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The Nurse's Christmas Temptation Ann McIntosh 4*#Review @AuthorAnnMc @MillsandBoon #FestiveRead #ScottishIsland #Festival #Romance #MillsandBoonMedical #MedicalRomance #MillsandBoonInsiders

She didn’t plan on celebrating Christmas…
Can he change her mind?

Nurse Harmony Kinkaid grabs the chance to spend Christmas working on a remote Scottish island. Without her beloved grandmother, the season won’t be the same. But her organized world is thrown off balance by her fierce attraction to daredevil Dr Cameron MacRurie. He’s her complete opposite – she’d be foolish to fall for him. Yet as I Christmas lights begin to shine, Cam becomes a temptation impossible to ignore…

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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…

Christmas can be the toughest time of the year when you’ve lost someone you love. Harmony, just wants the festive season to be over, now she can’t spend it with her lovely grandmother. Taking a nursing role on a remote Scottish island seems to be the perfect solution, but she didn’t realise that the island belonged to the doctor she was working with, or that he would be so attractive.

The island transforms at Christmastime with a Winter wonderland festival, and the instead of being remote and sparsely populated, it is full of tourists. The island has a cast of lovely characters, all with their own stories, and they all want to know about the new nurse. Harmony fights their inquisitiveness and her attraction to the Laird, without success, and realises that she will leave her heart behind when she returns to the mainland.

An intensely romantic story, this has a vibrant festive ethos, a cast of believable and quirky characters. and a passionate, stormy romance that mirrors the island it takes place on. Grief, loss and learning to trust are themes of this story, which has a charming Christmassy happy ending.

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Murder on the Green – 4*Review – H.V. Coombs

Midsomer Murders meets The Great British Bake Off in this foodie delight with murder at its heart.

Hampden Green has been quiet for months, allowing Ben Hunter to concentrate on running The Old Forge Café. That is until celebrity chef Justin McCleish announces he is opening a pop-up restaurant at the local opera festival and wants Ben to help out.

Ben couldn’t prouder or more flattered until he discovers he hasn’t been hired for his cooking abilities… Justin is being blackmailed, and he needs help to crack the case. That is until extortion turns deadly!

Now Ben must do whatever it takes to find the killer before they strike again…

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My Thoughts…

What’s the perfect read on a scorching Summer’s day? A quintessential English murder mystery with tempting food. 

‘Murder on the Green’ has Ben a chef and reluctant sleuth who’s a likeable character with a chequered past revealed in a previous story. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but there’s enough backstory on Ben and the village inhabitants to make this easy to follow and enjoyable. 

Ben’s cafe although busy is struggling financially, he works all hours, and the rewards are scant. When celebrity chef Justin McCleish is hired to do the catering at the Opera festival, Ben is surprised to be asked to help out by the chef who he doesn’t know. Blackmail rather than cooking is the reason Justin wants Ben, but he’s soon chasing a murderer. 

Told from Ben’s point of view, the action is plentiful, the murders’ grisly and the cast of characters, full of motive. There are lots of comic moments, and a plot that’s full of twists, not all of which work but they are vividly portrayed and sit comfortably in this cosy mystery.

An enjoyable afternoon read, with an unusual, bumbling but ultimately successful sleuth in chef’s clothing.

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