Posted in Book Review, Parenting and Famlies, Romance, Travel

Her Sicilian Baby Revelation Michelle Smart 5* #Review @chellebellwrite @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonModern #Romance #Sicily #Italy

From unrivalled passion to an unforgettable revelation!

Orla O’Reilly knew the father of her three-year-old son must be out there somewhere. But suffering from amnesia, she’s unable to recall his name. Until Tonino returns, and suddenly their overwhelming connection comes flooding back…

Mills & Boon Modern – Seduction, glamour and sinfully seductive heroes await you in luxurious international locations.

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

My Thoughts…

An engaging romantic story, Glamorous, like you, expect from a Mills and Boon Modern, but with a strong emotional theme. The heroine copes with a less than idyllic parents, and the legacy of a terrible accident. Orla’s love for her son and her stepsister is believable and heartwarming. They drive her actions, as she copes with amnesia after a car accident, three years previously. The second unexpected meeting, between Tonino and Orla, is cleverly written, with undercurrents of guilt, passion and surprise. The gradual reveal of Orla’s memory culminates in a last poignant revelation that motivates her to seek her happy ever after.

Tonino is revengeful, to begin with, but avoids the stereotypical billionaire forcing the heroine, to his way of thinking. His character development and insight is refreshing and relatable and makes this story special. The inclusiveness of the story is also notable and welcome.

Passion meets parenting in a contemporary realistic way.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

The Scandal of the Season Annie Burrows 4*#Review @MillsandBoon @NovelistaAnnie #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonHistorical #Regency #Secrets #Lies #RegencyRomance #HistoricalFiction #BookReview

Having saved Cassandra Furnival from scandal once before, it shouldn’t have surprised Colonel Nathaniel Fairfax that she was now attempting to lay siege to the Ton’s eligible bachelors! Determined to thwart her plans, he’s as astounded by her defiance as by her beauty. But nothing shocks the jaded soldier more than discovering her innocence. Restoring her reputation is set to bring about the scandal of the season!

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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…

Cassie’s life has not been easy after a youthful scandal ruined her in Regency society’s eyes. She lives with a distant relation and her partner and works as a seamstress. When a Dowager Duchess, her godmother wants to take her to London for the season. She is unsure, but the Dowager is manipulative, and so with the blessing of her surrogate aunts she agrees. The rumblings of her former scandal haunt her, brought to life with a threat of new scandal when Nathaniel Fairfax, storms into her life.

The story takes a while to set the scene, but the complex characters and relatable themes explored hold your interest until the passionate romance and dangerous misunderstanding explode in the story’s second half.

Full of conflicts both internal and external, Regency society at its most devastatingly cutting and a cast of vibrant Regency characters, this story is a lovely way to escape the present-day problems.

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.

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

My Fake Rake Eva Leigh 5*#Review #UnionoftheRakes @MillsandBoon @EvaLeighAuthor #MillsandBoonHistorical #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #HistoricalFiction #RegencyRomance

#MyFakeRake

Lady Grace Wyatt is content as a wallflower, focusing on scientific pursuits rather than the complications of society matches. But when a handsome, celebrated naturalist returns from abroad, Grace wishes, for once, to be noticed. Her solution: to create the perfect man to act as her suitor, and help her catch his eye. Grace’s colleague, anthropologist Sebastian Holloway, is just the blank slate she requires.

To further his own research on English society, Sebastian agrees to let Grace transform him from a bespectacled, bookish academic into a dashing – albeit fake – rake. Between secret lessons on how to be a rogue and exaggerated public flirtations, Grace’s feelings for Sebastian grow from friendship into undeniable, inconvenient, real attraction. If only she hadn’t asked him to help her marry someone else…

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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 story begins in an unusual way for a Regency romance, five boys at Eton, awaiting punishment for various misdemeanours. How is this related to the story? Well, it’s at Eton where the ‘Union of Rakes’ is created. Sebastian, clever but frequently bullied is the first hero in this series, and he is a character that you can’t help liking.

Grace is studious and independent, her looks draw suitors, but her frightening intelligence, unusual hobby and forthright manner soon have them scuttling away for easier conquests. She is drawn to a fellow scientist, but he fails to see her as a suitable partner, something that shouldn’t bother her but does. Enlisting Sebastian her like-minded friend’s help is an act of desperation and trust and begins a story that is full of friendship, humour and romance.

The friends to lovers trope are frequently used, but the lightness of the author’s touch manages to instil something fresh into it. Grace and Sebastian are both vulnerable, and this makes them easier to like. Inevitably, their perception of each other changes. Although predictable, the mutual attraction is nicely done, and the conflicts and misunderstandings make the inevitable passionate encounter hard-won. The story flows well, with all the trappings of Regency society and excellent supporting characters, many will be the stars of other books in the series.

With many Regency romances focusing on the darker side of life, this is a refreshing change. An enjoyable way to escape contemporary problems for awhile.

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

The Secrets of Lord Lynford Bronwyn Scott 5*#Review @MillsandBoon @Bronwynscott #TheCornishDukes #MillsandBoonHistorical #RegencyRomance #HistoricalFiction #Cornwall #Secrets #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview

#TheSecretsofLordLynford

He’s destined never to marry
She might change his mind…

Eaton Falmage, Marquess of Lynford, is an expert at distracting himself from the painful truth which means he’ll never wed. Seducing mining widow Eliza Blaxland seems the perfect diversion. Until he learns Eliza guards her heart as fiercely as her hard-won independence. He longs for more, but that would mean confessing his secret…and risk losing her forever!

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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 lovely start to what promises to be a riveting romantic series about the heirs of the Cornish Dukes. Eaton has a secret, which in his eyes means he can never marry, so he fills his days helping others with his philanthropy, and taking lovers who never invest their hearts, only their bodies. Losing his mentor, the father of one of his dearest friends hits him hard, and he returns to Cornwall to ensure the school, his mentor believed in, comes to fruition. There he meets Eliza, who is nothing like he expected and he starts to wish his life could be different.

Eliza an independent widow, with a young child, mourns the death of her much older husband, but relishes in the control of her destiny, something she vows, never to give up. Her encounter with Eaton is unsettling, and soon she begins to wonder if she can have him, and her independence.

A tale of emancipation and treachery, this Cornish romance has intrigue, seemingly insurmountable conflicts, deceit and danger for Eliza and Eaton. The chemistry builds steadily, and believably. The romance keeps pace with inevitable requiting of their passion. Eaton and Eliza are complex, relatable characters, and you soon begin to root for them, and their love.

The interesting plot has a good cast of characters and a definite thread of intrigue and danger. It portrays well, the misogynous views of the male-dominated ruling class, at this time. Reflecting how emancipated and enlightened Eliza and Eaton are. The romance is heartwarming with many passionate encounters and the ending is exciting and ultimately happy.

Posted in Book Review, Romance

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.

Posted in Book Review, Romance, Romance -Dark and Steamy

Dirty Devil Jackie Ashenden 5*#Review @MillsandBoon @JackieAshenden #Dare #MillsandBoonDare #Billion$Bastards #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview

#DirtyDevil

Damian Blackwood is hot as hell!

And no one can resist this devil’s allure…

I didn’t make billions letting others rob me blind. So when I catch Thea Smith stealing a priceless necklace, I can’t release her. Not before the mystery woman spends a few nights in my bed! But what started as a sexy distraction is becoming a dangerous liaison. And if I’m not careful, this fiery little thief may steal my most guarded possession—my 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…

I loved this sexy, scandalous story.

Complex, emotionally damaged characters, passionate, sensual love scenes. and an original meeting between the two main characters. All factors, which had me turning the pages to see what would happen to Thea, the streetwise but vulnerable heroine, when she meets, sexy as sin playboy Damian, who hides his generous heart well.

The emotional connection between Thea and Damian matches the passion, although it does have to play catch up. Their first encounter is purely intrigue and lust based. Thea’s career, as someone who steals stolen items for the true owners, brings her into direct conflict with billionaire, Damian. The attraction is strong, and her quiet self-possession draws Damian in and threatens the walls he’s built around his heart.

Both the characters are likeable. Although outwardly different, both have emotional scars. You want them to overcome their past issues, and find happiness together. The conflicts are many, both external and internal, but love finds a way.

Hot, hectic and heartwarming, this is a great start to what promises to be a memorable series.