Quintessentially Yours by Linn B Halton

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Published by Endeavour Press in August 2015.

“James Kingman’s world just got complicated. The love of his life, Katherine Dale, has just given birth to their first child. His troublesome business manager, Phillipa, is sexually harassing him at work. His boss proposes a partnership which would double his workload. With so much on his plate, how will James cope?

Plagued by the unexpected exhaustion of having a baby who suffers from colic, he tries his best to hold his family together. Despite growing up without a mother and a neglectful father, James is a natural-born father.

Katherine, however, is struggling. Dejected and rejected, Katherine battles with her hormones as her writing career begins to slip away from her. She not only doubts her capabilities as a writer but as a mother too. Katherine confides in James’ boss, the enigmatic and world-famous astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas, and he puts her in touch with his agent. Things start to look up for the writer, as her latest work attracts attention from several publishers, but her trips to Mark’s hotel attract attention too…

Suspicion is aroused and photographs are snapped.

Is there any truth to last year’s rumours of an affair between the pair? If not, then why is Katherine visiting Mark in secret? Will James be able to resist the advances of his seductive colleague?

Will the tangled trio be able to avoid scandal in the stars?”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and share my honest opinion. This is the sequel to Under The Stars (my review of which can be found here) but it can also be read as a standalone romcom.

LINN

Catching up with Katherine and James was like meeting up with old friends again after a long break, their lives had changed quite dramatically (as it always does when a baby comes along) and I was keen to see how they would cope with the changes. Their story was retold beautifully in the first few pages so I was easily able to slip back into their world.

Linn captured the mood of the first few months of parenthood perfectly. Those days of joy blended with utter exhaustion and confusion were described with such honesty, for me it really brought the characters emotions to life. Seeing as it hasn’t been long since I had our little one I found myself nodding along at some of the day-to-day struggles that Katherine was coping (or not coping) with. I really felt for her and could sense how overwhelmed she was, there were many times that I just wanted to reach into the book and give her a hug.

No.4 (the cat) was a favourite of mine from the first book so I was pleased to see him making his second appearance. He even managed to save the day on one occasion, what a hero!

There was a very interesting side to the storyline which involved book publishing, this was something I particularly enjoyed as, being a book blogger, I usually only see the finished (or nearly finished) product. I felt like I was being given a behind the scenes peek at everything that comes first.

As with other books from this author there were a couple of moments that gave me goosebumps, I love the way Linn manages to weave spiritual elements into her storylines.

This was a touching read, one that really struck a chord within me – a great sequel!

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Under The Stars by Linn B Halton

For those of you who don’t already know, The Quintessential Gemini by Linn B Halton has had a stunning makeover by Endeavour Press and has been born again as Under The Stars.

I wanted to re-share my thoughts on it and show you how it looks now because I just adore this new cover, it’s so pretty!

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“Katherine Dale lives her life according to her horoscope. When Katherine finds James has been writing her daily horoscopes rather than Mark, Katherine’s life explodes in confusion as the three lives become inextricably tangled. 

Now Katherine has to learn that the stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life

None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store?”

MY REVIEW

I was lucky enough to win this eBook from a giveaway on Jera’s Jamboree, I loved the sound of it and was looking forward to getting stuck in especially after reading and enjoying The Restaurant @ The Mill by the same author.

Immediately upon starting this book my mind was filled with questions – Why was it day one of the rest of Katherine’s life? How did she fall over? Why was the cat called No.4? and so on. Obviously I had to find out the answers so I kept on turning those pages and found the explanations I required.

The astrology side of the book was fascinating for me, as was Katherine’s addiction to reading her horoscopes – I couldn’t imagine making any decisions based on my horoscope let alone an important one!  One particular sentence summed up her feelings nicely:

“It’s not that I can’t make a decision; it’s more that I’m scared of making the wrong decision.”

The writing style was comfortable and there were many fun, laugh out loud moments, a few of my favourites being an awkward dinner party, some heated emails and a journey into writing that led to unexpected and, at times, unwanted attention!

James was wonderful, his thoughtfulness and romantic nervousness endeared him to me and the things he did for Jake, his elderly neighbour, were truly lovely to read about.

And now I move on to No.4, Katherine’s cat, and I have to say that for me he was the star of the book! The relationship between him and Katherine was brilliant and something I could totally relate to because I’m just the same with my pets.

A lot of major things happened all at once towards the end so that when I put the book down it took a minute for my brain to catch up!  A sad event made my heart sink, followed by an unexpected announcement that made it lift again and finally a big question which didn’t quite happen because this was when the story ended (my heart didn’t know what to do at this point).

So, after drawing my own conclusions, all in all this was an enjoyable and entertaining read.

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The Quintessential Gemini – Linn B. Halton

“Katherine Dale lives her life according to her horoscope. When Katherine finds James has been writing her daily horoscopes rather than Mark, Katherine’s life explodes in confusion as the three lives become inextricably tangled. 

Now Katherine has to learn that the stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life

None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store?”

I was lucky enough to win this eBook from a giveaway on Jera’s Jamboree, I loved the sound of it and was looking forward to getting stuck in especially after reading and enjoying The Restaurant @ The Mill by the same author.

Immediately upon starting this book my mind was filled with questions – Why was it day one of the rest of Katherine’s life? How did she fall over? Why was the cat called No.4? and so on.  Obviously I had to find out the answers so I kept on turning those pages and found the explanations I required.

The astrology side of the book was fascinating for me, as was Katherine’s addiction to reading her horoscopes – I couldn’t imagine making any decisions based on my horoscope let alone an important one!  One particular sentence summed up her feelings nicely:

“It’s not that I can’t make a decision; it’s more that I’m scared of making the wrong decision.”

The writing style was comfortable and there were many fun, laugh out loud moments, a few of my favourites being an awkward dinner party, some heated emails and a journey into writing that led to unexpected and, at times, unwanted attention!

James was wonderful, his thoughtfulness and romantic nervousness endeared him to me and the things he did for Jake, his elderly neighbour, were truly lovely to read about.

And now I move on to No.4, Katherine’s cat, and I have to say that for me he was the star of the book! The relationship between him and Katherine was brilliant and something I could totally relate to because I’m just the same with my pets 🙂

A lot of major things happened all at once towards the end so that when I put the book down it took a minute for my brain to catch up!  A sad event made my heart sink, followed by an unexpected announcement that made it lift again and finally a big question which didn’t quite happen because this was when the story ended (my heart didn’t know what to do at this point).

So after drawing my own conclusions, all in all this was an enjoyable and entertaining read.

The Quintessential Gemini can be purchased from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

To find out more about Linn B. Halton visit her website here.

Star Fish – Nicola May

“Tired of looking for love Amy Anderson decides that an astrological dating agency is the only way she is going to meet the man of her dreams.

Star Fish follows Amy’s hysterical search for her ‘sole mate’ as she dates her way through the twelve signs of the zodiac.

So who will finally woo Amy? Will it be Ted the Arian photographer with a passion for ice skating, or maybe Laurence, the Libran IT whiz kid who likes to get behind the wheel of a fast car? Or, how about Capricorn Christopher, the owner of Starr & Son, the dating agency?”

I got this eBook when it was available as a free download from Amazon (current price 77p).  I read and reviewed Working it Out by the same author here.

Straight away I liked Amy and her friends – oh how I love characters who are a little bit crazy! Amy’s cat was also a great part of the book, I loved the idea of having a male cat called Penelope 🙂

When Amy joined a dating agency which specialised in setting people up according to their star sign I just knew there would be some laughs ahead.  I found myself looking forward to getting to the man with my husband’s star sign to see if the character would be anything like him (it turned out that there were some similarities actually).

The thing that really stood out with this book was how much I laughed out loud, my family thought I had gone mad because I was literally crying with laughter at one point (a scene involving a restaurant toilet and yoga, keep an eye out for that part).

This book never failed to surprise me, I just couldn’t predict what would happen and was guessing right until the end.  A shocking twist in an airport hotel, another in a curry house and then later on a devastating occurrence were just some of the events that added to the excitement running throughout the story.

There were a few sexual scenes that I felt fitted the storyline and weren’t out-of-place and all this led up to a lovely ending although I was kind of hoping for a different outcome.

This was a fast-paced and fun book that held my interest throughout, a fab one-day read!

To find out more about Nicola May visit her website here