Promotional & Giveaway: One Starry Night (Once Upon a Winter, #4) by Tilly Tennant

cover82557-mediumTitle: Ways to Say Goodbye (Once Upon  a Winter, #3)
Release Date: 31st March 2016
Pages: 72
Genre: Chick Lit

One Starry Night is the fourth and final part of the Once Upon a Winter series:

From the author of the much-loved, best-selling Mishaps in Millrise, a brand new four-novella-part series, Once Upon a Winter – come and fall in love!


ONCE UPON A WINTER, #4: ONE STARRY NIGHT

They say the darkest hour is just before dawn, and for the first time Hannah is starting to truly understand what that means. With Gina’s husband misbehaving, Ross under attack, and bad news for Mitchell that only Hannah can tell him, things seem to be falling apart around her. How will she be the rock that everyone needs when she can’t control any part of her own life? It’s going to take a special kind of courage to see this dawn break, but when it does the future might just be the brighter for it. The problem is that Hannah’s not sure she can be that strong…

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REVIEW

One Starry Night by Tilly Tennant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

Review

After reading the first two novellas in this series and being utterly enchanted, the third novella had begun to lose its lustre and charm for me. I had high hopes for this novella as I really hoped it would regain my interest and really deliver.
Hannah’s problems with Mitchell have just settled down when all of a sudden she and Gina had to deal with Ross’s beating and the unjust and desperate actions of Howard, Gina’s cheating ex-husband. Then comes Graham, Mitchell’s long-time business partner and maybe the man Martine had been having an affair with. But his devious plans did not stop at that. No. Hannah suspected that he was using Mitchell’s hard earned money to out-buy houses from competitors. And Mitchell didn’t suspect a thing. With all this drama going on, Hannah still had to battle for her love with Mitchell. And hopefully find her happily ever after…
I really admired Tilly Tennant’s writing style. It was simple yet touching and soulful. And when combined with a quiet and gentle atmosphere, it really did make a beautiful post-Christmas short story. The prose was lovely and the author really made you feel like you were in England with her use of colloquial English, which really amused me at times!
Unfortunately, the story had started to lose its zest and intrigue for me. There were times when the story lulled in progression and I would wonder what the point of it was. I still enjoyed some key scenes but probably not as much as I ought to have if there was slightly more drama to the story.
The ending kind of upset me with its vague ending. It didn’t really wrap things up for me and I wasn’t satisfied with it as a reader. Most importantly it didn’t give me enough closure from the story as some events were left unfinished and like I said, it was all TOO vague for my liking.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on publishing the final novella in her ‘Once Upon a Winter’ series.
Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


 ABOUT TILLY TENNANT

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com.

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Promotional & Giveaway: Ways to Say Goodbye (Once Upon a Winter, #3) by Tilly Tennant

ways to say goodbye3Title: Ways to Say Goodbye (Once Upon  a Winter, #3)
Release Date: 18th February 2016
Pages: 84
Genre: Chick Lit

From the author of the much-loved, best-selling Mishaps in Millrise, a brand new four-novella-part series, Once Upon a Winter – come and fall in love this winter!


ONCE UPON A WINTER, #3: WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE

When Mitchell shocked Hannah with his decision, it seemed that happiness might be just around the corner; but, as usual, fate steps in to snatch it from under Hannah’s nose. Instead of the bliss she was promised, problems are now flying at her so fast it’s hard to know what to deal with first. There’s the appearance of a mystery car that seems to be stalking her every move. Then there’s sister, Gina, torn between hunky young farmer, Ross, and giving her cheating husband a second chance to save their family. Most worrying of all, Mitchell’s memory is finally back but if Hannah had thought this would be a good thing, she soon discovers nothing could be further than the truth.

What will this all mean for Hannah? She deserves a happy ending, but right now it seems horribly far away…

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Ways to Say Goodbye by Tilly Tennant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

Review

AAAAAAAARGH! This is LITERALLY how excited I was about reviewing and best of all, READING, this short yet perfectly enchanting novella. After the BIG, MASSIVE, HUMONGOUS cliff-hanger at the end of the previous novella ‘I’m Not in Love’, I was off the edge of my seat and rolling on the floor throwing a MASSIVE tantrum to get my greedy bookworm hands on this little priceless thing! And the blurb didn’t seem to make it any better! It only heightened the suspense and made me completely DEVOUR this thing for breakfast!
In the beginning Hannah tries to fight everything between her and Mitchel and makes an attempt to move on by going on a blind date – at least until Mitchell’s memory returns and he realises that breaking his marriage with Martine was a bad thing or he finalises his divorce with her. She still holds fast but is more hesitant to but up such a strong front and more lenient to anything that could happen between Mitchell and her. But then Mitchell remembers everything in one spontaneous and disastrous moment that changes everything for Hannah…
I loved the increase of emotional drama and tension in this novella. It seemed to highlight the strongest of the story’s features. The writing style was beautiful and elegant. I really enjoyed the simplistic yet lovely storytelling that captivated me from book one. It is written in third person past tense which I highly enjoyed.
Sometimes it felt as if there was a lull in the storytelling and I was growing uncharmed by some of the characters. I started to dislike some of them and had trouble understanding their motives sometimes. Take Gina, Hannah’s older sister, for example. She was nearing her fifties and she was hooking up with a guy in his thirties, Ross. I started to experience a shock settling in. I also had started to understand why her relationship with Ross may be considered taboo. Small dislikes had started to creep in, but overall this was still a TOTALLY satisfying book in the end.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on publishing the THIRD novella in her charming series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


ABOUT TILLY TENNANT

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com.

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Promotional & Giveaway: I’m Not in Love (Once Upon a Winter, #2) by Tilly Tennant

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Release Date: 7th January 2016

Pages: 83
Genre: Chick Lit

From the author of the much-loved, best-selling Mishaps in Millrise, a brand new four-novella-part series, Once Upon a Winter– come and fall in love this Christmas!

‘…a wonderful read with a bubbly, unique and fresh style of writing’ – Sky’s Book Corner.
‘Tilly makes her characters so relatable that you can’t help but fall in love with them’ – Starcrossed Reviews.


ONCE UPON A WINTER, #2: I’M NOT IN LOVE

The tinsel and baubles are packed away, and the festivities are over for another year, but Hannah can’t forget the mysterious stranger who fell into her world on Christmas Day. She flings herself back into normal life in a bid to get him out of her head, which means dating other men and having fun with her sister, Gina. But just as she’s getting back on track, fate throws him into her path once more. And this time it results in far more complications than a burnt turkey.

Meanwhile, Gina, is creating problems of her own. As if a messy divorce isn’t enough, she grows closer to Ross, the local farmer’s son. Hannah knows her sister is not going to be popular when the relationship becomes public, especially with Ross’s doting parents or, indeed, Jess, Gina’s teenage daughter, who is far closer in age to Ross than Gina is herself.

Things are about to get very, very messy in Hannah’s neat little world…

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I’m Not in Love by Tilly Tennant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

Review

Eeeeeek! I was very excited about ‘I’m Not in Love’!!! After having read ‘The Accidental Guest’ I couldn’t wait to see more of Hannah and her mysterious love interest! I ship them both SO hard that having the chance to review this novel was SO exciting. I couldn’t wait to delve deeper in Hannah small little world and see what becomes of attraction to the “mysterious stranger”.
There was a lovely writing style coming on the behalf of the author and I greatly enjoyed the simple yet beautiful prose. I liked how the author was able to convey such a great story in such a small amount of pages. Not to mention the thoughts and feelings of her characters, too! I really admired how I was able to connect with Hannah straight away, once again, despite the fact that the previous novella, ‘The Accidental Guest’, was quite short, too, and didn’t give us a lot of time to get to know her really deeply, even though I understood who she was as a person quite quickly.
In this novella, Hannah is trying to forget about Tom – aka the mysterious stranger/accidental guest. Ever since her discovery that Tom has a woman in his life who may just be his wife, Hannah has been trying to avoid her memories of the sparks that flew between them. But fate keeps throwing Tom – his real name still unknown – in her way. Both are struggling to keep their attraction at bay and it doesn’t help that Tom’s wife Martine seems to be an ice queen who Tom doesn’t want to be with but does not mention leaving.
I spotted no spelling or typing mistakes in this little advanced reading copy and so greatly enjoyed that. Grammar was superb as always! It’s written in third person past tense so the novella had lots of room for the opinions of different characters and allowed for a romantic sub-plot featuring Ross, a young neighbour, and Gina, Hannah’s older sister.
It was a great story to read. Full of drama and conflict; mistakes and mishaps; laughter and humour. Really on giant ball of lovely goodness. A great story to read after Christmas and New Years as it really brought out the humour of hangovers and over-eating.
There was the BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER IN THE BOOK WORLD AS WE KNOW IT! Whyyyyyyyy???!!!! Tilly Tennant always seems to do this to me/her readers! It was such a great story and then as soon as things finally start to become exciting for our couple the author cuts it off in one sentence! Argh! I have to commend the author on her talent though. If there is anybody better at cliffhangers, then it’s her.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on yet another lovely novella published! Can’t wait to read the next one!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


ABOUT TILLY TENNANT

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com.

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Review: One Starry Night (Once Upon a Winter, #4) by Tilly Tennant

One Starry NightOne Starry Night by Tilly Tennant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

Review

After reading the first two novellas in this series and being utterly enchanted, the third novella had begun to lose its lustre and charm for me. I had high hopes for this novella as I really hoped it would regain my interest and really deliver.
Hannah’s problems with Mitchell have just settled down when all of a sudden she and Gina had to deal with Ross’s beating and the unjust and desperate actions of Howard, Gina’s cheating ex-husband. Then comes Graham, Mitchell’s long-time business partner and maybe the man Martine had been having an affair with. But his devious plans did not stop at that. No. Hannah suspected that he was using Mitchell’s hard earned money to out-buy houses from competitors. And Mitchell didn’t suspect a thing. With all this drama going on, Hannah still had to battle for her love with Mitchell. And hopefully find her happily ever after…
I really admired Tilly Tennant’s writing style. It was simple yet touching and soulful. And when combined with a quiet and gentle atmosphere, it really did make a beautiful post-Christmas short story. The prose was lovely and the author really made you feel like you were in England with her use of colloquial English, which really amused me at times!
Unfortunately, the story had started to lose its zest and intrigue for me. There were times when the story lulled in progression and I would wonder what the point of it was. I still enjoyed some key scenes but probably not as much as I ought to have if there was slightly more drama to the story.
The ending kind of upset me with its vague ending. It didn’t really wrap things up for me and I wasn’t satisfied with it as a reader. Most importantly it didn’t give me enough closure from the story as some events were left unfinished and like I said, it was all TOO vague for my liking.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on publishing the final novella in her ‘Once Upon a Winter’ series.

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Ways to Say Goodbye (Once Upon a Winter, #3) by Tilly Tennant

Ways to Say GoodbyeWays to Say Goodbye by Tilly Tennant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

Review

AAAAAAAARGH! This is LITERALLY how excited I was about reviewing and best of all, READING, this short yet perfectly enchanting novella. After the BIG, MASSIVE, HUMONGOUS cliff-hanger at the end of the previous novella ‘I’m Not in Love’, I was off the edge of my seat and rolling on the floor throwing a MASSIVE tantrum to get my greedy bookworm hands on this little priceless thing! And the blurb didn’t seem to make it any better! It only heightened the suspense and made me completely DEVOUR this thing for breakfast!
In the beginning Hannah tries to fight everything between her and Mitchel and makes an attempt to move on by going on a blind date – at least until Mitchell’s memory returns and he realises that breaking his marriage with Martine was a bad thing or he finalises his divorce with her. She still holds fast but is more hesitant to but up such a strong front and more lenient to anything that could happen between Mitchell and her. But then Mitchell remembers everything in one spontaneous and disastrous moment that changes everything for Hannah…
I loved the increase of emotional drama and tension in this novella. It seemed to highlight the strongest of the story’s features. The writing style was beautiful and elegant. I really enjoyed the simplistic yet lovely storytelling that captivated me from book one. It is written in third person past tense which I highly enjoyed.
Sometimes it felt as if there was a lull in the storytelling and I was growing uncharmed by some of the characters. I started to dislike some of them and had trouble understanding their motives sometimes. Take Gina, Hannah’s older sister, for example. She was nearing her fifties and she was hooking up with a guy in his thirties, Ross. I started to experience a shock settling in. I also had started to understand why her relationship with Ross may be considered taboo. Small dislikes had started to creep in, but overall this was still a TOTALLY satisfying book in the end.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on publishing the THIRD novella in her charming series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: I’m Not in Love (Once Upon a Winter, #2) by Tilly Tennant

I'm Not in Love (Once Upon a Winter Book 2)I’m Not in Love by Tilly Tennant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

Review

Eeeeeek! I was very excited about ‘I’m Not in Love’!!! After having read ‘The Accidental Guest’ I couldn’t wait to see more of Hannah and her mysterious love interest! I ship them both SO hard that having the chance to review this novel was SO exciting. I couldn’t wait to delve deeper in Hannah small little world and see what becomes of attraction to the “mysterious stranger”.
There was a lovely writing style coming on the behalf of the author and I greatly enjoyed the simple yet beautiful prose. I liked how the author was able to convey such a great story in such a small amount of pages. Not to mention the thoughts and feelings of her characters, too! I really admired how I was able to connect with Hannah straight away, once again, despite the fact that the previous novella, ‘The Accidental Guest’, was quite short, too, and didn’t give us a lot of time to get to know her really deeply, even though I understood who she was as a person quite quickly.
In this novella, Hannah is trying to forget about Tom – aka the mysterious stranger/accidental guest. Ever since her discovery that Tom has a woman in his life who may just be his wife, Hannah has been trying to avoid her memories of the sparks that flew between them. But fate keeps throwing Tom – his real name still unknown – in her way. Both are struggling to keep their attraction at bay and it doesn’t help that Tom’s wife Martine seems to be an ice queen who Tom doesn’t want to be with but does not mention leaving.
I spotted no spelling or typing mistakes in this little advanced reading copy and so greatly enjoyed that. Grammar was superb as always! It’s written in third person past tense so the novella had lots of room for the opinions of different characters and allowed for a romantic sub-plot featuring Ross, a young neighbour, and Gina, Hannah’s older sister.
It was a great story to read. Full of drama and conflict; mistakes and mishaps; laughter and humour. Really on giant ball of lovely goodness. A great story to read after Christmas and New Years as it really brought out the humour of hangovers and over-eating.
There was the BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER IN THE BOOK WORLD AS WE KNOW IT! Whyyyyyyyy???!!!! Tilly Tennant always seems to do this to me/her readers! It was such a great story and then as soon as things finally start to become exciting for our couple the author cuts it off in one sentence! Argh! I have to commend the author on her talent though. If there is anybody better at cliffhangers, then it’s her.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on yet another lovely novella published! Can’t wait to read the next one!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn B. Halton

A Little Sugar, A Lot of LoveA Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn B. Halton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Linn B. Haltion via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ started off boring, in my opinion. Katie, the main female character, meets the guy, Adam, when he enters her shop because he is soaking wet from the torrential winter rain and has to get his old grandmother a present. Cheesy, right? I know that some might find this romantic but it just seemed too NORMAL to me. The only thing that kept me reading at that point was the promise of romance and drama, from these two characters, in the future.
‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ had a fairly quiet and peaceful style and atmosphere to it. I would strongly recommend reading it in such an environment as it would allow the reader to glean more from the novel and appreciate it. I liked its calm and peacefulness and it is probably what appealed the most to me about the novel.
I really liked that the author was able to take first impressions and appearances and slowly change them over time. She was able to evolve and grow the story. I also liked the way the characters grew themselves and how dynamic they were. They were able to grab a hold of their problems and sort them out – even if it did take them a little while.
It was very sweet, too. The story would often touch me and make me tear up a bit. Grace, the grandmother of Adam, was probably my favourite character out of all found in the novel. She was such a sweet woman who had obviously lived her life to the fullest and she had a heart of gold and a pure soul. She reminded me a lot of my own great-grandmother who I had the pleasure to meet and know when I was quite young. This story ended up being very close to my heart.
There is a paranormal touch to the story, so if you’re not into that, here is your warning. Both the grandmother, Grace, and Adam’s daughter, Lily, are psychics who can talk to people who’ve passed away and read a person and their heart on their first meeting. I found this easy to accept whilst reading and surprisingly did not find it irksome like I would have with any other story. It did add a bit of spice to story, which was great.
The novel is written in first person narration with two main character who are – obviously – Katie and Adam. Each has their own alternate chapter to tell their story. Grace, Adam’s grandmother, also had a few chapters and so did Steve, Katie’s husband.
The grammar was fairly good, though the beginning was a bit stilted but eventually the writing seemed to flow more easily. (Maybe the author grew in confidence or ease?) The prose was fairly simple and there were no spelling mistakes which I could spot in this advanced reading copy. There WERE a couple of typos but that was it.
The ending in ‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ was really a very wonderful one. It TOTALLY suited the novel and was the best happily-ever-after! I love HEAs and was extremely satisfied with the conclusion of the novel.
I also greatly admired the author’s choice to write a romance where the characters do not experience insta-love of insta-lust. To be honest, it is very tiring and repetitive to read. This story is about two people who slowly fall in love as a result of their mutual attraction for each other. But they first had to overcome the curveballs that life threw at them. This was a story that really concentrated on the falling-in-love part more than the in-love-and-loving aspect of relationships. It was a refreshing read overall but sadly it did not make me say, “Wow, this book was great!” Or, “OMG, this was awesome!”
Highly recommended for those who would like a little something to read during Christmas or love to experience falling in love once again!
Congratulations to Linn B. Halton on the publication of yet another lovely romance!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Cooper (Wild Boys After Dark, #4) by Melissa Foster

Cooper (Wild Boys After Dark, #4)Cooper by Melissa Foster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Melissa Foster via Brook Cottage Book TOurs in exchange for an honest review.

Review

A Note to Readers about ‘Cooper’: Melissa’s fans have been asking for a darker, sexier version of The Bradens, and she’s proud to bring you the Wild Boys and the Bad Boys in the new After Dark series. The After Dark series is written in the same raw, emotional voice as The Bradens and her other romance series. However, please be warned that the language in the After Dark books is naughtier than in her other novels, and the heat level has amped up a bit. She hopes you enjoy them as much as she enjoy writing them.
‘Cooper’ is the fourth novel in the ‘Wild Boys After Dark’ series and last and youngest Wild Brother. It is a story with a lot more history to it and one that I believe is infinitely more sad compared to Cooper’s brothers’ as he lost his one true love when he was quite young and believed he never had the chance to reclaim it. I looked forward to it as it sounded so much DIFFERENT compared to Heath’s, Logan’s or Jackson’s.
In Cooper’s and Celeste’s story (even their first-name initials are the same! *squeals*) their romance is second-chance type – and it’s one of my favourites. There is something about second-chance romance that brings hope to the reader and makes you ‘go’ for their happily ever after.
Cooper is a man who has been tormented by the death of his father and the savage beating of his mother for the past four years. He was broken but finally he has healed, rebuilt himself and is finally ready to go and reclaim his true love, Celeste (or, as Cooper affectionately calls her, Ceese).
Celeste is a woman who had never fallen out of love with Cooper ever since their week together. But the week together resulted not only in an enduring love and plans for the future, but with a daughter. Now that Cooper has returned after all these years, so has the passion and love the two shared; but Celeste has her daughter, Melody, to think about, and she cannot make any mistakes that would hurt her baby daughter.
Throughout the entire novel, Celeste keeps hidden the fact that she and Cooper have a daughter. And I’m like: “Whyyyyyyyyyy? Just tell him already! I said, tell him gosh dang you! You’re gonna ruin everything!” I got frustrated with her for her reason didn’t seem ALL THAT PROBLEMATIC. It was so feeble that I almost exploded with frustration!
One thing that I have noticed Melissa Foster do is gradually escalate the emotional attachment each Wild brother has to their love interests with each novel before the beginning of the story, which makes them new and original to read.
Now, Melissa also did something really sneaky: She put in the CUTEST LITTLE GIRL IN THE WORLD (EVER) into the novel. Now I’m a sucker for little kids, so this novel ended up being more potent in emotion for me.
I did get a little bit confused with this novella as it didn’t really have a complication, or at least the complication wasn’t dramatized as much and it skipped straight to the resolution and ending. You’ll get what I mean when you read the novel: and I mean it, READ IT.
‘Cooper’ is a pretty quick read: very short and could be considered a novella. I literally FLEW through it. Grammar was good and there were no spelling or typing mistakes that I could find. POV alternates between Celeste and Cooper similar to the previous novels.
‘Cooper’ was a great way to end the series! The Wild brothers are definitely one-of-a-kind gentlemen. If only men like that existed today! *swoons melodramatically* It also introduced the spinoff/sequel series, ‘Bad Boys After Dark’ to this series, ‘Wild Boys After Dark’. All the ‘Bad’ brothers are single but we already see a romance brewing between a brother and a very lucky lady which I THINK most of us know about: Mandy, sister of Allyson (Heath’s fiancée) and Mick, eldest brother of Dylan Bad.
Congratulations Melissa Foster on publishing a wonderful series. I can’t wait for the spinnoffs!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: The Accidental Guest (Once Upon A Winter, #1) by Tilly Tennant

The Accidental GuestThe Accidental Guest by Tilly Tennant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘The Accidental Guest’ is a short novella that sounded like a lovely and absolutely CHARMING Christmas story just from reading the blurb. It captures the warmth and spirit of Christmas and the strong family bond we often share with our families during this time of year. It also had that special miracle that we often associate with Christmas that made the novel just that little bit more enticing and compelling…and it was!
It started of PRETTY confusing. There are three women in the house: The young woman, her younger neice and her older sister. Now, I imagine the niece, Jess, to be about 17, the woman, Hannah, around 30 or younger and the older sister around 45 years. Just wanting to set the age because when I read it, I was horrified because I imagined the main character, Hannah, as a woman in her late FOURTIES! This was a result of the author keeping the age of her characters from us until later on in the novel – I had the strong suspicion that she did it on PURPOSE, just to scare the beejeebies out of people like me. Now, I don’t have (and never had) ANYTHING against women of that age, it just made the whole story unappealing to me; romance novels usually include women who are quite young of age.
It was simple, sweet and lovely. It’s a GREAT short story or novella to read before Christmas – or even better, DURING Christmas Day – especially if you are cosy in front of a fire with the snow falling, unlike me, suffering from heat and dehydration where I live!
I also really liked the prose in ‘The Accidental Guest’ and the way it wove the story.
‘The Accidental Guest’ is the first part in a series;I believe there are more parts coming. I can’t wait because the novella ended on a CLIFF-HANGER and I’m DIEING to know what happens next. Why, Tilly Tennant? Why?!
I was desperately hoping for Hannah and her accidental guest, whom the women named ‘Tom’ to share a kiss or at least go out of their way to get together or SOMETHING! ANYTHING!
A heartfelt 5 star! Congratulations Tilly Tennant! Sign me up for the next one!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Jackson (Wild Boys After Dark, #3) by Melissa Foster

Jackson (Wild Boys After Dark, #3)Jackson by Melissa Foster

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Melissa Foster via Brook Cottage Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Review

Just a warning: ‘Jackson’ had a LOT MORE sex in it than even ‘Logan’ or ‘Heath’ had. Read this author’s note:
Jackson Wild and Erica “Laney” Lane are by far my sexiest, hottest couple yet. My editor said they need a warning label, so if darker, sexier reads are not your thing, you should close this book right now. You have been warned. Jackson and Laney’s story unfolded without much help from me. These two took me on a fantastic, wild ride, and I hope you love them as much as I do.
If this is your first Melissa Foster book, be aware that my fans have been asking for a darker, sexier version of ‘The Bradens’, and I’m proud to bring you the ‘After Dark’ series, written in the same raw, emotional voice as ‘The Bradens’ and my other romance series. However, the language in the ‘After Dark’ books is naughtier than in my other novels, and the heat level has amped up quite a bit. You have a whole series of loyal, sexy, and wickedly naughty heroes and sexy, sassy heroines to catch up on with my ‘Love in Bloom’ series (‘Snow Sisters’, ‘The Bradens’, ‘The Remingtons’, ‘Seaside Summers’, and ‘The Ryders’), as well as several other hot heroes and heroines. The characters from each series make appearances in future books.
‘Jackson’ is the third Wild brother and the third eldest (or second youngest, depends how you look at it). It’s my highly anticipated novel in Melissa Foster’s new series ‘Wild Boys After Dark’ and one I am SO VERY HAPPY TO BE REVIEWING. It was a novel I took GREAT PLEASURE in reading and will probably re-read again.
Half of Laney’s (also known as Erica) and Jackson’s novel takes place during their annual camping trip. I loved that this was something familiar to them yet also a sort of adventure as each was rediscovering themselves, their love for each other and their relationship. Their trip was also overshadowed by a sense of upcoming loss of the other, sadness, regret and hopelessness whilst each tried to figure out how to deal with the proposal that loomed over them and threatened to tear them apart.
Laney’s and Jackson’s relationship is a special one: it was forged when Laney was at her weakest and then reforged when Jackson became the weakest. I absolutely loved the trust and love they had in each other; how they were able to let themselves go around each other and just BE; how they cared so deeply and relied on each other to lift the other up during hardships.
I felt sorry for Laney and Jackson: Their relationship had existed for so long and with the same expectations they had at the beginning that when they were finally BOTH ready for more, they were afraid of ruining it for each other and terrified of losing the intimacy and love they shared.
I remember that at one point whilst reviewing the series, I wrote: “I am TOTALLY falling in love with the ‘Wild’ brothers”. Well I now stand corrected: I am ABSOLUTLEY, inexplicably, irrevocably and undeniably in love with the ‘Wild’ brothers; and Jackson is my personal favourite.
I loved that this book told itself; that it flowed smoothly and did not have to be planned in order to be told well. It was natural and RIGHT.
I ABSOLUTLEY ZOOOOMED through this novel. It was quite short for me, and I was very sad that their story could not have been longer. This was the ONLY thing I got upset about whilst reading, but it was one of those NICE regrets: Like the ones you experience when you finish a great novel and have to put it away.
The whole time I was going like, “Laney, choose Jackson! Laney, choose Jackson!! Laney, choose Jackson!!!” I was begging for the story to end well and for the two to be together. The previous two novels, ‘Logan’ and ‘Heath’, all ended with a happily ever after, so I had high hopes that this one would also end well, but I JUST COULDNT WAIT FOR IT! I was on the edge of my seat the WHOLE TIME flicking through the pages faster than the speed of light just begging and begging and praying. I guess we will see how it ends… I will not say anything about how it ends. You’ll just have to go and pick it up to find out… *laughs evilly*
The book had a lovely ending, and like it says in the blurb, there were NO CLIFFHANERS.
Full of anticipation, love and poignancy it is a five star read that I HIGHLY recommend for anybody willing to experience the new best read of 2015! Congratulations to Melissa Foster!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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