A Winter’s Tale by Carrie Elks

Synopsis

Struggling film student Kitty Shakespeare is determined to make the most of her new job as nanny to major producer Everett Klein’s son, Jonas. It might not be exactly the career she’d hoped for when she moved from London to LA, but thanks to her habit of freezing up in interviews, this is her last chance to impress a key player in Hollywood – if she can get this right, then surely he’ll take a moment to look at her work. However, what Kitty hasn’t allowed for is Everett’s sexy-as-hell brother, Adam – but love at first sight this is not.
 
Adam Klein may be sexy, but he’s also gruff and rude and in no way ready to make a fool of himself over the nanny – not after the year he’s had. All he wants to do hole up in his cabin and hide from the brother who destroyed his life. If only he could find it easier to ignore the way Kitty makes his heart race…
 
As Christmas approaches, Kitty and Adam come to realise that the course of true love never does run smooth – and just maybe, it’s more interesting that way…

Review

This is the second book in the ‘Shakespeare Sisters’ series of book and I love the nod to William Shakespeare by sharing the title of this book to William Shakespeare’s play ‘The Winter’s Tale’. I have loved the other books by Carrie that I have read, including the first in this series ‘Summer’s Lease’ earlier this year, and so I was very excited when this one landed on my doorstep.
 
This is classic romance at it’s best. The writing is as cosy as you want, perfect for the looming winter. The snow making it picture perfect, as you imagine the rural setting. It certainly sounded the best scenery to have a cosy festive feel. 
 
We hear from both Adam and Kitty, and I really liked getting to know them both, especially the mysterious Adam, who was less of an open book than LKitty who was keen to express herself if needed, especially when being treated rudely.
 
I liked Kitty a lot. She as fiesta when she needed to be, but overall she was kind. Fantastic with Jonas, very thoughtful and considerate of others, especially when she was so helpful and nice to Jonas’ grandmother after she came home from the hospital, wanting to make sure she had theist Christmas possible.
 
Adam, is of course, the mysterious and handsome lead. A bit harsh at first, but through conversations with his therapist we learn that he is quite impulsive with his emotions and hot-headed to boot, but we see him thaw as we get to know him, especially when he is with Jonas and gets to know Kitty.
 
In fact Jonas will probably steal the readers’ hearts. He is such a great kid, genuinely lovely. The housekeeper, **** was also a nice character to read, almost seemed to be the perfect motherly figure, always looking out for everyone.
 
This book is a fantastic read. The snow makes you feel both Christmasy and wintery at the same time.The romance makes you dream.  It is definitely a read where you can escape reality and lose yourself in this book.
 
 
Published by: Piatkus
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Miracle On 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

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Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. Even if she is spending it alone housesitting a spectacular Fifth Avenue apartment. What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous–and mysterious–owner.
 
Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife’s death looming, he’s isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…

Review

So until February this year, I had yet to read any of Sarah Morgan’s book, plenty of them sitting on my kindle, but while I was working my way round to them, Sarah’s ‘Manhattan in Love’ series captured my attention, if you know me there will be no surprise as to why that is. Anyway, ever since I read ‘Sleepless In Manhattan’ I am a fully fledged Sarah Morgan fan.  The cover in this book is as absolutely stunning, the colours are gorgeous and the Christmassy, twinklyness of it is just beautiful. The series has just got better and better. I really enjoyed the first two books, don’t get me wrong, but Sarah has definitely saved the best for last. Throughout the last two books, Eva has been my favourite of the three girls, so I guess it was inevitable that I would feel this way.
 
The absolute best thing about this book was the New York setting, and how Sarah captures the atmosphere, essence and spirit of New York in all of these three books. It provokes memories of times I’ve visited the city. Many authors write about New York, and lots do it well, but Sarah in this book has captured it the best that I remember. I would love to read some books of hers set in LA  or real life places I haven’t been to, as I am sure she would do an equally good job there.
 
While I said the setting was the best thing in the book, but naturally her characterisation is also fantastic. Basically everything is polished and pretty much perfection in 352 pages.
 
Eva is a romantic at heart, and I completely connected with her from the first book, so couldn’t wait for a whole Eva focused book. She’s actually shows quite a feisty side to her at times, which made me smile. She clearly cares for people, and wants to make them happy, even though she’s hurting inside at the loss of her gran. I simply am a bit in love with Eva.
 
Lucas has a lot of mystery to him, and that makes him the perfect lead. He’s also very gruff and can come across as rude and stand-offish, but the sneak peeks you get at the ‘real’ him keep you holding out hope. Infact this book was almost like a Beauty and the Beast re-telling, but more like Beauty and the Stunningly-Gorgeous-Author.
 
If I had to sum up this review in three words? Buy it NOW!
 
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Published by: HQ Stories
Gratefully received from the Publisher for review
 
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Single By Christmas by Rosa Temple

Thank you to Rosa for inviting me to review this book. I am reviewing it to coincide with a price drop running from November 28th 2016 – 4th December 2016. Make sure to pick it up from Amazon

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You’ve heard the saying, ‘opposites attract’ haven’t you? Well meet 27 year old Alex Marshall, a party girl with a penchant for free flowing Prosecco, and her devilishly handsome scientist boyfriend, Charlie, who loves jazz and dinner for two.
 
Alex and Charlie are together for 11 blissful months until Alex goes out of town and does something she will later regret. Was she drunk? You bet. Does she want Charlie to know? Well what do you think?
 
With the couple about to spend their first Christmas together will Charlie be the forgiving kind or will Alex be Single by Christmas?
 
This is a feel good, Christmas novel with very few mince pies, not much snow and absolutely no mistletoe – just a couple of best friends, a sociopathic nemesis and a lot of drinking.

Review

This book sounded a lot of fun. A book that you can read and enjoy to take your mind off of real life, and it was pretty much just that. It’s pretty outrageous at tie, and that is exactly what you need at times.
 
The writing makes it easy to capture your attention for long reading sessions. This is mostly in part to our protagonist, Alex. At times I really empathised with her, and the rest was spent in shock at her outrageous attitude. I understand how dejected Charlie felt in their first week of mishaps.
At first i thought it was just a bit of absent mindedness, but as time went on it seemed more like she didn’t listen to Charlie, and didn’t really consider him in her choices.
 
She hated Charlie’s best friend, Stevo. I don’t blame her, I hated him to, but she had issue with his ‘bros before ho’s’ attitude, but there were many times she put her friends before Charlie. That said, Stevo was a complete two-faced twit, and that’s putting it lightly. His attitude was less ‘bros before ho’s’ and more being a sneaky and jealous person who was determined that Charlie should spend all his time in his presence and no one else.
 
As I said before, while I think she was annoying at times with her lack of thought and attention to her relationship, I did really feel for her job dilemma a bit, and there were times when she was a lot of fun. The prologue outside the church was a deeper look into Alex, and it was this that reminded me throughout the book that there was good in her overall, once she got perspective.
 
Charlie was really the perfect boyfriend, and I really felt for all he put up with. He has the patience of a saint, and according to every woman in the book, absolutely gorgeous to boot.
 
Overall this book was a fun read that had me laughing at times and was a great distraction throughout a time when I needed my spirits lifted.
 
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Gratefully received from the author for review
 
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Blog Tour: Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson

Thank you to Sphere for inviting me to be part of this blog tour, I was so excited to take part and get into the Christmas spirit!

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Synopsis

Olivia has never experienced a snow-covered, ‘traditional’ Christmas before. Having grown up in a family that chose winter sun over decking the halls, she’s not sure what all the fuss is about. So when she and her colleagues are stranded in New York after a work trip, Olivia is perfectly happy spending the holiday season in the Big Apple.
 
Jon, Olivia’s friend, on the other hand is desperate to get home in time for his big family get-together. Nevertheless, determined to make the best out of the situation, he sets out to show Olivia how enchanting Christmas in New York can be. And when handsome New Yorker Elijah is added to the mix, could the magic of the season finally be working its charm on Olivia? As 25 December draws closer, Olivia suddenly finds herself with a decision to make: who does she really want to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?

Review

A Christmas novel set in my favourite place in the world automatically piques my interest, when it’s written by the same author as ‘You had me at Merlot’, one of my favourite books this year, then the level of excitement and expectation for this book goes to crazy levels. So no pressure to the author then! It lived up to everything I was hoping for with tons of laughs to join the warm feeling you get when reading this book.
 
New York is one of those cities that is pitched as a perfect place for Christmas, and this book’s description of New York, the landmarks and the snow add even more to the Christmas spirit.
Despite the oodles of Christmas spirit, this doesn’t come from our lead character like it normally does from Christmas novels, at least the ones I’ve read.
 
Olivia is witty and has the usual humour I’ve come to expect from Lisa. Add that to Olivia’s kindness, determination and general sense of fun, you do want her to be your best friend, and I am pretty sure I said something similar about Elle from ‘You had me at Merlot’. While she is worried and concerned on the inside, she is calm and composed on the outside as she deals with what would engage panic mode in me. Her only flaw (if you can call her that) is her inability to get in the Christmas spirit. Of course there is nothing wrong with that, her family aren’t very Christmassy, but this made the book even more magical in one way as she got to discover all the landmarks and things you associate with New York and Christmas, and I got to experience them from someone that was pretty much discovering Christmas for the first time.
 
Our other lead, Jon is so much fun. Even though Jon and Olivia don’t necessarily see each other as much as they would like, you can tell they are still close and have that great chemistry where they can just slot back into where they left off.
 
The supporting cast of characters are all fantastic in there roles, whether it’s the infuriating collage Jasmine, the anxious and young Abi or the couple that are “secretly” dating like Dee and Ian. It’s almost guaranteed you know someone that are like these people and this makes this book all the more fun to read.
 
This book is funny and left me with a warm cosy feeling inside where it lifted my spirits, especially when it came to Christmas and all the festivities that surround it. It is definitely one to put on your Christmas list, that’s if you can resist purchasing it before then. 
 
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Published by: Sphere
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Thank you again to the publisher for inviting me take part in this wonderful book’s tour, and check out the other blog posts shown below (click to see bigger version)!

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