BOOK VIDEO REVIEW: LOVE’S PORTRAIT BY ANNA LARNER – PAPERBACK

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Love’s Portrait by Anna Larner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Beautifully Romantic!

Molly is excited by the prospect of making the museum where she is curator for art more diverse. Upon an encounter with the mysterious benefactor Georgina Wright, Molly finds herself swept away in the wonderful world of discovering the meaning behind a piece of artwork, a portrait belonging to Georgina’s late father, but also in discovering the real Georgina so many don’t get to see. Upon discovering who is in the beloved portrait and who the real artist is, Molly is determined to honour the memory of the women and the meaning of it all, but she needs Georgina’s help.

This was so sweet, and lovely, and cute, and romantic, and I just got so lost in the romance inside the romance that I was genuinely in love with the story and blown away by the end. This is only the second story I have read by Anna Larner but I am in awe of her ability to capture such passion, longing, and love as she has with Love’s Portrait. It was truly beautiful, even the more tragic elements and I longed to learn that there was happiness and there was. I adored every second and became fully immersed in the story to the point I just couldn’t put it down.

Molly and Georgina were wonderful, from their first awkward and angst filled meeting, to their acquaintance blossoming to friendship and more. Their story was the epitome of great art itself, almost so that it could be the most wonderful painting of all. I adored the whole premise and them working together but also unsure of one another and their feelings and what it all meant. They were really in the moment, carried away by wonder and I think for me a lot of that was sparked because Molly was just so infectious. I just couldn’t help but be excited with her and for her, and also anxious when she was, nervous when she was, and sad when she was uncovering the truth about Josephine and Edith, and the portrait, it was quite the connection. And the same went for Georgina, she was carrying around so heavy baggage and just being around Molly helped her to temporarily forget and just get carried away.

It was so beautiful and romantic, the whole story and I would love to not only see more of Molly and Georgina in future, but also of the other romance that was explored in this story. A full story about Edith and Josephine would be so perfect because the glimpses in this just were not enough for me.

My words just cannot express enough how wonderful this was to read but it is definitely a romance I recommend for everyone. It is perfect!




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BOOK VIDEO REVIEW: GOLDEN SEA BY EMMA STERNER RADLEY – EBOOK

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Golden Sea: Book Two in the Mapmaking Magicians Series by Emma Sterner-Radley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Pure magical adventure!!!

The four mapmaking magicians from the Hall of Explorers are back, off on adventure across the seas to continue their mission on behalf of the king. On the way they encounter many mysterious and magical experiences and have but among all that there is fear, worry, wonder, amazement and anything but plain sailing. As more about them is revealed and the bigger picture of their story unfolds, much adventure lays ahead for our young explorers but the weird and wonderful is ever present and surrounding them.

This was fantastic!!! As the sequel to Silver Beasts, I just knew Golden Sea was going to be an adventure of the weird and wonderful kind and I was not disappointed. I would definitely recommend reading the first book in the series if you haven’t before reading this one, as you very much need to understand what has transpired before (and because it is just awesome!) As ever, Emma’s wonderful imagination has created, creatures, lands, scenarios, and things beyond the wildest imagination. I love that about these stories, everything is such an imaginative moment and unexpected. Each chapter holds surprises, thrills, the unknown, unexpected encounters, hidden truths, and quite a lot of magic.

When I first encountered the mapmaking magicians in Silver Beasts I knew their lives would be anything but dull, but in this sequel they really faced quite a number of wonderful things, and yet some unexpected darker things that they were most unprepared for. I was so emotionally connected to them as they set out to face the seas and the imagery and action as they did was just amazing. I could picture it all, from the ships, to the uniforms, to the beautiful characters both familiar and new.

There is always something to discover in these fantasy stories and that is exactly what I find myself doing with the Mapmaking Magicians Series. It is such fun but not too out there that the grimness of torn nations and adventure into the unknown is lost in magic solving everyone’s problems. There is heartache, devastation, and worry to keep the reality and the characters grounded. Despite what they are achieving, there will always be sacrifice and harm and that is just a reality that has to be faced. I loved how Emma keeps these elements but never lets them distract from the hope for a better tomorrow or future.

I can’t wait to read more of this series. It is honestly one of my favourite things and when I head out on not only the physical journey but the emotional one with these characters, I become very lost in their world. Emma expertly explores with dynamics, sexuality, emotions, and thoughts to create the most unique of characters and I just adore there open-mindedness and understanding natures, even if from time to time they forget themselves and experience emotions that leave them contemplative.

Thoroughly enjoyable and I am excited for their future and more! Can’t wait!!! I highly recommend this book to any fantasy lover, or if you haven’t tried fantasy as a genre I would definitely recommend starting here, I couldn’t put it down and it is just brilliant!




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BOOK VIDEO REVIEW: THEN AND NOW BY MONICA MCCALLAN – EBOOK

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Then & Now by Monica McCallan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


So sweet!

Lily’s career is progressing well and she thinks she has left the past behind her, but when she is promoted to organise the wedding of her boss’ niece, the last thing she expects is to find herself face to face with her ex Bennett. Bennett is uncomfortable and desperate to make amends with Lily and explain what happened all those years ago, but it’s just not as easy as she thought. When fate keeps throwing them together, presenting a chance for Bennett to take charge and do what is right, she isn’t going to let the opportunity for them to be happy again pass them by.

I adored this, a story that told of the past and the present and really gave great insight into the characters’ lives and what had happened to them without exposing any of the detail that wasn’t known to one or the other. I loved that back and forth between present day and the past, and Monica portrayed it so clearly you just knew which moment you were in. Past romantic moments that were hopelessly cute and filled with anticipation, and the present drama and longing for a happiness you knew these two could achieve because you’d had glances and snippets of it.

The one thing I took from this was that beautiful contrast of how time changes people, things, circumstances, and situations. Monica captured it all perfectly. As young and in love Bennett and Lily were empowered, daring, but vulnerable and wary. Now as adults, they are wary, vulnerable, sceptic but hopeful. You could really feel the emotion and empathise with both Lily and Bennett. Neither of them had easy decisions to make and neither of them were really to blame, it was just how things were back when they were having this wonderful adventure and had met all those years ago. It was definitely a story of chance and hope. When things change, people change, you may be able to capture something that was once lost if you just try and that was the loveliest thing about Lily and Bennett’s relationship. As the truth started to come out, the understanding accompanied it and they could finally make the right decisions for them, their hearts, and their future.

This was such an exciting romance, and I was team Bennett all the way, even though I heavily sympathised with Lily. I was cheering her on and really hoping Lily would find a way to understand, forgive, and allow herself to recapture that magical connection with Bennett. I loved experiencing their past, their adventures, and travels, but also figuring out what might of happened to lead them their separate ways.

A sweet romance with a little angst, plenty of drama, and some brilliantly magical fun moments to lighten the whole thing. I highly recommend this and hope we might see Bennett and Lily again in a future story.




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BOOK VIDEO REVIEW: THE ALLURE OF THE NIGHT TRAIN BY PUMPKIN SPICE – EBOOK

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The Allure Of The Night Train by Pumpkin Spice

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Quite the Ride!

Three erotic short stories about three women and what they get up to on their night train travels from Scotland to London.

This was a fantastic, short story collection from the wonderful Pumpkin Spice. I have had the pleasure of reading erotica and short stories by Pumpkin Spice previously under her other author name, which I really enjoyed, so it was no surprise that I was taken by how wonderful these stories were too. I loved the theme and how it linked the stories but how they were separate in their own right.

It is a great quick little collection of heated moments with some very alluring women, in quite the unique of settings. Most enjoyable and easy to get swept up in the moments, from the sensual to the more risqué! I highly recommend this collection.




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BOOK INTRODUCTION VIDEO: DETOUR TO LOVE BY AMANDA RADLEY – PAPERBACK

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THIS WEEK’S READS 27/02/2021

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Remember Me, Synthetica by K Aten
Untrained Eye by Jody Klaire 
The Copper Scroll by Robyn Nyx
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BOOK VIDEO REVIEW: SECRET HEARTS BY RADCLYFFE – PAPERBACK

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Secret Hearts by Radclyffe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


So Sweet!

Kip is sentenced to complete community service at a community project where she meets Jordan, the woman whose passion is this project. After an awkward first meeting, Kip manages to convince Jordan that despite her order, she isn’t a dangerous criminal but she can’t tell her any more details than that. With the order of her life turned upside down by Jordan’s arrival and the feelings it elicits in Jordan, she finds herself believing in Kip and wanting to experience all life will have to offer with her in it, especially when Kip really proves her worth by bring more invested in Jordan’s gardening passions than she imagined she would be.

Such an adorable story! Every moment of this story had me fully engaged and loving really feeling the intimate connection that Kip and Jordan shared. From that moment they met, to the moment the truth started coming out and Kip opened up to Jordan, each one was deep, meaningful, and had me on the edge of my seat. Knowing as little about Kip really put me in Jordan’s shoes and I did find myself wondering about her, but it was never for more than a split second because she really seemed genuine. I just hoped I wouldn’t find out she wasn’t, which really made this such an exciting story.

My heart broke for Kip though, when I did learn of her story, all she’d been through. I also admired her though, everything she did for her family, her brother. She really didn’t need to and yet she tried, not only to make up for what she deemed past mistakes but for her guilt. That’s where the story hit emotionally. All that Kip had experienced, was experiencing, and how strong she was with it all, yet inside she was vulnerable and Jordan really bought that out in her. I adored them together, loved their connection and their team work. I loved how Kip not only cared so deeply about Jordan but about what Jordan cared about most too, and that worked both ways once Kip allowed Jordan to know what lay beneath the surface.

This was my first Radclyffe book and I really enjoyed it, so I am looking forward to reading more in future. The way this was a romance but still had thrills, drama, and intense moments that could have changed the whole dynamic at any moment, really made me keep turning the page. That loveliness of a sweet blossoming romance, tinted by the actions of others and the past, made for a realistic and wonderfully engaging read.

I really loved this and think it is the perfect romance for everyone who likes a sweet love story, but also for those that don’t like overwhelming cuteness and like their romance with a little easy danger on the edge. I highly recommend this story!




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BOOK VIDEO REVIEW: HOT LONDON NIGHTS BY CLARE LYDON – EBOOK

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Hot London Nights by Clare Lydon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Definitely never too late!!!

Gina, a successful property business woman wonders if she is ever going to find love but when she meets minor celebrity business woman India when she is looking for her dream home in London there might be a chance; still Gina is wary. India is heartbroken following her breakup and isn’t looking for love but is quite taken with Gina, especially when Gina seems to hold the key to achieving one of her dreams. When Gina accompanies India on her mission to reunite two long-lost lovers, it appears there might be more than old flames being rekindled.

This was so great! A culturally diverse, down to earth, every-day love story even if one of the characters is a minor celebrity. I absolutely adored Gina and India’s story. It was so realistic and yet had a magic and a wonder of the not so every day, even though both Gina and India were doing well for themselves and successful in business they weren’t unrealistic with their status.

The cutest thing was for both of them finding someone else who completely understood what they were going through and had been through similar experiences, so they could support one another. It also leant well to the drama and hesitance to believe love was possible for them, which caused some brilliant intense moments amongst the cute and more heated scenes.

There was also a great underlying story in this book which I hope we will learn more about in a future story because that was the most magical thing of the whole read. The plot that drove the story was one I found engaging, exciting, and a whole lot of fun! Whenever Clare writes a story, it is a hit with me because it is always filled with the most wonderful things, is imaginative, and most of all, no matter what else is being covered in the story, it always has brilliantly fun moments that just make you feel like you are right there and a part of things. I really did feel a part of this story in particular, and it has to be one of my favourites of the London Romance series I have read so far!

A story everyone should read and experience because it really was the most wonderful of romances! I couldn’t put it down and I can’t wait to read it again, again, and again.




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BOOK VIDEO REVIEW: INSPIRATION TAKES A VACATION BY ANNETTE MORI – EBOOK

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Inspiration Takes a Vacation: An Epic Love Story by Annette Mori

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Cute and Fun!

Abby has writer’s block, not the normal kind but the world-stopping kind where she is just suffering. When she goes wandering along the beach, Abby meets a mysterious woman. The woman claims she is on vacation but something about that strikes Abby as odd. Offering kindness, Abby insists the woman join her and together they have quite the adventure, but with the creativity in the Northwest taking nosedive just like Abby’s own, and the mystery woman not wanting to leave, what does it all mean!

Just as I have come to love and expect from Annette Mori’s novels, this was a fun, quirky, cute story that I just loved. The whole dynamic of the story was extremely clever and completely unique. Abby is naturally one of those comedic characters, who doesn’t mean to be, but her personality just lends to it so well. You smile and laugh at all the situations she gets herself into, but wince at the more accident prone ones just hoping she won’t get badly hurt due to her clumsy nature. It is cute and endearing though, captivating the reader the same way it does Musetta’s.

Musetta is a just a mystery for Abby and I loved experiencing her trying to work her out. Musetta was quirky in a different way to Abby, yet together they complimented one another so well. They were the perfect team and had a harmonious connection that was just adorable.

As Abby is a writer there was a lot in this story that I could totally relate to but one thing I found was the messages hidden between the lines. I think this is definitely a book for writers to read, to experience Abby’s story because I think there is a lot in there that you can identify with and apply to your own writing. I know I certainly did. And, if you know writers or talk to them but aren’t one yourself, again I still think you’ll note the underlying hints and things that Abby’s thoughts convey, and they may just remind you of someone, and of some things I think are sometimes forgotten about when reading a writer’s work.

There was something peaceful but deep about the story that added a spiritual element but also an important reminder for both characters, and personally to the reader that it is okay to take care of yourself, and put your own needs first sometimes. I adored the story and can’t wait to see what fun, meaningful read, Annette Mori will bring us next!




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