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Friday, 28 February 2014

Heart of the Country by Rene Gutteridge

Heart of the CountryHeart of the Country by Rene Gutteridge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lucky enough to be allowed to read and review this book from Tyndale House Publishers via Net Galley

I've read one of this authors books before and I enjoyed it so I was looking forward to settling down today and reading this one.

I knew it had been made into a film but I had not seen it, so I think its a plus for me, as I think the book is sometimes better than the screenplay.

Luke and John, biblical names, prodigal son, biblical. I hadn't realised either that is was based around that, so seeing as I am not much into religion, it was a plus side that I didn't know this at the start. It certainly didn't read like a Christian read.

Luke was born into wealth, had everything, but he was not a 'big head' you wouldn't think he was born into money.

Faith, a pretty girl, from a different background altogether.

Their world comes crashing down on them, to see why and how or if they survive it, I recommend you read this book.

Was narrated well, came together very well. I enjoyed it.

Faith and Luke Carraway have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer turned socialite while Luke is an up-and-coming successful businessman. After taking his inheritance from his father's stable, lucrative business to invest in a successful hedge fund with the Michov Brothers, he's on the fast track as a rising young executive, and Faith is settling comfortably into her role as his wife. When rumors of the Michovs' involvement in a Ponzi scheme reach Faith, she turns to Luke for confirmation, and he assures her that all is well. But when Luke is arrested, Faith can't understand why he would lie to her, and she runs home to the farm and the family she turned her back on years ago. Meanwhile, Luke is forced to turn to his own family for help as he desperately tries to untangle himself from his mistakes. Can two prodigals return to families they abandoned, and will those families find the grace to forgive and forget? Will a marriage survive betrayal when there is nowhere else to run but home?



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Angels in Leather by Bella Jewel

Angels in Leather (Rebels On Bikes, #1)Angels in Leather by Bella Jewel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Flippin' heck, what a read!!! I was gripped from page one! Only sometimes does a book get me right away and when I know that happens, I know I'm in for a full ride!

I've never read any of this authors books before, but I certainly will be.

Meadow and Axel are the main characters in this book. Meadow's Father dies leaving her with something he doesn't want Axel getting his hands on. Axel wants Meadow at any cost, trying to track her down to get what she is hiding.

Its full of action, full of suspense, and you know there is a deep, deep dark secret that has to come out. Axel used to me nice!!!

WOW, this book left me in no doubt that this author is overwhelmingly brilliant. It left me gasping in many places, in my head I am shouting "WHAT!!!"

Amazing, just had to give it 5/5 stars.


A girl on the run.

Her father gave her one task before he died. To deliver a package.
Now she has the baddest biker in the state after her.

He wants what she's got.

Secrets in both the past and the present threaten to destroy what she is working so hard for.

He threatens to ruin her heart.

Two worlds will collide to make something explosive.




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Lean on Me by Candy Crum

Lean on MeLean on Me by Candy Crum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

LEAN ON ME. Let me say, looking at the cover you would think this is your straight 'run of the mill' typical love story, boy meets girl. Let me tell you, it is not.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

Bri has had to practically bring herself up. Her Mother was not close to Bri, she didn't seem to have the motherly skills in bringing her up and kept herself halfway removed from her. This of course harmed their relationship. When Bri finds herself to be pregnant, which was brought about by a forceful boyfriend, popular boyfriend who no one believed to have a harmful bone in his body, Bri was not believed that she was forced into having sex. Consequences, pregnancy. Her Mother wanted her to have an abortion. Her Father was a weak man who although didn't agree with his wife, was too shallow to stand up for his daughter or what he himself believed in. Bri was disowned and cut off without a penny.

She always had a friend in Matt.

Its not a straight forward story, as not only does Bri want to keep her baby, she is now homeless. Her ex abusive boyfriend doesn't want her to have it and goes to plenty of lengths to keep that from happening, Bri has to go through many problems and abuse to escape.

How can she get the Police and everyone to understand that her ex boyfriend, who is so popular with people and school, be responsible for a crime?
He makes a big mistake! Now she and others can bring him to justice, or can they?

Does Bri escape and have her baby unharmed?
Does she fight for her life, her baby? Where does Matt and his family come in?

How did she survive with being cut off with no means of support?

I thought Bri to be a strong character, she had to grow up fast.

No ties were left dangling, the conclusion was all tied up at the end and as I say, I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

I wouldn't say this story is unrealistic at all. I knew a story similar to this.

The author did a very good job on the insight to how Bri was feeling, I loved Matt. We all need a Matt, what a boy!!! You could tell he came from a 'good strong family' background, Mother, Father, solid relationship with a good marriage of his parents that grounded him. He was taught how to respect women.

Thumbs up to Candy Crum for a fantastic read.

Sixteen year old Bri comes from a wealthy family, allowing her an expensive pass into the popular crowd, though it never much mattered to her. She's on the basketball team and track and is the top in both. 
Bri has everything a girl could want, but she longs for a traditional family that loves one another deeply and would do anything for one another instead of the one she was gifted - cold and very distant. Growing up this way has left Bri alone and forced to raise herself.

Bri's parents pressure her to be the best at everything instead of just being the best that she can be. As a result of trying for the perfect life for her parents, hoping that it will one day impress them, Bri finds herself in an abusive relationship for title rather than love with the high school football star and pressured into doing what a lot of teenagers are pressured into doing. 

When Bri becomes pregnant, her entire world is turned upside down and she has no idea who she can trust anymore. Bri struggles to find a place in this world for herself and for her baby - the baby that she is desperate to have and watch grow. Along the way, Bri is given an opportunity to completely change her life and the life of her child - but it may hinder the life of someone incredibly important to her ... binding him to a future he was never meant to have, just for her. Bri is forced to grow and grow stronger as she fights for her baby and learns how to be a good mother


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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Clarity by Michelle Escamilla

ClarityClarity by Michelle Escamilla


Brantley stroke me as one of those "Jack the lad" kind of chaps, love and leave them, another notch to my bedpost!

Ava has been hurt, and her ex is one hell of a nerd. Well rid is all I can say!

Its hard to trust someone else when you've been hurt in the past, you expect its going to happen again.

This is a true love story, full of heat HOTTTTT HOTTTTTT scortching lust and passion!!!

With Brantley's past and his 'no care less attitude' to women, Ava is reluctant, but she soon finds her feelings going beyond her control.

Its full of the ups and downs that can be in a relationship [in more ways than one *wink*] and a thoroughly good read.

****Received the ARC from a blog tour to read and give my honest review****


After being emotionally scarred by her ex, Ava Martinez struggled to find a guy worth her time. She found happiness in her job, her boss was truly amazing, and being surrounded by friends that kept her smiling, but she knew that one thing was missing.

Brantley Fisher never considered himself a ladies man, but he didn’t have any problem melting the panties off of any willing woman he met. As he found himself climbing up the company ladder he made it well known, he was not the type of guy to settle down. That was until he noticed the petite brunette across the bar who would forever change his life.

Their passionate whirlwind romance brings them happiness they once worked so hard to avoid. However, their murky pasts will stop at nothing to keep them from finding love. In a moment of turmoil, they both find clarity. Will Ava and Brantley risk everything for true love?






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Death of a Rock Star by N.J. Frost

Death of a Rock Star (The Boy in the Band, #0.5)Death of a Rock Star by N.J. Frost
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After the death of Jamie Grimes, Blake and Sylvie's lives are changed, there has always been a love hate relationship between Blake and Sylvie, Sylvie was Jamie's girlfriend, his best mate.

The story has a good round feel to it, its how you would imagine a Rock Life to be, raw, raunchy, wild and explicit. I LOVED IT.

This is only the prequel, so if this is anything to go by, then I can't wait for the complete series to come my way!

This book is intended for a mature audience 18+ 
It contains strong language, sex and references to drug use.

“Troubled rock star Jamie Grimes was found dead at his London home earlier today.” 

So there you have it. Jamie is dead… and it's no surprise. 
A victim of his addictions - his love of drugs and his love for her. 

Sylvie Smith isn’t just any girl. 
She was my best friend’s girl. 
No, not just his girl, she was his downfall. 
She’s the last woman on earth I should want, 
but the instant I set eyes on her I know. 
She will be my downfall too… 

Thrown together in the aftermath of Jamie’s death, Blake and Sylvie's worlds are set to collide. Are they a disaster waiting to happen or an epic love story about to begin? 

Find out in this prequel novella to THE BOY IN THE BAND





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The Accident by C.L. Taylor

The AccidentThe Accident by C.L. Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

BOOK RELEASED IN APRIL 

I was honoured to read and review this book for the author. I had also received this from HarperCollins UK, Avon Via Net Galley.

I couldn't wait to get around to reading this book as I loved the sound of it. I was not mistaken in my choice.

It starts off in such a way it takes you right into the centre of the story, you need to keep reading, nothing else matters until you finish this book, I am not exaggerating either!

Some of the chapters go back a step in time, but this is NOT confusing, its VITAL to the storyline.

You learn of this woman, who starts off pretty weak, and very dominated and in love to someone who gets stronger. When her past life is left behind, married and with a daughter she has seemingly everything, or does she? I can't give the story away, I won't, because I don't like spoilers myself, so all I am going to say is, that her past comes back to haunt her, and not always in the way you think is straight forward!!! Her immediate family think she's on the verge of another nervous breakdown, but this woman is proving to be stronger than anyone can imagine.

READ IT, you MUST. I can't wait for any other books in the genre C L Taylor writes as I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


The person you trust most may only be telling you half the story …

Fast-paced, suspenseful, this is a book with more twists than a helter-skelter that will keep you reading late into the night. Perfect for fans of Before I Go to Sleep and Gone Girl.

Sue Jackson has the perfect family but when her teenage daughter Charlotte deliberately steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma she is forced to face a very dark reality.

Retracing her daughter’s steps she finds a horrifying entry in Charlotte’s diary and is forced to head deep into Charlotte’s private world. In her hunt for evidence, Sue begins to mistrust everyone close to her daughter and she’s forced to look further, into the depths of her own past.

There is a lot that Sue doesn’t know about Charlotte’s life. But then there’s a lot that Charlotte doesn’t know about Sue’s …

REVIEWS

‘This fast, twisty psychological thriller has suspense on every page!’ Paula Daly

‘One of the best books I've read in ages – the tension never lets up until the final pages. Page-turning suspense ratcheted up with every new scene. Sub-plots woven in effortlessly. Brilliant – my heart was racing as I drew nearer and nearer to the ending. Such a chilling read. CL Taylor's characters felt so real and the situation so eerily believable that even when I'd finished it, I was left thinking about it for days afterwards. I read it all over a weekend. ‘ Mel Sherratt

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Monday, 24 February 2014

Loverboy by Trista Jaszczak

LoverboyLoverboy by Trista Jaszczak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book as an ARC. I didn't know what to expect from this book really, so hesitantly started to read it. I was soon captured by its story line and unraveling of events.

This is not your everyday run of the mill love stories, oh no, its so much more than that. I read this at every chance I could take from my day, wanting to know what was going to happen next.

I can't spoil it for you, all I can say is, there are some pretty good plots and twists in it to keep you gasping as you turn the pages.

I've not heard of this author, but boy oh boy I'll be watching out for her subsequent books.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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When Charlotte Murphy escapes from the ruthless serial rapist and killer, Loverboy, she finds herself completely lost and scared to death. Lost, frightened, recovering, and in the sights of a brutal killer. In a most odd but clever tactic from the police, they assign Charlie 24/7 live-in protection; a move that is supposed to comfort her and make healing easier. Somehow, despite the odds, Charlie finds a refuge in officer Nick Andrews and in his arms she finds the strength to heal and the courage to move on with life. Nick finds everything that he wasn’t looking for in Charlie’s eyes and a fight against a killer that becomes personal


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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles

Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley, #1)Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was granted to read this book by Aspendawn Books Via Net Galley.

I love Nora Roberts books and this title got my interest up, also reading the blurb.

I can't add much more that the long length blurb really, it says an awful lot in that.
So, I'll be content in saying that its well worth you buying this book, its a great read, and keeps you interested throughout.

Most of the reviewers have explained a lot also about the book. So I can only say, I agree with them.



Journalist Meredith Hale’s ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after—or Nora Roberts Land as her mother calls it—went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it’s time to change her life and prove her ex wrong. She’s determined to find her own small-town Nora Roberts hero, prove that true love exists, and publish a story about her quest.

War correspondent Tanner McBride has just returned stateside to work for a major newspaper, and the last thing he expects is blackmail. Yet, before he can even unpack, he’s headed to Colorado. His assignment? Make his boss’s ex-wife fall for him and then break her heart. Her article about discovering love à la Nora might air dirty laundry about her marriage to the media mogul, threatening his senate run. The mogul wants Meredith stopped, and he makes sure Tanner has no choice in the matter.

When the two meet, the sparks between them are undeniable. Meredith, who vowed never to date another journalist, begins to succumb. Could Tanner be her Nora Roberts hero? As they work together to uncover the truth behind a suspicious death, the depth of their feelings unfolds and both realize they’ve kept their secrets for far too long. But before the truth can be revealed, their investigation takes a deadly turn, one that might make Meredith’s personal Nora Roberts Land go up in flames




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In My Wildest Dreams by Larynn Ford

In My Wildest DreamsIn My Wildest Dreams by Larynn Ford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read and am reviewing this for the author, no monetary gain, my honest review.

I thought this was going to be a thriller/romance/suspense type of read going by the blurb. I enjoyed reading it, I thought it was a unique story and an unusual twist to things.

The characters were memorable, and did keep my attention until the end.

When she becomes the victim of several life-threatening incidents all in one week, it seems fate is out to put an end to Lynzi Lancaster. Her close calls with death trigger a series of dreams about a magical place and a certain man who broke her heart twenty years ago. Layne Brady. Could her life get any stranger? 
When the star of her dreams announces in person that he had faked his death for twenty years in order to protect her, oh, and that he’s not actually human, the fireworks begin. Does she believe his extraordinary story of another world, the magical world of the Fae? Do fairies really exist? Should she trust her heart? Could her dreams come true?




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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Driving Layne by Renea Porter

Driving Layne (Unspoken Truth, #1)Driving Layne by Renea Porter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just wish I could have give more stars for this book. I was captured by it right away and had to pick my Kindle up at every chance I had.

A friend of mine got to read it before me, so I was interested in talking to her about it after her review. I was told......get your tissues out.

There was so much involved in this book, I was so taken with the characters. I loved Layne. Who wouldn't want someone as pure, honest and loving as him. He took a lot from his 'hoped for' relationship with Amber.

Amber was a very determine young lady, she had her secret to keep. And toward the end of the book it became clear to me why this was.
I have read previous books by this author, I have to say, this is the best one I have read, which is hard to say because she 'gets me' every time. I can't wait for book 2!! If book 2 has the same effect on me as book 1 I'll be a wreck by the end of the year! I closed my Kindle at the end of this book and held it to my chest and sobbed.


Driving Layne 
Book One
Unspoken Truth Series

"They say, the truth will set you free. My truth is killing me."

Amber is starting over in a new state where no one knows her. New roommate, new college and most importantly new freedoms.

Away from home for the first time, Amber isn’t above using a guy for one night and leaving it at that. She doesn't want to get tied down with one person. She just wants to experience the college life and take advantage of being on her own. So, when Amber’s new BFF Renee invites her to an underground drag racing competition, Amber sets her sights on driver/playboy Layne… and their attraction is mutual. 

With his good looks and boyish charm, Layne is popular with the ladies on campus, but Amber thinks one night with him is all she needs to get him out of her system. Little does Amber know that Layne sees things differently, and after their hookup he wants something more. Will Amber open up and let Layne in, or will she run away? 

Will the unspoken truth be too much for either of them to handle?

Stay tuned for more.........
Book Two- Renee & Dylan (Switching Lanes) Renee's story
Book Three- Chase's story (Chasing Lanes)



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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Seasons of Sorrow by C.C. Wood

Seasons of SorrowSeasons of Sorrow by C.C. Wood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to say that I found this book very hard to read. My baby didn't die of SIDS but a heart defect after 3 days of living.

I did persevere with the book though as its based on a true account and the authors experiences. I thought, if she could write it, then I figured, I could read it.

I never understood how a marriage could break up over a death, however, this marriage seemed to have been on the rocks prior to anything happening as tragically as loosing a child.

I felt for this Mother every step of the way. Her pain, her blame, her anguish. She was lucky to have a supportive friend around her that looked after the practicalities of every day life and eventually getting her on her feet.

Its poignant, its tragic, is sad, but its also uplifting, which you can see once reading the book. Get out your'e tissues as you are going to need them



Just a few short months after her son’s birth, Charlotte Fallon faces a parent’s worst nightmare. In her darkest hour, she finds herself abandoned by her husband, Derek,left to deal with her heartbreak alone. Jobless and with very little money, she fights to regain her footing.

As the months pass, secrets her husband managed to bury are unearthed and she wonders if she ever truly knew him. As the truth continues to come to light, Derek’s business partner and Charlotte’s friend, Gregory Swift, steps in to help her deal with the repercussions of her husband’s betrayal. 

Seasons come and go, and, as Charlotte begins to return to life, she realizes that she is much stronger than she believed. And while a pain this deep can never be forgotten, Charlotte learns there is room for joy in the future as the wounds heal. Even a winter of sorrow can eventually warm into a summer of sweetness.





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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick

LifersLifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just have to give this top marks, if I could give it 10/10 I would.

I've never lived in a small village where everyone knows each other and each other's business.
But, with this story, also comes the fact, even if you live in a big city, the same would hold true.

Someone paid they're penance in prison for a crime, they are released and instead of helping that one back to a life in the community, they are shunned, its remembered, no one wants you around, everyone hates you, you have nowhere to go.
You take it on the chin because there is no other way, there is nothing you can do or say that will make the people forgive. Even his parents do not want anything to do with him. He's like a bad smell you want to get rid of.

Why did he return to his home town? because he is on Parole.

He manages to get some work on and off with The Preacher lady. Torrey is the daughter of the Preacher lady, not your typical bible bashers daughter! she's free on sex, a free spirit, and has a mind and will of her own.

After meeting her, she brings a breathe of fresh air to him.

This story is emotive, poignant and reflective. Its a MUST read.

After eight years in prison, twenty-four year old Jordan Kane is the man everyone loves to hate.

Forced to return to his hometown while on parole, Jordan soon learns that this small town hasn't changed since he was carted off to juvie all those years ago. He is the local pariah, shunned by everyone, including his own parents. But their hatred of him doesn't even come close to the loathing he feels every time he looks in the mirror.

Working odd jobs for the preacher lady, Jordan bides his time before he can leave this backwards town. But can distance erase the memories that haunt him? Trapped in the prison of his own mind Jordan wonders if the pain of living will ever subside?

Torrey Delaney is new in town and certainly doesn't behave in a way the locals believe a preacher’s daughter should. Her reputation for casual hook-ups and meaningless sex is the talk of the town. Add that to her budding friendship with the hardened ex-con handyman, and the good Reverend is less than thrilled with her estranged daughter’s path.

As friendship forms, is it possible for two damaged people who are afraid to love take their relationship to the next level? Can Torrey live with Jordan’s demons, and can Jordan break through Torrey's walls? With the disapproval of a small town weighing heavily on them, will they find their place in the world? Can they struggle against the odds, or will their world be viciously shattered?

Is love a life sentence?

Due to scenes of a sexual nature, not recommended for under 18





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Never let you go

Never Let You GoNever Let You Go by Sabrina Devonshire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from the author for my honest opinion.

I find Sabrina Devonshire a very good storyteller. This book was no exception.

I think my only complaint would be when she was rescued from the sea by a man. O k he was obviously going to feature quite a bit, but she's in the sea with a babe in arms and all she thinks is he's sexy and hot! I'd be thinking, get me out of here, then the steamy thoughts could grow.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVED this book, but for me that bit was......
The rest of the book was fabulous and I enjoyed everything else about it.

That is my honest thoughts with no upset intended.

This is a story of love and loss, finding love, and about a growing need of a Mother bonding with her son. A sonthat was given to her in her care. I found this story very moving and will stay with me for quite some time.


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For ten years, Sydney and her husband, Craig, tried to have a baby without success. Sydney is devastated when Craig tells her he’s met someone else. Desperate to escape, she books a flight to the Bocas del Toro Islands in Panama. She hopes the remote location will help her cope with being abandoned and her lost dream of becoming a mother. Her spontaneous decision brings about a surprising change in the course of her life
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Clouded Innonence by D C Gambel

Clouded Innocence (Clouded, #1)Clouded Innocence by D.C. Gambel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a good love/romance historical novel. I've not read one of these for some time.

It took me over just 2 hours to read it. Its full of a good promising series although for me, the `love at first sight` was a bit overwhelming and some things I would have calmed down on and dragged out a little to make it more believable.

As always, reviews are feedbacks and opinions with no malice intended but an honest opinion of my reflection on this story.

3 stars for me means its good, good potential but just lacks the credibility for me.


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Francesca de Bella's normally peaceful world is turned upside down when her stepbrother, Steven, returns home for a visit and brings with him a surprise guest. No one has ever affected Francesca the way Conner Edwards does. Not only is he incredibly handsome but there is something else that draws Francesca to him, but she knows her father would never approve of Conner. Conner has nothing to offer her but his hHERE
. She soon learns that her doubts are not the only problems standing in her way, when her father announces her impending engagement to Nicholas Jackson, the son of a prominent business partner. With the whirlwind of events pulling her in a multitude of direction, Francesca anchors herself to the only constant in her world, Conner.

A historical romance novel. Contains sexual content - recommended for ages 17+



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Monday, 17 February 2014

Wedding Night: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

Wedding Night: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this paperback from Transworld Publishers today but I have already read this book when it was released under another cover.

I will update my review.

Lottie knows that her boyfriend is going to propose and is all excited and nervous, but what she fails to remember is the pact she made with her friend when she was younger and single saying that if they were not married by the time they were 30 they would marry each other, except, she IS about to be married. So when he comes back on the scene, things start to heat up.

The wedding night is hilarious, and I dare anyone not to laugh.

Sophie Kinsella has always had a remarkable gift, a gift of being able to tell a story, and a gift for her readers to enjoy them.



Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates—just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.
 
Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive—but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better . . . or worse






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