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The Fascination by Essie Fox #Review #Giveaway

   Today be prepared for a dark, Victorian gothic novel! The Fascination by Essie Fox is published on June 22nd by Orenda . For the chance to win a print copy of The Fascination see the foot of this post for details. Victorian England. A world of rural fairgrounds and glamorous London theatres. A world of dark secrets and deadly obsessions… Twin sisters Keziah and Tilly Lovell are identical in every way, except that Tilly hasn't grown a single inch since she was five. Coerced into promoting their father's quack elixir as they tour the country fairgrounds, at the age of fifteen the girls are sold to a mysterious Italian known as ‘Captain’. Theo is an orphan, raised by his grandfather, Lord Seabrook, a man who has a dark interest in anatomical freaks and other curiosities … particularly the human kind. Resenting his grandson for his mother’s death in childbirth, when Seabrook remarries and a new heir is produced, Theo is forced to leave home without a penny to his

Kalopsia by Lucinda Lamont #Review #Kalopsia @lucindalamont7 @NextChapterPB #NextChapterPub @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Published by Next Chapter Publishing, Kalopsia is a romance with a difference.  
Kalopsia – (n.) The delusion of things being more beautiful than they really are.
They say you never know what goes on behind closed doors, but do you really know what goes on outside your front door either?
Kate is a twenty-something, successful woman. Funny, attractive and independent, she seemingly has everything going for her. But when it comes to love, Kate wouldn’t know a good idea if she stopped at a zebra crossing and watched it pass by in front of her.
Suffering at the hands of her mentally abusive partner, she doesn’t quite have the gumption to leave. That is, until Greg shows an interest.
With Greg by her side and offering her everything she has ever wanted, Kate thinks she has finally met her prince. But will temporary feelings have permanent consequences?

My Thoughts

Well, as today is Valentine's Day, I have to smile that the featured book is a romance which is about as far from hearts and flowers sentiments as you can get! It takes a wry look at relationships in a raw and uncompromising way. Touchy feely, it certainly is not!

    However, the author has created a bold and vividly drawn central character in Kate, who has found herself at the end of her twenties without a man she can respect. There is plenty of humour in her thoughts about her boyfriends and although she is eager for a happy ever after, she shows that she is only too aware of their shortcomings.  Unfortunately, her self esteem seems to have taken a knock and you discover that the confident sales person she portrays at work is far removed from her private personna. This is a fast paced novel with plenty of sparkle.  

In short: A great tonic on a grey day.
About the Author

Lucinda is 31 years old in lives in Hampshire. Born in Aberdeenshire, she spent the early years of her life in a small fishing town before relocating with her mother to the South Coast.

She is the middle child and only girl with four brothers.

Lucinda began her higher education in studying Performing Arts and then began a degree in Law (but dropped out). She is a qualified hairdresser but the arts always drew her back in and she took up an interest in writing which she now plans to continue to make a career out of.

Mother of one, a baby boy, she works part time for a Business publication and spends her spare time soaking up the Hampshire countryside and plotting her next stories.

You can follow Lucinda here: Twitter   |  Facebook   |  Instagram

Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US  

Thanks to Lucinda Lamont and Emma Welton of damppebbles blog tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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