One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot

Published by Bookouture in September 2015

Christmas: it’s the most wonderful time of the year…to fall in love

The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish… to start over.

With her daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for adventure. But there’s more to New York than twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has her own Christmas wish – to find her real dad.

While Hayley tries to fulfil her daughter’s wish, she crosses paths with billionaire Oliver Drummond. Restless and bored with fast living, there’s something intriguing about him that has Hayley hooked.

Can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might come true – could A New York Christmas turn into a New York Forever?

Travel to the Big Apple this Christmas and join Hayley and Oliver as they realise life isn’t just about filling the minutes… it’s about making every moment count.”

MY REVIEW

Some of you may already know this, but I love Christmas. I also love Mandy Baggot’s writing (reviews here) so buying this eBook was a bit of a no-brainer for me!

I was quickly drawn into the storyline. Having a 9-year-old daughter myself meant that I could relate to Hayley and Angel’s relationship easily.

Oliver intrigued me, he clearly had a lot on his mind and this led to a few worrying incidents. Oliver’s issues throughout the book gave me mixed emotions – part of me felt very frustrated with him and another part of me just wanted to reach into the book and give him a hug.

Travelling to New York was tense for Hayley but there was definitely a spark of excitement rolling off the page and I soon found out why. Speaking of New York, I’ve never actually been but by the time I had finished reading I kind of felt like I had thanks to Mandy’s fab descriptions.

I really loved how Hayley and Oliver’s paths kept crossing, for me it added some zing to the romantic atmosphere. These characters had an amazing connection even when there were some bumps in the road, their banter was brilliant to read and felt very real. If you’re looking for some classic Mandy Baggot comedy then this is definitely the book for you, I laughed and smiled so many times whilst reading this book.

As I headed towards the finish line I found myself on edge, waiting for a result that would seriously impact the way this book ended. I don’t want to give too much away so all I’ll say is that there were tears on my cheeks as I read the final few pages – happy or sad tears I hear you ask. You’ll just have to find out for yourself!

One Wish in Manhattan was utterly addictive to read, I kept insisting that I’d read ‘just one more page’ and before I knew it I was another ten pages along. Hayley’s enchanting story will stay in my mind for a long time.

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Truly Madly Greekly by Mandy Baggot

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                  Published in May 2015

“Capable, confident and career-driven, Ellen had her dream job and a marriage proposal from boyfriend Ross. Life was good, her future set. Until it wasn’t and everything fell apart…

Whisked off to the beautiful island of Corfu to plan her sister Lacey’s big, fat, Greek wedding, Ellen is hoping some time out will help clear her head and heal her heart. But letting go of her past is not going to be easy.

With Lacey in full on Bridezilla mode, Ellen is soon distracted from her own problems. And when the all-inclusive treats on offer at hotel Blue Vue include one gorgeous, brooding Adonis – Yan – Ellen finds him difficult to resist.

But Ellen isn’t looking for love or lust, or anything involving too much ouzo…or is she?”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review. If you’re a regular reader of Me, My Books and I then you’ll know how much I enjoy Mandy’s books – I was really looking forward to getting stuck into her latest offering!

An intriguing start filled my mind with questions. I was so curious about Ellen and Yan because they both seemed to be harbouring secrets and the mystery surrounding them was something that kept me coming back for more. Their interactions with each other were sometimes quite hostile and I loved this, I think I’ve mentioned before that I love a couple who don’t get on but deep down they actually like each other – kinda romantic isn’t it.

I can’t write this review without mentioning Lacey, what a character, I LOVED her! She pretty much said whatever was going through her mind at the time and this made her super entertaining for me. I would love to read a Lacey-inspired story. The bond between Ellen and Lacey was beautifully written and oh so real. There was no pretending they had the perfect relationship, it was all about capturing the best and worst sisterly moments that made it feel so genuine and such a pleasure to read.

The descriptions of Corfu were wonderful, I could practically feel the sun shining through the words. There was plenty of fun in the sun and lots of laugh out loud moments – my absolute favourite words were “keyboard buttons for breasts”, make of that what you will but it certainly made me choke on my Slim Fast shake!

The epilogue brought a mixture of smiles and happy tears. I also took away an important message from the story – a problem shared is a problem halved, bottling things up doesn’t help anyone.

This was a fun read with plenty of drama and sunshine, perfect material to brighten up a dull day.

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Breaking the Ice by Mandy Baggot

Breaking the ice

“When routine driven box office assistant Samantha Smith meets the stars of ‘Skating on Broadway’ her life is turned upside down. Immediately attracted to lead skater Jimmy Lloyd, Samantha does her best to deny her feelings. But when all you can do is burst out laughing and hyperventilate every time you’re under pressure, keeping things under wraps is a hard task. 
 
When the future of her beloved Civic Hall is threatened Samantha must rise to the challenge to ensure its survival. 
 
Constantly scrutinised and criticised by her zany sister Cleo and her brogue wearing boyfriend Jeremy, can Samantha save her job, save the Civic Hall and stop her panic attacks just long enough to give away her heart?”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank Janice from Loveahappyending for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review. If you are a regular reader of Me, My Books and I you will know that I’m a big fan of Mandy’s books so I really couldn’t wait to get started on this one – from the blurb it sounded like another hit and I’m pleased to say that it most definitely was!

Getting to know Samantha was interesting for me because I seemed to have quite a few things in common with her – organised, liked her own company, not interested in shopping (unless it involved books) and most of all completely tongue-tied when trying to have a conversation with someone.  There were times when her awkwardness and spectacular meltdowns made me cringe, especially as I could totally understand how she felt.  I liked being able to relate to the main character in this way though because it made it so easy to jump into the storyline.

At twenty-four years old Samantha’s sex life surprised me, this side of things was a real source of fascination for me and I loved how the author described her feelings on the issue.

The first time Samantha and Jimmy Lloyd met was rather amusing and soon led to more uncomfortable scenes for Samantha. Jimmy made her very nervous and the result was a mixture of awkward conversations and funny situations that entertained me throughout.  Jimmy was a wonderful character who was super easy to develop a crush on, the way he handled Samantha was particularly endearing.  The romance that followed was gentle yet exciting and kept me flicking through the pages to see if it would end how I hoped it would.

When Samantha’s world seemed to be crashing down around her I must admit that I expected her to react differently but I really admired the way she dealt with it all.  A scene involving a wedding dress mannequin and a key was a particular favourite of mine so look out for that when you read this book.

As I have come to expect from Mandy’s writing I was utterly captivated from start to finish, she has the wonderful ability to draw the reader into the story and make you feel part of it – I just didn’t want it to end!

This was a heart-warming read that left me smiling.

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Made In Nashville by Mandy Baggot

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Published by Harper Impulse in February 2014.

“An on-stage attack left Honor Blackwood with more scars than just the one on her face. It’s been ten years since she left her spot as Nashville’s brightest country music star. Is now the time to return? And is she brave enough to do it?

Country rebel and rock star, Jared ‘Jed’ Marshall is hot property on the Tennessee music scene in more ways than one. He’s wild, he’s sexy and everybody wants a piece of him. But when he sets his sights on Honor, is it pure attraction or just distraction on his mind?

Honor’s record label sign the ex-boyfriend that dumped her and suddenly going back to her old life is harder than she thought. And when a secret from the past becomes public knowledge it’s no longer just about the music… Are all the people in her life lying to her to get what they want?

Join the country scene to find out!”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.  I’m a big fan of Mandy’s writing (reviews here) and I always look forward to her new releases, this was no exception and I’m pleased to say that it did not disappoint!

I quickly found myself lost in the storyline, Mandy’s words pulled me in and wouldn’t let go.  The first couple of pages were so intriguing that I just needed to know exactly what had happened to Honor. The intrigue continued throughout as the many twists and turns kept me glued to the pages.

I wasn’t sure if I liked Jed to begin with but it didn’t take long to fall in love with him and his passion for music.  I really enjoyed reading from his point of view, when it became clear that he was keeping a big secret from his past I came up with all sorts of scenarios!

Honor seemed so sad and broken at the start and I was keen to see how, or if, she would be able to put herself back together. Everything seemed to happen very naturally, particularly Jed and Honor’s relationship which was intense but so beautifully written.  The sexual tension between the two of them was hot and felt incredibly real.

The musical side of the storyline was fantastic, especially the touching lyrics which I really enjoyed.  As I was reading I could almost hear the angelic voice of Honor and sexy voice of Jed in my mind – Mandy really brought these characters to life for me!

I was hit by surprise after surprise, particularly towards the end of the book and as always with Mandy’s books it was such a pleasure to read, before I knew it I was reading the epilogue (which I absolutely loved by the way).  

This was a romantic, musical treat with an edge of mystery – another Mandy Baggot masterpiece!

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Do You Remember? – Mandy Baggot

Do you remember

“First Love. First Loss. Last chance?

2005 was the most traumatic year of Emma Barron’s life. It was the year her mother died and the year she met Guy Duval. Eight years on, she’s an English teacher with a doting boyfriend and a young son. Life’s been hard but now it’s comfortable. She’s settled and content…so why would she risk it all for another chance with the man that broke her heart?

Guy’s an international renowned footballer newly signed to a top UK team. But behind the confident facade is a man determined to drown the horrors from his childhood with fame, success and money.

Unable to confide in her best friend, Ally, Emma tries to hold her life together as her heart is pulled apart. Did she turn her back on love too soon?

Neither of them know what really happened on 5 September 2005 and as events are slowly revealed can anyone cope with the truth?”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.  If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you’ll know just how much I enjoy Mandy’s books and this was no exception, I was captivated by Emma and Guy’s story and read it from start to finish in just a few hours (it was a very late night for me :)).  I couldn’t stop reading, I simply had to know what happened in 2005 to cause so much heartache!

The story began in France with a lovely encounter between the young Emma and Guy, I was given some brief details about the death of Emma’s mother and this made me feel quite protective of her very quickly.  The present day Emma seemed to be settled but not entirely happy when her past was suddenly brought back to her – this sent a wave of questions crashing through my mind and so began my quest to find out the truth about 5 September 2005.

The storyline alternated between the present day and 2005, I was treated to snippets of the time Emma and Guy spent together in France and this meant that I gradually connected all the dots to get the full picture at the end of the book.  I always enjoy reading both sides of the story so getting inside Guy’s head and knowing his thoughts was particularly exciting for me, especially seeing as he was a hot, sexy French footballer.

Towards the end there were little moments that suggested something sinister had taken place, this side of the storyline was unexpected but riveting – by this point I was desperate to find out what the big secret was!  As always with Mandy’s books there was a lighter side so I laughed and smiled many times throughout, I just loved that everything was ‘on skis’ and have already found myself saying it to my children (this will make complete sense when you read the book :D).

Mandy has the natural ability to capture you and pull you into the storyline so that it feels like you’re there alongside the characters and this is one of the reasons I enjoy her books so much, it makes my reading experience much more exciting.

This was a captivating read filled with romance and secrets, another hit for the fabulous Mandy Baggot!

Do You Remember? is published by Harper Impulse and is available to buy from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

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Public Property – Mandy Baggot

Public property

“Freya Johnson is back and life is good!

Having sold her photography studio in the UK, she’s now living the American dream, engaged to Hollywood film star, Nicholas Kaden. Finally her past is behind her and the only way is up – as long as she’s regularly fed takeaway food!

But with a wedding to plan and a whole heap of charity work to organise, she could do without the reappearance of her childhood sweetheart, Jonny Sanders. He’s rich, he’s better looking than she remembers and he reminds her of all those times she’d rather forget.

When a flippant comment made during a hospital visit ends up as headline news, suddenly everything is in turmoil and Freya’s life is in danger!

Could her past be coming back to haunt her?  Who is sending her hate mail?  And where the hell are her ‘Wild Wednesday’ pants?”

I got this eBook when it was available as a free download from Amazon (current price £1.53).  It is the sequel to Excess All Areas (my review here) which I really enjoyed so I was excited to find out what Freya and Nicholas were up to now!

I was absorbed by the story straight away, it felt like only yesterday that I had read the previous book because I found it so easy to remember it all.  The blast from Freya’s past came early on in the book, this was a fantastic twist in my opinion and kept me glued to the pages as I waited to see what would happen.  The information that Jonny gave Freya sent her reeling and from that moment she seemed to fall apart a little bit.  But there was lots more to come…

Freya’s feisty nature shone through once again and her witty banter entertained me throughout, but when her life became complicated she didn’t handle it in a good way.  I found myself feeling frustrated by her actions particularly where hospitals were concerned.  About halfway through the book things took a sinister turn, this was a great part of the story because it added some heart-pounding mystery and intrigue.

Later on came a real ‘oh my goodness’ moment which completely shocked me, I certainly hadn’t seen that one coming!  It was something that I knew would affect Freya in a big way and I felt concerned for her.  What followed was a scary time and although I had guessed who was responsible for what had been going on I enjoyed it nonetheless.

As I have come to expect from this author the writing was addictive and pulled me in so that I was unable to stop reading, this made it another one day read to add to the list.

Public Property was a great read that entertained me from start to finish, I would definitely recommend it!

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Security – Mandy Baggot – Winner!

Security

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