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#ReleaseDay #Review ~ Condemned by Hayley Oakes #Giveaway @HOakesauthor @BarnardLaura

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Condemned is out now!  Check out this beautifully written second chance romance which will have you swooning so hard it’s impossible to stand straight!
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SYNOPSIS
For eight years, I’ve lived with the scars left by him.

William Devereux consumed me until I didn’t know where I ended and he began … I tried to forget but I was forever changed.

And now he’s back.

Gone is the aggressive hothead who hurt me and set my body on fire in equal measure, replaced with a responsible, doting, single father.

I’m trying my best to remain unaffected.

He’s trying his best to make amends.

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I wasn’t sure what to make of this book, the cover and title didn’t immediately pull me in but the blurb did so I went into it fairly open-minded because I was offered it to review. I’m so glad I did, I think if it had been left to my choice of books on a shelf I would have missed a terrific story.

Set in past and present, alternating characters this is the story of Jessa and William. As so often happens little Miss Perfect/Spoilt meets the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. They have known each other from childhood, families lived next door to each other. 

They hate each other, fall in love, fall out etc but what is the spark that ignites these two?

After not seeing each other for several years, things change, Will has a gorgeous little girl, Jessa has a brilliant career she spends more time at home taking care of her sick mom and from there the story takes off.

I like the ease of reading this, the writing just flows along and captures the readers heart without quite realising it. There is turmoil galore, life is full of challenges and this mirrors that. As much as I wanted to dislike Will at times I just couldn’t, he is the ultimate alpha male, oozing charisma but also a doting father, which makes him incredibly appealing.

There are plenty of other characters to liven it up, be prepared for a roller coaster of tears and joy. I particularly liked the ending, snippets of updated info was extremely fitting to the storyline. I look forward to more from this author.

I read and reviewed an ARC voluntarily. 

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#BlogTour #Review ~ Bad to the Bone by Tony J Forder @Bloodhoundbook @TonyJForder #BlogHound

A skeletal body is unearthed in a wooded area of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. DI James Bliss, together with DC Penny Chandler, investigate the case and discover that the young, female victim had been relocated from its original burial site.

A witness is convinced that a young female was struck by a vehicle back in the summer of 1990, and that police attended the scene. However, no record exists of either the accident or thereported victim. As the case develops, two retired police officers are murdered. The two are linked with others who were on duty at the time a road accident was reported.

As Bliss and Chandler delve deeper into the investigation, they start to question whether senior officers may have been involved in the murder of the young women who was buried in thewoods.

As each link in the chain is put under duress, so is Bliss who clashes with superiors and the media.

When his team receives targeted warnings, Bliss will need to decide whether to drop the case or to pursue those responsible.

Will Bliss walk away in order to keep his career intact or will he fight no matter what the cost?

And is it possible the killer is much closer than they imagined?

About the Author

On 1st February 2017, Tony signed to Bloodhound Books, who will publish his new edgy crime thriller Bad to the Bone this spring. It is the first in a series.

Later this year, Tony’s second novel for Bloodhound Books, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, will be published.

Tony has been writing stories since childhood, but it was only when he won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books, that he realised he might actually be half decent at this writing business.

The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale.

During a book singing for Dark Voices 2, Tony was seated next to author Brian Lumley. At one point, Tony revealed to Brian that he felt out of place alongside all the proper writers. Brian then told Tony something he has never forgotten: “The moment you sat down and pulled a story out of your imagination and put it to paper, you became a proper writer.”

Subsequently, Tony began to focus on novel writing. He admits that his initial attempts were exploratory and somewhat derivative, although there was some interest from an agent – who oddly enough turned out to be Brian Lumley’s wife, Dorothy.

Tony wrote Degrees of Darkness, which he was happy with. He wasn’t so happy with a follow-up, so that never saw the light of day.

As a part-time writer with a full-time job, plus some ill-health, life got in the way and, although Tony continued writing, it took a back seat to making a living.

This year, however, Tony has been inspired by new ideas, and has been working hard on two new books, both of which should be completed in 2017. In the meantime, he hopes you enjoy Badto the Bone, introducing DI James Bliss and DC Penny Chandler.

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My Review

I seem to be on a roll with books from Bloodhound at the moment and having two police procedural stories in a row could have quickly become stale but this book drew me in fast and kept me dangling wanting to read it speedily purely to piece together the clues.

A fascinating discovery of old bones soon brings about a full-blown enquiry. DI Jimmy Bliss the gruff chap who comes across as a know it all partnered with DC Penny Chandler make a great working team. They have both had complex issues in the past but their friendship shines through and brings some much needed banter and laughter into what is a grim world.

I was absolutely absorbed when ‘The Bone Lady’ began explaining how long the bones had been buried, how, why, who they belonged to. I think I missed my calling, I would have loved to embark on anthropology! 

As further murders begin to happen the whole team is intent on finding any possible links to the bones. As Bliss delves into the seedy underworld as part of his investigation the book explodes with twists and turns. 

So often it is obvious fairly early on who the guilty party is but on this occasion it all culminates with a massive surprise.

Great descriptive writing that gets into the minds of the characters of which there are plenty. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and see how they all contributed their knowledge to the ‘team’.

Many thanks to the author and Bloodhound for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

#BlogTour #Review ~ Watch You Burn by @KerryAnn77 @bloodhoundbook #BlogHound

Someone is breaking into Fire Investigator, Edina Blaze’s, home and leaving deadly messages. When Glen Peacock is burned alive, she has to put her own problems aside and attend the location with Crime Scene Manager, Kevin Lang.

As the body count rises, Edina’s sister Heather becomes involved. Is it her setting these gruesome fires? Or is she a target too?

Kevin has seen it all in his years on the force, but when a young girl is found burnt to dead, even he is shocked.

Who is taking pleasure in watching people burn? Why are they doing it? And will they be caught?

DI Alistair McKay and the team from North East Police have to work quickly to stop the killer, before they all end up in flames.

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About the Author

My name is Kerry-Ann Richardson (generally known as Kerry) and I write as KA Richardson. I started writing the North East Police series in 2010 when I was working towards my MA Creative Writing – I used the first 15000 words of With Deadly Intent as my dissertation. I passed my MA in 2011 and kept on writing. This all came about from working as a Crime Scene Investigator – I’d always written but when I was a CSI I went to see a psychic, Anthony, and he wanted to know why I wasn’t writing. He reminded me that it was my passion and said he could see me signing in Waterstones in 5 years. That was 5.5 years before my first ever signing in Waterstones so he wasn’t far wrong!

I did the normal things writers do when their book is ready to go out into the world – submitted to agents etc. I got a few nice personal responses back – still saying no but being constructive and polite about it. I approached Darren Laws from Caffeine Nights whilst at a crime festival and he asked to see my work. He agreed to publish With Deadly Intent from there, and once that was out I approached Bloodhound Books as wanted to know if there was any other interest in my novels. Bloodhound came back within 24 hours and offered me a 3 book deal!  And I’ve since signed an additional 3 book deal with them which covers the series up to and including book 7!

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This is the first book I have read by this writer, I was kindly offered a place on the blog tour and because I know from previous experience how much I have enjoyed ‘Bloodhound’ books I readily agreed. Well, let me say straightaway I will be quickly catching up with Kerry’s other books if this one is anything to go by .. I have found myself another favourite author!

It’s part of the North East Police series but I had no trouble reading it as a stand-alone. This book concentrates mainly on Edina Blaze’s story. Yes, her name is Blaze and she works in the fire investigation team! Her personal life has been rocky and this open’s up opportunity for further turmoil. 

Her sister Heather is a Uni student and has been bullied mercilessly for a lot of years, there is a group of Uni kids, some nice some downright nasty .. but when they begin to die the finger of suspicion gets pointed in a couple of directions.

Each kid has issues and their stories are cleverly intertwined with Edina and the police. Each character is very well developed and as the book progresses the crimes and events pick up pace. 

Obviously the title gives an indication of the content, fire plays a big part and the memorising effect of the flames creating an atmospheric feel is so vividly described you can almost feel the heat and tension. The circumstances prove grisly, lots of research must have been undertaken in order to tell this story and it is indeed gripping.

Not only does it cover the fire obsession but also alcoholism, self-harming, depression, suicide, stalking and bullying. It moves along at a steady pace and by the end it’s a race against time to turn the pages. 

I liked Edina, she was a tough cookie but certainly showed her vulnerable side. The camaraderie in the police/fire teams was entirely believable. At first it’s a guessing game as to who is setting the fires and why .. will you be able to guess? I must admit I did suss out who the stalker was and the method of entry so I was quite proud of myself for that. 

An incredibly addictive read, cram packed with action I enjoyed every minute of it. 

Thanks so much to Kerry and Bloodhound Books for my copy .. I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

#ReleaseDay #Review ~ Hard to Love by S Jones #Giveaway @sandyjones23 @BarnardLaura

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Synopsis
Leaving a safe, predictable relationship and falling straight into the center of a whirlwind was never part of Emily’s plans.

From that very moment when the stranger’s hand takes her by the wrist, she is thrust into a world where she is flooded with feelings she cannot ignore.

Torn between her head and her heart, she quickly realizes that fighting her attraction to Chase Newman is an impossible task. He’s a man who always gets what he wants and with his sights set on Emily, she doesn’t stand a chance. A one-night stand will never be enough though, when she wants so much more than that.

When secrets and lies threaten to destroy the trust between them, Emily starts to question her own decisions. With doubt and suspicion plaguing her mind, is what they have worth fighting for? Or will the truth tear them apart?
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This is the first book by this author so it’s always an exciting time delving into new writing, characters, style etc. It is a pleasant story to get into and flows at a steady pace.
Emily has been in a long-term relationship with cop Brad but when it comes to the crunch she realises they don’t have a future together. He is a lovely guy but doesn’t fulfil her desires, he is predictable and reliable.
She then meets Chase, he is the opposite. Charming, daring, huge ego, sexy, will move the world for his family and Emily is smitten. Sparks fly and the charisma between these two heats the pages.
Life is not an easy ride though and they are thrown a few curve balls. Tension and plenty of drama makes for a ‘will they won’t they’ survive in a relationship scenario.
When secrets have to be revealed the outcome is on the line.
I liked the characters and the basis for the love story but it did feel a bit too long in places. I got the impression that the author had to get it all down and didn’t want to miss anything out which possibly made it a smidgen overly complicated for the reader to keep up and engage. Having said that the majority of it was great and I will happily read the next in the series.
Thanks to the author and Laura for an ARC which I read and reviewed voluntarily 3.5 Stars 

#AudioBookReview ~ The Sick House by @AmbroseIbsen @JU_AudioBooks @AnAudiobookworm

Some Places Should Stay Abandoned….

Dr. Siegfried Klein has vanished on a mysterious pilgrimage to an abandoned infirmary in the ghost-town of Moonville. The locals in the surrounding areas are tight-lipped, hostile to outsiders. Local legend has it that the old Sick House is packed with spirits, none of them friendly, and that to set foot in it is to enter Hell itself.

Enter Harlan Ulrich, private investigator and skeptic.

Traveling to the site, the detective begins the long process of separating truth from grisly local myth, and during his investigation stumbles upon certain frightful evidence that tries his nerve. He wants to find the doctor in one piece and weathers the hostilities of the locals even as their stories keep him up at night. But the longer he spends in the ghost town of Moonville, the more he feels the influence of something sinister in the shuttered infirmary.

When finally the truth is revealed and the infirmary’s sordid past comes to light, will Ulrich manage to escape with his life?

GenreHorror

NarratorJake Urry

PublisherAmbrose Ibsen April 4, 2016

Length: 6 hours 48 minutes

Series: The Ulrich Files, Book 1

About the Author

Once upon a time, a young Ambrose Ibsen discovered a collection of ghost stories on his father’s bookshelf. He was never the same again.

Apart from horror fiction, he enjoys good coffee, brewed strong.

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Jake Urry is an actor and audiobook narrator, and also co-run’s Just Some Theatre Company, producing new writing that tours around the UK. He is currently recording Audiobooks for sale on Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

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The cover of this looks so gruesome that I was immediately curious! I’m actually participating in the blog tour for the third book in the series so to get me up to speed I wanted to read one and two. The Sick House is the first where we are introduced to Ulrich the private investigator. He is an unfathomable character at the outset but once the layers are unpeeled and his character is revealed he is a sturdy straight talking guy. He is tired of the usual husband/wife suspecting an affair cases so when the opportunity arises to locate a missing doctor he dives straight in.

Ulrich sets out to unearth what happened to the doctor, amidst ghoulish tales and local hostility it makes for a suspenseful story set in an incredibly dark spooky deserted ‘hospital’ originally run by nuns.

It is intensely creepy and very descriptive, at times a little too in depth and I found myself drifting until that segment was over. It is very easy to imagine being in the dank, dark tunnels of the house, yet again my ‘phobia’ was challenged with the ‘damp, furry bodies of the rats’ as they crawl around. That was enough to make me cringe! 

I listened to this on audiobook and it was the quality of the narration that made it so enjoyable. Imagine all the late night horror movies, scary books, Halloween etc all rolled into one and that nowhere near portrays the talent of Jake Urry. His voice is gravelly, chilling, atmospheric yet keeps the listener absolutely riveted and desperate to continue. The shivers went up my spine as soon as he read the title!!

Excellent performance which brought an otherwise ‘ordinary’ story to life. I am now going to listen to book two.

Thanks to Jess at An Audiobookworm for the copy which I reviewed voluntarily. 

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#BlogTour #Review ~ Lost and Found by Danielle Ryan @aria_fiction #BookBoost

Can true love prevail when the real and online worlds collide?

Perfect for the fans of Miranda Dickenson and Paige Toon.

Melissa Riva works in Milan as a university researcher. After buying an iPad at auction, she finds it contains files belonging to its previous owner.

Fascinated by the beautiful photographs of romantic landscapes and views of the city, she starts her search for the previous owner. Locating him through Facebook, Melissa can’t resist contacting him.

Melissa and Riccardo begin chatting online. Both of them becoming increasingly dependent on this strange relationship, though acutely aware that it’s only likely to remain a virtual one.

But when real life bursts in on their digital world, they can’t resist revealing their true feelings…

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Danielle Ryan was born in Como, Italy and has a degree in both Economics and Communication Sciences. She writes with a passion and devotes every free minute of her day to her work. Danielle is a bestselling author in Italy. Her debut novel Finding You reached no. 1 on Italian Amazon.

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The premise of this book intrigued me because I have had similar situations so I was curious to see the outcome of this particular one.

After purchasing an iPad Melissa discovers the previous owner has left some pictures on it. Nothing ‘naughty’ just scenic landscapes etc but enough to pique her interest and go on a voyage of tracking the owner. Technology is wonderful and she soon finds a link with the help of google that matches one of the pictures to a Facebook profile.

Mel then embarks on making contact and discovers Leo. They flit between messaging each other with the assumption it is purely an online connection. As the story progresses and the relationship changes we begin to delve into their backgrounds.

It took a while for me to get into this, at first I wasn’t entirely clear who Mel was chatting to. Maybe that is the whole mystery behind it, once it became apparent that Leo/Riccardo had issues it all fell into place. Not wanting to add any spoilers just enjoy this as two strangers striking up a friendship and watch how far it goes. Who would you trust on the internet? 

Mel is almost too trusting, she appears sweet and very accepting of circumstances further into the book. Leo should have been a strong male lead but there was something about him that irked me. Bianca is a total b*tch!

As a light entertaining read this was enjoyable. My favourite parts were in fact the Facebook messages the pair share, very cute to see how a virtual ‘relationship’ can develop. Perfect for a long train journey or in the garden on a hot sunny day. I do like the cover that sums up the situation perfectly. 

Thanks to the author, Netgalley and Aria for my copy. I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

#BlogTour #Review ~ Alice by @K_L_Loveley #Giveaway @emmamitchellfpr

Title: Alice
Publisher: Self-published
Tour: 17th – 30th April
Author: K.L Loveley

Alice is near breaking point. Floods have left her beautiful dream home a damaged mess, her step children’s lack of respect is giving her migraines and, worst of all, her husband is giving her no support to lean on. Her life is slowly spiralling out of control.
When Alice’s daughter, Anne Marie, repeatedly falls victim to aggressive vandals, Alice finally can take no more. She decides to take control of the mess that has become her life, and finally frees herself from the chaos that has been bringing her down.
Freedom, however, isn’t as sweet as Alice first thought it might be. She finds herself yearning for something she can’t quite put her finger on. In her quest to find it, Alice finds herself turning to drink…

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K.L Loveley is a contemporary fiction author from Nottinghamshire, who writes gritty, realistic novels which tackle medical and social issues.
The author has enjoyed a successful 47-year nursing career with the NHS, during which she acquired vast skills. She has transferred her medical knowledge, and incorporated her excellent human observation skills into writing interesting stories about people affected by social and medical issues.
Her debut novel, ‘Alice’ tackles alcoholism head-on, and presents the reader with an empathetic account of a spiralling addiction and the resulting pattern of hopelessness that many fall into.

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Alice is a lady who has been through some life-changing events but has always taken her role as wife and mother seriously, putting others well being and feelings before her own.

Following her divorce she eventually finds love again with Robin. He is widowed so Alice also becomes step-mother to his four adult children along with her two they meld into one large family.

After finding their dream house and falling into traditional family lives it should all be bliss. Alice has always bestowed manners, respect and moral values on her children yet it quickly becomes apparent that Robin hasn’t shared these with his. At first Alice makes allowances thinking they are missing their mother but ultimately their behaviour causes tension.

Whilst I could sympathise with Alice by the way she was treated as little more than a servant to these ‘kids’ I do feel she made a rod for her own back. She had no support whatsoever from Robin, essentially he was scared witless of offending them and never stuck up for her or agreed with her basic requests. 

The kids deserved a few home truths on manners, Alice needed to be firmer and refuse to wait on them and Robin needed to grow a backbone .. I could cheerfully have throttled him at times! 

To be honest it came as no surprise when finally Alice’s mental health broke down, the situation had taken it’s toll and she did admirably to continue for as long as she did. As a *trigger* warning there is a whole alcohol related scenario as she declines rapidly.

I had mixed feelings about the book, the general lead up was quite long winded and in places repetitive, the ‘alcohol decline’ was well documented and I finally felt some emotion towards Alice. The friendship between her and Sally was touching and the eventual outcome was hopeful. My dislike of Robin and all of his children marred it a little. 

I suspect  a lot of women in her situation possibly will be thinking “There but for the grace of God go I” it’s a harsh lesson and therefore makes a readable story.

Thanks to the author and Emma Mitchell for the ARC. I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

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#BookReview ~ All That Glisters by C.J. Fallowfield @CJFallowfield #BookBoost

Hunter Donovan. He was everything I openly loathed, but everything I secretly desired.

Cocky, arrogant, and crude. When Hunter wanted something, he pursued, relentlessly, until he got it. And right now, I was his prey. The trouble was, I didn’t want to be added to his endless list of conquests.

Gorgeous, masculine, with a body made for sin. The most perfect specimen of male I’d ever set eyes on, and he knew it. The trouble was, I saw the pain he was trying to hide, and I wanted to heal him.

He wanted my body, but I wanted his heart.

Coco Barella. She was everything I openly desired, but everything I’d convinced myself I didn’t need.

Beautiful, sexy, and sassy, all of the qualities that I wanted in my bed. Compassionate, loving, and perfect, all of the qualities I didn’t need in my life.

I needed to pull her to me, but at the same time I wanted to push her away.

When the sexual magnetism between two people is so hot, that it can scorch everything around it to ash, who will emerge from the flames victorious?

A standalone erotic romance novel, a spin-off from The Temptress, which contains adult content and is only suitable for the over 18’s.

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Enough heat to make the pages sizzle, romance to make you swoon, strong characters with depth and emotions to pluck at your heartstrings, and humour to make you laugh out loud. Roll all of that into one novel, or in C.J.’s case a lot of novels, and you have the measure of her books. Unless of course you count the odd twist she likes to throw in to keep readers on their toes. C.J. comes from the United Kingdom and is half-French. She lives in the wonderful countryside of Wales, surrounded by rolling hills, trees and fields full of sheep and cows. She is yet to find her Prince Charming, but lives with her extremely pampered fur baby, Pumpkin, kitten of mass destruction.

C.J. is an Amazon #1 UK and international bestselling author of contemporary humorous erotic romance novels. She released her debut novel in January 2014.

Her alter-ego, Charlotte Fallowfield, is an Amazon UK and international bestselling author of sweet, and sex free, romantic comedy novels.

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I have read and raved about some of Charlotte’s rom-com books so I was curious when I was asked if I would read one of her ‘alter-ego’s’ erotic romances. Well whether this lady is writing as Charlotte or C.J you are in for a treat.

This is one scorchingly hot story that will keep you turning the pages while gasping for breath. If you like sexual chemistry that oozes from the outset, an absolute stud who will have you earning for more and a feisty female then this is for you.

Coco is a jewellery designer, has been self-employed until she is head-hunted by one of the most exclusive companies. Right from the interview stage when she has a squabble in the lift with a guy you just know she is a lady who knows what she wants and will stick up for what she believes in.

The job is perfect for her until she realises who her boss is .. Hunter Donovan. Can she possibly work with a man she has taken an instant dislike to, who winds her up each time he speaks?

I love the way this story plays out. There is so much passion, humour and moments of sheer frustration. The reader will want to intervene and knock some sense into these two.

Hunter is a dream, think gorgeously awesome then triple it! He is Mr. Charisma but Coco seems determined to resist his charms. She doesn’t believe in one night stands. She yearns for the complete package.

Will there be a happy conclusion for either of these .. you will just have to read and find out. There are some great side characters which balance the flow, plenty of twists and turns away from the sexiness to keep it enthralling. 

I heartily recommend any of the books I have read by this author she has an incredible approach to story-telling.

Many thanks for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

#BlogTour #Review ~ Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell @bookouture @Caroline_writes

At last I can shout from the roof-tops about how much I love this book! When I was first asked if I would like to read it it was all #TopSecret and it was a real test of my book love to refrain from telling everybody about it! I don’t need to say anything than welcome to the blog to Caroline because she knows my feelings abut it #Rats lol .. this is a must read so I am over the moon to be on the tour xx

SLEEP TIGHT by Caroline Mitchell 
Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up.
A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into a sickening recreation of fairytale princesses.
Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down a disturbed individual who is using the women to realise their twisted fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.
Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.
Ruby is in too deep, knowing that the cruel individual is getting ever closer, looking for his next beautiful victim. But can she stop a killer hell-bent on fulfilling their horrific desires – before it’s too late? And how well does she really know the man she loves?
A terrifying, addictive serial killer thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for readers of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Rachel Abbott.

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A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences.
Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex.  She now writes full time.
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I was given the opportunity for a pre-read of this ARC. Holy cow what a book! 

We meet up with Detective Ruby Preston again as she attempts to keep the east end of London safe. A body turns up in a park and the crime team think they have their killer but more bodies appear, strangely linked to fairy tale characters .. only these aren’t your ‘bedtime’ story type!

Ruby has a history with Nathan a member of a notorious family associated with crime and misdemeanours .. can she keep her relationship with him out of the investigation? She will toe the police line but also bend a few rules if it gets too personal. 

This is a story full of tension, fast paced yet so atmospheric. A page turner that ensures you keep reading. I like Ruby she is a really dedicated cop who lives for her job but has a rebellious side and that is refreshing to see. I wouldn’t like to be a suspect on her watch.

The description of the derelict building is eerie and almost too uncomfortable for someone like me to read due to my phobia of rodents!! Not only could I visualise them but the sound, smell and fear almost jumped from the page. Brilliant writing but please no more!! I had nightmares after reading this.

Graphic murder scenes and the suspect profile was spine-chilling .. plenty of twists and turns along with some great insight into the team members’ private lives which all ties in nicely and keeps the book interesting. 

Ruby is desperate to catch the killer before tragedy strikes again and it is a real race against time, superb, magnificent and all-in-all frickin marvellous. I absolutely adored this book but still have goosebumps on my skin. It will be a while before I have sweet dreams again! 

Caroline gets better with each book … I can’t wait for more. 

#BlogTour #Review ~ Dreaming of Venice by @TAWilliamsBooks @canelo_co @fayerogersuk

I’m delighted to be the first stop on the tour on Publication Day for this gorgeous book. I wish Trevor a very happy day and long may he continue to provide us with such enjoyable books 🙂 x

Find love, friendship and prosecco – in the magical city of Venice.

Life is tough for Penny. A dead end job in a London café, a boyfriend in Australia (what could go wrong?) and an art career going nowhere. But then Penny is approached with an extraordinary proposition.

It isn’t going to be easy but, if she can pull it off, she will turn her life around and at long last see the fulfilment of her dream – to visit Venice. And, just maybe, find true happiness with the handsome man of her dreams.

But can dreams come true?

Title: Dreaming of Venice
Author: T. A. Williams
Release Date: 24th April 2017
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Canelo
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About the Author

My name is Trevor Williams. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…
My background, before taking up writing full time, was in teaching and I was principal of a big English language school for many years. This involved me in travelling all over the world and my love of foreign parts is easy to find in my books. I speak a few languages and my Italian wife and I still speak Italian together.

I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. My most recent books are the What happens… series. What happens in Tuscany reached #1 in the Amazon.uk Romantic Comedy chart and What Happens on the Beach, the last in the series, came out in July. Chasing Shadows is still romance, but with the added spice of a liberal helping of medieval history, one of my pet hobbies. I do a lot of cycling and I rode all the way to Santiago de Compostela on a bike a few years back. This provided both the inspiration and the background research for Chasing Shadows.
I’m originally from Exeter, and I’ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away down here in south west England. I love the place.

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My Review

I have said before Trevor is one of my favourite ‘feel-good’ authors so it comes as no surprise that I immediately leapt to read this ARC. While the cover is divine from a newbie readers viewpoint, I would read a book covered in brown paper by Trevor because you know it’s the contents within that make it magical and this story is no exception.

It begins dramatically, Penny Lane (yes, Beatles fans!) performs a brave rescue and from there her mundane life as a waitress and budding artist starts to change. She is approached by a mystery woman and rather bizarrely offered a job. Now this isn’t any ordinary employment but it has the potential for decent money and the possibility of getting Penny out of her basic accommodation and off the breadline. She immediately starts planning a trip to Australia to meet up with her boyfriend.

But things don’t go so smoothly in that direction yet Penny still dares to dream that she may make it as a big artist in Venice.

What follows is a wondrous story, full of warmth and humour especially difficult under the circumstances in places with the awful characters at times. The pleasantries of Venice shine through, it truly is a beautiful city and the descriptions are exactly as I remember it.

This is something slightly different for this author but he pulls it off tremendously and I’m delighted to report there is the suitable addition of a Labrador .. Gilbert is full of charm.

Read this and escape into a world of food, drink, sight-seeing but will Penny find love or achieve her dream? I’m being purposely vague because this is a book you will benefit from as you read it and form your own opinions. Needless to say it gets 5 stars from me.

Thanks to Trevor, Netgalley, Canelo and Faye for my ARC. I read and reviewed voluntarily