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The Duke’s Counterfeit Wife Louise Allen 5*#Review @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonHistorical #HarlequinHistorical #MillsandBoonInsiders #HistoricalRomance #TheDukesCounterfeitWife

A feigned marriage

A very real attraction…

When their ship is commandeered, Nicholas Terrell, Duke of Severton, saves stranger Sarah Parrish by claiming she’s his wife! She’s more valuable if their captors believe she’ll bring them a duchess’s ransom, but now Nicholas is compelled to share a cabin with his distractingly beautiful faux bride… Outspoken Sarah enchants him like no debutante ever has. Yet, as a lady’s companion, Sarah’s completely unsuitable for a duke. So surely a real match between them is impossible?

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My Thoughts…

Sarah is escaping her tragic past by seeking employment as a companion. Nicholas, a Duke, is researching a possible investment into shipping. Both are on a ship attacked by pirates. Nicholas saves Sarah by claiming her as his wife. What follows is a romantic adventure with cleverly crafted characters and absorbing historical details. The romance grows believably from friendship as mutual respect leads to mutual attraction. There are numerous obstacles to romance, but after much adventure and angst, they get their happy-ever-after.

This is an engaging historical romance with dangerous adventure and simmering passion.

Posted in Blog Blitz, Book Review, Christmas Read, Festive Read, Historical Romance, New Books, Victorian Romance

Snow-Kissed Proposals Jenni Fletcher, Elisabeth Hobbes 5*#Review @JenniAuthor @ElisabethHobbes @HarlequinBooks @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonInsiders #HarlequinHistorical #MillsandBoonHistorical #VictorianRomance #Novella #Festive #Scotland #Derbyshire #PublicationDay @rararesources #BookReview #SnowKissedProposals

A snowy Victorian ChristmasTwo festive short stories!

In The Christmas Runaway by Jenni Fletcher: wilful, independent heiress, Fiona MacKay, impulsively runs away to a remote Scottish tower where she’s trapped in the snow with equally headstrong, deliciously dishevelled Angus Drummond.

In Their Snowbound Reunion by Elisabeth Hobbes: fifteen years ago, Amy Munroe and Anthony Matthews were cruelly parted, and each blames the other. When Amy becomes Anthony’s new housekeeper, their passion is reawakened!

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My Thoughts…

‘Snow-Kissed Proposals’ is set in Scotland and Derbyshire, two festive novellas with independent heroines and wintry settings.

The Christmas Runaway’ is set in northeast Scotland, where Fiona’s ill-considered winter trip leads to conflict, friendship and romance. The bleak and forbidding setting is the perfect place for Fiona and Angus to meet. Their relationship develops from enemies to friends and is full of witty banter and conflict right to the end.

Their Snowbound Reunion’ is set in Derbyshire and is a story of second chances and forgiveness. Amy and Anthony enjoyed a brief but ill-fated romance. When they meet again, there is still something between them. This is a lovely second chance romance with characters that are easy to empathise with and a happy ending.

Both these Victorian romances are engaging and the perfect book to read in front of a cosy fire.

Jenni Fletcher is the award-winning author of 15 historical romances. She has been nominated for 4 RoNA Awards and won the Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award in 2020. She lives in Yorkshire with her family and can be contacted via Twitter @JenniAuthor. Facebook

Elisabeth Hobbeswriting career began when she finished in third place in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013.  She was offered a two-book contract and consequently had to admit secret writing was why the house was such a tip.  She is the author of numerous historical romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon covering the Medieval period to Victorian England, and a Second World War romantic historical with One More Chapter. She lives in Cheshire because the car broke down there in 1999 and she never left. Twitter Facebook

Posted in Book Review, Christmas Read, Festive Read, New Books, Romance

Christmas With His Cinderella Jessica Gilmore @yrosered @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance #Festive #MillsandBoonTrueLove #HarlequinRomance #ChristmasWithHisCinderella

Festive fling to a lifetime together?

With a string of luxury hotels to his name, brooding baron Xander needs help to freshen his public image. Reluctantly agreeing to adopt a rescue dog for Christmas, he isn’t expecting free-spirited dog nanny Elfie too. But there’s far more to Elfie than he bargained for, and soon he can’t imagine life without her—or the dog…

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My Thoughts…

This story has believable characters, a festive-inspired plot and forbidden romance. Full of humour and poignancy, it’s lovely. Elfie is a dog nanny, just the person hotelier, Xander, needs to manage his rescue dog, but proximity leads to romance making it, a memorable Christmas. There are plenty of conflicts, lots of vivid festive descriptions and heartwarming romantic moments. Elfie and Xander find they have more in common than they thought. You want them to find happiness, and thankfully after an emotional journey, they get their happy ending.

Posted in Book Review, Christmas Read, Festive Read, New Books, Romance

Crowned for his Christmas Baby Maisey Yates 5* #Review @maiseyyates @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonModern HarlequinPresents #BookReview #Festive #CrownedforhisChristmasBaby

Romance

Is her royal baby his redemption?

After being swept up in Prince Vincenzo’s revenge plans, Eloise is carrying his surprise heir. And the man who vowed never to marry is claiming her – as his royal Christmas bride

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My Thoughts…

Prince Vincenzo is determined to rescue his country from his father’s excesses and vows to end the monarchy by refusing to marry and father an heir. Avenging his mother, he enlists the help of Eloise, the daughter of his father’s mistress. Eloise is a positive, strong character who has moved on from her destructive past. She has always loved Vincenzo despite his reputation and agrees to help him.

There is an intense passion between Eloise and Vincenzo despite her innocence. The emotional connection between the couple deepens as they realise they have misjudged each other. The story has many festive touches and ends happily after much angst. Believable characters and an appealing fairytale quality make this a lovely holiday read.

Posted in Book Review, Historical Romance, New Books, Victorian Romance

Lord Tresham’s Tempting Rival Bronwyn Scott 5*#Review @Bronwynscott @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #HistoricalRomance #VictorianRomance #ThePeverettsofHaberstockHall #BookReview #LordTreshamsTemptingRival

Nothing in common

Except an intoxicating attraction!

Sharing a steamy kiss with Anne Peverett at a Christmas ball is utterly out of character for Dr Lord Ferris Tresham. He’s far too busy treating London’s poor to court anyone. Until Anne is revealed as the herbalist who’s been treating his patients with her homemade remedies! If they unite forces, will Anne be a bigger threat to his practice…or his closed-off heart?

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Set against a background of Victorian London, this historical romance is notable for its witty dialogue, the chemistry between Anne and Ferris and its focus on poverty and the role of women. Ferris is a dedicated physician, and Anne is a herbalist both want to make a difference in the health of the poor. Yet both are constrained, by the strictures, of Victorian society.

The historical details add to the story’s authenticity as they bring to life Victorian London and the world of herbalists.. The romance is full of internal and external barriers but proximity and a mutual understanding draw the couple together..

Posted in Book Review, Christmas Read, Contemporary Fiction, Festive Read, Friendship, Medical Romance, New Books, Romance

The Nurse’s Christmas Hero Karin Baine 4*Review @karinbaine1 @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonMedical #HarlequinMedicalRomance #BookReview #festive #Romance

Can he mend the heart he broke?

Widowed nurse Shona, has returned to the safety and familiarity of her Scottish childhood home. Getting roped into playing Chief Elf to lifeboat crew leader Alasdair’s Santa wasn’t part of the plan. But his delicious smile has the power to tempt her… She still hasn’t forgiven the reformed bad boy for once betraying her heart, could he now be the one to rebuild it?

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My Thoughts…

Stories set on Scottish Islands are very popular with their sense of community. Shona returns to her island home, a widow to live with her sister and work at the medical facility. She’s dreaded meeting her first love, who left her heartbroken and humiliated, but when she does, he appears to have changed, but she is still wary. The festive theme is central to this medical romance and introduces the community. It gives the couple a chance to get to know each other again.

Shona undergoes an emotional journey to forgive and understand Alasdair. He is similarly conflicted, wondering if he deserves a chance of happiness with Shona. Thankfully the elf and Santa overcome their emotional barriers, and the story ends happily.

This lovely festive romance is full of laughter and poignancy.

Posted in Book Review, Christmas Read, Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Friendship, Holiday Romance, New Books, Parenting and Famlies, Romance, Travel

The Single Dad’s Christmas Proposal Ella Hayes 5* Review @EllaHayesAuthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance #festive #parenting #relationships #Chamonix #Paris #Christmas #MillsandBoonTrueLove #HarlequinRomance #TheSingleDadsChristmasProposal

A life-changing winter escape!

Extreme snowboarder Dax is no stranger to a challenge. Still, nothing could have prepared him for his greatest challenge yet: fatherhood! Six-year-old Yann was kept a secret by his late mother. Now Dax is determined to make up for lost time. But with a work commitment in Chamonix, he needs a step-in nanny…Will Simone say yes to Dax—and a Christmas to remember?

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My Thoughts…

Dax is an extreme snowboarder with a tragic past and a six-year-old son he has just met. Single mother Simone has an understanding of what Dax is experiencing. Their children are friends. Dax needs someone to take care of his son at Christmas in Chamonix. Is Simone willing to be that person?

The Parisian setting for the couple’s first meeting is atmospheric and magical, drawing the reader into the story’s festive ambience. Their first meeting sparks an attraction even though they don’t initially realise the significance of it. Simone and Dax are lovely characters who have to overcome their emotional barriers to find happiness. The romance is gentle, and the conflicts, to their being together, authentic.

This story has everything you want in a festive romance, characters you believe in, heartwarming emotion and a happy conclusion.

Posted in Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Friendship, New Books, Romance

Secrets Vegas Style Kira Sinclair 5*#Review @KiraSinclair @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance #Friendship #BookReview #LasVegas #Women #secrets #intrigue #TuesdayThoughts #SecretsVegasStyle

One woman sees who he really is…

Dominic Mercado deliberately cultivates his reputation as a rich womanising bad boy as a front for secretly helping women in need. But journalist Meredith Forrester’s pursuit of a story is about to blow his cover. As the pressure of explosive secrets and unleashed attraction build to their breaking point, will he reveal the truth and risk it all?

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My Thoughts…

It’s a while since I’ve read a romance in this category, and now I’m wondering why, as it’s the perfect blend of friendship, intrigue, passion and romance. It starts with a dramatic altercation, and the chemistry intensifies from then on. With passionate interludes and moments of regret, this story takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster.

Dominic’s outward playboy persona masks his role in helping victims of domestic abuse and violence. Meredith, a successful investigative journalist, thinks Dominic’s nightclub is a front for trafficking. She doesn’t want to believe her best friend’s brother is involved, so she confronts him. His denials lack explanations, but she can’t resist the intense attraction between them. Her desire is evident, but she needs the truth, if she is to follow, her heart.

Set against a background of danger, intrigue and secrets, is an intense relationship. Their emotional commitment follows as Dominic’s secret life unfolds.

Posted in Book Review, Christmas Read, Contemporary Fiction, Festive Read, Friendship, New Books, Romance, Travel

Unwrapped by Her Italian Boss Michelle Smart 5*#Review @chellebellwrite @MillsandBoon @HarelquinBooks #MillsandBoonModern #HarlequinPresents #festive #romance #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #UnwrappedbyHerItalianBoss

Can she resist his snowbound seduction?

After a rocky first impression, innocent Meredith’s got a lot to prove to her new billionaire boss Giovanni! He’s trusting her to make his opulent train’s maiden voyage a success. Trusting herself around him? That’s another challenge entirely…

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My Thoughts…

This is a festive story set in Switzerland, Paris and across the Alps. Part of the story takes place on a luxury train, and this well-described setting makes this a vivid read. Merry is innocent and career-driven, running away from her dysfunctional family. Giovanni is a self-made billionaire, Merry’s temporary boss who hates Christmas because of a personal tragedy. There are elements of humour and poignant moments which draw the reader’s empathy.

The chemistry between the two is well-written with sparkly romance. Giovanni has old fashioned manners and speech that fit perfectly with the festive old-world setting. There is angst, reconciliation, self-realisation and a lovely romantic conclusion.

Posted in Book Review, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, New Books, Victorian Romance

The Earl Who Sees Her Beauty Marguerite Kaye 5*#Review @MillsandBoon @MargueriteKaye @HarlequinBooks #HistoricalRomance #RevelationsoftheCarstairsSisters #VictorianRomance #BookReview #HistoricalFiction #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonHistorical #HarlequinHistorical

Unaware of her beauty…

Until he awakens her.

Prudence Carstairs knows her scars leave her with no romantic prospects—instead, she’s content revolutionising her employer’s home with her technological marvels. Then he unexpectedly perishes, and his mysterious younger brother, dashing Dominic Thorburn, reluctantly takes over. In the new earl, Prudence finally finds someone who meets her gaze without flinching. Might he see the beautiful, intelligent woman beyond her scars?

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My Thoughts…

This story is both a gentle Victorian romance and an adventure into Victorian history. Prudence has physical scars from her childhood that make a suitable match unlikely. She finds solace in working for an Earl and innovating his household. She is a determined and independent character who develops her intellectual and practical skills to innovate around the Earl’s residence. When he dies, his younger heir sees her in an entirely different way to most and makes her believe her life can include love and a family.

This story highlights the expectations placed on women by Victorian society and the obsession with physical perfection and marriage being their best choice in life. Victorian innovation is an integral part of this story and gives it authenticity and depth.

The romance develops believably and with emotion that overcomes their internal and external conflicts to happiness.