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NEVER THE BRIDE (Dilbury Village #1) by CHARLOTTE FALLOWFIELD :: REVIEW

Standalone in a series : British Romantic comedy

SYNOPSIS

A laugh-out-loud novel from Charlotte Fallowfield, Amazon bestselling romantic comedy author of Until We Collide.

Abbie Carter felt doomed as she clutched her bouquet and started walking up the aisle. Again. She felt like she was stuck in some kind of Groundhog Day wedding nightmare. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Eight dresses, most of them hideous, were already stuffed in her attic space. She had more bridesmaid dresses than relationships. Was she really that unlucky in love? She despaired of ever finding her soul mate and was convinced that if she packed away dress thirteen in her attic, she’d never get to wear the coveted white one and have her happy ever after.

That was until she locked eyes with one of the handsome ushers, whose wink turned her elegant and well-practiced glide up the aisle into a flailing Bambi-on-ice spectacle. Miller Davis was the first man in forever to make her heart skip a beat, as well as her legs turn to jelly. And, for once, her interest in a man didn’t seem to be one-sided. It was just a shame that the Atlantic Ocean separated them. Abbie couldn’t even make a relationship with her elderly fat pooch, Sumo, work, so what chance did she have with a permanent New Yorker? Her best friend, Georgie, told her to ignore the miles that separated her from Miller and to go for it, saying that true love knew no bounds.

Was Abbie fated to always be the bridesmaid, or would her wish for the perfect day with the man of her dreams ever come true?

While Never The Bride will be a standalone story, it’s the first in the Dilbury Village series of romantic comedy novels. All of them will be set in the quaint fictitious English hamlet in the Shropshire countryside, but feature a different village couples’ story.

Warning, if you are of a sensitive disposition when it comes to toilet humour, then the Dilbury Village series may not be for you!

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4 Stars

“If you both love each other, that love bridges the fault and anchors you together through any storm. He doesn’t have to be perfect, and neither do you….”

We first sampled Charlotte Fallowfield’s Rom-Com talent in Collide last year, finding ourselves, immediately captivated with the warmth, classic British humour and sweetness of her writing, and were thrilled to bits to hear a new series, set in the quaint English village of Dilbury, was in the works, and here it is! Charlotte once again had us in stitches, laughing at – and with, her loveable, madcap characters, delivering a sweet heart-warming story, with friendship and community spirit at the forefront. We loved spending time with this group of piss taking prankster friends who we’d love to pack up and spend time with. These characters made us want to pull up a stool at the Cock n Bull, order a sneaky Voddy, and spend hours, laughing hysterically with this cast of quirky characters.

To summarise, Abbie is a 28 year old Accountant who’s pretty happy with her lot, she lives in her old family home in Dilbury, with her neighbours, best friend, Georgie, Daphne who is like a Mum to her, and the newly arrived Charlie, the erotic romance writer. She loves her work, her home and her friends and even has a soft spot for her cantankerous, farting, lazy bulldog Mr Sumo, who returns none of her affections.  The one thing missing is a man to share her life with. And, thanks to a silly pact she made with a group of ‘friends‘ in boarding school  12 years ago, she is committed to always being the bridesmaid never the bride, as she fulfils her promise after promise to perform bridesmaid duties  wearing hideous dresses at these weddings. Abbie is fast approaching the unlucky 13th wedding, believing that once this happens, she’ll be jinxed; forever being the bridesmaid, never the bride.

However, across the room at one of the receptions, she meets the gorgeous Miller Davis, who instantly grabs her heart, experiencing a connection the likes of which she has never felt before. He of the ‘soft, full, kissable lips, movie star teeth, dimpled chin, and square jaw‘…and that’s just the start of Mr Davis’ attributes. He was rather luscious! They both feel the connection, and we think we gasped right along with Abbie when their eyes first met ….sigh…

‘Wow, hot, sexy and chivalrous. I felt like I was in Vegas at the slot machines, and the jackpot just sounded the alarm.’

However, things don’t go as planned as there’s a great big ocean separating them with Millers life being firmly entrenched in New York, and Abbie in her homely little village of Dilbury.  Can they overcome the long distance? Can one make the choice to move? Is there more to Miller that Abbie doesn’t know? Can Abbie give it all up for love? All will be revealed when you pick up Never the Bride.

“The moment I saw you, it was like I was looking at a missing part of myself. Like I’ve been alone all of my life, and suddenly I wasn’t anymore.”

Charlotte Fallowfield has spot on comedic timing and certainly knows how to deliver those laugh out loud crazy moments. We had tears from laughing. The friendship connections, the riotous situations they find themselves in, and the zany, hilarious residents of this wonderful little community had us in stitches and her British humour is something we particularly enjoy and hope this never changes.

However, we found the comedy aspect overwhelmed the romance a little and as much as we loved Abbie and Miller, and did enjoy how it eventually played out, we didn’t feel or connect to them as a couple the way we had hoped. Comedy wise it delivered, romantically, sadly it just fell short for us. We needed more ‘Abbie and Miller time’ to allow us to fully connect and live their romance. We loved though how the author delivered some real and touching moments amid the humour ridden chaos.

Whilst we did adore this book, it didn’t quite win us over the way Until We Collide had previously. In saying that, we can’t wait to get back to this little village for some more rip-roaring fun when Georgie’s book releases in a few months, and we know this one will be a hoot! This time around, we absolutely felt the com, just not as much rom as we had hoped.

THE DILBURY SERIES


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UNTIL WE COLLIDE
5 Star Standalone British Romantic Comedy

SYNOPSIS

What do you do when the guy you’re in love with is seeing someone else?

That’s the dilemma facing Paige Taylor. All of her life she’s only ever had eyes for the gorgeous Alec Wright, but despite their undeniable chemistry, their timing has always been off. Fast approaching her thirtieth birthday, Paige despairs of ever finding love and a happy ever after. Her best friend Poppie tells her that she can either watch life pass her by, or grab it with both hands. She convinces Paige to throw herself back into the dating pool, or she could be waiting for Alec forever.

What Paige didn’t expect was the catalogue of dating disasters to follow. A neck brace, jelly fish, stitches, flashing and an encounter with a gorilla were some of the most memorable. Despite some downright hilarious, humiliating and cringe worthy dates, her biological clock is ticking and Paige is determined to keep trying until she finds the one. 

Was Alec Wright always her Mr. Right, or is he still out there waiting to be found?

Join Paige in her quest to find the ultimate prize. Love.

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PRETTY FACE (London Celebrities #2) by LUCY PARKER :: REVIEW

TBB 5 Star Review
Standalone in series : British Romcom set in London’s West End

SYNOPSIS

Highly acclaimed, award-winning author of Act Like It Lucy Parker returns readers to the London stage with laugh-out-loud wit and plenty of drama

The play’s the fling

It’s not actress Lily Lamprey’s fault that she’s all curves and has the kind of voice that can fog up a camera lens. She wants to prove where her real talents lie—and that’s not on a casting couch, thank you. When she hears esteemed director Luc Savage is renovating a legendary West End theater for a lofty new production, she knows it could be her chance—if only Luc wasn’t so dictatorial, so bad-tempered and so incredibly sexy.

Luc Savage has respect, integrity and experience. He also has it bad for Lily. He’d be willing to dismiss it as a midlife crisis, but this exasperating, irresistible woman is actually a very talented actress. Unfortunately, their romance is not only raising questions about Lily’s suddenly rising career, it’s threatening Luc’s professional reputation. The course of true love never did run smooth. But if they’re not careful, it could bring down the curtain on both their careers…

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

5 glorious Stars

“It’s second nature to pull apart a performance, isolate and slice out the dead weight, piece it back together. I also know what it feels like when there’s that very rare click and it’s just – right. It works. From the first line of the first scene.”  A nerve ticked in his jaw. “It doesn’t often happen onstage, and I didn’t expect to ever experience it offstage.”

Well, didn’t we just love absolutely everything about Pretty Face. Everything. Here’s an Author who completely knows her chosen subject, detail upon detail, in order to set the most real and in-depth atmosphere making us live and breathe all things theatre whilst reading. The West End came alive for us and we were swept away. We loved Act Like It by this Author and if possible we loved this one even more. So romantic, such fabulous British dry humour, such theatrical and vivid imagery. Pretty Face is book two in a series of standalones and we HIGHLY recommend both books. The way Lucy Parker writes captivates us word by word.

‘He’d known, right from the beginning, that she would be a completely disruptive pain in the arse. He worried about her. All the fucking time. And he missed her like hell. All the fucking time.’

Luc Savage, a theatre director, is stuck for a female lead in his upcoming theatre production. The stress levels are high as he’s a very obstinate, honest to a fault and a tad of an aloof man. Don’t let that deter you though because we’d bet you’ll fall in love with Luc just as much as we did. Luc has his rules and one of them is no shenanigans with his leading ladies. This man is lush; absolutely divine. He’s got a hard exterior and a sarcastic wit, yet when he opens his heart and shows vulnerability and his love, well you could’ve scooped us off of the floor with a spoon because we fell hard and melted. He doesn’t mince his words and had us chuckling so many times throughout. He had quite the battle on his hands when Lily Lamprey enters his audition room and his life.

“You could try being pleasant and malleable, I’d probably find it a complete turn-off. I didn’t realise I had this penchant for militant men. It’s giving me whole new insights into my personality.”

Lily is a bombshell with a pitchy breathy voice and a bubbly star in a TV soap opera. She’s the last person Luc would want in his show yet Lily is in dire need of a change in life and her desire is to tread the boards of the West End.  We loved the dynamics between her and Luc, often having us in stitches of laughter. We fell in love with Lily who was as stereotyped as they come, her talent overlooked. Even Mr Savage committed a faux pas but he very soon realised the error of his ways.

 ‘He looked about as approachable as Darth Maul, but then, unexpectedly he laughed. A proper, eye-crinkling laugh. And her pathetic, perverse, masochistic little heart went oh-it’s you.’

Scandals are a plenty in the world of theatre and its players, and we loved this humour filled slow burn romance. It had such high emotion and attention to detail. We fell in love with the characters and Lucy Parker once again mesmerized us with her prose. It’s not often you go through the colour wheel of emotion. so when we do, we treasure every minute of it.

“You drive me up the wall, and I can’t remember what life was like before you strode into it, opened your mouth and fucking horrified me, and turned everything upside down.”

 

 


THE LONDON CELEBRITY SERIES by LUCY PARKER

Act Like It –  Book One

                    

Pretty Face – Book Two

                      

 


ACT LIKE IT BOOK ONE

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

act like it

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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