Review: The Right Side of Mr Wrong by Jane Linfoot

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Source: #SexMeUpReadathon Freebie from Jane Linfoot
Format: Kindle E-book
Publish date: 6th March 2014 by Harpur Impulse
Price: N/A
Date Read: 21st July 2014

Note: I received this copy of The Right Side of Mr Wrong by Jane Linfoot for free through the #SexMeUpReadathon from Jane Linfoot. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.

This is the first book by Jane Linfoot I have read and boy, was it a fab one. The story centres around the main characters of Shea (rhymes-with-day!) and Brando (who I unfortunately kept dying to call Brandon). Brando is a wealthy, parkour-addicted country-house owning insomniac playboy who likes fast cars and even faster ‘relationships’. His longest lasting an entire 5 hours. Oh and don’t bother wondering what her name or any of the others ‘hard and fast’ women’s names were – he doesn’t know or care – he won’t be seeing them again.

Shea on the other hand is a sweet-addicted, workaholic woman with a secret. She isn’t looking to get married but in trying to convince her house-mates that she is ready to move on, enters a competition designed to find Brando a wife. Brando, convinced Shea is just another gold-digger out for all she can get, is all set to leave her…until he gets a glimpse of her knickers.

This (rather erotic) contemporary romance was all I could have wished for. There were some extremely hot sex scenes which had me hot and bothered, along with some good old-fashioned romantic twists, turns, misunderstandings and a good-old heart-wrenching ending.

Jane Linfoot’s descriptions of her characters, the settings and everything in between was marvellous. There were many phrases that I ended up highlighting (something I very rarely do!) because I loved them so much. One of which was:

He hadn’t bargained for being belted practically into orbit, nor for being left hanging in some crazy airless free-fall, that progressed into a glorious, gyroscopic tumble.

I read this book as part of the #SexMeUpReadathon week, and it certainly lived up to my hopes in the play department. I even read the book in the staff room at work! It was on my Kindle I grant you but it was a small sidle forwards!

I really hope you will give Brando and Shea a go. They’re an extremely hot couple in a fantastic book. A more x-rated copy would be loved but this one will be well enjoyed again and again.

Edit: I noticed that I haven’t commented on the cover of this book or the number of pages. To be perfectly honest, there were no page numbers on my ebook/kindle and i didn’t notice the cover. For those reasons I really do prefer physical copies of a book! I do adore the cover of this book however – as you can see from the image above it’s fab and totally stands out! Oh and I REALLY want those shoes.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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Review: Shifting Colours by Fiona Sussman

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Source: Goodreads First Reads
Format: Hardback
Published: 22nd May 2014 by Allison & Busby
Price: N/A
Date Read: 12th July 2014

Note: I received this copy of Shifting Colours by Fiona Sussman for free through Goodreads First Reads. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.

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I was extremely fortunate to receive this book; it turned out to be one I didn’t know I needed to read. When I opened the package, the first thing that struck me was the gorgeous cover; the girl in the red dress under a tree full with purple blossom. The tree I think is some kind of jacaranda. The blurb on the back reads:

‘This is the sweet memory of Mme, my dear mother. The first sweet memory…sometimes her laughter bursts into my head or I hear her call me – my name full and round in her mouth. Frustratingly though, as with all the memories I have of Mme, her face always blurs under the pressure of my focus’

Let me begin by saying that if you’re looking for an easy read, this is not the book for you. If you’re going to read it, be ready for emotion, intelligence and a story that will stay with you and make you think.

Shifting colours is, at its very basics a story about a mother and her child. The mother, Celia, is a black woman in South Africa during the apartheid and a maid in the house of a white couple; Rita and Michael. Her daughter is called Miriam, a young and outgoing child who is excited about the world and eager to explore. With the increasing unrest and danger, Rita and Michael decide to move back to England, offering to give Celia’s daughter Miriam a new and better life there with them. Celia, longing for better for her daughter agrees, being told that she will of course see her daughter again soon, that letters will be written, news shared and that Miriam will return. She doesn’t. Rita and Michael on returning to England with their newly legally adopted daughter Miriam cast aside the promises made and lie to Miriam about her mother. Heartbreaking.

Over the following years, the story dips into the then very different and often upsetting lives of Celia and Miriam. Celia in Africa; trying to make her way in life and supporting her remaining children as well as an ailing mother and Miriam in England; tormented by bullies, an unloving adopted mother and knowing that she doesn’t really fit in anywhere.

Fiona Sussman writes with unwavering and often brutal honesty. Many of the situations were heart-rending but I also found a brilliance in her writing. Her descriptions and language brought the story to life and I could smell the air of Africa and visualise the places Miriam and Celia travelled. Lives so very different to my own. I found the narrative of the differences between England and Africa to be startling and I hope to one day travel to the continent to see it for myself.

There is so much I could say about this book but the words do not come. How difficult it is to write of emotions and wild thoughts.

I will end by saying that I feel I am starting to know just a little more about a situation and time that was long before I was born. A time which for many is still so close though.

Please read. It will be difficult, but you won’t regret it.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥½