Review: The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

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Publication Date:
23 April 2015
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
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Website:
www.carolematthews.com

Synopsis

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden

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My thoughts

What a fabulous and awesome read! I started this last night and finished it later today. I couldn’t let this go and it was a complete page turner for me.
The characters are very well written and I absolutely loved Fay, Danny, Stan and Lija. Especially Lija, with her foul mouth but the one solid presence in Fay’s life and always there for her no matter what.
The non likeable characters such as Miranda, Anthony and Edie are good written, so much so that I really disliked them haha! Feeding off Fay as the good girl Fay is, Miranda I really detested till the very last page of the book, I can’t believe someone would do that to someone!

In the other sense, this book has made me think about a lot of stuff and contains a lot of good quotes and life lessons I will certainly take on board. Now more than ever I believe that books walk into your life on the right times on the right moments.
Take control of your life and your happiness, only you can bring happiness to your life, not someone else. Someone else may enrich your life but happiness should come from yourself, from within.

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Review: The Definition of Icing by Aven Ellis

The Definition of Icing by Aven Ellis

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Publisher:
Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: 27 May 2015
Genre: New Adult, Chick Lit, Hockey, Romance
Links: Amazon UK – Amazon US
Website: Avenellis.com
Source: Received from Author in exchange for an honest review.

 

Synopsis

Kenley Hunter finally has everything sorted out. Fresh from studying chocolate making in Europe, she’s gambling everything on her new business, Confection Consultations.

All Kenley wants in life is people to take her seriously, to see the person on the inside rather than the blond beauty on the outside. While pursuing her passion of chocolate, Kenley discovered people seek her knowledge. They see past the exterior and fall for the chocolate delights in front of them.

So with work as her focus, Kenley is ready to start her career in Dallas. Men are out of her recipe, because she fears that once they get past her looks, they’ll be disappointed in what they find. Kenley decides she’s all about the chocolate now.

Or is she?

Because a chance meeting with new Dallas Demon hockey star Nate Johansson might change everything. Sent to Dallas in a blockbuster trade, Nate is somewhere he doesn’t want to be, for reasons that have caused him heartbreak on multiple levels. Nate knows he will never trust a woman again after what happened to him in Minnesota.

But when he meets a woman with an intriguing name and a passion for chocolate, Nate isn’t so sure about his theory. And he might just learn a definition of icing other than the one used in hockey with Kenley as his guide…

 

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My Thoughts

Warning – Make sure you have plenty of chocolates whilst reading this book

Oh my, Aven Ellis once again does not disappoint with her books! I absolutely adore her books, especially if the handsome Dallas Demons boys are in it!

Let me explain the warning for you, We meet Kenley (Bae) here and she has studied chocolate making in Europe and got her business called Confection Consultants. If you during and by the end of the book had not eaten any chocolate nor did you felt the need to it, I will eat a milk chocolate curry bar!! hahaha
But Kenley makes you not only want to eat chocolate, she makes you want to fall in love with the best chocolate out there. Suddenly the Cadbury isn’t good enough and you start to research luxury chocolate such as Marabau – or is that a cute floppy rescue puppy?

Anyways let’s get back to this awesome story, as we meet Nate! Oh and we see snippets of Harrison and Kylie, I just love these two!! Nate is a broody Hockey player from Minnesota who has been transferred to Dallas because of his past. Not that he has been a bad boy, on the contrary. His previous girlfriend cheated on him badly, that due to a contract clausule he was the one who had to be transferred somewhere else and OH BOY did he not liked this!

Kenley is a professional businesswoman who has to battle continuously against people who doesn’t want to see passed her exterior. She is a typical blond with blue eyes, but she is intelligent and businesslike. She and Nate bump into eachother during a photoshoot for the Dallas boys – where they try to get her to dress in a skimpy dress and promote her chocolate. She refuses and Nate buts in and has her back! That is where we first see their connection!

They have their ups and downs as they have both been wronged and hurt by past relationships, but their connection is literally flying off the pages that at some points you want to jump in and talk to them.
I am absolutely in love with Kenley’s sister Amanda, her two nieces and Kenley’s BFF Lexi. Ooohh Lexi is so awesome! Even her mother CiCi is hilarious, although sometimes a bit too overbearing.

A lovely romantic Dallas Demons Hockey book, which will have you melted and crumbled and wanting chocolate by the end of the book. I can highly recommend this book and I will continue devour Aven’s books!

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Crashing into Love by Melissa Foster

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Only one woman could hurt ultra-alpha bad boy Jake Braden.

Only one woman can heal him.

Fiona Steele has arrived…

Fiona Steele has a great career, strong friendships, and a loving family. To an outsider, her life appears happy and fulfilling. But the one thing that’s missing is true love, and the only man Fiona wants is the one she can’t have, sinfully handsome and seductively intense Jake Braden—the man whose heart she broke, which she has regretted ever since.

As an LA stuntman, Jake Braden’s at the top of his game. He’s hired for all the best movies, hooks up with the hottest women, and lives an unencumbered lifestyle where his needs come first—and where he doesn’t have to examine his life too closely. Except when he visits his family in his close-knit hometown of Trusty, Colorado, where he spends his time avoiding Fiona—the only woman who knows who he really is.

When Fiona’s best friend is hired to act in Jake’s movie, Fiona jumps at the chance to try to win him back. There’s no denying the white-hot attraction burning between them. With every encounter, Fiona hopes Jake can’t resist falling back into the love they once shared. But her well-orchestrated rendezvous doesn’t go over well with the brooding heartthrob. Living in the fast lane is perfect for a guy who’s buried his emotions so damn deep he’s not sure he can remember how to feel—and he’s not sure he ever wants to.

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My thoughts:

I absolutely love any book Melissa Foster writes! The ‘broken’ relationship between Fiona and Jake is beautifully written, how painful it was to read especially in the beginning. I understood were Jake came from and I admired Fiona’s stubborness to make it better. She really put herself out there and that was a brave thing to do.

I really fell in love with the characters, Melissa writes really good characters I really feel their emotions dripping off the pages. So real! Love sometimes does conquer all I guess ^_^ True love is never lost, no matter how much distance or time you put between it!

I can’t say more without spoiling it, so I would just suggest to grab the book and sit back and enjoy this loveable story!

About the author

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) by Nalini Singh

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In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

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Blog Tour & Review: Seaside Secrets by Melissa Foster

SEASIDE SECRETS BY MELISSA FOSTER

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Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.  He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved.  She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

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