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RAMSAY IN 10 by Gordon Ramsay – cookbook review

Thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers for a gifted copy of this amazing book

In Ramsay In 10, you’ll learn how to cook incredible dishes in next to no time. Whether it’s Chicken Souvlaki to impress the whole family, One Pan Pumpkin Pasta for minimal mess, mouth-watering Hot Goan Fish Curry, or a super speedy dessert like the Microwave Sticky Toffee Pudding – these are recipes that are big on flavour, guaranteed to become instant classics. Plus, each time you cook, you’ll get faster and faster with Gordon’s shortcuts to speed up your cooking, reduce prep times and get the very best from simple, fresh ingredients.

My Thoughts…

I was gifted a copy of this cook book to aid me in the kitchen. Since I enjoy cooking, I saw this as a challenge from the legend himself.

The book does not disappoint. I’ve made a few of his recipes, but I’ve captured the two favourites that I will definitely be making again.

The recipes in this book are easy to follow, with tips and shortcuts. If you’ve never cooked before, this will assist you as long as you follow the recipe.

STILTON AND SPINACH-STUFFED MUSHROOMS WITH WATERCRESS, CHICORY AND WALNUT SALAD – PG 209

I tried the above recipe and found it easy, delicious and wholesome. Great main for vegetarians, there will be few changes if you’re vegan as it uses dairy products. A good side dish if you’re making something else as a main, like grilled chicken, fish, etc.

Here’s what my dish looked like:

not bad if I do say so myself.

The next favourite is…

GRILLED SALMON NICOISE WITH BROWN BUTTER AND CAPER DESSING – PG 149

This had to be my best dish from the book. I loved it. It was so filling. I have never been able to cook perfect medium boiled eggs, until I tried this recipe. It was tasty and different to the regular nicoise salads you find at restaurants etc. This dish hit the spot. The flavours were amazing.

Just look at how amazing this turned out

THIS IS MY FAVOURITE DISH IN THE BOOK

This book gets a 10/10 for me. Anyone can use it whether you’re a lousy cook or aiming to become the next masterchef.

TRULY DARKLY DEEPLY by Victoria Selman

Thank you to the team at Jonathan Ball Publishers for a copy of this book for review.

Genre: Psychological Thriller; Crime Thriller

Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Sophie and her mother, Amelia-Rose, move to London from Massachusetts where they meet the charismatic Matty Melgren, who quickly becomes an intrinsic part of their lives. But as the relationship between the two adults fractures, a serial killer begins targeting young women with a striking resemblance to Amelia-Rose.

When Matty us eventually sent down for multiple murder, questions remain as to his guilt – questions which ultimately destroy both women. Nearly twenty years later, Sophie receives a letter from Battlemouth Prison informing her Matty is dying and wants to meet. It looks like Sophie might finally get the answers she craves. But will the truth set her free – or bury her deeper?

You think you know this story. I think I do. But how much do any of us really know?

Sophie Brennan ~ Truly Darkly Deeply

My Thoughts 💭

What a dark and twisted story.

This is the story of Sophie Brennan and what her life’s been like. Constantly wondering if the man she loved like a father was the murderer or not.

Expertly written and captivating. Victoria Selman had me on the edge of my seat.

The title is perfect. Written in Sophie’s point of view. We learn of a possible serial killer in North London. Sophie and Matty take an interest in these murders, following the story as it develops. Until Matty gets arrested and Sophie is left wondering if he really is the killer or if he was framed.

You won’t be able to put this book down. Matty is a manipulative bastard who not only doted on Sophie, but he emotionally abused her mother. Then played the victim when he got arrested.

After twenty years in prison, he summons Sophie for one last hurrah, because he is dying. Sophie gets the answers she’s looking for, but what does it mean for her now?

I gave this dark novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

One of my favourite reads of the year.

NIGHTWORK By Nora Roberts

Thank you to the team at Jonathan Ball Publishers for this review copy.

Genre: Thriller; Drama; Romance; Fiction

Synopsis

When he was nine, and his mother had her first deadly dance with cancer, Harry became a thief. Someone had to find food and pay the mortgage even if his mother was too sick to work.

When his mother finally succumbs to cancer, Harry leaves Chicago but somehow he can’t quite leave all of his past behind.

Harry lives a quiet, careful, rootless life – he can’t afford to attract attention or get attached – until he meets Miranda. But just when Harry thinks he has a chance at happiness his old life comes back to haunt him. Harry has had dealings with some bad people in his past but none more dangerous than Carter LaPorte. Harry is forced to run. But no matter what name he uses or where he goes, Harry cannot escape. If he is ever going to feel safe Harry must face down his enemy once and for all.

My Thoughts 💭

As usual Nora Roberts writing was great but this was not my favourite book of hers.

I often found myself distracted and finding something else to read. The book for me was a bit sluggish and took a long time for me to get through to finish it.

I liked the main character Harry, he had to learn from a very young age what it is to take care of things. He became a thief and took care of his mom.

As a Nora Roberts fan I was expecting more drama, romance and action but I didn’t seem to get it in this book.

NIghtwork got ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

LYING BESIDE YOU by Michael Robotham

Thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers for a copy of this book in exchange for a review

Genre: Crime novel; thriller; murder mystery

Synopsis

Twenty years ago, Cyrus Haven’s family was murdered and only he and his brother survived. Cyrus because he hid. Elias because he was the killer.

Now Elias is being released from a secure psychiatric hospital and Cyrus, a forensic psychologist, must decide if he can forgive the man who destroyed his childhood.

As he prepares for the homecoming, Cyrus is called to a crime scene in Nottingham. A man is dead and his daughter, Maya, is missing. Then a second woman is abducted. The only witness is Evie Cormac, a troubled teenager with a gift for knowing when people are lying.

Both missing women have dark secrets that Cyrus must unravel to find them – and he and Evie know how the past can come back to haunt you…

My Thoughts 💭

This was my first Michael Robotham book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s book three in the Cyrus Haven series and I still have to read the first two books.

A story of the boy who survived and the girl with a past. There’s a friendship between them and are fiercely protective of each other. I’m rooting for a little more to come from it 😉.

Cyrus is a forensic psychologist helping the police solve the crime of a missing person. The feeling I’m getting from the book is that the Chief Inspector doesn’t seem to care much of what Cyrus thinks, DCI Hoyle is a complete a-hole. I didn’t care much for him and I was constantly begging Cyrus to prove him wrong.

For most of the book I had mixed feelings about Evie, but then I realized that I needed to read the first two books to understand her. So I’ve got book buying to do soon. She got me feeling good about her the closer we got to the end. She’s a complicated character.

The story was easy to follow and the chapters nice and short. Written in two POVs – Evie and Cyrus.

It’s a problem solving novel and it’s not one chasing you all over the show. It uses misdirection keeping you thinking. You only really start putting the pieces together close to the end. This is what I liked about this writing. It just kept giving me clues and I didn’t really see them until almost at the end of the book.

I’m kind of looking forward to the next book in the series.

Definitely a page turner.

I gave this novel 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

SEDUCING THE COWBOY by Kennedy Fox

Thank you to the author duo Kennedy Fox for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Romance – friends-with-benefits; small-town romance; friends-to-lovers; new adult; contemporary.

Synopsis

After leaving his hometown seven years ago, Payton hasn’t returned. One heartbreak was enough to turn him off relationships forever. As soon as he arrived at Circle B Ranch, they treated him like family – something he’s never had – and he met the one woman he shouldn’t want.

He’s put her in the friend zone, but after agreeing to her proposition, he can’t hold back anymore.

Kaitlyn Bishop is the only woman on the ranch without a husband and kids. A family is all she’s ever wanted, but it’s never been in her cards. Since she’s turned thirty, she’s decided to go to the sperm bank or ask her best friend to knock her up.

She knows being friends with benefits is a bad idea, but she’s willing to take the risk.

Their agreement is purely transactional, but they’ll soon find themselves in too deep – something they’re too stubborn to admit. However, they only have nine months to figure it out.

Binge read this series NOW

My Thoughts 💭

I loved this book. I’ve been looking forward to Kaitlyn’s book for a long time. She is one of my favourite Bishop granddaughters along with Maize who is also featured in this book.

The story begins with how Payton ended up in Eldorado working at Circle B Ranch for the Bishops. Like everyone that sets foot on the ranch he fell in love with it and stayed.

His meets Kaitlyn they become friends. But, he’s been hurt and he doesn’t want to risk getting his heart broken again. Kaitlyn has had bad luck on the dating scene, and like all the Bishops is too stubborn to see what is right in front of her.

Then Kaitlyn propositions Payton and they struggle to follow the rules. But in the end love and life has a way of working out.

The story is a guaranteed HEA. It’s fun, a little tearful as you read of the struggles of falling pregnant and you’ll laugh at the shenanigans the Bishops get up too.

It’s filled with family traditions and banter and of course if you’ve followed the Bishops from the beginning you’ll recognize characters from the previous books.

There’s something special about the Bishop family that clutches your heart and makes you want to be apart of their lives.

I’m looking forward to the third generation series coming soon.

P. S. The bonus epilogue had me in tears 😭

Kaitlyn and Payton gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

THE BRASS VERDICT by Michael Connelly~ A Lincoln Lawyer Novel ~

Disclaimer: thank you to the team at Jonathan Ball Publishers for a copy of this book for an honest review.

Genre: Thriller, Legal Thriller, Crime Thriller

Synopsis

Defense attorney Mickey Haller – a.k.a The Lincoln Lawyer – has been down on his luck but has a shot at the big-time.

When another lawyer is killed, Mickey inherits his entire practice, including an incredibly high-profile murder trial.

It promises big money – and an even bigger spotlight – as he must defend a Hollywood studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover.

But the detective working the case, Harry Bosch, has his own plan to catch the killer – and suspects that Mickey Haller might be the next victim …

Everybody lies.

Cops lie. Lawyers lie. Witnesses lie. The victims lie.

Mickey Haller – Defense Attorney

My Thoughts 💭

I absolutely enjoyed this one. And it set me up to watch the series on Netflix.

Michael “Mickey” Haller a.k.a The Lincoln Lawyer inherits a colleague’s practice after he dies suddenly.

What Mickey didn’t know, was that there was a high profile case that he inherited as well. Concentrating on this case and trying not to get himself killed, Mickey pours himself into the case for an acquittal or a hung jury. And as the case progresses Mickey finds himself faced with lies and deceit.

The story was great from beginning to end. That first line – Everybody lies – is what got me hooked.

Loved the twists and turns. The plot in the end. I can see why Netflix decided to turn it into a series.

I will definitely be picking up the next Lincoln Lawyer novel. I’ve become a fast fan of Mickey Haller and Michael Connelly.

I gave Mickey and his team ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

GIRL, FORGOTTEN by Karin Slaughter

Thank you to the team at Jonathan Ball Publishers for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Suspense

Published: June 2022

Synopsis:

A girl with a secret…

Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn gets ready for prom night, the highlight of any high school experience. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the evening, she will be dead.

A murder that remains a mystery…

Forty years later, Emily’s murder remains unsolved. Her friends closed ranks, her family retreated inwards, the community moved on. But all that’s about to change.

One final chance to uncover a killer…

Andrea Oliver arrives in town with a simple assignment: to protect a judge receiving death threats. But her assignment is a cover. Because, in reality, Andrea is here to find justice for Emily – and to uncover the truth before the killer decides to silence her too…

My Thoughts 💭

Who killed Emily Vaughn? That’s what got me intrigued.

This was my first Karin Slaughter book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved her writing style.

This is book two in the Andrea Oliver series. The first being Pieces of Her – which was turned into a Netflix series. I haven’t read book one yet.

The book takes place in two settings; present day and the past – early eighties – where we learn about what happened to Emily Vaughn leading up to the day of her murder.

Trigger warnings need to be mentioned though – bullying, women abuse. It’s a tough read. Emily’s friends were horrible kids, who became horrible adults. She was a sweet girl treated badly but liked by all.

Ms Slaughter kept leading us on with who the actual murderer was. You think it’s one person, only to be lead into another direction.

US Marshal Andrea Oliver had her first assignment cut out for her. It was supposed to be a simple task. But she was given the opportunity to investigate a closed case – between her and her partner Cat Bible – they made a mean team hashing out clues from the past with clues from the present.

I’m looking forward to more of Andrea Oliver. And I hope to see more of Cat Bible too.

Girl, Forgotten got ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

TEASE by Melanie Harlow

Thank you to the author and Social Butterfly PR for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Romance, billionaire romance, fake fiancé romance, friends to lovers.

Published: July 2022

Blurb:

I didn’t mean to say I was engaged to a hot billionaire–it just slipped out.

In my defense, I’d had a really bad haircut, a really strong drink, and I was trying to save face in front of the Mean Girl at my high school reunion.

Lucky for me, I happen to know a hot billionaire. Hutton French and I have been friends forever, and even though big social gatherings are not his thing, I called him from the coat closet and begged him for a favor–show up and play my fake fiancé for the night.

Except that word of our engagement spreads like wildfire. Our families are ecstatic. We’re front page news. My little food blog is launched into the stratosphere.

Of course, I offer to set the record straight right away, but Hutton wants to give it a little time–the phony engagement will keep his matrimony-mad mother and every matchmaking granny in town off his back.

He even suggests I move in with him to make the ruse more real.

And we don’t stop there.

We practice kissing. Undressing each other. Saying things–and doing things–we’d never dare if we weren’t pretending. Because it’s all for show, right? We’re just role-playing. Hutton doesn’t want a real relationship, and I don’t want to get hurt. But the more time we spend faking it, the more I start to wonder.

Could Hutton French and I actually be right for each other, or is it all just one big tease?

My Thoughts 💭

Of all the friends-to-lovers romances I’ve read, this is by far my favourite.

I wasn’t expecting these two socially awkward best friends to have the type of chemistry they had.

Hutton and Felicity were absolutely meant to be.

Not knowing how to tell each other how they feel. Not knowing what to expect from a relationship. These two characters took their roles as fake fiancé’s seriously to the point of not wanting to be without the other ever again. Of course there’s a happy ever after.

This was such a sweet story of two individuals who know and understand each other. Who understand the “oddness” of the other and who knew how to deal with each other when they needed.

Secret code messages. Tears. Hot scenes. And lots and lots of love is what this book delivers.

I gave Felicity and Hutton 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶

The Murders At Fleat HouseBy Lucinda Riley

Genre: Murder Mystery, Thriller

Published: May 2022

Synopsis

One dear bully. A school full of secrets.

When a young student is found dead at a private boarding school, it’s elite reputation is at risk. The headmaster is determined to write the death off as a tragic accident – but Detective Jazz Hunter will soon suspect that a murder has been committed.

Escaping her own problems in London, the beautiful and isolated landscape of rural Norfolk had felt like the ideal place for Jazz to hide. But when it becomes clear the victim was tangled in a web of loyalties and old vendettas that go far beyond just one student, and as the body count begins to grow, Jazz knows she is running out of time …

All roads lead back to the closed world of the school. But Fleat House and it’s residents refuse to give up their secrets so easily – and as her investigation gathers pace, Jazz realises that they are even more sinister than she could possibly have imagined.

My Thoughts 💭

Oh my gosh what a book!!!!

I was part of a read-a-long for The Murders of Fleat House and it was quite interesting to see everyone’s thoughts throughout the book.

This was my first Lucinda Riley book and I am so sorry I never picked up one of her books before. I will be doing so in the future.

This book was beautifully written. The characters were fantastic. I kept seeing this as a movie or series while reading. It would make a great tv series.

Lots of characters. And lots of suspects. The constant who did it vibe going throughout the book.

The ending was cleverly kept a secret throughout the book and only really gave us hints very close to the end.

I wish there was more. It’s just a well written, unputdownable, page turning book.

It’s a well deserved 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟read

Tempting The Cowboy by Kennedy Fox

Thank you to the author for a copy of this book for review

Genre: Age-gap romance; best friend’s sister romance; romance

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Blurb:

Kane Bishop’s content with living and working on the ranch, but something is missing—a family of his own. After his twin brother married the woman he once loved, Kane has moved on and is now focusing on new things. When his best friend’s little sister re-enters his life, the attraction is undeniable, but the timing is all wrong.

He should keep his distance and not tempt fate, but he can’t get her out of his head.

Ivy’s had a secret crush on Kane for as long as she can remember. Although she’s an introverted bookworm who hasn’t dated much, she’s ready to go after him. He might be a six-foot-three, inked, muscular god who’s out of her league, but she wants him to be her first and only.

She’ll risk it all to get his attention, but it won’t be easy since he’s off-limits.

Giving in to temptation doesn’t come without consequences—it’ll either bring them together or tear them apart.

My Thoughts 💭

I think Kane is my favourite of all the male Bishops in the second generation series.

Ivy had her eyes and heart set on Kane her sister’s best friend since she was 12 years old. Kane always saw her as Hadleigh’s little sister, until she wasn’t.

This swoon worthy hero is patient, possessive and dirty. Ivy is a bookish introvert and innocent. But, they’re a match made in heaven.

This book was wonderful, filled with the rest of the Bishop clan, inviting us into their lives and filling us with laughter and love for this wonderful family. Grandma Bishop was hilarious in this book.

This was a spicy read with a wonderful HEA. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Best I Ever Had by S.L. Scott

Genre: Romance – second chance, contemporary, insta-love

Format: Kindle e-book

Blurb:

The storm.

The man.

Both come without warning.

My heart opens to Cooper Haywood the moment we meet. How can it resist? He’s charming, devastatingly handsome, and sweeps me off my feet before I realize the impact he’s making. And then it’s too late.

We fall too fast to worry about the consequences.

We love so hard that we ache when we’re apart.

Even though I have a past that still haunts me and he has a future that could put us at risk, none of that matters when we’re together.

Until it does.

And then everything changes.

Although the best thing he ever gave me now calls me Mommy, I can’t help but wonder if Cooper Haywood and that fateful storm were one and the same.

My Thoughts… 💭

I picked up this book because I was looking for something mushy and when I read the blurb, I thought, hmmm, this might just do the trick for mushy.

The blurb gives away a lot of the book basically, but in this romance we meet two characters from two completely opposite worlds drawn together like a magnet. They bring out the best in each other. They also see the ugly in each other.

The story is told in three parts. Cooper before meeting Story and Cooper after meeting Story. We get right into it from the beginning. I felt the book a little long for the story but I didn’t mind because I like these characters.

It was mushy, swoony and some very real elements of life in it.

This was a new author to me and I won’t mind picking up another one of her books if I get to read another love story like this.

This book I think is for the hopeless romantics.

I gave Cooper and Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟

SOMETHING TO HIDE by Elizabeth George

Thank you to the wonderful team at Jonathan Ball Publishers for a copy of this book for review.

Synopsis

When Tani hears his domineering father is negotiating for him to marry a girl in Nigeria, he is determined to defy him. But can he protect his little sister from something much worse? The conflict will spiral beyond his own family and the tight-knit area of Northeast London where they live.

Acting Detective Superintendent Linley, meanwhile, is investigating the death of a fellow police officer with Detective Sergeants Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata.

The mystery of how the detective died will lead the team to her family and relationships, the complex layers of love, ambition, lies and self-deception created by those closest to her. And then to the cases she was investigating for the special task force where she worked. Linley encounters a world that is far from his experience, and a shockingly controversial cultural practice, which not everyone involved considers to be a crime.

Something to Hide follows a rich cast of characters through a hot London summer, from housing estates to Hampstead squares, street markets to Chelsea townhouses. It will constantly wrong-foot the reader’s expectations in a powerful drama of murder, betrayal, heart-wrenching suspense and – even in the darkest places – hope.

My Thoughts 💭

I found this book really interesting. It’s my first time reading this author and found her writing style easy to read.

There are multiple characters and you get to see all their POVs, and they all have a connection of some sort.

Most of the book follows Tani and his British upbringing while dealing with his Nigerian heritage and him protecting his little sister.

The subject on the way the victim died was a bit difficult for me to read. I found I often had to put the book down and pick up something else to get away from it. It’s just something that I never saw coming in a fiction novel. It’s a sensitive subject and as a woman I was really affected by it.

I gave this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

The FLAT SHARE By Beth O’ Leary

Thank you to the wonderful team at Jonathan Ball Publishers for this review copy

Blurb:

Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, it seems this flatshare is more complicated than expected…

My Thoughts 💭

I loved loved loved this little feel good romance 🥰

Beth O’ Leary left me laughing out loud in public at the quirky things Tiffy said. And had me shedding a tear or two when she realized that she was not in a healthy relationship before.

Tiffy is a ray of sunshine literally and you cannot help but fall in love with her. Leon is swoon worthy and gentle and a man of few words. Needless to say that they are opposites. But, Tiffy brings out the spontaneity in Leon and he is supportive of her and loves her just the way she is which is something we all want.

This book is a great feel good love story of two complete opposite people both leaving a relationship and finding their soulmate and true love in each other.

This is the perfect book to get you out of a reading slump. The perfect rainy weather read. The perfect beach read. The perfect book for when you’re feeling a little lost and alone. It’s just the perfect book that will leave you feeling good.

Leon and Tiffy got 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

HIDEAWAY by Nora Roberts

Synopsis

One day, she thought, one moment, one innocent game. How was it that day, that moment, that game never seemed to end?

Caitlyn Sullivan is just nine years old when a game of hide-and-seek at a family party will change her life forever.

The betrayal she experienced that night will shape Caitlin’s life but she comes to realise that she must return to the family home to face up to her past.

What happened that night may always haunt Caitlyn but she must decide if it’s what you’re running from that matters. Or who find you.

A powerful new novel from global bestseller Nora Roberts about finding what matters most in the least expected places.

My Thoughts 💭

I love Nora Roberts and I realize I say this every time I read one of her books.

Once again Hideaway was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a bit of a slow read for me but other than that I enjoyed it.

I’ve been going through a romance binge and picked up this book to help me out of my binge. It was the perfect way to get out of the genre. Yes there was a little romance to the story as well but it wasn’t the centre stage.

Nora Roberts has a way of keeping you coming back. Her books are filled with drama and suspense and of course romance. It’s no wonder I’m so attached to her novels, because I get a bit of everything when I pick up her books.

This was a story of betrayal and of family and love. A little girl whose life changes in one moment, with one game that never seems to end.

Caitlyn and Dillon gets 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

THE PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley

Thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers for a copy of this novel for an honest review

Synopsis

Welcome to No. 12 rue sea Amants

A beautiful old apartment block, deep in the backstreets of Montmartre. Where nothing goes unseen, and everyone has a story to unlock.

The watchful concierge

The scornful lover

The prying journalist

The naïve student

The unwanted guest

There was a murder here last night.

A mystery lies behind the door of apartment three.

Who holds the key?

My Thoughts 💭

This is my first novel by this author even though I have The Guest List on my bookshelf for at least a year.

The Paris Apartment was a slow burn almost frustrating mystery with a twist catching at the end of the book.

The writing was easy. The chapters nice and short and also had a few POVs from various characters.

I had my suspicions of course. Any reader would. But then when it all falls into place at the end you say, “okay, I didn’t see that coming”.

This is a little mystery about a journalist, Ben, trying to prove his worth. Trying to catch a break in his career. But… something happens and things don’t quite turn out the way he wants it too.

His sister Jess doesn’t know what she’s heading into when she boards the Eurostar to Paris for a little visit with her brother. When she gets to his apartment, he isn’t there. So where is he? Jess goes on a little hunt for her brother, only to turn up secrets and lies of the building and it’s tenants.

I was so wrapped up in this book but as I said it was a slow burn. I got a little frustrated at some of the characters and especially Jess sometimes.

I gave the tenants of The Paris Apartment: 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

I’ll be digging into The Guest List soon too 😉

Meant To Be by Jennifer Probst

Thank you to Valentine PR and Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

Blurb

Two broken hearts discover an unpredictable path to healing in an emotional romance about fate and second chances by New York Timesbestselling author Jennifer Probst.

It’s been two years since Chiara Kennedy lost her dearest friend, Rory. Chiara misses everything about her. Rory’s widowed husband is another story. Sebastian Ryder is a man Chiara had secretly wanted, let slip away, and hoped to never see again. Then fate throws them together for an unexpected one-night stand and a morning after of new challenges.

Sebastian had a soul mate in Rory. Shutting down after his tragic loss, he kept a cool distance from everyone―including Chiara, with whom he once shared a deep if fleeting affection. That was over and done with a long time ago. But when they meet again, old emotions resurface along with a heart-wounding past that haunts them both.

As Chiara and Sebastian grow closer, finally getting to know each other, Chiara struggles with feelings of guilt even as she cherishes her second chance with Sebastian. Will fate allow them to overcome the past, or are they destined to always wonder if they are truly meant to be?

My Thoughts 💭

First of all. I was already not feeling it in the prologue.

Second, when it came to the funeral of her best friend Chiara was angry at Sebastian? For what?

Thirdly, I predicted what was going to happen next when he looked across the bar and saw Chiara with a creepy guy pushing her to drink the drink he ordered. I mean come on, how could an intelligent woman and a thirty-five year own man NOT know the drink was tampered with. Also, the creep gave off creepy vibes, why drink his drink?

I gave up after that chapter. I just couldn’t go on. I was just over it!

I gave it my best shot.
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