Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell

13512914Will a week of seduction…

Desperate to save her sister’s life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic—even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.

…Spark a lifetime of passionate surrender?

Ruthless loner Jonas knows exactly who he is. Should he forget, even for a moment, the curse he bears, a mere glance in the mirror serves as an agonizing reminder. So when the lovely Sidonie turns up on his doorstep, her seduction is an even more delicious prospect than he originally planned. But the hardened outcast is soon moved by her innocent beauty, sharp wit, and surprising courage. Now as dangerous enemies gather at the gate to destroy them, can their new, fragile love survive?


Review:

When you pick up any Anna Campbell book you know you are guaranteed a story that breaks boundaries and is unmatched in drama, passion and plot lines. Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed has left me breathless. The story is darkly fascinating and deeply intriguing with twists and turns that kept me hooked. The characters are realistic, convincing and there is so much realism drawn out that left me in pure awe. I was mesmerized by the dark lord of the castle, Jonas, who is frightening as much as he is devastating. Sidonie Forsythe breathes a breath of fresh air into the halls of Castle Craven. Her whiplash smart attitude and her edgy conversations with Jonas was compelling and absorbing. In the end, Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell was a dark, striking and passionate historical romance which I loved from beginning to end!

Highly Recommend
5 Stars

The Warrior’s Way by Jenna Kernan

warriorswayTo trust and protect…

Tribal police chief Jack Bear Den will do anything to stop ecoterrorists. But partnering with disgraced ex-FBI explosives expert Sophia Rivas is trouble even his trail-tested skills never anticipated. Her out-there deductions are blowing up false leads, exposing treacherous lies–and sparking an attraction too dangerous for even Jack to resist.

By the book was never Sophia’s style. To save lives, she has to gamble on her instincts more than ever. If Jack doesn’t trust her, she can handle it–but letting him uncover her deepest secrets is a distraction neither can afford. And with the clock ticking down and disaster about to strike, getting too close may be the last move she and Jack ever make.


Review:

Loose ends are tied up, justice is served and a tempestuous romance will keep you engrossed with every word in Jenna Kernan’s latest Harlequin Intrigue. The Warrior’s Way is an outright thriller and is the final installment of the Apache Protectors: Tribal Thunder miniseries. This is Jack Bear Den and Sophia Rivas’s story. The story is fast-paced and draws you in instantly. The cast are shades from dark to light and each add that touch of depth to the plot and each new intense scenario will clutch at your imagination. Characters from previous books make special appearances throughout and it is refreshing and nice to meet them again for the final time. Jack is an interesting man. He is strong, intelligent, and protective and doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve. The relationship between him and Sophia is complicated but it works. On the other hand, we have Sophia. She is the epitome of an independent woman and when I mean independent I mean kick-ass. At first I thought her and Jack were polar opposites since they never seemed to see eye to eye. But later, as the story progresses, I not only saw that her and Jack are more alike in nature but that they both want the same things too—they both want justice and they both want to see how far their attraction goes. But don’t for one minute think their romance is the typical—boy rescues girl they fall in love and then live happily ever after type of story. No, this story is much different. It is much rawer, deep and complex and family ethics is at the center of it all.

FINAL VERDICT:

I have to conclude that Ms. Kernan does know how to paint a good plot which keeps your imagination rolling. Her writing is taut, intense and fluent. I was blazing through each short yet gripping chapter one after another to reach that high-octane end in a quest to know how everything pans out. And everything does end with a bang. All in all, I think this book would be a great treat for any romantic suspense fan looking for a dose of danger and romance. I wasn’t disappointed with the story and I’m sure anyone wishing to give this book a try wouldn’t be either!

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*If you’re looking to indulging in an awesome series then you must pick up the three previous books (Turquoise Guardian, Eagle Warrior and Firewolf.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

His Accidental Heir by Joanne Rock

HAH_coverThe Boss’s Baby Bargain

When resort developer Cameron McNeill goes undercover to root out problems at his prized island property, his first discovery is the irresistible concierge, Maresa Delphine. Her business smarts are vital to his mission. But the struggling single mom could help with his personal mission, too: fulfilling the marriage terms of his grandfather’s will.

Maresa is overwhelmed caring for her infant niece and tending to the demands of the resort’s sexy mystery guest. When he reveals himself as the owner, she’s thrown for a loop. But when he proposes…can she resist his brand of trouble in paradise?


Review:

His Accidental Heir by Joanne Rock is the second book in The McNeill Magnates miniseries and I must say this story was pure joy to read. Cameron was a wonderful hero and the banter shared between him and Maresa Delphine was engaging, witty and outright natural. The back-story easily added depth and raw emotions meanwhile Ms. Rock’s eye for detail made my reading experience as flawless and entertaining as possible. Overall, His Accidental Heir is a wonderful read and one I’d definitely recommend!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Falling for the Rebel Princess by Ellie Darkins

32905303From princess to rock-star royalty! 

Self-proclaimed “black sheep” Princess Charlie of Afland has worked long and hard to be taken seriously in the music industry, managing to keep her royal obligations, and her secret heartbreak, under the radar. Until one night in Vegas changes everything…

Rock star Joe Kavanagh gets more from his Vegas gig than he’d bargained for…a princess bride and a PR story to die for! As the initial attraction, which led them down the aisle, turns into something deeper, keeping their marriage strictly business proves increasingly difficult…


Review:

Falling for the Rebel Princess by Ellie Darkins is such a fun, witty and altogether charming read that any romance lover would easily fall in love with it. Charlie of Afland is energetic, hilarious and so cool. When her trip to Las Vegas changes her life, Charlie must make drastic decisions. Can a rock-god tame this wild child? Joe Kavanagh is gorgeous and dreamy from all appearances. However, he has no clue the surprise awaiting him when he realizes Charlie’s secret. What would be his reaction? Overall, I found Falling for the Rebel Princess to be fast-paced, engaging and well-written. The plot is believable. The characters are genuine and I had so much fun breezing my way through this glitzy, glamorous world Ms. Darkins has created. Good job!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Claimed by the Rancher by Jules Bennett

33413521Just how far is this wealthy rancher willing to go for his pregnant lover?

Their years apart haven’t diminished Nolan Elliott’s desire for Pepper Manning. Even knowing she’s pregnant with another man’s baby, the rancher can’t stay away. He didn’t claim her when she needed him so long ago and the sting of losing her, and their child, still resonates.

With custody of her unborn baby now in jeopardy, Nolan vows to use his wealth and power to give Pepper everything she wants. That means proposing a marriage…in name only. But is that a vow the rancher stands any chance of keeping?

*Claimed by the Rancher is part of The Rancher’s Heirs series.


Review:

Claimed by the Rancher by Jules Bennett is another one of my favorite Harlequin Desire stories. There is so much angst, so much drama and a burning romance that is sure to warm your heart. I was impressed with the plot and the way the author pulled it off. The writing was on point and the characters easy to connect with. I fell in love with Nolan Elliot, the hero, who not only had sex appeal but was realistic with that extra touch of humanness to him which was refreshing. Yeah, he may be arrogant at times but he has his reasons and his redeeming qualities will make you swoon. Meanwhile, the heroine, Pepper Manning is a sweet, tender spirit who is pregnant and facing some trying times and the last person she needs in her life right now is a man. Yet Nolan is insistent and the tug-o-war of emotions she still feels for him is unquestionable and undeniable. Could they rekindle their romance even if she is carrying another man’s baby? Hmm—(grab the book and find out!).

In the end, I found this story to be the perfect escape from every day, real life drama. It was genuine, sexy and unique. I couldn’t get enough of it! Would I recommend to anyone? Yeah, you bet! Go grab a copy guys. You won’t be disappointed. It’s that freaking good.

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

The Greek’s Pleasurable Revenge by Andie Brock

32671238Revenge…by seduction!

The last person Calista expects–or wants–to see at her father’s graveside is arrogant billionaire Lukas Kalanos. Five years earlier, after an affair that stole her innocence, Lukas betrayed her family and disappeared, leaving Callie with much more than a broken heart…

Seeking vengeance on the Gianopoulous family for framing him, Lukas finds Callie ripe for his seduction. She will pay for past wrongdoings–between his sheets! But discovering that Callie has had his child is a surprise that changes Lukas’s pleasurable plans for revenge…into a hunger to make her his own!


Review:

Oh goodness, The Greek’s Pleasurable Revenge by Andie Brock might be this author’s best work yet. The story swept me away from the onset with its captivating prose. I read it in one sitting and found it to be everything a romance reader wishes for in a book. It was dreamy, sexy, exotic…and beautifully written. Calista and Lukas were striking, intense characters who not only did I fall in love with but actually couldn’t choose who to root for more. Don’t get me wrong, the characters aren’t perfect in any way…it’s just that there is a fervent side to them that jumps off the pages and overshadows every major dark moment which keeps the plot moving. Each scene is vivid, articulate and engaging, enough so that I suggest you must give this book a try! I loved it from start to finish and can’t wait to see what Andie Brock concocts next!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Hot Zone by Elle James

33505103A knight in shining spurs…

Army ranger Trace “Hawkeye” Walsh is in Montana to consider his future, until his involvement in a car chase leaves Olivia Dawson without a foreman for her ranch. Hawkeye can’t walk away from the woman in need. But tackling the role of ranch hand, horses and all, puts this soldier in a hot zone he never imagined.

Olivia needs more than just help with the cattle. The whole reason she’s saddled with Stone Creek Ranch is because someone murdered her father…and now wants the ranch for themselves. Though he’s considering walking away from his career, there’s no way Hawkeye can leave Olivia behind. He must complete this mission for the good of the country–and his heart.

*Ballistic Cowboys Series


Guys, you have to read Hot Zone by Elle James! It is captivating and breathless from beginning to end. Danger abounds and keeps you on the edge of your seat while the hot, delicious romance between the main characters adds that extra spice to keep things flowing smoothly. Trace is sexy, broody and smart. And his protective nature makes him special. Olivia is his perfect match. She is stunning and strong as well, however, beneath her tough girl exterior is a woman who will make any man melt! In the end all I can say is that this story is a wild, thriller of a ride and the quest to bring justice is top priority!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Xenakis’s Convenient Bride by Dani Collins

XenakisConvenientBrideORIGThe challenge: two weeks without your billionaire fortune!

Greek magnate Stavros Xenakis must go undercover to win a bet–and escape his grandfather’s demands that he take a bride. Until encountering deliciously tempting housekeeper Calli proves that a wife is exactly what he needs!

Calli’s baby being taken away robbed her of the ability to trust anyone. Now Stavros’s offer to marry her gives her the chance to finally find her son. But Calli doesn’t expect their honeymoon to be so sinfully sensual–and for life as the temporary Mrs. Xenakis to be so exquisitely satisfying…


Review:

First of all, Harlequin Presents is my first love and it has been that way for a really long time. I have devoured many hot HP stories that burn up the pages and left me wanting more. How is this relevant to this review? Well, Xenakis’s Convenient Bride by Dani Collins reminds me of the first HP book I ever read! The emotions in this book soared off the pages! Meanwhile, the chemistry between Stavros and Calli is electrifying and the fervor burning between them will make you hot! Ms. Collins does a fine job building the climax—layering it with tension, tension and more tension. The (main characters) were realistic, independent and interesting. Guys, this was a smooth reading, fire burning explosion! This passionate temptation of a romance will have you craving for more. I do hope the final story in The Secret Billionaires series by Jennifer Hayward will live up to this heart-stopping tale!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Her Pregnancy Bombshell by Liz Fielding

33245493Expecting her boss’s baby! 

Pilot Miranda Marlowe is too sick to fly her plane, and she must face the truth: she’s pregnant! She knows well enough that her boss, Cleve Finch, is still grieving for his late wife, so to think, she heads to her sister’s new inheritance, Villa Rosa.

Despite the spiders and dust, the Mediterranean palazzo is as gorgeous as ever. Until Cleve turns up with a dramatic offer: a convenient marriage as soon as it can be arranged! It may be the sensible answer…but is it enough for Miranda?


Review:

Her Pregnancy Bombshell by Liz Fielding is a story about trust, hope and the power of love. I was deeply moved by the sincere characters and thought about them even after I closed the book. What really kept me turning the pages though were the deep emotions the author layered into the story. Cleve and Miranda are two people I cared for and if you pick this book up I think you will be touched by their individual journeys too.

Cleve Finch is a wonderful and caring person even though he is a grieving widower. However, his life gets exciting when he becomes intrigued by Miranda Marlowe. He can’t help but acknowledge the slow burning fire Miranda ignites deep in his soul and he can’t shake off her vivacity which makes him want to move on with his life—at last?

Meanwhile, Miranda is the kind of woman who lights up the room and brings a smile to the faces of the people around her. She is energetic, reliable and has plenty of love to share.

Now with a baby on the way, will Cleve and Miranda get the HEA they each deserve?

Overall, this is a wonderful and touching story. It is fast-paced, engaging and the perfect treat to devour on a hot, lazy day!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Miracle for the Neurosurgeon by Lynne Marshall

34007141From doctor…to daddy?

Neurosurgeon Wes Van Allen is used to being at the top of his game, so when an accident puts him in a wheelchair, he’ll push himself to the limit to regain his strength—he just needs a physical therapist who can keep up!

Enter Mary Harris, whose sweet kisses he’s never forgotten! She’ll help Wes achieve his dream, if he helps her achieve hers—a baby! Captivated by Mary’s sunny optimism, dare Wes hope for the ultimate miracle—a family, with Mary by his side?


Review:

Miracle for the Neurosurgeon by Lynne Marshall is a deep, emotional story that tugged at my heartstrings! The clarity with which Ms. Marshall writes instantly garnered my attention. I found her latest medical romance to be nothing short of heart-wrenching. The plot is unique and the main characters are not your typical leads. Mary Harris is a breath of fresh air and Wes Van Allen is a man who is tough as much as he is handsome. The journey towards the HEA hasn’t been a smooth ride, however, every emotion and detail – whether scenic, medical or romantic – is skillfully portrayed and compelling. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend to fellow romance fans!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Tycoon Cowboy’s Baby Surprise by Katherine Garbera

lgcover.9780373838479It only takes one night in Vegas… From USA TODAY bestselling author Katherine Garbera. 

Wedding planner Kinley Quinten’s luck runs out when her job brings her back to Texas—and face-to-face with her child’s father, rancher Nate Caruthers. The passion that got them in trouble during a one-night stand three years ago is still there, too strong to deny. 

Nate can’t help it: Kinley gets under his skin. But what happened in Vegas really needs to stay there. Too bad that cliché only gets him so far as he falls for the woman whose baby secret will change everything! 

Tycoon Cowboy’s Baby Surprise is part of The Wild Caruthers Bachelors duet.


Review:

The flare of attraction had never died between Kinley and Nate. But once Nate finds out Kinley’s secret will they be able to move past their differences?

Tycoon Cowboy’s Baby Surprise by Katherine Garbera is a fabulous read and I enjoyed every second of it! The world building and the intense scenes were spot on. I felt I had been given the front row seat to an extraordinary performance throughout reading this book—absorbed with the plot as the two main characters evolved from strength to strength. There were many powerful scenes between Kinley and Nate that left me breathless and in the end I believe this story deserves each of the five stars I’m giving it—also thumbs up to the author for weaving such a deeply gratifying read.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

The Duke’s Unexpected Bride by Lara Temple

cover-duke-unexpected-brideFrom country miss to London duchess!

Sophie Trevelyan has been enjoying her visit to London, even if her closest companion is an overweight pug! Then she encounters the dashing Duke of Harcourt, who intrigues her more than is strictly proper

Max knows he must marry. He’s looking for the opposite of his high-spirited fiancee, who died some years ago, so he tries to keep his distance from bubbly Sophie. But when her life is endangered, Max feels compelled to rescue her with a very unexpected proposal!


Review:

Wow, I was captivated and intrigued with this story the moment I read the first line! Ms. Temple whisks you down an entertaining path and offers you a delicious reading treat where drama, humor and romance meld together to form an intoxicating read. Sophie is hilarious, spunky and I loved her antics every step of the way. Her sparring with Max and Marmaduke is pure gold! On the other hand, I found Max to be a reserved man yet beneath the façade he portrays to the world is a man who can make a good joke. His secrets add layers to his story and intrigue. I rooted for him from the start. And Marmaduke is the sweetest most hilarious pug ever!

‘Nothing. Not a quiver of his pudgy body. She knew he was awake because his eyes were open, but otherwise he might have been in a trance, his frog-like eyes fixed on the faded gold and crimson wallpaper, his backside defiantly pointed in her direction.’

One of my favorite paragraphs in the book is when Sophie sees Max for the first time. Of course she doesn’t know him at that point but the imagery that Ms. Temple paints is brilliant. I can actually visualize Max.

‘The woman, her dark hair tucked into a fashionable bonnet lined with lilac silk and dressed in a very dashing indigo military-style walking dress with silver facings, looked slightly shocked, but then she glanced up at the tall man beside her and giggled, an incongruous sound from someone so elegant. Sophie, having fully and rather enviously surveyed her fashionable clothes, turned her attention to the man and had the strange sensation of standing before a carefully and magnificently crafted statue of an avenging warrior.’

Avenging warrior? Swoon.

Final Verdict:

 The Duke’s Unexpected Bride by Lara Temple is a fast-paced, engrossing historical romance that hooks you from page one. It is well-seasoned with a good dose of humor, raw emotions and engaging dialogue. Overall, it’s a well-written story with a HEA that’ll make you sigh with contentment.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

False Security by Elizabeth Goddard

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Arriving at her secluded cabin to find her brother missing, Olivia Kendricks follows his trail into the woods until two shooters take aim at her. She only escapes when ex-detective Zachary Long, her brother’s friend and Olivia’s first love comes to her rescue. Now as they run for their lives in the snowbound wilderness, they must search for her brother while figuring out why someone wants them dead. And though Zach’s police force training may be what will save them, it’s also what once drove them apart when he gave Olivia up to chase his dream. In a freezing landscape as deadly as it is beautiful, they’ll have to let go of the past and face down powerful men willing to kill to keep secrets buried.


Review:

False Security by Elizabeth Goddard, the third book in the Winderness Inc. series, opens up with rapid-fire action that kept me engrossed. I was swept away with the play by play action as Olivia and Zachary dodged bullets and danger every step they took in order to find Rich, her brother and Zach’s best friend. It is a matter of life and death as they rush to safety knowing fully that shooters with semi-automatic weapons wanted them dead. But why? And who are these people?

Olivia had escaped Portland to live a quiet life yet the irony of living in the middle of nowhere proved to have its consequences. Another irony is that Zach broke her heart years ago and yet here he was saving her life. The danger lurking in every corner tests their faith and self-will. When it’s all over, will they be able to heal together?

Final Verdict:

The storytelling in False Security is flawless and I’ll surely be rereading it in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the book which I read in one sitting and felt involved in all the action. The author wrote with a deftness that brings each of her characters alive…whether they were good or bad. In the end, it was the perfect escape!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Di Marcello’s Secret Son by Rachael Thomas

32905251The challenge: to leave your billionaire lifestyle behind for two weeks…

Italian tycoon Antonio Di Marcello relishes a challenge–but running into Sadie Parker while undercover as a mechanic rocks him to the core. Four years after their fevered fling stripped away his iron guard, he’s confronted with the shocking consequences…

Sadie gave up hope on her desperate attempts to contact Antonio. Now she has to face the day she’s both dreaded and longed for! Yet Antonio’s claim over her and her son is hard to resist–especially because he’ll use a sensual onslaught to get what he wants!


Review:

I love the concept behind Di Marcello’s Secret Son by Rachael Thomas, the first book in The Secret Billionaire series. It is a fresh, satisfying story and the entertainment level will leave you awed…in a good way! The author leads you on a riveting journey from chapter one with picturesque prose and scintillating passion simmering between the pages. Of the two main characters, I found the hero to be my favorite. Antonio Di Marcello charmed me the moment he took up the ‘challenge’ which set him to live a life without his wealth. There were moments which I found hilarious and moments when he grated on my nerves. Yet all in all, he proved himself to be strong, bold and commanding—everything I adore in a Presents hero. Sadie Parker is a smart, sexy woman and having Antonio back in her life meant she has a choice to tell him the secret she has been keeping from him. I found Sadie’s attitude towards Antonio to be tense but the real issue lies with the deep, emotional conflict boiling between them. Of course the fire which burned between Antonio and Sadie in the past has never died and the lick of flames which engulf them now is hotter than ever!

Overall, Di Marcello’s Secret Son is a compelling and deeply satisfying read. And I can’t wait to devour the other stories!

Recommended Read
4 Stars

The Magnate’s Marriage Merger by Joanne Rock

32336143The matchmaker meets her match…in one very persistent tycoon!

Secretive matchmaker to the rich and famous, Lydia Whitney prefers to stay behind the scenes. But after one mistake, rich resort developer Ian McNeill is hot on her trail, and he’s more attractive–and persistent–than ever before.

Ian can’t believe it when he figures out who’s messing with his family: a woman who has deceived–and seduced–him before. What’s her agenda? And why can’t he resist her? He’ll get the answers to all his questions, if Lydia agrees to his convenient marriage proposal. But once she’s in his arms again, will he let her go?

The Magnate’s Marriage Merger is part of The McNeill Magnates trilogy.


Review:

Ian McNeill hires a private investigator to find a match maker who goes by the name Mallory West who caused a scandal in his family. The PI’s discovery shocks Ian. He knows this woman. She is no other than Lydia Whitney—his ex. Ian sets out to teach Lydia a lesson for the problems she has caused—except once he learns the truth, Ian will use Lydia to his advantage. He shocks her with a marriage proposal. As outrageous as Ian’s proposal may be, Lydia follows through with it. However, being Ian’s wife rekindles the fire that once burned between them. How will this maddening deception of a marriage pan out?

Final Verdict:

The Magnate’s Marriage Merger by Joanne Rock grasps your interest from the onset. It is a fast-paced and dramatic read—with enough conflict to keep you hooked until the end!

Recommended Read
4 Stars

The Prince’s Nine-Month Scandal by Caitlin Crews

9780373060740A shocking royal pregnancy! 

Personal assistant Natalie Monette’s life transforms when she meets her secret identical twin. Except Valentina is a sophisticated princess, unhappily engaged to the supremely arrogant Crown Prince Rodolfo. Impulsively, Natalie agrees to swap identities for six weeks. Her plan is to put Rodolfo in his place…until she’s enticed by the heat between them! 

Prince Rodolfo can’t understand why, having never felt any desire for his betrothed, he now can’t keep his hands off this captivating woman. But scandal abounds when he discovers who he’s taken to his bed…and that she’s carrying his heir!


Review:

The Prince’s Nine-Month Scandal by Caitlin Crews hooked me the instant I read the blurb. Ms. Crews is one crafty painter of words.

Princess Valentina has a secret—she isn’t really the real princess of Murin. In fact she is Natalie Monette, the personal assistant of broody billionaire Achilles Casilieris (who I’m dying to meet!). Natalie doesn’t know what she’s in for when she swaps places with her identical twin whom she accidentally meets and doesn’t know exits until now. But switching places with Princess Valentina and living the princess’s life for six weeks has its pros and cons. Natalie has to carry out Valentina’s duties and at the same time she must act appropriately.  Except— one heady and off-limits distraction is Prince Rodolfo. Being in close proximity to Rodolfo ever so often awakens a need in Natalie, one she wishes to curb. However, things happen – which you will have to find out for yourselves.

Final Verdict:

The attraction between Rodolfo and Natalie is a slow, burning fire. At times it was tense and involves plenty of heated, argumentative conversations. Nevertheless, I was swept away by the taut writing, the distinct dialogue and the achingly petulant main characters who deserve each other. Overall, a thoroughly satisfying read and one I highly recommend!

4.5 Stars

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

Writing Update: Editing a 2 year manuscript.

Funny how time changes one’s perspective on things…

I’ve dug out the first draft of a manuscript I’d written two years ago (which I had intended to submit to the Harlequin Presents line but never did). These past few days I have been quietly working on editing/polishing this baby.

The story is about an arranged marriage gone terribly wrong with an Italian hero who is an ass from the start and a desert Princess who is too ‘naive’ for her own good. The story is deeply flawed and imperfect from the get go and I noticed it the moment I opened the Word file. Yet it astonishes me that I let this story slip through the cracks over the past two years. How could I just let a 52K manuscript with lots of potential pick dust on my hard drive? I can’t answer that question but what I do know is that the writing is not bad at all. It has faults yes but it is hot, sexy and so dramatic at the same time. AND I do not say this because it is my story—my baby. Not at all. Instead I’ve approached this WIP as an avid reader. Now let’s see how things go.

Here are two teasers that caught my hawk eyes.

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