Posted in Book Review, Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Romance

The Rake’s Enticing Proposal – Lara Temple @MillsandBoon@laratemple1 #Romance #HistoricalRomance #Egypt #Insiders #RegencyRomance -5* #Review #TheSinfulSinclairs #TheRakesEnticingProposal

The rake has a proposition…

Will she accept?

Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. When globe-trotting Charles Sinclair arrives at Huxley Manor to sort out his late cousin’s affairs, he meets practical Eleanor Walsh. He can’t shake the feeling that behind her responsibility to clear her family’s debt, Eleanor longs to escape her staid life. Chase can offer her an exciting adventure in Egypt… But that all depends on her response to his shocking proposal!

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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…

Chase, one of the notorious ‘Sinful Sinclairs’, returns to his uncle’s estate, to retrieve his legacy, stored in the folly on his late uncle’s estate. His surprising meeting with Eleanor (Ellie), threatens the creed he lives by.

This not your usual Rake Regency romance. Chase has a Rake’s reputation, but it is at odds with the true man and his actions. Ellie is fiercely independent and willing to sacrifice the truest part of herself, which she denies, to ensure her family’s security.

The attraction is instant, but forbidden, as soon as one obstacle to their romance disappears, another appears, and the internal conflicts are the biggest barrier to their happiness.

The Egyptian setting and the quest for the missing box gives the story added historical interest and mystery. The romance is slow burning, but you do empathise with their unrequited feelings. Chase is a charming man, far too nice to be a Rake, but nevertheless a worthy man for Ellie. She is brave, selfless and intelligent, so glad they get the ending they deserve.

A Regency Romance with an original twist.

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Posted in Book Review, Medical Romance, Romance

Saved By Their One- Night Baby – Louisa George @MillsandBoon @Louisa_George #Romance #MedicalRomance #MillsandBoonMedical #Insiders 4* #Review

Can a shock baby… 
…redeem this damaged doctor?

In this SOS Docs story, the last person paediatrician Ethan Reid expects to see on board the rescue boat during his latest humanitarian mission is nurse Claire Durand. The woman he shared an electrifying, anonymous encounter with is now his newest colleague! Life’s taught Ethan to keep everyone at arm’s length, but Claire’s bombshell changes everything. Because Ethan’s no longer alone – Claire’s pregnant, with his baby!

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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…

It’s a while since I’ve read a medical romance, and I didn’t remember them being so sizzling, but this one is, and I’m not complaining.

It starts, with a traumatic event for Ethan, that is still affecting his life many years later, when he is attracted to Claire in a bar, just before he embarks on an important humanitarian mission. They are both at pivotal points in their life, and so act on impulse with an explosive and sensual outcome.

The emotional impact of their first meeting is apparent when they meet again and then the conflicts begin and their chance of ever together seeming remote.

There is a sensitive grasp of contemporary refugee issues and the role of medics in their plight, this provides an adrenaline-fuelled, yet poignant setting for their troubled romance to grow or die.

Claire has her own demons, which make her back off from a long term relationship, but the consequences of their passion, make her reevaluate, but can Ethan, whose emotional damage is severe, learn to forgive himself and trust in another?

After angst and indecision, there is an expected happy outcome, but they really have to work for it.

A surprising and absorbing medical romance.

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His Shock Marriage in Greece – Jane Porter – 5* #Review @MillsandBoon @authorjanep #Romance #Modern #MillsandBoonInsiders #MarriageofConvenience #Greece #MondayMotivation #MondayBlogs

A merciless groom

A not-so-convenient bride

Scarred by his dark past, Damen Alexopoulos does not let emotion dictate anything—especially his choice of wife. So when his convenient society bride is switched at the altar for her innocent younger sister, Kassiani Dukas, Damen’s adamant their marriage will remain strictly business. He’s too damaged for anything more… Yet Kassiani’s determination to know him—and the intense passion of their Greek Island honeymoon—could be this ruthless Greek’s undoing!

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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…

Providing you can see beyond the rather contrived titles of Mills and Boon romances, which don’t seem to keep pace with the 21st-century covers and themes, they are very readable, and a pleasant way to while away a couple of hours.

‘Marriage of Convenience’, and ‘Mistaken Identity’, are the predominant tropes in this story, which involves Kass agreeing to be the last minute, stand-in bride, to save the family shipping firm, when her socialite sister runs away,

Ignored by those who should love her, Kass wants to escape, and realise her inheritance, which she only gets if she marries, or on her twenty-fifth birthday. She is naive, but knows what she wants, and hopes to improve her life, even if her husband to be doesn’t want to cooperate.

This is a passionate romance, dark and troubled because Damen has a tragic past that he tries to overcome, through anger and control. Kass is courageous and clever, and you cannot help, but empathise with her wish to help Damen become the man he should be.

A darkly dangerous romance that focuses on abuse, not a usual theme in this type of romance. It is sensitively written and provides strong conflict, to the happy-ever-after, the couple seeks. Naturally, this is Mills and Boon romance, so there is a hopeful, positive ending, which this enjoyable romantic story deserves.

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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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Summer Escape With The Tycoon – Donna Alward @MillsandBoon @DonnaAlward #Romance #TrueLove #DestinationBrides1 4*#Review #Insiders

From whirlwind fling… 
To wedding ring?

A Canadian adventure holiday is the trip of a lifetime for Molly Quinn. Paired up with gorgeous tycoon Eric Chambault, they’re pushed out of their comfort zones and closer together…But as their holiday comes to an end, will their summer romance work in the real world?

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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…

It’s been a while since I’ve read a ‘True Love’ romance, these concentrate on the emotional connection between the couple and the internal and external conflicts they have to overcome to find their ‘happily-ever-after’, whilst there is sensuality in these stories, it is of the ‘closed door’ variety.

This story is a good example of the genre, Molly is a likeable heroine, who has never really experienced love, and Eric is a troubled hero, who keeps his emotions well-hidden. Both successful professionals, they are career driven to the exclusion of everything else.

The Canadian adventure holiday setting is full of vivid imagery that adds additional interest to the story and allows the couple’s past and present fears to be explored. It also is the perfect backdrop for romantic encounters.

The characters are easy to empathise and the plot is simple but effective. If you enjoy romantic stories, with engaging settings this is a lovely read.

Posted in Book Review, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

4*#Review- Annie Burrows A Duke in Need of a Wife @MillsandBoon @NovelistaAnnie

A search for a duchess 
…despite his scandalous secret!

Oliver, Duke of Theakstone, needs a duchess—but who will accept his secret illegitimate child? He invites several eligible ladies to his estate to assess their suitability, including infuriating beauty, Miss Sofia Underwood. Oliver is a master of cool practicality, so he’s hopeful when he sees the connection between Sofia and his daughter. What scares him is that there’s nothing cool or practical about his attraction to Sofia!

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I received an electronic advanced reader copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

A charming Regency romance, based on the marriage of convenience trope. Sofia has lived with her guardians, her paternal aunt and uncle since she was a young girl, they looked after her, but she never felt loved, and so became an independent spirit, something frowned on by Regency society.

Oliver, the Duke of Theakstone, is looking for a wife, to raise his illegitimate daughter, who he cares for, but doesn’t know how to love. His meeting with Sofia is unusual, and it sets the scene for an unconventional romance.

An enjoyable read, with some poignant moments and a deepening romance between Oliver and Sofia. Livvy, Oliver’s daughter and Snowball, Sofia’s dog are great characters, who give the story a humorous dimension.

A lighthearted, Regency romance, which lets you escape to a more romantic era, for a little while.