More than a second chance

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Hawke by Sawyer Bennett out March 15th

First up, I adore Sawyer Bennett’s writing, she’s so much more than my go to sports romance writer – she sets the standard. And Sawyer’s standard is damn high.  As for the Cold Fury boys and gals, well she can’t write them quickly enough for me!

The blurb will tell you that this is a second chance romance. Yep, it is. But it’s a hell of a lot more.

As young lovers, there was no doubt about how much Hawke loved Vale. Ms Bennett made sure his feelings oozed from the pages and yearned to be a young Vale.

Then wham – it was over. So, it’s a second chance romance and the story of how they are reunited.

I wasn’t the same.  She wasn’t the same.  What we had was different now…”

Yet, the real story isn’t how they get back together (as cute as that is) but the impact their first love had on their journey from teens to adults. It’s kind of heartbreaking. You can see how the pain they suffered led to choices they might not have made. Equally, as adults learning about their own history leads to real personal development.

I’m falling in love all over again, and it’s just beautiful to me

It was beautiful to me too.  Thank you Ms. Bennett for capturing the essence of a second chance like I’ve not read before.

She must have dated a real lot, because Sawyer Bennett writes men like few romance writers.  For me Hawke is probably along with Zach my least favourite of her men, yet thanks to her wonderful writing I loved the book. Watching him struggle with all these emotions and a new understanding was simply gorgeous!

As for the cast members great to see Captain Alex and Ryker in their new roles. Loved Vale’s dad and when is it Max’s turn?!

Oh and about that cover, I’m not into bearded blue eyed men but I couldn’t stop staring. Wow!

 

Thank you to netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review.

Not so Forbidden

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The Forbidden Duke Darcy Burke out 15th March

I’m struggling to say anything beyond this is absolutely and totally adorable.

The best kind of read – simple, charming and engaging. You won’t put it down to the end and even then you’ll be looking for more.

Two gorgeous characters get a second chance at life, love and happiness. And for once there’s no dilly dallying – “does she or doesn’t she?” “Would he or wouldn’t he?” – whole chapters can be devoted to the inability to communicate. Not here. Thank goodness.

Bring on The Duke of Daring – let’s hope he’s half as gorgeous!

Thank you to netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review.

 

Always possible

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Rooftoppers Katherine Rundell

“It was what her mother had always been. A place to put down her heart. A resting stop to recover her breath. A set of stars and maps.”

Given its British Mother’s Day, I thought this book was a perfect recommendation.  And I adore a book that’s so quotable.

It’s the story of Sophie who may or may not be an orphan. Her journey commences in a cello case in the English Channel and continues in a most unorthodox fashion – especially for the time.

As Sophie journeys to find the mother she has never met and who probably doesn’t think Sophie survived, we meet a cast of quirky and occasionally eccentric characters. We travel with Sophie and the adorable Charles from London to Paris.  And then the adventure begins over the Parisian rooftops, ingrained with a truly beautiful soundtrack.

A gloriously uplifting and enchanting book, it’s a novel but with a poetic tempo.

This is a children’s book, yet it has a universal message. ‘Never ignore a possible’ says Sophie’s guardian Charles.  It’s just the most endearing and optimistic message, and I love how beautifully open to interpretation it is. Everyone will see “a possible” as something different. Well it doesn’t matter, if it’s possible for you don’t ignore it!

In a time when an overpaid, over exposed and horrendously in debt musician feels it’s okay to tell the world he never reads, Ms Rundell sums it up for me “books crowbar the world open for you.”  If only Mr Kardashian West had realised that, he might not be looking for his lost $50million!