COUNTRY RIVALS by @ZaraStoneley #RomCom #BookReview #TuesdayBookBlog

Country RivalsCountry Rivals by Zara Stoneley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Star Rating four point five stars.

Country Rivals is the third book in this Rom Com series and moves slightly away from the style of Jilly Cooper writing and into a more serious issue of family and relations than the first two books. This could be read as a stand alone book but readers will get much more enjoyment if they start with book 1.

Set in Cheshire at the Tipping House Estate and Equestrian centre and next to Kitterly Heath home to rich and famous celebrities such as an England goalie, this book continues with the the life of Lottie, horse-mad heiress to the Stanthorpe estate, daughter of Billy Brinkley former show-jumper and wife of Rory Steel a top 3 day eventer.

After a fire during a wedding Lottie was running, the estate is running out of money while they wait for the insurance money to come through. With money tight they decide to allow a film producer to use the front lawns for his new film.

With Seb and Pandora Drakelow come a film crew and chaos upsetting the villagers of Tippermere with the traffic and the media attention. Champion Polo player Xander Rossi arrives to supervise the Polo ponies and their safety during filming and turns more than one head in the stable yard.

Lottie is feeling the pressure as she tries to please everyone and finds old enemies come back with vendettas to settle.

There are some fantastic characters in this series and Lady Elizabeth is one of my favourites as is Sam Simcock. I’ve enjoyed all three of the books and recommend them to those who like to see how the other half live with their RomCom.

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Book reviews in magazines I write for in August #bookreviews

The following books made it to Fleet Life magazine this month.

FL Aug 15

For the online edition go to load the online directory and turn to page 28.

The Family Trap by Joanne Phillips

Rise Of The Enemy by Rob Sinclair

Old Town Nights by Linda Lee Williams

Swamp Ghosts by Marcia Meara

Country Affairs by Zara Stonely

The next set of books made it into the August edition of The Elvetham Heath Directory,

EHD Aug 15

The online edition can be found at load the online directory and turn to page 22

Big Men’s Boots by Emily Barraso

The Cunning Woman’s Cup by Sue Hewitt

Will O’ The Wisp by C. S Boyack

Dream On by Terry Tyler

From Lime Street To Yirgacheffe by Robert Leigh

Country Affairs by @ZaraStoneley @BrookCottageBks #bookreview

Country AffairsCountry Affairs by Zara Stoneley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Country Affairs is the second book set in Tippermere, Cheshire. Readers need to be aware that this is bubbling with sexual potential and edges just off the boil of a bonk buster style book. So if you choose to read this don’t be shocked to find hot sexy men and women who lust after them.

However this book is much more than that. The Stanthorpe’s are aristocracy, running equestrian centres and have the full stately home with leaking roof, gurgling water pipes and moth eaten carpets behind them. They live side-by-side with the rich and famous of the celebrity world who live in Kitterley Heath, to whom money is no object.

Lady Stanthorpe has decided it’s time to hand over the debt and the running of Tipping House Estate to her lovable but scatty grand-daughter. Lottie must come up with a money making plan to appease the bank manager and repair the roof. Lady Stanthorpe or Elizabeth to family and friends, is a wily old Lady who manipulates people whilst swigging her G&T. Always with an ulterior motive up her sleeve she is one of my favourite characters.

Poor Lottie is stretched between her love of Tipping House and her love for the sexy Rory and their relationship is put under intense strain when plans to launch Tipping House as a wedding venue get under way. With the help of Sam, Pip and Amanda the storyline romps through a wedding with an impromptu horse jump off, a celebrity charity cricket match, horse mishaps, ex boyfriends and girlfriends and the final celebrity wedding venue showcase.

I loved the continuation of the characters and the storyline from the first book “Stable Mates” and enjoyed the more humorous storyline and a move away from the Jilly Cooper style of the first book showing Zara’s own writing ability.

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Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Humour/ChickLit

Release Date: e-book 7 May 2015, Paperback 16 July 2015

Publisher: HarperCollins (HarperImpulse)


COUNTRY AFFAIRS ‘A great treat for readers who love their books jam-packed with sexy men and horses.’ Bestselling author Fiona Walker It’s time to get back in the saddle with the follow up to the deliciously naughty Stable Mates!  Swapping her spurs for stilettoes and becoming Lady of the Manor is not on loveable, but scatty, Lottie’s life plan. Nor does she have the faintest idea how to rescue it from rack and ruin. But with footballer’s wife Sam on the case, determined to bring glamour to the manor, and fun-loving eventer Rory egging them on, nothing can possibly go wrong, can it? Todd never forgave himself for abandoning Lottie on a Barcelona beach, but now he’s tracked her down and he’s ready to kiss and make up. With a roving eye and his roguish grin he soon has more than one girl in Tippermere going weak at the knees, but why is he really there? With wedding plans going awry, unexpected pregnancies and relationships starting to look rocky, will Lottie ever be ready to accept her inheritance and help Tipping House Estate move into the 21st Century? Praise for Stable Mates – ‘A delightful romp peppered with humour, sadness, scandal and steamy sex.’ ‘…reminded me of Jilly Cooper whose books I grew up with. Stable Mates is up there with Riders and Rivals. If you loved these books then you will love this one’ ‘…the perfect mix of horsey shenanigans, Cheshire glamour and flirty fun.’ ‘…reminded me of the Tilly Bagshawe novels I love, with all the scandal and drama. I don’t think I’ve read another author who writes in that kind of style without finding negative comparisons but Zara Stoneley comes into her own’  ‘a really impressive read.’  ‘Fun, Frothy & a Good Weekend Read’ ‘An unexpected FUN read that should not be missed by anyone. I would say I laughed at almost every page! ‘

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Bestselling author Zara Stoneley lives in deepest Cheshire surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and amazing countryside. When she’s not visiting wine bars, artisan markets or admiring the scenery in her sexy high heels or green wellies, she can be found in flip flops on the beach in Barcelona, or more likely sampling the tapas! Zara writes hot romance and bonkbusters. Her latest novels, ‘Stable Mates’ and ‘Country Affairs’, are fun romps through the Cheshire countryside and combine some of her greatest loves – horses, dogs, hot men and strong women (and not forgetting champagne and fast cars)!  She writes for Harper Collins and Accent Press.

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