Thursday, 30 July 2015

Hide and Seek by P.S. Brown

#1 Kindle bestseller - Psychological Thriller

An unforeseen school reunion sparked by the death of a childhood friend quickly turns into a living nightmare for Peter Stevenson.

Waking the day after, he finds his friends missing, his possessions gone, and himself placed at the centre of a twisted game of hide and seek.

As the day unfolds, Peter is forced to relive his past in order to find and save his friends. And as the cruel challenge against the clock unfolds, he has to come to terms with the fact that any one of his friends could be the mastermind behind the sinister game.

I have had this book for quite a while and been forgetting to read it. I’ve been listening to the audio version over the past couple of days.
It’s about a group of 8 people who grew up together and someone is killing them one by one. But ONLY 1 of the 8 could be the killer OR could they? No one knows who is telling the truth and who is lying.
All will be revealed when you read the scary and page turning Hide & Seek.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

A Very Coco Christmas: A Coco Pinchard Christmas novella (Coco Pinchard 0.5) by Robert Bryndza

It’s 1985, and eighteen-year-old Coco is home in London for Christmas after her first term at Aberystwyth University. She has started to write, and fallen hopelessly in love with Daniel Pinchard, a devilishly handsome musician from the wrong side of the river. 

But Coco’s overbearing mother has other plans and resumes her campaign for Coco to meet and marry the ‘right sort of man’, preferably Kenneth, son of her best friends Adrian and Yvonne Rosebury, who will be joining them for Christmas. 

As snow falls softly over the city, and Coco tries to juggle a series of hilarious events, the stage is set for a Christmas lunch like no other. 

A Very Coco Christmas is a delicious, stand-alone prequel to the smash-hit Coco Pinchard series, with a glorious cast of characters including Daniel’s mother Ethel, sister Meryl – and a turkey called Jean Paul Belmondo...

I got this from Amazon and it's a delightful little novella to read.

This introduces us to Coco, Daniel, Ethel, Meryl and Chris. It's Christmas and with all the shenanigans going on in a family. Where 2 families meet and then something pops up - namely a turkey called Jean Paul Belmondo (what a hoot of a name for a turkey).

I read this quickly as it was a short book and loved the characters especially Coco's mum lol.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Broken by Tamar Cohen

Best friends tell you everything; about their kitchen renovation; about their little girl's schooling. How one of them is leaving the other for a younger model.

Best friends don't tell lies. They don't take up residence on your couch for weeks. They don't call lawyers. They don't make you choose sides.

Best friends don't keep secrets about their past. They don't put you in danger.

Best friends don't always stay best friends.

I would like to thank Netgalley, the publishers and the author for allowing me to read this.

This has taken me so long to read it as I could strangle the main characters. I detested them as I felt they was going on and not seeing what was in front of them most of the time. The ending was a surprise and now I understand why this Eloise/Lucie person was being written.

I will definitely read more from Tamar Cohen in the future.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Don't Turn Around (Detective Jennifer Knight #1) by Caroline Mitchell

You don’t know him. But he knows you.

Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.

As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.
When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper – from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.

Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play …

With her mother’s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer – but to save herself and those she loves.

I want to thank Netgalley, the publishers and also the author for allowing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was about to put this book down loads of times as I just couldn’t seem to get my head round the storyline. But I was told to perserve and so I did. I then go to halfway and still thought “Hmmmmmmmmm, where is this leading?” and it took me a while to read it to there. I put the book down and read other books as I couldn’t shake the reading bug that wasn’t grabbing me with this particular book. Well anyway, I picked the book up this morning and off I went with the storyline. It grabbed me and made me gasp with OMG moments, made me think what the heck happened there, never saw that coming moments and also got me thinking that I’m sure these psychics are out there in force (Is Caroline Mitchell a psychic lol, no idea). But her book certainly makes you think of the other side of life and what is out there.
Would I get her second book and more = DEFINITELY. I want to carry on the story and see where DC Knight and her life with friends and family carry on.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Alone (Serenity #1) by Marissa Farrar

Caught in a violent and abusive relationship, Serenity thinks there is no escape. 
Upon meeting a stranger, Sebastian, she is shown the possibility of a different future. 

Only Sebastian has a dark secret; he is a vampire. 

As Serenity’s life takes a terrifying turn, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed; one of murder, love and immortality. She is forced to confront her own weaknesses to save both her own life and that of the vampire she has come to love. But in the end all that matters is; can she find the strength to be Alone?

I was allowed to read/listen to a copy of this fine novel. I've been meaning to read Marissa Farrar for a while now too.

Disliked 1 character due to the violence he afflicted on 1 of the main characters. I loved the way the author made the characters likeable and hated with vengeance. The vampires in this story made you think they would be after blood and who's blood you never know.

I will definitely be reading more from this series :D

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Coco Pinchard, The Consequences Of Love And Sex (Coco Pinchard #3) by Robert Bryndza

Since Coco Pinchard found first husband Daniel in bed with another woman, she hasn’t just picked up the pieces: she’s now a best-selling author married to her hunky soul-mate Adam. She feels stronger and wiser and surely the second time round she’ll have learnt from her mistakes?

But things aren’t going quite according to plan... Adam has lost his job, Coco’s grown-up son Rosencrantz seems to have derailed his life in spectacular fashion, and ex-mother-in-law Ethel keeps letting herself into the house thanks to an endless supply of spare keys. When literary agent Angie takes on Coco’s arch rival, the indomitable Regina Battenberg, it looks as though things can’t get any worse. And then Coco discovers she’s pregnant; at 44.

Can she really go through it all again? Sleepless nights, stretch marks on top of stretch marks, and poo as a normal topic of conversation?

The third and final book in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling series is a hilarious diary with Coco’s trademark wit and honesty, tracing the raging hormones and extraordinary twists that take her to motherhood for the second time.

This is the 3rd and final book in the Coco Pinchard series. 

I found this really funny at the end and with what happened with Rosencrantz, Coco, Adam, Regina and everyone. What does it mean to have a baby at 44 and have an older child for Coco? Where is Ethel getting her spare front door keys? Can Regina and Coco ever be friends. All will be revealed in the third book.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Coco Pinchard's Big Fat Tipsy Wedding (Coco Pinchard #2) by Robert Bryndza

For Coco Pinchard forty is the new thirty. After a tumultuous divorce, she's found love with the gorgeous, hunky, four-years-younger-than-her-so-technically-a-toy-boy, Adam. Her career as an author is finally a success, and she has fabulous friends in Chris, a neurotic middle-aged socialite, and Marika, a slightly alcoholic dog walker. 

Coco is even learning to cope with awful ex mother-in-law, Ethel, who despite the divorce, still thinks it's fine to criticise, especially when Coco and Adam decide to move in together... 

But hours before move-in day, Adam ends their relationship without explanation and disappears. After the initial shock and anger (and an 'I told you so' from Ethel) Coco sets out to discover what has really happened.

Full of hilarious twists and turns, Coco Pinchard's Big Fat Tipsy Wedding is a witty, heart-warming, romantic comedy - the highly anticipated stand-alone sequel to bestselling, The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard.

Another terrific comedy from Coco Pinchard and friends in text form which is easy to read.

Why did Adam end his relationship with Coco so quickly, we all thought they were well suited? What is Adam hiding from Coco? Will the interfering ex Mother In Law still hang around her ex daughter in law and try and get her son Daniel and Coco back together? 

This was funny at parts again and you have something spooky going on in Coco's life. I found this book to be part 2 in a hilarious trilogy and can't wait to read more.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard (Coco Pinchard #1) by Robert Bryndza

Coco Pinchard was never a single thirty-something. She married young, had a son, and put her dream to be a writer on hold. 

Now her first novel is published. Husband Daniel has greyed nicely into a silver fox, and son Rosencrantz is grown up. It should be time to enjoy life. 

That is, until the annual family Christmas when her hideous mother-in-law Ethel comes to stay, and Coco opens her gift from Daniel. It’s not the jewellery she chose, but an iPhone. This marks the start of Daniel’s mid-life crisis and she catches him in bed with a younger woman. 

The iPhone becomes a confessional of sorts, through emails to her friends Chris, an ageing trustafarian and Marika a slightly alcoholic schoolteacher. Coco documents her seemingly endless (and often entertaining!) run of bad luck. 

Then she meets the hunky Adam and she’s back in the world of dating as a single forty-something... 

Read the emails that tell the hilarious tale of Coco picking up the pieces, in this fun, feel good Romantic Comedy.

I was looking for something fun to read after finishing my last book. I can across another of Robert Bryndza's books which I found out was book 3 in the series, so I went to inspect what the other 2 was to find out that I had them already.

So the story line centres around emails from Coco Pinchard to her ex husband, her lover, her 2 best friends, her son and other people. It tells of her life from just before Christmas to September/October that year. The delights that go on and sometimes the laughter comes through at the antics of her soon to be ex mother in law, her ex sister in law and other things that happen throughout the life of Coco. She has some fun times with Chris and Marika. Her son gets into hot water and she HAS to bail him out of things.

I loved Coco so much and felt sorry for her that it blows your mind the life of an author has amongst living a normalish life. Can't wait to read the next 2 books in the series.

Sex, Lies and Chocolate Cakes: A Delicious Laugh Out Loud Comedy by Steven Morris

After accidentally exposing himself to his son’s girlfriend, and realising that because of his over-hanging stomach, she couldn’t actually see anything, Eric Baxter decides it’s time he went on a diet. Unfortunately, due to an exercise allergy, and an eating obsession, it isn’t going to be as easy as he first thought. 

Throw in a battle of wits with his neighbour’s cat over toilet rights to his garden, a son who lives in the shed and dreams of being discovered on The X Factor, a stroppy teenage daughter with a Wayne Rooney fixation, a wife who doesn’t want to sleep with him anymore, and an amorous work colleague who does, and you have all the ingredients to Sex, Lies and Chocolate Cakes: The Secret Eater’s Diary.

I found this on Amazon and felt like I needed a laugh as life was getting boring for me lol. Well I picked this little laughing book up and it reminded me of all the times I've tried to diet and failed lol.

I loved Eric's banter and the way his family take the mick, laughed at the next door neighbour's cat with his antics and the amorous work colleague, well what can I say she is a lush with a heart. If you want to laugh at people attempting to do diets with the family antics then this is your book.

Can't wait to read the next installment.