An interview with Caitlyn Blue

Bachelor1_250WZach Thorne is a wild, sexy ride and his love life is a revolving door of women. He’s also her sister’s high school boyfriend and the one guy Emma Callahan has never been able to forget.

They’ve been thrown together as best man and maid of honor for her sister’s wedding and some serious sparks are flying. Zach is perfect wedding fling material until he starts to take their romance seriously. Now, Emma is left wondering: is he for real or is she about to get her heart broken? 

The trouble with bachelors is it’s hard to know.

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

Hi, I’m Caitlyn Blue and I’ve been reading and writing romance forever. That sounds like someone introducing herself at an AA meeting. Or maybe I should say a WA meeting. I live in Minnesota with my daughter—who’s off to college next year—2 Burmese cats and a Doberman.

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

I was in junior high when I first decided to switch from poetry to books. My first attempt involved a horse and a mystery. I never finished it. Writing romance more fun. How people fall in love is fascinating and at the end of every book, the couple gets a happily ever after.

3. Plotter or panster?

Definitely a pantser, although I try to start the book with some idea where it’s heading.

4. Your latest novel is titled THE TROUBLE WITH BACHELORS. 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.

I started out with the idea of four cousins at a wedding. I love wedding stories. Once I got started with the first story and met the Callahan cousins, I discovered several arcing storylines to weave into the series, starting at the bridal shower and ending at the actual wedding. Each book is a standalone, but the cousins are all very involved in each other’s lives. The early reviews seem to indicate that the readers are really excited for more books.

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

Emma has had a crush on Zach since high school when he was her sister’s boyfriend. He’s a player. She’s a girl who believes in happily-ever-after. Now they’ve been thrown together as best man and maid of honor for her sister’s wedding and sparks are flying. She needs to figure out if what’s between them will last forever or if she’s going to get her heart broken.

6. Do you have any favorite line/s in THE TROUBLE WITH BACHELORS?

This book was a blast to write so there’s several. This one in particular captures my two characters.

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

I don’t know about fascinating, but I love it when a reader gets angry with my characters. Like they’re reading about someone who actually exists. It makes me feel as if I’ve created someone you recognize.

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

At the top? Let me get out my ladder and see if I can reach it. I’m kidding, I read on my laptop or phone. I just bought Penny Wylder’s The Billionaire’s Secret Babies.

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

I’m currently writing the fourth book in my Windy City Bachelors series. It features the only bridesmaid who isn’t related to the bride. Riley is a lot of fun because she’s snarky, misunderstood and a train wreck.

10. Any advice for aspiring writers?

Read a lot and outside your genre. Talk to other writers and share your journey with them. Don’t hesitate to reach out to ask for advice. I think most authors are happy to share their experiences and expertise.


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Caitlyn Blue is a voracious reader with an overactive imagination, a chocolate addiction, love of fancy cocktails and tasty edibles, sucker for adventure movies and any music with a beat. When not writing, Caitlyn loves to connect with her readers for whom she’s extremely grateful. Join her VIP list to stay up to date on giveaways and exclusive offers. 

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Three Things I Love About Romance Novels (from an author’s perspective) by Cerella Sechrist

Hi, I’m Cerella Sechrist, a sweet-romance author, Starbucks barista, and Pinterest addict. I live by the mantra that stories matter. Thanks to Amanda for letting me stop by today to talk about one of my favorite subjects – writing!

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This month, my fifth published novel released. In A SONG FOR RORY, my hero and heroine are facing the challenges of reuniting after a difficult breakup, but more than that, their chance at happily-ever-after is in jeopardy when my hero, Sawyer, finds out he may have Early Onset Alzheimer’s. This book has a special place in my heart because I read so many stories from people who have struggled with this disease. In writing this story, I realized what it is I like about well-written romances. Here are my top three discoveries:

1. It starts with the characters.

Sure, that’s an arguable statement. But when it comes to romance, the characters are what compel us, what we’re most interested in. If the characters aren’t engaging or are unlikable without proper cause, there’s a good chance we’ll give up on the story. If they lack chemistry or an emotional connection, the reader’s attention fizzles. Connor and Harper, my hero and heroine from HARPER’S WISH, are two examples of characters who bristle around each other at first but with good reason. Harper nearly destroyed Connor’s career several years ago when she wrote a scathing review of his first restaurant. Connor, in turn, doesn’t make life easy for Harper when he hires her on as a waitress after she loses her job as a restaurant critic. The dynamic between these two (plus the restaurant setting!) is not only fun to write but entertaining to read.

CoverLG_HarpersWishWe fall in love (or at least are drawn in) with the characters in a story first, before anything else.

2. Romance books aren’t just about the romance.

They’re about relationships, and not just the one between the hero and heroine. In my first Harlequin Heartwarming novel, GENTLE PERSUASION, a large part of Ophelia’s storyline deals with her relationship with her mother and her need to live up to the unrealistic expectations that have been placed on her. I channeled Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada while writing Lillian Reid, Ophelia’s mother. But for all her flaws, Lillian became my favorite character in that novel. And when Heartwarming asked me to write a follow-up story, THE PARIS CONNECTION, I got to continue Lillian’s storyline (and give her a romance of her own!) in that book. So much of Lillian and Ophelia’s personalities were wrapped up in their mother-daughter relationship. As much as I enjoyed writing about Dane and Ophelia’s romance, I equally loved exploring Ophelia’s relationship with her mom.

Gentle Persuasion CoverThe best romance books have more than just romance layered throughout the story.

3. The Happily Ever After never comes easily.

And we wouldn’t want to read about it if it did. Some of the best advice I’ve heard about writing romance is this – we all know the hero and heroine are going to end up together. That’s not the point. The question is how the author is going to make it happen. When you throw very real-life obstacles at your hero and heroine, even the most discerning reader is going to be hooked on how they overcome their struggles to find their way into each other’s arms. In A SONG FOR RORY, the threat of Early Onset Alzheimer’s causes Sawyer to doubt his future. And within that very real fear is an even darker concern – if he’s destined to lose his mind and memories, can he really ask Rory to be with him when he knows his future is so uncertain?

You’ll have to read the book to see how it all plays out, but the thing I loved about writing this story was the fact that there isn’t an easy answer to this kind of real-life situation. I’ve read countless personal stories from people who suffer from Early Onset Alzheimer’s or who have loved ones with the disease. Their stories are a mixture of fear, hope…and love. In the spirit of their struggles, I didn’t want to give my characters an easy way out. They have to fight for love just like the true stories I read.

TheParisConnection(The inspiring personal stories I read while researching also motivated me to donate a portion from the sale of each book to Alzheimer’s research as a way of giving back to each person who shared their journey.)

As Rory says, “People forget that true love, real love, takes work. It’s being with someone even when things get dark and ugly. That’s when love becomes true.”

Give me a story with real, true-to-life conflict where the characters find each other through the hard times – I’ll always vote for that kind of happily-ever-after.

If you’d like to know more about me or my novels, make sure you check out my website at www.cerellasechrist.com

And be sure to check out some of the giveaways I’m running to go along with my latest release, A SONG FOR RORY! You can find out more and enter to win at the following links:

Character Love on the Heartwarming author blog (giving away a Celtic green amber necklace and earring jewelry set along with an autographed copy of HARPER’S WISH, the first book in the Findlay Road series!) Enter at: bit.ly/hqhwch

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A Song for Rory release celebration (giving away a Kiss Me Irish shamrock apron, Irish “potato” coconut candies, and an autographed copy of HARPER’S WISH, the first book in the Findlay Roads series!) Learn more at: bit.ly/cs17nl1

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I also love connecting with fellow readers and writers online! I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, or you can email me through the Contact page on my website.

Happy reading!
Cerella


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Cerella Sechrist lives in York, Pennsylvania, with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. She has won various competitions and a scholarship for her writing, which includes devotionals, full-length plays and novels. She divides her time between working in the office of her family’s construction business and as a barista to support her reading habit and coffee addiction. Her novels exhibit her love for both the written word and food in fiction. You can find her online at her website where she pens Literary Fare: Fiction & Food, a blog for readers.

Protecting the Single Mom by Catherine Lanigan

Protecting the Single Mom COVERApril, 2017  Harlequin  Heartwarming release

This book is a thrill for me on many levels.  It is the seventh book in my “Shores of Indian Lake” series.  For some reason in my head, I thought that if I could successfully construct the first six books, they would become the solid foundation  for the next twenty to come—at least that twenty evolving in my head. 

In my first book of the series, Love Shadows, I had introduced Cate Sullivan, the realtor who knew Luke Bosworth (that book’s hero) and his deceased wife, Jenny, quite well. Cate had helped Luke through the difficult and sad time of selling his family home that Jenny had loved in order to pay off the crushing debt of her hospital bills. 

When I sat down to lay out all the character traits, foibles, arcs, concerns and motivations and was struggling to be both organized and professional about my approach—it didn’t happen.  I asked myself question after question about Cate and my hero, but my literary structural outlines were blank.

Instead, as if in a lucid dream, I saw Cate standing next to my desk and she leaned down and said, “I’m nothing what I seem.  I live a lie. Everything about me is false.”

As if I were watching a movie, Cate’s hair changed from dark brown to light blonde, her brown eyes morphed into stunning aqua eyes and in a rush, her entire backstory, pains, the life she’d led as an abused wife, the courage she had to escape him,  flooded my head and washed onto my pages like a rogue wave headed for shore.  The entire story came to me just as quickly.  That’s when I started asking more questions and I got answers. Plenty of them.

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Years ago, I wrote a non-fiction book,  “The Evolving Woman: True Confessions of Surviving Mr. Wrong.” For years, as I’d gone on book tours for my MIRA books, I conducted an essay contest in which women who had once been abused, physically, verbally or mentally, by their husband or boyfriends, sent me their letters. At the end of the month-long book tour, I read all their letters and with my agent, we chose a winner. Their gifts were a weekend at a resort spa. Dinner in the city. Things like that.

Their gift to me was having my eyes opened to the kind of courage and bravery that resides in us.  These women were pushed to the brink and when cornered like a wild animal, they reacted. They fled. If they had children, they saved their children. They went to shelters, friends’ houses—usually out of state and in the worst cases, they had to flee to foreign countries.

In nearly all of my novels, I have confronted a social or moral issue that women face, whether in contemporary times or decades, even centuries ago. Again and again, the one that comes up, from North America to Asia, to South America to Iceland is women’s rights and domestic abuse.  It pervades all social classes. It knows no boundaries of race. No religion can stop it. No law can govern it. When one person believes they can rein power over another to their own betterment, this evil will always persist.

When children are involved, they seldom overcome the scars of the abuse they have witnessed or endured.  They either grow to adulthood believing abuse is the norm or they become the abused. The chains that hold these individuals back are strong and made of a substance more durable than iron.  These chains are forged in fear.

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My original title for this book was “DANGER ZONE”.   Though I’ve always felt that it is a dangerous thing to risk one’s heart to another, there are a myriad of danger zones when the hero is the cop not only commanded to protect the victim, but what if the hero/cop puts the heroine in more danger than she would have been without him?

That’s what I did in “Protecting the Single Mom”.  Trent Davis must protect Cate and her six year old son, Danny, from her abusive ex-husband who is now a Midwest drug lord. In order to snare Cate’s ex-husband, Trent’s stings fail. He must resort to using Cate as bait to draw her ex-husband out. But never in Trent’s imaginings does he think that Cate’s ex will kidnap his own son.

When I was writing this story, I interviewed several Special Agents on the Drug Task Force here in my town, which is by the way, the prototype for Indian Lake.  My Special Agent friends gave me valuable insight into boring stakeouts and the dangers of the huge stings and drug busts they’ve successfully conducted. One such sting resulted in over thirty arrests, putting several drug dealing gangs out of business.  These men and women risk their lives every minute. Every day….for us. That psyche of theirs gave me all the insight I needed for Trent, my hero.

I’ve always been fascinated by romances and love stories slammed against the backdrop of war, unrest, chaos and danger. There is a heightened sense of immediacy and awareness that the attractions the hero and heroine feel, yes, they can be due to not knowing if they will wake up tomorrow, but it also brings true feelings to the surface. Pasts are revealed. Sins are forgiven. Needs are met. Wants are discussed.

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There’s no patience in the middle of bullets flying or hand to hand combat. Once survival is met, the next question is, “What makes me happy? Truly happy?”

And at the end, in the end, isn’t that what we should ask ourselves every minute of every day? Did I live this one to my fullest? Did I love my best? Did I make my own “Happy ever after?”

 Shores of Indian Lake Series: Love Shadows; Heart’s Desire; A Fine Year for Love; Katia’s Promise; Fear of Falling; Sophie’s Path; Protecting the Single Mom; Family of His Own (July, 2017); Mica’s Baby (December, 2017)

@cathlanigan (Twitter); Facebook; @catherine 9721 Pinterest; www.catherinelanigan.com  Prism Book Tour—March 26-April 7.


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Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of over forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more.  Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese.  Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo.  Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs.  Her Vietnam war-based  novel, The Christmas Star,  won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine  and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference. 

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Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel WatchDivine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s  “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the  NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions.  Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel,  The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort. Currently, she has published six novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming:  Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise and Fear of Falling.  Sophie’s Path pubs July, 2016.   She has recently contracted for three more in the series: Protecting the Single Mom, (April, 2017) Family of his Own (July, 2017)  Mica’s Baby (December, 2017).  As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C.  (THE EVOLVING WOMAN).  She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.   Catherine’s email is cathlanigan1@gmail.com. Visit her at www.catherinelanigan.com, on Facebook, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Pinterest, Google + www.heartwarmingauthors.blogspot, http://www.Prismbooktours.blogspot.com and Twitter@cathlanigan.

HER HOT HIGHLAND DOC by Annie O’Neil

34378012A match made in Scotland 

He might have the good looks of a modern-day Viking, but Dr. Brodie McClellan has brooding down to an art. He’s only recently returned to the Isle of Dunregan and already the demons of his past are pushing him to the edge. 

Running from her own troubled past, this remote posting is heaven-sent for locum Dr. Kali O’Shea. And Brodie makes her long to find her true home in Scotland…in her new boss’s arms!


REVIEW: 

When I pick up a book, as a reader I want to be transported to the fictional world the author has created through vivid prose and engaging dialogue. Her Hot Highland Doc does that for me. This story transported me to Scotland where I meet a wonderful set of characters. I was swept away with the romance and the sexual tension simmering between Brodie and Kali. I enjoyed meeting these two for the first time and seeing them take their relationship to the next level. Of course, the medical backdrop allowed Brodie and Kali to act natural throughout the span of the story, giving you a clear view of their personalities. And once I got to know these main characters, cheering them on wasn’t an issue. Overall, Her Hot Highland Doc is another wonderful addition to Annie O’Neil’s list of emotionally charged novels.

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

HIS PREGNANT ROYAL BRIDE by Amy Ruttan

34189271Pregnant with the prince’s baby 

Nurse Shay Labadie’s one exquisite night of passion with Dr. Dante Affini was meant to be a beautiful memory. But now Shay’s expecting…and Dante is expecting her to take his hand in marriage! 

Dante’s proposal is shocking enough, but then he drops an even bigger bombshell—he’s not just a doctor, he’s a prince! Now to win his child and the woman he loves, Dante will have to prove he can master his most important role yet—as the husband Shay deserves…


REVIEW: 

His Pregnant Royal Bride by Amy Ruttan feeds one’s addiction for romance. This is an enjoyable story and one that is a quick yet entertaining read from beginning to end. I enjoyed meeting and getting to know the two main characters as much as I enjoyed the secondary cast who added depth to the drama which unfolds. Nurse Shay Labadie is a genuinely warm person and when she meets sexy Dr. Dante Affini sparks fly and one thing spirals into another. Before you know it, Shay’s sexy prince is popping the question, though for his own reasons we’ll soon learn, after he discovers she’s carrying his child. But will she say yes? And if she does will her reason be because she’s fallen head over heels for her doctor prince?

Recommended
4 Stars

BABY SURPRISE FOR THE DOCTOR PRINCE by Robin Gianna

31868056Their royal bundle of joy!

Two months after her breathtaking night with Prince Enzo Affini, nurse Aubrey Henderson arrives in Venice to discover he’s her new boss. And even more shocking? The news she’s carrying his royal baby!

Guarded doctor Enzo has long protected his legacy and his heart. He’s determined not to trust his attraction to irresistible, spirited Aubrey. But as their baby grows, so, too, does their undeniable connection and a longing for a happy-ever-after that neither can deny!


REVIEW: 

Baby Surprise for the Doctor Prince by Robin Gianna is a February 2017 Harlequin Medical romance. The story captures your attention from page one with beautiful prose and a captivating heroine who you instantly fall in love with. Aubrey Henderson is sweet, caring and spirited. Her arrival in Venice takes her breath away. But her shock when she meets her new boss will leave a lasting impression on her. Prince Enzo Affini is a man who knows exactly what he wants. Meeting Aubrey again only makes his heart rate speed up. He is captivated with her but he knows the child she carries would put them both in a position where they must decide what’s best for their baby. As they reconnect, Aubrey and Enzo realize if they want to be happy they have to look past their issues. Overall, I found that this book tells an emotionally stirring story, with a sensual romance which adds that magical touch to make you sigh with contentment. I will surely reread this one sometime in the near future!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

SANCTUARY COVE by Kate James

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When New York-based communications executive Emma Meadows finds her personal and professional life in shambles, she retreats to a lakefront cabin in the Adirondack Mountains. Aiding an injured animal at the side of a rain-drenched road, she meets local veterinarian Joshua Whitmore. Gradually, Josh’s charm and persistence overcome her defenses. But when Emma’s past abruptly intrudes—putting reputations and even lives at stake—it threatens everything she and Josh have begun to build together.


REVIEW: 

Sanctuary Cove by author Kate James is a captivating and endearing story that is rich in detail and dialogue. The three-dimensional cast of characters personifies this well-written, fast-paced story and gives you a wonderful and fulfilling reading experience. The conflict had me engrossed with each new chapter. I rooted for the hero and heroine even when things appeared to have no solution. I liked Emma Meadows from the start. For me, she is perfect regardless of her flaws. I thought her to be a strong and wise character. And her beauty and charm only adds to her striking personality. Josh Whitmore, the hero, is also a compelling character. He is passionate in his own delightful way and beneath his caring nature is a man whose heart is made of gold. I cheered for him and Emma. In the end it all pays off…but not without them having to fight for what they want and believe in. Overall, a great story with a happy and deserving ending…

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

HOT TARGET by Elle James

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On loan for a local assignment, Max “Caveman” Decker already feels at home in the backcountry of Wyoming. Protecting one woman—even petite spitfire Grace Saunders—is a vacation to the Delta Force warrior. But Grace thinks something darker is at work than the murder she witnessed.

It wasn’t a case of the wrong place at the wrong time—it was her “curse.” Every man she gets close to dies. Now she’s saddled with Decker, her sworn protector, who won’t leave her side. Any hope for a simple assignment will change once they’re living under the same roof, where Grace’s curse will be just as inescapable as the crosshairs of a killer.


REVIEW: 

Wow, Hot Target by Elle James took me on a journey—a journey where danger, passion and emotional turmoil lurked. I was astounded by the conflict, felt engaged with the story through believable dialogue and got a grip of the setting through the finer visual details which brought the well-developed characters to life and had me captivated with what will happen next. I truly believe that fans of romantic suspense stories with a twist will find this book a compelling read as much as I have.

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

THE TEN-DAY BABY TAKEOVER by Karen Booth

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One look into his infant son’s trusting blue gaze and Aiden Langford knows his wild, carefree days are over. If only he can get Sarah Daltrey, his son’s temporary guardian, to give him daddy lessons Certainly the soft-hearted entrepreneur will agree to his ten-day proposal to stay as the nanny. Aiden just needs to keep his mind on parenting and off Sarah’s seductive curves

Being in the handsome tycoon’s arms puts up Sarah’s emotional defenses even as her body begs her to let go. But being a babysitter with benefits isn’t on her agenda especially for a father and son who might steal her heart.


REVIEW: 

Karen Booth writes with an eloquence that keeps you engrossed with the story she relays to her reader. Her words flow effortlessly on to the page, bringing each detail, emotion, and inward thought of her characters to life. The romance between her two main characters—two people who jump off the page from the onset—captures your heart and has you turning the pages in need to know what happens next. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully emotional story and would definitely invite romance readers to grab this one up—ASAP!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

TWIN SECRETS by Jules Bennett

33773660This wealthy rancher is about to meet his match…and her two little secrets!

Colt Elliott is as handsome as he is cunning. And he wants his neighbor’s ranch. So when the owner’s beautiful daughter begs him to save her family’s home, he gives her a job so she can pay off her debt…and he becomes consumed with a new goal: seduce the fiery virgin.

But Annabelle is the guardian of her infant twin nieces and all three ladies begin to pull at his heartstrings. Colt will go to any lengths to get what he wants–but will his hidden agenda cost him Annabelle?

Twin Secrets is part of The Rancher’s Heirs series.


REVIEW: 

Twin Secrets by Jules Bennett is a sexy, flirty and satisfying story with enough conflict to provoke a reaction in you as a reader. The characters are real-as-life, flawed and definitely people you’d want to meet. I really enjoyed the sharp banter. It was refreshing, compelling and kept me turning the pages. Overall, I found the story to be passionate and entertaining, and it’s a book I’d highly recommend to romance fans looking for a fun story!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

A COWBOY IN PARADISE by Shana Gray

31521854Her island nights are heating up!

Losing her luggage was Jimi Calloway’s first clue that her friend’s Hawaiian destination wedding would be a nightmare. The fact that it’s at a ranch instead of on the beach and she’ll be “glamping”? It’s officially the Vacation from Hell. Until this city girl gets a glimpse of her smokin’-hot cowboy guide. Suddenly this vacation is looking up…

Sure, Jimi’s designer wardrobe is lost somewhere over the ocean, but she’s too busy learning just how incredible–and incredibly wicked–“roughing it” with the sexy, rugged Dallas Wilde can be to care. Besides, it’s only a vacation fling… Only, no one warned Jimi how easy it was to fall for a cowboy in paradise.


MY REVIEW:

A Cowboy in Paradise by Shana Gray is witty, sexy and entertaining from the first page to the last. With a hunky hero, a hilarious heroine and a rollercoaster plot…I gobbled up this book in a matter of hours! Shana Gray’s writing is detailed and articulate…which made her story blossom from the onset. Loved it!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

THE HEIR’S UNEXPECTED BABY by Jules Bennett

31624932Will this billionaire boss fall for his assistant…and her baby?

Putting his ravishing assistant in danger makes billionaire investigator Jack Carson uneasy. Till now, Jack’s cared only about running his security company and bringing down the notorious O’Shea family. But using Vivianna Smith to infiltrate their organization has complicated his priorities. And burying himself in work is no longer protecting him from his feelings.

The seismic attraction he’s been suppressing has been tough enough. But watching Viv care for the baby she’s fostering stirs up emotions from his tragic past. Despite Jack’s certainty that Viv is hiding something, his raging desire is driving him to the limits of his self-control…


MY REVIEW: 

The Heir’s Unexpected Baby by Jules Bennett will keep you wanting to know what’s going to happen next with each new chapter. Jack Carson will do whatever it takes to bring down the O’Shea mafia family with the help of his assistant. However, working alongside Viviana Smith evoke emotions in him that he doesn’t want to acknowledge, yet when he finds himself in Viv’s bed only complicates his life even more. But when he finds out Viv’s secret, will he be able to forgive her for keeping such a big secret from him for so long—a secret that will change his life forever?

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

PURSUED BY THE DESERT PRINCE by Dani Collins

31521809Draped in the desert prince’s diamonds…

To ensure his sister’s successful marriage, Kasim, Crown Prince of Zhamair, must stop Angelique Sauveterre’s alleged affair with his future brother-in-law. But when Angelique denies any involvement, Kasim can’t resist the chance to make the feisty beauty his!

Angelique is tempted by Kasim’s offer of a fling–always compared to her twin sister, she’s never allowed to just be herself. They couldn’t be from two more different worlds, yet Angelique blossoms under Kasim’s touch and surrenders to the desert prince. But can he give her more than passion and precious jewels?


MY REVIEW:

This story captivates you from the first page with the tug-o-war of words passed between the hero and heroine. Both headstrong, independent and successful, will not settle for the last word but kissing each other passionately on their first meeting opens them to a passion they both cannot resist. I hate Kasim at first for jumping to such rash conclusions about Angelique. I was mentally scratching him in the first few pages of the book…and then that kiss happened. Angelique is flustered by the chemistry between her and the Crown Prince of Zhamair. But eventually she cannot get enough of him. I love Kasim’s reaction when it dawns on him that Angelique is who he thinks she is…and to say he is smitten by her is a tame word. These two are perfect for each other whether they admit it or not and seeing them pursuing their attraction is the crux for me. I loved this story…the authentic plot and the drama, and I can’t wait to devour the second book in the Sauveterre Siblings! Highly

Recommended
4.5 Stars

A DEBT PAID IN THE MARRIAGE BED by Jennifer Hayward

31311564The unwilling Ricci wife…

Angelina’s world is shattered when Lorenzo Ricci walks through the door of her engagement party and demands she call off the wedding–because she’s still married to him! She left the formidable Italian to save her heart, but now, with her family business at stake, Angelina must consider his terms…

In need of an heir, Lorenzo will use any means to reclaim his wayward wife and return her to their marriage bed. He’ll make her debts disappear if she repays him…in desire! The chemistry may be alive and well between them, but can they survive their tempestuous reunion unscathed?


MY REVIEW:

Jennifer Hayward writes drama infused romances best. In her latest offering, A Debt Paid in the Marriage Bed, we meet a heroine who wants to move on with her life and a hero who will do whatever it takes to stop her and claim her as his own…because she is still his wife! In this high-octane romance, the author melds her prose with deep emotional conflict, magnetic sexual tension and a passionate face-off between Angelina and Lorenzo, two headstrong and independent characters who you’d either love or hate. Overall, a drama-charged story to keep you company for a few lazy hours.

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

 

TASTE OF ROMANCE – ANTHOLOGY – MELBOURNE ROMANCE WRITERS GUILD

33861563Love is a box of chocolates – treat yourself to a delicious assortment of sixteen romance flavours from new and established authors.

Firefighter Ryan Harper is a dark chocolate-coated orange cream. His rich, bitter shell hides a sweet and sumptuous centre that satisfies long after the final bite.

Detective Colt Callaghan is chilli-cherry swirl in decadent milk chocolate. He hides behind a gruff exterior, but underneath he’s sexy and sweet, with a shock of spice when you least expect it.

Space Engineer Simon Dubois is a handmade truffle. Decadent and Indulgent. Dark chocolate caressing a ganache infused with earthy, sensuous Armagnac, and sweet succulent smoked pimento. A fusion of flavor, a frission of pleasure.

Taste of Romance is a collection of love stories and romance fiction from members of the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild. The anthology spans many facets of romance, from contemporary to historical, romcom to suspense, with heat levels ranging from sweet to erotic. These works are a celebration of the past 26 years of encouragement and support the Guild has given to romance authors as they journey toward publication and beyond.


MY REVIEW:

Everything about this anthology is attention-grabbing. The stories range from mild to extremely hot and each story cater’s for every reader’s taste. Fast-paced, well-written and passionate with wonderful characters to keep you entertained…this is one set of short-stories you don’t want to miss out on. I enjoyed every bit of it and would definitely recommend it to romance fans!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

THE UNFORGETTABLE SPANISH TYCOON by Christy McKellen

33022745“I know we were more than just friends.”

Once Elena Jones had shared an intense entanglement with striking Spaniard Caleb Araya, ending with both their hearts in tatters. Now she’s a successful entrepreneur, and when he rejects a new business proposition, it’s clear Caleb hasn’t forgotten

When an accident causes the tycoon to lose his memory, Caleb seems to think they are still a couple! Elena wants to help him recoverbut will staying in Barcelona with him just put her heart in jeopardy again?


MY REVIEW: 

The Unforgotten Spanish Tycoon by Christy McKellen is a story full of drama and emotional torture of two people who will eventually move on from the past and rekindle a friendship that is strengthened with the bond of forgiveness. The two main characters’ journey toward their HEA isn’t an easy one. Caleb came off as cold and heartless at first. It wasn’t love at first sight when I met him. Honestly, if I were Elena, I would have given him a good piece of my mind. Elena on the other hand needs Caleb’s help if she is to successfully launch her new product. When Caleb refuses her proposal, Elena is worried. From that point, I thought her business will fall into ruin, but things happen afterward that move the story forward, shedding light on Caleb and Elena’s past…where you find out the reason for Caleb’s coldness toward Elena. As you learn more about these two characters you start to realize that kindness knows no bounds and once you have a heart filled with love anything is possible!

Recommended
4 Stars

THE SHEIKH’S CONVENIENT PRINCESS by Liz Fielding

31246982From secretary…to the sheikh’s wife!

Sheikh Ibrahim al-Ansari knows a reconciliation with his estranged father means accepting his father’s choice of bride…unless he gets there first! Luckily he has the perfect princess in mind–his new assistant Ruby Dance.

After her last cheating boyfriend, Ruby is avoiding all commitments, but this promotion could help her family, so she agrees to a temporary marriage. She should be craving her next assistant role, not the devastating beauty of the desert and the man who rules it all…


MY REVIEW: 

The Sheikh’s Convenient Princess by Liz Fielding is a dramatic and emotive story with vivid prose, engaging dialogue and two leads who are sure to entertain you with their spontaneity! The story unfolds beautifully from the onset, grabbing your attention and keeping you mesmerized with each new chapter. I especially cheered for Ruby, who had been cheated on, so her heart is still fragile. However, seeing her and Bram together had me cheering for them both. Overall, I think Liz Fielding has done a wonderful job with this story. Her unique writing voice shines through and as a reader I was bowled over by it all.

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

HER HOLIDAY FLING by Jennifer Snow

31521853Divorce lawyer Hayley Hanna has one week to convince her bosses she’s not a “ruthless, man-hating shark.” And it’s not going to be easy. In a moment of insanity, Hayley agrees to bring her fiance to the corporate retreat in Maui. But there’s one problem: she hasn’t got a fiance.

Enter Chase Hartley–six feet of sexy, sculpted police muscle. Chase needs a date for his sister’s island wedding–someone to stop the family matchmakers. The chemistry between Hayley and Chase is just a bonus–one that quickly turns hot nights into sizzling sexcapades. All they have to do is resist believing their own lie. But just because their relationship is fake doesn’t mean that falling for each other won’t have real consequences!


MY REVIEW: 

Now, if you’re looking for a story that sizzle and burn up the pages, then grab yourself a copy of Her Holiday Fling by Jennifer Snow. This book—the story, the plot, the dialogue, the characters—everything about it is perfect! Divorce lawyer, Hayley Hanna is in a fix. Because of an article misquoting her words, she must now prove to her bosses she is nothing as she’s painted to be and agrees to bring her ‘fiancé’ to the retreat in Maui. But there is one problem: she has no fiancé! Now what? In walks gorgeous Chase Hartley, thing’s click between him and Hayley. Before you know it, their sly arrangement begins to feel real as day. Will they follow their hearts? Overall, this is a stunning story that explores passion and attraction in detail between two captivating protagonists. In the end, what I loved most about the story is Jennifer Snow’s writing style. She has a way with words that bring her characters to life. Bravo!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

THE TEMPORARY MRS. MARCHETTI by Melanie Milburne

31521810The rules of engagement…

When Cristiano Marchetti proposes to former mistress Alice Piper, the deal has an expiry date. He has six months to fulfil the conditions of his grandmother’s will. But the hotelier has another agenda–exacting revenge on Alice for daring to walk away seven years before!

Alice needs the financial security her enemy is providing, but soon their every clash is a shockingly tempting encounter. Yet as she uncovers the man beneath the hard-hearted exterior, the future Mrs. Marchetti wonders if she could break the rules of their engagement…and walk down the aisle as more than Cristiano’s temporary bride!


MY REVIEW: 

The Temporary Mrs. Marchetti by Melanie Milburne grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go. Genuinely entertaining, fast-paced and deliciously good, you can’t go wrong with this story! When Cristiano Marchetti proposes to Alice Piper he has his own intentions. He is hell-bent on exacting revenge on Alice for walking out on him years ago. But when his intentions start to unravel and he cannot keep Alice out of his thoughts, Cristiano must rethink his options. Alice on the other hand has her doubts about marriage and that is why she walked away from Cristiano. But now Cristiano is back and with an outrageous proposal and saying yes might seem innocent…except the drama which unfolds will change them forever!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

FROM ENEMIES TO EXPECTING by Kat Cantrell

31624934Winning is non-negotiable and so is parenthood!

Marketing exec Trinity Forrester needs PR buzz. By-the-books baseball tycoon Logan McLaughlin needs ticket sales. Their plan is simple: embark on a pretend romance to boost publicity. But soon their reality-show kisses lead to explosive off-camera lovemaking

Trinity knows her fling with her frustratingly handsome costar ends when the cameras stop rolling–not with a diamond ring and proposal. But when their fake romance yields a very real pregnancy, will the emotionally guarded duo choose winning… or wedding?

From Enemies to Expecting is part of the Love and Lipstick quartet.


MY REVIEW: 

From Enemies to Expecting hooked me from page one with its drama, emotion and characters. Kat Cantrell is a talented storyteller, and her writing is sure to have you craving more. I loved how the author incorporates sexual tension, sharp dialogue and vivid prose to bring her story alive.

Recommended
4 Stars

ONLY IN HIS SWEETEST DREAMS by Dani Collins

33891838When Mercedes Kimball’s sister abandons her children, Mercedes takes in her confused niece and nephew, jeopardizing the job she loves at a retirement community. The sexy new handyman’s bedroom eyes promise to fix anything, but he can’t fix this. L.C. Fogarty is trash, not Father Of The Year, but he’s happy to be Mercedes’s sounding board. Given their white-hot attraction, he’d love to see what they could do to a headboard, but he’s keeping a secret she won’t forgive. Confessing means facing untold heartache and going back to where he never belonged. He’d rather stay with Mercedes and her misfit family. She might not get to keep that family, though. Which means she’s going to need him.


MY REVIEW: 

There are some days when reading a book feels like a chore and there are some days when the story whisks you away and you are lost to reality. This book did that to me. I read it in one sitting and was so sad to let the characters go in the end. Nevertheless, Dani Collins breathed heart, humor and life into this story: Only in His Sweetest Dreams. She gave her characters wings and boy did they soar! Overall, this is a passionate rendition of heartbreak mended with love…little by little.

Recommended
4.5 Stars

NOT IN HER WILDEST DREAMS by Dani Collins

33151365Paige Fogarty never believed Liebe Falls’ golden boy, Sterling Roy, could want a No Good Fogarty, but one magical night, they kissed—ruining her already murky reputation. Fifteen years later, she’s still shunned, now as a professional accountant auditing Roy Furnishings. It’s a daunting task even before she’s forced to work with him.

Sterling made a fool of himself over Paige once. Never again. He only returns to the factory his mother calls his ‘legacy’ to ensure Paige doesn’t pull a fast one. When their chemistry blazes hotter than ever, he wonders if he misjudged her, but secrets come to light, including an embezzler she tries to protect, proving she’s still the wrong girl. So why does holding onto her feel so right?


MY REVIEW: 

Dani Collins writes with warmth and sincerity which shines through in the captivating storyline and compelling storytelling. The characters in: Not in Her Wildest Dreams are genuine and likable. They burst on the page and command attention. Not in Her Wildest Dreams is a story about hope, love, forgiveness and positivity. It is a story that uplifts you with each trial the characters experience and then overcome. You have nothing to lose reading this book. Instead you have everything to gain: a forever after that is sweet and satisfying!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

BOUND BY HIS DESERT DIAMOND by Andie Brock

30073083The Plan

Princess Annalina would do anything to end her arranged engagement…including getting photographed in a compromising position with a handsome stranger!

The Prince

Her mystery man is Prince Zahir Zahani—her betrothed’s brother—and the kiss that sparks unexpected need in them both traps Annalina and Zahir in a whole new kind of royal bind…till death do them part!

The Passion!

Having learned the cost of trusting others, Zahir tries to keep Annalina at a distance. But she challenges him at every turn, and suddenly, giving in to his darkest desires is all Zahir craves…


MY REVIEW: 

Andie Brock’s latest novel: Bound by His Desert Diamond hooked me from page one because it is scandalous, passionate, unique and electrifying. The author does a fine job incorporating sexual tension, sharp dialogue and a devastating attraction between Princess Annalina and Prince Zahir which mellows out their mistakes and leaves you satisfied with their passionate reunion in the end! Overall, this is an engaging story readers would most certainly enjoy.

Recommended
4.5 Stars

DANTE’S SHOCK PROPOSAL by Amalie Berlin

31246950An inconvenient desire

Growing up in the midst of her parents’ fraught union, surgical nurse Lise Bradshaw has never wanted nor needed a man by her side. Until a sensual chance encounter with Dr. Dante Valentino on the dance floor of a Miami club sparks a full-blown passionate affair…leading to a shock proposal!

Dante knows what he wants–a family, and what he doesn’t–love. But as the fire blazes between him and beautiful Lise he realizes that he’s inconveniently falling for his convenient fiancee!


MY REVIEW: 

Dante’s Shock Proposal by Amalie Berlin draws the curtain close with a bang in the Hot Latin Docs series! The fiery spark and the pulverizing hotness in this dramatic medical romance add the extra flair to keep you turning the pages. Lise Bradshaw is fierce and intelligent. She knows exactly what she doesn’t want—a man. However, her encounter with Dante Valentino makes her discard sensible logic. After a passionate affair, Lise and Dante are basically left with one choice. Would they be willing to give up on each other?

Recommended
4.5 Stars

RAFAEL’S ONE NIGHT BOMBSHELL by Tina Beckett

31246949From passion to pregnancy!

An encounter with Rafael Valentino is brokenhearted Cassandra Larrobee’s chance to live in the moment. It was supposed to be one night only, but the sinfully hot doc has left her with more than just memories

Since a heartbreaking decision years ago, Rafe has been determined to remain alone but when he’s sent to work with Cassie he can’t resist their reckless kisses! When he discovers Cassie’s shocking surprise, can Rafe let her bring light into his shadowed life and become a daddy to their baby?


MY REVIEW: 

The Hot Latin Docs series should be read by all romance fans! Rafael’s One Night Seduction, Tina Beckett’s installation in this sexy new series doesn’t disappoint. The story captures your attention from page one. The turmoil and the growth of the main characters will melt your heart and have you cheering for their happiness. Cassandra’s heart is still fractured after a devastating breakup. But when she runs into Rafael Valentino, she cannot help but feel like turning over a fresh new page in her life. Meanwhile, Rafael’s life hasn’t been a walk in the park either, but there was something indescribable about being around Cassie. She lit up his life and one night they get close—riding the wave of their passion together—except the storm to follow will test their strength and their attraction towards each other!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

SANTIAGO’S CONVENIENT FIANCÉE by Annie O’Neil

30900045Can a convenient arrangement last forever?

Saoirse Murphy came to Miami to bury herself in work, determined to forget the canceled wedding she left behind her, and she wants to stay But only a green card will do!

Enter former combat doc Santiago Valentino. Having reluctantly returned to face his dark past, he’s only too happy to be distracted by his paramedic partner and her shocking proposal.

But when their “convenient” engagement tips into a very inconvenient passion, Santiago wonders will she be his forever wife?


MY REVIEW:  

Santiago’s Convenient Fiancée by Annie O’Neil is a vibrant, passionate love-story with a medical backdrop that adds the drama quotient to this already captivating story. Saoirse is a funky character who’s in a fix. The only way for her to remain in America and get her greencard is engaging sexy Santiago Valentino! Things get frisky with these two when they start spending more time together. And of course one thing leads to another… And before you know it wedding bells are ringing!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

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

30375552SHATTERED SANCTUARY

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

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