Saturday, August 29, 2015

Me Before After You

What's your favourite book?

A question many book lovers will hate being asked because it is never a straightforward answer.
Not really.

That one was brilliantly written!
That one was part of my childhood!
That one reduced me to tears!
That one is my all time favourite series!
It's every book lover's Sophie's choice. Pick one and you'll immediately want to change your mind over and over again, feeling guilty for only picking a certain book.

Having said that, there are a few books I will always think of when people ask me to recommend them something. Ones that I have screamed about to other people, ordering them to read it immediately!

One of those books is Me Before You.
And, boy, have I screamed to other people to read this one.

In case you haven't heard of Me Before You...
(just kidding, kind of...)

I'll quickly give you the synopsis that's on Goodreads (because once I start, there's no stopping me).

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

I'll try not to spoil this book, but what I do know is that no one has kept it dry whilst reading this.
Including myself! I rarely cry when I read sad books but this one...? Oh deary me, never before has a book shattered me as much as Me Before You has. I was a teary eyed mess and sobbing like a big baby.

Even thinking/talking about it or seeing someone else get emotional over it, gets me going again. It is just such a beautiful story that every time I think of it those raw emotions punch me right back in the face.

These two characters started meaning so much to me. Their relationship absolutely beautiful. And Will, Oh Will. He stole my heart. God knows that I have a weakness for tormented, male protagonists (in fictional life at least). And I have an entire collection of tormented, male protagonists called Will. Will Traynor being no exception.

It was clear from the beginning that MBY was a standalone novel and that even though the ending couldn't have been more perfect, you want more. You need more. Just because you know you'll miss those characters and their connection and everything about it. So, when I found out there was a movie adaption being made, I immediately skipped all the feelings of reservation and straight dived into excitement!

I generally don't have any problems with books being turned into movies (even when they're bad adaptions, because to me they're two different things - but that's a whole other discussion post). Yes, I'm always a little scared they might ruin the book but in general the movies are always good, even if they may not entirely have been according to the book.

But as if that wasn't enough! Not only did I hear about a movie being made, but shortly after Jojo Moyes announced that there was going to be a sequel to MBY: After you.

I was over the moon! I couldn't believe it! I was so excited about this! I still am! I am so excited in fact that I pre-ordered both hardback and paperback copy of this book. THAT is how excited I am. I literally have never done that before (however, now I feel very inclined on having to buy a hardback copy of MBY too!). I understand that people are scared about how this book will turn out. What Jojo Moyes will do with this story line and her characters. I have read about a lot of fear from readers that she will ruin MBY with After You and I can't imagine the pressure that must be on her.

However, I am convinced that there wouldn't be a sequel unless Jojo Moyes was absolutely, 100% sure that this was a book worth of following MBY.
If you are curious too and have been living under a rock for the last few weeks then rejoice and celebrate because After You is out in less than a month (September 29) and you can pre-order it about anywhere because it is THAT awesome ;)

If you're like me and have been waiting since the dawn of time ever since you found out, our patience has been rewarded with a little teaser chapter. That's right, you heard it correctly! The first chapter of After You has been sent out into the world and you can read it here:

I did so and part of me immediately regretted it because there was no second, third, fourth, fifth... chapter to follow it and I actually really really really needed it!

I'm so excited and I am just:

Mark it in your calendars: September 29


Dear Reader,

I wasn't going to write a sequel to Me Before You. But for years, readers kept asking and I kept wondering what Lou did with her life. In the end the idea came, as they sometimes do, at 5:30 in the morning, leaving me sitting bolt upright in my bed and scrambling for my pen.

It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them—especially Lou—again. And I'm hoping that those who love Will will find plenty to enjoy.

—Jojo Moyes

Weekly Obsession: This Chick Reads

It's been an interesting week. It's been filled with creative projects and all of them involve This Chick Reads. It's almost impossible not to make her my weekly obsession as she's literally been what I have been completely obsessed with for an entire week.

This Chick Reads is one of my favourite book blogs out there and you should definitely go and have a look around: There's so many books and reviews that you'll lose many reading hours, checking out the different reviews.

While you're there, have a look at the new banner and logo because those are my making ^^
It's what I have been working on this week, what Ana and I spent e-mailing back and forth for, it's what I strained my eyes for. I have been helping my lovely friend with her new look and it is such an exciting project, this girl is spilling over with awesome ideas and I'm very eager to find out which ones she'll be putting into practice.

Find out with me and follow Ana on twitter:

Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekly Obsession: All The Bright Places

Oh twitter's been going crazy about this book lately. I know it's been out for a while now but recently it keeps popping up with random people I follow.
So naturally, All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is this week's obsession!

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.
Source: Goodreads

Get it on:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

What about me?
I've been intrigued about this book the moment my eye fell on it a few months ago, but somehow it escaped my mind.
Now that it's back on my radar and I'm itching to get my hands on it! I'm hoping my local bookshop has it but if not then I'll soon be finding my way to my favourite online retailer!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book review: The Replacement Wife

1 star for The Replacement Wife by Rowena Wiseman

Amazon (US)
Luisa has met the love of her life ... now she just needs to figure out what to do with her husband. 
Luisa has fallen madly in love with sculptor Jarvis, so she comes up with a plan to find a new wife for her husband Luke so she can exit stage left. She wants to screen potential stepmothers for her 8-year-old son Max and has strict criteria: the woman must be a single mother; have no more than two children; she can't be authoritarian; she must be creative, nurturing and not much prettier than Luisa. 
After a few carefully orchestrated meetings with different women that fail to raise a spark, Luke finally connects with a potential replacement wife. However, Luisa isn't prepared for the fact that Luke's interest in the other woman makes him a better man and a more attractive husband. After suffering for years in a half-dead marriage, Luisa starts to remember what it was about Luke that she originally fell in love with. But is it too late? 
Source: Goodreads

I was kindly given a review copy through Netgalley, with many thanks to the publishers.

The idea of this story sounded so great! I felt like I was in for a funny read with an interesting new take, but I'm almost sad to say that I wasn't blown away.

Luisa falls in love with Jarvis, her brother's friend and old crush. Against all odds, it turns out that her own feelings are reciprocated by Jarvis. With this new, exciting love in her life, she realizes how bored she's been in her current marriage. Her husband Luke and herself have become too domestic.
She feels like she's stuck in a rut and that the only light in her marriage is their son Max.

Luisa wants out but she wants a safe escape. If her husband also falls for someone else then they have the perfect reason to separate. Luisa is now on the search for the perfect girlfriend for Luke, and stepmother for her son Max.

As time goes on Luisa will find that things shouldn't always be taken for granted.

When your main character considers committing adultery, then you have to make sure that your readers are picking her side. They have to feel what she feels - trapped in a marriage, the love/passion for this new man, etc.. You have to make them feel like picking her side, to route for her and, maybe even, be able to relate to her. You have to make her likable.

But everything about Luisa annoyed me. She was incredibly self-centered.
Me, me, me, me, me; that's all that seemed to be happening. Whenever she started thinking about other people's well-being, she still turned it around to be about her.

The idea of Luisa trying to find the perfect new wife for her husband had sounded interesting and funny to me but in fact it turned out to be frustrating. It was very superficial and rushed. Luisa had set certain standards for the woman she was looking for, with Max and Luke's best interests in mind. But in the end what it really came down to was that, in reality, they just had to live up to her own expectations.

When she finally finds a woman that seems good enough, she starts changing her mind the moment she finds that her plan is working, starts second guessing her own actions. She is in constant doubt but not the kind of doubt you'd want to read about. Can her new love give all the luxury she's currently experiencing? Can he live up to her expectations and what she imagines of this new love to be like? And whenever something that she had planned does happen, she turns 180° and wants the opposite to happen.

Which brings me to another point of trouble. The love between Luisa and Jarvis.
What was described as love and falling in love head over heels really just felt like infatuation. Nothing about their love seemed to make any sense or feel real. And I think that was one of the core problems. As a reader you need to feel what the character feels so that you have an understanding of why she makes her decisions. You need to understand the underlying thoughts and feelings that come with going through drastic measures, etc.

I often comment on how I find books being too slow, not having the right pace. This book was the exact opposite, it was like a high speed train, rushing through the entire (first half of the) book. Speeding through key moments that would've made it possible for the reader to relate to Luisa more. I personally would've loved reading more about conversations between Luisa and Jarvis when they were together and the feelings that it roused with her. I needed more information about her mind-set, her troubled feelings about her husband (and not just feeling sexually let down), and her reasoning to think of the plan to find a replacement wife.
But all this was rushed. It was told very matter-of-fact way, almost like telling someone what you had for breakfast over a cup of coffee.

Maybe my expectations of this book were clouding the story that I ended up reading.
Or maybe, just maybe, I didn't understand what the author was trying to convey, but it couldn't charm me.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Book Review: Finding It

5 stars for Finding It by Leah Marie Brown.

Publication date: September 29

Falling in love is the ultimate faux pas. 
Anything can happen in a year! Unemployed, homeless, and left at the altar, Vivia Perpetua Grant could see her future as a flannel pajama wearing spinster—or worse, a bag lady shuffling around Golden Gate Park. But for a girl obsessed with rock music, Chinese take-out, and the color pink, misfortune is another word for opportunity. Vivia has found her niche as an international travel writer and the long-distance lover of Jean-Luc de Caumont, an über-hot French literature professor and competitive cyclist. 
Still, even with so much going right, Vivia can’t help but wonder if something isn’t missing. The long distance thing is taking its toll on a girl who didn’t have that many tokens to begin with. And fate seems to be tempting her at every turn, first with a hunky Scottish helicopter pilot, and then with a British celebrity bad boy... Will Vivia continue to keep it real or will she discover some old habits die hard? 
Source: Goodreads

I was kindly given a copy through Netgalley, with many thanks to the publishers.

Finding It is the second book in the It Girls series and my first encounter with Leah Marie Brown's quirky characters.

I absolutely adored this book from beginning to end. Vivia Perpetua Grant is exactly the kind of main character that I tend to fall in love with immediately. Quirky, no-filter, and utterly chaotic in life. Yup, those are the heroins I relate to the most and Vivia is no exception. In many ways she reminds me of two of my other favourite characters: Lindsey Kelk's Angela Clark (I heart series) and Lucy-Anne Holmes' Sarah Sargeant.

Vivia Grant has finally got life together. She's got a great job that allows her to travel all over the place, is slightly famous on social media, and has a gorgeous boyfriend who she loves. During one of her many trip, and in less than 48 hours, Vivia finds herself arrested by Royal Palace guards, scooped up by a posh British hotel owner, kissing a famous comedian, close to being proposed to, and breaking up with her boyfriend.
If that doesn't sound like a whirlwind of events, then I don't know what does...

But that's hardly the beginning. Soon enough, she is residing at a sheep farm with her two friends Fanny and Poppy, learning all about sheep and surrounded by hot, bulky Scottish men.

These lovely Scots do come with a warning. Be prepared to rack your brain with your best Scottish reading glasses, as I sometimes really had to whisper the words out loud in order to make sense of them: I didnea ken I'd t'be multilingual for this book ;)

I said this before but Vivia is my kind of heroin. The way she approaches life is very 'act first, think later'. And she has that way of speaking in innuendos that I enjoy so much.
So far, authors like Lindsey Kelk and Lucy-Anne Holmes have managed to make me laugh out loud in public when reading their stories, Leah Marie Brown is now added to that very select list.
On several occasions she's made me giggle and snort with Vivia's way of dealing with things. My all-time favourite one being running down a hill, screaming about a sheep having a seizure.

Aside from Vivia, I found her other characters equally charming: Poppy, Fanny, Calder, and Luc. They all added to the mix of what made this book such a charming read. It was a perfect mix of funny, emotional, and sexy.

And as much as I wanted Vivia to get back to Luc and make some sweet, sweet love. I was secretly hoping for some sexy time with Calden, simply because he sounded absolutely perfect. In fact, I would like myself one of those!! Pretty please!

Whenever either Luc or Calden appeared on the scene there was wolf whistling going on in my head and words like YUM and SWOON kept ringing through my head.
So upon receiving this tweet from Leah Marie Brown, I couldn't be happier!

After having finished Finding It, there's no doubt about it. I am incredibly excited about Book 3, Working It and can't wait for it to be out. And I NEED Book 1 to find out more about Vivia's background!

A laugh out loud novel with beautiful men and a charming main character.
I want more!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Weekly Obsession: The Piano Man Project

Oh dear, life's been hectic again and, as usual, then I tend to neglect my Fridays. But not this time!!!! Even with me being in lovely Dublin *waves excitedly*, I still managed to sneak in a cheeky little post.

Usually my weekly obsession catches a book right before its publication date but this time you can say I'm almost late to the party. It's a book I have already read and reviewed. It's a book I have LOVED and immediately pre-ordered after having devoured my Netgalley ARC, it's a story that shot straight to my 2015 favourites. Have you guessed it yet?

It's The Piano Man Project by Kat French!

Finding love isn’t always black and white…

You: kind, piano-playing sex god
Me: hopelessly romantic charity shop manager

Honeysuckle Jones has a problem, and her best friends Nell and Tash are on a mission to help her solve it. She needs a man – a caring, intelligent, funny man. But most importantly, a man who’s good with his hands…

Luckily Honey’s new neighbour – moody, antisocial ex-chef Hal – fails on almost every count. Even though the chemistry between them is electric, he’s obviously wrong for her in every way.

But when Honey discovers the devastating reason for his moods she decides to give him another chance. And discovers that the best songs aren’t always in tune…

A hilarious, feel-good, sexy romantic comedy for fans of Lucy Diamond, Paige Toon and Giovanna Fletcher.

Get it on:
- Amazon UK paperback | e-book
- Amazon US paperback | e-book
- The Book Depository

What about me?

Oh my! This book! A month after finishing it and it's still playing on my mind! I still think of it fondly at any given moment and I just really, really, really want to read it over and over and over again and shove it in other people's faces, forcing them to read it too!
I loved it so much that I immediately decided I wanted to share it and even did a giveaway a few weeks ago.

From the moment I had pre-ordered this book I was quite impatiently waiting for it to arrive in my mailbox.

Sadly enough, Belgium isn't the fastest country when it comes to receiving book post so it wasn't until this week that I finally received and boy, was I excited!

Seriously though, if you read one book this summer, or year, or lifetime, I'm recommending you this one. Right after I made you read Me Before You, I'm making you read this one! That's how high it's landed in my top 5!

If you're still not convinced then maybe my review will.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Book Review: Fairytale Beginnings

4 stars for Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

Amazon UK
Amazon US
The Book Depository

Fairytale Beginnings: A heartwarming romantic comedy 
Love is an open door…except when it keeps slamming in your face. 
Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he? 
When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of an historical building in the village of Clovers Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away - a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone. 
As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after? 
Source: Goodreads

I read Holly's Tied Up With Love at the beginning of this year and it has been one of my favourite 2014 reads, so it's no surprise that I was very excited to read Fairytale Beginnings.
God knows Holly Martin is one of my favourite people on twitter. She's such a delightful person I just want to squish her!

One of Holly Martin's strengths is creating absolutely delightful characters who you can't help but route for. I was in both Milly's and Cameron's corner from the start, cheering them on, or screaming at them when they were being stupid.

We first meet Milly as she's on her way to Clover Castle and her car, brilliantly named as Dick, breaks down. It's far from an idealistic start for Milly as she comes face to face with some odd villagers. Luckily that's all forgotten the moment she comes face to chest with the beautiful castle owner, Cameron.

Milly works for a company named Castle Heritage that takes on castles to renovate to their former glory. Milly's job exists out of finding out whether Clover Castle is up to Castle Heritage's standards. What she didn't expect was to find herself in a Disney style castle completely with turrets and hidden passages.

With a Disney castle and a Lord in her life, could Milly find a happy ending?

Cameron has unexpectedly inherited a castle and a title of Lord, but what do you do with all of that? Loaded with debts he asks for the help of Castle Heritage, hoping they can save him from an enormous pile of unpaid bills. But what he didn't expect was Milly to arive.
Cameron is intrigued by the girl with the pink tipped hair and almost puppy-like approach to life. In Milly's world everything, like her hair, seems pink tinted. He finds himself dragged into Milly's excitement about the castle and pulled towards this beautiful stranger.

With his own castle growing on him and Milly as a breath of fresh air, could Cameron find a happy ending?

But when you both have had bad experiences how much are you willing to risk?

I was absolutely in love with the setting of this story. A Disney castle with secret passages, ghosts and an entire bloodline worth of doesn't get any more magical than this. But not just the castle, also the village was great! Even if that meant having to deal with 'Oogie' chanting villagers. The setting was as much a character in this book as Milly and Cameron.

However, it took me a while to take to their relationship. As much as I was routing for both characters individually, their instant relationship couldn't woo me just yet. In many ways I agree with what Ana said in her review. They seemed to jump into something way too quickly. Several times their personal mantras 'I was hurt too many times before, no more this time' kept being repeated over and over again. But every time it seemed to fall void as they threw it overboard within a split second after thinking it.

I couldn't feel their connection, it felt slightly too sudden for them to be so in love already. I didn't have any trouble in believing there to be an immediate sexual/physical attraction but it felt like there wasn't any difference between physical and emotional attraction. It was too easily considered as an equal sort of emotion. We are told repeatedly that they both have emotional baggage and have a bad history when it comes to their previous love affairs, so when they fall almost head over heels in love with each other after a handful of encounters, I couldn't relate to it, it felt too sudden and a little unreasonable.

I needed a little bit more of foreplay before I could relate to their relationship.
But eventually it slowed down a little and then I found my key moment (the moment that I needed for it to feel real to me) and from then on I started to feel a fluttering in my heart. I was officially routing for them to be together!

Fairytale Beginnings is an absolute fairytale, which means that it does skim across a few cliché topics but in a way it only adds to the vibe of story. It had an incredibly big Disney vibe (which I absolutely loved, as I have an infinite love for anything Disney), so it's almost a must to have a nemesis or a character that brings doom and despair.
Cue Olivia, Cameron's PA, who wants to protect Cameron from further heart ache. She might seem innocent and sweet and Cameron might trust her, but don't let that deceive you, because this woman's on a mission. She wants her boss and friend to be careful in this new relationship and doesn't want him to repeat previous mistakes, or is there more to it than that? Why is she so two-faced in Milly's presence? And why is she not giving Cameron all the information he needs when it comes to the castle?

Oh, Olivia made my blood boil, I disliked her a lot
but she's exactly that what makes her the character this story needed to balance it out. She was the catalyst to get this story rolling and make it reach its climax.

Holly has a great knowledge of how a story is build up and what belongs where. She's a brilliant author with a great feeling for romance stories and steamy male protagonists. Fairytale Beginnings was a lovely story with a strong Disney feel to it that will leave you with a soaring heart.

An absolute charmer that put a smile on my face and left me with a heart filled of love upon finishing.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Book Review: Dream a Little Dream

3,5 stars for Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher.


The new gorgeously romantic novel from bestselling author of Billy and Me and You're the One That I Want, Giovanna Fletcher. 
Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she's been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it's really okay. She's happy (ish). 
But it's not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn't nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted. 
Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams... do they? 
Source: Goodreads

I was also kindly given a copy through Netgalley, with many thanks to the publisher.

So far I have read all physical books written by Giovanna Fletcher and even though she might not be competing with my favourite authors yet, I am always fond of reading her stories. Aside from treating us to gorgeous covers over and over again; Fletcher is a clever author who is constantly improving herself and gets better on the go.
As much as I've enjoyed her previous stories, I found Billy and Me predictable, and You're The One That I Want slightly cliché. However, Dream a Little Dream is different. It was new, fresh and original, and I've really enjoyed it.

Sarah has an incredible group of friends, even if that means having to be around her ex-boyfriend and his perfect girlfriend. Of course she's fine, of course she doesn't mind at all...
She might pretend to be perfectly fine with everything she has in life, only she isn't.
When she starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she soon starts to prefer fiction over reality.
That is until both worlds unexpectedly crash into each other and the man she has been dreaming about appears in her life.

Is Sarah willing to give this man a chance or is she so obsessed with the man out of her dreams that she isn't interested in allowing anyone to become to man of her dreams?

I found Sarah an absolutely delightful character to read about. She was perfectly balanced in all her quirky traits and flaws. The fact that she has an amazing circle of friends that anyone would be jealous of or can relate to, helped a lot.
They had a great dynamic and it read incredibly easy. There's a certain art in writing about day to day stuff and making it enjoyable to read. I always returned to this book with pleasure but I wasn't yet reluctant to put it down.

That was until Real Brett showed up and soon enough I was completely engrossed int he story and eager to find out more. The constant banter between Sarah and Brett never failed to put a smile on my face and added real charm to the story. Brett was perfect in many ways; his cheek and wit were complimented by his honest and sweet behaviour at other times.
He swept me off my feet with ease and I was sold much quicker than Sarah was.

Once Real Brett appeared the story also picked up some gumption on the way. Sarah grows as a character as does her group of friends who stand strong as a group, even when they are faced with both celebrations and disasters.

This book kept you guessing; whenever you thought you were sure of how the road would be from now on, there'd be a little surprise or small twist to keep it interesting. It is exactly that what made this book, in my opinion, her best worked out story yet.

A dream is a wish your heart makes, goes the song and this book shows us just that. 
Absolutely delightful!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Book Review: I Need a Hero

4 stars for I Need a Hero by Emma Bennet

- Amazon US kindle edition
- Amazon UK kindle edition
A feel-good book about how searching for the perfect man can blind you to the good guy next door! “If you read one romance novel this summer, choose “I Need a Hero,” it’s witty, fun, and completely addictive.” Ann Abrams  
A lovely summer romance read that you won’t want to put down  
Romance writer Bronte Huntington has vowed she will never settle for anything less than ‘the one.’ When pleasant red-haired dentist Ryan moves in next door he just doesn't fit the bill. They have plenty in common but Bronte wants nothing more than friendship with him.  
Then it looks like Bronte’s dreams have finally come true when dashing Sebastian Fairfax rescues her on his horse after she has an accident in the countryside around her idyllic little cottage. Sebastian is tall, dark, handsome, and heir to a massive country estate!  
But is Sebastian the one? Or will Bronte’s romantic dreams of the perfect hero turn out to be as fictional as her novels? And will Bronte's temperamental cat ever stop getting in the way?!  
Perfect for fans of Samantha Tonge, Lucy Diamond, Mandy Baggot and Catherine Ferguson 
Source: goodreads

Ooh, I do love myself a good summer romance. You know, the one that you can finish in a day and put down with a smile on  your face? I Need a Hero is exactly that. A lighthearted novel that will make your heart flutter a little.

Bronte is living in a cosy cottage where she does all her writing on romantic novels and loves a good book herself. She's a big fan of the classic love stories as you can tell by the name of her cat, Mr. Darcy. Her passion for love stories has given Bronte a pretty good idea of what her dream man, her hero, would be like. She has promised to herself not to date anyone other than the person that matches every single requirement.

This is where Ryan, her new neighbour comes in, only he doesn't seem to tick off any of the boxes she has in mind. Even when conversation flows easy between them and they seem to get along just fine, Bronte is declined in taking anything other than the perfect hero. But at least they can be friends, right?

Bronte is convinced she'll find 'the one' and soon enough her patience is rewarded when Sebastian Fairfax comes along. He's stunning, comes from an important family, But Bronte is soon to find out that even if a man might tick off every box of her dream list, fictional perfection and real life perfection are far from the same thing. How much is she willing to sacrifice for the perfect man? Especially when said man only manages to hold a conversation for longer than a minute when it's on the topic of polo or himself?

I have to admit that I was slightly hesitant towards this novel when the friendship between Ryan and Bronte went smoother than butter. Both their friendship and his interest in her felt slightly rushed, it seemed to happen within the blink of an eye.
Don't get me wrong, I love a good chick-lit where the connection is instant but even this seemed to be awfully quick to me. However, as the story continued, Ryan totally charmed me too and soon enough I was completely in love. It made me forget all about my initial reservation and was completely engrossed in Bronte's life, hoping she'd realise who the real hero was for her.

I finished this book within a day and can only agree with everything that's been said about it. It really is the perfect summer read for any romance lover out there. Take it with you on holiday or to the pool, or beach but be sure to put on sunscreen as you might not move for several hours, not wanting to put the book down!

A lovely summer read that will leave you with a smile on your face.

Cover Reveal: The Broken Hearts Book Club

Today I get to share some exciting news with you all. It is time for this blog to share another cover with you!!!

Today I am revealing the cover of Lynsey James newest and upcoming book: The Broken Hearts Book Club.

This beautiful book will be out on August 21st, find the links to buy it at the bottom of this post.

And now, I'm not going to say anything other than: OH MY GOD, LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS!!!

I am totally in love with this cover. It is absolutely stunning and it's so sophisticated!!
I want it in poster size and hang it up in my room, that's how in love I am with it!

About The Book:

Secrets never stay buried for long…
Lucy Harper has always been good at one thing: running from her past. But when her beloved Nana Lily passes away she has no choice except to return to the one place in the world she most wants to avoid…

Luna Bay hasn’t changed much in the eight years she has spent in London. The little Yorkshire village is still just as beautiful, but the new pub landlord is a gorgeous addition to the scenery!

Lucy only intended to stay for a day, yet when she discovers that Nana Lily has not only left her a cottage but also ‘The Broken Hearts Book Club’, Lucy is intrigued. Her Nana never have mentioned the club and Lucy can’t wait to get started, but walking into her first meeting she is more aware than ever that her past is finally catching up with her.

One way or another, Lucy must finally face the secrets she’s kept buried for so long – or spend the rest of her life on the run…

Publication date: 21 August

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About The Author:

Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She's an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she's sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn't a "good option" and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left her job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven't looked back since.

When Lynsey's not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she's daydreaming about the day Dylan O'Brien FINALLY realises they're meant to be together. It'll happen one day…

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