An interview with Jennifer Snow

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Abigail Jansen is done with hockey . . . and hockey players. After leaving her two-timing NHL-star husband, Abby decides to start over in her hometown of Glenwood Falls, Colorado. There she doesn’t have to deal with people gossiping behind her back or hear the word “hockey”—until her daughter tries out for the junior hockey team. Now Abby has to face her fears . . . and coach Jackson Westmore. He’s tall, dark, handsome—and happens to hate her.

All through high school, talented hockey player Jackson Westmore had a crush on Abby, but he would never make a move on his best friend’s girl. He gave her the cold shoulder out of self-preservation and worked out his frustrations on the ice. So when Abby returns, newly divorced and still sexy as hell, Jackson knows he’s in trouble. Now even the best defensive skills might not keep him from losing his heart.

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Hi guys. Jennifer Snow is here today to talk about her books, writing and other stuff. Please help me welcome her!

  1. Hi Jennifer, welcome to Amanda Writes. Please tell readers a little about yourself.

Thanks for having me today! I am a contemporary romance author writing sweet and sexy stories for Grand Central Publishing’s Forever line, Harlequin’s Heartwarming and Blaze lines and Penguin Random House’s Intermix line. I’ve published over 13 novels and novellas with 5 books releasing this year. I live in Alberta, Canada with my husband and six year old son.

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and what inspired your first book?

I think I was four when I wrote my first story and I’ve always wanted to be a writer and published author. I listed it in my high school yearbook as the career I wanted and then worked to make it a reality (not without a lot of divergent paths explored first). My first full book was a YA romance that I wrote when I was fifteen. I even submitted it to Harlequin. Of course, it received a rejection letter, but the editor’s feedback inspired me to continue writing.

  1. Plotter or panster?

Definitely a panster, which makes synopsis writing and pitching series ideas to publishers difficult for me. I often don’t know where the story is heading or who the characters are until I start writing. And I write scenes out of order, making my ‘process’ a nightmare, but somehow it works.

  1. Your latest novel is titled Maybe This Time. What influenced you to write this story and what can readers expect? Is it connected to other books? If yes, please enlighten readers about the connecting books.

Maybe This Time is the first full book in my Colorado Ice Novels Series. Growing up in St. John’s, NL, Canada, hockey was a big part of my life (watching, not playing) so I had always wanted to write a sports romance series featuring hockey players and Jackson is based on a friend of mine. Not a love interest, just a friend lol.

There was also a prequel novella to the series – MAYBE THIS KISS and book 2 MAYBE THIS LOVE releases this May.

  1. Tell us a little about your hero and heroine in this story.

Abigail Jansen is returning home after a messy, public divorce from an NHL player and she is so done with hockey…until her daughter Dani decides to join the junior league team in town.

Jackson Westmore is the hot junior league hockey coach – a middle brother who was the only one not to make it to the NHL, like his 2 brothers. He’s always loved Abby and now that she’s back and her daughter is playing on his team, he has to decide whether or not to go after what he has always wanted-her.

  1. Do you have any favorite line/s in Maybe This Time?

Yes! I love the scene where Jackson finally admits his feelings, but I won’t post spoilers here. It was a fun scene to write!

  1. What’s the most fascinating thing a reader has said to you regarding your books?

I get told that my holiday books should be Hallmark movies all the time, which is awesome, lol. But the best thing I’ve heard was that my book THE MISTLETOE MELODY had inspired one reader to be a better mom to her children. It tore my heart out to hear about her struggle as a single mom and hearing how Melody’s story touched her was amazing. That’s why I write!

  1. What book is on top of your TBR pile?

It’s RITA judging season, so right now, those books are demanding my attention, but I picked up several Jill Shalvis books at the Ripped Bodice Bookstore last week when I was there for an event and they are calling to be read next.

  1. What are you currently working on and what other projects can readers expect from you in the near future?

I’m currently ‘out of contract’ so I’m kinda all over the place right now. I have three different series outlined (briefly) and I’m just hoping to find homes for them in the coming months.

  1. Any advice for aspiring writers?

Do your best to balance the highs and lows of this industry. Keep writing, take the advice of other writers and try to hold onto the love of writing despite the stress of the business side.


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Jennifer Snow is an award-winning romance author living in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and six year old son. She is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Romance Writers of America, the Canadian Author Association, SheWrites.org and FAVA.  She has published articles in Mslexia Magazine, WestWord Magazine, RWR and Southern Writers Magazine. Her publishing credits include her six book Brookhollow series published through Harlequin Heartwarming and an MMA sports romance series published through Penguin Random House Berkley/NAL. Her new small-town hockey series released this fall through Grand Central Publishing’s Forever Imprint. More information can be found at:

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ALEJANDRO’S SEXY SECRET by Amy Ruttan

Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 20th 2016
Harlequin
ISBN: 0373215053 (ISBN13: 9780373215058)
Series: Hot Latin Docs #1

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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

If only that were true! Surgeon Kiri Bhardwaj never expected to see sexy exotic dancer Alejandro Valentino again after their fantasy life-changing night together. But now they’re face-to-face, and he’s a specialist in her pediatric department!

Working with Kiri proves to Alejandro that they haven’t finished what they started all those years ago. But to claim what he’s lost he’ll have to lay his heart on the line and prove to Kiri their chemistry is for keeps!


MY REVIEW:

Amy Ruttan doesn’t drag out her prose and bore you to your bones. Instead, she draws you in with beautiful, captivating prose and engaging dialogue. The storytelling in Alejandro’s Sexy Secret is vibrant and unique. The pacing is steady. The main characters are likable and strong. In a nutshell, Ms. Ruttan’s participation in the Hot Latin Docs series is the perfect getaway from a hectic day!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

EAGLE WARRIOR by Jenna Kernan

Paperback
Published January 17th 2017
Harlequin Intrigue
ISBN: 1335720804 (ISBN13: 9781335720801)
Series: Apache Protectors: Tribal Thunder #2

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Could protecting her mean protecting the enemy?

As a former US Marine, Turquoise Guardian Ray Strong is no stranger to high-risk situations. But when he is assigned to protect Morgan Hookea single mother and daughter to the Apache who killed a mass gunmanRay suspects there is more to his mission than meets the eye. Is Morgan an innocent bystander, or the keeper of her father’s secrets and blood money? Despite his better instincts, Ray feels a powerful attraction to Morgan. Motivated by love and the loss of his own parents and best friend, Ray will do anything to keep her out of the hands of unseen enemies.


MY REVIEW:

Jenna Kernan’s one of a kind characters and unique, compelling storytelling in Eagle Warrior makes for an entertaining reading experience. This thrilling new story will have you wanting more!

Eagle Warrior, the second book in the Tribal Thunder series, is intense, riveting and suspenseful from the start. The author breathes life into her characters through detailed prose and realistic engaging dialogue.

Ray Strong and Morgan Hooke are wonderful main characters. Though Ray and Morgan don’t connect from the start, the chemistry is there below the surface. Eventually as they get to know each other and the danger surrounding them gets thicker, these two will get so attached that one thing leads to another. Will they give in to their growing attraction? And if so, will it last?

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

UNDERCOVER PROTECTOR by Elizabeth Goddard

Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 3rd 2017
Love Inspired Suspense
ISBN: 0373456816 (ISBN13: 9780373456819)
Series: Wilderness, Inc #2

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Undercover at a tiger sanctuary, Special Agent Grayson Wilde’s convinced the owner must be involved in a wildlife trafficking ring—until someone tries to kill her. Now with Gemma Rollins’s life on the line, it’s clear that more than the wildcats need his help. Gemma’s determined to rebuild the tiger oasis she lost when her family died. But someone wants her out of the way, and she’s starting to wonder if her parents’ and uncle’s deaths were really accidental. Grayson says he’ll do anything to protect Gemma, but she can’t shake the feeling that her alluring new volunteer might not be all that he seems. With a vicious criminal closing in, though, she has to trust Grayson…because she won’t survive without him.


MY REVIEW:

Undercover Protector slowly builds to a gripping crescendo and keeps you intrigued all the way. The tightly woven plot is full of unexpected twists and turns…putting the main characters in dangerous life-threatening situations that will have you holding your breath!

Grayson Wilde is the brother of Cooper Wilde who we met in the first Wilderness Inc. book. He is working undercover at Gemma Rollins’s tiger sanctuary and believes Gemma might be involved in animal trafficking. However, his undercover stint becomes deadly when someone sabotages Gemma’s tiger sanctuary and tries to kill her. Now, he must protect Gemma and at the same time find out who is behind the brutal attacks!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

HOT COMBAT by Elle James

Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 17th 2017
Harlequin Intrigue Large Print
ISBN: 0373756569 (ISBN13: 9780373756568)
Series: Ballistic Cowboys #1

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Can a sexy SEAL discover the truth before terror explodes?

Loaned to the task force taking on the most dangerous Homeland Security challenges, injured SEAL Jon “Ghost” Caspar is assigned to protect a former lover and her daughter and prevent an imminent terrorist attack on his Wyoming hometown.

Single mom Charlie McClain hoped she’d never again see the gorgeous cowboy who broke her heart, but with her safety compromised, she needs Ghost. Can she still resist his rugged charms and keep a bombshell secret about their affair?

With a terrorist on the loose, Ghost struggles to remain professional. But the elite bodyguard can’t guard his heart against beautiful Charlie and her adorable daughter.


MY REVIEW:

Hot Combat (Ballistic Cowboys #1) by Elle James will take you on a hot and explosive journey. This brand new story will make you breathless and have your pulse racing with all the action taking place and of course the drama will have you shaking your fists!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

THE PREGNANCY PROJECT by Kat Cantrell

BOOK INFO:

Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Harlequin Desire
ISBN: 0373735014 (ISBN13: 9780373735013)
Series: Love and Lipstick

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He’ll prove his seduction theories work even on his pregnant best friend!

On TV, Dr. Dante Gates teaches the science of attraction. Now this wealthy genius is using his expertise on best friend Dr. Harper Livingston. His theory: one kiss will extinguish that distracting spark between them. Reality proves hotter than any fantasyuntil he learns Harper’s expecting

She chose pregnancy by sperm donor before her best friend became Dr. Sexy. Now, if she wants all he can give, she has to stay emotionally detachedor risk losing his friendship and her cosmetics company. But as she surrenders to his masterful seduction, she admits some things are worth the risk

The Pregnancy Project is part of the Love and Lipstick quartet.


MY REVIEW:

The Pregnancy Project is an interesting story that makes you tap your jaw and wonder. I was intrigued by the storyline of this book. A hero who teaches the science of attraction? Hmm—it’s intriguing in a sense that it has you speculating what’s gonna happen next. Anyhow, I loved how the author layers in the emotions, the drama and the girl power meanwhile giving Dante and Harper enough room to grow. At first, Dante came off as too Mr. Know-it-all and I hated how he ‘nagged’ but as the story progressed and I got to know him better my feelings toward him changed. Harper on the other hand is strong, independent and has so much love to share. I rooted for her from start to finish and seeing her get her happy ever after is icing on the cake!

Recommended
4 Stars

A CHILD CLAIMED BY GOLD by Rachael Thomas

BOOK INFO:

Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 20th 2016 by Harlequin
ISBN: 0373060343 (ISBN13: 9780373060344)
Series: One Night With Consequences #26

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A scandal of their own making

Nikolai Cunningham has kept his family history secret for seventeen years. So when photographer Emma Sanders is granted exclusive access to his childhood home, he returns to Russia to ensure it stays hidden.

Though she tries to keep her eye on the story, Nikolai’s potent sexuality proves too much for Emma’s untouched body to resist! But, convinced she only wanted a scoop, Nikolai casts Emma out, unaware she’s pregnant!

When the consequence of their recklessness is revealed, Nikolai will legitimize his heir—with a gold wedding ring!


MY REVIEW:

Rachael Thomas starts out her latest Harlequin Presents with an intense scene that hooks you instantly. Dramatic details and engaging dialogue bring the characters alive and as the story progresses you are swept away on a romantic getaway where a storm of passion and sensually electric attraction gets amped up between Nikolai Cunningham and Emma Sanders. Overall, A Child Claimed by Gold is a well-drawn out story and it is as genuine and realistic as it can get.

Recommended
4 Stars

THE DESERT KING’S SECRET HEIR by Annie West

BOOK INFO:

Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 by Harlequin Presents
ISBN: 0373134932 (ISBN13: 9780373134939)
Series: Secret Heirs of Billionaires #5

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The child she hid… 

Surrounded by society’s glitterati, Arden Wills finds herself staring up into the eyes of her first and only love. But Sheikh Idris Baddour has a surprise title and heavy responsibilities…so she clings to her precious secret even tighter.  

Time has done nothing to dampen the intense ardor between them. And when their kiss is blasted across the world’s front pages, Arden’s truth comes to light—the sheikh has a secret son! To avoid further scandal, Idris must legitimize his heir and make English rose Arden his dutiful desert queen!


MY REVIEW:

Wow, this story swept me away on a passionate, intense and scandalously delicious journey! Annie West waves her wand and creates magic with each vividly entertaining scene after another. There is depth and tension and along with the sparring between the hero and heroine made this a compelling story. Arden Wills is feisty and her tough-as-nails personality was refreshing and the secret she carries hold weight with the man she has always loved. She finds her match in the powerful, handsome and defying desert king, Idris Baddour. A lot has changed in the four years that she and Idris last saw each other. But what will happen once the king finds out her secret? Overall, an explosive read and one I couldn’t put down! 

Recommended
4.5 Stars

HOLIDAY WITH THE MYSTERY ITALIAN by Ellie Darkins

BOOK INFO:

Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Harlequin Romance
ISBN: 0373744153 (ISBN13: 9780373744152)

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Winning the ultimate prize

Since the accident that paralyzed him, Italian tycoon Mauro Evans vowed to embrace life. So when he stars in a dating show for charity, picking prickly journalist Amber Harris as the winner to take on holiday is a challenge he can’t resist!

In Amber’s experience, relationships equal pain, so she’s determined to ignore her attraction to charismatic Mauro. But his bravery and strength threaten to tear down her defenses, giving her a new Christmas dream ringing in the New Year with wedding bells!


MY REVIEW:

There is so much heart and emotion in this heartwarming tale by Ellie Darkins. The story is engaging and believable and the characters are instantly likable. I found the hero’s charm to be sweet and I instantly fell in love with him. The heroine on the other hand had so much going on. Her past wasn’t easy but having her move on eventually was the icing on the cake. Overall, fast paced, genuinely heartwarming and a special holiday treat.

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

MARRIED FOR THE GREEK’S CONVENIENCE by Michelle Smart

BOOK INFO:

Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 20th 2016 by Harlequin
ISBN: 0373213050 (ISBN13: 9780373213054)
Series: Brides for Billionaires #4

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Vows never broken…

He was the man she never wanted to see again… Exclusive matchmaker Elizabeth Young cannot believe it when Xander Trakas storms back into her life, announcing that their disastrous marriage was never annulled!

His was the bed she never thought she’d share again… It would be so easy to surrender to the fire that still flickers between them, but can Elizabeth risk giving her heart to the formidable Greek again?

His was the ring she never thought she’d wear again… With guardianship of Xander’s precious nephew at stake, Elizabeth just can’t refuse her husband’s demand!


MY REVIEW:

Michelle Smart’s January release: Married for the Greek’s Convenience is one sure way to keep you entertained for a few lazy hours of romantic bliss. The story is a delicious, scintillating treat with a scorching romance between two intense main characters who you’d either love or hate. Regardless of who you’re drawn to, this interesting story itself is scandalous and provoking. The verbal sparring and electrical velocity that sparks between Xander and Elizabeth makes for a riveting read and I enjoyed every damn minute of it!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

THE BABY PROPOSAL by Andrea Laurence

BOOK INFO:

Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Harlequin Desire
ISBN: 0373734980 (ISBN13: 9780373734986)
Series: Billionaires and Babies #76

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Faking a marriage for baby’s sake

When Lana Hale asks hotel tycoon Kal Bishop to marry her, he can’t let his best friend down! To keep her sister’s baby out of the foster-care system, Lana needs Kal to pose as her husband. Soon his luxury Hawaiian resort sets the stage for an unexpectedly passionate honeymoon

Before they know it, playing the part of lovers turns into the real thing. And once the need for their ruse ends, Kal faces losing a wife he didn’t even know he wanted. Will the reluctant husband take the ultimate risk and make a proposal of his own?


MY REVIEW:

Harlequin Desire author, Andrea Laurence has proven her mettle once again in her current release: The Baby Proposal. The book is fast-paced and a quick read. The story is interesting and kept me turning the pages because I had to find out what happens next after Lana Hale proposes to Kal Bishop! Yes, the story unravels in the most entertaining way and every moment between Lana and Kal had the drama scale exploding. Overall, this was an entertaining story and the second book in the Hawaiian Nights series.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

 

CAUGHT UP IN YOU by Jules Bennett

BOOK INFO:

Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Zebra
ISBN: 142013910X (ISBN13: 9781420139105)
Series: The Monroes #2

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The Monroe brothers have their differences, but one project unites them: turning an antebellum mansion in their Haven, Georgia, hometown into a peaceful spa. It was the dream of their late sister—and it’s about to set off a major renovation in the life of middle brother Braxton…
 
Braxton Monroe’s taking a break from teaching to do some strenuous work on a Civil War–era house, and feeling the strain in every rock-hard muscle. Good thing he has to interview massage therapists for the spa—even if it’s embarrassing to meet a job candidate in his boxers. Cora Buchanan has hands so talented—and a voice so sultry—he wants to hire her before he even lifts his head from the table. But he’s shocked to meet her outside the massage room—with her seeing-eye dog, Heidi the yellow lab.  
 
Cora has left her family—and fiancé—in Atlanta to make her way in this small town. All her parents’ money can’t restore her sight, but it’s up to her to restore her independence. Though she bristles at Braxton’s protectiveness, she too feels lingering effects from their intimate touch. Now that he’s her boss, it’s strictly hands-off….Until a secret she’s keeping destroys his fragile trust, and they must find the courage to knock down the walls between them.

MY REVIEW:

Caught Up in You by Jules Bennett has depth, captivating characterization, passion, love and romance intermingled to give you an explosion of emotions that are raw and deeply touching. Through emotive detail Ms. Bennett unravels her characters by making them vulnerable, revealing their flaws and tests their faith…which eventually binds the story together and makes sure to keep you hooked from start to end. I instantly fell in love with Cora. She is compassionate and full of charm. And I found her strength uplifting and positive. Braxton meanwhile is intelligent, kind and thoughtful. He and Cora makes a power couple. That I love! Overall, a charming and wonderfully uplifting story that is sure to make you look at life differently.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

TURQUOISE GUARDIAN by Jenna Kernan

BOOK INFO:

Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 20th 2016 by Harlequin Intrigue
ISBN: 1335720731 (ISBN13: 9781335720733)
Series: Apache Protectors: Tribal Thunder #1

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Carter Bear Den is a proud Apache of the Turquoise Canyon Reservation. The former US Marine is a member of the Turquoise Guardians working to protect his people and their land. When he discovers a grisly mass shooting at the Lilac Copper Mine, Carter’s one thought is to find Amber Kitcheyan.

After breaking her engagement to Carter and relinquishing her membership with the reservation, Amber found work at the mine. Now she is the sole survivor of the shooting at best a witness, at worst a suspect. But Carter swears to protect the only woman he has ever loved, even if it means losing everything else.


 MY REVIEW

Turquoise Guardian, the first book in the Apache Protectors: Tribal Thunder series by Jenna Kernan will grab your interest from page one and won’t let go until the end. Action-packed, intense and dangerously explosive scenes burst to life as Amber Kitcheyan and Carter Bear Den’s lives are at stake after witnessing a gruesome mass murder at the Lilac Copper Mine. With gunmen out to get them and the constant times they are together remind Amber and Carter about their past relationship…drawing them closer than they both anticipate. In the end they must fight against the dangers of being murder witnesses even as their attraction for each other burns hotter than ever. Overall, this book is gripping and intense and the story arc will keep you riveted with each rollercoaster scene.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Cheers to 2017!

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2017, a new year, the first page of an empty book. How will we fill out the pages? Let’s choose to spend the days wisely, I for one will. After all they say ‘time is precious’. Whether we find success or we stumble in this brand new year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all good health, positive energy and plenty good wishes ahead. May your paths be lit with joy, happiness and prosperity.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

With regards,
Amanda Writes xx

A DEAL FOR THE DI SIONE RING by Jennifer Hayward

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30073092I read A Deal for the Di Sione Ring by Jennifer Hayward in one sitting. I couldn’t put this book down. The story has everything you want in a romance novel. The storyline, the details, the characters, the dialogue… all come alive and meld to give you a wonderful reading experience. I loved Mina. She has sass and I had fun getting to know her. Nate on the other hand is the perfect hero in his own imperfect way. He makes mistakes but he owns up to them. The rollercoaster romance between him and Mina is realistic and strong. And the way the author brings these two characters together in the end…dreamy! 

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

TARGETED FOR MURDER by Elizabeth Goddard

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Targeted for Murder by Elizabeth Goddard grabs your attention from page one and doesn’t let go. The story flows freely and puts you on edge with each tense scene the characters experience. Well-written, with a tightly woven plot, an engrossing storyline and engaging dialogue, this book doesn’t disappoint. It’s the perfect treat for readers of suspense stories!

 

Highly Recommended 
5 Stars

An Interview with Ellie Darkins

Ellie Darkins
December
Harlequin Romance
Holiday with the Mystery Italian

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Winning the ultimate prize… 

Since the accident that paralyzed him, Italian tycoon Mauro Evans vowed to embrace life. So when he stars in a dating show for charity, picking prickly journalist Amber Harris as the winner to take on holiday is a challenge he can’t resist! 

In Amber’s experience, relationships equal pain, so she’s determined to ignore her attraction to charismatic Mauro. But his bravery and strength threaten to tear down her defenses, giving her a new Christmas dream—ringing in the New Year with wedding bells!

Buy Holiday with the Mystery Italian at the following online stores:

Harlequin
iTunes
Amazon US edition
Amazon UK edition


Guys, today I’m interviewing Harlequin Romance author Ellie Darkins for the first time. Please help me welcome her. 

  1. Ellie, please tell readers a little about yourself.
    Hi Amanda, and thanks so much for having me. I’ve been writing since 2009, and since 2014 for Mills & Boon/Harlequin – and I still think it’s the coolest job in the world! Before I was a writer I was an editor, and I do still like to wield my red pen.  When I don’t have my nose stuck in a book, I’m chasing after my toddler, trying to persuade her to sit still and enjoy a story.
  1. Plotter or panster?

    Oooh this is a toughy because I fall somewhere in between. I’m naturally more of a pantser but I’m trying to be good and plan ahead more to avoid blind alleys and getting completely stuck. At the moment I try and have a detailed plan for the first few chapters, and know the big turning points all the way through before I get started, but sometimes you’re just so excited about a story you have to dive in

  1. Your December release is titled Holiday with the Mystery Italian. What is this book about?

    This book is about so many things to me! There’s lots of things in there that are so personal, like the Sicilian setting, based on where I spent my honeymoon, and the fact that the hero has a disability. But like all my stories, at its heart it’s about two people – Mauro and Amber – who will be much happier together than they will apart, if only they’d believe me. I send them to a beautiful Mediterranean island and throw everything I can at them – good food, plenty of wine, erupting volcanoes and adventure sports until they stop fighting their attraction and really explore why they’re so scared to give a relationship a chance.

  1. What inspired you to write this story?
    I think that the very first idea came from watching a dating show on TV, and wondering where a start like that could take a relationship. From there I stole little bits of inspiration from a hundred different places. The TV date took them to my honeymoon location; the hero’s nonchalance about his disability was way inspired by my little brother; his devotion to recovering after an accident has shades of Nikki Lauda, the famous F1 driver. I love to ferret away little seeds of ideas so that once I have my starting point, I can feed it with inspiration from lots of different areas.
  1. Tell us a little about your hero and heroine in this book?
    Where to start?! Amber, my heroine, has a battered and bruised heart from a cheating ex who left her disillusioned, broke and practically homeless. Mauro is the king of his sport, with a cabinet of gold medals, and a successful post-retirement career in sports management. They both agree to take part in a celebrity version of a dating show to support a good cause, but Amber is determined not to be the contestant who gets picked. Unbeknownst to her, though, her prickly answers intrigue Mauro, and he can’t resist choosing her.
  1. Do you have any favorite lines in Holiday with the Mystery Man that you’d like to share?
    I think my favourite line is actually one I have to credit to a friend. Mauro asks the dating show contestants which sea creature they would be, and Amber replies: ‘A killer whale. Because they’re intelligent, the women stick together and they can be ruthless predators when it’s called for.’  For me it just sums up what a spiky place Amber is in at the start of the novel, and of course Mauro can’t resist meeting her after that!
  1. Were you rooting for any of the characters? If yes, what can you say about him or her?
    I’m always rooting for my hero and heroine. Sometimes when I’m writing they’re so hurt or angry or sad, it’s hard to see how they’re ever going to get their HEA. But when you start to see those chinks of hope and light, and see a path towards them understanding and loving each other, that’s what really makes the job exciting.
  1. If you were to choose a celebrity for your hero and heroine, who would they be?
    On my Pinterest board I have Gillian Anderson in The Fall for Amber – she does icy like no one else I’ve seen. And her silk blouses made me drool.  And Michael Fassbender for Mauro because … seriously, you need to ask?!
  1. What is the working title of your next book?
    It already has an official title, and I absolutely love it….. FALLING FOR THE REBEL PRINCESS. It’s party-girl princess meets rock royalty.
  1. Any advice for aspiring writers?
    The simplest advice is the best I think: Just keep writing. It’s the best way to hone your voice, improve your craft, and absolutely the only way to finish the book.


    Excerpt of Holiday with the Mystery Italian:

    The screen rolled back, with a wobble and a creak, and then she saw him, and realised she had been right. It was him, the athlete her brain had clocked and ogled, and then apparently saved half-naked images of in some deviant part of her mind, just in case it came in useful one day. His dark hair, not slicked back this time, but rebelling from a side parting, showed a hint of red—a dash of chilli hidden in the chocolate—and the shoulders dominated the rest of his body, making his waist look narrow, although she remembered abs that would make a lesser woman dribble. His wheelchair was small and space-age-looking, and the least interesting thing about this mountain of a man. An open shirt collar showed a triangle of tanned skin below his neck—and for just a moment Amber remembered that bronzed torso, thrust out of the pool by powerful forearms.

    She shook her head. This should not be happening. He should not have picked the woman who had chosen her brain, when asked what her favourite part of her own body was. But the presenter of the show had grabbed her hand and was dragging her across to meet Mauro.

    ‘Mauro, meet your date—Amber Harris. Amber, how do you feel to have been chosen?’

    As if this was all a big joke, and she was the punchline. If he’d been able to see all three women she knew for a fact that he would have chosen one of the others.

    ‘Erm…surprised,’ she choked out, and didn’t know whether to be pleased or not at the look on Mauro’s face, the one that suggested that he liked catching her off guard, that maybe he’d done it on purpose.

    ‘Well, Amber, just you wait until you see what we’ve got in store for you. You’ll be jetting off on a romantic week-long break to sunny Sicily. Mauro has generously allowed us to use his luxury villa, complete with swimming pool, private beach and no fewer than seven beautiful bedrooms to choose from. Over the course of your week you’ll be wined and dined by the owners of the Castello Vigneto, and tour the grounds of their beautiful vineyard before feasting on local foods and wines. You’ll take jet-skiing lessons from Mauro himself, and can choose from any of the other water sports equipment available at his private pontoon. There will be a hike up the Mongibello, otherwise known as the live volcano Mount Etna, and to top it off we’ll be flying you, by helicopter, to view the volcanic eruptions of the island of Stromboli! Amber, what do you say?’


    Ellie spent her formative years as a committed author-photo-5bookworm, devouring romance novels. After completing her English degree (which had Mills & Boon on the syllabus) she decided to make a living from her love of books. As a writer and freelance editor her work now entails dreaming up romantic proposals, hot dates with alpha males and trips to the past with dashing heroes. When she’s not working she can usually be found manning the desk or sampling the coffee at her local library, or out for a run – listening to an audiobook, of course.

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ONE HEIR…OR TWO? by Yvonne Lindsay

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This story has an intriguing plotline. And my fascination in seeing how things pan out makes for an absorbing read. This is such an emotionally stirring romance with an equally moving plot which I won’t talk about on purpose. You’ll have to read the book to know the finer details but I will talk about the characters from a reader’s perspective. We experience sibling love and the strong bond between sisters. What Kayla has done for her now dead sister is remarkable. I cheered for her, cried for her and laughed for her when things worked in her favor. Donovan on the other hand is a man who any woman would like to get to know. Even when he wants to run he stays. Even when he doesn’t want to show his emotions he does something good. I loved him and loved him even more when he acknowledges his feelings for Kayla. Their coming together is beautiful and I happily cheered them on. Dreamy. Thank you Yvonne Lindsay for writing such a wonderful story!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

CLAIMING HIS CHRISTMAS CONSEQUENCE by Michelle Smart

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Wow, this book is simply beautiful. It hooks you instantly and the emotional journey of the characters takes you by storm. You are drawn into the world author Michelle Smart has created, experiencing every dramatic scene as if you’re an invisible person in the story where all the action unfolds. The characters were likable and flawed but they were strong, vibrant and full of life. I especially loved how Nathaniel and Catalina explore their attraction towards each other. Their romance is dreamy and though they have bumps along the way always find themselves back to each other no matter what. So with a storyline that is unique and attention grabbing, to a plot which progresses in a steady pace and engaging dialogue that draws you further into the story, I must conclude that this is now my most favourite Michelle Smart book! Loved it from start to finish.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

HOLIDAY BABY SCANDAL by Jules Bennett

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This story is a whirlwind experience. I was completely blown away from the onset as Jules Bennett invited us into the story and introduced us to her characters through vividly descriptive scenes and engaging dialogue. And the romance is so blazing hot you’ll swoon. Trust me, you will. Laney and Ryker are likable people, people you’ll wish you were best friends with. And you cannot help but fall in love with dream machine Ryker. He has a heart of gold. The way he treats Laney tugs at your heartstrings. They are compatible with each other on so many levels and you simply fall in love with them. Overall, the author has done a fine job tying this story together because there is not a second that you don’t sigh when scenes burst to life!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

A HEARTWARMING THANKSGIVING – Various Heartwarming authors

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We have Easter stories, Halloween stories, Christmas stories…every kind of holiday stories for that matter, so why not add Thanksgiving stories to the list? Harlequin Heartwarming authors have come together and gift you a wonderful collection of short stories with Thanksgiving as the overall theme. This is a set of thirteen fabulous individual stories that I guarantee will warm your heart and make you sigh more times than one. Each title has wonderful characters, great storylines and romance too and the best part is that it is a quick yet satisfying read. So grab your copy and curl up in a comfy seat and prepare to be whisked away to a place where the sun is bright, the snow is white and the people are always happy.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

NAVY SEAL SIX PACK by Elle James

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Everything about this book, Navy SEAL Six Pack by Elle James, gives you reader contentment. The author has woven together a story where danger meets tough as nails characters who will stop at nothing when it comes to serving justice. I fell hard for Benjamin. He is an ideal alpha hero. Everything about him is…perfect. He finds his match in headstrong, independent and stunning Kate McKenzie. The air around them spark when they’re in the same space. Meanwhile, the angst and the intrigue kept me turning the pages until the end.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

HEARTS ON ICE by Christy McKellen

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In this book, a paragliding incident brings together an off-duty police officer and a homeowner. Christmas adds extra charm to the fledgling romance between Nate Taylor and Hettie Sampson. These two are wonderful characters and likable once you get to know them. They’re the kind of people you want to become friends with. Their flaws make them human and although their touching stories shake you up, in the end you only want to see them happy. And they are…eventually.

Overall, a warm and touching romance that evokes all the right feelings in your heart.

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

HANOVER HOUSE by Brenda Novak

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This is a prequel novella that introduces Brenda Novak’s Hanover House Chronicles that follows Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist. Fast paced, suspenseful and compelling…this novella will twist you up with every dark, gritty scene. A well done job by the author making this story as daring and entertaining ever! And I look forward to reading all the upcoming books in the series.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

UNWRAPPED BY THE DUKE by Amy Ruttan

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Unwrapped by the Duke by Amy Ruttan doesn’t disappoint from an entertainment perspective. Every aspect of this wonderful story tugs at your heartstrings. The compelling opening scene right down to the dramatically well-written ending sweeps you off your feet. Instantly you start rooting for the characters even if the challenges they face create conflict. And although their journey to finding happiness is tested, Geri and Thomas keep finding ways to make things work. In the end, their deeply passionate romance, the convincing medical drama and the cheer of Christmas keeps the atmosphere merry and does all kind of things to your heart! Well done, Amy Ruttan.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

THE DARK HALF by Stephen King

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Stephen King’s book: The Dark Half had me riveted from page one. This ‘creepazoid’ of a story was hard to put down. With scenes that burst to life and characters that are genuinely incomparable, The Dark Half makes for twisted entertainment. This page-turner gave me the chills every time one particular character appeared on the page. I couldn’t read this book in the night–not because of the blood-curling gore but because George Stark is the last fictional person I wanted to think about before I fell asleep! Overall, The Dark Half by Stephen King is compelling, dark and intense, (extremely intense!) and it still grabs you by the shirt front, drags you in and never lets you go. The scenes are so well-written that you feel as if you’re in the book, witnessing everything taking place real time (i.e., fictional time in the fictional world), where you’re scared of George Stark as much as everyone who knows he exists. And the ending….downright creepy, but good riddance!

I would definitely reread this book and would highly recommend it to readers who don’t mind reading a dark, gory story!

5 Stars

CHASING LADY AMELIA by Maya Rodale

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If you want to escape from the present world and forget your worries then Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale is the perfect adventurous book to help you do so. Fast-paced writing, an engaging plot and a well-rounded cast of characters will vie for your attention. Spectacularly vivid and beautifully crafted, this historical romance will take you on a spellbinding ride. So strap on your seatbelts and prepare to be swept away!

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Highly Recommended
5 Stars

GREEK TYCOON’S MISTLETOE PROPOSAL by Kandy Shepherd

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Evocative detail, warm, likable characters, great dialogue and realistic storytelling is the reason I read books written by Kandy Shepherd. In Greek Tycoon’s Mistletoe Proposal, the author expresses the heartfelt emotions with realism and as a reader, you want to be touched by the characters of the book you’re reading and this book does that. It gives your heart a warm feeling and every time the hero and heroine reach an impasse you root for them to find a solution to their problems soon- because when they’re together the sparks just fly! I really, really enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read the author’s next book!

Highly Recommend
5 Stars

UNWRAPPING HIS CONVENIENT FIANCÉE by Melanie Milburne

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Romance aficionados are in for a delicious treat with Unwrapping His Convenient Fiancée…the latest Harlequin Presents novel by Melanie Milburne. This story will take you on a tempestuous journey where deep, pulsing romance ignite and captivate you from the onset as one innocent plan spins Violet Drummond and Cameron McKinnon into each other’s arms. Sparks fly, things happen and before you know it decisions have to be made. So be prepared to be swept away and possibly worn the pages along the way…because you won’t be able to put this book down! The story is fabulous and the author did a fine job wielding her pen with meticulous precision and bringing her characters to life along with every other finer detail. And the dialogue…it has weight of its own. So grab a copy, curl up in a cozy seat and enjoy.

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

HUSBAND ROLLOVER by Louise Cusack

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If you’re looking for an outrageously steamy, sexy and passionate story then you should read Husband Rollover by Louise Cusack. I really enjoyed this book. It has a little bit of everything and just makes for a pleasurable reading experience. The story concept is unique, the storytelling is relayed through expressive writing and the characters are well-rounded and flawed yet their stories are realistic and appealing. Overall, this is a sizzling romance and one I’d definitely recommend.
4.5 Stars

HIS SECRET BABY BOMBSHELL by Jules Bennett

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I thoroughly enjoyed His Secret Baby Bombshell by Jules Bennett. It is a quick, fast-paced story where two people—polar opposites of each other—connect and unite for the sake of a baby. This story has plenty conflict and drama to keep you rifling through the pages and sizzling chemistry to validate the relationship between Graham and Eve.

I wasn’t particularly taken by Graham at first. Honestly, I did not like him at all. He came off as pompous but as I continued reading I discovered the reason for him to act the way he does. Eventually I started to like him. Eve on the other hand is a…firecracker of a woman. She stands up to Graham regardless of his pigheadedness. And even though they are enemies, the sizzling chemistry between them is undeniable.

Overall, ‘His Secret Baby Bombshell’ is an enjoyable story with a worthwhile ending. So if you’re looking to escape from a hectic day then this is the perfect book to cozy up with!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

FROM A PARIS BALCONY by Ella Carey

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From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey is a riveting, engrossing tale about two women from different eras…a book where discovery, intrigue, drama and self-realization transport you through a portal of time.

Sarah West discovers about the death of an ancestor named Louisa, through a letter. This letter intrigues her and she wants to know more about this woman, so she travels to Paris to dig further. Her discoveries fascinate her. The story then shifts and we are enlightened about Louisa’s history and what Sarah learns changes her perspective on life. She discovers herself through her ancestor’s story…and the ending shows how much she has changed compared to the beginning.

Overall, From a Paris Balcony makes for a pleasant and fulfilling read. So kudos to author Ella Carey for writing yet another fascinating tale that intertwines the past and the present.

Recommended
4.5 Stars

A COUNTESS FOR CHRISTMAS by Christy McKellen

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A Countess for Christmas by Christy McKellen is the first book in the ‘Maids Under the Mistletoe’ series. The story is a dramatic concoction of emotions and is riveting from start to finish. The characters were imperfect people yet likable in their unique way.

Emma Carmichael did not have a bed of roses life. But because of her past she has remained strong over the years and kept working hard to achieve her ambitions in life. Everything begins to unravel when she comes in contact with Jack Westwood at a party hosted by her boss. Behold, Jack isn’t just any man. He is now an Earl and also her secret husband! Meanwhile, Jack hadn’t expected to see Emma at the party so clearly he is shocked. They are however put in a tough spot when the media discovers the truth about their relationship. Jack has a solution. They should live together and that is where all the real drama begins!

Want to know what happens between Emma and Jack? Then grab a copy of this book to find out.

Recommended
4 Stars

THE SAXON OUTLAW’S REVENGE by Elisabeth Hobbes

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The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge by Elisabeth Hobbes is dark, intense yet vivid, and daring. Ms. Hobbes writes with insight and her research sheds light on an era where conflict and the battle for power have no limitation. The scenes in this book burst to life through edgy dialogue, hair-raising moments of violence but toned down with a strong bond between the hero and heroine…that steadily grows into a lasting and intimate reunion. The characters…especially the hero and heroine are likable, strong and determined in their own unique way. The secondary characters added depth to the story and helped moved the plot along on a tumultuous nerve-wrecking journey. Overall, a compelling novel that would definitely find favor with historical romance fans!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

THE COURAGE TO LOVE HER ARMY DOC by Karin Baine

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Karin Baine’s latest medical romance, The Courage to Love Her Army Doc, is set in Fiji and wow, I cannot gush enough over the how vividly Ms. Baine has portrayed the exoticness of this tropical Mediterranean paradise. The author brings to life the beautiful, sun kissed island through colorful scenes which only makes you crave to see this island for yourself. However, it is not always sunshine and roses for the cast of characters. There is medical drama, relationship drama…romance, heartache, heartbreak, sizzling chemistry and every other kind of emotion simmering between the pages.

The question this book asks, from my perspective, is: can people with rough pasts move on and find happiness? Ms. Baine explores the deep emotions associated with people who have been unhappy with themselves or their relationships and through their unstable journey portray the advantages of moving on. Basically, this book is about two broken people who are escaping from their pasts and finding happiness by supporting each other…

Dr. Emily Clifford has had a rough ten years of her life so the last thing on her mind when she arrives to Fiji is romance! But meeting Joe Braden on the island and getting to know him on a personal level leaves her intimately flustered. Being around Joe makes her crave for happiness. Meanwhile, Dr. Joe Braden wants to put his topsy turvy past behind him and meeting Emily Clifford is the perfect distraction. She shifts something in him. And he falls for her hard but will their past be an obstacle preventing them from finding happiness with each other?

Recommended
4.5 Stars

ONE KISS IN TOKYO by Scarlet Wilson

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Scarlet Wilson is one author whose writing you cannot help but fall in love with. Her latest medical romance, ONE KISS IN TOKYO will take your breath away. It is flirty, sexy, and deeply emotional. The main characters are spontaneous, energetic and likable. Meanwhile, the secondary cast compliments this story and gives it balance. Vivid scenes captivate you from the first chapter right down to the last. While great dialogue sweeps the story forward in a steady pace. Compelling medical drama adds high-strung emotion into the mix and it will twist at your heartstrings. Overall, this is an emotionally stirring medical romance! I recommend it to any romance reader…because it is worth every second of your time.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

THE PREGNANCY PROPOSITION by Andrea Laurence

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The Pregnancy Proposition by Andrea Laurence is different and unique yet at the same time sweet, sexy and emotionally moving, that you cannot help falling in love with the characters…rooting for them every step of the way.


The last thing Paige Edwards had in mind when she traveled to Hawaii is having a fling with a sexy hotel owner. After all, she is still recovering from a recent breakup and is also pregnant with her ex’s baby. Yet she cannot deny her attraction to Mano Bishop. One thing leads to another and in the end Mano and Paige must make drastic decisions that would change their lives forever!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

SEVEN NIGHTS WITH HER EX by Louisa Heaton

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If you’re looking for an absorbing, emotionally engaging medical romance with plenty drama and imperfect characters with a shared past then Seven Nights with Her Ex by Louisa Heaton is the ideal pick for you.

Dr. Gray McGregor once had a relationship with neurologist Beau Judd until one day Gray leaves, breaking Beau’s heart in the process. Now Gray is back and Beau is torn on whether she should give Gray a chance to redeem himself. Their journey rediscovering each other, the struggles, the regrets about past actions brings together this story nicely, offering you a glimpse of the power of forgiveness. Overall, Seven Nights with Her Ex is a good story that will keep you turning the pages.

Recommended
4 Stars

A DANGEROUSLY SEXY SECRET by Stefanie London

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Well, this is yet another hot, sexy and dangerously entertaining book! Stefanie London brings out the best in her characters. The tension, the banter, the dialogues…were all clear and easy to navigate. I got a front row seat as the scenes burst to life.

Rhys Glover is a conservative man who does things by the rules. So when Wren Livingston—a wild, carefree and unconventional woman who lives her life one day at a time—bursts into his life, upsetting his organized world, Rhys has every right to keep her out at arm’s length. But could he truly do that when the chemistry between them is as explosive as a ticking bomb? They’re neighbors so he can’t completely ignore her but after his security job brings him to Wren’s door, Rhys begins to wonder about Wren’s secrets and the possibility it might tear them apart.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

THE MOST SCANDALOUS RAVENSDALE by Melanie Milburne

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I have been anticipating this story for a long time. I wanted to read all about Kat Winwood’s journey since she sashayed into the Ravensdale clan’s lives. She piqued my interest from the start and now I get to tell you my verdict on her new life. The fourth book in the Ravensdale miniseries, The Most Scandalous Ravensdale by Melanie Milburne is one heck of a story. Drama abounds between the pages and there is never a dull moment. The entertainment quota is high and the romance between Flynn Carlyon and Kat Winwood sizzles! This is one hot story you wouldn’t want to miss. Ms. Milburne writes with an easy flow as she sheds light into the lives of her characters bringing out their depth, their soul to the eyes of the reader.

Kat Winwood never knew her father growing up, however on her mother’s death bed her mother—who’d raised her singlehandedly—reveals a life changing truth. The identity of her father… From that moment on, Kat’s life had never been the same. Then in walks her father’s lawyer, a man set in his ways. What happens between them will keep you entranced until the end as their story unfolds!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

 
 

HER COLTON P.I. by Amelia Autin

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This book is so damn good that giving away a snippet of the story will cost you the thrill of this story itself. So I’m going to keep the mystery of this rollercoaster ride of a story and let you find out all about the danger lurking between the pages yourself! All I’ll say is that Amelia Autin takes you on an edge-of-your-seat journey in her latest Harlequin Romantic Suspense: Her Colton P.I., which happens to be the fifth book in the Coltons of Texas multi-author continuity series. With well-developed characters whose lives are interspersed with danger and drama…this is a book to be in your hot little hands! I couldn’t put it down. The suspense killed me. I had to know what happened next so I kept on reading. And gosh, Ms. Autin didn’t disappoint. The climax and the ending were spot on. Well done!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

A FATHER’S DESPERATE RESCUE by Amelia Autin

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One of the reasons why I love Amelia Autin’s Romantic Suspense novels is because the author never fails to add drama and suspense on the page and since these are my favorite components in a good novel I can attest that this book is no different! The latest addition to the Man on a Mission miniseries, A Father’s Desperate Rescue is a fresh and unique story. It is fast-paced and intense. The dialogue gives you an in-depth glimpse into the lives of the characters and Ms. Amelia did a wonderful job making the overall story realistic. I felt Dirk’s emotions…they were raw and believable. The heroine Mei-li surprised me, not because of her ethnicity but because she is one kick-ass woman. She added the danger-factor to Dirk’s filmy lifestyle. They were two polar opposites whose attraction exploded on the page. Loved it!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

CARRYING THE KING’S PRIDE by Jennifer Hayward

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If you’re looking for a steamy romance novel that is laden with sizzling sexual chemistry, power, high-octane drama, bold yet flawed characters and defying rivalries between royal families then pick up the first book in Jennifer Hayward’s Kingdoms and Crowns trilogy for Harlequin Presents!

After Prince Nikandros Constantinides is dumped by his lover Sofia Ramirez, they share one last night, one hot, hot night in each other’s arms and then they part ways for good or so they both think. After his break up, however, Nik is shocked with the ill-fate befallen on his family with the life-changing news his personal aide, Abram delivers to him. The crown prince, his brother was dead and his father had taken to bed after a heart attack due to his brother’s death. Now thrust into the role as king after his brother’s funeral, it is now up to Nik to take the reign of his tiny country and move it forward…eschewing the threat of war from neighboring Carnelia. Nik would even marry the Countess of Agiero to secure his country’s stability except destiny had its own plans for him. When Nik discovers Sofia carries the heir to his throne, his plans change and he only sees it fit to make Sofia his queen. It is from here on which makes this story interesting. It is the emotional battle between Sofia and Nik to do what’s right for their child and Nik’s struggle to protect his country, which unravels the plot and keeps you turning the pages… Overall, this is a fabulous new book by a talented author whose intricate storytelling brings out the best in her characters. So if you haven’t read a Jennifer Hayward novel yet then pick up this book, curl up in a comfy chair and prepare to be mesmerized!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Theseus Discovers His Heir (Kalliakis Crown #2) by Michelle Smart

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Author Michelle Smart weaves a convincing tale in her latest Harlequin Presents novel Theseus Discovers His Heir. Ms. Smart brings lots of emotion, drama and intense moments to the page. Her poetic writing style, likable characters, touching sometimes highly dramatic dialogues and scenic descriptions pull you into the book and leaves you satisfied until the last page.

At first I didn’t like Theseus but eventually as I got to know him as the story progresses, I found him to be considerate. I saw him grow as the plot unravels and his change in character highlights Joanne’s motherly instincts. I especially found her character refreshing with the way she showers all her love on her darling son.

A few years back, Joanne Brooks had a steamy rendezvous with a gorgeous Greek man on a Mediterranean island. After she and Theo Patakis parted Joanne realizes her hot fling left her pregnant. So she goes out on a mission to find the father of her son. But shock leaves her breathless when upon doing research for her new stint writing the biography for King Astreus of Agon, she sees the face of Theo in that of Prince Theseus Kalliakis. She couldn’t find Theo because in reality he didn’t exist. I cheered on Theseus and Joanne through their journey eradicating the gap between them for the sake of their young son. I enjoyed the ending and I think the author did a good job resolving all the unanswered questions between the hero and heroine.

Recommended
4.5 Stars

THE MARRIAGE HE MUST KEEP by Dani Collins

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The first book in Dani Collins brand new duet – The Wrong Heirs- is steamy, intense and passionate. In, The Marriage He Must Keep, we meet Alessandro, Octavia and some other very interesting characters who all add drama and tension between the pages.

Octavia never saw herself marrying the head of the Ferrante clan. In fact it was Sandro’s cousin, Primo who her father had chosen as her groom. But the moment Octavia laid eyes on Alessandro she knew she would never want another man as much as she wants him. When she and Sandro dance for the first time the chemistry sizzles and when he suggest she marry him she says yes. After their marriage, they share passionate nights in each other’s arms and Octavia gets pregnant. But for some reason Octavia and Sandro are exiled from each other. They live miles apart, she in the London mansion and he in Italy. At the mansion also lives Sandro’s mother and Primo, the evil conniving Primo. When Octavia goes into labor, she begs Primo to call an ambulance but Primo stalls because he has his own intentions. But as the pain grips her, Octavia calls the emergency number. She is rushed to the hospital where she gives birth to a son. However, when Octavia goes to the nursery to feed her baby she realizes something…the baby she’s holding isn’t hers. Even as she insists to the nurses the baby isn’t hers they assure her otherwise. From here on, the plot thickens and events, revelations and truths start to spiral out of control. This brings Octavia and Sandro closer. With their newborn son keeping them rooted, the story moves along with a good steady pace. Overall, The Marriage He Must Keep by Dani Collins will hook you from page one. It is intricately woven in such a way that tension, drama and angst rolls off the pages!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

RAVENSDALE’S DEFIANT MISTRESS by Melanie Milburne (5 Stars)

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Author Melanie Milburne delivers a full on entertaining story in Ravensdale’s Defiant Captive. Reading this brand-new novel has been a wonderful experience!

The first book in Ms. Milburne’s new series: Ravensdale Scandals will grip from page one. This engrossing tale will take you out for a drama filled spin. You will be breathlessly satisfied throughout the novel. High-octane drama, lots of feisty attitude, spot-on dialogue and well developed characters will get under your skin. The heroine, Holly Perez, is a breath of fresh air. Her entire life has been jarred and broken. I loved her attitude, her personality. She is wicked in a naughty, fun-loving way. The hero, Julius Ravensdale, is gorgeous and the perfect alpha as much as he is kind, considerate and hot. I must say that the chemistry between him and Holly explodes between the pages. I think this novel might be my favorite MM Harlequin Presents!

Highly Recommended

TALOS CLAIMS HIS VIRGIN by Michelle Smart (5 Stars)

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If I had to choose one of my favorite Michelle Smart book I’d pick up Talos Claims His Virgin. The first book in the Kalliakis Crown trilogy has taken me on an entertaining journey. Ms. Smart paints a scenic picture from page one. The characters are likable and well-developed. So much that they jump right out at you. I personally love the way the author reveals the characters’ back-story…a little bit at a time. This fuels the urge to keep reading. The plot is intricately woven in such a way that you cannot put the book down. Talos, the hero is one heck of an alpha. He is arrogant, funny, broody and emotional all wrapped in one. But deep down Talos carries a heavy burden, the cause being a not so perfect childhood. Amalie Cartwright, the heroine, is feisty, strong and funny at times as much as she is a brilliant violinist. But she has fears like anyone else. Those fears are so big but Talos makes it his duty to help her overcome it. But being so close to each other ignites a flame that turns into a full-on blaze and it is not before long that they are in each other’s arms.

Overall, Talos Claims His Virgin by Michelle Smart is a good story that leaves you breathlessly satisfied. I’d recommend it to all romance readers.

Highly Recommended

SEDUCING HIS ENEMY’S DAUGHTER by Annie West

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Annie West knows just how to draw her readers into her stories. SEDUCING HIS ENEMY’S DAUGHTER is deliciously wicked and devastatingly hot! Donato and Ella felt so real you just want to meet them!

All Donato Salazar had on his mind when he agreed to marry his enemy’s daughter was revenge. His intention had been to jilt his bride-to-be at the altar. But when Ella Sanderson refuses his proposal, Donato sets out to show her every reason why she should say yes, one touch at a time. He truly wants her.

Ella could see right through Donato Salazar’s guise. She knows what he is capable of so no wonder she refused his marriage proposal. However, when she starts to find pleasure in spending time with this super sexy man, Ella discards her rebellious nature by falling helplessly for Donato’s seduction. She knows she shouldn’t want him yet…her heart and body yearns for him like no other and accepting his proposal doesn’t seem like a big deal just then!

The chemistry between Donato and Ella bursts off the pages, making this story an entertaining and fun read!

Highly Recommended
5/5 Stars


BLURB:

Just a pawn in Salazar’s game?

Donato Salazar can’t forget his tragic past and he has no intention of forgiving the man responsible. Jilting his enemy’s daughter will be the icing on the cake of his revenge, and beautiful Ella Sanderson is certainly sweet enough.

Except Ella isn’t the vacuous socialite he expected and she refuses to marry him! Her rebelliousness only makes Donato want her more, so he’ll have to persuade her…touch by breathtaking touch. But soon Donato finds himself enthralled by their magnetic connection.

As their fake wedding day approaches, one question weighs heavily on Donato’s mind: to love, honor…

REUNITED FOR THE BILLIONAIRE’S LEGACY by Jennifer Hayward


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1015-9780373133772-bigwREUNITED FOR THE BILLIONAIRE’S LEGACY by Jennifer Hayward is the second book in The Tenacious Tycoon series. It tells the story of Diana Taylor and Coburn Grant.

Ms. Hayward has done an incredible job penning this story. With the right words the author brings out the raw emotions her characters feel, giving readers a clear perspective to the renewed romance that builds with each chapter. The characters are strong, resilient and well-developed. And for me Diana proves to be the one with the most strength and self-will to face her problems head on. Coburn has the will of a warrior and his strength and his masculine grace makes him the perfect hero for his heroine. The dialogue is edgy and the chemistry just catches fire between the pages…

Will Diana and Coburn reach the pinnacle of their HEA without obstacles distracting them or would they have to fight a battle of will to claim the happiness they so rightfully deserve?

Overall, REUNITED FOR THE BILLIONAIRE’S LEGACY is a beautiful story and the perfect escape read for fans needing a timeout from a long day of hard work. Sit back, prop your feet up and enjoy!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars