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Summer At My Sister’s Emily Harvale #BlogBlitz @emilyharvale @rararesources #Romance #Summer #Uplit #heartwarming #publicationday #31July #SummeratmySisters #secrets

Twin sisters. One scorching summer. A bucketful of secrets.

Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much. They aren’t identical twins. Perhaps the only things they have in common are agreeing their mother can be a nightmare – and their birthdays. This summer they’ll be thirty-five.
 
Diana has the perfect husband, two talented youngsters, and an adorable dog. She runs a successful business from home, a popular book club, and hosts sparkling parties for her wealthy husband. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.
 
Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends, and always looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge. She loves Diana, deeply, but each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.
 
But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she hiding something too? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance. And it all begins with a phone call from their mother.

Publication Date: 31st July

An exciting update from Emily Harvale

I apologise if you haven’t seen me on social media very much recently but I’ve been exceptionally busy working on lots of exciting stuff (technical term) 😂🤩 for my new book, my website … and a map for my new series of standalone stories set in the tiny village of Seahorse Harbour.

The map will ‘go live’ on July 31st, publication day for the first in the series, which is … yep, you guessed it, Summer at my sister’s. Let me explain a bit more.

Summer at my sister’s was originally a standalone, but then I had an idea for a Christmas book, so it became a two-book series, with Book 2 featuring a couple of new characters and most of the characters from Summer at my sister’s (with me so far?) ……

Then …. I had an idea for another completely separate story set in the same village (which I’m writing at the mo.) This one has new characters.
So now, each story in this series will be a standalone with new characters … but as each book is set in Seahorse Harbour, you’ll be able to ‘see’ what’s going on with the characters from the previous books, because you can’t help but bump into people in a tiny village, can you?

I have to say, I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!😍🤩💖🥰 I’ve got so many story ideas, although I’ve only written 2 of the books so far, Summer at my sister’s and the Christmas book, which is called …..

Wait for it……(no, that’s not the title)

Christmas at Aunt Elsie’s

This Christmas book will be available for pre-order from early August. 💖🤩🥰😍

Did I mention that I love this series? And yes – I’m just a little bit over-excited. I can’t wait to share these fabulously feel-good stories with you. I hope you’re a little bit excited too. 🤩💖 xxx

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Thank you so much for allowing me to share a little extract from my new book, Summer at my Sister’s.

This is from Chapter Three. Josie Parnell asked her taxi driver called Jonno, to drop her at The Seahorse Inn. Jonno is friends with the deliciously handsome owner, Mikkel Meloy, and they’ve just leaned into one another and slapped each other on the back. Now Mikkel turns to Josie.

‘Hi. I’m Mikkel. Mikkel Meloy. My friends call me Mik.’

He held out his hand to me and I eyed it nervously, unsure whether or not to take it.

‘You’re not going to pull me into a hug and slap me on the back, are you?’

His dark blond brows shot up and then he gave a roar of laughter as he shook his mane of golden blond hair.

‘I promise not to slap you on the back.’ His voice was strong and gravelly with just a slight trace of a Nordic accent. ‘And if you’d rather I didn’t hug you, I understand. But we’re very friendly people.’

‘Norwegians?’

The gorgeous smile lit up the deepest blue eyes I’ve ever seen.

‘I meant in Seahorse Harbour, but yes, I’m originally from Norway and we’re very friendly there also.’

‘I’m from London, and lately, New York. We carry pepper spray in our handbags.’

He must’ve seen I was joking because he laughed and raised both hands in the air.

‘I’ll wait until you’re ready to hug me then. Do you want a drink?’

‘No. I’d like a pound of sausages.’

A crease formed between his brows but he soon laughed again.

‘Ah. Pretty and funny. I like that in a woman.’

‘I’m off then,’ Jonno said, grinning. ‘If you decide you want a lift to your sister’s give me a call.’ He handed me a card. ‘It’s almost lunchtime so I’m popping home for a sarnie. I’ll be out and about again by the time you’ve had your wine.’

‘Thanks, Jonno, but I’ll be fine. I will give you a call if I need a taxi while I’m here though.’

He waved goodbye to me, gave Mikkel a friendly slap on the arm and was gone in a matter of seconds. Mikkel slung one of my bags on his shoulder and grabbed my cases, wheeling them into the pub.

‘They’re not mine,’ I said.

He stopped for a second, tutted and shook his head.

‘You like to play games,’ he said. ‘I like to play games too.’

From the look he was giving me I had a pretty good idea of the sort of games Mikkel Meloy liked to play. And most of them would involve getting naked, I suspected.

I coughed to clear the images popping into my head and followed him inside. The change from bright sunlight to the dark interior soothed my eyes and meant I had to remove my sunglasses. He deposited my cases right in front of the bar and was behind it in three strides. Long, well-defined, tanned legs, gorgeous-looking bottom hidden beneath khaki shorts, manly waist and a black T-shirt stretched tight across those broad shoulders, kissed at his neck by the curled tips of that golden blond hair, made me drop onto the nearest stool, feeling a little overcome.

‘Wow!’ I said out loud, not realising I had done so.

‘Like it?’ he asked, beaming at me.

For a moment I wondered how to respond and then I realised he thought I was commenting on the inside of the pub as he glanced around and held out his hands as if offering me the entire room.

I quickly took in the white-washed walls, the ropes and nets and other fishing paraphernalia hanging from the black beams and the low, white-washed ceiling. The walls bore photographs of Seahorse Harbour through the ages, some sepia, some in colour, together with paintings of the sea, seahorses, or ships. And there were several ceramic seahorses on the large window sills. I’m not sure what effect he was going for but it somehow worked.

‘Very nice,’ I said, nodding my approval.

The only things that hadn’t changed since I was last in The Seahorse Inn were the name, the black beams and the large fireplace in the far wall. I sat in front of that during a very cold October, many years ago with the man I loved and he told me his decision. A decision that would change my life.

Thank you for taking the time to read this extract. I hope you enjoyed it.

And thank you, lovely, for sharing this on your blog. xxx

Emily Harvale

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

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Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Crime, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Written in Blood Chris Carter 5*#Review @simonschusterUK #ChrisCarter @RandomTTours #CrimeFiction #RobertHunter #Detective #BlogTour #BookReview #WritteninBlood

A serial killer will stop at nothing…

The Killer
His most valuable possession has been stolen.
Now he must retrieve it, at any cost.

The Girl
Angela Wood wanted to teach the man a lesson. It was a bag, just like all the others. But when she opens it, the worst nightmare of her life begins.

The Detective
A journal ends up at Robert Hunter’s desk. It soon
becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose.
And if he can’t stop him in time, more people will die.
If you have read it

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I received a copy of this book from Simon & Schuster UK in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Written in Blood is book 11 in the Robert Hunter series but the first I’ve read and it was good. It starts slowly, with Angela, a professional pickpocket with a tragic history. Unfortunately, she steals something from a ruthless killer that he wants back. The dark game begins as she cleverly involves a forensic scientist and ultimately Hunter and Garcia an elite detective team.

The writing style engages the reader from the beginning and layers on the menace, suspense and twists until you’re breathless. Clever subterfuge and authentic psychological profiling coupled with short pacy chapters and multi-person points of view, make the reader part of the story.

It’s graphic but not overtly allowing the reader’s imagination to expand or shut down the descriptions. It has a contemporary edge which makes it relevant and relatable.

This is a well-written noir crime novel. It resonates due to the quality of the characters and the authenticity of the setting.

Chris Carter

Born in Brazil of Italian origin, Chris Carter studied psychology and criminal behaviour at the University of Michigan. As a member of the Michigan State District Attorney’s Criminal Psychology team, he interviewed and studied many criminals, including serial and multiple homicide offenders with life imprisonment convictions. He now lives in London.

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Lucy’s Great Escape (Little Duck Pond Cafe) Rosie Green 4* #Review @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #RachelsRandomResources #RomCom #Loss #Cornwall #rural #Friendship #BlogTour #BookReview #LucysGreatEscape #LittleDuckPondCafe

Lucy never wanted to abandon her friends and family, and travel to the other side of the country to start a new life. And all without telling anyone where she was going. But these are desperate times. And finding herself with a nightmare of a dilemma, fleeing her home town seems like the only way she can protect herself and those she loves.

The Cornish town of Pengully Sands holds happy childhood memories for Lucy and seems the perfect place to escape to, although having little money and no friends, life at first seems grim.

But a chance meeting with Madison and the rest of the Little Duck Pond Café girls, plus a decidedly attractive local guy who won’t take no for an answer, gives Lucy a glimmer of hope for the future. Could she really settle in Pengully Sands and make a living by selling her watercolours?

But just as life is starting to look a little rosier, it becomes clear that someone back home – the last person she ever wanted to see – has tracked her down…

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

My second book read in this eleven book series is poignant but ultimately uplifting. This is more about reality than escapism, as the reader, learns about Lucy and why she needed to escape. This story explores the best and worst of people. Cruel mind games and manipulation at one end of the spectrum countered thankfully by selfless support at the other.

This story concentrates on Lucy met briefly in the previous book and how she met Madison, why she’s in Cornwall, and what happens to her. Serious issues are well-written and the reader’s empathy with Lucy a given. Despite the darker, more serious tone of the story, it is an angsty but enjoyable read with a satisfying ending.

I’m hooked on this now and need to read the books I’ve missed.

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s Little Duck Pond Cafe series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. Each book can be read as a stand-alone story.

The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now. Watch out for further tales of the Little Duck Pond Cafe, including the delicious ‘Log Fires & Toffee Apple Cake’, which will be published in autumn 2020.

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Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry Caroline Roberts 5*#Review @_caroroberts @0neMoreChapter_ @fictionpubteam #BlogTour #BookReview #Northumberland #Romance #FamilyDrama #Wedding #guestpost #Friendship #SummeratRachelsPuddingPantry

The Pudding Pantry opens its doors for summer.And there are wedding bells on the horizon . . .

The sun is shining as Rachel and her gorgeous beau, Tom, prepare to tie the knot at Primrose Farm.

It takes a village to pull off the perfect country wedding and Rachel couldn’t be more grateful for her friends and family as they roll out the haybales and string up the bunting – all she needs to do is focus on her Happy Ever After.

But no wedding is without drama. A face from the past is looking to stir up trouble in the village and there’s a secret following Rachel all the way up the aisle . . .

With old friends, new promises and a little borrowed time, will Rachel get the wedding of her dreams?

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I received a copy of this book from One More Chapter – Harper Collins UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Northumberland is one of my favourite places, and this series captures the essence of it. The third book in the popular Pudding Pantry series, it combines adversity, community spirit and romance in a heartwarming and uplifting way.

Rachel is off on her hen weekend before her Summer wedding to neighbouring farmer Tom. Their romance fraught with difficulties had a slow start, but love grew, and now they deserve their happy ever after. This story features a charmingly authentic cast of characters who want Rachel’s day to be memorable. Like all weddings, it’s full of dramas, and last-minute nerves, some caused by external interference others a result of an internal struggle.

This engaging story captures the lead up to the wedding in a relatable way. The reader empathises with Rachel as she appreciates the importance of family, friends and the power of love.

This is a family-orientated story with a sense of place that makes it a perfect escapist read.

Guest Post – Reading, Writing and Lockdown Life – Caroline Roberts

I am mindful that lockdown has been a very difficult time for many during this pandemic, but personally it has given me the gift of more time and a slower pace of life. For as well as doing my writing and family commitments, I normally help at our business in Northumberland for a couple of days a week. So, reading has been a real solace. Here’s a few of my most memorable lockdown reads: 

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Jo-Jo Moyes ‘The Giver of Stars’ was a fabulous read. The female characters are so wonderfully drawn – the horseback librarians and their often-difficult lives in Kentucky, America, in the 1930s. I found it fascinating and could easily picture the dramatic scenery and the small-town setting. I love all of Jo-Jo Moyes’ books; they are so varied, and she’s such a great storyteller. 

Jenny Colgan’s ‘Endless Beach’ had an array of warm and interesting characters, and I loved visiting the Scottish island of Mure. I also really enjoyed the disturbing yet moving, Christy Lefteri’s ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’, ‘A Hundred Pieces of Me’ by Lucy Dillon which explores our relationships and what’s important in life. And, ‘The Tattoist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris – powerful, sensitively-written and so humbling. 

I’ve always loved reading and I studied English Literature at university. As a child, I loved ‘Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat’, and C S Lewis’s ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ – books that take you on adventures into new worlds. As a teenager I was captivated by the dark, brooding landscape and romance of ‘Wuthering Heights’.

Other longstanding favourite authors of mine are David Nicholls with ‘One Day’ and ‘Us’, Audrey Niffenegger’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’, Khaled Hosseini – ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, and ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks. I also enjoy heartwarming cosy books like Debbie Johnson’s ‘The Comfort Food Café’ series and Milly Johnson’s novels which have such humour, warmth and fabulous characters. There are so many great books of course, I could list so many more that have captured my heart and mind.

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During lockdown, I’ve been taking lovely long walks with my husband and our cocker spaniel Jarvis, through the most beautiful Northumberland countryside. Our village is surrounded by farmland with views to nearby moorland which inspire the setting for the Rachel’s Pudding Pantry series. I have also been busy with the final stages of edits for my new book, Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’. It’s set on a farm in the beautiful foothills of the Cheviots, and is a heart-warming read filled with family, friendship, love and lots of gorgeous cakes and bakes. 

Reading (and writing) can take us on all kinds of journeys; factual, fictional, dramatic, humorous, sad, joyous, peaceful. It can and often does reflect our lives, and allows us to feel connected. Right now, in these uncertain times when we are living through with the Covid pandemic, I’ve enjoyed retreating with a book. I’ve also had several readers contact me to say how much they have loved escaping to ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ during this time, so I’m really looking forward to welcoming readers back once again.

Thank you so much for having me here, Jane.

Posted in Book Review, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Hashim & Family Shahnaz Ahsan 4*#Review @shahnazahsan @johnmurrays #HashimFamily #literaryfiction #hisfic #Manchester #1960s #1970s #1980s

It is New Year’s Eve, 1960. Hashim has left behind his homeland and his bride, Munira, to seek his fortune in England. His cousin and only friend, Rofikul, introduces Hashim to life in Manchester – including Rofikul’s girlfriend, Helen. When Munira arrives, the group must learn what it is to be a family.

Over the next twenty years, they make their way in the new country – putting down roots and building a home. But when war breaks out in East Pakistan, the struggle for liberation and the emergence of Bangladesh raises questions about identity, belonging and loyalty.

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I received a copy of this book from John Murray Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

‘Hashim & Family’ is an educational and emotional journey back in time to Britain and Pakistan during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. It explores the reasons for migration. What is left behind? The concept of family and home. The story captures the brutality and hope of a migrants’ life. The tenacious spirit of Hashim and his family portrayed through authentic and believable characters. The characters are flawed and vulnerable, but mostly easy to empathise.

The political and social history aspect of the story is fascinating. The imagery is often graphically detailed to emphasise the horror and terror of racial and religious war. In contrast, the ordinary family bonds which Hashim’s family share is heartwarming and uplifting. Life is challenging and often cruel, but Hashim sees only the positives.
This story is insightful and memorable.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

A Good Match For The Major Josie Bonham 4*#Review @BonhamJosie @rararesources #RegencyRomance #HistoricaRomance #AGoodMatchForTheMajor #BlogTour #BookReview #TuesdayMotivation

Pride meets prejudice – can love blossom?

Beautiful young widow, Lady Eliza Wyndham, is determined never to remarry after a disastrous first marriage. The undeniable attraction that fizzes between her and Major Nathaniel Overton terrifies her. She rejects his advances.

With his pride badly dented, Nat vows to forget Eliza until he finds her in danger from an old adversary of his army days. His protective instincts are stirred and he steps back into her life, but will Eliza be prepared to accept his help?

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

An engaging Regency romance with a mismatched couple who collide in actuality, and find despite their differences a slow and worthwhile attraction. Eliza, grieving for the loss of her mother and damaged by her late husband vows never to marry again. Nat, a career soldier, shies away from Regency society after a mishap in his youth.

Past scandal, a passionate attraction and a dangerous man all contribute to make this an enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

Josie lives in the English midlands, surrounded by towns full of history such as Evesham, Stratford-Upon- Avon, Warwick and Worcester. Which is perhaps why her favourite reads are historical. Out of all the periods to choose from the Regency Era stirs her imagination the most. The true Regency lasted from 1811 until 1820 but dates as wide as 1789 to 1837 have been included in the extended Regency period. For Josie the true flavour of this period emerges after the iniquitous hair powder tax of 1795, unsurprisingly, scuppered the fashion for hair powder almost overnight.

Josie has always dabbled in stories but it took the combined efforts of her sister and eldest niece to set her on the path to writing novels. Her Regency romances, with a dash of adventure and intrigue, are the result.

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The Book Dragon Club Lexi Rees 5*#Review @lexi_rees @rararesources #outsetpublishing #TheBookDragonClub #Books #Reading #Writing #kidlit #nonfiction #workbook #journal #TuesdayMotivation.

Packed with awesome activities, this journal has everything a book dragon needs!

  • Tackle the fun reading challenges
  • Set up a book club with your friends
  • Host award ceremonies and parties
  • Make up games and quizzes based on your favourite books

Plus space for book reviews, reading lists and so much more. 

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

The colourful cartoony cover makes you want to open the pages of this journal designed for children in the 6 -11 years age group. It aims to engage young readers and writers into getting more out of the books they read, reading more broadly and forming a book club with their friends.

The book is fun to read and use, with headings like Awesome Book Challenges, Top Secret Book Club and Cool Stuff To Do. Where you can make bookmarks, illustrate a story and write a bespoke ending for a book you’ve read. The book gives parents opportunities to work with younger children and older children to form a book club and write book reviews.

It’s full of ideas to engage children in reading and writing and has plenty of activities to keep them interested in the holidays. I loved it.

Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south. She writes action-packed adventures brim full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints of dystopia. She also writes fun activity books for children. 

Her fantasy adventure, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids. The sequel, Wild Sky, is available now. 

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her Creative Writing Skills workbook, she has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

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Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance

The Tuscan Contessa Dinah Jefferies 5*#Review @DinahJefferies @VikingBooksUK @PenguinUKBooks #TheTuscanContessa #BlogTour #BookReview #HisFic #Italy #WW2

Contessa Sofia de’ Corsi’s peaceful Tuscan home has been upturned by the arrival of German soldiers. Desperate to fight back, she provides shelter, medical aid and any help she can, keeping her efforts secret from husband Lorenzo – who is also passing information to the Allies.

When Maxine, an Italian-American working for the resistance, arrives on Sofia’s doorstep, the pair forge an uneasy alliance. Practical, no-nonsense Maxine promised herself never to fall in love. But when she meets a young partisan named Marco, she realizes it’s a promise she can’t keep.

Before long, the two women find themselves entangled in a dangerous game with the Nazis.

Will they be discovered? And will they both be able to save the ones they love?

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I received a copy of this book from Penguin UK -Viking Books UK in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

An aspect of WW2 history that I’ve not read about before this novel captures the menace of an occupying power and the camaraderie of the villagers. The story focuses on a small village in Tuscany, and its Contessa Sofia. It’s a story of courage, danger and friendship as the Italians fight against the Fascist stranglehold of their country.

The story focuses on the women Sofia the Contessa, Maxine an allied spy and Carla and Anna, who work at the Castello. Their friendship sustains them through terrible times and makes this story memorable and motivational. Vivid, sensual imagery and well-researched, historical detail bring the historical setting to life. The characters are authentic and relatable from the vibrance of the Italian women to the menace of the SS Officers.

This is an emotional story exploring the horrors of war and the human cost. Humorous touches and romance balance the poignancy, making it addictive reading.

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The Maid’s Best Kept Secret Abby Green 4* #Review #TheMarchettiDynasty @abbygreen3 @MillsandBoon #Romance #BookReview #TheMaidsBestKeptSecret #MillsandBoonModern #MillsandBoonInsiders

The secret’s out…
…but the scandal’s still to come!

Shy housekeeper Maggie Taggart considers herself immune to rich, powerful men – her tycoon father’s rejection has taught Maggie to avoid them at all costs. Until she meets enigmatic billionaire Nikos Marchetti, and is totally enthralled by his potent masculinity! The pleasure that virgin Maggie finds in his arms is astonishing – as are the consequences…

Maggie is determined her newborn son won’t want for anything. But when Nikos uncovers her secret, and their sizzling chemistry explosively reignites, it’s clear they have unfinished business…and Nikos is determined to claim them both!

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I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Who doesn’t love a little romance? This story has a fairytale quality about it. Recently bereaved Maggie is working in her mother’s former role as a housekeeper for an absentee owner. The remote estate is the perfect place to come to terms with her grief. Then she meets Nikos, and the romance begins.

I love the first meeting, so romantic if a little unlikely, but isn’t that why we read these stories?
Sensual writing portrays their attraction beautifully, but is this just one night?

The conflict and uncertainty of the inevitable consequences of their passionate night are enjoyable reading. Nikos is vulnerable despite his money and power, and this endears him to the reader. Maggie is courageous and kind you want them to find, the love they deserve.

This is a lovely romantic story with a magical ending. Perfect for those of us who believe in the fairytales.

Posted in Book Review, Romance, Romance -Dark and Steamy

Dating The Billionaire Lisa Childs 3*#Review @MillsandBoon #LiaisonsInternational #LisaChilds #lies #secrets #MillsandBoonDare #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #DatingTheBillionaire

It was only supposed to be one date…

But she can’t stay away!

Pilot Blair Snyder doesn’t believe in soulmates. But when her best friend begs her to try the matchmaking service Liaisons International, she ends up on a date with the gorgeous Matteo Rinaldi. The night that follows is incredible, intense—so she leaves without even telling him her name. Now she has a billionaire in hot pursuit—and a secret identity flying his private plane!

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I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Blair and Teo are clients of Liaison International. Blair, an ex-fighter pilot, is a reluctant participant. She’s persuaded, by Miranda, her best friend and owner of the agency, to give it a try. Teo needs a date to ward off his sister’s clumsy matchmaking. The attraction they experience on first acquaintance is powerful and unexpected.

The sensual romance is well-written, but the emotional connection, between the couple, is missing until the end.