Blog Tours

Trust by L Chapman

Firstly I’d like to apologise for being so late posting this! It’s been a manic couple of days and I’ve not had five minutes to read. That changed when I locked myself away for some quality time with my kindle and decided to finish this book.

So without further ado, I’ll share a little synopsis of the book for you and then we’ll crack straight on with the review!

 

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Lovely Megan Madden has lost her faith in men. But this has not kept her from the joy of her best friend’s up coming wedding. While in London shopping for the big event, Megan’s life takes a surprising turn when a quick drink brings changes to her life she never saw coming. Join in the roller coaster of emotions Megan must endure as she attempts to regain her TRUST.

Who knew a quiet drink could change your life?

 

 

Like it so far? Well read on to enjoy the rest of our four star review for ‘Trust’….

A romance, told from the perspective of Megan, a pregnant singleton who appears to be off men, that is until Mark shows up at the bar and in a very forward (and at times bordering on stalker-ish style) sweeps Megan off her feet, or so it would seem. And that is really all I can tell you without spoilers!

 

So I guess you want to know what I thought? Well, in a nutshell, it was rather enjoyable, even in aspects were a little hard for me to get into. As a newcomer to the romance genre (I’m looking for my own Mr Right so I’m canvassing book boyfriends to fill time!) I have to say, at times this was just a little too soppy for me, too perfect, that was until the twist about half way through, and then it got much more believable, but you get where I’m coming from. There was also the fact that this story is a bit of a slow starter. You do need to keep reading until about 50% of the way through before, and I promise you this, Chapman hooks you nice and strong and you can’t put the book down.

 

The plot is, at times, quite ambling. It does develop well, but sometimes it could just be a little faster paced to help you engage more with the story being told. However, that being said, I cannot fault the final few chapters which are simply a delight to read and incredibly hard to stop reading once you start. They have the momentum and pace of a freight train heading downhill without any brakes, and it is incredibly hard not to get swept up in the emotions of Megan and the other characters as their little world seems to go to hell in a fast car and back again several times. Add to that some really jarring twists and turns as the plot develops and you are left with whiplash from the sudden u-turns the story takes. Credit is most definitely due for Chapman in turning what I felt would be a very run of the mill story into something out of the ordinary.

 

The characters are a mixed bag. Megan is very believable in a modern society, and her lifestyle, attitude to dating, the whole package is like dipping into my own head, or that of my friends. Mark, on the other hand, is a bit harder to get used to. Yes he’s romantic, yes he’s attractive, yes he’s loaded, but at times he is just, quite simply, too ‘in your face’. He’s the only character I really didn’t feel was entirely believable and I found it harder to engage with him. That is until we got to know his character flaws and he was no longer the perfect guy! Somehow, even reading perfection worries me because it makes it that much harder to find in real life, so on balance, I guess Mark is a normal guy! The supporting characters are an engaging and diverse, even if we don’t really get much chance to get to know them.

 

In conclusion, this is an enjoyable and easy read that would be well suited to poolside reading or a nice relaxing afternoon. It’s not too long, which is always a bonus as it keeps the visit to Megan’s world short and sweet, and I think the length is pitched just right. Pace is better in the second half, as is the plot, but I have to say, I’m very much looking forward to hiding away and reading the next in the series. And on that note, I’m off to find a quiet corner to read!

 

Make sure you drop by tomorrow for our interview with L Chapman as part of her blog tour, and also on Friday for our review of ‘Veiled’, including some sneaky snippets!

 

Does this sound like your kind of book? If so, you can purchase it on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Smashwords now.

 

In the meantime, if you liked what you read, why don’t you go show L Chapman some love?

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Never Say Never by Melinda Sutherland

Welcome to our stop on the ‘Never Say Never’ blog tour! Lets kick it off with a little bit of information about our author, Melinda Sutherland.

 

Hello my name is Melinda and I am a new Indie Author. Yes I admit it I’m a newbie and came quickly crashing into writing. I also admit that I have the worst sense of grammar and punctuation out there don’t critique me on that here cause this IS unedited!LOL

 

I  live in a small New England town that is North of Boston. There I live with my loving and supportive husband and my two young boys. As you now know that I find my inspiration in other authors. I also have music, my amazing family, friends, and of course my awesome co-workers that all inspire me. I really enjoy reading, now writing, taking pictures, massages, coffee, chocolate, ice cream, and beer & wine.

 

I love to spend any free time I get playing with my boys, teaching them, taking family trips, spending time with my loved ones, going on quiet dates with my hubby, and crazy fun nights out with my girlfriends.

 

My first book is called Never Say Never. I self published this book on March 21, 2013. Very soon after hitting that publish button on Amazon I came to realize that my book needed a little more editing and to be revised a bit. So after some serious consideration I decided to take the book down and do what needed to be done to it.

 

It has taken me a bit longer than I would have liked but some things got in the way…..well that’s life for ya! I worked full force on it when time allowed and I managed to get it back up and for sale as of the end of July 2013. This book is a cliff hanger that will leave you wanting more. So be aware of that. There is a part 2 to follow, I am hoping to have it done and out in the winter of 2013 or Early 2014. Also in between I am working on another book which will be more on the contemporary romance side vs new adult. (Supplied by Author)

 

Next, it’d make sense to tell you guys a little about the book we have kindly been given to review!

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Amanda goes through her young life having to survive experiences that nobody should have to. She was always quiet and found it easier to keep to herself, rather than share herself with the world. She struggled with being open and talking to anyone about what was invading her life. In her heart she believed it was much easier to keep her secrets to herself. Sometimes sharing your deepest and darkest secret with someone  you love is the only way to free yourself.

 

Will she ever be able to find that someone? Do the trials of her adolescence make her stronger in the end? Or will her world be turned upside down and she’ll be crushed under the weight of her love for another? Can she recover from the unthinkable? Will Amanda be able to pull through and find the one thing she’s always longed for and never really had…..love?


And so, without further ado, I suppose we’d best get cracking with our review!

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Rating – 3 1/2 Stars

 

I have to be honest, and if you’ve read my reviews you’ll know I don’t mince my words and I always say it like it is. I am however, very supportive and constructive with my comments. That being said, I think you’ll find this review a bit of a mixed bag as there are some aspects of this story I absolutely love, yet there are others that I feel could do with just a tad more polishing.

 

As always, I start with the areas I feel need a little more work. There’s a couple, but I’ll whack them all together to stop it becoming too moany! The first aspect I really struggled with when reading this was the chronology of the story. At times it can be a little bitty and quite hard to follow in a smooth, flowing story. To me, if it jars when you’re reading, it’s quite hard to follow the plot and usually, this is corrected with a teeny bit of formatting such as italicising the ‘flashbacks’. It’s not a major drawback, but something that’s worth watching out for when you read it! The other thing I feel is worth mentioning is the way the story tends to take a very fleeting journey through Amanda’s life. Although you get a lot of information, I sometimes found myself wondering if more detail couldn’t have been given on key events. I am probably being picky, but at times the opportunities for plot development just simply weren’t seized upon, which is a shame, as this story definitely has the potential for heaps of praise.

 

However, despite there being aspects that I, personally, wasn’t too keen on, there are many parts of this book that I found very enjoyable. Perhaps the important one to mention first is the plot. Despite what I said in the previous paragraph, the plot is very engaging, and at times incredibly difficult to put down. It’s written in a very simplistic, journal-esque style which makes it feel very familiar and natural. It also helps engender strong relationships with Amanda as you truly do see everything from her perspective. The plot ambles at a reasonable pace, not really altering hugely throughout, however it works for this story because of the style in which it is written.

 

A further brilliant feature of this book is the collection of characters, particularly Amanda and Chris. Let’s start with Amanda. She reads like a girl next door but she has so much more about her. There’s just something about her that really does demand love from the reader, even though we can see ahead of her where the story is going. Chris, on the other hand, is a delight to read. The perfect gentleman, romantic, incredibly caring – his love for Amanda literally flows from the page and surrounds the reader in a cloud of warm fuzzies. Improbable, but cute.

 

Finally, there’s one aspect that is a little bittersweet, and that’s the ending. Speaking directly to Melinda Sutherland now – how could you leave a cliffhanger like that! To those reading this review, honestly, if you don’t deal well with sudden and immense cliff hangers, don’t read it until the next part is ready! It was just so, well, I’m speechless! I can’t believe it ended that way. But, I am now dying to read the next part to find out exactly what happens and it’s not very often authors manage that!

 

In conclusion, I suppose I’m in two minds with this book, which is why it’s taken me so long to write this review. There are some really outstanding aspects that are incredibly strong and show great talent, but there are just those few niggles that I can’t get past. However, if you look past all that and just let yourself dive head first into the story, Sutherland has weaved a delicate, and at times very touching, story which you’d have to have a heart of stone not to be touched by. I’m very much looking forward to reading the second part of this book and I can promise you there’ll be a review here when it’s out! So, to conclude, if you like a bit of romance, a bit of angst and a bit of teenage growing up then this is most definitely the book for you!


If this sounds like the kind of book that you’d like to on click, you can purchase it from Amazon UK and Amazon US.


If you’d like to find out more about the author, you can find her website here, and also follow her on Twitter, like her over on Facebook, or become a fan on Goodreads.


You can also enter a giveaway for a signed paperback copy of this book!

 

This book tour has been hosted by Hooked On Books and Fictional Men’s Page for Book Ho’s.

Welcome to October at Lily Loves Indie!

Hey there!

Is it really October already? Well blow me down with an autumn wind, so it is!

And with the arrival of this month comes an exciting schedule of events here at Lily Loves Indie. We are literally chock-a-block with blog tours, release day events, cover reveals and interviews so without further  ado, let me tell you all about them!

Next week (7th-11th October) we have blog tours stopping here for ‘Never Say Never’ by Melinda Sutherland and ‘Veiled’ by L Chapman. There will also be an ebook giveaway and author interviews so make sure you drop in for a go on that!

Between the 14th-18th October we have one of our own wonderful authors, R.E Hargrave, featured all week on the blog, with reviews, interviews and sneak peaks into her wonderful books! I’ve already been working on these reviews and believe me, you don’t want to miss out!

And finally at the end of the month we are featuring another of our wonderful authors, M.B Feeney, as she prepares for the release of her newest collection of writing, Honour. We’ll be reviewing all her stories and will have an exclusive interview to help you all get to know her a little better.

 

Well, that being said, I have a mountain of books and reviews to go through that I cannot wait to share with you! Make sure you pop back every day to see what’s going on, or better still, give us a follow on Twitter @LilyLovesIndie or a like on Facebook to keep up to date with all we’ve got going on.

 

Don’t forget we are still recruiting for our street team where you can win fantastic swag by simply sharing a daily post and we’re also looking for authors who would like us to join their blog tours/cover reveals/release day party. All you have to do is drop us an email to tori@lilylovesindie.co.uk to get involved.

 

Happy October!