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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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CHILD STAR SERIES by J J McAVOY

Romantic suspense series – frienemies to love with a  Hollywood theme

THE COMPLETE CHILD STAR SERIES
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SYNOPSIS

Amelia London is America’s sweetheart. Noah Sloan is America’s bad boy. Both are former child stars and once were lovers. When they are cast as the leads in the upcoming erotic suspense blockbuster—Sinners Like Us—they are forced to come to terms with the issues that tore them apart to begin with.

As the whole world watches, can they keep their secrets hidden? After all, everybody is a sinner… 

CHILD STAR

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯1/2  Stars

‘Even after all of these years, Amelia London was still my kryptonite, and she still didn’t know it.’

Well *shakes heads* that was….different…unexpected…entertaining, off the rails and all kinds of mad and we did enjoy it.

We’ve come to expect a gripping and engrossing read when we pick up a J J McAvoy book and we can’t complain about the entertainment factor of this story even if we were left wondering “what the hell is going on?” a few times because this was one crazy ride.

“The only love that last in Hollywood is the one we fake and sell to others.”

First up we have to admit that we’re not huge fans of serials and feel the lull between books sometimes has a tendency to break the momentum of the story and so we don’t pick them up all that often, most times preferring instead to read the book in its entirety.  We do feel Child Star suffered in that way for us and think readers will benefit more by reading Noah and Amelia’s story in its totality when Child Star The complete novel releases on 24th November as we felt by breaking up the books, the story lost its cohesiveness and impacted on our enjoyment by being a little disjointed in places.

‘All of my best memories were of him…of us.’

That being said, J J McAvoy certainly did weave one rollercoaster ride here. What we thought going to be one thing turned out to be something else entirely. There were parts we loved and parts that left us a bit flummoxed. There was definitely a lot to take in because there was a hell of a lot going on.

The first book was a terrific start to this series and reiterated why JJ McAvoy has established herself as one of our favourite authors, she never fails to hook us in with her characters and the stories she tells.

‘I loved him to the point of idiocy.’

We do love a good Hollywood romance and especially one that loaded with love/hate passion, secrets, lies and sexual chemistry that steams up the pages and Child Star certainly had that and a LOT more but for us the extras didn’t always work and at times became a bit farcical.

The comparisons can certainly be drawn between this book and Fifty but we found that aspect quite amusing, at times it felt like a dark satirical look behind the scenes of film making which was quite intriguing.

Noah ‘the ego has landed’ Sloan was quite the diverse character, displaying a moody arrogance that made him appear an egotistical cock but that outward persona masked something very deep in this man. Noah may have come across as an arrogant arse but boy was he vulnerable underneath it all. The success and wealth he enjoys belies the secrets and pain he hides beneath the surface and we adored this character as we did Amelia.

 “I think the reason we all love Damon and Blair is because we relate to them. After all, there is a sinner in all of us.”

Noah and Amelia share a past that stemmed from acting in the same show as children. They struck up a friendship, moved through adolescence and began a relationship that ended very badly. Both bear scars, regrets and animosity towards one another from that time, so when they are cast in the same steamy movie together, a movie based on an intense relationship and a bestselling book…..well, how do they put their past behind them and complete this movie and sidestep ALL the obstacles in their way?

‘The director said he wanted this to be tasteful, that it wasn’t pornography. But that just proved how naïve he was. Did he think I could tie her up, punish her, kiss her, and suck every inch of her and make that look tasteful?’

Child Star was like reading a fanfiction of a fanfiction. We were always kept on our toes but we did feel the chaos surrounding Noah and Amelia tended to distract from their relationship and the Hollywood vibe we had hoped to experience from this story wasn’t always apparent. We couldn’t even begin to tell you what this story is about…it’s suspense, it’s passion, it’s heat, it’s intrigue and it’ second chance romance all rolled into one exhausting, engrossing and insane trip! So hop on if you dare!

 ‘My first kiss? Noah. My first time? Noah. My first heartbreak? Noah.’ 

One thing we do need to address is the editing, or should we say, lack of in J J McAvoy’s books.  We’ve been with this author since the beginning, we’re HUGE fans and devour every word she writes and have given feedback about this issue both personally and in our reviews yet the editing in Child Star was once again terrible. We can accept the odd grammatical error here and there but having to go back and re-read passages to decipher what the author is trying to say has become tiresome and annoying and completely takes us out of the moment which is a crying shame because J J McAvoy is a brilliant storyteller yet the poor editing continually lets her and her readers down.

We truly hope it’s something that will be taken into consideration as we receive a lot of reader feedback telling us if it wasn’t for this author’s genuine and brilliant talent they would have given up on her books by now. We would hate for JJ to lose readers and feel the editing issue can no longer be ignored. The day will come when patience runs too thin.

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THE CHILD STAR SERIES

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Child Star Book Two :   amazon us | amazon uk | iBooks
Child Star Book Three: Releasing 17th Nov – amazon us | amazon uk | iBooks

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THE COMPLETE CHILD STAR SERIES
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EIGHTEEN (18) – A NOVEL BASED ON A TRUE STORY by J A HUSS

A standalone taboo romance based on a true story.

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SYNOPSIS
Eighteen is hard.
And so is Mateo Alesci.
He’s hard to read, hard to predict, hard in every way that counts. He wants things from me.
Dirty things, nasty things, forbidden things.
And I have to give in.
His attention is completely inappropriate, but I can’t say no. The way he looks at me… the way he watches me through my bedroom window… the way he drags me deeper and deeper into his completely forbidden fantasy world just… turns me on. 
He knows it turns me on.
He holds all the power. He holds all the cards.
He holds my entire future in his hands.
And I have to give in.
Because Mr. Alesci is my teacher.
And I need everything he’s offering.
18
Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
✯✯✯1/2 Stars

“It’s scary, Mateo.”
“It doesn’t have to be, Shannon.”

This book is not at all what we expected – to be honest that is exactly what we were expecting, after all this is JA Huss we’re talking about. You never know what you’re going to get as she likes to mess with your mind. After our last few reads which were quite emotional and morose we needed something easy to read with a few laughs and some heat. We sure got that in abundance whilst at the same time thinking bloody hell this is effed up.

“Do you like taboo sex?”

We loved the heroine, she had more balls, confidence and fierceness than many at the tender age of eighteen. We would’ve loved more of Shannon’s history in detail on what brought her to where we met her. This was an issue we had through the majority of the story; it felt incredibly rushed and surface skimming. Saying that though, the more we read the more we did enjoy it. The latter part of the story was much better as it had emotion, passion, twists and overall seemed more like the JA Huss we know and love.

“You might like to think you’re in control, but you’re not. I am.”
“You’re creepy, Mateo.”
“Thank you….”
“I told you, I don’t like stalkers.”
“I’m not a stalker. I’m your boyfriend.”

As for Mateo Alesci, what the hell is this guy all about, we’re still not quite sure?! Absolutely he made us want some freezer time because wow – but he was a freak! Sorry, but he really was, he was HOT and quite frankly a bit of a comedy figure at the same time. Not sure this was the intention but sometimes we couldn’t help but laugh at him. We’re still not quite sure what his background was either and what the truth is about him still.

“Life isn’t all or nothing, it’s something in between.”

So yeah, not what we were expecting but you know what, we kinda liked it! An atypical romance with a twist that’ll make an entertaining afternoon read.

Eighteen (18) by JA Huss
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