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It Felt Like A Kiss By Sarra Manning

The Little Beach Street Bakery‘It Felt Like A Kiss’ is the latest book by Sarra Manning,

Ellie Cohen has it all. A great job at a swanky Mayfair art gallery, loyal mates, loving family and really really good hair. Well, almost everything – there’s the mega-famous rockstar father who refuses to acknowledge her and a succession of challenging boyfriends (which she calls fixer uppers, her friends call losers) but nobody’s perfect. Then a vengeful ex sells Ellie’s secrets and a pack of lies to the press. Suddenly she’s no longer the girl most likely to succeed but a girl whose life is falling to pieces. Strategic damage limitation aren’t the three little words Ellie wants to hear so it’s just as well that falling in love is the last thing on her mind.

It took me a while to finish reading ‘It Felt Like A Kiss’ not because I couldn’t get into the book or because I didn’t enjoy it, it was purely because I started to watch the first series of ‘Mad Men’ and the first series of ‘The Bridge’ at the same time, which was probably a bad idea. So Sarra, sorry I am only getting around to this review now!

I loved this book and oddly enough felt that I could relate to the leading character Ellie with her family life and absence of a father. I loved Ellie, I enjoyed her sense of adventure and envied her glamorous lifestyle as well as her rockstar upbringing. A sweet character who always seems to see the best in people, I found her calmness in the bizarre situation almost admirable as if it had been anyone, I think we all had gone out looking for revenge! Especially when her father still wants nothing to do with her when story is out in the open.

As well as an entertaining lead, Ellie was fortunate enough to have a reliable and fun bunch of friends and family, keeping her sane and offering support through this tough time. Meanwhile, our hero of the story comes in the shape of David Gold, a high powered lawyer who Elle meets one day at Glastonbury. Caught off guard at the sudden frisson for attraction, he suddenly becomes her unlikely saviour and helper whilst the media are out to get her and portray her in the worst light possible.

As well as the main story, Sarra has cleverly added some flashbacks to the tale. These flashbacks are about her rockstar mother Ari relationship with Billy before he became famous and Ellie’s birth. I thought this was a particularly interesting back story and even though these parts were just snippets of stolen moments together, I thought it made the story even more interesting.

Prettily presented,’It Felt Like A Kiss’ is typical of Sarra’s writing, a romantic, quirky and witty story, that leaves the reader begging for more. Featuring sexy characters and scenes of a sexual nature that has the pages sizzling from sexual tension, this book was a thoroughly good read and if only I hadn’t got caught up in 60’s drama, I would have finished it in a heartbeat!

You can buy It Felt Like a Kiss from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

I Have Never By Sarra Manning

Sarra ManningAuthor of ‘It Felt Like A Kiss’, Sarra Manning reveals what she has never done in life.

THINGS THAT I’VE NEVER DONE

I’ve never eaten baked beans.
I’ve never been inside a Greggs, Nandos or Hollister. *nan face*
I’ve never been a rich man’s mistress. (Unsticky was not a memoir, though that was my damp Archway bedsit.)
I’ve never gone with a hippy to a second location.
I’ve never taken a selfie.
I’ve never seen any of the Star Wars or Lord Of The Rings movies.
I’ve never even seen a single episode of The Muppets (my mother didn’t approve) but I can sing most of the theme tune.
I’ve never been papped like Ellie in It Felt Like A Kiss, but one of my friends was as she sat outside a Primrose Hill pub interviewing Ewan McGregor for a magazine piece in the heady late 90’s.
I’ve never been able to do front crawl.
I’ve never been afraid of spiders.
I’ve never been able to watch anything with Adam Sandler in it as I find him beyond annoying.
I’ve never had a single good hair day.
I never finished the Harry Potter books. I threw in the towel a chapter before the end of The Order Of The Phoenix. I couldn’t even tell you why.
I’d never tasted Coca-Cola until I was 12. It was a real anti climax.
I’ve never time-travelled even though this list would suggest that I’m actually from the Victorian era.

The lovely people at Transworld have given me five copies of ‘It Felt Like A Kiss’ to give away. To be in with a chance of winning a copy, simply leave your name in the comment box and I will reveal the winners on Wednesday 20th February 2014. Good luck.

You can buy It Felt Like a Kiss from Amazon and is avialable to buy from good bookshops.

Sarra Manning’s New Book – It Felt Like A Kiss

The Little Beach Street BakerySarra Manning will be returning in 2014 with her new book ‘It Felt Like A Kiss’ and I must say that it’s quite pretty and reminiscent of the previous covers by Harriet Evans and Ali Harris.

The story of ‘It Felt Like A Kiss’ is –

Meet Ellie Cohen, one of the most perfect girls in London. Ellie manages a swank Mayfair gallery, but it’s her life that’s a real work of art. Great job, really good hair, loyal friends, loving family. It’s only her succession of lame duck boyfriends that ruin the picture. Oh, and the world-famous rock-star father she’s never met, who won’t even acknowledge her existence. Then Ellie’s perfect life is smashed to pieces when her secret is sold to the highest bidder and her name, face (and pictures of her bottom) are splashed across the tabloids. Suddenly everyone thinks she’s a gold-digging, sex-crazy, famewhore. Enter David Gold. Charming and handsome David Gold. On paper he’s even more perfect than Ellie, if only he wasn’t her father’s ruthlessly ambitious lawyer whose job is to manage the crisis – and her. He certainly doesn’t think that Ellie’s the innocent party and she doesn’t trust him at all. So why is it that every time they’re alone together, damage limitation is the last thing on their minds?

Originally scheduled for release this year, I was saddened to hear that the release date had been put back but now that Sarra’s revealed the cover, it seems that ‘It Felt Like A Kiss’ is well and truly underway!

You can pre-order It Felt Like a Kiss from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 13th February 2014.

Nominations For The 2013 Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards

Romantic Novelists' Association Awards

The Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards nominees were revealed this week, and I must say that there are some wonderful books up for the awards. The books that particularly caught my attention were Mhairi McFarlane’s, debut book “You Had Me At Hello” which is up for The Contemporary Romantic Novel award, I loved this book and it my favourite debut book of 2012.

Rowan Coleman’s courageous book “Dearest Rose” is amongst the nominees for The Epic Romantic Novel and two of my favourite authors Jenny Colgan and Belinda Jones are both nominated for The Romantic Comedy Novel awards with their sweet books “Welcome to Rosie Hopkin’s Sweetshop of Dreams”and “Winter Wonderland”.

Exciting news for fans of Jenny’s book, as she also revealed that she finishing the sequel!

And finally Sarra Manning is up for “The Young Adult Romantic Novel” with her book “Adorkable”

To find out more about the RNA’s click here

Good luck to all the nominees, the winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on 26th February. Each category winner will receive an elegant crystal trophy as a mark of their success. They then go forward to contest the RNA’s most coveted award, the Romantic Novel of the Year (RoNA), which will be announced on 16th May.

Adorkable by Sarra Manning

Adorkable

“Adorkable” is the latest teen fiction book from Sarra Manning.

Jeane Smith is a blogger, CEO of her own lifestyle brand, has half a million Twitter followers and looks down at people that don’t share her opinion. Michael Lee is the star of the school, loved and admired by all. Jeane and Michael have absolutely nothing in common apart from their cheating exes, so why do the pair of them always end up kissing?

I loved “Adorkable”, I thought it was an adorable book, packed with sassiness and attitude I couldn’t put it down. Torn for my love of both Jeane and Michael, I couldn’t decide which one my loyalty laid with. All I wanted was for both to be happy and most importantly with each other.

As lead characters, I thought Jeane was brilliant, I loved her ego, her obnoxiousness and how if you didn’t think like her, then you weren’t even worthy to be on Twitter list. I loved her attitude towards life and found her opinions somewhat amusing and insightful that I often found myself nodding in agreement. I also found her own Adorkable brand quite inspiring and informative as I too am involved in blogging so I found her ideas and thoughts motivating. Other smaller characters throughout the story also amused me. Barney, her ginger haired ex and Scarlett, Michael’s ex who openly quakes in her boots at the merest sight of Jeane had me snorting in the bus aisles.

Although “Adorkable” is written for the teenage market, I think this book could be read by both the young and the old, because at the end of the day, no matter what age you are, you are always discovering new things about yourself.

You can buy Adorkable on Amazon and other good bookshops.