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MYSTERY AT MAPLEMEAD CASTLE (The Chaplewick Mysteries #2) by KITTY FRENCH :: REVIEW

Rom-Com mystery supernatural elements series

SYNOPSIS

Welcome to Chapelwick, a leafy English town in the hills of Shropshire, where chocolate pecan cookies come with a helping of sabotage.

Maplemead Castle is crawling with ghosts, and the new owners need them gone. When Melody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency arrive on scene, they quickly identify the troublemakers swinging from the chandeliers… literally.

A century ago, stunning trapeze artist Britannia Lovell plunged to her death, and has done every night since. But did she really just fall, or was there something more to her demise?

Forced to work with Leo Dark, her scoundrel ex, and infuriating, irresistible reporter Fletcher Gunn, Melody’s investigative powers are under strain (i.e. lost in a pink mist of lust and confusion). She needs her team on top form, but best friend Marina’s cake pipeline goes AWOL, assistant Artie’s distracted by a giant sausage roll, and the pug is scared witless by a lion.

Somewhere, hidden in the castle, is a heart-breaking secret, but what will it take to find it? And is there a chance it could set Britannia free, or is she doomed to repeat her last fateful act forever?

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 stars

“I genuinely cannot fathom what goes on inside your head, ghostbuster,” he says. “You’re the most unusual person I’ve ever met.”

This series just gets better and better! Bravo Kitty French, this second instalment was just brilliant. What a fabulous time we spent back with characters that now feel like best friends, seeing their journey continue, revelling in how everyone is getting on and what’s happening with them, personally as well as their new ghost hunting shenanigans. Melody, Marina and Artie, we want to join your crew! Melody, we want to come drink champers round the kitchen table with your mum and gran.

“Gran, are you offering to lend me your gimp mask?”

“Don’t judge me, darling, I’ve been married for over sixty years, how else am I to keep the spice in our marriage?”

What we loved is how book two builds on the development of characters and their relationships. Book one felt like an introduction and the slow build has encouraged and solidified this deep connection we now feel. Kitty French has made us care deeply for all her characters whilst laughing our arses off and feeling the subtle vulnerability and emotional angst threaded through the story. We definitely saw a different side to the arrogant heart-breaker, Leo as well as journalist and sceptic, Fletch…

‘Needless to say, my mum and gran can’t abide him; he never misses a chance to take pot-shots at us and our industry in the press.’

This is pure British comedy with an ongoing romantic possibility that we yearn for, but for once the anticipation is just as delicious and addictive as a loving end, when and if that comes.

‘He’s offering to be my summer fling, but not my winter coat. My fair-weather lover. Can I do that? I worry that my heart cannot withstand him, but then I also worry that he will for ever be my missed regret.’

The supernatural elements are marvellous and we loved the mystery in this one, it was circus-fantastic, yet so sad and quite distressing too. A perfect blend. It’s fanciful, silly, sweet, funny, emotional and exciting. It’s eccentric and quintessentially British. We bloody love this series! This RomCom is without question a feel-good read that’ll have you smiling and laughing out loud, it’s so different to what’s out there at the moment and we’re loving that!

‘Fletch and I have an inexplicable connection and it’s bloody inconvenient for both of us.’

 


THE CHAPLEWICK MYSTERIES SERIES by KITTY FRENCH

The Skeletons of Scarborough House Book One

                    

Mystery at Maplemead Castle Book Two 

                    

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THE SKELETONS OF SCARBOROUGH HOUSE (The Chapelwick Mysteries #1) by KITTY FRENCH


REVIEW :: THE SKELETONS OF SCARBOROUGH HOUSE 


Standalone RomCom
 Please note: this was previously known as Melody Bittersweet and the Girls Ghostbusting Agency

SYNOPSIS 

Life’s tough for Melody Bittersweet.

She’s single, addicted to sugar and super heroes, her family are officially bonkers, and she sees dead people. Is it any wonder no-one’s swiping right on Tinder?
Waking up lonely on her twenty seventh birthday, Melody finally snaps. She can’t carry on basing all of her life decisions on the advice of her magic 8 ball; things have got to change.

Fast forward two months, and she’s now the proud proprietor of her very own ghostbusting agency – kind of like in the movies but without the dodgy white jumpsuits. She’s also flirting with her ex Leo Dark, fraternising with her enemy in alleyways, and she’s somehow ended up with a pug called Lestat.

Life just went from dull to dynamite and it’s showing no sign of slowing up anytime soon. Melody’s been hired to clear Scarborough House of its incumbent ghosts, there’s the small matter of a murder to solve, and then there’s the two very handsome, totally inappropriate men hoping to distract her from the job…
Welcome to Chapelwick, home of the brand new and hilarious Girls Ghostbusting Agency series, where things really do go bump in the night.

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★ ☆ ★

Melody Bittersweet

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘My name’s Melody Bittersweet, and I see dead people.’

Kitty French wrote something pretty special in Melody Bittersweet and The Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency (now titled: The Skeletons of Scarborough House). Quite the mouthful right?! Well, we haven’t laughed so much in a long while as we did in the story of the gorgeous and lovable ‘Bittersweet’. And this was only the first step in a journey we cannot wait to be a part of.

‘I’ve spent my entire adult life either trying to fit into the outside world like a square peg in a round hole,…and however hard I try, I’m never going to be a round peg.’

You know what, we think this is without question one of the best rom coms we’ve read this year. Why? Because it was quintessentially British, it had incredible heart, a fanciful story line and characters that won us over upon meeting them. Not a single character left us wanting, dead or alive, we felt the importance of every player as they scrambled to uncover a mystery of ghostly proportions. We felt like instant friends and wanted to grab a seat in Babs and join the crew.

‘I’m twenty-seven, single and so damn lonely that I’m going crazy.’

Melody is our kind of girl and we instantly fell in love with her quirky eccentric ghostly ways and felt an affinity with her sarcastic and sassy nature. She’s different yet in the same breath, she’s so like a girl next door. A beautifully and well written character who stole our hearts.

‘For Bittersweet women, love is big and sweeping, all-consuming and life-altering.’

Melody has reached an important stage in her life, she’s at an age that signifies a momentous moment in her family history and with her equally special and ghost seeing Mum and Gran, she’s desperate to create her own place in the world. Well as much as she’s able to anyway, what with continuous interferences from those she loves and those who just won’t leave her alone.

 ‘I’ve worked out my own style with scant regard for what’s in fashion. I’ve never been one of the popular girls or the sparkly girls and that never bothered me once, because all I needed to get through was black nail polish, Marina, and my gut instinct.’

A mystery unfolds in a haunted house that sees Melody, Marina, and Artie caught up in various hysterical shenanigans, an unsolved bloody murder and a race against the clock with a disgruntled now famous ex-boyfriend. It’s all very fast paced, yet brilliantly timed. Marina and Artie were fabulous character and only added to everything we loved.

“I knew your skin would feel like that,” he says. “Too soft for all your hard edges.” I frown. “I don’t have hard edges.” “Yes you do. You’re all sharp edges, sarcasm and trouble, but your skin isn’t playing games. It’s smooth and warm, and it likes me much better than the rest of you does.”

All the while we have a ghost wagon called Babs, and Babs says no. A greedy one-eared rowdy pug called Lestat and a devilishly handsome and cocky reporter called Fletch with whom there’s a simmering undeniable yet fiercely disputed romance happening. We’ll eagerly watch that space! Bring on the next book in this series we can’t wait….

“Bittersweet, your dog is humping my leg.”

‘Fucking Lestat! I look down and sure enough, there he is on the cobbles, merrily banging away at Fletch’s leg with his beady eyes rolled back in his flat face in pure delicious bliss.’

4 stars


THE CHAPLEWICK MYSTERIES SERIES by KITTY FRENCH

The Skeletons of Scarborough House Book One

                    

Mystery at Maplemead Castle Book Two 

                    

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KNIGHT & SLEIGH : LUCIEN KNIGHT NOVELLA by KITTY FRENCH

Erotic, sizzling novella that can be read as a standalone but we recommend reading the series too!

knight and sleigh

SYNOPSIS

‘We have good food, firewood, and you’re naked. I can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas eve.’

Set in a snowbound cabin beneath the glittering nordic aurora skies, Knight & Sleigh is a feel good, romantic and completely filthy Christmas treat for lovers of sexy erotic romance and happy ever afters. 

Viking sex-god Lucien Knight and his PA turned lover Sophie have now been a couple for twelve sinfully sexy months, and he pulls out all of the stops to make sure that their first proper Christmas together is one she will never forget… except he gets more than he bargained for. 

Written to sit between book two and three of the USA Today best-selling Lucien Knight trilogy, Knight & Sleigh is a must-read treat for fans of the series, but it can also be read as a stand alone erotic novella to introduce you to the emotional, sexy world of Lucien and Sophie

Knight & Sleigh

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

 ✯✯✯ Stars

‘She adored every filthy bone in his body.’

Kitty French promised a very smutty Christmas read and on that account she delivered! You won’t need any central heating whilst reading this one! Wowsers!!! You’ll need to sit by a fan!

Sophie and Lucien are a very sexual couple and in this book, which can be read as a standalone but ideally should be read between books two and three, was indeed a treat for us who have missed the luscious Lucien and his love, Sophie.

We love our Christmas and spending time with Sophie and Lucien in Lucien’s cabin in Norway, Kitty really sets the Christmas feel for us and made us want to pack our bags and spend the holidays there! Well…as long as we can spend them in front of the fire with Lucien that is *wink, wink.*

There are plenty of heated times between this extremely passionate and erotic couple, lots of reminiscing and fun between in between. What we wouldn’t give to find that hot Viking god under our Christmas tree in a couple of weeks!


THE LUCIEN KNIGHT EROTIC TRILOGY

Knight Series

♦ Knight & Play:  our review|amazon us | amazon uk
♦ Knight & Stay : our review|amazon us || amazon uk 
♦ Knight & Day : our review | amazon us || amazon uk 
♦ Knight & Sleigh : amazon us | amazon uk 
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GENIE by KITTY FRENCH

Genie by Kitty French

SYNOPSIS

Meet Genie Divine, the wise-cracking London show-girl on a hell-bent mission to save her beloved family theatre.

Now meet Abel Kingdom, the australian gym mogul determined to buy it out from underneath her. 

On paper they have nothing in common, and when they meet, they have even less. 

The only thing they DO have is chemistry. 
Undeniable, rip-my-clothes-off-and-do-me-now-against-the-wall chemistry. 

Feathers. Lies. Glitter. Secrets. Lust. 

He wants her theatre. She wants him dead. 

The stage is set for an explosive summer…

Genie

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

 ✯✯✯✯ Stars

“You’re so incredibly lovely, Genie…So fucking incredibly lovely.”

The evocativeness of Kitty French’s writing reeled us into Genie’s story from the onset. There’s no doubt about it, Kitty French is a spectacular writer. Her words sweep across the page in a vividness that had us living and breathing the theatrics, seduction and beauty of Genie’s Burlesque world.

The sensuality of the story, the sexual chemistry between this passionate couple didn’t just sizzle….it teased and taunted before erupting like a volcano taking us right along with it. Wow! This lady sure does know how to titillate and deliver on her tease!

‘Dark. Lost. Possessive. Filthy’

Genie Devine was born to entertain. She oozes sensuality with a grace and innocence that screamed for Abel Kingdom’s attention! Despite Abel’s best intentions, he’s unable to ignore the effect Genie’s performance has on him. Her provocativeness aroused and awakened something in Abel he was loathed to acknowledge though he couldn’t deny the feelings of pure animalistic desire she evoked in him. This woman beguiled him. Genie was a true chameleon – innocent and demure one minute, sensual and seductive the next and didn’t she send Abel into a right spin!

‘Right at that moment his head hated her, his cock loved her, and his heart was plain confused.’

Abel Kingdom, a successful British ex pat residing in Australia runs a chain of Gyms back home and returns to London with the intention of acquiring the theatre owned by Genie and her Uncle. This isn’t just any old theatre though to Genie and her Uncle, it’s their breath and their soul. For Genie it’s where she comes alive and the thought of losing it would be like losing a part of herself.

Abel is hell bent on acquiring it for his business purposes, Genie is hell bent on keeping it as part of her heritage and so the game of cat and mouse, push and pull begins with a vengeance.

The antagonism and resulting sexual chemistry between the pair was palpable! The attraction so clearly evident, we felt we needed a cigarette and a lie down once they succumbed to the inevitable passion which was extremely erotic!

Genie fell hard for Abel and we could sense that Abel fell hard for Genie. There was most definitely a sexual compatibility between the pair, but the emotional pull between them could sometimes get lost in the outward display of friction between the pair. Sometimes this element of the story could drag a little.

Abel could sometimes be quite cutting and cruel in his open assessment of Genie and her lifestyle, he was extremely judgemental and as his past was alluded to throughout we knew answers would come as to why he treated Genie the way he did. However; we felt that the emphasis wasn’t quite balanced enough.

“So what exactly are you saying here, Abel? I’m your upstairs angel, downstairs whore?”

Lucky for Abel, Genie sought to see inside the man to discover what lay underneath. There were times we doubted Abel’s feelings for Genie and Abel sorely underestimated the depth of the woman that lay beneath the glitz and glamour of her façade.

‘Abel could barely breathe. She moved with the grace of a ballet dancer, and she had the lush curves of a vintage Hollywood starlet.’

Genie was a fabulous read. We enjoyed it immensely. Kitty French took us into Genie’s world in a deliciously entertaining way. Her words kept us riveted and Genie held us captive. This is the perfect escape read. You know, the one you can just lose yourself in and forget about life for a while. Genie certainly did that! Enjoyable and recommended!

  **ARC provided by the author for an honest review**

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KNIGHT & DAY (Knight Trilogy #3) by KITTY FRENCH

knight and day cover

 

SYNOPSIS

Kara Brookes hates liars.

Dylan Day hasn’t told the truth from the moment his plane touched down in Ibiza.

It’s a recipe for disaster.

Lucien and Sophie are back, and have set up camp on the sun-drenched isle of Ibiza for the opening of the latest of Lucien’s strictly adult clubs.

They’re joined for the summer by Sophie’s best friend Kara, and Dylan Day, Lucien’s newly appointed club manager. The laid back, smokin’ hot surf guy from California seems almost too good to be true… but there’s no smoke without fire. It’s going to be a long hot summer of love, lust, lies and wedding bells. But who will get their happy ever after?

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G : 4.5 Stars

We normally text each other throughout our reads, then discuss the book on the phone before writing our reviews. For this one we thought we’d include our text messages. 🙂

J: Sooo looking forward to starting this one G. At least we know we’ll get lots of hot, passionate scenes in a Kitty French book!

G: YAY!!! I’m so bloody excited…I miss Lucien and I love Kitty!!

J:  Me too – my say I’m intrigued with Dylan Day already. What exactly is this guy running from G? I’m dying to find out.

G: Do you keep picturing Sawyer from LOST? I do and yeah he’s an enigma for sure!

J:  YES!! He is a perfect Dylan!! Well done woman!  Oh bloody hell, welcome back Lucien we’ve missed you, you big wonderful Nordic god!  Love him G!

“I can fuck you here against the front door, or I can fuck you in our bed. I don’t mind, as long as I fuck you in the next three minutes.” – Lucien

G: LUCIEN!!!! Wow this guy does NOT mess around. I LOVE him!!! I’ve really missed my Viking God!!

J:  Haha! No Lucien gets straight to the point.  Wowsers! After 5 years together they certainly know how to keep things spiced up. HOT! These two absolutely sizzle together don’t they?  Lucien being a father takes my love for him to a whole new level.

G: Awww Lucien has such a vulnerable loving side to him, I think he’s pretty perfect. I didn’t realise we’d get to see all these moments with Lucien and Sophie! I love that Jenny!! Seeing him as a Dad after the last book’s revelations MELTS me!!! Oh and the hotness factor….turn me over I’m DONE!!!

J:  Me too! I had no idea we would get this much L & S and I bloody LOVE that!  Oh I’m so done I’m charred baby!  Well…helllooo Dylan Day. Kara’s made of stern stuff G….I would have taken him up on the unbuttoning the shirt offer…….Noooooooooo don’t let him leave!!!! Gulp!

“I’ll see myself out. And for the record…I’ve never felt less like leaving anywhere in my life.” – Dylan

G: Dylan Day…*fanning myself* I think I’m in love Jenny!! I have to say I want Kara to be my friend I love her. She’s so cool, I love people that say what they mean sod the consequences!

“It’s my downfall. I like sugar. I like fast cars. I like sexy men.”

J:  I think I’m absolutely in love G…especially after you putting that Sawyer pic in my head!!  Yes! I love that she’s so straightforward! Tell you what, I’m absolutely loving the friendship banter between Kara and Sophie. These two have changed so much but still retain the giggly girls we know and love them to be.  And Lucien is so focused on Sophie….love him!  That is one hot man!! Hmmm can Dylan topple Lucien in our affections do you think?

G: I love these girls, I love their relationship and the fact that Lucien sees Kara as his sister. Seriously, how much of a turn on is his protectiveness and his intensity? I don’t know if Dylan can ever overtake how I feel about Lucien though, after all I’m Danish and us Scandi’s have to stick together, oh and ASkars is my Viking God Lucien so….yeah who knows LOL….I’m not opposed to a Lucien/Dylan sarnie right now though J

J:   Oh yeah there is that Scandi connection but Dylan is yummy!  I loved bond Lucien and Kara have formed too and that protective streak?? Yep! Loving it. 
Gulp….It’s freezer time. Dear lord…Lucien…office…and handcuffs oh my! Lucky Sophie!

G: *Speechless* I dunno what to say other than can I have some….please???!!!

J: Well that just answered our question on Dylan, G. Things are really hotting up now! This guy sure has the moves.

“You thought I was a sure thing, Sailor?” Kara
“Assumed nothing. Hoped some.” – Dylan

One way ticket on the Love Tug please!

G: I need to go to Ibiza and have a tug at the Love Tug!!!!!

J: Hehe. Was waiting for the tug comment lol.   Ice buckets are overflowing. Bloody hell Lucien and Sophie are such sensual creatures and I wish it was my birthday *wink wink*

G: They’ve got something real special…seriously, haven’t they come a long way since Sophie kissed that envelope in book one!!

J:  OMG! That’s what I love G.  You can really feel the progression of the characters in this book and just how far they’ve come – Kitty has done a great job developing these two characters.
Oh dear god I think romantic Lucien may have just completely melted my heart! G is your heart melting

‘He was the owner of her heart, the father of her child. They shared everything. Except for one final thing.’ – Sophie

G: Yeah, wow….only Lucien can get away with making ‘that thing’ romantic whilst he has a pair of hips rocking against his face and his tongue busy licking and ummm swirling was it? I forget…hang on let me re-read just to make sure I got that right….did he really ask that whilst down there?

J:  Hang on…I’m just re-reading too just to check your facts…..ummmm GULP and double GULP….yep, only Lucien can make THAT moment romantic hahaha. Loved that scene!  I’m suddenly feeling in the mood for a ticket to Ibiza…I’ll order us a cocktail. Are you coming G?  Hmmm let me rephrase that!!

G: I’m coming….I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Ibiza as well!!

J:  Wow, how much am I loving the switching between the couples – it’s like getting the best of both worlds don’t you think?

G: It really is…I feel spoilt. Kitty’s done a FAB job here!!!

J:  The bond being established between Lucien and Dylan really shows a different side of Lucien and the growth of him as a person. What a great addition that aspect is to this story. Loving the bromance between these two. They crack me up! This quote floored me!!!

“Thank you”….”Your faith in me means a lot” – Dylan
“Just don’t expect me to hug”….”I like you, but this isn’t Brokeback Mountain.” – Lucien

G: LOVE the bromance!!! I can’t stop laughing at the Brokeback comment. The relationships in this instalment is great, the dynamics spot on and the development of the characters is brilliant. I really feel as if they’ve grown and settled. It’s so believable!

J:  It really is!  Kara and Dylan together really works but geez I’ve got a horrible feeling in my stomach things are going to go tits up for these two any minute.

G: I just want them together. They have a real connection and I really think they NEED their HEA! I’m scared though….Gawd I hope he doesn’t fuck it up. Kara put herself out there for him. I have to say though I want to give him a hug…then I want to see stars and take a trip on the Milky Way!!!!

J: Hehe oh hell yeah…Milky Way it is.  I’m scared he’s going to fuck up too.  Arrgghhh….Dylan is one mysterious man – I really do love him – he’s so hot but his secrets are slowly unravelling and I’m kind of nervous.

“Sometimes good people do bad things for good reasons.” – Lucien

G: Isn’t he just! I have to say I wasn’t expecting this!! Lucien’s understanding and faith is making me fall even more in love with him and Dylan is just gorgeous, his heart is GOLD!!!

“You like things that are bad for you, English.”

Uh huh…..can I be the Danish pastry that gets devoured on the Love Tug? Pretty please with extra sugar on top!

J:  Geez G…steady on – a trip to the Milky way, devoured on the Love Tug AND a Dylan & Lucien butty….you don’t want much do you?  LOL
Oh god is there anything more heart melting than reading about Lucien with Tilly?  Big dreamy sigh…He’s just divine. I love him.

“There isn’t a single part of my life that isn’t a hundred times better for having you in it.” – Lucien

G: *CRYING* whilst melting into a puddle on the floor!!!!

J:  Same! The amount of time we’ve spent with Sophie and Lucien was the nicest surprise ever in this and I have to say I’m so pleasantly surprised by that. There is a really good balance of story in this one between all the relationships and bonds forming. It’s taken them, as people, to a whole new level for me. What about you?

G: I know, I’m so surprised. I guess I didn’t really know what to expect so this is like an effing treat and it’s written so convincingly with it being a few years down the line and the way it’s woven into Dylan and Kara’s story is just spot on. I’m inhaling this story!!!

J:  There are no words for Lucien G. DIVINE!!

G: VIKING GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ‘Nuff said!!!

J:  Yep! That about covers him!  Bloody hell Dylan! Did. Not. See. That. Coming. 

“I never wanted to break your heart, English.” – Dylan

G: Bloody hell is right Jenny…..what happened here?? Nope….I didn’t see that coming either. Who fancies a twister? Family and bitches suck big fat hairy balls!!!

J:  Yep they do! That knocked me for six. Right I’ve finished. We need to debrief tomorrow. Kitty French has done it again!! Bloody loved this one G. Addicted from start to finish. Hot, funny, romantic and a great escape! I’ll miss these guys! What about you?

G: Kitty French sure has done it again. No question! What a brilliant epilogue too!! I love her and I will always one-click her books. She gives us great characters, fab stories and such passion and romance. I’ll always miss Lucien and now I can add Dylan to that mix too!!!

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THE LUCIEN KNIGHT EROTIC TRILOGY

Kitty French

♦ KNIGHT & PLAY
(Our Review)
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♦ KNIGHT & STAY
(Our Review)
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♦ KNIGHT & DAY
(Our Review)
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