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New On My Shelf This Week

This week I have another duo of books to share with you, courtesy of the lovely Melanie Price at Aria Fiction and of course the great folks at NetGalley, who facilitated the downloads.

Both titles are currently scheduled for blog tours in February for which I have been included, although I have to be honest and admit that neither contemporary romantic fiction nor romcoms are amongst my most favourite genres, so both will probably remain on my virtual shelf for when I am in need of a quick, light-hearted, easy read.


Cover Image Of 'Scandal' By Sasha MorganAs the new custodian of the ancestral home, Treweham Hall, Tobias Cavendish-Blake soon discovers exactly what he’s inherited. Instant financial action is needed if the Hall is to survive the mounting debts it’s racking up. Adding insult to injury the family is forced to sell the Gate House on the estate to lottery winners Gary and Tracy Belcher – not the kind of neighbours Tobias was hoping for.

Megan Taylor inherits her grandmother’s country cottage in the village of Treweham and decides to make a fresh start there, taking a job at the local country pub.

When Megan meets Tobias, the attraction is clear, but she is determined to resist his charms, put off by his reputation and that of his best friends – the rakish Seamus Fox, son of a millionaire race horse trainer and dastardly jockey Dylan Delany. But Tobias is a hard man to resist…

Scandal is the perfect rip-roaring, bonk-busting horsey escapist read for fans of Jilly Cooper and Tilly Bagshawe.


Cover Image Of 'Last Of The Summer Moet' By Wendy HoldenLaura Lake, deputy editor of glossy mag Society, has been promoted to the hot seat while her boss recovers from ‘exhaustion’ in rehab.

Finally she’s in charge, but who can she share the free jollies with?

Not her international glamourpuss BFF Lulu, who’s left Knightsbridge for Britain’s poshest village. Lulu’s busy living the good life at her new pile Riffs, an ex-rock star’s, ex-country mansion.

But not everything in her guitar-shaped garden is lovely; Lulu’s attempts to join the hunt, act in the panto and grow the biggest marrow are blocked by the snobbish locals.

Who does she call on for help? Journo extraordinaire, Laura Lake…

Clicking on either book title will link you directly with the relevant Goodreads page


Picture of an English red post boxis a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • I had a feeling that one or the other, or maybe both of these books, would appeal to you.

      Goodreads lists are totally addictive aren’t they? I have so many books in my ‘Want To Read’ list, that I would need several lifetimes to get through even a small percentage of them.

      I hope you enjoy ‘Scandal’ should it ever reach the top of your TBR pile 🙂

    • I quite often visit blogs where books may not necessarily be my cup of tea, but every once in a while I might come across that hidden gem that I just can’t live without reading!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment, I appreciate it.

      Happy Reading 🙂

  • I’m afraid neither of these are particularly my cup of tea, either – though the first probably looks better. It certainly has a more interesting cover!

    Even when they’re not something that appeals, I always enjoy your promotional posts, Yvonne. Occasionally you’ve managed to sway me into reading one! 😉

    • If I had to choose between the two, then ‘Scandal’ would win hands down, on just about every front.

      I have been toying with the idea of turning Fiction Books into more of a promotional platform, rather than a review site, however I am beginning to have second thoughts about changing anything.

      Aria Fiction was always quite a friendly and accommodating publisher, however they seem to have changed their approach over the last week or so and the blog tour material they are sending through just isn’t offering that unique selling point I am looking for.

      If you only find that one hidden gem amongst the books I feature, then it will have been worthwhile, so long as you don’t get put off stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      As I am a pre-approved NetGalley reader for Aria Fiction, I have agreed to take part in their series of February Blog Tours.

      Unfortunately, only one of the six featured books is a thriller, one a historical romance, with the remainder being either romcoms or contemporary romances.

      I do agree that the cover art on the majority of contemporary romantic fiction, is very bold and eye-catching, although the books themselves may remain on the back-burner for a while.

      Thanks for the comment and for taking the time to visit 🙂

    • I agree that both of these books will be great fun for a rainy day read 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and continuing to support MM, which is still my favourite meme and the place I go to first to check out what’s new in the book world each week 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I know that you are rather partial to a bit of lighthearted reading from time to time, so I am pleased if either of these titles give you inspiration for your TBR list.

      Personally I probably prefer ‘Scandal’ over ‘Last Of The Summer Moet’, but either one sounds like a fun read 🙂

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