Finding Cinderella By Colleen Hoover

Finding Cinderella By Colleen Hoover

A novella about the search for happily ever after.

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love has conditions: they agree it will last only one hour, and it will be only make-believe. When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them seemed perfect only because they were pretending it was.

Moments like that happen only in fairy. One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in love-at-first-sight is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Unfortunately for Daniel, finding true love doesn’t guarantee a happily ever after . . . it only further threatens it. Will an unbearable secret from the past jeopardize Daniel and Six’s only chance at saving each other?

My Thoughts:

This is a story about Daniel and Six, as teenagers they stumble across each other and instantly hit it off but it can’t last and Six rushes off just like Cinderella. Daniel cannot think about anything other than Six, fast forward a year and when with his friends he meets Six, could this be his Cinderella? can they both help to save one another? Even though this is a short story so much is packed into it. I read it in half a day. It is such a real story and Colleen once again has worked her magic by making it relatable and being sensitive. It was predictable but it was still a joy to read.

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A Long Shadow ( An Antonia Conti Thriller Book one) By David Beckler

A Long Shadow ( An Antonia Conti Thriller Book one) By David Beckler

The constant threat of terrorism has left London under round-the-clock surveillance and in the tightening grip of privatised security firms. Journalist Antonia Conti suspects one such organisation—GRM—not only of being behind several women’s disappearances, but of financing the widespread violence it claims to fight.

When a gang of hitmen use rampant state surveillance to track Antonia down, she narrowly escapes with her life. But then one of them turns up dead—covered in her DNA—and Antonia finds herself the prime suspect in his murder.

DS Russell Chapman needs to bring her in. But evidence that Antonia has been framed quickly stacks up and when a personal grudge between her and GRM’s shadowy head of security is revealed, he begins an uncomfortable partnership with her.

Together, the pair delve beneath the surface of the corporate machine and soon find themselves embroiled in a dark and violent underworld even they had barely dared imagine. Will they find the evidence to bring GRM down? And can they keep Antonia’s name off the list of missing women?

My Thoughts:

This is the first book in the Antonia Conti thriller Series, and was absolutely brilliant. It is a fast paced thriller that will keep you hooked until the very last page. Antonia Conti is the main character but we also get to meet some other characters that are all interesting. I loved the way the story flows and how much research David the author must of put into it is incredible. I had no clue what the outcome of this story was and was shocked by the ending. It is a heart stopping and engrossing thriller and one that I cannot wait to read more of.

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1989 By Val McDermid

1989 By Val McDermid

1989. The world is on the brink of revolution and journalist Allie Burns is a woman on a mission. When she discovers a lead about the exploitation of society’s most vulnerable, Allie is determined to investigate and give voice to the silenced.

Elsewhere, a ticking clock begins the countdown to a murder. As Allie begins to connect the dots and edges closer to exposing the truth, it is more shocking than she ever imagined. There’s nothing like a killer story, and to tell it, Allie must risk her freedom and her life . . .

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Allie Burns series, it can be read as a standalone but if you want more of the background of the characters I would recommend reading the other book first. It is all about Allie who is always on a mission, her job as a journalist is to hunt down the truth and she will get the truth come hell or high water. Allie is one determined and strong woman and she takes it upon herself to find out the truth, but can she do it without coming to any harm? The story flowed well, it was a little slow and I didn’t find I had a connection with any of the characters but it was ok and I finished it.

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

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The Next To Die ( A Dylan Kaspar Thriller) By Elliot Sweeney

The Next To Die ( A Dylan Kaspar Thriller) By Elliot Sweeney

Dylan Kasper is stuck. Living in self-imposed reclusion from his former life in the police, he’s been in a downward spiral since his daughter’s death five years ago.

All that changes when the son of an esteemed professor jumps under an inner-city train. His former colleagues call it suicide, but Kasper knows different. This has all happened before – to him, and his dead daughter.

Taking on the investigation himself, Kasper soon realises the terrible trouble young Tommy had found himself in. With nowhere to run, he thought suicide was the only way to keep his family safe.

But before long, Kasper’s investigation makes him target number one. Can he keep his demons in check and stay alive long enough to bring those responsible to justice?

My Thoughts:

This story is all about Dylan Kasper and his life, he used to be in the police and has really had a tough life after losing his daughter a few years back. But when he meets Tommy his life changes and when tragedy strikes he decides to investigate and finds out something truly shocking. It started off slow but then the pace picked up and kept me guessing after each chapter what would happen next. I read this book in a day and just didn’t want to put it down. This was such a fantastic read and I just found out it is a debut novel, This is an author who everyone needs to keep on their radar.

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The Only Suspect By Louise Candlish

The Only Suspect By Louise Candlish

There’s the obvious story. And then there’s the truth.
 
Alex lives a comfortable life with his wife Beth in the leafy suburb of Silver Vale. Fine, so he’s not the most outgoing guy on the street, he prefers to keep himself to himself, but he’s a good husband and an easy-going neighbour.
 
That’s until Beth announces the creation of a nature trail on a local site that’s been disused for decades and suddenly Alex is a changed man. Now he’s always watching. Questioning. Struggling to hide his dread . . .
 
As the landscapers get to work, a secret threatens to surface from years ago, back in Alex’s twenties when he got entangled with a seductive young woman called Marina, who threw both their lives into turmoil.
 
And who sparked a police hunt for a murder suspect that was never quite what it seemed.
 
And it still isn’t.

My Thoughts:

Louise’s books always have a way of pulling the reader in from the first page and this book was exactly the same. I liked the sound of the plot and I couldn’t wait to be captivated by this intriguing sounding story. I was excited to learn more about the residents in Silver Vale and why after a nature trail on a local site is being made why all of a sudden is Alex started to become shifty and unlike himself. What does he have to hide? we see the story unravelling and Alex becoming more fret through out the rest of the story. I was enthralled with this story and did not want to put it down. With Louise’s books you can always expect a top notch thriller that will pull you in.

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Champagne At Seven By Toni Glickman ( Bitches of Fifth Avenue

Champagne At Seven By Toni Glickman ( Bitches of Fifth Avenue

Olivia Wyatt, a mid-40s, rich Washingtonian who beautifully plays the part of mother, socialite, philanthropist, wife, and Stepford cut-out doll in the chardonnay and whiskey-wrapped superficial world in which she lives. Her exclusive last minute D.C. dinner party didn’t quite end how she had anticipated. Tragic news was served up late night instead of her planned dessert of luscious and blissful black forest cake. Olivia and her daughter, Gwynnie, suddenly need to rebuild their lives—and themselves.

Olivia reluctantly moves from her Georgetown high society personal battlefield back to New York City, and is on the prowl for work, only to find herself fighting in the trenches of a new, more intense luxury retail sales war. She dodges designer landmines in her new job as a high-end personal shopper—which only catapults her into a fifth gear spin cycle of anxiety, insanity and toxicity. She is now working alongside Bitches of Fifth Avenue in a gut-wrenching and nerve-wracking struggle to maintain her sanity, and her bank account. Olivia needs to find her way, and fast, before she loses her mind—and her job.

My Thoughts:

I normally tend to stay away from this kind of read but I decided to give it a go and I am glad I did. I thought it was not bad. We meet Olivia who is a woman of many talents and being rich helps. We get to see the behind the scenes of the fashion world. There were many cringy moments but also some funny parts too which helped. With the descriptions that the author Toni provided you can really get a sense of each other characters. It was not a bad read but one that I would question if I would read again.

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Confess By Colleen Hoover

Confess By Colleen Hoover

At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

My Thoughts:

Another of Colleen’s books that I was a big fan of. I love how Colleen’s books always transports me to another world, I don’t have to think about my current situation, I can read about someone else’s world. This book was about Auburn and she is having a really tough time, she has lost the most important person in her life but she wants to prove to herself and everyone that she can be a good role model. It is a tough situation for her but when she stumbles across a art studio she meets Owen, the click the moment they set eyes on each other but Owen has a secret and it could jeopardise them being together, will he confess. Such a good read. Would highly recommend.

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Bobby and Bubba’s Small Adventure By Anthony Coombs

Bobby and Bubba’s Small Adventure By Anthony Coombs

The biggest celebrity cult since ‘Made in Chelsea’Bob Marley and Roman Abramovich, the two brothers have already appeared on TV, magazines and their own Instagram page without letting on just how really naughty they are.

These are their little stories…written for children of all ages, particularly if you’re a parent looking for a way to break the vice-like grip of the iPhone and the internet on growing minds. They’re lovable, funny, poignant and even a tiny bit exciting – much like Bobby and Bubba themselves. Hope you love them as much as we all do!

My Thoughts:

This was such a lovely story about two British Bulldogs called Bobby and Bubba, they really made me smile and laugh with things that they get up to. The reader gets a great insight into the world of two dogs and we can sense their taste of freedom and the naughty things they get up to. I don’t think this book is just for children as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it will teach children about the consequences of what they do but in a fun way. I loved these two very much.

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The Chanteuse from Cape Town By John Constable

The Chanteuse from Cape Town By John Constable

This gripping tale of intrigue and betrayal takes readers on a breakneck journey as Private Investigator Sol Nemo takes on South Africa’s underworld.

When rich but troubled PI, Sol Nemo, learns of the kidnap of his friend’s wife, he instinctively responds to the call for help. Little does he realise that he is soon to become embroiled in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. At a botched exchange, Sol is shot and the kidnappers escape, leading to a dramatic game of cat and mouse in which a world of corruption and casual violence is gradually exposed to the light of day.

This intriguing tale of murder and revenge is set against the backdrop of South Africa’s breathtaking landscapes and the vibrant cities of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. As the story unfolds, Sol is forced to wrestle with bouts of crippling anxiety, a cast of duplicitous characters, and an uncertain love life, while his mixed race heritage often leaves him straddling two different cultures and finding himself at home in neither.

My Thoughts:

I love reading books that are set somewhere completely different especially places like South Africa where I would love to visit one day. This is a crime fiction read that is set in South Africa with a very intriguing main character called Sol Nemo. I like how fast paced and involved I felt in this read, I liked how the story unfolded with a few turns. I liked getting to know Sol Nemo and I hope to see more of him in the future. I loved reading about the descriptions of such a beautiful place too.

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The Wife Next Door By Amanda Brooke

The Wife Next Door By Amanda Brooke

How well do you know the people closest to you?

It’s not just secrets buried in the garden next door…

Jane doesn’t know her new neighbours very well.

She thought they were nice. She thought they were happy.

She was wrong.

First there’s the explosive rows. Then she catches one of them digging a grave-shaped trench in the garden.

When the truth emerges, someone would kill to cover their tracks…

My Thoughts:

I knew this was going to be a good thriller but I didn’t realise just how good it was going to be. Amanda is a new author to me, so I couldn’t wait to start reading it. I liked the sound of the plot and the book moved at a great pace for me. I didn’t want to put it down and I felt as though I was so caught up in the story and I couldn’t wait to see what the outcome would be. I felt as though I was on a thrilling ride throughout the story and then there is an almighty twist that you would of never seen coming. Wow is all I have to say about that. Amanda is definitely going to be on my radar from now on.

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