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Meet Me in London Georgia Toffolo 4*#Review @ToffTalks @MillsandBoon #Romance #Festive #London #Audiobook #Review #BookReview #HarperCollinsAudioUK #MondayBlogs #MeetMeinLondon #MillsandBoonInsider

What do you do when your fake engagement starts to feel too real…

Aspiring clothes designer Victoria Scott spends her days working in a bar in Chelsea, and her evenings designing vintage clothes, dreaming of one day opening her own boutique. But these aspirations are under threat from the new department store opening at the end of her road. She needs a Christmas miracle, but one is not forthcoming.

Oliver Russell’s Christmas is not looking very festive right now. His family’s new London department store opening is behind schedule, and on top of that his interfering, if well meaning, mother is pressing him to introduce his girlfriend to her. A girlfriend who does not exist. He needs a diversion. Something to keep his mother from interfering while he focuses on the business.

When Oliver meets Victoria, he offers a proposition: pretend to be his girlfriend at the opening of his store and he will provide an opportunity for Victoria to showcase her designs. But what starts as a business arrangement soon becomes something more tempting, as the fake relationship starts to feel very real. But when secrets in Victoria’s past are exposed will Oliver walk away, or will they both follow their hearts and find what neither knew they were looking for…

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

My Thoughts…

An audiobook read by the author is always good for the reader because the author’s interpretation of the characters has inherent authenticity. This engaging narration brings the characters to life, especially Victoria and immerses the reader in her life and romance.

This is a love story set in Chelsea, London. The book’s setting and characters are realistic and give the story a unique sense of place.

Victoria is recovering, from a relationship break up that damaged both career aspirations and her heart. Oliver is troubleshooting the opening of a flagship department store, for his family’s business but he’s doing it more out of loyalty than a vocation. Victoria is likeable and relatable. Oliver, although emotionally remote, has a kind heart. When they meet, in the bar the chemistry is quick to ignite although they keep their feelings hidden until fate brings them, together again.

This is a gentle romance catalysed by a fake engagement. It is passionate but conflicted as the couple keep secrets that threaten their future. The realisation that a fake engagement is not what the couple want, leads to internal conflict and sadness, but thankfully all the angst is rewarded with a happy ending.

Posted in Audiobook Review, Book Review, Crime, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

House of Correction Nicci French 5*#Review @FrenchNicci #narrator @WhelanGemma @WFHowes #audiobook #Review #CrimeFiction #HouseofCorrection #MondayBlogs

She’s a murderer.Everyone knows she killed Stuart Rees – why else would his dead body be found in her shed?

So now Tabitha is in prison, awaiting trial.

Coming back to the remote coastal village where she grew up was a mistake. She didn’t fit in then, and she doesn’t fit in now.

That day is such a blur, she can’t remember clearly what happened. There is something she is missing, something important…

She only knows one thing. She is not capable of murder.

And the only one she can trust to help her out of this situation is herself.

So she must fight. Against the odds.

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

My Thoughts…

This isn’t a traditional prison drama. It conveys the claustrophobia and menace of life behind bars but doesn’t rely on overt abuse, or violence to make this point. It ensures you concentrate on Tabitha’s desperate situation.

Tabitha is an unreliable protagonist she has mental health issues which may impair her memory recall and perception of events on that day. The supporting characters seen through Tabitha’s eyes are relatable and demonstrate how villages are often prone to gossip and sidelining individuals who don’t fit in. Tabitha engenders empathy. She is alone and initially confused, not knowing who to trust in a dangerous environment.

The story explores Tabitha’s momentous journey towards her trial and its outcome, believably whilst parts may seem unlikely the reader wants her to find justice. The courtroom parts of the story are enthralling, and Tabitha’s character development is most apparent here.

The outcome is a satisfying end to a suspenseful, often poignant story.

Listening to this story as an audiobook makes it easy to absorb and get to know the characters. The narration is clear, engaging, and the portrayal of the numerous characters excellent. This is an enjoyable, listening experience.

Posted in Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Christmas in the King’s Bed Caitlin Crews 4* #Review @megancrane @MillsandBoon #Romance #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonModern #BookReview #Festive #MondayBlogs

His royal bride of convenience:
Unwrapped and undone!

Orion is determined to rule his once-dissolute kingdom with integrity and respect. That means honouring his betrothal to Lady Calista Skyros. A woman whose father deals in scandal – and who threatens his unwavering self-control…

Calista knows her royal marriage was brokered by blackmail, but she has her own reasons for accepting Orion’s hand. Yet her husband shocks her with his demand for complete honesty. And as her first Christmas as queen approaches, her unstoppable desire for the king becomes her most dangerous truth of all!

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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…

This is a fairytale romance full of passion, villains and happy ever afters. King Orion forced to marry an adversary’s daughter to protect the monarchy from further scandal. Calista agrees to marry Orion to save her sibling from her father’s wrath. Their intense connection is something neither expected but is a blessing or a curse?

This is a story of betrayal scandal and trust. The connection between Calista and Orion is passionate but conflicted. Both need to trust the other with their secrets to move forward. Despite the legacy of despicable parents the two, principled lovers manage to rise above the scandal, to find their fairytale ending but only after, some sensual encounters and personal soul searching.

Posted in Book Review, Friendship, Medical Romance, Romance

The Vet’s Secret Son Annie O’Neil 4* #Review @AnnieONeilBooks @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonMedical #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #DolphinCoveVets #Cornwall #MondayBlogs

Returning for forgiveness…
Staying as a father

When Lucas Williams was forced to walk away from Ellie Stone, he knew he was giving up on their dreams of opening a veterinary practice together. Now he’s back and hoping to make amends. But he’s not surprised by how successful Ellie’s become, or that their powerful connection has endured. The surprise is that when he left six years ago, Ellie was pregnant – with his son!

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

My Thoughts…

A sweet second chance romance, for two vets, dedicated to animals but torn apart by family drama which leaves a big secret between them.

The characters in this romance are relatable. Ellie is clever and courageous, but so scared of losing the son who means everything to her. Lucas is loyal to his family even when it means destroying what he has with Ellie. His motivations are understandable but flawed. The supporting cast, including many animals, give this story an authentic ethos and add humour and poignancy to a lovely romantic tale full of angst but thankfully happily resolved.