Book Review: The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kat French

BookReview


The Bed and Breakfast on the BeachThe Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kat French

Published: June 2017
Publisher: Avon Books UK
Format: Ebook
ASIN: B01NAXJCBL
ISBN: 9780008236762

Goodreads
Amazon UK

Description

A Greek island solves all life’s problems…doesn’t it?

Winnie, Stella and Frankie have been best friends forever.

When their lives unexpectedly unravel, they spontaneously decide to buy a gorgeous B&B on a remote Greek island. Drenched in hot sun, Villa Valentina is the perfect escape from reality. But when Winnie meets Jesse, their brooding neighbour, she finds that Greece is full of its own complications – not least how attractive he is…

Meanwhile, Frankie and Stella are discovering that Villa Valentina has its own secrets – starting with the large supply of gin in the cellar and the arrival of a famous rock band. A band with one very good-looking member who just might distract Frankie from thoughts of her husband…

My Review

Kat French knows how to write incredible men (and books), I’ll give her that. Robinson in One Hot Summer, Gabriel in Love Your Neighbour (previously published as Undertaking Love), and Hal in My Perfect Stranger (previously published as The Piano Man Project). Now we have Jesse in this book. Good god he was amazing. He’s up there with my obsession with Robinson. Just yummy.

Anyway, I loved Winnie, Stella and Frankie. They were feisty, determined, witty, and in need of a good turn in the lives. My favourite would probably have to be Winnie, going from an awful time in her life to gaining her confidence, and becoming a brave (very brave), independent woman. Willing to open up to the possibilities of life.  I liked her witty come backs, her sense of adventure and just her in general. Her chemistry with Jesse was perfect,with it bouncing from the pages instantly. Stella also had great, steamy chemistry with Angelo, and in a strange way, I’m glad things worked out for Frankie with her husband Gavin.

The writing style was very easy to get into, with you instantly wrapped up in their lives. I instantly clicked with all of the women and liked everything about them. I wanted them to succeed with the B&B, to get the happiness they all deserved.

This book was fun, romantic, steamy, and just fabulous. The island’s residents made me chuckle with how faith they put into something so… strange? No, not strange. Something so normal. It was normal, and it was a fantastic addition to the story.

I’ve given this a 4/5. With Jesse, the girls, the B&B and the magical island of Skelios I was hooked.

 

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A to Z Tag!!

Book Tag


I’ve been tag stealing again!!! I love that they give my readers (if there are any out there!!!) a chance to get to know me, and for me to get to know other bloggers!!

I found this tag over at Smitten for Fiction, you can read Amanda’s post HERE

I loved reading her answers!!

Creator: → http://goo.gl/x7sRWQ

Author you’ve read the most books from

According to Goodreads it is Jodi Picoult.  Looking at my bookcase I can completely agree with that.  I have a whole shelf just for her books, and I’ve read all of them.

Jodi Picoult Goodreads Page

My Sister's Keeper The Storyteller The Tenth Circle Lone Wolf

Best Sequel Ever

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

To the people who have read it, need I say more?? I wish this wasn’t the last one.

Currently Reading

Defender by G X Todd
Defender (The Voices #1)

Drink of Choice While Reading

Tea. Tea. Tea.

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E-reader or Physical Book?

Both. Please do not make me pick. E-books for convenience and physical book because nothing beats a physical book.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School

This hunk of a man:

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Jamie Fraser.. Just Yummy.  Saying that though, I still would….

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance

The Magician’s lie by Greer Mcallister. I wasnt sure what to expect but it ended up being  a magical masterpiece.
The Magician's Lie

Hidden Gem Book

I’m picking a series I read last year. I’ve not seen much hype about it, in fact nothing on it at all.
The Soulseer Chronicles (Marked, Cursed and Bound) by Sue Tingey
Marked (The Soulseer Chronicles, #1) Cursed (The Soulseer Chronicles, #2) Bound (The Soulseer Chronicles, #3)

Important Moment in your Reading Life

I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint a certain moment. Every moment in an incredible book is important.

Just Finished

The Freedom Broker by K.J. Howe. An intense, action packed thriller of a read.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read

There isn’t much I wouldn’t read. I don’t really read Erotica, but have read some. I usually try something at least once or twice then decide from there.

Longest Book You’ve Read

According to the wonderful Goodreads it will probably be Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. At 1086, it looks like it’s the longest book on my Goodreads shelves.

Major book hangover because of

Number of Bookcases You Own

This has gone up to 7…… 2 huge ones are full, parts of it are double stacked and if I was to put all my other books on to the other cases it’ll probably fill 3 of them.  One of them is full of DVDs and games.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times

Harry Potter, all of them.

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Preferred Place To Read

At home, either on the sofa or in bed. As long as it is quiet with no noisy child or man-child but either way at home.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book

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Reading Regret

Hmmm…. Probably American Gods by Neil Gaiman.  I recently got like 50% of the way through it and had to give up… I just didn’t understand it, or like it.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series)

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – I only have the last one to read.
There is probably more but that’s the only I have read the majority of them.
Oh, and the rest of the Outlander series.

Three of your All-Time Favourite Books

Christ… This is asking a lot…

  1. Harry Potter (Wouldn’t be able to pick just one of them)
  2. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

That’s just the first 3 I can see on one of my bookcases.

Unapologetic Fangirl For

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  I love this book, and the second. And the third. I love the TV show as well. Also, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others

Still Me by Jojo Moyes. I’m very excited to see where Lou’s journey takes her next. And if she ever finds someone as incredible as Will.
Still Me (Me Before You, #3)

Worst Bookish Habit

Inflicting my book addiction on others??? I don’t know… Maybe taking so long to pick my next read or having to look in a bookshop if I’m near one.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks. I hope this book won’t make me cry!!

Your latest book purchase

The most recent 2 books I personally have purchased for myself:
1: On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
2: A Season of Spells by Sylvia Hunter

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

The Bed and breakfast on the Beach by Kat French
The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #3

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!


What I Read Last Week

  • Spring At Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett
  • If I Fall by Ella Harper
  • The Bed and Breakfast by the Sea by Kat French
  • The Freedom Broker by K.J Howe

Spring at Lavender Bay If I Fall The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach: A feel-good, funny read about best friends and taking chances! by [French, Kat] The Freedom Broker (Thea Paris 1) by [Howe, K. J.]

What I’m Reading At Present

  • Defender (The Voices #1) by G X Todd – This book has me extremely intrigued. I’m not even 100 pages in and it has me on my toes. I’m really enjoying it and it’s already got me wanting to read book 2!! Look out for my review.

Defender: The most gripping read-in-one-go thriller since The Stand (The Voices Book 1) by [Todd, G X]

Up Next

I’ve got a few Blog Tours to read before going away to visit friends and family next week so probably them, but I may read whatever takes me fancy. The books planned in for blog tours are:

  • Prosecco and Promises by A.L. Michael
  • Nature of The Witch by Helen T. Norwood
  • Who’s That Girl? by Celia Hayes
  • Last of the Summer Moet by Wendy Holden

Prosecco and Promises Nature of the Witch Who's that Girl? Last of the Summer Moët

What are you reading today? What have you read in the past week? What plans have you got for your next read?

Stacking The Shelves #2

Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course Ebooks!


Review Copies

Oh god, I couldn’t stop myself!! I need help, is there a NetGalleyaholic Group????

  • The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths – I’m very, very excited to read this. I’ve read all of the Ruth Galloway books and this is taking her out of her comfort zone, exciting!!!
  • The Little Cottage On The Hill by Emma Davies – I’ve loved both books that I have read by this author. Hopefully I love this as much as those.
  • Prosecco and Promises by A.L. Michael – I really enjoyed Cocktails and Dreams, so I’m looking forward to this one!!
  • Who’s That Girl? by Celia Hayes – I haven’t read anything by Celia Hayes before but this book sounds like it’s my cup of tea. Watch this space for a review and blog tour.
  • Divine Poison by AB Morgan – Can’t go wrong with a good crime story. A new author for me so fingers crossed.
  • The Last of The Summer Moet by Wendy Holden – This book sounds like it’s going to be a laughing-out-loud story. I cannot wait to get stuck in!

Who's that Girl?    

Amazon Freebies

  • The Abalone Shell (Sea Glass Cove Book 1) by Maren Ferguson and Suzie O’Connell

The Abalone Shell (Sea Glass Cove Book 1) by [Ferguson, Maren, O'Connell, Suzie]

Purchased

  • The Cotswolds Cookery Club by Alice Ross
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • The Witchfnder’s Sister by Beth Underdown
  • Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

The Cotswolds Cookery Club: a deliciously uplifting feel-good read by [Ross, Alice]

First Lines Fridays #2

Copy of Quoting Thursdays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The second time I saw my dead aunt Rosario, she was dancing.
Earlier that day, my mom had warned me, pressing a long, red fingernail on the tip of my nose, “Alejandra, don’t got downstairs when the Circle arrives.”
But I was seven and asked too many questions. Every Sunday, cars piled up in our driveway, down the street, and around the corner of old, narrow house in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Mom’s Circle usually brought cellophane-wrapped dishes and jars of dirt and tubs of brackish water that made the Hudson River look clean. This time, they carried something more.


And The Book Is….

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Cordova

The only way to get her family back is to travel to a land in between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic.

At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she’s not sure she can trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas Book 1) by [Cordova, Zoraida]Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)

 

Both of these covers are gorgeous, and honestly, it’s why I bought the book. This is a recent read, and without saying too much it was enjoyable. You can see my review here: Review

 

 

Would you pick this book up based on the first line??

Book Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

BookReview


Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1) Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Córdova

Published: September 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: EBook
ISBN: 9781492623168

ASIN: B01ENNQ24M

Goodreads

Amazon UK

Description

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.


The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

My Review

The cover made me instantly want to read this book. I do love a gorgeous cover!!

I enjoyed this story. I can’t say I really know anything about Bruja’s or the mythology behind it so I could have believed anything. I’ll probably look out for more books based on similar things now.

Anyway, Alex was a likeable character. I felt that I understood her struggles, we understand why she didn’t want her powers, why she wanted to try and get rid of them. But once they had come in, she developed into this strong, fierce woman. Her friendship with Rishi could have had more development but we knew how Alex felt for her, you knew that it was love blossoming and it was a nice, pure love. I’m glad that it was the same feeling for Rishi towards Alex, it work incredibly well.

Nova. I liked Nova. Whether he was good, or bad, I liked him. It would have been nice to have more of his story but I did like the way he hinted at it then we got the complete image. Along with how he felt about Alex.

I liked the idea of the story. It opened up a new culture for me and I love books that do that. However, it was a bit sketchy in places and it sort of felt like we were missing information. Details that could have made this book spectacular. I couldn’t put my finger on whatever it was though, but it felt like the ending became rushed, like they were just skimming the final few amazing details I would have wanted. Maybe it’ll be covered in the book, who knows.

The writing was easy to get into. Everything was detailed enough to know where we were, what was happening. I loved the idea of the Los Lagos realm, and I sort of hoped we would have more from there. The creatures, the people (if you can call them that), were a great addition to the story, I think if we only had Alex, Nova and Rishi, I probbaly would have got extremely bored.

While I enjoyed the story, I did feel it was missing details. For this, I give it a 3.5 out of 5. I’ve been trying to decide for days on this rating. It was difficult to decide as there was more good points than bad points. I;m excited for the next book, and to see where the story takes us, the people we will meet and the destinations. Let’s hope it’s a brilliant sequel.

Cover Reveal: The Magic of Stars by Jackie Ladbury


Today I’m bringing you a cover reveal for Jackie Ladbury’s new book The Magic of Stars. I can safely say that is gorgeous! The colour, the picture, everything works fantastic.

You can purchase the book from Amazon UK HERE

Book Descrption

Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone. In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?

About Jackie Ladbury

Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

Social Media Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jackie.ladbury
Website – https://jackieladbury.com/
The Write Romantics – https://thewriteromantics.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/JackieLadbury

So that leaves one thing, the actual cover!! And here it is in its stunning glory!!!!!