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#Review “One Summer Weekend” by Juliet Archer

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4/5 Stars!

One Summer Weekend’s blurb says Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control.

Only not so much.

I’d say her job was more a well-placed mask to hide the three-year-old emotional scars never far from her thoughts and her main motivation to keep people at arm’s length… especially men.

Enter Jack Smith, a complete opposite of the stodgy, middle-aged male execs she’s used to coaching.

Alicia did her homework. She researched Jack’s immediate background to get some insight into whom she’s dealing with. Finding his player persona played out in the media, Alicia decides she’ll need to set some ground rules and keep the contract completely professional so Mr. Smith knows there’s no chance of things becoming personal between them.

Besides, Jack’s ‘reputation’ reminds Alicia of him and there’s no way she’s ever going down that road again.

Whatever, Alicia.

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Jack from the start. Swayed by media accounts, Alicia prejudged him and found him lacking…. and loathsome. But she gets taken down a peg or two. Her boss, Stuart, nailed it when he accused her of “gunning for this Smith guy before you’d even met him.”

His words give her pause and add to her jumbled thoughts when she finds herself too close to Jack for her own good… and for an entire weekend.

Alicia allows her guard to slip as she finds out Jack isn’t who she believed him to be. He actually has a past more heartbreaking than Alicia’s and she realizes this. However, an appearance by him—Troy Randall Travers (how pretentious) mucks things up royally. Alicia attempts to exorcise her three-year-old demons while verbal sparring with Troy during a business conference, not realizing Jack has walked away.

Only Alicia can fix this, but she has to decide IF she wants to and how to go about it.

While I wanted to choke the life out of Alicia Marlowe during her first meeting with Jack and later after she overheard the conversation with Nick because… RUDENESS isn’t professional, it’s personal; I was cheering for her when, at last, she put her past behind her and took the initiative to reach out to Jack.

Special props to Bill and Midge—Midge is simply too adorable!

An enjoyable, quick romantic comedy with relatable characters, One Summer Weekend is an ideal beach read.

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coverOne summer weekend can change everything …

Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control – until she meets her new client, Jack Smith. Jack’s reputation precedes him and Alicia knows immediately that he spells trouble. Not least because he reminds her of someone else – a man who broke her heart and made her resolve never to lower her guard again.

Taking Jack on as a client is a risk, but one that Alicia decides to take for the good of her career. As long as she keeps him in his place, she might just make it through unscathed. But Jack has other ideas – including a ‘business’ trip to the Lake District. One summer weekend with him is all it takes to put Alicia’s carefully organized world in a spin …

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#BlogTour “One Summer Weekend” by Juliet Archer

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coverOne summer weekend can change everything …

Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control – until she meets her new client, Jack Smith. Jack’s reputation precedes him and Alicia knows immediately that he spells trouble. Not least because he reminds her of someone else – a man who broke her heart and made her resolve never to lower her guard again.

Taking Jack on as a client is a risk, but one that Alicia decides to take for the good of her career. As long as she keeps him in his place, she might just make it through unscathed. But Jack has other ideas – including a ‘business’ trip to the Lake District. One summer weekend with him is all it takes to put Alicia’s carefully organized world in a spin …

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Author Bio  Juliet Archer

Juliet Archer writes award-winning romantic comedy for Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction. She has been known to spend many happy hours matching irresistible heroes with their equally irresistible chocolate counterparts – watch out for the dark nutty ones!

Her debut novel, The Importance of Being Emma, won the Big Red Read Book of the Year 2011 Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Her second novel, Persuade Me, was shortlisted for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award.

Juliet’s third book, One Summer Weekend, is out in June 2018. You can also read her short stories: Incense & Insensibility in the Choc Lit Love Match anthology, and Love Rules in Choc Lit’s Kisses & Cupcakes anthology.

Juliet was born and bred in North-East England and now lives in Hertfordshire. She gives talks all over the UK and in the USA about the classic authors who inspire her work. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Jane Austen Society. Her non-writing career has spanned IT, acquisitions analysis, copy editing, marketing and project management, providing plenty of first-hand research for her novels.


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“Bombshell: A What Doesn’t Kill You World Romantic Mystery (Ava Book 1)” by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

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Bombshell: A What Doesn’t Kill You World Romantic Mystery (Ava Book 1)

by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Genre: Mystery & Suspense/ Multicultural/Romantic Comedy

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A musical career in the making. A murdered childhood friend. One chance to catch the killer.

Ava dreams of building a better life for her daughter through her island pop songs. Her new temp job leads to a once-in-a-lifetime shot at a record deal, but before she can pack her bags for New York, she discovers a dead body outside her office building. Horrified, Ava recognizes the murdered sex worker as her childhood friend.

The single mother finds herself torn between pursuing her life’s passion or justice for her murdered friend. When another friend is killed, she worries the deaths are connected to a shared trauma that she’s been running from her whole life. After dumping her cop boyfriend, she realizes the pain she keeps locked inside could be sabotaging her shot at lasting love.

Before Ava can move on to a bright future in music, she must confront the truth behind her dark past to catch the murderer or she’ll be next on his kill list.

Bombshell is the first book in Ava’s trilogy within the What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery saga. If you like sexy single moms, shocking suspense, and journeys of self-empowerment, then you’ll love Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ award-winning series.

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“The Ugly Duckling: A Romantic Comedy” by Annabelle Costa

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The Ugly Duckling: A Romantic Comedy

by Annabelle Costa

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romantic Comedy

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What would you do to get your happily ever after?

Libby Saunders, who spent the first seventeen years of her life as an ugly duckling, bleaches her hair and drops forty pounds in order to get her fairytale ending. Once she evolves into a beautiful swan, the handsome princes are tripping each other’s royal steeds in order to get a date with her. But while the princes in fairy tales may be perfect gentlemen, Libby finds that her real life princes tend to be somewhat less than perfect. Actually, they tend to be a bunch of two-timing jerks.

Will Kaplan, the roommate of Libby’s latest boyfriend, is definitely not her idea of a handsome prince. He’s missing a cleft in his chin, he doesn’t have a British accent or even a French or Italian accent, and he rides a wheelchair rather than a white stallion. But the more Libby gets to know Will, the more she starts to wonder if handsome princes are really all they’re cracked up to be. And maybe a nice, ordinary drake is the only one who can give a former ugly duckling the happily ever after she’s been waiting for.

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#Review “The Weekend Spa Break” by Anne John-Ligali

4/5 Stars!

The Weekend Spa Break packs a lot of emotion and fun into a short read.

We’re quickly caught up on the group of online friends who stepped out of the virtual world and met for the first time in The Big Event.

While Karmel, Jagger, Stan, and Henry are never far from thought—or social media posts—this is Constance and Estelle’s story.

Their literary lives take a back seat during a weekend spa getaway where they bond like sisters and find out they have more in common than they realized.

The weekend itself was cathartic for both women. They let their guards down and talked about broken hearts, autistic sons, and their toxic mother-in-law/mother-in-law-to-be.

Told from Constance’s POV, I prefer Estelle. At least through the eyes of her friend, Estelle appears more ballsy, confident, and not one to suffer fools lightly.

Constance Jeffries is a strong, independent woman, but seems to be ‘nicer’ and too concerned with appearances. There is no time limit on recovering from a broken heart, but Constance seemed intent on self-torture. If she blocked Maxwell across social media why not delete him from her cell too? Her reaction to the family hen party in the elevator also left me feeling some-kind-of-way.

However, I had a good feeling about Constance and felt as though she would prevail in moving on (hello, Julio!)—even though I thought she dwelt too much in the past and on MAXWELL—until the incident in her room near the end of the spa weekend. She crumbled when after the bombshell tossed at her, she should have become the Hulk and smashed Penelope in the face. Blaming Constance for something she had no knowledge of? Whatever. Instead of shaking her confidence, Constance would have felt better. (Okay, I would have felt better.)

Looking forward to the third installment. I hope the moms do get together with their sons for play-dates and the Picnic in the Sky event goes off without a hitch… but that’s asking too much, right? HA!

Great installment and a good story of two women reaching out and learning to trust despite the betrayal they’ve each suffered in the past.

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After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

 A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

 

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#FREE “The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay” by Nicola May

 

To celebrate the U.K.’s Bank Holiday Monday, author Nicola May has made her romantic comedy The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay FREE for the day! Download your copy before Tuesday gets here! 😀

 

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Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy.  While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?

There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

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PROLOGUE

‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’

Rosa took off her bright red woolly hat and scratched the back of her head furiously, causing her dark brown curly hair to become even more unruly.

The tall, pinched-faced solicitor nodded. ‘Yes, of course we have. Evans, Donald and Simpson do not make mistakes. You, Miss Larkin, are now the official owner of the corner shop in Cockleberry Bay.’

He handed the bewildered twenty-five-year-old a battered leather briefcase and pointed to a small combination padlock on its brass clasp.

‘Here. The will stated that you – and only you – can open this, using your date of birth.’

‘This is all very strange,’ Rosa said.  ‘And where exactly is this Cockleberry Bay?’

‘Devon, dear, Devon.’  The solicitor looked under his rimless glasses. ‘I take it you know where that is?’

‘I may have a cockney accent, Mr Donald, but I’m not stupid.’

‘Well, open it then.’ The solicitor was shifting from foot to foot in anticipation. He confided, ‘We’ve been wanting to know what’s in there for days.’

Showing no emotion, Rosa gazed at him with her striking green eyes and asked coolly: ‘Is there anything else I need?’

‘Er, no – but are you not going to . . .?’

‘I need to get to work.’ Rosa put her hat and scarf back on, zipped up her fur-lined bomber jacket and headed for the door. ‘Thank you so much for your help.’

And she was gone.

‘Rude!’

The solicitor peered crossly out of the window of the offices in Staple Inn and watched as the young woman, the briefcase in her arms, strode across the frosty cobbled courtyard and out into the bustle of London’s ancient legal quarter.

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#BlogTour “The Weekend Spa Break” by Anne John-Ligali

coverFriendships Online Series

Part Two

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

 A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

 

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To mark the release of Part Two in the friendships series, Anne John-Ligali is giving away a Sanctuary Spa gift set and a signed printed and bound copy of The Weekend Spa Break to one lucky winner.  At present, there are no physical copies of The Weekend Spa Break available, so this is a treat!

To enter you only have to do is visit Anne’s Twitter page https://twitter.com/AnneJohnLigali and retweet the pinned tweet showing this GIVEAWAY.

A winner will be chosen at random by Tweet Draw and announced on Saturday the 19th of May at 20:00hrs.

Open INTERNATIONALLY!

Good luck!

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About the Author

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring authorMeet Anne interviews and book reviews.  She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series.  Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

 

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