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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.

Posted in Book Review, Friendship, Medical Romance, Romance

A Return, A Reunion, A Wedding Annie O’Neil 4* #Review @MillsandBoon #Romance #MedicalRomance #SecondChanceRomance #Insiders #PublicationDay @AnnieONeilBooks

A second chance with her GP… 
Dare she follow her heart this time?

Jayne had been so happy! Engaged to gorgeous Sam Crenshaw, planning an idyllic life together as GPs in Whitticombe’s close-knit community. Until the day her twin sister died, compelling Jayne to leave the man she loved to fulfil her sister’s dreams. Now a paediatric cardiologist, Jayne’s hit crisis point—and coming home to heal reminds her that her own dream is still life with Sam!

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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 is driven by powerful emotions, grief, guilt and love. It is a second chance romance, my favourite kind, between two medics, whose fairytale ending was obliterated by a tragic accident.

The story begins with an intense medical drama, that reveals that Jayne is finally unable to run from her past. It should be the pinnacle of her career, so far, but rather than success, it forces her to confront her past, and what she believes is her failure.

Sam never really came to terms with Jayne’s ending of their engagement, he understood her grief, but not her wish to face it alone. The meeting between Sam and Jayne sets the scene for an awkward few weeks, as they recognise their mutual attraction still lives, but are not sure what if anything they can do about it.

There is plenty of authentic medical details, and an exceptionally poignant love story, which is fraught with internal conflict. Both of the main protagonists are likeable and relatable, the best friend Maggie and the villagers all give the story its authenticity, a snapshot of English village life.

An intensely emotional medical romance with a lovely hopeful happy ending.

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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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A Piece of My Heart -Wendy Lou Jones – 5* Review

The hospital café – a place they could go to feel human again Having discovered her boyfriend is cheating on her, cake-loving Hannah decides she needs to lose weight and get fit to become more attractive to men. But her ill-fated plan soon lands her in hospital where she spots the enigmatic Matt, visiting his son. Matt thinks of her as his guardian angel – a hot one. His rock to cling to in a world of lies and doubt. She is his grasp on normality, as he is hers. But normality cannot last. She never meant to deceive him. She simply wanted to make him smile.

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My Thoughts…

An original and insightful romantic story set in a hospital. Medical romance with a twist. The main protagonists are not medics, but a visitor and a patient. Illness and trauma change their lives irreparably and their need to have someone to confide in leads to romance.

Hannah is a lovely character when her boyfriend cheats on her she employs a new fitness regime which reveals a health issue that proves life-changing. Matt’s son is dangerously ill; he has no one to talk to until he meets Hannah at the hospital cafe. Their romance is unconventional but surprisingly deep, probably because illness concentrates your mind on what matters.

Peppered with medical facts, this is an authentic story, but it’s the depth of the emotion that resonates and makes you root for their happy ending. All the characters are believable and make this story worth reading.

A beautifully written, heartfelt romantic story that will make you cry but leave you with a satisfied glow at the end.

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The Love Islands Collection – 3* Review

 

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My Thoughts…

Perfect to get you in the holiday mood. Island romance from sweet to sensual with sexy heroes and strong heroines and colourful, vibrant settings.

Brought to carry his Heir – Jane Porter

Held captive…

When Georgia Nielson is asked to be the surrogate for an enigmatic tycoon, she can’t afford to say no. Before she realizes that she’s struck a deal with the devil, she’s trapped on his isolated Greek island, with no escape from the brooding master who stalks its shores!

Carrying his child!

Scarred by the loss of his wife, Nikos Panos’s future rests on leaving behind a legacy. But Georgia’s constant presence threatens to unleash the powerful hunger he’s kept caged for so long. If he wants defiant Georgia to submit, he must confront the demons that haunt him…

 A surrogate and a billionaire alone on a Greek Island. Angst and heartache give way to passion and understanding in this fast-paced sensual romance. Both protagonists ride the emotional rollercoaster to find happiness.

The Doctor She Left Behind – Scarlet Wilson

After five years with Doctors Without Borders, Nathan Banks is close to burnout – and a job in the stunning Whitsundays is the perfect fresh start! Until Nathan discovers his new colleague is his ex – Rachel Johnson! But could this twist of fate finally make these docs confront their past and face their future… together?

Second chance romance.  Neither wants to be in the same place, but an unexpected matchmaker and circumstances make it necessary. Nathan and Rachel, learn to forgive and move on to a future together.

A Miracle for the Baby Doctor – Meredith Webber

Conceived in paradise.

When beautiful embryologist Fran Hawthorne is offered the opportunity to work on a Pacific island for a month, she seizes the chance to escape the humiliation of her ex-husband’s betrayal. But Fran isn’t prepared for Steve Ransome, the handsome doctor heading the clinic. After years of struggling to conceive with her ex, Fran is tempted to give in to the pure passion that burns between them. Only their “temporary” fling results in her carrying the child she thought she’d never have.

A lovely romance with a medical theme. Easy reading, plenty of angst, poignancy and romance. An entertaining read, even if you’re not a medical romance fan.

His Accidental Heir – Joanne Rock

The Boss’s Baby Bargain.

When resort developer Cameron McNeill goes undercover to root out problems at his prized island property, his first discovery is the irresistible concierge, Maresa Delphine. Her business smarts are vital to his mission. But the struggling single mom could help with his personal mission, too: fulfilling the marriage terms of his grandfather’s will. Maresa is overwhelmed caring for her infant niece and tending to the demands of the resort’s sexy mystery guest. When he reveals himself as the owner, she’s thrown for a loop. But when he proposes…can she resist his brand of trouble in paradise? 

Luxury location, Sexy billionaire and a successful, family orientated heroine, who sees the good in everyone and puts her family above herself. A passionate romance but a strictly business marriage makes this a lovely read with lots of conflict and angst for  Maresa, a timely wake-up call for Cameron and thankfully a happy ever after for the reader.

Claiming His Wedding Night – Louise Fuller

“You owe me a honeymoon.” 

Addie Farrell’s marriage to casino magnate Malachi King lasted exactly one day until she discovered their love was a sham. Now, with funding for her children’s charity about to be cut, Addie must face her husband and their dangerously seductive chemistry once again 
Humiliated and frustrated after Addie’s sudden departure, Malachi seizes the chance to put the power back where it belongs: in his hands. The deal: Malachi will give her the money she desperately needs if she returns to his side and finally he will claim his long-awaited wedding night

While this is certainly a passionate story, it lacks romance, Addie and Malachi’s sexual attraction brought them together and even after five years it remains, simmering under the surface. His ‘Indecent Proposal’ offer to continue the funding for her charity if she gives him his honeymoon, is outdated. The couple’s true feelings eventually surface, and the ending is happy, but both characters are hard to empathise.

Still So Hot -Serena Bell

Your “Dating Boot Camp” Itinerary 

Day One: 

Fly to a luxurious, five-star resort in St. Barts with your personalized dating coach, Elisa Henderson. Show up on the plane with a guy you just picked up. Find out Brett Jordan isn’t just a drool-worthy hottie with a-rockin’ hard bod—he’s also a total player…and Elisa’s former best friend! 

Day Two: 

Be problematic. Disappear with a cute paparazzo. Besides, Elisa and Brett are now alone in a tropical paradise, and Elisa’s about to break the first commandment of date coaching: Thou Shall Not Sexily Ravage Your Client’s Date. Lost clients, naughty nighttime shenanigans, sleazy paparazzi… Can Elisa avoid a complete PR disaster, or is her reputation about to get the boot?

Think ‘I’m a Celebrity’ and ‘Love Island’ gone wrong and you’ll be in the zone for this sexy romance. Friends becoming lovers is the trope, and it makes easy beach reading.

Beach reading for Contemporary, Medical and Sexy Romance fans.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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5* Review : Wendy Lou Jones – The Summer We Loved

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Forgiving yourself can be the hardest task of all.
Dr Peter Florin is the sexy bad boy of St Steven’s hospital. Despite his love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude, every woman still wants him – and nurse Jenny White is no exception. For one night she thought she saw the real Pete, but ever since then he’s kept his distance and so she has kept hers…

Only Pete is a man haunted by a dark childhood and a tragic loss, and as she watches him spiral down into despair, Jenny realises she might be the only one who can drag him back. So she does – at the risk of her own, already bruised and battered heart. For no matter what she tells herself, such a man is surely impossible to change – and even more impossible to resist.

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The Summer We LovedThe Summer We Loved’ is medical romance with a twist, which makes it uniquely memorable and poignant. A chance meeting between Jenny and Pete sets the scene and from the first chapter you realise Jenny is telling this story for a purpose but what is it?

The characters are deep and realistic. Jenny is dedicated to everything she undertakes, almost driven and as her story unfolds it’s easy to understand why. Drawn to Pete, the antithesis of everything she believes in, yet too reticent to do anything about it; until she realises he needs her, even if he doesn’t realise it yet. Pete is complex and dark. He hides his demons and plays the fool and because of this is hard to empathise with until Jenny unpicks his barriers and reveals the frightened little boy hiding behind them.

The plot takes many turns but is so interesting you can’t stop reading. The emotion is raw and sometimes painful to witness but there is nothing gratuitous in this story, every tear counts and adds to the rich fabric of the tale Jenny recounts. The ending is full of angst, maintains the emotional pressure and completes the story beautifully.

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

The Summer We Loved by Wendy Lou Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: By My Side – Wendy Lou Jones

 

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Betrayed by her boyfriend and best friend, Lena is left empty; trapped under a weight of guilt and loneliness. Then, at her lowest point and when she needs it most, a mysterious stranger comes into her life with a tale of friendship, family, and finding love in the most unexpected of places…

Katy Heath is definitely not thinking of love when she comes across consultant, Adam Elliot, berating some poor patient on the ward one day. In fact it is Dr Peter Florin who quickly has everyone’s hearts aflutter with his easy smiles and practised charm.

Yet Katy comes to realise that there’s more to Adam than his determination to push everyone away and it’s not long before she finds herself longing to reach out to touch the man within, healing the pain of his past.

As Lena is drawn into Katy’s story, she begins to learn – just as Katy does – that the course of true love never did run smooth.

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 ‘By My Side’ is a well written medical romance with a unique twist. Authentic medical references give the story a realistic edge.
There are two stories in ‘By My Side’. The first adds a fascinating dimension, yet is so simple it doesn’t detract from the complex medical romance of the second story.
Lena is at a crossroads in her young life. Emotionally scarred she finds attending a funeral with her mother very difficult until left to her own devices she meets an enigmatic stranger who senses Lena is troubled and tries to help by telling how she met the love of her life after a funeral. Lena likes her new friend who knows and speaks well of her mother and gradually becomes enthralled in the story that she tells.
Katy is an A&E nurse, a likeable character who often speaks before she fully engages her brain. Adam is an Orthopaedic consultant who is dedicated and good at his job but struggles with his people skills. This flaw is a nice authentic touch. Damaged by his past Adam doesn’t want to like Katy but she starts to get under his skin. Their love story is full of twists and tragedy but the romance is heart warming.
The ending is surprising, poignant and hopeful.
The perfect read if you like medical romance with strong, emotional characters and are prepared to open your mind to new possibilities.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

By My Side by Wendy Lou Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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