Saturday 23 April 2022

Book Review | A Brush With Love by Mazey Eddings | prettylittlewriter

This novel was a joy to read from start to finish! With some intensely romantic and sexy scenes, to some incredibly emotional and gut-wrenching moments.

Harper is anxiously awaiting placement into a top oral surgery residency program when she crashes (literally) into Dan. Harper would rather endure a Novocaine-free root canal than face any distractions, even one this adorable.

A first-year dental student with a family legacy to contend with, Dan doesn’t have the same passion for pulling teeth that Harper does. Though he finds himself falling for her, he is willing to play by Harper’s rules.

So with the greatest of intentions and the poorest of follow-throughs, the two set out to be “just friends.” But as they get to know each other better, Harper fears that trading fillings for feelings may make her lose control and can't risk her carefully ordered life coming undone, no matter how drool-worthy Dan is.'
Thank you so much to Isabella Wilson of Headline for sending me a copy of this wonderful book!

This was honestly just such a wonderfully heart-warming read, with the perfect amount of smut, and a sensitive approach to the serious topics such as panic attacks, anxiety and grief, it felt like snuggling up in a blanket with a warm cup of cocoa on a winter's day. I loved that Mazey also included a foreword regarding the sensitive topics, it was very thoughtful.

The characters are full of warmth and smart as hell (Harper is quite intimidating with her knowledge of Dentistry, I was in awe!), an Dan was the absolutely perfect gentleman, with just the right amount of protective anger (see 'You better keep Harper's name out of your filthy fucking mouth', so very HOT!)

All of Harper's friends are also absolutely epic, the most supportive and caring friends anyone could ever wish for. 

It has the perfect pace that keeps you reading until you can no longer keep your eyes open, desperate to find out how things turn out for Harper and Dan. 

Overall, I would highly recommend to anyone that loves a romcom, it truly is swoon-worthy! 

4/5 stars

Friday 15 April 2022

Book Review | The Birdcage by Eve Chase | prettylittlewriter

Thank you so much to Hanifa from Penguin Michael Joseph for sending me a copy of this gorgeous novel to read and review!

‘Kat, Flossie and Lauren are half-sisters who share a famous artist father - and a terrible secret.
Each has found their way of burying it. Over the years they've grown apart, and into wildly different lives. But an invitation to Rock Point, the Cornish cliff house where they once sat for their father's most celebrated painting, Girls with Birdcage, reunites them.
Rock Point is a beautiful, windswept place, thick with secrets, electrically charged with the one subject the family daren't discuss. And there is someone in the shadows watching the house, their every move. Someone who remembers the girls in the painting. What they did.
The sisters must unlock the truth to set themselves free - and find each other again.’

This book had me hooked from the start. With a dark secret between the sisters, and a dual timeline keeping us guessing what each of them know, I was desperate to unravel the mystery and it kept me up till the early hours reading most nights!

Most of the characters I did find unlikeable in some way (bar Lauren, she is very sincere and kind). Kat & Flora seemed very cruel in some ways, as you will discover when you read the novel, and this made me not care about them as much as I did Lauren, however, as we learn more about their lives through their chapters, I did warm to them more.

Their Father, Charlie, is a ladies man, with each daughter being to a different woman (I'm never a fan of a man-whore!), however, he does show how much he loves each daughter individually throughout the story and you see he is a devoted Father.

My favourite character was probably Bertha the Grey African Parrot, and I do wish she’d had a little bit more of a role within the story (she was very entertaining!).

Angie was probably my least favourite character from the beginning, but by the end of the novel, she does have a little bit of redemption.

There are quite a few secrets that are gradually unearthed, in which some of them I did guess, and it kept you wondering just what else the characters could be hiding (especially Charlie, his secrets seemed never-ending).

There are many emotional moments within the novel, with Lauren suffering from Anxiety/PTSD from an incident that happened in 1999, and between each sister when they discuss their own personal lives. It made me long to dive into the book and give each girl a cuddle! The reveal of the main secret is also quite a sad and emotional moment, which although I had guessed what had happened, it still made me tear up.

Eve Chase has created an encapsulating and enthralling story with a brilliant ensemble cast, and if you’re looking to dive in to a family drama/mystery novel, then I highly recommend this!

4/5 stars

Thursday 7 April 2022

Book Review | They All Lied by Louise Phillips | prettylittlewriter

Thank you so much Louise for sending me a copy of your book to read and review!


‘When Nadine Fitzmaurice, a manager in an insurance company, gets a distressed phone call from her eighteen-year-old daughter, Becca, telling her she's killed someone, Nadine's life is turned upside down. Now Becca is being held against her will and, determined to save her daughter, Nadine finds herself dragged into the underworld of organised crime - and under the scrutiny of Detective Sergeant Wren Moore.
But the more Nadine gets sucked in by those holding Becca, elements of her past, and a 'TRUTH or DARE' game that went terribly wrong years before, come to the surface. Eighteen years earlier, teenager, Evie Nolan went missing. She never came home.’

This is the first novel that I’ve read by Louise, and I wasn’t disappointed! A thrilling and encapsulating read, with some absolutely brilliant twists and turns!


The character of Nadine is so well written, with so many intricate details that I found myself unsure whether I could believe her side of the story. When she receives a call from her daughter saying she had killed someone, I was even questioning whether she had imagined the entire phone call! However, this phone call triggers a sequence of events that send Nadine spiralling into dangerous territory, including committing crimes. I often found myself questioning Nadine’s brother Gavin also, with something feeling very sketchy about him.


I was absolutely hooked throughout, unable to put the book down even if it was midnight and I had work the next day!


I was also unable to keep my mouth from gaping open at the twists within this book; each one had me thoroughly impressed with Louise’s writing, and left me questioning my sanity in places.


Overall, I was really impressed with this novel, and I now want to read Louise’s previous novels!


4/5 stars

Friday 1 April 2022

Book Review | Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton & James Patterson | prettylittlewriter

 A wonderfully country, heart-warming and fast-paced novel. 

'Every song tells a story.
She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her.
She’s also on the run. Find a future, lose a past.
Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny. It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her. And destroy her.'

I've always been a huge country music fan, and more specifically, Dolly Parton fan. When she announced this novel co-written with James Patterson, an author who's previous work I've also enjoyed, I knew it was going to be something I loved.

AnnieLee is just a joyous, badass, country-music hopeful with a hidden past that leaves you desperate to find out what has happened for her to constantly be looking over her shoulder. 
Ethan is an absolute angel, who you want desperately for AnnieLee to let in, as all he wants to do from the moment he meets her is take care of her. 
And Ruthanna, well, you can just tell that she has been modelled on Queen Dolly herself; she is the epitome of cool, she knows her worth and won't settle for less, and is just a complete and utter sweetheart. 

The novel has been written so well that you really do feel like you're in the heart of Nashville throughout, following AnnieLee as she tries to escape her past and chase her dreams. 
True Patterson style, the novel is also quick and snappy, with short chapters that keep you saying 'just one more' until you've practically read the whole book in one day. 

I cannot fault this novel at all as I love a quick-paced thriller, and I felt completely satisfied with the direction the story took. 

The only thing I was disappointed in was the ending, as I felt it was quite rushed, and that there wasn't quite enough romance involved, but otherwise, it was an absolutely brilliant novel!

4.5/5 stars