Synopsis: When her life is irrevocably altered by a post-Rave tryst on her mother’s floral patio recliner, Erin Roberts’ long-standing relationship with Humiliation takes her down a path that’s not so much ‘less well trodden’, more ‘perilous descent down sheer cliffs’.
Armed with a fierce devotion to her best friend and the unrequited love for the boy she might have accidentally married at age seven, when Erin falls pregnant at sixteen, life veers off at a most unexpected tangent.
Her journey to adulthood is far from ordinary as Erin learns that protecting the hearts of those most precious to you isn’t balm enough when your Love Punked heart is as sore as your freshly tattooed arse.
Whilst raising football prodigies and trying not to get stuck in lifts with Social Work clients who hate her, Erin discovers that sometimes you have to circumnavigate the globe to find the very thing that was there all along.
This book should come with a warning…that you will laugh and cry, a lot, in equal measure. I laughed at home, on the bus, in cafes and on one sneaky occasion when I needed to know what happened next; when I was meant to be working. The second to last chapter had me in floods of tears. For anyone who knows me this rarely happens. I’ve only ever cried at one film and that was (spoiler alert) Bruce Willis’ death in Armageddon – romcom books never result in tears. All this waffle is to explain just how good I found this book.
Despite, at the start, Erin only being 16 it is full of adult themes but then when you get pregnant whilst still at school it’s quite understandable that she had to grow up quick. The book covers the trials and tribulations of having to bring up twins at such an early age. Both my mum (with me) and step-mum had their first child under the age of 18 and I’ve heard so many similar stories so a lot of it felt very real to me based on their stories.
The writing is superb, as mentioned it brought out a lot of reactions when reading it. The characters are so well developed right out of the gate and just get better as they evolve and grow up. I’ve already recommended it to a friend and can’t wait for the next one
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1717868096
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Author Bio – I am a UK based author of Contemporary women’s fiction who is passionate about telling the stories of strong, sympathetic, entertaining and engaging female characters and the lives that they lead. My Welsh heritage and my life as a practising Social Worker with teenagers and their families heavily influences my work as does my love of all things 90’s and an adolescence spent immersed in clubbing culture.
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Synopsis: Agatha Trout didn’t even know she had a Great Aunt Petunia, so imagine her surprise when she finds Petunia left her a corner shop in her will. But it’s not just any old corner shop—it’s a corner shop that needs something unique, something the town of Frambleberry has never seen before. Influenced by her confident best friend, Coco, Agatha is soon convinced that there’s only one way to go: an adults-only sex shop. While some of the townspeople are clutching their pearls in horror, others are open to the new experiences this shop offers. But not everyone in Frambleberry is convinced. Will the women soldier on in the face of violent threats or will their fears get the best of them—and their new venture—before it even gets off the ground?
This book is truly delightful. It’s got warmth, romance, humour and even a little bit of mystery. Aggie inherits a store from her late great aunt Petunia and together with best friend Coco and her sister decide to open up an adult store. However not everyone is happy and someone keeps trying to sabotage the store and get it closed down.
I read this in one evening whilst stuck in a hotel in Middlesbrough, working away from home. It’s such a sweet thing thing and took my mind off being away from family for a week. I was able to transport myself into the naughty shop and what sounded like the most beautiful Victorian building. I seriously want to move into the property!
I loved all the characters. I loved their tenacity in face of danger and the mysterious incidents in the shop. It’s just so lovingly written that you can’t help but enjoy it. I’ve not read any of Suzy Turners books before this but I have already added her other books to my tbr pile based on this one.
Purchase Link Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071DZ7K24
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071DZ7K24
Author Bio –
Born in England and raised in Portugal, Suzy lives with her childhood sweetheart Michael, their two crazy dogs and three cats. Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy worked as a trainee journalist for a local newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she took the job of assistant editor for the region’s largest English language publisher before becoming editor of a monthly lifestyle magazine. Early in 2010 however, Suzy became a full time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul (The Raven Saga), Daisy Madigan’s Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone, Looking for Lucy Jo, We Stand Against Evil (The Morgan Sisters), Forever Fredless, And Then There Was You, Stormy Summer and her latest, Aphrodite’s Closet. In 2015 she launched her popular 40+ lifestyle blog which continues to go from strength to strength, while just over a year later, she trained to become a yoga instructor. Suzy continues to write, blog and teach yoga in one of Portugal’s loveliest settings – the Algarve.
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Synopsis: All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past. But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate.
Until she meets Bram.
Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.
But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?
I haven’t read a young adult dystopian novel in a very long time. I got so fed up of the very twee love angles that every author threw in and as a woman in her mid-40’s I wanted more out of a book (which is fine, they’re not written for me). I choose this to have another try simply because of the authors and it hasn’t really made me want to start reading these books again.
I found it to be a book of two halves and I didn’t really enjoy the first half. I felt it took too long to get going, there was a lot of descriptions that weren’t needed and that could’ve been spent on world building and telling me why we had a dystopian future. Why did girls stop being born? Why did Mother Nature feel a need to wipe out one half of society? The second half is much more high octane and for me more enjoyable as our hero escapes from the Dome and joins in with the band of rebels and mounts various rescue attempts.
With regards to the world; the Dome & Tower that the elite live in is very cold and feels quite clinical. There’s nothing to suggest anyone there is happy and I found it hard to get a measure of the place. I wanted more but I understand why it was like that. In comparison, despite the world having been destroyed by all those men left behind with no women, the outside feels much more real. Maybe it’s because we find out it’s based in London and in the area I work when I’m at my head office. I found it very easy to picture and be attracted to.
I didn’t hate it but it’s not a book I can rave about. I do think the trilogy has potential though. It has whet my appetite enough that I will probably get the next installment to see what happens next.
Synopsis: Widowed in World War 2, Annette and her young son face a completely different life as they exchange the devastation of post-blitz London for the slow pace of a small village. The house they have inherited is old, its bones still settling, creaking noises in the dead of night and the murmur of scritch-scritch in the walls. Located outside the village of Lochnagar, it’s been empty for many years – and for good reason. The unfolding of how the Clockmaker made his plans, his meticulous preparations and macabre creations, all builds up to a series of gruesome, horrific murders. These have just one end in view: his release from that which has held him captive for centuries.
My review: This is an intriguing and interesting horror story but for me it was too slow. I didn’t feel anything much happened until well after a quarter of the book had passed. That’s not to say it wasn’t good and richly detailed but I’m someone who needs the action to start pretty early on.
The beginning splits between a woman widowed in the war and trying to start life again through a boarding house she has inherited and an old man who has fled the nazi’s and was forced to do unspeakable acts whilst captured. Circumstances happen which cause the two to end up sharing the house.
It does flow beautifully and I did enjoy the characters I just think it isn’t a book that best suits my reading needs however I would recommend it to those that don’t need as much instant gratification.
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Synopsis: Robin of Locksley is a rebel, more comfortable roaming Sherwood Forest with his longbow and courting the village girls than learning how to run a manor. An innocent flirtation with a peasant girl soon lands Robin in trouble, and worse, he finds himself inexplicably attracted to Will Scathelock, his best friend since childhood. Robin must decide whether to follow the rules of society or his own conscience. Meanwhile, his neighbour, Guy of Gisborne, is anxious to get his hands on the Locksley estate and he will do anything to make it happen – even murder.
Before I get into the review itself this book gave me find memories of watching Robin of Sherwood back in the 80’s and having discussions about who was the best Robin – Michael Praed or Jason Connery. Never mind your Russell Crowes, this was the Robin Hood me and my school friends enjoyed most.
The book itself I chose from netgalley because I love the Robin Hood legend and I like historical fiction. I was also intrigued by the blurb and the reviews around the LGBT angle. Some other reviews have mentioned that they didn’t like Robin fighting against his feelings simply because it wasn’t done in those times but that he should be openly gay. I read this as a straight cis woman so I wondered if I would see things any different. I kind of see both sides of this. I thought that the worry about how being gay would be perceived in a time when you could be hung or put in stocks for any little misdemeanour fit in with the timescales of the book. However, for me I didn’t think there was enough of this side of Robin. It isn’t really mentioned until 60% into the book although there are hints about friend Will’s sexuality throughout and then you’re caught up in the battle scenes afterwards and it kind of then got lost within that. For me, if you are going to make a big deal in the blurb then put more in the book. I felt like it was an idea toyed with whilst checking out how the general public would react. I may well be wrong there. I do know (again because I read the reviews – naughty) that the relationship between Robin & Will is explored much more in the second book (which I have on my TBR pile) so I’m intrigued as to how it plays out.
I really don’t care whether the characters are gay or straight but then there is a lot of white straight female representation out there but I can see why anyone within the LGBT community would want something a bit more.
The story then…I do like this kind of book where you take a (possibly) real person from history and pad out the little bits we know with some fiction. This one covers the first 18 years of Robin’s life and the events that led to him joining with Richard the Lionheart on the crusades. As mentioned Will is in the book throughout as well as Guy of Gisbourne and then towards the end we start to see some of the characters that will play a larger part in Robins life such as John Little.
It moves quite fast and there’s plenty of action (those are the bits that make me want to try and track down the old TV shows) and it does put some really interesting bones onto the man and myth. I enjoyed the female characters with one in particular being quite horrid and I really want to see her get her comeuppance at some point.
It also made me think a little bit and I may go away a do a bit of internet searching which to me is always a sign of a good book. Characters Much and Alan a Dale were in the TV show but along with John Little are these people part of the myths or has the author been watching the same TV as me! When did these guys become cannon or is there information out there that they may be real too? I love when books do this when they leave you really enjoying the story but give you something to take away and delve into more and this one really worked for me on that level.
So… a fun book, the beginnings of exploring sexuality, the start of the outlaw myth and plenty of action. There’s lots to enjoy here and I really would recommend it.