#BookReview She’s Got Game by Laura Heffernan @LH_Writes @Chicklitshop #HungryReadersGames20

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What they say: WINNER TAKES ALL
 
Travel blogger Gwen Williams is living the dream–competing in the annual American Board Game Championship. She’s up against some stiff competition, namely legendary gamer and four-time champ Cody McKay. The seriously buff hottie and shameless flirt is going all-out to seduce her. That’s when Gwen lays her cards on the table: She never, ever mixes gaming with romance . . . until resisting Cody becomes a losing proposition.

As Gwen gives in to temptation, everything’s in play for a major heartache. With the rounds heating up and players eliminated, she knows she’s gambling a lot more than a seat at the final table in Vegas. But Cody’s kisses promise more than a fleeting romance. If she plays her cards right, Gwen just might walk off with the championship and the man of her dreams.

The Review: It’s so apt to be reading this as part of The Hungry Readers Games, not only is the author one of the judges, but the book is all about competitive games!!!

Gwen is a travel blogger who, from the start, puts forward a very good case for being on the road (lying between crisp new sheets nightly), but this time she’s off to somewhere even more special, a board game competition!! I loved that we meet her friends and have them accompany us from competition to competition and actually I was very taken with Holly, who was so there for Gwen with so many issues of her own (I’m interestedto see if book 2 followed her friends or herself but either way I’m in!!).

The settings and in particular the competitions and after venues where the girls go to celebrate put you right there, and I spent each moment holding my breath hoping she’d bump into Cody (who was the perfect mix of cocky and cocky to leave you unsure as to what way things would go) or be put together at the same table.

The romance was beautiful, the chemistry sizzling, and the action extremely well done, with more than one ‘what JUST happened’ moment. All in all a series I can’t wait to follow!!

Rating:5/5

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The Rules: 🏆 Two Challenges and Two Ways to Win this June for our 6 voracious readers as #thehungryreadersgames Challengers this #Summer2020! 🏆🏹

Competition 1 – Power Reader Challenge:

Who will read the most books this month??? 📚🥰📚

1 pt. will be awarded for novels (200+ pages!) 📚📚

0.5 pts. for novellas (199 pages or less!) 📚

Competition 2: Bonus Points Challenge – #HungerGames style! 😱🙈😱

Ways Our Challengers Can Earn Bonus Points:

✔️ Read an ARC a week (up to 3 max per week) = Accept 1 Bonus Point or Go to GamesMistress @LauraHeffernanBooks & Dice Roll for 0 – 5 Bonus Points! 😮

✔️ Write a Review a Week = 5 Bonus Points 😍

✔️ Write a Blog or IG Book Post a week = 3 Bonus Points. Keep them, or Go to the GamesMistress & Roll for Double or Nothing! 🤔

✔️ Gain Lifelines –> Every 15 new Followers = 5 Bonus Points 🤩

Readers – Become a #Lifeline! Share the #hungryreadersgames2020 Challenge and get your friends to follow your favorite Champion(s)!!! 🤩 For every 15 new Followers our Champions get on IG or FB, they will get 5 Bonus Points. Our Challengers will need them for the upcoming Surprise Challenges! 😲 Leave a comment if you’ve spread the word about # theHungryReadersGames or #hungryreaders2020 on Social Media for a special shout out as a Top Sharer! 🥰📚🥰

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So …

Not excellent this week, but certainly better!! I read three and three quarters books as I couldn’t wait last week and started The Brilliant The Bad Mother’s Book Club. All books were 5 stars, I’ve recommended all since as all were exceptional so I absolutely truly cannot pick a favourite book!! All have been posted to Amazon and all blogged except for Dreaming of Tuscany which is to come this week!

T A William’s Dreaming of Tuscany Arc from Netgalley (blog post not done yet) 262 pages

And on my blog

Kitty Wilson Happy Ever After (The Cornish Village School book 5) Arc from Netgalley

Keris Stainton The Bad Mother’s Book Club Arc from Netgalley 229 pages (but started last week)

Mary Frame Surprise book Imperfectly Delicious (Imperfectly Perfect book 6) 276 pages

As for the dice roll, I’m going to stick and play it safe!!

Imperfectly Delicious (Book 6 of the Imperfect series) by Mary Frame @Marewulf @MS_birdlady @LH_Writes #HungryReadersGames

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This is book six in the Imperfect Series and can be read as a stand-alone novel!

Scarlett Jackson is anything but perfect. The first time she met famous chef and entrepreneur Guy Chapman, she set him on fire. As a result, she was blacklisted from every restaurant in New York City to the point where she couldn’t get hired at a taco stand. But she didn’t give up. She got busy. Now she’s running her own food truck and things are taking off. Except…through a mixture of impeccable timing and bad luck, she’s parking near Guy’s newest and most ambitious undertaking: Restaurant Row.

For Guy Chapman, everything must be perfect. His businesses, his food, his whole life. He has more on the line than creating a culinary empire. There are people who rely on him, from employees to a sister who requires twenty-four-hour care. So when a plucky baker running an inconvenient food truck throws a wrench into his plans, he can’t let it go.

When things start getting hot in both their kitchens, Guy and Scarlett have to decide what’s more important: winning the block or winning each other’s hearts.

Imperfect Series reading order–All books can be read as stand-alone novels and feature quirky characters and a guaranteed HEA!
Book One: Imperfect Chemistry
Book Two: Imperfectly Criminal
Book Three: Practically Imperfect
Book Four: Picture Imperfect
Book Five: Imperfect Strangers
Book Six: Imperfectly Delicious

The Review: I actually picked this as part of this week’s surprise book challenge for the hungry readers games with no idea of what I was in for. Who would have known that I was to find an author I was all set to ingest every single book of?!

Okay, yes, I’ll begin at the very beginning. So I was astonished on reading the above blurb, it was probably the best, most vibrant blurb I’d ever read, and coupled with the cover and promise of someone running a food truck in the presence of a restaurant that was extremely high end I was in.

From the off I was thrilled with the setting, said food truck being run in New York, with our lead, Scarlett, and her friend, Fred, a girl that had the most perfect personality to make up an unstoppable team.

The comedy in this book was the stuff of legends (or technicolor rom com movies), as we meet Scarlett hiding from the head of the top restaurant, Guy, who we’re told she may or may not have previously set fire to. Add into this his charming right hand man, Carson, who was taking advantage of spying to sample the cupcakes. The romance was swoonerific and perfectly placed, drip fed into a compelling story expertly and making me smile. The heat was great too and suited the realness of it all, and as I finished I made sure to remind myself to sign up for the author’s newsletter and get onto her back catalogue (this was book 6 of the series).

All in all beyond beyond recommended and thanks so much to the author for the book in return for an honest review and for introducing me to her stellar work.

Rating:5/5

The Cornish Village School Happy Ever After (book 5) by Kitty Wilson @canelo_co @KittyWilson23 #HungryReadersGames20

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When you’ve spent your life trying to be perfect, how easy is it to let go?

Marion Marksharp is the undisputed queen of Penmenna and has the perfect life – ask anyone. Doting husband? Hmm, maybe not… Well-behaved, angelic children? Definitely not. A network of close, supportive friends? Not so much, it turns out.

Marion sets out to change her autocratic ways by starting up a wedding planning enterprise in the village. But between her husband’s suspicious absences, her PTA frenemies and her own perfectionist tendencies, organising the dream wedding for her friend isn’t going smoothly and she’s running out of time to pull it off…

In this final book in the Cornish Village School series, the village comes together one last time to make sure everyone gets their happy ever after.

A second-chance romance perfect for fans of Tilly Tennant and Cathy Bramley.

The Review: This next book I HAD to read for The Hungry Readers Games, I’ve waited so long and had to grab the chance because I cannot believe we’re at the end of this brilliant series!! As you know we’ve spent the run up to this book with one character in the back of our mind that needed their story told… yes, we are at that powerful whirlwind on energy that is Marion.

Our real beginning of this book is at a place we see in rom com a lot, and my jaw dropped to the ground that the person in question could possibly have done what they did (yes I have to do this spoiler free!!). This for me was THE story.

As we followed Marion on her new direction in life I kept coming back to this and 1) was relieved the author had chosen a certain avenue 2) wasn’t sure about one of the people in the equation as I was so behind the other (okay I’m going to snap here,  I love Richard so much!!), 3) was so taken with the timeline, which was epically done especially as it’s (sniff) the end of this series, and the vividness of both the events and the settings, which totally had me (special mention for the pub!) and also of course, the romance which was MAGNIFICENT!!!

A book I flew through, savouring it all (my only niggle at all was I slightly missed Marion being in her normal school role but her boys did a great job of filling the gap!!).

I normally thank the publisher for the book in return for an honest review, and I will here just because I’m nearly sure I have to log it on Netgalley, but actually this is an author I always buy too (for support because I ‘know’ her from bookland and her books are so wonderful and also to make sure I can somehow help put her where she deserves to be, at the top of the charts) and will continue to, and as well as thanking them for the book I’d like to say thank you to Canelo and Ms. Wilson for one of my favourite series. Beyond recommended for warmth, charm and just all round chick lit perfection! And for any of you lucky enough to have not read the series, get thee back to book 1 and you’re welcome!

Rating: 5/5

The Bad Mother’s Book Club by Keris Stainton @Keris @bookouture #HungryReadersGames

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Meet Emma, the new Mum on the block. Since moving to the Liverpudlian seaside after her husband’s career change, her life consists of the following: long walks on the beach (with the dog), early nights (with the kids) and Netflix (no chill).

Bored and lonely, when Emma is cordially invited to the exclusive cool school-mums’ book club, she thinks her luck may finally be about to change. But she soon finds the women of the club aren’t quite what they seem – and after an unfortunate incident involving red wine and a white carpet, she finds herself unceremoniously kicked out.

The answer? Start her own book club – for bad mothers who just want to drink wine and share stories. But will this town let two book clubs exist? Or is there only room for one queen of the school gates…?

Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks.

The Review: You possibly know by now my opinions on Keris Stainton, who is without a doubt one of my favourite writers (and someone I hope somebody will someday compare my books to if I’m honest), with books you absolutely lose yourself in, smiling, laughing and sometimes crying as you read. I look forward to each and every book and fly through them all.

So theres my intro. Now. I ADORED this book!! It is the story of Emma, who is trying to fit in as a parent in a school where there is a certain hierarchy that she has yet to learn. In this school the equivalent to the high school cool girls come in the form of a group that have a very select book club, led by the designer clad wife of a top footballer.

The book however comes from various viewpoints, as we follow the people from the book club, who are definitely not all they seem. Ironically this book reminded me of Big Little Lies, extremely ironic because (stops to assess situation and see whether should actually say this) I’ve never read the book, just seen the series (I know!)

With drama that had me catching my breath, comedy that made me snort so loudly, and vivid, excellent descriptions and show stopping romance and characters I absolutely flew through this book (half on Sunday, half Monday if you’re keeping track for the Hungry Readers Games 2020!), in particular hearting and savouring from the actual set up of their book club on. Cannot recommend enough! Thanks so much to Bookouture and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating 5/5

 

#BookReview Just Friends by Lucy Keeling @Lucy_K_Author

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Friends do nice things for each other, right? 
That’s what Polly Bowman tells herself when she agrees to be her friend Bailey’s ‘fake girlfriend’ to help him keep a promise to his family. After all, Bailey has always supported her through difficult times – he even knows about her secret singing sessions at the local speakeasy bar.
But maintaining a fake relationship isn’t easy, and when Polly’s meddling but well-meaning group of friends throw her and Bailey together as best man and maid-of-honour for an upcoming wedding, Polly soon realises she’s going to have to confront a few long-kept secrets head on …

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The Review: I read this as part of both the #Summersolsticereadalong and #HungryReadersGames20 the other day  and was thrilled that it was my Summer read!

Just Friends begins with a group of friends discussing wedding plans and I was already glued to my seat. There are a lot of characters in this book, done very well in that you remember who each of them are as you read on.

There’s some definite proper laugh out loud moments (how could there not be with a fake relationship going on?) but I think what stands out is definitely the chemistry, romance and heat. I felt for Bailey soooooo much and actually secretly hoped Polly would go easy on him (yes I am aware this is a book!) and was thrilled with how everything played out. This could be read as a standalone but it would probably be better to start with the brilliant Make It Up To You (review here) which was epic too! Definitely a summer read to be enjoyed and beyond recommended.

Rating:5/5

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The Rules: 🏆 Two Challenges and Two Ways to Win this June for our 6 voracious readers as #thehungryreadersgames Challengers this #Summer2020! 🏆🏹

Competition 1 – Power Reader Challenge:

Who will read the most books this month??? 📚🥰📚

1 pt. will be awarded for novels (200+ pages!) 📚📚

0.5 pts. for novellas (199 pages or less!) 📚

Competition 2: Bonus Points Challenge – #HungerGames style! 😱🙈😱

Ways Our Challengers Can Earn Bonus Points:

✔️ Read an ARC a week (up to 3 max per week) = Accept 1 Bonus Point or Go to GamesMistress @LauraHeffernanBooks & Dice Roll for 0 – 5 Bonus Points! 😮

✔️ Write a Review a Week = 5 Bonus Points 😍

✔️ Write a Blog or IG Book Post a week = 3 Bonus Points. Keep them, or Go to the GamesMistress & Roll for Double or Nothing! 🤔

✔️ Gain Lifelines –> Every 15 new Followers = 5 Bonus Points 🤩

Readers – Become a #Lifeline! Share the #hungryreadersgames2020 Challenge and get your friends to follow your favorite Champion(s)!!! 🤩 For every 15 new Followers our Champions get on IG or FB, they will get 5 Bonus Points. Our Challengers will need them for the upcoming Surprise Challenges! 😲 Leave a comment if you’ve spread the word about # theHungryReadersGames or #hungryreaders2020 on Social Media for a special shout out as a Top Sharer! 🥰📚🥰

✔️ Gain Sponsors –> Every 5 Sponsors = 1 Bonus Points

📖 #Romance #Authors 📖 – Need a review? Become a Sponsor today and support one or more of these 6 voracious readers! Have an ARC? Or a past book that needs a little #ReviewLove? Contact one, two, or all of our Challengers! (For more details, contact @chicklitshop.) 📖

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🏹🏆 Finally, it can’t be #thehungryreadersgames2020 without some ways to LOSE ALL THESE HARD EARNED BONUS POINTS…Stay tuned & watch what happens!!! 🏆🏹

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🏆#MayTheOddsBeEverInYourFavor! 🏆

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So …

Yeah, not great. Not great at all. Hmmm ….

Another week where, yes, I’ve really no excuse. The Instagram thing has been a non runner for me, every time I’m on I feel the urge to head to Twitter instead and get sidetracked. As a result my promotion has been horrendous, and given next week is my last week I need to cop on.

I did not get the kindle app but have made piece with that- I cant get space at the mo.

And on the reading front I’ve read half of one book- Sunshine and Second Chances by Kim Nash 238 pages

And 2 other books

Poll Dancer by the brilliant Laura Heffernan (excellent and definitely a 5🏅read)-a sharp, bright, stunning, romantic story about a pole dancer who runs for politics 182 pages

Just Friends by Lucy Keeling- no review up yet for this and it’ll be Tuesday unfortunately before I do, but a big recommendation for this for people who love books with a group of friends trying to plan a wedding 273 pages

My book of the week was poll dancer

Given all of this, this week I am going to roll the dice 🎲 (shuts eyes really tight😉)

Happy reading everyone and

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Poll Dancer (Push and Pole book 1) by Laura Heffernan @LH_Writes @MS_birdlady #HungryReadersGames20

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When politics meets pole fitness, Mel’s life flips upside-down.

After Mel’s disastrous promotional video goes viral,  a “family values” group launches a protest against her dance studio. Their leader isn’t just trying to stop her from teaching—he’s using Mel as a moral scapegoat for his own senate campaign. If he wins, he threatens to change the laws to keep all pole dancing out of their community.

Mel’s no politician, but she’s not not going down without a fight. Since running for office beats unemployment, she decides to face off against him. She hires a campaign manager and tosses her hat in the ring. There’s just one problem: voters don’t understand pole. Mel needs to change her image, fast. If she can’t get the people on her side, she won’t have a business to save. Worse, Mel finds herself falling for her campaign manager, Daniel, but she can’t tell if he likes Mel the dancer or Melody the candidate.

For Mel, the hardest part of running for office may be protecting her heart.

Poll Dancer is a fun, witty update on My Fair Lady, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella.

The Review: Look at the last line of that blurb. “a fun, witty update on My Fair Lady, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella.” And that’s exactly what this is!! 

So we meet Melody as she prepares for a video to promote her pole dancing classes. It goes horrendously wrong and already I’m rooting for this strong, independent, sassy and so likeable athlete (and trying not to snigger).

One of the most stunning elements of this book is that each chapter begins with an in depth description of various pole dancing moves. They were so descriptive I could absolutely picture them and I was both in awe and absolutely stunned by their beauty. But back to the story. Mel’s classes are shut down by a politician who’s preaching family values and Mel, who has a qualification in politics, comes to the conclusion that she needs to run opposite him. This is where it gets doubly interesting as we meet the loveliest campaign manager and a team that mightn’t be as positive as he.

The comedy was spot on, with a number of short out loud moments. The romance was fantastic, politics intriguing and the drama rom com perfection. Beyond enjoyable and so recommended and I can’t wait to read book 2!

Rating: 5/5

 

#BookReview Sunshine and Second Chances by Kim Nash @KimTheBookworm @MS_birdlady #HungryReadersGames20

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What they say: It’s never too late to be offered a second chance at life.

Debs is newly single, Fiona is caring for her mum, Samantha is grieving, and Liv has the perfect life – or so she’d like her friends to think…

This year, these four life-long friends are turning fifty, and Liv is determined they will honour their promise to each other – made on a beach at sunrise twenty-nine years before – to celebrate this milestone together.

And what better place than a gorgeous villa where they will be spoiled and enjoy the stunning beaches, picturesque fishing towns and glorious climate of the Algarve?

But time away from home doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder. Sometimes it makes the thought of returning to your life too hard to bear. Especially with more than one gorgeous Portuguese man making hearts unexpectedly flutter…

It begins as a reunion in the sunshine, but little do the four friends know what life-changing decisions they’ll all be making before their flight home.

A heart-warming, feel-good summer read about friendship, love and second chances. 

The Review: If you’re in my corner of bookland, you’ll know that this is a much anticipated Summer read, and actually, after seeing the beginning chapter after opening by accident some time ago (commitments sometimes stop me reading books I’ve an itch for), I was absolutely chomping at the bit to get to this, an extremely summery read and decided that taking part in the Hungry Readers Games was the perfect excuse!

And we are straight into a sunny positive prologue and the promise of a trip to Portugal with a group of friends that are all circling their fiftieth birthdays.

We moved from pov to pov of each of the ladies, seeing their various home issues and then their holiday alter egos as they came to understand what they needed to be happy. I liked that I was reminded who the characters were, and was intrigued when a male pov arrived too!

This book has many themes that could possibly strike chords with readers and invoke some tears, and there were many moments I was thrilled for the characters. Of course, with that came the odd thing that caused slight bemusement, not least the fact that the ladies as a group didn’t seem to be there for each other (when alone yes, when together no!), the timeline in relation to a love at first sight scenario and a lady who (in my probably sheltered possibly privileged position) I found to have forgotten her kids (I can beyond identify with being at the end of your tether, or feeling the ‘is this really it?’ thing, but was a bit uncomfortable with her actions if I’m honest). Saying that, I raced through the book, relishing the triumphs, feeling the lows and smiling so much. Definitely a summer read to pick up and devour!

Rating:4.5/5

SummerSolsticeReadalong #summersolsticereadalong Just Friends by Lucy Keeling @Lucy_K_Author

I am so excited to be reading as part of this, an event set up by the brilliant Emma Jackson (check out Summer In The City review here ) where all over social media readers, bloggers an authors will be popping up to share pics or even vids of them reading a #Summerread. And the great thing is, you’re included too!

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So the book I chose was Just Friends by the brilliant Lucy Keeling!!

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Friends do nice things for each other, right? 
That’s what Polly Bowman tells herself when she agrees to be her friend Bailey’s ‘fake girlfriend’ to help him keep a promise to his family. After all, Bailey has always supported her through difficult times – he even knows about her secret singing sessions at the local speakeasy bar.
But maintaining a fake relationship isn’t easy, and when Polly’s meddling but well-meaning group of friends throw her and Bailey together as best man and maid-of-honour for an upcoming wedding, Polly soon realises she’s going to have to confront a few long-kept secrets head on …

Buy it here!!

K, so am running off to get reading, will catch up with you over the day. Make sure to tag me @brmaycock and use the hashtag so you can catch up on other people’s #Summerreads!!