Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-Crea by Sue Watson

Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-Cream

Title: Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-Cream

Series: The Ice-Cream Café #2

Author: Sue Watson

Release Date: June 27th 2017

Pages: 310 pages

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

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Dani’s on a mission to get her life back on track by the end of the summer. Running, rowing, aerobics and more, but perhaps all she needs are sweet treats and a second chance?

Ten years ago, Dani fled Appledore with a broken-heart and a suitcase full of shattered dreams. Only now is she brave enough to put her past behind her and return for a summer selling homemade ice cream and getting fit by doing sit-ups by the sea.

But the new-look cafe is filled with old memories of Jude, her teenage sweetheart-turned-sour. She thinks of him every time she swirls warm sauce onto a ‘chocolate-bockaglory’ and even with the help of Chris, her gorgeous personal trainer, the urge to break her diet is everywhere she turns.

When Jude makes an appearance at the cafe on the eve of Dani’s birthday party, history threatens to repeat itself. Is Dani strong enough to say no? And is the love she’s been longing for much closer than she thinks?

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Dani works in the ice-cream shop in Appledore and being surrounded by sweet heaven isn’t really working well for her weight. Food and eating is her comfort, when problems arise, but she’s had enough and decides to join a local gym, where she meets a gym instructor.

I really liked how each chapter started-failed attempts at diets and the reasons behind the diet. While it was really funny book, it also had thought provoking moments. It’s definitely a book a lot of people can relate to and I did enjoy it a lot.

Other books in the series:

Ella's Ice-Cream Summer

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Summer at the Castle Cafe by Donna Ashcroft

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Title: Summer at the Castle Cafe

Author: Donna Ashcroft

Release Date: May 11th 2018

Pages: 334

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

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Rating: four-stars new

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When Alice Appleton’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, just after she has lost her mother, she‘s knocked sideways. Escaping to the stunning Dorset coast, she takes a job at the crumbling Castle Café. It’s a million miles away from her busy London lifestyle, and she knows her mum would approve. Surrounded by cream teas and welcoming faces, could the quirky seaside village be the perfect place for Alice to heal her broken heart this summer?

Mysterious and handsome Jay O’Donnell has lived in picturesque Castle Cove since he was a child. Haunted by a tragedy from his past, he’s on a mission to save as many people as possible as a lifeboat volunteer. When newcomer Alice catches his eye, Jay he has to remind himself he can have no distractions. But he begins to realise that it might just be his turn to be rescued…

As Alice and Jay find in each other someone they can really talk to, will they learn the importance of letting go to make way for second chances?

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Alice moved to Castle Cover after her mother passed away. She moved to Castle cove to sort out her mother’s house and also participate in triathlon, even though she needs to work on hear fear of water. Alice is working in the castle cafe and while working, she meets lovely local people, including Jay. Jay and Alice both have personal problems to overcome and while spending time together, they help one another.

It was a lighthearted and lovely book that gives you a warm feeling. There’s a beautiful setting and great characters, which makes it a perfect summer read.

The Valentine Quest by Melissa McClone

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Title: The Valentine Quest

Series: Love at the Chocolate Shop #5

Author: Melissa McClone

Release Date: February 2nd 2017

Pages: 278 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Keep your competition close…and your heart even closer.

When Nevada Parker travels to Marietta, Montana, she anticipates enough peace and quiet to finish her PhD dissertation. Cupidville turns out to be anything but quiet. In fact, it looks like Valentine’s Day—her least favorite holiday—exploded all over the small town.

Among the sea of red hearts, “Be Mine” signs, and pink, pink, pink, Nevada spots a flyer for a multi-day race called The Valentine Quest. The grand prize—a luxury tropical vacation—would be the perfect welcome-home gift for her brother who’s leaving the military.

Dustin Decker sure could use a break from giving city slickers sleigh rides. Even with a bum knee from his bull-riding days, the race’s grand prize is as good as his—until he realizes he needs a partner if he wants to win.

He makes a strategic pact with the prim, bookish Nevada. But with a kiss, their unlikely alliance turns into something more…and soon, racing isn’t the only thing on their minds. As the finish line nears, they must decide if the grand prize is worth more than what they’ve found together…or if one of them will walk away empty handed—and brokenhearted.

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Nevada travels to Marietta, Montana to stay with her sister and write the PhD dissertation. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the town is covered in all sorts of decorations for the day. Nevada doesn’t like Valentine’s Day because of the events that happened in the past. Her sister works at the chocolate shop and that’s where she finds out about the multi-day competition called Valentine Quest. Nevada decides to participate, because the grand prize is luxury tropical vacation to Fiji and she would like to give the prize to her brother, who is leaving military very soon. While visiting her sister at work she meets Dustin, who is also interested in the competition and as other people compete in couples, they decide to unite their forces to win the whole thing.

It was a sweet small town story that takes place around Valentine’s Day. I adored the setting and found the competition part really interesting. It was a heart warming story and the whole series seems to have the same nice tone to them. It’s more fun to read the series in order, but each story stands on its own very well.

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The Office Christmas Party by Aimee Duffy

The Office Christmas Party

Title: The Office Christmas Party

Author: Aimee Duffy

Release Date: November 24th 2017 

Pages: 289

Genre: Romance, Christmas

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Natalie Taylor and Dean Fletcher are serial Christmas party crashers. But when they start crashing the same parties…the mittens come off and the sparks fly!

As much as she loves Christmas, after her mother’s death, events planner Nat can’t face the jolly season anymore. So to get her festive hit she crashes everyone else’s party. It’s a sweet gig, until she meets her competition, tech empire millionaire, Dean, under the mistletoe…!

When it comes to relationships, Dean doesn’t do serious—being left at the altar will do that to a guy. So when he meets feisty Nat, the first woman in ten years to pique his interest, he’s tempted to break his one-night rule…just for the holidays!

Nat and Dean might get more than they bargained for in their stockings this Christmas!

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Natalie is party planner and due to her work she has the access to holiday parties. Dean is an IT software developer and he as Natalie has the access to the parties due to his work. This season Natalie and Dean are both alone, when they crash the parties, usually both of them had their bestie with them. When Natalie and Dean meet at the same parties they crush, they know that it’s one more party-crasher than expected and start pranking each other.

I really liked the party-crashing concept, it’s something I haven’t read about before. I also liked how the main characters met and how playful and creative they were. It’s a great book to get cozy with during the wintry and/or festive season.

 

The Little Village Christmas by Sue Moorcroft

The Little Village Christmas

Title: The Little Village Christmas

Author: Sue Moorcroft

Release Date: October 9th 2017

Pages: 369

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Christmas

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Alexia Kennedy – interior decorator extraordinaire – has been tasked with giving the little village of Middledip the community café it’s always dreamed of.

After months of fundraising, the villagers can’t wait to see work get started – but disaster strikes when every last penny is stolen. With Middledip up in arms at how this could have happened, Alexia feels ready to admit defeat.

But help comes in an unlikely form when woodsman, Ben Hardaker and his rescue owl Barney, arrive on the scene. Another lost soul who’s hit rock bottom, Ben and Alexia make an unlikely partnership.

However, they soon realise that a little sprinkling of Christmas magic might just help to bring this village – and their lives – together again…

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Alexia is an interior decorator, whose current job is to transform the village pub to a community cafe. It’s a really important job for her future career. When a builder steals the money and the materials, she is devastated. The whole village had helped to raise money for the project and now it’s all gone. Alexia is determined to make it work and as a handsome man Ben is lending a hand, there might be a chance to make it work. Alexia and Ben’s first meeting didn’t go the way they expected, so the project might be the best place to get to know each other better.

It was a compelling and heart warming story. I  enjoyed reading about the close-knit community, friendship and the romance. It was my second book by Sue Moorcroft  and I’ve loved both books, can’t wait to read the next one. I’d surely recommend this book to anyone, who likes romance, animals and  wonderful village life(at Christmas time).

 

Ottercombe Bay – Part one by Bella Osborne

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Title: Ottercombe Bay – Part one

Series: Ottercombe Bay #1

Author: Bella Osborne

Release Date: December 28th 2017 

Pages: 100

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

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Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.

With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

  

Daisy returns to Ottercombe Bay for her great uncle Reg’s funeral. She doesn’t want to stay for long, the place hold bittersweet memories for her as she lost her mom at a young age. She would have liked to leave right after the funeral, but her great uncle Reg had other plans as he left the old railway station to Daisy, but to inherit it, she has to stay in Ottercombe bay for 12 months. What is Daisy going to do?

It’s a great start to the new series, I really enjoyed the previous Willow Cottage series and I’m sure this series is going to be great as well. It’s a well written first part and I can’t wait to read the next installment, really want to know how the story continues.

Other books in the series:

Ottercombe Bay – Part two Ottercombe Bay – Part three Ottercombe Bay – Part four

 

 

Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances by Sue Watson

Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances

Title: Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances

Author: Sue Watson

Release Date: October 12th 2017

Pages: 294

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Christmas

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Escape to the cosy little village of Appledore for an absolutely hilarious second chance at love. Will this Christmas prove that miracles really can happen when you least expect them?

A year after she separated from her husband, Gianni, on Christmas day, Chloe’s heart is finally on the mend as she unpacks the decorations for her first ever festive holiday alone. That is, until the phone rings…

It’s the manager of Gianni’s new seaside restaurant in Appledore, begging for Chloe’s help. Equally famous for his gold-leaf Christmas puddings and his explosive temper, Gianni has been really stirring up a sensation with the locals – and not in a good way! It’s the last thing she wants to do, but Chloe knows she is the only one that can help.

As pans fly and the temperature in the kitchen rises, Chloe’s calming influence and magic touch might just get critics back on side in time to save the restaurant from sinking like a sad soufflé. But as Chloe’s eyes meet Gianni’s as they tussle over a plate of turkey tartlets, could there also be a chance for new romance on the menu?

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The story follows Chloe, who broke up with her husband last year and now she’s spending Christmas alone. Unexpectedly she receives a phone call just before the holidays and she is offered a job in Appledore, where her ex husbands is opening a new restaurant. Chloe’s husband Gianni has a bad temper and often says things that offend other people and even though he doesn’t really want to admit it, he needs Chloe to make things better again. Chloe is hesitant about the offer, but decides to go. Will Chloe and Gianni find a way back to each other?

It was a book that surely makes you laugh out loud as well as feel sorry for Chloe. There were a lot of funny parts, but Chloe’s husband was such a difficult person to get along with that I really felt bad for Chloe. I liked the fact that the story went back and forth in a way that you learnt how and when something happened and why things are like they are in the present. As much as I didn’t exactly like Gianni, the ending was really sweet and put a smile on my face. A well written novel with strong characters, a really enjoyable festive story.