Hiya, thanks for joining me today on Lisa Dickenson's Blog Tour for her fantastic new mini-series

You Had Me at Merlot.

Today I have for you the blurbs on all four books, not one, but five reviews, and some author info get you and our Lisa acquainted.

I have to say a big thank you to Lisa and Little Brown for inviting me onto this tour also. 

Part 1 - Blurb:

The first part in this hilarious four-part digital romantic comedy, from the author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas - winner of the Novelicious Debut of the Year award.

Elle and Laurie are the last ones standing: they're single, they're not having babies any time soon and their weekends aren't filled with joyful meetings about mortgages. For Elle, this is fine - she likes her independent life, she loves her job, and she has no desire to walk down the aisle anytime soon. But Laurie wants love and she wants it now.

So when Laurie begs Elle to come with her on a singles holiday to a beautiful vineyard in Tuscany, Elle is reluctant. You Had Me at Merlot Holidays promises crisp sunshine, fun and a chance to stir up some sizzling romance. Elle has no intention of swapping her perfectly lovely life for someone else's idea of her Mr Perfect, but ten days under the Italian sun with her best friend and lashings of wine? How bad could that be?

You Had Me at Merlot is the kind of love story that will have you crying with laughter one moment and nodding your head in agreement the next. Full of sultry summer nights, hilarious moments and plenty of wine, it will warm even the most cynical of hearts and have you believing in the magic of romance (and the power of a decent glass of Merlot).

You Had Me at Merlot: Part 1 - Review.

Part one of You had me at Merlot introduces us to friends Elle and Laurie. Elle and Laurie are the only two in their group of friends who aren't in a relationship, married, pregnant or have a child already. To Elle this is more than fine, she likes nothing more than doing what she pleases and doing dance routines in her living room. She's not wanting to share her life yet, where Laurie is completely different. Laurie wants to the big romance, the huge love affair, wedding, babies, happily ever after stuff, so she's convinced a not to so happy about it Elle to accompany her on a 10 day trip to a vineyard in Tuscany. As pleasant as that sounds it won't all be sunbathing, wine drinking and relaxing. Oh no, it will be wine drinking and mixing with strangers on a daily basis as it's a posh singles holiday. I giggled my way through Part 1. I took to Elle straight away. Her not arsed attitude and daydreaming ways had me in bits. She would fit in perfect with me and my friends. She's hardworking, but fun. Laurie is the dominant friend, we all have one don't we? She can easily manipulate Elle to do something for her and I liked that. She's a pussy cat with a huge heart and I hope she really does find love. We are eased into the story with giggles and get a glimpse into both Elle and Laurie's wants and needs. It is exciting and has you gripped and wanting more from the off.  I'm happy to say that I'm really looking forward to Part2 and to find out what will happen next...

5 /5

 

Part 2 - Blurb

The second part in this hilarious four-part digital romantic comedy, from the author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas - winner of the Novelicious Debut of the Year award.

It took some convincing for Elle to come away on this singles' holiday and now her MD has turned up! As the matchmaking activities begin, from blindfolded wine tasting to crushing grapes barefoot, Elle tries her best to enjoy herself but it's not easy with her boss around. Nor is it that easy when she's being set up with every man on the holiday. All in all, this isn't turning out to be the fun break Elle was hoping for. Thank goodness for Jamie, the vineyard owners' son - he's exactly the kind of company Elle needs right now because he's not interested in finding a partner either. So what if Jamie is delicious to look at and his dad thinks they're perfect for each other? They're just friends. Nothing more. And that's all there is to it . . . 

You Had Me at Merlot is the kind of love story that will have you crying with laughter one moment and nodding your head in agreement the next. Full of sultry summer nights, hilarious moments and plenty of wine, it will warm even the most cynical of hearts and have you believing in the magic of romance (and the power of a decent glass of Merlot).

You Had Me at Merlot: Part 2 - Review.

I have all four parts of You Had Me At Merlot in book form to read for review. I decided that I would not read it all at once, just have small breaks in between like author Lisa Dickinson has intended it to read like. I am furious with myself for doing that now, as I seriously need to jump straight into part three. I hate cliff hangers I really do, I'm just not patient enough. aarrrggghh!

I'm still giggling my way through this series though and I am loving the tension and build up to Elle and James's relationship. I also love how James plays games with her and fellow guest sleazy George by matching them up all the time, it's hysterical. The descriptions of the vineyard and Florence have me longing to go. I even spoke to my husband about looking into a vine yard break for us. Obviously not a singles one like Bella Notte though.

Next part pleeeaaassseee. 

5/5

Part 3: Blurb

The third part in this hilarious four-part digital romantic comedy, from the author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas - winner of the Novelicious Debut of the Year award.

Elle, determinedly single Elle, isn't used to waking up next to a boy. And she certainly isn't used to being engaged. Thanks to all the (delicious) chilli wine she consumed last night, Elle has no idea how she's managed to get herself into this situation. And as fond as she is of the man lying next to her, and no matter how happy he looks by this turn of events, getting married has never been part of Elle's plan. No way. All that romance stuff just isn't for her . . . right? But the combination of this lovely man, the incredibly romantic Italian countryside and the feel of the early morning sun on her skin is starting to have an effect on Elle. Maybe, just maybe, she's not as anti-love as she thought . . . 

You Had Me at Merlot is the kind of love story that will have you crying with laughter one moment and nodding your head in agreement the next. Full of sultry summer nights, hilarious moments and plenty of wine, it will warm even the most cynical of hearts and have you believing in the magic of romance (and the power of a decent glass of Merlot).

You Had Me at Merlot: Part 3 - Review.

After being left high and dry by part two in this delicious serious, I could not wait to get stuck in. I was not disappointed even though a slight twist had me rolling my eyes. The buildup of the relationship between Elle and Jamie continues, and the whole concept of it has me pulled in. Being the typical romance whore that I am the banter between them both was unbelievable and they bounce of each other brilliantly. I love it.

We get to see a bit more of Donna 'the boss' in this part and it's really lovely to meet the lady behind the crank we met in part one. It opens up a lot of questions and it's a great little sub plot too. The ending is yet again another 'oh for f**k sake, why do I have to wait?' one, but it's not as heavy as part two. To me it did make me roll my eyes as I was letting out an exasperated breath, type of ending, but I hope I will be made to take back that breath. You need to remember though, I HATE cliff hanger endings, so don't let that put you off.

4/5 

Part 4: Blurb

The final part in this hilarious four-part digital romantic comedy, from the author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas - winner of the Novelicious Debut of the Year award.

Elle didn't plan on falling for anyone on this singles' holiday so it came as a huge surprise to her when she fell, hard, for her very own Italian stallion. But it seems he's not as perfect as he first appeared - especially now that his maybe-not-so-ex ex-girlfriend has turned up.

Elle doesn't want to believe that it was all a lie but it's hard to ignore the very real bombshell standing in front of her. Has she been taken for a fool? As the end of the holiday approaches, confusion and heartbreak threaten to ruin Elle's hard-fought peace of mind. Does Tuscany have enough magic left to fix her broken heart?

You Had Me at Merlot is the kind of love story that will have you crying with laughter one moment and nodding your head in agreement the next. Full of sultry summer nights, hilarious moments and plenty of wine, it will warm even the most cynical of hearts and have you believing in the magic of romance (and the power of a decent glass of Merlot).

You Had Me at Merlot: Part 4 - Review.

After the cliff hanger Lisa Dickenson left me with after reading part 3, I seriously wanted to pull her hair for it. I also prayed that I wouldn't be disappointed in the final part. Guess what? I wasn't! I really enjoyed it. It was straight in with a bang, feisty and gripping, lovely and fast. I really liked how You Had Me At Merlot gives you a secure feeling in knowing you are reading something good. To me the best of part four goes to Donna, "The Boss". How lovely it was to see her open up fully and know she had some good new friends behind her. Loved that me. She played a big pasrt in part 3 for me too, so she was my favourite character out of them all.  I also have to say as much as I loved the whole romance aspect to it all, I adored the friendship from Elle and Laurie more. They had me in hysterics. They are you and your best friend. No holds barred, say it how it is, fantastic friendship. To me that made the whole series.  Overall this has been a brilliant run, and for my first time with a mini series I don't think I could have been given a better start.  Lisa has a brutal honesty in her writing. She is down to earth and really funny. It's a really fun read. I'll miss having another chapter to read. I really will.  

5/5

You Had Me ay Merlot: Overall Review.

Overall You Had Me at Merlot proved to be a steady read throughout with multiple laughter and snorting places on top of loads of gorgeous friendships and one hell of a romance. Most importantly it gave us sun, sex, and booze. Come on as if you're not going to love it just for that alone.  With a fantastic array of characters you have more than one person to connect with and it is lovely to be able to see other stories with them.

 

I'm a newbie to Lisa Dickenson and I was blown away by her style, wit and honesty she shows in her writing. It is a down to earth, fast-paced style that allows you to relax and be yourself. I like that me. I will be keeping a close eye on Lisa as I've found a new author that excites me.

 

This is a series that you should definitely have one your e-reader. It won't matter how long it takes to read it, or what the weathers like, you'll just love it and find yourself lost in a world of gorgeousness and wine. Fab!

 

19/20

 

How can you not buy them when they're only 99p each?

About author Lisa Dickenson

Lisa Dickenson was born in the wrong body. She was definitely meant to be Beyonce. Despite this hardship, she grew up in Devon attempting to write her own, completely copyright-infringing versions of Sweet Valley High, before giving Wales a go for university, and then London a go for the celeb-spotting potential. She's now back in Devon, living beside the seaside with her husband and forcing cream teas down the mouths of anyone who'll visit. She is sadly still not Beyonce.

 

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