New Release! The Memories That Make Us by Vanessa Carnevale

Gracie Ashcroft is supposed to marry Blake Beaumont in three months’ time. The trouble is, she doesn’t know who he is…

After an accident leaves Gracie with severe amnesia, she’s forced to decide: live a life that is made up of other people’s memories of who she was, or start a new life on her own. Leaving her fiancé Blake behind, she moves to the country where she takes on the task of reviving her family’s abandoned flower farm.

While attempting to restart a business with an uncertain future, she tries to come to terms with the grief of losing a mother she can’t remember and a fiancé she so badly wants to fall in love with again. What she doesn’t count on is developing a deep connection with Flynn, a local vet. Worst of all is having to confront the fact that she might lose either chance at love.

Forced to examine the person she has become, Gracie confronts the question: if you had your time over, would you live the same life twice?

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My Thoughts On The Novel

4.5-5 Stars
I got swept up in the emotions of the characters during the course of the read. I liked Gracie and Flynn’s characters, and the emotions they portrayed were heartfelt and affecting. A story that did not get heavily bogged down in the complexities of brain injuries, rather it focused more on the characters, and their sentiments towards themselves and others. The verbal sparring between Gracie and Flynn was amusing, and kept the pages turning. I read this book in a day, I could not put it down, and when I did, I wanted to pick the story up and continue to read it. The Memories That Make Us is a great novel by author Vanessa Carnevale, that was surprisingly surprising 🙂
Review copy received from Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley

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New Release! Water Under The Bridge by Lily Malone

Water Under The Bridge Book Cover Water Under The Bridge
Lily Malone
Contemporary Romance
Harlequin MIRA
1 March 2018
Paperback, E-Book
305

Ella Davenport hasn’t been in a swimming pool since a bad decision ruined her chance of Olympic gold. So when Ella decides on a new career selling property, she chooses Chalk Hill. The country town is a long way from the water, with no pool in sight. Perfect!

Jake Honeychurch doesn’t want to sell his nanna’s house, but circumstances force his hand. Listing the property with the rookie real estate agent in town and asking a hefty price means it shouldn’t find a buyer. Perfect!

But determination and persistence are traits Jake admires, and Ella has them in spades. After all, no one ever made an Olympic team by being a quitter.

When news breaks of a proposed waterski park, a local developer starts sniffing around Honeychurch House. Ella’s first sale is so close she can taste it, until a sharp-eyed local recognises her. Between sale negotiations with Jake that keep getting sidetracked, and a swimming pool committee hellbent on making a splash, Ella has more to contend with than kisses and chlorine.

Can she throw off the failures of the past and take the chance of a new start? Or will her dreams of a new life be washed away?

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My Thoughts On The Read

I heart this book! I cannot rave enough about the story, its characters and their triumphs, and tribulations.
I completely got swept up in Ella, Erik and Jake’s portrayed emotions in the story and the shenanigans amongst them. The friendships formed were powerful as the story progressed. I loved Erik’s unwavering loyalty to Ella and Sam, and the hulkiness in his depiction. Yet, his portrayed physicality contrasted the inner gentleness of his character’s actions, warming this reader’s heart with his narrated protectiveness which emanated through the pages. Jake from the start is a head-turning character. You can almost feel the genuine niceness in his character that wraps itself around you, having the reader wanting to read more. His interest in Ella is heartfelt but challenging in the obstacles they face. Ella has her own secrets that are revealed. Her strength of character is constantly tested throughout the story by various challenges. Honeychurch family members are introduced in the story, paving the way for more instalments in the Chalk Hill series, that I cannot wait to read. Water Under The Bridge by author Lily Malone brings and leaves the warm and fuzzy feelings, long after the last page is turned, and it is a read I could gladly go back to in the years to come.
Review copy received from Harlequin MIRA Australia

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New Release! In With The Tide by Charlee James

Lindsey Hunter never imagined she’d be returning to her Cape Cod home pregnant and divorced, but she’s determined to build a new life for her and her unborn baby. When car trouble leaves her stranded on the side of the road, ex-Marine Damien Trent rides to the rescue on his motorbike. Once upon a time, they’d been friends and briefly, they’d been something more…until he enlisted and left her behind. As Lindsey and Damien reconnect, the attraction is still as strong as ever. But Lindsey’s knows Damien’s not the staying kind.

Damien would rather do anything than come home to deal with his father’s estate. After years of abuse, he was more than ready to leave town the moment he graduated. With Lindsey back in his life, everything is complicated. He’s used to being a lone wolf – until Lindsey and her newborn baby give him a glimpse of the kind of family and future he’s always dreamed of. Can he be brave enough to reach out and grab it?

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My Thoughts On The Book

A friends to lovers romance with sincerity and heart aplenty. Lindsey and Damien were two likeable characters, Jay and Alex’s characters were just as interesting. The story has emotional moments and dramatic elements that kept this reader’s attention fixed to the pages. Some twists that snuck up on this reader and some contentious moments too, but overall In With The Tide by Charlee James is a read that leaves a smile.
Review copy received from Tule Publishing via Netgalley

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Series Release! Women Of W.A.R.

Today’s post features the three book release of the Women Of W.A.R. series by authors Nicola Marsh, Catherine Evans and Amy Andrews, published by Escape Publishing.

 

Game On by Nicola Marsh

Are they playing to win…or playing for keeps?

Angelica Bryant has a dream. The only child of a soccer legend, she pays her bills by working at her father’s bar while pursuing her goals: a role in sports management and a place in the newly established Women’s Aussie Rules league. Football is her passion, and she won’t let anything get in her way: including an ill-advised one-night-stand with one of Australia’s most successful agents.

Jaxon Flint thrives on success. His workaholic lifestyle keeps his agency and the athletes he represents at the top of their game – and all of his emotions at bay. Until he meets Angie, W.A.R.’s newest star, who undermines his carefully laid plans and gets under his skin. Is he willing to relinquish his careful control both in and out of the bedroom?

When Angie and Jaxon end up working together, it’s game on!

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Amazon Australia  *  iBooks  *  Escape Publishing

 

Long Game by Catherine Evans

Does she dare pursue all her dreams?

Everyone in Grong Grong knows Cress Kennedy’s childhood dream is to play Aussie Rules Football, so when the Sydney Sirens sign her in the new Women’s Aussie Rules competition, she heads to the big city to pursue her dream. But no one in Grong Grong knows of Cress’s other dreams: the ones that revolve entirely around Quin Fitzpatrick.

Quin Fitzpatrick left Grong Grong as an eighteen-year-old to play Aussie Rules in Sydney, but after eight years the shine has gone from the lifestyle. When his best friend’s little sister follows in his country-to-city footsteps, he promises to look after her. She can stay with him and he’ll protect her as best he can. Besides, Watercress is the little sister he never had.

But Cress is all grown up now and playing Women’s Aussie Rules, and it’s about time that Quin sees her as a woman too…

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Amazon Australia  *  iBooks  *  Escape Publishing

Fair Game by Amy Andrews

How to mend a broken heart…

Darcy Clarke would do anything to play for the new Women’s Aussie Rules league, even put up with her ex, Tony, who just happens to be the coach of the Brisbane Banshees. Tony stomped out of their apartment – and all over heart – two years ago, but she’s moved on, and she deserves her jersey.

As his best friend’s girl, Darcy has always been out of Levi’s reach, even after Tony dropped her and moved out of the apartment they all shared. Now, two years on and still sharing the same apartment, she should be fair game. But Levi is no closer to getting Darcy to think of him as anything but a roommate and a friend.

But when Darcy injures herself in play, Levi’s qualifications as a sports massage therapist are put to good use. Suddenly, their relationship becomes very hands on, and Darcy sees a whole new side of her old friend. A pity he seems immune to her charms. When Tony makes it clear he wants back into her life, she has a decision to make: between the man she once loved and the man who never left her side.

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Amazon Australia * iBooks * Escape Publishing

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Book Review! Playing House by Amy Andrews, Sydney Smoke Rugby #5

Eleanor is content with her boring life—mostly. She’s even fine being the quirky sister in a bevy of beauties. So imagine her surprise when one of her brother’s Sydney Smoke mates hits on her at an engagement party. Her. The weird sister, who wears vintage dresses and prefers her books to parties.

Bodie is shocked the next morning to find the soft, sexy virgin who seduced him with corsets is his best friend’s little sister. If he could kick his own ass, he would. And two months later, she’s got an even bigger surprise for him. Now he needs to convince the corset-loving wallflower that he loves her uniqueness if they’ve got a chance at forever.

He always did love a challenge…

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My Thoughts On The Book

Be still my thudding heart. I adored Eleanor and Bodie’s characters in Ms Andrews latest instalment in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, Playing House. Lots of heart, emotion and scorching attraction between the characters with a bit of drama thrown in to the story, just to keep the reader breathing that little bit heavier. From the start I was glued to the pages and could not put the book down. My fave read in the series yet and a story I did not want to finish for all the right reasons :D.
Review copy received from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley

 

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