#BookReview : Perfect Match by Zoe May @rararesources @zoe_writes

Hello readers! I liked Zoe May’s When Olly Met Polly and when I saw email from Rachel’s Random Resources about birthday blitz for Perfect Match, I had to sign up. This was my last book in 2019 and I really enjoyed it. Check out my review and in this post.

Perfect Match by Zoe May
Publication Date: January 12th 2018
Publisher:- HQ Digital
Genre: Romantic Comedy / Chick lit
Pages: 362
Stars: ★★★★★

Can you ever find true love online?

Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…

After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.

Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?

A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Catherine Bennetto and Rosie Blake!

*** Note: I received e-copy this book from via NetGalley as a part of blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Rachel, author, and publisher. ***

Other books I read by the same Author:

Perfect Match was entertaining and charming chick-lit that revolved around Sophia and her many attempts to find true and perfect love through online dating. It was about quirks of online dating, dream of perfect love vs the reality, taking time to know a person over a first sight sparks and fireworks, character over look, and beauty of imperfection.

Writing was smooth, engaging and enjoyable. The setting was amazing. After Paris, London is another place in the world I dream to visit. I loved to see London through story and characters’ eye- The Shard, London eye, tubes and stations, market and fancy restaurants all the places were narrated wonderfully. The story was first person narrative written in Sophia’s charming and refreshing voice. Her voice and view point made story even more entertaining. Oh and I laughed at catheters and poo articles Sophia was working on.

Book started with Sophia’s difficulty over finding her perfect match through online dating. She was 28, wannabe writer, desperate to find her ‘The One’ but had a series of bad luck in dating and boyfriends. She tried all dating sites but it all got her hilariously worst dates. When she got tired and hopeless after her date no 71, her roommate and best friend insist to try one last site. She relented and tried different approach, listed the criteria of dream man- multimillionaire, adventurous, Robert Pattinson lookalike and other factor (which were most hilarious). She was sure she was never getting the man with these criteria but when she found Daniel through the site who ticked all of them, she found it unbelievably lucky. She couldn’t help thinking what’s the catch. (Me too! I was sure he can’t be that perfect)

It was so fun to find out if the Daniel was her real perfect match, can he be fitting all criteria and still be genuine, not a con or hiding something. And the biggest question if he was so great and genuine what he was doing on the dating site.

First 30% was humorous, getting to know characters and online dating, Sophia’s life in London, her job and friends. It was entertaining and moved with good pace with curiosity to know more about Daniel. He looked okay by this point. I knew his money and looks are not scam and he was good in most of the aspect. But as story progressed things started to make sense. (about Daniel, of course! I could see what he was doing.)

Sophia was great character. At first I found her too dreamy and too opinionated. She rejected most of her dates based on her first meeting and first impression. But I understood what she really was doing and why. She thought she might know who her true love will be once she met them like her parents or most of her friends but what she really didn’t know was it’s different for everyone.

Her relationship with Daniel looked great at first. Her new life was like landing in fantasy world all magical and sparkly but as time passed and she got deeper in Daniel’s world and was thrust back to reality. At some point I was afraid she might mess it up with her friends and job, being so wrapped up in her bubble that she might even put everyone and everything she loved behind but I’m glad it didn’t turn out that clichéd.

Her friendship with Kate, Tom, Sandra, Lyn and Chris was wonderful. Kate was cynical and practical. I could relate to her more than Sophia. Lyn was fun to read. This old lady was cute and so lively. Sandra’s hamster story gave extra fun treat. Oh and Chris’ food facts were amazing. He was my most fav character. They all played fantastic role in love life of Sophia. I won’t tell more about Daniel or Chris, you better find it out yourself by reading the book.

The arc of online dating and finding perfect match and true love was well presented. The message of taking time in getting to know a person and develop love over the time was wonderfully conveyed. It’s not about love at first sight, the story very much say you cannot get love at first sight (mostly, I mean), the spark and firework you feel in first meeting based on just good look and humor is not long lasting, nobody is perfect, everybody has imperfections and finding perfection in those imperfection is what makes the relationship.   

Third half was my most favorite with Sophia’s development, revelation of Daniel’s all too perfect to be good character and his intention behind being on dating site and even dating Sophia was real treat. I couldn’t guess that. The climax was filled with drama and a bit sadness but I loved how Sohia grew by the end of the book. Epilogue was lovely.

Overall, it was fun and lovely romantic comedy with amazing characters and many hilarious and dramatic situations. I definitely recommend this book if you’re into Romcom and Chick-Lit.

Purchase Link:

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Match-laugh-out-loud-romantic-comedy-ebook/dp/B075MW7HNC/

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Match-laugh-out-loud-romantic-comedy-ebook/dp/B075MW7HNC/

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Author Bio:

Zoe May lives in southeast London and writes romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes. Zoe’s Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/zoemayauthor/

She posts updates and blogs on her website, www.zoemayauthor.co.uk  

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#BookReview : An Expat's Guide To Falling In Love by Cristina Hodgson

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An Expat’s Guide To Falling In Love by Cristina Hodgson
Publication Date: October 28th 2019
Genre: Romcom
Pages: 355
Stars: ★★★★☆

Three weeks before her wedding day, Alexandra decides to walk away from the perfect life, the one that involves 1.9 children and a dog in a 3-bedroomed semi with a 50-ft long garden. Why she decides to take her broken heart to sultry Spain is a mystery… or perhaps destiny.

Maggie, an expat of over thirty years with an outgoing personality and more secrets than the Interpol’s most wanted, introduces Alex, via her famed expat magazine CostaNations, to the ins and outs of living in Spain—but more importantly, to the quirks of dating Spanish men.

Before she finishes reading that chapter, sultry Carlos Rivera walks into Alex’ life (or rather swindles her out of a potent sweet wine whilst she’s having breakfast on her first morning), and from there, the cat-and-mouse game begins.

But is it the Spanish men Alex has to watch out for or is someone close to her hiding a much darker secret?

Add in a fiery Flamenco dancer whom Alex befriends, a pharmacist who has a cocktail of (legal) drugs ready for every expat’s trifles, and two cheeky young children, and you get a peculiar mix of people rooting for Alex, who innocently finds herself in the midst of a clandestine operation.

Will she unravel the mystery before her heart falls for the beauty of the arid lands called Málaga? Or will the man with the mysterious past entrap her first?

*** Note: I received e-copy this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author. ***

Other Books I read by the same author-

An Expat’s Guide To Falling in Love was entertaining Romcom with a suspense and many turns. It revolved around Alexandra- an expat in Spain- and her new life in this colorful but sweltering country. It was about finding home, freedom, and love in new country, friendship, trust, honor and kindness. And culture and tradition of Spain.

Writing was great like all Cristina’s previous books. What I like more here was the tone of the story and style. The setting was mesmerizing and characters were interesting. Book was written in multiple perspective– from Alex, Carlos and Meggie.

It started with Alexandra (Alex) arriving Spain with broken engagement and heart, looking for new life, freedom and peace. Last thing she wanted was falling in love. But on her first only she met friendly and lively expat from London like her, Meggie, who was living in Spain for 30 years. She introduced Alex to CostaNation- her famous expat magazine filled with articles on Spanish culture and dating Spanish men. Before Alex could know more about Spanish men she met a gorgeous and sexy Carlos Rivera who not only enticed her in his beautiful look and words, he also swindled her out of not only sweet wine but dinner!

Within few days, Alex was offered two job, one of writing articles in Meggie’s magazine and other as a nanny of two 7 year old kids. Even after being deceived by Carlos she found herself attracted to him. Here comes ‘but’. Two person she met on first day held a deeper secret. Meggie was Interpol’s most wanted and was running drug trafficking business. Carlos had dark past and no one knew what he hides. Now it looks too bad for Alex, but she met quirky interesting characters as well who were actually nice- a helpful pharmacist, two bratty kids, and dancer friend.

Why Meggie would give Alex job? What’ her plan? Why she kept hinting at Carlos past. Why she wanted to know his secret and what all of that has to do with Alex? It fun to uncover this mystery.

It was different from previous book I read by author. What I loved most was- articles in the story, fun facts about Spain, Spanish culture and tradition and mostly about typical Spaniard men. It was all told with wry humor that gave story light and refreshing tone. I got to know so much about this country and people inhibiting this beautiful land through this book.

Alex was most likable character here. Her decision to flew to Spain was rash but I could understand why she wanted change of scenery after realising about her suffocating relationship. Her feeling and emotions felt real. After few uncomfortable weeks in Malaga and some unpleasant experience, she grew to love this colorful country, people and her job as nanny. She was not as daft as Meggie pictured her. She couldn’t have known what Meggie was up to. She figured things out eventually once she started digging into Carlos’ past.

Carlos was good too. He was not just sexy and gorgeous. He was smart, kind, and honorable man. There was more to know about this character. His past was sad, I felt bad for what happened to him 3 years back. It tainted his heart and made him cold. I could see why he couldn’t trust anyone easily. But I still felt he should have shared it with Alex. Alex’s insecurity and doubt was genuine.

Their relationship was rocky. First swindle, Meggie’s set up and plot, and then secrets made their ship slow to sail. I loved their dates and conversations. It was lovely to see their relationship develop.

 Meggie was one cunning character. I knew her magazine was to cover her drug business within 30% of the book. But I didn’t know why she involved Alex. Her narration told more about her family, her arrival in Spain years ago, her business and her motive. She was clever old lady. She kept me amazed every time she revealed her plan bits by bits. She surprised even at the end.

Suspense was good, kept me turning pages. I could figure out most of the things but what hooked me to story was Meggie’s cunning mind and her plans. I wanted to know what was going to happen to her in the end.

Climax was great. Events from climax to end were exciting. I loved Alex’s growing friendship with all secondary characters. End was good.  

Why 4 Stars-

I loved the style and story but was not wow like other books I read by author. I found myself distracted and losing grip on story at few points. Maybe because of that I found it little slow.

Overall it was entertaining and interesting romantic suspense with lots of fun facts and quirky characters.

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#BookReview : Love to Prove You Wrong (Old Pine Cove, #2) by Sophie-Leigh Robbins

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Love to Prove You Wrong (Old Pine Cove, #2) by Sophie-Leigh Robbins
Publication Date: November 4th 2019
Publisher: Got It Covered Press
Genre:Chick Lit / Romance
Pages: 263
Stars: ★★★★★

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Hating the guy who ruined her confidence would be a lot easier if he wasn’t so freaking sexy.

For Addy, small-town life is just perfect. She’s about to expand her inn with ten new rooms and a petting zoo, and she’s helping the mayor’s son organize his wedding. If only her pet duck would stop escaping all the time, her days would be an absolute breeze.

But then Justin Miller shows up at Addy’s check-in desk. The guy went from small-town stud to lead actor in a popular series, and he’s behaving exactly like the celebrity he is. Smug grins, dimples to die for, and hordes of women chasing him all over town.

Addy has no intention of letting him in her life again—not after what happened in high school. So what if he keeps trying to prove he’s changed? No amount of helicopter rides and intimate outings will change the truth:

Justin Miller is nothing but trouble.

Love to Prove You Wrong is a sweet romantic comedy and the second book in the Old Pine Cove series. All books share the same setting, but each story features a different couple.

*** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Many thanks to author. ***

Previous book I read in series:

Love to Prove You Wrong was lovely and cozy romcom, a dazzling love story of Addy. It was hate to love and character falling in love with celebrity arc. It was about second chance, denial of love and misjudgment.

Writing was addictive, entertaining and fast paced. I couldn’t stop reading until I finished the book. Setting was the same as first book and like first book, it was charming. Loved Old Pine Cove in spring and town activities in this season. The more I’m reading about this town and community the more I want to pack my things and move to this beautiful place. You can read this book as standalone but I would say read the first book. I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Book started with Addy stressed under the upcoming wedding of Diane’s grandson at her inn and its organization. Diane’s famous tantrums and demands, escaping duck didn’t help with the stress and to make things worse Justin Miller returns the town and staying as a guest at her inn. The same Justin who made her high school life difficult and now he is famous Hollywood star. Addy knew he is trouble and exactly how he was in high school, a jerk. But when they had to work together for spring event, her feelings thawed eventually. But could she trust Justin and her rapidly changing feelings? Can she put her heart in line for a person who lowered her self-esteem and self-confidence in high school? Can a relationship is possible between a small town simple living girl and famous life of Hollywood star?

In last book I said I wish I could know Addy more and it came true here. Addy was sweetheart, professional and realistic. I could relate with her when it came to holding judgement because of bad experience. But unlike me she got a chance to change that judgement and I’m glad it proved wrong here.

Justin was amazing. At first I thought he was obnoxious rich and super famous Hollywood star. But I thawed pretty quickly than Addy. He was definitely irresistible. But I couldn’t figure out his actions in high school in half of the book and to be honest the reason was pretty lame. Who acts like that! But his confession was heartwarming and when she said why he came back and expressed his feelings, I was ready to swap places with Addy.

I enjoyed reading all characters and I was glad to meet old ones too.It was great to see both Justin and Addy’s feelings develop. They were perfect with each other. Their dates were awesome. Paparazzi, drama, and jealousy added spice in the story. Conversation and dialogues were great.  

I could figure out the end pretty early but not that climax. I loved how thing took turn at climax and the way they found solution to their problem. I loved the end, epilogue and everything in this book.

Overall, it was light, sweet and fun read with lovely characters and town. I highly recommend this book.

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#BookBlitz : Christmas at the Château by Lorraine Wilson @Romanceminx @rararesources

Hello readers! I’m excited to be part of blitz tour for new festive novella from Lorraine Wilson, Christmas at the Chateau. Blitz is organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Please check out the book details and giveaway in this post.

Christmas at the Château by Lorraine Wilson
Publication Date:1st December 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins / One More Chapter
Genre:  Romantic Comedy/ Women’s Fiction
Standalone Book 1.5 in ‘A French Escape’ series

Synopsis:

A Christmas she’ll remember forever…

Poppy is looking forward to spending her first Christmas in France at her boyfriend, Leo’s, Château. And as the snow falls softly around the dramatic castle, Poppy can’t think of anything more magical.

There are new traditions to discover, a cosy Christmas market to explore and best of all, a promise of secret treasure hunt from gorgeous Leo. Only family pressure and uncertainty about her future in France can threaten to cast a shadow over the holiday.

When the treasure hunt takes an unexpected turn Poppy knows for sure this is one Christmas she’ll remember forever.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2CYEyp5 

Biography:

Lorraine Wilson writes flirty, feel-good fiction for One More Chapter – a Harper Collins imprint – and is unashamedly fond of happy endings. She loves hearing from readers and feels incredibly grateful to be doing the job she always dreamt of.

She splits her time between the South of France and Cambridgeshire and is usually either writing or reading while being sat on, walked over or barked at by one of her growing band of rescue dogs.

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Giveaway to Win Signed paperback copy of ‘Poppy’s Place in the Sun’ (1st book in the ‘A French Escape‘ series), hand embroidered makeup bag (made by the author) and some artisanal French chocolates (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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#PromoBlitz #pricedrop : A Trio of Belinda Missen’s #RomanticComedy books @rararesources @HQDigitalUK @belinda_missen

Hello readers! To celebrate the release of Belinda Missen’s latest book, publisher have reduced the price of her first three books to 99p for a limited period and I’m pleased to help her spread the word about all three books by participating in promo blitz organized by Rachel’s Random Resources . Check out the details of A Recipe For DisasterAn Impossible Thing Called Love and Lessons in Love in this post.

Lessons in Love by Belinda Missen
Genre: Romance / Rom Com
Publisher: HQ Digital

Falling in love is never easy…

Eleanor Manning is finally leaving behind her glittering but empty life in the city (and her soon-to-be-ex-husband) to return to the comfort of her childhood home in Apollo Bay.

She’s landed a lovely new job in her old primary school library and a flatshare with her bubbly best friend, Penny. So yes, she’s well and truly learnt her lesson when it comes to love…

But then she meets gorgeous teacher Marcus Blair and Eleanor’s self-imposed rules fly out of the window! Surely she can resist him long enough to keep this fling no strings attached?

Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Lindsey Kelk and Colleen Coleman.

I literally giggle-snorted… It wasn’t often that I didn’t have a smile on my face reading this, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and fun characters.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Heartfelt and laugh-out-loud hilariousWonderful.’ Goodreads reviewer

Heart-warming and laugh-out-loud funny.’ Goodreads reviewerLessons in Love is only 99p for a limited time. 

Purchase from Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lessons-Love-Belinda-Missen-ebook/dp/B07DD3T53W


A Recipe for Disaster by Belinda Missen
Genre: Romance / Rom Com
Publisher: HQ Digital

Meet Lucy, master wedding cake baker, idealistic school canteen crusader, and someone whose broken heart just won’t seem to mend…

Lucy is quietly confident that she has made the right choices in life. Surrounded by friends and family in a small country town, Lucy can easily suppress the feeling that something is missing from her life.

But when a blast from the past arrives in the form of her estranged husband, international celebrity chef Oliver Murray, Lucy’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble beneath her like overbaked meringue.

Is Oliver’s return all business or is it motivated by something more?

A Recipe for Disaster starts long after most love stories would have ended, proving it is never too late to offer someone a second slice of cake or a second chance.

Perfect for fans of Carole Mathews, Mhairi McFarlane and Carrie Hope Fletcher.

A Recipe For Disaster is only 99p for a limited time.  Purchase from Amazonhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Recipe-Disaster-Belinda-Missen-ebook/dp/B079RF7XCB


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An Impossible Thing Called Love by Belinda Missen
Genre: romance / rom-com / chick-lit
Publisher: HQ Digital

Don’t miss the new delightfully uplifting book from the author of A Recipe for Disaster!

A second chance at love…

When globe-trotting Emmy first fell for first-aider William on a freezing New Year’s Eve, she really believed that their love would go the distance.

 But when she returns to Australia, her letters start to go unanswered and her emails bounce back unread, Emmy decides it’s time to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and start afresh in London.

 So she’s shocked when William walks in on her very first day at her new job! Even worse, he’s hotter than ever. But why did he disappear for so long? What has he been hiding? And could this really be their second chance at falling in love…?

Perfect for fans of Carole Mathews, Mhairi McFarlane and Carrie Hope Fletcher.

An Impossible Thing Called love is 99p / 99c for a limited period.   Purchase from Amazon

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Impossible-Thing-Called-Love-heartwarming-ebook/dp/B07BJYR8CV
US –  https://www.amazon.com/Impossible-Thing-Called-Love-heartwarming-ebook/dp/B07BJYR8CV/


About Author:

Author and sometimes foodie, Belinda is a ridiculous romantic who met her husband after being set up by a friend two states away.

Residing in country Victoria, surrounded by books, cat-fur, and half-eaten cake, Belinda divides her days between writing rom-coms, baking, and indulging her love of comic books.

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