Book Review: Cock and Bull by Laura Barnard #PublicationDay

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Who knew that owning a pub would come with so many extras?

When Phoebe and Ella Bellerose left England behind to run the Irish pub they’d inherited, it sounded like a great adventure… until they saw for themselves what a wreck they’d been left.

With no experience, a severe lack of money, and a rival pub owner threatening to ruin them, the two girls aren’t convinced they can actually make this work.

Not until they meet Clooney Breen, who just so happens to be packed with charm, charisma, and barman skills that could help them all survive. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s the son of Cock & Bull’s biggest rival, and he’s desperate to help Ella and Phoebe teach his father a lesson.

But can mysterious Clooney, with his obvious secrets and desire to be their saviour, really be trusted? Or are they being played by this handsome lothario who seems too good to be true? Their problems only seem to grow and grow, until Phoebe discovers a ‘gift’ of her own that changes everything for all of them…

Today is publication day for Cock and Bull by Laura Barnard, a small town, enemies to lovers romance, set in rural Ireland, and I am delighted to be sharing my review with you as part of Laura’s publication day celebrations. She’s also having a release party, with a host of author giveaways, in her facebook group – Laura’s Barn-Hards, so make sure you head over there for that. My thanks to Laura for inviting me to take part in today’s launch and for providing me with an advance digital copy of the book for review.

This book is a really great, fun romp of a read with a lot of surprising twists, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It contained a lot of my favourite elements in a romance read – women overcoming adversity, a small town setting, full of quirky characters, sizzling sexual chemistry and, my favourite element of all, a very hot, Irish hero!

Two sisters being left a rundown pub in Ireland is not a storyline I’ve come across before and I was eager to see how Laura would deal with this, knowing how much the Irish love their pubs! The set up allowed for a lot of mishaps and laughs, which Laura mined to the full, so the idea worked really well. It also allowed for the introduction of Clooney, the son of a rival pub owner, and set up the sizzle between him and Phoebe, which was the heart of the book. The relationship between Phoebe and Clooney works absolutely brilliantly, there is real passion between the two on the page, as they swing between acrimony and attraction throughout the book. Readers who love a friends to lovers romance will adore this relationship.

On top of this, Laura gives Phoebe another quirk which adds an extra comedy dimension to the proceedings. I don’t want to say too much more and give away the plot, but it comes out of left field and really adds some hilarious moments to the story. I can guarantee that you will absolutely not see it coming!

On thing I will say about the book is that it does not pull any punches on the intimacy front, so anyone who likes closed door romances might want to give it a miss. It also contains a lot of swearing so, again, anyone who is squeamish about this won’t appreciate it. It does, however, accurately reflect the way real people talk and behave, so if swearing doesn’t bother you, and you like your romance with a lot of fire, this is a book for you.

A real quirky, fun, hot and honest romance with a big dose of comedy and a very original plot. It clips along at a handsome place, so you definitely won’t leave you with any bored moments. Very entertaining.

If you like the sound of Cock and Bull, it is out today as an ebook and paperback, and you can buy a copy here.

Make sure to head over to Laura’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and enter the competition to win a signed copy of the paperback and a £10/$10 Amazon Gift Card.

About the Author

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Amazon Best Seller Laura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes quirky British romantic comedy. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks on Pinterest.

She enjoys wearing yoga pants and reading fitness magazines while sitting on the sofa eating chocolate. She’s a real fan of the power nap, loves setting her friends up together and of course READING!

She writes not to get rich or famous, but because she LOVES writing. Even if one person tells her they enjoyed her book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

Connect with Laura:

Website: https://www.laurabarnardbooks.co.uk

Facebook: Laura Barnard Books

Instagram: @laurabarnardauthor

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