Book Review: Settling the Score by R.S. Grey

 

Settling the Score

Rating: 4 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

As an Olympic rookie, Andie Foster has spent far more time in her cleats than between the sheets. For 21 years, her Friday nights have consisted of blocking shots rather than taking them. But now that she’s landed in Rio, she’s ready to see for herself if the rumors about the Olympic Village are true:

• The athletes are all sex-crazed maniacs…
• The committee passes out condoms like candy…
• The games continue long after the medals have been handed out…

As Andie walks the line between rumor and reality, she’s forced into the path of Frederick Archibald, a decorated Olympic swimmer and owner of a sexy British accent–too bad he’s unavailable in a way that “it’s complicated” doesn’t even begin to explain.

In other words: off limits.

It doesn’t matter that he has abs that could bring peace to the Middle East and a smile that makes even the Queen blush; Andie fully intends on keeping her focus on the soccer field. But the Village is small. Suffocating. Everywhere Andie goes, Freddie happens to be there–shirtless, wet from the pool, and determined to show her a whole new meaning of the phrase “international affairs”.

My Thoughts

If you’re like me you’re currently going through serious olympics withdrawals. SO. MANY. ABS. Lucky for you then that I found the perfect remedy to our withdrawals: R.S. Grey’s Summer Games: Settling the Score! This is what we hope happened behind the scenes in Rio: budding relationships and steamy romances. After all the Rio Olympic Committee bought 450,000 condoms just for the Olympic Village! That is 42 condoms per athlete. Mind you the Olympics are only 17 days long, like what?! They even had a guy whose sole job was to carry around a big bag of condoms and hand them out to whoever wanted/needed one! Anyways getting back on track this book has steamy romances and would-be relationships in spades and I was hooked from the very first page!

Andie has heard rumors about how crazy the Olympic village is but she doesn’t quit believe it until she sees it. But Andie could care less about the man candy wandering around she has her eyes on the prize and refuses to get distracted that is until she crosses paths with Frederick Archibald, sexy british swimmer extraordinaire. With an old injury flaring up she can’t afford any more distractions especially when things with Freddie start getting beyond complicated.

I love Andie because she knows what she wants (the gold) and she goes for it no holds barred. She has trained her whole life for this opportunity and she won’t let silly boy troubles get in her way. Her grit, determination, and talent has earned her her spot on Tean USA and she won’t let them down.

Frederick “Freddie” Archibald is hawt. All the guys want to be him and all the ladies want to do him. Everything in Freddie’s life is pretty perfect expect for the teeny tiny fact that he’s engaged. Right. Well if you ask him it’s complicated. You see because it’s an arranged marriage, one he desperately does not want to be a apart of. He’s decided to put it on the backburner while he trains and during the games but when he meets Andie he suddenly has motivation to take care of this engagement once and for all.

Freddie is your typical boy/man: as clueless as he is handsome, in a charming way of course. He can’t get a read on Andie and that frustrates him beyond belief. Then things go from bad to worse and he doesn’t know how to fix everything, all he knows is that he can’t keep a certain soccer player of his mind.

Overall, I liked this book because although the characters have their ups and downs its relatively lighthearted and fun. It took me out of my post-olympics funk and allowed me a, fictional, look behind the scenes. Perfect to take to the beach and pretend that you’re in Rio with Andie and Freddie and the rest of the hunky olympians.


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rsgreyI am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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Book Review: Sing by Vivi Greene

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Rating: 4 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

America’s most famous pop star flees the spotlight to recover from her latest break-up in Maine—only to fall for a local boy and be faced with an impossible choice at the end of the summer: her new guy, or her music.

Multiplatinum pop icon Lily Ross’s biggest hits and biggest heartbreaks (because they are one and the same):

1. AGONY. (That feeling when her ex ripped her heart out of her chest and she never saw it coming.)
2. GHOSTS. (Because even famous people are ghosted by guys sometimes. And it sucks just as much.)
3. ONCE BITTEN. (As in: twice shy. Also, she’s never dating an actor or a musician ever again.)

But this summer’s going to be different. After getting her heart shattered, Lily is taking herself out of the spotlight and heading to a small island in middle-of-nowhere Maine with her closest friends. She has three months until her fall tour starts-three months to focus on herself, her music, her new album. Anything but guys.

That is . . . until Lily meets sweet, down-to-earth local Noel Bradley, who is so different from anyone she’s ever dated. Suddenly, Lily’s “summer of me” takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself falling deeper and harder than ever before. But Noel isn’t interested in the limelight. She loves Noel-but she loves her fans, too. And come August, she may be forced to choose.

My Thoughts

This book was super cute! It’s lighthearted and fun; the perfect pool/beach read. I was able to read this book in one sitting because it reads really well. I was originally drawn in by the cover and was sold once I read the synopsis. I love books about superstars falling in love with normal people although maybe that stems from me wanting that to be reality (heyyy Dwayne Johnson).

Lily is just a regular girl, who happens to be a pop icon, looking for love. Just when she thinks that she’s found the one he breaks up with her out of the blue leaving her devastated. After a suggestion from her best friend she decides to take a break and takes the summer off. There’s only two things she needs to focus on while she’s gone: 1. write a new album (the old one was all her, now failed, relationship) and 2. NO BOYS. However for Lily these things are easier said than done.

I think that every girl is going to be able to relate to not only Lily’s heartbreak but her recovery (for lack of a better word). Lily always keeps it real and even though she makes mistakes along the way she always owns up to them. Her life is a mess and she is getting pressure from all sides to write a new album and stay away from boys but she somehow navigates her way through it, all while learning some valuable lessons along the way.

After their mother runs away Noel makes the ultimate sacrifice and comes back from college in order look after his little sister and help his dad with his fishing company. Noel is just a simple country boy that is startles when he discovers Americas favorite pop star in his hometown. After their initial spark Noel is captivated by Lily. Although she’s super famous she also happens to be down to Earth and fun to be around. He takes her fishing and on picnics and it’s easy to forget who she is to the rest of the world. That is until word gets out of where she’s at and the paparazzi start swarming. On top of the paparazzi mayhem her impending tour is a constant thundercloud over them.  When a family secret is exposed a relationship with Lily, and constantly being in her limelight, seems impossible.

Noel is just a simple small town guy; super laid back but hardworking and dedicated to his family. When his simple life is disrupted by the hurricane that is Lily’s fame he starts questioning things and with Lily going on tour soon is he willing to leave his family and his life behind? Noel’s character is pretty stable throughout the book. He doesn’t transform into someone else, even with all of the craziness surrounding Lily (and by association, him) he remains the same. In a way Lily frees him of his mundane life that seems to be going nowhere.

Overall, this is probably my top beach read for this year! My tastes in books tend to go a bit darker but every once in a while I want something light and fun and this was the perfect book for that.


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About The Author

Vivi Greene is a pop-culture addict and lives year-round on an island off the coast of New England. (This is weirdly the only info available on her)

Book Review: Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

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Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

Baseball isn’t supposed to be a game of life and death…

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase… he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil.

I tried to stay away. I couldn’t.

Then, the team started losing.
Women started dying.
And everything in my world broke apart.

My Thoughts

Moonshot was definitely more than I expected. Since I went into it blind I initially thought that this was just a regular sports romance but it’s about a lot more than baseball. There’s tons of drama and suspense that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat the entire book. This book is the definition of a page-turner.

Ty is the daughter of a baseball legend and when her mom dies she begins to travel with her dad and his team. In typical tomboy fashion she is now a ballboy(girl) and is seen as one of the boys. The team has become her family but there’s one player she has her eye on… When Chase is transferred to the team she knows that she needs to keep her distance but the more she resists the bigger the allure is until it becomes to much. There’s just something different about him that keeps drawing her in.

I love Ty because she’s ballsy (pun intended). She can hold her own against gruff guys twice her age and not even flinch. Growing up on the road surrounded by guys has taught her not to take any crap from anyone and how to stand up for herself. When any of the guys give her crap she can dish it right back. She’s not afraid to go after what she wants and that includes Chase Stern.

“He couldn’t. Never again, not with anyone else. Nothing would ever, after that moment, compare. Not with her cry, not with her reaction, not with her kiss. A woman shouldn’t be created in such heartbreakingly beautiful combinations. A woman shouldn’t, in fifteen minutes, have the ability to ruin him for life.”

Chase is your typical bad boy/jock. He always seems to be in the middle of a scandal and doesn’t seem to care about the consequences. That is until his latest scandal forces his team to put him up for trade. Fortunately for him he gets traded to the greatest team in the business (their words not mine) the New York Yankees and before he even realizes who Ty is he is hitting on her. When he finally finds out who she is he tries to keep his distance but their connection is unlike anything he’s ever experienced before.

At heart Chase is a good guy but he’s battling some serious demons that make having a relationship with him difficult. Those demons eventually put everything he has in jeopardy and he has to shape-up or lose everything. I love his character development the most in the book because even though we love a bad boy I love a bad boy with a heart of gold even better. He’s not perfect by any means but I grow to love him all the same.

The murder/suspense aspect of the book doesn’t start until halfway through but it works. It gives readers a chance to connect with the characters before all of the craziness starts. This is one of the super rare stories in which I don’t mind the…… SPOILER ALERT: affair. Yeah normally I hate books that feature affairs of any kind (the book Thoughtless comes to mind) but when an author can create such an authentic and powerful connection between characters I don’t seem to mind it that much. In addition to that Ty didn’t make up a million reasons as to why she was justified in having the affair and didn’t go around feeling super guilty either. Of course she loves her husband and feels bad but she knows that Chase is the love of her life and takes all the necessary steps to start the process of leaving her husband. I can’t stand it when they have an affair and the whole time they’re just trying to justify it by vilifying the person their spouse. If you’re going to have a (fictional) affair just own it and that’s what Ty does.

Overall, it was a great read. I truly felt connected to the characters and was hooked from the very first page. When the serial killer is revealed I had no clue it would be that person which is super refreshing! I Love what Alessandra has done with this book: bringing together sports romance and suspense. A must read regardless of what your favorite genre is.


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About The AuthorAlessandra Torres

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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Rating: 3.5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

My Thoughts

These types of reviews are always the hardest for me; the ones where it seems as though the rest of the world loves it and I’m in the super small minority that didn’t. I believe that for me the insane about of anticipation and promotion leading up to the release of this book tainted my reading experience. There was months and months of build up making it nearly impossible not to hear something about this book. I have never seen so many ARCS given out to promote a book meaning that before it was even officially published there were dozens of reviews available. All over social media people were posting pictures of their tear stained faces and raving about how this book is the absolute best book that they’ve ever read and how it has changed their life, so no pressure right?

Colleen kept stressing that she thought that when starting this book you should go in blind and I think that for the most part I did. I questioned reading this book so soon after its release because I knew that with the amount of build up going in to it it would be hard for it to live up to the hype. The synopsis is wholly misguiding because it makes it sound like a love triangle is involved when that is not the case.

Lily, in the beginning, seems a bit lost. A couple chapters in she seems to have hit her stride: opening her own business, having her mom close by, made some friends. We learn more about her past, and her past relationship, when she starts to read an old journal of hers and this is where we meet Atlas, which is a great name don’t you think? While this is happening she seems to fall in to a sort of easy relationship with Ryle, someone that she run-in with months prior and now seems endlessly tangled with her life. Her life seems to be coming together perfectly until a chance encounter with Atlas. As her relationship with Ryle develops she starts to question some of his actions. I think overall Lily was a very strong character doing the best she could in an impossible situation. My only problem is that I had trouble connecting with her. While I had no problems with her decisions there was just something about her that made it impossible to connect; that allowed me to see her situation as though I was in her shoes.

I don’t want to say much about Ryle and Atlas because I don’t want to give it all away. That being said Ryle is quite the complex character. I like that he, in time, is able to admit his faults and prove that at the end of the day he really does have Lily’s interest at heart. He doesn’t always make the best decisions but as he says:

“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”

Atlas knows what it is like to need a hand which is why as an adult he is fiercely protective. Even though we learn a lot about him through Lily’s journal Atlas the adult is a whole different animal. After being homeless Atlas is now an award winning chef with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. His love for Lily has never gone away and his infinite patience with her allows her to blossom, even if they are not together. I like the layers that make up Atlas: his soft side, his defensive side, his protective side. All put together they make one hell of a package.

I know when I have read a good book when I’m so moved by it that I’m simply unable to move on and unfortunately I didn’t have that problem here. It was a nice story but didn’t quite hit the mark for me.


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About the Author5430144

Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including the #1 bestseller, Hopeless. She lives in Texas with her husband and three children. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a book subscription service which donates 100% of its proceeds to charity. She also owns The Bookworm Box, a specialty bookstore located in Sulphur Springs, Tx.

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Book Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

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Rating: 4 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

My Thoughts

So happy to be back in the world of the Royals! I really enjoyed the first book, which ended with a cliff hanger, so I was anxious to start this book. So much so in fact that although I ordered the print copy I also bought the ebook so that I didn’t have to wait even a second to read it. I read this book so fast though that I had already finished the ebook by the time the print book arrived.

This book is told more from Reed’s perspective so we get to learn more about him and why he is the way he is. Since his mothers death him and his brothers have been on a steady downward spiral and they have finally reached rock bottom (or so they think). Reed is a good person at heart but has the weight of the world on his shoulders and is just angry at the world. I like that we see him grow so much as a person throughout the book. We can clearly see him tackling his demons and trying to get his life back on track. His love for Ella is what makes him strive to be a better person which I love and kinda hate. While I love that he wants to become a better person I wish that he would become a better person for himself and not to impress Ella.

Ella is going through her own version of hell in the beginning. Feeling like she doesn’t belong and fighting her feelings for Reed, Ella is feeling out of her element. The bullying at school has ramped up since her sudden disappearance on top of questions about her relationship with Reed and the rest of the Royals. In Paper Princess we see Ella give the bullies a taste of their own medicine but here she really starts to have her own voice and becomes a force to be reckoned with. The Royals may run the school but there’s a new Queen in town. God that was cheesy.

The duo that makes up Erin Watt seems to love cliff hangers because this book also has one. I’m not too upset about it though because it was a really good one and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book (scheduled to come out in October).

Overall, I think that Paper Princess blew me away because I wasn’t expecting it but this one just fell just a little short of the mark.


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Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors (Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick) linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

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Book Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

 

Paper Princess

Rating: 5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

My Thoughts

First and foremost I think that the title of this book is a bit misleading. I think for a long time I didn’t even consider reading this because I assumed it was fantasy (obviously I didn’t read the synopsis). I really thought this book was about an honest to God princess (spoiler alert: it’s not). So the other day I went crazy one-clicking books on Amazon (my tbr pile is insane right now) and on a whim decided to get this book and boy am I happy I did!

It’s totally not what I expected when I picked up this book and that’s one of the reasons that I love it. I love going into book blind (not reading any reviews or the synopsis) so for the most part I base my book choices on the title/cover or if it’s getting lot’s of attention from the blogging community, so yes I judge a book by its cover lol.

I love Ella because she doesn’t stand for anyone’s crap. She stands up for herself and calls people out when they are wrong. If you’ve read any of my past reviews you might have noticed by now that there’s nothing I love more than strong female leads and this book has it in spades. Growing up the way she has she has had to built walls around her heart and learn how to fend for herself so she has a very difficult time adjusting when she’s all of the sudden thrust into the lap of luxury.

Reed has had a rough last couple of years and is taking his frustration out on everyone around him. After losing their mom all of the Royal boys are lost and still very much in mourning and with the eldest away at college Reed is in charge of this rowdy brood. None of the Royals are happy with Ella’s sudden appearance in their lives but Reed goes out of his way to let her know that she is unwelcome. Fighting some serious demons Reed needs to learn how to trust again.

We all know that bad boys are hot but Reed takes it to a whole new level. Complex and multi-layered you never know what you’re going to get with him. When his poor choices catch up to him he really has to start reevaluating his life. In Broken Prince we learn a bit more about what makes him tick but for know he remains a bit of an enigma…


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Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors (Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick) linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

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Book Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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Rating: 3 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

My Thoughts

This book has been on my tbr list for ages and I finally got around to reading it. I primarily wanted to read this book because it’s is such a taboo subject and I love it when authors aren’t afraid to push the envelope and cross the line and break all the rules and this book has all of that.

Maya isn’t afraid to go after what she wants no matter what people think. When she realizes that she is in love with her brother she just goes for it with very little thought about the consequences. Her and Lochan act as surrogate parents to their three younger siblings since their mom is an alcoholic that wants nothing to do with them. Since they’re so close in age (13 month difference) they’ve always felt more like friends than siblings. They work together as a team to run the household, splitting chores and parental duties. With all of the chaos in their lives falling in love seems to be the least of their worries.

Lochan is wayyy more cautious about this whole thing. He’s well aware of how they will be received if it ever got out that he was with his sister. He over thinks every move and repeatedly tries to stop the relationship from progressing, the consequences of what would happen if they were ever caught heavy on his mind. His indecisiveness drove me a bit crazy at times and while I can understand his concerns it was still a bit frustrating.

Overall, aside from the taboo subject, this book was underwhelming. I found myself yearning for the book to end and found myself skimming the book instead of actually reading it. There was just too much back and forth with the characters yet they didn’t actually do anything. There’s so many scenes that you can skip and not miss anything in regards to the plot. The book felt stagnant which is unfortunate because I had high hopes for this one.


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Tabitha Suzuma was born in London, the eldest of five children. She attended a French school in the UK and grew up bilingual. However, she hated school and would sit at the back of the class and write stories, which she got away with because her teachers thought she was taking notes. Aged fourteen, Tabitha left school against her parents’ wishes. She continued her education through distance learning and went on to study French Literature at King’s College London.

After graduating, Tabitha trained as a primary school teacher and whilst teaching full-time, wrote her first novel.

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