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Say Everything by Langley Gray

Overview
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Title: Say Everything
Author: Langley Gray
Series: The Socialites #4
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 26th May – 20th June 2021
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Langley Gray
Year: 2021
5th sentence, 74th page: He’s funny, laid back, intelligent, and a great listener.

Synopsis

WILL A MISTAKEN IDENTITY LEAD TO LOVE?

Iris Mortimer, heir to a shipping empire, is a new ex-pat in Hong Kong. She agrees to a blind date only because, well, she’s bored and maybe a tiny bit lonely. When Bryan Harris arrives, she’s pleasantly surprised – he’s not the stuffy white-collar type she anticipated.

Both new to the city, the two embark on an exploration of all the best tourist spots. She’s recovering from a past relationship, he’s focused on his research, so no pressure – right?

What neither realizes is that there has been a serious mistake in identity, both were meant to meet other people with the same name. When their true selves are accidentally revealed, Bryan realizes he can’t be with Iris. But by now, she’s fallen for him.

Will their mutual love of 80’s rom coms help keep them together?

Find out as Iris Says Everything to get him back.

Thoughts

This is one of those series and authors that I only just, very recently found. And I’m completely hooked. Say Everything is a great finish to this quartet. And whilst Iris and Bryan aren’t my favourite couple of the series… they’re still completely adorable.

I love the whole fate / serendipity feeling of the Meet Cute in this novel. I mean, the likelihood of two people meeting up and accidentally mistaking them for one another… its honestly kind of ridiculous. Which made it THAT much more adorable and fun. Then off on a fun whirlwind… one that I really wasn’t expecting if I’m being honest.

I’m always a fan of a story that features a scientist in the lead… I spent years working in the field, so I feel a kind of kinship. The connection that this never fails to make for me just left me smiling harder and harder as the story unfolded. Particularly as Bryan shares his strong opinions on marine issues… my Facebook is filled with likeminded people, and it definitely helped me to connect even more.

I’m not going to lie, whilst this wasn’t my all time favourite of The Socialites novels (that honour falls to The Flyaway Bride), I did love the ending. That final ditch effort to make things work bought a tear or ten to my eye. And I had the pleasure of finishing this book with a gigantic smile on my face.

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The Peak of Love by Langley Gray

Overview
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Title: The Peak of Love
Author: Langley Gray
Series: The Socialites #3
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 10th – 23rd March 2021
Pace: Medium
Format: ARC, eBook, Novel
Publisher: Langley Gray
Year: 2021
5th sentence, 74th page: What happened to taking it easy?

Synopsis

Margot Fairchild is a woman with a plan. She’s ready to take over the family beauty empire JOLIE, until her dad informs her that she needs to prove her ability to follow-through before taking the helm. She must commit to something – anything – for 21 days, the time it takes to form a habit, in order to earn her chance. She has every confidence she can rise to the occasion, until she finds out she must date someone her friends choose for her. The man in question is a complete departure from her usual “type”; the handsome and injured, Luke Devereaux.

Luke Devereaux is a professional hockey player trying to keep out of the headlines due to a potential scandal lurking. His tattoos and bad boy looks overshadow his heart of gold, but he’s a firm believer that things will work out as they should, even with his career in jeopardy.
He retreats to the mountains of Colorado on a management-forced vacation while waiting for news about his multimillion-dollar contract renewal. He only has to keep a low profile until the decision is made. Then he meets Margot Fairchild.

Will Margot manage to take Luke’s laid-back lead?
Or will her need to take control sabotage Luke’s contract, and her ability to follow-through?

Thoughts

This is such a gorgeous and fun story. It made me smile, life and just generally had me seriously enjoying this story. Margot is an absolute pistol of a lead character, and Luke is completely adorable in his laid back, understanding mannerisms. That, and the setting of the entire romance is just… dreamy, cute and seriously beautiful. The perfect place to fall in love.

 I love that this story has a serious How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days feeling. After all, Margot makes a deal with her father to stay in a relationship for 21 days… you can just taste the fall out from that deal from the very beginning. Although, it doesn’t stop you from wanting to sink into it and find out just how that fallout is going to happen! Then, there’s the feeling that Luke also has a fair amount to gain from their blossoming relationship…

I’ve never been skiing, and it’s not something that I’m honestly all that interested in. It just seems so damn… cold! But it also seems ridiculously fun and romantic. The kind of adventure that can most definitely cement a relationship and create a bit of a happily ever after feeling. It certainly works for Margot and Luke anyhow! And it adds an extra, fun layer of spice to the whole story. One that just helps to sink you further and further into the setting, scenery and storyline.

I absolutely adored this story – the lead characters where absolutely adorable. And the secondary characters were just as much fun… there were a few calamities in their relationship along the way, which is exactly what I need in a story about relationships. But not enough to make your heart hurt. Like the other Socialites stories, this was light, fun and intensely enjoyable.

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Falling Under Love by Langley Gray

Overview
Falling Under Love by Langley Gray

Title: Falling Under Love
Author: Langley Gray
Series: The Socialites #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 8th March 2021
Pace: Fast
Format: ARC, eBook, Novella
Publisher: Langley Gray
Year: 2021
5th sentence, 74th page: She couldn’t imagine he’d go to all the effort of declining each of her calls so quickly.

Synopsis

A billionaire romance – reimagined.

Winnie grew up in fortune and infamy and now wants nothing to do with her family’s dirty money. She’s determined to break away from the Whitman name and is well on her way to funding her new nonprofit, without any help from her family connections.

Winnie has been too focused on her work to make time for love until one rainy night she runs into a stranger while trying to catch a cab. Winnie and the stranger are so taken with one another, they forget to exchange contact information.

When her friends find out that “too busy for love” Winnie is showing interest in someone, they hatch a plan to remedy the missed connection. But will Winnie have any idea what to do when love comes her way? And will the stranger on the street distract her from her goals, or will he turn out to be more than just a pair of pretty eyes?

A story of finding love with best friends by your side to help you through it.

This is the first in a series following four single best friends who are all billionaires in their own right. This standalone book follows one of the ladies: Winnie Whitman, as she fumbles her way into love.

Thoughts

I received a copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

I absolutely adored the ARC I received of The Flyaway Bride, and since I couldn’t get my hands on a copy in Australia, I ended up emailing the author. She is amazing and sent me a copy of the first book in this series. It’s taken me a little while… but I finally managed to get around to reading this! And it was absolutely amazing! I loved Winnie’s story and getting to know her that much better left me smiling like a fool.

I don’t come from money or privilege, so I can’t imagine what it must be like to question every relationship and wonder why people are talking to me / trying to bond with me. It made it a little heartbreaking that Winnie had to constantly contend with such a reality. And that it was a misunderstanding of this exact nature that threw a spanner in the works.

There is a beautiful fate feeling to this whole story. One that makes you believe that Zane and Winnie are just meant to be together. After all, from the very first moment they just keep… tripping over one another. And, even though there is a little bit of a fight on Winnie’s side not to succumb… it’s not much of a fight at all.

This was a beautiful, adorable and wonderful story. One that I just couldn’t put down and forget about. It left me feeling happy and content. Which, for me, is what a good romance is all about. A lovely diversion from reality for a while.

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The Flyaway Bride by Langley Gray

Overview
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Title: The Flyaway Bride
Author: Langley Gray
Series: The Socialites #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 3rd February 2021
Pace: Medium
Format: ARC, eBook, Novel
Publisher: Langley Gray
Year: 2021
5th sentence, 74th page: Even from the base of the hike, the view was picturesque.

Synopsis

JoJo Ellison is a passionate free spirit who may have finally met her match in William Black, Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor. The former supermodel turned designer is viewed by most as a strong force and being in William’s shadow has slowly faded her spark. Her wedding day is looming, but so is a sinking feeling.

The morning of her nuptials, she finds herself in her wedding dress, on a plane to Italy, leaving William at the altar. The Flyaway Bride soon realizes that she can’t outrun the paparazzi and is whisked away on the back of a dusty orange moped by a handsome blast from her past.

Jonny Hall is a talented chef who was an up-and-coming name when he was unceremoniously banned from working in his native London due to a mix up with a notoriously nasty chef. Instead of working in a Michelin-starred restaurant, he finds himself banished to the hills of Tuscany teaching tourists how to make pasta.

Over time, Jonny and JoJo reacquaint themselves with one another while the beautiful Tuscan countryside works its healing magic on them both. JoJo’s passions are rekindled, lighting an unexpected fire in Jonny’s own life.

But will it be enough for JoJo to come back from the mess she’s made for herself? Will Jonny find himself in the crossfire? Find out with this sweet contemporary rom-com.

Thoughts

I received this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

I was blown away by how much I loved this ARC. I was expecting a fun journey, and I thought that I would enjoy it. But, from the moment I opened my Kobo, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the storyline. I couldn’t stop reading it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. And I just generally was grinning from ear to ear the whole way through.

JoJo is a great lead. She’s impulsive and free-spirited, and she’s been trapped in a relationship that has just swept her along to a place she doesn’t necessarily want to be in. The fact that she had the guts to leave a man at the altar because he isn’t right for her… well, she was just wonderful and fun. And the whole time she is fighting to gain her independence and be the free-spirit that she is.

I love that JoJo is able to find her independence and sense of self after being in such a controlling relationship. Even though this is a romance, and she does end up with the dreamy guy… much of the story is about being oneself. Finding those things in life that trigger your passions and happiness and grasping it with both hands. It’s a reminder that even when you find your happily ever after person (be it man, woman or other), you still get to be yourself. Be your own version of happily ever after that you may not entirely expect.

I’ve talked a lot about JoJo in this review. I do love her partner in this – Jonny. But, really, as always, this story is about the woman for me. The fact that it also features three amazing best friends who love her for who she is just makes everything that much better. But, you know… Jonny does cook. And the way to my heart is most certainly food. And books…

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