This Week in Books (Feb 22nd 2017)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ The Silent Wife, Kerry Fisher

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Would you risk everything for the man you loved? Even if you knew he’d done something terrible?

A heart wrenching and gripping tale. I was hooked from the very first page.’ Write Escape

Lara’s life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can’t tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage.

Maggie is married to Massimo’s brother Nico and lives with him and her troubled stepdaughter. She knows all of Nico’s darkest secrets – or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret about Nico’s first wife Caitlin. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep silent to protect those she loves?

For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price.

A heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping read for fans of Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.

It’s good to be reminded all families have issues… Even if the Farinelli take it to the extreme!

≈ Now ≈ The Devil You Know, Terry Tyler

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Every serial killer is someone’s friend, spouse, lover or child….

Young women are being murdered in the Lincolnshire town of Lyndford, where five people fear someone close to them might be the monster the police are searching for.

One of them is right.

Juliet sees an expert’s profile of the average serial killer and realises that her abusive husband, Paul, ticks all the boxes.

Maisie thinks her mum’s new boyfriend seems too good to be true. Is she the only person who can see through Gary’s friendly, sensitive façade?

Tamsin is besotted with her office crush, Jake. Then love turns to suspicion…

Steve is used to his childhood friend, Dan, being a loud mouthed Lothario with little respect for the truth. But is a new influence in his life leading him down a more sinister path?

Dorothy’s beloved son, Orlando, is keeping a secret from her—a chilling discovery forces her to confront her worst fears.

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is a character-driven psychological drama that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Suspecting everyone is something I love to do, maybe a little bit too much… I hear you say paranoid. Yep. But when your favorite genre is psychological thrillers, you can’t help it!

∨ Next ∨ I Found You, Lisa Jewell

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Everyone has secrets. What if you can’t remember yours?

Lily has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one.

Alice finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him into her home.

But who is he, and how can she trust a man who has lost his memory?

Two women, twenty years of secrets and a man who can’t remember lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s brilliant new novel.

My very first Lisa Jewell!

Have you read any of those books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments:)
Happy reading
!

 

Eyes are the Window to the Soul: Blink by @KimLSlater @bookouture #blogtour

I couldn’t be more excited to be one of today’s stops on the blog tour for the amazing Blink by Kim Slater! Here is my review, enjoy and get ready to add another book to your TBR!

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Title: Blink
Author: K.L. Slater
Date of publication: February 16th 2017
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 295
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?

Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace. 

But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.

Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter. 

A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister. 

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Suntag: Get to Know Me Better

Okay, we need to talk. We’ve been into this relationship long enough… I feel there are things about me you need to know…

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I was not formally tagged for this but I really liked Michelle’s post (find it here) and I thought it would be a nice change as for once, books are not the center of attention. What do you mean, I am self-centered?! I just like talking about myself… or not. If you haven’t noticed yet, this is a fun and light post, not to be taken seriously!

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Can Life Get a Reset Button? A non-angry review of a book by @LaurieEllingham

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Title: How To Throw Your Life Away
Author: Laurie Ellingham (@LaurieEllingham)
Publisher: Self-published
Date of release: April 14th 2016
Format: eBook
Source: I bought it!
Number of pages: 256
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Have you ever wondered how much it would take to make you snap? For thirty-two year old Katy Davenport it was the littlest thing… All her boyfriend of five years had to do was answer her question about dinner. Not ignore her. Not continue to watch the football like she didn’t exist.

In that moment Katy snaps. One moment of insanity and Katy throws her life away.

The policeman who arrests her laughs. Her best friend cheers. And her anger management counsellor insists on embarrassing her in front of the entire class. For Katy this is just the beginning as she struggles to find her place in a whole new world where her ex-boyfriend refuses to move out of her house, and Katy finds herself snapping again and again. Will Katy be able to control her anger for long enough to pick up the pieces of her life?

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Ice Ice Baby: Parker by @jquinnbooks

I cannot believe I am late to the party to one of my favorite couple’s Valentine’s Day release! But let me make amends and try to convey just how good Parker is, if you don’t already know it!

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Title: Parker (1st Book in the Face-Off Series)
Author: Jillian Quinn
Publisher: Penn Publishing
Date of release: Feb 14th 2017
Format: e-ARC
Source: Author
Number of pages: 221
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Former collegiate athlete and successful sports agent, Charlotte “Coach” Coachman, is a straight shooter who has a very strict policy—no dating clients. The loves of her life are coaching little league basketball and managing the careers of her players, leaving no room for men.

Coach hasn’t met an athlete she couldn’t handle and a deal she couldn’t close—until she meets Alex Parker—the NHL’s most notorious bad boy both on and off the ice.

Alex is the best defenseman in the league, breaking records along with hearts. He’s made a name for himself as a womanizer, and after a scandal involving the owner’s granddaughter, Alex is traded to Philadelphia. Still reeling from the loss of his father, Alex is on a downward spiral, drowning himself in booze and women, until Coach takes him under her wing.

She might be attracted to the sexy hockey star, and certainly not immune to his charms, but Coach can see that Alex needs her help, and coaching players is what she does best. Now that the lines are blurred and the passion between them is too strong to deny, Coach has to decide if Alex is worth making an exception to her rules.

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Title: The Beautiful Dead
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
Date of publication: January 3rd 2017
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 341
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

TV crime reporter Eve Singer’s career is flagging, but that starts to change when she covers a spate of bizarre murders—each one committed in public and advertised like an art exhibition. When the killer contacts Eve about her coverage of his crimes, she is suddenly on the inside of the biggest murder investigation of the decade. But as the killer becomes increasingly obsessed with her, Eve realizes there’s a thin line between inside information and becoming an accomplice to murder—possibly her own.

A seamlessly-plotted thriller that will keep readers breathless until the very end, The Beautiful Dead cements Belinda Bauer’s reputation as a master of heart-stopping suspense.

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Revenge is Better Served Cold: #blogtour @Nigel_May @bookouture

*Taker her best French accent… wait, she is French… Never mind*

Bonjour et bienvenue! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the fantastic Revenge by Nigel May! I am beyond thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on a story set in my magnificent country and I would like to personally thank Nigel for not including weird clichés about French people. (we do take showers daily, thank you very much!!)

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Title: Revenge
Author: Nigel May
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: February 10th 2017
Number of pages: 316
Format: e-ARC
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

If you keep dangerous secrets you’ll pay the ultimate price…

In the South of France, playground of the rich and famous, world renowned chef Dexter Franklin is organising a night to remember. As he opens the doors to his exclusive restaurant for the first time, he’s handpicked a list of guests, as hot and dazzling as the St Tropez sun itself:

Mew Stanton: Fashionable, beautiful and a notorious TV chef, Dexter’s ex-girlfriend has all the ingredients for success. As her books fly off the shelves, a secret from her past is about to surface with explosive consequences.

Holly Lydon: Ex girlband star who has fallen on hard times. Forced to make ends meet she’s having to sleep her way to the top. Now she’s making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Rosita Velázquez: Brazilian actress extraordinaire and girlfriend of Dexter’s brother, Leland. When she’s in town everybody needs to know about it, but this is one show-stopping entrance she’ll live to regret.

Three women have a past with Dexter and a grudge to bear against him. As fireworks ignite in the jet set capital of Europe, there’s murder on the menu. Who will be served their just desserts?

The sun is setting in the South of France. Pour yourself a glass of champagne and sit back for a read of revenge, regrets and shocking revelations that will have you hooked to the very last page.

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Donna’s Quickies: Robinson Gets Bullied (mini reviews)

Here comes the first quick reviews on Chocolatenwaffles’Blog! I was on the fence about it for a while because one of the books is an ARC and I feel they deserve a full review, but my mind and feelings just wouldn’t delve too much into it and I decided to go with the flow. The second book is an assigned reading. You read this right, I never thought I would review a classic required by the university. It’s nothing much but it was nice to throw some thoughts here as I often complain about those reads.

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This Week In Books (Feb 8th 2017)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ Revenge, Nigel May

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If you keep dangerous secrets you’ll pay the ultimate price…

In the South of France, playground of the rich and famous, world renowned chef Dexter Franklin is organising a night to remember. As he opens the doors to his exclusive restaurant for the first time, he’s handpicked a list of guests, as hot and dazzling as the St Tropez sun itself:

Mew Stanton: Fashionable, beautiful and a notorious TV chef, Dexter’s ex-girlfriend has all the ingredients for success. As her books fly off the shelves, a secret from her past is about to surface with explosive consequences.

Holly Lydon: Ex girlband star who has fallen on hard times. Forced to make ends meet she’s having to sleep her way to the top. Now she’s making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Rosita Velázquez: Brazilian actress extraordinaire and girlfriend of Dexter’s brother, Leland. When she’s in town everybody needs to know about it, but this is one show-stopping entrance she’ll live to regret.

Three women have a past with Dexter and a grudge to bear against him. As fireworks ignite in the jet set capital of Europe, there’s murder on the menu. Who will be served their just desserts?

The sun is setting in the South of France. Pour yourself a glass of champagne and sit back for a read of revenge, regrets and shocking revelations that will have you hooked to the very last page.

This story is a breath of air. Not the nicest or healthiest air but how so enjoyable!

≈ Now ≈ Blink, K.L. Slater

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What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?

Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.

But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.

Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.

A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister.

If you read my review of the previous book by the author, you must already know I am really thrilled to be starting this today!

∨ Next ∨ Loving the Life Less Lived, Gail Marie Mitchell

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An essential companion for anyone dealing with mental illness.
Like many people, Gail Marie Mitchell battled with anxiety and depression for many years, finding it exhausting, stressful and demoralising at times.

Realising that this approach to her condition was futile, Gail chose a different approach: acceptance.

Taking control in this way removed some of the pressure and enabled Gail to focus on developing coping strategies, creating the tips and tools that are included in this empathetic and practical book.

Gail focuses on the positive aspects of her condition, showing how a person living with mental illness is so much more than the label that society puts on them. She found acceptance empowering, enabling her to live her life to the full. Perhaps not the life she had planned, but one that is happy and fulfilling and that she loves. She is Loving the Life Less Lived.

By sharing her experiences and describing what she learnt from them as well as the resulting coping strategies, Gail has created an essential companion for anyone dealing with mental illness and their family and friends.

Then I will be taking care of myself this weekend with a gift from a friend (thank you again, so much!). I will be entering this new story on mental health with an open and curious mind and will take every advice it offers.

Have you read any of those books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments:)
Happy reading
!

Let’s Get the Party Started: Cover Reveal for Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett

There’s a first for everything and today is my first Cover Reveal! I’m beyond excited to present you the cover for the second book from Rachel Amphlett!

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I love this intriguing cover and the colors are so good! Now if you’re as curious as I am, here’s the synopsis to help you wait….Or not!

Reputation is everything

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries. When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

If you like Angela Marsons, Peter James and Robert Bryndza, you will love Rachel Amphlett’s new series.

This is the second book in the Kay Hunter Detective series. If you haven’t had the chance to catch the first installment yet, don’t waste time, find Scared to Death HERE!

There will be a Facebook Launch Party on April 4th, so mark your calendars! Here is the link to join us!

I am so thrilled about this and there’s a blog tour coming your way very soon so stay tuned!