Discretion

The cover of this book is without a doubt, deceiving and definitely not what I would have chosen. Therefore one shouldn’t  judge it until it’s read!  What I found enthralling about this love story with its unusual twists and turns was firstly, the lexical richness, and secondly, how easy it was to relate to the three main characters.

The story starts off in a coffee shop in of all places, Witham, Essex, where Paige frequents.  I was born in Shenfield , Essex, and  I met my husband in The Thatched House , Epping which after so many years, still exists.This story has absolutely nothing to do mine but it was like walking down memory lane!

A small mishap calls the attention of Alex Turner who respectively suggests going somewhere else and here begins their story. In my case, it was the Brunchy Bar which unfortunately is now a Mark’s and Spark’s! In this case, it was an ice cream parlour. Paige is a successful business women, beautiful without being blasé, and she has a great sense of humour. Although she and her husband, James, are going through a rough patch in their marriage, they are still very much in love with each other, but this doesn’t stop her unwilling attraction for Alex who is a writer, extremely attractive, a little provocative and single. Their quirky banter is at times, down right hilarious and the writer’s ability to keep the reader’s attention from beginning to end is commendable. The few love scenes are very low-key so you’ll have to use your imagination which I must say, makes a refreshing change considering most novels of this genre are of shallow content and too much erotica. I didn’t expect the book to end as it did which was a bitter-sweet surprise. Bravo Ms. Foxx for sharing your talent.

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LAYERS (Stark # 1)

I’m not one for writing reviews but if I do, it’s because the book deserves my opinion and this love story is certainly one worth mentioning! Randomly looking for a good read, I found this book by chance and bought it! It is without a doubt, one of the best books of its genre this year! If you want erotica, you’ll have to use your imagination as the love scenes are sublime.

Haley is cajoled into taking a drinking bet with her best friend, Tasha, and loses! The price for losing is to be present in an orientation day in one of the best high-tech companies for an intern-ship. She has no interest in the company but goes along with her friend for the fun of it and when she ends up diverting from the group, lo and behold, she meets an interesting person in the CEO’S personal kitchen. A few days later her CV is accepted, an interview scheduled, and that’s when fate begins to play a huge part in this story. These two people that seem so alike, so diverse, and so quirky, start a low-key relationship that pulls them both into a whirlwind romance with all its ups and downs. Daniel Stark, the CEO, is charming, arrogant and that touch of irony sums up his personality to perfection. Haley’s character is on par with his, but she’s more inquisitive and tolerant. Obviously this cocktail seems to work until a misunderstanding wrenches them apart.

The writer’s ability to describe their persona is incredible! The verbal interaction between the characters is solid, comical and at times, dam right emotional. I felt that I was having that one grande, double shot, extra hot, not too much foam cappuccino with them in Starbucks! The writer conveys all aspects of their attire down to a tee and certainly makes one want to go out and buy a pair of red sneakers!

Hayley’s friends are incredible. Ian is super gay and full of good advice, endearing and just lovely. Tasha is what we would all like to have as a friend and Rob, Tasha’s lover who happens to work for Stark, is a total wet blanket and if I was Stark, I’d sack him! I can’t wait for Layers 2 to see what happens. Ms. Enrlich,…BRAVO!

Saying that, I have absolutely nothing against Fifty Shades of Grey or The Crossfire Series, but this is a love story written with capital letters, commas, fullstops!

ANNIHILATE

How refreshing to read a book of this calibre that doesn’t take the reader straight into the bedroom! The tale of two damaged peoples’ totally different pasts unwinds around the harsh business world of wheelers and dealers, and their mutual respect grows slowly with the help of Jennifer’s childhood friend and confidant, Lisa. An adorable up and coming writer who is always ready to give her friend sound advise. Ms Blackwell guides Jennifer into the cloak-and-dagger world of the rich and privileged with exhilaratingly clipped words and humour. Alex inherited his father’s empire and is very wary regarding the women in his social circles, and is astounded to find a woman, Jennifer, that knows how to say, “NO.” I read book one and two in two days and can’t wait to download book three on 20th September. I highly recommend this book and would like to say to Ms Ross; “Brilliant.”

ATONEMENT (Heart of Stone)

This rollercoaster finale for the Heart of Stone series cannot be read without previously reading the whole series. The places Ms. Sidebottom takes the reader will shock, hurt and scandalize you, make your hair stand up on end, and trigger off one hundred and one sentiments! She has created two damaged soles into two loving and forgiveable characters. She has delved deep into taboo subjects such as drug abuse, violence, prostitution and sexuality so brutally that her characters, Ava and Mason, come alive and survive a turmoil of unimaginable problems. These two adorable people are always supported by loving friends and to put it in a nutshell, a must read. Really well written and light years better than 50 Shade of Grey.  I can’t wait for the 24th December to see how Kane’s story unfolds. Simply bravo señora.