#BookReview: The Big Little Wedding In Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett

the big little weddingSummary:

When Emma’s boyfriend Daniel pops the question with a ring the size of a small country, she suddenly realizes just how different their worlds are. She wants a low-key wedding with close friends and family, while Daniel’s mother is expecting a society party that their high-brow guests won’t forget! While Emma is envisioning the town hall and Uncle Colin’s pub for the reception, future mother-in-law Philippa is talking chandeliers, silver wedding favors and chocolate fountains…

How on earth can Emma put together a vintage champagne-sodden celebration – fit for Lords and Ladies – on a beer pocketbook? Not to mention the fact her cross-dressing Uncle Barbara wants to be a bridesmaid, her best friend Kelly can’t stand Daniel’s best friend Cressida, and her dad is too proud to accept any help from Daniel’s family toward the costs.

There are three months to go until the big day. But will it be memorable for all the wrong reasons?

Review:

This book was just awesome. That’s how I would describe it. I loved what the drama was around – wedding planning, bringing families together, and the stress of getting married. It was something fresh for me, whereas I’m used to reading the drama being around the relationship and breakups and cheating scandals, etc, so I was really drawn to this. Emma and Daniel could win the sweetest couple award, and I had a fantastic time getting to know each character. It was so  heartwarming watching this wedding come together, and during the actual main event, I felt I was right there in the square, enjoying this one of a kind wedding. I breezed through this read, highly engaged, and would most definitely recommend for your spring reading list.

5 stars

Book Review: The Furies by Natalie Haynes

Reviewer: Andreafuries

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

The Summary:

After losing her fiancé in a shocking tragedy, Alex Morris moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Formerly an actress, Alex accepts a job teaching drama therapy at a school commonly referred to as “The Unit,” a last-chance learning community for teens expelled from other schools in the city. Her students have troubled pasts and difficult personalities, and Alex is an inexperienced teacher, terrified of what she’s taken on and drowning in grief.

Her most challenging class is an intimidating group of teenagers who have been given up on by everyone before her. But Alex soon discovers that discussing the Greek tragedies opens them up in unexpected ways, and she gradually develops a rapport with them. But are these tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge teaching more than Alex ever intended? And who becomes responsible when these students take the tragedies to heart, and begin interweaving their darker lessons into real life with terrible and irrevocable fury?

Natalie Haynes’ The Furies is a psychologically complex, dark and twisting novel about loss, obsession and the deep tragedies that can connect us to each other even as they blind us to our fate.

 

The Review:

This novel contains some of my favorite elements: teaching and mythology. I love that Alex teaches a play that I too have taught. In fact, her discussions of these plays brought up some excellent points that I would “steal” if I were still teaching this level. However, Rankeillor is no normal school. The Unit is designed for the most challenging students in Edinburgh, and the anxiety, the ups and downs, Alex experiences in the classroom seem very realistic. During my first year of teaching, I too was given a less than ideal class. In fact, in one of my morning classes, the majority of my students seemed set on ending my teaching career before it actually had a chance to begin. What Alex feels in the novel, her struggles with these kids, seem genuine and accurate.

Alex’s grief and her confusion over her feelings was another realistic element in the novel. Who hasn’t experienced that inconsolable grief that overwhelms and leaves you confused and angry? I’ve felt her frustration with what to do with her feelings and those “good-natured” but agitating well-wishers. Alex can’t move forward, and she can’t go back. It was gut-wrenching and real.

However, staying on top of this story is a bit challenging. The shifts in time from past and present as well as the exorbitant descriptions of the city and the weather were tiresome. The novel is also a bit slow, especially in the beginning, but the story is unique and presents interesting discussion. This one would make a fantastic reading club choice.

4.5 Stars

#BookReview: 7 Years Bad Sex by Nicky Wells

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

7 Years Bad Sex Nicky WellsSummary:

One wedding. One curse? Disaster ever after…

A seven-years-bad-sex curse? Surely not! Yet something went wrong when rock singer Casey and drummer Alex got married on that beautiful yacht anchored off St Tropez in the south of France. Something went badly wrong. For even on their wedding night, the young couple discovers a complete and somewhat surprising inability to make love. Muddling through their honeymoon with a string of thin excuses for their predicament, the lovers defer finding a solution (and panicking) until the return to their home in London. After all, they married for life and to make rock music, not for the love of sex. Right?

But when they resume life as normal in London, all hell breaks loose. Increasingly frantic in their quest for release, the unhappy newlyweds embark on a string of hilarious and occasionally harmful antics that drives them, their band, and an assortment of random strangers to the brink of despair. But it ain’t over ‘til it’s over or, in this case… it ain’t over ‘til the newlyweds sing.

Review:

I say this in all my reviews for Nicky Wells – I loved this book! What a fascinating concept this was. This book is definitely more on the mature side, as well, the book was basically all about sex! But it never got raunchy or on the erotica side of things, instead, it explored the relationship between the newly married Alex and Casey, and if indeed they were suffering from a curse that caused them not to be able to have sex. Some parts in here were kind of hysterical – such as one time when they attempted sex and the bed broke, the roof caved in and the bathtub went through the floor. I was reading that scene while applying eye makeup (because I just can’t not multi-task) and I had to take a break so I wouldn’t smear eye liner everywhere because I was laughing so hard. A true romantic comedy, and one for your summer reading list!

5 stars

NickyWellsAbout Nicky Wells: Romance that Rocks Your World!

 

Ultimate rock chick author Nicky Wells writes romance with rock stars—because there’s no better romantic hero than a golden-voiced bad boy with a secret soft heart and a magical stage presence!

Nicky’s books offer glitzy, glamorous romance with rock stars—imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill! If you’ve ever had a crush on any kind of celebrity, you’ll connect with Nicky’s heroes and their leading ladies.

Born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993 and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys. Nicky loves listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, she’s a wife, mother, occasional knitter, and ad-hoc radio show presenter. Rock on!

Nicky’s books: Sophie’s Turn | Sophie’s Run | Sophie’s Encore | Spirits of Christmas

| Fallen for Rock | Fairy Tale in New York

***Coming May 2015: 7 Years Bad Sex!***

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Did you know? There’s a single out now by Nicky’s fictional rock band Tuscq come to life! “Love Me Better” is available for download from Amazon, iTunes and many other places.