Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon

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If your boss was the hottest rock star on the planet, would you mix business with pleasure?

I’m Meg Stiles. This is my leaving party. And that song we’re making a mockery of? That’s written by one of the biggest rock stars in the world. And I’m moving in with him tomorrow. Seriously! I am not even joking. Well, maybe I’m misleading you a little bit. You see, I haven’t actually met him yet . . .

Celebrity PA to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg’s glam life in sun-drenched LA is a whirlwind of showbiz parties and backstage passes. Cool, calm Christian, in town to write his famous friend’s biography, helps keep Meg’s feet firmly on the ground. But with Johnny’s piercing green eyes and a body Brad Pitt would kill for, how long will it be before she’s swept right off them again ? 

I have been wanting to read this book for a while and I can confirm it was well worth the wait. I enjoyed this book so much, I didn’t want it to end.

Johnny Jefferson made me feel like a teenager with a crush, he was so well written. Through all his good and bad points, I couldn’t help but like him. He came across as a wild/bad boy rock star but once the story really got going, he revealed his softer side. I imagined Josh Holloway aka Sawyer from Lost as Johnny especially when he gave Meg a nickname ! Meg fell into her role as Johnny’s PA really well , she was instantly attracted to Johnny. The sexual tension between them was explosive. I imagined Dakota Johnson as Meg. I felt sorry for Christian as it was so obvious right from when he first met Meg and got to know her , how he felt about her but Meg didn’t feel the same- I think Christian knew this but didn’t want it to be true.

The suspense of will they  or won’t they get together all through this story kept me reading but when Johnny was a git and Meg was hurting , I could really feel her pain. I felt like I was an extra in the story it was so well written, I could imagine the settings and characters as if they were in front of me. I would love to see this turned into a film.

Paige Toon is such a talented author, I highly recommend this book along with all Paige Toon’s other books.

 

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Me and Mr Jones by Lucy Diamond

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Is Mr Jones really Mr Right ? Meet the women in love with three very different brothers….

Izzy’s determined to escape her troubled past with a new start by the sea – but flirtatious Charlie Jones is causing complications.

Alicia’s been happily married to loyal Hugh for years but secretly craves excitement. Maybe it’s time to spice things up?

Emma’s relationship with David was once fun and romantic but trying for a baby has taken it’s toll. Then temptation comes along….

As the future of the family’s B&B becomes uncertain, Izzy, Alicia and Emma are thrown together unexpectedly. It seems that keeping up with the Joneses is harder than anyone thought…

I absolutely loved this story, it was full of emotions, drama, laughs and Secrets.

There were quite a few characters in this story, something I normally struggle with – rembering who is who, but these characters were so well written I didn’t have that problem.

I thought it was excellent how Lillian was portrayed as a typical rude mother-in-law , no one was good enough for her sons and I was very pleased when Emma put her down a peg or two. I could relate to Emma in relation to the pregnancy forums etc, I remember going on them myself when trying for my first, I really felt for Emma. When I was reading about Gary and Izzy , I couldn’t help picturing ‘Sleeping with the enemy’ and was filled with suspense. Alicia and Hugh came across as the normal , down to earth couple but all is not as it seems.

I liked how each chapter alternated between characters, I felt this gave me more of an insight into the characters life with Mr Jones.

Lucy Diamond is a fantastic author, I’m already thinking about my next Lucy Diamond book.

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

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The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu.

Mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teenaged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn’t one she takes lightly, and it’s certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she’s gone mad.Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and – just possibly – to learn to love again as well.

I received a copy of this via Netgalley in return for a honest review.

Initially I struggled to get into this book but I had a feeling that I would eventually so I stuck with it and can honestly say I’m glad I did because I loved it. It is such a light , refreshing summer read that is packed with emotions, humour, great characters and a fantastic setting of Dorset.

I really related to Laura , she is lovely, very caring but also gets anxious that she is a bad mother or is not doing things right. I just wanted to give her a big cuddle but then when she wasn’t following her heart at times I wanted to give her a good shake. Cherie is a modern day mystic meg who seems to be Laura’s guardian angel, Cherie is a real bubbly character who sees the good in everything. The relationship between Laura and her children Lizzie and Nate was written really well , very realistic. At first Matt came across as rude and grumpy but he soon warmed up and showed his true side.

I loved how Debbie wrote about Instagram and popular tv shows, it made the story even more realistic and appealing to all. The Comfort Food Cafe catered for everyone and everyone seemed like family, which made this book even more warming.

I am very pleased that ‘Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe’ is being released in September and have already pre-ordered it.

 

Summer With My Sister by Lucy Diamond

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Polly has always been the high-flier of the family, with the glamorous city lifestyle to match. Clare is a single mum with two children, struggling to make ends meet in a ramshackle cottage. The two sisters are poles apart and barely on speaking terms.

But then Polly’s fortunes change unexpectedly and her world comes crashing down. Left penniless and with nowhere else to go, she’s forced back to the village where she and Clare grew up, and the sisters find themselves living together for the first time in years. With an old flame reappearing for Polly, a blossoming new career for Clare and a long-buried family secret in the mix, sparks are sure to fly. Unless the two women have more in common than they first thought?

I really enjoyed reading this book and fell into it straight from the first paragraph. Previously my reading mojo had gone and I was struggling to get into any book but this story brought my mojo back. The story flowed at a good pace, there were no parts where I thought it was rushed or not enough detail. I devoured this book in a week.

The characters were really good, strong characters. Siblings Polly and Clare reminded me of a modern day Elsa and Anna because Polly comes across as a right Ice Queen at the beginning, she is very cold and selfish, when her world came crashing down on her, I thought ‘Karma’. Where as Clare is the total opposite of Polly. I related to Polly more. I could totally relate to the sibling rivalry having 2 older sisters myself. I thought the part about Michael and what happened was well written and not too dragged out.

The recipes at the end for the bath products were a nice touch, I may even make some.

I will be reading more Lucy Diamond books , Lucy writes in such a way that anyone can relate to a part of the story.