Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to K.T. Dady for a copy to read in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Welcome to Pepper Bay. A small close-knit community where you’ll find chocolate box cottages, quaint shops, drama, friendship, and love.
Snuggle down with this cosy, feel-good, comfort read that whisks you away to a beautiful bay on the Isle of Wight – Perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Phillipa Ashley, and Holly Martin.
The Pepper Bay books are standalone stories that intertwine with recurring characters.
Honeybee Cottage – The last time Joey Walker watched Josh Reynolds leave Pepper Bay was three years ago. She decided there and then that the next time he visited she would never in a million years, even if her life depended on it, sleep with him ever again. She was done with secretly being in love with him. She couldn’t keep falling into his arms every time he was around. Josh was never going to see her as anything more than a holiday fling, or a sure thing. She had made her decision and had happily stuck to it, but only because he wasn’t around. She soon realises just how hard keeping him at arm’s length actually is when he unexpectedly turns up just before Christmas.
Josh had always loved Joey, but he knew she never took him seriously. She had no reason to. Growing up, he only went to his grandmother’s family home in Pepper Bay for the summer. As an adult, he knew that the world viewed him as a playboy heir to his grandfather’s millions. This year, he was determined to prove just how reliable he could be. He was back, and on a secret mission to get Joey to fall in love with him, because she was all he had ever wanted.
I was delighted to be returning to Pepper Bay and it was great to see some recurring, familiar characters as well as some new ones. This time the focus is on Josh, whose brother Jake features in book 1 – Starlight Cottage.
Pepper Bay is a picturesque, quaint setting and is perfect for a cosy romance to read all snuggled up in blankets. I’m a sucker for books based around a community and Pepper Bay and its residents feel so familiar, safe and welcome – like returning to a familiar place after a short absence.
One of my favourite romance tropes is old friends reunite and this plot was so satisfying. Josh and Joey have had feelings for each other that go way back but neither seem to have a grasp on the thoughts of the other one so it has never really gone beyond a casual thing when Josh has been around. But, this time Josh is determined to make things different – even if Joey has other plans. Will the figure out what they really want before it is too late?
It was interesting to read a book where the male character is the more vulnerable one and I love how the story was told from both his, and Joey’s perspectives. It was really frustrating knowing both sides as a reader and I just wanted to bang their heads together. They are both lovely characters but clueless at times!
I love K.T.’s style of writing and how she develops the characters through effortless (or so it seems to the reader) storytelling. I was enamoured and engrossed from the first chapter.
Highly recommended for fans of romance.
Author Bio – K. T. Dady
Author, reader, mum, chocolate lover, and a huge fan of a HEA. I was born and raised in the East End of London, and I’ve been happily writing stories since I was a little girl. When I’m not writing, I’m baking cakes or pottering around in my little garden in Essex, trying not to kill the flowers. I’m the author of contemporary romance, middle-grade, and the thought-provoking thriller about mental illness, The Focus Program.
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