#Review What Happens In France by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @canelo_co #NetGalley

Title: What Happens in France by Carol Wyer

Publisher: Canelo

Date Published: 28th January 2019

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Description:

She stood and took her place in front of the camera… It was now or never”

Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah, for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find her reality TV-obsessed sister, and finally reunite their family.

With the help of handsome teammate Lewis, it’s not long before she’s on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France. With a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye.

Yet as the audience grows and the grand prize beckons they find that the search that brought them together may just fulfil more than one heart’s wish…

This heartwarming romantic comedy of friendship, family and laugh-out-loud adventures is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes.

Review:

Bryony Masters is desperate to find her older sister Hannah, who ran away at the age of sixteen, as her dad is seriously ill and doesn’t know how long he has left.

In a last ditch attempt to find her she auditions for a mysterious new game show What happens in…

Getting on the show is just the first step, she must try and win as many challenges as she can talk about the search for her sister. Can she do it with the help of her gorgeous teammate Lewis? Will she find her sister?

So this is actually my first Carol Wyer book. She’s been on my radar for a while now, I’ve been dying to read one of her books but like with a lot of authors I just haven’t had the time until now.

What happens in France is one of those stories that can make you laugh one minute, then tear up the next.

Bryony has had a tough old time of it. Bullied for a rare condition that made her lose control of her body, then almost dying in a car accident leaving her scarred and to top that off her beloved sister ran away which she blames herself for. I felt very sorry for her but she hasn’t let those hardships hold her back and has managed to go university, then has had a successful career as an English teacher.

There’s also some fabulous secondary characters, each one unique and memorable. There’s the dashing Lewis, her level headed best friend Melinda who encourages Bryony to come out of her shell and the pompous and frankly annoying Professor Potts.

There were a couple of issues, I felt like it took a little long to actually get to the game show part, which was my favourite bit of the novel. Also some of the conversations felt a little like info dumps and seemed a bit stilted and unnatural but of course that’s just my opinion.

Overall What happens in France is an uplifting and fun read that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster right until the very end.

I received an ARC copy of What happens in France via NetGalley, all opinions expressed in this review are my own.

About The Author:

Carol Wyer, who also writes as Carol E. Wyer, is an award-winning author and stand upimage1 (1) comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping thrillers.


Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

Carol moved to the ‘dark side’ in 2017 with the DI Robyn Carter series, starting with best-seller LITTLE GIRL LOST the #2 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and was in the USA Today Top 150.

The Robyn Carter series has sold over 400,000 copies and foreign rights have been sold into 9 countries, earning her acclaim as a crime writer.

Following the success of THE BIRTHDAY and LAST LULLABY, 2019 sees the release of three more DI Natalie Ward books and two new romantic comedies, the first, the much anticipated WHAT HAPPENS IN FRANCE.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

To learn more about Carol, go to http://www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.


Carol also blogs at http://www.carolwyer.com

#BlogTour #Review Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald @SophieRanald @bookouture

Title: Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 13th February 2018

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Description:

A fabulously feel-good novel that will make you laugh till you cry and leave you living life to the full, margarita in hand!

Is this all there is? I scraped the last dregs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream out of the bottom of the tub with my finger and licked it. It left a sticky smear on my phone’s screen when I typed into Google, “How to find love, sex and happiness.”

Charlotte has always been a good girl. But being good is getting boring…

She’s not just stuck in a rut – she’s buried in it up to her chin. The only company she has in bed is the back catalogue of Netflix and falling in love feels like the stuff of fairy tales. So when she stumbles across a popular podcast, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, which challenges women to embrace their inner bad girl, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

Old Charlotte would never ask for a stranger’s number, go on a blind date or buy lacy lingerie… But New Charlotte is waving goodbye to her comfort zone (with a side order of margaritas). And it turns out that good things happen to bad girls…

If you’re a fan of romantic comedies by Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk or Matt Dunn, and love TV shows like Girls, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, you won’t be able to put down this hilarious read!

You Can Buy Your Copy Here:

Amazon: http://geni.us/B07KKJVBLTSocial

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2Swginz

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2TxfmfT

Googleplay: http://ow.ly/75i330nB33M

Review:

I want to thank Noelle Holten for inviting me on this tour and Bookouture for providing me with a copy of the book via NetGalley.

Charlotte is feeling lost. Her best friend Maddy is moving out, getting married leaving her to cope with new flat mates and the fact she’s been single for a long time. One night she discovers a podcast Sorry Not Sorry which claims if you follow her tips and release your inner bad girl, you just might meet the man of your dreams…

Sorry Not Sorry is about when you’re stuck in a rut, take your life back and living it to the fullest, you never know what might happen!

It’s quite a quick and easy read with well rounded yet flawed characters and a good dose of drama.

I felt very sorry for Charlotte throughout the book. Trying to keep on top of her demanding job, help organise her friend’s wedding with constant put downs from Maddy’s sister in law to be, and biggest bitch in the world, Bianca and find the man of her dreams. Phew, it’s a bit of a whirlwind for her!

I have to be honest I didn’t quite laugh out loud at this, don’t get me wrong there were a few amusing scenes but I felt it was a little more serious than I would have liked. Also it took me a while to really connect with Charlotte because she is just so different from me but of course that’s just my opinion.

Overall Sorry Not Sorry is a fun, flirty read with plenty of mayhem, drama and some steamy moments too!

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Author Bio:

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in SouthSophie Ranald 1 Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and The Truth About Gemma Grey was released in summer 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat.

To find out about Sophie’s forthcoming releases and get access to free books and special offers, sign up to her newsletter at sophieranald.com

Author Social Media Links:

Website: sophieranald.com

Twitter: @SophieRanald

https://twitter.com/SophieRanald

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SophieRanald.

#BlogTour #Review There’s Something About A Cowboy by Rich Amooi @rararesources @RichAmooi

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Title: There’s Something About A Cowboy by Rich Amooi

Date Published: 25th October 2018

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Description:

Rule #1: No Dating Cowboys.

A fake fiancé doesn’t count, right? Oh boy . . .

Amy Weaver is tired of her dad meddling in her love life. Fed up, she hires an actor to play the part of her fake cowboy fiancé when she goes home for her grandpa’s ninetieth birthday. Sure, Luke Jenkins has got looks, charm, and muscular legs, but this is business, pure and simple. Things are fine and dandy until she finds out he’s a real cowboy, not an actor. Now, she’s stuck between a rock and his chiseled jawline, falling faster than a sack of horseshoes. How the heck is Amy supposed to ignore the sparks between them and stick to her rule of not dating cowboys? All bets are off.

Purchase Links –

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Review:

This is my first Rich Amooi book but it certainly won’t be my last! This really was a fun and food filled romcom with a good dose of humour.

There’s Something About A Cowboy came at the perfect time for me, as I’m suffering from a bit of winter fatigue, you know the days are short and dull and the nights are long and freezing, it’s easy to feel miserable but this book certainly cheered me up.

I’m going to admit something now, I’ve never read a book with a cowboy in it, ever! They’ve never really appealed to my but when I read the synopsis for this and saw the colourful and fun cover I had to read it (even though I’m meant to be taking a break from blog tours).

Amy is a great character, independent, clever and headstrong. Mix that with Luke who has the three Cs, charming, confident and cocky, well sparks are bound to fly!

Another thing I liked was Amy wasn’t the usual twenty to thirty year old heroine, she’s forty five and Luke is actually younger than her which made a change. My only real issue with the characters, was Luke seemed a bit too perfect, I would have liked to see him have a few more flaws.

It does follow the traditional romantic comedy storyline but Rich Amooi really makes it his own, with plenty of humour and a little swearing (shout out to the bull called Dip S**t, it made me giggle so much).

I’d recommend this to anyone who loves a great romantic comedy, perfect to banish those winter blues!

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Author Bio:

Fun, Quirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy’s Perspective. Rich Amooi is a former radio rich amooi -author photopersonality who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.richamooi

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichAmooi

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/richamooi

#BlogTour #Review Searching For Steven by Jessica Redland @JessicaRedland @rararesources

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Date Published: 4th December 2016

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romantic Comedy

Description:

What if you already know your future… but not the path to take you there?

When Sarah Peterson accepts her Auntie Kay’s unexpected offer to take over her florist’s shop, she’s prepared for a change of job, home and lifestyle. What she isn’t prepared for is the discovery of a scarily accurate clairvoyant reading that’s been missing for twelve years. All her predictions have come true, except one: she’s about to meet the man of her dreams. Oh, and his name is Steven. Suddenly Stevens are everywhere. Could it be the window cleaner, the rep, the manager of the coffee shop, or any of the men she’s met online? On top of that, she finds herself quite attracted to a handsome web designer, but his name isn’t even Steven… During this unusual search, will Sarah find her destiny?

Purchase on Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Searching-Steven-Whitsborough-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01N4AO78S/

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Review:

Sarah is living in London trapped in a dead end relationship with a firefighter named Jason, which should have ended a long time ago. Finally she gets the courage to end it but still worried she’ll end up dying alone like her Uncle Alan she flees back home to Whitsborough bay where her Auntie Kay offers her the opportunity of a lifetime, to take over her florist’s shop.

While packing she finds a tape from when she was eighteen, predicting what her life would be like for the next fifteen years. On it, it says she will meet a man named Steven and he’ll be the one. With that in mind she starts her hunt for Steven but her eye catches the handsome Nick but he’s not called Steven. Then her ex, the one who’d she’d always thought was the one comes back into her life suddenly, who should she pick or should she keep searching for Steven?

So this is the second story I’ve read by the lovely Jessica Redland, you can read my review of the first, Raving About Rhys (the prequel novella in the Whitsborough bay series), here.

I’m having real difficulty review into words because all I want to say is aww! (It gave me all the feels as the kids say) This book will make you laugh, cry and fall in love all within three hundred pages.

Not only does the writing flow well, making it fun and easy to read, the characters are fantastic too. I think we can all relate to Sarah in some way shape or form, from being trapped in a dead end relationship or that fear of dying alone or being a little socially awkward. Then we have the dishy Nick, who’s not just a pretty face but has burned in the past by love, who is absolutely adorable. Sarah’s two best friends add a little bit of conflict to the mix. Elise has been her best friend since primary school and married since she was young and then we have Clare who is the complete opposite, single and loving it and they both don’t get along! Also an honourable mention to Auntie Kay who gives Sarah her florists so she can live the dream turn her hobby into a job, I’m a little jealous to be honest, I’d love to do that myself!

I’ve seen a few reviews bemoaning that the storyline isn’t that original but seriously who doesn’t read a rom com and not wish for the main character to end up with the man of her dreams? As I said with her previous book, Jessica Redland takes a traditional romcom storyline and makes it her own, digging deeper and making her character really life like.

Even though this is set near to Christmas I’d say if you’re off on your holidays it’s a perfect read to take with you.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had _DSF1336-2no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

Social Media Links –

Twitter:@JessicaRedland

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/

Website and blog:www.jessicaredland.com

#BlogTour #Review Raving About Rhys by Jessica Redland @JessicaRedland @rararesources

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Title: Raving About Rhys by Jessica Redland

Date Published: 23rd May 2013

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romantic Comedy

Description:

Bubbly Callie Derbyshire loves her job as a carer, and can’t believe she’s finally landed herself a decent boyfriend – older man Tony – who’s lasted way longer than the usual disastrous three months. Tony’s exactly what she’s always dreamed of… or at least he would be if he ever took her out instead of just taking her to bed. And work would be perfect too if she wasn’t constantly in trouble with her boss, The She-Devil Denise.

When the new gardener, Mikey, discovers her in a rather compromising position at work, Callie knows that her days at Bay View Care Home could be numbered. Can she trust him not to tell Denise? If she’s issued with her marching orders, who’ll look out for her favourite client, Ruby, whose grandson, Rhys, seems to constantly let her down? What does Ruby know about Tony? And what is Denise hiding?

Surrounded by secrets and lies, is there anyone left who Callie can trust?

Purchase on Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raving-About-Rhys-Jessica-Redland-ebook/dp/B01N6T85B0/

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Review:

Callie is happy with her life. She works as a carer at Bayview Nursing Home which she loves apart from one thing, her boss, Denise or as she calls her The She-Devil. She also thinks she’s found her perfect man in Tony who at forty five is old enough to be her dad. At almost a year together he’s last longer than all of her other relationships. But the cracks in her relationship start to show when a resident called Ruby says she knows Tony from somewhere and she is caught in a comprising position by the hunky new gardener Mikey. What is Tony hiding?

So I’ve decided to dip my toe back into a bit of romantic comedy, to have little break from all the murder and bloodshed I’ve been reading lately.

I read this lovely novella in just one day, I didn’t want to stop (happily there are three subsequent books, one of which I will be reading soon, Searching for Steven).

From the cover I was kind of expecting a bit of light-hearted fluff but this story goes so much deeper than that! The characters are complex and flawed, with a compelling story line, all set against the backdrop of a seaside town makes this the perfect summer read.

I liked Callie, she’s such a big hearted and caring person, she even tries to help her horrible boss Denise when she starts acting strangely. But I kept wishing for her to have a bit more confidence in herself!

Elderly resident Ruby I have to say is my favourite character. She funny, sweet and bit racy at time with her stories from the old days.

Yes, the story line may have been a little predictable but the author makes it her own and I am really looking forward to reading her next novel Searching for Steven.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio –

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her_DSF1336-2 business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @JessicaRedland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/

Website and blog: www.jessicaredland.com

#BlogTour Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks by Bena Roberts @rararesources #BookSpotlight #Promo

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Title: Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks by Bena Roberts

Date Published: December 2017

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Women’s Fiction

Description:

Helen’s children leave home at eighteen. She sleepwalked through her marriage of twenty years for their sake. But when they go, she leaves her husband. Her house is a mess, as is her image and Helen breaks down. Through her pain, she draws blood and allows the universe to guide her and her decisions.

The unexpected happens, scientist Helen gets thrown into a new life of hedonism, dating, and self-discovery. A charming lawyer steals her heart, but is Helen ready for the fast lane? Will the local village firefighter provide the romance of her dreams? Or the military spy CJ, who is convinced that Helen is part of a Romanian smuggling gang.

With the help of her sister Portia, Helen starts to transform her life. The universe guides her to finding something in herself.

Debut author Bena Robert’s provides a unique perspective in this witty black comedy. Dark humour meets chick lit with a robust and realistic voice.

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Purchase your copy here:

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/de/en/ebook/blind-dates-big-love-six-tinder-weeks

Nook https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blind-dates-big-love-six-tinder-weeks-bena-roberts/1128180181?ean=2940155172505

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/802150

Kindlehttps://www.amazon.com/Blind-Dates-Love-Tinder-Weeks-ebook/dp/B0782MDCFT/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me

Author Bio – Bena Roberts

Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title romance adventurist! She graduated in England 1994 and then with a Masters in 1997.myAvatar (3)

Born in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as ‘home.’

Bena successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had lunch with Steve Ballmer and was ‘top 50 most influential woman in mobile.’ Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best Blog. However, her technology career ended after she was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in 2009. Since 2012, Bena has taught English in Germany and managed a small relocation business.

Bena has two children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl Grey. Six Tinder Weeks, now Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks is her debut novel. Other books include The Forever Night Stand, with Tammy & Lisa: Mum Detectives at the Village School available in 2018.

Twitter – @benaroberts

Amazon Author – https://www.amazon.com/Bena-Roberts/e/B076ZRDW8G

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17307556.Bena_Roberts

Blog – www.sixtinderweeks.com