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The Debt – Jackie Ashenden 5* #Review @MillsandBoon @Jackie Ashenden #Dare #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance #BookReview

She owes me a debt…

And I’m ready to collect!

I didn’t go from street fighter to billionaire by being a nice guy. Yet my fresh-faced chauffeur asks me to forgive a debt. Ellie Little needs to learn: nothing comes without a price. So I’ll offer her a deal—pretend to be my girlfriend to secure a business deal and I’ll delay calling in my investment. It’s strictly business. Sleeping with her? Forbidden! But Ellie tempts me to break the rules…

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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…

The author brings her originality to this #Dare novel and makes it a sexy, glamorous, romantic story, full of conflict. Self-made billionaire Ash and car designer Ellie are both emotionally scarred, but they’re survivors and see enough similarity in each other to learn to trust. What starts off as a purely sexual adventure, becomes something more dangerous and potentially life-changing.

The story told from alternative points of view is amusing, intense, sensual, and fast-paced. The emotional journey is tortuous, but worth the pain, the romance is lovely and the ending perfect, for this sexy story.

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Forbidden to Touch JC Harroway 5* #Review @MillsandBoon @jcharroway #DoYouDare #Dare #MillsandBoonInsiders #BillionaireBachelors

Contracted for work…and play?

Thigh-clenchingly hot Reid Faulkner has long been my deepest desire. Now I am contracted to redesign his hotel. Only I want more. Like a second contract where Reid fulfils my filthiest fantasies. But could burning the sheets lead to heartbreak?

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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…

Book three in the ‘Billionaire Bachelors’ series is Reid and Blair’s story and it is sizzlingly hot.

Reid is the sensible older brother, except where his first wife was concerned, his trust in her ultimately threatened his family, and he vows not to make that mistake again When Blair, turns up unexpectedly he is surprised on three fronts. Firstly that his father commissioned her to refurbish The Faulkner, their anchor hotel, without his knowledge. Secondly, she is no longer the moody, shy teenager he remembers, from ten years ago. Finally that he is distractedly attracted to her.

Her offer, surprises and excites him and he aims to make all her fantasies come true. Unfortunately, this doesn’t guarantee them a happy-ever-after. They have professional conflicts, internal issues with trust, and family issues and expectations to consider.

The story is explicit, passionate and sensual, but the physical ecstasy is soon accompanied by emotional attachment. Can they trust each other, to go for what they want?

An incendiary ending for the billionaire bachelors. The perfect, sizzling Summer series.


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His Innocent Seduction – Clare Connelly – 4* #Review -@MillsandBoon #Dare #DoYouDare #Romance @clarewriteslove #nostrings

A sexual initiation…

I enjoy the finer things—aged whisky, gourmet meals, beautiful women… So when sweet virgin Millie Davis propositions me, I vow we’ll savour every moment. It’s completely no-strings—love is too dangerous. Yet, how can someone so innocent bring me to the brink of losing control?

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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…

Heated and passionate from the start, this story has the trademark sensuality of a #Dare book, but as the story progresses the heat is fused with emotional entanglement that brings the characters’ to life. and makes you want them to have a happy ending.

Millie is on an emotional journey, travelling the world, meeting new people and experiencing new things as her mother always wanted to. In Dublin, she decides that Michael, a top barrister is just the teacher she needs for a particularly personal initiation, but will he agree?

The chemistry is hot and definitely not sweet, but one night isn’t enough. As the addictive passion escalates, so does the emotional commitment. Control and power are predominant themes of this story, but it develops in an empowering way for Millie and gives this story an excellent twist.

The final conflict is heartbreaking but utterly romantic and the ending is perfect.

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Pleasure Payback – Zara Cox -5* #Review @MillsandBoon #Dare @ZCoxBooks @mayablake #DoYouDare #Romance #Insiders #TheMortimers:WealthyandWicked2

Revenge is sweet…

Damian Mortimer blew my mind in the bedroom—then nearly destroyed my business. Now, two years later, I will play him, and this time I’ll end up on top. Except what Damian does to my body might be far more exciting than the thrill of revenge!

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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 story starts hot and doesn’t stop sizzling, until its emotional climax. When Neve is on the eve of a business triumph, she allows herself a little personal celebration, whilst physically satisfying, it leaves her business in danger, and her pride in tatters, making revenge the only item on her agenda.

Meeting Damian Mortimer, two years later, she finds the physical attraction is still strong, but hopefully, she can use this to her advantage this time and make him pay. Damian is successful, rich and driven, but running from his emotions, as tries to justify his seemingly unforgivable behaviour to cousin Gideon. Neve, intended as a one time pleasure, is unforgettable, when they meet again he can’t resist her, but can his trust her?

Both protagonists are emotionally damaged but make up for this in their professional lives, both have a need to prove themselves, and trust issues, which threaten their chance of love. The romance is sensual and explicit but mirrored by a growing emotional connection and some truly romantic moments. Both characters are easy to empathise and the fast-paced plot is a page-turner. Do they get their ‘happily-ever-after? Well, this is Mills and Boon.

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Cape May – 4* #Review Chip Cheek @orionbooks @wnbooks @ChipCheek @PoppyStimpson

September 1957

Henry and Effie, young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon. It’s the end of the season and the town is deserted. 
As they tentatively discover each other, they begin to realize that everyday married life might be disappointingly different from their happily-ever-after fantasy.

Just as they get ready to cut the trip short, a decadent and glamorous set suddenly sweep them up into their drama – Clara, a beautiful socialite who feels her youth slipping away; Max, a wealthy playboy and Clara’s lover; and Alma, Max’s aloof and mysterious half-sister.

The empty beach town becomes their playground, and as they sneak into abandoned summer homes, go sailing, walk naked under the stars, make love, and drink a great deal of gin, Henry and Effie slip from innocence into betrayal, with irrevocable consequences that reverberate through the rest of their lives…

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I received a copy of this book from Orion Publishing – W&N Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Told from Henry’s point of view, this story explores his honeymoon with Effie as they discover marriage isn’t quite the fairytale they believed. Disillusioned they are swept away by a glamorous trio of people who they meet in the deserted jet-set resort. What follows changes their lives forever, and explores a way of life that is far removed from the clean, wholesome ideal of 1950s North America.

There are obvious and deliberate similarities between this story and ‘The Great Gatsby’. The glamour, the importance of money, the innocence of the young couple, and the ethos of desperate sadness.

Henry’s innocence and naivety, and the lack of reality he feels in Cape May make him easy prey. Full of sexual innuendo and passion, which highlight the differences between the young couple and their new friends. Most disturbing is the way Clara, Max, Alma, and ultimately Henry and Effie, treat other people’s houses and possessions. They are similarly careless of people’s feelings.

Whilst you may be taken in by their glamour, and their risque way of life, especially against the staid historical background of 1950s America. They also appear shallow, immoral and pathetic as they strive for something decadent to give them their next high.

Even though the characters are not likeable, the story is. I like its authenticity, sensuality and insight. The ending is poignant and full of lost opportunities for happiness. There is an undeniable question of what if they’d honeymooned on Florida?

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Take Me On – Dylan Rose – 3* #Review @MillsandBoon #Dare #DoYouDare

An erotic wager… 
Who ends up on top?

Kenzie Fox is ready to sell her stake in a rum distillery until she discovers the buyer is Antonio Navedo, the arrogant stranger she’s just shared a steamy night with. Furious, she changes her mind and proposes a sexy wager instead: if she can turn the business around, she gets the distillery. If she fails he gets her shares – and anything he wants in the bedroom…including her 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…

‘Take Me On’ is more erotica than erotic romance, a series of explicit, risque liaisons linked together with a plot featuring a woman who believes ‘it’s possible to turn round any business opportunity, even if you have no knowledge of the basics of the business.

It’s not a bad read, the chemistry between Antonio and Kenzie is hot, but I like there to be a love story too. The romance and the emotional involvement seems to be more of an add on here, than an intrinsic part of the book.

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Forbidden to Taste – J.C. Harroway -5* #Review @MillsandBoon @jcharroway #DoYouDare #Dare #Romance #PublicationDay #BillionaireBachelors #2

The sweetest pleasures…

…are the most dangerous!

Drake Faulkner would have given anything to marry Kenzie Porter, but his Army buddy best friend Sam got there first. Drake’s avoided Kenzie in the years since Sam was killed in action—he doesn’t trust himself around her. But when she turns up begging for a job at his hotel, Drake struggles to resist temptation. Their powerful chemistry feels risky, but that only makes it harder to stay away…

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

My Thoughts…

The perfect story, if you like your romance hot, your female protagonist realistic, and your male protagonist, sexy but tortured.

Kenzie is a fighter, not through choice, but to ensure she builds a future for her sister Tilly, after their parents’ death. Losing her husband is one more hurt to come to terms with, and she does, but now she needs a chance to shine, and only Drake, her dead husband’s best friend can provide the opportunity, but will he?

Kenzie is Drake’s weakness and always has been. He lost out to his best friend and has hidden his feelings ever since, even when his friend died and she needed him. Now she wants his help, but can he take the risk?

The characters are believable, complex and easy to like and they have a shared history, but this proves problematic when platonic feelings give way to passion. The attraction is mutual and sensual demonstrated by the explicit love scenes, but can they have a future together, amongst the guilt, and fear?

The pacing is fast and mirrors the incendiary attraction between Kenzie and Drake, but this story has depth, emotion and heartbreaking romance. What more do you need from your romantic fiction?

Lifelong romance addict JC Harroway lives in New Zealand. Writing feeds her very real obsession with happy endings and the endorphin rush they create. Website

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