An Interview with Savannah Blaize

Savannah-From Paris To Forever CustomCover-jayaheer2015-finalcoverWhen Real Estate owner Todd Baker appears unannounced at Chloe Armstrong’s front door offering to buy her home, she is unimpressed by his offer, his good looks or his expensive suit. Not to mention his killer smile. 

Chloe has spent years as a dancer at the Lido in Paris. Until a career ending fall sent her back home to be with her dying father. She is an independent woman, who has found a new purpose restoring her home. She has no time for a controlling man in her life.

Reluctant to let this golden opportunity pass to own a prime piece of beachside property, Todd wears down Chloe’s defences enough to allow a friendship to develop. He is surprised to find he is enjoying her company. He is falling for the ex-dancer, but is totally in denial. When Patrick, Todd’s laid-back, charismatic and handsome younger brother appears, sparks fly between Patrick and Chloe.

Can Todd persuade Chloe to see him as he really is underneath the expensive façade?

Will Chloe learn to trust someone with her heart, when she has been so badly let down before?

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

Hi Amanda, Thank you for having me. I was born in Scotland. I emigrated to Australia 47 years ago and have been living in Melbourne, raising a family and working for an International Medical Company for the past 26 years. I have travelled a bit during my life, visited many countries, experienced different cultures and been exposed to a variety of languages and lifestyles. All of which have impacted me in some way, and bring life to my stories.

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

I had a Managerial job where writing procedures and good clear written communication via email was a prerequisite. I had staff members who would send me their words to check and to correct on all sorts of documentation. So I have been writing for a while. I realized I wanted to be a fiction writer about 15 years ago, and at that time I was writing short stories and poetry, but only sharing with friends and family. I began to take my writing seriously about 3 years ago when I joined the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild. I didn’t understand some basic rules about the craft of writing Romance. It was a steep learning curve for me. My stories were all “tell” and not “show”. I head hopped about like a mad woman. Looking back now, I can see it, but at the time, I just wanted to tell an interesting story. I was driven to get my words on paper to share with anyone interested. Watching the smile light up their faces as they read my stories was my reward. My drug of choice. My happiness grew exponentially with each reader’s appreciation, and request for more.

3. Plotter or panster?

I am a pantser.

4. What is the title of your new release and can you talk briefly about it?

My Book is called “From Paris to Forever”. It is a story about a young woman who has been living and working in Paris as a dancer at the Lido. She has a devastating fall and can no longer dance professionally. She returns to Melbourne to be with her widowed father, who is dying. When he passes away she decided to renovate the family home. This proves to be something she is good at, and surprisingly something she enjoys. In doing so she begins to rebuild a life for herself outside of dance.

My Hero is a Real Estate entrepreneur who wants to buy her property, and redevelop it to make some serious cash. He tries unsuccessfully to talk her into selling. He is determined to win her over. In the process he falls in love, for the first time in his life. However he is in total denial.

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

Chloe Armstrong is an educated, independent, caring young woman, who will not be pushed or swayed into making any decision. She has made that fatal mistake once before. However, she is lonely, and allows Todd to initiate a friendship. He is charming and proves to be a thoughtful, considerate friend. However she is no push over, is not in the market for love, and he soon discovers that.

Todd Baker is a self made man, with money and style, and does not accept no for an answer. He wants her property and sets out to get it, one way or another. Work has been his life, his mistress and making money his reward. Due to the car accident which claimed the life of both his parents while he was a young man, he has had to be the strong one for his brother and sister. The Patriarch of the family. He appears tough, but has a softer side he does not allow many to see. He has never been in love before. Until he meets Chloe.

6. What message do you anticipate readers to draw from this story?

I want them to understand and appreciate that love can move mountains. To look into the hearts of the people you love and see them and appreciate them as they really are. Sometimes the tough exterior has come about almost as a protective shell.

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

I have been told that readers can step into my stories very easily. They can “see” what I see. Which is very rewarding to me. They tell me they cannot wait for the movie to come out.

8. What kind of reader are you? Print or e-book?

Both. I have a huge collection of print books, I love books. The look of them, the smell of them. However there is only so much room in my home. Now I have a huge collection of eBooks too.  I love the versatility of eBooks. I can read anywhere now. If I have my phone with me, I have a book at the ready.

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

Beside my bed I have Natasha Lester’s book “A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald”

In my Kindle I am just about to start reading Eden Summer’s book “Rush Of Insanity”

I usually read more than one at a time.

10. How long does it take you to write the first draft of a story?

I can write a 3,000 to 6,000 word short story very quickly, in a couple of days. Books however take longer, about six months, but in stages. I write a pretty clean draft (as opposed to a dirty draft). I cannot stand all those red lines under spelling mistakes. They distract me. I have to clean it up along the way. I have only just retired from full time employment. It has taken a lot longer than I would like to go through the editing process with this book. Due to work commitments, editing, and illness and travel etc, it has taken two years to come to fruition. That is too long in my opinion, and not a process I want to repeat

11. Have you ever been stuck with writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?

Yes I have had writers block. I try to fill the well at those times. I read, I go out and see a movie, or I catch up with friends. I tried to have life experiences to stimulate the joy of writing again. Sometimes you just get tired. Sometimes you have to walk away for a wee while. Smell the roses, and drink the wine. Stop beating yourself up. Enjoy life again.

 12. What are you currently working on?

 I am working on 3 books now. The Class Reunion, Georgia On My Mind, and Patrick’s Story (working title only) The second book after “From Paris To Forever”.

I have decided only this week, to concentrate on finalizing “The Class Reunion” by August, as I want to pitch this book at the Romance Writers Conference, in Brisbane, Australia.

13. Any advice for aspiring writers?

If you have an idea for a story in your head write it down. Get the words on paper or in the computer and build it. Don’t worry about it being right or wrong. Or fitting into anyone’s idea of how the story should be. Once the words are down you can work on creating something beautiful. Learn all you can about craft to build the story. Don’t show your sister/brother/family members your writing as you go along, unless you want the naysayers to crumble your fragile writers’ ego. Find your tribe. Find other authors, a group of like-minded people who will nurture your love of writing, who will guide you towards publication. Even then, your fragile ego will be sorely tested. The little voice inside your head that says you are never good enough is always present. You must over-ride that voice with the one that yells joyously “Give it a go. You will never know unless you try.”

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photo (1)Savannah is a storyteller. She finds joy in books and in the tales she tells. She is passionate about engaging her readers, about bringing them into the pictures she paints with her words. Her readers often comment on how easily they can slip into the story, visualize the world she creates. From Paris To Forever is Savannah’s first published Novel, but has many stories waiting in the wings to be written, and to engage her readers. She is a proud member of RWA, MRWG and ARRA. Born in Scotland, Melbourne has been her home for many years, where she enjoys the wonderful food, exceptional theatre productions and numerous laneways boasting fabulous coffee venues. With several seasons in one day, Melbourne provides the cold blustery weather of the British Isles, the vista of multi toned autumn leaves scattered around the Paris end of Collins Street, the smack of the salty sea air in Williamstown, the expanse of caramel colored sand lapped by gently frothing waves in Portsea. All ideal writing fodder for her active imagination.

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Firewolf by Jenna Kernan

firewolfWhen opposites attract, the sparks ignite more than they bargained for…

Dylan Tehauno is a hotshot, an expert in preventing and fighting forest fires. He knows that the inferno that killed a tech billionaire was no accident–and he suspects that he and filmmaker Meadow Wrangler were supposed to die, too. When lawmakers identify Dylan as a prime suspect, he and Meadow decide to find the real arsonist themselves.

Dylan and Meadow have nothing in common. He’s a proud Apache and a war hero, a self-made man. She’s a rich girl with a tabloid past. But there’s no denying the heat between them. Is there more to their attraction than physical desire? Will they survive long enough to find out?

*Apache Protectors: Tribal Thunder


REVIEW:

Strap on your seat-belts and prepare to be taken on a journey where danger, romance and deadly encounters will have you shocked to the core because once you settle in with Firewolf by Jenna Kernan you will realize this breathless reading expedition won’t stop until you turn the very last page! The story took me out for a breathless, tumultuous ride. I was on the edge of my seat as Dylan Tehauno and Meadow Wrangler fought through a myriad of perilous situations after Dylan becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a tech billionaire. With the law and the enemy out to get them, Dylan and Meadow are forced to work together to prove their innocence by finding the real arsonist (talk about nail-biting suspense!).

Overall, the story was gripping, intense and raw. I felt the deep tension between Dylan and Meadow as they dodged the threats looming in their paths. I rooted for them both because I wanted to see justice served. In the end, the ways in which author Jenna Kernan bends the plot to propel the story forward kept me turning the pages and when all the loose ends were tied up I gave a victorious fist pump.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

The Desert King’s Captive Bride by Annie West

untitledI was blackmailed into this marriage. I will not be blackmailed into bed. 

Princess Ghizlan of Jeirut has returned home to find that warrior Sheikh Huseyn al Rasheed has seized her late father’s kingdom. With her sister held hostage, Ghizlan has no choice. Her barbarian captor is determined to tame her, rule her–and make her his own!

Forcing Ghizlan’s hand in marriage will not be enough to conquer her body and soul: Huseyn’s iron will is challenged at every step by her magnificent beauty and fierce pride. It won’t be long before they both fall prey to the firestorm between them…


REVIEW:

The Desert King’s Captive Bride by Annie West has every ingredient you want in a romance novel and it made my little reader heart flutter! It has been a pure delightful read and I loved every word of it. It was intense, had layers upon layers of drama and just that right touch of sexiness to keep me hooked and well, I couldn’t put it down. The first few chapters introduced the main characters and set the pace for the seriousness that was to follow once Ghizlan realizes what she is in for. Of course she is furious and yes, she hates Huseyn enough to defy him and his rules. Yet her abhorrence for the man who she is forced to marry cannot overcome the lingering tension between her and her husband-to-be. There is a chemical reaction in her body when Huseyn is around—one she wants to dispel of but cannot much to her frustration. However, the sparks which fly once Huseyn and Ghizlan gives in to their attraction is hot and explosive! I was blown away with their romance.

Likes:

• My favorite character is Ghizlan. I liked her feisty attitude and the way she stands up for herself—defying Huseyn’s commands and authority.
• The banter.
• The tension.
• The dialogue.
• The vivid details.
• The world building.
• The passion.
• The secondary characters play vital roles which complimented and added depth to the story.

Overall:

I conclude with a bow to author Annie West who did a fantastic job bringing the story and characters alive. Every word has been joy to read and I would definitely recommend The Desert King’s Captive Bride to other romance readers—which I believe they too will enjoy.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

The Italian’s Vengeful Seduction by Bella Frances

32905255His tantalizing revenge!

Tycoon Marco Borsatto gave Stacey Jackson her first taste of pleasure…only to devastate her with accusations of treachery. Ever since, waitress Stacey has buried any hint of vulnerability behind a cool facade–she refuses to open herself up to hurt again.

Except Marco isn’t a man to forgive and forget! When he rescues Stacey from another man, one look at Stacey’s luscious form is enough to remind him of her bitter betrayal–and their electrifying magnetism!

Marco won’t allow Stacey to slip through his fingers again: his touch will be his vengeance!


REVIEW:

I knew I would enjoy The Italian’s Vengeful Seduction the moment I met the main characters. These two were sharp-tongued, genuine and ambitious. I loved their initial meeting right down to the last scene….which I must let you know was spectacular! The first thing on my mind after finishing this book, which I read in one sitting, was: ‘easy reading is damn hard writing’. The steamy banter, the internal monologue and the overall likability of this romance all comes down to the author’s skills. Bella Frances knows what she’s doing and I’m still marveling at ways she makes each chapter an entertaining experience. The story has deep emotional layers, grabbing you from the onset. Every fine detail kept me in the loop and at the same time drawing me into Marco and Stacey’s world. Overall….a highly recommended read!

4.5 Stars

Married to the Mom-to-Be by Helen Lacey

33657142She’s late. That kind of late… 

Kayla Rickard always planned to marry and start a family—with the right man. Then she met Liam O’Sullivan. Once she sampled passion in his arms, she forgot the feud that separated their families for decades. Now Kayla’s in two times the trouble. She’s secretly married to—and pregnant by—public enemy number one. 

After eloping to Vegas, the scion of the O’Sullivan empire wants to come clean. Liam wants his wife—at his side, in his bed. He’ll do whatever it takes, even get to the bottom of the feud. But are he and Kayla prepared for the bombshells they’ll uncover? They have no choice—because in nine months their little secret will be born!


REVIEW:

Make sure you grab a copy of this book! Married to the Mom-to-be by Helen Lacey is pure reading delight. The characters instantly charm and captivate you. I was blown away with the drama, the romance, the secrets and the intense passion. Actually, the chemistry between Kayla and Liam is so tender and yet so hot. There were times when I laughed at the hilarity in certain scenes and at times I wanted to smack both Kayla and Liam for wanting to please other people. But their generous hearts still had love for their family and that I respect. In the end, I was impressed with the writing, the plot and the storytelling. I thought Helen Lacey did a wonderful job and can’t wait to see what book she’ll come up with next!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Once a Moretti Wife by Michelle Smart

31868038I love having you at my mercy… And you love it, too.

The only desire billionaire Stefano Moretti has for his estranged wife, Anna, is revenge–she humiliatingly left him weeks ago. So when Anna returns to his life, with no memory of their tempestuous marriage, he’s certain fate has dealt him a winning hand.

Stefano’s plan is twofold: a private seduction that will reawaken Anna to their red-hot attraction, followed by a public humiliation to match the one she landed on him. Until Stefano realizes there’s something he wants even more than vengeance–Anna, back in his bed, for good!


REVIEW:

First of all, Michelle Smart is a talented writer. She brings her stories to life with beautiful words but her true skill lies in giving her characters depth. Their likability may vary, but the very core of these illusory people makes them feel real—their struggles, their fight to being heard. The raw emotions.

I soaked up the drama and the tension raging between Stefano and Anna. The dialogue and the banter between them had me in circles. Just take Stefano’s past history with Anna for instance. He may be unlikable and stone-cold at first, yet when I learn about him as the story progressed made me realize people aren’t always what they seem. The same goes for Anna. She is deeply flawed yet the depth of her strength overshadows it all. I cheered for her. I wanted to see she and Stefano overcome the hurdles the author placed in their path…and they do come out victorious in the end. All in all, Ms. Smart proves her skill by simply giving Stefano and Anna the most satisfying HEA even after all they’ve been through to get there!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Beyond the Limits by Katherine Garbera

32905316This mission is out of control

Astronaut Isabelle Wolsten fought like hell to be one of the final candidates for the CRONUS mission to space. She can’t afford to be distracted by teammate Antonio “Playboy” Curzon’s broad shoulders, dark, sexy eyes and hot-as-hell Spanish accent. But one searing kiss from Antonio and Izzy knows she’s definitely hit mission critical.

When the two astronauts are put in direct competition for a top spot on the mission, they’ll be tested beyond their limits. Getting involved with Antonio is dangerous but not nearly as dangerous as the feelings Izzy’s starting to have for him. With everything she’s fought for on the line, falling for this space cowboy might just ground Izzy’s dreams for good.


REVIEW:

Sit back, relax and let Katherine Garbera’s latest sexy new story soothe out your aches. Beyond the Limits is the final book in the Space Cowboys series and it features astronaut Isabelle Wolsten and Antonio ‘Playboy’ Curzon. The story blew my mind from the start. What impressed me most are the main characters. They were so strong, dynamic and had such depth that you start believing they are real people – and if they were real indeed, I believe they’d make the world a little more interesting . Isabelle is smart, sexy and knows exactly what she wants. I love her spunkiness and her bravery. And Antonio is the perfect man for her. Not because he is tall, hot and handsome but because he is tough yet passionate and endearing. I fell for him from the start—all that muscle! Antonio and Isabelle compliment each other even though Isabelle really wants to not be distracted by her fellow teammate. But sparks fly, hormones rage and…well you get the drift. Just go get this book all you romance fiends…because it has everything you want in a HEA! And I’m sure you’ll agree, after reading the book, that Isabelle and Antonio are definitely one of the most sexy fictional romance couples you’ve met!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

The Argentinian’s Virgin Conquest by Bella Frances

31868044His most tempting conquest!

Lucinda Bond might be descended from English nobility, but her aloofness hides painful insecurities. Painful enough that she’s never allowed herself to be touched.

Then Dante Hermida sweeps her from the Mediterranean ocean, mistakenly thinking she’s drowning, and suddenly Lucie finds herself in the arms of Argentina’s most outrageous playboy! His arrogance challenges her boundaries, but his caressing gaze ignites a desperate desire

Despite Lucie’s defiant facade, soon Dante has her at his utterly sensual command! But discovering Lucie’s innocence, this dark-hearted Argentinian finds himself longing to claim her with a need that shows no sign of abating!


REVIEW:

The Argentinian’s Virgin Conquest by Bella Frances has everything you want in a Presents novel. Sharp wit, drama, passion and a colorful cast who keep you preoccupied from the get-go. Lady Lucinda aka ‘Lucie’ is my favorite character in this story. She is charming, mesmerizing and imperfect. Her back-story was so well-detailed, and genuine that I couldn’t help fall in love with her. Now the hero is another issue. Dante is an alpha of course…but his past will break your heart. He may be pompous at first but eventually as I got to know him I grew to like him for the person that he is – strong, capable and flawed. He made a great opponent for the Lucie. The banter was at times hilarious, passionate and intense. Overall, The Argentinian’s Virgin Conquest satisfied my hunger for an unconventional romance—one that is different and unique!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

His Ex’s Well-Kept Secret by Joss Wood

33870759She’s keeping this billionaire’s son a secret… 

Down-on-her-luck heiress Piper Mills will do anything to help her baby—even strike a deal with the devil who impregnated her! Due to a car accident, Jaeger Ballantyne has no memory of the passionate night he and Piper shared…or that he’s Ty’s father. Purchasing Piper’s heirloom sapphires is the only thing on his agenda…until seducing the green-eyed temptress takes over. 

Piper’s falling for the stubborn tycoon, even as she continues to guard her secret. Can a man with no memory of their past find a way to forgive her so they can create a future? 

His Ex’s Well-Kept Secret is part of The Ballantyne Billionaires series.


REVIEW:

The last time Piper Mills saw Jaeger Ballantyne, she’d been naked, in his arms and brokering a deal to sell some expensive stones to him. Fast forward, Piper has a son, Ty—Jaeger’s son. She is also on the brink of losing her home and still in possession of the expensive stones which she must sell soon or else she’ll risk being thrown out of her home. Now only Jaeger can help her but at what cost?

I enjoyed His Ex’s Well-Kept Secret by Joss Wood. The family interactions between Jaeger and his siblings added a nice realistic touch to the story, however, it was the steamy chemistry between Jaeger and Piper which amped things up. And even though the pacing might be a bit slow at times, in the end I think Joss Wood did a good job making this novel as entertaining as possible.

Recommended
4 Stars

White Christmas for the Single Mom by Susanne Hampton

32561528Temptation under the mistletoe

Specialist Juliet Turner flies halfway across the world to England with her young daughter, Bea, to perform lifesaving in utero surgery. But her first white Christmas is complicated by the feelings awakened by ob-gyn Dr. Charlie Warren!

Juliet has protected her heart for years, but she soon finds there’s so much more to this closed-off widower than meets the eye. Perhaps it’s time for them both to let go of the past, surrender to their burning chemistry and make this a Christmas to remember!


REVIEW:

White Christmas for the Single Mom is wonderful medical drama with a soul that made my little reader heart explode with every emotion I experienced throughout the story. I was taken by the visual details painted by author Susanne Hampton as she revealed her characters one chapter at a time. The romance was sweet and satisfying and in the end it all came down to important decisions Juliet and Charlie had to make regarding their future. Will they be able to forget their pasts and move on with their lives?

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

HIS MISTRESS WITH TWO SECRETS by Dani Collins

His Mistress With Two SecretsPregnant with the billionaire’s babies!

After the painfully public demise of her intense fling with renowned tycoon Henri Sauveterre, Cinnia Whitley discovers she’s pregnantwith twins! Cinnia burns with the memory of his touch, but bearing a new generation of the Sauveterre dynasty will bind her to Henri foreverunless she keeps it a secret

Henri is infuriated when he discovers Cinnia’s deception. His little sister’s abduction ended all his intentions of having a familybut any Sauveterre deserves his full protection. Henri must make Cinnia his wife, and he’ll show her just how pleasurable their reunion can be!


REVIEW:

This is the second book in Dani Collins Sauveterre Siblings quartet.

Like the first book, His Mistress with Two Secrets captures your interest from page one. You are instantly drawn into the world the author has created. I cannot gush enough about every detail in this impressive, absorbing read. The thing I adore about Dani Collins’ writing style is that she always adds that extra bit of flair, infusing her writing with picturesque details that sets your mind to work—bringing the story to life. Rich with detail, dialogue, family dynamics and drama…this story is bound to keep you riveted.

I found Henri to be protective and logical—because he is the eldest—but mostly because he doesn’t want to risk his heart getting broken. Cinnia on the other hand is as smart as a whip, knows exactly what she wants and will do whatever it takes to get it. Seeing her and Henri grow from start to end had me rooting for their HEA. Though they were both ignorant at times, I still think the ending of the book justified why they should be together at long last.

Cinnia Whitley has ended her affair with Henri Sauveterre due to Henri’s commitment phobia. Cinnia wants more in her relationship than what Henri is ready to offer, however, things get complicated when Cinnia discovers she’s carrying Henri’s babies. Though the spark’s still there between them, will Cinnia finally be able to tell Henri her secret and how would Henri react? Will he jump into his new role as a father with gusto?

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

CONVENIENTLY WED TO THE GREEK by Kandy Shepherd

32905301A marriage for the sake of her baby…

When luxury hotelier Alex Mikhalis encounters the blogger who once nearly destroyed his reputation, he wants to get even. Only Adele Hudson isn’t exactly as he remembers. She’s pregnant and alone, and he can’t stop his protective instincts kicking in!

After a difficult breakup, Adele is very wary of all relationships. She has no choice but to accept the Greek tycoon’s offer of a job, despite their complicated past. But his next suggestion is much more intimate: becoming his convenient wife!


REVIEW:

Kandy Shepherd is one of my favorite romance authors—obviously because her stories reach into your heart and tug at your emotions. Her May 2017 release: Conveniently Wed to the Greek is chock-full of entertainment scenes that will give you a few sighs and surprises. I found the characters as genuine, smart and commanding in their own unique way and I had no issues connecting with them. I was drawn into this fast-paced story by engaging dialogue, lively banter, and the drama. Of course, the overall level of compatibility between Alex and Adele had me hooked. I was addicted to everything unfolding between these two characters who should have been outright enemies due to their past. Yet I found Alex to be charming and attentive. Adele is genuinely tough though she could use the support Alex has to offer.

 As it goes, Adele used her blog as a weapon against Alex three years ago which nearly caused doom for his restaurant. Now she and Alex’s path crosses and there is nothing more that Alex wants than to exact revenge on Adele. But as much as he wants to he resists—because Adele has changed and so has he. He offers her a job and the mutual understanding between them soon becomes something more…

Overall, I found this story to be passionate, touching and immensely satisfying and I definitely would recommend it to romance lovers!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

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

32028101Her safe haven

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

32084956Delta Fierce!

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

32336133A billionaire’s baby deal!

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