bit Tom and Chantal are doing, there are the lovely moments with Kiera and Jake… And not only because of their shifting feelings, but it’s just the way they are that makes it so easy to like them.
Of course, some things they do were frustrating me, because in my mind they were the wrong thing to do, even if it was done with the best intentions (No Jake, I haven’t forgiven your behaviour in the restaurant yet!).

There were secrets and betrayals that left me totally flabbergasted, even if I shouldn’t have been surprised!
But the way our lovely characters handled them, was showing again how great they all are! 

This story was just impossible to put away, I wanted to see the love, but I also wanted to see justice prevail.
After each chapter I tried to put it aside, finding it being an impossible task!
I fell in love with the main characters, loved their story and even the nastier bits couldn’t diminish the heart – warming feelings I had!
Again a great accomplishment written by this author!

‘Red Velvet’ – written by Carla Luna #BookReview @casacullen @rararesources

Of course having your best friend pretending to be your boyfriend is a perfect idea!

Synopsis

Faking it has never been so much fun…

In her ultra-competitive family, April Beckett is used to taking last place. For years, she’s put up with jabs about her modest job and her pathetic love life. Especially after she tried to impress her older sisters with a fake boyfriend in college and failed miserably. But now she has a smoking-hot date for her brother’s wedding, guaranteed to wow them.

Until he bails. Cue total desperation.

Without April’s friendship, Brody Blackwood wouldn’t have survived his last breakup. So, if she needs a plus-one for a family wedding, he’s all in. Even if it means pretending to be her boyfriend. And committing to six days of activities at a wooded resort in Wisconsin. But how hard could a relaxing getaway with your best friend be?

Too bad there’s a grueling 10K race and a cutthroat trivia night to endure. Not to mention a massive secret to protect. But will the biggest secret of all turn out to be that this fake relationship feels more real than April or Brody ever imagined?

My review

April Beckett is looking forward to her brother’s wedding. Especially as now she can proof that her boyfriend Chris really exists and is not another fake boyfriend like she pretended to have in college.
But when Chris bails, it’s the proverbial straw, and April breaks off the relationship. However, as she doesn’t want to show up alone at the wedding as the Beckett family is very competitive in just everything, she needs help from her best friend Brody.
Brody couldn’t be more grateful for April’s friendship, especially after his last breakup. So ‘sacrificing’ a week and posing as her boyfriend is the least he could do.
Brody gets to know the real meaning of a competitive family, and learns how April had to endure years of jabs and has been making fun of for too long.
So it’s obvious that he becomes just the perfect boyfriend for April! Because it’s all pretend, right? 

Why is it that I like romances of the type ‘best friends to more’? I just love reading such stories, not only to see the developing feelings, but also seeing the fear in the main characters’ because risking their friendship if things wouldn’t work out, would be terrible!
And this story even added more dilemma’s and heart-warming moments, giving me the total package! 

April is one of the easiest characters to love. It’s obvious she has a lot of love to give, but she also has a low self – esteem. Being in a competitive family, and not excelling in sports like your sisters, doesn’t help at all!
And having just every one questioning when you’ll get a real job, a real boyfriend, well, I understood why she asked Brody to cover for her.
Because even Chris is not the boyfriend she dreamed of, but she has ben settling for less, for just having someone to love and have someone that gives you some affection.
But let make things VERY VERY clear: April is just perfect the way she is. Her love for movies, her care for her friends, and even those insecurities, what’s not to like? If possible, I wanted to have her as a friend! 

Brody is not an unknown character, as I have enjoyed reading the first book of this series. (Yes, you can read this one as a standalone, but why would you when you have another lovely book to read!)
The way he got his heart broken, was just terrible, because he just deserves better! He also deserves someone who loves him for just who he is, weirdness included! 

I loved reading how protective these best friends were towards each other. And seeing how Brody started to see April in a whole different light, and protects her even from some nasty remarks from her sisters, made my heart melt. 

Now, of course, not everything will run smoothly in this story, and it’s not really a spoiler when I say that the deceit will be discovered.
Of course there will be appearances that will make things turn for the worse, and I was nearly screaming for both April and Brody to just do the right thing and follow their hearts! 

I loved reading every bit of this story, it was just lovely, heart – warming, swoon – worthy and sometimes even hilarious! I fell completely in love with these characters, as they are so normal and recognizable and absolutely loveable and adorable!
another sweet success from the imagination of this author that is slowly stealing bigger chunks of my bookheart!

‘Taylor Partially Matured’ – written by Grayson Avery #BookReview @GrayAveryBooks @rararesources

Why should anyone ever want to grow up when life is all about partying and having fun!

Synopsis

Twenty-seven year old Taylor Quinn rocks the three I’s. She’s immature, impulsive, and totally inappropriate. Now  thatshe’s been admitted to the Sweet Water Circle, a group of long-time friends now in their 30s and 40s who love to push each other to be their best selves, Taylor is tasked with growing up. God knows they have no hope of curing her inappropriate behavior. After calling for a Sweet Water Circle intervention, fellow Circle member and Taylor’s boss, Shelly, puts Taylor on the clock: figure out what she wants to do with her life or join the unemployment line. Who knew getting paid to do nothing wasn’t a long-term career option? Taylor certainly didn’t, so of course, she rebels. Why think about the future when she’s having so much fun in the present? 

The pressure on Taylor intensifies when the a love match set for Shelly falls for Taylor instead. This love match is none other than Benjamin Bach (Billionaire Ben), a contemporary of the Sweet Water Circle who has since made it big in Silicon Valley. Should Taylor take Ben on as her sugar daddy or pursue her own career? Or will the Sweet Water Circle’s top-heavy nemesis, Sasha, beat her to it?

Follow Taylor on a journey of self discovery and misadventure (and total inappropriateness) in love and life. If you’ve read Project Kaitlyn or Jenn Reinvented you know that full maturity for Taylor is out of the question, but perhaps partial maturation is possible? Or maybe not. How can Taylor grow up and find her passion and still be Taylor? You’ll laugh out loud as she tries.

With hysterical antics, witty and humorous dialogue, and a strong character arc, you’ll love the follow-up to Project Kaitlyn and Jenn Reinvented. Taylor Partially Matured is the third book in the hilarious Sweet Water Circle series, exploring the relationships, life adventures, and personal growth of a small circle of friends, who you’re gonna want to hang out with, which is good, because their stories are ready to be told in the rest of the Sweet Water Circle series!

My review

Taylor Quinn is twenty seven years old, but while people of her age are settling down, Taylor surely doesn’t want to settle down. She enjoys partying all the time, hooking up with Cash once in a while and working is totally unnecessary.
However, now being part of the Sweet water Circle, means that her friends have called for an intervention, forcing Taylor to figure out what she wants to do or end up without a job. But when she meets Benjamin Bach, she has a whole new idea: could she turn Billionaire Ben into her sugar daddy?
Or will her nemesis Sasha finally be able to get her claws into him?

So… when I read a book, I am that kind of person that immediately likes the main characters. Because after all, it’s their story and their search for a happily ever after.
And in the previous books of this series, that was certainly the case!
However, in this book, Taylor was not the kind of person I liked…

She is the real party girl, isn’t afraid of shocking people and surely doesn’t think before she speaks. She has a job, but she thinks that working hours are VERY flexible and surely nobody expects her to do some actual work!
It’s like she stayed in her rebellious teenage years, even if she is at the age you are supposed to know better.
So I perfectly understood the intervention of the Sweet Water Circle, and thought they were even being too nice, because her attitude would have gotten her fired even sooner if she were working somewhere else.
But instead of getting her head straight, her solution is making Ben her sugar daddy… and honestly, I even disliked her even more after that thought of her!

Of course, if Taylor was truly such a horrible person, I wouldn’t enjoyed reading this story. But while she is seducing Ben, we also get to see how Taylor, subconsciously, is changing. Because Ben is being her total opposite, she wants to show him how to have some fun. And while Ben is learning to enjoy the fun parts of life, Taylor is learning that growing up doesn’t mean that “fun” is out of the picture.

Taylor and Ben couldn’t be more different, but as so often, opposites attract. Ben is a real workaholic, and even if he is not having a great time with his business, it has his whole focus.
I found it sweet to read how Ben is being persuaded by Taylor to have more fun. And just to learn that Ben is actual a great guy! Yes, having money surely helps him to woo Taylor, but he also has a funny side. The trip to Paris surely wasn’t what Taylor thought would be!

Even is Taylor growing up, she remains herself, and that causes so many hilarious moments! I will never think of a pinkie in the same way!
But seeing Taylor trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life, and learning the hard way nothing comes easy, gave me a kind of proud feeling.

I found this a hilarious story to read, fitting completely with the other stories of the series. Taylor IS partially maturing, thanks to the Sweet Water Circle cheering for her. Learning how to grow up can be scary, but seeing your own potential can be so rewarding.
And seeing how Taylor is changing for the better, even realizing that someone is keeping secrets, and doing the right thing with it, changed my whole opinion over her, making me even like her a lot in the end!

And now I am looking forward to the next story of this series!

‘Falling In Florence’ – written by Joy Skye #BookReview @JoySkye4 @rararesources

When your new job brings you to the magic of Florence…

Synopsis

Sofia Marino is focused on one thing, finding the ideal job… 

When she lands the opportunity to work for Peter Williams at Sublime Retreats, it’s a dream come true and the last thing on her mind is romance.

Then an unfortunate accident means she has to go to Florence with the cold and standoffish Adam Flynn, and she knows she will have to put up with him for two whole weeks. Determined to prove her worth to the company, she throws herself into making the trip successful and dragging Adam out of his shell.

As the sparks begin to fly and Florence seduces them both, will Adam let his guard drop despite his father’s concerns about Sofia’s family ties and can she finally find a man that her brothers will approve of?

My review

Sofia Marino is over the moon that she has convinced Peter Williams at Sublime Retreats that she would be perfect for the position of P.A.
And when Peter’s better half is in an accident, he requests that Sofia takes his place in the trip to Florence, searching for the perfect place to stay as the latest addition to Sublime Retreats’ portfolio.
However, her enthusiasm is diminished when it’s clear that she has to work with Adam Flynn, who acts cold and standoffish. But Sofia is ready to show Adam she can be a real asset and is determined to make this trip a success.
Florence brings Sofia and Adam closer, but even if sparks fly around, both their families are not that easy to persuade of the good intentions of the new love interest…

A story taking place in Florence + romance + an Italian family + funny moments + great characters + Sublime Retreats = the perfect combination to let me enjoy this latest story from Joy Skye!

I had the best time reading this story!

Sofia is a member of a typical Italian family, everyone knows better than you, everyone interferes and has their own opinion.
And trust me, I know what I’m talking about, being Italian myself!
But beside being from an Italian family, Sofia is so easy to like! Her gaffe right at the start was hilarious, yet also something recognizable. Because wouldn’t that be the worst thing happening at a job interview?
And her enthusiasm is truly infectious! Having been to Florence myself a few time, I can still remember being just in awe discovering the place for the first time.

Adam was initially a sad character. The relationship with his father is a strained one. Not because something happened between them, but his father is still focused on a cold case even if he is retired. The both of them are rather introvert, not talking about their feelings.
However, in Florence we see how Adam is more open and starts to see things through Sofia’s eyes.

This was a wonderful story to read, I loved the attraction between Sofia and Adam, and seeing how these cute people were getting closer and also just giving in!
But I found it also hilarious how Adam’s father, Jack, thought how Sofia and her family were involved in something dodgy!

I have one tiny point that irritated me a little bit. Of course I loved it how the chapters had Italian titles. But some words, addressed to Sofia were used in the male form, while there is a female form of that word (Piccolo – Piccola or Bambino – Bambina)
However, I know that this is something typically, annoyingly me, and it didn’t cause a lesser liking of the story!

This story takes you to Florence as a reader, makes you not only fall in love with the place, but also with all the characters in it, even those who may seem being part of a not so legal adventure!
This was again another great work of the author, making me dream of places I want to visit again and why not, make the place make me find that special love too!

‘Second Chance To Wear His Ring’ – written by Hana Sheik #BookReview @HanaSoChic @rararesources

Could you help the person that once broke your heart?

Synopsis

A forgotten past…

Could pave the way to forever!

When millionaire Mansur Ali is called urgently home to Somaliland, he’s shocked to find that the woman who broke his heart needs his help. After an accident, Amal has lost many memories…including Manny’s marriage proposal and her rejection! Manny will help her seek treatment in Addis Ababa, but he’s resolved to keep his heart firmly off-limits. A promise that is tested when their journey brings them closer than ever before…

My review

When Mansur Ali received a call from his mother, asking for his help, he doesn’t hesitate to fly back to Somaliland even if it’s not something that makes him happy.
But no matter how he feels about returning home, there isn’t a thing he wouldn’t do for his mother.
However, he couldn’t be surprised more when it appears that the help is not for his mother, but for Amal. Amal, who refused Manny’s marriage proposal and broke his heart. After an accident Amal has lost her memory and now Manny has to help seeking treatment in Addid Ababa.
Not being able to refuse his mother’s pleas, Manny offers his help, but is determined to keep his heart closed. Because there is no way Manny and Amal will be getting closer, right?

When I read a book, 99.99% of the times it’s taking place somewhere I can easily relate to. If the story is settles in the U.S. or U.K. or Europe, it’s easier for me to get totally submerged into it
So having this story mainly taking part in Somaliland, made me struggle a little bit more with it, because I honestly have no idea what is typical for this place, or how it looks like. If you say London, it’s easy to picture Westminster, Big Ben and even Buckingham Palace.
But If you ask me something famous in Somaliland, I cannot answer you…

However, don’t think I didn’t enjoy this romance!


Not only is Manny forced to return to his family, even if he is being successful in Pittsburgh, it’s clear that there are still ghosts from the past haunting him.
And when he is faced with the woman who broke his heart, it’s obvious and understandable he wants to leave as soon as possible.
However, his behaviour also shows how caring he is. His love for his mother is not that surprising, but also when he realizes what is going on with Amal, he wants to help her, no matter what happened in the past.

I cannot imagine what Amal has to endure, not only she has lost her most recent memories, but she also had to face the reality about her family. The love for her brothers are unquestionable, but her father’s behaviour… well, I won’t give him the satisfaction of wasting more words!

I loved reading how for Manny this was a love story with a second chance, but for Amal it was a love story with its first chance.
And it was sweet to see even when Amal didn’t have any recognition of Manny, she still was feeling this attraction towards him. For me, this is proof that even when the mind doesn’t recognize someone, the heart always does and always will.

This was an entertaining story, and maybe even a bit too short for me! I would have liked to see more the dynamic between these two characters.
It took me to an unknown place, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it.
The author wrote a story with perhaps a not surprising ending, but the start and the rush to the climax surely was!