#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Review : Captivating the Cynical Earl – Catherine Tinley @CatherineTinley @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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About the Author :

Catherine Tinley is an award winning author of historical romance. She writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Her first book, Waltzing with the Earl, won the Rita Award for Best Historical Romance 2018, while Rags-to-Riches Wife won the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romance 2021.
She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, Sure Start, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cats, and dog and can be reached at catherinetinley.com, on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

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The cool, aloof earl
And the enchanting lady
For Jack Beresford, Earl of Hawkenden, emotional entanglements are the path to pain. But when his brother brings his new wife and her best friend to his country home, everything changes. Lady Cecily Thornhill is both vibrant and beautiful, and Jack finds himself increasingly captivated by her sunny nature. Yet he must resist her charms, for in a month she’ll be gone—unless his frozen heart thaws before then…

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This story had me hooked from start to finish as it was an excellent read with very interesting and engaging characters.
Perhaps a bit slow burning, but everything rings true within the timeframe which add to the fact it’s very entertaining.
A ‘light’ read, ideal if you want to get away for a couple of hours on a  romantic journey.
Certainly well written and higly recommendable as it leaves you end up wishing for more pages.
Helas… Guess I’ll need to keep waiting for other books by this author!

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#BooksOnTour @bookouture / #Review : The Bookshop Murder (A Flora Steele Mystery Book 1) – Merryn Allingham @MerrynWrites

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D1445 G smallMerryn taught university literature for many years, and it took a while to pluck up the courage to begin writing herself. Bringing the past to life is a passion and her historical fiction includes Regency romances, wartime sagas and timeslip novels, all of which have a mystery at their heart. As the books have grown darker, it was only a matter of time before she plunged into crime with a cosy crime series set in rural Sussex against the fascinating backdrop of the 1950s.
Merryn lives in a beautiful old town in Sussex with her husband. When she’s not writing, she tries to keep fit with adult ballet classes and plenty of walking.

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The-Bookshop-Murder-Join Flora Steele – bookshop owner, bicycle-rider, day dreamer and amateur detective as she tackles her first case!

Sussex, 1955: When Flora Steele opens up her bookshop one morning she’s in for the surprise of her life! Because there, amongst her bookcases, is the body of a young man, with a shock of white-blond hair. But who was he? And how did he come to be there?
Determined to save her beloved bookshop’s reputation and solve the baffling mystery, Flora enlists the help of handsome and brooding Jack Carrington: crime writer, recluse and her most reliable customer.
The unlikely duo set about investigating the extraordinary case, following a lead across the sleepy village of Abbeymead to The Priory Hotel. When the hotel’s gardener dies suddenly, and they find out their victim was staying there, Flora’s suspicions are raised.
Are the two deaths connected? Is someone at the hotel responsible – the nervous cook, the money-obsessed receptionist, or the formidable manageress?
As the trail of clues takes Flora and Jack all over the village it becomes clear there’s more than one person hiding secrets in Abbeymead…
But does Flora have what it takes to uncover the truth – or will her amateur sleuthing put her in harm’s way?

Love Agatha Christie, Midsomer Murders and T E Kinsey? Then this brand-new cozy crime series featuring bookshop owner Flora Steele is just what you need!

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This is the first book in a brand new series and I confess I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
The characters are lovely and the setting is wonderful.
It’s, in my opinion, a well written cozy mystery with and enjoyable storyline.
Guessing the right culprit took me some time, but that’s the strenght of a great book in this genre.
I certainly look forward to the next installment in the series.

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#BlogTour @midaspr @amberachoudhary @EyeAndLightning / #Review : The Midas Game (Burton and Lamb #5) #TheMidasGame #BurtonAndLamb – Abi Silver @abisilver16

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I cannot remember a time when I was not writing stories. Growing up with a house full of books (my parents were teachers), I was inspired from an early age to believe I could join the ranks of my heroes.
I grew up in Leeds and studied in Cambridge before settling down to a legal career in London. I travelled extensively through Asia, South America and Australia and lived in Israel. Being an ‘outsider’ (as you frequently are when you travel or live overseas) makes you a wonderful people-watcher and it certainly informed my writing. I now live in Hertfordshire with my husband and three sons.

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WAS VIRTUAL KILLING JUST THE BEGINNING?
When eminent psychiatrist Dr Liz Sullivan is found dead in her bed, suspicion falls on local gamer and YouTube celebrity Jaden ‘JD’ Dodds. Did he target her because of her anti-gaming views and the work she undertook to expose the dangers of playing online games? And what was her connection with Valiant, an independent game manufacturer about to hit the big time, and its volatile boss?
Judith Burton and Constance Lamb team up once more to defend JD when no one else is on his side. But just because he makes a living killing people on screen doesn’t mean he’d do it in real life. Or does it?

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‘The Midas Game’ by Abi Silver is the 5th book in the ‘Burton & Lamb’ series and although this series had already caught my eye before this one became my ‘debut’ so to speak.
I know it’s something that you shouldn’t be doing as you may find yourself smack in the middle of already great developed relationships between the characters, but here it really didn’t bother me at all.
Yes, the main characters have a past together as they’ve already been on 4 other cases without me, yet I had the feeling of reading a standalone novel and that’s something I greatly appreciate.
This said I must confess that it took me some time to get hooked, especially because I didn’t like the first chapter and than there was this Luke personae I found a bit weird with his rhyming words.
A few chapters in however I became addicted to reading and I couldn’t stop until I finished the whole thing and that says a lot about the author in my opinion.
She has some great main characters and her writing is easy flowing and engaging, plus she has chosen, for me at least, an interesting topic as I was a bit of Mario Bros addict myself as I was younger!
I still like to play on-line games now and then, and although I’m not like some people in this book, I can relate to becoming addicted somehow and I guess that made it a compelling read for me.
A courtroom thriller / mystery that I truly recommend as it’s very accessible with some lovely twists to keep you guessing about the accused being guilty or innocent.
I will certainly read more ‘Burton & Lamb’ in the future as I was right putting this author on my wishlist.

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#Review : Wraithwood (The Wraithwood Trilogy #1) #Wraithwood – Alyssa Roat @alyssawrote

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newer headshotAlyssa Roat has worked in a wide variety of roles within the publishing industry as an agent, editor, writer, and marketer. She is the publicity manager at Mountain Brook Ink and Mountain Brook Fire, a former associate literary agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite, an editor with Sherpa Editing Services, and a freelance writer with 200+ bylines in local, national, and international publications.
Alyssa is the co-author with Hope Bolinger of the YA superhero chat fiction romance Dear Hero and the sequel, Dear Henchman (May 2021). Her name is a pun, which means you can learn more about her at www.alyssawrote.com or on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook as @alyssawrote.

Synopsis :

Title: Wraithwood (The Wraithwood Trilogy #1)
Publisher: Mountain Brook Fire
Author: Alyssa Roat
Release Date: July 15, 2021

WraithwoodFrontFinalAn estranged uncle, a mysterious mansion, and Arthurian legend—together they lead to a world of magic and bloodthirsty wizards who want teenage Brinnie dead.
Brynna “Brinnie” Lane has always lived a quiet life under the watchful eye of her hovering mother—until she’s sent off for the summer to live with an uncle she didn’t know she had. While her parents get to travel across the globe, she’ll be spending three months in the middle of nowhere: upstate New York. It looks like she might spend the entire summer friendless with her nose in a book.
However, she soon finds that Wraithwood Estate, her uncle’s creepy old mansion, holds as many secrets as the man himself. When Brinnie is warned not to explore any of it, her curiosity only grows. As unnatural events take place and Brinnie hears whispers of a hidden war, she must unravel the truth about her family’s mysterious past if she wants to survive.
Something terrible happened at Wraithwood thirty years ago, and Brinnie is determined to find out what—even if it means confronting the possibility that magic is real.

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Undoubtedly I’m not in the right age range anymore for ‘Wraithwood’ by Alyssa Roat, but I can’t say anything less than I enjoyed this tale.
Pleasantly written it made for a rather quick read recommendable for any girl or boy in their early teens that likes fantasy with some great fun, mystery and a fair amount of action.
I’m convinced that they certainly would relate to Brinnie who’s a believable character as she behaves her age and is very likeable and great to have as a companion on this adventure.
For me personally however I would like to have more of the Arthurian legend intertwined in the story from the get-go or just maybe left it for what it was.
I’m saying that because I’m convinced that the plot itself is authentic enough and strong on it’s own to not need it.
On the other hand, it may peek teenager’s interest to read the real deal too and that’s something I can only recommend they do!
Can’t say anything more than that the author has something great in her hands and that I’m looking forward to discovering what will happen next.

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#BlogTour #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 @Shanannigans81 / #Review And #GiveAway : Safekeeping #SafeKeeping – Eva Mackenzie #Thriller #Suspense

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Author Pic(5)Eva Mackenzie is an author who enjoys twisty, emotionally engrossing tales. Her debut novel has been a work in progress for over a decade. Under the urging of a loved one, it’s finally finished.
She is a wife and mother living on the east coast. When she isn’t writing, she is spending time with her family, training for her next marathon or reading stacks of suspense novels. Some of her favorite authors are Minka Kent, Dean Koontz, Tami Hoag, and Lisa Jackson.

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Title: Safekeeping
Publication Date: July 20th, 2021
Genre: Thriller / Suspense Thriller

No one ever thinks they’ll get caught…
Moments before police arrive on the scene of a car accident in rural Montana, Sonia has time to make one phone call. With one word whispered, she sets off an unstoppable chain of events. Once police arrive, she confesses to the brutal murder of her stepsister, Emma.
After, she’s sentenced to life in prison where she learns her stepfather’s ruthless reach. It’s a game of cat and mouse– a game she has already lost. She only needs to hold on long enough to be sure her secret is kept safe.
Until one day, news of an unidentified man’s death confirms her worst fear, and Sonia must get out of prison, at all cost. What did the dead man say, and who heard him say it?
Because everyone is guilty of something…

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‘Safekeeping’ is my first encounter with Eva McKenzie and although I liked the story from the get-go I had, a couple of chapters in, the feeling of landing in a totally different narrative and one were I missed something quite important to boot.
After googling I found out that I wasn’t wrong as some of the characters had already had an entire book dedicated to them, which I didn’t know nor read.
I tried to let it go as progressing further in the story things gradually became clearer, but the nagging feeling of having missed things stayed during the whole book.
A pity for sure as it was written in an easy, engaging and fast paced way that made me turn the pages very quickly.
The character of Sonia was certainly well portrayed and her story unfolded gradually with here and there some misleading threads to make sure that you always were questioning if she was really innocent or guilty.
A very good character driven suspense novel that, despite the fact it’s a second book in a series, captivated my attention and leaves me wanting to explore other books by this author.
Just don’t do what I did and start with book number one, I promise that, if you like this genre, you will more than enjoy the ride!

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#Review : MAINSTREAM: An Anthology of Stories from the Edges #MAINSTREAM @InkandescentUK

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Aisha Phoenix, Alex Hopkins, Bidisha, Chris Simpson, DJ Connell, Elizabeth Baines, Gaylene Gould, Giselle Leeb, Golnoosh Nour, Hedy Hume, Iqbal Hussain, Jonathan Kemp, Julia Bell, Juliet Jacques, Justin David, Kathy Hoyle, Keith Jarrett, Kerry Hudson, Kit de Waal, Lisa Goldman, Lui Sit, Nathan Evans, Neil Bartlett, Neil Lawrence, Neil McKenna, Ollie Charles, Padrika Tarrant, Paul McVeigh, Philip Ridley, Polis Loizou.
The anthology is edited by Justin David and Nathan Evans.

Synopsis :

Mainstream brings thirty authors in from the margins to occupy centre-page. Queer storytellers. Working class wordsmiths. Chroniclers of colour. Writers whose life experiences give unique perspectives on universal challenges, whose voices must be heard. And read:
Aisha Phoenix, Alex Hopkins, Bidisha, Chris Simpson, DJ Connell, Elizabeth Baines, Gaylene Gould, Giselle Leeb, Golnoosh Nour, Hedy Hume, Iqbal Hussain, Jonathan Kemp, Julia Bell, Juliet Jacques, Justin David, Kathy Hoyle, Keith Jarrett, Kerry Hudson, Kit de Waal, Lisa Goldman, Lui Sit, Nathan Evans, Neil Bartlett, Neil Lawrence, Neil McKenna, Ollie Charles, Padrika Tarrant, Paul McVeigh, Philip Ridley, Polis Loizou.
The anthology is edited by Justin David and Nathan Evans. Justin says, ‘In publishing, it’s often only the voices of a privileged minority that get heard and those of ‘minority’ groups—specifically the working classes, ethnic minorities and the LGBTQ+ community—don’t get the amplification they deserve. We wanted to bring all those underrepresented groups together in one volume in order to pump up the volume’

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Although I know it’s harder to write a decent short story than a full length novel I must admit that I’m not a big fan of them.
So when I got the chance to read this anthology I did it with some apprehension as I didn’t really know if I would be able to enjoy it.
I can immediately confess that I didn’t like them all equally, but the majority of the stories I definitely will be treasuring for a long time.
Living in the margins a bit myself, due to my disability, I could certainly relate to some of the feelings that the characters expressed in some of the stories.
All in their own unique way the tales in ‘Mainstream’ let you see how the world perceives others just by the color of their skin, the people whom they love or just who they are or how they dress.
All are written in such a way that they make you think and experience society through all these different eyes, not to pity them, but to broaden your horizon and just walk, even if it’s for only a couple of pages, in their shoes.
Some will resonate, stay with you, perhaps make you a bit more angry towards humanity, but mostly they will give you some wonderful hours of reading!
Written by established and new found authors this book will leave you wanting for more and hoping for full length novels by the writers you just fell in love with regardless of who they are, where they’re from or whom they are attracted to!

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#Review : Lying With Lions #LyingWithLions – Annabel Fielding @DearestAnnabel @NetGalley

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I am a self-professed geek who lives in Berlin, and is dedicated a little too much to reading historical non-fiction; I pick out the juiciest bits from it and bring them to you.
My special areas of interest are Edwardian age and Late Middle Agnes/Renaissance, but sometimes I veer into other directions, too, when distracted by a shiny thing.

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Edwardian England. Agnes Ashford knows that her duty is threefold: she needs to work on cataloguing the archive of the titled Bryant family, she needs to keep the wounds of her past tightly under wraps, and she needs to be quietly grateful to her employers for taking her up in her hour of need. However, a dark secret she uncovers due to her work thrusts her into the Bryants’ brilliant orbit – and into the clutch of their ambitions.
They are prepared to take the new century head-on and fight for their preeminent position and political survival tooth and nail – and not just to the first blood. With a mix of loyalty, competence, and well-judged silence Agnes rises to the position of a right-hand woman to the family matriarch – the cunning and glamorous Lady Helen. But Lady Helen’s plans to hold on to power through her son are as bold as they are cynical, and one day Agnes is going to face an impossible choice…

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I like historical fiction so when I got the opportunity to read ‘Lying with Lions’ I said yes as I thought the synopsis sounded quite interesting.
Diving in with much gusto I immediately had some trouble staying focused as I had the feeling the author just plunged us in way to deep to start.
I really missed some context and it took me some pages before I definitely found my way around.
After that I flew through the pages as I was more than intrigued by the veils lifting of some secrets.
However some way through I couldn’t stop shaking the feeling this story just meandered through.
I mean there were some more secrets and new conspiracies and a mentioning of a lesbian relationship, but nothing was really worked out fully in my opinion.
The characters were even not enough fleshed out for me to find a connection with most of them like I otherwise do, especially with the main characters.
If Agnes and Helen were even more strongly depicted I would connect better with the ending I suppose, which now felt a bit disconnected and rushed for my liking.
I think I can easily confess that I read the entire book because of the way Annabel Fielding writes as she has a great way with words.
You can also see that she has a great love of history as it’s clear she has put a lot of effort into research and trying to bring the Edwardian area alive in her book.
A story that most likely will give a lot of people some great time reading, but left me a little disappointed in some ways I believe.

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#Review : False Truth (Joe Wilde Investigation Book 1) #FalseTruth – C. D. Steele @BookGuild

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steele national prC. D. Steele works as an Executive Officer in the Civil Service. He has a degree in Recreation Management and lives in Bangor, County Down. This is his first novel.

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51-2twHmp6L._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth…
Private Investigator and former MI6 agent Joe Wilde is hired by Sally Devlin to investigate her son’s disappearance. Liam Devlin was a rising football star. His car was found abandoned at Lea Bridge in Hackney, a known suicide spot, six weeks prior.
With help from friend and retired MI6 Data Technician Mark Thompson, Joe uncovers a huge secret in Liam’s life. Putting the pieces together, he starts to suspect that this case is far more complex than he originally envisioned. Falling ever-deeper into his own investigations, Joe meets with the detective in charge of the case, D. I. Carl Whatmore, who does not take kindly to Joe getting involved.
As Joe and D. I. Whatmore go head-to-head in their own investigations, more lives are put in danger. But who will crack the case? Only time will tell…

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‘False Truth’ is the debut of C. D. Steele and I must say it’s a compelling read as it’s very well written and it has a fast moving plot with some rather great twists in it.
I can’t really say that there’s anything I thought to be weird or unlikely and everything seemed to click greatly.
That’s, in my opinion at least, sometimes hard to find in a first time novel, especially because I know the author wrote it within a couple of months during lockdown.
So definitely hats off C. D. Steele for delivering such a finished product.
I must however confess that I sometimes would have liked the story and the characters to be a bit more fleshed out.
It can however probably be seen as nit-picking by me as it’s in fact a way of saying that I would love to have spend more time with Joe Wilde on this case.
I hope I haven’t read the last from this character and of course from this author as this was an exciting and thrilling first novel of what can become an interesting series!

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#BlogTour #ZooloosBookTours @zooloo2008 / #Review : Paid in Blood (The DI Matt Fisher Series, Book 1) #PaidInBlood #DIMattFisher – Susan Handley @shandleyauthor

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Susan Handley grew up in the Midlands and now lives in a small village in rural Kent with her husband and two rescue cats, Charlie and Porridge (aka Podge).
As a child, Susan devoured anything crime related: books, films, TV shows and even games (anyone remember electronic detective? – a game Susan professes to have been a whizz at). Although she had dreamt of becoming a pathologist like Quincy (one of her favourite shows growing up), Susan went on to study chemistry and went as far as getting her doctorate in it. Soon, however, she came to the conclusion that lab work wasn’t for her and went on to have a successful career in finance.
It was during her time at university, on learning that her mother had finally read the complete collection of Agatha Christie’s classic crime novels, Susan bought a second-hand Olivetti and attempted to write one of her own, intent on giving it to her mother as a Christmas present. Susan readily confesses the end result left a lot to be desired but says it did whet her appetite for crime writing. Over the years that followed, she never stopped dreaming of becoming an author and after many years of writing at night she finally published her debut novel: A Confusion of Crows, the first of her books to feature one-time marine biologist now turned detective Cat McKenzie. She has written a further two novels in the DC Cat McKenzie mystery series. The second, Feather and Claw, sees Cat holidaying with a friend in sunny Cyprus, though things take a sinister turn after a fellow guest is found dead. In the third book of the series, The Body Politic, Cat investigates the murder of a local councillor but it’s the links to a member of her own family that leaves her wondering whether you ever really know anyone at all.
Susan’s most recent novel is Paid in Blood, the first in a new series to feature DI Matt Fisher. DI Fisher was en route to being one of the country’s top scorers in football’s premier league until injury forced him from the pitch and into the police force. And it was working out well, until he put himself between a young woman and a terrorist brandishing a bottle of acid. Now blind, Fisher finds himself fighting to keep his job, so when a beautiful celebrity is found dead at a glitzy art event, he’s determined to figure out who did it and prove he can still hack it as a detective.
In addition to the DC Cat McKenzie series, Susan has published two crime fiction anthologies: Crime Bites (volumes 1 and 2). She has also published a novella set at the height of the Californian gold, The Secret of Snake Pass, which is published under the name S.J. Handley.
When Susan’s not indulging in her love of writing crime fiction she loves walking (the hillier the better), bike riding (the flatter the better) and tending her garden, especially her veggie patch.

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A dead celebrity loved by the nation.
A blind detective with something to prove.
When a well-loved celebrity is found murdered at a glitzy art event, DI Matt Fisher is faced with his first big case since being blinded in an acid-attack. Despite most people thinking his return to his old job is an impossible task, Fisher is determined to prove them wrong.
With his guide dog Luna at his side and the assistance of eager yet inexperienced DC Beth Nightingale, Fisher must find a way to see through the lies and expose a ruthless killer.
He’s had his fair share of bad luck in the past but has always managed to bounce back. Can he do it again, or are his days as a detective numbered?

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There are a lot of (new) detective / crime series around these days and I must confess I don’t pick them up as much as I used to do as I’m feeling the lead characters have become rather carbon-copies of one another.
So ‘Paid in Blood’ had my attention when I read the synopsis saying that DI Matt Fisher was blinded in an attack and this would be his first case.
I was convinced that he would pull it off of course, because being wheelchair bounded I know we’re thougher than people think, but I was more than intrigued.
At the start I had the feeling that the introduction of the characters / suspects was a bit rushed or a bit thin as I had the feeling that we needed to know more about the dynamics between everyone.
This said, the main detective characters were fleshed out a lot better and I immediately liked Matt, although he can be seen as rather blunt, gruff or prickly.
But wouldn’t you be if everyone just wanted to see you fail just because they think you’re less capable of doing the same job as them all because of an impairment?
It made my blood boil how some of his colleagues reacted to him, especially his boss and his wife!
How I hate these women from the get-go and yes, I know he isn’t perfect, far from, but yeah… Team disabled! 🙂
This said however, I really enjoyed reading this book as it’s well written, with great twists and a uniqueness I haven’t read in a long time.
An interesting start of a new series I certainly will be following up on as I like the personae very much and the author has a fluent writing style that keeps you hooked page after page.
I’m thirsty for more crime related adventures with Matt, Beth and of course Luna, the guide dog.

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#PublicationDayPush #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Review : The Marquess Next Door – Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathWhen Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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To avoid an unwanted suitor at a ball, Hope Brookes asks another gentleman to rescue her. He obliges – with a surprisingly passionate kiss! Revealed as her sinfully handsome new neighbour, Lucius, Marquess of Thundersley, they forge a friendship over their balconies. It’s refreshing that Lucius is more interested in her writer dreams than her looks, so why can’t she stop thinking about that kiss?

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Virginia Heath has always been one of my favorite authors in the historical romance department, but with ‘The Marquess Next Door’ she just outshined herself.
I just loved it from the moment when Hope Brookes opened her mouth to one dispicable figure of a man.
She’s sassy, witty, intelligent, beautiful, but mainly she is like every other woman.
And that made her, for me at least, so very relatable that my heart went out to her and made me want to shed a tear.
And than there’s Lucius, he really is Lord Trouble when he’s with Hope as he’s definitely a match with her during their tête-à-têtes.
I certainly enjoyed the banter and of course the fireworks between them as they made me smile and sometimes they also made me ache, once again.
What a life Marquess of Thundersley has had and than I’m not even writing about what he’s mother went through.
Heart-wrenching stuff, but Virginia has found a great way to write about these issues that still today leave marks on people who go through it.
Very well written indeed as it made me read page after page, with small breaks to get my emotions under control.
But if the story ends like it started, with some kissing, I can’t reveal, even not in a ‘Whispers from Behind the Fan’, because I want to let you dicover for yourselves.
I promise you won’t regret picking up this book, or any others by this author, if you like awesome characters, great emotions and sparkling conversations!

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