If He Really Loved Me sees us meet Holly firstly 2 years in the future, with a happy baby, son and apparently husband, but before her husband is revealed we travel back Picking up from where book one in The Liberty Sands trilogy left us as Holly tries to find a moment to reveal to son Harry that follwing her holiday romance she is pregnant.
Still avoiding Phillippe and determined not to reveal to him she is pregnant it seems history is set to repeat itself. But with the relationship with his mum set to change Harry thinks it’s time to find out who his father is and that every child deserves to know their father.
Phillippe meanwhile is set on tracking down Holly and finding out if they can make things up, but it seems he will get a surprise when he does find her. Can they be honest with each other and make a go of things, or are there too many secrets in the way of the relationship?
There are plenty of twists in this saga and a few characters are developed a little more, with secrets being unhidden and new information revealed – there are some nice surprises in the way that take this away from the holiday romance of the first book and make the characters much more three dimensional with their own problems and histories.
The end of the book leaves you guessing and hanging on to delve straight into book 3 to find out exactly who Holly is going to end up with in her happily ever after! I can’t wait for more!
If He Really Loved Me...
The Liberty Sands Trilogy
25th November 2015
Book one in the Liberty Sands Trilogy, Life's a Beach and Then..., introduced us to Holly, Harry and Philippe; If He Really Loved Me... continues their captivating story, from love to heartbreak. trust to betrayal, and back again.
Single mum, Holly Wilson, and her twenty-year-old son,Harry, have an enviably close relationship but when Harry finds out that she is pregnant and, for reasons unknown to all but herself, intends to raise the baby alone again, he begins to question her decision not to tell him about his own father, who abandoned them before his birth.
Upon discovering his father's name, Harry secretly embarks on his search for the truth, a search which takes him to Los Angeles where he uncovers a tragic story. Still reeling from what he has learned, an extraordinary twist of fate brings Harry and Philippe, the father of Holly's unborn child, face to face. Should Harry tell him about the baby and risk damaging his relationship with his mum forever? If he does, will Philippe want to be a husband and father? And will Holly be prepared to give Philippe a second chance?
Having read the first in this series of books (First Touch) I was eagerly awaiting the next installment to drop on to my kindle and read this within a few days of receipt.
Following on from the reapperance of Amber at the end of the first book Emily now finds herself in a difficult situation – she’s fallen in love with Reeve, but now Amber is back and staking a claim on her ex and Emily is bound by an old promise not to steal Amber’s man.
It’s clear however that Reeve has also falled for Emily but can she trust him? Or will he be drawn back to Amber.
Amber’s return is also overshadowed by where she is been and whether she could still be in danger from the mob and could that danger also affect Emily as well.
Again the book is full of twists and turns that keep you interested in more than just the love story – Emily’s character is developing and she’s stronger in this story and coming out of herself. We also finally get to see the real Amber and it’s up to the reader to decide if she is a true friend or just someone manipulating.
I hope there is more in this series as I want to see if there can be a happy ending for Emily
(First and Last Novel)
St. Martin's Griffin
14th June 2016
A GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE FILLED WITH DARK DESIRES AND DANGEROUS SECRETS
Emily Wayborn has made a decision.
She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself. Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn t find them.
Time is running out and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart...or her life."
I can’t believe it’s come to an end :'( Sylvia Day’s One with you is the final in this wonderful quintet – originally planned to be a trilogy the series eventually run to 5 books (yay).
One with You rounds off our favourite millionaire bachelor love series, having eloped previously Gideon and Eva are now ‘coming out’ and letting their family and friends know about their marriage.
The old demons still feature in this book and there are people less than happy about the couple being together, with Gideon’s ex Corrine still pushing ahead with her tell all book, but now Eva is his wife she feels it time to tep up and has a cunning plan to reduce the impact that the book could have. In fact in this book she’s fall of good ideas and we see their relationship taken to a new level of understanding.
Gone are the fights of previous books which saw them split and come back together, this time we see the couple making concessions and working together, and it’s clear that they are ready for the long haul.
Of course there are some twists along the way – I was looking forward to the big official wedding…..
I loved the introduction of Lucky the puppy and how this started to show a softer side to Gideon and it was also good to see his family relationship grow and change.
As a final book to the series this wrapped everything up neatly and was a definite conclusion to the story of Gideon and Eva.
One With You
5th April 2016
Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I've ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.
Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.
We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws . . . and all the beauty I couldn't see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.
But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free . . . or break us apart.
Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One with You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.
I’m on a bit of an Erin Lawless roll at the moment, after reading Somewhere only we know (http://compellingreads.co.uk/somewhere-only…w-erin-lawless/), I had to check out The Best Thing I Never Had, so I bumped it up my now rather long Kindle list.
In the Best Thing I Never Had Nicky & Miles are getting married and out go the invitations on a long ago made promise to their friends to be best man and bridesmaid. There’s just one problem, 5 years ago they were all the best of friends enjoying Uni life, but then a secret came between them all and the fall out was messy and painful and led to some of the group not speaking to us since. it’s only Nicky that has remained a constant between the group and with a wedding bringing them back to their old University groups and face to face with each other and the memories from that time it’s sure that drama can ensue.
This has been my favourite Erin Lawless book so far I was transported along with this group of friends into their world and carried along in their group. The friendship between Harriet and Adam was beautiful and *spoiler alert* I was rooting for them throughout the novel, so I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t a definate outcome to them… I need more, I want to know if they lived happily ever after & ashamedly I want Leigha to get more of a comeuppance. A sign of an excellent book that left me wanting more of the character! Well done Erin!
Best Thing I Never Had
5th December 2013
Five years ago at university they had been seven friends that laughed hard and loved harder.
Nicky and Miles were the couple that were always meant to be… Leigha and Adam, not so much…
So when Adam and Harriet grew close during endless days in the library, they did the one thing that changed everything – they kept a secret. And when it came out, it all fell apart.
When the day comes for bridesmaids to be chosen and best men to fulfil drunken promises, Nicky and Miles’ wedding isn’t just a wedding, it’s a reunion – loaded with past hurts, past regrets, past loves…
The Best Thing I Never Had is in turns funny and sad, but always honest, about friendship in all its forms and the practicality of second chances.
With thanks to the netgalley fairies for allowing us a copy of this book in exchange for review, having read all of Giovanna’s previous books we were very excited when she announced that our favourite couple Billy & Sophie were returning.
Having just come to terms with being the girlfriend of Hollywood actor and A-Lister Billy Buskin and basking in the life they’ve been living in their little Kent village following the engagement of Sophie’s mum a spanner is thrown into their little bubble when Sophie returns with Billy to meet his family and an opportune meeting calls him back into filming and separating the love birds.
With Sophie throwing herself into work at her teashop, she finally employs someone to help her out and they become firm friends – and when old friend Molly’s son Peter turns up Sophie is thrilled to have a reminder of the friend she lost so tragically, and someone with whom she can share memories with. However dealing with the distance from Billy its a question of can her and Peter just be seen as friends?
Throwing in a bit of old school romance as Sophie and Billy exchange letters to try and breach the distance between them, and with Sophie helping plan her mums wedding you can’t help but wish Sophie to can make the new dynamic with Billy work. I was growing concerned in this book that we might be seeing the end of our favourite couple but the end left me wanting more!
You can’t help but think about how the distance in relationships can affect two people and Giovanna manages to beautifully convey the feelings of separation, from loneliness, tiredness, snapping with anger and then the joy of reunion.
and oh the ending……. 😉
I want more now! I so hope that we will have the next chapter on this couple as it seems that there is so much more story to tell with these two.
Always With Love
2nd June 2016
Sophie's got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of.
But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she's totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy's controlling mother.
And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there's more than just miles between them.
Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance . . .
Big thanks to HCL Publicity Services for allowing us a copy of Victoria Van Tiem’s new novel Holding Out for a hero in exchange for an honest review.
Libby runs an 80’s shop Pretty in Pink, but the 80s is more then a job to her, it’s her life – she is embodiment of the era from tip to toe in her leg warmers, neon bangles etc. While her friends have moved on with lives to marriage, babies and work Libby has become trapped in time and her friends are staging an intervention setting her up for a make over and a series of dates before her dreaded birthday in the hope to get her to start her life again,
Libby however is not looking forwards to the dates or her birthday and she’s also dealing with having to let her shop go too. But there is reason behind her favourite era and its something she’s seeing a doctor for. Libby’s visits to the doctor throughout the book and slowly reveal another story to Libby and a tragic one at that – it’s very cleverly done and if you don’t see it coming an excellent twist.
There’s humour throughout the story with Libby’s dates all being hilarious for one reason or another, and I found myself routing for her to end up with her store manager Jasper. I loved all the 80s references in the songs and even the chapter titles and despite the tragic undercurrent, Libby brought plenty of smiles when I was reading this.
Victoria Van Tiem (pronounced ‘team’) is an international author of romantic comedy and dramedy novels, a former gallery owner and creative director with a background in brand development. She lives just outside of Indianapolis on a small hobby farm with her husband and two teenage boys.
Holding Out For A Hero
Victoria Van Tiem
Pan; Main Market Ed. edition
14 Jan. 2016
A funny, bitter-sweet romantic dramedy set to an 80's soundtrack.The problem with first love is that it never truly dies. Libby London fell in love in with the 80s, came of age in the 90s, and now, in the 21st Century, she's completely falling apart... Her New York City fashion sensibility is more 'vintage tragedy' than 'retro babe' and might just be what's holding her back in all matters of life and love...
At least that's what her well-meaning friends think. They've staged a #80sIntervention in an effort to bring Libby bang up-to-date. But how do you move forward when the one you love holds you in the past? Between her dreaded birthday party, friend's madcap ambush, and being forced to relocate her Pretty In Pink thrift shop, Libby's nearing the end of the rope... If her therapist isn't quick, it could be a literal one.