Kristen Bailey: Has Anyone Seen My Sex Life?

Having read a multitude of Psychological Thrillers recently, I wanted to change it up and read something light-hearted, funny and engaging. This is exactly what I got from Kristen Bailey’s laugh-out-loud book.

What’s it about?

The story follows the life of Meg Morton, a journalist and mother of three as she uncovers her husband’s closely guarded secret after being confronted by a very large sex toy which appears in the post one Monday morning. Meg’s journalistic instincts kick in and she investigates further, but all is not as it first seemed. This book is definitely not for the prudes among us nonetheless it is certainly something a bit different and will undoubtedly keep you entertained.

My thoughts

Danny’s secret is revealed quite early on in the book and I am not ashamed to say that I did think, ‘Where on earth can this story go now?’ But Kristen did not disappoint and the story just gets better from there on in. We meet Danny’s brother Stu who is a real ‘Jack the lad’ with a huge personality and an even bigger heart, I fell in love with him as much as the Mum’s at the school gates. On that note, in several of the chapters we are introduced to life at the school gates which, as someone with experience of this in a small village school, I considered to be quite amusing as I am sure other Mums out there will too.

Meg and Danny’s relationship is full of fun, they are so relatable that I often found myself yearning to be their friend. From the outset you can tell that these two people are meant to be together and that did help me to relax into the story as I had a real sense of ‘happily ever after,’ something I both expected and desired.

Final words…

A laugh-out-loud, slightly over the top and exaggerated story with some very sincere and tear-jerking moments. I would thoroughly recommend it! I loved it so much that I have already pre-ordered Kristen’s Bailey’s forthcoming novel, ‘Can I Give my Husband Back?’ Happy reading!

Rachel Abbott: The Murder Game

I have chosen Rachel Abbott’s book, ‘The Murder Game’ as my first review as I absolutely LOVE her! I have read all of her books to date and just cannot get enough. ‘The Murder Game’ did not disappoint! 

What’s it about?

The story is about a group of friends who get together for a wedding but in true Rachel Abbott style, there is a mystery to be solved. The celebrations don’t quite go as planned and one year later the same group of friends are invited back, but for what? Relationships are torn apart, truths are uncovered and lives are shattered. What’s not to love? 

My Thoughts 

The story is based on the life of Lucas, the friend who binds all of the others together. Smarmy, arrogant and controlling are the words that come to mind when I think of him. There are times in the book where I want to feel sympathy for him but it just didn’t happen. As the friends reunite a year later he has planned a game for them all to play, which is unravelled as the story progresses.

The other characters filled me with pure frustration, why did they not leave? The book was so compelling; I had to find out more about Lucas’ game and what secrets were going to be revealed. 

This is the second in the Stephanie King series – the detective in the story. I really want to like this woman but I feel that she keeps her cards very close to her chest and there’s so much we just don’t know about her yet. I hope that there are more books in the series, as I yearn for more insight into her life. 

The relationship between Stephanie and Gus is interesting. I want the relationship to be real and the happy ending I think both characters deserve however I just don’t feel it. There is clearly chemistry between them that much is clear, but we will need to see if it is the happy ever after I would hope for. 

Final words…

As with all of Rachel Abbott’s books it was gripping from the very start. If you have not yet read one of her books then I would highly recommend them, you will be hooked! 

This is me…

I am the Charismatic Critic, author of the book review blog ‘Tea, Books and Biscuits’. I feel like I should be writing a really deep and meaningful entry as my first blog post, but that’s not quite the feel I am going for here. I will however tell you a bit about myself and explain what inspired me to start this blog in the first place. 

I love tea, doesn’t everyone? It solves all of the world’s problems and is the answer to everything. I am quite sceptical when I offer someone tea and the offer is declined, I mean who doesn’t love a cup of tea? Being a tea lover is actually part of the selection process when I choose my friends. 

I love biscuits, a good old-fashioned Bourbon is my favourite although I am partial to a custard cream. Truthfully though, I’m not really that fussy, I will accept any and all biscuits.  

I love books, especially psychological thrillers and books that can make me laugh out loud. Choosing a new book is one of the hardest decisions I have to make in day. I know they say you should never judge a book by its cover, but I find it really hard not to. Maybe that means I’m superficial? I also take a lot of time reading reviews written by others, which is what has inspired me to write this blog in the first place. I hope that I can inspire others to grab a book, a cuppa and a biscuit and enjoy some ‘me time’. 

I am not sure if this is even going to be read by anyone, but if you do happen to stumble across my page then please follow me on Twitter @charismaticcri1.