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A VEIL OF VINES by TILLIE COLE :: REVIEW

Standalone sweet and beautiful romance


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SYNOPSIS

To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘My papa always said that how a man was with his family said a lot about what made up their soul. And if they were good with animals, it proved patience and gentleness, and an understanding of what it was to be pure and kind. It was funny really. My father had always wanted me with someone who bore those traits.’

This story was beautifully written and so rich in flavour and scenery, we felt as if we were there, in the rolling hills of Italy, home to everything sumptuous and decadent. We’ve said this many times before, but it’s truly the sign of a great artist when they can write anything and everything and do it naturally and so well, like Tillie Cole can. She makes us laugh, swoon and cry- happy or sad tears. She makes us feel. Whilst we very much loved aspects of A Veil of Vines, especially the latter part, it wasn’t one of our favourites. That however is not necessarily the story’s fault. For us, what we were expecting from book teasers we’d seen, the synopsis added to the pacing and a bit of a struggle with character connection; all sadly impacted our full reading enjoyment. Despite that, there is no question that the writing was once again stunning and the attention to detail, perfection.  In some ways this story was a perfect, easy and romantic Sunday read that just makes you feel all warm inside.

‘We were tangled, chaotic perfection, a frantic, flawless mess.’

Slow and sweet does it when you’re dealing with two beautiful hearts that are two halves of one whole. Soulmates. Meant to be. Pure love. It was oh so romantic and we relished that, the heart wants what it wants no matter the obstacles thrown in its way. Who’s to say what’s written in the stars where emotions, passion, understanding and friendship is concerned. It’s the ties that bind us that prevents us from always seeing the beautiful light.

‘….for a brief moment in time, we had been two halves of one whole.’

Caresa, Zeno and Achille; their story was a twist on an old yet modernised fairy tale where really, there was no evil for us to despair at or rebel against. Rather, we felt for them all and we rejoiced and basked in any moment of happiness or hopelessness with compassion and love. Whilst we thought this book would heavily feature Zeno as the Royal Prince, in many respects it didn’t, so we would LOVE to hear his story and see him settled and happy. We did guess the plot early on for various reasons yet our hearts still melt into a puddle towards the end, it was sheer romantic beauty! This is definitely one for the hopeless romantics like us.

“…as Plato said…’and they don’t want to be separated from one another, not even for a moment.”

4 sweet romantic stars

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THE HADES HANGMEN SERIES
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THE SCARRED SOULS SERIES
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HOSTILE WORKPLACE (A Breaking The Rules Novel) by A.M. MADDEN :: REVIEW

Standalone in a series. Emotional romance with a comedic bite.


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SYNOPSIS
Sam Stanton knows these simple facts:
~ He is a great catch—successful, smart, gorgeous…but the wrong woman caught him.
~ He has the perfect girl who is madly in love with him.
~ He wasted six years of his life by playing it safe.
~ He is damn good at his job and intends to keep climbing the ladder.
~ He can’t get her off his mind or out of his heart—no matter how hard he tries.

But, what he doesn’t know is just as important:
~ Will he ever really move on and forget how badly she broke his heart?
~ Should he settle for a sure thing, even knowing it’s the wrong thing?
~ Can he give up his career for a chance at happiness?
~ Does he correct one mistake with another?
~ What would he do if she were to return?

Confused yet? Welcome to Sam Stanton’s life.

Hostile Workplace can be purchased below:

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*Spoiler Free Review* by Gitte & Jenny

“I hope you don’t waste your life chasing a ghost, Sam.”

Hostile Workplace is a romantic, angsty and funny second chance romance. Mostly told in the hero’s POV we both hated and loved him but mostly we just felt so bloody sorry for him. He’s an infuriating cock but he does have a huge heart that belongs to his past, leaving him unable to find peace and true love in the present. Every relationship is a struggle and mostly his life is a perfected habit. He comes across sullen and disrespectful yet this façade hides a broken heart, loneliness and a sense of loss. Sam is actually a bloody decent bloke who’s still confused about a part of his life which is playing into the present.

‘She killed everything we could have been. She stopped the wonderful.’

Routine and habit is an easy slot to fall into and it takes one hell of a shock to the system to rouse yourself out of it. Sam makes a discovery that makes him question everything and when a familiar face from the past rears it’s beautiful and much loved face he embarks on a journey full of truth finding and revelations that’ll shock him to the core.

“Then you don’t understand what I went through. No matter what I said, the one person on earth who always had my back, whom I loved more than anything on this fucking planet, who always believed in me suddenly didn’t. And there was nothing I could do about it.”

There’s so much anger, hostility and resentment in this story it needed the laughs and romance to balance it out and mostly it had those elements. Reading Hostile Workplace was like unravelling a mystery through snippets from the past as well as through friends and family accounts. It’s amazing what can grow from insecurities and small misunderstandings. This story and A.M. Madden’s fabulous storytelling made for one of those perfect easy reads on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Well that’s just what it was for us and we enjoyed every minute of it.

‘I knew the moment we saw each other again, we’d fix everything that was broken.’

4 stars.


Marco and Rebecca’s story, LOVE ON THE HORIZON 

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A feelgood contemporary romance.

SYNOPSIS
Love isn’t always smooth sailing.

Graduating from college is supposed to be a promise for excitement and limitless possibilities. But for unemployed Rebecca Stanton, the highlight of her day is sitting in her parents’ home with a pint of Chunky Monkey while watching The Bachelor. Desperate for change and inspired by a late night commercial, she stumbles onto a job opportunity with a new cruise line, packs her bags, and sets sail toward her new destiny.

Life is full of an endless supply of exciting possibilities for Marco Puglia. The tall, dark, handsome, ITALIAN Cruise Director with Sunset Cruise Lines is practically a celebrity in the cruising industry. When Marco adds Rebecca to his staff, he soon discovers it is both the best and worst decision he’s ever made. The beautiful siren has captured his attention and ensnared his heart. An intense attraction like theirs doesn’t follow the rules, even one that forbids a boss/employee relationship.

Will their blatant mutiny force their newly found love aground, or will Rebecca and Marco find love on their horizon?

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