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Blog Tour – ‘Danger, Sweetheart’ by MaryJanice Davidson

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‘Danger, Sweetheart’, the first book in a new contemporary series is out today in paperback, published by Piatkus.  I am one of a number of book bloggers taking part in this blog tour.  Read on for my review followed by an extract.

Blake Tarbell doesn’t realise it but he’s about to get a taste of country life.  Rich, carefree and used to the Vegas party lifestyle, Blake is thrown for a curve when his former cocktail-waitress mother pleads that he goes back to her roots to save the town she grew up in.  Arriving in Sweetheart, North Dakota, Blake finds himself staying and working at Heartbreak Farm.  Life there is very different.  For a start off he has to trade in his expensive shoes for a pair of cowboy boots and wear clothes he’s not used to wearing.  Luckily for Blake though he’s about to get a little bit of help from the loveliest lady in town.

Natalie Lane doesn’t have time for newbies.  There’s nothing she can’t do to keep a farm up and running.  But when a handsome city-slicker arrives in town with bad farmer’s instincts and good intentions Natalie’s heartstrings are pulled.  They’re about to teach each other a thing or two.

I was interested in reading ‘Danger, Sweetheart’ as it sounded good and different.  I have to say though, it actually took me quite a while to get into the story and I found it hard going.  I also found the style of writing a bit confusing.  The point where I really started to enjoy the book was when Blake arrived at Heartbreak Farm.  That to me is when things really got interesting and started to hot up.

Blake had a twin brother called Rake and he kept referring to him as terrible in conversation, something I personally found annoying after a while.  There’s only so many times a person can repeat the same thing surely.  That said, I did like him.  He was clever, wordy and a big reader of books.  There were also some really quite funny parts like when Blake was given the task of training a pony.  The lengths he went to try and tame her were just hilarious.

There were some interesting characters; some nice, others not so nice.  I really liked Natalie even though she wasn’t being entirely honest about things.

All in all an okay read, but I’m sure other people will really enjoy ‘Danger, Sweetheart’.

I give this book 3 out of 5.

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Extract

Natalie Lane watched the rented truck cover the last half mile to Heartbreak and was not impressed. This would be the first of what promised to be weeks of awful days, and not for the first time she wondered why she didn’t give up, give in, and get lost. Follow half the town out of town. Let Sweetheart die.

Not even if he stuck a gun in my ear. Because it wasn’t the town, it was never the town, it was always the people. Well. Most of the people. Garrett Hobbes, for example, could fuck right off. The world needed more golf courses like a diabetic needed a glucose drip.

The truck passed the last gate and pulled up between the farmhouse and Barn Main. The engine quit and she could see him in the driver’s seat, moving his hands, and was he . . . ? Was he patting the steering wheel? In a well done, mighty steed way? Yes. Yes he was.

Self-congratulation must run in that family, she mused. Oh, and look at this. He remembered to kick out the ladder this time. Too bad. She’d  have loved to see him on his ass in the dirt. Again.

“It’s you!” he said as he hopped down, having the balls-out nerve to sound excited. Except where did she get off ? Before she knew who he was, she’d have been happy to see him, too. If anything, she was more pissed because she had liked him on short acquaintance. What  if he’d never seen her in her other life? When would she have found out his terrible truth? Their first date? Their first month–aversary? Their wedding night?

Wedding night? Jeez, Natalie, get a grip.

“Hello again.” He stuck out his hand, which she definitely didn’t notice was large and looked strong, especially in contrast to her own teeny paws. Nor did she notice he had big hands and, as a glance at his shoes told her, big feet, and she definitely didn’t form a theory about his dick based solely on his sizeable mitts. She also didn’t notice how his smile took years from his face, or how his pricey clothes beautifully set off those long legs and wide shoulders, that  the color of his crisp button-down shirt was the same color as his dark blue eyes, that his tan slacks

(slacks? Seriously? Slacks?)

fit like they were made for him

(of course they were; guy’s probably got a fleet of tailors stashed somewhere)

and that his swimmer’s shoulders made his waist appreciably narrow in contrast.

He was still holding out his hand, and she gave it a brief listless shake, the limp kind with the bare tips of her fingers. “You’re late.”

 

About MaryJanice Davidson

MaryJanice Davidson has written in a variety of genres, including contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotica and non-fiction. She is an internationally bestselling author and her books were translated into several languages and are available in fifteen countries. She lives in Minnesota.

 

‘Danger, Sweetheart’ is available to buy from Amazon:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Danger-Sweetheart-MaryJanice-Davidson/dp/0349412782/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462529145&sr=1-1&keywords=danger+sweetheart

MaryJanice Davidson’s Website – www.maryjanicedavidson.net

 

 

Blog Tour – ‘A Death in the Dales’ by Frances Brody

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‘A Death in the Dales’ is Frances Brody’s seventh crime novel featuring Kate Shackleton.  Last year I read and reviewed her previous book, ‘Death of an Avid Reader’ which I really enjoyed.  I am delighted to be taking part in this blog tour.

 

Book Blurb

A murder most foul

When the landlord of a Yorkshire tavern is killed in plain sight, Freda Simonson, the only witness to the crime, becomes plagued with guilt, believing the wrong man has been convicted. Following her death, it seems that the truth will never be uncovered in the peaceful village of Langcliffe . . .

A village of secrets

But it just so happens that Freda’s nephew is courting the renowned amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton, who decides to holiday in Langcliffe with her indomitable teenage niece, Harriet. When Harriet strikes up a friendship with a local girl whose young brother is missing, the search leads Kate to uncover another suspicious death, not to mention an illicit affair.

The case of a lifetime

As the present mysteries merge with the past’s mistakes, Kate is thrust into the secrets that Freda left behind and realises that this courageous woman has entrusted her with solving a murder from beyond the grave. It soon becomes clear to her that nothing in Langcliffe is quite as it appears, and with a murderer on the loose and an ever-growing roster of suspects, this isn’t the holiday Kate was expecting.

 

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Competition

Like the sound of this book?  Well in that case I’m pleased to tell you that one very lucky person has the chance to win a copy of ‘A Death in the Dales’.  To enter all you have to do is tell me who your favourite fictional investigator/detective is.

 

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 16th October 2015.

A winner will be randomly picked within 7 days of the closing date.  Their details will be passed on to the publisher who will send out the prize.

 

Good Luck! 🙂

Blog Tour – ‘The Liar’ by Nora Roberts

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‘The Liar’ by Nora Roberts is being published by Piatkus on the 16th April 2015 in both hardback and eBook.  I am one of a number of book bloggers taking part in a blog tour to celebrate its release.  Below is my review.

Just imagine being betrayed by the one you love.  You thought you knew everything there was to know about him or her and you trusted that person immensely.  Then one day you find out you have been living a lie.  Horrible thought isn’t it?  For Shelby Pomeroy this is exactly what happened.

When Shelby’s husband Richard dies in an accident she is naturally devastated.  Left widowed with a three-year-old daughter Shelby is in for a very nasty shock.  She finds out that Richard wasn’t the person she thought he was.  Having lied to her from the start he has left her with huge debts.  Shelby is absolutely heartbroken but is determined to sort this mess out for the sake of her daughter, Callie.

Returning home to Tennessee to her family who she thought she had lost after running away with Richard, Shelby finds that they welcome her back with open arms.  Being back home really helps and gives her a new sense of strength and freedom as well as hope when she meets the lovely Griffin Lott.  Things are peaceful for a while until a shocking act of violence is traced back to Richard’s shady business and it becomes clear that her life is in danger.  Will Shelby be able to put the past behind her and move on?

For me this is the first novel by Nora Roberts that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  This was a very hard book to put down.  I really liked the writing style throughout and thought that the descriptions of the characters and places were just wonderful.

I warmed to Shelby straightaway and I loved her little girl, Callie.  She was left in a terrible situation but instead of giving up she got up and fought.  Shelby’s family were lovely too my favourite being her grandmother, Viola.  Griffin was such a nice man and so good for Shelby.

I read this book on my kindle but it is worth getting the hardback.  The cover is just so beautiful.  It will look great on any bookshelf.

I will be going on the hunt for Nora Roberts’ previous novels.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

 

About Nora Roberts

Romance novelist Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the number one New York Times bestseller of more than 200 novels.  With over 450 million copies of her books in print, she is indisputably one of the most celebrated and popular writers in the world.  Her last three hardback novels were all top ten bestsellers in the UK and in 2013 alone Little, Brown Book Group sold over 1.2 million net copies of Nora Roberts’ books.

Blog Tour – ‘The Snow Globe’ by Sheila Roberts

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Sheila Roberts’ novels, ‘Nine Lives of Christmas’, ‘On Strike for Christmas’ and ‘The Snow Globe’ were published by Piatkus on 2nd December in paperback.  This month a number of bloggers have been reviewing her books as part of a blog tour.  I have chosen to review ‘The Snow Globe’.

Kiley Gray is having a hard time of things.  She goes on a weekend break with her friends Suzanne and Allison.  Whilst away, Kiley comes across an antique shop and decides to take a look inside.  She can’t afford much but surely there’s no harm in looking.  As she wanders around Kiley comes across a beautiful snow globe and finds herself instantly drawn to it.  It seems that the snow globe has been passed around for many years from generation to generation creating magic wherever it goes.  Kiley decides to buy it but doesn’t realise just how much her life is about to change.

All Kiley wants for Christmas is somebody to love.  She shakes the snow globe and what she sees leads her on a big adventure.  When she shares what has happened with her two friends they don’t believe her.  Both women are about to discover for themselves that at Christmas time sometimes the impossible can be possible and that miracles do happen.

I really enjoyed ‘The Snow Globe’.  It’s a lovely little magical story which left me feeling nice and relaxed.  I loved reading about the toy shop.  If there was one like that near me I would probably spend ages in it.  The brownies and cookies that Allison baked sounded wonderful.

Suzanne definitely needed to be shown where she was going wrong.  She was so intent on making money and having a perfect house that she was missing out on the simple things in life and not spending enough time with her family.

If you still aren’t feeling Christmassy read this book.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

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