Book Review: Those Summer Nights

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Sunshine, soft white sand and a sizzling hot millionaire – you don’t get trouble in paradise, right?

Imogen Charlton is sorted. Dead-beat husband? History. Dream job? Application sent. But then her impulsive brother, Harry, spends every last penny on a Greek restaurant in Corfu, and is determined to run it himself. It’s up to Imogen to bring him to his senses.

When sexy millionaire Panos Dimitriou offers to buy back his family taverna, Imogen wonders if all her prayers have been answered (and all her fantasies about to come true). But Harry won’t budge, and his enthusiasm is infectious.

Bright pink bougainvillea tumbling over whitewashed walls, endless blue skies, the sparkling Mediterranean; it’s hard not to fall for Corfu. And that’s not all Imogen is falling for…

As the sparks of passion fly between Imogen and Panos, is Imogen having second thoughts on selling the restaurant? And will she have to choose between love and a new dream?

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Okay, I am trying to write a decent book review without gushing here.

‘Those Summer Nights’ is incredible. My second read by Mandy Baggot and it keeps getting better. I truly enjoyed it from beginning till the end.

Panos and Imogen are wonderful leads. They are realistic like every other character in the book. The sister-brother relation between Imogen and Harry is just so real which I could relate to and Elpida is a hilarious and cunning yiayia . The descriptions are written so well, it feels like you’re really there experiencing everything- Greece, the beach, the community market, the festival, the sizzle between Panos and Imogen, the Greek food. I can go on and on.

It definitely wanted me to go to Corfu.

Let’s not forget the cover. It’s so pretty!

I had been picturing David Gandy as Panos and when Mandy, herself does that TWICE, I couldn’t be happier.

I fell in love with everything in this book. The plot is engaging and lovely. The only thing I was a little disappointed about was the epilogue. I wanted a little more of Imogen and Panos in the epilogue.

This book is going to leave you smiling, laughing and even crying.

I would recommend this to anyone wanting a great summer read. You do not have to be laying on the beach or by the pool. ‘Those Summer Nights’ will make you happy.

4 STARS!

Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Shanahan’s Revenge

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What happens when you fall in love with your worst enemy?

When the CEO of one of New Zealand’s biggest companies steps down, heir apparent Kate McPherson and Australian outsider Sam Shanahan are left fighting for control of McPherson & Co.

But Sam hasn’t just travelled to New Zealand for business. He’s there to avenge the wrongs done to his mother three decades ago, and he’s determined that no one—especially not his beautiful arch rival—will get in his way.

Poised to take over the company from her father, Kate has fought hard for her success and will do anything to defeat the stranger who’s after her job—no matter how strong the chemistry between them.

Sam and Kate are driven apart by ambition and drawn together by fiery attraction. And between them sizzles a family secret that threatens to blow Kate’s world apart.

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(Received this as an ARC from Netgalley and Escape Publishing.)

‘Shanahan’s Revenge’ belongs to feel good romance category.

I love how this book had something new to every new chapter which kept me on the edge till the end. Julie Mac has written it incredibly. The descriptions of nature are so well written you feel like you are actually there. Being only 150 pages, the story goes a little faster. I would have loved to know more of Kate and Sam’s relationship. The chemistry between them was sizzling from the very beginning and a little more depth on the relationship at the end would have been icing on the cake. I felt like the story was a little rushed at the end. I was not really emotionally invested in the book mainly because many things were rushed. A few scenarios could have been described better. The book does make you feel good as business rivals turn into lovers.

3.5 stars for Shanahan’s Revenge.