Down And Out In Beverly Heels – Kathryn Leigh Scott

Meg Barnes is a former A-list TV actress, still getting by with roles for a woman of a certain age, living the hollywood lifestyle in her dream home and married to a loving husband, property developer Paul. Unfortunately things head south when he heads to Mexico for a deal and gets kidnapped, possibly killed. In the months afterwards, Meg learns that her husband was not the man she’d thought he was and that she’s financially ruined- along with many of their friends. One year on she’s secretly living out of her car and publicly maintaining her dignity; Meg is back for pilot season in an attempt to revive her career and finances. Coinciding with her arrival back in town are various shady characters threatening her while searching for her (apparently still alive) husband and handsome FBI agent Jack Mitchell is pressuring her for more information, so Meg decides to undertake an investigation of her own.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Meg is a strong, resourceful and resilient leading lady, whose years provide her with experience and contacts. I appreciated the way she went out there and sorted her own life out, only accepting the minimum of help when in dire need. In fact she may have gone a bit too far in the other direction, resisting help from the FBI, but it made for a better read! Although we don’t find out Meg’s age, and it would be rude to ask, she must be at least 40, probably in her fifties; it was nice to have a slightly more mature heroine for a change.

Kooks for your Kindle?– The wide range of supporting characters were a testament to Meg’s kind personality, she stayed in touch with former colleagues whatever their current station in life, from high rollers right to the mentally ill bag lady. Donna, Meg’s fellow volunteer at Meals On Wheels, was her polar opposite, but not as daffy as she first seemed and very accommodating.

Painting a Picture for your Paperback?– My favourite aspect of the book was the setting, as a lover of showbiz gossip it’s great to read an insight like this which is clearly based on real life Hollywood experience. It’s all here, the luxurious living, the lavish parties, the fake personalities, the harsh realities of winning an acting role.

Nookie for your Nook?– Only a little time for love here, Meg’s too busy clearing her name and tracking down her conman.

Evaluation of your eBook?– It’s more of a mystery than a romance, and nicely done too. My only comments would be that it takes a while before Meg starts to fully take on the investigation, and the conclusion of the criminal plot was a little tricky to decipher. But it read well, fast paced, gripping and with a few unexpected twists and turns. The author clearly knows her stuff, she was in the original TV series Dark Shadows, and this makes the setting all the more realistic. Recommended for fellow Hollywood aficionados and if you like a bit of mystery in your frothy read.

Frothy Ranking: 3.5/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for £3.99, although a few weeks ago it was on special for 99p, so keep an eye out.

US: Amazon for $3.99.

Bella Summer Takes A Chance – Michele Gorman

What happens when loving someone is not the same as being in love, and it’s no longer enough? Bella Summer is thirty-eight years old and having a revelation- her long term relationship with Mattias is not enough, and her boring day job has sadly eclipsed her singing career. Bella’s pragmatic friend Kat thinks she’s crazy to give up a sure thing at that age when she herself has experienced the upside of a steady supportive partnership for many years. But when Kat suddenly finds unexpected true love, Bella has to be content with kissing a few frogs. Bella’s day job takes a nose dive so she goes all out to get noticed as a singer, taking advantage of one of the aforementioned frog’s contacts, and the hospitality of the ever supportive Matthias.

Kooks for your Kindle?– I loved the supporting characters in this, all have depth and flaws, from Bella’s three best friends Kat, Faith and Clare, to her new flatmate Fred and her former boyfriend Mattias. Fred was a new twist on the (in this case not) stereotypical GBF. The most interesting had to be Marjorie, who was in her nineties and led a fascinating life full of love and loss. The way she maintained her happiness and optimism was inspiring. Bella’s three besties were all undergoing relationship dramas themselves, all wildly different, and the relationships they had with each other were strong, intelligent and realistic.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– No moping around and awaiting rescue here, whether it was the search for true love or the search for the singing career Bella jumped in with both feet and tried everything, even resorting to some kind of speed dating event.

Painting a Picture for your Paperback?– The overall feeling is a tale of friendship, and the story was a little reminiscent of You Had Me At Hello in its intelligent tone. The dialogue felt very honest and real, with much debate about whether or not it’s necessary to be in love with your partner, or whether respect, love, supportiveness and friendship is enough.

Provoking your Inner-Pedant– Not error riddled in the slightest; regular readers will know how pathetically happy this makes me.

Evaluation of your eBook?– Loved it. I can always tell, because the story stays with me after it’s over and I wanted more. It’s a warm, funny, smart tale of love and friendship, with some ambition thrown in for good measure. It did not end in the overly-tidy manner that many frothy reads do; the unpredictability was refreshing, and I felt the postscript was not totally necessary, it could have ended before that with mystery- but to say more would be giving the game away!

Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for £2.05

US: On Amazon for $3.99.

A Passionate Love Affair With A Total Stranger – Lucy Robinson

Charley’s having the perfect day- throwing a typically lavish engagement party for her flatmate Sam, then finally receiving a text from her epically shaggable boss John asking on a long awaited date- unfortunately fate decides things are going a little too well and flings her down a hill breaking her pelvis and her leg in 2 places. Then things started to go really wrong. Her duties as director of communications for the launch of a lifesaving drug are passed to her evil deputy, Margot, and she discovers that John was actually trying to tell her that he’s engaged.

It’s just as well that Charley’s made of sterner stuff and incapable of doing nothing: In her 3 month enforced sick leave she starts a business ghost writing notes for those using dating websites. But things come to a head when her new enterprise takes off, she develops an unstoppable connection with one of her customer’s target dates, and she returns to work to do battle with the tenacious Margot.

Kooks for your Kindle?– Foul-mouthed top-heavy chef Hailey is Charley’s best friend, shed can always be counted on for un-sugarcoated honesty and has moved in with a sweetly nerdy guy she met online. John the boss is hard to resist, but doesn’t fit in as well with her friends and family. Flatmate and longtime friend Sam is a beautiful slob, aspiring actor and gentle soul despite his slutty ways. Charley’s twin sister Ness is more of a photographic negative than a mirror image, being tiny, chilled out and arty. The rest of her family are a bag of mixed nuts, none of them remotely like the driven Charley.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– While Charley is a six foot tall force of nature, it’s unusual to find a dedicated career woman with such a soft side. She loves to take care of her many friends, and to fill the little free time she has with extra curricular activities like languages and volunteering; she finds it amazingly hard to let go, be taken care of and do nothing for a while. This need to constantly schedule fulfilling self-improving activities and never have any downtime is a little frightening, and indicative of something missing in her life.

Nookie for your Nook?– Some, but the hilarious language is the part that will fail the mother-in-law-test!

Evaluation of your eBook?– I can occasionally be a little dense at guessing the twists in a book, preferring to be surprised, and didn’t get this one- others might! This was a very warm, adorable tale, without being sickly so, and the outcome (while it can be foreseen a little before it happens) is beautiful. I particularly adored the characters of Sam, who was very considerate and in touch with his feelings while still being like a disgusting younger brother, and Hailey, who really told it like it is. This is one of those books that stuck with me long after I finished it because the characters were so real and lovable. Charley’s banter with each of them was funny and realistic. The author seems to have started a theme of delightfully grandiose titles (this follows but is not a sequel to The Greatest Love Story of All Time), and i can’t wait to find out what comes next!

Frothy Ranking: 5/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for £1.99

US: Sometimes on Amazon, click here to check, but not on kobobooks or ebooks at the time of this review.

The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend – Nick Alexander

Thirty-nine year old CC’s life looks good on paper; a successful career in advertising, plenty of friends and a flat that she’s almost paid off. But something’s missing- a boyfriend- although a baby and a farm would be nice too, but first things first. CC approaches this with the same determination which which she handles her job, and attempts speed dating, but once is enough. Ditto for spontaneous weekends in France with VERY strange men. In the meantime her gay friends are living the dream, with coke-fueled parties, carefree hook-ups and occasionally finding love. Even her sexagenarian mother is sexing up a Moroccan twenty year old. Can CC get past the issues preventing her from opening up to new possibilities?

This is our second book from this author, having previously reviewed The Half-life Of Hannah, this one feels slightly younger and had more going on.

Kooks for your Kindle?– Apart from one girl, CC mainly surrounds herself with gay men friends, possibly in a subconscious bid to replace her late brother. Their dramas add to her own; there’s fun but depressed Darren, neighbour Mark is a little too desperate for a relationship, and lovely Victor, who doubles as her gynaecologist. Norman, the result of speed dating, seems hopeful initially but can CC see past his brown eyes? CC’s lonely mother is hard work, and has mysteriously taken up with her obscenely young holiday tour guide all of a sudden.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– CC is vaguely aware that she’s been damaged by losing her father and brother, and thinks she’s dealing with it by acquiring masses of self help books. Fortunately a bit of professional help works wonders. Her naturally diplomatic personality is not just useful with clients at work- it helps her handle her prickly mother. She’s mostly past her phase of abusive exes, but one continues to haunt her- why hasn’t she been able to cry for over twenty years? It sounds a bit doom and gloom, but CC’s proactive nature was positive, even if she didn’t quite know where to look for happiness. Sounds like she has a fabulous wardrobe though.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– This is all about relationships, how CC doesn’t realise she’s holding people at arm’s length, how her men friends choose disastrous ones, real life arguments with rude waiters and fellow customers, how her mother’s relationship is only borderline legal… CC believes that if she finds a good relationship, then the rest of her dreams will follow.

Evaluation of your eBook?– The irony of CC’s self help books hurting her didn’t fail to amuse, and it seems the author likes to throw a little surprise in for those among us who’ve led sheltered lives- in this instance, an unexpected fetish. I felt it could have been slightly shorter- I had time to devour it in one day, but those dipping into it might find it a little slow. While there are serious themes at work here (depression/drugs/ illness/fertility/bereavement), it is a surprisingly fun read with a sharp, witty narrative. Again, you wouldn’t know such a realistic everyday heroine was actually written by a man, she’s so convincing. The ending is satisfying, without being wrapped up too tidily, and now there is a sequel too- but don’t read the blurb on that or you’ll spoil the ending of this book! It’s currently a bargain on both sides of the Atlantic too.

Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon, currently only 65p.

US: Not currently on Amazon, but kobobooks have it for $1.44.

The Secret Supper Club / The Girls’ Guide to Love And Supper Clubs – Dana Bate

This book has something of a minor identity crisis, being published with slightly different titles on each side of the Atlantic. Our heroine Hannah, on the other hand, knows exactly what she wants to do with her life, she just has to ignore all the naysayers. She’s living with her boyfriend Adam in Washington, working on public policy for a think tank and dreaming of turning her hobby of cooking into a full time career. Unfortunately Adam is starting to resent the very reason he fell for her in the first place- Hannah is a loose cannon who speaks her mind.

Once things fall apart with them and with work, she moves into the basement of a kind hearted, budding politician, Blake, and takes a chance on starting a secret supper club. Unfortunately when you live in a tiny apartment you have to find new solutions to accommodate seatings of 12 people- especially when the illegal club goes viral, thanks to her talent and her friend Rachel’s flair for publicity.

Kooks for your Kindle?– A nicely balanced cast of supporting players here; Adam is awful without being a caricature, his narrow-minded ambitions preclude having a girlfriend with a personality. But he is not the only one who fails to take Hannah’s cooking dream seriously- her kind-hearted, blinkered parents also cannot understand why she doesn’t want to follow in their footsteps, and why she’s wasting her education and academic talent. Rachel is mostly a good friend, Hannah’s only supporter, but pushes her into taking risks with the supper club that lead to disaster. Blake is a good egg, he clearly has a soft spot for Hannah, but her underground club goes against his need for a spotless reputation for the purposes of his own small political goals.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– On the whole I found Hannah immensely likable and funny, and her confidence and outspoken nature to be refreshing. Unfortunately she’s also the architect of her own destruction! It’s a little painful when the heroine digs a hole for herself and you have to wait a while knowing that it will all blow up- and it really does. She makes some horrible mistakes with Blake’s trust, but nobody’s perfect.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– The whole story is set in Washington DC, city of focused, intelligent, ambitious young graduates clawing their way into politics. Hannah has the ability, but not the inclination or personality type to want to be among them. It was an interesting world that I’ve not read about before, and I didn’t understand a few references, but it doesn’t matter for the story.

Nookie for your Nook?– You’ll be drooling… over all the food descriptions!

Evaluation of your eBook?– As told by Hannah, the story has a witty, quick narrative. It’s an oft-used device among chick lit reads for a the heroine to get herself into a big irreversible tangle, but this results in the most comedy. However, the final supper club of the book is such a recipe for disaster that you won’t be surprised when the night implodes. The cooking sections are mouth-watering, without being overly detailed -the recipes are at the back! On the whole though, I found this tale interesting, funny, heart-warming, appetising and gripping. I believe this is the author’s debut, I would definitely read more.

Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for £1.74

US: Amazon for approx $10-$11– it fluctuates!

Women Of A Dangerous Age – Fanny Blake

On to some grown-up froth now, the heroines may be older, but the men problems continue unabated! Lou is in her mid-fifties, her birds have flown the nest and she’s finally seeing her husband for the man he really is; it’s time she moved on and found her own life. Ali is in her mid-forties and has been a serial mistress all her adult life, but she finds herself considering a larger commitment. The two meet on holiday in India and strike up an unusual friendship which also becomes a fruitful business partnership- until they discover they have more in common than they’d thought.

Kooks for your Kindle?– The supporting characters are all very well observed. Lou’s daughter Nic is a little self-absorbed and dismissive of what she perceives to be her flighty, irresponsible mother, but her world is shaken when she finds herself pregnant and then learns the truth about her father whom she’d idolised. Ali’s father is hiding the truth about what happened to her mother many years ago, and his carefully built armour crumbles when he finally admits the truth. Sanjeev, the man they meet on the plane back from India, is a charming enigma and just what’s needed. Finally, Lou’s estranged husband is the all-out bad guy of the tale, he continuously sinks to increasing depths as the tale progresses.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Both leading ladies are beautifully written; experienced, flawed, talented, vulnerable and strong. Both are in the process of a big life-change, Lou moving out and opening her long dreamed of vintage clothing shop, and Ali considering having her own man instead of somebody else’s. Lou portrayed as the arty type, with eclectic clothes, mad hair and disorganised nature. Ali is more private, controlled and cautious, although being the designer and manufacturer of jewellery, she too is artistic. I did get a little frustrated by Lou’s forgiving nature, but fortunately she has her limits. She and Ali’s fresh friendship is understandingly and realistically portrayed.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– The fateful holiday in India is a small, yet descriptive section at the start, the rest of the tale takes place in London. Despite that, the book has more of an intimate small town atmosphere.

Evaluation of your eBook?– The dangerous ages in question are around 45 and 55, I have yet to achieve either and still found it a page turner, so don’t be put off if you are much younger. My only minor point would be that the author does such an effective job of making Lou’s ex so incredibly skeevy that it’s hard to understand what anybody saw in him for all those years and why Lou considered reuniting at all. He might have benefited from a redeeming quality or two. I’m a sucker for a good revenge story, and there is a definite element of that here, some of it direct, but most of the revenge comes from living well. It’s a heartwarming tale of friendship too; as Lou observes, it’s harder to meet new friends as you get older, and the bond between Ali and Lou is complex and strong. Totally recommended.

Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for £3.99, although not long ago it was on special for £1.99- keep checking.

US: Amazon available from Aug 2013.

The Great Escape – Fiona Gibson

Three former student house-mates, thirteen years on, find themselves in rather more grown up situations. Hannah is getting married to a lovely man and wonders why she’s not looking forward to it- mostly thanks to her two step-children-to-be. They clearly don’t want her around, should she take the hint? Meanwhile, Sadie feels like a shadow of her former sexy, corset-designing self, having relegated herself to rural obscurity, neglected her marriage, and allowed her world to revolve around her twin 8-month old sons. Finally we have Lou, whose promising career making jewellery faded away along with her hopes of a baby, mainly because she needs to lose about 200lbs- of slacker boyfriend.

When the three old friends reconnect for a low-key hen weekend in their former university city of Glasgow, things turn out to be a little more eventful than planned- despite the lack of cheesy ‘L-plates’.

Kooks for your Kindle?– With three main ladies in addition to their people left behind at home for the weekend, there are a lot of characters within, and lots of compelling stories to explore. My favourite character was possibly Felix, the generous stranger they met on the train to Glasgow. His interest in the ladies was heartwarming, as was his supply of champagne and the subsequent weekend of cocktails. Spike was Lou’s aforementioned slacker boyfriend, who was thirteen years Lou’s senior but still her inferior in emotional maturity. He refused to let go of his dreams of reviving his musical career after a long-ago one-hit wonder, and was also deluded in his cheating shenanigans too. Petra was Hannah’s fiance’s first wife, an insecure, self-centred cellist, who was determined not to let Ryan find happiness without her.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Despite their initial (less than ideal) situations, none of the ladies have lost their spark. All are refreshingly assertive and intelligent in their own ways, even though they all clearly need to wise up and make some big changes at home.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– Don’t be deceived by the cover, although it’s fun and entertaining, it’s not as frothy as it looks; there’s more to it and a definite edge there. Themes of infidelity and identity are examined, especially with Sadie, adjusting to her full time job as Mum of twins.

Evaluation of your eBook?– We’re a little behind the times reviewing this one now, partly because the author has another book out right about now, as well as the fact that’s she’s been doing this a while and is chicklit royalty! The latter is demonstrated by how effortlessly written this book seems, while feeling top quality. The ending especially, unexpectedly written from someone else’s point of view, works beautifully. While some of the outcomes were anticipated, they didn’t happen quite as I expected, and were all satisfying. Ultimately it’s a sweet, thoughtful, fun read with some great original characters and a lovely conclusion.

Frothy Ranking: 4.5/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: From amazon for £2.99. Click on the price for the latest though, I got it for £1.99 not long ago.

US: Amazon have it for a variable price, click for latest, or Kobobooks have it for only $7.29.

Second Time Around – Erin Kaye

Jennifer may be 44 years old, but she looks and feels a lot younger- especially when she discovers the adage is true: You’re only as old as the man you feel! Smalltown Ballyfergus is scandalised- Ben is 28 years old AND he’s her son Matt’s new boss. Singleminded Ben won’t take no for an answer, he’s got it bad, but his Dad’s not about to let his hopes for grandkids pass, especially when there’s the Crawford business empire to hand down.

Unfortunately Jennifer’s own daughter is equally disapproving; Lucy is miserable on her university course and has developed a gambling problem. But finally Lucy has a boyfriend, Oren, who has shown her the joys of being a born again Christian of the Young Earth Creationist persuasion. How can her mother disgrace her so, just when she’s found her path?

Kooks for your Kindle?– Luckily Jennifer had a best friend Donna who was supportive of her new relationship, because most of her family were extremely disapproving- her controlling ex-husband David and his wife, Jennifer’s former friend Maggie, were more concerned about appearances. Matt took it surprisingly well, especially considering he had to work for Ben and was only a few years younger, but he had a sweetly tolerant disposition. The most memorable character had to be Oren, charismatic, manipulative and evangelical. His hold over Lucy caused a rift between her and her mother that looked to become beyond repair. Ben made a strong leading man, mature for his age, but haunted by an older brother whose shoes he’s reluctant to fill.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– I enjoyed Jennifer’s strength and independence, as well as the way she spoke her mind to Oren, if it had been otherwise, those parts would have been too hard to accept! Her treatment by outsiders as Ben’s girlfriend was heartbreaking, but real, as were her reservations about their future.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– The small town itself wasn’t as scandalised as I had expected, only really the families concerned. The author aims at the warm Irish humour market, which fits the bill, but there were a lot of negative characters to overcome, attempting to thwart the happy ending. Jennifer works in interior design, whereas Lucy and Ben are unknowingly trying to swap places, Lucy hates being in education and would prefer the real world, and Ben is the opposite.

Evaluation of your eBook?– Second Time Around has such an effective ‘bad guy’ that you’ll keep turning pages just to make sure his gets his comeuppance, especially as the world seems to turn against Jennifer. The romance is sweet, while the practicalities of it are realistically dealt with. Oddly, this is the second book I’ve read this week in which someone’s struggling with an addiction to online bingo, which is a bit spooky, but interesting to see how differently they’re handled. It’s a satisfying tale of finding love at any age, and how families come in all shapes and sizes these days.

Frothy Ranking: 3.5/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: On Amazon for £3.99, although recently it was only £1.99, click the price for the latest.

US: Amazon for $6.64.

Wait For Me – Elisabeth Naughton

Back across the Atlantic for some American contemporary fiction that’s quite tense; less chick-lit, more sexy thriller. Kate Alexander can only remember the last eighteen months of her life since her car accident; only her personal memories are gone, she still retains her professional knowledge as a geologist (similar to the amnesia condition in The Man Who Forgot His Wife). When her doctor husband Jake is killed in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, Kate’s identity and her past begin to unravel as confusing evidence comes to light- including a photo of a girl who could only be her daughter.

In San Francisco, Ryan Harrison is raising his 9 year old daughter, making a success of his business and dating the hottest women on the social scene- all the while staying emotionally detached, mourning his wife Anne who died in a plane crash 5 years earlier. When Kate, along with her 5 year old son, moves to San Francisco to investigate her past, their paths collide, but more questions are raised than answered. Together they discover what really happened to them all, and find themselves in even greater danger.

Kooks for your Kindle?– Like many heroes in american romantic fiction, Ryan’s the manliest of men, hard as nails in business and in physique, and passionate about his woman. His brother-in-law Mitch is similar but with more sense of fun, his secondary story with Simone the lawyer is a good companion piece to lighten the story. Nine year old Julia was especially entertaining with her age-inappropriate questions to make her Dad and uncle feel awkward.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– The dynamic between the cautious but (of course) devastatingly attractive Kate and the aforementioned uber-manly qualities of Ryan rather reminded me of some Stephanie Bond books, but with less froth and more of a mystery in the story line. Kate was pleasantly intelligent and go-getting, she also thought very quickly in a crisis.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– Warning: don’t start reading this in the bath tub, the beginning is such a page-turner your water will go COLD! The pace eased a little once everybody found out who they were, not quite living up to the promise of the beginning, but then intensified again towards the end with some good old life-threatening peril.

Nookie for your Nook?– No cheesy euphemisms here, just telling it like it (steamily) is; only to be recommended to the most cheeky of mother-in-laws.

Evaluation of your eBook?– In some ways it also reminded me of Before I Go To Sleep in as much as a woman’s memory damage was taken advantage of, but this book felt like more of a romance too. I had a minor reservation about the ending, lets just say there was a small betrayal that felt a little off. But I didn’t guess who the bad guy was, and that’s always good! This seems to be a departure into modern contemporary fiction for the author; most of her previous works have a muscular, topless, sweaty man on the cover and involve greek mythology or ancient artifacts; so quite an effective change of genres. I’d happily read more like this modern one, and if the prices stay as per the details below, make sure you snap it up as an absolute bargain for an easy, gripping read.

Frothy Ranking: 3.5/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Only 98p on Amazon.

US: Only 99c on Amazon.

All That Mullarkey – Sue Moorcroft

Cleo and Gav have had the perfect marriage, happily child-free and the envy of their friends, until one night the writing’s on the wall. Literally. Gav has an unwarranted jealousy attack and announces the end of their marriage- on the bedroom wallpaper in permanent marker. Cleo takes his word for it and ends up having a drunken unprotected one night stand with the lovely Justin, only to discover Gav wants them to try again.

Kooks for your Kindle?– Some great characters here, very well written; Cleo’s friends have their own problems, and her family is not helpful with the exception of her flighty sister. Gav is deluded and immature at best, it’s a little hard to see how they had such a good marriage before the events here. Justin is lovely, and it was good to have small portions of the book from his perspective.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Cleo is a well developed character with her own contradictions; while she’s smart and capable at work, she’s a basket case when it comes to men troubles! She does wait an awfully long time to face up to the consequences of her one night stand, but finds the strength to cope on her own very well.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– It’s set in a village near Peterborough, UK, but could work anywhere. A slightly tense atmosphere is well maintained for most of the book, especially when Justin starts being threatened by his former tenants and has to move in with Cleo.

Nookie for your Nook?– Cleo and Justin do have spectacular chemistry.

Evaluation of your eBook?– Cleo is a likable heroine, bold of character, compassionate and strong. Gav possibly overplayed his hand at the start, his jealous reaction to a simple school reunion bordered on psychotic, which made it difficult to empathise with him in his attempts to reconcile with Cleo. The premise was interesting, a real page-turner, a mystery, a couple of surprises at the end, and the conclusion brought things nicely full circle. This was my first from this author, but I’ll definitely read more if this good read is anything to go by.

Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for £1.99

US: for only $2.99 from Amazon.