Blog Tour: A whole Lotta Love by Louise Lee

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Author – Louise Lee
Publisher – Headline
Released – 28th June 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-1472224613

Books Synopsis 

Florence Love became a Private Investigator for all the right reasons. She’s extraordinarily nosy, it sounds cool on paper and she needed to find her missing mum.

Now she knows Bambi Love is hiding out in Italy – in a cloud of secrets and Chanel No. 5.

Every family has its skeletons, but Flo’s lot are a particularly special case. And how is she supposed to get over her heart-stealing ex, who holds all the answers but refuses point-blank to ever see her again?

It’s going to take a whole lot of love, sweat and tears to uncover the astonishing truth.

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I would just like to thank Jenni Leech for asking me to take part in this blog tour.

My Review

So I have to start off by saying that I did not realise that this was book 3 in a series and of course I had not read the other two books, however I did not let this impact my review.

This novel has two parts to it which are easy to keep track of, part number one involves a teenager called James who is trying to find out whether his Grandmothers new boyfriend is trying to steal antiques belonging to his Grandmother, this leads Florence working a case with Micheal her friend and sidekick. Part two focuses on Florence looking for her mother Bambi who she has now found out lives in Italy and of course Florence makes her way to Italy in search of her mother and also the answers she has waited so long for.

I loved the case involving the Grandmother as it showed a really soft side and thought it was nice how the Grandson was portrayed in such a caring manner.

I enjoyed seeing Florence on the search of her mother and the issues that stand in her way as sometimes the answers to your questions are not always the ones you want. It was written well and had likable Characters even some of Florence’s weird family members who you can’t help but love.

I have to be honest, I do feel that due to me not reading the first two novels in the series this did leave me going in blind a little as I had missed the previous parts relating to Florence on the search for her mother, so although I was still able to read this book and was able to follow it without being confused I would recommend you starting at the beginning and reading them in order – as I know I prefer to read books in order in case I miss something.

However in saying all of that, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and is defiantly a must have for a summer read (even if it’s all three books in the series). I will defiantly be looking to get the first two to find where the story began on Florence’s search for her mother.

If you liked my review, why not check out the other fantastic reviews that are part of this fabulous blog tour.

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Blog Tour: Tubing By K.A. McKeagney

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Book Synopsis:

Polly, 28, lives in London with her ‘perfect-on-paper’ boyfriend. She works a dead end job on a free London paper… life as she knows it is dull. But her banal existence is turned upside down late one drunken night on her way home, after a chance encounter with a man on a packed tube train. The chemistry between them is electric and on impulse, they kiss, giving in to their carnal desires. But it’s over in an instant, and Polly is left shell-shocked as he walks away without even telling her his name.

Now obsessed with this beautiful stranger, Polly begins a frantic online search, and finally discovers more about tubing , an underground phenomenon in which total strangers set up illicit, silent, sexual meetings on busy commuter tube trains. In the process, she manages to track him down and he slowly lures her into his murky world, setting up encounters with different men via Twitter.

At first she thinks she can keep it separate from the rest of her life, but things soon spiral out of control.

By chance she spots him on a packed tube train with a young, pretty blonde. Seething with jealousy, she watches them together. But something isn’t right and a horrific turn of events make Polly realise not only how foolish she has been, but how much danger she is in…

Can she get out before it s too late?

My Review:

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the fabulous debut novel Tubing by K.A. McKeagney, I would like to thank Anna and Red Door Publishing for the opportunity to take part in this tour.

This book focuses on Polly a 28 year old living in London, and whilst on a way home meets a stranger and cause of events changes everything for Polly.  Polly has a ‘perfect boyfriend’ however for Polly this is not enough and when she meets a handsome stranger on her way home after a drunken night out, her life changes forever.  The steamy encounter exposes Polly’s sexual desires that she did not realise she had, and becomes obsessed with the stranger she met and makes it her mission to track him down and this is where she learns about Tubing.

However this pulls Polly into a dark word and an underground game, where she witnesses horrific situations which pulls her in further, however as she delves further in, Polly starts to think whether it was really a random encounter or whether she was set up.

Now I have to say when I read the blurb and I had received the book, I was expecting a Thriller, however I have to admit you get more than you bargained for and at points it is quite erotic however this did not turn me away or make me love the book any less. I love that this novel is set in London and since reading the book I have been on the London Underground and it does get you thinking whether Tubing is an actual thing, however I am too concerned to find out the truth.

Polly as a main character is very unlikable, she has a perfect boyfriend and although she is unhappy in her job it works for now, however she seems very ungrateful with what she has and seems to spend a lot of time chasing ‘what if possibilities’ without realising that what she has at home is perfect, however I feel that her character fitted the premise of the book as I don’t think a perfect good girl would have worked as you would know that it would be unlikely that she would go along with something like this.  I do like that you learn a lot about Polly which I partly feels makes her more adventurous.

This is a psychological thriller like you have never seen it before – faced paced and gritty and the best debut you will read all year.

If you like the sound of this book and are interested to hear what other fabulous book bloggers think of this book then check out the other stops on the blog your below:

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About the Author:

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K.A. McKeagney studied psychology in Bristol before completing a Masters degree in creative writing at Brunel. She won the Curtis Brown prize for her dissertation, which formed the basis of her first novel Tubing. She has worked in London as a health editor writing consumer information as well as for medical journals. Her writing has been commended by the British Medical Association (BMA) patient information awards.

The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Zaffre (6 April 2017)

Sofia Khan is just married. But no-one told her life was going to be this way . . .

Her living situation is in dire straits, her husband Conall is distant, and his annoyingly attractive colleague is ringing all sorts of alarm bells.

When her mother forces them into a belated wedding ceremony (elopement: you can run, but you can’t hide), Sofia wonders if it might be a chance to bring them together. But when it forces Conall to confess his darkest secret, it might just tear them apart.

My Review:

This book focuses on Sofia Khan and her new husband Conall, having married in secret and her Husband has converted they are facing prejudice that by both family and society as they start their journey in married life in Karachi, however all is not as it seems.

Sofia realises that Conall is becoming distant and feels that it is down to his work colleague, however Sofia is not prepared for what Conall is about to reveal to her, and they need to work together to make things work between them but not everything goes right and they will need to work together to keep their marriage going.

I don’t want to say much more about the novel as I don’t want to spoil anything, but I would definitely recommend this novel.

I loved the funny moments with certain comments from characters but also I really liked Sofia’s humour and I think it made the book that much greater.

I have never read any books by this Author however I would invite everyone to check out the book.

In Deep Water by Sam Blake

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Cat Connolly is back at work. Struggling to adjust to the physical and mental scars, her workload once again becomes personal when her best friend Sarah Jane, daughter of a Pulitzer-winning American journalist, goes missing.

Her father is un-contactable, but her mother reports that he’d believed Sarah Jane was investigating something dangerous – yet the only records Cathy can find suggest that Sarah Jane was just involved in a seemingly innocent children’s project.

Sarah Jane was last seen leaving her workplace – a popular Dublin restaurant – but seems not to have made it home.

And then a body turns up, and Cathy fears they have failed to save her friend. But when it transpires that the dead woman is not Sarah Jane, she realises that this case is only just getting started . . .

In the world of missing persons every second counts, but with the clock ticking, can Cathy find Sarah Jane before it’s too late?

My Review:

This is the first novel of Sam Blake’s that I have had the pleasure of reading, however I will be going back to read the previous book.

We join main character Cat Connolly as she returns to work after an explosion that nearly took her life, whilst back at work she is also back at the gym aiming to regain her position as kick boxing champion.

Getting back into the swing of work Cat’s life takes a turn when her closest friend Sarah Jane has gone missing, fearing the worst Cat confides in one of the only people she trusts and also knew Sarah, her boss DI Dawson O’Rourke.

However O’Rourke is unsure as Sarah Jane is an adult and its quite normal for people to disappear for a few days, however Cat is still concerned as Sarah is the daughter of a CNN journalist who has traveled to some dangerous locations across the world and Cat thinks that she may have followed in her dads footsteps.

The book provides plenty of twists and turns that will keep you gripped and guessing till the very end. Sam Black takes you on a trip around Dublin including some of the dark parts that exists.

It is definitely a must read for any crime/thriller love and I will most certainly be picking up the first in the series.

 

 

Hope to Die by David Jackson

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On a bitterly cold winter’s night, Liverpool is left stunned by a brutal murder in the grounds of the city’s Anglican Cathedral. A killer is on the loose, driven by a chilling rage.

Put on the case, DS Nathan Cody is quickly stumped. Wherever he digs, the victim seems to be almost angelic – no-one has a bad word to say, let alone a motive for such a violent murder.

And Cody has other things on his mind too. The ghosts of his past are coming ever closer, and – still bearing the physical and mental scars – it’s all he can do to hold onto his sanity.

And then the killer strikes again….

My Review

Hope to Die is the second novel in the Nathan Cody series, however this is the first book I have read by David Jackson. What I will say is I haven’t read the first book in the series (I normally read all my books in their correct order) however David Jackson’s writing style allows you to read it out of order but gives you enough information without spoiling the first story.

The novel is set in Liverpool and starts with the murder outside a cathedral, as time goes on bodies are piling up including a school teacher who was well liked and respected but all is not what it seems and the worst thing of all is they are struggling to find a motive for the murder.

Alongside the investigation is the continued problems between Cody and Webley as their relationship has never been the same since their previous case nearly cost one of them their life. Not only this but Cody is still suffering the emotional effects of an earlier case when Cody was tortured by men in clown masks, since this event he has been receiving anonymous phone calls and whoever is at the end of the phone is sending Cody chilling messages including playing back tapes of when Cody was being tortured.

People continue to be murdered and the case seems to be moving nowhere fast, however the newest member of the team Grace is making an impact and piece by piece starts fitting the puzzle together.

David Jackson throws many twists and turns you will be second guessing everything you read…I did not see the ending coming!!

I loved this book and especially the developing relationship between characters old and new. I enjoyed the second story line focusing on Cody and the emotional journey he is on.

If you enjoy books by the fabulous Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly then this is defiantly the book for you.

Lost for words by Stephanie Butland

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About the book

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look closely, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are things she’ll never show you.
Fifteen years ago Loveday lost all she knew and loved in one unspeakable night. Now, she finds refuge in the unique little York bookshop where she works.
Everything is about to change for Loveday. Someone knows about her past. Someone is trying to send her a message. And she can’t hide any longer.

My Review

In Lost for words we meet quirky, tattooed bookworm called Loveday who works in a bookshop alongside its wonderful owner Archie who you can’t help but love.

Loveday narrates the book and gives you an insight into her past at the same time as learning about her present. We learn about her childhood but also about her sinister ex-boyfriend, all of which explains a little bit about why Loveday is how she is.

Loveday enjoys spending time with books more than she does people and is somewhat scared of a relationship with anyone due to her past.

Then in walks Nathan a poet and just the one that may finally understand Loveday, but she continues to push him away if only she would let him into her world just a tiny bit.

I loved the character development throughout the book and you can’t help but fall in love with certain characters but also dislike others just as easy. I found that I really related to Loveday as I am a tattooed booklover who at times can be a bit quirky and loves books more than people.

I would definitely recommend this to all book lovers.

My Husbands Son by Deborah O’Connor

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About the book

Heidi and Jason aren’t like other couples.
Six years ago, Heidi’s daughter was murdered. A year later, Jason’s son Barney disappeared. Their shared loss brought them together.
By chance, Heidi meets a boy she’s certain is Barney.
But Jason is equally convinced it’s not him.
Is Heidi mad? Or is Jason hiding something? And can their fragile marriage survive Heidi’s newfound quest for the truth

My Thoughts

Just when you think you had seen it all from psychological thrillers and the Deborah O’Connor presents you with this outstanding novel which has you questioning everything you knew about this genre.

This novel follows Heidi and Jason a couple unlike other couples. Six years ago Heidi’s daughter was murdered and a year later Jason’s son Barney disappears, their shared loss bringing them together.

Although they have still gone through horrible situations Heidi and Jason try to have as much as a normal life as possible, however all is not what it seems. Jason seems distance and Heidi knows his hiding something but Jason does not feel like sharing. Heidi however has other matters to contend with, whilst on her break at work Heidi pops into a shop and is 100% convinced that the boy behind the counter is none other than Jason’s missing son Barney. Heidi takes Jason to the shop, but he is adamant that it is not Barney, however Heidi thinks otherwise and plans to prove it is Barney by any means necessary including lying to both Jason and her boss but whilst putting herself into dangerous situations.

I cannot mention much more without giving it away but I cannot recommend this book enough. It had me gripped from the first page to the very last page, the ending was jaw dropping and something that I definitely did not see coming.

If you are a fan of jaw dropping, page turners, edge of your seat psychological thrillers then book should go to the top of your pile and is the book for you.

One thing I can say is, although it is only March this book is making it onto my Top 10 books of the year.