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Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

“Hannah Bellinger had always been more of a supporting actress than a leading lady.”

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Number of Pages: 400

Date of Publication: 14 April 2022

Publisher: Avon

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: A light, entertaining read that I struggled to put down!

📖PLOT SUMMARY📖   

King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time–in bed and out–and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is.

Now, Hannah’s in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom. She knows he’s a notorious ladies’ man, but they’re definitely just friends. In fact, she’s nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague and Fox is just the person to help with her lackluster love life. Armed with a few tips from Westport’s resident Casanova, Hannah sets out to catch her coworker’s eye… yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead. As the line between friendship and flirtation begins to blur, Hannah can’t deny she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost.

Living with his best friend should have been easy. Except now she’s walking around in a towel, sleeping right across the hall, and Fox is fantasizing about waking up next to her for the rest of his life and… and… man overboard! He’s fallen for her, hook, line, and sinker. Helping her flirt with another guy is pure torture, but maybe if Fox can tackle his inner demons and show Hannah he’s all in, she’ll choose him instead?

In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man…

💭THOUGHTS💭

I had seen the first book (It Happened One Summer) around on Instagram and had that on hold at the library when this one came up as a Blog Tour. I jumped at the chance and hoped that I would be able to read the first one beforehand! As it happened I did manage to read the first one and loved it, so I had high hopes for this one. It didn’t disappoint. In fact I would even go so far as to say that I preferred this second one, but you do need to read It Happened One Summer first, because not only are there are a few references dotted around, it also helps to give a more rounded picture of the main character in this story, Hannah.

The writing was light, entertaining and had me hooked from the beginning. I struggled to put it down and looked forward to reading more of it each evening. Some of the intimacy scenes were quite lengthy in places, but they didn’t do anything to hamper my enjoyment of the book. I enjoyed the style of writing and the fact that it was all character thought and conversation. You didn’t really need a lot of other details because you were so drawn in to what was happening to the characters.

The chapters were fairly lengthy, but it didn’t feel like a chore to get to the end. I was completly taken in and it came as a surprise when I was suddenly at the end of a chapter! Some were clearly split with little pictures of anchors, which I enjoyed (the split indicated a change in character perspective so it was always clear as to what was going on).

I liked the way that each chapter was taken from the point of view of either Hannah or Fox and were generally first one of them then the other. For a split chapter it was the same, first one and then the other. It was easy to follow and built up the story well. It was good to see what the other character was thinking at the same time as the other one. I feel like I got to know the characters really well and really routed for them. 

Lastly on the chapters, I enjoyed the epilogue at the end. It was nice to see what the characters did next and gave me closure. 

With regards to the characters I loved them. I loved all their flaws and the way that Hannah wanted to help Fox. It was great to be able to see their relationship grow and for them to grow as individuals. It was a generally enjoyable (and emotional!) journey to be on with them and it was this that made me prefer this story over the first one.

There were some emotional moments, and it was lovely to see the characters work through them (both individually and together) and to come out the other side stronger. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the seaside village setting and think that it was a great backdrop for the story of Hannah and Fox. I loved the way that Hannah came back from LA and a little more of Westport was described. 

Overall I loved it and would recommend it once you have read It Happened One Summer. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Books that I have been seeing all over Instagram this week…

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Welcome to my All Over Instagram post! I am always interested in seeing what other people are reading and so each week I will highlight the book/s that have been catching my attention on Instagram.

As with the last two weeks, Colleen Hoover books are still very much floating about. Reminders of Him seems to be slightly more popular, but otherwise it is just a nice mix of her books.

At the beginning of this week I was seeing a fair amount of The Maid by Nita Prose, The Holy Book of Luck by Ahmad Saed Alzein and Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano. By the end of the week I was still seeing Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead, plus Finlay Donovan Is Killing it (the first one in the Finlay Donovan series) and a resurgence of The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (which I can personally highly recommend – click here for my review).

The Maid by Nita Prose (click for link to Goodreads)
The Holy Book of Luck by Ahmad Saed Alzein (click for link to Goodreads)
Finlay Donovan Is Killing itby Elle Cosimano (click for link to Goodreads)
Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano (click for link to Goodreads)
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (click for link to Goodreads)

What books have caught your attention this week?

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Books that I have been seeing all over Instagram this week…

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Welcome to my All Over Instagram post! I am always interested in seeing what other people are reading and so each week I will highlight the book/s that have been catching my attention on Instagram.

As with last week there are still a fair amount of Coleen Hoover books around. She had a new one out (Reminders of Him published on 18 January 2022), but I believe that people are also generally reading her other books. Over the Halloween period I saw a lot of people reading Verity and then in November people were reading November 9.

Other than the above, there hasn’t been a particular stand out book this week, however I have seen a couple of posts about House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas (published 3 March 2020) and To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara (published 11 January 2022).

House of Earth and Blood By Sarah J Maas
To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

Click image for link to Goodreads

What books have caught your attention this week?

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Books that I have been seeing all over Instagram this week…

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Welcome to my All Over Instagram post. As you know I run an Instagram/Bookstagram account alongside this blog which means that I spend quite a lot of time on Instagram!

I love seeing what other people are reading and so I thought that this weekly post would be ideal for highlighting the most popular author/book/books of the week!

This week the most popular books were Colleen Hoover’s books It Ends With Us and Reminders of Him:

It Ends With Us

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up
— she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.”

Reminders of Him

Book Description From Goodreads:

A troubled young mother yearns for a shot at redemption in this heartbreaking yet hopeful story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.

After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself.

The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.

The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing.”

There have been other books by Colleen Hoover also floating around for the past few weeks, so I feel that she is quite a popular author at the moment! I might have to have a look at some of her stuff!

Have you read any of her books? What did you think of them?

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Book Review – The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Available at the library – this is my own personal copy

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖 

As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation.

Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding… six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

💭THOUGHTS💭

I have been waiting a long time to read this book. It has been all over Instagram and has had such positive reviews. I saw that the library had copies, but the waiting list was quite vague and months were mentioned. I decided therefore that it would be quicker for me to ask for it as a Christmas present! I can honestly say that this book lives up to the hype. It will take an awful lot for this book not to be my book of the month. 

The writing was clear and engaging. I really struggled to put it down. Every spare moment I had (and didn’t have!) I would pick up this book wanting to see what was going to happen next. It was full of mishaps and miscommunications which kept my interest throughout. I loved the humour that was added even though there were some serious issues that were highlighted in the book.

The chapters were fairly long and almost like a mini story all of their own. Each chapter opened with a hypothesis which was then ‘worked through’ throughout the chapter. I enjoyed that and couldn’t wait to see how the hypothesis was going to work out. 

The main characters were excellent. I loved the fact that they were polar opposites and yet they just gelled together. It was so sweet and I really enjoyed reading about their journey.  

I loved the setting of academia. It is not something I often read about so it was something different for me. I think that it gave the story a unique edge to it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was also interesting to see that the author had experience of this environment and so that added some authenticity to the story (despite the ridiculous things that kept happening to the main characters!).

Overall I really loved this book and will certainly be recommending it to people. 5 star plus rating from me!

⭐Rated 5/5⭐


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Book Review – The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan


📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

When the department store she works in closes for good, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. She doesn’t want to move in with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house with her perfect children and her perfectly ordered Edinburgh life.

Frankly, Sofia doesn’t exactly want Carmen there either. Her sister has always been sarcastic and difficult. But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and a client who needs a retail assistant for his ailing bookshop, so welcoming Carmen might still have some benefits for everyone.

At Sofia’s behest, Carmen is thrown into the daily workings of old Mr. McCredie’s ancient bookshop on the streets of the old dark city. Can she use her design skills to revamp the store and bring it back to popularity in time to benefit from Christmas shopping traffic? Can she choose between bad boy literary rock star Blair and quiet Quaker student Oke? And will she heal the rift with the most important people of all: her family?

💭THOUGHTS💭

I had seen this book around and was desperate to read it! I can honestly say that it didn’t disappoint me! There is a worry that you set too high expectations for a book that you have seen around gathering positive reviews, and then when you read it, it doesn’t live up to those expectations and you are left feeling disappointed, however I needn’t have worried, it was a great first book of the year to read! 

The writing was simple, clear and humorous in places. The descriptions of Edinburgh and the bookshop were amazing. I really felt like I was there and now immediately want to visit Scotland (when I say immediately I mean in a few years time when the pandemic might be over?!). My interest was kept from beginning to end and I stayed up late on a couple of occassions because I didn’t want to put it down!

The chapters were fairly long so you got immersed in one part of the story before moving on. I particularly appreciated the little picture above the chapter number. 

The characters were great. I loved the mixture of personalities and how they all worked together to create this magical Christmas story. There was the typical romance element, but I also liked the ‘villains’ of the peace to keep you on your toes! 

Lastly the settings. They were lovely. I have wanted to read about a bookshop at Christmas for a long time and now here it is! I thought that Edinburgh was an excellent setting and made the bookshop seem even more magical. The fact that the bookshop had hidden rooms made it all the more exciting. 

The one criticism that I do have about this book is that I feel that the ending didn’t have enough closure. There were a lot of things that were touched upon throughout the book that I felt weren’t tied up. I was left wanting more answers than I received! 

Overall a great Christmas read and one that I highly recommend.

⭐Rated 5/5⭐


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Pandemic Reading List 2021 – The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – Popular on Social Media

Available at the library

I was quite excited when I found out that Richard Osman had written a book. I like his TV programme House of Games and I like him as a co-host on Pointless, so I was interested to see what sort of book he would write. I was slightly concerned that it might be a bit high brow for me, but I need not have worried.

There were a mix of reviews around, but I decided to ignore them and approach the book with an open mind. 

I was not disappointed. There were lots of twists and turns that were cleverly written and kept me guessing until the end. I have read a lot of murder mysteries, but this one was unique in its setting and it really held my interest. 

I loved all the characters with their individual background stories lightly touched upon and the setting of a residential home. It was a lovely little community (despite the sometimes concerning back stories) and made me want that for my future! I can’t wait to read the next book and pre ordered it pretty much straight after reading this one!

Rated 5/5

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A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas – Popular on Social Media

Available at the library

📖PLOT SUMMARY📖

The story of Nesta, Cassian and the Trove. 

Nesta needs to sort herself out physically and mentally and finds herself in training with Cassian. Whilst she initially tries to get out of it and does her best to keep people at arm’s length, she soon learns that it is actually doing her some good and the end result is love, friendship and forgiveness through her hard work and perseverance.

💭THOUGHTS💭

As soon as I had finished the last one I was straight onto the library app for this one. I was thrilled when there wasn’t a waiting list! So far I have had to wait weeks for all the others so this time I was able to go seamlessly from one book to the next!

As with the previous books I was gripped from the beginning and sad when I had finished it. I was initially a little bit daunted by the size, but once I got into it I barely noticed it! 

I love the world that Sarah J Maas has created and it was lovely to see Nesta in a different light. I actually felt for her and completely softened towards her in a way that I never thought possible. I wanted the other characters to see what we were now seeing and I couldn’t believe that they didn’t see the changes that we as the reader could see. I was really routing for her and was glad that she made some lovely friends who both understood her and helped her get through her difficulties. 

I really enjoyed the friendship, forgiveness, hard work and love shown throughout this story. 

The settings as usual were amazing, even the dark ones. I think that you need the dark settings to appreciate the beauty of the other settings more. The settings also really accentuated the mood of the book and highlighted further what was going on for the characters.

In conclusion this book is definitely part of a new favourite series of mine and I look forward to reading more!


⭐ Rated 5/5⭐


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Now on TV – Pandemic Reading List 2020 – A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I was recommended this series by a friend back in 2018 and bought this first book for 99p on Kindle to give it a go (it is also available at the library).

Everything about it should have made for an excellent read and so I made an eager start on it. Whilst it was good in short bursts, it didn’t keep my interest for long and in the end I forgot about it. It wasn’t until last year that I made myself sit and read it a) to say that I had finished it and b)in preparation for the television series.

I was disappointed because it’s usually the sort of story that holds my interest and makes me excited to read more, so I’m not quite sure what happened. The characters are good and their adventures are exciting so maybe it was just the style of writing that didn’t grip me. 

Whilst it was an average read for me, I do want to finish the series of books. I have enjoyed watching the TV adaptation so far so also want to finish the books before I see the next series!

Rated 3/5


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