Blog Tour: The Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval


The Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval

Publisher: Choc Lit
Published: February 2018
Format: Ebook
Source: I’d actually purchased this before being invited on the blog tour. Thanks to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources and Marie Laval though for letting me take part in the tour!!

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Take a ride with Love Taxis, the cab company with a Heart …
Rosalie Heart is a well-known face in Irlwick – well, if you drive a bright pink taxi and your signature style is a pink anorak, you’re going to draw a bit of attention! But Rosalie’s company Love Taxis is more than just a gimmick – for many people in the remote Scottish village, it’s a lifeline.

Which is something that Marc Petersen will never understand. Marc’s ruthless approach to business doesn’t extend to pink taxi companies running at a loss. When he arrives in Irlwick to see to a new acquisition – Raventhorn, a rundown castle – it’s apparent he poses a threat to Rosalie’s entire existence; not just her business, but her childhood home too.

On the face of it Marc and Rosalie should loathe each other, but what they didn’t count on was somebody playing cupid …


About The Author

Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher, and in her spare times loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance, and her historical romance The Lion’s Embrace won the Gold Medal at the Global eBook Awards 2015 (category Historical Romance). She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!

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My Review

I loved this book. It was fun, gripping, entertaining, everything you need in a book. There was suspense and action, along with touching, heart racing loving moments and that glorious touch of mystery. There was also some laugh out loud moments, with myself having to control any random outbursts. I liked the writing style and the switch between Rosalie’s point of view and Marc’s.

I liked Rosalie and Marc. Their chemistry worked really well, and their moments were more than frustrating yet romantic enough for me to want to shout at them to sort it out!! I liked Rosalie’s character in general, she was caring and considerate. She had her funny moments and her sad moments. She the news of Marc’s arrival on the chin and was determined to get to the bottom of it all sensibly. It was nice to see a women do something out of the whole baking thing as well, I loved the fact she was doing something that is generally classed as man’s job. I also love the fact that it’s a pink taxi!!

Marc was a good character as well. He started off as this unemotional man, who didn’t really want anything. A cold hearted man. He turned into this… Emotional, loving, sensual man. He done what was right in the end and that’s what counts really. I would say his development was the biggest, and the best.

With the mystery side of things, I couldn’t decide who I wanted to be behind it all, or if I wanted to hazard a guess. One minute I wanted it to be one person, the next I wasn’t too sure on my choice. It was a different sort of twist and I’m glad it worked out the way that it did.

Overall, I really loved this book. I’m really excited to be given it a fabulous, bright and wonderfully pink 5/5

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This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

I found this tag over on Reading every night, you can read their post HERE.  I loved reading her answers and thought that I would share what my favourite genre is!!!!

This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag


  • Credit the bad bad Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek as the creator of the tag. Either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

What’s your favourite genre?

I’m going to have to pick two genres:  Romance and Fantasy.

Fantasy is a huge genre to cover.  I just love the ideas of other worlds, magic, elves, vampires.. You get the idea.

Romance as a whole.  It doesn’t have to come under just romance, it can be under different genres as well. Such as chic-lit, or paranormal, or thrillers, crime, fantasy.

Who is your favourite author from the genre?

For Fantasy it would be Leigh Bardugo.  I would do anything to be able to read The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows duology for the first time again.

Shadow and Bone (Grisha, #1)  Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)  Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

For Romance it would be Karen Swan. Her books always take place somewhere I would love to visit. Her characters always feel real, the way she portrays romance is beautiful and just warming.

The Paris Secret  The Perfect Present    The Rome Affair

What is it about the genre that keeps you pulling back?

Fantasy: The magic, the endless possibilities, the worlds that are created.
Romance: The happy endings, just the whole idea of love.

What’s the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

Fantasy: The first fantasy books I can remember ever reading are the Harry Potter books but I wouldn’t say that it was those that got me into the genre.  If I had to pin it all on one book for the whole genre… it would probably be between The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind or the His dark Materials series by Philip Pullman.
Romance: Again, I would not be able to tell you what book it was exactly that got me into Romance.  I can remember reading a Jill Mansell book and really enjoying it.  Then there are books that don;t really come under romance as a genre but do have it within them.  I always find myself looking for a little romance in books.  Obviously it doesn’t have to be there for me to enjoy the book though.

If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading the genre, what would you choose and why?

For Fantasy I would probably recommend all the ones I have mentioned up above.  They all have something special about them for different reasons.

For Romance I would more than likely recommend them something extremely light-hearted like Carole Matthews or Jill Mansell, Milly Johnson.

Why do you read?

Because it is an escape, whatever the genre.  I love the feel of escaping to a far off country, a new world, or a city you just really want to visit. I love that people get happy endings, or have magical possibilities, or find their true calling in life. I love that there are people who make all this possible, the people who put in the tears, the anger, everything that it takes to make an amazing book.  I love being able to have an image in my mind of what I think it all looks like, then to have a conversation with someone else and they imagine it in a completely different way to myself.

My tags:

Everyone and anyone!!! Send me your link if you’ve already done this tag or plan on doing it!!!

Mid-Year Freak-Out Book Tag

So, I read this over on Thrice Read and thought that as we in fact 6 months, nearly 7 months, into the year that I would do just a general post with this book-tag.
Just for an update: My Goodreads Reading Challenge is set at 100 again for this year, and currently I am reading book number 69.  I seem to have been flowing through this year, without struggles or what not.

On to the Book Tag questions I go….

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017

I can’t decide on just one book, so here is the top 5 so far.

The Little Café of Second Chances by J.D. Barrett    The Perfect Present by Karen Swan   Heartless by Marissa Meyer   The Rome Affair by Karen Swan   The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

I’ve picked (In no particular order):

  • The Little Cafe of Second Chances by J. D Barrett
  • The Perfect Present by Karen Swan
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Rome Affair by Karen Swan
  • The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

All of them have something special about them, all of them being exceptional books.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017


Oh, god… I think I’ve only read 2 sequels this year.. If you can even call them sequels

Turn Towards the Sun by Emma   Davies   Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox

The ones that I have read are:

  • Turn Towards the Sun by Emma Davies
  • Secrets & Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox

Again, both great books, I would not be able to pick my favourite one.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To


They are all very, very different books.  I’m excited to read Kat French’s The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach purely because I have loved all of her others.  One Hot Summer was one of my favourite reads on 2016.  Godblind has had so much hype, I see it everywhere on social media at the moment, it isn’t something I would probably pick up straight away but I’m really excited to eventually get to this one in a couple of weeks!! Flame in The Mist’s cover looks stunning, that’s what attracted me first but it does sound like a pretty amazing story.

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year


These are the only 2 I have covers for, the third book would be an upcoming Lynsey James book, I believe it’s coming about October time (well, that’s when I’m booked in for a blog tour).  The above books are: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody and The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas.  Why am I excited for theses? Ok, the first book includes a circus, I love books like this.  And the second? Jo Thomas. her books always make me feel warm, loved, happy. They are pretty special books.

Biggest Disappointment

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

This is easy for me. Caraval by Stephanie Garber.  I was expecting so, so much for this book. But.. I just didn’t particularly enjoy it. I got the story, the characters, I understood everything and the world of Caraval was certainly magical but I just didn’t enjoy it all. There were parts that just didn’t really fit the book, the magical setting.

Biggest Surprise

Seven Steps to Happiness by Stella Newman   Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal

Seven Steps to Happiness by Stella Newman and Birthrights by J. Kyle Mcneal. Both completely different books but I was pleasantly surprised by both.

Favorite New Author

Without a doubt, Karen Swan.  I think I have read 3 of hers this year, and each book has giving me something amazing from it.   The ones I’ve read are The Rome Affair are The Perfect Present. I’ve got a couple more either on my kindle or my bookcase and I plan on reading both before the year is out.

Favorite New Crush

Hmmm…. Sam Carlton from Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks or Maverick from Lost Rider by Harper Sloan. Both very sexy, hot men.

Summer's Lease by Carrie Elks   Lost Rider by Harper Sloan

Favorite New Characters

I can’t pick, I honestly cannot pick.  There are characters that stand out at me while looking at me list of books read this year.  Like Dade from The Breaking Light by Heather Hansen, Cesca and Sam from Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks, Catherine from Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and Whym and Quint from Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal.

Summer's Lease by Carrie Elks   The Breaking Light by Heather    Hansen   Heartless by Marissa Meyer   Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal

Books That Made You Cry

I don’t think any have made me cry so far this year.  It’s been a close thing, but no definite tears which is highly unlike me.

A Book That Made You Happy

Can I just say all the ones I’ve rated 4 stars or higher? I don’t think I could even pick 5 of them to be honest.

Most Beautiful Books You’ve Bought So Far This Year

The Chalk Artist   The Waking Land (The Waking Land Series)   The Night Circus   Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

I haven’t read any of these yet.  I was sent The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman and The Waking Land by Callie Bates for review, and I was lucky enough to be given Waterstones vouchers as a gift so The Night Circus was a must buy, along with Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of the Year?

My whole Netgalley shelf? Impossible as that is though, I’ll select a few that I’m planning blog posts for in the future couple of months.

            Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)      The Waking Land (The Waking Land Series)         The Stolen Marriage   Two By Two   Keep Me Safe (Seal Island #1)

So, there’s 12.  Hopefully I’ll get round to reading them all, and hopefully I’ll get to do a blog post on each of them.  The list is:

  • Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
  • The House of Secrets by Sarra Manning
  • The Inheritance by Angie Coleman
  • The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer
  • Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth
  • The Summer of Serendipity by Ali McNamara
  • The Waking Land by Callie Bates
  • Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
  • From Rome With Love by Jules Wake
  • The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
  • Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
  • Keep Me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti

So, how has your first 6 months of reading in 2017 been? Have you got some disappointments? Or some big surprises? I’d love to hear if you have or not!!


Readers Recommendations 22/6/16

So! I remembered to do my Readers Recommendation post for the week! It’ll be a general blog update from me as well, I seem to have slacked off the last couple of weeks.

I haven’t actually got any recommendations myself, I’ve had an awful week with reading.  I couldn’t decide what to read, and when I did it wasn’t anything to write about really or nothing that hasn’t been over-reviewed and shouted about by us amateur bloggers as it is.
I think all I have read since last Wednesday is Everlasting by Candace Knoebel (it’s been on my Kindle that long I didn’t know what it was about or where it was going to go), The Cake Shop in The Garden by Carole Matthews (I know this was huge last summer and I’ve only just recently bagged myself a copy), and lastly The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths (I think I may have found my new favourite crime series).

Personally, I am not looking for any recommendations this week.  But I am on the lookout for a new series to read, I seem to be getting into them recently.  I am now off to decide which book to start next, I’ve not got a clue where to even begin with looking!!

What have you discovered this week? Have you found a new author? Or maybe just a new genre? Maybe you’ve read a book you want to tell everyone about?

Happy reading people, and lets hope you find a new favourite book this week!

Reader Recommendations

I’m going to try something new.  Well, new for me.  I don’t know if there is anything like this, or even remotely similar in the blogging world but I want to try it anyway.

Right, my thing! Every Wednesday, I’m going to do a “community” recommendations post.  It can be something you’re currently reading, something you want to shout about from the highest of rooftops, or something that you have recently discovered.  It could be your favourite author, or a genre you’ve recently found you like.
You can ask for your own recommendations, or just have a quick peek at what is floating around in other readers lives at the moment.

I’m currently looking for books based around Fairy Tales, so like a retelling of them.  After recently discovering The Shadow Queen by C. J Redwine, I’ve been on the hunt for fairy tale similar books.  So far, I’ve come across The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – although I’ve not read them or purchased them yet.  I’ve also found what seems to be a retelling of Aladdin.  It’s called The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury.  Again, I’ve not read or purchased (every time I’ve gone to buy it something else has come up!)
What I’ve recently read is Rebel In The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton which has a Middle-Eastern mythology sort of thing going on and I loved it!! So, does anyone know of books like that?

Two new releases what I cannot recommend enough are Letting in Light by Emma Davies and One Hot Summer by Kat French.  Both have received numerous amounts of high praise, and if you follow me on twitter I’ve been constantly sharing and retweeting about them!

Please leave any recommendations in the comments! I’m always on the lookout for something new, and you never know, you may find your next favourite book!!!
If you follow me on Twitter, send me a tweet with a recommendation!

Thanks for reading lovely people!