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I am an avid reader especially of romance novels

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About Last Night by A. S. Kelly

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Allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Tyler Hayes, and I’m a fireman.

Sorry to already disappoint you, but I’m not the person you think I am.

My charming uniform and seductive smile have caused nothing but trouble, and my not-so-honourable reputation, which I used to be so proud of, has kept me away from the one person I wanted to spend the rest of my life baking cookies for; my sweet, beautiful, slightly crazy Miss White.

I guess now I need to tell the whole story.

At forty years old, following years of self-sabotage, I’ve suddenly found myself admitting that I know absolutely nothing. Maybe my friend Niall was right when he told me to accept the process and just grow up. And now it’s too late; I’ll never be able to keep her close to me. All that’s left to do is watch helplessly – but deservedly – as my world comes tumbling down around me.

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Tyler is a local fireman and is horrified to learn that the apartment next to his has been rented when he had been assured it wouldn’t be. Things started to change once he met Holly, his new neighbour and a teacher on a 3 month exchange programme 
Holly has lost her mother who was her only family and has come to Ireland to escape her normal life and because of something she discovered following her mother’s death. Holly is introduced to the reader as a fiery person who wouldn’t hesitate to hold a knife and threaten a burglar whilst calling the police, even if he claims to be a fireman “believing he smelt smoke”. She is a well written character who knows what she wants but is wary of things because of her past experiences, I think that a lot of us may have a bit of Holly in us
I loved Tyler, he is self assured, has slept with half the town but still becomes determined to change Holly’s mind about him from just a burglar to the person he is. He doesn’t really expect anything that happens and his vulnerability with what is happening made me love him a bit more 
This book pulled me in and I was addicted. I really liked the fact that the story was written from the first person for each of them (chapter headings tell you who is talking) which gave me such an insight into what was going on in their heads and why they were reacting in the way that they did which made this book so much more enjoyable to me, especially as a lot seemed to come from Tyler instead of the focus being Holly’s thoughts as he seemed to change more throughout 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance with some amazing characters, who develop so much throughout, who you will adore and how people’s perceptions may not actually be the truth 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

A. S. Kelly was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and a cat named Oscar.

She’s passionate about English literature, she’s a music lover and addicted to coffee.

She spends her days in a small village North of Dublin, looking for inspiration for her next stories.

Rainy Days is her debut novel.

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Mine to Five by Tara September

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Working beyond nine to five and barely getting by, Melanie Thomas is eager to celebrate the impending holiday season and to toast the start of her dream marketing job over drinks with her boyfriend. Unfortunately, he has different plans—like seeing other women.

Indulging in a pity party with tequila, Melanie confides in a sexy stranger at the bar. It’s almost Christmas. One night of letting go won’t hurt anything, right? Turns out it just might—when the stranger is her new boss. Determined to succeed at her job, Melanie won’t be scared away. This is her chance, even if her hot boss has her feeling all merry and bright and wishing for a less-than-professional relationship.

Matthew Ryans is burned out and on thin ice at the company he helped build unless he gets his head back in the game. Yet his head, both upper and lower, are quickly becoming obsessed with his new assistant. Still, he can’t seem to fully begrudge Melanie’s distracting presence and the Christmas joy she brings with it. Especially considering that her enthusiasm has him reenergized. For once, he is longing for Mondays, but with his heart and job on the line, he can’t risk blurring the lines no matter how strong the lure of holiday mistletoe is.

Will their holiday passion be able to fuel mutual career success, or will it only get in their way in the New Year?

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Melanie has woken up to everyone’s nightmare, she had a one night stand the night before starting her new job and when she arrives at work it turns out that he is her new boss Matthew 
Melanie is looking to go up in the world of advertising and her skills have got her a job working with Matthew, one of the best in the business. I liked Melanie, she is talented and knows what she is talking about, coming up with some brilliant advertising ideas. She is more nervous about her feelings on a personal level as what she wants could hurt her but she is also a great fun character who I would love to meet
I totally adored Matthew, he has the main voice in the book and it helped me to understand him a lot more which really worked. I loved being able to see inside his head and see how he developed throughout the story and how he realised what he really wanted. He is creative and focused, struggling at first to accept that his boss forced him to have an assistant but actually really quickly understanding how she could help in the creative process and possibly elsewhere! 
This book let me into the world of advertising and some of how the things we see on TV and social media come about which I adored. Matthew and Melanie’s story was fabulous to read that had me totally hooked and unable to put it down. 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a fun romance with characters you will adore in some beautiful settings
AM 🐾 x 

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07YWKD6XB

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Author Bio 

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Tara September is a multi-award-winning contemporary romance author living in Southwest Florida. Blogger and former PR executive for The Walt Disney Company, Tara holds a Master’s degree in journalism & communications from New York University. For over a decade, Tara has penned a popular lifestyle, travel and parenting blog at TaraMetBlog.com.

An avid romance reader though, she has been daydreaming about being an author since she was a kid. Dozens of bad dates and adventures later, she still finds it impossible that she met her husband on a NYC subway. They now have identical twin boys and four cats underfoot/on her laptop/everywhere. Fueled by an IV of green tea and an outrageous stock of champagne, she’s finally writing the happily ever after tales she’s been dreaming about.

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The Christmas Swap by Sandy Barker

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Christmas is coming and best friends ChloeJules, and Lucy are needing change… so swapping homes for the holidays could be the perfect present for all of them!

Australian Chloe spends her Christmas in a sleepy village in Oxfordshire, England. She is totally star-struck when she discovers who lives across the road.

Lucy, who has jetted off to snowy Colorado for her dream-come-true white Christmas, is taken into the fold of Jules’s loud and brash family, discovering more about herself in a few short days than she has in years.

And Jules leaves the cold climes of Colorado to spend her Christmas on a beach with Chloe’s friends in Melbourne, finding that time away is just what she needed.

The only thing better than one Christmas romance is three, and this wonderful festive novel is perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Holly Martin and Karen Swan.

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Jules, Lucy and Chloe have been best friends since childhood and they end up swapping Christmas’s with each other, Chloe in the UK, Lucy in America and Jules in Australia, think the movie The Holiday
I enjoyed this book however I did have to concentrate a lot to remember who was who and where they were which did make it harder to read. However it was really good to see the various Christmas’s and how they differ in different places, what’s normal for me in England would be totally strange for someone from America
The girls each discover something about themselves and they end up fighting but also getting closer which made them feel more real. They each also meet someone who makes them happy and could be their forever person, even if they seem a bit unlikely at the time
There is a lot of drama and families at Christmas can always be difficult but it worked so well and had me keeping on turning the pages pulling me in
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance that isn’t totally traditional with some fabulous main characters who you will adore 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

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Sandy Barker is a writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list. She loves exploring new places, outdoor adventures, and eating and drinking like a local when she travels, and many of her travel adventures have found homes in her novels. She’s also an avid reader, film buff, wine lover and coffee snob.

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Christmas Reunion in Paris by Liz Fielding

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Parisian reunion
With the one that got away!

Celebrity chef James Harrington never expected to find himself face-to-face with Chloe, his first love, again… Especially, with her working as a chambermaid at his luxury hotel! Their chemistry’s as strong as ever, but she’s hiding a secret. Can James convince Chloe that their love is worth taking a chance on – again?

Katie Fforde wrote, when honouring her with the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019 said – “Liz Fielding’s books, with their warmth, humour and emotion, have charmed millions of readers. She is a true star of the romantic fiction genre.”

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Chloe has run away from her privileged background and is working as a maid in Paris. James is on business in Paris and sees Chloe, the girl he fell in love with at school and had never forgotten 
I loved Chloe as a character, she is strong and independent, she has had troubles in her life but is determined to overcome them and be herself instead of under her controlling fathers thumb 
James is shocked to see Chloe working as a maid in the hotel is staying at. He had never forgotten her and this could be their second chance. He is more controlling than he realises which made me get annoyed with him at times but everything he did was in an attempt to make Chloe happy and keep her safe which made me adore him
I really enjoyed Chloe and James’ story, it made me think that love can be strong and stand the test of time even when people are apart. Seeing them both develop as characters made them seem more real and drew me further into their story
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance story where the main characters have been torn apart but have made their way back to each other, even though there are speed bumps along the way 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

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Best selling author, Liz Fielding worked as a secretary in Africa, the Middle East and the UK before writing full time. Her award winning books are published worldwide in multiple languages and she has more than 15 million books in print.

Katie Fforde wrote, when honouring her with the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019 said – “Liz Fielding’s books, with their warmth, humour and emotion, have charmed millions of readers. She is a true star of the romantic fiction genre…”

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Parasite? The Secret Diary of a Landlord by The Secret Landlord

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Get ready to learn what really happens behind closed doors.

Landlords have become one of the most hated groups in society. Parasites, they’re often called. And there’s a lot of them. The Treasury estimates there are almost 2.6 million landlords in the UK with around 5.45 million rental properties.

But the real life of a professional landlord is very different to what most people think. From burglaries and break-ins to drug raids, police warrants, crazy tenant antics, bailiffs, squatters, lawsuits, wrecked properties, interfering council officers, game-playing freeholders to moments of heartfelt joy and happiness, the life of a landlord is never dull. Especially when the government keeps moving the goalposts.

This explosive front line exposé blows the lid off what it’s really like to be a landlord and the shocking reality of renting out a property. Hovering close to a nervous breakdown and likely suffering PTSD, The Secret Landlord exposes truths rarely shared. Stories that will grip you, move you and smack you in the face.

This is the truth, the other side of the door. 

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A fascinating look at how things happen from the other side of a tenancy which had me hooked right from the start
This book is well written and made me understand more the trials of being a landlord, what they have to deal with and how it happens as well as what happens with different tenants
There were a lot of surprises in this book for me including learning more about the rules that favour the tenant and make things harder for the landlord as well as the huge variety of people who live in rented accommodation and some of their stories
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a non fiction read that looks at things from a different perspective and will have you hooked
AM 🐾 x

SPurchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Parasite-Secret-Diary-Landlord-ebook/dp/B08DTPYVFZ/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Parasite-Secret-Diary-Landlord-ebook/dp/B08DTPYVFZ/

Author Bio 

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The Secret Landlord has been renting, refurbishing and selling properties across the UK for almost two decades. An award winning landlord, as judged by the National Landlords Association, The Secret Landlord has provided accommodation for hundreds of tenants from all walks of life.

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A Bachelor’s Pledge by Penny Hampson

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The woman who haunts his dreams

Secret agent Phil Cullen is upset when he discovers that the young woman he rescued from Mrs Newbody’s establishment has absconded from his housekeeper’s care without a word. Thinking he has been deceived, he resolves to forget about her… something easier said than done. 

The man she wants to forget

Sophia Turner is horrified when she is duped into entering a notorious house of ill-repute. Then a handsome stranger comes to her aid. Desperate that no one learns of this scandalous episode, Sophia flees to the one friend she knows she can trust. With luck, she will never see her mysterious rescuer again.

But fate has other plans…

 Months later, Phil is on the trail of an elusive French agent and Sophia is a respectable lady’s companion when fate again intervenes, taking their lives on a collision course. 

Traitors, spies, and shameful family secrets – will these bring Sophia and Phil together… or drive them apart?

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A book with so much drama that it kept me on my toes! It’s going to be so hard to write this review without any spoilers but I will do my best
 
I will admit that I struggled with the first few chapters of this book but once I got into it properly I was totally hooked and read most of it on the train home in one go!
 
I loved Sophia, she is a very smart and resourceful character who had a difficult backstory which was more explained the further through the book I was which worked so much better than it being all at once. She is also very conscious of those around her and how what has happened to her appears given the rules of society 
 
I found Phil a fascinating character, his line of work made him interesting and showed me a world I didn’t really know existed, but also worked so well for him. He is aware of how he feels much earlier than Sophia and has a sense of honour that demands that he keep her safe from harm 
 
Phil is determined that he knows best, which at times I did find annoying, but Sophia doesn’t always agree which leads to sparks flying when they clash and in my opinion some of the best lines in the book. I have a perfect example but it would be a spoiler and is therefore something that I will let you read for yourself 
 
Set primarily in Falmouth, it gives a look at the ships and the navy around the time of the Napoleonic wars and it also challenges the gender stereotypes of the period and asks what are women capable of and what surprises will they bring
 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance full of drama with lots of twists and turns that will keep you on your feet 
 
AM 🐾 x

Purchase Link – mybook.to/ABachelorsPledge

Author Bio

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Some time ago Penny Hampson decided to follow her passion for history by studying with the Open University. She graduated with honours and went on to complete a post-graduate degree.

Penny then landed her dream role, working in an environment where she was surrounded by rare books and historical manuscripts. Flash forward nineteen years, and the opportunity came along to indulge her other main passion – writing. Penny joined the New Writers’ Scheme of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and  three years later published her debut novel, A Gentleman’s Promise, a historical mystery/romance and the first in The Gentlemen Series. An Officer’s Vow soon followed and the latest in the series is A Bachelor’s Pledge.

But never happy in a rut, Penny also writes contemporary suspense with paranormal and romantic elements. Her first book in this genre is The Unquiet Spirit, published by Darkstroke.

Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).

For more on Penny’s writing, visit her blog: https://pennyhampson.co.uk/blog/

Twitter: @penny_hampson

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Log Fires and Toffee Apple Cake at the Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green

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Get set for a wonderful celebration of autumn with all your favourite characters at the Little Duck Pond Cafe!
An autumn fair is coming to Sunnybrook, much to the delight of the villagers. But for Madison, whose personal life seems to be spinning out of control, a roller-coaster is the last thing she needs – especially when it’s her emotions at stake.
Can she convince the delectable Jack that their relationship is worth another shot? Or has their romance ground to a permanent halt like a faulty big wheel? Will she solve the mystery of the missing name on her birth certificate? Or will her discoveries take her on a journey even bumpier than the dodgem cars? One thing’s for sure. Madison is going to need more than a fairground fortune teller to find the answers to her questions, if she’s going to ‘waltz-er’ into the happiest of sunsets…

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This novella worked really well as a stand-alone book although I am aware that it is part of a series

Madison is a really had character to like, she is so negative and pushes people away so often that it annoyed me and took away some of my sympathy for her, although her inner monologue did show that a lot of this was due to her severe anxieties about how people see and perceive her which did help me warm to her

A lot of the people around her understand why she is like she is but it doesn’t stop her from treating them badly, having found out that her dad wasn’t her biological dad did shake her up a lot and her pushing away of her parents did sort of make sense in a way

I loved the people element of this book and all the characters surrounding Madison were really well created and are the kind of friends that you want in your life! They made me really enjoy this book and when Madison became more aware of the effect that she was having on those around her she did seem to learn and by the end I actually quite liked her!

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy stories full of friendships and crazy things happening

ps – the recipe for toffee apple cake looks amazing!!!

AM 🐾 x

Purchase Link –  https://amzn.to/38v98Fz

Author Bio 

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now.

Rosie will be revisiting the Little Duck Pond Café with a beautiful story of love and friendship at Christmas time, entitled A Kiss in the Snow, out in October 2020.

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Tudor Christmas Tidings by Blythe Gifford, Jenni Fletcher and Amanda McCabe

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Make Merry at Court

…with three Tudor Christmas stories!

In Christmas at Court Sir John Talbot and Lady Alice’s secret betrothal must wait until Henry Tudor claims the throne. Next in Secrets of the Queen’s Lady the lady-in-waiting to Anne of Cleves is unexpectedly reunited with a handsome—younger—diplomat at the palace’s festivities! And in His Mistletoe Lady Catherine seeks help from a mysterious Spaniard to free her father in time for Christmas!

My Review

This book is formed of 3 short stories so instead of just doing one review, I will review them all individually and then do a summary review of the whole book

Christmas at Court by Blythe Gifford
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This story set over 3 Christmas’s looks at the behind the scenes plotting and scheming to get Henry Tudor on the throne. Alice and John become betrothed to form an alliance between their families to support Henry’s cause but there is so much risk and danger in such a betrothal of who can be trusted and with what information, especially at a time when saying the wrong thing could lose you your head.
I loved Alice and Johns story, it felt so real and the drama and emotions of the time came through so strongly meaning that very quickly I was on their side and hoping that they would be able to marry. Even though I know what happened historically, the uncertainty of how things were unfolding at the time made me forget parts of the history and become totally immersed in the story
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Pippa is a Lady in the court of Anne of Cleves, set after the queens divorce, she first met Kit when he was a lost young man in the court of Henry VIII
Pippa has had a hard life, she was in a very difficult relationship with her husband until she was widowed and a lot of those feelings have stayed with her making her determined be in control of her life and to not let anyone in. Even after everything that she has been through she is a strong woman who I adored
I loved Kit, he had been half in love with Pippa from when he had first met her and when he meets her again his feelings are just as strong. He is aware of what he wants and is willing to risk his family to be happy in life whist always staying true to himself
This book is set in a court that I didn’t really even think of before hand, I knew Henry VIII divorced Anne of Cleves and set her up as his sister instead but hadn’t thought anymore about it and this novella sucked me in to that hidden world and totally captivated me
His Mistletoe Lady by Amanda McCabe
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Set in the time of Mary Tudor Catherine and her mother have been summoned to court. Her father is currently locked in the tower for charges of treason but her mother served in the court of Catherine of Aragon and Queen Mary treats her mothers ladies well so may be able to help
I liked Catherine, she is loyal and would do anything for her mother. She is aware of the dangers of court but still strives for independence and dreams of love
Diego is part of King Phillips entourage but also has a secret mission to conduct. He seems dangerous but is unable to stay away from Catherine even though he knew he should. He is a harder character to understand as the isn’t as much of the story from his point of view but in those segments it was possible to see his character and motivations which made me love him
It was fascinating to see the court of Queen Mary through both Catherine and Diego’s eyes as they both viewed it for the first time but there is a dangerous undercurrent that runs through the story that kept me reading
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I really enjoyed reading these novellas, each were set over a different time period but they worked so well, immersing me into worlds that I didn’t know much about but which I loved learning more
The characters and their stories were fabulous and I adored them
All 3 novellas had me hooked and unable to put them down and I would recommend them to those who enjoy a variety of historical romances and experiencing Christmas over different time periods with characters you will love
AM 🐾 x

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About Blythe Gifford

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After many years in public relations, advertising, and marketing, Blythe Gifford started writing seriously after a corporate layoff. Ten years and one layoff later, she became an overnight success when she sold to the Harlequin Historical line. Her books, set in the 14th to 17th centuries, typically incorporate real historical events and characters. The Chicago Tribune has called her work “the perfect balance between history and romance.” Blythe lives and works along Chicago’s lakefront.

Website: www.blythegifford.com

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About Jenni Fletcher

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Jenni Fletcher is from the north coast of Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire where she writes historical romance novels. She studied English at Cambridge University before doing a PhD on Edwardian literature & psychology at Hull. She has been nominated for 4 RoNA awards and won for Short Romantic Fiction in 2020. In her spare time she loves baking and, of course, reading.

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About Amanda McCabe

Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)

She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.  She lives in Santa Fe with a Poodle, a cat, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections.

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook.

Amanda also writes as Laurel McKee for Grand Central Publishing, the Elizabethan Mystery Series as Amanda Carmack, and the Manor Cat Mystery Series as Eliza Casey.

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Happily This Christmas by Susan Mallery

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It’s the season of love, forgiveness… and tidings of trouble!

Wynn Beauchene is exactly where she wants to be: a successful business owner and single mum. Lately, however, something feels like it’s missing. Even worse is Wynn’s attraction to the gorgeous policeman next door.

With his pregnant daughter coming to stay, Garrick McCabe has one last chance to repair their strained relationship. Except his daughter seems to have turned into the Grinch, and now Garrick needs Wynn’s help to turn this festive fiasco around… before it’s too late.

For Garrick and Wynn, a little chaos is the perfect gift for revealing what—and who—matters most…

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A great read that I couldn’t put down 
 
Wynn has like Garrick for a long time but wasn’t sure how to ask him out. Her opportunity to grow closer to him comes when he asks for her help preparing his house for the arrival of his heavily pregnant daughter Joylyn 
 
I loved Wynn, she is strong and independent with a fabulous group of friends and is a brilliant mother to her teenage son. She has a secret from her past that she struggles with but she is so kind, warm and inviting. She accepts and tries to befriend Joylyn even though Joylyn isn’t in the best place and is really struggling with being apart from her friends and her mum
 
Garrick needs Wynn’s help when he hears that Joylyn is coming to stay, she helps make  his house more suitable with the addition of more dining furniture and trying to make Joylyn’s room perfect for her. I liked that Garrick was able to ask for help when he needed it and took onboard Wynn’s advice and it felt so natural that they would become friends. He has been hurt in the past and is wary about being in a relationship, he also struggles to understand why Joylyn is angry with him when all he wants is to be her daddy and have the type of relationship they had when she was a child 
 
I loved this book, it looked at people finding love slightly later in life than most books, they are both in their mid to late 30’s with older children so they are different than so many characters but it worked so well for them and the story flowed and pulled me in, I only stopped reading when I realised that it was past dinner time! 
 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a less traditional romance with so many ups and downs but which you will adore and with characters who capture your heart 
 
AM 🐾 x

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Reformed Dreamer by Deborah King

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She’s wreaked havoc in everyone’s lives. Can she find forgiveness… even from within?

Former drug addict Melinda desperately wants to make amends for years of misguided aggression. Fresh out of rehab and in control of her type of bipolar disorder, she’s grateful to have a secure job and a safe homestead for her long road to recovery. Welcomed by a glorious cliffside sunset and her handsome rancher host, she’s surprised by their instant attraction.

Determined to excel at her work, Melinda does her utmost to display kindness and forges a healthy connection with the horses. And when her dedication warms the heart of the steeds’ drop-dead gorgeous owner, she starts to believe in the possibility of unexpected love and a new future.

Can Melinda truly conquer the demons of her past to find redemption?

Reformed Dreamer is the fourth and final book in the sweet Inspiration in Cologne women’s fiction series. If you like hard-won second chances, surprising romance, and rising above mental health hurdles, then you’ll love Deborah King’s touching story.

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Melinda has had some serious mental health and drug addiction problems and she has just come out of rehab but she needs to live with someone for a year who can administer her medications and keep her on the right path and that ends up being Darius, the owner of a local horse farm 
 
I loved Melinda, she is a strong woman who wants to do everything she puts her mind to but she also has a vulnerable side which makes her more human. She is also determined to get over her past addictions and manage her mental health, something I know can be tough, but she does so well and her struggle feels real to me
 
Darius struggles with people but he opens his home to Melinda to help her and his patience with her as well as his teaching her about horses, something he knows so much about, had me gripped. He is a strong character who knows what he wants but he has his own struggles which made him feel more real to me
 
I loved how their relationship developed, almost at the same pace that Melinda gets more confident with the horses and herself. They take time to get to know each other but they work so well as a pair, seeing each other’s strengths and weaknesses and supporting each other 
 
Mental health problems and addiction can be a hard topic to write about but it comes across really well in this book, not at all patronising or stigmatising which can happen at times. I also loved how the horses worked as a bit of animal therapy for Melinda, something that people may not consciously be aware of but is another way for people to learn to cope 
 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book with strong main characters who have to overcome a lot to be the people that they become 
 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

Reformed Dreamer Author

Deborah King is a spirited woman who was inspired to pursue her dreams due to her mother’s death from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She has the unique ability to read people and tackle life’s hardships.

Deborah is an acclaimed, distinctive new voice in romantic women’s fiction. After raising two children, working with a not-for-profit wildlife rescue organization, and reading too many books to count, she retired from her personal training and weight management business to follow her dream of writing.

She is extremely grateful for having the opportunity to work with many different people sharing and teaching what inspires her, which you’ll catch glimpses of in her books.

Deborah’s lived in several diverse areas in her city as well as three years in a rural setting. She lives in Missouri with her supportive husband, two rescue cats, who believe they’re dogs, her mini fitness store, and her eclectic collection of books

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