The first time Toby Hunter got arrested for defending Lilac Clarke’s honour, he was only fifteen years old, but he’d loved her from behind his black-rimmed glasses for as long as he could remember.
With a desperate need to protect her from a distance, one arrest turned to two, two soon turning into three, and before Toby knew what was happening, the sleepy village of Southwold was turning against him for daring to stand up for a girl like Lilac.
Beautiful Lilac with her flowers in her hair, her camera in her hands, and her sweet, pink, sugary-lipped kisses.
They could hate him for loving her all they wanted. Toby was a boy who did what was right, not what was easy, and he was always going to grow to be the man willing to give her what she deserved.
I have a lot of Victoria’s books on my TBR list, but I’ve never managed to find time to read them. When A Girl Like Lilac was released I saw so many people saying how good it was that I decided to grab myself a copy and see what all the fuss was about! So, A Girl Like Lilac is the first of Victoria’s books that I’ve read and now I know I need to read more of her work!!
A Girl Like Lilac is a coming of age story like none other than I’ve read. It’s clear that there has been a lot of thought, care and attention devoted to this book and characters. The characters are far from being perfect, they are flawed which only proves that they are human, as no one is perfect. This is a very real story not only does A Girl Like Lilac portrays a story of love, it highlights the real-life issues and struggles that we all live through and deal with.
Toby and Lilac are put through so much in this book and I felt like I was every bit a part of this journey. I enjoyed every bit of Toby and Lilac’s lives that I was privileged to be a part of. A Girl Like Lilac is an emotional story and a true rollercoaster ride. I felt every emotion as if it was one of my own, and the emotions that were my own were fitting for what I was reading.
Victoria’s writing style has shown me just how talented an author she truly is. This story was a truly amazing display of friendship, love and life. I was hooked from the very first page and the more I read the further into Toby and Lilac’s lives I was drawn.
A Girl Like Lilac for me was, no, is a fantastic, beautiful and emotional story, one that I will not be forgetting in a hurry!
I’m so glad that I’ve read this book and I now can’t wait to read more of
If you’re looking for an emotional, romantic, realistic coming of age story, then I strongly recommend reading A Girl Like Lilac!
A huge 5 stars from me!
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
Victoria L. James is a teenage girl stuck inside a thirty-something-year-old’s body. A Corona and nacho appreciator with a ridiculous obsession for all things Rocky Balboa, she currently lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two baby boys. Having had a strong passion for words and stories going as far back as she can remember, she credits her love of literature to her Grandma Bess who taught her that you don’t need a lot of money to travel to different worlds, experience new places, and live a thousand lives.
This book was not what I was expecting. It was so much more!
I’ve read many paranormal books, but this was one of very few that has vampires, werewolves, a hybrid, a succubus as well as a human.
Improper Love is full of emotion, twists, turns and angst. I have loved these characters and their stories.
Improper Love is one hell of a roller coaster ride that I was unable to get off or away from. Honestly, this book is so much more than I was expecting and the ending… what an ending… and ending that I certainly didn’t see coming.
These two authors have worked well together and created a story that flows, captures your attention and draws you into the heart of everything that happens. I was left with no choice but to become a part of their lives and journeys. It’s clear to see just how much effort and love has been put into this book.
Improper love is well worth a read, even if paranormal isn’t your usual genre I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
✫.•° About The Authors °•.✫
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Discover how it all began… Franklyn Jones is a devoted husband, a loving father and a middle manager working in London. His only secret is he can see ‘The Otherside’, a world that hides in the shadows of our own. After his claims of these creatures leads to the loss of his family and his commitment to a mental health facility, Franklyn’s life came to a complete stand still.
Eventually, Franklyn is recruited by the BTCO, a secret agency that monitors and maintains the truce between both worlds. Thrust into an advanced training regime based on his ‘gifts’, Franklyn soon finds himself out on his first case, investigating the disappearance of several people in Elvedon Forest in Suffolk.
Closely monitored by his trainer, Denham, Franklyn edges further into this new world, hunting a violent entity that lives within the trees, whilst also being watched by a mysterious warrior. The explosive prequel novella to DOORWAYS and THE ABSENT MAN, BERMUDA takes you back to where it all started.
Bermuda takes us back to the beginning, this is our chance to learn about Franklyn ‘Bermuda’ Jones. We are taken back to Franklyn’s life before the BTCO. Bermuda allows us to understand what he went through and what has happened to make him who he is today.
Franklyn is found by the BTCO and he is showing the BTCO headquarters, where he begins his training. Whilst undergoing training a case comes in that the BTCO decide that Franklyn can handle along with Denham.
So story aside… I’d hate to post any spoilers 😉
I think that Rob has written a fantastic prequel to the other books in this series. Bermuda answers the questions that I had after reading Doorways and The Absent Man. Bermuda clarifies the part of Franklyn’s life before the BTCO as well as the beginning of his BTCO career.
Rob’s writing style grabbed my attention from the very beginning and held me captive until the very last word, and even then I still wanted more!
I felt like I was there right alongside Franklyn experiencing everything with him. His thoughts and feelings felt as though they could have been my own.
Having finished reading Bermuda I now feel as though I understand Franklyn a lot more. Franklyn has experienced so much, he has developed, learnt and grown so much since he was just Franklyn Jones, husband and father!
I like the guy and genuinely do feel for him. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every page of Bermuda and I cannot wait to see what Rob has in store for Franklyn in the future.
Honestly, if you haven’t read Bermuda you really need to and if you haven’t read any of the other Bermuda books you really should, I don’t think you’d be disappointed.
✫.•° Doorways; Bermuda Jones Case Files #1 °•.✫
✫.•° Blurb °•.✫
There is more to the shadows than just darkness
The Otherside is located at the fringes of our world, hiding in plain sight and existing within our shadows. Shielded from humanity, the Otherside is watched over by the BTCO, a highly secret government agency, whose members all possess ‘The Knack’, a genetic anomaly that allows them to see this other world.
Franklyn ‘Bermuda’ Jones is the BTCO’s finest agent, the only human to have passed to the Otherside and returned. Gifted with the ability to physically interact with both worlds, Bermuda reluctantly stands between both worlds, pining for the life he had to leave behind and the daughter he can no longer see. Teamed with Argyle, an enigmatic Otherside warrior, Bermuda is assigned the case of a missing woman who has vanished under mysterious circumstances.
As Bermuda delves further into the disappearance, he uncovers a threat that could destroy the truce between two worlds…and finds himself in a race against time to safeguard humanity’s very existence.
Discover a new world in this fast-paced urban fantasy packed with thrills, action and the odd one liner.
I’ve been really lucky, and I’ve met Rob. He was a signing in Peterborough last October, this was the first time I had ever heard about him. He’s a lovely bloke, my only regret was not purchasing a signed copy of his books, maybe next time though.
This is the first of Rob’s books that I’ve read, and it will not be the last one!
Bermuda Jones is different he has the ‘knack’; the ability to see what other people can’t. It is because of this that Bermuda works for a government agency that is so secret almost no one knows it exists. When people start going missing Bermuda and his partner Argyle are sent to investigate the disappearances and put them to put an end to them. Will they be able to get one step ahead and stop the next one from happening?
This book had me utterly hooked from the start. Doorways to me is a mixture of supernatural/ fantasy and crime thriller with some mystery and I think it works really well. I have loved how Doorways brings together the fantasy/supernatural world as well as the real world. The book is set in the real world but with creatures from the ‘otherside’ in it too. Doorways explains these ‘others’ as creatures from the ‘otherside’ that exist in the real world but can’t be seen by everyone. The ‘neithers’ are creatures from the ‘otherside’ who work and fight for the real world like Argyle and Vincent.
Even though the ‘others’ and the ‘otherside’ are thought to be fantasy and made up, I found myself more than once thinking what if they are real? what if they do exist but we just can’t see them? Rob has given these ‘other’ characters a life which is very believable, Bermuda is portrayed in a very realistic way, I really do feel for the guy, because of his gift (or curse as he calls it) he’s been through and lost so much, and that is something he’s still struggling to deal/cope with. I love how this guy despite hating that he has the ‘knack’ still continues to fight and tries to save everyone, all whilst flaunting his lack of respect for his superiors at the BTCO.
I found Rob’s writing to be very informative and descriptive, which makes envisioning the story really easy, it’s almost like watching a movie in your own mind! It’s clear that Rob has invested a lot of energy, time, love and care into writing Doorways.
Doorways is packed full of mystery action and humour too; the humour does break-up the more serious tense moments incredibly well.
I feel that Doorways is a great start to the Bermuda Case Files Series and I’m itching to see just what happens next.
On to The Absent Man!
Yeah, I have that ready and waiting on my Kindle 🙂
✫.•° The Absent Man; Bermuda Jones Case Files #2 °•.✫
✫.•° Blurb °•.✫
Something is killing…
A woman is found dead in her flat on a freezing night in Glasgow, her heart ripped from her chest. With no signs of a weapon or forced entry. Hours later, her heart is delivered to the Necropolis on the outskirts of town.
Six months after stopping the terrifying Barnaby atop Big Ben, Bermuda finds himself on the hunt for a killer in a city he doesn’t know with a police force that doesn’t want him. With no links between the victims and the death toll rising, Bermuda has to face a sceptical detective, a seemingly distracted Argyle and an unknown horror that stalks from the shadows.
It’s been 6 months since Bermuda and Argyle saved the world from Barnaby. Now Bermuda & Argyle are being sent to Glasgow to the track another killer. This one is ripping the heart clean out of its victims.
As Bermuda and Argyle hunt down this murderer they seem to be unaware of the horror that lurks in the shadows, stalking them too! Can Bermuda and Argyle stop this murderer, or will they become the hunted?
Once again, I was thoroughly hooked from the very beginning. What’s not to love about this book. It is jampacked from cover to cover with action, creatures from another world, emotion and twists.
Bermuda had just started trying to repair some parts of his personal life when he was sent to Glasgow, this sets back his progress when he misses his daughter’s birthday and fails to phone her first thing due to being unconscious.
Bermuda is an amazing character he constantly puts the needs of the BTCO and the world before himself and his personal life. As well as having to hunt for killer Bermuda must deal with the Glaswegian police and the wrath of the BTCO seniors and his own guilt and emotions.
Rob has such an amazing way with his words. He has created another world right alongside his real world, both worlds are incredibly realistic and believable. The characters are fitting and have a real ability to get under your skin, they had begun to feel like friends in the first book and now that friendship is reaffirmed.
The writing style of Rob is clear and has a seamless flow to it. He can swap from action scenes to more personal scenes/moments with ease. Each scene leads effortlessly to the next. Rob packs so much detail into his writing, the time emotion and energy that Rob has put into his writing is clear to see.
I have loved every page in The Absent Man and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Robert has in store for Bermuda and Argyle in book 3!
Rob, is it done yet? *Stares hopefully at Rob*
✫.•° About Robert Enright °•.✫
Robert Enright was born and raised in North London and resides in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Working as a HR System Manager by day, he spends his evenings and weekends writing (or binge watching TV with his fiance).
After signing with a publisher in 2015, Robert decided to reclaim the rights to DOORWAYS and take Bermuda Jones down the self publishing route. Despite the many hours of research and marketing, he is absolutely loving it!