✨BOOK REVIEW✨ Hotel Portofino by J.P. O’Connell

Firstly, I would like to thank NetGalley for my copy of this book.

Blurb:

Hotel Portofino has only been open a few weeks, but already the problems are mounting for its owner Bella Ainsworth. Her high-class guests are demanding and hard to please. And she’s being targeted by a scheming and corrupt local politician, who threatens to drag her into the red-hot cauldron of Mussolini’s Italy. To make matters worse, her marriage is in trouble, and her children are still struggling to recover from the repercussions of the Great War. All eyes are on the arrival of a potential live match for her son Lucian, but events don’t go to plan, which will have far reaching consequences for the whole family. Set in the breathtakingly beautiful Italian Riviera, Hotel Portofino is a story of personal awakening at a time of global upheaval and of liberating influence of Italy’s enchanting culture, climate, and cuisine on British “innocents abroad”, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey and The Crown.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Honestly, I had a hard time deciding what to write. Hotel Portofino sounded promising. I love a book that details the scenery, it takes me to the place like I’m existing in the story together with the characters. I was so excited to start reading this. However, I felt a little disappointed. I just don’t see the main plot, maybe it’s the matchmaking between Lucian and Rose but even that didn’t give me the “can’t put it down” feeling. It was an easy read, I love the way the author describes the scenery, although I think it was more focused on the setting rather than the plot. There were times when it looks like the plot will thicken only to be spoilt as another story continues. I continued reading thinking maybe the ending will be heavy and that will make up for the rest of the book but the ending was just okay. It was just the guests leaving, saying good bye with friends they met on the hotel. Other than that, nothing. Some stories didn’t have any closures as well. Lots of stories were opened with any proper resolution.

The redeeming factor for the book would be the place, the description of the hotel, the gardens, even the beach. It was a light book, relaxed. The book description said it’s perfect for fans of The Crown and as a big fan, I didn’t see much resemblance.

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2022 Week 2/52 Reads | 01-15-2022

Time flies by really fast. Would you believe it we’re already two weeks into 2022? Here are the books I’ve read this week:

  1. You’re Invited to a Creepover: Truth or Dare by P.J. Night – this book is so teenager me. It’s fun reading this, a recommendation to teenage readers out there. If you’re on a reading slump, I suggest reading books like this, you could never go wrong.
  2. Hotel Portofino by J.P. O’Connell – I got this ebook for free from NetGalley. I am yet to post my review of this but here’s the gist. This book is not that thrilling, for me there’s a lot of stories going on and they weren’t even given proper endings.
  3. A Winter’s Tale: Kiss by Kristi Tailor – So I got this book for free from the author, I was caught by the cover. Yes, I’m sorry but the book cover is a major factor when I decide if I’m going to read a book. I love the simplicity of the cover and the title. This book really made me cry so I don’t want to spoil anything. It’s a 200 paged book and you can finish it in 2 hours or so.
  4. A Winter’s Tale: Promise by Kristi Tailor – book two of the series, it continues the love story of two bestfriends. Still a short read but this has its own plot independent of the first book. I got this book from the author as well, she gave it to me with the third book after I read the first one.
  5. A Winter’s Tale: Vow by Kristi Tailor – third book of the series, this book made me happy and quite confused but same as the second book, it has its own plot. This one is from the author as well.
  6. A Winter’s Tale: Secret by Kristi Tailor – fourth book of the series, I thought reading three books will do me good but after the third book I couldn’t sleep so I decided to start the trial month for kindle unlimited just to read this book.
  7. A Winter’s Tale: Seduction by Kristi Tailor – fifth book of the series and I really stayed up late just to read this one. This book has a lot of plot builders and I’m now agonizing for the release of the sixth book.

What books have you been reading and how’s your 2022 reading goal progress? Mine’s already at 11/52.

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✨BOOK BLITZ✨ To Love and Be Loved by Amanda Prowse

To Love and Be Loved by Amanda Prowse is available now!

📚Book Blurb

In this life-affirming tale from bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one woman built a new life to escape her humiliation. Now, can she put the shame behind her and finally find happiness?

Young and desperately in love, Merrin had the whole world ahead of her. But just as her new life was about to start, the ground beneath her feet was cruelly swept away. Devastated by the humiliation, she ran far away from the beloved fishing village she had always called home to lick her wounds and escape her gossiping friends and neighbours.

It hasn’t been easy, but six years later Merrin has forged a new life for herself far from the sea, burying the impulsive girl she once was. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to return to the village she swore she’d never set foot in again.

Reluctantly back in the arms of her community, Merrin begins to realise what she’s been missing out on all these years. As she begins to remember the person she used to be, she is forced to make choices about her future, and to question the past. What does she want from her life? Who is important to her? Who is to blame for everything that went wrong? And can she forgive them, let old wounds heal and finally be her true self again?

Author Bio:

Amanda Prowse is an international bestselling author of twenty-eight novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart-topping titles What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter, My Husband’s Wife, The Coordinates of Loss, The Girl in the Corner and The Things I Know have sold millions of copies around the world. Other novels by Amanda Prowse include A Mother’s Story, which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year Award. Perfect Daughter was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘the queen of family drama’. Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today. Her titles consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine show, as well as featuring on numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on national and independent radio stations, including LBC and talkRADIO, where she is well known for her insightful observations and infectious humour. Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning off the bedside lamp at night, that ensure you walk every step with her great characters, and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

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✨BOOK REVIEW: THE GAMER BY MATT GANTRY✨

Title: The Gamer

Author: Matt Gantry

Published: December 1, 2021

Read Date: January 5-8, 2022

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A beachfront hotel in Florida. Five hundred people have been taken hostage. Many of them are world leaders and government officials, including The President of the United States.

A video gamer is working in the hotel. He learnt his skills playing first person shooters. Now he uses them in a situation where bullets kill.

The police are helpless. He is the only one who can alter the hostages’ fate. The terrorists’ hidden agenda is revealed. Harry takes the fight to the terrorists and attempts to bring down the world’s most wanted man.

FIVE HUNDRED HOSTAGES, SIXTY TERRORISTS,

ONE SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD GAMER!

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“He was fearful, but fear was good. Fear gave a person an edge. It was to be harnessed and embraced. Fear kept you alive.”

This book gave me a Money Heist kind of vibe, but is still unique in its own way. It is well researched and would surely hook a reader with interest to military tactics, guns and warfare. I would imagine this being adapted into a movie in the future. The main character, Harry is fierce and had a lot of guts for a seventeen year old. I was happy for him to be living his dream in this book. Overall, the book is packed with adventure after adventure, it is a thrilling and exciting read.

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2022 Week 1/52 Reads | 01-08-2022

Hi readers, my reading goal for this year is 52 books but I may have underestimated myself a little. For the first week of the year, I’ve already finished 4 books. I was contemplating on increasing my goal but then I thought I may become busy later this year and may not be able to finish one book a week so I chose to stick with my original reading goal. I would like to share with you the books that I’ve read:

  1. You’re Invited to a Creepover #17: Your Worst Nightmare by P.J. Night – Now this book is really short, I’ve read it overnight. Just a quick feedback, this books describes some creepy crawlers so if you have phobia with that sort of stuff, read it at your own risk. It’s only a chapter anyway. It’s a good book for teenagers. It talks about facing your biggest fears.
  2. Sigma Force #14: Crucible by James Rollins – Now this one is long, 480 pages and it is really worth it. Crucible is a fast paced thriller about man and its creation. This book is part of the Sigma Force series. Heart-breaking as well as exhilarating will leave you with a warning about our progress in Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  3. Professor Challenger #1: The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – this book I listened to before I go to sleep. It talks about an undiscovered place that houses animals that was supposed to be extinct. The cantankerous attitude of Professor Challenger did it all. I will not leave any more details but this book is a good book to listen to at night.
  4. The Gamer by Matt Gantry – this book is a new one and the author sent me a direct message on my bookstagram account to give me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This book gave me a Money Heist kind of vibe but is still unique in its own way. I would say that this book is well thought of and well reaserched. If you are interested in military tactics, guns, and warfare, this book is a must read. It is packed with adventure after adventure although the characters are only confined on a hotel that terrorists have taken control of.

Currently Reading | 12-30-2021

Audiobook: I am on my second audiobook, I’ve just recently finished Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and I loved the narration that was provided by Apple Books (the link I have provided is from Audible Studios). Now, I am listening to The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the link I have provided is from Naxos AudioBooks). If you prefer to read a physical book than listening to an audiobook: Anne of Green Gables (I love this book cover), The Lost World

Ebook: I have finished Discerning Grace by Emma Lombard (book 1 of The White Sails Series) two days ago which I received from Voracious Readers Only for free in exchange for an honest review, I certainly loved it as I loved a strong-hearted heroine (the link I have provided is an ebook worth .99 cents, a steal for such an amazing book!). Now I have started Shadow Winged by Jilleen Dolbeare which based on what I’ve read from her foreword, is about Arctic Inuit people. I am really looking forward to this book. If you prefer physical books over ebooks (I know because I do too!): Discerning Grace, Shadow Winged

Physical Book: I have had this book for a while now and I’ve just recently opened it as I draw it from a random number generator while trying to decide which book next to open. This is Consumed by David Croneberg. I’m still on the first chapter and found out that this is about a murder in which the victim’s body parts were cooked and consumed, hence, the title I guess.

If you love strong-hearted heroines like I do, here’s another recommendation. This book includes time travel, romance and a fight for women suffrage: A Suffragette In Time by Connie Lacy.

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