Seaside Hearts (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers, Book 2) By Melissa Foster

Seaside Hearts (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers, Book 2) By Melissa Foster

 

IN SEASIDE HEARTS…

Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident–except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter–and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so damn sexy and so painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s powerless to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux–the sexiest, most passionate alpha male she’s ever seen–or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

My Thoughts:

I am totally and utterly in love with these books. They keep you hooked right from the start. The characters are fun and interesting, I really liked Jenna as she loves collecting stone and has a large collection of flip-flops, which I found to be quite quirky. I have to say that this book is a little raunchy in places, but in my opinion Melissa Foster has written it brilliantly as it isn’t too much or too in your face. The story also covers alcoholism, which I think Melissa has written about really well. She manages to do it sympathetically. Really looking forward to the next book. I would definitely recommend this book.

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The Beach Hut By Veronica Henry

The Beach Hut By Veronica Henry

 

‘FOR SALE: a rare opportunity to purchase a beach hut on the spectacular Everdene Sands. “The Shack” has been in the family for fifty years, and was the first to be built on this renowned stretch of golden sand…’

Jane Milton doesn’t want to sell her beloved beach hut, which has been the heart of so many family holidays and holds so many happy memories. But when her husband dies, leaving her with an overwhelming string of debts, she has no choice but to sell.

THE BEACH HUT follows the stories of the people who own the beach huts, families who come to Everdene each year, people who fall in – or out of – love, remembering their pasts, or trying to forget them…

Veronica Henry has brilliantly drawn together the comings and goings of life at the beach huts over one long, hot, lazy summer…

My Thoughts:

I love Veronica’s books they always seem to leave a lasting impression. There are lots of characters in this book, the main one being Jane, Veronica transports us back in time so we can learn about Jane’s childhood, which was very interesting. With the other characters in this book, Veronica seems to give us a glimpse into their lives with enough information to get you hooked. I love the cover of this book it reminded me of growing up and going to the beach, there is a certain calm about it also. I have also just realised that Veronica has published ‘The Beach Hut Next Door’ in July of this year, so will be heading out to pick that one up right away. Such a delightful read from an amazing author.

 

Love Me Or Leave Me By Claudia Carroll

Love Me Or Leave Me By Claudia Carroll

 

 

Can an unhappy ending become an exciting new beginning?

Chloe Townsend was dumped at the alter. But now she’s landed an incredible job, running a brand-new boutique hotel with a difference. It’s a pioneering ‘divorce hotel’, designed to make every aspect of breaking up pain free – all in a single weekend.

No one is better qualified than Chloe to deal with relationships at crisis point. But, with three unhappy couples needing her help, she’s forced to tackle her own secret heartbreak.

Can she hold it together and prove that she’s up to the job?

My Thoughts:

This book I won on Goodreads.When reading the blurb for this book I have to say I was intrigued, the idea of a divorce hotel sounded like a fresh, intriguing idea. Throughout the book you meet a few divorce couples that have completely different characteristics and reasons for wanting a divorce but the main character is Chloe, who has had her fair share of heartbreak. A nice, light-hearted story with a unique idea that really does work.

 

Thirteen Weddings By Paige Toon

Thirteen Weddings By Paige Toon

Last year, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After a night of passion they parted ways, and Bronte returned to Australia. Now working on a picture desk for a magazine in London, Bronte is about to meet her new colleague, who turns out to be all too familiar. Although awkward at first, as Alex is now engaged to the girl he was on a break from when they met, they soon become friends. But as the two get closer, and the wedding day looms, it is clear that Alex and Bronte have unfinished business…A charming bittersweet novel from the author of The Longest Holiday.

My Thoughts:

Not having read any of Paige’s books before I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the book or not…. well what a surprise, I really don’t know why I have never read any of her books before. I loved all the characters in this story especially Lachie, who is a bit of a heart throb in my eyes. I thought I knew what was going to happen in this story but was pleasantly surprised when it didn’t. This is a truly wonderful book that will have you hooked right from the word go. A fantastic, light, chick- lit that will make you laugh. Look forward to reading all of Paige’s other books now.

Bringing the Summer By Jane Green

Bringing the Summer By Jane Green

 

It’s the lazy end of summer and Freya is about to start her A levels. Her brother Joe died a year ago, but she is slowly coming to terms with his death. She is beginning to feel ready for something new – a change. And then a railway accident brings her by chance into contact with the gorgeous Gabes. Freya is drawn not just to Gabes himself and his blond good looks, but everything about him, including his large, shambolic, warm and loving family, which seems to Freya so different to her own family of three.

And then Gabes’ clearly troubled older brother makes it clear he is interested in Freya – and Freya has some decisions to make about what she really wants.

My Thoughts:

I have read one of Jane Green’s books before and was a bit disappointed towards the end, but I have to say I enjoyed this one a little better. Great characters that you feel you may know them, fantastic little story that you just want to curl up under a blanket with. These books are part of a series but can also be read standalone, which I think is great. Jane has a brilliant way of making you feel as if you are there with her vivid images that just leap off the page. Cover looks nice and bright too. Nice, easy read, I finished it in two days.

 

A year in the life of a playground mother by Christie Barlow

A year in the life of a playground mother by Christie Barlow

A year in the life of a playground mother Ever had the pleasure of collecting your children from the school playground? Even if you haven’t this is a hilarious must read. A month by month comical tale of a young mother fighting for her place in the world against the backdrop of the Playground Mafia. As her life unfolds and she takes us through from one amusing anecdote to another the characters come to life.

There is Penelope who has a lot more going on in her life than she bargained for and Mrs Noland who has a lot less than she claims, not to mention Rupert who is a VERY busy man. With Mrs High School Musical, The International Sex God and The Frisky Pensioner, the characters are undeniably fascinating and leave you compelled to read more. Who knew one false move in the playground, one step in the wrong direction, or smile at the wrong person could lead to such complications?

The witty one liners and side splitting stories will keep you amused from beginning to end. Lively, and entertaining, a hilarious comedy that every playground mother can relate to.

My Thoughts:

This book was fabulous, such a nice light hearted read, which was very funny the whole way through. Christie has written well to include some horrifying moments but also some real laugh out loud moments. I can see many parents being able to relate to many of the incidents that happen and they will be able to see the funny side of them even if they weren’t laughing at the time. Am now looking forward to Christie’s next book.

Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista By Aven Ellis

Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista By Aven Ellis

Recent college graduate Avery Andrews is ready to begin a new life in the big city. She’s landed apartment in Chicago’s famed Lincoln Park neighbourhood-and has her eye on the cute commodity trader just a floor above.

If Premier Airlines knew about her fear of flying, they never would of hired her to be their marketing assistant – but it’s not like Avery wants a lifelong career. Right now she simply wants a job to pay her bills … and fund a few little shopping excursions, too.

Her new lifestyle comes with a price tag, as Avery is not only faced with paying a ridiculous rent but finds she’s perceived as one of the vacant, husband-hunting fashionistas  who live in the area. Avery resents this stereotype. So she doesn’t want a lifelong career, and she loves fashions she can’t afford, but that doesn’t mean she is empty-headed and spoiled does it?

When an opportunity to participate in a documentary at work arises, Avery finds a two-fold solution to her problems. She’ll earn extra money for it, and the documentary will show her as a serious career woman, enabling her to shed that husband-hunting fashionista label for good. When the camera is on, Avery attempts to be a motivated business woman. But when she is challenged by Deacon Ryan, the videographer assigned to cover her story, Avery finds herself wanting things she was never supposed to want – like a lasting career – and Deacon. And Avery might just gain more from the experience than a perfect career image and extra cash to put in her Tory Burch wallet……

 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this funny and romantic read. I found the main character Avery to be annoying at first but but the end of the book I had really warmed to her. Avery went after what she wanted and didn’t let anybody stop her. Really well written book that impressed me and had me hooked from start to finish. I hope Aven Ellis writes more books and I couldn’t put this one down.