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Emotionally charged romance is a gem

Shake the StarsShake the Stars by V.L. Locey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book when it first started as it was a young adult romance with a very nostalgic feel even though it was only set in 2008.

There’s definitely Dirty Dancing vibes, deliberately referenced to evoke that feeling of a long summer holiday at a self-contained resort. There’re two perfectly loveable characters exploring the highs and lows of first love and coming out.

It’s heady with the possibilities of a lifetime. But I wasn’t really feeling it until a good third of the way in when all I’d a sudden I was as passionately involved as Dane and Khalid were.

The latter part of the narrative is where Vicki’s talent is truly on display though as this story takes an unusual turn which I won’t spoiler.

Suffice it to say, there wasn’t anyone cheering on the romance louder than me as I read about their lives.

I think this could be my favourite of Vicki’s non-sporting romances, it’s a little gem wrapped up in something just a bit different.

Also stupidly hot and emotionally charged.

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Evocative and charming slow burn paranormal romance

Copy of Cover In This Iron GroundIn This Iron Ground by Marina Vivancos

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first book from this author and it took me a while to become used to their style of writing but, once I did, I found this book to be absolutely charming – even with the horrible way Damien was treated by his foster carers.

There is a trigger warning which needs heeding, there is awful behaviour towards a child expressed as a vitally important part of the narrative but it’s not gratuitous and it’s not sexual or overtly physical.

However, the rest of the book is a delight as Damien finds a world he never knew existed out in the woods which surround the town where he lives and, as he grows up, he realises that there might be another life for him too with the son of the family who gave him shelter.

It’s a gorgeous narrative, evocative and imaginative and I really liked it.

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Stunning romance from Selina Kray captured my heart

0e3bc-in2bwild2blemon2bgroves2bhigres_finalIn Wild Lemon Groves by Selina Kray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve never been to Italy but I have to say, having read this book, I have such a clear picture in my mind of the Amalfi Coast and the sights, sounds and smells that – if I ever did visit – it would feel like an old friend.

This book blew me away, the language used is so descriptive and evocative and paints such a vivid picture of the setting that Amalfi is almost a character in its own right.

And, speaking of characters, of Sébastien Osaki, I fell hard for him, a widower trying to find a path through his grief and retracing the steps of his dead husband Henry (a gentle character in the background, never overtaking the narrative but simply ushering it along in a quiet fashion) who was a travel writer for a tourist guide company (okay let’s name check Lonely Planet here 😉 )

Enter Andrea Sorrentino, part time chauffeur, part time vet, all round good guy and perhaps just the thing to pull Seb from his grieving, alongside three of the most wonderfully portrayed secondary characters I’ve seen in a book for a long time – the glorious cabal of Ceri, Maya and Kath, three friends/sisters from New Orleans staying in the same villa as Seb.

These three women were awesome, I would have loved to have joined them on one of their G&T fueled poker nights around the pool, laughing like drains at the day’s happenings and reminding Seb it was time to either do his Julia Roberts (Eat, Pray, Love) or get with the Angela Bassett (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) and rejoin the land of the truly living.

This books is all about finding yourself again after loss. Not necessarily by falling in love with a person, but with acceptance and understanding that you can always grieve their absence but that life can – and must – carry on.

And, if you do so happen to fall in love again, with both place and a person, well that’s just the icing on the cake.

I’ve never read Selina Kray before, but I will absolutely do so again. She’s a wordsmith of the finest order, able to craft sentences which bring a book to life before your eyes.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased (and in this case unashamedly glowing because I LOVED this book) review

PS: That cover! It’s not often I pick a book because of its cover but this one just spoke to me and it’s a stunning visualisation of the magic which happens inside it. So well done to the amazing artist Tiferet Design

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