Tell Me No Lies,  Shirley Wine and Love Rekindled, Love Surfaced, Michelle Lynn

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Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

I love a story with some nasty characters in it, you know, the types that deliver an insult with a smile, who plot and plan while affecting a neutral position. That was delivered her in spades, via Davina, Keir/Seth’s fiancée and Muriel, Vitoria’s friend Logan’s mother and Kier’s step mother. Confused yet? Don’t worry, it does all make sense once you start reading 😉

I really enjoyed this novel, adored Victoria and Connor, her son,  and the problems she found herself in. The passion between her and Keir leapt off the page, from their first look at the family weekend social they just sizzled. Davina was the perfect person to hate, she was an ice queen type, regal, stunning but with very sharp claws and she used them! Backed up by Muriel who had her own nasty qualities, they made a perfect foil to Victoria, Piper, Logan and Kier.

Its a story full of what if’s and should have’s, but of course hindsight is a wonderful thing. Victoria found herself in some real sticky moments, and half of me was thinking “ just go home, leave it all behind” because we can see it’s only going to get worse, but Shirley manages to make her reasons for staying feel genuine. I hate books where scenes like this are set but the course that’s needed for the plots to develop isn’t backed some by some realistic reason. Its a book full of surprises, some we can see coming, others creep up slowly but the big one at the end, the big reveal was a shock. I definitely didn’t see that one!! Piper and Logan, I feel there’s a story in the making there and if it does happen I’d love to read it.

If you like some light-hearted fun, some fabulous b itch moments, some sizzling sensuality and an extended family full of secrets ( and lies!) brought together in the “big house” you need to try this book.

Stars: five, a great fun read but a one off, not a keeper.

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Genre:  Romance, New Adult.

I love the drama that New Adult often delivers but it didn’t happen here. It was a sweet book, a gentle romance but lacked the depth I look for. It’s perfect for readers who want a light and gentle romance, a HEA without many hiccups along the way.

Brad had been a real jerk, disappointed in his career aspirations two years back he let himself drift into a downward spiral, and did something he really, really regrets now. Taylor, his girlfriend, was gutted as most of us would be, but there was nothing she could do and she left. She took with her though a huge secret, and never stopped loving him. Now he’s back and wants a second chance. I love that sort of romance, and was really looking forward to this and at first I thought it was going to go the way I love, anger, drama, lots of emotion and love.

It didn’t though, they were both so understanding, and though they had lots to work on they seemed to come together in a very short space of time. Given the seriousness of events on both sides I’d have thought they’d have been much more cautious but… there’s a few issues but they seemed to get glossed over, and sorted before they ever become a problem. There’s a couple of things I thought were going to lead to some big dramatics, to some potential breakups, or at least great arguments and hurt feelings, but they fizzled out. Its a sweet, second chance romance for those that want one without too much angst. Me, bring on the angst, there’s never too much of it as far as I’m concerned 😉

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Stars: Three, it’s a sweet, gentle, romantic read and I’m sure many readers will love it. I just needed a bit more depth and drama to the relationship

 

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