Perfect Match – Zoe May

Perfect Match
Zoe May

Can you ever find true love online?

Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys….

After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.

Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?

A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Catherine Bennetto and Rosie Blake!

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Today I am taking part in the book birthday blitz tour for Zoe May’s debut novel, Perfect Match. Happy 2nd Birthday!

This is your typical romantic comedy that has you laughing out loud from the start, think Bridget Jones, and I loved it!

Having heard great things about this novel when the opportunity came up to take part in this celebration I grabbed it. It certainly lived up to expectations, I actually enjoyed it even more than I thought I was going to.

Sophia appears to be a dating disaster, she’s tried all the apps and is ready to give up. One last attempt and she describes her ‘perfect’ man, never expecting to find him. When she does though it’s not all as it seems and maybe there is no such thing as perfect.

I felt like I was watching Sophia’s story right next her I was completely drawn into the book. Zoe’s writing is witty and it has you hooked from the start.

Sophia’s character was great and I warmed to her straight away, she felt like your best friend. The relationships she has with the supporting characters in the book, Kate, Lyn and Tom especially, shows the type of person she is and rounds out the book from just being all about the romance.

If you want a true laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, then this is the book for you!

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2019 Review and 2020 Goals

2019

2019 saw another great year for me in terms of books. I set myself a challenge of reading 40 books and I completed 48. One of my biggest goals for 2019 was to take part in blog tours. I didn’t think it would be easy to take this step, but I joined my first blog tour in February and took part in 31! This did end up being too many, I was rushing through some books because of these commitments. This year I will continue in taking part but will be more selective and time conscious when saying yes. The other goal I achieved was reading different genres, I managed to sneak some crime thrillers into my list this year, and enjoyed the change.

The other goals I set myself were to complete a Harry Potter readalong. I didn’t complete this, I read the first three before I stopped due to time and committing to the blog tours. The next time I pick up a HP book it won’t be the first one, I intend on carrying on from book four, but at the moment I don’t know when that’ll be. Another goal I didn’t complete was a 24 hour readathon. This was just because the opportunity didn’t come up but is something that I will be looking to do again, hopefully this year.

All in all it was a good year for me and I read some awesome books! My two standouts were If I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman and The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary.
Here is a list of the books that I read in 2019.

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k – Sarah Knight
3. The List that Changed my Life – Olivia Beirne
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
5. The Colour of Shadows – Phyllida Shrimpton
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
7. The Outcast Hours – Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin
8. If Only I Could Tell You – Hannah Beckerman
9. The Dinner List – Rebecca Serle
10. One Summer’s Night – Kiley Dunbar
11. The Summer off Chasing Dreams – Holly Martin
12. One Summer in Paris – Sarah Morgan
13. HIM – Clare Empson
14. Probably the Best Kiss in the World – Pernille
15. Swallowtail Summer – Erica James
16. Love Heart Lane – Christie Barlow
17. Roar – Cecelia Ahern
18. The Flat Share – Beth O’Leary
19. Second Chances for Lottie Botte
20. Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea – Jane Linfoot
21. Passport to Happiness – Carrie Stone
22. The Lies we Tell – Niki Mackay
23. Something to Live For – Richard Roper
24. Foxglove Farm – Christie Barlow
25. The Little Village of Happiness – Holly Martin
26. Five Steps to Happy – Ella Dove
27. Living My Best Li(f)e – Claire Frost
28. The Girl He Used to Know – Tracey Garvis Graves
29. Wilde Women – Louise Pentland
30. How to be Happy – Eva Woods
31. Live A Little – Madeleine Reiss
32. Christmas at Frozen Falls – Kiley Dunbar
33. Summer hates Christmas – Rachel Dove
34. Four Christmases and a Secret – Zara Stoneley
35. The Gift of Happiness – Holly Martin
36. How to Have Your Cake and Your Skinny Jeans Too – Josie Spinardi
37. Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage – Katie Ginger
38. The Family Gift – Cathy Kelly
39. The Wedding on Mistletoe Island – Sophie Pembroke
40. One Week ‘Til Christmas – Belinda Missen
41. The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch – Tom Fletcher
42. Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop – Hannah Pearl
43. Christmas in Chamonix – Sasha Wagstaff
44. What She Saw Last Night – MJ Cross
45. A Wedding in December – Sarah Morgan
46. One Day in December – Josie Silver
47. Good Vibes, Good Life – Vex King
48. The Christmas Wish List – Heidi Swain

2020

My 2020 reading goals are:
• 40 books
• Complete Lindsey Kelk’s I Heart series
• Complete a 24 hour readathon
• 1 blog tour a month

What She Saw Last Night – MJ Cross

What She Saw Last Night
MJ Cross

Jenny Bowen is going home. Boarding the Caledonian Sleeper, all she wants to do is forget about her upcoming divorce and relax on the ten-hour journey through the night.

In her search for her cabin, Jenny helps a panicked woman with a young girl she assumes to be her daughter. Then she finds her compartment and falls straight to sleep.

Waking in the night, Jenny discovers the woman dead in her cabin….but there’s no sign of the little girl. The train company have no record of a child being booked on the train, and CCTV shows the dead woman boarding alone.

The police don’t believe Jenny, and soon she tries to put the incident out of her head and tells herself that everyone else is right: she must have imagined the little girl.

But deep down, she know that isn’t the truth.

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Today is my stop on the What She Saw Last Night blog tour thanks to Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers, MJ Cross and Orion books.

As many of you will know by now I am very much a rom-com/chick-lit type of girl but every now and then I like to dip into something else. I have heard many good things about MJ Cross’ (Mason Cross) work and when this tour came up it caught my interest.

I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked right from the start and all the twists and turns the story took I was very reluctant to put the book down, I just wanted to know what would happen next.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the fast pace. The story was continually moving and you were always left guessing what would happen next. There were a couple of points where I thought things were starting to get a bit farfetched but it didn’t take away from this book at all.

The characters were great and very believable and well-rounded. Each of the characters roles were important and essential to the story and the way the viewpoint changed between a few of the characters, mainly the female protagonist, Jenny, and police officer Mike, moved the story along quickly.

This was a great crime/mystery novel. It’s available now so make sure you check it out!

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Christmas in Chamonix – Sasha Wagstaff

Christmas in Chamonix
Sasha Wagstaff

When life goes downhill…head to the snow-capped Alps for roaring fires, apres-ski and festive romance.

Lily Jackson loves Christmas. She also loves her childhood friend Jamie, but when her plan to kick-start their romance goes drastically wrong and her job gets her down, Lily decides it’s time to make changes. A job opens up in snowy Chamonix and egged on by her best friend Imogen, Lily decides to go for it.

As Lily settles in with the eccentric Devereux family at their gorgeous boutique ski hotel, she starts to confront her past. But when she meets handsome ski instructor Luc, who hates Christmas, Lily might have taken on more than she can handle.

Can Lily make a new life – with or without skis? And can she get Luc to see how truly romantic Christmas can be?

A heart-warming, feel-good romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Carole Matthews and Tilly Tennant.

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Today is the start of the Christmas in Chamonix blog tour and with big thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Sasha Wagstaff and Canelo I am very excited to take part.

What an absolute delight that Sasha has delivered us! A fantastic rom-com set in the festive town of Chamonix complete with great characters.

I absolutely loved this book. From the beginning I felt like I was absorbed into Lily’s world and was rooting for her to make these changes in her life, and found this inspiring transferring it to my own.

I think many people will be able to relate to Lily and have been in her situation or know someone who has. So to watch her get over that and rediscover herself is heart-warming.

The relationship she has with her friends, Imogen and Jamie, and family, were all relatable and they were also all great characters too. There were many more characters, such as Luc and the Devereux family, who were assets to the book.

I felt like I was transported to Chamonix as soon as Lily set foot their and like I knew the town straight away even though it’s not somewhere I had heard of before, but I certainly want to visit their now, especially at Christmas

This was a fantastic Christmas story transporting you to the ski resort of Chamonix and perfect to curl up with accompanied by a steaming mulled wine.

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Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop – Hannah Pearl

Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop
Hannah Pearl

Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Step into Romantic Daze…

Daisy Kirk is a sucker for a love story, which is why she opened up her gift shop – because there’s nothing that makes Daisy happier than when she’s helped a customer achieve their own ‘happily ever after’ by finding the perfect Christmas gift for their loved ones. And she absolutely does not just sell ‘soppy presents and frilly pants’ as her brother’s infuriating best friend, Eli, is so fond of suggesting.

The sad fact is that whilst Daisy is helping others with their love loves, hers is non-existent. But when unusual circumstances takes Daisy and Eli on a road trip from London to rural Wales, will she finally get her happily ever after to he own Christmas love story?

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Today is the first day of the Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop blog tour, and it is my stop thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Hannah Pearl and Choc Lit/Ruby.

The story of this book was so heartwarming and feel-good. And it wasn’t your typical festive rom-com, it was all of that and more. There was also lots of action and adventure.

Daisy’s story with her brother’s friend Eli was the key story to the book and it was how their relationship developed that kept me turning the page. The relationship between the characters was also great with their varying personalities, especially Ben, Daisy’s brother and her best friend Lily.

There was so much action that happened over the book that made me speed through the book wanting to know what happened next.

I did find that I didn’t get absorbed into the characters like I find I would normally, I felt like I didn’t know them quite well enough. This didn’t however stop me from enjoying the book, because I really did!

For those of you that aren’t big Christmas fans, this was only an underlying theme to the story so make sure you still pick this up!

A great story to curl up on these grey days.

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One Week ‘Til Christmas – Belinda Missen

One Week ‘Til Christmas
Belinda Missen

Two people. One chance meeting. Seven days to Christmas.

Isobel Bennett is waiting for the number 11 bus when a man quite literally falls into her lap. Snow is falling, Christmas lights are twinkling, and a gorgeous man with dark brown hair has just slipped on ice and is now pressed against Isobel.

Isobel knows she’s not imagining the chemistry between them. But then his ride arrives and, embarrassed, he beats a hasty retreat, murmuring apologies – and Isobel realises only too late that she didn’t manage to catch his name…

When she runs into him again the next morning, she decides it’s fate.

It’s a second chance for Isobel and Tom – but there’s only one week until she’s leaving London for good. Seven days of enjoying all the festive delights the city has to offer: ice-skating at Somerset House, mulled wine on the Southbank, Christmas shopping at Liberty.

There’s magic in the air and mistletoe in the trees – but what will happen when the week is over?

For fans of Josie Silver, Lucy Diamond and Marian Keyes, this one Christmas romance you won’t want to miss!

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Today is my stop on Belinda Missen’s One Week ‘Til Christmas blog tour, and I am delighted to have read this, so a big thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Belinda and HQ Digital.

What a book! An absolute Christmas delight, you felt like you were melting into a giant mug of hot chocolate whilst reading this absolutely glorious book.

For my love of a Christmas novel this ticked all the boxes; great characters, traditional Christmas activities, and a love story.

Isobel and Tom meet by chance and they spend the week leading up to Christmas together before Isobel is due to fly home. Their relationship from the off was great and you were rooting from them the whole way through.

Isobel and Tom’s relationship, although probably predictable, it was also believable. The activities they got up to also were fun bringing the comedy to the book.

What I also like about this book was that it was first-person from Isobel’s point of view. This completely transported you into London’s Christmas.

This was the perfect short Christmas rom-com.

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The Wedding on Mistletoe Island – Sophie Pembroke

The Wedding on Mistletoe Island
Sophie Pembroke

Welcome to Mistletoe Island, where dreams can come true…

The snow is falling and Fliss’s friends have arrived to celebrate her wedding for a week at Holly Cottage. It’s the perfect way to kick off her brand-new life, isn’t it?

Except Ruth wishes she was anywhere other than a remote Scottish island, Caitlin is keeping a secret from her friends, Lara is suddenly facing her ex a decade after turning down his proposal and even the bride has something to hide…

But as the friends prepare for a week to remember, will Fliss’s dream wedding go off without a hitch, or will the secrets they’ve been hiding change everything?

The perfect cosy Christmas romance to curl up with this holiday season about family, friendship and love. For fans of Jill Mansell, Sue Moorcroft and Heidi Swain.

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Today is my stop on The Wedding on Mistletoe Island blog tour and I would like to say a big thank you to Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers, Sophie Pembroke and Orion books.

This is a book that is about friendship, self-discovery and love.

Fliss and her university friends are all together for the first time in ten years on Mistletoe Island for her wedding. A lot has changed over those ten years but can they all face that truth.

I really enjoyed each of the characters and their differing personalities. I found it interesting to see how they interacted with each other in roles within their group that were created more than ten years ago and how they fell back into them once they were all back together again.

There are many secrets hiding underneath the surface no matter how much they all try and pretend otherwise.

I enjoyed following their self-discoveries, because as much as this was a romance/chick-lit novel I think this was the biggest factor of the book.

Mistletoe Island sounded divine, and picture perfect and was the perfect setting for this story to unfold.

For those who don’t enjoy full on Christmas novels, then this one is for you. It is set in the week leading up to Christmas, but the festivities aren’t a major factor in the story. I highly recommend it!

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