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Book Review – The Middle Aged Virgin In Italy

It’s my turn on the blog tour today and how delighted I am. Thank you Olivia for letting me be part of it. 


Can a holiday romance lead to long-term love?

When Sophia moves to Tuscany to be with Lorenzo, she dreams of finally having it all: the amazing boyfriend, the baby she’s always wanted, the great career and the fairy-tale life in an idyllic town. But the reality is very different…

The only Italian Sophia seems to have mastered since arriving is pastaprosecco and gelato. She suddenly finds herself dealing with Lorenzo’s meddling mother and juggling caring for her son with running a business hundreds of miles away, and there’s a problem in the bedroom department…

Despite Lorenzo being hotter than chilli sauce, since becoming a mum, Sophia has zero desire to get jiggy. None. After several months without any action, she’s in danger of becoming a Middle-Aged Virgin. Again.

Can Sophia get her sex life back? Will her holiday romance go the distance so she can find her happily-ever-after in Italy? 

Join Sophia on her laugh-out-loud Italian adventures today as she steps out of her comfort zone and attempts to relight her fire and enjoy la dolce vita with hilarious encounters along the way.

My review:

If you have seen my Instagram stories over the last few days, you will know how much I have enjoyed and laughed out loud so many times during this book. I absolutely loved it. It was fun, sexy and very funny. With a good plot around relationships. Also set in Italy. What is not to love?! 

Strong, career driven Sophia moves to Italy to be with her dishy boyfriend Lorenzo. Leaving a great support network, which includes two amazing best friends. Bella and Roxy who are based in London. Knowing no one, the area or the language and still having to run her London business, it’s not as easy as she thought. Especially since becoming a mum and facing the new mum challenges. This new life is the complete opposite to what she knows. 

Sophia does what she does best to sort her new life out – makes a list. The amount of  laugh out loud moments whilst working on this list will stay with me a long time. 

Lorenzo was the most loviest, calm and understanding boyfriend and really looked out for Sophia. Their relationship really was special. One big issue. The mother in law. Who of course  Lorenzo was really close to his mum and would do anything for. Oh I do love books with mother in laws featured, as I adore my mil so much. She is supportive, caring, lovely and we have a great relationship. The total opposite to what Sophia faces in Italy. 

I loved all the characters but Geli needs a special shout out, wasn’t she just brilliant?!Roxy is defo the naughty best friend and Bella the good best friend, together they are the perfect combination for Sophia. I loved their friendship. 

I was so excited throughout this and loved all the unexpected surprises. I love it when your reading a book and not expecting something and it happens and it leaves you squealing in delight or laughing your head off. It’s a must read.

The Middle Aged Virgin

Whilst this new release can be read as a standalone, if you want to read book one in the series, The Middle-Aged Virgin first, it’s currently 99p on Amazon for a limited time ( Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read it for FREE.

It’s equally as brilliant. I definitely recommend them both. You get a feel for both Sophia and Lorenzo. You get to witness how, where it first started and their chemistry. Which was just electrifying. You also get to know Bella and Roxy. Who are both amazing in their own way. Naughty Roxy, the fun, loving, party girl who just wants to live life to the full. Good girl Bella, who is happily married with a little boy and always sees the best in people. She’s like Sophia’s voice of reason, where as Roxy is like the devil on her shoulder. When they get together as a trio, they are hilarious.

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Book Review: A Walk In Wildflower Park by Bella Osborne

Imagine you have found the one, with a year to go until the big day. Life is pretty good. Then our of the blue he dumps you.

Focusing on her career that is going well, Anna moves to a new house near her best friend Sophie. Not really looking for love she concentrates on herself….You then have not one, not two but three men all fighting for her affections. What a nightmare?! Said no girl ever!

This was another book from my mother in law. She never disappoints me 😊 It was absolutely fabulous!  Funny, heart-warming and romantic. Also, just the right amount of twists to keep you intrigued (no spoilers here) I also loved where some of the story was set (again no spoilers).

I loved Anna.  At first, she reminded me of me – she was a bit clumsy and a bit of a miss muddle. When she first met Hudson, it was hilarious I was proper laughing out loud but cringing for her at the same time. You could tell she had a hidden past and sadness about her. It made you warm to her even more and wish for her to find the one and be happy. Even though she seemed fairly content and happy at times, she really deserved more.

I loved Hudson. He was cool, calm and very appealing. I imagined him to be like Mr Big in Sex and the City.

I really did not like Connor from the offset.  There was something about him that I just didn’t couldn’t warm too. I felt he had nothing to offer Anna and I really wanted him out of the picture. I found him annoying and like a fly that just wouldn’t go away. There was a bit when I thought what was he playing at, why lie. It had me sending him evils through the pages. It all soon become clear.

As well as the story being focused around Anna, there was also her best friend Sophie. Sophie was going through a bit of a rough patch. I really enjoyed the easy-going friendship between Anna and Sophie. Also the support and love they showed each other. It really made me miss my best friend during lock down and wish I was just around the corner from her.

The location of the story felt and sounded amazing. Its described exactly like the front cover. Imagine a park on your doorstep that only the residents have access too. like a secret garden. Bliss!

I work an office (pre-lockdown) so really liked that some of the plot was based around the work place.I loved the competitiveness of both Hudson and Anna. You could tell as much as they both were against each other they had a soft spot for each other. The work politics is really like that in offices. The work trip… well both of them! How fun!  

Talking of lockdown. I am currently working from home (I know I have been very lucky) and as much as I miss the office environment and people. I am loving the work life balance. Being able to go for runs in the morning. Spending more time with my other half. Being able to sit outside at lunch and read, whilst getting some vitamin D. Having no traffic stress to contend with. Just blissful. I will go back to the office eventually but for now, home is where the heart is 😊 How is everyone else finding the work life balance?

I hope you are all coping OK and are ready to adapt to what will be the new norm.

Have a good Friday and a lovely sunny weekend.

Book Review

Book review: Lies by T.M. Logan

Joe is happily married and plodding along with his ordinary life, when a last-minute decision changes everything. Seeing his wife involved in a heated argument with family friend Ben. Joe stops at nothing to find out what’s going on. What was she doing with him? why wasn’t she picking up her phone? Why did she lie about where she was? .

My mother in law said read this, its gripping you won’t want to put it down. Well she wasn’t wrong. I read this in a few days. It was amazing. You know one of those books where you cannot stop reading as you think you are close to finding out the next piece of the puzzle… Then something else happens which throws you completely off and then you don’t want to put it down as you might miss something.

The story featured some strong characters, some were next level that you would not want as a friend or to meet down a dark alley!! It was so well written and very clever. All the detail and research that went into this, was outstanding. .

I loved the unexpected ending. You will have to read for yourself, I cannot give any spoilers out.

You won’t believe it though. If you have read it and was shocked as I was, let me know.

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Book review: The First date by Zara Stoneley

I was lucky to be approved this from Netgalley and knew it be a book I would love by the blurb. I wasn’t wrong! I read it in 2 and a half days. It was amazing. Funny, full of warmth, chemistry and two brilliant characters it’s a must read.

Meet Rosie, who has recently split up from her childhood sweetheart. Strong minded yet clueless at dating she joins a dating website. However, her first date doesn’t go to plan, with him not turning up. But fate has other ideas for her. I absolutely loved Rosie, I loved how she knew what she wanted and spoke her mind at all times. Having a tough up brining she clearly had a lot going on emotionally and just wanted to be part of a strong, trusting relationship.

Now meet serial dater Noah, full of confidence, funny and only after fun. Turns up at the right time, but clearly definitely the wrong guy for Rosie! Can he help Rosie with getting her dating skills up to scratch to get her the man she wants from her list? If I was single, Noah is the sort of man I would want to meet LOL! What a guy!! I love how he brought out the best of Rosie and really cared for her, whilst helping her to get dates.

Overall I loved the story it was sweet, exciting and full of many laugh out loud moments. I need to read more by Zara now. I’m a sucker for boy meets girl stories and will never get bored of them no matter how many times I’ve read them. Who else loves these?

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Book review: Very Nearly Normal by Hannah Sunderland

Firstly, I must thank my lovely friend @the.tattooed.reader for telling me how amazing this book was. Her review was fab. I was then lucky enough to be approved on @netgalley  Thank you!

Wow what a book. I absolutely loved it. It had everything you could want in a story and more. I was gripped from the first page. The emotion was up there with the best I’ve read in a long time. It made you really get to know the characters and feel what they were going through. The romance was lovely too. I do love it when there is a will, they won’t they plot. I also loved the twist. It come out of nowhere which was great.

All the characters were so heart-warming. I really enjoyed getting to know all of them. My favourite had to be Effie. Just a normal woman struggling with her mental health. Living with her parents, drinking wine every night for comfort. Apart from her job which she loves, working in a book shop. She really needed something to change.
Fate then brings Theo into her life. Could he be her chance at happiness? Or is the secret he is hiding too big.

Completely heart-breaking this is a must read. I loved the message from this book ‘keep going, even when you feel like its all too much. You really do not know, what’s around the corner’.

Make a list of your dreams, wishes too! Because who doesn’t like ticking things off. I know this book will stick in my mind for a long time. I have already wrote my list to tick off. Who else reads a book and it changes them? or how they see life?

Book Review

Book Review: The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

I had to read this first because of the title and when I read the synopsis it sounded intriguing and brilliant. It did not disappoint. If you read my Instagram page regularly Readinginlipstick you will know I am actually very fond of my mother in law. We get on great and most of my books I’m given comes from her, how could I not love her and yes I know I am very lucky.

Lucy meets Ollie and falls in love. After losing her mum years ago Lucy is looking forward to having that motherly connection again with her mother in law Diana and hopes she is the wonderful mother in law she has dreamed of. After all Ollie’s family seem perfect. Yet that doesn’t quiet go to plan. Fast forward 5 years and Diana has been found dead. A suicide note claiming she no longer wanted to live due to having cancer, yet the autopsy finds no traces of cancer. What is found is poison and suffocation. What happened? why did Diana want to kill herself?

I absolutely loved this story; it had the right amount of emotion, drama and warmth with an edge to it too. I was hooked all throughout especially with the secrets unravelling, keeping you guessing what had happened to Diana. As much as it was filled with drama it did have me laughing in places when both ladies come up against each other.

The characters were great my favourite being both Lucy and Diana. I love how the story was told from both their points of view, past and present. They were both so likeable even with their differences you could tell they loved their family and would have done anything for them.

I did keep comparing it to my own family situation and would really hate it if my mother in law didn’t approve of me. That would be the worse. As much as it was filled with drama it did have me laughing in places when both ladies come up against each other.

How many secrets can one family have…..

Book Review

Book Review: My Great Ex-Scape by Portia Macintosh

This was a fun, chick lit read with plenty of laugh out loud moments. Just what was needed after some intense books. .

Imagine being dumped live on tv and winning 50,000 at the same time…..
Could a bunch of flowers send you on a trip to track down all of your ex’s and end up in New York. It can if you are Rosie and are clearly not thinking straight. I really liked Rosie and think a lot of us women could relate to her. We have all been there dumped, brokenhearted and are quick to jump at a new adventure or act crazy! I was interested to know if Rosie could turn her heartbreak around after being so unlucky in love.

Without giving too much away Rosie had a right mix of ex’s ranging from the lovely one you would totally want as a best friend, the sweetheart marriage material one, to the player you would not want to go near! I really loved Rosies relationship with her parents and also the strong bond and many laugh out loud moments she had with Eli. The swimming pool chapter was hilarious! .

This was my first Portia book and I really enjoyed it so will definitely be reading more of her books. I also really want to go on a cruise now, just maybe not a silver linings one! If you read it you will get why – haha !

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Book Review: Wishes Under A Starlit Sky by Lucy Knott

I absolutely loved this book, it really was the most perfect Christmas book that has a bit of everything in it. I really didn’t want it to end.

This is a beautiful story based on a life long friendship, new friendships, family and finding who you really are when you find out your husband wants different things to you and calls for a break in the relationship. Not to forget the delicious festive food and drink that is described throughout. Just wow! .

The special bond and friendship between Harper and Madi was definitely my most favourite bit. I don’t think I’ve read a book where two characters were more like sisters than friends and would do anything for the other one, it was just very lovely.

I loved all the time spent in Colorado; all the new friends they made and the special times they had with Harper’s parents. What wonderful characters these all were. Lucy made this sound the most magical, snowy, beautiful place on earth. I really want to go, especially to do yoga under the stars.

Lucy also mentions my favourite Cotswold place Bourton-on-the-water and describes it just as beautiful as it is. I loved the time Harper spent here and the new friends she met, especially Dr Dean.

What a wonderful festive book with the most loveliest ending.
Perfect to end leading up to Christmas with so thank you Lucy. I will definitely be checking out your other books. .
Have a wonderful merry Christmas all ❤️✨🎄 thank you @netgalley for this copy.

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Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I don’t always give stars on my reviews but this was definitely a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5

After having this book for ages on my to be read pile. I finally got around to reading this on a buddy read with some lovely ladies on Instagram. The only negative thing I can stay about this book is why the heck didn’t I pick this up sooner!

It pulled me in and completely captivated me from the very first page. I’m really getting into my thrillers and this was perfect for me with the right amount of intensity. I could easily have read this in a day but I wanted to enjoy and process the brilliance of it.

This is well written and very cleverly done.

I loved how Alex keeps you guessing the whole way through and brings in different characters to get you thinking what do they have to do with Alicias story. I was thinking all sorts throughout and kept changing my mind on things.

I cannot say too much as I don’t want to give anything away but if this is on your #tbr pile please pick it up ASAP. You won’t be disappointed.

I did not guess the ending at all. Did you? Did anyone feel sorry for Alicia? Did you like Theo?

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Book Review: Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty

☕️🍷Review Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty ☕️🍷 I didn’t really know what to make of this like if I enjoyed it or not.

Sounds weird but some parts I really liked and others really put me off liking the book and I couldn’t wait to finish it. On a positive note it did keep me up until 1am one night, so I clearly was engrossed in some parts.

The story is set around two different Facebook groups just for women; the non mums and then the mothers of the local town. It started off by Poppy who was betrayed by her husband with her best friend. She wasn’t happy about ladies at work getting special mummies privileges and a mother group on Facebook so made her own. Thanks to some help with her new friend Annalise.

What I liked was the friendship between Poppy and Annalise and how Annalise picked Poppy up and was there for her. Also as with every story there was Jack the good guy, who I was interested to see what would happen with him.

What I didn’t like was both sets of Facebook groups, they just seemed so childish. The drama between the two groups; the non mums and the mothers group was just silly. There was a lot of unnecessary drama all thanks to social media. Which is really big these days so I guess I could see where Nicola was going with this sorry but it just was too bitchy for my liking. Who needs drama in their life after all! I also didn’t like Poppy’s mum, she irritated me!

The one thing I could relate to with Poppy and this story is the pressure to have children when you don’t have any or being asked why you don’t have any. I could feel Poppy’s frustrations.
Nicola had some strong messages in this book; that we are all equal women, we should build each other up not be against other women and everyone goes through things others don’t know about 💞let’s be kind always.

Sorry it’s a review of negative and positive bits✌🏼