An Interview with Elizabeth Reid Boyd

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

Thanks so much for having me to visit. I’m Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. My natural pen name Eliza Redgold is based upon the Gaelic meaning of my full name. I write contemporary and historical fiction published by Harlequin and St Martin’s Press (as Eliza Redgold) and non-fiction (as Elizabeth Reid Boyd).

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

I’ve been a reader and a writer ever since I could remember. My daughter Jessica, who is a psychologist and wrote The Secrets of Mindful Beauty with me, was the same. I’d find tiny notebooks full of stories!

3. Plotter or panster?

I practice mindfulness and meditation, and teach these practices to my university students. I’m fascinated by how much more creative we are when we slow down and let ideas grow. Then it’s time to plot and plan.

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

I’m very excited at the recent release a groundbreaking non-fiction book with Skyhorse Publishing New York: The Secrets of Mindful Beauty.

We all face beauty challenges at some time in life, such as:

  • Poor self-esteem, lack of self-care or confidence;
  • Cosmetic challenges and changes to skin, hair and nails made worse by stress;
  • Anxiety about aging.

In The Secrets of Mindful Beauty you can learn how to:

  • Boost your beauty esteem and positive self-regard with simple mindfulness treatments to make you look and feel more calm and confident;
  • Use a mind-body stress reduction method that gives you a new, powerful, proven self-care tool;
  • Practice invigorating, healthy anti-ageing techniques that will change the way you see yourself today and in the years to come.

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

Many beauty products offer us hope in a jar. The Secrets of Mindful Beauty offers more than hope. It offers the power of your mind.

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

I’m reading about lucid dreaming. We can all become more aware of our dreams, and even more active in our dreamscape. It’s a fascinating area for developing our creativity.

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

The first draft comes quickly, it is rewriting that takes time and discipline.

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

Physical activity often breaks writer’s block. If I’m staring at a computer screen, I find the simplest techniques can work, especially to deal with fatigue. Here’s an easy exercise from The Secrets of Mindful Beauty:

In the Palm of Your Hand

When your eyes are tired, tune in to your body’s energy by using the palming technique. Briskly rub the palms of your hands together for thirty seconds. You may feel some tingling in your hands. Cup your hands and place them over your eyes. Breathe in and out slowly for one minute. Remove your hands. Blink.

9. What are you currently working on?

A screenwriter in the UK is developing a script for NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva (written as Eliza Redgold). I’m reading and making notes. It’s very exciting!

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10. Any advice for aspiring writers?

Try meditation. Our minds are truly magical.


The Secrets of Mind

The Secrets of Mindful Beauty: Revolutionary Techniques in Anti-Aging and Self-Care

If you think the answer to anti-aging and looking good comes from a jar, a salon, or a surgical procedure: think again. The best beauty treatment is in your own mind.

Did you know:

  • Depression can give you wrinkles
  • Insomnia can cause sagging skin
  • Anxiety can increase reddening and skin rashes
  • Stress can result in acne and hair loss
    and much more?

Discover the secrets of mindful beauty. Lose your permanent frown. Smooth your worried brow without Botox. Turn your sag lines into smile lines. These age-defying techniques have been specially created for a happier, more beautiful you.

Mindful beauty is a way of applying the practices of mindfulness to our physical health and well-being. Many of our routines around beauty lend themselves to mindfulness, and this will not only enhance the experience, but also have ongoing positive beautifying effects by reducing the stress and anxiety that can affect how we look and feel.

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Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd has degrees in psychology and gender studies. She has taught interpersonal, communication, and personal development skills including meditation, self-awareness, self-care and mindfulness at the university level for almost two decades. She writes fiction as Eliza Redgold.

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An Interview with Mollie Blake

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

Hi Amanda. Thanks for inviting me to appear on your blog. Living in Cheshire in the heart of the UK, I’m a former finance director who has turned from working with spreadsheets to writing about fun in between the bed sheets.

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

As a child I loved writing stories but fate led me to become a qualified accountant. After absolutely loving my job I left the world of finance to spend more time with my three year-old child. But by the time he was seven I knew I needed to do something different. Being a stay-at-home mum wasn’t for me – I’m allergic to housework and suffer withdrawal symptoms if I don’t have a challenge. I read Fifty Shades of Grey and a lot of other sexy stories and decided I wanted to write my own, with a good plot. And being able to work at home enabled me to still share in my child’s day including walking him to school everyday.

3. Plotter or pantser?

Bit of a pantser really. I have an outline of a plot, which is very important as I set out to have an element of danger for the protagonists to overcome to achieve their HEA. I need to make sure I do my research, that my timeline works etc. but I let the story evolve as the characters come to life. Sometimes they will lead my down an unexpected path.

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

Keeping You has just been published by Black Opal Books. It’s the story of a man who has escaped a dark life in London but remains hell bent on seeking justice for the murder of his best friend. Living a lonely, celibate life in Cheshire, he falls in love for the first time and, as his past catches up with him, he prays he can keep the woman he loves. But can she accept him for all he is? And will he survive the dangers that still lie ahead of him?

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

Love conquers all. Wherever you come from, wherever life takes you, if you have someone to love, and trust, it will all be worthwhile.

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

Currently The Violet Crab by Bob Bickford

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

About nine months. My stories tend to be long – 100k plus words.

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

Welcoming a Newfoundland puppy into our home presented my writing with a brick wall. Working from home I thought I would be able to write and keep my eye on Pepper. But no. I needed both eyes, and my mind, on her. I stopped writing totally for 3 months. Picking back up on it has been a struggle. In addition to still looking after the dog, whom we absolutely love, coping with a thirteen year-old in the house, and working on edits for Keeping You ready for publication, I am now trying to get back into my writing zone.

9. What are you currently working on?

A story about a youth who goes off the rails when he is involved in the accidental death of a friend. He loses his girlfriend, his performance at school plummets, and his father, an ex army major, steps in to take control. He sends Ezra away to live in a strange house and attend college. But his education will not be “ordinary” as he must comply with the rules of the house. He is then driven to join the army, never meeting anyone quite like the young girl he lost. Until, of course, he does meet her again…

10. Any advice for aspiring writers?

Start and finish your story. What you choose to do with it after that is up to you. But don’t leave an unfinished story in your drawer. And don’t seek perfection, seek passion in your work and it won’t need to be perfect, just wonderful.


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His past haunts him. Revenge drives him. Can her love save him?

After a chance meeting in a bookshop, young Suzy Harper is engaged by multi-multimillionaire, Lawrence Bane, to work on translating a French document. They embark on an intense relationship, but he is surrounded by mystery and shame as demons from his past threaten to destroy everything he has worked for, including her love for him.

This exciting erotic romantic thriller traces the increasingly intense and tender relationship between the inexperienced Suzy and her wealthy, troubled lover, Lawrence. There are two obsessions in Lawrence’s life—his passion for Suzy and his drive for revenge against the gangland boss who murdered his best friend.

 Will Suzy be strong enough to accept Lawrence for the man he is? Will Lawrence trust the woman he loves enough to reveal his darkest secrets to her? Will their love survive the challenges that lie ahead?

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Mollie Blake is a published author of contemporary romance. A lover of reading sexy stories, Mollie decided to go one step further and write her own. Her romances are filled with danger and peppered with hot sexy scenes. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and UK Romantic Novelists Association.

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Best Man Under the Mistletoe by Jules Bennett

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This Christmas romance will blossom!

Planning a wedding with the gorgeous, sexy best man would have been a lot easier if he weren’t Chelsea Hunt’s second-worst enemy. Gabe Walsh is furious that he’s being blamed for the sins of his uncle, but soon his desire to prove his innocence turns into the desire to make Chelsea his!

Review

Jules Bennett has proven yet again that love conquers all. Her polar opposites main protagonists will charm their way into your heart with their wit, charisma and strong-willed nature. Prepare to get lost in this wonderful story which might I add is engaging from the start. The tension slowly builds with each scene. Superb writing keeps the pages turning.

Gabe’s business image is at stake due to the crimes of his now dead uncle. Chelsea is a victim of Dusty’s online racquet. So obviously she should despise Gabe. However, a few twists keep the plot interesting when these two step onto the page together. The banter is entertaining and to say sparks fly is an understatement. Gabe and Chelsea’s chemistry is explosive and they suit each other regardless of the circumstances. 

Overall, Best Man Under the Mistletoe by Jules Bennett is a wonderfully charming holiday romance with all the right tropes to keep you hooked!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Snowed in with a Billionaire (Secrets of the A-List #2) by Karen Booth

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There’s a sexy secret under the tree this Christmas…

With no money and her real name under wraps, chef Joy McKinley isn’t expecting the greatest Christmas. At least her hideout is a luxury mountaintop estate. But when a gorgeous, gallant, incredibly sexy billionaire ends up snowbound with her, Joy wishes she could tell Alexander Townsend the whole truth about herself. Especially when the one thing she shares is her bed—and then discovers he has as many trust issues as she does. Will keeping secrets cost Joy the best Christmas gift she’s ever received? 

Review

Joy McKinley has a secret she doesn’t want the people of Vail to know. But what happens when a super sexy billionaire is snowed in with her? Karen Booth brings the opposite attracts trope to life in this sensual and vivid story. Beautifully written and wonderfully characterized, the story unfolds with drama and heart stopping emotion. Thoroughly enjoyable and the perfect holiday treat! 

Highly Recommended 
4.5

Buying His Bride of Convenience (Bound to a Billionaire #3) by Michelle Smart

9780263924756Daniele Pellegrini must wed or lose his family inheritance. Eva Bergen is the perfect candidate for three reasons:

1. Her body is pure temptation
2. She can’t reject his outrageous charitable donation in exchange for their vows.
3. Most importantly, she can’t stand him – this hard-hearted tycoon won’t risk his wife falling in love!

When Eva’s first youthful marriage ended in tragedy, she buried any hope of loving again. She’s certain she’ll have no problem keeping her second marriage on purely convenient terms…until her husband changes the rules with his expertly ruthless seduction!

Review

Buying His Bride of Convenience is the final book in Michelle Smart’s Bound to a Billionaire trilogy. The story follows Daniele Pelligrini and continues in parallel with Matteo and Natasha’s story who we met in Claiming His One-Night Baby. 

Buying His Bride of Convenience opens up with Daniele having himself checked out by a medical volunteer, Eva Bergen who he so happens to know from a previous date. Their meeting in the opening scenes isn’t glamorous or the sparks don’t fly off the pages. However, when Daniele is tasked with finding a wife in order to claim his inheritance, he has one person in mind…Eva. The drama slowly builds from this point and the scenes that unfold close the trilogy with a bang. Unique, angsty and intense, Buying His Bride of Convenience by Michelle Smart is a solid and compelling read. I enjoyed the banter and the internal musings of Eva and Daniele and throughout their tumultuous journey from being polar opposites to becoming madly in love make their relationship become the perfect forever after! 

Recommended 
4.5 Stars

Claiming His One-Night Baby (Bound to a Billionaire #2) by Michelle Smart

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One night…  

Seeing Natasha Pellegrini at her husband’s funeral propels Matteo Manaserro back to a time before she shattered his trust. Caught in a potent mix of emotion, they surrender to their explosive passion… 

One secret…  

Unable to share the truth about her passionless marriage, Natasha is a virgin until Matteo’s touch brands her as his. 

One baby…  

When Matteo discovers Natasha is pregnant, he knows they must present a united front. He may never trust her, but he’s intent on claiming his baby. Except he hasn’t bargained on their insatiable chemistry binding them together so completely!

Review

Goodness, Michelle Smart knows how to layer drama and raw emotions in her stories. Claiming His One-Night Baby had me hooked from page one. The book has everything. Secrets, scandals, family drama, sophistication and intense romance of course! Natasha and Matteo are flawed and imperfect. I respected them for the decisions they had to make in the end after all the drama which unfolded the moment they gave into their desire for each other…which by the way never died after they’d both gone their separate ways. The opening scenes grab hold of you. I was drawn to Matteo the moment he made eye contact with his parents. I wanted to know more about him—to discover the reason(s) why he wasn’t in terms with his parents—also what drama sat behind his brother’s death. I was also inquisitive as to how the author would bring Matteo and Natasha together. Well, I’ve got to say I’m impressed. Overall, Claiming His One-Night Baby is fast-paced, well-written and emotionally charged. I loved it! 

Highly Recommended 
5 Stars

Protecting His Defiant Innocent (Bound to a Billionaire #1) by Michelle Smart

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Tempted by her billionaire protector… 

Traveling to a dangerous Caribbean island to continue her late brother’s charitable work, Francesca Pellegrini finds herself under the protection of security tycoon Felipe Lorenzi. Independent Francesca is infuriated by his commands, but Felipe’s every look invites her to give up her innocence to him…

With his body and heart as hard as stone after his military career, Felipe has no time for Francesca’s seductive games. Until this captivating young woman entices him beyond all measure, and this lone wolf decides to throw away his strict rules and take her as his own! 

Review

Francesca Pellegrini’s love for Pieta, her now deceased brother has her following in his footsteps. She sets out to the Caribbean to help Caballeros, an island ravaged by natural disaster. What she hadn’t expected however, is to have security tycoon, Felipe Lorenzi protecting her. She doesn’t need a bodyguard, unless he’s ready to cool the fire he’s ignited within her! I’m obsessed with Michelle Smart’s books, which by the way are perfect escape reads. Fast-paced, sexy and helluva hot, you just can’t get enough. Protecting His Defiant Innocent, book one of the author’s Bound to a Billionaire trilogy, swept me away. The story is beautiful and the character driven plot layers drama on top of drama, which I love. Francesca is the perfect heroine. She is smart, strong and gorgeous. Her personality is striking and the way she stands up for things she believes in only makes you love her more. Felipe is just wow! He’s the epitome of an alpha male. He’s tall, dark, handsome, rich with a heart made of gold. I savored his and Francesca’s journey toward their happy ending. It’s a bumpy ride at times for these two but their strength and their commitment in making their relationship work only makes the ending worthy and satisfying. All I can say is, Protecting His Defiant Innocent is a flawless, sexy and sophisticated read that dazzles from start to end. 

Highly Recommended 
5 Stars

Conveniently Engaged to the Boss by Ellie Darkins

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From assistant to fiance! Joss Dawson knows the one thing that will make his dying father happy is to see his son find lovethe problem is, he’s sworn off love forever! But the answer’s simple! Asking his father’s fiercely intelligent, beautiful assistant Eva to play the perfect rolehis fiance. Only for Eva it’s not that easy Pretending to be Joss’s fiance threatens to ruin the life she’s worked so hard for! And how will she keep her head when she’s losing her heart to her frustratingly attractive new boss?

Review

Ellie Darkins writing in Conveniently Engaged to the Boss is pure perfection. The story oozed with a sensuality that makes you swoon and kudos to the author for bringing this book to life with such clarity. I loved every bit of Joss and Eva’s journey! 

Joss will do anything to put a smile on his dying father’s lips. Proposing to the beautiful Eva makes his father happy. Except the deception behind the charade he’d concocted haunts Eva. However, spending excess time with Joss leaves her with a heart on the verge of melting. She’s mad for Joss. But will her feelings be reciprocated? Find out in Ellie Darkins fabulous new release!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars 

A Priceless Find by Kate James

35067084Who says opposites can’t find love? 

A robbery followed by the discovery of a forgery at a respected art gallery thrusts Chelsea Owens into the center of an investigation headed by Detective Sam Eldridge. The instant chemistry between the high-spirited aspiring curator and the tall, dark, brooding cop is a classic case of opposites attract. 

Complications arise when Chelsea uncovers a connection to an unsolved art heist. Teaming up with Sam to find the stolen paintings ignites feelings that could lead to lasting love. But Sam isn’t ready to move beyond the tragedy in his past, no matter how promising his future with Chelsea could be…

Review

There is not one book I’ve read by Kate James that I haven’t enjoyed from beginning to end. A Priceless Find is a story that is deeply rooted in love and commitment. There is a touch of suspense/mystery to spice things up. The main characters snatch your attention from page one. What I loved most about the story is the positive energy that Chelsea and Sam possess. They are hard-working, gentle souls you instantly fall for. Kate James’ writing is flawless, vivid and beautiful. There wasn’t one moment that I haven’t found entertaining. 

Highly Recommended 
5 Stars

Valdez’s Bartered Bride by Rachael Thomas

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Blackmailed into marriage…by Christmas! 

Genealogist Lydia Carter-Wilson is horrified by the debts her father has run up in her name. Then magnate Raul Valdez approaches her with an outrageous proposition. If she helps him claim his inheritance, he’ll pay off her debts and save her tarnished reputation. But there’s a catch. If she fails, she will marry Raul on Christmas Eve! No matter their instant and electrifying attraction, Lydia knows Raul’s proposal amounts to blackmail. Yet faced with an impossible choice–risking ruin or becoming Raul’s bartered bride–Lydia finds she cannot resist her desire to make a deal with the dark-hearted billionaire!

Review

Rachael Thomas’s writing gets better with each new book she adds to her name. What happens when an enigma of a man meets his match in a fierce and headstrong woman? Sparks fly of course! Valdez’s Bartered Bride is exotic as much as it is smoldering hot and intense. I savored Raul and Lydia’s interactions and couldn’t get enough of the author’s spellbinding writing as each character came alive with unique vividness. I clamored onto every page like fiend and at last when the ending zoomed in, I was wholly satisfied. 

Highly Recommended 
4.5 Stars

His Majesty’s Temporary Bride ( The Princess Seductions #1) by Annie West

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Out of the shadows… 

As the illegitimate secret daughter of royalty, Cat’s life has been far from luxurious. After years of bullying, she’s set against a return to her childhood home. But her princess half sister has mysteriously disappeared ahead of her engagement to charismatic King Alexander. 

…into the bed of the king! 

Cat agrees to stand in for her–but she didn’t agree to the electric attraction between her and Alex! He might have no idea who she really is–but when their insatiable desire threatens to strip away every boundary between them, Cat cannot hold back from the temptation of Alex’s caress.

Review

His Majesty’s Temporary Bride, the first book in Annie West’s new duet, The Princess Seductions, is simply breathtaking. There is a perfect balance between angst, seduction and drama to keep you engrossed. Compelling from page one, His Majesty’s Temporary Bride follows the journey between King Alexander, the enigmatic hero and Cat, a tough-as-nails bodyguard cum illegitimate princess and the heroine who’ll make this king weak in the knees. I loved how the author incorporated sparkly prose; scintillating chemistry and taut dialogue which keep the pacing of the story on a constant roll. I was also mesmerized by the layering of the backstories. It made the story enjoyable. Also the world building felt so realistic and the characters propelled the story forward.

Alex is broody, sexy and ridiculously rich and he doesn’t mind pushing the boundaries to suit his liking. I wouldn’t say I adored him every minute of the book, but he’s charming and hilarious when he wants to be. Cat on the other hand is a breath of fresh air. Her unique personality makes you root for her instantly. Her emotional back-story is something else. She isn’t someone who’d want you to pity her. But the lemons life has tossed her way makes your heart stir for her. Honestly, I adored her!

What I liked about His Majesty’s Temporary Bride:

1. The world building. I pictured Bengria in my mind throughout reading this book. Annie West sure does know a thing or two about adding spark to her fictional kingdoms.
2. The writing—it oozes with beauty.
3. The dialogue—Heated. Passionate. Engaging.
4. The characters—they drove the story forward with their antics.
5. The plot—character driven from start to finish.
6. The ending—wow, beautiful. All that angst, drama, and passion whittles down to a swoon-worthy end!

Overall, His Majesty’s Temporary Bride by Annie West is excellence to the highest. I swooned over almost every scene where Alex and Cat locked horns. The story reminded me of the good old classic Harlequin Presents from the early 2000’s and I couldn’t get enough of it! Now I can’t wait to read Princess Amelie’s love story in, The Greek’s Forbidden Princess, the second book in the duet.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

The CEO’s Nanny Affair by Joss Wood

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Sexy single-dad billionaire meets temporary nanny… 

When Tate Harper’s sister disappears, the globe-trotting TV host is suddenly the caregiver for her infant niece. She has to find her sister ASAP! Enter single father and sexy CEO Linc Ballantyne, her sister’s ex. He’s a family man to the core, and he’ll help Tate–if she agrees to be his temporary live-in nanny. Soon she’s juggling a baby, a toddler and a growing attraction to the billionaire Ballantyne. But when it’s time to go back to her real life, will she pack her bags or stay and find out what being a family really means? 

Review

Who knew being a nanny to your niece and employed by a billionaire daddy could be fun and explosive? Leave it up to Joss Wood to transform a common storyline into a sexy, intense and oh so passionate tale. There is something intriguing about two people finding love with a little help from a tiny tot. Joss Wood’s writing in The CEO’s Nanny Affair is taut and vibrant…and I enjoyed every word of it! Tate is attracted to her niece’s father and she has a feeling that the emotions are reciprocated. But could she risk giving her heart to a man who has his under lock and key?

Recommended
4 Stars

A Fortunes of Texas Christmas by Helen Lacey

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The Yuletide season brings something tres magnifique to Austin, Texas, in the form of sexy French entrepreneur Amersen Beaudin. The sexy but standoffish playboy has zero interest in meeting his newly discovered Fortune relatives, least of all the man who is his biological father. 

But when matriarch Kate Fortune dangles an all-too-attractive business proposition, he is too intrigued to stay away. And once he meets Kate’s beautiful gardener, Robin Harbin, he starts to rethink his holiday plans… A spicy affair with the blonde, blue-eyed Texan is now at the top of Amersen’s wish list. 

But all Robin wants for Christmas is the flirty Parisian’s heart and soul. Can she convince him that love–and family–can lead to a joyeux Noel?

Review

Amersen is in Texas for business. He has a meeting with the matriarch of the Fortune clan. What he doesn’t expect is to be acknowledged for who he is…a Fortune by blood. Expecting to be in and out in twenty four hours, Amersen finds he’s drawn to the stunning Robin, the Fortune gardener. Now, he’s willing to stick around in Texas to spend more time with Robin. But is he willing to commit to a forever relationship or cut and run when he’s had his full of the Texan belle? Ms. Lacey’s previous book failed to impress me; however I can confidently say that A Fortunes of Texas Christmas hits all the right notes. The writing is flawless and the quirky characters leap off the page. Meld that with witty dialogue, descriptive narrative and a touch of French flair and you have a Hallmark perfect Christmas romance! 

Highly Recommended 
5 Stars

A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev

34845112Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and to her parents, that’s exactly what Kimaya is. The first baby to survive after several miscarriages, Kimi grows up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai’s Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home, with only the Arabian Sea churning outside her window for company. . . . Until one person dares venture into her world.

Tasked at fourteen-years-old with supporting his family, Rahul Savant shows up to wash Kimi’s windows, and an unlikely friendship develops across the plastic curtain of her isolation room. As years pass, Rahul becomes Kimi’s eyes to the outside world—and she becomes his inspiration to better himself by enrolling in the police force. But when a life-saving heart transplant offers the chance of a real future, both must face all that ties them together and keeps them apart.

As Kimi anticipates a new life, Rahul struggles with loving someone he may yet lose. And when his investigation into a black market organ ring run by a sociopathic gang lord exposes dangerous secrets that cut too close to home, only Rahul’s deep, abiding connection with Kimi can keep her safe—and reveal the true meaning of courage, loss, and second chances. 

Infused with the rhythms of life in modern-day India, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s candid, rewarding novel beautifully evokes all the complexities of the human heart.

Review:

Sonali Dev breathes life into Kimi and Rahul. Her fluent prose evokes the turmoil, the tests of faith and the eternal magic of love and hope. Through the depths of family roots to the quiet beauty shared between the two main protagonists, we have a story with grace, charm, compassion and desires which long to be fulfilled. A Distant Heart is fast-paced and intense and the clarity with which the characters’ lives unfold will fill your heart with utter satisfaction— a thoroughly enjoyable read!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Healing the Sheikh’s Heart by Annie O’Neil

 

34787541A doctor for the desert king… Brooding billionaire Sheikh Idris Al Khalil wants one thing – the gift of hearing for his daughter, Amira – and he’s willing to pay anything to get it! Enter Dr Robyn Kelly, whose whirlwind approach to life sends his senses into overdrive. Now, as the tension between Paddington’s ENT Specialist and the guarded sheikh mounts, Robyn can’t help but wonder…is life in the desert with Idris and little Amira the family happy ever after she’s always dreamed of?


REVIEW:

This gorgeous book stole my heart. The writing is beautiful and visually mesmerizing. I love the way how the author enlightens Idris’ interest of Robyn Kelly the first time he set eyes on her. He is struck by the heroine and his point of view of her is refreshing. Robyn is spontaneous and just cracks me up. She is just this cool doctor who bowled me over when she first appears on the page and her cheerfulness is opposite to Idris’s broody goodness. She intrigued me the same way Idris does and I was hooked. By the way, Robyn’s assessment of Idris equals perfection. Overall, I couldn’t get enough of Healing the Sheikh’s Heart by Annie O’Neil. The characters stole my heart from the start and the reading experience was sigh-worthy. The cadence is fluid and compelling. In the end, I fell in love with Idris, Robyn, Amira and the colorful secondary cast. A great medical romance that will leave your heart in a happy place when you close the book! 

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Hollywood Baby Affair by Anna DePalo

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A fake relationship leads to a real pregnancy! Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Anna DePalo! 

To protect her reputation in a dog-eat-dog town, actress Chiara Feran needs a fake fling fast! Turning to the stuntman on her latest movie, Rick Serenghetti, seems like a sure thing. But in Hollywood, things—and stuntmen—are never what they seem. Rick is actually a wealthy movie producer who stunts for kicks. And boy, is he intrigued by this latest role! But he gets more than he bargained for as the line between fantasy and reality blurs. Soon, a very real baby is on the way. Could a marriage proposal be far behind? 

Hollywood Baby Affair is part of The Serenghetti Brothers series.


REVIEW:

I connected with the characters and the overall storyline the moment I read chapter one of Hollywood Baby Affair. There’s a sparkling beauty in Anna DePalo’s writing that finds a way into your consciousness. These characters have depth and complexities which make them interesting and realistic. If I had to choose my favorite character it’ll be Rick. This little book, with its absorbing narrative has every little ingredient that kept me turning the pages—all in all, an all out winner. 

Recommended 
4 Stars

Second Chance with the CEO by Anna DePalo

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After one fake kiss, she’s crushing on the sexy CEO—again! Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Anna DePalo! 

Teacher Marisa Danieli needs a headliner for her school fund-raiser. Her best bet? Cole Serenghetti, former star hockey player turned CEO of his family’s construction empire. Sure, she had a disastrous high school crush on the guy, but business is business… 

Until it turns into funny business—and posing as a couple. This time, the feelings are red-hot and made worse by the fact that Marisa’s ex-fiancé is dating Cole’s ex-girlfriend! Is Marisa’s fund-raiser coup about to backfire, or is this second chance with the CEO the real deal?


REVIEW:

Anna DePalo writes with confidence that gains your attention from the onset. Her characters come off realistically on the page and I was impressed with the hero and heroine in this book. Second Chance with the CEO delves deep into the flawed souls of Marisa Danieli and Cole Serenghetti and the emotion that resonated with me throughout their growth from strength to strength until the last page is their will to fight for what they want. Yes, Marisa and Cole have history together and moving on had hardened them as adults. Now after a long time, their lives have collided once more and a fierce, fiery spark which still lingers between them catches afire and runs wild. Being in close proximity magnifies the intense chemistry sizzling in the air and it’s not before long Cole and Marisa find themselves in each other’s arms. Recommended? You bet! 

Recommended
4 Stars

The Prince’s Cinderella Bride by Amalie Berlin

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Prince Quinton Corlow’s life was turned upside down the day his divorce was filed and his military papers were executed. Seven years later, the embittered soldier returns, only to walk straight back into his ex-wife’s life! But when Quinn discovers he’s still married to the one woman who could claim his heart, he realizes he must tackle the past for the future he wants the future Anais wants, too. But can he convince his Cinderella bride to fight for their love?


REVIEW:

Now if you’re looking for a medical romance with high drama levels, intense scenes that will sail right into your soul and deeply flawed characters whose insane lives provide non-stop entertainment then The Prince’s Cinderella Bride by Amalie Berlin is the book for you. This royalty themed story is refreshing, absorbing and the perfect escape from real life. I couldn’t put the book down. I was intrigued by the plot as I met Anais Corlow aka Dr. Anna Kincaid and Prince Quinton Corlow. These two have a thing going on that create waves of emotion and drama that only left me swiftly turning the pages to see how their relationship issues turn out. They should’ve been divorced but they aren’t so now Quinton will do everything in his power to prove to his wife that they still belong to each. Their sizzling attraction proves the fire between them hadn’t been doused. Overall, The Prince’s Cinderella Bride by Amalie Berlin is a wonderful story that emphasizes the fact that with a little hard work, love can grow wings through trying times. 

Recommended 
4 Stars

Double Exposure by Elizabeth Goddard

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Epidemiologist Tara Blackburn is investigating an illness in an African village when rapid gunfire and mercenaries change her world. She barely escapes with her life. What she witnesses terrifies her and she flees, taking refuge where no one will find her until she knows whom she can trust.

When Grant McCall arrives on the scene, he knows Tara is wary. But he can’t reveal that he’s working undercover to learn who’s behind the carnage in Africa. An image surfaced that exposed the truth—The epidemiologist believed dead had survived, like a ghost image in a double exposure on film exposed to light.

The killers will stop at nothing to find the woman who witnessed their crimes. But even more deadly is the illness to which she was exposed. 


REVIEW:

Wow, I didn’t want this book to end! The storyline is riveting, absorbing and all out entertaining. Chapter after chapter craftily kept me on the edge of my seat. The danger, the suspense, the rippling tension soared off the pages. Elizabeth Goddard has another winner on her hands. Double Exposure is pure gold. Dr. Tara is on the run when she witnesses a village burnt, and people close to her murdered by a man she knows. Now it is up to her to bring justice to the criminals who took the lives of these innocent people. Her journey will leave you utterly perplexed as to how she’ll fare in this ruthless power play! 

Highly Recommended 
4.5 Stars

In the Boss’s Bed by J. Margot Critch

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Hot for the boss…

Maya Connor was already embarrassed after a dare—and a shot of vodka—resulted in one seriously sexy kiss with an even sexier stranger. She had no idea that the man she made out with was hotel magnate and reputed playboy Jamie Sellers. Or that she would soon be working for him…

Maya won’t let anything get in the way of her ambition. And she’s determined to be taken seriously as she begins her career—and not give in to the heat that’s constantly driving her to distraction. Lust, that’s all it is. The more Maya and Jamie ignore it, the stronger it gets. But ending up in the boss’s bed won’t just be Maya’s wickedest fantasies come to life…it’ll be the end of her dreams. 


REVIEW:

A girl’s night out turns super sexy and super hot quite quickly when sensible introvert, Maya lock lips with a super gorgeous stranger. On a dare, Maya schmooze’s the sexy Jamie Sellers and let me tell you, the sparks between them could have melted steel—wow! I really enjoyed the storyline. It’s fresh and sassy and the characters are realistically portrayed that it’s hard to imagine this is J. Margot Critch’s debut novel. Maya reminds me of me at the opening of chapter one. Her inward thoughts mirror mine. She’s twenty-five with no experience when it comes to being a social butterfly. Jamie on the other hand is the polar opposite. Back in the day he had been wild and carefree. But now, he’s a hardworking, reserved guy who the press just doesn’t get. He has dark demons in his closet but that doesn’t deter him from following his dreams. In fact, his past motivates him to be the best man that he can be. But now having Maya working for him tests his self-control. Things get intense when Jamie offers Maya a job as his assistant. It’s all professional at first but Maya and Jamie secretly have wild thoughts for each other. Eventually they act on these thoughts and boy does the air turn hot between them! Every aspect of In the Boss’s Bed is pure reading pleasure. The writing is taut and incredibly passionate. Ms. Critch makes Maya and Jamie’s journey a joy to read. There is witty dialogue, sharp inward thoughts, intense physical attraction between the hero and heroine, and also a supporting cast who add layer and depth to the story. I was hooked from the moment Maya acts on Abby’s dare! Every scene from then on is a wild frenzied war between chemistry and brains clashing head on. All in all, every word of this passionate, dramatic and intense tryst made me a contented reader! 

Highly Recommended 
4.5 Stars

In Her Best Friend’s Bed by J. Margot Critch

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She wants him so much! 

Abby Shaw has had enough. She’s done with relationships (why are guys always so needy?) and wants to focus on getting her career off the ground. The fact that Trevor Jones–her new best bud and her boss–is seriously hot shouldn’t complicate things at all. But that deliciously hard, tattooed body? A kiss that suggests hours–and nights–of wicked pleasure? Yep, Trevor is trouble…

Abby and Trevor can’t resist turning “just friends” into “friends with sexy benefits.” Which means lots of hot sex, no messy emotions. It’s the perfect arrangement–at first. But their searing sexual chemistry verges on becoming dangerously intimate…and Abby will do just about anything to keep herself from falling in love with Trevor Jones.


REVIEW:

This is my first book by J. Margot Critch and I’m so impressed with the author’s skills as a writer. Her characters are realistically portrayed and they leap off the pages. Her writing is detailed and her storytelling is fluid with a slight allegorical nuance to it and since this is a Blaze book, do expect a hint of humour, oodles of sexiness, fiery passion and boatloads of drama. Overall, Ms. Critch knows how to keep your attention.

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

The Cowboy’s Second-Chance Family by Jules Bennett

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When Lucy Brooks lost her husband, her dreams of a family went with him. Now her life is a busy balance of friends, work and the demands of her small ranch. When she meets handsome, brooding Noah Spencer, she recognizes the grief in his penetrating eyes. And yet she can’t deny the feelings—and hope—that he has reawakened within her. 

All widower Noah has in life is his little daughter and a fresh start as Stonerock’s newest police officer. Right now this cowboy needs to keep his life simple and his heart guarded. Yet he can’t resist the instant pull of sweet, selfless Lucy. This could be a second chance at happily-ever-after…if they can both let go of the past. 


REVIEW:

The cast of The Cowboy’s Second Chance Family by Jules Bennett stole my heart. The strong family ties, the realism in the story and the overall vivid writing stroked a chord in my heart. I savored the relationship Noah Spencer and his daughter share. They are so close and so loving to each other that I couldn’t help but sigh. Lucy is a breath of fresh air. She is strong and smart. The attraction between her and Noah is compelling. Both of them have lost their spouses and I rooted for their relationship to prosper and bloom. They deserve happiness and with Noah’s precious daughter drawing them closer, my reader instincts were satisfied when eventually they realize what’s important and dear to them—a family that’ll stand the test of time. Jules Bennett brings to light the power of family and love in her latest small-town romance. She captures the essence of losing a loved one and the journey it takes to move on and find happiness afterwards. I truly felt compassion and affection for the characters and cheered them all the way to the end. 

Highly Recommended 
4.5 Stars

The Tycoon’s Marriage Deal by Melanie Milburne

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Ruthless playboy Blake McClelland dominates in the boardroom and commands in the bedroom. So when he’s required to produce a fiancee in order to clinch the most important deal of his life, his solution is as coldhearted as Blake himself–he’ll choose a woman innocent enough to convince the world he’s a reformed man! After being jilted at the altar, shy bakery owner Matilda Toppington is in no hurry to wear another man’s ring. Blake’s cynical proposition is scandalously, shockingly outrageous–of course she should refuse! Unless Tillie dares surrender to the unknown pleasures his sinful gaze promises…


REVIEW:

All’s not perfect in Tillie’s confection sweet life. The bills are stacking up and if she doesn’t do something about them then she stands a chance of losing something precious to her heart. It has also been three months now since she’d been jilted at the altar but even those long weeks can’t make her forget her fiancée’s deceit. What she doesn’t know—as yet—is that her life will forever change when Mr. Hot Chocolate Éclair customer returns to her bakery at a time when Tillie thinks she is over men but…things don’t always turn out the way we want them to, does it? Something sparks every time this one particular man looks at her. Can she trust her body when it comes to him? Tillie is a tad shock when her hot customer introduces himself. Blake McClelland’s his name and her thoughts of him are correct. He’s a wealthy playboy. The first time they touch—a simple handshake—it’s like ‘electrifying as a high-voltage current’. Tillie soon finds out Blake is arrogant, commanding and always gets what he wants and she has every reason to defy him. The drama which unfolds is like a daytime soap opera and keeps you engrossed. Overall, The Tycoon’s Marriage Deal oozed with sensuality and a passionate rhythm which only served to satisfy my reader heart and I think this might be my favorite Melanie Milburne book of all. The story is so perfect and the flawless, expressive writing just comes to life on the page. 

Highly Recommended 
4.5 Stars

Bound by the Millionaire’s Ring by Dani Collins

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The playboy’s temporary fiancee Millionaire racing driver Ramon Sauveterre is no stranger to fame, but he’ll do just about anything to keep the spotlight off his family. Including propose a decidedly short-term engagement to his gorgeous head of PR, Isidora Garcia! Isidora cannot forgive Ramon for dragging her into this farce–just as she’ll never forgive him for the indiscretion that broke her heart. But while their relationship might be fake, the burning longing his kisses spark is all too real–and resisting Ramon’s heated touch until the end of their arrangement proves utterly impossible… 


REVIEW:

Ramon Sauveterre will do whatever it takes to protect his family even if it means fake proposing to Isidora Garcia, the daughter of Bernando, a long time family friend, who also happens to work for Sauveterre International. However, what Ramon doesn’t expect is the temptation this innocent beauty evokes from his soul. Could he risk losing his heart to Izzy? Ramon is ruthless and frustratingly uptight. I felt like boxing his ears each time he acted rudely towards Izzy. The only thought in my head during the process of reading the first few chapters is ‘make him grovel’. I wasn’t disappointed when the plot unraveled. Isidora is headstrong, independent and ferociously tough – she matches Ramon word for word. She stands up for her right every step of the way and even though she despises Ramon for his actions in the past, she is forever loyal to the rest of the Sauveterre clan. But when these two clashes it is lightning matching the roar of thunder…sparks fly amidst loud bangs. Complete that with detailed writing, exciting drama and superb family dynamics—you can’t go wrong choosing Bound by the Billionaire’s Ring! 

Recommended 
4 Stars

Bought for the Billionaire’s Revenge by Clare Connelly

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Innocent socialite Marnie Kenington was devastated when her parents forced her to spurn Nikos Kyriazis. She’s never forgotten him, nor his raw sensuality. So years later, when Nikos insists on a meeting, Marnie’s heart leaps…until Nikos strikes a cold, hard deal. Her family is on the verge of bankruptcy and he will rescue them–if she becomes his wife!

Marnie’s rejection drove self-made billionaire Nikos to unimaginable success. Now, he’ll take his revenge. Marnie’s poise is legendary, but he knows in the bedroom he can take her apart, piece by sensual piece…


REVIEW:

Leave it up to Clare Connelly to bring a fresh new voice to the Harlequin Presents line. Bought for the Billionaire’s Revenge is a fascinating, sexy and exotic read – one I consumed in a matter of hours. Her writing is addictive, the chemistry and sensual detail between Marnie and Nikos is red-hot and zings with sexual tension. Painting breathtaking vistas as backdrop, it’s only natural to say Ms. Connelly knows the art of making you obsess with Harlequin Presents all over again!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Tempted by the Bridesmaid by Annie O’Neil

35093700A woman to unlock his heart? The last time brooding Italian surgeon Luca Montovano saw bubbly heiress Francesca Martinelli was at his best friend’s failed wedding. Sparks flew then, and now she’s made a surprise appearance at his mountaintop clinic, bringing a much-needed whirlwind of laughter! Aristocratic Luca just wants to be left alone to care for his orphaned niece. The scars on his face reach right to his heart, and he’s learned to push people away. Until Fran forces him to see the world through her eyes! 


REVIEW:

Francesca Martinelli is a bridesmaid at her best friend, Princess Beatrice’s wedding though what she knows about the groom has enough strength to create quite a stir. But all Fran wants is to see her dearest friend happy…even if that means ending one of Italy’s most powerful, media covered weddings. Marco may be me handsome, wealthy and a prince but he has no shame. 

Meanwhile, Luca and Francesca are secretly attracted to each other but due to circumstances in the beginning reign back their feelings. All that matters at that point is their best friend. However, over the course of the story the plot thickens and things get shaken up a bit. 

What really drew me into the story is the captivating tug-o-war of emotions raging between Luca and Fran amidst the backdrop of medical drama. Their romance is slow burning and hot!

Luca has demons in his closet and even his gorgeous looks can’t hide them. The scar on his face reminds him of a tragedy which still haunts him to this day. However, what he doesn’t need in his life right now is a lying, cheating, and deceptive girlfriend. The signs had been right in front of him all this time that Marina was using him. Luca is deeply knocked up by the truth. Only now he has a chance to tell Marina what he’d been itching to tell her all along— that it’s over. His eyes are now set on Fran and he can’t deny how attracted he is to her. Fran on the other hand is funny, passionate and downright irresistible. I took a liking to her character from the onset. She is no doormat. Her strong and charming personality will make you instantly fall for her. Though she’s somewhat of an introvert when it comes to expressing her feelings, I still saw a part of her that is striking and pleasing. Beautiful and detailed writing ensures that you are a satisfied reader after you close the book. Overall, Tempted by the Bridesmaid by Annie O’Neil is a dramatically entertaining read! 

Recommended 
4 Stars

Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress by Lara Temple

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Betrothed…to the wrong man!

Building a life away from her bullying family, schoolmistress Helen Tilney now needs to convince her childhood sweetheart she’s a worthy bride. Standing in her way is Lord Hunter—the man Nell has just discovered she’s betrothed to! 

Hunter’s offer of marriage to Nell came out of guilt, and now seems less than appealing! So when she asks for his help to win another man, he agrees. Until their lessons in flirtation inspire a raging desire that has Hunter longing to keep Nell for himself… 

Book 1 in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies trilogy


REVIEW:

I adored this story the moment I turned to chapter one. Nell is sweet, kind-hearted with a bit of wit beneath her flamboyant flair. Her first thoughts of Lord Hunter in the opening scene made me smile. The story is fast-paced, the writing is beautiful, the plot grabs you and doesn’t let go, and the characters have so much depth—right down to Elkins—the stable hand. Each character plays a vital part in making this book unputdownable. I was mesmerized. Every detail warmed my heart. In fact, the fluent, lush prose took my mind off reality. It swept me away and I was hooked. Lara Temple makes sure she keeps your attention by putting her characters in challenging or sometimes hilarious situations that leave you psychologically satisfied. There is a humorous undertone to the plot which I savored. Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress is another wonderful story that helped me through a tough period in my life. All in all, Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress by Lara Temple is a beautiful, charming and passionate story. Its uniqueness is evident in every scene and I relished every word. So go grab yourself a copy. You most definitely will not regret it!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

A Warriner to Protect Her by Virginia Heath

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An heiress in distress and an earl in disgrace…

When heiress Violet Dunston escapes from an abduction, she finds an unlikely protector in Jack Warriner—a member of one of England’s most infamous families. Ensconced with mysterious Jack behind his manor’s walls, soon escape is the last thing on Letty’s mind!

Jack may be an earl, but his father’s exploits have left him with nothing to offer except a tarnished name. He’s turned his back on the ton, but with Letty tempting him day and night, he finds himself contemplating the unthinkable—a society marriage!


REVIEW:

I love the way how Ms. Heath craftily adds nuance to the setting and the characters, putting my mind to the task of picturing every scene bursting to life. I could feel carriages bump along uneven roads and even the tightness of a gag on one particular character… There is deftness to the writing that drew me into the story. The stark emotion and the craziness of a wrinkled villain all added depth and emotion to the plot which is as absorbing as much as it is intense. The heroine is forced to marry a dreadful, old tard. Thankfully she escapes the wrinkled, old man’s carriage only to be rescued by a drunken hero who wins my heart instantly with his sense of humor. Jack is used to having his own way. Now, with a woman in his life he has become somewhat tamed. Overall, A Warriner to Protect Her is captivating as much as it is engrossing—it’s an all out satisfying read!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

The Rancher’s Unexpected Family by Helen Lacey

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1 Cowgirl Cop + 1 Single Dad = Double the Desire! 

Running a ranch for troubled kids, policing the town and raising a son—Ash McCune is in complete control of her hectic life. Till one sexy single dad arrives on her Cedar River ranch with his daughter. Cole Quartermaine is rich, successful, a good father. But in weeks, he’s leaving. So why does he make her feel something she hasn’t felt in years—like a woman?

Cole needs this ranch to connect with his newfound daughter. What he doesn’t need is a jaw-dropping attraction to the cowgirl cop who runs it. Nor hero worship from her son. He’s got three weeks to resist her and return to the city, a party of two…or stay and make a family of four. 


REVIEW:

The Rancher’s Unexpected Family by Helen Lacey is a sweet, country romance that follows one cowgirl cop and a handsome single dad. This is a good story but I don’t think this is Ms. Lacey’s best effort yet. I’ve read other books from this author and immensely enjoyed them. I cannot say the same for her latest release. At times I found the pacing terribly slow and that took away the pleasure of immersing myself in the story one hundred percent. Mind you, The Rancher’s Unexpected Family isn’t a bad story but it just didn’t appeal to me as much I as thought it would.

3.5 Stars

The Alaskan Catch by Beth Carpenter

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Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It’s impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking country, even if Dana’s no closer to finding the answers she came here for.

Her brother’s best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He’s strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He’s also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana’s past…


REVIEW:

I cannot believe this is Beth Carpenter’s debut novel for Harlequin Heartwarming. The Alaskan Catch is the perfect, indulgent read that grabs you the moment you flip to chapter one. This vibrant, captivating story will make you dream of Alaska—the author expertly utilizes the setting as a character in the book and you picture the scenes in your mind through her vivid prose. This is a character driven novel that has a little of everything to keep you engrossed. The main characters will charm their way into your heart. I’m really impressed with this book so much that I can’t wait to see what Ms. Carpenter comes up with next.

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Redeeming the Rogue Knight by Elisabeth Hobbes

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The spy who sought refuge…

When injured spy Sir Roger Danby comes asking for shelter at her inn, Lucy Carew is wary. He may be strikingly handsome, but the disgraced single mother has learnt the hard way with men like him. Against her better judgement, she gives him refuge.

Sir Roger has never been at the mercy of a woman before, and he’s never met one as mysterious and bewitching as Lucy. He hasn’t come looking for redemption, but Lucy is a woman who could reach in and touch his closely guarded heart…


REVIEW:

What happens when a man who is every bit of a rogue finds his match in a single mother who stirs his soul? Will this be a match made in heaven? Sir Roger is a womanizer and a scoundrel who’ll bed any woman the first chance he can get. But things get rough and chaotic when his partner Thomas, does the unthinkable and spends the night in the bed of Katherine Harpur. Now men are after them and Roger gets injured along the way. They ride to Thomas’s house where his sister, Lucy Carew helps them. Roger’s racy conversations with Lucy just prove he’ll break the rules no matter the situation. But for how long can Lucy deny the attraction between her and this rogue of a man?

Elisabeth Hobbes writing in Redeeming the Rogue Knight is impeccable. This story entertained me from the start. I was thrust into Sir Roger’s world and experienced firsthand his womanizing ways and later on his growth as a hero. The storyline which is fast-paced, character driven and adventurous made my reading experience as seamless as possible. All in all, a satisfying read for anyone who fancies historical romance!

Recommended
4 Stars

A Ring for the Greek’s Baby by Melanie Milburne

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From no-strings…

Notorious playboy Loukas Kyprianos cannot forget his wild night with sweet, innocent Emily Seymour. But when he arrives in London to offer a no-strings arrangement, Loukas uncovers a surprise consequence of their passion—Emily is expecting!

To wearing his ring!

Despite their exquisite encounter, Emily knows Loukas can’t give her the fairytale she dreams of—so when he insists they wed, she agrees for their child’s sake alone. But their engagement fuels their hunger, and when the irresistible Greek’s protection turns to seduction it’s only a matter of time before Emily succumbs to his touch!

When one night…leads to pregnancy!


REVIEW:

A Ring for the Greek’s Baby by Melanie Milburne is an explosive, sexy and all out mesmerizing read. I devoured this book in a matter of hours. The plot is a simple one but yet it still managed to draw me in one chapter at a time. Most of the scenes are intense and dramatic and well-written. And I enjoyed Emily and Loukas’s journey from beginning. These two are very flawed. They make mistakes but eventually learn from them. Their romance is hot and fierce. And sparks fly helter-skelter every time the gorgeous hero is on page with this heroine. They are good together and good for each other. I really enjoyed this book. The story got me through a tough time and I have the author to thank for that. Overall, a hot and spicy read.

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Sarah and the Secret Sheikh by Michelle Douglas

18556078_1028346667301547_4855750174477839925_nOne magical night with enigmatic bachelor Majed leaves Sarah both pregnant and confused – should she reveal her secret to the gorgeous man or walk away? But discovering he’s going to be a father changes everything for Majed, and it’s time for him to unveil his true identity – he’s the prince of Keddah Jaleel!


REVIEW:

Beautiful writing and absorbing storytelling gives you a book that deserves to be on your keeper shelf! Sarah and the Secret Sheikh—a charming, sexy romance by Michelle Douglas brought deep satisfaction into my little reader heart. The story hit all the right buttons and I’m happy to have met Majed and Sarah. I enjoyed the banter and the sultry passion they share. These two command the page and command your attention. Well done, Michelle Douglas. I’m sure readers will be snapping up your book off the shelves!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Rescued by the Billionaire CEO by Amelia Autin

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A billionaire on the hunt for justice meets his match in Amelia Autin’s latest Man on a Mission romance 

When she’s bound, gagged and kidnapped, Alana Richardson is terrified…until a masked avenging angel saves her. There’s something unforgettable about the mysterious man. But when she uncovers her hero’s identity—drop-dead-gorgeous alpha male Jason Moore—Alana is irresistibly drawn into his dangerous world…

 A CEO by day and a vigilante by night, Jason lives and breathes danger. Yet, for the first time, he may have found a woman who understands his commitment to justice at all costs. His hunger for right to prevail could put Alana in harm’s way—but one night and one secret will change everything.


REVIEW:

Oh wow. Rescued by the Billionaire CEO had me up in knots! The tension soared off the pages and the writing is superb, sharp and just grabs you instantly. Chapter after chapter I was swept away with the beauty of this book. Whatever you do, just don’t forget to grab a copy for yourself. The story consumed my attention from the onset and I couldn’t put it down until I reached the end. I enjoyed meeting up with characters from previous books and I fell in love with Alana and Jason right from the start. Their passion ignited the pages. Amelia Autin has skillfully woven together yet another romantic suspense story that absorbs your every emotion. I loved, loved this book!

Alana Richardson is kidnapped and held hostage by masked men. She tries to free herself but her kidnappers have her tied up. However, she is too positive to give up trying to lose the binding on her hands. At least she is trying to keep her composure. But what she hadn’t bargained on is being rescued by a savior in black. She is drawn to her rescuer but before she can thank them they’re gone. The RMM, she discovers, rescues people who are in position like her. As time progresses Alana cannot take her mind off the strong man who had swept her down to safety. As it happens she uncovers his identity and… The ball starts rolling. Things happen that will hook you and boy was I hooked!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Forever Mine by Joanne Dannon

ebook-coverHe thought she was off limits, but after a sizzling weekend, can he make her his forever?

Hannah Greene is fed up. A romantic at heart, she’s had a major crush on her best friend’s brother for years but he’s never noticed her. To shape a life for herself away from Zac, she must move on.

Zac Warne, smooth-talking sales guy who takes responsibility to a whole new level, loves the thrill of the chase but is not interested in settling down, ever. It’s not that he doesn’t believe in love, it’s just not for him.

But circumstances have Hannah and Zac spending one weekend together and a night of fun leads to more than just emotional consequences for them.

Compelled to right wrongs and beholden to fix problems, Zac has to convince Hannah his about-turn about wanting a relationship with her is not just one of convenience. Can Hannah now trust this smooth-talking playboy who has a reputation for breaking hearts, including her own?


REVIEW:

This book has been calling to me for some time now but my tbr has been and still is a mile long. But finally I’ve had the chance to read Forever Mine and I’m not dissatisfied at all. Joanne Dannon has done a wonderful job with this book. The storyline grabbed me straight away and the characters are exceptional. The pacing is solid and I was easily swept on a beautiful journey where love conquers. Zac Warne is dreamy and outrageously fun. But there is a depth to him that made me care for him as the hero. Hannah Green has so much love to share! I truly rooted for her. Though there isn’t that much conflict in the story, I still felt a deep connection with the characters. Overall the writing is expressive and satisfying. All in all, a worthwhile read.

Recommended
4 Stars

Twin Surprise for the Single Doc by Susanne Hampton

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In labor, trapped in an elevator, Claudia Monticello grips Patrick Spencer’s hand. Abandoned by her babies’ father, she must rely on this handsome stranger’s quick thinking and kindness to bring her twins safely into the world!  

A former obstetrician, Patrick won’t let Claudia down. He might have vowed never to love again, but as he holds these adorable babies in his arms, Patrick finds he can’t just walk away from them—or their strong and beautiful mother…


REVIEW:

Ms. Hampton draws you into her story from the moment you flip to page one. Twin Surprise for the Single Doc is a vibrant, heartfelt and emotionally intense book brought to life through compelling prose and expressive characterization. Claudia Monticello and Patrick Spencer’s stories will tug at your darn heartstrings! I was emotional when I read that elevator scene. But wow! Claudia and Patrick’s story isn’t a smooth journey. The obstacles thrown in their paths test the limits of their strength and endurance. In the end love wins and for me it is all that matters—a happy ever after which overcomes the bumpy journey it takes to get to that rewarding and fitting ending!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

Expecting the Billionaire’s Baby by Andrea Laurence

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A Texas-size pregnancy surprise! 

Cecelia Morgan needs to take her business to the next level, and decorating the new luxury resort in Royal, Texas, is just the ticket. But at the meeting to pitch her designs, she comes face-to-face with Deacon Chase, her former flame from the wrong side of the tracks who grew up to be a billionaire hotelier. Turns out he’s the silent partner in this project. Their chemistry is off the charts. Too bad she’s spoken for.

But when the blackmailer terrorizing the Texas Cattleman’s Club targets Cecelia, revealing a past secret that ruins her present engagement, she turns to Deacon for comfort…only to soon be expecting!

*Texas Cattleman’s Club: Blackmail (Book 4)
April 2017


REVIEW:

Andrea Laurence has a way with words. She is known for her intense drama, passionate heroes and compelling storylines. However, I cannot say Expecting the Billionaire’s Baby has all of those qualities. Something is missing in this book but I can’t quite put my finger on it. But let it be noted that the book is not all that infuriating. There are parts of it that I found compelling and engaging. For instance:

  1. The character behind the Maverick moniker intrigued me from the start.
  2. Cecelia’s ex-fiancé. I can’t remember his name right off the bat, but his attitude towards Cecelia stuck in my head. He is a rich, spoiled brat and I hated him for his actions towards her. I hope he finds a woman who marries him for his money.
  3. The sensual passion shared between Cecelia and Deacon made up for all the flaws in the story. Their passion is slow burning from the start and once it fully ignites…wow!
  4. The writing is sharp and expressive.

Overall, Expecting the Billionaire’s Baby is a good reunion story. However, I really wished it had wowed me as much as Ms. Laurence’s previous books have in the past. Regardless, I still believe romance lovers would take away something from this book.

Recommended
3.5 Stars

Convenient Marriage, Surprise Twins by Amy Ruttan

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When Lana Haole reluctantly agrees to a marriage of convenience to help persuasive and all-too-tempting Dr. Andrew Tremblay stay in the country, the last thing she expects is to fall for the arrogant playboy’s charms–on their wedding night…

Twin consequences!

Lana and Andrew agree it was a one-time-only deal…until they discover that Lana is pregnant with twins. Andrew won’t walk away from his babies, or his beautiful bride, so he has eight months to convince Lana to stay his wife forever! 


REVIEW:

OMG, there is so much emotion in Convenient Marriage, Surprise Twins! Amy Ruttan has woven quite a convincing plot. The narrative is beautifully written and the characters are so deeply flawed that make you want to reach out and hug them! I can’t tell you what I loved most, because there is so much to love. The romantic detail between the two main characters is sweet to intense to spicy. Lana Haole has such a tender heart for a person who has faced trying times in the past. She is a loving, kind and protective woman. I really liked her. Andrew on the other hand came off as broody and uptight for me in the beginning. But, I soon discovered he has his reasons for being that way. Eventually he loosens the knots around his heart and you see a side of him that doesn’t go unnoticed. And their marriage which started off as kind of tame soon became…intense and full with sparks! The medical drama sprinkled throughout the book adds extra detail that makes the story all the more appealing. Overall, Convenient Marriage, Surprise Twins by Amy Ruttan is a quick and absorbing medical romance with a sheer charm to it that’ll leave you contented after you close the book.

Recommended
4 Stars

The Baby Merger by Yvonne Lindsay

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One white lie leads to one little secret… 

The truth is, Sally Harrison’s one-night stand with the breathtaking business tycoon Kirk Tanner was the most mind-blowing sex of her life. But after discovering that Kirk’s her new boss, she feels used. And finding out she’s pregnant has upended her life.

The intensity of Kirk’s attraction to Sally is off the charts. But after concealing his identity that night, Sally’s unwilling to ever believe him again. Besides, she resents that he’s been put in charge of her father’s company instead of her. But when Sally’s suspended for corporate espionage, can Kirk prove her innocence…and his love? 


REVIEW:

Sally Harrison is well-educated and classy but for the longest while she has been living in the shadows. Now she’s determined to overcome her phobia. When she meets Kirk Tanner she decides to put up a bold act.

After Kirk approaches her in the bar, Sally is overwhelmed by his intense gorgeousness which hits her gob smack in the face. Being with him makes her feel strong and desirable and she can’t believe a man this handsome would even buy her a drink much less flirt with her! Her phobia is forgotten when she finds herself in Kirk’s arms. One thing leads to another. She can’t think clearly. Kirk ignites something in her. His sweet talking, passionate seduction makes her head spin. She wants him. However, one one-night stand later she discovers his deception and now Sally feels sick to the stomach. She hates him at this point and all she wants is to forget the pleasure he has given her, though it proves a challenge. Her determination makes her fight hard for her rights. He has turned out to be ruthless and when he gets the top seat in her father’s business she hates him even more. Things get topsy turvy from here on and the rush of drama and reined in desire is enough to keep the pages turning.

Overall, Yvonne Lindsay weaves a compelling tale. I thoroughly enjoyed The Baby Merger. It is a good, angsty read and one I believe romance fans would devour.

Recommended
4 Stars

Home to Stay by Kate James

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A missing little boy triggers San Diego K-9 officer Shannon Clemens and her canine search-and-rescue partner into instant action. For the rookie cop haunted by a childhood tragedy, bringing Sawyer Evans’s son safely home is more than a job. It’s a mission she can’t fail.

But forging a friendship with the father is a tactical error that could compromise her first solo assignment. Yet the deepening bond between them is almost impossible to resist.

*(Book four in the San Diego K-9 Unit series)


REVIEW:

The brilliance that is Kate James’s latest novel—Home to Stay—with Harlequin Heartwarming will tug at your heartstrings with the emotional intensity layered throughout the story. I was glued to this book the moment I scrolled to chapter one. The conflict is set in motion when Sawyer wakes up to find his son, Dylan missing. Taut writing sets the scene going, as a whirlwind of emotions entangle you with the plot.

[The adrenaline rush had him gasping for air. The sleeping bag was empty.]

From that moment onward, stellar writing had me hooked. The search for Dylan brings Shannon, a San Diego K-9 Unit officer and her dog into Sawyer’s life and over the course of the book feelings go awry for everyone. But it is the lingering awareness between Shannon and Sawyer that catapults things to whole new level. Where could Dylan be? And does Shannon stand a chance with the single dad?

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

The Marriage Contract by Kat Cantrell

Cover-e1487278827477Mills & Boon Desire series delivers powerful, passionate romances…

A Billionaire’s Baby Plan…

Desmond Pierce wants a child — but the conventional route won’t do for the reclusive inventor. Enter McKenna Moore, a medical student willing to be a surrogate mum…and to marry by proxy without ever meeting her husband.

But when the baby’s health requires McKenna to not only face Desmond but also live with him, their chemistry explodes. Soon McKenna is in his bed, where he wants her to stay. But saying yes to making their marriage real puts McKenna’s dreams at risk — and forces Desmond to re-evaluate everything he’s ever wanted…


REVIEW:

I’ve always looked forward for my next Kat Cantrell fix and The Marriage Contract, her May release is a fun read that I have been anticipating reading. Honestly, this book has been sitting on my tbr for a while, not because the story didn’t entice me but rather because my staggering book list wouldn’t give me a break. (But hey, I’m not complaining!)

Desmond Pierce and McKenna Moore share an unconventional relationship. It is this complicated relationship that keeps the drama wheel turning. Good writing, crisp dialogue and a hint of humour kept me transfixed with the unfolding shenanigans.

Desmond reserves his macho rights throughout this book but most times beneath his dark, encompassing veneer is a man who just needs someone to love who will in turn love him back.

McKenna brings out the best in Des for all the right and wrong reasons (at times). She and Des may be at odds at intervals but she understands him more than he would like. Her smart, admirable personality is a main focal point in moving the plot forward.

I felt a deep connection shared between these two main characters. They are realistic and beneath their composed facades are people who carry extra baggage that only love can heal. Kat Cantrell brings to light Desmond and McKenna’s compelling conflict and their sensual passion in the most dramatic of ways and because of that I closed the book one satisfied reader.

Recommended
4 Stars

Wives of War by Soraya Lane

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London, 1944. Two young nurses meet at a train station with a common purpose: to join the war effort. Scarlet longs for the chance to find her missing fiancé, Thomas, and to prove to her family—and to herself—that she’s stronger than everybody thinks. Nursing is in Ellie’s blood, but her humble background is vastly different from Scarlet’s privileged upbringing. Though Ellie puts on a brave face, she’s just as nervous as Scarlet about what awaits them in France.

In Normandy, the two friends soon encounter the seemingly unflappable Lucy. Scarlet and Ellie are in awe of her courage and competence, but the experienced nurse is well aware of the dangers of the job they’ve chosen—and even she is terrified they won’t make it home alive.

Pushed to their limits by the brutality of a world at war, Scarlet, Ellie and Lucy will need to rely on each other—and the power of their friendship—to survive.


REVIEW:

Wives of War by Soraya Lane is a story of despair and of darkness in the trying times of 1940’s that test the faith and the courage of unsound heroes—of doctors and nurses on the battle field, caring for the injured, of soldiers fighting for freedom. The devastation described in this book clutched at my heart. It is stark and heartbreaking. I felt the deep pain of these characters. They are each strong and capable in their unique way yet their delicate emotions get rip to shreds with the demoralization of human life all around them. This emotional tearjerker will leave you breathless. It will stir your soul. It will wreck havoc with your mind. It is hilarious at times but the dreadful war taking place within the pages will bother you. I saw the brutal scenes through the eyes of each character stretch out before me in dramatic detail.

I loved Ellie and Scarlet. Though they come from different backgrounds—Ellie is a poor country girl and Scarlet is the belle of society girl—they connect and bond instantly. Sharing mutual sisterly respect for each other and keeping each other’s spirits up when everything around them fall apart.

Scarlet doesn’t act privileged in any way. I admired her. She showed how courageous she is by leaving her family to become a nurse with hopes of finding her dear Thomas, her fiancé. Her journey throughout the book is tough and eye opening. It is on the train, to her station as a nurse, where she meets Ellie and their friendship is sealed at that moment.

Ellie is charming and brave with always a ready smile to cheer the downtrodden. But behind her smile hides her fear. I wanted to reach out to her and tell her to keep being brave. Handsome Dr. Spencer takes her mind off things only if it’s just for a while.

Lucy. What can I say about her? She has seen death and injury up close. She’s seen a doctor take his life, seen soldiers die… I don’t think I have the guts like her to be where she is and see what she has and still be strong throughout it all.

James. James is tender, wise and sometimes he speaks his mind. I found his wisdom to be soothing. The passionate chaos that is his attraction to Scarlet is a bright light under a gloomy, horribly dank Sussex sky. On the ship while sailing to Normandy, he’s there too and without knowing that his presence gives Scarlet the strength to keep it together when all she wants is to fall apart. To flee. To return home. But she doesn’t.

What shocked me the most was that first plot twist! I literally gasped when I reached that part, because I never for one second saw it coming.

Now, I can go on and on about this book but I won’t. Not because I’m lazy (I’m not) but rather because I feel if I did continue I might slip up and reveal vital bits of the plot.

In summation, here are just a few reasons why Wives of War by Soraya Lane consumed me from the start and found a place in my heart:

1. It is a captivating, emotionally stirring, haunting and raw. Once you start reading you find yourself not wanting to put the book down!

‘War changes you, makes you realise the errors of the past sometimes,’ James replied.

2. The lush prose.

‘I think of that night so often – the way he kissed me when it was dark, when no one could see. Our teeth kind of bumped and his moustache was bristly against my lips, but it was amazing. I mean . . .’

3. The sometimes inspirational and raw dialogue.

“Smile and the world will see the woman you want them to see, no matter how you feel inside.”

“There was so little to look forward to, and so much sadness surrounding them. Was it so wrong to anticipate a night of fun?”

4. The courageous cast.

‘We’re going to be fine, I promise,’ Ellie said, patting her arm as a whistle blew.

5. The scenes literally burst to life in your mind.

“At least I know how the other side lives now. We all sat around our dinner table, my brothers and me, with Ma and Pa, and at night Pa’d read to us in front of the fire. We didn’t have a lot, but we had full bellies most of the time and there was plenty of laughter and hugs.’”

<Sigh>

Overall, Wives of War is a sterling read from a writer who deserves every bit of praise for such an intense and absorbing tale.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Her New York Billionaire by Andrea Bolter

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His fake fiance?

Artist Holly Motta arrives in New York to make a new start only to find billionaire Ethan Benton occupying the apartment where she is meant to be staying! But there’s another surprise in store Ethan needs a fake fiance fast and he wants her to fill the role! But Ethan’s got no intention of trusting any woman with his heart. Until he lets beautiful Holly into his world and discovers she is the only woman he’d really like to make his wife! 


REVIEW:

A few days ago I hyped about Her New York Billionaire by Andrea Bolter about how much I think this book would be a sweet and romantic read. Well…the story lived up to my expectations and it was beyond sweet. The banter and the chemistry between Ethan and Holly sparked from the very start. The way chapter one opens up had grabbed me instantly.

‘Why is your face is blue?’

This snippet of dialogue sets the scene for a meeting between two complete strangers. And oh man I was hooked right there. There is something appealing about a hero who knows how to make you giggle and Ethan’s quirks make you do just that. He makes you laugh a time or two. The serious bit is when he reaches out to Holly for her help. Why should she help him? It’s not like she owes him any favors. Does she? I knew from that instant when she gives her go ahead their relationship would evolve. Their romance is sweet but it is the beautiful and lush writing which breathes life into these two wonderful, headstrong main characters. Even though there aren’t many secondary cast in the book—and that’s not an issue—I felt the story was still well-balanced for a debut romance novel. Ms. Bolter, Her New York Billionaire is a marvelously classy story! Congratulations, you are well and truly on your way to shining light into the hearts of your readers with your unique and passionate storytelling.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Wilderness Reunion by Elizabeth Goddard

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After stumbling on a drug operation, Alice Wilde races through the woods as bullets whiz past, using her skills as a wilderness guide to elude her pursuers. But she doesn’t stay safe for long once one of the armed men recognizes her…and starts stalking her. When the sheriff asks her to guide his men and photojournalist Griffin Slater—her ex-boyfriend—to the crime scene, though, she can’t refuse. Alice knows Griffin’s just there for a story, but after the two of them are separated from the rest of the group, he’s the only person who can save her. And with someone willing to do anything to hunt them down, Alice must put aside their past if she wants to survive. 


REVIEW:

Wilderness Reunion—Elizabeth Goddard’s final installment in her Wilderness Inc. quartet does not disappoint. There is instant action that propels you into the story which I must say is fast-paced and absorbing. The plot is a rollercoaster ride and the characterization is well drawn out. Griffin Slater is my latest book boyfriend. He is one dapper, vigilant guy whose instinct to detect danger and a story is commendable.

Alice Wilde is admirable. However it is her nerve-of-steel personality that makes her a lovable heroine. She is a tough, outdoors girl who stumbles upon an illegal marijuana farm and her instant reaction is to inform the authorities. What she hadn’t bargained on though is the threat of being seen and then marked by one of the illegal marijuana growers. Things get topsy-turvy from then on.

What I greatly appreciate about this book is the way the author keeps up the tension that Griffin and Alice must endure. This tension rubs off on you as a reader and makes you itch to know what happens next. Of course you’re captivated with the plot because you don’t know and Griffin and Alice doesn’t know what stunt would be pulled next by the people out to get Alice.

So would I propose you go get this book? Yes. Go get it. You won’t be disappointed.

What I thought about Wilderness Reunion?

The story is fast-paced and eloquent and throughout reading it I felt a great urge to reach the end because the suspense was killing me! The author must be given two thumbs up for her dexterity as a writer. She had my full attention from page one. All in all, I immensely enjoyed the crazy ride this book took me on.

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

The Marriage of Inconvenience by Nina Singh

Nina SinghHer lawfully wedded husband…again? 

When Angeline Scott’s business is in trouble, she turns to the one man who can help—RJ Davet. She needs him to pose as her husband to secure a vital deal. Surely that shouldn’t be too difficult, seeing as RJ played that role spectacularly well until their marriage fell apart! 

Opening the door to RJ again makes Angel realize something immediately: she’s never gotten over him. But can she convince him of that before this deal is struck and he walks out of her life once more?


REVIEW:

The Marriage of Inconvenience, Nina Singh’s second Harlequin Romance novel is a witty, sensually captivating read—a perfect chillaxing treat for this summer heat. I fell in love with RJ and Angeline the moment I met them. Their personalities and their quiet presence jump out at you. Through detailed, picturesque prose and an expressive writing style—that is flawless by the way—I connected with the hero and heroine on so many levels. The dialogue, which is realistic and casual, draws you further into the romance, engaging you, and before you know it, you’re hooked! I loved every word of this book and look forward to reading Ms. Singh’s future books!

Recommended
4 Stars

Reunited with the P.I. by Anna J. Stewart

32336090In this Honor Bound romance, a perilous change of heart looms for two former lovers… 

Exactly why should P.I. Vince Sutton take his ex-wife’s case? Because she, assistant district attorney Simone Armstrong, put his brother in jail? Because the ambitious spitfire still drives him crazy? No, he’ll take it because -The Avenging Angel- makes him a deal he can’t refuse. Sparks fly when Vince works all-too-closely with Simone to locate her missing key witness…but in the process, they are drawn into a cold case. As much as he tries, Vince can’t deny that he’s never gotten over beautiful Simone, but can he admit his feelings to her–and himself? And can he save her from the danger that’s heading their way? 

Visit the author’s website for more book details here: Anna J. Stewart


REVIEW: 

This is a really good story about two people with a shared history who must work together in order to bring a fraudster to justice. What they both hadn’t bargained on, however, is the danger their search for a missing key witness erupts. A cat and mouse dance ensues that’ll keep you in suspense. The opening of the book instantly hooked me and once I slipped deeper into the story, I connected with Vince Sutton and Simone Armstrong.

The plot had sounded straightforward from the blurb but the lives of the main characters unravel when danger stalks up their alley. In the book, Vince and Simone will do whatever it takes to get the case done and over with. But could they risk something more precious doing it?  

By the way, Vince is a strong and determined man, who is also protective of the people he cares about. We see more of his protective nature in the story when he is with Simone. Of course they both have personal issues but each holds their own when it comes to justice being served. Simone, on the other hand is prim, proper and uptight. She knows what she wants and she’ll get it her way. The connection she shares with Vince is at times strained but that underlying chemistry lingering there between them as they work side-by-side builds the foundation of their romance. When their case is over, will they be able to forget their past and form a relationship stronger than the one they had before? In the end, Reunited with the P.I. by Anna J. Stewart was an engaging story. The author does a fine job establishing the conflict and keeping it consistent. All in all, a good solid read.

Recommended
4 Stars

The Knight’s Scarred Maiden by Nicole Locke

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Mercenary knight Rhain is living on borrowed time. With a vengeful warlord pursuing him, he has accepted his fate—though first he must get his men to safety. 

When he rescues mysterious and deeply scarred Helissent from her attackers, Rhain soon wishes he wasn’t marked for death. He can never be the man she deserves—his scandalous lineage alone dictates that—but Rhain can’t resist the temptation to show this innocent maiden how beautiful she truly is… 

*Lovers and Legends A clash of Celtic passions 

Visit the author’s website for more book details here: Nicole Locke


REVIEW:

The Knight’s Scarred Maiden by Nicole Locke is the latest addition in the Lovers and Legends series by Harlequin Historical. The story is about Rhain and Helissent, two deeply scarred people. 

Rhain once led a respectable and comfortable life until one day his prestige topples. Now scorned and tainted, with a new and unwelcome life, he lives for himself as he fights to make his life a better place. But then he crosses path with a woman who instantly catches his attention. She is beautiful as much as she is scarred.

Can these two find happiness together? Or will their very connection leave them with regrets?

I enjoyed Rhain and Helissent’s story. It is a gripping, compelling and emotionally satisfying read. The lyrical prose and deeply touching storyline will make its way into your heart. Overall, this is a splendid historical romance about two unlikely people overcoming tragic experiences.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars
 

The Mysterious Italian Houseguest by Scarlet Wilson

35088614Falling for the enemy! 

Italian movie star Javier Russo needs to escape his Hollywood life. Isola dei Fiori is the perfect retreat–a lush island in the glittering Mediterranean. What he didn’t expect was having to share his peaceful hideaway with the infuriatingly beautiful Portia Marlowe!

Celebrity reporter Portia is intrigued by her unwelcome and mysterious visitor, and the secrets he’s clearly holding back. Villa Rosa isn’t big enough for both of them, and soon there’s nowhere to hide from their simmering chemistry!

Visit the author’s website for more book details here: Scarlet Wilson


REVIEW:

The Mysterious Italian Houseguest by Scarlet Wilson is a charming, feel-good romance about two polar opposites finding love. Javier Russo is a movie star looking to get some alone time far away from his hectic Hollywood lifestyle. Portia Marlowe, a celebrity reporter is out at Isola dei Fiori to clear her head and think about her boss’s demands—if she doesn’t get the next big story then she’s out. What Javier and Portia both haven’t expected is finding a mutual understanding between each other which eventually adds to a spark that slowly ignites. The romance evolves like a Hallmark movie, with bumps and happy times interspersing to draw you in. I really, really was captivated by this sweet, marvelously well-written story! I highly recommend you get The Mysterious Italian Houseguest in your hands right away! You won’t be disappointed.

Recommended
4.5 Stars