Cock & Bull by Laura Barnard || Review

Title: Cock & Bull
Author(s): Laura Barnard*
Pages: 338
Reading format: E-book
Genre: Romantic comedy

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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…


The image shows the ebook cover of Cock & Bull by Laura Barnard together with some shots of drinks like Jameson and Famous Grouse.
Both images were provided to me by the author, Laura Barnard

When reading the blurb of Cock & Bull I expected a novel that was all about love, steamy scenes and lots (like lots) of laugh out loud moments. That, and more, was exactly what I got. I love reading stories set in small towns in the UK and Ireland. I like the culture, the nature and the jokes and they all came together Cock & Bull.

I like it when a romance novel discusses all the lovey dovey stuff, while not ignoring the hard stuff that life throws at us. A lot happened in this story though, like a lot a lot. Sometimes it was a bit too much for me. I think some things could have been worked out a little better if there was less going on at the same time. Right now some things didn’t get the spotlight like they deserved to.

Although I liked Ella a little better than I liked Phoebe, I guess that’s mainly just a difference in personality between me and Phoebe. I thought Phoebe was a bit mean about and to Ella sometimes. It mostly was about Phoebe’s problems and feelings without thinking what it all meant to Ella. Also when it comes to being environmentally conscious. I mean, I’m all about hugging trees and caring about the environment and I got the feeling like Phoebe didn’t so much. Even though she was raised in a hippie family. I felt a little attacked every time the environment and being mindful about the earth was addressed 😬

The steamy scenes between Phoebe and Clooney though, ooooooofff. FIRE. It definitely gave me all the butterflies in my tummy. So, all in all: Cock & Bull is definitely a great romantic comedy novel – perfect for the moments you just need to read a laidback, butterflies-in-your-tummy, fun read to get your mind off of things.

Cock & Bull is out NOW and it’s FREE on Kindle Unlimited! Head over to Amazon to claim your copy and dive into this fun lovestory!


*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for promotion and an honest review. This didn’t have any influence on my opinion on the book whatsoever.

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