Dashing and disreputable… Now, he’s back in Society’s ballrooms!
Whispers of Captain Kit Carrington—now Lord Westford—have long scandalised the ton…so his arrival at the season’s most-anticipated ball sends society’s gossips into a frenzy!
Miss Genevieve Maitland needs his help to find an eligible match for her sister but assumes he’ll be reluctant to help the family that rejected him. Yet after one spine tingling waltz with Kit, sensible Genny finds he’s not her opponent—but a very tempting ally…!
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
Genny is used to dealing with difficult people and situations as a young woman she lived with her grandfather a General in the Spanish wars, and that’s where she met Captian Carrington. Kit Carrington now Lord Westford has no fond memories of the Carrington family except his stepmother and half-sister Emily. Forced back to London he faces a battle with a formidable enemy with his heart at stake.
This is an enjoyable historical romance with vividly portrayed characters. Genny is a coper and a manager out of necessity. Her conflicted romance with Kit makes her long for a different life. The chemistry simmers, as the witty dialogue and subterfuge play out between Genny and Kit. This is a romantic story full of emotion and passion. Reading this is a lovely way to spend a cold winter’s afternoon.
Lara Temple writes strong and sensual Regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter, but do so with plenty of passion. She lives with her husband, two children, and one very fluffy dog and they are all very understanding about her taking over the kitchen table so she can look out over the garden as she writes and dreams up her Happy Ever Afters.
Love and Ohana Drama is a romantic comedy that explores the challenges of family dynamics and reminds readers that there is always hope for a second chance. Sometimes the most challenging situations bring the most happiness . . .
Twenty-something Cora Fletcher is a book-loving public relations executive who lives with her overly Zen best friend and attention-loving cat. Newly single and focusing on her exciting career, she feels like she’s in a good place. She’s even been invited on an all-expenses-paid Hawaiian vacation! The only catch—it’s a family reunion . . . and her family can be a lot to handle.
Cora vows to not let that get in the way, but even before the family has boarded the plane, the ohana drama begins. As usual, there’s the sister-in-law who is bent on causing friction, the self-centered cousins, and the aunt who loves to party a bit too much. Her mother has filled the itinerary with endless activities, and she’s even invited Cora’s ex-boyfriend in an attempt to get them back together.
Although she feels overwhelmed, Cora gets a blast from her past that could impact her life forever. This is one welcome reunion she did not expect . . .
Will Cora make it through a week of family togetherness? And will she be able to say aloha to someone she thought was out of her life forever?
Welcome 2021, I’m glad you’re here. With the start of the new year, I’ve been making a list of things I hope to accomplish in the coming months. Being the Type A person that I am, setting goals is huge for me. I divide my list into professional, spiritual, family, and personal categories. (Yes, I’m that person J)
After 2020 (we won’t get into that) I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do.
There’s something exhilarating about checking an item off a list. Taking the time and staying focused despite the many distractions of daily life is a great feeling.
This year I’m hoping to release four (possibly five) new books including a new series. To help me stay on track I use my trusty planner, lots of sticky notes and I started talking with a life coach. And since my memory isn’t what it used to be, I have to write everything down. My husband used my office recently and was in awe at the number of post-it notes strategically placed all over my desk. I like to call it organized chaos.
Staying organized and keeping my days structured is necessary for me to keep up with everything I have to do. I’m a busy author, mother, and wife and it’s easy to let things slip through the cracks.
Of course, there are some days I’d prefer to sit on the couch and watch Beverly Hills 90210 re-runs. Those guilty pleasures just love to creep in and mess with my productivity.
Although there is quite a bit of uncertainty right now, I’m choosing to stay positive for a great year. I look forward to bringing more stories to life in 2021. Stay tuned for more from Melissa Baldwin.
Melissa Baldwin is a planner-obsessed Disney fan who still watches Beverly Hills 90210 reruns and General Hospital.
She’s a wife, mother, and journal keeper, who finally decided to write the book she talked about for years. She took her dream to the next level, and is now an award-winning, bestselling author of nineteen Romantic Comedy and Cozy Mystery novels and novellas. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women, and she considers these leading ladies to be part of her tribe.
When she isn’t deep in the writing zone, this multitasking master organizer keeps busy by spending time with her family, chauffeuring her daughter, traveling, attempting yoga poses, and going on rides at Disney World.
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To save his missing daughter a distraught slayer must venture deep into the heart of darkness
Legendary vampire hunter Anton Yoska is on the edge, tormented by the rumour that the precious child he once thought dead is still alive and lost in a world of monsters.
One creature alone knows for sure what happened to Gretchen, but Terek Modjeski won’t divulge his secret – revelling in the twisted power over his long-time foe.
Despairing and drinking heavily, Anton stumbles from near disaster to near disaster as he puts his team in jeopardy, testing their friendship and loyalty to snapping point.
Only one diabolical solution is possible – to confront Terek in his maximum security cell and force the bloodsucker to end his game of cat and mouse. But making the cunning infernal talk will mean employing brutal methods that go against every code Anton has ever lived by, forcing him to become as much of a demon as the leeches he hunts.
Face to face with the evil, taunting vampire, the desperate slayer takes a decision that will change his destiny forever – sending him hurtling into danger to confront a terrifying truth about his lost child that risks not only his sanity but the future of mankind.
In this extract vampire slayer Anton Yoska visits Transylvania’s most notorious maximum security prison to interrogate one of its most feared Undead captives. But to get there he has to cross an eerie, fog-shrouded lake.
The boat set off, paddles splashing in unison, gliding smoothly into the smog. Immediately, chill wisps of fog swirled around them in a ghostly dance and, pulling his heavy cape tighter around himself, Anton glimpsed back over his shoulder. The jetty had already evaporated, all sign of Quintz and the wagon swallowed up in the grey haze. Up ahead was just the same – an impenetrable blanket of vapour blocking any view of the boat’s destination.
Each stroke of the oars intensified the sense of peril, and it was difficult to resist a growing apprehension, as though they were voyaging through some haunted, ethereal realm.
It wasn’t just the eeriness that troubled him. A dark ultimatum made him brood – Leopold’s condemning words fresh in his memory even though it had been some weeks before: “I tire of this whole business, Yoska. I only kept the infernals alive at your insistence that Terek Modjeski could produce useful information about the Brethren’s numbers and intentions. But, so far, your attempts at interrogation have proved useless. Not one jot of intelligence. Nothing. How many times is it now that you’ve questioned the prisoner?”
“And you’ve failed dismally to make him talk. Intolerable. Simply intolerable. I thought you were supposed to be the man whose very name made nosferatu tremble. Well, it’s obvious that this is one infernal who doesn’t share their trepidation.”
Trying to argue had been pointless. The Crown Prince was implacable, declaring: “Frankly, I am of a mind to hand it all over to Julius Gant. I can promise you he will get results, unfettered by your tedious morality or squeamishness.”
There was no mistaking the sincerity of the threat.
“But what about my daughter?” Anton had asked, aghast. “If I’m denied access to the creature how can I ever learn the truth of what happened? He’s my only hope.”
“Not my problem, Yoska. And very soon, it won’t be yours either. I suggest that if you really want to find out the fate of your girl, you stop treating Terek Modjeski as though he is a human. He is a thing, less than a thing. A parasite. His very existence is a blasphemy. Break the monster’s silence, before I have Gant do it.”
One of the musket men touched his shoulder jolting him from the recollection.
“There it is,” the guard pointed out, as the mist thinned and a forbidding structure loomed in the distance.
Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.
She’s found the perfect man. Will she get her perfect proposal?
Dog hotel marketing manager Alex has always dreamed of having a fairy-tale proposal: the glorious sunset, iconic backdrop and rose petals – the whole shebang. She’s found her Mr Right, and life with sexy paediatrician Miles is wonderful, except for one thing. Despite saying that he’s ready for marriage, Miles seems no closer to putting a ring on it.
After a romantic getaway to Paris ends in more disappointment and Alex receives news that sends her world into a spin, she decides that her dream proposal won’t just fall into her lap. So she hatches a plan.
Although she’s convinced her methods will lead to Miles popping the question faster than she can say ‘I do’, Alex’s friends warn her it will end in disaster. But a little bit of hint dropping can’t hurt, right?
Will Alex get her happily-ever-after, or is there a reason why Miles is dragging his feet?
When’s The Wedding? is the sequel to Only When It’s Love. It can also be read as a standalone novel.
#PreOrder this fun romantic comedy now and join Alex on her exciting adventures as she attempts to speed up the proposal process, with hilarious results.
Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin, which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.
In addition to The Middle-Aged Virgin, Olivia has published four novels: The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, Love Offline, Losing My Inhibitions and Only When It’s Love. When’s The Wedding?, the hotly anticipated sequel to Only When It’s Love and Olivia’s sixth novel, will be published in March 2021.
When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found travelling to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!
Once they give into attraction… …there’s no telling how long it will burn!
For brooding tycoon Max Stowe, Hawaii is no holiday. He must track down his missing sister and take over running his island hotel until she reappears. His first task? Enlisting the help of headstrong landscape gardener Mia Kaiwi…
Max is everything Mia shouldn’t want – commanding and completely off-limits as her temporary boss! But there’s no escape from temptation working so closely together. And when Max declares his desire, it’s up to Mia – dare she explore their connection, even if just for a few, scorching nights?
I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
There’s fantastic chemistry between Mia and Max from their first encounter, but Max is all about work, and Mia isn’t anxious to risk her heart again. Hawaii weaves its magic, the elements and proximity conspire to make sensual encounters inevitable.
This is a conflicted romance Max and Mia have a professional relationship, should they compromise it? Both have to change their outlook on life but are they ready to change enough for a happy ending?
This is a great start to the Secrets of the Stowe family series. It romantic and sensual and has a lovely happy end.
Lone wolf billionaire Hudson Black is Monroe’s business partner…and the sexiest mistake she ever made! When a typhoon traps them in his Tokyo office, a naughty competition takes things from intense to incendiary! Will their mutual seduction destroy their business and their hearts?
I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
I love this author’s stories they are always sexy, but strong on emotion too which makes them an enjoyable read. Bound to You, features Monroe and Hudson who is deeply affected by his unhappy childhood and uses his business success, and money to ensure life is always on his terms.
There’s a storm of emotion to match the typhoon outside when this powerful couple is in proximity. Their affair has implications for their business, but the connection is too strong to ignore. The characters are flawed and relatable, internal conflict threatens their happy-ever-after, and the reader is on the edge of their seat, hoping they have the courage to find happiness together.
This is an enjoyable sensual romance with strong characters, and lots of conflicts and a satisfying conclusion.
For billionaire Whit Martin, Jamie Rutkowski is the one who got away. Now his college girlfriend is back to celebrate their best’s friend’s marriage. As their chemistry reignites into an even greater passion, Whit’s determined that this time their relationship will work. But are they ready to unlock the secrets of their past…if it means a chance at forever?
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
I like the originality of this story. Whilst the story has the expected glamorous setting, the situation the couple find themselves is unusual. Both have changed since their college romance, and Whit has a story to share that only Jamie can write.
The proximity and memories satisfyingly build chemistry. The issues raised are topical and give the story authenticity. This story takes both protagonists on an emotional journey with romantic interludes and a happy ending.
Barbara Wallace is the best selling author of over two dozen romance and cozy mystery novels. Her books can be found world-wide, including the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Italy and Australia.
A native New Englander, Barb lives in the suburbs with her husband of thirty-one years. Their only son is married and lives on a farm in the middle of nowhere. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her hard at work at her other job, that of an unappreciated caretaker to two demanding rescue cats. For some reason they seem to think laps are for petting, not laptop computers.
Thief-taker Simon Westow is drawn into a deadly puzzle when the melting snow reveals a dark secret in this gripping historical mystery, perfect for fans of Anne Perry and Charles Finch.
Leeds, 1822. The city is in the grip of winter, but the chill deepens for thief-taker Simon Westow and his young assistant, Jane, when the body of Laurence Poole, a petty local thief, emerges from the melting snow by the river at Flay Cross Mill.
A coded notebook found in Laurence’s room mentions Charlie Harker, the most notorious fence in Leeds who’s now running for his life, and the mysterious words: To the dark. What was Laurence hiding that caused his death? Simon’s hunt for the truth pits him against some dangerous, powerful enemies who’ll happily kill him in a heartbeat – if they can.
I received a copy of this book from Severn House Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This historical crime mystery is atmospheric, menacing and realistic. It brings the crime-filled streets of nineteenth-century Leeds vividly to life. The third book in the series it provides adequate character backstory and relationship dynamics to make it readable as a standalone. The characters are shady even the protagonists have pasts and secrets. The story has many twists.
Seamlessly woven historical details immerse the reader in the place and time of this enjoyable story.
Chris Nickson has published 28 novels, all historical crime, most of them set in Leeds, whose people and history are his passion. The Richard Nottingham series began things, taking place in the 1730s, followed by the Tom Harper novels, which begin in 1890 and have now moved to the 20th century. Between them, Lottie Armstrong, Urban Raven and Dan Markham cover Leeds from the 1920s to the 1950s.
The three books featuring thief-taker Simon Westow explore a changing Leeds, growing rapidly in the 1820s as industry – the factories and mills and belching chimneys – comes to dominate the town. The Hocus Girl, the second in the series, received starred reviews from Kirkus, which called it a “tour de force,” and Publishers Weekly, which declared “historical mysteries don’t get much better than this.’
Chris grew up in Leeds, but lived in the US for many years, making his living as a music journalist. He still reviews occasional releases, but his focus these days is fiction.
A psychopath commits their first crime… A frightened Russian woman seeks DCI Hanlon’s help in finding her missing husband. Hanlon’s not keen on the case. Until she hears a name she recognises only too well. Arkady Belanov, sadistic owner of an exclusive brothel in Oxford is involved.
And when DCI Enver Demirel, her former partner and friend, disappears, Hanlon is determined to solve the case.
Forced into an uneasy alliance with the London underworld, the race to him from the blood-stained hands of the Russian mafia is underway…
I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This is an edgy and exciting series. Hanlon sidelined from the vibrant Metropolitan police arena, still attracts danger and responds with gritty determination. Best read chronologically this is a memorable series.
Working in a missing persons’ unit Hanlon conflicts violently with the Russian mafia. Whilst not having the team dynamic of the first two books, it retains its contemporary focus, strong characters and suspense.
Hanlon edges closer to self destruct yet manages to be an effective investigator. I am looking forward to the final book in this series.
Extract from The Missing Husband – Alex Coombs
Claudia Liebig looked at the young boy’s picture. Serg was frowning hard in concentration as he drew. In five years of teaching Claudia had never met such an intense child. Everything Serg did was coloured with the same remorseless focus.
Claudia had rebelled against the tenets of her art school, which was ultra-liberal, focused on the idea that theory was as important, or maybe more so, as technique. Claudia disagreed and here at the small, international private school near Alexanderplatz in central Berlin where she was the art teacher, figurative work featured highly. By all means, she said, be abstract, but before you do me a series of coloured rectangles or Cubist faces, or before you display an everyday object as art, show me you can paint like Mondrian, Picasso or Duchamp could.
Today her pupils were drawing their parents at work. Desks and rudimentary offices were the main themes – most of the parents worked in offices and some of the children’s parents were in TV, so there was a smattering of cameras and monitors depicted in the paintings.
Serg was drawing some tanks; they looked scarily real. She admired them.
‘T-80s,’ said Serg. He spoke flawless German even though Russian was his mother tongue.
He had an amazing vocabulary too, thought Claudia. Teachers shouldn’t have favourites, but they do. Serg was hers. Despite being Russian. Not a popular thing to be in Nineties Berlin.
‘That’s nice,’ said Claudia. Serg bowed his head over his painting, colouring in the tanks battleship-grey. ‘Are they good tanks?’ Serg lifted his head and looked steadily at her with his startlingly green eyes. He was a child of almost unearthly beauty, thought Claudia, like his mother.
‘My father says that remains to be seen.’
‘Is that your father in the tank?’ Claudia pointed to the picture.
Serg shook his head and indicated a figure in a jeep. It was astonishingly well drawn. Claudia had met Serg’s dad once, rumoured to be head of the FSB, the former KGB, at the Russian Berlin embassy, the Stalinist-style palace in the Unter den Linden, in the heart of the city. She could recognize his powerful bull-like neck and physique, the angry energy that the hunched figure seemed to radiate.
‘That’s him,’ Serg said.
Alex Coombs studied Arabic at Oxford and Edinburgh Universities and went on to work in adult education and then retrained to be a chef. He has written four well reviewed crime novels as Alex Howard.
Carla Sullivan’s 50th birthday is fast approaching when her whole world is turned upside down. Discovering her feckless husband is having yet another affair and following her mother’s death, she is in need of an escape. Finding an envelope addressed to her mother’s estranged sister Josette in the South of France gives Carla the perfect plan.
Seizing the moment, she packs her bags and heads to Antibes to seek out the enigma known as Tante Josette. But as the two women begin to forge a tentative relationship, family secrets start to unravel, forcing Carla to question her life as she has always known it.
I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
I read the digital book in 2019. The audiobook edition brings the characters to life in an engaging way. Carla’s character is easy to empathise, as she comes to terms with her family’s secrets. The narrator differentiates between the different characters and genres believably. This story is easy to listen to and perfect to escape with.
The author’s knowledge and love of France come through clearly in this story. The setting is vivid, beautiful, and sometimes in sharp contrast to the revelations at the villa.
This is a multi-generational family drama. Carla’s life isn’t easy, an unfaithful husband, looking after her sick mother, and an empty nest, something needs to change. Uncharacteristically she takes an opportunity to visit Antibes and her estranged aunt.
Forgiveness, love, relationships and secrets, are interwoven into this engaging story. It’s a chance to see an ending as a new beginning. The issues explored are emotionally draining, but the outcome is hopeful and makes the angst worthwhile.
The characters are flawed, sometimes they lack the courage to take the first step to something better, but they are easy to empathise and believable. The setting is a lovely contrast to the drama and emotions, and the story’s ending is heartwarming.
Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 14 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.