Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Blog Tour: Emma Scott's "A Five Minute Life."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Emma Scott's "A Five Minute Life."


Synopsis:

Remember us...when I can't.

Thea Hughes has five minutes to live.

A car accident stole her parents and left her with the second-worst documented case of amnesia in the world. She now has only minutes of experiences, of consciousness, of life…before her memory is wiped clean. The once effervescent artist with a promising future is reduced to scribbling with pens and paper, living an empty, quiet life, three hundred seconds at a time.

Jim Whelan is on autopilot.

A foster kid shuffled around the system since birth, he’s lived his entire life without knowing love…and it’s taken its toll—until he learned to fight back, carry his armor, and keep his head down.

Working as an orderly in the Blue Ridge Sanitarium, deep in Virginia countryside, Jim looked up…and found Thea.

When Thea has the chance to break free of her five-minute prison with a risky, experimental surgery, it could lead them both to an epic love they never thought possible… or one that could require the ultimate sacrifice.

Review: Jo

The queen of Emotional reads strikes again.. Emma Scott has had me in tears, millions and millions of tears that I never thought would end. It’s been a long while since I have cried so hard over a book. I know it’s only May, but this book amazed me so much that I doubt very much that I will read anything more powerful this year. “A Five Minute Life” is my most favourite book of this year so far.

"She swayed like a willow tree, slender and delicate, 
while I was the oak rooted in front of her. 
Between her and the world, protecting her as best as I could."

I’m not going to say anything about this story. It is truly a masterpiece of romance that needs to be read without any spoilers or knowledge of what’s to come from Jimmy and Thea’s beautiful romance. All I will say is that it was a love story that held me spellbound and captive as it stole my heart and stole my breath. It wowed me with every page and left my emotions a big scattered mess. How can something be so beautiful, yet so heartbreaking at the same time?

"The past was done, and the future wasn't created yet. 
All we had is now. And I was going to live it."

Exquisitely written with a story that is sure to never leave me, Jimmy and Thea’s romance might just be my favourite from Emma Scott. If you are going to buy one book this week, this should be it. It’s an absolute must read. Now I need a while for my heart to recover before I pick up another book.

"I love you,"
"I love you too. Jimmy with the kind eyes."

“A Five Minute Life” deserves a billion hearts. I wish I could change the rules and give it more than the ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I can give it.



Excerpt:

“Marc Antony,” I said and nodded at her drawing. “Part of your Egyptian studies?”

Thea leaned her cheek on her folded hands like she was warming herself before a fire. “Marc Antony is part of the romance. A love story with Cleopatra. He went to war for her. Died for her. When they told her he was dead, she put her hand in a basket with an asp. Can you imagine? Loving someone so much that the thought of life without them is too unbearable?”

“No,” I said. “I can’t.”

Her gaze dropped to my hand on the table and her fingers reached to trace the scars on my knuckles. 

These tell a story, don’t they?” She traced one of the fine lines. “You put your hand in with the snakes, too.”

I nodded slowly, savoring the feel of her warm skin on mine. “So the bullies would leave me alone.”

“And did they?”

“Eventually.”

“I’m glad.” She put her hand in mine completely, her fingers wrapping around and holding tight. “I’m being too… something. Personal. Delia would throw a fit, but I feel like…”

“Like what, Thea?”

“Like I have to hold on to this moment, you know? Or you… I don’t even know you and yet I don’t want to stop talking to you.” Her hand squeezed mine. “I don’t care if you have a stutter, but please keep talking to me, Jimmy. Okay?”

My mouth went dry at the nameless desperation in her eyes.

Jesus, does she know she’s trapped? She can’t. Impossible…

“I won’t,” I said. “I’ll talk to you every day. I promise.”

Thea breathed a small sigh of relief and released my hand. “Thank you, Jimmy. That makes me feel better.”

With a final smile—a parting smile, I realized—she took up her pen and then froze.

She’s resetting.

Confusion passed over her features. She looked up at me, flinching a little to see a big man in close proximity. I instantly leaned back to give her space.

“How long has it been?” she asked.

“Two years,” I said, my voice hardly more than a whisper. “But the doctors are working on your case.”

“Yes, they are.” She smiled hesitantly and found my nametag. “I’m Thea Hughes.”

Seven. Seven times now.

“Jim Whelan,” I said.

She offered her hand. Again. I took it robotically, enduring her one-pump shake. Again. Her fingers didn’t linger in mine but released immediately, the way you do with a stranger. Again. 

“Nice to meet you, Jim Whelan.”

Fuck. I can’t do this.

I rose to my feet. “I have to get to work.”

Her face fell. “Oh. Bummer. Will I see you again?”

I could promise her I would, but she wouldn’t remember. There was no promise. I could tell her the sky was falling or my name was Abraham Lincoln and she wouldn’t know the damn difference. It’d vanish, like every other word we’d ever spoken to each other. I vanished every time her reset hit and was recreated over again in Thea’s eyes. I could be whatever I wanted; whomever I wanted. And yet she was the one woman I might’ve had a chance to be myself with. 

The terrible irony of it was like copper in my mouth. 

“Sure, Miss Hughes,” I said. “I’ll see you tomorrow.”



About Emma:

Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels. 

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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Jo Watson's "Love You, Love You Not."


Synopsis: 

There's a fine line between love and hate...

Poppy Peterson is about to be evicted if she doesn't pay her rent. She used to be an actress on a telenovela until her character, Ramona Gonzalez, Executive Administrative Assistant to the CEO, was killed off. Unfortunately, dead characters can't pay the bills.

Ryan Stark is a tough boss - especially if you're his assistant. He's been through five in the last two months and now no one wants to work for him. He needs an assistant who can meet his demands. And he can be very demanding.

Poppy's been an assistant before - well, on screen anyway. It can't be that hard to do in real life, right?

Two things are for sure. Poppy is about to play the role of a lifetime. And Ryan is about to learn a whole new lesson about what's really important in life.

Review: Jo 

Since first discovering Jo Watson early last year, I have been devouring all of her books and have almost read everything that she has written to date. So when I found out about this new release, I was itching to get my hands on a copy. Yet again, Jo has delivered another brilliant read that gave me so much enjoyment to read. I wasn’t disappointed with this new romantic comedy.

"....the second our lips touched, something happened. 
Everything happened. Everything around us dissolved. It blurred. 
And like condensation slipping down the edge of a glass, we melted." 

Jo always creates fantastic and entertaining heroines and this book was no exception. Poppy was the craziest female character I’ve probably ever met. Think Bridget Jones and quadruple the hilarious calamities. When I first met Poppy, I thought she was a little bit over the top. I just couldn’t believe how loopy she was. Chaos followed her wherever she went and probably just like Ryan, I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking what an earth was she doing now. However, again just like Ryan, as time went on, I really started to like her and began to chuckle at all the things she got up to. Ryan was also a character that I changed my mind about. At first meeting, he was a grumpy and stuffy CEO, but I was soon finding that there was much more to him, and I loved what I was seeing. By the time I had reached the final few chapters, he was definitely stealing my heart with his swoony actions and words.

"I feel awake when I'm with you, Poppy. 
You woke me up when I didn't know I was sleeping."

Poppy and Ryan’s story was a slow burn romance with a heap of laugh out loud moments and an ending that melted my heart. If you have yet to read a book from Jo Watson, I highly recommend picking up one as soon as you can. 

"Somewhere along the way I'd fallen in love with this man. 
And now, I felt like I had finally come home. I had a place I belonged. 
And that place was with him..."

“Love You, Love You Not” gets 4.5 ❤️’s from me.


Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Review: Shana Gray's "The Nashville Bet (Girls Weekend Away #3)."


Synopsis: 

The romantic...

When her boss offers her free tickets to the CMA Fest, Ava Trent jumps at the chance for a weekend in Nashville with her best girlfriends. Great music and new opportunities to look for Mr Right? What more could a former country girl ask for? Well, maybe not to literally fall at the feet of the hottest guy she's ever seen.

And the superstar singer...

After becoming an overnight success, fame doesn’t rest easy on Chase Hudson’s shoulders. It's hard to tell who's interested in him and who's interested in the star. So when he and Ava collide, and she has no idea who he is, he's immediately intrigued. Something about Ava calls to him – even though he’s convinced she’s a city-type who couldn’t handle his Nashville life.

Are about to get their country on.

What starts as a light-hearted bet to test one another, becomes something much deeper as Ava and Chase can’t stay away from one another. But with so many differences between their lives, will they win the relationship they've been dreaming of? Or lose each other?

Review: Jo 

I loved, loved, loved this book. Ava and Chase’s story was so romantic it made my heart soar. “The Nashville Bet” was my favourite from this series so far. I couldn’t recommend it enough.

"How can it be possible that you are here in my bed? 
I've imagined you, sung about you...
all these years and never figured I'd find you."

After realising that this was Ava’s turn for a story, I couldn’t wait to dive in. I loved Ava in the previous books and wanted nothing more than for the hopeless romantic to finally find the special guy that she had been waiting for. As a romance loving girl myself, I could easily relate to Ava’s wish to find her own happy ever after. I was so excited for her when she met the dreamy Chase. I had high hopes for the pairs relationship and I wasn’t disappointed. Chase was just so lovely and quickly fell head over heels in love with Ava. The romance that unfolded was one that made my heart flip over and over again.

"Loving Ava all night long was what he was born to do.
 But not just for one night...every night."

Chase and Ava’s story was a heart-melting, drama free romance. I adored everything about it. The Nashville Bets gets a much deserved ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Review: Shana Gray's "Meet Me in San Francisco (Girls Weekend Away #2)."


Synopsis:

In the second warm, funny and romantic novel in the Girls' Weekend Away series, four best friends embark on the ultimate girls' getaway filled with hijinks and a sprinkling of romance. For any fan of Bridesmaids and Sex and the City and readers of Jo Watson, Lauren Layne, Joanna Bolouri and Cate Woods.

The single mom...

When Celia Fox's ex-husband serves her with custody papers during the same weekend he's getting remarried, she expects things to go downhill from there. So when her best friends show up to whisk her away for a girls' getaway to San Francisco, it's just what the doctor ordered. Add in the chance to see Landon Bryant again, and she can't wait for the weekend to begin.

And the playboy millionaire...

Landon and Celia shared stolen moments of passion in Vegas, and Landon hasn't been able to stop thinking about her since. He knows she's under pressure to hold her family together, but he's determined to prove he's there for her - and that she deserves some fun of her own.

Are about to get wild.

As Celia rediscovers who she used to be and her relationship with Landon deepens, she begins to believe he's someone she can rely on. But Celia has been keeping a secret from everyone - if the truth comes out, will they play it safe or take a leap of faith?


Review: Jo 

I loved this book so much. Landon and Celia’s romance was so much more than I had expected. It was passionate, exciting and so dreamy. It took me completely by surprise, because after meeting Landon in “What Happens In Vegas”, I presumed that he was going to be a bit of a bad boy. Someone that would be almost impossible to tame. However, I got it so wrong as in this story, I saw a new swoon-worthy side to him that made my heart flip. Landon turned out to be a bit of a romantic after all. I just loved how he always wore his heart on his sleeve for Celia. 

"All of Celia's troubles faded into nothingness. There was only this moment with Landon." 

As well as enjoying getting to know Landon, I also loved finding out more about Celia. Celia turned out to be such a fab heroine. She was strong and selfless, and having to put up with so much and determined to do it all on her own. I loved her determination to be independent, but I also adored how Landon could be the one person who she needed the most. The relationship that I saw growing between Celia and Landon held so much promise and I was excited to discover what lay ahead for the couple.

"He was drowning in her, and he didn't want to be saved."

What continued from then on was a romance that full of both sweet and sizzling moments. Their blossoming love made me so happy and I enjoyed everything that I was reading. From start to finish, there wasn’t one thing that I didn’t enjoy. Now I’m itching to start the next book in this hot and sexy series. I can’t wait to see which of the girls are up next.

"You, Landon Bryant, are re-establishing my faith in men. 
Loving you, I might not just be a lost cause after all."

“Meet Me In San Francisco” was well worth the read. It gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Review: E L James's "The Mister."


Synopsis: 

London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.

But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past. Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own?

From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.

Review: Jo 

There is something about EL James’s work that pulls me in and keeps me hooked from beginning to end. She has some kind of unique magic, I’m sure of it. Every single time I had to put my kindle down, I couldn’t wait to pick it back up again. I was reading at every available opportunity. Even waking up in the night to read, and I haven’t done that for a long while. I loved this wonderfully charming and fairy tale like romance. EL James is certainly no one hit wonder. I’m already excited for more from Erika and hoping that this book can’t be just a standalone. I am left absolutely desperate for more from Alessia and Maxim. 

"...I tried to stay away from her, but I couldn’t, 
because she’s carved her way into my heart."

As a huge fan of Fifty, I was crazy excited when this book was announced. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. However, as the days grew closer to the release. I was also feeling apprehensive to what I would truly think of this new book. I have such high regard for Christian and Ana’s beautiful story. But this is a totally different novel to Fifty and really should not be compared. “The Mister” deserves to be praised as a novel in its own right. It is a sweet, heart lifting love story that was just about perfect for this romance loving girl.

"He loves her, and she loves him. And the future stretches before her, full of possibility."

When I first read the synopsis to this book, I sort of thought that I knew what kinda story it would be. How it would play out and what the characters would be like, but as I now have learned. It was totally different to what I was expecting. I really loved that EL could surprise me with a romance to melt my heart. The characters were so easy to fall in love with. I pretty much loved Alessia as soon as I met her. She was such a sweet, kind and caring girl and after discovering more about Alessia, I knew that she truly deserved something magical to happen to her. She was a heroine to one hundred percent root for. Maxim made the handsome hero of the story. There really wasn’t anything that I didn’t love about this gorgeous man. I especially loved how quickly and how deeply he fell for Alessia. He was so loving and protective towards her and it made me so happy to see the pair together. By the time I had finished the final page, my heart was full to the brim.

‘Thank you for not giving up on me.’ 
Her voice is as soft as a summer breeze.
 ‘Never. I’ve got you. Always.’

“The Mister” was a delightful Cinderella style romance that contained enough heat, as well as a few stomach churning moments and heaps of dreamy love to keep me turning those pages. It gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.


Monday, 22 April 2019

Blog Tour: E L James's "The Mister."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for 
E L James's "The Mister." 


Synopsis: 

London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.


But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past. Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? And can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own?

From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.

ABOUT E L JAMES

E L James is an incurable romantic and a self-confessed fangirl. After twenty-five years of working in television, she decided to pursue a childhood dream and write stories that readers could take to their hearts. The result was the controversial and sensuous romance Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. In 2015, she published the #1 bestseller Grey, the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of Christian Grey, and in 2017, the chart-topping Darker, the second part of the Fifty Shades story from Christian’s point of view. Her books have been published in fifty languages and have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide. 

E L James has been recognized as one of Time magazine's "Most Influential People in the World” and Publishers Weekly’s "Person of the Year.” Fifty Shades of Grey stayed on The New York Times Best Seller List for 133 consecutive weeks. Fifty Shades Freed won the Goodreads Choice Award (2012), and Fifty Shades of Grey was selected as one of the 100 Great Reads, as voted by readers, in PBS’s The Great American Read (2018). Darker has been long-listed for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award.

She coproduced for Universal Studios the Fifty Shades movies, which made more than a billion dollars at the box office. The third installment, Fifty Shades Freed, won the People’s Choice Award for Drama in 2018.

E L James is blessed with two wonderful sons and lives with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard, and their West Highland terriers in the leafy suburbs of West London. 

For more information about E L James, visit:

And Instagram: http://bit.ly/2TO6vdd


Thursday, 18 April 2019

Shana Gray's "What Happens In Vegas (Girls Weekend Away #1)."


Synopsis: 

When the cop...

Tough-as-nails detective Bonni Connolly is on a girls' getaway in Vegas with her friends, when Lady Luck shines on her. Seizing the chance to treat them all, Bonni splurges on a little luxury including a VIP booth in an exclusive club. That's when she sees him.

Meets the gambler...

Professional poker player Quinn Bryant is in town for one of the largest tournaments of the year. Fortune smiles on him when he spots Bonni across the dance floor. But what starts as a holiday fling soon turns into something more, as Bonni learns to see the man behind the poker face.

The stakes have never been higher.

Even though Bonni's trip has an end date and there is another tournament calling Quinn's name, their strong connection surprises them both. And by the end of the weekend they start to wonder if what happens in Vegas doesn't have to stay there...

Review: Jo 

I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while now and I’m happy to say that it lived up to all of my expectations. This novel was a whole lot of fun mixed with some hot and sexy moments and a heap of romance. This was just the kinda read to take on holiday. Steamy, swoony and full of fun.

"Love me, love my friends."
"Oh, I do. Love you, that is."

What I loved most about this story was the friendship between Bonni, Celia, Ava and Fredi. They were such good friends, out for an exciting adventure together. Reading this book made me want to grab my girls and hop on a plane for a girly holiday. I also loved Bonni and Quinn’s scorching hot romance. From the moment their eyes met, their holiday romance was exciting and as hot as the Las Vegas sun. I enjoyed every bit of their story. 

"I want to be the person who stays by your side, no matter what.
 I love you, Bonni."

Now I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series. I have a feeling they are going to put a big smile on my face. ""What Happens In Vegas" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.