Love to Hate YouTitle: Love to Hate You

Author: Anna Premoli

Pages: 259 Pages

Publisher: Aria

The Blurb

Jennifer and Ian have known each other for seven years. They are leaders of two different teams in the same London bank, and are constantly engaged in a running battle to be number one.

Ian is a handsome, wealthy and sought-after bachelor; Jennifer is a feisty, independent lawyer. When they are thrown together to work on the same project, Ian makes Jenny an offer she can’t refuse: to have free reign of their rich client if she pretends to be his girlfriend.

Soon, it becomes more and more difficult to tell the difference between fiction and reality…

The Review

Once again, my book reading has been led through the cover and not the blurb of the book. In the case of Love to Hate You by Anna Premoli I was very lucky because it is a brilliant, feisty and fun read.

Love to Hate You tells the story of Jennifer and Ian, bitter work rivals who sass and snark with each other on a daily basis and the tension between them is palpable. It really is only a matter of time before all the tension turns sexual.

I bloody loved this book; it was the kind of story that made me antisocial. As per usual with romantic stories, I bcame completely invested in Jennifer and Ian’s relationship. It was frustrating that Jennifer couldn’t see that she needed to get together with Ian and that she wouldn’t just allow herself to be happy. I think that is how you know it is a good book, when you begin to offer imaginary advice to the make-believe characters.

Love to Hate You tackles issues of class prejudice (from both sides), ambition and the emotional rollercoaster that is falling in love. It is engaging and funny with a big dollop of romance on top. It is, for me at least, the perfect summer read.

Love to Hate You by Anna Premoli is available now.

For more information regarding Aria (@Aria_Fiction) please visit www.ariafiction.com.

5 Stars

When Everything Feels Like the MoviesTitle: When Everything Feels Like the Movies

Author: Raziel Reid

Pages: 176 Pages

Publisher: Little Brown Book Group

The Blurb

Everyone wanted to break me. But stars aren’t broken, they explode. And I was the ultimate supernova.

My name was Jude. They called me Judy. I was beautiful either way.

School was basically a movie set. We were all just playing our parts. The Crew, the Extras, the Movie Stars. No one was ever real . . . especially me. I didn’t fit any category.

All the girls watched me – I could walk so much better than them in heels, and my make-up was always flawless.

All the boys wanted to, well, you know . . . even if they didn’t admit it.

They loved me, they hated me, but they could never ignore me.

I only had eyes for Luke. A red carpet rolled out from my heart towards him and this year, on Valentine’sDay, I was going to walk that carpet and find my mark next to him. It would be like a dream.

But my dream was going to turn into a nightmare.

This is my story.

#WEFLTM

The Review

Oh boy, oh boy. I am a big fan of LGBTQIA fiction (although I hate that there has to be a specific term to define said fiction). As someone who works in education, I personally feel that books which focus on characters that are part of the LGBTQIA community really goes above and beyond the way to make today’s (and future) generations stop any prejudices. That is my hope, anyway. It may be seen as completely naïve but I stand by that.

When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid is a LGBTQIA story with a difference. Personally, I found it a very divisive story. I liked parts of the story but I didn’t really like the main character, Jude. I found him to be obnoxious and aggressive and whilst I could see that Reid had created a character with a vulnerable side I don’t believe it was enough to win me over.

As a reader, I like to champion my protagonist and in this case I honestly couldn’t say that I rooted for him at all. Furthermore, I felt that the writing style was deliberately taboo and provocative at times, not because it was necessary but more for the shock and awe value. Personally, I find this poor storytelling; if you have to revert to taboo statements then it screams that you can’t tell me in a more florid way.

However, When Everything Feels Like the Movies highlighted the dangerous nature of prejudice among youth. This is something that I will forever champion in literature.

When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid is available from the 4th August 2016.

For more information regarding Raziel Reid (@razielreid) please visit www.razielreid.com.

For more information regarding Little Brown Book Group (@LittleBrownUK) please visit www.littlebrown.co.uk.

2 Stars

We'll Always Have ParisTitle: We’ll Always Have Paris

Author: Sue Watson

Pages: 416 Pages

Publisher: Little Brown UK

The Blurb

Does first love deserve a second chance?

When she was almost seventeen, Rosie Draper locked eyes with a charismatic student called Peter during their first week at art college, changing the course of her life forever. Now, on the cusp of sixty-five and recently widowed, Rosie is slowly coming to terms with a new future. And after a chance encounter with Peter, forty-seven years later, they both begin to wonder ‘what if’ . . .

Told with warmth, wit and humour, We’ll Always Have Paris is a charming, moving and uplifting novel about two people; the choices they make, the lives they lead and the love they share.

The Review

When I was fourteen, my best friend Ana and I decided that if we hadn’t met the man we loved and we weren’t married by the time we were 21 then we would join the army. 21 came round sooner than we cared to believe and rather than following through with our pact we shrugged our shoulders and carried on. We didn’t join the army and now at 32 we are both still unmarried. You may be wondering why I have prefaced my review with this anecdote but it is to highlight that the concept of time is often skewed by age.

In a sense, this is the point that underpins Sue Watson’s new novel We’ll Always Have Paris. Protagonist Rosie has recently been widowed and after a period of mourning she has decided that she needs to make changes in her life. This is made more evident when she bumps into her first love, Peter; the man who, at the tender age of seventeen, broke her fragile heart. Is this fate giving Rosie, at the age of 64, a second chance?

We’ll Always Have Paris is lovely. It is a story that reminds us that love has no boundaries – certainly not age – and that we should grab any chance given to us with both hands. Watson delicately handles the shift in family dynamics when someone dies. She deals with the pain and anxiety of losing a husband and a parent and the uncertainty when family members move on with their lives. It is a difficult issue sensitively handled.

We’ll Always Have Paris is a lovely story. It has heart, romance and truthfulness to it and I would thoroughly recommend it as your next summer read.

We’ll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson is available now.

For more information regarding Sue Watson (@suewatsonwriter) please visit www.suewatsonbooks.com.

For more information regarding Little Brown UK (@LittleBrownUK) please visit www.littlebrown.co.uk.

35 Stars

In Twenty YearsTitle: In Twenty Years

Author: Allison Winn Scotch

Pages: 322 Pages

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

The Blurb

Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.

But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality.

Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.

The Review

In Twenty Years is the first book that I have read by Allison Winn Scotch but it certainly won’t be my last. I loved this story.

It is about how our expectations of the future versus the reality often careen down very different paths. In Twenty Years focuses on five friends (Colin, Owen, Catherine, Annie and Lindy) who all turn up at their old university digs at the behest of Bea, their friend who died seventeen years ago. When they are there they start to reveal their true selves and not the picture perfect portrait in which they have previously presented their lives.

It is at their Alma Mata that they start confronting old grievances, present dramas and try to remember the hopeful, optimistic people that they once were.

In short, In Twenty Years is a wonderful book. It is a great read for those who are maybe a little dissatisfied with how their life has turned out; it is a reminder that life is what you make of it and that you have to make it count every day.

I really loved In Twenty Years. It was such a satisfying book. You loved all the characters but equally recognised their flaws. I think what impressed me most about Allison Winn Scotch’s reunion story is that she made the narrative unambiguously ambiguous. You had the closure you needed from the main story thread but the fact that not everything was tied up in a neat little bow made it all the more realistic; the cast of characters who made up In Twenty Years still had issues that they needed to resolve. This made it all the more realistic and as a reader I really appreciated this.

If I was going to describe this book to someone I would say it is a more readable and less macabre version of The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Much more readable, accessible and honestly it is just a much better story.

In Twenty Years deserves a place on your summer reading list.

In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch is available now.

For more information regarding Allison Winn Scotch (@aswinn) please visit www.allisonwinn.com.

4 Stars

Hi Folks,

On Tuesday, I will be taking part in Sue Watson’s We’ll Always Have Paris Blog Tour. It is a wonderful book and I hope you all get a chance to a) read my review and b) check out the book yourselves because it is beautiful.

Make sure that you check out the other blogs on this tour!

Have a great week 🙂

Lisa x

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