We Were On a Break – Lindsey Kelk

We Were On a Break – Lindsey Kelk

Liv and Adam are about to enjoy the last night of their holiday in Mexico – Liv has pulled out all the stops with her dress and high heels, because though it’s meant to be a secret her best friend Cass let it slip that Adam is going to propose.  She’s been waiting all holiday so tonight has go to be the night.  Meanwhile Adam has gone to long lengths to make it the perfect proposal, but when a simple error in calculating how long it will take to get the restaurant puts a spanner in the works he starts to second guess his plan and things go from bad to worse when instead of the expected proposal instead he declares he ‘wants a break’.

Neither Adam or Liv can quite work out what’s gone wrong and neither of them are able to work things out, instead things get worse, friends are involved, things are assumed and blown out of proportion and soon it seems like the break could be permanent as they wonder what could be if they weren’t together.

Another wonderful novel by Lindsey which is full of the humour you expect from her style whilst also being true to the characters.  There are some real light hearted moments (a cat called Daniel Craig wearing a thong…), amongst other serious moments exploring miscommunication and unneeded involvement by friends and family.

I loved the character of Liv, a hard working vet who doesn’t realise how loved she is by those around her and is made aware of just how unsure she is of what she wants from life.  I think I changed my mind throughout the book several times on how I wanted it to conclude – a thoroughly enjoyable read!

We Were On a Break Book Cover We Were On a Break
Lindsey Kelk
Harper
6th October 2016
Paperback
416

Is it a break? Or is it a blip?

It’s Never Too Late To Say – Julia Roberts

It’s Never Too Late To Say – Julia Roberts

I finally got to read the last in the wonderful Liberty Sands series and am now suffering post series blues!

Following directly on from where we left the last book we finally get a resolution to Holly’s love life… and while she may not end up with who you think, for me the ending was perfect!  We also see Holly’s career taking off on all fronts, the blog is doing well and she now has now adventures in other fields so she doesn’t have to worry about providing for her children any more.

In the last book I was torn over my feelings for Philippe and whether I wanted him and Holly to make a go of things, but this book cleared my feelings up and I was glad with how the conclusion panned out.  I have to say that in this book you really can’t help but be irritated by his selfishness!

Not just a love story there are plenty of twists in the family drama, in this book we finally have Holly’s mother introduced properly and we uncover some pretty major family secrets!

The book is very fast paced and you’ll race through to the conclusion – an enjoyable little holiday from the reall world!

It's Never Too Late To Say
The Liberty Sands Trilogy
Julia Roberts
ripped ltd
26th May 2016
Kindle
296

An emotional and at times tragic conclusion to the Liberty Sands trilogy, It’s Never Too Late To Say… uncovers terrible family secrets that have long been buried.
Holly Wilson seems finally to have it all: a beautiful baby daughter, a son about to embark on an exciting career, a glamorous new job in television, and an adoring boyfriend in bestselling novelist, Philippe. But something isn’t quite right…
In another part of the country, Carol has liver cirrhosis and is suffering from alcohol induced dementia causing her to relive memories – dreadful memories – of sins committed against her and those she has inflicted on others. Her carer, Helen, hopes a meeting with someone from the past might help mend Carol’s broken soul, but time is running out and there is something Helen has been keeping secret.
What links Holly to Carol and Helen? And who is Nick, the handsome stranger who has just walked into her life?

If He Really Loved Me… – Julia Roberts

If He Really Loved Me… – Julia Roberts

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... Book Cover If He Really Loved Me...
The Liberty Sands Trilogy
Julia Roberts
ripped Ltd
25th November 2015
Kindle
334

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?

Last Kiss –  Laurelin Paige

Last Kiss – Laurelin Paige

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

Last Kiss Book Cover Last Kiss
(First and Last Novel)
Laurelin Paige
St. Martin's Griffin
14th June 2016
Kindle
368

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."

One With You –  Sylvia Day

One With You – Sylvia Day

 

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 Book Cover One With You
Crossfire
Sylvia Day
Penguin
5th April 2016
Kindle
480

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.

Best Thing I Never Had – Erin Lawless

Best Thing I Never Had – Erin Lawless

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 Book Cover Best Thing I Never Had
Erin Lawless
HarperImpulse
5th December 2013
Kindle
360

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.

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