The Strictly Business Proposal (Freshwater Bay Novel Series Book 1) by Nell Grey #BookReview #Romance

Business Proposal

Is Beth Barnes a beautiful con artist or the genuine friend of Evan Morgan, an elderly Welsh chef?

When Evan dies, he hands talented London chef Beth her big break. She has the chance to realise her dream and run her very own restaurant in a village on the wild Welsh Celtic coast. But there are strings attached. Can she comply and gain her inheritance, her dream? Accused of being a gold digger by the family, Beth’s welcome to Wales is not quite as warm as she’d hoped for.

Burned from a recent divorce, the last thing on architect Gareth Morgan’s mind is another wedding. If he wants to realise his development dreams, he must marry.

It’s a strictly business proposal. But can Beth and Gareth really stick to the terms

My Review

My first impression of this novel was not good. Reading the first paragraph of a book by a British author I didn’t expect to read,” busting her ass,” and “snuck out,” but perhaps this was to appeal to readers across the pond. Certainly, the vocabulary soon settled into recognisable English and I began to enjoy following the story of chef Beth Barnes and the handsome Welsh architect Gareth Morgan with whom she agreed a business contract.

Both Beth and Gareth are passionate about their careers and neither intend to become entangled in a relationship but in order to achieve their dreams of a successful restaurant on the Welsh coast and an eco-holiday village they must agree to a partnership which involves marriage. Of course, there is misunderstanding, anger and disappointment but this is more than just chick-lit. Gareth’s family are well-rounded interesting people with their own back stories and Beth’s friendship with local girl, Ariana promises more about this artistic jewellery maker.

In addition to some torrid love scenes, we are treated to two complex but likeable characters and a fascinating location in Freshwater Bay. This is the first of four books in the Freshwater Bay series so I shall certainly be following it to learn more about the Morgan bothers. An easy, enjoyable read.

The Strictly Business Proposal on Amazon UK

One by Jennifer L Cahill #FridayReads #RBRT

One

 

One” is a light hearted, easy read, set in 2005. The first of a trilogy, this retro contemporary novel will remind you of the simpler life of work, friends and relationships in the “noughties.” Focused on Penelope, a 28-year-old investment banker, we share her search for a significant relationship while maintaining a high-powered job and enjoying time with her friends. In parallel we meet Zara, her young house-mate, newly arrived from the country and struggling with London life.

 

We also encounter Charlie, a musician, who was at University with Penelope and also shares their house; Richard, an annoying ex-Uni friend of conspicuous wealth and Alyx, an irresistible, handsome young lawyer, who travels widely with a successful pop group.  The fact that both Alyx and Richard own castles in Scotland is hard to believe and it is no wonder that Zara feels out of her depth amongst such an affluent group.

 

Each of these young people are looking for good relationships and successful careers but juggling these is not easy and we see the possibility of Penelope being dragged into the life of a stay-at-home wife and mother. It is clear that in the last 14 years women’s roles have moved on.  It is easier to identify with Zara and encouraging to see her increased confidence as she learns to navigate the underground, finds a new job and gains friends.  The books conclusion is dramatic, leaving the reader longing to know how the next few years will pan out for this colourful group.

One is available on Amazon UK

JC

Jennifer Cahill was born in Dublin in Ireland and was educated at University College Dublin. She honed both her ability to write, and her love of writing, in UCD while studying Spanish, which was one half of her International Commerce degree. She went on to Business School in Dublin and moved to London after graduating, and life has never been quite the same for her since. When she is not writing she works with individuals and blue-chip clients to help them navigate and master change. She spent ten lovely years living in Clapham and now lives in Notting Hill in West London.

#FridayFiveChallenge

This fun feature is a mini workshop invented by Rosie Amber. We look at book covers just from their thumbnail pictures at online selling book sites and make quick fire buying decisions. We look from a READERS Point of View and this exercise is very EYE OPENING.

To join in with the #FridayFiveChallenge please read the rules at the bottom of the page. 

cat coff

My choice today was brought to my attention by a retweet which Olga posted yesterday.

Match Me US

I love hearts, especially fabric ones and pink and grey go so well together.  The cover works perfectly with the title so let’s look on Amazon.  But what a surprise, the cover on AmazonUK is different.

MatchUK

The UK version is like so many other books and boring.  The tagline What if Mr Right is just a click away?  is so hackneyed.  On the US edition Ever thought about recycling your Ex? is at least amusing.  Perhaps I live in the wrong country?

So what is the storyline?

Ever thought about recycling your Ex?
Best friends Catherine, Rachel & Sarah are fun, smart, successful and single – just like millions of women with a low tolerance for idiocy in their dates.
Mr. Right hasn’t turned up yet, and Mr. Right-Now isn’t worth booking a wax appointment for. So when Catherine, London’s finest matchmaker, gets Rachel and Sarah to join her dating site where they can recycle their ex-boyfriends in exchange for an upgrade, they soon realize that anything could happen . . .
Three best friends, proving that sometimes it really isn’t you… it’s him.

A book about three women once again, but with a touch of humour.  The 8 reviewers have given an average 4.7 stars but the comments aren’t encouraging.

Switch off your critical faculties for this one as the unbelievability quotient is high, but it is a fast and fun easy rom-com read for when you need utterly mindless entertainment.

A perfect read for someone stuck in bed with flu and needing a dose of pure escapism and entertainment. I’m not too sure how believable the plot’s premise that ex couples would join a dating agency together is, though it does serve well to introduce some of the characters more thoroughly.  One to suspend disbelief and simply enjoy.

So shall I BUY or will I PASS?

The kindle version is only £1.99 but this book is not for me so I will PASS but I’d love to have the pink and grey heart so if I was in an airport in the US I might have bought it.

What have others chosen this week?

Rosie is trying to move out of her comfort Zone by looking at Sci-Fi

https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/todays-fridayfivechallenge-do-androids-dream-of-electric-sheep-by-philip-k-dick/

Cathy is dashing through the snow

http://betweenthelinesbookblog.com/2016/01/15/fridayfivechallenge-dashing-through-the-snow-by-debbie-macomber-rosieamber1-romcom/

Shelley has found a funny touching story on the theme of radio

http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2016/01/15/would-you-buy-or-pass-fat-chance-by-nick-spalding-fridayfivechallenge/

So now it’s your turn.

Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

Rosie’s Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier.

2) Randomly choose a category.

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appeal.

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

 

#FridayFiveChallenge

cat coff

To join in with the #FridayFiveChallenge please read the rules at the bottom of the page.

My book search this week was for a book involving a New Year.  The book I found, The Year of Taking Chances, starts at a New Year’s Eve party:

It’s New Year’s Eve, and Gemma and Spencer Bailey are throwing a house party. There’s music, dancing, champagne and all their best friends under one roof. It’s going to be a night to remember.

Also at the party is Caitlin, who has returned to the village to pack up her much-missed mum’s house and to figure out what to do with her life; and Saffron, a PR executive who’s keeping a secret which no amount of spin can change. The three women bond over Gemma’s dodgy cocktails and fortune cookies, and vow to make this year their best one yet.

But as the months unfold, Gemma, Saffron and Caitlin find themselves tested to their limits by shocking new developments. Family, love, work, home – all the things they’ve taken for granted are thrown into disarray. Under pressure, they are each forced to rethink their lives and start over. But dare they take a chance on something new?

Lucy D

The book title is appealing and the phrase, “A new start, a dream career, the love of your life,” sound like excellent wishes.  What does put me off slightly is the author’s name, Lucy Diamond.  It’s just too perfect for chicklit!  I’m also not especially keen on the names of the three women especially Saffron but maybe I’m just a fuddy-duddy.

Among the 500 plus reviews averaging 4.5 stars was this fairly representative comment:-

This is an escapist book. The world that these women inhabit isn’t quite like the real world and co-incidences do happen quite conveniently. However that really didn’t matter as I read this book. I wanted things to come together for these women and it didn’t bother me that it was a little glossy around the edges.

This book is a step up from a basic chick-lit book. There are some aspects which really hit home and as a reader you are stopped in your tracks. I don’t suppose the same things hit every reader but it did add a depth of thought to this book which I appreciated. At one point Gemma is described by her daughter as “just a Mum”. How many women have heard something similar, quite a few I imagine. It is certainly a thought provoking comment and I can quite see how it upset Gemma and acted as a spur to be more than “just a Mum”.

So shall I BUY or will I PASS?

At a cost of £3.59 for kindle & the reservations I have I will PASS, but I will look out for this author in the charity shop or my local Library.

What have others chosen this week?

Rosie has chosen one of my favourite authors M C Beaton for an Agatha Raisin adventure  https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/its-back-fridayfivechallenge-would-you-buy-or-pass-agatha-raisin-and-the-day-the-floods-came/comment-page-1/#comment-18623

Cathy selected a post apocalyptic book ironically called Home

http://betweenthelinesbookblog.com/2016/01/08/fridayfivechallenge-home-by-tom-abrahams-buyorpass-postapocalyptic/

Searching for Stars, Shelley found Vampires

http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2016/01/08/would-you-buy-or-pass-star-by-theresa-oliver-vampire-action-fridayfivechallenge/

So now it’s your turn.

Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

Rosie’s Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?