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Our Sweet Desiny by Addison Cole: review and giveaway

This is the second book in Addison Cole’s Braden family series (read my review of number one here)
The family feud that was mentioned in the first book becomes the central theme of this book, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet (actually just noticed that the lead lovers have the same initials!)
Rex Braden had been harbouring a secret love for Jade Johnson and so has she in return. But the animosity between their fathers has prevented them even speaking to each other for most of their lives.
Jade returned to Weston in the last book and is now here to stay so they need to address their feelings. They accept their emotional connection but keep it a secret from their families: will their love ever be accepted?
I didn’t really like Rex in the last book as he was quite unkind to his brother but he was much more likeable in this book as we got to see his softer side.
I got very involved with the characters and was frustrated by the single mindedness of the fathers for being proud and ruining their friendship. I also felt they were wrong to impose their opinions on their children.
It was an interesting dilemma to consider: the love you have always wanted versus the love of your family. Rex and Jade have put their families first for their whole lives but they can’t deny their own happiness any longer.
With lots more siblings, I’m looking forward to the rest of the Braden family stories…


Discover the magic of the Bradens, and fall in love with Addison Cole’s rich and romantic storytelling.


After ditching a troubled relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is…until her horse is injured and the son of the man her father has been feuding with for more than forty years comes to her rescue. She’s spent forever trying to deny her attraction to headstrong, too-handsome-for-his-own-good cowboy Rex Braden. The last thing she needs is that particular man complicating her life.

Fiercely loyal Rex Braden has never put anyone or anything before his family. Despite the irate family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, unleashing fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love—and causing the rebel in each of them to rear its powerful head.

Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained as Rex and Jade find out if true love really can conquer all.

Our Sweet Destiny is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you’d expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you’re looking for a more explicit romance, pick up the steamy edition, Destined for Love, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name.

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Addison Cole’s stories are the perfect blend of sizzle and sweet. You won’t be able to stop reading.” – New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne
Romance, fun, emotions, and happily ever afters that will warm your heart, Addison Cole writes charming and unforgettable stories about real people and love in its most wonderfully moving forms.” – New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke
Addison Cole has created characters you’ll fall in love with and a seaside world you’ll never want to leave.” – USA Today bestselling author Chris Keniston

Also Available in Sweet Heat Series

Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.

A Love So Sweet (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens, Book 1) by [Cole, Addison]A Love So Sweet (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens, Book 1)

Treat Braden wasn’t looking for love when Max Armstrong walked into his Nassau resort, but he saw right through the efficient and capable facade she wore like a shield to the sweet, sensual woman beneath. One magnificent evening together sparked an intense connection, and for the first time in his life Treat wanted more than a casual affair. But something caused Max to turn away, and now, after weeks of unanswered phone calls and longing for the one woman he cannot have, Treat is going back to his family’s ranch to try to finally move on.

A chance encounter brings Treat and Max together again, and it turns into a night of intense passion and honesty. When Max reveals her secret, painful past, Treat vows to do everything within his power to win Max’s heart forever—including helping her finally face her demons head-on.

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Unraveling the Truth About Love (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens, Book 3)
Now available for PRE-ORDER
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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison is proud to be part of the Main Street Romance family, a partnership with bestselling authors Nancy Naigle, RaeAnne Thayne, and Chris Keniston, bringing sweet happy-ever-after love stories to the Main Street Romance community. Join them at ~ open 24/7 just for you.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

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Secrets Between Us by Valerie Keogh

This is a spectacular psychological thriller!
Valerie Keogh introduces us to Ellie and Will whose lives are devastated when they find out that Ellie cannot have children. At the same time, she receives notification that the sheltered housing her twin sister lives in is closing down.
Tia goes to live with the couple but Ellie struggles from the start. She always played second fiddle to her twin whilst growing up and resented the love and attention Tia got as a result of her learning disability.
Ellie suspects that Tia is more able than she appears and is eager for her to find new accommodation. Is she right and does Tia have other ideas about the future?
There are some MAJOR plot twists that I want to share but don’t want to spoil the surprise for you!
Ellie’s emotions are laid bare in the book and it is quite heartbreaking to see her distress at being unable to become a mother whilst coping with the responsibility of caring for her sister.
This is a fascinating book to read although I was expecting the final twist at the end. Twins are captivating to us as a society. I can appreciate a little of the frustration of identity confusion: at my wedding the photographer thought my sister was me!


Title:          Secrets Between Us   
Author:     Valerie Keogh   
PUBLICATION DAY: November 14th 2018
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One letter a week for fifteen years. 780 identical white envelopes brimming with my sister’s darkest secrets. All the intimate details of a life as different to mine as could possibly be.
I read each letter slowly to make sure I understand it perfectly, one day very soon it will be a matter of life and death…
At the end of each letter, after signing her name, there is always one final sentence:
Don’t forget to burn this letter.
I’ll let you decide if I do…
A jaw-dropping psychological thriller that you will read in one sitting. If you loved dark, twisty thrillers like The Girl on The TrainThe Couple Next Door and Friend Request, this unputdownable novel will have your heart racing long after you’ve finished reading.


Author Bio:
Valerie Keogh grew up reading Agatha Christie so when she started writing it seemed natural to write crime novels. She writes two different series, one based in Ireland featuring Garda Sergeant Mike West and a grittier one based in the UK featuring Nicola Connolly, a serial killer.
Valerie has also written a stand-alone psychological thriller, Exit Five from Charing Cross
In March 2018, Valerie signed a two-book contract with the publisher, Bookouture. The first of these, Secrets Between Us, is out now.
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#StayClassyMama 6

Hello and welcome to the #StayClassyMama linky.
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Festive family fun at Lush in Basingstoke

I usually describe myself as a family blogger not a parent or mum one. I was thrilled to take my sister along to a blogging event at Lush in Basingstoke and enjoy some quality sister time together.
The instore displays of gifts are so magical and really put us in the festive mood. The limited edition Christmas products are so cute!
My favourite scent is the Snow Fairy range and is available in a wide number of products. I love the iridescent sheen to the body conditioner.
We got the opportunity to make our own bath bombs. All of the products at Lush are handmade but thanksfully not by me! My sister was sooooo much better at it than me 🙂
I knew about bath bombs but not jelly bombs. These are perfect for children (and young at heart adults!) I don’t have weird fashion sense: that is my hand on the right and my sister’s on the left:
One of the products that impressed me most was the naked shower gel. Lush believe in reducing plastic so have produced some ‘naked’ items that do not have any plastic packaging.
I love Lush’s ethos. All of their poducts are vegetarian and cruelty free and a large number are also vegan.
Thank you so much to Lush in Basingstoke for inviting us along for a wonderful evening.

6 weeks to declutter ready for Christmas!

OK chaps, we have 6 weeks to go until the mayhem that is Christmas. Time to get organised, time to plan…
Right so let’s start with the kitchen.
Go through those cupboards. Check if anything is out of date (left over from last Christmas…???) and decide if you will use it or not (go on, be a daredevil, it’s only a bit ancient!)

Also review any other storage areas that you use to keep food. We have shelves and boxes in the garage that we use for extra storage space. We need all available space to store Christmas treats!
Look under the sink: what cleaning products will you need to use and does anything need replacing.
You want to decorate the living room. Only problem is that life has taken over in the last 11 months and the place that the tree is supposed to go is heaving with junk. Gird your loins and go for it. Move everything out of the space and start the grand old game of chess, moving things around until it settles in a new home.
Christmas means presents, yay! Time to get brutal and look at what toys/books etc can be removed. I recommend doing this secretly while the kids are at school.
Be strong, get rid of anything broken or that hasn’t been played with for 3 months or more. Remember they may not notice and they have new things on the way.

Look in your hiding places and review which presents you have already bought. I am guilty of buying things, forgetting about them and buying them a second time!
Next up: clothes. I have a tendency to wear things until they fall apart so I have socks that are about 20 years old that are almost worn through but not quite. There are clothes in my wardrobe that I have kept just in case: jeans with holes in, trousers that are too big, tops that are too small.
I think it is time to declutter! Christmas is the perfect time to ask for more socks! If my waist gets bigger again then hopefully it won’t be for another 10-15 years so will I really want to wear something from my early 30s when I’m in my 50s?!

Get other family members involved. Ask the children what clothes are getting too small etc. Plan a trip to the charity shop for anything that still has wear potential and a trip to the textile recycling place for anything else.
Do you have any tips for decluttering in the lead up to Christmas?