When Leah Harvey catches her fiancé Doug having sex with her bridesmaid the day before the wedding she flees in anger. Things continue to go pear shaped when the car she steals (from her now ex-fiancé) breaks down. In the middle of rural Scotland. During a freak blizzard. Whilst she is still wearing her wedding dress and heels. Deciding that there is no other option but to walk to the light flickering in the distance, Leah braves the storm and heads towards a lonely cottage in the middle of a field.

In said cottage is Rob, American but from Italian descent, he has come to Scotland for the chance to be alone. To wallow in self pity. To drink himself silly on whisky and hide away from all the Christmas cheer. That is until a half frozen bride turns up on his doorstep, passes out and ultimately turns his world upside down.


Cold Feet at Christmas by Debbie Johnson has to be classed as one of the better Christmas based novels that I have read as part of my #Festive Feature. This is not to say that the others were not good, some of them were brilliant but Cold Feet at Christmas just had so much warmth and heart to its story.

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Rob and Leah. However, as much as I loved them I wanted to bang their heads together for both being so similar, so stubborn and so damn argumentative. Yet this is what is great about this romance novel. The build up to their union was so delicious. We can see how much they are meant to be together; their sexual trysts provided the proof of that but like all good writers Debbie Johnson left us wanting more with each chapter until the tension reached its sparkling crescendo.

This book did truly leave me satisfied as a reader of the romance genre. I finished reading it feeling the frisson of magic, the warm and fuzzies through the love and with a smile on my face that comes with the comforting knowledge that the writer hasn’t left you with anything ambiguous to darken your day.

Cold Feet at Christmas by Debbie Johnson is available now.

You can follow Debbie Johnson (@debbiemjohnson) on Twitter.

Cold Feet at Christmas


Long distance relationships are never easy. It is even more difficult when 50% of the partnership is in prison. Yet this is what happened in Yours for Eternity, the real life story of Damien Echols and Lorri Davis. Echols was wrongly accused of murder and spent a total of 18 years in jail and on death row. After watching a documentary about the case Davis was inspired to write to Echols and what began as friendship developed into love.


Echols and Davis’ love story is the focal point of this narrative. It is almost incomprehensible that the couple managed to sustain their love in such dire and murky circumstances. However, that is the one thing that you do not doubt in Yours for Eternity. It is almost overwhelming and I guess at times it is also a little scary. Their love is so powerful it almost jumps off the page.

Some could argue that it is in poor taste to release a book like this – exposing not only themselves but also their love, something that is personal but overall it kind of gives people hope. If a love can be sustained in such desperate measures then surely other people in the world can make their relationships work?

The book was a fascinating account of the American judicial system and how sometimes we put our trust in things and people and they can let us down. It was also an eye opener in the sense that having never been in prison myself I was invited into a world – a truthful real life account – which I have no other way of knowing about. The loneliness, isolation and sheer depressing nature was cleverly – yet I am guessing, not intentionally – juxtaposed with the hopeful optimism of bourgeoning love. It was very dramatic.

I won’t lie to you, this wasn’t an easy book to read and unlike a fictional story there is no easy build up to a conclusion. You begin to feel as desperate as you would imagine Echols and Davis to have felt. There seemed to be no reprieve from the prison sentence. Yet the ending just appears – bang – out of nowhere and you feel like the story is done. And as much as I have sung the praises for the love story between these two characters, once again, it isn’t easy to read about. Love hurts and this is an even more harsh account of the daily toils of a relationship. So if you are looking for something that is light and fluffy, this isn’t the book for you, however, if you want something gritty, experience expanding and don’t mind a little realism then pick up your copy today.

Yours for Eternity by Damien Echols and Lorri Davis is available now.

Yours For Eternity

Ho ho ho!

Yes folks we have reached December and I am feeling festive. This could be because I have been super organised this year and have nearly all my Christmas presents bought (it helps that I started buying them in August) and the majority of them wrapped. Please don’t feel too envious because this isn’t how I usually do things; usually I am running around on my final payday in a mad panic.

Anywho, before I go into what I managed to read this week and indeed what I plan to read in this upcoming week I have to talk about The Fault in our Stars. I read the book last year and I was broken. Only a few books have ever managed to do this to me; A Walk to Remember and Me Before You are included in this list. This weekend, my mother and I decided to watch the movie. Oh my wow. I spent the last forty minutes a crumbling mess: tears, red face and yes the ever attractive snot bubbles. I must give kudos to the filmmakers because they stuck so very closely to the John Green book. It is absolutely stunning. If you haven’t read the book then read it, then watch the movie. Have tissues handy, you have been warned!

Back to matters at hand, my week of books. This has been a pretty good week for reading. I have read:

Waiting for Doggo by Mark B. Mills

Skating at Somerset House by Nikki Moore

Both of these have been reviewed this week. I have also read:

Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row by Damien Echols and Lorri Davis (02.12.14)

Losing Heart by Donna Brown (06.12.14)

Cold Feet at Christmas by Debbie Johnson (03.12.14)

This week I plan to read:

It Happened on Broadway by Myra Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer

The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Talli Rowland

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

The Shape of Shit to Come by Alan McArthur and Steve Lowe

Let’s hope it is a good easy reading week.

Ooh and for those who are keeping tally on things, my NetGalley percentage is now up to 29.4% – only 0.6% until I get to 30% – whoop whoop!

Have a good reading week.

L x


Having had to look after herself since she was a child, Zoey has built an impenetrable wall of hostility around her. However, when her friend Maya needs her help Zoey has to let her defences down and allow outsiders in. This includes Kellen, Maya’s brother-in-law.

Can Kellen help melt Zoey’s icy exterior?


When I first picked up this book I was seriously misled by its cover. It looked like a light hearted chick-lit; a bit of comic relief. Instantly, I was proven to be wrong. Within the first chapter you had families living in trailer parks, abandoned teenagers, school yard pregnancies, underage drinking and abusive fathers; all in the very first chapter. I started to wonder what I had let myself in for.

What I hadn’t prepared myself for – even after this initial shock – is how much I would fall for these characters. Our protagonist, Zoey, is a tough nut to crack yet she has a heart of gold and a vulnerability that is kind of heartbreaking. You cannot help but want her to have all the good things that life has to offer.

Kellen is essentially a nice guy but his niceness tends to leave him missing out. He is calm, confident and develops a new and exciting bolshie attitude that even leaves Zoey flustered. It is almost like they balance each other out. With all good love stories – and believe me, this is a damn good love story – you find yourself yelling at the book when things go awry.

Besides the cast of characters, Zoey and the Nice Guy deals with the contentious issue of domestic violence. Not a subject to be handled lightly and fair play to Ashby she doesn’t overplay it nor does she have it as a catalyst and then sweep it aside. This plot thread is consistent throughout the story and deals with not only the physical wounds but the psychological ones of the victim but also those around her. It is interesting to see how different corners of a social group would respond – hatred, shame and even denial.

It is due to these reasons that I fully recommend Zoey and the Nice Guy. I will warn you not to be fooled by the cover. Besides the darker topics mentioned above Ashby also engages in quite graphic sex scenes and also throws in the odd (or very frequent) cuss word.

Zoey and the Nice Guy by Carter Ashby is available now.

You can follow Carter Ashby on Twitter @CarterAshby

Zoey and the nice Guy


Delia Moss has made a decision. It is the 21st century and she wants the world to know how much she is in love with her boyfriend of ten years, Paul. She plans to propose to him. However, as with all best laid plans things start to go a bit awry. Especially only moments after accepting her proposal, Paul incorrectly texts Delia a message intended for his mistress.

Heartbroken, Delia flees to London – away from the life that she knew, a life she was comfortable with and a life that she really wanted. However, London has a few tricks up its patriotic sleeves to help Delia realise that she is better, stronger and wiser than her northern upbringing initially reveal.


It is silly just how much I loved this book. Within the first few pages I was hooked. I was blindsided by just how much emotion I was feeling towards Delia’s situation. I mean, it could be argued that the protagonist wronged by her partner is a storyline done to death but Mhairi McFarlane had me wheezing with panic over the happenings of Delia’s love life. Suffice to say, the whole cheating scandal is probable every hopeless romantic’s worst nightmare and imagining myself in Delia’s situation was utterly heartbreaking even though it was through the vicarious activity of reading rather than facing it myself.

What McFarlane manages to do though is offer light at the end of this dark and melancholy tunnel. She shows us how strong a character can be, in fact how strong we can be in that self same situation. Furthermore, what is most noteworthy about this author is that she takes risks. She won’t go for the easy option or the one that her readers will agree with and plenty of times throughout this story I did yell at the book. However, it is an impressive thing when an author will monkey with your mind for the purpose of the better outcome. For this, I salute Mhairi McFarlane.

It’s Not Me, It’s You is a juggernaut of a chick-lit with so many emotions, so many adventures and so many possible outcomes it will keep you guessing until the very end. This should be on every readers Christmas Wish List…heck forget Christmas, buy it now and just hide for the weekend and read it all.

It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane is available now.

You can follow Mhairi McFarlane on Twitter @MhairiMcF

It's Not Me It's You