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ACT LIKE IT (London Celebrity #1) by LUCY PARKER

Standalone : Sweet, funny British romance between actors

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SYNOPSIS

This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theatre’s Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine Graham

Richard Troy used to be the hottest actor in London, but the only thing firing up lately is his temper. We all love to love a bad boy, but Richard’s antics have made him Enemy Number One, breaking the hearts of fans across the city.

Have the tides turned? Has English rose Lainie Graham made him into a new man?

Sources say the mismatched pair has been spotted at multiple events, arm in arm and hip to hip. From fits of jealousy to longing looks and heated whispers, onlookers are stunned by this blooming romance.

Could the rumors be right? Could this unlikely romance be the real thing? Or are these gifted stage actors playing us all?

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Act Like It

 Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯✯ swoony stars

@LondonCelebrity Hot new couple alert! West Enders Richard Troy and Elaine Graham cuddle up…

This is a new Author to us and wow we fell in love with her writing, story and characters so we will be on the lookout for more, no question. This book is the essence of a British feel good romance set in London’s West End. It just ticked all the right boxes for a swoony and hilarious ride with moments of high emotion and drama. It would make THE most romantic comedy on the big screen and we’d be first in line to watch it. Think Bridget Jones, but more importantly Mr. Darcy set in the world of theatre.

“So, is it solely my presence that offends, or do you just despise people in general?”

Richard Troy, the sexy and enigmatic thirty-five year old star of the West End – well what can we say- he was a typically arrogant and sarcastic upper class Englishman. We fell in love immediately and avidly read as he had our hearts passionately beating whilst laughing out loud at his dry sense of humour and no tact. Like we said, think Mark Darcy and you’re just about there. His reputation is taking a nosedive as the bad tempered heart breaker hence why the management hatch a plan….

“Are you seriously suggesting I conduct some sort of faux-mance with Richard Troy in the tabloids, for the sole purpose of getting a few more bums in seats?”

Enter Lainie Graham the accomplished darling of the theatre currently starring in a play with Richard. She was brilliant – so strong willed, funny and a no nonsense girl, she stole our hearts with her wit and sass.

“This is not me giving up on us. I won’t turn my back on you.”

We loved that we got to hear both voices which meant we felt their journey completely. We completely connected with both characters and loved their sparring!

“What’s the matter with you?” ~ Richard

“I’m recently recovered from the plague. Pardon me for not looking my best.” ~ Lainie

“You look fine. Shampooed and combed is a good look for you.” ~ Richard

We do love our frenemies to lovers’ romances and whilst the relationship all started out as a publicity stunt we were there every single step of the way falling in love and wishing their romantic story would go on and on. It was a sweet, sexy and funny slow burn of a story that was so engrossing and beautifully written that we just can’t recommend it highly enough to all you romantics out there! As far as romantic comedies go this was a clear winner for us.

“…my relationship with him? A pretty mediocre dress rehearsal before I fucking killed it on opening night.”


THE LONDON CELEBRITY SERIES by LUCY PARKER

Act Like It –  Book One

                    

Pretty Face – Book Two

                      

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BUTTERFLY DREAMS by A. MEREDITH WALTERS

Standalone: Emotional romance

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SYNOPSIS

In a powerful romance hailed as “heartbreaking, real, and breathtakingly beautiful” by Stacey Lynn, New York Timesbestselling author A. Meredith Walters tells the story of a troubled young woman and the unforgettable guy who teaches her to live—and love—to the fullest.

She’s waiting to die. . . . Corin Thompson is paralyzed by her obsession with mortality. Having lost both of her parents, she is terrified by the idea that she too will die young, and she loses control at any sign of illness. But when Corin connects with someone who has survived a very real brush with death, she begins to see the world in a whole new way.

He’s learning to live. . . . As Corin struggles under the weight of her neuroses, Beckett Kingsley is attempting to rebuild a life that feels all too temporary. With the ever-present threat of heart failure never far from his mind, he just wants to make the most of whatever time he has left. And that means pursuing the girl he never expected to find.

Together, Corin and Beckett finally learn to let go of their fears and take solace in everyday pleasures. Who knows what the future holds? After all, nothing lasts forever—the only promise they have is right now.

Butterfly Dreams

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯1/2 Stars

“Laugh with me.” I kissed the side of her neck.
“Dance with me.” I pulled her shirt aside and kissed her shoulder.
“Smile with me.” I kissed her temple
“”Love with me.” I ran my hands down her arms and laced my fingers through hers.
“Live with me.” I pleaded

In Butterfly Dreams, A Meredith Walters brought to life a beautifully crafted and moving story, handled with sensitivity and carried a powerful message telling us to seize and embrace every moment. It is a story of self-discovery that reminds us to laugh, love and live with abandon; that every day is precious and not be taken for granted. It’s a story of healing and finding happiness and it’s one we devoured, loved and embraced every beautiful moment. And yes….there were most certainly some tears!

Life for Beckett Kingsley takes a drastic turn when he suffers a heart attack. Left with the scars of his healing, Beckett is forced to re-evaluate his life and live according to his physical well-being which is a far cry from the athletic chaotic life he led before. Sure, he has his fears and regrets but he’s happy to be alive and makes the changes necessary to live his life to the fullest and boy didn’t we LOVE this guy!

“I was scared shitless of dying. So I did the only thing I could do. Learn how to live all over again.”

Corin Thompson has experienced grief and tragedy in her young life losing both her parents to separate illnesses. Having nursed her father through his last months of life, Corin bears the emotional scars witnessing such events brings and is left continually questioning her own mortality believing she too will die prematurely, convinced every ache and pain to be a life threatening illness. Are these symptoms real or psychosomatic?

“Take it from a man who almost lost everything, you can’t focus on the end. You have to concentrate on what’s right in front of you”

Beckett and Corin are opposites in that Beckett is a glass half optimist, happy to be alive, whilst Corin is the glass half empty pessimist questioning her own mortality and believing fate has only cruel intentions for her.  Can Beckett chip away at her walls to show her life is worth grabbing by the scruff of the neck and living not to be spent wallowing in the ‘what could be’ instead embracing the ‘what is‘.

“I’ve lost so many people, Beck. You scare me…….I don’t look at you as the guy who could die. I look at you as the guy who could devastate me.”

To begin with, Corin’s cold exterior was so at odds with the warmth of Beckett that we found her a little difficult to connect with however as the story progressed and she began to soften we understood her blunt, frank and prickly personality was her way of shielding the insecurities and pain she felt inside. This lady didn’t hold back expressing her thoughts, but sharing her fears was a whole other story.

The friendship between Beckett and Corin developed steadily and beautifully setting the foundation for the deeper feelings that grew between them. Their relationship never felt hurried, always felt honest and therefore enabled us to connect and experience the growth of their relationship throughout the story.

‘She made me laugh. She made me want to scream. She made me so incredibly happy. And so damn sad. She made me embrace life and live it. And I wanted to do the same for her.’

This book could be incredibly sad and morose at times and considering the theme of the story that is to be expected, however the author so perfectly peppered her story with some light-hearted banter, a bit of snarky and witty inner monologue, heart-warming and exceptionally romantic moments and a sincere and beautiful character in Beckett that all went into making this story a real winner for us!

Butterfly Dreams by A Meredith Walters
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LETTERS WRITTEN IN WHITE by KATHRYN PEREZ

“What’s worse, living when you want to die or dying while you’re fighting to live?”

Standalone : Highly emotive story 

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SYNOPSIS

What’s worse, living when you want to die or dying while you’re fighting to live?

I’m dead.

I’m cold and alone and I’m dead. There’s no air in my lungs. My chest is as cold and hollow as a cave on a snowcapped mountain side. My heart no longer beats there. 

Frigid winds whistle through my ribs and the sadness inside me weeps like my favorite tree. 

Days ago, I met with death face to face. 
The mirror, our meeting place. My two darkened green eyes stared deeply into hers. 
I tilted my head to the side. She did too. 
“It’s time,” I whispered. “It’s time,” she whispered. 

And with that I turned away from her, the woman in the mirror who knew all of my secrets and all of my pain. I walked away from her and yet we’d never been closer than we were in that moment. 
The inner struggle was over. 
No more arguing with the woman in the mirror. 
No more arguing with myself. 
The choice was made. 
She was the victor. Or was I?

That was the day Riah Winter died.

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Letters Written in White

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯✯ incredibly moving stars.

“… in life we never know the battles others are facing. We don’t know the demons they are hiding. Everyone you have ever met is fighting something.”

We’ve never read this Author, we knew nothing about this book nor had we read the synopsis. We thrive on the unknown. We wanted the complete unknown so we began reading…..

“Depression is like water. It finds all of your cracks and trickles in inch by inch.”

The writing is of the most stunning and beautifully poetic perfection; the subject matter honest, true and many aspects so inherently close to every heart beating in the world. Kathryn Perez took a mirror to every single person and asked one thing: find yourself – do you see it? Do you recognise it?

‘The angel of death has spent years seducing me in the name of anxiety-laced depression.’

There’s a grain of self-truth running through every letter and every word written. How do you review a book that exposes various aspects of human nature, thought and feeling in every single one of us – baring our very own souls to the naked eye? We can’t and we won’t. This is not fiction – this is real life – facets of life that has touched us both – as we’ve experienced, are currently living with as well as seeing ourselves in situations depicted through the words in Letters Written in White.

‘Sadness seeped into my veins, and it became a drug I would forever be a slave to.’

It’s been said that we can experience six major emotions in life. We say not so. Emotion is not that simple nor that basic. Emotions are complex, personal, internal as well as external. Emotions can be mixed as well as singular – they can be understood as well as be confusing. In any given situation we can feel a multitude at the exact same time which can be overwhelming and impossible to pin down or rationalise. We are all different. We all have our own demons to slay…..

‘The only thing one needs to remember about pain is what they learned from it, and then you have to let it go.’

Kathryn Perez wrote something we were not prepared for; yet as we wept we felt, we saw and we were reminded ourselves….

‘I wish I had laughed more, played more, hugged more, and I really wish I had just learned to let it all go more.’

*Please note: In the copy we received, the actual story itself finished at 65% with other content relating to the story filling the remainder of the book.

LETTERS WRITTEN IN WHITE by KATHRYN PEREZ
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HEARTS OF BLUE : HEARTS SERIES #4 by L.H. COSWAY

Can be read as a standalone.
Star-crossed lovers Karla Sheehan and Lee Cross, a police constable and the thief who steals her heart.

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 SYNOPSIS

She upholds the law. He breaks it.

Two blue hearts, both alike in bravery
In not-so-fair London, where we lay our scene
From gun crime to petty theft
Where family is blood and survival makes hands unclean
In this place, we find two hearts who should be foes
And yet, amidst the turmoil their love still grows
Misadventure abounds and the divide will bring them strife
But with luck, death doesn’t always mean an end to life.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯1/2 Stars

“I’m sorry if I ever hurt you.” Karla
“Hurting with you is better than a painless life without you.”
Lee

This weekend we desperately needed to escape the real world and lose ourselves between the pages of a book. We desired a read that would make us laugh, produce the odd tear here and there and completely envelop us in some witty, sexy, swoony and moving storytelling and who better to fit that bill than the insanely talented L H Cosway. And weren’t we glad we chose Hearts of Blue because we were once more caught up in the engaging and atmospheric beauty of her world and her characters. L H Cosway sure writes addictive stories! There is a warmth to her characters, a cheekiness to her prose and pure love that exudes from her words that has us falling in love with her stories time and again.

We were initially teased by Karla and Lee in King of Hearts and were ecstatic to learn they would be getting a book. Just what did naughty Lee whisper in police constable Karla’s ear that had her blushing? Well, all is revealed in Hearts of Blue, a story about two opposites, on both sides of the law who have an undeniable attraction and sizzling chemistry. They develop some very deep feelings, but just how the hell they were ever going to make this relationship work was anybody’s guess. As the book says….she upholds the law and he certainly breaks it…and in that regard, Lee Cross makes no apologies for his life of crime in any way, shape or form. This man does what he needs to do to support his family and survive and boy didn’t we LOVE this man! Not to mention he has some mad cooking skills!

“You’re kind of incredible.” Lee whispered, “you should come back to mine. We’ll go to bed. I’ll even let you keep your clothes on. I’ll hold you tight, and we’ll fall asleep. “Then we’ll wake up a little while later. You’ll be wet, I’ll be hard, I’ll peel off your clothes and slip into you easily, like I was always supposed to be there. Afterward I’ll cook, and we’ll eat dinner in bed.”

The family dynamics between the Cross boys, Stu, Lee, Trevor and Liam and their cousin Sophie, was so incredibly heart-warming and so flipping beautiful – we constantly sat with huge dopey grins on our faces when they interacted. These guys have had it tough. They’d been forced to grow up and rely on one another and the love, loyalty, banter and camaraderie between the brothers stole our hearts.

“Sometimes the innocent ones are guilty only because the world didn’t give them a chance to stay innocent.”

Karla Sheehan is the flatmate and best friend of Alexis in KOH. This lady has policing in her blood and is a dedicated officer who follows the law to the letter ; quite the opposite to the law breaking brass-necked Lee.   Can she bring him into line or would she be forced to cross the thin blue line into Lee’s world? You’ll have to check it out and see!

“Do you have a lot of enemies, Lee?”
“It comes with the territory, Karla.”

There is something so engaging, unique and compulsive about an L H Cosway story that has us eagerly anticipating her releases. We chomp at the bit to pick them up; with Hearts of Blue we were again consumed by her words. We did have a couple of niggles that prevented this being a 5 star read which mostly related to consistency and factual errors that took us out of the story a couple of times, and we felt this didn’t quite pack the punch her last two reads held for us, but overall this neither detracted from, or impacted on our enjoyment of Lee and Karla’s story.

And some fabulous news that sent our book hearts into overdrive…there will be two more books coming out in 2016! Get set for Hearts on Air and Thief of Hearts.  And who are they about we hear you ask? You’ll find out when you read Hearts of Blue. Come on…you didn’t really think we would spill the beans, did you?

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THE HEARTS SERIES by L H COSWAY

Hearts Series

*Six of Hearts : our reviewamazon usamazon uk
*Hearts of Fire : our reviewamazon usamazon uk
* King of Hearts : our review
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*Hearts of Blueamazon us | amazon uk

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UNLAWFUL JUSTICE by K.C. LYNN & K. LANGSTON

Standalone story about hate, race, corruption, injustice, and above all, love.
This story has triggers that may affect some readers.

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SYNOPSIS

Seek the truth and you will find justice.

The peaceful town of Harmony Falls, Texas, has been rocked to its core by an unspeakable crime.

One that harbors revenge and injustice.

Schoolteacher Olivia Bradshaw can’t remember what happened that horrific night, but it’s easy to see the effect it’s had on those around her. All she wants is for peace to be restored to her beloved hometown, but Deputy Grayson Taylor is on a different mission. He seeks truth and justice, and he’ll do whatever it takes to find both for Olivia.

Lines will be crossed.

Secrets revealed.

Can justice prevail, or will the citizens of Harmony Falls succumb to the corruption and hate that continues to plague their small town?

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Unlawful Justice

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯ 1/2 Stars

 “Seek the truth and you will find justice.”

Well, we’re actually not sure what to say other than this is one of the more upsetting and topical books we’ve read in a while. It literally was just so bloody sad and disturbing; encompassing what is still so inherently wrong in the real world today coupled with the increase in disturbing bragging rights videos we see on social media depicting other people’s misery as a trophy.

“You live what you learn.”

Unlawful Justice was quite a mixed bag of emotions for us. Whilst reading we questioned our feelings on the combination of the hard hitting poignant issues and the inclusion of, for want of a better word, soft erotica. In our reading opinions, we don’t think the latter had any part to play in such an emotive led story considering the actual devastating and tragic crux of Unlawful Justice which ultimately led the story of Liv, Grayson and Harmony Falls. The inclusion felt wrong on so many levels to us and quite unbelievable considering the psychological trauma and disturbing circumstances over what is really a very short period of time. It was unnecessary, in our opinion.

“You’re healing me in ways I never thought possible.”

For us the support, healing, loyalty and beautiful romance between Liv and Grayson would have had a much stronger impact, because that – we truly felt. Instead we felt uncomfortable; it was as if everything became somewhat cheapened and we had to skim those parts which felt like a crime in itself whilst reading a very brave and heartfelt- well written – book by K.C Lynn & K. Langston. This is such a shame as these Authors had such a powerful story to tell, which they sure did, and their characters went on one hell of a journey for love, justice and community spirit and equality.

“Hate isn’t something you’re born with, it’s taught.”

Overall Unlawful Justice is a realistic look at the appalling and trauma inducing issues which face our society today whilst offering hope, inspiration and courage. Without question this is a story that is relevant and should be read, we just couldn’t appreciate the full journey due to the before mentioned issue, the epilogue was beautiful.

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UNLAWFUL JUSTICE by K C LYNN & K LANGSTON
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