Blog Tour: Her Last Lie by Amanda Brittany

SYNOPSIS BY HQ DIGITAL 

She thought she was free of the past. She was wrong. Six years ago Isla was the only victim to walk free from Carl Jeffery’s vicious murder spree. Now, Isla vows to live her life to the fullest and from the outside it appears perfect.

Determined to finish her book Isla plans her final trip to Sweden, but after returning from Canada and meeting a man she never thought she would, her life begins to derail. Suddenly Isla is plagued by memories of the man who tried to murder her, and the threat that he could be back causes her to question everything, and everyone around her.

REVIEW

It’s blog tour time with HQ Digital! Today it’s a review of the psychological thriller Her Last Lie by Amanda Brittany.

This is a very good book and I absolutely like the way it’s written, as that’s what makes the ending so good. However, before you get there the pace can at times be a bit slower than I normally like for thriller. But OH MY! Part two of the book makes it all worth it for sure.

When all the pieces finally fit together and it all clicks in your brain, it’s such a brilliant moment. There are moments when you think you’ve finally got it, but then something else happens and you start doubting yourself. It’s beautifully done and after a while the paranoia starts creeping into real life.

Isla is not a very likeable character, but there is a reason for this. However, her boyfriend Jack is the sweetest thing in the world! A precious cinnamon roll that needs protecting from this world, and I hate what Isla puts him through. #JackDeservedBetter

I do have one concern about a character. Isla’s niece Abigail, is mentioned as having Asperger’s Syndrome. I feel that this is a bit of a token character, that the only reason she’s there is to show us how much Isla’s sister Millie struggles in life. How unlucky she is for not only having an asshole of an absent husband but also a child with Asperger’s. I feel that the niece could have been written just as a struggling kid and the message would still come across the same. As much as we need more characters in the Autism spectrum, we also need them to be there for a good reason. They can’t only be there to show us how much of a burden it is to raise one. There is a need for better representation.

Apart from that, I truly enjoyed this book. It’s a different take on how to write a thriller, one that keeps the mystery going. You will also leave with a desire to travel, or maybe not so much in case a serial killer is looking for their next prey.

If you like thrillers that keep you second-guessing, to the point that you can’t stop turning pages as you need to know why, who and how, then this is the book for you.

To top it all off all author royalties from the book go to Cancer Research. One more reason to go get it!

Rating: ★★★✬☆

You can get Her Last Lie here.

Thanks HQ Digital for sending me a lovely e-copy of Her Last Lie in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: Christmas at the Dancing Duck by Daisy James

Synopsis by HQ Digital

Ever since tragedy struck a few years ago, television presenter Kirstie Harrison has hated Christmas – but she didn’t intend to tell the whole country live on air! She needs to lie low for a few weeks, so she’s finally coming home for the holidays, determined that this Christmas will be different…

 Staying at the family pub, The Dancing Duck, means it’s impossible not to get caught up in the little village of Cranbury’s festive traditions. And it’s equally impossible to avoid her ex, Josh Turner! Kirstie is torn between making this the best Christmas yet and knowing that she can’t stay forever.

Review

It’s that time again for a lovely Blog Tour up in yours truly’s blog. Today’s stop is all about Christmas at the Dancing Duck by Daisy James.

So grab your Chianti (or if you are a poor bugger like me, grab some Prosecco) and cosy up with this delightful festive read, as this little gem of a book has bundles of Christmas cheer all around. Well, not quite all around, as Kirstie our main character seems to loathe Christmas and any Christmas related food or traditions (Bah Humbug!).

When tragedy strikes there are two types of people: the ones that loathe all that reminds them of their missing loved ones, and the ones like Olivia (Kirstie’s sister) that try their best to keep their memory and traditions alive (I’m deffo the later!).

I do love the start of the book, as I work in TV myself so it gave me that familiarity of being behind the scenes. I would have been so embarrassed if I had made a mistake like Martin had, but I have to say sound department can be quite hard. Mistakes do happen quite often, and it’s how you deal with them that make or break you.

I wouldn’t say that Kirstie is the kind of character that you like straight away, but the type that once you get to know her you warm to her. I wonder if the reason being is, that she isn’t that keen on Christmas, while on the other hand I start celebrating it once Halloween is over. #SorryNotSorry

However, she does try her best to make the last Christmas at the Dancing Duck the best ever, even though everyone seems to hate her for not opposing to the sale of the beloved pub. Or maybe because she is cosying up to the enemy instead of her handsome first love Josh (What are you doing girl?!?).

James’ writing brilliantly captivates the Christmas spirit and really captures the village community. The writing is so descriptive that it makes you feel that you are at a cosy village pub having a laugh with the locals. Also make sure to have some snacks in hand, because when it comes to the food descriptions, your mouth will be watering in seconds.

If you are looking for a book full of Christmas cheer, English countryside, village love, family joy and romance, this is the book to get.

This book has been a perfect festive treat for my last blog tour of December. I’m very thankful to HQ Digital for all the festive reads they have sent me, and in particular to Daisy James for this wonderful read.

Rating: ★★★★☆

You can get Christmas at the Dancing Duck here.

Thanks HQ Digital for sending me a lovely e-copy of Christmas at the Dancing Duck in exchange for my honest review.

Happy Holidays!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: Winter at West Sands Guest House by Maggie Conway

515DAsc04aLSynopsis by HQ Digital

Eva Harris has her hands full juggling a young son, a disobedient dog and running her thriving seaside guesthouse, so really the last thing she needs is to be distracted by her new neighbour, ridiculously handsome but arrogant Ben Matthews.

For one thing, she’s got nothing in common with the man, Ben’s a high flying lecturer at the town’s university while she barely scraped through high school, for another he’s fresh out of a relationship while Eva hasn’t been on one single date since the death of her husband, seven years ago!

She’s determined to keep her distance, but in a small town like St Andrews that’s easier said than done, and it doesn’t help that everyone, including her son Jamie, think Ben is wonderful! Breaking out of her sad but safe little bubble might be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do, but Ben might just be worth the risk…

Review

Today’s stop for the Winter at West Sands Guest House Blog Tour is being hosted by yours truly.  So if you are looking for a Romantic Holiday read to match that peppermint hot chocolate in your hand, go no further because Maggie Conway’s debut novel Winter at West Sands Guest House is exactly what you are looking for.

However, not everything can be perfect! This books gives you the most beautifully winter vibes but in this case I just wished it was a tiny bit more Christmassy, it seems to go past it quite fast (but there is an adorable dog so I let this one slide).

Conway’s writing is quite beautiful, and I love how she perfectly makes you feel that you are indeed in St. Andrews for an enchanting seaside holiday.  Throughout the story, the reader is quite aware of what both characters are thinking of each other, as the book goes from Eva to Ben’s point of view and vice versa. This isn’t the kind of book that you will read expecting twists and cliff hangers at the turn of each chapter, this is the kind of book you read to feel warm and fuzzy inside hoping for a happy ending!

One of my favourite things about the book is that Eva is the perfect handy-woman that needs no man’s help, and that Ben is the hardworking scholar. Why? Because reminds me of myself and my boyfriend (I kid your not, I’m the one putting all the furniture up, but he brings home the bacon!).

The thing is, even though I could see us in Eva and Ben, I genuinely thought that I was having my future read when it came to Heather. I’m no quite there yet with the kids and the marriage, but that personality is totally me! Heather is there to make sure not only Eva finds love this Christmas, but that she also relaxes a bit more when it comes to her son Jamie. It’s horrible to lose her husband and the thought of losing a child even worse, but her child is very much alive and needs to be able to enjoy life.

Also can we have a Heather and Douglas spin off? Like now? Pretty Please!

Overall, if you are a sucker for romances and binge watch all of those Hallmark holiday films every year this is the perfect book for you. I couldn’t stop turning those pages wondering what would happen next, and if Eva would find love this Christmas.

My only wish is that I had waited until this week to read it,  because this snowy weather would’ve been the perfect match for the book’s beautiful cover.

Rating: ★★★★☆

You can get Winter at West Sands Guest House here.

Thanks HQ Digital for sending me a lovely e-copy of Winter at West Sands Guest House in exchange for my honest review.

Wishes of a White Christmas!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx