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03 May 2021

Book Review: Nurse's One-Night Baby Surprise by Louisa George *AD - gifted

Mills & Boon provided me with a free review copy of Nurse's One-Night Baby Surprise by Louisa George through their Mills & Boon Insiders program.

I challenged myself to read three Mills & Boon romances across the different collections over the long weekend, and I read five. So it was a challenge for me to decide which to review on here! I settled on Nurse's One-Night Baby Surprise by Louisa George because it gave me the warm fuzzies and I loved the deeper themes of family and loyalty.

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Doctor Off-Limits:

The father of her baby!

Doctor Fraser is the last man nurse Briana should be attracted to – she’s kept her feelings for him under wraps for years. But when he moves to her Lake District village with his troubled teenage daughter, Bri wants desperately to help them. Yet, after her chemistry with Fraser flares out of control, Bri must tell him the most shocking news of all…



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5 Word Review: Family, grief, trust, love, belonging.


Content warnings: Medical content, grief, bullying, cancer, death of a parent.

I absolutely raced through this book. I loved it.

Fraser's family is messy, and it always has been. His previous relationship was a hot flash of lust and although he was always a father to Lily, he had a very separate life from her mother. The backstory for the characters was deep and heart-breaking, and it lead such a touching finale.

I loved the chemistry between Briana and Fraser. The narrative is split between them so we get to see their intimate thoughts about each other. It was pretty sweet. The two of them have a twinge of guilt, but then there is an undeniable attraction. I loved how they came together, and how they dealt with what happened, even if there was a small amount of avoidance and some very understandable wariness.

The relationship between Lily and Briana was excellent - guilt and resentment changed to a grudging respect and even, I think, love. Briana got to truly become Lily's godmother and really helped her through some difficult times. Lily grows up a lot and by the end feels a little like an old soul. It was lovely to see her mature.

The way family is explored is beautiful. There is nothing conventional, but there is a great amount of love and respect, and a distinct lack of judgement. There is a running bullying storyline that I thought was dealt with with a great amount of empathy, and resolved in a wonderful way.

There is also an emphasis on consent and boundaries and safe sex, and I am here for that in all romance novels.

I'd happily read this again, and read more about Fraser and Briana's antics as medical practitioners in the rural community. I loved the warm, fuzzy feels I got from Nurse's One-Night Baby Surprise.

30 April 2021

Book Review: The Single Mum's Book Club by Victoria Cooke *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of The Single Mum's Book Club by Victoria Cooke ahead of the blog tour.

If you're after your next klutzy romantic heroine with a outrageous group of friends and hilarious shenanigans, then you've come to the right place.

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Three friends, three single mums, one quest to find love…

It’s 8:30am and I’m already utterly exhausted. My son has lost his football boots, my daughter is ready for school dressed only in her vest and knickers, and of course, my 1-year-old has filled his nappy for what feels like the tenth time this morning.

As for my husband? He’s decided marriage doesn’t suit him, and well… buggered off.

All hope of ‘me time’ has but dwindled to sipping half a glass of wine whilst shouting after the kids. But everything is about to change.

I’m taking control of my life! I’ve joined… a book club.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. ‘Wow… live a little.’ But my fellow book clubbers, Amanda and Janey, are my lifelines. They understand the daily struggle because they’re mothers too.

And in between the prosecco, Doritos and googling everything about Mr Darcy on SparkNotes, they’ve convinced me to go on a date with my boss.

A single mum of three looking for romance… what could possibly go wrong?

A gloriously funny and relatable read for anyone who just needs a little more ‘me time’. Fans of Why Mummy Drinks and Has Anyone Seen my Sex Life? will snort with laughter at this utterly hilarious and heart-warming read.


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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy | NetGalley

5 Word Review: Friendship, responsibility, toxicity, family, love.


This book is like a balm to the soul. It'll make you want to read even more, although it'll probably have you reaching for prosecco and doritos too. And you'll likely want to scoff some fish and chips by a river.

Steph is an excellent mum, although she does have a lot of mummy-guilt that she definitely hasn't earned. She is trying to hard to keep the family together and happy, and has definitely neglected herself. At the beginning of the book, she is so isolated and alone that it's difficult to see how she could meet anyone, let alone start a book club. Her journey as a character is amazing and uplifting, and a little bit heart-breaking. And seeing her find new friends? I loved it.

Basically this book is me proclaiming JANEY, I LOVE YOU every time Janey pops up. She is an absolutely marvellous person, and her kindness and generosity made me want to cry, especially given how she's treated by her husband. Amanda is a delight as well - at first you think she's really refined and a bit uppity but then all is revealed. We meet a blast from the past in Emily, one of Steph's old friends who joins the fold. Even the side characters have phenomenal growth.

I want these ladies as my friends, please. I want them to feed me wine and ice cream when I need it, to be my shoulder to cry on.

I loved the book club shenanigans, and how they admit to watching the film or TV show rather than reading the books - I have done that a few times too when I just can't get in to a book. And I loved how discussions of the books quickly devolved into general discussions about life or feelings. I think this author book clubs because this is exactly my experiences of every book club ever.

When it comes to Mike, I wanted to call in Whole Man Disposal Services so that they can just take the whole man away. He is trash, personified. I hated him instantly, and the more I saw of him, the more my hackles went up. The entitled man child needs a boot up the arse. Then you get to just after a third of the way through and things take a turn, and eh I'm still not sure how I feel. He definitely grows up but he's still a trash person for how he's treated Stephanie.

Then Edward? Well, it's messy and that's exactly how it should be. He's an incredible guy, if a little bit too nice for his own good. I loved his openness and willingness to try, his kindness and generosity. He's almost too good to be true but it works so well and causes some issues in its own right.

Steph does have some PTSD due to an incident in her past and I thought it was explored excellently and the execution was very sensitive. I liked that we saw Steph's coping mechanisms and avoidance, and could feel her panic through the page. It was great to see the other characters help with this too - there is no "miracle cure" there is just care and understanding.

Something I really liked was the wide range of genres of books that were read and brought up by the characters. I do wish that the books had been more diverse, is that a weird thing to wish of a fictional book club? It was just a tiny thing that niggled for me, but they were very much book club picks like The Handmaid's Tale, Jane Eyre, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

This book has a great epilogue, that left my heart bursting. The main character reminiscing on her past ideals for a family was *chefs kiss*.

This was a laugh out loud read, and empowering to boot. It left me with a smile on my face and had me thinking about my own self-worth and insecurities. I loved that the characters challenged themselves. The Single Mum's Book Club is a pretty emotional read, and I enjoyed every second.


I never thought it possible to resent your own wishes.

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28 April 2021

Book Review: Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales *AD gifted

Hachette sent me a free electronic review copy of Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales via NetGalley.

I had heard a lot of buzz about Perfect on Paper, but when Martha at Read By A Redhead shared their spoiler free look review I was sold.

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Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

Darcy Phillips:
Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes - for a fee.
Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
Really cannot stand the new Australian jock at school, Alexander Brougham.
Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke...who is in love with someone else.
Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

But when Brougham catches Darcy in the act of collecting letters from locker 89 - out of which she's been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service - that's exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.

Darcy has good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she's behind the locker, some things she's not proud of will come to light, and there's a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.

Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who's already fallen for him once? What could possibly go wrong?

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Source: NetGalley, Review Copy

5 Word Review: Romance, friendship, relationships, family, love.


I utterly adored the rep in this book - it was done excellently and it wasn't afraid to confront problematic behaviour. It's such a fun read as well, it could have been really heavy with all that it was dealing with but it kept it light with some funny scenes and some great family interactions with Darcy and her sister.

I loved the exploration of love as a concept, and how messy relationships can be at any level, especially when attraction is added in to the mix. Darcy's secret keeping skills are something else, I don't think I could do it, and it does get her into some pretty messy situations. I loved seeing her trying to figure out what to do as an agony-aunt and what to do as a friend, as those writing assume they're anonymous. And I loved it when Darcy got it wrong.

Darcy and Brougham have a bit of a miscommunication-trope moment, and it kickstarts everything. I love this trope, and although it can be frustrating at times the miscommunication did not last long - Darcy is pretty good at saying what needs to be said some of the time.

I am here for this mess. I love it.

I liked that Darcy wasn't always right and that she sometimes acted emotionally. She had some pretty bad ideas and made some massive mistakes, but that's life and it's realistic. She can give excellent advice, but can struggle with it herself. I loved her stance on boundaries and consent and how this made her own actions a little problematic at times.

There were small moments where class discrepancies were explored and I really appreciated that. It was a whole deeper layer to the story and it hit me right in the feels.

This was excellent. It was beautiful. I want to read it again.

26 April 2021

Book Review: Spring on Rendezvous Lane by Angela Britnell *AD Gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of Spring on Rendezvous Lane ahead of the blog tour.

I simultaneously had wanderlust and the most intense wish to be part of a tight knit community, all while wanting to eat delicious food. It made for a lot of snacking, not gonna lie.

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Can even the most seasoned traveller find a home on Rendezvous Lane?

‘Community spirit’ is not a phrase in travel junkie Taran Rossi’s vocabulary. As a former ‘third culture kid’ and now spicy street food connoisseur and social media influencer, he’s never really stayed in one place long enough to feel part of a community. And that’s just the way he likes it.

But a springtime stint house sitting for his grandmother on Rendezvous Lane in East Nashville could lead to a long overdue wake-up call. With the help of single mum Sandy Warner and her young son Chip, can Taran come to understand that sometimes it’s not about the place – it’s about the people?


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5 Word Review: Obligation, travel, family, community food.

I am so hungry right now.

The descriptions of food in this book? Oh my god, I was in hungry person hell. It all sounded amazing, it had my taste buds tingling as I read and I'm sure I even drooled at one point.

Sandy is an incredible character, and she was so believable. I loved her caution and wariness, especially when it came to disrupting Chip's life and introducing new people. She's an excellent mother and loves her son so much. I loved the dynamics when Chip and Sandy met Taran - that instant connection.

And I loved how that first spark took time to develop and grow. Every time they come together, they become a little closer and more trusting. It was really sweet to watch.

I loved the way Taran changed throughout the story, and how his wanderlust changed into a need to be part of a community. Don't get me wrong, I was itching to jump on a plane myself as I was reading, but even so I wanted to be there too, surrounded by everyone. It felt really special to read about something that felt like something special. I almost forgot sometimes that this was a small town in America - it felt a bit like an English village! The setting, the community, was almost a character in itself.

This is a slow burn, with an emphasis on communication. It was refreshing to read, and to see the relationships strengthen and grow. They felt all the more real for it.

I will definitely be reading more b Angela Britnell, Spring on Rendezvous Lane was absolutely excellent, and truly heart-warming on a grand scale.

You know I wouldn't change it for the world don't you? Whoever said you can't have it all was an idiot.
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21 April 2021

Book Review: The Knight's Runaway Maiden by Nicole Locke *AD gifted

I was provided with a free copy of The Knight's Runaway Maiden by Nicole Locke ahead of the blog tour.

After reading The Maiden and the Mercenary by Nicole Locke last year, I knew I wanted more. So I pounced on the chance to join the blog tour for The Knight's Runaway Maiden, and I was not disappointed by what I read. If anything, it was even better!

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She hates all Warstones...

Can this one win her love?

Balthus of Warstone secretly loved Séverine, even though she was unhappily married to his brute of a brother, then she fled six years ago.

Now her husband is dead, Balthus must find Séverine and reclaim her sons as his father’s heirs.

Balthus’ desire is to claim her too, and despite his battle-maimed arm and her distrust of his family, he’ll prove he’s a suitor worthy of such a courageous woman...


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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy

5 Word Review: Family, danger, loyalty, passion, love. 


Having read one of the previous books (although they can all be read as standalones) I thought I knew what I was getting myself in for. But The Knight's Runaway Maiden absolutely blew me away.

This is a story about loyalty and love. Séverine is such a fantastic character, and I loved the contrast of the loyalty-of-friendship she had from previous servants against the loyalty-of-fear that those servants once had for Ian and the Wartone family. It made their fierce protection of Séverine all the more powerful.

I loved Séverine. For all that she was a naïve young lady, she is resourceful and generous and knows now what she wants. I loved the care that she showed for everyone around her, and how loyal she was to those that had helped her.

Balthus is a bit of a Hot Cross Bun. He's nice to look at but a bit of a mule, and sometimes it was frustrating that he didn't just use his words - this story wouldn't have existed if he'd just opened his mouth. His argumentative and withholding ways did mean that the stakes were raised though - I wouldn't have it any other way.

The attraction between Séverine and Balthus grows from a tiny spark years before. It's a slow burn that feels almost like a flaming romance. The plot drives the intensity of their passion, and the edge of danger that lurks around every corner makes for a pretty thrilling lead.

The setting is marvellous - we see a lot of Séverine's world and the hard work she has put in over the years to evade the Warstones.

The Knight's Runaway Maiden is a fantastic medieval historical romance, the world truly came to life. I'd love to read more about Balthus and Séverine, and see where life takes them next.

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19 April 2021

Book Review: The Soldier Prince by Kate Hardy

As soon as I finished the previous book in the 200 Harley Street series I picked up The Soldier Prince by Kate Hardy. This is a series that is definitely easy to race through, and to be honest I don't want it to end.

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A Royal surprise…

Injured war hero Prince Marco is desperate to be back in the field, fighting alongside his men. However, healing comes first, and he finds he’s in good hands with physical therapist Becca Anderson - the woman he once shared a magical forbidden summer with long ago..!

Becca can’t believe the boy she once fell for is actually a prince! Marco never told her...

But Becca has secrets of her own - and her fear of their discovery makes staying out of the royal limelight essential!

Resisting her heroic soldier prince, however, may be harder than she thinks...

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5 Word Review: Family, love, responsibility, understanding, fame,


Content Warnings: Medical procedures, war, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, sexual abuse.

Take one hot cross bun of a royal and one fiercely driven physio therapist, add a shared and secret past,  then a dash of secret royal, mix in some regret... And sit back and enjoy The Soldier Prince by Kate Hardy.

Marco is desperate to prove himself, to be more than the backup heir to a small European kingdom. He's loyal to his men, and proud of his work, and as much as the media tries to play him off as a playboy he's so much deeper than that. I loved his smoulder, and that Ethan nicknamed him Zorro almost straight away.

Poor Becca has been through a lot - with no family of her own she has hidden a past that she feel shamed by and built her own little family at 200 Harley Street and the rehabilitation centre she volunteers at. She is such a kind soul, generous and truly nice. My broke for her and what she's been through and I was so glad that this was a romance so I knew she'd be happy at least for now.

I loved the dual narrative, that we got to see the story from both Becca and Marco's perspective. It added to the frustration, it built the sexual tension, and it gave a proper reason for the miscommunication.

This is the first of the 200 Harley Street romances that didn't feel like a medical romance. I love a secret royal, and I love how cleverly it was presented - the power imbalance was acknowledged and worked though, and I am here for it.

I could happily read far more about this couple, especially after the heart-warming epilogue.

Next up, The Enigmatic Surgeon by Annie Claydon.

14 April 2021

Book Review: Recommended For You by Laura Silverman

When my favourite romance bookshop Words & Kisses had a winter sale, the first book I dropped in my cart was Recommended For You by Laura Silverman. I gotta be honest, I picked it for the cover. Isn't it gorgeous? And I can't resist a book about books either.

And do you know what the best thing is? It was utterly amazing. It lived up to that gorgeous cover, and then some.

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Shoshanna Greenberg loves working at Once Upon, her favorite local bookstore. And with her moms fighting at home and her beloved car teetering on the brink of death, the store has become a welcome escape.

When her boss announces a holiday bonus to the person who sells the most books, Shoshanna sees an opportunity to at least fix her car, if none of her other problems. The only person standing in her way? New hire Jake Kaplan.

Jake is an affront to everything Shoshanna stands for. He doesn’t even read! But somehow his sales start to rival hers. Jake may be cute (really cute), and he may be an eligible Jewish single (hard to find south of Atlanta), but he’s also the enemy, and Shoshanna is ready to take him down.

But as the competition intensifies, Jake and Shoshanna grow closer and realize they might be more on the same page than either expects…

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5 Word Review: Family, books, friendship, belonging, love.


This book made me cry. And sigh with happiness. And it filled me up with the warm fuzzies.

It made me miss bookshops too, and I can't wait until I can get back out there and into one. I want to browse!

This story focuses a lot on the "flaws" of the characters, and as much as there are amazing sub-plots all through it's very much driven by the characters themselves. Shoshanna is very sure of herself and a bit rigidly set in her ways. She's judgmental and bossy and I love it. Her self-assurance, her self-confidence, they blew me away. She wants to fix everything, she wants everything to be OK even as her life crumbles around her, and she tries her hardest. Her assumptions aren't always correct (in fact, they're often astonishingly incorrect) but I loved her all the more for it.

When she meets Jake, the clash is excellent. There are instant sparks, and instant dislike, and I love how their relationship slowly cooled and then grew. Shoshanna's assumptions about Jake lead to a lot of drama and resentment. I loved the way the enemies-to-lovers trope was played here.

This book made me pretty hungry. There is a big focus on food, it is very much the love language of some of the characters and it's how they show affection to their friends and family. This book goes perfectly with a large plate of snacks and a pitcher of cool lemonade.

I would say there is a very minor content warning for ablism, but I thought it was dealt with amazingly on page by the characters. It made me love them all the more.

I thought it was in for a cosy, light-hearted read. And I couldn't have been more wrong. This book is deep, and it hits hard. I wanted to cry for Shoshanna and give her a big hug, and remind her of how much she is loved and valued.

This is an adorable YA romance that will melt even the steeliest of hearts. It will fill you up with kindness and delicious sounding food and then top it off with the cutest of romances. It was perfect.