Archive for May 2014

The Second Time I Saw You by Pippa Croft

It's the beginning of a new term at Wyckham College, Oxford, and a fresh start for Lauren Cusack. Her fingers were badly burnt when a whirlwind romance with gorgeous English aristocrat, Alexander Hunt, became too hot to handle - and now she's determined to keep her distance.

Her resolve is shaken when Alexander appears on her doorstep - he's been completely torn apart by some devastating news. Lauren knows that she should stay away, but their chemistry is undeniable and she soon finds herself back in Alexander's arms.

Can Lauren handle the drama that comes with Alexander Hunt? Or will she have to sacrifice the most exhilarating passion she's ever known . . .

(The Second Time I saw you is the 2nd book in the Oxford Blue Series.)

My Review

Each time I read a book thats part of a series I always worry because I haven't read the first book in the series. I worry about not understanding the story or who the characters are. However, I need not have worried with THE SECOND TIME I SAW YOU as it can be read as a stand alone novel. That being said, its just made me want to go back now and read the first book in the series. Its an excellent book with an interesting plot and very interesting characters. Lauren is essentially a strong woman with a mind of her own and her own dreams and aspirations. Put the very sexy and very wealthy Alex into the equation and Lauren's world becomes a heady mix of love, lust and drama!

Alex is a dark and brooding character but Lauren catches glimpses of him when he is vulnerable and learning to trust her. Despite Alex having a career in the army and a macho image, he is fighting his own personal demons. Too stubborn, or too afraid to be totally open with Lauren, their relationship is often strained and Lauren is left wondering where she stands with him. Alex's life is complicated and there are so many other secondary characters in the novel pulling him a thousand different directions that Alex becomes overwhelmed by his responsibilities. However, Alex is addictive and Lauren finds herself constantly craving him. The sex is explosive and Lauren and Alex cannot get enough of each other. The sex scenes in the book left me feeling a little flushed so I can only imagine how Lauren felt! The sexual chemistry between the pair oozes off the page and is guaranteed to make you rush for a cold shower!

The Second Time I saw you is a fantastic book. Finishing off on a cliff hanger, the book itself became as addictive as Alex is to Lauren! Highly recommended.

About Pippa Croft

Pippa Croft is the pen name of an award-winning romantic novelist. After studying English at Oxford, she worked as a copywriter and journalist before writing her debut novel, which won the RNA's New Writers' award and was later made into a TV movie. She lives in a village in the heart of England with her husband and daughter.

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There is a facebook party to celebrate this fab book. Its happening on 31st May 2014 at 9am and there are prizes to be won! Come and join us for lots of fun! 

Promo Post - It Happened In A Lutheran Church by R.L Moatz

A mother’s heartfelt memoir outlines a nine-month saga that plays out in a Lutheran church beginning with a shocking confrontation and leading to an emotionally shattering chain of events that forever alters the course of her ten-year-old son’s life.

What begins as a mother’s promise to speak the truth on behalf of her child, evolves into a catharsis, and ultimately, forgiveness, as the author painstakingly chronicles her introspective journey.

After a sudden verbal attack from another parishioner, she tries to reopen the lines of communication with the aid of their Pastor and broker a resolution.

Instead, her Pastor speaks in riddles, dark insinuations are made, and no one will answer her questions.  People she thought she knew for years, suddenly didn’t seem to know her at all.

She needed her church family:  her husband was battling cancer, and she was dealing with some unanswered symptoms of her own.

Fatigued, frustrated and desperate to prove her son’s innocence, she ultimately victimized both of them with her own pride until the Lord found an unmistakable way to signal her to open her eyes and run!

 About the Author

R. L. Moatz was born in Wilmington, DE and grew up in rural Pennsylvania. A series of challenges have led her to reinvent herself many times to meet the needs of her family. She has worked in medical, technical and creative fields and brings the sum of her experiences to her writing. With a unique balance of empathy and understanding to offer the reader, she now heals others with her words and brings a fresh perspective to some of the more difficult life situations. It Happened in a Lutheran Church - A Sacrificial Lamb is her first book, and she has plans for many more.
Visit her blog, The Controversial Christian, where she posts a new article every Monday at:


 A note from R.L Moatz...............

Updates and Changes:


For anyone who decides to buy the book, there is some information on the bio portion on the back that is no longer relevant:  I no longer write for, Master Chef Junior has been added to the list of Chef Gordon Ramsay shows I’ve covered, and my email address is no longer at  (I kept the change fairly simple – the book has me listed at


Prior to my recent illness, I was posting a new article to my blog site every Monday, which I am hoping to get back to in the very near future.  While I am fairly certain my new specialist & I are on the right track & the worst of my symptoms have improved, I have a procedure scheduled next week that may take a toll on me for a few days.  So I haven’t made any firm announcements yet regarding those.
In the interim, however, I will be updating the ‘Worthy Causes’ section of my blog over the course of the next few days.  I will send you the direct links as the posts go up. 

Cover Reveal - Fallen for Rock by Nicky Wells

Brook Cottage Books is absolutely thrilled to be able to reveal the cover for FALLEN FOR ROCK, the latest book by the rock-il-icious Nicky Wells. I think you will agree that the cover looks amazing! I've also been privileged enough to read an ARC of FALLEN FOR ROCK and let me tell you it rocks!!! Review coming soon!

Fallen For Rock
‘A thrilling and delicious story of love and self-discovery woven around a broken romance that will make you turn page after page and cheer to the end.’

Love, life, loyalties. Nothing stays the same when Emily gets drawn into the world of rock.

Glossy and sophisticated professional high-flyer Emily has no time for nonsense such as the rock music her ex-boyfriend Nate adored so much. Yet when she unexpectedly comes into possession of VIP tickets—access all areas—for new rock band phenomenon, MonX, she can’t resist the temptation. 

The fateful gig turns into more than one night, and Emily finds herself strangely drawn to this new and unfamiliar glittery world. However, only weeks later, MonX and her own universe fall apart with devastating consequences for all. When MonX lead singer Mike appeals for her help, she reluctantly embraces a new opportunity. But she soon discovers that while she may be a rock chick after all, a groupie she is not… Or is she?

Just exactly where do her loyalties lie? And what direction will her life take now that she’s left behind everything she treasured?

Warning! Fallen For Rock contains some explicit content and strong language that may not be suitable for readers under eighteen years of age.

About Nicky Wells: Romance that Rocks Your World!

Nicky Wells is your ultimate rock chick author. Signed to US Publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing, she writes Romance That Rocks Your World, featuring the rock star and the girl next door… because there's no better romantic hero than a golden-voiced bad boy with a secret soft heart and a magical stage presence!

Nicky’s books offer glitzy, glamorous romance with rock stars—imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill! If you’ve ever had a crush on any kind of celebrity, you’ll connect with Nicky’s heroes and their leading ladies.

Nicky loves listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, she’s a wife, mother, occasional knitter, and regular contributor at Lincoln’s Siren 107.3 FM. Rock on!

***Fallen for Rock—Coming 30 June 2014!***

Did you know? There’s a single out now by Nicky’s fictional rock band Tuscq come to life! “Love Me Better” is available for download from Amazon, iTunes and many other places.

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