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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.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance, Romance -Dark and Steamy

The Casanova Papers Kate Zarrelli 4*#Review @katmezzacappa @eXtasyBooks #KateZarrelli #eroticromance #Casanova #Venice #Italy #historical #contemporaryfiction #BlogTour #BookReview #TheCasanovaPapers @rararesources

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Ellie Murphy takes a contract teaching English at a school in Venice. There she meets the sexy, enigmatic Professor Piero Contarini, from an ancient Venetian family, and agrees to help him in his work curating a new edition of the memoirs of the famous seducer, Giacomo Casanova. Taking their task seriously, they start to enact his adventures with each other, ecstatically revealing their own kinks as they do so. But who is watching them from the shadowy alleyways of Venice?

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

My Thoughts…

This is an erotic romance with a historical twist. Ellie and an Italian professor act out the adventures detailed in Casanova’s papers they are curating. Ellie is a curious mix of naivety and adventuress. It’s this fusion of opposites that makes her attractive to the enigmatic but slightly sinister professor.

Told from Ellie’s viewpoint the story follows her sexual adventures with the professor which are sensual and explicit. There is an emotional connection between the two main characters, as the professor realises that he wants a relationship with Ellie.

The vivid writing brings the Venetian setting and historical love scenes to life. There is a mystery, which culminates in a climactic ending. This element of the story is sketchy and needs more development.

The satisfying ending suggests that there may be more adventures for Ellie and the professor.

Kate Zarrelli is the romance and erotica pen-name of Katherine Mezzacappa.  Kate is Irish but now lives in Carrara in Northern Tuscany, between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea, with her Italian husband and two teenage sons. She is the author of Tuscan Enchantment (eXtasy: Devine Destinies). Kate/Katherine writes historical, erotic, feel-good and paranormal fiction, set all over Europe, and in her spare time volunteers with a used book charity of which she is a founder member.

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Posted in Book Review, Mystery, Romance, Romance -Dark and Steamy, Romantic Suspense, Suspense

An Oxford Revenge Maxine Barry 4*#Review @FaithMartin_Nov @JoffeBooks #Mystery #Oxford #RomanticSuspense #MondayBlogs #MondayMurder #AnOxfordRevenge

 

REVENGE ISN’T ALWAYS AS SWEET AS YOU THINK

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR REVENGE?

Davina Granger wants revenge. She blames Dr Gareth Lacey for her brother’s suicide. When she gets a fellowship at his Oxford college, she sees her chance to punish him.

But is he really as guilty as she believes?

Alicia Norman is a student at the same college. She’s excited to leave her sheltered, privileged existence for college life. But her brother and his friends will do anything to stop her from being with anyone they think isn’t posh enough for her. Including murder?

HOW FAR WILL THEY GO?

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I received a copy of this book from Joffe Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Something different from this crime fiction author that may surprise her readership. If you’re expecting murder mystery, you’ll be disappointed. This story set in an Oxford college, in the early twenty-first century, is about obsession, passion and revenge. These are all motivation for murder, but here the focus is more on romance and suspense.

Davina, a successful poet, gains an honorary fellowship at St Bede’s Oxford college, to compile and write a forward, for a poetry anthology. She has an ulterior motive for being there, but her quest for revenge is convoluted by physical attraction and passion.

The plot is complex with elements of psychological suspense. The characters are flawed and emotionally vulnerable as a consequence of life events, family and social class. There is good suspense building throughout the story. The exploration of the Oxford establishment and family, peer and societal expectations is insightful. An atmospheric and claustrophobic romantic suspense.

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A Baby To Bind His Innocent Michelle Smart 5*#Review @chellebellwrite @MillsandBoon #TheSicilianMarriagePact #ABabyToBindHisInnocent #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonModern #Romance #Revenge #Sicily

A marriage built on a lie…
Until her pregnancy test confirms the truth!

Claudia Buscetta is swept off her feet by Ciro Trapani. Their wedding night is everything she dreamed of – but then she overhears Ciro’s confession: the marriage was his way of avenging his father. Heartbroken Claudia prepares to walk away from him forever…only to discover she’s pregnant!

Driven Ciro is suddenly bound irrevocably to his enemy’s daughter! Claudia is far from the pampered ‘princess’ he imagined. And living with her sparks a fierce battle…between his quest for revenge and his burning desire for his wife!

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My Thoughts…

Revenge and vendetta are the only things on Ciro’s mind when he sets out to trap Claudia into a marriage of convenience. Claudia wants to escape from her father’s constraints. Ciro and Claudia learn to trust, and their character development is positive. The sensual romance leads to emotional commitment, and the ending is happy, as reflected by a lovely epilogue.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Family Drama, Friendship, Romance, Romance -Dark and Steamy, Suspense

Facade Melody Saleh 3*#Review @MelodySaleh @lovebooksgroup #LoveBooksTours #Romance #Friendship #Relationships #FamilyDrama #BlogTour #BookReview #Facade #Unbroken

Sex in The City meets Fifty Shades… (without the Red Room)

Amber can’t get Patrick out of her mind. Night after night he haunts her dreams . . . teasing her . . .  pleasuring her . . . owning her body . . . until her alarm rings. Left unsatisfied night after night, she devises a plan to bring her fantasies to life—with a platinum wig, blue contact lenses, and a new persona.

Stay-at-home mom Debra adores her husband, but wishes for a little more spice and adventure in her life.  She’s not even sure she’s ever had an orgasm!  But when tragedy strikes, her dreams come true in ways she never imagined…or wanted.

Despite a hard life as a single black Muslim mother, up-and-coming fashion designer Zya finally has a successful business and a sense of security, despite the increasing persecution she and her daughter experience.  But then a mysterious stranger comes into her life, challenging everything she thought she knew about love. But can it be real?

Gorgeous Dominque likes sex—wild, kinky, and lots of it.  Secretly longing for something real and lasting, she settles for less, burying her insecurity and self-doubt between late-night trysts and anemia.  But before long, she’s forced to face her fears, or succumb to them.

Four friends…each hiding behind a façade.  But as fantasy clashes with reality, things aren’t always as they appear.

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My Thoughts…

There are some great characters in this story which explores contemporary relationships. The dynamic between the main protagonists is believable. The women are likeable and relatable. Everyone has secrets, which makes this story, intense, and suspenseful.

The well written sensual fantasy theme gives the story an erotic edge. It adds to the characters’ complexity. Facade, is an intriguing start, to what promises to be, a page-turning series.

After 35+ years in operations for various businesses (including her own), Melody pursued her dream of writing a novel. Having written for business publications, local magazines and even publishing a poem, Chemo’s not for Sissies, during treatment after her first cancer diagnosis, it was time to finish the novel that was started many years ago. When she started  writing, “Facade: Things Aren’t Always as They Appear,” she had no idea where her characters were going to take her. “The story basically wrote itself. It was like a movie projector playing in my mind,” is how she describes her experience. It soon became apparent, their voices were not to be silenced… “The Unbroken Series” was born. “Deja Vu: Here We Go Again,” Book II, to be released June 23, 2020, followed by C’est la Vie, Book III, in December.

Melody lives with her husband in her native home state Florida. She’s blessed to be alive today after two cancer diagnoses and enjoys watching her grandchildren grow up; something she doesn’t take for granted.

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Driving Him Wild Zara Cox 4*#Review @ZCoxBooks @mayablake @MillsandBoon The Mortimers:Wealthy and Wicked #MillsandBoonInsider #MillsandBoonDare #Romance #BookReview #DrivingHimWild

He loves it when she takes charge…

but can he take the heat?

Graciela Mortimer is famously rich, entitled and far too beautiful—just like the woman who broke my heart—so I’m not thrilled about working with her on a remote Alaskan photoshoot. But when Graciela sends away her entourage and a blizzard locks us both in our cabin, I know it’s time to thaw this dominant ice queen’s heart…

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My Thoughts…

This story is undeniably hot despite its frozen Alaska setting. Graciela and Jensen’s initial antagonism rapidly changes to sexual heat. Opposites attract and the couple find they are two sides to the same coin. Can their sexual compatibility translate into forever love?

This is an emotional and explicit story. Graciela and Jensen’s are vulnerable and have trust issues which make their intense romance full of internal conflict.

Full of angst and passion the reader is left exhausted but satisfied when Graciela and Jensen finally achieve their happy ending.

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

Bad Business J.C. Harroway 4*#Review @jcharroway @MillsandBoon #ThePleasurePact #MillsandBoonDare #MillsandBoonInsiders #Dare #Fiji #HolidayRomance #BookReview #ThursdayThoughts

An island honeymoon for one…

…becomes a racy fling for two!

My friends and I have a ‘pleasure pact’—live more fully and indulge in a red-hot fling. Newly single and up to the challenge, I’m more than ready for some no-strings thrills in tropical Fiji—and gorgeous paddleboarding instructor Ryan Dempsey is the perfect man to share them with. But our electrifying chemistry soon becomes a more passionate connection…can I convince Ryan to risk our affair for something deeper?

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My Thoughts…

Unusually for a Dare book, this story didn’t begin with the couple but Grace and her friends as they make a pleasure pact on a night out. Grace travels to Fiji and meets Ryan. Grace’s initial encounter with Ryan is steamy and sets the scene, for what follows. Neither reveals their true identities at first. When they do, the emotional connection deepens.

The setting is idyllic. It complements the sensual romance perfectly.

Posted in Audiobook Review, Blog Tour, Book Review, Crime, Domestic Thriller, Romance -Dark and Steamy, Romantic Suspense

Withstanding The Enemy T.L.Mahrt 4*#Review #AudioBook #Review @tlmahrt @rararesources #Romance #CrimeFiction #DomesticThriller #RomanticSuspense #Noir #Crime #WithstandingTheEnemy #RachelsRandomResources #BlogTour

Emma Andrews was orphaned at a young age with no family to turn to. Tired of the broken foster-care system, and believing it was her only option, she runs to a multi-millionaire with a reputation of hiring young women. It is only then that she learns what real monsters look like…

​Emma uses her overactive imagination to help her get through the toughest of days. By daydreaming a life full of love and freewill, she manages her colorless prison, but even in her wildest dreams, she would have never imagined it could become a reality. That is, until she meets Chance, a man willing to lay his life down to save hers.

But what Emma doesn’t expect is to fight her own personal demons—her heart.

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I received an audiobook copy from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

I reviewed the audiobook edition of this story. Written from the first-person point of view it alternates between the main protagonists, Emma and Chance. Emma has a tragedy filled past. Her current life with Rick is abusive and controlling. Chance is undercover investigating Rick, but his feelings for Emma are real and hard to control.

The suspenseful plot’s dominant focus is Emma and Chance and their passion. The dark sensual romance is erotic and explicit. Naive and vulnerable Emma is easy to empathise. She is confused and fearful but becomes stronger as the story progresses.

The first book in a trilogy, it ends on a cliffhanger.

The narration is clear and well-paced, although some of the male characters would be more convincing, with a male narrator. The English accent of the butler jarred on me.

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T. L. Mahrt is a former business owner, where she utilized her education in cosmetology, barbering, and massage therapy for several years. She was raised on and is currently living on a farm in Nebraska, where you can find her running barefoot in the countryside with her loving husband, inspiring children, and massive dogs.

After having her son, who was born with Cerebral Palsy and DYRK1A Syndrome, she made the life altering decision to stay home to care for her two children and pursue her love of writing. She has a passion for romance and poetry where her overactive imagination, along with her adventures and upbeat lifestyle drives her motivation for her writing.

T. L. Mahrt has a thirst for knowledge and is currently working on her Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication Studies degree.

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Dirty Devil Jackie Ashenden 5*#Review @MillsandBoon @JackieAshenden #Dare #MillsandBoonDare #Billion$Bastards #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview

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Damian Blackwood is hot as hell!

And no one can resist this devil’s allure…

I didn’t make billions letting others rob me blind. So when I catch Thea Smith stealing a priceless necklace, I can’t release her. Not before the mystery woman spends a few nights in my bed! But what started as a sexy distraction is becoming a dangerous liaison. And if I’m not careful, this fiery little thief may steal my most guarded possession—my heart.

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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…

I loved this sexy, scandalous story.

Complex, emotionally damaged characters, passionate, sensual love scenes. and an original meeting between the two main characters. All factors, which had me turning the pages to see what would happen to Thea, the streetwise but vulnerable heroine, when she meets, sexy as sin playboy Damian, who hides his generous heart well.

The emotional connection between Thea and Damian matches the passion, although it does have to play catch up. Their first encounter is purely intrigue and lust based. Thea’s career, as someone who steals stolen items for the true owners, brings her into direct conflict with billionaire, Damian. The attraction is strong, and her quiet self-possession draws Damian in and threatens the walls he’s built around his heart.

Both the characters are likeable. Although outwardly different, both have emotional scars. You want them to overcome their past issues, and find happiness together. The conflicts are many, both external and internal, but love finds a way.

Hot, hectic and heartwarming, this is a great start to what promises to be a memorable series.

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Getting Dirty Rachael Stewart 5* #Review @rach_b52 @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonDare #HarlequinDare #PublicationDayPush @rararesources #Romance #Dare #GettingDirty #MillsandBoonInsider #Investigator #Socialite #BookReview #WeekendReads

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Sometimes digging up the dirt

Means getting deliciously dirty…

I always work for the good guys. My job was simple: get the dirt on Coco Lauren, a princess of a socialite who talks—and plays—dirty. But I kissed her. I tasted her. Uncovered the tantalising woman beneath the polished façade. And she undid me in every way. Now I’m the bad guy. But how do I tell Coco the truth…when coming clean means losing her?

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My Thoughts…

You always know you’re in for a sensual treat when you read this author’s books.’ Getting Dirty’ delivers this and more. The characters are believably relatable, the pacing is fast, and the romance is conflicted, emotional and so sexy.

Ash has every reason not to like socialites, and he has no trouble digging up the dirt on Coco until he meets her. The attraction is instant and unwelcome, but undeniable, and soon he is drowning in a conflicted spiral of personal and professional.

Coco is hurting and vulnerable, trying to be what she knows her Granny wants but needing something to deaden the pain at the prospect of losing her. Ash is just a source of pain relief, isn’t he? Soon, she is in too deep, and far more emotionally exposed than she wants to be.

The dramatic irony of knowing that Ash’s secret will devastate Coco, and destroy any possibility of a future together, ramps up the story’s intensity. As you wait for the inevitable. Coco is likeable and you want her to be appreciated for who she is. Her maturity and ability to forgive, ultimately make this story perfect.

Ash has a lot to learn, and a great deal of emotional baggage to leave behind before he deserves Coco. His heart and instincts are good, but he’s blinkered by past hurts, and getting over these are difficult, and endanger his future happiness.

An emotionally honest, romantic adventure with a couple you can empathise and a happy ending they deserve.

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Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true. 

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

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