Book Review On: Love’s Labours by Simon Truckle

Love's Labours by simon truckle


About the author (as seen on Amazon)

simon truckle

I live and am based in the UK, in a lovely seaside town called Whitstable where I divide my time between eating oysters and writing. Currently the oysters are winning.

I write to make people laugh so if you enjoy a chuckle or two then I think you’ll like my books.





Publication Date: 12th March 2019

Publisher: Simon Truckle

ISBN: Paperback 978-1527238879

Also available in eBook

Pages: 223 pages (eBook)

Genre: Humorous Fiction

Format Reading: eBook

Copy Provided by: Simon Truckle

Blurb (as seen on Amazon) 

Your uncle has left you everything in his will. But he’s also given you a one-way ticket to Greece and told you to complete the Labours of Hercules. Tricky. Scott Poole – 24, broke and sadly single – is the last person you’d call a Hercules. But when his rich uncle packs him off to a Greek beach with a list of Labours to complete, Scott finds himself in the unlikely position of emulating a demi-god. A demi-god with a can of lager in one hand and a dented windsurf board in the other.As Scott and his best mate Oliver struggle to complete the modern-day Labours of Hercules the Gods don’t make things easy. They find themselves accidental owners of a beach bar, come up against German naturists, chippy Greek schoolkids and a grumpy donkey. What could possibly go wrong?

My Review

Before I go into my review I would just like to say a massive thank you to Simon Truckle for not just asking me to read and review Love’s Labours but for also sending me a review eBook and for his patients in waiting for my review.

book cover for loves labours by simon truckle

I really like this front cover its simple yet it has a fun feel to it from the blue sky to where the sea meets sky to the yellow sandy beach with a shack surfing boards and a random donkey!

This cover would defiantly have stood out to me if I was to go into a book shop!

It’s 1991 and Scott is newly single from the love of his life Abi. At the age of 24 Scott has no prospects or any dreams of the future and has become a bit of a disappointment to his parents. However he also suffers from anxiety which has stopped him from traveling and seeing the world. He did however strike up a great friendship with his uncle Ted who seems to get him. They have the same kind of comical humour and in character.

So when his uncle Ted passes away he is devastated. Scott’s father pulls him aside at the funeral and tells him he is to inherit all of his uncles assets only there’s a few stipulations. Ted wants Scott to travel to Volos in Grease and while he is there is to complete 7 of the 12 Labours of Hercules and to provide evidence of the Labours he completes. Then his uncle wants him in this time earn enough money to buy a sailing boat and sail back to the UK. Scott has two years in which to complete the task in order for him to get his inheritance. Ted has provided him with and airline ticket £200 in cash and a hand written  note from him. Ted always had a fascination with Greek mythology and never got to see the country for himself so he wants Scott to do it so he doesn’t end up like him.

Scott doesn’t want to do it alone so asks his best friend Oliver to accompany him on his quest. Can Scott with the help from Oliver and a few friends they make complete his challenge? Will Scott finally grow up and realise what he want in his life? Will they ever earn enough money to buy a boat to get home in the two year time limit? How will they earn the money? Is there romance in the air for one of the boys? Can Scott get over Abi? Or does he realise that he wants her back?

Love’s Labours by Simon Truckle is a perfect summer read and had me in stiches! It has a really great and unique storyline that keeps you thoroughly entertained till the very last page. I loved learning a bit of Greek Mythology along the way that was really quite interesting. I found Scott to be really endearing and I like his comical character a lot! What a great book! Well worth a read guy’s!!!!!

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Book Review On North of the Rock by Ian Jones


North of the rock by ian jones


About the author (as seen on the back cover)

Ian is just a normal guy, who has to work but loves to write. He has completed several books and is keen to do more as long as people enjoy them. He lives in London with his family and has a passion for motorbikes and music…

Publication Date: 18th June 2019

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-912850-10-5

eBook 978-1-912850-11-2

Pages: 308 pages

Genre: Thriller

Format Reading: Paperback

Copy Provided By: Faye from Athoright

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

John Smith is a man who solves problems, just don’t try to stop him. As a favour to an old friend in the FBI John returns to West Texas. But there is now a whole new town and way of life that has sprung up since he was last there ten years previously. He soon finds out he is in the middle of some very rich men; who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

My Review

Firstly I would just like to thank a few people of asking me to read, review and kindly providing me with a copy of  North of the Rock by Ian Jones but also for their patience in waiting for my review. Faye from Authoright and Clink Street Publishing thank you!

North of the Rock is the second book in a series, which can also be read as a standalone. I read the first book  Lost In Vegas and really enjoyed all the action and gripping storyline.

Front cover for North of the rock by ian jones

I really like the look of this front cover from the oranges and yellows to the sunset sky and the dusty dry desert and rocky mountains. All the different shaids of brown of the mountins I thinks adds a kind of 3D affect making them really stand out on the cover. The title is white and is grainy and Ian’s name is in a smaller font at the bottom.

John Smith is an Ex-army, and is a man to get any job done. He has been asked by and old friend in the FBI to return to West Texas; where nothing is the same as it was back when he was there over 10 years ago. John is a man that works alone because he finds it easier that’s way.

His friend wants him to investigate and gather as much information on case John was on 10 years ago, but he must do it as quietly as possible. It means John will have to go visit a man he put in prison for murdering two men and women; who is also saying he has been wrongly accused. This will mean the FBI’s work will be under much scrutiny.

John’s presents is not going unnoticed and he is soon made aware his presents is not wanted. What will John uncover? Will he uncover the truth before more people get caught in the cross fire? Is everything as it seems? Was the wrong man convicted? Has John stumbled on a big can of worms?

North of the Rock by Ian jones has great description as the first book did and is enough to be able to visualise the setting and surroundings as you read. It has great action keeping you entertained, I really became rapped up in all the twists and turns as they unfolded before my very eyes. I think I would have liked to seen a bit more dialogue but that’s just my preference, I still enjoyed it nun the less.

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Book Review On: Lost In Vegas by Ian Jones

lost in vegas by ian jones

About the author (as seen on the back cover)

Ian Jones is a normal guy, who has to work but loves to write. He has completed several books and is keen to do more as long as people enjoy them. He lives in London with his family and has a passion for motorbikes and music…


Publication Date: 4th June 2019

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-912850-08-2

eBook 978-1-912850-09-9

Pages: 166 pages

Genre: Thriller

Format Reading: Paperback

Copy Provided by: Faye from Authoright

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

John Smith is a man who solves problems, just don’t try to stop him. He is in Las Vegas trying to track down a missing woman, which should be a simple job. But he soon discovers he is not welcome, and there are those who want to make sure he leaves the city fast, in one way or another.

My Review

Firstly I would like to thank Faye from Athoright and Clink Street Publishing for not just being patent  with me and waiting so long for my review by for kindly sending me a paperback review copy.

Lost in Vegas by Ian Jones is book one in a series.

We meet John Smith, an English guy, very single and is an ex-Special Forces. Now though he work only alone taking on private job’s. John gets a call from business man Richard Cromwell who has a job for him knowing he is the man for the job. Richard runs two business; which links him with people in Vegas, only things have got a bit out of hand and now he’s daughter may have got caught up in. Richards dealing seem to have gone sour in Vegas after his associate handed the rains over to his brutal son Pablo. His precious daughter Abby had gone missing in Vegas so Richard sent out his trusted friend Thomas to take care of things, smooth things over with his business associates and bring back his daughter , only things haven’t gone to well and now he has also gone. Richard needs John’s full discretion as his business dealing are not quite legit.

John decides to take the job on and bring back Richards daughter home to her family. On his arrival to Vegas he takes in every detail of his surroundings and starts digging for information on Pablo; only to find out that he is a nasty and ruthless man who spends his cash like its going out of fashion and owes a lot to boot! John knows there is a link between Pablo and Abby… But what? Where is she and who is she with? Is she safe? Is she with Thomas? or has Pablo got her somewhere? Is Abby even still alive?

Lost in Vegas by Ian Jones  is a thrilling story with plenty of action and has a fantastic story line. I really got the sense of John’s methodical nature when dealing with his job; which I fond kept me captivated through the whole book. But I also got the sense that even though he is ruthless in getting his job completed he still doesn’t want any one to get hurt.

This book has fantastic description which enhanced the action bits and  it was almost like I was watching a movie while I read. It is certainly a gripping read that I highly recommend. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.


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Blog Tour- Book Review On: Come Back For Me by Heidi Perks


About the author (as seen in the inside in the book jacket)

Heidi PerksHeidi Perks worked as a marketing director before leaving to become a full-time mother and writer. Her first novel, Now You See Her, was a Sunday Times bestseller and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Heidi is a voracious reader of crime fiction and thrillers and endlessly interested in what makes people tick. She lives in Bournemouth with her family, where she is writing her next thriller.










Publication date: 11th July 2019 (Hardback)

Publishers: Century

ISBN: Hardback 978-1780898834

Paperback 978-177460775

Also available in Ebook and Audiobook.

Pages: 416 pages (Hardback)

Genre: Thriller/ Mysteries

Format reading: Hardback

Copy provided by: Rachel from Penguin Random House

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

A shocking discovery. An island wrapped in secrets.

A tiny community is rocked by the discovery of a long-buried body.

For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body was found in the garden of her childhood home- the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island.

But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers- and that people will go to any length to protect their secrets.

One thing rings true…

You can’t bury the truth forever.

My Review

Welcome to today’s blog tour stop for Heidi Perks latest thriller Come Back For Me.

I would like to give my thanks to the lovely Rachel and Penguin Random House for asking me to take part in the wonderful blog tour and for kindly sending me a Hardback to read and give my honest thought’s on this novel for today.

Front cover for Come Back For Me by Heidi Perks

Heidi Perks is a new author to me, so I’m super intrigued to read her work.

Come Back For Me front cover is very striking from the open door, the lady walking through the door; wearing a red dress and shoes to the concrete steps she’s about to walk down. Outside the door you can make out it’s bright and see some greenery. The title is in bold white and the author’s name is in red both work great against the dark backing. If I was to see this in a book shop I would have picked it up for sure!

Evergreen island is a tiny island with a small tight nit community.

Stella Harvey used to live on the island years ago growing up until suddenly in the middle of the night and a shocking storm her parents pack them and her brother and sister off the island with no explanation. She was devastated as island life meant everything to her and was a place she was happy.

Back to the present day, Stella is now a family councillor helping families sorting out their issues, something her own family could have done with. Stella is shocked to the core on finding out the news that their has been a horrifying discovery of a long-buried body being found on Evergreen island; specifically at the end of her old garden. This get’s to Stella and makes her question not just the night they suddenly left the island but also her whole childhood on the island and the people that live there!  Stella finds herself compelled to return to Evergreen for answers… But what will she find out? Are their secrets to be found out? Did her parents lie to them all those years ago? If so why? Who is the women buried in her old back garden? What will Stella discover about the people that live their? Who was involved? Does Stella know the woman? Are the community hiding their own secrets?

Wow what a book guy’s! Heidi litrally had me hooked to this story, so much so I read it in three days which is a record for me and a testament to how blooming brilliant this book is!!!!!!! Her writing is truly captivating with interesting and complex characters. Heidi drip’s the story to the reader in a way that keeps the reader engaged and made me especially feel the need to read on to discover more. As I was reading I would make my prediction on what I thought would happen and was wrong at every twist, turns and revelations. This story certainly keeps the reader on their toes like a roller-coaster ride with many twist’s and turns!!!! I was gripped for sure!!

I think you can tell how much of an awesome read I thought Come Back For Me is and urge anyone who likes a good thriller to read this… you won’t be disappointed! I for one am going to put Heidi’s debut novel Now You See Her on my to-buy list right away!!!!!! I can’t wait to read her next one!

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May’s Book Haul!!


May book Haul 3

Hey fellow bookworms,

So here’s the thing I may have gone a bit mad this month with Charity Shop book buying this month. I couldn’t pass them up as they were book’s I was wanting to read, plus there little book voices were shouting ‘Buy Me!’ ‘Buy Me!’ so how could I just leave them there!!!!!!!!! (sorry that was me trying to be funny!!!!!!) And as I see it, I’m helping a charity at the end of the day and that’s a good thing!

Do you wanna know what book’s I brought?!?!………. Here’s my haul!!!!

May book haul 4First up I got:

*No-one Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday by Tracy Bloom

*Spring on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley


*Miss You by Kate Eberlen


Next up is:                                                          May book haul 2*Jigs & Reels by Joanne Harris

*The Summer of Serendipity by Ali Mc Namara

*The Thousand Lights Hotel by Emylia Hall




May Book Haul 5These next two I got because if you remember from when I went to Morston Book sale that I got the first book in the series.

*The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

*The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson




May book haul 1And the last one is:

*This Love by Dani Atkins






As you can see that’s quit a book haul, I got myself there!!! And I hope I get to read them some time soon!!  I think next month I had better go on a book buying ban don’t you?!?!?


Are there any books there that you’ve read? If so what did you think of them? Is there any your hoping to read yourself at some point? 

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Book Review on: The Love Shack by Jane Costello


Photo of The Love Shack by Jane Costello

About the author (as seen in the book)

Jane CostelloJane Costello was a newspaper journalist before she became an author, working on the Liverpool Echo, the Daily Mail, and the Liverpool Daily Post, where she was Editor. Jane’s first novel Bridesmaids, was an instant bestseller and her subsequent novels have been shortlisted for a number of prizes, including The Melissa Nathan Award for Romantic Comedy and the Romantic Novelists Association Romantic Comedy Award, which she won in 2010 with The Nearly Weds. Jane lives in Liverpool with her fiancé Mark and three young sons.






Publication date: 25th April 2015

Publisher: Simon & Shuster UK

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-47112-927-8

Ebook 978-1-47112-928-5

Also available in Audiobook and Audio CD

Pages: 496 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen in the back cover)

Life’s great when you’re 29 years old with a gorgeous girlfriend and fulfilling job. Until you have to move back in with your mum…

Dan and Gemma have found their dreams first home, but the asking price is the stuff of nightmares.

The only way they’ll ever save enough for the deposit is by moving in, rent free, with Dan’s mum.

It’s a desperate solution, but it’s only for six months. And Gemma’s determined to make it work, no matter how bad things get.

But between Dan’s mum’s kitchen karaoke, her constant inuendos, irrepressible argumentative streak. and worst of all her ham and pineapple curries, life back at home would test the patience of two saints. Which Dan and Gemma most definitely are not.

Then, as they’re trying to convince themselves it will all be worth it, Gemma’s past comes back to haunt her. And suddenly the foundation of their entire relationship are shaken to their core…

My Review

front cover for The Love Shack by jane costelloAs soon as I saw this front cover I fell in love… It’s got a sweet and charming feel about it. The salmon pink backing is bright and eye catching. A little cottage in need of some TLC with a ‘For Sale’ singe in front of it and is situated at the top right hand side. A couple embracing each other with tool’s poking out of their pockets. Under that the title is in white and in the word ‘Love’ the ‘o’ has a love heart in the canter, how cute is that? Then Jane’s name is coloured in black and has a tin of paint with a paint brush sticking out! All in all I think this is a perfectly designed front cover.

In The Love Shack we meet Gemma and Dan two people madly in love. They’ve been dating for just over a year, sharing a rented flat. But now they think it’s time to put their money into their own place, and want to buy. As they start their search for their dream pad, it soon becomes apparent that the house prices are well out of their reach. They both have job’s Dan work’s for a homeless charity and Gemma an advertising agency, but their wages aren’t crazy amounts of money.

On realising this Gemma comes up with a plan to help them save for a deposit for when they find the right house and that is to move in with Dan’s mother in the big converted barn; rent free! Not only that to sell their car for a cheaper one. Dan’s not over joyed to be moving back home he is independent man; but like Gemma he can seen on other way.

Dan’s mother is over joyed to have her son and his girlfriend as guests. But it soon becomes apparent her life and interfering could become a problem. Their plan is to stay their for 6 months, saving hard for their deposit; which Dan’s mother has offered to pay and Dan refuses. Dan come’s back with their new car; which is not what Gemma was expecting; it’s rusty and back fires but needs must! Dan and Gemma soon find out that getting a single moment alone together is impossible what with his mother’s kitchen Karaoke amongst other things!!!!

On one of their search’s they come across Pebble cottage which instantly steels their hearts. It’s in need of a lot of repairs but they are certain it’s their dream home and are prepared the extra cash to secure it. Will Dan and Gemma ever get a moment to themselves? Will Gemma be able to deal with Dan’s mother’s interference? and will it put seeds of doughty into her mind? Can they save enough money in time? Will they be at Dan’s mothers for longer than planed? Can Dan and Gemma’s relationship cope with the stress? or will they lose the house and go their separate ways?

I have to say this book was a joy to read and I felt totally immersed in the story as it unfolded. It’s has hilarious romance and has more than a few rocky moments. Dan’s mother gave me more than a few giggles!!! And Dan and Gemma were characters you just fall in love with, they are relatable and real down to earth!

I have read a few of Jane’s book’s now and love her comical style of writing. What a talented lady!

The Love Shack is charming and a lovely easy read. It’s defiantly a must read!!!!

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Book Review On: The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw



About the author (as seen in the book)

Charlie LaidlawCharlie Laidlaw teaches creative writing, and lives in East Lothian. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and was previously a national newspaper journalist and defence intelligence analyst. He has lived in London and Edinburgh, and is married with two children. His other novels are The Things We Learn When We’re Dead and Love Potions and Other Calamities.





Publication date: 20th June 2019

Publisher: Accent Press

ISBN: Paperback 9781786156945

Ebook 9781786156952

Pages: 448 pages

Genre: Literary Fiction

Format reading: ARC Paperback

Copy provided by: Publisher

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on earth…

Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.

But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.

The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.

My Review

Before I begin my review my review of Charlie Laidlaw’s latest book; which is due out in June, I would like to thank Charlie for asking me to read and review The Space Between Time and to Accent Press for kindly sending me an ARC paperback.

I really adored The Things We Learn When We’re Dead  it was different and refreshing with humour!

Front cover for Space Between space and time by charlie laidlaw

I really like this front cover because it’s perfect link with the story inside. I like the dark blue/purple colour of the backing, the moon clouds and twinkling stars is at the top of the cover. The moon looks like it’s shining bright. The title is coloured in white and looks like it’s been hand written; which I think adds a certain personal touch to the cover. Charlie’s name is at the bottom of the cover in a smaller font in white; which stands out beautifully with the backing making it eye-catching.

The Space Between Time the reader is introduced to Emma Maria Rossini a girl who from anyone looking in would think she has the perfect life. She has a loving mother and father is a famous actor. He is always away working leaving his wife and daughter behind while he is having the time of his life with god knows who. Emma’s Italian grandfather is an astrophysicist and has just published his theory’s!

But as Emma’s father becomes more famous he up’s and move’s his family from their Edinburgh flat and moves them to a massive house in North Berwick. But with him not being around very much plays a detrimental part in his wife’s and daughters life. Emma’s mother struggles with the lime light of her husband and would much rather be in the back ground. Her love for her daughter is obvious but Emma start’s to notice her mother getting increasingly paranoid about her husband and becomes lonely.

Emma turns to her grand father’s book for answers to the universe and life. But when she makes a shocking discovery about her mother which pivots her life, leading her to change her name and invent a new her so she wasn’t associated to her father. What was the shocking discovery about her mother? Why did she change her name and re-invent herself? What was it that changes the cause of time for Emma? What happens to her father and mother’s marriage? Will her grandfathers theory’s be a metaphor for life?

The Space Between Time is an intriguing read told from Emma’s point of view as a little girl turning into a woman. I found it to be quit and emotional read because of what Emma went through which confused her and was detrimental to the cores of her life. As a little girl she did make me laugh a few time’s with her perception of things going on around her and what is being said. I read the book relatively quickly and my heart went out to her immediately. I have to say I did prefer his last book but I still adore Charlie’s writing style and ability to tell and engaging story.

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