Shaping characters by their environment by Phillipa Nefri Clark

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I’m fascinated by how people develop. What part is environment, what part genetics? If two children have a similar traumatic event, how might it shape their futures?

In Jasmine Sea, and its prequel, The Stationmaster’s Cottage, my heroine Christie, and hero, Martin, were both orphaned very young. Both were raised by a grandparent. Both were only children. And they share a common fear of being loved and left.

What I found interesting as their relationship began and then developed, was how each internalized these factors and the impact they made on everyday lives, decisions, and outlook.

There are traits both have: self-sufficiency, courage, kindness, strong sense of right and wrong, drive to succeed. How they manifest these traits is often opposite the other.

Christie’s ability to work with a team shows her flexibility and willingness to fit in. Martin works alone. Phone off, no interruptions.

From the beginning, Christie enjoyed a rapid rise to the top of her profession as an international film makeup artist and takes the accompanying luxuries in her stride. Martin disdains fame and the trappings of wealth. 

Christie makes friends and trusts people almost on sight. Martin rarely lets anyone in… but once he does, he’ll move heaven and earth for them.

Although successful. Christie accepts less in relationships and from herself, outside of work. Alpha male Martin knows his self-worth and believes in himself without being cocky.

Why so different? What does my theory on environment have to do with any of this? After all, everyone’s personality is different. But they share one life experience with profound and long lasting effects; the loss of their parents. They needed very different upbringing.

I knew Christie had to have a big emotional arc and become strong. Sure, she’s strong already in some ways, but her lack of confidence has her in a bad relationship before Martin comes along. She went from a confident, happy child to a quiet and pleasing adult who wants to keep the peace. To help that happen I created a bitter grandmother to raise her. A woman who lost everything through her own poor decisions and would rather not have this child in her life.

Bit by bit, Dorothy wore down Christie’s natural exuberance, instilling fear in the child about being herself, and an unnatural terror of the ocean. Although Christie left the life behind as soon as possible, the residual effects stayed with her.

On the other hand, Martin’s own arc was about overcoming a deep suspicion of love and distrust of people he judged as not genuine. He was raised by his grandfather, Thomas, a man desperately hurt as a young man by the woman he loved more than life. Whilst Thomas is a loving and supportive man, his life experience rubs off on Martin.

From their first meeting, attraction and opposing motives launch them into an emotional journey. This is where their similarities and differences propel them forward, backwards and everywhere in between.

For one character, recognition of their mutual inner-child pain comes quickly. For the other, only the risk of losing everything brings clarity.

So it is nature or nurture? Both, I believe. What do you think?

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Jasmine Sea: A River’s End Love Story. Book Two

Sometimes facing the past is the only way forward.

Starting over never felt better. Christie Ryan adores the little cottage she’s renovating, the seaside town that embraced her, and Martin Blake, the man she longs to marry. Ex-fiancé Derek Hobbs is finally out of the picture, and there are no more secrets in her life or mysteries to solve.

Will the arrival of a mysterious woman who commissions a portrait from Martin under a cloud of secrecy break her after all? Unrest and suspicion remind Christie that happiness can be fleeting, and when the peaceful town is shattered by crime, her past is again thrust into the limelight.

With one chance and only minutes to save those she loves, Christie comes face to face with her greatest fear—and there is no way around it.

Jasmine Sea follows on from The Stationmaster’s Cottage, set shortly after its stunning conclusion.

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Philipa Clark

Phillipa Nefri Clark grew up around lonely Australian beaches with wild seas and misty cliffs. From a young age she wrote stories and dreamed of being a writer. There were many detours along the way as she trod paths as diverse as a travelling sales rep to singing and acting. Fascinated by film, Phillipa wrote five feature length screenplays, one which was optioned. Now living in regional Victoria on a small acreage close to a mountain range, she markets the family business a few days a week and writes the rest of the time. With nonfiction credits for specialist canine publications, she finally returned to stories with the release of The Stationmaster’s Cottage, a dual timeline romance, in February 2017. Her great loves, apart from writing, are her family of two young adult sons and her husband, their Labrador, music,  fine wine, and friends.

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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

36233890Exposed and on the run . . . 

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

35270932Finding love twice in a lifetime 

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

33673258Sold to the ruthless tycoon! 

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

33874195Where life’s currents take you…

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

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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

35006797A maiden for the mercenary…

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

Wedding Night with Her Enemy by Melanie Milburne

33027403Blackmailed by the billionaire! 

Allegra Kallas detests Draco Papandreou—and she especially can’t stand the desire she feels whenever she sees the arrogant man who once rejected her! So she’s horrified when her father’s business runs into debt and the only man who can save them is none other than the ruthless Greek… 

No matter how much Allegra protests, Draco knows the driven career woman feels the fire which rages between them. And he’s not above using his power to blackmail her into confessing it! To satisfy their cravings, Draco has a sinful plan: he’ll make Allegra his wife, and seduce her into his bed… 

Visit the author’s website for more book details here: Melanie Milburne


REVIEW:

If you’re looking for a hot, explosive summer read, that is fast-paced, incredibly sexy with a whole lot of spark, sass and deep emotional conflict, then you must get your hands on Wedding Night with Her Enemy by Melanie Milburne. The fire between Allegra and Draco worked me up. Their relationship is hot and cold. I was engrossed with the shenanigans going on and boy was I mad with both at one point, but eventually romance wins and a lot of sexy bits happen along the way. All in all, the writing is crisp, the dialogue is engaging and I closed the book one satisfied reader. Would I recommend this? Well, yeah! 

Recommended
4.5 Stars

Hot Velocity by Elle James

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Highly skilled combat veteran and former rodeo star Rex Trainor likes to be in the thick of the action. So when he’s loaned out to Homeland Security, he plans to bide his time until he can get back to the real war. He doesn’t, however, plan on Sierra Daniels, a local day-care giver whose pretty smile hides a stubborn streak more daunting than Wyoming’s Beartooth Mountains. When tragedy nearly strikes the kids in Sierra’s care, Rex vows to expose the culprit. Rex hasn’t failed on a mission yet, and protecting the desirable Miss Daniels is no exception! 

*Ballistic Cowboys

Visit the author’s website for more book details here: Elle James


REVIEW:

I found Hot Velocity by Elle James to be a good, solid story that tied up loose ends from the previous Ballistic Cowboys books and which brought two unlikely people together. Though the main characters took a while to meet in the beginning, it nevertheless set the pace for the plot twists and the slow-burning attraction between Rex Trainor and Sierra Daniels who both live complicated and separate lives. However, it is the circumstances which bring them together that mellow out the internal pain they both carry as extra baggage. Both hero and heroine’s backstories will clutch at your heart. The raw emotions and the vivid scenes will bring alive a war torn country and also the rural life in Wyoming where a once quiet community is now plagued with danger. Overall, I enjoyed Hot Velocity because the characters are people who I eventually cared about in the end—they’re people who fight for love and justice and in my opinion, love and justice always wins! 

Recommended 
4 Stars

Reunited…and Pregnant by Joss Wood

33413520She’s pregnant…and working with her ex! 

PR whiz Cady Collins’s personal and professional lives both desperately need a reboot. So when millionaire Beckett Ballantyne decides to rebrand his company, Cady is determined to land the job. The only complication is her romantic history with her devilishly handsome boss, whose smoldering blue-eyed gaze still makes her swoon. And the only complication with thatis the fact she’s already pregnant!

Beck doesn’t mind that he’s not the baby’s father–he only knows he burns for the mom-to-be. But when a media misunderstanding leads to a fake engagement, will Beck end the Valentine’s Day charade or play for keeps?

*Reunited…and Pregnant is part of The Ballantyne Billionaires series. 

Visit the author’s website for more book details here: Joss Woods


REVIEW:

Joss Wood’s writing in her latest Desire romance, Reunited…and Pregnant is sexy, smart and glitzy. I really enjoyed the fierceness portrayed by the hero and heroine. Beck is rich, uptight and all-out arrogant. Yeah, he is…at first. I really felt sorry for Cady with the way he treats her in the beginning and badly wished I could high-five him in the face. Is Beck redeemable? Well…let’s just say he knows he’s been a jerk but in the end, realizes why he can’t live without his lady. At times the romance felt dreamy and I sighed once or twice along the way. I was furious at times too, so much that I stopped reading just to clear my head. However, after I did eventually pick the story back up from where I left off, I found the following events were less maddening and more interesting. In the end, I think this was a good book but just not Ms. Woods’ best work. Regardless, I do look forward to reading the next book in The Ballantyne Billionaires miniseries. Would I recommend this? Yes. But you don’t have to take my word for it. 😀

Recommended
4 Stars

Pregnant by the Billionaire by Karen Booth

35141815From playboy to papa! 

Kendall Ross’s latest PR assignment is the perfect jump start for her career. But her client is hotel magnate Sawyer Locke–the no-holds-barred one-night stand she had six weeks ago. Sawyer knows the feisty redhead is the key to successfully launching his new hotel, but with his meddling father sabotaging his business plans, they have to keep their arrangement strictly professional. As in, no kisses. No fondling. And certainly no mind-blowing sex! Yet when their best-laid plans end with an unexpected pregnancy, the rebel billionaire must choose between his bachelor ways or losing Kendall and his baby for good!

*Pregnant by the Billionaire is part of The Locke Legacy.

Visit the author’s website for more book details here: Karen Booth


REVIEW:

Oh man, Karen Booth can write! I was swept away on a passionate, pulse-pounding romantic escape in her latest Desire offering: Pregnant by the Billionaire. In this story I met two insanely full-of-life, independent and fun main characters who had me hooked from the start. This character-driven romance was a drug to read and I couldn’t get enough of it. I was sad to let Kendall and Sawyer go in the end. However, their journey to a happily ever after was worth every ups and downs and all in all I believe they truly deserve each other!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

Salazar’s One-Night Heir by Jennifer Hayward

33027400The challenge: take revenge for a decades-old injustice… 

Tycoon Alejandro Salazar will take any opportunity to expose the Hargrove family’s crime against his—including accept the challenge to pose as their stable groom! His goal in sight, Alejandro cannot allow himself to be distracted by the gorgeous Hargrove heiress… 

Her family must pay, yet Alejandro can’t resist innocent Cecily’s fiery passion. And when their one night of bliss results in an unexpected pregnancy, Alejandro will legitimize his heir and restore his family’s honor…by binding Cecily to him with a diamond ring!


REVIEW:

Salazar’s One-Night Heir by Jennifer Hayward was such a treat. I devoured the book in a matter of hours, deeply entranced by the characters and engrossed with the crazy plot as high-octane drama, enticing passion and breathless moments of ecstasy threatened to burn up the pages. If you’re looking for a hot, sexy romance novel to indulge your senses then grab a copy of Ms. Hayward’s contribution to The Secret Billionaires trilogy. You won’t be disappointed. The writing is lush, vivid, lyrical and engaging. Meanwhile, the main characters are realistic, interesting and flawed…though redeemable. Alejandro Salazar is a very interesting man. He’s arrogant and broody at times but he isn’t a total jerk who you hate throughout the story. I’d like to think he’s a man who is private when it comes to his emotions. Then there is Cecily Hargrove. She is feisty and intelligent. Her elegant flare lights up the room and she definitely catches the eyes of Alejandro, who can’t get enough of her. Though their past will test them and break them—I cheered for them regardless—because it is their self-will, determination and strength which make this story all the more engaging and unique. Altogether, Salazar’s One-Night Heir is one Harlequin Presents novel I’d most definitely recommend to my fellow romance addicts!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Surrendering to the Vengeful Italian by Angela Bissell

Surrendering-to-the-Vengeful-ItalianOne step from surrender.

For seven years formidable Leonardo Vincenti has planned his vengeance on Douglas Shaw—and nothing will stop him. Not even Shaw’s stunning but treacherous daughter Helena, who—right now—is pleading for leniency.

Grim satisfaction spreads through Leo, because he knows she would willingly never take up his challenge to return to his side. But he has greatly underestimated Helena. Secrets drive her as if the very devil were on her heels. And suddenly the passion that left them undone years before is forcing them both to the brink of surrender…


REVIEW:

Guys, there is a new romance author on the block and her debut novel is a must-read! I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up a copy of Surrendering to the Vengeful Italian by Angela Bissell. All I knew was I loved the compelling cover with the two gorgeous people on it and naturally wanted to know more about them. So I got the book and prepared to be surprised. And wow was I surprised. This story impressed me so much. It is deeply emotional, passionate and sexy. The unbelievable drama and angst evokes emotion out of you (because these characters are madly interesting and will react in certain ways that you will either enjoy or hate). Leo Vincenti is broody and commanding. He is a sexy devil too and he unleashes his charm in unexpected moments that makes you swoon. However Leo and Helena understand each other (eventually) and the rage of their passion will leave you in awe. But, as I turned one page after another I realized one thing. Ms. Bissell can write! She draws you in with colorful prose, amazing dialogue and breathtakingly picturesque scenes where the setting just comes alive in your mind. I just enjoyed this story so much that I got her second book Defying Her Billionaire Protector, which has already been released. Look out for my review on that. But in the meantime, go get a copy of ‘Surrendering to the Vengeful Italian’ guys, you won’t be disappointed.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When-Dimple-Met-Rishi-Sandhya-Menon-e1478884706348A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.


REVIEW:

WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon hasn’t been on my reading radar but apparently everyone seems to be talking about this book so I had to read it for myself to see what the rave’s about.

Well…

Let me tell you. This book is so, so, so good! It gave me all the right feels and the emotions portrayed toys with your own emotions. The story is refreshing and hilarious. It is an electrifying, feel-good read with a cast who will capture your attention instantly. They are sincere, realistic people you’d wish you could meet and become friends with. I was mad about Rishi. He is good-natured and charming. Dimple is sometimes a stubborn but most times sweet, easy going and intelligent girl. The Indian culture artfully comes alive in this book and it only makes me want to trace back my own Indian roots. Overall, Ms. Menon’s writing is stellar and impressive. She compels you to turn the next page with her sparkly, breezy choice of words. Her writing style is easy to engage with and before you can form any hasty judgment you’re deeply hooked. All in all, one of the most insanely romantic books I’ve read in 2017!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell

13512914Will a week of seduction…

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

…Spark a lifetime of passionate surrender?

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


Review:

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

Highly Recommend
5 Stars

The Warrior’s Way by Jenna Kernan

warriorswayTo trust and protect…

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

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


Review:

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

FINAL VERDICT:

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

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

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

His Accidental Heir by Joanne Rock

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

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


Review:

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

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Falling for the Rebel Princess by Ellie Darkins

32905303From princess to rock-star royalty! 

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

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


Review:

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

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Claimed by the Rancher by Jules Bennett

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

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

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

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


Review:

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

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

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

The Greek’s Pleasurable Revenge by Andie Brock

32671238Revenge…by seduction!

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

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


Review:

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

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars