The First Time I Saw Your Face – Hazel Osmond

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“Jennifer had it all.  But a terrible accident has taken almost everything.

Moving back home, her future isn’t looking too bright.  Until she meets Mack.

Sexy, dishevelled and just a little clumsy, he starts to make her believe that she can move on from the past and embrace life all over again.  But he has a secret he’d do anything to protect and he’ll have to betray her to keep it…”

I was lucky enough to win this book from a giveaway on Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog.  I had already read, loved and reviewed the author’s previous book Who’s Afraid of Mr Wolfe? so I was very excited to be reading this.

This is one of those books which has a title similar to a song title, this means that I end up singing that song throughout – apologies to my family for the awful noise but I just couldn’t help it, it was all the books fault ;).

I was laughing after just a few pages as Mack and his niece Gabi were introduced, their conversation included her granny, particles and the marital status of pigeons!  I was super intrigued by Mack and surprised that the author introduced him first because for some reason I had been expecting to meet Jennifer at the beginning, this wasn’t a bad thing at all and I think that it probably made me like him more than if things had been the other way round.

A silver centurion was the key to finding out a little bit more about Mack’s previous job and family life (not a pretty picture), it quickly became clear that Mack had a lot on his plate and I wanted to reach into the book and hug him – he seemed like a very huggable character at this point.

When Jennifer was brought into the equation, and in the way she was introduced, I just knew things were going to get unpleasant and that I may not want to hug Mack for much longer.  Jennifer was a lovely character and I warmed to her straight away, when I realised what her ‘affliction’ was I found myself feeling very protective towards her but also keen to find out exactly what had happened.

Jennifer and her celebrity cousin, Cress, had a wonderful telephone relationship, I particularly enjoyed their way of talking in code just in case someone was listening in!

Mack was very perceptive and I couldn’t believe how well he played his new persona, Matt Harper.  I was torn by this because although I felt really annoyed by what he was doing, I also understood his reasons for doing it.  His first meeting with Jennifer didn’t go as I had expected but I’m glad the author wrote it in that way – I think it made it more believable.

There were so many parts of this book that I enjoyed: the drama club and all the characters who took part in it, Mack’s visit to the farm was rather amusing, Mack’s funny inner thoughts and Jennifer’s co-workers at the library were fantastic – thanks to one co-worker in particular I will always associate peaches with the very sexy Mack :).

I loved the farming and countryside atmosphere of the book (sheep poop included), this was something I hadn’t expected but could relate to easily with my own experiences of farming and countryside living.

The story got rather intense towards the end with a few shocks thrown in and there were times when I couldn’t decide which way I thought it would go.  I felt desperately sad for Jennifer as she went through so many ups and downs and didn’t know which way to turn.

The author’s witty style of writing made this book very easy to read, the sensitive subjects that were dealt with in this book were well written and accurate, Hazel managed to capture real life in a wonderfully entertaining way.  The message that you should never judge a book by its cover shone through beautifully.

Another fantastic read, touching but funny and romantic too – this is a book that I would definitely recommend.

The First Time I Saw Your Face can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Hazel Osmond visit her website.

Who’s Afraid of Mr Wolfe? – Hazel Osmond

Ellie Somerset loves her career-obsessed boyfriend Sam and she loves her job as an advertising copywriter. But Sam is always at work and her fresh ideas keep being overlooked. 

Her life gets more complicated when new boss Jack Wolfe – Heathcliff in Jeans – arrives at the agency. With his brooding good looks, trademark scowl and plans for change, he challenges Ellie to smarten up and prove herself. 

To Ellie’s horror, she finds herself both repelled and attracted to the sexy and dangerous Jack. But this particular wolf has an awful lot to hide…”

I bought this eBook from Amazon after receiving a recommendation from Sharon at Jera’s Jamboree. I’m so glad she brought it to my attention because it was a fantastic book, another one day read in fact!

Before the story began it says “To everyone who likes to have the last word …” and this made me smile because I’ve been told many times that I always have to have the last word, I felt like I was meant to read this book.

Mr Wolfe (Jack) is a wonderful character with so many good and bad points that made me fall in love with him one minute and despise him the next.  He’s good-looking, isn’t afraid to say what he thinks and is a womanizing bad-boy – the kind of man I always like to read about!

I liked Ellie’s quick wit and determination, she ends up in some awkward situations but still manages to keep calm.  I particularly enjoyed a moment near the beginning where she is buying her lunch and a discussion about melons and tails ends up with Ellie cringing in embarrassment.  There is also a rather fun ‘Thong Song’ that you must look out for if you read this – it had me laughing out loud.

Ellie and Jack don’t get off to the best of starts but soon things take a different direction.  There is a fine line between love and hate and the sexual tension throughout the story is palpable.  I had kind of guessed how things would end up for them both but I enjoyed the journey nonetheless, in fact a couple of the twists and turns made me wonder if I had got it all wrong.

Aside from all the fun and games going on between Ellie and Jack there were also a couple of really lovely moments between Ellie and her Aunt Edith, this was one of the reasons I had tears running down my face near the end.  Another emotional moment for me was finding out the truth behind Jack’s past and the reason he behaved like he did.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and unputdownable book that I would highly recommend.

To find out more about Hazel Osmond visit her website here.