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Cinderella’s New York Fling Cara Colter 4*#Review @MillsandBoon @CaraColter #MillsandBoonTrueLove #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #Romance #CaraColter #AFairytaleSummer #Cinderella #NewYork

She’s a breath of fresh country air…
…in his big-city life!

When Jessica Winton’s dream job falls into her lap, she’s thrust from a small-town into bustling Manhattan – and faced with new hard to please boss, tycoon Jamie Gilbert-Cooper. But when Jamie takes her under his wing Jessica must wonder how much of the big city appeal is because of Jamie?

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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…

A modern fairytale, the prologue sets the scene for a fairytale romance for Jessica. I like the Cinderella aspect of this romance and the gentle love story against the edgy urban setting of New York.
Jessica is kind and intelligent with a skill for innovation in business. Emotionally she is wary of trusting her heart after her fiance dies. This is a lovely mix of humour, poignancy and romance.

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Cinderella’s Royal Secret Lynne Graham 5*#Review @lynne__graham @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonModern #Romance #Cinderella #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #OnceUponATemptation

His until midnight…
Bound by her nine-month surprise!

Izzy Campbell has no time for love – she’s too busy cleaning houses to support her family. Accidentally interrupting her most exclusive client, sheikh Rafiq, coming out of the shower is mortifying…yet their instantaneous attraction leads to the most amazing night of innocent Izzy’s life! But then she does a pregnancy test…

Crown Prince Rafiq’s world changes the instant Izzy arrives in his desert kingdom and reveals her royal secret. He always thought he could never have children, so he’s determined to make this pregnant Cinderella his queen!

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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…

Izzy’s life is full of studying and working, she feels like Cinderella, especially when she inadvertently meets the VIP, whose room she’s supposed to clean. One magical night in a life governed by duty is all Rafiq allows himself. Fate intervenes, forcing another unexpected meeting with life-changing consequences.

Izzy is impulsive and wants to live life in the present and escape for a little while. Attraction overcomes naivety where Rafiq is concerned. Emotionally damaged, Rafiq doesn’t fit the royal stereotype but is determined to honour his heritage.

Izzy’s character develops positively in difficult and unfamiliar circumstances. Rafiq hides painful childhood memories to protect Izzy. Like all good fairytales, this has a happy ending.

Posted in Book Review, Medical Romance, Romance

Cinderella And The Surgeon Scarlet Wilson 5*#Review #LondonHospitalMidwives @scarlet_wilson @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonMedical #Romance #BookReview #MedicalFiction #ContemporaryRomance

A Cinderella midwife…
And her dashing duke!

In this London Hospital Midwives story, when Harry Beaumont, Duke of Montrose, arrives at Queen Victoria Hospital, down-to-earth midwife Esther McDonald clashes with the buttoned-up neonatal surgeon! They’re from different worlds, but when Harry invites Esther to a glittering ball, she begins to see beyond his title to the man inside. Independent Esther’s life has never been a fairy-tale – dare she let gorgeous Harry sweep her off her feet?

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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 setting captures the ethos of a busy London hospital’s NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The first in the ‘London Hospital Midwife’series, dedicated Midwife/Nurse Esther, meets celebrated and driven surgeon Harry, who is also a Duke.

Esther works extra shifts to help her mother. Feeling sick and tired, she clashes with the visiting surgeon, who questions her competency. Harry is a world-renown cardiac surgeon for neonates. Superficially friendly, he has deep emotional scars and professional trust issues.

Overt conflict gives way to understanding, and eventually the chance of romance. The romance takes a few chapters to get going, but the story is interesting. When the chemistry begins to sizzle, it is authentic and worth the wait.

Both characters are relatable, and you want them to overcome their internal conflicts and find a life outside work. The plot is pacy and has many conflicts. The romance is lovely and the ending perfectly pitched, a happy ending for a modern-day Cinderella and her Duke.

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Secrets of His Forbidden Cinderella Caitlin Lewis 4* #Review @MillsandBoon @megancrane #CaitlinCrews #MillsandBoonModern #OneNightWithConsequences #BookReview #MillsandBoonInsiders #Secrets #Cinderella

#SecretsofhisForbiddenCinderella

Cinderella’s scandalous secret

Their forbidden passion had consequences!

Overwhelming. Irresistible. Off-limits. Teo de Luz was all those things to innocent Amelia. Until she attends his opulent masquerade ball, and they share a deliciously anonymous encounter! Now Amelia must tell this brooding Spaniard he’s the father of her unborn child.

Teo can’t forget his runaway Cinderella, but discovering her true identity stuns him. His loathing of Amelia’s family means he cannot dismiss her deception! He will marry her. He will claim his heir. And he’ll exact a sensual revenge on Amelia, one pleasurable night at a time…

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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…

Amelia is such a capable character, constantly sorting through the debris of her mother’s constant affairs and marriages. She doesn’t have time for weakness, especially now when she’s finally claimed her life back and is contently living in San Francisco.

Teo, her older now ex-stepbrother, has always been her weakness, something she decided to exorcise by visiting his family’s Masquerade ball a few months earlier. She wore a mask and a heavy disguise, and when the inevitable happened, ran away like Cinderella, into the night. Now, she’s back at the fairy tale castle, forced to share the consequence of her out of character mistake, and reveal that she was his mysterious passionate partner that night.

It’s impossible not to like this modern-day Cinderella and her humour. She truly ruffles Teo’s stern outward facade, in more way than they both imagined possible. His solution is more of a punishment for Amelia, but she finds a way to get under his skin, and soon his heart rebels against his head, but will it be enough for a happy ending?

The chemistry changes from caustic to molten, the more time the couple spend together. There are many conflicts to overcome, but like all good fairytales, this one has a happy conclusion

Great characters, a wonderful modern adaptation of a fairy tale classic and a lovely balance of sarcastic banter and charming romance.

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Untamed Billionaire’s Innocent Bride – Caitlin Crews @MillsandBoon @megancrane #Romance #Insiders #Modern 4*#Review #CombeFamilyScandals2

A long-lost billionaire…

…A virgin to tame him!

Dedicated personal assistant Lauren Clarke always does as she’s asked. Her latest task? To prevent a media scandal, she needs to find reclusive Dominik James—her boss’s estranged brother—and convince him to marry her! But in Hungary’s darkest forests she discovers more than just an untamed billionaire… Dominik’s brooding masculinity awakens Lauren’s long-dormant desire. Once they’ve exchanged their convenient ‘I do’s’, will innocent Lauren accept that their hunger can’t be denied…?

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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…

A fairytale inspired billionaire romance with great chemistry between the couple, a refreshing role reversal in the ‘Cinderella’ fairytale storyline, and a sexy yet fun take on ‘Red Riding Hood.

Initially, Lauren is portrayed as someone with little sense of self-worth, who is willing to cede to all her billionaire boss’ demands because she believes herself in love with him. Meeting Dominik in an enchanted Hungarian forest reveals the true woman, intelligent, independent and ingenious. This strength contrast with her innocence in matters of the heart.

Dominik is not what he seems, but everything he has achieved stems from his tragic childhood. He doesn’t want what Lauren has been tasked with achieving, but he does want her and is prepared to barter as only a man with a wolf nature can.

What results is a humorous, sensual adventure for Lauren and Dominik, which reveals why they are so emotionally damaged, and provides the possibility of a happy-ever-after, for them if fairytale magic really exists?

Lighthearted, and fanciful, this a modern fairytale marriage of convenience story, with strong characters and a quirky plot, perfect Summer escapist reading.

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A Bride for the PlayBoy Prince – Sharon Kendrick, Sandra Marton, Maisey Yates – 5*Review

 

Designer Lisa Bailey knows she doesn’t belong in Prince Luciano’s world. Yet when one stolen encounter leaves her unexpectedly pregnant, Luc is determined to claim his queen!

Prince Draco Valenti wears his icy exterior like a suit of armour…. until he meets lawyer Anna Orsini. While they’re at odds in business, in the bedroom Draco’s desire for Anna melts his defences.

Matchmaker Jessica Carter arranges marriages that work. And that’s exactly why Prince Stavros Drakos has hired her. Yet no other woman ignites as intense a passion in him as Jessica does…

It’s time for these rebel princes to meet their match!

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 My Thoughts…

Romantic royal weddings are on trend at the moment, and these three romances capture the essences of the 21st-century royal romance. With a nod to Cinderella, the heroines aren’t princesses but, independent, professional, successful women, who seek passion rather than love because they don’t want to risk their hearts. The three princes are duty bound to marry well, all have well-publicised love lives but meeting their unlikely Cinderella’ makes them want to marry for love rather than obligation.  The fast-paced stories have passion with humour and poignancy. Each story highlights, the drawbacks and commitment of royal life with strong conflict both external and internal but they all have fairytale endings.

Crowned for the Prince’s Heir

This is fashion designer Lisa and Prince Luciano’s story. Before honouring an arranged betrothal, Luciano seeks out the only woman to reject him after a brief affair. Lisa’s emotional scars make her protect her heart at all costs. The second time around doesn’t end well for the couple, but it does leave a legacy that has consequences and leads to conflict and confusion before any chance of a happy ending. 

The Ice Prince –

A wrangle over land and a case of mistaken identity throw lawyer Anna and Prince Draco together. The heat created is undeniable but family loyalty is at stake, and there is little trust between the two. I like this story least of the three, but it is full of passion and has a satisfactory ending.

At His Majesty’s Request –

A 21st-century matchmaker and a prince seem an unlikely combination but neither is conventional, and both hide their true feelings from the world.  Jessica and Stavros’passion sizzle before they acknowledge it.  Stavros has put his country before his well-being, and Jessica’s disastrous first marriage has left her scarred.  This is the most romantic of the stories, and Stavros is my favourite prince. If you like passionate romance with a distinctly royal flavour, this trio of royal romances will be a worthwhile read.

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

 

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3* Review: The Selection -Kiera Cass

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Blurb 2016- 2

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Buy Links 2016 -2

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My Review

 

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

 

Dystopian Cinderella tale aimed at the Teen and Young Adult market. Told from America’s point of view, one of the selected, this portrays a young girl’s emotional journey, in rather unusual circumstances.
This is an introductory novel and mainly catalogues the first part of America’s journey as a ‘selected’. She is a likeable character, mindful of others feelings but definitely a free spirit. The other girls in the story have interesting personalities. There is a love triangle of sorts, which I guess will be explored later in the series.
This book has been around for four years and has attracted a phenomenal amount of very mixed reviews. Whilst, I’m not engaged enough to read anymore in the series, if you enjoy a modern day take on fairy tales with a definite dystopian setting, this should appeal.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins- Children’s via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

The Selection by Kiera Cass

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass

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