Stained by Elizabeth Marx, an excerpt

 
“Is that why you were living in the same city as me and you never came to see me?” I asked a little bit more accusatorially than I meant to. “Why didn’t Mandy call me or come to see me?”
 
His jaw seemed to harden as he looked over the top of his sunglasses. “Do you want to know about me or Mandy?”
 
I rolled my eyes. “You know what I mean.”
 
“Maybe I was just admiring you from afar as I always have.” Revell merged onto the highway in the direction of Crossroads.
 
I snorted. “What’s Mandy’s excuse?”
 
Revell took one hand off the steering wheel and rubbed the back of his neck. “She took Daddy’s death hard and she’s been busy with school there.”
 
“So for some reason, which you won’t explain to me, one of few people I consider a true and loyal friend came to live in my home town and she didn’t even want to see me?”
 
Revell sighed. “Since you didn’t come here when Daddy died, maybe she thought your friendship was over.”
 
“Is that what you thought? That our friendship was over?”
 
“We weren’t friends, Scarlett, don’t fool yourself into believing that!”
 
“Then I’d like to know what we were?” I countered angrily.
 
He wouldn’t look at me, and his voice was rough and tense when he spoke. “You knew I’ve wanted you in every way a man can want a woman since you were fifteen.”
 
“Friendship is better than nothing, especially when what you wanted to happen between us was completely inappropriate.”
“It was only wrong if it was one sided or if I’d acted on it when you were under age.”
 
“The summer I was fifteen and Mamaw found us in the deer stand you came pretty close to you going to jail.”
 
“The age of consent in Alabama is bit lower than it is up North.”
 
“You were twenty, it was a crush on an older man on my part. What was it on your part?”
 
Revell paused, turned, and looked me up and down. “It was I’m going to rot in hell because I want a minor or I’m going to die a slow death because I don’t believe I can live without her.”
 
I grumbled in disbelief, “And yet here you are perfectly healthy and happy.”
 
“You were the one who just said that I don’t smile the way I used to.”
 
I moved away from his ire closer to the door. “Are you blaming me?”
 
“I’m not blaming anyone, I’m just trying to tell you how I feel because you wouldn’t let me tell you back then, and you never came back to let me explain how it was.” Revell sighed. “Why didn’t you come when I wrote you?”
“I couldn’t.”
 
“Couldn’t or wouldn’t?”
 
“Couldn’t, Revell, couldn’t.”

 

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About the Author: Windy City writer, Elizabeth Marx, brings cosmopolitan life alive in her fiction—a blend of romance, fast-paced Chicago living, and a sprinkle of magical realism. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs. She grew up in the city, has traveled extensively, and still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.
 

 
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Abel – 5th Street #4

Abel

Coming off the worst divorce in the history of marriages, Nellie Gamboa’s looking to let loose and make up for years of neglect. When months of building sexual tension between her and the young hot boxing stud, Abel Ayala, finally peak, she makes him an offer no man would refuse.

No promises. No demands. Just pure unrestrained passion.

Abel’s training for the biggest fight of his career. He has no time for a social life, much less a relationship. So this arrangement couldn’t be more perfect. A beautiful woman asking him to help her alleviate her neglected desires—no strings attached. What more can he ask for?

As the lines between lust and something much deeper, begin to blur, Abel finds himself in an even bigger fight.

The fight to regain control of his now demanding heart


*Fanning myself*

Elizabeth Reyes did it again. I mean really, was there ever really any doubt?

Abel Ayala is Hot Hot Hot. His body – oh man! I mean he has to be fit – he is about to face the biggest fight of his life to try and take the Heavyweight title. He is so intense that he needs to blow of a bit of steam. When this is offered to him on a plate by Nellie Gamboa – well how could the man refuse. Just out the other side of the divorce from hell, Nellie has shaped up and reinvented herself. She wants to loosen up and reckons a no strings attached, hot sex affair with Abel will help her do just that. Their respective best friends Roni and Noah are up in a heap. They don’t believe they can do this without one of them getting hurt and fear what that will do the their friendships and the group dynamic.

Both Nellie and Abel are at pains to tell them they are cool with this arrangement. So when pictures show up in the tabloids with several women hanging out of Abel and Nellie has a couple of dates and Abel see’s her kiss someone else, its all cool. Right?

Haha yeah whatever!! Sparks are gonna fly and you are gonna want to be around to watch the fireworks!! With Abel meant to concentrating and keeping his head in the game how is he gonna cope when some serious shit hits the fan?

This has to be Elizabeth Reyes best book since…. well her last book. I first read Forever Mine, the first book in the Moreno Brothers Series way back last year and loved it. Then I read the second one and that was my new favourite. Well it has gone on like that ever since. Elizabeth is the Queen of angst and romance, she really is. If you have ever read one of her books, well I am confident in saying if you have read one you have read them all, I am pretty sure you will agree.

I was biting down on my fist at one stage in this book saying “no, no, no Nellie don’t do it” I was that caught up in it. Did she do it? She just might have – I guess you will just have to read it and find out.

Unputdownable. Thats what this book is. I only started it yesterday afternoon and finished it about an hour ago. The only problem is now we have to wait for the next one. Before we get Felix’s story though we get Brandon’s. Remember Brandon? He was in love with Sofie way back in Sweet Sofie, which don’t get me wrong I am dying to read but I haven’t had enough of my 5th Street boys yet. God I would love to live inside Elizabeth Reyes’ head.

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The Rocker That Holds Me – The Rocker Series #1

I signed up for a Blog Tour happening from August 24th. I received the ARC the other day and as I was carrying out author and character interviews and they had to be submitted today so I attempted to get down to business. In true Tanya style I realised that this was the third book in a series. The fabulous girls over at TheSubClubBooks (the first blog I followed when I started all of this) said it was ok that it could be read as a stand alone. I already hopped on and bought Terri Anne Browning‘s The Rocker That Holds Me (not available of Kobo 😦 had to read on my phone) and The Rocker That Savours Me. Well what I didn’t realise is that I was in for such a treat. With a day and a half to read all three I decided to get stuck in…

The Rocker That Holds Me

The rocker that hold me

Touring with four rockers is the thing of dreams…

At least that is what people tell me. To me those four rockers are my family. They have watched over me from the time I was five years old. Protecting me from my mother and her drunken, drug addict rages. When they made it big they still watched over me. And when my monster of a mother died they took over as my guardians.

In the six years since that happened I have watched over the four men that
mean everything to me. I take care of them just as they once took care of me. I handle all the dirty work behind the scenes of a rockers life. It isn’t always pretty. At times it came be damn near disgusting, especially when I have to get rid of their one night stands. Ugh!

Taking care of them doesn’t bother me though. I mean it’s not like I’m in love with one of them. That would be crazy. Falling for a rocker is NOT smart.

Okay, so I’m not smart. I love my guys, and one of them kind of holds my heart in his big old rocker hand. But I’m dealing. I’ve been able to keep it my little secret for years now.
I’m not, however, dealing with this bug that I seem to have caught. It scares the hell out of me. I hate doctors, but I’m suddenly more worried about finding out what is wrong with me than what the doctor might do to me.

When I get my test results back my life will never be the same again…

Emmie has been through some shit in her life. A mother who was a junkie, whore and all round bitch. I could think of a better word but I’m a lady 😉 She was very lucky when she was growing up to have Nik, Jesse, Drake and Shane there to look after her. They couldn’t stop what was happening to her but they would make sure to make sure she was OK afterwards, to feed and clothe her and make sure none of her wounds became infected. It wasn’t often a group of teenaged lads would look after a little girl. If they called someone she would be lost in the system. It was better to live in an ongoing nightmare than to be sent to hell.

Years later and the bitch is dead. The boys are famous rock stars and take Emmie under their wing. SHe goes on tour with the boys and although the band has a manager, she is the personal manager. They want it, she gets it. She makes sure they have everything they could possibly need. She even goes so far as to get rid of their skanks the next day.

Don’t get me wrong, she does this out of love not for money and not for the glamour that’s for damn sure. They boys or ‘my guys’ as she refers to them look after her too. These big burly rock stars turn into pussy cats in her presence. They would do anything for her ans her for them.

So when Emmie gets sick and is rushed to hospital the shit is about to hit the fan. When they find out what is wrong with her the whole band dynamic shifts and two people’s lives are going to change forever.

Loved Loved Loved this book. Its short, more of a novella. It, however, still manages to pack a punch. You will actually get so caught up in it you will even start to feel nervous, sick and even the joy of the characters. This isn’t the first book I have read about rock stars, in fact it is becoming a bit of a habit! I love it, I love reading about the life on the road, the lifestyle of the rockers and even finding out that there is much more to them that what we read in the papers!

If you like the books with a more explicit content this is definitely one for you! It costs less that a bag of chips! (fries if you are in the US lol). You may as well buy book 2 while you are at it. You will want to dive right in!!

Learning to Love

Learning to love

Widower, Dr David Adams, has recently moved to the village – where no one knows him, ergo there’s no fuel for neighbourhood gossip – to start afresh with is ten year old son, if only he can get to a place where his son wants to speak to him. Angry and withdrawn, Jake blames his dad for the death of his mother, and David doesn’t know how to reach him.

Andrea Kelly has too many balls in the air. With three children and a “nuts” mother to care for, her fiancé can’t fathom why she wants to throw something else into the mix and change her career. Surely she already has too much on her plate? Because her plates are skew-whiff and her balls are dropping off all over the place, Andrea points out. She needs to make changes. Still her fiancé, who has a hidden agenda, is dead-set against it.

When Andrea’s house burns mysteriously to the ground and Andrea and her entourage are forced to move in with the enigmatic Dr Adams, however, the village drums soon start beating, fuel aplenty when it turns out someone does know him – the woman carrying his baby.(

Truth, lies, deception, love, hate, anger and joy – they are all there in Sheryl Browne‘s Learning to Love. In fact I am not sure there is an emotion that isn’t covered.

A little boy has lost him mum and his relationship with his father is at an all time low. He blames his dad for bailing out when his mum was sick – who could blame him. David – the dad, couldn’t come to terms with the decision his ill wife had made and life being the bitch that she is – meant he didn’t have time to rectify the mistakes he had made. Now he had to live with the consequences.

Across the road we have Andrea who is fighting to find a little bit of herself after years of raising her children and now caring for her mother who is going senile. Or is she? Her partner and soon to be fiancé is doing his damnedest to have her mother sent to a nursing home, a plan that Andrea is vehemently against. Just why is he so eager?

Sophie and Ryan are your typical teenagers, at each others throats and winding each other up with almost every word that comes out of their mouths. Chloe is the baby of the family, loved by everyone bringing joy to each character in the story. Dee the ‘senile’ mother is maybe not just as dotty as she appears and really brings about some comic relief.

Finally we have Sally. After splitting up with her husband cos he can’t keep it in his pants she is feeling lonely. Hasn’t she heard the mistress’ curse – how you win him is how you will lose him? She has her eyes set on Dr David Adams and she will do whatever it takes to get him.

So many parts of this story I could relate to. Grief is a terrible thing and it can make people act out and behave in ways that are extremely unlike their character. As can fear. The things people will do out of fear and desperation can shock us to our cores. Reading this story will remind us that we never really do know what is going on behind closed doors. While you are on the outside looking in everything looks happy and problem free. Hell the people on the inside might not even see what is going on. Never mind reading fiction – we only have to watch the news to see that.

It didn’t take me long to read Learning to Love, Sheryl Browne has written it so wonderfully that it proved very hard to put down. I was in the car on a four hour journey when my reader died. I almost cried. I am sure I was sitting there, bottom lip stuck out like a pouting teenager sulking. Lightbulb moment!!! I had my laptop with me and I had the book downloaded on to it. So there I was sitting with the laptop reading with my reader hanging out of it charging. Where there is a will there is a way!

I suppose I read the book over the course of Saturday and a small bit on Sunday morning, I had gone home for the weekend and hadn’t seen my family since last December. To say they were giving out to me for having my head stuck in a book the whole time was an understatement. The book is just that good. You know when you say, “I’ll just finish this chapter” cos that feels like a stopping point, you can’t stop reading mid chapter. Then you start into the next one without even thinking about it. That was me with Learning to Love. I was lost in the story. Sheryl Browne brought together all these individuals and tied them nicely together. It was fluid – nothing felt forced or that there were bits being left out. It was completely natural. Also things were over romanticised or exaggerated, this was a story about real life with real life thoughts and feelings.

The only thing that disappointed me about Learning to Love was that there was no epilogue. Call me pernickity but I feel like I have to have an epilogue or the story doesn’t feel complete. So maybe? Just maybe…

Twitter to the rescue. I asked Sheryl on twitter “Is that the end of their story” to which she replied “It’s only the beginning” which resulted in a “whoop whoop” reply from me! So Sheryl I will forgive the epilogue just this once in trade of another book!!

I highly recommend this book folks, just remember all may not be what it seems!

To find out more about Sheryl click HERE

Nominated!!

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Wahey!!

The nominations for the blog awards came out today. I go over to Blog Awards Ireland for a little look and would you credit it, there I am. After the Final Chapters is nominated in the Best Arts and Culture blog. Little happy dance there for me! Thrilled to bits. As I am checking out the rest of the categories I scroll through the nominations for the best Lifestyle blog. There I find a name I recognise. Me again. This time though it is my other blog, Tales of a Synner following my long and only semi successful weight loss journey. What can I say – I love food.

So thanks to all of those who nominated me – I am tickled pink!

Sophie’s Turn

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Slapper? Slut? Adulteress? Sophie Penhalligan’s life and moral universe is turned upside down when rock star Dan proposes to her in full knowledge that she is already engaged. She has always loved Dan, in a remote-crush kind of way. She thinks she loves her fiancé, Tim. What is she to do?

It’s all happening because her past has come to tempt her. Nine years ago, she met her teenage idol and rock star extraordinaire, Dan Hunter, up close and personal. Well, almost!

Now Dan has crash-landed back in her life just as Sophie is happily embroiled in a relationship with Tim, her boyfriend of two years. Until recently, she was confident Tim would eventually propose. But while his persistent inaction is beginning to cast a cloud over their relationship, Dan’s sudden reappearance poses a whole new dilemma.

Having accompanied Dan’s band to Paris, Sophie suddenly finds herself engaged to Dan while her erstwhile fiancé Tim is… well, doing whatever it is Tim does back in London. Torn between the dream-come-true and the sensible-thing-to-do, Sophie concludes her inadvertent journey of self-discovery with an ending that surprises herself, and everyone around her.

Sophie’s Turn is a glamorous contemporary fairy tale that will make chick-lit and romance lovers laugh, cry and rock along every step of the way

Sophie’s Turn is the first installment of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy. In this story Nicky Wells is taking Sophie Penhallighan, your regular girl next door and throwing her together with her hero. The man she had idolised since her teenage years. Now nearly 30 she can do all those things that she wouldn’t / couldn’t so with him when she had the chance all those years ago. Does she? Hell yes! The only problem with this is that she has a fiancé waiting at home for her! Whats a girl to do?

Sophie’s Turn is a really enjoyable story. I was thinking last night just before finishing it that if you took S.C Stephens Thoughtless and Olivia Cunnings Sinners on Tour and combined them and then took out the erotic then you would be along the right lines. That is no mean feat. I adore both those series of books.

It’s funny that when you are reading the book you can’t help rooting for the rockstar, Dan Hunter, and at the same time thinking the fiancé, Tim Renfrew, is a bit of a knob. It’s not that he does anything wrong as such but he is a bit of a bore. You want Sophie to throw caution to the wind and have the time of her life with her rock star – something the rest of us could only ever dream of. Ever fibre of your being knows she is wrong for doing it. You don’t screw around on your fiancé, but then if they were the right fit she wouldn’t entertain the idea in the first place. Or maybe she just needs to get the guy out of her system. Over and over again 😉 He had said to her “What goes on tour stays on tour” Then Dan only goes and proposes in the most romantic of ways and the most exquisite of rings.

So who does she choose? The rock star or the accountant? The glitz and glam of life on the road with Dan or a life spent with Tim moulding her into the perfect wife? She might even end up doing one of them a favour. I guess you will just have to read and find out!

As I said I really enjoyed reading Spohie’s Turn and I am glad her story isn’t even nearly over. I am lucky enough that I have the next two books in my possession and I cannot wait to see where else Nicky Wells is going to take her. I am literally counting the days until I can get stuck into Sophie’s choice, it will be burning a hole in my reader. Damn reading schedule!

Aimée Duffy – The Interview

I am delighted today to post an interview with Aimée Duffy. You will see Aimée has popped up a few times lately on the blog, between my review of Sinfully Summer and guest reviewing books from the Paranormal genre.

I hope you enjoy reading this one as much as I did.

Aimee Duffy

Who is Aimee Duffy?

I’m not a fan of this question. Makes me feel like I’m at some kind of self-help meeting, standing up in front of strangers getting ready to confess every sin I’ve ever committed (because I get nervous and end up spilling it all). But I’m just me really. I work as a paralegal, write and other than having occasional quick wit I’m really very uninteresting.

Tell us a little about your books?

My books, if you start at The Monster of Fame and work your way along to What’s a Girl to Do?, are a journey of me shedding behind my embarrassment when writing the smexy stuff. Other than that, I like to keep it as fun as possible, throw in some emotion and hope to hook folks in.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

For as long as I can remember. I’ve always created stories, and the writing part of English was my favourite.

Did you ever feel like giving up?

Yup, and not just in the past either. There are so many hurdles in this gig and when you trip over a few it’s hard to get back up. But I can’t not get up, it’s in my blood and bones now. I’m so screwed.

Where does the inspiration come from for your books?

Anywhere and everywhere but mostly my bonkers imagination. I’ve been inspired by TV shows. The Price of Fame series is set around a reality singing competition not unlike the XFactor or the Voice. Plus celeb gossip magazines spur some ideas. Like the relationship with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison. I watched Twilight, and wondered what an off-screen relationship would be like with characters who were supposed to be in love on screen. That’s when Isle of Sensuality was born.

Your next book is from the Erotic genre, did to require much research 😉 ?

*Blushes*. Okay, maybe I’m not over that bit lol. Not for book 1, though I may have to for book 2 since it ups the kinky. Though my friends happily chat away about their 50 esq sex lives so shouldn’t be too hard to find out what it’s all like so I can get it right ;o)

Do you get embarrassed at the thought of your family reading an erotic book that you have written?

I used to. Not so much anymore. In fact, my mum gets very embarrassed but she can’t put them down, and I just have to tease her about that!

What is your favourite Genre to read?

It’s a toss-up between paranormal and horror. Both can terrify me, but that’s good for the soul isn’t it?

Do you have one book above all others that you love?

Well, yes. Every time I read a new book I feel that way. I’m drawn to deep emotional stories that make me feel, which is why I always go back to romance. My favourite storyteller is also a good friend. Michelle Smart’s books are real, dark, gritty, sexy and emotive. I honestly haven’t read one I could put down before the end.

Now I know you love Paranormal as you Guest Review them for me, what is it about the Paranormal books that you love so much?

There’s more escapism in paranormal worlds. Contemporary romance is great for whisking a reader away, but with paranormal I get the dark, the gritty, that fear I hate and love so much, and still get the swept away feeling. Though I prefer the darker books, where I’m dragged down into realities I couldn’t possibly dream up on my own. Like with Lindsay J. Pryor’s Blackthorn, or Pamela Palmers’ Vampire City.

When was the last time you were insulted?

As a writer, I try not to take criticism as insults. Or bad reviews. People are entitled to their opinions and if they didn’t like my book I don’t get offended anymore. Or try really hard not to. Instead I look at the criticism objectively and see if there is anything I can take from it moving forward.

If you were invisible for a day would you use the powers for good or evil?

Definitely evil. I’d be off to the local rugby club for some peeping Tom action (all in the name of research of course). Then I’d probably go and haunt my teenage brother, knowing if he had the chance he’d do the same to me. I know, I’m a big kid.

If you could be a fly on the wall ANYWHERE where would it be?

Hmmm, I’ve no idea. Invisibility covered the rugby club. Plus I’m a strong believer in not knowing too much, so going to 10 Downing Street to her what the big guy’s got planned is out. I’d probably worry myself sick after.

You could be with any man you wanted just for a night – who is it?

Just one (on the man and the night)? That’s not a fair question. Okay, I’d sneak into Incy Black’s home, steal Ian Somerhalder, and get the hell out of dodge.

What is the best advice you were ever given?

This wasn’t given directly to me, but Incy Black is a lady I’d call a friend (apart from the Ian-napping) and she is just a fountain of good advice. As well as being funny, the quote below is also very true. Publishing isn’t always pretty, and criticism can feel this bad, but she’s right, you have to survive. There’s nothing else for it.
“Bite down hard, and assume the position – because as sure as water’s wet, you are going to get your arse spanked with a nail studded paddle, and yes, it is going to hurt. Expect criticism, sometimes kind, sometimes downright cruel. Survive by taking what you want from the thrashing then, with all the dignity you can muster, pro-offer the other cheek.”

Quickfire

Bacon or Sausage (keep it clean lol)
Sausage ;o)
Potatoes or Chips
Tatties
Beer or Wine
Beer. One glass of wine and I’m anybody’s!
Night owl or Early bird
Both, which explains the dark circles concealer struggles to cover.
City or Country
City
And finally..
Top or Bottom
Depends how knackered I am

Aimée’s latest book – Sinfully Summer is on summer sale now for the ridiculous price of €0.99 on both Kindle and Kobo

Lost and Profound

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Rebecca Trovatelli thought for sure she’d be in a better place when she reached her 30s. Yet here it is, her 33rd birthday, and she is only doing well at one thing: waiting. Waiting for her career to finally go in the direction she wants. Waiting for her children to finally listen to her. Waiting for the love of her life to realize he’s ready to commit. In the meantime, she is haphazardly navigating the trenches at preschool, and trying to win over the mothers who seem so much better equipped to parent than she is. She is also making a conscious effort not to compare herself to her seemingly perfect friend whose life she mainly follows via a blog, and attempting to be happy for her ex-husband, by all outward appearances, has successfully moved on and started a new life.

Then Josh enters the picture. He’s handsome and sweet. Her kids love him. Her parents approve. He takes her out and actually seems to want to be in an exclusive relationship. Suddenly, things are looking up for Rebecca, but by now she should know not to expect it to last for long. When things start to get complicated, Rebecca must reevaluate her life, her friends, and the choices she has made. And in doing so, she might just figure out what matters most.

OK So I have to tell you that Lost and Profound was at a bit of a disadvantage today. You see I read the blurbs of not one but four of my upcoming reads last night. Then I decided I was going to start with Summer Felix’s Lost and Profound. I ‘remembered’ what it was about and started reading it. I was about 50 pages in and was thinking “when is the doctor coming into it?” Then about 80 pages in I thought “this is going to be so rushed”. I had about 20 pages left of the book and I don’t mind telling you that I was thoroughly confused. I looked at the time and realised I had read well over my allocated time (sign of a good book!) and my hubby would be home in an hour with the house looking like a bomb had gone off. So there I am standing elbow deep in bubbles washing the dishes and suddenly said out loud “Tanya you are one stupid bitch!”. The blurb I had read was for one of the other books on my list this week. Priceless

So bar being a bit dazed and confused, which at times made me feel a bit disconnected from the story, I did really enjoy the book. I always enjoy a book that is in diary format – which this is by the way.

It greatly portrays how we women tend to think and over-think things. I actually saw a bit of myself in Rebecca when she would make a decision and then say or maybe it’s… or maybe…. In fact it drives my husband bananas. Its a really easy read, I read about twenty pages last night and then read the rest this morning. Its more a novella than a novel. It is that kind of easy reading book that you just don’t see the time passing while you are reading – as I pointed out above. You could take it to the beach, read it on the plane or anywhere really. Nice and light it requires no thought or possesses no complicated story lines that you have to concentrate on.

Lost and Profound is the perfect summer read; short, easy reading and very humorous. I found myself giggling my way through from start to finish. So even with all my issues I enjoyed and would recommend it!

Coco’s Secret

Coco's Secret

Coco Swan has always been embarrassed by her name.

With a name like Coco, she thinks people expect her to be as exotic and glamorous as the famous designer, not an ordinary-looking small-town antiques dealer who could win an award for living cautiously.

But when a vintage Chanel handbag turns up in a box of worthless bric-a-brac, Coco’s quiet world is turned upside down. Where did it come from? And is it just coincidence that it’s the same bag Coco’s late mother always wanted for her?

When Coco discovers a mysterious, decades-old letter hidden in the bag’s lining, she sets off on a quest to piece together the story behind it, stumbling across secrets that span three generations as she goes.

Could the beautiful Chanel bag be about to teach Coco more than she wants to learn? Or will it show her just where her heart can take her if she lets it lead the way?

Coco’s Secret is the 6th novel from Niamh Greene. Again it is to my shame that I write that this is the first one that I have read. It seems in the 5 years or so that I hadn’t been a dedicated reader that I missed out on alot of gems. I am very glad however that I found this one.

Coco’s Secret is a great story set on a very solid foundation. I expected a good story an emotional one even but what I did not expect however was a funny one. It’s amazing how all these emotions were packed into this one tale but they were. The humour wasn’t forced or obvious if you like, it was natural. All part of the thoughts or conversations of the characters in the book. As I have said in the past I am not a fan of comedy but I wouldn’t peg this as comedy, just funny.

I enjoyed Coco’s secret immensely. From laughing (and hurting my sides cos I had just been busted up in the gym) to fighting the tears in my eyes to cooking the dinner with one hand while holding the book in the other (I have to feed the children occasionally) , I just couldn’t put it down. I would love to see what happens in Coco’s future…

Coco’s secret is out on August 19th and I cannot urge you stringly enough to pick up a copy!

As for me I will be picking up Niamh Greene’s other 5 books.

Happy reading

OK I know this is a book blog but….

So it is not big secret to anyone out there that Colleen Hoover is one of my favourite authors in the world. Losing Hope is my number one book. EVER. I don’t see that changing. EVER.

Have you had a look at the cover of Losing Hope. Isn’t that just a damn fine specimen gracing the cover. You probably already know that the name attached to said damn fine specimen is Griffin Peterson. You probably already know he was on American Idol season 12. I didn’t. You know, being stuck over here in that patch of grass known as Ireland and all that. Also having my head stuck in a book and not watching much telly didn’t help. Well I must agree with the masses – that boy can sing!

Two days ago he released two singles. Getaway and Makes Me Hold On To You, well let me tell you he can be my getaway and hold on to me anytime he likes! Anyways..several times today his face has popped up in front of me – not that I am complaining so I said feck it I will get them now. Off i trotted over to iTunes and bought them both. BARGAINS at .99c each. Let me tell you ladies – he sounds every bit as good as he looks!

I was also catching up on CoHo’s (thanks to JR Lewis for coining that btw) blog earlier and saw that Hopeless and Losing Hope had both been optioned. Cue one of the many happy dances I happened to perform in my kitchen today. The thought struck me, the boy looks good, sounds good but I hope to God he can act. I can’t imagine Holder fans settling for anything less than…well Holder 🙂

Go get your copy of Griffins Singles; Getaway and Makes Me Hold On To You You won’t regret it.

And just for those of you that would like a not so sneaky reminder..

Losing Hope