Review: Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey @kristywharvey #giveaway

Release date: April 25, 2017

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Women’s Fiction


From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family.

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she’d spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley’s life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart. 


Have you ever experienced love at first sight with a book? Just one look was all it took for me to be intrigued by Slightly South of Simple, I just knew this would be a book that I would connect with and enjoy and I was so right! I follow Kristy on Instagram, (her feed is absolutely stunning and the pictures in this post are hers) she blogs with her mom at Design Chic and when she posted about SSOS I was head over heels based on the cover alone. When I read the blurb, I was even more excited especially when I saw a glowing endorsement for her work from Elin Hilderbrand, she’s one of my favorite authors. All of that to say, this was a book that spoke to me from the minute I laid eyes on it.

It’s told from the alternating perspectives of Ansley and Caroline. Ansley is a 58 year old mom to three grown daughters and she lives a simple life in Peachtree Bluff, Georgia. A peaceful existence until all three of her girls move back home at the same time with their own children in tow. Caroline has left her husband after he cheated on her in a very public way while she’s six months pregnant. Emerson is an actress and her new movie is shooting in Georgia and Sloane’s husband Adam has been deployed again leaving her and her two young sons at home. Having her entire family under one roof is a mixed blessing for Ansley, she adores them, but they are all so different and none of them are easy to live with. Ansley also has some skeletons in her closet that need to stay buried, but with everyone back in town, these secrets may come to light whether she wants them to or not.

SSOS had all the ingredients I love in a book; family drama, a sprinkling of romance, humor, and a beautiful setting. Stories about sisters always appeal to me and with the complicated relationships between Caroline, Sloane and Emerson I was so interested and invested in their lives. I could relate to all four women on some level which is so important to me in terms of my enjoyment of a book. This is character driven and I can honestly say that I really liked every single character, I even cared deeply about them all which speaks volumes about the authors outstanding character development.

Though all three sisters feature heavily in the book, this focused more on Caroline and since it’s the first in a series I’m assuming that the next books will focus on Sloane and Emerson. Woodson Harvey laid the groundwork for so many possibilities as to which direction this series will follow and I can’t wait to see what happens in Peachtree Bluff next. She’s a fresh, strong voice in Southern fiction, SSOS is witty, wise, insightful and funny. There were so many fantastic quotes from the romantic to the poignant, I’ll share a couple of my favorites at the end of this post. I’m so excited about this series and even more thrilled to be offering a copy of this gem of a book to one of my lucky readers! Look below for the Rafflecopter.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy.


About the Author: 

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2015), Lies and Other Acts of Love (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2016) and the Peachtree Bluff Series, beginning with Slightly South of Simple (Gallery/Simon & Schuster, 2017). Dear Carolina was long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, has been optioned for film and has appeared on numerous “must-read” lists. Lies and Other Acts of Love was a Romantic Times top pick, a Southern Booksellers Okra Pick and was chosen to be a part of the 2017 Trio display, an integration of story, art and song, which will spend the year traveling the country.

She blogs with her mom daily on Design Chic, the inaugural member of Traditional Home’s design blogger hall of fame, about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at

Harvey is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism and holds a master’s in English from East Carolina University, with a concentration in multicultural and transnational literature. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and websites, including Southern Living, Domino, Houzz and Our State. She has been seen featured in Readers’ Digest, The Huffington Post, USA Today’s Happy Every After, North Carolina Bookwatch, PopSugar, Glitter Guide and The Sits Girls. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and five-year-old son where she is working on her next novel.

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Audiobook Review: The French Kiss by James Patterson 

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Release date: October 4, 2016

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Narrator: Jean Brassard


Bonjour, Detective. Now watch your back. 

Very handsome and charming French detective Luc Moncrief joined the NYPD for a fresh start-but someone wants to make his first big case his last. Welcome to New York.


I’ve really become a fan of BookShots, when my husband and I travel to see family we’re able to finish in one round trip and we both have fun listening to them together and talking about them when we finish. This is the first in a series featuring Luc Moncrief and I just saw there are already two more books available! (Is anyone else in absolute awe by how many books Patterson releases every year?!) 

I enjoyed the introduction to the character of Luc, he’s charming, witty and his one liners had me laughing out loud. He’s partnered up with K. Burke and they had good chemistry and an easy banter. Broussard wasn’t my favorite narrator, I prefer the more gravelly voiced men that are usually found in Patterson audiobooks, but as Luc is French I can appreciate why this narrator was used, you can’t have a Frenchman narrate the story and have no accent! 

This was a decent read, a good beginning to the series and it was enough to make me curious about the rest of the books.  It wasn’t my favorite BookShot, but it definitely wasn’t a bad read, it had moments of excitement and kept me engaged. 

Overall rating: 3/5

Thanks to Hachette Audio for my review copy. 

Review: Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell @caroline_writes @bookouture

Release date: April 20, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture 

Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery/Thriller 


Their worst nightmare is his perfect fantasy

A killer stalks the streets of East London. 

All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their dead bodies mutilated into a sickening recreation of fairytale princesses.

Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down a killer who is using the women to fulfil their twisted fantasies. 

But when the body parts of one young woman are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart. 

Convinced that Nathan is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before her lover becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, their faces transformed into perverse fairytale heroines, it becomes harder to prove his innocence. 

Ruby is in too deep, knowing that the cruel individual is getting ever closer, looking for his next beautiful victim. But can she stop a killer whose horrific fantasies are being played out on the streets of London? 

Because some fairytales can cause nightmares…

I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to be helping to kick off the blog tour for Sleep Tight! Happy publication day to one of my favorite authors. 😍


A new Caroline Mitchell book is always cause for celebration for me and I’ve been impatiently awaiting the second book in her Ruby Preston series from the moment I finished the first book. As usual, Ruby is working to catch a killer and this time it may be her toughest case to date. A highly disturbed individual is killing prostitutes and recreating scenes from fairytales at the murder scenes; Snow White, The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty to name a few. These fairytales don’t have a happy ever after ending though, as he’s not modeling them after the Disney versions, but rather after their original tellings, complete with abhorrent violence. As if all of that isn’t enough, Ruby’s sometime boyfriend, Nathan is the number one suspect when extremely incriminating evidence is found at his house. 

I’ve been dying to delve deeper into Ruby and Nathan’s relationship and this book provided that opportunity in spades. Even though the evidence against Nathan is stacking up at a rapid pace, Ruby just doesn’t believe it. She knows this man inside and out and truly believes he’s being framed, all she has to do is prove it. That’s easier said than done, especially when other members of her team seem to also have personal connections to the case, which complicates things at an alarming rate. The addition of the teams private lives being connected to this case allowed me to really find out more about them making my connection to these characters deep. The upheaval in the teams personal life was game changing and dramatically increased the pressure on Ruby as well as amped up the intensity of the plot.

Mitchell has the unique ability to highlight the pressures and strain police officers face bringing such a sincerity to the characters. Ruby nearly buckles under the pressure, and who could blame her? She’s a female working in a highly dominated male field and now her boyfriend is the number one suspect? Most of her coworkers don’t even know about her relationship with Nathan as he’s generally on the other side of the law and keeping this quiet is not only a huge risk but an additional stressor she does not need.

The killer is revealed very early on, but the game of cat and mouse he plays with the police is exciting and intense. Mitchell always has plenty of tricks up her sleeve and even though you know who the bad guy is, you don’t know why or how. This killer is creepy and sadistic and since he doesn’t stick to just one method of killing, you never know exactly what to expect. The things he did to his poor victims was enough to send a cold chill up and down my spine and I was flying through the pages at a frantic pace. This was another solid book in the series and I’m in awe of Mitchell’s dark and twisted mind and ability to create such creepy killers and chilling murder scenes. Another winner from Mitchell, the killer in this book will blow your mind with his insanely depraved methods and dark, twisted motivations. I already have a huge aversion to rats and I dare anyone who reads this not to develop one by the time they’re done. Shivers. The fantasies he’s recreating will turn you off from classic fairytales forever, trust me. 

Overall rating: 5/5

#CoverReveal A Bake Off  in Cornwall @PaperDollWrites 

I’m so excited to share the cover for Laura Briggs latest book  A Bake Off in Cornwall. First, here’s some information about the book. 


Baking fever is sweeping through Cornwall this summer, and with the announcement that Cliffs House is hosting a popular baking contest, Julianne and her friends couldn’t be more excited— until Dinah announces that she’s one of the chosen contestants! Julianne promises herself to do everything possible to support her friend in the face of stiff competition … and two extremely competitive international judges…all while learning a few lessons in the kitchen under the oh-so-close tutelage of Matthew himself.

With love as the secret ingredient, and sparks flying from more than the contestants’ caramelizing torches, Book Five in the bestselling Cornwall series is a recipe for summer romance!

Doesn’t this sound cute?!
Here’s the gorgeous cover…

Isn’t it lovely? So bright, colorful and fun! You can preorder it here

About the Author: 

Laura Briggs is the author of several women’s fiction and chick lit novels, with themes that range from wedding planning to modern Jane Austen. Even though she tends to write stories with a romance theme, as a reader she has a soft spot for mysteries, including those by Agatha Christie and Mary Roberts Rinehart. She also enjoys books by Jane Austen, Anne Tyler, Amy Tan, and too many others to name. In her free time, she likes to experiment with new recipes and tries to landscape her yard (a never-ending project).


Blog Tour: A Wedding in Italy by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture

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Release date: April 14, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture 

Genre: Chick Lit


Sun, spaghetti and sparkling prosecco. When it comes to looking for love, there’s no place like Rome – but once Kate’s found her man, can she keep him? 

Kate is living the dream with her gorgeous boyfriend Alessandro in his native city, but the reality is sometimes a little less romantic than she’d hoped. Every day in her new home is a fight against leaking pipes, her cantankerous landlord and her less-than-perfect grasp of the Italian lingo. 

All around her there is talk of weddings, but when a secret from her past is thrust out into the open, Kate must fight to prove to Alessandro’s Mamma – and the rest of his formidable family – that she truly is Italian marriage material. 

With the women in Alessandro’s life on a mission to break them apart, the cracks begin to show and Kate starts to question if Alessandro really is the man of her dreams. Can love and the city of romance conquer all, or is that just a fairy-tale? 

Let Rome steal your heart this summer in this gorgeously romantic escapist read. Perfect for fans of Jo Thomas and Abby Clements. 

I’m so pleased to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for A Wedding in Italy today! 


This is the second in a series, I read Rome Is Where The Heart Is last month and thought it was adorable and such a perfect read for this time of year. A Wedding in Italy is the same, it’s a fun holiday read that makes you feel as if you’ve just returned from a Roman vacation by the time you finish.

What I’ve come to love about Tennant’s writing is that while she conjures up delightful images and swoon worthy romances she still manages to keep things believably realistic. In the first book I was impressed by how Kate and Alessandro were hesitant about their new relationship even though they cared very deeply for one another. This time around she stuck with a basis in reality as Kate struggles after her move to Rome. She misses her family terribly, she’s having trouble finding a job, the language barrier is frustrating and often embarrassing, and though she loves Alessandro more than ever, his meddling family is putting a huge strain on their brand new relationship. It was a nice change to read a romance where things don’t just end with a perfect, happily ever after. This was like seeing behind the curtain when the HEA moment ends and real life begins, it was so refreshing! 

I really bonded with the characters the first time around and this time I was able to deepen my connection to them even more. Alessandro’s family all play a large part in the plot and I felt similar to Kate as one part of me loved them and the other part wished they would mind their own business. Their Italian dramatics, love of food and family, and loyalty ultimately won me over in the end. Kate and Alessandro are just as sweet as ever and their passion and chemistry was hot and spicy. 

This is a lovely addition to the series, I would recommend packing them in your bag for your own vacation, they are perfect beach reads. Tennant writes gorgeous, descriptions that make you feel as if you’re strolling along in the streets of Rome and she made me hungry again with the scrumptious food explanations and details. I just hope there will be a third book coming soon?! 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to Bookouture for my review copy. 

About the Author: 

From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage. Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.


Blog Tour:  Last Breath by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @bookouture

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Release date: April 12, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture 

Genre: Crime Fiction 

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case. 

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery. 

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist? 

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page. 

I’m thrilled to be helping to close down the blog tour for Last Breath today!! Even better, I’m sharing the day with one of my blogging besties, Chelsea from The Suspense is Thrilling Me so make sure you check out her review as well. 

Well, Mr. Bryndza has outdone himself again, this is now my favorite book in this series, hands down. I know I say this every single time a new book in the Erika Foster series is released, but it’s the truth! They just keep getting better and going from strong suit to stronger and every time I finish one of these books I struggle  to catch my breath. 

Erika is out of sorts in the beginning of the book, she’s not working with the MIT and she’s restless and agitated. But fear not, she manages to bulldoze her way into a murder investigation anyway when she links the killing of a young woman found in a dumpster to a case from four months previously. The only thing the team can uncover is that the killer is using social media to stalk his victims. He knows every little thing about them from what they post online and then he uses this information to create fake dating profiles to lure them in. This is some next level stuff, it’s no Catfish, no Nev and Max there to bring things to a tidy resolution. This chilled me to the bone and had me gripped well and truly in its grasp from the first page to the very last.

Erika is my favorite female detective, hands down. Hell, she’s up there with my favorite detectives period. You get to see a softer side to her personality this time around, a vulnerability behind that tough exterior. The character development is flawless, you get to learn enough about her and the team to leave you satisfied, yet there is enough left hanging in the air to leave you wanting more. I’m most eager about seeing what happens to her personal life next, she’s at a bit of a crossroads and it could go in several exciting directions. 

The who behind the killings is revealed to the reader early on, but not to the police until the end. This was great as you see a deadly game of cat and mouse being played right in front of your eyes with the characters that you’ve grown to know and love. I love social media and use it constantly, both personally and for this blog, but it absolutely freaks me out when I think of my kids getting to an age where they’re on it. My eight year old already asks for a Facebook page! Umm, no try again when you’re 29 my love. It was such a clever plot line and so timely as the majority of us use social media daily and anyone could be watching us. Shivers. 

If you are a fan of crime fiction and you haven’t read this series, please do. It’s outstanding and you’re really missing out. Bryndza is a genius, his plot threads always come together in an impeccable manner, you won’t be able to put his books down and they’re such well written, exciting reads. 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to Bookouture for my review copy. 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly post to share what you recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this week. It’s hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate

What I Read Last Week: 

Will to Live was the second in a series following Kay Hunter and I’m enjoying where it’s going. 

I loved Gone Without a Trace but it seems to be a love it or hate it type read. 

The Cornish Escape was a lovely book. 

The Trophy Taker was a solid crime read. 

Forks, Knives and Spoons was a really fun read set in the eighties. 

Faithless was another winner from Orenda Books. 

Kill or Die was a fast paced thriller. 

I adored this book, this series is so fun! 

Currently Reading: 

Up Next: 

I’m super excited about this week, I’ve been looking forward to some of these books for quite awhile. I’m starting a Becky Masterman binge this weekend as my husband is out of town for work and I’ll have some quiet nights. I’m hoping to sneak one more book in this week too, we’ll see. 

How was your week? If you celebrate, how was your Easter? If not, how was your weekend. Have a fantastic week everyone! 

Blog Tour: Game Point by Malcom Hollingdrake @MHollingdrake @Bloodhoundbook

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Release date: April 11, 2017

Publisher: Bloodhound Books 

Genre: Crime Fiction 


Game Point: an explosive new crime thriller from a critically acclaimed and best-selling author

DCI Bennett faces the most harrowing case of his career. A psychopath, who escaped capture, is hell bent on revenge and executes a series of events that will not only impact on Bennett physically, but will have emotional and professional consequences.         

A body is found with its fingers amputated, then an investigative journalist, embroiled in the pornography and drugs scene, is murdered.

Bennett’s team is faced with some baffling evidence. Hatpins and bicycle spokes become pivotal to the inquiry but the police struggle to connect the evidence.

It is only when a Detective Sergeant from the team is kidnapped that Bennett realises that he is the true target.

Can Bennett solve the case before it’s too late? How many people will he lose in the process?

Discover your new favourite crime series today. Also available:

Only The Dead

Hell’s Gate

Flesh Evidence

I’m so pleased to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Game Point today. 


I’ve participated in two blog tours for this series in the past, but unfortunately I didn’t have time in my schedule to review them, I was only able to post extracts, but from the minute I read those teasers, I knew I was missing out and man was I right! I used to be against jumping into a series in the middle but as my TBR has grown sky high, I’ve learned to get over it and just do it. I’m so glad I did as I’ve read some fantastic books that I may have otherwise overlooked based solely on the fact that they were tenth in a series. All of that to say, you can read this as a standalone, I wasn’t bothered by starting with book four, BUT I do feel like I missed out on forming a deeper connection with the characters and I’m kicking myself for not making the time for the first three books. My point is that you should read this, but you should also start at the beginning so you’re not kicking yourself like I am. 

Cyril was a complex character, one that comes off as rather reserved but on the inside there’s a lot going on. He has some quirks, but those type of things always make me like a person more and it made him stand out in a sea of other detectives from crime novels. What really drew me into this book, and to him as a character especially was the emotional turmoil he was experiencing. The case he’s working is brutal and when a member of the team is kidnapped, all hell breaks loose. Things are obviously deeply personal for Cyril and the added pressure made me feel all the more profoundly for him and his team. 

While the characterization was complex the plot was equally intricate and had me struggling to fit all the puzzle pieces together myself. Hollingdrake’s writing was descriptive and very gritty, this is a grim, gruesome case and things are extremely graphically detailed, so beware if you’re faint hearted. I really liked this one and I’m excited to see where the author takes this series and Cyril next, the possibilities are endless and exciting. 

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

About the Author: 

You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.

Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember. 

Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has four books now available. Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. 

Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel.


Blog Tour: The Beachside Flower Stall by Karen Clarke @karenclarke123 @Bookouture

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Release date: April 13, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture 

Genre: Romantic Comedy


Roses for romance, daisies for hope, daffodils for unrequited love… Drop by The Beachside Flower Stall for friendship, family and a beautiful bouquet. 

Carrie Dashwood fled Dorset when her best friend Megan stole her first love, Tom Hudson. Now ten years later, Carrie is back to help run her aunt Ruby’s flower stall in the beautiful seaside town of Shipley. 

Ruby’s Blooms is a gorgeous little haven bursting with character, but Carrie is in for a real shock. The stall is also arranging the flowers for Megan and Tom’s wedding. 

Determined to keep her emotions in check, Carrie finds herself going to great lengths to avoid the happy couple. Soon she’s crawling under the stall to hide and ‘accidentally’ inventing an imaginary boyfriend…But how long can she keep it up before she comes face to face with the boy who broke her heart? 

Can Carrie keep her cool, save the stall, and find her very own happy ever after? 

A heartening uplifting read about lost love and true friendship. Perfect for fans of Cressida McLaughlin, Cathy Bramley, and Debbie Johnson. 

Happy Easter, I can’t think of a more fitting book to share today, it just screams springtime! I’m so delighted to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for The Beachside Flower Stall


This is the second in a series, I read The Beachside Sweet Shop last month and absolutely loved it and I enjoyed this one just as much. Though this is a series as it’s set in the same charming, quaint, beach town, it reads fine on it’s own as the characters are new in this installment. There are appearances from the characters in the first book which is always fun. 

Carrie is another wholly relatable character  with plenty of awkward moments and situations that make her so endearing. She moves to Shipley to help her aunt Ruby run her flower stall when Ruby is having a difficult time. Carrie just lost her job and at her parents urging she decides to give it a shot even though the only thing she knows about flower arrangements is from watching a single YouTube video. When she finds out Tom, the guy she loved from afar is getting married to her frenemy Megan, she worries she may have made a mistake in moving. 

Clarke has such an effortless writing style, it’s very easy to get swept away by one of her books. I felt like I was on another mini vacation while reading, it’s just so fun and joyful. It’s full of the same whimsy and humor that the first book had and the sexual innuendos from Bob, Ruby’s neighbor and Jane her shop assistant made me giggle like a schoolgirl. I had a grin on my face the entire time and I can’t wait to see what Clarke has in store next. I hear it’s Christmassy which makes my inner Buddy the Elf extremely happy! 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to Bookouture for my review copy. 

About the Author: 

After giving up her job as a library assistant, Karen now writes full-time. She’s had over 300 stories published in women’s magazines in the UK and abroad, and has written three paranormal romantic comedies, published by Little, Brown/Corsair. When she’s not writing she reads avidly, walks dogs at her local rescue centre, and is eagerly awaiting the next season of The Walking Dead. She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children.


Blog Tour: Kill or Die by Ann Evans @annevansauthor @Bloodhoundbook

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Release date: April 13, 2017

Publisher: Bloodhound Books 

Genre: Mystery, Thriller


A vicious burglary goes horribly wrong when an elderly victim is killed and one of the burglars is injured.

In the detached house next door, Julia is preparing to leave her husband. He has let her down for the last time and her bags are packed. Taking their eight-year-old daughter, Lucy, from her bed they set off in the fog.

But on this cold, dark night, fate steps in and these strangers collide.

When Vincent and Nash abduct the mother and daughter, and take them to a derelict house, the situation takes a grave turn.

Meanwhile, Julia’s husband, Ian, is distraught that his wife and daughter have left, and when the murder and burglary are discovered, suspicion falls on him.

For Ian, Julia and Lucy, life is about to become a nightmare.

Can Julia and Lucy escape from the twisted criminals?

What will Julia decide when the choice is – kill or die?

It’s my stop on the blog tour for Kill or Die today and I’m so excited to share my thoughts on this heart pounding thriller!


This one wastes no time and jumps straight into the action. When it opens, two men are preparing to break into the home of an elderly man who is an antiques collector. At the same time, Julia is preparing to leave her husband, Ian. In a horrible twist of fate, the paths of these strangers cross and things take a sharp turn towards the scary and dangerous. The masked men take Julia and her daughter Lucy hostage and what follows is the stuff nightmares are made of. 

I felt so awful for Julia, she’s already in a bad place the night that she decides she has had enough of her husband’s scheming ways and the situation she finds herself in was completely terrifying. It reminded me a bit of An Impossible Dilemma in that it found a mother in an awful situation where she’s forced to do terrible things to keep her child safe. 

I read this is one single “holding my breath the entire time sitting.” It was relentlessly paced with tons of action and suspense. I was praying that Julia and Lucy would escape unscathed and was shocked by the way things turned out in the end. This is the authors first adult novel as she has previously written children’s books and it was a fantastic debut into the mystery/thriller genre. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

About the Author: 

I’ve always loved writing. What started as a hobby has now become a way of life. My children’s and YA books have been published by Scholastic Children’s Books, Usborne Publishing, Penguin Australia, Hometown World, Badger Learning and Astraea Press (Clean Reads). Plus there are a number of adults books published under my pen name of Ann Carroll – and more in the pipeline. The Beast published by Usborne won the raring2read category in the Coventry Literary Book Festival 2013. 2017 sees three new books being published, another YA reluctant reader book for Badger Learning entitled Keeper. An historical romance called A Place to Belong, and a crime thriller – working title Kill or Die with Bloodhound Books. 

When I’m not writing I do school visits, run workshops and give talks.

My non-fiction career spans the last 30 years which includes 13 years at the Coventry Telegraph as a staff feature writer plus a great many freelance articles on a wide range of topics.