Book Review: Last Child by Terry Tyler

Title: Last Child                                aa-last-child

Author: Terry Tyler

ASIN: B00TV1YBSQ

Published: Published February 20th 2015

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Drama

Pages: 363

Source: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Description:

LAST CHILD is the sequel to Kings and Queens, Terry Tyler’s modern take on the story of Henry VIII and his six wives.

Harry Lanchester is gone, his legacy passed on to his children:

Thirteen year old JASPER, who views the directors of Lanchester Estates as Harry Potter characters, and finds out that teenage love affairs are no fairytale.

ISABELLA, the eldest daughter; lonely and looking for love, she returns from a holiday in Spain with more than just a suntan.

Impulsive, independent ERIN, the girl of Transport manager Rob Dudley’s dreams, whose priority is not a husband and family, but the continuation of her father’s work.

You will also meet the ambitious Jim Dudley, ex-nanny Hannah Cleveley, Rob’s long suffering wife Amy, and Raine Grey, whose nine days as PR manager for Lanchester Estates have a devastating effect on her life.

LAST CHILD takes the drama, passion and intrigue of Kings and Queens into the present day, with echoes from the past ~ and a glimpse or two into the future…

My Thoughts:

I have been hanging out to read Last Child for what feels like forever and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! Last Child is the sequel to Terry Tyler’s modern twist on Henry VIII, Kings and Queens, which I also loved when I reviewed it earlier this year. Last Child takes up where Kings and Queens ended with the death of Tyler’s modern day Henry, Harry Lanchester and tells the stories of his children, Isabella (Mary,) Erin (Elizabeth) and Jasper (Edward.) Any Tudor buffs will know that the lives of Henry VIII’s children were very complicated but the author has put together a helpful brief history of the time period which really helps to put the characters from the novel straight with their historical counterparts.

Last Child is written in similar manner to Kings and Queens with sections written by the main characters and several chapters written from Hannah Cleveley’s perspective to pull it all together. I really enjoy this style of writing, but what I particularly love about Terry Tyler’s writing is her ability to give each character their own unique voice and personality. I thought she did a particularly brilliant job at writing in the voice of a believable teenage boy!

I was really drawn in by the plot of Last Child. I loved the romance, drama, humour, characters, plot and brilliant writing and found myself wishing for more at the end. It could easily be read as a stand alone novel but I think it is best suited to be read after Kings and Queens. Thank you Terry for such an enjoyable read!

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Book Review: Of Love and Secrets by Margaret Lynette Sharp

Title: Of Love and Secrets

Of Love and Secrets cover
Of Love and Secrets

Author: Margaret Lynette Sharp

Published: January 5th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Description from Goodreads:

This is the story of an eighteen-year old woman as she battles for autonomy and a life of her own. Still living at home, under the ever-watchful eye of her domineering mother, Jenny struggles to build a life and find love. What is her destiny?

My Thoughts:

I received my copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Of Love and Secrets by Australian author, Margaret Lynette Sharp, is a lovely contemporary romance novel, set in beautiful Sydney, Australia.

Jenny has just turned 18, has been dumped by her boyfriend, and feels like her mother still treats her like a child. She jumps at the chance to get out of her stifling home to go to a party with her friends where she meets the handsome older man, Richard.

Jenny and Richard begin to spend all of their time together and seem to fall head over heels in love with each other. Jenny believes that she is old enough to make her own decisions. Richard is only in his early 20’s, appears to really like her, and even her Dad seems to like him, so what’s the problem?

Jenny’s mother has all kinds of problems with the relationship. She thinks that Jenny is too young and that Richard is only interested in taking advantage of her. This makes things very tense at home, but when Richard starts to talk about moving to Melbourne Jenny begins to wonder where exactly their relationship is heading.

Jenny was such a likable, if a bit naive, character that I found myself really hoping that things would work out between her and Richard. I was really hoping for her to stand up to her overbearing mother, although I could also see things from her point of view at times. Even when you’re 18 it is quite rude and irresponsible to be staying out til all hours without letting your parents know and 18 is still too young to know for sure that you’ve found the love of your life. (In my opinion.) However, one of the most difficult aspects of parenting must be knowing when to let go and allow your children to make their own decisions, good or bad.

I really enjoyed Of Love and Secrets. It was much more than just about romance, it was about families, relationships, and the struggles of growing up and finding your own place in the world.

Check out Margaret’s Guest Author post here from earlier this month!

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Book Review: Bah, Humbug by Heather Horrocks

Title: Bah, Humbug                                                                    bahhumbug

Author: Heather Horrocks

Published: September 9th 2011 by Word Garden Press

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit

Pages: 96

My Rating: 3/5

Description: From Goodreads

Lexi Anderson is an up-and-coming, Martha Stewart-type TV hostess whose two kids love the Jared Strong adventure novels, which happen to be written by their new neighbor, Kyle Miller.

For the first time in his writing career, Kyle has writer’s block – until he sees the snowman on his lawn and realizes this is the perfect place for his villain to hide the weapon. He digs into the snowman to discover two things: the weapon fits int he body just under the head, and the snowman was supposed to be the back drop for Lexi’s next show.

From this improbable beginning comes friendship. Can there be more for a woman who is afraid to get close again and a man who has shadows from his childhood?

Families join together and hearts are healed as this couple goes walking in a winter wonderland.

My Thoughts:

I downloaded my copy as a free download from Amazon.

As most of you know I have been reading Christmas themed novels as part of the Aussie Readers Group December Challenge at Goodreads. I put the call out to my readers to choose my next Christmas read here and Bah, Humbug was the hands down winner. I think everyone was very intrigued by the name. Thank you Holly, Delia and Marjorie for the input!

Bah, Humbug tells the story of Lexi Anderson, the next Martha Stewart, who has recently moved next door to her children’s favourite author, Kyle Miller, just before Christmas. At first she is horrified to discover that Kyle is a bit of a Christmas Grinch but she soon discovers that he has his reasons to dislike Christmas so she conspires to save Christmas once and for all for Kyle and his family. How does she do that? With lots of decorations and food of course!

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and this is definitely the case for Kyle Miller. I find that my boyfriend is generally especially nice to me if I cook any of his favourite foods so I think that Lexi could be on to something here! Kyle starts to realise that he is falling in love with Lexi but will she reciprocate those feelings or fall for the charms of Kyle’s handsome and charming brother?

Bah, Humbug is a nice and easy Christmas themed novella. I would recommend it for anyone who loves the romance or chick lit genres or for anyone looking for a short, Christmas themed read that is easily read in one sitting.

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Scatterbooker Reviews Come Home For Christmas, Cowboy by Megan Crane

Title: Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy Cover Come Home For Christmas, Cowboy

Author: Megan Crane

ISBN: 9781942240242

Published: 17th November 2014, Montana Born Books

Rating: 3/5

Description:

This Christmas season, Christina Grey Cooper has finally accepted that her marriage to her college sweetheart Dare is over.

So she packs up her things, leaves a note, and heads back home for Marietta, Montana in the hope that a Christmas with her family will help piece her head—if not her heart—back together.

Dare isn’t about to let the love of his life go, and who cares if that’s what he thought he wanted? He’ll do what it takes to win Christina back—even if that means suffering through Christmas with his in-laws, pretending to still be happily married for the sake of family harmony, and trying not to get caught up in all that holiday nonsense he’s never believed in…

But Christmas is magical, especially in Montana.

And if Dare has any hope of convincing Christina to give him one more chance, it’s going to be here…

My Thoughts:

I received my copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Come Home For Christmas, Cowboy is my fifth Christmas themed book that I have read so far as part of the Aussie Readers December Challenge.

It is about Dare and Christina, former college sweethearts who are facing the end of the marriage. Christina finally has had enough of being shut out by Dare so she decides to pack up and go home to her parents in Montana just in time for Christmas.

Dare has deep scars from his childhood and doesn’t believe he is worthy of being loved and he is terrified of starting his own family and making the same mistakes that his father did. I think Come Home For Christmas, Cowboy could have explored Dare’s past a little further. I think this would have made him a lot more likable since I thought he was awful for at least three quarters of the book.

This book was quite angsty, not quite the typical Christmas themed romance although there is plenty of Christmas cheer and a Christmas miracle or two. Montana is a lovely Christmas setting, I can imagine that it would look like a winter wonderland during Christmas.

Come Home For Christmas, Cowboy is a nice and easy Christmas read with a touch of angst thrown in. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more of Christina and Dare’s back-storys but it was still a great Christmas themed romance.

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Scatterbooker reviews The Perfect Christmas by Kate Forster

Title: The Perfect Christmas 

The Perfect Christmas CoverAuthor: Kate Forster

ISBN: 9781474008501

Published: September 2014, Harlequin (UK) Limited

My Rating: 3/5

Description:

A holiday short story that proves that true love is forever, not just for Christmas…

Hollywood movie star Maggie and friend and manager Zoe need an escape from their complicated star-studded lives in LA. With its history and Christmas charm, London feels like the perfect getaway.

But can they truly leave their realities behind?

In their luxurious quarters, the girls meet Holly who is ideal at showing Maggie and Zoe the sumptuous sights and sounds of London in their most glittering light. But behind her bright façade, Holly is hiding a secret: suffering from unrequited love, she’s looking for a Christmas miracle. Desperate to see an unattainable love story for Holly come together, will our LA starlets succeed in providing a Hollywood ending before the dawn of Christmas Day?

Packed to the brim with festive cheer, this is the only story you’ll need this Christmas…

My Thoughts:

I received my copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Perfect Christmas is the fourth book that I have read so far as part of the Aussie Readers December Challenge at Goodreads. All these Christmas themed books are really getting me in the mood for the festive season. If only the weather would start behaving now, it’s very miserable and dreary in Melbourne today. At least it isn’t as cold as London would be this time of year which is where The Perfect Christmas is set.

London is the perfect setting for such a short, sweet novella which is full of Christmas spirit, romance and finishes with a Christmas miracle. I really liked all of the characters and would love to read more about them, in fact The Perfect Christmas could have easily been longer for my liking.

I you enjoy romance or Christmas themed short stories then you will love The Perfect Christmas.

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Book Review: Secret Santo by Carla Caruso

Title: Secret Santosecret santo

Author: Carla Caruso

ISBN: 9781760141080

Published: December 2014, Penguin Books Australia/Destiny Romance

My Rating: 3/5

Description:

Holly Plume is a bookseller by day and a romance blogger by night, dishing out scathing reviews under her pseudonym, Sultry Scarlet. When she scores an invite to the publishing event of the year, Holly couldn’t be more excited. Finally a chance to meet her favourite author, the mysterious thriller writer known only as AJ Ruffo.

When Holly literally falls into the arms of the mysterious and charming Santo Randolfi, she’s sure it must be AJ. After all, Santo has tousled good looks, dark curls, luscious lips . . . He’s exactly what she’d imagined. But when Santo reveals he’s actually the author of a romance novel Holly recently slammed on her blog, keeping her online identity a secret becomes vital.

As Holly struggles to keep Santo from learning the truth, she realizes just how much she likes him. But when he discovers who she is, will their relationship be over before it’s even begun?

My Thoughts:

I received my copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Secret Santo a fun Christmas novella which is just perfect for this time of year with all of the interruptions and distractions that come along with the silly season.This was another book that I read as part of the Aussie Readers December Challenge.

The main character is Holly a romance blogger who loves everything about Christmas, romance novels and her favourite author AJ Ruffo.She has just posted a scathing book review about the most awful romance book that she has ever read when she has to dash off to the most exclusive Christmas party in the publishing world of Melbourne. (Yay Melbourne, I love my home town!)

Confusion and mayhem ensues since it seems that every single person at the party writes under a pseudonym. Is Santo the handsome hunk a hack or the real deal? Either way you will enjoy this quick, fun Christmas read.

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