The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft

guilty wife

I ‘m guilty of many things.

But I’m innocent of murder.

Bethany Reston is happily married. But she also having an affair with a famous client. And no one can ever know.

When Bethany’s lover is brutally murdered, she has to hide her grief from everyone-but somebody knows her secrets-and soon Bethany finds herself the chief suspect as all the evidence begins to point to her. How can she prove her innocence-after concealing so much for so long?

The Guilty Wife is a gripping tale of betrayal, deceit, and duplicity.

The ending will stay with you long after you’ve finished the last page. A real page-turner with  lots of twist along the way! Fabulous!

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Brilliant Book Titles #330

home stretch

Blurb: 
George K. Ilsley explores his complex relationship with his aging father in this candid memoir full of sharp emotion and disarming humor. George’s father is ninety-one years old, a widower, and fiercely independent; an avid gardener, he’s sweet and more than a little eccentric. But he’s also a hoarder who makes embarrassing comments and invitations to women, and he has made no plans whatsoever for what is inevitably coming over the horizon.

Decades after George has moved four time zones away, he begins to make regular trips home to help care for his cranky and uncooperative father, and to sift through the hoarded fragments of his father’s life. In doing so, George is forced to confront some uncomfortable family secrets and ugly personal truths, only to discover that the inexorable power of life’s journey pulls everyone along in its wake.

The Home Stretch is a beguiling, moving book about aging parents who do not “go gently,” and their adult children who must reckon with their own past before helping to guide them on their way.

In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

dream house

A stunning, short read that captures the multifaceted dread of living with domestic abuse. Beautifully written with a unique framework that lifts it above mere memoir, this is a difficult read – one that left me, without realising, holding my breath as I tore through the pages – but an important, compelling one. Highly recommended.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

The Wrong Right Man by Aurora Rose Reynolds

The Wrong Right Man
Blurb: 

Waking up to a text asking why you stood up your blind date is not the best way to start the day especially when the man in question is lying in bed next to you.

Maybe Dakota Newton shouldn’t have assumed that the gorgeous man with a devastating smile, standing outside of the coffee shop was her date.

She probably… Okay, she definitely shouldn’t have slept with him, regardless of how hot the chemistry between them was. But, how could she know that Mr. Right was actually Mr. Wrong.

Brax Adam’s has been called a few things in his life, but a liar was never one of them. That all changes when he’s standing outside a coffee shop and approached by a beautiful woman who thinks he’s there to meet her for a blind date.

As a businessman, Brax knows to trust his gut and never let an opportunity pass him by so he pretends to be someone he’s not.
Maybe he shouldn’t have lied, maybe he should have come clean, but in the end it doesn’t matter because now he has to prove that he’s not the wrong man but the right one.

So what if he’s not the man she’s expecting, she’s the one he’s been waiting for.

Review:

Dakota wakes up after her blind date with news she doesn’t want to hear. The man she as supposed to meet last night is not the man that’s in her bed at this very moment. Not only is Braxton not her blind date but it turns out he is Daisy’s boss. In fact he is the CEO of the whole company.

Now You Know that Phrase…
Never Assume…
Because it makes an Ass of You and Me…

Braxton is and alpha male that you can’t help but love. He takes on look at Dakota knowing he is not her blind date but not saying anything because on that first look he knew he wanted her. He wants to protect her and look after her at any cost.

The Wrong/Right Man by Aurora Rose Reynolds is a light and low-angst read that you will have you hooked from the first chapter. The secondary characters are on point especially Dakota’s relationship with her brother Jamie. This is always a must for me. Overall this is a classic ARR story, but it could have had a bit more development in certain areas but if you love her books you will love this read.

4 Stars

Brilliant Book Titles #328

diamond stuff

Blurb: 
We Are Made Of Diamond Stuff is an innovative and critically British novel, taking issue with the dream of national belonging. Set on the Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England, it collides literary aesthetics with contemporary working class cultures and attitudes (B.S. Johnson and Reebok classics), works with themes of empire, embodiment and resistance, and interrogates autobiographical material including the queer migrant experience.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Blindsided by Amy Daws

Blindsided
Blurb: 

What happens when an almost thirty-year-old virgin agrees to let her Scottish footballer best friend give her some lessons in seduction?

Lots of banter, awkwardness, jealousy, and heat.

Midfielder Maclay “Mac” Logan is a loud-mouthed, tattooed ginger content with focusing on football. But when an adorably-freckled seamstress comes barrelling into his life, he finds Netflix-And-Bickering with her to be his new favourite pastime.

Freya Cook is used to being the invisible woman with a needle and thread, offering cheeky punch lines as she helps dress London’s finest. She’s plus-sized in body and spirit, and other than her friendship with Mac, talking to the opposite sex is one skill she never mastered.

However, after one innocent game of Never Have I Ever, Mac offers to play Love Coach for Freya.

What neither of them see coming are the feelings that develop when the clothes come off.

Now they’re both about to learn the biggest lesson of all: Don’t fall in love with your best friend.

Review: 

Blindsided was my first read from Amy Daws. I can’t remember why I picked it up I think it was recommended to me through Kindle unlimited so I went for it. Not realising that there where loads of other books and series and that a lot of the secondary characters where from previous books. This didn’t really matter to this story but I’m a sticker for reading books in order even if there not technology in a series.

Mac glares at me while maintaining his smile. “Just last week, you had an entire conversation with your salad about how if you could take a pill that made the lettuce taste like crisps, the two of you could actually be mates.” “That was a conversation between me and the romaine,” I quip, hating the way he mimicked my Cornish accent. No matter how hard I try to ditch it, that West Country twang slips out. “And you shouldn’t have been ear-wigging.”

Freya and Mac meet through friends over a year ago and have become great friends. They eat meals together, they watch a LOT of Netflix together and over the year they have become fast friends.

The world can often feel like a one-size-fits-all place, but applying a few alterations can make life a perfect fit. That and Spanx. God bless the creator of Spanx.

With their friends up and coming wedding where Freya is maid of honor and Mac is best man, Freya is desperate to have a date…

“I love your freckles!” he barks, splaying one hand out on the counter and using his other hand to bop my nose. “They make me want to play connect the dots on your wee face.”

The growing attraction between the both of them had me sitting at the edge of my sit with a huge lump in my throat wanting to know more. The hilarious banter between the two had me in stitches. This was such a sweet, fun and entertaining read I would highly recommend it and I’m off to read more by Amy Daws.

4 Stars

The Whisper Man by Alex North

whisper man

Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to a sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start. But all is not as idyllic as it seems.

Featherbank has a dark past.  Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Shortly after Tom and Jake arrive, a young boy disappears -and the nightmare begins……

In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.

Beautifully written and beautifully plotted – this is a definite page-turner. Proceed at your own risk!

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Brilliant Book Titles #327

my dark vanessa

Blurb: 
Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.

2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.

2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager—and who professed to worship only her—may be far different from what she has always believed?

Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Written with the haunting intimacy of The Girls and the creeping intensity of RoomMy Dark Vanessa is an era-defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural mores transforming our relationships and society itself.

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You can reserve a copy at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Brilliant Book Titles #326

chen chen

Blurb: 
In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.