THE HONEY TRAP by @MaryJayneBaker #ChickLit @HarperImpulse #Bookreview #fridayreads

The Honey TrapThe Honey Trap by Mary Jayne Baker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three Point Five Stars.

The Honey Trap is a chick lit story based around the gutter press. Angel Blackthorne is an intern reporter for “The Daily Investigator”. Sent on a job by her editor to entrap squeaky clean film editor Sebastian Wilchester and create a front page sensation, Angel must find a way to get Sebastian naked in front of a hidden camera.

Laidened with guilt over what she’s done, yet constantly thinking about the mutual attraction there was between the pair, Angel is next sent to the premier of his latest film so she can write up a review. The after party at the Lavish Luxe nightclub, turns into a nightmare for Seb and he finds it’s Angel who helps him out.

Never sure if he can fully trust her, Seb can’t keep away. They find a mutual love of vintage films, and it’s Angel that Seb offers an exclusive interview and studio tour to. Here she discovers the Reelkids charity which Seb and his wife have started up and gets an invite to the fundraiser. With a wife in tow, can they ever become more than just good friends?

There are some great characters, newspaper editor Steve Clifton is so sexist he’d have human resources managers reaching for the smelling salts. This is a dialogue lead read and the style lends itself to patches of “telling” rather than “showing” the reader the story-line, add in a good dose of cliques and name dropping and for me the book lost its ability to stand out from the crowd.

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7 Years Bad Sex by Nicky Wells @WellsNicky #Chicklit

7 Years Bad Sex7 Years Bad Sex by Nicky Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

7 Years Bad Sex is a light chick lit read best suited for the younger market of reader in their 20’s and 30’s. It’s a fun read surrounding the wedding and subsequent months of honeymoon era surrounding newly weds.

Casey and Alex are members of Rock group Blue Heart and we meet them on a Yacht in the Mediterranean toasting their marriage day, when they feel the earth literally moving, believing it’s just them who felt it they look forward to their wedding night only to be extremely turned-off by each other and unable to cement their wedding vows.

They have a 3 week honeymoon cruise around the Med booked but it becomes more apparent that it wasn’t just wedding night nerves when Alex can’t perform his bedroom duties and Casey is left feeling frustrated. It’s not just Alex, bad luck seems to be following them ever time they dry to make love. Back home in familiar surroundings they think everything will sort itself out but that’s not the case.

They end up trying everything from lotions, potions, sex toys, counselling and even a sex therapist but it looks like they are under a curse. Even Psychic Sam can’t help them. Can they really face 7 years without sex? or should they make drastic decisions?

This is a brave subject to make the central theme to your book and I enjoyed it more when the storyline moved to Brighton and Cornwall giving the reader a little extra to the story other than Casey and Alex’s obsession with sex.

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 Years Bad Sex by Nicky Wells

Years Bad Sex by Nicky Wells

7 Years Bad Sex


One wedding. One curse? Disaster ever after…


A seven-years-bad-sex curse? Surely not! Yet something went wrong when rock singer Casey and drummer Alex got married on that beautiful yacht anchored off St Tropez in the south of France. Something went badly wrong. For even on their wedding night, the young couple discovers a complete and somewhat surprising inability to make love. Muddling through their honeymoon with a string of thin excuses for their predicament, the lovers defer finding a solution (and panicking) until the return to their home in London. After all, they married for life and to make rock music, not for the love of sex. Right?


But when they resume life as normal in London, all hell breaks loose. Increasingly frantic in their quest for release, the unhappy newlyweds embark on a string of hilarious and occasionally harmful antics that drives them, their band, and an assortment of random strangers to the brink of despair. But it ain’t over ‘til it’s over or, in this case… it ain’t over ‘til the newlyweds sing.


About Nicky Wells: Romance that Rocks Your World!


Ultimate rock chick author Nicky Wells writes romance with rock stars—because there’s no better romantic hero than a golden-voiced bad boy with a secret soft heart and a magical stage presence!


Nicky’s books offer glitzy, glamorous romance with rock stars—imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill! If you’ve ever had a crush on any kind of celebrity, you’ll connect with Nicky’s heroes and their leading ladies.


Born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993 and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys. Nicky loves listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, she’s a wife, mother, occasional knitter, and ad-hoc radio show presenter. Rock on!


Nicky’s books: Sophie’s Turn | Sophie’s Run | Sophie’s Encore | Spirits of Christmas

| Fallen for Rock | Fairy Tale in New York



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Did you know? There’s a single out now by Nicky’s fictional rock band Tuscq come to life! “Love Me Better” is available for download from Amazon, iTunes and many other places.

How To Bake The Perfect Christmas Cake by Gina Henning

How to Bake the Perfect Christmas CakeHow to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake by Gina Henning

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How To Bake The Perfect Christmas Cake is an effervescent piece of chick lit, it’s fast pace whips you through the build-up to Christmas and beyond for Lauren Hauser. A highly successful worker in finance Lauren Hauser lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She’s just returned from Thanksgiving spent with her family in Texas where she met the delicious Jack Walker in the first book in the series “How To Bake The Perfect Pecan Pie”.

But Jack has let her down, he failed to arrive recently at the airport for a visit and Lauren questions if a long-distance relationship will ever work. A while later Jack surprises Lauren, he’s full of apologies, problems at Vintage Estates where he works needed to be sorted before he could come to Lauren. Determined to make up for his failings Jack begins to woo Lauren with a series of gifts related to the Twelve Days of Christmas.

With their relationship almost back on track Lauren makes it back home for Christmas in Texas with her family of crazy characters. Who else would bring the whole family dressed at Elves to meet you at the airport?

A fun light Christmas read with a large cast of film and celebrity mentions, enough to rival any top gossip magazine.

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Apologies if this book is off-season, I just couldn’t get to it in time for Christmas.

Touched To The Heart by Elsa Winckler

Touched To The HeartTouched To The Heart by Elsa Winckler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Touched To The Heart is a quick easy read, hot romance. It ticks all the boxes of a good chick lit/ Rom com and if I’m not mistaken has plenty more stories to follow it.

The book is set in South Africa, we meet Caitlin Sutherland a physio who doesn’t trust men, especially those who shave their legs and who are cyclists. But when she’s bowled over by her emotions to a man she’s only just met, she’s left dazed and confused.

Don Cavallo is one of four handsome brothers who love cycling as a serious hobby and escape from the high profile lives they lead as hotel tycoons. He meets Caitlin during the Wines to Whales cycle race where she is working as a physio for the cyclists. A man who has yet to find a woman who can hold his attention, Don’s attention is grabbed from just one touch of Caitlin’s magical hands.

Plenty of hot sexual tension will Caitlin must learn to trust a man? And will Don ever want more than just a fling?

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24 Sleeps ’til Xmas tour “Spirits of Christmas” with Nicky Wells (Day 4)

It’s Day 4 of the 24 Sleeps ’till Christmas book tour and my guest today is author Nicky Wells and her book “Spirits of Christmas”

Nicky Wells

Spirits of Christmas: A Rock’n’Roll Christmas Carol

At one time, up-and-coming rock singer Jude had it all: a great band, a platinum record, a loving girlfriend. This Christmas, however, he is well down the road towards spontaneous self-destruction. Unwitting at first, Jude has progressively alienated his band and driven away the love of his life. Tonight, the night before Christmas Eve, he has broken the final taboo during a disastrous gig. Yet Jude doesn’t see how badly his life has derailed, not until a ghostly procession of legends passes through his bedroom with a series of vivid and powerful wake-up calls. Will the Spirits help Jude put the friendship, love, and rock music back into his Christmas?

Spirits of Christmas is a modern-day rock’n’roll adaption of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. This novella will enchant romance readers, rock lovers, fans of ghost stories, and everybody who adores the festive season.

Here’s my review of “Spirits Of Christmas” to get you in the mood;

Spirits of Christmas is a modern day twist on a classic. A failing rock band needs all the help it can get and a team of ghosts oblige with a few home truths for the band leader. Full of Christmas past, present and future the ghosts must make Jude see the light before it is too late. A good reminder that we should all take a good look at our lives from time to time and check if we like what we’re seeing. My review is based on a free copy of the book supplied by the author.

Let’s find out more about Nicky;

1) Where is your home town?

My home town is Essen, in Germany. I was born there and moved to the UK when I was twenty. Now, I call a small village in Lincolnshire my home, and I’m loving it here. In between, I’ve lived in London, Oxford and Bristol.

2) How long have you been writing?

Ha, how long have you got? The cheesy (but nonetheless true) answer is, since I was ten. I submitted my first ‘novel’ to a children’s publisher when I was twelve. It was a rejection, needless to say, on grounds that they couldn’t accept manuscript s from children!

However, if you’re asking me about launching my author career in earnest, I’d have to say that I started writing in 2004.

3) What genres do you like writing for?

I love romance and chick lit, so that’s where my natural writing home is. I’m itching to try my hands a crime novel or a thriller, but I’m not sure I’d be very good at dealing with the blood and gore!

4) Where did the idea to write a modern twist on a Christmas classic come from?

Great question. It came out of the blue, quite literally, in the middle of the night right on the heels of launching my second full-length novel, Sophie’s Run. That would have been in February of this year. I was hyped up from the launch, I had more or less just finished writing my third book, I was buzzing, and my mind just wouldn’t come to a rest.

A significant portion of my third book—the one I’d just finished writing—takes place at Christmas, so I had Christmas on the brain. And when I couldn’t sleep, this cocktail of ideas swirled round my head… rock music (I’m a rock addict, did I mention that?), romance, Christmas, mystery, departed rock legends… Bingo! There it was, the whole thing.

My OH thought I was nuts when I presented him with the idea the next morning, but in a good way. He was being all practical and wondered how it would fit in with my planned schedule, but I made it work. And there it is, Spirits of Christmas!


5) Can you tell us who the rock stars are who appear as ghosts?

Ah, great question. I’m dying to tell you who inspired me, but I worry that it would spoil the fun for anyone who’s yet to pick up a copy and read it. So is it okay if I keep quiet on this one? You could always share your guesses, but my lips shall remain sealed, LOL!

6) I get the impression you are a bit of a rock fan, is this true?

Rosie, I love rock. Love, love, love. I love the strong sound, the powerful guitars, the drums, the ‘realness’ of the music. Throw in great vocals and a haunting tune, and I go weak at the knees. There’s awesome skill in rock music, both in the writing and the performance, and other than classical music, I can’t think of any type of sound that is more likely to induce goosebump moments. (I love goosebump moments!).

I also have a bit of a thing for rock musicians. I don’t know if it’s the voices, the hair, or the sheer talent of the guys, but a rock musician will turn my head any day. They are like Viagra for my soul. (My OH, by the way, while not exactly a rock star, does play the guitar, sings, and happens to be called Jon. A pure coincidence!)

7) Tell us about the rock star romance series

The Rock Star Romance Trilogy tells the story of the romance between girl-next-door Sophie and mega rock star Dan.

In book 1, Sophie’s Turn, Dan crash-lands in Sophie’s life and turns her entire world upside down. He proposes to her in the most romantic way imaginable just a short while after her boyfriend, Tim, also popped the question. Sophie is at a loss as to what to do. Deceit and betrayal don’t feature in her repertoire, and she struggles to come to terms with her unexpected, strange reality. Which is why you see her turn away from the obvious decisions… and launching her life path onto a little detour.

The second ‘act’, Sophie’s Run, follows Sophie and Dan as Sophie is in pursuit of true love with Steve, the new man in her life. Dan assumes the role of best friend and ‘rock, and—unusually for him—languishes in a state of unrequited love for Sophie. Sophie is oblivious to this, but her best friend Rachel and the reader will be very aware. Sophie’s Run features glitz and glamour, laughter, an exploding cake, a fire, travel, betrayal, friendship, romance, a dashing male nurse and of course a gorgeous rock star ~ an intoxicating combination of ingredients, or so I’m told.

In the closing instalment, Sophie’s Encore, it’s all change for Sophie in the most dramatic fashion. This time, there’s more at stake than just her happiness. Dan has continued to be her rock through the highs and the lows since her wedding day, but now he figures it’s time for her to start over. By stealth, the rock singer draws Sophie into the behind-the-scenes work for his new album. Through the days and weeks spent together at the mixing desk, Sophie discovers hole new horizons for her life, yet before she can even begin to explore them, she faces the very real threat of losing her rock star for good.

The Trilogy is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


8) You’ve taken part in radio interviews, how scary are they to do?

Fabulous question. The first time I did a radio interview, I thought I would pass out. I remember my heart beating furiously, my hands being cold and clammy, and my blood roaring so load in my ears that I could barely hear anything. There I was, in the BBC Radio Bristol studio with a great big microphone in front of my mouth, about to go live on air all over the West Country. What if I made a complete fool out of myself? I was convinced I’d open my mouth and nothing would come out.

Well, that didn’t happen, thank goodness. What did happen is that I chatted, I laughed, and I had a great time. The buzz lasted for days afterwards, and I determined to try this again. After I moved to Lincoln, I connected with the team at Siren 107.3 FM and started putting in appearances on The Midweek Drive show, so much so that I’m now a regular contributor with my own jingle. (I’m thrilled to bits about that!). And the BBC has been very kind to me, in that I’ve been to visit with

BBC Lincolnshire twice, with more visits in the works.

So I think it’s fair to say that I went from being a little scaredy cat to being a radio addict!

(And I blame this development for leading me into whole new avenues of self-promotion. For example, I burst into song at a reading once… as you can see here:

9) Tell us how being a member of the Romantic’s Novelists Association supports your writing?

The RNA is a fantastic resource for writers in various ways. The conferences and parties they put on offer great opportunities for networking with other authors and industry professionals. The blog and magazine feature relevant and interesting (and very helpful!) articles about publishing and writing. And the ‘support forums’ (Chapters or the online group) are a fabulous place to hang out and chat. It’s a great place to be, and you can get as involved (or not) as you like.

10) What are you working on at the moment? Do you have a publication date in mind?

My next full-length novel is titled Fallen For Rock. I’m planning to publish this one in the summer of 2014. At this time, I’m about 15,000 words in (out of what will be about 100,000 words in total) and I’m loving how the story flows. This part in the process is exciting and absolutely exhilarating. Even after four previous publications, it’s still amazing to see a plan and an outline spring to life. Here’s the blurb:

Fallen For Rock

Love, life, loyalties. Nothing stays the same when Emily gets drawn into the world of rock…

Glossy and sophisticated, professional high-flyer Emily has no time for nonsense such as the rock music her ex-boyfriend Nate adored so much. Yet when she unexpectedly comes into possession of VIP tickets—access all areas—for new rock band phenomenon, MonX, she can’t resist the temptation.

The fateful gig turns into more than one night and Emily finds herself strangely drawn to this new and unfamiliar, glittery world. However, only weeks later, MonX and her own universe fall apart, with devastating consequences for all. When MonX lead-singer, Mike, appeals for her help, she reluctantly embraces a new opportunity. But she soon discovers that while she may be a rock chick after all, a groupie she is not… Or is she?

Just exactly where do her loyalties lie? And what direction will her life take now that she’s left behind everything she treasured?

More about Nicky;

Nicky Wells is your ultimate rock chick author. Signed to US Publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing, Nicky writes Romance That Rocks Your World, featuring the rock star and the girl next door.

Nicky’s books offer glitzy, glamorous contemporary romance with a rock theme ~ imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill!

Born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993 and currently lives in Lincoln. In a previous professional life, Nicky worked as a researcher and project manager for an international Human Resources research firm based in London and Washington, D.C. Like her first leading lady, Sophie, Nicky loves listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, she’s a wife, mother, occasional knitter, and regular contributor to The Midweek Drive show on Lincoln’s Siren 107.3 FM. Rock on!

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EXCERPT, from Spirits of Christmas;


‘Hiya, Jude!’

The voice emerged from the door, and Jude’s head whipped round as if drawn by a string.

‘Hiya, Jude,’ the voice repeated cheerfully. Unexpectedly, it launched into the first line of one of Jude’s most favourite songs. Jude once again sank onto the bed, his legs refusing to carry him with the shock of this second apparition.

‘Is this really you?’

For a moment, Jude’s second otherworldly visitor abandoned his song and remained silent, motionless, allowing Jude to take a good, long look. The sideburns, the nose, the defined chin, the round glasses were clearly visible despite the spirit’s transparent appearance. Everything about this figure was familiar, yet nothing was quite as it should have been. It was as though Jude was looking at a hologram, a distorted, stretched vision where nothing quite fitted together.

Nonetheless, Jude found his voice. ‘Oh my God, it is you!’

Excitement made his exclamation strong and clear. The figure flinched at the sudden burst of noise, but Jude ploughed on. ‘This is…this is totally unreal. I mean, imagine this—here’s me in my bedroom, and there’s you, come to visit me.’

‘I’m not who you think you see,’ the apparition interrupted. ‘I’m the Ghost of Christmas Past.’

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Thanks Nicky for being our guest today. Merry Christmas!

Following on with my “Good Deed” suggestions for readers to try, I’ve taken a couple of themes from Nicky’s book, today’s Good Deed is …”Tell someone how wonderful they are or how much you love them. Let them know how much you appreciate them and do something special for them.”

Sister Issues by Cynthia Harrison

Sister IssuesSister Issues by Cynthia Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cher’s life was simple, she ran “The Sugar Shack” a small coffee shop with a friendly set of regular clientele. She lived above the shop and sewed in her spare time. Then Ariel her flighty sister decided that she wanted an active role in the business, just as Cher had taken on Emma, her school friend, as a partner. Between them Emma and Ariel bubble over with ways to expand the place into a thriving restaurant, whilst Cher hates the changes. We are taken on a rollercoaster ride with their lives, loves and losses. Cynthia has written a great story full of characters who learn to overcome their problems and move forward with their lives.

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“D” on the AtoZ Challenge

Today Terry Tyler has entered her book for the letter “D” in the  A to Z Challenge, Terry will also be featuring another book for the letter “Y”, so do try to come back to the blog to see which books are featured each day. We are asking people who visit our posts to PLEASE leave COMMENTS as part of the daily challenge, thank you in advance for your comment.

Title – Dream On

This is how Terry described the inspiration behind the book;

Dream On is about the struggling, passionate musician versus the wannabe celebrity – who will get through to the final of a TV talent show? It was inspired by a couple of chaps at the bar in a pub, around whom my sister and I wove a story 18 years ago… on March 10th its back story will appear on the Behind Blue Eyes blog.  I think I invented a new genre with Dream On – it’s a cross between rock fiction, chick lit – and bloke lit!

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Dave Bentley was born to be a rock star.

He believes he’s a reincarnated Viking warrior, too…

When Dave forms his new band, Thor, there are plenty of sleepless nights for Janice, his on-off girlfriend and mother of his son. Not only must she deal with the thrills and spills of life as a hardworking single mum, but also the imminent return of singer-songwriter Ariel Swan, Dave’s one true love.

Poor Janice. Dave is still the love of her life.

Ariel Swan returns to small town life – and Dave’s heart.

She and her friend Melodie (whose ambition is to be “a celebrity”) enter a TV talent competition, so Dave and the rest of Thor decide to make the most of the opportunity for possible fame and fortune, too. This adventure brings about big changes in the lives of all of them – none of which Dave could have anticipated.
One member of Thor even ends up on The Jeremy Kyle Show…

Here is what one customer thought of the book, whilst giving it a 5* Review;

Ever since discovering Tyler on the Twittersphere, I’ve been a firm fan of her work and was delighted when I heard another book was being released.
Dream On takes a different narrative format to her previous works, but is still enjoyably readable and from the very first page the story simply flows.
In a modern society obsessed with celebrity and the fame that is attached to success, Dream On follows the aspirations of the daydreamer Dave and his friends as they try to become a musical sensation. Tyler’s work also delves in to the emotions attached to the cost of the search for fame.
All of the characters are well crafted and believable, with the scenes themselves crafted in a way that sits you there along with all the chatter and the music. I wish my own local was this eventful! There are lost daydreamers, deluded self-worshippers, loveable rogues and downright oddballs. Dream On has it all with aplomb, and is once more in Tyler’s effortlessly good style.
My only criticism would be that I would have liked more to read – but that’s the problem when a book is too good to put down! A recommended read – why haven’t you bought it already?
Terry will soon be releasing her sequel to Dream On called Full Circle read more at Terry’s blog
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Almost Perfect by Julie Ortolon

Almost Perfect (Perfect Trilogy, #1)Almost Perfect by Julie Ortolon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent romance/ chick lit book with an added touch of self-help notes taken from a book written by a friend of the characters. It dinged a memory of a Saturday morning kids TV show that was hilarious call something like “Camp run-a-muck”. Not that the kids camp in this book was anything like the slap stick comedy I remember, but it triggered a happy memory. The book is full of characters with great promise for the other books in the trilogy.

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