Friday, 13 May 2022

Finding love at the Christmas Market

Format: 352 pages, Paperback

Published: October 29, 2020 by Corgi

Women's fiction


I needed a food book for my bookclub and picked up this one.

Connie goes with a group of old people to visit a xmas market in Germany, and to scatter ashes of a friend of theirs. Lots of bake and gingerbread talk, sweets is food so score there.

She is also to meet an online flirt. Right, talk about uber German. Loved rules, lists, time and ticked of boxes to see if she fit him (she did the same but still.)

And then she met someone else.

Dunno really, it was just...there. No special feelings about the book to be honest.

Residential-home caterer Connie has had one online-dating disaster too many. Hurt in the past and with her son to consider, now she's feeling hesitant. Then one of Connie's residents sets her up on a date at a beautiful German Christmas market - with the promise she'll take a mini-bus full of pensioners along with her...

Amongst the twinkling lights and smell of warm gingerbread in the old market square, Connie heads off on her date with a checklist of potential partner must-haves. Baker Henrich ticks all the boxes, but when Connie meets Henrich's rival William, she starts to wonder if ticking boxes is the answer.

Will Connie's wish for love this Christmas come true, and if so - with who?

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Audio: Fool me once

Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon

Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins

Release date: 04-05-22

Publisher: Harlequin Audio


To review

This book, well it didn't really feel that romancy at the beginning. They had a long journey before them.

Lee has issues, all going back to her finding out her dad cheated on her mum. And then heartbreak followed until she decided not to let anyone break her, so she broke someone. All while thinking it was justified. Oh Lee, you have issues and need therapy. She no longer believes in love.

But she is kick-ass at her job, and wants to push through a green energy bill.

To help her she is paired up with an ex. Whose heart she broke. And they must get support for this bill together...and he has a girlfriend. Yes, see that is why it not felt romancy. First of all they had a lot of emotions to work through and were more enemies. Then she realises that obvi those feelings never went away. But he has a girlfriend!

Cheating is beyond wrong, so be at ease, they will of course end up together, but he will be single. Obvi that is not a spoiler. It is a romance after all. Still not really romantic. More like a journey of finding yourself, your inner depth and what you want in life. And then having wild smexy times and realising you are meant to be.

There are some funny moments in this one, it would work great on screen by the way. And I liked her, even if she sure had some issues. But she was human. All I wanted happiness at the end,

Good narration. I think this was my first time listening to her. A good book to listen to

Lee Stone is a 21st-century woman: she kicks butt at her job as a communications director at a women-run electric car company (that’s better than Tesla, thank you) and after work she is “Stoner,” drinking guys under the table and never letting any of them get too comfortable in her bed….That’s because Lee’s learned one big lesson: never trust men. After four major heartbreaks set her straight, from her father cheating on her mom all the way to Ben Laderman in grad school - who wasn’t actually cheating, but she could have sworn he was, so she reciprocated in kind.

Then Ben shows up five years later, working as a policy expert for the most liberal governor in Texas history, just as Lee is trying to get a clean energy bill rolling. Things get complicated - and competitive as Lee and Ben are forced to work together. Tension builds just as old sparks reignite, fanning the flames for a romantic dustup the size of Texas.

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Audio: The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Epoque by Don Jacobson

By: Don Jacobson, A Lady

Narrated by: Amanda Berry  

Series: The Bennet Wardrobe, Book 3

Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins

Release date: 10-23-18

Publisher: Don Jacobson

Pride and prejudice variation

To review

This was the toughest PP variation I have read so far. There are a lot of trigger warnings for those who need to know, rape and abuse. Be warned.

Kitty goes through the wardrobe and ends up in the 1880s. She decides to stay as she did not really feel welcome in her own time. Her we get to see the neglect of her parents and why Kitty wanted to strike out on her own.

She meets a relation by the name Henry Fitzwilliam of Matlock. And having read book 2, I know that in the end these two will end up together and be happy. But before that a lot happens. Henry pines for the lady in book 2 (which is Kitty, long story.) He finds this Kitty fascinating but cares not. And he is to marry someone else.

There are many trials before them before they can be happy, and Kitty must learn to live with her past to embrace her future.

A good book, but the bad people are so evil, and there is an evil brewing that i guess will follow into later books.

Great narration. I was there in the good and bad. It put my heart through a wringer.

Longbourn, December 1811. 

The day after Jane and Lizzy marry dawns especially cold for young Kitty Bennet. Called to Papa’s bookroom, she is faced with a resolute Mr. Bennet who intends to punish her complicity in her sister’s elopement. She will be sent packing to a seminary in far-off Cornwall.  She reacts like any teenager chafing under the “burden” of parental rules - she throws a tantrum. In her fury, she slams her hands against the doors of The Bennet Wardrobe. 

"I wish they were dead! Anywhere but Cornwall! Anywhere but here!"

As Lydia later said, “The Wardrobe has a unique sense of humor.”

London, May 1886. 

Seventeen-year-old Catherine Marie Bennet tumbles out of The Wardrobe at Matlock House to come face-to-face with the austere Viscount Henry Fitzwilliam, a scion of the Five Families and one of the wealthiest men in the world. However, while their paths may have crossed that May morning, Henry still fights his feelings for another woman, lost to him nearly thirty years in his future. And Miss Bennet must now decide between exile to the remote wastelands of Cornwall or making a new life for herself in Victorian Britain and Belle Époque France.

The Exile follows the story of Kitty Bennet as she grows from the coughing follower of her younger sister, Lydia, into a bright and engaging young woman living in the exciting world of the late 19th century. However, she must pass through many trials before she can fully understand why the Wardrobe sent her 75 years into the future - and for her to become one of the most important fixtures in the Bennet Wardrobe Universe.

Tuesday, 10 May 2022




Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.

5/10/2022 What are the books/authors you pick up when you need a comfy read?

I would not say there is any particular authors I pick up, it is more genres. Romance is always a comfy read, and if it is really comfy  *thought dropped mid sentence when realisation hit*

EDIT. Who am I kidding!!!!!  Duh, Heartstrikers by Rachel Aaron and The Others by Anne Bishop is totally my comfy reads these days.


5/17/2022 How long have you been blogging? And has your blog changed over time?

5/24/2022 Do you review every book you read? Why or why not? 

5/31/2022 Do you request ARCs? Why or why not?

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Monday, 9 May 2022

Joint Discussion. Kiss hard by Nalini Singh

Hello all! Carole and I will be discussing "Kiss Hard" by Nalini Singh. I am in red and Carole in purple.

Nalini Singh
Title: Kiss Hard
(Hard Play #4)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Published: May 3rd 2022
Format: ebook
Pages: 329

Daniel Esera is a young god on the rugby field, a sexy and charming man who's got the world at his feet. There's just one problem: his sudden potent attraction to his number one nemesis--Catie River. No. Just no. Not happening.

Catie River is on her way to Paralympic gold, and she's not about to allow Danny "Hotshot" Esera to derail her plans. Too bad her body isn't cooperating. Even worse? Her heart might be coming along for the ride. No. Nope. Never.

The pair are united in their desire to remain enemies... until a stranger's reckless action threatens both their careers. Now, the only way out for Catie and Danny is to pretend to be in a relationship. How bad can it be? They're adults in full control of their hormones and their hearts. There will be no kissing. No PDA. And definitely no falling in love.

Let the games begin.

Since I read book 3 I have been dying waiting for this one to come out!!! 

I listened to them, so this was kind of weird, cos I kept hearing the narrator when I was reading. I must say I missed her!

I feel like I did at least one audio in this series. I’m blanking though. My memory is bad. 

I loved her NZ accent, sniff. So if I could change one thing then that would actually be to listen instead cos she was amazing! But this was fun too. Singh is amazing!

*does some digging* Ah yes, I did one of these with the narrator. #3 to be precise. I read over my review really quickly and I do remember liking the narrator a lot. However, you can’t go wrong! Reading or audio…Singh is good. I love her characters and her worlds. 

True true, I like her contemporary romances and her paranormal romances.  I can’t wait for her next psy book to come out. She is just always good.

I’m still playing catch-up with some of her paranormals. But she is good. This was good. And I love how she is willing to do different locations and whatnot. Like this is set in NZ. How often do we get NZ romances? 

tIt feels so refreshing, even if she is just like everyone else writing about what she knows - Well some do cave and write something boring set in NY ;) I really like the NZ aspect and rugby. And her pnr, I have not read all, but I am up to date with her latest.

Yess and I don’t recall ever reading a sports romance with rugby players. Maybe some guys that may casually play with their mates and whatever but with this one,, the rugby player is a celebrity. Oh and Catie working her way to win in the Paralympics. I loved Daniel. Big heart. And Catie too.

At the back of my brain I could see him and his team doing the Haka while I was reading. I feel like I need to watch a rugby game.
And yes Daniel was just so aww, cutie! And Catie was so cool, even if she had her issues with romance. But it will always work out. I liked the ending too. Go her!

It made sense why she was all anti-romance and anti-commitment. Between her unreliable father and emotionally-unavailable mother and that crappy ex….poor girl didn’t stand a chance. She really should see a therapist.Ooooo yes that ending was perfeeeeect! 

Yes she really needed to see someone to dig through her feelings. Her parents are the worst

Yepppp. Poor thing. And then wasn’t Daniel kinda a womanizer or at least a big ol’ flirt? So I can see why she was on the fence for a bit.

You always need some drama, and this was nice drama. It never felt like she made them suffer, lol

True, true. Plus, they have known each other for YEARS, so he totally understands and gets her worries and hesitations. Love him. He is so sweet. 

It felt so natural between them, cos yes they already knew each other. I was at home with them at once.

Same here. And it wasn’t insta-love which was perfect. They had the frenemies feelings, then more friendship, then lust mixed in, and then the love. It felt natural. 

I can’t say anything bad. A good romance. That is that lol

Indeed! It was a good romance. You really don’t have to read the other 3 but I would say at least read book 3. It was a nice stand-alone, but we do see the other couples and there are some references. 

I’d say perfect stand-alone, but if you want to know more and wonder about their family, the yes just read them all :D

The others are good too. I would highly recommend this series to romance lovers. 

Go read them :)
Oh and LISTEN!!! The audio is great

You can’t go wrong! Audio and reading…all great options!! I hope there is a book 5…doubtful bc I have no idea what couple would be next. 

Hmm, maybe one of her friends, his friends?

Was her bestie single? I can’t remember! She was a good egg and I would like to learn more about her. 

The end?

We shall see I guess! *fingers crossed* And yesss, the end. :) 

About the Authors
Carole and Blodeuedd have been blogging for a long while now. The last few years the epic duo has been discussing books, watching movies, and even wetting the pen and sharing their stories with the worldwide web. They both love cats, chocolate, and a good story.

Friday, 6 May 2022

Review: My year of rest and relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh


Format: 289 pages, Paperback

Published: June 25, 2019 by Penguin Books



Ok so this book was really weird, and I finished it a way cos I was home. 

The narrator of the book has taken a year of rest and relaxation. Her parents are dead, she was in a bad relationship, and now she has found a really bad shrink that gives her every pill imaginable. She mixes them together, she has blackouts for days and she sleeps. She sleeps days away. She watches movies.

A really weird book, because not much happen. She does have one friend that comes by now and then and tries to get her out. She thinks about her ex and calls him. 

It was an exploration into misery, and I could not stop reading

From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman’s efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes.

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn’t she? She’s young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers.

Thursday, 5 May 2022

Audio: Where dreams begin

Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor

Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins

Release date: 04-19-22

Publisher: HarperAudio

Historical romance

To review

Widow meets a no good rakish businessman, and ultimately falls in love.

Holly loved her husband and mourns him still after 3 years. But she also wants something more now than to live under her inlaws roof.

Zach grew up poor, fought his way to the top, is ruthless in business, and wants to be a part of the ton. But the ton only like their own kind.

They meet, he is smitten. But he is also a no good rake, and hey, single and enjoying the good life. Who am I to tell him not to sleep with ladies of the night. The man has issues and it takes him a long time to realise who he wants, and then he stops.

He has his demons, she has her own, but they get their in the end.

Drama, romance and a proposition you can't say no to

I have listened to Landor many times before, and I always enjoy her narrations of historical romance. She does it well with a feel of the era

Zachary Bronson has built an empire of wealth and power. Now he is seeking a wife to help secure his position in the ton . . . as well as warm his bed in private. But not just any woman will do for one of London's most notorious rakes. When he meets Lady Holly Taylor, he surrenders to the temptation to take her in his arms and kiss her. Yet he's pleasantly surprised to discover her fierce passions match his own.

Lady Holly Taylor is destined to spend her life playing by society's rules even when they go against her bolder instincts. But Zachary's kiss arouses her, and though his shocking offer doesn't include marriage, she is compelled to risk everything for the most forbidden passion.

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Book Tour review: Bloomsbury girls by Natalie Jenner


Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Publisher: ‎St. Martin's Press (May 17, 2022)

Length: (368) pages

To review

This book does connect to the Jane Austen society via Evie Stone who was in that one. Now she has finished uni, specializing in women's lit and will get a book at a bookstore cataloging rare books.

Vivien works at Bloomsbury books. She wants more, but it is always the men who gets a promotion in this world. So she spends most of the time being enemies with Alec who also works there. She also dreams of being a writer

Grace got a job at the bookstore since her husband came back from the war changed. Grace was so normal, she struggled, and her story, aye at the end I was happy.

And then there was Evie, who is also figuring out a literary mystery.

There is some romance for all of them, but just because there is romance does not mean they all will get their happily ever afters. Romance is not everything a woman might want after all. There are also other things just as important. What they chose in the end is for you to see.

Famous authors, and other personalities of the era shows up and brings some drama. An interesting story centered around a bookstore, change is coming.

I liked the different povs because they all brought something different.

Good narration. She has distinct voices for everyone and you always knew where you had them all. It was a good book to listen to.

Listen to a excerpt

Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare book store that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager's unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:

Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiance was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances - most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.

Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she's been working to support the family following her husband's breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.

Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she's working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.

As they interact with various literary figures of the time - Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others - these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.








Natalie Jenner is the author of the instant international bestseller The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls. A Goodreads Choice Award runner-up for historical fiction and finalist for best debut novel, The Jane Austen Society was a USA Today and #1 national bestseller and has been sold for translation in twenty countries. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs. Visit her website to learn more.


Tuesday, 3 May 2022




Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.

5/3/2022 How do you feel when everyone loves a book except for you? 

Like I missed something. Like everyone else is in on a secret I do not know. Then I realise there is not a single book in the entire world that everyone loves. We are all different

But yes of course I still want to see and feel what everyone else is feeling. But that is life

5/10/2022 What are the books/authors you pick up when you need a comfy read?

5/17/2022 How long have you been blogging? And has your blog changed over time?

5/24/2022 Do you review every book you read? Why or why not? 

5/31/2022 Do you request ARCs? Why or why not?

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.

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Monday, 2 May 2022

Best of April


Happy May everyone!

Here are our best for last month!

Best Book of the Month:

"I enjoyed this one the most this month. Humour, action and romance."

"The mystery and the romance...all tantalizing! Loving this world and these characters."

Best Movie of the Month:

"Way better than I expected!"

"Best movie. So good."

Best TV show of the Month:

Blodeuedd - Min Historiske Pojkvän
"I watched this hilarious Swedish humour series about a woman who went back in time to see if dating was better then. It was not. So she tried it 6 times."

"I am also watching Moon Knight, it is amaaaazing."

"Decided to try this show again now that I'm an adult...and I'm loving it!!!!!!!!!"

Best Cover of the Month:

Blodeuedd's fave!
"This random cover that has nothing at all to do with the book"

Carole's fave!
"It looks simple...but really looking at it there is a lot going on. The colors are fun too!"

Friday, 29 April 2022

Audio: Birds of California - Katie Cotugno

Narrated by: Julia Whelan

Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins

Release date: 04-26-22

Publisher: HarperAudio


To review

Fiona was a famous child star actor, and then she went off the rails. Years of crazy stunts until she disappeared from the public eye. But now they want a reboot of her old show and for her to star.

Sam is famous for his good looks, always a woman near and then he looses his show and needs money. Yes that reboot of his old ones does sound good. But how to make Fiona come onboard?

Fiona was just not running wild, there was something else too. We do learn what, but I would also have liked to learn the aftermath of it all. Fiona and Sam reconnect, and yes there is some romance too when they both realise there is something more.

I liked it. They both had their issues one way or other. It was more than a romance, it was truly about them too.

Good narration. I easily fell into the story. I have listened to one book by her before and she is a good at what she does.

Former child actor Fiona St. James dropped out of the spotlight after a spectacularly public crash and burn. The tabloids called her crazy and self-destructive and said she'd lost her mind. Now in her late twenties, Fiona believes her humiliating past is firmly behind her. She's finally regained a modicum of privacy, and she won't let anything--or anyone--mess it up.

Unlike Fiona, Sam Fox, who played her older brother on the popular television show Birds of California, loves the perks that come with being a successful Hollywood actor: fame, women, parties, money. When his current show gets cancelled and his agent starts to avoid his calls, the desperate actor enthusiastically signs on for a Birds of California revival. But to make it happen, he needs Fiona St. James. Against her better judgment, Fiona agrees to have lunch with Sam. What happens next takes them both by surprise. Sam is enthralled by Fiona's take-no-prisoners attitude, and Fiona discovers a lovable goofball behind Sam's close-up-ready face. Long drives to the beach, late nights at dive bars . . . theirs is the kind of kitschy romance Hollywood sells. But just like in the rom-coms Fiona despises, there's a twist that threatens her new love. Sam doesn't know the full story behind her breakdown. What happens when she reveals the truth?

Thursday, 28 April 2022

The quicksilver court

Series: Rooks and Ruin (#2)

Format: 480 pages

Published: October 12, 2021 by Orbit



This has taken me a month to get through, I just could not be bothered.

I did not care for anyone.

Demons? Who cares, I mean as little as I seem to care this time around maybe the demons should just eat everyone.

Sigh, no, I will not be reading book 3.

Ryxander, Warden of Gloamingard, has failed. Unsealed by her blood, the Door hidden within the black tower has opened. Now, for the first time since the age of the Graces, demons walk the world. As tensions grow between nations, all eyes-and daggers are set on Morgrain, fallen under the Demon of Discord's control. In an attempt to save her home from destruction, Ryx and the Rookery set out to find a powerful artifact. But powerful enemies are on the hunt and they're closing in fast.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Audio: The wedding crasher

Narrated by: Rebecca Mozo, Alastair Haynesbridge

Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins

Release date: 04-05-22

Publisher: HarperAudio

Contemporary romance

To review

Solange hears something, and then she crashes a wedding. She does not want to, but she can't just stand at the side.

Dean was getting married, and then he was not. Oh Dean, he had it all planned. A partnership with someone who valued the same things as he did. Love was not a part of it.

No wedding. But still they meet again, one of my favorite premises. A fake relationship. He needs one for work and she does owe him.

He does not want love, she wants someone who will be all in. They are all wrong with each other, and totally right at the same time.

They both need to learn to take a leap of faith and let go. There is some drama, romance, and one guy who needs a kick in the nuts. Oh that guy was the worst.

I enjoyed it. There was always something going on and I was rooting for them to see sense.

Two narrators, both I think new to me. They worked well with their chapters, his and hers. It flowed well into each other

Just weeks away from ditching DC for greener pastures, Solange Pereira is roped into helping her wedding planner cousin on a random couple’s big day. It’s an easy gig... until Solange stumbles upon a situation that convinces her the pair isn’t meant to be. What’s a true-blue romantic to do? Crash the wedding, of course. And ensure the unsuspecting groom doesn’t make the biggest mistake of his life.

Dean Chapman had his future all mapped out. He was about to check off “start a family” and on track to “make partner” when his modern day marriage of convenience went up in smoke. Then he learns he might not land an assignment that could be his ticket to a promotion unless he has a significant other and, in a moment of panic, Dean claims to be in love with the woman who crashed his wedding. Oops.

Now Dean has a whole new item on his to-do list: beg Solange to be his pretend girlfriend. Solange feels a tiny bit bad about ruining Dean’s wedding, so she agrees to play along. Yet as they fake-date their way around town, what started as a performance for Dean’s colleagues turns into a connection that neither he nor Solange can deny. Their entire romance is a sham... there’s no way these polar opposites could fall in love for real, right?


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