Rosie’s Review Team #RBRT A Bed Of Brambles by @SamRussellBooks #Romance #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s second team review is from Jenny R.

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Jenny has been reading A Bed Of Brambles by Sam Russell

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Chic Lit, Romance

4 Stars

Sam Russell definitely writes about what she knows best. You can tell that she has a passion for horses and that she has looked after them herself.  She writes this book with a passion and thoughtfulness that shines throughout the story.

The relationship between Hettie and Alex has a love hate feel about it, but you know that deep down they are simply made to be together, but getting there is a struggle, and this struggle makes for a very good read. Although they both often misread one another, they also know each other very well.  They have a complex relationship at times and I felt myself wanting to bang their stubborn heads together.

There is a mix of feelings within the story that keeps you wanting to read on.  Love, hate, passion, charm, suspense and fun.  You put the book down, only to pick it up between work and chores. I constantly wanted to continue with the read to see how it all pans out for Hettie and Alex.  The ups and downs and the twists and turns lead you easily through the book.  There are a couple of surprises entangled within a couple of the characters, this made for an even more enjoyable read.

This is a book and author that I would recommend to anyone and I would like to read more of Sam Russell’s novels.

Book Description

Hettie and Alexander are back, and this was never going to be a conventional love story. No bed of roses. Proud, passionate and wilful, they are alike in so many ways. That has to be a good thing doesn’t it? Or it could be a disaster…both carry scars, and old wounds have a habit of causing new hurt.
Physical attraction draws them together. Hearts and minds can be thorny, less easy to satisfy. One thing is certain, together or apart their lives will move on. Alexander and Hettie’s clashes of spirit will only be part of the story.
Second chances. New beginnings. The opportunity to make things right. Or to make the same mistakes all over again. Unless fate takes the future out of your hands…

About the author

Sam Russell

Sam Russell lives, works and writes from the family farm in rural Essex and describes herself as a “farmer by day and author by night”.
Proudly independent, she is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Alliance of Independent Authors.
Her passionate, contemporary romances are set in the countryside and she credits Jilly Cooper for inspiring her to write “hunks, horses, hanky-panky and hot-headed heroines.”
Sam has three grown up children and lives with her husband, two dogs and a cat.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT The Internet Made Me Do It by @JenAmmoscato #ChickLit #Humour

Today’s team review is from Jenny R

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Jenny has been reading The Internet Made Me Do It by Jennifer Ammoscato

The Internet Made Me Do It (Avery Fowler 2.0 Trilogy Book 2) by [Ammoscato, Jennifer]

Chic Lit, humour

Another 5 Star novel

This is the second of three books be Jennifer Ammoscato about the delightfully witty ‘would be erotic (with a difference) novelist’ Avery Fowler and her life with her boyfriend, family and friends.  I have to say that this novel is just as funny and charming as the first (Dear Internet, it’s Me Avery).

Avery does not rely on Clementine quite as much in this book, but when she does turn to her online advisor, the giggles simply come out of my mouth before I realise it.  I have had some rather odd looks from my family, when I interrupt their TV or movie viewing with a rather loud outburst of giggles or laughter when they are not expecting it.  But you cannot help it. Jennifer Ammoscato is a very witty writer and makes it so easy to relate to Avery and the characters in the book.

The relationship between Avery and Ryan Whiteford Becomes even more tantalising, and I keep picking up my kindle to see what happens next….it is addictive!  Ryan is lovely, funny and annoying. He seems to put his foot in it quite a bit. The trouble is, I kind of feel for both Avery and Ryan, but then think to myself ‘Ryan should know better, typical man’.  You will have to read the book to understand what I am saying, but I am sure it will be time well spent and you will have fun along the way.

I am really looking forward to the 3rd instalment ‘The Internet Never Lies’ I am sure I will not be disappointed.

Thank you once again Jennifer Ammoscato for such a fun and easy to read book.

Book Description

It’s been forty-three days, seven hours and twenty-six minutes since reporter Avery Fowler last consulted her favourite website, HowTo.com, for advice.

But now—her mouse finger’s getting itchy:

You see, after a year of highs, the lows are coming fast and furious.

Maybe just this one time, she can turn to Clem…

Dear HowTo.com: Is it hacking if it’s my boyfriend’s computer?
Dear HowTo.com: What’s in fashion for S&M: leather or lace?
Dear HowTo.com: Should there be icicles in my turkey?
Dear HowTo.com: Is the definition of “hooker” flexible?
Does Avery have an unhealthy Internet advice dependency? Probably.

But it would never steer her wrong—would it?

About the author

Jennifer Ammoscato

By day, Jennifer Ammoscato is an intrepid writer/editor. By night, she fights crime (not so much), the urge to organize closets and to stuff herself with salted chocolate caramels.

Despite her exhaustive to-do list, she’s written the Avery Fowler 2.0 Trilogy:

Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery (Book 1)
The Internet Made Me Do It (Book 2)
The Internet Never Lies (Book 3)

They are available on Amazon, Kobo, Nook, Indigo and other fine online retailers.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT The Sleeping Serpent by Luna Saint Claire @Compelled_Books

Today’s team review is from Jenny.

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Jenny has been reading The Sleeping Serpent by Luna Saint Claire

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Review by Jenny Reeve

I give this book 4 stars

The Sleeping Serpent by Luna Saint Claire

Fiction

It took me a little while to get into the story. I felt that the feel and pace was somewhat slow to start with, but, once the characters began to unfold and their lives started to unravel before me, I relaxed more into the style of the authors writing and began to enjoy it more.

Not knowing much about yoga styles and its effects myself, a lot of the descriptive dialogue and explanations were hard to imagine and understand, but I tried and took it slowly trying to involve myself completely in the way that Kundalini yoga works and feels.  I think it helps to get to grips with the story if you know something about yoga.

Luna loves her husband Tyler, but feels she needs more in her life….but what is missing, why does she feel so lost? All the women in the story fall completely for Nico Romero. I cannot believe that these women come back time and time again after the way that this yoga guru treats them all, even if he is devastatingly beautiful and a sex god.  He definitely has issues, these are apparent quite soon into the story. Nico quickly turns from a likeable, charming, sexy man who is expert in his field, to nasty, manipulative and violent person at times.  Quite disturbing too, the way that he ‘cords’ his victims is compelling to say the least.

A lot of the book is erotically written and very descriptive sexually, so you will need to be quite open to reading this style.

I would recommend the book, especially if you are into your yoga and can really understand all the ‘ins and outs’ of what it all means.  It will keep you reading, you feel that strong urge to find out what happens and need to keep picking it up and read ‘just hat little more’.

I would have given the book 5 stars if I understood all the texts on yoga and its history.

Book Description

Whether by free will or fate, Luna’s encounter with Nico provokes a storm that shatters her perceptions of identity, duty, morality, and self-worth. The storm didn’t blow in from the outside. She was the storm. Its turbulence within her, forcing her to confront the darkness, uncovers her secrets and her pain.

Luna Saint Claire has a loving husband and an enviable career as a Hollywood costume designer. Still, something is gnawing at her. Bored with her conventional and circumscribed existence, she feels herself becoming invisible. When she meets Nico Romero, a charismatic yoga guru, his attentions awaken her passions and desires. Dangerous, but not in a way that frightens her, he makes her feel as if anything is possible. Infatuated, she becomes entangled in Nico’s life as he uses his mesmerizing sexuality to manipulate everyone around him in his pursuit of women, wealth, and celebrity.

Immensely erotic and psychologically captivating, The Sleeping Serpent is the compelling story of a woman’s obsession with a spellbinding guru and the struggle to reclaim her life. At its heart, it is a painfully beautiful exposition of unconditional love that causes us to question what we truly want.

About the author

Luna Saint Claire is a costume designer and author residing in Los Angeles with her husband, a philosophy professor. She loves blues rock and Indie music, often setting her Pandora station to Damien Rice. Her personal style can best be described as eclectic bohemian. Though she now enjoys running and yoga, she spent years of her youth in the ballet studio. Her part Native American heritage informs her work as a designer and influences her storytelling.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery by @JenAmmoscato #RomCom

Today’s team review is from Jenny R,

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Jenny has been reading Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery by Jennifer Ammoscato

Dear Internet: It's Me, Avery (Avery Fowler 2.0 Trilogy Book 1) by [Ammoscato, Jennifer]

Book review by Jenny Reeve

Dear Internet, it’s Me Avery by Jennifer Ammoscato

Chick Lit, humour

I have to give this book a 5 star rating without a doubt!  Jennifer Ammoscato’s writing is modern and very witty.  I cannot wait to read parts two and three.

Avery, a rather modest journalist who is actually better than she gives herself credit for, has to face the wrath of the evil new boss, Victoria. Picture the wicked witch of the west, Cruella de Vil, your Mother in Law…….then you can visualise Victoria.  Everything seems to be going wrong for Avery this year.  After realising that her husband is having an affair, she is obviously devastated and turns repeatedly to Clementine (her virtual friend) from HowTo.com for advice in her topsy turvy life.

The relationship between Avery and Ryan Whiteford is brilliantly written. A nerdy, Clark Kent, Superman type of mix, Ryan and Avery surprisingly get to know each other and the blossoming relationship is a pure joy to read.

As the story unfolds, I found myself desperately wanting to find that ‘Me Time’ to pick up my kindle and continue with this fun filled book.  There is a Bridget Jones feel to the style and I could relate to Avery from the very beginning of the book. I felt that she could be a friend or a sister, I felt her pain, and her excitement and her witty lines had me giggling aloud.

If you are unsure about reading the book, take my advice and go for it. You won’t regret it.

Thank you Jennifer Ammoscato for making me laugh, smile and for writing this wonderfully witty book.

Book Description

“Oh, don’t judge me, people. We all do it.

Don’t try to tell me that you’ve never checked that weird mole on your thigh on WebMD. Or how to fold meringue on Epicurious. And, there’s no way that I’m the only one who clears her search history after looking up how to give a great bl— (Um, that last one’s not important.)”

When newspaper reporter Avery Fowler discovers her husband is having an affair, the online help site HowTo.com is where she turns to navigate this challenging stage of her life.

If the Internet is Avery’s information god, then HowTo.com is her Holy Grail. Its live chat option is like having a virtual life coach for the low, low price of $14.95 a month:

Add into the mix a new boss whose managerial style calls to mind the Wicked Bitch Witch of the West—or the Anti-Christ—and the poor girl needs all the help she can get! The stakes rise and hilarity ensues as our heroine struggles to take control of her personal life and topple her boss after she learns Victoria’s guilty secret.

With Clementine (virtually) in tow, our heroine tackles such tricky situations as dating after divorce, sex once nothing points north anymore, and how to cover attempted murder scenes (despite a paralyzing fear of blood) as the new and improved Avery Fowler 2.0.

About the author

Jennifer Ammoscato

By day, Jennifer Ammoscato is an intrepid writer/editor. By night, she fights crime (not so much), the urge to organize closets and to stuff herself with salted chocolate caramels.

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Rosie’s Review Team #RBRT A Shiny Coin For Carol Prentice by Mark Barry @GreenWizard62 #Thriller

Today’s team review is from Jenny Reeve,

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Jenny has been reading A Shiny Coin For Carol Prentice by Mark Barry.

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Review by Jenny Reeve

I give this book 4.5 stars

A Shiny Coin for Carol Prentice by Mark Barry

#Fiction

Carol Prentice returns to her hometown after the death of her father. She has to face the demons that have plagued her for years, and she has a ‘Plan’. Her stepbrother and his friends had better watch their backs!

Carol finds work in a local bookshop, here she meets Steve. I enjoyed the relationship between Carol and Steve, I feel for Carol and how she is a reluctant to tell him how she feels…. really feels. I simply wanted to shout at her to ‘Tell him go on, do it. Age does not matter”. Mark Barry writes with thought throughout the book, but even more so when he portrays Carol’s love for Steve. Especially at the end of the book, the writing tugged at my heart and pulled at each and every string. Devotion and pure love.

The words used to describe Carol’s fashion sense and her items of clothing is very good, and easy to visualize. I can truly imagine Carol wearing the Black wedding dress and the regalia that she likes so much. When it gets to the point that she peels off the layers to reveal what is underneath is amazingly written and well thought out.

Her stepbrother Toby and his friends make for a captivating read. The way that they behaved in the past and in the present is appalling and they deserve everything that Carol is plotting. I desperately wanted to find out what her ‘plan’ was and I felt that Mark Barry dragged this out a little too long, or maybe it was just my impatience at needing to know the plan and the outcome. Carol talks about ‘the plan’ a lot, but the reader has to wait till near the very end of the book to find out exactly what it is. But, it is worth the wait, so persevere with this and you will not be disappointed.

One thing I did not like was the use of the words ‘Unawsome’ and ‘like’. I understand that they are part of who Carol is and her style, but they were used too much.

This is a very good read though and a book that I enjoyed enough to recommend and read again.

Book Description

“I swore that I would never go home,  but in the end, I had no choice.  I had to confront what happened.  And them too.  It was going be icky. And totally scary.” Carol Prentice left Wheatley Fields to attend university in Manchester and not once did she return in four years. Her beloved father visited her whenever he could, but then he passed away and it was up to her to sort his affairs.  She could have done this from a distance, but a woman can run to the far corners of the earth, but, in the end, she can never escape herself She had to come home: There was no other choice. Taking a job at a bookshop for the duration, she befriends Steve – an older man who looks like a wizard and who knows everything in the world.  Carol quickly encounters the demons that forced her to leave in the first place – including Toby, the raffish local villain, with whom she shares the most horrifying of secrets and whose very existence means evil and mayhem for everyone around. Especially the lovable Steve.  Carol finds herself in the middle of a war between the two men:  A war which can only have one victor.  Soon, she wishes she had never come home.  But by then it was too late.  Much too late.

Biography

Mark Barry

Bio: Mark Barry is a multi-genre writer and novelist. His work includes the minor cult hit Ultra Violence about football hooligans at a small Midlands football club and Carla, a quirky, dark, acclaimed romance with shades of Wuthering Heights.  He is the co-designer of the innovative Brilliant Books project aimed at engaging the many, many reluctant readers amongst young people… He has one son, Matt, on the brink of University, with whom he shares a passion for Notts County Football Club.  Fast food, comics, music, reading, his friends on the Independent scene, and horse racing keep him interested and he detests the English Premier League, selfish, narcissistic people and bullies of all kinds.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT A Taste Of His Own Medicine by @LindaFawke #Fiction

Today’s team review is from Jenny Reeve

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Jenny has been reading A Taste Of His Own Medicine by Linda Fawke

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Review by Jenny Reeve

I give this book 4 stars

A Taste of His Own Medicine by Linda Fawke

Fiction

Set around a 30 year University reunion.

This book is a good read overall with good plots. Kate Shaw is after revenge whilst she attends a 30-year reunion at her old University. There are a few old ‘Uni pals’ that need to be taught a lesson. The characters are very different from one another, which helps the story to unfold at a good pace. Some authors can drag a story out whilst introducing characters, but Linda does a very good job at keeping the saga steady.

Kate’s best friend Becky unwittingly gets dragged into helping Kate with the revenge plots, mostly by distracting others. Becky arrives at the reunion late and leaves early. There is a very exciting reason for her behaviour. You must read the book to find out what it is. It was unexpected that is for sure.

Jonathan is the best revenge of them all, but Kate has to make it worth the effort that she puts into organising the final act. A lovers revenge that has a real good twist at the end.

It was easy to read this story and I had to keep picking up my kindle to read more between doing work and chores.

Revenge can be bitter sweet…..so I am told. If you’re not careful it can backfire and hit you like a hammer on a nail.

Book Description

How long can the desire for revenge last? 
Kate Shaw, a successful pharmacist, goes to a thirty-year reunion at her old university and uses the weekend to settle some old scores. Her main target is her ex-lover, Jonathan. She decides to scar him for life as he scarred her. Her bizarre plan works but he shocks her with his strange, unwanted reaction. 
What is the unexpected link between Jonathan and Kate’s husband? 
What is the significance of the ‘Love Bite’ photograph? 
What hold does Jonathan have over Kate? 
Revenge is never simple. 
A darkly humorous story of love, lust, loss and vengeance

About the author

Linda Fawke

Linda Fawke is an arts person who studied science but always wanted to write. Now retired, she indulges this passion, writing fiction and non-fiction, even occasional poetry, preferably late at night. She has recently completed her first novel, ‘A Taste of his own Medicine’, using her background in pharmacy for its setting. 

She has been a winner of the Daily Telegraph ‘Just Back’ travel-writing competition and has published in various magazines including ‘Mslexia’, ‘Litro’ online, ‘Scribble’, ‘The Oldie’, ‘Berkshire Life’ and ‘Living France’. She was recently a finalist in the ‘Hysteria’ short story competition.

She is now writing the sequel to her book.

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