Mills & Boon #DareToShare A Week to be Wild Blog Tour

Hello friends, welcome to my first blog tour post of 2018. I’m so proud to say it’s with the legends at Mills & Boon. As a lifelong romance fan, I can’t tell you how much joy that gives me!

I am currently recuperating after a little operation and I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t be getting too over-excited.

Oops.

It might not have been the best timing for Mills & Boon to launch their raunchy new #Dare series….not whilst my temperature and heart rate were being closely monitored.

CWTCHERS. IT. IS. HOT.

So hot it steamed up my glasses.

I was lucky enough to be sent a review copy of “A Week to be Wild” by JC Harroway and I couldn’t wait to cwtch up with it. If you enjoy your romance peppered with pulse-racing raunch, then like me, you’re going to absolutely love this.

Our female lead, Libby Noble is a successful businesswoman who knows exactly what she wants and exactly how to get it. I absolutely love her strength and sassiness. She is so bold and it’s really refreshing and empowering to see a powerful woman taking control (as well as losing it spectacularly too!)

Our guy is Alex Lancaster and he’s just your usual run-of-the-mill SEX GOD. I can’t overstate his attractive qualities enough…holy wow…the man should be KNIGHTED for his services to women, business, helicopters & charitable endeavours. (I might’ve somewhat fallen for his charms..)

The power play between the pair sizzles with sexual energy and although you might need to pause to cool off now and again, the story doesn’t lose sight of its romantic core and develops at a great pace. The dialogue is SUPER-HOT and offers some nicely creative ideas that you may wish to incorporate in your very own action adventures, depending on how brave you are.

“What do you want?”

RIGHT NOW ALEX, I WANT A LIE DOWN AND A COLD FLANNEL. I CAN’T COPE WITH YOUR HOTNESS.

This is such a brilliant start to what I’m sure will be the most thrilling romance series of the year. The handbag size paperback is perfect, but there are also digital versions if you prefer to keep your desire on the down-low during your commute. I see you blushing kindle sisters! We ALL know.

Huge thanks to the LUSH Mills & Boon team for sending me a review copy & letting me join in the launch tour. I can’t think of a better way to recover from hospital.

It’s been an absolute pleasure *purrs*

Big hot sexy cwtches xx

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Cwtch Up Catch Up 2017

2017 Cwtch Up

Hello Cwtchers!

After taking a bit of a blogging break, I’m back to share an end of year Cwtch Up Catch Up post on the lovely books I’ve cwtched up with in 2017. Despite the hiatus I managed to read quite a few books this year so I’ve gone with one sentence reviews to make it a tiny bit more manageable. (I’ve found this discipline really challenging as we know I do love to go on…and on….and on….)

Huge thanks to all the lovely publishers and authors who have really kindly worked with me this year. Apologies for the blog tours I missed due to being poorly, I’m now back on track and super-excited for all the new releases in 2018.

Big cwtches, Kate xx

Here we go, in no particular order…

Braving the Wilderness – Brené Brown

I’d highly recommend getting the audiobook version so that you can pretend that Brené is your best friend calling you to chat some southern-accented sense into you.

Need to Know – Karen Cleveland

A CIA analyst discovers she is married to a deep-cover agent in the Russian sleeper cell she’s tasked with investigating and you might seriously need a reminder to breathe.

Mad Girl – Bryony Gordon

I cried so much with painful recognition that my paperback copy looks like I dropped it in the bath and that’s the official story I will tell people.

Broken Branches – Lee M Jonathan

A big old tree has never been so creepy.

Every Last Lie – Mary Kubica

Grief and deceit get in the way of the desperate search for the truth about a fatal car crash and someone always knows more than you think.

Her Last Secret – Barbara Copperthwaite

A dark diary cleverly works backwards from a family tragedy to reveal the unexpected story behind a grisly un-festive Christmas Day.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne

Huge thwack on the table, epic Irish storytelling in stunning seven year updates.

The Confession – Jo Spain

You already know he did it, but you won’t stop turning the pages until you find out why.

How To Be A Grown Up – Daisy Buchanan

I made such hefty notes in this book I started to realise that if there was such a thing as a grown-up license I should probably have mine taken away from me.

Friend Request – Laura Marshall

Social media messages from beyond the grave confirm that school reunions are never a good idea.

The Postcard – Fern Britton

This sweet story will make you want to pack up and move to Cornwall & have scones with Fern.

Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig

Essential and lifechanging bitesize reading for anyone with a mind, healthy or otherwise.

Anything You Do Say – Gillian McAllister

Cleverly written thriller about a split-second decision which brilliantly alternates between the sliding doors consequences for both the truth and the lie.

Best Day Ever – Kaira Rouda

Chillingly creepy husband plans a perfect day for his wife which will give you all the holiday cabin envy as well as the shivers.

Ice Cream for Breakfast – Laura Jane Williams

Stunning rainbow sprinkled cover with even more stunning words inside which will make you stop, play and know that you’ve made a good decision to do so.

The Hygge Holiday – Rosie Blake

Grab a blanket, light a candle and prepare to be word-hugged by the cosiest book I read this year.

I Found You – Lisa Jewell

You will smugly think you know the connection between the two narratives and you may be very wrong.

Puzzle Girl – Rachael Featherstone

When you leave little love notes for a mystery man on a crossword book in your GP surgery.

The Little Shop of Hopes & Dreams – Fiona Harper

If your fledgling business is helping to stage grand gesture marriage proposals, falling in love for yourself isn’t always straightforward.

Copycat – Alex Lake

Sinister thriller which will make you consider deleting your facebook account.

You Do You – Sarah Knight

The third straightforward advice book from Sarah who is gorgeous, hilarious and perfectly balances ballsy no-nonsense profanity with delicate sentiment.

It Started With A Tweet – Anna Bell

When social media obsession goes bad, a countryside digital detox is the cure.

Yesterday – Felicia Yap

Fascinating concept where everyone can remember only the past 24 or 48 hours and there is a murder to solve.

Safe With Me – K.L Slater

A compelling tale of revenge, manipulation, loneliness, confusion and mistrust.

Kind Hearts & Coriander – April Hardy

Family saga in a country house hotel with a grumpy but gorgeous restaurant manager.

The Story of Our Life – Shari Low

Heartbreaking, bittersweet, emotional tale of love and loss.

Don’t Close Your Eyes – Holly Seddon

Estranged twin sisters’ paths cross again in an unsettling and powerful story.

The Honeymoon – Tina Seskis

A missing newly married man with a stomach-churning conclusion.

Hot Mess – Lucy Vine

Hilariously relatable and scarily accurate single girl freshness.

Follow You – Richard Parker

Whatever you do, don’t tweet #BeMyKiller.

Her Last Breath – Tracy Buchanan

Finding the twisted connections between a missing teenager and a soon-to-be-published food writer.

36 Questions that changed my mind about you – Vicki Grant

I definitely fell in love with this YA romance and I didn’t even need all 36 questions to confirm it.

Just For The Rush – Jane Lark

Significantly more substance than the usual steamy thrills.

Keep Me Safe – Daniela Sacerdoti

A brilliantly atmospheric novel, with just enough spookiness to keep you intrigued but not so much to scare your pants off.

The Picture House by The Sea – Holly Hepburn

Vintage dress-ups and really smart movie nostalgia make this a beachy dream.

Lies – T.M. Logan

A thrilling, twisty social media tale with a satisfying ending that you’ll race to get to.

The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake – Pippa James

Sumptuous cakes, vintage lingerie and French passion.

The Summer House – Jenny Hale

Jenny never fails to create the most attractive leading men to swoon over, this summer love is no exception.

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop – Annie Darling

A romance-only bookshop is the greatest idea in the world.

The Last Piece of My Heart – Paige Toon

If every relationship takes a little piece of your heart, this stunning story of stepping into someone else’s life is what happens when you reach the final piece.

Sweetpea – C.J. Skuse

A psycho serial killer has never made me laugh out loud so much.

The Ludlow Ladies Society – Ann O’Loughlin

Classic out-of-towner becomes charming community champion.

The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square – Lilly Bartlett

Warm wedding feels with class issues and bunting.

The Break – Marian Keyes

Classic Keyes’ heartfelt lesson in when he asks for a relationship break, let him have it.

Mixing It Up – Tracie Banister

If TV chefs are the food of love, this is a feast.

Nineteen Letters – Jodi Perry

A strong contender for the most romantic book I’ve ever read.

The Dangers of Family Secrets – Debby Holt

Secrets, lies and mistrust.

The Beachside Sweet Shop – Karen Clarke

A lovely, gentle, feelgood read which will make you smile & crave a quarter of rosy apples.

To Have and To Hold – M.L.Roberts

Ended too soon, I really wanted more.

The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo

The epic power of first love and serendipity.

Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay – Matt McGinn

Interesting behind the scenes insight into stadium tours and being a rockstar sidekick.

The One That Got Away – Annabel Kantaria

A cautionary fidelity tale which reminds us that if someone is in our past, they’re usually behind us for a good reason.

Liar – K.L. Slater

A modern lesson to always listen to your Mum, her instincts are rarely mistaken.

The One – John Marrs

The obsessively intriguing dark side of love, science and DNA matchmaking.

The Cows – Dawn O’Porter

A sassy, smart & witty story which brilliantly captures a moment in our social media obsessed society.

The Choir on Hope Street – Annie Lyons

Uplifting community spirit still exists and it’s mostly found in song.

Rome is Where the Heart Is – Tilly Tennant

A perfect romantic holiday read, whether you’re actually leaving the house or just eating ice cream on your sofa.

The Idea of You – Amanda Prowse

An emotionally difficult but sensitively written story of miscarriage and motherhood.

The Kicking The Bucket List – Cathy Hopkins

Totally relatable bickering sisters are forced to strengthen their relationships through a series of challenges set by their departed mother.

The Escape – C.L. Taylor

The cliff scenes are some of the most exciting, pacey and exhilarating writing I’ve been totally immersed in for quite a while.

The People at Number Nine – Felicity Everett

A modern, dark suburban story about envy, new friendships and keeping up with the Jones’.

Everything But The Truth – Gillian McAllister

One late night email notification starts to unravel everything and you might want to start some low-key background checks on your loved one just as a precaution.

How To Mend a Broken Heart – Anna Mansell

If you’re a fan of a weepy with a soft side of gentle mystery then you’ll love this as much as I did.

Me, You & Tiramisu – Charlotte Butterfield

This will make you hungry for love and/or deli snacks but certainly not Youtube fame.

The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarty

A really interesting picture of toxic female friendships and frenemies.

The Breakdown – B.A. Paris

Sharp and smart domestic noir with a really clever title.

If ever I Fall – S.D. Robertson

Smarter than your average sad tale.

The Girl Before – J.P. Delaney

Alternating voices and repetition make a pacey, exciting thriller you’ll want to tell people about.

Paris for One and Other Stories – Jojo Moyes

A tidy little collection of lovely short stories.

How To Win Back Your Husband – Vivien Hampshire

A 30 day divorce deadline and a fight, fight, fight, fight, fight for this love (if it’s worth having it’s worth fighting for)

Good Me, Bad Me – Ali Land

Unnerving, uncomfortable & undeniably beautifully written.

Three Men and a Maybe – Katey Lovell

Include the word “cwtch” in your cute New Year novella and I’m guaranteed to love it.

The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr

For everyone who loves adventure and who believes that first kisses are unforgettable.

How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

Such a beautiful story, again I’d recommend the audio version so that you can cry without worrying about word blurring.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

A quirky tale of habit, loneliness and human kindness.

Phew….if you made it this far, well done! And thank you, big cwtches for 2018 xxxx

Rome is where the heart is – Tilly Tennant 


Some things I love: 

1. Italy

2. Romance

3. A swoony handsome love interest

4. A sassy leading lady called Kate

5. Travelling without leaving the sofa

This book has all of that PLUS gelato. Soooooo…..it’s pretty much a given that I’m going to LOVE it. 

Ditched by her rubbish husband on Friday 13th, Kate packs her suitcase full of her quirky homemade couture and jumps on a plane to Rome. Obvs. 

There we meet a colourful cast of characters including the brooding romantic Alessandro, a policeman who steps in to help our heroine when she’s had one too many glasses of vino (we’ve all been there…but perhaps just not on The Spanish Steps). With his protective Mama and five sisters, will their love ever get off the ground? 

Set in a such beautiful city, this book makes you feel like you’re actually walking the cobbled streets of Rome, tasting the delicious food & sipping on the finest Italian wine. When really I was wrapped in a blanket, munching on a hobnob and nursing a mug of sweet tea (it’s been a tough week) I love to travel!

A perfect holiday read, whether you’re actually leaving the house or staycation-ing like me. (Even better when you know the follow-up book is out now too…I won’t tell you the title because it kinda gives it away….) Get your Italian Escape here….a bene five cwtches! 

Keep Me Safe – Daniela Sacerdoti


“Your child asks for her mother. But she doesn’t mean you.”

This is a brilliantly atmospheric novel, with just enough spookiness to keep you intrigued but not so much to scare your pants off. Throw in some romance in a unique location and you’ve got yourself a really lovely book to Cwtch Up with. 

When her husband walks out, Anna is left to raise their daughter Ava by herself. Recognising that this life-changing moment would have an emotional impact, when Ava starts behaving strangely Anna initially puts it down to the stressful time they’re having. But when Ava starts taking about her “other Mummy” and longing for the place she calls home, Anna starts to seriously question what’s going on inside her little girl’s mind. 

You might have to suspend disbelief to really enjoy the paranormal element of the story, but trust me, go with it, you won’t be disappointed. (That’s not usually my cup of tea, but surprisingly I did really enjoy it) 

The setting of Seal Island is described so vividly, you could almost be there and the romance is just lovely. A really cosy read, four cwtches. Get your copy here

Can’t decide what book to #CwtchUp with this spring weekend?

Let us help you decide!

Thinking of spring cleaning… feel productive from your sofa / garden chair / beneath your duvet. 

Food Cravings… all the deliciousness without a single calorie. 

Wish you were at the beach… you can almost hear the seagulls.

Dreaming of adventure… without even having to look for your passport.

In the mood for romance… swoooooooon.

Feel like a good cry… tea & tissues on standby.

Fancy a mind-blowing twist…. you’ll never guess the ending. 

Whatever book you decide to #cwtchup with, here’s to a wonderful long weekend!

Big cwtches

Kate x

Spring faves

Paris for One and Other Stories – Jojo Moyes

It’s been a really hectic few days for me which has meant a lot less time for reading this week. I’ve only had some short grabs of time to quickly pick up a book and dive in to a fictional world, there’s just been too much going on in the real one! 

When you’re reading this, I shall be exploring the beautiful city of Paris on my first ever trip there. Ooh la la! 

Why am I telling you this stuff? Well, both points are linked to this week’s book, Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes. A perfect novella & collection of short stories for when your reading time is limited to tiny bursts of literary lushness and your mind is on a trip to the city of love! 

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m not usually a fan of the novella, even less so of the short story. As a reader I just find it a bit clunky and by the time I’ve got to know the characters the story is over. I always want more! This is purely personal preference, I know some folks adore this style. I am however, a massive Jojo Moyes fan, which combined with my lack of available reading time this week meant that I absolutely loved this collection. It was a perfect romantic choice for this week and I could happily finish a story in one of my little mini nuggets of reading time, thanks Netgalley! 

The slightly longer main story about Nell’s first visit to Paris really got me in the mood for my own trip. It’s a lovely tale of empowerment, self-discovery and a swoony handsome French writer. The setting descriptions made me really excited to see the sights, taste the wine and fall in love! (Even if it’s just with the city and not necessarily my own rugged & creative French man…) 

Some of the other shorter stories I enjoyed more than others, but overall this is a tidy little collection of romance to cwtch up with. Get your copy here, four cwtches! 

How to win back your husband – Vivien Hampshire


After finishing a couple of twisty and tense reads I fancied something a little more gentle and a little less terrifying this week so I opted for “How to win back your husband” by Vivien Hampshire. Thanks to Netgalley for the copy to cwtch up with & review honestly. 

Nicci has made a big mistake which has cost her marriage. In an attempt to cheer her up, her gal pals throw her a divorce party – any excuse for a cocktail, right? Sadly no pretty, sweet, boozy beverage can even begin to ease her heartache when she’s just not in the mood to celebrate. Instead she sets out on a mission to win back her beloved Mark and – in the words of Cheryl Cole – fight fight fight fight fight for this love. (If it’s worth having it’s worth fighting for) 

But with only 30 days until the divorce is finalised, can she win him back in time? 

Compared to a few recent reads, the lack of crime and terror in this story doesn’t necessarily equate to a lack of feeling the feels; this is a really emotional book. There are some really tender moments amongst the more light-hearted feelgood stuff and I loved both Nicci & Mark’s honesty. The 30 days thing is a bit daft & not really necessary to drive the story forward but I can see why it was used. There’s also a little plot reveal that I wasn’t expecting which leads to a really satisfying ending. 

A lovely choice for this week, five cwtches! 
Get your copy here

The Singalong Society for Singletons – Katey Lovell

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There are some books that you just know INSTANTLY from the title alone that you are going to love. This gorgeous tale is one of them. I was so thrilled when Netgalley & the lovely publishers HarperImpulse kindly let me have a copy to cwtch up with and review *twirls with gratitude*

Musicals are the rainbows of entertainment, bringing all the colour and joy and sunshine back into the greyness of life, through elaborately choreographed group numbers and all in perfect harmony.And I LOVE them.

It’s a massive thing I have in common with this bunch of friends who get together every week with snacks, wine and a DVD of their musical of choice. For me, that’s a pretty good use of a Friday night and in all honesty I think I might need this society to be real. I need it so that I can join and wail along to “Hopelessly Devoted To You” in the company of those who know how it feels to better express life’s woes through song. On a swing. With a cardi wrapped around your shoulders. By a paddling pool.

*Key Change* BUT…NOW…

Even if you’re not a musical fan (we can’t be friends, sorry) without a doubt there is still plenty of friendship, love and romance in this story to make it a cracking read for you too. There’s definite scope for a series here – I’m not sure if that’s part of Katey’s masterplan (but it should be) and if this happens I’m making an early request for my ultimate favourite – Hairspray to feature….‘kay, thanks hon.

A really great, feel-good read that will warm your heart on a chilly Autumn evening. Grab your copy here, cwtch up, sing along and ENJOY! Five big musical cwtches