Plan Overboard (Toronto Collection Book 14) by Heather Wardell

Published by Holly Leaf Press in May 2014.

“All Corinne has ever wanted was the role of clarinetist for the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. The clarinet, and working to master it, is all she has left of her father, who abandoned the family when she was a little girl. But after failing to clinch an open spot in a heated audition, her life-plan soon goes overboard. Not only does she break up with her longtime boyfriend, Clay, she also makes a decision that will alter her destiny in ways she never imagined…

After a medical procedure and a couple of months of changing everything in her life, a pregnant Corinne meets Melissa and her gorgeous flirt of a brother-in-law, Austin, on a cruise. The heat of the Caribbean sun soon combines with a mutual attraction to create a sizzling connection neither Corinne nor Austin can deny. But when the truth comes out about Corinne’s condition, will lifelong playboy Austin man up? Or will Corinne’s hope for a future beyond a shipboard romance prove yet another PLAN OVERBOARD?”

MY REVIEW 

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give my honest review.  Heather Wardell is one of those authors who I feel so happy to have discovered, I don’t think my reading journey would be complete without her books in it!

Plan Overboard had a fast pace right from the very beginning, this meant that it held my interest easily.  Having recently had my third baby I enjoyed the pregnancy/motherhood side of the storyline as it gave me something to relate to.  I also enjoyed catching up with characters from All At Sea (review here), although please don’t worry if you haven’t already read that book because this also works well as a standalone read.

The first part of the storyline had plenty of sexual tension which then morphed into a romantic fizz the further I read, this made the book exciting but touching all at the same time.  The characters had lots of depth, the more I read about them and their lives the more I genuinely cared about them.

The musical side of this book was all a bit alien to me because I’ve never experienced that world but I found it fascinating and surprising – I couldn’t believe the level of dedication it took to be a great musician, I was in awe!

This was a fun read with interesting characters and a heartwarming result.

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Made In Nashville by Mandy Baggot

Made in nashville
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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Security – Mandy Baggot – Blog Tour Including Giveaways

Today I’m excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Security by Mandy Baggot.  Thank you to Fiction Addiction Book Tours for sending me the ARC.  My reviews of Mandy’s previous books can be found here and you can find out where the book tour is heading next by clicking here.

Security

“Autumn Raine is a pop vocalist at the very top of her game. She’s a style icon, the paparazzi’s darling and everyone wants to be her friend. But when her safety is threatened, her whole life starts to unravel.

Enter Nathan Regan, an ex-elite soldier who is assigned to protect her. He’s a good man doing bad things but what drives him? Passion? Madness? Or grief? Demons from his past are threatening to consume him. Can he win the fight alone or will he have to admit he needs help?

As the threat deepens, Autumn starts to find out who she really needs in her life. Is there still room for personal assistant Janey or rapper boyfriend Rockweiler? When everyone around her is feeding her lies, how does she work out the truth? Does her record producer know more than he’s letting on? What is her mother, the British Foreign Secretary’s involvement in the situation? And can Autumn put her faith in a forty-something Jamaican woman who handles an automatic weapon as expertly as she cooks?

Eluding kidnap and trying to stay alive, can Autumn find the strength to be the person she longs to be? And can two people, poles apart, forge something strong enough to survive anything?”

Wow, I really loved this book!  It is definitely my new favourite from this author because it just had everything I could want in a book.

I quickly got a good sense of Autumn’s crazy celebrity lifestyle and I have to admit that I felt quite sorry for her, I would hate to have my life so planned out for me!  She seemed very unhappy particularly about meeting her mother and I soon saw why – meeting her mother was an experience let me tell you, she was the British Foreign Secretary and certainly a force to be reckoned with!

Along came Nathan Regan with his confrontational attitude, sizzling good looks and cool demeanor.  I found this whole scene to be rather amusing, particularly Autumn’s reaction to him, and already I could see that I would enjoy their time together.  Nathan was the perfect leading male character and so easy to fall in love with – protective, sexy and manly but with a deep sensitive side that was just crying out to be set free.  The story bounced back and forth from Autumn’s perspective to Nathan’s and I loved this because it gave even more of an insight into his personality.

The whole book was one giant adventure that had me laughing, crying and even biting my nails in fear for the characters.  Autumn learned many shocking truths about the people in her life and whilst she was coming to terms with all of this, I was busy trying to figure out who was responsible for the danger she was in.

The romantic side of the book was wonderful and ticked all the boxes for me, my favourite moment being a red carpet walk that made my tummy flip – I hadn’t even seen it coming!

When things got really dangerous I was scared for those involved and this was when my nails took a beating, it was so action-packed that I think I may have stopped breathing at one point.  Towards the end I wasn’t sure what to think, I couldn’t decide whether the twist was the twist, or if there was yet another twist to come (yes I know this sounds confusing but I promise you will understand when you’ve read the book :)).

The authors writing was comfortable and familiar to me and this is why I always look forward to reading Mandy’s books, I flew through the pages as I devoured this brilliant story in less than a day.

With excitement at every turn, Security was an emotional rollercoaster that I just couldn’t put down!

Security is available to buy in the following formats:

Amazon UK (Kindle Edition) | Amazon UK (Paperback) | Amazon US (Kindle Edition) | Amazon US (Paperback)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mandy Baggot brings you award-winning fiction! In 2012 she won the coveted Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance. Her novel Strings Attached was also short listed for Best Author Published Read!

Mandy writes strong contemporary romance and characters you’ll fall in love with. Previously self-published, she was signed by US publishing house Sapphire Star Publishing in January 2012. Shortly afterwards she became a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Mandy is a self-confessed Twitter addict who also likes to show off her singing talents on You Tube – check out Lady Gaga! She has auditioned for X Factor, appeared on ITV1s Who Dares Sings and longs to duet with Bryan Adams. She also has a fondness for white wine, mashed potato, country music and World’s Strongest Man.

Mandy lives near Salisbury in Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and two cats called Kravitz and Springsteen.

To find out more about Mandy Baggot click on the following links:

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GIVEAWAYS

As part of the book tour my readers have the chance to win their very own e-copy of this fantastic book, just follow the link below:

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Mandy is also doing an extra giveaway.  Anyone who posts a review on Amazon up until the end of May can enter into the Rafflecopter draw to win a £25/$40 Amazon gift certificate.  Again, just follow the link below:

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Good luck!

Johnny Be Good – Paige Toon

Johnny Be Good

“If your boss was the hottest rock star on the planet, would you mix business with pleasure?

Celebrity PA to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg’s glam new life in sun-drenched LA is a whirlwind of showbiz parties and backstage passes. Cool, calm Christian, in town to write his famous friend’s biography, helps keep Meg’s feet firmly on the ground. But with Johnny’s piercing green eyes and a body Brad Pitt would kill for, how long will it be before she’s swept right off them again?”

This book was an unusual read for me purely because I read its sequel first (I know, shock horror!), I bought Baby Be Mine (review here) without knowing it was a sequel and I just couldn’t wait to read it because I love Paige Toon books so much.  Seeing as I had already read the sequel I obviously knew what the outcome of this book would be and I was curious to see if it would affect my enjoyment in any way…

Truthfully it did affect my enjoyment a little bit because the parts that would have been shocking just weren’t – I already knew that they were going to happen. So I would definitely recommend reading this book first so that you can fully enjoy the shock factor, particularly at the end!

Back to the storyline itself and I was quickly wrapped up in the authors familiar, fun writing style.  Meg was about to start her new job as a celebrity PA and I could almost feel her excited nervousness rolling off the pages.  I loved the first time that Meg met Johnny, it really had me chuckling as I pictured the scene.  The whirlwind that was Johnny’s life soon caught up with Meg and there were definitely times when she seemed to be overwhelmed by it all.

Christian was a good friend of Johnny’s and ended up supporting Meg when she most needed it, I really liked his character and the three of them together made an entertaining trio – my favourite ‘trio’ moment was a scene where the guys (who were very drunk) ended up in Meg’s tree house and completely interrupted her peace with their antics!

Johnny was a complicated character and my feelings towards him changed throughout – rock-star Johnny was not nice at all, he was selfish and really irritated me but there were times, especially when he opened up about his life, that I saw a different more likeable side to him.  This confused Meg as much as it did me and she found it difficult to control her growing feelings for him, the tour was where everything spiraled and Meg had to take drastic action.

I knew what was coming at the end but if I hadn’t known I would’ve gasped out loud in shock – it really was a brilliant ending!

This was an addictive read, I just couldn’t put it down and loved every minute of it.

Johnny Be Good can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Paige Toon visit her website here.

Confessions of a Karaoke Queen – Ella Kingsley

“Maddie Mulhern is suddenly in charge. Her parents – former 80s pop duo Pineapple Mist – have left for the summer on a nostalgia tour, entrusting her to manage their struggling karaoke bar, Sing It Back. Panicking over the dodgy finances, Maddie takes a gamble: she signs up for a fly-on-the-wall reality TV series. With her faithful staff (divalicious drag queen Ruby, shy barman Simon and wannabe actress Jasmine) she’ll transform the bar into a huge success. Simple. Right?

Executive Producer Evan Bergman knows that scandal sells. It’s no coincidence that he hires cool, attractive Nick Craven as director. Evan wants drama on screen – and he’ll do anything to get it.

As the series builds to a live finale, will Maddie see the truth in a Careless Whisper? Will Nick be able to keep his Poker Face? One thing’s for sure: we all do things at karaoke that we regret . . .”

I was lucky enough to win this paperback book from a giveaway run by @Btweenthesheets on Twitter.  I hadn’t heard anything about this book previously but I loved the fun, girly cover and was looking forward to reading it.

This was a bit of a slow starter for me, it began with a brief introduction to Maddie’s life and swiftly moved on to her current situation – being dumped by her boyfriend in a rather hurtful way.

When Maddie’s crazy parents decided to go on tour again they left Maddie to take charge of their karaoke bar, understandably this made her feel a bit overwhelmed and unprepared.  After a suggestion from the bars resident drag queen, Maddie decided to throw herself into trying to revive the place.  This was the point where it started to get interesting for me.

Everything that followed this was funny and witty, although maybe a bit predictable at times, it gave me plenty of laughs especially during an eventful bowling evening and an interesting Beyoncé impersonation.

Each chapter was headed by a song title, this was a really nice touch and, even though there were a few I didn’t know, I found myself singing along to those that I did.

This book highlighted the darker side of reality TV and a particular betrayal showed Maddie that she may have made the wrong choice in getting involved with the show.

A fun story with lots of drama and a good old happy ending, perfect if you’re looking for a laugh and a sing-song!

Confessions of a Karaoke Queen can be purchased from The Book Depository, Amazon or from most good book retailers.