An Interview with Jules Bennett

Jules Bennet
October
Harlequin Desire
His Secret Baby Bombshell

 

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Expecting her rival’s baby! 

Driven businesswoman Eve Winchester has big plans to take her father’s Chicago real estate empire global. But when she ends up pregnant by her family’s personal and professional nemesis, she’s thrown into the shark tank of corporate intrigue. Now she’s doing damage control as she falls even deeper for Graham Newport. 

Graham has never had such a heated, secret fling. But suddenly Eve is pregnant, and no strings attached turns into the ties that bind. Graham won’t turn his back on what’s his, but will family friction tear apart their fledgling affair?

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Guys, please help me welcome Harlequin Desire author, Jules Bennett to the blog! This is her first time here. Hi Jules. Welcome to Amanda Writes.

  1. Tell readers a little about yourself. 

    I’m a former salon owner and have a habit of cutting/coloring my hair on a whim when I’m stuck on a scene. I have 2 young girls, married to my high school sweetheart, and I may be the worst cook ever.

  1. Plotter or panster? 

    Plotter. Definitely a plotter. And even then my rough draft is a hot mess!

  1. Authors have been asked this question countless times. I’d love to hear what you have to say. Where do you get your ideas from? 

    EVERYTHING! Sometimes it’s a song, sometimes it’s crazy people at Wal-Mart…you just never know!

  1. Your book is titled His Secret Baby Bombshell. Tell us a little about this story and what readers can expect. 

    This is part of a continuity, but it’s also a stand alone book. There are two rival families, but my hero and heroine didn’t get that memo…or maybe they did because they’re sneaking around in a heated affair. But the secret is about to be exposed in a major way because she’s pregnant…cue dramatic music.

  1. What inspired you to write?
    My high school English teacher. She shredded my essay in front of me and told me I could do better. Best day of my writing life. It made me really examine myself and stop being mediocre.
  2. How long did it take for you to write the first draft of this book?

    4 weeks.
  3. Which celebrities would you choose to play the lead roles of your characters? 

    Mila Kunis and Chris Pratt. 

  4. What is the working title of your next book?
    The book I’m working on now won’t be out for a year, but it’s working title is Claimed By the Rancher. 
  5. What words of advice do you have for aspiring writers?
    Never give up. I know you hear that all the time, but if you’re going to give up, then it was pointless for you to start. Set goals. Set long-term and short-term. No matter how minor a goal is (maybe it’s writing 1K per day for a week) set them and check them off. You’ll see progress and you’ll keep going.


    author-photoAmerican romance author, Jules Bennett, has been touching the hearts of thousands of readers since 2005. A former beauty salon owner, Jules juggled the demands of owning her own business, raising two small children and attempting to get home in time to cook her husband (also her high school sweetheart) dinner all while plotting the next scene in her head.

    After twelve years of juggling the roles of beautician, wife, mother and romance writer, on very little sleep; Jules decided to hang up her shears and turn her part-time, late-night craving into her full-time passion.

    Since beginning her writing career, Jules has had the pleasure of writing for The Wild Rose Press, Samhain Publishing, Berkley Publishing, and currently writes for Harlequin Desire and Kensignton Publishing.

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THE PREGNANCY PROPOSITION by Andrea Laurence

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


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

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

SEVEN NIGHTS WITH HER EX by Louisa Heaton

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

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

Recommended
4 Stars

A DANGEROUSLY SEXY SECRET by Stefanie London

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

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

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

INDEBTED TO MORENO by Kate Walker

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Trust is the culprit that breaks up relationships. It is the same for Nairo Moreno and Rose Cavalliero. Due to a misunderstanding, they are torn apart. Fast forward ten years later where Nairo and Rose meet up again. They are shocked to see each other. However, Rose is willing to work with Nairo to create a dream wedding gown for Nairo’s sister since working on this dress would bolster her career as a top designer. What she hadn’t bargained on was Nairo blackmailing her to do his will!

Overall, Indebted to Moreno by Kate Walker is full of angst, drama and tension. The cast of characters were flawed yet had depth. Meanwhile, a believable storyline, crisp dialogue, vivid scenes and good storytelling by Ms. Walker makes for an entertaining read.

Recommended
4.5 Stars

REUNITED WITH HIS RUNAWAY BRIDE by Robin Gianna

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A great story by an inspiring author…

Reunited with His Runaway Bride by Robin Gianna is emotionally moving and captures your interest from page one. This is a well-written book that flows effortlessly. The cast of genuine characters who have their quirks and their faults will leave a sigh of satisfaction in the end. I cannot recommend it enough. Get it, you won’t be disappointed!

Dr. Bree Donovan and Dr. Sean Latham had once been a couple but because of their personal ambitions broke things off and went their separate way. However, an accident brings them together once again and it is not before long that the fire between Bree and Sean spark to life. But can Bree and Sean be together when they both want different things in life?

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

THE SECRET BENEATH THE VEIL by Dani Collins

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I was instantly whisked away into this story one word at a time as the unfolding drama of a runaway bride kept me riveted. The angsty and tension-filled scenes between Mikolas Petrides and Viveka Brice had sexual undercurrents lingering there and I anticipated their HEA.

Viveka has spunk, determination and her headstrong personality adds intensity to this story. Though her life might appear perfect, she has faced more trials than any young girl should. In the meantime, Mikolas is a broody, sexy devil, however, beneath his sleek outward appearance is a man who had an unsavory upbringing. But his determination to live a better life had not been a smooth ride. Thanks to his grandfather, he managed to get away from the filth of his tough childhood! So it is only wise for him to marry a suitable bride who will merge his business and cement his success in the business arena. But the surprise that waits him will only test his strength, his will and his perseverance to hold his cool even when he is inwardly fuming.

Mikolas is stunned when he lifts the veil of his new wife only to discover the woman is someone else. This foils the true purpose of the marriage. In the meantime, Viveka takes her sister’s place at the altar, but had she thought of the consequences of her foolish actions? Overall, The Secret Beneath the Veil is a tension filled story that engages you from the first page right down to the last.

Recommended
4.5 Stars

WHISPERS UNDER A SOUTHERN SKY by Joanne Rock

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Author Joanne Rock has written a diverse story where suspense, family drama, forgiveness, teen problems and of course romance play integral parts in making this book a great read. Fast-paced and engaging from start to finish, Whispers Under a Southern Sky tells the story of Amy Finley and Sam Reyes.

Amy has returned to Heartache, Tennessee, to face her past—one day at a time. She is a strong person even after what had happened to her ten years ago. Though her leaving Heartache might make her appear as a coward; Amy is more than what meets the eye. Her shaky past molded her adult life, and the decisions she makes. Returning to her hometown is a big step for her but meeting her high school sweetheart only opens old wounds.

Sam is a father and also Heartache’s sheriff. He is also the best friend anyone can have. He’d fled Heartache years ago to protect his best friend’s sister after her life was put in danger. He never told Amy the truth but seeing her back in town unravels both their pasts and as the chase to put the final nail on the coffin cementing a rapist in jail draws close, Amy and Sam have a chance rebuilding their relationship one heart-racing moment at a time.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

TEMPTING NASHVILLE’S CELEBRITY DOC by Amy Ruttan

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31305774You are never disappointed after reading any book written by Harlequin medical romance author Amy Ruttan. In her latest offering, Tempting Nashville’s Celebrity Doc, you are taken on a poignant journey from page one right down to the satisfying and brilliantly crafted ending. 

For personal reasons, neurosurgeon Vivian Maguire is back in Nashville to serve her post at the local hospital. After an incident with a country star, Dr. Reece Castle and Vivian get an opportunity to work together. Of course sparks fly between them and old memories are reawakened. However, being in each other’s presence constantly reminds Reece and Vivian about the relationship they’d once shared, about the decisions they’d made in the past. As their attraction grows, it isn’t before long that things heat up and one thing leads to another! But can they share a future together after all they’d been through in the past?

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

THE WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE BRIDE by Jenna Kernan

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The Warrior’s Captive Bride by Jenna Kernan whisks you away on an entertaining journey together with a tribal warrior and a medicine healer. Ms. Kernan wrote this story with so much passion and depth. Each well-articulated scene is informative, educating and at the same time the romantic elements between Crow warrior Night Storm and Skylark shows the growing attraction between the H/h evolve and build in this well-paced, realistic story.

Night Storm is plagued with a strange illness when he crosses Skylark’s path. He believes she’s a witch and is responsible for his plight. But when he learns of the good deeds she’d done for him after he fell, Night Storm is now in her debt for only Skylark has the potential to heal him. To keep his warrior status intact, Night Storm marries Skylark. But living together and facing all the trials popping up along their path only makes Skylark and Night Storm draw closer. But what would happen to Skylark and Night Storm once their secret is out in the open?

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

KILLER COUNTDOWN by Amelia Autin

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Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin is fast-paced, full with suspense, danger and romance of course! I was drawn into the story from page one and couldn’t put the book down until I reached the end. The characters were likable, the snappy dialogue engaging and the overall edgy tone of the book made for fun, exciting reading.

The author carefully weaved in Shane Jones’ illness meanwhile testing TV reporter Carly Edwards’ will to keep a life-changing secret about Shane. Since Shane is a senator, Carly proves her strength even when the juicy news about Shane’s health is the rocket that can propel her into the spotlight. I really liked Carly as a character. She had this tough as nails vibe that does really well for her when a killer is after her. Of course Shane saves her, but her will to survive…to not panic, to not crumble shows her persistent will to stand up and fight instead of becoming a coward. Shane on the other hand is strong and courageous. Even though his illness should worry him he instead protects Carly with his life and somewhere along the way the attraction between them tips and one thing leads to another. Meanwhile, Ms. Autin has you guessing until the end about how Carly and Shane would fare with a killer out to get them. Feeding tidbits and tiny teasers like a fisherman with his bait, the author takes you down a rough and bumpy path with a steamy romance for a hot consolation prize!

Thrilling and entertaining until the end, Killer Countdown should definitely be on your reading list!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

NO LIMITS by Katherine Garbera

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In life we all have choices to make. But most if not all times we settle for choices which give us the most pride, satisfaction and joy. It is the same for Jason ‘Ace’ McCoy. He must choose what he wants to do with his life. Should he chose love or follow his dreams? Ace had had a tough and lonely childhood. If it hadn’t been for Mick Tanner his life would have been different. Now an astronaut, Ace is on leave when he discovers he has inherited half of the failing Tanner ranch from Mick whilst the other half belonged to Molly Tanner. From an orphan to a man who has seen the world from outer space, Ace must now make the choice of his life. The Molly he meets at the ranch isn’t the Molly he once knew. She has blossomed into a beautiful woman and she still wants Ace even after so many years. Molly’s honesty eats away at Ace’s heart and her strength only makes him yearn for her. And though he wants to escape their attraction he instead finds himself drawn to her. The tug-o-war of emotions as both their wills are tested and tried makes them stronger, draws them closer. Katherine Garbera toys with the emotions of Molly and Ace, giving them plenty reasons why they should walk away from each other yet at the same time getting inside their heads with every reason why they should work through their differences. Overall, an emotionally engaging story that explores the concept of: choice.

Recommended
4.5 Stars

TAKE ME, COWBOY by Maisey Yates

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Maisey Yates doesn’t disappoint in Take Me, Cowboy. Her skills at creating broken characters with deep emotions combined with unique writing adds steady pace to her intense and drama riddled Desire novel. The two main characters were hilarious at times though under pressure they pushed themselves beyond the limit to reach their inner and outward goals. Anna is a character full of courage and strength though beneath her tough outward tomboyish persona lingers a delicate vulnerability that is realistically portrayed. Chase is fan-yourself-hot and he just jumps out at you from the pages. I smiled more than once when he and Anna exchanges banter. The way in which Ms. Yates brings Chase and Anna together from the onset balanced the story out and gave me something to cheer about. I only wanted them to reach their HEA because the both deserve it and of course Maisey Yates made sure they had to work hard to achieve it. Overall, Take Me, Cowboy is an entertaining addition to the Copper Ridge series. I look forward to reading more books from this author!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

AN HEIR FOR THE BILLIONAIRE by Kat Cantrell

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An Heir for the Billionaire is Kat Cantrell’s contribution to the Dynasties: The Newports series. Drama, secrets and family strain gives the story depth and adds pressure to flawed characters who must overcome pride all for the better good of the people in their lives.

Reid Chamberlain is a lone-wolf due to a past that has held him captive. He is broken and flawed and just wants to be left alone. But when news that Nora Winchester O’Malley is back in town, Reid cannot help but look her up. Of course upon meeting Nora, Reid can’t help but feel that familiar tug of attraction between him and the single mom. Nora on the other hand, has put aside her indifference towards her father and returns to Chicago to be by his dying side. She hadn’t expected to find comfort in the arms of Reid of all persons. But the sparks between her and Reid combust but will Reid finally detach himself from his past to give Nora and her young son a chance in forever?

Overall, An Heir for the Billionaire is a beautifully written story that captures the essence of forgiveness and love. Kudos to Kat Cantrell on penning an all out entertaining novel!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

THE LOST SHEENAN’S BRIDE by Jane Porter

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Author Jane Porter is a master storyteller who crafts some of the most entertaining novels that lets you escape into settings that have become vital in helping her characters progress. In The Lost Sheenan’s Bride, we meet Jet Diekerhof, a woman with a broken heart who has sworn off men. But when she meets Shane Swan, Jet’s life begins to go in a new direction. Shane brings out the best in her. He is everything a woman wants in a man: successful, intelligent, and ambitious. But his life hasn’t always been easy hence his determination in always striving to achieve his goals. In Marietta to seek answers about his life, Shane realizes Jet knows a lot about the Sheenan family and that she can help him discover the truth about himself. Using Jet to find answers about his past, Shane realizes he is drawn to the woman who has given up on men. Could they stand a chance in helping each other learn to love again?

Fast-paced and dramatically entertaining, The Lost Sheenan’s Bride by Jane Porter will take you on a tempestuous ride where family plays an integral role in helping deeply flawed characters heal from past hurt! Be sure to grab your copy.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

CHALLENGING THE DOCTOR SHEIKH by Amalie Berlin

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Another sheikh book by Amalie Berlin – color me happy! Challenging the Doctor Sheikh is laden with drama, romance, intense dialogue and flawed characters who command the page and drag the reader in from page one. The plot is realistic and the author’s tight writing makes for a quick and entertaining read.

For Prince Dakan Al Rahal, his duty as an heir to Mamlakat Almas is top priority and since he’s a doctor, Dakan is tasked with reworking the healthcare system in his country so he has no other choice but to return home to fulfill his duties. Back home he gets to works with the lovely Nira Hathaway who is brought in to design the new hospital. Working with Nira, brings out a part of Dakan that had long been dormant. Sparks fly even though both try to brush off their attraction, however, in the end after much denial of what they share; Dakan and Nira find a way through the obstacles in their way. A satisfactory ending concludes the story with a rewarding HEA.
Well-written and fast-paced, Challenging the Doctor Sheikh by Amalie Berlin would surely find favor with fans of medical romance!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

MARRYING HER ROYAL ENEMY by Jennifer Hayward

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This is the final book in the author’s Kingdoms & Crowns trilogy.*

Marrying Her Royal Enemy by Jennifer Hayward is an intense and tempestuous story about two independent individuals who have to put aside their hate and misunderstanding for each other in order to prevent their countries from going to war.

Stella blames Kostas for her brother’s death and though she’d once been infatuated with him she loathes him for what he has done. However, the sparring moment between her and her enemy heightens when Kostas asks her to marry him. He must be crazy! But Stella knows what is at stake if she fails to accept Kostas’ offer so she agrees to marry him though her determination in not having him getting under her skin slowly slips away as she discovers a new side of her husband she never knew existed. Getting to know Kostas and learning his side of the story only draws Stella closer to her husband and it isn’t before long that she discovers her long time crush had always had a thing for her too and as her husband, he is willing to show her how much he madly wants her!

Sizzling hot and fast-paced, Marrying Her Royal Enemy ends the trilogy on a happy and fulfilling note.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

TO BLACKMAIL A DI SIONE by Rachael Thomas

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To Blackmail a Di Sione by Rachael Thomas is everything I love about Harlequin Presents novels: exotic settings, intense banter, a deeply flawed alpha hero, explosive chemistry, razor- sharp dialogues and a feisty and independent heroine!

All Russian billionaire Liev Dragunov wants is to make the people who caused his family’s ruin to pay for their actions and what better way to instigate his revenge plot than by using Bianca Di Sione, the sister of his enemy! Though Bianca snubs him at first, Liev knows exactly what she wants—a priceless bracelet and so using the bracelet as bait he blackmails her into doing his will. She becomes his fake fiancée for a few months but what they both hadn’t bargained on was falling hard for each other. And as one thing leads to another, it isn’t before long that their attraction explodes… putting their fake engagement on a whole new pedestal!

Overall, To Blackmail a Di Sione is steamy, fast-paced and I enjoyed it from cover to cover!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

THE FLAW IN RAFFAELE’S REVENGE by Annie West

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Annie West surely knows how to keep a reader hooked to her novel from start to finish. Vivid writing, well-articulated scenes, sharp banter and sizzling chemistry makes The Flaw in Raffaele’s Revenge a compelling story with a unique twist on the Beauty and the Beast story. Ms. West makes this evergreen tale her own by interweaving realistic back story and creating intense yet flawed characters whose stories keep you turning the pages!

What Raffaele Petri wants he gets and in this case he wants the reclusive Lily Nolan to work for him on site. But when Lily is adamant to say yes, turning down his lavish incentives, Raffaele is forced to use blackmail in getting her to leave her home and travel to New York. With no other choice, Lily does Raffa’s bidding and is soon greeting him at his office. But she isn’t what he expected but her quirks intrigue him and it isn’t before long that Raffaele begins to unravel the mystery surrounding the sharp-tongued Lily!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

THE COWGIRL’S FOREVER FAMILY by Helen Lacey

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Helen Lacey always writes the most heartwarming, sensual and deeply touching small-town romances I have grown to savor. The Cowgirl’s Forever Family is yet another beautifully written, fast-paced, character driven story that will keep you riveted from beginning to end.

Having a family of her own is something Brooke Laughton will never have until one day Tyler Madden shows up at her doorstop with a baby girl in tow. Could this be her forever family? As it turns out the child is Brooke’s niece—the daughter of her missing brother. During the wait for her brother’s return sparks fly between the hunky lawyer and the cowgirl and it isn’t before long that thoughts of forever together create something incredibly beautiful between Tyler, Brooke and little Caro!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

SAYING YES TO THE BOSS by Andrea Laurence

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Saying Yes to the Boss by Andrea Laurence kicks off the brand new multi-author series Dynasties: The Newports. Ms. Laurence has crafted a full out sexy story which took me as a reader on an entertaining journey where blazing passion, deep emotions, intense drama between flawed characters captivated me from beginning to end. The riveting chemistry between the gorgeous Carson Newport and his PR Georgia Adams kept me entranced as they worked hand in hand in the business arena while simmering below is that red-hot attraction. For me, Carson came off as cynical in the beginning but seeing him evolve made me start to like him. Meanwhile the character of Georgia—I love that name!—had me rooting for her from the very start. Her attitude, her overall outlook had been engaging and realistic. I really think readers would find this story entertaining because I sure did! The story had the Andrea Laurence stamp on it: broody hero, strong spunky heroine, intense drama, humor and that oh-so-sizzling passion.

Recommended
4.5 Stars

THE BRIDESMAID’S BABY BUMP by Kandy Shepherd

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The Bridesmaid’s Baby Bump is the third book in Kandy Shepherd’s Sydney Brides series. This was a great story about attraction turning into a test of will between two fiercely independent individuals. The main characters were carefully created. They had depth, they had flaws and of course they were realistic. I rooted for Eliza Dunne; she is passionate, talented and fragile. Jake Marlowe on the other hand is strong, independent and roguish but in the end he proved himself as a worthy father and life partner. Eliza and Jake meet up at their friend’s wedding and they discover the attraction between them has never died. This meeting rekindles past desires and it isn’t before long that Eliza and Jake act upon their attraction. The consequence of their passionate four day rendezvous adds drama to this rather fun, banter filled story. So grab Kandy’s book and find out how Eliza and Jake work past their differences in order for them to reach their happy ever after.

Recommended
4.5 Stars

TAMING HOLLYWOOD’S ULTIMATE PLAYBOY by Amalie Berlin

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Taming Hollywood’s Ultimate Playboy by Amalie Berlin is another installment in ‘The Hollywood Hills Clinic’ series by Harlequin Medical romance. The book tells the story of Hollywood heartthrob Liam Carter and Grace Watson, a physical therapist. Grace’s life gets a tad complicated when she is tasked with caring for Liam after he is injured just before a big premier. She has no choice but to obey her boss’s orders. With their past history—Liam practically had rejected her once after she threw herself at him—Grace is on edge. Being in close proximity to Liam awakens past feelings. Could she stand a chance with Liam this time around?

Emotionally driven, fresh, sexy, entertaining and well-written, Taming Hollywood’s Ultimate Playboy by Amalie Berlin will have you rooting for the heroine as she deals with her attraction towards the hero. So get your copy and read on to find out how Grace and Liam reach their happy ever after.

Recommended
4.5 Stars

HIS MISTRESS FOR A WEEK by Melanie Milburne

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There aren’t enough adjectives in the English dictionary to describe Melanie Milburne’s latest offering to Harlequin Presents. His Mistress for a Week swept me away from page one. The angst. The drama. The intense scenes. The provocative writing… It took my breath away! I savored every sentence. I growled expletives at Alistair, such a brute at first. I cheered Clem on when her razor sharp tongue and inward dialogue sliced Alistair to shreds—the dialogue between H/h held such weight. It provoked and it tantalized.

It’s been ten years since Alistair and Clem laid eyes upon each other. Then one day Alistair waltzes back in town and uproots Clem from her quiet, non eventful life. It’s a storm between her and Alistair who would not take no for an answer. But they’re but determined to have their own way but Alistair is convincing enough to persuade Clem in the most ruthless way. Want to know what happens next? Just imagine having these two hot headed and temperamental rivals together… Explosion. I thoroughly enjoyed this delicious story and highly recommend it to all fans of romance! You won’t be disappointed.

Highly, Highly Recommended
5 Stars

A PREGNANCY SCANDAL by Kat Cantrell

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A Pregnancy Scandal, second book in the Love & Lipstick series by Kat Cantrell is a sexy, angsty and well written story! I anticipated this book after reading the first novel in the series debut and I must say I am not disappointed at all. Ms. Cantrell layered her story so well that the settings, back stories, dialogues and vivid prose created a dazzling, edgy concoction. More so, her characters were flawed, flashy and uptight in a likable way. And as the title suggests, the unplanned pregnancy added extra drama to an already dramatic plot. I enjoyed reading this book due to the fact that Ms. Cantrell gives her characters enough room to grow and evolve. Phillip garnered my vote when he grows to accept and love Alexandra. I rooted for Alexandra from the beginning as she deals with her insecurities and learns to let go of her haunting past. And having Phillip finally accepting her as she is makes her growth as a character stronger. Surely, this is one story I’d recommend to readers. And though this is a common theme used in the Desire line, the author pulled off all the stops by adding her unique touch and making the story her own. So that is something worth the read.

Recommended
4.5 Stars

WHEN I FOUND YOU by Kate James

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When I Found You by Kate James is a super emotional story that will leave you satisfied until the end. Ms. James creates a cast of deeply flawed characters who are tested and tried throughout the book. The main focus of this story, in my perspective, is trust. I was moved by the inner turmoil of the H/h and I rooted for them along their bumpy journey towards their fulfilling forever after.

Book 3 in the K-9 Trilogy – When I Found You tells the story of Logan O’Connor who appeared in the previous K-9 books. In this book we get to know Logan on a personal level. The author delves deep into his life, chiseling away the tough outer walls he’d built around himself, revealing his soft side. A side where his emotions are raw and his goals are unraveled without overpowering the romantic side of the story. Meanwhile, the heroine of this clean, sweet, suspenseful and emotionally gripping story is Ariana Atkins, Chief of Security at the San Diego International Airport. When a series of security breaches scare the hell out of her, Ariana begins to question herself on whether someone is threatening her on purpose. Because of panic, she must work with Logan in finding the person behind the breaches although all fingers point in her direction! Of course sparks fly between Logan and Ariana. But is it enough to keep Logan from believing Ariana is the one instigating the breaches? Grab a copy of this book and find out!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

THE PRINCE AND THE MIDWIFE by Robin Gianna

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Robin Gianna is a fantastic storyteller who creates the most beautiful medical romances that feature three-dimensional characters who are flawed but likable. The Prince and the Midwife is flirty, sexy, dramatic and all out entertaining. The characters garnered my attention from page one. Readers are definitely in for one heck of a medical treat! Gabriella Cain loves her job being midwife to celebrity moms. But when Dr Rafael Moreno—a real life prince— stalks into her life things turn topsy turvy. Rafe breaks down the barrier she’d built around her, making her vulnerable. Could Gabriella risk falling for prince charming even as dark clouds of her past linger over her head? Read on and fall in love with characters whose stories will transport you into their magically fictional worlds!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

HIS PREGNANT SLEEPING BEAUTY by Lynne Marshall

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Emotionally stirring, sensually mesmerizing and beautifully written, His Pregnant Sleeping Beauty by Lynne Marshall will keep you engrossed until the end. This is a story that will pull at your heartstrings. The tension between Joseph Joe Matthews and Carey Spencer is evident on the page as their past haunts their present day life. They recreate their past pain every chance they get. I cannot give away much of the plot without baring the essence of this intensely consuming story. But I will say this: would you be willing to put your trust in a stranger if you’ve been abused and been hurt by loved ones in your past? Keep this question in mind if you think about giving this story a try. Because, this is what His Pregnant Sleeping Beauty is about—putting yourself out there even though you want to hide away in your shell.

Happy Reading

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

 

MARRIED FOR THE BOSS’S BABY by Susan Carlisle

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Married for the Boss’s Baby by Susan Carlisle is a well-written, super fun, super sexy story where instant attraction between the hero and heroine creates the setup for a sizzling romance. You will find this story quite exciting from page one. It is guaranteed to evoke a sigh once or twice as the characters intermingle and get closer!

Dr Grant Smyth’s world has just become more tension filled than ever. With the death of his father and ex-girlfriend, Grant is now tasked with caring for the infant child they left behind: his infant half-sister. Grant’s life is already hectic at the hospital where he is a transplant surgeon. How can he singlehandedly care for a baby and carry out his duties as a surgeon at the same time? Impossible! The only thing left for him to do is hire a nanny…someone to care for little Lily. In walks Sara Marcum into his life like a breath of fresh air, a ray of sunshine. Sara is fantastic with Lily but beneath her charming outer persona is a woman broken up inside. Bonding with Lily brings back memories of her past. However, having Grant around and taking care of Lily makes her life easier. And so a romance is born where two people help each other heal and find happiness even when the horizon appears bleak and distant.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

NATIVE BORN by Jenna Kernan

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The conclusion of Jenna Kernan’s Apache Protectors ends on a good note. The author ties up all the unanswered questions and loose ends nicely in this story, meanwhile giving Clyne Cosen a happy and worthwhile happy ever after. Ms. Kernan writes with such passion and depth that is hard not to notice it in her vivid, descriptive storytelling. Drama, angst, a web of deceit and tension filled scenes take the reader on an engaging journey, where every moment counts. FBI field agent Cassidy Walker and Clyne Cosen are at odds with each other. Cassidy’s duty is to protect Clyne but Clyne is hell-bent on refusing to let her babysit him. When villains aren’t at their backs they fight off the sizzling chemistry simmering between them even as their battle for custody over Clyne’s kid sister thickens the plot. It is wonderful to see the author resolve the problems with such clarity. Thrilling and suspenseful, Native Born will leave you wanting more from this talented author!

Recommended
4 Stars

WEDDED, BEDDED, BETRAYED by Michelle Smart

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Wedded, Bedded, Betrayed by Michelle Smart is unique, fast-paced and different. The author adds high stakes drama as the foundation of her flawed characters in this interesting story. Ms. Smart gives her cast obstacles to overcome at every twist and turn. And resolving these issues placed before them stokes the reader’s interest as the story takes flight and with it is born a steamy and outrageous romance. As the title suggests, there is heartbreak, angst, betrayal, deceit, revenge and of course romance abounding from a well-crafted plot with an unexpected twist.

Gabriele Mantegna is on a mission, on a private island for two reasons. One, he must recover confidential files that would remove the stain cast upon him by a crime he had nothing to do with and two, he is searching for evidence to ascertain the person behind his dilemma. But his mission is marred by another crime in the works on the island. As events spiral out of control, Gabriele is now caught up in a whirlwind. The events which follow the second crime taking place on the island will change his life forever. Meanwhile the heroine, Elena Ricci is having a long overdue vacation at the family villa but she flips out when she encounters people stealing her family’s priceless belongings. When she is rescued by Gabriele the plot thickens and what happens afterwards is worth every word! So if you want to know more, grab a copy of this madly engrossing book. You won’t be disappointed.

Recommended
4 Stars

THE MOST SCANDALOUS RAVENSDALE by Melanie Milburne

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

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

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

CLAIMING THE ROYAL INNOCENT by Jennifer Hayward

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Wow, I was swept away with this story. From beginning to end, Jennifer Hayward captivated me—took me on an exciting journey where the worlds she’d created for her characters felt as real as day. Genuine emotions, flirty banter, engaging dialogue, deeply touching characters whose sizzling chemistry set the pages on fire and true talent on Ms. Hayward’s end makes: Claiming the Royal Innocent—the second book in the Kingdoms & Crowns trilogy—an exceptional story. Fast-paced and entertaining, this story should definitely be on top of your reading list. The moment Aristos Nicolades laid eyes upon the vision in the name of Aleksandra Dimitriou he knew she meant trouble…for him and King Nic of Akathina. But it is only after sharing a steamy kiss with the gorgeous Alex that Aristos is shocked when he discovers her true identity. Now that Alex is forbidden, Aristos knows better than crave to add fuel to the fire burning between them. However, when Alex is thrust under his care the last thing Aristos needs is to protect a woman who might be in danger—but is it from him or the neighboring king? Grab a copy of this delectable book and discover the answer for yourself.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

HER COLTON P.I. by Amelia Autin

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

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

A FATHER’S DESPERATE RESCUE by Amelia Autin

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

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

A VOW TO SECURE HIS LEGACY by Annie West

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A Vow to Secure His Legacy is now my favorite Annie West novel without question.

Ms. West delivers a sophisticated, stunning portrayal of romance in its most magical state in her latest Harlequin Presents novel: A Vow to Secure His Legacy. Set in fabulous locales with picturesque descriptions, memorable scenes and characters that grab you instantly, this book packs all the right punches and you won’t want to put it down until you turn the last page! Thierry Girard is an absolute sweetheart, I fell in love with him at the start of the book, and his ladylove is breathtaking. She captures your attention from chapter one. Imogen is resilient and strong. But her life isn’t all smooth sailing. Her life has been turned upside down, inside out and so she decides to live her life without caution. The instant attraction between her and Thierry is as hot as molten lava. They click from the start and it isn’t before long that things spiral out of control. Without giving much of the plot away, I’d say Imogen must remain strong in the test of time as she and Thierry create magic for each other. Beautiful writing and a fast-paced plot makes you wish you were in the shoes of the characters!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

CARRYING THE KING’S PRIDE by Jennifer Hayward

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

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

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

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

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

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

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

Recommended
4.5 Stars

THE MARRIAGE HE MUST KEEP by Dani Collins

 

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

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

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

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

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

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

Highly Recommended

TALOS CLAIMS HIS VIRGIN by Michelle Smart (5 Stars)

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

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

Highly Recommended

SEDUCING HIS ENEMY’S DAUGHTER by Annie West

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

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

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

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

Highly Recommended
5/5 Stars


BLURB:

Just a pawn in Salazar’s game?

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

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

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

REUNITED FOR THE BILLIONAIRE’S LEGACY by Jennifer Hayward


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

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

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

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

Highly Recommended
5 Stars