Book Review: The Second Footman by Jasper Barry #Blogtour #rachelsrandomresources

Blogtour – Tuesday 31st July

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A big hello to all you followers! Thanks for coming aboard this stop of this fantastic blogtour. 

When I opened the ‘jiffy-bag’ to see this book enclosed, my eyes almost popped out of my head!

The vast amount of pages almost had me running for the hills….’how on earth was i going to get through this book in the time that I had between blogtours and reviews that I had scheduled??’

I needn’t have worried though, as two or three chapters in and I was hooked. I love the fact that it is set in 19th century France and enjoyed the rich, deep descriptions which enriched my senses and allowed me to immerse myself completely in the aristocratic world that pours from the pages.

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I loved finding out that this book is the first of a trilogy! I look forward to reading more about Max and Armand de Miremont, who despite the differing worlds they occupy, find themselves drawn to one another.

A big Thank you must go to Rachel’s Random Resources and Jasper Barry who invited me on this tour!

Every bit of me wants to tell you what I truly thought of this book, but first lets see a bit about the talented author who brought these characters to life. 


The Author

Jasper Barry graduated from Cambridge with a degree in English and has worked in
advertising, then in journalism. Jasper lives in London with too many books and three
obstreperous cats.

Social Media Links –

http://jasperbarry.co.uk

https://twitter.com/jasperbarry2?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/jasper.barry.1


About the Book

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Nineteen year-old Max is the duchesse de Claireville’s second footman, but he does not intend to endure the indignities of service for long. He has a plan-to find an aristocratic patron who will become his unwitting accomplice in an audacious fraud. It is true that in 1880s’ France, despite nearly a century of revolution and social turmoil, the aristocracy is still firmly entrenched in privilege, and the gulf between the salon and the servants’ hall is as wide as ever.

But Max is handsome, quick to learn and confident of his abilities as a seducer of both men and women. Whether ladling soup into noble plates beneath crystal chandeliers, or reading biographies of the great generals in his squalid footman’s dormitory, he is planning his strategy.

He, Max, is the man of the future – ruthless, above morality and sentimental attachments. Yet, when, after a couple of false starts, he at last acquires his patron, he finds himself ambushed by instinctive longings-for friendship, for affection-that threaten his grand plan. ‘Be true to yourself…’ the saying goes. But to which self? And what is ‘truth’?


My Review

This book pulled me in from the very start…from the rich dialogue, interesting characters and fantastic setting, I loved every page that I read. It was deep and beautiful in the way that it was written and I adored the aristocratic feel. Everything about the text was interesting and enthralling. I enjoyed reading about the mysterious Max; delving deeper into his personality as I read further; and I especially love the deep connection he develops with the ‘older’ gentleman, Armand de Miremont.

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The love scenes between these characters were delicately done and came across quite sweet as the two characters tried to keep their feelings for one another under wraps. A romance between two gentleman in this era was not unheard of but was most definitely frowned upon and this book touched on the subject with sensitivity. I felt and believed the connection that they had and enjoyed the deep dialogue that was swapped between them both. 

I don’t want to give too much away about this book, even though I want to. Lets just say that even though on first sight this appears to be a very long book, then I found I wanted more once I turned the last page. The next of these books will definitely be added to my TBR list! I look forward to seeing how these characters progress. 

This was a very beautiful, creative and interesting read. It was heartfelt in its approach and I loved the storyline. I would very much recommend this book.


Conclusion

Put down what you are reading and come and give this one ago! It is a fantastic read and really pulls you deep into the middle of 19th Century France! A Great read!

Rating – 4 out of 5 stars!

Thanks for reading all.

If you would like to see more reviews about this book, please check out the other blogtours below. 

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Thanks

S x


Review: Unshackled by Rachael Stewart #Blogtour

Blogtour – Friday 27th July

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Hi All

A big welcome to my stop on this hot-smoking blogtour.

A big special thanks and mentions must go to the blog host and author who invited me to take part.

Rachels Random Resources – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/

Rachael Stewart – www.rachaelstewartauthor.com

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The cover of this book screams sexiness, which helps to pull the reader in. But delve deeper into this story and you will see that there is a dramatic, must-read story hidden within the debauchery and sex scenes. This story packs a hell of a sexy punch!

Before I tell you more about this book and lead you further into my review, lets get to know the author a bit better…


The Author

Rachael Stewart

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Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.rachaelstewartauthor.com
Twitter: @rach_b52
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rachaelstewartauthor/


About the Book

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Unshackled is a thrilling ride of sexual awakening, love, money and corruption…
Trying to escape the evil hold of her stepfather, Abigail becomes a player in a wildly debauched world that has her body hitting a plethora of sexual highs, while her heart clings to her new-found love and the desire to be free. But can she break away and keep it all—the money, her freedom and the girl?

Or will she lose everything?

Purchase Links

• Amazon UK amzn.to/2Fh8hZ3
• Amazon US amzn.to/2Fer3Ak
• Barnes & Nobile bit.ly/2KfGLyS
• Kobo bit.ly/2HNnhTT
• Smashwords bit.ly/2r05E91


My Review

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One of the things I loved the most about this book was the believable character interactions. The rich, dramatic dialogue created fantastic reading material. I loved the rugged, hot tension between Abigail and the lady who controls her desires; the one woman who has shown her what true passion can really be like.

There were some difficult scenes to read though and I loved to hate her step-father who created a protagonist in Abigail’s quest to move away from all the pain and humiliation that he fills her life with. And despite how he made me feel, I still felt gripped by the dramatic moments that were instilled on the pages in front of me. 

Yes, this book was Hot!

Yes, this book was steamy!

But it also had an enjoyable, dramatic read that had me turning quickly from page to page!

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Conclusion

This was a very fun, enjoyable read, one that was very steamy and dramatic in equal measures. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a bit of ‘fire’ in the books they read!

Rating – 4 out of 5!

If you liked my review, why not take a look at the other bloggers who have taken part in this blogtour and see what everyone else is saying. 🙂

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Thanks for taking the time to read my review guys!

S x

Review: The Afterlife of Walter Augustus by Hannah M. Lynn #Blogtour

Blogtour – Thursday 19th July

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A big special thankyou must go to the wonderful author, Hannah Lynn who invited me to read her book in exchange of a review. I jumped at the chance to find out more about this book and was so excited to be included on the blogtour for it, because I am psyched to share this amazing find! Every once in a while, I am amazed by a book I read and this is one of those books! 

If you are looking for a seriously beautiful and well written story, then look no further. This book got me 100% in the feels, it was wonderfully imaginative, deeply enchanting and a real page-turner.

I am so looking forward to telling you more about this book, but first, lets hear more about the lady who brought the story to life. 


About the Author

Hannah Lynn was born in 1984 and grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia.

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It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction.

Her first novel, Amendments, was published in 2015, her latest novel, The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, is out July 2018. Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps.

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/HMLynnauthor

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/HannahLynnAuthor

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13830772.Hannah_M_Lynn

Books

Amazon.co.uk – Amendments

Amazon.com – Amendments

Amazon.co.uk – The Afterlife of Walter Augustus

Amazon.com – The Afterlife of Walter Augustus


About the Book

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Walter Augustus is dead. His current state of existence has become a monotony of sweet tea and lonely strolls and after decades stuck in the Interim — a posthumous waiting room for those still remembered on Earth — he is ready to move on. Only when he is forgotten by every living person will he be able to pass over and join his family in the next stage of the afterlife. At last the end is tantalizingly close, but bad luck and a few rash decisions may see him trapped in the Interim for all eternity.

Letty Ferguson is not dead. Letty Ferguson is a middle-aged shoe saleswoman who leads a pleasant and wholly unextraordinary life, barring the secret fortune she seems unable to tell her husband about. However, when she takes possession of an unassuming poetry anthology, life takes on a rather more extraordinary dimension.


My Review

Sometimes you read a book that is so beautifully written, so imaginative and enthralling; a book that keeps you mesmerised from the very first page. And ladies and gents! Let me tell you, this book is one of those books!

The story flows brilliantly from the very first page. The subject is imaginative and yet believable. I felt myself drawn to the characters, especially Walter who has spent many years stuck in the interim, a place which resides between Life and Afterlife. I willed this story along and enjoyed the dialogue which helped to create a brilliant feel for each of the characters. I loved Walter, a true gent who finds himself willed into chasing away the one connection he has with his past, the one connection that keeps him tethered to the interim.

I connected well with the characters, some I really liked, some I really didn’t like.

The story was ended beautifully and I felt content once I turned the final page.

I would definitely recommend this book! It is written by a fairly unknown author but it is one of those books that is a real hidden gem when you discover it! 🙂


Conclusion

This book was a magical, beautiful read. I am so glad that I was invited to read it by Hannah. She has created a wonderful story, something that will live on with me for a long time to come.

Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars!

Thanks for reading Guys!

If you want to find out more about this book, check out these other bloggers on the tour.

For the duration of this tour, the book will be on sale for only 99p! So crack out the kindles and give this beauty a go!

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Rafflecopter Giveaway – http://www.rafflecopter.com/ra fl/display/5f8b9ad51/

Thanks for reading all

S x

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