Unexpected Lessons in Love By Lucy Dillon

Unexpected Lessons in Love By Lucy Dillon

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What happens when ‘I do’ turns into ‘I don’t know’?

Jeannie always wanted to fall in love, and now she’s finally got the whirlwind romance she dreamed of. Dan’s gorgeous, he’s a successful young vet, and he flew her to New York and proposed on Brooklyn Bridge. Jeannie has to remind herself this is actually her life. It seems too perfect, too magical, to be real. Yet it is.

But now she’s on her way to the wedding she can’t shake off the tight sensation crushing her chest. Is it just nerves . . . or is this all happening a bit too fast?

Jeannie has one last chance to shout, ‘Stop!’ But just as she grabs it, a twist of fate throws everything she knows into the air like confetti. What Jeannie learns about Dan, about her own heart, and about the power of love itself, will change her world for ever . . .

My Thoughts:

A unusual love story but one that had me hooked. I love how the story grew within the pages of the book and we saw more of the characters come to light. The main focus of the story is to do with Jeannie and her fiancee Dan, but on the side there is a smaller story about puppy farming which I found sad but interesting. It makes you think if your making a decision whether to go with your head or your head. I liked the relationship Jeannie had with her father as it reminded me of my relationship with my dad. This book makes you think if you were in Jeannie’s situation what would you do?

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unexpected-Lessons-Love-Lucy-Dillon-ebook/

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unexpected-Lessons-Love-Lucy-Dillon

You Beneath Your Skin By Damyanti Biswas

You Beneath Your Skin By Damyanti Biswas

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LIES. AMBITION. FAMILY.

It’s a dark, smog-choked new Delhi winter. Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan juggles her job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is in a long-standing affair with ambitious police commissioner Jatin Bhatt – an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives.

Jatin’s home life is falling apart: his handsome and charming son is not all he appears to be, and his wife has too much on her plate to pay attention to either husband or son. But Jatin refuses to listen to anyone, not even the sister to whom he is deeply attached.

Across the city there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags, faces and bodies disfigured by acid. And as events spiral out of control Anjali is horrifyingly at the centre of it all …

In a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the tip of the iceberg. Together with Anjali he must confront old wounds and uncover long-held secrets before it is too late.

My Thoughts:

After I had read this book and found out it was this authors debut novel I couldn’t believe it. It is a chilling novel that has broken and dysfunctional families, drug abuse, betrayal and horrible violence in it. It was written well and quite descriptive when reading about these poor women who have gone through acid attacks and what had happened to them physically. I think this book will stay with me for a while and this author is definitely a must to watch out for in the future.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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All author proceeds for the book go to @projectwhydelhi and @stopacidattacks

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/YOU-BENEATH-YOUR-SKIN-Contemporary-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beneath-Your-Skin-Damyanti-Biswas

Blood Orange By Harriet Tyce

Blood Orange By Harriet Tyce

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Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems…

Just one more night. Then I’ll end it.

Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.

I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.

Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.

I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.

But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything….

My Thoughts:

I was looking forward to reading this book after hearing all they hype about it and it certainly did not disappoint, it has everything you want from a fast paced thriller. A couple of the twists I guessed but it didn’t put me off, I wanted to find out the ending. I thought Alison was a bit like marmite, some people may like her and some may not. I found myself not liking Alison for what she was doing but being fond of her. The story is tense and I couldn’t believe it is a debut novel. A story like this is definitely film worthy I think.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Orange-Harriet-Tyce-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Orange-most-heart-pounding-thriller

The Secretary By Renee Knight

The Secretary By Renee Knight

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She knows all your secrets. But will she keep them?

Look around you. Who holds the most power in the room? Is it the one who speaks loudest, who looks the part, who has the most money, who commands the most respect?

Or perhaps it’s someone like Christine Butcher: a meek, overlooked figure, who silently bears witness as information is shared and secrets are whispered. Someone who quietly, perhaps even unwittingly, gathers together knowledge of the people she’s there to serve – the ones who don’t notice her, the ones who consider themselves to be important.

There’s a fine line between loyalty and obsession. And when someone like Christine Butcher is pushed to her limit, she might just become the most dangerous person in the room . . .

My Thoughts:

The first half of this book I found rather slow but more than halfway through it got better, it is all about a secretary who is more than just a secretary. It is about how she gets pushed to her limit, how her family life suffers and also her mental wellbeing. It is a very well thought out story but for me it didn’t hold my attention for long enough.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secretary-Ren%C3%A9e-Knight-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secretary-Ren%C3%A9e-Knight

 

The Choice By Claire Wade

The Choice By Claire Wade

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Imagine a world where…

Everything you ate was monitored by the government.
Every step you took was counted.
Your children were weighed every day at school.
Neighbours reported on neighbours and no one was safe from judgement.
Sugar was illegal, and baking was a crime.

Imagine if that world was here… What would you do?

Toe the line or fight for your freedom…

My Thoughts:

This was an interesting topic to read about, it made me think about the alternative life without sugar and could I possibly do it? I think the author has nailed the female characters as when reading you feel something for them and want their problems to go away. All the time I was reading this book I just wanted to bake or eat something with lots of sugar in it. A fantastic debut novel.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Choice-gripping-thought-provoking-story-need-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Choice-Claire-Wade

The Assistant By S. K. Tremayne

The Assistant By S. K. Tremayne

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She watches you constantly.
Newly divorced Jo is delighted to move into her best friend’s spare room almost rent-free. The high-tech luxury Camden flat is managed by a meticulous Home Assistant, called Electra, that takes care of the heating, the lights – and sometimes Jo even turns to her for company.

She knows all your secrets.
Until, late one night, Electra says one sentence that rips Jo’s fragile world in two: ‘I know what you did.’ And Jo is horrified. Because in her past she did do something terrible. Something unforgivable.

Now she wants to destroy you.
Only two other people in the whole world know Jo’s secret. And they would never tell anyone. Would they? As a fierce winter brings London to a standstill, Jo begins to understand that the Assistant on the shelf doesn’t just want to control Jo; it wants to destroy her.

My Thoughts:

Wow what a unique story, the story centres around Jo and if she is going mad or is it the assistants? I found this read creepy and unnerving as I think anyone would do if they have a home hub in their home. Some things with these home hubs just don’t sit right with me. I couldn’t for the life of me work out where this story was going to lead and with Jo’s paranoia I wondered what would happen to her and her state of mind. The book is dark and by the final few chapters gets darker and a secret comes out that I couldn’t believe.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Assistant-gripping-original-psychological-thriller-ebook

hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Assistant-S-K-Tremayne

 

I Dare You By Sam Carrington

I Dare You By Sam Carrington

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Mapledon, 1989
Two little girls were out playing a game of dares. Only one returned home.
The ten-year-old told police what she saw: village loner Bill ‘Creepy’ Cawley dragged her friend into his truck and disappeared.
No body was found, but her testimony sent Cawley to prison for murder. An open and shut case, the right man behind bars.
The village could sleep safe once again.

Now…
Anna thought she had left Mapledon and her nightmares behind but a distraught phone call brings her back to face her past.
30 years ago, someone lied. 30 years ago, the man convicted wasn’t the only guilty party.
Now he’s out of prison and looking for revenge. The question is, who will he start with?

My Thoughts:

I hadn’t read any of Sam’s books before so was pleasantly surprised how much this story gripped me. It goes from past to present and is about two little girls that live in a village, when something happens to one of them everyone believes its the village loner who was responsible, but was it? Back to the present and Anna is trying to find out who it really was. This book had me firmly gripped and intrigued.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dare-You-gripping-thriller-bestseller-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sam-Carrington-Untitled-Book-3