Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Cosy #Mystery DEATH BY BAGUETTE by @JSAauthor

Today’s team review is from Liz, she blogs here

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Liz has been reading Death By Baguette by Jennifer S Alderson.

Death by Baguette is the second murder mystery involving quick-witted Lana Hansen. A helpful, efficient tour-guide, she takes small groups of wealthy American tourists on organised visits to popular destination.  This is also Lana’s first visit to Paris, but she is well prepared and nothing phases her, except discovering her new boyfriend, Chad, is one of the guests and he’s married! Visiting Paris, the city of love, in time for Valentine’s Day sounds idyllic for the couples she accompanies but most of them have relationship problems, including Lana’s friend Willow and her partner Jane.  Luckily Lana’s new assistant Randy Wright is very helpful, if rather nervous.

The plot is gradually revealed as we travel with the group, viewing the Louvre, the Rodin Museum and the cathedral at Chartres.  Most of these places are familiar to me but I enjoyed the vivid but not over long descriptions of the attractive features.  In fact, the book would be an excellent introduction to anyone planning their first encounter with the city.

As many of the group become increasingly antagonistic towards each other there are plenty of suspects when Chad suddenly collapses, poisoned during a picnic under the Tour Eiffel.  Even Lana and her friends are persons of interest to the French detective.  She turns her mind to investigating everyone in the party, aided by a journalist friend back in Seattle, but in the dramatic denouement Lara depends on the help of others.

Like the first book in the Travel Can Be Murder series this cozy mystery is fast moving, entertaining reading and I am hoping that in future episodes Lana will have more success in finding a successful romantic partner.

Book description

Death by Baguette: A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris

Paris—the city of love, lights … and murder? Join tour guide Lana Hansen as she escorts five couples on an unforgettable Valentine-themed vacation to France! Unfortunately it will be the last trip for one passenger…

Lana Hansen’s future is looking bright. She has money in her bank account, a babysitter for her cat, and even a boyfriend. Regrettably she won’t get to celebrate Valentine’s Day with her new beau, Chad. Instead, she will be leading a lovers-only tour in France. Luckily for Lana, her best friend, Willow, and her partner, Jane, will be joining her.

Things go downhill when Lana’s new boyfriend shows up in Paris for her tour—with his wife. Chad is not the website developer he claimed to be, but a famous restaurant critic whose love of women rivals his passion for food.

After Chad drops dead during a picnic under the Eiffel Tower, a persistent French detective becomes convinced that he was poisoned. And the inspector’s sights are set on several members of the tour—including Lana!

While escorting her group through the cobblestone streets of Montmartre, the grand gardens of Versailles, and the historic Marché des Enfants Rouges market, Lana must figure out who really killed Chad before she has to say bonjour to prison and adieu to her freedom.

Introducing Lana Hansen, tour guide, reluctant amateur sleuth, and star of the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series. Join Lana as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that, unfortunately for Lana, often turn deadly.

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Rosie’s #BookReview of #Contemporary #Romance SWEET TEMPERAMENTS by Tonwand North

Sweet TemperamentsSweet Temperaments by Tonwand North

3.5 stars

Sweet Temperaments is a contemporary romance set in Scotland. Lewis and Christopher are work colleagues and they share an office. Lewis finds himself regularly dreaming about Christopher, but his attempts at friendship are rebuffed. Christopher doesn’t socialise and goes through the same work routine daily; he barely acknowledges Lewis.

When Lewis eventually gets Christopher to agree to go out, Christopher insists that it is only as friends. He makes it clear that he doesn’t date, but when pushed on the matter he tells Lewis this is for medical reasons, which leaves Lewis confused and turning to the internet for answers.

This story is told solely from Lewis’s point of view. It has plenty of relationship drama and into this the author throws in a serious medical condition. The details and treatment are openly discussed as are the couple’s anxieties about it.

The novel has two definite parts, the first of which is filled with the build-up to the couple’s relationship, while the second half quickly covers a twenty year period after their marriage. Once they became a couple, I thought that there was rather a sudden change in how Christopher showed his feelings, which didn’t fit with the earlier part of the story. I may have been able to accept the change easier if some of the previous chapters had been written from Christopher’s point of view. I would have enjoyed hearing Christopher’s views because his lack of emotion made me intrigued about him.

An interesting story, with a medical thread that was woven in well.

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Book description

Lewis Fraser is in trouble. He’s fallen hopelessly for eccentric recluse Christopher Wright. But the man won’t even say good morning to him! Yet no matter how many times he tries to break his one-sided attraction, one look from Christopher and his heart is racing all over again.

Struggling to hold the threads of a friendship together, Lewis highly doubts there’s any parallel universe in which Christopher and him are in a relationship! But he’s still determined to melt the ice and get to know him better. What Lewis doesn’t realise is that Christopher Wright intentionally avoids others for a reason. How will he handle Christopher’s secret?

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Rosie’s #BookReview Of #YoungAdult #Fantasy THE HIDDEN KING by E. G. Ragcliff

The Hidden King (The Coming of Áed, #1)The Hidden King by E.G. Radcliff

3.5 stars

The Hidden King is a young adult fantasy and book one of a series. It begins on the streets of a city called The Maze where poverty and danger thrive. A tragedy occurs for a teenage boy called Áed, who takes his ward, a young boy called Ronan, and journeys to the forbidden White City where he hopes they can live a better life.

The White City is the opposite of The Maze, where its citizens live comfortably and have plenty to eat. However, it is overseen by a mad king, and any Maze inhabitants caught trespassing will be punished. When Áed is captured he’s taken to the dungeons and tortured, and has just one chance of survival.

This story has a rags to riches theme and made me think a little of Oliver Twist. The world building worked well and I was able to imagine most of the settings. However, I was a little confused at the beginning when the story focussed on a character who had a short role. It would have worked better if the opening scenes had all been from Áed’s point of view.

Áed is caring and sensible, often putting Ronan’s needs before his own and for a young man he shows a great amount of maturity, especially later in the book when he is dealing with court officials. I thought that he slipped into his new role a little too smoothly considering his background and I didn’t believe his character changes as much as I had hoped to, but I am sure it will be developed further in the next book.

Overall, a good start to the series.

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Book description

Hidden truths. Hidden power. Hidden destiny.
Someone is going to get burned…

On the shores of an oily sea, in the streets of a starving city, a young man named Áed scraps to build a life for himself and the makeshift family he loves. Scarred by a trauma he cannot remember, and haunted by the brutal damage it left behind, he has no idea of the courage his future will demand.

When tragedy strikes, a desperate Áed risks a treacherous, life-changing journey in his last chance to save the only family he has left – but an ancient legacy smoldering within him is about to turn deadly. Neither he – nor a kingdom – will ever be the same.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT 1932: Pride And Prejudice Revisited by @KarenMCox1932

Today’s team review is from Olga, she blogs here

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Olga has been reading 1932: Pride And Prejudice Revisited by Karen M. Cox

1932: Pride and Prejudice Revisited by [Cox, Karen M]

I have read several novels, short-stories, and novellas written by Karen M. Cox, many of them variations of Jane Austen’s novels or inspired by them, most recently Find Wonder in All Things, and like that one, 1932 is a new edition of a novel the author published a few years back. As I hadn’t read it before, I was grateful to get an ARC copy, which I freely decided to review.  It is not necessary to have read Pride and Prejudice to enjoy this book, but because in this case I am much more familiar with the original, I can confirm that there is much to enjoy from comparing the —sometimes subtle and at others quite major— differences between the two and I thought the new setting suits it very well.

The story is narrated in the third person mostly from Elizabeth’s point of view, but also at times we see William Darcy’s viewpoint, and we get a much better understanding of how the feelings between them, especially when it comes to Elizabeth, develop. I think the historical period works very well to explain the changed circumstances for the Bennet family, who until then had lived a comfortable life in Chicago, but due to the Depression find themselves in a tight spot when Dr Bennet loses his teaching position at the university and is unable to find a job that will feed the seven mouths under his charge. The whole family gets uprooted to a small farm in rural Kentucky, and the rather desperate circumstances have a deep effect on Elizabeth’s ideas and decisions. Do not worry, there are pride and prejudices aplenty, but there are major changes in respect of the original novel, although I’ll keep my mouth shut so you can discover them yourselves if you are a fan, or enjoy this version without spoilers if you haven’t read P&P before.

The author has a great skill, as I have mentioned before, at making any historical period come to life, and we are immersed into the Thirties in rural Kentucky as we read, without being overwhelmed by lengthy descriptions and tonnes of unnecessary details. Characters behave according to the era and to their social positions, while at the same time remaining faithful to the spirit of the original.

If I had to name one of the things I enjoyed the most, was the increased role played by some of the secondary characters, like the girls aunt and uncle, who offer them their help; Georgiana (whose new version of the story and how that affects Darcy’s character I loved in particular); Fitzwilliam (he’s a sheriff!); and also the subtle changes to some others, like Mrs Bennet, Elizabeth’s mother, who although loud and overbearing at times, also shows more backbone and her true devotion as a mother, which I found endearing. And there are some new characters that I love, but no, I won’t tell you about them.

Are there changes to the main couple? Well, yes, although they also retain the main qualities devoted fans love. Elizabeth is strong and determined, but seems more willing to put other people’s needs (especially her family’s) before her own convictions and is more practical. We also see her try to behave as is expected of her; she doubts and questions her decisions and wakes to the pleasures of love. (As I’ve often said, I’m not a big fan of sex scenes or erotica but must admit the very early scenes here are quite sweet and funny, and they are far from extreme or too graphic, but I thought I’d better warn you). Darcy shows his pride and his prejudices too, especially at the beginning of the novel, and he finds it difficult to fully trust Elizabeth, although we get to understand why as the story advances.  I don’t want to reveal too many details of the plot, especially where it differs from the original, but I should mention that we do get to see more of the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy, rather than only the early period of courtship, in this version.

Do not worry, we still have the witty dialogue, a baddy true to form, and there is an action scene that sets many things in motion and I thoroughly enjoyed. The writing flows easily, and it manages to plunge readers into the subtleties of the minds of the characters whilst at the same time sharing with them the landscapes and the settings. And yes, there is a happy ending.

Here, a taster of the writing, but, as usual, I’d recommend readers to check a sample to see what they think:

Here, we have the couple conversing.

“You seem to have a great faith in your judgement.”

“I suppose I do. I believe I’ve lived a sufficient amount of time and seen enough of the world to earn that confidence.”

“So, you’re infallible?”

“Of course not. That would be impossible for anyone.”

“I see.”

“But I do make it a priority to weigh my decisions carefully. For example, I didn’t build Pemberley by following the latest fads in agriculture without thinking them through.”

“My understanding was that you didn’t build Pemberley. It was left to you, was it not?”

I recommend this novel to lovers of classical or historical romance, especially those fond of Jane Austen, and to anybody who enjoys a well-written story full of compelling characters. Fans of the author won’t be disappointed, and I was particularly touched by her dedication of the novel to her grandmothers, women who had lived through that historical period and had plenty to say and lots to teach future generations. And I’m sure Austen would approve.

Book description

…do anything rather than marry without affection.”
—Pride and Prejudice

During the upheaval of the Great Depression, Elizabeth Bennet’s life is torn asunder. Her family’s relocation from the bustle of the big city to a quiet family farm has changed her future, and now, she must build a new life in rural Meryton, Kentucky.
William Darcy suffered family turmoil of his own, but he has settled into a peaceful life at Pemberley, the largest farm in the county. Single, rich, and seemingly content, he remains aloof—immune to any woman’s charms.
Until Elizabeth Bennet moves to town.
As Darcy begins to yearn for something he knows is missing, Elizabeth’s circumstances become more dire. Can the two put aside their pride and prejudices long enough to find their way to each other?

1932, Karen M Cox’s award-winning debut novel, is a matchless variation on Jane Austen’s classic tale.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #NewRelease #YA #Contemporary Sports Fiction BREAK THE FALL by @jennifercarolyn @PenguinTeen @HachetteKids

Break the FallBreak the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

4 stars

Break The Fall is a young adult contemporary sports-themed story based around a fictional American women’s Olympic gymnastics team.

Audrey Lee has just been chosen as one of America’s team for the 2020 Tokyo Games. The next few weeks will be full of more hard training and intense pressure to fulfil her dream of becoming one of the best gymnasts in the world.

Just as the team arrive at their training camp, though their chief coach is arrested and all their plans start to collapse. Now the team are fighting for survival as well as their places on the medal podiums.

Gymnastics is a popular Olympic sport and the dreams of so many rest on just a few final performance minutes. I really enjoyed this story, which felt very real, both the reasons for the coach’s arrest and the pressures felt by the girls. The build-up to the ending was emotional to read and I could understand how much it all meant to each one of the girls in the story.

An ideal book for followers of gymnastics, but it should be noted that the book does contain some sensitive issues which include child abuse.

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Book description

Audrey Lee is going to the Olympics.

A year ago, she could barely do a push up as she recovered from a spine surgery, one that could have paralyzed her. And now? She’s made the United States’ gymnastics team with her best friend, Emma, just like they both dreamed about since they were kids. She’s on top of the world.

The pressure for perfection is higher than ever when horrifying news rips the team apart. Audrey is desperate to advocate for her teammate who has been hurt by the one person they trusted most–but not all the gymnasts are as supportive.

With the team on the verge of collapse, the one bright spot in training is Leo, her new coach’s ridiculously cute son. And while Audrey probably (okay, definitely) shouldn’t date him until after the games, would it really be the end of the world?

Balancing the tenuous relationship between her teammates with unparalleled expectations, Audrey doesn’t need any more distractions. No matter what it takes, she’s not going to let anyone bring them down. But with painful revelations, incredible odds, and the very real possibility of falling at every turn, will Audrey’s determination be enough?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of Spiritual Story LITTLE EDEN by KT King

Little EdenLittle Eden by KT King

3 stars

Little Eden is a spirituality story set in a fictional village within London. The year is 2012, and it is believed by some that the Earth and its inhabitants are about to undergo significant changes.

Little Eden is a community set up by a trust, and many of those living within its walls have special connections to mysticism. The story opens with a funeral and then an incident involving a breakaway group who want to sell Little Eden and use the proceeds of the sale for personal gain. Focusing on the inhabitants of Little Eden, the author attempts to show the changes, particularly spiritual ones, needed to help the planet.

I liked the idea behind this book, with its messages about fear, greed and compassion. Little Eden sounded like an idyllic place to live and one that many of us would be happy to discover in the heart of London.

While the principles within the story were meaningful, they began to get muddied by the style of their delivery. The large cast of characters made it hard to form memorable images of them, and I felt the author placed too much emphasis on the message as opposed to the story, with an excess of over-used sayings and phrases, ‘telling’ of the story rather than ‘showing’, and using the dialogue to convey large quantities of information.

Overall, a lovely idea for a story, but it just needed more work on technique to give the important points a chance to really shine through.

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Book description

2012. Little Eden, London, England.

The beautiful sanctuary town of Little Eden is under threat.

Human greed, selfishness and disregard are about to turn the last 1,000 years to dust.

Robert Bartlett-Hart must make a choice.

With the help his friends (plus plenty of tea and cake), Robert learns that there is more at stake than just Little Eden.

Something lies at the heart of Abbey; something that stands between mankind and Armegeddon.

The friends must navigate past lives, other dimensions, and even Heaven itself, to find a way to save Little Eden and themselves.

Will Little Eden survive to usher in a new age, or will humanity perish with it?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #YA #Fantasy RISE OF GAIA by Kristin Ward @YA_Author #TuesdayBookBlog

Rise of GaiaRise of Gaia by Kristin Ward

4 stars

Rise Of Gaia is a young adult fantasy. It is a powerful story about man’s destruction of Mother Earth. On her seventeenth birthday, Terran begins to receive a series of horrific visions about the damage that is being done to nature, all across the planet. A mystery voice urges Terran to ‘see’; this is the voice of Gaia, the Earth Mother who is dying as she is slowly poisoned and destroyed.

Terran has been chosen, along with an ancient race of people; they have been called to re-balance the world. It’s not going to be fun, this isn’t a test, this is going to be brutal.

I liked how the author presented the facts about man’s abuse of the Earth in a straightforward manner; it was easy to imagine Mother Earth in pain and her need to push back. I was, though, less keen on the over-used theme of a ‘chosen one’, and would have been happy if Terran was perhaps just one of several gifted young people.

There is a light love interest which had a refreshing turn and wasn’t how I envisaged the relationship as it moved forward. I believe that the messages in the book were meant to shock the reader, so that they are remembered and acted upon to help save the planet.

I’m glad that I read this book and would recommend it to those who want to read books about this very topical subject, in an easy flowing fictional format.

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Book description

Beneath rock and soil, trees and oceans, she lies.

Under concrete jungles and poisoned rivers, she slumbers.

She is Mother Earth.

And mankind has turned its back on its mother.

The visions begin on Terran’s seventeenth birthday. Horrifying images pummel her brain, while a voice commands her to see beyond the world she thought she knew and into the heart of it. Gaia has awakened, brought to consciousness by the greed of a species that has tainted every aspect of her being in a tide of indifference. With this awareness, comes rage. Gaia calls upon her children to unleash her fury, wreaking vengeance on humanity.

Terran will emerge in a world on the brink of collapse, to face a being whose wrath is beyond imagining.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT Light #SciFi THE EARTHLING’S BROTHER by @EarikB

Today’s team review is from Olga, she blogs here

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Olga has been reading The Earthling’s Brother by Earik Beann

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I have read two other books by Beann, one a science-fiction novel and the other a non-fiction book, enjoyed both, and loved the cover and the premise of his new book, and I’m pleased to say that I wholeheartedly recommend it as well.

The book reminded me of yesteryear science-fiction movies, but with a touch of self-awareness, humour, and diversity that made it thoroughly modern. It made me think of The Day the Earth Stood Still, Starman (the movie) and, to a certain extent, Terminator, especially the beginning, although here we have a bit of a twist, and more than one being from outer space (but I’ll try not to spoil the story).

The story is not hard science-fiction, and I suspect lovers of detailed scientific explanations and high-tech might find this book too light, but the setting is very compelling, there are plenty of adventures, and lots of fun to be had. And the characters are all winners.

Maria Rodriguez is a great protagonist. She works hard, loves her sick nephew and tries her best to help him get better, looks after everybody, and she is willing to help, no matter what. She gives “Sam” the benefit of the doubt, even if she thinks he is under the influence of some drug or other and a bit weird, and she ends up being pulled into an adventure that we’d all love to find ourselves in. Sam is another great character, like a grown-up child, and allows us to see ourselves from a completely fresh perspective. What would somebody from another world think about us? Mustafa… Well, I won’t tell you anything about Mustafa, other than he’s amazing, and we also have a proper villain (I’m talking about you, Sanders), and some other not very nice characters, although they don’t get off lightly. I particularly liked “Mother”, which is quite a special character but shows a great deal of insight into the workings of the world, despite her limitations, and Pepe… I think all readers will love Pepe.

The story has a bit of everything: there are some quasi-magical elements about it (be careful what you wish for!); we have police persecutions and interrogations; we have references to migration policies and to asylum hearings (this is priceless!); we have alien civilizations intent on destroying the world as we know it; trips to Las Vegas and big winnings at the casinos; a road-trip; flying secret planes; a stand-off between USA and Canadian soldiers, and even a little bit of romance thrown in.

The writing style is smooth, easy-to-read, and there are plenty of action scenes, humour, suspense, and some pretty scary moments as well. Although there is destruction, mayhem, and violence, it is not very extreme or explicit, and most of it is only referred to in passing. All these elements, and the story, that has an all-around feel-good happy ending, make this book perfect for YA readers, in my opinion, and I think older children might enjoy it as well, although I’d recommend parents to check it out beforehand.

In sum, this is a joy of a book. It can be read as a fun and light sci-fi adventure book, although it does deal in topics that are serious, current, and it has a message that humanity would do well to listen to. It suits all ages, and it leaves readers smiling. What else should we ask for? (Oh, and I especially recommend it to any Canadians out there!)

Book description

Sam never knew his parents. In fact, he’s never met another human—or seen a sunrise, smelled a flower, or eaten a regular meal. All of that is about to change.

It’s night in the desert, but he doesn’t feel the cold. The sky is clear, and the stars twinkle at him. He has never seen the sky from Earth before. Everything looks so strange. So . . . alien. He shakes his head in wonderment and laughs. He can’t stop smiling. This is Earth!

There is a building ahead. Other people will be inside. His heart skips a beat as he takes a step forward, the rocks crunching under his bare feet. He has dreamed of this moment for as long as he can remember.

But that which can be found can just as easily be lost again. It would have been better had Sam’s arrival gone unnoticed. But the artificial life form known only as the Authority is not one to miss such things. Nearly as old as time, and almost as powerful, the Authority was built by an ancient civilization as both an enforcer and a war machine, the destroyer of worlds. It has been watching Sam his entire life. Watching, and waiting, and judging. And now, it has decided that it’s time to act.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #Gothic #Romance TOO WICKED TO KISS by @EricaRidley

Too Wicked to Kiss (Gothic Love Stories #1)Too Wicked to Kiss by Erica Ridley

4 stars

Too Wicked To Kiss is a gothic Regency romance.

Evangeline has recently run away from her stepfather and sought shelter from the family of her mother’s friend. Lady Stanton cajoles Evangeline to accompany them to a house party but in return she is expected to help Lady Stanton’s daughter gain a wealthy husband.

Rose Heatherbrook has arranged a house party at her brother’s house to bring him back into accepted society, but Gavin Lioncroft is an unwilling host. For several years he has been surrounded by rumours that accused him of being a murderer, and both his family and fellow peers shunned him. Now his estranged sister brings unwanted guests to his home, and old accusations flare once more when a new murder occurs.

This story mixes a traditional whodunnit with romance and a touch of the paranormal. I liked the eerie setting, and the gothic element added a dark layer to the scenery. The romance was expected but it suited the story and was quite satisfying in its denouement. The ambitious number of themes does make this book quite long compared to others in the Regency romance genre, however if you don’t mind the twist of a cross-genre theme then this story might be for you.

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Book description


From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof, Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind its doors, amid the flickering shadows and secret passageways, danger lies in wait…


Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate of reclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have killed in cold blood. Initially, his towering presence and brusque manner instill fear… until his seductive attentions and unexpected vulnerability conquer her resistance.

But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also be a ruthless killer?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #RomCom YOU, ME AND OTHER STUFF by L. M. Barrett

Today’s team review is from Alison, she blogs here

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Alison has been reading You, Me And Other Stuff by L. M. Barrett

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There’s an interesting idea at the heart of this story and two potentially compelling characters. Sarah and Declan are childhood friends, growing up together and falling in and out of friendship.

They argue, they ignore each other, they look out for each other, but then Sarah really lets Declan down, and neither are sure if this is a situation they can come back from.

There’s romance here, and heartbreak and the awkwardness and anxieties of growing up and finding out about yourself – all the ingredients for a great story.

Unfortunately, the execution doesn’t really do the story justice. The structure, with Sarah telling her story to a man she meets in a bar, and Declan telling his to a fellow hostage, Lisa, doesn’t really work. And some of the situations don’t ring true. The hostage situation is treated very lightly (perhaps it’s not a suitable situation for this genre) and Declan is hardly affected by it at all. Secondary characters are treated horribly by the two main characters which makes it hard to root for them. And the writing itself does need some tidying up.

There’s a great idea here, but it needs a bit of a polish.

Three stars

Book description

Declan’s a tad annoyed. Not only has the love of his life run off with ‘Superman’ but she’s also unwittingly caused his current hostage situation. 

This is the story between two childhood friends and the ‘stuff’ that always gets in the way of their relationship. Mostly the fact that Sarah is engaged to another man and Declan is being held prisoner.

Find out what Sarah did to cause Declan’s current situation and if Declan will ever forgive her. Can things ever go back to the way they were?

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