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Rivals by Jilly Cooper 

I cannot believe I have gone this long without getting obsessed with Jilly Cooper novels. This is the second one I have read now and my passion for her books just gets stronger.

This book is such an easy read, even if there are hundreds of characters throughout the story. Cooper handily has a character intro at the start of the book.

Always seen as a bonkbuster Jilly Cooper does not disappoint as there is much sex to be had throughout the story but the book is also about the underdogs trying to fight the big powerful and corrupt business man.

A great enjoyable story for lovers of a good hearty romance. Praise for another great read. 

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Riders by Jilly Cooper 

I was looking for an author to fill the space that Jackie Collins had left, and I have to say I think I’ve done it. Jilly Coopers first novel Riders is fantastic, full of sex, hatred and a desire to win the reader is plunged into the world of show jumping.

The characters are sexy and heartbreaking but none more so than Rupert Campbell-Black who is the most central character. We follow a group of show jumpers who want to win Olympic gold and they will stop at nothing to win. Along the path to gold is many trials and tribulations, riders having accidents or sleeping with other riders cannot boost team morale.

Can the team put all their hatred for each other aside and ride to Olympic victory? Well you will just have to read it to find out. A great long novel, super easy to read and super trashy. Just what I was looking for.

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A Walk in the Park by Jill Mansell 

Now I love a good Mansell book purely for their feel good factor. They make me believe in humanity, love and trust again and who could ask for more!

Even though you know these books always have a happy ending, the reader cannot help but wonder along with the characters. With all their ups and downs, their heartbreaks and their happy times sometimes it seems it may never be ok.

In A Walk in the Park the main characters Lara and Evie have been seperated for 18 years, after Lara disappeared from home leaving her family, her friends and the love of her life behind without any of them knowing why!

Now Lara is back and it’s as if she never left, until of course she meets Flynn again and realises she is still in love with him but does he still want her? 

A charming and funny read, a must have for all romance lovers out there.

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The Flavours of Love by Dorothy Koomson

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I just love to get settled in with a Dorothy Koomson novel, they are always heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measure.
The Flavours of Love has a lot going on and does jump around through periods of time but if you can get over that it is another fantastic book!
The story is the unfolding of a family dealing with a tragic loss, Saffron’s husband was murdered and the killer was never caught leaving her to raise their two children by herself.
Not only that but everything that could go wrong for the family does and it is definitely a test of strength and love.
The story is whole heartedly in the catagory of a realistic telling of how people cope with tragedy and it doesn’t down play it or make the murder too dramatic, it just ia what it is and for the book if far more relatable for people.
A very good read, as usuall praise for Koomson.

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Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

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Normally a huge fan of Picoult but I have to say, this book didn’t really do it for me. It’s weird because I can usually put my dislike of a story down to something particular but in this case I can’t!
The book was a little confusing to start off with as there were too many characters and the book jumped around a bit, maybe as I didn’t become attached to the characters I couldn’t enjoy the story, who knows!
The book is about Ross Wakeman and his journey through life after his fiancée died. We meet many people who share their story along the way in an attempt to show that everyone’s lives are intertwined. It is quite a nice romance story but it just wasn’t for me.
This still hasn’t changed how I feel about Picoult on the whole thought.

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Confessions of a Wild Child by Jackie Collins

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Well what can I say, this novel has rekindled my love for all things Lucky Santangelo. I have read all the Lucky books so whilst reading this one I kept flashing back or forward whichever way you look at it onto the rest of her life as I know it! It was an easy to read book about the teenage years of one of Jackie Collins’ most famous characters Luck Santangelo and her infamous family.

I love all things Collins and I feel that she is a fabulous writer when it come to pure escapism, vengeance, thrills and lots of sex. I have never been disappointed when it comes to her novels. I also find that I completely devour them and this one was no different, I completed it in two days it was that enthralled.

For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of meeting the Santangelos let me give you a brief history. Gino is a notorious gangster type figure with his fingers in a lot of pies, Lucky is his headstrong, wild and wilful daughter who is so like her dad he doesn’t know what to do with her and then there is Dario, charming and handsome set to one day take over Gino’s empire. The only snag is Dario doesn’t want anything to do with it and Lucky wants it all and is determined to get it.

There are many other people we meet along the way, some you will love and others you will naturally hate. I highly recommend people read the Lucky Santangelo series as it fantastic.

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Spare Brides by Adele Parks

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Spare Brides has taken me ages to read, it’s not an overly long book but I seemed to find it hard to get into. The story seemed to take a while to pick up pace which is unusual for an Adele Parks novel, even though I have said this the book is still a charming and sentimental read.

Spare Brides is a novel about love and romance in the 1920s just after the war, it tells of loss and sadness that the women whose husbands never came home feel. It talks of anger towards the men who returned and it talks of the men trying to find love and work after they returned damaged and hurt by the fighting.

We meet a variety of characters throughout the book but the main five are Ava, a happily single wealthy party girl, Sarah an unhappy widow who believes she can never replace her husband, Beatrice who has never had the chance to shine, Lydia whose husband came home from the war so she is the happy one right? And last but by no means least damaged, wounded, angry Edgar Trent.

This book even though not fast paced or full of action was a telling tale of how life might have been during that time, it was a great era to write about as many of the younger generation will never understand what it was like, and this book give us a tiny glimpse of that. A charming read.

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