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Death at Lovers Leap by Catherine Coles #Review#PublicationDay

    Today I am featuring the third in a cozy crime series by Catherine Coles , The Martha Miller Mysteries . Death at Lovers' Leap is published today, on February 16th by Boldwood Books .You can read my review of the first in the series, Poison at the Village Show   here amd the second, Death at the Country Fair   here .     Westleham Village 1948 As Valentine's Day rolls around, Martha Miller finds herself unusually melancholy at the state of her own love life. With husband Stan still missing and with her growing feelings for Vicar Luke still shrouded in secrecy, there’s only one place Martha can go - famous local beauty spot, Lovers' Leap. Legend has it that those with a broken heart throw themselves off the bridge that spans the river, but Martha is certainly not about to do such a thing! But it looks like someone else has had other ideas…. Because there in the river, Martha finds a body. But is this misadventure, a moment of lovesick madness, or is foul play a

Only When it's Love by Olivia Spring #Review


I am happy to be taking part in the 2nd birthday celebrations for Olivia Spring's Only When it's Love.

Only When It’s Love: Holding Out For Mr Right

Alex is tired of being single. After years of disastrous hook-ups and relationships that lead to the bedroom but nowhere else, Alex is convinced she’ll never find her Mr Right. Then her newly married friend Stacey recommends what worked for her: a self-help book that guarantees Alex will find true love in just seven steps. Sounds simple, right?


Except Alex soon discovers that each step is more difficult than the last, and one of the rules involves dating, but not sleeping with a guy for six months. Absolutely no intimate contact whatsoever. Zero. Nada. Rien. A big challenge for Alex, who has never been one to hold back from jumping straight into the sack, hoping it will help a man fall for her.

Will any guys be willing to wait? Will Alex find her Mr Right? And if she does, will she be strong enough to resist temptation and hold out for true love?

Join Alex on her roller coaster romantic journey as she tries to cope with the emotional and physical ups and downs of dating whilst following a lengthy list of rigid rules.

Only When It’s Love is a fun, feel-good, romantic comedy by British author Olivia Spring, about self-acceptance, determination, love and the challenge of finding the one.

The sequel, When’s The Wedding? will be published on 25th March 2021.

My Thoughts

This is one of those light, chick-lit reads which brings a smile to your face and is great for an entertaining read.  Alex will bring a smile to your face as she searches for Mr Right and I particularly liked her friendship with Stacey, her work colleague, who acts as her confidante and cheerleader. The tone of the book is conversational and informal and Alex proves to observe life around her with a wry eye. I especially liked hearing her thoughts.

    Modern dating through social media comes under the spotlight and as Alex realises, it does not turn out to be a good way of meeting people and seeing their best side. In fact, the ghosting and benching that she finds seems to be a cruel way of dealing with people. However, her dates provide quite a bit of humour and are a varied bunch. Throughout the story, Alex gets to reaapraise quite a few of her beliefs about love and in all, it is a fun, enjoyable read. 

In short: Can she find love?

About the Author


Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women's fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin, which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.

In addition to The Middle-Aged Virgin, Olivia has published four novels: The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, Love Offline, Losing My Inhibitions and Only When It's Love. When’s The Wedding?, the hotly anticipated sequel to Only When It's Love and Olivia’s sixth novel, will be published in March 2021.

When she's not writing, Olivia can be found travelling to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!

You can follow Olivia here:  Bookbub    |  Twitter

Book links:   |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon US 

Thanks to Olivia Spring, Hartley Publishing and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the Birthday Blitz. 


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