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Swooning Sundays! Do You Take This Cowboy? By Vicki Lewis Thompson

Hello my lovelies and welcome back to Swooning Sundays, where I review some of my favourite romance novels (or novels with some romantic themes!).

This week’s instalment is a story recently published by Mills & Boon Cherish in July this year.

Do You Take This Cowboy? by Vicki Lewis Thompson.

Here is the blurb from the back of the book:

Recently returned to Wyoming, Austin Teague is determined to find a wife and settle down. But Austin manages to fall hard for the one girl set against marrying anyone – fiercely independent Drew Martinelli. Austin needs to convince her that he’s worth breaking her rules for! 


So I read this book recently and I absolutely, for lack of a better word, adored it.

Being a Cherish lover myself, I love the cutesy romances that make you go “aawwwww!” and this one did it fantastically.

You’ve got 26-year-old Austin, who’s returned to his home in Wyoming, USA after spending the last four years living in New Zealand. A foster child, Austin returns to his foster parents, Rosie and Herb, and his myriad of foster brothers, with whom he’s all relatively close.

Whenever I read a romance novel, I love it when the hero’s a guy I can route for right from page one. Austin’s one of those heroes. Aside from being described a very handsome man (let’s face it, what Mills & Boon hero isn’t?) the guy’s got a heart of gold.

He’s got to a point in his life where he’s looking to settle down, get married, start a family etc. And from his loving foster parent’s upbringing, he’s dead-set on his “cowboy manners” and being a gentleman.

Now understandably, this might not be for everyone. But me personally being a little old-fashioned when it comes to relationships, it’s refreshing to see a character that’s very old-school and chivalrous when it comes to women. That’s the cowboy hero for you, ladies! (The fact that The Longest Ride is one of my favourite stories should be a dead giveaway there haha!)

Also, one of things I found rather refreshing about this story is that the heroine is actually older than the hero. Modern and independent Drew is 28 while Austin is 26. In many romance novels, the man is always older either by a few months or quite a few years (in one story I read the hero was nearly 20 years the heroine’s senior).

I also loved Drew. I thought she was very well written and I loved her fierce determination as a modern, very independent videographer. While Austin has returned to his family, Drew has distanced herself from hers. She loves them, but craved independence and privacy, coming from a large family where everyone’s in each other’s lives.

Due to that, she’s not looking for serious relationships (by serious I mean rushing to get married or have kids). It sets a good, realistic foundation for a conflict but when she meets Austin, she can’t stay away.

I loved how Austin and Drew straight off the bat admit how much they’re attracted to each other, making tongue-in-cheek jokes about their physical attraction that I found very witty. As well as this, instead of a gradual growth in their feelings, when Austin meets Drew, it’s love at first sight for him.

Although at times it can come across like Austin’s head’s in the clouds when it comes to his and Drew’s relationship, it’s countered and balanced out by Drew wanting to slow things down. Neither of them want to end what they have and he’s respectful of her boundaries and space, happy to wait until she’s ready to take their relationship to the next level, which due to their intense feelings for each other, inevitably isn’t long. No petty argument, just mutual respect.

There a plenty of moments in this book that are heart warming, sweet and really have you routing for both characters to get together sooner rather than later. Its sense of brotherhood, family and small town setting is super cosy and I’d recommend this story to anyone looking for a “warm and fuzzy” story that’ll sweep you off your feet!

 

Hope you enjoyed this post y’all!

Happy Sunday! 🙂

 

 

Copyright, 2017

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Swooning Sundays! My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You by Louisa Young

Hey guys and welcome back to Swooning Sundays, where I review some of my favourite romance novels (or novels with some romantic themes!).

Today’s instalment is a book that like Jane Eyre, is very near and dear to my heart.

My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You by Louisa Young.

So on with the show and as always, SPOILER ALERT! (Blurb excerpt from Amazon.co.uk)

“A letter, two lovers, a terrible lie. In war, truth is only the first casualty. ‘Inspires the kind of devotion among its readers not seen since David Nicholls’ One Day’ The Times
While Riley Purefoy and Peter Locke fight for their country, their survival and their sanity in the trenches of Flanders, Nadine Waveney, Julia Locke and Rose Locke do what they can at home.
Beautiful, obsessive Julia and gentle, eccentric Peter are married: each day Julia goes through rituals to prepare for her beloved husband’s return. Nadine and Riley, only eighteen when the war starts, and with problems of their own already, want above all to make promises – but how can they when the future is not in their hands? And Rose? Well, what did happen to the traditionally brought-up women who lost all hope of marriage, because all the young men were dead?”

This story is set over the course of WW1 and though one of the primary focuses is on the romance between the story’s younger characters, Riley and Nadine, this story concentrates on many themes. Including a frank and raw depiction of war, insecurity, men and women’s role in society, the class system, sex and the human condition under adversity and how it affects relationships.

Basically, yes it has romantic themes but this story is not for the faint hearted.

This book in my opinion is fantastically well written, capturing the blooming, near unbreakable romance between young working class Riley and upper class Nadine. 

Louisa Young depicts a raw and blunt account of Riley and his fellow soldier’s horrors in the trenches, and his heartbreaking letter to Nadine, a Nursing VAD, after a serious injury. 

As well as this, we see the very different attitudes to sex during the 1910s as opposed to now on both sides of the spectrum. 

From Riley and Nadine’s young love (they’re about 18 at the beginning of the story) and just discovering sex, to a more old fashioned and disturbing depictions with Julia, the wife of Riley’s commanding officer Peter. 

To Peter, who even though he cares about his wife, takes to drink and frequents prostitutes in the places he is stationed to cope with the traumas he has seen in the war. 

Julia, unlike Nadine who is from an expressive artistic background nurtured by her French mother, has been raised to believe by her controlling mother her worth is solely in her physical beauty. 

That she is incapable of raising her son (which is not the case) and she must be completely sexually submissive to her husband as that is what is expected of her. 

The bonds between these couples, Peter and Julia, Riley and Nadine, as well as Julia’s sister Rose, who nurses Riley back to health and form a platonic friendship are captured in such a deep, real way that it makes the story’s setting all the more moving. 

So this story is yes romantic in Riley and Nadine’s relationship (don’t want to give too much away!) but deeply moving, funny, heartbreaking and with take you on a journey that has certainly stayed with me four years after reading it. 

Hope you enjoyed this post, guys! 🙂 

Happy Sunday! 🙂 

Copyright, 2017

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Abuse In Hollywood: The Casting Couch Never Went Away

In the wake of the huge scandal to rock Hollywood over the past week, discussion in to widespread sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry has sparked once again.

The landslide of accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have come from a plethora of actresses like Angelina Jolie, Gwenyth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Lea Seydoux (and that’s just to name a few!) as well as others working in the entertainment industry, all recounting eerily similar if not identical experiences of sexual harassment and assault.

These accusations date back as far as the 90s and as recent as 2015.

For anyone in and around the entertainment industry, stories of the dreaded “casting couch” have circulated for decades. Stories of film execs, producers, directors etc. abusing their power by propositioning actresses to perform sexual favours in order to get a part/get ahead in the industry.

Actresses, past and present, such as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Helen Mirren, Lena Heady etc. to name but a few have all spoke to some degree about their unfortunate experiences with the “casting couch”.

These revelations just go to show that unfortunately, Hollywood has not advanced at all in protecting our actors, actresses, directors, screenwriters, makeup artists etc. from predatory people in power. Instead of holding them accountable, it’s kept hush-hush and those preyed on are scared in to silence, fearing if they alone blow the whistle, the person with the power will make their life hell, be it through victim blaming, destroying their reputations and/or seeing to it that they never work in Hollywood again.

Some may say that’s far-fetched, but unfortunately that’s not the first time that has happened to a those in entertainment trying to speak out against a sexual predator in some form of power.

As an actress myself, this is an unfortunate truth we are aware of from the start. There are some people who will abuse it to try and take advantage of you, especially if you are young and looking for your big break, so to be aware and vigilant. Thankfully, I’ve never had an experience like this, but it’s still a prevalent problem that needs addressing.

Side note: This is not a sweeping generalisation of all people in powerful positions in their respective lines of work. I’m only talking about that percentage of people who unfortunately use this to take advantage of others.

Since this story came to light, I’ve heard a few people who have said:

“Why did they leave it so long to say something? They can’t be telling the truth if they left it so long…” 

Again, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen many people en masse speak out about horrific experiences at the hands of powerful people years, even decades after they happened. One of the most recent cases of this being the revelations about Jimmy Saville, exposing him to be one of the most prolific paedophiles the UK has ever seen.

Many survivors of Saville’s heinous crimes came forward after he died. Reason being, he had a tremendous amount of power.

It’s scary enough someone exercising power over you by harassing/assaulting/intimidating you etc. but if the person is in a position of power? That adds to the fear tenfold.

It’s the, “I am who I am. Who’s going to believe you?” complex. They feel they can get away with abusing their power, especially if they are in good opinions of the people around them, they think no one will believe their victims because of that.

So I can sympathise with the people who have spoke out. I understand how scary it can be.

As well as actresses, actors are also now coming forward to speak about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault in the industry. Such actors include Terry Coles and James Van Der Beek.

For decades, these stories have circulated about people in entrainment being inappropriately propositioned to whatever varying degree.

Honestly, for many years, I thought the “casting couch” experience was not as prevalent as it used to be. This scandal proves it all wrong and shows us it’s never changed.

Hollywood needs to stop sweeping predatory behaviour under the carpet and hold those doing so accountable for their actions.

Sexual harassment/assault is not “something that just happens”. It’s not ok and it shouldn’t have excuses made for it.

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Swooning Sundays! Jane Eyre 

Hello everyone and welcome back to Swooning Sundays, where I review some of my favourite romance novels (or novels with some romantic themes!) 

Today’s book is a story very near and dear to my heart: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. 

I’m sure many of you have read this but if you haven’t, here’s a brief summary. 

In early 1800s Britain, Jane Eyre is an orphan, brought up in a rich household by her late father’s sister, Mrs. Reed, where she is tormented and abused by Mrs. Reed and her children. 

Jane’s treatment is no better when sent to the austere Lowood School, run by the puritanical Mr. Brocklehurst. 

In adulthood, a quakerish Jane becomes governess at Thornfield Hall to Adele, the ward of the brooding and unpredictable Mr. Rochester. Over time, Jane comes to terms with the realisation she has fell in love with Rochester, but Rochester holds a dark secret. 

Honestly if I went in to all the reasons why I love this story we’d be here until next month! 

(Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, UK: Where 2006 adaptation starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens/2011 adaptation starring Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska was filmed) 

This is such an iconic story so ahead of its time. Aside from the romantic element of a governess and master falling in love, Bronte challenges so many social constructs of the time, something that wasn’t done.

18-year-old Jane is forward thinking and quietly autonomous. She brings to light that women feel the same as men do, wanting to have the same freedoms as men instead of being confined to women’s limited prospects at that time. 

The story also took a more scandalous turn with the “bedroom fire” scene, where Jane saves Rochester from death after she finds his bedroom on fire. The two share a “moment”, where to the audience, Rochester’s attraction is Jane is first obvious. 

But as this takes place at night, the two are both in their nightclothes alone. For the 1800s, this was considered almost too racy for the masses. A lady and gentleman alone together in full length nightclothes? *Gasps* Shocking! 

Not only that, she brings an explosive conflict with the discovery of Bertha Mason, Rochester’s mentally ill wife who has been confined to the Hall’s attic for her own safety and that of everyone else, after her violent behaviours had doctors declared her “mad”.

Now, a few people find this theme contentious and at face value take it as, “a man who locked his crazy wife in the attic”. 

If you look at the whole story, Rochester was rushed in to this marriage in his early twenties as his father wanted for the fortune of Bertha’s family. 

All seemed well until after the wedding, when Bertha’s illness started to spring up and she started to become violent towards Rochester (as referenced through the famous “bedroom fire” scene) attacking him regularly.

The Mason’s knew of Bertha’s illness (which runs in the family) but kept Rochester in the dark until he found out for himself, by which point there was nothing he could do.

The law in Britain at this time was that if your spouse was declared “mad” or “insane”, by law you were not allowed to divorce them under any circumstances. Essentially, the Masons fleeced him in to a marriage they knew he couldn’t get out of if things went sour. 

The only other option for spouses, like in Bertha’s case, was to be sent to a mental asylum or “mad house” and in the 1800s, the understanding of mental illness was not great and treatment of patients was deplorable. 

Aware of asylums’ cruelty towards patients, Rochester refused, keeping Bertha at Thornfield Hall and having someone oversee her to the best of his limited ability. 

When it comes to these themes, we have to remember the historical context of the time to get a better undertanding of the story, rather than place our own modern views straight on to it. As we all know, a lot can change in 200 years! 

So really, I feel sorry for all parties. Bertha for unfortunately having the illness she had, Rochester for getting tricked by the Masons and Jane for getting caught up in it all.  

This revelation leaves Jane questioning everything she holds dear. An observent Christian, it conflicts with her faith as well as her own standings that she cannot truly be happily in love with a married man. 

Honestly, anyone who is a fan of the book or seen the films can agree when I say that scene is heartbreaking for both parties. 

As well as this, we see the frank and raw depictions of the class system, the intellectual match and errant love between Jane and Rochester (who is approximately 20 years Jane’s senior) and how through extraordinary circumstances, two people in love can come back to each other. 

Like I said, I could go on forever about this book! But if you haven’t read it yet, seriously go and do! It’s awesome and a classic for a reason! 

Happy Sunday! 🙂 
Copyright, 2017

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LUSH Review: A French Kiss Bubble Bar

Hey guys, hope you’re all doing well wherever in the world you are! 🙂

So it’s been a little while since my last Lush review and I’ve been wanting to talk about this product for a while, so here goes.

A French Kiss Bubble Bar.

For those of you who know about this bubble bar, it’s designed to help soothe and calm, help with sleep and relax you with it’s lavender and rosemary ingredients.

I repurchased this recently after having a pretty crappy fortnight due to a bad bout of anxiety. That’s why I’ve not been posting as much recently, but I’ll be posting as regularly as before.

So anyway, with my anxiety being through the roof recently, I needed anything lavender related. So I took a Sunday afternoon trip to Lush and got this bubble bar.

Here’s the info from the Lush UK website:

“Treat your skin to the soft, herbal kisses of this fresh rosemary and lavender bubble bath. Crumble under running water for a paradisiacal bath full of the lavender and rosemary scents of Southern France. Relax as your troubles bubble away and extra virgin coconut oils softens your skin.” 

As you can see from the picture, it’s kinda shaped like a unicorn horn (unicorn fans where you at!) with purple and white swirls. 

When you buy it in the store, there’s a sprig of lavender in the bubble bar, which is pretty cool!

This product is suitable for vegans too, so hooray for that as well!

I first used this last year when I was still new to Lush products. Admittedly, I wasn’t keen at first. I thought it would be a little like a bath bomb (again, I was a Lush newbie with lots to learn!) 

At the time, I was wanting buckets of colour and an overpowering scent.

But using it a second time round, it’s grown on me and I actually think it’s a new favourite.

Even though the smell is strong in the bubble bar, it’s not as heavy duty as say the Twilight bath bomb or Sleepy body lotion.

 It’s subtle in a way that really calms you if you’re stressed or anxious. It will lessen if you use a lot of water so if you want a stronger smell, don’t fill the bath to the brim!

As far as colour and bubbles go, the water goes a pale purple colour and does make a decent amount of bubbles. If you want more, just rustle the water when you crumble in the bar and you’ll get more bubbles.

So I’d definitely recommend this product. It’s great for calming, soothing any stress or anxiety, lifting up your mood and all round having a nice, luxurious bubble bath! 🙂

 

Hope you enjoyed this post guys!

Happy Thursday! 🙂

 

Copyright, 2017

 *Lush UK: uk.lush.com/products/french-kiss-0

 

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New Release! Mills & Boon Review: Marrying The Rancher By Roz Denny Fox

Hello everyone! Coming at you with another new release review for you guys!

Marrying The Rancher by Roz Denny Fox, published by Mills & Boon Cherish.

This book was read as part of Mills & Boon Insiders. This does not in any way influence my opinions on this book.

So here’s the official blurb (credit: millsandboon.co.uk) and as this is a review: SPOILER ALERT 

“Welcome to Arizona – where love burns brightly under the desert sun!
The Arizona ranch was supposed to be their home – a place where Tandy Graham could start a new life with her young son. Instead, Tandy finds a community of hostile ranchers who expect her to fail. The only person they hate more? Her handsome new tenant, biologist Wyatt Hunt.
Tracking wildlife means Wyatt can never settle down. Still, he can’t stop himself from becoming more involved with life on the ranch, and with Tandy. As his feelings for her grow stronger, Wyatt knows he’s playing with fire – he’ll have to choose between the career he adores and the woman he loves.”

My rating: 3/5

It was a good story, but if I’m honest I wasn’t majorly enamoured with it.

I liked the ranch setting, being a city gal from the UK it was nice to learn a little more about ranch life in Arizona. I felt this setting was good to lay the foundations for the romance between ex-army servicewoman Tandy and biologist Wyatt.

After her father’s death, Tandy is trying to build a new life on the family ranch for herself and her boisterous son, Scotty. She’s a single mother, raising Scotty on her own after a painful divorce and an ex-husband who refuses to be in his son’s life.

Wyatt is a sweet guy. He cares about the wolves his work has reintroduced to the surrounding area, tracking them so he can make note of their progress. But he’s met with hostility by neighbouring ranchers, so much so they’re making it difficult for Tandy to hire any able cowboys to help her on the ranch, or to get a bull for her heifers.

He loves Tandy and proves himself to be a much needed Dad for Scotty, but doesn’t want his presence to make Tandy’s livelihood suffer.

The romance between Tandy and Wyatt is very much a nod to old-school romance. The interactions between all the characters along with the setting is very traditional.

I liked the relatively easy going relationship Tandy and Wyatt seem to form and he’s personally a hero I really routed for.

That being said, I found there to be a lack of romantic build up and when the romance does happen, I found the descriptions a bit mechanical Also at times I found the general dialogue a bit explanatory rather than emotional.

It’s a good story, but I personally would have liked to have seen more of Tandy and Wyatt’s inner monologues in regards to their romance and more emotion in said romantic moments.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review, guys!

I’ll be back with more reviews for Swooning Sundays! Stay tuned! 

Happy Sunday! 🙂

 

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Swooning Sundays! The CEO Daddy Next Door by Karen Booth

Hello my lovelies and welcome back to Swooning Sundays, where I review some of my favourite romance novels.

This week’s edition is a book fairly new on the market: The CEO Daddy Next Door by Karen Booth, published by Mills & Boon.

This book I actually referenced in my Why Have Single Dads Become So Popular In Romance Novels? post I did a while back (link’s down below if you want to read it) but I’ve only just got round to reading it.

https://alittlemooresite.wordpress.com/2017/07/02/why-have-single-dads-become-so-popular-in-romance-novels/

So here we go and as always: SPOILER ALERT!!

So this story is set in New York, where Ashley George, TV show host of Manhattan Matchmaker and Marcus Chambers, a British businessman for his family’s gin distillery, are at loggerheads with one another.

The two are next door neighbours, and Marcus’ complaints over Ashley’s apartment renovations are piling up.

Marcus doesn’t date casually. A single father to a beautiful baby girl, Lila, he only dates women he considers would be a good mother to his daughter. He’s fiercely protective of his little girl after his ex-wife walked out on him when Lila was only a newborn, resulting in a very painful divorce.

However, with business not going as well as planned and mounting pressure from her TV network, Ashley has a proposition for Marcus: she needs a date for a Manhattan Matchmaker party in exchange for the party promoting his family’s new gin. A big help for Marcus’ family business, as he and his sister Joanne are trying to crack the US market.

Turns out, these two have more chemistry then they originally wanted to let on!

I just finished reading this book recently and I absolutely adored it.

Reason being, the scenarios played out in the book, the character’s inner monologues and conflicts as well as a very organic progression in Ashley and Marcus’ relationship, was so believable.

The storyline wasn’t far fetched by any stretch. Marcus’ apprehension of bringing a woman in to his baby girl’s life, but also really wanting to find his daughter a loving mother figure (as well as a wife), having a stable and supportive family dynamic is a conflict I’m sure many parents can empathise with.

At the end of the day, we all want the best for our children.

Although in the beginning, there’s a few times Marcus can come off as blunt to the point of cold, but it’s not out of malice. The poor guy’s just been through a really crappy time.

But as he spends more time with Ashley, you really start to see the real Marcus unravel, showing us a very sweet, caring man who’s dedicated to his work and a doting father who just wants a family.

Aside from him settling down and being happily married, in his eyes his daughter can have the best possible start in life with both a mum and a dad.

As well as this, we see a huge emotional journey with Ashley as well. She’s the well known matchmaker whose own love life’s taken a battering after her last serious relationship with an older man broke down. He was ready to start a family, at the time she wasn’t due to her hectic work life.

As the story progresses we see more of Ashley’s background and why she really does Matchmaker, destroying the “It girl” reality TV persona and showing a woman from humble beginnings wanting to help people to best of her ability.

These revelations with both characters gives some really touching scenes where both parties realise they’ve seriously misjudged the other, paving the way for a really solid love to grow in mix with their physical attraction to each other.

This book was so well written. I loved the subtle humour in not only the hero and heroine’s dialogue, but their inner monologues similar to that of a romantic comedy. As well as this, when Marcus and Ashley finally let go of their self-doubts, these moments where they show how much they feel about each other is so touching.

That, and Lila’s appearances, especially with Marcus is just so damn adorable.

So, I’d highly recommend this book to anyone. Fantastically written and an all round lovely story.

 

Hope you enjoyed this guys, see you next week! 😀

Happy Sunday! 🙂
Copyright, 2017

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Hello my lovelies and welcome back to Swooning Sundays, where I review some of my favourite romance novels.

Apologies for not posting last week guys, it’s been a hella crazy time on my end recently!

So, this week’s edition is Encounter With A Commanding Officer by Charlotte Hawkes, published by Mills & Boon Medical Romance.

As you’ve gathered by the title, the hero’s a military man. So if that’s what you like, sit back, relax and enjoy the review! 🙂

As always: SPOILER ALERT!!

Overseas at Camp Razorwire. British Army Colonel Ash Stirling is an infantry man through and through. Back to back tours of duty, unparalleled acts of bravery and an iron control over his senses. So being transferred to the desk after the untimely death of another CO isn’t exactly ideal for a man who’s element is in the field. 

Ash has military rule written through him; he likes a firm control over every aspect of his life. That is until he meets Major Felicity Delaunay, a trauma doctor and General’s niece. The headstrong Major gets under Ash’s skin and the feeling is very much mutual with Fliss, threatening to unravel every bit of control they both have! 

Now, this kind of storyline might not be for everyone but I personally loved this book.

When it comes to military themed romances, it can be quite easy to romanticise it so much that it can disrespect the job.

But in my opinion, Charlotte Hawkes did a fantastic job highlighting romance whilst maintaining a pretty accurate portrayal of life in the Armed Forces. These men and women are trained in some of the most arduous of environments, the strictest of disciplines and experience things us civilians might never see in our lifetimes.

When it comes to romance, especially one on active duty with another serviceman/woman, our hero and heroine aren’t going to be gushing their emotions straight from the off. Definitely not.

But one thing I will say: Ash and Fliss’ chemistry straight from the off is palpable. Despite being at loggerheads in the beginning, they bounce off each other at work, as well as their unbelievable physical attraction to each other adding to the mix.

There was a bluntness and “not-beat-around-the-bush” attitude when it came to Ash and Fliss’ dedication to their work, as well as how they both learn about the other’s troubled past that, I personally, felt was still respectful to the job.

For which I’d have to say a round of applause to Ms. Hawkes.

That being said, underneath that initial toughness there is so much emotional conflict from both Ash and Fliss. Despite leaving them both (Ash more so) with a need to keep an iron control on their work lives, pockets of really deep emotion open up more as the story goes on, dealing with some pretty harrowing themes.

From losing every casualty after an explosion, Ash being victim to systematic abuse as a foster child, until being placed with the foster parents that would as he puts it, “save his life”, to Fliss enduring a tirade of emotional abuse from her mother all her life but still clinging to the false hope that her mother will change.

These two have been through some serious stuff and find comfort in each other.

You really feel for them and as well as their sizzling physical attraction, when we gradually see them open up to each other, those moments really tug at your heartstrings.

There were a few moments where I got a bit teary, and I don’t usually cry at books. So that’s saying something!

Which, despite their arrangement of only enjoying the two weeks leave they have together before parting ways, the strong bonds formed over that time (this couple have one of the strongest bonds I’ve seen in a romance novel) made them realise they had well and truly fallen for each other.

The emotional development in this novel is insane and you’re really taken on a journey. So props to Charlotte Hawkes for producing this awesome story!

I’d highly recommend this!

On a more serious note: Massive respect to all our men and women in the Armed Forces, you guys do a great job and we really appreciate what you do. Thanks guys! ❤

 

Hope you enjoyed this post guys! 🙂

Happy Sunday! 🙂

 

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Self-Care: 15 Ideas On A Day Off

With the stresses of modern living, we forget all too well that at times we just need some ‘me’ time.

Taking time out for yourself, be it an evening, a day or just five minutes is so important. Without it our health would suffer as there would be no time to relax, eliviate stress and get those endorphins and feel good hormones pumping.

Many of us look forward to our next day/s off from work. Also, many of us work so much taking a day to ourselves can feel a little alien.

If you’re unsure what to do on your next day off, here are some ideas:

  1. Get out in to the countryside in the fresh air if you can.
  2. Or stay in and have a pyjama day!
  3. Arrange a lunch date with a friend.
  4. Go to the cinema.
  5. Enjoy a nice relaxing bath.
  6. Light some scented candles (use responsibly guys!)
  7. Catch up on some reading.
  8. Spend some time with family.
  9. Go for some drinks with friends in the evening.
  10. Catch up on that Netflix series you’ve been wanting to watch.
  11. Have a walk in the park.
  12. If you can, go to a different city for the day/go to the seaside.
  13. Have a pamper session. Get a nice face mask (Korean sheet mask anyone?) and treat yo’self!
  14. Go to an art/dance/pottery class.
  15. Go out in to town and have a shop/window shop (or do it online if you prefer).

 

Hope you enjoyed this post guys, and on your next day off don’t forget to treat yourself! 

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